November 12, 2019

Posts from "Opinion"

  • Opinion | Feb.17, 2011

    Confront Injustices Of Sweatshop Labor

    Benjamin Powell recently made a presentation inviting us to love sweatshop labor. While I could not attend the presentation, I see it as my duty to respond. I’m no economist, but I will still express my distaste and disagreement with what Powell had to say.

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  • Opinion | Feb.17, 2011

    Letters to the Editor

    Student Comment on previous articles in The Cowl.

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  • Opinion | Feb.17, 2011

    The Racism Behind Black History Month

    Every February, we celebrate—nope, not just Valentine’s Day—Black History Month. We’ve been hearing about this commemoration since we were kids, exposed to the stories of significant people like Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Since 1976, Americans have marked February as Black History Month. However, in all these years, I wonder how many of us have actually stopped to consider what we’re doing. We’re setting aside a single month of the year (and the shortest one at that) to honor an ethnicity that today constitutes approximately 13 percent of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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  • Opinion | Feb.17, 2011

    A Picture Should Be Worth A Thoursand Words

    There are a number of things that we college students get in the habit of doing. It might be checking Facebook every five minutes or arriving for Civ late each day or maybe even spending too much money when we go out on the weekends. But one of the things that we have become most used to is incessantly taking pictures. Somewhere over the past few years, posing for pictures and snapping the skinny arm has become an obsession among teenagers and college students everywhere. I’ll be the first to admit, I enjoy taking a picture with my friends while engaging in weekend activities. But at some point, it becomes too much. The pictures are repetitive, their qualities diminished, and, quite frankly, I get tired of looking at myself.

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  • Opinion | Feb.17, 2011

    Students Respond:Hold That Door!

    Some of you may remember one of my first articles last semester, expressing my desire to be a full-time version of today’s housewife and mother. I’m sure quite a number of readers found this to be a rather counter-productive mentality. While I do feel strongly drawn to these traditional ideals of raising a family and creating a home, I am in no way discounting the opportunities that women have been granted. I fiercely value my independence, my education, and the things I will be able to do in the future with them. However, when I read fellow Cowler Jayo Miko Macasaquit’s article disparaging the acts of chivalry, I found myself feeling a jab from what may be the only feminist bone in my body. Jayo presents many valid points. I agree, he was the rightful owner of that t-shirt and the young lady sitting behind him wrongfully took his property simply because she felt a sense of entitlement.

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  • Opinion | Feb.10, 2011

    Dissecting the Most Classic Definition of the L-Word

    What is love? Judging by how easily we toss the word around, we must certainly understand the deep meaning that this four-letter word possesses. We love our parents, we love PC, we love our siblings, friends, pets, cars, phones, and food. We love life. Heck, we love buff-chick wraps from Slavy Slav. But what does it mean to love? While I’m certainly not an expert on the matter, I was curious. Turning to the Bible for help, this is what I found: 1 Corinthians 4-8.

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  • Opinion | Feb.10, 2011

    Senior Monologues Director Urges PC For Dialogue

    Friends, it’s February. Time to get your orders in for boxes of chocolate, sparkly necklaces for that special someone, a dozen roses, and—wait—did she just say…? Yes, she did… a ticket to see The Vagina Monologues? The subject has been one of the student body’s favorite topics of taboo for over half a decade. Discussions of this play have been laced with controversy and debate, and as one of this year’s organizers of the now off-campus production (which is completely directed, produced, and performed by PC students), I cannot pretend that I am unbiased in the matter. Yet most conversations about these monologues result in a pitchfork yielding mob screaming at the top of its lungs at a raucous, bra-burning slew of femi-nazis. Well goodness, no, let’s all be civil.

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  • Opinion | Feb.10, 2011

    Don’t Hold The Door This Valentine’s Day

    Friends, I was at a basketball game last semester and, during halftime, the cheerleaders were giving out t-shirts. Far be it from me to turn down an opportunity to acquire as much swag as possible; I physically jumped to get one. The girl directly behind me didn’t jump. She stood in place with her hands cupped feebly in front of her, expecting a shirt to fall into them. Pretty proud of myself, I basked in my glory until the cheerleader aptly pooped on my parade, shaking her head with the disappointment of a thousand Asian parents. I turned around to see the girl behind me in near tears. “THAT WAS MINE,” said feeble girl with her hands still cupped in front of her, now catching her tears. I said not a word, and looked back to the cheerleader. “It’s hers, dude! Give her the shirt!” I did so—not because she deserved it, but because I was surrounded by people who had eyes on me, and I didn’t want to look like a jerk. You don’t have to be a feminist to understand the anachronism of chivalry. Chivalry is sexism, but instead of targeting just one sex, it targets all.

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  • Opinion | Feb.10, 2011

    Iig ’14 Unimpressed With PC’s Snow Removal Efforts

    As you’re leaving Slavin, your stomach sinks faster than Newton’s apple. Your backpack, bursting with textbooks, only pulls you further off your center of gravity as your feet lose traction on the icy path. And down you go, landing painfully on one of Providence College’s poorly salted walkways. Sadly, this is not an exaggeration. Patches of ice, slush, and piles of snow are naturally expected during this season. However, the lack of proper care to PC’s grounds is unacceptable and unsafe. The PC Physical Plant must make a better effort at cleaning the pathways that people frequently walk. It is a matter of safety.

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  • Opinion | Feb.10, 2011

    Egyptian Dictator Actually Enjoying Double-Sided Chaos

    Egyptian strongman leader Hosni Mubarak has more to gain from continued violence on the streets of Egypt than you think. I will be the first to admit that I was swept up in the rising tide of the nascent pro-democracy uprisings in Egypt. As the crowds swelled and murmurs of similar protest reverberated across the region, many of us were hopeful. To the Middle East, of all places, democracy was coming! But slowly, almost surreptitiously, a new distinct tinge of violence began to color the lens through which the protests were being seen. Pro-government protestors suddenly appeared on the famed Liberation Square in central Cairo. Almost overnight, euphoric faces filled with hope were contorted with anger. Bloodied faces and broken limbs graced the covers of newspapers around the world. The protests, which had once assumed an air of inevitability in their inexorable march towards democracy, were now met with question marks; question marks, which soon succumbed to unrestrained doubts.

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