Week of October 25, 2010
U.S. college retention highest in Rhode Island By Soren Sorensen Anchor Contributor
According to a recent study, students who dropped out before their sophomore year wasted $9 billion of public support between 2004 and 2009 alone. However, something positive was discovered in these statistics. Rhode Island, during the five years the study examined, had the highest second year college retention rate in the nation at 83 percent. New Mexico, at 58.3 percent, had the lowest. Director of Student Financial Aid James Hanbury said that “the high retention rate in Rhode Island is due to the high proportion of quality four-year institutions in the state.” But while private institutions such as Brown University or Providence College might have a rate of 90 percent, a school like RIC can have a significantly lower rate. President Carriuolo said that she is “very concerned about retention.” She added, “Last year we named Holly Shadoian the assistant academic vice president for enrollment management. She has been developing strategies for increasing RIC’s retention.” Citing specific retenSee RETENTION Page 7
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First annual Writing Week a success By Kyle Grant Anchor News Writer
It does not matter if one majors in math, education or physics. This October, all Rhode Island College students had the chance to be writers. From Oct. 18-22, RIC held its first annual Writing Week, a whole five days dedicated to the art of writing. The event was supported by the R.I. Writing Project, the Writing Center and the First Year Writing Program. It kicked off last Tuesday with a workshop on how to respond effectively to student writing. The workshop focused on providing constructive feedback to writing, and was geared toward education majors. Wednesday was National
Writing Day, a nationally recognized day focusing on writing simply for enjoyment. Packs of children from Henry Bernard roamed the campus with pencils and notebooks, along with groups of RIC students doing the same thing. For a day, students from Henry Barnard and RIC became writers, and participated in a writing marathon. RIC students began in the Alumni Lounge in Roberts Hall. There, they were greeted by refreshments and debriefed by the director of the Writing Center, Claudine Grace, and English Prof. Jen Cook. The purpose of this writing marathon was to wander around campus and simply write, without it being judged or graded,
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but simply for enjoyment. “In college, the only time students write is for some sort of judgment – it’s nice for students to write for themselves for once,” said Grace. “I usually spend all my time focusing on academic writing. To me, National Writing Week is like a vacation, a day spent writing for enjoyment, and I hope the students feel the same way,” said Cook. After Grace and Cook told
the students about the goals of Writing Day, the writers were let loose on campus. Groups of students travelled across RIC, from the Student Union to East Campus, learning about the campus along the way. The adventure began with a stunning autumn view from the bleachers of the soccer field, and groups of students met with Prof. Pierre Morenon, who told See WRITING Page 7
Students explore options at grad fair By Luisa Murillo Anchor News Writer
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Students peruse graduate school choices in the Student Union Ballroom.
The process of choosing a graduate school to attend can be a mind-boggling affair. With so many options and factors to consider, it can be very confusing to pursue further education. This year, Rhode Island College hosted its annual graduate school fair in the Student Union Ballroom in order to help make the process easier on its graduates. Over 150 students and 40 schools attended the fair. Director of the Career Develop-
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ment Center Linda Kent Davis said she was satisfied with the number of schools interested in admitting RIC graduates into their programs. “We were especially excited about this year’s fair because of the variety of options available for students to explore,” Davis said. The number of schools was up 28 from last year. Director for Counseling and Experiential Opportunities Kathy Sasso coordinated this year’s fair, along with the help of other members of the Career
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Week of October 25, 2010
First annual Writing Week a success Five-day writing workshop provides forum for stress-free practice and improvement.
Ask Ari More answers in 30 words or less Birthdays, religion and birds.
Bo Burnham a comic to watch Young comic gets his own comdy special showcasing witty writing and wry musical humor.
U.S. college retention highest in Rhode Island Rhode Island leads the nation, and RIC aims to improve its record.
Dating for Dummies How to spice up your relationship Cooking together, playing games,
Mike’s Movies The vampire film that started it all “Dracula” (1931).
Students explore options at grad school fair Fair sees an increased number of students and colleges participate.
Wrap It Up Can you feel the vibrations? A penetrating look at female sex toys.
Rob’s Game Shelf Waking up to a nightmare Third-person horror, “Alan Wake.”
Letters reignite Campus Police controvery Last summer’s incident remains point of contention between students, faculty and staff.
Anchor Alemen High Octane Harpoon Triticus ale and Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA.
Numerous candidates vie for gubernatorial seat A look at the politicians running for governor and lieutenant governor.
National News Led by George Soros’ son, student contributions buoy Democrats in 2010 midterms
Galumpha a bit of a disappointment Successful show marked by unpolished, passionless performance.
Anchormen ice Tufts, remain unbeaten RIC Hockey Club extends winning streak with a 6-3 victory over the Jumbos.
Big D has you skank until your legs fall off Brunt of It and Senior Discount join Big D for a stellar ska show at Jerky’s.
Fairhaven’s less than spectacular show Night at Lupo’s suffers from weak performances and technical problems.
RIC golf finishes 26th in NEIGA Championships RIC puts up good showing against Division I and II teams, but can’t top last year’s record.
Music Spotlight Florence and The Machine to play House of Blues Halloween UK breakout group to play in Boston on Sunday.
Owls shut out Anchormen at home Westfield State University defeats men’s soccer 1-0.
Pronouns and the autumn of our discontent How imprecision in language is fostering a culture incapable of productive political discussion.
Graham’s late goal lifts Anchorwomen over Huskies Women’s soccer defeats Southern Maine, 2-1. Men’s soccer secures LEC playoff berth The Anchormen’s 3-2 victory guarantees them a spot in the 2010 Little East Conference.
Editorial “Yes” on 2 The importance of passing the ballot initiative, plus our congressional and lieutenant gubernatorial endorsements.
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A new sculpture, an elk, now stands near the Murray Center and the Cafe.
How to save a life Handling the unfortune results of too much drinking.
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Three women’s soccer records fall Smith’s double-overtime game-winner.
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Week of October 25, 2010
Letters reignite Campus Police controversey By Alexander Paquin Anchor News Writer
In recent weeks, the Rhode Island College community has been made aware of a situation that occurred between a Campus Police officer and a student early last semester. Now campus officials, from the student body president to the college president, are weighing in. Travis Dumais was studying in Alger Hall 100 in an attempt to find a quiet area out of the cold. According to Dumais, he had done so a few times before. One afternoon last semester, a custodian confronted him and asked him to leave. When he asked why, Dumais was allegedly told that the room was off limits to students and he needed to leave immediately. When he refused to, the custodial staff member called Campus Police, who arrived and reinforced what the custodian had said. Dumais continued to probe for an answer to why he needed to leave the room. According to him, the officer was rude and patronizing, treating him with blatant disrespect and using profanities. Finally, Dumais decided to leave, but the incident stuck with him, and a few weeks ago he wrote a letter to the editor, “Living with Campus Police,” that was printed in
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Development Center, in hopes of informing RIC graduates of their options after undergraduate schooling. Students in attendance had the chance to benefit from the fair because it gave them the opportunity to compare and contrast programs between schools. One of the things that the coordinators hoped the students would gain from the fair was a better understanding of how graduate school may fit in their plans for their future careers.
The Anchor’s Oct. 4 issue. The article included his recalling of the story as well as how he felt after the incident. In Oct. 11 issue of The Anchor, Dean of the School of Management David Blanchette responded to Dumais’s letter with one of his own. In it, the dean, whose oversight includes Alger Hall, attempted to answer some questions the student had presented in his first article and presented some thoughts on how a society should respond to authority. Some of his main points included that Campus Police have the campus community’s best interest in mind and that students should “listen to guys with guns and badges.” Dean Blanchette did make it very clear that we do not live in a police state and that we “not only have the right, but have the obligation, to question authority when justified.” He also said that “rooms that have locks, especially areas that are not teaching or study areas, typically require permission for entrance whether locked or not, as implied by the presence of a lock.” These two articles and their authors’ differing viewpoints caused the debate to become even more intense. The very public – and currently ongoing – debate brought the situation
to the attention of much of the RIC community, and caught the attention of many campus leaders. Dumais’ opinions reflected many community members’ feelings about student rights at RIC and what one should receive in return for their tuition dollars. However, Blanchette and others have brought up an opposing point for students to consider. Is the presence of a badge enough to deter the questioning of one’s rights on campus? Was the officer using his authority properly in forcing Dumais to leave Alger 100? Should he have left immediately and questioned the situation after the fact? In Dumais’ article, he quoted Campus Police Deputy Chief Fred Ghio, who Dumais reported as saying, “If the room is unlocked and your purpose is to study and you want a quiet space… I would say there is nothing wrong with that.” This quote was disputed by Blanchette in his own opinion piece, saying that the quote “may have been taken out of context.” When asked about the situation, Student Community Government, Inc. President Travis Escobar said that “Alger 100 is clearly not a student lounge and [Dumais] should have been prepared to be asked
to leave that area. However, I applaud Travis for his enthusiasm to study and seeking out an answer as to why he was asked to leave.” Escobar continued, “We, as students, are stakeholders of this college, and we need our answers encountered politely when asking tough questions to faculty, staff or administration. Also, Ghio stated that the officer was wrong in his actions. Why would Travis “respect Campus Police” if the officer was not giving the student respect to begin with?” Escobar pointed out that while students must respect Campus Police, there absolutely must be mutual respect between the governing and the governed. Dumais’s feelings of patronization and disregard in the situation have received the empathy of many students. RIC students want to feel safe and protected by Campus Police, but they don’t want the officers to abuse their power and disregard the legitimate questioning of rules. With all the different arguments presented, the situation goes from being a question of what rooms are acceptable study areas, to the relationship students and Campus Police should have. One of the major points of disagreement between
Dumais and Blanchette was that of how Dumais should have acted during the situation. Dumais claimed that he was making a statement and standing up for himself and his rights as a student at RIC. Blanchette, however, presented a different argument. He said that instead of Dumais disputing the rules and arguing with the officer, Dumais should have left and questioned the incident after the fact. Who was truly wrong in the situation appears to be merely a matter of opinion at this point. When asked about the situation, President Nancy Carriuolo said that she had spoken with Ghio and learned that the officer involved in the incident last semester is no longer employed by RIC. In addition, it is unclear which custodian was involved in the incident last semester. Carriuolo also said that she “asked that Vice President [William] Gearhart to speak with the supervisor of the custodial staff and with the supervisor of campus security in order to provide some guidance for the future in such situations. I also asked [Gearhart] to draft a policy regarding room use for the purpose of studying.”
