THE COLLEGE HILL INDEPENDENT

The Archive

God in the Dataset

Opening the black box of machine learning

Science & Technology, Nov 01 2019

by Andy Rickert

There will be no edges, but curves. -Tracy K. Smith The black box is a metaphor for a device whose inner …

Brunt of the Blade

Aspirational recycling in a post-National Sword world

News, Nov 01 2019

by Anabelle Johnston

For decades, barges of recyclables slowly dragged across the Pacific, acting as overrun vessels of the United States’ environmental hope. This …

Besotten

Literary, Nov 01 2019

by Kate Ok

Was Hamlet’s death Hamlet’s fault? she asked. I’m not so sure. The play is named after him, though, Ira-Taylor replied, half-laughing. …

Paddling to the Source

The canoe in Canadian past and present

Features, Nov 01 2019

by Oren Karp

On day 19, my trip arrived at Wapekeka First Nation after weeks of sun, the most difficult leg of our journey …

Fire Power

PG&E and the California wildfire crisis

News, Nov 01 2019

by Ricardo Gomez

Images of firestorms, burning hills, and charred neighborhoods in California are becoming the horrid icons of the future’s climate. The state’s …

The Fire to Release You

A conversation with Providence songwriter La Neve

Arts, Nov 01 2019

by Ben Bienstock & Chris Packs

On “A Pretty Red,” the opening track of her debut LP The Vital Cord, released October 14, La Neve sings over …

The Perfect Companion

How sexbots yoke intimacy to exploitation

Features, Nov 01 2019

by Mia Pattillo

“Goodbye loneliness!” reads the homepage of RealDollX, where anyone can purchase a life-size, silicone, human-looking sex robot for the price of …

Great Streets, Mobile City

Envisioning an equitable transportation system for the creative capital

Metro, Nov 01 2019

by Avi Shapiro & Ilan Upfal

Zooming down College Hill last weekend on our bikes, a friend and I criss-crossed our way downtown, barely avoiding cars and …

Week in Ornaments

News, Nov 01 2019

by Deb Marini & Alina Kulman

BRAINTREE's Monster house Halloween is under siege, and it’s a whole lot more personal than Starbucks’ red cups. The battleground for …

Two Poems

Literary, Oct 25 2019

by Tabitha Payne

When I left you in the lovely dark, you held up the morning in your hands Sometimes when we sleep together …

Self-Made Men

Wanting and getting in Mad Men

Arts, Oct 25 2019

by Cate Turner

Wanting to be a man, or a certain kind of man, animates most of the heavy-hitters of ‘prestige TV.’ These shows …

Dear

She has sort of chewed up hands.

Literary, Oct 25 2019

by Emma Kofman

She has sort of chewed up hands. I don’t mind; I don’t need her to be perfect. And she’s wearing some …

Dispatches From Pronk

Metro, Oct 25 2019

by Ricardo Gomez, Bilal Memon, Chris Packs, Eve O'Shea, Mayo Saji & Miranda Van-Boswell

Last Monday, hundreds of Providence residents—artists, activists, students, misfits, puppets—danced the night away to the upbeat cacophony of Providence’s own What …

When Nezha Fell From the Sky

Features, Oct 25 2019

by Star Su

In my childhood, I watched Nezha. It was an animated series based off the Chinese myth of a boy named Nezha. …

The Power of Poultry

Pampered chickens, Silicon Valley wealth, and agrarian dreams

Features, Oct 25 2019

by Anna Pasnau

Ginger is eight years old. She’s survived two dog attacks, confrontations with a deadly ferret, multiple aggressive raccoons, and a hawk. …

Speaking Up

Negotiating Tulsi Gabbard’s place in the media landscape

News, Oct 25 2019

by Olympe Scherer

Some have never heard of presidential candidate US Representative Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI]. Others complain she’s making too much noise. In August, …

Clean Energy, Muddy Waters

Offshore windmills pose changes and challenges for fishermen

Metro, Oct 25 2019

by Peder Schaefer

From a distance, the Block Island Wind Farm looks innocent. The blades spin in lazy circles, and at night, red lights …

Week in Pulling Out

News, Oct 25 2019

by Emily Rust & Olivia George

RECIPE FOR DISASTER Forget pumpkin spice—it’s peach mint season. Earlier this month, NBC’s Ken Dilanian made Twitter aware of a recent …

Levin’s Legacy

To Fund Communities or Jails?

