Thursday, September 10, 2009

Full E. Coli Report

Hey all,

Want to know about how long the E. Coli danger will last? Want to know who found out about the contamination first on campus? Do you just want to know what this whole "bad water thing" is all about?

Find out here:

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Commencement speaker announced

It's official: Roger Williams University has chosen a commencement speaker that may have many students, faculty, and relatives asking "who?"

Educator and author Joan Countryman will speak before nearly 1,000 undergraduates at this year's graduation ceremony, according to an announcement on the school's web page posted sometime over the past few days.

Before her work as interim head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa from 2006-07, Countryman ran a private school in RI. She is currently retired and sits on the board of trustees at Sarah Lawrence University. She will be one of four people receiving honorary degrees at the commencement, along with RI senator Jack Reed, businessman Ibrahim Arikan, and RWU board member Jerrold Lavine.

The Chief Justice of Puerto Rico's Supreme court, Federico Hernández Denton, will speak at the Law School graduation where he, attorney Louise Durfee , and US magistrate Jacob Hagopian will also receive honorary law degrees.

Past commencement speakers have included the filmmaker Bobby Farrely, first lady Laura Bush, and track star Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Immediate action against Tent City

Well it only took less than 24 hours for RWU to put a stop to some outdoor summer fun. An email was sent to Bayside residents explaining the summer policies. Along with the no open container rule was this:

Camping- Please do not set up you tents in the Baside U's. The university is not able to provide any security measures for those individuals sleeping outdoors. Also, maintenance and facilities will be hindered from properly maintaining our outdoor space with tents set up outdoors. *All tents set up will be removed at the owners expense*"

Sorry guys, looks like your city was ruled under a dictatorship.

Tent City

Whitecap residents, including Mike Malmberg and Jesse Dickson, were struck by a little cabin fever and decided to go camping--in the middle of the Bayside Courtyard.

As of this posting they are sleeping in their tents. Score one for student debauchery.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

RWU in the news

RWU had only one major mention in the news this week.

The Hartford Examiner conducted an interview with RWU student and twice published author Estevon Vega. At only 18, Estevon is in the process of penning his third book titled Arson. The interview delves into Estevon as a writer and discusses his latest creation.

Friday, April 17, 2009

New Herald Out today

Hi kids,

So it seems that the printed version of the Herald is a bit delayed today. However, the paper is up in all its glory online at:

Included in this week's issue are stories about:

* The STAND Die-In
* A Cedar Break-in
* The cancellation of the Spring Weekend Chameleon Club
* Features on Twitter and other cool stuff
* Large Tax-Day protest
* Roe v Wade Lawyer speaks at law school.
and much much more...

Read it and weep!

Academic Showcase

An exposition featuring the work of RWU's best, brightest, and most talented is on display in the Architecture School's gallery. Check it out!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

RWU in the news

RWU made only a few solid appearances in the news last week, but as promised we have them for you here:

To celebrate Earth Day, RWU and Bon Appetit` dining are holding a "low carbon" meal, which apparently means that they serve food that required less pollution to produce? Kind of confusing.. either way the meal got a write up in the Providence Journal.

Also in the Providence Journal is an article about Planet Forward--an upcoming PBS show about reducing reliance on fossil fuel--that includes a number of video clips and appearances from RWU students. The show will air on Wednesday at 8:00 PM.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

RWU in the news

So we thought it might be interesting to do a weekly breakdown of how Roger Williams is being covered in the media; thus the beginning of the weekly blog feature: RWU in the news here is the first edition:

The Providence Journal just published an article on the difficult job market for college grads, that reminds us quite a bit of the article that Tim Hollan wrote for this week's issue of the Herald. Robbin Beauchamp, director of our Career Center is quoted in the article.

One of RWU's own, professor Renee Soto, read some poetry at the providence public library, as part of their week long poetry slam. While you already missed Soto, you can read about the rest of the slam in the Providence Business News

Time Magazine quoted RWU architecture professor Hasan-Uddin Khan in an interesting piece about designing modern masques for a globalizing world. Definitly worth a read.

And finally the Warren Times featured Roger Williams in an article about how local residents are working with our aquaculture program to raise oysters and repopulate the bay. Oysters filter out poluttion from water and are thus an integral part of any effort to clean up the bay.

