September 11: a day of remembrance, not debate

Catherine Enos-Opinions Editor

September 11, 2001 was one of the most devastating days in US history. Around 2,753  people died, including nearly 400 first responders. In addition to those that were killed, thousands have contracted illnesses, such as the 70 types of cancer (many of which are related to the respiratory system) that have been caused as a result of exposure to Ground Zero.

The day that we’ve deemed “Patriot Day” should be a day of respect. Some say that Patriot Day hasn’t been deemed a “holiday” because it would soon be commercialized and the true horror of 9/11 would be forgotten. Instead, to pay our respects to those that lost their lives on September 11, Patriot Day is considered a national day of service and remembrance.

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So it seems disrespectful when people call into question those terrible events that occurred on the anniversary of the attack. When people discuss who “really” orchestrated the event, whether it was a terrorist group or the US government, we disregard what a day of remembrance is really supposed to be about. Instead of paying respects to those that died, people are too concerned with arguing if the attacks were an “inside job” or not.

Though we are all entitled to our own opinion, we aren’t necessarily always going to be correct about it. When we spend September 11 theorizing about how it happened, we make the day about ourselves, and that’s not what it should be about.

We should remember the people that we lost that day. We should remember the people that are affected by the events every day of their lives— whether they lost a loved one, they were in the World Trade Center or the Pentagon, or were a witness to the event that still haunts them through respiratory diseases or post traumatic stress disorder. And we should remember those that worked hard to make sure they saved as many people as they could— the firefighters, the police officers, the doctors, the nurses and countless other everyday, ordinary people that were extraordinary heroes that day.

Movie nights on campus and you’re all invited

Derek Sherlock-Anchor Staff

Over the summer, I was given a tour of the Rhode Island College’s newly renovated Gaige Hall that was completed over the last academic year. While the building is technologically and architecturally beautiful, the real show stopper for the new building is the auditorium.

As a former employee of Showcase Cinemas, it looks exactly like a mini-movie theater–which made me think that it would be a great idea for the school to start having a movie nights during the week.

Last year, I had written an article about how the school should have more events or entertainment for students who live on campus or for the commuters who want a cheap place to do things. Turning this new state-of-the-art auditorium into a mini movie theater over the weekends while school is in session would be helpful in alleviating some stresses students face from classes. It can also help incoming students meet new people and build new friendships.

Gaige Hall could host new releases on Saturdays–movies that just came out on DVD in the past week could be shown on Saturdays. In addition, they could also do a “survey day Sunday” in which students vote for what movie they would like to see on Sundays. During the week, Student Activities could post a survey for students to fill out of various movie titles (both older and newer titles) and the movies with the most votes would be screened Sundays.

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During the first week or so of classes, Student Activities often show movies near the Student Union, but a Gaige Hall movie screening could be nice as a year-round type of event. If money is a concern for not doing something like this, they could sell popcorn and soft drinks to get some money back.

I feel that this would be an amazing way for incoming and current students to meet, discuss movies, and begin friendships that normally would not start without the aid of a forum like this. This could be something that Student Activities could consider doing for an upcoming year to see if this is an initiative that the student population would be interested in having. I know for me, I would like to see this happen on campus. I hope that this is an opinion shared by other students, as well as someone in power on campus that could implement an activity like this.

Book companies cashing out at the expense of college students

Mary Ellen Fernandez-Anchor Staff

For college students, budgeting is typically the most difficult part of everyday life. Between school payments, meal plans, groceries, gas money and other expenses, it can be difficult to balance it all. On top of that, back to school spending isn’t complete without the dreadful expense that is buying school books. Buying a New York Times bestseller for $20 is fine, but a paperback anatomy textbook for $170? Yeah, no thanks.

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The prices of books have skyrocketed and it only seems to be getting worse. The most horrendous scam the millennial generation has seen is the cost of textbooks. The textbook companies are no fools, they know students have no choice but to buy books.

In recent years, however, students have found new ways to keep the costs down; for instance, Chegg. Chegg is a book sharing website that allows students to rent books, as well as other helpful materials, for dirt cheap.

As much as students try to save, though, the book selling companies find a way to shut students’ efforts down. In order to prevent students from saving their money (heaven forbid), the companies have begun to use expensive tactics: Ebooks and access codes. Basically, along with the book, students must have an internet access card that is, of course, non-reusable. More classes are requiring Ebooks and access codes, and it is becoming increasingly expensive to purchase the materials necessary to do well in classes.

The fact is plain; school textbooks are way too expensive. With the prices of tuition rapidly rising, it is almost impossible to understand why everything involved with getting an education must be so overpriced. Attending a secondary school for a degree is an investment for the future, but when the expenses, such as books, begin to increase, it leaves students wondering: how much am I really willing to invest?