UH N. Korea email gets na­tional buzz

West Hawaii Today - - Local News - BY KIRSTEN JOHN­SON EMAIL

HILO — A Univer­sity of Hawaii spokesman is apol­o­giz­ing for “need­less at­ten­tion” from an email sent to fac­ulty, staff and stu­dents sys­temwide Monday with the sub­ject line, “In the event of a nu­clear at­tack.”

The email was meant to in­form the 10 UH cam­puses, in­clud­ing the UH-Hilo, that in the un­likely event of a North Korea mis­sile at­tack, the UH will “de­fer to state and fed­eral agen­cies,” UH spokesman Dan Meisen­zahl said Tues­day.

The email’s sub­ject line quickly gar­nered the at­ten­tion of na­tional me­dia and gen­er­ated more than 60 on­line ar­ti­cles with sen­tences such as “trou­ble in par­adise?” and “Now on of­fer at Univer­sity of Hawaii, Nu­clear War 101: How to Start Wor­ry­ing and Fear the Bomb.”

Meisen­zahl said the mes­sage was sent as a stan­dard in­ter­nal email and was not meant to at­tract na­tional me­dia cov­er­age or cause fear. It was sent to more than 60,000 peo­ple sys­temwide.

Meisen­zahl said he takes “full re­spon­si­bil­ity” for the sub­ject line, which he called “ab­so­lutely re­gret­table and a mis­take.”

“My job is to pre­vent neg­a­tive, em­bar­rass­ing head­lines,” Meisen­zahl

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