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Articles by Sonia Saraiya (21)

What do we want out of Brown?

May 22, 2008 Comments are Disabled

I applied to Brown early decision, smitten by the New Curriculum, the quirky and vibrant student body and the prestigious academic reputation. In many ways, it has been just that. But academically, it fell short.

Zombies invade Providence at the Cable Car Cinema

October 26, 2007 Comments are Disabled

Zombies are invading Providence this weekend.

Man Ray meets the Beastie Boys at RISD

September 10, 2007 Comments are Disabled

Music videos are usually YouTube fodder, and early 20th-century silent film is often confined to Modern Culture and Media class screenings, but leave it to the Rhode Island School of Design to bring them together. The RISD Museum hosted a unique screening Friday night of Dziga Vertov’s 1929 film “Man with a Movie Camera,” accompanied by a musician playing largely improvised live music on a piano, for the opening of its latest gallery show, “Music Video/Silent Film: Innovations in the Moving Image.

Providence has one of nation’s highest property tax burdens

April 27, 2006 Comments are Disabled

Commercial property taxes in Providence are the third highest in the nation, according to the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, raising concerns that economic growth in Providence will stagnate. While some community activists say Brown’s large property holdings drive up property taxes, some experts disagree.

Ocean State losing federal dough, report says

April 18, 2006 Comments are Disabled

Rhode Island is receiving less federal aid relative to the tax revenue it sends to the federal government, according to a recent report by the Rhode Island Policy Expenditure Council.

Large tax will be hard on local adult industry

April 4, 2006 Comments are Disabled

A proposed 25 percent tax on adult entertainment in Rhode Island has created tension between nightclub owners and lawmakers over legislating morality versus generating revenue for the state.

Top Wholesome Entertainment

February 14, 2006 Comments are Disabled

The Roger Williams Park and Zoo is superior to all other childish diversions in the Ocean State not just because it has a petting zoo, a planetarium and an enigmatic “temple to music.” The park is also home to – wonder of all wonders – a carousel! Even better than that, admission to the zoo is free for Providence residents the first Saturday of every month, and honestly, I can’t imagine anything better for getting over that hangover than chilling on the gorgeous grounds, strolling around the rose garden and maybe popping inside the zoo to hang with the giraffes or the penguins.

Lightman shares recipe for science writing success

November 17, 2005 Comments are Disabled

Writing a good science narrative requires making material accessible to the average reader, Alan Lightman P’02 told a full house in Salomon 001 Wednesday evening.

U. joins opposition to increased federal monitoring of computer systems

November 9, 2005 Comments are Disabled

The Federal Communications Commission has recently broadened the scope of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), which would require institutions of higher education to modify their existing computer systems to allow law enforcement officials to wiretap and monitor them.

Dems reverse decision, invite Segal to speak at body meeting

November 1, 2005 Comments are Disabled

The Brown Democrats’ executive board has voted to invite Ward 1 City Councilman David Segal to speak at an upcoming general body meeting, said Tor Tarantola ’08, communications chair for the Dems. However, Tarantola stressed, the invitation “does in no way reflect endorsement” of Segal’s campaign.