Tuesday, May 14, 2013
“It’s like going from 21 to zero, when you first learn to crawl and walk. Now I have to learn to move my body in a whole different way.”
When Janice Wray lost control of her car on Route 95 in Connecticut last year, everything stopped. A 2009 graduate of East Greenwich High School, Janice was in her third year of nursing school at the University of Rhode Island. Now, suddenly, she was paralyzed from her chest down. “It’s like going from 21 to zero, when you first learn to crawl and walk,” Janice says now. “I have to learn to move my body in a whole different way.” She stayed in the ICU at Yale–New Haven for a month because her accident took place just outside New Haven, in Watertown. After that, Janice moved to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. She returned home to East Greenwich last July 26. “I’m paralyzed from right at my chest down,” Janice explains. “I don’…
Monday, May 13, 2013
A year ago, URI student and East Greenwich resident Janice Wray was in a car accident in Connecticut that changed the course of her life.
Janice Wray is sweating. Sitting on the edge of a raised physical therapy mat, Wray tugs her left leg up onto the platform, then grabs her right leg and pulls it up too. It’s excruciatingly hard work, requiring balance and muscle she’s worked to build for the past ten months. There's not a lot of muscle to build – her body lies dormant from from her chest down, paralysis the result of a car accident in April 2012. One year later, Janice goes to Providence five days a week to work with the physical therapists at Southern New England Rehab at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. There she works on the most basic of tasks with the focus and determination of an athlete. Indeed, Janice calls it her workout. She works on things, like getting the ankle …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
URI president David Dooley cites security as the reason for moving graduation indoors this year.
Release courtesy of the University of Rhode Island Department of Communications and Marketing. University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley has announced that URI's 127th undergraduate commencement exercises will be held at the Thomas M. Ryan Center on Sunday, May 19. The decision to move commencement to the Ryan Center this year reflects the ongoing assessment of safety and security measures across the university. The Ryan Center is the largest and most appropriate venue to accommodate the more than 3,000 undergraduates and some of their guests. Each graduating student will receive two guest tickets with their cap and gown. The Ryan Center already serves as an alternative location for commencement. The University has a …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The University of Rhode Island is now offering a double major focusing on business and environmental economics.
Wednesday, April 24
The University of Rhode Island now offers one of the nation’s first undergraduate programs focused on green business: the green business double major. This program combines majors in general business and environmental economics and can be completed in four years. “The double major in green business gives students a competitive edge for many professional careers in the new green economy,” said Emi Uchida, an assistant professor of environmental and natural resource economics. “The private sector needs professionals who have creative ideas and the tools to formulate corporate strategies that help businesses be both economically viable and environmentally sustainable.” URI began registering students for the green business double major last …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The annual Beast of the East Tournament will be held this Saturday and Sunday at Portsmouth's Glen Farm on East Main Road.
Glen Farm will swarm with rugby fans this weekend as players from up and down the Atlantic coast battle for the Beast of the East 2013 Collegiate Rugby Tournament Title. In its 15th year in Portsmouth, it is expected to draw a large crowd. With more than 70 teams competing, it is known to be the largest college rugby tournament in the country and most likely the world, according to director Chris Palombo. Shuttles to and from the event will be made available at the Portsmouth Middle School. Among the school teams to compete this weekend are Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, University of Rhode Island, UMass Amherst, Boston University, Providence College, Yale and Princeton. Both men's teams and women's teams will compete…
Friday, April 12, 2013
The contract extension for URI men's basketball coach Dan Hurley mainly guarantees improvements to the program's infrastructure.
Release courtesy the University of Rhode Island Athletic Department. The University of Rhode Island and head coach Dan Hurley have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the school through at least the 2019-20 season. Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn, University officials, and representatives for Hurley have been working on finalizing the details for the past week. "This is a huge statement to our student-athletes, our program, and the many dedicated fans of Rhode Island basketball. I thank President David Dooley and Thorr Bjorn for their support, trust, and shared commitment to the future success of our program," Hurley said. "We will work harder than ever to make everyone proud to be associated with Rhode Island …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The show opens up on April 18, with South Kingstown native Andrew Burnap playing one of the leads.
The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department will present Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, starting on Thursday, April 18. This production will feature several graduating seniors who have dazzled audiences for most of their years in Kingston. The show is scheduled for April 18-20 and April 25-27 at 7:30 p.m., and April 21 and 28 at 3 p.m. in the Robert E. Will Theatre in the URI Fine Arts Center on the Kingston Campus. General admission for the performance is $20; $15 for seniors and URI staff; and $12 for students. Call 401-874-5843 or or visit www.uri.edu/theatre for tickets. Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy in which the intelligent, witty Beatrice matches wits with the dull, cynical Benedick. Two of …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
According to a release from the university, the man reported to police on Tuesday and he is not a threat to himself or others.
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Tuesday, April 9
Release courtesy of the University of Rhode Island. The individual who was the subject of a photo distributed to the campus community on Monday, April 8, voluntarily went to the URI Police Department on Tuesday afternoon. He identified himself as the man shown in images taken Friday, April 5, from the Kingston URI Library video. He is not a URI student. Witnesses had reported on Friday evening hearing the individual talking on the phone and in distress. He apologized to police for causing any concern in the community. Police do not believe he had any connection to the Chafee Social Science Center incident on Thursday, April 4. No criminal charges are being filed against him. The man told police his girlfriend saw his picture on the website…
Monday, April 8, 2013
According to state police, there is no established connection between the man wanted from the library and the lockdown at URI on Thursday.
The University of Rhode Island Police Department is looking for a man involved in an incident at the campus library Friday night. The university provided no details of the incident in a press release, but said it has nothing to do with police locking down the campus Thursday after unfounded reports of a man with a gun. The man shown in the attached photo is described as a white male with a buzz haircut, clean-shaven, about 6-feet-tall and 220 pounds with a muscular build. He has a receding hairline and appears to be between 27 to 33 years of age. "At this time, we have no evidence that there is a connection between the events of last Thursday and the report from the library," a university press release reads. However, the URI Police are …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
This video has not received nearly enough attention, because it’s awesome.
So, as part of running Narragansett-South Kingstown Patch, I subscribe to Google Alerts for a couple keywords – Narragansett, South Kingstown, Prout, and importantly for this article, the University of Rhode Island. Most days, what I get is a regurgitated mixture of real estate listings and articles about Dalton Prout and Kirsten Prout. However, every once in a while, I get a true gem, like the YouTube video to the right (and here) of the University of Rhode Island baseball team lip-syncing to “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson, as covered by the cast of the movie Pitch Perfect. In case you’re unwilling to wait until the end, according to the credits list, Warwick’s Sean Furney, the guy in the passenger seat, directed the clip. …