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University to arm campus police in Spring 2015

When University of Rhode Island Police Officer Michael Novak arrived as a first responder to a call of a potential active shooter at Chafee Social Science Center last spring, he couldn’t do anything but wait.  He was unarmed.

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New student-athlete center opens, contains various improvements

The $2.5 million Ryan Family Student-Athlete Center had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday afternoon. The ceremony was packed with URI student-athletes, staff and donors, including the two lead contributors, Tom and Cathy Ryan.

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SEC to host 25th annual Spring Fest next week

The Student Entertainment Committee will host their annual Spring Fest throughout next week, holding several daytime attractions and events for students before finals begin.

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WOWW keeps member’s spirit alive with ‘Remembering Lindsay Day’

On Saturday, April 12, We’re Offering Women Wisdom, a student organization at the University of Rhode Island, held an event entitled “Remembering Lindsay Day.”

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P.I.N.K organization empowers all women with week of events

Powerful, independent, notoriously, knowledgeable; all words of confidence and hype. They’re all words of anticipation and build up the acronym P.I.N.K., one of the University of Rhode Island’s on-campus organizations.  This week, P.I.N.K. is hosting a week of their own to show the extent of their community involvement and significance as a women’s organization.

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Chinese flagship group host movie night, screen remake of American film

Students of the Chinese Language Flagship Partnership Program hosted a Chinese movie night in the main lounge of Hillside Hall on Friday evening.

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Rhody baseball team struggles on road trip to University of Dayton

The University of Rhode Island baseball team continued their losing streak when the University of Dayton swept them in a three-game series this weekend in Ohio by scores 8-3, 1-0 and 9-5.

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URI basketball looks to build for future on National Signing Day

Yesterday marked one of the premier days in the college basketball season; a nerve-racking, intense and busy day for athletes, players, coaches and fans alike. For athletes, however, it is perhaps more fun.

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URI Remembers the “Excellent Lady”

Helen “Nonnie” Plummer, a head cashier at the CVS in the Kingston Emporium known fondly by many University of Rhode Island students and local customers for her catch phrase “have an excellent,” passed away on Monday, April 7. At the age of 67, she was a proud grandmother and great-grandmother and the favorite cashier of many CVS customers. Even if the line was long, students would await their turn specifically to check out with Nonnie.

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Award ceremony honors black scholars

On Monday night, the 17th Annual Black Scholar Awards were held to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of graduating University of Rhode Island seniors of African decent.

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Over 800 dollars raised for Project HOPE

Sunday, April 6 became a beautiful day for a 5K as the sun cleared and 60 participants alongside 60 volunteers showed up for Lambda Kappa Sigma’s second annual Project HOPE charity event on 7 Greenhouse Road.

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URI theater actress prepares for role as Velma Kelly in musical ‘Chicago’

The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department is home to not only great plays, but to great students who dedicate their lives acting in the shows. Senior theatre major Julia Bartoletti will be acting in her tenth show at URI this April when she plays the powerful character of Velma Kelly in the musical “Chicago.”

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Guitar Night features music department talent of the present, past

The University of Rhode Island Guitar Studio held its annual Guitar Night on April 6 in the Fine Arts Center. The concert, which featured performances by students of the studio, featured an array of classical guitar pieces.

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URI graduate opens yoga studio in Kingston Emporium

Have you ever wanted to try yoga but didn’t know where to start? Now the practice is right at your fingertips.  University of Rhode Island graduate Lauren Toracinta recently opened a yoga studio in the emporium called The Rhode Island Yoga Center.

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Cigar sport’s reporter suggests five changes for future athletics

With the spring semester winding down and the beauty that is summer break right around the corner, now is as good a time as any to reflect on the past school year and look forward to the next.

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Rams take two out of three against Fordham over weekend

The University of Rhode Island baseball team was victorious in their first and third games against Fordham University this weekend, winning 8-6 and 2-0 respectively, but dropped the middle game 3-0.

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Column: URI, Inglese part ways after five seasons of coaching

On March 28, the University of Rhode Island announced they would not renew the contract of women’s basketball head coach Cathy Inglese after five seasons. This announcement was over three weeks after the Rams lost to Duquense University in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on March 6.

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Gambian journalist talks dictatorial censorship at Amanpour lecture

When henchmen of the country’s dictator hacked the online newspaper he had been anonymously feeding stories to, University of Rhode Island alumnus and Gambian journalist Omar Bah thought he was dead.  

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LKS walks to raise money for Project Hope Sunday

On Sunday April 6, Lambda Kappa Sigma will be hosting their second annual 5K walk/run, HOPE WALKS at 11:30 a.m. in front of the University of Rhode Island Pharmacy Building in order to raise money for Project HOPE.

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New gym programs finish semester strong, help students to healthier life

The Anna Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center is holding several 30-minute workshops each week to promote physical and psychological wellbeing as the semester dwindles down.

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Yearbook club has low participation, high hopes

Yearbook serve as a keepsake and are meant to keep memories alive after school is over, a tradition the Yearbook Club Staff at the University of Rhode Island plans to uphold.

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‘Noah’ movie is dark, but fascinating

Similar to Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” made a decade ago, Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” has attracted quite a bit of controversy on a religious level, having been banned in numerous countries such as Pakistan and Indonesia. The main reason for this controversy stems from the “creative liberties” that Aronofsky took in bringing the story of Noah’s Ark to the big screen. Religion aside, Aronofsky crafts an interesting take on the story, one that is more character driven than one might expect.

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‘Storm Chasers’ star Reed Timmer talks tornadoes

Reed Timmer, a storm chaser and meteorologist, spoke at Edwards Auditorium on Monday night about his experiences chasing tornadoes and other weather patterns. A native of Michigan, Timmer began chasing storms as a teenager in the late 1990s.

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Men’s track and field compete at University of Connecticut

The University of Rhode Island men’s track and field team competed in the University of Connecticut Invitational this past Saturday in Storrs, Conn. The team totaled six first-place finishes on the afternoon.

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URI softball splits series vs. Saint Louis, fall to PC

The University of Rhode Island softball team dropped their first decision against Saint Louis University 7-2 on Saturday while taking the second half of the doubleheader 2-1.

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Social Media Social to feature public relations panelists, free ice cream

The University of Rhode Island Public Relations Student Society of America will host their 3rd Annual Social Media Social on Tuesday, April 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. URI PRSSA Events Chairperson Heather Hermanowski shared her enthusiasm for the event.

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Hillel Center commemorates Holocaust with week of events

From March 30 to April 4, the University of Rhode Island’s Hillel Center will be sponsoring several events in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Week.

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URI students perform recitals for music degree

This past Sunday, two University Rhode Island students performed recitals at the Fine Arts Center in order to fulfill a requirement for a Bachelor of Music degree.

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The Tymes perform at 193 Coffeehouse in Union

The Tymes, a rock group from Westford, Mass., performed to a near-capacity crowd during a three-hour set at the 193 Coffeehouse on March 21.

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Alternative spring break trip teaches nonviolence in Nepali culture

Over spring break, 20 University of Rhode Island students and faculty traveled to Nepal for an alternative spring break as an opportunity to complete a peace and nonviolence training and have an immersive cultural experience.

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URI equestrian team captures regional title, plans for zones

The University of Rhode Island equestrian team was crowned regional champions this weekend after amassing 338 points through 10 shows over the course of their season.

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Andre Malone makes shift from basketball court to the outfield

Almost a year after Andre Malone’s last collegiate basketball game at the University of Rhode Island, he spent his February afternoon in the outfield for URI’s baseball team against Florida Gulf Coast University.  Malone recorded five put-outs from the field along with a hit and an RBI in his first game.

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Individual college commencement ceremonies to be ticketed

Due to space limitations and safety precautions, among other factors, the University of Rhode Island has decided to ticket individual college commencement ceremonies this year.

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Fencing Club to perform at Providence Bruins Game

The University of Rhode Island Fencing Club will be performing during an intermission at the Providence Bruins Game on Friday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m.

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Coffeehouse hosts worthwhile Open Mic

For another night of music and some comedy, the 193 Coffeehouse hosted an Open Mic Night on Thursday, March 6 just before spring break. Although any acts were allowed to go in front of the Coffeehouse crowd, the majority of them were of the musical instrument variety.

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‘300: Rise of An Empire’ entertains amidst flaws

When it was released in 2007, ‘300’ was a huge hit and is now considered as the film that put director Zack Snyder (‘Watchmen,’ ‘Man of Steel’) on the map. Seven years after that film hit theaters, Snyder returns to the world of ‘300’ with ‘300: Rise of An Empire,’ albeit not in the director’s chair this time.

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Multicultural faculty fellow talks Latina media, feminist ideals

Dr. Marilda Oviedo, a multicultural faculty fellow in communication studies at the University of Rhode Island, gave the Gender and Women’s Studies Program’s Dana Shugar Colloquium lecture on Tuesday afternoon. She discussed a research project that examines the dominant ideologies found in two online magazines directed towards Latina adolescents.

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Women’s hockey takes fourth place at nationals

The University of Rhode Island women’s ice hockey team lost their semifinal matchup against the University of Massachusetts 2-1 on Saturday, a matchup that could have secured them a spot in the American Collegiate Hockey Association National Championship Final against the University of Miami – Ohio.

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Rams ousted in first game of A-10 tourney

Saint Joseph’s University won their fifth Atlantic 10 Championship over the Virginia Commonwealth University at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sunday.

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Italian writer presents discussion for International Women’s Day celebration

In honor of the University of Rhode Island’s Second Annual International Women’s Day, renowned writer Dacia Maraini, as well as several scholars from other universities, spoke about the problems facing women around the world in Swan Hall from 4-6:30 p.m. on Feb. 28.

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Summer institute to teach on Dr. King’s philosophies

The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island is hosting their 13th annual International Nonviolence Summer Institute, introducing Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Training from June 2 to June 13, 2014.  Based on the philosophy and ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this summer institute teaches participants the necessary skills and actions for promoting peace and nonviolence.  In addition, people attending for the institute will learn to apply King’s nonviolence methodology to civil resistance, and social change both on a community and international level.  Individuals who complete the program earn certification as level one affiliates of the center, joining a network of program alumni working in 34 countries, on five continents and in 21 states throughout the U.S.

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URI writing center leads the way for diversity, academic success for students

The University of Rhode Island often searches for ways to include diversity into the bigger picture of academic success. The university’s Writing Center wants to fit into this equation.

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Groups compete during One Love Weekend event

One Love Weekend invites all students to represent their student organization while competing in multiple events from March 21 to March 23.  

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Ethics column to debut March 17

University of Rhode Island Political Science Professor Maureen Moakley and senior Rachel Lyn Longo are putting together an Ethics column that will be featured in The Cigar on Mar. 17. The column will provide a dilemma and readers will have an opportunity to provide feedback anonymously. The creators of the column hope that it will give students, faculty and staff a place where they can talk about pressing issues that they would not be able to bring up elsewhere.

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Singer-songwriter Corey-RJ, others, play coffeehouse

On Saturday, March 1, singer/songwriter Corey R-J performed a free show at the 193 Coffeehouse. The Warwick native performed with his trio Corey R-J & The Colony, which also included backing vocalist and keyboardist Kara Lia Miller and drummer Brian Dlhopolsky.

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Oscar-winning ’12 Years a Slave’ hard to watch, but emotionally resonant

This past weekend during the 86th Annual Academy Awards, “12 Years a Slave’”took home three Academy Awards, one of them being for Best Picture.

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Star player performs in last game

After two years of service with the University of Rhode Island basketball team, star shooting guard Xavier Munford has now played his last regular season game as a Ram.

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Rams’ strong second half not enough against Duquesne U

The University of Rhode Island women’s basketball team extended their losing streak to six games after they fell to Duquesne University on Saturday, 54-51, on Senior Night.

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URI professor offers insight from frontlines of Kiev

The University of Rhode Island has an inside source of information to the revolution currently going on in the capital of Ukraine, Kiev. Professor of political science Nicolai Petro offered firsthand insight from Ukraine on the overthrow of the Ukrainian government this past week.

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Fulbright sends postgrads international

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Kevin Fomalont, Fulbright Student Alumni Ambassador, held an informative workshop about the Fulbright Program in Swan Hall.

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URI alumnus discusses economic impacts of climate change

Dr. Robert Johnston, a URI alumnus, spoke about the economic impacts of climate change. He discussed three of his projects, which look at economic tradeoffs of coastal management systems from different perspectives- the natural or biophysical sciences, and the social sciences. He is trying to understand what the social gains and losses are. He focuses mostly on non-market economics, which he describes as being the values and benefits of things that we don’t buy in the store.

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Student brings water spectacle ‘Aqua’ to URI

University of Rhode Island senior Pat Brown and graduate Luca Rietti have revolutionized water celebration productions to a whole new level as they launch their upcoming spring tour headlined by DJs Hardwell, Dyro and Dannic.

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193 Coffeehouse Holds February Open Mic Night

On Thursday, 193 Coffeehouse held another open mic night. Although acoustic guitar performers largely dominated the night, there were some surprises and curveballs that made it enjoyable for all who attended.

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Vagina Monologues mixes laughs, candor

Last Thursday night, under the direction of Kelly Cambrola, “The Vagina Monologues,” an episodic play of womanly dispositions, got down and dirty with the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston campus in celebration of URI’s 2014 VDAY.

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Melendez’s return spoiled by UMass, second half struggles

The University of Rhode Island women’s basketball team lost their fifth straight game Sunday, falling to the University of Massachusetts 69-56. After only being down one at the intermission, the Rams failed to come back in the second half.

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I Heart URI Week

Next week, the University of Rhode Island Student Philanthropy Council will be hosting I Heart URI Week to raise money for their Students First Fund, a fund for URI students facing adverse or unexpected circumstances, according to SPC Chair Chip Redihan.

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Whitehead kicks off the Inaugural Distinguished Visiting Artists Program

On Tuesday evening, distinguished artist Frances Whitehead kicked off the Inaugural Distinguished Visiting Artists Program. She spoke about her background in addition to her recent work, which combines art, design and science while addressing climate change and sustainability.

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Finish What You Started program give students second chance for degree

As of December 2013, 197 adults ages 25 to 72 have enrolled in the Finish What You Started Program, which gives students who did not complete their studies a second chance to obtain a degree.

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Make your vote count this year

If you’ve been in any building, dining hall or gym on the University of Rhode Island campus or even logged onto Facebook in the past few weeks, it’s likely you have seen campaign posters for Student Senate president. But much can be lost in this scattering of flyers. What exactly does the president of the student body do? And who’s on this year’s ballot?

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Filmmaker presents film about Cape Verdean pride to Univeristy of Rhode Island

This past Wednesday, Feb. 19, filmmaker Michael Costa, who has his own production company called Side Door Entertainment, presented a screening of his documentary film, “Proud to Be Cape Verdean” at the Galanti Lounge in the Carother’s Library. Running at a brisk runtime of just less than an hour, Costa’s film explores the depth that cultural pride runs in Cape Verdeans living in the West Coast area of the U.S.

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URI 101 looking for new mentors

The University of Rhode Island URI 101 mentoring program will be looking to expand this fall as more students are looking to get involved in the growing teaching program.

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Softball team looking to recover from poor start of season, adds leadership

The University of Rhode Island softball team has not started their season on the right note, losing their first three games in Florida at the Stetson Lead-Off Classic to Stetson University and Michigan State University without scoring a run and allowing 26.

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Column: Put Faith in New Football Coach

On Dec. 23, 2013, Jim Fleming was introduced as the 20th head football coach in the University of Rhode Island’s history. He will also be the team’s fourth head coach in the last 14 years. Most recently, Fleming served as the defensive coordinator for the No. 15-ranked University of Central Florida Knights.

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Martin Luther King Day of Service encourages middle school students

The Multicultural Center, Department of Education, Kappa Delta Pi and Greek Affairs collaborated to hold a Day of Service for Martin Luther King Jr. on Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for local elementary and middle school students.

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Seekers Meditation Club hosts free gong bath

Tuesday evening, the University of Rhode Island Seekers Meditation Group hosted a free gong bath and guided meditation led by Kelly Doyle from the Rhode Island Ananda Yoga and Meditation Center.

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Getting Into: Vocal Motion

Alongside the release of the a cappella phenomenon “Pitch Perfect”, the University of Rhode Island’s own students were creating the a cappella group known as Vocal Motion.

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National Grid and URI partner for ‘Hoop for the Stars’ program

The National Grid is teaming up with the University of Rhode Island to launch the “Hoops for the Stars” program. This program is designed to generate opportunities for members of the local inner-city education system.

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Lawyer offers helpful tips for students signing leases

As many students look ahead to signing leases for the 2014-2015 school year, Student Senate-funded lawyer Samuel Fleisig has been offering confidential legal counsel free to students to help them avoid a sticky situation when living off campus.

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The Unlikely Hero makes its way to the URI Coffeehouse

Rocking up the 193 Coffeehouse last Tuesday night was the Southern Maryland-based band, The Unlikely Hero, which is now on tour throughout the East Coast up to the second week of March. Band members Jesse Reyes, Zach Baturin and brothers Philip and David Washington brought their punk/pop rock style to an hour-long show for those who stopped in by the University of Rhode Island coffeehouse.

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Rhode Island baseball predicted to finish third in Atlantic 10

Fresh off their third straight appearance in the Atlantic 10 Championship game, the University of Rhode Island baseball team was picked to finish third in the preseason poll this year. This is the fifth time in the last eight seasons that Rhode Island has been picked to finish third or better in the conference.

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Column: Basketball team has to be more consistent

With this Sunday’s loss to the University of Massachusetts pushing Rhode Island even further from a .500 record at 11-13, it is becoming more apparent that URI basketball needs a change, and fast.

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Men’s basketball gives up late lead, falls to UMass at home

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team experienced a heartbreaking 73-68 loss to the University of Massachusetts this Sunday at the Thomas M. Ryan Center.

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URI student wins spot on USA boxing team

Over winter break, Destiny Chearino, a 22-year-old doctoral student in the physical therapy program at the University of Rhode Island, won gold in the USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, Wash.

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Alumnus sells T-shirts to ship textbooks to Liberia

After collecting over 9,000 textbooks in donations, Emmanuel Logan, a University of Rhode Island graduate, is raising money by selling t-shirts to ship the books to his hometown in Liberia.

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Race for Senate president kicks off

At the last Student Senate meeting, Senator Adam Schmuter announced his candidacy for the upcoming elections for the position of president.

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URI rings in Chinese New Year with dance

As we move on from the year 2013 to 2014, the Chinese Solar year moves from the year of the water snake to the year of the horse.
The University of Rhode Island will be celebrating the Chinese New Year Friday night in Edwards auditorium from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Students, faculty and members of surrounding communities are invited to the event.

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New Dunkin Donuts restaurant kicks off Union renovations, pleases students

The once vacant America’s Cup room in Ram’s Den is now abuzz with people because of the newly opened Dunkin Donuts. In the first week of the semester students were bombarded with coupons from the Dunkin cup signaling the opening of the new Dunkin Donuts, which opened on Dec. 27.

