A dorm display at a prestigious university in the Northeast thinks a way for students to handle the stress of studies is to be inspired by brightly colored cartoon bears.
The display in Birch Hall at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst uses the well-known "Care Bears" characters to suggest that students "surround yourselves with supportive people," "make time for fun," and to eat well and get enough sleep. (Click on image for larger version)
Stacy Washington of Project 21 (The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives) believes the silliness does more harm than good.
"Once you get people into the mode of relying on other people [and] external factors for how they control their emotions, you're degrading them," she offers. "You're taking them back to a place where their parents [and their teachers] had to help them regulate their emotions."
Washington argues that this type of approach could be a deliberate attempt by those associated with the school to undo the emotional maturity that students acquire growing up.
"What it looks like to me is that people in colleges are actively working to undo the good work that parents poured themselves into when they raised their kids to prepare them to leave the nest," she tells OneNewsNow, "and it's hard to believe that you pay people to do this to your kids."
Campus Reform notes that Birch Hall is a residence for students in the Honors College. That report quotes a student at UMass-Amherst who points out that those who live in that particular dorm are 20 to 21 years old and should not have to be reminded about eating healthy and getting sufficient sleep.
"If you don't know that by age 20," said sophomore Bradley Polumbo, "you have bigger problems and probably shouldn't be pursuing a degree until you get those sorted out."
Speaking of the display, he added: "Frankly, I just think it's ridiculous."