The title of this article seems to speak for itself, but I figured it was about time that someone opened up the floor to discuss the madness that is Yik Yak. For those of you unfamiliar, Yik Yak is an app that allows users to post messages anonymously. You can view comments from anyone that is within a five mile radius of your current location. Users can comment, as well as “upvote” or “downvote” a message. The app was taken down for sometime, but college students everywhere have decided to resurrect it. I’m sure as you can imagine, that shit got weird fast.Continue reading
As the snow descended from the heavens, and the scholarly aura intensified with classes began, Kenyon College as we know it was back in action.
Ever wanted to know what the Kenyon College student population thinks? As we all know, Kenyon College is notorious for our fire Yik Yak game. And with a new semester and new yaks, the creative juices got flowing. So while you’re sadly reentering Olin and accepting your sad, sad fate, take a quick study break and check out these beautiful Haikus compiled by yours truly with the help of the angsty, sad, and occasionally punny Kenyon College Yik Yak.
Remember Yik Yak? Didn’t think so. But we do. Oh boy do we remember the era of the Yak. While its time at Kenyon has definitely slowed down from an olympic sprint to a comfortable trot, that doesn’t mean there aren’t perfectly reasonable questions out in its sphere of existence. In this occasional feature, we’re stepping in and helping those lost souls.
According to a recent New York Times article titled “Who Spewed that Abuse? Anonymous Yik Yak isn’t Telling” (which can be read here), Kenyon is far from the only college that has faced hate speech on the anonymous app Yik Yak.
The Times piece mentions Kenyon’s problems with the app, specifically the Yak made about a proposed “gang bang” at the Crozier Center for Women, which was just one of many hateful and threatening Yaks directed at Crozier and Take Back the Night. This anonymous hate-speech generated a lot of anti-Yik Yak sentiment on campus, with articles about the issue appearing on the Thrill and in the Collegian; a reference to the Thrill piece was made in an article about the app on the Huffington Post in an article about why campuses should ban Yik Yak.
It’s been a rough weekend. I don’t think we ever really recovered from Friday the 13th, and let’s be real, unless you woke up in bed with the honey of your dreams, we all spent last night losing our minds and crying in the Farr bathroom about that kid you were introduced to in August and never realized we wanted to hook up with but suddenly this is just the right choice, you know? But have no fear, several people took to Yik Yak to reassure us that as much as our nights sucked, theirs sucked more.