LCD screens placed around campus
Issue date: 6/24/05 Section: News
More screens are going to be placed strategically across campus starting with academic buildings and residential halls during summer term.
Many students have questioned what the screens were going to be used for over the past few weeks. "The format and layout of the screens are going to be similar to CNN Headline News, while the content is all about Drexel. We'll have news, information, announcements, and most importantly, campus events," USGA Public Relations Director Daniel Steinberg, said.
When asked how this endeavor came about, Steinberg revealed that he thought of the idea while standing in line at the local 7-11. "They used to have small LCD screens at the registers with ads and news. People wait at a register and have nothing else to do so they read what is on the screen. It is a very effective form of communication."
Considering the vast amount of e-mail and fliers posted on the University's campus on a daily basis that go unnoticed, the USGA feels that the screens will be a very effective way of informing students on important campus announcements. There will also be a Web site showcasing the same information with the intent that students who want to know more information on particular topics running on their network will have their chance to catch up.
The USGA originally made their investment in the screens with help from the Division of Student Life and Administrative Services. They also hope to bring in other administrative and academic offices as partners in the project in the upcoming future.
The new information screens are not operational at the moment, though they were on for a 24 hour promotion during commencement. USGA is hoping to have them fully operational by July 1. While the network is now undergoing maintenance, setting up the screens only takes a day of labor while setting up the software for the screens will take no more than a week. When fully operational only one Information Resources and Technology employee will be needed for maintenance of the information screens.
"I have seen a couple of these screens and have found them to be very informative in disseminating important information to the Drexel community," Interim Provost Ali Houshmand said. "I believe that everyone on campus, including the faculty would find these very useful and positive additions to the campus."
The new screens will also serve the University when the incoming students come for orientation. By watching the screens, new students will get a glimpse of everyday University life.
Many faculty and USGA members alike seem hopeful that this new innovative way to spread information will be very useful for students whether they're waiting for class, meeting up with a friend, or working out at the gym.
"It will be nice to finally be up to date on what's going on at Drexel," Danielle DiBruno a sophomore majoring in business administration said. "Many times I have checked my e-mail to find that the event already took place." -
"I am hoping that the new screens will prevent me from missing campus events I want to go to," Amanda Cech, a sophomore majoring in engineering, said.