The listserv that lives on

Remember that giant reply all email that wouldn’t go away? Well we had almost forgotten about the whole fiasco. But now it’s back, and after two days of straight-up inbox flooding, we just can’t take it anymore.

The accidental spam thread had been dormant for weeks till Tuesday, when a single student awoke the thread by asking to be removed from it. Since then, all hell has broken loose.

56 additional people have asked to be unsubscribed. Several other people have requested that their status switch to “resubscribe” or “funsubscribe.” We’ve received advertisements for personal Twitter accounts. The situation has been compared to great literary works about interminable, unexitable activities. A few emails have been sent in foreign languages. And we’ve received personal missives.   Continue Reading

Why “reply all” should be eradicated

About a week ago, I received an email from CIS telling me I had a “naming conflict” with my Brown email address. The email laid out a couple of logistical problems that my account, and presumably those of many others in the Brown Community, were facing. The message was pretty technical, but I elected not to really read it because the email explicitly said, “You do NOT need to take any action yet.” So I did not.

Yesterday, I got another email, which continued to lay out the problem of my “naming conflict.” The email again delayed any sense of urgency I might have possibly been feeling. “You do not need to take any action before tomorrow.” (They bolded; I’m just reporting.) So considering this warning, and the fact that my Brown apps are not that valuable to me post-graduation, I took no action. Presumably, neither did a whole lot of other people, because today we received a clarification email from CIS.

Sounds simple enough. But clearly there had been tension building for days, DAYS, that no one had yet to act on.

Shortly after CIS’s clarification message, a professor (who we will allow to remain anonymous; he has suffered enough) sent an email in response. And because he hit reply all, the message went to everyone with a naming conflict. The saga continues after the jump. Continue Reading

Engineering a disaster

Word on the street is that all the engineering computers are down and won’t be back up for at least a couple days. Disaster!



URI flash mob: Go big or go home

Brown’s dance groups caused a splash with their Spring Weekend flash mob. But they may have already been outdone: a URI flash mob led to the early closure of a campus library Sunday night after 400 students descended in coordinated choreography. According to ProJo reports, students were playing loud music, chanting and standing on tables. That so would not fly in the Absolute Quiet Room.

The Herald’s Senior Survey


As graduation looms nearer and nearer (ahhhhhhhhhh!), it’s time to tell us how you really feel about your four years at Brown.

Ever wonder how many of your classmates have done the SciLi Challenge? How many sexual partners everyone has had? Would you still choose Brown today? What is your favorite Brown memory?

Answer these questions and more in The Brown Daily Herald’s Senior Survey, now on MyCourses! The survey is completely anonymous.

Results will be printed in The Herald’s Commencement Magazine, available on newsstands and at during Senior Week.

Why is this video different from all other videos?

For those who were not “highly encouraged” (read: forced) to attend years worth of Hebrew school, the story of this week’s celebration of Passover can be confusing. Never fear though: there’s a version of the story for everyone.  From the cartoon characters of yesterday to the YouTube stars of today, choose your narrator- we’ve still got five nights to go.

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