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Required Reading: The Ray Kelly Controversy at Brown

Conflict lingers over the Brown community after the protest of NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's lecture. Here's are some good reads from around the country related to the story.

1. "Proactive Policing in America's Biggest City"

On October 29, NYPD Police commissioner Ray Kelly was scheduled to give a lecture on proactive policing and discuss the effectiveness of the "stop and frisk" policy.

Read and observe data from the NY chapter of the ACLU about this policy here.

2. Stop and frisk protest

Due to objections to the "stop and frisk" policy, Brown students petitioned to have the lecture canceled. Students and community members then decided to take matters into their own hands.

See the original report (plus video) from Huffington Post here.

3. President Paxson's Letter to the Brown Community

On November 6th, President Paxson addressed the Brown community. She says she understands the conflict but goes on to say that no matter how controversial, the expresssion of ideas should always be allowed at Brown.

Read her full letter to Brown here.

4. Students fire back

"I, along with the other students involved, was told I had to sign a confidentiality agreement...Where was Brown’s commitment to the free exchange of ideas here?"

One student, seeminly uninvolved at the time of the protest now finds herself wrapped up in the controversy due to behind-closed-doors protest controversy at Brown.

Read her full letter to President Paxson here.

5. The University investigates

The controversy lingers on as Brown decides it will investigage what happened and potentially discipline the students involved.

Read about the investigation at the Atlantic Wire here.

6. Polls show mixed feelings

A poll conducted by the Brown Daily Herald shows that while most students supported petitioning and protesting the lecture, most did not agree with causing it to be shut down.

See the poll results here.

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Finding the Right Spot

I can always tell when the person I’m making plans to meet Downtown doesn't live in Providence, and probably doesn’t spend much time here. The telltale question of a non-city person is this: “Where should I park?”

Not only does this tell me that the person is unfamiliar with the geography of our rendezvous point, and therefore any parking options in the vicinity, but it also betrays a lack of understanding of how parking in a city works. Does this person think I can direct them to a specific spot? Do they think that I have a selection of parking spots on reserve? Are they under the impression that I can predict which spaces will be available at any given point in the day? If you’ve ever tried to park... well, really anywhere ever, then you should recognize that the question “Where should I park?” is fairly open-ended and difficult to answer. On the street. Wherever you can find a spot. Look for a place where there isn’t already a car – park there. Those are really the only answers I can come up with for that question.

I say this not to mock those who are inexperienced with navigating our city streets, but rather to dispel a common misconception about Providence: namely, that it has a parking problem. Providence doesn’t really have a parking problem – or at least not the one you think. (More on that later.)

The “parking problem,” as people often gripe, is that it is difficult – nigh, impossible – to find a place to park Downtown. In fact, it’s what prevents people from coming Downtown more often – or so the common wisdom goes.

Downtown Providence encompasses an area of 0.51 square miles. Within that, there are 1,500 on-street spaces, and an additional 15,000 in lots and garages. That’s roughly one parking spot per every 917 square feet. Now granted, if you’re averse to walking almost 2/10 of a mile from your car to your destination, that might pose a predicament, but for most of the rest of us blessed with two …   More


One Last Bite of Summer

The eternal rivalry between the macaroon and macaron hit the streets of Providence last month, as Ellie’s Bakery rolled out its Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich Food Cart. Although the buttercream-filled delight of a macaron needs no more reasons to outshine its extra-O pastry cousin, Ellie’s somehow managed to improve the treat by turning it into an ice cream sandwich.

“Flavors change seasonally,” says Melissa Denmark, pastry chef for Ellie’s, “and some of the ones we’ve showcased are espresso, pistachio, chocolate and cherry, and even a lemon basil.” While lemon basil-flavored ice cream may seem adventurous, Denmark assures the “dried basil is incorporated into the cookie, so the cookie is basil and the ice cream is lemon.”

Anyone interested in showing their support for Team Macaron can find the new food cart outside Ellie’s or driving around downtown while the nice weather holds out from 12-5pm, Monday to Saturday, or at Thursday’s Movies on the Block from 8-10pm. Small ice cream sandwiches go for $2 while the extra large are $6. It might be September, but you can still savor one last, gourmet bite of summer. 61 Washington Street. 228-8118. 



PVD Drink News and Events

Something about the immediate gratification of buying local produce directly from a farm works up a sweat similar to that of winning small on slot machines, and in this dire state of perspiring satisfaction, it’s time to cool off with a cold one from Bucket Brewery. Only a short walk away from Hope Artiste, the brewery is now offering tastings and tours every Saturday.

For less carbs and more carrot juice, take a longer stroll to Benefit Juice Bar & Café, located near Wickenden. This recently established neighborhood juice bar and café serves made-to-order juices, whole fruit smoothies, fair trade coffee, baked goodies, house-made soups, sandwiches, paninis and seasonal salads.

Blah, blah, blah - enough with the health food, right? Let’s get back to the beer: the Rhode Island Brewer’s Guild VIP Banquet takes place on January 31, from 6-10pm. The event includes a four-course dinner with beer pairings from local breweries. Tickets are limited to only 200 people and must be purchased online.


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