Well that about sums it up, enjoy the new feature.

Hiatus over!

Hi kids,

So we haven't posted for a while but we're back. As of yesterday the new Herald is out and about, both in its physical and web manifestations. Not only do we give you the skinny on all the alcohol conversation, but also info on the RIPTA's status, and much more. Also take note of our new news tidbits section where you can find small briefs on the items that may not deserve larger stories.

Read the website, or pick up a copy. At the Hawk's Herald we print all the news and more. Cheers

P.S there will be no issue next Friday due to Easter weekend, however, we expect a few articles to make it online.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Poll results and new poll

In the last poll, the question of "luckiest item" was asked of the RWU community. Well, here are the results:

1st: four-leaf clover (62%)
2nd: penny (25%)
3rd: ladybug; number 7 (12%)
4th: horseshoe; rabbit's foot (0%)

In light of Spring Weekend, our next poll is asking a question involving the spring concert, so don't be afraid to vote! :)
If you vote "other", comment on this post to tell us what we missed. Also, don't forget you can vote for more than one if you're not fully decided :)

(scroll down to the right of the page)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Police log: March 3-10

RWU managed to make a few interesting appearances in this week's police log. There were three arrests made: Rismand Pelz, 21, for possession of marijuana; Eric Markow, 19, with willful trespass; Kyle Romitti, 18, willful trespass and possession of marijuana. A wallet was also reported stolen from the rec center, and most interestingly:
A Roger Williams University caller requested police remove a 22-caliber bullet found by their public safety officers in the commons area. It did not appear to have been recently left.
Any ideas as to where the bullet came from? Let us know!

And in the town of Bristol, neighbors are at it again:
An Elmwood Drive resident informed police a neighbor stole a football from their lawn.
To read the full logs, click here!

Friday, March 13, 2009

School gives money to Bristol

Well, we did it again, we made the news with this story about RWU giving 25,000 to Bristol to help pay for civic problems.

One interesting note is that Bristol residents have a habit of bashing RWU whenever given a chance, notice there are no comments on this story about RWU positive influence on the community.

Accused stalker arrested

Continuing the veritable parade of news articles featuring RWU, a former dean was arrested today and accused of sending harassing letters to the university since 2001. The article describes the letters as "insulting, derogatory and inflammatory." You can read the entire article here, and expect more from us on this story over the next few weeks. Cheers.

Parking story on the Website

We promised you updates on the parking changes at RWU and an article was just uploaded to the site. You can read it here.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Herald article making waves

An article in last week's Hawk's Herald discussing the hiring of Nirschel's son Chris inspired a similar article in the chronicle of higher education that appeared today. You can read that article here.

For the record, they got scooped by us.

UPDATE: the Bristol Phoenix has also posted an article here

Former RWU trustee and school battling over Bayside

The Providence Journal posted this interesting and important story on their website just a few minutes ago. Apparently Ralph Papitto, the former RWU chairmen of the board who resigned after uttering racial epithets at a meeting has sued RWU over the ownership of Baypoint. In response RWU has counter sued. Let the cat-fight begin.

We will have more on this in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Awesome upcoming exhibit at RWU

Yesterday as we were traipsing through the architecture building we noticed that the "Into the Big Blue" art exhibition had been taken down. In case you missed it, the exhibit featured a number of interesting pieces by Tayo Heuserta including a human brain and an interesting shadow piece. 

But what struck us yesterday was that visiting artist Deborah Aschheim was discussing the layout of her upcoming display titled "on memory and forgetting," which will begin on March 11. After checking out her work online   we became very excited. The picture at the top is her work.

We snapped this picture of Deborah looking at the space with DJ who works in the architecture building. Notice the hanging plugs that power the LED's she uses in her pieces. 

Parking and lazyness

As you may have read in the paper, since we are not publishing another print issue until after spring break coverage of the major parking changes will be continuing online over the next few weeks. Check in and be the first to know the deal. 

In another note, you may have noticed the blog has been rather sparse over the last month. I attribute this to the new presence of our website and the continued dreariness of winter. Soon, when we are all frolicking in the spring air, we hope to better catalogue the little enjoyable oddities of this here university. Cheers.

