Past Blog Entries 
500 Members! Go Colts! BTW, Wh...
02 02, by Walle Mafolasire
New Year
12 20, by Hari Krishna
Finals Time.. Goodluck Everybo...
12 12, by Hari Krishna
New features added. This is al...
12 05, by Walle Mafolasire
Reasons to Join VarsityLounge
11 22, by Walle Mafolasire
SAAB Presents V-LO in the Base...
11 16, by Hari Krishna
Almost One Month
10 25, by Hari Krishna
Launch Party & V-Blogs. BTW, I...
09 28, by Walle Mafolasire
The Launch
09 24, by Hari Krishna
The V-Lo Throttles
09 20, by Walle Mafolasire
What made my day
09 17, by Hari Krishna
VarsityLounge dot com. The Hyp...
09 14, by Walle Mafolasire
Guess who likes VarsityLounge?
09 10, by Hari Krishna
Official Support
09 08, by Hari Krishna
First Major Index, Comments, a...
09 04, by Walle Mafolasire
after the beginning
08 31, by Hari Krishna
In The Beginning
08 30, by Walle Mafolasire
500 Members! Go Colts! BTW, What's been going on?
Posted by Walle Mafolasire at 06:43am, February 02nd 2007
 

Ok if you've been paying attention to the homepage, you will be very proud of our members. They have pushed VarsityLounge to over 500 members from 101 different colleges. Now we have over 303 posts in the form of homework, assignments, tests, quizes, class notes, completed projects, etc. If you are not yet a member, what are you waiting for? Join the hundreds of college students using VarsityLounge to study more of what your professor wants from you and less of what is irrelevant. Membership is free!

What's been going on? That seems to be the question everybody throws at me these days. I tell you what, it's been a wonderful 2007 so far. VarsityLounge is continuously drawing attention so that's been positive. We have a few uncompleted features in our labs and we hope some day, we will be able to afford to devote full time efforts to V-lo so as to get these features out of the lab to the live site.

By the way, I still don't have a Superbowl party to attend so if you are throwing one, let me know. I may just come crash it. GO COLTS!!!

 
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New Year
Posted by Hari Krishna at 03:38pm, December 20th 2006
 

I saw this interesting article.

As we all know how strees this and that is killing us. I read this article, it is about how different foods help relieve stress, and help balance various moods . Apparently some types of foods help us concentrate better. Maybe we should have taken the vitamins HUH? Read the article below people, it is very interesting.

http://food.yahoo.com/blog/hungrygirl/1/in-the-mood-for-food-you-feel-what-you-eat

Also have a great break. The varsitylounge.com team wishes everyone a merry christmas  and a happynew year . Varsitylounge has reached its 500 level mark now. Thats right 500 members in 3 months. This is how we do it.

 

 
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Finals Time.. Goodluck Everybody
Posted by Hari Krishna at 08:54am, December 12th 2006
 

Finals Week, Goodluck Everybody!!

I am really stressed here, I guess every one else is too. This will be my last major set of finals, so I will be okay once I am done with all this pressure. I wonder how every one else is doing with their finals. Good luck to everybody

I can't understand why this is the only finals where I am unable to concentrate or have no real passion for studying. I think I am just tired of school and ready to go make money and meet more girls.

Couple of announcements:

ASA party at the house on the 21st.

SASA party when the school starts.

Also some one from Yale put up old homeworks and exams on Varsitylounge so that's good. Thanks man! You know who you are.

Peace out and good luck on finals

 
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New features added. This is all about YOU!
Posted by Walle Mafolasire at 10:05am, December 05th 2006
 

This weekend was a real exciting one. I spent a lot of hours trying to personalize VarsityLounge for each member.We added some cool new features such as "My Courses" which allows a student to subscribe to a course and get immediate emails when someone posts a study material to the course.

You will also notice a summary of newly posted study materials in your school since you last logged in.

We listened to your complaints about how difficult it was to sometimes remember your nickname so we made it possible for you to use your email address to log-in.

