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Check Yo Self Before You Email The Entire Spec Staff


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Typically in listserv fuck-up posts, we remind you to never ever hit “reply all.” This time, however, we have a cautionary tale of checking the “send” line so you don’t reveal your egotistical jackass-ery to the full listserv and end up offending someone.

Spec’s Publisher sent an email tonight that was supposed to go to just the Business Staff, but instead went to All Staff on the Spectator. After a list of boring business-y stuff, he wrote the following:

“3) MBA Mixer at 5: totally optional. starting last year, MultiCultural Business Association (with the clever abbreviation, MBA) has hosted an annual mixer for all business related students groups. Feel free to come to explore other business opportunities at CU, recruit bright young minds to Spec, and most importantly, watch us shit all over the mickey-mouse bullshit clubs that serve no purpose beyond spamming a listserv and hosting one panel per year. On nothing.”
(Formatting Bwog’s own)

A minute later,he sent another email, saying:

“Sorry all; that was meant for business staff. All above still applies.”

Ten minutes later, someone anonymously tipped it to us, saying “i’m a leader of a ‘mickey mouse bullshit club.'”

For your reference, these are the groups that can now be offended:

  • Columbia-China Law Business Association (CCLBA)
  • Columbia Financial Investment Group (CFIG)
  • Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs (CORE)
  • Columbia Women’s Business Society (CWBS)
  • Columbia University Financial Engineering (CUFE)
  • Economics Society
  • Multicultural Business Association (MBA)
  • Spectator Business Division
  • And more!

Moral of the story: don’t be mean. But if you’re going to be mean, look at “To” line before hitting “send.”

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  • LOL says:

    @LOL I saw him express these sentiments in person during a Spec Business recruiting session (open to anyone, by the way), so I figured it was only a matter of time. It went along the lines of, “You could be treasurer of one of your cute no-name clubs like CFIG that doesn’t actually do anything, or you could join Spec Business.”

    Keep it classy. Oh, and Sports >>> Business.


  • We all know says:

    @We all know Bwog shits on Spec

  • This is weird says:

    @This is weird for the first time in my life, I have a slight interest in Spec….

    oh never mind, it’s gone

  • YOLO says:

    @YOLO It’s upsetting that the shitheadedness of one individual can affect how people on campus think of Spec. I have a few friends that give everything to Spec, working 30-40 hours a week, and this is the exposure they’re getting by affiliating themselves with this guy.

  • The Phantom Shadow says:

    @The Phantom Shadow FACT: Spec finished its last semester with an ending balance of $1 (even wid spect alum support)
    FACT: dum Spect chews up and shits out its business analysts, promoting the ones that stay within a semester while other divisions undergo rigorous “turkey shoots”
    FACT: Speccies regularly donate sperm and bone marrow to pay for the costs of their “daily” newspaper

    the spec sucks.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous lol @ this defense. “well those clubs are shitty anyway!”

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Can’t we all just agree that all clubs everywhere are full of self-important assholes?

    [I’m in like four different clubs =( ]

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous CORE is bringing in Jack Dorsey, the Co-Founder of Twitter to Columbia. Tickets are out for all of Roone. I certainly wouldn’t call CORE a mickey-mouse club…

    1. Anonymous says:


  • No TRUE Columbian says:

    @No TRUE Columbian evr makes mistakes or typographical errors

  • anon says:

    @anon Yep, and they’re all still bullshit groups

  • anon says:

    @anon Lets be honest anyone on any of these list servs know there is like 3 events a semester these clubs do and the rest is spam. mickey-mouse club is true. But spec does suck

  • I dont draft emails, mofuckah I send em says:

    @I dont draft emails, mofuckah I send em I hope this has a sort of Kendrick Lamar “Control” verse type response, where many other clubs are meant to feel offended, then realize its beyond their capability to mount any sort of actual response, and sort of affirm the truth of the original message.

    1. bigguccisosa says:

      @bigguccisosa great comment. i appreciate you

  • a says:

    @a who else is surprised that the picture doesn’t say “netiquette”

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Can’t events say what you think on youR own listserv…

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Yeah, that’s what GroupMe is for!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Yes, because sending a listserv email with has zero slurs, no off the record information, and no actual name-calling is a fantastic reason to resign.

    This is a Joe Biden gaffe, not a Barbara Morgan gaffe. Speaking of which, this isn’t American politics. This is a fucking university. You’ll graduate in 2, 3, 4 years and you’ll realize there are far more important things out there for people to resign over. Get over yourself.

    But if anyone should resign, it should be the person who wrote this and the person who allowed this to go up. Very petty even for you, Bwog.

    A+ for ground-breaking journalism. Let me know when the Pulitzer arrives.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous that moment when you sign up for 20 listservs… and they keep spamming you for 20 years despite your pleas for removal

    Also people, please don’t reply all when pleading for removal

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous >implying spec serves a purpose other than resume padding

    Oh wait I forgot it also serves to fuel Columbia’s PR machine

    1. Actually says:

      @Actually @Anonymous: Yes. The business staff at Spec, to my knowledge, sells ads, does fundraising with alumni and supporters, markets content, and hosts sponsored events to cover the operating costs for the paper. (Spec isn’t a Columbia club and therefore receives no funding from CU so as to remain objective towards the CU administration.) So yeah, serving on Spec business does do more than put a line on your resume. Unlike these mickey mouse bullshit clubs like CORE, CFIG, etc. Spec business keeps an independent business afloat. If you actually think these phony CU clubs do anything real you’re another delusional self-serving Columbia finance prick.

  • whatever. says:

    @whatever. You know why I hate posts like this? Because it gives random people a reason to shit all over some person for a stupid reason. The guy sends one email to the wrong people and suddenly he has people attacking every aspect of his character. Like I don’t need to know if you think he has a Napolean complex. REALLY? And it always happens a few times a semester.

  • HEYO says:


  • listserv lover says:

    @listserv lover It might be just me, but I subscribe to many newsletters of the mentioned clubs and they are sources for my finance and consulting recruiting agenda. Those clubs also invite employers over to host info-sessions, coffee chats and other useful events. Not all student clubs are the same. Running a profitable (break-even?) balance sheet is great, but providing anxious juniors (like me) with networking opportunities is equally worth mentioning.

    But again, I’m just a listserv lover…

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