Student confessional art to unite campus

The members of the University Board will begin collecting student secrets today until Friday.

The collection is part of Eastern’s PostSecret display starting on Feb. 21, where students’ secrets will be featured in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union Bridge Lounge.

There will be a table set up in the Bridge Lounge where students can anonymously give a confession. There will also be an envelope in the Union’s Student Activities Center where students can drop off their secrets.

Alyssa Anderson, a senior psychology major and the vice president of the UB, said the display is based off of Frank Warren’s PostSecret community art project. Warren’s displays are developed from secrets sent in from all over the world. These ongoing projects have been featured in cities throughout America. The secrets sent in are often written on postcards that are decorated in unique ways.

The members of the UB have contemplated bringing Warren to Eastern. However, Anderson said they felt it would be easier to do a display that just included Eastern. The display will be on smaller scale as it will only feature the secrets of Eastern students and that it will be “homegrown.”

The table will include materials such as markers, construction paper, magazines and glue but Anderson said that students also can drop off postcards they have already decorated.

“It gives students a chance to be creative… For some people it may be embarrassing, but for others it might help relieve tension to express their secrets, ” Anderson said.

Anderson said the UB is still deciding how to organize the event. She said students’ secrets will either be strung along the Bridge Lounge or posted on signposts.

Seth Schroeder can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].