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RIC hires new police chief Examining Campus Crime Part III The Anchor is conducting a four-part, in-depth series on campus safety at Rhode Island College. In this week’s Part III, we profiled RIC’s new director of security and safety and chief of Campus Police, Fred Ghio. By Nicholas J. Lima Next week, The Anchor will inAnchor Editor vestigate the prospect of arming police officers on campus. Sitting in an office adorned with commendations from his career with the FBI, new Campus Police Chief Fred Ghio said he finally feels relaxed and confident in his latest role in law enforcement. Given his background, there’s no reason he shouldn’t feel that way. Ghio, who came to Rhode Island College to serve as deputy chief and assistant director of security and safety in June 2006, spent the previous 26 years fulfilling various roles with the FBI. The 59-year-old officially took over as chief on Sept. 20, after serving for over a year as interim chief. His predecessor, Chief Cyrille Cote, worked for Campus Police for 18 years before retiring in August 2010. “I feel a lot better now having the job,” said Ghio, who as interim chief presided over one of the largest replacement programs of the force’s equipment in department history. Like CCRI and URI, Campus Police’s 18 officers are
all sworn, having full arrest power and training via the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy. But, unlike other colleges and universities in the state that have sworn personnel, RIC’s police force is not supplemented by non-sworn “security officers,” making the department unique among campus security forces in Rhode Island. Ghio’s promotion to chief opens up the position of deputy chief, which will be filled at an undetermined point in the future. The department has also had a perennial opening at the position of captain, and lacks dispatchers, which Ghio cites as one of the issues he would like to address as the new department head. Presently, the dispatch role is fulfilled by one of the department’s four lieutenants, who are essentially stuck in the station, located in Browne Hall, to answer phones and radio traffic, and cannot directly venture out to supervise the officers on duty. While filling open positions remains a priority for Ghio, he said he’s proud of the department’s acquisition of new equipment over the last year, including a $50,000 upgrade to the radio system, an increase from 19 to 39 Blue Light emergency phones on campus and the replacement of the department’s fleet of patrol cars, which now number six and will continue to be upgraded incrementally on an annual basis. By next spring, he said the cars will feature new laptops and reporting systems connected to statewide law-enforcement networks. As part of the upgrade, the college has adorned the department’s equipment and vehicles with flashy new logos, provided new uniforms for officers and acquired police bicycles, which were donated by the Lincoln Police Department. Even the station, which, as Ghio described to The Anchor last year, was “depressing, moldy and full of old rugs,” received a face lift, including flat-screen monitors and a new dispatch desk. As interim director of the department, Ghio oversaw the planning and implementation of a major regional emergency response exercise on campus, Operation Education Safe Haven – the first in RIC’s history. The exercise included three events: a conference with various collegiate law enforcement agencies from across the Northeast, as well as Virginia Tech, a table-top emergency response exercise and, most recently, an on-campus, active-shooter response exercise involving multiple law enforcement agencies, including Providence police, Rhode Island state police, FEMA and the FBI. While local law enforcement arrived at the exercise 2-3 minutes after the initial reporting of simulated violence at RIC, Campus Police were on the scene “in seconds,” Ghio said, which is a problem considering Campus Police officers cannot carry firearms on duty. “Two to three minutes in a gunfight is an eternity,” Ghio said, making the case for arming his Campus Police force. While the exercise only involved the activation of the campus’s emergency notification system and an isolated area of East Campus, a real emergency event would include locking down the entire campus, including requiring students in the residence halls to remain in their rooms with their doors locked, Ghio said. If students were registered as part of the campus emergency response network, they received a text message alert during the exercise, however enrollment in the system is not mandatory. “A lot of students have not opted into the program, which is not a good thing,” Ghio said. Emergencies at RIC are also announced on the college’s website, through email blasts and via loudspeakers placed on every Blue Light emergency phone. At Providence College, where a similar program is enabled,
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students are automatically enrolled in the text-message system and must sign a waiver to opt out. The exercise, which took 18 months to plan, was coordinated closely with and paid for by FEMA, and had no out-of-pocket costs to RIC, Ghio said. An after-action report by the exercise’s design team will be released soon, recommending changes to Campus Police’s operation to best deal with an on-campus crisis. Ghio said he’d like to stay at RIC for at least another six or seven years before retiring. The new chief, who has a plaque in his office citing his “outstanding service and dedication to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, April 6, 1980 – June 3, 2006,” said he’s literally leapt from one job to another throughout his career, retiring from the FBI on a Friday and starting at RIC the following Monday. After attending St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, Conn., his hometown, Ghio graduated with a degree in history from Holy Cross in 1974, having been active in the Navy ROTC program. He served as a naval officer from when he graduated until 1980, including time spent on a destroyer and as a teacher for the officer candidate school at Naval Station Newport. Ghio switched from his naval service to the FBI on “almost the same day,” he said, resigning his commission as a lieutenant commander and starting his FBI career immediately thereafter. He became a special agent in the FBI, initially assigned to organized crime units in Providence. He served in that capacity until 2001, including a 12-year stint specializing in a narcotics task force. After Sept. 11, the FBI reassigned Ghio to counterterrorism, where he mostly worked in overseeing anti-terrorism operations at T. F. Green Airport. “Counter-terrorism is almost like organized crime,” Ghio said. “It’s about getting people to talk to you, overseeing informants, gathering intelligence… they’re all very similar ways in dealing with cases.” He has been married for 36 years and has three daughters, two of whom are special education teachers. All three graduated from PC. One, a physician’s assistant, lives “six doors down from [New England Patriots’ quarterback] Tom Brady’s condo,” said the proud father and avid local sports fan. Ghio said he has always envisioned a career in public service. “I knew what I wanted to do in my life at an early age,” said Ghio, whose father was a deputy fire chief. “My wife says I was an old man at 10 years old,” he said. “It was amazing, really, that what I thought about being growing up actually happened.” Ghio said he’s not only happy with his new job as chief, but also with the support he’s received from the college administration. “President Carriuolo and Vice President Gearhart have been tremendous in anything we need here,” he said. The administration couldn’t be happier to have a law enforcement veteran like Ghio heading up RIC’s security and safety department, either. “I found Fred to be a competent, dedicated professional who brought to the position what I consider to be the appropriate balance of public safety and law enforcement experience,” said William Gearhart, vice president for administration and finance, in an email. He continued, “His many years as an FBI agent in Rhode Island provided him with a strong working knowledge of local, state and federal law-enforcement operations and with many personal contacts with
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The Occupy movement officially arrives at RIC
Last Wednesday, several students met in front of Adams Library as a part of “Occupy RIC.” Throughout the week they hung signs in front of Gaige Hall, on the trees next to the Donovan By Timothy Hordern Dining Center, and on the Anchor Staff Writer wall in front of the library. Most simply say “Occupy RIC” in bright colors while others pose a question, like “Why Occupy?” Their chalk writings are scrawled out in front of Gaige Hall, as well as on the SU wall facing the quad. There are many references to the “one percent.” Others denounce the RIC tuition increase next year, with one wall reading “why Brown was exempted but not RIC?” The Anchor interviewed several members of Occupy RIC about their organization. They chose to go by alias names (John, Fellow Worker, Jane, and C.S.): Anchor: What made you want to join Occupy RIC? John: I am still part of the Occupy Providence. The reason I came here to RIC was because I was talking to a few students and not many knew about Occupy Providence or anything about the world movement. So I came here for education purposes and to grow the movement here at
RIC. C.S.: I wanted to join because I wanted to see some justice for the 99 percent. Fellow Worker: Well I wanted to join because I have been organizing in Providence for a few years and have made a personal goal to rally against capitalism, profiteering and cutthroat businesses on the global and local level. I don’t like to see college students working 40 hours a week and going full time to college just because they cannot afford tuition. C.S.: Learning should not be what some people get. It should be a right that everyone has. It’s like to get in, you have to fit in a box. Fellow Worker: Exactly, to get to college, you have to meet their requirements of a certain gender, race, religious afflation, social level. AN: Do you have any affiliation with Occupy Providence? John: Yes, I do. Fellow Worker: Yes and no, I more of just support the cause. C.S.: No I just support the cause. Jane: I support the cause, but I would affiliate myself more with the Occupy Boston group. AN: Do you, as a group, have any goals for the future?
John: I have a personal goal for how the country should go. But I wanted to be part of a movement that would help change the structure of the country. I do not want a specific goal because then you must meet it. More pressure on the movement. Fellow Worker: No, not at all. We don’t want to have a goal. Jane: The goals are of the people here. The collective group. C.S.: I will have to agree with them, there is no specific goal. AN: What do you hope to accomplish with this movement? Fellow Worker: It is based on the individual. This movement has a level of antimony and anonymity. It is a leaderless movement. We don’t want the group to look to a leader because each person can make their own decision and choice for why they are here. C.S.: We don’t want people blindly following someone in power. That is what got us into this mess in the first place. Jane: We are a group of leaders in this movement. Fellow Worker: I would like to compare it to the Spartacus Revolution. Everyone who partakes in it is accountable for the leadership and actions.
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Trends of the young voting demographic
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This year’s presidential election season has given the political junkie much to talk about, where candidates have demonstrated their ignorance of issues ranging from the effects of the HPV vaccine to the status of China’s nuclear agenda. There have been controversial campaign ads, and a sexual harassment scandal. The 2012 campaign has been nothing less than lively and entertaining. Many potential voters have been fed up with the By Hillary Costa activity. Specifically, our generation’s voting demographic has Anchor News Writer shown disgust with recent developments and candidate actions in the current campaign season. In the coming new year, President Obama will look to appeal to this demographic in an area where they are hurting most – student debt. As featured in last week’s issue of The Anchor, Obama has been working in tandem with the Department of Education’s Arne Duncan to revise and enact a plan that will lessen the burden of student debt. One of the biggest credits to Obama’s win in 2008 was due to the Millennial generation’s vote, proving that contrary to popular belief, every vote does matter and can make a significant impact in an election. The millennial generation is a label for the age group of 18-30 year olds – an era of voters who have been hard to come by at the polls on Election Day. During the 2007-2008 campaign years, 58 percent of the millennial voters leaned Democrat. However, after recent economic troubles, fewer young voters are leaning Democrat in this current campaign season. In last week’s issue of TIME, it was shown that only 13 percent – compared to 28 percent four years ago – have given a lot of thought to this year’s election. Furthermore, the percent of millennials that actually care about who is elected President of their country has dropped about 12 percent. Movements outside the mainstream, such as the Tea Party and Occupy movement, have become the outlet for some 18-30 year olds in expressing political frustration. The Occupy movement has done more than just shift the efforts of participatory democracy; it has shifted some of the millennial demographics’ party affiliation and support. Independent candidates, such as Ron Paul, have been able to attract supporters on all sides of the political spectrum. It remains to be seen if our own Independent governor, Lincoln Chaffee, will find new supporters among these young political reformers. – Statistical data in this article can be found at CNN.com, as well as in last week’s issue of TIME in an article titled,” The New Generation Gap.”
