August 5, 2020

Posts from "Opinion"

  • Opinion | Feb.10, 2011

    Don’t Hold The Door This Valentine’s Day

    Friends, I was at a basketball game last semester and, during halftime, the cheerleaders were giving out t-shirts. Far be it from me to turn down an opportunity to acquire as much swag as possible; I physically jumped to get one. The girl directly behind me didn’t jump. She stood in place with her hands cupped feebly in front of her, expecting a shirt to fall into them. Pretty proud of myself, I basked in my glory until the cheerleader aptly pooped on my parade, shaking her head with the disappointment of a thousand Asian parents. I turned around to see the girl behind me in near tears. “THAT WAS MINE,” said feeble girl with her hands still cupped in front of her, now catching her tears. I said not a word, and looked back to the cheerleader. “It’s hers, dude! Give her the shirt!” I did so—not because she deserved it, but because I was surrounded by people who had eyes on me, and I didn’t want to look like a jerk. You don’t have to be a feminist to understand the anachronism of chivalry. Chivalry is sexism, but instead of targeting just one sex, it targets all.

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  • Opinion | Feb.10, 2011

    Iig ’14 Unimpressed With PC’s Snow Removal Efforts

    As you’re leaving Slavin, your stomach sinks faster than Newton’s apple. Your backpack, bursting with textbooks, only pulls you further off your center of gravity as your feet lose traction on the icy path. And down you go, landing painfully on one of Providence College’s poorly salted walkways. Sadly, this is not an exaggeration. Patches of ice, slush, and piles of snow are naturally expected during this season. However, the lack of proper care to PC’s grounds is unacceptable and unsafe. The PC Physical Plant must make a better effort at cleaning the pathways that people frequently walk. It is a matter of safety.

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  • Opinion | Feb.10, 2011

    Egyptian Dictator Actually Enjoying Double-Sided Chaos

    Egyptian strongman leader Hosni Mubarak has more to gain from continued violence on the streets of Egypt than you think. I will be the first to admit that I was swept up in the rising tide of the nascent pro-democracy uprisings in Egypt. As the crowds swelled and murmurs of similar protest reverberated across the region, many of us were hopeful. To the Middle East, of all places, democracy was coming! But slowly, almost surreptitiously, a new distinct tinge of violence began to color the lens through which the protests were being seen. Pro-government protestors suddenly appeared on the famed Liberation Square in central Cairo. Almost overnight, euphoric faces filled with hope were contorted with anger. Bloodied faces and broken limbs graced the covers of newspapers around the world. The protests, which had once assumed an air of inevitability in their inexorable march towards democracy, were now met with question marks; question marks, which soon succumbed to unrestrained doubts.

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  • Opinion | Feb.10, 2011

    Tangents & Tirades

    Commentary Writers write about different issues on and

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  • Opinion | Feb.10, 2011

    A More Common Situation

    I have yet to write an article on the Jersey Shore because I am Italian and was initially turned off by their portrayal of my people. At this point, writing about MTV’s smash-hit reality show has become a bit trite. But those guidos eventually hooked me. For some reason, despite the cast’s hyperbolic personalities, the American public has become fiends for their bronzed stupidity. I have been thinking about why I (and many other reasonably intelligent, literate, young Americans) religiously watch this train wreck every Thursday night at 10. It’s because Jersey Shore is actually a lot more realistic than we think. At least one person you are acquainted with is on their level in some respect.

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  • Opinion | Feb.10, 2011

    Faith Matters

    One of the hottest topics on campus this year has been the question of diversity. All parts of the campus—students, faculty, staff, and administration—have spent many hours discussing the issue and its many parts. Committees have been hard at work. Public forums have been held. A good beginning has been made and much work remains to be done. I’d like to consider the issue briefly from a point of view that I don’t think has been considered. One way of looking at diversity is from the perspective of peace.

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  • Opinion | Feb.03, 2011

    Wreckless Language Abandonment

    I’d like to introduce you all to a man named Hank Moody. Hank is a character on a little gem on Showtime called Californication. If you haven’t seen this show, clear your schedule for the next three days, because you’ve got three seasons of catching up to do. Hank is a writer, father, and sex addict. He drinks, he smokes, he curses more than any man should, but when it comes down to it, he’s brilliant. Hank’s been suffering from writer’s block since moving to L.A. to be with his daughter. As Hank navigates through his life in California, he has little reservations about giving his opinion. His crass and uncensored comments about society carve him out to be a true cynic.

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  • Opinion | Feb.03, 2011

    The “Cool” Athlete’s Funeral:

    I would like to preface this article with a necessary acknowledgement. An article that addressed the same issue as the one I am about to address was printed in Sports Illustrated magazine some years ago, though I cannot remember when or who wrote it. The ideas that I will use stem from the aforementioned article and its assertion that professional athletes today do not possess the same “cool,” as the men of earlier generations did.

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  • 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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