All NYU students received an email
yesterday urging them to enter their cell phone numbers into the school’s
electronic Student Information System. The database will allow university
officials to communicate with students via cell phone text messages in the case
of emergency: “The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is a top priority
for NYU. One of the most important tools in an emergency – whether an
individual emergency or a large-scale condition which may have an impact on the
whole campus – is swift communications,” explained Jules Martin, Vice President
for Public Safety, and University Registrar Yechiel Rosenrauch in the letter.
A spokeswoman at the Office of
Public Affairs told the Press that
the initiative is something that’s been in the works since well before last
April’s massacre at Virginia Tech. Following the tragedy, many called for
schools to develop better ways to communicate with their students. In July, Virginia Tech began using a new system that allows it to send texts to individuals’ cell phones, too.
It seems that cell phones are
really coming in handy these days. Just ask Eric Wright. Wright, 36, was
arrested in November for allegedly shooting a drug dealer in
has been in prison ever since. But the man was set free yesterday after his
lawyers used cell phone records to prove that Wright was in
cleared Wright told reporters. Now we all have yet another reason to yap away.
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