New Herald out today

Hey kids, 

So the latest issue of the Hawk's Herald came out today and it is jammed packed with interesting news. Here's the breakdown:

1. A story on RWU's fall hiring of President Nirschel's son. 
2. H and I lot are most likely going to become parking for law school students only... right after spring break. 
3. A number of students were arrested and transported at the last Chameleon Club. 
4. A feature on how broke students are planning to spend spring break. 
5. A feature on alternative spring breaks. 
6. Good ol' WTF of the week
7. RWU gives money to Bristol's public library. 
8. Opinion pieces on RWU's drinking habits. 
9. Sports, music reviews and the results from last week's poll. 

And much, or at least some more!

So pick up a copy, or read it online at

Saturday, February 28, 2009

New Herald kind of out today

Due to an error with our printer the physical copy of the paper has yet to arrive on campus. However, I've loaded almost the entire paper onto our website so there's no need to wait! Be the first to read all about RWU's increase in alcohol violations, possible hate crimes, and issues with weight. Enjoy.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Bristol police log Feb 17 - 23

While the week was rather busy for the Bristol PD, RWU played only a small part in the large number of arrests that were made. Only two student's were arrested, one for good possession of marijuana, and the other for simple assault. One particular call caught our attention:
"A Buttonwood caller complained to police that Styrofoam plates a woman was using to feed stray cats at the Kaiser building were blowing around the neighborhood."
Had the plates been bio-degradable would she have called the cops?

Check out the rest of the log here

Monday, February 23, 2009

RWU Featured in local paper

In case you weren't following the local news we figured we would do it for you. The Bristol Phoenix featured RWU prominently in three articles over the last two weeks; stories cover the progress of our many construction projects, the canola shuttle, and the sale of the King Phillip residence hall. Click on the included links to read the stories.

The Herald has previously featured articles on both the construction and the shuttle, so in two out of three cases the Phoenix got scooped; sorry guys.

NOTE: the canola shuttle link doesn't work but I swear they did write an article. The Phoenix seems to have taken it down for some reason but it may be back online soon.

Friday, February 20, 2009

No paper this week

Though the Herald was originally scheduled to be published this week and not next, we have reversed that order and will printing next week but not this week. Confused? Don't worry, we will be putting a number of stories on our website in the upcoming days. So stay calm, your thirst for news should be sufficiently quenched soon.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Students wanted for Nate Mott Band music video

As you can tell from the heading, local group the Nate Mott Band, based out of Bristol, is making a music video and is looking for students to be in it.

Filming will take place Friday at 499 Hope St., and Sunday all day at the Bean. Sunday (Feb. 22) is the day they really need people, so if you're interested in being a part of the music video either post your name/email on this entry, or you can send your email address to You can also join the music video group on Facebook.

Also note that no compensation will be given (besides the fact that you'll be in a music video), but food will be provided. Nate Mott also says he'll be giving out kisses (on cheeks) and hugs. Dress casual, in darker colors (basically no neon).

So again: Nate Mott Band music video--if you want to be in it, post your name/email as a comment or send it to :)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Poll results and new poll

Another poll has come and gone, and here are the results answering the question 'which gift woos best on Valentine's Day':

1st - I don't like Valentine's Day (37%)
2nd - dinner and/or movie; flowers (33%)
3rd - card; stuffed animal (8%)
4th - chocolate/candy; jewelry; lingerie/underwear; other (4%)

So there you have it: most RWU students don't seem to like the Hallmark holiday. Be sure to vote on the latest St. Patrick's Day - Luck of the Irish poll. As always, if you choose other comment on this post to tell us what we missed (scroll down to the right of the page)
thanks! :)

Friday, February 13, 2009

New Herald out to today

The latest issue of the Hawk's Herald came out today and time and in stunning fashion. Stories include:

1. A debate over whether RWU public safety should carry weapons.
2. A rundown on what the new dorm has to offer
3. a piece on the nearing completion of the new academic building
4. RWU hired a big name
5. Students throw away nearly 500 pounds of food a day
6. loads of soppy valentines day stuff
7. movie and CD reviews and much much much.. well not that much more.

you can pick up a copy at your local hangout spot, or read the news at our website:

Bristol police log Jan 2 - 12

RWU makes one measly appearance this week. A simple possession of marijuana charge. If fact, it was generally a mundane week for the Bristol PD. A man shot himself in the hand, and there was a hazardous material incident, but other than that not much out of the ordinary.

