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Chafee wins in thriller Governor-elect: The Independant Man Question

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By Rita Nerney News Editor

Lincoln D. Chafee won his campaign to become the first independent governor of Rhode Island Tuesday night, defeating Republican John Robitaille by less than 3 percentage points, 36.1 percent to 33.6 percent. Democrat Frank Caprio trailed in third place with 23 percent of the vote. In attendance at Chafee’s See CHAFEE Page 10

Republicans take House Democrats hold on to Senate

Democrats sweep other general offices By Nicholas J. Lima Managing Editor

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Governor-elect Chafee and family celebrate in Warwick during his victory speech.

Langevin secures sixth term; Cicilline wins seat in Congress By Rita Nerney News Editor

By Alexander Hoffman Anchor Staff Writer

Citizens all over the United States headed to the polls Tuesday to elect the candidates they felt best represented their interests in Washington. Projections early on in the race for control of Congress had the Republicans winning control of both the House and the Senate with major landslides. However, no one could accurately predict how well Tea Party affiliated candidates would fair against incumbent Democrats, especially with the DNC out-pacing the GOP in fundraising. What was projected to be a landslide in the Senate See GOP Page 11

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Congressman James Langevin celebrates his re-election with supporters Tuesday night at Democratic Headquarters.

Democrat David Cicilline took the 1st Congressional District seat last night, with 50.6 percent to Republican John Loughlin’s 44.6 percentage of the vote. Democrat James Langevin was re-elected to his seat as Representative in the 2nd District. He received 59.9 percent of the vote. His opponent, Republican Mark Zaccaria, received 31.8 percent of the vote. Zaccaria has run for the office before against Lagevin, garnering just under 30 percent in 2008. There were also several third party candidates in the Rhode Island congressional races. District 1 had two independent candidates, Kenneth Capalbo, who received 4 percent of the See CONGRESS Page 11

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State ballot Question 2, authorizing the borrowing of $78 million to construct a chemistry building at the University of Rhode Island See QUESTION Page 10

SCG treasurer resigns Parliament passes RIPTA resolution and By-Laws changes at long meeting. By Rita Nerney News Editor

Treasurer Nicholas Bernardo resigned from his position at Parliament’s last meeting. He cited pressing health and personal family issues as his top priority at the moment. “As a member of Student See RESIGN Page 8

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Chafee wins in thriller Governor-elect: The Independant Man.

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2010 Student Census gathers opinions Only 16.2 percent respond, but incidate a majority that is happy with RIC.

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Pianist Robert DeGaetano to perform at Sapinsley Hall Acclaimed musician comes as part of the college’s Performing Arts Series.

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Men’s soccer vs UMass Boston Anchormen suffer 2-1 overtime loss.

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Question 2 passes by 10 percent of vote Bond referendum authorizes funds for improvements to RIC and URI.

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ADP debate between Cicilline and Loughlin offers candidate platforms Congressional candidates battled out differences in Sapinsley Hall.

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Music Spotlight Dance punk duo Matt and Kim to play at the Met Energetic duo comes for WBRU’s Birthday Bash concert.

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Anchormen hockey wins a pair, stays undefeated RIC Hockey Club continues its 5-0 hot streak.

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Republicans take House, Democrats hold on to Senate A look at the national impact of Tuesday’s election.

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Taveres cruises to victory Democratic primary winner defeats Scott with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

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Devin’s Comic Corner “Batman: The Long Halloween” Superb Batman graphic novel influenced “The Dark Knight.”

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RIC falls to UMass Boston in finale Anchorwomen’s season ends in 2-0 loss to Beacons.

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Langevin re-elected, Cicilline wins seat in Congress Former mayor elected to 1st Congressional District.

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Jump Rhythm Jazz Project RIC students join in with visiting dance company for an exciting evening.

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Macedo and Desrosiers earn All-Alliance honors Men’s cross-country places seventh out of 13 teams.

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Motion City Soundtrack comes to Lupo’s Minneapolis outfit’s tour supported by Say Anything and Saves the Day.

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SCG treasurer resigns Nicholas Bernardo steps down, citing health and personal family issues. Candidates engage each other at final debate The four leading candidates for governor squared off for the final time – at RIC.

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Hope you voted... but carefully Forces beyond the public’s control are threatening democracy.

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The Hold Steady bring the positive jam to the Met Powerful group rocks Pawtucket.

Wrap It Up Condoms and birth control 101 A look at various forms of birth control available to college students.

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Mike’s Movies “RED” alert: It’s a good movie The latest Bruce Willis movie packs an enjoyable punch.

Anchor Alemen Oak aged wonders Cherry Oak Doublebock and the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout.

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“Fast Food Nation” indicates problem with American diet RIC to host seminar highlighting skyrocketing obesity problem.

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Promising Practices Conference to take place Nov. 6 Program focuses on helping RIC educators and students with social justice in education.

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Stewart and Colbert host “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” Comedians hold joint rally, drawing thousands of supporters.

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Urban Greens Food Co-op seeks members New organic and natural food cooperative offers inexpensive, healthy alternatives.

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OMGWTFBBQ They see you when you’re sleeping Protecting personal information in the ae of social networking. Ask Ari More answers in 30 words or less Religion, gaydar and horoscopes.

Rob’s Game Shelf Rob cuts Mario down to size Rob takes on the entire Mario series.

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RIC golf finishes third at GNAC Championships RIC sophomore Harper finishes third out of 35.

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News Candidates engage each other at final debate

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The four leading candidates for governor squared off for the final time – at RIC.

By Nicholas J. Lima Managing Editor

Rhode Islanders were granted one last opportunity to see the state’s gubernatorial candidates debate on Friday night at Rhode Island College, as all four men used the debate’s informal setting to jab at each other. With the latest round of polling showing the gap tightening between the hopefuls for governor, the debate had its share of tense moments, broken up only by occasional levity from the candidates and the debate’s moderator, NBC-10 political reporter Bill Rappleye. Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, running as an independent and leading the most recent polls, was the least bullish of the contenders. Despite sporadic attacks at each other, the candidates generally stayed on topic, discussing at length the debate’s main focus: the state’s dire financial situation. “The economy is the most important issue,” Chafee told The Anchor shortly after the debate ended. He said the discussion differed from the numerous forums that preceded it because the candidates “stayed on one subject for a long time,” though he felt the format “touched on what was most

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Gubernatorial hopefuls John Robitaille, Frank Caprio, Lincoln Chafee and Ken Block at Friday’s debate in Sapinsley Hall. important.” General Treasurer Frank Caprio – who had fallen behind Republican opponent John Robitaille in at least one poll prior to the debate, after Caprio told WPRO-AM’s John DePetro that fellow Democrat President Obama could take his endorsement and “shove it” last Monday – told The Anchor that “economy and jobs” were the key topics in the debate, and the election. Like Chafee, he agreed that the final debate “touched upon the most important issues.” Robitaille, who also spoke to The Anchor following the debate, agreed that the economic discussion was important, but he said the debate’s informal style “probably didn’t get to as

many issues as I would like to.” But Robitaille, who has shown growth in his support base in the final days leading to up the election, remained confident, citing his message of “cutting taxes, lowering spending [and] creating jobs.” “We’ve had three debates this week and I feel I’ve done well in all three of them,” he said, referring to a televised debate on WPRI-Channel 12 on Tuesday and a WPRO radio debate Thursday morning, in which Robitaille took the brunt of Chafee’s attention following the revelation of Caprio’s waning support in the polls. The debate, held in front of an elaborate set complete with “Decision 2010/American Democracy Project” television

monitors, was broadcast live on NBC-10 and before a packed Sapinsley Hall. Sponsored by the television station and the American Democracy Project at RIC, moderator Rappleye had his hands full in managing the four candidates, a strict onehour time limit and an unruly audience that behaved well “for most of the time,” according to Rappleye. The broadcast began at 7:30 p.m. on a sad note, as Rappleye offered his and RIC’s condolences to Moderate Party founder and candidate Ken Block. His mother, Janet Block, died Friday morning. Parting shots From the start, the debate turned to the economy.

“We have to cut spending,” Robitaille said. “Rhode Island has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.” Caprio said, “Every decision that’s made up at that State House has to be made through the lens of how it affects small business.” Block, however, focused on the state’s budget deficit and what he called “corporate and systematic…fraud in health and human services spending,” amounting what he claims could be as high as 20 percent of the budget – or $300 million. Chafee chose to address what would become a recurring theme in the debate – jobs. “It’s unacceptable to me See DEBATE Page 7


News “Fast Food Nation” indicates problem with American diet

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Obesity rates in the United States have skyrocketed in the last few decades, and the American fast food industry is a dominating factor. Fast food conglomerates continue to target children with advertisements, and the problem can no longer be ignored. Rhode Island College has acknowledged this national issue, and the college recently gathered to discuss it in the seminar “Fast Food Nation: Truth, Justice, and the American Way?” The event took place on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 26 in Alger Hall. The discussion was based on the book “Fast Food Nation,” by Eric Schlosser. The book addressed issues of the United States being entrenched in the fast food mentality. Although the book was published a decade ago, the problems discussed by Schlosser are still relevant. His works explore the issues of obesity, target advertising and animal cruelty. Open Books, Open Minds chose “Fast Food Nation” as its book discussion choice this year, and the group organized the seminar event as well. At the talk, departments in health, philosophy, operations management, marketing and anthropology were all represented, giving several different perspectives. Nazanin Sahba, a professor from the marketing department, spoke of the reasons why fast food is successful. “Fast food companies fulfill three important needs of the American public: they’re convenient, they’re consistent and they’re inexpensive,” she said. Carol Cummings, of the health and physical education department, also weighed in on the subject. “When someone eats fast food, the body actually releases endorphins, making the person

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feel good and giving fast food an almost addictive quality, making them want to eat fast food repeatedly, for the pleasurable experience,” she said. The question of whether the government should have power over fast food companies was raised. After all, the United States is a democracy, and democratic nations are fueled by the power of choice. “This may sound extreme, but I feel like a sin tax on fast food could be wise, like with alcohol and cigarettes,” said philosophy Prof. Robert Castiglione, “though a higher price may not deter people from eating fast food, but the money can be used to fund education of the dangers of fast food in schools.” The main target of many fast food industries is children, since they often influence their parents to buy fast food. “It’s sad to say, but in America all children have become is a giant market,” said marketing Prof. Stephen Ramocki. “Every company uses children because they are easy to convince, and it’s a well-known fact that children can nag their parents relentlessly until they get what they want.” “Nowadays, we teach children that smoking and drinking is bad for you, and then we go and get them a Happy Meal,” said Castiglione. “Imagine if we were to demonize fast food the way we have with drugs and alcohol?” Corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King hire millions of people. However, positions there are often lowskilled, with poor wages and little chance of promotion. Workers rarely earn benefits, and they are forbidden to organize into unions. “It’s funny – after all the work that occurred with the labor unions and factories over a century ago, here we are now with unions still stigmatized and workers still not represented,”

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said Castiglione. “It seems like we haven’t progressed at all over the past 100 years.” Prof. Pierre Morenon, chair of the anthropology department, pointed out the average consumer’s fear of a large corporation. “People are acting as if fast food corporations like McDonald’s are an alien force, like they invaded the U.S. and

we have no control over what they do. However, what they fail to realize is that we are McDonald’s. We, as a people, are what created McDonald’s. It isn’t an outside force, but it’s part of us,” said Morenon. For the first time in recent memory, the lifespan of the youth will be shorter than that of their parents, and fast food organizations are playing a

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prominent role. In the decade since “Fast Food Nation” was published, the U.S. has continued to eat fast food. This seminar offered valuable information to the college, but it is up to consumers to make decisions every day to choose the corporations they want to see manufacturing their meals.


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Promising Practices Conference to take place Nov. 6 By Luisa Murillo Anchor News Writer

The Dialogue on Diversity committee has put together Promising Practices for the past 13 years. The conference is intended for better education in multiculturalism and diversity, and is geared toward educators and teachers at Rhode Island College. Usually about 350 people attend the conference, mostly practicing teachers from Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Attendees are usually interested in learning methods to teach diverse groups of students in the classroom. According to Lesley Bogad, co-chair for the conference, “Many of the attendees are also faculty and graduate students in RIC graduate programs in education, social work and other fields of study.” Undergraduate RIC students who wish to become teachers also often attend.

There is much to gain from the conference, since it teaches educators the “very best practices in multicultural education so they can graduate RIC as the best qualified teachers in their fields,” Bogad said. Heading the conference is the Dialogue on Diversity Committee, a group made up of faculty and staff from throughout the RIC campus. The members are concerned with issues of social justice and diversity. Two cochairs are elected every year to coordinate the conference, and Gerri August and Bogad are this year’s picks. Promising Practices is not a conference meant just for the RIC community, however. Local area educators and community participants are encouraged to attend, as well. “The Curriculum Resource Fair offers a wide variety of resources with attention to race, ethnicity, language, class, gender and ability,” said Bogad. “We welcome all students who

want to learn about diverse learners and multicultural education.” Those who attend can benefit from the variety of speakers who will talk about the best practices in education for social justice. This year’s conference keynote speaker will be Dennis Shirley, a well-known education reformer who has conducted research throughout the world on ways to close achievement gaps between rich and poor students. Shirley is the author of two books on schooling. “We know that he will inspire and challenge the audience to think about their own practice in new ways and become more reflective practitioners,” said Bogad. Over 20 different workshops will also be offered at the conference, offering attendees a chance to explore many topics such as race, language, class and media literacy. The conference will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6, beginning at 7:45 a.m.

