Perhaps the strangest blog to hit Vassar debuted a few days ago with a strange message and a huge publicity campaign. WatchVassar is either an activist's critique on the recent suggestion of installing security cameras around campus, or just the efforts of someone with way too much free time.
The blog contains four videos featuring birds-eye-views of popular Vassar locations - the Retreat, the CC North Atrium, and two shots from the library. Two of the clips last 20 seconds, and the other two last 47 seconds. Three of the clips are hand-held, with the camera operator zooming in on a student in one clip. The fourth clip is stationary.
There has been a lot of publicity for the blog, with bright yellow flyers placed around ACDC and the Retreat.
While the purpose of the blog and videos is unclear, the blog states: "Your actions are being closely monitored. Are you safe?"
One comment on the blog cites College Regulation 7.02: "The use of electronic or other device to make an audio or video record of any person while on college premises or during a Vassar College sponsored event without his or her knowledge or prior consent, when such a recording is likely to cause distress, is prohibited."
One Mads reader spotted someone filming the North Atrium from the same position of the clip, although at a different time. If this clip is posted, we'll know who is behind this.