You can check out the entire report here

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Core and RAs fired at KP

Apparently the core of King Phillips and a number of the dorm's RAs were fired (last semester), possibly for lax oversight of the off campus apartments. We will have more information on this soon.

UPDATE: according to a comment on this post, the Core was fired last semester and if any RAs were fired it would have been last semester as well. If you have any information on this incident, please write us at

Friday, February 6, 2009

Late paper and Website back online

Okay, so after a little hesitation the website is back up and running. Please visit the site at:

In other news, the printed paper was a little late coming off the press today but word is it should be arriving soon and at least some distribution will go on over the weekend. Pick up a copy to enjoy the news in all its tactile glory.

Parking is getting scarce in I Lot

A RWU student was in such a rush to grab an open spot in I-Lot last night that they accidentally hit the gas, instead of the reverse, while attempting to turn around. As you can tell, they ended up creating their own spot. Note to student: you need a rainbow sticker to park on the hill.

Unfortunately their car is still stuck on the hill almost 15 hours after it slid to a stop and public safety is refusing to help pull the car off.

UPDATE: the car is now unstuck, so only tire treads remain.

Website update

UPDATE: Okay, so according to our site providers the glitch has been fixed but will take a few hours to correct itself. We are waiting on sending our weekly update until the site is back online.

As you may have noticed, the website, unfortunately, is currently not working--unless you checked the site out at about 3am, because it was working fine at that point. We have called College Publisher to help correct the problem, but so far nothing has come of that. We apologize for this let down, but we're doing everything we can to fix it--trust us, we're just as (if not more) upset as you are. So stay tuned and keep checking the website--it could work any second! Thanks for your patience :)

The website is here!

This is a VERY big day for the Hawk's Herald, as this is the day we launch are spanking new website You can expect to find almost all of what you find in our print version online as well as added bonuses such as more photos, polls, video, and multimedia content.

We are very excited about this site, and hope you will bear with us as we become accustomed to our new digs. This is a learning process for us too; over the next few weeks we will continue to work with the site to tailor it more too our specific needs and design purposes. That's to say, we will make it far more beautiful then it is now.

Also as of this posting the site is actually glitching a bit, something we hope will be worked out in a few hours. If it doesn't work on your first try, don't be discouraged! Try again later and all will most likely be fixed and spiffy.

New Hawk's Herald out today

We are pleased to announce that the first Hawks's Herald issue of the semester will be out later today. Here is a rundown of some of the stories you can find in this week's paper:

1. Why students have so much trouble finding off campus housing.
2. A rundown on the new warning siren system.
3. A survey find that a majority of RWU students have cheated on their work.
4. The top 10 things to do on a snow-day.
5. An Afghan student adjusts to life in the United States
6. Some important curriculum changes
7. RWU starts a music major

... and much much more

This is a jam packed issue so pick one up and stay connected. Happy reading.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Bristol police log Jan 27 - Feb 2

Well, after a few week's absence from the Bristol police logs RWU is back in full force with three appearances last week. Two involved marijuana, and one was about a computer stolen from the Rec. Center equipment room. A local man was charged with "manufacturing marijuana," (I always thought it was grown), and my personal favorite:
• Bryan Machado, 28, of Warren, was arrested at the Bristol Sports Club on Wood Street and charged with making crank or obscene phone calls.
You can read the full log here

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

1000th visitor to blog

At the momentous time of 9:36 this morning, after three months of existence, the blog received its 1000 visitor! Next up: one million. Thanks for reading us and making this a walloping success.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The website is coming

You've heard the hype, lay awake at night thinking about the possibilities, and probably spend countless hours dancing at the thought of the Hawk's Herald getting a website, and now after months of anticipation modernity is on the horizon.