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Stewart and Colbert host “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” By Kyle Grant Anchor News Writer

Comedy Central personalities Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert held a joint “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” in Washington, D.C. before the Nov. 2 elections. Stewart is the anchor of “The Daily Show,” while Colbert hosts “The Colbert Report.” The joint rally was held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Oct. 30. Attendees traveled to the rally from throughout the United States, and also from Canada, Europe and Australia. Many attendees arrived at the rally dressed in Halloween costumes. People in gorilla costumes, banana suits and Waldo

garb participated in the event. Attendees also held signs with sayings like, “I disagree with you but I’m pretty sure you’re not Hitler,” and “I like sandwiches.” When Stewart and Colbert took the stage they bashed the attending media reporters. Stewart offered a Franklin Roosevelt quote to the crowd, stating that Americans “had nothing to fear but fear itself.” In response, Colbert roared, “Release the media!” At this point, the presenters showed the audience clips from CNN, MSNBC and FOX broadcasts. Some of the clips showed information from the SARS and Avian flu scares. Other clips displayed erupting volcanoes and other natural disasters.

Stewart responded to Colbert’s media onslaught, stating there is nothing Americans cannot get through, for we are united. Colbert replied, “Wrong again, Stewart,” and promptly re-released his media images. News clips were again played. The television networks exemplified the adversity between conservatives and liberals. Colbert challenged Stewart, “Where is your sanity now?” “Indeed, these images are very frightening,” Stewart stated. “However, the hotel I stayed in gave me a weapon to defeat your media.” Stewart took out a television remote control. “All I have to do is change the channel,” he said.

In response, Colbert fled the stage, and the crowd cheered for Stewart. “If we amplify everything, we hear nothing,” Stewart said. “There are terrorists and racists and Stalinists and Theocrats, but those are titles that must be earned . . . Not being able to distinguish between real racists and Tea Party members . . . is an insult, not only to those people, but to the racists themselves . . . Just as the inability to distinguish terrorists from Muslims makes us less safe, not more.” Stewart continued, “We live in the hard times, not the end times.” He believes Americans are working together to solve the issues at hand, putting their political preferences aside for the good of the nation.

“The only place where you don’t see that,” Stewart said, “is in the Capitol and the media.” The rally had no political motive. Stewart recognized the great issue as a broken media. “The country’s 24-hour political pundit perpetual panic conflict did not cause our problems, but its existence makes solving them that much harder,” said Stewart. MSNBC and FOX reporters insisted that the rally was nothing but trite comedy. However, the satirical humor of Stewart and Colbert was more than just jokes. Their interactive rally was a social commentary on the state of our country today.


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Urban Greens Food Co-op seeks members By Soren Sorensen Anchor News Writer

There have been many recent changes to products on urban streets and grocery store shelves. With the rising popularity of organic and natural food, local products have made it into city supermarkets. University Heights Whole Foods now shares a parking lot with a McDonald’s and a liquor store. Urban Greens Co-op is an upcoming food cooperative that will be located on Providence’s West Side, and it promises to offer healthy food choices to shoppers at a low price. The abundance of food sources and information can confuse consumers. This can make them unwilling to make healthy changes to their diets. For buyers, even after they admit one product is fresher and healthier than another, there are usually two major obstacles in the way of diet change: time and money. The general perception is that healthy food is just too expensive.

Currently, Providencebased Urban Greens is fighting to change these clichés. The food cooperative will reach out to lower-income families, artists and students. The coop is selling 1,000 founding member-owner shares, which can be purchased for a one-time payment of $160 or $40 a year for four years. Each founding member’s name will be prominently displayed in the store. Additionally, Urban Greens will be open to the public and members will have no obligation to work at the store. “If we’re more expensive than Whole Foods, we won’t survive,” said Bridget Dignan, Urban Greens Co-op council chair. “We’re not going to be only organic. A lot of co-ops will only sell organic produce. We want to serve the neighborhood. I don’t think we’re going to compete with Price Rite but we are looking to be relevant and to be a place where you can go and pick up the things you need.” Though Urban Greens

will carry meat and other conventional products, Dignan emphasized the importance of healthy foods. “The big problem with Price Rite is that it’s the only grocery store on this side of town and they don’t carry whole grains. Brown rice, which is an affordable way to eat healthy, is not even available,” she said. For Rhode Island College students, many of whom live locally and drive to campus through the west side, the benefits of a quality neighborhood grocery store are obvious. RIC students say that they are always looking for ways to eat healthier than campus vending machine options. Visiting a local grocery store, without a multi-acre parking lot, and grabbing something there is a convenient way of ditching the average college student’s unhealthy diet. Despite overwhelming positives, Urban Greens is currently unable to open its doors. The co-op is having difficulty securing members, and, without members, they cannot secure a

location. They have currently reached almost 25 percent of their goal. They continue to look for volunteers, creative

fundraising ideas and, above all, founding member-owners to bring this idea to fruition.

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2010 Student Census seeks to benefit RIC By Rita Nerney News Editor

The 2010 Student Census was recently released by the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. Respondents were nearly 3/4 female and only about 1/4 male. When it comes to being satisfied with their college experience, 65 percent of the respondents claimed to be happy with Rhode Island College. In February, the survey was sent by e-mail to 7,405 RIC students. Although only 16.2 percent of the students responded, the response was almost four percent greater than the 2008 Student Census. In the early 1970s, Richard

Prull, the current assistant vice president for information services, was working in the RIC Counseling Center. He had “this idea that we should learn from our students how they feel, and he called it the Student Census,” said Gary Penfield, vice president of student affairs. Since then, the college has issued a census every two to three years. RIC is a commuter school, and 81 percent of respondents classified as such. Forty-eight percent of these students live with relatives. Most commuters barely spend four hours each week on campus beyond class time. This includes library study time, student activities

and organization involvement. Seventy-eight percent said they are working this semester in addition to attending school. Also, even at the cheapest four-year institution in the state, 50 percent of students take out loans to pay tuition. More than half said they were happy with what RIC offers for activities. The same number of respondents stated that safety on campus is sufficient. Students seem to be happy with what the library offers campus, as 71 percent of respondents were satisfied with the services provided. However, 40 percent of the respondents were unhappy with the food Donovan Dining Center offers students.

Students are satisfied with the course offerings and quality at RIC, as 80 percent of respondents revealed, but they indicated that parking is still an issue. Eighty-seven percent of respondents said that parking on campus is poor or fair. The RIC website is used at least weekly by students. However, more than 1,000 of the 1,197 respondents never use the e-mail account provided by the college. Important information is distributed through this system, and the college administration continues to stress that students should utilize their accounts. When it comes to ethnic diversity on campus, the respondents revealed that the

majority are Caucasian. Eightyfour percent of the respondents marked “white” on their surveys. Eleven percent indicated Hispanic/Latino descent, and African American/Black and multi-racial made up the rest. “Whenever you receive data like this, you put the results together with the other information you have and begin working toward improving things in a big institution,” Penfield said. The college will use the information from the census in future decisions affecting the institution.


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that we have the third highest unemployment in the country in our state,” he said. But the candidates barely made it through their first round of discussion before Caprio went on the offensive, countering Chafee’s claims that he managed Warwick’s budget effectively when he was mayor, accusing him of writing “blank checks” to the city’s teachers unions. When it came to taxes, Robitaille outlined his plan to institute tax holidays in the Ocean State, while simultaneously citing Rhode Island’s lack of tax competitiveness and the state’s “heavy unionization” as obstacles to growth. Among other issues, taxes are a leading criteria for a business owner when deciding which state to set up shop, Robitaille said. “If we don’t do it now, we’re never going to get out of this tailspin.,” Robitaille said of fixing the state’s problems. Block cited his concerns with the personal income tax. “What we need is a proactive, aggressive way to solve the problem,” he said. Chafee said that property taxes were “most harmful” of all, and that the state “sales tax is least harmful for economic growth.” “The facts are powerful,” he said, before stating that the General Assembly doesn’t want to raise taxes but cuts aid to cities and towns, forcing their hands. Caprio leapt at the chance to again attack Chafee, calling his 1 percent raise in the sales tax a “job-killing tax plan.” Robitaille also spoke against Chafee’s plan, in part for fear that the legislature would continue to raise it in subsequent years. “We have to start doing what’s right. I am the only candidate that has pledged to never raise taxes,” Robitaille said, promising to veto any budget that included tax hikes. Throughout the debate, Rap-

pleye pressed the candidates to elaborate upon vague answers, in some cases demanding specifics. Despite an order to not applaud for candidates, many of the audience members present cheered when the moderator went after Caprio and, later, Block, for cryptic or unclear statements. “The issue is the state budget,” Caprio said, before taking credit for the state’s pension fund outperforming others. “These are things I’ve already done in one department and I’m going to do it across all departments. “Rhode Island is being looked at like a Third World country because we have a bridge in Pawtucket where a tractor trailer can’t go over it,” Caprio continued, citing the I-95 weight restrictions and the state’s need to secure and stabilize infrastructure funding – a point of contention among the candidates, who differed in their approaches to securing such funding. When Robitaille was given a chance to retort, however, he vehemently went after Caprio, accusing him of “over-rating the appreciation of assets in the state pension fund and mismanaging the fund.” Caprio quickly responded, “See, that’s why he’s not going to be a good governor, because he gets hyper and he lies,” eliciting a loud response from the audience. But Robitaille may have won the exchange, quickly snapping back with, “I’m not the one who told the president of the United States to ‘shove it’!” The remark drew one of the loudest cheers of the night. Chafee, meanwhile, kept his answers to Rappleye’s questions to the point. He said that the reason Rhode Island has so many infrastructure problems has been poor leadership in ensuring proper maintenance, citing the soon-to-be-replaced Sakonnet River Bridge, which carries Route 24 from Tiverton to Portsmouth, as an example of the state’s lackluster ability to maintain structures. Block had the most to say on the issue, first taking another jab at Chafee, before touting a

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Anchor Managing Editor Nicholas Lima speaks with Frank Caprio after the debate. “public-private partnership” to lower costs and increase efficiency of construction projects. “We shouldn’t have to be remediating inferior construction the way we are right now,” Block said. When Rappleye asked the candidates for more specifics of how they intend to reduce spending, Robitaille said he plans to sit down with each department director and go line item by line item. He said the state needs to have a “zero-based budget in every department,” rather than add on increases of 4 to 5 percent per year. Chafee, however, called zero-based budgeting “a cute buzzword” that wasn’t practical. He alluded to his experience as Warwick’s mayor, before referring to his time in Congress. “When I was in the United States Senate, I was witness to a surplus and saw it squandered,” Chafee said, adding that he voted against the Iraq War. The debate switched gears to education, wherein all four candidates agreed that Rhode Island has to fund its education funding formula. The topic of state departments simplifying their purchasing process, specifically

in higher education and at the University of Rhode Island, was another point of agreement among the gubernatorial hopefuls, though their exact stances were unclear. Rappleye told the candidates they could solve the issue on their first day of office with a stroke of their pen, though none took the offer to promise as such. Robitaille said he supports making the state purchasing process easier “as long as it doesn’t cost us more money” to do it that way. Caprio said, “State Purchasing needs to be totally revamped,” and went on to say that failing elementary and secondary schools should be the priority, but it was Chafee who went in depth on the topic. Chafee said that the problem was an important one to fix, particularly in higher education, where a great deal of work that requires approval of State Purchasing, like renovations, can often only take place in the narrow timeframe of summer months. While not mentioned in the debate, the issue has been prevalent even at Rhode Island College. The recent renovation of the Donovan Dining Center, completed for the most part

over the summer, was delayed several times, in part due to the difficulty of coordinating such an overhaul with both State Purchasing and the college’s need to keep the dining hall open while classes are in session. “We’re doing something dreadfully wrong in our purchasing. I’m going to find out what it is and fix it,” said Block. Before they got to their closing statements, the candidates finished on the issue of immigration. Chafee was the lone candidate to come out strongly against the E-Verify program, calling it “divisive and causing conflict in our state.” Robitaille struggled at first to clarify that he first went on record about the program when serving as Governor Carcieri’s communications director, speaking at that time for the governor, not himself. The audience didn’t react to Robitaille’s closing statement (each candidate was awarded two minutes), but became increasingly rowdy with the next three candidates. While Robitaille asked for Rhode Islanders’ votes by reiterating his pledge to “lower See DEBATE Page 17


