Kate LeBlanc

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Earl Smith III was a great example of someone who was the lifeblood of the University of Rhode Island.  He knew everyone, and he meant something meaningful to everyone. I said this to many people I interviewed for my news story about his passing, but I could have talked to...
Earl Smith leaves behind a legacy of kindness, justice URI community loses beloved faculty member, Earl Smith III. PHOTO CREDIT: Nora Lewis On Tuesday, March 1, the University of Rhode Island lost a beloved and long-time community member, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Earl N. Smith III.  He...
Photo credit: James Singer Something I never stopped to realize was the impact I was making as editor-in-chief of the Good Five Cent Cigar. Most days, I was just trying to move forward and make choices that I felt would better the newspaper. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago, at...
When Jeremy Bergantini was young, his grandfather sat him down with a book about Native American history and told him he had to understand the importance of his heritage.  Bergantini, now a first-year student studying history and studio art after returning to school following military service, said that this memory...
Professor Kathleen Gorman runs URI’s Hunger Center and works to combat food insecurity throughout the state. PHOTO CREDIT: Nick Pierson Every college student seems to identify as poor and hungry. It’s a stereotype perpetuated by television, movies and students themselves, oftentimes. However, there’s a clear difference between being a typical poor...
New graduate school dean hopes to increase support systems URI's Graduate school names Brenton DeBoef as its new dean. PHOTO CREDIT: uri.edu When Brenton DeBoef was living in New York and studying for his Ph.D. in chemistry at Columbia University, he decided to take a road trip to Newport, Rhode Island...
CNN’s Abby Phillip talked with a small group of student journalists after hosting the 14th annual Amanpour Lecture. PHOTO CREDIT: Leila Cox When Abby Phillip was invited to host this year’s edition of the University of Rhode Island’s annual Amanpour Lecture by Christiane Amanpour herself, she was floored.  Phillip, anchor and...
URI Foundation increases fundraising goal to $300 million by 2024 The University’s “Big Ideas. Bold Plans.” campaign launched in 2020 has increased its fundraising goal to achieve $300 million by June 30, 2024. PHOTO CREDIT: Melissa Marchese Increasing the University of Rhode Island’s campaign goal from $250 million to $300 million...

The last ‘Endeavor

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Narragansett Dawn to arrive in 2023 After 45 years of breathing in some fresh salt, the Endeavor will soon give way to a new age as Narragansett Dawn becomes URI’s future research vessel. PHOTO CREDIT: Nadia Sutyrina After 45 years of service, the University of Rhode Island’s Research Vessel Endeavor will...
John King, who formerly attended URI, talks about his time at the Cigar, his path to journalism and the challenges young journalists face today. PHOTO CREDIT: CNN CNN’s Chief National Correspondent and University of Rhode Island alumnus John King has a message for student journalists today: thank you.  “Younger journalists are...
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