Dal upgrades website for student societies

Site not well known among students, but DSU hopes to change that

Tiger Society 2.0 allows students to register and start societies. (Photo: www.dal.ca)
Tiger Society 2.0 allows students to register and start societies. (Photo: www.dal.ca)

Are you unsure about how to use the Dalhousie Tiger Society website?

Do you even know the website exists?

If you don’t, you’re not alone.

Ryan Graham, a third-year business student, remembers the original Tiger Society website being very confusing.

“I tried going on the site one time to start a society and just ended up getting confused and leaving,” says Graham. “I didn’t know they upgraded the site, but it can’t be as bad as the last one.”

Graham says he wanted to start a baseball society, but ultimately gave up due to frustration.

Throughout this week, Aaron Wolf, Dalhousie Student Union vice-president, and Holly MacDonald, society administrator, have been hosting information sessions on how to use Tiger Society 2.0.

The sessions have been held to promote the website and to encourage students to use the site more frequently.

Tiger Society 2.0 was created mid-October as an upgrade from the previous website, which had numerous problems.

“The first website was built a couple of years ago”, says Wolf.   “It worked as something to ratify your society and it only had an internal purpose, and it was very confusing, and poorly designed.”

The new website primarily serves as two functions:

  • it’s a way to organize societies into one centralized list
  •  it allows student to register their society online.

Students can use it to create and join different Dalhousie societies.

DSU plans to get students more involved with website. Photo www.openfile.ca
DSU plans to get students more involved with website. (Photo: www.openfile.ca)

Wolf says he has not heard any complaints about Tiger 2.0 yet, but has received emails from students who have trouble navigating through the website.

Besides technical complications, winning over students has been a tough process.

Jeff Bedard, a fourth-year science student, says he didn’t even know what the website was for the Dalhousie Student Union.

“I know we have a student union, but I never really tried to go on the website,” says Bedard. “I don’t know the URL.”

Lesley d’Apollonia, a fourth-year kinesiology student, says she had no idea the Dalhousie Student Union had a website for societies.

“I knew we had a lot of societies at Dal, says d’Appollonia.  “But I had no idea there was a website that you could use to join and create societies.”

But some society members believe the website has value if the DSU can get more students to use it.

Matthew Foss, president of the Dalhousie Cancer Awareness and Research Society, says he believes the website is valuable, but just needs more web traffic from students.

“If we have events we are able to put it on the site,” says Foss. “More people can find out about our society which is great.”

George Kitchning, president of the Dalhousie Beekeeping Society, also agrees with Foss.

“It’s a lot better than the old website,” says Kitchning. “It’s so much easier contact members and hold events, but it just needs to be promoted more.”