New App Impressive
Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011
Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011 12:09
The new Xavier app perplexed us at the Newswire at first. An app for Xavier? Usually there are apps that
help you pass the time in class, like Angry Birds, or apps for specialized functions,
like checking scores on ESPN. Not only was there confusion about the main point
of the app, but there is always significant reason to doubt Xavier's technological
prowess. Let's be honest, who hasn't spent hours waiting for Xavier internet,
Blackboard or the portal to load?
But, once downloaded, the app impressed us. It has many useful features for
smart phone or tablet users. To begin, the app works—nothing short of amazing
for any piece of Xavier University technology. The app, thus far, has run without
errors and moves through the main interface to specific functions. Next, the large
variety of options from the main menu allows the app to quickly load the main
interface and get to what you need to find, whether that may be maps of campus
or the women's soccer score from last night.
Perhaps the most useful feature of the app is the staff directory. From the
interface you can search the directory and find your professor's e-mail and phone
number. This will surely come in handy during some time of panic when you are
computerless (perhaps in the printing lab?) and frantically attempting to send your
professor an email explaining you cannot print your homework because the fantastic
printing resources available at Xavier "may or may not" be working.
While this app may not become the newest XU craze, it provides convenience
and functionality for Xavier students, fans and faculty. It is sure good to see Xavier using technology in a
creative and useful way.