Many characteristics can be attributed to the college environment: studious, engaging, challenging, liberating, exciting, and inebriating, to name a few. Sustainable and conservatory? Not exactly the first attributes that come to mind. Basically, the college environment is not very environmentally friendly. Think about the average weekend. The amount of microwaveable food products, plastic cups, lights left on, plastic cups, gas for transportation, and let’s not forget the litter all through our local neighborhoods. While some may call that eclectic display of broken SOLOs and cigarette butts a poetic expression of the college student’s meandering to and from each house party, it really just means PC’s colossal carbon footprint is in healthy competition with Bigfoot. While these actions don’t apply to every student, I am sure that many of us, including myself, can admit to committing more than a few of these earth-unfriendly deeds during our recent weekend endeavors. With Earth Day right around the corner (April 22), wouldn’t it be great to show our planet some love for the last month of school? The following 10 options are easy enough for the average college student and do not require much extra effort. As an added bonus, many of these green practices can save you green!Read More
If given the chance to see The Hunger Games or Bully, most teenagers would choose The Hunger Games. Both movies have been labeled “brutal” and “violent,” and while The Hunger Games is rated PG-13, Bully was rated R until this weekend, ending a month-long debate between Weinstein Company and the Motion Picture Association of America. The Hunger Games demolished box office records and sent cult followers into a frenzy on opening night and every night since, but Bully has created a rumbling through different means.Read More
Favorite Breakfast Food: French Toast Sticks
His Thoughts: Getting out of bed is the biggest battle of my day. Once I look somewhat presentable, I rub the sleep out of my eyes and stagger to Ray. “Hello, good morning.” “Hi, Janina.” Swipe. I’m almost too tired to dodge the students who are frantically rushing past the counter to get to class. Then, a glimpse of hope. French toast sticks are the main course this morning. Usually, I’m given about four of them, but that’s never enough. Asking for two more, I then grab a cup of syrup and settle into my favorite booth. No forks or knives are needed. Utensils would only take away from the intimacy shared between one’s hands and one’s gourmet breakfast. Taking a single French toast stick, I dunk it into the syrup. As I bring the food to my mouth, a single bead of syrup falls toward my plate. The sunlight hits it and, somewhere, a heavenly choir sings.
His View of Sarah: Bacon and eggs? That’s cheating. Those are two separate foods. So which one do you like more? Bacon is good, but it’s a hackneyed choice. Have you ever seen Epic Meal Time on YouTube? Those guys put bacon on everything. Not that I’m a vegetarian, but think of all the pigs that have died-nay, been slaughtered-just so that you could munch happily. And then you’ve got the eggs. I guess you’re one of those pro-choicers. Your appetite has led to the mass killing of unborn chickens. These are animals that might have otherwise hatched, grown up, gone to college, and raised their own families. Together, then, your ideal breakfast foods are a testament to Man’s careless handling of Nature. Sarah O’Brien Favorite Breakfast Food: Bacon and Eggs
Her Thoughts: This is such a classic breakfast meal; you can’t go wrong. Bacon is basically God’s gift to man. I’m pretty sure they taught that in Civ, right? If not, they should. Bacon, in all of its crispy, crunchy glory, is vital to the development of Western Civilization. Eggs are egg-cellent, as well, and can provide eggs-tremely egg-traordinary puns. Over-easy, sunny-side-up, scrambled-there’s a way to serve eggs that fits every mood or personality. The Easter Bunny loves eggs. Even Dr. Seuss paid tribute to the food in his book Green Eggs and Ham. The character, though reluctant to try them, ends up a huge fan of green eggs. Rumor has it that Dr. Seuss considered entitling the work Green Eggs and Bacon.”Another title he thought about using was, Green Eggs and Sarah Wins Again, Tim.