“And still for others, it’s about helping them connect with specific institutions that offer the types of programs to which they have decided to apply and providing them with the opportunity to meet with representatives so they can better understand how to best market their candidacy,” said Davis. A senior student in attendance, who wished to remain anonymous, stated, “I chose to attend to look around and find out which schools made the effort to attend the fair.” She, like many others who are still looking for a school to attend, is just trying to get her foot in the door and gather some
information from the many schools interested in admitting RIC graduates. One of the most important things that she was considering when speaking to representatives was location, whereas others were more concerned with cost. Seniors Jad and Mohammed Jichi found the fair helpful and walked out with brochures from schools like Boston University and Providence College. It is important for students to remember to ask the right questions when speaking to a school representative in order to get the information that will most help them with their decision. One of the important details is the
admissions requirement. The average undergraduate GPA requirement and major necessary to be accepted into any given program is crucial information. Also, the criteria for candidate evaluation and how those pieces fit into the decisionmaking process are important, advises Davis. The institution’s role in helping graduates transition into the world of work is also very crucial to a successful life after school. Possible funding assistance for school can also help make the transition to the work world easier. If you are a student and are still undecided on which school to attend, Career Development
Center officials say, do not hesitate to speak to a faculty advisor or career counselor. “We can help them determine why they are interested in graduate school, how that might play into their career choice, determine when it would be most strategic to attend – right out of RIC or after they acquire work experience – identify possible programs that support their academic interests as well as their career aspirations, and discuss what steps they’ll need to take next,” said Davis. The graduate fair is an annual event and will be held again next fall.
Week of October 25, 2010
Numerous candidates vie for gubernatorial seat By Rita Nerney News Editor
Governor Candidates There are seven candidates for governor this November, and four are running as independents. Former U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee is the most wellknown of the independents. Other independent candidates Ronald Algieri, Todd Giroux and Joseph Lusi are also running without the backing of a major party. Kenneth Block is running as a Moderate. Democrat Frank Caprio and Republican John Robitaille are running on party platforms. Caprio is concerned with the state’s economy and the lack of jobs. “If we help every Rhode Island small business create just one job, just one, we will cut unemployment in half,” he said. Caprio understands the importance of developing new energy sources. He promises as governor to “create new jobs and businesses, improve the competitiveness of our energy marketplace, lower bills, reduce the cost of government in Rhode Island, cut our carbon footprint, increase our energy independence and position the state as a hub for clean energy industries and supply chains.” Higher education is an important component of Caprio’s plan for the state. He promises to “make sure that Rhode Island higher education institutions receive the funding and support they need to become among the top state colleges and universi-
ties in the United States.” Robitaille has plans to improve the job market and the state’s economy. He plans to do this by making business easier on small entrepreneurs. “I am in favor of lowering the taxes on small businesses, streamlining permitting, making loan guarantees more available, changing the way we fund unemployment insurance and getting government off the backs of small businesses so they can operate efficiently and create more jobs for members of our communities,” he said. He also plans to lower taxes and decrease government spending to help the economy. Robitaille also hopes to better and preserve the state’s
The big issues for my campaign are jobs, jobs and jobs.” – Independent candidate
Lincoln Chafee environment. Specifically, he is “against a container port at Quonset Point and against Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tankers operating in our Bay.” Although he believes state aid services, like welfare, should be monitored, Robitaille does agree that they are necessary in the state.
“We should also increase our efforts to identify fraud and abuse of the system, particularly strengthening child support services so that fathers are held responsible and women and children are not left to fend for themselves,” he said. When it comes to illegal immigration, Robitaille believes the issue is just lending to the state’s financial deficit. “Rhode Island has already overextended its budget, and I will oppose any attempt to extend taxpayer funded benefits to individuals who reside in Rhode Island illegally,” said Robitaille. Chafee’s top priority if elected is to increase the job market in the state. “The big issues for my campaign are jobs, jobs and jobs,” he said in an interview. “We must find ways to make Rhode Island more business-friendly – both for the many great existing businesses and to attract new businesses. I have concrete plans to raise new revenues, cut state spending and decimate the crippling culture of cronyism. Only by getting our financial house in order will we turn this state around.” An increase in jobs will especially benefit current college students upon their graduation. Chafee urges college students to vote. “There is simply too much at stake with respect to the future of Rhode Island’s economy for college students to watch from the sidelines,” he said. “College students and recent grads are suffering absolutely unaccept-
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Former U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee. able unemployment rates. I implore each student to study what each candidate proposes to turn around Rhode Island’s economy.” When it comes to higher education, Chafee is a strong proponent for increasing aid at state colleges. “Our workforce and economy is only as strong as our state’s post-secondary educational institutions. And, nobody ever created a great school on the cheap. State aid to Rhode Island’s state schools must be increased. For far too long tuitions have skyrocketed while state funding has not kept pace with our regional counterparts.” Chafee is running without the backing of the party. This will be an asset to Rhode Island, he said.
“I’m very proud of my tenure in the Senate. Unwilling to tow the party line, I was an independent decision maker. This time around, I’m running as an independent. And as your governor, I won’t be beholden to special interests or a political party; I will only have one group to which I answer: the people of Rhode Island.” Chafee differs from his opponents in a few ways, but one way is significant, he said. “I was not working in the State House while Rhode Island sank into economic despair. In contrast, Caprio and Robitaille were there; they helped create the problems that I’m ready to solve. My administration will bring a fresh perspective – a See ELECTION Page 6
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new way of doing business to the Rhode Island State House.” Chafee tells citizens, and RIC students in particular, “I promise I will work hard for you, and I hope I have earned your vote. (If not, I hope you’ve put off writing a term paper until Election Day!) In all seriousness, I hope that each and every Rhode Islander will vote in this very important election.” Lieutenant governor candidates The lieutenant gubernatorial race offers some rather interesting candidates. Incumbent Elizabeth Roberts, a Democrat, promises taxpayers the usual political changes: improvements to the economy, health care and quality government. Independent Robert Healey, founder of the Cool Moose Party, however, is running on the platform that the job of lieutenant governor should be removed. Robert Venturini, an independent, is running for the position, as well. The position of lieutenant governor costs the state approximately $1 million each year. Healey believes that since the job has no function, it should be removed to avoid putting the state in further debt. Healey promises that, if elected, he will “eliminate the office of lieutenant governor, a terrible waste of $1 million a year, which, incidentally, could go a long way in funding higher education.” Healey will not be able to get rid of or change the function of lieutenant governor single-handedly, but if he is elected, it “will send a clear message to the Assembly that the people demand a change in this office.” When asked why he is different from his opponents, Healey said, “I have a far greater background in matters directly related to state governance. I am an attorney
with over 25 years of practice; an educator with advanced degrees in the field of education and teaching experience in public and private schools and at a university...In short, I have a broad experience in state-related issues.” He also said that it is important for students to come out to vote. “Unlike many other countries, the right to vote is a voluntary duty. Voting provides a voice in governance. If someone does not vote, he or she has literally given up the right to have a say in his or her own governance.” Roberts promises Rhode Islanders, “If awarded the opportunity to serve as lieutenant governor for a second term, I will continue to be your advocate in state government.” Roberts will work for better health care for all state citizens. Affordable health care “should be a fundamental right, not a privilege, in our country,” she
said. “I will continue to find ways to implement preventive measures and cost containment in our state health-care system.” One of the major issues for this year’s election is the depressed economy. Roberts says that she will improve the state’s jobs and revenue. In addition to supporting current small businesses, Roberts believes that “we should also make use of our considerable strengths to develop new sources of business: our universities and hospitals, our growing high-tech and creative communities and the potential for environmental ‘green’ businesses.” She also believes in honest, transparent government. “I believe in bringing the government to the people rather than staying behind closed doors, and will continue to spend time in the communities I serve to gain a sense of issues they face,” she said.
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Incumbent Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts.
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tion rates, Shadoian said that when measured against what she referred to as “our peer institutions,” schools like the University of Wisconsin and Kean University, RIC’s 76.5 percent is strong, but needs to improve. “I’m right now putting the finishing touches on the first enrollment management plan for the college,” she said. “We’re hoping that in three years we can get to 80 percent.” Shadoian’s strategies to improve retention are not waiting on this three-year plan. Now in her second year in her new post, the 35-year RIC veteran said she believes that the focus on retaining students needs to begin as soon as incoming freshmen make their enrollment deposits. Last May, new students each received a refrigerator magnet from the college to keep important dates fresh in their minds and, perhaps as importantly, the minds of their families. Shadoian continued, “There’s a certain number of people who make nonrefundable deposits and then don’t
show up and actually register.” Accepted applicants might send deposits, sometimes as high as $500, to multiple schools, hedging their bets and
I’m right now putting the finishing touches on the first enrollment management plan for the college. We’re hoping that in three years we can get to 80 percent.” – Assistant Academic Vice President for Enrollment Management
waiting for the right aid package or living situation. Others will attend an orientation at one school only to find that it
is not the right fit and end up at another. Beginning in June, after incoming freshmen received their RIC e-mail account information, the college began sending weekly e-mails, from welcome messages and bookstore sale information to announcements and reminders. “The worst thing that can happen after you give someone a brand-new e-mail account is that they check it, and they don’t have any mail,” said Shadoian, adding that all of this e-mail activity serves two purposes: to keep new students connected to the college and to get them into the habit of checking their RIC e-mail. Shadoian believes that common sense and preemptive measures like these, combined with an effort on the part of the administration, faculty and staff to respond directly to students’ concerns during their academic careers, will have a lasting effect long after the college’s three-year goal has been reached. Specific annoyances like the e-mail itself, labyrinthine phone systems and the lack of parking can only be addressed if students remain persistent and patient when expressing their concerns.
