December 12, 2019

Posts from "Opinion"

  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    What The Notebook Has That T Swift Doesn’t

    When thinking about what to write for this article, I found myself recalling an article my fellow Commentary writer Ally Pelle wrote a couple of issues ago about Taylor Swift.

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  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    Putting the Human Back in Humanity

    You see a lost, abandoned, and abused dog wandering the streets of New York City in the middle of winter. Your first inclination is a resounding “aww” of pity followed by a swell of compassion that urges you to either call animal control to take the dog to a shelter where it will be safe or to take the poor thing home and welcome it to your family.

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  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    Tiffany & Earl

    Dear Tiffany and Earl, I’m from California, and my parents think it’s ridiculous to send me home for Thanksgiving, so I’m stuck in McVinney. My really weird roommate invited me to come home with her for break, and has been talking non-stop about her family’s farm and how they slay their turkeys for dinner! I’m a vegan, but besides that, she is SO weird. It was nice of her to ask, but I’m not sure how to get out of it. What should I do? -Thankless on Thanksgiving

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  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    Tangents & Tirades

    Security Guards Got Closer Than Dates. The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution reads: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” If you attended Junior Ring Weekend, I think it’s safe to say your Fourth Amendment right was compromised. On Friday night at approximately 8:17 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, a select few security guards, hired by the wonderful institution that is Providence College, got to know the class of 2012 quite well. Jackets were searched, pockets and purses were emptied, and each member of the Junior class was thoroughly felt-up in front of their fellow classmates. I must say, PC, you certainly took frisking to a whole new level. I’m not sure I’ll be going to the gym anytime soon, for fear of running into the woman who felt the need to search me as if I was some major threat to society, carrying a weapon of mass destruction. The JRW committee may want to explicitly add to the itinerary for next year, Club Night 8:15-8:30 p.m: get violated by a metal detector and security officer. It’s one thing to deter drinking; it’s quite another to subject students to that kind of unnecessary embarrassment. But the good news is, for all you underclassmen who have always dreamed of being pulled aside and frisked by a middle-aged security guard in front of your peers, you’re in luck! You don’t even need to go to the airport: JRW is right around the corner! — Kerry Vaughan ’12

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  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    Faith Matters

    In elementary schools across the country, children are feverishly making Pilgrim hats and Native American headdresses out of construction paper and getting ready to commemorate the first Thanksgiving. The feast goes back to 1621 when Governor William Bradford and Chief Squanto sat on Plymouth Rock and ate dry turkey and canned cranberries. (What? That’s wrong? Stupid Wikipedia.) However it happened, this is the event that most of us think of when we consider the origins of Thanksgiving.

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  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    Diversity At PC:Part One

    I’m always stunned by the Providence College administration’s dual approach to the issue of diversity. On the one hand, they’re quite prepared to promote it, with the full force that their mountains of cash afford them. On the other hand, recent decisions, particularly regarding the Balfour Center, have shown that they actively discourage it. For me, the problem lies in the actual definition of diversity.

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  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    Diversity At PC:Part Two

    When talking about diversity at PC, or lack thereof, it is important to keep in mind what is actually being referred to. It is true that the population here primarily consists of Caucasian students. But, in fact, diversity is not solely determined by the color of a student’s skin. Diversity is simply defined as unlikeness or variety. This does in fact exist at PC.

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  • Opinion | Nov.18, 2010

    Diversity at PC:Part Three

    Does PC have a diversity problem? Well yes, obviously. This goes without saying. But the word “problem” in this question is up for debate. It’s easy to place blame on the administration for not accepting the right balance of students. It’s easy to blame the applicants; maybe the right students aren’t applying.

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  • Opinion | Nov.11, 2010

    Don’t Leave Us, Harry

    You all know him. You have all read about him, watched his movies, played his videogames, and perhaps even travelled to his wizarding world at universal studios. He is Harry Potter, the boy wizard who has captivated all of our imaginations since we were children. I can remember the first time I saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was in fifth grade. I walked out of the theatre speechless and enchanted by the world of Hogwarts. For many years to follow, the books and the films have continued to bring our imaginations to places we never could have dreamed up on our own. J.K. Rowling has inspired us to laugh, cry, and cheer for her beloved characters, Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

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  • Opinion | Nov.11, 2010

    Faith Matters

    When a person with whom we don’t have a particularly strong connection dies, our reaction to the news tends to be superficial. We shake our heads, offer some kind of verbal response (“what a shame . . . his poor family”) and then get back to the ordinary business of life. I don’t know if it’s a defense mechanism or what, but when we don’t know the deceased, we tend to shrug off the news — however tragic — and resume our lives. We don’t allow the death to really affect us.

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