December 12, 2019

Posts from "Opinion"

  • Opinion | Jan.27, 2011

    Keeping The Politics Out of Tucson: Part 2

    On Nov. 30, 2010, Jared Lee Loughner purchased a Glock Model 19, 9mm handgun. A few months earlier, Loughner had been kicked out of Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Students and faculty at the college had been disturbed by Loughner’s behavior. Many said that Loughner took criticism as a direct threat to his civil rights and was easily agitated. Similar incidents date back to when Loughner was 15 and was hospitalized for drinking a liter of vodka, allegedly because his dad had yelled at him. All in all, his history paints a picture of a young man troubled by alcohol and drug abuse, feelings of isolation, and a deep resentment for authority. So why was Loughner given the right to bear arms?

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  • Opinion | Jan.27, 2011

    Tiffany & Earl

    This Week: Awkward Housing

    Dear Tiffany and Earl,

    I just came back from studying abroad last semester, and have found myself in an awful situation. All of my friends have gone abroad, and I was placed in random housing by Res Life. They threw me in a room with someone I got into a fight with freshman year outside of Louie’s. Not only am I now stuck with no friends this semester, but I have to deal with the awkwardness of being immediate roommates with someone I just don’t like. What should I do?

    Desperate in

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  • Opinion | Jan.27, 2011

    Tangents & Tirades

    Commentary Editors give their opinion on different subjects.

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  • Opinion | Jan.27, 2011

    Beyond The Byline: Too Quick To Judge Cowl Writers

    We all know how reading the newspaper works. You usually take a glance at the front page, read the articles that interest you (if any), and then flip to your favorite section. You take a glance at the headlines and photographs, skimming the articles until they disinterest you, and then search for that writer that everyone’s been talking about, positively or negatively, so you can draw your own conclusions about their writing.

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  • Opinion | Jan.27, 2011

    Friends Versus Acquaintances:Too “Friendly” At PC

    Americans generally tend to compartmentalize their friendships, having their “friends from class,” “friends from home,” “gym friends,” “friends with benefits,” and so on. I definitely realized this over winter break, after nearly half-a-dozen students from PC who spent the majority of their spare time with me over the course of the semester barely managed to text me. Interestingly enough, after talking with quite a few people, I was not the only one who experienced this.

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  • Opinion | Dec.09, 2010

    Addicted To “Crackberry”

    Have you ever really looked at your cell phone for what it is? It’s a piece of metal and plastic. It has a screen, batteries, and a keypad with numbers and letters. Its primary purpose is to make and receive phone calls—conveniently. But the phone has become so much more. Hopefully you’ve seen the Windows 7 commercial featuring people in everyday situations—on their phones. One woman is jogging, another is in the shower, one guy is riding a bike, another is at the beach, and one is even riding a roller coaster. The campaign is appropriately titled, “Really?” I can’t think of a better title. Can we ask ourselves, “Really?”

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  • Opinion | Dec.09, 2010

    Debating Round The World

    On Dec. 2, The House of Representatives passed a bill extending the Bush-era tax cuts for those making under $250,000. Although the bill will boost spending during these turbulent economic times, it does not go far enough. The bill is quite problematic in that it ignores those making over $250,000. Fortunately, the Senate rejected the bill.

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  • Opinion | Dec.09, 2010

    Letter to the Editor

    Being a recent graduate of Providence College, I sometimes peruse The Cowl online. As a journalist—albeit a bad one—I occasionally find myself wanting to respond to a commentary. Yet, until now, I have restrained myself. After all, The Cowl is campus business, and although I may be a “Friar for life,” I have left the novitiate that is PC. After reading Mr. Macasaquit’s recent assault on Christmas, however, I cannot help but make it my business once again.

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  • Opinion | Dec.09, 2010

    Tiffany & Earl

    Dear Tiffany and Earl,

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  • Opinion | Dec.09, 2010

    Tangents & Tirades

    The Rivalry Is Alive. This past Saturday, before making the trip down to the Dunk to watch the PC-URI basketball game, I read an article from a local newspaper, The Woonsocket Call. The article questioned the importance of this game, whether it meant as much to the fans as it had in years past. It cited lowered ticket sales as an indicator of a lack of interest in the game. However, for any of you that were present at that game, I’m sure you can attest to the exciting nature of this interstate rivalry. With a student section in full form and support and spirit up the ying-yang, and even the presence of a small contingent of URI fans, the Dunk was electric. The cheerleaders went back and forth with routines, the crowds went back and forth with chants, and the Friar mascot and the Ram mascot were wrestling at center court! Well, not really, but regardless, the passion and energy felt by the players and spectators was palpable. So no, Woonsocket Call, the rivalry is not dead. Its presence is still felt and this rivalry game is still a heck of a lot of fun for those who witness it. Not to mention, we won. Go Friars. — Matt Santos ’14

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