UNK Confessions Tarnishing University Reputation? (Final Column Draft)

**There are quotes from UNK Confessions that may make some readers uncomfortable.  The language and grammar is taken directly from their posts.

UNK Confessions is the current buzz around campus, leaving students gushing about the dirty details of last night’s hookups, students plans to get trashed tonight, and well every other nasty act imaginable.  That’s right; students can anonymously post their intimate details to UNK Confessions on Facebook and @UNK_confessions on Twitter.  There are 1,050 likes and 878 people talking about this on Facebook, with 30 tweets and 414 followers on Twitter.  I “liked” the Facebook page when it first came out and I’ll admit I found a few of the postings funny.  Since then the postings have become a way for people to make up vulgar stories, try to hook up, make stereotypical remarks about sorority girls and fraternity guys, bash the morals of those who have spoken against the page, and trash the reputation of the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Everyone who has heard of UNK has surely heard “You can’t spell drunk without UNK.” I think it’s safe to say that every college could be considered a party college, with people that party and like to have fun.  UNL also has a @UNLConfessions and @UNLproblems, which are very popular on Twitter.  While there are sites like Texts from Last Night that share these kinds of stories, they aren’t affiliated with an institution.  It’s a relief knowing UNK is not alone, but it feels different knowing that you could be sitting beside some of the confessors in class or worse, sharing a dorm room.

UNK Confessors’ wonderfully descriptive posts include: “Baby just make me cum, and then don’t make a sound,” “I need a woman, not a pre-teen drama bitch cunt slut fuck,” “If you see a girl walking awkward tomorrow and find a condom in the fountain that was us,” and “i walked in to my gradma suckin my grandpas dick so i decided to put it between her but cheeks.”  The faculty and leaders of UNK are also questioned (whether true or not) in posts like “Last night I banged my trig teacher” and “My R.A. fucked 3 resident girls on our floor last year, telling all of them he was a virgin. If he didn’t buy us all drugs and alcohol I would think he’s a dick.”  UNK Confessions wouldn’t be complete without stoner stories like “Taking rips of the bong should be on my resume” and “My Saturday night last weekend= 2 colt 45s 12 beers 3 blunts and 50 milligrams of addy. Haha I had so much fuckin fun and plan to do it again this weekend.”

Even the posts a person likes can portray them in a negative light, as one confessor mentioned, “By seeing what girls like certain posts, I know who the easy fucks are. Thank you for advertising, makes my life easier.”

What will sites like UNK Confessions mean for UNK?  Would prospective donors consider not giving funds to UNK because the site gives students and the university a terrible reputation?  Would prospective students turn their back on UNK because they want to be a part of something a little classier and a lot less trashy?  A disgusted person confessed:

I thought we were smart enough to use a little common decency and some semi-coherent grammar. […] It’s one thing to know this is happening behind closed doors but for this to be public knowledge, as if this behavior is normal and acceptable, is just utterly disappointing. Maybe UNK has failed. Maybe we have failed.

UNK has worked hard to become and maintain their status as a Top 10 University.  I’d hate to see a site like UNK Confessions ruin the university’s reputation.  It’s not only our school, but also our own reputation and legacy that stand to be affected.

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3 thoughts on “UNK Confessions Tarnishing University Reputation? (Final Column Draft)

  1. Thank you for this, I couldn’t agree more. From all my friends in Lincoln who always tweet about @UNLproblems but its simple stuff like, “walking to class in the rain #UNLproblems. The UNK confessions is very vulgar and could absolutely cause problems for faculty. I’m actually doing an interview with the Chancellor’s Assistant Dr. Neal Schnoor on the radio in the near future and this will be one of the topics we will discuss, I’ll make sure to let you know when that happens!

  2. I would close it on the “maybe we have failed” line. Much stronger than anything else you can do. I would also take out the grandma/grandpa quote as it really has nothing to do with the overall story you’re trying to tell. Perhaps find another quote to use, perhaps just leave it out.

    Much better overall.

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