UDel Primetime makes campus debut
Published: Monday, September 2, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 2, 2013 18:09
Over the summer, over 1,000 students received sporadic friend requests from one user. It wasn’t spam, a devious stranger or even a widespread hack in the university system. It was a chance to connect with a new start-up, UDel Primetime.
UDel Primetime is part of University Primetime, a start-up company vying to be the number one resource for every college in the country to share what goes on at campus events, nightlife and more according to the company’s Facebook page.
Junior Ariana Woodson, executive member of UDel Primetime, says because there are so many ways to communicate, it is easy to miss or overlook some outlets.
“We want to be able to better organize everything that the university has to offer so that it’s easier for people to get involved and easier for them to go to events and hang out with friends,” Woodson says. “By doing that, we hope to enhance student life at the university.”
As summer nears end, UDel Primetime continues to expand its network. UDel Primetime is an ongoing venture and currently has 1,410 friends on Facebook and 16 brand ambassadors. Though the group is only a few months old, UDel Primetime hopes to eventually spread to the whole campus, according to Woodson and two other brand ambassadors, juniors Ross Hyatt and Allison Schrader.
During the summer, the brand ambassadors learned about University Primetime and communicated amongst one another in order to adequately inform the university, Hyatt says.
Hyatt says the brand ambassadors collaborate on ideas for the UDel Primetime site, manage a Twitter account, and enter information about the website into Excel spreadsheets. He says it is a slow process, but the team is making progress.
The website is still under construction, but the official launch of University Primetime is set for Sept. 13. When the website launches, students will be able to create a personal profile and follow four categories: sports, Greek life, campus events and campus news.
When UDel Primetime launches it will be one website among other student resources. Sites such as Blue Hen Says are similar to Udel Primetime due to the fact that they are run by students, for students.
Schrader says she believes both websites will benefit campus life but differentiates the two through their information coverage.
“Blue Hen Says is good about covering little things around, but we’re trying to cover everything and not leave out anyone or anyone’s interests,” Schrader says.