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Student Parliament condemned the Rhode Island College faculty’s disinterest in Student Community Government, Inc. at a meeting that saw the election of three officers and the resignation of one last Wednesday. While Treasurer Jordan Day, Vice President George Bissell and Deputy Speaker Thomas Lima were all sworn in by President Travis Escobar immediately following a special election held earlier in the

night, Speaker of Parliament Aaron Buckley confirmed rumors that the meeting would be his last as an officer and tendered his resignation. Buckley, who served as speaker from June 1, 2010 through the meeting of Feb. 1, resigned due to irreconcilable scheduling issues with his class and work schedules, stemming from a class, adolescent psychology, being offered – then cancelled – repeatedly over the course of several


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A convenient fix provides new parking on East Campus by next June, pending approvals from the state. The new lot will be located behind the Kauffman Center, which is home to the offices of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, News and Public Relations and the Web Communications department. It will attach to the current lot located between Kauffman and the School of Social Work. “In anticipation of wintery weather nothing is being

Not too far off from the Recreation Center construction site, another area of construction exists, covered with bulldozer tracks from the demolition. A new parking lot will replace the trees that once By Katelyn Hurd resided in the area by next News Editor June. The parking lot, located behind Building 10, will feature approximately 30 spaces for visitors and staff. Being placed in an outlying area of the campus, some have questioned the logic of this project. The seemingly odd project is a result of practical thinking made by the college. Extra soil was set to be removed from the site of the Rec. Center. Rather than follow through with the costly removal process, it was decided to use the soil on the campus in a positive way to create the lot. The project is a way to take advantage of the material in a frugal and efficient way. “We didn’t set out to build a parking lot,” said William Gearhart, vice president for administration and finance. The project was started last fall and, although it is halted right now, the project is expected to be completed

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done as we speak,” said Athletics Director Don Tencher in an email to The Anchor. “Normally, the asphalt plants would close in winter, but as we all know it has been nice.” Aside from the cost-effective reasoning for the new lot, President Nancy Carriuolo explained that the college hired an associate vice president for professional studies

and continuing education last fall, with the responsibility of increasing service to the community, especially business and industry, as well as to boost revenue for the college. “As the division becomes more active, space will be needed to accommodate those seeking services,” Carriuolo also said in an email. Gearhart added that the project is not a solution to RIC’s parking problem. “With the number of spaces given the number of students, we are confident we have enough spaces,” said Gearhart. “They just aren’t preferable.” The new lot was not part of the plan to alleviate the negative way students feel about parking, yet in the future, the administration is working on a solution. During this spring semester, debating will begin over what can be done. Ideas being thrown around are to restrict certain lots, or by applying a zoning method to assign different spots to different people. Depending on what will be decided, there could be changes for next fall. At that point, students won’t just be surprised by the opening of a new lot behind Building 10, but by a whole new approach to the parking situation that may be in effect.

State of the State Address Chafee addresses a plan to aid the current state of Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has always been known as someone who expects trust in him. This year, he is asking Rhode Islanders to put his trust in him to end corruption and better and repair the By Tim Hordern alarming state of the current Anchor Staff Writer economy. On January 31, 2012, Mr. Chafee addressed a joint session of Congress along with distinguished leaders and Judges in his annual State of the State address. His speech focused on his “ABC” plan, to improve Rhode Island’s “assets,” such as education, healthcare and employment, to help RI’s “budget” especially in poorer communities, and his plan to focus on ending “corruption.” The speech also announced a raise in the cost of meal and beverage tax. “We are all Rhode Islanders, and we all want what is best for the people of our great state,” said Chafee. “We must focus on the fundamentals, the ABC’s.” The speech started with a moment of silence for the passing of Former Governor Garrahy which led to a discussion about how he treated everyone with dignity. The speech then turned for the current state of Rhode Island. With an unemployment percentage at 10.8 percent which is almost two percent higher than any in New England, Mr. Chafee laid out how he will correct the dismal position Rhode Island is in. These “ABC’s” took the stage in the rest of the speech. The “A” stood for Rhode Island’s Assets. He claimed that

RI seems to stress the negatives of the state and the legislators need to, “tone it down- for our challenges are too great.” Mr. Chafee says the future of RI lies in the Knowledge District. Providence holds one of only seven Ivy League schools which is located next to many promenade, nationally recognized hospitals. The connection between Pittsburg and RI was drawn by Chafee. He claimed that on his trip last year to Pittsburg, he saw how a city that focused on the “meds and eds” industry, transitioned into a high paying, skilled job market with low unemployment and high quality education. Chafee then prided that RI was the only state to receive level two federal funding, $58 million for health benefits exchange, and $50 million in an Early Education grant, part of Race to the Top. Finally, Mr. Chafee prided that with tireless work, the America’s Cup World Series will be making a stop in Newport, which is expected to pour $70 million into the economy. Chafee also prided the achievement of the improved efficiency of the DMV and the improvement in the Rail and Airport service. Chafee also commended local Higher Learning institutions Presidents for devoting their lives to education and advancing the education standard of RI, including Rhode Island College’s own President Nancy Carriuolo. The “B” part of the speech focused on the budget. Chafee warned of the “distressed communities” which included Providence, Pawtucket, Woonsocket, Central Falls, West Warwick, North Providence, and East Providence, communities which relied on state funding. When funding was cut, the taxes had to be risen which stagnated the job

market within them. Chafee plans on expanding the funding once again to save these towns, including adding $40 million to the education at the city and town level. Chafee also planned to cut many programs in the 2013 budget with the majority coming from the Health and Human Services. Though he stated the essential programs like Medicaid and subsidized child care would not be touched, more the waste and fraud would be cut out. Chafee proposed in the speech that a 2 percent raise to the meal and beverage tax, to 3 percent, be added along with the adding of taxes to non-essential goods. Also Chafee said he proposes that the raise of vehicular registration and increase in the license fee be enacted to cover the rising transportation cost and the maintained of the many bridges and roads in Rhode Island. The final part of the speech looked at “C” or Corruption. Chafee proposed that there be a creation of “The Governor’s Jobs Cabinet” to look at creating jobs, expanding existing businesses, developing a skilled workforce, and to end corruption. Overall, the speech was short and caught a little criticism for being lackluster and unmemorable. The majority of the speech was trying to highlight the positives in a very dark time in RI history, but the outlook is not entirely positive yet. Chafee sited that last year’s revenue was stronger than projected- the FY 2013 deficit is projected at about $200 million. Mr. Chafee’s State of the State was overall positive and tried to boost the spirits of a beaten and tattered economy which will hopefully carry true to “The year of the Cities and Towns.”

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The hacker activist group Anonymous claimed to be responsible as the fuel that flamed many of the Internet protests which took place last month. The leaderless group not only entered the limelight By Justin Goslant this past January, but has been Anchor News Writer causing mischief in areas all over the world. The most puzzling part of the whole group is that they’ve managed to keep their identities a secret the entire time. SOPA, PIPA and ACTA have been the impetus for some of the most recent attacks against government websites, as well as physical protests. During January, in a response to a crackdown on the file-sharing website Megaupload, Anonymous launched what it called the single-largest Internet attack in its history, crippling the biggest sites for the U.S. government and the entertainment industry, all during the Internet blackouts which took place in protest of SOPA. According to RT News, authorities believed that Megaupload was at one point the 15th-most popular site on the Web, with 500 million users daily. It was accused of costing copyright holders $500 million in revenue because it provides easy and free uploads of pirated media. Anonymous first attacked websites of the U.S. Department of Justice and Universal Music Group, a SOPA supporter and the largest record label in America. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Broadcast Music, Inc., (BMI), and even the FBI followed in its path. “We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.” This is a defacto slogan for Anonymous, which started out innocuously enough on image boards. An image board site, most notably 4chan, is where people can browse, post and comment on images anonymously. Such anonymity then became a meme, or a popular and recognizable Internet joke, and Anonymous became personified. This personification developed rapidly into a coordinated, leaderless group whose only face is that of a Guy Fawkes mask. For those who may not have frequented places like 4chan, these places are filled with what many would consider to be disgusting, outrageous, offensive and often entertaining photos and comments. Users are free to say whatever they want online, no matter how crude or derogatory. Users can also share files, media, ask questions in specific forums and even request hard-to-find content. These practices exemplify what Anonymous stands for: entertainment and freedom from censorship.

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The philosophy of this Internet subculture has fueled the motives behind hackers, or hacktivists, attacking major firms and companies. They have launched a crusade against corruption and censorship. Since 2003, the meta-mind has staged protests, brought down websites and even contributed to the Arab Spring by attacking government websites in counties like Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Most commonly, an offensive will take the form of a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack. Hackers will use malware, botnets (personal computers interlinked for greater computing power), or other more sophisticated methods to inundate a server with so much data and activity that the site slows down and crashes. For some time, attacks had focused around Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Seeking out companies and organizations opposed to Wikileaks, Anonymous initiated Operation Avenge Assange. MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, a Swiss bank and the prosecutor’s office trying Assange all experienced DDoS attacks, and were brought down for a time in 2010. During the Arab Spring, eight Tunisian government sites were attacked. Tunisian officials responded by allowing access to sites only from within Tunisia. The government also responded by arresting anyone associated with the online subculture. Elsewhere in the Middle East, the hacktivists also stole the names and personal information of government officials from across the region. Protesting out in the real world is nothing new to Anonymous. After the Church of Scientology pulled a video of Tom Cruise off the Web, there began a back-andforth between Scientology and Anonymous.


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Anonymous claimed to be defending free speech, but also found itself to a list of legitimate grievances with the church ranging from financial fraud, conspiracy, maltreatment of followers and several suspicious deaths of Scientology followers. Protesters wore masks, Power Rangers costumes, Wookie suits and a plethora of disguises in order to remain anonymous and to have some fun. Anonymous, and its splinter organizations like LulzSec and AntiSec, have been labeled terrorists. Counterterrorism task forces are called in when warning of an impending attack surfaces. Recently, Scotland Yard and the FBI have been collaborating on what to do with the Anonymous situation. Members of Anonymous managed to tap the phone lines and record hours of law enforcement conversation. Anonymous has an extensive resume of offenses and enemies. Some incidents have less information than others, and Anonymous does not always claim responsibility for an attack that has been credited to them. In 2011, “Operation Darknet” released the names and information of people who visited sites containing child pornography. 1,589 names were released. An invitation was given to authorities to follow up on those names. Anonymous headlines are always sure to entertain. Members occasionally get arrested for partaking in cybercrimes, but each prosecution brings more people to the group, as does each attempt at censorship. Anonymous can be thought of as an entertaining group with their masks and costumes, but in reality the members of the organization take their opposition against internet censorship seriously.

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New protein creates a treatment for Duchenne First biology series of the spring discusses the seriousness of the disease and new ways to treat it


Duchenne is a sinister disease that not only weakens the victim, it also on average features a life expectancy of only 20 years. The horrifying disease effects one out of every 3,000 boys. There are a few methods of treatment currently available, but Justin Fallon By Katelyn Hurd seems to have found a protein which News Editor could treat the disease. Fallon, from Brown University’s Department of Neuroscience, held an event open to all RIC students discussing his work on a protein to treat the disease. Over 40 students attended the event last Thursday in Fogarty Life Science 050. Put on by the College Lecture Series, the event was part of the spring series of science colloquiums, launching the first one for this season. Titled “Developing a Therapeutic for Muscular Distrophy,” Fallon explained his accidental approach to finding the protein Biglycan’s use to treating the disease. “We came onto muscular dystrophy wholly by accident,” said Fallon. “It found us.” Duchenne, or DMD, is the most common form of muscular dystrophy, which consists of over 40 branches of the hereditary disease. Muscular dystrophy is characterized by a loss of muscle and fibers necessary to properly function. It is present during birth or at an early age. By the age of 12 to 13 years old, a person with the disease will need a wheelchair. The patients are not expected to live past 20. These statistics, Fallon explained, are remarkably consistent. The protein Biglycan was tested on mice with muscular dystrophy with positive results. Fallon explained the disease occurs when there isn’t enough protein to sustain the muscle. Biglycan could recruit proteins called Utrophen to help make the muscles function once again. “My interest in muscle goes way back to my work as a graduate student,” said Fallon. Fallon was drawn to speaking at RIC for numerous reasons, including the fact that his own daughter is a student here. Fallon also created Tivorson Pharmaceuticals, which is located in Providence. With multiple degrees from different colleges worldwide, Fallon has set up his lab at Brown University. This month, two other events from the biology colloquium series will be held. On Feb. 9, Wendy Clement, a speaker from Yale University, will present her lecture titled, “Unraveling the evolutionary origins and distributions of plant diversity.” The following week, Lauren Stefaniak, from the University of Connecticut, will present her lecture titled “Native or Introduced? Pinning down a cryptogenic ascidian.” All events are held at 4 p.m. in Fogarty Life Science 050. A complete listing of events can be viewed at symposia.php.

