By Allie LockwoodStaff Writer
This article should be online. In all honesty, I hate newspapers. I hate folding them back into their rectangular shape, I hate the feeling of the cheap paper on my fingertips. I only read them as a last resort. Not everyone feels so strongly; the newspaper, like analog photography, feels pleasantly out of date. It’s less efficient, messy, perhaps even wasteful, but it’s a comforting product of the past still honored by hipsters and the elderly alike. The fact of the matter is, Scripps students are internet savvy and in order to gain or establish relevance, Scripps organizations and offices need an internet presence.
For instance, the Mail Digest is a mess. When it arrives in my Gmail inbox (which I, like many other Scripps women, use because Groupwise leaves something to be desired in terms of layout) it's too long to be useful because 90% of the message is: 000e0cdfda16246fb3047efe4180. Content-Type:text/plain.
I would rather sell my curtains on Craigslist than navigate that mess.
The Student-L is slightly better, especially now that the Daily Student Update contains a hyperlink directed to the Student-L page of the Scripps website. Personally, I rarely check the Student-L—except when I'm procrastinating—because it is not in my inbox. As insignificant as it may seem, the extra click required to read the Student-L means that I simply don't read it. If the listings on the Student-L were in my inbox along with the rest of my life, I would check it far more frequently. (This takes little more effort than a copy and a paste, I tried it out myself.)
Finally, voice needs a much more impressive, up-to-date website. Period. I would love to see Susan Segar's weekly «SAS Up Your Weekend» report on the site, especially with an open forum to tap into comment culture and expand our weekend options. As much as it hurts my Scripps pride to say it, the CMC Forum has done a real bang-up job on their website (shout out to Professor Odell for that phraseology), and we should take note.
In the hopes that this article will soon make its online debut, here are some personal recommendations to enhance your internet experience: Claremont Insider (http://claremontca.blogspot.com) has local news, much of which concerns the Claremont Colleges. The content ranges from critiquing the salaries of top members of the Scripps College administration to explaining the lack of vegetation in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.
Claremont Now could also help spice up your Inland Empire experience with its recommendations on local events. (http://www.insidesocal.com/claremontnow)
Just in case you don't already spend enough time at the Motley, they have a blog with news and scheduled performance information. (http://motleycoffeehouse.blogspot.com)
Several alumnae blog on a variety of subjects. Andrea Jarrel ('84) keeps a blog called School of Thought (http://ajschoolofthought.blogspot.com/) for admission and advancement communicators working in and with schools, colleges, and universities. For advice on managing communication and social media, Liz Allen ('01) maintains Adaptivate (http://adaptivateblog.com/). Life coach Shannon Wilkinson ('89) blogs on her website Your Life-Inspired (http://www.shannonwilkinson.com/blog), which wins my vote for layout and multimedia accessibility. Lastly, Karyn Gibson ('09) and Monica Craggs ('08) blog at http://cupcakevillains.wordpress.com, subtitled «A story of love, loss, and delicious baked goods.»
LAist (http://laist.com/), Flavorpill (http://flavorpill.com/losangeles), and Daily Candy (http://www.dailycandy.com/los-angeles/) are city-specific news and entertainment resources for when you're willing to brave the traffic. In the spirit of full disclosure, I won tickets to see Michael Franti and Spearhead from Flavorpill the first time I used the website —definitely enter their giveaways.
The Scripps College website is beautiful, easy to navigate and truly informative. The rest of our online campus should function as well (or better.)