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The American Democracy Project at Rhode Island College continued its campaign to increase student awareness and enthusiasm regarding the political world last Tuesday morning. In By Hillary Costa this latest installment in the Anchor News Writer project’s series, moderated by NBC-10’s Dan Jaehnig, an accomplished group of panelists contributed their knowledge to discuss “Making the Candidate,” an inside look into political campaigns. RIC students and faculty at the event were given a behind-the-scenes account and unique perspective on the campaign experience. “You may have a great candidate, but the staff behind them makes them greater,” Jaehnig said. Unanimously, the panelists agreed that it is necessary for the candidate to have a personal and, sometimes, casual connection with voters, starting from the beginning of the campaign. “Humanizing is what sets them apart,” said Stephanie DeSilva, executive director of the R.I. Democratic Party and a RIC graduate of the Class of 2006. Candidates must convey their personality to voters. This “better enables who you are as not only a candidate, but a person,” DeSilva said. Nicole Giambusso, a member of the Class of 2007 and an account executive at O’Neill and Associates public relations firm, said, “Candidates need to excel at relating their passions and policies in a way that allows voters to understand and genuinely connect with.” Panelists next schooled students in the basics of campaign strategy. Giambusso, a former press secretary, explained that a candidate must make themselves look attractive to voters by “addressing issues of concern through their record of skills.” To accomplish this, candidates must heavily canvass the community and speak at many community meetings. The panelists agreed that frequently polling the public was the best strategy to gauge a campaign’s success. Christopher Farrell, the director of community outreach for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, explained that
polling and fundraising are the most important aspects date’s own Facebook or social networking site. of the campaign process. Overall, the panels left the audience with an inside Tony Silva, deputy state director for U.S. Sen. Sheldon look at the behind-the-scenes process of running for ofWhitehouse, said that polling is what candidates base fice. It was recommended to students by members of the their entire message on, and how they later determine panel that they look into a career of involvement with who their target audience should be. politicians and their campaigns. “Wherever you are lacking a vote, demographic-wise, Silva said, “The people you meet, and the experiences that is where you then shift your attention,” he said. you get… it teaches you a lot.” Finally, the panelists examined what has been a new and crucial part of many recent campaigns – social and news media. At previous ADP panels, both the ugly and the glamorous side of news and social media have been exposed. Mike Trainor, a former campaign manager for Gov. Lincoln Chafee, said, “Look at the media as neither friend nor enemy.” Being a one-media market state, Trainor relayed the difficulties that brought to Chafee’s campaign to win the office. DaSilva stressed how important it was that “a staffer on a campaign has to have quality relationships with those in the media and their reporters.” The ever-evolving social media was a hot topic among panelists, who explained how social networking can either hurt a candidate or add great benefit to their cause. Social media has been a game changer for many campaign staffs as they look to hire social media directors to moderate a candiThe forum included some RIC alumni, including Nicole Giambusso ’07, at left.
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later became their assistant coach. As well as being a part of the RIC community, she was a devoted sports fan, particularly of the New England Patriots. She also worked at Sharx Bar and Grill in Cranston, and Escada Restaurant and Bar in Johnston. Family and friends are leaving comments on an online guestbook, provided by the Providence Journal via legacy.com, sharing messages of condolences and mourning. One message, from Elizabeth Dell Isola, said, “I am regretfully sending my deepest condolences. Rest easy Megan. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. From many of us at RIC.” As of press time, there were over 180 comments on the site. In lieu of flowers, both St. Thomas Episcopal Church and Smithfield High School’s softball team are accepting donations in Caron’s memory. – With additional reporting by Anchor Editor Nicholas J. Lima
Rhode Island College’s flag was lowered to half-staff in remembrance of RIC student Megan Caron, 25, who was killed in a car crash on Nov. 10 in Providence. While attempting to cross the Point Street Bridge around 1 a.m., her vehicle struck a guardrail, which caused it to roll over. Caron, who was ejected from the By Nicole Leonard car, was pronounced dead at the scene. News Editor Investigators said it does not appear excessive speed was a factor, nor was alcohol believed to be involved. Her passenger, Kassandra Simmons, of Cranston, was taken to R.I. Hospital in critical condition. Caron, born in Providence, was a lifelong resident of Smithfield. She played softball for the Smithfield High School softball team and
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President Escobar delivers historic State of the Student Body Address In a marathon meeting, Parliament also voted to extend library hours during a two-week exam period
In the longest meeting of Parliament this semester, lasting just under four hours, Student Community Government, Inc. President Travis Escobar delivered the first-ever State of the Student Body Address, and the body passed a pair of key resolutions after a heated debate last Wednesday. The meeting began with Escobar’s address, in which he focused on a number of issues, from the rising cost of tuition to the progress of initiatives like club sports and Greek life. He also introduced a new SCG campaign of putting students first, wasting no time in putting a complicated series of new programs on the agenda for that night. Escobar’s address began by focusing on the biggest issue facing RIC students – the rising cost of tuition. “The Rhode Island Board of Governors has approved an increase of 4 percent,” said Escobar. “Tuition increases should be sparked by college administrations or students in the spirit of improving the higher-education experience. Tuition should not rise due to lack of funding by the state. Over the past five years, Rhode Island state schools have seen an increase of 47 percent in tuition. State funding for higher education has dropped 30 percent. This is unacceptable.” Escobar encouraged the student body to join the fight against another increase in tuition before moving on to talk about the progress made in terms of shifting club sports over to RIC Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation, a move six years in the making that could save SCG, Inc. over $120,000 beginning next fiscal year.
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“My top priority for this year is the transition of club sports,” said Escobar. “I am confident that club sports control will be shifted to RIC Athletics. I have met with Vice President [Gary] Penfield, Dr. [Scott] Kane, and Director of Athletics Don Tencher. We have reached an agreement to accomplish this goal by the end of this year. I will do everything in my power to complete this transition.” Escobar continued by discussing the ongoing Greek life controversy, stating that he hopes SCG’s By-Laws and Adjudication Commission, chaired by Parliament Speaker Aaron Buckley, will meet and come up with a mutually beneficial solution that both protects SCG’s rights to oversee Greek life and fosters growth among the Greek organizations on campus. The issue revolves around Student Activities’ recent creation of a “Greek Community Council” to oversee Greek organizations, without the consultation or input of SCG in the process. Escobar said that the council’s website says “The chapters are overseen by the Rhode Island College Greek Community Council,” making no mention of SCG, which Escobar said is still the governing authority over organizations it
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“I feel that winning the physical award [trophy] that Inc. Holiday Party will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Via STORGY Award recipients receive is enough of an honor,” Roma for the second consecutive year… Treasurer Brendan Lima said. “I believe that STORGYs are a highly political Cardona reported that there had been some setbacks on process… It’s not really a process that you should be attach- producing monthly budget reports for student organizaing a monetary figure to… They are the STORGY Awards, tions and Parliament… Additionally, Speaker Buckley not the STORGY rewards.” presented data that showed a significant increase in RIPTA Debate on the issue bogged down Parliament for over sales in the Campus Store this semester, attributed to the an hour before the body voted, 9 to 8, to strike Section IV new $15 Transportation Fee conceived and endorsed by from the proposal. Parliament last year. After finally passing the amended resolution, Parliament voted to table all of the remaining items on the agenda, which included proposed changes to the By-Laws and the creation of a Class Club Policy, with the exception of the Library Extended Hours Resolution, which was time-sensitive. The resolution, submitted by Escobar, authorizes SCG to ask the Finance Commission to allocate $3,732 to support extending library hours to 24 hours for Exam Week and the week prior, as well. SCG passed a similar proposal last year. Parliament, by a vote of 18-1, approved the resolution. Rep. Lima was the lone dissenting vote. “When we passed this last year, it was my understanding that the funding we were providing was to be for a trial program, and From left, Reps. Andrew Augustus, Nicholas Lima, George if successful, the college would find a way to Bissell, Jack Adamo and new Freshmen Rep. Jack Woelfel. pick up the tab,” Lima told The Anchor after the meeting. “SCG should not be in the business of funding the library’s operation every semester. It’s an important cause, and it has my spiritual support, but it’s clearly not what the Student Activity Fee’s purpose is.” The next meeting of Parliament, the last of the semester, is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in Parliament Chambers, Student Union 307. SCG Notes… Other agenda items that Parliament tackled during its four-hour marathon included approving changes to the RIC Middle School Association Constitution, and the approval of the Biology Club’s constitution… Vice President Jordan Day announced three dates for SCG Town Hall Meetings next semester… Discussion will be centered on residence life (Feb. 3); parking and safety (March 14); and Donovan Dining Center (April 10)… Secretary Kyla Pecchia announced that the annual SCG,
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has recognized and supported, including Greek life. The By-Laws/Adjudication Commission met on Nov. 9, and informally discussed the Greek life issue, wherein members noted their concerns about the lack of transparency in the process so far and questioned the new council’s legality given SCG’s incorporation and charter. A public hearing has not yet been scheduled, though the issue was contentiously debated in Parliament on Oct. 5, and the commission held a previous public forum about the issue on May 4, which was so heated that some members of Greek organizations in attendance nearly came to blows. Finally, Escobar introduced his administration’s new campaign, one that firmly puts the interests of the student body first. Through this commitment to the student body, Escobar said he hopes that more students will feel inclined to join SCG, Inc. and other student organizations on campus. “Student government’s new campaign is Students First,” said Escobar. “We are all students and we serve the students. In our new campaign we will try to improve our image on campus and let students know what we are about. We want to let them know that we are here to facilitate the growth of student organizations, but also to help improve student areas such as the Willard Basketball Court, the library, Donovan Dining and others. We want to encourage students through this campaign to not only join SCG but also any student organization.” Escobar ended his State of the Student Body Address by stating that he believes this is “the beginning of a new era for RIC student life.” Parliament then turned its attention to a proposal that the Executive Council hopes will provide a spark in ushering in “a new era for student life” on campus, the Student Organization Activity Recovery and Reinvestment Proposal (SOARR). The resolution, authored by Escobar, contained four main provisions that were aimed at increasing student organization activity, student participation in the college community and providing more incentives for student organizations to be active. Debate on what was by far the most contentious issue of the night lasted for several hours before a drastically revised and substantially trimmed down proposal passed unanimously. Three of the four main sections of the proposal, which called for the creation of a school-spirit themed “Anchor Day,” a discount card program and an increase in student organization conference funding, saw minor changes made to each, but generated little debate aside from tweaking logistical and grammatical issues. The main issue of contention among Parliament members was Section IV of the proposal, which proposed awarding the winners of STORGY (SCG’s annual Student Organization Awards) with academic grants in various amounts based on the award, in the form of RIC Campus Store gift cards. The section also called for the allocation of an additional $5,000 (amended to $1,000 early on in the debate) in revenue to the following year’s budget for the student organization that wins the STORGY Award for Organization of the Year. A motion to strike the section in its entirety was made by Rep. George Bissell, who is also editor-in-chief of The Anchor. “The spirit of awarding students for winning STORGY awards, it just seems like a good idea,” said Escobar, who spoke out in favor of keeping Section IV in the proposal. “It’s an added incentive for students to actually be a part of the campus community… I’m strongly in favor of Section IV… especially in an atmosphere in which student organization activity has been on the decline.” Rep. Nicholas Lima was one of the representatives who spoke out in favor of striking Section IV in its entirety.
