Good Thing We Like It Rough

You want your first time to be memorable, and damn, Yale Herald, we’re not going to be able to forget this if we try. Our first negative review is in, and holy God, does Cally Fiedorek tear us a new one:

In its attempt to dismantle the Ivy monolith, the blog identifies each individual school with a sort of Lamarckian sameness, rarely looking to the world outside to qualify its scathing distinctions between Brown-educated dilettante and Princetonian master of the universe. It is essentially one extended “How many [insert name of Ivy League school here] students does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” joke, serving up all the usual banalities of feigned self-deprecation.

As pans go, Fiedoreck’s is a tour de force. Well written, carefully organized and irrefutably argued, it’s the kind of slap that doesn’t just sting — it makes everyone in the bar turn to look at you as the slapper makes a great exit. Oh, and ice water gets dumped in your lap, too.

It gears itself towards the anecdotal fluff that just happens to fall upon illustrious grounds-but its root in any clearly delineated or easily mockable Ivy ideology is too tenuous to be effective or even humorous.

Ouch! Okay, that one cut a little close to the bone. But it’s fine, we’re big boys, we can take i–

In attempting to differentiate the privileged mass through petty caricature, mostly founded not on knowledge so much as on the nebulous workings of stereotype, the site forgets its own unimportance.

Jesus, we get it already! Cut it out, Cally, for the love of–

In refusing to apply these facile stereotypes to themselves IvyGate bloggers signal either a certain self-awareness, or a hypocrisy far more worthy of ridicule than anything found on their webpage.

Alright, we’re ready, can someone please kick out the ladder?

  • yaaaaylie

    How the heck did she get into Yale anyways? From the way she writes, I’d think she’d get a 2 on her SATII Writing essay, not because she’s all that terrible a writer, but because the collegeboard beancounters wouldn’t decipher what the heck she meant in their allotted 30 seconds per essay grading.

    Some people just don’t get the purpose a tabloid serves, online or otherwise. Poking fun at oneself is fun. In the case at point, comparing oneself to either stereotypically despicable institutions or sister schools (which it is depending on your mood) can be very entertaining. Until Ivygate, I didn’t know that there were ivies besides Yale where 11 year old boys on bikes knocked people out and stole purses, all without taking their legs off the pedals.

  • yaaaaylie

    How the heck did she get into Yale anyways? From the way she writes, I’d think she’d get a 2 on her SATII Writing essay, not because she’s all that terrible a writer, but because the collegeboard beancounters wouldn’t decipher what the heck she meant in their allotted 30 seconds per essay grading.

    Some people just don’t get the purpose a tabloid serves, online or otherwise. Poking fun at oneself is fun. In the case at point, comparing oneself to either stereotypically despicable institutions or sister schools (which it is depending on your mood) can be very entertaining. Until Ivygate, I didn’t know that there were ivies besides Yale where 11 year old boys on bikes knocked people out and stole purses, all without taking their legs off the pedals.