UH N. Korea email gets national buzz
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