To the Editor:
For brevity's sake, I will limit my thoughts regarding the presidential election by only commenting on an e-mail Housing and Residential Life sent to students on November 9. The message spoke of "mixed emotions" on campus and how a "space for self-care and dialogue" would be available that day for students who needed it.
I do not object to the added presence of professional support staff if there is a demand for it. Far be it from me to judge others' pain. If a large number of students need support for any reason, they should be accommodated. What I do object to was the way Housing and Residential Life's e-mail was written, particularly the phrases "with the presidential election results what they are" and "rhetoric from the campaign [singular]." An e-mail sent in an official University capacity should not have expressed what was clearly partisan commentary on the election results. That is the job of neither an individual staff member nor an entire department. The e-mail could have simply stated that help was being offered for students in need.
With that being said, I do hope that Bulldogs of all political beliefs can find solace and unity in constructive ways and maintain a positive environment in this community.