Admits one of the budding young storm troopers who helped along the little brawl at Columbia that silenced the speech by Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist. He said it regarding the decision by Columbia University administrators to examine Facebook records of the various students involved in the thuggish merrymaking.
"I don't [agree with the decision], but there's nothing we can do about it," Patric Prado, SEAS '09 and creator of the group, said. "I was there, and it's fine that they want to incriminate people who actually started violence. … Yes, we were stupid, but we got our message across that we weren't going to accept this on campus."
Well, besides the obviously criminal thuggishness, which is stupid to begin with, there is also the limited intellectual capacity of people dumb enough to join Facebook groups admitting they were part of the violence. But it will make it ever so much easier for Columbia to come down on the analog brownshirts.
Columbia will review information and images posted on students' Facebook profiles as part of its investigation into Wednesday night's Minutemen brawl, a University spokesman confirmed Thursday evening.
Though this marks the first public acknowledgement (sic) that Columbia administrators would use the social networking Web site to conduct a security probe, it follows a trend set by peer institutions over the past year of monitoring Facebook content for enforcement purposes.
"Facebook is a public thing," Robert Hornsby, a University spokesman, said. "It's on the World Wide Web, and it's not exempt as a resource. … Students may disagree with that, but they also have a prerogative to take down their Facebook entries."
The investigation comes after a violent protest broke out in Roone Arledge Auditorium during a speech by Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project, an organization that patrols the U.S.-Mexican border for illegal immigrants. Shortly after the speaker took the stage, several audience members rushed onto the stage with banners, sparking a physical conflict and prompting the early cancellation of the speech.
According to Facebook, it is the top location for Internet photo-sharing, with over 10 million users uploading about 1.5 million photos daily. The average U.S. college student spends 18 minutes per day on the site, according to a report by comScore, a company that monitors Internet traffic.
As of late Thursday night, 13 Columbia students and alumni had joined a Facebook group titled, "YES, I was there when Gilchrist was rushed faster than CUFT's Quarterback."
We have to say we agree with you completely, Patric. You were, and still are. Moreover, it seems evident that you always will be.