University of Rhode Island officials are reviewing police records of 20 students involved in a house party gone bad last weekend in Narragansett. URI vice president for student affairs Tom Dougan says police issued citations and made arrests for everything from launching beer bottles to destroying property and underage drinking.
Now, Dougan says the university will consider a range of sanctions in each student’s case.
Experts are predicting an unusually bad allergy season with high levels of pollen this year. They note that the cold and wet spring has delayed the onset of pollen production and will cause many types of plants to produce allergens at once. Professor Keith Killingbeck of The University of Rhode Island said he was surprised by the intensity of the allergen levels.
Colleges, even state colleges, are too expensive and beyond the financial reach of some students. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay on why college is still a great investment, both for taxpayers and students.
Fast upon us 'tis season of Lilacs, caps and gowns and those desultory commencement speeches about life being a journey. For too many seniors these days, the sheepskin comes with an avalanche of student loan debt.
One of the University of Rhode Island’s most famous professors is receiving a national honor. Robert Ballard will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Oceanography professor Robert Ballard first came to international prominence when discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985. Ballard received his doctorate from URI in 1974, and joined the School of Oceanography in the mid-2000’s. He now heads the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography.
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.
URI says it’s the only school in the nation to design and build a center specifically for the LGBTQ community. 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. Annie Russell is the center’s director.
The University of Rhode Island breaks ground Wednesday on a new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.