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Major spring concert in the works The Finance Commission set aside $105,000 to OASPA, Programming and WXIN after a lengthy debate. By Rita Nerney News Editor

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The last finance meeting of the fall semester granted $105,000 for a spring concert on campus. The Finance Commission also allocated $25,000 in response to Parliament’s RIPTA resolution, offering RIC students discounted bus passes for the spring semester. The meeting was held on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 12:30 p.m. in Parliament Chambers, Student Union 307. L.I.F.E. and the National Black Law Student Association were denied due to

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Institutions throughout the country will recognize Black History Month this February. Rhode Island College plans to put on 15 events to commemorate African Americans in the U.S. The national theme this year is African Americans and the Civil War.

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RIC administration believes it is prepared for New England winter By Luisa Murillo Anchor News Writer

In January, there were three major snow events across the state in a span of two weeks, shutting down schools and causing traffic tie-ups. With the start of the semester here, and a storm forecasted for this week, a snow day could soon apply to Rhode Island College students. Despite the inclement weather over the winter break, college administrative offices were still open and functioning, as were other departments on campus. And, according to college officials, RIC is as prepared as it can be to deal with adverse winter conditions. “We have done very well so far this season with snow removal. Obviously, the fact

that the larger snow storms have occurred during holiday and semester breaks has helped,” said Vice President of Administration and Finance William Gearhart, who oversees the Facilities and Operations Department based in Physical Plant. The campus administration decides whether classes will be cancelled as early as they can determine it. Cancellations will be posted on the college website, and radio and television stations will be alerted, as well. “The college administrators keep a continuous, watchful eye on the weather forecasts and the track of the storms while working with the facilities and operations staff to prepare for the snow removal and clean-up

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15 RIC events to commemorate African Americans in the U.S. use theme of the Civil War.

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Rants of an Overstressed Editor Ricky Gervais shocks the Globes and Octomom looks good with a whip

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Rob’s Game Shelf Rob’s Top 10 of 2010

The Jan. 8 shooting which killed six people and wounded 13 is remembered by the entire country.

Many people on track to earning degrees have to suffer jobs like being a fast food attendant.

The story of the world’s greatest hero, Plutonian, turned villain.

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Know how to stay safe and recognize the signs in case you or someone you know ends up in a dangerous situation. A review of Andino’s restaurant on Federal Hill.

Investigating a trend that involves putting bedazzle beads on or near one’s genitals. Fashion advice on how to keep warm-yet-stylish in the cold depths of winter.

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On a breakaway layup, Stephanie Coro joins the number of RIC ballers who have made a college career point mark of 1,000+.

RIC men’s basketball win over the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors, 60-51.

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Arizona shooting leaves nation in mourning By Kyle Grant

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Tragedy struck Tucson, Ariz. this month when a lone gunman killed six people and wounded 13 others. The gunman’s main target was Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was holding a meet-and-greet outside a Tucson supermarket. Jared Loughner shot Giffords in the head before firing indiscriminately into the crowd. Giffords survived, but was put in critical condition and is recuperating at the University Medical Center. On Saturday, Jan. 8, the casualties included Federal Judge John Roll, who served in the legal system for over 40 years, an aid to Giffords, Gabe Zimmerman, and nine-year old Christina Taylor Green. The community meeting, “Congress in Your Corner,” allowed citizens to ask Giffords questions and make their voices heard. The tragedy reverberated across the nation. The onslaught occurred just five days after the new Congress was sworn in. Congress members expressed their grief and sadness regarding the shooting. “I am horrified by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and members of her staff. An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve,” said Speaker of the House John Boehner. Grief for the victims of the assassination attempts could be felt in Rhode Island as well. “I feel for those families and friends who are connected with those hurt and killed,” said Jason Morin, Rhode Island College junior. “No one is to blame but the guy who did it, and I think people should be less narrow-minded and ignorant so tragedies like this won’t happen again.” “I think the Tucson shooting is a national tragedy, and that Jared Loughner was a psychopath,” said RIC sophomore

Kate-Lynne Mastrostefano. Many view this attack as a prime example of why gun control is necessary. 22-year-old Loughner was described as very nihilistic, with a disturbing and anarchistic view on politics. In the months preceding the assassination attempt, friends claim that Loughner became more and more alienated, eccentric and radical. “He didn’t want people to wake up and do the same thing every day. He wanted more chaos, he wanted less regularity,” claimed one of Loughner’s friends. In September of last year, frequent disturbances and unsettling behavior led to Loughner’s expulsion from Pima Community College. He was not allowed to return to school unless cleared by a mental health professional. Despite obvious mental health concerns, Jared was still allowed to purchase the Glock 19 pistol he used to on the victims. However, many who oppose gun control feel that the tragedy could have been easily avoided if a law-abiding citizen had a firearm. Nobody at the gathering was armed, and no police officers were present. Loughner was tackled down by four men while he was reloading. While the nation mourned the Tucson tragedy, President Barack Obama went down to Tucson to address the country on the recent calamity. “There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this, the hopes of a nation are here tonight. We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief,” began Obama. The president shared the stories of the fallen. From Phyllis Schneck, who retired to Tucson to escape the New Jersey snow, to nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who wanted to be the first woman to play baseball in the major leagues, Obama offered a testament to

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Pandemonium outside the site of the Arizona shootings. the deceased. “Our hearts are broken by their sudden passing. Our hearts are broken, and yet, our hearts also have reason for fullness. Our hearts are full of hope and thanks for the 13 Americans who survived the shooting, including the congresswoman many of them went to see on Saturday,” continued the president. Obama thanked individuals, such as Daniel Hernandez, Giffords’ aid who rushed to care for his wounded boss. Obama also thanked the men who tackled Loughner to the ground, Patricia Maisch, who grappled away Loughner’s ammunition, and the doctors, nurses, and first responders to the scene. Obama spoke of the finger pointing that occurred in the wake of the shootings. “You see, when a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations, to try and pose some order on

the chaos and make sense out of that which seems senseless,” stated Obama. He continued, “But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do, it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.” Obama did not want to focus on blame, but he called for the nation to reflect on the tragedy as if it was personal, and to grow to become a better nation. “For those who were harmed, those who were killed, they are part of our family, an American family 300 million strong,” he said. At the end of his speech, Obama spoke of Green, who went to see her Congresswoman for the first time with ideas on democracy.

“She saw public service as something exciting and hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted. I want to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. I want America to be as good as she imagined it. All of us, we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations,” he said. Despite suffering brain injuries, Giffords is currently recovering. She has been successfully transferred to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston. Although the road to recovery is long, the congresswoman is stable and she has the hope of a nation behind her.


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At the State House... Decriminalizing marijuana Rep. John G. Edwards has reintroduced legislation to decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. The bill, which he first introduced last year, would call for civil fines of $150 per occurrence for those who possess small amounts of the drug. Sen. Joshua Miller plans to introduce similar legislation in the Senate.

Drunk-driving laws Legislation has been introduced in the Senate to amend and toughen a number of drunkdriving laws and their penalties, including increasing penalties for refusing to submit to a chemical test, making drunk-driving convictions apply for 10 years for repeat offenders and sending drunk-driving and refusal cases to the District Court. Sen. John J. Tassoni, Jr. introduced the bill.

Around campus... Books for Community Involvement Can’t afford your books this semester? No problem! RIC SCG is here to help. They are offering $100 book coupons to students who commit to attend 10 RIC student organizations events and/or meetings from three different organizations for the spring semester of 2011. Come to Student Community Government in Student Union 401 to apply for the program. The first 150 students will be allowed in the program. Applications will be open from Jan. 24 till Feb. 4. For more information, contact President Travis Escobar at president@scg.ric.edu. Current student organization executive board members and members of Parliament are not eligible for this program.

Discounted RIPTA bus passes for RIC students You can now purchase RIPTA e-fare items from the Campus Bookstore at half price. SCG has provided $25,000 to offer students this discount. Prices are now: Monthly Bus Pass, $31; 15-Ride Pass, $13; e-RIPTIK, $10. Visit www.ripta.com for schedule information. For additional information, contact Speaker Aaron Buckley at speaker@scg.ric.edu.

Study abroad with Shinn If you would like to study abroad, turn in your application for the Shinn Study Abroad fund by Feb. 1 to the history department office in Gaige 206. For more information, visit www.ric. edu/studyabroad/shinn.php. Also, check out junior Kevin Gravier’s blog while he studies in Spain this semester at KevinInCadiz.blogspot.com.

Student leadership awards Help RIC recognize our student leaders by nominating students who have demonstrated leadership potential both on and off campus and for their impact as leaders within our college, state and global communities. Nominations are encouraged from individual faculty and staff, but can also be given by a group and/or department. Students are also encouraged to nominate fellow students. There are seven award categories from which to choose. Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 25. The nomination form can be found online at www.ric.edu/studentactivities/ leadership.php#leadershipawards.

