Week of February 7, 2011
RIC delays add/drop period for courses By Nicholas J. Lima Managing Editor
Students have until the end of this week to add or drop courses, marking a one-week extension in the process. The decision by the RIC administration is the latest in a series of changes to the campus as a result of this semester’s wild weather to date. The extension was put in place “due to the class cancellations from the recent inclement weather conditions,” according to a notice on the RIC website. Six of the first 10 days of the spring semester were affected by adverse weather conditions, including one day completely cancelled. The first cancellation on campus came on Tuesday, Jan. 25, when classes and activities after 4 p.m. were cancelled due to a water main break. That created an emergency situation that resulted in the shutdown of water to the entire campus and the loss of heat to many buildings. The break was attributed to the cold weather, below zero degrees at times, and to the aging infrastructure of the system. The next day, a severe snowstorm cancelled classes after 4 p.m. again, through 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27. The following week, a heavy snow and ice storm cancelled classes again for a 24-hour period, from Tuesday, Feb. 1 at noon through noon the next day. A decision was See DELAY Page 6
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Fractured Finance By Devin Noll Anchor Staff Writer
Due to the extensive class and activity cancellations last week because of snow, the Finance Commission held a special meeting on Friday. Their intention was to allocate funding to many student organizations that had time-sensitive requests; however, at times commission members erupted into arguments with each other that turned ugly. The special meeting was held on Feb. 4 at 12:30 p.m. in Student Union 307, and ran to
nearly 3 p.m. It was hurriedly scheduled by SCG officials after the Feb. 2 meeting was cancelled due to that day’s snowstorm. Seven of the nine groups that were scheduled to meet with the commission showed up. Each group came before the commission to request money for upcoming conferences and events. The first to appear before the commission was the Senior Class of 2012, and within five minutes of hearing the inquiry, the commission approved their request for the full amount of
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Friday’s emergency meeting was the most contentious yet.
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Caprio steps down as Board of Governors chair By Rita Nerney News Editor
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There is a Haze in the Fungus Amungus By Mike Simeone Anchor Staff Writer
If you’re looking to take a Zone Out trip down the Yellow Brick Rhode with Vanessa from Nebraska, then The Met Café is the place you want to
be on Friday, Feb. 11. Rhode Island’s own Haze and Fungus Amungus will be taking the stage alongside Goosepimp Orchestra. Haze, which has been See FUNGUS Page 20
The recent meeting of the Board of Governors for Higher Education was the last meeting for Chairman Frank Caprio. Caprio has spent the last eight years as the board’s chair. The meeting was held on Monday, Jan. 24 at Rhode Island College. The board will meet again on Mar. 21. Any major decisions will probably not be made until a new chair has been chosen by Gov. Lincoln Chafee. “Words would be inadequate of how appreciative I am of your commitment to higher education,” Caprio told the board in parting. “I leave with no regrets. I feel as though we’ve accomplished so much.”
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Chairman Frank Caprio, Sr. Last November, Caprio publicly expressed his decision to step down from his position at the end of his term on Jan. See CAPRIO Page 5
Week of February 7, 2011
Finance Commission not in agreement over allocation of funds During a special meeting, finance argued over some of the funding decisions for student clubs. Caprio steps down as Board of Governors chair
Judge Frank Caprio resigns after eight years of being the Board of Governors for Higher Education chair. RIC delays add/drop period for classes RIC grants an extra week for students to add or drop classes due to bizarre weather.
Dating for Dummies Breaking up is hard to do
Start the semester on the right note Five artists to give this new semester momentum.
Wrap It Up
“The Mechanic” needs fixing “The Mechanic” just couldn’t get it into gear.
Brew Town USA Beer belly, fine by me
Devin’s Comic Corner “Civil War: Spiderman”
Uncertainty remains in Egypt; protests continue After two weeks, the protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak are still going strong.
SCG Profiles: Office workers in SCG
A profile on two of the nonstudent employees of SCG Inc., Sally Hindson and Joan Barden, and introducing the newest one. The direcor of the Adams Library, Hedi BenAicha, believes Facebook sparked a revolution in his native country.
Fun with your Valentine Keep things interesting and intimate with your lover on Valentine’s Day.
A helpful device to beer drinkers everywhere, the Camelbak. Your Friendly Fashionista Super sales at Providence Place
Brooke goes over the end-ofseason sales at Providence Place Mall. Ask Ari All about the ladies Ari goes over questions just for ladies, including an expecting mother.
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There is a Haze in the Fungus Amungus
Yes on the bus Is URI getting public transportation to reduce the risk of students driving drunk? Probably not.
“Devil” fails to impress
Rants of an Overstressed Editor Rock is not dead, and what the hell happened at the Superbowl?
A how-to on breaking up with your partner when the spark has faded.
Devin is continuing his review of Marvel Civil War with Spiderman.
Artisan Anime “Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn: Episode 2” Continuing the Gundam series and making greater strides as Episode 2 outdoes the first. Rob’s Game Shelf Come on in the water’s fine.
Rob reviews “Hydrophobia,” and gives it a solid rating.
Using Facebook to fuel a revolution
The single’s guide to Valentine’s Day For people who don’t have a better half, there are ways to still have fun on V-Day.
A preview of a concert coming to The Met Café with Haze and headlining act Fungus Amungus. Trinity Repertory Company to put on “The Crucible,” a play about the witch trials in Salem, Mass. Eddie gives his take on how M. Night Shyamalan comes up short in directing “Devil.”
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Students are forced to park on mounds of snow as a result of the snow storms that ravaged R.I. over the last two weeks.
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Packers win Superbowl XLV
In a close clash, the Black and Yellow couldn’t hold on and were bested by the Cheeseheads.
Winter weather takes a toll on RIC athletics
Wednesday Partly Cloudy High 29° Low 10°
Anchormen defeat upstart Owls, 78-69
Thursday Partly Cloudy High 26° Low 6°
Anchorwomen complete seasonsweep over Keene State
RIC wrestling pins Huskies and Hawks
Between Christina’s word fumble and Fergie’s fail acts. What was sub-par at the Superbowl?
Due to the icy conditions, numerous athletic competitions were postponed.
With their win over the Owls, the Anchormen have now claimed 10 out of past 11 meetings with Keene State. The Anchorwomen move to 6-4 in comference play after beating the Owls, 60-47.
RIC senior Kevin Sutherland goes undefeated in return.
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Week of February 7, 2010
Uncertainty remains in Egypt; protests continue By Kyle Grant Anchor Staff Writer
The originally peaceful protests in Cairo and other cities in Egypt have exploded into bedlam. The United Nations is reporting almost 300 dead and 3,000 wounded in demonstrations against the Egyptian government. The protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak began Tuesday, Jan. 25 and have been building in strength since. Mubarak has been the president of Egypt since 1981, following the assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. In the 29 years since Mubarak took office, he has run unopposed and during his reign there have been six assassination attempts on his life. The demonstrations against Mubarak are believed to be related to the recent protests in the North African nation of Tunisia, where protesters overthrew a repressive and corrupt regime on Jan. 14. Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, the authoritarian president of Tunisia, ruled the African country for 23 years but was forced to flee his homeland less than a month after the protests. In total, 78 protesters died and 94 were injured during the Tunisian demonstrations. After the apparent success of the Tunisian uprising, the winds of revolution drifted east into Egypt. The reign of Mubarak has been marked by corruption and repression. Since 1981, Egypt has been in a state of emergency, extending the power of police forces, suspending constitutional rights, allowing Mubarak to imprison individuals indefinitely without reason and legalizing censorship of the media. Mubarak’s rule has been enforced by his plainclothes mercenary police force, the Baltageya. Between 1993 and 2007, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
reports that there have been 567 documented cases of torture, including 167 deaths, committed by the Baltageya, keeping demonstrations suppressed. Although aversion to Mubarak’s regime has existed for three decades, protests against his power have been few and were met with brutality. However, after the events in Tunisia, Egyptians feeling
police shot and killed 17 protestors attempting to take over a police station. That night, the government issued a curfew for everyone to get off the streets by 8 p.m. This curfew was ignored by most of the protesters. “This isn’t a demonstration; it’s a revolution,” said one Egyptian protester. Over the weekend, the dem-
the current regime. The opposing sides clashed violently, with casualties in the hundreds. The Mubarak supporters were also very hostile to reporters. Many reporters from Al-Jazeera, FOX News and ABC News were beaten, threatened, vandalized or robbed. “This is why Egypt isn’t a nice place to live!” yelled one Mubarak supporter.
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dissent with Mubarak’s regime took their anger to the streets. The protests began on Jan. 25, a national holiday known as Police Day. To those protesters, the day became known as National Day of Anger. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter were used to organize the protests against the corrupt regime, and thousands of protesters flooded the streets in Egypt’s major cities. Dramatic clashes between police and protestors occurred in the days that followed, building up to Jan. 28, the Day of Rage. Protesters on the streets swelled into the hundreds of thousands on Jan. 28, leading to more violent confrontations with the police. In Suez, protestors captured and burned down two police stations, releasing political prisoners. In Cairo, the
onstrations started to wane, but did not come to a stop. Casualties continued to mount. Throughout January, the protests against Mubarak’s regime were for the most part peaceful, and the protesters continued into February. Feb. 1 was dubbed “March of a Million,” with as many as 1 to 2 million protesters demonstrating in Cairo. By this time the Egyptian protests had been recognized globally, and pressure was on Mubarak to step down. The president said at a press conference that he would not run for re-election in seven months, but it was not enough to calm protesters. Those supporting Mubarak, many alleged to be part of his plainclothes police force, also demonstrated, but in support of
The conflict between those opposing and supporting the government escalated on Feb. 2, which became dubbed “Bloody Wednesday.” The millions of protesters against Mubarak were attacked by those supporting him with whips, clubs, swords and even Molotov cocktails. Over one thousand were injured in the attack and the number of deaths is unknown. The violence was strongly condemned by the United States, the UN and the European Union, and more pressure was put on Mubarak to step down. “It breaks my heart to see Egyptians fighting other Egyptians,” said Mubarak, but he still has no intent on stepping down immediately because he feels it would send Egypt into chaos.
As of Feb. 4, the United States began talks with Mubarak to step down and set up an interim government under Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman. The demonstrations in Egypt and Tunisia have started a domino effect throughout the Middle East, with protesters marching against autocratic regimes in Jordan, Yemen, Syria and Algeria. Arabic news network Al-Jazeera compared the wave of government dissent to the fall of the Soviet Bloc in 1989. However, how these protests will affect the United States and the world is yet to be determined. The Mubarak regime was a strong supporter of the United States, especially in the War on Terror, and played a vital role in keeping peace with Israel. Under Mubarak, fundamentalist Islamic parties such as the Muslim Brotherhood were outlawed. The demonstrations are strongly supported by the Brotherhood and other fundamentalist Islamic factions. While much of the world hopes that the protests will lead to Egypt becoming a democratic state, the outcome is still unknown. The majority of Middle Eastern revolutions, however, have led to the emergence of fundamentalist Islamic regimes instead of democratic ones. As the second week of Egyptian protests draws to a close, the eyes of the world are fixed upon the North African nation. Though the departure of the authoritarian leader Mubarak seems apparent, the path of Egypt after 29 years of autocratic rule is not clear. There are many questions and no one seems to have the answers. As chaos reigns in Cairo and the current regime is sent crumbling down, the whole world is watching and wondering what is next.
