Posts Tagged with “op-ed”

Smithfield, Bryant can work toward shared goals

July 2nd, 2012

The Valley Breeze published this opinion piece by James Damron, vice president for University Advancement, that outlines the economic, cultural and intellectual benefits the University brings to the town of Smithfield. Rather than initiate laws that would require Bryant to pay additional taxes to the town, Damron urges "town and state leaders to work with Bryant's administration in an innovative, collaborative effort toward shared goals."

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Student advocates for more support for foster children as they enter adulthood

May 11th, 2012

In this opinion piece published by the Providence Journal, Ariana Alicea '12 calls for states to increase their support for foster children who "age out" of the system at age 18.

Alicea, a sociology and service learning major from Connecticut, writes: "I'm not speaking from behind the desk of a philanthropy or political position. ... I have been a foster child since I was 6. I was fortunate enough to be born and neglected in Connecticut, a state that offers an extension of child-welfare benefits after age 18 to young adults who qualify."

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Data demonstrate that public libraries are essential — particularly in recessions

July 27th, 2011

Abundant evidence demonstrates that libraries and the services they provide are especially important during times of recession,  José-Marie Griffiths, vice president for academic affairs and an expert in information sciences, writes in this op-ed.

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Why more Americans are being informed and entertained by satire than ever before

February 16th, 2011

There is no need to fear "the increasing centrality of satire and irony, whether in the mushrooming world of parodic news or in the specter of pranksters offering fake press releases on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce," Assistant Professor Amber Day writes in her commentary for the Huffington Post.

Rather than signaling a cynical distrust of politics and a lack of real engagement, Day says, the rise of this earnest form of irony and satire signals that "professional entertainers, political activists, and average citizens are responding to the political discourse around them" in order to "make forceful political claims and to advocate action in the search for solutions to real problems."

Day is the author of the new book  Satire and Dissent: Interventions in Contemporary Political Debate.

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Op-ed: Words Have Consequences

January 10th, 2011

"Along with a loss of respectful dialogue online and over the airwaves, America seems to have lost a national sense of dignity," Stanley Baran, professor of communication, writes in this op-ed in the wake of the Arizona shootings.

"From the way we watch insults fly on 'reality' TV shows to the disrespectful and sometimes hurtful way people speak to each other at public meetings, sporting events and over the airwaves, this loss has changed the way we treat each other. ... It has clearly altered the manner in which our political and community leaders interact, but, perhaps less obviously, it has also affected way we view and feel about ourselves, our neighbors and our children," he writes.

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Op-ed: A new movement providing new solutions — social enterprise in Rhode Island

November 8th, 2010

A version of the following op-ed by Sandra Enos and Kelly Ramirez was published in the Providence Journal on Nov. 2, 2010. Enos is associate professor of sociology at Bryant University;  Ramirez is CEO of Social Venture Partners of Rhode Island.

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — In a political season where nearly every candidate champions the cause of more jobs and many pledge to fix a broken economy, there are new signs of economic activity and creative approaches to Rhode Island's vexing social problems. Under the umbrella of social enterprise or social entrepreneurship, communities are organizing themselves to address challenges that have eluded old solutions.

Social enterprises are mission-driven initiatives that apply market-based strategies and entrepreneurship to maximize social impact. Imagine a restaurant whose employees work their way out of homelessness and whose profits are directed back to serving other clients. Envision a line of artisanal granola prepared by refugees from Iraq, Sudan and Burundi cooked up in the kitchen at Amos House. Think organic soda produced by high school students learning business skills and funneling the profits to support college scholarships. These are just a few examples of the more than 100 homegrown social enterprises in our community.

Because of the size, creativity and critical mass of this movement within Rhode Island, the state is emerging as a national leader in the new and exciting sector of social enterprise. Eight factors contribute to this development.

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Amber Day part of New York Times online debate: When does a fake political rally turn real?

October 29th, 2010

Amber Day, assistant professor of English and cultural studies, was invited by the New York Times to be a part of its online debate exploring the topic "When Does a Fake Political Rally Turn Real?" Her contribution to the seven-person debate is headlined "Satirists Telling the Truth."

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Op-Ed: Satire as antidote to a poisoned political debate, or ‘How I learned to stop worrying and love cable news’

October 28th, 2010

A slightly shorter version of the following op-ed by Amber Day was published by Newsday on Oct. 28.  Day is an assistant professor of English and cultural studies and author of the forthcoming book Satire and Dissent.

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — The  much-publicized "Rally to Restore Sanity" will draw thousands of Americans to Washington, D.C., on October 30th to take part in an event that is billed as "a rally for the people who've been too busy to go to rallies." The event is a spectacular example of the renaissance in political satire that is developing in the face of the stunning failings of public political discussion today.

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Serious comedy fills the discourse void

October 28th, 2010

This Newsday op-ed (available to paid subscribers only) by Amber Day, assistant professor of English and cultural studies, is a shorter version of this commentary.