Two Smith College seniors have developed a way for students to be even more “in sync.” In5ync (pronounced the same way) is a social event calendar, community message board, and still more for Five-College students. The website, www.in5ync.com, enables students to centralize their search for interesting events and activities on either side of the Connecticut.
Smith students Morgyn-Britney Hall and Sandra Valminord launched In5ync late last year. They were “tired of relying on word of mouth, Facebook, and org posters or emails,” says Hall, to piece together their social lives. Through the website, Five-College students can look for events and post their own, get real-time directions, share without restriction in the student forum, and take part in “Get on the Bus” photo challenges. A brand new option for students when submitting events is to post an event flyer. At the beginning, Hall and Valminord only hoped to make it easier for students to find out about cross-campus events. “In5ync is so much more than we first imagined,” says Valminord, “and we really wish it was around during our first years.”
The newly redesigned website is easy to use and lets students view events by week or by month. If they’d like to, students can fill out a short form about which event they plan to attend and will receive an email before it takes place to let them know how many people will attend from their school, plus suggest a meeting spot to ride or walk together. The forum, ‘In5ide,’ is accessed with a college email address and is free for students to share what they like, when they like. Highlights of this week’s events include “Youth Voices in the Arab World” at Smith, a Vagina Monologue-inspired performance at Amherst, and a mixed presentation with hip-hop interwoven to discuss Suzan-Lori Parks’ piece at UMass.
Additionally, Hall and Valminord have embraced social networking tools since launching the previous design and In5ync can now be followed on Twitter or Facebook. “In5ync is the best publicity tool yet for Five-College student organizers, and is the best activity tool yet for Five-College students,” says Hall.
Visit the website to learn more at www.in5ync.com.
For further information about In5ync, including more about how to become a member, write to In5ync at firstname.lastname@example.org.