SELU Crush page administrators give exclusive interview
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The SELU Crush Page was launched in November 2013 and immediately received a flood of submissions. Students can anonymously submit their crushes to the page through an ask.fm account that keeps the submitter's identity totally anonymous, even to the administrators. The administrators then post the submissions on the page, often giving advice on the situation. The administrators, thus far only known as #2 and ॐ,have added humor and kept the page interesting, but have chosen to keep their identities a secret.The Lion's Roar was able to set up an exclusive interview with the pair. The Lion's Roar now takes you into the depths of the minds of the Crush Page administrators.
The Lion's Roar: What was your inspiration for starting the page?
ॐ: I saw that someone had created a similar group [to SELU Crushes] and that they hadn't actually started inviting people. So I was like, alright, I'm going to be the one that gets this all started for the Crushes Page.
Well he [#2] and I had a class together, so we would always do work. After I got the page going I kind of needed assistance, and I just mentioned it to him, and believe it or not...
#2: I was the one who started the original one [Crush Page] and just ditched it.
ॐ: He was the one who started the original one that didn't take off.
#2: I started and I was like, 'This is stupid,' so I just didn't do anything.
TLR: What does your symbol mean ॐ?
ॐ: It can be seen as a spiritual Buddhist, Hindu type symbol. I consider myself spiritual. I don't take any religious title. I just use that because it's a cool symbol to have, and I guess it kind of went along with the omegas from the Confessions Page.
#2: Which was kind of funny.
TLR: Why do you feel the need to keep your identities a secret?
#2: It's more fun that way, because as long as we're not actual people then it's a little more glamorous.
ॐ: I really don't have a reason, it's honestly getting to the point where I could kind of care less if people found out who I am. When it first took off, we would feel kind of weird because no one knew who we were, but we knew. It was kind of like this weird vibe you would carry around with you, like in class and stuff. He [#2] would be in class like managing the page and stuff and he would be like, 'No one knows it's me.'
ॐ: As time goes on he's definitely more involved with the page than I am now. I guess it's kind of lost its glamour for me at this point. I still enjoy it, but it's not as secretive to me.
TLR: Will you guys be doing anymore scavenger hunt type of activities, similar to last semester when #2 wrote '#2' on his hand and challenged people to find him?
#2: Who knows? That was kind of a spur of the moment thing since it was during finals. In hindsight it wasn't a very good idea, because anyone could fake that. But one person did find me.
TLR: What did they do?
#2: She was a friend of mine and what's funny is we were sitting together for like an hour already, and then she grabbed my hand and was like, 'I knew it!'
TLR: I feel like it would be hard to hide from your friends.
#2: Well I told my roommate so it would be easier.
ॐ: Every time his roommate would come in the room, he would like have to shut his laptop or something.
#2: I just told him so it would be easier, and he didn't really care. I was like, 'So I have a secret to tell you, and I was like, 'No one knows except the other guy.' And he was like, 'Are you gay?' And I was like, 'Well with that out of the way, no I'm just the crushes administrator.'
#2: Three days after we started it [the Crush Page] he [ॐ]got drunk and told some girl.
TLR: She didn't go tell people?
ॐ: She's actually still in a relationship with my friend. Whenever I told her, she was really cool and we talked, but she wasn't like, 'I can't wait to go tell people who you are.'
#2: Most people kind of understand that it's a thing that's meant to be private.
TLR: Do either of you have a significant other? Do they know you are an administrator?
#2: Okay so fun fact, my girlfriend does know, and I met her on the Crushes Page. Just to keep the suspicion down, every now and then I'll switch to myself on the page, and just go and like things for no reason, just to have a presence, so people don't notice that I'm never commenting on anything.
TLR: So tell me the story of how you guys met.
#2: She had just made some funny comment, and I commented on her post [under my personal account] and apparently she thought I was attractive, so she added me. So she added me on Facebook, and according to her, she added me and intended to never talk to me, but then I started talking to her. We've been dating for almost two months now.
