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Vol. 83, Issue #16
Water main break shuts down campus By Devin Noll Anchor Staff Writer
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The water main break closed the walkway between Alger Hall and the Art Center.
RIC professor brings Egyptian protests home
The spring semester began with a major water main break at Rhode Island College. According to campus officials, it was the first time in the last 20 years that the campus closed due to a water main break. The leak in the water system was first reported to Facilities and Operations by Campus Police on Monday, Jan. 24 at 8:30 p.m. Frank Montanaro, the assistant director of project management, assessed the situation at the scene. Water was coming up from the ground between the Art Center and Alger Hall, flowing into the air and down the hill into a sewer drain.
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Finance Commission denies Asian Student Association funds By Kyle Grant Anchor News Writer
By Hayden James Anchor Staff Writer
When a young Tunisian man, Mohammed Bouazizi, set himself aflame to protest against the economic situation and oppressive government, a cry rang loud among the Arabic population. Since the 1950s and the liberation of Egypt, the government has been ruled by the military. Recent protests have been sparked by years of oppression, military rule, a high unemployment rate among young adults and food Anchor Photo/Kelly Beshara-Flynn
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“This was the perfect area for this to happen; no cars are affected and the water can go right into the drain,” Montanaro said. Jan. 24 was also one of the coldest on record at night, reaching temperatures as low as -2 degrees. Montanaro and other Physical Plant workers stayed to monitor the situation for three and a half hours. The walkway was blocked, and any further work was postponed until Tuesday. Workers returned to the break on Jan. 25 at 8 a.m. The break had remained the same overnight. Montanaro and Ed Brady, the director of Facilities, Operations and Capital Projects, searched for the valve that
Officers and members of ASA were not pleased with the Finance Commission’s ruling.
Despite accumulating snow and cancelled classes, the Finance Commission still met for the first time this semester on schedule. A number of clubs submitted requests for the meeting, though the most heated debate revolved around the Asian Student Association being denied an allocation for a February conference. The meeting took place on Jan. 26 at 12:30 p.m. in Parliament Chambers, Student Union 307. The first organization to make a request to Student Community Government, Inc.’s financial committee in the spring semester was the college radio station, WXIN. See FINANCE Page 6
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Water main break shuts down campus Due to the harsh weather last week, a water main on campus ruptured and shut down classes and activities for some time. RIC anthropology professor brings Egyptian protests close to home
Professor Carolyn FluehrLobban and her husband spent time in Cairo over winter break. Finance Commission denies ASA funds Because of a policy in Finance, the ASA was denied funds for three-day conference.
Books for Community Involvement just about reaches 100 members Parliament launches Books for Community Involvement with a $100 bookstore voucher.
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You don’t need to be a western buff to enjoy “True Grit” The new adaptation to the novel is more true to the book than the 1969 version.
Dating for Dummies How to ex your ex
Devin’s Comic Corner “Civil War”
Ask Ari Helping oneself Ari gets an update from a writer last semester who’s situation has gotten a lot better.
Artisan Anime “Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn”: Episode 1 A look back at the origins of the Gundam series.
Rob’s Game Shelf Where no one can hear you scream
Henry Barnard School Mentors president honored at statewide event
Intervarsity is New Orleans bound
RIC organization Intervarsity is taking a trip to New Orleans in order to resume their annual help after Hurrican Katrina.
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Learn how to save power and some money on your electric bill. Your Friendly Fashionista In and out: Men’s edition
Fashion advice on how to keep warm-yet-stylish in the cold depths of winter, this time for men. Trendy Travelling Winter attractions There are a few things you can do in the dead of winter and still have fun.
Some tips to make your guy happier and some tips for your girl to enjoy it more.
After that big break up there are a few things you can do to stay sane and get over that someone.
Arts & Entertainment
Danielle Patti, President of HBS Mentors, was given an Excellence in Mentoring award.
Rob reviews “Dead Space 2” the sequel to the original, released Jan. 25.
Pippin Gala a hit
Anchor exclusive with Lemon Lime Tennis Shoes
The Anchor got an exclusive interview with the band.
Mary Phillips and Judith Stillman help kick off spring 2011 Chamber Music Series
Music Spotlight Amp up your MP3 with Crash Kings
Rob’s Album of the Week Cold War Kids’ “Mine is Yours” The Cold War Kids’ new album is their first album produced by someone other than themselves. Astounding ambivalence: the madness of Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” Another Tyler Perry movie produces a hilarious experience.
Anchorwomen’s solid defense keys 74-38 victory over UMass Boston
The Anchorwomen basketball team trounced the Beacons in a conference match up.
Close loss for #5 Anchormen Wrestlers
Anchormen cruise past Beacons
Aikens and DiBlasi tame Terrier Invitational
Chane and Jackson shine for Anchorwomen
Eddie reviews Crash Kings in this week’s music spotlight.
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RIC’s Mainstage Theatre performed for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
The spring 2011 Chamber Music Series starts with a pianist and a mezzo-soprano.
Devin is turning February into Marvel Civil War month.
The Anchormen had bad luck with their away dual meet as it was truly their hardest weekend. The Anchormen move to 12-7 after an 81-52 victory over UMass Boston.
During an invitational over the weekend, a number of RIC students gained new personal bests.
Though a few Anchorwomen performed outstandingly, they still suffered dual losses at their tri-meet.
RIC hockey splits big weekend set
The RIC hockey team could only come up 1-1 as they beat UNH after losing to Daniel Webster College
Campus Climate Wednesday Snow, Rain, Ice and Hail High 37° Low 17° Thursday Partly Cloudy High 24° Low 9° Friday Partly Cloudy High 30° Low 21° Saturday Snowy High 38° Low 27°
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Books for Community Involvement jumps off with 90 members By Rita Nerney News Editor
Last semester’s big Parliament debate over the Books for Community Involvement program was eventually settled after many late-night meetings, and the idea was approved. How successful it would turn out, however, was still not determined. On Monday, Jan. 24, the program kicked off at 9 a.m. in the Student Community Government, Inc. office, Student Union 401. Susan DeMacedo was the first student in line. “I went to the SCG office on Monday at 8:45 a.m.,” she said. “I anticipated a long wait and
I wanted to be among the first 150 students to sign up.” The program allocates a $100 book voucher each for 150 Rhode Island College students who promise to “attend at least 10 meetings and/or events of a minimum of three different RIC student organizations by the end of the respective semester” they sign up in, as stated in the contract program participants sign. “I’m very happy we’re at 90 students,” said SCG President Travis Escobar. “We would love for this program to be maxed out, but we do have until Feb. 4 to hit the 150 mark.” “I found out about the program from a Facebook event
invite created by Travis Escobar,” said DeMacedo. “I’ve wanted to check out some of the other student clubs and groups, and the perk, a $100 book voucher, was a great incentive to finally do it.” As positive as this program is for DeMacedo, she does have some fears about keeping her end of the contract. “The only reservation I have is time, and I’m hoping I will fulfill my obligation even though I have limited time to spare during the week,” she said. “I did try to get others to join, and succeeded in getting one person, Jackie Carvalho. It’s a shame that I couldn’t get anyone else to join.”
Carvalho was the third student to join the program, and she agreed that her sister, DeMacedo, influenced her choice. “My sister, Susan, insisted that it would benefit me as well to join other organizations and be more involved in the RIC community,” said Carvalho. Carvalho also said that she had received the same Facebook invite as DeMacedo, which first alerted her to the program. “I am already involved in the Emerging Leaders Program and wanted to also join a few more activities around campus,” said Carvalho about her part in the contract. “Plus, receiving a $100 discount on books is a big
help.” Carvalho was also at the SCG office before the 9 a.m. opening. “I was there on the first day that Monday morning, 10 minutes before 9 a.m. There were about 10 of us waiting in line, and I think I was third to grab a form to fill out.” Escobar would like to see the program continue into subsequent semesters. “I think it’s doing good enough with the interest of the student body to be pushed for future years,” he said. “I want this program to continue every semester as long as there are funds available.”
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Henry Barnard School Mentors president honored at statewide event By Rita Nerney News Editor
Henry Barnard School Mentors President Danielle Patti was honored at the “Be the Change Night” event sponsored by the R.I. Mentoring Partnership. She received an Excellence in Mentoring Award. Patti pushed for the mentoring group to become an official Rhode Island College student organization, and their constitution was ratified last semester. “Be the Change Night” was held on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln. Mentoring groups from throughout the state were represented. R.I. Mentoring Partnership President Arlene McNulty challenged the crowd, “Did you know that President and Mrs. Obama are mentors? They are. So if they can find the time, how can any of us say we can’t?” Citizens Bank President Ned Handy offered a promising statistic to the audience, telling them that “57 percent is the general high school graduation rate in R.I. For those who have been mentored, 96 percent.” The event’s keynote speaker, Daisy Ortega, is a senior training associate for Health Resources in Action. She spoke of the lack of mentorship in her childhood. “I was gang involved when I was in middle school. I dropped out in ninth grade,” she said. “No one ever noticed that I left. Luckily there’s a thing called resilience. So I got bored of not being in school, and I made it back.” She encouraged the crowd to believe in young people. “We should not determine their destination, but support them on their path,” she said. Mario Hilario of NBC 10 announced Patti’s award. “She is a creative and enthusiastic mentor. She pushed for the group to become a student
organization, and is now serving as its first president.” A number of HBS Mentors attended the event, and wore RIC T-shirts that were donated by the campus bookstore. HBS Mentors has been in existence for six years. In the first year, there were six college students. There are over 40 now. Any RIC student can join with a current criminal background check. “They come to an interview, and they have to mean it,” said HBS Mentors advisor Laurie Parkerson, “or the child will be disappointed. The kids here all want mentors. It’s really, really cool.” “The idea was to have a place for the children to feel important, to feel listened to,” said Assistant Principal Haven Starr. Henry Barnard School students are chosen based on demonstrated need, determined by the guidance counselor. Students from second to fifth grade are involved in the program. “I pair them up, interest, energy level,” said Parkerson. “The goal is a little one-on-one, non-judgmental attention.” Children are chosen by lottery to attend Henry Barnard School. They need to be able to handle college students in and out of their classrooms, and transitions with prospective teachers observing and working in their classes. Mentors are required to spend a half hour a week with their mentee. “But we find they do it more,” Parkerson said. “They love their children.” Danielle Patti is the current president and Matthew Hicks is serving as vice president. Arthur Parise is the treasurer, Amy Marshall is the secretary and Casey Lumb is the historian, a position Patti felt was important to the club. “We became an organization this year. That was their drive,”
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HBS Mentors President Danielle Patti recieves her award. Parkerson said of the mentors. “Otherwise we run off whatever money we get from the car wash.” Funds are used for activities like games, arts and crafts and also for events that the mentors put on. Such events include Pie Day, Valentine’s Day festivities and the end of the year Love Fest. The Love Fest differs every year, but is intended as an off-campus event for mentors and mentees to spend the day together. Last year, the group went to Roger Williams Zoo. “I think the aspect I like most is what it does for the kid,” said Principal Lou Lloyd-Zannini. “They establish a bond. Their self esteem seems to rise. Kids are starting to focus more.” “I hope the friendships extend beyond here,” said Parkerson of the mentor’s effects on the children. “They might not find out later that, ‘You meant the world to me.’ But we know they do.” Mark Antaya, a sophomore secondary education major,
transferred to RIC last September, and he was introduced to HBS Mentors during Student Activities Day on the Quad. “I’m matched up with a fifth grade boy,” Antaya said. “He’s very active. We’re pretty much like twins.” Antaya visits his mentee a few times a week. “I was talking to the principal,” said Antaya, and since September, “he’s [his mentee] got more of a positive outlook.” Patti has been paired with her mentee Maya for three and a half years. “I like to take a holistic approach to mentoring,” said Patti. “I make sure she’s eating right, being social, doing her schoolwork. I like to personally keep up with all that.” “We play games and I always beat her at them,” Maya said. “They [mentors] can help you out with stuff, math, spelling, they can tutor you.” Junior Rachel Fallon did not plan on being a mentor. “I kept hearing about it
[HBS Mentors],” she said, when she did her work study at the school. “I sat with a little girl one day, and her friends were being mean to her. It was love at first sight.” “We talk and play,” said Fallon’s mentee Hannah about how she spends time with her mentor, “like the games in Mentor Island, like Mancala.” “She does usually win,” said Fallon. “She’s pretty good.” Fourth grader Haji has been paired with Brian Rubino since September. “He’s been better at sports,” said Haji’s friend Jason when asked about Haji being paired with Rubino. Haji said of Rubino, “He’s really nice. He taught me not to give up.” “I do group work,” Rubino joked. There were five boys sitting at the lunch table with him. “I try to come once a week.” Jason said, “He likes Haji so much he comes twice a week.”
