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Tonya Riley

Senior Staff Writer

Tonya is a senior staff writer reporting on the finance and fundraising beat. This is her second semester covering the beat. She is a member of the class of 2015 concentrating in history.

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Articles by Tonya Riley (54)

University News

Syrian journalist talks life in the crossfire

September 21, 2012 3 comments

Prominent Syrian journalist Samar Yazbek fled from Syria at the height of the violence following the recent civilian uprisings and has since risked her life to return to the unstable country and document its ongoing unrest.

University News

Paxson discusses new strategic plan at BUCC meeting

September 20, 2012 Comments are Disabled

About a dozen audience members attended President Christina Paxson’s first Brown University Community Council meeting as president yesterday in the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. Along with Paxson, nearly half of the members of the BUCC were new. Discussion of a new strategic planning process and updates on the recent online education initiative dominated most of the meeting.

University News

Simmons’ compensation rose in 2010 after voluntary cut in 2009

September 14, 2012 Comments are Disabled

Former President Ruth Simmons’ total compensation rose to $863,684 in 2010, a jump from $656,683 in the year prior when Simmons took a voluntary salary cut following the 2008 economic downturn.

University News

U.’s financial future on unstable path, report finds

September 7, 2012 2 comments

Many elite institutions, including Brown, are on a “financially unsustainable” economic path, according to a joint report released in July from Bain & Company, a consulting firm, and Sterling Partners, a private equity firm. Their analysis found that nearly one-third of the 1,700 colleges and universities they analyzed were unsustainable, and data gathered from 2005-2010 suggests a worsening financial outlook for Brown.

Plans for Providence Holocaust memorial unveiled

April 26, 2012 Comments are Disabled

Last Thursday – on the Jewish holiday Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day – the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island revealed the design for a Holocaust memorial to be constructed in Providence.

University News

Memoirist offers advice to aspiring writers

April 18, 2012 Comments are Disabled

“If there’s any one enemy to humans creating or making love – or bouncing a basketball for that matter – it’s self-consciousness,” said author Andre Dubus to a crowd of about 25 people yesterday at a reading from his latest release, “Townie: A Memoir.”

The cupola ties together athletic history and a new age of University fitness.

University News

Historic Marvel Gym cupola finds new home

April 16, 2012 Comments are Disabled

Though the opening of the Jonathan Nelson Fitness Center ushers in a new era of Brown athletics, it carries with it a curious piece of Brunonian history and an East Side landmark ­­- the shimmering 50-foot cupola and clock tower. The cupola once topped the Marvel Gynamsium, which was built in 1927. Forgotten after the gym was demolished in 2003, the cupola has now found a new home.  

The play’s Spartan set echoes the woods of its Shakespearean source material.

Arts & Culture

Zany ‘Wedding’ probes 21st-century love

April 13, 2012 Comments are Disabled

While college students might know how to party, rarely do they get to be wedding guests. “A Perfect Wedding,” which runs until April 22 in Leeds.

University News

UCS launches alum email transfer system

April 10, 2012 Comments are Disabled

  Over a year after proposing two technology projects to enhance student life, the Undergraduate Council of Students recently launched one of the initiatives – a system that allows graduates to transfer information from their student email accounts to alum accounts – but it is still in the beginning stages of implementing the second, a system that would enable students to check laundry machine availability online.

Arts & Culture

Senior thesis play merges virtual and personal

April 6, 2012 Comments are Disabled

“If the results of the video game don’t work, you can reset it, but the moral dilemma is, ‘Can you do that in real life?'” asks protagonist Peter Hayes in “The Reality Effect,” an original play by Michelle Meyers ’12 that continues its run in the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts tonight and Saturday.