Week of February 7, 2011
Office workers of SCG, Inc.
By Kyle Grant Anchor Staff Writer
As a student-run organization, all members of Student Community Government, Inc. are Rhode Island College students, and the decisions made by SCG incorporate the student body democratically. However, behind the studentrun organization are three non-student employees, Sally Hindson, Joan Barden and Kristen D’Alessandro, who are dedicated to the success of SCG. Sally Hindson has been an employee of SCG for the longest of all those in the office. This March will be her 21st year at SCG. She originally attended the University of Rhode Island to become a math teacher, but she left after two years with no solid idea of what she wanted to do in life. After a year-long program at Katherine and Gibbs, Hindson got a job at a research and development firm, which proved to be a stressful and unfulfilling office job. Then, Hindson found an ad in the newspaper for SCG. “I saw the ad and talked to some people I knew who worked at RIC,” recalled Hindson. “It sounded interesting and fun, so I decided to give it a shot.” 21 years later, Hindson has become a pillar at SCG. As the administrative supervisor, Hindson has a lot of duties to keep SCG running. From recording and publishing the minutes of Finance Commission and Parliament meetings, to filling withdrawal requests for clubs, maintaining payroll and keeping the books. Hindson is certainly kept busy, but she enjoys the work. “It’s such a great job. I always liked coming into work over the years,” said Hindson. “The work gets done, but at the same time I get to interact with the students and officers, so it isn’t just a stifling office job.”
SCG and the student clubs up and running. “I do everything!,” Barden joked, when asked what her job includes. The newest employee to SCG is Kristen D’Alessandro, who has now been a part of the office for three weeks. D’Alessandro came to SCG after being laid off from her old job, where she was an administrative assistant for over 10 years. D’Alessandro will be the gradual replacement for HindCourtesy of Joan Barden son, who will be retiring at the Joan Barden, left, and Sally Hindson at the 2008 STORGY Awards. end of next year. Although D’Alessandro’s Hindson said she has had has noticed over the last two with Campus Ministry. Barden first two weeks have been several wonderful experiences decades has been a lack of stu- made the transition from Cam- plagued by snow cancellawith SCG, from the annual dent involvement, but she does pus Ministry to SCG to fulfill tions, she nonetheless enjoys working for SCG. So far, she STORGY Awards to donating not feel that it means students the need for a full-time job. much-needed supplies to the no longer care. “The one thing that attract- has been focusing on handling library. One memory Hindson “RIC is a big commuter ed me to student government applications for the new Books recalled quite fondly was of school, and kids nowadays was that I needed a full-time for Community Involvement the time Parliament members just don’t have the time to position,” said Barden. “As a Program and explaining the borrowed tents from the now- get involved anymore,” said matter of fact, I think politics is program to students. “I love it here!” said defunct Outdoor Adventure Hindson. “Kids want to have a a waste of time. It’s too much Club and slept on the lawn of car, an apartment, a new phone talking, but not enough doing.” D’Alessandro. “Everyone is former President John Nazar- and to pay for it all they have While working for SCG, very friendly and helpful. I’m ian’s lawn in protest, in order to work, and student events just Barden has been devoted to excited to interact with stuto convince the administration fall to the wayside.” making sure members get dents, and I’m looking forward to construct new dormitory Next spring will mark things done instead of just to having a future here.” The addition of a third ofbuildings. Hindson’s final semester with blowing hot air. “That really got the ball SCG, and she will certainly “At the end of every year, fice worker to supplement the rolling, and it showed how be missed. In her 21 years of I like to ask them what they student government officers committed Parliament was,” service, Hindson has worked to accomplished that year. After isn’t a new concept for SCG. said Hindson. make sure that SCG has strived all, the whole point of student In fact, having just two emWithin a few years, the for excellence, and SCG and government is to get things ployees, as has been the case for much of the last decade, New Residence Hall opened its the students involved became a done,” said Barden. doors, dramatically impacting job to which Hindson was truly Since being employed at has been the exception to the student life on campus. committed. SCG, Barden has grown to like rule. Parliament voted to creThe 21 years have been “The greatest thing with the job itself, despite the fact ate the position in response to memorable for Hindson, working with college students that her view on politics has the record number of active clubs and organizations on though some memories are less is watching them grow and ma- not changed. pleasant than others. Some- ture as the years progress,” said At SCG Barden said she campus, SCG’s increased size times, fighting in Parliament Hindson. “They all come in does “Whatever to keep things and operating needs and to has led to a deadlock, and there somewhat immature or naïve in going and keep the clubs run- secure continuity after Hindson retires. have been years where nothing regards to student government, ning.” Although SCG is a gets accomplished. but they soon learn the ropes, Her job is definitely a “Thankfully, years like that achieve the goals they want to demanding one, with her student-run organization, its are few and far between,” said achieve and some even go on responsibilities including non-student employees help Hindson. to become officers.” acting as receptionist, direct- to ensure it is kept running This year is one that HindThe second-most expe- ing clubs to proper officers, smoothly. Whether it has been son has considered a great rienced employee of SCG is counting money and taking de- 21 years or 21 days, the emsuccess, with achievements Joan Barden, the office assis- posits, purchasing equipment ployees of SCG are dedicated such as discounted RIPTA fares tant. Barden has been working for clubs, booking conferences, to serving student government and the new Books for Com- for SCG since the fall of 2003, keeping officers on task, mak- representatives and the RIC munity Involvement Program. though she had been employed ing sure files are in order and community to the best of their However, one thing Hindson at RIC since 1995, formerly anything else necessary to keep abilities.
Week of February 7, 2010
Using Facebook to fuel a revolution By Katelyn Hurd Anchor Contributor
The director of Adams Library, Hedi BenAicha, held a conference discussing ongoing events in his native country, Tunisia. He described a brief history of revolution and change in his country and discussed how such events connect to the modern-day revolution, happening now. He believes much of the revolution is being fueled by the social networking of the nation’s youth. The event took place in the Adams Library Fortes Room at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Students, faculty and staff who attended enjoyed free coffee and the captivating stories of BenAicha, who spoke passionately about the small nation of Tunisia. On Jan. 14, Tunisia’s dictator, President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, was overthrown by his citizens. The small African country that sits between Algeria and Libya was once corrupt and full of nepotism. However, Tunisia is now creating a new social contract. The revolution was sparked on Dec. 17, 2010. Mohammed Bouazizi was selling vegetables from his homemade cart to support his family when a policewoman confiscated his
cart. After physically abusing him she also punished him with a fine. Bouazizi was denied when trying to complain to local officials. Frustrated, he set himself on fire and died several days later. Though the media tried to block what was actually happening, Bouazizi’s actions were recognized by resources frequently used by Tunisia’s youth, such as Twitter and Facebook. BenAicha believes that this was one of the main causes for the revolution. “Every day, I have more news on my Facebook wall than all the media combined,” he said. These new modes of communication set the stage for a revolution, sparked by people who were fed up with the poor economic and living conditions in Tunisia with no leader. The images ,which circulated from Dec. 17 to Jan. 14, spread throughout the country, thanks to what BenAicha calls “a revolution made up by the youth.” BenAicha also stated that another cause of the revolution was the intelligence of the residents. He claimed that, for the last 30 years, the country of Tunisia has had the highest literacy rate in the area, at 80 percent. “When you educate people,
they are very hard to govern,” he describes. Hoping that his native country has set an example for other countries nearby, BenAicha is proud of Tunisia’s success in creating a nonviolent revolution. He spoke very passionately of the positive aspects of his native country, referring to how mature its citizens are
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compared to neighboring countries. He claimed that Tunisia has always looked to Europe for growth and example, rather than African countries in the south. “It is wonderful to have democracy in this part of the world,” said BenAicha. BenAicha also spoke of a great new beginning for this
nation. Prior to Jan. 14, many websites were blocked and information was withheld from the citizens of Tunisia. Now, information is not denied to its people. “There is nothing more priceless than dignity,” BenAicha said.
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Adams Library Director Heidi BenAicha addresses the attendees.
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31. A Providence Municipal Court judge, Caprio has also been a member of the Board of Governors since 1992 with only a two-year break over the years. Chafee initially asked Caprio to step down from his position last fall when details surfaced of Caprio giving state education jobs to supporters of
Caprio’s son, Frank Caprio, Jr. during the gubernatorial election last November. Caprio would not agree to any of the assumptions made that the jobs he secured were due to political interests. “We will be judged on helping others achieve their dreams,” said Caprio. “The difference that we make and the lives that we touch. In parting, I’ll say, see you all on campus.”
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Around Campus... Open Foum with dean, School of Management candidate The search committee for the new School of Management dean invites all faculty, staff and students to attend an open forum on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 12:30 p.m. in Clarke Science 128. The forum will be with David Blanchette, dean candidate for the School of Management.
Lecture on African Americans and the Civil War
Prof. Elisa Miller addresses the 2011 national theme for African American History Month in this keynote lecture highlighting the history of African Americans during the Civil War. African Americans played critical roles in the success of the Union and achievement of emancipation. It will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Alger Hall 110. The lecture is sponsored by the history department.
Around the City...
Kurek presents Harvard Medical research By Hayden James Anchor Staff Writer
Rhode Island College graduate Kyle Kurek, Class of 1993, presented his research on metachondromatosis at the FogartyLife Science building Feb. 3. His research on the rare genetic bone disease has led to new techniques in identifying other types of cancer. Kurek is an instructor of
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I Heart Providence
The third annual I Heart Providence event will be held at City Hall on Thursday, Feb. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is sponsored by Providence Monthly and Connect Providence. There will be food and music and the event is free and open to the public.
State House wears red for heart disease
The State House went red on Thursday, Feb. 3 to raise awareness for the number one cause of death of women in Rhode Island, heart disease. Members of the General Assembly wore red that day. President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed and Rep. Eileen S. Naughton also hosted the sixth annual Leading Ladies event, during which female legislators dressed in red and gathered to raise awareness of heart disease prevention.
made mid-Wednesday morning to extend the cancellation of classes and activities for the entirety of the day. Classes didn’t resume until Thursday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. Student organizations, campus departments and other services were all hit hard by the cancellations, and have widely reported slow starts to the semester as a result. Meanwhile, the timing of the storms and cold weather meant that
pathology at Harvard Medical School and a staff physician at Boston Children’s Hospital. Working with molecular biology, Mendelian genetics and high throughput DNA sequencing techniques as well as patient data to isolate the gene that causes metachondromatosis, Kurek developed similar techniques to isolate other cancer-causing genes.
some classes, such as those that meet only after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, will be meeting for the first time this week. The hit on early semester academics forced the administration’s hand to extend the add/drop date. According to the Records Office, such an extension due to weather conditions has not happened in at least 10 years, and perhaps longer. The college has taken advantage of the opportunity to encourage new and current students to register for classes through this Friday with a prominent notice on the college website’s homepage.
Rescheduled events due to snow cancellations Suit Up and Show Up was rescheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 12:30 p.m. in Alger 110. The Career Development Center is sponsoring a resume and cover letter workshop in partnership with RIC AMA and the Accounting Association. The Green Team meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the teacher’s lounge of Henry Barnard School. New members are welcome.
