Yeah… we have all received this email and continue to get updates every time a non-consented buttocks touching occurs on campus. [If you were a victim of such crime, this post may be offensive and I apologize in advance]. It is good to have a news alert system, but really, I don’t need to know about every minor crime that occurs in New Brunswick. I most likely don’t have any information about the “six foot black male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.” The excessive amount of crime updates, Sakai post confirmations, and other unrelated messages, from the school make me avoid logging into scarlet mail. Amongst dozens of unread frivolous e-mails it’s hard to decipher what messages are actually important. I can assume that some others, like me, have also stopped reading the crime reports. What’s the point of having an alert system if no one pays attention to it? I wish there was an option to select “Only alert me for legit crimes.” But there is not. Rutgers uses scarlet mail to keep students informed, but there is a such thing as too much information. My iPhone is constantly prompting me to check my 45 unread e-mails, view my 10 missed calls, update 4 of my apps and manage my storage. Well guess what iPhone, that’s not gonna happen so f***ing relax! The overflow of information has caused me to avoid addressing any of these alerts.
An article on text2cloud criticizes the Rutgers Emergency Alert System in regards to its inefficiency of alerting students about all potential dangers and in a timely manor. But honestly, the last thing we need is more alerts. Instead, the Rutgers Emergency Alert System should implement a more effective ways of informing students. Perhaps a call of a prerecorded audio message (but only for the “legit crimes”). If my life is actually in danger, I would like to know right away, not when I eventually maybe check my e-mail, and may or may not even see the message. Rutgers Emergency Alert System, please tell me when there is actually a real problem, but for now, I will continue to attend my classes in Scott Hall, despite the alleged buttocks toucher.