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

Nick Roblee-Strauss

Amelia Anthony


Ricardo Gomez

Deborah Marini

Peder Schaefer

nation + world

Emily Rust

Leela Berman

Giacomo Sartorelli

Anchita Dasgupta


art + culture

Seamus Flynn

Alana Baer

Ella Rosenblatt


Star Su

Kate Ok

Bowen Chen


Liana Chaplain

Anna Kerber

Sindura Sriram


Ethan Murakami

Maia Chiu



Alina Kulman

Alan Dean

Edie Elliott Granger

science & tech

Gemma Sack

Anabelle Johnston

Thomas Patti


Sandra Moore

Katrina Wardhana

Floria Tsui

Mara Jovanović

Hannah Park

Jessica Minker

Rachelle Shao

Yukti Agarwal

Sage Jennings

Ophelia Duchesne-Malone

Joyce Tullis

Simone Zhao

list designer

Mehek Vohra


Anna Brinkhuis

Katherine Sang

Kathryn Li

Isaac McKenna

Miya Lohmeier

Pablo Herraiz García de Guadiana

web designer

Sindura Sriram

staff writers

Uwa Ede-Osifo

Mara Cavallaro

Muram Ibrahim

Justin Han

Izzi Olive

Bilal Memon

Seth Israel

Nell Salzman

Victoria Caruso

Zach Ngin

Evie Hidysmith

Kaela Hines

Ella Spungen

Sarah Goldman

Alisa Caira

Laila Gamaleldin

Drake Rebman

Morgan Awner

Elana Hausknecht

Rhythm Rastogi

Nicole Kim

Lucas Gelfond

Rose Houglet

Joss Liao

Nicholas Michael

Belinda Hu

Leo Gordon

CJ Gan

Vicky Phan

Tammuz Frankel

Amelia Wyckoff

Auria Zhang

Olivia Mayeda

Justin Scheer

Gaya Gupta

Eduardo Gutiérrez Peña

Marina Hunt

social media

Christina Ofori


Isabelle Yang

Lauren Brown

Evan Lincoln

Alumni Relations

Jerry Chen

Spanish Translation

Felipe Félix Méndez

copy editors

Christine Huynh

Grace Berg

Jacqueline Jia

Elaine Chen

Sarah Ryan

Jasmine Li

Nina Fletcher

Madison Lease

Alyscia Batista

senior editors

Tara Sharma

Sara Van Horn

Cate Turner

managing editors

Ivy Scott

Audrey Buhain

Andy Rickert

managing designer

XingXing Shou

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