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would shut off the leak. The valve built to stop water flow through the pipe would not close. Brady and Montanaro tried the next valve, but that valve would not close completely, either. In order to stop the water from flowing in the pipes, the entire water system needed to be shut down, which would affect almost every building on campus. Classes after 4 p.m. on Tuesday were cancelled. The message was sent out by RIC e-mail and text message alerts, and it was also posted on the college’s website. The RIC information line, 456-9500, also offered the information. The Anchor, WXIN and Anchor TV announced the cancellation and provided updates, as well. The cancellation notice read, “The water supply to the majority of the campus must be shut off [with the exception of] the Recreation Center and Buildings 3, 4, 5 and 6.” The message specified that the Recreation Center could be used for showering or restrooms. No other place on campus was available for residential students. The message also said, “During the course of the final repair work, only minimal heat will be available in the buildings.” William Gearheart, the vice president of Administration and
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crises – the protests in Tunisia kick-started the demonstrations in Egypt which, until now, have been sporadic and unsuccessful, according to Rhode Island College anthropology Prof. Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban. Fluehr-Lobban and her husband, Robert Lobban, have lived in Sudan, Egypt and Tunisia and speak Arabic fluently. Robert guides archaeological
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Finance, said he was “not sure exactly how long it could take,” and “it’s better for people to be prepared for the worst.” Once the water was turned off, workers waited for the water pressure to decrease. Then they opened a nearby fire hydrant, and a contractor began digging with an excavator. The cracked pipe was eventually found at least five feet deep. The pipe appeared broken in half, and water was still leaking out of it. Nearly 24 hours after the leak was first reported, the pipe was fixed. The RIC website said that the break was fixed by 7:45 p.m. Montanaro and other workers checked each campus building to be sure the water was working. Montanaro said the major break was the third water main break that week. The other two occurred before classes began. Any number of factors could have caused the break. RIC’s water system is more than 50 years old, and the aging infrastructure could have played a role. In addition, building practices were very different 50 years ago, and instead of surrounding the pipe with sand, which would allow it room to move in extreme temperatures, the pipe was surrounded by rocks. This may have put undue pressure on it and contributed to the break. The extreme cold could have also been to blame. Montanaro and Brady agreed that a combination of all these factors were probably the cause. The total cost for the break
was $16,000, according to Gearhart. Both Brady and Montanaro said they are looking forward to this summer, when American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds will allow the campus to replace nearly the
entire 53-year-old water system with a brand new one, as part of the college’s already existing capital improvement plans. It is thought that with a new system in place, operations can run more smoothly and breaks will
become less frequent. “This is like a Band-Aid,” Montanaro said. “It’s the new system that will make matters better for everything.”
tours in Egypt, and Carolyn is teaching an “Arab-Islamic Culture and the West” class at RIC. “We were staying close to the center of downtown, in Cairo, just a stone’s throw from where everything was going on,” she told the Providence Journal. Carolyn spent time in Egypt over the winter break where her husband has been and remains still. She said “there isn’t any reason now for anyone to be afraid.” She spoke with Robert on the phone Friday and he said
that “you can see military units, you can see tanks. People are waving to them with flowers and flags. It’s good.” The assurance by military officials that they will not fire on protestors is a sign that support for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is weakening. Carolyn said that, so far, the military has been using non-lethal methods of breaking the crowds apart, such as water cannons and rubber bullets. “If the army goes a different way, if they start using live rounds, things will change,” she
told the Journal. According to the Lobbans, while in Egypt people were very open regarding criticism of their government, which is uncharacteristic in countries controlled by the military. She said that in Morocco, another repressive military government, people would wait until they were in private before speaking out. “I am very, very happy for the Egyptian people. I really am. It’s not a bad development. It’s a wonderful development for the Egyptian people,” Caro-
lyn told the Journal. The Egyptian people are calling for the ousting of current President Hosni Mubarak, and ultimately the reformation of their political system to include fair legislation regarding who can run for government positions. International reactions to the unrest in Egypt are mixed, with China censoring Internet news and the United States providing chartered flights for Americans to leave Cairo International Airport quickly.
Water, water, everywhere... Water bubbles from the site of the water main break.
Anchor Photo/Devin Noll (top) and Haydeh James (above)
...And not a drop to drink. Even soda fountains in Donovan were knocked out of service.
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Finance Commission members, including Matthew Boyden-Wilson, left, and Shawn Kane, fifth from left, had a busy first meeting of the semester.
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The allocation request came to the commission because, as of 2011, all 21 of WXIN’s computers have run out of warranty. According WXIN, three of the Macs were deemed unusable, and replacing the machines will be cheaper than repairing them. The organization is hoping to replace all of its computers in a staggered capital improvement plan over the course of the next three years. In addition to computers, WXIN also asked for money to purchase a new digital recorder to record shows and audio delay equipment. As WXIN has been expanding into talk radio and has reported a higher volume of listeners calling into the station, the organization’s officers said that an on-air audio delay is necessary to ensure that nothing vulgar or insulting makes it out on the airwaves. “With interviews and phone calls WXIN cannot control what is or isn’t said,” said WXIN Technology Director Steve Rys. “With the audio delay, we can ensure nothing offensive to our listeners or the campus is
broadcast.” WXIN’s original request for this equipment came to a total of $17,164 – $5,436 for the studio supplies and $11,728 for the computers. Although the Finance Commission agreed the allocation was important, members said that there was a less costly way to replace the technology. Rather than replace eight computers, as requested, it was decided to replace only the computers that were deemed unusable at present. This proposition cut down WXIN’s allocation for computers almost in half, from $11,728 to $6,000. WXIN received money for the recorder, audio delay and three Mac computers, two dual-core processors and one quad-core processor. The quad-core computer will be used as WXIN’s primary broadcast computer and contain a duplicate copy of the radio station’s entire 35,000-song music library. This will allow WXIN to contine broadcasting during a power outage. After the allocation to WXIN, the Asian Student Association requested a conference allocation. The East Coast Asian American Student Union is holding their annual three-day conference at UMASS Amherst
from Feb. 18-20. In total, the allocation proposal came to $3,810. However, the proposal was denied because the ASA did not come to the Finance Commission at least four meetings before the trip, which is a standing rule in SCG’s Funding Policies for conferences. The decision, however, was not made without debate. “This would be the ASA’s first conference, and policy states there can be exceptions to the rule,” said SCG President Travis Escobar, who is an ex-officio member of the commission. “This is an investment worth taking, and if it were up to me, the commission would allow the allocation request.” “If this was the first group with this particular issue, then I would be fine with an exception,” said Chairman Robert Roy, SCG treasurer, “but we have turned several groups down before for this very reason. Our minutes are posted, and we do not want other groups to think we have a double standard.” Due to this complication in policy, the ASA conference request was unanimously turned down by the Finance Commission, though some commission members abstained from voting. About 15 members of the club
were present at the meeting. “Don’t think this means you aren’t allowed to go,” said non-Parliament Rep. Matthew Boyden-Wilson. “We just aren’t able to allocate you the money. If you can pay out of pocket, we encourage you to go to the conference.” The Spanish Club, newly recognized by Parliament last semester, appeared for the first time before Finance for an operating budget and funding for a club trip. They had been an unofficial group for a year and a half, made up of Spanish majors practicing their language skills. The allocation request was $1,000, the cap for a new organization that requests funds mid-way through the year. Of this, $640 was meant for a trip later in the semester. Since the trip was not fully planned, the commission decided to allocate the first $460, and keep the $640 on reserve for the Spanish Club until they came up with the details on the trip. Non-Parliament Rep. Shawn Kane pointed out a violation of policy with the Spanish Club request. According to the policy, a new club must present their budget within three meetings after the club’s constitution is ratified. According to pub-
licly available documents in the SCG office, the Spanish Club was first placed on Parliament’s agenda on Oct. 13, approved that night, and became official at noon the next day. Last Wednesday’s meeting was the sixth scheduled meeting since the club was recognized. Despite this glitch, the commission did not feel like this was an issue, and an “exception” was made because the commission members said they were unsure if three meetings had passed since the club’s recognition in the fall. The Spanish Club’s allocation request was unanimously approved by the commission. The next allocation request was made by two groups, the Health Educators and the Physical Education Club. Both organizations were attending the same trip, a conference in San Diego. The allocation request by both groups was approved by the Commission. Following them was the Senior Class of 2011, requesting an allocation for Senior Week at the end of this semester. The proposal included an overnight stay at the New Jersey Six Flags, wine tasting at Truro Vineyard, A Majestic Dinner Cruise and a rehearsal barbecue. However, the proposal hit a massive roadblock when it came to how much money the Senior Class could be allocated. The total allocation request came to $25,448 – $14,848 in allocations and $10,600 in anticipated revenue. Due to past unpreparedness and overestimates in revenue, however, the Senior Class was capped at $10,000 in allocation and $5,000 in anticipated revenue, making the absolute maximum amount of money allowed only $15,000. The request was tabled until the next meeting. Other groups requesting money included InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, which requested $1,000 for T-shirt printing, and Anthropos, which requested money to cover the final costs for their annual Day of the Dead celebration.
Around Campus... Biology Research Colloquium
The first Biology Research Colloquium of the semester was rescheduled to Feb. 3 due to snow. It will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Fogarty Life Science 050. Dr. Kyle Kurek, a RIC alumni from Harvard University Children’s Hospital Boston Department of Pathology, will speak about his research in: “Next generation sequencing – a revolution for genetic discovery in human disease and cancer?” These seminars are funded by the College Lectures Committee.
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Intervarsity prepares for New Orleans Spring Break By Rita Nerney Anchor News Editor
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Mindfulness Meditation takes place Thursdays, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., in Craig-Lee 130. Beginners are welcome. No appointment or intake is required. Open to students, faculty and staff. Sponsored by the Counseling Center.
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Around the State... Rudy Cheeks punished for plagiarism
Long-time writer for the Providence Phoenix, Rudy Cheeks, has been punished for plagiarism. The incident has resulted in a suspension for Cheeks from the publication for four weeks. According to The Phoenix, “The action comes after a reader e-mailed the Phoenix, pointing out that an item in last week’s column was substantially similar to an entry in Emily Yoffe’s “Dear Prudence” column in Slate, the online magazine.” Cheeks has also been a consultant to The Anchor for over 20 years.
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans more than five years ago, but Rhode Island College’s Intervarsity Christian Fellowship can attest that the repair is not done in Louisiana. Each year since the hurricane hit, the group has organized a mission trip during spring break to lend a helping hand. Intervarsity has been a student organization at RIC since 1975. There are about 20 active members currently, although students often attend the mission trips who do not belong to the club. “We are open to anyone who wants to explore Jesus,” said President Alexandra Puleo. Intervarsity also puts on various events throughout the year. This year, they are partnering with World Vision to spread information about global issues such as AIDS, human trafficking, hunger and malaria. Dates for the events are still to be determined. “We’re going to eat a meal that a lot of other countries eat, cornmeal,” said Treasurer Jerry Ogunba of the hunger component. Last year the group worked with World Vision to put on a campaign against child labor. “We want to do something different this year,” said Secretary Carlyn Barrow, “maybe a display on the quad.” Last year’s New Orleans trip was attended by 10 students and 15 are signed up for this year’s trip, scheduled for March 11-20 during RIC’s spring break. Students make a 30-hour bus ride with various other collegethat also make the trip. Intervarsity member Atiana Benoit attended last year.
“We got there the first day and took a bus tour of New Orleans,” she said, “and we saw the lower ninth ward. It’s a tourist attraction now. Later, we’d be working on houses, and I’d see other tour buses bringing people through.” Students were split up into different jobs, including electrical and plumbing work. “We do a lot of outreach, too,” said Benoit. “Students who were elementary education majors worked in schools, tutoring.” Residents are still living in FEMA trailers, and many of the homes where people live are still marked for demolition. “It’s not the government doing anything anymore,” Benoit said. “It’s college kids going down on their spring breaks and vacations. There’s no reason these people should be living like this. It’s not necessarily a trip for God.” The cost of the trip is $495 per student, but Student Community Government, Inc. allocated $300 per student. Each attendee only has to pay $195 of their own way. “We do fundraising if it’s needed, though,” said Puleo. This year RIC students will be staying at the Gentilli Baptist Church. “It was a very different experience for me,” said Benoit. “I was raised Catholic, but I don’t go to church very much. In New Orleans, it wasn’t ‘God doesn’t want them to live like this?’ No, I don’t want them to live like this.” Intervarsity holds weekly meetings on Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. This week’s meeting will be held in Student Union 422.