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Parliament, I have learned [that] it is important to know what is worth fighting for,” said his resignation letter, read by President Travis Escobar. “However, it is even more important to know what isn’t. Some battles… sometimes get in the way of the more present issues that life throws at you. It is with this is in mind that I address you all tonight. It is with deep regret that I am informing you that I must resign from my current office of treasurer of Student Community Government…I have encountered numerous family and personal issues that require my immediate and individual attention.” Elections for the position of treasurer will be held tonight, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in Parliament Chambers, Student Union 307. Bernardo has said he hopes to remain on Parliament as a representative. Earlier in the meeting, Parliament passed a RIPTA resolution to provide a form of the bus U-Pass system to RIC students. After much debate, Parliament members decided not to specify a fee amount that will potentially be charged to students for the institution of the transportation program, but endorsed the concept. The meeting was held on Oct. 27 and lasted four hours. Another issue brought forward pertained to amending the Student Community Government, Inc. By-Laws. There was a By-Laws discrepancy at Parliament’s first meeting of the semester. Last Wednesday, in order to avoid any further confusion, Speaker Aaron Buckley proposed a By-Laws amendment regarding the issue of new Parliament members and their initial rights in meetings. The amendment clarified some of the language, and added a few subsection notations. New subsection 4.2.1.8.2 says, “Upon successful validation of their pending petition for the current session, petitioners who are members of Parliament during the current or previous

session shall have no restrictions on their voting rights.” The amendment, and similar language changes that went with it, was made in response to issues surrounding Rep. Nicholas Lima’s return to Parliament in September, where the longtime member was told he was not yet allowed to vote since he had not been an official member for the orientation meeting. “I would just like it noted in the minutes that this be known as the Lima Rule,” Lima joked. The amendment, which required a supermajority, passed unanimously. The final RIPTA resolution was brought to the table. It said: “Student Parliament endorses a safety and transportation fee upon the student body, not to exceed $30 per semester per student that will provide a funding mechanism for enrollment of RIC and RIPTA’s U-pass program. But in order to secure at least 50 percent discounted bus fare, be it further resolved that the funds not allocated to the RIPTA subsidy program be directed toward improving the safety and transportation infrastructure of the campus.” Such transportation issues on campus would be determined by the college administration. The resolution also called for a survey of the student body to decide what amount would be acceptable for the fee, as well as to highlight what transportation and parking issues are of most need on campus. Buckley mentioned that the resolution could persuade RIPTA to provide more routes to RIC. “Especially more late-night routes to avoid drunk driving,” said Rep. Barry Nickerson. In regards to the fee, Buckley pointed out that “CCRI is adapting such a fee. This fee will be inclusive of our entire student body. Parliament members began to express their concern about the fee amount. Rep. Robert Roy said, “I feel like a $30 fee may be a little bit excessive.” Lima agreed. “We’ve already seen tuition increases and an increase in fees like the Recreation Fee and Student Activity Fee in recent years,”

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SCG Treasurer Nicholas Bernardo announced his resignation at the meeting of Oct. 27. he said Rep. Michael Hartley proposed a fee of $10 each semester. Roy offered, “Maybe $15, $20? $10 might be a little low.” Treasurer Bernardo said, “This fee helps with tuition hikes. Yes, you’re paying a little more, but you’re getting something for it.” Lima continued to emphasize that a $30 fee is unnecessary. “We don’t need a $30 increase when $5 to $7 will cover the program,” he said. President Escobar reminded Parliament members that a survey is going out to students to gather their opinions on the details of the resolution.

Faculty Rep. Darek Niklas said, “RIPTA is an unyielding, bureaucratic institution which doesn’t really know how to manage itself. So by introducing the fees we are supporting a bureaucratic, unyielding institution which will not be able to effectively solve the problem or transportation.” Parliament voted to amend the resolution to support a $15 maximum fee rather than $30. The motion carried. Hartley then proposed that the fee aspect of the resolution be removed entirely. The amendment passed. Parliament then passed the final RIPTA resolution. Following this Wednesday’s special election for treasurer,

• Lima and Rep. George Bissell reported on the WXIN College Music Journal conference in New York City. “The conference was a worthwhile investment, and I would encourage the station staff to continue to attend to expand the station’s repertoire,” Lima reported. • The Young Americans for Liberty Constitution was approved after a few minor grammatical changes. The RIC chapter is one of over 150 in the country, with the goal to organize and educate the community and campus. • Escobar asked Parliament members to present one goal they want Parliament to meet this year, as well as three personal goals they hope to accomplish. Rep. Alexander Paquin said he hopes for SCG to gain more publicity on campus, while Rep. Kyla Pecchia urged Parliament to listen more. Rep. Jeremy Ogunba reiterated the fact that parking must be improved on campus. • Bernardo, who was elected to fill the remainder of Treasurer Christopher Kelly’s term last semester, ran unopposed in his race for treasurer in May. Bernardo received a standing ovation from Parliament for his service at the meeting’s conclusion. The SCG treasurer is the chief financial officer of the corporation and chairs the powerful Finance Commission, which oversees the budgets of student organziations. • At press time and with the declaration period closed, three representatives signed up to replace Bernardo as treasurer. They were Rep. Roy, a theatre major who ran unsuccessfully in May against Vice President Alexander Devers, Rep. Hartley, a commuter at-large, who had a failed bid against Speaker Buckley last May, and At-Large Rep. Shawn Kane, the newest member of Parliament and Finance. Others members can declare themselves as write-in candidates at the election.election stuff


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ADP debate between Cicilline and Loughlin offers candidate platforms By Joshua Harriman Anchor Contributor

The American Democracy Project debate between Democrat David Cicilline and Republican John Loughlin focused on two major issues, social security and taxes. Once the debate began, the essential differences between the candidates were highlighted. The debate was held on Friday, Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall. Cicilline’s background includes time as a public defender and as the mayor of Providence. Loughlin has a military background, as well as business experience. The debate’s first topic addressed social security. Cicilline

expressed a desire to strengthen the system “for many future generations.” Loughlin, on the other hand, made reference to the “reckless spending that’s going on in Washington,” something he continued to emphasize throughout the debate. Cicilline made it clear that he intende to repurpose social security to ease the hardship of the elderly, who he feels should not have to struggle. Taxes were the second topic of the debate. One thing both candidates agreed on is the party division in Washington. Loughlin again noted the “reckless spending in Washington” which he claims is sapping the country’s economic strength. He said tax cuts are the wrong

course of action to take when the economy is in a recession. Ciciline said, however, that he wants to see tax cuts for the middle class, not just for people who make over $250,000 per year. He said “people are hurting in this state,” and many people are tired of the bickering between Democrats and Republicans in Congress. As the conversation on taxes continued, another point of contention arose regarding tax breaks for large corporations. Cicilline believes Congress should not give tax breaks to companies who ship jobs overseas. “I believe that we’ve got to start making things again in Rhode Island,” said Cicilline, drawing strong applause from

the audience. Loughlin responded by saying that taxing large corporations in America is counterproductive in trying to jumpstart the economy. He went on to attack Cicilline’s strategy, saying it would not only hurt large corporations but also small businesses. He pointed out that in the current economy companies are hesitant to hire new employees and noted that increasing taxes would not help the situation. There was a lot of argument between the two opponents, with both fighting to speak over the other. One observer commented that it was frustrating to see the candidates interrupting each other repeatedly. In his closing statement,

Cicilline said “Washington is completely broken,” and that they do not know what is happening throughout the rest of the country. He said that “fixing Rhode Island and getting people to work again” was at the top of his list of goals. He advocated a modern version of the Works Projects Administration to do things like improve roads, whiling noting the importance of protecting the environment for future generations. Loughlin summed up his closing statements by advocating for less government spending, which he said is “jeopardizing our future.”


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and renovate and expand the Art Center at Rhode Island College, passed with 55.2 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results posted by the state Board of Elections late Tuesday night. The bond referendum authorizes up to $17 million for improvements to the Art Center, a structure that is more than five decades old and has fallen into a state of disrepair. As early results were coming in, it appeared the measure may not pass, but with 100 percent of precincts reporting, the referendum gained a 10-percentage point lead in the affirmative. Voters’ approval of the bond means that projects at RIC and URI will go forward over the course of the next several years. The referendum had the support

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headquarters at the Sheridan in Warwick last night was Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo who, during the election, chose not to endorse a candidate. She was in attendance there before Chafee was declared the winner. Moderate candidate Kenneth Block earned 6.5 percent of the vote. The three other Independent candidates, Joseph Lusi, Todd Giroux and Ronald Algieri, all garnered less than 1 percent each. The race was close between Chafee and Robitaille for much of the night. Robitaille held a narrow lead within a few percentage points over Chafee while the votes were being tallied. The evening “started as a nail-biting experience,” said Anna Prager, a Chafee supporter at his headquarters last night. “My first glimpse of the results had Robitaille leading.” Chafee offered some reasons to NBC-10 as to why voters picked him. “They want to hear

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of Student Community Government, Inc., which allocated $5,000 to support the campaign effort in October. In the lieutenant governor’s race, incumbent Democrat Elizabeth Roberts handily defeated her opposition, garnering 54.5 percent of the vote. Cool Moose Robert Healey, running as an independent, came in second with 39.2 percent of the vote, while “An Hour with Bob” candidate Robert Venturini earned 6.3 percent. “I am committed to four more years of hard work,” Roberts said in her victory speech, restating her campaign promises to improve the state’s small business climate and make health care more affordable. Healey, who graduated from RIC in 1979, campaigned on the concept of eliminating the office to save money. His platform did not resonate with the majority of voters, despite

Healey earning the backing of Republican Heidi Rogers, who dropped out of the race after winning her primary. In the closest race of the night, it appeared late Tuesday that incumbent Democrat A. Ralph Mollis would hold on to the office of secretary of state. His Republican opponent, Catherine Terry Taylor, managed 49.4 percent of the vote to Mollis’s 50.6 percent, a difference of just under 4,000 votes. “I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last four years,” Mollis told NBC 10 after he gave his victory speech. “I am humbled, no matter how much I win by…I think we can do a lot in the next four years. If there’s ever a time for government transparency, it’s now.” Overall, it was a bad night for Republicans in Rhode Island. In addition to losses in both congressional seats and a close loss in the gubernatorial

race, Democrats held on to the attorney general’s office and the state general treasurer’s office. In a five-way race, Democrat Peter Kilmartin earned 43.1 percent of the vote, a 14-point spread over his closest opponent, Republican Erik Wallin, who garnered 29 percent. Moderate Christopher Little earned 14.4 percent, surpassing Independents Keven McKenna (9.6 percent) and Robert Rainville (4 percent). In the race to succeed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio as state general treasurer, Democrat Gina Raimondo came out on top with 62.1 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Kernan King. Voters also decided the fate of three other ballot questions. Question 1, aiming to shorten the state’s official name to “State of Rhode Island” by chopping off “and Providence Plantations,”

was rejected resoundingly, 77.9 to 22.1 percent. But like Question 2, bond Questions 3 and 4 passed – in fact, by a far wider margin than the higher education referendum. Question 3, which matches $80 million in federal funds for roads and bridges, passed with 73.1 percent of the vote. The ballot measure also authorizes up to $4.7 million to buy and improve buses for the RIPTA fleet. Question 4 authorizes $10 million to acquire part of the old Rocky Point Park to establish a public park and $1.5 million to renovate Fort Adams State Park in Newport; it was approved with 66.4 percent of the vote. – With reporting by Anchor Contributor Hayden James and Anchor Editor Alexander Tirrell.

the real hard truth. They want to hear the substantive answers to those questions, and I think I provided that,” he said. Chafee supporter Barbara Ozanian agreed. She said she voted for the governor because of his honesty. “I didn’t see anyone else step up and say, ‘I’m going to raise taxes,’” she said. In his acceptance speech, Chafee spoke of the issues that need to be rectified in the state, including high unemployment. “How we are going to pay for a civil society and a public education system? We have to pay for a public education system, and we have to maintain our buildings,” he said. “I think the best thing that has happened to Rhode Island is that we have a governor we can trust,” Prager said of Chafee’s election. Christopher Buonanno, a RIC graduate who served as Student Community Government, Inc. president from 2008-2009, was in attendance at Chafee’s election-night headquarters. “The Anchor knew more than the Providence Journal,” he said about the event cover-

age. “I supported Chafee from the very beginning,” Buonanno said. “I thought Caprio would be the main opposition, but I’m very happy that Chafee squeaked it out. I think that’s good for RIC. I think that’s good for education. I think that’s ultimately good for the state as a whole.” The Anchor endorsed Chafee this election season. At his victory celebration, Chafee explained what it means to get a college newspaper’s endorsement. “This election, every vote counts. Take every endorsement, and it’s every building brick that you put together on a foundation to build a campaign,” he told The Anchor. “Every endorsement, every vote, every coalition makes a difference.” The National Education Association of Rhode Island also endorsed Chafee this election. “The governor’s race is always a priority race for NEA of Rhode Island and a lot of other labor unions,” said Executive Director Bob Walsh. “We worked with a great coalition of unions and progression groups, and we

went all out for Chafee. We’re very proud of our efforts.” In his concession speech, Robitaille wished Chafee luck. “He is going to have to make the right decisions,” he said. “God bless America, and God bless Rhode Island.” There are still about 11,000 mail-in ballots to be counted, but “we didn’t want to prolong it,” Robitaille said. Chafee also mentioned in his acceptance speech that Robitaille agreed a late upset was not mathematically possible, even accounting for the outstanding mail-in ballots. Caprio’s comment last week directed towards President Barack Obama may have af-

fected his poor showing in the race. In response to Obama’s choice not to endorse him, he told WPRO’s John DePetro, “He can take his endorsement and really shove it.” His actions may not have resonated well with voters. Chafee gave a message to all the voters who came out yesterday. “I’m very grateful to Rhode Island’s people. You’ve given me your vote, and I’m giving you my word,” he said. “I look forward to working together to confront our challenges. I know bright days are ahead for our great state.” – With reporting by Anchor Editor Andrew Augustus.

