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Articles by Riley Blanton (7)

History prof’s caption wins New Yorker contest

January 23, 2009 0 comments

“Guess who’s getting voted off the island.” With those few words, Associate Professor of History Michael Vorenberg won the New Yorker’s 172nd weekly Cartoon Caption Contest. The week’s cartoon depicted a strange-looking smiley face situated among the iconic Moai statues of Chile’s Easter Island.

New G.I. bill to send more vets to school

December 3, 2008 0 comments

In a Veterans Day ceremony last month, the University recognized 11 students who have served in the U.S. military. But thanks to a new G.I. Bill to take effect in August 2009, there may be more veterans on Brown’s campus and across the country next Nov. 11.

Health benefits for U.S. grad students at risk

October 29, 2008 0 comments

If grad school and strollers are both in your future, you may want to think about staggering your studies and starting a family. Recently, graduate students at Stanford University and three University of California campuses have had their health benefits significantly reduced.

Panel says challenges remain for those of multiracial identity

October 29, 2008 0 comments

Barack Obama has been heralded as the first black man to reach the threshold of the presidency. But Obama is not black – or at least not only black, professors and community organizers said last night at a Multiracial Identity Week panel. “In France, he’s understood as a mixed-race candidate,” said Kimberly McClain DaCosta, a professor of social studies at Harvard.

Since bikes are everywhere, one wonders, can’t we share?

October 8, 2008 0 comments

With bicycles locked to railings and trees all around campus, adequate amenities for bike owners are noticeably absent on College Hill. But Joseph Stricker ’10 thinks he has the solution. Stricker, who transferred from Vassar College a year ago, would like to introduce a bicycle co-op – which already exists at Vassar – that would build new bikes from used or abandoned parts and provide inexpensive repairs.

U. gets high marks for sustainable work

October 2, 2008 0 comments

Brown received a grade of A-minus and the title of Overall College Sustainability Leader on a report card released last week by the Sustainable Endowments Institute. The grade was a marked improvement from last year’s B and earned the University a spot among only 15 out of 300 schools reviewed to receive an A-minus, the highest mark awarded.

Bikes on walkway railings being removed

September 30, 2008 0 comments

The Department of Facilities Management and the Department of Public Safety have undertaken an initiative to remove bicycles secured along walkway railings across campus, which stand in violation of Rhode Island fire safety code, according to Michelle Nuey, the manager of special services at DPS.