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A week of Wall Street layoffs As protesters find new ways to Occupy Wall Street, major financial firms have been busy handing out pink slips this week. It’s the second week of what’s expected to be a brutal season for job cuts as big banks have already announced that there will be roughly 75,000 fewer people working at their firms. Most of the layoffs at Bank of America this week came from the firm’s investment banking and capital markets divisions, according to a source close to the firm. A Bank of America spokesperson declined to comment on the matter. In September, Bank of America announced planned cuts of 30,000 employees over the next several years. Resolution asks Iran to clarify nuclear issues The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog’s governing council adopted a resolution Friday expressing “deep and increasing concern about the unresolved issues regarding the Iranian nuclear program.” Among the issues are “those which need to be clarified to exclude the existence of possible military dimensions” in the nuclear program, it says. The resolution was approved by an overwhelming majority of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s governing council. The move underscores “the big worry of the international community about a possible military dimension of the Iranian atomic program.” Massive demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Tens of thousands of Egyptians turned out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday to protest plans for a constitution that would shield the military from public oversight. The throng, dominated by Islamist parties but also including secular forces, comes ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections set to begin on Nov. 28. Egypt has been ruled by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces since the departure of President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year. The military said it wants to transfer power to a civilian parliament and president. Pilot stuck in lavatory prompts terror scare Unbeknownst to one airline crew, their pilot became trapped in the lavatory because of a broken door latch. “After trying unsuccessfully for several minutes to open the door, a nearby passenger heard the noise of the efforts and tried to help,” said Peter Kowalchuk, a spokesman for the airline. With their pilot “missing” the flight crew notified air traffic control who then told them to immediately land the plane as a precaution. The plane, with 14 passengers and three crew members on board, made an emergency landing at LaGuardia with the pilot at the controls. The FBI was on location just to make sure everything was all right. House rejects balanced budget amendment The Republican-controlled House of Representatives rejected a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution on Friday – a setback for GOP leaders and conservative activists who claim the measure is necessary to end the federal government’s spiraling deficit spending. A total of 261 members voted for the measure – 23 votes shy of the two-thirds majority required for passage –while 165 members opposed it. Most Republicans supported the measure; most Democrats voted no. Oklahoma State women’s basketball coaches among the four killed in plane crash Oklahoma State University women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were killed when their plane crashed on the way to a recruiting trip in Arkansas, university officials said Friday. Former Oklahoma State Sen. Olin Branstetter and his wife, Paula, also died in the crash Thursday, university spokesman Gary Schutt said. The plane, a Piper Cherokee PA-28, according to FAA records, crashed under “unknown circumstances” in a wooded area about four miles south of Perryville, Arkansas, about 4:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, agency spokesman Lynn Lunsford said Friday. No additional information about the crash was immediately available. Courtesy of CNN Headline News
Research lecture at RIC highlights future of battling cancer By Justin Goslant
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Rhode Island College hosted the 13th Annual Robert M. Young Memorial Lecture in the Fogarty Life Science building on Nov. 16. Young, dedicated to details and biology, served as a professor, chair of the biology department and as an active community member at RIC for over 20 years. This year John Pawelek presented an introduction to cancer and his own pioneering cancer research for the lecture series. Pawelek currently works at the Yale School of Medicine in the department of dermatology. Pawelek’s research focuses on the metastasis of melanoma. This is the study of how skin cancer starts as a single tumor and then spreads to other parts of the body such as the organs and lymph nodes. In his career, he developed a tumor targeting mechanism by modifying Salmonella to attack and kill only cancerous cells by carrying toxins to the sites of said cells. Pawelek began from the beginning: the Big Bang Theory. This theory about the beginning of the universe offers important clues about other forms of changes and mutations that occur in nature, like cancer. The very nature of natural selection is intimately related to cancer. He believes it is “important to remember how life came about from primordial chaos, [and] was created during the Big Bang while the other elements were forged by stars and eventually would constitute everything else.” On Earth, a single miraculous molecule like DNA managed to selfreplicate and mutate over billions of years into all living things. Research points to the earliest life cloning itself similar to cancer. DNA replicates and often makes mistakes when doing so. These mutations can also occur at a more rapid rate due to mutagens, or
carcinogens. Mutagens are agents which cause mutations; carcinogens are cancer-causing agents. These toxins do damage over time and the very flexibility that allows for complex life also allows for life to go awry. This also means that while there are general cancer types, like melanoma, so many different things can go wrong that specialized treatment for individuals becomes more beneficial than a generalized procedure like chemotherapy. “Only 5 to 10 percent of cancer cases stem from a family history of the disease,” Pawelek said. “The other 90 to 95 percent of cases are caused by environmental and lifestyle hazards.” He said bad air, smoking and other forms of pollution can result in mutagens being deposited into the body. Chronic inflammation has also been linked to cancer. Inflammation can happen anywhere inside or outside the body. Macrophages, or white blood cells, flock to a bruise, cut, or other site of inflammation in order to start repairs. However, macrophages also release chemicals that are meant to perform a function like signaling other cells to the site of distress. These chemicals can also act as mutagens, thus degrading cell integrity over time. Most recently, Pawelek has been trying to prove the fusion method of metastasis. His paper about the fusion method will be published shortly. He said that the fusion method of cancer spreading involves the hybridization of cancerous cells and macrophages. “The macrophage will attempt to consume cancer cells, often successfully,” he said. Occasionally, a macrophage will fuse with the cancer cell and all the internal workings of the two cells become melded and completely mixed up with each other. A single melanoma, or other tumor, may now spread its cells through the circulatory system and can settle elsewhere within the body. This event is rare and hard to catch. But, Pawelek is on the hunt. Soon, he said, he’ll “finally… show that this happens.”
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The professor and the “Learned Pig” as written and advertised during his celebrity. The compilation was stitched together by Potter to create a coherent narrative from Toby’s perspective. Toby was a British pig that managed to escape slaughter with the help of a young boy named Sam. He was then able to gain an education and travel the world. Potter said good writing “comes about with much revision.” However, for Toby’s words and thoughts, he said they came to him “akin to listening to the character in his head.” Toby’s views could also be “a commentary on human civilization and society as a whole,” he said. Toby refers to humans as the “sons of Narcissus.” Despite the subject matter, the book is not really for children, but for people who “enjoy and appreciate the ability of prose to transport them to other worlds,” said Potter. Potter writes a blog, pygnovel.blogspot.com, that relates back to his novel, and even has entries by Toby himself. Since writing his book, Potter has found that he is unable to eat pork.
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Russell Potter, an English professor at Rhode Island College, has recently published a new book, “Pyg: The Memoirs of a Learned Pig.” Potter stumbled upon and rediscovered Toby, the learned pig, nearly two years ago. He By Justin Goslant found an engraving from 1785 Anchor New Writer showcasing an intelligent member of the swinish race. Throughout the 1800s and late 1700s people could go and visit this pig and apparently, according to Potter, all the learned pigs of the last few centuries were named Toby. Toby was said to be able to spell the answers to questions asked by audience members by rearranging cut-out letters. Toby had a variety of talents and interests ranging from reading Plutarch to reading the minds of ladies – with their permission, of course. “Pyg: The Memoirs of a Learned Pig” is currently available in the United Kingdom, where it was published. It is also available from online distributors like Amazon.com. The book is a collection of accounts of Toby’s life and travels
Sen. Whitehouse to visit RIC on Monday
At this roundtable discussion, Whitehouse is expected to hear testimonials from students that have received Pell Grants, enabling them to pursue a college education. It is Whitehouse’s position that Pell Grants should not be part of any “super committee” deficit reduction package. In September, he introduced a resolution in the Senate to defend Pell Grants, and has urged Congress as a whole to protect the grants. The grants bear the name of the late R.I. Sen. Claiborne Pell, who played a key role in the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 and the corresponding alterations made to the amendments in 1978, which called for increased funding in the form of Pell Grants for low-income students to be able to purse a college education. Pell, a Democrat, was the longest-serving senator in Rhode Island history, serving six terms from 1961-1997. He died on Jan. 1, 2009 at the age of 90.