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Day spent two years as a member of the Finance Commission, where she became from page known for her conservative attitude towards student organization budget requests and strict adherence to SCG’s Funding Policies. She ran for vice president last May, winning a three-way race that had included Bissell and Rep. Brendan Cardona after Bissell withdrew after one round of voting and threw his support behind her. The new treasurer won this time on the first ballot, taking all 19 votes (with about a half-dozen invalid writein votes not counted – including two for Cardona and one for 2006-’08 Treasurer Andrew Jarbeau). Day, who was running unopposed for treasurer, became the sixth different person elected to the position since 2010, and the first woman to hold the office since 2005. She replaces Cardona, who took office in a special election himself in September following the resignation of Shawn Kane. Cardona resigned on Jan. 25, instigating a chain-reaction that resulted in the simultaneous resignations of Day and Deputy Speaker David Valerio. Bissell’s opponent in the election for vice president, Valerio was an underdog going in, but had the endorsement of President Travis Escobar. Bissell, who is also editor-in-chief of The Anchor, faced criticism in Valerio’s election speech for potentially overextending himself by running for another position on campus. “I come to you all as a man with goals… I come to you as an ambitious college student, ready to take on another challenge,” said Valerio. “I really respect my opponent, Representative Bissell,” Valerio said later in his speech. “But I feel like for him, this is more of a political opportunity, but obtaining the position of vice president for me is the opportunity of a lifetime.” Valerio may have been referring to the fact that Bissell, along with Secretary Kyla Pecchia, is one of only a handful of members being talked about to succeed two-term President Escobar in May. The last SCG president elected who had no prior experience on the Executive Council was Zdenko Juskuv, Class of 2007. Juskuv, now an adjunct writing professor at RIC, held the top office in SCG from 2005-’06. Bissell, meanwhile, focused almost entirely on his goals for what remains of the spring semester in his speech. He mentioned creating an online elections policy – a process which began last year under Vice President Alexander Devers, and he said that advertising for the Student Entertainment Committee’s now-confirmed Gym Class Heroes concert at the semester’s end would be crucial. “This has the potential to be a huge, landmark concert for this college,” Bissell said. He added that he wants to work with Escobar in instituting a school-spirit themed “Anchor Day,” and he said he wants to publish a new Parliament handbook in the spirit of the one last done in the 1980s by SCG President James Langevin, Class of 1990 – now a Congressman representing the state’s 2nd Congressional District. “President Escobar had a vision for an improved student body here at Rhode Island College,” Bissell concluded his speech, “and I want to work for him to see that accomplished for the rest of this semester.” Bissell won his election on the first ballot, 18-8. The election to replace Valerio as deputy speaker became even more important when rumors began to circulate two weeks ago that two-term Speaker of Parliament Aaron Buckley may be stepping down due to unresolvable conflicts in his class schedule. Veteran Rep. Thomas Lima, who declared for deputy speaker last May against Valerio and Rep. Andrew Augus-


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tus, but then withdrew his candidacy at the election, ran against Freshmen Rep. Eric Hartley, taking a first-ballot victory, 15-7. Both candidates talked about the perennially weak Conditions and Services Committee, which the deputy speaker chairs by statute. “There are some things we can change at this college for the better…,” Lima said. “That committee is a direct voice to the administration.” Hartley said he would like to see the committee’s annual survey of student satisfaction increased from 2 percent of the student body to 5 percent. While he lost the vote, Hartley told The Anchor afterwards that it was a good opportunity to throw his hat into the ring, and didn’t rule out running again in May. “I plan on being on Parliament for the next three-anda-half years, potentially being a leader [for the student body],” he said in his speech. “I would just like to thank all of Parliament for being here tonight, and I’d like to thank my opponent for getting involved as a freshman,” said Lima in his victory remarks. Lima’s 15 votes were the minimum required to win on the first round of balloting. Rep. Robert Sanchas had filed a proxy vote, as he was absent that night celebrating his birthday; Rep. Victor Martelle was absent without leave; otherwise every other Parliament representative was present. Both Lima and Bissell won with off-the-cuff speeches, whereas their opponents read prepared remarks. Rep. Augustus had declared his candidacy for deputy speaker, but withdrew when word spread that Buckley may be resigning, opening the door for Lima. Buckley did announce his resignation, taking effect at the conclusion of the regularly scheduled Parliament meeting following the special election for vice president, treasurer and deputy speaker. Augustus, who had intended to run for the graduating Buckley’s position in May, was the only candidate declared for speaker as of press time. The special election for speaker will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 in Parliament Chambers, Student Union 307. The declaration period runs through noon on the day before the election.

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The timing of Day’s election to treasurer is critical. She is now the chairperson of the Finance Commission, which is at a critical stage in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget process. Nearly $800,000 in projected Student Activity Fee revenue will be budgeted from Feb. 18-19, and questions still surround SCG’s long-planned transition of Club Sports – and their significant chunk of the available budget – to the Department of Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation. In recent years, the budget process has been a highly polarized topic on campus, stirring up controversy due to the limited funds available to cover every student organization. Day provides a sense of perspective, having gone through that process twice as a Finance Commission member, though Lima, a two-year veteran of Finance himself, will be off the Commission due to the responsibilities of his new job as deputy speaker. However, Day will have Commission veterans like Edward Pratt, Elizabeth Sullivan, Teylyr Terrio and former Treasurer Robert Roy – all serving in at least their second term – to provide experience, though several seats remain open. Regardless of what decisions are made by Finance at the Budget Hearings, Parliament’s politically charged Budget Meetings in April – which occur only two weeks before the election of next year’s officers – are when the budgets become finalized (and often, amended). About 50 student organizations scrambled over the last two weeks to return their budget packets to SCG in time for the budget process. The packets don’t just contain line item requests for funded clubs – they are also SCG’s primary method of evaluating organizations. Secretary Pecchia and her Student Organizations Committee will analyze rosters, inventories, status reports and questionnaires that go along with the budget packet in order to provide funding recommendations to Finance over the next two weeks. Three organizations missed Friday’s deadline to return a completed packet to the SCG office, Day said. The Political Science Club, Asian Student Association and Advocacy and Beyond Club will all have a zeroed budget for next year, and will only be permitted to request a maximum of $2,000 for the year in the fall as non-compliance organizations.

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semesters. The speaker, who needed the class to graduate on time, from page found himself last week with a choice between taking the class Wednesday nights at URI’s Providence campus or continuing on as an officer. However, the class turned out to be too expensive, and while SCG advisor and Dean of Students Scott Kane was able to help Buckley get into another class he needs in order to graduate on time, he realized he would still have to rearrange his work schedule and miss meetings. In one of numerous interactions Buckley said he had with college staff over the scheduling issue, he said he was told by one college staffer, “Well, stuff happens. You can always take another class.” “In one of my last acts as speaker, I’m going to rule that comment out of order,” Buckley said. “…It could be acceptable after one or two semesters to not teach a course, but not for three or four semesters in a row,” especially when the catalogue says it is taught springs, summer and fall, he said. After a passionate speech to the body in which he decried the college’s flaws in repeatedly cancelling classes that are listed in the catalogue, Buckley received a standing ovation from Parliament – one of several applause breaks aimed at him throughout the meeting. Buckley used his situation to encourage Parliament to lobby for more funding for higher education so the college’s fiscal position doesn’t prevent students from graduating on time, and to take up more concern over academic issues going forward – which is exactly what Parliament did just a few minutes later. The body turned its attention to an issue first brought up by Escobar at the previous meeting, revolving around the faculty Council of Rhode Island College’s recent debate over whether to limit Parliament’s appointment rights over students that serve on Council committees. Many student seats on faculty committees remain unfilled from year to year, so the Council is considering bylaws changes to nine committees to alter the way in which appointments are made, giving appointment authority to the dean of students if the SCG president does not act in the first three weeks of the fall semester. Under the proposal, Parliament would retain its rights to ratify all appointments. The seats are considered to be important to Parliament


because, since the 1960s, the student body president has had appointment power for the vast majority of collegelevel committees, and the students on them are, by design, supposed to be updating Parliament members regularly on the actions of committees affecting everything from academics to parking to athletics. When Parliament was alerted to this on Jan. 25, Reps. Nicholas Lima, Escobar and Bissell drafted a bill to require all members to actively serve on at least one college-level committee in order to receive their bi-annual stipend. Under current rules, Parliament representatives must serve on at least one committee overall in order to maintain membership and receive a stipend. Since Parliament has 45 committee seats of its own for members, college committee seats are often left to non-Parliament students to be filled. But before the bill, which was the next agenda item, could be discussed, Escobar asked Parliament for its take on the proposal pending before Council. “The Council of Rhode Island College yes, should be concerned about student representation,” Rep. Lima said. “It is a problem now and has been in the past and I understand their reasoning for making these amendments.” “But,” he continued, “Considering that many Council seats have not been filled over time, and that many faculty committee seats have not been completely filled over time, and that, the most egregious of all, that our two faculty representatives that are supposed to be here to guide and assist in Student Parliament meetings, have not been consistently filled in the entire time I have been on Student Parliament, for the faculty and members of Council to present this… when the faculty of the college has been apathetic about providing representation on this body, is outrageous. “And that, Mr. President, is the strong message I’d like you to take back to Council, if you can, is that they should take care of their own house and send faculty representation to student government, before they start considering how we represent ourselves to the faculty,” he said. Lima received a round of applause from the members, after which Bissell, who is also editor-in-chief of The Anchor, said he opposed the Council’s changes because Parliament was already addressing the issue that night. Escobar then suggested that Parliament send a resolution to Council stating its opposition to the changes. Over the last five years, Parliament has nominated over 100 faculty members, however the only one who

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has served most of a two-year term, albeit intermittently, is Prof. Darek Niklas. At the same time, Parliament has had consistent representation from its alumni, staff and administration members for decades, Lima said after the meeting. Both faculty seats have been unfilled throughout this year A motion by Rep. Lima, seconded by Rep. Andrew Augustus, passed unanimously to “not endorse the proposal in any way, shape or form” that is before Council. Parliament then passed its own resolution, “Concerning Active Student Representation on College Committees,” unanimously. The policy change, which takes effect for next year, will force all Parliament members to serve on at least one SCG committee or commission and one college committee simultaneously to be eligible to receive a stipend, which averages $190 per semester. In his remarks following the swearing-in ceremony, Escobar summed up the mood of the meeting succinctly: “Elections are over. So this means we are united as one group again.” Parliament Notes… In other business, Parliament recognized a new club, the National Society of Leadership and Success, with lightning speed – less than a minute…. The honor society had been tabled from a meeting in December, pending a letter stating it would comply with SCG regulations if recognized… Speaker Buckley, for now, will retain his chairmanship of the Ad-Hoc Alcohol Policy Committee, which has yet to formally report to Parliament… He said after the meeting that he is exploring the possibility of remaining on Parliament in a limited capacity to finish the semester, as his resignation as speaker did not remove him as a Parliament representative… In addition to his popular stint as speaker, Buckley has been Parliament’s biggest advocate for RIPTA at RIC, being a key player in the institution of a Transportation Fee for discounted RIPTA service last year… Vice President Bissell said that sweatshirts ordered by former Vice President Day as promotional items for SCG members will be in soon… Bissell immediately went to work on Parliament’s website, updating it to reflect all of the recent changes in leadership during his first day on the job… The first Town Hall Meeting of the semester will be held on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, and will focus mostly on residential issues… Secretary Kyla Pecchia said her budget for the annual STORGY Awards has been approved by the Finance Commission… The dinner is tentatively scheduled for Friday, April 27 at the Providence Biltmore… That day is the same as the Student Leadership Awards, which may overlap with the STORGYs by about an hour… Deputy Speaker Thomas Lima was the only candidate wearing a full suit to the meeting (though all five candidates dressed up for the election)… He said the suit was given to him by Christopher Buonanno, Class of 2010, who served as SCG deputy speaker, secretary and then president from 2006-2009… Lima said he intends to run for secretary for next year… His older brother, Rep. Nicholas Lima, was elected deputy speaker, secretary and then president from 2006-2008 before serving two terms as speaker… At the end of the meeting, Rep. Nicholas Lima made a point of order when members motioned to adjourn, insisting that Speaker Buckley be given the honor of making a final motion… Buckley did, which provided the first opportunity for Deputy Speaker Thomas Lima to hold the gavel and ask for a vote… The deputy speaker returned the gavel to Buckley to adjourn the meeting for his final time as speaker.


