General Features

There are several features which can be found on nearly every page of the GSW website. These common features include a banner across the top of the page, and in columns on the left- and right-hand sides of your browser window.

The banner at the top of the page will take you directly to the Homepage of the GSW site.

 

Sections and Links in the Left-hand Column

The column on the left is broken down into several sections. At the top you will find a box called "Grey School" tells you what name you've used to log into the site and gives a count of the number of people currently accessing the site.

Below that is the “GSW Clock Tower” which reports the current date and time in the Pacific time zone, which is home to Headmaster Oberon. The GSW Clock Tower time is what we use as “official GSW time.”

 

Next is a section labeled “Student's Area.” This section is only visible when logged in to the site, and with a currently active tuition status. It is in this Student's Area menu where most of the action at the Grey School takes place.

 

The links in the Student's Area are as follows:

 

• My Account - This is the same as your landing page when you first sign in.

 

• My Classes - A listing of your class, pending, approved and completed.

 

• Apprentice Handbook - This links to this handbook.

 

• FAQ - A listing of some of the most frequently asked questions, with their answers.


• vGSW - This link is currently down, but will lead to a page describing the virtual campus.

 

• House/Lodge Page – This link may go to different pages depending on the student account currently logged into the site. The link will go to the individual House or Lodge page for that student. These pages are different from the pages accessed via the “Houses & Lodges” pages in the Main Menu section described above. The previous House/Lodge pages are general descriptions, where the House/Lodge Page accessed from the Student's Area often contains a much richer history of the House or Lodge.

 

• Departments of Study – This link is the gateway to detailed information about every class offered at the school. From the main Departments of Study page there are links to summary descriptions of each department, as well as links to pages describing all classes within each of the departments. These class listings are dynamically generated from the school databases, so they are always up to date.

 

• GSW Faculty – This link not only lists all the members of the staff and faculty, but also provides links through which those people can be contacted, as well as details on each member's titles and degrees.


• School Forums – This topic is so large that it is covered in a separate section below.

 

• Edit Student Info – This link allows only three pieces of information to be edited. These are: the preferred time zone offset, the current account's email address, and the current account's password. Many other pieces of information are displayed on this page, such as the Real Name, birthday, address, and phone number associated with this account. To change any of these other pieces of information, contact the Head of your House or Lodge

 

• Change Theme – This link goes to a page with a drop-down menu listing all of the currently available “themes” for the Grey School website. These “themes” are different color schemes with which the Grey School website can be displayed. Select a theme from the drop-down menu and then click on the “Save Changes” button to apply the change. The Student Information page will then load up in the new theme.

 

• GSW Downloads – The link for downloading official School documents.

 

• Logout/Exit – This link terminates your current login session on the site and you will have to provide your Magickal Name and password when you return. This is especially helpful when you share a computer with other users.


Below that you will find the GSW Menu set of links. These links are as follows:

• Magick Alley – This is the store link at which you may purchase many different magickal items Check in with the Magick Alley often, as new products are frequently added. 

• Zazzle - This link goes to the school's Zazzle store where you can buy GSW branded merchandise.


• About the Grimoire – This link goes to a brief review of the Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard.

 

• About the School – The page at this link gives a concise summary of the vision behind the Grey School of Wizardry.

 

• Colors of Magick – This link is a brief summary of the 16 colors used by the Grey School.

 

• Departments of Study – This link is the gateway to detailed information about every class offered at the school. From the main Departments of Study page there are links to summary descriptions of each department, as well as links to pages describing all classes within each of the departments. These class listings are dynamically generated from the school databases, so they are always up to date.

 

• GSW Faculty – This link not only lists all the members of the staff and faculty, but also provides links through which those people can be contacted, as well as details on each member's titles and degrees.

 

• Frequent Questions – This link answers some common questions about the mechanics of attending the Grey School.

 

• Houses & Lodges – This page displays the crests of the four Youth Houses and four Adult Lodges into which Apprentices are sorted. Each crest can be clicked to continue on to another detailed page about each of the various Houses and Lodges.

 

• Grey Council – This link goes to a page which includes brief biographies of several Wizards, Mages, and Sages who have been an important inspiration to the Grey School, and some of whom have provided some direct influence on the school's path.


• Legal Statements - A link to the Terms of use for The Grey School of Wizardry.


Sections and Links in the Right-hand Column

The column on the right-hand side of most pages on the Grey School site is much shorter. At the top of the right-hand column is the “Lunar Phase” which shows a graphical representation of the current Moon phase, along with some text data about the Moon phase and the current time. The next section is titled “Server Status” and it gives a brief indication of the load on the school servers. If the school website seems slow to respond, look at this indicator first. Below the "Server Status" section is “Donations” section. Student Prefects, Captains, and a handful of other Grey School members will also see a “Misc. Controls” section with a few links specific to their extra duties.