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  • July 18, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE II: More on Yorke

    As I note below, Yorke took exception to part of what I wrote. For what it's worth, he's raising some more salient points today, IMHO, particularly the question of the context in which Papitto dropped the N-word, and the far more serious offenses usually associated with the removal of a name from an institution.

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  • July 17, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Matt Jerzyk, ace blogger, RWU law student, and occasional Phoenix contributor, is on the John DePetro Show at this moment, discussing the Ralph Papitto controversy. I've just heard two callers so far, but the amount of defensiveness on their part is staggering. One went so far as to suggest that Roger Williams must have used the N word a few times in his day.

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  • July 16, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    In an item written for this week's Phoenix, Mary Ann Sorrentino calls the events surrounding the oversight offered by Roger Williams University's board a classic case of inaction:

    The trustee shakeup at Roger Williams University, involving businessman Ralph R. Papitto’s stepping down as chairman after his reference to the “N” word, is a good story by any standard.

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  • July 16, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Following revelations in Saturday's ProJo, law students at Roger Williams University are taking a stand against Ralph Papitto. From their news release:

    PROVIDENCE & BRISTOL – Roger Williams Law students and law student organizations have expressed outrage at the behavior of outgoing chairman of the RWU Board of Trustees, Ralph R.

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  • June 25, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As another part of its elevated public advocacy, the Rhode Island Statewide Coalition (RISC) is today calling for the resignation of Peter McWalters, commissioner of the Rhode Island Department of Education:

    In a letter addressed to all members of the Rhode Island Board of Regents, the officers and directors of RISC cited The Institute for a Competitive Workforce of the U.

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