ResLife has turned itself from a harrasing nag who constantly changes it’s mind and does it’s best to undermine CSH to an oppressive dictator who’s flick of the wrist has house members self-censoring all members at a moment’s notice. Of course, ResLife isn’t completely to blame; this self-censorship comes from the hands of a handful of members who don’t even have the authority to do what they did.. Power trip anyone?
I don’t even understand the rational behind this drastic step. Nowhere in the language of the ResLife edict in question does it say that CSH will be spaced if any questionable content is found. It said that network access will be removed if it is found until time that said content is removed. What CSH should be doing is working with ResLife to amend this policy to be a bit more reasonable (i.e. “ResLife will notify CSH when questionable content is found, and will have X hours to remove this content before ITS is asked to suspend CSH’s network access”, as well as a clause to allow the appeal of the removal, even if the site in question remains down during the appeal). CSH has had ResLife bitch at it many times before over questionable content, and each time we have lost. Each time ResLife has found questionable content, they have ordered us to take it down, we have, and then we had a hearing. This procedure has worked over and over again, and it will continue to work in the future. CSH shouldn’t have the illusion that it has a right to free speech; It is using a private network provided by a private institution (of which CSH is a “wholly-owned subsidary”). But to me, this kneejerk response by two house members, exceeding their authority, is almost as obscene as ResLife’s edict.