My Ode to Ray

My Ode to Ray

Posted by: on May 3, 2016   |Comments (2)|Writing Center

MarlaGagneGUEST BLOGGER: MARLA GAGNE, ‘ 18
Hi everyone! My name is Marla Gagne, and I’m from West Haven, Connecticut. I’m a sophomore English major and am currently living the suite-life on campus (pun intended). I am a news co-editor on The Cowl and love writing stories about what’s going on around PC. I’ve also volunteered with campus ministry and love getting involved on campus. College life can be crazy, but chicken nugget Thursdays, Friday night hockey games, and PC friends make it all worth it!

 

After another crazy year at Providence College, I am exited to be going home for a relaxing summer. I can’t wait to be reunited with my dog, my queen size bed, and, most importantly, my Mom’s delicious cooking. But before we all wrap up another semester, we need to pay homage to the thing we all love to hate—Ray.

As much as Ray tries, Mom’s lasagna with homemade sauce or her special fudge brownies will always take first place in our hearts. But as we eat our final meals of the year at Ray, there are special things I will definitely miss over the summer.

1. Breakfast

On the weekends, no one really wants to get up and move. It’s been a long week filled with exams, presentations, laundry, and roommates. I would rather stay in bed than walk to Ray. But this walk is made a little easier knowing that I will get a special breakfast. I love the French toast sticks, Belgium waffles, home fries, and, my favorite, hash. You can have eggs, sausage, bacon, bagels, fruit, omelets, etc. Breakfast at Ray is a bonus on the weekends.

2. Everyday Music

An average day at Ray will consist of country music on repeat. Love it or hate it, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Keith Urban are coming your way.

3. Weekend Playlist

On Sunday mornings, the cowboy boots are put away and the club music enters the scene. All the songs you played the night before will be on in the background as you eat your waffles and eggs. Who doesn’t want to be like Kanye all morning long?

4. Familiar Faces

When you walk into Ray, you immediately get a smile from Fran or Dott or Barbara. These ladies of Ray, along with many others, are part of the PC experience. All around, from the salad bar to the classics section, you’ll see familiar faces. You might not even know all the workers’ names, but they are part of your everyday routine and are friendly faces on campus.

5. Holiday Spirit

For every holiday, Ray goes all out. Whether its singing Feliz Navidad behind the classics counter or wearing a costume for Halloween, they decorate the dining hall, make special foods, and put some spirit into a special day.

6. Thursdays

Despite anything that went wrong during the week, I can always count on a delicious meal of chicken nuggets and curly fries on Thursday. Who could ask for more?

7. The Dessert Table

This one is pretty self-explanatory. M&M cookies, chocolate cake, and ice cream—dreams really do come true.

8. The Center of the Day

Some days, especially at the end of the year, are super busy. I’m stuck in the library studying for hours or can be found running around campus for club meetings and office hours. It’ll be 6:30 and I haven’t even been back to my suite all day. But then I get the text to meet at Ray for dinner. My roommates, all seven of us, grab our usual table in the back and have dinner. For the next hour, we can vent about terrible days, rant about assignments that just seem cruel, plan our weekends, and just catch up.

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April Snow Showers bring Spring Flurries

Posted by: on April 6, 2016   |Comments (0)|Writing Center

MackenzieTavellaGUEST BLOGGER: McKENZIE TAVELLA, ’18
My name is Mckenzie Tavella and I am from Fairfield, Connecticut. I am a sophomore at Providence College and am an English: Creative Writing and Psychology double major. Some of my favorite things are Harry Potter, both the series and the films, Marvel Superheroes, and sketching Disney cartoons. I love music, art and writing. However, more than anything, I love dogs.

 

Is it wrong to say that I feel as if PC is in a never-ending space-time continuum of winter? (Sorry, I just watched Interstellar the other day) But really, have you ever experienced a spring season like this one? Not only is it snowing in April, but students are STILL SICK, myself included. Just this week I got the flu, which I have never gotten, even though I got my flu shot as I do every year. When I asked the doctor why I got the flu even though I got my shot, I was told that since I got my shot back in November, there is actually another shot people need to get since it is worn off or out of my system by now. Since the season has been so long, there are now multiple strains of the flu. That is what it has come to.

So, we have slippery sidewalks, multiple strains of the flu, is there anything else that this “snowful spring” could bring about? I think so. I am not sure if it is just me, but time seems to go much slower when there is snow on the ground. It seems almost dishonest to announce that final exams are just around the corner. However, it seems like right now, PC students have never been further away from reaching summer.

