More on Valuing the Emotional Self

After today’s class, a student shared the following quote with me, which echoes Eve Ensler’s sentiments about reclaiming our full, emotional selves:

“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.”

— Zooey Deschanel


Healing our Purdue Community

A candlelight vigil was held for the TA, a senior in the College of Engineering named Andrew, who was shot and killed on campus on Tuesday.

A candlelight vigil was held for Andrew, a senior working as a TA in the College of Engineering, who was shot and killed by a gunman on campus Tuesday. Students filled the College of Engineering Mall despite the cold.


It will no doubt take all of us some time to come to terms with what happened on our campus on Tuesday. In the wake of this frightening event, I strongly encourage anyone who would like to talk about what happened and/or how they are feeling to utilize the resources below. Counseling is available on campus at the following locations:

Office of the Dean of Students

Schleman Hall Room 207  |  (765) 494-1747


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

PUSH Room 246 and PSYCH Room 1120  |  (765) 494-6995