June 7, 2020

Posts from "Opinion"

  • Opinion | Apr.28, 2011

    Easter, Keeping it Real

    Let’s start with a really quick word association. I say Christmas. You say chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, some creepy fat guy in a red suit named Santa leaping down chimneys. The first thing that comes to mind, most likely isn’t a baby in a manger, the birth of Christ, or something about three kings. Let’s try again: I say Easter. Maybe you think about the even creepier bunny leaving children candy. But maybe you actually think about family, Easter Sunday mass, or the resurrection. You know, what the holiday is actually about. It seems to me that Easter has managed to hold on to its religious meaning in ways that Christmas simply has not.

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  • Opinion | Apr.28, 2011

    Where Will You Be Friday Morning?

    Every little girl has a vision of her dream wedding. Friends, family, flowers, a pristine cake, a sunset on the beach, a gazebo, the perfect Vera Wang gown, a Rolls Royce limousine pimped out by Xzibit, a square cut Tiffany diamond, and a partridge in a pear tree. Did I mention that this would involve my mother selling her liver on the black market and my father having a heart attack over the checkbook?

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  • Opinion | Apr.28, 2011

    Faith Matters

    As you have heard by now, the Providence College community lost an outstanding young man this week. His name was John Montanaro, and he was a member of the sophomore class. John suffered from leukemia and went home to meet the Lord earlier this week. I came to know John and his family very well over the past two years, and this is surely one of the greatest blessings that I have ever known.

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  • Opinion | Apr.28, 2011

    Who Arrived First? The RA or the EMT?

    In response to the circling of the wagons from the RAs due to my last tangent regarding the misuse of transports, let’s clear a few things up. Both Mr. Ross and Mr. Poloquin (both Residents Assistants themselves) responded with varying levels of disgust to my assertion that RAs make judgment calls that may not have a correlation to genuine health risk. The issue of transports is a very real and entrenched concern of the student body. Sensationalism aside, this is an issue which warrants discussion, not haughty and flippant dismissals. In response to the previous article, Kevin Peloquin stated the following: “I can say with the utmost confidence that all the RAs here at Providence College have never once tried to use an alcohol transport as punishment.” This categorical statement immediately renders the point of view suspect. Are RAs perfect specimens of god-like impartiality? I think not, and it’s okay to admit that. In fact, the specific case which inspired me to write the original impassioned tangent was in response to precisely such an abuse.

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  • Opinion | Apr.28, 2011

    Tiffany & Earl

    This Week:Cut Off at Commencement

    Dear Tiffany and Earl,

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  • Opinion | Apr.28, 2011

    Cool on Facebook, Lonely in Reality

    How many friends do you have on Facebook? How many event invitations do you receive? How many people wrote on your wall on your birthday? How many photos are you tagged in? What does all of this actually mean? Does it even matter?

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  • Opinion | Apr.28, 2011

    Learning Beyond the Classroom

    As finals are approaching and I am realizing that it is the end of my sophomore year at PC, I am terrified at the thought of how fast time is flying. I feel like it was just yesterday I was moving my things into my freshman dorm and engaging in awkward ice-breakers at Orientation. But now, I am experiencing an odd feeling, a mid-college life crisis of sorts. The emotions range from excitement for summer to sadness that we are already halfway through college, to ambivalence over the end of Civ, and the excitement of what lies ahead. But among the most important things that I am beginning to realize is that the most learning that I have done over the past two years has been much more about my real-life experiences rather than what I have learned in the classroom.

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  • Opinion | Apr.28, 2011

    A Simple Act of Kindness

    I don’t have the best track record of staying on my feet in church during Holy Week. Let’s just say that in my life there have been a few Easters and Palm Sundays where I’ve been that person who makes a quiet scene and passes out during Mass. (And you thought only people over 70 did that!) Thus, this year I thought my mild claustrophobia coupled with my past history would get the best of me as I sat in a muggy church with enough people to violate a fire code three times over. But alas, I made it through the whole Mass without experiencing so much as a dizzy spell, saving both myself and my family from an embarrassing and all too familiar episode involving fresh air, paramedics, and cold beverages. This year, while I was busy staying conscious and not passing out, I learned a little something about what it means to be kind. So, at the risk of sounding entirely clich

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  • Opinion | Apr.28, 2011

    Tangents & Tirades

    Dear PC Students. You’re almost there! Seniors—you’re almost out of PC. We’ll really miss you! As for the rest of us, we’re almost done with the semester, too! It’s weird that finals are so soon after Easter break. In fact, it’s really counterintuitive to be rejoicing when we’re still not done with the year. Let’s translate Lent, Easter, and the Easter season. On Ash Wednesday, we were suffering through midterms. Soon after this, we had spring break for a week. Most of Lent, however, was about papers and stress (practically the bulk of the semester). Holy Week was about Jesus’ way to Calvary—and our way to the final stretch of the semester. Lent was a period of mourning and certainly of prolonged, serious contemplation.

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  • Opinion | Apr.14, 2011

    Letters to the Editor

    Students and faculty write letters to the cowl’s editorial staff.

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