Grudgebridge has amassed a following of 4,600 likes in 15 monthsRosie Bradbury

Two days after a leaked video on Facebook page Grudgebridge caused a Trinity Hall all-male drinking society to disband, the page has announced it will now be dedicated purely to exposing Cambridge’s drinking societies starting today.

This morning, the page administrator wrote in a lengthy Facebook post: “AS OF TODAY GRUDGEBRIDGE IS DEDICATED TO TAKING DOWN DRINKING SOCIETIES.”

The announcement of the vigilante mission comes days after video footage posted to Grudgebridge revealed a Cambridge student in the company of members of the drinking society, the Crescents, mocking “inclusivity” as the “single biggest problem facing the Crescents in the modern age”.

Two days later, on Wednesday, 9th May, Varsity revealed the Crescents had decided to disband in light of the leaked video, with members facing the possibility of further sanctions from the college.

Grudgebridge later posted a poem about the announcement alongside a screenshot of Varsity’s news story.

Grudgebridge bids farewell to the Crescents


Published Wednesday evening, following the society’s decision to disband

Twenty pairs of salmon chinos sitting on the wall,

Twenty pairs of salmon chinos sitting on the wall,

And if one pair of salmon chinos should accidentally fall...

There'll be grave repercussions enforced by Trinity Hall

RIP

Yesterday evening, the administrator hinted at the page’s new direction: “Making a major announcement tomorrow. Stay tuned.”

After 15 months of sharing Cambridge students’ anonymous rants and grudges, amassing a following of around 4,600 likes, the group’s anonymous submission page will now accept and post only submissions of stories about drinking societies.

Page followers have been asked to submit stories about, “Patronising or antisocial behaviour, expressions by any member of classist/racist/transphobic/misogynistic/homophobic views (this includes implicit), behaviour on swaps, disrespect towards women and sexual assault, violence or even just the general perception you have of a drinking society you are aware of or had contact with.”

The revamp stems partly from a personal encounter with Cambridge’s drinking societies. The page’s administrator wrote: “... one of my best friends was drugged by one of the most notorious societies in second year and hospitalised. No one did anything at the time because of the popular consensus of silence.

“We know this stuff goes on but don’t talk about it because it’s a natural part of the established order. Well it’s not and it doesn’t have to be this way.”

Since its creation on 7th February last year amid the mounting popularity of Cambridge-centred Facebook pages including Memebridge, Crushbridge, and Queerbridge, Grudgebridge has branded itself as a space for the unapologetically offensive.

Submissions have ranged from individual grievances to those more pervasive. One anonymous submitter wrote: “Grudge to whoever is using a chainsaw all day every day by Selwyn. How many fucking trees do you have to cut down?? Can we please just have some peace and quiet so we can actually get on with our lives?!.”

Another said: “wearing ‘vintage’ clothes you got off Asos marketplace or depop, pretending to be super-ironic when really your cripplingly self-conscious and writing one article for Varsity isn’t a substitute for a personality @halfthehumanitiesstudents”.

Grudges posted have sometimes been solemn, providing platforms to describe experiences otherwise difficult to share. One submission in November last year said: “It’s been 6 weeks and I’ve met most of the freshers in my college yet I don’t feel like I click with anyone. Everyone seems to be friends with each other whilst I just feel like an acquaintance at the side. I can’t see myself fitting in with any of the groups and I don’t really know what to do.”


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The veil of anonymity afforded to submissions, however, has proven to be a double-edged sword. Personal attacks have been levelled against easily identifiable students, including specific college JCR representatives. Provocative, and sometimes intolerant submissions have been accepted and posted, sparking outrage and causing the page to be briefly taken down in November 2017.

The page’s perception has fluctuated between that of a platform for honesty, and abuse. Page administrators have repeatedly come under fire in comment sections for a lack of editorial filtering.

In forwarding its new cause, the administrator noted the possibility of facing similar issues surrounding the lack of responsibility afforded to anonymous submissions, and requested, with regards to submissions: “Please be truthful. I will repost most submissions but I am only a platform for stories which come from the wider Cambridge community. Don’t make stuff up.”

The page’s new cause will harness its amassed following of 4,600 people with a proven interest – and, in the case of the Crescents, capacity for enacting change – in anonymous submissions. Its hope, in its administrator’s words, is that: “With any luck, the Crescents will be the first in a chain of dominos which ends with the eradication of these little-boy clubs, all of which are on the wrong side of history.”

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