Last week Texas Tech professor Terry McInturff left a printout on his student’s desks. On the paper, a photocopied article from the Wall Street Journal, followed by his personal opinion on the matter.
The article described the emotional support some colleges and universities were offering students who were upset, distraught or frustrated by the outcome of the presidential election.
This was McInturff’s response in full:
“After reading the article and reflecting on my often repeated statement to you that “I don’t care how you FEEL, I care what you THINK,” it occurred to me that perhaps I have been a bit too harsh. Therefore, in the spirit of dealing with the wounds of those feeling grief and unbearable angst over the election, Kim’s tragic Paris robbery, the heart wrenching Brangelina break-up or other similar tragedy, I would like to do my part. While I can’t offer “arts and crafts” or a “therapy dog,” the Energy Commerce Department has arranged for free hugs from our therapy boa constrictor. Please go to room 139 to schedule a session should you feel the need.
Have a great day. It’s great to be a Red Raider!”
“It was tongue in cheek,” McInturff. “It was a joke and they took it as a joke. Apparently some people on the east coast did not take it as a joke.”
The Energy Commerce professor has been teaching for 13 years and said his students know his sense of humor and how tough he can be. He said it is all in their best interest.