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Taveras wins in landslide; Fung, Avedisian both win easily By Nicholas J. Lima Managing Editor

Angel Taveras is the new mayor of Providence. Taveras, the Democratic primary winner, took the general election in a landslide win over Independent Jonathan Scott, with 82.1 percent of the vote and 100 percent of precincts reporting. The race’s result was not a surprise, especially after the newcomer earned 48 percent of the vote in a crowded field of mostly veteran Democrats

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never reached fruition, with Democrats managing to hang on to a slim majority. With only six seats left to be decided at press time, the question now becomes, how large or small will that margin be? If the Democrats win the seats in Hawaii, Colorado and Washington, their majority will hold at a solid 53. There is a slim chance the Democrats may also pick up the seat in Alaska, securing them 54 seats in the Senate. The House, however, was

in September. Taveras will take the reins from Mayor David Cicilline, who was elected in his own right last night to represent Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District. Taveras, an attorney who grew up on Providence’s South Side, says on his campaign website, “As Mayor, economic development – putting families to work and stimulating local business growth and prosperity – will be my top priority.” The 40-year-old mayorelect gained some of his support

from Providence’s Hispanic and Latino community – and from college students. Providence voters also elected new faces to seven of the capital city’s 15 City Council seats. In Cranston, Republican Allan Fung – who made history two years ago when he became the first Asian-American mayor elected in Rhode Island – cruised to victory in his re-election bid over Democrat Richard Tomlins. Fung, a Rhode Island College graduate, won with 76.3 percent of the

vote. The GOP also picked up three of the city’s nine council seats. Longtime Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian also won reelection over Democrat John Kirby, garnering 80.3 percent of the vote, and in Pawtucket, Donald Grebien ran unopposed for mayor, taking all 13,493 votes cast. – With reporting by Anchor Contributor Hayden James.

a blood bath. At press time, the GOP has picked up 53 new seats in the House of Representatives, effectively securing a large majority. There are still 74 seats undecided, as precincts in the western-most states are reporting in. The GOP is unlikely to pick up too many more seats in the staunch blue states on the Pacific coast, though they do have some hope in Alaska. It may be time to say goodbye to Speaker Pelosi, and hello to Speaker Boehner. This election did bring some surprise wins. In the 20th Congressional District of New York, Tea Party-backed Republican Christopher Gibson beat

Democratic incumbent Scott Murphy by over 10 points. This particular district was formerly held by newly reelected New York Sen. Kristen Gillibrand. In the 23rd Congressional District, incumbent Bill Owens narrowly beat Republican Matthew Doheny. Despite the GOP pumping millions of dollars into Sharron Angle’s campaign, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won by 5 percent. This was only a small victory for the DNC, but it reaffirmed the confidence Nevada residents have in Reid. Even in the face of adversity, the Democrats managed to gain two seats in the House this

mid-term election: Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District and former Delaware Rep. Mike Castle’s seat. These should help bolster House Democrats after numerous crushing defeats elsewhere in the country. One thing is certain, the fallout of these mid-term elections could be substantial. Tops on the GOP’s agenda will be to cut federal spending and repeal the Health Care Reform Act. It will be interesting to see what the Republicans do with their newly regained power. – With reporting by Anchor Editor Jo Loflin.

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vote, and Gregory Raposa with less than 1 percent. In the District 2 race, Independent John Matson received 8.4 percent of the vote. Cicilline spoke to NBC10 after his win about his plans for his congressional term. “We have to work together, Democrats, Republicans and independents,” he said. “We have to go there [to Washington], and try to find common ground and work together.” Loughlin made a surge in the last week before the election, but fell short, as votes revealed last night. This election granted Langevin, who graduated from Rhode Island College in 1990, his sixth term in office. He also spoke to NBC-10 about similar plans as he returns to Washington. “We’re going to find common-sense solutions,” he said. “It is most important to focus on needs of working families. I am going to do everything I can to get this economy back on track.”

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Hope you voted…but carefully The power of a very small minority is successfully using their unmatchable wealth to promote candidates out of touch with the democratic principles that have kept America whole. The election of these pawns could put America under such absolute control of an ultra wealthy clique that any future democratic process could be purely artificial. Their antiregulation policies would lead to further dominance of media and, eventually, to almost total censure of public knowledge. That point would mark the end of our democracy. It is that serious. The only possible way to escape this dangerous avalanche is a resurgence of the youth and black vote that helped to elect President Obama. Thanks to the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing corporations to have unlimited financial influence in American politics, candidates with tight campaign budgets are having a tough time competing against bought-and-paid-for opponents with unlimited funding from the super-wealthy. Even honorable politicians are pressured to balance the desires of moneyed interests against what’s best for the people, using the excuse, “If I don’t represent them, they won’t finance my stay and I

won’t be able to represent you.” It’s supposed to sound practical and noble but balancing the desires of a few against the will of the majority requires a finger on the scale. It’s called cheating. It is not noble and, frankly, not at all practical for the continued health and well-being of our democracy. Millions upon millions of special-interest dollars are being unleashed NOT to support good public servants, but good CORPORATE servants who will oblige their benefactors. In a campaign, this wealth is appropriated to do and say whatever it takes to win; truth be damned! It’s called propaganda and a lot of money buys a boatload of it. “Big Government” – one of the most deceitful propaganda phrases in this election – is nothing more than a convenient bucket anyone can throw their pet peeves into, meaningful or not. The bucket is being carried by the party out of power that’s trying to dupe Americans into giving control back to the very same con artists who sold us out to Wall Street and whose friends were enriched by a deceitfully engineered war that tanked our economy. Look at the huge toll these people have extracted from

America’s poor and middle class in order to entrench their wealth and power and you’ll see why they need smoke screens to retake Washington. They spew misinformation regarding guns, religion and healthcare issues, to incite fear and anger, then pass their bucket. Well-meaning Americans toss in their causes and are tricked into supporting the big government lynch mob, unaware of the poison in the bottom of the bucket. That poison is the camouflaged intent to cripple government regulation and oversight of multi-billion dollar entities that dismiss social responsibility as an annoying impediment to profit.  This is abundantly clear when you recognize that ALL propaganda labeled “Big Government” is financed by ultra-wealthy special interests.   The simple fact is that we are a complex society that increasingly relies on government in order to be safe and secure. Imagine a city where government controls were cut back and missing stop signs allowed BP trucks and Wall Street buses to go blasting through intersections leaving gulf residents, the newly homeless, and pensioners laying bloody in the streets. Those stop signs were removed by the previous party-in-charge,

financed by wealthy interests, and they don’t want them put back in place. Just look how hard it was to push against the billion dollar health care industry to get coverage for the disadvantaged – including children – and wealthy corporations want it repealed! When did it become American to turn your back on a neighbor in need? It doesn’t matter anymore if candidates are Democrat or Republican. It only matters if they’re selling us out. It is interesting, however, that the Supreme Court Judges who paved the way for the corporate takeover of our system were Republicans. And Republicans voted down a law that would have required organizations, like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to reveal the sources of the money they are pouring into election politics. What are they hiding? This should outrage every American. Money is the dope in our politics that will destroy our democracy if we continue to elect junkies. Only money can turn us against ourselves and make a government “of the people” into one that is hated by the people. Of course Washington needs a house-cleaning. When hasn’t it? But if we give the keys to corporate thugs, whom

do you suppose future legislation will benefit? Deception is the only way the self-serving can win. Even the Tea Partiers are being bamboozled by ultrawealthy businessmen who are the behind-the-scene financiers and string pullers of their movement. Nothing is more terrifying to the extreme right-wing conservative minority, than losing the power of their money. If it appears their attempt to buy America may fail, watch for desperate measures. Voting machine fraud, fictitious scandals, sensational news manipulation and sudden terror threats from questionable intelligence are historical examples of their immoral shenanigans, still fresh in our memories. Our country is at stake. Please vote – but do it for the well-being of America, not the corporations. If you’re unsure of a particular candidate’s worthiness, there’s nothing wrong with simply voting against a particular party because of their position – like the Republican Party’s position that America is for sale. Roger Burnett The author is a professor at Rhode Island College.

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associate professor of communications, as well as students from Henry Barnard Elementary School. There were also videos about the Tea Party movement, the Art Center renovation initiative and a special entitled “Rhode to the Election,” prepared by Spaulding, who co-hosted the event with Nicholas Lima. Unsurprisingly, the group’s largest production was not without problems. Technical issues delayed the start of the live broadcast by nearly 20 minutes as Director Thomas Lima and Technical Director Steven Rys worked to repair the glitch. A quick call to customer support and five re-boots later, the program was finally on air. The coverage itself was near-flawless, with a dozen student statisticians providing the on-air talent with up-to-the-minute election information. Throughout the night, it should be noted, Anchor TV was ahead of many major local news organizations. Anchor TV was founded during the spring semester of 2008. Since then, the club has grown by leaps and bounds. “We were on air within 24 hours of getting an office,” said Loflin. “We’re still young, but we’re improving and learning every day.” If you missed Anchor TV’s election coverage, then you’re on notice: Now is the time to start watching.

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taxes and create jobs,” Chafee chose to refer to infrastructure development in the state. In mentioning the highway to Quonset Point and potential development of land opened up by the I-95 relocation project, he stood by his backing of Warwick’s recently opened train station, drawing some laughter from the crowd (the other candidates had poked fun at Chafee for his adamant support of the train station project earlier in the debate). “We need the leadership to maximize the potential of this billion dollar investment,” Chafee said in his statement. Caprio spoke at length of how he was inspired by his grandfather, an immigrant and “American success story.” When it comes to workingclass Rhode Islanders, “They want to feel like the deck is not stacked against them,” Caprio said. Block was the last to give his closing remarks in this, the final debate, telling voters that they “have to vote” for him if they want job creation. He countered claims that a vote for him is a wasted vote – he was polling at 2 percent in an NBC 10/Quest Research poll released late Wednesday – with an assertion of his own that voting for the other candidates is “wasting your vote” given

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that Robitaille, Chafee and Caprio are all part of Rhode Island’s political establishment, while he claims to be the lone outsider. Three more independents, who did not meet criteria to participate in the televised debate, are also running for governor. They include Ronald Algieri, Todd Giroux and Joseph Lusi. Reaction from RIC A number of Rhode Island College students were in attendance, including Parliament Rep. Michael Hartley, a sophomore. While he said he liked Block, Hartley said he was a Caprio supporter going into the debate, which didn’t alter his support for the Democrat. “I tend to agree with his ideas, including his small business proposal,” Hartley said. Junior Amanda Wray Dion, a Chafee supporter, also left the debate unwavered in her original choice but was impressed by Block. “Ken Block is ballsy,” Dion said. “Chafee is more honest than ballsy but he’s still good. Every debate, [Chafee’s] been a gentlemen. He’s very honest; you can definitely trust him.” Sophomore Rick Enos, WXIN’s news director, watched the debate on TV from the campus radio station’s newsroom. “Robitaille crushed it. I think he’s the clear winner,” said Enos.

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Anchor all wrong about Dr. Kregler After spending a good deal of time considering whether or not I should write this letter, I decided it was appropriate. I read through the article about the RIC Symphony Orchestra, and despite being barely 1/3 of the page, it had nothing of value to say musically. The person who wrote this article didn’t seem to have a grasp on basic music concepts whatsoever, and didn’t seem to understand half of the words they were using. I laughed through every part of the article

except for where it took down Dr. Kregler, which left me angered. The writer took her down a few levels even though they had no personal opinion on the performance, only getting an opinion from an anonymous student who, for all we know, could have failed a class with Dr. Kregler. She actually performed wonderfully that night and anybody who had actually listened would have known that. As for the article itself,

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Oak-aged wonders Recently I’ve been going through a phase of oak-aged beers. I came across a beer from a set of brothers who opened up a brewery in Portland, Oregon. According to the company’s website, www. widmer.com, Kurt Widmer moved to Germany in the 1970s, and spent two years travelling and tasting new beers. He returned to Oregon and convinced his brother Rob to join him in business. Kurt then travelled to Düsseldorf on a “quest for an original beer experience,” where he studied local brewing practices. A few years ago the brothers came out with their Brothers Reserve series, a collection of beers brewed once and only once. I got my hands on their first of the series, the Cherry Oak Doppelbock. This

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beer packs a whopping 9 percent alcohol by volume and 40 IBUs, and is described on the packaging as “a rich ale, coldfermented with dark sweet and red tart cherries, then conditioned on new, heavily toasted American oak. The result is a dark lustrous brew with upfront malty sweetness and cherry fruit notes completed by caramel, dark chocolate and toasted oak undertones.” Complex flavors show throughout in this beer. On the first sip it is like you’re eating a See OAK Page 24

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B i r t h control is essential to those who are sexually active. There are a number of forms of birth control out there today. This includes the pill, implants, patches, rings, shots, sponge, diaphragm, condoms and of course, the pull-out method; also called withdrawal. Using a form of birth control does prevent against the risk of getting pregnant, but some of them have their pros and cons. Everything you need to know about keeping yourself protected

against Sexually Transmitted Infections or pregnancy. First there is the condom. The condom is worn by the male during sex. It can be made out of latex, plastic, or out of animal intestines. They prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of STIs. They come in all different styles, lubricantions, colors and some include spermicide. When they are used correctly, only two out of 100 women will become pregnant, and if you don’t always use condoms, 15 out of 100 women will get pregnant. Condoms are more effective if they include spermicide or if the male pulls out before he ejaculates. Other pros

