Tangents & Tirades

by kwheele4 on April 15, 2021


PC Should Offer Outdoor Workout Classes

As any fitness-minded Providence College student knows, it is increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to sign up for a gym time at the Concannon Fitness Center.

Because of COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, there are only a limited number of spaces in the gym at any given time, creating an unfortunate situation for students who wish to work out and yet cannot register for a gym slot because of how quickly they fill up.

With that being said, if there’s one thing all Friars can agree on, it is that campus glows during springtime. The weather is warmer, the days get longer, and PC students will do anything to get time outside after the dreary winter months. With the shift to move events outside to remain COVID-friendly, Rec Sports should consider offering workout classes outdoors. 

Not only would holding workout classes outdoors allow for more students to join, but it would also make it easier to abide by COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Additionally, these classes would allow students to get some fresh air and take a well-deserved break from schoolwork and extracurricular commitments. 

With the last few weeks of the semester coming to a close, and finals season approaching much sooner than we all would hope, outdoor workout classes could serve as the perfect stress reliever.

—Katie Belbusti ’22 

Keeping the Keurig: Making Coffee at Home Is Superior

College students run on coffee like America runs on Dunkin’. With a Dunkin’, a Blessed Beans Cafe in Raymond Dining Hall, and a Starbucks in the Ruane Center for the Humanities all on campus, Providence College students have many different options to purchase coffee in the mornings or in between classes.

Even though these options are at one’s disposal, college students should not solely depend on these coffee chains.

In order to save money and also protect the environment, people should make their coffee at home. Some argue that buying coffee is superior because it tastes better than homemade coffee, but making coffee at home allows you to make sure it is to your liking. 

“You can make it to your specific and personal taste because you decide what goes in your coffee. And if you taste it and decide, ‘Oh, this needs more cream or sugar, you can just add it!’” Alexa Katsaros ’22 said.

Making coffee at home also saves money. “My 21st birthday gift of choice was a Nespresso,” said Caroline Franks ’22. ”It’s the gift that keeps on giving. My New Year’s resolution this year was to stop spending money on coffee because it accrues over time.” 

Additionally, instead of using environmentally unfriendly plastic cups, people at home can use mugs or glass cups in order to protect the environment. 

While buying coffee once in a while from Dunkin’ or Starbucks is a fun treat, making coffee at home is the smart choice to make. 

—Emily Ball ’22