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nearly $15,000 to cover the costs of Senior Week. L.I.F.E. took 35 minutes with the commission, but both of their requests were approved. The first was for a dinner in memory of the late RIC Vice President Ivy Locke, and was approved for $900 less than L.I.F.E. asked for. Their second request was for a diversity event, and was approved for $1,625 dollars less than what they were asking, as the organization requesting funding that had already been approved earlier in the year. Anchor TV was next on the agenda to request funds for the organization’s first-ever conference. The television organization is hoping to attend the College Media Advisers (CMA) conference in New York City this March, but needed additional funds to cover the costs of their hotel. General Manager Jo Loflin and Thomas Lima, Anchor TV business manager, asked the commission to increase their total request as a result. The amended amount, which was $573.96 higher than the original request, passed without objection. The Anchor was scheduled to present their own CMA request next, but the representative for Women of Color had to leave for work, and as such some members of the commission asked The Anchor’s representative if he was able to wait. The representative said it wouldn’t be a problem and the commission voted to bring forward Women of Color next. Some members of the commission protested, however, resulting in a 3-3 tie. SCG Treasurer Rob Roy voted to break the tie, allowing the swap in the agenda. The order in which groups appear before the Finance Commission is decided based upon the order that the requests are handed in. After some questioning from non-Parliament Rep. Elizabeth Sullivan over the need for professional photography, Women of Color’s request
was approved in full. Nicholas Lima, the managing editor of content of The Anchor, appeared next to request funding for CMA. Lima explained that The Anchor has attended the conference for many years, and said that the organization benefits from attending each year. Non-Parliament Rep. Jordan Day asked Lima who from The Anchor has attended the conference in the past. Lima said that about half of the prospective attendees going had never been before. Of the remainder, he said several had been once or twice and a few had been three or four times. After no one asked Lima further questions, Diaz made a motion to call the question, ending debate, however it failed, 3-4. After the vote, there was a period of silence, then Rep. Teyler Terrio raised a question of how The Anchor members truly spend their time when they go to the convention in New York City, pointing out a picture she said she saw on Facebook. Lima said that the question was out of line and that every student who goes to the convention not only has fun, socializes and gets to know each other better, but he or she also goes to the convention to learn about news and media, making connections and meeting people in the media
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RSA members Amanda Berno and David Benevides present their organization’s conference request world. It was also noted after the meeting by several members of the commission that Terrio mistakenly referred to a Facebook picture she saw from WXIN’s College Music Journal (CMJ) conference in New York last fall, not The Anchor’s CMA conference, which took place last spring. Non-Parliament Rep. Frances Diaz told the commission that The Anchor won an award at the convention last year, and asked Lima to explain. Before Lima could, he was cut off by Sullivan, who questioned the relevancy of Diaz’s question. In a heated exchange that saw
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Finance members Elizabeth Sullivan, left, Jordan Day and Teyler Terrio, lower right, listen to SVO’s request.
Diaz and Sullivan shouting over each other and Roy attempting to gavel them down, Roy finally took control and allowed Lima to answer. Lima said that The Anchor both won an award for the best video produced at the conference and finished as a front-runner in the conference’s premier award for best college newspaper in the country. After the debate was settled by Roy, The Anchor’s request was approved, though Terrio opposed. Rep. Joan Vallejo arrived at the meeting, and requested to change his regular leave for the meeting to a late leave so he could participate in the remainder of the meeting. Vallejo had just arrived from a 12 p.m. class. SCG President Travis Escobar, who sits on Finance as an ex-officio member, made a motion to approve the leave, seconded by Diaz. The motion passed without debate, though Day voted against it. The Student Veterans Organization presented their request next, asking for $7,500 for events, including a social in honor of six RIC students that will be deploying to Afghanistan. Both allocations were approved. Day questioned certain aspects of the SVO request, but then proceeded to text on her cell phone while her question was being answered. The request passed. RSA was the last organization on the agenda, re-
questing funding for an annual conference. RSA officer David Benevides presented the request with RSA member Amanda Berno, who is also Student Community Government, Inc. secretary. No questions were asked by the Finance Commission, so Escobar asked Benevides how many times he had been on RSA conferences. He responded that this would be his ninth with the group. The conference was approved. Afterwards, Diaz said the meeting was “the most contentious meeting of the year so far.” “Even though it was heated, I’m glad the results ended up positively for the clubs and we were able to allocate funds to help continue to improve student life on campus,” she said. Escobar was not pleased with the way the commission conducted itself at the meeting. “I was disappointed with the commission’s actions throughout the meeting,” Escobar said. “The commission said they were going to approve The Anchor quickly, but some members then proceeded to ask them several questions that were irrelevant to the conference, questions that they don’t and haven’t asked other organizations.” Escobar continued, “I was also angered that someone voted no on a leave request for someone who had to attend class but still made the effort to attend the meeting when his class was over.”
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Rouge Island Jitney is a transport service that would take students from the University of Rhode Island’s Fraternity Circle to stops at Charlie O’s, the Hammerhead Grill and the Coast Guard House. The bus was approved by the state yet, for some unknown, idiotic reason, URI and the towns of Narragansett and South Kingstown oppose it. They say it could encourage binge drinking among college students, mainly underage students, and lead to nuisances around town. How is this more of a nuisance than drunk driving? Around 3,360,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 drive under the influence of alcohol every year, and for us to say that is not to accept it, but to hope to protect both students and the community. According to the Center on Young Adult Health, drinking and
driving among college students is still a major public health problem, with one in five admitting to driving while drunk and 40 percent acknowledging they have ridden with a drunk driver. Knowing these numbers, and knowing that college students drink – shocking, I know, because all our schools here in Rhode Island are “dry” – how can anyone oppose the transport service? I know you are laughing at that bit of news, “dry campus,” but even with that we need to protect these young people. Even more shocking is our Board of Governors’ lack of knowledge about a simple fact: college students drink. According to Jason Pina, assistant vice president of student affairs at URI, “The University attorney has spoken to the Rhode Island Board of Gover-
nors for Higher Education and got their support to appeal the decision by the PUC.” Joining the Board of Governors on the crazy parade is State Sen. James Sheehan. In his letter to the Board of Governors, Senator Sheehan said the PUC-approved plan “has the potential to be problematic and, since it involves URI specifically, I believe the Board of Governors should stand in opposition to a plan that could undermine all the good that has been done in recent years to improve the university’s image.” We ask the Board, or even Sen. Sheehan, to stand at the casket of a URI student and tell us that having that funeral is what is best for the “university’s image.”
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The other side of the story I wish someone had taken the time to speak with me to get the other side of the story on Governor Chafee’s rescission of the Immigration Executive Order before the recent reports in the media were issued. They would have been informed that there are currently 2,793 companies voluntarily using E- Verify in Rhode Island. How will the new Governor’s action affect those that do business with the state? They also would have been made aware that the new Governor
received his information about the Exec. Order strictly from the illegal immigrant supporters on his transition team, the local clergy and the advocates for illegal immigrants. These are the same people that tried to create an atmosphere of fear in the Hispanic community regarding E-Verify and also tried to fuel that fire to no avail. They seem to conveniently forget that not all illegal immigrants are Hispanic. As was recently reported in the Providence Journal, he and
his transition team refused my repeated requests to meet with him to discuss Rhode Islanders For Immigration Law Enforcement’s side of the issue, which are valid concerns. I think the media is already aware that in the two years the Exec. Order was in place, not one formal complaint about the unintended consequences of E-Verify was brought forward to the Governor or the local media; so much for divisiveness. Lastly I would have pointed out that Senator Sheldon White-
house, while recently visiting the local Hispanic business community, bragged that the fastest growing segment of the Providence economy was the burgeoning HISPANIC businesses. So much for Hispanics being ostracized as the new Governor recently stated. On another note, there is currently an ongoing survey by the Projo.com that asks “Do you agree with Gov. Chafee’s decision to rescind Gov. Carcieri’s Immigration Executive Order, yes or no?”
So far approximately 1,185 people have responded and the results are 999 against and 184 for, or 84.2 percent against his decision. I am hoping that our Rhode Island media will see how critically important it is to present both sides of the story so that the public’s opinion is not swayed. Please do not be duped.
Terry Gorman The author is the executive director of RIILE.
“Fun with fellatio” responses Everyone loves a good blow-job. But I think I can speak for the larger part of the Rhode Island College community when I say [the Jan. 31] “Fun with fellatio” Lifestyles article was elementary at best, and highly idiotic at worst. Not only was the writer’s voice absolutely offensive, the addressed points were ridiculous and I’m confident enough to say the author probably hasn’t tested to see if meat gives her
partner butter-flavored semen. Does that mean if my boyfriend swallows food coloring, his cum will be blue? I’m all for fun, sexually suggestive journalism, but this is just silly. Not to mention, it has the risqué-factor of wearing a silly hat to a serious hat party.
I have been reading The Anchor for the past 3 years I have attended Rhode Island College. I have to voice my opinion about the Lifestyles section [on Jan. 31] containing the “Fun with fellatio” column. I think as college students we can handle this kind of subject seriously. The way the article was written however, was very graphic and this subject matter should be looked at with a different outlook. I
think it also makes RIC look trashy. I understand what you are trying to do with this column and I think it is a good idea. I enjoyed the “How to ex your ex” story but the blowjob story was a little much. Thanks for your time and I look forward to the next newspaper.
