On Top of the Wave -   Before coming onstage, artist Brad Troemel hits play on a YouTube music video. It’s a song called “Bewitched” by scenester electro-pop duo Blood on the Dance Floor. The video seems to be a sort of cautionary fable about trusting (goth)...
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No-Sleep Monologue Part 1 - 1:00 am January 17: Man: Well Hello Melinda and isn't it a pretty day Melinda: It sure is Man, it sure is. Man: But I sure could use a— Melinda: I could use a a a a-- Man: What? Melinda: A...
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Disassociation -   A second cut on top of the first hurts more. Incision #1: They told Zeina that her sister Maha was a martyr. Incision #2: Some people from her village, or possibly from a regional Hezbollah chapter, had the fresh bodies from...
E-Readers -             In 1997, computer scientist Michael Lesk published a paper on the size of the Internet, estimating it to be roughly two terabytes of text-based data; 16 years later, in 2013, Kenny Goldsmith attempted to print...
What We Mean When We Call People "Smart" - 1509, Europe Etymologists trace the first known use of intelligens, past participle of intelligere, back to sixteenth century France. The noun comes from the Latin verb intellegere, which means “to understand.” Intelligens itself evolved from the Middle English legende, meaning “to...
The Real Dirt on the Baby Carrot -   There is a point in the early evening at my parents’ house, an hour or two before dinner, that I’m tempted to call “Baby Carrot Time.” A handful of baby carrots is the perfect 5 PM snack: mindlessly tasty, not...
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by Eli Neuman-Hammond
This September, after two rejected applications for federal funding, the City of Providence was approved for a $13 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant in support of a streetcar project. The proposed streetcar would begin on Thayer Street in College Hill, run over the Providence River through downtown, and then veer through the Jewelry District towards Rhode Island...
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by Layla Ehsan, Sara Khan & Pierie Korostoff
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Jamie Packs, Dash Elhauge, & Kyle Giddon

VIAGRA FOR WOMEN Well, not exactly. Viagra, the maker of the world’s top selling erectile dysfunction drug, recently released an advertisement featuring a female spokesperson for the first time in the company’s history. Gone are the days of all-male boating excursions and hard-hat laden construction scenes. Instead, the company has chosen to eschew its macho image and appeal to the softer...
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by Rebecca Mears
On Monday, October 6, the first day of its new term, the United States Supreme Court declined to review seven decisions concerning state bans on same-sex marriage. By denying review, the Court quietly cleared the way for same-sex marriages in Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah, Virginia, and Oklahoma. As a result, same-sex marriage is now legal in 30 states and the District of...
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by Layla Ehsan, Sara Khan & Pierie Korostoff
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by Dash Elhauge
Claim: Demetri’s father loves him. Proof: Suppose there exists a mother, call her Jill. Jill has a child. This child is a budding mathematician, who spends most of his time trying to prove new theorems in a little green notebook while waiting for his mother to pick him up after all the other kids have left. Call him Demetri. Consider that...
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A day inside Planned Parenthood

by Hannah Smith
The front door to the Providence Planned Parenthood, where I’m a volunteer, is not locked. Outside, there’s a security agent and protestors with signs and rosaries. Next door, people pick at pastries at Olga’s. Construction hums on Point Street. The second door, however, is locked, controlled by a nurse who works behind the front desk. According to Planned Parenthood, one in...
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The environmental impact of cannabis cultivation

by Jamie Packs
A pair of sultry eyes sunken into a frighteningly unblemished face appeared on the screen. Beneath a wisp of smoke ascending along the right side of the image, it reads: “Grow Your Own...Learn How.” The ad called for some further investigation. I clicked on the link and was taken to a website called bcnorthernlights. com, which, despite some green accents, did...
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by Matthew Marsico
That has been all. Should I throw in my hand? I am giving myself one last chance to penetrate the Within — using the medium of its language, the difficult “Northern Mandarin.” From now on I shall employ no intermediaries, no eunuchs; I shall wait for the opportunity that shall enable me first-hand to...say, or do...what? I have no idea. —Victor...
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The Providence Journal and the death of independent media

by Mika Kligler
It’s spitting in downtown Providence—there’s a damp glisten to the pavement as I pull up Fountain Street on my bike. I could hear the protestors from a few blocks away, whooping in response to the crescendos of the What Cheer? Brigade, but when I finally see them they seem tired, almost lackadaisical. About a hundred marchers are filing around and around...
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How western governments attempt to deal with the rise of ISIS

by Carly West
  The Islamic State, a terrorist organization and self-proclaimed caliphate, has emerged on the global stage as a force to be reckoned with. Also known as ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and Daash (it’s acronym in Arabic), the group was formerly partnered with al-Qaeda, but split off in February 2014. It...
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