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The printing problem at RIC I love Rhode Island College. It’s one of the most unpretentious schools in the country. The college has a rare sense of humbleness. This characteristic is shared by both the college’s By Jonathan Lamantia people and infrastructure. Opinions Editor That being the case, I generally don’t complain. You can’t have multi-million dollar building projects and pay the reasonable tuition RIC students pay, but there is one infrastructural issue which really gets me going. No, it’s not parking, and no, it’s not the state of the residence or academic halls. Rather, I am concerned with the campus’s printer infrastructure. What’s wrong with it you ask? I have two issues with the current system. First, the system is outdated. It’s not designed for the personal computing of today. Second, the system is inconvenient and, for some, simply impractical. First though, for the benefit of those who have never had a tangle with a RIC printer, allow me to explain. There are three computer labs in which the general student body may print. One is located in the Horace Mann lab, another is located on the Mall Level of Adams Library. The last major lab is located on the ground floor of Whipple Hall. Notice that a majority of the publically available printers are centralized in major labs? Obviously, there should be printers in a computer lab. But should those printers be the only public printers? That made sense when labs were the place where most computing was done, but computer labs are not where it’s at in 2012. They are a child of the 1990’s when laptops were a toy of the wealthy. PC power

has been democratized. Try walking into the Don or the library or your classes and count the number of laptops you see. The trend is undeniable, people are increasingly computing in non-lab settings. Certainly the college is aware of this. In 2009, when I was a freshman, Wi-Fi coverage was spotty. Three years later, the college offers blanket Wi-Fi coverage. Good thing. Could you imagine having to walk to a hotspot or an internet café with LAN hookups? That would throw us into the PC dark ages. So why haven’t we gotten the message when it comes to printers? Our printing infrastructure should not be centralized. It must be developed parallel to major trends in the PC realm. What am I proposing? Simply this – we ought to make it our goal to put at least one print kiosk in each academic building, if not more. These kiosks ought to be network-connected. They must be visible and accessible over the network so students can print directly from their devices. Of course, as is the case now, students wishing to print their work off flash drives will still be able to do so. Physically, all kiosks would consist of a basic computer and monitor with a network attached printer. The printer need not be a high end, industrial laser printer like those of Adams Library. After all, we must be cost conscious; traditional ink jets will do. What are the benefits? The overarching term to take away here is “convenience.” Have you ever walked through the pouring rain to a lab, printed what you needed to after having waited in line, only to find as you are nearing your class, that there’s a typo in your paper, and you will have to re-print? I hope

you brought a second change of clothes. If we treated printing in a de-centralized manner as we do Wi-Fi, you would have been dry. Besides the convenience of having a printer down the hall, for those students who hate transferring files between devices. Localized printer kiosks with accessible network connections would allow for integration between our devises and the printer. No more flash drives or file conversions. Lastly, having to walk to various labs may not seem like a big deal to some. But consider the fact that there are handicapped among us who would benefit from having a local printing option. I anticipate that some will argue that convenience is a poor basis for such an ambitious project, especially one which would require a sizeable investment at the outset, but allow me to remind you, there is nothing wrong with convenience. I have a feeling that the initial reactions the elevators were similar. Why not just use the stairs? Or to use a local example, why have rubbish receptacles on the second floor of Donovan? Can’t you just walk it to the lower level? Now some will balk at the price. Okay it costs money – so do statues, iMacs and T-Pain concerts. The college pays for frills, why not pay for the basics? The kiosks could be funded by a small add-on charge to tuition bills. If this charge were paid by all 9,000 students, the burden would be quite light, and if you compare the socialized cost of the new system to what you would pay for a personal printer or the inconvenience you will at some point experience at one the college’s centralized printers, the benefits seems to out weight the costs. Think about this the next time you click “print.”

Science literacy needs to be a greater priority for the U.S. Science is the foundation of modern civilization. It seems that the more advanced it becomes; the less people are willing to understand it. Especially in the United States, which ranks very low when By Justin Goslant it comes to international Anchor Staff Writer standards of science literacy. Without a general understanding of fundamental concepts one can’t answer the fundamental questions of life: who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? It seems the importance of knowledge and the satisfaction of quenched curiosity is lost between status updates and reality television. Pretend for a moment you were just born, but fully grown and capable of thought. How strange would the world seem? What is that in the sky illuminating your surroundings? What is they sky exactly? Why is it blue? What keeps those white puffs in the air and forces the rain down? You would have lots of questions, but very few answers.

Science is how we find patterns in nature that reveal how things work, and technology is the application of this knowledge. Yet science isn’t worth much if it isn’t understood. RIC has not escaped the trend in ignorance. Last semester during a discussion about what is really real, I heard a statement that blew my mind. It was totally unsupported. Essentially it was that only living things are real. Those rocks, walls, buildings etc. are all fake, illusory. Only the living things are real. Where’s the science? Perhaps he meant something else, confusing the words conscious and real, but that brings us to another issue of possessing and utilizing a command over your native language. Also, did you know that, despite it being 2012, there are people who just don’t accept evolution as a fact? Gradual change over time results in diversification and divergence. It’s much more complex involving gene mutations and environmental pressures weeding out unfavorable mutations while favoring beneficial ones. I told someone they were an “ape.” “No I’m not,” he said, and he said it in such a way as to indicate that my statement was facetious. But really, you are an “ape.” We are all primates. If we didn’t evolve, where did we and the

innumerable living things we share the planet with originate? Has anyone heard a better explanation backed up by fossils, DNA sequencing, observations and experiments? This is not really the place for an explanation of evolution, but I’d highly recommend a refresher course. The nice thing is you don’t have to take my word for it. You can know it on your own, perhaps even conduct an experiment or merely some observations and you’ll come to the same conclusions. Or just read a book about the experiments and observations others have perform. The problem is you probably won’t. To be fair, not everyone enjoys science, and everyone is entitled to his or her own beliefs. But society’s lack of interest is what really bothers me. Especially when looking at other societies. China plans to have a space station and a manned lunar visit within 20 years. Europe holds the largest scientific device on the planet, the Large Hadron Collider. Japan will have the world’s largest and fastest super computer. What will the U.S. have? An election year full of pompous, boastful, ill-informed contenders? If we want to do more than merely witness the quest for greater understanding, ignorance and Bronze Age superstitions must yield to the endeavors of progress.

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All signs point to Obama vs. Romney

prove his debate performance if he’s going to beat Romney and there aren’t any in the immediate future. Furthermore, polls show Romney in the lead in many of the states which are voting this month. Romney will probably win states like Michigan, Arizona, and Nevada. In the meantime, the GOP establishment continues to throw its weight behind Romney. This includes a recent endorsement from Donald Trump. Another good sign for Romney is that fact that Gingrich and Santorum still haven’t solved their organization or money problems either. In fact, Santorum just failed to qualify for the primary in Indiana this May, and neither Santorum nor Gingrich

primary. Of course, his campaign’s focus on caucus states seems questionable after his performance on Saturday. But like always, he’s not going anywhere. Back at in Washington, President Obama got a much needed boost upon the release of January’s unemployment numbers. The Labor Department reported that employers added 243,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent. This is the lowest it has been since February 2009. However, it is worth noting that the unemployment rate that is most commonly used is not correct. This is due to the fact that people are no longer counted as unemployed once their benefits expire, they stop looking for work or are underemployed. What’s worth looking at is the U-6 figure which includes those groups not counted in the Labor Department’s figure. The U-6 indicates an unemployment rate of approximately 15.1 percent which is the same as it was in February 2009. That being said, the economy is going in the right direction. There also has been consistent job growth since March 2010 which is a positive sign. Overall, I still just don’t see Gingrich, Santorum or Paul being able to make a stand in the long-run against Romney. It’s just a matter of how much the three will damage Romney before he faces President Obama in the general election. However, if the economy has more months like it did in January then it looks like Mitt Romney might have to try a third campaign for President in 2016.

Will either mistake matter in the grand scheme of things? qualified to be on the ballot in Virginia. You can’t expect to win the primary if you can’t even get on the ballot in important states. Also, neither Santorum nor Gingrich have been able to take advantage of the still strong anti-Romney sentiment in the GOP. Newt’s chances of reclaiming the lead, barring some unforeseen event, seem more absurd than his vision for a permanent base on the moon by the end of his second term. At this point, the anti-Romney sentiment will have a greater impact on the general election and whether or not those voters will vote third party or stay home. And don’t forget, Ron Paul is still running in the GOP

Well, that didn’t take long. After being upset by Newt Gingrich in South Carolina, Mitt Romney and his campaign looked to be on the ropes, but in retrospect it seems more like the Ali ropea-dope. Simply put, Romney By Robert Santurri Jr. trounced Newt by almost fifOpinions Staff Writer teen points in Florida primary and beat him again in last weekend’s Nevada primary. As I noted in last week’s article, Gingrich simply does not have the money or organization to compete with Romney. Romney has performed surprisingly well in the debates and that definitely hurt Newt, as that is among the things which propelled him to victory in South Carolina. However, the Romney campaign has decided to not give a full-time job to debate adviser Brett O’Donnell, the man who has been credited with helping Romney improve his debate performance. Personally, I think this is one of the worst mistakes Romney made this past week. The other came Wednesday morning after his victory in Florida, when Romney remarked in a CNN interview “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I’ll fix it.” Romney later said that he spoke incorrectly. Still the statement shows that Romney is out of touch with your average American. Will either mistake matter in the grand scheme of things? Probably not. Back on the Gingrich front, he’s going to need to im-

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Jonathan Lamantia entirely misses the mark in his January 30 article about conservative support for the death penalty. He uses hypothetical situations to highlight the “partiality” of the death penalty. Why use hypothetical situations when a real and troubling partiality already exists in the justice system, that of racism. Juries and prosecutors pursue the death penalty for minorities accused of murder more often. They are also more likely to seek the death penalty for an alleged perpetrator if the victim was white rather than a minority.     According to a 2004 Department of Justice Report, from 1995-2000, 80 percent of all the federal capital cases recommended by U.S. Attorneys to the Attorney General seeking the death penalty involved people of color. Even after review by the Attorney General, 72 percent of the cases approved for death penalty prosecution involved minority defendants.

    Lamantia also uses the example of limited government, but fails to identify another big problem conservatives should have with the death penalty-the cost. According to, of all places, Fox News, in an article from March 27, 2010 by Ed Barnes, entitled, “Just or Not, Cost of Death Penalty is A Killer,” found that the state of California alone would save 1 billlion dollars of taxpayer money by eliminating the death penalty. Conservatives love to rant and rave about such matters as giving illegal immigrant students in-state tuition. Yet it costs much more to imprison one person for a year, let alone execute them. Kudos to the Anchor for attempting to have diverse political voices in the paper. But this article is so poorly thought out and reflects such an utter lack of actual research that it’s a crime. Amy Joy Glidden

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The RIC survival guide Congratulations! If you’re reading this then you’ve made it to this wonderful facility known as Rhode Island College (RIC). Maybe you just completed your By Heather Nichols Helpful Heather’s Advice first semester, or transferred in from another school or maybe you’ve been here for a while (in some cases far longer than you’re willing to admit). In any case, this survival guide is for you. Whether you’re stay has been long or short, there are some important things you should know if you’re to survive the RIC experience. Let’s start with the basics. For some of you, you’re here right out of high school and this is your first or second semester of college. You may have noticed that some of your classes are significantly larger and your professor may not even remember your name amongst the sea of undergrads. In cases like this it’s important to get to know your professor, don’t wait for him or her to come to you. Familiarize yourself with the location of your professor’s office and don’t hesitate to send him or her e-mails if you’re struggling with the material. Also the fact that you’ve spent the effort to communicate can be the difference when you factor in class-participation,

which often times ends up being the margin between a B and a B+. Another thing that you may have noticed is that some professors don’t require you to even show up to class. Be warned, even if the professor says that you really only need to show up for tests and quizzes, that’s highly inadvisable. It isn’t a cliché to say you’re only hurting yourself by not going, it’s a fact. As mentioned before, professors like when a person takes the initiative and that helps when you’re teetering in-between letter grades. You also may think you can rely on your syllabus as a general guide to any class that you take, but it’s to your benefit to actually attend the class. By not going to class, you miss out on not only the experience, but the professor’s explanation on the subject which can expand on the content of the textbook readings. Just like you wouldn’t throw money away, why would you pay for a class and not go? If you’re taking four classes and divide the in-state tuition equally between them, you’re paying about $1,800 per class. That’s a lot of money to be throwing away. Now some of you have been here for a while, or have transferred in from another college so this is basically a review for you. So let’s take a different approach for you. If it only consists of going to class and some work experience during the summer, you might be in trouble when you enter the job market.

While it’s important to go to your classes and to have had experience working a parttime job, employers usually want to see something more. There are over 80 clubs and organizations on campus to get involved with and odds are one of them will fit into your schedule. Plus if you end up having a couple hours to wait between your class and a club meeting it might inspire you to take advantage of some quality study time at the Adam’s Library. If you’re a commuter, you know that sometimes home isn’t the best place to study so why not take advantage of a great study place which, incidentally, you’re already paying for with your tuition fees. Also, if you’re lacking in the work experience department, why not seek out an on-campus job? They’re a good resource for experience and some even let you do your homework between tasks. There is information available in the Career Development Center (located in Craig-Lee Hall) that lists what jobs are available and if there are jobs on campus that relate to your major. So whether you’re a seasoned college veteran or just starting out, these are just a few tips to help you survive your RIC experience. Next week we’ll take a look at dating and relationships for all your Valentine’s Day needs.