ENTRIES FROM THE CAMPUS POLICE LOGS FROM Nov. 2 – Nov. 9
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THEFT—Motor Vehicle Theft—8:47 p.m. Location: PARKING LOT B Summary: RP (Reporting Party) claims she
ALARMS—FIRE ALARMS—10:45 p.m. Location: BLD 18 — ART CENTER Summary: Report of a Fire Emergency in the Art Center, called in by female student.
ADMINISTRATION—Maintenance for Campus Buildings—5:10 p.m. Locations: PARKING LOT L Summary: RP advised officer that hydrant at the back of L lot in the field has once again opened and is spitting water, has been this way for over a week.
to locate her vehicle
VANDALISM—Vandalism to Auto—9:35pm Location: PARKING LOT B Summary: RP, via the blue light phones of B Lot, reports his car broken into. VANDALISM—Vandalism to Auto—10:37 p.m. Location: LIBRARY ROAD WEST Summary: Reports someone broke into his vehicle, smashed the window...tossed the car. NOVEMBER 3 ADMINISTRATION—MISCELLENIOUS INCIDENTS—10:00 p.m. Location: BLD 38 HORACE MANN Summary: Dr. Rowell called to report an incident that took place earlier in the evening. She stated that she observed an unknown subject coming out of Dr. Henshaw’s office after she heard noises coming from inside. The subject fled the building after Dr. Rowell attempted to get a look at the person’s face. No
NOVEMBER 6 DISORDERLY—Disorderly Conduct—1:46 a.m. Location: BLD 33 DAVID E SWEET RESIDENT HALL Summary: Unruly persons in front of buildings believed to be nonstudents…possible marijuana involved. OTHER INCIDENT—Suspicious Person—6:30 p.m. Location: CAMPUS POLICE Summary: Student complains about a suspicious person following her. ASSISTS—Check On Welfare—5:33 p.m. Location: BLD 21—JOHN CLARKE SCIENCE Summary: Report of disoriented elderly female. NOVEMBER 7 ASSISTS—Check On Welfare—5:33 p.m. Location: BLD 21—JOHN CLARKE SCIENCE Summary: Report of disoriented elderly female.
Locations: BLD 19—ALGER HALL Summary: RP claims that it must be 100 classroom, very warm.
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NOVEMBER 9 BUILDINGS (SECURITY)—Open/Unalarmed Buildings—6:46 a.m. Locations: BLD 20—CRAIG LEE HALL Summary: 1st floor classroom found open with a student sitting in the dark using his laptop. Student was told to leave and building secured. ADMINISTRATION—Miscellaneous Incidents—5:35 p.m. Location: CAMPUS POLICE Summary: RP claims that someone has hung out a sheet/blanket sign on Gaige Hall.
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Nuclear physicist speaks at RIC Your World What’s happening around the globe
Who is Greece’s new premier? As Greece attempts to fend off debt troubles that continue to threaten global markets, the man chosen to lead the country’s new government is an economist who’s been advising the outgoing premier for the last two years. Lucas Papademos, 64, a former banker and European Central Bank vice president, is scheduled to be sworn in as the new Greek prime minister at 2 p.m. Friday. The move marks a shift toward what many believe to be a more technocratic government – one that is made up primarily of experts rather than politicians. Will Bangkok’s flood defenses protect its heart? The commercial heart of Thailand’s capital is still at risk of flooding, with the next 10 days likely to be crucial in the battle to keep dry. So far the Central Business District, or CBD, has been shielded by a series of flood defenses backed up by huge pumps which suck the floodwater seeping down from the north of the city into the canals. From here the water is funneled into the main Chao Phraya River, where officials say it then fans out toward the sea. Floods in Thailand have killed more than 500 people since July, affecting about a third of the nation’s 77 provinces. The country of 67 million is also home to electronics manufacturing and automotive companies that have had to stop production because of the flooding, causing a ripple effect through the industry. Soldier accused of murdering Afghans Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs is a world away from the tiny, sun-baked Afghan villages he is accused of terrorizing as the leader of what prosecutors call a rogue group of soldiers that targeted civilians. Gibbs is the highest-ranking of five soldiers accused of murdering Afghan villagers, planting weapons on them and cutting body parts off to keep as grisly war trophies. Seven other soldiers were also charged with lesser crimes such as intimidating a fellow soldier not to speak out against the platoon’s alleged killings and rampant illegal drug use. Clashes continue in Syria Clashes continued in Syria Thursday leading to at least eight deaths, an opposition group said. In Idlib, five people were killed in clashes with security forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. In one clash, four army soldiers were killed by gunmen who stormed a security checkpoint. In Homs, three people were killed, the organization said. More than 3,500 Syrians have been killed since the government crackdown on protesters started in mid-March, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights estimated. Major league catcher kidnapped in Venezuela Venezuelan federal authorities on Thursday dispatched their “best investigators” to track the kidnappers of Major League Baseball catcher Wilson Ramos, the country’s justice minister said. Ramos, a rising star for the Washington Nationals, was snatched from his family home in central Venezuela by gunmen Wednesday night, a team spokeswoman said. The U.S. State Department has warned of the increasing cases of kidnappings in Venezuela. In 2009, the number of reported kidnappings in the country doubled from the previous year, and police admit that many cases don’t get reported. Ramos has since been rescued. Wal-Mart unveils Black Friday circular They may as well call it Black Thursday. Joining a slew of other national retailers, Wal-Mart said it too will open its doors nationwide on Thanksgiving night. “Our customers told us they would rather stay up late to shop than get up early, so we’re going to hold special events on Thanksgiving and Black Friday,” Duncan Mac Naughton, Wal-Mart’s chief merchandising officer, U.S., said in a statement. Last year, Black Friday sales totaled $11.8 billion, according to a report by research firm IBISWorld. This year, sales are expected to increase by only 1.2 percent to just under $12 billion.
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Rhode Island College hosted the 16th Annual Richard K. Gehrenbeck Memorial By Justin Goslant Lecture on Anchor News Writer Nov. 10. Gehrenbeck dedicated 22 years of his life to the science department at RIC. The special guest speaker this year was Paul Lisowski, owner of Advanced Nuclear Sciences, which consults on nuclear science with agencies such as the Department of Energy. Lisowski worked at Los Alamos, and now works for the DoE as the deputy assistant secretary for fuel management in the Office of Nuclear Energy. Lisowski opened his lecture with a graph displaying a correlation between a nation’s energy consumption and standards of living. The correlation showed that the more energy consumed by a nation, the higher its standard of living is. Just over half of this energy comes from high carbon-emitting sources like coal and oil. Lisowski is not a climatologist. However, having read about the subject, and with nine-tenths of the literature and scientists concluding it’s likely that carbon is the cause of global warming, Lisowski has agreed with these conclusions. With this in mind, there needs to be a way to meet the world’s current and future energy demands without being detrimental to life as we know it. According to Lisowski, the answer is simple: nuclear energy. Nuclear energy can deliver about a million times more energy with about a hundred times less waste than other high carbon-emitting sources. The entire U.S. consumption of nuclear waste, for the 50 years the technology has been in use, would only fill a football field 15 feet high, or around 2,000 tons of waste. Compare that with 120 million tons of solid waste and two gigatons of carbon emissions annually. Supporters say the safety risks are
fairly minimal, as well. Radiation exposure from smoking a pack and-a-half of cigarettes is greater than the exposure limit in nuclear facilities. The danger of nuclear power plants comes from meltdowns and chemical explosions. Usually, nuclear byproducts are dispersed by an explosion, and some of these can be toxic or radioactive. Some of the material, like cesium, is dangerous, and too much exposure can be fatal. However, it is easy to detect, and can be scooped off the surface of the ground. Other exposures are also limited in their hazards. The U.S. also has the best nuclear regulatory commission in the world, and there have been no fatalities in the U.S. nuclear industry in any sector. There are 443 operational nuclear plants worldwide. France produces 75 percent of its energy from nuclear power. The U.S. produces 20 percent of its power from nuclear energy, with over 100 reactors. Nuclear power is about as expensive to run as most other plants today. However, the startup and construction costs of new reactors can be expensive. French reactors all share a standard design, which helped to lower the costs, while the U.S. has a different design for nearly every reactor. The U.S. does not even have the capability to construct all the parts of a new nuclear plant, and would have to order them from overseas. Mining uranium and enriching it with the required 5 percent uranium-235 can supply the world with energy for a century. If more advanced reactors are used, the number jumps to 5,000 years. If fissile material were to be taken from the oceans, as it occurs at 2-3 parts per billion, nuclear energy could last millions of years. If the advanced reactors are powered with closed-loop cycles that can reuse spent fuel and fission other elements as well – like in fast reactors – combined with ocean mining, there is enough nuclear material to supply the entire Earth with energy for 5 billion years. That’s one billion years longer than the sun’s life expectancy.
