Providence College students from the classes of 2014 and below know the feeling of rushing to their mailboxes each spring to check their housing selection time cards and then comparing with fellow students to see who has the earliest time slot. This ritual is then followed by either waking up at the crack of dawn to meet your early time slot, or arriving around 4:00 p.m. and taking last pick of the available rooms. Students will remember waiting in line in the Aquinas Hall lounge looking at little diagrams of floor plans and strategically choosing a room near friends and as far away from the RA as possible. This fall, this method of housing selection will be scrapped in favor of a new, online system. Now, choosing a room will be similar to the process used to pick classes.Read More
The Pre-Easter Grind.
I love March Madness. Not just because it gives me an excuse to watch an absurd amount of basketball, but because it reminds me of what is good in life. I know this might sound a little sad, but it is true. As we near the beginning of the end of the semester, start to buckle down for the pre-Easter grind, begin to think “there is no way I can get all of this done,” I am reminded of what the human will is capable of. A 15 seed, Norfolk State, can upset the number-three team in the country. An athletically outmatched team basically willed itself to a win over a number-two seed, and ruined my bracket in the process. It may be a strange way of looking at things, but it works. If Norfolk State can beat Missouri, if Lehigh can beat the mighty Blue Devils, then I can pull off the upset and get through the rest of the semester and enjoy the sweet bliss of summer. And for you lucky few who feel like the top seeds in the tournament, like you are set up to conquer the rest of the semester, be aware and keep on guard. You do not want to be surprised and sent home for summer wondering about what could have been.-Tommy Cody ’13Read More
Recently, a professor asked my class, “Does the music define the generation or does the generation define the music?” My mind immediately went to the “baggy pants” fad and thought that the music defines the generation. Then I thought: Do my friends or I have influence over the popular music of our time? I don’t think we do. Particularly in recent generations, I think the music industry has decided what is popular. People are influenced by the singers that the industry makes popular. In addition, there are too many people with too many different tastes for them all to have the ability to define a generation’s music.Read More
Being Mad Men-less for over a year allowed for much deliberation as to what plotline I am most looking forward to following in season five. Since day one, I have been a fan of the Joan-Roger affair. From their flirty office interactions to Roger’s ridiculous gift-giving (fur coats, pet birds, need I say more?), the combination of cold sarcasm and witty one-liners makes them the most intriguing duo of the show. Season four marked the first lengthy dry-spell for Joan and Roger, both of whom were married, until one night a startling robbery led to the rekindling of their flame. Joan got pregnant with Roger’s baby and led Roger to believe that she had an abortion. Keeping in the deceptive spirit of the show, however, she decided to go through with the pregnancy. Mind you, Joan’s husband Greg is in Vietnam (and believes the baby is his) and Roger’s wife (a second wife, former secretary who is half his age) is so ditzy that she may as well be on another planet. But with news this big, the reaction of the two spouses, as well as their co-workers, is bound to be dramatic. What makes this situation even more inquisitive is the fact that Joan is the ultimate office judge. She makes everyone feel bad about any situation that is somewhat scandalous/pathetic/unfortunate. Unintentionally conceiving a child with one of the partners (not the sexy Don Draper, but the married, gray-haired partner who almost met his demise when Lucky Strike brought its business elsewhere) is worthy of some fresh gossip-gossip I cannot wait feed into directly from my couch.Read More
Don’s New Marriage
Season four left off with Drape becoming engaged to his latest secretary, Meghan. The short period of time that the new couple has known each other shouldn’t be the only red flag here. Don’t expect Don’s infidelity to go anywhere, despite his apparent new leaf shown in his newfound swimming hobby and “Why I’m Quitting Tobacco” article from the end of last season. But what makes Don and Meghan’s matrimony most intriguing is the reaction of Betty Draper-I mean Francis. Don’s ex-wife made it clear that she still has feelings for Don when she was visibly shaken by the news of the engagement, which was delivered in a nostalgic moment between the ex-husband and wife in their cleaned-out old kitchen. Look for Don to be back to his old tricks early on in season five, and that could mean cheating on his new wife with his old one.Read More
Habitat for Humanity is a great way to meet new people, make lifelong friends, and learn a thing or two about building a house. This year, I was lucky enough to participate in a trip that went all the way down to Concord, N.C. It was a lengthy 14 hours crammed in a van, but upon returning home I can affirm that it was well worth the trip. Not only did I enjoy warmer weather and help shingle a roof, but I learned a lot about southern culture. And while I didn’t think that many things would be different south of the Mason-Dixon Line, I was incredibly wrong.Read More
This Week: I Can’t Get a Job!
Dear Tiffany and Earl,
I feel like I have no direction lately. I am a senior, and I am currently struggling to find a job. I have a good idea of what I want to do, but I am so burnt out and busy with school that I just don’t know how to go about it. How can I better manage my time, find a job, and still enjoy the end of my college experience?
Thanks, Stunted SeniorRead More
I am a Mad Men geek. There have not been followers of a series such as this since the crazed, Sopranos fanatics of the ’90s. All of the show’s bloggers seem to come to a consensus around one point-the character’s personalities could exist in a workplace during present times. They transcend the generations which separate us. That is why their triumphs and struggles are so relatable. If you’re not convinced, then consider the personas of the agency’s five most vital pieces of human capital-Don Draper, Bert Cooper, Roger Sterling, Peggy Olson, and Joan Harris.Read More
In the midst of the chaos of March Madness, which has left bracket-makers weeping, wailing, and cursing the name of NC State, the courtship of former Indianapolis Colts legend Peyton Manning has occupied the second-most important story in sports for the past few weeks. However, all the anxious breath-holding prior to the announcement of Manning’s free agency did not culminate into a climactic press conference with Manning proclaiming to where he was taking his talents. Instead, Peyton took the classy route and announced on Monday that not only did he intend to play for the Broncos next year, but told other teams that it was final and assured that he would not use money as leverage. He even (gasp) just let his manager handle it rather than obnoxiously voicing his own thoughts. Quite the professionalism. Touche, Peyton. Not even my bias as a Patriots fan can make me not respect the way in which he handled his free agencyRead More