Week of October 25, 2010
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students about the orphanage that once was located on East Campus. The home and school took thousands of children from troubled homes between 1885 and 1979, giving children an education and security they never would have found in the outside world. Morenon also gave students marbles found at the sight, and explained where the children’s home was once located. The only building remaining from the old home is Yellow College, currently being renovated for
use as a safe place for parents and troubled children. More roaming and writing occurred, and students found themselves facing the newest art structure on campus: the magnificent steel rusted elk outside of the Student Union. After writing about what students saw, they returned to share their work. Many interesting, beautiful and funny writings were read, ranging from poetry, stories and narratives to a song about writing week to the theme of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” “Writing is definitely a very important skill to learn,” said Grace, “even if you aren’t majoring in English. Social work,
psychology, business, law and even math and science professions all greatly benefit from writing.” The first annual Writing Week came to an end on Thursday, when University of N.H. Prof. Christina Ortmeier-Hooper lectured on writers who use English as a second language (ESL) in the classroom. Often, ESL students struggle with writing at college level with a new language, but OrtmeierHooper taught how the mastery of multiple languages can be an asset, not a hindrance. All in all, Rhode Island College’s first annual Writing Week was quite the success, promoting the vital skill of writing both in and out of the classroom,.
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Week of October 25, 2010
Led by George Soros’ son, student contributions buoy Democrats in 2010 midterms By Lauren Harper OpenSecrets.org
College life conjures visions of dingy dormitories, towering laundry piles and Ramen noodle-based diets. But doling out tens of thousands of dollars to federal politicians? Not for most young academics. Yet this distinction certainly holds true for Alexander Soros, recent college graduate and son of Democratic super-donor and hedge fund billionaire George Soros, who tops the list of student political donors this election cycle, according to a Center for Politics analysis of federal campaign finance records. “Elections are important, and I have the resources,” Soros said of the $73,800 he has donated to primarily Democratic federal candidates and political committees so far this election cycle. In the run up to the 2010 midterm elections, Soros joins a handful of young, emerging political heavyweights, many of whom are related to other prolific political donors. And they’re helping tip the scales toward Democrats in the competition for students’ campaign cash, the Center’s analysis indicates. The Democratic National Committee has obliterated the competition in funding from students this election cycle, accumulating $428,600 from student contributors nationwide. The Republican National Committee, the highest-ranking of any GOP-affiliated group, has received only $18,400 from student contributors – roughly one-twentieth of the DNC’s haul. For Soros, backing Democrats is essentially supporting the better of two imperfect choices. “Although I am disappointed in the Democratic Party and with our political process in general, there is no question in
my mind that the country – and the world – will be better off if Democrats keep control,” Soros wrote in an e-mail to OpenSecrets Blog. Despite these trends and sentiments, a Democrat isn’t the top candidate beneficiary of student givers. Republican-turned-independent Charlie Crist has received more money from students than any other individual politician – $96,300 – in his quest for Florida’s open U.S. Senate seat. Among House candidates, Jon Hulburd, a Democratic challenger for Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District, who is facing Republican Ben Quayle, the son of former vice president Dan Quayle in an open seat race, is the favorite among student contributors. Hulburd has collected more than $32,000 from students this cycle. Michael Worley, a spokesperson for the College Democrats of America, isn’t surprised Democrats are accumulating the majority of student funds. “The Republican Party is campaigning on a platform of cutting education spending by 20 percent,” Worley told OpenSecrets Blog. “This means that student aid will be cut during a period of skyrocketing tuition and fees, effecting students on campuses across the country.” David Antaramian, a freshman at Sarah Lawrence College who has donated $30,400 to the DNC so far this election cycle, agrees. He argues that the Republican Party is simply out of touch with students. “The Republican Party’s leaders have adopted a hardline, right-wing platform, which I don’t think students identify with,” Antaramian told OpenSecrets Blog. Though registered in his home state of Florida as an independent, Antaramian, the son of wealthy Florida real estate developers, said he has
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The Democratic National Committee has accumulated $428,600 from student contributors nationwide. chosen to back the DNC this cycle largely as a result of what he calls the current “social topic du jour” – gay rights. That logic rings true for some, but not all, of the top student contributors to 2010 political candidates. Of the top 10 individual student contributors, one has donated to Republican candidates or committees, the Center finds. Andrea Catsimatidis, a 20-year-old New York University business student, has given $26,600 of her total $33,700 in campaign contributions this cycle to Republicans. Catsimatidis is the daughter of New York real estate developer and major political donor John Catsimatidis, who primarily gives his campaign cash to Democrats. In addition to being the president of NYU’s chapter of the College Republicans, the younger Catsimatidis also has close personal ties to the Republican Party. She recently became engaged to Chris Cox, the 31-year-old grandson of President Richard Nixon. Earlier this year, Cox lost a Republican primary in New York’s 1st Congressional District. Catsimatidis did not answer requests for comment. Federal law requires campaigns to disclose detailed information about all donors who give more than $200 – in-
cluding their names, addresses, occupations and employers. The Center’s analysis examined individuals whose occupations were listed as “student” in these filings with the Federal Election Commission. Students donating to a variety of candidates and comittees While the partisan divide among student political contributors is staggering at first glance, there are several interesting trends. For instance, the overwhelming support for Democrats in overall dollars and cents is mitigated by the individual candidates student donors are most likely to support – a roster that includes Republicans and independents. This may suggest that unlike their left-leaning peers, students aligned with the GOP are more interested in contributing to individual campaigns than national party committees. Among the top five U.S. Senate candidates receiving student funding are Crist, anindependent, and two Republican candidates, William Binnie of New Hampshire, who was defeated during last month’s Republican Senate primary, and former George W. Bush cabinet member Rob Portman of Ohio. All three lead the fourth- and fifth-place recipients, Democrats Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Among the top five House candidates receiving student funding, Democrats Hulburd, the Arizonan candidate, and Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) rank just slightly ahead of three Republican candidates – challengers William Flores of Texas and Nan Hayworth of New York, and Republican incumbent Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.). Perriello’s district includes Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia. Among political committees, the DNC and RNC are bringing in the most student money for their respective parties. But students are also giving to a diverse array of political groups – those sanctioned by the parties and otherwise. In addition to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the state Democratic committees for Michigan, Connecticut and Kentucky rank among the top recipients of student contributions, as does EMILY’s List, a political action committee that generally supports Democratic women who back abortion rights. Still, conservative groups such as 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America leadership PAC and the Illinois-based Family PAC have this cycle raked in $12,750 and $10,000, respectively, from students, the Center found. Some students are also giving to committees that are not explicitly partisan – including $15,000 to the Capital One Financial PAC and $10,000 to the Alzhiemer’s Action PAC. Students have also given relatively large sums to more obscure committees, including $10,750 to the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC and $10,000 to both the National Pawnbrokers Association and the Turkish.
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Pronouns and the autumn of our discontent As a teacher and historian, something that I stress with my students is the need for noun specificity. Whether speaking in class or writing an essay, extensive pronoun usage is a sure way to muddle one’s message. As I explain many times a semester, carelessly throwing out “they” or “it” instead of identifying who acted, wrote, said or caused something to happen avoids the issue of responsibility and eliminates the possibility of writing good history. As it is in history, so it is in contemporary society. When considering the upcoming elections, for example, I am continually dismayed by the vagueness of language used by Americans to describe their political positions. On radio and television, reporters ask people why they plan to vote this way or that, and the responses almost universally leave out proper nouns. “We” have been consuming too much and need to tighten our belts, or “they” (“those people” in Washington) can’t do anything right: throw all the bums out. Vagueness in our language creates several problems that inhibit our ability to deal with our larger troubles. For example, when pundits and politicians proclaim that “we” are borrow-
ing and spending beyond our means – and this is something heard increasingly from both major parties – they implicitly indicate that all Americans share in the blame and all must now bear the burden. But this simplification masks the realities of inequality, in which millions of Americans live in poverty, millions more exist at levels barely above the poverty line and most people borrow money not because they are irresponsible but because they don’t have enough of it. Many people are forced to borrow more than they should in order to cover necessary expenses in housing, healthcare, childcare, etc. The irresponsible “we” is the greedy segment of the financial elite who caused the collapse of Wall Street and the near collapse of our economic system. Whether the lectures on “our” responsibility come from President Obama or from Republicans demanding an end to unemployment benefits, they shift the blame to people who frankly don’t deserve it. This vagueness also diffuses blame so much that attempts at economic recovery, financial reform and relief for those hit hardest run into a wall of confused public opinion that is angry about stimulus spending
but also wants the government to do more, and sees the economic downturn not as something caused by anyone or any actions in particular. Moralizing about the necessity of collective belttightening leads public opinion away from a compassionate understanding of individual economic suffering and toward a conclusion that since everyone bears responsibility, then no one deserves sympathy and relief. Our current political discussions lack definitions that are specific enough to use even as a starting point. The Senate may be dysfunctional, but unless we are willing to assign responsibility (for example, to particular Senators currently obstructing majority rule through their use of arcane procedural rules) we are left with ultimately useless grandstanding about how “they” can’t get anything done. Electing new Senators to serve under the same rules certainly won’t solve the underlying problems of procedure and partisanship. Vague complaints about Washington serve no purpose other than as tired campaign strategies; anyone serious about reform (anyone?) should be specific about who, what and why, and thus establish explanations of cause and effect. But candidates’ messages and voters’ complaints are instead
extremely inexact. In the case of voters, I fear this imprecision derives from a failure to grasp the complexities both of our political system and of important current events. Do most voters know who voted for specific legislation or what that legislation actually does? Do they understand the Senate traditions that put power in the hands of the minority, or even one senator, and thus derail widely supported legislation? In the case of candidates the imprecision seems to be intentional. Going into specifics would require taking a stand on an issue or, Heaven forbid, making a concrete proposal to solve a specific problem. This approach may help to win an individual election; obviously it doesn’t begin to address the challenges this country faces. Every candidate who has asked for my vote has told me it is time for a change. “They’ve��� made a mess of things (in Providence, in Washington) and now “we” (do I get an office too?) will shake things up – the same message heard nationally every day right now. Positions on specific policies or legislation are hard to decipher, and surprisingly few are willing even to explain why one party or the other is at fault, but it is clear that candidates expect voters to
nod their heads in agreement at the supposedly obvious truth: We must have change. As this continues in Rhode Island and around the country, it becomes nearly impossible for people to try to sort out which candidates and which proposals they should want to support, given their own political leanings, or who they should blame when those proposals fail to become policies. When the discussion persists in such vague terms, very few possess the depth of political knowledge necessary to ignore what they hear on television, in conversation, from candidates and from pundits and instead discover real explanations of cause and effect. If we can’t be specific when we talk about our problems, then we surely can’t, as all the candidates like to say, “move forward.” Voters, and the media even more so, should push candidates to explain who, specifically, is causing our state and national governments to be dysfunctional, and what, specifically, they plan to do about it.