The Anchor 7 Acclaimed author of “Little Women and Me” speaks at RIC November 14, 2011
herself into the “Little Women” world. It’s a modern twist on the classic. The story follows Emily as she “attempts to bring a little justice to the March sisters.” As the story progresses, it is not the March sisters, but Emily who undergoes major changes. “I enjoyed writing and playing with this well-known story,” said Logsted, who originally found inspiration after her daughter had read the novel. She explained that her daughter, after reading the novel for the first time, had not thought that “Beth’s ending was right,” and that perhaps Laurie might have “ended up with the wrong sister.” Logsted then realized that she needed to rewrite it. For those who are not familiar with “Little Women,” it will not hinder your reading of this novel. “I follow the original story for the most part, although there are deliberate changes,” Logsted said. “Readers who
have not read ‘Little Women’ will be able to follow the story, but those who have will get a richer experience.” ASTAL holds events like these throughout the year, attended by students, alumni and faculty. Some events, like the recent Book Bash, will sometimes have several authors who meet and discuss with students interested in adolescent literature. “Students who have attended our events always tell me how much they value this opportunity to hear published authors read from their works and discuss literature with them,” said Jean Brown, a RIC professor and ASTAL chair. ASTAL will hold another event in February 2012 to launch Emily Danforth’s novel “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.” Prof. Danforth is a new addition to RIC’s English department, who holds a Ph.D. in English-creative writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Last Tuesda,y Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of “Crazy Beautiful” and “The Thin Pink Line,” came to RHode Island College to discuss her novel, “Little Women and Me.” The event was sponBy Nicole Leonard sored by The Alliance for the News Editor Study and Teaching of Adolescent Literature (ASTAL), who hold several events during the year to promote the reading of adolescent literature. “Little Women and Me” uses Louisa May Alcott’s coming of age novel “Little Women.” Alcott was the wealthiest women author of her time, making more than contemporaries like Hawthorne, Emerson and Melville. Logsted’s novel follows Emily, a 13-year-old who is tired of being the “ignored middle child” and immerses
News to you Fanonian practices and contemporary relevance Guest speaker Nigel Gibson visited RIC on Nov. 10 to deliver a discussion on influential writer, postcolonial philosopher, psychologist and revolutionary Frantz Fanon. Gibson is the director By Justin Goslant of the honors program at Anchor News Writer Emerson College, as well as a Fanonian Scholar and noted author. He began with a brief overview and introduction of Frantz Fanon. Fanon was born in Martinique and later joined the Algerian movement for independence from France. He believed in equality, and a democratic, secular Algeria. In resisting oppression, he believed violence was necessary. Gibson said that Fanon, dead for around 50 years, is still widely read and influential throughout different regions of the world. To Fanon, it was cathartic for oppressed people to revolt and express their anger. He thought that “without releasing this anger, the populace may always feel regret at never having reacted, and thus never purging themselves of the brutalization felt under an unjust government.” Violence, along with anger and hatred, serves as “fuel for a revolt,” but actual ideas for change and “a new philosophy sustain it.” Gibson explained that concepts such as these stem from
not only being exposed to the racism and brutality of French Algeria and World War II, but also from Fanon’s training in psychology. He believed that psychology and society were interconnected. Fanon wrote extensively on the subject in books like “Wretched of the Earth,” and helped influence other leaders and movements in Black America, including black power, black consciousness, Malcolm X and the Black Panthers. Gibson also noted that Fanon’s ideas may have played a role in the recent Arab Spring and ongoing movements throughout Africa. In the Arab Spring, peoples in the Middle East and in surrounding countries have risen up en masse against oppressive regimes. Fanon reflected on the long-term impacts of these movements. “As soon as a regime is toppled, new problems begin to arise like corruption,” he said. “Eventually, again this corruption may grow and need to be purged from society.” Gibson gave the example of the “Shack Dweller’s” movement in South Africa. The website
officials throughout the region.” Gearhart said that Ghio’s background, combined with his experience at RIC, made him the ideal candidate to take on the role of police chief. “I would expect that Fred will continue to take an innovative approach to ensure that the department functions in the best possible fashion to accommodate the college’s security, safety and law-enforcement needs,” he said. Athletic Director Don Tencher, who has taken an expanded role at RIC
Abahlali.org explains that it “…is a movement of the poor that struggles to protect, promote and advance the dignity of the poor in South Africa. One of our roles is to bring the government to the people and the people to the government.” With this strategy, members work on a local level to “fix local problems, but they do this across the country.” The issues they wish to fix vary from large governmental problems to simply improving housing and living conditions. Fanon’s theories provide a paradigm for understanding cycles of oppression and revolution.
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in overseeing Campus Police and the college’s facilities and operations department, likewise had nothing but praise for the college’s new security and safety director. “Fred is a very capable law enforcement administrator who brings many strengths to the table here at RIC,” Tencher said. “I am confident that he can provide the leadership that we will rely on as we strive for continued excellence with our Campus Police department and a campus that is safe for all.”
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November 14, 2011
The gang that couldn’t shoot straight: The GOP primary circus By Robert Santurri Jr.
Rick Perry’s blunder in Anchor Columnist last Wednesday’s debate was an additional footnote in a race that has seen candidates rise and fall faster than the stock market in a given week. For those who did not catch the debate, Rick Perry struggled to name the third agency he would cut if elected president and eventually ended his statement with “oops.” Minutes later, Perry noted that he meant to say the Department of Energy but the damage was already done. Perry’s gaffe certainly did him no favors as he struggles to stay relevant while competing with front-runners Herman Cain and Mitt Romney. It was not so long ago that Perry himself jumped into the race and quickly became the leader of the pack. However, the defense against the dark arts position at Hogwarts seems easier to fill at this point than the position of GOP front-runner, as seven different candidates have led the race at one point or another. Current GOP front-runner Herman Cain has also found himself in trouble recently, after being hit with sexual harassment claims by four women. Cain certainly did himself no favors either at last Wednesday’s debate when he called House of Representatives’ Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi “Princess Nancy.” Cain later stated he regretted the remark. Cain’s troubles have also continued on the policy front, since he has received criticism for his remarks on everything from immigration to Muslims to economic policy. His 9-9-9 plan has received criticism from economists across the ideological spectrum. Meanwhile, his comments that he would not appoint a Muslim to his cabinet and that communities have the right to ban Mosques has certainly
not helped his campaign. There is also former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who seems more unwanted in the GOP race at this point than an invitation to be on “Maury” or “Jerry Springer.” Despite the rise and fall of several different candidates, Romney has maintained about the same percentage points (20 percent range) and has tried to make inroads with the GOP base. However, in doing so, Romney has taken several positions which not only contradict stances he formerly held but also alienates himself from independents. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who once led in the polls, also remains in the race and has made several comments for which she has received criticism. This includes her comment that getting rid of the federal minimum wage would “virtually wipe out unemployment.” Bachmann has also suggested that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was dangerous after describing an encounter where a young woman from Florida suffered from mental retardation after being injected with the vaccine. Bachmann’s comments were quickly rejected by the medical community and scientists. Former Pennsylvania Governor Rick Santorum also remains in the race and continues to be popular among many social conservatives for some of his comments. Santorum not only opposes same-sex marriage but also opposes the adoption of children by same-sex couples. Santorum has also spoken in favor of sodomy laws, which were struck down in the 2003 Supreme Court decision Lawrence v. Texas. There is also Newt Gingrich, who has more baggage in his personal life than T.F. Green Airport after cheating on two of his now-ex wives, and claiming this year in an
interview how it was “partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.” It would be extremely interesting to me if the Tea Party turned to Gingrich for their hopes in 2012, considering how Gingrich is the definition of an establishment Republican. Gingrich’s other major problem is his inability to differentiate himself from other candidates despite fairly strong showings in the debates thus far. Rounding out the group, we have Ron Paul, who has maintained about a 10 percent showing in the polls, and whose domestic policy can be summed up as leaving things up to the states. There is also former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson, who has not been invited to many of the debates. Finally, there is former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who seems out of place in the GOP primary due to some of his more moderate stances and is polling about one percent. I believe the major GOP candidates will continue to alienate themselves away from more moderate voters when they continue to take more extreme policy positions to appease the base. Despite losing in polls to a “generic” Republican, President Obama currently leads all GOP candidates in potential race polls. It’s quite clear that with each passing debate, the true winner is President Obama. Robert Santurri Jr. is a junior accounting major with a large interest in politics and economics. He is also a writer and hosts a weekly news show on 90.7 WXIN on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
Decision 2012: Campaign updates and thoughts With Rick Perry’s recent debate debacle, the death of Anchor Columnist Michelle Bachmann’s campaign and the still unfolding sexual harassment saga of Herman Cain, I think Republicans are coming to the sobering realization that they are not going to “get no satisfaction.” Indeed every messiah-like candidate who has come along is now either a distant memory or a pipe dream. Remember Santorum? Does Ron Paul really think he has a chance? As I have mentioned previously in the column, the only candidate who can compete with President Obama is Mitt Romney. According to an average of major national polls compiled by Real Clear Politics, Obama still handily beats the Republican field. Yet, the President’s average margin of victory over Romney is razor thin at just 1.7 percent. Some of the polls actually show an advantage for Romney. At some point, rational choice theory is bound to kick in, at least at the elite-level, from whence the money flows, and Romney is the likely to get the nod. However, the rub for many conservatives is that Romney is far from refreshing. Seriously, he is the former governor of Massachusetts! He was the architect of the state’s health insurance reform law, which subsequently By Jonathan Lamantia
served as a model for what conservatives refer to as “Obama-Care.” His conservative credentials, especially the social ones, might sound genuine, but his career before running for president suggests otherwise. The issue for the party will be holding everyone together. Bluntly put, the party must find a way to keep diehards from making the irrational choice and voting for Ron Paul or Michelle Bachmann. This does not promise to be an easy task in a political climate as polarized and as desperate as the one that will exist throughout the primary and general seasons. Concurrently, the party must motivate non-diehards who are skeptical of Romney to vote in the first place. This lack of support from both groups is dangerous in both the primary and general contests as the party runs the risk of running with a weak support base, but this lack of support is dangerous for another reason altogether in the general election. Consider the case of Ross Perot in 1992. He was able to draw just enough support away from President Bush that Clinton was able to win. Also consider the case of Ted Kennedy in which he and the official Democratic candidate, Jimmy Carter, split the party’s ticket and aided Ronald Reagan’s victory. Just last week, I asked a conservative friend if he would
ever come around to Romney if he were nominated. He told me he would never consider Romney on principle. Normally people like my friend would be no threat, but numbers suggest that candidates like Ron Paul are particularly strong this season. Republicans cannot afford to lose too many votes to the fringe candidates. Then again, it is not as though the president has all that much enthusiasm on his side either. Plus, Romney will mostly tack back to the center, as the President must, and court moderates and independents. As always, this bloc will play a key role on both sides. Essentially both the President and Romney could face weak bases and have to depend on the fluid political loyalties of the middle. Several people have recently asked me what kind of numbers to expect on election night. Considering the potential pitfalls on Romney’s path as well as the President’s, in addition to the nature of the middle bloc, it appears that this election is going to be extremely close. With the first national primary set for Jan. 3, in Iowa, the big show is almost here and it promises to be a good one. I will keep you posted. Jonathan Lamantia is a junior majoring in political science and minoring in philosophy. He considers himself a political realist. He currently resides in Warwick.
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Anchor’s endorsement of Occupy Providence was foolish Last week I had the opportunity to pick up a couple copies of The Anchor. While reading 24 October’s “The Anchor Endorses Occupy Providence,” I vomited in my mouth. Normally, editorials take a stance and explain why the board feels the way it feels. A topic is chosen, a stance taken, and the opinion is backed up with facts and information. After reading the editorial, I still wonder why the paper endorses the movement. The editorial states that the movement’s goals are “unclear.” I guess like the health care bill passed by congress, we have to support it in order to find out what’s in it? The protesters in Oakland, Calif. shut down a shipping port. Nothing says “support the working people” like disrupting their work. Is that what the paper supports? Or is it the clashing with police throughout the cities the protesters have infested? I support the First Amendment whole heartedly; if the editorial had focused on the protesters’ right to be heard, that would have been awesome. If the editorial had focused on one or two of the movement’s goals, that would have been awesome. Instead it appears that someone took a sample of bowel discharge, threw it against a window screen, and what landed on a piece of paper behind it is what the board went with for their editorial. On 6 November, an article written by Zachary A. Goldfarb entitled “Wall Street’s resurgent prosperity frustrates its claims, and Obama’s” ran in the Washington Post. According to Goldfarb, industry data in-
dicates Wall Street firms have “earned more in the first two and a half years of the Obama administration than they did during the eight years of the George W. Bush administration…” Therefore, shouldn’t “Occupy Wall Street” become “Occupy the Lincoln Bedroom?” Now what about the Occupy Providence protesters and their quest against “corporate greed?” Perhaps they can move outside R.I. College’s Media Center. The Anchor has at least 18 stipend positions. That’s a bit excessive. Seriously, what does the “Assistant to the EIC” do? Make the coffee? I hope that is not a stipend position, too. Perhaps in order to show solidarity against corporate greed, and plight of the needy, those who earn stipends will donate the money to a charity for the next couple months. Or, as another idea, maybe the paid members of The Anchor can pool their stipends, buy some food then cook and serve it at a local soup kitchen. It would not be the first time members of The Anchor worked at a soup kitchen. I feel bad writing a letter like this to a paper I love. However, when those at it publish swill, it needs to be called out. Forrester G. Safford The author is a former Executive Editor of The Anchor and a Class of 2005 RIC graduate.
