A new Facebook page, Humans of IWU, features pictures of people around the Indiana Wesleyan University campus with quotes to go along with them. Created Sept. 23, the page already has more than 650 likes and has featured 18 people.
Inspired by the Humans of New York facebook page, Humans of IWU is run by two sophomore girls who have requested their names aren’t published in The Sojourn.
“We’re not in this to bring attention to ourselves,” one of the administrators said. “We’re not super secretive about who we are, because people are going to find out, … but we’re not here to broadcast that. … We want the page to be authentic, to be about the humans of IWU.”
The page started up when one of the administrators ran into who she calls “ironic headband man,” also known as Michael Herrick (fr), at McConn.
“I immediately was like, ‘This is the beginning,’” the administrator said.
She had been thinking about starting up the page for a while before this, drawing ideas from HONY and similar pages on other college campuses.
This first picture featured Herrick wearing a headband with the word “gangster” knitted into it, accompanied by the quote, “I knit ironic headbands.”
“Most people are really willing to talk to you. We tend to have this fear of rejection, and nobody’s said ‘no’ yet. They really open up to us,” the administrator said. “It reminds me that we’re all humans, and we all have that common ground.”
Though the page has many similarities to HONY, the administrators said they didn’t want Humans of IWU to be exactly the same. For example, the administrators do not intend to use the typical HONY slogan “Today in Microfashion,” which features little children in cute outfits.
Humans of IWU is about focusing on things that bring together the campus community, according to the administrators. For this reason, they have decided to avoid topics that will cause disunity. The administrators have already come across a situation where they had to focus on a different part of a human’s story to avoid starting controversy.
The administrators said so far they have received very positive feedback from fellow students.
“We are reaching an audience that hasn’t been reached with any of the other [IWU] pages,” they said. “The people who maybe don’t get noticed as much, the ones that don’t get written about in [IWU] Secret Admirers or aren’t going to say the witty things that go up on Overheard [at IWU], the quiet kids in the back of the class.”
Ultimately for the administrators, Humans of IWU is about helping people get to know each other’s stories.
“The whole idea behind the page is that everyone has a story, and you can’t just label them by one thing,” said the administrator.