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University offers post-election ‘de-stress’ space


Marquette University’s counseling center is making sure students have a place to find support in the wake of the midterm election results — complete with “stress busting activities” and “a gratitude board.”

Marquette University is located in Wisconsin, where a very tight race between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democrat challenger Tony Evers took place. Latest poll results show Evers will oust the incumbent.

Organizers note the event, which was scheduled prior to Tuesday’s election results, is for students from anywhere on the political spectrum.

“For many people, the transition of power and the rapid speed of change may cause stress and anxiety about the political environment and the future of our nation. Symptoms of stress can vary from person to person but often include a combination of emotional (anxiety, depression, worry, tension, irritability) and physical (headaches, insomnia, stomach problems) reactions,” organizers state on Facebook.

“The Marquette University Counseling Center would like to invite students and the campus community to engage in some self-care strategies, decompress, and be in community with one another. Please join them on the AMU 2nd floor lobby on 11/7/18 from 11-2pm. Stress busting activities, a gratitude board, and a space to be in community will be available.”

After The College Fix reported on the event, the story went viral, and was picked up by national news outlets and was discussed on Fox News’ program “The FIVE” on Thursday. The university, in response, took down or made private the Facebook post touting the event, and so The College Fix has added in a screenshot of it.

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Editor’s note: This post originally stated Walker was leading in the polls, but with more precincts counted Evers took the lead and is projected to win. The story has also been amended to add a screenshot of the event and update issues surrounding it.

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