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More answers in 30 words or less By Arielle Rogers Ask Ari
Dear Ari, One of my suite mate’s birthday is coming up but he doesn’t usually hang with us and we want to do something special but we don’t want it to be awkward. How do we hang out and chill without it seeming random and/or making it awkward? – Lee, RIC junior Dear Lee, Don’t make it a giant event. He may not be comfortable with the stereotypical birthday scene. Get him a little cake and sing the “Happy Birthday” song. Simple yet thoughtful. Dear Ari, I have a friend who wants to learn piano but he’s not a musician and doesn’t have a lick of musical knowledge. Should he invest his time and money into this? – Chris, RIC junior
Dear Chris, Your friend should take some time independently to learn the basic words and symbols of music before learning any instrument, especially one as diverse and complex as piano. Dear Ari, So my girlfriend and I have been dating for a few months and I want to break her the big news...that I am a practicing Roman Catholic. The problem is she is an atheist and hates all other religions. How do I tell her without her going crazy? – Atheist Lover, RIC freshman Dear Atheist Lover, Honesty is key. Tell her in a calm and positive way. If she rejects this important part of your life then you know it wasn’t meant to be.
Dear Ari, I am a full-time student, have a full-time job and what seems to be a part-time daughter. I don’t see my girl as much as I want because I am so busy. How can I make more time for her? – Maleeka, RIC senior Dear Maleeka, Set up “Mommy and Me” time. Dedicate two hours a day to only her. Daughters need their mommies, so she will be thrilled to know she can count on you. Dear Ari, I teach here at RIC and I notice more and more that students don’t care or are not intrigued in my classes. Why don’t some students care enough these days? – Professor, RIC Faculty Dear Professor, Mostly, it’s not the teacher but the subject. I get really bored in math classes and excited in music classes. Try to get your students to participate while having fun.
Special Question of the Week Dear Ari, You and I both live in the same residence hall, so I wanted to know if you knew why all of the birds are dying in the courtyard? – Concerned, RIC junior Dear Concerned. There is a bird-killing tree in the courtyard of Weber Hall! The birds are eating the berries on the tree, which are poison to them. Then the birds become some sort of intoxicated, fly into the windows and BAM! More poultry on the ground. It is sad to see about two to four new birds dead every week, and I’m sure the custodial staff hate to deal with them. The idea to cut the tree down in hopes of saving our flying friends has been proposed, so we will see what will come of that. One thing that will stand in the way, though, is that it’s a memorial tree, which could be a big problem. I spoke to one of the custodial staff members and they informed me that birds die every year in the courtyard because of that tree. So, hopefully, something will be done about it soon, before we hear less chirping and more croaking...out on life.
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How to spice up your relationship By Alexandra Weston Dating for Dummies
Long-term relationships are difficult to maintain and can fall apart in an instant. The most common threat to any long-lasting relationship is getting stuck in the same monotonous routine that can cause many couples to lose their spark and ultimately give up. However if you’re in a relationship that’s grown sour and you don’t want to throw in the towel, here are some tips to help you spice things up, and hopefully regain that spark: Try cooking together. You both have to eat right? Making a meal together can give you some essential quality time together. Not to mention, cooking can be fun if you don’t burn the house down while you’re doing it. Who knows, it might inspire a sexy food fight and we all know where that leads. Get physical with your partner. If you and your partner are an active couple, try exercising together. Walking, jogging, hiking or any other physical activity can be more fun when someone is doing it with you. It gives you a great opportunity to spend time together in your
busy lives while staying healthy. Take up a shared hobby together. If you’re not a physically active couple then try exploring the shared interests that you and your partner have that brought you together in the first place. Music lessons, an art class, ballroom dancing; whatever it is it’ll help to rekindle that spark and bring you closer together. Play games with your partner. Whether it’s a sexy game or a regular board game, playing around can give couples a chance to talk and interact in a stress-free environment. It’s a good way to bond and reconnect when your relationship is on the ropes. Leave romantic messages for your partner. These can go a long way in a monotonous relationship. In your message or series of messages be sure to include things like what you plan to do for them the next time you meet (dirty details are optional) or tease them by giving them clues and making them wonder. This can be done by voicemail, email or (my personal favorite) through a note left in a bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates. Design a theme and role play. Do you think geeky people are the only ones who role play? Wrong! Many couples do it to spice up their sex life. Come up
with a theme like “at the doctor’s office” or “naughty school girl” and roll with it. Dress up, buy some kinky toys that go with your theme, and stay in character. It sounds awkward, but don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it. It’s more fun than you think. Relive your first date. Sometimes nostalgia is the best remedy for a crumbling relationship. Take your partner for a romantic night out to where you had your first date. It can bring back the lost memories of how you fell in love in the first place and possibly bring you even closer. These are only a few of the many tips that are available to couples on the fringe of losing their relationship. Through my personal experience, it’s a terrible idea to just give up on something like a long relationship, because you’ll find yourself regretting it when it’s over. It’s worth it to give these tips a shot before you throw in the towel. Chances are they will work and you’ll find yourself falling in love all over again. If not, then it just wasn’t meant to be. Whatever happens, stay positive and remember, there are plenty of fish in the sea and there’s one out there waiting just for you to catch it.
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Lifestyles Can you feel the vibrations?
Week of October 25, 2010
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I guess you can say that I am very knowledgeable when it comes to toys; for Heaven’s sake I work at a toy store! But we are not talking about the occasional container of Play-Doh or R/C cars that flip over constantly; we are talking about toys of the adult kind. These toys are for stimulation in so many ways. They come in all different shapes and sizes, colors and even vibration settings. The world of adult toys is very expansive and you never know what you can find to send you over the edge. First there is the good old dildo. They can range from floppy to very realistic. They can be one color to multiple colors or even so detailed that they look almost like the real thing. Many dildos are soft and smooth in texture. Dildos can be made out of plastic, PVC, jelly, silicone rubber, glass, latex, wood or even steel. Dildos do not have motors in them so they don’t vibrate and the pleasure is all up to the user of the toy. Vibrating toys can be some of the more fun toys. The bullet, a simple vibrating toy, is a staple for any woman when it comes to stimulation and reaching climax. It can be a number of colors and made out of plastic or steel. It is small and oval-shaped and can pack a punch. Bullets can be placed into a penis ring for clitoral stimulation during intercourse. Also for clitoral stimulation there are the hands free clitoral stimulators that strap onto your legs and can be used during intercourse and hand-held vibes that can look like electric toothbrushes. There is also the G-Spot
vibrator. They tend to be long and thin with a curved end to help stimulate the part of the female anatomy that is very sensitive. These vibes can also be used by men for stimulation of the prostate. Many vibrators are controlled with hand-held controls, controls on the vibrator itself or by your plug outlet. Those which are not electric are run by batteries, which you could go through a lot of because vibrators tend to suck the life out of batteries very quickly and there is nothing like being at that moment and your vibe just goes dead. Invest in some rechargeable batteries if you are a serial vibrator user. Then there is the rabbit vibrator. You may have heard about it because of “Sex in the City”. Users of this vibe swear on it. Not only does it give you vaginal stimulation, but it gives you clitoral stimulation at the same time. It has become the most recognized and most popular vibrator on the market today.
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They have advanced since being introduced in the 1990s. They have more speeds, more power, rotating beads and come in various colors and sizes. The shaft rotates when inserted, giving a deep feeling of penetration, and the rabbit’s ears stimulate the clitoris, giving a feeling like no other. Along with the bullet vibrator, the rabbit is becoming a staple in a women’s sex toy collection. When it comes to caring for your sex toys, make sure you keep them clean. A little mild soap and warm water after every use will make sure they are clean and good for the next use. Also, if you would like to spend a little money, toy cleaner is also a nice way to keep your toys clean. When you first get your sex toy, before usage, wash it to make sure it’s clean; you don’t want dirty things being inserted into your body right? Also, never share your toys. It’s unsanitary and gross. Sharing is caring, but when it comes to sex toys, that rule doesn’t exist. For those who are into anal sex, make sure the toy you are using is specially made for anal insertion; this means make sure it has a flared base because it will prevent your toy from getting stuck inside. If you want a toy and are unsure of what to get or what would be good for you, don’t be afraid to ask an employee at the shop. They won’t bite and they are very knowledgeable of what is best for you. Using a toy with your partner can add a new pleasure for both of you and can be used as a form of foreplay. There are even kits to make dildo forms of your partner’s member adding a new level to masturbation, and now females can make molds of their lady lumps for their man. So stock up on batteries and lubrication and feel those vibrations.
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As a guy who enjoys his brew, I often look for those that have a high ABV content. I call these brews the “High Octane Beers”. In June 2008, Harpoon and UFO released a line of beers called Harpoon Leviathan, and in that collection is Triticus. The Latin word for wheat, Triticus is an amazingly strong, dark, wheat wine-style ale, that comes in at 11.5 percent ABV. Harpoon uses a blend of 50 percent wheat malts, also including caramel and chocolate, which give the beer great color and flavor. The beer is extremely dark in flavor, which is what is expected with a beer that is 50 percent wheat malts and brewed with chocolate. The chocolate comes out in the flavor almost instantly along with a slight malt flavor, which all ends in a sweet aftertaste. Yes, sweet, which means one thing: this beer is full of alcohol. That
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How to save a life By Jon Kmieciak Lifestyles Editor
So you and your friends decided to go out drinking, things got a little out of hand and now you have a man down. Here are a few basic steps to help you and your friends out, and to make sure everyone recovers as quickly as possible. Drink plenty of fluids. First off, make sure you keep hydrated. Both you and everyone else who has been drinking need to sober up as quickly as you can so you can attend to your friend. Make sure s/he also gets a lot of water but don’t try to make them drink three bottles at once. Moderate sips every so often are the best choice. Also, they aren’t going to want to move too much so a straw would probably be appreciated. Be prepared for illness. If it’s at all possible, get your sick friend to a bathroom, or get a bucket. Obviously you don’t want to force your friend to vomit but just in case they are feeling ready to yak, you would like to have this item nearby.
