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 managing news editor of The Gettysburgian, a position he has held since the middle of his first year. In four semesters, he has written more than 100 articles on topics ranging from student activism on campus to sports. Ben previously served as the event coverage and social media coordinator and led the paper's inaugural efforts using Facebook Live and live tweeting events on campus. Aside from The Gettysburgian, he is a peer research mentor in Musselman Library, a research assistant in the political science department, and drum major of the Bullets Marching Band. He 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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