by Haleigh Wisdom
As a student worker, my email is something that I have to check every day. Not only is there class related information in it, there’s things for work, things around the office that need to be done, and questions that need to be answered. And it comes daily. If I didn’t answer those emails, I wouldn’t be doing my job. It’s how a bulk of communication is done these days, not just here at Butler. Now, that doesn’t mean that it surprises me when a majority of my friends don’t check their email; they’re students. Sadly, it’s the norm for them to just come in, get their homework, and check out until next week (unless they’re checking to see if class got cancelled, anyway). Not to say that all of them are like that, there are certainly students that do what they’re supposed to and then some. And that’s what we would expect of our teachers, right? Not exactly.
Everyone on campus has an email address and everyone gets email from one place or another. But as anyone who’s sent out a mass email knows, it’s very hard to get people to check it consistently, let alone respond. Especially with faculty a lot of important events and information come down to them through email, but because a good chunk of them don’t check it, and it ends up getting missed out on. For instance, the faculty development newsletter that is sent out monthly to all of the faculty gets opened on average less than 50 times, and most people that open it don’t stay on it for very long.
What other ways are there to get a hold of people besides email? Not many that are as fast and simple. There’s calling people of course, but that would be a crazy amount of calls to make just to let people know that there’s a Second Saturday come up. There are a multitude of tools that we can use to stay connected, but they just end up being another thing that the faculty has to check, and if they don’t check their email, they for sure won’t check the extra tool.
Ask anyone at Butler what could be fixed and everyone will have an answer. While people checking email is another item on the list of things that could be better, considering it’s the easiest already in use tool used here, we should focus on getting everyone to check it and be able to communicate with each other more efficiently.