CNN.com featured an article yesterday on a controversial college-oriented website called JuicyCampus.com. According to the article,
Free to use and supported by advertising, JuicyCampus is a simple conduit urging users to post gossip and promising them total anonymity. There are threads on campus hook-ups, who's popular and who's overweight.
"Top ten freshman sluts" reads one typical thread, and "The Jews ruin this school" another. Homophobia is common. Many postings combine the cruelty of a middle school playground, the tight social dynamics of a college campus and the alarming global reach of the Internet.
While to some this may seem harmless to many (if unnecessary, mean, and juvenile), many of the 50+ campuses that are part of the "social network" are seeing a considerable backlash on campus. Pepperdine University's student government recently voted with an overwhelming majority to ban the site at the school. Similarly,
Fraternity and sorority leaders and student governments are mainly urging students to sap the site of advertisers by turning a blind eye.
"If we don't get on there it will die," said C.J. Slicklen, student government president at Cornell, where students vented at a meeting last week.