Let’s face it; no one likes to pick up puke. Safety first. If your friend ends up passing out make sure they’re breathing and on their side. This way if the above does happen and they cannot move in time they will not choke on their vomit. Also, if they do pass out make sure someone’s constantly with them. You do not have to baby them but you do want to make sure they are going to pull through. If you need to switch off every so often with another friend and go hang out play cards, video games, whatever, do so. Call for help. If things do reach critical and you need to call an ambulance or get someone to drive them to the hospital, do so without hesitation! If your friend becomes unresponsive at all, make sure you call the hospital. Doing so may save their life. Don’t wait for someone else to make the call – do it yourself. If you assume the leadership role then you know for sure that your friend will be safe. In the end, the best way to
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keep you and your friends safe while drinking is to drink in moderation. Another good idea is to drink one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you have. Take breaks between your drinks, and look out for your
friends by encouraging them to do the same. If you notice that one of your friends may be indulging in one too many, don’t be afraid to speak up. Don’t assume that someone else will mention it
to them, or that they will be just fine; that’s how accidents happen. It’s alright to go out and have fun drinking – just remember to use your common sense and stay safe.
Arts & Entertainment Galumpha a bit of a disappointment Week of October 25, 2010
By Jacqueline Carlson Anchor A&E Writer
On Oct. 13 Rhode Island College had the fortune of having Galumpha: the Human Jungle Gym in its Performing Arts Series. For five dollars, RIC students had the opportunity to sit in Roberts Auditorium and watch the interesting acrobatic and dancing stunt performance that was Galumpha. While certainly the most unique performance that Rhode Island College had the pleasure of hosting so far this fall, it was not exactly the best performance of the year. For those readers who missed Galumpha, the three performers combined a mixture of dance, acrobatics and stunts to create a different and most certainly unique show. Unfortunately they did not resemble much of a human jungle gym. These performers created a very interesting performance, but one that seemed to lack rhythm, unity and passion, as well as purpose. Galumpha was a very interesting stage performance of three very talented and creative performers: Marlon Torres, Kate Vollrath and Andy Horowitz. These performers pushed the limits of their own bodies, combining different styles of dance, stunting and acrobatics
to provide the audience with a very unique view of the abilities of the human body. They combined visual elements such as lighting and staging with different techniques of sound creation to offer the audience a truly unique experience. Perfectly toned and skilled, these performers used all parts of their bodies to create interesting and mind-boggling structures, while keeping the show light and funny. While no doubt an interesting and unique performance experience, the production as a whole seemed lacking in finetuning. While each performer was skilled, strong and perfectly capable of doing their role in the act, there was quite a bit lacking from the performance. There was no unity throughout the show from the lighting, music and the actions of the performers themselves. There wasn’t much coordination outside of the stunts and structures which the performers made, and the dances and acting styles were rather sloppy a good portion of the time. Understanding that differences in abilities make for differences in styles, the performers of Galumpha did not embrace this concept as a whole. Each performer had weak moments as well as strong moments, making the entire
piece slightly disappointing. At several points in the show, there seemed to be no expression of interest or passion on any of the performers’ faces, only the thought of what was coming next. I was extremely disappointed by how routine this act was, as if the last thing each participant was thinking about was the passion and reason for performing before an audience. Despite some flaws, Galumpha seemed to be a hit with the audience. The second act especially captured the attention of the audience, who were asked to participate in the show by clapping or returning objects which the performers had thrown out. This aspect of the show made all the difference and earned the performance a standing ovation. “It feels more like a portfolio piece, rather than a gallery piece to me,” said one student, an art major. “It just feels too unpolished to me. It’s a very interesting idea, but I feel as though they could have done more with it.” Despite leaving the auditorium with mixed feelings about the show, Galumpha was, in fact, a hit which was most certainly worth the price of the ticket, as well as a nice night out with some friends. Courtesy of H.B. James Photography
Galumpha performing at RIC.
Big D has you skank until your legs fall off By Charmaine Gray Anchor A&E Writer
If you’re one to listen to ska, then Jerky’s was the place to be on the night of Oct. 14, to enjoy Big D and the Kids Table and a few other great ska bands. The night opened with The Brunt of It, a complete ska core band. There’s no way around it. If you’re okay with older white guys singing in fake Jamaican accents, then it was a pretty good show. It didn’t take long
for the skanking, interspersed with random spurts of moshing, to begin. The Brunt of It impressed the crowd by playing a cover of Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” The Brunt of It was followed by Senior Discount, who played with Big D and the Kids Table back in April at Club Hell. They played fan favorites such as “Tom’s Not a Virgin Anymore” and “I Swear I’ll Kill You.” Both were complete crowd pleasers. The audience not only
sang along but went ballistic at all the right moments. Unfortunately, the next band was so unmemorable that no one in the audience could even recall its name. It included three girls who were good to look at but their sound was pretty mediocre. Their version of ska resembled the music of Josie and the Pussy Cats, a cartoon band. But the bad talent did not put a damper on the audiences’ mood because they were there for Big D and The Kids Table,
who were to perform after the girls. And perform they did. Big D, a guy who resembles an older, grungier version of Kurt Cobain, and The Kids Table (the rest of the band) played a fantastic show. Though the crowd had grown tired from skanking and moshing and dancing for three and a half hours, they kept going because the music was just that good. Thankfully Jerky’s was serving free cups of iced water, because at this point
skankers were covered in sweat and completely delirious. The night ended with Big D’s encore of a four song combo that included “Lux” and “Souped Up Vinyl.” At this point people were practically falling all over themselves in exhaustion and delight. Big D was pretty epic, and fans can’t wait for their next show at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston on Halloween night.
Arts & Entertainment
Week of October 25, 2010
Florence and The Fairhaven’s less than spectacular home show Machine to play House of Blues Halloween show
By Tim Hordern Anchor A&E Writer
You have to wonder when your favorite band is coming back into town. You check their Web site, watching their tour dates, and wondering when they will come home to do a “home show.” This happens sometimes and you are all excited and you go, but what happens when a “home show” becomes annual even without being on tour? Well for a band that calls Providence home, this is exactly what they do. Fairhaven played a “home show” at Lupo’s on Oct. 15 and, like any WBRU sponsored show, it was cheap, heavily promoted and had an extensive lineup of bands. First to take the stage was a band called All These Elements. With a few Rhode Island natives in the band, it was an instant winner. The sound was hard, the tunes were stellar and the band played its heart out. This band had one major difference – a female on lead vocals. She was an excellent singer, and it made for an interesting change in a typically male-dominated genre of music. Beyond Katia Racine on keys and vocals, the band’s line-up included Jay Donovan on guitar and vocals, Eric Spicuzza on guitar, Tom Cardente on drums and Danny on bass. I suggest you check them out because they were, in my opinion, the highlight of the night. Next up to bat for a night that never really got good, was Kingston 530. I can’t really say I loved them, nor can I say they were awful, because they were not. The band carried its own sound, containing an electric guitar, bass, acoustic guitar, vocals, and drums. The one thing that stuck out at me was that all the members were really good at the instrument they play, but the songs were sub-par. They were longer than expected and
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carried a lot of repeated tunes and the same sound from song to song. Don’t get me wrong, the band was good, but their songs sounded too similar. I would say to listen to them before seeing them in concert as a headliner. Next came what everyone came to see: the former (and hopefully still current) lead singer of Monty Are I, Stephen Aiello. He was there playing Monty favorites on acoustic guitar. As a major Monty Are I fan, this performance did not get my seal of approval. I love their old stuff and can deal with the new, but when you take a song like “Between the Sheets” and try to make it sound melodic and soothing, it just sounds bad. I suggest you look up Monty, just not the acoustic sets, because personally when I see a local hard rock/ska punk band trying to sing their songs softly, it kind of irks me. At this point in the night the crowd had started to have a little too much to drink, and after this set, fewer than 50 people were left. The sound system was starting to lessen in quality from Aiello on. So I bet you can guess that things weren’t going to go so well for the night’s headlining act Fairhaven. The band hails from Rhode Island and happened to win WBRU’s 2009 Rock Hunt. Their first issue of the night was when the singer’s mic decided to cut out only seconds into the performance, which, to be fair, isn’t the band’s fault.
Then when the lead moved to another it still didn’t work, resulting in him singing to himself for most of the song since he couldn’t tell that nothing he sang was being picked up. Almost the entire first song’s lyrics were lost to the heavily intoxicated crowd. Due to this shaky start, the band could see the disappointment in the crowd, but they slowly seemed to win the hearts back. As for the sound, they are more melodic with a few harder songs thrown in to keep you off guard. The vocals, done by Alan Connell, and instrumentals by Jared Gould (drums), Trevor Gould (lead guitar, piano and vocals), Nick Pagano (bass) and Brian Moura (who plays basically everything), were spot on and done well. But, for me, it was not my type of music. I’m guessing with a better crowd, a better night and just overall better timing, I may have enjoyed the show. But based on the bad experiences I had that night, I just can’t give a good review. I would suggest that you check out Fairhaven because they are a good band. I had heard that they put on a good live show, and, despite my less than stellar experience, I have to agree. Despite the many mishaps, the band did pull it together to put on a decent show. As for this concert, I would say it wasn’t worth my $12, but it wasn’t a waste of time and was a decent way of spending a night out with friends and having some fun.