On Friday the Hawk's Herald will formally expand into the 20th century and get a full fledged website! Keep checking the blog for updates over the next few days, and feel free to get excited. We are.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Campus snowman

This snowman popped up outside the Commons after the last snow storm. It's a pretty impressive snowman, and if anyone knows who built it please comment on this post. :)

*according to one of our readers who commented on this post, the snowman was built by some of the swimmers and wrestlers...thanks :)

Mystery tire swing

We actually noticed the tire swing last semester, but never got around to taking a picture. The swing is located across from the back of the Bayside 200s near the woods. We have no idea how it got there or why, but if anyone knows or has any information on the swing, please comment on this post. :)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Police log Jan. 20-27

Well another week has gone by without RWU's name in the Bristol police logs. However, school is back in session and perhaps next week a student will manage to make it in the papers. For now, enjoy reading about ice ruining cars and teens arrested for assault by clicking here.

Poll results & new poll

The blog poll answering the question of favorite snow hobby is officially closed. Here are the results:

1st - build snowmen/snowball fight (44%)
2nd - sledding (33%)
3rd - doesn't like snow (22%)
4th - eat snow-catch snowflakes/build a fort-igloo (11%)
5th - make snow angels/skiing/snowboarding (0%)

***Scroll down to the right of the blog and vote on the new Valentine's Day poll***
(if you choose other, comment on this post to tell us what we missed)


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Shoveling for "cash money"

According to an email sent out by John King today, RWU is compiling a list of students to be on call to shovel snow if needed. That alone is not particularly noteworthy, however, the way King writes it is :
"We are currently gathering a list of students interested in being on call to shovel snow for cash money if we have a major storm."
That's right, "cash money." Kind of like cash money records, the record label of such Hip Hop stars as Lil' Wayne. Let it be forever known that John King is accidentally hip. If you are interested in filling your pockets with cash money email your name, building/room number, and cellphone number to King at jjking@rwu

Friday, January 9, 2009

Bristol police/fire logs Dec. 29 - Jan. 6

While RWU managed to remain out of the logs this past week, popular spots for students did not. At Topside Lounge a group of people were reported arguing, one ending up in the Rhode Island Hospital. An intoxicated man was taken to the Newport Hospital after a report of disorderly conduct at the Sip 'n Dip on Hope Street. However, this week's favorite log had nothing to do with hospitlization or fighting:

Police investigated a report of men opening manhole covers on the corner of State and First streets. They were discovered to be plumbers clearing a drain from a home to town sewer.

To read more logs, click here.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Emergency siren warning system at RWU

During winter break, RWU will be installing an emergency siren warning system (ESWS) on campus. There will be four sirens placed around the campus to warn people of "life-threatening" situations, such as "lightning storms, chemical spills or a dangerous intruder."

If an emergency occurs, the Department of Public Safety will activates the system, which sends students a phone call/voice mail, text message and email on top of the sirens. When the sirens sound, everyone is advised to seek the nearest shelter.

Sound tests for the siren will be held during the day January 20-23. Additional tests will be announced on the ESWS webpage, which you can also visit for more information. To hear a test, click here.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

RWU hires big name

RWU has hired a prominent figure away from RI's state administration to take the position of "senior vice president and chief business and administration officer." Jerome F. Williams, was Director of RI' Department of Administration and prior to that RI's Department of Transportation.

Williams is the latest in a series of big names to walk through the revolving door between RI public service and RWU. At the end of the 2007-2008 school year former public safety director J. David Smith left RWU to run RI's Emergency Management Agency, and Providence police chief Dean Esserman has some involvement with RWU's criminal justice program.

Williams' appointment at RWU comes at a time when the school's endowment has decreased by approximately 20 percent. During Williams' time with the DOA he cut staff, and organized a series of capital projects. It is possible his position at RWU will include working with the school's numerous construction projects and navigating the current financial crisis. It is currently unclear if Williams' position at RWU was created specifically for him or if he is filling a vacancy. Expect more updates on this story soon.

Read the Providence Journal article on Williams here

Police imposter strikes again

According to the Bristol Phoenix a 75-year-old woman was pulled over on Metacom Ave. by a man impersonating a police officer on Dec. 18. The incident was eerily similar to one earlier this year when a RWU student also encountered an imposer but refused to get out of her car. Police don't know if the incidents are related. You can read the full story here

Bristol police report 12/22-12/28

Another week of crime has come and gone in Bristol RI. This is our particular favorite from this week:
"A Brian Drive man told police his wife poured a beer on his head."
It is times like these that I am most proud to be human. Check out the rest of the report here