College to introduce new “Hourly Digest” emails


By Benjamin Pontz, News Editor

In response to recent data from the Campus Climate Survey that showed a concerning lack of student engagement, college officials announced the creation of new “Hourly Digest” emails that will appear in students’ inboxes 24 times each day.

Other notable developments include the elimination of one’s ability to unsubscribe and mandatory weekly “Digest Quizzes” to test students’ comprehension of the emails. Students with poor scores on the quizzes will be penalized in the housing lottery and likely will have to participate in weekly community meetings to boost their campus engagement.

“We want to ensure all of our students have the most up-to-date information right at their fingertips,” explained Diana Cronkite, Deputy Assistant Coordinator for Residential & First-Year Programs and Associate Dean of College Life for Required Student Community Engagement. “That’s why we developed the hourly digest: to ensure you can have all the information you need all the time, whether you want it or not.”

Student feedback has been mixed. While one RA expressed excitement at the prospect of facilitating additional community meetings, most students shrugged and said that since the quizzes are on Friday afternoons, at least they’ll have forgotten about them by Saturday mornings.

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Author: Benjamin Pontz

Benjamin Pontz '20 serves as editor-in-chief of The Gettysburgian. Previously, he served as a staff writer, event coverage coordinator, news editor, and managing news editor. During his tenure, he has written more than 120 articles, and he led the team that won first place in the 2017 Keystone Press Awards for ongoing news coverage of Robert Spencer's visit to Gettysburg College. Ben is a political science and public policy double major with a minor in music, and he reads up to seven newspapers daily. Follow him on Twitter @benpontz.

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