Student Unsure if Peer’s Opinion Should Be Upsetting

SAINT PETER, MN  — Gustavus junior Rachel Clark has come forth saying that she is no longer sure whether or not he should find his classmate’s opinion upsetting. Clark, a major in Political Science and Communication, has been thrust into an existential crisis due to her inability to figure out just how she should be feeling about an opinion shared during class this last week. Following a moderately engaging lecture on urban social structure at the turn of the 20th century, Clark was caught unaware when classmate Jenna Penn shared her opinion that “maybe if women and black people worked together instead of believing they were competing, they could have gotten their rights a lot faster.”

“Was I supposed to be angry? I looked around at all my peers but everyone was just staring blankly,” stated Clark. “Usually, I can get a read on whether or not an opinion is bad by judging how my classmates receive it. This time, no such luck. How am I supposed to know how I feel about her statement if no one is going to give me a social cue as to how they feel about it?” Bravely, Clark has opted to continue attending class despite her uncertainty. However, class context has provided few answers for her .

“Yeah, the fishbowl discussion that happened at the end of that lecture was actually how we wrapped up our unit on pre-World War One era social climate. I thought people were sharing interesting stuff. We had to move on in order to get everything done for midterms, which is a bummer. Would have loved a little more participation, but I guess this cohort’s just a quiet bunch,” said professor Evelyn Glass. Penn herself is denying any provocation of controversy.

“I didn’t really mean my statement to be confusing,” said Penn. “Honestly, I’m pretty open to discussion but it didn’t seem like anyone was interested in disagreeing with me, so I figured everyone was on board.”

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