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“The recognition event itself was launched in 1926 by Dr. Carter Woodson because of the inadequate reflection of African Americans in history texts,” said Unity Center Director Antoinette Gomes of the celebration’s beginning. “ To the best of my knowledge, events celebrating Black History Month have been happening at RIC since at least the mid 1980s,” she added. There are a number of student organizations, campus departments and even some speakers from outside the campus community who will be involved in putting on the month’s events. “The student organization Women of Color has been very involved,” Gomes said. The organization will hold the Journey to the Motherland event for the fifth year. Student organizations L.I.F.E. and RIC Programming have also been a big part of the planning process. Some of the events scheduled have been held in previous years, and some are new to the heritage month this year. Each year “there are similar number of events and some annual events,” said Gomes. “There is typically an open class or two, but what’s nice is that there are other events that will focus on topics different from last year.” Bridgeport Superintendent John Ramos will speak on education reform. Elisa Miller of the history department will talk about the national theme, African Americans and the Civil War. Prior to planning, the Unity Center accepted event ideas by e-mail from those interested in getting involved. “As long as a program is relative, safe and not cost prohibitive it is acceptable,” said Gomes. “Events that increase awareness, are educational and involve a diverse audience are preferable.” The programming has been

called differently since its creation in 1926. From Negro History Week to Black History Month, the evolution occurred as times changed. The current label at RIC, African American History Month, can be attributed to poet Johnny Duncan. In his 1987 poem, “I Can,” “he referred to the fact that the last four letters of his nationality, American, and his heritage, African, spell I CAN. The term was popularized a couple of years later by Jesse Jackson and Ramona Edelin and became a part of the mainstream vernacular,” Gomes explained. “I use both terms pretty interchangeably,” she said, “but have used African American History Month for February programming as a matter of consistency since my arrival on campus.” “Maybe we should ask our constituents their thoughts on the matter,” she added. “It could make for an interesting discussion.” Gomes believes there is still a need for events like these in our community. “The historical contributions of African Americans and African culture in general are too often distorted or overlooked. This is an educational community, but the teaching and learning experience doesn’t just happen in classrooms,” she said. The mission of the Unity Center includes “cultural inquiry . . . and cultural programming,” she said. “It broadens perspectives and prompts thoughtfulness and mutual respect. I think we need vehicles that create meaningful dialogue and lead to greater understanding of other cultures, circumstances and beliefs.” She hopes the events of African American History Month will accomplish these goals. Most events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. A complete listing of events can be found online at www.ric.edu/unitycenter/events.php.


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The jobs they held before their PhDs By Rita Nerney News Editor

Before earning a degree or serving an internship, a student can experience difficulty in finding a job outside the fast food industry or large retail chains. Such jobs can seem irrelevant to future careers, but employers are now looking for applicants who have working experience, regardless of what that work entailed. “Employers are now saying things like, we want to see that students have worked,” said Linda Kent Davis, director of the Rhode Island College Career Development Center. “As

opposed to having just interesting thing on their resume, we want to see that they know how to work.” According to the 2010 RIC Student Census Report, 78 percent of students worked during the semester in addition to attending school. Those 78 percent may not necessarily work for minimum wage, but most likely hold lower-paying jobs in the workforce. “Our students have to make some tough choices, and they may not be able to take advantage of great opportunities,” said Kent Davis. “But what they’re doing is of enormous value in terms of making them-

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selves competitive.” Many prominent people on the RIC campus today held minimum wage jobs while they were students, as well. In college, President Nancy Carriuolo worked in a cherrypacking plant. “I was the one who checked the cherries to make sure the pits were out,” she said. “I think I had the most fun on that job.” Once the cherries were washed, they were put on a conveyor belt that ran in front of Carriuolo. “I had to feel cherries for pits. If I found a pit, I had to throw it out,” she said. She took her job seriously because people could not break their teeth “if there was a good pit lady. People would laugh. I was so serious about it.” Carriuolo stressed the importance of even minimum wage jobs. “I developed a work ethic and the importance of taking a job seriously,” she said. Vice President of Academic Affairs Ron Pitt graduated from college with a B.S. in agricultural engineering. Before that, however, he worked numerous minimum wage jobs. “I had more jobs than I can count. I worked my way through college, and during my college years I held all sorts of jobs,” he said. These included “sorting and cleaning dirty dishes in the college cafeteria, painting houses and doing roofing in the summer, and working in maintenance in the parks system, among other things.” Pitt said he began working very young, “but the more interesting jobs came later,” he recalled. “I worked as an animal caretaker at the Primate Research Lab in Madison, Wis., cleaning monkey cages and handling the animals as needed. In that job, I became very adept at using high-pressure hoses, and on Saturday mornings, I had to go into a group-sized

cage at the zoo to clean.” Relationships that Pitt formed in his early jobs taught him how to interact with coworkers and employees today. “I made a lot of friends among my co-workers, and, conversely, often found jobs through friends,” he said. “In most of my early jobs, I had very little direct contact with my employers, so now, when I hire a student, I try to get to know them, see that they have a good experience and have them get to know me. I think that’s important.” Director of OASIS Dolores Passarelli worked a few minimum wage jobs while she was in high school, but there was one in particular that convinced her that she wanted to attend college. “I worked at Hasbro, and I had to dress naked G.I. Joes. I wasn’t very good,” she said. “I’d get the right boot on the left foot. Poor G.I. Joe. They stuck me in a room by myself where I had to make sure the hole was clean in the G.I. Joes’ back where the talking disk went.” When she attended RIC, Passarelli was hired as a peer counselor. “Luckily I got hired,” she said of the orientation leader position. “I worked all summer and lived in the residence halls. It gave me a chance to talk to anybody, because that was my job.” Passarelli was the first generation in her family to attend college. “My high school jobs definitely made me understand the value of going to college,” she said. Director of Residential Life and Housing Teresa Brown is a native of Tennessee, and in high school she worked the gamut of minimum wage jobs. From retail department stores to burger joints, Brown earned $1 per hour, which was the minimum wage in the 1960s.

“I probably in my twenties started working as a secretary, and I eventually worked in the office of theatre and communications at the University of Memphis,” she said of her college jobs. Kent Davis majored in sociology at UMass Amherst and she eventually went on to earn her master’s in College Student Personnel Work and Counseling from Northeastern. As an undergraduate student, “I was completely naïve. I was thinking, social work. I want to help people. Sociology and social work kind of sound the same. I was kind of making things up in my head,” Kent Davis said. Kent Davis held quite a few minimum wage jobs while she was in school, including a job in the children’s room at the public library and working as a cashier at a grocery store. In the summer after her college sophomore year, Kent Davis held two jobs. “I had the worst job I ever had and then one of the best,” she said. “During the first part of the summer, I had a job as a chambermaid at a pretty ratty roadside motel in Massachusetts. Thankfully I landed another job for our park and recreation center as a playground instructor.” Kent Davis worked with another instructor to plan arts and crafts and sports for the children who came to the park. “It was a really fun job, fun social network,” she said. “I loved the creativity in it. Cleaning rooms, I was bored out of my mind. I was alone and hated the routine. And the playground job, I loved it.” Kent Davis has learned from every job she has held. “There is value in any experience,” she said. “Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it in the moment. But you learn good solid work skills and a good work ethic.”


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to get the word out to students, faculty and staff as quickly as the situation allows,” said Fusco. “The president and her cabinet strive to make cancellation decisions as timely as possible to ensure the safety of the students and the college community.” “We have been fine tuning our snow removal plan which should be beneficial in upcoming snow events,” Gearhart said. “Our foremost goal in terms of snow removal is safety. We strive to provide general access across campus as quickly as possible.” Over the winter break, there were a few events that drew larger crowds to campus. Near the beginning of January, “there were several activities and events taking place,” Fusco said, “including new student orientation ses-

sions and the nursing pinning ceremony, that had to be rescheduled. This took quite a bit of coordination but everyone involved was attentive to the situation so that it would run smoothly, and it did.” How effectively the campus responds is still dependent on the storm itself. “The time it takes to remove snow from all areas depends upon storm conditions, the timing of the snowfall and the ability of the snow removal equipment to freely move around the campus,” Gearhart said. A winter storm that could produce rain, sleet and snow is predicted to impact Rhode Island on Wednesday. — With reporting by Managing Editor Nicholas J. Lima.

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ment, Inc. to get the $25,000 needed to launch the program. “I’m coming here with the support of Parliament,” Buckley said. “And it’s a one-time request. A fee would be next fall. I’m appealing to you now because students will be paying $31 instead of $62 a month. Thirty dollars, when it needs to, can go a long way. This is a challenge for the student body.” He continued to highlight the benefits of the discount, even for students who do not use RIPTA. “I view this initiative as something that doesn’t have a lot of detriments,” he said. “More parking on campus for people who won’t take the bus. Solar panels in the bus shelter. The green vision of [President] Carriuolo on campus.” The motion was approved. SCG President Travis Escobar took the gavel while Treasurer Robert Roy asked for funds for an SCG conference. Six Executive Council members will attend, and six other Parliament members will accompany them on a first-come, first-served basis. The conference money was approved. The next item on the agenda generated the most discussion, though members hesitated to bring it forward. “I’ll entertain a motion to approve the concert fund,” said Roy. “Is anyone going to motion that?” asked Boyden-Wilson. “I think everybody’s afraid to motion it,” said non-Parliament Rep. Jordan Day. The motion was made by Escobar, who sits on the commission as an ex-officio member. Three student organizations are collaborating to bring a large-scale concert to the RIC campus. Representatives from the three groups, Programming, WXIN and OASPA, were in attendance. “The idea [for a concert] has been at this college since I’ve been here,” said Programming President Tyler Patterson.