Sex column sensationalism I understand that sensationalism attracts readers and everyone at The Anchor works hard to have a successful paper that everyone on campus will read. You have successfully redesigned the paper and it looks top notch; now I think it’s time for an overhaul of the content. I was genuinely disgusted by the Nov. 7 issue headline: “Clit happens,” from [Anchor Lifestyles Writer] Jacki Carlson. It seems that week after week, Ms. Carlson writes increasingly outrageous articles on sexuality, with each one pushing the envelope well beyond the line of tastefulness. I understand that as an Athena Goddess, Ms. Carlson hopes to increase her sales by writing about the benefits of sex toys and lubricants, but aren’t these articles and her writing style starting to go a bit too far? Every other issue of The Anchor has me looking at pictures of dildos or facts about the nutritional value of a man’s ejaculate. Ms. Carlson is a lifestyles writer, but isn’t there more to
healthy human sexuality than sex toys and vulgarity? A gifted writer doesn’t need to resort to tricks in order to get their points across. I would love for the editors to challenge her to write an article about relationships and sexuality that doesn’t belong on Cinemax at 2 a.m. I have never met Ms. Carlson, and I’m sure she is a very nice young woman, but the fact that she continually writes in this sophomoric and raunchy manner is giving her a persona to match. I am not a prude in any sense of the word, but truthfully these articles are getting over the top and really distasteful. It is possible to write about sex in an adult manner that is both informative and entertaining without the need of using locker room language or subject matter. And, if nothing else, could the editors begin choosing headlines that we all know are not only being used in order to be titillating? Jason Preston The author is a sophomore at RIC.
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Upcoming Student Activities
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Roger Williams Park Restoration Public Meeting When: Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. Where: Casino at Roger Williams Park Cost: Free Event is hosted by the City of Providence and the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program. Contact Robert McMahon at 401-785-9450 for more information.
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Film Screening: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” When: Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8:30 p.m. Where: Horace Mann 193 Cost: Free Sponsored by the Ocean State Film Society and Shoreline.
Annual Fall Walk When: Saturday, Nov. 19 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Where: Neutaconkanut Hill Cost: Suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit nhill.org or email rcfitz2@cox. net
RIC Public Speakers are recruiting Every major at Rhode Island College requires some degree of public speaking. It is a skill that everyone needs and that anyone can benefit from having. This is exactly why the Public Speakers of RIC was created in spring 2011. The club’s mission is “to provide students with the means to focus solely on improving and/or perfecting their public speaking skills By Alexandra Weston in a relaxed environment with their Lifestyles Editor peers.” Robin Soares, the club’s founder and president, is passionate about the subject. She listens to motivational speakers every morning and also sings in a local band. “[The Public Speakers of RIC] is the first of its kind and it’s only for students,” said Soares. “It’s designed for students to feel comfortable among their peers.” Soares welcomes all majors to the
club to practice their public speaking skills. Meetings often begin with breathing and relaxation exercises to put students at ease. During the meeting, each member presents a five to seven minute informative speech. Everyone present will help critique the speeches. The group uses an “um ticker” which counts the number of time a student says “um” in their speech. Constructive criticism is also given on the presenting student’s voice and articulation. The club is growing and they welcome new members who will help them form their agenda. Future goals include bringing guest motivational speakers to campus and trips to off-campus public speaking workshops. Soares said that she’s also looking into a club trip to a conference in Baltimore this spring. The next Public Speakers meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. in Whipple Hall Room 204A. For more information about the club, contact Robin Soares at email@example.com. edu.
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Hannah By Hannah Duffy
Heartbreak with Hannah
Dear Hannah, My best friend’s dog is being put to sleep and she wants me to say goodbye to it. I hate the dog and have no desire to go. How can I put her offer down nicely? – Not a dog lover Not a dog lover, If it really means that much to your friend, don’t just blow it off. If you’re available try to be there for a little while. If not, explain why you can’t and try to do something meaningful. Maybe send a sympathy card or a picture of you and the dog to the family. This shows that you care, but at the same time you don’t have to be there.
If you’re walking on campus between Nov. 13 and Nov. 20, and you happen to notice the silhouettes of people displayed all over, then you have taken part in the week-long Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial. This memorial will comBy Alexandra Weston memorate those killed as Lifestyles Editor a result of “transphobia” or a hatred and/or fear of the transgendered. It is sponsored by the Bachelor School of Social Work (B.S.W.O.) and the student group Helping Others Promote Equality (H.O.P.E.) Victoria Siegel, the president of H.O.P.E., wants to raise awareness of the violence. Siegel said, “These are people just like you and I, and they should not be judged on who they are. Everyone has a right to live their life and should not be harmed for it. ” If you are interested in showing support for the event, or for more information contact B.S.W.O. at bswo@
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Dear Hannah, My best friend is overly clingy. I cannot do anything alone without her complaining to the point where she cries. I love her, but this is too much. How can I make it stop? – Clingy Dear Clingy, You need to find a nice way to tell your friend that this is an unhealthy friendship. Clearly she is the only one who doesn’t see this. Put yourself in her shoes for a few minutes. Maybe there is something causing her obsession that you didn’t think about. Dear Hannah, There’s this guy who stalks me but I kind of like it. Is that wrong? My friends say it is. – Likes the attention Dear Attention, If it’s a creepy stalker that you’ve never spoken to or who scares you, then you should notify someone right away. If he’s someone who is actually interested in you that you don’t know well, then go for it! Put your feelings first, but be smart about it! Dear Hannah, How do I tell my roommates that I might not want to live with them next year? – Confused Roomie Dear Confused, There’s really no easy way to do that, but make sure they don’t just assume you’re going to live with them next year. Make it clear that you’re weighing your options. That way nobody is surprised or hurt if you decide not to live with them.
so.ric.edu or H.O.P.E. at firstname.lastname@example.org. This day of remembrance (officially Nov. 20) was started in the year 1998 in honor of Rita Hester whose murder, like many transgender murder cases, is still gone unsolved. The memorial has evolved from a website into an international event. On the website, www.transgenderdor.org, anyone interested can find various memorials going on throughout the country and the world. The website also has a haunting list of transgendered people that have been killed (the where, when, and even how) throughout the years that this day of remembrance has been in existence; and also has some tips about how people can host their own memorial event. RI will also be hosting an event on Nov. 20 in the Bell Street Chapel from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. sponsored by the non-profit organization Youth Pride. If interested please contact Hailee Malo at email@example.com.
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I think one of the greatest questions plaguing our generation is: what will the future be like? Will there be awesome space machines, cool light sabers, or galactic space wars that span the galaxy? Oh, and we can’t forget about the aliens. On television we’ll find just what we’re looking By Ashley St. Louis T.I.L.T. for. All the answers and more can be found in “Macross Frontier.” The year is 2059 and mankind has taken to the stars as a result of losing Earth. Now the intergalactic fleet known as Macross Frontier is searching for a new planet to call home. The only problem hindering their search is the violent but misunderstood alien race known as the Vajra. It’s up to our main trio – a brash fighter pilot, a young girl aspiring to be an idol and the intergalactic celebrity, The Galactic Fairy, to figure out exactly what needs to be done to save their world. First and foremost, there are a ton of different ways the future can unfold; and the different aspects that
“Macross Frontier” portrays are merely one little speck in the spectrum of possibility that the future holds. Though, there tends to be one thing that most future themed shows incorporate into their stories, and that is the aliens. In “Macross Frontier” there are tons of different species that hail from planets all over the galaxy. Some are more human-like then others, but they’re essentially just like us. “Macross Frontier” teaches us that despite the new gadgets and gizmos that will surround us, we’ll still face many of the social problems that exist today. Racism, poverty and corrupt government officials are merely among the few challenges the cast must grapple with. I may be grasping at impossibilities here but imagine for a moment if society learned exactly how to face the most turbulent and pressing issues of our time. Don’t you think that would greatly improve our circumstances in the future? We’d no longer have to face the issue of food shortages or rising gas prices because people have already figured out how to deal with those problems. If you think about it 48 years is a really long time from now. Most of us will probably be in our early 70’s yelling at those young whipper snappers to get off of our artificial lawn. Then again, there’s always the chance that we’ll be those cool old-timers who are always in the loop. If you want to be one of them, watch “Macross Frontier” to improve your chance of being old and hip.
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The real game of life Remember the game of Life? At the start of the game, the player can choose the career path or the college path. If the player chooses the college path, the player gets stuck with loans, but has a chance of receiving a high-paying job soon after By Deirdre Greene leaving college. The Simple Things It was so easy to pick the college path. Pick college, be stuck with loans in the matter of 20 minutes, be dealt a high paying job as a result and pay that loan right off. If the player gets too overwhelmed with loans, maybe they’d do what I did when I was eight and just flip the game over and throw the pieces back in the box. However, the world we are facing today as college students is not a game. With tuition rising while jobs become scarce, it’s a struggle. The cost of college is stressing students and their parents out to the extreme. The rising tuition at Rhode Island College is nervewracking. In 1985, a year’s tuition at RIC cost $3,244. Today, it’s estimated to rise to $7,268 for the upcoming year. It’s very rare to see a student who can focus on school. There are students juggling one, two, even three jobs or who have families to feed and children to take care of. Can they expect to find a well-paying job after graduating from college? For most, it’s a question of whether it will be worth it in the long run. Surely, it’s not the college’s fault if teaching jobs aren’t in demand. It’s not the college’s fault that Rhode Island doesn’t have many jobs to offer of any kind. But really, how
much more ridiculous can the cost of college get? According to the Boston Globe, tuition has gone up to 47 percent in the past five years between the three colleges, due to a 30 percent decrease in funding of the colleges by the state. When we walk across the stage at graduation, it will be the end of four years of school (or for individuals such as myself, maybe five years) and the beginning of years spent paying off student loans. In the game of Life, the winner of the game is the player who has the most money. Who will be the winner: the state or the student?
Q & Anchor
How would you like to see your tuition money utilized?
Name: Mary Tente Major: Nursing Year: Sophomore
Name: Mary Rocha Major: Marketing Year: Junior
“It should be used for our education, not fixing up buildings, like the Student Union, that we’ll never see done.”
