Category: Editor’s Column

Why I Write for The Cowl: Student Journalism, Civic Debate, and Self-expression

As the new on-campus panel discussion series began this week, I have been reminded of how important it is that we, as students, have the ability to express our thoughts in a long-form, professional manner. It is great that professors with opinions that conflict with PC’s norms have been given a platform to speak on […]

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The Best Four Years of Your Life: Going Out, Staying In, and All the In-betweens

Most of us have a particular idea that comes to mind when asked to describe Providence College’s culture. I don’t think I’d be wrong to assume we all tend to think of Lily Pulitzer dresses, white sneakers, and seltzer cans littered across Eaton St. I think a lot of incoming freshmen look forward to the […]

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Still a Work in Progress

Nicole Patano ’22 Editor-in-chief   One of the first times I was on Providence College’s campus as a prospective student, more than four years ago, then-president of the College, Fr. Brian Shanley, O.P., gave a speech before parents and guardians which has stuck with my mom to this day. She, despite having already been through […]


Things Are Not Always What They Seem

Nicole Patano ’22 Editor-in-chief   Things Are Not Always What They Seem So Treat People With Kindness, Dammit   Mental Health Awareness Month, a nationally celebrated effort to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, kicks off in just over a week.  In perfect timing for this month, I recently had the opportunity to read How […]


We Are Here, and We Are Queer

Nicole Patano ’22 Editor-in-chief    We Are Here, and We Are Queer Finding Our Purpose at an Institution That Rejects Our Identity   This week marks the fourth time that SHEPARD has held a week-long series of events to raise awareness about the LGBTQ+ community. It is no secret that making such a week possible […]


When the Phone Rings, Answer It

When the Phone Rings, Answer It by Nicole Patano ’22 While the phone in The Cowl office is fully functional, it gets almost as much use as the fax machine (which probably has not been used in over 10 years). If I am not in the office, the phone does not get answered. Though, to […]


The Punxsutawney Phil of Friartown

The Punxsutawney Phil of Friartown by Nicole Patano ’22, Editor-in-Chief In the past 135 years, Punxsutawney Phil and the groundhogs before him have predicted six more weeks of winter 104 times. Feb. 2 of this year was no exception. While we should not allow a prognosticating rodent to determine our seasons (especially when he is […]


Gone, but Not Quite Forgotten

Gone, but Not Quite Forgotten Reflecting on a Year Through Photography  by Nicole Patano ’22, Editor-in-Chief December is finally here, which means that 2021 is coming to a close. Whether you read that sentence with relief or grief, it’s important to reflect on what has occurred during the past year.  It’s times like these that […]

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Editor’s Column

When Was the Last Time You Thanked Yourself? Adopt an Attitude of Self-Gratitude This Thanksgiving Next Thursday, instead of picking up their copies of The Cowl fresh off the press, Providence College students will be picking up forks to eat turkey and pumpkin pie fresh out of the oven.    Thanksgiving is the one day […]

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Give Yourself a Break

Give Yourself a Break Busyness and Business as Usual Can Wait by Nicole Patano ’22 During the first week of the semester, I explained all of the plans I had for The Cowl with childlike naïvaté to Fr. Jordan. After I finished, he said to me, “Let’s talk again in a few weeks.” Now 10 […]

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