Escobar said he booked Roberts Hall through SCG on behalf of the three organizations as a preliminary step towards planning the concert. “You’re all asking for $35,000 each,” said BoydenWilson. “You guys are going to lose money with this.” “Guaranteed,” Patterson agreed. “Why is this going to work in Roberts?” Boyden-Wilson asked. There are 943 seats in Roberts Hall, and about 800 will be sold. The remaining tickets will be used for promotional and complimentary purposes. Last year, “we turned people away in Gaige,” OASPA President Frances Diaz said, referring to the J. Cole event last spring put on by her organization, WXIN and Iota Phi Theta. “We wanted to take a couple of openers and a headliner for everyone on campus, different types of genres.” “This is $70,000 from the General Fund [and] $35,000 from Programming Escrow,” said Escobar. “I remember last year’s [concert presentation] wasn’t as much information as these three organizations have today.” The organizations presented a petition with more than 500 student signatures in support of the concert’s concept. According to the WXIN representative, Business Director Jaimie Magno, the radio station’s staff spent two weeks gathering the signatures and were met with near-universal support. Programming also put out a survey to determine what acts students were interested in. “We need something like this to increase school spirit,” Escobar said. “This event right here is for Rhode Island College. We can compete with our neighboring colleges. We have the money to do it. We could see more students saying, ‘I want to join WXIN, Programming, OASPA, and be a part of big things like that.’ We can’t be afraid to throw this event because of the number.” “Why three openers?” asked non-Parliament Rep. Elizabeth Sullivan. “If we can find one person

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who can rap, rock out on a guitar, and play some lovey dovey acoustic for the ladies, we’ll hire them,” said Diaz. “But realistically we just want to cover as many genres as possible.” The concert fund will pull $70,000 from the General Fund, SCG’s main account, and $35,000 from Programming Escrow, which is money that builds up from year to year when the organization’s unspent funds revert back to SCG. Programming uses the reserve account for capital improvements and non-recurring expenses, including concerts. “With this concert, we’re not

completely draining escrow,” Patterson said, “but we’re draining it pretty hard.” “Are you in agreement of spending this amount of money?” asked Dean of Students Scott Kane, who sits on the commission as SCG’s advisor. “Yeah, 600 students want a particular artist, but 8,000 students might think this is a bad way to spend that amount of money. I think you could be finding yourselves in a lot of trouble to make that type of commitment.” A few stipulations were added to the monetary request. The signature of a college of-

ficial to be appointed by Dean Kane will be needed on the concert fund account. Also, tickets will be sold to only RIC students during the first month of sales, after which they will open to the general public. “I just want to reiterate the importance of the survey of the student body,” said Dean Kane. The $105,000 for a spring concert was approved. According to the event’s organizers, planning work was done throughout winter break, and the headlining acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Alcohol poisoning By Casey Gaul Health Hype

The holidays are over and it’s time for college life to begin anew. Aside from classes, that means parties, clubbing and the occasional bender. Where large quantities of alcohol and possibly irresponsible attitudes are involved (both of which are abundant on your average college campus), there is a certain amount of possible danger; the most common form of which is alcohol poisoning. Everyone should know the signs and how to respond should someone – friend or stranger – find themself in a dangerous and possibly fatal situation. The Mayo Clinic defines

alcohol poisoning as the body absorbing too much alcohol (generally due to consuming a large amount of alcohol in a very short span of time), causing direct damage to the central nervous system. This can cause breathing and heart rate to slow and inhibit the gag reflex. In the worst case, the untreated victim of alcohol poisoning may stop breathing, their heart may stop beating or they may choke on their own vomit. These are all possibly fatal results. While the best and most desirable way to prevent alcohol poisoning would be responsible drinking, few partiers are willing to comply. The second best way to prevent someone from the fatal effects of alcohol poisoning is immediate action, and this means being able to read the signs. According to CollegeDrinkingPrevention.gov, the

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning -Confusion -Stupor -Black out -Vomiting -Seizures -Slowed breathing -Low body temp. -Bluish or pale skin symptoms of alcohol poisoning include: “Mental confusion, stupor, coma, or person cannot be roused, vomiting, seizures, slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute), irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths), hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish skin color, and paleness.” See ALCOHOL Page 17

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Quality doesn’t match price at Andino’s By Jon Kmieciak Lifestyles Editor

Federal Hill is one of the most known, if not the most known, attractions in Providence. It is home to numerous restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world, the most prevalent being Italian.

One such restaurant is Andino’s, situated at 171 Atwells Ave., and I decided to try it out. First off, the atmosphere in Andino’s wasn’t too bad. Cozy would be the best way to describe it and our waiter was very friendly. The aesthetics were pleasing to the eyes. It was dimly lit so you didn’t

have to worry about the light blinding you. Also, the plethora of pictures covering the walls were interesting enough. To start, my cohorts and I decided to indulge in a few appetizers. Our choices: fried calamari served with hot pepSee ANDINO’S Page 17

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Remember watching television and seeing that annoying commercial for the Bedazzler? Well, now jewels are not only for your jean jacket. That’s right, you can now bedazzle your genitals. A wave of vajazzling has taken over in many salons. That’s right, vajazzling, the art of putting colored stones where the sun doesn’t shine. Why is it so popular? Is it because you can make something that is highly unattractive even worse? It’s beyond me, but some girls love it and do it all the time, even though the process can be a painful one. First off, a women needs to wax any hair down there in order to even think about putting jewels on the lady lumps. Waxing is painful; just shaving your legs can cause some pretty intense pain. Try waxing down there. Next, the area needs to be cleaned and completely dried. Then a pattern of jewels is selected

and placed on the skin. It lasts a few days and is extremely expensive, especially for the average college student. Many salons can cost over $100 for one vajazzling session. There are do-it-yourself kits sold online for a much more reasonable price. Just like bedazzling your clothing, the possibilities are endless. The basics like hearts, stars, swirls, and flowers are very easy to achieve. You can even take it to an extreme. Not getting laid that often? Make an arrow pointing to your lady area to let your lover know where to put it. You could do anything that your heart desires. Many even take the vajazzling crystals and put them on other places on the body. Even men are getting into the craze. If I saw a man with jewels surrounding his pork sword, I’d run away fast. Even photos of what women look like after getting vajazzled makes me cringe. Honestly, when you over vajazzle yourself, it looks like a rabid STD that got out of hand. Some think it’s attractive to give See VAJAZZLE Page 17

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In and out By Brooke Tyra Anchor Contributor

It’s hard to look cute when you don’t want to take off your coat inside due to the terrible chill, but with the cute coats that are in this season, it won’t be hard to still look amazing with your coat on. Last season North Faces were all the rage, and while they may keep you warm they are definitely not cute. Pea coats are a classic way to keep warm this season. You can get them at any clothing store in the mall and they are fairly cheap, unlike North Faces. Forever 21 has some nice coats as do Burlington Coat Factory, Wet Seal and Old Navy. If you want more of a classic look Old Navy would be the place to shop. If you’re more of a clubbing girl who wants the coat flashy then Wet Seal is it. Forever 21 is more for the hipsters and broke college kids that want to look cute without

spending a fortune. Burlington Coat Factory, however, has every coat style there is with prices that will make you shout, either with excitement or astonishment. The pea coats that go to the knee are really trendy and warm; they keep the wind from making your thighs and upper body cold. In order to heat from the knee down this season, may I suggest brown or black boots with a slight heel. Last season and seasons prior we witnessed an Ugg epidemic that swept through the US. Every girl had either a real pair of Uggs or the knock off’s they had at Payless. Uggs are terribly overrated and to be honest they really aren’t that cute. Sure they’re comfy but they don’t even keep your feet warm when you walk into the snow. A nice pair of kneehigh boots that are properly insulated inside will keep you cozy and pretty. The best place to find these would be at Aldo or DSW. The choices are end-

less and the prices can be high or low. Circle scarves are new this season and look really classy paired with a nice pea coat. This scarf can either hang low like a necklace or be wrapped around twice to ensure no wind grazes your neck. The cutest ones seem to be at the vendors that you see in the aisle of the mall. They cost next to nothing and come in so many colors and patterns. As for what goes under all the outside layers, long sweater dresses look adorable matched with a chunky belt. The sweater dresses can either be paired with tights, jeans or leggings. These items can be purchased at any clothing store of your choice. It’s hard to be fun and adventurous with your clothing choices in winter because you’re worried about staying warm, but these articles of clothing are guaranteed to keep you warm and fashionable this winter season.

