Gunlust (n): an intense desire or urge…

mhagandefaultMichael Hagan ’15

It has become clear to me that we need a more effective term to describe many Americans’ scandalous love affairs with their peacemakers. America, I give you:

Gunlust (n): an intense desire or urge to possess and be seen in possession of deadly firearms

And lust it most certainly is. The gunlust bitten American must be able to satisfy his urge on the spot; no waiting periods or background checks can stand between him and what he has his eyes on. In intimate moments when he holds the objects of his affection, he wants guns that move faster and last longer. It takes a semi-automatic weapon loaded with high capacity magazines to begin to satisfy gunlust. Oh, and it bears mentioning that with gunlust, size absolutely matters.

Gunlust turns gentlemen into scoundrels; it demands that you kiss and tell. People are possessed to share with the world that they are “packing.” You know the type; they’re the ones who post photo after photo of themselves with their guns on Facebook. They post radical propaganda echoing Charlton Heston’s notorious declaration from after the Columbine massacre, “From my cold dead hands.” It’s not just about the pleasure they derive from having guns; it’s about the sense of affirmation they get when other people notice.

Gunlust is an abuse of liberty. It is a stain on the second amendment. If Americans with gunlust acted on other liberties with similar recklessness, they would be burning flags in the street for the hell of it and parking illegally just for the opportunity to contest the ticket before a jury.

So to those absorbed in the vice of gunlust, my request is that you exercise a little bit of restraint and exhibit some maturity. I don’t know if you truly believe that you will personally save the world with your gun rack or if you’re just compensating for… something. Whatever the case, please keep the intimate details of your relationship with your guns to yourselves. Everyone has their interests and even their infatuations, but your compulsive need to proclaim yours to the world is really beginning to creep the rest of us out.

Tone it down for God’s sake; you’re not in middle school. But do consider the message you send to the children who are.

This Student Body Can, Must and Will “Be The Change”

NickDefaultNick Wallace ’14

I, along with everybody else at Friarside Chats, apologize for the inactivity. As everybody knows, being a student involves a multitude of responsibilities including schoolwork, extra-curricular activities, and staying healthy. That being said, I could not help but respond to this one particular school event; for once my remarks will be both optimistic and brief.

Earlier this year, an article in The Cowl sparked controversy on campus. Condemning the school’s diversity initiatives, the article isolated minority students here at PC, especially MLK scholars. Subsequently, The Cowl was attacked as being racist, conservative, and close-minded. More shockingly (and to my horror), the author of The Cowl article was verbally abused and physically threatened.

As many of you know, I wrote a Friarside Chat in response to the controversial Cowl article. The article generated over 1000 views in 24 hours and several thousands more in the coming days. Different students, faculty members, and administrators applauded me for my work in person and via email. It was truly a humbling experience for me; I simply wanted to provide an alternative viewpoint.

With that said, I have to give credit where it is due. The Cowl was in a unique and difficult situation following the storm of controversy. While in my opinion they may have gone a bit over-the-top defending their Commentary editor (I would have liked to see a member of The Cowl write a response against the original piece, rather than just publishing Guest Commentaries), I have to commend our school newspaper for persevering through their hardships.

Shortly after my article became popular on campus, the Managing Editor of The Cowl emailed me asking if I would like to meet for coffee. I gladly accepted, not knowing what to expect. In the end, the conversation was both constructive and beneficial. It cleared up any misunderstandings that took place and sought to fix problems for the future. The acts of the Managing Editor were both professional and respectful.

More, the First Annual Friar Forum on Diversity was a hit. The Cowl did a great job putting together a variety of panelists from different backgrounds. The forum was the perfect way for The Cowl to fix its mistakes. It allowed for student feedback in regards to the article that sparked controversy. More importantly, it established a dialogue that PC was not having. Congratulations to Kelly Sullivan for starting that dialogue. Congratulations to The Cowl for a productive event.

Furthermore, I think it is safe to say that this forum was a small step in the right direction. I will reiterate the remarks of many panelists: this process is going to take time. Unfortunately, current students may never be able to see the full effects of PC’s diversity initiatives. Additionally, the majority of students at tonight’s forum were in favor of the diversity initiatives. Based on the ideological makeup of students on campus, it is safe to say that not everybody understands the importance of diversity in any community; there is still work to be done.

As the next Executive Vice President of Student Congress, I intend to continue this dialogue. I hope to increase collaboration between clubs on campus, specifically between Student Congress and BMSA. Isolation and competition will not create change. Only when students of different races, ethnicities, genders, socioeconomic statuses, sexual orientations and backgrounds come together under a common cause will change be possible. Together, we can be that change.