Following the Oscars’ Example: Learn to Embrace Change

by The Cowl Editor on February 28, 2019

Editor's Column

We all like to believe in fairytale endings, and Hollywood, for most people, is often predictable for telling stories that have happy endings. Its stories are not always relatable to the “real world,” but this year’s Academy Awards have given viewers a positive story, focusing on the various triumphs of several ethnic and racial groups.

Although Hollywood does not always represent the everyday man, the 2019 Oscars may have been the best produced show the public has seen in years. In past years, politics and race have blanketed the Academy, but the 2019 Oscars allow edviewers to let go of any traditional expectations and ultimately embrace change.

Embracing change is not limited to the Oscars or other highly acclaimed and viewed events. The concept of embracing change has been a common trend on Providence College’s campus as well. All year, PC faculty and staff have encouraged the PC community to embrace change that will better lead our school.

The spotlight for this year’s Oscars was accepting and open, falling on the important stories that need to be told about “real world” scenarios and current events. The Oscars not only broadened their spotlight, but they also accommodated the dwindling Oscars audience by skipping over the opening monologue, eliminating a host, making the awards the priority, and featuring multiple presenters.

This year’s Oscars were encouraging as they demonstrated their capability to focus on important issues while championing the cause of diversity. As PC approaches the last few months of the 2018-2019 academic year, our community should embrace change and create a beloved community as Reverend Nontombi Naomi Tutu challenged PC to do.

The Oscars are making exceptional leaps that are bound to place our generation in a put that will always accept and honor divergent citizens. It is now our turn to embrace change and rediscover our beloved PC community. As a college campus, let us make our own strides towards permanent change in recognizing and preserving diversity.