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she watches over no longer believe in her. As a result, our hero strikes a deal with this crafty wolf, promising to escort her back to her homeland in the north. Despite the above description, the conflict in “Spice and Wolf” actually revolves around various economic troubles our pair inevitably find themselves in. In fact much of the dialogue in “Spice and Wolf” focuses on various economic jargons that may go over some viewer’s heads at first. While many of its terms are outdated compared to now, what we can learn is how to spend our money and how to get that best price. In today’s world I’ve learned the best way is to use coupons. Who wouldn’t want to use coupons in the first place? They’re like paper money. It doesn’t make sense to pay full price for something when you can use a 40 percent off coupon. There’s also something I like to call stacking sales. For example, to get better price while also using a coupon, wait for the item to go on sale and it’s basically a double whammy. Now it’s time for the big one, money management. I’m sure most of you have heard all this before as I myself have, but the thing many people fail to do is follow through with it. Don’t just nod your head and say maybe next time, because look. There it goes. The money flew

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Just last week I had quite the scare. This experience ended up prompting me to write the article you’re about to read. What happened exactly? Well, I was shopping for school supplies. Granted, it wasn’t for your average school supplies like By Ashley St. Louis T.I.L.T. books and calculators, but art supplies for my painting class. I had heard from some previous survivors of Painting I that it could be quite expensive, but after collecting what I thought were the necessary funds, my mother and I took the trip to the art supply store. Long story short, I didn’t have enough money on me and the price that I saw rung up on the register gave me a mini heart attack. So, how did I overcome this economic obstacle that blocked my path to a better art education? Simple, I turned to television. Specifically a show called “Spice and Wolf.” “Spice and Wolf” follows a merchant named Lawrence as he travels the countryside of what appears to be a feudal Europe. He lives a lonely life until one night he finds a strange girl asleep in his cart. This young woman is no ordinary human because she’s actually the wolf-like god of the rich harvest. However, because of the recent rise in popularity of the church the people of the town

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right out the window. Seriously, though, if there’s something you want with a burning passion of a thousand suns, but it’s not something you necessary need, give it a week or two and odds are that burning passion will fade into small and comfortably manageable fire. Once the passion has subsided, the time it takes to save up the money for the object of your desire won’t be a period of brutal torture. Time is money, after all.

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Saving dimes Let’s face it, everybody needs to eat, but buying food shouldn’t break the bank. Trips to the grocery store don’t have to be your wallet’s most dreaded trip of the week. As students that By Alexandra Weston Lifestyles Editor already have plenty of college expenses, there are many different ways to make grocery shopping more economical. The next time you’re walking up and down the aisles of a grocery store, instead of picking up the first brand-name items that you normally recognize, try checking out the store brands. Many grocery stores have their own brand of items (like pasta, cereal, soda, etc.) that are the same quality of name-brand items and, for the most part, are also half the price. If you insist on buying name-brand items because they “taste better,” another suggestion is to get the Sunday paper delivered to your place of residence. Every Sunday, the Providence Journal has an entire packet full of coupons for popular-name items. It’ll also help to get grocery store newsletters (like Stop & Shop’s) delivered because they make you aware of upcoming sales that could also save you some money. One thing to be aware of before you go shopping is to make sure you read the fine print. As many

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customers find out at the register, some coupons can’t be combined with other coupons and some store sales have a catch to them. It’s best to know about these things before getting to the register so as not to cause problems for store employees or other customers. If you’re living with more than one person and you all share the food that’s bought, it might be best to buy items in bulk. Many stores like BJ’s sell groceries wholesale at a price that’s cheaper than buying many individual items in a normal grocery store. This can save a lot of money in the long run, and the bill isn’t as bad when you split it among your roommates. Healthy items may seem out of your reach because grocery stores often overprice certain types of produce. However, locally-grown produce at a farmers market is generally much cheaper. There are many indoor farmers’ markets that run throughout RI during the winter that also sell types of baked goods and frozen, out of season produce among many other things. These are only a few steps that can be taken to save your wallet some grief at the grocery store or farmer’s market. For a list of store sales, you can often visit store websites like www.stopandshop. com (among others), and for a list of various indoor farmers markets in the RI area go to www.

Black Hist Timelime 1831 Nat Turner, an enslaved African-American preacher, leads the most significant slave uprising in American history. He and his band of followers launch a short, bloody rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia. 1849 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery and becomes one of the most effective leaders of the Underground Railroad. 1857 The Dred-Scott case holds that Congress does not have the right to ban slavery in states and that slaves are not citizens. 1863 President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring “that all persons held as slaves” within the Confederate states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” 1865 Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery. 1868 Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, defining citizenship of African Americans. 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson: This case was the landmark in the Supreme Court that holds that racial segregation is constitutional, paving the way for the repressive Jim Crow laws in the South. 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kan. declares that racial segregation in schools is unconstitutional. 1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat at the front of the “colored section” of a bus to a white passenger. In response to her arrest, Montgomery’s black community launches a bus boycott. A year later, Montgomery’s buses are desegregated on Dec. 21, 1956. 1963 The March on Washington is attended by about 250,000 people, the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation’s capital. Martin Luther King delivers his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. 1964 President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, prohibiting discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, or national origin. 1967 Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court, becoming the first black Supreme Court justice.

African-American History Month has its own history Numerous events planned throughout February African American History Month is not just a time celebrated at RIC with fun and educating events, it is a time to appreciate and reflect upon the path to diversity. Although many events put on at least twice a week this month by the Unity Center, By Hillary Costa along with other organizations, will Anchor News Writer help attendees reflect upon the past, the history of the way this month came to be celebrated happened in a gracious and interesting way. February has not always been a month-long celebration of African-American heritage and milestones that people have honored for the last few decades. Americans first recognized a “Negro History Week” in 1926. In 1976, the first Black History Month was officially established. It can be attributed to African American scholar Carter Woodson. A boy born to slaves who did not enroll in high school until he was 20 years old, he graduated in two years and then went on to earn his doctorate from Harvard. Considered the father of Black American history, Woodson started writing African-American history when he saw that it was non-existent in his history books. Woodson went on to establish the Association for Study of Negro Life and History in 191,5 and just a year later founded the Journal of Negro History. Woodson chose February because it contains birthdays and milestones of great significance throughout African-American history. The Fifteenth Amendment was passed, allowing African Americans to vote. Hiram Revels, the first black senator, took the oath of office during February. Also, Frederick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln and W.E.B. DuBois, who founded the NAACP, were all born in February. To celebrate this February, the Unity Center, in tandem with

over a dozen clubs and organizations, is hosting events of all kinds twice a week for the entire month. The events are for educational and entertainment purposes, including movie screenings, poetry readings and powerful speakers. Last Thursday, the Adams Library February Film Series kicked off its African American History Month with a free screening of “The Color Purple.” Not only did students and faculty members attend the showing, many members of the Rhode Island community outside of RIC were also in attendance. The film is about the life of a southern wife abused by her sharecropper husband, until she becomes emboldened through strong female friendships. Among the cast was Viola Davis, RIC Class of 1988. “When she got into Broadway after school, she invited students of the Upward Bound program to go to her show in New York City,” said a former counselor of Upward Bound, a program designed to generate in low-income, first-generation college students the skills and motivation necessary to be successful. Other movies included in the film series include “Beloved,” which stars O p r a h Winfrey a n d Danny Glover and harbors the idea of the haunting effects of slavery on the past, present and future of one mother and her children, and “Precious,” about an il-

Three ways to celebrate and honor American history: Visit the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This year is especially significant for Black History Month, because this is the first year that the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial is in place to commemorate him in conjunction with the month’s festivities. Listen to some blues, soul, R&B, hip-hop and jazz. These heavily listened-to music genres were fathered by the most iconic African-American musicians of all time. Read “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.” As its title suggests, this book gives a first-hand, emotionpacked account of all that Malcolm X contributed toward the rights of African Americans.

tory Month Events Monday Feb. 6 Gospel Jubilee – Joyful Noises 6 to 7:30 p.m. Student Union Ballroom RPM Voices of R.I. performs selections written, recorded and/or popularized by African-American women. Thursday Feb. 9 literate teenager abused by her parents and pregnant with her second child, but who gets a new life when she is accepted into an alternative school and gets a chance to start over. Also celebrating the month, the nursing department and the R.I. Dept. of Health presented “The FACTS: Disparities in Health Care and Access,” a presentation focusing on Dept. of Health data on socioeconomic characteristics, infectious diseases, mortality, maternal and child health and access to health care among African Americans in Rhode Island. Other events happening this month can be viewed at unitycenter/events.php. – With additional reporting by Anchor Editor Katelyn Hurd

Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – pure yourself… If you are unhappy with anything… whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self, comes out. – Tina Turner

Film: “Beloved” 4 p.m. Adams Library Reinhardt Room Starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover, examines the haunting effects of slavery on the past, present and future of one mother and her children. Thursday Feb. 16 Film: “Precious” 4 p.m. Adams Library Reinhardt Room Title character Precious is an illiterate teenager abused by her parents and pregnant with her second child, but things change when she is accepted into an alternative school and gets a chance to start over.


Thursday Feb. 23 Film: For “Colored Girls” 4 p.m. Adams Library Reinhardt Room Based on the 1975 choreopoem by Ntozake Shange entitled “For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.” The experimental play staged on Broadway in 1977, garnered a Tony Award nomination for Best Play, earned Trazana Beverley a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play and is considered a landmark work in African American literature and Black feminism. The collection of 20 poems was adapted for the screen by Tyler Perry who wrote, directed and produced the big-screen film. The star-studded cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson and Phylicia Rashad. Saturday Feb. 25

So You Think You Know Black History? 7 to 8:30 p.m. SU Ballroom Familiarity with African-American History Month programming could mean a better chance of winning. First prize $100; second prize $50; third prize $25.

Journey to the Motherland 6 to 9 p.m. Student Union Ballroom The sixth annual celebration of African cultures includes dinner, vendors, music and dance. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m.

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Monday Feb. 27

BLOOD DRIVE in Perspective: Dr. Charles Drew (1904-1950) 11 a..m. to 6 p.m. Student Union Ballroom In honor of the African-American inventor of the modern blood banking process that revolutionized blood procurement and saved the lives of countless soldiers in World War II. Drew attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, received his first doctorate in medicine in 1933, taught surgery at Howard University Medical School and became the first African American to receive a Doctor of Medical Science degree from Columbia University. The R.I. Blood Center is the only source of blood products for the state’s hospitals, and relies solely on volunteer donations. Free coupon for a small Papa John’s pizza for donors.

The Black Power Mixtape (1967-1975) 7 to 9:30 p.m. Student Union Ballroom This interesting collage of historical footage captured by a team of Swedish journalists on a mission to expose the reality of U.S. race relations, research and commentary covers the most tumultuous time of the Civil Rights movement.

Tuesday Feb. 21

Open Classes in February: “Minority Issues in the Justice System” Sociology 344 – Open to guests all month. Friday 8 to 11:50 a.m. Craig-Lee 051 “Minority Group Relations” Sociology 208 - Open to guests all month. Mon/Wed 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Forman Center C

BLOOD DRIVE in Perspective: Dr. Charles Drew (1904-1950) 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Student Union Ballroom Second day of the blood drive honoring the inventor of modern blood banking.

The Transformation of Malcolm X 4 to 5 p.m. Adams Library Fortes Room A commemorative lecture Rhode Island College student Peterson Carto, Class of 2012, presents research on the life and death of Malcolm X, the iconic human rights activist whose story is a lesson in critical thinking.

The Symbolic Economy of Policing 12:30 to 2 p.m. Adams Library Fortes Room Tryon Woods, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology/ Crime and Justice Studies, UMass-Dartmouth, examines how policing precedes law and explores the continuities between slave patrols and racial profiling. When Fate Comes Knocking 7 to 9 p.m. Forman Theatre Mixed Magic Theatre delivers an outstanding performance of the play written and directed by Ricardo Pitts-Wiley about the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Watch through the critical and humorous lens of men and women gathered on porches talking, singing, laughing and shelling peas as they feel themselves changing with the world around them.