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Dr. Barber gives lecture, shows video to ensure equality in modern times

Celebrating the 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week (Feb. 3-8) at the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston campus, the university’s very own Dr. Norm Barber presented a video and lecture piece on MLK Jr.’s renowned speech and its continuing significance in the lives of those still struggling to find equality in today’s world.

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Musician’s Guild brings URI to ‘The End of the World’

Last Friday, Jan. 31st, the University of Rhode Island Musician’s Guild presented a concert, dubbed “The End of the World,” in the Memorial Union composed of three bands. The opening act was Sergeant Huggie’s Ska Platoon (although their Facebook page insists they are not a ska band), who hail from Rhode Island, and they were followed by The Adventures Of and finally Rich People Food, both of which originate from Massachusetts and had been making their way over to Rhode Island.

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19 players commit to Rhode Island on National Signing Day

The University of Rhode Island football team is ready to transition into the Jim Fleming era after going 3-20 over the past two seasons and releasing head coach Joe Trainer from his contract.

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Rhode Island baseball team gearing up for promising season

With football season now officially behind us, it is now time to look ahead to the return of America’s national pastime.

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Some good clean fun

Over 175 student volunteers picked up trash around the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston campus Saturday for more than three hours in an effort to keep our campus clean.

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Student Senate hosts 'Ace of Cakes' competition

The University of Rhode Island Student Senate held an Ace of Cakes decorating competition on Monday to raise money for the Rhody Outpost Food Pantry and in hopes of creating an annual tradition.

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Pathway to Freedom

The University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium series of speakers for the month of November was wrapped up by the panel discussion on the “Pathway to Freedom: The URI Talent Development Experience.”

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New fitness center receives positive feedback

Since its opening on Nov. 18, the Anna Fascitelli Fitness & Wellness Center has seen positive reactions from students and faculty alike regarding the state of the art, highly personalized facility. 

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Eli Young Band to play Thomas M. Ryan Center

On Sunday, Dec. 8, the country music group Eli Young Band will perform at the Ryan Center. The group is led by singer-guitarists Mike Eli and James Young and also features bass guitarist Jon Jones and drummer Chris Thompson. The group is currently on their “Drunk Last Night Tour,” named after their most recent single, a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Country chart.

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Last Ram Standing Knocks Em’ Dead

On Monday, Nov. 25, University of Rhode Island students were given a full dose of comedy before the holiday weekend began. The Last Ram Standing comedy competition was held in the Memorial Ballroom in the Union and some of  URI’s funniest and most confident comics showcased their material to students looking laughs.

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SAWA bring light to AIDS Awarenes for whole week

For AIDS Awareness this week, a student organization planned events to raise awareness on campus and to teach about the culture of Africa.

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Men's basketball starts hot, continues to sustain success

The second year of the Dan Hurley era for the University of Rhode Island’s men’s basketball team has started off on a positive note, as the team has posted a 6-3 record going into their rivalry matchup with Providence College. But will these strides of success continue? I know the season is still quite young but Hurley and his coaching staff have shown to have put a team together that emulates the coaches passionate style.

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Women’s basketball grabs first win of season in tournament

The University of Rhode Island women’s basketball team competed in the Florida Atlantic University Tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend, where they earned their first win of the year over Detroit, 70-59, but fell in the second game against FAU 78-62.

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Thomas M. Ryan donates $15 million to establish neuroscience institute

The University of Rhode Island received the largest private donation in its history this month from URI Alumnus and retired CVS Caremark CEO Thomas M. Ryan and his wife Cathy.  The $15 million donation will be used to establish the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience at URI.  

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Professor Matthew argues importance of Humanities

The University of Rhode Island offers several majors in humanities studies such as literature, philosophy, art and art history, among others. The university has also had a center for the humanities since 1994.

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LGBTQ center presents ‘Trans* Awareness’ week

Trans* Awareness week presented by the University of Rhode Island’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Center started Monday, Nov. 18 to promote awareness towards all identities within the gender identity spectrum. Annie Russell, director of the LGBTQ Center since January of 2011, shared details about daily events happening throughout the week.

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Finance professors lecture on Nobel Prize recipients in Economic Sciences

Two University of Rhode Island professors of finance, Henry Oppenheimer and Tong Yu, discussed the recipients of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Monday afternoon.

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Student creates own internship opportunity in human resources

What do you do when you’re searching for an internship and can’t find a good one listed? You create your own!
Michelle Massee, a senior from Exeter, R.I., completed a human resources internship at Paul Massee Automotive. Massee, who is majoring in psychology and has a minor in general business administration, created this internship position with the help from some of her co-workers at the dealership.

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International students present posters about respective cultural cuisine, customs

International students from the Associates in Cultural Exchange program put together engaging poster presentations about their respective cultures for International Education Week last Friday.

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‘The American Band’ lives up to its name

This past Sunday, the long-running American Band conducted a concert at the University of Rhode Island Fine Arts Center. With Conductor Brian Cardany at the helm, the band got off to a start with the “American Band Salute” by Roger Cichy, which containing recognizable chords of Americana-evoking music.

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Survivor of Virginia Tech shooting tells story in ‘Living for 32’

It is said that 32 people die every day to gun violence. That statistic matches the exact number of victims who lost their lives on April 16, 2007 at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, otherwise known as Virginia Tech. The lives of the 32 victims were honored with “Living for 32,” a documentary which was screened this past Monday in the Swan Hall auditorium.

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Women’s volleyball sweeps Fordham on Senior Day

The University of Rhode Island women’s volleyball team faced the Fordham Rams for the second time this season on Saturday after securing a spot in the Atlantic-10 Championship tournament last week.

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Senior volleyball player returns to court after ACL tear, fighting

For senior volleyball player Jill Anderson, her last season on the court became the most interesting of her career at the University of Rhode Island.

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Group effort propels Rhode Island to convincing victory

The University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team beat North Carolina A&T 72-59 on Friday thanks to a 40-point second half from the Rams.

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Holocaust survivor shares story at Hillel Center

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Alice Goldstein, a retired social researcher at Brown University, visited the Norman F. Fain Hillel Center at the University of Rhode Island for a discussion. Goldstein, a Holocaust survivor, was invited to URI to share her wisdom from her time spent in Germany and the lessons she learned once she moved to the United States.

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Forensic Science Seminar on crime scene etiquette

On Friday, Nov. 8, Shawn Dolan, a crime analyst, gave a seminar on the subject of first responders and preserving a crime scene. Dolan is an instructor, fingerprint examiner, forensic consultant and owner of Forensic Evidence & Design Solutions, LLC (FEDS, LLC).

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Pokemon League attracts students and ‘trainers’

The University of Rhode Island added a new organization to their long list of clubs, the URI Pokémon League. The club started up in October of last year and currently has about 30 members.

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Professor studies cultural eating differences

Dr. Shanette Harris, a psychology professor at the University of Rhode Island, focuses her research on race, gender, ethnicity and culture specifically related to physical and psychological health. She recently worked on a book chapter concerned with the assessment instruments used to assess the eating behaviors of African American women. She argues that instruments being used to assess eating and eating disorders need to be modified to fit different cultural groups in order to be truly valid and reliable.   

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Blowing Off Steam

This is the time of the year where questions begin to pop into our heads. Sometimes they’re about our academics or just about life in general. Thinking about where we are headed in the future will often create stress in the lives of students who are putting time into their studies and volunteer opportunities. We wonder where these efforts will bring us and we ponder what it is truly like in the workforce after school.

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‘Friends’ star Perry talks battle with addictions

Matthew Perry, mainly known for playing Chandler Bing on the hit television show “Friends,” excited fans of the show by making an appearance at the University of Rhode Island’s Edwards Auditorium last Thursday night.

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Women’s center hosts Passion to Action among other events

Passion to Action featured a panel of Rhode Island women discussing their difficulties and achievements pursuing their careers at the Women’s Center Library on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 12:30 p.m.

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Men’s basketball handles Maine, falls short to SMU to open season

The University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team started the season with a 97-77 win against the University of Maine and an 89-58 loss to Southern Methodist University this past weekend.

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Men’s hockey splits weekend series against Navy

The University of Rhode Island men’s ice hockey team earned a 2-1 win and suffered a 4-3 shootout loss against the United States Naval Academy this past weekend.

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Women’s volleyball has spot in A-10 tourney

The University of Rhode Island women’s volleyball team clinched a spot in the Atlantic-10 Tournament on Sunday with a four-game upset on the road against the George Washington University Colonials.

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URI generates $726 million in economic activity for RI

A recent report published by the University of Rhode Island Foundation assessed that URI both directly and indirectly generated $726 million in statewide economic activity in the 2012 fiscal year.

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Habitat for Humanity: experience through service

Frank Giles joined Habitat for Humanity his freshman year. Through the URI S.A.V.E.S organization, he has participated in several volunteer construction projects. Giles describes his experience with the organization as one of “great fun and learning.”  
URI students and faculty participate in the Habitat organization through the South County Hospital chapter.

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193 Degree Coffee House is hidden gem of Memorial Union

Cheap coffee, lounging chairs, board games, and down to earth employees; what could be better? 193 Degrees Coffee, located on the second floor of the Union, opposite of the Rams Den, is a little, quirky, student-run coffee shop.

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Blowing Off Steam

Blowing off steam can sometimes seem like the most challenging task for a college student. Relief should always be right around the corner no matter what. On campus or off campus, we have all the resources we need to keep a smile on our faces.

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Meek Mill provides party music in ‘Dreamchasers 3’

Upon its release, I logged onto to download Meek Mill’s “Dreamchasers 3” and I was surprised at what I saw. I was actually able to download the mixtape! Why is this surprising you ask? Mill’s last mixtape release, “Dreamchasers 2” (2012) temporarily crashed’s server, further intensifying the hype associated with the epic series.

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SEC is ‘calling all comedians’

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a comedic genius or just want to try out some jokes? Well now’s your chance to show the URI community what you’ve got.  On Nov. 25 the Student Entertainment Committee will hold the Last Ram Standing Competition in the Memorial Union Ballroom at 7:30 p.m.

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Strong second half boosts Rams to exhibition victory

The University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team overcame a one-point deficit in the first half to beat Division-II Southern Connecticut State University, 93-77, in an exhibition match to open the Rams’ season.

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Rams’ trip to Italy builds team chemistry, success

The Boston Celtics held their training camp in Italy in 2007 to build chemistry after the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen and one of the worst seasons in team history the year before.  In early August of this year, the University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team did the same thing.

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Men’s hockey drops two close games to Delaware

The no. 19 University of Rhode Island men’s ice hockey team suffered two home losses against no. 4 University of Delaware this weekend, falling 5-3 on Friday and 6-4 on Saturday.

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Student participates in underwater dig

This summer, a University of Rhode Island senior spent her free time in an unconventional way.  While other students scooped ice cream and laid on the beach, history and archeology double major Morgan Breene participated in an underwater archeological dig in Israel.

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URI grad excels in her law career

A University of Rhode Island graduate and former Editor-in-Chief of the Good Five Cent Cigar has become a major player in the state’s legal system.

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URI announces new winter “J” term

The University of Rhode Island is starting a winter J Term that will run from Jan. 2-17, offering courses on campus and abroad to provide more opportunities for creative teaching and learning.

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Letter to the Editor: Arming police

The URI chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) recently published an advertisement in The Good Five Cent Cigar regarding the issue of arming the URI Campus Police. This advertisement included numerous inaccuracies and misrepresentations.

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Bo Burnham brings talents to Edwards Auditorium last Saturday

Last weekend, University of Rhode Island students and their families were treated to the comedy of Jim Gaffigan, who served as the closing event of Family Weekend. As for this past weekend, with the parents away, URI played host to a more ‘colorful’ comedian, Bo Burnham, as part of his “What?” comedy tour. It’s safe to say that compared to Gaffigan, Burnham’s comedy is a little less ‘family-friendly.’

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Members of URI community assess student hunger

With a growing population of college students going hungry every year, members of the University of Rhode Island community are attempting to assess how URI is impacted by student hunger.  

Under the guidance of the Director of the Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America, Kathleen Gorman, URI students Catie Chatowsky and Eileen Holovac created the Rhody Outpost Emergency Food Pantry in an attempt to not only aid students suffering from hunger but also assess how high a population of URI students are going hungry.  

“One of the things I’m hoping will happen this year with the Rhody Outpost is we’ll learn a little bit more about who are the students who are struggling and what are their issues so we can, as a community at the university, put in place systems to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Gorman said.  “We don’t have any sense of the size or the magnitude of the problem and that’s what I’m hoping to get a better sense of this year.”

Chatowsky and Holovac were inspired to create the food pantry after taking Gorman’s Honors Hunger and Poverty in America course.  As their final project in the course, they decided to add URI to the growing list of college campuses across the US that offer food pantries to their students in need.  

The pantry is open the last Tuesday and Wednesday of every month to students. In order to collect data on the amount of students who utilize the pantry and the true nature of their need, intake volunteers at the pantry collect data from the students via a short information sheet. The questionnaire covers categories such as what the student’s family income is, whether they are in or out of state, if they’re on scholarship and the student’s ID number, all of which are answered anonymously.  

“The only requirement is their student ID and if they totally don’t want to do it it’s not required but we’re just saying it will help us get funding for it in the future,” Chatowsky said.  “Basically we’re collecting a big data system of the kids who come in to see if the need is still there.  We’re kind of testing it this year and then we’re going to assess the need over the summer and make changes for next year.”

Chatowsy and Holovac designed the food pantry as best they could to only attract URI students who are experiencing a need for food.

“We call the food pantry Rhody Outpost Emergency Food Pantry and we specifically used the word ‘emergency’ so that it wouldn’t attract students who weren’t really in need,” Holovac said.  

Though Gorman is intrigued to see the results of the data collected at the food pantry, she does not currently think URI is in critical need of a food pantry.  

“I don’t actually think it’s crucial for the University of Rhode Island to have a food pantry, probably not the answer you expected,” Gorman said.  “What I think is important is that we try and understand the need of our students on campus and that we have a systematic way of helping students who may be in need.”

Gorman knows however that there are students who are in need whether they live down the line and cannot support themselves, live at home with families who are going hungry or are living on campus without a meal plan.  

“What I think is important about the food pantry…is that it serves an opportunity for us to maybe get a better handle on whether or not we do have a problem,” Gorman said.  “We don’t have any evidence right now that we have a big problem.”
Holovac and Chatowsky plan on reassessing the function of the food pantry this summer after reviewing the data with Gorman that has been collected.  Though there is no current evidence that a large population of URI students are going hungry, Gorman has plans for big changes at the university if evidence is found.

“I would want our university with the president and the provost and student affairs to meet to talk about what do we do about this,” Gorman said.  “It is completely unacceptable that students who are trying to get a college education are going hungry.”

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Men’s hockey defeats Scranton, falls to Southern New Hampshire University

The University of Rhode Island men’s hockey team split two road decisions this weekend after beating the University of Scranton Royals, 5-0, and losing in an exhibition match to NCAA Division-III Southern New Hampshire University Penmen, 8-1.

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Students raise money for epilepsy awareness fund

Epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder in the world, currently impacting over 3 million Americans and their families. According to the Epilepsy Foundation of America, one in every 100 Americans will experience a seizure in their lives.
This is why the Matty Fund, which operates out of Wakefield, R.I., confronts this problem by raising funds for those who suffer, or know someone who suffers from the disorder.

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Restaurant review: The Rhode House

Seven flat screen TVs just for the menu, two more for sports games and Rams gear lining one whole wall, Rhode House is a establishment for college kids and they spare no expense. Their menu offers a variety of foods from calzones and paninis to pasta and house bowls. The prices are very reasonable, especially for a college kid's budget. The times of operation are also highly convenient. Need a panini at 2 a.m.? Rhode House has got you.

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This weekend’s URI homecoming events

The University of Rhode Island’s Homecoming is this weekend and the university has many events planned to celebrate Rhody Pride.

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Jim Gaffigan has audience in stitches during Family Weekend performance last Saturday

This year’s Family Weekend came to a close Saturday night with a special appearance by comedian Jim Gaffigan at the Ryan Center, accompanied by his own special guest, Tom Shalhoub.

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Students and faculty bring laughs to the coffeehouse

Comedian Nathan Hartswick from SparkArts Entertainment hosted a comedy workshop last Friday for aspiring University of Rhode Island comics. That workshop, which allowed for both students and faculty to test their comedic chops, culminated in an open performance at the 193 Coffeehouse in The Memorial Union that brought many laughs to those getting their cup of Joe.

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Alum releases second album with band, A Troop of Echoes

A 2013 graduate of the University of Rhode Island is currently finishing the recording of the second album with his band, A Troop of Echoes.

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Women’s swimming, diving team competes in exhibition

The University of Rhode Island women’s swimming and diving team traveled to Brown University on Saturday to compete in their first non-scoring meet of the year.

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Women’s hockey splits weekend doubleheader

The University of Rhode Island women’s ice hockey team faced off against the University of Massachusetts this past weekend, winning 3-2 on Saturday and losing by the same score on Sunday.

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Alum uses personal past to enlighten others about Africa’s true need

After spending close to 12 years of his life living in poverty in refugee camps in Africa, University of Rhode Island Class of 2013 Graduate Komlan Soe is working to redefine the continent that shaped who he is today and the way people view it.

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Rhody Outpost Food Pantry helps students in need

There are many resources available on campus to University of Rhode Island students that most may not be familiar with.  One very important one being the Rhody Outpost Food Pantry located in St. Augustine’s Church on campus at 15 Lower College Road.   The pantry provides less fortunate URI students with a meal and basic living supplies a few days out of each month.

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URI organizations host screening of climate change film ‘Do the Math’

On Monday night, several University of Rhode Island environmental groups came together in the Weaver Auditorium of the Coastal Institute Building to screen the short documentary, “Do The Math.” The film, created by the climate change organization, and featuring its founder, writer and environmentalist Bill McKibben, aims to explain three critical climate change statistics and urges a call to action for universities and other groups to divest funds recieved by oil and coal companies.

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A little stress goes a long way

Usually this column encourages students at the University of Rhode Island to brace themselves and find experiences outside of their academic work, which will help them into blowing off some steam. Extra stress is not a beneficial thing; but sometimes we need a little bit of that stress to keep us going.

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Men’s rowing dominates weekend races

The University of Rhode Island men’s crew team opened their fall season with a total of 35 medals from the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta and New Hampshire Championship Regatta this past weekend.

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Destiny Africa provides hope and joy for the children of Uganda

The Fine Arts Center had a big night Thursday when the Destiny Africa Children’s Choir, presented by the University of Rhode Island Center for Non-Violence and Peace, put on its own show to a captivated audience.

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Women’s volleyball wins close game against Dayton University

The University of Rhode Island women’s volleyball team defeated Dayton University, 3-2, on Saturday night at Frank Keaney Gymnasium.

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LGBTQ Director Russell discusses intersectionallity

To kick off Coming Out Week at URI, the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Center, Annie Russell, was the keynote speaker in regards to the interactions of race, ethnicity, sexuality and gender.

