The Cowl: The Paper for Communication

by Emma Strempfer '24 on November 4, 2023

Editor's Column

Dear Cowl reader, 

My name is Emma Strempfer. I am a senior History and English double major with a minor in Catholic humanities. This year, I am working alongside Emily Baldo as the co-Editor-in-Chief for The Cowl. Oh boy, that is a laborious title to read and to say. We’ve got to come up with something a bit more succinct. Suggestions are welcome because co-EIC does not always land with those who aren’t newspaper aficionados. 

When Emily and I introduce ourselves, I am reminded of that episode from The Office, when Jim and Michael are co-managers. The ever-critical Oscar sarcastically says, “It doesn’t take a genius to know that any organization thrives when it has two leaders. Go ahead, name a country that doesn’t have two presidents. A boat that sets sail without two captains. Where would Catholicism be without the popes.” Hilarious. 

Cliché TV show references aside, I could not be more excited to work with Emily this year. We have a tremendous amount in common, which makes us great friends. We also have quite a few differences, which makes us great work partners. Different perspectives, ideas, and approaches to communication will only serve to strengthen this newspaper that we both love so much. 

Emily and I are here for each other and our staff, but most importantly we are here for you—the reader. We are here to cultivate a newspaper that reports on campus issues as well as national and global stories that impact our campus. We are here to provide a space for an opinion section that is unshackled by censorship—religious or political. We are here to give sports updates and analysis, to capture photos of life around us, to provide reviews of movies, books, and music, and to share your creative writing.

We are also here to listen to what you, the readers, say. Send in letters to the editor(s) via email—we want to know what you think. Communication can only serve to strengthen the Providence College community. The more we speak, write, express, and analyze, the better people we become. That is what The Cowl is here for, a tool for students (and faculty) to communicate and challenge in our joint effort of seeking veritas. If you don’t have the time to write or join, pick up a copy and read what others are writing about—I promise, something will strike a chord, and leave you thinking. 

Happy reading,