National Lampoon Goes To English Wine Country
This story out of England plays like a bad National Lampoon movie, but it is instructive too, as well as funny.
First and foremost, who wants to go to college at Cambridge. Apparently for years it was the policy of the St. John's College Dining Hall that students were allowed a bottle of wine each at supper. Now how civilized is this? Damn civilized, if you ask me and very English.
century would do. They started a However, it appears by the change in policy that the find students of St. Johns were throwing back rather than tippling. Out of the blue the policy was changed to allow only two glasses of wine per person. I know! How barbarous. The students thoughts so too and did what any good English kid in the 21stFacebook group called, "St John's Has Banned Us Taking Wine
Hall". Not too catchy, but I think the point was made.
But here comes the Lampoonian twist. Apparently the Dean of St. Johns became part of the group under an assumed name ("Pedro Amigo—I swear) to get the lowdown on what was being planned by the now more sober conspirators on Facebook.
Once discovered the Dean denied it. Then kinda denied it. Then justified the spying.
All over the reduction of wine drinking at the dining hall.
But never let it be said that the students of St. Johns College at Cambridge represent the best minds England has to lend to the future:
Rosanna Dawes, a second-year Classics student, said: "It must have been
the Dean because it was his email address. I wouldn't have minded if he had
used his real name but to use a false name is a bit stupid. I think
it is morally repugnant. They are saying that Facebook is a public space and
people are making public comments, but in fact most people see it as a
private place to express themselves and use it that way."
Ms. Dawes, the Classicist in training, believes there is some sort of expectation that a Facebook group is a private place into which no outlying eyes will or should wander. Hmmm.
Perhaps the retreat from a bottle at dinner to only two glasses per meal is a good idea. Nevertheless, there a below average comedy swimming around this story somewhere.