President Obama to speak at Rhode Island College


For Rhode Island Republicans, this Halloween might be especially spooky.

On Friday, October 31, President Obama will give a speech at Rhode Island College focused on the economy. He had previously been scheduled to speak on October 16 but canceled his visit “so he could continue to monitor the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak,” according to WPRI.

Barack isn’t the only Obama in the Ocean State this week, as First Lady Michelle Obama plans to head a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo at the Juanita Sanchez School in Providence tomorrow.

Tickets for the general public go on sale today at 4 pm at the Rhode Island College Recreation Center (600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Providence). They are free of charge and will be disbursed on a first come, first serve basis…meaning the second you read this, you should probably hop on the #92 RIPTA and head on over.

You’ll have to be early for the speech, too, as the doors open at 7:30 am on Saturday. Obama’s remarks are slated to begin at 11:10 am. You can dress up as a hungover college student for Halloween that morning.

For more information on ticketing, click here.

Meet Your Senior Commencement speakers!

As you may know, Brown University proudly eschews the traditional hired Commencement speaker in favor of speeches from two members of the graduating class.

Over 80 members of the Class of 2014 anonymously sent fragments and ideas for a commencement speech to a ten-person committee, comprising Deans McSharry and Rodriguez, four seniors (chosen by those deans), and four faculty members (including Professor Barbara Tannenbaum of the famed Persuasive Communication course). The committee selected about 10 finalist proposals, whose writers were given recommendations and asked to flesh out and perform their entire speech. Based on those performances, the committee selected the two commencement speakers. Introducing…

Caroline Bologna ’14 and Joshua Block ’14!

This is what Caroline (left) and Josh (right) look like behind a lectern.

This is what Caroline (left) and Josh (right) look like behind a lectern.

If you don’t yet know these impressive seniors personally, you’ll become intimately acquainted with them on Commencement morning. To give you a preview, BlogDailyHerald sat down for coffee with Caroline and Josh. Here we go.

Joshua Block ‘14

Hometown: Sharon, MA
Concentration: Political Science, Philosophy
Freshman Unit: Archibald (Unit 2!)
Most likely to be found: “Probably in the Blue Room, or Faunce generally. Or on the Main Green on a nice day.”

Caroline Bologna ‘14

Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Concentration: Comparative Literature, French Studies
Freshman Unit: West Andrews (Best Andrews!)
Most likely to be found: “Similar [to Josh]. Or I guess also in that conference room in the BDH for Post- every Wednesday. Also Chipotle.”

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