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A study in anarchy

With no campus, accreditation, or heirarchy, Corvid College thrives underground
Named after a family of birds that is markedly playful and diverse, Corvid is a benevolent underground anarchist institute fostering eclectic inter-disciplinary thought.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 01, 2011

Sallie Mae not

As federally sponsored student-loan giant Sallie Mae prepares to go private, it’s squeezing every last penny from student borrowers while opening up scads of new businesses. How can you protect yourself?
If you have had to borrow money to pay for school, chances are good you've borrowed from Sallie Mae, the largest student-loan company in the US, which currently handles between 40 and 45 percent of the business.
By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  July 25, 2011

Congrats, grads!

Looking back on the panoply of college deans.
By DAVID KISH  |  May 26, 2011

Academic Hoods

Their meanings revealed
What does your academic hood say about you?
By DAVID KISH  |  May 25, 2011

Leveling the playing field

Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, May 20, 2011
A few observations on Dena Riegel's " Striking Back: Turning Feminist Theory Into a Visceral Rape Deterrent " (April 29).

The League ReEmerges

Annual Events
What better way to explain an electoral system (or anything, really) than by using cupcakes?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 12, 2011

Local heroes of 2011

Simon Moore and Linda Katz
In the 14th annual edition of the Providence Phoenix 's Best issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.

Rhode Island's ticking time bomb

A fun, easy-to-understand guide to the pension crisis that could destroy everything you care about (or not)
This is a story about the pension crisis that's tearing apart Providence and Central Falls and just might lay waste to the whole goddamn state.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 23, 2011

District 7 endorsement: Vote Tito

Plus, sex ed and race in Boston’s schools
Thirty-five-year-old Tito Jackson, a former economic development official in Governor Deval Patrick's administration, is the candidate most deserving of District 7's votes.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 04, 2011

Protect teachers' pensions

Letters to the Portland Editor, February 25, 2011
Our governor proposes more money for K-12 education, no cuts in funding for higher education, and increased funding for Medicaid. Good for almost everyone. He also promises to lower the personal state income tax for upper-income earners, and to eliminate the estate tax. Better for the already fortunate.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 23, 2011

Blackboard jungle

Taking charge; bitchin' 'bout the Steelers; campaign notes
Look who's swinging in on a vine with a long and loud Tarzan yell to take over as chairman of the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education: it's our old pal "George of the Jungle" Caruolo.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 09, 2011

A new online program at SMCC puts you to the test

All you can learn
Yes, taking classes online is the wave of the future. And you've figured out that the house always wins: Tuition for those classes is vastly more profitable for universities than the traditional in-person, in-classroom instruction.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 26, 2011

Making the grade

Two recent studies examine academics and athletics in Portland's public schools
Portland students are struggling with reading at elementary and secondary levels, according to a report released last week. Meanwhile, the city's two high schools are close to achieving gender equity in athletic programs, says a separate report.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 26, 2011

Don't be an idiot

What we wish someone had told us about making the best of the college experience
We're all idiots when we're 18. We're all idiots for the first half of our 20s, and longer, for some. By saying so, we're not trying to insult anyone.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 27, 2011

Poop and circumstance

Vo Dilun diplomacy; the Dunkin' Donuts state; networking; royal rapping
Knickers in a horrible twist in Educationland over the announcement of a three-tiered diploma system to be introduced in Rhode Island public schools.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 26, 2011

Unlocking knowledge

From OpenCourseWare to co-ops, area schools are taking their learning outside the classroom
Back in 2000, when Google was two years old and the all-for-naught panic over a worldwide Y2K meltdown had subsided, the MIT faculty had to answer two questions: how is the Internet going to change education? And what are we going to do about it?
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 12, 2011

How To Be Good at the Future

Tap into technology and make yourself a Master of Tomorrow
One of these days, when the Doc Brown and McFly jokes dry up, you'll have no choice but to start thinking seriously about the future. Not just tomorrow, and the day after, but the next several hundred years, since lifespans are on track to skyrocket.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 12, 2011

Walking on broken glass

A (very) short list of Baldacci's successes
There must be some kind of law that kicks in whenever a prominent politician leaves office, requiring every columnist and pundit to blather on at length about the triumphs and tragedies of that esteemed figure's checkered career.
By AL DIAMON  |  December 15, 2010

Future teachers

Newly certified teachers get a wake-up call.
By DAVID KISH  |  November 17, 2010

At URI, Booker challenges a generation

"Gun shots rang out," said Cory Booker, Newark's charismatic mayor, during a talk at the University of Rhode Island's Edwards Hall this week.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 10, 2010

Portland Phoenix Endorsements: 2010 referenda

Yep, you have to answer a lot of questions in the voting booth this year. Here's what they're about, and how we think you should vote on them.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 20, 2010

Continuing Education October 2010

Looking to re-animate the corpse that is your dead-end career?
Or do you just need a new hobby? Check out our continuing-education listings, plus trades that'll make you apocalypse-proof, and ways to dip your toes into a career in literature.

Interview: Davis Guggenheim, director of Waiting for Superman

Out with the Old School
Davis Guggenheim has always been a man on a mission.
By TOM MEEK  |  October 04, 2010

As 'Superman' debuts, risks and rewards of school reform made plain

The Academy
The documentary Waiting for "Superman" opens this week — an ambitious film that aims to bring the debate over education reform into every household.
By TOM MEEK  |  September 30, 2010

Providence Student Survival Guide: List of lists

New to Vo Dilun? Trust us, you need this
It's back-to-campus time. You've got shopping lists, book lists, syllabi, class rosters, and Facebook. Who would possibly think you could handle more lists? We would, that's who.

A typical dorm room

10 days into the semester.
By DAVID KISH  |  September 09, 2010

Student Survival Guide 2010: Your phone needs these lists

Emergency contacts
You need phone numbers. Your cell phone needs programming. Spend a few minutes now, and reap the rewards all year long.

Savor the local flavor

Hungry? You've come to the right place
In some college towns, you're lucky if you can find two or three good eateries. In Providence, you could get through med school and still not be done exploring — especially if you're willing to venture deep into the city and out across Rhode Island.
By MARION DAVIS  |  August 31, 2010

Your phone needs this list

Emergency contacts
You need phone numbers. Your cell phone needs programming. Spend a few minutes now, and reap the rewards all year long.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 25, 2010

Dorm room essentials

Big Fat Whale
This is totally going to be worth it!
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  August 26, 2010

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