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The single’s guide to Valentine’s Day By Jon Kmieciak Anchor Editor
Valentine’s Day is a big day for couples and Hallmark. However, if you are one of the people absent of someone to celebrate it with, it can be quite off-putting. You can still have fun without a special someone. All it takes is a few activities and maybe a few friends. To start off, don’t be alone on V-Day, band together with other single friends. Also, do not stay in little couples but, rather, in large groups. Either have an anti-Valentine’s Day or just don’t think of it and have a fun night together. I know it’ll be hard, especially if you’re surrounded by people being all cute and cuddly. Therefore, keep your friends in relationships away from you just for
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that day. If you must invite them make sure they’re not hanging all over each other or, if they couldn’t be with their partner, keep them from obsessively texting that person. Your group could decide to stay in and watch movies or play some type of board or video game. Just make sure the movies aren’t romantic and maybe more of the action or horror genres. Next, make sure you’re busy. There is nothing worse than catching that lull in the evening where your mind wanders and you start thinking of your loneliness. All it takes is that one thought to put you in a mood for the rest of the evening, so keep your body and mind occupied. A good thing to See SINGLE Page 14
Breaking up is hard to do By Alexandra Weston Dating for Dummies
Relationships don’t always last forever. Sometimes once a couple has exhausted all possibilities of saving their relationship, the best course of action is to end it. Breaking up with someone is not an easy thing to do, but there are ways to make it less of a strain on both parties involved. The most important thing to remember after you make the decision to break up with your partner is to make sure that it’s what you want. Many couples will break up on a whim for silly reasons and end up getting back together. In these cases, the break up may as well not have happened in the first place and can put even more strain on the relationship. It’ll be a waste
of time and frustration unless you’re 100 percent sure that you want to end it. Now that you’re sure you want to break up with your partner, there are some things you need to consider before you actually confront them about it. One of those is how you plan to break up with them. People these days seem to take advantage of technology to make things easier for them, but it is not acceptable to use technology for a break up. Text messages, instant messages, emails, phone calls, etc. should never be used to end a relationship because it can, and will, complicate things. Do it in person, no exceptions. Another very important thing to consider is where you want the break up to occur. If you think your partner might get angry, it’s better to do it in a public setting to avoid chaos. Try not to do it at a See BREAKUP Page 14
By Laura Horton Wrap It Up
I t ’ s that time of year, Valentine’s D a y . Grab your significant other and get ready for a Valentine’s Day celebration. After the romantic dinners, cheesy romantic films and exchanging of gifts, the fun begins. There are many techniques to enjoy Valentine’s Day lovin’. Don’t try to take things to a new level because it could be a bit risky. Just take things slow and make it special and romantic; not sloppy. For example, if you are a gentleman trying to please your woman, go above and beyond to make sure she is pleased. After all, you probably put her through a lot over the year, so show her that you appreciate her. Try taking your love session to someplace new. If you have the money try a hotel room. If you want to surprise them, decorate the room with rose petals, bring some form of music player to rock out the slow jams and put some bath salts in the bath tub. When it comes to bringing your partner there, blindfold them so they don’t know where they are going and take the blindfold off once you two are in the room. Go all out for the jawdropping, clothes shedding factor. Ladies, if you plan on cooking for your sweetheart, after he worked all day, surprise him with his favorite meal and you with an apron on ... just an apron. Then while your partner digests his V-Day meal, change into some sexy lingerie. Then give your sweetie a private sensual dance. After that, See V-DAY Page 14
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Beer belly, fine by me By Mike Simeone Brew Town USA
CamelBaks. They make great containers to hold water or some other liquid to help hydrate you while you hike. Some of us have also realized another great use for CamelBaks: to hold our favorite alcoholic beverage. The great people at Cooler Fun LLC have taken the idea of using the camelback as an alcoholic beverage holder to the next level with the Beerbelly. Yes, this is exactly what you think it is, a camelback that goes around the front and gives
off the appearance that you have a beer belly. “The Beerbelly was developed by accident or maybe better said, as a joke. Ted and I were having a few beers and joking about how we used to sneak drinks into places... being both closet inventors or maybe a bit more, and probably having had a few more beers than we care to admit, the next thing we know, we are cutting up one of my $300-plus wetsuits used for surfing and stuffing a CamelBak bladder in the front and cracking up. That was the birth of The Beerbelly.” (thebeerbelly. com) No more having to pay $8 for a beer at sporting events or stuffing trench coats full of beer to sneak them in and beat
the high price. Simply fill the Beerbelly up with your favorite beverage, throw a shirt on over it and, presto, you have an instant, incognito beer belly. To run the numbers for you, one Beerbelly costs $34.95 and the average six pack costs $8, a grand total of $42.95. Now six beers at the ballpark for around $8 a beer costs you roughly $48. The thing pays for itself after the first use. Ladies, don’t worry. You’re not left out! The same guys have also developed a WineRack, a bra that holds wine. To purchase, go to thebeerbelly.com.
Super sales at Providence Place By Brooke Tyra Your Friendly Fashionista
T h e Providence Place Mall is having some sales that are truly a steal. Let’s start with Forever 21. The sales there include $3 short sleeve tops, $15 sweaters, $22 pea coats and $4 leggings, all great winter items that are now super cheap. Delia’s has buy one shirt or pair of jeans get the other half off. The shirts in the back of the store are now on sale for $12. Gap and Express have 40 percent off the lowest ticketed price on each sale item. American Eagle is selling their fleeces at low prices and have 50 percent off all redline tags. As for shoes, Journey’s
is having a sale on all their winter boots. The prices range from $40 to $70. Charlotte Russe is having a two for $8 deal on their earrings and bracelets. Their tops are $15 and their shoes are buy one get one for $10. There is 10 percent off your final purchase sale at Pandora. Some wonderful news for people who like consignment shops: a Savers just opened in Providence on Jan. 27. The thrift store helps to give back to the community by partnering with Big Sisters of Rhode Island. The clothes are cute and very cheap. Most stores around this time are starting to try and sell their winter clothes and are having major sales, as they need to make room for the new spring lines that should start hitting racks at the end of February.
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Your answers in 30 words or less: all about the ladies By Arielle Rogers Ask Ari
Dear Ari, My girl and I have been together for a few months now and she suddenly drops the “L” word. How do I respond in a fashionably late sense? -Karyn, RIC junior Dear Karyn, Do you love her back? Don’t say the L word just to say it. You should mean it, so take time to think about it before jumping on the bandwagon. Dear Ari, I want to actually treat my guy to a special night, instead of
him doting on me like he always does. How do I not break the bank and still have an amazing night? -Celia, RIC senior Dear Celia, I suggest ordering in upscale Chinese food, setting the mood with candles and good music. Eat food on good tableware and follow dinner with an old classic film from the 1940’s. Dear Ari, My fiancé and I are having a baby! The baby is coming in less than a month and we are debating on names. If it’s a girl it’s either Rose or Abigail and if it’s a boy, James or Tatum. What do you like best? -Maria, RIC senior
Dear Maria, Congratulations! I don’t know if you’ve realized but combining those names would be beautiful! Girl: Abigail Rose. Boy: Tatum James OR James Tatum. Hope it helps! Dear Ari, I am starting to heavily notice that I may have an alcohol problem. How can I manage the problem and still have a good time when I go out? Dear Christa, Kudos on realizing you may have a problem. Look for an AA group to join. Even if you aren’t full-fledged, AA can help with prevention before it becomes a serious problem. Try www.RhodeIsland-aa.org.
Special Question of the Week Dear Ari, I have had relationship experiences in the past that have put a scar on current possibilities. I am with this amazing man but I can’t get past thinking that something will go wrong. I am stuck on the saying, “You can’t have too much of a good thing.” How do I get over past woes, and focus on the man in my life and all the goodness he brings to our relationship? - Ella, RIC junior Dear Ella, Just STOP. Dwelling on the past is the worst thing a person can do to himself or herself. Trust me, I understand that more than anyone but I also understand that it is hard not to expect a repeated pattern that is connected to such strong emotions. So the next time you may feel these thoughts coming on, get to your nearest mirror and tell yourself that you are worth it. Saying this allows you to open up to the possibility of a good thing . . . in your case your current flame. And no, there is no such thing as “too much of a good thing.” I think overall what that saying means is not to take the good things in life for granted. It sucks for the human psyche when that saying is over-analyzed. I hope all goes well with your man and, remember, you deserve him because he is so much different than the past relationships. Overall, it’s not about the past, it’s about the present.
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it’s all up to you what happens next. As women we tend to do a lot for our men to make them happy. Sometimes, it feels like we tend to do more than men do and Valentine’s Day is a great time to do it all up. One thing that men could do is just please their partner with foreplay. Sometimes life is so rushed, foreplay just doesn’t happen. Women can endure extended amounts of foreplay. Try a mixture of biting, sucking, licking and teasing; she
will appreciate you more and you might get your favorite form of foreplay, too. Another nice gesture on Valentine’s Day is a massage. There are a wide range of massage oils to choose from; some are even edible. Light some candles, play soft music and give your loved one a nice all-over body massage. A whole new sensual factor can be added with the edible oils because you could lick leftover oil off your partner’s body; this also makes sex a little slippery. Valentine’s Day is also a great opportunity to act upon each other’s sexual fantasies. If your partner is into light bondage, blindfolding or handcuffs,
do on a day like this is to force yourself to exercise. Exercising will release endorphins and this increases your mood and will make your day a lot better. Also, getting into a gym or going for a run will make you feel a bit more self-sufficient and make you ache for someone else less. Another thing that may
just be honest. The more you tell the truth, the better it will be for your partner to see your side of the story, rather than jump to conclusions. Lying, on the other hand, will probably come back to haunt you so it’s definitely not worth the risk. So now you’re ready. You meet with your partner and start telling him/her how you feel, and he/she isn’t taking it so well. There’s a chance that your partner may lose his/her cool and throw a fit. The best way to handle it is to stay as calm as you can. Remember, you’re the one ending
it and you should expect this to happen, so it’s best to let your partner shower you with insults until he/she calms down. As difficult as it may be, staying calm will turn out better for the both of you when it’s over so you can discuss things more openly. Breaking up is the most difficult thing for anybody in a relationship to do. Hopefully these tips can make things easier for you. Just remember, there are plenty of fish in the sea and there’s one waiting for you to catch it.
help is to look ahead. Don’t wait for Valentine’s Day for the loneliness to hit you suddenly. Look ahead to what’s on TV so you can avoid those romantic movies and programs on television. Also, many stores or restaurants may make you feel a bit uncomfortable with either decorations or general atmosphere, thus plan to make a nice, healthy home-cooked meal. One more thing you can do to ease the sting of “Single’s Awareness Day” is
to be charitable. Spend some time volunteering at a senior citizens home or maybe at a soup kitchen helping those less fortunate. Sometimes helping another who is slightly worse off than yourself can make you feel empowered. Especially if you go it alone and receive a genuine thanks. Remember that there are plenty of fish in the sea and it’s not if you’ll find someone, it’s when you find someone.
give it a try. There is always the option of dominance; you could dominate your partner, giving you all the control in bed. Valentine’s Day is a time for romance and showing your partner love and compassion, even though you should still do that every day. Giving sex a little romantic touch can be a nice curve ball instead of what you have been doing. Just a little eye contact while having sex can give that extra spark on V-Day. Make it special and show your partner that you appreciate them. As always, keep it safe. And sex is better than chocolate.
Sex fact of the week Keep the socks on. Cold feet can be the blame to why you didn’t orgasm. A study done in the UK says 80 percent of couples who wore socks during sex were able to reach orgasm compared to the 50 percent who had sex with bare feet.
RIC Racket The Student Activities trip to the New England Aquarium will be held on Feb. 17. The price for the trip is $15 if youâ€™re a RIC student, and if youâ€™re not a RIC student or wish to bring a friend, their price is $20. The price does include both transportation and aquarium admission. The bus leaves at 10 a.m. and will return at 6 p.m. Also, on Feb. 25, the second Fun Friday will be hosted in the Student Union Ballroom. It will run from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and this one will include Monster Twister/ Human Entanglement, Trivia Night that will include prizes for the winners and, of course, free food. The Student Organization Showcase is going to be held in the Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 12:30 p.m. and will last the duration of the Free Period. Check out all the student organizations RIC has to offer and possibly sign up for one.
On Thursday, Feb. 10, EPIC will be holding their Learn EPIC Skillz Workshop in the S.U. Ballroom from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. It is a free event and hula hoop dancing, juggling, acrobalancing and poi spinning are just a few of the activities being taught.
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RIC Events Chamber Music Series Feb. 9 Sapinsley Hall 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Free RIC kicks off this semester’s Chamber Music Series with style when dynamic mezzo soprano Mary Phillips and RIC music professor and artist in residence Judith Lynn Stillman take the Sapinsley Hall stage with chances to see them perform on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Both are accomplished musicians whose studies and performances have taken them across the country and even continents and are sure to put on a quality recital. Each performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
The Muir String Quartet Feb. 14 Sapinsley Hall 7:30 p.m. See Box Office for ticket information The first of the Spring Performing Arts Series, the Muir String Quartet will perform this Valentine’s Day in Sapinsley Hall. This group is a must-see for classical music lovers, or that person who wants to trick their significant other to think they’re a little more cultured than they really are. The Muir String Quartet will also return to RIC March 28 with guest Lucy Shelton. Jonathan Sharlin: Here and There, Photographs Feb. 3 – 23 Bannister Gallery Free The latest exhibit at our campus art gallery, Jonathan Sharlin is a photographer with a passion for nature and his work shows his dedication. Known for his black and white photography, especially of his eighteen year documentation of a one mile square island in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this photographer’s work will be on exhibit during the gallery’s normal business hours until Feb. 23 and make a great way to break up the time between classes. Check out the Anchor next week for a full review of this exhibit.