With the ever expanding world of social networking, more and more personal information goes online. A growing concern among many is: how private is their information that’s online? The answer is: it’s not. Unfortunately, many more people are unaware of how much information of theirs is online. So, how does one maintain their privacy in today’s world? By following these simple tips. If you don’t want it known, don’t put it up As soon as you put something on a public site like Facebook it’s out there. There is little chance you can take it back. Sure, you can take down the drunken pictures you

posted last night and if you’re fast enough your friends won’t see them. However, maybe the page will get cached ( did you know Google keeps a cached [backup] copy of many pages in case the page is down?) or someone will find them hilarious and post a screenshot on a Web site like 4chan (see also: cesspool of the internet). More likely, you put how much you love drinking and getting high on your profile and your future employer becomes your future would-have-been employer when he or she reads that. Oh yeah, more and more employers are checking up on their potential employees via Facebook according to careerbuilders.com. So if you don’t want everyone to know about you shooting up black tar heroin, don’t put it on Facebook. Clean up your profile So you posted how you like to get drunk and high and sleep

around. Well it’s out there but you can still save face by cleaning up your profile. Get rid of everything you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see and make sure you have a respectable profile picture. Get rid of the drunken photos and the immature wall posts and you’ll be golden. Sure, your potential employer might still see it if they looked hard enough but most won’t. If they do bring it up, tell them that this was a past you. While you made mistakes in the past, you have reflected on them and grown because of it. You are now a mature and responsible adult willing to work your hardest for their company. (Seriously, employers eat this kind of stuff up). Of course there are some things you are going to keep, such as hobbies. Sure, you might not think your employer will be impressed by the fact that every Saturday you and See SECURITY Page 24


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Dear Ari, This isn’t a question, but an angry response. My now Ex-Boyfriend had asked how to break the news to me of his religious ways in last week’s Ask Ari column. I just want all readers to know that I did break up with him but not because he is a Catholic. I did it because he thought I hate all other religions! This is false as hell! I am an Atheist but not a hater of others beliefs. So, because of his advertisement of my apparent hate all over campus I broke up with him. – Religion Acceptor, RIC sophomore Dear Religion Acceptor, Thanks for clearing up this issue and best wishes. Dear Ari, How do I develop a Gaydar? –Angie, RIC freshman Dear Angie, Gaydar is usually not something you develop. Some people just naturally have it. I wouldn’t worry about having the tool, chances of a faulty Gaydar are 10 to 1. Dear Ari, A friend of mine is going through a terrible break up. She was cheated on, lied to, the whole nine yards. How do I help someone in this position? – Friend, RIC senior

Special Question of the Week Dear Ari, I have been with my man for about 4 months now. I am also an avid daily horoscope reader and every day my horoscope really does correspond with my life. The other day my horoscope said that any romantic ties I am in will be broken with the next month. Does this mean I should break up with my boyfriend? – Layla, RIC junior Dear Layla, Horoscopes are a fun thing to follow. I follow my horoscope but don’t usually follow it to the tee. If you are really concerned about that specific horoscope do more astrological research on it before you do something you might regret. Also, start to question what you believe in. Following something blindly, such as a religion or astrology etc. is relevant to cultish ways. You must question everything to have a full understanding and belief in it. For example, if tomorrow’s horoscope says to jump off a bridge would you do it? I certainly hope not. I hope all goes well with your boyfriend and do not break up with him because your horoscope may say to or hint at it. Dear Friend, Stand by her side no matter what. She’s going to want a friend she can get angry, sad and mad with and not be judged for it.

Dear Carney, Rejection happens so don’t dwell on it. You don’t know until you try so talk to her and remember the worst thing she could say is no.

Dear Ari, I’m crushing big time on this girl I have so much in common with. I really think things would work really well between us but I am scared of rejection. How do I overcome the idea of being rejected? – Lowell, RIC sophomore

Dear Ari, I really want to live on campus next year. What dorm do you think is best to live in? – Hilary, RIC freshman Dear Hilary, Depends on your taste. I love Weber Hall because it’s laid back, but I have friends in New Hall who love the décor. All girls dorm? Try Browne Hall.

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of condoms is that they are inexpensive and easily accessible, and don’t require a prescription. Some cons of condoms are that they can dull the sensation between sexual partners and some men don’t like them. Also you need to keep condoms in a cool dry place or they will lose their efficiency; this means don’t keep them in your back pocket or wallet or even in your car. Also, don’t use your teeth to open them. Next is hormonal birth control; this includes the birth control implant, patch, pill, ring or shot. The most common is the birth control pill. They are taken daily at the same time to prevent pregnancy. These pills contain hormones that keep a woman’s ovaries from ovulating or releasing eggs and they prevent from sperm from ever meeting. When used correctly only one out of 100 women will get pregnant. A pro is that they include lighter periods and help you keep track of your menstrual cycle. Also it can reduce menstrual cramps. The pill includes some cons, such as bleeding between periods, nausea,vomiting and always having to take the pill at the same time. It can cause some health conditions including heart attack, stroke, blood clots, liver tumors and yellowing of the skin and eyes. Also they don’t protect against HIV or any other STI. So, using another method l i k e c o n doms w i l l insure you are p r o tected against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Other forms of hormonal birth control acts the same way as

the pill but has different forms of getting hormones in the body. In case an accident does happen - for example the condom slipped off or you forgot to take your birth control pill - there is the morning after pill or emergency contraception. It will prevent pregnancy up to 120 hours or five days after you had unprotected sex. You do not need a prescription for this if you are over the age of 17, and it can cost between 10 to 70 dollars. They are available at many pharmacies and health clinics. If you don’t have health insurance, Planned Parenthood is the place to go because they go off your income and can help your wallet stay full. Emergency contraception works best if taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. The next period you have can be like a usual period or different. It could come later or earlier and could be heavier or lighter, but if you do not have your period after three weeks after taking the pill or you have any symptoms of pregnancy, you should go to your health service provider to take a pregnancy test. Using any form of birth control will help lower your risk of pregnancy. Using birth control is the only way to prevent pregnancy. The pullout method does not work, so don’t rely on it. There is sperm in pre-ejaculate, and that little bit of sperm can get a women pregnant. So,unless you are mentally and financially ready to raise a child, wrap it up and keep it safe.

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chocolate covered cherry. The flavor profile tends to change as you go deeper into this beer and you start to pick up the notes of the caramel and oak. These flavors combined with aroma of cherries and oak make for a very pleasant drinking experience. This beer has a very interesting red to light amber color to it with a head that has a cherry to almost pink color. Being a doppelbock style beer, I went into this thinking it was going to be somewhat on the stronger side. To my surprise, I was wrong and was graced with a beer that is balanced always around. So, if you see a bottle lying around, definitely pick one up. I got mine at Cliff Liquors in Riverside, right on Willett Ave. Sometimes a beer comes out that just blows your mind. The Great Divide Brewing Company’s Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

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friends sit around a table, roll a 20-sided die and pretend to be elves in “Dungeons and Dragons,” but maybe he’s a level six human wizard. If not, tell him how the game promotes small group communication, teamwork and creativity (it really does).

Imperial Stout is one of those beers. According to the brand’s website, www.greatdivide. com, “a generous infusion of espresso adds yet another layer of complexity to this beer.” The website describes the vanilla character, the malt flavor and

the boldness of the hops, and concludes that “it’s official: You can now have Yeti with breakfast.” Yes, a beer that is actually brewed to be a breakfast beer. I’m not encouraging anyone to drink before noon, but sometimes these things happen.

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Employment Opportunity Commission). The policies are complex but their main purpose is to prevent employers from hiring or firing employees (or giving promotions, special treatment, and so on) for reasons based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information or age. You can find out more at their Web site www.eeoc.gov. Any employer

worth his salt knows about the EEOC and if they don’t - run, don’t walk - run from the job. Beware third party applications According to pcworld.com, third party apps have been leaking personal information to other companies. Like I said, once it’s out there, it’s out there. Now there is a setting in

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Brian Dunn, a Denver native, began brewing in an abandoned dairy processing plant on the city’s edge. From there, Great Divide Brewing Company has risen through the ranks to become one of the America’s most decorated microbreweries, and the city of Denver has become a beer capital of the world. “Great Divide beers have earned 17 Great American Beer Festival medals and five World Beer Cup awards. Great Divide was also ranked eighth in Ratebeer.com’s 2010 ‘The Best Brewers in the World’ and was ranked seventh in Beer Advocate’s 2009 ‘All-Time Top Breweries on Planet Earth,”’ says the website. When you open Espresso Yeti and pour it down into your favorite drinking mug, instantly the aroma of coffee dances on your nose and invites you in, looking almost like a freshly brewed cup of coffee, only with a thick, dark head. Upon taste your mouth is blessed with the comforting taste of espresso and oak. It is a marriage of

Facebook that prevents it from sharing your information to said apps but you have to opt out of it. Do that now. I know you love your Farmville but while you’re milking your cows, they might be telling Wal-mart your email address and what you like to buy. Welcome to the new age people, where you can’t play Mafia Wars during class (admit it, you’re doing it right now) without someone selling your

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information to advertisers. As for myself, I am very open with who I am on my Facebook, but then again, I don’t have any drunk photos of myself (but I do have a few of me dancing poorly and soberly). And honestly, if an employer really cares about me playing “Dungeons and Dragons,” they can suck on my dice bag.

Adjust your privacy settings Want to make sure your employer doesn’t catch some photo you missed? Adjust your privacy settings so only friends can see your profile. If your potential employer wants to be your friend before they hire you, don’t accept or reject it. Just leave it alone and if (and only if) they ask about it, say you weren’t comfortable with sharing any personal information on your page that might violate the policies set in place by the EEOC (The U.S. Equal

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Pianist Robert DeGaetano to perform at Sapinsley Hall By Eddie Taylor A&E Editor

Acclaimed pianist Robert DeGaetano will take the Sapinsley Hall stage this Sunday, Nov. 7, for an afternoon performance that is a can’t miss for classical music junkies. His performance is the next installment of Rhode Island College’s Performing Arts Series. DeGaetano is wellknown among fans of classical music, has toured all 50 states and has even performed in the major musical capitols of Europe. The concert pianist has received major publicity over his career that has spanned several decades, and you can tell by his performances that he is an experienced musician. DeGaetano is a graduate of The Julliard School, where he studied with pianists Adele Marcus and Rosina Lhevinne.

DeGaetano was the first musician ever to be awarded the Rotary International Scholarship, which allowed him to move to Paris and continue his studies with French pianist Alexis Weissenberg. With the recommendation of world famous violinist David Oistrakh and pianist Sviatoslav Richter, he then moved on to an active concert career under the legendary impresario Sol Hurok. DeGaetano has gone on to tour extensively throughout the United States and Europe. DeGaetano has also worked and performed along with several orchestras, including the acclaimed Boston Pops, as a guest solo performer. He has performed at several major venues, such as Carnegie Hall, since his recital debut in Febru-

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T h e quirky musical duo Matt and Kim are coming to the Met in Pawtucket on Sunday, Nov. 7. The group is playing the final show of local radio station WBRU’s Birthday Bash concert series. The Bash also includes other big name acts like Guster and Motion City Soundtrack, but Matt and Kim are stealing the spotlight with local fans counting the days until the group brings their fun and upbeat music to the new venue in Pawtucket. Matt and Kim are touring in support of their new album, “Sidewalks,” that is due out Nov. 2.

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Dance punk duo Matt and Kim got their start back in 2004 when band members Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino met at Pratt Institute in New York. The duo decided to try their hand at making music together. The only problem was that neither of the artists actually knew how to play their instruments. After only a few months of practice Matt and Kim were thrown into their first live performance, where they first went by the name Matthew and Kimberly, and they haven’t looked back since. The duo shortened their name and starting playing any gig they could find in Brooklyn, N.Y., where they got their start. They then turned their sights on touring the States after releasing their EP “To/From,” burning CDs in their van on their way

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to self-booked concerts. The duo was eventually picked up by record label Fader, and released their self-titled debut back in 2006. Their first album won over fans and critics alike, leading the band to play major events such as Lollapalooza, and they’ve been going strong ever since. There’s only one way to describe Matt and Kim’s music, and that’s fun. The duo has an energetic and upbeat sound that is just a blast to listen to, and their music is designed to get you on your feet and move around. Their music is great when you’re in a bad mood, and they’re sure to brighten your day. Their sound is pretty simplistic, but it has a unique feel and there aren’t a lot of artists that I can really say they sound like.

