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Hate and loathing at the ANU

By ThatUniStudent - 3 September 2011 16

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.

What’s Your opinion?


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16 Responses to
Hate and loathing at the ANU
orangeman 8:09 pm 05 Sep 11

Since when there were posts about gay students. I think you are just trolling the readers.

Have a read of UC stalkerspace, numerous posts attaching one person and mostly sexist comments from all students. Why don’t you report that ThatUniStudent

Thumper 10:24 am 05 Sep 11

“Also, “unAustralian”… what is that even? You only ever hear bogans and reporters on Today Tonight use that language so it doesn’t exactly put you in a good light.”

It’s just unaustralian to use the word unaustralian in a situation where there has been some unaustralian conduct.

EvanJames 10:14 am 05 Sep 11

creative_canberran said :

Also, “unAustralian”… what is that even? You only ever hear bogans and reporters on Today Tonight use that language so it doesn’t exactly put you in a good light.

The term is a quick and easy shut-down of anything the person doesn’t like, and use of it means they don’t have to formulate a thought-out argument against it, they just trot out the term. Hence its over-use by bogans, talkback radio entertainers, and other folk prone to intellectual laziness.

Henry82 1:11 pm 04 Sep 11

CanberraGirl19 said :

Can’t say I really disagree about the baby thing, I don’t like it when people bring their young children into professional spaces either (whether that be work or school), especially if they are disruptive..

I agree with you, it’s very hard to talk when people are distracted by said baby. It seems to be a magnet for every other mother in the room too.

The mature age student thing is really old. There are a number of mature age students who want to listen to their own voice. There are a larger group who want to ask genuine questions – the type i prefer to know. Just ignore it (the criticism), and think of it as a maturity thing, like sitting at the back of the bus with the cool kids.

Ben_Dover 10:22 am 04 Sep 11

Eppo said :

Is it possible for you to post here without referencing ANU or uni in general?

When someone has achieved so little, and experienced less, to the extent that they delineate themselves as “thatunistudent”, one very much doubts they have a scintilla of actual life.

If I were betting on the honest answer to your query, I would not hesitate to place my money on “no.”

bloviate 10:02 am 04 Sep 11

I bring my kids to class all the time.

gooterz 12:08 am 04 Sep 11

Paying $25,000+ Including all the extra’s like textbooks and the lack of actually earning much at all for 5 years, you’d hope that people didnt treat uni like a day care centre.

lobster 11:01 pm 03 Sep 11

That baby better be paying full price for its education like everyone else in the class

Clown Killer 10:29 pm 03 Sep 11

A quick perusal of the page seems to reveal nothing new. A conga line of self absorbed dick-wads parading their self inflated sense of entitlement in the sort of way only undergraduates can … They’ve taken three or four years of classes and haven’t yet had the benefit of discovering accountability and reason in the outside world. I say let the bask in the magnificence of their own glory, their time will come.

mareva 6:57 pm 03 Sep 11

Well this back-fired…..

matt31221 6:26 pm 03 Sep 11

I always knew the place wasn’t elitist as it appears to be. Looks like some of the students that get in are tools.

CanberraGirl19 6:07 pm 03 Sep 11

Can’t say I really disagree about the baby thing, I don’t like it when people bring their young children into professional spaces either (whether that be work or school), especially if they are disruptive.

And none of the posts on there seem to be particularly nasty or “unAustralian”, people are just voicing their opinions.

creative_canberran 5:44 pm 03 Sep 11

BTW, did you bother to check UC Stalkerspace? Or do you just get a kick out of targeting “local ANU students”.

Also, “unAustralian”… what is that even? You only ever hear bogans and reporters on Today Tonight use that language so it doesn’t exactly put you in a good light.

Eppo 5:35 pm 03 Sep 11

I think you may be taking stalker space a LITTLE too seriously…

The jokes about mature age students thinking they know all have been around for a long time. I’d also be a little cranky if someone took a baby to a lecture (I’m assuming it didn’t just sit there and sleep!)

Is it possible for you to post here without referencing ANU or uni in general?

AnonymouslyIncognito 5:31 pm 03 Sep 11

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