Florence and The Machine, the breakout group that has smashed out of its United Kingdom fan base onto the world stage recently, will be playing a Halloween show this Sunday at the House of Blues in Boston. The group, whose only cemented member is lead singer and songwriter Florence Welsh, is technically a solo project that often brings in a backing band. Welsh’s project has only included one or two side musicians in the past and in some cases she would take the stage on her own. However, recent publicity has caused the artist to go on tour with a full band, and by the sound of it her live show is not something you should miss. Florence and The Machine has a unique sound that I just fell in love with. It took me a few listens to really give it a shot since it came off at first a little “girly” for my taste, but honestly Welsh’s songwriting has a very deep feeling to it. While her lyrics for the most part are simplistic, they hit a nerve that somehow makes you relate to each song. The wide range of the group’s instrumental sound allows them to compliment their lyrics perfectly. Their sound is hard to describe. There’s a lot of soul, a little bit of folk, a sprinkling of punk and a touch of pop that blends together to make up their unique sound. “I want my music to sound like throwing yourself out of
a tree, or off a tall building, or as if you’re being sucked down into the ocean and you can’t breathe. It’s something overwhelming and all-encompassing that fills you up, and you’re either going to explode with it, or just going to disappear,” says Florence on the group’s Web site. However you describe it, Welsh’s music will send you on an emotional trip that I promise you’ll enjoy. My favorite single off Florence and The Machine’s debut album, “Lungs,” is their single “Between Two Lungs.” This song has a haunting melody that just sits well with me, and it’s a great song to just to meditate to while lying down on your bed in the dark. Their entire debut album is solid with there being no song that I actually dislike. In fact, the song that propelled them to success here in the States, “Dog Days are Over,” is my least favorite of their tracks, and honestly I still don’t find myself skipping the song when it pops into my playlist most of the time. Florence and The Machine is a band that I’m going to be listening to for quite some time, and I definitely recommend that you take the time to look them up. If you like what you hear be sure to check them out when they play the House of Blues in Boston on Oct. 31 with opening acts The Smith Westerns and El Khatib. Tickets are a bit steep at $25 for general admission and $35 for reserved seating, but if you’re a fan of the group the tickets will be worth the price of admission. Plus it’s better than being home and losing your good candy to all those annoying little kids.
Week of October 25, 2010
Arts & Entertainment
Bo Burnham a comic to watch By Eddie Taylor A&E Editor
So today the story of becoming an overnight internet celebrity on sites like YouTube and Break.com are a bit cliché, but you can’t argue that a lot of great talent has been discovered by people posting random videos of themselves online. From mega-hit bands like Arctic Monkeys to the sketch comedy masters at College Humor, who knows what else is floating around the Web just waiting to be discovered. That’s exactly how comedic sensation Bo Burnham was discovered. Burnham is famous for
his politically incorrect songs posted on YouTube in 2006 that became a big hit with viewers. His videos, while simplistic – simply him playing acoustic guitar or keyboard – won people over with Burnham’s witty lyrics. The publicity eventually led to a major record deal with Comedy Central and a stand up special on the network. I was first introduced to Burnham’s stand up while flipping channels out of boredom and came across his special. I was surprised to see such a young kid with his own special and decided to stop, and I was happy that I did. Bo Burnham is a comic musician through
and through with probably over three quarters of his act having him playing some kind of instrument. Some comedy fans see this as a crutch, but you got to give credit where credit is due: the kid sure can write. Burnham has a wide range of sounds from the stripped down acoustic “Rehab for Fictional Characters” to the quick paced rap “Words, words, words.” Whenever Burnham picks up a guitar or sits down at a keyboard you expect to get a few chuckles, but he seems to be lacking in some places. Bo Burnham without an instrument or background music is funny, but his normal stand
up isn’t the best. Burnham’s style is a bit awkward, which works great with most of his act, but there were times where I just found myself wondering where the comic was going with jokes. However, while most of his nonmusical standup act is lacking, he does have a few great pieces. His poetry skit where he simply sits on a bench reading haikus and ringing a triangle at the end of each one left me cracking up, and his Shakespeare skit was another hit. Bo Burnham is definitely a comic worth checking out. While some of his stuff is a bit hit or miss he’s one of the best
comic song writers I’ve heard since Stephen Lynch. His witty writing will actually leave you feeling smart at times, actually using stuff you probably heard a lot in a half-conscious daze in your English and history classes. If he doesn’t get you giggling he’ll definitely leave you shocked with the pride he takes in being as politically incorrect as he can, at least without getting sued. Bo Burnham is the youngest comic to get his own standup comedy special, so that’s got to say something about his talent.
The vampire film that started it all By Michael Martins Mike’s Movies
Another week here at Mike’s Movies and I figured that, with the month of October coming to a close and Halloween being this Sunday, this is a good time to look at one of my favorite monster movies of all time. I speak of the classic 1931 Universal Studios film “Dracula”. Spoiler alert, there’s no sparkling or sexy vampires in this film. This is the film where the craze basically started. Loosely based on Bram Stokers’ epic novel and the stage adaptation, the film is a black and white masterpiece with some flaws. The film stars Bela Lugosi as the famous blood-sucking count. Lugosi’s brilliant performance owes in no small part to his success in the original play that the film is partly adapted from. During the film there are several times when Lugosi uses his hands and eyes in a remarkable way. These actions are just some of the nu-
ances that make the actor and his portrayal of the character brilliant. The story opens with the arrival of a real estate broker named Renfield in a small town in the Carpathian Mountains. He is there to sell Carfax Abbey in London to the local count. The townspeople warn the man neither to travel outside at night nor to go near the count and his castle. However, Renfield does not heed their warnings. He travels to the castle and is picked up by the count’s private carriage. The carriage is driven by a silent man who seems to disappear once they arrive at the castle. The only thing around when they arrive is a bat. Renfield goes into the castle and meets the count. He is an interesting man and the rundown decrepit castle is even more interesting. It’s at this point that quote number 83 on the AFI’s Top 100 Movie Quotes of All Time is said. “Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.” After signing the papers for the purchase of the Abbey Renfield gets a paper cut and the count hypnotizes him.
The plot moves along to Renfield being Dracula’s new servant. The two are traveling by ship to England. The ship passes through a storm and arrives in port with a completely dead crew. The only man alive is the now amazingly creepy and very crazy Renfield. I personally enjoy his maniacal grin and creepy laugh. Renfield is checked into the mental institution that is adjacent to Carfax Abbey. Meanwhile his master becomes acquainted with the man who runs the home, Dr. Steward, as well as his daughter Mina, her fiancé John Harker and their friend Lucy Weston. Lucy becomes the count’s first victim, passing away and then becoming his first English bride. She also becomes a night stalker, searching the streets of London for blood and earning herself the name “The Woman in White.” When Mina starts to act strange, Steward calls in the specialist Dr. Van Helsing to find out what is wrong with her. If I go any further I will give away the best parts of the plot so I will stop there. Now I’m not going to lie. Some of the actors lack talent
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and a few of minor the special effects need assistance but, again, this is 1930. Lugosi, Dwight Frye (Renfield) and Edward Van Sloan (Van Helsing) help hold the cast together with their top notch performance and make the film better than it could have been. I also warn you the thrills are not what the modern audience is used to, however it makes for a fun time. I still suggest that one must view the film at least once in their life. It makes for a good movie night and is good for a bowl of popcorn and maybe a lazy date with your significant other. A quick fun fact about the
film, during filming a Spanish company was also working on a version of the film so the two companies used the same sets. During the day Universal and the main actors would shoot on the set then at night the Spanish company would shoot their film, sometimes using the same extras. It is said that the Spanish film (a little more risqué then the Universal film) actually has many shots that are almost duplicates of shots in the Universal film. I give the film a basic four out of five stars and say to you, readers, happy Halloween. Oh, and…they don’t sparkle.
Week of October 25, 2010
Arts & Entertainment
Waking up to a nightmare By Robert Lefebvre Rob’s Game Shelf
W e l l Remedy Entertainment, patience is a virtue you certainly practice. Six years I’ve been waiting for “Alan Wake” to come out. After hearing about this game, all I could do was anticipate it with child-drooling glee, especially after playing “Max Payne” and having it become one of my favorite games ever. It had been showing up in nearly every game magazine saying “coming soon” and has shown up every year at E3, with your team saying we’re making small changes and improvements. But gracious me, you finally decided to release it in May for the Xbox 360. I really ought to be mad at you for keeping me waiting, but now I can’t be because this game was actually pretty damn good. “Alan Wake” tells the story of… well, Alan Wake, a famous novelist who has come to a small town called Bright Falls. He has come down with writer’s block so his wife Alice feels that a change of scenery might help him get back into writing. However, when Alan and Alice get to the cabin they are staying at, some dark force comes about and kidnaps Alice. Suddenly, Alan wakes up, (oh, see what they did there), in a crashed car and realizes it’s been a week since Alice has disappeared. Now he must solve the mystery of what happened to him and what the dark force taking over the town is and to find a way to rescue Alice. The game is a third-person shooter. You have regenerating health and are armed with a gun and flashlight and must battle enemies who have been possessed by the dark force. However, shooting them will do nothing. Instead, you must shine the flashlight at the enemies in
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order to weaken them. Once their darkness has eroded, then you can shoot them, save for weapons such as flash grenades or a flare gun. You also can use a flare to ward off enemies if you’re in a tight spot. But one part of the gameplay I found interesting is that you can run away from enemies, and sometimes it’s the best thing to do, and it’s fun and challenging. Plus, it makes the most sense. If you came across a chainsawwielding man possessed by the power of the darkest evil, would you go toe-to-toe with him? No, you’d run your ass away. For the most part, the gameplay is pretty smooth. However, there are points when Alan’s movements get pretty clumsy. He gets caught in places he shouldn’t or doesn’t climb or jump over things he should be able to. Also, this game is probably one of the scariest games I’ve played in a long time. I can’t think of the last time I’ve had so many “HOLY CRAP! I’M GONNA DIE!” moments in a game. I even had a friend who told me this game gave them anxiety
attacks because it scared them so much. What really lead to these scares are the game’s great atmospheres. I go camping a lot and I was having flashbacks while playing the game, having to navigate through the woods. The settings are densely atmospheric and feel very real, setting you up to jump at the slightest thing that pops at you, but what does is nothing slight. There are also several side goals to take part in. You can go around collecting things such as thermoses, and try to find beer can pyramids to knock down. Unfortunately, the only thing that these side quests serve is to get achievement points. They don’t serve any purpose or get you any in game rewards. One side quest that is relevant is finding manuscript pages throughout the levels. They reveal parts of a story Alan has written, but he can’t recall writing it. Some of the pages you find are really intriguing and suck you further into the story. Unfortunately, some pages you find give away things you are about to come across. For example, one page you find talks about how the crows
seem to have been possessed by darkness and appear to also want to stop Alan in his quest. And then, sure enough, a flock of crows come and attack me. When you give away the scares, it really takes away from the true horror you could feel from the game. There are a couple other beefs I have with the game. Sometimes when confronting enemies, the camera does a close-up on the enemies that are approaching you. However sometimes when you start to fight them, others come from behind you out of nowhere and attack you. Now this wouldn’t really be a problem if it happened once but this happens several times. And there are other occasions when the close-ups show that you are completely surrounded by enemies. So why would it do that in some battles but not in others? I was also led to wonder why the darkness couldn’t possess anything else than what it does. It can cause people, birds; even inanimate objects to attack you, but nothing else when there were ample opportunities, such as trees, wild animals, anything
else. Also, why some of the plot points are done quite well, some don’t quite reach the pay-off they may have wanted. If this game had come out only a few years earlier, like it was supposed to, this probably would have been considered the most original game created at the time. On the plus side, when it comes to the theme of light and darkness, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it utilized better. But overall, “Alan Wake” is amazing. In fact, I think this is probably the best game of the year so far. An original and well-paced story, simple yet effective gameplay, despite a couple hiccups, and one of the most tense and exciting atmospheres I’ve ever encountered in gaming. If you’re looking to get together with friends to watch scary movies or play scary games on Halloween, then I dare you to bring this game along and play it in the dark. You’ll be begging for Christmas to come so you’ll have a few extra lights.