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In 2010, 1,638,846 people were arrested for manufacturing or possessing drugs. According to the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, that works out to about roughly one arrest every 19 seconds. 81.9 percent of those total arrests were for possession and 45.8 percent of the possession arrests were for marijuana. The question quickly becomes, why? Why do we throw people into prison for possession of a specific substance? If it was a case of being bad for you then how come the police aren’t raiding your local fast food place or liquor store? At the end of the day, drug policy in the United States is still stuck in a 1930’s Reefer Madness mentality that is out-of-touch with reality. Throwing people into jail for drug use creates a perpetual cycle for the person arrested. Their daily life is completely disrupted by this arrest and they will likely lose their job. How can we expect these people to go into prisons alongside some of the worst violent offenders of society and come out with no job to become productive members of society once again? It’s unrealistic to expect such a thing. The impact of the War on Drugs for incarceration rates is easily shown with three statistics. The first being the violent crime rate, which has steadily declined since 1994 and even reached it’s lowest level in almost forty years in 2010. The second is the overall incarceration rate which since 1970 has steadily climbed and is now at a record high. The third is the amount of drug arrests, where if you look at the numbers you’ll see has also been steadily climbing in the same time period. As time goes on, the War on Drugs becomes Anchor Columnist
far more than just a social issue but also an economic issue. It has gotten to the point where billions of dollars are wasted each year trying to fight a war that cannot be won. According to a CATO Institute study, “Drug criminalization policies in the United States drain $88 billion annually from state, local and federal government coffers.” This includes “$41.3 billion each year to implement current drug policy.” So you might ask yourselves then, what is the solution? I’m not going to pretend to have all the answers but here are a few of my ideas. The first thing that needs to be done is decriminalization for personal possession of drugs. If we truly want to help people who are addicted to drugs, then we need to treat them like human beings instead of criminals. The same idea holds true when dealing with alcoholism, where if you want that person to recover then you would send that person to rehab. The second thing that needs to be done is the legalization of marijuana alongside the taxation of the drug. The reason for the taxation of marijuana is to provide more funding for rehabilitation programs in order to help alleviate the costs of these programs. For those who are concerned about how we would deal with marijuana related issues such as driving while under the influence, alcohol related laws would be a good guide. It should be clear to people on all sides, even those who support the idea of the War on Drugs that it has been a massive failure on almost all levels. It’s time for sensible change before this failed program unnecessarily ruins more lives. Robert Santurri Jr. is a junior accounting major with an interest in politics and economics. He is also a writer and hosts a weekly news-talk radio show on 90.7 WXIN on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
November 21, 2011
The not-so “super” committee and what it all means By Jonathan Lamantia Anchor Columnist
Remember the congressional throw down which occurred last summer over raising the debt ceiling? Remember how the stubborn intransigence of the new, ultra-conservative, Tea Party influenced crop of freshman and that of their sympathizers held the nation’s finances hostage? Remember how despite a deal, the stunt scared Standard & Poors enough that they lowered the credit rating of the U.S. for the first time ever? Do you remember the “super” committee? Well you are about to. That’s right. While normal people are in the process of planning their trips home for Thanksgiving, the “super people” of the so-called “super” committee are probably working hard at failing. For those who are not familiar with the origins of this “super” committee, allow me to explain. In order to secure the absolutely necessary votes to raise the debt ceiling back in August, Congress had to create a bipartisan joint select committee, a temporary committee made up of members from both houses, to find an additional trillion dollars in budget cuts to be slashed over the next decade. Congress must approve the cuts no later than this Thanksgiving. What happens, you ask, if a deal is not struck? Good question. The law demands a process called sequestration. Within the context of the law, this means that instead of being able to decide the terms of the final deal, automatic budget cuts would go into effect in January 2013. The cuts were designed as disincentives for failing to reach an agreement. As such, they are draconian in nature and designed to hurt both parties. For example, sequestration would seriously trim the defense budget (theoretically making Republicans wince) and do the same with many domestic programs such as Social Security and Medicare (both sacred cows of the Democrats). So what exactly has this “super committee” been up to? Not much. Although much of the committee’s work has purposely been conducted in secret in order to provide room for debate without the circus antics of last summer’s debt summits, what we have learned does not bode well for their overall success. After almost three months, the group has produced nothing and is in a World War I style stalemate.
Specifically, the group cannot figure out what to do about revenues. Democrats would like a “balanced” approach (meaning higher taxes on upper income earners with an assortment of other budget cuts); Republicans will support no new taxes (just the closing of loopholes in the tax code at best). Fearing the consequences of failure there has been interest in reworking the law so that sequestration is not triggered, at least in such a way as it would now. So, yes, it appears that we will have turkey for Thanksgiving, but no budget cut agreement. We should not be surprised. The committee is representative of the views expressed in Congress. Members must consider whether or not Congress will back their plan. Why would agreement be any more likely to spring from it than from the whole body? The “super committee” was either a naïve attempt to fix a problem or an adult version of kick-the-can. Yet the nation’s finances are still in need of serious attention. While Moody’s and Fitch did not lower their outlook on the nation’s bond rating, both noted that the status quo was unsustainable and called for attention in the immediate future. So what’s the end game here? Well I see two possibilities. One, a miracle occurs and Republicans and Democrats decided to do what best for the country as a whole, or, two, nothing happens. In the later situation, the law requiring sequestration is re-worked, and the next president and congress are left to haggle. In my view, this later possibility seems more likely. The atmosphere in Congress is simply too patrician, too averse to compromise and too void of trust to produce any favorable deal. Certainly, if the next president is from among the Republican field, a deal (a spending cut deal) will probably result. However, if President Obama is re-elected, and the patrician composition of Congress remains relatively steady, stalemate may still be the norm. Thus it seems the best chance for action on the debt situation is watching a major crisis that inspires action (like the collapse of the Euro) or one-party dominance. Lest you start to feel you have nothing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, this situation has done us great good. It has altered us to a serious problem: we as nation we have forgotten how to govern. Talk about this with your family this year.
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November 21, 2011
Letters to the Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Reaction to “Anchor’s endorsement of Occupy Providence was foolish” The critique of The Anchor’s position supporting Occupy Providence [“Anchor’s endorsement of Occupy Providence was foolish” by Forrester G. Safford, Letters, Nov. 14] purported to be annoyed with the paper’s lack of explanation for their position. However, it became abundantly evident that the real issue at hand had less to do with the paper’s lack of a coherent argument and more to do with the author’s personal viewpoint. The author reports to have a problem with The Anchor supporting a movement with demands that are “unclear” (although their general grievances are well articulated). Yet the lack of a clear Occupy list of demands reflects the highly decentralized and egalitarian nature of the movement; around the country general assemblies have proved themselves highly democratic in form and function. The author also went on to suggest that the Occupy movement has focused on corporations and ignored government responsibility, which simply isn’t true. The movement has specifically articulated disapproval with the government’s deferment to non-democratic institutions in the private sector that control and undermine the will of the general public and the health of our democratic system. Furthermore, the author also accused the general strikers in Oakland California of hypocrisy due to their “disruption” of average worker’s lives while simultaneously rallying against unemployment. Grass roots movements such as the Occupy general strikers in Oakland, working-class peoples themselves, dedicated to changing establishment policy externally are disruptive by default; they do not have the access to institutional mechanisms to effect desired change
or disagree with the procedures and structures necessary to do so. Workers, taking it upon themselves, have the right to decide under what political and economic conditions they will and will not work. They also have the right to decide how to collectively organize and to what purpose. Perhaps the author would admonish American labor, which partook in work stoppages to press their employers and the government for the eight hour work day, an end to child labor, or fair pay and work conditions. Historically, general strikes and boycotts have been successfully employed to topple corrupt regimes. Would the author accost Cubans who in the 1950s participated in a general strike in an attempt to oust their American supported dictator Batista? Or maybe the author would criticize the global citizens who boycotted South African products from the 1960’s to the 1980’s for “disrupting” the market in their struggle against apartheid. What about the global BDS movement targeting Israel and American corporations who profit from an illegal occupation that systematically dismantles the human rights of Palestinians? Don’t rock the market when confronting injustice is a fool’s proposition. Kevin Dwyre The author is a junior political science and anthropology major at RIC.
Inresponseto“Sexcolumnsensationalism” I’d like to start out by saying this, everyone is entitled to have their own opinion however if you’re going to take a stand on something you better be prepared to defend a counter argument. [In response to “Sex column sensationalism” by Jason Preston, Letters, Nov. 14], I don’t find the sex advice articles to be distasteful; rather they are informative and give legitimate advice. Yes, they have some headlines that boarder on the line of good taste; I’ll use the example of [“Clit Happens,” Lifestyles, Nov. 7], since you had mentioned it in your article. Part of journalism is about making a catchy headline and when dealing with a subject that could potentially be uncomfortable, such as human anatomy, humor is a great way to diffuse a person’s discomfort. As for the content of the article, I found nothing vulgar about it. It is in no way any more graphic then something you would see in a cosmopolitan magazine and it uses medical terminology. I’m just failing to see the vulgarity that
you are seeing; with the sex novelty items I can somewhat understand because I know people who just don’t believe in masturbation, but so what? Just skip over the article if you don’t like what you’re reading. I’d be curious to see how you would write a sexual health advice column; would you structure it like some junior high school health class where all they do is preach that abstinence is the way to go? Now if you do believe that, its fine, again everyone’s entitled to their own opinion but here’s the thing; we’re all adults here and I don’t see any issue with the contents of Ms. Carlson’s articles or The Anchor publishing them. Heather Nichols The author is a senior at RIC.
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November 21, 2011
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Avoid stores on Black Friday at all costs - Style RX pg. 14
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Sex week satisfies By Jacki Carlson
Anchor Lifestyles Writer
This past week Feminists United, a Rhode Island College student organization, hosted a number of sex-positive events under the title of “Sex Week” with the goal of providing a safe place of discussion for practices of sexual enjoyment, pleasure and empowerment for all people. Events included “Sexual Education,” “Sex Toy Bingo” and a night of viewing feminist pornography in a number of different locations on campus. These events were open to all RIC students over 18, were all adult based in nature (though only appropriate business attire and scientific terminology were used) and tons of free products were given away. The week started off with a night of “Sex Education.” Several RIC students gathered in Student Union Room 307 on Mononday, Nov. 14, to discuss important topics such as keeping safe, gaining pleasure, learning anatomy of the body and achieving orgasm. Speaking at this event was Sandy Julien, a retailer and sexual educator from “Athena’s Home Novelties.” Julien, who has been with “Athena’s Home Novelties” for more than eight years, played several games with the students to enhance the experience and make the educating process fun. Some of the games she played
were trivia games, true and false, a ring toss using realistic phallus-shaped dildos and many other games to relieve the tension of talking about sex. Students walked away educated in protective forms of sex, ways to achieve a more pleasurable orgasm, the proper anatomical terms of the male and female genitalia and of course samples of lubricant. The biggest event of the week was the free “Sex Toy Bingo” that took place in the Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday. The members of Feminists United had asked for donations from several adult product companies over the course of a few weeks such as Sportsheets, Empowered Products and several others. The result was nearly 130 RIC students at the bingo with hundreds of dollars in free products given away to a quite a few lucky winners. Items given away were “toys” (vibrators, dildos, etc.) bondage wear, positioning tools and of course lubrication. Several games of bingo were played and each winner was able to talk to Deirdre O’Donnell, a member of Feminists United who is educated in sexual pleasure, empowerment and education. O’Donnell helped each winner pick out the perfect prize. Sprinkled into the bingo was a plethora of useful information about sexuality, such as caring for sex ”toys,” practicing safe sexual contact,and avoiding harmful materials.
