I only learned this recently, but apparently cell phone service was very, very spotty at Dartmouth until the early 2000s. As a result, people “blitzed” (emailed) each other instead of texting each other, which is why we Dartmouth students hold Blitz so close to our hearts.
The “old Blitz” was shifted to a new system this year, which was a cause of annoyance for a lot of the upperclassmen, but everyone I know is still grateful that we use email the way we do. What do I mean by that? People blitz out events to the entire student body so that everyone knows what is happening on campus. Between social events and clubs recruiting members, between opportunities to eat lunch with President Kim and to get involved in off- and on-campus programs, I get so many emails day. This entire system creates the most inclusive, cohesive campus atmosphere that I have heard of.
The emails come in spurts. At one moment, I will be lulled into a false sense of calm. But there are times during the day, usually mid afternoon, and then especially around 10:30 pm, when I get email after email after email, convincing me that campus is alive and throbbing with energy. I will leave you with this piece of advice. Ignore Blitz at your own peril – you will be flooded in emails if you don’t check it daily, sometimes more often. Just kidding…sort of….