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Being Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

For a guy who builds global positioning systems, my dad’s not too great with Google Maps. Big thumbs, small iPhone screen — I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. We’re dropped off in Seekonk, Massachusetts, overstuffed bags in hand, with no idea how to hike to Brown University on...

Providence’s Street Sign Gallery

I’m off to an art gallery, Though not in the conventional sense. It doesn’t have a collection that’s limited By wealth Or connections And admission is always free.   All it really takes to be showcased In this, my favorite, gallery is The desire to express oneself (and the humble...

The College on Chapel Hill

Near the bottom of College Hill is a large church with white-painted stone sides. Wide arched windows line the walls, and during the morning mass, sunlight flows into the nave mixing with the warm liquid sound of the organ. Velvet cushions cover the pews inside, and the ceiling soars, almost...

Decoding the Streets of Providence

Providence’s graffiti scene is one of the most visible yet least understood cultures to exist within the city. Through the assistance of Professor Stefano Bloch of Brown’s Urban Studies Department, I was introduced to an active participant of Providence’s graffiti scene. I had the pleasure of interviewing Sam*, who agreed...

Small State, Big Scares

Trees burst into flames against the sky, air grows increasingly crisp, and jackets expand on the shivering backs of students. Foods and drinks are spiced, mulled, and excessively pumpkin-ed. This is autumn in Providence, and as the city is immersed in all that is October, thoughts turn to the adventurous...

Here There Be Ghosts

People have died in University Hall. When the building was serving as a military hospital during the American Revolution, soldiers had their limbs sawed off in what are now offices and conference rooms. Many unfortunate young men never made it out alive. Though the bodies were taken away, many believe...

Buddy’s Back

You cannot talk about Providence without talking about Vincent Albert Cianci, Jr.  Twice the mayor of Providence, Buddy, as he is known, has spent a total of 22 years in office. Buddy has twice been removed from office by law—first for assault, then for racketeering—but he has never lost a...