These are our confessions

Carl J. Bachus | culture editor

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If the Harlem Shake and Gangnam Style are any indication, Pittsburg State is no stranger to the occasional Internet phenomenon.
However, one has been raising eyebrows of late: the Pitt State Confessions page on Facebook.
Founded in March, Pitt State Confessions is just one of the various “confession pages” popping up on the Internet that are associated with universities and high schools around the country.
The account is full of anonymous, candid posts that range from sad or empowering, to graphic and offensive.
“It’s funny,” said Emily Flores, freshman in communication, “I do know that a lot of people are taking it seriously.”
Flores said that she believes the page is hilarious, but she does realize that some of the posts, even though they are anonymous, can be too revealing.
“I don’t have anything against it,” Flores said. “In fact, I think that it might attract more students to the school because of how fun it sounds based on the page. Perhaps.”
Other students, such as Lauren Downing, don’t agree with that sentiment.
“There’s always going to be that kind of Internet drama,” said Downing, junior in commercial art. “I don’t particularly like it.”
Downing says that she believes the trend is already overdone and childish. She also said it reminded her too much of high school.
“Unfortunately, pages like these are becoming pretty common,” said Chris Kelly, associate vice president of university marketing and communication. “We monitor social media pretty closely, so we were aware of it shortly after it became live.”
Kelly says he wants to stress the fact that Pitt State Confessions is in no way affiliated with the university.
He added that pages like it, and like the short-lived “PSU Secret Admirers” and “PSU Burn Book” are not encouraged by the university.
He says that he believes that the official university social media platforms are the true reflection of PSU.
“We work very hard to tell the story of Pittsburg State,” Kelly said. “I’m confident that no one would confuse these parody pages with official university accounts.” 
Downing agrees.
“I think that all universities have negative things like this but I don’t think it’ll affect the school too much,” Downing said. “Wherever you go there’s going to be that kind of talk.”
Some students, however, don’t agree. They say that they believe webpages that display a lack of campus maturity should be taken down completely.
“All that stuff is just ridiculous to me,” said Ryan Taylor, junior in psychology, of the “Secret Admirers” Twitter account. “Some guys were saying some really inappropriate stuff about some girls I knew and it made me pretty mad.”
Taylor added that he believes the pages make the university look terrible and that they could possibly cause prospective students to overlook the university when searching for colleges to attend.
“It’s embarrassing,” Taylor said. “You’ve got kids in high school who might not come… It looks pretty bad on the students who got here.”
Taylor’s opinion isn’t an unpopular one.
“Social media doesn’t always bring out the best in people,” said Keeston Terry, junior in physical education. “I don’t really see the point of the Confessions thing, but if it’s anonymous, there’s nothing you can really do about it.

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