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Packages from home, letters from friends, memos from deans, flyers from the Student Association.

In this age of e-mail, voice mail and overnight mail there's still nothing like the U.S. Mail. It arrives from the Hamilton Post Office and each day begins by sorting the great piles into more than 80 departments. Students have their own nine-digit zip code, as do the controllers office, admissions and registrar.

Lead Mail Clerk Mark Boise oversees more than 40 people who make sure packages are delivered, letters are pigeonholed and stamps are for sale but it just keeps coming.

Once the sort has been completed, mail is distributed -- put in students' boxes and delivered twice a day to campus offices.

Colgate Station is a fully functioning contract station paid by the U.S. Postal Service to operate. There are five full time employees and 35 student workers, including two student managers. The station is staffed from 6:30 in the morning to 6 p.m., including Saturdays, during the academic year.

Colgate Station handled 3.1 million pieces of mail last year but even with that volume some students still checked their boxes only to face the dreaded "wind tunnel," which in the O'Connor Campus Center means no packages, no letters, no memos. So write soon. There's nothing like mail. JH