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Turn off your damn computer By Andrew Massey OMGWTFBBQ
So the big thing these days is going green and saving money. Yet, many of us find ourselves up to 3 a.m. IMing friends, browsing sites like Reddit or hitting that Stumble button one more time. Despite being small, electronics use a fair amount of electricity and it can ramp up your electric bill. So how in this era of pennypinching can you enjoy your LOLcats without weeping at the site of your electric bill? Get Energy Star products – Many household devices, including TVs, are rated by Energy Star, the U.S Department of Energy’s initiative to promote green products. Look for the yellow sticker on your next appliance to find out how much
energy it will use. If it doesn’t have one, you may want to steer clear. Turn off your stuff! – Seems like common sense right? You’re done with your computer, you turn it off. Yet a lot of people put them on “Stand By” or, worse yet, just leave them on so they don’t have to boot them up and wait. Trust me, your computer might take ten minutes to boot up, but it’s worth it considering the money you will be saving. It’s the same thing with cell phones. Going to bed? Shut it off. I don’t know how many times I hear my friends complain that so and so woke them up with a text while they were sleeping. Many of them retort with “But it’s my alarm clock!” You know what else works great as an alarm clock? An alarm clock! Seriously, they’re $20. If you can afford a phone, you can afford one of those. Dim your brightness/
contrast – You don’t need your TV’s or monitor’s brightness to be at 100% all the time, especially at night. Fiddle with your monitor’s or TV’s brightness. If it’s readable at a lower level, keep it there. I personally use a free program called F.lux and it figures out your location, what time it is there and the position of the sun to determine what your monitor brightness should be. Get a surge protector – Not only are surge protectors useful, they’re energy efficient if used right. Many modern electronics have soft power switches, meaning when they are shut off they go into a Stand By mode where they use 10% of normal power, but power is still going to it. However, that 10% adds up. A surge protector has a hard power switch, meaning when you flip it, it cuts off all power to the connected devices, as if you had pulled the plug. When See POWER Page 14
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Boys, it’s time to buy pants that fit your waist not your ankles, and some nice, classy shoes that actually fit instead of skater sneakers. This season corduroy pants are coming back into style. They are a classy alternative to wearing jeans or gym shorts every day, and they keep you nice and warm. Gap has a wide selection of corduroys, as do Land’s End, J. Crew and Banana Republic. Now I know those stores are kind of pricey, but if you go when they have a sale, the prices become unbeatable. Gap
is your best bet when it comes to great sales, and with the new spring line coming in I’m sure most of the winter clothing will be on sale shortly. The pants can range anywhere from $30 to $80, but will last you a long time and look great. As for up top, you can pair the pants with any number of shirt combinations such as a polo with a sweater over it, a nice long sleeve V-neck or a simple t-shirt with your favorite logo on it. You can’t really go wrong when it comes to pairing shirts with corduroys. It’s not an easy task finding cheap polos and sweaters for guys, but if you go to TJ Maxx or Marshalls, they have Ralph Lauren Polo wear for $25 to $60 dollars. They come in all sizes and colors.
This winter, instead of wearing skater sneakers that don’t keep your feet warm at all, guys should try a pair of boots that go to your ankle. They come in black, different shades of brown and grey. Timberland makes these boots and they cost $150. For a more reasonable price you can check out Payless that sells them for $40, or DSW that has prices ranging from $30 to $90. Boots that come to the ankle look nice with corduroy’s because they don’t look too big and don’t come up too far on the leg. As for jackets for men, pea coats can also look really nice on a guy; they aren’t just for women. In fact, they were originally designed to be worn by men. A great place to find pea See FASHION Page 14
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Travel spots for the dead of winter By Jon Kmieciak Trendy Travelling
During the dead of winter a lot of people lock themselves inside due to the weather and the cold. This doesn’t have to be the case, though, as not everything you have to do involves an outdoor activity. There are a number of places you can go to escape the weather, have fun and even go on a date that’ll change up your routine. First off, for those people who have access to an automobile, Mystic Aquarium is a fun and new idea many people don’t think of in the winter. It is an indoor aquarium and it’s right over the border in Connecticut. Sure, it may be a bit of a drive, so plan an early venture so you can get there in time and have the whole day to enjoy all the animals and maybe even a show (or two or three). The fee
to get in is $26, but you can get tickets validated and return the next two days (perhaps you could rent a hotel room for a fun night with friends or nice, intimate evening). The entrance fee does not include the 3D theatre found inside the aquarium but it does include everything else. You can see the Beluga whales, African penguins, jellies, sea lions and seals, and their fish tanks which include a plethora of fish, invertebrates and other ocean life. All you need to worry about is the fee, parking and possibly gas. You can find out about what more they have to offer and also buy tickets online at www.mysticaquarium.org. Another good place to visit doesn’t require a car, though maybe a bus and train ride. You can take a train up to Boston from either the commuter rail in Providence or the T in Attleboro and visit the Boston Museum of Science or the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The Museum of Science is $21 dollars to see their exhibit halls, though if
you did want to venture into the planetarium, OMNI film hall or 3D IMAX films, an additional $5 gets you into these places, as well. If art is your fancy then the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is for you. There is a student price of $18 for admission and you get to see everything inside the building. If you wanted to make a day you could also purchase a CityPass and get access to the New England Aquarium, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Museum of Science, the Skywalk Observatory and a choice between the Harvard Museum of Natural History or the JFK Presidential Library and Museum. If you want to learn more about any of these you can go to www.mos.org for the Museum of Science, www.mfa.org for the Museum of Fine Arts or www.citypass.com and click on Boston. Make sure you have fun this break and if you visit one of these places, who knows, you could even learn a thing or two.
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Fun with fellatio By Laura Horton Wrap It Up
O n e major part of foreplay is fellatio, otherwise known as the blowjob. Guys love those who go down on them and give them one hell of a blowjob. Knowing what to do is essential. Not knowing what to do, however, can lead to one turned off man. What if you suck too hard? What if you bite his penis? What if you just don’t know what you’re doing? Here is the guide to blowjobs; both for the man and the woman. Men need to know a few tips especially if they want even a little blow job. First, wash your junk. If you have been sweating all day at the gym or just walking around on a hot summer day, everything down there will get all sweaty and, from a girl’s opinion, nasty. Even if the sweat is all dried up, if your partner doesn’t know what you did during the day, and starts to give you oral, they are going to have one funky taste in their mouth and may just stop and leave you hanging. So, in conclusion, wash it! The second thing all you men need to do is to warn us when you are about to ejaculate so we can decide what we want to do next. Have a safety word or action so your partner knows you are about to blow. Also, don’t be afraid to tell your partner they’re doing a great job. It helps us understand what you like and how to please you. And most of all
don’t just push your partners head down to give you the sensation of deep throat. It honestly hurts and can cause the gag reflex to well, reflex. If your partner wants to deep throat you, let them do it on their own. Girls, pay attention! Do you want to please your man and make him appreciate you a little more? I know you do. If you don’t like to give oral sex, start getting over it. Oral sex, as I have said, is a major part of foreplay and gets things a little hotter. Take it easy at first if you are not into it, but maybe sooner or later you will become a pro. For those girls who are looking for a little more spice try the following tips. First, while performing, make eye contact with him. Men love to watch as you perform. Second, breathe hot air on his shaft and tip. Third, as you are sucking on his penis, gently play with his balls, but be careful as they are extremely sensitive. If you are comfortable, lick his balls; he will enjoy it. But as always, show that you are enjoying it even if you are not. Be creative because you never know where your partner’s sensitive parts are that make him orgasm. To swallow or not to swallow is the question. If you are performing, you need to make the decision if you want to end up with a mouth full of your partners’ semen and if you want to spit or swallow. A man has a way to make this process a little easier, watch what you eat! Eating different kinds of food can actually control the See FELLATIO Page 14
Sex fact of the week Between 200-400 calories can be burnt during a single sex session. That is equivalent to about a half hour running on a treadmill.
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How to ex your ex
By Alexandra Weston Dating for Dummies
One of the hardest things to do after getting out of a long-term relationship is getting over your ex. Whether you were the one who ended it or your significant other was the one to break it off, the realization that the relationship has ended can take time to get over. From personal experience, the best way to get over anyone is distance. As much as you might want to stay friends with your ex, it will NOT work out. After watching many a friend try that and fail numerous times, the realization that it’s just not possible was inevitable. No matter what you do, your feelings for that person will never fade unless you can get some time away from them. This isn’t always easy to do. Sometimes your ex is someone
you work with, you may have a class with him/her, etc; if this is the case then you need to spend progressively less time interacting with your ex. Eventually, you’ll get used to not having him/her around as much. In some cases, your ex might be interested in staying friends. If that happens, you have to insist that it’s better for the both of you to cut off all ties. As difficult as this may be, it works. Distance will give you time to let out any mixed emotions that resulted from the break-up and recover from them. If distance doesn’t work out for you, try using any extra time you have to take up a hobby. One suggestion that can be helpful, especially if it was an angry break up, is starting some type of physical exercise. Kickboxing, karate, yoga or spin classes can be a great way to relieve stress and keep your mind off your ex. Not to mention, getting that perfect
“revenge body” can really boost your self-esteem. Once you’ve finished spending the time to sort out your emotions, it’s time to have some fun. Take time for yourself to do something that you wouldn’t/couldn’t normally do while you were in a relationship. Go out and explore your options. This will help you realize that being single has its perks and it really isn’t the end of the world. While dating may be the last thing on your mind after a big break-up, someday you will find someone who makes you feel like you are the most amazing person in the world. It may seem odd at first, after being single for x amount of time, but you’ll learn to embrace your feelings and accept being in that new relationship. Regardless, you need to remember that there are plenty of fish in the sea and there’s one out there waiting for you to catch it.
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you’re done with your TV or computer, flip your surge protector and make sure none of them are drawing power. Some companies advertise a surge protector with master and slave ports. When the master device is shut off or goes into stand by, anything in the slave ports gets its power cut. I would recommend not getting one. Many of them only last a year or two and crap out, whereas the $10-$15 surge protector I bought five years ago is still working fine. Saving power is a little bit of know-how and a lot of common sense. Just be smart about what you do and you’ll be fine. Speaking of which, don’t daisy chain (link one to another) your surge protectors unless you like electrical fires.
taste of the semen. Foods like celery, kiwi and watermelon can lessen the taste of it; fish and meat give it more of a buttery taste; plums, blueberries and cranberries can give semen a sugary or sweet taste.
However, eating dairy products and drinking coffee in excess can cause a bitter and foul taste. Who knew that when it comes to blowjobs, it’s not just the giver who has to think about the act. Both partners need to have a part in the blowjob. Blowjobs are a great way to get connected and to make things a little more interesting before sex. Whether it’s done in bed,
on the floor, on the couch or even in a car, blowjobs can be fun for both involved. And practice makes perfect. You could even watch pornographic movies with your partner to learn some new tricks. Hell, there are even blowjob instructional videos. Make your blowjobs special and give them their own little spark.
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coats is Burlington Coat Factory. The prices are great and the selection is hard to beat. If you want a really high quality jacket then head over to Jos. A
Bank. The coats are $175 but will last for a lot of winters. The outfit I suggested can also go nicely with a leather jacket that you can find at any department store such as Macy’s or JcPenney’s. To top it all off, try wearing a Pashmina scarf. They are super comfortable and will keep your neck
nice and warm. These can be found at the vendor’s stations in the mall, the same place you can find your girl a nice scarf. So, guys, try changing up your style a bit this winter and not only will you stay warm, but the girls will take notice.
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Student events at RIC Student Activities has planned a trip to the New England Aquarium on Feb. 17. The price for the trip is $15 if you are a RIC student and if you’re not a RIC student or wish to bring a friend, their price is $20. The price does include both transportation and aquarium admission. The bus leaves at 10 a.m. and will return at 6 p.m. Also, on Feb. 25, the second Fun Friday will be hosted in the Student Union Ballroom. It will run from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and this one will include Monster Twister/ Human Entanglement, Trivia Night that will include prizes for the winners and, of course, free food. Another trip Student Activities is putting on is a trip to Boston. It is planned for March 5. For RIC students it’s only $1 and $5 for non-RIC students. The bus leaves at 9:45 a.m. and will return at 8 p.m.
L.I.F.E will be helping to put on Diversity is a Way of L.I.F.E. on March 2. Diversity is a way of L.I.F.E is a statewide conference presented by the Rhode Island College student organization L.I.F.E., which brings together educators, students, artist and community-based activists to build a movement to develop and promote dialogue and diversity as a mode of social existence which can be projected in ways that deepen the range of human experience. The conference is a safe forum in which groups can learn from and teach each other by sharing knowledge, experience and strategies. The Diversity is a Way of L.I.F.E conference supports the use of dialogue as a tool for building bridges and fostering an equitable community. The basic goal is to provide participants an opportunity to talk with and listen to each other about diversity issues, generate awareness of issues and enthusiasm for addressing them. We provide a model that can be adapted for individual campus dialogue opportunities.