Alright, I am done being pessimistic. Let’s look on the bright side- beautiful Instagram posts of a snow-covered campus, Villanova just won the Championship which makes the Big East look even better, and despite what it may seem like, we do only have a month left of school. Plus, all of these random snowstorms will only heighten our appreciation and the beauty of spring when it finally does show itself, and campus can be covered with Lily and Vineyard Vines again. As we prepare our closets, make sure to get a jump on your studying as well. It will only make the transition to summer quick and painless- like ripping off a band aid; although, that saying always seems to backfire.  However, if this doesn’t go so well, do not forget about the Writing and Tutoring center on campus! Utilize all of your options.

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Role Reversal: From Tutee to Tutor

Posted by: on April 5, 2016   |Comments (0)|Writing Center

MarlaGagneGUEST BLOGGER: MARLA GAGNE, ‘ 18
Hi everyone! My name is Marla Gagne, and I’m from West Haven, Connecticut. I’m a sophomore English major and am currently living the suite-life on campus (pun intended). I am a news co-editor on The Cowl and love writing stories about what’s going on around PC. I’ve also volunteered with campus ministry and love getting involved on campus. College life can be crazy, but chicken nugget Thursdays, Friday night hockey games, and PC friends make it all worth it!

 

As my friends and I walked into Friar Ball, decked out in brand new dresses and painful yet beautiful heels, we were excited. All the upperclassmen we had talked to said the night was going to be one of best nights of our whole college career—no pressure there. Peterson was filled with hundreds of students, many of whom I had come to know in class or meeting through a club or even just saying ‘hi’ in the hallway. And while the night was a great night to spend time with my friends before they went home for the summer or traveled abroad, it also reminded me that in five weeks I was going to be halfway done with my college career.

It seems like only yesterday that I was struggling to read the RIPTA schedule, freaked out to walk around campus by myself, and always forgetting that Ray closes at 6:30 on the weekends and then being forced to walk to Alumni. In two years, I have become friends with people from all over the country (well, mostly the East Coast), joined different clubs, and explored a new city. As I got a little nostalgic and thought about my short journey at PC, I couldn’t help think of my experience at the Writing Center. Before I was a tutor helping with thesis statements and comma abuses, I was the one being tutored.

As a freshman I was intimidated by my professors and scared to write my first paper—what if these professors wanted something completely different than what I wrote in high school? Within the first month of school, I made an appointment for the Writing Center to get some help.

Going into a tutoring session can be nerve-wracking. What if my essay was terrible? What if I had a mean tutor? What if I couldn’t even find the Writing Center? I was already psyching myself out before the session started. Ali, then a junior writing tutor, ended up looking over my paper. I sat quietly as she looked everything over, not sure what to do in that awkward waiting time and internally cringing every time she made a mark. When she put her pen down, I was expecting the worst.

But the worst never came. Ali first pointed out what was great about my essay—my strong thesis and detailed examples. But we also talked about what could be improved. I needed to add a little more to my conclusion so it wasn’t just repeating my thesis. Yes, I was nervous throughout the whole session and probably didn’t take a calming breath until I left the library doors. But later I reflected on everything that happened and realized that it was really not a bad experience and was actually really helpful. I used the Writing Center for the rest of semester and had good, unique experiences with many different tutors.

Getting any critique can be difficult, especially by people you go to class with or see around campus. But lots of the tutors, like myself, were in your same exact spot. And before we were tutors, we were students. We have all been critiqued by professors or have struggled with a class or assignment. Coming into the Writing Center can be intimidating, scary, or just simply something new. But always remember that as tutors we are on your side and here to help you put the pieces together. And who knows—in time you might find your role has been reversed.

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The Cowl: News, Tradition, and Uniquely PC

Posted by: on March 8, 2016   |Comments (0)|Writing Center

MarlaGagneGUEST BLOGGER: MARLA GAGNE, ‘ 18
Hi everyone! My name is Marla Gagne, and I’m from West Haven, Connecticut. I’m a sophomore English major and am currently living the suite-life on campus (pun intended). I am a news co-editor on The Cowl and love writing stories about what’s going on around PC. I’ve also volunteered with campus ministry and love getting involved on campus. College life can be crazy, but chicken nugget Thursdays, Friday night hockey games, and PC friends make it all worth it!

 

What do you think of when you see the word the “cowl”?  You have probably heard it before but, just like Adele’s last name, you don’t know exactly what it is. A cowl is actually the hood of a Dominican Friars’ robe. It also happens to be the name for our very own student-run school newspaper, The Cowl.