News, Oct 11 2019

by Julia Chang, Eli Hadley, Sophie Kupetz, Mayo Saji & Misty Wilson

New York City Council Member Stephen Levin B’03, is trying to push through an $11 billion jail expansion plan in New …

Within One Frame

Human closeness in Tsai Ming-Liang’s Vive L’Amour

Arts, Oct 11 2019

by Zach Barnes

content warning: suicide Last month, the film Joker won the Golden Lion—top honors—at the Venice International Film Festival. That the comic-book …

Game Change

A narrative of Gamergate through the lens of games

Science & Technology, Oct 11 2019

by Miles Guggenheim

In 2014, a break-up on social media exploded into an online battleground. Here, on the planes of Facebook, Twitter, 4chan, and …

Right & Wrong & Right on Red

A look at Frank Caprio’s courtroom reality show: Caught in Providence

Metro, Oct 11 2019

by Nick Roblee-Strauss

Judge Frank Caprio has a knack for extracting narratives for his courtroom reality show, Caught in Providence, where Providence’s traffic violations …

Shifting Gears

The United Automobile Workers strikes General Motors

News, Oct 11 2019

by Cate Turner

On September 15, nearly 50,000 United Automobile Workers (UAW) union members formed picket lines outside of General Motors factories across the …

Dirty Undies

Seeing and unseeing the thong in pop culture

Features, Oct 11 2019

by Isabel Guarnieri

I bought my first thong when I was 15. It was a cinnamon color with light blue polka dots, framed by …

Possessions

Literary, Oct 11 2019

by Matthew Litman

All Al could talk about was how excited he was for dinner. He said his wife was cooking something special. “I …

Mosquito Trap

Everything you (wish you didn’t) need to know about Triple E

Science & Technology, Oct 11 2019

by Emma Kofman

Consider this hypothetical scenario: mosquitoes carrying an infection with a 30-percent mortality rate have taken over, and you are the only …

The Bully Buster

Monica Huertas: Democrat for Ward 10

Metro, Oct 11 2019

by Deborah Marini

She stood amid overturned toy castles and idle trucks and talked canvassing routes, missed calls from constituents, and the newest batch …

Week in Tête-à-Têtes

News, Oct 11 2019

by Ricardo Gomez & Hal Triedman

THE NAMESAKE Name recognition is important in politics. Regardless of a politician’s public favor, constituents must know who they are before …

Bunnies

Literary, Oct 04 2019

by Lauren Lee

Valentine and I moved in together at the start of a Rooster year—the kind that, decades ago, my mother was born …

Making Cyber Space

Antitrust and Big Tech

Science & Technology, Oct 04 2019

by Bilal Memon

Before he was the face of billionaire philanthropy, Bill Gates sat in the deposition chair of the United States District Court …

Plants and the City

A new vegan restaurant’s place on College Hill

Metro, Oct 04 2019

by Muskaan Garg

Approach the new pedestrian bridge on the Providence River on a weekend night and you might quickly be distracted by crowds, …

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Seeing Korean and American in neither Korea nor America

Features, Oct 04 2019

by Kion You

“Each member of this shadowy network resented the others, who were irritating reminders that nothing was more American, whatever that means, …

iWork, uWork, WeWork

How the coworking industry is failing freelancers

Features, Oct 04 2019

by Amelia Anthony

I was one of 500,000 coworking Americans in 2017 when I had a summer job at a small coworking space in …

Rhode Island is Where the Wild Things Are

Coyote culture in New England sparks fear of infestation

Metro, Oct 04 2019

by Roxanne Barnes

Before announcing its plans to close all its US locations, Shiru Café severely limited its free options. This fact has nothing …