In a semester that has seen the current incarnation of the Wesleyan ACB get mentions from PSafe and other school officials due to its creepy spasms of racism, it may be an object of comfort, or of worry, to know that the ACB of Oberlin, our sister (?) in the Midwest, has had some problems with repressed negative feelings as well. Jezebel has the story of a former student named Cate Minall, who was at first called a slut on Oberlin’s Oberlin Confessional board (which, by the way, requires an Oberlin e-mail address to sign up for, thus ensuring that all intolerance is perfectly endemic to your community) in the 2006-2007 school year. She was like, “okay, fine, everyone gets called a slut on this board. I’m just going to starve the trolls and ignore it.” Things began to escalate and get creepy, though, as some anonymous listener stealthily picked her life apart:
But then things spiraled out of control. Anonymous posters wrongfully accused Minall of spreading STDs, stealing boyfriends, and sleeping with professors in order to pass classes. A 60-page thread piled up overnight that was dedicated entirely to Minall’s sexual exploits, some accurate but most completely false.
“It got to the point where I couldn’t go anywhere on campus, because everything I said in class would be posted and torn apart,” Minall, now 24, recalled. “It wasn’t just on the computer anymore.” Friends and prospective love interests were scared away by the rumors. One night, her room was broken into and trashed. Someone found her address and posted it online, threatening to contact her family and let them know what their little girl had been up to — or, rather, what Oberlin Confessional thought she was up to.
To those of y’all who’ve been around Wesleyan since at least last spring: I know what you guys have been, you know, doing for fun these days, ever since things changed. Waiting for your name to show up on LikeALittle? Are you getting your homework done (Weak.)? Hanging out on Blipdar? Wait, what do you mean Blipdar’s “gone now“?! What the hell am I supposed to do now, Anonymuse ’14? Watch this video?
I anonymously confess that I miss the ACB. I miss it more than I miss the Douglas Cannon. I miss it more than I miss having access to Fauver. Yes, I miss it more than I miss sneaking into Usdan. ‘Twas a simpler time. How else am I supposed to confess to sleeping with my roomy’s boyf? (Glad I got that off my chest.)
In any event, I anonymously confess to making this video.
By now, if you’re a truly dedicated ACB devotee, you’ve probably discovered the new WesACB. To recap: Peter Frank sold CollegeACB.com to people who eventually turned it into Blipdar. To say the least, Blipdar fell below Wesleyan students’ standards.
Now, an anonymous hero(ine) has crafted a solution. Hosted at WesACB.net, this reincarnation of the ACB emulates the aesthetics and functions of our recently beloved version. If you take a look at some recent threads, it seems to be getting along pretty well by ACB standards:
To be fair, there are also the more intellectual and useful posts people actually admit to reading, like the summer’s must read books. (Now that you’ve clicked on these links, judged everyone involved, and then posted yourself) we at Wesleying have gotten hold of the administrator of the new ACB. While we’re a blog and serious journalism sounds scary (I’m no Wilkinson), we know there’s nothing Wesleyan students take more seriously than the ACB. Every new owner brings with hir interesting views and policies, so I suggest you click to read more.