College "Confession" Page Creates a Buzz
Photo: Video by nbc26.com
CREATED Feb. 25, 2013
GREEN BAY, WI -- A new Facebook Page is creating a buzz around UW Green Bay’s campus.
It’s called "University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Confessions,” where students can post anonymously, venting about anything they want. But it has some asking if it's a poor reflection on the student body, and the university.
“I thought it was funny,” said UWGB Freshman, Alex Stammer. She said she has posted on the confessions page, and looks at it frequently.
“It was really easy,” she said. “You just like click on a link, just type it in a box, then you wait for it to come up.”
She said she isn’t worried if some might find the page a bit racy.
“It's kind of dirty, but everyone's dirty,” she said.
Her friend, Meghan Zuleger, also a freshman, agreed.
“I think it's a good way for people to get things off their chest without knowing who it is,” said Zuleger.
The posts range from crushes, to hook-ups, even complaining about roommates, all while remaining anonymous.
“You try to figure out who says something, but you really don’t know,” said Zuleger.
So how does the university feel? It does have the UWGB name attached, but the page specifically says it's not associated.
“Our page is actually a little quieter compared to some campuses,” said Christopher Sampson, Dir. of Communications at UWGB.
He said they will monitor the posts, to make sure nothing is a threat to students, or could be considered libelous.
Sampson said, some of the posts are actually supportive, helping students going through break-ups, or depression. Adding, if administrators on campus see trends, they’ll put out resources to help students.
“If this is another way for us to monitor that,” said Sampson. “It's not all bad.”
NBC26 spoke with the creator of the page, who doesn’t want to be identified. They said,
“At first the confessions were quite raunchy and sexually based. After a couple of days of that, they slowly morphed into more serious confessions about depression, suicide, alcoholism, self harm, eating disorders, and even sexual assaults. I have found through this page, that our UWGB community has come together to lift up their fellow students, reach out a hand, and show complete understanding and compassion. This page has become an outlet to those in need and I couldn't be more proud of my UWGB peers.”
The page currently has more than 1,500 “likes”.