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Marshall takes page from popular blog for latest student activity

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2013 23:03

Marshall University students stopped by the PostSecret table at the Memorial Student Center, Thursday, to enter their secrets into the box.

Each secret was confidential, and handfuls were periodically taken out and posted on a board for everyone to read as they walked by.

“This activity is a way to promote student involvement and get anyone on campus to participate,” Andrea Cline, a 20-year-old exercise physiology major, said.

She said the PostSecret activity is one that has been done on campus before and they wanted to bring it back.

The popular PostSecret trademark inspired this event and was hosted by the Campus Activities Board.

Frank Warren started PostSecret as a way for people to mail in postcards with their honest secrets that they have never told anyone, and to be able to communicate it. It has grown into a website where new postcards are posted every week, along with several books. The sharing of all the postcards has also been a way for people to find anonymous advice from others’ cards.

Makenzee Ruley, a 20-year-old criminal justice and biology major, said she sees the activity the same way.

“Opening up is not something that is seen as socially acceptable,” Ruley, a member of the CAB who helped with the project, said. “This exercise is a way for them to have an outlet without feeling insecure about their secrets.”

The secrets were open to be anything that students wanted to express.

“No matter if the secrets are funny, serious or whatever, this is a way to make it okay to say them,” Ruley said.

The notecards containing the secrets could be decorated any way that the participants wanted to, making each one even more personal.

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