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Spotlight on the Statehouse: Feb. 14, 2013

February 14, 2013 0 comments

Teacher tenure The House Labor Committee reviewed legislation this week to revise employment policies for Rhode Island’s public schools. Rep. Scott Guthrie, D-Coventry, introduced the bill, which suggests a system of seniority through which teachers would be “suspended” from schools when student populations decrease. Under this policy, teachers would be […]

The Brown Democrats held a viewing party in Metcalf Auditorium for President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

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Obama pushes broad liberal agenda in speech

February 13, 2013 1 comment

In his State of the Union address, the president discussed a goal to promote low tuition rates.


R.I. makes way for inclement weather

February 8, 2013 0 comments

Public officials emphasize safety first in the face of anticipated snowfall accumulations.


Spotlight on the Statehouse: Feb. 7, 2013

February 7, 2013 0 comments

State legislators introduced a proposal to reinstate a policy of collecting data from traffic stops to curtail instances of racial profiling.

Lassonde’s efforts to make deans more accessible to students included increasing their open office hours by 80 percent.

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Lassonde to step down to serve at Harvard

January 23, 2013 0 comments

As Deputy Dean, Stephen Lassonde increased deans’ open hours and coordinated advising.


Report positions U. to aid Providence recovery

December 6, 2012 0 comments

Six months after the University settled negotiations with Providence Mayor Angel Taveras – through an agreement that increased Brown’s voluntary contributions to the city in lieu of taxes, amid criticism from both students and city residents – the administration released a comprehensive report last month describing the University’s “economic impact” on the city and state’s struggling economy.


Video game seeks to curb domestic violence

November 29, 2012 1 comment

Last year, approximately 10,000 victims reported incidents of domestic abuse in Rhode Island. As part of efforts to combat this issue, Sojourner House, one of six affiliated agencies of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, announced last week the official release of a new preventative, educational video game called “The Real Robots of Robot High.” The game – targeted to children ages 11 to 14 – is structured as an interactive narrative through which students can explore the consequences of domestic violence abuse and learn the importance of healthy, stable interpersonal relationships.


Table games approved for Twin River Casino

November 15, 2012 2 comments

In addition to casting their votes for local and national politicians last week, Rhode Island residents responded to seven statewide ballot questions on Election Day. Questions one and two, which received the most political attention and were the subject of inflammatory television advertisements, asked voters to determine whether table games – such as blackjack and poker – should be allowed in the state’s two casinos, the Newport Grand and Twin River Casino. 


EDC suit targets 38 Studios executives

November 13, 2012 0 comments

The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation filed a lawsuit last week against 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling, as well as other top officials at the company and former EDC leaders Keith Stokes and Michael Saul. 


R.I. state ballot question roundup

November 6, 2012 0 comments

Questions 1 and 2 represent a referendum on the introduction of “state-operated casino gaming” in Rhode Island’s two privately owned casinos, Twin River and Newport Grand, respectively.

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