Volume 38

Spring 2019

Mission Statement

The College Hill Independent is a Providence-based publication written, illustrated, designed, and edited by students from Brown and RISD. Our paper is distributed around Providence’s East Side and Downtown, as well as online. In addition to publishing 20 pages of original writing, reporting, and art once a week, the Indy functions as an open workshop in which writers, artists, and designers collaborate and provide feedback on their work. Through an extensive editing process, we challenge each other to be responsible, intentional, and self-critical.

We are committed to publishing politically engaged and accessible work. While the Indy is financed by Brown University, we hold ourselves accountable to our readers across the Providence community. The Indy rejects content that explicitly or implicitly perpetuates racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ableism and/or classism.

Though this list is not exhaustive, the Indy strives to address these systems of oppression by centering the voices, opinions, and efforts of marginalized people in Providence and beyond.

The Indy is constantly evolving: we are always working to make our staff and content more inclusive. Though our editing process provides an internal structure for accountability, we always welcome letters to the editor.

Fall 2018


week in review

Sarah Clapp

Maria Gerdyman


Jacob Alabab-Moser

Jessica Bram Murphy

Giacomo Sartorelli


Julia Rock

Lucas Smolcic Larson

Sara Van Horn


Ben Bienstock

Alexis Gordon

Liby Hays


Cate Turner

Tara Sharma

science & tech

Miles Guggenheim

Shannon Kingsley

Lily Meyersohn


Shuchi Agrawal

Justin Han

Isabelle Rea


Nicole Cochary

Claire Schlaikjer


Jorge Palacios

Alex Westfall


Ella Rosenblatt

Signe Swanson

Will Weatherly

special projects

Harry August

Lucas Smolcic Larson

Eve Zelickson

staff writers

Jesse Barber

Jessica Dai

Brionne Frazier

Eduardo Gutierrez-Peña

Mohannad Jabrah

Nickolas Roblee-Strauss

Sophie Khomtchenko

Emma Kofman

Alina Kulman

Dana Kurniawan

Bilal Memon

Kanha Prasad

Star Su

Marly Toledano

copy editor

Grace Berg

Seamus Flynn

Sarah Goldman

Matt Ishimaru

Sojeong Lim

Yelena Nicolle Salvador

Caroline Sprague

design editor

Bethany Hung

Lulian Ahn


Pablo Herraiz Garcia de Guadiana

Amos Jackson

Cecile Kim

Ella Rosenblatt

Katherine Sang

Christie Zhong

illustrations editor

Pia Mileaf-Patel

Eve O'Shea

staff illustrators

Sam Berenfield

Natasha Brennan

Natasha Boyko

Bella Carlos

Julia Illana

Angie Kang

Halle Krieger

Katya Labowe-Stroll

Sophia Meng

Sandra Moore

Rémy Poisson

Mariel Solomon

Miranda Villanueva

Claribel Wu

Stephanie Wu


Maria Gonzalez


Ashley Kim

social media

Ben Bienstock

Pia Mileaf-Patel

alumni + fundraising

Katrina Northrop

senior editors

Olivia Kan-Sperling

Katrina Northrop

Chris Packs

Signe Swanson

Will Weatherly

managing editors

Ella Comberg

Tiara Sharma

Wen Zhuang

Editorial Policy

All submissions become property of The Indy. An editorial or blog post that appears without a byline represents the views of The Indy. Any other column, letter or image is the work of the attributed author and does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of The Indy.


The Indy welcomes all contributions (of words, images and letters) from current Brown and RISD students. If you’re looking to join our editorial staff, you can download the editor application from our website at the end of each semester. We also host an information session / new writers meeting every September and February; all are encouraged to attend.

Please send submissions to [email protected]. You may also send pitches, submissions, or requests to join the contributors’ mailing list to individual sections at the addresses below.

Science & Tech

[email protected]


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Snail Mail

The College Hill Independent
PO Box 1930
Brown University
Providence RI 02912