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Facemashed not something to ‘lol’ about

February 24th, 2011

Dear John Carroll Community,

In last week’s issue of The Carroll News, they featured the “Facemashed” article. I was especially struck by the article because also on the front page was the story regarding Andrea Teodosio, an individual who brought great things to our campus and touched the lives of so many. She was truly an embodiment of kindness no matter the occasion.

This contrast in articles, just reminds me how much of an impact we have on one other. Unfortunately, instead of using our time here to celebrate what others can offer, we find ways to judge one another. We have the opportunity to make the lives of our peers better. This is an awesome gift that we all have the ability to do. This Facebook profile, along with the female version, is a degradation against human dignity.

Although these profiles may not have been created with a malicious intent, they have emotional repercussions beyond the scope of what we can see.

Having looked into the matter, both sites are grotesque and offensive. By joining, we are giving them justification for their behavior. I urge you to remember that we are members of a university that encourages us to be men and women for and with others.

That being said, I implore you to encourage your friends not to join these types of groups and remind your friends that we are adults who can and should rise above such blatant disrespect. Although the different profiles may be secret, the friends list is not. By participating in these sites you may bring unforeseen future ramifications.

I hope we can all come together and work past these conflicts. To all those affected by this site and other forums like it, I want to express that you are a valued member of our community and can be a force for change in society.

We are the sum of all our parts and when others choose one part to classify a person, they neglect the other qualities that you possess. Ultimately, we are all free to make our own choices. I just hope we can all work to make choices that will raise people up rather than tear them down.

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know when it will be too late.”

All the best,

Rita Rochford

Student Union President