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A matter of safety

This topic has seemed to come up a lot lately in conversation: safety at Assumption College. We have always known that there is the “one way in and one way out” safety feature that is at this school. The entrance has a gate system, but the question people have is, “Is it really safe?” Perhaps this is a bigger topic of conversation since the recent clown hysteria. You know, those rumors that clowns were going to come onto campus? Yeah. That rumor.

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Up in smoke: marijuana for recreational use

Marijuana. Colloquially known as grass, pot, ganja, mary jane, el gallo etc. Call it what you will, but marijuana has been in the public eye in a number of states across the United States, including Massachusetts. With the recent election on the horizon, there is much talk of decriminalizing the aforementioned substance and selling it for recreational purposes legally. There are a number of states that have legalized the medicinal sale, but have yet to sell it recreationally. This upcoming election could change that. Massachusetts could become one of four other states to decriminalize marijuana. If marijuana were to be legalized in Massachusetts, could this be problematic or a solution?
Many fearmongers and naysayers would say that decriminalizing marijuana for the sake of recreational use could be problematic. Marijuana provides alleviation for those afflicted with medical conditions that are unbelievably painful such as those recovering from chemotherapy.

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Up on the hill, across the Duck Pond

I remember sitting in my chair in June of 2013 in Hagan Hall as the Orientation Leaders sang to us. “Up on the hill, across the Duck Pond. It’s next to Taylor and La Maison.” I was frightened to begin this thing called “college” and nervous that I would never find a group of friends or classmates like the ones I had in high school – even when the OL’s sang “Don’t you worry, don’t you worry hounds, Assumption is the place for you.” I’m sure I was not the only one with this fear lingering in the back of my mind throughout the summer, and I’m sure I don’t stand alone when I say I was incredibly wrong.

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Ocean could be on edge of destruction

The status of our oceans has recently come up more and more in the news due to an extremist publication claiming to be an obituary for the Great Barrier Reef. While scientists have come back with responses claiming the reef is not dead, they have also made it clear that the oceans are in trouble.
I can agree with the experts that the obituary, published on Outside Online and written by Rowan Jacobsen, is an exaggeration. The Great Barrier Reef is in a dangerous state, but it is still very much alive. However, I think that the obituary spurred up some incredibly necessary discussion. Our oceans are far from the picturesque, clear and perfect habitats we see in photographs for vacation websites and travel destinations.

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End-of-semester survival guide

Congratulations, midterms are finally over and, even if you don't feel like you did, you survived. Now comes the calm before the second, somewhat more stressful, storm---class registrations, finals, second semester and ultimately, more midterms and finals.
I can't say if your first semester has been good and if you've excelled or if it has been a serious struggle for you to overcome. However, I can say that you did it, you made it through, and you know what to do to conquer the rest of this semester and second semester as well.
It may seem like you're a pro now and you know what to do in the face of homework, exams, midterms and finals. You might think that you don't need to change anything about your rituals. However, a little bit of advice can't hurt, especially if it may give you a new perspective.
Here are some of the things that my friends and I do when we're faced with the stresses of every day classes:

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My Dearly Departed

Dear Caroline,
Hey, it’s me. By that I mean it’s you except from the past. Well, I’m writing because by the time you read this Halloween will be over and I know that that’s a difficult time for us. So I wanted to take the time out of my day, and take this space in Le Provocateur, to just remind you that everything’s going to be okay.
Yes, Halloween is like our Super Bowl and October is the month that provides us with this joy and happiness every year. So, when it’s tough to say goodbye when it’s all over. We pray for Halloween to get here, but when it’s over so is the greatest month of the year. We get to dress up and be crazy, but at what cost?

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The debates: in review

Pandemonium. Irrationality. Humor. Anarchy.
The 2016 Presidential Election has seen it all. Over the course of the three Presidential Debates, Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Senator Hilary Clinton went head-to-head in the battle to be Commander in Chief. From interrupting each other to calling each other out for lies, both candidates attempted to bait the other into losing his or her temper.
Throughout each debate, Donald Trump demonstrated his inability to remain cool, calm and collected by showing disgusted and abrasive facial expression every time Hilary spoke. When attacked for his poor temperament, Trump proved his lack of qualifications to be the President of the United States. His incoherent answers and refusal to actually address the questions posed proves his lack of fact-based knowledge necessary to lead this country.

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Quoting Through Life

I love quotes.
Maybe it’s the English major in me, but phrases that I hear in movies, read in books or scroll past on social media always catch my attention.
I think the main reason I love quotes so much is because they’re something I can relate to. It’s not hard to find one that relates to a particular experience that has been influential on my life or that inspires me to keep an open mind as often as I can. Quotes allow for human connection; they remind us that everybody has felt the way we are feeling now or inspire us to reach for the stars.
Here are a few of my favorite phrases that ring true for me every time I read them:
“Take a sad song and make it better.”

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Our tech addiction is real

As I often do, I am once again here writing about addiction to technology. I just seem to love this topic so much for some reason.
Now, let me preface by saying that I am not saying that I'm not addicted to technology. Admittedly, I would say that I am. I use my laptop at least four hours a day, and I am constantly listening to music. My spare time consists of watching YouTube. We're all having issues withdrawing from technology, I would say.
I think our problem started with the convenience of everything on the Internet. It became more convenient to look up a definition online instead of finding a dictionary. It became more convenient to look for a book online instead of going to the library. It became more convenient to talk to people through email and text messaging, not having to hear anyone's voice or see anyone's face.

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Restrooms: a road to acceptance

Gender: a hotbed topic that seems to constantly appear in the media especially in America. Many accept the gender that they were born as and live through that identity. On the other hand, there are folks born as a certain sex, but identify as the opposite, or transgender. And in America, this idea has been accepted, for the most part. There are still groups of people who cannot and refuse to accept transgender due to perhaps religious reasons or generally narrow-minded and ignorant bigotry.
So, where do these “bathroom bills” stem from? The premise behind the bill is that whichever gender you were born as physically, you will use that restroom. For instance, if you were born male but identify as female, you will be expected to use the male bathrooms. Primarily, it seems the introduction of these bills is out of fear of sexual predators or bathroom predators. Certain politicians and senate member’s beliefs appear to stem from this mindset and scenario.

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