I’d really prefer if this person came off of anon so they could know the whole story. While I’ve moved on from the incident because I was told to, it still lingers in the back of my mind that because there was no closure this would come back to bite me in the butt someday.
That did not happen. I made a Skype group before the deadline for 2014 came up for ALL APPLICANTS of all departments to join together as artists, simply called “csssa 2014”. The chat grew to become really sarcastic, and we all became fairly close in terms of friendship in that 3 month wait time for letters. It’s a long story but basically when the rejected and accepted letters came in, the whole group was separated by rejected and accepted applicants because the acceptees had things to deal with and no longer had the time to chat. We were happy they got in, but sad because, well, we wouldn’t be there with them! One of the accepted applicants stuck around and joked with us (there was like, 5 rejected applicants still active at this point, and we were very close since initially there was only like 18 people anyways) because they wanted us there since we were good friends, and we unfortunately ended up saying some stuff that we didn’t realize could be pretty offensive because it was a joke (the acceptee was also joking with us, saying those things as well though, so that’s why it got out of hand). I also said some things on the initial day of rejection that were MISUNDERSTOOD, but really couldn’t have meant any harm. These were my friends though, and I apologized to the friends I did harm to via PM. When everything happened on the night the animation department had open debate and everything got heated, I was almost about to call the school for permission to drive down there to explain and apologize for everything since the chat freaked out over someone possibly committing suicide over a misunderstanding, but I was told to move on. And that’s making it BRIEF. There’s a whole lot more to it than that.
As for being banned from CalARTs? What? During that time I got advice from one of the BFA1 students who was communicating with Bona about the incident since they were a mentor to one of the rejectees involved who was also a friend a mine, and they told me to move on from the issue. I’m sure if I was banned I would have been notified one way or another.
Regardless I highly advise against anyone making any group chats before letters come in in the future whether it be for CalARTs or CSSSA so this will be prevented from happening again. Despite that this whole thing was a huge misunderstanding, I am not excusing my actions and it was pretty damn foolish of me to start one. I just really wish I could tell the whole story and apologize to the ones I did harm to in person.