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themselves a vajazzled bush in place of their other bush. Like I said earlier, it’s taking something not attractive and making it even worse. According to The Christ Wire, a conservative, Christian group, vajazzling is causing women college students to have “whore-ish” tendencies and try to get men to sleep with them. They also go on about how every woman has a

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pers and their “secret sauce” and fried mozzarella. The calamari was very good and probably the most reasonably priced item we got that night. It was slightly too oily for my taste, though. I did not partake in the consuming of any friend mozzarella but when asked my fellow reviewer Nicholas Lima replied, “They were exquisite. They had a light airy taste yet were still juicy.” Next it was time for the

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Do not wait for all of these symptoms to be present. If someone displays any of these, it is essential that you seek medical help immediately. If you are off campus, dial 911. If you are on campus, dial extension x8201 or (401) 4568201 for the Campus Police. Campus Police will then call emergency services and direct them quickly to the site of the emergency so that drivers unfamiliar with the campus will not get lost or diverted in

slut side to her, but that is not always true. To me, it seems like The Christ Wire believes that every college woman is a whore and just tries to get into a guy’s pants. Stop and smell the roses, please. Vajazzling is good for anniversaries, birthdays, holidays like New Years and Valentine’s Day or romantic vacations. Less is more when coming to adding sparkle to your lady lumps. Go easy because you don’t want to have your partner be turned off because how sparkly your genitals are.

entrees. My choice was the eggplant parmigiana. The red sauce was very good but it was the eggplant that I was satisfied with most. The meal, though thoroughly delicious, was not up to the amount it cost. Throughout the meal the waiter was very diligent in making sure we had everything we needed. There was really no problem with the service all night. In all I would give the service at Andino’s a 4.5 out of 5, the atmosphere I’d give a 4.2 out of 5, the cuisine I’d give a 4.0 out of 5 and the affordability I’d give a 3.2 out of 5. transit. Do not fool yourself into believing the old myths like, “They’ll be fine if they just walk it off,” or, “It’ll be fine, he’ll sleep it off.” Nothing can make an intoxicated person sober except time. Unfortunately, victims of alcohol poisoning may have very little left. Keep your eyes open. Your friends might be angry with you later for calling an ambulance on them but, in the end, that is way better than having to attend their funeral. Be aware of what and how much you and your friends are drinking and keep yourselves safe.

If you suspect you or a friend are suffering from alcohol poisoning and you are: On-campus, dial ext. 8201 or 456-8201 Off-campus, dial 911

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RIC Racket Student events at RIC

RIC Programming will be hosting the Welcome Back New Years’ Bash on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Guest magician Jay Mattoli will be performing and there will also be a DJ from WXIN. The event will start at 7 p.m. and will take place in the Student Union Ballroom. Programming will be giving out prizes and there will also be a gigantic game of “never have I ever.” L.I.F.E will be helping to put on Diversity is a Way of L.I.F.E. on March 2. Diversity is a way of L.I.F.E is a statewide conference presented by the Rhode Island College student organization L.I.F.E., which brings together educators, students, artist and community-based activists to build a movement to develop and promote dialogue and diversity as a mode of social existence which can be projected in ways that deepen the range of human experience. The conference is a safe forum in which groups can learn from and teach each other by sharing knowledge, experience and strategies. The Diversity is a Way of L.I.F.E conference supports the use of dialogue as a tool for building bridges and fostering an equitable community.  Each year, the conference takes diversity work to new levels by building on the concepts presented the previous year and challenging presenters and participants to be visionary in their thoughts and actions. The focus is geared toward encouraging participants to recognize that “Diversity is not an option in the real world.” The basic goal is to provide participants an opportunity to talk with and listen to each other about diversity issues, generate awareness of issues and enthusiasm for addressing them. We provide a model that can be adapted for individual campus dialogue opportunities.


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RIC Events Fun Friday

Jan. 28 Student Union Free Kick off the spring semester right with First Fun Friday. Get together with old classmates or even make a few friends with this fun night of karaoke, bingo and more. If you choose to brave taking the microphone you’ll be joined by Brickpark Entertainment’s live karaoke band for a unique karaoke experience. Take the chance and walk away with the bragging rights that you fronted an actual band, even if just for five minutes. Plus, there’s free food!

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Melt away early semester stress with The xx By Eddie Taylor Music Spotlight

So the spring semester has officially started. It’s the end of that wonderful month and a half break that we looked forward to all fall, and I’m guessing it’s safe to assume that the sudden change has left you more than a little stressed out. Don’t worry, you’re in good company, and this week I’ve chosen a band with a bit more of a laid-back, melodic sound to help ease you back into the stresses that come with the beginning of a semester. The xx may have a strange name, but these guys have created a style that I’ve never quite heard before. This originally four piece electronica group from London

received critical acclaim when they blew up back in 2009, and they still seem to be going strong despite a few hitches. The band got its start back in 2005 when band members Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, Jamie Smith and Baria Qureshi met while attending classes at London’s Elliott School. The band hit a slight speed

bump when second guitarist and keyboardist Baria Qureshi left the group in late 2009. At first her departure was assumed to be from exhaustion, but the band later revealed that it was due to personal differences. The band has yet to recruit a new member to replace Qureshi and have continued on as a trio. They are said to have re-

corded their eponymous debut album at night in a garage on a studio lot, and the album was later released by Young Turks records. Their hit single, “Crystallized,” received widespread radio play, and fans of alternative music have probably run across this band before See THE

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Not the same old politics By Tim Horden Anchor A&E Writer

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First of all, welcome back to an exciting new semester. You may have heard that Danish band New Politics was in Providence on Dec. 12 as part of WBRU’s BRU-Haha. They played an electrifying show and got the entire crowd psyched for the feature band, Anberlin. The most exciting part for me was having the opportunity to sit down with the band members and a get an interview. We met at Nice Slice on Thayer Street, and the night got off to an interesting start as guitarist Søren Hansen walked from table to table striking up conversations with the other diners. Eventually he joined me, as well as lead vocalist David Boyd and drummer Louis Vecchio, at the table. Interviewer: Ok so a

little spoiler here, in your future plans, is there a new album in the works? David Boyd: Definitely, we will be. Planning on it in 2011. Søren Hansen: Yeah definitely in 2011, especially with the recent appearance of ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’ in the Dell commercial with the Verizon backing. That went worldwide, so we will be looking to write new stuff over the winter break. IN: So how do you like the States? DB: I love it. Looking forward to staying here. All three agreed with a smile. IN: So with most bands, some have different ideas on what they want to do. Do you plan to continue to tour and stick together? SH: We will definitely keep going as long as there’s still interest in us and a record deal!

IN: What finally pushed you to move to the U.S.? DB: We moved for the possibilities it held. We thought about it, we had the songs, got the label, RAC, here and shook hands on October of last year (2009). SH: On the 13 of July (we) had to play in the competition (Karriere Kanonen) and we never played the songs together yet. You know, we just stuck to our motto of “F**k It”. We came from a country of five million to the states because there’s not much in Denmark. Gotta live and breathe the music and like doing it. IN: Ok well the big question I have here is how did you come up with your name New Politics? The three looked at each other for a moment. Not knowSee POLITICS Page 21


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Ricky Gervais shocks the Globes and Octomom looks good with a whip By Eddie Taylor Rants of an Overstressed Editor

S o this week was rather interesting for show business with the Golden Globes last weekend, Regis Philbin announcing his retirement from “Live!” and we’ve learned that in a surprise twist Lady Gaga will be using a transsexual cast for her upcoming music video. First I’d like to say hats off to Lady Gaga. The pop artist has won a lot of my respect for her rumored casting, if it turns out to be true, and I don’t know if there’s an intended message for this casting but I feel Gaga is breaking down barriers that need to be broken in mainstream music and movies. Anyway for those of you who spend more than five minutes on the Internet I’m sure that you’ve run across a clip of Ricky Gervais’ less-than-boring opening monologue at the Golden Globes. Gervais took shots at Charlie Sheen’s seemingly out of control behavior, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie by trashing their recent film, “The Tourist,” and even took a shot at some of the more famous members of the Church of Scientology. Ricky Gervais

has been in some hot water since the night of the Globes, and some people believe that he may have blown his career right out of the water. Honestly, I feel that Gervais has hit the jackpot rather than stepping on a PR landmine, and I don’t think that we’ve seen the last of Gervais. Let me be the first to say that Ricky Gervais is not my favorite person in Hollywood because he strikes me as a big headed egomaniac, but I have to take the comedian’s side on this one. After all, he is a comedian and he’s there to make the audience laugh, and I don’t mean the celebrities sitting in the audience but rather us sitting at home. Gervais is known for his unapologetic nature and politically incorrect humor. Ricky is not afraid to make enemies with his jokes and the producers should have probably taken the time to consider his comedic style before signing him. I feel that maybe Gervais went a bit too far with his humor, but honestly it wasn’t out of character for him. In fact I feel that he actually toned it down a few notches compared to his stand-up. As much as I defend Gervais, I think he may have walked away from the night with some egg on his face. He wasn’t professional but he made the night a little more watchable, plus he was funny in a shocking sort of way, but

