The Phoenix Network:
Local heroes of 2011
Simon Moore and Linda Katz
In the 14th annual edition of the Providence Phoenix 's Best issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
DANIEL MCGOWAN AND MARION DAVIS
| April 20, 2011
2010 Muzzle Awards on campus
Harvard and Yale once again lead the way . . . for academic censorship
Harvard and Yale universities felt the sting of the global economic collapse firsthand in 2009, as the endowments of these stalwart New England Ivy League members dropped by nearly a third. The schools didn’t fare much better in the free marketplace of ideas, either.
| June 30, 2010
Boston After Dark: Glory, Old
Posters of protest at Massachusetts College of Art
Since the national student strike began, the Massachusetts College of Art, on Brookline Avenue in Boston, has undergone a remarkable change.
| June 03, 2010
BU offers the class of 1970 a second chance at complacency
After School Special
Boston University’s class of 2010 celebrates its commencement this weekend, and BU has invited the class of 1970 to tag along.
| May 12, 2010
| January 01, 0001
At the Cable Car: The wind-lashed and sea-worn
On a recent Sunday, the usual grad school crowd at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence gave way to something different — the wind-lashed faces and sea-worn hands of Rhode Island’s oft-ignored surfing community.
| May 12, 2010
We love you, stressed-out college kids! So relax, and remember how good you have it.
As advocates of higher education and living as long as medically possible, we were sad to read that, according to new-media-powerhouse Web site the Daily Beast, Greater Boston is home to not one but five of the most stressful colleges in the United States.
| April 28, 2010
Students gone wild
Tufts naked quad run
When it comes to warding off stress, every college has its own traditions. Some quell student woes with late-night pancakes. Some offer free movie nights. But only at Tufts University in Medford does release of academic tension involve hundreds of synchronized derrières bobbing up and down in below-freezing temperatures.
| March 17, 2010
Back to school
Coloring outside the educational lines
Some of us know (or think we know) our paths from a young age. We follow those trails through 12 years of school, and then four (plus) more. Some of us don't. We flounder, we search, we know what we want but we don't know how to achieve it. The crucial component in all these scenarios? Education.
| January 20, 2010
Instead of cuts: guts
Raise taxes on the rich? Only one candidate says ‘yes’?
Let’s assume, reader, that you’re concerned about economic and social justice. For those in real need — people who are poor, sick, old, mentally ill, addicted, disabled — you want decent care. You’re concerned, too, about proper funding of schools, community colleges, and university campuses.
| January 06, 2010
Review: The House of the Devil
The '80s revival hits the horror genre
Have you walked near a college campus lately? You might notice that the ’80s are creeping into fashion, the way the ’70s did a few years back, and with the same lack of irony. It’s happening in cinemas, too — something that’s not entirely unwelcome when it comes to the horror genre.
| December 02, 2009
Youth to power
Bates College junior Robert Friedman will be missing a couple weeks of class in December.
| November 24, 2009
Ex-USM staffers claim age discrimination
In complaints filed with the University of Southern Maine's Office of Campus Diversity and Equity, a state legislator and five former colleagues allege they were discriminated against in a recent department restructuring because of their ages. The complainants' ages range between 56 and 63.
| November 18, 2009
Inside the term-paper machine
The black market of term papers exposed
It’s never been easier for college students to hire someone else to write their term papers for them.
| November 04, 2009
Free speech again quashed at Harvard
It should come as no surprise to readers of “Freedom Watch” that yet another instance of political, intellectual, and academic censorship has sprung up at Harvard, the self-touted pinnacle of higher education.
| October 21, 2009
Rhode Island’s pride is showing
Finally, some good ‘news!’ Plus, Brown slips, the Patriots slide, and more
There was much to-do and flexing of cultural muscles and civic pride as Our Little Towne placed in the top 10 in many prestigious categories in Travel & Leisure magazine’s 2009 survey of “America’s Favorite Cities.”
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| October 16, 2009
Out of school and out of work? Don’t enroll in a grad program just yet — adult-education coures could do (and land you) the job.
