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University of Utah installs ‘cry closet’ in library for stressed students

Cry Closet (YouTube)
April 27, 2018

A University of Utah student created a space for students struggling to cope with stress during finals week, and it’s called the “cry closet.”

Nemo Miller, a senior at the university, created the closet, which was placed in the middle of the Marriot Library.

“One aspect of humanity that I am currently exploring is connections and missed connections through communication,” Miller said in a statement. “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.”

“The space is meant to provide a place for students studying for finals to take a short 10-minute break,” a statement on the closet door reads.

jacks (Twitter)

“Just let it all out,” university spokeswoman Jana Cunningham told KUTV. “Let yourself just get away from your studies for the next 10 minutes and then come on out and hopefully you feel just a little bit better and you can get back to your homework.”

Jana Cunningham (Twitter)

The inside of the closet is covered in soft material and filled with stuffed animals and other toys.

Rules for the closet include knocking before entering, only one person is allowed inside at a time, only be in the closet for 10 minutes at most, and turn the lights off after exiting.

The closet will remain in the library until all final exams are completed.