December 12, 2019

Posts from "Opinion"

  • 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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  • Opinion | Feb.03, 2011

    Letters to the Editor

    Students and Staff talk about different matters on campus.

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  • Opinion | Feb.03, 2011

    A Senior’s Letter to His Future Seminarian Son

    Sit down, Dominic. I think it’s time we had that discussion. No, not the birds and the bees again, that was fifth grade, son.

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  • Opinion | Feb.03, 2011

    Snooki Proving the Mayans Right

    Long before Al Gore invented the Internet or filmed his Academy Award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, the Mayans prophesized the end of the world. What’s strange is that no one among the Mayans needed to lose a crucial presidential election or make an excessively long PowerPoint predicting the demise of man via the theory of global warming to do it. The ancient civilization simply stopped writing their calendar. 2012, no thanks to Al Gore, has very much become the next Y2K, prompting many to believe that the apocalypse is in the near future, or what little we have left of it, anyway. What does this mean? Well, for starters, freshmen and sophomores who will still be at PC, I’d venture to say that the apocalypse might cancel a few of your finals (depending on the professor). And for all of my fellow 2012ers—less time in the real world means less pressure to find a job!

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  • Opinion | Feb.03, 2011

    Senior Says Diversity Not Where It Needs To Be At PC

    Before the administration gets defensive and starts to put the responsibility on the students’ shoulders, they need to understand where the students are coming from. I am bitter. We are bitter. We were the ones subjected to an environment that did not foster diversity for four years. And I am not just talking about color here; I am talking about intellectual diversity as well. Let’s face it, homogeneity was fostered. Does the administration really believe that we have gotten to this point just based on the students’ actions? It’s 2010. Obama is our president. Heck, some people may even say he’s “ruler of the world,” as comically announced in the diversity forum. Society is progressing around us, and yet we are immune to that progression; we are in a sea of social stagnation. So, before the administration gets defensive and jumps to answer our questions to temporarily appease us, they need to stop and understand the conditions that they are trying to fix are the ones that they ultimately help foster.

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  • Opinion | Feb.03, 2011

    Holidays Becoming Too Commerical, Losing Meaning

    Many Americans, including many Christian Americans, have swallowed the modern meaning of Christmas whole. They summon Dickensian ghosts to tell them what Christmas is about: gift giving, secular charity, peace and good will, family and friends, sitting by the Yule log, and kissing under the mistletoe. Yet these abstractions don’t say much about what Christians believe or ought to believe. This isn’t to say that Americans don’t know, on a tacit, intellectual level, why we celebrate Christmas. But Christ no longer animates the celebration. Christmas has become a secularized holiday as opposed to a Christian Holy Day.

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