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ISSUE 120 VOL 11 PUBLISHED 2/14/2007

OleVille debuts as resource

By Stephanie Soucheray
News Editor


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

On Valentine’'s Day, the St. Olaf student body logged into a new website, OleVille.com, which will replace 55057.com. Nate Preisinger ‘'08, webmaster for the Student Government Association (SGA) and the creator of OleVille.com calls the new site a “fresh start for St. Olaf students online.”

OleVille.com, unlike its predecessor, will feature more student-centered content and not merely an information-gathering site for students. Those who visit the website will still be able to log into Gmail and Squirrelmail from the homepage, as well as check major news services, and find movie listings.

But OleVille.com offers new features that make the site a more user-friendly and entertaining stop for students. President Anderson will have a weblog on OleVille.com. Students can make predictions on message boards about their favorite television shows, like “Gray's Anatomy” and “Lost.”

Tyler Hauger ‘'08, the director of public relations for SGA, has been getting the word out about OleVille.com with cardboard cutouts of President Anderson holding a sign announcing the website. "Hopefully, we'll have some cool features on the site, like a live feed from Malt ‘O' Meal announcing which type of cereal is being produced that day,”" Hauger said.

Preisinger had the idea to create a new student-based website last September, and worked on its development with Dan Edwins ‘'08. "We knew there was a negative, boring connotation among students surrounding 55057.com,"” Preisinger said. “"Also, this new website will feature accounts of SGA senate meetings, a satire column, and a Google calendar that updates campus events regularly."”

Students have already noticed the SGA advertisements around campus. Peter Schattauer ‘'08 saw the cardboard cutout of President Anderson on his way to Stav Hall. "I think OleVille.com will get a lot more hits than 55057.com,”" said Schattauer.

Bil Alkatout '‘07 visited OleVille.com on Wednesday. “"The design is much better than 55057.com,”" he said.

The launch of OleVille.com comes in time for the SGA elections, which will take place on Feb. 22. Students will receive an e-mail in the coming week about election procedures.

Last year, online voting was a success for SGA. “"Last year'’s voting went so well, hopefully we’ll have the same success with OleVille.com,”" Hauger said.

Early talk suggests that this SGA election year will yield some of the tightest races in recent college history. Candidates announced their candidacy Thursday, and no one started campaigning before Thursday evening.





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