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Your answers in 30 words or less: subheadline here? By Arielle Rogers Ask Ari
Dear Ari, What is your view on the world ending in 2012? -Wondering, RIC sophomore Dear Wondering, I don’t think the world is going to come to a complete stop and die. Major changes and natural occurrences are more likely to happen in 2012. Dear Ari, Apples or oranges? -Haha, RIC freshman Dear Haha, Pears. Dear Ari, I work at The Don and recently developed a crush on one of my co-workers. The thing is, I don’t want her and I to become one of those “workbased couples.” How do I still work with her and pursue her personality at the same time. -Crush, RIC sophomore Dear Crush, Speak to her privately somewhere far away from Donovan. Explain how you feel and that you want things to stay low key. The worst she could say is no. Dear Ari, This guy I work with has grown from just a friend to a serious crush. He feels the same way I do but . . . he’s got a girlfriend. How do I NOT become the “other woman”? -On the line, RIC senior
Special Question of the Week Dear Ari, This is an update not a question. I had submitted a question last semester and wanted to update readers about my situation. I was the bride-to-be with the fiancé who made fun of my weight and me and hounded me to lose weight for our big day. I just wanted to let you know that since then I have made drastic changes in my lifestyle. I now see a nutritionist and am on a good track of health . . . which doesn’t include weight loss plans. (Although I have lost 20 lbs. or so.) I also changed my major and am now stressing less about everything life throws at me. Another big change is that I set my date . . . to kick my fiancé out of my life. And it felt good! When I did that, not 2 weeks later I already had a new guy taking interest in me and, even better, we just recently started dating! I just want to thank you for your advice. Seeing it in black and white really opened my eyes to my (then) messed up reality. -No longer P.O., RIC senior Dear No longer P.O., I am so happy to read this! Thanks for the update and may your life be filled with goodness! This goes to ANYBODY out there: if you find yourself in a rut as P.O. did, you do have the will to get out of it. She is a prime example. Dear OTL, He seems to be on the fence between the two of you. Meanwhile, keep your distance and make sure things stay on a
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Last week’s snowstorms and cold weather caused the Rhode Island College campus to close early twice and open late once. We sent our photographers out to capture the historic snowstorm throughout the week. The scenes featured on this page are just a sample of the more than 500 photographs taken. Clockwise, from top right: An empty Parking Lot L, cleared of resident cars and snow, late Thursday night; many students helped each other dig out (and push out) their cars from snowed-in parking lots; RIC brought in heavy equipment to clear the lots of snowfall last week; students found time to construct “Frosty the Snowmann” in front of Horace Mann; unmoved vehicles presented an obstacle to clearing parking lots; students walk in the street near Whipple Hall alongside a snowcovered sidewalk after classes resumed on Thursday night – many areas of the campus, including the Quad and several parking lots, could not be cleared before classes resumed at 4 p.m. on Jan. 30; another unattended vehicle in L-Lot, buried in snow but dwarfed by a 20-foot snow mountain that splits the lot in two; Campus Police Deputy Chief Fred Ghio directs the recovery effort Thursday morning. By Thursday afternoon, residents were instructed to move their vehicles into commuter lots, which caused many problems for students coming on campus for their 4 p.m. classes. Parking Lot L remained closed for much of the night while workers cleared as much snow as possible. About 25 cars still remained, scattered throughout the lot. The National Weather Service is predicting another major, multi-day storm to hit Rhode Island this week, beginning Tuesday morning and ending late Wednesday, with the potential for freezing rain, ice, sleet, high winds, and 10 additional inches of snow. Log on to anchorweb.org and follow The Anchor on Twitter @anchornews for the latest on storm information, parking bans and class cancellations.
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RIC Events Free Film: The Lottery Feb. 2 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Student Union Ballroom
Sponsored by the Unity Center as part of African American history month, there will be a free showing of the 2010 documentary, “The Lottery.” The film follows the lives of four families during the lead up to the lottery for entrance into the Harlem Success Academy, one of the highest performing schools in New York. The film touches upon the hot button issue of education reform and that any child can succeed when given the opportunity.
Jonathan Sharlin: Here and There Reception Feb. 3 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Bannister Gallery Free
Stop by our campus art gallery to take in a bit of culture when Bannister Gallery holds its reception for its newest exhibit, Jonathan Sharlin: Here and There. This nature photographer is well-known for his eighteen year documentation of a one square mile island in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Sharlin, who has been a teacher of photography for thirty-five years, has invited four of his former students to showcase their own pieces. The reception takes place Thursday, Feb. 3, but if you can’t make it the exhibit will be free to the public during normal business hours until Feb. 23.
Arts & Entertainment Pippin Gala is a hit By Charmaine Gray Anchor A&E Writer
On Wednesday, Jan. 26, Rhode Island College’s Mainstage Theatre was in Fitchburg, Mass. to perform Pippin, the musical written by Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz. Directed by Bill Wilson, Pippin was chosen to be performed for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. RIC had been invited to the festival after representatives from the KC/ACTF attended the show performed by RIC early last year. It has been 75 years since RIC has been invited to the festival, and Pippin is the only performance to be chosen from any of Rhode Island’s college groups. To raise money for the trip, RIC Mainstage Theatre held a performance at Roberts Hall on Jan. 22. The audience was full and the stage set with a staircase front and center and bordered in lights, designed by Robert T. Williams. See PIPPIN Page 19
Anchor Exclusive with Lemon Lime Tennis Shoes By Timothy Horden Anchor A&E Writer
Recently the Anchor got a chance to sit down with local ska sensation Lemon Lime Tennis Shoes. The interview happened on Jan. 22. If this date seems familiar to those who follow local music, then you are right. LLTS was part of a great night devoted to the M-80 reunion show at The Met in Pawtucket. After an amazing set put on by LLTS, with all the gear packed and in the van, Wade Zawatsky, Brian Riendeau and Matt Kelley joined me on the porch of The Met. Due to the horrendous cold, the questions were short and the answers were deliberate, but that does not mean there were not some great times! Courtesy of Kennedy Center American College Theatre Fest
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Mary Phillips and Judith Stillman help kick off spring 2011 Chamber Music Series By Arielle Rogers Anchor A&E Writer
The Jasmine Revolution Feb. 3 12 p.m.-2p.m. James P. Adams Library Fortes Room (409) Free
The first of the free lecture series of the semester, visit the library to learn more about the country of Tunisia, its recent developments and how they apply to the Islamic world and the Occident. Hosted by Hedi BenAicha, a native of Tunisia and also the director for the campus library and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, this brown bag lunch event will be informative and great for those interested in learning more about a country and how it affects our lives even from continents away.
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On the classical front, Rhode Island College has a strong foot in the door. Our music department grows everyday with exciting talent and each year sends off educated and worthy musicians into the competitive world of music. Mary Phillips, a RIC alum, and Dr. Judith Stillman, RIC’s own artist in residence, will be showcasing their talents on Feb. 9. These concerts are a part of the spring 2011 Chamber Music Series which brings in many award-winning artists to RIC’s own Sapinsley Hall. Dr. Judith Stillman has been called “the poetess of the piano,” winning multiple
awards and performing all over the world throughout her career. She started playing piano at the young age of three. From there she was accepted to Julliard School of Music at the age of 10, receiving her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees all by the age of 18. Stillman is the youngest person ever to be accepted into Julliard’s doctorate program. Mary Phillips graduated from RIC with bachelor’s degrees in both music and theatre. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in music at Yale University. Sparkling with talent, she has brought her charisma to stages all over the world. Like Stillman, See STILLMAN Page 22
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Amp up your MP3 with the Crash Kings By Eddie Taylor Music Spotlight
C r a s h Kings are a three-piece rock trio who received widespread attention back in the early half of 2010 and their single, “Mountain Man,” rode a wave of radio play on alternative rock stations as one of the most played songs regionally. The Kings’ claim to fame is the fact that this rock band has no guitarist; only bass, drums and keyboards. Crash Kings manage to bring a fullbodied sound despite the lack of strings. While this band isn’t the first rock band that I’ve heard of to ditch the guitar to standout among the overwhelming amount of rock acts out there, Crash Kings are by far the stand out. While I can’t say that I’m entirely in love with this group, their sound is a pleasure to listen to, at least in small doses. Crash Kings are made up of brothers Antonio and Michael Beliveau along with long-term friend Jason Morris. Crash Kings actually marks the fifth band attempt that the Beliveau brothers have undertaken together, according to the band’s bio on their official site. The band achieves their hard-hitting sound by implementing a few changes to the usual rock stage set up routine. Bassist Mike Beliveau’s use of tube overdrive and multiple amps brings
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Pippin, portrayed by Naysh Fox, is the son of Charlemagne (Frank Toti), but really he is just a young man, trying to find his place in the world. Little does Pippin know that he is merely playing a part in a great Las Vegas act. Guided by the Leading Player (Joe Nicastro), Pippin looks for his “corner
the bulk of the weight to the band’s sound. Then frontman/ keyboardist Antonio Beliveau makes up for the lack of guitar by playing the clavinet, a keyboard that uses guitar strings, which has been customized with a whammy bar in order to bend notes. Add Jason Morris on drums and you have Crash Kings. The band received some widespread success soon after they signed to record label Custard, after a chance encounter when Antonio Beliveau waited on the table of an executive of the label. They released their debut album of the same name in 2009, and it was well received. Crash Kings went on to open for former Soundgarden and AudioSlave frontman Chris Cornell’s solo tour, and the band was starting to inch themselves more and more into the spotlight. With singles “Mountain Man,” “1985” and “It’s Only Wednesday,” the Crash Kings’ mainstream debut made quite a splash. The group then went on their own headlining tour. Crash Kings’ self-described full-bodied sound without the use of guitar is justifiably given, and I don’t feel that the lack of guitar really hinders them. The clavinet, which I honestly can’t tell much of difference between normal keyboards in most of their songs, is well done. The group’s bass isn’t overpowering as the band’s description of tube overdrive and multiple amps might suggest. However ,you really can’t appreciate how
strong the group’s bass work is until you have the chance to see them live. These guys have a rich rock sound that I think most listeners would enjoy. The band does an excellent job with their usual fast-paced, in your face sound and the occasional more laid back songs that are thrown in. Where this band loses a few points, at least with me, is their vocals. Antonio Beliveau does an okay job and has a rawness that I don’t see in a lot of rock vocalists, but his voice can get a bit tiresome after a few songs. Almost getting to the point of being screechy in most of the band’s songs, I find myself
cringing when he goes to hit high notes. Sure this may add to the energy, but when it’s done on a regular basis it can get to be too much for the listener. However, where these guys win back most of the points they lose with their sometimes grating vocals, is with their live performances. Having seen these guys about a year ago when they played an ultra cheap date at the Coliseum, I was blown away by how good they are on stage. They have great energy and kept my interest despite hardly moving on stage. If you’re a fan of this band and you have the opportunity to see them live, take it. You won’t be
disappointed. Crash Kings is a band that I’d happily place my stamp of approval on. However make sure you take the time to listen them before rushing to buy their album because they can get old rather quickly. It was only about ten bucks when I picked it up at my local record store, so for the price it’s a great album. I’m sure that this won’t be the last we’ll see of Crash Kings, especially with their debut making such a splash. Let’s just hope that, for the Beliveau brothers, the fifth time is the charm.
in the sky” by dabbling in a number of activities. He starts off by joining his brother Lewis (Brenden Macera) in war. With Angelica Vessella’s choreography, the war scene resembled a vaudeville act with limbs flying onstage from the wings. Vessella’s choreography led the show with an ensemble of Las Vegas show girls and Pippin’s search for an extraordinary life. Through his search, Pippin does his share of frolicking, art and even tries to overthrow
Charlemagne and become king. Thoroughly unsatisfied, the Leading Player then introduces Pippin to Catherine (Martha Gannon) and Pippin is then forced to make a choice that will change his life forever. What’s a musical without singing? With musical direction by Anthony Torelli, the entire cast performed ensembles such as “Magic to Do” and “Glory,” and even a sing-along with Pippin’s grandmother, Berthe, played by Talia Triangolo. Then
there was the passionate voice of Marissa Silva, as Fastrada, Pippin’s stepmother, in her solo, “Bring a Little Sunshine.” If there was one downfall to this performance, it was minor sound glitches that caused static in the speakers. The problem did not, however, affect the actors’ ability to perform and was only a minimal distraction to the audience. The audience on the cold Saturday night was filled with loving patrons who came to sup-
port RIC’s Mainstage Theatre and for good reason. Director Bill Wilson was extremely proud of the RIC students who filled the cast of Pippin. In this performance it is easy to see why RIC was chosen to attend the American College Theatre Festival, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see RIC return next year.
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Week of January 31, 2011
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Under the Radar VulGarrity, Indie Rock
18th Annual R.I. Pet Show @ TICA Cat Show Feb. 5-6 11 p.m. - 6. p.m.
