Ethiopia Plane Crash Raises Safety Concerns

by The Cowl Editor on March 21, 2019

National and Global News

Maura Campbell ’22

News Staff

On Sunday, March 10, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed soon after takeoff, killing all 157 people on board.

Flight 302, which was bound for Nairobi, Kenya, sent a distress signal shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Within six minutes of takeoff, the plane hit the ground.

Many details of this disaster remain unknown as the black box data recovered from the crash site is still being analyzed. 

However, there is a general consensus among experts that the plane involved in the crash, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 model, should be reexamined. Factors such as pilot error, maintenance problems, and even terrorism have not been ruled out.

This crash has raised widespread questions about the safety of the plane involved in the crash, as this disaster marks the second of its kind in just five months – Lion Air Flight 610, also a Boeing 737 MAX 8, crashed fatally in October of 2018.

Similarities have been drawn between Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610, the most common being the model itself. In addition, both pilots made distress calls just minutes after takeoff. In both disasters, the pilots were well-trained and experienced.

Due to the questions regarding the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, many airlines and nations have ordered the grounding of these flights. 

China and Indonesia are among the countries that have ordered their airlines to suspend use of this plane, as well as independent airlines around the world, including Ethiopian Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines.

When the MAX 8 was first  introduced, it boasted efficient fuel use and technological  advancement. Its differences from other, reliable planes, however, have caused a global call for the model to be reexamined.

The victims of this crash came from 30 different countries, including the United States, Canada, Ethiopia, France, China, Kenya, and Great Britain. The crash of Flight 302 was a tragedy.

On Sunday, March 17, a memorial service was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Families and mourners gathered in the capital city to remember their loved ones and honor their lives.

There is an ongoing investigation into the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and the training procedures of pilots to flying these planes.


Who Run the World? Girls.

by The Cowl Editor on March 7, 2019


PC Student Congress sponsored an event for International Women’s Day that showcased female student leaders on campus. The photos and descriptions are hung outside McPhail’s.

Maura Campbell ’22

News Staff

Providence College will celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8, and members of different clubs and organizations on campus are coming together to celebrate women and their contributions to society. 

Known as “Women’s Week,” the week of International Women’s Day is set aside to celebrate and discuss women’s issues. 

Nikki Silva ’19, co-president of PC Democrats, spoke about some of the sponsored events happening on campus during Women’s Week, as well as the meaning of Women’s Week as a whole.

“Each individual event was created and brought to us as an event for this week by the clubs themselves,” Silva explained. 

The PC Democrats co-sponsored each of these events, but several different clubs on campus proposed them in celebration of Women’s Week. 

These clubs include the 69th Student Congress, who organized the Notable Women of PC Showcase along with PC Republicans and PC Democrats. 

This showcase displayed photos of women student leaders on our own campus, nominated by peers, in lower Slavin in front of the Student Congress Office.

Several discussion-based events were also planned for Women’s Week. The Women’s Studies Program will be sponsoring “Gender, Intersectionality, and Politics,” a discussion led by Dr. Abigail Brooks, the director of Women’s Studies. Silva describes this program, as “an informal and engaging dialogue on the 2018 mid-term elections and the 2020 presidential election through an intersectional and gendered lens.”

Also planned is the Board of Progammers (BOP) sponsored event “Women Undefined,” which Silva describes as “an open mic night of poetry and singing in McPhail’s.”

Women Will sponsored and planned an event for March 7 called “Girls Just Want to Have Fun Dance,” a fun and lighthearted dance party held in Moore Hall.

These events, along with several others, display the equality found among different clubs and organizations collaborating to celebrate Women’s Week. The real meaning of International Women’s Day is not lost in these events; rather, Silva hopes that they will work to shine a light on this meaning.

The goal of Women’s Week at PC, according to Silva, is to “open up and continue conversations on campus about intersectional feminism, women’s rights, and the continued need to celebrate International Women’s Day.”

 She also stressed the importance of collaboration on the week’s events, explaining the PC Democrats’ desire to make sure that different voices were heard on gendered issues throughout the week. Having different clubs and organizations propose and co-sponsor these events shows the diversity of interest in women’s issues on campus.