“I would like to see the money go into the education for the campus – books for students, computer access, an expansion of the utilities available to us and more money for clubs so we can have more circus toys.”
Name: Renee Arenburg Major: Secondary Education/English Year: Sophomore
“More parking! There is definitely an issue with finding a parking spot almost every single day, and I know I’m not the only one.”
Name: Ursula Swaray Major: Pre-med Year: Freshman
Name: Briana Mikaelian Major: Ceramics Year: Senior
Name: Alexandra Chavarriaga Major: Radiology Year: 20XX
“I would like to see more programs that have to do with my major. I want the college to have better equipment that can be used and to have a more ‘hands-on’ program that helps students better understand their majors.”
“How about fixing all the safety hazards the school has ignored year after year? Or even a fair meal plan that doesn’t force you to lose money? Forget about making the campus look nice, how about making it a place where students want to be and proud of?”
“I would like to see tuition utilized in the form of more parking spots for commuters.”
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The National Acrobats
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With every single seat taken in the Roberts Hall Auditorium, the National Acrobats of the Peoples Republic of China came into the fourth installment of the Performing Arts Series with high expectations. However, by the end of the night these talented acrobats not only propelled beyond the hype surrounding this sold-out show, but put on the best performance to hit RIC so far this semester. Based out of Beijing, the National Acrobats from the P.R.C. is a compilation of the most talented performers from one of the world’s largest By Kyle Grant nations. Featuring performances in ballet, plate A&E Editor spinning, tumbling, contortionism, juggling, diabolos and much more, the National Acrobats wide array of styles made each performance fresh and unique, with no two performances alike and all featuring talented artists. An opening ceremony with regal music blaring introduced the audience to the National Acrobats. Then, two dancers took the stage in a performance called ‘In the Moonlight,’ which started off as a traditional ballet. However, the female dancer was soon hoisted up by the actor, and the audience gasped in amazement as she danced her ballet on the shoulders, arms, and even head of her male counterpart. The breathtaking blend of Eastern and Western dance sent chills down the spines of the audience, and although the performance seemed unbeatable it was just the beginning of a thrilling night. The night was filled with spectacular stunts, but there was room for humor as well. In a skit called ‘Buffoonery,’ a male dancer was matched with a bumbling untalented buffoon pretending to be a female dancer. Their act was filled with laughs, but even while being amusing the act still awed the crowd as the supreme talent of one dancer was paired with the other’s supreme lack of talent. As the night progressed the stunts and tricks performed by the artists got more and more unbelievable. Contortionists bent and flexed their bodies in ways that seemed to defy the human anatomy, acrobats made leaps and tumbles that made one question the laws of physics, and many of these acrobats laughed in the face of gravity. “It was very, unusual and unique. It’s hard to believe the body can be put in these various positions. This is an excellent performance,” said Dixon McCool, former dean of student life at Rhode Island College. Skillful bodies were not the only thing on display at National Acrobats; performances with props were equally as bold. Jugglers, plate-spinners, bowl balancing and other acts were as thrilling as the acrobats themselves, and many of these acts weaved acrobatic skill into the mix to make the performance. One performance using diabolos, a juggling technique where a bowl is whirled on a string held by two sticks, really caught the crowd’s attention. “Coming from the E.P.I.C. club, that show was epic!” said Justin Cooper, a RIC sophomore. “I’m an expert at diabolo and I am efficiently shamed.” The performances themselves were amazing, but what was even more spectacular was how they were performed by the National Acrobats. As I stated before, these stunts and feats seemed to be impossible; but the acrobats made it look effortless. Jumping through hoops twice their size, lifting up a ballerina and have her dance on one’s head, contorting one’s body into mindblowing shapes while balancing 12 wine glasses on one’s foot are stunts that are by no means easy, but the acrobats made it look like it was second nature. One must guess that the National Acrobats sacrificed innumerable hours on hard work and practice to not only perform these stunts but to make it look like they weren’t even trying, and their hard work pays off in their almost mythical performance. It’s hard to think of a RIC performance event that has had as much hype as the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China. After watching the Acrobats performance, it is safe to say that the hype was not only met, but effectively blown away. I can think of a scant few performances that amazed me half as much as the National Acrobats did, and this was the best thing I have seen performed on the Rhode Island College campus. The stunts, tricks, and antics of the National Performance did more than just surprise me; they filled me with a gleeful amazement that I haven’t felt since I was a child.
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National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China stun sold-out Roberts Hall
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Nice Guy I have just two words to say to this topic: absolutely not. Friends are much more important than randomly hooking up any day, especially when the girl you want to do the hooking up with is your good buddy’s ex. I can only imagine what’s going to come out of Ponyboy’s mouth on this topic, but please don’t listen. Having your friend as a, “Tunnel Buddy,” (friends who have slept with the same girl) won’t make you any closer. Seriously, that’s just weird. If anything it will make your friendship more uncomfortable. That’s even if your buddy is cool with you shaking up with former love of his life. I can promise you that nine times out of ten he won’t be. If he is cool with it, that’s most likely because his ex is crazy and he’s looking to pawn her off on the nearest gullible frat boy looking for a hookup, I’m looking at you Ponyboy. So you let your lower half do your thinking for you and now your buddy wants your head. You’ve been friends since high school and now the friendship may hang in the balance. You’ve screwed up and done some stupid stuff to him in the past, but this time it’s different and it may never be the same. Sure his ex was fun for a night, but you’re going to miss out on years of late nights at the bar and bonding over drunken Super Bowl parties. Was a one night stand worth losing that? I’m guessing not. I’m not the kind of guy to use this kind of lingo but remember.
Ponyboy Bromances have been both torn apart over the issue whether it’s ok to swoop in and nab your boy’s ex. Alright, so even I hesitate before circling like a vulture whenever one of my buddies breaks up with his girl, but I know your pain. You’ve hated him since he started dating her. She’s the hottest chick in your dorm and you’ve had the hots for her since your freshman year, and now you’re at a party. You suffer through her talking about her feelings and then she’s her rubbing her hand up and down your thigh. Your mind says, “No,” but a certain part of your body is screaming, “Yes!” How do you decide what to do? The answer is simple. Ask yourself these two questions: Do you actually like your friend, and would he do the same to you? Good friends are hard to come by, and you’d be surprised to see how many would stab you in the back. I guess in this case it’s boinking your ex behind your back. There are girls everywhere but she’s been the white whale that you’ve been hunting since freshman year. It’s all pretty simple. Do you really hate your friend and just put up with him? Bang her. Do you think he’d do the same to you? Bang her. Did he do the breaking up? Bang her. Is she just so hot that you can’t pass up the chance? You get the idea. If it’s a good friend that you don’t want to lose, get up from the sofa and find another girl. There’s always another girl for you to work your magic on. True friendships are hard to come by and you shouldn’t let a home wrecker ruin a perfectly good friendship. Passing her up might even strengthen your bond with your bro. Man am I being sappy! Just remember, as wise men before have said, “Bros before Hoes.”
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I can’t lie; the majority of my clothes are not from the mall or a department store. I’m a poor college student and I just can’t afford By Courtney Woods to spend too Style RX much money on clothes. Instead, I take my cash and get more for less by shopping at thrift stores. Thrift shopping is one of my favorite pastimes and my closet is filled with gems from thrift stores. It’s cheap, and there’s something so gratifying about finding clothes second hand. But thrift shopping can be frustrating. Nothing is organized, there aren’t multiple sizes and the selection process can be overwhelming. But never fear! I have a few tips that can make the process easier and more successful: Don’t be picky. When going through the aisles put anything and everything that catches your eye into your cart. Chances are an article of clothing that doesn’t wow you on the hanger will look better once you try it on. I have been surprised many times by taking gambles like this. It doesn’t hurt to pile up your cart. Wear flattering, neutral underclothes. When I go to the thrift store, I try to wear a black bra and tights. This way, all the clothes I try on have a nice base. Dresses and skirts slip on easily and I am not distracted by a colorful bra when trying on shirts. Bring basic accessories for items you might try on. For example, bring a belt if you plan to try on pants. Consider sizing. Today’s size six is yesterday’s size ten. Sizes have changed over the years, so when searching through older items, consider looking a few sizes bigger than you usually wear. Wear underwear. If you occasionally like to go free under your jeans, this is a very relevant tip. There’s nothing worse than finding some awesome vintage jeans and not being able to try them on due to the sheer yuck factor. I went to Savers in West Warwick to show how easy it is to find gorgeous clothes at thrift stores. All of the outfits featured here were found at Savers and no outfit pictured cost more than $15 in its entirety. It is also worth noting that men’s clothing is usually even cheaper than women’s clothing at thrift stores. Thrift shopping is exciting. I love the thrill of hunting for amazing items in a sea of clothes that smell like basement and cigarettes. Basement smells aside, I love accruing pieces that no one else will have. Plus, thrift shopping at stores like Savers and Salvation Army is very inexpensive. Happy hunting!
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November 14, 2011
Events Rated R Hypnotist in Gaige Hall
Now Playing Performing Arts Series: Muir String Quartet Monday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. Sapinsley Hall $5 RIC; $35 Non-RIC
Theatre: “A Mouthful of Birds” Wednesday, Nov. 16, Sunday, Nov. 20 Forman Theatre $15
Music: Proteus String Quartet Monday, Nov. 21 7:30 p.m. Sapinsley Hall Free
Art: 39th Annual Art Club Auction Friday, Dec. 2, Preview at 4 p.m., Auction at 7 p.m. Bannister Gallery Free
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Under the Radar
Abstract Artist Ron Ehrlich breaks rules and wows onlookers at Bannister Gallery By Rita Nerney
The allure of dripping paint and thick, textured oils jumped off of each Ron Ehrlich canvases at the Bannister Gallery. His art can speak to a variety of audiences but if you dislike abstract artwork, then his creations may not be for you. The Bannister Gallery held an opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 10 beginning at 5 p.m. for Ehrlich’s paintings. The exhibition continues through the month of November. Art department professor Lisa Russell has worked with the Stephen Haller Gallery to bring Ehrlich’s paintings to the RIC campus. Ehrlich attended Connecticut College but he has also studied in Japan. He currently lives in Rhode Island. “My major influences for this exhibition is my background in Japanese ceramics,” said Ehrlich. “With these works I tried to transfer from glaze to canvas. I wanted my work to explode out of the edges, not confined by the rituals of the canvas.” I have always preferred abstract art over other more conventional painting styles, so I greatly enjoyed the exhibition. The freeing, expressive nature of breaking rules appeals to me and this is exactly what I found in each one of Ehrlich’s pieces. The experience and interpretation of each work is left up to the viewer more so than in a realistic painting. “They reminded me of landscapes, even though they are abstract paintings. They also had a feeling of a
kaleidoscope,” said RIC alum Tina Menard who works in jewelry design and metal smith. One of Ehrlich’s paintings, “In a State of Lust,” reminded me of graffiti mixed with gum wads stuck under a table. The painting had a thickness to it, and its texture added another visually gratifying dimension for me. That texture is signature Ehrlich. “To paint these I use an encaustic style,” he said, “which is a mixture of wax, oil and a blow torch.” His attention to the way he actually crafts the canvas is apparent to viewers. “These are works that really allow the paint itself to be the focus, not the image,” said RIC junior Emily Boucher, a major in both painting and psychiatry. I appreciated the dramatic escape from capturing a realistic image to depicting human feeling. Ehrlich spoke about his own creative process. “I’m a drummer, so painting is all about rhythm and syncopation for me,” he said. “It’s also about the essential gesture; over the years I try to create the biggest gesture, then just explode from it.” If you enjoy abstract art, Ehrlich is certainly someone to check out and I predict that you will enjoy what he has created. If not, he is still worth the time; even if you dislike his approach, his passion is something to admire. His work will be on display at the Bannister Gallery until Nov. 30. – With additional reporting by Anchor Editor Kyle Grant.