$8 at the door
Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence
The Really, Really Free Market Feb. 5 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
AS220 115 Empire Street, Providence
The 18th Annual R.I. Pet Show once again comes to the R.I. convention center for an event any animal lover shouldn’t miss. Along with TICA Cat Show and a rare dog show sponsored by Petco, according to the R.I. convention center’s official site, this pet show makes for a fun and cheap day out. With an estimated fifteen thousand person attendance, this popular event is great for animal lovers of all ages. Just make sure to leave fluffy at home, as personal pets aren’t allowed.
This market is free. No, really, it’s really free. Usually when you go to a free market you still have to pull out your wallet to buy stuff. Who has the energy or, honestly, the money to do that? AS220 is hosting a market where everything is free. Bring usable items, food, skills and talents to give just for the sake of giving. Part of the San Francisco Really, Really Free Market, grab some friends and support this great event. Meant to make a statement as well help those in need, this event is a great way to meet fellow Rhode Islanders, score some free stuff or just give for the sake of giving.
Winner of the 2010 WXIN Rock Hunt, VulGarrity is a two-piece rock duo that impresses with their full-bodied sound despite only having two members. The brother-sister band makes use of loop pedals to overlap instruments in their songs, which helps make their sound heavier. Both members of the band, Tracy and Shawn Garrity, share playing every instrument used in their songs and both lend their voices to the group’s vocals. VulGarrity is best described as a rock band with punk and metal elements mixed in. They have a heavier sound that isn’t overpowering. Playing powerful guitar riffs looped over one another paired up with heavy bass lines, energetic drums and the odd keyboard, VulGarrity has a rich and energetic sound that can’t be missed and is very impressive for a small band. This group is great to see on a stage, and these musicians impress not just with their sound but with how they play live. With both members of the band lending their talents to every instrument they use, the band members switch instruments midsong and continue to play as if nothing changed. This adds more energy to their live shows, with band members constantly moving and jumping to different instruments around the stage. This local act, based in Providence, has received some widespread success, going on a national tour and having their music played on hit TV shows. Despite VulGarrity’s recent commercial success, they’re still lesser known even here in Rhode Island. Their debut album, “If You Sing it, They will Hum,” released by Dog Hill Records, is one of the best albums released by a band in the local music scene in some time.
Wednesday, Feb. 2
Saturday, Feb. 5
Tuesday Feb. 22
RI Hip Hop Presents
Sleep City (Sleep City)
The Met Cafe 1005 Main St., Pawtucket
Club Hell 73 Richmond St., Providence
Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel 79 Washington St., Providence
Tickets $10 Doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m.
Tickets $8 in advance, $10 day of Doors 6 p.m., show 6:30 p.m.
Tickets $25 in advance, $28 day of Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m.
Sense One, Mr. Lopez (Demigodz), Big Rush, Wundahground, Boom Box Saintz 40 Dash, DJ Sterby Rock, DJ Primitive and Special Guest
Featuring Royal and Artifex Pereo
Featuring MoneyBrother and The Downing Men
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Week of January 31, 2010
Arts & Entertainment News Bruno Mars set to plead guilty for drug possession
Popular singer Bruno Mars is set to plead guilty to cocaine possession after being caught carrying the drug on his person last September. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Mars was spotted carrying bags of cocaine by a bathroom attendant in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The District Attorney of Clark Country has stated that Mars, real name Peter Hernandez, will be sentenced to a year of probation, receive a $2000 fine and two hundred hours of community service. Rodger has also gone on to state that if the singer serves his sentence and doesn’t commit any other acts the charge will be wiped from his record, according to NME Magazine.
Former managers sue Ke$sha for $14 million Former mangers for the well-known pop star have filed a lawsuit against Ke$ha and her current manager Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald according to NME Magazine. DAS Communications, who managed the singer’s career back in 2006, claims that the singer broke a written contract in 2008 when she broke away from DAS to be managed by Gottwald. The ex-managers also accuse Dr. Luke of persuading the singer to drop DAS without justification. In an interview with MTV News, DAS representative Ken Freundlich claimed that the lawsuit has been delayed by Ke$ha’s lawyers. Ke$ha has in turn filed a suit against DAS for “acting as an illegal talent agent.” Neither case has yet to go to court.
“The Hobbit” filming delayed after director hospitalized
Vanilla Ice left in stitches after Dancing on Ice rehersal 43-year-old rapper Vanilla Ice, real name Robert Van Winkle, suffered a serious injury while rehearsing for Dancing on Ice, according to Mail Online. Attempting a spin with skating partner Katie Stainsby, Ice was thrown to the ground with force. Ice landed on his temple resulting in a wound that sent him to the hospital for stitches and a bad ankle. The rapper was also reported to have lost consciousness for several seconds after the fall. “I had no idea what happened at first. I was out for a few minutes. There was blood everywhere,” Van Winkle was quoted as saying. The rapper hopes that the fall didn’t shake his confidence on the show, but he hasn’t let the fall keep him from taking the ice again.
“Matrix” sequels turn out to be a hoax
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“Lord of the Rings” prequel film, “The Hobbit,” has been delayed once again as director Peter Jackson has been hospitalized. “The Hobbit,” which has been rumored to be in the works since the completion of the last “Rings” film, has suffered multiple setbacks ranging from monetary issues, casting problems and internal production issues. Jackson was admitted to Wellington Hospital for a perforated ulcer, according to NME Magazine. The acclaimed director has undergone surgery and is said to be resting. Reports have claimed that Jackson will soon return to filming the two part prequel, and that his hospitalization will only cause a slight delay in production.
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Reports that there were two “Matrix” sequels in the works took the internet by storm early last week, but have turned out to be a hoax. Fans of the series were up in arms over the false announcement. Many fans, upset by the idea of two more movies after the last two films were received poorly by die hard fans of the first film, took to the Internet in complaint. Rumors began with Ain’t It Cool News after they published an anonymous e-mail from a fan named “E! Nino” that contained a false Q&A with Reeves at a film school that doesn’t exist. Rumors even went as far as saying that the Wachowskis had met with Avatar Director James Cameron to weigh the pros and cons of 3D for the films. Warner Bros has since put down the rumor stating, “It’s all bunk.”
One of the go-to events this spring break is Electric Beach in Cancun where acts Pretty Light, Wiz Khalifa and others play March 17-20. The event, produced by Beach Dog Presents, has changed ticketing options after complaints from fans. Originally tickets were only available for purchase as all-inclusive package options that included concert admission, hotel accommodations and unlimited drinks and dining. However, Beach Dog Presents have announced new ticket packages that include only admission for all three days of the music festival. The new ticket option went on sale on Jan. 25 as an early bird special, but as early tickets are sold out prices will increase. See www.BeachDogPresents.com for ticket prices and availability.
Week of January 31, 2011
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Cold War Kids’ “Mine is Yours” By Rob Duguay Rob’s Album of the Week
S i n c e f o r m i n g in 2004 in Fullerton, Cali., Cold War Kids have taken the American music scene by storm. At the time, the band met in guitarist Jonnie Russell’s tiny apartment above Mulberry Street, the restaurant after which they named their first six-song EP. Their third album, “Mine is Yours,” came out on Jan. 25, with the same unique and awesome blend of indie rock, blues and old school blue-eyed soul that led their 2008 album “Loyalty to Loyalty” to the number three spot on the Billboard Independent album chart. This marks the first album the band hasn’t produced personally, with Jacquire King taking over the role. King has worked with several other
bands and musicians such as Modest Mouse, Kings of Leon, Be Your Own Pet, Switchfoot, Mutemath, Billy Talent and many others. Other than Russell on guitar, the other members of Cold War Kids include Matt Maust on bass, Matt Aveiro on drums and Nathan Willett on vocals, piano and lyrics. Now based in Long Beach, the band started recording “Mine is Yours” in February of 2010, with Willett mentioning in an interview with Filter Magazine, “We are taking what we do to the next level on this record.” In my opinion, they didn’t take it to just the next level, Cold War Kids took their indie-soul sound to a couple levels of musical stratosphere, adopting a subtle groove to mix with a style of music that’s reminiscent of their first few EPs. Willett’s voice is smooth as silk, which reminds me of a young Marvin Gaye if he was a white kid from California. His
she has also been heavily honored with awards and apprenticeships, specifically as the winner of the Eastern Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1994. A mezzo-soprano, Phillips has made an incredible career with her voice, performing works that range across the classical spectrum. So with a mix of suave piano musicality and a warm, purely radiant voice the concerts should be ones that we will cherish and enjoy. Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall is where this duo will show off the beauty of classical music repertoire. New to classical? Then this is the concert for you. It’s a perfect blend of what this style of music is all about.
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at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, Cali. on April 9. For us in the New England area, Cold War Kids are performing at The House of Blues in Boston on March 22. Details about time and ticket prices can be found at the venue’s website at www. houseofblues.com, but act quickly because tickets are going like hot cakes. So if you’re a fan of the up and coming indie music scene in the United States or you just want to hear something new, stop by your local record store or your friendly neighborhood
(legal) music download website and pick up a copy of the new album from one of the best bands to come out of the west coast in the past decade, Cold War Kids’ “Mine is Yours.” While you’re at it, cross off that March 22 date on your calendar and head to The House of Blues in Boston, across the street from Fenway Park, and see Cold War Kids live right before your eyes; it’ll be a performance you don’t want to miss.
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voice meshes so well with the rest of the band, making songs that can make you shuffle your feet or just make you sit back in your chair and take it all in. Aviero’s drumming is always on point, making a rhythmic beat that goes together with Russell’s guitar playing and Maust’s bass strumming like peanut butter goes with grape jelly. There are so many great songs on “Mine is Yours” that it’s mind-bending and nervewracking to choose the few best. “Louder Than Ever,” the first single off of the album, the title track “Mine is Yours,” “Skip the Charades,” “Sensitive Kid” and “Royal Blue” are my favorite tracks but you can’t go wrong with any of the 11 songs featured on the record. Cold War Kids are going to be embarking on a 40-date tour of Europe, Canada and the United States starting on Feb. 9 at the Cologne Luxor in Cologne, Germany and ending
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Anchor Reporter: Ok so I know how you two met (Wade and Brian), but how did you all meet up? Matt Kelley: We all met in different places. Wade Zawatsky: Paul started with Matt here. Matt: Wade came in with Paul to one of our shows at the Living Room. He was a freshman in high school then met up in ’04 in Warwick. See the ‘extra horns’ come in and out in a ska band. Just then another band member stepped outside, it was Dave Clemons. Matt: Oh and Dave we all met in URI. AR: Wow sounds interesting, but who in your opinion has been your biggest influence? Matt: There are so many, we can’t narrow it. After a few more minutes of pondering and my pen proceeding to freeze in the cold, the answer came. Matt: Probably I would have a top three, (The) Aquabats, Streetlight (Manifesto) and Big D (and the Kids Table). But probably the most out of them it would be Big D. All three agreed in unison. AR: Yes, all amazing bands! But here’s one, what made you get into ska? Brian: Probably just playing in band. Just the energy of it is very attractive. Actually at first, I hated this band and ska in general. But Wade dragged me to practice once and I noticed how sick the bass lines were. That’s really what got me into it. Matt: Just really the energy and listening to other ska bands got me to want to join one. Wade: Well I really want to go a little more techno for the next CD. That would be fun! The other members looked at him in confusion until laughing at the absurd proposition. AR: (laughing) Ok, what are your future plans? Matt: Writing, record, tour. AR: Sounds like a busy
Arts & Entertainment time, but what’s your plans for your upcoming tour? Oh and how about a CD? Matt: Yes, we plan on doing what we did before. In June to go from Cincinnati and back. And for the CD yes, oh and it will be free! AR: Free? Really? What kind will it be? Matt: We hope to make it a full length but we may end up with another EP. We’re not sure yet. But it will definitely be free! AR: Wow that is exciting, can’t wait, but where has been your favorite place to play so far? Wade: Probably the Legion (located in East Providence, R.I.). Matt:Yeah that’s great to play in front of hometown (East Providence is hometown for Brian and Wade) but probably Lupos with The Aquabats was cool. Brian: I would say anywhere but Jerky’s! Eventually the band all agreed that the Living Room was one of their favorite places to play. AR: Ok so finally, what has always perplexed me, how did you come up with your name? Matt: Well we didn’t come up with it, Alex Lucini did. He first looked at someone’s shoes. “Tennis Shoes,” then looked at someone’s Sprite that was on the table “Lemon Lime.”
Lemon Lime Tennis Shoes! With the last question answered and the next band, Senior Discount starting to play, I thanked them for their time and we went inside to warm up a bit and to listen to the next band. I found them to have the same level head and aspirations they all had back in high school where I knew several of them. They are exactly how I remembered them. They are all very down to earth and are the kind of people you can get along with and share laughs with. Look for them on the radio as they are played on WXIN here on campus and occasionally on WBRU on Home Brewed. Also look for their new EP, “Party Hats and Hand Grenades,” and the new CD coming out soon. If you want to have a night filled with ska, check them out at one of their upcoming shows. One of their next appearances will be Feb. 4 at the Wheelhouse Tavern in Narragansett, with Milk Bread and The B-Sides. 21+ is $5 and $8 for 18+. In addition, another show will be taking place on Feb. 5 at the Common Man Pub in Bristol, and look for another possible Legion Show. So as always, if you are a band and would like an interview, contact The Anchor and be featured! Thanks and as always, keep rocking!
