What To Expect When You’re Expecting LionMail

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The froshpeople seem to have gotten the hang of things already, but you old fogies who still use CubMail directly are in for a rude awakening. Over the last few weeks, CUIT has been shuffling your shit in preparation for the move to Columbia’s new Google-powered platform, LionMail, on July 31st. That’s tomorrow. To avoid adding one more headache to your weekday hangover, here’s what you need to know come morning:

  • As many of you who have already evolved beyond the troglodytic CubMail likely already noticed, Gmail users can no longer use their UNI as an alternate e-mail address.
  • In a similar vein, those of you sneaky enough to have created a personal Google account will have encountered the conflicting account alert some time in the last few weeks.
  • Any e-mails larger than 25MB were not transferred to LionMail. To move any such monolithic messages to LionMail, sort your CubMail inbox by message size and forward them to yourself tomorrow!
  • If you want to set up LionMail access on your mobile device or an external client, you’ll need a special device password (distinct from your UNI password). CUIT has prepared step-by-step instructions for configuring most popular mobile and e-mail client platforms.
  • Though LionMail will give you access to a university wide directory of UNIs, CubMail address book entries with multiple contacts will not be copied to your LionMail address book. To re-create them, copy the e-mail addresses into a text file and then paste them into a new contact group in LionMail.
  • LionMail comes with the incredibly powerful Google Calendar; check out CUIT’s introduction to the system, including how to import your New CourseWorks schedule (!!!)
  • Obviously undergraduates without prior access won’t be able to log-in until tomorrow, but the link for your bookmarks is the ever-straightforward and sign-in is with your UNI and UNI password. If you really want the user manual for first-time login, check out CUIT’s guide.
If you’re wondering what the big stinking deal with LionMail is compared to your exquisitely orchestrated system of filters and labels in Gmail, take a look at this hardly-convincing table. There is a similar table on the advantages of LionMail over the derelict CubMail, though you probably don’t need any convincing on that front.

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  1. Anonymous  

    Do e-mails directed toward your uni@columbia address still get forwarded to a gmail account for those that have this?

  2. Spanish Inquisition

    Nobody expects the Spani- ...
    Oh. Sorry.
    Wrong thread.

  3. a student of the arts  

    That font for logging eyes! Whoever picked the font must be blind

  4. Anonymous  

    The URL for the LionMail vs CubMail comparison is


  5. Anonymous

    Anyone care to explain this: "As many of you who have already evolved beyond the troglodytic CubMail likely already noticed, Gmail users can no longer use their UNI as an alternate e-mail address." ? Does this mean we cannot send as "" from our gmails?

  6. Anonymous  

    does this affect me at all if i forward my email address to gmail?

  7. CC'13

    it's not importing my courseworks schedule :( so sad

  8. hm

    is this really a big deal? am i missing something? i plan on just continuing to forward my columbia mail to gmail...

  9. Anonymous

    what's next?

  10. Anonymous

    when will graduate students (and alumni) get this new lion mail?

  11. Anonymous  

    Forwarding to regular gmail or anywhere else works exactly the same as before.

  12. Anonymous


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