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Articles by Benjamin Pollard (40)

When Peck “set her mind on something, she just didn’t stop, and if someone told her no, that was just a signal to push harder," her biographer Hannah Kimberley said.

News, University News

Annie Smith Peck: the Brown student who should have been, but never was

March 18, 2021 0 comments

When Annie Smith Peck submitted her application to the University in 1874 — the first woman to do so — she received a curt response from President Ezekiel Robinson.  “Women are not encouraged to seek higher education,” he wrote, according to Peck’s biographer Hannah Kimberley.

Students will be able to apply to study remotely “should circumstances warrant it,” according to the announcement.

News, University News

University plans to return to two-semester, in-person learning model for 2021-22 academic year

March 2, 2021 0 comments

The University expects to return to a two-semester system where all undergraduate, graduate and medical students will be brought back to campus to take classes and conduct research in person for the 2021-22 academic year.

The University announced plans to distribute $5.4 million in COVID-19 aid, including $4.8 million in federal funding from the CARES Act and CRRSAA Acts.

News, University News

University announces distribution of $5.4 million in COVID-19 aid

February 26, 2021 1 comment

The University will begin distributing $5.4 million to approximately 3,500 eligible undergraduate, graduate and medical students the week of March 8, according to a community-wide email from Provost Richard Locke P’18 Friday.

A former venture capitalist, Raimondo is the first woman to serve as governor of Rhode Island, a position she has held since 2015.

Metro, News

Raimondo discusses China, census, climate change during Senate committee confirmation hearing

January 27, 2021 0 comments

“I know the pain that losing a job can cause a family,” Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said in her opening statement during her Senate confirmation hearing for the role of Secretary of Commerce in the Biden administration…

Graduate Labor Organization ratified its first contract with the University and appointed its first executive board last year.

News, University News

Graduate students raise concerns over union transparency, communication

January 12, 2021 2 comments

When Igor Cerasa GS joined the Graduate Labor Organization, a student employee union that advocates for graduate workers’ needs and protections, he was optimistic.

If Cicillene's article results in the passage of a resolution to impeach, Trump would become the first president in American history to be impeached twice.

Metro, News

RI Rep. Cicilline ’83 leads effort to impeach Trump in U.S. House of Representatives

January 9, 2021 0 comments

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline ’83 of Rhode Island has co-authored an article of impeachment against President Trump in light of the pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. 

Students assigned to live in the Omni were notified of their assignment Dec. 6 in an email from ResLife. The University selected the Omni after also considering the Mariott and Hilton properties downtown.

News, University News

Brown leases rooms in Omni Providence Hotel to house students for spring semester

January 8, 2021 2 comments

The University has leased rooms in the Omni Providence Hotel to house students during the spring semester, University Spokesperson Brian Clark wrote in an email to The Herald. 

RI Gov. Gina Raimondo, a former venture capitalist, has been governor of the Ocean State since 2015.

Metro, News

Gov. Raimondo to be nominated for Commerce Secretary

January 7, 2021 3 comments

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo for commerce secretary, according to a Friday announcement. A former venture capitalist, Raimondo would be the Biden administration’s top liaison with the business community.

Brown Dems ‘excited to see’ Democratic R.I. House Speaker Mattiello ousted from seat

Metro, News

Brown Dems ‘excited to see’ Democratic R.I. House Speaker Mattiello ousted from seat

November 15, 2020 1 comment

Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello was defeated in an upset win by Republican Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung in the race for Cranston House District 15 on Nov. 3. 

Ocean State sees record voter turnout as R.I. expands forms of voting

Metro, News

Ocean State sees record voter turnout as R.I. expands forms of voting

November 6, 2020 5 comments

More than 500,000 Rhode Islanders voted in the 2020 general election, eclipsing the state’s previous all-time record for voter turnout in 2008.