March 23, 2019

Posts from "Opinion"

  • Opinion | Nov.11, 2010

    Parents Responsible For Children’s Health, Not Government

    The McDonald’s Happy Meal is a staple at the golden-arched restaurant, an option enjoyed by children across the country. However, this combo meal is now under heavy fire in San Francisco. Looking to curb the issue of childhood obesity, San Francisco city officials have made steps toward banning the inclusion of a free toy with a meal that does not meet certain nutritional guidelines. In essence, the government is forcing parents into giving their children healthy food, should they want to buy a Happy Meal. By the sound of it, there is no education going on here, no attempts at ensuring a lifestyle change to make eating healthy food a life-habit that will follow children into adulthood.So, really, how effective could this ban be in combatting childhood obesity? Is something like this wholly necessary? Is the real solution to the problem further education on the importance of healthy living, without an alluring plastic toy clouding the judgments of parents?

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  • Opinion | Nov.11, 2010

    The Days the Music Died

    If you ask my dad, he’ll tell you that the first few years of his life were in black and white. A transistor radio allowed him to see in color. He was walking to school, radio in hand, when four guys from England came on and opened his eyes. “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” made the world come alive for my father. It was as if the black and white outlines of his youth suddenly took color, or so he says, anyway. I’m one of those people that think The Beatles changed the world; perhaps I take after my dad. However, I don’t think it’s fair to deny the profound influence artists such as Bob Dylan and The Beatles had and continue to have on society. These days, I think things are becoming more and more black and white. For the most part, I find myself looking to Radiohead, Kurt Cobain, and a slew of other musical visionaries of the past in order to keep my world in color. I “believe in rock and roll, and that music can save the mortal soul”—at least it used to be able to. Somewhere along the way, it seems the music died. As for the exact day that it perished, well that’s the question. Perhaps it was the day John Lennon was murdered, or maybe the day Simon and Garfunkel called it quits for good. On second thought, maybe it was on….

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  • Opinion | Nov.11, 2010

    Unfortunately, Pelosi Sticking Around After Elections

    In the aftermath of last week’s historic midterm elections, it has become abundantly clear that Nancy Pelosi will not be exiting stage left as many of us expected. Instead, she has indicated that she will stay on as Democratic House Minority Leader. While the votes have not yet been counted, all indications suggest that she will maintain her position atop the Democratic leadership structure. Instead of graciously taking her cue, the polarizing personality of Pelosi will remain the leading vocalization of the Democratic message in the next two years. It looks like it is time to get out the popcorn.

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  • Opinion | Nov.04, 2010

    Start Small to Make a Big Difference

    Something extremely uplifting is spreading like wildfire on the campus of Providence College. It is the sincere desire to make a difference. To hear people acknowledging the problems the world is facing and coming to the realization that something needs to be done about it leaves me inspired and excited for the endless possibilities the future holds. In a miraculous way, the change we all speak of has already begun — the desire to sacrifice oneself to help others who are less fortunate is catching on. All people want to do is help those in need.

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  • Opinion | Nov.04, 2010

    Tangents & Tirades

    Officially Ridiculous. Recently, a friend of mine broke up with his girlfriend for seemingly the thousandth time. Naturally, they’re trying to work things out again, God bless them. As a result of their romantic seesawing, their Facebook relationship statuses have…

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  • Opinion | Nov.04, 2010

    Freshman Finds Friar Fanatics Annoying and Embarrasing

    Sports bring out the best and the worst in people. Students at PC are no exception. Sports are pretty big here, from hockey to basketball. It’s great to see all of the fans that come out to games to support the Friars as they face off against their rivals. The Friar Fanatics are certainly committed to a noble goal of promoting school spirit and supporting individual players as well as the team as a whole. The group disseminates news releases on team statistics to inform spectators. But at the hockey game on Saturday against the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, I wasn’t so impressed by some of the ideas on the page in front of me.

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  • Opinion | Nov.04, 2010

    Muslim Student Getting First Glimpse of Christianity at PC

    We are not as different as we sometimes believe ourselves to be. The slightest difference in appearance or personality provides an easy opportunity to cast another away from our circle of companionship. It is a choice that is all too easy to pursue —one that I myself admit to being guilty of, but one I hope to change during the next four years.

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  • Opinion | Nov.04, 2010

    Faith Matters

    November is the month of All Souls. It’s a time for all of us in the Church to remember our family and friends who have passed away. It’s important to pray for them, that God might give them rest and peace forever in heaven. This month is a time to recall that those whose earthly bodies sleep in death are nevertheless alive in Christ and count on our prayers, penance, and almsgiving on their behalf.

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  • Opinion | Nov.04, 2010

    Lessons To Be Learned From A Dominican’s Optimism

    There is a beauty in consistency, knowing you are going to get the same genuine answer every time.

    Providence College has its fair share of iconic figures — a professor that prowls the narrow strip in front of the black board like Groucho Marks, hastily pacing, hunched over, hands behind his back, and head down. Another who clandestinely strolls about campus in his beige trench coat, navy blue Providence College hat, black FBI sunglasses, and an umbrella, rain or shine. And one man whose office is known as “the black hole.” But, few are like Father Tom Ertle, also known as “Father Sunshine.”

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  • Opinion | Nov.04, 2010

    Making A Decision? Go With Your Gut

    A gut — everyone has one. I’m not talking about the one you spend hours on the treadmill trying to lose (I hear ya, sisters) or the one that has gradually developed around your waistline as a result of one too many beers. I’m talking about the feeling. Your instinct; your intuition. When you know something is right or something is wrong but you don’t know why — it just is. And I bet nine times out of ten, just like your Mom, it’s right. What’s just as annoying is how your Mom is always right too. You get this little feeling when you’re put in a situation where a decision must be made.

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