THE COLLEGE HILL INDEPENDENT

Vol. 38 Issue 9

Apr 12, 2019

From the Editors

The image appeared in a Facebook message with no context: a fuzzy, orange ring. “Are we looking an accretion disk?” I asked. “Black hole!” came the response. “It’s even got the jets...” Sure enough. The image was taken using data from eight radio telescopes at once, forming a composite telescope the size of the earth, thanks to an algorithm by computer scientist Katie Bouman. It shows a distant black hole with the mass of six billion suns. That’s so heavy that its gravity bends light, giving its signature halo shape. This also means that if you could somehow sit at the event horizon without being dismembered, you would see the back of your head. If you look closely at the image, you can even detect faint jets of material splurting from the poles, just as sci-fi illustrations predicted. This is cool, friends. Happy week.

– SHF

Arts

Queering Bollywood

LGBTQ representation goes mainstream

Arts, Apr 12 2019

by Saanya Jain

The last time a mainstream Hindi-language film featuring a lesbian lead was released in India was in 1996. The movie, Fire, …


Ephemera


Features

A High Stakes Game of Jenga

Or, how to move a house

Features, Apr 12 2019

by Eve Grassfield

The first time Guy Davis ever moved a house, things did not go as planned. He was told it would be …

City Upon a Hill

A study in the geopolitics of elevation

Features, Apr 12 2019

by Jesse Barber

The Berkeley hills bound the city to the east. The ridge stretches up and down the eastern bank of the San …


Literary

After Life

Literary, Apr 12 2019

by Jorge Palacios

A slight breeze tickles the hairs on the medium-sized A slight breeze tickles the hair on the young girl’s arms, and …


Metro

Waving the Flag

Competition and community at the Providence Gay Flag Football League

Metro, Apr 12 2019

by Cate Turner

From a distance, the scene looks and sounds not unlike a standard fair-weather gym class. Players clad in mismatched jerseys dart …

Mattiello and the Machine

Nicholas Mattiello and the centralization of the Rhode Island House

Metro, Apr 12 2019

by Brionne Frazier

Nicholas Mattiello has been touted as the most powerful man in Rhode Island. This power stems primarily from his position as …


News

Against Forgetting

Enforced Disappearances, Visual Archives of Loss, and Collective Mourning in Kashmir

News, Apr 12 2019

by Tiara Sharma & Kanha Prasad

Mughal Mase sits at an APDP demonstration, holding a photo of her son. Photo taken as part of a series by …

Week in the Sky

News, Apr 12 2019

by Sara Van Horn, Roxanne Barnes & Kevin Dong

WOW! AIRLINE FAIL! For months, the fiscal winds had been changing for WOW Air’s fleet of pink aircraft: fourth quarter reports …

Keep Your Tongue in its Cage

Protest art and revolution in Kuwait, Sudan, and Egypt

News, Apr 12 2019

by Mohannad Jabrah

On February 25th, the Kuwaiti government abruptly announced that it would be cancelling a performance by Mashrou’ Leila, a five-member Lebanese …


Science & Technology

Beyond Rubbers

A short history of male birth control

Science & Technology, Apr 12 2019

by Jennifer Katz

When patients come to Dr. Kelly Brogan MD, a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, with complaints of low libido, insomnia, unstable …

As Seen From Above

Digital archaeology in Afghanistan

Science & Technology, Apr 12 2019

by Matt Ishimaru

In a dusty, treeless valley south of Kabul, Afghanistan, the ancient walls of Mes Aynak almost blend into the surrounding earth. …


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