In addition, I decided to give our members and site visitors a count of our membership and posts in real time. So we can give ourselves a pat on the back for a job well done trying to get the word out. As at the time of this blog entry, V-LO membership has expanded beyond home court (IUPUI) to schools like Howard University, University of Illinois, Rutgers, Marquette, Ohio State, Purdue and host of others. Study materials posted have also really picked up. We now have 220+ posts in the form of homework, solutions class notes, old exams, old quizes, tests, projects not just from IUPUI but from all these other schools. Way to go guys and girls!

If there are any new features you'd like to see on V-Lo please post as comments.. We will love to read from you.

Some of us are still battling with the ethical issues surrounding VarsityLounge and to this, we rest assure you that the V-lo concept is legal and ethical as long as materials posted to the site are not copyrighted. Sample copyrighted materials will be textbooks, e-books, etc.

I will also say this: If you are not yet a member, you cannot afford to sit in the same class with other students who are already using VarsityLounge. You will be putting yourself at a real disadvantage. Our members understand the power of learning from each other and are therefore able to study more, faster.

Ok.. that was my cheesy sales pitch.. I hope you bought it.. LOL! By the way, registration is still free. So sign up today.

Catch ya'all later.

 
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Reasons to Join VarsityLounge
Posted by Walle Mafolasire at 07:58am, November 22nd 2006
 

 

Let's face it, at some point in our college career, we have all been faced with at least one the following scenarios.


 

1) You have been assigned a paper, some homework or project and just don't know where to start from

2) You are in the middle of your paper, homework or project, you get stuck and just don't know where to get help

3) You are about to plan out what courses to take the following semester but have no clue what to expect in that class

4) You procrastinated on a homework, paper or project or maybe you just under estimated the amount of time it will take and now you don't have enough time to complete it on your own.


 

These scenarios come in different shapes and forms and that is why we have created VarsityLounge to help you out. It is a place where students can share course-specific study materials and ideas with each other. This web service is offered as a resource for students in need of additional study or test material in order to help them learn more, faster.

 

How VarsityLounge works for you:


 

1) You have a paper or project and just don't know where to start from or you procrastinated on a homework, paper or project and now you don't have enough time to complete it on your own.

a. See what fellow students like you have done in similar projects

b. See what they did wrong so you can learn from it


 

2) You plan on taking a class next semester but don't know if you will find it interesting

a. Peep through notes, teaching slides, from that class to get a feel of it.

b. Practice with old test, and exams from the class to get acquainted with the professor's style of testing.

c. Read other students' class experiences


 

3) Preparing for MCATs, LSATs or any other professional exams?

a. Use our collection of professionally gathered examination questions to study what is relevant to the exams


 

Registration is 100% free. Be a member today and put an end to off-target studying.

Varsitylounge.com..helping you study smarter!
 
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SAAB Presents V-LO in the Basement of UC
Posted by Hari Krishna at 11:05am, November 16th 2006
 

SAAB is having a seminar for all students today at 6:30 pm at the basement of the UC building, about how to use varsitylounge.com to help students study smarter, better and make use of resources from other students to excel academically. There is going to be free food. So for those hungry dudes (LOL) come over and get the free food. I understand.

With recent uproar with the BSI's proposal and every thing, I realized that IUPUI still has a long way to go. However the thing that upset me the most is the fact that only 22% of IUPUI students graduate. IUPUI really needs to fix this. I am not trying to be cheesy, but I really think, once we have implemented all the features we want, Varsitylounge.com will hopefully at least improve this number.

Also I am trying to start this mentoring program; I will talk about it at the presentation today. The basic idea of this program is to inspire and give hope to students who are failing at college. Ideal mentors could be students who have been through similar situations or had faced a lot of hurdles and over came them; or just hardworking, caring students in general. Thus the purpose is to instill a sense of determination, inspiring students who are failing through the words of other students. Finally teach them how to study more efficiently, by learning from the skills of students who are successful.

So I am thinking, that mentors can come and give speeches and share their experiences and also work one on one with students. Mentors can teach students how to manage time, study efficiently, give them access to academic resource centers like (MAC, writing centers, Bepko)

What do you guys think of this mentoring program? Let me get some comments please.