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Memorial Union set to expand

With all the student organizations on campus and the growing population of URI itself, the Memorial Union, the hub of club and student life, is drastically too small.

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Arming URI campus police has sharp divide

The University of Rhode Island held its first forum on the issue of arming campus police in the Memorial Ballroom Monday afternoon. About 80 people attended the forum, which lasted about 75 minutes; the tone remained inclusive and respectful.

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P.I.N.K Women promotes diversity in various ways

Powerful, Independent, Notoriously, Knowledgeable Women, otherwise known as P.I.N.K Women, have a multitude of events planned for this upcoming semester. The organization strives to better campus environment and attitude towards women of color.
“Diversity is about having an open mind, considering all details, small or big,” said Isaura Dos Santos, president of P.I.N.K. Women since April 2013. “Diversity is more than just culture; with culture comes traditions, values, practices… that can go towards who you identify as a person.”



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URI plays host to Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte

‘Breaking Bad’ will go down in history as one of the best television dramas ever to air on television. The story of chemistry teacher turned meth producer, Walter White, has garnered plenty of critical acclaim. The series ended on a high note on Sept. 29 with the finale, titled ‘Felina’, which effectively tied up all loose ends. Fans who might have been suffering from the post-finale blues were in for a treat on Wednesday as one of the stars of the show, RJ Mitte, made a special appearance at Edwards Auditorium.

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Simple ways to incorporate activity

Staying active is crucial to our health and wellbeing. As a senior, I understand that with such a heavy workload, going to the gym isn’t always a priority. It may seem difficult to balance schoolwork, extra-curricular activities, work and exercise at the same time, but there are simple ways to incorporate physical activity into the busiest of days.

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Pianist Manabu Takasawa brings together worldwide music

Pianist Manabu Takasawa performed a solo recital at the Fine Arts Center this Sunday as a part of the University of Rhode Island’s Diversity Week.

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Men’s basketball predicted to finish ninth overall in Atlantic-10 Conference

If the University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team didn’t have enough of a chip on their shoulder from last year’s devastating season, they do now.  Rhode Island was selected to finish ninth in the Atlantic-10 Conference out of 13 teams in the annual pre-season poll conducted by the media and head coaches.  

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Largest private archive of presidential campaign ads donated to URI this fall

This fall, University of Rhode Island Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies L. Patrick Devlin donated what he believes to be the largest private archive of presidential campaign advertisements to the university.

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Chinese moon festival unites people with music and dance

The Chinese Moon Festival is an annual mid-autumn celebration that represents a time of reunion for family and friends. Qian Xie, the coordinator of the Confucius Institute at the University of Rhode Island, describes it in a metaphorical manner, stating, “the moon is round; it is like everyone together.”

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Come and walk-a-while

Although the fall season is here, exercise rates should not start to decline. The only way to stay fit and healthy is to continue to stay in shape. The department of kinesiology recognized this and organized “Walk-a-While Wednesdays.”

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Diversity Week showcases women in the military

On Tuesday evening, a film called “Service: When Women Come Marching Home” was shown in Swan Hall Auditorium as part of Diversity Week. As the title suggests, the film focused on a neglected part of our country’s armed forces: the female side. 

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Women’s soccer team defeated in first A-10 contest

The University of Rhode Island women’s soccer team dropped their first Atlantic-10 Conference matchup of the season on Sunday against Fordham University, 3-1.

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Diversity Week event promotes positive message of individuality, self-confidence, natural beauty

This week marked the 17th annual Diversity Week at the University of Rhode Island. Events began on Monday, Sept. 30 and will go until Sunday, Oct. 6, including topics and seminars that will hold anyone’s interest.

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Rhody women’s basketball announces 2013-14 schedule starting in November

The University of Rhode Island women’s basketball schedule was released Thursday afternoon.
The Rams will open the season at Quinnipiac University on Saturday, Nov. 2, and play their first home game on Friday, Nov. 8 against the University of Delaware.

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New Vice President of Administration and Finance Christina Valentino assumes her title with enthusia

On Oct. 1, the newly appointed Vice President of Administration and Finance, Christina Valentino, will assume her title at the University of Rhode Island.  

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SCUBA Club gives all URI students a chance to dive in

The University of Rhode Island’s Scuba Club has begun certification classes and open water dives for students of all skill levels. The president of Scuba Club, Christopher Whalen, shared some information on upcoming events new to the fall semester.

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This week’s “Breaking Bad” sits in the calm before the storm, temporarily

Last week’s “Breaking Bad” episode, “Ozymandias,” was a corker of unrelenting tension and dramatic payoff. Who could have possibly imagined we would have gotten to see the death of Hank Schrader, Walt Jr. finding out the truth, and the Skyler/Walt throwdown in the same episode? Whether it’s truly the greatest episode or not is hearsay (I still have affections for the masterful pacing of “Face Off,” the experimental weirdness of “Fly,” and the fascinating character study of “Say My Name”), mainly because even with its eventfulness, there were still two more chunks of the story to tell, including last Sunday’s “Granite State.”

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iTunes Radio fails to meet expectations

Last week, Apple launched their new iTunes Radio service. Vetted as a competitor to Spotify, Pandora,, Slacker, and other similar services, iTunes Radio is free (naturally, it’s ad supported like its rivals’ free offerings), with an ad-free version offered to subscribers of iTunes Match.

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W. Alton Jones Campus connects public to the beauty of West Greenwich nature

Nestled in the woods of West Greenwich, the University of Rhode Island’s W. Alton Jones Campus has a remarkable history and continues to serve the university in a number of ways.

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Pulitzer Prize winning author addresses 2013 Honors Colloquium

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and international journalist Geraldine Brooks addressed the University of Rhode Island Tuesday as a part of URI’s Fall 2013 Honors Colloquium. Brooks, the Australian-born author of this year’s Common Reading selection, “Caleb’s Crossing,” spoke at 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium about her book and the importance of public education.

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URI celebrates International Day of Peace with students on the Quad

Hundreds of students at the University of Rhode Island participated in a Peace Day event held on the Quad this past Thursday.
The event was held by the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies in celebration of the International Day of Peace, which was on Saturday, Sept. 21. Booths were set up to promote peace and awareness of non-violence practices. Feedback from students of the event was mostly positive

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Women’s soccer splits two weekend games

The University of Rhode Island women’s soccer team beat the University of Albany 1-0 on Sunday afternoon. The victory helped the Rams end a short two-game skid and concluded out-of-conference play for the season.  Their record is even at 5-5-0

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British comedy class offers a unique experience to students of all majors

Professor Romanow, a lecturer and undergraduate advisor at URI, now teaches British comedy in Swan 304 on Wednesdays from 6-10pm. As a Film 451 course, it covers advanced topics in international film, offering an exciting, new experience for students of any major.

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Women’s tennis competes at Stony Brook Invitational, Chemykh champion

The University of Rhode Island women’s tennis team opened up the 2013-14 season at the Stony Brook Invitational in New York last weekend. Sophomore Galina Chernykh led the team with her second collegiate championship.

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‘Famous’ Butterfield employee tells about her life at URI

“Now let me just ask you again. Did my boss put you up to this?” Betty Garabedian questioned.  At 84-years-old and standing at just under 5 feet, her presence came not from her stature, but from her compassion. Many may know Betty as the outgoing lady behind the sandwich counter at Butterfield Dining Hall. She has become a fixture of comfort for students – always serving custom sandwiches with a beaming smile and questions about one’s life. When she first came to the University of Rhode Island; however, Betty wasn’t as outgoing as she is now.

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Anna Fascitelli Fitness Center still delayed

Despite the previously announced Sept. 1 opening date, the new Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center has yet to open.
“Right now we need to work with Capital Projects and the construction company,” Director of Campus Recreation Jodi Hawkins said. “We need an occupancy permit.”

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Cross country squads prepare for season

Although the University of Rhode Island men’s and women’s cross-country teams came up short of victory at the Bryant Invitational last weekend in Smithfield, R.I., both teams have plenty of races ahead of them.

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Health Services offers various treatments for students in need

Throughout the school year, students may find themselves with medical questions or needs that require care. According to Ellen M. Reynolds, Director of Health Services, the University of Rhode Island Health Services can meet almost all student needs. URI Health Services is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. For emergencies requiring an ambulance there is a phone line open 24 hours a day.

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New designated driving service available to URI students through Smart Phones

Sobrio is a mobile application that connects sober student drivers with students looking for rides at the click of a button. University of Connecticut graduates Tom Bachant and Nadav Ullman developed the app to satisfy the exponential growth they saw in the need for sober drivers on college campuses.

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Women’s soccer falls to Bryant University 3-1 this past weekend

The University of Rhode Island women’s soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to Bryant University in a road match-up on Friday.

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Editor in chief advises to get involved on campus

Whether it’s your first year at URI or your last, it’s never too late to get involved with a student organization on campus.  With over 120 organizations to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find something you’re interested in.

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Students respond to parking changes

The University of Rhode Island parking website states that, the University is committed to ensure that there is sufficient parking available on campus while balancing the components of vehicular traffic and pedestrian safety. For that to be possible, some changes over this past summer had to be done. Full story

Faculty displays artwork in Fine Arts Center

The second “Annual All Faculty Exhibition,” will open tomorrow running from September 12 to 24, at the University of Rhode Island Art Gallery. The shows curator, Associate Professor of Art and second year Gallery Director Ron Hutt, introduced this show for the first time last year in hopes of opening students eyes to the work their professors were doing outside the classroom.

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Sykes, Spenser Power URI to First Win

After two tough losses to start the season, the University of Rhode Island men’s soccer team grabbed their first win against Bryant University in a 3-1 victory in Kingston on Sunday night.

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Gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras to speak

On April 21, Angel Taveras, the current Mayor of Providence, is coming to the University of Rhode Island to speak on issues regarding the state and answer any student questions in a forum called “Ask Angel” in the Multicultural Center’s Hardge Forum from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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WOWW keeps member’s spirit alive with ‘Remembering Lindsay Day’

On Saturday, April 12, We’re Offering Women Wisdom, a student organization at the University of Rhode Island, held an event entitled “Remembering Lindsay Day.”

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The URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies brings nonviolence to children, parents in Central

Members of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace studies at URI headed to Central Falls, R.I. last week to provide helpful tips to both young children and their parents about the importance of living a peaceful, nonviolent life.  Every Friday, kindergarten children take part in the “Second Step Violence Prevention Program,” designed to engage children in social-emotional learning in a fun, interactive way. The program teaches kids the basics of controlling their emotions, along with how to play fair and share with their fellow classmates.

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Second ‘Raid’ rejuvinates action genre with sequel

“The Raid” was one of those film surprises a couple of years ago that came out of nowhere and brought some revitalized juice to the action genre. Director Gareth Evans combined the claustrophobic setting of “Die Hard” with hard-hitting martial arts in such a way that was fresh and invigorating. Now, Evans returns for its sequel, “The Raid 2,” to expand the story of the Indonesian original beyond one building and into the realm of an operatic gangster thriller.

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SNL comedians to replace Adam Devine performance

Two “Saturday Night Live” cast members are scheduled to appear at Edwards Hall on April 29 in replace of the cancelled Adam Devine event earlier this semester. Jay Pharoah and Nasim Pedrad are known for their impersonations of public figures and they have a handful of reoccurring characters on the NBC program.

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Golf finishes in fourth at New England Championship

The University of Rhode Island golf team finished in fourth place out of 10 teams at the New England Division I Championships at the Mohegan Sun Country Club in Baltic, Conn., last weekend.

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This past weekend in Rhode Island sports

The University of Rhode Island field hockey team picked up their second win of the spring season against the University of Massachusetts, 2-1, on Saturday.


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University paleontologist to study in Europe with Fulbright scholarship

After winning a Fulbright Scholarship, David Fastovsky, Department Chair of Geosciences, will be traveling to Europe in January 2015 for eight months to study the environmental conditions when dinosaurs went extinct.

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URI’s 5K course officially becomes USATF certified

The University of Rhode Island is known for its considerably large campus, but there was never a specific route set in stone for students to walk or run. So, Ray Nelson from USA Track and Field was contacted, and outlined some sample 5k routes.

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URI graduates, students perform in play about women’s body image with Out Loud Theatre

The Out Loud Theatre group will be touring the state throughout the next month, performing a play that concerns women and body image. The group includes University of Rhode Island graduates and students, including recent graduate Kira Hawkridge, who is the director.

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Four filmmakers of ‘Endless Abilities’ documentary share incredible story

In the summer of 2012, four friends met up for what they would ultimately refer to as the “best summer of their lives,” as they  went on a road trip across the United States to meet with individuals with physical disabilities who overcame their disadvantages to partake in numerous adaptive sports.

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University of Rhode Island Musicians’ Guild concert features diverse lineup

On Friday night, the University of Rhode Island Musicians Guild held a concert featuring four local acts, each with distinctly different sounds.

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Column: New coach could change women’s basketball program

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team defeated Notre Dame, 79-58, to win a record ninth national championship title Tuesday night. The Huskies completed the perfect 40-0 undefeated season under head coach Geno Auriemma, but how does such a successful women’s basketball program relate to the University of Rhode Island?

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Fashion Merchandising Society to host 80s show

The Fashion Merchandising Society is the University of Rhode Island’s fashion club, open to anyone who wants to join, whether or not they are a Textile, Merchandising and Design major or have any fashion experience.

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URI senior runs blog, radio, television show about Rhode Island music talent

Bennett Koffa is a communications major at the University of Rhode Island who runs his own blog, a radio show and hosts a television show with URI TV. The blog,, was founded in spring 2012 and focuses on music, pop culture and Rhode Island talent.

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Meditation session held weekly in 24-hour room

The stress of being a college student can be difficult to manage for some. Many find that meditation can be a helpful and healthy way of dealing with that stress. For those interested in beginning to practice meditation, the weekly Meditation and Stress Reduction Session is a good place to start.

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Dancer Dante Sciarra to work with URI theatre

You may have heard the buzz about Dante Sciarra working with the University of Rhode Island Theatre department this spring. Sciarra is a registered nurse, dancer, director, choreographer, teacher, colleague; a Rhode Island man.

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Baseball unable to get offense going against Northeastern

The University of Rhode Island men’s baseball team recorded just two hits in the 6-0 loss to Northeastern University (13-11) on Tuesday.
Rhode Island’s two hits came in the bottom of the seventh when sophomores Ryan Olmo and Derek Gardella managed to record back-to-back singles.   

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Column: What does the ruling on Northwestern union mean?

Last Wednesday, after nearly three full months, Kain Coulter and the rest of the Northwestern University football team may have altered the course of college sports as we know it. Their case, heard by the National Labor Relations Board, gave them permission to unionize.

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None injured in brush fire in popular URI neighborhood Bonnet Shores

A brush fire in Bonnet Shores, a popular neighborhood for University of Rhode Island off-campus housing, left approximately an acre of marshland destroyed and none injured this past Saturday.  

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New social networking site targets job seekers

On April 1, two University of Rhode Island alumni will launch a new social networking community for jobseekers that they feel could revolutionize the job search process for recent graduates.

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Senior jazz drummer performs own composition at last weekend’s recital

A University of Rhode Island drummer and jazz studies major performed his senior recital on March 22.

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URI goes Hawaiian with live ska show at Union

There was some Hawaiian spirit in the air this past Friday as four local New England bands paid a visit to the University of Rhode Island where they performed a concert in Atrium One of the Memorial Union. They all performed songs based around the Jamaican musical style of Ska.

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Gaming convention comes to Union

The University of Rhode Island Gaming Club will be hosting a Gaming Convention this weekend with feature events from the Anime Club, URI Quidditch Team and URI Humans Vs. Zombies as well as special guest, Comedian Uncle Yo.

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URI baseball swept in tough series against Saint Louis University

Offensive struggles have plagued the University of Rhode Island baseball team so far this year. Of the 19 active position players on the roster, only three, Tim Caputo, Derek Gardella and Mike Corin, are hitting over .300. These issues would continue as Saint Louis University was able to sweep the Rams at Bill Beck Field in a three-game series this weekend.

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Golf readies for tough tests

The University of Rhode Island golf team will head to Pennsylvania to kick off the spring portion of the team’s schedule beginning next week.

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SAWA to host 8th hair show

On Thursday, March 20, the Student Alliance for the Welfare of Africa (SAWA) will host their 8th annual hair show, “Hair It Goes: Cirque du Soir,” in the Memorial Union Ballroom from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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WOWW, a safe, supportive community for freshman

The University of Rhode Island’s student organization WOWW (We’re Offering Women Wisdom), gives female students on campus a safe and supportive community as they become acclimated to college life.

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One Memorial Union, two coffee houses

The 193 Degree Coffee House, located in the Memorial Union, is known for its cheap coffee, live shows and chill environment. However, a new Dunkin’ Donuts that has been added to the Union this year is making competition for the veteran coffee shop.

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Botanical Gardens are hidden gem at university

Located at the north end of campus showcasing a variety of beautiful plants and landscaping practices, the Botanical Gardens may be the University of Rhode Island’s best-kept secret.

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Taking Back Sunday return with new album ‘Happiness Is,’ following other bands’ steps

Unfairly maligned in its heydey earlier this century, the emo genre has seen something of a comeback in the last year or so. Young bands like The Hotelier, A Great Big Pile of Leaves and the verbosely named The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die have all released excellent, acclaimed records that recall the best works of Jimmy Eat World and Sunny Day Real Estate.

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Feinstein campus to show play about three guitarists

This weekend at the Feinstein Campus in Providence, the Urban Arts and Culture Program will  present the premiere performance of a play about the lives of three prominent female African American guitarists.

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Women’s basketball falls short against Duquense at A-10s

Throughout much of the season, the University of Rhode Island women’s basketball team battled back only to fall short. Their first and only game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament was no different.

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URI commencement to be held outside on Quad

After careful consideration of factors such as public safety and space, it has been decided that weather permitting, the University of Rhode Island’s main commencement ceremony will be held outside on the Quadrangle this year with individual ceremonies being held inside.  
Director of Public Planning and Special Events and Commencement Co-Chair Diana Blanda explained that the decision to move last year’s commencement inside to the Thomas M. Ryan Center was not made simply in response to the gun scare in Chaffee Hall.  

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Student organization hosts discussion perspectives on marijuana law reform

Last Friday evening, the Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) hosted a panel discussion about The Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act. Five panelists discussed their perspectives on the issues of marijuana law reform and prohibition in Rhode Island, in addition to the details of the aforementioned legislation.

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193 Coffeehouse showcases concert featuring independent folk musicians

The 193 Coffeehouse has held various concerts over the years, but the one on Friday, Feb. 28, was among the finest they had ever put on. The bill featured performances by five solo folk artists - Walrussia, Hann Cassady, Sam Rockwell Machete Champion, Chattel Tail and Unraveler.

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University screens film from other end of the world for Women’s Day

As a part of its second annual celebration of International Women’s Day, the University of Rhode Island’s Film/Media program held a screening of the Tunisian film “Bedwin Hacker.” Prior to the screening was a brief introduction to the life of the director, Nadia El Fani, and her intentions. This film, which was originally released in 2003, represents the people living on the edge of society and shows the modernity of the country.

