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The Huffington Post
Imagine you're an energetic leader of student government at a major state school. You've been in extensive discussion with students and professors about the administration's decision to cut short the semester. Students feel ripped off and professors feel that two fewer days of instruction would seriously impinge on their academic goals. Working in collaboration with a group of professors and students, you put together a thoughtful memo opposing the university's decision and e-mail it to all the professors you think might be most helpful in getting the decision reversed. Next thing you know, however, you've been charged with "spamming" and you're facing a possible suspension -- all for the e-mail equivalent of a responsible letter-writing campaign... Download file "It's raining spam at Michigan State U"