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In Case You Missed It: CCRI President’s Spending Spree

Saturday, December 07, 2013


"In Case You Missed It," GoLocal's weekend feature, puts the week's top stories in one easy place for you to review and read. Check out what dominated the news cycle this week in Rhode Island and get all the details with these easy links.

CCRI President's Spending Spree

A GoLocal investigation into finances at the Community College of Rhode Island has uncovered that since 2006, over $20,000 has been spent by CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale at the private University Club on the East Side of Providence through the privately-funded CCRI Foundation.

Read the article here.

CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale, who began his tenure in 2006 with a salary of $180,000, has for the past three years had an annual salary of $265,000 and a total compensation package including health and retirement of over $370,000 due to his dual role as interim commissioner of higher education -- at the time.

However, due to the reorganization of the state's education boards into the one Board of Education, Di Pasquale's most recent contract is solely for his duties at CCRI -- at the same pay level as when Di Pasquale serving as commissioner as well.

See that story here.  

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College Guide 2013: Best Places To Eat On A College Budget

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Always cheap, always delicious

One of the great miracles of human existence is that wings are inherently easy to find cheap. Wings Over Providence is one of our go-to spots, perfect for delivery. For dining in (and some great beers), check out the English Cellar Alehouse at 6 pm on Mondays—just 40 cents per wing until 10:00! 

Wings Over Providence: 725 Hope St, Providence - (401) 274-9464

English Cellar Alehouse: 165 Angell St, Providence - (401) 454-3434


Check out GolocalProv’s College Guide on best places to get wings later this week! 

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Save on six-packs: bring your own

Haven’t budgeted for that cucumber-lime-and-elderflower martini this week? If you’re 21+, that shouldn’t mean you’ll go without a drink with that dinner out. A great way to save some cash is to find BYOB restaurants—we recommend Sakura on Wickenden Street in Providence. Delicious Japanese cuisine with a six pack of Shipyard Pumpkin Head ale or a bottle of Smoking Loon from Campus Fine Wines around the corner? Sign us up. Bonus—split the cost with your friends, and suddenly you have some spare change for one more California roll. 

Sakura: 231 Wickenden St, Providence - (401) 331-6861 

Campus Fine Wines: 127 Brook St, Providence - (401) 621-9650


For more about drinking around campus, keep an eye out for GoLocalProv’s College Guide on the best bars to grab a drink! 

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Eat like your free t-shirt depends on it

College students have been known to take some extreme measures when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck on dinner. Luxe Burger Bar in downtown Providence should be your next conquest, with its Everest-sized meal known as the Frankenstein Burger. Four Gold Label burgers. Two jumbo Nathan's all beef hot dogs. Four slices of smokehouse bacon. Four slices of American cheese. All topped with Hereford black bean chili, coleslaw, and relish. On buttered rolls, no less, and served with a double order of fries. If you’re daring enough to finish, you get a free t-shirt. If not, leftovers for days.

Luxe Burger Bar: 5 Memorial Blvd, Providence - (401) 621-5893

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Love the simple things

Fried rice often gets overlooked in favor of more showy examples of Asian cuisine, but it shouldn’t—it’s one of the most filling and versatile dishes on a budget. If you’re near Newport, Tokyo House can’t be beat. Closer to the heart of Providence, try Sura on Westminster Street. Bonus: if the fried rice at the pan-Asian restaurant near you isn’t your favorite, try the scallion pancakes. They’re usually under five dollars, and they’re always delicious. 

Sura: 232 Westminster St, Providence - (401) 277-9088


Check out GoLocalProv’s College Guide on best Asian Cuisine and Best Sushi later this week! 

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Eat like a king on a jester’s budget

If your taste is on the expensive side, fear not—just watch for specials! Lots of local restaurants have Facebook pages and Twitters, some just have Yelp reviews and personal websites, but chances are, you’ll be able to find information about special deals somewhere. It might take some poking around, but it’s worth it to budget in that four-cheese baked pasta you’ve been craving. Over 21? Look for drinking specials! Check out Rue de L’Espoir on Wednesdays for a custom burger and beer for just $12.50.

Rue de L’Espoir: 99 Hope St, Providence - (401) 751-8890

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It’s the size of the fight in the dog—or burger

Sometimes it’s not the size of the burger that matters, it’s the price. At Harry’s Bar and Burger though, so does the taste. The regular price for a set of two sliders is always under $7.00, and if you go between 3 and 5 pm, any day of the week, they’re half price. Bonus if you’re over 21: amazing boozy milkshakes. 

Harry’s Bar and Burger: 121 N Main St, Providence - (401) 228-7437

For more on the best places (and the cheapest) to grab a burger consult GoLocalProv’s College Guide on Best Burger Joints, coming later this week!
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I swear, it’s as healthy as a Chobani!

In college, you could have ice cream for dinner if you really wanted to—who’s going to stop you? But if you want to go a little healthier, try froyo. Most shops charge by weight, so you can perfect the fine art of getting the most bang for your buck. If you’re a Brown student, you’ve probably grown to love FroyoWorld on Thayer Street. 

FroyoWorld: 219 Thayer St, Providence - (401) 865-6055

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Don’t get up

In that economics class you took freshman year, you learned that there’s more to cost than just dollars—there’s also convenience. As in, you’re willing to pay a couple of extra dollars for delivery so you don’t have to put on real pants. Here’s another instance where splitting the cost with your friends or roommates can save you tons, and save everyone a trip across campus. Check out GoLocalProv’s College Guide on Best Dorm Delivery Food later in the week for some tips on getting what you want delivered right to your doorstep.


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Gary Arnold

If CCRI is rated up there and providing great education to its students, then compensation is on par with results. It takes a lot to run an effective education business. Now if CCRI is not leading the pack.

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