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Track teams compete at New England Championship

The University of Rhode Island men and women’s track and field both had second place finishes at the New England Championship in Boston on Saturday.

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Softball player talks last season, ambitions

University of Rhode Island senior softball pitcher Sam Bedore grew up developing her softball skills in the largest market town of Penobscot County known as Bangor, Maine.

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Senior launches line of clothing: Devoted Apparel

A University of Rhode Island senior majoring in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design will be launching his personal line of clothing, Devoted Apparel, in April at several local stores.

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Isreal Study Abroad opportunity

This summer, a group of University of Rhode Island students, led by two history professors will travel to Akko, Israel to research and study the medieval city.

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Crimes of The Heart

The University of Rhode Island Theater Department surprised us again with their performance of the unpredictable and insane play “Crimes of the Heart.”

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Senior jazz pianist performs recital

On Feb. 22, the University of Rhode Island’s Music Department hosted the recital of senior Daniel Hill in the Fine Arts Center concert hall. Hill, a jazz pianist, performed the recital in order to fulfill a requirement for his Bachelor of Music degree for jazz performance.

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Munford leads Rams over St. Bonaventure on the road

The University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday night with a win over St. Bonaventure University, 87-78.  

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Men’s track wins A-10s, women’s squad places fifth

The University Rhode Island men’s team finished in first place and the women’s team finished in fifth at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Henry Mackal Fieldhouse this past weekend.

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A Nonviolent Alternative Spring Break

During spring break, 20 students and faculty from the University of Rhode Island will travel to Nepal to take part in nonviolence training.
For 10 days, from March 6 to 17, the group will stay in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and surrounding areas. There, they will have an intensive three-day nonviolence training based on Martin Luther King’s philosophy. In addition, they will partake in cultural and educational excursions.

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New paintings by URI professor exhibited at Main Gallery

An exhibit by the University of Rhode Island’s professor Bob Dilworth, entitled Reframed, Revisited, and Reconstructed, is running until Feb. 28 at the URI Main Gallery. This exhibit marks the first time that this group of work is being shown. All of the paintings are representative of the artist’s friends and family and are themed around memory and journey.

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New student group talks issues about race, gender

SHADES is a fairly new group on campus that provides a forum for discussing issues related to race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. SHADES stands for Students Honoring, Advocating and Delivering Ethnic Self-Worth. Members of this group meet weekly to discuss topics surrounding race and gender.

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URI Student’s Crusade Against Poverty

Though poverty may seem nonexistent for some, it is a reality for many, both globally and locally.

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Patton Oswalt to perform at Edwards Auditorium on March 22

Popular comedian Patton Oswalt will perform at Edwards Auditorum at 8 p.m. on March 22. Tickets for students are $10 and $20 for the public. Oswalt’s career has included a 9-season supporting role on the sitcom “King of Queens” and roles in such films as “Young Adult,” “Ratatouille” and “Big Fan.”

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Black History Month exhibit to inspire students to spend time at URI library

The creator of this month’s Robert L. Carothers Library and Learning Commons exhibit did not just want to pay tribute to Black History Month with her exhibit; she  wanted to highlight everything the University of Rhode Island library has to offer.

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Peer Advocates hope to create safe, secure campus

Dating violence and sexual assault are issues that are not always easy to discuss with others. Luckily, the Peer Advocates at the University of Rhode Island are around to talk and promote advocacy to other students. Ceileigh Just, a member of the Peer Advocates, explained her reasons for joining the organization.

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Caputo Strong but Rhode Island Falter Against FGCU

The University of Rhode Island baseball team dropped three of four games to Florida Gulf Coast University to open their 2014 campaign last weekend.

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Matthews, Martin Shine for Rams During Disappointing Basketball Season

To open the second half of the men’s basketball game against Saint Joseph’s Wednesday night, freshman E.C. Matthews drove by his defender, drew the double team and dished to fellow freshman Hassan Martin for the big slam-dunk.

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Rhode Island Sports Weekend Round-up

The University of Rhode Island men’s ice hockey team defeated Providence College in their final regular season game, 9-3, at the Bradford R. Boss Ice Arena on Saturday. The Rams finished their season with a 21-11 record and squeak into the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Tournament as the No. 16 seed overall. Rhode Island begins their quest for a championship on March 6 when they face No. 17 Lindenwood University.

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Student organization holds pancake breakfast to raise money for conference

The American Marketing Association (AMA) served pancakes at URI’s Catholic Center on Feb. 9th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to raise money for a New Orleans Collegiate Conference Trip.

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Skittles Variety Show and LGBTQ annual symposium

This Thursday, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer Center will be hosting a Skittles Variety Show at the 93 Degrees Coffee Shop as a part of their annual symposium.

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Student creates SAFE, a forum for education majors

A University of Rhode Island English major has taken his passion for education into his own hands and has created a Student Advocates for Education (SAFE) club at URI for students passionate about education to collaborate outside of the classroom.  

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RA: Behind the Scenes

Each Resident Adviser is carefully picked for each dorm here at the University of Rhode Island, but what’s the process behind it all? Kyle Carpentier, junior and RA of Weldin Hall, described the effort that he put into receiving this leadership role.

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URI Theatre promises a mix of comedy and tragedy with ‘Crimes of the Heart’

For their third program of the 2013-2014 season, the Theatre Department at the University of Rhode Island will be putting on a show of Beth Henley’s black comedy play “Crimes of the Heart.”

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Student Entertainment has big plans for spring

This past fall semester, the Student Entertainment Committee’s Concerts Committee brought artists such as Ke$ha and Eli Young Band to the University of Rhode Island. Since this spring is the last semester for the senior class of 2014, what does SEC have in store for upcoming concerts?

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URI celebrates the life of Dr. King

As the University of Rhode Island celebrated Martin Luther King Week in honor of the great civil rights advocate, students and other members of the URI community gathered in the Hardge Forum of the Multicultural Center on Feb. 5, where they shared some readings and passages from the Bible, and performed a few songs in honor of Dr. King. All of these readings and songs shared one common idea: peace, which was an integral part of Dr. King’s philosophy.

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URI senior to run across America for cancer fund

This summer, University of Rhode Island senior Patty Butler is going on the run of a lifetime across the country in an effort to raise money for cancer. Butler will be joining the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and 4K for Cancer as she and other runners travel 4,000 miles in 42 days. The run will start in San Francisco, Calif., and end in Baltimore, Md. Butler hopes to raise $5,000 for cancer treatment. While she had some doubts early on, Butler knows she can do it as long as she puts her mind to the task.

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New company to ‘watch’

A duo comprised of current and prospective University of Rhode Island students created their own brand of watches called eRhody. The company got its start after creator Abou Camara became disappointed in deficiencies in another companies’ watches, as well as their lack of help when he attempted to contact then about the problem.

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MLK Week event inspires leadership in students

The University of Rhode Island Multicultural Center welcomed students and faculty to the “Leadership and You: How to Make the Most of Your Inner Dr. King” event on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. for an interactive workshop led by Sarah Miller, Coordinator of the Feinstein Civic Engagement Program at URI.

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Student organization works to influence drug reform in RI

With the Rhode Island General Assembly reconvening in early January, the University of Rhode Island chapter of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy is working to influence legislatures to approve the Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act, which, if approved, will make Rhode Island the third state to legalize marijuana sales.  

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Senior receives education scholarship

Eric Boynton, a senior elementary education major at the university, was one out of the six recipients of the Nancy Larson Foundation scholarship.

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Winter weather causes many event cancellations

The recent round of winter weather has canceled more than classes at the University of Rhode Island. Many events scheduled to take place on Feb. 3 and Feb. 5 have been either rescheduled or canceled outright. Additionally, another winter storm due to affect the area over the weekend has already affected some planned events on Sunday.

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Phlip Seymour Hoffman leaves behind a legacy

As if the sudden death of Paul Walker last year wasn’t enough, Hollywood lost another young talent on Feb. 2, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman, 46, was found dead in his New York City apartment and has left his partner Mimi O’Donnell, their three children and an extensive body of acclaimed acting works.

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Monthly Open Mic Night celebrates student poetry, hosted by poetry club

This past Tuesday, students gathered in the Hardge Forum of the Multicultural Center for Open Mic Night, a monthly event held by the University of Rhode Island’s Slam Poetry Club. Students took to the microphone for a series of original pieces, cover renditions, and slam poetry, which is the term that is often used to describe the art of “spoken word.”

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URI exposed to the Big Bang Dance

The Memorial Union, usually filled with passing students each day for classes and organizations, will hold a different type of atmosphere this weekend. On Friday, Feb. 7, Exposure is prepared to present the “biggest dance of the year.”

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Men’s, women’s track teams finish among top teams at home meet

The University of Rhode Island men’s track team finished second to the University of Connecticut with a total of 98.75 points at the Sorlien Co-ed Invitational on Saturday. The Rhode Island women’s team captured first place at the event with a total of 170.5 points on the day.

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URI brings defensive-minded Fleming as new football coach

University of Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn and the department of athletics staff made an agreement on Dec. 20, 2013, to hire University of Central Florida defensive coordinator Jim Fleming as the new head coach of the URI football team. Fleming received a five-year contract from URI worth around $1 million.

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URI Celebrates Diwali

On Saturday, Nov. 23, the University of Rhode Island Indian Students Association presented Diwali ’13 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. This annual event has been presented at URI for many years, featuring Indian performances, cuisine and lots of laughter. For the first time, Swapnil Malekar led the event as president of the organization.

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Ballroom Dancing Club dances through times

On Dec. 6, the University of Rhode Island Ballroom Dancing Club is ready to perform their first show of the year, titled “The Dance Through the Decades.”

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Letter to the Editor: Greek Life Gives Back

The 12th annual University of Rhode Island Greek Life Philanthropy Week was Sunday, Nov. 16 to Saturday, Nov. 23. The students from 13 fraternities and nine sororities were paired together and through a series of events, raised $15,984.59 and collected over 1,000 items, such as legos, undergarments, stress balls, art supplies, personal hygiene products and clothing for St. Mary's Home For Children in Providence.

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Students entertain at the ‘Skittles Riddles Variety Show’ for Trans Awareness

As part of the University of Rhode Island’s Trans Awareness Week, the annual week-long series of events to help raise awareness for the LGBTQ community and trans/gender-related issues, the 193 Degree Coffeehouse in the Memorial Union held their annual “Skittles Riddles Variety Show” on Nov. 21. This was a show open to anyone who wanted to perform.


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Healthy study tips help students during finals

As we all try to recover from Thanksgiving and make our way back to reality, we find ourselves rapidly approaching the daunting week of finals. When you’re sleep deprived, stressed and immersed in your books, it is easy to mindlessly reach for some unhealthy study snacks that you may regret later. These tips are great ways to help you stay healthy all the time, and can be especially helpful to brace yourself for the long nights of preparing for finals. Happy Studying!

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Professor Walls discusses tracking smoking behavior with new devices

Dr. Theodore Walls, a Psychology professor at the University of Rhode Island, focuses his research on intensive longitudinal data, which consist of many measurements over time. He has been involved in a research program that aims to track smoking behavior among individuals without interfering with their natural behavior. Walls is a lifetime research scholar of the American Cancer Society, which is funding the study.

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Fashion Merchandising Society hosts ‘Concrete Jungle’ show

On Friday, Nov. 22, the Fashion Merchandising Society put on a fashion show from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Tickets were $5 for students and $7 for the public. President of the Fashion Merchandising Society Nina Cozzolino shared details about the event.

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Gaming Club holds Mini Con in Memorial Union

On Saturday, Nov. 23, a miniature convention was held all day from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Game demos, raffles and friendly tournaments were open to the public. Vice President of the University of Rhode Island Gaming Cub Josh Laurino shared details about the convention.

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Rhode Island gears up to battle Providence College for 126th time

The University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team looks for their seventh win of the year tonight against cross-state rival Providence College.

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Student organizations team up to give ‘bare necessities’ to children in need

Looking to give a little something extra this holiday season? The University of Rhode Island Civility Mentors are working hand-in-hand with Project Undercover to provide local children with some of the “bare necessities.” Project Undercover is a non-profit organization that partners with local agencies to collect and distribute underwear, socks and diapers to over 45,000 children in need right here in Rhode Island.

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Public Relations Society aims to link classroom and real life experience

The Public Relations Society, designed to promote the practice of communication, is a fast-growing organization at the University of Rhode Island.

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Senate brings Ace of Cakes to URI

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be URIs next Ace of Cakes? If so, you’re in luck. The Student Senate is bringing the competition to URI.  

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Healthy choices to be thankful for

With Thanksgiving just a week away, everyone seems to be looking forward to spending time with family, having a break from classes and, of course, the Thanksgiving feast. Characterized by overeating and indulgence, this holiday is not the easiest time to focus on your healthy eating habits. Thanksgiving, a beloved tradition in the American culture spent eating home-cooked food with family and friends, is something that we should all continue to enjoy. But is the food really more enjoyable when eaten in heaping mountains instead of typical serving sizes?

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‘How the Other Half Loves’ leaves audience in stitches

When you walk into the Robert E. Will Theater for a performance of “How the Other Half Loves,” you are entering a realm of charming nostalgia. The work itself has a lot in common with the contemporary sitcom, focusing on the adulterous (and hilarious) tension between two couples, which consumes a third. Yet seeing it live adds something to the comedy that is missing on the television screen.

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Senior volleyball player returns to court after ACL tear, fighting

For senior volleyball player Jill Anderson, her last season on the court became the most interesting of her career at the University of Rhode Island.

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Women’s hockey picks up three key wins at ACHA Showcase

It’s been business as usual for the University of Rhode Island women’s hockey team so far this season as they continue to have very few missteps and pick up win after win.

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National Association of Black Accountants win case study competition

Four members of the University of Rhode Island’s chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants won the case study in the Student Case Competition at the 29th Annual Minority Business Conference on Oct. 26.

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‘Bikes Not Bombs’ donates transportaion to people in need

On Thursday and Friday of this week, advocates for Bikes Not Bombs will be in the Memorial Union soliciting bike donations. All are enrolled in Political Science 375, a directed work experience aimed at offering an opportunity for international study without studying abroad.

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Edesia takes on global fight to end world hunger

News: Local non-profit seeks to treat, prevent global child malnutrition On Tuesday, Maria Kasparian, the director of operations of Edesia, a Providence based non-profit that seeks to end global child malnutrition, spoke from 2-3:15 p.m. in Atrium 1 in the Memorial Union on what Edesia is doing to combat global malnutrition. Since its founding in 2009, Edesia has been producing a line of Ready-to-Use peanut-based products designed to both treat and prevent malnutrition in children under the age of 5. Edesia is a part of French food company Nutriset’s PlumpyField, a network of organizations dedicated to preventing malnutrition through the distribution of Plumpy products.

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Freshman On the Rise: Kirsten Gregory

At this point in the school year, Freshmen at the University of Rhode Island have begun to learn the ropes. They know the layout of the campus well, can scan their fingerprints at a typical pace at the dining hall and even have found themselves studying in the library. From day one, Freshmen have been told, "get involved," "join a club," and a myriad of other spirited speeches.

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Honors Colloqium discusses education

On Nov. 12, the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium explored the importance of education and debated several issues that involved the future of public schools and higher education. The panel was held at 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium and streamed live from URI’s public livestream.

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Intern Spotlight

You may not expect an economics major to intern with a company that is involved with civil engineering, but that was exactly the case for Brendan Fahey. Fahey, a senior economics major from Yorktown, N.Y., had an internship this past summer with Ashland Inc.

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URI music department features saxophonist

On the afternoon of Nov. 10, the University of Rhode Island music department held a recital featuring junior Christopher DeLouis. DeLouis, an alto saxophonist, performed five pieces, and was accompanied on three of them by pianist Laura Hibbard.

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Men’s soccer finishes season, two home shutout losses

The University of Rhode Island men’s soccer team ended their season on a sour note this past weekend, falling 5-0 to Saint Louis University on Friday and dropping a 3-0 decision to the University of Dayton on Sunday.

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Women’s basketball falls to Delaware in season opener

The University of Rhode Island women’s basketball team suffered a 64-43 loss to the University of Delaware in their season and home opener this past weekend.

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Coast Guard sinks URI Men’s rugby in NECRC Championship

The University of Rhode Island men’s rugby team fell to the United States Coast Guard Academy 58-7 in the New England Collegiate Rugby Conference (NECRC) Championship to end URI’s undefeated season this past Saturday.

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URI student, Brazilian native discusses transition to American School System

University of Rhode Island sophomore kinesiology major Gabriela Sousa moved to Cape Cod, Mass. from the town of Minas Gerais, Brazil when she was seven years old.  She had lived in Brazil her entire life and knew approximately 30 words of English.  
As a first generation, straight A minority student, Sousa was educated in and learned English as her second language through the American public school system.  This made the 2013 honors colloquium on addressing the future of public education means more to Sousa than it does to the typical college student.  

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The Truman Scholarship opens doors for students

The University of Rhode Island Honors Program held an information session on Monday afternoon for students interested in applying for the Truman scholarship. The Truman Scholarship is an annual federal award for students who want to make a difference through public service. Every year four nominees are chosen from URI to apply for the scholarship.

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Construction begins for new Dunkin Donuts in old America’s Cup Room

Construction of a new Dunkin Donuts began in The University of Rhode Island  Ram’s Den, located in the Memorial Union, on Monday, Nov. 4. Workers have already begun changing the existing America’s Cup Room into the popular coffeehouse chain.

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RKO brings ‘Rocky Horror’ experience to a new life

You know a movie is a cult classic if it’s still in theaters 38 years after it first came out. The film in question is “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a 1975 musical/horror film based off of the stage musical of the same name from 1973.

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Men’s and women’s cross country compete in A-10 Championship

The University of Rhode Island men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished next to last at the Atlantic-10 Championship on Saturday in Mechanicsville, Va.

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Women’s soccer seniors shine during last game

The University of Rhode Island women’s soccer team defeated the Duquesne Dukes in their final game of the season on Sunday, 2-0.

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URI grows beards, raises money for prostate cancer research

Handlebar, soulpatch, goatee, muttonchops or the lesser known pencil, standard copstash or chin puff are all encouraged by the University of Rhode Island’s chapter of the American Marketing Association. Facial hair that is. URI is hosting its first No Shave November contest this year.

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Second forum on arming Campus Police

About 100 people attended the second public forum on arming campus police on Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The discussion opened the floor to faculty, students and community members to voice their opinions openly on the controversial debate, which lasted about 88 minutes.

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URI welcomes new Political Science Club

As government interests have began to impact students across the nation, more collegiate scholars have become interested in political investments.

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Transforming where we live

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, Jan Spencer, a regenerative suburban permaculturalist, visited the University of Rhode Island to give a lecture about how to change the culture in the country.

