Summer is always the slow season around EMUTalk, and in that sense, there’s not a whole lot different in this last season of the blog. No news is, well, no news. But I did come across a couple of kind of interesting articles on Yik Yak I thought I’d post.
- From CHE comes “Another Use for Yik Yak on Campus? Cheating on Exams.” It’s kind of interesting because of all of the other things that have been out there about Yik Yak, but it also seems to me just another way to cheat on a big exam in a big lecture hall class, which really tells me that maybe there’s a problem with a big, high-stakes exam in a lecture hall class.
- From The Washington Post (though via CHE) comes “Feminists at Mary Washington say they were threatened on Yik Yak.” In a way, it’s two stories. Here’s a long quote from the article:
Feminists United plans to announce at a news conference Thursday that it has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education alleging that members were threatened with sexual assault and death and were cyber-stalked after speaking out in campus debates about Greek life and against a lewd chant by the rugby team this year, said attorney Lisa Banks.
Authorities say that Grace Rebecca Mann, a 20-year-old from McLean, Va., who served on United’s board, was slain April 17 by a roommate. Steven Vander Briel was charged with first-degree murder and abduction. Police have not commented on an alleged motive.
Banks and United members said they have no evidence that Mann’s activism or the threats on Yik Yak were related to her slaying. But they said a flood of more than 700 messages — some of which targeted members by name — left them feeling afraid. They said school officials did nothing to stop the threats despite repeated requests throughout the year.
So, what I mean by it being “two stories” is it seems like there is an issue of the women who are in this group being harassed via Yik Yak and one of their members was killed by her roommate for some reason, probably not related to Yik Yak though.