Volume 96, Issue 97
Wednesday, April 2, 2003

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SPAM flood, Ark needed

To the Editor:

I checked my typically empty Western e-mail account this morning only to find close to 30 spam e-mails about subletting, a TV stand, microwave and oh wait, a room with a live dominatrix!

Up until that point, most of the emails were harmless and even a little funny. One advertises, "If you read Cosmo, InStyle, Vogue, we're across from a frat house so lots of keggers!". She listed what I think is a residence extension, but she didn't list what residence it's for.

At least you know exactly what kind of situation you're moving into with that ad. Another email actually apologizes for the "spam" within the spam Sure it's a little annoying, but you can't really ask for more targeted advertising, so I can understand the temptation to spam the entire school.

Then came the dominatrix e-mail – that crossed the line. Everyone should feel safer knowing there's a 52-year-old man close to campus with a bed to share (his bed) for the low price of $50 a month. He has whips, chains, and if you've been a bad girl or boy, he'll get you back on track.

Way to sleep on the job UWO Information Technology Services or whatever you're called. Whoever is in charge of the mass email accounts has definitely been a bad girl or boy. I'd pay the $50 for them to get chained and whipped.

Tim Marshall
ACS II

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