University gossip site shuttered after salacious comments, classist remarks

Library Whispers had 1,000 comments in its first week.

A student-run Cambridge University website meant to be an innocent exchange between frequenters to the school’s library devolved into a “forum of hate” brimming with disparaging comments, forcing Cambridge students to pull the plug.

Library Whispers, a Twitter-style blog inviting anonymous comments about campus goings on, was shut down this week after the site was flooded with the “worst sort of bullying and abusive messages,” Oliver Rees, a Library Whispers cofounder, wrote in a message to the blog’s readers.

The furor over the Britain-based Library Whispers was similar to controversy caused by an American college gossip Juicy Campus, which shut down in February 2009 after 18 months of operation.…Read More

Students want Strauss-Kahn speech cancelled

Students at Cambridge University are circulating a petition against a planned speech there by former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, whose career and French presidential ambitions were derailed by a sex assault case last May, Reuters reports. A women’s group at the university sent an open letter to the Cambridge Union Society, which has invited Strauss-Kahn to speak on March 9, asking the invitation be revoked given an ongoing civil case against the former French finance minister.
“To choose to give this man an opportunity to speak trivialises the experiences of women who bravely come forward and report rape and sexual assault, and reinforces the institutional sexism that faces women who do so,” said Ruth Graham, a spokeswoman for the Cambridge University Students’ Union Women’s Campaign…

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