December 12, 2019

Posts from "Opinion"

  • Opinion | Dec.02, 2010

    Frosh Excited for First College Christmas

    This past Saturday my family and I went to see A Christmas Carol at Trinity Repertory in Providence. A family tradition, we have seen the Dickens play every year since I was five-years-old, always reveling in the changes they make every winter. Never failing to put my family and me in the Christmas spirit, the play is something I look forward to every year. The leftover turkey has been finished, the ceramic pilgrims are being stored away, and the ceramic Santas now dominate the living room. Well, you know, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” This year, however, the Christmas feeling takes on a slightly different nature, a feeling that is somewhat foreign, but still all the more inviting.

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  • Opinion | Dec.02, 2010

    Getting the Best of Stress

    Stress. It is something that we, as college students, inevitably experience. And as the end of the semester approaches, stress has never seemed more prominent than it is now. Our lives are full of exams, papers, presentations, deadlines, meetings, and jobs. The list is endless. Oftentimes, we commit ourselves to more than we are capable of fulfilling. But for most of us, stress is something that we are so used to that it has become a part of our daily lives. Even if we are not completely swamped with work, we still have that feeling of a deadline hanging over our head. And in some ways, that is not a bad thing. Stress can put on the pressure and inspire us to do the best we can in the time that is given. But that does not mean that it will give us that 4.0 GPA that we are all hoping for. When we are relentlessly forcing our bodies to adjust to late nights, early mornings, and hours staring at our books, stress can take its toll on our minds and bodies.

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  • Opinion | Dec.02, 2010

    Starting to Take Scrooge’s Side on the Season

    This may just be the tryptophan talking, because I’m definitely still in a food-coma as I write this, but the Holiday season doesn’t do much for me anymore. Perhaps it’s a part of getting older, or maybe it really is the turkey talking, but I think December has lost a lot of its magic. You can call me the Grinch or Scrooge, but I assure you my thoughts are not the result of a heart two sizes too small or of a ghost of Christmas past that has yet to confront me. It just seems to me like the most wonderful time of the year has become the most stressful time of year, not to mention, the most expensive. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think there’s anything better than spending time and celebrating with the people you love, but is that truly what the Christmas season is still about, or has it become something else? Has it become something that starts in November with a mob of people pushing through the doors of Walmart at 3 a.m. and ends in January with a new gym membership that never gets used, let alone renewed?

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  • Opinion | Dec.02, 2010

    Faith Matters

    These last two weeks of class are always brutal. All of a sudden the end of the semester is upon us and, for many, there is an overwhelming amount of work that needs to get done over the next ten days. To make matters worse, there’s a tendency to tell ourselves that we’re going to get a lot of work done over the Thanksgiving Break. I’m willing to bet that many of you took a ton of books home and … well, not so much. Papers remain unwritten. Deadlines loom. Sleep becomes a thing of the past and you wonder how you’re ever going to get through it.

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  • Opinion | Dec.02, 2010

    Holidays Becoming Too Commericial, 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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  • 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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