So it unfolded on Facebook, the story of this down-on-his-luck recent graduate in possession of a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts from a respected area school.
| October 14, 2009
You’ve decided to go back to school. Now what?
So the economy sucks, you’re in a miserable rut at work, and you’re not getting any younger. What are you going to do about it?
| October 14, 2009
Time for law to end torture
Letters to the Portland Editor, September 18, 2009
In a collaborative effort between human-rights activists and incarcerated Mainers, a bill to end the use and abuse of solitary confinement has been drafted and will be submitted to legislators soon.
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| September 16, 2009
Prison activist: Board chairman wrong
Letters to the Portland Editor, September 11, 2009
I just finished reading the letter from Jon Wilson. Mr. Tapley was correct, the Board of Visitors is not living up to its mandate to represent the public's concerns about the Maine State Prison, nor is it minimally accountable in that it never filed an annual report until provoked by the scrutiny of Mr. Tapley's investigative journalism.
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| September 09, 2009
A great Vietnamese sandwich for both beginners and advanced eaters
Someday I'll be able to review a bánh-mì joint without providing a primer. But as a raft of new college students are arriving from the provinces, I'll once again offer Bánh Mì 101.
MC SLIM JB
| September 02, 2009
Phoenix questions prompt action
Two weeks after the Phoenix began its prison Board of Visitors interviews, which revealed the group had not produced annual reports as required by law and had not met with the Legislature's Criminal Justice Committee in years, reports for 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 suddenly materialized.
| August 17, 2009
Rethinking liberal arts in the digital age
Liberal Arts is due for an update
They didn't teach genderfuck, iteration, or micropolitics when I was in college. But times have changed.
| July 23, 2009
Online health info can make you crazy
Last year, a co-worker (who shall remain nameless to save her from additional embarrassment) discovered a bug bite on her leg. It was slightly different than a typical mosquito bite; it was more bruise-like, and a bit painful to the touch. Not having any insect-bite specialists on hand, my colleague turned to the Internet for help identifying the source of her ailment.
| July 22, 2009
Muzzle Awards: Collegiate Division
New England campuses muzzle free speech
In a 1957 Supreme Court decision upholding the free-speech rights of university professors ( Sweezy v. New Hampshire ), Justice Felix Frankfurter quoted prominent South African scholars on the importance of academic freedom.
| July 10, 2009
Come on home
Lyle Divinsky croons his way back into town
What's that about the apple and the tree? With college degree in hand, Lyle Divinsky returns to his Portland stomping grounds with a debut CD, Traveling Man , that not only features dad Phil Divinsky's drummer (Marty Joyce), bassist (Peter Masterson), and guitarist (Andy Argondizza) from the ToneKings, but plays in a Motown/R&B sandbox.
| June 03, 2009
Law students luckier than the rest
Letters to the Boston editor, May 8, 2009
While I know it has been extremely difficult for recent law-school graduates to find employment this year, the data in Kara Baskin’s story was not accurate. Ninety-two percent of our class of 2008 was employed within six months after graduation.
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| May 06, 2009
'Brazil on Screen 2009,' Mass Art shorts, and spring sales at Mass Art and the SMFA
As if puny, leaf-free trees and a general lack of flowers in late April weren't enough of a message to the post-winter season to hurry its shit up, art schools across Boston are poised to open their annual May fundraisers, all in the name of spring.
EVAN J. GARZA
| April 29, 2009
Nervous, stressed, and depressed, LLC
What's a recent law grad expected to do in this economy?
Twenty-seven-year-old Jesse White is a temporary staff attorney at a domestic-violence nonprofit in the South End.
| April 30, 2009
Bytes of knowledge
Getting the most from an online education
Once upon a time, we thought it was novel to be able to buy books in our bathrobes.
| April 29, 2009
Builder of the House + Geoff Zimmerman + Dustin Saucier
"Light Up Portland," public ice-skating event
@ Guerrilla Downtown
Naked Shakespeare Ensemble: "Shakespeare in Concert"
@ Bowdoin College Chapel
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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