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Thursday night, Trinity Repertory Company held a dress rehearsal for Arthur Miller’s play, “The Crucible,” directed by Brian McEleny. “The Crucible” is a play based on the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. However, Miller’s interest was not in the history, but in the crisis of 1956. Miller, convicted of contempt of Congress, experienced the hysteria described in his play. “The Crucible” was written to highlight the extremities people face when a society is living in fear. The trials begin when several girls in Salem are caught dancing in the woods. Upon
being caught many of the girls went into hysterics, fainting into a coma. The one girl who was still awake was Abigail Williams (Olivia D‘Ambrosio), niece of Reverend Samuel Paris (Bob Berky). The town of Salem believes that witchcraft is being performed. Reverend Paris asks for the help of the great Reverend John Hale (Mauro Hantman), who has dealt with witchcraft before. Abigail tries to convince the two that the girls were simply dancing around a fire. But under pressure she blames the slave Tituba (Barbra Meek) for the witchcraft. And so the rumors begin. The girls of SaCourtesy of Mark Turek
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Rock is not dead and what the hell happened at the Super Bowl? By Eddie Taylor A&E Editor
Anybody with any connection to the outside world has probably heard the devastating music news that mega group The White Stripes have finally decided to call it quits after 11 years. Fans were so shocked when the band, rumored to come out of hiatus after three years, suddenly broke it off that it inspired a few moments of mellow drama that, honestly, kind of upset me. Rock is not dead! I hear it all the time and I can’t stand it. Just because you hear Wiz Khalifa, Wocka Flocka and other adjectives that make no sense on the radio more than, say, Kings of Leon, you proclaim rock is a dying art form. Come on, you can’t be that clueless that you don’t see all the great acts. I’ll
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Oh, M. Night Shyamalan, I’ve pretty much lost all faith in you at this point. You had a couple of good movies, “The Sixth Sense” of course standing out at the front. “The Village” was interesting. Heck, I even found “The Happening” to be mildly entertaining; well, until you find out that the bane to the human existence was a ficus. Don’t get me wrong, Shyamalan is an OK director. I find
his work a bit gimmicky but, beside “The Last Airbender,” I don’t think the man has outright embarrassed himself as I would if I took up the director’s chair. So when I heard that the infamous director was actually the writer and one of the producers for “Devil,” rather than the director, it got me wondering. So maybe Shyamalan isn’t a top notch director, but could he be the next great screenwriter? It turns out absolutely not. See DEVIL Page 20
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Start the second semester on the right note Five artists to add to your studying playlist By Cathleen Willians Anchor Contributor
After plowing through first semester finals and enjoying a luxurious six-week vacation, one can hardly be expected to return in January thinking about hitting the books again. The truth, however, is that we all should be; and while beefing up our GPAs should be motivation enough, oftentimes we have to get crafty to get some momentum this semester. Enter the studying playlist: a carefully prepared medley of motivational, subtly cheerful (but never distracting) music to assist with the process of getting into one’s academic “zone,” so to speak. I’ve found that more often than not, a good studying playlist can make the difference between feeling accomplished and feeling drained after plowing through a term paper, reviewing for an exam or even completing a simple homework assignment. While some contend that classical music is the only genre truly conducive to studying, I personally know that Tchaikovsky is not my first choice when I have to get motivated and encouraged to do my work well. So if you, like me, prefer to have a livelier selection of music for hitting the books, allow me to share my five studying staples: Zoé, “Reptilectric: -- Even for the non-Spanish speaker, Reptilectric is a joyous and boundlessly imaginative masterpiece. No matter what you’re doing, Zoé’s marriage of nimble lyricism and luminous, dreamy, Muse-like melodies makes you feel like you can fly, and will no doubt add some momentum to your studying. I recommend “Neandertal,” “Sombras” and “No Hay Dolor”; add “Últimos Días” if you need a little extra oomph.
Janelle Monáe, “The ArchAndroid” – Brilliantly androgynous and richly talented, Janelle Monáe is one of the few popular musicians I would actually consider an artist. Her music is very Kansas City, very Atlanta and a little psychedelic Broadway, the college-y lovechild of Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. It is, in other words, the epitome of musical—even cultural—hybridity: Monáe transcends the bewitchingly restrictive concept of the musical genre. Her exuberance is contagious and especially helpful for hitting the books. My choices are “Oh, Maker” and “Sir Greendown” and, to really get you motivated, “Make the Bus.” The Killers, “Day and Age,” “Hot Fuss,” “Sawdust” and “Sam’s Town” – I’ll admit a bias here because The Killers are very, very close to my heart. Hot Fuss was the soundtrack to my melodramatic middle school days, but unlike off-the-shoulder tops and pastel-colored Ugg boots, they never got old. They are very much a Las Vegas band, but their brilliance lies in marrying that particular tradition and all of its implications with heartrending lyrics and triumphant, Queen-inspired, Vegas-Strip-meets-the-stadium glam rock. This is a sorely underappreciated band whose genius, should you tap into it, you will surely assimilate. That said, you really can’t go wrong with the Killers. Start with “Neon Tiger,” “Smile Like You Mean It,” “This Is Your Life,” “On Top” and “Who Let You Go”; add “Sam’s Town” and “Spaceman” when you really need a boost. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “It’s Blitz!” and “Show Your Bones” – Again, here’s a bias. I was Karen O à la “Zero” for Halloween last year—KO
leather jacket, violet tights, converse and all (talk about under-appreciation: I was asked if I was the love child of Peter Pan and Michael Jackson). Regardless, I am an unwavering admirer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and their quirky, quasi-indie, Oberlin-Meets-Tisch (e.g., almost autobiographical on Karen’s part) art rock. Maybe the latter characteristic of their music lends a college-y feel to it, which makes them a staple for your studying playlist. Start with “Hysteric,” “Soft Shock” and “Cheated Hearts,” but be forewarned that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are not a one-note band. Add “Faces,” “Zero” and “Heads Will Roll” to get motivated, and you will be wondering where this band has been all your academic life. Cut Copy, “In Ghost Colours” and “Bright Like Neon Love” – With their distinctive club-caliber beats and heartbreakingly lush melodies, the title of Cut Copy’s latter album sums up the band perfectly: neon love. Although when I’m studying I sometimes get lost in their music, it’s great for getting motivated to work. I recommend “Hearts on Fire” and “Saturdays”; add “Going Nowhere” and “Bright Neon Payphone” to your downloading queue if you need some extra gas, and you will be plowing through your work in no time. While in my opinion these are the cream of the crop for studying, what one includes on one’s studying playlist is highly personal: in other words, don’t settle for Tchaikovsky if Tchaikovsky isn’t quite your speed. Whether you take my suggestions or not, so long as you tailor your studying playlist to what makes you want to get to work, you will enjoy happy, productive studying in 2011 and beyond.
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bouncing around the Rhode Island music scene for the past seven years, will be taking the stage first. It has only been recently that they have truly started to claim their own part of the scene, having headline shows at Club Hell and Firehouse 13. If you get a chance to meet these guys they just glow with musical passion. “It’s a feeling I can’t describe to see your music get out there and have everything just click,” bassist and vocalist
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joke today. It’s automated bull that is soullessly cranked out with fewer and fewer DJs as Ryan Seacrest is played on hundreds, maybe even thousands, of stations worldwide. I don’t take radio seriously anymore, and a lot of people feel the same way. Just because the White Stripes have now gone the way of the dodo does not mean that every other band out there is go-
Arts & Entertainment Ryan Vigliotti said. Haze brings a very unique sound which will get you jamming every time. Whether it’s Ryan, John or Dave singing, you’re bound to get grooving. Second on the ballot is Goosepimp Orchestra, an eight-piece band hailing out of Boston. Goosepimp brings an eclectic sound of psychedelic Latin/funk that will send you into a dancing frenzy. Their high-energy live performance, which they have mastered over the past three years, is one you definitely don’t want to miss. Headlining this act is Providence’s own Fungus Amungus. “It’s great to be back playing
at The Met Café. Back in ‘02 when there was a thriving music scene, The Met was one of the great places to play,” said Jarrod Valenti, the saxophonist and manager of Fungus Amungus. “It’s weird, everything seemed to die in ‘05. So it’s great to see the music scene start to build back up.” Fungus, who have been around since 2002, went on a short hiatus in 2007 after their lead singer and guitarist left the band. “Ron started to miss practices and seemed burnt out, ended up leaving us in ‘07 and it looked like it was going to be the end of Fungus. When we
picked up Zach Fenner it was just a whole new level,” Valenti said. New additions are Chelsy Lau, who has been around the music scene for 15 years singing for the band Sauce, and Johnny Lingo, from the Johnny Lingo band, have added a whole new aspect to Fungus that makes them better than ever. Lau and Lingo, who were both named best singers in Rhode Island according to The Phoenix last year, have truly stabilized this band; never was this more evident than when the band opened for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at Gathering of the Vibes in 2008.
“We are looking to build things back up and take off, possibly do a West Coast tour this summer after the release of our new album in May,” said Valenti. The album is being recorded at Lake West, the same place where Dispatch recorded their albums. Fungus Amungus will be taking the stage this Friday, Feb. 11, with Haze and Goosepimp Orchestra at The Met Café, located in Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI. Doors open at 8 p.m., bands go on at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show.
ing to put down their guitars in surrender. Music always comes in cycles and eventually rock will be on top again. Rock had a good run when it was young and original, with bands like Led Zepplin and the Stones, but it has become generic the more commercialized it becomes. Perhaps some time out of the mainstream will be good because it will keep record labels from signing the most average-sounding bands and will instead search for someone less generic. Rock is far from dead. It’s thriving, just not in the way
you’d expect. Musicians and listeners will keep coming back to rock in a big way, because I think it has the staying potential that other genres, like jazz and big band, didn’t. So diehard fans, take a deep breath and put down the panic button. Eventually artists like Lil Wayne will be struggling to stay on top. While I’m ranting, let’s move on to the musical tragedy that was the Super Bowl this year. First, you had Christina Aguilera’s attempt at singing the national anthem. Not only did she miss a few words, but she sounded like a yodeler who
had fallen off a cliff because she didn’t hold a note for more than a second. In places where notes were supposed to be held, she jumped up and down like a kid in a moon bounce. Towards the end, my ears were starting to ring and I couldn’t help but cringe. The camera jumped several times to a few players with tears in their eyes. I’m assuming that this wasn’t because they were moved by Aguilera’s performance, but rather that it was so painful to hear that not even their multi-million dollar contracts were worth the pain. The Black Eyed Peas were
this year’s half-time performance and, while I didn’t like their show, I can’t say that I hated it. Usher had a lackluster performance and his clothes made him look like he was carrying a load in his pants. And Slash, come on, really? I hope that agreeing to have Fergie sing Sweet Child O’ Mine was an elaborate plan to piss off Axl Rose. Otherwise I’m disappointed. It’s one thing to sell out but this is just a whole new realm. Although Fergie wasn’t as bad as I expected.
wasn’t a total disaster. I was entertained but I’m glad we only paid a buck to rent this movie. The film focused on the elevator passengers who are at each others’ throats surprisingly fast and the authorities out to save them. When the Devil struck, the lights would flicker and shut off and the passengers were left trying to figure out who was the killer among them as they got picked off one by one, leaving the security crew and police stuck watching the bloody mess develop on the monitor. The acting was just OK. I could believe the characters on screen and they seemed realistic, apart from everyone going every man for himself just five
minutes after they get stuck (even before the Devil attacks). What really upset me was the writing. It was like the studio invented a generic ideas generator and it spit out this script. The characters were just what you would expect. You have the wise-cracking and slightly annoying smart ass, the pretty girl with a chip on her shoulder, an older woman with a bitter attitude, the ex-Marine, a muscle-bound security guard with a history of violent assault and the devout Christian who instantly assumes the Devil is at work. Come on, really? The story is generic as the Devil has come to collect their souls because they’re all bad people.