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The last event, “Porn and Popcorn,” was a sexy way to spend a Thursday evening. A Feminist-friendly pornographic film called “Life Love Lust” was viewed in the Women’s Studies Lounge in Adam’s Library and featured three different stories of sexual encounters that were very much different from your usual porno. This film was showed in a conference room with over a dozen viewers (armed with candy, popcorn and other things to keep their hands from wandering as the film heated up) and surprised all with the complexity of passionate cinematography, beautiful yet normal-looking people and a delicate balance of sexuality and passionate encounters that would have made “Girls Gone Wild” look boring. After the viewing there was a discussion about the film and why it seemed so different from most other pornography that people think about. All and all, the events seemed successful, with a number of RIC students expressing sexuality in a safe and empowered atmosphere (and of course they got free products). With the high numbers of participators in these events, it seems that Feminists United is out to change the view of sexuality on RIC campus.
November 21, 2011
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Back to black
Black Friday is coming up and I could care less. I already have a moderately sized TV, I’m perfectly happy with my obscure brand MP3 player and the last game system I purchased was a Super Nintendo. Needless to say, electronics aren’t my thing. It’s quite clear what gets my blood pumping: clothes. Black Friday is also a big day for clothing retailers. It marks the beginning of the winter season and the start of holiday shopping. By Courtney Woods I went shopping for clothes on Black Friday Style RX once, and I endured torture for nothing. I arrived at the mall at the crack of dawn so I could join the line of shoppers waiting eagerly for the stores to open their doors. I’m not a morning person. Being awake before sunrise usually makes me feel insane, but the allure of discounted denim beckoned. I was clearly not the only one verging on insanity, judging by the aggressive jeers I received when I rejoined my friend in line after grabbing mittens from my car. At 6 a.m., the line outside Old Navy stretched to hundreds of feet. Only once in my life had I seen a line at 6 a.m. that rivaled this one in length: in Manhattan outside of Good Morning America before a free Mariah Carey concert. Based on this comparison, I assumed I was moments away from extreme storewide discounts... I was wrong. When the doors to Old Navy finally opened and the stampede of rabid bargain hunters died down, I was disappointed to see that prices were not that low. Sure there was an entire rack of shorts and tank tops for $1.97, but it was mid-November, ice cold and like my grandmother always taught me, “It’s only a bargain if you need it.” The fall and winter merchandise had meager 20-30 percent markdowns. Plus, you had to fight elbows and scathing looks just to approach a rack of sweaters. So what was all the fuss about? After hearing friends talk about how they got $200 off a flat screen TV or an iPod Touch for half price, I expected similar discounts on clothes. As I walked through the crowded mall my dreams were dashed. There were discounts in every store, but nothing shockingly low. When I asked a salesgirl at Old Navy what was so special about Black Friday, she told me that the first one hundred shoppers through the door received a $25 gift card. I was shopper number 101. If you aren’t looking to purchase big-ticket electronic items, I would not recommend shopping on Black Friday. Stores are overcrowded and prices aren’t low enough to validate waiting in line in the bitter cold. You can procure discounts any day of the year by applying for a store credit card (which you can promptly cancel after reaping the initial benefits). Savvy shoppers go online, where coupon codes can be found through any search engine and decent discounts are sent to your email through store newsletters. If anything is worth hauling my butt out of bed at the crack of dawn and waiting in line for hours, it’s cheap clothes and Mariah Carey. But on Black Friday the paltry discounts are just not worth the effort.
Your answers in 30 words or less: Trends at RIC
Dear Ari, Why do certain religions that support the idea of love cause so many wars? – Seth, RIC senior Dear Seth, Isn’t love worth fighting for? Religions fight for the same beliefs. The way their beliefs are interpreted is where the conflict happens. I agree, make love not war.
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Dear Ari, My boyfriend and I have been together for seven years. I don’t think I love him anymore but to throw away seven years of good times would be awful. Should I just settle and live in my relationship? – Brian, RIC senior Dear Brian, Settling is the worst thing you could do. You wouldn’t only be hurting yourself but him too. Talk with him about your honest feelings and work things out from there.
Dear Ari, Life is hard or easy?– – Lucky, RIC senior
Dear Lucky, Life is whatever you want. It’s hard if you make it that way, or easy if you want. A good balance of hard and easy times will make for a healthy life.
Dear Ari, What do you think is the sweetest thing a person can do to make another person have a better day? – Gwen RIC junior Dear Gwen, Smile. Smiling at anyone is a reassuring action that people are still good no matter what a person’s predicament.
Special Question of the Week Dear Ari, A close relative of mine recently passed away at the age of 50. His passing showed me that I and many others are wasting our lives with everyday normal things. What are some ways to better our lives, better the world, have a fulfilling life and not waste time? Life is just too short. – Jackson, RIC junior Dear Jackson, Sometimes when situations have major impacts on our lives, we go into two modes of thinking. A) Being heavily saddened or depressed for a rather long length of time or B) Changing our lives drastically as fast as we can. Each way works differently for different people. I say “work” because both ways of thinking are needed to get to the next level of the goal you had in mind for life. As we know people die every day, but when someone we actually know passes away, it sends us through a whirlwind of emotions creating these two mind sets, as well as many others. Some ways to better your lives are
to let go of the past and have a full emotional recovery. Once this has happened you can move on to different levels of improvement. Some find that changing the way they look, such as changing their diet or improving their health makes them have better lives. Others find spiritual guidance and are awakened to a new world of possibility for the mind and spirit. To better the world, is to better ones self, so one of the best things we all strive to do that we also overlook is leading by example. You could change someone’s life by leading your own life with a positive outlook, therefore continuing that trend and changing the world. Having a fulfilling life requires you to define the word fulfilling for yourself. Once you have your satisfying definition of it, then you can go on knowing what you need or want to do to make your life the way you want it. Apologies for your loss and may you and your family grow to be closer and your lives more fulfilling. As you said, life is just too short.
November 21, 2011
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RIC defeats Becker 60-52
Senior center Mike Akinrola scored a game-high 19 points and classmate forward Mason Choice scored 15 points in the second half to By George Bissell lead the Anchormen Editor-in-Chief to a 72-69 victory over non-conference opponent Lasell College on Saturday, Nov. 19 in the Murray Center. After being held without a basket in the first half, Choice, the team’s captain, stepped up to lead the Anchormen to the programs first 3-0 start since the 2007-2008 season. “It feels good to start off the season on the right foot, especially since we have a bunch of new guys this year so it shows that we are all on the same page and have the same goal,” said Choice. “I wasn’t aggressive in the first half, so I knew that I had to come out in the second half, make some plays and get to the basket.” Junior guard Tahrike Carter recorded his second career double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds), sophomore guard Tom DeCiantis added nine points and junior guard Ethan Gaye chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and four assists. The Anchormen, playing without one of their key role players coming off the bench, junior center Steve Roberts, who is likely out for the rest of the semester with a _ injury, got contributions from his replacements, freshmen forwards Jacob Page (four points) and Chris Burton (two points) in the victory. After taking the loss, Lasell fell to 1-2 on the season. Junior guard Sean Bertanza led the Lasers with 17 points, junior forward Sonny Mello scored 16 points and senior forward Javon Williams added 14 points in the loss. The two teams traded baskets for the first five minutes of the contest before the Anchormen rattled off 14 unanswered points to take a 22-11 lead with just over 11 minutes remaining in the
Akinrola’s 16 points help Anchormen improve to 2-0
The Rhode Island College men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 this season with a 60-52 victory over non-conference opponent Becker College on Thursday, Nov. 17. By George Bissell Senior center Mike Editor-in-Chief Akinrola led the way for the Anchormen, scoring in double figures for the second consecutive contest, netting a team-high 16 points, while classmate forward Mason Choice added 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds in the win. Sophomore guard Tom DeCiantis continued his strong start to the season, rounding out the trio of Anchormen in double figures with 10 points. With the signature victory on the road, the Anchormen avenged a loss to the Hawks in their regular season home opener in the Murray Center last year. The Hawks went on to win 24 games and
make their first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history last season. “Toughness and composure got us the win, said junior guard and team captain Tahrike Carter, who scored six points in the victory. “This win means a lot for NCAA Tournament bids and we owed them one from a loss in the season opener last year. Our goal is to get to the NCAA Tournament and to go as far as possible and that win helped us push towards achieving that goal.” Becker was led by standout senior guard Terrence Favors, a First Team All-NECC selection last season, who scored a game-high 18 points and classmate forward Rajai Leggett, also a First Team All-NECC selection last season, who finished with a double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds). Freshman center Jerome Cohen made an impact coming off the bench in his first career game chipping in eight points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the Hawks who fell to 0-1 after a loss in their regular season opener.
first half. The Lasers responded with a run of their own, cutting the Anchormen’s lead down to a single point, 25-24, after a 3-pointer from Mello with just over seven minutes remaining in the first half. The two teams went back and forth for the remainder of the half, with Akinrola’s layup beating the buzzer to give RIC a 42-36 lead at the half. Lasell came back strong in the second half, eventually taking their first lead of the game since the early stages of the first half after a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Brandon Ganesh put the Lasers in front, 52-50, with 14 minutes left in the game. From that point on, it remained a one possession game for the remainder of the contest, as neither team was able to pull away. The key play that put the Anchormen ahead for good came with just over three minutes remaining when Carter got his own rebound after a missed layup and scored to give RIC a three-point, 65-62 lead. With the game on the line, the Anchormen stepped up in the final minute to put away the Lasers. DeCiantis nailed a clutch 3-pointer from the baseline with 36 seconds to play to increase the RIC lead to 68-63 and the Anchormen hit four of six free throws in the final minute to hold on for a 72-69 victory. The Anchormen will be back in action when they face non-conference rival Bridgewater State University on the road on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The Anchormen defeated the Bears, 62-61, last season in the Murray Center on a pair of Choice free throws with 11 seconds remaining.