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I felt the star audience’s laughs were mostly phoned in. Plus, some of his sarcastic humor could be taken the wrong way. Gervais went on to say how important actors were and that they’re better than most people, but I hope most people had the common sense to see that he didn’t really mean it. I honestly didn’t feel that Gervais was the funniest comedian to host a major awards show, but he did the night some justice. Just next time, Golden Globes, hire a comedian who knows how to act behind an award show podium. Gervais was by far not the best choice. I don’t care how much you like The Office. Just stick to comedians like Stewart and Colbert in the future and you’ll avoid the embarrassment. For those of you who stopped to read this because of the second half of the title, Octomom has been rumored to have been cast in a fetish porn film. At first I assumed that this was just someone still on the Octomom-hating bandwagon, which who shouldn’t be honestly, until I actually found pictures from the rumored video. Now for those of you thinking what I think you are, no I didn’t look up the video. I found the pictures in an article I stumbled upon…really…I’m not lying…honestly. I can’t say that I’m surprised to see the infamous mother of fourteen’s career take this drastic turn, but it’s as sad to see as it is funny. The video features Octomom in full leather attire whipping a full grown man wearing a diaper and bonnet. Octomom, Nadya Suleman, is said to not participate in any sexual acts besides whipping in the video, so I guess you could argue she hasn’t gone too far yet? Eh. Whether this rumor is true or not, it’s definitely a conversation starter. Plus it takes me back to my more shady days of Wednesday nights at Club Hell, except I wasn’t wearing a diaper thankfully.

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“Irredeemable” By Devin Noll Devin’s Comic Corner

I’m just going to throw this out there now: “Irredeemable” is the best graphic novel I have ever read. It is even better than all of the Superman comics and graphic novels I love so much. Usually when I review a comic, I find something wrong with it, be it the art, the storyline or the content. I can honestly say that “Irredeemable” has no flaws in any of these areas. “Irredeemable” is the story of the world’s greatest hero, the Plutonian, who becomes the world’s most savage villain. “Irredeemable” is the story of the Plutonian’s former friends trying to solve the mystery of their former ally’s fall from grace. “Irredeemable” is the story of what it takes to turn the best of us into the worst of us. However, perhaps most of all, “Irredeemable” is the story of how one man could not handle the power he had. Mark Waid is the man behind the genius. Waid states in the introduction of the novel, “The road to darkness is filled with moments of betrayal, of loss, of disappointment, and of superhuman weakness.” Waid perfectly showed the hints of what made the Plutonian snap. However, as this is only the first of five volumes of the once-hero’s fall into madness, it’ll just be hints. One of the greater plot points is when the Plutonian’s girlfriend, Alana, discovers his secret identity. Almost exactly the opposite of Lois Lane’s acceptance and understanding of why such a secret was kept, Alana becomes furious and betrays him horribly. Mark Waid tells the story beautifully, having the main story take place after the Plutonian has snapped and become a villain. We then see things from the hero’s former

friend’s point of view, as they try to figure out why the Plutonian went to the dark side. All the flashbacks are told to characters who are trying to solve the mystery. This is a perfect way to make sure that the reader and true heroes are in the same boat. Peter Krause is the artist for the “Irredeemable” graphic novels and he is everything an artist should be. One of the most beautiful scenes drawn is the first scene you see, a close up on the Plutonian’s eyes. If you look into his burning eyes carefully, you can see the reflection of a little girl sleeping. This is drawn in a way that gives you the feel of looking into the eyes of pure evil. Also, the lack of any noises in this first page is a perfect example of the calm before the storm. That calm in the first page is the only truly quiet moment in the whole novel. You really start to feel for the other superheroes as one of their own becomes corrupted and you get a real sense of urgency as they try to stop him. Waid and Krause are a perfect team and together they create the perfect graphic novel in “Irredeemable”. I cannot recommend this graphic novel enough. It gets a 10 out 10, simply because it truly has nothing wrong with it at all. Stop what you are doing and go read it. Right now. Seriously. It’s amazing.

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By Robert Lefebvre Rob’s Game Shelf

H a p p y New Year, e v e r y b o d y. We’ve had another great year in gaming. We’ve had some major hits and some major misses. The industry has come up with some great innovations but also some massive duds. But any year that proves Jack Thompson and Michael Atkinson wrong is always a good year in my book. For this edition I thought I’d take a look at the games I thought were the best of 2010. And believe me; this list will be much different than any others. So here are my top ten favorite games of 2010. Everyone else has done it, why not me? 10. Just Cause 2: I was a little reluctant to put this game on the list because its plot is a little silly and basically the whole game is commando-style blowing stuff up and shooting the bejesus out of everybody, but it couldn’t have been more fun. The many things you can do, half of which defy the laws of physics, are so much fun it’s hard to stop playing. This is probably one of my favorite sandbox titles since the “Saints Row” series. 9. Deadly Premonition: Probably one of the strangest games I’ve ever come across and one you probably didn’t hear about, unless you read my review, of course, “Deadly Premonition” was just as intriguing. With its surprisingly deep plot and characters, it really found a way to drag you

into a very warped little town a la “Twin Peaks”. While its cheap graphics and odd controls and gameplay may tempt you to turn away, this is really a cheap little gem you should check out. 8. Hydrophobia: This little download-only title is probably another game you might not have heard of. The game takes place in the future after the polar ice caps have melted and flooded the world. People now live on city-sized floating vessels. You play the role of Kate, a systems engineer who works on a luxury vessel for the rich that becomes the target of a terrorist attack. She must struggle to survive and fight back while escaping the flooding environment. While the game was a bit short and the graphics were a bit last generation, the water effects and gameplay were well done, if somewhat clunky and repetitive. This game packed quite the little punch and is well worth the 800 points to download it. 7. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West: Two strangers are forced into a partnership in order to survive an America ravaged by a war fought with robots. While this game was a little too short for my taste, the characters, the story and the visuals were all amazing. The gameplay was a low point, but it was by no means bad. What really disappointed me was that this had the makings of a really long, epic game, which you would expect with a game with the word “Odyssey” in the title. Perhaps it would have made a better movie or novel but, nevertheless, this game is a worthy argument for video gaming being a story-telling

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Fragile Dreams comes in at number two for top 10.

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Split/Second takes third place. medium. 6. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep: As you may or may not know, I love the “Kingdom Hearts” series. This prequel for the PSP takes place ten years before the first game, and explains some of the unanswered questions left behind. It brings everything to be expected and more of the series. Great story, great voice-acting, great music and great gameplay, if a little button mashy, that brings a new “command deck” system that works just as well as the old one. My only real complaint is the load times which are a killer. But if you are a Kingdom Hearts fan, this is a must-play, especially with that hint toward “Kingdom Hearts 3” at the end. 5. Limbo: Not that you needed to be reminded, but death sucks. This little one-hour long downloadable side-scroller has won the hearts of many, including mine. You take on the role of a little boy wandering in what is perceived to be the realm between life and death. While lack of story or explanation is something I would criticize, it works here with its mysterious settings. It leaves it open to interpretation and you struggling to find a deeper meaning you know is there. Story aside, the gameplay was great, too, with it’s clever but not difficult puzzles and I never would have thought a giant spider would make such an endearing villain. Be ready to scratch your head. 4. Epic Mickey: As skeptical as I am about the Wii, even I had to applaud this game. The story, the visuals and the music were amazing as the Mickey

Mouse of old explores a world of his rejected cartoon brethren that he has unwittingly corrupted. The gameplay utilizing a magic paint brush that can transform enemies into friends or erase them was well done, although I was disappointed that there were no real consequences to either using paint or thinner. If a game is going to use a moral choice system, utilize it. Plus, the camera was difficult to manage. But other than that, “Epic Mickey” was an epic win. 3. Split/Second: For this game I pretty much have the same argument as I do for “Just Cause 2”. It’s just fun, although not so much in the dirty pleasure sense. This racing game with its focus on causing coursechanging destruction was a very unique take on the racing genre, and it was beautiful. Despite some rubber-banding issues and the lack of an actual story in the story mode, this game was a lot of fun, aided by its simple control scheme, incredible visuals and great music. 2. Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon: The fact that I have put two Wii games on this list makes me paranoid to go check on my niece to make sure she hasn’t turned into a monkey. But I seriously loved this game. It tells the story of the aftermath of a great cataclysm and a young boy’s journey of survival and his search for survivors. But he finds himself slowly unlocking the mystery of what has befallen the world. The story and gameplay were very unique as it focused on exploration as well as fight-

ing. The atmospheres were very chilling especially with the great music. Despite some clunky fighting and camera controls, this game was one of the most unique and outstanding gaming experiences I have ever had. And my number one pick is: 1. Alan Wake: Well worth the six year wait. This game (from the creators of “Max Payne”), about a troubled author who finds himself the victim of dark forces, was very fun. With its brilliant writing, chilling atmospheres, simple and fun game play and great visuals, I loved this game from beginning to end. Like “Enslaved”, this game was another great example of video games as story-telling mediums. Oddly enough, Time Magazine agreed with me as they also put this in their Game of the Year slot. Yeah, Time Magazine apparently covers video games. Who knew? So there it is: my top ten favorite games of 2010. Keep in mind, this is my personal opinion. I’m not trying to pass it off as lore that these were the best, so don’t get your panties in a bind. So what does 2011 have in store for the gaming world? To be honest, there isn’t that much I’m anticipating. There are a couple titles such as “Dead Space 2,” “Portal 2” and “L.A. Noire”. There’s also “Max Payne 3” and “I Am Alive,” but those aren’t definite yet. “Lost in Shadow,” which came out for the Wii, looks pretty interesting. But other than those, I don’t see much I’m interested in, but I’ve been surprised before.


