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Friday, November 14th, 2003

Subject:Homeless Man in McMahon Hall...
Time:9:54 am.
So last night there was a bum, or "homeless man" in McMahon at about 10pm. I don't think he intended any harm. I saw him on the north side sitting on the couches by the elevator. About a half an hour to an hour later, my clustermate was like "THERE'S A HOMELESS MAN IN THE BUILDING!!!" Apparently he had ridden the elevator with her and got off on the fourth floor. She called 4-DUTY and the RA told her, "I'll keep a look out for him."

Shouldn't he have called the police? Did anyone else see the homeless man? He had a blue blanket and he was african american.
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Subject:IMPORTANT: Steven's Way Blocked
Time:11:33 am.
Please be aware that UWPD has blocked off Steven's Way between the Paul G. Allen Center and the HUB. No idea on how long the road will be blocked.
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Time:12:44 pm.
Alright. This is probably gonna be a real slim chance here, but thought I'd try anyway:

Is anyone currently in OPMGT 301 with Mark McKay?

Specifically, I am looking for individuals that went to the Genie Factory tour last Monday and Tuesday, as I am missing some information relating to the homework. That and I need another person to put their name on my paper so that I'm in a group with a minimum of two. Anyone?
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Time:4:14 pm.
i have a question, other than writing the paper for the class that its offered with, what else do you do in a W-course (engl 197/198)? its worth 5 credits and all. is it helpful? i'd rather spend 10credits on something else, but its required.
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Subject:random spammer?
Time:8:01 pm.
Mood: annoyed.

I just got an email from "Matt Brown" (matt770 at yahoo dot com ) who claims that:

I am graduate student asking you for 2 minutes of you time to take a 10
question survey on computers.  This survey will help me with a class
presentation I am giving in a couple of weeks.  If you can take a few
minutes to take my survey I would truly appreciate it.  Thanks for your

Survey link:  www.nellp.com/survey


Matt Brown

The To: field had a whole series of consecutive UW email addresses alphabetically around my own. To me, this looks like spam. I can't figure out who nellp.com is, although the whois registrant is:

   Neilson Elggren LLP
   230 South 500 East, Suite 425
   Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Does anybody know who this is? Is it spam? Here's my analysis:
  • yahoo email address
  • no school affiliation
  • no identification of self or school on the survey [update: (not even which school, let alone which department)]
  • grammatical error in the first line ("I am graduate student")
  • [update: and another "2 minutes of you time"]
  • [update: nellp.com seems to be some kind of accounting firm, which is unlikely to be a graduate student]
If this really is a graduate student, he should be whacked with the cloo-by-for. I visited the link but didn't do the survey; I wish I hadn't even done that much. I debated writing back to the bonehead (closeted spam-marketroid?) but I'm feeling paranoid and I want to give the closest impression to a dead email address that I can.

Has anybody else received this piece of (seeming) spam?

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