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Don’t be tricked by your treats

Whether you are planning to dress up as a character from your new favorite movie or disguise yourself as a classic Halloween witch or ghost, there is one thing about this upcoming week that most people are looking forward to: enjoying their favorite Halloween treats. With the holiday only days away, bags of candy are flying off the shelves of stores, waiting to make their way into the pillowcases of trick-or-treaters. During this time of year, Halloween candy is everywhere you turn, making it hard to resist temptation. After all, a ghost on the Skittles wrapper seems to make them taste sweeter and Reese’s just taste more delicious in the shape of a pumpkin!

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Coffeehouse screens unconventional horror film “Trollhunter”

While it is fun when the University of Rhode Island plays the latest new film release someplace on campus (it helps that their choices are usually sound choices), I often find myself appreciating it more when they dig into less mainstream but very much worthwhile films. Enter the Coffehouse, where a screening of the Norwegian horror film “Trollhunter” was playing last Thursday. It was certainly a left field choice from the usual assortment of Halloween horror movie staples, though one no less deserving of mention.

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The Symphony Orchestra travels through time with film scores

One of the most underappreciated aspects of film in general is the music score. It is something that is often taken for granted as the audience is typically more focused on the acting, storytelling and visuals. But a score is the last piece of the puzzle for a film, that one element that ties the whole thing together into one complete package and elevates the emotions. The University of Rhode Island Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ann Danis, understands this too, as last Saturday night they put on a concert that highlighted some of the best film scores of our time.

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Cross country teams compete at Central Connecticut State University-Short Course

The University of Rhode Island men’s and women’s cross country team finished in 14th and 10th place, respectively, in the Central Connecticut State University-Short Course Meet last Saturday.

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Women’s soccer falls to Saint Louis, continue losing streak

The University of Rhode Island women’s soccer team continued their seven-game losing streak with a 1-0 loss to Saint Louis University on Sunday.

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Rams defeat Richmond 12-10, big victory for Family Weekend

The University of Rhode Island’s football team won a close game against Richmond University at Meade Stadium on Saturday afternoon, 12-10.

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ELCE helps students get internships, opportunities

Walking into the first floor of Roosevelt Hall, you will find yourself amidst a gathering of advisors and student interns prepared to guide you into your future endeavors.

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Food trucks arrive for Family Weekend

Students and their family members indulged in food from four different food trucks upon gathering for the Family Weekend football game. Among these food trucks were Paco’s Tacos, Eddie’s BBQ, Clam Jammers, and Kona Ice. Each truck had something different to offer, from seafood and Mexican food, to icy treats and everything in between.

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Out of Darkness Walk raises thousands

The team consisted of a group of journalism, public relations and kinesiology students from Lavallee’s URI 101 class. The team fundraised around campus for the past week and raised around $800 by selling bracelets and t-shirts for the walk. For being the team who raised the most money, URI News Crew got the honor of leading the other hundreds of walkers.  

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‘Be Aggressive’ director discusses fall production

The first production of the University of Rhode Island’s theatrical season, “Be Aggressive finished performing this past weekend.  
Director and URI alumni, Rachel Walshe described the work as “A high-paced, energetic show that deals with complicated issues surrounding teenage life.”

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URI women’s soccer team extends losing streak with two road losses

The University of Rhode Island women’s soccer team fell to the University of Massachusetts, 3-1, and Saint Joseph’s University, 2-1 in overtime, this past weekend.

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Men’s crew competes against thousands of boats

The University of Rhode Island men’s crew team competed with over 2,000 other boats at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston this past weekend.  The Head of the Charles is the world’s largest regatta with 9,000 rowers, ranging from 14 to 85 years old and from 19 different countries.

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ZTA holds first Pink 5K

This Sunday, Oct. 20, Zeta Tau Alpha announced their first Paint it Pink 5K walk. Like the recent Color Run, the walk will consist of throwing paint on each other. To make things a bit more exciting, since ZTA is promoting breast cancer awareness for their philanthropy, they will be throwing pink paint. There will even be a free yogurt table offered by their sponsor, Yoplait Yogurt.

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Grad student may return to Jeopardy

A University of Rhode Island graduate student in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences may be able to premiere on a special episode of the television game show, Jeopardy.

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URI HelpDesk offers advice, free technical support to students

Of the many resources the University of Rhode Island has available to their students, the Computing and Network Support HelpDesk is a bank of free technological help and information.  

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URI Theater Company presents “Be Aggressive”

The University of Rhode Island’s Theater Department put on its first show of the 2013-14 season, “Be Aggressive,” this past weekend at the Fine Arts Center. The play was written by playwright Annie Weisman in 2001 and was recognized that same year by Smith and Kraus Publishers as one of the “Best Plays of the Year.”

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URI Slam Poetry Club breaks boundries

The University of Rhode Island’s Slam Poetry Club was established “to create an environment that’s judgment free [and] that gives you a place to express yourself on a deeper level of thought,” according to the clubs president, student Kevin Gemmell.

The club meets once a week in the Multicultural Center to do writing and presenting workshops, and they host open-mic nights about once a month.

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Rhody Madness set to commence men’s, women’s basketball seasons

With the new basketball season just around the corner, University Rhode Island fans are looking forward to the third annual installment of Rhody Madness to kick off the 2013-14 season. The events will be starting at 9 p.m. tonight in the Frank Keaney Gymnasium.

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Harrington School director speaks on personal achievements, plans for school renovations

Every time you blink, it seems that there is some new form of communication. “Text me,” “Tweet me” or “upload that picture to Instagram” have seemingly become part of almost every college student’s vocabulary.  In a world with constantly changing media, you need to be able to keep up, and that’s exactly what the Harrington School of Communications and Media helps students do.  
One of the people behind the success of the school is Professor and Founding Director Renee Hobbs. Hobbs has been at the University since January 2012.  As the director, Hobbs leads staff members within the school to build a world-renowned program, as well as finding students and new faculty to join the program.  

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Honors Program courses a welcome challenge

Students beginning to register for classes this upcoming semester may consider taking honors courses to better their educational experience. Lynne Derbyshire, the new director of the Honors Program, shared some interesting information about the courses, the program and the benefits.“There are two ways you can be involved in the Honors Program,” Derbyshire said. “Some students just take the occasional course because they can’t fit more into their schedule or what-have-you. Other students work towards an Honors Degree.”

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Set sail with Sailing Club

The University of Rhode Island is in the perfect spot to experience sailing for the first time, due to its close proximity to the ocean.
There are two different options for URI students who are interested in sailing. The sailing club is for those who want to try out the sport for the first time or there is the sailing team, for more experienced sailors.

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Triple Decker screening blends storytelling, music

Last week, the University of Rhode Island brought back an event for Diversity Week that I had heard many great things about, but had never experienced for myself. “Triple Decker,” brought to us by Marc Levitt, is a unique presentation that blends fictional storytelling about immigrant groups in Providence with a multilayered orchestra of music from varying cultures. Seeing ‘Triple Decker’ for myself proved my anticipation to be well rewarded, and by the end, I was wishing it could have been longer.

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Existentialism on Open Mic Night

I have a (slightly unfounded, but mostly deserved) reputation for being a “hipster.” I wear horn-rimmed glasses. I own an ironic Mountain Dew t-shirt. The last thing I needed was to actually attend an open mic night at the college coffeehouse. When I walked into the door of 193 Coffeehouse last Thursday, my concerns then turned to the four or five folks turning up acoustic guitars. I feared I was in for a night of mediocre Bon Iver or Jack Johnson covers, but this did not occur. I actually really enjoyed what I saw.

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Freshman volleyball player breaking expectations, records

A freshman setter for the University of Rhode Island women’s volleyball team has already made her mark at the school.
Callan Kinnan, the freshman from Los Angeles, Calif., has already produced statistics that set her far ahead of any current Rhode Island volleyball player and land her in the record books. Most recently, she was named BankNewport Student Athlete of the Week.

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Understanding Diversity Through Music seminar

As part of the Arts & Sciences Day of the Diversity Week festivities, the music department held an Understanding Diversity Through Music seminar in the URI Multicultural Center on Wednesday October 2.

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Ke$ha performs at Ryan Center

Rocking the house with her wacky, “glitterful” and suggestive ways, Ke$ha lit up the stage last night at the Ryan Center. The pop star that is known for tossing some glitter and “waking up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy” brought her energy and made the night a true party for Rhode Island and the university’s campus.

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SCUBA Club gives all URI students a chance to dive in

The University of Rhode Island’s Scuba Club has begun certification classes and open water dives for students of all skill levels. The president of Scuba Club, Christopher Whalen, shared some information on upcoming events new to the fall semester.

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Women’s Leadership Coalition Re-Vamped

  The Women’s Leadership Coalition here at the University of Rhode Island is a newly revamped organization that brings together women who want to help and inspire others.

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Firsts and Upsets Headline this year’s Primetime Emmys

This year’s Primetime Emmys marked a first for the annual award show that honors the best in primetime television.

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Team URI joins alum for Your Next Step is the Cure 5K run

On Saturday, Oct. 12, University of Rhode Island students will participate in the 2013 Your Next Step is the Cure 5K.
This event is orchestrated by Tim Straight, a URI Alumnus, and Lynne Couture, his wife. The couple decided to launch the race in Rhode Island after a dear friend was diagnosed with lung cancer. The October-based event is a “Halloween Hustle,” and the participants are encouraged to wear costumes in order to “scare cancer away”.

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Grad students save lives a screening at a time

Each year, approximately 5,400 women in Peru are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and a large number of cases go undetected because of the unavailability of medical care. Many of these women end up dying from the disease making cervical cancer the highest cause of death in the country for women.  Last month, six University of Rhode Island graduate students, along with their Professor, Barbara Klitz, and a few other volunteers, traveled to the Andes Mountains in Peru to work with a local heath care company, CerviCusco, to gather and perform Pap smears for women in rural Peru to screen for the disease.

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Blowing off steam: Don’t let your Rhody experience pass you by

Rhody, Rhody, Rhody! Rams, Rams, Rams! Remember that. Cherish it and never forget your alma mater. As undergraduates, we think that college will last forever, until it blows by as quickly as the campus shuttle does dropping students off to class.
We have our futures in front of us, but right now, this moment, we need to embrace it. How do we do that? Look around when you walk onto the beautiful quadrangle, surrounded by academic buildings and ambitious students.

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Men’s soccer continues to struggle in recent shutout loss

Coming off of back-to-back defeats on the road against Stony Brook University and the University of New Hampshire, the University of Rhode Island men’s soccer team continued their losing streak Tuesday night in a 3-0 shutout, courtesy of Boston College.

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Amazon offers a ‘prime’ deal, exclusively for students

Right now, is offering a great deal to college students. Even if you do not usually use Amazon, this is still an offer that would be of great use during your time in college and after graduation. When users sign up for ‘Amazon Student,’ they get free two-day shipping for more than a million items, as well as exclusive offers and discounts. For a limited time offer, users can receive $10 worth of credit when they refer a friend through email and social networks with no limit to the amount of referrals you can make. All of this is available for the first six months that you are a member of the program. It’s a win-win for everybody.

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Radical Reels Tour inspires both creativity and exhilaration

People love (extreme) sports, but there’s always that one sport in particular that a person is deeply passionate about committing to. They not only execute moves with scientific precision, they do so to the point that they must push and break the boundaries of what that sport can accomplish. The 11 short films that comprised the Radical Reels Tour event at Edwards Auditorium displayed these feats of daring-do in ways that the rest of us can’t possibly imagine going through ourselves without wondering, “Am I crazy?” The athletes from all around the world in these films had the will to do them without breaking a sweat.

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European students discuss experiences at URI

A college experience is packed  with exciting opportunities. One program that many colleges, including the University of Rhode Island, provide is a study abroad program. When a student studies abroad, he or she travels to another country and attends a university in partnership with his or her school.

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Jumpstart connects URI students with local children

Whether you are planning on working with children for your career, are passionate about making positive changes in the school systems of Rhode Island, or just want to spend a few days each week having fun with kids, the University of Rhode Island’s volunteer program, Jumpstart, is the perfect opportunity for basically anyone. 

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New hopes for Rhody hoops this year

Last year the University of Rhode Island’s men’s basketball team had just eight wins and struggled offensively.  This year, expect them to potentially be of the top of the Atlantic-10 Conference standings.

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Do's and Don'ts for Fall Fashion

Fashion's must have and have nots advice.

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Mentor and Tutoring Intership benefits all students involved

Have you ever wanted to find a simple way to have an enormous impact on another person’s life? Fortunately for students at the University of Rhode Island, there has been an opportunity present on campus since 1998 that has let undergraduates do just that. 

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Women’s soccer offense captures another win for the Rams, looks forward to season

The University of Rhode Island women’s soccer team notched another victory on the season after defeating the Manhattan Jaspers, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Kingston Soccer Complex. Junior Samantha Leyh powered the Rams’ offense on Sunday with two goals and one assist. Full story

Freshman experiences new challenges in University library

The University of Rhode Island-is known for the beautiful campus, astounding professors, and of course, the heavenly food. As this new school year begins, we’re interested in what you love about URI.

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  • Student breaks into music industry with Waka Flocka Flame

    A junior physics major at the University of Rhode Island aspires to be a meteorologist one day; however, she is already featured on iTunes and in a music video alongside rapper Waka Flocka Flame.

  • URI to award honorary degrees at Commencement

    The University of Rhode Island will celebrate four notable citizens at commencement next month by awarding them honorary doctorates, the highest honor available given by the university.

  • Public Relations students fundraise for local toddlers

    The University of Rhode Island’s Public Relations majors collaborated with a local nonprofit organization for its third annual event. Since 1974, the Johnnycake center of Peacedale, R.I. has been a part of the battle against hunger in its local community. As an end of semester class project each year, PR majors create a baby shower-esque event, in which anyone can come together to donate for the year’s current cause. This year, the class of PRS 441 created a fundraiser for toddlers at the ZTA house on April 16.

  • Students stay speechless for Gay-Straight Alliance’s Day of Silence

    The Gay-Straight Alliance held the Day of Silence on Friday, April 11, to respect those who cannot speak freely of their sexual orientation.

  • URI senior wins first place in national soil judging competition

    From March 30 to April 4, students from 19 different universities from across the country competed in the National Collegiate Soils Contest, held at Delaware Valley College in Pennsylvania. Among them was a team of nine University of Rhode Island students who made it into the contest after placing in the top three at the regional competition.

  • Chinese flagship group host movie night, screen remake of American film

    Students of the Chinese Language Flagship Partnership Program hosted a Chinese movie night in the main lounge of Hillside Hall on Friday evening.

  • Famous poet, artist to host night of spoken word for slam poetry club

    The University of Rhode Island’s Slam Poetry Club will be hosting a night of spoken word with Robbie Q. Telfer, a writer and performance artist based out of Chicago. He has performed in hundreds of shows in cities around the United States, Canada, Germany, Slovenia and Sweden. The show will take place on Tuesday, April 22, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

  • Column: Recalling Boston marathon bombings after a year

    Everybody seems to have a story of what they were doing when the two passenger airplanes crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.  

  • Distasio performing well for Rams during disappointing year

    Despite a lackluster 6-25 start for the University of Rhode Island baseball team, a major bright spot on the gloomy year has been sophomore infielder and right-handed pitcher Lou Distasio.

  • Fashion Merchandising Society hosts spring show

    Last Friday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom, the Fashion Merchandising Society hosted this year’s spring fashion show themed “Electric eighties.”

  • Indian artist Mithu Sen visits university

    On Tuesday, award-winning artist Mithu Sen visited the University of Rhode Island to present her work to community.

  • URI students perform music recitals at Fine Arts Center to achieve degrees

    Another pair of University of Rhode Island students held recitals at the Fine Arts Center this past Saturday at 1 p.m. to fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree in music. Student Jennifer Langevin performed a series of songs on the violin, and graduate Christine Warren performed a viola recital at 3 p.m.

  • The American Band returns to URI

    Returning to the University of Rhode Island this past Sunday, the American Band of Providence, R.I. put on another performance in the Fine Arts Center’s Concert Hall. With announcer Scott Fraser introducing them and Brian Cardany serving as the conductor, the musical group started off their performance as they always do with Roger Cichy’s “American Band Salute.”

  • Sequel ‘Captain America’ champions sincere heroism in most recent film

    At multiple points in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the newest installment in Marvel Studios’ superhero series, characters justify their actions with explanations akin to, “Out with the old, in with the new.” It’s something that the old-fashioned Captain America, a.k.a. Steve Rogers, deals with as he acclimates to modern warfare.

  • URI students recognized for leadership roles at annual Rainville Awards

    At the 26th the award were recognized in four categories for the exemplary leadership skills they displayed during their time at the university.

  • Lacrosse squanders halftime lead, falls to Northeastern

    The University of Rhode Island men’s lacrosse team dropped a 12-7 decision to No. 16 Northeastern University this Saturday in Kingston after holding a 5-4 lead at halftime.

  • URI student places fourth in national horticulture competition

    A University of Rhode Island student recently placed fourth out of 800 participants in the Planet Student Career Day, a three-day countrywide competition and networking event for horticulture students.  

  • Column: How realisitic are expectations for basketball next year?

    After seeing one of our neighboring schools in New England become the NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions on Monday, it’s only right to ask: what are some realistic expectations for the University of Rhode Island next year?

  • Rainville Leadership Awards to honor student involvement outside classroom

    On April 8, selected recipients of the 26th Rainville Leadership Awards will be recognized for their exceptional leadership roles in academics and student involvement at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

  • The life of a Ramette post-basketball season

    For fans of dancing, there is one team at the University of Rhode Island that immediately comes to mind: the Ramettes. Characterized by their energetic routines and flashy outfits, the Ramettes have become a team praised for their talent and dedication to the sport and art of dance.

  • ‘Traditigal Age’ brought to you by URI PRSSA

    The University of Rhode Island members of the Public Relations Student Society of America hosted the third annual Social Media Social this Monday at the Memorial Union Ballroom from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Habitat For Humanity hosts ‘Pound the Pavement’ charity race on URI Quadrangle

    On Saturday, April 29 at 9 a.m., Habitat for Humanity held their fourth annual “Pound the Pavement, Pound a Nail” 5K at the University of Rhode Island with the motto  “Go the distance to bring families home.”

  • 193 Coffeehouse holds Open Mic Night

    This past Thursday, the 193 Coffeehouse held their most recent Open Mic Night, an event that they hold about twice a month at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Here is a sampling of some of the performances from Thursday’s event.

  • Trivia hounds converge for Stump! event on Friday

    On Friday March 28, the Rhody Market was graced once again by the presence of the folks from Stump! Trivia as part of their monthly tradition. University of Rhode Island students returned too to compete for cash prizes that went towards their RAM account, and Stump! was on hand to provide a multitude of new questions for competitors to answer.

  • Harrington School presents documentary for Holocaust Remembrance Week

    As part of the University of Rhode Island’s Holocaust Remembrance Week, the Harrington School of Communication presented the documentary “Numbered” on April 1. With the screening taking place in the Swan Hall auditorium, the hour long film focused on a collection of holocaust survivors and what the numbers given at Auschwitz mean to them.

