Positive sticky notes reappear with known author

Category:  News
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 9:40 PM
Positive sticky notes reappear with known author by Macala Leigey

In past years, brightly colored post-it notes with positive phrases and encouraging words have made a reoccurring appearance at Edinboro University. And now, the mysterious post-its are back — but this time with a signature.

“That [the post-it notes last year] was us. That’s just part of our compliment week we do. It went really well, so we did it again this year,” said Zeta Tau Alpha Chapter President Alison Colangelo.

Colangelo continued, “In the past, we’ve always done a compliment week. Some of the programming that we do [is] within our own chapter, just to help everyone bond. So to expand on that, we were like ‘we’ll just do it on campus too,’ so we started posting the post-its.”

“Hope you are having a wonderful week,” and “Don’t give up, you can do anything,” then signed with "Love, the sisters of ZTA," are just
a few of the uplifting messages written on the post-its, which can be found in Compton, Hendricks, Butterfield, the Baron-Forness library, the Frank G. Pogue Student Center, and various other buildings around campus.

“We try to post the notes wherever we can all around campus. Having sisters with a wide variety of different majors makes it easier to get sticky notes posted around in different buildings on campus,” said Zeta Tau Alpha’s director of activities Mary Mihoci.

Mihoci continued, “I decided to have our sisters post the notes around campus now because it’s getting to that point in the semester where students are becoming very stressed out because tests and homework are starting build up.”

Mihoci also shared that the ZTA sisters plan to post the inspiring notes various weeks throughout the semester.

“We will most likely do it again later on in the semester, like during finals week when it’s a high stress time for everyone on campus. The affect we hope these notes have on campus is just to simply brighten someone’s day. My sisters and I hope to put a smile on others’ faces by doing this.”

Colangelo mentioned that the ZTA sisters have “house cup system” where members earn points throughout the year for participating in certain activities the sorority holds, including the post-its.

“If they [ZTA members] put up a post-it they got points for it. You only got points for your first post-it, but we’re encouraging that there’s no cap on kindness.”

With tests starting, papers piling up, and stress levels reaching their peak in the semester, the reappearance of the positive post-it notes seems to have come at just the right time.

“You never know what someone is going through and one of these notes could completely turn someone’s day around for the better, and that’s what we hope to accomplish,” said Mihoci. 

Macala Leigey is the news editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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