Women’s Week also fits into a wider context. Silva explains, “With the increasing attention the #MeToo movement is creating, we felt it was important to highlight the successes of it but also the work that still needs to be done. 2018 was a monumental year for women being elected to political office, which is a success, but college campuses are still places where women, trans*, and non-binary students are still facing challenges regarding sexual harassment and assault. Therein lies why we think this week needs to fit into Providence College’s campus culture, as well as college campuses everywhere.”

Currently, the #MeToo Movement and modern American politics have put a spotlight on women’s issues. The events of Women’s Week fit into this global context and into the context of other college campuses nationwide.

Students interested in involvement with the PC Democrats, Silva says, should contact their secretary Hannah Bone ’20 ( to be added to the email list. If students have an interest in getting involved with the Women’s Studies program, or with any of the other clubs and organizations involved with Women’s Week, the best way to do so is by contacting their presidents or directors and coming to their events.

Women’s Week is a true celebration of International Women’s Day at PC. Collaboration between different clubs and organizations provides a diverse and well-rounded view on women’s issues and allow these issues to truly fit into a national and global setting.

Don’t Let the Career Expo be an Expiration Date: Steps for Students to Take Post-Career Expo

by The Cowl Editor on February 14, 2019


The Career Expo offers a chance for students to explore their post-grad options, but it is not the only place they can be looking.

by Maura Campbell ’22

News Staff

Every Providence College student knows the anticipation leading up to the Career Expo: editing résumés, preparing introductions, and practicing their handshakes. The bright and bold signs around campus count down the days, encouraging students to get ready and excited. 

Once the Career Expo has ended, students might find themselves without direction. Does the end of the Career Expo mean the job search ends, too?

Not surprisingly, the answer to that question is no; in fact, the Career Expo can kick off the career search for many students, not end it.

Despite this, it is common for students to feel unsure about what steps to take next. Stacey Moulton, associate director of the Center for Career Education, spoke about tips for students who may be struggling with the post-Expo blues.

One of the most important things, Moulton says, is using Handshake to further your career opportunities. Handshake, a platform that recently replaced eFRIARS, is used to connect employers with college students and recent college graduates. 

PC’s Handshake platform can be used to connect students specifically with employers that they met at the Expo.

Handshake is not exclusively for students looking for jobs right now, either. Moulton encourages students to utilize the platform to get some networking done, even if they attended the Career Expo just to get an idea of what it is all about. 

She explained, “If you are not looking for an internship or a job right now, let them know it was great meeting them and thank them for their advice.” 

No matter how serious your job search is at this point, it is still helpful to make connections with potential employers. 

Keeping the momentum going, Moulton says, is important as well. She recommends using Handshake not only to connect with Career Expo employers, but to explore other career events and opportunities as well. The Career Expo is not the only career event in Providence, and the Center for Career Education is available throughout the semester for career advisement and coaching.

Another important aspect to consider following the Career Expo is the sheer number of opportunities available. Over 100 employers attend the Career Expo, which can be overwhelming. The large number of employers and career opportunities at the Expo can lead to confusion, particularly among students who may be undeclared or who are still unsure of a career path.

Moulton’s advice for these students is to look at both their interests and their strengths. Though this might seem like simple advice, it can be difficult to actually observe and list your own interests and strengths. 

“Family and friends can be a great help brainstorming these lists,” Moulton said, adding that the Center for Career Education offers additional helpful resources. 

The Center for Career Education recommends two online assessments, Focus and StrengthsFinder.

After the Career Expo, it is also important to continue networking. Networking does not just help with getting an internship or a job, but Moulton says it can also help students to “get an insider’s perspective regarding the position and the organization” and determine whether they want to pursue these careers further.

Just as it is important to prepare for the Career Expo, it is important to follow up with employers, opportunities , and  interests afterwards as well.

Simply put, the Career Expo should be used as an opportunity to further job opportunities, and these opportunities do not end with the Expo itself. 

As always, the Center for Career Education is open for daily drop-in hours Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm in Slavin 108. 

Even though the spring Career Expo is in the rearview mirror, the opportunities for networking and furthering your career certainly are not.