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Environmental activists stage sit-in on Capitol Hill

Over 200 young people from Sunrise Movement, including 11 University students, swarmed the hallways outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Capitol Hill office Monday, protesting his plan to bring the Green New Deal to a Senate vote and his acceptance of money from fossil fuel companies. McConnell, ...


State withdraws cuts to bike, pedestrian infrastructure

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation withdrew a proposed amendment that would have reduced state funding by $27.67 million for bike and pedestrian infrastructure Friday, citing an influx of federal funds for instrastructure improvements. The initial amendment would have postponed projects relating ...


Metro Roundup, Feb. 26

Providence-Warwick has highest per capita donut ratio in the nation The Providence-Warwick metro area has the highest doughnut per capita ratio of any metro area in the United States, according to a new ranking from BestPlaces. With 23.25 shops per 100,000 people, Providence-Warwick was closely followed ...


University students organize for Beto O'Rourke

Despite the already packed field of candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, a group on campus is intent on one person joining the fray. Brown for Beto held an event at 85 Waterman this past Saturday that drew a crowd of roughly 30 students and community members to discuss ...


Panelists discuss importance of social activism

“I think we need to hate injustice and love people,” said activist Heather Booth in an intergenerational conversation about the past, present and future of community-level social activism Thursday night. The event was part of a national series of conversations hosted by Booth and Tufts University ...

University News

Phi Beta Kappa elects 34 members of junior class

Thirty-four members of the class of 2020 were elected to the University’s Phi Beta Kappa Society Feb. 13, wrote Chapter Administrator Mary Jo Foley in an email to The Herald. Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776, is the oldest and most prestigious academic honors organization in the nation, Foley wrote. ...

University News

University updates website for students in distress

A revised version of the University’s “Helping a Student in Distress” website launched earlier this month, which aims to be more accessible for students experiencing mental health issues and peers hoping to help them, according to an announcement from the Office of the Vice President for Campus ...


University event highlights complexities of data power

The oft-touted power of big data is a double-edged sword, with the potential to both uphold and dismantle entrenched systemic inequalities, according to panelists at yesterday’s “Algorithmic Justice: Race, Bias and Big Data” event. The University’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity ...


Providence plans for Roger Williams Park Welcome Center

The shell of a property destroyed by fire has loomed outside Roger Williams Park for over a decade, but the city of Providence now has plans to redevelop the area. The city has acquired the land and plans to replace the building with a Welcome Center for the park. The Welcome Center is slated to include ...

Science & Research

Professor, students help to preserve Cofán language

Assistant Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences Scott AnderBois is focused on Cofán, a language also known as A’ingae that is spoken by roughly 2,000 people in the Sucumbíos Province in Northeast Ecuador. During the summer of 2017, AnderBois took select members of his class, ...

University News

Nelson Entrepreneurship Center to relocate on Thayer

The Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship will move to a new home at 249 Thayer St. this summer, said Danny Warshay ’87 P’20, executive director of the Nelson Center. The new four-story building is set to be completed in May, and the Center will use the top three floors, totaling about ...


State budget proposal cuts funding to city

Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed budget plan, released Jan. 17, included a cut to Rhode Island’s Payment In Lieu Of Taxes program that could lead to new taxes on the University’s non-mission related properties. If approved, the budget plan would cut approximately $6 million from Rhode Island’s ...

University News

University plans net-zero emissions by 2040

The University plans to reduce its campus greenhouse gas emissions to 75 percent below its 2017-18 levels by 2025 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, a Feb. 11 press release stated. The new “aggressive” emissions goals were approved Feb. 9 by the Corporation, the University’s highest governing ...


Rhode Island state representatives discuss East Side, College Hill

State Representative Edith Ajello (D-Providence) and State Senator Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) have both called the East Side home for at least 20 years. The two state legislators — College Hill’s representatives — were re-elected to their respective positions November 2018. Ajello has represented ...


National Grid to distribute energy from offshore wind farm

Amid an effort to tackle both climate change and mounting energy costs, National Grid has finalized a twenty-year contract to buy and distribute energy from Revolution Wind, which will become the largest offshore wind farm to provide electricity in Rhode Island. The 400-megawatt wind farm, which will ...

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