Students got a taste of what the Carolina Union’s new multipurpose software can do during Homecoming week, but campus officials said the program has been underused.
The Carolina Union purchased CollegiateLink — the software program used for Homecoming voting — last year for an annual cost of $9,500, said Jon Curtis, associate director of student activities and organizations, in an email.
But campus use of the program — which powers the website studentlife.unc.edu — wasn’t available until this summer due to a lack of employees in the Union.
Curtis said in an email that the program’s potential to help students find campus organizations they are interested in is available but not being used.
Curtis said he expected the software to be used by members of student organizations last year but staff cuts made that impossible, he said. The system was introduced to incoming students during orientation.
The program allows students to create their own profile pages which the system uses to suggest campus organizations and events they might like, Curtis said.
Student leaders have said they like the program because it allows them to advertise their events.
“Overall, I am pleased with Student Life,” Amanda Ellis, member of UNC’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said in an email.
“I believe it provides great tools for connecting with students who may already have an interest in an organization but may need more information about the organization’s activities,” Ellis said.