A student at the University of Utah has crafted the perfect sanctuary for the panicked masses during finals week.
Senior Nemo Miller created a “Cry Closet” that will remain in the library on the Salt Lake City campus until exams are over.
A sign on the door reads “A Safe Place for Stressed Out Students Otherwise known as The Cry Closet.”
“This space is meant to provide a place for students studying for finals to take a short 10-minute break,” a description on the door read.
Five rules of the closet are listed: knock before entering, only one person in the closet at a time, limit your time to 10 minutes, turn lights and timer off before leaving, and use #cryclosetuofu if posting on social media.
Miller, who is currently buried in finals herself, said in a statement that “I am interested in humanity and the inherent complexities of the human condition.”
“In my work, I reflect on my experiences and explore what it means to be human,” she wrote. “One aspect of humanity that I am currently exploring is connections and missed connections through communication. It’s been interesting to watch the response to this piece about human emotions, and I’m proud to see the power of art in action.”
There has been some criticism of the closet, with conservative radio talk show host Joe Walsh, a former congressman, calling the closet “pathetic.”
“1944: Young Americans storm the beaches at Normandy. 2018: Young Americans need a “cry closet” because they can’t handle taking a test. Pathetic. So damn pathetic,” he wrote on Twitter.
However, many have praised the “Cry Closet,” and some have asked for more on campus.
“The installation, available for use by all students, has sparked dialogue about expressing emotions, particularly those in public spaces,” the university said in a statement. “It is an example of how art has the power to catalyze important conversations and engage the public.”