The bells that ring between classes will ring for the last time at 4:18 p.m. on Friday, and will silence forever.
With the end of the quarter system, Ohio State is retiring the bell system that rings at the beginning and end of classes.
“We knew this change was coming. It was something being talked about for a while, even before we knew we were switching to semesters,” said Jack Miner, associate registrar. “It’s a really good reminder for students to prepare for semesters. It’s one more opportunity for everyone to realize things are going to be different.”
One reason the bell system will be retired with the quarter system is that few universities use bells at all. Miner said it was probably just tradition at this point.
“For years, probably for literally close to a dozen years, the university has talked about how the bell system was an outdated model,” Miner said. “I think it probably started long enough ago that it was probably commonplace in most universities. The difference for us is the schools we compare ourselves to most frequently now are large research universities, and when you get into that size or reputation, it’s almost unheard of to have bells.”
Miner said practicalities also played a role in the decision, as the bell system cannot accommodate variations in the times that classes begin under semesters.