TLR: Has anyone reported dating from the page?
ॐ: We don't keep track, but we've had submissions come in that said, 'Hey we met and we just wanted to thank y'all.'
TLR: How many administrators are there? Will you be adding new ones anytime soon?
#2: I don't think we have a complete need, this semester in particular. Our semesters are kind of crazy, but we're not really actively looking for someone.
TLR: What would you look for in someone who did want to become an administrator?
#2: It's not so much enthusiasm, because people can be really enthusiastic about the page without necessarily making a good admin.
ॐ:I would say if we were going to, I would suggest the people who actually replied to the crushes with good advice, or something worthwhile. Because I feel like the difference between us and the confessions page is they like to say punch lines and stuff, while we actually try to give legit advice on situations, so I would want someone who would be more in that area. I remember there's this one girl, who usually comments on a good bit of them, and she gives paragraph by paragraph detail in some situations. If we were to add [an administrator] it would probably be a female since we have two male personalities.
#2: Of course people do sometimes think I'm a girl.
ॐ: Yeah, he's had a few guys like hit on him.
#2: I think it is because I'm so nice.
TLR: How long do you think you will keep this up?
#2: Well he's going to graduate first.
ॐ: I'm going to graduate next semester.
#2: And I'm going to graduate May of 2015, so either until we graduate or until other reasons compel us.
ॐ: He suggested that once a year is up, we get some new admins on board, and let them run the page to keep some kind of circulation going, a hierarchy with people on the top still overseeing it I guess.
TLR: You guys have over 3,500 likes on your page. Do you feel like you're bringing Southeastern students together through this page since its something they can all relate to?
ॐ: For sure, my whole philosophy from the beginning was, 'We're only going to post things that promote people's self-esteem.' We've had a few posts where it's like, 'Oh that chubby girl in my class has such a very gorgeous face.'Even though it says she has a gorgeous face, there's still a negative, which could affect a female, so I just won't post it.
#2: Usually we keep down offensive things, now if they would be aggravating to somebody, but they're still entertaining, then sometimes we'll let them through, just because they're stupid.
ॐ: We try to respect the person that's being talked about. But I mean we definitely get submissions that are very graphic to said person, so we delete those. I've talked to a female this semester, and we somehow got on the topic of the page, and she said, 'Oh yeah, I've been posted on there twice, and it made my day, made me feel good.' So I think whether it brings people together or not, it just raises the morale of students on campus.
#2: What's funny is that neither of us have ever had a crush submitted about us.
ॐ: I've posted maybe two crushes or so.
2: I've posted some just for fun.
ॐ: One girl, I was just joking around with her [on the page as an admin] and she actually texted me like, 'Hey did you just post that?' I'm like, 'What are you talking about?' She's like, 'Some guys just posted something on the crush page that was sarcastically rude to me.'
ॐ: I've submitted things about some girls, but most of them being friends [I'm just] saying what I would say.I definitely won't post my crush because I don't need more attention on her.
TLR: Is there anything new we can look forward to that will be happening on the page in the future?
#2: We were talking about putting out a call for the couples that have met on our page to sort of feature them.
TLR: Would you guys meet up with them?
#2: It wouldn't be quite so formal, more like [submit] a little short story about it [how you met].
TLR: If you had one piece of advice for all the anonymous crushers out there, what would it be?
ॐ: We're not a dating website, so you can't have expectations of submitting a crush and expecting any type of relationship out of it.
#2: It's more just for fun, but for the real world, I guess it's not so much that the Crushes Page is a solution to your issues, but its more just for fun. It's hardly a dating site, although some people tend to think it is.
ॐ: Nothing beats person to person interaction. That's really the only way you're going to gauge attraction anyway. You don't get body language through a computer screen.
Look for the post that confirms this interview on the SELU Crushes Page very soon. To all the students out there wondering who the administrators are, you now have confirmation that they are males as well as a little bit more information about them. So who do you think the administrators are?
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