SAC email system students need a choice

Crier editorial

Athletic Events on the Hilltop, Employer Resume Review, Join Men’s Rugby, CEL Weekly Dig, Reminder for the CPR Class, Bookstore Renovations: these are just a few of the hundreds of emails students receive every day.

The majority of students delete e-mails without reading them or even opening them. There are emails from clubs and organizations in which students have no interest.

The school has made it possible for e-mails to be sent to specified groups, individual classes, the staff and faculty, designated offices, as well as the campus as a whole. Why then is there not an option for students to take themselves off of e-mail lists from which ever sender they choose?

It is true that all of the groups sending e-mails have something valuable to say, but it is not always appropriate to send to everyone.

The females on campus do not need to receive the e-mails about joining men’s club hockey; similarly, the males do not need to receive the e-mails for joining the Daughters of Isabella. There needs to be an option to send emails just to the males, or just the females. There needs to be an option for students to select from whom they want to receive e-mails.

It is understood that the hundreds of e-mails students sift through every day, some more diligently than others, are meant to provide Anselmians with information and opportunities that may be to their benefit. With this being said, students should have the option to choose what they do and do not have to winnow. Most of these e-mails are dismissed anyway; it would be more beneficial for the senders if the e-mails were only being received by those who are interested in the content.

If students only received e-mails they were interested in the message would actually be read instead of being blindly deleting without any acknowledgment.

It is also detrimental to students in a way; having to search through e-mails they do not need or care about, they often miss the things that are important. E-mails from clubs they are a part of, or messages from professors, can fall through the cracks and important information is missed simply because there is an overload of other information.

In a digital age, many students and professors are checking their e-mail on their cell phones. Only some e-mail messages are shown at a time; when rapidly scrolling through to delete the unnecessary messages, some of the important ones can get missed.

The system at Saint Anselm College does have a safety net for these e-mails that are accidentally deleted, but the receiver can only check for them in the deleted bin if they know they had received them in the first place.

The IT department needs to find a way for students to choose what senders they receive mail from and what senders they can omit. It will save students and faculty a lot of time, and a lot of confusion.