Berkeley Law The Latest To Accidentally Admit Thousands Via Email

from the careful-with-that-send-button dept

There have been quite a few stories over the years concerning universities accidentally sending out congratulations emails to applicants when they didn’t mean to. By this point, you would have figured that most universities would have put in place a decent process to prevent this from happening — but apparently not. The latest is Berkeley’s law school. The director of admissions there was apparently teaching a new hire how to use the email system, including (uh oh) how to send a single message to many people at the same time. He just so happened to pick the “you’ve been accepted email” and the list of all 7,000 applicants and then, naturally, pressed the send key. Seems like those first year classes might get a little crowded this year…

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dorpus says:

Negative Correlation

Is it just me, or is there a negative correlation between a school’s reputation and the quality of its buildings? I’ve been to more than one prestigious school where the buildings were old, dirty, and miserable. I just got accepted by one of my backup schools that would put Beverly Hills to shame — I’ve never seen such nice buildings or athletic facilities anywhere else, public or private. They’re not only brand new, they’re building many more even better ones.

dorpus says:

Re: Re: Negative Correlation

I’ve heard that argument before, but the backup school has been around since 1821. In the weird dynamic of prestigious schools, they supposedly have billions of dollars in pocket change, but it is never spent on basic building improvements. Other non-prestigious schools manage to score big with government funding and build futuristic sci-fi campuses.

dorpus says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Negative Correlation

If you’re wanting to argue that old buildings are more elegant, it wasn’t that either — the buildings at “prestigious” schools were mostly built in the 1950s or 60s, with dirty concrete walls, plastic light fixtures full of dead moths, and balding linoleum tiles. The attitude was that they could make students sleep on thin straw mats, and the students will still want to come. The professors there were often militant, since they were working in conditions well beneath their dignity.

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