The Intercom website has been an active "digital bulletin board" for communication with the Ithaca College community for over 18 years. The oldest posts in our archive go back to January of 2003, years before everyone had a smartphone, before there were Facebook Groups or Twitter threads. Intercom is even older than some of the students in our incoming class. And yet in all that time, while the site has remained a central part of how the IC community shares with each other, the basic functions and technology that power Intercom have largely remained unchanged, suspended in a limbo of how websites were built at the beginning of the millennium.
We've done our best to make small updates and refinements to the base code elements that power Intercom over the years. But the software and infrastructure used to maintain the system were the same tools used to run the rest of our old college website, living on a server that has now reached the end of its operational life. In fact, several elements of the code behind Intercom have already begun to fail in recent months, and we are running out of time to maintain this key resource for the campus community.
In order to keep Intercom going, preserve its content, and provide tools to keep this service going for campus for the rest of the year, our developers are finalizing the migration of Intercom to our Drupal web platform, with a goal of launching this new version of Intercom after Commencement in the last week of May.