June 20, 2019

Posts from "Opinion"

  • Opinion | Dec.02, 2010

    Politics Changing: Facebook, Twitter, Now Wikileaks

    Over the course of this past Thanksgiving break, a bizarre news saga was unfolding regarding a virtual treasure trove of top secret documents that were leaked to the public. While we were sleeping off the effects of excess amounts of L-tryptophan in our turkey, a dubiously named news organization called Wikileaks once again found itself at the center of a media firestorm. The non-profit organization, which is dedicated to leaking information from anonymous sources, had previously come under criticism for leaking unflattering classified accounts of the War in Iraq. This time, however, the implications were far more widespread and indiscriminate.

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  • Opinion | Dec.02, 2010

    Tiffany & Earl

    Dear Tiffany and Earl,

    I’ve had a long distance relationship with my next door neighbor girlfriend, since I’ve been here at PC. I went home for Thanksgiving and saw her for the first time since move-in day, and I just don’t feel the same. I’ve kinda known this for a while, because there’s this cutie who sits next to me in Civ, who I really like. She always asks me if I want to have study groups with her, or if she’ll see me out on Eaton Street over the weekends. Basically, the problem is I don’t know how to ditch the home girlfriend without causing the issue of seeing her every time I walk outside over Christmas break, which is in like 2 weeks. Should I just suck it up for the holidays and wait until the night before I leave to come back for Spring semester to end it, I mean, there’s always DWC-102, right? Or is that just too cruel? – Unfortunately Home for the Holidays

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  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    Diversity at PC:Part Four

    Using race and ethnicity to define the term “diversity” does not reflect progressive thinking. On the contrary, the opposite is true. Diversity, as determined by most collegiate institutions, has become a term which serves only to further stereotypes regarding race and ethnicity. These labels with which society at large tags individuals become limiting terms, an excuse for failing to understand the true measure of an individual.

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  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    Giving: The Gift That Keeps On … Giving

    Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is one week from today. And while many of us are left wondering where the time has gone, it remains that we are in the season of family, festivities, and feasts. For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time to reunite with family and friends while filling our tummies with delicious helpings of a home cooked meal. But why wait until Thursday to celebrate the great American holiday when you can start right now? While Ray may not be serving Thanksgiving dinner just yet, we can get a head start on one aspect of the holiday — one that leaves stronger and longer lasting effects than tryptophan. It’s called being thankful.

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  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    The Lowdown On The “Loko”

    I turned 21 in September, so that means I can finally write about alcohol and drinking. Hold on, let me have a temporary moment of word-vomit: Old’s, Louie’s, Clubbies, Danny’s, Whiskey’s, Ladder 133, Fish Co., McPhail’s, kamikazes, jack and coke, sea breeze, Alabama slammer…woo, that felt good. These are all the things I could not say during my first two years of writing for The Cowl. But, back to business. This year, a new drink is all the rage with college students: Four Loko. But be warned, it is rumored to be a “blackout in a can.”

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  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    What The Notebook Has That T Swift Doesn’t

    When thinking about what to write for this article, I found myself recalling an article my fellow Commentary writer Ally Pelle wrote a couple of issues ago about Taylor Swift.

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  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    Putting the Human Back in Humanity

    You see a lost, abandoned, and abused dog wandering the streets of New York City in the middle of winter. Your first inclination is a resounding “aww” of pity followed by a swell of compassion that urges you to either call animal control to take the dog to a shelter where it will be safe or to take the poor thing home and welcome it to your family.

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  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    Tiffany & Earl

    Dear Tiffany and Earl, I’m from California, and my parents think it’s ridiculous to send me home for Thanksgiving, so I’m stuck in McVinney. My really weird roommate invited me to come home with her for break, and has been talking non-stop about her family’s farm and how they slay their turkeys for dinner! I’m a vegan, but besides that, she is SO weird. It was nice of her to ask, but I’m not sure how to get out of it. What should I do? -Thankless on Thanksgiving

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  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    Tangents & Tirades

    Security Guards Got Closer Than Dates. The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution reads: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” If you attended Junior Ring Weekend, I think it’s safe to say your Fourth Amendment right was compromised. On Friday night at approximately 8:17 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, a select few security guards, hired by the wonderful institution that is Providence College, got to know the class of 2012 quite well. Jackets were searched, pockets and purses were emptied, and each member of the Junior class was thoroughly felt-up in front of their fellow classmates. I must say, PC, you certainly took frisking to a whole new level. I’m not sure I’ll be going to the gym anytime soon, for fear of running into the woman who felt the need to search me as if I was some major threat to society, carrying a weapon of mass destruction. The JRW committee may want to explicitly add to the itinerary for next year, Club Night 8:15-8:30 p.m: get violated by a metal detector and security officer. It’s one thing to deter drinking; it’s quite another to subject students to that kind of unnecessary embarrassment. But the good news is, for all you underclassmen who have always dreamed of being pulled aside and frisked by a middle-aged security guard in front of your peers, you’re in luck! You don’t even need to go to the airport: JRW is right around the corner! — Kerry Vaughan ’12

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  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    Faith Matters

    In elementary schools across the country, children are feverishly making Pilgrim hats and Native American headdresses out of construction paper and getting ready to commemorate the first Thanksgiving. The feast goes back to 1621 when Governor William Bradford and Chief Squanto sat on Plymouth Rock and ate dry turkey and canned cranberries. (What? That’s wrong? Stupid Wikipedia.) However it happened, this is the event that most of us think of when we consider the origins of Thanksgiving.

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