And I'd like to say a big thank you to all those who have been contributing to the varsitylounge.com databank of homeworks, class notes, projects, papers, exams, tests, etc. Together we are helping ourselves and others be more efficient in our studying.

 

 
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Almost One Month
Posted by Hari Krishna at 03:50pm, October 25th 2006
 
varsitylounge is up for almost one month. Its been a good month, it was a lot of hard work. From the inital problems trying to get the site running, to the fear that people will not sign up (we have over 350 sign ups). Furthermore it is good to see people sharing their notes, homeworks, exams, papers on varsitylounge.com on their own. People are even uploading their java and C codes on varsitylounge.com . It is a good feeling to know that the site is being used. However personal, school and other 'distractions' are slowed us down(me mainly) for a while. But we are back in full force and are pumping energy in V-Lo again. Soon you will see us in major press releases, also we are gonna add new cool features and make varsitylounge.com more personal. So this can truly be YOUR one stop resource center for homeworks, pastpapers and quizzes. There is nothing else to say, except that the winter is back. People are starting to get grumpy again, but I guess it is necessary, to maintain the balance of nature and all that. Also it seems that global warming means that some winters will be colder and more erratic. THAT REALLY SUCKS!! Peace out every one.
 
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Launch Party & V-Blogs. BTW, Is this legal?
Posted by Walle Mafolasire at 07:52am, September 28th 2006
 

Guys, the party is on. We're gonna be celebrating the arrival of VarsityLounge tomorrow, 9pm Friday 29th at THE HOUSE, 911 Woodruff Place, Middle Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46201.

VarsityLounge is officially 1 week old but technically only 5 days old since the initial issues we had with the servers and launch date. Things are looking good. Official count of membership stands at 130. However, only 6 of those members have put up materials. So we have been thinking: How can we encourage you guys to put up materials from your old classes? This site belongs to all of us and we will like to read your suggestions. Please post as comments.

We did talk about the V-Blogs but unfortunately we couldn't get it ready for the launch date. However, we are working hard on having it ready shortly. Hari and Osi have been busy studying for mid-terms but once that's over, we will have more time to invest in this. To refresh our memories, VarsityLounge is offering the V-Blogs as a way for students to share their opinion and ideas on personal and academic issues. We think maintaining an online diary of your experiences in a school, class, or on a project/homework can help other members in dimensions we cannot imagine.

A lot of you have shared your concerns about breaking the law. We have consulted with attorneys and top ranking officers at IUPUI. Sharing your class notes, projects you completed, test/exams/solutions, crip sheets, lab reports, homework assignments with each other is 100% legal and you have nothing to worry about. However, sharing a copyrighted electronic text book may not be legal. We also have a very strict privacy policy. This policy forbids us to share any of your personal contact information or materials with non-members of this site. If you have any other concerns, please contact us and one of us will write you back.

See you all at the house on Friday! .... Your friend, Walle.

 
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The Launch
Posted by Hari Krishna at 06:08pm, September 24th 2006
 

The weekend came, we launched varsitylounge.com, then it crashed. Since we had a mad rush of students, the server could not handle the traffic. At first we thought it was our fault, that we must have made some coding error (actually there was none), so we took it off the air.

Then we realized that the server was not powerful enough to handle our traffic. So we switched every thing to a new server, which can handle all your "academic" needs. So I would like to thank every one on the behalf of the V-Lo team (Osy- the Dreamer, Walle- the Performer and Me - the Motivator) for taking the interest and creating that mad rush of traffic. Also I want to thank Walle, since he did not sleep the whole weekend making sure that the server switch happened smoothly. If you guys see him around, give him a pat on the back and say "Good job, Walle". I personally needed the sleep.

So now that we have a more powerful server, everything is working smoothly and we are having a steady stream of students registering. So on Monday, I want you guys to find some thing that you can share with other students, and put it up on Varsity Lounge. Tell all your friends about the site. We need you to make this site great. We did our part of getting varsitylounge.com up and running. Now it is all up to you guys, to make it a resource for students world wide.