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Choice’s clutch second half surge keeps RIC undefeated
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Anchormen survive scare against Lasell
November 21, 2011
Akinrola leads Anchormen to 70-52 win over Clark in regular season home opener
this team has a chance to be the best defensive team we’ve ever had,” said Walsh in a post-game interview. The Anchormen, who were picked to win the Little East Conference this season by the annual preseason coaches’ poll released earlier in the week, struggled offensively in the first half knocking down just 13-of-35 (37 percent) shots from the field and converting on just 1-of-11 attempts from 3-point range. Despite their struggles offensively, the Anchormen held a 2720 lead at the break thanks in large part to nine points from Akinrola and a game-high seven rebounds from junior center Steve Roberts off the bench. The Anchormen’s tenacious defense held the Cougars to just 7-of-28 (25 percent) shooting and forced 10 turnovers in the first half. Clark mounted a charge early in the second half storming back to tie the game at 33-33 with just over 13 minutes remaining in the contest before the Anchormen responded going on a 12-2 run over the next four minutes capped off by a 3-pointer from DeCiantis to open up a 45-35 lead with just over eight minutes remaining. Akinrola and the Anchormen wore down the Cougars on the offensive end, opening up their largest lead of the game (12 points) after a monster slam-dunk from Roberts gave RIC a 47-35 lead with 7:39 remaining. The Anchormen cruised the rest of the way protecting a double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest, pulling away late for a 70-52 victory. With the victory, the Anchormen improved to 1-0 (0-0 LEC), while Clark falls to (0-1, NEWMAC). RIC will be back in action when they travel to Becker College for a non-conference match-up on Thursday, Nov. 17. The Hawks upset the Anchormen, 67-53, in their regular season opener for both teams last season.
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Senior center Mike Akinrola scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Rhode Island College men’s basketball team to a By George Bissell 70-52 victory over Editor-in-Chief Clark University in the regular season opener for both teams on Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the Murray Center. Akinrola, an All-Little East Conference selection last season, was one of four Anchormen to score in double figures. Senior forward Mason Choice (16 points), sophomore guard Tom DeCiantis (12 points) and Tahrike Carter (11 points) rounded out the RIC contingent in double figures. “Tom (DeCiantis) really stepped up in a big way tonight. He didn’t really get to play last year and coach told him that he had a big role to play and he really stepped up tonight. Tahrike (Carter) has really been helping us on the offensive end this year, showing tremendous improvement and Mason (Choice) he can basically do everything on the court,” said Akinrola after the victory. The Anchormen, the top defensive team in the Little East Conference last season, picked up right where they left off, holding the Cougars to 32 percent (19-of-59) shooting and forcing 18 Cougar turnovers on the way to a key non-conference victory. “The defensive end of the floor is where we start, said RIC head coach Bob Walsh, now in his seventh season at the helm, after the game. “Anytime you hold a team to 32 percent shooting and give up only 52 points, like we did tonight, you are going to win a lot of games.” “We finished seventh in the country last season in field goal percentage defense and I think
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November 21, 2011
What I’m thankful for meaning of Thanksgiving, considering I learned it during all five years of elementary school. I am thankful for possibly getting to spend it with my best friend, Wendy. I will actually get to see her in broad daylight and will be able to tell what state of mind she is in for once. I am thankful for my Uncle John as he willingly shares the history of the family and how we have a descendent who rode the Mayflower. He must have been one hell of a man. I am thankful for The Waltons. Even though my mother has seen every episode a thousand times, it makes her smile. And there’s no better smile than a Joan smile. I am thankful for my dog. I’m sure plenty can agree that there is no type of love like puppy love. Lastly, I am thankful for my Grandma, who always managed to make me think of what it means to be thankful. She taught me well.
My grandmother, Dorothy Finegan, passed away peacefully at a hospice in December 2003. She passed away with all four of her children around her, her last cigarette laying in her ashtray and of course, By Deirdre Greene the memories she had Simple Things created during commercial breaks of Wheel of Fortune. What makes me appreciate Thanksgiving is the fact that it was the last holiday I got to spend with her before she passed. She always asked me what I was thankful for and I never had an answer. I never planned my answer nor did I really care to have one. If only she were here today to see how I try to have an answer for just about everything. Granted, she probably wouldn’t find my answers as amusing, but grandma taught me well. So as Thanksgiving is fast approaching, there are a few things I can say I’m thankful for. I am thankful for my family, even though I don’t even know who half of them are. I swear I belong to a tribe, not a family. I am thankful for knowing the
The Twitter Team Parking at Rhode Island College has always presented a problem for most commuters. Luckily, the college has students like Alexa Scognamiglio to step forward in an effort to alleviate some of the problems. In conjunction with Student Activities, Scognamiglioa, a sophomore psychology major, recently spearheaded the “Twitter Team” for By Hillary Costa RIC. Anchor Staff Writer Under the account name, “@parkingproblems,” the Tweet Team has gained about 10 members who tweet from the account. It is recommended that RIC students with a Twitter account follow @parkingproblems for updates regarding available campus parking and local traffic to the school. Those who tweet from the account now refer to parking lots by what buildings around campus they are near or their respective lot letter. Even the coveted spots at the Student Union Loop are accounted for. This account also invites members to tweet about current events happening around campus. If you are an avid tweeter and even have Twitter on your mobile phone as a commuter, you are a perfect candidate to become a member of the Tweet Team. With the current academic session quickly wrapping up, it is in the upcoming semester that Scognamiglio plans to advertise the group more and hold official meetings for the team. If you are interested in becoming a part of this organization, contact Alexa Scognamiglio at email@example.com for more information.
Things I learn from “Bones”
that exception was “Bones.” You’re all probably aware of the Fox show called “Bones,” so I’ll skip over the introductions. What had caught my interest was how this show handled what had become of the dead. It strayed away from the norm by not glossing over the fact that the person who was murdered, killed, stuffed in a wall, wasn’t just a plot device to get our main characters moving. Their bones, their body, their personality are slowly uncovered to reveal that the dead don’t just die, they each come with a rich history of knowledge that is unique to them alone and the object of “Bones” is to recognize that fact. In a sense the dead become an active player in the story that unfolds in each episode. What was I able to take away from this? Well, death, whether we want to admit it or not, is an everyday occurrence here on earth. It’s not a particularly happy thought, but it is reality so we in some way or another have to come to terms with it in our own way. I for one am a bit scared of it. I can’t even begin to think about the idea that people close to me may simply vanish one day. I don’t like thinking about it, honestly, so I push those thoughts to the back of my mind. However, after watching “Bones” I began to learn that death isn’t necessarily a bad thing. What I needed to understand was that, yes, it will be a sad and disheartening thing to say a permanent goodbye to someone who means a lot to me, but at the same time they’re not really dead. I’ll keep with me the memories we shared
and they’ll live forever, for no one can truly disappear, no matter how hard they try. Everybody leaves behind a little something of themselves everywhere they go.
By Ashley St. Louis
Out of the many shows that populate American television, odds are there’s a good chance there’s a crime scene investigation going on at this very moment on one of the 200 channels that span cable television. The white line in the shape of a crudely drawn human being, the bright yellow tape that practically yells “Do Not Cross” in bold black letters; we all know what it means. Someone has just been killed. I think it’s pretty safe to assume that we’ve all sat through our fair share of these types of shows, what with the abundance of them aired every season. I for one have never really been a fan of those investigative type shows, but there always has to be an exception to a rule. For me,
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November 21, 2011
It’s game time
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Everyone likes to play games, and the Games and Merriment Enthusiasts of RIC (GAMER) gives people a place to play them. Whether it’s board games, video games, role-playing games, card collecting games, or miniature war games (to name a few), GAMER will provide an open forum for students who are interested. By Alexandra Weston The Executive Board of the club Lifestyles Editor encourages any student to join the group and learn about new games, or just enjoy an old favorite. Dan DiBiasio, the club’s vice president, said, “Already in our group we have people who love role playing games, live-action role-playing or LARPing, board and tabletop games, collectible card games and video games including fighting games and Pokémon.” Starting next semester, GAMER will start hosting monthly workshops on different types of games. February will be their tabletop, role-playing gaming workshop, where they hope to work on things like character creation and becoming better storytellers. March, they will learn painting techniques for war miniatures. April will be a LARP themed month for stress relief and the club will end the semester by learning about different video games and possibly host an end of the year tournament. Heather Edwards, GAMER’s founder and president, said that the club, “is open to anyone interested in games, no matter your level of skill or experience.” GAMER is also Rhode Island College’s only gaming club that allows, what Edwards calls, an “open forum” for people who are interested to enjoy gaming. The club meets every Thursday night in the Adams Library room 409 from 7:30 p.m. until around 10 p.m.
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“I’m working and watching football.”
“Going home and spending it with my family.”
“I’m going to Oregon to visit my family.”
“Having family over, but I don’t really celebrate it because I’m from the Caribbean.”
“Going to the West Warwick vs. Coventry football game, then spending time with the family. Football and turkey all day.”
“Going home to spend time with my family and friends. I’m visiting my high school friends and going to the Thanksgiving Day football game.”
