Greek Life in the Post-CollegeACB Era
If you’ve found yourself typing in collegeacb.com (did you know ACB stands for Anonymous Confession Board? No? Me neither) in search of the latest fraternity and sorority rankings, you were probably redirected to blipdar.com, “the world’s leading website for venting, sharing and being yourself.” Unlike CollegeACB, the site gives you the option to post anonymously or not and provides “topics” for you to post about. Now, most of you avid ACB readers who found yourself on Blipdar probably reacted with the classic “What the hell is this crap?” response, whilst others may have thought “Good riddance—CollegeACB was degrading and offensive” or, of course, you could have been one of the few who decided they were going to successfully make Blipdar the new and improved CollegeACB and post a ranking.
But why has ACB left us? Were we not funny enough? Were the rankings false all too frequently? Did our very own frat stars simply shut down the site because they were so Tier One? Now we are left alone to our own devices to distinguish which sorority has the hottest pledge class and decide who exactly is the king of Greek life. The horror!
After googling CollegeACB, the second result linked me to their “Welcome” page which reads:
We’re trying to make CollegeACB a more positive and productive place to have anonymous conversations. To do that, we’re going to launch a completely new platform in the coming months. We want to:
1. Encourage users to post more positive and productive content.
2. Allow users to highlight content they like.
3. Give users the power to remove content they don’t like.
4. Push the culture of the site in a more positive and productive direction.
Please excuse any downtime you may experience as a result of our development. We will try to minimize all interruptions. Please read our new Mission Statement and send us any ideas you have for improving the site: [email protected] We want to give students across the nation the power to shape the future of CollegeACB.
Clearly, judging by the current looks of Blipdar, it’s probably never going to take off, especially with the hope that ACB still may come back one day. But it begs the question: has the lack of ACB really made a difference in Penn State Greek Life? Last year, Zeta Tau Alpha (Zeta) went as far as putting on a presentation to all the Panhellenic sororities explaining why CollegeACB was so detrimental to both the Greek life reputation and our own. They had professionals come in, telling the women that employers do in fact check the site and should they find any inappropriate material about you, your chances of getting hired were immediately whittled down to nothing (apparently being declared DTF isn’t a quality companies typically search for. Who knew?)
Maybe not having CollegeACB improved the recruitment process? Well, probably not. The rumor mill will still continue whether there is a CollegeACB-esque site or not. Girls will still try to determine which sorority is the best, based on the opinions of both their fraternity friends and the girls they talk to during recruitment and guys will still hear rumors on which fraternity is the best and worst from various sources. What the lack of ACB has done however, is save face for a lot of innocent, or not so innocent, sorority sisters along with putting a lot less attention on rankings and tiers and focusing more on being a united Greek community. Hating on GDIs, however, has not seemed to have wavered at all. Some things never change.