The movie doesn’t end with a twist like I expected it to; it was just predicable the entire way through. This film feels more like a glorified made-for-TV movie than anything else. I don’t even want to qualify this as a movie since it’s only an hour and fifteen minutes. I’ve watched episodes on TV along the same time length. I mean, in a time where movies are so expensive in theaters that’s just unacceptable. The only thing that would have horrified me about this film would be if I paid $10 to see it in theaters. If you can catch this movie for free it’s entertaining, but don’t expect much.
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After picking up a copy from Redbox, I slumped in the sofa not knowing what to expect. The premise was simple. A bunch of strangers get into an elevator, it gets stuck in the shaft and the Devil is hoping to liven things up for the bored passengers trapped inside. What bugged me when this movie started was how you could make a full-length film with such a simplistic plot and small setting. I found out you couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, this
Page 21 Arts & Entertainment Album Quick Picks “The Mechanic” Espen and the Witch needs fixing Week of February 7, 2010
By Ethan Weeks Anchor Contributor
“The Mechanic,” an unnecessary assassin-for-hire genre remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson vehicle, stars Jason Statham as Arthur Bishop, and it’s obvious what he will do if the money is right. He is offered the job to kill his mentor Harry, played by Donald Sutherland, who is lucky to only be in the first 10 minutes. Bishop later teams up with Harry’s son Steve, played by Ben Foster. Where the film does fine is only in a few scenes, and they are scenes owned by Ben Foster. Two are hand-to-hand combat scenes, one of them with a carjacker, the other with a tall pedophile. These scenes are expertly staged and resemble the realism of the Bourne series. They are also the only scenes that generate any kind of excitement. Where the film doesn’t do well is pretty much everywhere else. Director Simon West (“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”) decided to show us every detail of when people are killed off, whether it’s falling off a building to a gigantic splat or stabbing somebody 20 times in close up detail. Now, this may come across as a recommendation if you’re in the mood for hardcore violence, but oddly, with the tone of the film, it doesn’t match and becomes offensive rather quickly, especially when you take account of the redundant shootouts galore. Now, I am a fan of Statham and am a big admirer of both “Crank” films, but where those were unapologetically violent, mysoginistic and over the top, they had the courtesy of winking at the audience, and you would go along with it. “The Mechanic” tries to be dead serious, but there is barely any story. Basically it’s build ups to killings, only there is no suspense. There are many ele-
ments of macho bull, women are there to basically screw men’s brains out. For one of them it’s understandable, since she’s a hooker, and the other women might as well be. There are no likable characters and the two leads are extremely glum. There are some parts where the writers, I assume, tried to add characterization. Arthur has a nice house where he has many records, and keeps playing the same classical song after each killing. Steve goes to bars, screws and has an admiration for one of Bishop’s cars. That’s as far as characterization goes.
The executions are in poor taste; someone is gagged and we see the puke left under his mouth. None of this is as absurd as the double “twist” finale that comes across as laughable. Director Simon West can usually blow stuff up real well (after all, he directed the most Michael Bay looking film that wasn’t directed by Michael Bay ever, “Con Air”). This time he wasn’t as fortunate. All “The Mechanic” amounts to is overly grotesque violence and a waste of the cast’s time. “The Mechanic” final grade: D-
“Violet Cries” is the debut album for Esben and the Witch, an experimental rock band based out of Brighton, England. This gothic-themed band Courtesy of pitchfork.com produces haunting yet calming melodies. The music almost sounds like it should be in a horror movie, making a dark overtone to any day. Just be careful who you play this in front of, since it’s not everyone’s style and you may get a few odd stares. Check out “Violet Cries” when it’s released Feb. 8.
Middle Class Rut “No Name No Color” Bright Antenna
The most recent release of alternative rock band Middle Class Rut, “No Name No Color,” has brought them into the spotlight with their single “New Low” Courtesy of playing on alternative rock mantaray-music.blogspot.com stations across New England. This rock duo has a full sound that is worth checking out, with their in-your-face lyrics and powerful instrumentals for such a small band.
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This U.K.-based alternative rock band has a punk feel that is just fun to listen to. The Subways’ “Young for Eternity” is full of energy with intense singles like Courtesy of culturebully.com “Rock and Roll Queen” and “Oh Yeah” that will get you up and moving, perhaps even moshing. One of the band’s best albums, it’s still worth mentioning a few years after it was released. Courtesy of fanpop.com
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Under the Radar Triangle Forest, Indie Rock
Local Events Saint Valentine Ghost Tour Feb. 11 11 a.m. - 6. p.m.
Slater Mill Museum, 67 Roosevelt Ave. Pawtucket
“The Disco Exorcist” Opening Feb. 12 11 p.m.
Cable Car Cinema 204 South Main St., Providence
Did you know that Slater Mill is haunted? Ok, it’s reported to be haunted (for you critics out there). Are you interested in the paranormal? Have you always wanted to take a tour of a place where things go bump in the night with actual experts on the location? Slater Mill Museum in Pawtucket will be hosting its special Saint Valentine Ghost Tour where visitors will take part in an actual paranormal investigation. The location was featured in an episode of SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters.” Who knows? You may actually see a ghost or two. Tickets must be purchased in advance by phone (401) 725-8638 or by email tickets@ slatermill.org. See the museum’s website for more information.
“Get Down. To Hell.” Director Richard Griffith brings this locally created film to the Cable Car Cinema. This unrated horror flick is great for audiences 18 and older who aren’t afraid of a little blood, gore and perhaps a few naughty bits. Rex Romanski is the Disco Exorcist, a womanizing 70s swinger whose casual lifestyle finally comes back to haunt him when he angers a voodoo priestess with a dark side. Cursing Rex’s new flame, adult movie star Amoreena Jones is possessed by a voodoo spirit and goes on a violent rampage that only the Disco Exorcist can stop.
Triangle Forest became a local hit after winning in the 2007 WBRU Rock Hunt. The trio may have gone through member struggles, but the sound is one thing that does not suffer. Even at a young age, the band has already opened for many semi-big names including Shiny Toy Guns, Silversun Pickups and The Bravery. Their sound can almost be described as an 80s high school dance party soundtrack. The synthed music and light, upbeat, full-bodied sounds contribute to a fu,n dance-like atmosphere. While listening, you really cannot help but move to the lighthearted licks in the music. Unfortunately, there is not much room to expand within the synth-rock music genre. Some of the sounds blend and, consequently, many songs sound the same. Other than this, the dance tunes are not to miss. You may find the sound similar to local acts Llove and Mahi Mahi, with the dance and electronica melodies. Though they’ve been around since 2007, Triangle Forest only has one self-released album, which came out in 2007, though there have been some digital releases on their website. Currently there is only one planned show, taking place on Feb. 26 at AS220 at 115 Empire St., Providence, starting at 9 p.m.
Upcoming Concerts Wednesday, Feb. 9
Friday, Feb. 18
Monday, Feb. 21
Daddie Long Legs
The Met Cafe 1005 Main St., Pawtucket
Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel 79 Washington St., Providence
Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel 79 Washington St., Providence
Tickets $8 Doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m.
Tickets $25 in advance, $30 day of Doors 7:30 p.m., show 8:30 p.m.
Tickets $30 in advance, $35 day of Doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m.
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Arts & Entertainment News Lindsay Lohan faces felony charges in jewelry theft
Actress Lindsay Lohan is making headlines again, but this time not for her normal misbehavior. Lohan is currently under investigation for the theft of jewelry – possibly a necklace worth $5000 – according to CBSNews.com. The actress faces felony charges if she is convicted of the theft. When video surfaced of Lohan wearing the jewelry piece in question, Los Angeles police requested a search warrant for her Venice Beach home. The Los Angeles times reported that as detectives began preparing the warrant a Lohan associate turned the piece over to them. Lohan is still currently on probation for previous crimes.
Idol producers put Stephen Tyler on notice Aerosmith front-man Stephen Tyler has been warned for his behavior on Fox’s mega-hit talent contest American Idol. Tyler has been making headlines since taking up his seat at the judges table this season for his language and inappropriate humor. The Idol episode that aired Feb. 2 opened with a black screen that stated, “American Idol would like to apologize for last week’s outrageous behavior by Stephen Tyler. Mr. Tyler has been warned and assures us it will never happen again.” The joke that sparked the statement was when contestant Jake Muck auditioned. Tyler said to the contestant, “You know what Muck rhymes with don’t you?” When Muck guessed, “Duck” Tyler replied, “Read my lips.” Some fans question whether the apology from Tyler was necessary due to the fact that the show’s producers left the joke in the edited version of the show.
The White Stripes announce breakup The White Stripes shocked the music world Feb. 2 when the band announced their breakup. The announcement was published on the band’s official website in a letter to fans. The Stripes are a well-respected band, with some die-hard rock fans claiming that they are one of the few remaining acts preserving quality rock music as most of the music industry moves towards mainstream pop and rap. The announcement came as a surprise since rumors had hinted that the band was back in the studio, ending the hiatus they’d been on since 2007 when Meg White began to suffer from acute anxiety. In the letter, the band states that the breakup is not for creative differences, medical reasons or not wishing to continue. The White Stripes instead go on to say, “It is for myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.”
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Beavis and Butt-Head to return to MTV
The bumbling duo will be returning to their old stomping ground, as popular cable channel MTV have confirmed reports that they had greenlit the return of Beavis and Butt-Head later this year, according to NME Magazine. The show will return with all-new episodes in which the still high school students will comment on current music videos that will be played on the show. The show’s creator, Mike Judge, has returned to write the show as well as reprise his role in voicing both of the show’s iconic characters.
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Moby wakes to man tripping on acid standing in living room
In a bizarre bit of news, famous singer and songwriter Moby posted on his blog that he woke up Jan. 31 to find a man by the name of Robbie standing in the living room of his Griffith Park home. The singer, living somewhat isolated in the woods, didn’t practice locking his doors at night, but states that since the event that will change. When Moby asked the surprise visitor why he was in his home the intruder replied, “I’m here.” When asked to leave the man who introduced himself to the singer sat down. The intruder didn’t threaten the singer but came off confused. When Moby asked if he was OK he replied, “I might still be on acid.” The singer decided not to call the police and gave the man a sweatshirt and money for breakfast before sending him on his way.
