“The one thing that would change Wesleyan for the better” -rant section

work.icecream.400What is it?
Honestly, everybody take a breath from your various blackout/caffeinated and stressed beyond all reason agendas and come up with something productive that could be implemented next semester.

My Ideas:
1. This Green Fund seems like a great idea (especially the part about not including the administration), but what about some simpler things? A friend of mine puts bricks in hir toilet-tank and bottles of frozen water in hir freezer to conserve water and energy.

My proposal: let’s make Wesleyan a safe place to piss on trees. Honestly, pissing in toilets wastes both water and the most valuable underutilized nitrogenous fertilizer! It’s plant magic, all we have to do is create a safe and approving social climate in which pissing in pseudo-public is seen as a civic duty rather than something drunk assholes do on other people’s houses at 3am.

2. The ACB is using University resources, namely BANDWIDTH. I am in favor of an IP ban. I’m surprised at the extent to which troll-bait is not risen to, but I would estimate that hate speech occurs there about once every hour. (and, I might add, is almost NEVER deleted–I click the report button so often my hand is sore.) When I was little, if someone chalked a swastika on Clark, dropped the N-bomb on a bathroom mirror with a sharpie, or referred vehemently and pejoratively to bundles of sticks, that was a Big Deal–one that probably involved Diversity Deans having workshops and generally making a much-deserved fuss over a few drunken assholes who wanted to provoke that kind of response.

This is three orders of magnitude more frequent, blatant, obviously mean spirited and hurtful- people asking for help who are in one post directed to go to OBHS are in the next told to off themselves QUICK—> this in and of itself is nothing new, exceptional, or exceptionally deserving of administrative or student attention, but it happens almost almost every time. Middletown residents are routinely shit on, baited and likened to slaves– the demise of slavery is lamented! This isn’t the “subconscious” of Wesleyan, it is a malevolent vector for 5 trolls to pollute campus discourse with haterade. Fuck this thing. Kill it with fire. Either mandate that (whoever the fuck) get off his ass and delete posts when people report them, or boycott.

38 thoughts on ““The one thing that would change Wesleyan for the better” -rant section

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  2. anonymity is in real life too

    @Student:
    what about chalking? or putting up signs/flyers without a group name on them? or graffiti or wearing masks at protests or using a pseudonym or any of the countless ways that people have been using to make a statement while being anonymous for centuries?

    also, i find it ironic that you didn’t even put your own name on that post. hypocrite much?

  3. anonymity is in real life too

    @Student:
    what about chalking? or putting up signs/flyers without a group name on them? or graffiti or wearing masks at protests or using a pseudonym or any of the countless ways that people have been using to make a statement while being anonymous for centuries?

    also, i find it ironic that you didn’t even put your own name on that post. hypocrite much?

  4. Student

    Stop comparing banning the ACB to censorship. No one is being censored. You can talk wherever you want whenever you want. but it has to be YOU. it’s not free speech if people don’t have to take responsibility for their actions. its like saying its okay that people drive around campus yelling “NIGGER” at people!

  5. Student

    Stop comparing banning the ACB to censorship. No one is being censored. You can talk wherever you want whenever you want. but it has to be YOU. it’s not free speech if people don’t have to take responsibility for their actions. its like saying its okay that people drive around campus yelling “NIGGER” at people!

  6. Zach

    This is equally as valid a forum for opinions as Wespeaks, especially since a blog is so much more conducive to live debate and dialogue. Even the briefest glance through Wesleying archives proves that it has *always* hosted opinion pieces.

    Disputing Braille’s opinions is fine, but questioning hir right to post to post them here is laughable.

  7. Anonymous

    Mayor McCheese: how about we stop using stupid pronouns that aren’t used in the real world (or most people on this campus)

  8. Anonymous

    Mayor McCheese: how about we stop using stupid pronouns that aren’t used in the real world (or most people on this campus)

  9. student

    Haha so it’s okay that people post whatever ridiculous terrible things on the ACB but as soon as somebody writes an inoffensive editorial on Wesleying everyone loses their shit

  10. student

    Haha so it’s okay that people post whatever ridiculous terrible things on the ACB but as soon as somebody writes an inoffensive editorial on Wesleying everyone loses their shit

  11. anon

    Since when does Wesleying post editorials? Stop taking study drugs and ranting on a site that is supposed to inform the student body of events and information concerning the school as a whole, not your opinions. If you want to write opinions, write a wespeak. Then I can choose to read or ignore at my convenience, rather than expect to get some sort of news out of your post. Thanks.

  12. anon

    Since when does Wesleying post editorials? Stop taking study drugs and ranting on a site that is supposed to inform the student body of events and information concerning the school as a whole, not your opinions. If you want to write opinions, write a wespeak. Then I can choose to read or ignore at my convenience, rather than expect to get some sort of news out of your post. Thanks.

  13. Seriously?

    It’s horrific that you want to censor the ACB. You “click the report button so often my hand is sore”? Well, fucking stop it! I don’t spend my time trolling, but I realize it’s part of the ACB. I don’t look down on trolls. I’m glad they exercise their freedom of speech, AND I’m glad they can anonymously post online without being hassled (by the site owner).
    I thought I liked Braille as a Wesleyan contributor, but my mind has been changed.

  14. Seriously?

    It’s horrific that you want to censor the ACB. You “click the report button so often my hand is sore”? Well, fucking stop it! I don’t spend my time trolling, but I realize it’s part of the ACB. I don’t look down on trolls. I’m glad they exercise their freedom of speech, AND I’m glad they can anonymously post online without being hassled (by the site owner).
    I thought I liked Braille as a Wesleyan contributor, but my mind has been changed.

  15. anon

    The university’s censoring of the Internet by blocking the ACB from on-campus users would be a step in a horrifying direction. Your line about “BANDWIDTH” (which I assume is intended to provide a justification for the university taking the action you recommend) applies to all websites, it isn’t specific to the ACB.

    I’m sure there are people here who go on 4chan or ebaumsworld (or any other site on an endless list of similar forums) and post equally offensive stuff. ITS can’t police the whole Internet, and there’s no reason they should. This isn’t Iran.

    The “report” button is for the site to know to delete posts automatically when they get reported tons of times. You are one user and don’t have editorial control over every single post. If something really needs to get deleted, either email peter frank or get like 15+ friends to all report it as well

  16. anon

    The university’s censoring of the Internet by blocking the ACB from on-campus users would be a step in a horrifying direction. Your line about “BANDWIDTH” (which I assume is intended to provide a justification for the university taking the action you recommend) applies to all websites, it isn’t specific to the ACB.

    I’m sure there are people here who go on 4chan or ebaumsworld (or any other site on an endless list of similar forums) and post equally offensive stuff. ITS can’t police the whole Internet, and there’s no reason they should. This isn’t Iran.

    The “report” button is for the site to know to delete posts automatically when they get reported tons of times. You are one user and don’t have editorial control over every single post. If something really needs to get deleted, either email peter frank or get like 15+ friends to all report it as well

  17. Sam

    I like this idea, Braille. (The productive-ideas idea.) If people think it’s a good idea I can toss together a website for collecting/tracking them.

    That said, as much as I hate the ACB, I don’t support IP banning any website, because internet censorship is not a road we want to go down.

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