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Q & Anchor: What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
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November 21, 2011
95.5 WBRU Birthday Bash
“Mouthful of Birds”
Performing Arts Series: Muir String Quartet 7:30 p.m. Sapinsley Hall $5 RIC, $35 Non-RIC
Theatre: “A Mouthful of Birds” Wednesday, Nov. 16 Sunday Nov. 20, Nov. 16-19 8 p.m. Nov. 19-20 at 2 p.m. 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 4 p.m. Auction 7 p.m. Bannister Gallery Free
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Monday, Nov. 14
Muir String Quartet brings Beethoven to life
Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the best known composers in world history. Although he may have passed away centuries ago, his music lived on with the Muir String Quartet’s performance in the fifth installment of the Performing Arts Series. Beethoven had many By Peter Hoey achievements in his career, Anchor A&E Writer one of them being the String Quartet Series. Containing 16 different pieces, the quartets feature different characteristics of Beethoven himself. The first six demonstrate his mastery of the quartet, while the rest demonstrate his ability to incorporate dramatic emotions. The Muir String Quartet, which was founded in 1979, is known for delivering great concert performances, evident of the rave reviews for the award-winning ensemble given out by the Boston Globe and San Francisco Examiner. On Monday, Nov. 14, the Muir String Quarter took to the Sapinsley Hall stage at Rhode Island College. Their goal: to perform Beethoven’s 16 String Quartets in a total of six concerts. It is a testament to the reputation of the quartet that Sapinsley Hall was almost completely filled. After taking my seat, I watched as the four members took their places in the center of the stage. The Muir String Quartet is comprised of violinists Peter Zazofsky and Lucia Lin, violist Steven Ansell and cellist Michael Reynolds. The four readied their instruments as lead violinist Zazofsky deftly introduced the first piece the contingent would perform: Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 127. Then, the Muir began and it was instantly recognizable that these four musicians had amazing talent as
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they brought Beethoven’s piece to life. Although the opening piece instantly showcased their talent, it was only the beginning of an amazing night. The structure of the show delivered a buildup as the first piece was slow and methodical. The second piece however, was, as Zazofsky said, “the most modern piece you’ll hear tonight. After this concert you’ll be able to tell people that you heard something unbelievable.” This turned out to be quite true as the piece, “Quartet in F Major, Opus 18, and Number 1,” was sporadic and unpredictable. However, even in chaotic pieces such as this, a certain fluidity and intensity must be placed into the creation of each note played. The fluidity was certainly evident that night. After a brief intermission, the Muir String Quartet prepared for the final piece of the concert: all 40 minutes of it. As Zazofsky announced the piece, “Quartet in C Major, Opus 59, Number 3,” the crowd, myself included, gasped wondering how they would fare performing a piece so grand in length? Yet the Muir never faltered or fumbled on a single note. Each musician was engrossed in their work, never distracted at any moment. This dedication made for an extraordinary sendoff. Once the piece came to a close, the audience granted the Muir String Quartet a standing ovation, cheering for the excellent recreation of Beethoven’s masterpiece they had just witnessed. “The short, rapid Beethoven piece really did seem like a modern piece and made the night for me. If I had to give up every concert I have been to, this would be the last,” said one music-lover and concert-goer, Alice, who preferred not to provide her full name. This accolade strikes at the heart of the Muir String Quartet’s success that night and their ability to interpret an old piece faithfully and flawlessly while making it relevant to a modern audience. The Muir String Quartet returns to RIC to perform the next set of Beethoven’s quartets on Feb. 6, 2012.
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November 21, 2011
“A Mouthful of Birds” a confusing-yet-fun performance By Kelly Noonan
Despite a brilliant opening night, “A Mouthful of Birds” left me feeling a little lost with its confusing storyline. Written by Caryl Churchill and David Lan in 1986, “A Mouthful of Birds” is a somewhat modern take on Euripides’ final tragedy, “The Bacchae.” The general theme of this play is about the eternal conflict people face every day. By trying to follow society and its laws, “A Mouthful of Birds” hints that in the process, humans seem to repress their own needs and instincts. The play is divided up into seven vignettes showing this struggle. Throughout each vignette, you see Dionysus (played by Daniel Larson), god of wine and fertility who is marked by rage ecstasy and madness, watching each of these struggles unfold. At the beginning of each vignette, he kisses the character causing each scene’s conflict to unfold. I really enjoyed the stage set up. Consisting merely of a few tables and chairs, furniture was moved as needed by the characters themselves. This setup took the focus off the set and on the scene and acing itself. There were also three large platforms the characters used to either run on or act as other parts of the play. The lighting and sound were fantastic as well, adding the dramatic air to certain scenes when needed. As as acting was concerned, the actors and actresses performed their parts in an intense manner, really getting into character to show the extreme forms of rage or madness everyone has hidden deep within them. I also greatly enjoyed how they incorporated
dance into expressing this inner conflict. What left me a little lost however, was some of the story lines of the vignettes. Out of the seven vignettes performed, I fully understood three of them. The first vignette, entitled “Psychic Attack,” has Sarah T.B. Pierce playing a mother who suffers from post natal psychosis and kills her child. In “Gold Shoes,” Corinne Southern plays a recovering alcoholic, which was easy enough to understand. My personal favorite vignette was called “Pig,” and features Nathanael Lee playing a man who falls hopelessly in love with a pig. He does many dances with the “pig” (Larson) in order to express his love for the creature. The other vignettes, although the acting was wonderful, had a storyline that left me somewhat confused. I wasn’t sure how they tied together as a whole; it just looked like random fits of rage and insanity running rampant around. I could easily see the repressed nature but I couldn’t see the social conflict that went with it, especially the last vignette “Hot Summer.” Dana Haley did a wonderful job expressing the emotion needed for the scenes, but I wasn’t entirely sure of where she was. The same feeling was present for many other vignettes. One thing that really helped the show overall was the epilogue. It answered some of the questions I had throughout the play and resolved some issues that were lost in confusion. It explained what each person discovered about themselves after their outbursts. Overall, this play is very interesting and makes you think about life and I would recommend seeing it.
Coming Soon to Theaters “Arthur Christmas” Starring: Hugh Laurie, James McAvoy It might not be Thanksgiving yet, but that’s not stopping Hollywood from decking the halls with holly. This 3D digital Christmas story is brought to us by Aardman, the British genius behind “Wallace and Gromit.” It explores the secret of how Santa Claus delivers gifts in one night. Here, gifts are delivered via a high tech covert operation run by an agency. Will it matter if one present is forgotten due to the high-tech shuffle? The sons of Santa have different views. Rated: PG (mild rude humor)
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Starring: Asa Butterfield, Christopher Lee In 1930’s Paris, a poor little orphan boy who lives in a train station discovers a secret involving his father and a mystical world involving something called an automaton. However, the contraption and its wonder threaten to jeopardize his secretive orphan train life. It’s the first time Martin Scorsese has directed a children’s film and the first time he’s used 3D techniques in one of his films. Rated: PG (mild thematic material, some action/peril, smoking)
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RIC Mainstage Theatre
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Starring: Jason Segel, Kermit the Frog, Amy Adams The most popular puppets in American history are back! An evil oil tycoon is threatening to raze the former theatrical home of the Muppets. Along with some of their fans, the Muppets start a telethon to raise funds and save the theater. After a decade away from filmmaking, do the Muppets still have the magic? Rated: PG (mild rude humor) Courtesy of pjfox.com
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November 21, 2011
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher call it quits According to the Los Angeles Times, the actor/actress duo has decided to file for divorce. The six-year marriage was popular fodder for the tabloid press, who hyped the 16-year age difference between the much younger Kutcher and
A television icon for over five decades, Regis Philbin has filmed his last show on “Live! With Regis and Kelly.” Philbin, who turned 80 this year, leaves “Live!” after 28 years. On his final show, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg handed Philbin the key to the city.
the older Moore. The couple
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allegedly split up due to an affair Kutcher is said to have had over the summer.
“Jurassic Park 4” in the works While at Comic-Con in Sand Diego, legendary film director Steven Spielberg announced that another installment of the Jurassic Park series is in the works. While Spielberg did not reveal any specific details, he announced that a script is being written and the movie is expected to be released in three years.
Thousands petition to remove The Kardashians from the air The Kardashian sisters have received plenty of scrutiny for their over-the-top antics over the past few months and now a grass-roots movement is brewing to take the Kardashians off of the E! Network. According to the Hollywood Reporter, petition creator Cyndy Snider took a stance because she believes that “the shows are mostly staged and place an emphasis on vanity, greed, promiscuity, vulgarity and over-the-top conspicuous consumption.” As of press time, over 11,000 people have signed the petition.
Justin Bieber, you are NOT the father After much pressure from Justin Bieber’s legal team, Mariah Yeater has finally dropped her case against Bieber. Yeater had alleged that Bieber was the father of her four-month-old child. Recently, her attorneys stopped representing her and after threats of counter-suing, Yeater decided to drop the case altogether.
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Brad Pitt gives his acting career three years While being interviewed on the Australian version of “60 Minutes,” actor Brad Pitt told a reporter that he plans on retiring by the age of 50. When pressed for further details, Pitt stated he does not plan on retiring from film, but stated he would rather be behind the camera directing and producing. He also plans to spend more time with his six children and wife, Angelina Jolie.
November 21, 2011
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Young giants, hometown heroes God Bless and naked famous people to “A-MIRROR-CA” attend WBRU Birthday Bash formed in 2004 on the west coast. The band consists of Sameer Gadhia on vocals, Jacob Tilley on guitar, Eric Cannata on second guitar, Payam Doostzadeh on bass guitar and Francois Comtois on drums. Before signing with Roadrunner records in 2009, the band was known as The Jakes. The band has been known for having a very lively, intense show that is hailed as one to not miss. If you are interested, but still holding reservations about them, I suggest checking out the songs “My Body” and “Cough Syrup.” The Naked and Famous is the only band in the WBRU lineup not from the United States. This band hails from Auckland, New Zealand. The band formed in 2008 and is comprised of Thom Powers on vocals and guitars, Alisa Xayalith on vocals and keys, Aaron Short on electronics, David Beadle on bass and Jesse Wood on drums. The sound of this band can be described as indie rock, electro pop, shoegaze and industrial. This band features high intensity sounds with a pop like feel which should keep the interest of all through the night. If you are looking to hear some of their stuff before the show, I suggest “Young Blood” and “Punching in a Dream.” All of these bands will be playing for WBRU’s 42nd Birthday Bash on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $30 for reserved Mezzanine. This show is definitely worth the time and money.
As far as the alternative music scene is concerned, the WBRU Birthday Bash is usually one of the biggest concerts held in the Ocean State annually. This year, commercial radio station WBRU is celebrating its 42nd year in existence and will continue the trend of By Timothy Hordern awesome music with Matt A&E Staff Writer & Kim, Young the Giant and The Naked and Famous taking the stage on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Matt & Kim, a duo that currently resides in the city of Brooklyn, New York originally formed in the Big Apple, but both members have New England roots. Matt Johnson, keyboardist and lead singer of the group grew up in Vermont. Drummer Kim Schifino is a native Rhode Islander who grew up in East Providence and often gives a shout out to her home state. If you are looking for a fun, high-energy synthpop band, then you do not want to miss this duo. If you want to hear a sample of them, I suggest checking out “Block after Block” and “Daylight”. Young the Giant is an alternative rock band that
Nowadays, the United States is a nation driven by images and illusions created by the media. Self-image, lifestyle and even ideas on the world seem to be decided by magazines and television. The RIC Dance Company plans on reflecting the By Kyle Grant monkey-see, monkey-do A&E Editor mentality of Americans with their performance of “A-MIRROR-CA: A Reflection on America’s Media Driven Society.” Conceived by Rhode Island College’s very own Dance Director Angelica Vessella, “A-MIRROR-CA” will be hitting Sapinsley Hall Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. Featuring 18 dance and theatre majors, “A-MIRROR-CA” will use dancing and singing to critique the vain and shallow culture of the United States and ask the ultimate question: How much of what you believe is shaped by the media? This performance of “A-MIRROR-CA” will be a collaboration between Vessella and Bill Wilson, the musical theatre director at RIC. Combining music, dance and acting makes “A-MIRROR-CA” an interesting concoction that is sure to entertain. Tickets are $15 and are on sale in the Roberts Hall box office.