Week of January 31, 2010
Album Quick Picks
Cold War Kids “Cold War Kids”
Downtown Records (US) With fans waiting on the edge of their seats for the next release by the Cold War Kids the band will finally deliver Courtesy of kcrw.com with their third full length album, “Mine is Yours,” due out on Jan. 25. This marks the band’s first full album release since 2008. The band has released an EP, “Behave Yourself,” since their last studio album, but they seem to have put a lot of time into their upcoming release. The nearly three year break was worth it, though. The singles coming out of “Mine is Yours” are top notch and have some saying that Cold War Kids have perfected their sound. “Mine is Yours” looks to be shaping up to be a great album.
Iron and Wine “Kiss Each Clean”
Sub Pop! Records Folk rock artist Iron and Wine have outdone themselves with their upcoming album Courtesy of albumoftheyear.com due out Jan. 25. “Kiss Each Other Clean” will continue the band’s stripped-down, laid-back style that fans have come to love. Their instrumentals are still soothing and simplistic and the vocals minimalistic which fit the music. “Kiss Each Other Clean” is the first studio album from Iron and Wine in nearly three years. The singles off the album have been well-received and while there isn’t much of a difference in sound this album seems like it will be worth the price to pick up.
Amos Lee “Mission Bell”
Blue Note Records The upcoming release of Amos Lee’s album “Mission Bell,” due out on Jan. 25, looks to be a quality album Courtesy of losslessalbum.com from the artist who has a sound that is a fusion of blues and soul. The fourth album by the artist is reported to feature a variety of guest musicians including Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams and Sam Beam from Iron and Wine. Lee’s sound in “Mission Bell” is simplistic but deep and has a sense of texture with much to back up the vocals and acoustic guitar in some of his singles. “There’s a real searching element to a lot of these songs,” Lee is quoted describing his upcoming release. Courtesy of bestmusiconcampus.com
Week of January 31, 2011
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Astounding ambivalence: The madness of Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” By Cathleen Williams Anchor Contributor
I find waiting for a Tyler Perry movie to be like waiting for an air raid. While one might argue that this unpredictability is essential to Perry remaining an interesting and current director, I mean it in a pejorative sense: when Perry says he is going to strike, I take cover. I by no means sneer at Perry’s work or consider it kitsch, a lowly Zip Coon act tailored for urban black woes of the twenty-first century, but I will be the first to admit that I am torn over the complicated question of Tyler Perry. While he has a distinct sensibility for humor and for the nuances of his culture, his ear for dialogue and sense of plot development leave much to be desired. “Meet the Browns” is a perfect example of Perry’s shortcomings. His attention to language is virtually nonexistent; the comic relief of the movie, Brown, is an absurd and unfortunate modern rendering of the Sambo. The scenes alternate rather artlessly between “serious” drama and lighthearted, punchy comedy. The final plot resolution underwhelms: the single mother from Chicago meets a tall, handsome, financially stable basketball coach who, in turn, gets her son signed to an NBA team within what appears to be a span of weeks, at most. In the latter respect, “Madea’s Family Reunion” my favorite of Perry’s films disappoints as well: when the “good” daughter refuses to marry her abusive fiancé, the “bad” daughter marries her boyfriend, a hardworking, Christian, clearheaded single father, so that the extravagant wedding plans don’t go to waste. What I find most problematic in Perry’s work are the highly erratic, idealistic plot resolutions juxtaposed with “real” black (e.g., black and urban) experiences.
So when I heard Tyler Perry was going to take on Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” I wasn’t sure if I should laugh or cry. My first encounter with Shange’s play was three years ago at my high school. I left the auditorium spellbound with Shange’s conscientious diction and lush lyricism ringing in my ears, so naturally I felt somewhat protective of the work and very, very nervous of Tyler Perry, with his careless language and pre-packaged plots, adapting the piece. Perry eases his viewers into the world of the movie as always. What begins as several seemingly unrelated stories all wind together into a single very complex and unwieldy plotline: the Lady in Orange is the notoriously promiscuous neighbor of the Lady in Brown, a mother of two whose abusive husband incurs a visit from the Lady in Blue, a social worker. The Lady in Brown is also the assistant of the Lady in Red, who works for a high-end fashion magazine and initially turns down the Lady in Green for a community service project. The Lady in Green works at the community center where the Lady in Yellow teaches the dance class in which the Lady in Purple finds refuge from her mother, the Lady in White. So really, “complex” is an understatement, but Perry does a nice job of drawing clear connections between the women, though these connections at times feel contrived. The film did not, however, totally disappoint. I appreciate that Perry brought up topics that are, for reasons political, cultural and religious, extremely touchy; I would even go as far to say that I appreciated the ambivalence with which he handled some of these subjects, leaving the viewers not necessarily to think more about them, but to think harder. Such is the case with his
handling of urban black attitudes towards homosexuality. In perfect Perry fashion, we learn definitively at the end of the film that the husband of Janet Jackson’s character, Jo, is cheating on her. After finding out she is HIV-positive, Jo is sure to ask her husband if he has been sleeping with other men (again, very Perry). This was clearly supposed to be the shocker of the film but throughout Perry leaves us painfully obvious visual clues that Stevie Wonder couldn’t miss. While subtlety is clearly not among Perry’s strengths, I am both bothered with how he chose to begin a dialogue about homosexuality and relieved that he did. On one hand I think Perry incorrectly portrays homosexuality as a secretive, on-the-side and in-the-shadows fling predicated entirely on homoeroticism and sex. The associations he makes with homosexuality were poorly chosen: HIV, underhandedness and an insatiable need for sex. And while I was ready to give into my disappointment entirely, Perry doesn’t let me off that easily. In the middle of the scene, the husband asserts, “I am a man. I am a man every day of the week.” It only gets better because Janet Jackson delivers her monologue with a dark, haunting concentration and seems to exude her late brother Michael from every pore, which I found delightfully creepy. It was the only scene in the entire film that raised every hair on the back of my neck: Perry was and was not talking about sexuality and infidelity, truth and illusion, deception and disease. Rape and abortion, too, receive similar renderings. Yasmine, the Woman in Yellow (played by Anika Noni Rose) is date-raped by a man she met on the subway. Throughout the rape scene, she kept looking at the digital clock on a nearby table. Of course with the music and the cinematography, one
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is left mystified by Perry’s intentions with the clock. I actually really enjoyed that he juxtaposed violence, violation and betrayal with time and its passage and left that juxtaposition fairly ambiguous. The way he deals with abortion is equally ambivalent. The dubious woman who performs abortions in Harlem (played by Macy Gray) delivers a show-stealing performance that leaves viewers, like the young woman who came for the abortion, feeling faint. But what undermines all of the potentially good work in the film is its brusqueness. Out of nowhere Perry starts throwing curveballs, and they come fast. The drama at the beginning, cheating boyfriends, losing one’s virginity, even infertility, is fairly benign, but it goes from zero to sixty in about fifteen minutes: unwanted pregnancy, abortion, date rape, HIV, extramarital homosexual affairs,
domestic abuse, even murder. At one point when I was trying desperately to process all of the plot “twists” and their implications, from the corner of my eye I saw my family friend who I had accompanied shake her head in disbelief. She said aloud, “This is madness.” I absolutely couldn’t say it better if I tried. The cultural sore spots Perry touches on, the ambivalence with which he deals with them and the astounding and outlandish plot developments will certainly not leave you indifferent. Perry’s film is at once a metaphysical circus of urban black madness, be it entirely imagined, highly stylized or very real, I truly don’t know. Of all the ambiguities and mixed feelings I have about this film, I can say with certainty that “For Colored Girls” is not for the faint of heart.
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Week of January 31, 2010
You don’t need to be a western buff to enjoy “True Grit” By Michael Martins Mike’s Movies
Hello all welcome back to Mike’s Movies. With February here it is time to prepare for the biggest event in the movie community, The Academy Awards, more commonly known as The Oscars (a nickname supposedly given to the statues by Bette Davis because they reminded her of her husband Oscar). In honor of this the column for the rest of month I will take a look at a couple of this year’s nominees as well as past winners. I’ll start with the blockbuster western, “True Grit,” produced
by Paramount Pictures, directed and written by a local favorite the Coen Brothers. It carries 10 nominations including Best Director and best screen play for the Coen Brothers, best actor for the film’s star Jeff Bridges, best supporting actress for new comer Hailee Steinfeld, and the coveted Best Picture Award. The plot of the film is based more closely on the novel by the same name as opposed to the original 1969 adaptation with John Wayne also known as “The Duke”. The story focuses on a young girl named Mattie Rose (Steinfeld) whose father is murdered by the man he hired to protect him during a trip to buy ponies in the big city. In the hopes of catching her father’s killer this stubborn teen posts
a reward and tries to convince an old, dunked, unconventional U.S. Marshal named Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) to hunt the man threw Indian Territory. Threw much protest Cogburn agrees and ends up with two more traveling companies then he is used to. Mattie and a cocky Texas Ranger named La-
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Boeuf (Matt Damon) who has been tracking the killer, only to always be one step behind him, since his days in Texas. What follows is an unlikely coming of age tale that puts Mattie’s “Grit” to the test. I personally found this to be a very dark but like able film. With actors who shared a lot of good talent and chemistry which helped add a natural feeling to the film. The three central actors shine the most with the three way banter and over all hostility towards each other that the characters share. Bridges shines as a drunk and Damon’s performance is made difficult but still brilliant thanks to the character having almost bit his own tongue off. However the name that many should
remember and the performance that the film rests on is that of Steinfeld. Her portrayal of 14 year old Mattie who lost her father at a young age and as a result is thrown into adulthood too early makes the film. Steinfeld’s performance grabs the audience leaving some not moving an inch for the entire 110 minutes of the film. I suggest that when you get the chance go and see the film it is worth it not just for its entertainment value but the performances the actors give. Also keep an eye out on Oscar night to see if the hard work pays off for all those involved with, “True Grit,” I give this film four out of five stars and wish all those nominated for an Oscar the best of luck.
Civil War By Devin Noll Devin’s Comic Corner
T h i s month I am going to do something a little different, each week will be a graphic novel that takes place during the same time, but from different characters points of view. I was originally going to review the first issue of the Civil War series this week, but then it occurred to me just how epic the storyline is. I would never be able to give it the justice it deserves if I reviewed only the main Civil War graphic novel as the storyline crosses over into almost every Marvel comic. It is hard for me to review such a pivotal graphic novel and not spoil anything for you as there are so many “oh my God” moments throughout the story. So I am going to save most of those moments for when I review the comic that corresponds with the moment. Superheroes are above the
law. It’s a simple fact that the majority of heroes follow their own set of laws. This is something that most of the heroes need to do; they can’t be held down by certain hang-ups like “breaking and entering” when they are trying to stop the bad guys from taking over the world or something. But is that the right way for the heroes to do things? Is there a way to make them work within the system, instead of above it? This is the question that Mark Miller tackled in Civil War. This graphic novel was a game changer as characters died, friendships were broken and identities were made known to the world. The story starts off with a group of four teenage superheroes raiding a home, housing four super villains for a reality show. The heroes underestimated the rogues greatly and pay the ultimate price as Nitro, who has the ability to cause explosions, destroys the entire city of Stamford, Conn., killing nearly 900 people. After such a horrific event, citizens blame all heroes
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and hold them all responsible, going so far as to demand that the President of the United States (George W. Bush at the time) must take action for super hero reform. Talk of registering all super humans grows and even though it had been building for a long time, with the tragedy in Stamford more and more people begin fighting for it. This marks the birth of the Super Human Registration Act. Sides begin to form as heroes and villains alike decide if they want to support such an event or rally against it. Iron Man becomes the leader for those who support it, believing that this is just the next stage
for heroes, training them all in order to make sure they are more responsible with their powers. Captain America is the hero who leads those who believe that super heroes need to stay above the government in order to do what needs to be done. Mark Miller does a perfect job in his writing, showing how both Captain America and Iron Man truly believe that what they are doing is the right thing as well as showing how much it hurts for them to be fighting each other. As I stated before, I really don’t want to spoil anything for you. Civil War forever changed the course of life in Marvel
Comics and many of the shockers, if you haven’t heard them already, are far better when you read it yourself. Civil War earns a solid 8 out of ten. No collection is complete without this, if not for the amazing writing or the beautiful art, then simply for the fact that it is so important to future stories in the Marvel universe. Next week I will be reviewing Civil War: Spider-Man, where you learn what SpiderMan did during the events of Civil War and where he stood on the issues.