  • URI women’s rowing team retains Resolute Cup defeating Boston

    The University of Rhode Island women’s rowing team defeated Boston College this past weekend to win their eighth consecutive Resolute Cup.

  • Editorial: Baseball season under way, two Rams in minor leagues

    There’s always been something about baseball for me. Whether it was the smell of the grass or the sound of the bat clobbering the ball or the romanticism of the sport in Field of Dreams, I’ve always felt a strong sense of joy when Opening Day rolls around.

  • URI golf team places fifth in spring opener

    The University of Rhode Island golf team finished its first event of the spring in fifth place at the Wildcat Invitational at White Manor Country Club in Malvern, Penn. this week.

  • Ranger Hall renovations for Harrington School scheduled to begin in April

    The $3.5 million renovation to Ranger Hall, the new home of the Harrington School of Communications and Media, is scheduled to begin in April pending the relocation of the program currently housed there.  

  • Students work with Habitat for Humanity on alternative spring break trip in Alabama

    This March, Assistant Professor of History Robert Widell led an alternative Spring Break trip to Birmingham, Ala. for University of Rhode Island students as part of a course that he teaches.

  • Twitter account allows students to anonymously post crushes

    Discovering and revealing secrets, feelings, thoughts, gossips and opinions always has been something quite thrilling, and it’s even better when you can do so without giving away who you are.

  • World’s leading creative CEO delivers speech at Vangermeersch lecture

    The 7th Annual Vangermeersch Lecture took place on Monday evening as part of the University of Rhode Island College of Business Administration’s 90th anniversary. The guest speaker was Bob Jeffrey, the Chairman and CEO of JWT Worldwide, the world’s best-known marketing and communications brand.

  • Adam DeVine show postponed due to scheduling conflicts

    In a rather abrupt turn of events, the University of Rhode Island Student Entertainment Committee announced on Sunday March 23 via their Twitter account that comedian Adam DeVine had to cancel his appearance on-campus. DeVine was originally scheduled to have his URI show at Edwards Auditorium on April 24.

  • ‘Veronica Mars’ stumbles while satisfying fans

    In the arena of moviemaking, the “Veronica Mars” film is something of a game-changer with it being the first feature-length film to be funded by Kickstarter. Almost a year after exceeding its goal, the film has made it to a limited number of theater screens alongside video-on-demand outlets for those who would prefer to watch at home. Those are the facts of the case. Looking at the film on its own terms is a whole other matter.

  • Butterfield Dining Hall to undergo renovations

    Over the past few years, Butterfield Dining Hall has always seemed “second best,” next to Mainfare in Hope Commons. Taking this into account, Steven Mello, director of Dining and Retail Food Operations, is working on the new construction of Butterfield.
    In the Fall of 2014, Butterfield will open as normal, but in the Spring of 2015, it will shut down for a semester.

  • Spooner’s Take: Reliving URI’s magical 1997 basketball season

    With this year’s March Madness already underway, one of the many questions people look forward to getting an answer to every year is “Who will be Cinderella?” That one team no one is talking about that will make or break people’s brackets by upsetting higher ranked teams. Many people forget, 16 years ago, the University of Rhode Island was that very team.

  • Bedore reaches 300 Ks, Klepchick extends her hitting streak

    The University of Rhode Island softball team went 2-2 in games over the past week. The Rams fell to the University of Dayton 9-5 on Friday, but topped the Flyers 4-2 on Saturday. In the Tuesday’s doubleheader against University of Massachusetts - Lowell, the Rams took the first game 5-3, but fell in the second game 5-4.

  • Gambian reporter, URI alumnus to be featured at Amanpour lecture

    On March 27, a University of Rhode Island alumnus who was tortured, declared “wanted,” and exiled from his native country will speak in the Agnes Doody Auditorium in Swan Hall at 7 p.m. for the annual Christiane Amanpour Lecture on Global Journalism.  

  • URI student becomes branch manager for painting company before graduation

    Many college students worry about finding jobs and keeping up with their schoolwork. Yet one University of Rhode Island engineering student has already become a branch manager for a painting company without finishing his degree.

  • “XI” Marks the Spot: Scavenger Hunt for Autism

    This Saturday, March 22, the Alpha Xi Delta sorority will be holding their second annual “Xi Marks the Spot” event. The event is a giant scavenger hunt for any team who enters, beginning at AXiD’s house, located at 12 Fraternity Circle, that spans across campus in order to raise donations for Autism Speaks.

  • Study abroad program to bring students to Ghana

    Sponsored by the Africana Studies Program at the University of Rhode Island, the Ghana Summer Study Abroad program will take place from May 27 to June 9. This will be the program’s fourth year in existence and students will earn credit taking classes and have the opportunity to explore the city of Cape Coast, Ghana.

  • ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ succeeds with style, humor, does not disappoint

    Wes Anderson has a particular style that he has cultivated, evolved and honed over the course of his career and has not deterred from that one bit. His dedication to offbeat humor, quirky characters and perfectly composed production design has occasionally flitted off into hollow end results; but, when Anderson gracefully combined that dedication with a fitting story, he came away with sterling results. His most recent film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” is thankfully an example of the latter kind.

  • University of Rhode Island Symposium to finish with comedian Patton Oswalt

    In the last few decades since his beginnings in the late 1980s, Patton Oswalt has established himself as a very popular stand-up comedian. Following this start he took on his most prolific role to date as Spencer Olchin, the pop-culture loving, nerdy friend of Kevin James’ Doug Heffernan on the TV sitcom ‘The King of Queens.’

  • Baseball team wins two, comes back against Sacred Heart

    The University of Rhode Island dropped their home opener 8-4 to the University of Massachusetts – Lowell over spring break at Bill Beck Field.

  • Cigar sports staff makes NCAA tournament picks

    Cigar sports staff makes NCAA tournament picks

  • Career in Review: Xavier Munford

    As the final seconds ticked away in the University of Rhode Island men’s basketball game against the University of Massachusetts in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, it spelled the end of their season. They also were the final moments in Xavier Munford’s brief yet memorable career with the Rams.

  • Dean of College of Arts, Sciences wins award for development of film program

    On Sunday night, the University of Rhode Island’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Winifred Brownell was awarded the Dream Maker Award from the Rhode Island Film and TV Office.

  • The Great Debate

    The University of Rhode Island Student Government hosted a debate between candidates running for student body president and vice president on March 4 at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The candidates running are sophomores and current senators. The tickets consist of Joe Maynard and Nick Hetland running against Sen. Adam Schmuter and running mate Ryan Videtta.

  • Blowing Off Steam

    As we approach the mid-way point of our spring semester, there is only one thing on students’ minds and that is: SPRING BREAK. Midterms take a near second because although we spend countless hours straining our minds to memorize phrases and potential short-answer questions, we cannot help but get excited about the idea of spring break. It is so close and yet it might feel so far away under the pressure of your exams. This is when we need to be optimistic. Think about the wonderful prowess of being able to sleep in every day for 10 days during break. Think about what we can achieve in that amount of time, since we haven’t been able to do because of our rigorous academic schedules.

  • College tuition rises while faculty salaries remain fixed

    In the past couple decades, enrollment costs at universities have been going up, but faculty salaries have not increased. Professor Charles Collyer, chair of the psychology department, speaks about costs that have gone up in recent years and how they have effected financial management at universities.

  • Realtors assist students find, give tips about off-campus options for housing

    Though some students find leasing off-campus properties a daunting task, they may not know that the local realtors they support financially are there to help them.  

  • Slam Poetry Club holds open mic for creatives

    As part of their monthly tradition, the University of Rhode Island Slam Poetry Club held another open mic event last Tuesday, March 4. Situated in the Hardge Forum in the Multicultural Center, the event was filled with creative poetry work from participating students (anyone can volunteer),and some musical contributions as well for variety.

  • University screens film from other end of the world for Women’s Day

    As a part of its second annual celebration of International Women’s Day, the University of Rhode Island’s Film/Media program held a screening of the Tunisian film “Bedwin Hacker.” Prior to the screening was a brief introduction to the life of the director, Nadia El Fani, and her intentions. This film, which was originally released in 2003, represents the people living on the edge of society and shows the modernity of the country.

  • Column: Rams Basketball Year in Review

    This past season has offered many trials and tribulations for University of Rhode Island athletics. However, no sport has had as up and down a season as the men and women’s basketball teams.

  • Rhode Island beats Fordham in Munford’s last game Wednesday

    Coming off a 23-point victory against Richmond last Saturday, the University of Rhode Island Rams men’s basketball team returned to the Thomas M. Ryan Center last night for their final regular season game. After a sluggish start, the Rams were able to come back and tie their series with their Ram counterparts from Fordham University with a 77-65 victory.

  • Newest Greek Life addition

    On Sunday afternoon, bids were given to 116 female students chosen to become the founding class of Kappa Delta sorority at the University of Rhode Island.

  • Relay for Life beats the ground in March

    The University of Rhode Island chapter of Colleges Against Cancer will host a Relay for Life on Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. indoors in the Mackal Field House.

  • Changes in teaching over past few decades

    Over the past couple of decades, the number of regular faculty has been decreasing relative to the size of the student population, leading to an increase in teaching by part-time faculty and graduate students at colleges and universities.

  • Blowing Off Steam: Learning to Be Oneself

    Throughout college, we will change. That is inevitable. We will encounter new people, think about how far we have come and how far we would like to progress. Who will we be in the next five years? Who will be even a year from now? The questions linger in our minds like the exam that we would like to forget, but can’t quite do so.

  • Stump! Trivia returns to Rhody Market

    Last Friday, Feb. 21, Rhody Market was once again host to the Stump! Trivia event. As part of their monthly rounds, the Stump! Trivia group returned to bring their wide-ranging collection of trivia questions to University of Rhode Island students willing to take part in the entertainment.

  • New “Robocop” remake stands alone, flounders

    Not only is the original “Robocop” film a touchstone of 1980s action cinema, but it is also a slyly subversive work of corporate satire that arguably resonates more today than it did upon its release. Luckily, the people behind the new remake seemed to realize that they wouldn’t be able to recapture lightning in a bottle. Instead, they reconfigured familiar elements to fit an entirely new setup that would stand apart from the original. Unluckily, the intriguing new setup became beholden to a mediocre and uninspired execution.

  • Confronting the cage in combat athletics

    Combat Athletics, a new student organization, was approved as a Student Senate recognized organization last Wednesday at the General Senate Meeting. The club meets and engages in practicing a combination of jiu-jitsu and boxing.

  • Men’s hockey falls in semis, women’s team victorious

    The University of Rhode Island men’s hockey team was knocked out of the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League Tournament this past weekend during the semifinal round after falling to the University of Delaware, 2-0.

  • Swimming, diving places seventh at A-10s, shatter records

    The University of Rhode Island women’s swimming and diving team captured seventh place at the Atlantic 10 Championship in Geneva, Ohio, this past week, but looks can be deceiving.

  • Seeker’s meditation club provides calm sounds with gong bath, meditations

    The Gong Bath and Guided Meditation seminar held by the Seeker’s Meditation Club this past Tuesday, Feb. 11 just might have the honor of being the only student-organized event to feature both the absorption of cosmic vibrations and the invocation of Shiva, goddess supreme of death in traditional Hinduism.

  • URI organizations come together for ‘Red Hand Day’ to promote world peace

    The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island teamed up with the Student Nonviolent Involvement Coalition in an effort to promote “Red Hand Day” around campus. Held annually worldwide on Feb. 12, this day is dedicated to influencing the United Nations to take action against the use of child soldiers in countries all over the world.

  • Professor featured on NBC’s Today show

    Film and Media and Communications Professor Mary Healey Jamiel was featured alongside Rhode Island State Police Sergeant Matthew Zarrella on NBC’s Today Show on Dec. 10, 2013 to highlight Healey Jamiel’s documentary “RELIANCE”.

  • Facilities services describe class cancellation process

    Despite the impact the series of weather-related cancelations during the second semester on students academically, Facilities Services maintains that when it comes to cancelling school at the University of Rhode Island, safety is their first priority.

  • Justin Moore brings country music tour to Ryan Center

    Country concerts have been a surprise hit at the Ryan Center over the past few years, and the show held on Feb. 14 was no exception. The concert featured the popular country musicians Justin Moore, Randy Houser and Josh Thompson, who each performed lengthy sets that were well received by the large crowd.

  • Rhode Island Sports Weekend Round-up

    The University of Rhode Island men’s ice hockey team defeated Providence College in their final regular season game, 9-3, at the Bradford R. Boss Ice Arena on Saturday. The Rams finished their season with a 21-11 record and squeak into the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Tournament as the No. 16 seed overall. Rhode Island begins their quest for a championship on March 6 when they face No. 17 Lindenwood University.

  • URI Women’s Basketball Falls Big to VCU, 70-44

    The University of Rhode Island women’s basketball team continued to struggle during Saturday’s 70-44 loss to Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Unity luncheon and peacemaker award

    Last Friday the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Luncheon was held, which included a keynote speaker and the presentation of the 2014 MLK Peacemaker Award.

  • Compassion meditation to honor the 20th Annual LGBTQ Symposium

    On Tuesday, Thupten Tendhar led a compassion meditation session to honor the 20th Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer Center’s Symposium. The LGBTQ Center chose to theme this year’s symposium around spirituality because they wanted to provide people with the opportunity to explore the intersection of spirituality with their identities.

  • Students Candidates Running for Student Senate

    Students candidates running for Student Senate

  • Rhody Rides revs up engine

    Fast cars and good friends - that's what Rhody Rides is all about.

  • Total Image hair salon raises money with ‘Buck A Bone’

    Total Image Hair Salon, located in the Memorial Union, is hosting an event for the entire month of February. The event, called “Buck A Bone”, is raising money for an organization called Save A Lab Rescue.

  • Blowing off steam: Make the best of spring semester

    Spring semester always invokes a need for taking advantage of all the facets of college. For freshmen, a semester has passed and they either grow to love everything that the university offers or wait out another semester until they become comfortable in a completely new environment. Upperclassmen who already have the pattern of Ram-life down are excited to get through the cold Rhode Island winter and are anticipating those days of 60-degree weather that will bring college students running from Chafee Hall to the beach. This is the excitement that surrounds our campus these concluding months of the academic year. Seniors begin to think about life after school, even when that reality does not seem so real.

  • URI Confucius Institute, Other Clubs, Celebrate Chinese New Year

    The Confucius Institute helped bring in the Chinese New Year at an event held at Edwards Auditorium on Feb. 7 in association with the University of Rhode Island Chinese Culture Club and others in the URI community. The event was held in celebration of the Year of the Horse, which began on Jan. 31.

  • Coen Brothers succeed again with ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

    “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the latest film by writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen, begins without a credit sequence. Instead, it starts on a close-up of the face of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), as he performs in a folk club in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s.Davis is trying his luck as a solo act after the suicide of his friend Mike, with whom he played in a Simon & Garfunkel-esque folk duo. Oscar Isaac is amazing as Llewyn, capturing a talented, but troubled, musician who can’t escape his dead friend’s shadow and seems unwilling to try.

  • Matthews unable to help Rams over UMass

    Rhode Island freshman E.C. Matthews’ big offensive performance was not enough to lift the men’s basketball team over the University of Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon. Matthews had one of his best offensive performances as a Ram, scoring 24 points, along with three rebounds and two assists.

  • Men’s hockey drops two to Stony Brook

    The No. 17 University of Rhode Island men’s hockey team fell to No. 6 SUNY Stony Brook University 5-3 in both games over the weekend, dropping their record to 12- 6-3 on the season.  

  • Softball drops first three games

    The University of Rhode Island’s women’s softball team started their 2014 season off in losing fashion Friday night after dropping a 12-0 decision to Stetson University in their Lead-Off Classic in DeLand, Fla. The Rams continued their skid on Sunday after dropping two games to Michigan State University, 5-0 and 9-0.

  • URI International Engineering Program to join President Obama’s Latin American Initiative

    The University of Rhode Island’s International Engineering Program has been chosen as one of four schools for President Barack Obama’s Latin American Initiative for their innovative approaches.

  • Keynote speaker of URI Black History Month inspires entrepreneurs

    Chief Executive Officer and President of Black Enterprise Magazine Earl Graves Jr. spoke about the importance of investment in the African American economy on Monday night at the University of Rhode Island’s Carothers Library.

  • Army ROTC program teaches leadership to URI students

    The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program welcomes students across the country to enrich their college experience by learning to become a leader. URI’s Scholarship and Enrollment Officer Matthew Higgins expanded on the subject while clarifying common misunderstandings.

  • Faculty parking lot torn down to allow for construction of new chemistry center

    A new faculty parking lot on Flagg Road is undergoing construction. The new Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences will be built on the site of this parking lot. This new facility is being financed by $61 million out of a $78 million higher education bond referendum approved by Rhode Island voters.

  • URI alumna opens healthy bar in Wakefield

    Entering Nutrition Dynamix in Wakefield is reminiscent of walking into a bar – there is a long tabletop bar with stools around it, everyone is chatting with each other and enjoying their beverages – but it has a much healthier, cleaner feel to it.

  • Tornado chaser speaks at Edwards Auditorium

    On Sunday, Feb. 9, storm chaser and meteorologist Reed Timmer will speak at Edwards Auditorium on his experiences chasing and documenting tornadoes across America.

  • URI women’s basketball team handles UMass at home, 73-64

    Rhode Island put an end to their five-game skid when they defeated the University of Massachusetts 73-64 yesterday afternoon for their second Atlantic 10 Conference win of the season.

  • Rams drop close game to Fordham on the road

    The University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team fell to Fordham University, 85-79, on Saturday night.
    The Rams’ record dropped to 11-11 overall with a 2-5 posting in Atlantic 10 Conference play.

  • Students raise money for Typhoon Haiyan victims

    Students in COM 410 at the University of Rhode Island banded together to help the victims affected by the recent typhoon in the Philippines. Working with UNICEF, the students raised money to support these people in need.

  • Blowing Off Steam

    While everyone is thinking about the holidays, coming back from Thanksgiving, and with the winter break weeks away, there is one other thing approaching that isn’t as pleasing: final exams. As students, we cannot believe that we have already endured a semester of deadlines, essays, exams and work-study. We did it. That is something to be proud of, to acknowledge what we have accomplished not as sole students, but as a university. As we approach exams together, we can start to really use our time management strategies that we have been forced to learn beginning in URI 101.

  • Speaker discusses physical and mental benefits of meditation

    Dr. Alan Post discussed the many benefits of meditation, being physical, mental, emotional and spiritual during a recent guest lecture at the University of Rhode Island. He began by discussing the book “Meditation as Medication for the Soul,” to which he is a contributing author. He then discussed other aspects of meditation and how it “guides the mind, relaxes the body, and helps us to focus on the present.”

  • The Chamber Ensembles provide a bevy of music styles for all to enjoy

    On Sunday, Nov. 24, the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall was certainly not lacking in performances. The Chamber Ensembles concert held then consisted of the Clarinet Choir, Guitar Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet and Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, ensuring a diversity of music styles presented to the audience. The Woodwind Quintet and Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble each played two pieces, while the Clarinet Choir and Guitar Ensemble had three each.