Johnson plays keyboard and lends his voice for lead vocals while Schifino plays drums and backup vocals. Matt and Kim’s music is very quick-paced, especially their vocals. While only using drums and a keyboard the group still has a full-bodied sound. Their instrumentals are top notch with Johnson writing one of the most fun keyboard intros I’ve heard in a while for the group’s single, “Daylight.” It may seem like an odd way to describe them, but the Matt and Kim sound is just happy. They are a band that’s hard to describe, but one listen to their music and you’ll be hooked. However, while I enjoy all their music, they aren’t a band I can really listen to for an extended period of time. See MATT

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H e r e at Devin’s C o m i c Corner, I will be reviewing different graphic novels and comic books. Usually I’ll cover a single story arc from a comic, but sometimes I will look at single-issue comics, as well. I will be reviewing these comics for the casual reader in hopes of sparking an interest in comics, but there will be a little something for the more avid readers, as well. In honor of Halloween, I have decided that the first graphic novel I will be reviewing is “Batman: The Long Halloween.” It is written by the writer/artist team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, respectively. Loeb has a great talent for telling a story, especially in “Long Halloween,” a very noiresque graphic novel. Loeb starts the graphic novel with Bruce Wayne saying, “I believe in Gotham City” and ends the novel with Batman saying, “I believe in Batman.” Loeb is able to show how Bruce Wayne’s view has changed after seeing a good man like Harvey Dent become a villain, dealing with a serial killer, corrupt politicians and embracing his darker side. Sale has a great talent of his own: exaggerating certain aspects of characters, usually the pieces that highlight the main personality quark of the character. From the Joker’s smile to Harvey Dent always having half of his face hidden in the shadows (alluding to his transformation into the villain Two-Face) or Batman See BATMAN Page 30


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Jump Rhythm Jazz Project By Eddie Taylor A&E Editor

The Jump Rhythm Jazz Project featured some Rhode Island College students who performed the piece “Getting There,” but the show was predominantly performances by the visiting company’s professional dancers as they came to RIC on Friday, Oct. 22 for a performance in Sapinsley Hall. The performance was certainly interesting, and had some quality talent moments where I was sitting straight up in my seat with my eyes glued to the stage, but there were also some times where I felt that it was not worth the staggering $15 price of admission. The JRJP is a Chicago-based, non-profit arts organization that was founded in New York in 1990.The Emmy awardwinning project was started by director Billy Siegenfeld, the creator of the Jump Rhythm Technique that the project is named after. Their style is a unique mix of a variety of dance styles including tap and swing, and the company uses scat singing in a wide variety of its performances, which in many ways brings the jazz influence into them. While the group makes use of pre-recorded tracks in many of their pieces, they also use body percussion,

such as stomping and snapping, to emphasize their movements. “So what we are doing with our dancing is we are both vocalizing and moving to these rhythms that are the bedrock of the choreography. We are playing the music through our bodies,” Siegenfeld said in a video on the group’s official website. The combination of scat singing and body percussion makes it so that they could probably go without backing music in most of their pieces, which is proven by JRJP dancer Kevin Durnbaugh’s solo performance in “Shot in the Dark.” The show was opened by Siegenfeld, who introduced the group’s unique style by getting the crowd involved. Walking out from behind the Sapinsley Hall stage curtain, Siegenfeld began humming, scat singing, swaying and snapping. He encouraged the reluctant crowd to join in, and soon Siegenfeld had the entire audience leaning forward in their seats enthusiastically following his lead. He then went on to have the crowd take on scat singing solos which they seemed to enjoy. The company then opened the show with its extended piece “I Hear Music,” which was one of the highlights of the evening. The piece was a bit crazy but a lot of fun with performers tapping, stomping

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The Jump Rythym Jazz Project performs “Getting There.” and scatting along to several songs, including “Oklahoma.” “I Hear Music” also included an expertly-done solo performance by Siegenfeld, with him sitting in a chair snapping and singing. “Shot in the Dark,” a solo performance by Durnbaugh, was my hands-down favorite moment of the night. This piece had no background music, and saw the performer making music simply through body percussion and singing. The performance reminded me of the Brazil-based experimental body percussion group Bar-

batuques, and I ate up every moment of this performance. RIC dancers brought their performance of Siegenfeld’s “Getting There” back to the stage as the second to the last performance of the night. When I had first seen this performance at the College Invitational Dance that RIC hosted on Oct. 8, I was confused by the choreography, but now that I’ve seen “Getting There” with more of Siegenfeld’s work, I have a new appreciation for the piece. The RIC students did a great job in performing this piece, and the

only complaint I have is that the choreography is a bit too chaotic at times. The Jump Rhythm Jazz Project’s performance made for a fun night, but I don’t think that the show was worth the price tag. I felt as though some of their pieces were a bit too abstract, and with several of their performances I couldn’t make heads or tails of what was happening on stage. The JRJP is worth checking out however, and has several videos on YouTube that are linked on their official site.

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Motion City Soundtrack comes to Lupo’s By Tim Hordern Anchor Contributor

Today I will tell you about a band that is probably the worst band ever. They will be playing soon and I urge you to see them. Got your attention or are you just confused? Well, let’s get to the point shall we? Yes, I actually think the band is good. Motion City Soundtrack and Say Anything will be playing in Providence this Saturday, Nov. 6. Some may be asking who this band is, but a lot of people already know and like them. For those of you who do, well, you can read just for kicks. Motion City Soundtrack started in 1997 in Minneapolis, Minn. The first few years proved to be rocky and uncertain, but what popular band doesn’t have that back story? After going through a few band members and some fairly unknown EPs, the band got their big break with the first major single “The

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ary 1999. DeGaetano is a talented concert pianist who has the ability to hook the audience and leave them begging for more. His powerful performances have an energy that would make even the least classically

Future Freaks Me Out.” They have an interesting sound, with its mixture of indie rock, power pop and a pop rock sound. Recently you may have listened to one of their singles off their latest album “My Dinosaur Life” called “Her Words Destroyed My Planet.” With this snippet, this five member band has had many members. Including the former members of the group, Motion City Soundtrack has had a total of 12 musicians come and go before they finally got their big break. Currently there is Justin Pierre on vocals and guitar, Josh Cain on vocals and guitar, Matt Taylor on bass and vocals, Jessie Johnson on keyboards and Tony Thaxton on drums. But yes if you are still reading, as I mentioned before, they will be playing at Lupos on Nov. 6. They will be supported by Say Anything, Saves the Day and a Great Big Pile of Leaves. The ticket price is a little steep

at $25 in advance and $29 the day of the concert. The doors are at 5:30 p.m. and the show is at 6:30 p.m. So if you’re a

fan or are just interested, come on down and see an amazing band. Heck, they may even turn you into a fan with their

performance, but you won’t know unless you take the time to check them out.

trained ear sit up and admire his performance. He is a composer, but mainly focuses on the work of famous composers such as Chopin, who seems to be one of the musician’s biggest influences. DeGaetano’s performance is said to include Schumann’s “Kreisleriana,” Chopin’s Scherzo No. 2 and his own composition, “Crystonix.” He is most commonly known for his tribute to the

1986 space shuttle launch tragedy that caused the death of the seven astronauts, when their shuttle was destroyed only 75 seconds into takeoff. DeGaetano’s tribute piece, “The Challenger,” was premiered in front of the astronauts’ families a year later at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The performance was recorded live and was featured on a special segment of “CBS Sunday

Morning.” “The Challenger” hit the airwaves after the tragic event where it was played on concert tours across three continents. This is sure to be a great performance, and the show will take place in Sapinsley Hall on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are only $5 for RIC students and $35 for the general public, but if you want to bring a student from another

school they’ll get in for only $15. If you are a fan of classical compositions this afternoon performance is something you’re sure to want to attend, and if you’re someone who’s never really given classical music a fair shot then this performance will be perfect to broaden your musical palate.

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playing while food is thrown at them, and the video ends as people dressed as a taco, pizza and a banana jump all over their instruments destroying their set. From playing in dumpsters, cramped in a refrigerator or stripping down naked in Times Square Matt and Kim’s videos are fun and just as quirky as the band members themselves. Matt and Kim have a great sound, and if you’re already a fan you can’t miss when they play the Met in Pawtucket in

the Hope Artiste Village at 1005 Main St. this Sunday, Nov. 7. If you haven’t heard of Matt and Kim, I definitely recommend that you take the time to look them up. Even if you don’t love their music, you’ll enjoy their videos. Tickets are $15 if you buy them in advance or $18 the day of the concert. Matt and Kim are sure to end WBRU’s Birthday Bash in style, and this is a concert you’ll really wish you didn’t miss.

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What I really enjoy about Matt and Kim are actually their music videos and I know that I’m not the only one. Their videos are just as fun as their sound and look like they were a lot of fun to shoot. The video to the group’s single “Yea Yeah” sees them sitting in a white cardboard kitchen


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By Rob Duguay Anchor A&E Writer

On an unusually warm fall night on Oct. 24, one of the best bands to come out of New York City in the past decade, Brooklyn’s own The Hold Steady, rocked the stage at the Met, leaving the crowd of hundreds asking for more. Before the indie rock ‘n’ roll quintet hit the stage there was an opening act, their fellow New Yorkers, The Figgs. The power trio came on the stage and set the mood just right, even including a cover of The Kinks’ “Victoria” into their hour-long set. While The Figgs aren’t a household name when it comes to rock ‘n’ roll bands, they sure have been around for a while. Starting out in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., way back in 1987 with Mike Gent on guitar and vocals, Pete Donnelly on bass and Guy Lyons on drums, the band has put out nine studio albums, ranging from major labels like Capitol Records to indie labels like Imago and Gern Blandsten Records. They’ve also released several EPs, singles and a live album. Since their first release on cassette tape back in the early ‘90s, the only thing that has seemed to change about The Figgs is the change in drummers, with Pete Hayes taking over for Lyons around the start of that glorious decade. The Figgs are an awesome, kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll band that any fan of music should check out. After moving around the equipment on stage and the sound guy making sure his knobs were set correctly, The Hold Steady arrived on stage to a thunderous applause. They started the set off with “Positive Jam,” a song that is, in my opinion, the best description of humanity’s existence in the 20th century. With every lyric sung by the evangelical Craig Finn, a blistering solo by lead guitarist Tad Kubler and bass-

ist Galen Polivka and Bobby Drake on drums providing the rhythm, the crowd was like a massive rock ‘n’ roll monster, going crazy and letting the music move their body and soul. After kicking their set off with authority, The Hold Steady then jumped right into “Barfruit Blues” and proceeded to play an insane two hour set including the songs “Hurricane J,” “Rock Problems,” “Sequestered in Memphis,” “The Weekenders,” “Most People Are DJs,” “Lord, I’m Discouraged,” ”You Can Make Him Like You,” “Southtown Girls,” “Massive Nights” and “A Slight Discomfort.” The Hold Steady left the stage with the crowd chanting “encore, encore” in a frenzy, and the band complied with the audience’s wishes by shredding

a three song opus that consisted of “Constructive Summer,” “Hot Soft Light” and “Stay Positive.” If you haven’t listened to The Hold Steady, you should pick up a copy of any one of their albums, “Almost Killed Me,” “Separation Sunday,” “Boys and Girls in America,” “Stay Positive” and their most recent, “Heaven is Whenever.” Also if you are a fan of live music and want to go to a pretty cool venue to see some spectacular bands, stop by The Met sometime soon. It’s located in the Hope Artiste Village right in the middle of the Providence & Pawtucket line on 1005 Main Street. You can check the Met’s schedule on their website at www.themetri.com.

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By Michael Martins Mike’s Movies

T h i s week in Mike’s Movies I figured that with the long steady stream of classic films I would switch it up a bit and talk about a recent release. I have an issue with many films made lately, hence why my column seems to focus mostly on classic films. However, I had the pleasure recently of seeing a funny new action film with great stars. The film is “RED” from DC Entertainment, based on a graphic novel by the same name. The film focuses on the story of Frank Moses, played by Bruce Willis. Frank is a retired US black-ops/secret agent, who has developed a crush on the woman who handles his pension from the government. It seems that Frank’s old boss, the United States of America, has labeled Moses and his old team R.E.D. (Retired Extremely Dangerous). Rounding out this team of crack agents is Morgan Freeman as Joe Matheson, the team’s resident wise-ass and ladies’ man, John Malkovich as Marvin Boggs, the team’s all around crazy man and Helen Mirren, an MI6 agent who can handle just about any weapon. Also there is MaryLouise Parker as Sarah Ross, Frank’s love interest. There is a chemistry that seems to flow between the actors on screen, making the comedic timing in the film almost impeccable. Willis is no stranger to action films and he spends most of the film doing the hard core fighting and killing. However, the sequences that involve Mirren crouching in the snow with a sniper rifle

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or picking off people with a sub machine gun make for just as much as a mind-blowing form of entertainment as Willis walking out of a spinning cop car and opening fire on his pursuers. As an action film it is good, as a comedy it is good and even with its hint of a romantic comedy it works rather well. The connection developed between Willis and Parker feels pretty genuine. Parker’s character Sarah is stuck in small cubical answering phones all day. She talks to Frank about the adventures she wants to take and the bad romance novels she reads to fill that gap. So as the film progresses, their relation seems to realistically grow as they share their love of adventure. My review this week is pretty short since I don’t want to give away too much of the plot. Overall, however, I say this is a must-see. It has many of the good elements that some films seem to lack these days. Take a loved one or go with your buddies; either way you will have a good time. I give “RED” four stars out of five.


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Rob cuts Mario down to size By Robert Lefebvre Rob’s Game Shelf

I’m going to do something a little different this week. Rather than talk about one game, I’m going to talk about a series of games. There has been something I’ve always wanted to get off my chest. It has been driving me mad that I haven’t said it yet, so I’m going to just say it and get it over with. I hate the “Super Mario” series. I always have. Even when I was a kid I never really had any particular interest in it. I remember asking what the game was all about and being told the game is about a plumber trying to save a princess from some kind of turtle-dragon monster. You’d think a kid would say “Cool!” but I was more “Huh?” So where did things go wrong for me with Super Mario? Well, let’s start at the

beginning. The very first game “Super Mario Bros.” was released by Nintendo in 1985. Then there was “Super Mario Bros. 3,” released in 1988 (“Super Mario Bros. 2” will not be discussed here), and “Super Mario World” in 1990. Of course, I was too young (or not even born yet) to play these games when they came out. When I was able to play them, I just didn’t see the appeal, and to this day I don’t see it. First of all, I thought the story has always been generic. Bowser, the turtle/dragon thing – seriously, what the hell is Bowser? Anyway, he kidnaps Princess Peach for a reason that’s not established and it’s up to Mario, a plumber, to save her. For the time, I would accept that because back then, storytelling wasn’t really the point of gaming. Gameplay was the point of gaming. But I’ll get to this later. I actually don’t mind the gameplay of Mario. It’s interesting and challenging as you

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“Super Mario Bros. 3” was released for the NES in 1988.