Week of January 31, 2011
Arts & Entertainment
“Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn: Episode 1” By Dan Rohelia Artisan Anime
It feels like it’s been a Universal Century since the “Gundam” franchise has looked back on its origins. In the past two decades, Sunrise Studios has introduced countless spinoffs, a plethora of alternate time lines and more characters than an encyclopedia could keep track of. While constant change may be all well and good for an anime, one begins to wonder about the foundations that built this ship in the first place. It’s that kind of reminiscing that created “Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn,” a six episode original video animation (OVA) based on the 2006 novel of the same name. “Unicorn” revisits the war-torn world of the Universal Century, a timeline after Anno-Domini which began with the first successful, fully-inhabitable space colony. And everything here is just as you left it: space colonies litter the solar system, giant mechs tear through the stars in violent struggles and underage tech students with awkward
names accidentally fall into the cockpits of universe-saving super weapons. Sure, this may sound like standard “Gundam” fanfare. But, unlike most of the recent installments, the first episode of “Unicorn” strays away from pretty-boy pilots and the sissy crying fits that break out every 23 seconds or so. It truly feels like “Gundam” dug up their senior year book, looked at their photo and thought, “I wish I could be cool again”. “Unicorn” unfolds in the year U.C. 0096, seventeen years after the landmark “One Year War”. A group of NeoZeon remnants known as the Sleeves have travelled to the space colony Side 4 to receive an enigmatic artifact known as Laplace’s Box. Unbeknownst to the Sleeves, both the artifact and its contents aren’t even known to exist. What they were expected to receive is the key that couldlead to either unity between Neo-Zeon and the Earth Federation or to another war. The Sleeves are ambushed by the Federation, causing a major disturbance outside the normally tranquil
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colony. The Federation mobile suits are quickly dispatched of by Marida Cruz, piloting the Kshatriya. Meanwhile, young Banagher Links, a student at an engineering academy on Side 4, takes interest in a display of a Zaku-type mobile suit during his class field trip to a technology museum. To Banagher, war is a trivial, pointless ordeal lacking any shred of moral value. But his interest in mobile suits, his go-getter attitude and his experience working with maintenance pods in his after-school job allow him to leap into the fray unknowingly. Banagher abandons his museum tour upon noticing a woman falling through the center of the still-incomplete colony. Thanks to his quick thinking, he is able to borrow (hijack?) a maintenance pod and rescue her. She introduces herself as Audrey and urges Banagher to escort her to the mansion of Cardeas Vist, where the Laplace’s Box transaction is to occur. Audrey is reluctant to tell Banagher of her motives or identity, but it is easy to assume that she is someone of high social rank, based on her appearance and social etiquette. On their way to the Vist Foundation, they are confronted by Marida and her cohorts, who have been sent to retrieve Au-
drey for reasons yet unknown. Banagher fakes a self-destruct sequence with his Haro bot, allowing the two to escape unharmed. Despite the unexpected situation Banagher has found himself in, he continues to escort Audrey to her destination. The Sleeves eventually find themselves in the mansion of Cardeas Vist, where they expect to receive Laplace’s Box. Much to their surprise, Vist does not have the box, nor does he even know if it exists. Instead, he offers them the key; the key that would decide the balance between war and peace. At this time, the skirmish between the Federation and the Sleeves’ mobile suit attack force has resumed and turned violent, with gunfire and carnage ensuing within the colony. The meeting is aborted after Vist is shot, and the Sleeves make an attempt to steal the key for themselves. But Vist has other plans: Banagher eventually stumbles upon the key himself, a fantastic new mobile suit known as the Unicorn. In his dying breath, Vist confers the incredible new mobile suit to Banagher, registering it with his biometrics so that only he may pilot it. Banagher encounters Marida a second time in the Unicorn and brings a swift end to the conflict with the Unicorn’s awesome abilities.
So far, “Unicorn” is proving to be a promising installment worthy of the Gundam name. Everything that veteran Gundam fans have been asking for is back in full force: deep politics, intense battles and lots of explosions. The mechs are more beautiful than ever. Even the mass-produced grunt mobile suits are impressive to look at. The new, modern art direction feels fresh and doesn’t compromise the sleek, imposing presence of the mobile suits (though oddly, everyone seems to have massive, oval-shaped heads). My only main gripe was the complexity. While they may be trying to fit a lot in an hour-long episode, it barrels forth at a breakneck pace throwing noticeably more names and terms at you than a Jane Austen novel. It’s also difficult to get into if you don’t have much knowledge of Universal Century history. You may be inclined to read a summary afterwards. But hey, this’s why you’re reading this, right? Check back next week for Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn: Episode 2 where we explore Banagher’s combat abilities, the identity of Audrey and one of the most suggestively-named villains in recent history.
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By Robert Lefebvre Rob’s Game Shelf
“ D e a d Space” had to be one of the most intense gaming ex p er ien ces I’ve ever had. While the story was very bare bones and all the concepts had been done before, I highly enjoyed the tense atmosphere, the simple gameplay and the beautiful look of the game, despite the many ugly monsters and settings. Not only that, but the game sparked releases in other media, including comics, books, side games and animated movies. Ironically enough, the weakest part of the game created a setting that needed all of this to explain everything. But I’ve seen the movies and read the comics and books and played “Dead Space: Extraction” for the Wii, and I have to say the mythos this franchise has created has been well developed. But now it’s time for the next big step, “Dead Space 2,” released on Jan. 25 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Microsoft Windows by Electronic Arts and Visceral Games. The game takes place three years after the events of the first game on the Sprawl, a city-sized colony on Titan, one of the moons of Saturn. Isaac Clarke wakes up with his last memories being the events of the first game. When he does finally wake up, he realizes he is in the midst of another outbreak of Necromorphs, an alien race that kills then infects their victims, reanimating them into one of their own species. Isaac’s exposure to the Marker, a relic that the Necromorphs are drawn to and an object of worship to followers of a radical religion called Unitology, has affected his mental state and he is still having hallucinations. Isaac comes across someone who has information on what has happened, but his
mental stability appears to be slipping as well. Now Isaac must fight off another infestation and solve the mystery of his missing three years. First of all, while I thought the beginning of the first game was one of the most intense openings I’d ever come across, this game topped it. There is no gentle introduction here. “Dead Space 2” makes some major improvements from the first game. First of all, the story is much better developed. While the first game was repetitive and predictable, the story here took several twists and turns. Next, the game got rid of something I always hate in gaming. Isaac is no longer silent, and the game benefited from it. He is a much more sympathetic and relatable character now that he is communicating. Rather than be told what to do every which way, he makes his own decisions, and his heroic actions stand out more because of it. But let’s move on to gameplay. Nothing has really changed here. All of the information you need is displayed through immersive holographic displays. However, the cutscenes aren’t as immersive anymore as more scenes take control away from you now to tell the story. You also have the same weapon selection with the same choices, such as the Plasma Cutter, the Line Gun and, my favorite, the Ripper. You also have some new weapons at your disposal such as the Seeker Rifle, which is basically a sniper rifle, the Exploder, a gun that shoots mines or grenades, and the Javelin Gun, which shoots spears that will pin enemies to the wall. Controlling Isaac doesn’t feel as tight as it does in the first game, either. His actions don’t feel as limited and he’s a looser but not too loose person to control. Fighting the Necromorphs is still the same. Your average head and chest shot won’t do squat. You have to shoot at their limbs and dismember them in
order to defeat them. However, they are mostly the same ones from the first game. There are only about three new types to deal with. One thing that was significantly different from the first game was the overall tone. While “Dead Space” focused on setting up for outright scares, “Dead Space 2” went for a more disturbing atmosphere, though there are a few scenes that go for the jump scare. There are things in this game that will definitely make you squirm in your chair. For example, how would you feel about killing babies and children? If you’re a decent, normal person, you would say you’d feel horrible. Well, you’re going to have to do it here… a lot. You will hear them scream and cry in agony. And you will hear them laugh with joy when they tear you apart. So yeah, strong constitutions only for this game. Unfortunately, the game does come with some minor flaws. First of all, the game
suffers from “sequelitis”, that is, it relies on all the things that wowed us from the first game to wow us again. Although, with some of the new things like the different atmosphere and the better story it did have some original aspects that the first game didn’t have, but it still didn’t have the same effect on me as the first game. The last couple of chapters are very brutal. The difficulty when you reach them, even on “normal,” suddenly gets cranked up to eleven. There are also parts of the game that are interactive cutscenes, where you have to take part in certain actions while the scene plays out. However, it’s almost impossible to tell when you’re supposed to be doing anything until you get blown up or torn apart. The first game had a couple of these, but they were much clearer that they were interactive cut-scenes. Here, there are at least half a dozen and there’s almost no way to recognize them. Another problem is that
many parts of this game are played in the dark, making it hard to see who you’re fighting. You have a flashlight, but it only creates a narrow beam of light. This makes the battles more frustrating than frightening. One other issue I have is that there are way too many ambushes. You’ll see a group of enemies ahead of you that you have to battle, but the game decides not to let you know that some are coming up behind you. On the whole, I thought “Dead Space 2” was a significant improvement from “Dead Space,” and I really liked “Dead Space,” so that’s saying something. The story and atmospheres are well done, the controls are simple and crisp, and the visuals are stunning. Seriously, I think the “Dead Space” franchise has some of the best horror artwork I’ve ever seen. If you want a great horror experience, then I have to recommend “Dead Space 2,” or Glenn Beck.
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Week of January 31, 2011
Anchormen cruise past Beacons By George Bissell Sports Editor
The Rhode Island College men’s basketball team completed a season sweep of Little East Conference opponent UMass Boston for the third consecutive season with a convincing 81-52 victory in the Murray Center on Saturday, Jan. 29. RIC junior center Mike Akinrola was a dominant offensive force in the paint once again for the Anchormen, scoring a game-high 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Akinrola averaged 21.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in two Little East Conference matchups this past week and was named the Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week, sharing the honor with
Western Connecticut junior guard DeQuan Brooks. Classmate forward Mason Choice added 12 points and senior forward Carl Lee scored 13 points off the bench, including two monster slam dunks in the first half. The Anchormen (12-7, 6-3 LEC) remain in a three-way tie for second place in the LEC standings along with Eastern Connecticut State and Keene State. The Beacons (8-11, 2-7 LEC) remain in seventh place, suffering their third setback in five games. The Anchormen’s solid defense from start to finish allowed them to lead from the opening tip-off to the final buzzer, holding the Beacons to just 33 percent shooting (17-for-52) from the field and
forcing them into 31 turnovers, which were largely due to 23 steals. The Anchormen shot 55 percent (32-of-58) from the field and cashed in on 10 of their 13 trips to the free throw line. Rhode Island College led the game wire-to-wire, with UMass Boston trailing by double digits for the final 25 minutes. Sophomore guard Michael Mitchell, Jr. led the Beacons with 18 points, but made only 4-of-14 shots from the field. The Anchormen will play their final non-conference game of the season when it hosts No. 6 undefeated Amherst (18-0) on Tuesday, Feb. 1. The game will be broadcast live on RIC Radio 90.7 WXIN. The pre-game show begins at 7:25 p.m.
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Aikens and DiBlasi tame Terrier Invitational By George Bissell Sports Editor
Individual record breaking performances have become a regular event week in and week out this season for the Rhode Island College men’s and women’s indoor track teams. The trend continued for both teams when they competed in the Boston University Terrier Invitational on Friday, Jan. 29. The Terrier Invitational was an individual meet with no team scoring and RIC was one of just a handful of Div. III teams who competed at the invitational, which was dominated by Div. I and II programs. For the Anchorwomen,
Kayla DiBlasi senior Kayla DiBlasi led the charge once again, breaking her own records in the 500m (1:21.66) and the 60m hurdles (10.14). She then teamed up with classmate Brooke Iby and freshmen Jessica Graham, the
Chane and Jackson shine for Anchorwomen By George Bissell Sports Editor
The Rhode Island College women’s gymnastics team put forth a strong 146.825-point effort headlined by the outstanding individual performance of freshman standout Leah Jackson, but the Anchorwomen suffered a pair of defeats at a tri-meet hosted by West Chester University on Saturday, Jan. 29. Jackson posted the highest RIC score in any individual event with her 9.000-effort on vault. Jackson was also tied for the second-best program finish on floor (8.400). RIC junior Sarah Chrane was the top RIC finisher on floor (8.450), beam (8.350) and bars (6.900). Freshman Megan Saucier was the lone Anchorwoman to eclipse eight points on every event in which she competed, scoring an
8.950 on vault and an 8.400 on floor. The Golden Rams successfully defended their home turf, winning the tri-meet with a total team score of 185.875, narrowly edging SUNY Brockport, which posted a strong 185.750 total team score. West Chester established a pair of program records with the highest total team score in history and highest score on uneven bars (45.875) in school history. Brockport senior Kaitlin Dewey, the number one ranked Division III gymnast, won three of the four individual events and took home the allaround individual title with a total score of 37.900. The Anchorwomen will have a week off before facing off with Brockport at a tri-meet hosted by Southern Connecticut in New Haven, CT. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.
previous week’s Little East Conference Women’s Track Rookie of the Week, and Natasha Miller to establish a new mark in the 4x400m relay (4:09.52). For the Anchormen, freshmen standouts Brandon Aikens, the back-to-back-to-back Little East Conference Men’s Track Rookie of the Week, and Craig Amado continued their stellar rookie seasons, once again playing a key role in setting new program records. Aikens broke the program record in the 200m (22.80), while Amado established a new school mark in the 400m (49.03). The dynamic duo joined sophomore George
Brandon Aikens N’Tow and senior Kyle Duguay to break the RIC record in the 4x400m relay (3:18.84) The Anchormen’s effort in the 4x400m relay, which is ranked No. 2 in the country, provisionally qualified them for
the NCAA Championships. Aikens placed 42nd in the 200m, while also placing 35th in the 60m (7.35). Amado placed 13th in the 400m, in which he is ranked No. 2 in the nation, and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships. He also notched a sixth place finish in the triple jump (13.86m), in which he provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships earlier in the season. The Anchormen and Anchorwomen will have a week off before looking to break more program records when they compete at the 2011 New England Alliance Championships, hosted by Southern Maine on Saturday, Feb. 12.