I applied to The Cowl after attending my first club fair as a freshman. I had done a little writing in high school and thought, “why not continue?” I was lucky enough to be chosen for the news section and immediately sent on my first assignment. Almost two years later, I am still writing and am now News co-Cowl2editor of my section.

For me, The Cowl is a hidden gem. In an age of great technology, we are always looking for news on our phones—the Internet and social media are right at our tips. But The Cowl is something special for the College. It’s written for PC students by PC students and looks at the ins and outs of our very own world.

The News Section has the investigators, who cover events and research issues on campus. Opinion expresses its own thoughts on everything from combating discrimination on campus to ranting about pre-season decorating. Arts and Entertainment gives us the latest on movies, plays, celebrities, TV shows, and hot food spots in the city. Portfolio is a creative writing section, Sports keeps us up to date with every team and its players, and photography captures everything happening on campus—it could even be what you are doing.

This past year was an exciting time for The Cowl, as we celebrated our 80th anniversary.

In honor of our big year, I looked back at one of the first issues of The Cowl. The front-page talked about the success of the football team, now non-existent, and the creation of a club hockey team, which would later become national champions. Other issues talked about Aquinas being turned into a girl’s dormitory when the College went co-ed, the celebration of another Oktoberfest in the fall, and the first females being part of the ROTC program.Cowl1

The Cowl is part of the tradition, history, and culture of a changing college that has allowed me to meet great people on staff, get involved in what’s happening around campus, and give students a voice.

In my two years here, I have tried many activities from ballroom dance to teaching English to Spanish speaking Ray workers. Some stuck with me and others did not work in my schedule or were not for me.  But the important thing is that I found things in the end that really made me part of the PC community. So as you look at the last few months of the school year, examine yourself. What have I tried? What have I wished that I had done? Try to go out and find something that fits you and become part of PC’s ongoing story.

 The Cowl is always looking for new writers and interested students can apply at thecowl.com. Stay in tune with what is happening around campus by going on thecowl.com, following our twitter @TheCowl, or picking up an issue every Thursday night!

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Sick

Posted by: on February 5, 2016   |Comments (0)|Writing Center

MackenzieTavellaGUEST BLOGGER: McKENZIE TAVELLA, ’18
My name is Mckenzie Tavella and I am from Fairfield, Connecticut. I am a sophomore at Providence College and am an English: Creative Writing and Psychology double major. Some of my favorite things are Harry Potter, both the series and the films, Marvel Superheroes, and sketching Disney cartoons. I love music, art and writing. However, more than anything, I love dogs.

 

I have a proposition to offer – I believe that second semester should be renamed to sick semester. Is it me, or does it seem like every single student gets sick at least once second semester? Of course, it is flu season, and sinus infection season, and laryngitis, and common cold; I could go on and on. I have been disease-ridden with at least two sinus infections during both of my spring semesters at Providence College so far. However, a perk of repeatedly getting sick is that I am now an expert at the “sick semester” in college. I am going to share my secret to success of sickness with you, but you have to trust that I know what I am talking about, even if they seem a little wacky. Also, if you don’t do them all, it’s no longer full proof.

Okay, the first thing that you have to do is drink orange juice constantly. By constantly, I mean multiple glasses a day. Also, the orange juice in Ray is not real orange juice, but simply water with orange flavoring. Purchase a bottle of orange juice from Alumni or Dunkin Donuts. Next, once you get bored of orange juice, switch to water. You need to have at least four bottles each day, and that’s when you aren’t sick.

The next task might seem a little gross, but here it goes- don’t be afraid to blow your nose. First off, no one likes a “sniffler,” especially during a quiz or exam. Don’t keep the bad, yucky – let’s just call it “stuff” – in your system. Now this one might seem surprising but stay away from cough drops, they don’t work. If you have a soar throat that you want to fix fast, get a glass of warm water and fill it with salt, then gargle the entire glass. For food purposes, chicken noodle soup always, always hits the spot, no matter what. I also recommend adding some saltine crackers in the soup, accompanied by ginger ale because sometimes the “yucky stuff” can give you a stomachache as well.

This last one has been passed down in my family and is an old, Italian trade secret. Invest in a bottle of Vicks vapor rub and don’t just put it on your nose, but put it on your upper chest and … your feet. Yes, I know this may seem a bit unconventional, but it works. After rubbing Vicks on your feet, cover them with plain, white cotton socks. By the morning, the Vicks should be gone and you should feel a lot better. Everyone do campus a favor and follow this advice, it will work and will help us all.

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