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Heather Abbott, whose injuries sustained in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing spurred her to start a foundation which helps amputees get prosthetic devices, will be the commencement speaker at Providence College’s 98th graduation exercises on May 15 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence.

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After besting the University of Southern California, Providence College faces the top-seeded University of North Carolina on Saturday as March Madness continues.

In Providence, Yale faces it's own tough contest against Duke.

Both teams would make big headlines if they win Saturday, although analysts have said PC is unlikely to pull off a victory. Still, in the world of college basketball, RIPR sports blogger Mike Szostak says "it's a tournament that any of the top teams can win any team can win." 

Weeks after students staged a sit-in over allegations of racism on campus, Providence College has detailed plans to address the students' concerns. In a letter, college officials outlined proposed changes to faculty training and the college curriculum.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is suing the city of Providence over a controversial housing ordinance, which limits the number of students who can live together.

Since September, Providence has limited the number of students who can live in a single-family home to three. The ordinance applies to several neighborhoods where residents have complained about rowdy student parties, specifically in the area surrounding Providence College.

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As racial tensions continue to make headlines on college campuses across the country, Roger Williams University will host a symposium on current and past black activist movements Thursday.

The day-long conference will feature scholars, poets, and a prominent member of the current Black Lives Matter movement. Organizers said the purpose of the event is to open a conversation about black activism and its history.

Roger Williams senior Marquis Caesar, one of the conference organizers, said there aren’t enough opportunities to have campus-wide discussions about race.

After 9 o’clock Tuesday night, several dozen Providence College students left the office of President Reverend Brian Shanley, after protesting there for more than 12 hours. The students and the head of the private Catholic College came to an agreement over changes, demanded by the students, to address racism on campus.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave talk with Dr. Sylvia Maxfield, dean of the School of Business at Providence College, about the new Brookings Institution report on how to improve Rhode Island's economy.  

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org      

The golden age of Providence College sports continues as the school today unveiled plans for a $37.5 million athletics center which will include a new basketball practice facility and more space for the athletic department.

To be called the Ruane Friar Development Center, the facility is named for former PC trustee board chairman Michael Ruane, a 1971 PC grad, and his wife, Elizabeth. In addition to a financial commitment to create the Michael Ruane endowed chair in economics, the gift is the largest the college has received from a living alumnus.

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 Update:  The University of Rhode Island says it is in regular contact with study abroad programs to monitor the situation in Paris following a string of apparent terrorist attacks and maintain the safety of students. A total of 14 URI students were in Paris or other regions of France during the attacks on Friday night.

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A large group of Brown University students and faculty rallied Thursday to show their solidarity with college students in Missouri. Students at the University of Missouri forced the resignation this week of the university president, amid allegations that a ignored racially charged atmosphere on campus.

At Brown University, students stepped forward to express their opinions on race, including Brown senior Justice Gaines.

Chard deNiord, a Providence College English professor, has been named Vermont’s poet laureate. A resident of Westminster in southern Vermont, deNiord replaces Syndey Lea as poet laureate in the Green Mountain state.

deNiord joined the PC faculty in 1998 and won the Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award at PC in 2011. A co-founder of the New England College MFA program, he is the author of many poetry collections, including `Interstate’ (2015), `The Double Truth’ (2011), `Night Mowing’ (2005),  `Sharp Golden Thorn’ (2003) and `Asleep in the Fire’ (1990).

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Two survivors of sexual assault will testify Monday before a statehouse commission aimed at curbing sexual violence on college campuses.

Commission member Peg Langhammer directs the nonprofit Day One, which helped to arrange the victims’ testimony. Langhammer said they will share details from their personal experiences and discuss what happened after the sexual assault.

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Hockey runs deep in Burrillville. The town’s junior hockey league started in the early 1950s making it one of the oldest youth hockey leagues in the country. The town also boasts one of the oldest public rinks attached to a high school. Today, families continue a tradition of hockey prowess.

As part of our series One Square Mile: Burrillville, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender spent some time at the local hockey rink.

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Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy has pulled the veil from his famous family in a new book that details his addiction and mental health issues.  Some members of his family have reacted angrily to the book, calling the memoir inaccurate. RIPR’s Scott MacKay says Kennedy deserves a Profile in Courage award of his own.

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Providence College said university officials are conducting an internal investigation into what they call an "unfortunate event" early Saturday morning.

The university said a student was arrested by police.

According to Providence police, the student allegedly tossed lit cigarette at a patrol car, then ran away.

Police said 18-year-old Michael Dormon was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Dormon was held overnight and released on Sunday.

Police Major Thomas Verdi said Providence College has suspended Dormon, pending a disciplinary hearing.

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