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As I’m working in baby steps to become healthier, I’ve realized that breaking a bad habit is tough. I also learned that to replace the bad habit with something good is a positive way to turn your bad habits into positive ones. I’m at fault for being an emotional eater. I eat when I’m sad, happy, By Deirdre Green stressed etc. However, I’ve found ways The Simple Things to lessen the amount of calories I consume and ways to replace the unhealthy with more healthy ways of dealing with my emotions. I am no health expert nor am I a nutritionist. This is just about foods I enjoy and what I’ve done to substitute them for healthier options. Before, I never liked dairy. I liked ice cream, of course, but binging into a pint of red velvet Ben and Jerry’s just wasn’t helping my health situation. Over winter break, a friend of mine introduced me to a place called Froyo World located on Thayer Street in downtown Providence. I was grossed out by the thought of frozen yogurt because it reminded me of regular yogurt and, like I said, I don’t like dairy. After some convincing, I decided to give it a try. It’s all do-it-yourself, which is great because you have control of how much you put in your bowl, including the amount of toppings. After you’ve finished filling the bowl, it’s then weighed and the price is given. It’s also open at crazy hours, if you have a late night craving. This is my new healthy substitute for the pint of ice cream. Clearly, try and stay away from the more unhealthy toppings, but it’s a healthier (and more enjoyable or fun) substitute walking around Thayer with some froyo than sitting home alone in bed drowning your sorrows in ice cream. As you may have guessed, I have a strong appetite for anything red velvet. It’s delicious but after eating as much of it as I can, I feel like I can’t walk. However, the other day I came across Yoplait Red Velvet flavored yogurt. Now, like I’ve said, I haven’t had yogurt since I was around seven (not counting frozen yogurt). I’ve let this yogurt be my healthy substitute for when I crave something red velvet. Rather than drive to Greggs Restaurant and buy a giant piece, the Yoplait is more readily available and delicious. Get creative with it if you want. If you like the taste of the cream cheese frosting, who says you can’t take one (not five) teaspoon of it and swirl it into the yogurt? As you can tell my eating habits are still in the works and aren’t perfect. Therefore, some form of exercise is essential. I’ve heard great things about Zumba and kickboxing, unfortunately with my hectic schedule it’s hard to commit to exercises classes. Instead when I feel the need to eat, I drive four minutes down the street to Planet Fitness. The gym is open 24 hours on weekdays, so it’s easy for me to just get up and go when I’m feeling stressed or bored. By the time I’m done, most of the time I don’t crave anything because I feel good from the workout. Is going to the gym something I absolutely love with all my heart? Not really. But I know it’s good for my body and something I feel good about afterwards. As you can see, there are ways to turn your indulgences into healthier alternatives. Don’t deprive yourself of anything but treat your body in a way that should be cared for. Take baby steps to break your unhealthy habits and you’ll have a healthier lifestyle before you know it.

Baby steps to a healthier me

local farmers and also fund healthy delicious food.

Eating local By Rashaa Al-Sasah

Dining Out: A Food Lover’s Guide

Eating local foods is something that many people, including myself, have been trying to do more of lately. Here at RIC the Fruit Hill Farmers Market available throughout the summer and fall allow for easy access to many locally grown foods and goods. As the weather grows cold and the harvest is over, farmers markets seem to somewhat disappear and with them the goal of eating local. This however need not be the case as RI is the home of our very own indoor Wintertime Farmers Market. The market is located in Pawtucket at the Hope Artiste Village on Main St. I first went to the market while out one Saturday afternoon. The halls are lined with tables where farmers, bakers and local crafters are selling their wares. Throughout the winter a variety of fruits and vegetables are still growing and are sold at the market: including types of lettuce, kale, cabbage, squash, apples and much more. Some of the farmers even froze their out of season fruits to sell and I was able to buy blackberries that were extremely fresh and delicious after they thawed out. Don’t like to eat leafy greens? To all of you carnivores out there don’t be discouraged because this

market also has local meats, seafood, milks, cheeses and eggs. If meat is what you’re after get there early because it sells out quickly. The farmers market is far more than a place to pick up groceries; it’s an experience in itself. The market has live music playing every week in a café area where you can buy your lunch and enjoy the show. I, as a foodie can simply enjoy walking the halls looking at all the food available, but if that isn’t your cup of tea I would certainly recommend you go at least once for the experience. You can get something good to eat while you’re at it. The market runs on Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1005 Main St. Pawtucket, RI. The market accepts payments with cash, credit cards, “Fresh Bucks,” SNAP/EBT and WIC fruit & vegetable coupons. For more information and to see what will be sold go to

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Your answers in 30 words or less: The freshman forum Dear Ari, What is the meaning of life? – Jameson RIC freshman Dear Jameson, The meaning of life is what we make it. No one can decide for you what the meaning is. It’s formed completely on your own experiences.

Dear Ari, I have a new girlfriend! The problem is I have an addiction to porn. How do I break the porn problem so I can have a fulfilling relationship with my new lady? – J, RIC freshman By Arielle Rogers

Dear Ari, My roommate really likes this boy, how can she get his attention? – Tiffany RIC freshman Dear Tiffany, There are different ways to get his attention, but she should avoid being needy. She shouldn’t throw herself on him or go out of her way to impress him. Just be herself.

Dear J, I would say your best bet is to try going cold turkey. Just give it up all together and really focus that energy on your relationship. Best of Luck!

Ask Ari

Dear Ari, My brother recently came home from Afghanistan. Ever since he came been back he has been the favorite in the family and I have been thrown aside. Any chance of me being equal again? – Paul, RIC freshman Dear Paul, Understand that your brother’s a hero in people’s eyes. You also must know that equality is a must. Voice your opinion and try getting everyone back on the equality train.

Special Question of the Week Dear Ari, At the gym in my town there’s this gorgeous guy. He’s tall, in shape, has a cute face and best of all he has an amazing personality. I’ve developed a serious crush on him! He recently asked me out, but I forgot to tell him one thing . . . I’m a lesbian. How can I control the feelings I have for him whilst maintaining who I am? – Mickey, RIC freshman Dear Mickey, TIME OUT! Step out of your comfort zone and become an observer. Now, what’s the problem with this situation? The biggest problem is that you’re blocking any and all possible love interests all while stressing yourself out. I understand you’re a lesbian and that being attracted to someone who is out of your usual realm of attraction can be weird and very different from “the norm.” I say stop stressing and enjoy the moments you have during this crush. Putting a label on yourself has given you no room to grow. We all change all the time. For example, I tend to go for taller guys because I’m tall, but who knows? Tomorrow I could be head over heels in love with a guy that I have five inches on. Although my height example isn’t on the same level as sexual preference, it still holds the same moral undertones. Keep yourself open to as much as you can because you never know when the most amazing thing or person will enter your life and make you the happiest you can be. If you aren’t dating anyone, I say you give this guy a try. See what he’s about and explore that personality a bit more. You might just end up having to call yourself bisexual if all goes well, but remember that at the end of the day you’re still and always, Mickey.

Q & Anchor

What student organization(s) would you like to join this year?

Name: Natasha Reinhart Major: Elementary Ed. Year: Freshman

Name: Renato Tavares Major: History Year: Freshman

“I just joined a sorority “One organization I this past fall and I’m would like to join is actually focusing my Harambee.” energy towards going national with Delta Phi Epsilon with my sisters.”

Name: Moises Bournigal Name: Amanda Gaskill Major: Business Management Major: Psychology Year: Senior Year: Sophomore

“I might just join the Anchor Newspaper, but I’m still debating on it.”

“The Equestrian Team because it’s super awesome and they take anyone interested in riding. They’re always looking for new members.”

Name: Aurdra Geary Major: Film and Creative Writing Year: Sophomore

Name: Tom Rodrigues Major: Physical and Health Education Year: 20XX

“The Ocean State Film Society because it’s mega awesome and fun.”

“WXIN is something I have been interested in. I have some experience on And everyone should join RIC Rugby.”

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Join the pack

L.A. hipsters. They made their debut on the L.A. party scene in 2010, amongst actors, musicians and artists who appreciated the zany animal hats. They gained popularity after being seen on celebrities like Ke$ha, Lindsay Lohan and Khloe Kardashian. The hoods are made from faux fur, and there are several different animals including a wolf, a grizzly bear, an owl or even a leopard. They are expensive, averaging $140, but there is a (very) slight consolation in that a portion of the proceeds go to help protect animals. Spirit Hoods are a bold fashion accessory and are beyond comfortable. A year after appearing on the celebrity fashion scene, knock-off Spirit Hoods are so popular they are sold in kiosks in the mall. They might take a little warming up to, or perhaps you need to try one on and have it warm you up. Spirit Hoods are an infectious accessory.

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Maybe you’ve seen one on an eccentric celebrity. You might’ve even seen one on your purple haired neighbor who works at Hot Topic. Those fuzzy hats By Courtney Woods shaped like animals Style RX are called Spirit Hoods, and they’re the most comfortable and addictive thing you could ever put on your head. Even though I’m the queen of costumes, I didn’t hop on the Spirit Hood trend right away. They were teetering on the edge of too ridiculous for everyday wear. But then—I put one on. The hat encased my head cozily like a warm fuzzy womb. Spirit hoods extend past the shoulders and end in little pockets for my eternally cold hands to comfortably rest. They can also be wrapped around the shoulders like a scarf. I was hooked. Spirit Hoods were created by a handful of


hoods are becoming all the rage in the fashion world.

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For your entertainment


Rockstars at open mic night

see page 24

Thinking about “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” see page 26

“Breaking the Code” tackles homophobia in post-war Britain

Now Playing Performing Arts Series: The Muir String Quartet

Sapinsley Hall $5 RIC, $35 non-RIC

U.S. Air Force New England Winds Wednesday, Feb. 8 1 p.m. Sapinsley Hall Free

Art: Jeonghee Park Feb. 9-23 Bannister Gallery Free

Music: Young Men’s Choral Festival Friday, Feb. 10 7 p.m. Sapinsley Hall $15

Theatre: Breaking the Code Feb. 15-18 8 p.m. Feb 18-19 2 p.m. Forman Theatre $15

Upcoming Campus Arts Calendar

Music: Flying Winds:

Alan Turing managed to break the “unbreakable” Enigma code of the Nazi’s, but could not crack the smothering homophobia of By Kyle Grant the government A&E Editor he served. Over half a century later, the struggle of Turing finds vindication in Hugh Whitmore’s “Breaking the Code.” Directed by Michael Ducharme, “Breaking the Code” will be performed in the Forman Theater from February 15-19th. “Breaking the Code” tells the story of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician whose life was filled with both brilliant accomplishment and devastating tragedy. The plot revolves around the connection of Turing attempting to break the code and his denial to live a life secluded from what he really is. Living a comfortable open lifestyle is impossible for Turing, seeing that homosexuality is illegal in Great Britain at the time. Turing is also considered one of the grandfathers of the modern computer, with many of the themes synonymous of computer technology developed by Turing himself. “I’d like audiences to come away from the performance with an understanding of the man and the times in which he lived,” said Ducharme. “I believe theatre offers us a unique opportunity to explore what it means to be human by sharing our stories with one another.” After being subjected to a series of horrifying government experiments in order to alter his sexuality, a physically and emotionally disfigured Turing committed suicide by taking a single bite out of an apple laced with cyanide. There is a popular rumor that the symbol for Apple is based off of paying homage to a fallen hero in the realm of technology. “I’d like folks to make the connection between Alan Turing’s pioneering work on


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artificial intelligence and his development of the first digital computer and how those achievements affect each and every one of us today,” said Ducharme. “Turing actually preferred the term intelligent machine to artificial intelligence. Intelligent machine, smart phone…We all carry a little Alan Turing in our pockets these days and yet he has been denied the recognition he deserves given the circumstances surrounding his arrest and conviction for Gross Indecency in 1952.” The life Turing chose to live led to great sacrifices, and while his legacy was tarnished in his own lifetime the mathematical genius gets a rebirth on the Forman Theater stage. “Breaking the Code” first opened in 1986 in London, and has since been performed across the world. The play was nominated for multiple awards, and was described by Time Magazine as “elegant and poignant.” “Breaking the Code” also got transformed into a film by BBC in 1996, and was awarded a GLAAD media award. The play “Breaking the Code” is based

on a memoir of Turing by Andrew Hodges called “Alan Turing: The Enigma.” While Hodges never met the mathematician, he nonetheless gathered an immense amount of material on Turing, including countless interviews with those who knew him most. In many cases, “Breaking the Code” may be seen as a memory play more than a biography. “We’re telling a story, based on someone’s interpretation of other people’s memories of Alan Turing,” said Ducharme. “It’s not a biography or a historical re-creation of events then, but rather a story about a real person who, hopefully, has something to teach us all about ourselves.” Featuring Nathanael Lee as Alan Turing, Justin Paige as Mick Ross, Dana Haley as Sara Turing and Rob Roy as Ron Miller, “Breaking the Code” debuts Wed., Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. Tickets are on sale at the Nazarian Center Box Office, and while decades have passed since the tragic death of Turing the legacy of the man he was lives on.


