The battle lines have been drawn over the future of the SU website
Months before our new Student Executive take office, lines are already being drawn in the sand over the future of Maynooth’s Student Union website, the Observer has learned.
It seems that the University have already chosen their developer for the site: local business “Eclipse Internet Services”. Based on NUI Maynooth South Campus, Eclipse have a strong portfolio of public sector work. In fact, they’re responsible for almost all the entierity of the University’s online presence, and won the 2008 Irish Web Awards for ”Best University Website” for their work on the Maynooth Access Programme website (access.nuim.ie). Their services are rumoured to cost upwards of e7000.
However, recently some have called into question the wisdom of hiring Eclipse to redesign the SU website. First, they do mostly public sector work – libraries, county councils, etc. Hardly the ethos needed for a Student Union website.
Second, e7000 seems a bit steep to the Observer. Some have championed the notion of a WordPress blog as being cheaper, easier to use, and faster to get online. In fact, getting the hosting for a WordPress blog and purchasing a professional theme for it would mean that NUIMSU could have a respectable website online within 48 hours. Content could start flying up immediatly. The cost? Just under e120.
There’s also something fundamentally wrong when a Student’s Union doesn’t even have control over it’s own online presence. But it turns out that the Observer aren’t the only ones to feel this way – Union Council recently voted unanimously that it formally opposes the hiring of Eclipse Internet Services to design the website.
Now that the students have made their preferences over their own website heard, we’re waiting to see what direction the University will take. Your move, gang.
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