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I personally found nothing wrong with Fernald's email. He tried to strike a humorous note while making clear how hundreds of students feel about the mass emails: they are, for the most part, self-serving spam and do nothing to endear us to the various sports teams advertising their games. I completely agree with Matt's sentiment that those emails actually made me lose respect for the sports teams in question. In fact, had I been able to reply to more than 500 recipients on Gmail, I would have asked that people cease using the mass emailing list myself.
"By denouncing the usage of the email chain, students cannot advertise their extracurricular endeavors and achievements to the entire student body."
This is completely untrue. Somehow, I have managed to go through 7 semesters here finding out about the events I want to go to through reading posters in public areas, reading the weekly e-digest, checking Facebook events, and checking schedules on the Amherst website. I have been a member of 4 music groups and a few other student groups and never have I felt the need to send an email to every person in the school, even when attendance was below expectation. There is nothing 'inclusive' about mass emailing the school and turning people off.
"none of the aggressive responses to the original email were even from athletes"
I'm sorry but that is a complete lie. In fact, I looked up those individuals and 4 of the 5 emails were from people on the rosters of varsity sports teams at Amherst. I understand that you don't want the athlete vs non athlete gap to continue to grow, but lying certainly does not help you cause and insults our intelligence.
You claim to have all of these friends in different groups: Can you imagine how many emails you would get if every student group sent out an email advertising their event? Case in point, a couple weekends ago, there were 4 performing arts events on the same evening within the same 3 hour time frame. Add in other student groups, sports teams, etc--you get the idea. I, for one, do not want to get an additional 5-10 emails a day and I'm sure anyone who uses the default email program would not want to have to delete those emails as well.
Again, I understand that you don't want further stereotyping to occur. But let's be realistic: nothing quite reinforces stereotypes like advertising for "fan appreciation" and mass emails that begin with "that shit was cray."
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