I was browsing that wonderful source of occasional news of free food and free beer at ANU, the ANU Stalker Space Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/pages/ANU-Stalkerspace/192078840839006 the other day in hunt of a rumoured free barbecue. Instead I found some examples of the nasty, un Australian student.
First there was a post that read “To the fool who brought their baby to class, have a thought for your classmates, you moron.”
There followed some rather admirable defence of the student who had brought her baby to class. Many students pointed out the costs of child care, the inability of students to afford child care, the fact that others, including lecturers brought children to lectures and finally that this was reality.
Just two posts below was this charmer with the following contribution: “awkward moment when mature age student thinks she knows more than the lecturer and wont stfu”
Other students chimed in against the mature aged student:
“Wish she would shut up!!!” One writes, with the timing indicating she posted that while in the lecture itself.
Another is a little less discriminating about her hate for her fellow students: “she’s by far the worst, but i hate all the people that treat that lecture like a tutorial.”
And it goes on and on. Most of it is harmless, in the intent of how the group was intended to work. There are lots of lost and found posts, social gathering posts and more light hearted banter. But there is a nasty under current of hate that shows a lot about some students psyche. Attacks and hate filled posts about all sorts of students. Numerous posts about gay students, more posts about mature aged students and some trolling and flaming by the best minds that the ANU has to offer.
So, if you’re bored, and want to get inside the head of your local ANU student, give it a read.