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Week of January 31, 2011
RIC Hockey splits big weekend set By Jack Adamo Anchor Sports Writer
The Rhode Island College club hockey team had a huge weekend on and off the ice, which was headlined by a highly anticipated rematch of last year’s NECHA Colonial Conference championship game against Daniel Webster College on Friday, Jan. 28. While the Anchormen suffered a 7-5 loss on their home ice to the Eagles, they rebounded the following night scoring five unanswered goals in the third period to earn a hard-fought 8-3 road victory at the University of New Haven. The Anchormen’s home contest against Daniel Webster was broadcast live on RIC Radio 90.7 WXIN and simulcast on Anchor TV for the first time in history. The complete game will replay on Anchor TV Channel 3 on Wednesday at 4 p.m. RIC’s home contest versus Worcester Polytechnic Institute will also be broadcast live on RIC Radio, with the pre-game show starting at 7:55. The Anchormen jumped out to a two goal lead early against the Eagles thanks to a strong performance on special teams in which they got a shorthanded goal by junior Rob Reall and a power play goal from junior captain Gregory Dicomitis. Unfortunately, the Anchormen couldn’t hold the lead as goals from Daniel Webster junior forward Shawn Glidden and freshman forward Marcus Marion in the final five minutes of the period gave the Eagles momentum heading into the second period. RIC junior defenseman Mike Nadiger scored on a slap shot from the point on the power play to put the Anchormen up 3-2 less than two minutes into the third period. The Eagles’ leading scorer on the season, junior forward Michael Hauch, tied the game once again with a rebound goal just under two minutes later. Reall picked up his second goal of the game
with just over 10 minutes remaining in the period, giving the Anchormen their final lead of the night at 4-3. The Eagles responded with a pair of goals by freshman forward Ronnie Corcoran to take the lead before RIC senior forward Bo Atwell scored his third goal of the year to tie the game at 5-5 heading into the final period. Atwell hadn’t played a game since Nov. 13, when the Anchormen beat Castleton State on the road. Entering the third period tied 5-5, the game was living up to everything it had promised. However, the Anchormen effort fell short in the third period as Corcoran completed a hat-trick with his third goal of the game less than three minutes into the final period. Daniel Webster senior forward Jay Glidden beat RIC junior goalie Eric Moscarelli for the final time with 15:51 remaining in the game. Moscarelli was pulled after allowing seven goals, the most he has given up in a conference matchup all season. Freshman netminder Mark Bushy pitched a shutout the rest of the way, recording 12 saves. The Anchormen’s frustration boiled over in the final 10 minutes as the level of physicality could be matched only by the number of
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RIC junior Greg Dicomitis.
penalty minutes dished out on both sides. The two teams combined for a total of 63 penalty minutes, including a 10 minute game misconduct which was handed out to RIC sophomore defenseman Brad Conway late in the third period for checking from behind. The loss to Daniel Webster was the first black mark on the Anchormen’s conference record which now stands at 9-1, 16-4-1 overall, still good enough to stay atop the NECHA Colonial South standings. After any loss, there is disappointment, anger and frustration to be overcome. Following their first conference loss of the season to Daniel Webster, the Anchormen faced a new level of adversity. A matchup against the Chargers of the University of New Haven on Saturday, Jan. 29 gave the Anchormen a chance to put the loss behind them and pick up a key conference victory. The Anchormen came out hard early and held a commanding 3-0 lead midway through the second period thanks to goals from Reall, sophomore forward Larry Anthony and Dicomitis. Battling against a tough crowd on the road, the Anchormen didn’t help their cause after several penalties allowed the Chargers to score three power play goals to tie the game up at 3-3 heading into the final period. The Anchormen got their game back together in the third period and left the Chargers in the dust with five unanswered goals to pull away for an 8-3 victory. RIC was powered again by the offensive talents of Reall, who recorded his third hat trick of the season and is now tied with Dicomitis for the NECHA points lead with 51 on the year. Freshman sensation Ryan Martins, who was held without a goal against Daniel Webster, rebounded with a pair of power-play goals in the third period. Martins also contributed three assists in the victory. Sophomore center Mike Young also scored late
in the third period. Bushy, who was solid in relief of Moscarelli the previous night, got the start against New Haven and turned aside 37 of 40 shots to pick up his fourth victory of the season. After splitting a pair of games this past weekend, RIC has, for the second year in a row, locked up a first round bye for the playoffs. Next weekend RIC will finish out NECHA conference play with games
against Worchester Polytechnic Institute on Friday, Feb. 4 at home, Tufts University on Saturday, Feb. 5 in Boston and Lyndon State on Sunday, Feb. 6 at home at 1 p.m. The highflying Anchormen will secure their second straight NECHA Colonial Conference regular season championship with at least one victory this weekend.
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The very next day, RIC traveled to Springfield College to compete in a quad-dual meet with Norwich University, Wesleyan University and, of course, Springfield College. RIC took on Wesleyan first and got wins from Gauthier, Drappi and Trasso, but lost to the number one NEWA team 25-9. Next they took on Norwich University, winning nine of the 10 weight classes to earn a decisive 37-3 victory. The Anchormen got falls from freshmen Adam Lynch (197 lbs.) and Barrucci and a major decision from Trasso to dominate the Cadets and pick up a
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Sophomore forward Courtney Burns rounded out the RIC contingent in double figures with 13 points. Coro nailed a 3-pointer 3:57 into the first half to put the Anchorwomen up 5-4 and they never looked back, cruising to an easy victory. UMB sophomore guard Elisa Ogawa’s lay-up cut RIC’s lead to 7-6, but Reilly’s squad went on a tear, outscoring the Beacons 31-13 in the remainder of the first half. RIC sophomore guard Ashley O’Dell did not score a point, but dished out several of her team-high seven assists to key the Anchorwomen’s run. The first half finished in a buzzer-beater manner for RIC. Junior guard Nicole Girard received the inbound pass with 6.2 seconds left and she pushed the ball up the floor. After dribbling into a trap, she dished to an open Coro who nailed a deep 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to send the Anchorwomen into halftime leading 38-19. On that basket, Coro surpassed current RIC associate head coach Claudia DeFaria’s career scoring mark of 1,048 and into ninth
much needed victory for RIC. The last match of the day was against the Springfield Pride in a rematch of the quarter finals from last week’s New England Duals Tournament. Unfortunately RIC would fall with a final score of 25-12, winning just three matches. The Anchormen received wins from Trasso, senior Brendan Guarino (165 lbs.) and a pin from Gauthier. The day would end with RIC going just 1-2. Outside of the New England Conference Tournament this is arguably the toughest weekend for the Anchormen, who had to wrestle the top two teams in the conference in a single day, while wrestling Johnson & Wales less than twenty-four hours before. It is a grinding two days and it can wear a team down; guys
place all-time in RIC program history. When the second half started, RIC continued to pile on the points and refused to let the Beacons break out of their offensive funk. Riley stretched the lead to 44-19 with a lay-up just over two minutes in and senior guard Lauren Harrington knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Anchorwomen their largest lead of the game, 35 points, at 63-28. UMB came to Providence with the youngest team in the conference, with just two upperclassmen out of 13 players on the roster. Their lack of experience was exploited by the veteran Anchorwomen, who held the Beacons to just 23 percent shooting (13-for-56) and forced them into committing 20 turnovers. Ogawa was the lone bright spot for the Beacons, scoring a team-high 12 points in the loss. “The key for us today was to have them turn the ball over,” said Reilly after the game. “Our half court defense did a great job of getting stops.” The Anchorwomen will be back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in the Murray Center for their final non-conference matchup of the season against Norwich University (13-5, 5-1 GNAC).
can get hurt much easier and are very tired from the tough match the previous day. Head coach Jay Jones, however, always preaches that this weekend is important because it gets the team ready to wrestle in the Conference Tournament, also a two-day competition. By competing two days in a row, RIC is more prepared for the important tournaments down the road. With every loss, there is always something good to take from it. While the weekend didn’t go as well as the team wanted it to, there were definitely some good things to take away. Before the match on Friday, senior captains Kevin Sutherland and Drappi were awarded Academic All-American honors for the 2010 season
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Page 31 for their outstanding academic achievements over the course of the year; both student athletes posted 4.0 GPAs in the past semester. Additionally, Gauthier went undefeated over the two days, and avenged a loss against Wesleyan senior Chris Alvanos, who he had lost to in the semifinals of the Roger Williams Invitational back in November. Trasso went undefeated as well, winning his 14th match in a row to put his record to an astonishing 29-2 on the season. Trasso was named the Pilgrim League Wrestler of the Week for the second consecutive week. It is hopeful that the efforts posted by the team this past weekend combined with a healthy lineup will produce wins for the Anchormen.
The Anchormen have had wrestlers out with injuries recently, most notably senior captain and two-time National Qualifier Kevin Sutherland, who they had to wrestle all weekend without. Sutherland has only one loss on the year and has won nine matches in a row for RIC. It is difficult to compete without the talent or leadership of Sutherland, but once he returns the Anchormen are planning to make a run for the New England title, starting this Saturday where they will take on Roger Williams University and the University of Southern Maine in a tri-meet competition held at Roger Williams. The first match starts at noon on Saturday, Feb. 5.
Week of January 31, 2011
Anchorwomen’s solid defense keys 74-38 victory over UMass Boston By Dan Charest Anchor Sports Writer
The Rhode Island College women’s basketball team narrowly edged UMass Boston 59-58 in the first meeting between the two teams earlier this season, however it would be a different story this time around as the Anchorwomen dominated their Little East Conference rivals with a decisive 74-38 blowout victory. “Today was a total team effort,” said RIC head coach
Marcus Reilly. “As a team we took good shots and shared the ball.” The Anchorwomen knocked down 31-of-63 shots and dished out 22 assists as a team, while committing just 15 turnovers. With the victory, the Anchorwomen improve to 14-5 overall (5-4 LEC) and remain two games ahead of Keene State in sole possession of fourth place in the Little East Conference standings. The loss drops the Beacons to 11-8 overall (2-7 LEC).
“Any conference win is a big win,” said Reilly. “To win in one of the best conferences in the country is always solid.” RIC junior guard Stephanie Coro led all scorers with a game-high 22 points, pushing her career scoring total up to 1,057 points and her Little East leading scoring average up 18.7 points per game. Junior center Rachel Riley recorded her 11th double double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds. See UMASS Page 31
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RIC junior guard Stephanie Coro scored a game-high 22 points.
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Close loss for #5 Anchormen Wrestlers By Geoff Riccio Anchor Sports Writer
The Rhode Island College Wrestling team faced tough competition this past weekend starting on Friday, Jan. 28 when the Anchormen took on in-state rival Johnson & Wales
University at home in the Murray Center. Both teams won five matches each, with RIC getting decision victories from freshmen Dustin Wilcox (165 lbs.) and Kevin Barrucci (149 lbs.), junior Brandon Gauthier (125 lbs.) and senior Travis Drappi (133 lbs). RIC also got
a major decision victory from junior Michael Trasso (141 lbs.). However, the Wildcats had more major decision victories than the Anchormen, and in the end RIC fell with a final score of 16-18. See WRESTLING Page 31
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RIC senior forward Carl Lee throws down a reverse slam dunk.
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RIC Head Coach Jay Jones strategizes with senior wrestler Chris Dean.