To post, or not to post: Religious sticky-notes create mixed reactions from students
By Adam Lignell
While passing through hallways or going outside in between classes, students may have noticed neon colored squares dotting poles, windows or walls.
These sticky-notes displaying bible verses are created by Sticky Note Revelation, a group posting nearly every day all over campus to spread their messages to students.
Student and Sticky Note Revelation founder Deaven Schreifer with main goals other than decorating the school.
“We’re just trying to get the word of God out there,” Schreifer said. “People need to know about it.”
Sticky Note Revelation members do not cover hallways or rooms in more than two or three notes, and take no stance when they are removed. Note promotion has been an obstacle for the group as well.
Those curious about the notes have contacted other members and participated on their website, but the notes are just part of the group’s activities.
“The posted notes are the main focus of what we’re doing, but the website brings it all together,” Schreifer said. “If someone in Arizona wanted to learn how to do this, they could go to the forum and we could teach them how to do it.”
Co-founder of Sticky Note Revelation and student Kristy Sharp joined after Schreifer asked for her help in posting one day after class.
“It’s not about confrontation, it’s not about us,” Sharp said. “If they take it and just walk away, there’s still that hope that they took it with them because they needed it.”
One of the group’s aims is to target people who aren’t regularly aware of what is happening on campus aside from their classes.
“My goal is to reach the people that I used to be,” Sharp said. “School’s important but you have to have a life too, there’s a balance.”
Not all initial members of Sticky Note Revelation have committed themselves to the group, but Sharp hopes new members will join in their place.
“We need people that aren’t afraid of putting a sticky note up on the wall,” Sharp said.
Student Senate President Gina Galanou has taken a neutral stance on motivational posters around campus, but doesn’t entirely agree with all religious postings.
“They could reserve a room and have a lecture, video, PowerPoint, discussion, something that people will choose to be exposed to,” Galanou said. “Religion is a choice, you can’t force feed it.”
Sticky Note Revelation has other activities and plans aside from the sticky notes, although the act of posting the notes themselves can be offensive to some.
“Personally I think regardless of whatever religion you’re in, you should respect others,” Galanou said. “I don’t necessarily agree with them posting it all over the place.”
Although there is some opposition from students, the college’s policy on littering is an issue as well.
“It’s a little disrespectful to those people who have to clean that up,” Galanou said. “I don’t think we should be littering all over campus with extra paper.”
Contact Adam Lignell, staff reporter, at firstname.lastname@example.org.