November 14, 2011
For your entertainment Nakeds create stir in Gaige Hall
“Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” Nov. 15-20 Providence Performing Arts Center $38-$60 A musical interpretation of the legendary Dr. Suess classic story, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has been called by the New York Times as “100 times better than any bedside story.” There are 12 showings of the hit play occurring over a five-day span, for specific times check the PPAC website or call the Box Office at (401) 421-2787.
Major League Gaming 2011 Pro Circuit National Championship Nov. 18-20 Rhode Island Convention Center $25 The world’s largest video game league makes its way into Providence for a three-day extravaganza. Featuring gameplay of Call of Duty: Black Ops, Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty and Halo Reach, booths will be available for spectators to meet the professional gamers.
while still singing. Near the end of the set, the band took a moment to set a tribute to the late Clarence Clemons, who played for Bruce Springsteen and Steve Smith and the Nakeds as a saxophonist. He died in June 2011, and they played songs that they wrote together while having clips of Clemons projected behind them. After the final song and the conga line broke up, Amy Poniatowski, a RIC freshman, was called up on stage to sing the National Anthem. I would have to say, this was such a good end to the night since she sang it beautifully. The entire hall stopped, stood at attention, and faced the flag in the room as she sang. After the National Anthem, prizes were given out and the night ended. RIC student Dave Dipilato said, “This was an amazing night filled with fun, dancing and music. I cannot wait for the next event on campus!” Overall, the night was a great one, and I would like to close by thanking all the veterans out there who have served this country and have sacrificed everything so people like me could live in freedom. Happy Veterans Day, and God Bless you and your families.
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If you missed Steve Smith and the Nakeds perform, then you missed one hell of a show. A small but excited crowd showed for a fun-filled night of live music, dancing and free prizes in Gaige Hall on Thursday, Nov. 10. The event, which featured several clips from the “Family Guy” series, By Timothy Hordern was hosted by the Student A&E Staff Writer Veterans Organization to in observance of Veterans Day. Throughout the show, Steve Smith, lead singer, made a point to give a touching shout out to the veterans in the audience. As far as the show is concerned, I enjoyed the music. Steve Smith and the Nakeds is a local band from Rhode Island that is no stranger to the scene. Their sound can be described as big band crossed with rhythm and blues. The band features the talents of Steve Smith on vocals, Mark Legault on alto sax, TJ Schwartz on baritone sax, Chris Schwartz on trombone, Mike Marra on bass guitar, Frank Rapone on keyboards, Ed Vallee on guitar, Steve DeCurtis on trumpet, Bob DeCurtis on tenor sax and Joe Groves on drums. Steve Smith and the Nakeds proved to be a solid group live. The singer has a strong voice that came out through all the songs, and the band was balanced, where all parts play off each other. When a solo came around, the soloist was so good it helped make the song enjoyable. I also realized that in the solo, you could still hear a balanced background, which is hard to do. Another thing that I noticed is that Steve Smith, the singer, enjoys going into the crowd and interacting with the audience. He would sit next to audience members and ask them to sing. He also sang to several people, but mostly he walked around to try to get interaction with various members of the audience. At one point when a few crowd members were dancing, he came over and danced with them,
“A Mouthful of Birds” provides the Forman Theatre a new taste of playwriting By Alex McCormick A&E Staff Writer
Are you a fan of theatre that slides away from what’s common and travels into the bizarre? If you are, make sure to see “A Mouthful of Birds,” a masterpiece inspired by Greek drama and French philosophers. Directed by Casey Seymour Kim, “A Mouthful of Birds” opens this week in the Forman Theater. “A Mouthful of Birds” tells the story of seven people who are possessed by the spirit of Dionysus, god of all that is anarchic, bestial, sexual, sublime and intoxicating. On this “undefended day” the characters have nothing to protect them from destructive forces, both interior and exterior. The play is a kaleidoscopic epic of imagery, emotion, dance and drama. The audience will witness a mother struggling with post-natal depression, a desperate alcoholic, a vicar gifted with dance of death and more. “I am excited to see all of the hard work pay off for ev-
eryone that has been involved in putting the show on! It’s been a challenging play that I feel will give the audience a different theater experience then most are used too,” said Nathanael Lee, who plays Paul, a businessman who falls in love with a pig. Indeed, the entire cast is as excited as Lee about putting on this unusual play. A modern play with ancient roots, “A Mouthful of Birds” is influenced by themes in “The Bacchae,” a play written by Euripides during Ancient Greek times. These archaic themes are beautifully incorporated with the work of Michel Foucault, a French philosopher who analyzed sexuality, mental illness and the human condition. “A Mouthful of Birds” opens on Nov. 16th at 8 p.m. in the Forman Theater, located in the Nazarian Center, and runs through Nov. 20. Tickets are $15 for General Admission or $5 with a RIC Student ID, and can be purchased at the Roberts Hall Box Office and at the door. More information for this and future events at RIC can be found on the RIC website under the performing arts tab.
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November 14, 2011
Hip-hop artist Heavy D dies
Nickelback playing Lion’s Thanksgiving game gains
Heavy D, a hip-hop artist who made a name for himself in the late eighties and early
nineties, died this week at the age of 44. Heavy D was respected among the hip-hop community, with many of the biggest rap stars publicly mourning his death. The hiphop veteran was found dead in his Beverly Hills home,
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When University of Michigan grad student Dennis Guttman created an online petition asking the National Football League to not have Canadian-rock band Nickelback play at the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving home game this year, he did not expect much. However, according to annarbor.com the petition had over 50,000 signatures at press time and is continuing to grow. “I’m shocked. I wasn’t expecting to make news with it,” said Guttman. The NFL still has not decided whether or not Nickelback will be taking the stage on Thanksgiving in Detroit.
MC Hammer drops the mic, occupies Oakland MC Hammer, one of the best-known one-hit wonders of the nineties, was spotted not on a stage but rather in a tent fighting corporate greed. The rap star was a titan in the music industry before falling into bankruptcy. Hammer has been updating the status of the Occupy Oakland movement from his Twitter account.
Lindsey Lohan spends five hours in jail The former starlet served a grand total of five hours out of her thirty day sentence in jail. The reason why Lohan was released? Prison overcrowding. Lohan will still have to serve community service hours at a morgue.
Taylor Swift wins entertainer of the year at 2011 CMA’s Country music icon Taylor Swift won Entertainer of the Year at the 2011 Country Music Awards last week. Swift is just the second woman in the awards show’s 47-year history to receive the award.
Mo rgan Free man to rec eive a Lifetime Ac hieveme nt Award at the Gold en Globe s Morgan Freeman, one of the best known and revered actors alive, will be receiving a coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Golden Globe Awards the 74-year-old actor. Playing unforgettable characters in dozens of films, Freeman’s voice has become legend along with his acting skills. Debuting on-screen in 1964, Freeman’s 47-year career has been nothing short of legendary. Freeman has earned both an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award over the course of his career.
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November 14, 2011
For your entertainment
R-Rated Hypnotist fails to mesmerize, but still entertains
this spectacle. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Frank Santos Jr. performed in Gaige Hall. Sponsored by Rhode Island College Programming, the event promised volunteers would be hypnotized and made to do humorous acts for the spectators’ amusement. To add a change of pace to the show, the event was “rated ‘R’” allowing for adult language and content. With this description, along with general admission being free, the event gained quite an audience, filling almost every seat in the auditorium. After grabbing some candy and a root beer float provided by the Programming committee, I took my seat, eagerly waiting to be entertained. After a brief introduction by RIC Programming’s president, Marcy Diaz, Santos Jr. took the stage. Having watched his father’s show many times, I was eager to see how his performance would pan out. Santos Jr. was very laid back, casually making jokes and talking to the audience, which helped create a comfortable environment for the event. After performing a few physical and mental tests on the audience, he found his twelve volunteers who could supposedly be hypnotized, the show was ready to begin as music played and he lullabied the twelve students into hypnosis. Once they were in a deep enough state, Santos Jr. woke the group and introduced them all. Shortly after this, three students had left the stage declaring they had not been hypnotized. This is where I began to worry about the show’s integrity because during the first task given to
the group—their tongue glued to their lips—three more students took their seats back in the audience leaving only six volunteers on stage. As the show continued, there were many laughs from the audience due to the show’s adult content. There were references to phalluses, orgasms and horny aliens. Yet, it was not all sexual references and vulgarity as some volunteers had to perform ballet. They also did a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” While some may call this immature, it was certainly was accepted by the audience as applause and cheers echoed throughout the auditorium. Nonetheless, I don’t think the audience was applauding Santos Jr.’s ability to hypnotize people. The show’s biggest fault was that none of the six volunteers actually seemed to be hypnotized. Attending the event was RIC graduate Kwame Gyambo who said, “I don’t know if I believe in this. It was fun to watch and the show went smoothly, but it didn’t look like they were actually hypnotized.” There were times when they would be asked a question and they would freeze from what seemed to be embarrassment or a lack of being able to improvise. Even so, these six students were willing to keep the show going by doing what Santos Jr. asked of them. Another problem I had with the event was how similar Santos Jr.’s show was to his father’s. Almost cue by cue, the show seemed to move in the exact same direction. I’m not sure if this is a reserved scheduled performance for college, but, after watching the late Frank Santos many times, the only difference between the two was the addition of adult content. However, the show did have its amusing moments and those who had never witnessed an event like this would have enjoyed themselves. “The show went up and down. It started off good, hit a snag, but ended well. It wasn’t my best performance, but it wasn’t the worst,” said Frank Santos Jr. after the show. For those interested in seeing more of Santos Jr., he can be seen every Friday night at Twin River New England Gambling Casino. Hopefully, his performances at the casino will outshine his performance at Rhode Island College.