Upcoming Concerts Trans-Siberian Orchestra Friday, Nov. 25 Dunkin Donuts Center $79-$128
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November 21, 2011
“Hello Sadness” by Los Campesinos!
Records on the rise
Release Date: Nov. 21 The third studio album from commercial powerhouse Daughtry, the album is said to feature a more upbeat sound than the bands previous album. Their last album, ‘Leave this Town,’ reached platinum in 2009, and ‘Break the Spell’ hopes to have similar success. Songs to listen to:
Songs to Listen to:‘Renegade,’ ‘Crawling Back to You’
Mary J. Blige
“My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1)” Release Date: Nov. 21 The tenth studio album from the revered Mary J. Blige, ‘My Life II’ is said to be a sequel to the ‘My Life’ album released in 1994. Featuring performances with artis such as Busta Rhymes, Drake, Rick Ross and Beyonce, ‘My Life II’ is expected to continue the pedigree of quality albums released by one of the most popular female rappers of all
Songs to Listen to:‘We found Love,’ ‘Talk that Talk’
Release Date: Nov. 18 The sixth studio album from Barbadian superstar Rihanna, ‘Talk that Talk’ is the highly anticipated follow-up to the smash 2010 album ‘Loud.’ Featuring a blend of international sounds, the music for ‘Talk that Talk’ transcends a multitude of cultures, and features artists such as Calvin Harris and Jay-Z. One single called ‘We Found Love’ has been released thus far, debuting at no. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Songs to Listen to:‘25/8,’ ‘Ain’t Nobody’
“Talk that Talk”
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Daughtry “Break the Spell”
Bowery Ballroom in New York City on Nov. 16th and the last date being at Unit in Tokyo, Japan on Nov. 24th. Unfortunately for us live music fans in New England, Los Campesinos! haven’t announced any future tour dates in the area but we can only hope they come around sometime next year. If you’re a fan of what’s been coming out of Britain for the past 30 years or so, check out one of the United Kingdom’s latest exports, Los Campesinos! and their latest album, “Hello Sadness,” on record store shelves and (legal) music download websites worldwide. It’ll keep you rockin’ and you will not want it to stop.
nos! on bass and Ollie Campesinos! on drums. Up until the release of “Hello Sadness,” Los Campesinos! has put out three albums and two EP’s, along with touring with the likes of Broken Social Scene, No Age and Times New Viking. While making “Hello Sadness,” Los Campesinos! had John Goodmanson produce the album, who also produced the band’s last two albums, “Romance Is Boring” in 2010 and “We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed” in 2008. Goodmanson has also worked with Bikini Kill, Harvey Danger, Hot Hot Heat, Pavement, Nada Surf, Death Cab for Cutie, Wu-Tang Clan, Sleater-Kinney and even Providence music scene legends, Zox. “Hello Sadness” is an amazing work of music that shows a young band maturing more and more with their sound as each track plays. “By Your Hand” has a catchy keyboard sound backed up with hand-clapping and a subtle guitar, “The Black Bird, The Dark Slope” is a perfect mix of Billy Brag-esque acoustic guitar riffs with pop rhythms provided by the drums and bass, “Songs About Your Girlfriend” reminds me of mod revival bands like The Jam and The Knack but it sounds like something Win Butler from The Arcade Fire would have wrote if he was putting out a solo album and the title track will just make you jump up and down like you’re on a pogo stick. Currently the members of Los Campesinos! are finishing up a world tour with their next show at The
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, The Hold Steady have made a name for themselves with their lyrical storytelling and bar-band instrumentals. Formed in 2004, The Hold Steady is comprised of Craig Finn at guitar and vocals, Tad Kubler playing guitar, Galen Polivka playing bass, Bobby Drake playing drums and Steve Selvidge playing guitar. Formed when Finn left Minneapolis to move to New York, one element that sets The Hold Steady apart from other bands is the use of lyrics. Sounding like a modern day beat poet, Finn’s lyrics are masterful and intelligent, which works because he doesn’t exactly have the best singing voice. The instrumentation of The Hold Steady stem from classic rock roots, intertwining with Finn’s songwriting perfectly and creating a sound all their own. The Hold Steady’s unique sound has gone to create quite the fan base, with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe citing The Hold Steady as his favorite band. Gaining increased popularity from the Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine, The Hold Steady have been proven to be one of the best bands in the nation and Finn one of the best songwriters of this generation. So there is only one question left to ask; why haven’t you heard of The Hold Steady?
Under the Radar
For the past 30 years, dating back to the rise of bands like Joy Division, The Smiths and Gang of Four, indie music has invaded the United Kingdom like a swarm of melodic bees around a rough and edgy honeycomb. It seems like every decade has at least By Rob Duguay a good handful of Brits Rob’s Album of the Week forming a band that gets noticed overseas in the United States after a few shows and albums to prove their worth. “Hello Sadness,” the new album from Welsh band Los Campesinos! (yes their name even includes an exclamation mark), should definitely get noticed by music loving Americans all over the country. “Hello Sadness” is an amazing record that you should always have on repeat in your media/CD player. In a nod to legendary punk rockers, The Ramones, the members of Los Campesinos! don’t use their actual last names, instead resorting to Campesinos! to identify with the band. For any of you language buffs out there, Los Campesinos! means “The Peasants” in Spanish. Forming at Cardiff University in 2006 and originally consisted of Neil Campesinos! on guitar, Ellen Campesi-
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Anchorwomen upset in final seconds of regular-season opener
RIC overcomes 23-point deficit before falling 63-62
The Rhode Island College women’s basketball team (0-1) suffered a heartbreaking loss in their regular season opener, losing 63-62 to non-conference opponent University of New England on Saturday, By Dan Charest Nov. 19, when senior point Anchor Sports Writer guard Cynthia Gaudet failed to connect on a desperation 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left. The Anchorwomen mounted an incredible 23-point comeback in the second half, outscoring the Nor’easters, 39-17, over the final 14 minutes before tying the game up at 62-62 on a Gaudet layup with 11 seconds left. The Nor’easter’s drove the length of the floor and drew a foul on the ensuing possession, sending junior forward Beth Suggs to the line with a chance to win the game. After missing the first free throw, Suggs knocked down the second free throw to put the University of New England in front by one point, 63-62. Gaudet was able to get away a clean shot on the Anchorwomen’s final possession, but it was off the mark. The loss in the regular season opener on the road comes as an upset for the Anchorwomen, who were picked to win
Quick Pick Questions Will Men’s Basketball win over Bridgewater State? Who will lead men’s bas-
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the Little East Conference by the Women’s DIII News preseason preview. Senior forward Rachel Riley was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field on her way to a team-high 17 points, while Gaudet, a transfer from Franklin Pierce in her first game as an Anchorwoman, stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals. Junior guard Ashley O’Dell, who came off the bench, was the only other Anchorwoman to score in double figures with 10 points. Senior guard Nicole Girard scored five points and junior forward Courtney Burns chipped in with eight points. Senior guard Stephanie Coro struggled mightily, finishing with just two points on 1-for-8 shooting in the contest. Leading the way for the Nor’easters were senior guard Kari Pelletier (17 points), junior guard Liz LeBlanc (12 points), Suggs (11 points) and senior guard Kelley Paradis (11 points). The Nor’easters were feeling it early on and into the second half, taking a commanding 46-23 lead off a Pelletier lay-up with 14:11 to play. From that point on, the Anchorwomen dug in their heels defensively and chipped away at the deficit, giving themselves a chance to sneak out a win despite their poor play. Riley connected on a 3-pointer with 1:03 left to cut the Nor’easters lead to 61-58. Riley’s 3-pointer made it a one possession game for the first time
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since the score was 15-12 with just under nine minutes to play in the first half. RIC forced a Nor’easter turnover on the ensuing possession and sophomore guard Stephanie Prusko hit a layup with 0:31 on the clock to cut the deficit to one point, 61-60. RIC fouled Pelletier after the inbounds pass and she proceeded knocked down one of her two free throws before Gaudet wove through the defense for the game-tying layup. RIC geared up defensively for the final possession hoping to send the game into overtime but Riley was called for a foul with only 1.6 seconds left. The Anchorwomen played well defensively in their first game of the season, grabbing 9 steals and forcing 27 turnovers, but their performance shooting the ball was rusty. RIC shot 25 percent (8-for-32) in the first half and only 36 percent (25-for-70) for the game. Behind the 3-point arc, RIC was not its usual self. As a team, the team shot 3-for-24 (12.5 percent.) The Anchorwomen will look to bounce back on Tuesday, Nov. 22 with a trip to defending MASCAS champion Bridgewater State University (2-0), followed by their regular season home opener on Sunday, Nov. 27 against Worcester Polytechnic Institute at 2 p.m.
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Yes but it will be an extremely close game
Over/under: 15 points for Stephanie Coro versus Bridewater State. Will Aaron Rodgers take home the Galloping Gobbler Award on Thanksgiving? Who win the Black Friday Boston or Detroit.
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Bruins B’s win by 1
Bruins win overtime thriller 0-0
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November 21, 2011
Anchormen back on track after pair of victories over NECHA conference rivals
RIC downs Springfield in offensive shootout and showcases defensive talent at Daniel Webster
Anchormen Notes… Starting goaltender Mark Bushy remains out with an ankle injury but he and his team hope to see him back in net for the Vermont trip… Freshman forward Anthony Sawia hopes to be back for next weekend as well after missing both games last weekend due to an injury suffered two weeks ago… Freshman defenseman Ted Jackvony is out until next semester after suffering a hand injury that required surgery… Dicomitis is now the second leading scorer in Anchormen history after passing current assistant coach Anthony Calcione’s 120 point career mark two weeks ago…Senior forward Robert Isabella is next in line to reach the 100-point milestone, he is currently at 97 points for his career.
clears the puck. in the first period.
