Volume 37

Fall 2018

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

Sara van Horn


Mara Dolan

Lucas Smolcic Larson

Paula Pacheco Soto


Jacob Alabab-Moser

Harry August

Ella Comberg


Ruby Aiyo Gerber

Tiara Sharma

Wen Zhuang


Nora Gosselin

Isabelle Rea

Marianne Verrone

science & tech

Mia Pattillo

Julia Rock

Eve Zelickson


Pia Mileaf-Patel

Cate Turner


Shuchi Agrawal

Emma Kofman


Nicole Cochary

Claire Schlaikjer


Maya Bjornson

Maria Gerdyman


Alexis Gordon

Signe Swanson

Will Weatherly

staff writers

Ben Bienstock

Mica Chau

Jessica Dai

Eduardo Gutierrez-Peña

Liby Hays

Jorge Palacios

Ivy Scott

Giacomo Sartorelli

Alex Westfall

Claribel Wu

Kayli Wren

copy editor

Grace Berg

Seamus Flynn

Miles Guggenheim

Matt Ishimaru

Hannah Ngo

Sasha Ramen


Maria Gonzalez


Ashley Kim

social media

Ella Comberg

Pia Mileaf-Patel

illustrations editor

Alex Hanesworth

Eve O'Shea

staff illustrators

Natasha Brennan

Natasha Boyko

Julia Illana

Jeff Katz

Halle Krieger

Katya Labowe-Stroll

Sophia Meng

Sandra Moore

Rémy Poisson

Katherine Sang

Mariel Solomon

Ella Rosenblatt

Miranda Villanueva

design editor

Jack Halten Fahnestock


Pablo Herraiz Garcia de Guadiana

Bethany Hung

Amos Jackson

Katherine Sang

Ella Rosenblatt

senior editors

Eliza Chen

Katrina Northrop

Signe Swanson

Will Weatherly

managing editors

Olivia Kan-Sperling

Chris Packs

Erin West

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

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Snail Mail

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