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    Bob Jones University Starts “ThySpace” for Students

    “We recognize that the internet is both a wonderful and a perilous thing.” Said Dr. Bob Jones III, Chancellor of the University. “Every day there is something new out there, and while many of these things are worldly, there are, on occasion, good ideas.”

    One of the ideas that Jones appreciates is that of the popular website MySpace, in which people can post information about themselves such as likes, dislikes, pictures, etc. But given the nature of much of the content on MySpace the website is blocked by the campus’ internet filtering software.

    “I like the idea of MySpace,” said Jones, “a place where our students can connect and learn about one another, but MySpace is a terrible website, filled with worldly and base things. We just cannot let our students have access to such a website without monitoring them, and checking up on everything they are writing and posting. But we have come up with our own system called ThySpace, which will allow our students to basically do the same thing.”

    ThySpace will be launched this fall at the beginning of the 2007-2008 academic year and will only be available and accessible to Bob Jones students on campus. Students will be able to customize there own home page and list their favorite classes at Bob Jones, their favorite Bob Jones III quote, their favorite Bob Jones choir music that they like to listen to, and their favorite food at the Bob Jones Dining Common. In addition, students may post pictures of themselves so long as they were taken on the campus of the university, and they may regularly blog about the things they have learned during Sunday AM services at the Founders’ Memorial Apithorium.

    You can read more here.  (Be sure to check out all the great articles at TomintheBox!)

    Tominthebox reports: "Life at Bob Jones University can seem "strict" to some. Girls are restricted from wearing pants on certain parts of the campus. All dates must be chaperoned by one of the college staff, and under no circumstances are couples allowed to touch. Violations of these rules are strictly enforced, and those who accumulate enough demerits during a school year face expulsion. But recently rules regarding internet access on campus have been reevaluated..."


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    1. Brian on Fri, April 13, 2007

      Loved it!

      The picture/profile thingy at the original site is great - “Turn someone in”


    2. Big Chris on Fri, April 13, 2007

      Cracked…Me…UP!  “...their favorite Bob Jones III quote, their favorite Bob Jones choir music that they like to listen to”

      That is good stuff.

      Big Chris

    3. Tobias on Sat, April 14, 2007

      That was awesome!

      My favorites are ...

      “Report inappropriate music”


      “Turn someone in. “


      “Turn someone in. “

    4. reGeN on Sat, April 14, 2007

      I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.  Wait.  I got it. 



    5. Justin on Sun, April 15, 2007

      Oh boy…as a 2002 alumnus of the vaunted institution in question, this is pretty believable.  Especially the turn someone in bit.  That was the highest calling of a BJU student.  Catch your roomie doing something bad and score some brownie points for yourself. 

      The irony is that I was actually there this week with some students from my school for fine arts competition and Dr. Bob III preached on Thursday.  He actually mentioned MySpace and Facebook briefly in his message too…

    6. Tye Male on Tue, April 17, 2007

      “Come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord.” Wow. I wish this were a joke, and Todd was going to let us off the hook…but it probably isn’t. How in the world can we impact the world and not rub shoulders with them? And the “policing” thing? I better stop while I’m ahead.

    7. Tye Male on Tue, April 17, 2007

      I quoted the verse from Romans because I believe they have taken this verse to nth degree, and that is never healthy. Oh well.

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