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U. creates new first-year advising programs

In response to survey results indicating a decline in student satisfaction with academic advising, the University is in the process of launching both a three-session workshop called Pathways, and an online summer module for first-year students. The idea for these developments stemmed from a working ...

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Citywide conversation tackles race, environment in Providence

Community organizers and residents gathered Monday evening in the basement of Bell Street Chapel on Federal Hill to launch a discussion on the role race and racism play in the environmental challenges that Providence faces today. While environmental justice is often thought of as an abstract, large-scale ...

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BPAC promotes progressive causes at grassroots level

“In this kind of new age where you don’t have a Democratic president, what do the Brown Dems look like on campus?” This was the question that Brian Cohn ’17, president of the Brown Democrats, was left asking himself in the wake of President Trump’s victory. The group’s response came in January: ...

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U. researchers create bat-inspired robot

A building collapses and victims are stuck beneath rubble. A rescue team moves debris as quickly as possible but struggles to find people in the chaos. The team launches a robot that can fly through the narrow spaces and nimbly maneuver through the rubble. With the robot’s help, it locates people ...

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Planned UEL demolition invokes criticism

Since the University announced the potential demolition of the Urban Environmental Lab to make room for a new performing arts center at the Corporation meeting in February, students and faculty have been pushing to save the UEL and the communities it supports. The University is currently selecting an ...

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Swastika drawn in feces found at RISD

A swastika drawn in human feces was found in a gender-neutral bathroom in a Rhode Island School of Design dormitory the weekend of Feb. 18. “RISD public safety is investigating this isolated incident as both an act of vandalism and potentially a crime of hate,” wrote Jaime Marland, director of public ...

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RI congressmen vow to safeguard Obamacare at rally

In a letter to their colleagues written earlier this February, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-VT, encouraged Democratic senators to lead rallies on Feb. 25 across the nation to safeguard the Affordable Care Act. In Rhode Island, hundreds gathered at ...

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Watson, Dorcas partner for community drive

In the wake of recent policies from President Trump, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs partnered with Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island to support refugees and immigrants in Rhode Island through a film screen and community drive — running Feb. 1 to March 1. The ...

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Phi Beta Kappa Society announces 2018 class

Thirty-four members of the class of 2018 were elected to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Society Feb. 15, wrote Chapter Administrator Mary Jo Foley in an email to The Herald. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest academic honors organization in the United States, Foley wrote. Brown’s chapter ...


City Council considers ordinance amendment

The Providence City Council has taken a step into national politics: They will consider an ordinance amendment that would limit the city’s funding of projects or entities associated with the finance of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Introduced at a council meeting Feb. 16, the ordinance would prohibit ...

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Bonner Fellows carve new path for Swearer

Forty first-years in the new Bonner Community Fellows program have completed what students describe as a sometimes contentious but formative first semester working with local Providence organizations. Housed in the Swearer Center for Public Service, the Bonner Community Fellows program develops and ...

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LGBTQ Center offers free, anonymous HIV testing

On Feb. 8, the LGBTQ Center, in partnership with AIDS Project RI, offered free, anonymous HIV testing to Brown community members. The center started the initiative Fall 2013 when Program Director Kelly Garrett served on a committee organized by APRI that brought many different Rhode Islanders together ...


Indivisible RI seeks to obstruct Trump agenda

In 2009, the inauguration of former President Barack Obama provoked the creation of the conservative Tea Party movement as a vehicle of organized resistance. In the wake of President Trump’s electoral victory, progressives across the country are seeking to create something of a new Tea Party in the ...

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Panel talks Trump, refugee crisis

Discussion on the power of fear, historical contextualization and the importance of activism dominated the panel “What is the History, and Possible Futures, of Immigration, Deportation and Refugee Policy?” at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs Wednesday. The discussion panel, ...

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U. student groups circulate petition against DAPL

Updated Feb. 23 at 10:45 p.m. As part of a movement among colleges nationwide, Brown student groups began to circulate a petition Wednesday to raise media awareness around the No Dakota Access Pipeline movement. The petition had 6,482 signatures from over 300 colleges, four countries and 160 student ...

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