Enjoy VarsityLounge and have a good week. By the way, the VarsityLounge launch party is this Friday. Let's get it popping at The House. Drinks and refreshments on us.

Hari K

 
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The V-Lo Throttles
Posted by Walle Mafolasire at 11:13am, September 20th 2006
 

I can hear them roaring and revving. I can feel the momentum. In less than 14hours, VarsityLounge is taking off full blast! Our destination? 1,000,000 members by the end of the year! Period! If 2 heads are better than 1, think of what a million heads can do in helping you out with your studies.

If you have seen me at Butler, IUPUI, Ivy Tech, Starbucks or anywhere else but my house, don't forget those cards I passed you. They are worth free V-Lo Points. The only other way to earn those points is by sharing materials on VarsityLounge. These free ones will allow you download from other members till you accumulate enough points from uploading.

Also the first 1,000 members earn cool V-Lo points + their names go into the VarsityLounge Books of Records that is going to track the first 1,000 members, and materials.

We've got lots of ineteresting things lined up for Varsity Lounge and we will need you to help us achieve this. Tell your friends to tell their friends' friends about V-Lo.  

Anyways, I got more coding to do. I'll catch up with you guys later at midnight today.

 
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What made my day
Posted by Hari Krishna at 12:28am, September 17th 2006
 

Today instead of studying I spent much of the day, spreading the word about Varsity Lounge. But some thing really made my day today. A very old friend of mine( whose name shall not be mentioned), called me all of a sudden and was mad hyped about V-Lo. That just made my day. I had not talked to this person in such a long time. Then I realised that I have neglected a lot of my friends working on this website, so I just want to apologise and let you all know thanks for the support. We will hit the clubs and all the good stuff in a little bit.

Apart from that, we are just making sure the site is user friendly and horning the search engine. VarsityLounge will be operational on Thursday. We created two groups on Facebook called varsitylounge and some thing procrastinating. Anyways add yourselves to it.

Another FUNNY thing that happened was today, I was talking to a girl about, VarsityLounge and guess what? Her momma was right there and she thought that Walle and I were hitting on her. So she got a little crazy on us. Walle will tell you guys all the details. Since he has the crazy mouth. 

 
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VarsityLounge dot com. The Hype Is On
Posted by Walle Mafolasire at 04:41pm, September 14th 2006
 

I'm sure a lot of you guys have seen me on IUPUI campus preaching the V-Lo gospel. I can feel the energy from you guys and the entire V-Lo team appreciates it. Even the search engines are hyping up to VarsityLounge. First is was MSN. Now we're on Webcrawler and Yahoo. Together, we are all going to be part of history. VarsityLounge is the first and only website in the world that will provide students, and researchers, access to academic resources as provided by other students and researchers.

So here is what you can do to be part of that history: Start gathering all the study materials you have used for your previous classes in preparation for September 21st. Once the beta version opens up for registration, we are going to be giving away free V-Lo points to the first 1000 students who complete registration and contribute to the site. What can you do with those V-Lo points? I'll share this with you on my next blog. I can't give away everything yet. Oh yeah, the launch party is still on the 29th. Details coming soon... Walle.

 
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Guess who likes VarsityLounge?
Posted by Hari Krishna at 08:26pm, September 10th 2006
 

So I went to this welcome reception, and I met the Executive Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs  of IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis). So me being me, hunted them down and told them about VarsityLounge. They were very supportive of it.  The Dean of Student wants to see if we can incorporate VarsityLounge with Oncourse (the online teaching and learning environment used at IU and IUPUI campuses). What do you guys think?

Anyways, we are gonna open up VarsityLounge Beta soon. We've been doing a lot of testing and the final sets of code are ready. Working on this has been pretty fun. We are also gonna have a launch party coming up on the 29th of September. We'll keep you all posted on it...Gotta go finish up some projects. peace.

 
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Official Support
Posted by Hari Krishna at 02:46pm, September 08th 2006
 

A lot of you guys/ gals spoke to me  about the whole copyright thingy. Well I want to assure all of you, that we have sought legal consultation on these issues. Exchanging and sharing educational materials, is totally legal as long as it is within the boundaries of fair use. All we ask  of you is to respect other peoples' work. We encourage you to use VarsityLounge as a way of gaining more knowledge and not bring yourself down by plagiarizing.

