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Electronic Rideboard Established

Hitching a ride home just got easier for students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

March 21, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Ride needed? No problem. An electronic rideboard has been created at Hobart and William Smith Colleges that allows students to use the latest in information technology to coordinate rides across the country with fellow members of the campus community.

The Web site and software were implemented by Hobart senior David Sugar, of Baltimore, along with Brian Young, vice president for information technology and chief information officer at the Colleges. Young had created the rideboard software two years ago and collaborated with Sugar to make it more functional and operational at the Colleges.

“Our students are amazing,” expressed Young. “Students take a good idea and turn it into a great idea; in this case a good foundation was given to a student who turned the good application into a great ‘Killer App.'”

“I am pleased to have this application in place for the students of Hobart and William Smith Colleges,” Young said. “Faculty, staff, and students can now use state-of-the-art technology to share rides to and from cities across America. It's the kind of application we want to offer because it supplements our enhanced learning network. ”

The software links e-mails posted by those who need a ride and those who have a ride to offer and informs the parties of the match.

Sugar, a computer science major, said he’s certain it will make college life more enjoyable for students during their four years in Geneva. In Sugar’s first year on campus he was frustrated at times when he was trying to catch a ride home, or at the thought of making his parents make the five-hour trip from Baltimore just to turn around and go back home.

“I see the electronic rideboard as progressing, evolving and becoming a vital part of the Web site—especially for those without cars,” Sugar said.