Tangents & Tirades

by The Cowl Editor on September 22, 2019


Donut Debate

Considering Providence’s abundance of small donut shops, the question must be asked: which is superior, Allie’s Donuts or PVDonuts?

Does accessibility play a role in this decision? It is clear that most Providence College students have easier access to Allie’s Donuts, as you can find a small selection in Eaton Street Cafe and the Ruane Cafe. This association makes it hard to believe that there could possibly be anything better out there. 

But there is. PVDonuts is located a few miles away from campus, making it less known to students who have yet to venture into the city. But it is worth the trip. Rather than the conventional and traditional donut tastes of Allie’s, PVDonuts provides a wide selection that ranges from a classic blueberry donut to flavors such as Cosmic Brownie and the Girl Scout classic Samoa. 

With an ecclectic selection, PVDonuts certainly wins points for style. While they offer traditional flavors as well, it seems that those who trek to this shop prefer to try the flavors that they cannot find anywhere else. 

However, if you are a donut traditionalist, so to speak, Allie’s focuses on perfecting these conventional flavors rather than exploring the eccentric. 

Although I lean toward the flavors offered by PVDonuts, it would certainly be blasphemous to not recognize the striking image of a sprinkled donut from Allie’s sitting in a display case. 

So, while PVDonuts offers a spunk and uniqueness that is not matched by Allie’s, it is important to respect the perfection of tradition. I, for one, have to choose the spunk. 

—Julia McCoy ’22


Tattoos and the Next Generation

Tattoos have traditionally been taboo in the workplace, as there has been a stigma associated with visible ink. It is assumed that if you have a tattoo, you also have a certain personality type. More specifically, people with tattoos tend to be associated with trouble or are perceived as being unprofessional in formal workplaces. 

This commonplace concept tends to dissuade people from getting tattoos, even in the face of wanting to express themselves in a permanent way. Does it not seem wrong that self-expression via art on the body leads to unavoidable stigma?

 However, this trend seems to be changing. According to Psychology Today, “47 percent of millennials have tattoos, in comparison to 36 percent of Generation Xers, and 13 percent of baby boomers.” 

Even looking at the student body at Providence College, it is not uncommon to run into people with visible tattoos. 

Each new generation seems more inclined to make the decision to have these permanent pieces of art inked on their bodies. Could this be the generation to end the stigma around tattoos in the workplace? Will there no longer be rules against having visible tattoos in formal workplaces by the time current college students receive their first full time jobs?

—Savannah Plaisted ’21