Week of October 25, 2010
Three women’s soccer records fall Smith’s double-overtime game-winner
By Dan Charest Anchor Sports Writer
The Rhode Island College women’s soccer team (8-6, 1-4 LEC) earned a 3-2 victory in a non-conference thriller over visiting Westfield State College (5-8-2) last Tuesday. The game-winner came in the 109th minute of the second overtime from RIC junior forward Alexis Smith, who scored off a pass from classmate Ashley Choiniere when Westfield State junior goalkeeper Jess Pieciak came out of the net. “All wins are exciting but this one had numerous outstanding individual efforts. To come back in overtime is big and nobody gave up,” said RIC head coach Mike Koperda. That golden goal by Smith in overtime not only propelled the Anchorwomen to a victory, but also helped to re-write the program’s record book. “Alexis (Smith) has proved not only to be a scorer this season but a clutch scorer,” said
Koperda of her record-breaking play. With the overtime game winner, Smith broke the program’s record for goals in a season with 14 (Katie Hagan-1998, Joan Hencler-1999), and points in a season with 37 (Hencler had 35 in 1999), while Choiniere set a school record for assists in a season with 11 (Also Hencler in 1999). “It feels great to break the record,” said Smith, a transfer from CCRI this season, after the victory. “It’s also great that Ashley broke the assist record.” The Anchorwomen started off strong in the early stages against the Owls, scoring early in the contest. Smith took a corner kick in the 15th minute and delivered it into the box. The ball bounced around and eventually found sophomore midfielder Libby Lazar and senior defender Alicia Lardaro before Choiniere put the ball in the back of the net. The Owls had plenty of chances to score one of their
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RIC freshman Jessica Graham had an assist in the win.
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RIC freshman Amanda Nanni fires a shot on the goal. own the first half but had no luck despite getting some opportunities from point blank range that they just could not capitalize on. The Owls best scoring chance came off a corner kick delivered by senior captain Kate MacLellan in the 35th minute when the ball hit off a few teammates in the box and went in, but was called off due to off-sides. RIC finished the half with a 1-0 lead. In the 61st minute, Choiniere got the Anchorwomen on the board once again, but her second goal of the game was a little bit more difficult to land. After the Owls knocked the ball out of bounds, RIC freshman midfielder Jessica Graham passed it to Choiniere. With no WSC defenders around her, she took a shot at the net from 35 yards out. It was an absolute snipe from long range to put the Anchorwomen up 2-0, giving the team a bit of security and Choiniere her 12th goal of the 2010 campaign. WSC found themselves trailing by a pair of goals and began the comeback by applying offensive pressure. After some close scoring chances, WSC finally broke through in the 79th minute. MacLellan sent in a nice cross and sophomore forward Kayley Miller headed
it in. After the Owls got on the board, the momentum swung their way completely after they caught a break in the 89th minute. WSC crossed the ball into the top of the box, where it unfortunately came off RIC freshmen defender Hannah Peterson’s arm and a handball penalty was called. MacLellan, who was creating chances all over the pitch, lined up for the
Box Score Westfield State 2 Rhode Island College 3 14:10 RIC Ashley Choiniere (11) Libby Lazar; Alicia Lardaro 60:14 RIC Ashley Choiniere (12) Jessica Graham 78:19 WES Kayley Miller (10) Kate MacLellan 88:57 WES Kate MacLellan (4) Penalty kick 108:41 RIC Alexis Smith (14) Ashley Choiniere; Libby Lazar
penalty kick and knocked it into the left corner past RIC senior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri to even it up and send the contest into overtime. WSC looked to stretch their unbeaten streak to seven games after a furious comeback, while RIC was looking to get back on the winning track after dropping four of their past five games. Both squads swapped opportunities for a game-winner in the extra frames but RIC’s goal-producing dynamic duo of Smith and Choiniere couldn’t be stopped in overtime. While Smith and Choiniere are grabbing the headlines, the outstanding play of the Anchorwomen’s defense spearheaded by Pirri and junior captain Jenna Childs has the team looking to win double digit games this season. “Jenna Childs was the unsung hero in this game,” said Koperda. “She was the glue that held us together and she played beyond outstanding.” Pirri played tremendously in goal, making 17 saves as WSC out-shot RIC 34-14 in the contest. The Anchorwomen extended their winning streak to two games by defeating LEC opponent Southern Maine, 2-1, at home on Saturday, Oct. 23.
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forward Alexis Smith, who became the all-time leading scorer in program history when she scored the game-winning goal in the Anchorwomen’s double overtime victory over Westfield State earlier in the week, lined up for a corner kick in the 2nd minute and mailed it into the box. Her attacking classmate, forward Ashley Choiniere waited for the space to clear off the corner and unloaded with her left foot, sending the ball into the left side of the goal for her 13th marker of the year. The Huskies controlled the number of opportunities for the remainder of the half, but were stymied by RIC senior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri, who made five first half saves and seven total in the contest to pick up the victory. When the first 45 minutes were in the books, RIC had managed to hold onto their
Box Score University of Southern Maine 1 Rhode Island College 2 1:42 RIC Ashley Choiniere (13) Alexis Smith 79:20 USM Cathy Wise (6) Chelsea Norton; Jess Gassman 81:29 RIC Jessica Graham (7) Ashley Choiniere; Libby Lazar
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RIC junior forward Alexis Smith dribbles past a defender. 1-0 lead. The Huskies kept on pressuring the RIC defense and their patience eventually paid off in the 80th minute. USM Sophomore Jess Gassman was at midfield when she directed the ball into the box. Four players were in pursuit of the ball: Pirri and junior defender Jenna Childs for RIC and forwards Chelsea Norton and Wise chasing for USM. Norton gathered the pass from Gassman and Pirri went after her in an attempt to prevent a shot or the pass. Norton managed to find a passing lane and hit Wise on the left side where she put it home for her sixth of the season to even the score at 1-1. The Anchorwomen were not about to let another close game slip away as they retaliated right away with a goal of their own less than two minutes later, which would turn out to be the eventual game-winner.
With RIC attacking, USM knocked the ball out of bounds on the right side. Choiniere inbounded the ball, feeding it into the box by delivering one of her signature flip throw-ins. Graham was ready and waiting, connecting on a header inside the right post, to put RIC back on top. USM could not answer in the closing minutes despite an offensive surge. With a goal and an assist in victory, Choiniere is now tied with Smith atop the RIC record books for points in a season with 38 after Smith also got her 10th assist of the season in the game. The Anchorwomen traveled to Lasell College for their final non-conference matchup of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 26. RIC will round out the regular season by hosting LEC rival UMass Boston on Saturday, Oct. 30.
slipped on the play. The Anchormen would strike again only three minutes later on another unassisted goal, this time by junior Bruno Costa on a 12-yard shot after a turnover in the box by the Huskies. With his fifth goal of the season, Costa is now tied for seventh in the LEC and fourth in scoring for the Anchormen. RIC junior midfielder Hector Espildora Fortuno collected his LEC leading sixth assist in the 31st minute of the first period when he connected with Patriarca on a 10-yard quick counter shot. Patriarca’s second goal of the game would be just enough to keep the Huskies from coming back. The goal would also be Patriarca’s sixth of the season, tying him with Espildora Fortuno for most goals on the team. The Anchormen are loaded with superior snipers, boasting four players with five or more goals this year, including Espildora Fortuno, Patriarca, Costa and senior Jose Ruiz. Shortly after the start of the second period, the Huskies made a good effort to come back after weathering the early storm.. After breaking the shutout, the Huskies would strike again during the 79th minute of the second period. This time it was Huskies senior Peter McHugh collecting his fourth goal of the season after a rebound.
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USM junior Jeff Soules would be credited with an assist on the play. The Anchormen would be able to hold on after the brief Husky comeback to win the match in regulation. RIC junior goalkeeper Nic Clark picked up the victory in net, finishing the contest with three saves. Kreps, who took the loss for USM, was credited with four saves. RIC held a 12-10 margin in shots and a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. RIC hosted Johnson & Wales on Tuesday, Oct. 26. It was the final non-conference game for the Anchormen this season. It also was Senior Day and RIC seniors Louis Tavares and Corey Carvalho were honored in a special pre-game ceremony.