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ing which one was going to take on answering. DB: It just started so quickly and became so real so fast. Became a huge thing for the big label. But it wasn’t our first choice. For the competition we entered under the name of the “Rubberband Bandits.” SH: Everyone is involved in politics in life, even if they don’t understand it. Nobody really in truth knows what’s exactly going on. DB: That is true, and another thing is it was catchy and everyone knows the word politic. It’s integrated into all societies. IN: How did the sound you have get brought together? DB: We had the songs, balanced them and they just sounded perfect. We got to the point where we were proud to play them. SH: We wanted the complete mix. First we had the European sound, and then with David’s hip hop and break dancing and my personal love for rock with Nirvana, we just meshed. IN: Yes I did notice you had very different sounds coming together in your music. But to the next question, so far on the tour, where has been your favorite place to play? DB: There are so many great places. Up here in the North is great, but our favorite is Kingsville, Texas. The crowd was huge and very into it. It

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due to its popularity. The band’s music has appeared in many TV spots and commercials which contributed to the group’s sudden success. The xx has a soothing sound that is good to listen to when you’re just looking to zone out and relax. They mix synthesized electronic melodies

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was amazing. The big crowds are like, yes! Yay! But also the small group of hardcore fans can be the same feeling. Louis Vecchio: It’s the amazing feeling of energy between the band and the crowd. IN: I can imagine what that is like. But how about up here, what do you think about Rhode Island? NP: We like it. We’re used to the cold, being from Denmark. It is also a very nice place and the people are nice. Our other favorite place that we visited was in California. IN: Ok cool, I’m sure that will go well for the readers here, but did you ever consider adding a bassist to your band? DB: Never had the chance. We entered the competition and just had nothing to lose. SH: We really had no clue what to do. We entered without even a drummer; we were going

to use a computer at first. DB: Almost went without one, then we found Poul. IN: Yes I was actually wondering what happened to Poul? (For those who don’t know, Poul was the previous drummer, who can be seen in videos online and toured with them from the start until recently) DB: Poul left cordially to pursue his own thing. He wanted to try something different and we didn’t want to keep him from his dreams. I mean we really didn’t expect this to take off like this, this was unexpected. IN: Well unexpected? Interesting, but overall, how do you feel you recent tour went? SH: Everything we did, we feel really blessed, and everything went well. Every part of it went great. DB: Especially since we have experienced so much! IN: Well that’s all the ques-

tions I had, but I turn to you Lou, anything you have to say? At this moment, David and Søren turned to him on the end and looked for him to talk. David proceeded to wrap his arm around him and give him a playful tug. DB: Lou, we like to call him The New Guy, You should mention that in your article. SH: Ha, just call him The New Guy in the article. Lou laughed along. LV: I’m trying to fill the drum role, I love this. Poul was a big part of the band; I’m not trying to replace him at all. The New Guy looked content, like he was fitting in. They all looked like they were comfortable with each other and were so down to earth. We started talking more and I came up with a last question. IN: You guys seem to be real comfortable up on stage

with guitar and keyboard, and I must say the group’s instruments by far stand out as their best quality. The group’s laid back instrumentals are matched with hushed vocals, and I must say that these guys had me hooked with their unique sound when I first heard their single, “Islands.” However, despite all the praise and awards these guys have received, I can’t say their sound is flawless. My first complaint is the vocals. While these

guys are going for a certain sound I wish I saw at least a bit more enthusiasm in at least some of their songs. Their vocals match their instruments but these guys could easily come up with a more energetic electronic for some of their songs to keep the listeners’ interest. Owning their entire album, I struggle to sit through the entire thing because I just feel bored listening to it. It’s great sometimes if bands have a bit of a gimmick but The xx never steps out of

their comfort zone. Plus, with entirely hushed, almost whispered vocals their songs sound very similar to one another. These guys do some great instrumental work, however, and I feel this is their greatest quality. In a few songs I even wished they would just stop singing so I could enjoy the instrumental because their vocals ruin the song for me. The xx is a good band and I would have to say they are one of the standout acts I’ve discov-

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Page 21 now, like I noticed the sound a little different too, is it true? SH: Well, I don’t think of things on stage anymore, I just do it. We may mess up sometimes. It’s not a perfect concert, but it makes it more fun. DB: We now have 16,000 fans on face book. Its part of the small fan base for the new thing. It just feels good to know people love you. LV: Yeah I mean I came from a place where everything had to be perfect, it’s good to see mistakes SH: Like starting Dignity 3 times before we played it. DB: It’s true, Perfection lies in imperfection. With all of my questions answered we brought the interview to an end, but we continued talking about everything and anything until the band’s manager came with the van. New Politics was even more down to earth than I thought they’d be; they love to talk and are very personable. Of course I can’t fit in every conversation we had, because this article would be double the size. Be sure to pick up the selftitled New Politics debut album and keep an eye on this band because I feel they’re just getting started. Look for more Anchor A&E interviews and exclusives in the future. If you’re a member of band who would like to be featured in an article in The Anchor, please contact the A&E editor at arts@anchorweb.org. — With reporting by Anchor Editor Jo Loflin.

ered over the past few months. I was a bit behind, jumping on the bandwagon months after these guys hit it big. These guys are worth the listen despite my complaints. However for all you law-abiding citizens out there I don’t recommend buying their entire album because of the repetitive nature of their songs. These guys are best when you just want to lie back and forget the world for a little while. I just wish their songs didn’t old so quickly.


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Under the Radar Baye Kouyate, Indie Rock

Local Events Arts + Eats

Jan. 27 6 p.m. - 9. p.m.

$20 at the door

Firehouse 13, 41 Central St., Providence

2011 Northeast International Auto Show Jan. 27 - 30

$5 w/student ID, $9 Adults (13+) See www.motortrendautoshows.com for exhibition hours

Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin St., Providence

Farm Fresh RI hosts its Arts + Eats #4 to raise money for its market mobile warehouse build, whose aim will be to get fresher foods into neighborhood schools and hospitals. The night will also host work from youth artist of AS220. Ticket price gets you light fare, catered by youth trainees of Farm Fresh Harvest kitchen, as well as beer and wine. Come and sample what some of Rhode Island’s best up and coming artists and cooks have to offer. You must of course be of age to drink during the night, and further information and how to buy tickets to the event can be found on Farm Fresh RI website.

Motorheads rejoice! The Northeast International Auto Show returns once again to Providence. Stop by or, let’s face it, spend the better part of your day, and gawk at the newest models from some of the world’s top automotive producers. This convention is well worth the price of admission for auto buffs who want to spend the day drooling over the next generation of sport cars, SUVs and trucks that most of us could probably never afford on student budgets, but at least we get in cheap with our IDs. I know what’s going through your head right now and no, you can’t test the drive models.

The name may be strange to most American listeners, but Baye Kouyate has a sound that I don’t think anyone should pass up. This indie act, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., bring some of the finest Malian music that I’ve heard to the states, and while this artist has struck it big here stateside they have a sound that’s not to be missed. Originally from Mali, a country in northwest Africa that is well known for its music, Baye Kouyate is a talented griot who has toured throughout the Northeast and even to places such as New Orleans. While the artist’s website and MySpace has been quiet lately, so I’m not sure of the fate of this project but his debut album, “Danama,” is one of the best, world music records I’ve heard especially from an indie artist. Playing the “talking drum,” Kouyate brings other artists on stage to bring the full bodied and sometimes hectic sound of Baye Kouyate. Full of energy and a blast to see live, these guys can really bring it on stage. They have an authentic African sound in their live shows only bringing on instruments from the region of Africa that they live, but their album, “Danama,” does make the use of backing bass and other instrumentals. Hopefully Baye Kouyate is still performing because his entire debut album was fun to listen to even. Even if it is the end for this local act their debut album is worth the price of the download.

Upcoming Concerts Wednesday, Feb. 2

Saturday, Feb. 5

Sunday, Dec. 26

Neko Case

Sleep City

Badfish

Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel 79 Washington St, Providence

Club Hell 73 Richmond St, Providence

Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel 79 Washington St, Providence

Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of Doors 7:30 p.m., show 8:30 p.m.

Tickets $8 in advance, $10 day of Doors 6 p.m., show 6:30 p.m.

Tickets $25 in advance, $28 day of Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m.

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Arts & Entertainment News Lady Gaga casting transsexuals for upcoming video “Born This Way” is to be the first single off Lady Gaga’s new album of the same name. According to PerezHilton.com, Lady Gaga representatives attended a transsexual party hosted by Alannah Starr recently to cast transsexual partygoers for the music video, due for release Feb. 13. The single, off Gaga’s second full-length album, is being released several months before the album’s release on May 23.

