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Several students told the Student Senate on Feb. 10 they have been discriminated against on campus because of their political beliefs. The comments came during the open debate, a public forum on every week’s agenda when senators and members of the audience can discuss topics of their choice.…

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A construction crew recently installed a patch on the roof of the Gabelli School of Business (GSB) to deal with a chronic leak. Though a temporary fix, one university official said it is costing the school $8,000. William Seymour, assistant vice president of facilities and capital projects, …

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As of Feb. 8, there have been 34 confirmed cases of the flu on campus this year, according to a university official. Just this semester, there have been 31 cases alone. 

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“Are you interested in having your voice heard on campus? Do you want to represent your fellow members of the student body and help affect positive change on campus?” Students were asked these questions in three emails from the university’s Student Senate account. The emails sent out in Dece…

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Roger Williams University has yet to post the job of university chaplain, a position left vacant after Rev. Nancy Soukup retired last November. That leaves a void in meeting the spiritual needs of students. 

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Students will still be able to watch sporting events on some local stations. 

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Well, not actually, according to an all-student email sent on Jan. 31 by Vice President of Student Life John King. According to King, the university is switching their cable subscription to a package with less channels. The change will occur on Feb. 17.“There’s just been a sea change related…

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The idea started a few years ago when Assistant Vice President and Dean for Student Life Lisa Landreman found out a student was living out of their car after being evicted from their home and estranged from their family. 

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Diners in Upper Commons may have noticed that baskets of napkins are no longer on the tables. This was done to cut back on waste from the RWU community.“We’re always trying to get students to not waste food,” said James Gubata, general manager of Commons. “It’s the same thing with the napkin…

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Students in one of the new labs in the SECCM building

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After 17 months of construction noises heard around campus, the new School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management (SECCM) building is open for classes. Now, students will be the ones practicing construction on the inside. Construction on the SECCM building began in August of 2…

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Students returning to campus for the spring semester may have noticed more parking spaces in the lot next to North Campus Residence Hall. The university added 52 new spots to this lot, known as lot D, to help lessen parking issues on campus. 

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Students have one less place to go out in Bristol after Gillary’s Taphouse on Thames Street shut down early last December.

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Lisa Raiola, who oversees the fundraising arm of the university, will retire at the end of this month. She has been vice president of institutional advancement for over nine years.

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University officials will begin studying the matter of arming Public Safety officers over the course of next semester, according to Vice President of Student Life John King.On behalf of the president’s office, King explained the university will study the matter carefully before making a deci…

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The number of international students enrolled at RWU dropped by approximately 18% over the last year, according to data obtained from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.That's a significantly larger decline from what's happening nationally, according to a new report from the Insti…

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There may be changes coming to the university's Core Curriculum, according to President Miaoulis and Associate Dean of General Education Jason Jacobs. Jacobs said the curriculum itself is outdated, originating from the 1990s. Although it was considered groundbreaking at the time, he and Miao…

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Money raised from this year's Winter Illuminations event will be donated to the university's student emergency fund, as was announced during the Student Senate meeting on Nov. 18. This year’s Winter Illuminations event will be held on Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the D'Angelo Commons, between the …

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A bike path running from the Bristol campus to the center of town has been a topic of discussion for many years. Given that there are no designers, funding or permits at this time, Director of Facilities William Seymour explained there is no actual project in motion. However, a plan has been…

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A collection of baskets decorated with Dr. Seuss related images, filled with food items and children's games, took home the "Most Creative" prize at this year's Thanksgiving food drive. However, a decline in donations weighed heavily on some people's minds after fewer donations were received…

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106 students came together last week to learn how to help people in their community feel less alone. The Students United to Prevent Gun Violence club partnered with Sandy Hook Promise on Nov. 13, in order to educate students on how to prevent gun violence.The organization Sandy Hook Promise …

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Students who wanted to take Advanced Greek as an independent study this semester were out of luck. The LANG-410 Independent Study course was delayed until spring due to budgets, low student enrollment and class type. 

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An email Director of Athletics Kiki Jacobs sent to varsity sport head coaches on Nov. 5 disclosed a skin infection within the wrestling team. All students did not receive an email addressing this issue until three days later, on Nov. 8.