  • ‘Free China’ promotes peace in the face of today’s great violence

    For the third and last in their series of documentary screenings at the University of Rhode Island, the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies presented ‘Free China: The Courage to Believe’ at Lippitt Hall on Nov. 21.  Although short for a feature length film at just under an hour, ‘Free China’ was not lacking in its emotional power and lasting effect.

  • Coming to America: profile on international student

    For some, living in an entirely new country away from family, friends and the comforts of home could be a scary thing. Not for Sam Lane, a 21-year-old Biology major from the United Kingdom, who is studying at the University of Rhode Island for the 2013-2014 year.

  • URI student pursues Olympic boxing

    Did you wake up this morning, go for a run, attend a full day of classes in the University of Rhode Island’s doctoral program of physical therapy, train at the gym for two to three hours, go home and study, just to wake up and do the whole thing over again? Probably not.

  • Atlantic 10 poised to be entertaining this season

    With the departure of basketball powerhouses Butler University, Temple University and Xavier University, the Atlantic 10 Conference didn’t have high expectations before the season began.  But with the first month of the college basketball season coming to a close, the Atlantic 10 is already exceeding those expectations.  

  • Wallack shining early for Rhode Island

    Rhode Island’s women’s basketball senior Kerry Wallack has already topped all her stats from last season in just the first couple of weeks of the season.

  • Strong second half leads Rams to big win over Aggies, 72-59

    The University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team beat North Carolina A&T 72-59 on Friday thanks to a 40-point second half from the Rams.

  • Operation delivers lots of ‘Holiday Cheer’

    This holiday season, the University of Rhode Island is supporting Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts office’s initiative to bring care packages to U.S. troops that are abroad during the holidays.

  • Dressage team is new student organization

    As of Wednesday Nov. 6, the University of Rhode Island has established and funded a new student organization on campus. The URI Dressage team is now a recognized organization on campus.

  • Uhuru Sasa club dances for diabetes

    The University of Rhode Island’s Uhuru Sasa club held a two-hour dance-a-thon competition, Shake It for Sugar, last Thursday at 7:30 p.m. to raise awareness and money for diabetes.

  • Lego competition builds monumental excitement

    Philanthropy Week was kicked off in miniature fashion this past Sunday with the first of many events: The Lego Building Competition, which was held in the Memorial Union Ballroom at 1 p.m.

  • Tyga performs at URI

    On Saturday night, the University of Rhode Island’s Thomas M. Ryan Center hosted a concert by Tyga, a rapper signed to Lil' Wayne's Young Money label. The concert was presented by the Platinum Entertainment Group.

  • ‘Dirty Wars’ documentary sheds light dubious actions in conflict

    The war in the Middle East has and will continue to endure as a hotbed topic for years to come, which is probably why so few fictional films have been made about it. However, documentaries on the subject are much more prevalent, and the University of Rhode Island Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies recently held a screening of one. This film, “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield,” which played in the Agnes G. Doody Auditorium in Swan Hall, examines the disturbing covert side of the conflict as opposed to the soldier experience overseas.

  • Women’s basketball falls to BU Terriers

    The University of Rhode Island women’s basketball team put on the pressure late in Saturday’s game against Boston University, but fell just short in a 52-49 loss.

  • Football coach Trainer released from contract

    Early Monday afternoon URI Athletic Director Thorr Bjorn announced Rhode Island head football coach Joe Trainer would not be returning for the 2014 campaign.

  • Matthews dominates against NC A&T

    With just five games now under his belt, freshman hybrid guard E.C. Matthews is already proving he’ll be a force to be reckoned with over the years to come for the Rhode Island basketball team.

  • Africana Studies presents art exhibit titled ‘Through the eyes of Africa’

    Communication Studies Professor, Dr. Steve Wood, leads us on a photo journey through South Africa in his art exhibit, “Through the Eyes of Africa.” Wood and his colleague, Dr. David Pincus, recorded their journey, capturing powerful images of wildlife and the inhabitants of the area.

  • Albie’s sandwiches are ‘Phat’, delicious

    Albie’s Place has one whole wall of the establishment painted in a mural of Rhode Island, Boston and NYC. The mural features Family Guy characters sunbathing on the Narragansett town beach next to The Towers. It also features the Drunken Clam, Fenway Park, the Big Blue Bug and the Statue of Liberty. Sitting in Albie’s to eat allows you to experience some good music from the speakers and great smells from the kitchen.

  • International Flag Ceremony celebration

    The University of Rhode Island opened its arms to Bolivia, Zambia and Togo during the 2013 International Flag Ceremony in the Memorial Union Wednesday afternoon by adding the three flags to the compilation of 105 nations hung in the International Atrium.

  • Humor wins out in “Thor: The Dark World”

    At this point, the Marvel train is moving full speed ahead and is not likely to stop anytime soon. “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3” certified that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is here to stay and it is now up to the other Avengers to keep the ball rolling. Luckily, “Thor: The Dark World” is up to the task against the rising expectations of this ambitious series.

  • Ray Steyert flute recital mixes traditional with offbeat style

    As one of the two Sunday performances at the University of Rhode Island’s Fine Arts Center, senior Ray Steyert played his flute recital to an encouraging audience. With piano accompaniment from Laura Hibbard on the majority of his chosen pieces, Steyert performed a variety of musical types to keep things fresh.

  • Women’s hockey team throttles Wisconsin, Minnesota on road

    The University of Rhode Island women’s hockey team swept the University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota in doubleheaders with each team this past weekend.

  • Rams clobbered by Villanova on Senior Day, 45-0

    The University of Rhode Island’s football team dropped their Senior Day match-up to Villanova University after getting trounced 45-0 at Meade Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

  • Officials share plans for changes to Memorial Union

    On Wednesday, Nov. 6, plans to renovate the Memorial Union were shared with students and staff in Atrium 1 from 3:30p.m.-5:30p.m.

  • Student organization to sponsor national philanthropy week

    The Student Philanthropy Council seeks ways to improve the level of volunteering and mutual respect on the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston campus.


  • Coffeehouse Halloween movie marathon is success with URI staff and students

    Halloween is a time that many use to watch horror movie after horror movie. Such an event took place at the 193 Coffeehouse last Thursday, as the staff screened five classic horror films as part of a Halloween movie marathon.

  • ‘Bad Grandpa’ shows aging in last hit of ‘Jackass’ generation

    It may sound weird for many people to admit, but the “Jackass” movies (and television show) were some of the funniest of this generation. Who cared how juvenile the humor was when we were laughing our heads off? They were the only comedies that would allow us to not feel guilty for laughing at human punishment and poor taste. Just when we thought the crew led by Johnny Knoxville had let it all out of their systems with “Jackass 3” (the pinnacle of their work, some may say), the “Jackass” series comes back for one last gasp with the spinoff movie, “Bad Grandpa.”

  • Chernykh dominates women’s tennis boundaries at university

    Sophomore Galina Chernykh is already proving she is one of the best to ever play tennis at the University of Rhode Island in just her second year. This fact rang true after she was announced as only the second player in URI women’s tennis history to earn a spot on the Atlantic-10 Conference First Team.

  • Men’s soccer extends losing streak to six against Duquesne

    The University of Rhode Island men’s soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to Duquesne University in Kingston on Sunday afternoon.

  • Italian program holds fun event for URI community

    On Friday October 25th, students were invited to learn how to play the Italian game of Bocce ball on the Quad from 12:00-3:00pm with students from the Italian Program. During the game biscotti, a popular Italian cookie, was served. Despite the windy weather, many students came out to enjoy the event.

  • Come In, Come Out group offers supportive environment to URI

    Come In, Come Out is a group at the University of Rhode Island that holds meetings every Monday in the LGBTQ Center located on the first floor of Adams Hall.  Offering a safe and inviting environment, the group is open to everyone that is a part of the URI campus, and is a support group for those who are in the process of recognizing their gender and/or sexual identity, or those who need a place to just talk about their feelings concerning coming out.

  • Molecular Biology Dept. division and expansion

    The University of Rhode Island’s Department of Molecular and Cell Biology has embarked on a campaign of reconstruction and expansion in an effort to attract more prospective students.

  • Student DJ positively influenced by WRIU

    Indie, pop, punk, country, rap, electronic- the different types of music genres go on and on. Everyone has different taste in music, so why not join the school radio station and DJ a show with your own playlist?

  • The scariest part of URI

    Truth or scare? How about both. A lot of people don’t think that URI has quite a scary scene.  However in recent interview Audio Communicative Professor Ian Reyes, who has a talk show on the radio here at the university, claimed this is not the case.
    Reyes proposed the question on his talk show “What is the scariest thing about the University Rhode Island?” A lot of people called in, but no one claimed to be scared of any buildings. Professor Reyes said that the consensus was that being alone in dark areas was the scariest thing at URI.

  • Tips for the perfect Halloween play list

    It’s Halloween time again, and one of the major entertainment attractions for a good Halloween party, is a well selected set of songs to play in the background. However, there are some do’s and don’ts to your Halloween party soundtrack that you should try to keep in mind when you’re making that five hour playlist.

  • URI swimming and diving win first meet of regular season

    The University of Rhode Island women’s swimming and diving team won their first scored contest of the year this past Saturday after they defeated the University of Maine, 165.5-135.5.

  • Men’s soccer drops two close games this week

    This past weekend the University of Rhode Island men’s soccer team was handed a pair of losses this weekend when they fell to George Washington University at home, 2-1, on Friday and lost to Fordham University, 1-0, on Sunday.

  • Women’s volleyball team splits pair of games this past weekend, 3-1 and 3-0

    The University of Rhode Island women’s volleyball team defeated George Mason University, 3-1, and was swept by Virginia Commonwealth University, 3-0, in a pair of Atlantic-10 Conference matches this weekend.

  • Delaware crushes Rhode Island in ‘13 Homecoming game

    The University of Rhode Island football team fell to the University of Delaware, 35-13, for the third year in a row at their annual Homecoming game on Saturday afternoon at Meade Stadium.

  • Curvy Girls: sisterhood for those with scoliosis

    A University of Rhode Island freshman wrote about her story as the leader of Curvy Girls, an international nonprofit organization and support group for girls with scoliosis.

  • ZTA’s first ever 5K

    On Sunday, Oct. 20, Zeta Tau Alpha held their first ever Paint it Pink 5K. Starting at the Memorial Union, participants signed up for the 3.1 mile run. Any student was able to join, even if they were not a part of Greek Life. There were tables set up where ribbons could be bought for only a dollar in remembrance of someone who had suffered or still currently is dealing with breast cancer. A giant banner with all of the ribbons was displayed outside before the event began.

  • Students make dreams a reality with new company

    You have seen their flyers hung up around campus or them promoting their latest venue in front of the Memorial Union, but if you’ve been locked in your dorm room for the past couple of months, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. But, you should. The Platinum Entertainment Group, a startup company ran by University of Rhode Island students, is the hottest thing to ever happen to Rhode Island’s entertainment venues.

  • Popcorn: a good food with a bad reputation

    When most people think of popcorn the first thing that comes to mind is the tempting buttery smell filling the lobby of a movie theater or the air at a carnival. It is a treat, a snack that you only have on occasion when the sequel to your favorite movie comes out, or at a summer fair in your town.

  • Post secondary education expert talks higher education

    On Tuesday, Vice President for Postsecondary Education at the Center for American Progress and former Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education David Bergeron spoke on the future of public higher education as part of the 2013 Honors Colloquium.  

  • Unrelenting “Captain Phillips” reconfirms Tom Hanks’ star power

    “Captain Phillips” is arguably the best pirate movie made. This isn’t any of that over the top pirate stuff, and although I still love “Pirates of the Caribbean” this is about real pirates doing the dirty work in a modern world.

  • Music students and instructors pay tribute to two classical masters

    On Saturday night, the music department’s Vocal and Piano Studios held a concert at the Fine Arts Center’s concert hall in tribute to two masters of European classical music.

  • Men’s and women’s cross country team competes in Rothenberg Invitational

    The University of Rhode Island men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished in fourth place at the Brown University Rothenberg Invitational in Warwick, R.I., this past weekend.

  • Men’s hockey team suffers first loss of season, splits series

    The No. 15 University of Rhode Island men’s ice hockey team split a weekend series with No. 25 West Chester University in Kingston, winning the first match in a shootout, 3-2, on Friday and getting shut out 3-0 on Saturday.

  • Family Weekend Scheduled Events

    The University of Rhode Island’s Annual Family Weekend takes place this weekend and the school has many activities planned for students and their families to enjoy including a Food Truck Festival, a Rams football game and a performance by comedian Jim Gaffigan.

  • Grad student may return to Jeopardy

    A University of Rhode Island graduate student in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences may be able to premiere on a special episode of the television game show, Jeopardy.

  • Track calories to see results, MyFitnessPal

    Whether you are looking to shed some pounds, gain muscle, or maintain your current weight, there is an easy tool to assist you in your journey. Diet tracking applications for smartphones can help you stay on track with nutrition and exercise to reach your health goals.

  • Credit Union accepting Animal Shelter donations

    Throughout the month of October, the Rhode Island Credit Union will be accepting donations to help support local animal shelters. URI’s own Kingston branch will participate in the effort, dedicating its space in the Memorial Union for any to walk in and donate.
    Donations accepted include dog grooming supplies, kitty litter, leashes, collars and toys. Wet and dry food or treats for both cats and dogs are also approved. Students lacking these items that still wish to contribute can also provide monetary donations.

  • Women’s soccer suffers two home shutouts over weekend

    The University of Rhode Island women’s soccer team dropped two home games to George Mason University, 1-0, and Dayton University, 4-0, this weekend.

  • Golf team places third in Connecticut Cup

    The University of Rhode Island golf team earned third place at the Connecticut Cup in Ellington, Conn. on Monday and Tuesday with an overall score of 889.

  • Rhode Island football team has challenges ahead for second half of season

    The University of Rhode Island’s football team is 2-7 on the season, representing their most successful year since the 2010 season when they won five games. The Rams have also posted a 1-3 record within their conference, the Colonial Athletic Association.

  • URI campus celebrates Anna Fascitelli Fitness & Wellness Center ribbon cutting

    After seven years of long and hard work, the University of Rhode Island was proud to present the new Anna Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center. On Tuesday, Oct. 8th at 11 a.m., Vice President of Student Affairs Thomas R. Dougan hosted the well-anticipated ribbon cutting ceremony.

  • Honors Program courses a welcome challenge

    Students beginning to register for classes this upcoming semester may consider taking honors courses to better their educational experience. Lynne Derbyshire, the new director of the Honors Program, shared some interesting information about the courses, the program and the benefits.“There are two ways you can be involved in the Honors Program,” Derbyshire said. “Some students just take the occasional course because they can’t fit more into their schedule or what-have-you. Other students work towards an Honors Degree.”

  • Fuel your fitness before, after workout for maximum results

    With the opening of the Anna Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center, the addition of new machines in the Mackal Field House and beautiful outdoors all around campus, there are opportunities for every student to enjoy some exercise.  Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but your body will not be able to reach its full potential if you don’t fuel it appropriately. Eating properly both before and after a workout is essential in order to provide your body with the energy and nourishment it needs in order to recover.

  • Blowing off steam

    As a college student any opportunity is available to you if you’re open-minded and willing.

  • “Gravity” film combines wonder with anxiety

    The meaning of the word “spectacle” in movies has become twisted over the last couple of decades. There is very often a “more is more” thinking behind spectacle, that to be the reigning king of movies there must be bigger action, bigger special effects, and bigger characters. The new movie by Alfonso Cauron (director of the acclaimed “Children of Men” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”), “Gravity,” puts that mindset to rest. For as large scale as “Gravity” appears to be, it’s greatest asset is actually it’s simplicity and restraint.

  • Women's volleyball drops below .500 in loss to Northeastern

    The University of Rhode Island women’s volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision against the Northeastern Huskies in the Frank Keaney Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

  • Women’s Volleyball Grabs Two A-10 Road Wins

    The University of Rhode Island women’s volleyball team opened Atlantic-10 Conference play with consecutive road wins for the first time since 2003 against La Salle University and Fordham University this weekend.

  • Rhode Island football drops third straight Governor’s Cup in Rams’ 1,000th game

    The University of Rhode Island’s football team lost 31-14 to Brown University for the third year in a row in the annual Governor’s Cup this past Saturday.

  • Women’s soccer falls late to GWU, 1-0

    The University of Rhode Island women’s soccer team fell short against George Washington University, 1-0, in Kingston on Friday night.

  • Keynote speaker talks educational reform

    On Tuesday, Diversity Week keynote speaker Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University Pedro Noguera addressed the University of Rhode Island as part of the 2013 Honors Colloquium. 

  • Philanthropy Council holds open doors day

    As a way of welcoming students back onto campus, the Student Philanthropy Council hosted Opening Doors Day on Oct. 1. Council members distributed lollipops in front Chafee, Swan and Ballentine Halls, amongst other buildings around campus.
    As a parade of students rushed into their prospective buildings to their classrooms, SPC members greeted students with a warm smile and a lollipop to brighten their day.

  • Fruits and vegetables: frequently forgotten

    It is a widely known fact that fruits and vegetables are a healthy part of the human diet, after all Popeye supposedly gained his muscles from eating spinach, not ice cream.

  • Friends, colleagues pay tribute to Ron Stabile

    It was a night of remembrance last Saturday as friends gathered at the Fine Arts Center to celebrate the life of former University of Rhode Island percussion professor Ron Stabile.

  • Women’s volleyball grabs consecutive A-10 road wins

    The University of Rhode Island women’s volleyball team opened Atlantic-10 Conference play with consecutive road wins for the first time since 2003 against La Salle University and Fordham University this weekend.

  • Professionals speak on diversity in journalism

    At a Diversity Week event Wednesday afternoon, three journalists shared their insight and experiences on diversity in journalism.
    Alisha Pina, Elizabeth Rau and Bill Reynolds were the speakers on the panel. All three of these journalists have won awards in diversity reporting and have worked for the Providence Journal.

  • Men’s Ultimate team kicks off fall season

    In the last 30 years, Ultimate Frisbee has gone from horsing around to one of the most intense sports there is. Today’s game is filled with soccer-like endurance and football’s athleticism and strategy.  Ultimate has become a national event, even warranting coverage for their collegiate championship from ESPN.

  • Humans vs. Zombies club up and running

    Despite their suspected implication in last year’s shooting scare, the University of Rhode Island’s Humans vs. Zombies club is in full gear and ready for action this semester. 

  • Eat this, not that

    Listen up freshmen: if you want to avoid becoming another stereotype, there are several rules that must be followed. The “Freshmen Fifteen” has been upgraded to the “Freshmen Fifty.” The staggering growth in obesity is preventable if you heed my warning on this exposé of “Eat This, Not That.” We will discuss several options that will keep you feeling comfortable in your clothing.

