Dec 19 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: College Students Get April Fools in December

Johns Hopkins Mistakenly Welcomes Wrong Students

BALTIMORE — Dec 17, 2014, 1:14 PM ET

Johns Hopkins University mistakenly sent nearly 300 applicants welcome messages when they were actually rejected or deferred, and now the school has issued an apology.

University officials told The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1vYGr7q) it was a mistake of human error. Vice Provost David Phillips said a contractor who works with Johns Hopkins on electronic communications pulled a wrong list of emails.


“We apologize to the students affected and to their families,” Phillips said. “Admissions decision days are stressful enough. We very much regret having added to the disappointment felt by a group of very capable and hardworking students.”

The students had applied early decision to the prestigious Baltimore university. Of the 294 applicants who received an erroneous message, 285 had actually been denied admission and nine had received deferrals.

Cathy Stephenson of Culpeper County, Virginia, said she is irate that her son received a mistaken admission notice after an earlier denial. The email subject line was “Embrace the YES!” and the body welcomed her son. Stephenson said university officers should do more to apologize.

“All we want is a personal phone call,” Stephenson said. “When I make a mistake, I do the right thing.”

Other colleges also have made embarrassing errors in admissions notices. In February, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sent thousands of students a mistaken email about financial aid saying they were all receiving the information because they were admitted, but that was wrong.

Similar mistakes have been reported at Fordham University, Vassar College and at the University of California at San Diego, which in 2009 mistakenly sent acceptance emails to all 46,000 students who applied, including 28,000 who were rejected.
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Source: ABC News

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Dec 19 2014

General Board of Global Ministries: Becoming Kairos in Times of Suffering

Thomas Kemper reflects on the need for a rebirth of Christ in our midst to take responsible action against injustice.

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Dec 19 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: THE PERFECT GIFT

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved….

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Dec 19 2014

Led By The Word: #Advent14 — In The Midst

#Advent reminds us that God is in the midst of it all.

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Dec 19 2014

Sandpiper's Thoughts: The De-Churched

In a sermon last Sunday, Alan asked, “How have we blocked Christ from those who might be called the “de-churched?”First of all, I’ve never heard of the term de-churched, but as he said it, I knew who he was talking about.  This isn’t the unchurche…

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Dec 19 2014

Uniting Grace: Maybe the Thought Police Aren’t Such a Bad Idea?

Human beings are thinking creatures.  To be sure, we are embodied, and our flesh-and-blood living matters, too.  But while our capacity to think is a quality that separates us from the beasts, this too often goes unused.  This is tragic for all people, but especially those who claim to be followers of Jesus.  Christian faith is … Continue reading Maybe the Thought Police Aren’t Such a Bad Idea?

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