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John Foresté

Clare Russell Gregorian, a pivotal force in the establishment of Rhode Island Public Radio, wife of former Brown University President Vartan Gregorian and a staunch advocate for women’s reproductive rights, died Saturday in New York after a long battle with obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 80.

Roderick Coover

Brown University honored fiction writer Robert Coover this month with a three-day festival, "International Fiction Now: Celebrating the Unspeakable Practices of Robert Coover and the International Writers Project."

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Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida and presidential hopeful was in the Ocean State Wednesday. 

Brown University will confer honorary doctorate degrees on musician Sting and his spouse, the actress Trudie Styler,  at the university’s 250th commencement exercises on Sunday, May 27th.

Sting is one of the world’s most distinctive performers. He formed The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers in 1977. The band releases five albums, landed six Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

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A Brown alum has donated $100 million to advance brain science and help find cures for ALS and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Brown University has suspended members of the university’s men’s swimming and diving team after an investigation disclosed violations of alcohol and hazing policies, the university announced today.

The sanctions emanate from an October, 2017 incident. In addition to alcohol and hazing violations, a comprehensive university investigation the team was  “found responsible for misrepresenting information about the incident to university officials.”

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In a win for historic preservationists, Brown University is changing its plans for a new performing arts center. The proposal for a new building drew the ire of some community members in the city.

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Brown University plans to demolish several historic houses on Providence’s College Hill to make way for a new arts center. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay hopes the university hasn’t set this proposal in concrete.


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A new study links a dramatic decline in drug overdose deaths with Rhode Island’s prison treatment program for opioid addiction.

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Brown University and a California for-profit hospital chain announced Thursday plans to make a rival bid for Rhode Island’s second-largest health system, Care New England.

The Ivy League university’s partnership with Prospect Medical Holdings comes as Care New England is negotiating a sale to the Boston-based Partners HealthCare.  

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Update 12/20: Providence's City Plan Commission delayed a vote expected Tuesday, setting the next hearing for January 16 .

There’s a dispute brewing between Brown University and historic preservationists over the plan for Brown’s new performing arts center.  

Brown hired a prominent New York firm to design its new performing arts center and has now settled on a site near the center of campus. But preservationists say there’s a problem: five Victorian-era buildings will have be moved or torn down, under the university's current plan.

Brown Reports Four Students Contracted Mumps

Dec 5, 2017
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Four Brown University students have contracted the mumps, the latest in a series of outbreaks on college campuses across the country.

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