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Controversial College Blogger Reveals Identity

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Controversial College Blogger Reveals Identity

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For several months, University of Michigan senior Paul Tassi was one of campus's most notorious figures, even though most students didn't know him by that name.

On his blog, hosted at, Tassi wrote under the pen name Johnny Quest -- a slightly different spelling of the name of the cartoon action hero. He ranked the top 10 fraternities and sororities on campus and judged this year's sorority pledge classes by attractiveness. He insinuated that members of one fraternity drug and rape women attending their parties.

Before classes began this fall, Tassi scoured for the "hottest" incoming freshman female. Then he posted her picture and some of her interests, predicting that she would join Kappa Kappa Gamma in her first semester. His reasons: "Her hotness, brunetteness and Jewishness." She did.

Tassi and two other student authors also wrote posts about campus news and events, but it was Johnny Quest's discussions of the greek system that garnered thousands of page views and hundreds of comments. The most popular post on the blog, which ranked the top 10 fraternities and sororities, had 8,000 page views and 170 comments as of Sunday night.

Many commenters criticized Johnny Quest for posting anonymously. In one instance, he replied saying it was essential to his goal of critiquing the greek system.

"It's the only way to do it," he wrote. "I don't need a bunch of assholes storming my apartment because I said they pop their collars or wear their hats crooked."

But now, Tassi has unmasked himself. …

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