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A center providing new and used internship clothing for students was opened in March of this year, and has now moved to a new location.The Hawk’s Closet, located in the Center for Student Development (CSD), provides students with free clothes to be worn for job interviews and internships. Di…

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Parking lots on campus are overflowing as more and more students drive to class daily, frustrating students and staff. The university has heard these concerns and is finally making a step to provide a solution.

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Recent discussions on campus have revolved around the idea of making Veterans Day an official school holiday. Earlier this year, the Student Senate brought it up as an open debate topic. Much of the discussion was based on questioning why the school currently does not have the day off.

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A bill was unanimously passed through the Student Senate on Nov. 4 to get a new transmitter for WQRI. This is a critical purchase that will allow the student-run radio station to continue functioning. 

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The 2018-2019 RWU Bias Report, a report which records and categorizes bias incidents on campus, was released on Oct. 28 by the Center for Student Development.  

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On Wednesday, Nov. 6, The Hawks' Herald obtained an email that Director of Athletics Kiki Jacobs sent to the head coaches of all varsity sports. This email, sent out Nov. 5, disclosed there has been an issue with "some skin infections" on the men’s wrestling team. In the email, Jacobs said t…

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In 2017, the university bought the Wind Hill estate across from campus on Ferry Road. The university currently has no plans for the grand estate. However, it has a lot of potential. “I think it’s a beautiful piece of land,” said Director of Capital Projects and Planning Bill Seymour. “I thin…

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It is clear the construction of the new approximately $14 million School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management (SECCM) building has been a big project for the university. The question is: How does this affect the university's budget?

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The assistant dean of the School of Social and Natural Sciences (SSNS) has been appointed as the chairwoman of the university's Human Subjects Review Board (HSRB).Becky Spritz, a professor of psychology and public health, leads the 10-person board. The group is tasked with protecting people …

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Looking around in Upper Commons, students might spend some time admiring all the vegetarian and vegan options. These efforts have recently been recognized. 

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After eight years at RWU, Rev. Nancy Soukup will be leaving the school to finish her doctorate in ministry and work with students entering college on matters of spiritual guidance. Originally hired as the university's part-time multi-faith chaplain, Soukup’s position quickly grew to full-tim…

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Now that flu season has officially begun, university officials are encouraging students, faculty and staff to get their flu shots.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that flu vaccinations be offered by the end of October, in order to prevent reduced protection lat…

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The bright red CVS machine is hard to miss as students walk through Lower Commons, providing a variety of products ranging from snacks to deodorant to Plan B. Despite it being a new addition to the RWU campus, it already has undergone some technical issues, which have caused it to be unusabl…

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After three months of searching, the RWU School of Law has decided on a new Director of Diversity and Outreach. Ralph Tavares will take over this position on Oct. 31. 

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No matter where a student lives on campus, getting to class on time, especially 8 a.m. classes, is always a challenge.However, students who live in Baypoint or Almeida Apartments have to consider more than the alarm clock. Kate Tobin, manager of parking and transportation on campus, acknowle…

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There is a new gaming room on campus, tailored to the growing esports community. The RWU Esports Club hopes to use this room to become even more competitive. President of the Esports Club Michael Delli Carpini said everyone is really excited to utilize the room. The new gaming room is locate…

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Alcohol violations on campus increased 30% in 2018 over the previous year and the number of burglaries nearly tripled, according to a new report released by the university on Monday, Sept. 30.

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September 29, 1969 saw the first convocation on the Bristol campus of Roger Williams College. 1,300 students then went about their school year on the 60-acre, seven building campus. Later that school year, the first residence hall was built, which is now called Maple Hall. 50 years later, th…

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BRISTOL — Three men involved in a Sept. 20 altercation outside the Almeida Apartments where they were guests of a student have been ordered to stay off RWU property, according to Vice President of Student Life John King. 

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Around 6 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, Reliable Pest Control of Bristol sprayed the RWU campus to prevent mosquitoes potentially carrying a deadly disease from reproducing.

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On the first day of classes, RWU's new lactation room in Global Heritage Hall 113 opened for nursing mothers. The room is not just for faculty, but for all university staff. “I’m really proud of it, I’m proud that we can do that for people.” Associate Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, …