Regis Philbin announces retirement from his hit morning talk show Famous talk show host Regis Philbin surprised his audience on Tuesday, Jan. 18 when he announced that he will be retiring from his long-running weekday morning talk show later this year. Speculation has begun as to who will replace Philbin on “Live! With Regis and Kelly,” but the show’s distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television will continue without Philbin. “There is a time that everything must come to end for certain people on camera–especially certain old people!” Regis joked. The 79-year-old Philbin will not step down from “Live!” until later this year and has promised his viewers, “We’ll have between now and then.” Courtesy of movieeye.com

Stephen Colbert makes headlines with artists’ visit to show In his usual style, comedian Stephen Colbert seemed to make a humorous statement on the notion of “selling out” in the music industry on a recent segment of his show “The Colbert Report.” After winning a Grammy for a Christmas album last year, Colbert was entitled to have a vote in this year’s Grammy awards. The show brought on both members of The Black Keys and the front man for hit group Vampire Weekend, both bands who were nominated for best alternative rock album of the year. Colbert said the band who has sold out the most would get his vote. After the band members went back and forth ranging from Zales, Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria Secret, Colbert stopped the debate by saying, “We obviously will not settle it this way, clearly you have both equally whored out your music.”

The Black Keys cancel European tour dates due to exhaustion

Hit rock/blues group The Black Keys have pulled out of a string of dates in their tour to support their recent album, “Brothers.” The duo canceled the series of gigs, stating that their “arduous year of touring and promotion has drained the band and necessitated time off,” according to the band’s website. The Keys have backed out all tour dates in Australia and New Zealand, including their Big Day Out Festival performances, and six of their nine European dates. The band did not pull out of all their tour dates, and has left their final U.S. gigs in April as part of their tour. The band’s representatives have published a formal apology to fans on The Black Keys’ official website.

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U.K. Harry Potter fan detained after police raid home According to The Sun, a Harry Potter fan, nicknamed “The Wizard,” was held after a 6 a.m. raid of his parents’ house. Police confiscated explosive materials that could be used to create a bomb during the raid that caused the evacuation of several neighboring households, after responding to a tip. “The Wizard,” Gregory Whittam, 24, said that he planned to take part in pagan spells. Whittam has since posted bail.

Action superstar Chuck Norris has become the latest celebrity to have a strain of cannabis named after him, since “Chuck Norris Black and Blue Dream” has turned up in Los Angeles area medical marijuana dispensaries. Norris is now in the company of Tom Cruise, whose namesake strain, “Tom Cruise Purple,” began appearing in licensed California cannabis clubs, according to Mother Nature Network. Norris’ representatives have fought back against the new strain, stating that it is not endorsed by the celebrity in any way. It’s unclear at this time whether any legal action will be taken.


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RIC wrestlers tame Bears By Geoff Riccio Anchor Sports Writer

While everyone was home enjoying the holidays and the winter weather, the Rhode Island College Wrestling Team faced some of its toughest competition over the winter break. The Anchormen began their break by taking on rival New England opponent Western New England College in their first home meet of the season on Dec. 10. RIC dominated the Golden Bears with a decisive 33-9 victory in which junior captain Brandon Gauthier and senior captain Travis Drappi scored first periods pins for the Anchormen. RIC won eight of the ten weight classes, overwhelming the opponent. The next test for the Anchormen was in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at the 2010 Citrus Open Dec. 29-30. Four of the top twenty-five teams in the country attended the tournament including #3 Augsburg, the runners up to eventual champion, #10 Division II Upper-Iowa. Despite

the intense level of competition, RIC wrestled tough and ended up placing eight wrestlers. Senior Kevin Sutherland, junior Michael Trasso and Drappi all placed second in the tournament, while Gauthier battled back after a tough quarter-finals loss to place third. Junior Geoff Riccio and sophomore Ryan Rheaume placed fourth and seventh at the 157 lbs. weight class, while junior Jared Rhodes and sophomore Michael Sugermeyer placed eleventh. RIC ended up placing sixth in the tournament, which was the highest finish for an unranked team at the meet. From there, the Anchormen traveled to Williamsport, Pennsylvania to compete in the Bud Whitehill National Duals at Lycoming College Jan. 14-15. RIC went 2-3 at the duals, defeating Muskingum and Kings College decisively. Though RIC didn’t place in the tournament, they did have some impressive performances with Sutherland, Trasso and Gauthier all going undefeated over the course of the two-day tournament. On Wednesday Jan. 19,

RIC had a dual meet with rival NEWA Conference opponent WPI that was rescheduled due to the weather. The Anchormen handled the Engineers with a 31-12 win, bringing their dual meet record to 4-4. RIC won seven of the ten weight classes including pins by senior Brendan Guarino and freshman Adam Lynch and a Major Decision by Sutherland. The win for the Anchormen gave head coach Jay Jones his 150th career win, and it could not have been a better victory for the Anchormen. The final competition over the winter break for the wrestlers came on Sunday, Jan. 23, with the New England Conference Dual Meet Tournament. Seeded number eight in the tournament, the Anchormen first took on University of Southern Maine and handed them a 33-15 loss, capped off by a pin by freshman Brandon Regnault. With that victory, RIC moved up in the bracket to take on the number one seeded Springfield College Pride. Though RIC battled hard, they suffered a 22-16 loss, moving them to the lower bracket. Their next opponent was

long-time in-state rival Johnson and Wales University. The Wildcats had defeated the Anchormen in their last nine meetings, a stretch dating back over five years. The Anchormen would have better luck this time against JWU, winning seven weight classes to dominate the Wildcats 24-12, moving them up in the bracket. The final match of the day was against Bridgewater State College for fifth and sixth place respectively. Just like the previous match, the Anchormen sailed past the Bears for a 30-13 victory capped off yet again by a Regnault pin, ending the day for RIC with a fifth place finish. Drappi, Trasso, Sutherland, Regenault and freshman Kevin Barrucci all went undefeated in the tournament. The winter break is always one of the toughest times for the wrestling team, both in the level of competition, and the amount of hard work that has to go into three weeks of two-a-day practices. Every day the team wakes up for an early morning practice, and then come back a few hours later for another prac-

tice, everyday for three weeks. Though this time of the season is considered by many to be the bulk of the season, it is by no means the most important. This break is meant to get the team focused on wrestling, and get prepared for the final month. However, what was once a young team made up primarily of underclassmen has matured throughout this time into a team with an identity. Freshmen are stepping into starting roles, and seniors are becoming the leaders they need to be. Even though the competition in both Florida and Pennsylvania was at a high level, Assistant Coach Bob Smith said, “You would have been proud of the boys down there, they really brought it every match and didn’t care who stepped out there, and they just wrestled very focused.” The last stretch of competition begins this Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the Murray Center, where RIC will battle Johnson and Wales in the second home dual meet of the season.


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Warriors outlast Anchorwomen By George Bissell Sports Editor

Despite an outstanding individual performance from junior standout Rachel Riley who posted a double-double with a game-high 22 points and career-high 16 rebounds, the Rhode Island College women’s basketball team fell on the road at Little East Conference rival Eastern Connecticut State, 5650, on Saturday, Jan. 22. The Warriors (12-4, 6-1 LEC) sweep the season series from the Anchorwomen and are locked in a three-way tie atop the league standings along with Southern Maine and Western Connecticut. RIC (12-5, 3-4 LEC) is currently in sole possession of fourth place in the conference standings. The Anchorwomen have now lost three of their last five games after starting the season 10-2. In addition to Riley’s efforts, junior guard Stephanie Coro scored 13 points in the

loss. Eastern Connecticut never trailed by more than four points, as the game featured 10 ties and 12 lead changes before the Warriors used a six-point run to pull away for the victory in the final minutes of the game. The Warriors have now won eight of the last nine games between the two teams and 23 of the last 26. Senior Amanda Pierlioni headlined a group of four Warriors to score in double figures with a team-high 15 points. Junior Piper Chapman scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Sophomore Tanisha Carter scored 12 points and senior Brittany Whitely scored 10 points and grabbed a seasonhigh 9 rebounds in the victory. The Anchorwomen will be looking to rebound after the tough loss when they hit the road for a matchup against Little East Conference rival UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Decision time.

“I’m taking my talents to the Media Center.” The Anchor newspaper is looking for sports writers.

Decision time.

“I’m taking my talents to the Media Center.” The Anchor newspaper is looking for sports writers.