  • Essentials for a Healthy Dorm Room Diet

    As we near mid-September, many students are beginning to settle into their on-campus living arrangements. They are adjusting to sharing space, writing numerous papers and new eating habits. In addition to dining hall meals, many students stock their dorm rooms with some extra snacks. Here are a few healthy options that can be found easily around campus:

  • “Prisoners” doesn’t hold back

    Truly great crime thrillers are few and far between. Now I’m not talking about heist capers like “Ocean’s Eleven” or tales of cops and robbers. I’m talking about crime thrillers that display the fringes and the dark corners of humanity, something in vein of the classic “Seven” or “Silence of the Lambs.” Part of this has to do with a fall back on gimmicks (i.e. the killer with a crazy pattern) or an effort to throw the audience into disturbing areas that end up feeling cheap and exploitative. To accomplish them, they need a certain display of tonal control to properly engage and provoke, which director Dennis Villeneuve showcases a knack for in “Prisoners.”

  • Coast Guard House makes a comeback after Hurricane Sandy ravages Rhode Island coast

    When Hurricane Sandy struck the eastern United States in late October of last year, Rhode Island saw more than a fair share of destruction. Buildings all along the coast were battered by winds in excess of 100 miles per hour, wreaking havoc on their structural integrity. In Westerly, we were rendered speechless as the hurricane spilled our beaches back onto roadways and collapsed several buildings.

  • URI On the Forefront for Media Literacy

    Over the weekend, the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media invited big names in Communication Education and Advocacy to the URI Feinstein Providence campus to take part in a symposium on the historical roots of media literacy.

  • Rhode Island unable to grab consecutive wins, blanked by W&M

    The University of Rhode Island’s football team was shut out at William & Mary College, 20-0, on Saturday night.
    The defeat dropped the Rams’ record to 1-3 on the season with a 1-2 posting in Colonial Athletic Conference play.

  • Low budget meals: Cooking with String Cheese 101

    You are a college student on a tight budget.  After a long day of classes, you realize that your stomach is roaring with hunger.  You take a peek inside of your refrigerator and search for ingredients to create a low-cost concoction and what is the first thing you see?

  • Rhode Island unable to grab consecutive wins, blanked by W&M

    The University of Rhode Island’s football team was shut out at William & Mary College, 20-0, on Saturday night.
    The defeat dropped the Rams’ record to 1-3 on the season with a 1-2 posting in Colonial Athletic Conference play.

  • Men’s golf team not up to par, hopes for great success at MacDonald Cup

    The University of Rhode Island men’s golf team finished the Hartford Hawks Invitational in sixth place this week, led by the play of sophomore Joe Leavitt and senior Andrew Fiorenzano.

  • Men’s cross country finishes fourth at Ted Owen Invitational

    The University of Rhode Island men’s cross country team finished in fourth place at the Ted Owen Invitational at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn. on Saturday.

  • Rams drop three, win one at Dartmouth Duel

    The University of Rhode Island women’s volleyball team came away from the Dartmouth Duel this past weekend with a win and three losses, dropping their record to 6-7.

  • Alumni wind ensemble performs

    The URI Alumni Wind Ensemble took place this Sunday at the Fine Arts Center here at the University of Rhode Island.
    This concert highlighted their goals very enthusiastically and provided such a great impression for the Department of Music. The band consists of alumni from the years 1977 up to 2013.

  • Matunuck Oyster Bar owner, URI alum, expands business

    Matunuck Oyster Bar is a busy little restaurant off of Succotash Road in South Kingstown. Being the quaint little place it is, Matunuck Oyster Bar is run by kind employees, from the valets that tend to the parking lot outside, to the chefs that run the kitchen, courtesy is their mission.

  • Providence-based non-profit organization holds bike sale fundraiser

    Recycle-A-Bike, a Providence-based non-profit organization that promotes social and environmental awareness held a bike sale in front of the Memorial Union yesterday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

  • URI volleyball sweeps at Art Carmichael Invitational this weekend

    The University of Rhode Island women’s volleyball team defeated all three of their opponents, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Texas at El Paso and University of Hartford, at the Art Carmichael Invitation this weekend at the Frank W. Keaney Gymnasium. The sweep brought the Rams’ record back above .500 at 5-4 and snapped their four-game losing streak.
    After Rhode Island won the first two sets by 12 and 13 points respectively, the River Hawks went into the third set needing a better offensive output. While they did manage to score more points, the Rams closed out the game, winning the third and deciding set 25-17.

  • Delgado sizes up critics

    The world has been full of doubters for University of Rhode Island runningback Robbie Delgado.  At every level of football, Delgado, 21, has been told he was too small or not quick enough to play at the college level.  However, those non-believers gave him all the motivation he needed to achieve his goal.  

  • URI Midfeilder Overcomes Adversity for Chance in U.S.

    University of Rhode Island Junior midfielder Matt Sykes knew from a very early age what he wanted to do with his life. Growing up in Sheffield, England the home of the Sheffield Football Club, soccer is immensely popular. this is where he discovered he wanted to be a soccer player.

  • “Boardwalk Empires” season premiere a success

    While critics might be all head over heels about the ending of “Breaking Bad” on AMC, I personally consider HBO to be the raining king when it comes to well made shows out there. You have the over-domination of the fantasy epic in “Game Of Thrones,” ongoing perils with the vampire interactions for “True Blood” fans, and other shows that seem to be proving time and time again why HBO holds the distinction of cranking out some pretty fantastic programs over the past few years.

  • “Orange” is the new hit Netflix series

    Netflix has had a huge year revolutionizing the way people watch television shows by drawing acclaim for their own series, including the political drama “House of Cards”, and reviving fan-favorite “Arrested Development.” But with its newest release, “Orange is the New Black,” the on-demand media streaming giant has been luring in tons of viewers as “Orange” takes a classic fish-out-of-water tale and revamps it into a comedy/prison drama that is 13 hours of a truly binge-worthy series.

  • Coca-Cola wins the beverage battle on campus

    Over the summer, the University of Rhode Island made a BIG change to our campus. No, not the new parking lot addition or our newly manicured lawns, but changing the vending machines all around campus. I’m talking about the biggest beverage battle to this day: Pepsi vs. Coka-Cola. And here at URI, Coke prevailed. 

  • Samantha Leyh proves to show promise this season

    The University of Rhode Island women’s soccer season has just begun, but already a star has emerged.
    Junior midfielder Samantha Leyh proved her strong play in Sunday’s game, scoring two of the three goals. The two goals were the team-high third and fourth goals this season.

  • URI volleyball remains positive after two losses

    Despite proving to be a formidable opponent, the University of Rhode Island women’s volleyball team lost both of their matches in the Valpo Popcorn Classic in Valparaiso, Ind. this past weekend. After starting the season winning the first two games, Rhode Island entered the tournament with a .500 record.

  • Guide to Relieving Stress

    We’re back at the grind. School has started and college students of all ages are trying to figure out exactly where they want to be with their studies this year.

  • Journalism department moves to Rodman Hall

    Returning to the campus this year you may notice the move made by the Journalism Department from Chaffee Hall into Rodman Hall.

    Along with the move they, now share a building with the School of Library studies. The move is the idea of the founding director of the Harrington School of Communication, Renee Hobbs. The purpose, she says, is to promote communication and collaboration between two departments that have much more in common than you may think.

  • Coach Elliot describes future for men’s soccer season

    The University of Rhode Island men’s soccer team could be facing a tough year as they enter the beginning of a rebuilding process with their new head coach, Gareth Elliott.

  • Football team loses, remains hopeful for upcoming season

    In more ways than one, the University of Rhode Island football team cannot win.

  • Academic Enhancement Center brings guidance and assistance to students

    The Academic Enhancement Center, known to most students and faculty as the AEC, is one of the many great resources at URI that students of any major can utilize to help them achieve in their academics.

  • Rhody athletes to spend summer training for fall

    As classes come to an end, students have one thing on their minds, the summer. Relaxing, working and going to the beach. For some students, however, being athletes, have more to think about for the summer.

  • A final column for Cigar editor

    After 1,333 days at the University of Rhode Island this is my final column. There will be no sap, no sadness, and no worrying about the future.

  • ‘Pain and Gain’ funny, reprehensible at once

    Michael Bay is tough to like. He makes the kinds of movies I like (crazy action movies), and yet with a few exceptions, I don’t like most of his movies.

  • Mythology, hypocrisy, rivalry define newest episode of ‘Mad Men’

    Don Draper is not a good man. This much has been made clear for five seasons. He has cheated constantly on two wives and didn’t treat Peggy with the respect she deserved, amongst many other little things.

  • Ghostface Killah, Adrian Younge release “Twelve Reasons to Die” to critical acclaim

    Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan has teamed up with Adrian Younge of the jazz/rock group Venice Dawn for a must listen collaboration.

  • Rhody sports notebook

    The football and softball teams are co-sponsoring a bone marrow donor registry drive Thursday in the Memorial Union.  The drive will run from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the America’s Cup room.

  • Cigar reporter reflects on first year of Rhody sports

    I recall sitting in the gymnasium of Pilgrim High School in Warwick, R.I., as one of the four or so fans who arrived for a basketball game. The same was the case for essentially all of the sports my high school had to offer.  One of my first thoughts about college was that this dynamic had to change. More people had to care about the athletics and those who dedicated their lives to them.

  • ‘Mad Men’ returns for sixth season with understated confidence, progressing acting

    When it comes to television talks, usually a similar crop of shows come up. Did you see that crazy battle on “Game of Thrones”? What do you think Walter White is going to do next? Who is going to bite the dust next time on “The Walking Dead?” But I have to say, where is everyone’s love for “Mad Men?” The show about a 1960s advertising company always seems to slip through the cracks, and I don’t think it gets the attention it deserves. Sure it doesn’t have dragons, zombies, or drug dealers to “spice” things up, but in its own quiet and self-assured way, it’s arguably better than any of these much-talked-about shows. Sure, “Breaking Bad” reigns supreme, but still.

  • Gilvydas Biruta speaks on transfer to URI from Rutgers

    It has not been a good two weeks for Rutgers basketball. After videos were released of now-fired coach Mike Rice screaming and throwing basketballs at his players, Rice was fired.

  • ‘Wolf’ step up in production, nothing new for hopeful fans

    Tyler, the Creator’s newest album, “Wolf,” provides some evidence of Tyler’s progression, while working against itself at the same time.

  • Baseball team consistently inconsistent

    Inconsistency has been an issue for the University of Rhode Island baseball team (12-15) so far this season, and this week it became more evident. After a solid performance in Tuesday’s 4-2 win against Northeastern University, the Rams were shutout in a loss to Central Connecticut State University yesterday.

  • Thoughts behind having a woman play in the NBA

    The most recent “joke” floating around the Internet is Brittney Griner, forward for Baylor University, being drafted into the NBA.

  • Poll: Red Sox fan support down at University of Rhode Island

    Somewhere down the line since 2004, many Boston Red Sox fans became a group of bandwagon fans, which remain uninterested for the new season.

  • ‘Game of Thrones’ season premire offers little action, remains compelling

    Someone once told me that the night is dark and full of terrors...and, as the season premiere of “Game of Thrones” would have me believe, it is also brimming with expository dialogue. The third season of the HBO series, based on “A Storm of Swords” from the novel series, was one of the most extraordinarily hyped-up television events in recent memory. It all came complete with advertisements sporting the frost-covered close-ups of favorite characters Robb Stark (Richard Madden) and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) along with the menacing shadows of a tiny dragon in mid flight, the latter of which has become the show’s unofficial icon.

  • Spring film releases hope to exceed bar set by those in season’s past

    This past winter brought many award-winning films to the screen that are now remembered as some of our favorite movies.

  • Baseball team starts conference play on wrong foot, drops two of three at home against the Universit

    The University of Rhode Island men’s baseball team (11-14) didn’t start Atlantic 10 conference play smoothly this weekend; the Rams lost two out of three games at home to the University of Dayton.

  • March album roundup: The Strokes, CHVRCHES, Suede

    March was a pretty decent month in terms of alternative music. While nothing matched the impact of the February release of the third album by storied Irish shoe-gazers My Bloody Valentine, there were still some solid releases from both new and established acts.

  • ‘The Walking Dead’ finale not as fitting as previous season’s ender

    I should have known better. I really should have known better. Even with the entire feet-dragging going on recently in “The Walking Dead,” I positively thought it would eventually amount to something in this season finale. There was a lot of buildup, some of it too drawn out, but when this show decides to get its hands dirty, it soars pretty high.

  • Track coach looks forward to upcoming outdoor season

    After a month off, the Rhode Island men’s track team are back at it, preparing for the outdoor season.

  • URI softball drops two at Harvard

    The University of Rhode Island softball team lost a pair of games at Harvard University on Tuesday.

  • ‘White House Down’ bears strong resemblance to ‘Olympus Has Fallen’

    Did you get a chance to see “Olympus Has Fallen” last week? No? Well don't worry because in just a few short months another identical movie is coming out called “White House Down.”

  • New ‘G.I. Joe’ brings memories of previous memorable toy movies

    Apparently, with the upcoming release of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” it looks as though Hollywood still isn’t done with messing around with our childhood toy sets.

  • Cigar vet reminisces on time at paper

    It’s all over. After three and a half years, countless interviews, bylines and long nights spent in the bowels of the Memorial Union I am ready to say goodbye to The Good 5¢ Cigar.

  • Baseball team steals 11 bases, picks up shut out at home over UMass-Lowell

    The University of Rhode Island baseball team defeated the Division II University of Massachusetts – Lowell River Hawks, 10-0, at Bill Beck Field yesterday afternoon.

  • Baseball team’s pitching ace records many innings, wins

    Senior Sean Furney pitched seven plus innings this past Saturday against Hoftstra University to record his second win of the season, containing Hofstra to just two hits.

  • Women’s rowing team gears up for new season after last year’s big wins

    The University of Rhode Island women’s rowing team is coming off of a successful season that will be difficult to follow.

  • Starting pitching key to baseball team’s weekend wins

    Riding a five-game win streak, the University of Rhode Island baseball team (9-12) hosted Hofstra University at home at Bill Beck Field this past weekend.

  • New TV series ‘Bates Motel’ combines thrills, chills of ‘Psycho’ on small screen

    When I heard that the television network A&E was going to be producing a show that depicts the early life of Norman Bates and his mother, Norma, I reacted the same way as anyone else would have done in the same situation: “Oh god no. Why is this green-lit? And why is the network that has produced more Hallmark card TV movies helming this project instead of a network like AMC or HBO?”

  • High stakes set on AMC’s ‘Walking ‘Dead’

    If any of you have seen “The Godfather Part III,” and even if you haven’t, then you surely remember the famous quote from Al Pacino, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me right back in.”

  • Baseball wins fifth straight in home opener

    The University of Rhode Island baseball team (7-11) won its home opener 8-4 yesterday against SUNY-Stony Brook. The win marks the Rams’ fifth consecutive victory.

  • Red Sox prospect, 22, deserving of opening day nod over veterans

    Although he’s only 22 years old and has never played professional baseball past the Single-A level, Boston Red Sox prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. deserves a spot on the opening day roster.

  • ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ mostly succeeds among high expectations

    Prequels to classic movies are all the rage these days. There are plenty of them out there, but the problem is that few of them are complete successes

  • ‘Walking Dead’ struggles with dull stretches, still offers action

    While it is a very uneven show, I remain attached to “The Walking Dead.” This is because even though the show often mistakes “stretching it out” for plot and character development, when it hits the mark it hits hard. It’s what keeps me going through the duller stretches, and the two episodes that followed the fantastic Morgan-centric one have created another of those stretches.

  • Baseball team takes form with help of good pitching

    The University of Rhode Island baseball team (6-11) wrapped up its spring break with a three-game sweep of Winthrop University. The Rams have now won six of their last eight games in the young season.

  • Softball stories: Rams swing trip south over spring break

    This season the Cigar, with the help of senior softballers Courtney Prendergast, Kelly Coker and Erika Szymanski, will go inside the URI softball program as it looks to improve on its best season in eight years.

  • Cigar staffers make NCAA basketball tourney picks

    As much as I would love to see Liberty University take home the crown in Atlanta this year, I had to actually buckle down and pay attention to my bracket this season.

  • Softball team falls 5-2 to Radford in USF tournament finale

    The University Of Rhode Island softball team lost 5-2 to Radford University in the South Florida Tournament Finale on Sunday.

  • David Bowie album recalls former styles in new ways

    David Bowie, the famed chameleon of rock & roll who has adapted to many shifts in popular music (and often perfected them) fell silent after the release of his 2003 album “Reality.” Many in the music world simply assumed he would never release a new album again, so imagine the surprise when “The Next Day” was announced back in January.

  • ‘Tomb Raider’ game reboot worth waiting for

    Tomb Raider, one of the most anticipated games of the year, finally arrived on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this month.

  • Finding the True Rhody Mentality in South Carolina

    This is the first in a weekly series of stories taking you inside the University of Rhode Island softball team. On the field, in the locker room and on the bus seniors Courtney Prendergast, Kelly Coker and Erika Szymanski will take you along for the ride that will be the 2013 URI softball season.

  • Women’s basketball finishes another rough season, coach talks setbacks

    The University of Rhode Island women’s basketball team improved on its one-win campaign from a year ago, but was only able to finish with a 6-23 record.

  • Foreign film directors get lost in overseas translations

    The world of cinema is a vast one that stretches way beyond Hollywood and just American film in general.

  • Women’s track finishes season at Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference in Boston

    The University of Rhode Island women’s track team finished 28th out of 53 teams at last weekend’s Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference meet at Boston University.

  • Rhody Health & Fitness

    Between all of the tedious homework and extensive studying in a typical college student’s schedule, exercising may not always be everyone’s first priority.

  • Experts advise on dressing for workplace environment

    After hard work on your resume, application submissions and interviews, you have finally landed that prestigious internship or post-graduation job. You’ve got the skill set and attitude your employer is looking for, and you’re ready to rock your new position. But there’s one question that you should be thinking about: Is your wardrobe rock-solid or rock bottom?

  • Softball team opens season winless in South Carolina

    The University of Rhode Island softball team dropped their first three decisions of the season this past week at the Coastal Carolina Kickin’ Chicken Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Blind educator discusses own challenges, advocates equal opportunity for disabled

    “I think you should get out of education.”

    This is what former teacher and principal in the Boston public school system William Henderson heard from his eye doctor, who explained that Henderson would be losing his vision in five to 15 years. Henderson had just graduated from college and begun a teaching job in Boston in 1973 prior to this shocking announcement.

  • URI senior remembers East African experience

    A University of Rhode Island student had a unique opportunity last spring to study abroad in East Africa.

  • Student proclaims that URI has plenty to be thankful for

    Although we all have plenty of complaints, it’s not all that bad here. And in the light of Thanksgiving, we should recognize that we’re actually pretty lucky to be here.

  • Healthy food options easy to find on campus

    When you live on campus, it’s not always easy to eat healthy. With an emporium full of restaurants that deliver to the dorms, health is not the first thing that comes to mind. The dining halls have low-calorie options that are easy to overlook, especially when it’s mozzarella stick day at Butterfield. What many students might not realize is that healthy options are available all over campus