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Articles by Leslie Primack (17)


50 years old, and fresh as can be

October 23, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Looking forward to a comforting Thanksgiving meal — that’s not at the Sharpe Refectory? Last week, patrons of Providence restaurant Local 121 were treated to a unique version of a typical Thanksgiving dish: a pumpkin pie that — from seed to restaurant table — had covered fewer miles than many students travel to return home for the fall holiday.

Student helps change law in Oregon

November 17, 2008 Comments are Disabled

On Nov. 4 at 11 p.m., amid a sea of screaming, crying students celebrating the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States, Evan Pulvers ‘10.5 was also thinking of a second, lesser-known electoral step toward racial equality.

Student labor activists take on hotel chain for practices

October 29, 2008 Comments are Disabled

Elizabeth Martinez has worked at the Hilton in Long Beach, Calif., for 11 years. She said her job used to be “really a pleasure,” but when HEI Hotels and Resorts bought the hotel four years ago, they laid off many workers and stretched the remaining staff thin.

Thirty years later, alum gives kidney to Keeney hallmate

October 21, 2008 Comments are Disabled

Robin Graves ’82 had been on dialysis for three grueling years before her sister offered to donate her a kidney. The women were a good match and her sister had one test left before she would be approved as a donor. The surgery was planned for last October.

Did Jesus walk on water? Prof. can’t find footprints

September 25, 2008 Comments are Disabled

The world’s most famous historical figure may also be one of its most elusive. The subject of millions of books, movies and even bumper stickers, Jesus Christ has been an international celebrity for almost 2,000 years.

One long story in pictures, transformed into pixels

September 10, 2008 Comments are Disabled

They were the original motion pictures. Amid dim lighting, the audience saw sweeping landscapes and fierce battle scenes, described by a narrator and embellished by live piano music.

Wild night? Avoid morning misery with prof.’s advice

April 10, 2008 Comments are Disabled

This weekend, many students will take in more than just the sights and sounds of M.I.A’s and Lupe Fiasco’s performances, partying long after the musicians have left the stage. But as the sun rises on Wriston Quad, scattered with red plastic cups and crushed beer cans, many students will be searching for ways to fight a nasty hangover.

Uproar over man ban at Harvard gym

April 2, 2008 Comments are Disabled

Light streams through floor-to-ceiling windows in Harvard’s Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center on a Monday afternoon, hitting a battalion of elliptical machines. A less noticeable detail of this gym, however, is its most controversial: the absence of Y chromosomes.

Check it out: Windows have a flip side

February 27, 2008 Comments are Disabled

It is a commonly accepted truth. Just as the sky is blue and the earth is round, when students pass by the BioMedical Center on Brown Street, they look at themselves in its reflective windows. A lesser-known fact, though, is that there are people inside, looking out.

Nun free-falls from the heavens into presidency

February 5, 2008 Comments are Disabled

Sister Joan Lescinski PhD’81 is far from the stereotypical ruler-wielding Catholic school nun. At the age of 60, she skydives, flies planes, laughs easily and recently became the first female president of St. Ambrose University.