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Professor Fisher enlightens art students at RIC

“Crosswind” In Building 2, where half of the Art Department faculty was dispersed to like some sort of refugee camp, The Anchor had the privilege to interview Prof. Stephen Fisher. Fisher has been teaching at Rhode Island College since 1990, and focuses primarBy Kyle Grant A&E Editor ily on drawing and printmaking. Born in 1954, Fisher became spellbound with drawing as a child. Fisher’s parents tried to convince him to play the trumpet, but in the seventh grade he won a “draw the pirate” contest. Considered talented at his young age, Fisher was offered private art classes, and managed to strike a deal with his parents to drop the trumpet and take the art lessons instead. “Art chooses you,” Fisher said “I always tell my students it is more compulsion than vocation.” Fisher continued to take art in high school, and while on a trip to Washington D.C he discovered the work of the German artist Albert Durer, who specialized in printmaking. Printmaking is an art form that consists of using ink on etchings and carvings on metal, wood or linoleum to create multiple copies of a piece of artwork. Types of printmaking include wood cut, intaglio and lithography. “I am printmaking at RIC,” said Prof. Fisher, “which basically means I specialize in using 17th and 18th century technology.” Fisher describes his art style as very frontloaded, tak-

is a charcoal drawing and just one of the examples of what prof.

ing a lot of time thinking and planning a project. While making an art piece, Fisher can spend weeks playing with lighting and mapping out a project before something strikes him. “I make things slowly,” Fisher said. The biggest problem Fisher sees with students nowadays is a general lack of curiosity, which he blames on electronic media and instantaneous gratification. “As a professor, one thing we have to do is lengthen the attention spans of our students,” Fisher said “after all, art is a patient sport.” Fisher went on to attend college at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he mentioned that art school has changed a lot over the decades. “When I was in undergrad, professors focused on unrestrained creativity and there were absolutely no skill instructions,” said Fisher. “Their philosophy was that they did not want to inhibit creativity, but in hindsight it was like asking someone how to write a novel without showing them how to write a paragraph.” “When you walked into class the professor would just tell you to draw, leave the class for three hours, then come back to tell you if your drawing was good or not,” Fisher added. While studying art in college, Fisher attempted to do work in representational art. A professor once told him that he was not nearly good enough at drawing. Rather than give up, however, Fisher decided to take his professors taunt as a challenge, and taught himself how to draw. “One thing I always tell students is that you will learn

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it,” said Fisher. “I don’t know how long it will take, but you will learn it. I’ve been practicing drawing for forty years; you’d think I’d be pretty good at it by now.” While Prof. Fisher had to teach himself basic fundamental skills, the RIC art department ensures that art students are taught vital skills so they aren’t sent down the river without a paddle. “Here at RIC, we begin an art student’s education with basic skill instruction so they can learn the language and grammar of drawing and design,” said Fisher. “The nice thing about RIC is that the art department is made up of people who are both strong artists and dedicated teachers,” Fisher said. “That is a rarity in many schools. There are no diva-like artistic egos here; I like to call it a blue collar art program.” Prof. Stephen Fisher has been teaching at RIC for over two decades, and the best advice he is able to give his students is to look harder. In order for students to achieve their true potential, they must be able to look and really see what they’re doing, and not be afraid to question their artwork. “Everything you do affects everything you do,” Fisher said “While teaching I had a great many opportunities to go places and see things, get lost in museums, and work with a great many of colleagues and students.” There are great artists and then there are great teachers and at RIC, Prof. Fisher has managed to become a student favorite. While his office may have been shoved into a random building on east campus, Fisher nonetheless dedicates his time to his students and his art.


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By Kyle Fernandes Anchor Contributor

Anchor Photo // Sarah Gilpatrick

It is not uncommon to feel the stress of the new semester. Between classes, jobs, second jobs, athletics and social obligations, life can get overwhelming fast. Luckily, there are always delicious chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate in the Café at the bottom of the Student Union, and an exciting event every first Thursday of the month. Brought to the campus community by RIC Programming and Student Activities, open mic night is a popular event which happens every first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. For those thinking what an open mic night at RIC might be like, think of a monthly talent show that includes poetry, comedy, karaoke and beautiful relaxing music performances. While some music majors did get up and preform, many students with no performing background got up on stage and were absolutely amazing. Whether it was comedy, poetry, or just getting up to dance the open mic night crowd has the back of performers. Everyone in attendance was very supportive of one another; there were no hecklers at this mic night. A lot of people were just there to unwind, relax and have fun. At open mic night it isn’t about judging the performers, but rather expression and respect. “I love to see the talent of the school,” said Brett Poirier, an elementary education major who presented a hilarious stand-up comedy routine. “I get very nervous before stage and got up anyway. Before getting up, I drink a ton of and go to the bathroom right before. Once I started to perform, it felt good. It was worth it.” “I come to almost every single

open mic to just listen and support friends,” Sandra Chevalier, a junior majoring in sociology. Getting on stage can be easy for some, but hard for others. Olivia Richardson, a freshmen majoring in nursing planned to get on stage. “I came and got stage fright, but I’m having a good time just watching,” she said. Watching other students perform can be just as fun as performing, and no one is going to judge for getting stage fright. Students who attend open mic night know what it’s like to perform, and are very supportive of one another. “I use to get a little nervous, but I have gotten up so many times, I just do not get nervous anymore. The crowd was very attentive and supportive. It was a ton of fun,” said Jake Heady, who gave an incredible acoustic performance without using a microphone. So what can one expect going to an open mic night? I’m told that each night differs, but one can expect great performances from students, an excellent crowd and delicious snacks from the café. Friends gather to unwind from a long day (or long month), and good times are had by all. Performing at an open mic night is easy, all one has to do is show up and sign up at the event. The next open mic night occurs on Thursday, March 1, so bring your guitar, voice, or whatever you use to express yourself. Also, on Tuesday, Feb. 7 a special sort of open mic night is occurring at the café, with performances of creative writing. If you have or know someone with a piece of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or even shopping lists they wish to share, go down to the Café this Tuesday and enjoy the wonder that is expressing yourself in front of supportive peers.

There were a plethora of acts that performed at Open Mic Night including poetry, singing and comedy.

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Everyone’s a rock star on open mic night

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R.I. Wind Orchestra brings soothing sounds to Gaige The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance put on its first performance of the semester with the Rhode Island Wind Orchestra, featuring the skilled members By Kyle Grant A&E Editor of the RIC music faculty. The first performance by the R.I Wind Orchestra in three years featured RIC director of bands Robert Franzblau, as well as URI associate director of bands Brian Cardany. The free concert occurred in the Gaige Hall Auditorium, and most of the eight performers were members of the RIC music faculty. The concert began with a performance of “Octet, Op. 103,” written by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1792. The piece was made up of four movements; “Allegro,” “Andante,” “Menuetto”and Presto.” Each movement features a different style of tempo from light and quick-paced to heavy and slow. As an octet, the members of the R.I Wind Orchestra performed with meticulous ability. Each movement was precise and brilliantly implemented, and kept the crowd’s attention easily. Even though written over 300 ago, the performance of “Op. 103” did not feel ancient or outdated in the least. Also, enough cannot be said of the impressive skill of the performers. All eight musicians on the Gaige Hall stage were fantastic at their instruments, and more importantly all eight musicians blended together perfectly, creating a

sound worth coming to campus on a Sunday for. While all eight performers were incredible as a group, one group that stood out to me in particular were the oboe players, made up of Denise Plaza-Martin and Sarah Young. Having some background in music, one thing I have noticed is that the oboe is very rarely played to its full potential. Too often the oboe sounds more like a duck being stabbed than a true instrument capable of beauty, but Plaza-Martin and Young played the oboe absolutely gorgeous, giving me a new-found respect for the instrument. An orchestra is more than just a group of individuals, however. A decent orchestra is more like a car, a group of individual parts working together to create something bigger than themselves. Joining Plaza-Martin and Young on the stage was Ian Greitzer and Dinarte Ferro at clarinet, Susan Wood and Michael Mechanic at bassoon, and Sheffra Spiridopoulos and Elizabeth Gates at horn. As a whole the octet proved incredibly talented both at their own instruments and in creating a fantastic orchestra. The R.I Wind Orchestra also played “Harmonie in B-Flat, Op. 78” by Franz Krommer, “Lyric Pieces, Op. 65” by Edvard Grieg, and finished with a performance of “Serenade No. 12 in C Minor, K. 388” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. All in all, the R.I Wind Orchestra proved to be a wonderful start to the semester in the realm of music. On Wednesday, Feb. 8, the music department will host the “Flying Winds” concert at Sapinsely Hall at 1 p.m. This concert is free, so if you missed the R.I Wind Orchestra you do not want to miss this next event.


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Where’s the soul?

I have one major complaint with today’s mainstream music industry and that’s there just doesn’t seem to be any soul anymore. I don’t mean the genre, but rather the emotional feeling or weight By Edward Taylor behind a song. Granted I Managing Editor know that this is not an uncommon opinion with many avid music fans turning up their noses at the mainstream, but I had to express my two cents now that I’m back in the saddle again. Don’t get me wrong I’m not a hipster or some kind of music elitist who rejects the mainstream entirely. In fact it’s really quite the opposite. Having an old beat up Nissan with a cassette player, and being too cheap to buy an mp3 radio adapter, I listen to the radio on my daily commute. I could tune into 94.1 or 95.5 to get away from my daily barrage of Katy Perry but I still find myself listening to 106.3. While I’ll hold my opinions on Katy Perry, you have to admit that today’s popular music could be worse and has some character. You may hate that your car radio is playing “I’m sexy and I know it” by L.M.F.A.O for the tenth time that hour, but you can’t deny that the song does have some personality. You can even make the argument that mainstream music conveys some emotion to the listener, since whenever I hear Drake’s single, “Headlines,” I feel like I’m seven feet tall and could woo any girl

who walks my way. Still scratch just beyond the surface of some of the radio’s favorite songs this week and you’ll find that today’s music is mass produced and falls into similar patterns that fail to convey enough for me make any real emotional connection to the song. Don’t get me wrong there are exceptions with artists such as Bruno Mars, who I hated until I sat down and listened to his lyrics. Despite my reservations I still find myself listening to Pop since the songs can just be fun when you’re not looking for anything too deep or you’re in an energetic or goofy mood. This is perfect at the club when you’re trying to meet girls or having some light hearted fun with your buddies. Still where’s the soul in the mainstream media? The simple bubblegum pop we’re all accustomed to have its purposes, but you can’t tell me that most people wouldn’t want to listen to something with a little more depth on their ride home on occasion? Why do all mainstream artists seem like their sparring for a spot on the next “High School Musical” or “Twilight” soundtrack? There are countless talented acts out there who never strike it big yet they have more talent in their pinky finger than some chart topping performers have in their entire bodies. I even struggle calling some mainstream musicians artists, since professional song writers save them the grueling process of thinking up their phoned in lyrics. The reason why such talented artists go unnoticed is because record labels are not willing to take the risk on great indie acts because they don’t cater to a broad audience. It may sound harmless, but the result is that possibly mind blowing musicians are going undiscovered beyond their local or regional scene. For all we know the next Beatles or Led Zeppelin are working a part time job at McDonalds trying to pay the bills between gigs at the corner café. Predictable pop has its uses just don’t fall into the same soulless songs driven by drum machines. Just because it’s catchy doesn’t mean it’s good.

Ice skating in Downtown Providence Jan. 23 - Mar. 17 Bank of America Skating Center Free One of the most exciting and popular winter events in Providence is back for all to enjoy. Ice skating at the Bank of America Skating Center during the winter months can be charming date for you and that special someone.

Creative Writing Performance Feb. 7 Student Union Cafe Free

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Falling asleep in class? Doodle, I choose you

Need a way to stay awake in class that isn’t an unhealthy can of red bull? The solution is a simple concept, something many of us have forgotten how to do yet something we’ve been doing since before we could speak. It’s the meek concept known as doodling. This week I decided to write someBy Katelyn Hurd Art for the Average Joe thing that’s been upsetting to me since I was very young, and although it isn’t directly related to art, many children who grow into artists have probably had this similar problem. As a child, I remember receiving a D letter grade on spelling exam for doodling all over the test. I spelled everything correctly, but was punished for my little illustrations next to the test. Why did I do this? Being older, more mature and having done a little bit of research, it was very possible that second-grade me used the doddles as a way to remember the correct spelling of the words. Studies have shown that making spontaneous marks increases your thought process. In a study conducted at of the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth, 29 percent of people who doodled retained the information during a lecture better than those the non-doodlers. Why is this creativity stifled from us at a very young age? We are taught to make strictly neat clean even marks when taught handwriting, leaving little room for any creative aspect. “There is a powerful cultural norm against doodling in a setting in which we are supposed to learn,” explained Sunni Brown, a speaker from “Doodling is native to us.” Children do it, until learned it is sloppy and distracting by teachers. Doodling is also universally understood, no matter what language you speak. They help us explain things we can’t with words. Because it is a simple form of art, anyone can do it without being judged for their doodle. “Our culture is so intensely focused on verbal information that we are almost blind to the power of doodling,” said Brown. So, I encourage using this secret weapon in class. When feeling sleepy and need something to do during a lecture, let your pen wander. If you’re starting to feel that ADHD moment in class, try using the doodle to occupy the wandering side of your brain.


