Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: September 26, 2011

For many undocumented students living in Rhode Island, tonight could be momentous. The state’s Board of Governors for Higher Education will be meeting in Warwick to discuss and vote on whether undocumented residents should be entitled to in-state tuition at the state’s public universities. Governor Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 released a statement supporting the policy change yesterday, and local students remain optimistic about the board’s final decision. The meeting will be held at 5:30 pm at the Community College of Rhode Island and the public will be permitted to comment during the proceedings.

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has finalized the route map for a proposed two-mile streetcar service which will aim to connect College Hill, Kennedy Plaza, Rhode Island Hospital and the newly-emerging “Knowledge District.” But if you were hoping to catch a ride to your Amtrak or commuter train, look elsewhere. RIPTA planner Amy Pettine said connecting College Hill and the train station was not possible. The plan must first be presented to and approved by a wide range of government agencies and if all goes according to plan, current first-years and sophomores would get to see the construction of the project, which would be in 2014 and 2015. Though over half of its $126 million construction cost will covered by federal funds if approved, operating costs will be financed by a new tax levied on property owners within a quarter mile of the route, as well as revenue from $1 fares.

According to AAA Southern New England, gas prices in Rhode Island dropped five cents in the last week, with the average for a gallon of unleaded settling at $3.679. But with the national average at just $3.4999, drivers in the area are paying much more to get around. Next time you’re filling up the tank, you might want to consider buying a lottery ticket to help pay the bill. Though no one struck gold in Saturday night’s $30 million PowerBall drawing, one lucky Rhode Islander player did win a $1 million prize after buying a ticket at a Hess gas station in Richmond, R.I. As of Monday morning, the prize had not been claimed.

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