Preparing for the Super Bowl, lifetime Green Bay Packers fan Lil Wayne has parodied fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa’s recent hit single. “Black and Yellow,” which Wiz Khalifa released several months ago, is an ode to his favorite NFL team the Pittsburg Steelers, who played in this year’s Super Bowl on Sunday. Wayne’s “Green and Yellow” uses the background music and beat of Khalifa’s original version, while Wayne freestyles the lyrics with a similar tempo. The parody has antiSteelers lyrics which left Steelers fans (and some of Khalifa’s fans) poking fun at Wayne as Pittsburgh and the Green Bay faced off in last weekend’s Courtesy of sohh.com Super Bowl.
Arts & Entertainment Civil War: Spiderman Week of February 7, 2011
By Devin Noll Devin’s Comic Corner
As I stated last week, this month I am going to be reviewing all the comics from the Marvel Comics: Civil War event. It was such a major game-changer that forever altered the lives of every hero in the Marvel Universe. I very briefly reviewed the official Civil War graphic novel, and now I am going to go more indepth into some of the major players as I review their respective comics. To start off, I bring you “The Amazing Spider-Man: Civil War.” The graphic novel starts off with a conversation between Peter Parker (Spider-Man) and Tony Stark (Iron Man) as both heroes talk about the explosion that happened in Stamford. In the first few pages, Tony’s view is perfectly laid out there when he responds to Spider-Man’s statements of the survivors blaming Spider-Man and Iron Man for the destruction. “No we’re not responsible,” he said. “But we’re in the same fraternity of powers. We’re the second cousins of the guys who are responsible for the deaths of their loved ones. They hate us. I don’t blame them.” Tony then meets with the President of the United States and after his meeting informs Peter that everything is about to change. The President gave Tony a heads up, out of respect for him being a former Secretary of State (back in 2002), that the Superhuman Registration Act will be passed within the week. It would force anyone and everyone with superpowers
to register with the government; if they don’t, they will be considered Enemies of the State. Tony points out to Pete that the Act will split those with powers in half; some for and others against. It is also revealed that Tony told the president that he was Iron Man. Unlike his movie counterpart, the Iron Man of comics kept his identity secret, for the most part. At least until now. Tony makes a move out from left field when he tells Peter that he wants Spider-Man to stand by his side, but to do so openly. Coming right out and saying that Spider-Man needs to unmask. In case you don’t follow the Spider-Man comics all that much, the hero works extremely hard at keeping his identity secret. He went so far as to make a mask that completely covered his face. After seriously considering it, Peter decides that he’s going to run. But then his Aunt May and wife, Mary Jane, talk to him. They point out that it’s time for Peter and SpiderMan to get the recognition he deserves. Aunt May tells Peter to no longer hide behind the mask and Mary Jane agrees. This leads to a press conference where Spider-Man takes off his mask and says, “My name is Peter Parker and I’ve been Spider-Man since I was fifteen years old.” After throwing up, and making a joke about throwing up a hot dog he ate when he was 12, Peter gets very serious, stating that Tony better protect Aunt May and Mary Jane. He makes it very clear that if anything happens to them because of what Tony talked him into doing, Peter would go after Tony. Reactions from everyone
start to show as the news of Spider-Man’s unmasking reaches people. Some, like the Fantastic Four and Mary Jane, congratulate Peter for being so brave. Others, like The Daily Bugle, get mad, going so far as to sue Peter for misrepresentation, among other things. Things start to roll quickly out of control as sides are taken and, with Peter siding with those who are Pro-Registration, he must fight against those who he once fought alongside. One of the biggest battles for Peter is when he fights Captain America. Captain tries to convince Peter that he is in the wrong but he fails to be heard by the spider, or so he thinks. After their battle, Peter shows signs of doubts, wondering if maybe he did decide to back the wrong side. All this time Peter had seen it as a matter of legal vs. illegal, not right vs. wrong, and after his fight with Captain America he starts to think that maybe he was wrong. Peter makes Tony show him where all those who are against the Registration Act are locked up. He doesn’t hide his reasons for wanting to see it, as he tells Tony that he has a right to see where he is helping Iron Man lock up heroes and bad guys alike. Iron Man, with the help of Dr. Reed “Mister Fantastic” Richards, shows Peter the massive detention center that everyone is being locked up in. After he asks about due process and the rights of those who are locked up, Iron Man states that because the detention center is in the Negative Zone, another dimension, it is not on American soil and, therefore, not under the same laws and rules. This is when Peter realizes his mistake and joins the other
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side. While we don’t see him joining the ranks of those who are against the Registration Act, we do see the battle between Spider-Man and Iron Man as Peter tells Tony that he will no longer stand by him. While this battle is short, it reminds me greatly of a bitter breakup. After the fight and running to safety, Peter, as Spider-Man, goes on air and tells the whole world that he was wrong for supporting the Superhuman Registration Act and formally declares that he will fight any and all who try to enforce it. “The Amazing Spider-Man: Civil War” is a dense read, packed with game-changing events on almost every page that no comic book fan should miss. No review can give this graphic novel the credit that it’s due. J. Michael Straczynski wrote this perfectly, being sure to catch the humor that is needed in a Spider-Man comic, but still showing Peter’s maturity as he
makes life-changing decisions. Ron Garney has a good art style, but it’s nothing that stands out for me. It’s good, but not memorable, with the exception of the final page. That final page perfectly shows the price Spider-Man has to pay for revealing his true identity and turning his back on Iron Man, who could have protected his family from any type of attack. The final page isn’t amazingly drawn, but it shows what needs to be shown. What does the final page show? You’ll have to go pick up a copy of “Amazing Spider-Man: Civil War” to find out. Next week, I will review “Iron Man: Civil War,” where we see what Tony Stark was doing during the war and his reasoning behind supporting the Superhuman Registration Act.
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“Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn: Episode 2” By Dan Rohelia Artisan Anime
I’ve always had this strange fascination with the number “two.” It’s merely conjecture on my part, but it feels like so many of my favorite franchises manage to go above and beyond my expectations in their second installments. Still, with so many great “twos” like “Megaman 2,” “Donkey Kong Country 2” and “Genshiken 2,” I can’t really argue against that pattern. Joining them now is the second episode of “Gundam Unicorn,” which not only builds upon the first, but brings forth your favorite elements of “Gundam” that fans have been waiting for. If I had one major complaint about the previous episode, it’s that there wasn’t nearly enough mech combat. As a general rule of thumb, “Gundam” tends to open with long-winded politics. Yes, Sunrise is going to give you your fix of robot explosions, but you’re going to have to sit through a few convoluted monologues first. Episode two is no different, but thankfully replaces the weighty history lesson of episode one with solid plot advancement and rewards its viewers with some heated mech clashes. Episode two opens with Banagher finishing his encounter with Marida Cruz. Having unconsciously activated the Unicorn’s fearsome “Destroy Mode,” Banagher is able to not only repel all of Marida’s attacks but completely over-
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lem begin to confess to dealing with the devil. While confessing they throw the blame onto several adults in town. By confessing and giving the names of others who have supposedly performed witchcraft, the girls are then saved by God, and are not convicted.
whelm her Kshatriya mobile suit. Upon Marida’s retreat, the Unicorn’s short-lived Destroy Mode leaves Banagher unconscious, and is rescued by a Federation ship. The flagship Nahel Argama takes cover in the remnants of a ruined colony with Banagher and the Unicorn in tow, although they are unable to open the cockpit of the mobile suit and are unaware of who is piloting it. An engineer aboard the Argama reveals to the crew that the Unicorn’s Destroy Mode (or NT-D) activates in response to the pilot’s biometrics and thoughts, granting it unparalleled power for a very short amount of time. The crew, unofficially led by obligatory jarhead Daguza Mackle, makes plans to immediately depart to military base Luna II to ensure the Unicorn’s safety. Much to their dismay, the Nahel Argama is discovered by the Sleeves after a rather dumbfounded attempt to attack preemptively. During preparations to defend themselves, the still-locked cockpit hatch of the Unicorn is finally cracked by the engineering crew. Audrey is shocked to find that Banagher is the pilot who saved countless lives in the struggle. Meanwhile, the bridge has their hands full with the threat of one of the most feared commanders of Zeon. Some call him “The second coming of Char Aznable,” a fearsome spirit of a great Zeon war hero. Indeed, it is the treacherous, masked
overmind, Full Frontal. Yes, you read that right. Full Frontal. I wish I knew what they were thinking. The good mister Frontal strikes a demand to the Nahel Argama: to hand over the Unicorn in exchange for their guaranteed safety. But for the Federation, this is too great a risk. Daguza, however, had found an ace up his sleeve prior to the demand, and uses Audrey as a hostage. He explains to Full Frontal that Audrey is, in fact, Princess Mineva Zabi of the Zabi family, the royal monarchy that founded Zeon. The masked villain, however, does not thunk Audrey’s safety is as high a priority as the Unicorn, and prepares to attack. Banagher takes the Unicorn to the stars without clearance to engage Frontal, and to give the Nahel Argama enough time to escape. The battle proves to be a spectacular show of power from both sides, with incredible moves and well-guided tactics. Frontal’s combat abilities prove to be beyond anything comprehensible, as his Sinanju mobile suit dodges every shot and blow Banagher can throw at him. Banagher quickly chews through his Beam Magnum, taking mere guesses at whether or not his shots will connect. He burns through three magazines of energy cells without scoring a single hit, save for a stray shot that decimated one of Frontal’s companions. Banagher unconsciously activates Destroy Mode a second time, gaining
But those who refuse to confess, because they have done no sin, are forced into jail and are to be executed. Among the accused is Elizabeth Proctor (Angela Brazil), the wife of John Proctor (Stephen Thorne). Elizabeth is accused by Abigail, who is in love with John. While trying to save his wife, John Proctor is thrown in jail. 19 people are now sentenced to death in the town of Salem.
Although the plot is quite depressing, this small group of actors was able to emphasize the bits of comedy thrown in to lighten the audience’s mood. And because the group was small, some of the female characters were played by two male actors, John Tracey and Terrell Donnell Sledge. The actors did not shave or wear wigs for these parts. They simply wore skirts over their trousers as they ran about screaming bloody murder.
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the upper hand against the Sinanju for a short time. Marida then jumps in to assist Frontal in his losing struggle. Banagher puts up a desperate and valiant fight but is unable to take on two powerful mobile suits at once. Time eventually runs out for Destroy Mode and Banagher is left unconscious and vulnerable, allowing the Sleeves to capture both him and the mobile suit. Banagher wakes up in the poverty-stricken, industrial Zeon colony of Palau in custody, and is escorted to Full Frontal’s estate. The two sit down to a civil, yet heated, discussion of the reasoning of war and oppression. Namely, the oppression of the Zeon people by those still living naturally on Earth, and how it caused the never-ending war to arise in the first place. Their discussion, not unlike those between Amuro Ray and Char before them,
proves fruitless to Banagher, whose typical “I have to do the right thing” attitude just doesn’t click with Frontal’s reasoning. A fierce rivalry sparks within them. Episode two provides a much more satisfying payoff than the first, with heated battles and charged politics. It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen a naïve, unqualified Gundam pilot cross swords with a masked gentleman, and “Unicorn” redelivers that timeless struggle much more fluidly than “SEED” or “Wing” before it. The episode ends with the Federation’s plans to infiltrate Palau to rescue Banagher, so you know the next episode will be filled with even more action than this one. Episode three will make its way around by the end of March so be sure to check back with us then!
