Tangents and Tirades

by Andrea Traietti on April 4, 2019


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Ballin on a Budget

As a college student, money is scarce and often used for off-campus food and transportation. Naturally, shopping for clothes is not a priority for broke college students, but it is necessary.

In order to save money while buying clothes, many college students shop at discount stores such as Marshall’s and TJ Maxx that offer inexpensive, high-quality clothing.

Some may argue that these stores do not offer clothing that is as stylish as brand-name stores, but this is untrue, as department stores often carry name-brand styles and incorporate clothing that complies to current styles.

“The good thing about stores like TJ Maxx is that they keep up with the styles,” Lauren Petrillo ’22 said, “As a college student, I find it hard to find clothing that is stylish with a low price tag.”

Unlike name-brand stores, stores like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s offer multiple options in brands and styles. Instead of selling one type of clothing, these stores incorporate all different types of clothing from maternity to beachwear to nightwear.

“There is a variety of options at every store and a bunch of different brands all at discounted prices,” Cassidy Molinare ’22 said.

In order to save money for Postmates and Ubers into the city, college students should shop at discount stores that allow them to stay stylish at affordable prices.

—Emily Ball ’22


McDermott Boys Do Not Stink

There are several distinct smells around the Providence College campus—some more pleasant than others; however, the best smell on campus comes from a surprising source: McDermott Hall.

Yes, the all-boys freshman dorm is providing upper campus with the homey scent of clean linen, all while proving to their mothers that they are, in fact, still doing their laundry.

You can encounter the delightful smell behind McDermott Hall on the main pathway that runs from the Ruane Center for the Humanities to St. Dominic’s Chapel. While it is most prominent during peak laundry hours, it is a nice surprise for your nose.

Unlike the area between Raymond Dining Hall and the Arthur F. and Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies—which has an indescribably horrid smell—the McDermott laundry room literally provides campus with a breath of fresh air.

Thus, McDermott is like an air freshener for upper campus.

In the few seconds that it takes to walk past the back of McDermott, you feel like you are being engulfed by a warm, freshly washed blanket.

Although you can find a similar smell emitted from the front of Suites Hall, McDermott’s central location on upper campus and its residents are what makes the fresh laundry scent even more enjoyable. How often can you walk past an all-boys freshman residence hall and think that it smells good?

While other parts of campus may smell, one thing is for sure: McDermott boys do not stink.

—Katherine Torok ’20


Fight the Flu and Wash Your Hands

Sickness spreads fast, especially when you live with and share a bathroom with 30 plus other people, or even just a few. As a courtesy to our fellow students, everyone at Providence College should add something quite simple to their daily routine: wash your hands!

It sounds like something a kindergarten teacher would say to her five-year-old students, but it is a problem on this college campus as well.

This season, like many others, the College has seen bouts of the flu, the stomach bug, and a plethora of other illnesses.

PC’s campus is small; once one person gets sick, it will spread. That is nearly undeniable.

Some students argue that these coughs and colds are unavoidable, that they are bound to happen. While that may be true in some cases, you can never be too safe. For that reason, it seems necessary to take precautions to prevent these ailments.

Not only is it an issue of sanitation, the handswashing issue is one of respect. Once you exit the bathroom, you are bound to touch doorknobs, elevator buttons, and many other objects.

If you are one of those people who enjoys going out while sick, take your peers into consideration: wash your hands, cover your mouth, be polite.

It is all really just a matter of courtesy and respect, we are all adults and we should understand the consequences of spreading illnesses, and especially how to prevent them.

—Julia McCoy ’22