Quick, name the origin of the “Brace Yourselves” meme that was so mercilessly butchered by thousands of college students over the past few months. Need a little help? Also known as “Imminent Ned,” the meme is based off the character of Eddard “Ned” Stark, portrayed by actor Sean Bean, from the television show Game of Thrones.Read More
The Wire: TIME magazine called it the best show on television and President Obama even said it is his favorite show. The Wire is a classic HBO drama that focuses on Baltimore’s notorious crime sprees. While it stopped after six seasons in 2008, it is still one of the most talked about series (along with other greats like The Sopranos and Six Feet Under) of this century. Baltimore, one of the top five most dangerous cities in the United States, had 223 homicides in 2010. And we thought Providence was bad. This classic show is acclaimed for accurately depicting the effect that institutions have on a range of people. Everyone from corrupt cops to hustlers share the spotlight. The talented actors have virtually no recognition outside of the show, which gives the series a level of credibility that other crime shows lack. Maybe the actor’s talent has to do with the fact that they are intertwined in the real and televised crime in Baltimore, as several of the actors have been arrested for drug possession and assault. Some Baltimoreans are less than thrilled with the never-ending associations between The Wire and their dear city. Would you be thrilled if your home was associated with high crime, corruption, and an inefficient municipal system? Others see the show a source of pride; they want their city to get more credibility for its complex drug ring system instead of Harlem and Philly getting all the credit. However, The Wire is less about poking and prodding at Baltimore’s crime and more about stirring a “social conscience” in viewers. The show will make you question if there really is any difference between cops and criminals, making it a clear standout for quality television.Read More
She’s known for her characters. On Tuesday, March 20, author Mary Gaitskill graced Providence College with her presence, giving a reading in Feinstein 400. Gaitskill has written the novels Two Girls, Fat and Thin, and Veronica, which was nominated for the 2005 National Book Award, National Critic’s Circle Award, and L.A. Times Book Award. She has also published the story collections Bad Behavior and Because They Wanted To, which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner in 1998.Read More
In need of some relaxing music? Fall back on Grizzly Bear. The product of Edward Droste, Christopher Bear, Chris Taylor, and Daniel Rossen, Grizzly Bear impresses with its distinct sound: airy, hypnotic vocals backed by slow and steady instrumentals. The Brooklyn-based group has been active since 2004, but Veckatimest (2009) marks what is arguably its best work yet. And as if Grizzly Bear couldn’t get more laid back, the album shares the same title as the group’s place of inspiration-an uninhabited island off coastal Massachusetts. The tracks “Two Weeks” and “Southern Point,” both recorded in a church, show off the result of this inspiration: The vocals, piano, and guitar all take on a choir-like echo. No doubt, Grizzly Bear puts heaps of heart and soul into Veckatimest. The effort has gotten its music featured on Gossip Girl and How I Met Your Mother, and has won it rave reviews from Rolling Stone.Read More
Political films are especially engaging because they capture historical events through a lens that may be biased. I believe it is up to the viewer to interpret whether a film is portraying an event truthfully, almost like a mystery, which is why I like political movies. This was just the case with HBO’s new “docudrama,” Game Change. It tells the tale of the 2008 presidential election told through the eyes of advisors who developed the losing strategy of Senator John McCain of Arizona and Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. Game Change is based on a best-selling campaign book of the same title by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.Read More
His Thoughts: Spring is here. The residents of Meagher, McDermott, and Aquinas have already flocked to the quad, making it a pastel-colored sea of freshmen and sophomores. All around campus, shorts and sundresses and boat shoes have replaced scarves and fleece jackets. Not for me. Coming back from a pleasant tour of Barcelona, I was surprised to discover that it was actually hotter in Rhode Island than it was near the Mediterranean. And so I decided to ditch the threads. Get in touch with nature. Put on the old birthday suit. Laugh all you want, but I’m not going to be the one with unsightly tan lines. I’ll be out on the quad with a towel, The Plague, and nothing else. Friars Club, beware-how would you explain the benefits of public nudity at Providence College? It’s not as ridiculous as it sounds. The time I used to spend getting dressed is now another few minutes of sleep.Read More