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Study Researches Mario Kart Item Usage

Opinion | Oct.28, 2010

Study Researches Mario Kart Item Usage

A recent Providence College study is researching Mario Kart 64 item usage among active players. The study is confirming the accepted usage of straightforward items such as the lightning bolt as well as bringing resolution to more ambiguous item usage, primarily the long-time debated issue of the proper execution of the orange mushroom.

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News | Oct.28, 2010

There’s a New Sheriff in Town

On Monday, Oct. 18, Mexican authorities seized over a hundred tons of marijuana in the border city of Tijuana. Originally estimated to be worth at least $340 million, 25 more tons were found in the following days, bringing the total to over 130 tons of marijuana in what is described as one of the largest hauls in years. “The seizure of these drugs is without precedent in the country,” army general Alfonso Duarte told reporters.

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News | Oct.28, 2010

African Union Requests Blockade

When you think of the country of Somalia, two things probably come to mind. The first may involve the many reports of violent piracy occurring off of the coast of this impoverished nation. The second probably concerns U.S. military efforts in the city of Mogadishu during the 1990s. Unfortunately for the citizens of this nation-state, these two situations represent just small pieces in the puzzle of violence that has defined their lives for the last 50 years. The tragic story of modern Somalia began in the 1970s when they were able to elect a new president democratically and have the former president continue to reside in the country. Although this election system is something very familiar to the American people, it was a new approach for this country, and a first for the continent of Africa, according to the BBC. However, this was not a governmental system that could be maintained. Those that had been elected to positions of power were, on the whole, uneducated citizens who knew little about how to run the state. The military seized control of the government and was able to maintain a fairly stable, safe nation state until the arrival of clans. Since this arrival, Somalia has become the site of constant feudal clashes that are violent and destructive.

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News | Oct.28, 2010

Rare Earths, Rare Situation

For the past month China has blocked shipments of rare earth minerals to Japan, and now, according to the New York Times, China has also curtailed some shipments of those crucial materials to the United States and Europe. Industry officials anonymously reported that Chinese customs administrators had imposed broader export restrictions. China is responsible for 95 percent of the world’s rare earth elements, which are essential in manufacturing numerous advanced products including cellphones, hybrid cars, and guided missiles. Any restriction of the Chinese supply is thus likely to cause concern for individuals in the West because Western companies hold smaller rare earth stockpiles than Japanese companies.

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Opinion | Oct.28, 2010

Faith Matters

If you’ve ever been outside my office in the Campus Ministry Center, you know that we keep a collection of old yearbooks on the bookshelf. From time to time, I’ll flip through the one from my senior year and look at all of the old pictures. I can’t help but laugh at the ridiculous amount of gel that the guys would put in their hair back in the day. I shake my head in disbelief as I look at all of the hideous clothes that were in style. (A prediction: fifteen years from now, you’ll all do the same thing when you see pictures of yourselves wearing UGGs. I guarantee it.) Seeing pictures from the residence halls, intramurals, JRW, and the like, my mind is flooded with countless stories. Some are funny, some are sad, and some are so embarrassing that I’d like to forget they ever happened.

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Sports | Oct.28, 2010

Tennis Team Wraps Up Fall Season at ITA

This past weekend, the Tennis Team traveled to Hanover, N.H. to compete in the ITA Northeast Regional Championships. The event featured top players from over 20 Division I schools in the Northeast. The Friars were represented by Marisela Aviles-Duron ’13 in the Main Singles Tournament and by a team of Aviles-Duron and Maria Clara Bernardez ’14 in the Main Doubles Tournament.

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Sports | Oct.28, 2010

Volleyball Splits with UNH

Leading into this weekend, the Women’s Volleyball Team was at a crossroads in their season. They were slipping below .500, they were shuffling lineups, and they were in the midst of a five game losing streak. Facing this dilemma, the Friars settled on trekking forward in search of success, but the weekend was met with mixed results. While Friday brought jubilation as the Friars swept America East rival UNH at home, it was quickly followed by frustration for PC, as they fell at UNH in straight sets.

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Sports | Oct.28, 2010

PCI

The Cowl sports writers discuss who will finish at the top of the Big East for Men’s Basketball this year?

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Sports | Oct.28, 2010

Friars Prevail over Pirates and Panthers

Here is the question on everyone’s mind: What are they feeding Andrew Sousa ’11? After scoring three goals in two games over the course of four days, Sousa has almost single-handedly given the Friars a new breath of life with just one game remaining in the regular season.

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News | Oct.28, 2010

Trick-or-Treat At Your Own Risk

Toby Pirelli had gone missing three days before Halloween. His fellow classmate, Markus Beadle, reported to authorities that he had walked home from school with him and parted ways at Fleet Street, as was their custom. Mrs. Pirelli told police that he usually arrived home between 3:15 and 3:30 in the afternoon. Somewhere within those fifteen minutes, Toby disappeared.

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