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The one that started it all, “Super Mario Bros.,” was released in 1985 for the NES. go around defeating various monsters, collecting coins and power-ups as you traverse the levels. Although the levels where you face Bowser are disappointing because you don’t actually get to fight him, and you have to find a way to get around him and release a bridge to dump him into a pit of lava. Oh, and Bowser won’t die from this all eight times you do it. I can’t say I hate the first “Super Mario Bros.” game. I only wish I knew what we were in for. Next, there was “Super Mario Bros. 3.” Same plot as the last, only this time Bowser has minions called Koopalings that serve as bosses at the end of each level. Gameplay is the same as well, although sometimes the game gets obnoxiously hard. Obstacles seem near impossible to pass and some of the Koopalings are almost unbeatable, and you have to start the level over again if you lose a life. The thing that really got to me about this game, the thing that brought my hate of the Super Mario series to a boiling point, was six little words: “The princess is in another castle.” This happens after completing each world where they clearly show that Princess

Peach is being held captive, but it always turns out that the Koopalings were just faking it to lure you in. If there was just one example of creative incompetence in video gaming, this was it. The writers at Nintendo couldn’t come up with something more creative or believable, like the princess getting recaptured by the next Koopaling? No, it’s just the same toadstool telling us that the princess isn’t here. I might have bought this once or twice, but this happens eight times. I’m supposed to believe I got faked out by the same ruse eight times. Screw that! Let Bowser have the princess. By the way, the boss fighting against Bowser in this game is one of the lamest I’ve ever seen. All you have to do is get out of the way as he crushes the floor beneath you, eventually falling himself. Or if you have the blaster power-up with you, you can easily just take him out. But let’s move on. There’s “Super Mario World” which strangely only takes place on one little island. When you think “World” you would think many places, but it’s just one. Anyway, same plot, but this time we’re introduced to Yoshi,

a dinosaur that lives on the island that helps Mario in his quest. Yoshi is by far one of the weirdest characters I’ve ever encountered in gaming. He’s supposed to be a boy, yet he lays eggs. He has a chameleon like tongue for grabbing and eating enemies, but he quickly lays an egg with them inside, leading me to believe that they aren’t actually eggs and Yoshi has the fastest metabolism in the world. Overall, like the other games, I like the gameplay, but the story is the same and doesn’t make a lick of sense. “Super Mario World 2” came out soon after. All I will say about this game is that if you can stand the sound of baby Mario crying for more than twenty seconds, you have ironclad sanity. But then came the game that changed everything, “Super Mario 64” for the Nintendo 64. This game allowed Mario to have more moves such as spin kicks and punches, and if you had never heard of the series beforehand, you wouldn’t think he’s a plumber. There are lots of fun parts to the gameplay that I really enjoyed. The environSee MARIO Page 31


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A&E News Keith Richards’ new biography, “Life,” makes waves

Music legend Gregory Isaacs dies at 59

Indiana Jones movies to be re-released in 3-D?

File-sharing giant LimeWire to be shut down

According to Time magazine, the recently released biography of the Rolling Stones guitarist is making a splash as fans of the legendary rock group flock to get their hands on a copy. The book’s accounts of the guitarist’s life, focusing on his career with the Rolling Stones and Richards’ sometimes less than positive comments towards leader singer Mick Jagger, have caught the attention of fans. However, the book’s nearly endless drugrelated content is what is getting the most attention. The drug-related content has even made the Disney Company consider ending Richards’ cameo role as Captain Teague in the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film.

According to NME magazine, George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg are planning to give the popular “Indiana Jones” film series the 3-D treatment for a cinematic re-release. The move follows the success of the “Star Wars” films’ adaption into 3-D, set to be released starting in 2012 and continuing over a six year period. Blue Sky Disney reports that “Raiders of the Lost Ark” will soon be adapted in to 3-D, and if the conversion is a hit with audiences the other three popular films will also make their way back to the silver screen in 3-D.

“The Dark Knight Rises” announced as title of upcoming Batman sequel

“The Dark Knight Rises,” the title for third installment of director Christopher Nolan’s popular re-imagining of the franchise, has finally been released after months of speculation. The film follows the massively successful film “The Dark Knight,” and fans of the films have been waiting to see which iconic villain Batman will face in the next chapter of Nolan’s retelling. According to NME magazine, Nolan is described as saying that the film will not feature villains that fans were expecting, and is directly quoted as saying, “it won’t be the Riddler.” “The Dark Knight Rises” will pick up where the last film left off, with Batman now a fugitive running from the Gotham City Police. After the success of “The Dark Knight,” the next film is bound to dominate the box office when it is released in 2012. The question is: after Heath Ledger’s brilliant Joker performance, can the third film live up to expectations?

Reggae legend Gregory Isaacs lost his year-long battle with lung cancer on Oct. 25, according to the BBC. Isaacs passed away in his London home at the age of 59. Releasing an estimated 500 albums in Jamaica, the United Kingdom and the United States, according to Rolling Stone Magazine, the musician also collaborated with well-known musicians such as King Tubby, Dennis Brown and Errol Holt. In an interview with Rolling Stone, his widow, Linda Isaacs, said, “Gregory was well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family and we worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.”

LimeWire will be shut down after a judge ruled that the site’s main file-sharing functions are to be disabled. According to NME magazine, the owners of the famous site have been involved in court with U.S. record companies for the past four years for copyright infringement charges. On Oct. 26 Judge Kimba M. Wood of the Manhattan federal district court ruled that the site must shut down its “searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality,” the New York Times reported. A warning message has been posted on LimeWire sites stating that its file-sharing service has ended due to the court’s ruling, and also states that unauthorized downloading or sharing of copyrighted material is illegal. The site’s chiefs are currently planning to work with record labels to create a legitimatized version of the site.

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being surrounded in shadows, almost as if the shadows were a part of the dark hero. One of the best story-telling devices used by the Loeb/Sale team is to have the murders in black and white with only the victim’s blood in color and no dialogue. Every time I read it, I hear some sort of epic opera song worthy of “The Godfather” in my mind. One aspect of this graphic novel that I am not a fan of is the coloring, which is done by Gregory Wright. It seems a bit like watercolors, and while it doesn’t take too much away from the story, it most definitely doesn’t add anything to it either. “The Long Halloween” takes place near the beginning of the Batman’s crime-fighting career. The story is about the rise of super villains like the Joker and the fall of the mob and the Falcone family. It is also about how D.A. Harvey

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Dent becomes Two-Face and the hunt for a mystery person known as “The Holiday Killer,” an individual who kills at least once a month on that month’s holiday. There are many clues throughout the story for you to try to figure out who Holiday is before Batman does, and don’t count on me telling you , because I won’t. What I will tell you is that this graphic novel captures the personality of each character beautifully, from the dual nature of Two-Face to the wacky, yet homicidal Joker, to the darkness that is within Batman and the mask of Bruce Wayne. If you are a fan of Batman, Two-Face or just mysteries or mafia stories in general, then you are going to love this graphic novel. It is a long read, but the team of Loeb and Sale is able to keep you hooked from cover to cover. Considering all aspects of this graphic novel; the writing, the artwork, the coloring and the overall story, I give “The Long Halloween” a solid nine out of 10.

Blood Red Shoes cancel Washington D.C. show due to murder charges

The well-known British Alternative Rock duo Blood Red Shoes were forced to cancel their Oct. 21 performance at the DC9 venue in Washington, D.C., after the owner of the venue was charged with second-degree murder. The arrest came after a disgruntled member of the public, Ali Ahmed Mohammed, was allegedly beaten to death after being denied entry and throwing a rock through one of the venue’s windows, according to the Washington Post. Bill Spieler, the club’s owner, and four other employees were arrested, but the death has not been ruled a homicide by local police. Courtesy of ullizee.wordpress.com


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ment was even unique as you have to navigate the magical castle. In fact, the story is the only thing that does not get revamped. Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach – oh no, what a surprise. At this point I’m thinking Mario should just put a leash on Peach. Then came “Super Mario Sunshine” for the GameCube. This game didn’t quite get a resounding endorsement from a lot of people I knew that played it. But this is the one Super Mario game that I actually liked, and I liked it a lot. This time around, you’re going on vacation with Princess Peach and the gang when you find the island you’re staying at has been vandalized and polluted by someone impersonating Mario. The locals blame Mario and arrest him and sentence him to clean up the island. So rather than save the princess, I have to find out who framed Mario. Not only was this different, I was interested in this. The gameplay even saw a few changes as now you use a robotic cleaning device to combat the pollution and enemies, making things a little more challenging for core gamers, but not so much as to dissuade the casual gamers. This is the

Arts & Entertainment only Mario game I’ve really enjoyed. Unfortunately, it does fall into some of its bad habits at some points, but not enough to turn me off to the game. Then there was the next wave of change for the “Super Mario” series. That of course, was “Super Mario Galaxy.” Again, the gameplay gets some nice revamps, and it’s actually fun to get to traverse space with Mario. The only disappointment is the boss fights, as almost all of them are just hurling the enemies’ projectiles back at them. But the story does not change at all. At this point, I’m not even seeing a reason why Bowser would kidnap Princess Peach. She never even seems vital to Bowser’s plan for world domination. The ending of this game is what really pissed me off. After Bowser is defeated and survives getting thrown into the sun, he just stands around with everyone else as they watch new galaxies being created. Nobody bothers to arrest or punish Bowser for kidnapping the princess or attempting to overthrow the kingdom. They just let him go. Then there is our latest installment, “Super Mario Galaxy 2.” I played the first two levels of this game and was quickly angered because the beginning was the same as the last game. I mean the same. The only difference is now Bowser is 20

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“Super Mario Sunshine” did not brighten our gaming experience in 2002. stories tall. Did Nintendo think we didn’t play the first game? Do they actually think we’re stupid? This was almost as infuriating and creatively incompetent as “The princess is in another castle.” Again, I’m willing to call this game fun, despite the gameplay being exactly the same as the last game. Seriously, the only thing different is that you get to use Yoshi now and again, an idea from 1990. Gamers’ expectations have

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“Super Mario 64” hit the Nintendo 64 in 1996.

evolved a lot over the years with regard to competent stories, immersive and challenging gameplay, and overall fun. When Nintendo treats us like idiots and expects us to not remember their previous installments, no one is going to want to play their games. Or at least no one should. Oh, and if you’re wondering why I haven’t brought up games such as “Paper Mario” or “Super Mario Land,” I don’t count the spin-off titles. What really gets to me about the story of Mario is that Princess Peach adamantly refuses to reward Mario for saving her time and time again. The most she has ever done is give him a kiss on the nose. Why not at least knight him? He clearly has excellent fighting abilities. Or maybe you could finally do what you always tease and actually put out for the guy? One other note, if Mario is supposed to be a plumber, why haven’t we seen him so much as unclog a toilet? That’s one bit of credit I give to that crap movie. It at least remembered Mario and Luigi were plumbers. But do you know who I really blame for the creative incompetence of these games? The ones who really allow this crap to be shoveled out to us?

YOU! That’s right, you, the fans, are at fault. Especially you, Kyle. Sorry, that’s probably not your name. I just wanted to mess with every person named Kyle reading this. You keep buying up this franchise that refuses to evolve. Why do you keep accepting such crap stories? Yes, the gameplay is fun for core and casual gamers alike. But still, such creative incompetence should not be accepted. But no, everyone needs to stay with what’s safe and familiar, gamers and companies alike. Seriously, what’s the point of shelling out for your consoles if you’re not going to try new things and see what they’re capable of? So yeah, me and Mario are pretty much like Democrats and Republicans; we don’t quite mix. One is always looking to broaden their horizons and look for new ideas and concepts in gaming. The other absolutely refuses to change and stubbornly clings to methods that have long since worn out and don’t work anymore. And yes, this whole article was leading to a political joke the day after Election Day.


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Anchorwomen’s season ends in 2-0 loss to Beacons By Dan Charest Anchor Sports Writer

The Rhode Island College women’s soccer team’s season ended Saturday, Oct. 30 at the hands of visiting UMass Boston. The Beacons were powered to a 2-0 victory over the Anchorwomen thanks to a two-goal performance by junior forward Kristin Mulry and a two-assist performance from junior defender Samantha Place. RIC was coming off a tough non-conference match-up earlier in the week at Lasell College, in which the Anchorwomen battled back from a three-goal deficit in the second half to eventually pull out a 4-4 tie on Tuesday, Oct. 26. RIC (9-7-1, 2-5 LEC) entered the regular season final against Little East Conference rival UMass Boston (12-4-3, 4-3 LEC) locked in a three-way tie for fifth place in the Little East. A win over UMB, would have guaranteed RIC a fourth place berth in the LEC Tournament, where they would have played host to the Beacons in the opening round.

