Volume 39

Fall 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 2019


week in review

Gemma Sack


Jacob Alabab-Moser

Izzi Olive


Victoria Caruso

Alina Kulman

Sara Van Horn


Zach Barnes

Seamus Flynn


Mara Dolan

Mia Pattillo

science & tech

Miles Guggenheim

Matt Ishimaru


Catherine Habgood

Isabelle Rea


Eve O’Shea

Sindura Sriram


Jorge Palacios

Alex Westfall


Ella Comberg

Ella Rosenblatt

Tiara Sharma

staff writers

Alan Dean

Muskaan Garg

Ricardo Gomez

Connor Jenkins

Jennifer Katz

Sophie Khomtchenko

Emma Kofman

Dana Kurniawan

Deb Marini

Bilal Memon

Tabatha Payne

Kanha Prasad

Nickolas Roblee-Strauss

Emily Rust

Issra Said

Peder Schaefer

Star Su

copy editor

Grace Berg

Sarah Goldman

Marina Hunt

Christine Huynh

Cherilyn Tan

design editor

Ella Rosenblatt

Christie Zhong


Katya Labowe-Stroll

Kathryn Li

Christine Lin

Katherine Sang

illustrations editor

Pia Mileaf-Patel

staff illustrators

Natasha Brennan

Bella Carlos

Fatou Diallo

Halle Krieger

Eliza Macneal

Sophia Meng

Sandra Moore

Rémy Poisson

Owen Rival

Charlotte Silverman

Mariel Solomon

Miranda Villanueva

Stephanie Wu

art director

Claire Schlaikjer


Somerset Gall

Emily Teng


Ashley Kim

social media

Pia Mileaf-Patel

senior editors

Ella Comberg

Olivia Kan-Sperling

Chris Packs

Tiara Sharma

Wen Zhuang

managing editors

Ben Bienstock

Tara Sharma

Cate Turner

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