By Darren Squillace ’19
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to get inside the mind of your favorite (or maybe even least favorite) professor? What are their interests, hobbies, and habits outside of the classroom?
All those questions will finally be answered thanks to the Anscombe Society here at Providence College.
For those of you who might be unaware of the Anscombe Society’s role on campus, they are a group whose mission is to seek alternative routes away from the traditional path of hyper-sexuality that we see on much of TV and all over our social media pages.
The trickle-down effect that all this content has on the culture around many college campuses is what the Society ultimately hopes to combat against with their events, which show that there is much more to college than simply partying and drinking.
One such event that the Society has put on is called “Ask Your Professor.”
Taking place outside of McPhail’s in Lower Slavin, students were given the opportunity to ask some of their most pertinent real-life questions to their professors.
Annie Rodriguez ’18, who planned the event and is president of the society, explained that all students had to do is write down a question and slip it into a box.
The questions will be taken and copied onto a Google document, which will then be shared with PC’s professors and will give them the opportunity to share their answers back. Students were given the opportunity by the Society to do this anonymously or to share their name if they wish, and can also send questions to specific teachers, which will be put into a separate Google document.
When asked about what she hoped to accomplish in regards to student-teacher relationships around campus, Rodriguez said, “Anscombe Society hopes to foster relationships between students and teachers that are not restricted to the time spent in the classroom, and that through this event they will be giving students to see their professors from a different perspective they would normally not get a chance to see.” She explained that the Society also hopes that students might be able to learn things they normally wouldn’t in a classroom by asking these real-life questions.
After the conclusion of the event, the Society will be posting the answers they receive back from professors outside of McPhail’s for students to read and enjoy. Rodriguez enourages students to attend this part of the event which will take place in late October.