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By Peter Hoey
Anchor A&E Writer
Imagine if you had the ability to control someone and tell them to do whatever you had in mind. The idea of hypnotism is so mysterious that many are not sure whether to believe if it is actually possible or not. I have always been hopeful, placing faith in what hypnotists claim. Unfortunately, after watching Tuesday night’s hypnotist event, I have realized not many people can succumb to
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Upton Sinclair’s “Oil!” is an impressive novel, managing to comment on war, wealth and religion without dating itself. Despite being 83 years old, the novel still feels current. Sinclair’s commentary on big business feels surprisingly timely given the wicked ways of the modern world’s CEOs. In ‘‘Oil’’ the thread that ties the novel’s myriad of topics together is money and the way it influences the world. The novel follows Bunny, the son of a wealthy oil tycoon, as he grows into adulthood. Although the novel is a third person narrative, the narrative is colored by Bunny’s thoughts. Therefore, when Bunny is a young boy, and keeps company solely with his father, the reader is told of his exploits with pride. His father’s money is being used to help others and the illegality and ruthlessness with which he operates is sugar-coated. We, like Bunny, are expected to admire his cunning, all the while learning to do as Dad says, not as he does. Bunny is told never to lie. Lying, his father implies, is something he does to earn enough money so that Bunny will never have to. However, Bunny begins to stray from his father’s viewpoint when he meets Paul, the poor son of a farmer, who is the black sheep of his family. Paul comes from a religious family and he is a man of science, with no true taste for religion. Bunny meets Paul only for a brief moment at thirteen, but he is immediately enraptured by him. Throughout Bunny’s evolution, he constantly fixates on Paul, hoping to impress and learn from him. Sinclair’s writing is beautiful. The author finds a way to make the dig for oil read like poetry, and each paragraph of the novel is filled with small details that enrich the narrative. Sinclair seems to be aware of every metaphor and comparison he has made: nothing escapes him. Sinclair re-works analogies made early within the novel well after the reader has forgotten about them and consistently refreshes the reader on past events. This doesn’t make the text stale, but instead adds an emphasis to the events of the novel. Bunny’s travels always link back to past experience, and all work to show him the evil of absolute wealth. To call Sinclair’s book simple would be to do it a disservice. Although the novel shines a light on the greed of American businessmen, Sinclair does not throw them entirely to the wolves. Bunny’s father often explains that he is trapped by big business, and that while he longs to be free, he simply isn’t rich enough for that luxury. He explains that despite his wealth, there are still men more powerful than him pulling the strings, which could easily cripple his business and livelihood. Though Paul and other middle class men feel enslaved by lack of wealth, Bunny’s father experiences a similar helplessness.
‘Oil!’ focuses on the quest to find oneself without becoming corrupted, and argues that may be impossible to do. Sinclair exposes the darkness within not only the oil industry, but within the government, Hollywood, and religion. Bunny encounters men and women from all walks of life, and learns about sin, dishonesty and loneliness. In spite of its heavy subject matter, the novel never loses its energy – at 540 pages, ‘Oil!’ still manages to be an effortless, and timeless read. Infused with humor, history and eloquence, it the first novel this semester that I would whole-heartedly recommend.
Hockey Virgin Records An American indie rock band hailing from Portland, Oregon, Hockey is an interesting band that you can’t help but dance to. Featuring a groovy sound that sounds like LCD Soundsystem and the Strokes had a baby, Hockey started in 2007 with singer Benjamin Grubin, guitarist Brian Stuart White, bassist Jeremy Reynolds and drummer Anthony Stassi. The unique dance-punk sound of Hockey and the artistic lyricism of Grubin have given them a massive multinational fan base and a large following especially in the United Kingdom. Playing the Bonnaroo Festival, Glastonbury, and the Hove Festival, Hockey’s sound has gotten them out of their Portland streets and into stadiums in the United States, Britain, and Europe. In 2009 Beyond Race Magazine listed Hockey at number eleven in the ’50 Emerging Artists.’ Their 2009 album ‘Mind Chaos’ is a groovy piece of art, with songs ‘Too Fake’ and ‘Song Away’ making waves in the indie rock scene. All in all, Hockey is a damn good band, and a band that definitely deserves the underground fan base they cultivated.
Under the Radar
“Durarara!!” is an anime about… um, well, I’m still not really sure. But yes, the two exclamation points are part of the name. It takes place in modern day Ikebukuro (Tokyo) and focuses on the local gangs. The anime follows fourteen different people all with their own unique stories that intertwine seamlessly. For the most part, each episode focuses on a specific character and builds up your relationship with them. In “Durarara!!”, you get to choose from a variety of By Christian DeCataldo characters, and follow your favorite one. Christian’s Anime Corner My favorite characters are Celty and Shizuo. Celty is a mythical creature from Ireland who traveled to Japan in an effort to find her lost head. This headless woman has shadowy powers and a demon horse that takes the shape of a motorcycle. She is supposed to be some kind of courier but I can only recall her ever actually being involved in any kind of job outside of her head-search in the very beginning of the series. Apart from her job she spends most of her time looking for her head or helping out the Dollars (one of the gangs in the series). Before I go talk about Shizuo I should probably mention that the Dollars aren’t a gang in the conventional sense. They actually go around cleaning up graffiti and helping people out. They are also great at intelligence gathering because there are so many members. Basically, they’re the good guys. Shizuo is a considerable bad ass. He’s a member of the Dollars like Celty and is probably even more feared by enemy gangs than she is. Shizuo isn’t a mythical creature like Celty, though, he’s just ridiculously strong. So strong in fact that his primary weapon is to throw vending machines at people. There’s even a scene where he punches a guy out of his clothes. The show is worth watching just for that scene. To be honest, though, there isn’t too much depth to his character, he gets really angry really easily and kicks ass. Luckily he is one of the good guys so you never have to feel bad for the poor souls that get in his way. You might be asking,“So is there really no plot to this anime?” Let’s just keep it simple, there are gangs, a headless-shadow-girl, a man who can throw vending machines, an ancient demon sword and a primeval villain whose goal is never revealed. If you combine all these aspects, sprinkle in some high school drama, and a Russian sushi bar and you’ve got “Durarara!!” It’s hard to explain the unique allure of “Durarara!!”, but if you watch it, you’ll be sure to find a favorite character to follow as you try to figure out the plot for yourself.
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Corrupt oilmen and bunnies gone astray work to create a literary masterpiece
November 14, 2011
For your entertainment Ruling it “Murder by Death” Coming Soon to Theaters November 14, 2011
By Matthew Leo Matt’s Movies
Welcome back to Matt’s Movies. This week, I would like to introduce you all to “Murder by Death,” an old favorite of mine that I recently rediscovered. Written by the award-winning playwright Neil Simon, ‘Murder by Death’ was made in 1976. Now if there’s one thing I like, it’s a good detective story and “Murder by Death” manages to deliver one in clever ways. The story begins with invitations being sent to the world’s foremost detectives by the mysterious millionaire Lionel Twain, played by celebrated author Truman Capote. He invites quite a cast of characters, each a parody of a famous classic detective. Each character also has a companion to add extra interest. Once they arrive, they are welcomed by a blind butler named James Sir, Benson Mum, performed by Alec Guinness. Also working for Mr. Twain is a deaf-mute cook named Yetta, who also can’t read English. At dinner they are welcomed by Twain, who informs them that at midnight one of the people at the table will be killed. He wagers $1 Million that no one will be able to solve the murder. He soon disappears, and the detectives are left to stew. They soon find the butler dead, the cook is revealed as a life-like puppet, and after a few mysterious events Lionel Twain himself is found dead at midnight. What happens next is something you’ll have to watch to find out. The film is just what it appears to be, a satire of the detective genre. The details are what really makes this film, with a fine example being that Peter Sellers plays
a Chinese detective because the detective he was based on, Charlie Chan, wasn’t played by a Chinese man either; and the fact that Milo Perrier, who is a Belgian, has an extended scene discussing his chocolate bar. The movie does play with racial stereotypes that are based in the play’s parody detective characters. Mr. Wang is constantly making sage-like proclamations, and Sam Diamond is constantly making over-the-top racist comments. Throughout the movie, Wang is constantly having his stereotypical Chinese grammar corrected by an annoyed Twain, who is spying on them through a moose head mounted on the wall. There are numerous sight-gags and a great series of scenes where the butler, who is blind and can’t read the cook’s signs telling him that she is a deaf-mute who doesn’t read English, keeps giving her orders that she doesn’t know he is giving her. He even serves nonexistent soup for dinner because he can’t see that the tureen is empty. In fact, the humor is so varied, that it goes from clever inside-jokes about detective stories, to puns, to a stereotypically dry “British joke”, to slapstick. There’s something to make everyone laugh in this film if you can manage not to be offended. It’s not a perfect movie. I suppose that if you don’t like clever jokes, sheer absurdity, or a combination of the two, you won’t like this film, but the fact that they can combine the two effectively makes this a good movie in my book. I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5, but feel free to take half off if you don’t get the detective references. Until next time, enjoy the show!
