Volume 40

Spring 2020

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.

Spring 2020


week in review

Emily Rust


Anchita Dasgupta

Peder Schaefer

Tristan Harris


Ricardo Gomez

Miles Guggenheim

Deb Marini


Zachary Barnes

Eve O’Shea

Isabelle Rea


Audrey Buhain

Mia Pattillo

Nick Roblee-Strauss

science & tech

Bilal Memon

Izzi Olive

Andy Rickert


Catherine Habgood

Star Su


Liana Chaplain

Sindura Sriram


Jacob Alabab-Moser

Ethan Murakami


Ella Comberg

XingXing Shou

Cate Turner

staff writers

Alana Baer

Leela Berman

Mara Cavallaro

Uwa Ede-Osifo

Eduardo Gutiérrez Peña

Evie Hidysmith

Kaela Hines

Muram Ibrahim

Anabelle Johnston

Jennifer Katz

Emma Kofman

Evan Lincoln

Zach Ngin

Jorge Palacios

Nell Salzman

Issra Said

Kion You

copy editor

Josephine Bleakley

Muskaan Garg

Sarah Goldman

Marina Hunt

Christine Huynh

Seth Israel

Thomas Patti

Ella Spungen

design editor

Daniel Navratil

Ella Rosenblatt


Anna Brinkhuis

Amos Jackson

Kathryn Li

Katherine Sang

staff illustrators

Sylvia Atwood

Leslie Benavides

Natasha Brennan

Bella Carlos

Ryn Kang

Eliza Macneal

Sophia Meng

Sandra Moore

Pia Mileaf-Patel

Claire Schlaikjer

Floria Tsui

Veronica Tucker

Katrina Wardhanna


Cain Yepez

Abby Yuan


Ashley Kim

social media

Muskaan Garg

senior editors

Ben Bienstock

Ella Comberg

Olivia Kan-Sperling

Chris Packs

Tara Sharma

Tiara Sharma

Cate Turner

Wen Zhuang

managing editors

Matt Ishimaru

Sara Van Horn

Alex Westfall

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