Mass e-mails send mixed messages


    “Re: use bcc next time” will forever hold a different meaning after a mass business e-mail went out Wednesday.The e-mail was originally used to inform business students about a fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Stan. It took a different turn when a student responded to all and initiated the first of 91 e-mails sent to all recipients.

    “There is usually a reply-to-all restriction on mass e-mails,” said Lynn Cole, director of the Neeley Student Resource Center. “For some reason the restriction was not in place, so students were able to reply to the whole business school.”

    The e-mails following the original ranged from students begging for the e-mails to stop and students trying to sell their margarita company’s services to graphic images.

    Junior marketing major Matt Comeaux was the first one to respond to the mass e-mail.

    “I was just trying to let the student know that (he or she) had replied to all,” Comeaux said. “I thought I was helping the problem but the e-mails did not stop.”

    Cole said that all the inappropriate messages were surprising.

    Students had different reactions to the e-mails.

    “I didn’t think the messages were annoying,” Comeaux said. “I thought they were hilarious because everyone that sent e-mails asking them to stop sending e-mails only multiplied the problem.”

    The e-mail problem ended Thursday after Cole said she became aware of the issue.

    “I sent out a e-mail apologizing for the problem,” Cole said. “We also said that we would be tracking those that abused the reply-all privilege.”

    No action has been taken against those who responded to the e-mail.

    “This issue has come up before at TCU, but I was not aware of this incident,” said William Senter of technical services. “If it’s a student contact issue, it is usually handled by the dean of student life.