February 6, 2012

For your entertainment

Thinking about “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” By Matthew Leo

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Welcome to this week’s Matt’s Movies. Let me tell you all a little story. In 2002, a low-budget film was released. There was no real expectation for it to become a success, and by the end of its theatrical run; it had made almost 74 times its budget by the time it left theaters. That movie was “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” The film opens with Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) and her father Gus (Michael Constantine) in a car driving to the family restaurant. “You better get married soon. You’re starting to look old,” is what he tells his daughter, the first line of the movie. It also sets the tone of the entire film that follows. You see Toula has never really been happy with her life. She was never popular in school, and at 30 years old is practically considered an old maid in her very traditional Greek family. One day, a suave and attractive English teacher named Ian Miller (John Corbett) comes to the restaurant for lunch, and Toula is inspired to turn her life around. She attends college classes, gives herself a make-over, and secures herself a job working for her Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin) in her travel agency. And then Ian comes back into her life. They start dating, but there’s a big obstacle in their path, he’s not Greek. And for her grecophilic family, that is a detail that it will be difficult to overlook. Eventually, by being baptized into the Greek Orthodox Church, Ian is acceptable as a fiancé, and the wedding preparations are started. Will it all work out? You’ll have to watch it to find out. I would like to make it clear that I really enjoyed this

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movie. I found the humor to be perfectly to my taste, and I found the way they handled Toula’s family in a way that wasn’t offensive. True, people who have never experienced a family that is really ethnocentric might not quite get all of the humor, as part of the fun is seeing reflections (albeit exaggerated ones) of people you know. One of my favorite scenes is when Toula’s mother Maria (Lainie Kazan) is conspiring with Toula and Voula to get Toula to work for her Voula instead of her father. They have to get Ian to believe it was his idea, so they have to go to him, asking the “man” to solve Voula’s problem, while

manipulating him the entire time. As Maria says, “The man may be the head (of the family), but the woman, she is the neck. And she can turn the head any way she wants.” And while it is a very funny comedy film, underneath the laughs, it deals with some very important points about how traditional values are tempered through the generations in the United States. And even with all of these deep thoughts that can be raised by the movie, it can’t be denied that it was funny, and a great film overall. I’m giving it 5 Stars out of 5. Until next time, enjoy the show!

“Blue Submarine No. 6,” according to my subconscious Remember when I told you Blue Sub 6 last week but then decided to go over Blue Exorcist instead? “Yeah, what of it? Are you doing Blue Sub 6 this week then?” Well, yes, but, you see I By Christian DeCataldo haven’t seen it in a long time Christian’s Anime Corner and I haven’t had time to rewatch any of it, oh and I am exhausted… “You know you are one awful column writer right? How about this you go count sheep and I’ll write this thing eh?” But you’re not a column writer. Well I am this week, now butt out. Now, Blue Submarine No. 6 or as my… counterpart has abbreviated as Blue Sub 6 is actually only a four episode long anime, hardly a series at all and as such is usually considered a type of OVA or Original Video Animation. It aired in the U.S. in 2000 on Cartoon Network’s old Toonami (God rest its soul) and was well received… by myself at the very least. You see, Blue Sub 6 follows a type of Blue Gender

approach to a post-apocalyptic world via global devastation with few bastions of human civilization. This version of the apocalypse was brought about by a scientist named Zorndyke who not only floods the earth but has created a race (or multiple races depending on their ability or inability to breed with each other) of animal-human hybrids. These hybrids are at war with the human race which relies heavily on its submarine forces as a means of defense and counterattack. The anime follows the supposed final battles of the war through the eyes of the crew of Blue Sub 6 (the name of a highly advanced submarine) though the anime itself often flashes to members of Zorndyke’s forces as well. The main character, I suppose, would be Hayami, a former navy “big shot” who started doing free-lance work after leaving the war behind. He is called back into the fight for the final assault against Zorndyke and his forces and is stationed aboard Blue Sub 6. He gets… “Involved” with one of the hybrid creatures, he saves her life so she saves his which

gives him a unique and more sympathetic view of his enemies.” By the end of the fourth episode, Hayami believes that Zorndyke’s hybrids and humans can coexist peacefully at which point the anime ends. I’ve purposely left out some details as not to spoil anything if you choose to watch it but it is quite anticlimactic. The English dub isn’t that great either and yet I still highly recommend Blue Sub 6 on the basis that it’s cool. It has some cool battle sequences both under water and on the surface. It has some really interesting creatures and some computer animation (for its time of course). It won’t take up a lot of your time to watch it, as I said before it’s only four episodes, so why not give it a try?


February 6, 2012

For your entertainment

Records on the Rise

Coming Soon to Theaters

The Fray

“Scars and Stories”

The third album from Denver-based alternative group The Fray, a large chunk of the album budget was spent on the band to travel and see the world for inspiration. The band wrote 70 songs before whittling down to 12, and will feature a harder sound than the band is recognized for.

Friday, Feb. 10

“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine When discovering a distress signal from a mysterious island not recorded, Sean Anderson goes forth to find an island that seems carved of pure imagination. Along with his stepfather, a helicopter pilot and his daughter, the makeshift crew sets off to find the island, rescue the lost soul stuck on it and discover the wonder and peril the island contains.

Of Montreal

“Paralytic Stalks”

Release number 11 from the psychedelic pop group from Montreal guarantees to be a trippy one. Featuring songs that are filed under strange genres such as “pseudo-county” and “neo-prog,” much of the recording was done with a psychedelic contraption known as a Synclaiver 9600. If you’re looking for an unconventional way to spend an evening, “Paralytic Stalks” makes an eccentric soundtrack.

Rated: PG (Adventure action, Brief mild language)

Paul McCartney

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For the first time in five years, legendary singer and former Beatles member Paul McCartney is releasing an album. The 15th solo album from McCartney, the album will feature a unique blend of original music and creative covers.

“Safe House” Upcoming Concerts F G


Clinton & Parliament


Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel Friday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m. $25

Ryan Fitzsimmons AS220 Friday, Feb. 10, 8:30 p.m. $10

Vulgarrity The Fete Lounge

Friday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m. $10

Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds The secretive world of the CIA is full of adventure, but for “housekeeper” Matt Weston, the Cape Town safe house has been anything but exciting. The fledgling housekeeper is looking for adventure and a chance to prove himself, but he might get more than he bargained for when Tobin Frost, the most dangerous man in the world, is apprehended and ensues to tear Weston’s life apart from the seams. Rated: R ( Strong violence, language) Courtesy//


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One Giant loss again

New England Patriots


Tom Brady

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In a season dedicated to the memory of Myra Kraft, the late wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady’s bid to avenge a loss four years ago in Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants came up just short in the final seconds. Trailing 21-17, the Patriots had to go 80 yards in 57 seconds to secure the fourth Super Bowl championship in franchise history. The By George Bissell Patriots season came to an end in heartbreaking fashion Editor-in-Chief when a Brady Hail Mary pass with five seconds remaining fell to the ground just out of the reach of a diving Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots enigmatic superstar tight end, who played through a painful high ankle sprain. The Giants scored the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute when running back Ahmad Bradshaw fell backwards into the end zone. Bradshaw looked as though he wanted to hold up just short of the goal line, but was unable to stop his momentum. Bradshaw’s decisive score capped off a late nine-play, 80-yard drive highlighted by a spectacular 38-yard catch by wide receiver Mario Manningham from quarterback Eli Manning, who was named Super Bowl MVP. The rematch of Super Bowl XLII featured just 20 of the 106 players on both teams that played four years ago, but the result was the same, as the Giants won their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history. Both quarterbacks shined in the game as Brady completed 27-of-41 passes for 276 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception. Manning completed 30-of-40 passes for 296 yards and one touchdown. The Patriots could not have envisioned a worse start as Brady was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone on the Patriots first offensive play of the game, which resulted in a safety, putting the Giants up 2-0. On the ensuing possession, breakout superstar wide receiver, Victor Cruz, who took the league by storm this season, capped off a nine-play 78 yard drive by salsa dancing in the end zone after a one-yard touchdown reception. New England finally got their offense going on their second possession, driving into Giants territory before being forced to settle for a 29-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal. Both teams were held scoreless until the Patriots, in the longest drive in Super Bowl history, went 96 yards in 16 plays on the final possession of the first half. Rolling to his


loss to the

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Super Bowl XLVI.

left, Brady threaded a pass between two defenders to running back Danny Woodhead for a four-yard touchdown that put the Patriots up 10-9 as time expired in the first half. Brady was a perfect 10-of-10 for 98 yards on the historic drive. Having deferred till the second half after winning the pre-game coin toss, the Patriots got the ball to start the second half and immediately put the pressure on the Giants defense. Heavily scrutinized wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, a player mired in obscurity for his entire career in Cincinnati, who had come to New England hoping to win a Super Bowl championship caught his first and only pass of the game to lead off the drive, which ended seven plays later when second-year tight end Aaron Hernandez scampered into the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown to put the Patriots up 17-9. Hernandez finished with a team-high eight receptions for 67 yards and a score. It would be the final score of the night for New England, as the Giants responded with 12 unanswered points to come from behind to stun the Patriots. New York managed to drive into Patriots territory on two separate occasions before the Patriots bend-but-don’t-break defense clamped down and held the Giants to a pair of Lawrence Tynes field goals of 38 and 33-yards. New England clung to a 17-15 lead at the end of three quarters. After the Patriots went three and out, the Giants drove into Patriots territory, but an outstanding play by Patriots rookie safety Sterling Moore, the hero in New England’s AFC Championship game victory over Baltimore, staved off the Patriots elimination once again. Moore knocked the ball away from Manningham on a key third down in Patriots territory, forcing the Giants to punt with just under 10 minutes to play in the game. Backed up inside their own 10-yard line, Brady and the Pats mounted a late charge into Giants territory looking to add some much needed insurance points. With just over four minutes remaining and the ball at the Giants 44 yard line, Brady lofted a pass down the left side to a wide-open Wes Welker, who was unable to hang on to the back shoulder pass. Had Welker, who hauled in a league leading 122 passes during the regular season, hung on, the Patriots would have picked up a first down inside the Giants 20 yard line. Instead the Patriots were forced to punt, setting up Manning’s heroics on New York’s final possession, which began with 3:46 left on the clock. New England has not won a Super Bowl since 2004 and has fallen at the hands of the New York Giants each of their last two Super Bowl appearances (2007 and 2011).


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Anchormen bury Beacons on the road RIC downs UMass Boston, 75-51 By Andrew Augustus Anchor Contributor

After losing to No. 6 Amherst, the Rhode Island College men’s basketball team bounced back with a 75-51 victory over Little East Conference rival UMass Boston on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Anchormen (16-4, 7-3 LEC) and the Beacons (5-16, 1-9 LEC) traded baskets for the first five minutes of the contest. With just over 14 minutes remaining in the first half, senior forward Mason Choice hit a jumper to put RIC up by six points. The Anchormen tried to extend their lead however the Beacons would always have a response. RIC stepped up their defense in the late stages of the half and went into the break leading, 29-20. The second half was when the Anchormen’s offense came alive. Led by Choice and senior center Mike Akinrola, the Anchormen started the half on a 7-0 run and didn’t turn back. The lead quickly went from 9, to 16, to 25 as the half continued. After a layup from freshman forward Chris Burton with 2:43 remaining, the Anchormen’s lead grew to a game-high 32 points and the victory was in hand. “Our defense is what wins us games,” said

Choice. “We just need to keep up with our great team defense and then the offensive end will come to us.” The 24-point victory for the Anchormen marked the 13th time this season that the Anchormen have held an opponent to under 55 points. “We held them to 36 percent shooting and 51 points, if we’re going to be a championship team that’s what we are going to need to do to win,” said RIC head coach Bob Walsh. Anchormen Notes… Akinrola led all scorers with 19 points and 11 rebounds… Choice was not far behind with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists… Also scoring for the Anchormen were, junior guard Tahrike Carter (13), sophomore guard Tom DeCiantis (nine), Burton (eight), freshman forward Jacob Page (three), sophomore guard Kadeem Francis (three) and freshman guard Brandon Hill (two)… The Anchormen will be back in action when they take on Little East Conference rival UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m… “We have to establish the level of intensity in the game, match their physicality, and be the tougher team,” said Walsh of his teams upcoming matchup. -Courtesy of

Anchormen upset unbeaten Roger Williams Tudino records first collegiate shut out in huge road win The Rhode Island College Club Hockey Team proved that they’re ready for playoffs as they added two more important wins to the books against two rival teams. With wins over Daniel Webster College, the team they faced last year in the championship, and in-state rival Roger Williams University, who was unbeaten going By Sam Allen into that night leave the Anchormen with an 18Anchor Sports Writer 8-1 record with just one non-conference game to play. Assistant captain, senior Mike Young, who had a five game pointless streak two weeks ago, along linemates sophomore Ryan Martins and freshman Anthony Sawaia, carried the team all weekend long. “This is the second week we’ve been together and we’re figuring out where each other is,” Young said of his line. “We have good line chemistry and we feed off each other.” Friday night the Anchormen started off the scoring less than four minutes into the game with a goal from senior Rob Isabella. Daniel Webster did not answer back until 5:48 left in the period but RIC was quick to answer back with Young’s first goal of the game. Young proceeded to start off the scoring in the second period with assists from his two linemates Sawaia and Martins. Less than a minute after Young’s second Martins found the back of the net. The scoring quickly heated up when junior Cody Warnock fired a slap shot past Eagles goalie Kevin Monahan 3:06 into the period. After three scoreless minutes, the Anchormen finally got their sixth goal from senior Rick Enos, assisted by junior Spencer Rose. The star line struck again when they took advantage of a power play and Sawaia netted his first goal of the night assisted by his line mates. Before the period concluded, Daniel Webster got their 2nd goal of the game to make the score 7-2 to go into the final 20 minutes. To start off the third period, Sawaia netted his second goal on the powerplay on a cross ice pass for Martins. Daniel Webster did not settle for two goals as they scored their third and final goal of the game before Isabella scored an unassisted shorthanded goal on a breakaway. The final goal of the game to make the score 11-3 was Young to give him the coveted hat trick. After a huge win, the Anchormen were ready to head down to face undefeated Roger Williams. The game featured freshmen Vincent Tudino in net and Warnock’s hitting ability. The game started off rough in front of a packed house. During a four on three, in favor of the Anchormen, Warnock started off the scoring to put the team on the board first with what is becoming his signature slap shot from the right side. The physical play picked up with a pair of huge hits from Warnock who was already enjoying a cleaver nickname from the RWU fans. Martins took a big hit in the boards at the end of the second that did not result in a call which lit a fire under the Anchormen. At 7:04 in the second, senior Jack Adamo got hit cutting to the front of the net that took him out for the remainder of the game. Adamo ended up being only the first of two injured players. Senior co-captain Seth Tobias went down with a shoulder issue before the end of the period. Junior Brad Conway got the first goal of the 3rd to make the score 2-0. Sawaia added an empty netter in the final minutes to ice the victory. Tudino recorded the just the second shutout in RIC hockey history as they took down nationally ranked Roger Williams. “There are two types of teams in this league,” said Young. “Those who want to beat us, and those who want to be us.” The Anchormen have one regular season game left against WPI before beginning the quest for a third straight championship.