“Happy Feet Two”
Starring: Elijah Wood, Pink, Robin Williams The sequel of the smash hit ‘Happy Feet,’ the sequel takes place when Mumble has a son of his own, the Erik who is afraid of dancing. Running away and meeting the amazing and charismatic flying Sven, Mumble feels like he is losing his son. However, when a great threat looms the world, Mumble goes on a quest that not only saves his home, but his relationship with his son as well. Rated: PG (Rude humor, mild peril) Courtesy of netizenwallpapers.com
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I” Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner The first installment of the final ‘Twilight’ series novel deals with the consequences of Bella and Edward marriage and pregnancy after scandalous honeymoon. Unforeseen events happen, and things will never be the same…in probably the most predictable manner possible. Rated: PG-13 (Disturbing images, violence, sexuality/partial nudity, thematic elements)
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Starring: George Clooney, Nick Krause Indifferent husband Matt King never really cared about his family, but after his wife dies in a freak boating accident if the Hawaiian island of Waikiki he finds himself on a quest to find his late wife’s lover and how his life reached its level of misery Rated: R (Language, Some sexual references)
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November 14, 2011
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Preseason expectations can either make or break a team’s season. They can determine whether or not they had a bad year, a decent year, or one heck of a year. For the Rhode Island College women’s basketball team, the expectations are beyond the usual pressure, instead of just competing in one of the top conferences in the entire country, the Anchorwomen are projected to win the Little East Conference and advance to the Division III NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The man at the helm, who has turned around the women’s basBy Dan Charest Anchor Sports Writer ketball program with his leadership both on and off the court during his tenure as head coach is Marcus Reilly (46-33 career record, .582 winning percentage) who begins his fourth season on the bench for the Anchorwomen, who open up the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 19 at home in the Murray Center against non-conference opponent University of New England. Last year, in just his third season at RIC, Reilly led the Anchorwomen to a 20-7 overall record and a 9-5 (fourth place) mark in the Little East Conference. The Anchorwomen did not lose back-to-back games at any point during the season, and their 20-7 overall mark tied for the best record in program history previously set during the 1997-98 season. Last season, RIC earned home court advantage in the first round of the Little East Conference Tournament for the first time since 2006-07. The Anchorwomen’s 63-52 win over UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 22 marked the program’s first postseason victory since 2005. The Anchorwomen’s season ended in a 77-68 loss to top-seeded Western Connecticut State University in the semifinal round of the Little East Conference Tournament. Reilly took over the head coaching position at RIC after leading CCRI to two straight Elite Eight appearances and a 45-19 record over the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons. This year, the expectations for the Anchorwomen are much higher than they have ever been after being picked to win the Little East Conference by the Women’s DIII News preseason preview. RIC senior forward Rachel Riley was the publication’s preseason pick for Little East Player of the Year as well as an Honorable Mention to its Preseason All-American Team. “Yes, there is always pressure to live up to my own expectations and those of other, especially because they are so high this year,” said Riley, who was a First Team All-Little East Conference selection after averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds per game last season. “I have confidence in my teammates and in myself to accomplish the goals we have set. The Anchorwomen return all but one member from last year’s team that played significant minutes (eight players and four starters) and will be led this season by their talented core group of upperclassmen. Returning starters for the Anchorwomen include Riley, junior forward Courtney Burns and senior guard’s Nicole Girard and Stephanie Coro. The standout among that group is Coro, who was also a First Team All-Little East Conference selection a year ago. Coro averaged a league-high 18 points per game last season. Coro enters her final season needing only 480 points to become the program’s all-time leading scorer. “We are led by a strong veteran core and have used past expectations and experiences to shape our goals,” said forward Courtney Burns “We plan on leaving no doubt on the floor this season.” Burns and Girard will be counted upon greatly this season, especially from a leadership standpoint as the team’s captains this season. Burns averaged 10 points and five rebounds per game last season. Girard, a transfer from the Community College of Rhode Island took over as the teams starting point guard and finished second in the Little East Conference with 121 assists (4.5 per game) last season. The Anchorwomen will also receive an immediate impact from senior guard Cynthia Gaudet, a transfer from Division II Franklin Pierce, who helped lead the Ravens to the Division II NCAA Final Four in 2009 and 2010 as the teams starting point guard. The Anchorwomen also have built up a strong bench, which will play a key role throughout the season. Impact players who look to come off the bench this season include Gaudet, junior guard Ashley O’Dell, sophomore guard Stephanie Prusko, senior guard Brittany Saccoccio, and classmate forward Melanie Cline. The preseason hype and expectations will be forgotten completely when the Anchorwomen start the regular season at home in the Murray Center on Saturday, Nov. 19 against the University of New England.
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Anchorwomen swimming dives into competition
Oppito provides some much needed leadership in programs first ever meet
“The beginning is the most important part of the work,” said Greek philosopher Plato. His words ring true even today and it By Jack Adamo certainly applies to Sports Editor the fledgling Rhode Island College women’s swimming team, which took its maiden voyage at UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, Nov. 12. The meet was strictly for individual results and no team scores were recorded as the Anchorwomen competed for the first time in program history. Sophomore Leah Oppito had a strong performance in the meet. She competed in a handful of events, placing fourth in the 50 freestyle, eighth in the 100 freestyle and 10th in the 50 backstroke. Oppito also helped RIC place ninth in the 400 freestyle relay and 11th in the 200-medley relay. Swimming this much is common, for a senior veteran, but Oppito was the only sophomore at the meet to compete in that many events. Oppito’s efforts were aided by sophomore captain Sophie Kanno, who placed fifth in the 100 fly, seventh in the 100 breaststroke and
tied for ninth in the 50 fly. Freshman Amanda DiPaola placed 14th in the 50 breaststroke, 18th in the 100 freestyle, and 30th in the 50 freestyle. The three of them combined their efforts in the 400-meter relay. The inaugural season is always traditionally one of the toughest for new programs just starting out like the Anchorwomen, but the young team is eager to compete and continue to improve. Ron Sutherland, who has over 40 years coaching experience at various levels of competitive swimming, begins his first year as head women’s swimming coach. “I’m extremely excited to get our Anchorwomen swim team off the blocks,” said Sutherland in an earlier interview. The roster comprised of 10 Anchorwomen will do all they can to give the program an impressive inaugural season, but there is plenty of adversity for them to overcome. Youth will be the main blockade with only one upper classman on the team in senior Hillary Switzer. So far, it has been the underclassmen that have led the way and will need to continue to do so for team success. The Anchorwomen will be back in action for the final time before winter break at the Little East Conference Championships, hosted by UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Athlete of the Week
Leah Oppito Sophomore Women’s Swimming
The sophomore out of Eatontown, N.J. went the distance for the Anchorwomen in their first ever women’s swim meet at UMass Dartmouth. Oppito placed fourth out of the field of forty four girls in the 50 freestyle with a time of 27.34. She swam in a total of five events posting solid finishes in all of them. “I was honored to be a part Anchor Photo // Mandy Wray Dion of RIC’s first women’s swim All the girls have been working meet, we are history in the making and being one of the really hard; I’m excited to see top finishers in an event was a how it pays off in the rest of the great way to kick off the season. season.”
Anchormen follow up win over Bears with fourthplace finish at Roger Williams Invitational
of their top wrestlers. On Sunday, Nov. 6, RIC gained an early 6-0 lead as Gauthier (125 lbs.) picked up a win by fall at 2:04. The Anchormen would have the advantage cut in half with a Bear win early on. RIC followed by five straight victories to take the win over Bridgewater State. The Anchormen got victories from Trasso, who earned a major decision in his 149 lb. weight class, and Barrucci, who later on suffered his first defeat by a technical fall in the 157 lb. weight class. The Anchormen would follow up a win over the Bears with a strong showing against the hosting Ducks. Trasso earned an 11-6 win and Barrucci pinned his opponent to give the Anchormen a 15-7 lead. However, the Ducks would take five straight victories to secure a 22-15 overall win. Despite the loss, the NEWA would name Trasso New England Wrestler of the Week. On Saturday, Nov. 12, the Anchormen traveled to the Roger Williams Invitational. It was their first invitational of the season as the Anchormen competed in nine out of ten weight classes. Sophomore Shawn Giblin would become the champion of the 141 lb. weight class (9-5) representing the Anchormen with a strong showing. Gauthier would take third place (4-3) in the 125 lb. weight class. Overall, winning the Roger Williams Invitational was a major accomplishment for the Anchormen, who have high hopes for this season.
This season will have a similar theme to the first few matches; senior leadership paving the way to success for an over young team. Head coach Jay Jones is as excited as ever to get the season rolling. Now in his 13th season at the helm for the Anchormen, he will enjoy the proven assets he has in wrestlers like Gauthier and Trasso and also spend a lot of time training the younger guys with a growing program. They currently have 25 members on the roster and will need all of them this season against the tough competition in the NWCA. In upcoming action, the Anchormen will remain on the road as they compete in the Springfield College Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Anchormen then return home to the Murray Center when they compete in their first home match-up on Wednesday, Nov. 30. against NEWA rival Plymouth State University.
wrestlers started off the year on the right foot with
a fourth place finish at the
Roger Williams Invitational.
By Michelle Sarasin
Anchor Sports Writer
The Rhode Island College wrestling team’s seniors including 2011 All-American and New England Champion Brandon Gauthier shined in the tri-match split against NEWA opponent Bridgewater State and Stevens Institute last weekend. Gauthier and senior classmate Mike Trasso along with sophomore Kevin Barrucci all went 2-0 against the Bridgewater State Bears and Stevens Institute Ducks in the season opener hosted by the Ducks. Later on in the week, the team competed in the Roger Williams University Invitational and put forth a solid effort with a first place and third place victory from two
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Injury-riddled Anchormen salvage weekend split Dicomitis records hat trick while playing through fractured jaw Conference), while the injury plagued Anchormen fell to 4-6 overall and just 1-3 in conference play. The Anchormen came into Saturday’s Colonial South Conference matchup against Coast Guard missing eight players due to injury and suspension and having lost three consecutive games for the first time since 2007-08. With the Anchormen in desperate need of a bounce-back victory, Dicomitis, the team leader in points this season with 20 (15 goals, five assists) returned to the lineup playing through a fractured jaw, helping to lead the Anchormen to a much needed 12-2 victory. Seven different players scored for RIC, while freshman netminder Matthew Collins, starting in place of Bushy (ankle injury) and Tudino (one-game suspension) recorded the first collegiate victory of his career. On a feel-good night for the team, the story once again was the performance of Dicomitis, who recorded his second hat trick of the season and finished the night with a team-high five points (3 goals, 2 assists). On the final goal, Dicomitis passed current RIC assistant coach Anthony Calcione for second place on the program’s all-time scoring list. Dicomitis trails only current RIC assistant coach Dan Nadeau, the program’s all-time leading scorer. The two-time defending NECHA champion Anchormen will be back in action this weekend taking on Springfield
College at home on Friday, Nov. 18 before hitting the road to face off with NECHA powerhouse and longtime rival Daniel Webster College on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Anchormen have defeated the Eagles in the NECHA championship game in each of the past two seasons. Anchormen Notes... Senior defenseman Mike Nadiger was a game-time decision on Friday night, but suited up for both contests this past weekend… Starting goaltender Mark Bushy remains out with an ankle injury, the team hopes he will be back between the pipes this weekend… Freshman forward Anthony Sawaia suffered an injury during practice and missed both games last weekend… Junior defenseman Brad Conway (upper body) and freshman defenseman Ted Jackvony (hand) missed both games last weekend as well… Sophomore defenseman Michael Martinelli (leg) and freshman defenseman Domenic Carnevale (broken rib) both left Friday’s game with injuries and did not play on Saturday… Morra and Tudino served mandatory one game suspension’s against Coast Guard after being ejected the previous night against Roger Williams…
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Despite having five key players out due to injury including starting goaltender, sophomore Mark Bushy and leading scorer, senior forward Greg Dicomitis, the Rhode Island College club hockey team (5-6, 2-3 Colonial South By Sam Allen Conference) managed to Anchor Sports Writer salvage a weekend split of a pair of NECHA Colonial South Conference matchups against in-state rival Roger Williams University and Coast Guard Academy. On Friday, Nov. 11, the Anchormen rallied from an early 2-0 deficit on a pair of goals less than a minute apart in the first period from sophomore forward Brett Morra and senior defenseman Robert Isabella to tie the game before the Hawks responded with six unanswered goals to pull away for the easy victory. In what was easily the most physical and fast-paced contest of the year, the Anchormen struggled to stay out of the penalty box and saw a pair of key players ejected from the contest including Morra and freshman goaltender Vincent Tudino, who started in place of Bushy. With the 8-2 victory, Roger Williams remained undefeated on the season (7-0, 4-0 Colonial South
RIC junior Brett Morra scored a goal, but was ejected later in the game against Roger Williams on Friday night and was forced to serve a one-game suspension on Saturday.
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