Lianna Blakeman

Lianna Blakeman
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Lianna Blakeman is a senior majoring in English & Writing and Rhetoric with a minor in Business. She joined the Cigar her freshman year and is going into her second semester as Editor-in-Chief. Graduating this December, Lianna is hoping to pursue a career in publishing.
Photo by Abigail Clarkin Getting the proverbial keys to the Good Five Cent Cigar was pretty daunting. Here I am, a junior writing & rhetoric and English major, who now has control of 47-year-old newspaper. Needless to say, I felt very unqualified and unfit for this position. But after a month...
Written by: Lianna Blakeman and Jessie Boukarim                  News Editor and Contributing News Reporter The University of Rhode Island researchers have accumulated millions of dollars in grant money to fund their project, but not all of that money goes directly towards their research. “Grants...
Proposals for off-site parking solutions made to compensate for new dorm project With parking concerns at an all time high as construction of the Brookside Apartments looms on the horizon, the University of Rhode Island has put together a transportation master plan to address these issues. Abigail Rider, vice president...
As the football season came to a close, the University of Rhode Island Marching Band had their last performance in front of friends and family at the Fine Arts Center on Nov. 11. An audience that almost completely filled the concert hall waited patiently for the Ram Band to...
Lianna Blakeman and Theresa Brown News Editor and Contributing News Reporter This semester marks the beginning of the new residential curriculum that has been implemented in all residential halls across the University of Rhode Island campus. While this is a typical thing in other institutions, this is the first time a...
The United States Environmental Protection Agency prohibited three of its scientists, all Ph.D. graduate students from the University of Rhode Island, from speaking at the presentation of the State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed Summary Report, of which their research contributed to. Held on Monday, Oct. 23 at Save...
After a comprehensive program review process last March, the University of Rhode Island Talent Development Program has made great strides in improving their program. Results from this review stated that, “We recommend, therefore, that the TD program mission pivot from one of creating access to one of promoting student...
The Fine Arts Center renovation and remodel was “at the top of the list of priorities for fiscal year 2017,” according to J. Vernon Wyman, the assistant vice president of Business Services, in an Cigar interview from November of 2015. As many students and visitors can attest, there have...
Student in Barcelona witnesses struggles for Catalan independence Senior Elana Rivkin got more than she bargained for when she decided to study abroad this semester in Barcelona. Between her classes, Rivkin is getting an up-close and personal experience with the controversial independence referendum that is inciting protests and violence across...
Students flocked to the Memorial Union this Wednesday, Sept. 28, to protest the Cross County Evangelism group who came to the University of Rhode Island to preach their message to the campus community. Starting at around noon time, the Cross Country Evangelism group stayed until 2:30 p.m. amidst angry remarks,...

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