Friday, December 26, 2008

Bristol police log Dec. 16-22

Well RWU managed to stay out of the police logs this week--of course, everyone is on winter break so that would explain it. A few people were caught shoplifting, and a few breaking and enterings were reported. But don't worry, the logs weren't all that bland:
"A Beach Road resident told police his doorbell had rung but no one was there. It was determined the doorbell malfunctioned."
Check out the rest of the logs here

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Poll results & new poll

The blog poll for favorite delivery place has officially closed. Here are the results:

1st - Sub Station (38%)
2nd (tie) - China Moon/The Wrap Shack (23%)
3rd - Classics (15%)
4th (tie) - Dominoes/Jade Palace/Pizza Wave/Wings to Go (1%)
5th - Golden Harvest (0%)

If you scroll down to the right of the blog, you will see a new winter-break poll up, so be sure to vote :)

(if you choose 'other', send us your preferred answer by commenting on this post)

Bristol police log 12/9-12/16

Roger Williams makes two boring appearances in last week's police log. Thankfully a Bristol resident livened the log up with this report:
"Artificial plants were reported stolen from a High Street residence."
Check out the log here

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

June Speakman website

Since we have been getting so many hits on the June Speakman article, we decided to put up a link to a website that includes all of the Speakman election coverage. Feel free to check it out:

June Speakman election package

(This website layout was a mock version of what the Hawk's Herald might look like when it goes online. However, we have been informed that the Herald should have a website online for next semester.)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

June Speakman: an artist of chaos

June Speakman sits rigid at the table, her eyes trained on the cell phone placed before her. Its 9:05 PM on Nov. 4–Election Day—and the RI polls closed five minutes ago. Any minute the phone will ring, and results will begin to stream in, marking the end of months of campaigning. Soon the wait will be over and she will find out if she has been reelected to Barrington’s town council. Her hand hovers, ready to answer at the first vibration.

At 9:08 the phone rings. “This is June,” she says into the receiver. “Tell me the results.”

For full article click here

Saturday, December 13, 2008

53% of RWU students cheat

One student recalls seeing cheat sheets pasted on the back of a Dasani water bottle; another admits to programming chemistry formulas into his calculator; a third says he has actually heard a student listening to tape recorded notes in the back of an exam.

“We could all hear him playing it,” says Joe, who asked that his full name not be used. “He spent the entire exam fast forwarding and rewinding the tape.”

Though these methods may be somewhat extreme, they are evidence of a pervasive cheating problem at Roger Williams University. A survey of 330 students, conducted by the Hawk’s Herald in early December, found that 53 percent admitted to cheating while at RWU.

For full article click here

Friday, December 12, 2008

No students allowed

It became one of her “tool-bar favorites”. Searching Craigslist for off-campus housing became a morning ritual. For months she looked at tons of houses, and in each search found the perfect home for her—unfortunately, it came with a minor snag:

No students allowed.

“I understand why [homeowners] have prejudices against college students,” says Katie Heuston, 21, a senior at Roger Williams University. “But there are good people in college, too, and if you’re going to live in a college town you have to assume you’re going to be renting to college students.”

For full article click here

Bristol Police Report 12/2 - 12/8

Yay! Police reports! Roger Williams makes at least two appearances in last week's report. However, my personal favorite incident has nothing to do with us:
"Police arrested Joshua Corriveau, 20, of 25 Thompson Ave., Apt. 2, and charged him with domestic refusal to relinquish the telephone and domestic disorderly conduct."
I did not realize one could be charged with domestic refusal to relinquish the telephone. Had I known this when I was younger my sister would have been charged yeas ago. Read the rest of the week's crime news here: POLICE REPORT

I doubt there will be many updates to the blog over the next few weeks. However, if there is something to say, or RWU makes it in the news somehow, I will send out a Facebook message. Enjoy your breaks.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Majority of RWU students cheat on work

We surveyed 320 students, or roughly 8.5 percent of undergraduates, and found that 53 percent admitted to cheating on their schoolwork during their time here at RWU.

Of those who cheated 67 percent said they do it rarely, 25 percent said they cheat "sometimes" and 8 percent admitted to cheating frequently.

The worst offenders were juniors with 67 percent admitting they have cheated, compared to 49 percent of freshman who said they have cheated as of this point.

We defined cheating as anything that your teachers would not accept.

This number may sound high but a recent survey found that 64 percent of high students admitted to cheating on a test in the past year.

You can expect an interesting article on cheating at RWU in the Herald when we return from break. However, I will post it here in the next week!

Police report

I said I would post this weekly so here is Bristol's police blotter for Nov 25-30. From what I can tell Roger Williams makes no appearances during the period. This makes sense since most students were home for Thanksgiving.

Police report

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


According to a member of stage crew--who are currently setting up for tonight's "winter illumination"--the campus will host far fewer lights this year. Only a single tree is to be lit up at tonight's ceremony in contrast to the past few years where entire buildings were strung with lights. I spoke to Scott Yonan the Special Asst and Ombudsman for the Office of the President about to find out why this year will be so dim:

"A couple of reasons: in today's economy we're all cutting back. It's a very expensive venture... the labor just to put lights up on these buildings was over $3000," he said. "There's also the green issue. All those light not only cost money to run but there's emissions involved. It increases our carbon footprint, so this year we're de-illuminating."

Yonan said that he expects the return to more lights in the future. However, he said they will likely use LED lights because they use less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs.

The event is scheduled for 4-5 tonight on the quad outside the architecture biulding. .