He is a man who collects secrets, and the audience in Cox Auditorium on Wednesday night did not fail to deliver.
    
“I’m a self-proclaimed Harry Potter fanatic,” the first secret sharer who stepped to the microphone, said. “I have ‘The Deathly Hallows’ tattooed on my wrist. When I came out as a teenager, it (Harry Potter) was my strength. And I’ve always been afraid that the strength’s gonna leave. The reason that I got it done … I don’t want it to disappear.”
    
“My secret’s not quite as upbeat as that one,” another student said, “but … so here goes. Pain pills took everything I ever had away from me; they took my relationship, my job, my school, my violin, my computer, my friends and most importantly, they took my dignity and integrity away from me. And in relation to that guy’s secret, Harry Potter also helped me keep my sanity while I was in rehab.”
   
 These two secrets represent the wide variety of emotions and interesting theme of connectedness present at the PostSecret Live Event, sponsored by the Visual Arts Committee. The program brought Frank Warren, founder of the award-winning blog PostSecret, to campus.
    
He walked out in jeans and an untucked button-up, on a stage adorned only with a barstool and a small table; the simplicity belied his story.
    
“My name is Frank, and I collect secrets,” Warren said.
   
 This was not just his introduction; it was also how he began his mission back in 2004. He passed out 3,000 postcards to complete strangers, asking for their secrets. It wasn’t long before those secrets began to trickle in, and soon, the project had taken a life of its own.
   
 “I’ve been a PostSecret fan for years,” Jackie Delpilar, a sophomore in journalism and electronic media, said. “I look forward to checking the website every Sunday, and I’ve read several of Frank Warren’s books. I was very excited to have the opportunity to hear Frank speak and to learn more about his mission with PostSecret.”
    
His message took a more serious turn halfway through the show, when he began to focus on a major theme of PostSecret — suicide prevention.
    
“The fact is, in this country, in the short amount of time I have been speaking here tonight, there have been two murders, but four Americans have taken their own life,” Warren said. “On college campuses, it’s even more devastating. Statistically, among us here tonight, in the next 12 months, 30 of us will think about ending our lives — and 10 of you, right now, are sitting by somebody who will actually try.”
    
He proceeded to share three ways to help prevent suicide. He said the most effective option is to be direct, and confront a potential threat head on.
   
 “Ask them and say, ‘Hey, are you thinking about hurting yourself? I’m always here if you need to talk,’” Warren said.
   
 The second path is to remove the method; check to see if they have a loaded firearm or prescription medications.
   
 Finally, Warren advised to contact professional help, citing 1-800-SUICIDE and also mentioning VolAware, the UT suicide hotline.
   
 “More than once, I’ve gotten e-mails from students that said the only reason I’m alive today is because my RA asked me how I was doing at just the right time,” Warren said. “Sometimes it’s the smallest things that can make the biggest difference.”
   
 Logan Brooks, a sophomore in English and a Resident Assistant in Morrill Hall, really felt the importance of that secret.
   
 “When Frank mentioned how RAs could be that change or assistance for that one student, I truly believed my position as a student leader became that much more necessary and influential,” Brooks said.