Confess More

New Facebook page is a remarkable reflection on the university

by Published: Apr 2, 2013

Everyone loves gos­sip. It’s human nature. Well, except when it may be about them…

A new Facebook page, FSU Confessions, has attracted a large crowd of fol­low­ers among Ferris stu­dents. Submissions are sent in via an anony­mous form and then posted at a later time for other users to comment/like. The page cur­rently has over 2,500 likes on Facebook, with an active com­mu­nity of com­menters par­tic­i­pat­ing in every post.

Many com­ments I’ve heard from oth­ers about the site ques­tion how much truth makes up the posts. Through such an anony­mous forum, there will obvi­ously be some that are made up for enter­tain­ment. But even if a frac­tion of what’s been shared is true, that’s an incred­i­ble look inside the col­lec­tive stu­dent body of our university.

Several of the recur­ring top­ics that have arisen on such a venue have involved the Greek com­mu­nity, stu­dents who enjoy large trucks and the promis­cu­ous stu­dents among us. But the num­ber of attack­ing and defend­ing state­ments being made by com­menters is where real­ity steps in.

One recur­rent theme that shows up often includes the num­ber of attacks toward con­fes­sions about women who have mul­ti­ple part­ners. Words like “whore” and “slut” flow freely in these sit­u­a­tions and even toward a con­fes­sion where the indi­vid­ual admit­ted to hav­ing three abor­tions in her time at Ferris. And while some com­ments sug­gested using birth con­trol, a major­ity focused around berat­ing the indi­vid­ual for her past.

When it comes to any posts about Greeks, the col­lec­tive com­mu­nity comes out to defend their orga­ni­za­tions tooth and nail and/or they talk down to other stu­dents as GDI (God Damn Independents). And, once again, a few are log­i­cal with their argu­ments in say­ing Greek life isn’t for every­one, and every­one is enti­tled to their own opin­ion. Sadly, those words are over­shad­owed by indi­vid­u­als who end up giv­ing Greeks a bad name, con­tin­u­ing the vicious cycle of Greek/Non-Greek anti-relations.

Several con­fes­sions involve sui­ci­dal thoughts or other cries for help. These sub­mis­sions have been answered with fel­low stu­dents refer­ring them­selves for any­one in need of some­one to talk to, as well as ref­er­ences to the Counseling Center.

The amount of out­cry against such a page being up in the first place comes from those who say it gives the uni­ver­sity a bad name, but I would argue that it serves a role in our uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity to open our eyes to how our stu­dent body actu­ally is.

By remov­ing the blind­ers, this page has shown us that we are all still col­lege stu­dents. By nature, we all have had our moments of stu­pid­ity that we may have told a trusted few. FSU Confessions, much like the other con­fes­sion pages that have swept dif­fer­ent uni­ver­si­ties all over the world, gives a look into the mod­ern col­lege student—however ridicu­lous and out-there as that notion may be.

While this page will inevitably be another fad to rise and then no doubt­ingly fall, another page will soon gain stream and cap­ti­vate the atten­tion and fer­vor of the community.

To visit the Facebook page, visit FSU Confessions.

  • Inquiring mind…

    Why would you write this whole story and not put the web address in it?

  • Inquiring mind…

    Why would you write this whole story and not put the web address in it?

    • Brock Copus

      Just added it to the bot­tom of the arti­cle or just click here https://​www​.face​book​.com/​C​o​n​f​e​s​s​FSU

      • Inquiring mind

        Thanks, didn’t mean to sound snarky, just saw two dif­fer­ent sites when I typed it in on face­book. Nice editorial.

        • Brock Copus, Multimedia Editor

          Thank you for tak­ing the time to read it.