Rhode Island College 0 UMass Boston 2 10:32 UMB Kristin Mulry (7) 85:59 UMB   Kristin Mulry (8)

With the victory, the Beacons advance to play in the LEC Tournament, while a record-breaking season comes to an unexpected end for the Anchorwomen. 2010 marks the first winning season in three years, and the largest year-toyear improvement in program history. The Anchorwomen made tremendous strides this season, improving on a 3-12 record from 2009, tripling their win total from the previous season. The program has come a long way under head coach Mike Koperda, whose club did not win a conference game all of last season. The Anchorwomen finished the season tied for fifth place in the Little East (RIC misses the postseason by virtue of a three-way tiebreaker: goals allowed versus conference op-

Freshman ponents). The 2010 season saw three new program records set by RIC players. Senior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri finished her career with a program-record 569 saves, with the final five coming in the season-ending loss. Junior forward Alexis Smith set a new program record for goals in a season with 17 and points

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Junior foward Ashley Choiniere broke the program record for assists this season.

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Graham fires the ball into the offensive zone.

in a season with 44. Classmate Ashley Choiniere’s 14 assists are also a new program record. With a playoff berth on the line in their final regular season contest, both squads battled from the opening whistle, but neither side was able to mount a legitimate scoring opportunity. In the 11th minute, UMB found a hole in the RIC defense. At midfield, UMB’s Place delivered a lofting kick into the box past everyone. Two RIC defenders were the first to get to the ball but neither could control of it,  which created an opportunity for UMB’s Mulry to weave her way around the defense and create a one-on-one opportunity between herself and Pirri from about five yards out. Pirri had the right side of the goal covered but Mulry blasted it inside the far left post for the game’s first goal. UMB almost answered back with another score but RIC freshman forward Amanda Nanni made a risky slide tackle in the box to keep the deficit at just 1-0. The remainder of the half was a tooth-and-nail battle as both teams applied constant pressure on the opposing defenses. UMB held a 1-0 advantage as the game headed

into halftime. Both teams maintained the same level of intensity in the second half. However, the Anchorwomen couldn’t come up with an equalizer. The Beacons defense clamped down on RIC’s dynamic duo of Smith and Choiniere utilizing constant double teams to keep them away from the net. The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Beacons into the 86th minute when Mulvy put another dagger past Pirri on almost the same situation as her first goal. The goal was Mulvy’s eighth of the year and it virtually ended the possibility of another late comeback for RIC and turned out to be the nail in the coffin for the Anchorwomen’s 2010 season. While the season ended on a low note, 2010 marked a major step forward for the women’s soccer program. The regular season finale also turned out to be the final game of their RIC careers for a pair of senior captains: Pirri and defender Alicia Lardaro. The pair of four year varsity contributors were honored during a special pre-game ceremony along with their families.


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team-leading eighth goal of the season was assisted on by junior midfielder Hector Espildora Fortuno’s LEC-leading seventh assist off of a corner kick that was eventually on-timed in by Patriarca. This would be the only scoring for the first half, as the Anchormen outshot the Beacons 5-3 heading into halftime. The second half picked up right where the first half left off, with the Anchormen playing shut-down defense. It

appeared as though RIC would come away with a victory and secure a home playoff game in the semi-final round of the LEC Tournament, but that all changed with just a couple of minutes left in the game when the Beacons scored to force overtime. The magic did not stop there for the Beacons, as they ended their season in style on Galouizis game-winner. UMB sophomore goalkeeper Brycen Dowd made three saves to earn his sixth victory of the season, the most by a Beacons keeper since the 2006 season, while Clark finished the game with three saves in net for the Anchormen.

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Rhode Island College 1 UMass Boston 2 5:26 RIC   Mike Patriarca (8) 88:18 UMB   Alex Cavallero (1) 96:43 UMB   Stefanos Galouzis (12)

The Anchormen will face off with the winner of UMass Dartmouth versus Keene State if they defeat Eastern Connecticut State University to advance to the LEC Tournament championship game. The winner of the LEC Tournament advances to NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament.

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Macedo and Desrosiers earn All-Alliance honors By Ethan James Anchor Sports Writer

The Rhode Island College men’s cross country team took to the trails Saturday, Oct. 30 at Moore State Park to compete in the New England Alliance and Little East Cross Country Championships. The Anchormen placed seventh overall out of a 13 team field, and fourth out of six LEC teams. RIC finished with a total of 201 points. Keene State College took first place with a total of 36 points and had six of their runners finish in the top 15. RIC senior Mike Macedo led the Anchormen by placing 17th out of 155 competitors with an overall time of 27:38 for the five-mile race. Macedo also claimed New England Alliance honors for his performance in the meet. RIC sophomore Conor McCloskey finished second for the team, 21st overall with a total time of 27:48. Freshman Cameron Richer finished

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named part of the All-Rookie Team during his freshman year in which the Anchormen finished second in the GNAC Championships. UMass Dartmouth shot a combined team score of 652 and finished 16 strokes ahead of defending champion Johnson & Wales (668) to win the GNAC Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history since 1977. RIC shot 674 to finish in third place. “Obviously the team is a little disappointed with the results,” RIC head coach Greg Gammell said of the team’s

two minutes later with a time of 29:44, which placed him 66th in the meet. Sophomore Shawn Stadnick (72nd) also had a respectable time of 30:01. Sophomore Kevin Carey finished next for the team in a time of 30:52, placing him 94th. Another sophomore, Austin Pena (98th), finished right on Carey’s heels, only six seconds behind him to sneak into the top 100. Wrapping up the Anchormen’s efforts were freshman Tom DiCristofaro (101st) and sophomore Conor Breagy (122nd) who finished with times of 31:00 and 32:04, respectively. RIC captain Macedo felt the team performed extremely well despite the cold conditions and hilly terrain. Macedo emphasized the team’s quality performance by saying, “our times weren’t too much slower than our best which really shows that we are peaking at the right time this season.” Macedo believes their successes will keep rolling into

their next meet. “The course is very different, it is much easier for me and its one that’s more familiar to us…we should see some good performances as long as we stay healthy and consistent with our training,” he said. The Anchormen will be staying in Rhode Island to compete in the ECAC Division III Championships, which will be held at Colt State Park in Bristol on Saturday, Nov. 6. at 11 a.m. The RIC women’s cross country team also competed in the New England Alliance and Little East Cross Country Championships. The Anchorwomen placed eighth overall, out of 13 teams, and finished last out of the five LEC teams. Keene State College also took first place on the women’s side totaling 19 points, with four runners in the top five. RIC senior Katie Desrosiers ran a strong race, placing 10th overall with a time of 20:15. Desrosiers also claimed New

England Alliance honors for her efforts. RIC freshman Chelsea Marshall also ran a very strong race placing 25th overall with a time of 20:56. The Anchorwomen also had its next three members, all seniors, place within the top 60. Kaitlin Geagan (51st) and Brooke Iby (54th) finished only seven seconds apart, finishing in times of 22:01 and 22:08 respectively. Hot on their tail was Jamie Nunes, who placed 56th with an overall time of 22:13. Next in line for RIC was senior Nicole Poirier (84th) who completed her run in 23:16. Finishing just inside the top 100 runners was junior Justyna Barlow (99th) who finished with a time of 23:57. Wrapping up the Anchorwomen’s efforts was junior Kayleigh Smith who finished 117th in 25:38. The Anchorwomen will be racing right after the men’s team in the ECAC Division III Championships. The event starts at noon on Nov. 6 at Colt State Park, in Bristol.

performance. “We felt we could have finished higher.” The Anchormen had a considerable home field advantage, playing on their home course, but blustery weather, played a major role in evening out the playing field. Gammell could not have been happier with the performance of sophomore standout Harper, whom he thought would have won the tournament if it were not for the pressure he felt on the final few holes. Johnson & Wales sophomore Joe Connor was named GNAC Player of the Year firing a 156 (+12) to earn medalist honors. UMass Dartmouth sophomore Matt Connolly finished one stroke behind shooting 157 (+13). After the first day of play,

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RIC found themselves in third place at 339, only seven strokes off the pace of tournament leader UMass Dartmouth at 332 with Johnson & Wales hot on their heels trailing by a single stroke. The Anchormen were once again led by the outstanding performance by Harper on the first day of the tournament. Harper finished day one tied for second overall with JWU senior Steve LeDonne and Connolly who all carded 79. RIC sophomore Kyle Garcia finished in eighth place with an 84. Seniors Bryan Picinisco and Derek Jensen tied at 19th with an 88 each and Steve Zahn carded a 91, putting him in 25th place. On day two, the Anchormen put on another solid performance, shooting a 335 as a team, only to have it matched

1 UMass Dartmouth 652 (+76) 2 Johnson & Wales 668 (+92) 3 Rhode Island College 674 (+98) 4 St. Joseph’s 688 (+112) 5 University of Southern Maine 695 (+119) 6 Emmanuel 721 (+145) 7 Suffolk University 739 (+163)

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by Johnson and Wales. Neither team could match UMass Dartmouth who came out on the second day of play and shot a strong 320. This solidified the top three teams’ fate with RIC coming in third, six strokes behind JWU in second place, and UMass edging out a 16 point victory to take home the title. At the end of day two, Jensen tied for ninth overall at 169 (+25). Garcia finished 12th at 170 (+26). Picinisco placed 20th (88, 89 +33). Zahn tied for 21st at 179 (+35). With Harper and a host of other talented players returning in the spring, Gammell is optimistic about the future of the team. They will certainly use their disappointing finish in the GNAC’s to motivate them going forward.


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RIC golf finishes third at GNAC Championships By Philip Brodeur Anchor Sports Writer

The Rhode Island College men’s golf team finished third overall at the 2010 Little East Conference/GNAC Alliance Men’s Golf Championships played at Triggs Memorial Golf Course on Oct. 30-31. RIC sophomore Kyle Harper finished his 36-hole campaign with a score of 159 (+15), placing him third overall out of 35 players in the field. Harper garnered All-Alliance Honors with his performance in the two-day event, which took place on the Anchormen’s home turf. Harper adds this achievement to his ever-expanding trophy case, having also earned the Little East Conference Alliance Rookie of the Year Award and being See GNAC Page 35

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Sophomore Kyle Harper earned All-Alliance Honors.

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Men’s Soccer vs. UMass Boston By AJ Clark Anchor Sports Writer

The Rhode Island College men’s soccer team fell to third place in the Little East Conference after a devastating 2-1 overtime loss at UMass Boston on Saturday, Oct. 30. It was the final regular season contest for both squads, but only the Anchormen will advance to the four-team LEC tournament, which begins on Wednesday, Nov. 3. RIC (106-1, 4-2-1 LEC) will face off with second-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University in the semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 3. UMass Boston (6-11, 3-4 LEC) sees its season come to an end with the dramatic walk-off victory. UMB senior forward Alex Cavallero scored on his senior day with 1:42 remaining in regulation to force an overtime before assisting on the gamewinning tally. Cavallero’s goal was scored after a give and go with sophomore teammate

Victor Costa who was awarded with the assist. With 3:17 left in the overtime session, Cavallero ripped a shot from just outside the 18-yard box that had Rhode Island College junior goalkeeper Nic Clark beat to the far back post. The shot ricocheted of the crossbar out to UMB freshman forward Stefanos Galouzis who fired home his LEC-leading 12th goal of the season and handed the Anchormen another loss in the month of October. The Anchormen will surely be glad to see October come to an end after a severe slump in which they went 3-4-1 during the season’s final month after winning six straight games to close out the month of September. RIC forward Mike Patriarca got the game started off on the right foot for the Anchormen with an early goal just 5:26 into the game. Patriarca’s See UMASS Page 34

Anchormen hockey wins a pair, stays undefeated By Jack Adamo Anchor Sports Writer

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RIC forward Max Glaser.

The Rhode Island College hockey club entered the weekend undefeated and that’s the way they would finish it after huge wins against nonconference opponents Holy Cross and UMass Lowell. The pair of wins increases the Anchormen’s overall record to 5-0 in the season. On Friday, Oct. 29 the Anchormen traveled to the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., home of the Holy Cross Crusaders. Holy Cross came out hot and jumped out to a quick 2-0

lead before the end of the first period. The Crusaders came out in the second and added yet another goal before the Anchormen stormed back into the contest. RIC’s Jack Adamo and Mike Young were both able to net goals before the end of the second period cutting the deficit down to a single goal by the start of the third period. The Anchormen came out hungry in the third period and Rob Real cashed in on a rebound to tie the game up at 3-3. With the momentum fully in their favor, RIC began to turn up the heat with some excellent scoring opportunities. RIC’s

Brad Conway got loose on a break away and was able to fire the puck past the Holy Cross goaltender Brian Lewin while being taken down from behind to give the Anchormen the lead at 4-3. RIC fended off attack after attack in front of goalie Eric Moscarelli and Real would add an empty netter to cap off the five unanswered goal comeback. The following night, on Saturday, Oct. 30 RIC hosted the UMass Lowell Riverhawks at the Blackstone Valley Sports Center. The Anchormen came out hard in the first period and put forth a strong effort with

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goals from Max Glaser, Mike Young, and Ryan Martins. The Riverhawks would answer with a goal of their own before the period’s end. Real would add his third goal of the weekend on a power play in the second period putting the Anchormen up 4-1. UMass Lowell’s efforts towards a comeback in the third period fell short as RIC closed the game out 4-2. RIC returns to action this weekend with home games on Friday, Nov. 5 verses Sacred Heart University and Saturday, Nov. 6 verses conference rival Roger Williams University.

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