As I walked around the Penn State campus and State College community this week I struggled to find much joy. Students and faculty refused to make eye contact. Those victors proudly wearing red caps with white lettering seemed surprisingly subdued. I visited our Spiritual Center, Cultural Center and LGBTQA Student Center where counselors and staff were scrambling and organizing to be with those who were feeling more vulnerable than ever. They were meeting with those who were hurting or losing hope for the future, supporting those who were unable to bring themselves to go to class or get out of bed, and offer boxes of tissues to those who were facing a future that feels less certain than before. Around campus I found those chatting with peers were doing so in hushed but angry voices, with obvious frustration on their faces.
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