November 12, 2019

Posts from "Opinion"

  • Opinion | Feb.10, 2011

    Tangents & Tirades

    Commentary Writers write about different issues on and

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  • Opinion | Feb.10, 2011

    A More Common Situation

    I have yet to write an article on the Jersey Shore because I am Italian and was initially turned off by their portrayal of my people. At this point, writing about MTV’s smash-hit reality show has become a bit trite. But those guidos eventually hooked me. For some reason, despite the cast’s hyperbolic personalities, the American public has become fiends for their bronzed stupidity. I have been thinking about why I (and many other reasonably intelligent, literate, young Americans) religiously watch this train wreck every Thursday night at 10. It’s because Jersey Shore is actually a lot more realistic than we think. At least one person you are acquainted with is on their level in some respect.

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  • Opinion | Feb.10, 2011

    Faith Matters

    One of the hottest topics on campus this year has been the question of diversity. All parts of the campus—students, faculty, staff, and administration—have spent many hours discussing the issue and its many parts. Committees have been hard at work. Public forums have been held. A good beginning has been made and much work remains to be done. I’d like to consider the issue briefly from a point of view that I don’t think has been considered. One way of looking at diversity is from the perspective of peace.

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  • Opinion | Feb.03, 2011

    Wreckless Language Abandonment

    I’d like to introduce you all to a man named Hank Moody. Hank is a character on a little gem on Showtime called Californication. If you haven’t seen this show, clear your schedule for the next three days, because you’ve got three seasons of catching up to do. Hank is a writer, father, and sex addict. He drinks, he smokes, he curses more than any man should, but when it comes down to it, he’s brilliant. Hank’s been suffering from writer’s block since moving to L.A. to be with his daughter. As Hank navigates through his life in California, he has little reservations about giving his opinion. His crass and uncensored comments about society carve him out to be a true cynic.

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  • Opinion | Feb.03, 2011

    The “Cool” Athlete’s Funeral:

    I would like to preface this article with a necessary acknowledgement. An article that addressed the same issue as the one I am about to address was printed in Sports Illustrated magazine some years ago, though I cannot remember when or who wrote it. The ideas that I will use stem from the aforementioned article and its assertion that professional athletes today do not possess the same “cool,” as the men of earlier generations did.

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  • Opinion | Feb.03, 2011

    Vets Prove We Don’t Have Much To Complain About

    We take so much for granted every day. Sounds clich

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  • Opinion | Feb.03, 2011

    The Punxsutawney Prophecy: Phil Deserves Our Respect

    February 2 marked a vastly important day on the calendar. No, I’m not talking about the birthday celebrations of Shakira, Gucci Mane, and James Joyce. While I’m sure they are meaningful in their own right, I’m quite sure you wouldn’t be familiar with World Wetlands Day or with Inventor’s Day in Thailand. However, I am quite sure you have heard about Groundhog Day. Yes, it’s that time of the year when rodents nationwide evince the meteorological fate of our hemisphere: either six more weeks of winter or an early spring. Either six more weeks that may or may not be jam-packed with snow days, or an early start to gardening and frolicking on the quad. The responsibility of this decision is placed on the not-so-broad but oh-so-furry shoulders of groundhogs from coast to coast.

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  • Opinion | Feb.03, 2011

    Super Bowl Appeal Not Restricted to Footballers

    This weekend marks one of the biggest sporting events of the year: the Super Bowl. This year, the Green Bay Packers will be taking on the Pittsburg Steelers. As a Patriots fan, this pair of teams is not exactly the match up that I was hoping for, but as a general fan of football, I will take it. Now is the time of year when friends and family gather together in front of the television and bond in honor of our national sport. It doesn’t even matter who is playing. On average, the Super Bowl gathers 80 to 90 million viewers every year. This number is so enormous that it has me wondering: why are we so intrigued by the Super Bowl? The whole country is most likely not die-hard Steelers or Packers fans, and many people probably don’t even love football that much either. For some, the big game means a party. It means eating more than your share of wings and nachos and working your way into a food coma by the time the half-time show starts. For others, it’s for the love of the game. The Super Bowl is the culmination of the whole season’s efforts and the teams coming together on the greatest stage in sports.

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  • Opinion | Feb.03, 2011

    Tiffany & Earl

    This Week: Scantily-Clad Scandal.

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  • Opinion | Feb.03, 2011

    Faith Matters

    I drove up to my parents’ house last week to have dinner. It was a relatively ordinary uneventful visit. Until it was time to leave. I stepped out of the front door and onto a patch of ice on the stoop. Bad times ensued. I slipped on the ice and found myself inadvertently airborne. As I was taking my unplanned flight and gravity was having its way with me, I confess that some distinctly un-priestly words passed my lips. My mother, always compassionate, suppressed her laughter just long enough to ask if I was okay. Thankfully—owing to my ninja-like agility and amazing physical conditioning—I wasn’t badly hurt.

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