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Switzer and Kanno shine for RIC swimming Swimming puts up team-high 92 points in loss to ECSU The Rhode Island College swim team saw their season come to an end on a high note as they posted their highest team score of program history at a meet against Eastern Connecticut State University. The Anchorwomen saw wins in several events including two from sophomore stand out Sophie Kanno as they scored a 92 team total. “We had to overcome so many obstacles this season By Jack Adamo from the construction in the rec center to girls getting sick Sports Editor or badly injured and not being able to compete, but it made us really strong and resilient,” said Kanno. “It made us want to work really hard ourselves, for Ron (Sutherland) and just for the program as a whole.” Kanno, a sophomore captain on the team, came into the meet with no collegiate finishes higher then third. Kanno posted up wins in the 100 yard breaststroke with an impressive time of1:15.88 and the 100 yard intermediate with an official time of 1:09. 35. Kanno finished up her day by also taking second in the 100 yard butterfly. Senior Hillary Switzer also had one of her best days on the season. The lone upper classman posted a win in the 100 yard backstroke with a personal best time of 1:16.32. She also earned a pair of fourth place finishes in the 50 yard backstroke and the 50 yard freestyle.

Switzer and Kanno both see their season come to an end just in time to join another set of teammates in the rec center for spring practice. Both are highly relied upon members of the Anchorwomen’s lacrosse team that began practice over the weekend. The two Rhode Island College student athletes are part of an elite crew that competes in more than one sport at a collegiate level. There are just over 136,000 NCAA D-III athletes in the nation, and only an estimated one percent compete in multiple sports. Also adding points to the win were sophomores Sierra Sant’Anna, Charity Williams and freshman Leah Oppito. Williams, Oppito, junior Jessica Bibeault, freshman Ramie Cormay won the 4x200 yard freestyle with a group time of 2:07.20. “Regardless of all the adversities of this first year, we had an extremely successful season and it is only going to get better from here on out,” said Kanno. “Almost everybody on the team got their personal best times today. It was a wonderful way to end the season.” The program ends their inaugural season win-less, but certainly had plenty of growth over the year to make them look promising for next year.

Wrestling splits with USM and RWU By Geoff Riccio

Anchor Sports Writer

The Rhode Island College wrestling team held its last home match of the regular season last Saturday. The competition marked the first-ever wrestling match held in the new Recreation Center, as the Anchormen knocked off the University of Southern Maine, 35-11, before falling to Roger Williams, 24-16, in Pilgrim Wrestling League action. Not only was this the last home match of the season for the Anchormen, but it was the Senior Day for three veterans on the team. The first celebrated senior was 125 lbs. star Brandon Gauthier. Gauthier was a three-year varsity wrestler and one of the most entertaining athletes to watch. He is a two-time All-New England Wrestler, a Pilgrim League All-Star, and in 2011 he was a New England Champion, All-American and Scholar All-American. A twoyear captain for the Anchormen, Gauthier was a huge part of the program. The second celebrated senior, was Geoff Riccio. Competing at three different weight classes over his stay at RIC, Riccio was named a captain for the 2011-2012 season. Riccio is most known for his academic achievements, and his tireless video work for the program, providing highlights each year for the team and incoming recruits. A true leader, Riccio was part of the program for five seasons, having to medically red-shirt as a freshman. He is a big part of the program and will surely be missed. The final senior celebrated was Michael Trasso. Wrestling at the 141 and 149 lbs. weight classes in his four years, Trasso quickly made his presence known becoming a Conference finalist in only his first year. Trasso was a four-year varsity wrestler for the team, becoming a two-time All-New England Wrestler and a Pilgrim League All-Star in his four

years. Trasso’s dedication to the team was uncanny, and he will surely be missed. The competition for RIC on Saturday was bittersweet, as they were set to battle two teams who had beaten RIC two weeks before at the NEWA Duals in Springfield, Massachusetts. RIC would match up against Southern Maine first, and right out of the gate would dominate them. Junior Jesse Posl-Rhinehart (184 lbs.) would start RIC off with a second period pin. Freshman Kyle Humphries would then follow with a major decision victory winning 9-1. Sophomore 285 lbs. Brian Nicoll would win in double overtime 2-1, avenging a loss at the NEWA Duals. Gauthier would get a big pin next for the Anchormen, exciting the home crowd on his big day. At 141 lbs. sophomore stud Shawn Giblin would get a big first period pin; this was Giblin’s first match since January 14th. At 157 lbs. Riccio got a big first period pin as well in front of his home crowd. The match ended with Freshman Caleb Crump winning in a major decision 20-8. It was a great way to start the day for the Anchormen. The second match for RIC against Roger Williams did not go as well. RIC would only win five of the matches, and picked up only one major decision. Gauthier, freshman Johnny Short, Giblin, Crump, and Nicoll would all win for the Anchormen. Roger Williams, however, had three pins in the bout, and they bested RIC 16-24. There were great things to take away from Saturday’s bout. RIC celebrated three great men who did some amazing things for the program over their careers. RIC has a lot of momentum going into the NEWA Conference Tournament, which is an only two-and-a-half weeks away. RIC’s final regular season match is a quad at Bridgewater State University on Saturday, Feb. 11.

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points during a 12-0 run to start the second. UMass Boston’s leading scorer, Kirsten Morrison, stopped the bleeding with two of her 14 points to bring the score back to 53-31, but her efforts went unrewarded as the starters finished up their work. Riley hit a jumper with 10:27 remaining and the Rhode Island College bench took over the responsibilities. Junior forward Alexia Vega and freshmen guards Katie Donovan and Cassie Novicky all scored in the final ten minutes, culminating in a 70-43 triumph. In the end, 10 different Anchorwomen had their hands in on the win. The RIC defense was stellar as usual; holding UMB to 28 percent shooting, forcing 20 turnovers, and garnering 11 steals. Coro led all scorers with 16 points and Gaudet had 12. Junior forward Courtney Burns also had a day with 7 points and 9 rebounds. “Every conference game is critical moving forward and we have to build on our second half today,” said RIC head coach Marcus Riley on the win. Every Little East game is certainly important but it hard to ignore the Anchorwomen’s pure dominance over the rest of the league. The Anchorwomen will stay on the road, visiting UMass Dartmouth (14-7, 5-5) Tuesday and Southern Maine (16-5, 7-3) Saturday. In the previous meetings with those LEC opponents held at the Murray Center, Rhode Island College smashed the UMD Corsairs 63-23 and beat the SMU Huskies handedly 74-50.


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Who has the most points for Women’s Basketball at UMass Dartmouth?

STEPH CORO My best friend is on a hot streak

Who wins Men’s Basketball vs. Bates College?

RIC A good playoff tune up for the boys

STEPH CORO In the words of Avicii “I got a good feeling” RIC Never seen Bates play in three years here

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Men’s Basketball

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Amherst College UMass_-Boston

L 69-79 W 75-51

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Tufts University UMass-Boston

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Southern Maine University Roger Williams University

W 35-11 L 16-24


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Daniel Webster College Roger Williams University

L 11-3 W- 3-0



Eastern Connecticut State


ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Sophie Kanno Sophomore Women’s Swimming Kanno won a pair of events as the Anchorwomen swimming team closed out season. The sophomore took home first in both the 100 yard breaststroke and 100 yard intermediate and also took second in the 100 yard butterfly. Kanno’s finishes helped the Anchorwomen to a team score of 92, their highest to date. “It felt good to win two events and get my personal best times of the season, but it was even better because almost everybody on the team got their personal best times. It was a wonderful way to end the season.”


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Steve Roberts takes his talents to Europe

the same trip. Current teammates of Roberts, senior forward Mason Choice, senior center Mike Akinrola and fellow junior guard Tahrike Carter have both taken their games onto European soil as well as former Anchorman Antone Gray. “Tah (Carter) went Tone (Gray) went, Mase (Choice) went, Big Mike (Akinrola) went, so obviously I have to make RIC look good over there,” said Roberts. Carter is actually responsible for vaulting Roberts into the opportunity of a lifetime. After he went last summer and enjoyed himself so much he recommended Roberts for the trip. Basketball is certainly the focus of the trip but Roberts will undoubtedly be able to take a lot more then just basketball out of the experience. “I’m looking forward to seeing how it is over there,” said Roberts. “Definitely different from here, cars they drive, the food…the women.” So if Roberts can find the time between making lay-ups on the court, and chasing some European women around he’ll try to find time to up-date his Twitter thought the trip to help is 700 plus followers keep up with his adventure. Roberts has been a part of some pretty distinguished teams during his three years under head men’s basketball coach Bob Walsh. A member of two Little East Conference Championship teams, as well

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Summer offers opportunities to college students to take internships, work at jobs, By Jack Adamo visit friends, Sports Editor take summer courses and relax. Junior center Steve Roberts of the Rhode Island College men’s basketball team has something else in mind. In late May, the soon to be senior will be on the trip of a life time to Europe, to put his skills on the court up against some pro-level teams in the United Kingdom, France, Holland and Belgium. “I’m actually really excited about it,” said Roberts. “It will be my first time going out of the country and the fact that I get to play basketball is going to make it even better.” Roberts, who hails from New Haven, Connecticut, will join a group of DivisionIII basketball standouts from around the nation. “I don’t know any of the other players that will be on the trip but I know the coach taking us on the trip is from Division-I Pace University,” said Roberts. Roberts is the latest in a long line of RIC student athletes that have represented the men’s basketball program overseas on

Anchorman set to follow in footsteps of Gray, Choice, Akinrola and Carter on foreign courts


junior center

Steve Roberts

as back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, Roberts has proven to be a big part of the puzzle that makes up the RIC men’s basketball program. Before the plane can take off in May, Roberts and the rest of the Anchormen will be buckling down for the Little East Championships and hopefully an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. “We’re just looking to close the season out,” said Roberts,

makes a move in the paint against


“Hopefully the chips fall in the right place for us and we get a first round home game, otherwise we’ll just have to go win the title on the road.” The European trip is undoubtedly going to be a good transition into a year were it looks as if Roberts will be expected to fill the particularly big shoes of current starting center Akinrola, who the Anchormen will lose to graduation.

Sweet 16 The Anchorwomen make it a cool 16-straight wins lege came out gunning for their sixteenth straight win early led by senior guard Cynthia Gaudet. She scored her 1,000th career point against Tufts and hit a three just minutes into the game to make it 5-0. The Beacons stayed in the game for a little while but the Anchorwomen began pulling away after backto-back layups from senior guard Stephanie Coro gave the squad their first double-digit lead at 24-14. The Anchorwomen never looked back. Coro had 12 points in the first 20 minutes and anchored the Anchorwomen in the first half as they took 41-29 lead. The senior then sparked a run to open up the second half by scoring a layup 0:36 in.  From there, Gaudet, senior guard Nicole Girard and classmate center Rachel Riley all chipped in


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Anchor Photo // Sarah Gilpatrick

The starters built up a big 20 point lead and handed it off to the bench with 10 minutes left to secure  the 16th straight victory for the Rhode Island College By Dan Charest women’s basketball team Sports Editor (19-2, 10-0) in 70-43 win at UMass Boston (5-15, 2-8) last Saturday. The Anchorwomen are just one win away from tying the program record for victories in a season and continue to hold sole possession of first place in the Little East. Following a 62-41 dismantling of then 17-3 Tufts University on Tuesday night, RIC did not let the big non-conference win get to them.  Rhode Island Col-


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Cynthia Gaudet.

The Anchor Newspaper  

The Feb. 6th 2012 Edition

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