Boston Globe — The 18-year-old senior at Brookline High School found out in early April that he had been placed on the waiting list to get into the University of California, Los Angeles this fall. The final decision would be made June 1. Zak, who said he fell in love with UCLA after a campus tour, came up with a plan to lead a Twitter campaign, called #ACCEPTBERNIEUCLA, for which he would tweet a new reason every day about why the university should accept him. “I didn’t want to just wait,” said Zak, whose Twitter handle is @berniezak. “I wanted to do something.” He said his sister — Elana Zak, a social media producer at The Wall Street Journal — helped him come up with the idea. On April 9, he posted the first in a series of what he called silly and witty tweets about why UCLA should accept him.
UCLA spokesman Ricardo Vazquez said that because of confidentiality reasons the university cannot comment on the admission status of any student. Vazquez said the university was aware of the Zak family’s campaign, but he added: “A Twitter campaign by any student would have absolutely no influence on our admittance decision.” Still, Zak said he thinks the Twitter campaign may have helped his bid to get into school, because he was notified of his acceptance long before the June 1 date that the university had said it would make its final decision.
This is how stuff gets done nowadays. You just harass people on Twitter until they give you what you want. This kid wanted to go to a school with a billion smokes. I wanted to be a Barstool intern. Just blew up kmarko on twitter 5 times a day for weeks. Linked to my first blog. Updated him on bowel movements. Let him crawl around in my head a little. He finally got fed up and gave me the job. That’s how you do it folks. Because if there’s one thing people can’t stand, it’s a clogged up newsfeed.
P.S. Is that a Haddaway shirt that kid’s wearing? Do purple shirts with Haddaway lyrics get dudes laid nowadays? News to me.