The following article appears as part of the Nexus’ April Fools’ Day edition.
Johnny Nguyen, president of the Coalition of Engineering Students, does not want you to read this.
Nguyen, acting on behalf of the coalition, sent a letter requesting that the Daily Nexus not print content regarding a new information-sharing Web site, JuicyEngineer.com. The site, which allows engineering students to anonymously post comments about fellow classmates and then rank the postings on their level of “juiciness,” has caused a stir due to the vicious nature of some posts.
Peter Williams, a fourth-year biomedical engineering major, said callous remarks made about his recent performance in a chemical engineering class has caused him a great deal of humiliation.
“I went online to see if there were any new posts on Newton’s Third Law and I see that the number one juicy post read ‘Peter Williams got a B+’,” he said. “I was devastated.”
Williams, however, declined to answer questions concerning the validity of the posting.
Vicious rumors about poor grades are not all that has opponents of the Web site up in arms. Some have used the site as a forum for sharing tips on classes and there have even been examples of students sharing answers to homework questions.
Karen Tanaka, a third-year electrical engineering major, said she fears what will happen if tip-sharing continues unimpeded.
“When people use JuicyEngineer to get help on their homework, it completely undermines our entire grading system,” Tanaka, who maintains a 4.0 grade point average, said. “Some people are made to get As and some are made to get Bs, and that’s just the way the world works. Anything else is just an abomination.”
Others, however, claim that free speech protects their right to post whatever they would like, whether it be sharing answers or questioning the legend of Thomas Edison.
“Yeah, I wrote that Edison was a douche,” second-year electrical engineering major Eddie Reid said. “You have to admit, though, that direct current was a piece of shit compared to alternating current, but that’s not the point. After I wrote that, people started getting upset and some even started leaving threatening responses to my post. One person even wrote that he was going to kick my ass, but I wasn’t afraid because he’s an engineer. Anyway, it’s my right to say whatever I want.”
In addition to many posts being completely anonymous, a post cannot be deleted once it has been put online. Due to the lack of an author, cases of libel are nearly impossible to pursue.
Responding to a post that untruthfully stated he had incorrectly performed an acid titration, third-year chemical engineering major Simon Martinez began researching possible legal actions he could take against the author of the post. Unfortunately, he said, not much can be done.
“My name has been smeared around campus all because some jerk wrote that comment about my titration, which is a complete fabrication. Titrations have always been my forte,” Martinez said. “Afterward I did some research to see if I could sue the author or anything, but there isn’t anything I can do. Fuck JuicyEngineer.com; it ruined my life.”