Editor's note: High school seniors attending the Feb. 15 Scholar's Day at St. Bonaventure University and students in the SBU Jandoli School’s professional writing classes provided the content for this feature.

KINGSTON, RI – The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team is at the University of Rhode Island, scheduled to take on the Rams Sunday at 1 p.m.

For anyone not too familiar with the area, here are some facts about the Kingston area’s history, denizens and places.

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  • Kingston is a village within the town of South Kingston and has 31 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Until 1885, Kingston had been known as Little Rest because English colonial soldiers had stopped there during King Philip’s War in 1675. A statue erected in South Kingston commemorates the 600 Narragansett Indians and 150 Colonial militia who perished in a deadly December swamp fight that took place during the war.
  • Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography counts among its faculty Robert Ballard. a retired Navy officer credited with discoveries of notable shipwrecks including the Titanic, the Bismarck, the USS Yorktown and PT-109.
  • From Kingston, a driver can choose to get to one of five beaches within 15 minutes.
  • Kingston has been voted the Number One suburb in Rhode Island and has a low crime rate.
  • Kingston has no industrial sites, but the state is home to Hasbro Inc., which introduced Mr. Potato Head in 1952, a classic that also has the distinction of being the first toy to be advertised on television.
  • Rhode Island also is the smallest state in the union and has the nickname of the Ocean State.

Comparisons between Rhode Island University and St. Bonaventure University include the following facts:

  • Rhode Island University was founded as an agricultural college in 1892 and is the largest institution of higher learning in the state. Its student population is approximately 18,000. St. Bonaventure was founded as a seminary in 1868. Its current student population is 2,400.
  • Rhode Island counts among its alumni P90X workout host Tony Horton. St. Bonaventure counts among its alumni ESPN sports commentator Adrian Wojnarowski and six Pulitzer Prize winners.
  • In the "Big Dance," Rhode Island’s men's basketball team is 8-10 and has reached as far as the Elite 8, while St. Bonaventure’s men’s basketball team is 7-9 and has one Final Four appearance. Also, St. Bonaventure has 16 NIT appearances, with a win in 1977, and Rhode Island has 15 appearances. 
  • Rhode Island’s women’s basketball team has one NCAA appearance. St. Bonaventure’s has two NCAA appearances and four NIT appearances.
  • Both universities have many D1 athletic teams; their ice hockey teams are not.
  • The basketball teams at Rhode Island play in the Ryan Center; St. Bonaventure's plays in the Reilly Center.
  • The University of Rhode Island has 20 official fraternities and sororities. SBU has none.
  • The area surrounding Rhode Island University sees about 49 inches of precipitation a year; by St. Bonaventure, the surrounding area gets over 39 inches.

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