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The Rhode Island College men’s hockey team had a rivalry filled weekend as the team took on Springfield College last Friday night and Daniel Webster College the following night. Last season, Springfield College injured one of the Anchormen’s top scorers (freshman forward Ryan By Sam Allen Martins) and Daniel Webster was the team Anchor Sports Writer the Anchormen defeated in the championship for the second season in a row. The Anchormen ended up sweeping the weekend and have now won three straight games. On Friday, Nov. 18 the Anchormen scored three unanswered goals and shutout Springfield College in the third period to come from behind for a 9-7 victory. The Anchormen were first on the board just 39 seconds into the game when team co-captain, senior forward Greg Dicomitis, scored the first of his four goals on the night. Dicomitis, who is playing with a hairline fracture in his jaw, has recorded a hat trick in two of the last three games for RIC. The Pride would find a way to beat freshman goaltender Matt Collins 14 minutes into the period, but with five minutes to go in the first, RIC sophomore Brett Morra put the Anchormen in front, 2-1. The second period belonged to the Pride, who beat Collins five times to storm out to a 6-5 lead at the end of two periods. Dicomitis and Morra would each get their second goals of the game during the period and senior defensemen Jack Adamo buried his first of two goals in the game. The Anchormen rallied in the third period after the Pride switched goaltenders, outscoring Springfield College 4-2 in the final period. The Anchormen tied the game with Morra’s hat trick goal followed shortly by Dicomitis’ hat trick goal to put RIC up by one and didn’t look back. Adamo would make the score 8-6 by gathering a puck in his own zone, taking it up the ice and unleashing a rocket past the Pride goaltender to secure the win. Dicomitis picked up his fourth goal of the game and the team’s final goal of the game on an empty netter to close out the 9-7 victory in the final minute. After the big comeback, the Anchormen turned their attention to the Eagles of Daniel Webster College. “Daniel Webster brings a big crowd,” said RIC head coach Chris Gouin after Friday’s game. “They work off the energy of their fans so it should be a good game.” The Anchormen went on to defeat Daniel Webster 5-3 on the road on Saturday, Nov. 19. Dicomitis was ejected in the first period for a hit from behind so the Anchormen were forced to find other scoring options. Sophomore forward Brian Luther scored two goals in the game and senior co-captain Seth Tobias scored a goal in the win. Junior Brad Conway closed out the scoring for the Anchormen after just getting back from an injury. The win marks the fifth time in three years that the Anchormen were able to clip the Eagles on the road in Nashua, N.H. RIC has the holiday weekend off before they take to the road for a weekend long road trip to Vermont with games against Lyndon State and Norwich University.
carries the puck through the neutral zone.
Athlete of the Week
Mike Akinrola Senior Men’s Basketball
Akinrola led the team in scoring in all three of their games this week averaging 18.6 points per game. The senior center also got it done in the paint with seven blocks and ten rebounds over the course of the week.
“ Anchor Photo // Jack Adamo
Starting 3-0 is good, but we have to keep it going. We got some big-time games out of some of the guys and we just need to keep working.
November 21, 2011
Anchormen place fourth at Springfield College invitational
Sophomores Barrucci and Giblin lift Anchormen over 11 of 15 teams
The Rhode Island College wrestling team started their season off with a bang and there is no question that they are one of the most competitive teams in the New England Wrestling Association this year. The Anchormen traveled to Springfield College for the Doug Parker Invitational last weekend. Three RIC wrestlers finished in the top three of their weight class helping lead RIC to a fourth place finish By Michelle Sarasin out of a field of fifteen teams with a team score of 69.0. Anchor Sports Writer Senior Brandon Gauthier finished in third place in the 125 lbs. weight class and classmate Mike Trasso placed fourth in the 149 lbs. weight class. The two seniors continue to be extremely consistent this season and have been key contributors in team victories like the one over Bridgewater State earlier this season.
Meanwhile, sophomore Kevin Barrucci who competed in the 157 lbs. division took home third place. Fellow sophomore Shawn Giblin shined once again for the Anchormen. Giblin, who was recently named Pilgrim Wrestling League Rookie of the Week for his standout performance at the Roger Williams Invitational, recorded a third place finish in the 141 lbs. weight class. Overall, the Anchormen finished fourth at the Doug Parker Invitational and their overall record still stands at 1-0. In upcoming action, the Anchormen will compete in their first home match-up of the season against NEWA rival Plymouth State University. RIC has taken care of business against Plymouth State in four of the past five meetings between the two teams, but the Panthers stole one from the Anchormen last season after overcoming a 14-0 deficit to win by a single point. As a team the Panthers finished just two spots behind the Anchormen at the Springfield Invitational. The two teams will take to the mats the week after Thanksgiving, on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Murray Center.
RIC catcher Justin Corso receives sportsmanship award
Corso exemplifies what it means to be a RIC student athlete
By Brian Fitzgerald
ing respect for umpires, opponents, and the game of baseball. Dozens of players, ranging from Division I, II and III were nominated for the award. The award is named in honor of two distinguished former umpires, Whitey Allard and Marty McDonough. “I was really happy to receive the award but I actually had never heard of it before now, so it was definitely a surprise. It was a great way to end my RIC career,” said Corso, who was honored during a banquet, held on Sunday, Nov. 20 at The Chateau Restaurant in Norton, Massachusetts. Throughout his Rhode Island College career, Corso owned a .283 batting average, with 52 runs scored, 72 hits, 12 doubles, one triple, one home run, 34 RBI and four stolen bases. Corso owned a .350 slugging percentage, a .391 on-base percentage and a .981 fielding percentage.
RIC catcher Justin Corso received the 2011 Allard–McDonough Sportsmanship Award. Over the course of his three-year career, Corso owned a .283 batting average.
Rhode Island College catcher Justin Corso ended his RIC career on a high note as the recipient of the 2011 AllardMcDonough Sportsmanship Award. For his career, Corso played in 80 games, starting 73 of them, over a span of three seasons. “It’s obviously a great award to receive. I was excited and honored to be recognized, especially since I wasn’t able to use my extra season of athletic eligibility,” said Corso. The College Baseball Umpires Association of New England (CBUANE) selects the player or coach who most exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship while demonstrat-
November 21, 2011
Thanksgiving Day NFL Preview
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions 12:30 p.m. By George Bissell Editor-in-Chief
Thanksgiving is when we as college students go home to spend time with our families, reconnect with old friends, watch our old high school take on a rival in football, stuff our faces full of delicious food until it hurts to move and most importantly watch some NFL football. With this Thanksgiving Day NFL primer, you will know enough about each of the three Thanksgiving games to be able to impress your folks, making them believe that you are actually learning and getting smarter in college. Worst-case scenario, you can probably make a few bucks to pay for chips and soda (if you know what I mean) at the next party if you can convince your Grandpa to bet with you and pick the Miami Dolphins.
Just the Facts Green Bay (10-0) Detroit (7-3)
Player to Watch Aaron Rodgers Quarterback, Green Bay
The Anchor’s Analysis The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers hit the road to face off with their NFC North division rivals, the Detroit Lions. The two teams have met on Thanksgiving a total of 19 times. The Lions lead the series with a record of 11-7-1. The key to this game will be how the Packers limit the production of Detroit’s superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who is currently leading the league with 11 receiving touchdowns this season. If Green Bay can contain Johnson, then they should remain undefeated. If Johnson has a monster game, Detroit has a chance to upset the Packers, who they went 1-1 against last season.
Welcome to Mr. Rodgers neighborhood, trust me, it’s a fun place to live if you are a wide receiver in the NFL. With a plethora of options at his disposal like wide receivers Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and tight end Jermichael Finley, Rodgers spreads the ball around so much that he is nearly unstoppable. Rodgers struggled and suffered a concussion the last time he faced the Lions. If there is any team that can pressure and disrupt Rodgers, its Detroit and their stud defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The Anchor’s Pick 24-21 Green Bay
Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys 4:15 p.m. Just the Facts Miami (3-7) Dallas (6-4) The Anchor’s Analysis This game will be a snoozer. Nothing says cold weather and good football like Miami, am I right? The sandwich game is usually the most boring game of the day and that is strategic move that the NFL makes annually. With a 4:15 p.m. kickoff, most Americans will be gathered around the table with their families and nobody in the entire country except for the Cowboy faithful will be watching this game; so why bother putting two good teams on? Dallas is “America’s team” and while Americans feast on turkey, the Cowboys defense will be feasting all over Matt Moore and the hapless Dolphins.
Player to Watch DeMarcus Ware Outside Linebacker, Dallas With an inexperienced quarterback under center for Miami in Moore, expect the Cowboys to bring the heat early and often. The beneficiary of that strategy will be Ware, who has blazing speed as an edge rusher and the strength to plow straight ahead through an offensive lineman’s block. Ware is second in the NFL in sacks this season with 13. Look for him to add a couple more in this matchup. The Anchor’s Pick 35-13 Dallas
San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens 8:20 p.m. Just the Facts San Francisco (9-1) Baltimore (7-3)
The Anchor’s Analysis The Thanksgiving nightcap features a pair of teams that have been the toughest to figure out in the entire league this season. On one hand, Baltimore has been extremely inconsistent. On the other, San Francisco has been extremely consistent, which nobody expected. Another interesting storyline is that for the first time in NFL history, two sibling head coaches, Jim Harbaugh (San Francisco) and John Harbaugh (Baltimore). This will be a hard fought defensive battle. The entire game could shift on a single play and with two of the best defenses in the league battling it out; one turnover could be the difference. 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has been a revelation this year, while Raven’s quarterback Joe Flacco continues to be revolting, period. I’m not wacko for Flacco, who has thrown an interception in six of the last seven games, so the edge goes to the 49ers.
Players to Watch Ed Reed Free Safety, Baltimore Reed led the league in interceptions last season with 8 despite only playing in 10 of 16 games due to injury. NFL personnel, including New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, have called Reed one of the best defensive backs of alltime. Capable of making a game changing play at any moment, Reed is a player worth monitoring at all times in this game. Patrick Willis Middle Linebacker, San Francisco You may recognize him from the fake Kenny Powers K Swiss commercials. NFL running backs remember him from their nightmares. Willis is extremely fast and is the best linebacker in the NFL today. It’s hard to miss this guy on the field because he tends to be everywhere. Willis will be in on almost every tackle and is a big-time playmaker. The Anchor’s Pick 17-14 San Francisco
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