Apart from that, I spoke to the Dean of the School of engineering of IUPUI. He was actaully very supportive, and told me, that one of the best ways to learn is to see what others have done in the past and not repeat the mistakes they made. One can also see the good things they did and use it to one's benefit. 

I want to know from you guys: What will you guys use VarsityLounge for? What type of materials will be looking to find on here? What type of materials will you be willing to share with fellow students? 

I'll be looking forward to your comments and thoughts.

One more thing, do you guys liking the color scheme?

 
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First Major Index, Comments, and 50 bucks
Posted by Walle Mafolasire at 09:05am, September 04th 2006
 


First Major Index, Comments, and 50bucks. YES! Please read on.

I tried different search engines this morning to see how VarsityLounge is doing with them and voila: we are already indexed by MSN. Click on http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=varsitylounge&FORM=MSNH.
MSN must be serious about trying to reach out to college students especially after the deal with Facebook. I am going to keep working on getting us listed on the other popular ones like: Google, and Yahoo.

18 more days to go and here are some new developments:

  1. By popular request, we have opened our blogs to public comments. We agree with you that it is necessary to read your thoughts just like you read ours.
  2. We opened a bank account for VarsityLounge with National City Bank in Castleton (Indianapolis). Thanks to Jim Haberfiled, we got 50 free bucks for opening a new checking account. If you live in Indy area, you should all check National City bank in Castleton. They will give you 50bucks for opening a new account. Lets see, what will you do with 50bucks if you got if for free? Post your comments.

Please continue to tell your friends about VarsityLounge. Our goal is to be the largest bank of study materials and we mean it.

More developments coming soon... Walle

 
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after the beginning
Posted by Hari Krishna at 10:51pm, August 31st 2006
 

As Walle mentioned, we got talking and talking and talking. We talked about various ideas of how students can share resources, and how to make it as easy as possible.We want VarsityLounge to keep the academic integrity of materials people upload. So we designed some controls.

So after all the talking we got started to building VarsityLounge. There were some ups and downs. As we progressed, we realised, not only would it be cool to share materials, but it would be great, if we could have a section where people can talk about how they solved a problem or how theyt did a project or talk about their cultural experience in another country, basically discuss about what ever they wanted, like a forum but unrestricted.

Hence we came up with the idea of V-logs. This is basically a sort of blogging, but it could be personal or academic. Users will be able to search each others blogs for information in a very user friendly manner and respond and link like minded blogs. Hence creating a knowledge pool of information.

Anyways, i have to be up and early tommorow, got to talk to the dean of student services about the website, wish me luck.

 
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In The Beginning
Posted by Walle Mafolasire at 08:01am, August 30th 2006
 


It was a Sunday night, two of my friends and I were on campus trying to finish up some school homework and we desperately needed some help. The text books were not making any sense and so we thought of the different options that were available:


Option 1) Email our professors and teaching assistants for help. That was about the only good option we had but it would take some time to get responses back from them and we needed instantenous help.
Option 2) Call a few friends to see if they knew anybody who had previously taken the same classes...boom! That was how we came up with the idea for VarsityLounge.

How cool it will be to have an online community of serious minded college students who are willing to help each other succeed. After passing through a class, I can upload all the study materials used in that class for other students to use to study. Consequently, when I am taking a class, I can download materials put up by fellow students who had previously taken the class and use these to better understand what I'm learning in class. This must be a good idea! Afterall, college students spend lots of hours on Facebook, Myspace and other online communites sharing pictures and blogs. Why not share study materials that will enhance our learning?

We talked some more about the idea and now, VarsityLounge is ready to unite honest and serious college students across the globe.

The journey so far has been exciting and we will be sharing everything with you. I mean everything including our ups, and downs. In the next coming days, look out for entries from Hari and Osi the other two great minds behind VarsityLounge.

Talk to you soon... Walle.

 
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