It's as American as apple pie. The right to freedom of speech is something that universities across the US have always stood firm on. However, thanks to the website JuicyCampus.com, campuses like Cornell and Duke are being forced to consider the negative backlash that this freedom is having on their student bodies.
The online gossip community JuicyCampus.com boasts that it is "Always Anonymous...Always Juicy." That claim follows through with topics like "top 10 sluts on campus" and "all-time biggest douche-bags" being the tamer of the postings. While the site's founder, Mike Ivester, claims the site was created to provide a positive impact for both entertainment and free expression, we're not so convinced.
In the second Huffington Post/Alpha Kitty video panel — where we ask members of former Seventeen editor-in-chief Atoosa Rubenstein's "video collective" to weigh in on issues in the news and popular culture — Alpha Kitties respond to the question: What do you think about the college gossip website JuicyCampus.com? — Jill Belsley
Jill Belsley, 21, is a Journalism Major attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has appeared on Fox & Friends and was a contestant on MTV's Miss Seventeen.
Eric Pierce, 21, is a Sociology Major attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests include backpacking, fratting, and danger.
Anonymous Kitties, 21, attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In their spare time they enjoy music, art, and spreading world peace.
Megan Trant, 21, is a Mathematics Major attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the Chi Omega sorority and Pilates guru.
Amanda Fuller, 20, is a Business Administration Major attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her interests include Habitat for Humanity, camping, and the occasional Facebook creep.
Alpha Kitty is a video collective started by former Seventeen Editor in Chief Atoosa Rubenstein to give young women a voice and a platform to get their opinions heard. Atoosa wanted to use her voice and influence to create eyeballs for young women (mostly college age) so they can have a stage for their thoughts and ideas. For more information, read about Alpha Kitty in BusinessWeek or the New York Times, or visit Alpha Kitty at www.youtube.com/alphakitty.