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Former prisoners discuss incarceration

For former Syrian political prisoner Omar Alshogre, the experience of looking into a mirror after his release from prison was shocking — he was unrecognizable to himself, with bloodshot eyes and weighing just 75 pounds. Alshogre was imprisoned in 2012 at the age of 15, and he spent the next three ...


Reproductive rights take center stage at State House

Five bills regarding abortion were heard by the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee Tuesday night, and over 100 activists filled the State House halls to support or oppose the bills. Should the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturn Roe v. Wade, the Reproductive Health Care Act (H 5127) would codify protections ...

Science & Research

Researchers improve 3D printed biomaterials

University researchers recently published a study analyzing the material properties of alginate graphene oxide, which could lead to new developments in both cancer research and 3D printing technology for human organ printing. The team aims to simulate the environment in which tumors grow and use that ...


City Council dismisses student housing ordinance

Providence City Committee on Ordinances voted Jan. 29 to “continue indefinitely” a previously proposed amendment which would have restricted housing to no more than four undergraduate students per home across the city. The ruling “kind of kills” the amendment, said Tina Mastroianni, first deputy ...

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Community mourns death of undergraduate student

William Povell ’20, a computer science concentrator from Baltimore, passed away, wrote Vice President for Campus Life Eric Estes and Dean of the College Rashid Zia in an email  to the University community Monday. Povell was “deeply immersed in activities across the (computer science) department,” ...


Rhode Island politicians discuss sports betting

Following Rhode Island’s legalization of sports betting last June, state politicians joined casino representatives Monday to discuss updates and challenges posed by the implementation of  sports betting and assess the financial state of the casinos. New sports betting facilities were added to the ...


Flea market warms cold Providence winter

Old fur coats with faded fabric lie piled next to brass lamps and boxes of cracked, yellowed vinyl slips. A worn teddy bear and an ancient film camera appeared to stare at first-edition comic books on folding card tables. This is a flea market — a monument to those fascinated by the eclectic, the ...

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Graduate school updates grievance procedures

The Graduate School updated its academic grievance procedures last fall for the first time since 1973. The updated procedures establish timeline and documentation requirements, allow graduate students to participate in proceedings, provide multiple opportunities for appeals and create a clearer distinction ...


Government shutdown impacts Rhode Island Coast Guard families

Today marks the 35th day of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history and the second missed paycheck for Coast Guard workers in Rhode Island, who are required to show up to work despite their lack of compensation. The Coast Guard has approximately 332 active duty and reserve personnel in Rhode ...

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Historian discusses segregation, urban development

Richard Rothstein, a Distinguished Fellow at the Economic Policy Institute, discussed the idea that federal, state and local government policies have segregated metropolitan areas into racially homogeneous neighborhoods and potential government remedies during a talk at the University Thursday. Sponsored ...

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Former CNN/US President to lead seminar

Former President of CNN/U.S. Jonathan Klein ’80 will return to the University to lead a non-credit seminar called “News vs. Truth” at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs this semester, according to the Watson Institute’s website. The seminar will explore topics such as ...


Legislators introduce Reproductive Health Care Act

Sen. Gayle Goldin, D-Providence, and State Rep. Edith Ajello, D-Providence, filed the Reproductive Health Care Act — which would codify the legality of abortion into state law —  for the third year in a row on Jan. 15. Currently, the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade legalizes abortion at the federal ...

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U. suspends Buxton House

The University has suspended the housing privileges of Buxton International House until fall 2020 after finding the program house had ‘again violated the student code of conduct while on deferred suspension from a previous violation,’ wrote President Christina Paxson P’19 in a Jan. 18 letter addressed ...

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