Sports RIC hockey set for title rematch

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By Jack Adamo Anchor Sports Writer

The Rhode Island College club hockey team continues to dominate the NECHA Colonial South Conference and is well on their way to a second consecutive conference title. With expectations for the team set so high, there has been little room for error this season. Despite ending the first semester on a low note with an 8-3 loss to instate rival Bryant University on Dec. 18, the Anchormen came out strong in their first contest of 2011 with a commanding win over Worchester Polytechnic Institute by a score of 8-3. RIC sophomore Mike Young led the way with a pair of goals and an assist while his fellow line mates Seth Tobias and Kyle Short each registered a pair of points. The Anchormen also got goals from Spencer Rose (2), Greg

Dicomitis, Max Glaser, and Ryan Martins. Defensemen Nico Drougas and Jack Adamo each had a pair of assists while Eric Moscarelli stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced in net to pick up the win. The victory was short lived as the Anchormen were back in action against Bryant University for a rematch on Friday, Jan. 21. Despite a great effort in the net by Moscarelli, the Anchormen fell to the Bulldogs, who are ranked 4th overall in the NECHA’s Northeast rankings, for the second time this season by a final tally of 8-3. The Anchormen quickly put the loss behind them as they faced conference rival Springfield College the following afternoon in another hotly contested rematch. After two quick goals from veteran forwards, RIC called open second semester additions Ross Dexter and Brett Mora to help finish

the game off. Late in the second period with the score tied 2-2, Dexter got loose in front of the net and buried a rebound to put the team up by one going into the final period. The Pride wouldn’t stay put for long as they scored early in the third period to knot the game at 3. With just 47 seconds left to play in the third, Mora picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired it into the back of the net for the game-winning goal, propelling the Anchormen to a critical conference victory. The Anchormen remain atop the NECHA Colonial South Conference with an overall record of 15-1-3. RIC will be back in action against conference rival Daniel Webster College at home on Friday, Jan. 28. at 8pm in a rematch of last year’s championship game.

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Individuals shine at Boston Invitational By George Bissell Sports Editor

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RIC womens indoor track team.

The Rhode Island College men’s and women’s indoor track teams participated in the Wesleyan Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 22. While there was no team scoring, there were many standout individual performances for both of RIC’s indoor track squads. For the Anchorwomen, freshman Jessica Graham equaled her program record in the pole vault (3.05m) with a second place finish, while senior Kayla DiBlasi took fourth in the 55m hurdles (9.18) and classmate Brooke Iby won the triple jump (10.80m), DiBlasi, who placed first in the preliminaries of the 55m hurdles (9.21), also notched a second place finish in the 400m (1:03.01). Graham also placed seventh in the 55m

hurdles (9.73) and 10th in the 800m (2:34.18). Sophomore George N’Tow, senior Kyle Duguay and freshmen Brandon Aikens and Craig Amado placed first in the 4x400m relay (3:25.41) for the Anchormen. N’Tow also placed fourth in the 400m (51.58), while Amado also placed fifth in the triple jump (12.94m) and a seventh place finish in the 200m (23.28). Sophomore Shawn Stadnick placed fourth in the 800m (2:04.19), while classmate Kevin Carey was sixth in the high jump (1.76m). Sophomore Conor McCloskey placed ninth in the mile (4:34.21). Both of RIC’s indoor track teams will be back in action competing at the Boston University Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 29.


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Jackson vaults RIC gymnasts to fourth By George Bissell Sports Editor

The University of Bridgeport took home first place at the Rhode Island College Women’s Gymnastics Invitational on Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center. The Purple Knights (188.050) were followed by Ithaca (182.250), Wilson (160.225) and the Anchorwomen (156.400), who were hosting their home opener. Bridgeport took first place on all four events and was led by the outstanding performance of sophomore Monica Mesalles. Mesalles was the top gymnast at the meet, winning the allaround (38.075), vault (9.8) and floor (9.8) Mesalles also registered scores of 5.500 on

bars and finished third (9.525) on beam. In addition to Mesalles, the Purple Knights got wins from freshman Emily Turik on bars (9.525) and junior Emily Repko on beam (9.675). Ithaca’s junior standout Jessica Bolduc, the college’s current record-holder with seven individual All-American finishes in just two years, placed second in the all-around (37.250). Bolduc placed third on vault (9.650), second on bars (9.525), 10th on beam (8.625) and second on floor (9.525). For the hosting Anchorwomen, freshman Leah Jackson was unexpectedly pressed into all-around action due to injuries and responded by turning in the highest RIC score in the

all-around, finishing seventh (31.300). Jackson finished 13th on vault with a team-high score for the day (9.100). She also finished 23rd on bars (5.150), 13th on beam (8.475) and 14th on floor (8.575). RIC’s only other competitor in the all-around was freshman Courtney Mailloux, who placed ninth (30.100). Mailloux finished 19th on vault (8.250), 20th on bars (6.100), 20th on beam (7.750) and 22nd on floor (8.000). RIC freshman Megan Saucier was solid once again finishing 14th on vault (9.050) and 16th on floor (8.525). The Anchorwomen travel to West Chester for a tri-meet with the hosts and Bridgeport on Saturday, January 29.

Courtesy of RIC athletics

Team captains junior Sarah Chrane and sophomore Angela Gargano.

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leader Western Connecticut State (15-2, 6-1 LEC). With the victory, the Anchormen (11-6, 5-2 LEC) now hold the tiebreaker over the Warriors (12-4, 5-2 LEC) with both teams remaining tied for second in the league. RIC senior guard Nick Manson registered 11 points, made three 3-pointers, and grabbed four rebounds. Junior forward Mason Choice posted 10 points and tied freshman center Ashton Watkins for the team lead with six rebounds. Senior guard Antone Gray continued his solid play since returning on Jan. 5, scoring seven points and dishing out a game-high four assists in the victory. Eastern Connecticut senior guard Nick Nedwick led the Warriors in scoring with a game-high 19 points to go along with four steals and

four assists. Senior center Broderick Sawyer scored a season-high 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half. Junior guard Jamie Kohn, the LEC rebounding leader, pulled down a game-high nine boards in the loss. Eastern Connecticut came out of the gate ice cold, missing 20 of its first 21 shots, as the Anchormen built up their largest lead of the game, 19 points, with just over five minutes remaining in the first half. Trailing by 14 at halftime, 28-14, the Warriors scored 15 points in the first eight minutes of the second half cutting the deficit to 11 points, 42-31, with 11 minutes remaining. However the Warriors were unable to cut the Anchormen’s lead to less than nine points, falling 60-51 on their home floor. RIC will travel to UMass Dartmouth for a Little East Conference matchup on Tuesday, Jan. 25.


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Coro reaches 1,000 point mark By George Bissell Sports Editor

Rhode Island College junior guard Stephanie Coro eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for her career on a breakaway layup with 7:17 remaining in the second half of the Anchorwomen’s 85-83 overtime victory over non-conference opponent Trinity College on Thursday, Jan. 20. “I was obviously thinking about it, but when I got close Coach Reilly told me that the next two points I score are for the team, not for myself and that helped a lot,” said Coro after the game of the career milestone. “When I got that breakaway layup, I knew I had it and the nerves just went away.” Coro, a 2008 graduate of North Providence High School, broke Rhode Island College Athletic Hall of Famer Jo D’Alessandro’s career scoring mark by the end of her distinguished high school career, and also took home All-State, AllClass and All-Division honors in her senior season. Coro had an immediate

impact as a freshman at RIC averaging a team-high 14.6 points per game and was named both Little East Conference Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-LEC. As a sophomore, Coro once again led the Anchorwomen in scoring, averaging 12.9 points per game despite playing through an ankle injury late in the season. “The one thing I can say about Stephanie is that she has constantly improved. She came in as a shooter and now she’s a scorer. Her growth as a player in her career so far has been tremendous,” said head coach Marcus Reilly of his junior standout after the game. While the individual career milestone is a significant achievement for Coro, the Anchorwomen are still looking to make the jump into the upper echelon of the Little East Conference, one of the elite conferences in all of DIII women’s basketball. Coro will undoubtedly be leading the charge for the Anchorwomen as they look to make a run in the postseason.

RIC Sports

Tuesday, Jan. 25 Women’s Basketball RIC @ UMass Dartmouth 5:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball RIC @ UMass Dartmouth 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 28 Wrestling Johnson & Wales vs. RIC 7:30 p.m.

Ice Hockey Daniel Webster College vs. RIC 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 29 Indoor Track Anchor Photo/George Bissell

RIC junior Stephanie Coro on defense against Trinty College.

RIC @ Boston University 9 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Gymnastics

Anchormen complete sweep of Eastern Connecticut By George Bissell Sports Editor

Anchor Photo/Hayden James

RIC sophomore Steve Roberts goes up for a dunk.

It didn’t take a miraculous half court shot by junior forward Mason Choice this time around for the RIC men’s basketball team to complete a season sweep of the Eastern Connecticut State Warriors, with a convincing 60-51 victory in the return engagement between the two teams on Saturday, Jan. 22. The Anchormen, the

conference leader in field goal percentage defense, limited Eastern to 12 percent shooting in the field half and just fewer than 30 percent for the game. RIC’s stifling defense combined with a team-high 12 points from senior forward Carl Lee enabled the Anchormen to pick up their sixth consecutive victory over Eastern Connecticut and remain just one game behind Little East Conference See SWEEP Page 27

RIC @ West Chester University 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball UMass Boston vs. RIC 1 p.m.

Men’s Basketball RIC @ UMass Boston 3 p.m.

Ice Hockey RIC @ University of New Haven 8:45 p.m.

Wrestling Johnson & Wales vs. RIC 7:30 p.m.

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