Category: Society

Abortion: More than a Woman’s Issue

Content warning: This article includes discussion of sexual assault and abortion. This past summer, Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion, was overturned. States can now choose if abortion should be legal. States that do allow abortion can also heavily restrict access to the procedure. This is seen by many as […]

Meghan Mitchell '23

Is Throwing Cans of Soup the Solution to Climate Change?

The United Nations released a report just last week about how we are in dire need of climate action, explaining that “the world is still falling short of the Paris climate goals, with no credible pathway to 1.5 degrees C in place.” With these goals out of reach and no concrete plans to prevent our […]

Kaelin Ferland '23

What Belonging on a Predominately White Campus Means: Recapping Friars of Color Homecoming Weekend

Providence College’s 2022 Homecoming Weekend did more than add another year of celebration. It was also a mark of the first “Friars of Color” Homecoming event and, as head coordinator of the program Stephanie Mireku puts it,  “just the beginning of engagement opportunities” like it. Oftentimes, the histories of Black students at PWIs are left […]

Jezel Tracey '24

Immigration and Collective Amnesia: A Reflection on Last Week’s Lecture by Dr. Jessica Barbato Jackson

The early history of immigration to the United States is not the story of the melting pot, but the vortex. In our American history courses, we often hear about the endless cycling of this vortex. It starts with a group of immigrants that come to America for the promise of freedom, independence, and a better […]

David Salzillo Jr. '24

The Question that Trumps All: A Grand Return to Twitter?

In the wake of Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, America is left wondering if former President Trump will be allowed to return to the platform. Musk has alluded to this action throughout his negotiations with Twitter, which has Trump anxiously awaiting his grand return to the social media network. Now that the Tesla founder officially owns […]

Christina Charie '25

Feeling Lost in the Corporate World: Reflections on the Career Expo

by Sarah McLaughlin ’23 As a senior, I felt obligated to attend the Career Expo two weeks ago. I thought it provided a good opportunity to speak with potential employers, and I thought it might quell some of my fears about my future. However, I left with perhaps a greater feeling of uneasiness than I […]

Sarah McLaughlin '23

Feeling Hopeless About Climate Change: Why We Need Climate Optimism

When you look at climate change in the news, it is easy to feel hopeless and discouraged. It is impossible, especially recently, to open your phone without seeing headlines on social media about how the climate crisis has already begun to devastate communities around the world. From natural disasters like Hurricane Ian, which has been […]

Kaelin Ferland '23

Why Halloween is Scary for Our Planet: How to Have a Sustainable Halloween

With Halloween right around the corner, many of us are starting to prepare for costumes and parties. Most of these preparations are often unsustainable and it’s important to consider alternatives that are less environmentally harmful.   According to a study from the United Kingdom, seven million costumes are thrown away each year in that country alone. […]

Kaelin Ferland '23

Why You Should Care About Iran

After a loose lock of hair fell into Mahsa Amini’s face, the Iranian morality police detained the young woman for a dress code violation. She would never be released from custody. Officials claim that the healthy twenty-two-year-old woman died from a heart attack and a subsequent coma, but Amini’s family is skeptical. Amini died while […]

Christina Charie '25

Why I Write for The Cowl: Student Journalism, Civic Debate, and Self-expression

As the new on-campus panel discussion series began this week, I have been reminded of how important it is that we, as students, have the ability to express our thoughts in a long-form, professional manner. It is great that professors with opinions that conflict with PC’s norms have been given a platform to speak on […]

Sarah McLaughlin '23