Do you miss meandering over the grounds, discovering things in the odd corners, hanging out in dining halls or common rooms, and running into friends by chance? We’ve created an online campus, where you can do exactly that, exploring the familiar gothic grounds in cute pixel art form, and running into old friends or making new ones!
The virtual campus uses Gather, a program that combines video calling with a simulated space. As you explore the virtual campus, when you get near someone, you will automatically connect by voice/video (like a Zoom call), and disconnect again when you walk away. This lets you run into people in hallways, mingle with crowds, have a quick private chat in the corner, attend a performance or movie screening and chat about it with fellow attendees, all sorts of interactions that social distancing and quarantine have taken away. You’ll find dozens of rooms as you explore, including the main quad, classrooms, dorms, dining halls, Regenstein group study rooms, Logan theaters that clubs and individuals can use for performances (anything from Shakespeare to stand-up comedy), RSO rooms, a special grad student lounge, and some magical hidden spaces with puzzles, scavenger hunts, and embedded games. We will add new spaces week by week, including custom ones if you request a space for your club, major, project, institute, etc.
The virtual campus also has a chat function, tools to find your friends, a campus bulletin board for announcements, and an events calendar that can be used to organize and host group events, anything from small things like tea and cookies in company, or a dungeons and dragons session, to big things like movie screenings/discussions, or a campus-wide event with hundreds involved.
Note: Gather's support for Safari is still in beta so we recommend using a different browser if possible.