Amid the chaos yesterday of Hurricane Sandy, one Brown student apparently thought it would be funny to score an live, on-air interview and then question the legitimacy of the storm (props to Daily Intel’s Kevin Roose, Brown Class of 2009, for finding the clip). When NBC reporter Alison Bologna asks Brown junior Daniel Moraff why he would brave the weather in Providence, he responds:
“I’m still pretty skeptical. I don’t really believe that there’s a hurricane. I know the government wants us to think that, but think about it — the earth rotates very quickly.”
Although confused, Ms. Bologna moves forward with the interview, probably thinking, “well, that sounds like something they teach at Brown.” However, when she gets to her next question — school cancellations — Daniel’s attempt at a joke becomes clear:
“Well, you know, the government definitely wants you to think classes have been cancelled. I’m not so sure.”
Brilliant trolling Daniel! Fantastic performance!
To her credit, Ms. Bologna clearly realizes at this point she’s being messed with, and does her best to expertly distance herself from Daniel by looking directly at the camera. Watch it for yourself below:
The Washington Post indicates that April 1 “joke issues” of school papers, laden with fake news and goofy headlines, may be a thing of the past — come tomorrow, you will have to read (or ignore) the same boilerplate. Spectator EIC Ben Cotton says a joke issue, which had run in past years,
sets up a whole slew of ethical issues — trying to toe the line between what’s funny and what’s an inappropriate comment about a person or subject we purport to cover objectively is asking a lot.
Yawn, boring! Brown’s Herald declares that it totally WOULD have a joke issue, but they’re on spring break right now. Just like a real coward would say! (April Fools — or is it?)
For fun pranks, one has to look outside the Ivy League, I guess! Boston University’s Free Press Editor-in-Chief, who is planning a prank issue, declares:
It’s a nice day off from hard news, barring giant stories (which we would put online), and is a fun chance to have the core staff all sit down together and write/layout the paper ourselves from scratch.
Yeah, that sounds fun, and a clearly-delineated enough tradition to ensure no toes would be stepped on. No fooling!
A witty article on the Onion‘s site takes on Cornell’s performance in the NCAA tournament (which, y’know, ended last night with a loss to Kentucky). “It’d be foolish to ascribe any of the properties of a pan-dimensional function space to the NCAA Tournament,” begins the fictional version of Jeff Foote, Cornell center, before going on a stemwinding philosophical treatise. We’re reminded that as much as the differences between Princeton and Cornell seem glaring (I don’t know if any Ivy Leaguer would say Cornell’s known for its poindexters), it all looks the same to the wider world.
Although the Onion got one thing right about Cornell: “Foote excused himself after the interview upon receiving a fifth rejection-of-transfer letter from Harvard.”
Dartmouth’s campus is no stranger to controversialattempts at humor. The Dunyun attempts to bring witty commentary to The Big Green’s tiny, oh-so-important corner of New England, laced with criticisms of some of Dartmouth’s most cherished traditions, such as drinking shitty beer andinteracting with wild-life. Most of the site’s humor stems from its accurate parody of the social norms surrounding the Greek scene, and at times it paints uncomfortably accurate pictures of student life. In poking fun at its own North Face-clad audience, however, The Dunyun occasionally toes the line between relevant (after-all, who hasn’t hooked up in the stacks?) and borderline offensive (I believe Haiti jokes are the realm of Rush and Cornell’s own Ann Coulter). In fact, according to tipsters, some students have already expressed concern and notified the administration of their moral indignation at the flippant coverage of recent charitable efforts at the school. Given the school’s recentstring of mea culpas on behalf of its squash-match-ruining students, it will be interesting to see how much longer they will be able to keep up the good fight without apologizing for it.
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