Boston College takes the important step of not providing incoming freshmen with email addresses. I have argued this before, but, I simply don’t understand why campuses spend so much money trying to maintain and provide students with email addresses. There are so many free services out there, ones which students who are coming into the university are already comfortable with using. Now I know someone is going to mention privacy in the comments here, so let me preempt that comment. Privacy here is a red herring, rather than provide students with a false sense of privacy related to an email account they don’t use we should teach them how to responsibly use the one they will.