Overhear any interesting comments around campus lately?
By Jessica Werstein
“I feel like my girlfriend… well….I don’t actually have a girlfriend….. but my HYPOTHETICAL girlfriend would probably think I was an idiot if I said that!”
Have you ever walked into the room and heard conversations completely out of context?
Cornerstone University now has a Facebook page you can visit to read and write comments about a hysterical conversation that you might have walked into, or even by, at the wrong moment.
Overheard at CU is a Facebook group that has been created and dedicated to these misunderstood conversations.
Junior Jacob Albert is the creator and administrator of the group.
“I created the group just so that people could post funny or witty things they hear, and everyone could get a laugh,” Albert said. “People tend to say some really good lines, especially when you hear them out of context.”
He adds “I read the posts on a daily basis and will post usually every other day or so.”
One of his most recent posts states: “In Corum: Guy 1 (playing world of Warcraft): “She needs help!” Girl passing by: “No, you need help….”
“I’ll check it occasionally… I’ve actually been quoted,” Ben Attema, CUSG vice president of organizations and finances, said.
The comments include posts such as “I’m going over to Pickitt to find a girlfriend… then afterwards I’m going out to celebrate,” and “Hey, remember: tonight, 9 o’clock, your room. I’ll bring the Nyquil.”
Students will even post comments they find humorous from their classrooms such as “I know all you guys are really innocent and you’re in biology, but I want you guys to make these flowers make babies.”
One commented posted on Overheard at CU was “Person 1: ‘I left overheard at cornerstone cause I didn’t like getting all of the update notifications and emails.’ Person 2: ‘That’s what I love most about it, it makes me feel like I have friends.’”
For those CU students similar to person 1, Facebook also has a feature in the top right corner of the page that gives students the option to turn off the notifications.
When asked about her perception of the page, senior Betsy Pherson said, “I was actually going to do the same thing but in my apartment… Hang up sticky notes of funny sayings I hear out the window… and then I heard about Overheard.”
When asked about Overheard at CU, Gerald Longjohn, vice president for Spiritual Formation, said he hadn’t heard about it until he was asked to comment.
After looking it over he said that there is a possibility that it “dehumanizes” and that it could create “the potential to be hurtful rather than helpful.”
He thinks that it is “important to err on the side of caution.”
Albert mentioned that “I try to monitor it enough to make sure stuff doesn’t get out of hand, at least till it all irons itself out. I understand the campus isn’t huge, so sometimes people will find themselves and could take offense which is why I try to discourage direct names… I just don’t want someone to get hurt since the group is more about laughing than spite.”
Longjohn also stated that “I see the humor in it… I’m kind of a sarcastic person, I was on the sidelines as an announcer at Mudbowl making fun of everyone… It might be a way of making sure we aren’t taking ourselves too seriously.”
What does the future look like for this Facebook group?
“I will pass the administrator position to a freshman most likely and instruct them to do the same when they’re a senior, so that there is always a student in charge,” Albert said.