University of Rhode Island en URI Breaks Ground On New Center For LGBTQ Community <p>The University of Rhode Island broke ground this morning on a center for the school’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The center is unique among college campuses.</p><p></p><p></p><p>URI says it’s the only school in the nation to design and build a center specifically for the LGBTQ community.&nbsp; State officials were on hand to celebrate the groundbreaking, including Governor Lincoln Chafee, and state senator Frank Ferri, who championed Rhode Island’s push for legal same-sex marriages.&nbsp; Annie Russell is the center’s director.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:16:25 +0000 John Bender 32142 at URI Breaks Ground On New Center For LGBTQ Community URI Begins Construction on LGBTQ Center <p>The University of Rhode Island breaks ground Wednesday on a new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Center.</p><p>URI officials say the start of construction is groundbreaking in more ways than one. They believe URI is the first university in the country to have a separate building dedicated solely as an LGBTQ center.</p><p>In the past, URI has faced criticism for being an unfriendly campus to gay and lesbian students. The university has also faced accusations that officials forced out a popular advisor, Andrew Winters, who worked on gay and lesbian issues.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:08:00 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 32130 at University Of Rhode Island First State Institution To Arm Campus Police <p>The University of Rhode Island announced today it will arm its on-campus police force with guns.&nbsp; It's the only public higher education institution in the state to do so.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:34:45 +0000 John Bender 32074 at University Of Rhode Island First State Institution To Arm Campus Police URI to Arm Campus Police <p>University of Rhode Island officials have announced they plan to arm campus police, despite vocal critics, who say the change will not make campus safer.</p><p>The university announced the decision after a year of public meetings and discussions with faculty, students and staff. In a statement, URI President David Dooley called the change critical.</p><p>"In order to provide the safest environment possible and to ensure a timely response to any threat to the safety of our campuses, our police officers must be equipped properly to function as first responders,” Dooley said.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:15:38 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 32020 at Rep. Ray Hull Mulling Providence Mayoral Bid <p>State Rep. Ray Hull, D-Providence is seriously considering running for the Democratic nomination for mayor in the Sept. 9 primary.</p><p>Hull is &nbsp;a Providence police sergeant who represents House District 6, which takes in parts of the neighborhoods of Manton, Mount Pleasant and Fruit Hill near the Providence College campus.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:11:23 +0000 Scott MacKay 30636 at URI Plans to Keep Using the SAT <p>The University of Rhode Island says it has no immediate plans to stop using the SAT as a requirement for admission, despite criticism that has led to an overhaul of the test.</p><p>SAT testing company The College Board has unveiled a series of changes taking effect in 2016, which include fewer obscure vocabulary words and making the essay section optional.</p><p>URI Director of Admissions Cynthia Bonn tells Rhode Island Public Radio that her team rarely ever looks at the essay section of the test as it is, but she thinks the other changes will be helpful.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:07:56 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 30098 at University Of Rhode Island Prof In Ukraine <p>A University of Rhode Island Professor is an eye-witness to the political upheaval in Ukraine where he's living on a Fulbright research grant.</p><p>Professor Nicolai Petro is safe, but paying close attention to the ongoing crisis.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Petro is studying the role of religion in regional politics in the coastal city of Odessa.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:18:40 +0000 John Bender 29933 at University Of Rhode Island Prof In Ukraine New Website Helps People Learn About And Plan For Climate Change <p>A team at the University of Rhode Island has launched a&nbsp;website about climate change and its impacts to our state. The website, <a href="">Rhode Island's Climate Change: Waves of Change,</a> is designed for a range of people: from high school students to parents to business people.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:40:12 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 29572 at New Website Helps People Learn About And Plan For Climate Change URI Tapped For President Obama’s Latin American Initiative <p>Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the University of Rhode Island Friday for being selected to take part in a presidential initiative to send more students to Latin America. URI is one of four school selected for the project.</p><p></p><p>The goal of the presidential initiative is have 100,000 American students studying in Latin America and to bring 100,000 Latin American students to the United States.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:42:24 +0000 Catherine Welch 27831 at URI Tapped For President Obama’s Latin American Initiative Parsing Chafee's final budget <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee has delivered his final state budget proposal and given his final State of the State speech. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses Chafee’s Last Hurrah.</p><p>The cliché says: show me your budget and I’ll figure out your priorities. When it comes to Gov. Chafee’s final budget, that may be a trite description, but it’s true.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:38:31 +0000 Scott MacKay 27824 at