Box Score University of Southern Maine 2 Rhode Island College 3 14:10 RIC Mike Patriarca (5) unassisted
14:47 RIC Bruno Costa (5) unassisted
31:25 RIC Mike Patriarca (6) Hector Espildora 56:30 USM Matt Powers (1) Nick Johnson 79:12 USM Peter McHugh (4) Jeff Soules
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Week of October 25, 2010
Owls shut out Anchormen at home By AJ Clark Anchor Sports Writer
Despite holding a man advantage for the final 20 minutes of the contest, the Rhode Island College men’s soccer team was unable to overcome a one-goal deficit, falling 1-0, at the hands of non-conference opponent Westfield State University at home last Wednesday. The Anchormen were unable to beat the Owl’s junior goalkeeper Jeff Pepoli in the closing minutes of the second half after a red card assessed to Owl junior midfielder Kyle Yelin put RIC a man up for the remainder of the game. The loss marks the third straight game in which the Anchormen have failed to come away with a victory (0-2-1). with three games remaining in the regular season, including two against Little
East Conference opponents, the Anchormen will be battling for home field advantage in the LEC tournament. RIC (8-5-1, 3-1-1 LEC) outshot Westfield State (11-3, 4-1 MASCAC) by a 26-9 margin, but were only able to put eight of those shots on goal. Pepoli recorded the shutout, his fifth of the season, for the Owls, and played a key part in the game’s only goal. In the 62nd minute, Pepoli blasted a shot over midfield from his own goal, where junior forward Tim Parsons quickly chipped the ball out to sophomore midfielder Jon Principato. Principato raced in toward the goal from the left side and beat RIC junior goalkeeper Nic Clark. Clark took the loss in goal for the Anchormen making four stops. Clark has had an outstanding season between the
posts, allowing fewer than two goals in 11 of his 13 starts this fall. The Anchormen came out of the gate strong; nearly striking with a header by sophomore Mark Butler that just missed the net only a minute into the game. Westfield State responded soon after as a great scoring chance in the 4th minute was quickly cleared away by the Anchormen’s solid defense. The early runs were the only real excitement in the entire first half, as the game went back and forth with neither team holding an advantage in time of possession. No more quality scoring chances came until the closing minutes of the half when RIC applied pressure on Pepoli. In the 41st minute, RIC senior captain Corey Carvalho made a nice run but sailed a shot just wide of the left post. Just two
minutes later, junior forward Bruno Costa showed nice control cruising through Westfield State’s defense, but also blasted a shot off target. The game went into halftime scoreless, with both teams under the impression that whoever scored first would pick up the victory. All hope appeared lost for the Anchormen after Principato’s marker in the 62nd minute, but they caught a huge break soon after with Yelin’s red card. RIC senior midfielder Jose Ruiz pushed downfield to take a shot on goal, but was taken down by Yelin before he could pull the trigger in the 70th minute. RIC had a number of chances to drive an equalizer home with the man advantage. The best chance came in the final 10 minutes when Ruiz was robbed from point blank range by Pepoli. Moments later, Ruiz
Box Score Westfield State 2 Rhode Island College 3 61:13 WES Jon Principato (2) Tim Parsons; Jeff Pepoli barely missed a header that flew only a couple feet wide of the net. When the clock struck zero, RIC suffered just their first regulation time loss since Sept. 4th. With just three games left until the LEC Tournament, the Anchormen need to pick up some wins in order to obtain home-field advantage in the first round of the Tournament. If they can bring the same energy that they showed in the last 15 minutes against Westfield State, then RIC should be in good shape to make a deep run in the postseason.
RIC golf finishes 26th at NEIGA Championships By Philip Brodeur Anchor Sports Writer
The Rhode Island College men’s golf team competed in one of their biggest tournaments of the fall season; the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championship on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 18 and 19. The NEIGA has been in existence since 1934 and includes 44 member colleges and universities in New England and is considered to be the oldest and largest college golf tournament. It is unique in that Divisions I, II and III test their mettle in a two-day tournament. This year’s NEIGA’s played at Captains Country Club in Brewster, Massachusetts, came down to the wire between two Division I powerhouse programs, the University of Rhode Island and the University of Connecticut. URI posted a two-day combined team score of 585 (+9) for the entire tournament. The Ram’s impressive effort was good enough for a one shot victory, over UCONN,
which carded 586 (+10) in the two-day event. URI has now won the NEIGA’s 11 of the past 13 years. UCONN junior Adam
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RIC senior Derek Jensen.
Vaccari defeated Central Connecticut State University junior Kevin Josephson on the second playoff hole to finish as the individual medalist with a score of 143 (-1) over the 36-hole tournament. RIC placed 26th out of 37 competing teams with a combined team score of 659 (+83). Last year, the Anchormen recorded their best finish in program history at the NEIGA’s placing 19th out of 39 teams. RIC senior Derek Jensen and sophomore standout Kyle Harper led the Anchormen’s efforts in this year’s NEIGAs as both fired 164 (+20) in their respective 36 holes. The pair tied for 101st out of the 184 golfers in this year’s field. Harper has had an outstanding fall season, emerging as the Anchormen’s most consistent golfer. RIC senior Bryan Picinisco tied for 119th at 167 (+23). Sophomore Kyle Garcia tied for 142nd at 171 (+27), while freshman Joe Fioramonti tied for 148th with a score of 173 (+29). The Anchormen were hop-
ing for a better finish in the tournament, but they cannot be completely dissatisfied with the results considering that 15 of the 37 teams that competed were either Division I or II squads. As the leaves change color and fall off the trees, the RIC fall golf season begins to wind down. The final match of the Anchormen’s season is perhaps the most anticipated: the GNAC Alliance Championships, a two-day tournament that will begin on Saturday, Oct. 30. RIC will be looking to capture their first GNAC Conference Championship in program history after finishing second last year, when they host this year’s event at Triggs Memorial Golf Course. Last year, Picinisco and Jensen were named All-Little East/GNAC, an award they will look to garner once again in their senior year. Harper also came away with the Rookie of the Year Award and was also named to the All-Rookie Team last season.
76th Annual NEIGA Championship Results 1 Rhode Island
3 Central Connecticut State 593 +17
4 Holy Cross
5 Bryant University 611 +35
6 Husson University 613 +37
7 St. Anselm College 617 +41
Fairfield University 617 +41
9 American International 618 +42
10 Post University 622 +46
26 Rhode Island College 659 +83
Week of October 25, 2010
Graham’s late goal lifts Anchorwomen over Huskies By Daniel Charest Anchor Sports Writer
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RIC freshman midfielder Jessica Graham battles for position.
University of Southern Maine sophomore forward Cathy Wise drove home an equalizer in the 80th minute, but Rhode Island College freshman midfielder Jessica Graham directed home her seventh goal in the season off a header in the 82nd minute to secure a critical 2-1 Little East Conference victory at home for the women’s soccer team last Saturday. With the win, the Anchorwomen (9-6, 2-4 LEC) climb into a three-way tie with Southern Maine (4-13, 2-4 LEC) and Plymouth State (7-9, 2-4 LEC) for fifth place in the Little East Conference. All three teams
stand just three points behind UMass Boston (10-4-3, 3-3 LEC) for fourth place. The Anchorwomen, who host UMass Boston next Saturday in their regular season finale, remain in contention to earn the Little East Championship Tournament’s fourth seed and home field advantage in first round play. “The wins are never easy and we had to work for everything today. Our young players were getting on the job training and it was an amazing win,” said head coach Mike Koperda following the showdown with USM. RIC didn’t mess around coming out of the gate. Junior See HUSKIES Page 26
Anchormen ice Tufts, remain unbeaten By Jack Adamo Anchor Sports Writer
The Rhode Island College Hockey Team had only one game last weekend, taking extra time to sharpen their focus on as divisional opponent Tufts University, which came to town on Saturday, Oct. 23. The Anchormen looked to extend their unbeaten streak to three games against a Jumbos squad, which came into the contest on a high note after a huge win over Coast Guard the previous night. RIC came out of the gate on fire early and battled their way to a 6-3 win improving their record on the season to 3-0. The first period, which had in both previous games proved to be an uneventful period as RIC had yet to net a single goal, turned around and provided the majority of action for Saturday night’s contest. The Anchormen jumped on the board; first on a goal by the freshman star Ryan Martins off an assist from Larry Anthony and captain Greg Dicomitis. Tufts answered quickly
of a broken play in front of the RIC net, as Jimmy Matthews slipped home the lose rebound. Moments later Tufts would add another one by Sean O’Loughlin to go up 2-1 not even 10 minutes into the game. RIC’s first period was far from over, though, as Kyle Short netted his first of the season off of a pass from Martins to even the score up a 2-2. In the closing moments of the first period, RIC’s captain Dicomitis got hot, netting his first of what would prove to be yet another hat trick. Eight seconds after Dicomitis’ first goal, Martins added his second of the contest. The freshman product from Lincoln High School has proven his weight in gold already this year with seven goals and almost as many assists in just three games. Leading 4-2, it seemed the Anchormen would end the period and head into the second with a two goal lead, but the red hot Dicomitis wasn’t done, as he fired a shot from the top of the offensive zone between the Tufts net minder’s legs for a
goal with one second remaining on the clock. The Anchormen ended the first period up 5-2. An uneventful second period gave way to a third period that kept the game’s pace, as both teams added another goal to their totals. Dicomitis finished his hat trick with yet another unassisted effort. Tufts would add another in the middle of the period and the remainder of the game would be scoreless, end-
ing as a 6-3 final. The Anchormen improved to 3-0 on the year with the victory and remain in first place in the Colonial South Division. RIC returns to action on Halloween weekend as they travel to Holy Cross on Friday, Oct. 29 and then host Castleton State on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. at the Black Stone Valley Sports Center.
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Captain Greg Dicomitis celebrates one of his goals Saturday night against Tufts. Dicomitis had three goals in the RIC win.
Men’s soccer secures LEC playoff berth By Ethan James Anchor Sports Writer
The Rhode Island College men’s soccer team squared off against the University of Southern Maine Huskies on a cool, breezy afternoon in Gorham, Maine last Saturday. The Anchormen struck for three early goals and that would prove to be enough to ward off a strong second half by the Huskies, leading to a 3-2 win. With the victory, the Anchormen locked up one of four spots in the upcoming 2010 Little East Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament. It also stopped a three-match winless (0-2-1) skid. The Anchormen came into the game tied for second place in the Little East Conference and remained in that stalemate after Eastern Connecticut defeated UMass Dartmouth. The Anchormen improved to 9-5-1 (4-1-1 LEC) with just two games remaining in the regular season. With the loss, Southern Maine falls to 4-10-2 (3-3 LEC). The Anchormen started off extremely strong, netting three straight goals in eight shots during the first period, while the Huskies only managed two shots the entire period. The first goal, which was netted by RIC junior forward Mike Patriarca was scored unassisted on a long deep shot after USM senior goalkeeper David Kreps See MAINE Page 26