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CHICAGO (CBS) — The University of Chicago has long been known for Nobel Prizes, but if the organizers of a new website have their way, the school will soon elevate its sexual reputation.

As CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports, a group of University of Chicago students have created a website called UChicagoHookups.com.

The site offers students a chance to spice things up on campus by helping them hook up with other students for casual sexual encounters.

The site also carries the motto “Where Fun Comes To Thrive,” a play on the school’s unofficial motto.

“This is known as the place where fun comes to die,” said Jon Clindaniel of Palatine, a junior archaeology major.

That will change if the students behind this website have their way. The site advertises: “Chastity is curable if detected early.”

Reviews of the website have been mixed.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said junior political science major Peter Visser.

“I’m kind of ambivalent,” said freshman Chinese major Anna Gustafson.

“I think it’s a good idea. It’s a lot of fun,” said Kimberly Wright. She said she wouldn’t use the site herself, but has friends who have.

Site officials said that more than 200 students have registered and sent more than 1,000 messages to other University of Chicago students, who in many cases are looking for a no-strings-attached experience.

Freshman Lynda Lopez logged on but didn’t like what she saw.

“I was like, ‘This is not for me.’ I could do a lot better,” said Lopez.

Clindaniel said the University of Chicago campus has been socially repressed for a long time.

He said if this site sparks something of a sexual revolution in Hyde Park, then that would be good for the stuffy academic oasis. And while he hasn’t used the site, he said he won’t rule it out either.

“This is a necessary step to allow people to feel free to hook up on their own time and unwind,” Clindaniel said.

Site officials said they hope to expand to other local campuses.

University of Chicago officials did not respond to an interview request.

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