Twitter profile pokes fun at “Malone Problems”

 

Twitter has become a technological pandemic. It started in an apartment building six years ago, where several ex-Googlers came up with the idea of Twttr, or Twitter as it was later called, according to Business Insider.

MaloneStudentProblems is a Twitter account devoted to "sharing the collective experience of the average Malone student" according to its profile. The satirical account has garnered 205 followers as of Feb. 20.

Among the approximately 175 million Twitter accounts, there is one named MaloneStudentProbs. According to the biography on the profile, the mantra of MaloneStudentProbs is “sharing the collective experience of the average Malone student.” Topics for posts range from relationship issues, chapel and the food in the cafeteria, among other things.

The person behind MaloneStudentProbs wishes to remain anonymous, according to a recent post: “Just as one does not simply walk into Morador [sic], one does not simply disclose their identity. #Malonestudentproblems will forever remain anon. [sic]”

Tweets on the page currently date back to Nov. 7, 2011. In the three months it has been registered, MaloneStudentProbs has acquired 205 followers.

Student reactions

Among the rising number of followers are several students.

“I have been following this page since the beginning of this semester,” freshman communication arts major Jeremy Clarke said.

Clarke said he thought MaloneStudentProbs mixed humor with commentary about campus life.

“It’s interesting,” he said. “There are some things that are truthful, but some things I think people are saying just to be funny.”

Senior English major Brittany Yeager is another follower of the page.

“I’m not on Twitter very much, only every few days,” Yeager said. “It is entertaining, if nothing else. My roommate and I were looking at it the other day laughing.”

“Some if it is funny, but a lot of it offends me because I love Malone,” sophomore communication arts major Mamie Mills said.

These few followers found the page by different means. Yeager found out about this page through a friend who retweeted a post that had the #MaloneStudentProbs hashtag in it. Clarke also discovered the page by a retweet, and has been following it since.

“I was following Malone University’s page [on Twitter] and it was recommended to me as something I might be interested in,” Mills said.

This image serves as the profile picture for MaloneStudentProbs. Posts on the profile deal with chapel, food in the cafeteria, Malone relationship issues and many other topics.

Yeager said tweets about engagement on campus and eating cookies and milk for dinner were some of her favorites.

Clarke and Mills said they remembered several tweets about eating the cafeteria food. Mills said the one that stuck out the most was a tweet dated Nov. 14, 2011: “Welcome to Malone prospective students. I hope you like Sloppy Joes.”

Unknown motives

The MaloneStudentProbs motivation is unknown. Instructor of Communication Arts Ann Lawson said a different approach would be more beneficial.

“It is better to build morale than tear it down,” Lawson said. “Complaining won’t make a difference.”

Lawson said someone should make a hashtag emphasizing the great things about Malone.

Although Vice President for Student Development Dr. Chris Abrams is not following the page, he said he heard about it last semester and has looked at it a few times.

“If the motive is to spark change, I don’t think this is the way to do it,” Abrams said.

Abrams said he is not offended by the fact that the poster behind MaloneStudentProbs—and students who post using the profile’s hashtag—are using Twitter as a forum for voicing their complaints.

“I don’t want to be a thought police,” he said.

However, Abrams said that students should be careful what they post online because of how public it is.

Lisa Heath is a feature co-editor for The Aviso AVW.

 

 

Emily Geig is a feature co-editor for The Aviso AVW

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7 Responses to “Twitter profile pokes fun at “Malone Problems””

  1. Monica Small #

    Agreed, Andrew! Okay, so I just found out about MaloneStudentProbs 5 minutes ago… BUT, think about this: Within the 5 minutes that I found the Twitter name I was able to:

    1. Laugh out loud at jokes that would go over the heads of non-Malone community members.
    2. Support a local comedian (with laughter.. not money).
    3. Click on a link to this page to read more about this Malone-community-phenomenon.
    4. Read thoughtful responses to the phenomenon by people like Cale, Sam, Taylor, and Andrew.
    5. Text a friend or two to tell them about it.
    6. Get people remembering fondly their days of Malone and thus join this conversation.

    Good responses people! Keep the conversation going!

    February 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm
  2. I tend to think Twitter is a great place to start a conversation and a comment thread is a place to develop the conversation a little more. A newspaper article or a blog entry allows us to scale up our individual thoughtfulness on an issue. Face-to-face conversation is probably one of the best places where we can establish understanding and political speech (in the many places it takes place) is the best way to change institutionally ingrained behavior.

    Given what Twitter is and does, it sounds like #MaloneStudentProbs is doing a good job starting a conversation.

    I’m grateful for the other writing here too – Lisa & Emily’s article giving us a framework — and then Taylor, Cale & Samuel offering some alternate and really helpful frames for consideration.

    I’m glad that different forms of communication can be useful in so many different ways. Kudos to all for the creativity and (more than that!) the ENGAGEMENT you bring to the dialogue which is essential in keeping our campus honest.

    February 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm
  3. Kayla DeVitto #

    I affirm what Cale and Taylor say. The point of the account isn’t to bring anyone or anything down. But I also think that for the administration to completely blow off what’s being said is unwise. Here is an outlet that students are choosing to use in order to be heard or understood, whether it’s a joke or not.

    February 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm
  4. I’m following MaloneStudentProbs, and although sometimes the tweets are overly negative, the whole idea of “fillintheblankprobs” as a twitter account is more a way to poke fun at idiosyncrasies in a community. The point of the meme isn’t to spark change or even to complain (for the most part) but to make jokes about things every Malone student can identify with.

    There are tons of things I love about Malone, but those things aren’t necessarily funny. Just like every comedian who has joked about airplanes wasn’t actually saying they don’t LIKE airplanes, or even trying to reform airplanes, the MaloneStudentProbs account seems to be poking harmless fun at an environment we are all familiar with. Malone is a unique environment with unique problems, and when I see those problems identified in a humorous way, it does, as Cale said, make me feel connected to this community. I’m in on the joke.

    Good article! It gave me something to think about.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm
  5. Samuel Taylor #

    Unknown motives? Offended? I’m sorry, but I am genuinely under the assumption that most individuals at Malone do not understand technology, especially social media. It’s a Twitter account, not a published diatribe or an electronic therapist. There are “student problems” pages for almost EVERY college and university, Malone’s student-led account is not special. But our problems sure are.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm
  6. Nate Williams #

    I don’t always check Twitter, but when I do, I check #MaloneStudentProbs.

    February 21, 2012 at 11:12 am
  7. Cale Short #

    I think it is a great way to hear the opinions of the average Malone student when they otherwise would be suppressed. A lot of people feel alienated on this campus because they are under the impression that they are the minority.

    Yes, I agree that some of the posts are overly negative, but I think in general it has been a good thing that has made me feel closer to the larger community.

    The hashtag brings like-minded people together and lets them know that they are not alone in feeling the way they do.

    February 21, 2012 at 9:12 am