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  • Opinion | Mar.10, 2011

    How Do We Combat Drinking At PC? : Part 2

    Alcohol is a good. It is a gift. And like any other gift, we are supposed to enjoy it. I want to get this cleared up before I go any further, because it is essential to the way that we understand Providence College’s current drinking problem. It is exactly that: a drinking problem. Alcohol has become an issue only insofar as it relates to our drinking habits. Providence College does not have a broccoli problem because people do not abuse broccoli on campus. Now, I understand that this analogy breaks down because broccoli does not have the same effects as alcohol, but you get my point. Our problem with alcohol stems from our drinking habits, not alcohol itself. So how does the PC community change a culture in which alcohol is habitually abused?

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  • Opinion | Mar.10, 2011

    How Do We Combat Drinking At PC?: Part 1

    To be perfectly honest, the problem of drinking does not lie solely on the shoulders of the students. If we want to solve the drinking problem, we have to acknowledge the fact that, like having sex and using condoms, college students are going to drink. We have to put a focus on responsible drinking, and educate rather than berate.

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  • Opinion | Mar.10, 2011

    The Better Brother:Bombay Over Charlie

    There’s no such thing as “double secret probation.” Even so, I wouldn’t recommend that you try getting a horse into Fr. Nowel’s office or try staging a food fight in Ray. I also wouldn’t count on your Civ professor admitting that he finds Milton as boring as you find Milton, and that Mrs. Milton found him boring, too. My point is that Animal House, no matter how many times you watch it, does not paint the most realistic picture of the modern-day college experience, as much as we’d like to think it does. Truth be told, whether you think of yourself as a Flounder or an Otter, college life is not all one big toga party; there’s a lot more to it than drinking. The no-nonsense Dean Wormer, inventor of “double secret probation,” once said: “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to get through life,” and I’d have to agree with the Dean.

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  • Opinion | Mar.10, 2011

    How Do We Combat Drinking At PC?: Part 3

    College drinking is a culture, not a mystery. Thousands of studies have been conducted analyzing this fact. Providence College’s administration struggles with providing effective services in deterring students from drinking, an activity that is not necessarily excessive. But the first step in changing behavior is to realize that they can’t change a culture. This managerial issue is simply one of policy implementation.

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  • Opinion | Mar.10, 2011

    Tangents &Tirades

    Blow That Horn. There is a young man or woman in Aquinas Hall who likes to play the trumpet. Now, before I begin, I’d like to make it clear that I do not live in the same room, on the same floor, or even in the same building as this individual. I merely hear the sound of his trumpet for the few seconds I happen to be walking outside near the chapel side of Aquinas while he is playing. This person’s roommates or the people who live down the hall from him might be reading this right now, thinking something like, “Finally! Someone is going to publicly call this guy out!” Well, prepare to be disappointed, trumpet haters. The purpose of this tangent is not to embarrass this trumpet player or ask him or her to stop, but rather to acknowledge and praise his or her trumpeting, a craft that is unfortunately becoming harder and harder to come across. No, you don’t hear much independent practice of musical instruments nowadays (outside of the all-too-common aspiring acoustic guitar player), especially not in college dorm rooms, and it’s a shame. I suppose the Aquinas residents who are being driven insane by this independent afternoon instrumentalist would insist that there is a place where he can play without annoying the rest of his building – the Smith Center. But come on, is a few minutes of trumpet practice really worth the walk from Aquinas to Smith? I support this young musician and all independent practice of the brass and woodwind families. Honestly, I wish I heard more of it. So let the haters hate, anonymous trumpeter, and keep blowing on that horn. You have at least one fan, but if you haven’t already done so, I would keep your door locked during practice time. I doubt your hall mates enjoy your music as much as I do. — Chris Slavin ’12

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  • Opinion | Mar.10, 2011

    Letters to the Editor

    I have been reading Jayo’s articles for quite some time, and usually I find them amusing, as they usually are nothing more than individual rants about perceived injustices. His article entitled, “Feds Don’t Care, So Plan Your Own Parenthood” is far different. Rather than attempt to lampoon those with whom he doesn’t agree, he decided to weigh in on the recent defunding of Planned Parenthood, and his obvious displeasure with it. Unfortunately, he was grasping for straws when he made his argument, as there are many problems with it.

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  • Opinion | Mar.10, 2011

    The Two Extremes: Moderation is Key

    The presence of alcohol is a reality of the college experience. With a vast increase in freedom away from home comes a great deal of responsibility in balancing one’s social and academic duties. A fine line separates having a good time from imbibing to the point of excess. College should be about getting an education and preparing oneself for the working community, but the allure of drinking causes students to lose sight of these goals. As such, what really becomes intrinsic is moderation.

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  • Opinion | Mar.10, 2011

    Faith Matters

    Since this edition of The Cowl deals primarily with issues pertaining to alcohol, it gives me the opportunity to tell you one of my favorite stories. It’s said that an old Dominican in Tennessee went to the doctor and was told, “The best thing you could do, Father, would be to stop drinking.” The priest, without missing a beat, replied, “Oh, Doctor, I’m just a humble friar. I don’t deserve the best. What would be the second best thing I could do?”

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  • Opinion | Mar.10, 2011

    Underclassmen Reject Eaton Street

    “Forever Young”—we all know the popular Alphaville song. Our hearts swell when we chant the words “I want to be forever young…” and we dream of a world where the extent of our responsibility is to embrace our youth. We long to remain under the comfortable security blanket that college provides, a world full of free meals, long nights, and no bills to pay. But in a society where everyone speaks of being forever young, many of their actions do not resemble the true meaning of youth.

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  • Opinion | Mar.10, 2011

    Underclassmen Reject Eaton Street Pt. 2

    The clicking of heels on the linoleum floor and the slamming of doors—it’s party time. Girls, who cares that it’s one of the coldest nights of the year, why not wear as little clothing as possible and show off the goosebumps on your upper thighs and chest? Your hair is almost as straight as Barbie’s and you’ve spent the last hour on make-up. Hurry up to those houses on Eaton Street—the party’s getting started! And I heard he’s going to be there—that really hot guy from Civ. Maybe we’ll get drunk together! OMG!

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