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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

First-year runs for convention delegate

March 7, 2012 Comments are Disabled

Last week, Rebecca Mears ’15 collected more than the 150 signatures required to join the race to be a Rhode Island delegate to the Democratic National Convention, held the week of Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C.

Arts & Culture

Campy sci-fi musical explores family drama

March 2, 2012 Comments are Disabled

“We can rebuild him. … We have the technology,” says a supporting character of the bionic main character in the television series “The Six Million Dollar

Science & Research

Protein could be therapeutic, study finds

February 24, 2012 Comments are Disabled

A study published Feb. 14 in the Journal of Neuroscience shows that the protein biglycan plays an important role in stabilizing synapses, or communication sites, between nerves and muscles. These findings may have clinical implications for patients with degenerative muscular diseases.

Arts & Culture

Navajo poet draws on heritage

February 17, 2012 Comments are Disabled

“The poem is in my body, so in the process of reading it I try to draw it out,” said Native American poet Sherwin Bitsui to a crowd of about 50 at the McCormack Family Theater Thursday. The poetry reading and question and answer session that followed were part of the second installment of the Writers on Writing series sponsored by the Department of Literary Arts. 

Arts & Culture

“Trigger Hand” puts new spin on addiction

February 10, 2012 Comments are Disabled

The best theater forces us not just to confront life’s ugliness, but to empathize with it. “Trigger Hand,” running at Production Workshop as part of the “Writing is Live” festival Feb. 10-13, does both. By using the politically charged setting of a supervised injection facility in Vancouver, the play examines questions of addiction in the context of the relationships it insidiously poisons and strangely manifests.

Features, University News

Professors present research to global community

February 6, 2012 Comments are Disabled

While a Swiss resort might seem like the perfect winter getaway, the World Economic Forum conference, held Jan. 25-29 in Davos, Switzerland, had nothing to do with skiing and fine chocolate. For the four professors who went — Professor of Neuroscience John Donoghue PhD’79 P’09 P’12 MD’16, Professor of Applied Mathematics Jan Hesthaven, Professor of Classics Susan Alcock and Assistant Professor of Biology Casey Dunn — the conference was a flurry of powerful and influential people, eye-opening presentations and opportunities to present their own work in an “IdeasLab” entitled “Decoding Data with Brown


‘Groundbreaking’ casino debated

January 31, 2012 Comments are Disabled

As state legislators debate the idea of building a destination casino in Quonset Point, North Kingston, business leaders and residents of the city remain unconcerned about the prospect. The casino would be the first of its kind in Rhode Island.

University News

Alum launches web magazine

December 1, 2011 Comments are Disabled

Tired of hearing the girls she mentored at the Wheeler School complain about being bored after school, Amie Darboe ’10 decided she wanted to give her students an outlet to express themselves. Near the time of her graduation, she took a leap and launched her own business venture — “High School Pieces,” an online magazine for young women written by young women.


For holiday gifts, new outdoor market beckons

November 29, 2011 Comments are Disabled

In contrast to the frenzied Black Friday rush that kicks off the holiday gift-buying season for most shoppers, the inaugural Downcity Providence Holiday Market offered residents a more leisurely experience Saturday.

Arts & Culture

Operatic highs and lows at ‘bite-sized’ performance

November 13, 2011 Comments are Disabled

Notes both high and low filled the McCormack Family Theater this weekend as Brown Opera Productions presented “A Night of Opera