The set, designed by Eugene Lee, resembled Providence’s City Hall with a gallows in front. This is Trinity’s third production of The Crucible. Artistic Director Curt Columbus explains, “We admire those who have the feel of ‘truthiness’ (to quote Stephen Colbert) over those who communicate difficult facts and complex ideas. Miller’s ‘Crucible’ looks at those who shape
the truth to their own purposes, and those who refuse to do so, and the consequences of both courses of action. This is why we wanted to reclaim the play here in 2011.” “The Crucible” is to run from Feb. 4 through Mar. 13. Tickets can found at www. trinityrep.com.
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Come on in, the water’s fine By Robert Lefebvre Rob’s Game Shelf
Not too long ago, I finally decided to join that everso-popular community known as Xbox Live. I wasn’t particularly in it for the online multiplayer, although I find it quite appealing, but what I really wanted was to play the download only games. So once I got myself set up, I immediately zeroed in on the one downloadable game I was most anxious to play, “Hydrophobia.” “Hydrophobia” was released for the Xbox Live Arcade in September of last year by Dark Energy Digital. Originally it was supposed to get a full retail release, but the developers decided to go with the download only release. The game is also to be released episodically with two more episodes later to come. You may recall a couple weeks ago when I put this in my number eight spot on my “Top 10 of 2010” countdown. So why would I say a downloadable only game that is only one episode in, that almost no one has heard of, was one of the best of the year? Bear with me and I’ll tell you. The game takes place in the future after the event known as the “Great Population Flood.” You play the role of Kate Wilson, a systems engineer on the city-sized luxury liner called “Queen of the World.” After a system failure in her room, she goes to investigate only to be greeted with several explosions. It turns out the “Queen of the World” has come under attack by the Malthusians, a group of terrorists following a fanatical interpretation of political economist Thomas Malthus’ theory that the world population would one day grow too large to sustain itself. They intend to solve the world population problem by
eliminating it to half a billion, so that the surviving population will not have to suffer through the effects of population explosion. But as Kate tries to bring order to chaos, she discovers that the Malthusians’ plans seem a little too elaborate for just a mass murder, and she takes it upon herself to find out and do something about it. The title comes from another element of the plot where we see little hints that Kate is hydrophobic, that is, she’s afraid of drowning. Not to be confused with aquaphobia, the fear of water. The plot actually becomes pretty interesting as it unfolds and I’m quite excited to see where it will go in the upcoming episodes. One other thing that I liked about the plot is Kate’s very realistic reactions to the terrorist attacks. She becomes scared and panicky as she tries to survive and help others throughout the ship. Over time, she starts putting the brave face on, but she is very human throughout the entire ordeal. But let’s move on to the gameplay. The game is a thirdperson shooter as you control Kate through the game. A new engine was developed for the game called the Hydro Engine which actually works very well. This was one of the major reasons why I put this game on my Top 10 List. This was really one of the most stable games I had played that year. There were no glitches or anything to hinder gameplay, at least that I encountered. The only downside was that there was nothing particularly notable or new. While the gameplay is fine, it stays safe rather than explore new territory. The graphics unfortunately are not that great. While they are by no means bad, they are clearly dated, probably the best thing you’d ever see on the PS2. But the character models don’t suffer from it as they look fine. However, the water effects were stunning. When water comes flooding in, you
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get knocked around, you will move slowly in water up to your hips, Kate will look wet when she comes out of water and moving underwater feels very real. One hiccup that came with it is when Kate comes out of the water and onto a surface such as a half-flooded staircase. She flops around like a fish for a few seconds. It may not have been a problem, but sometimes you could be dealing with enemies that are shooting at you, and those seconds could mean life and death. In the game, the Malthusians have hacked into the computer mainframe and revoked all security access. So Kate has to search for security keys, hack into systems and decrypt locks that the Malthusians have encrypted. The only problem is that this system becomes incredibly repetitive. Each mission becomes find the key, hack systems (with a creative mini-game, by the way), find a hidden cipher and decrypt a lock. Each time it just gets a little more difficult. While it’s a working system, it’s the same one over and over again.
When it comes to battling enemies, the system is again very solid. You use the D-pad to select a weapon and this will pause the game so you don’t have to dodge bullets as you choose. There are also sections of the game where you battle groups of enemies from stealth positions, almost like the predator missions in “Batman: Arkham Asylum.” You can also use the environment to your advantage. If an enemy is hard to shoot, you can shoot things such as explosive barrels, glass doors blocking waves of water, gas lines or live wires to defeat them.
Sometimes you’ll find yourself surrounded by enemies, but it can be hard to tell where they’re shooting from, quickly leading you to becoming a bullet soufflé. Also, the stealth trigger isn’t always responsive. You could be trying to duck for cover but the button won’t respond, leaving you as open as a shooting gallery duck. You also have to battle enemies underwater, but since you have limited air you have to choose between fighting them or making your way through them to get to the surface. One other issue I have with the game is that it is pretty short, even for an episodic game. It maxes out at about five or six hours if you look for all the collectibles to be found. But then again, maybe the next episodes will be longer. The benefit of episodic games is that developers can take the feedback from fans to make the next episodes better. On the whole, I enjoyed “Hydrophobia.” While it doesn’t do anything particularly innovative, it’s a very solid game with great gameplay and an intriguing plot that probably would have done well with a full retail release. I can’t wait for the next episode. Let’s just hope it doesn’t go the route of “Half-Life 2: Episode 3.” Now that “Duke Nukem Forever” is actually going to be released, I think that’s going to be the new face of vaporware.
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RIC wrestling pins Huskies and Hawks RIC senior Kevin Sutherland goes undefeated in return By Geoff Riccio Anchor Sports Writer
On Saturday, Feb. 5, the Rhode Island College wrestling team traveled to Bristol to take on Roger Williams University and the University of Southern Maine in a Pilgrim League Tri-Meet. RIC started the day against Southern Maine and dominated the Huskies 31-15. The Anchormen received wins from senior captain Kevin Sutherland (149 lbs.) and freshman Brohen Krsulic (174 lbs.) and pins from freshmen Brandon Regnault (Hvt.) and Dustin Wilcox (165 lbs.). The pin against the Huskies was Regnault’s fifth of the season. After intermission, RIC took on Pilgrim League rival Roger Williams. Though they started out slow, losing the first three weight classes, the Anchormen would go on to win six of the next seven matches to win 2112. RIC received a big win from freshman Ryan Rheaume (157 lbs.) defeating the Hawks junior
captain Kyle D’Urso 5-2 in a well controlled match that kept momentum in RIC’s corner. RIC junior Brendan Guarino (174 lbs.) also picked up a big victory, winning in overtime against Hawks sophomore Shane Parcel, who is currently the number two-ranked wrestler in New England. Guarino’s victory is a very positive sign for the Anchormen because it was just the second match at the weight class for Guarino and he is already finding a way to beat high caliber wrestlers. Another positive sign for the Anchormen was the return of the captain. Sutherland, who had been out of action for two weeks with an injury, returned and picked up right where he left off, dominating both of his opponents, going 2-0 with a combined score of 12-0. Back at full strength, Sutherland is primed for a huge postseason, and is without question one of the contenders for a national title this season. The pair of victories raises
the Anchormen’s overall record to 10-8 and Pilgrim League mark to 2-1. RIC is now 8-4 against opposition from the New England Wrestling Association this season. Any college coach will say that this is the time of the season where you want your team to peak and it seems as if the Anchormen are trending
in that direction. Winning two matches in a row is always a great momentum builder and it is something the Anchormen were in need of. With only two and a half weeks left, the Anchormen are peaking at the right time. Their final two matches of the season are at home in the Murray Center this week. RIC takes on Pilgrim Wrestling
League opponent Coast Guard Academy on Tuesday, Feb. 8. at 7:30 p.m. and then hosts NEWA opponents Trinity College and Bridgewater State University on Sunday, Feb. 12. RIC seniors Chris Dean, Travis Drappi and Sutherland will be honored on Senior Day, before the final home meet of their careers.
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Kevin Sutherland dominates opponent in his return to the mats.
Sports Schedule Men’s basketball
Tuesday, Feb. 8
Tuesday, Feb. 8
Saturday, Feb. 12
Friday, Feb. 11
Tuesday, Feb. 8
Location: Western Connecticut State University
Location: Western Connecticut State University
Location: Southern Connecticut State University with Brockport State
Location: Dennis Lynch Arena, Pawtucket, R.I. Vs.: St. Anselm
Alliance Championship Location: University
Location: Home Vs.: Coast Guard Academy
Saturday, Feb. 12
Saturday, Feb. 12
Saturday, Feb. 12
Location: Home Vs.: University of Southern Maine
Location: Home Vs.: University of Southern Maine
Location: Home Vs.: University of Southern Maine
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Packers win Super Bowl XLV Labor talks, weather and entertainment draw attention away By George Bissell Sports Editor
With the cloud of the impending labor talks that will commence in the coming weeks casting an ominous shadow over Super Bowl XLV, it was the icy winter weather that wreaked havoc on “The House that Jerry Built” early in the week. Chunks of ice that fell from the roof of Cowboy Stadium in Dallas injured seven people on Friday, Feb. 4 and forced stadium officials to close four of the stadium’s 10 entrance gates on Sunday, Feb. 6 to prevent a repeat of the incident. Super Bowl XLV in Dallas was expected to break the all-time attendance mark, but with only 103,219 fans in attendance, Cowboy Stadium came up 766 fans short of establishing a new record. With two of the leagues marquee franchises featuring some of the most loyal fans in football, it wasn’t
the Cheeseheads of Green Bay or the Terrible Towel waving Pittsburgh fans that kept the record from being broken. It was in fact 1,250 temporary seats that were not installed correctly and were closed off after being ruled not up to code. In a Super Bowl glossed and glazed with Hollywood glitz and glamour, it was two hard-working, old-fashioned, smash mouth franchises in the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers that were left to battle it out on the field when the smoke from the pregame fireworks cleared. While the entertainment and spectacle of the Dallas venue did not live up to sky high expectations that fans have become accustomed to, the game on the field more than lived up to the hype. The Green Bay Packers won their fourth Super Bowl title in franchise history, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25. Packers quarterback Aaron
Rodgers was named the Super Bowl MVP after throwing for 304 yards and three touchdowns in his first Super Bowl appearance. The Packers become the first six seed from the NFC to win the Super Bowl and just the second team all-time. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a pair of touchdown passes but was also picked off twice, including one that was taken back 37 yards by Nick Collins for a Packers touchdown. Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall also lost a crucial fumble in the fourth quarter. The three Pittsburgh turnovers led to 21 Green Bay points. Green Bay wide receiver Jordy Nelson caught nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. Fellow wide out Greg Jennings scored a pair of touchdowns for the Packers. The Packers jumped out to a 21-3 lead with just over two minutes left in the first half, but the Steelers mounted
a furious comeback, scoring 14 unanswered points to bring them as close as 21-17 heading into the final quarter. Green Bay responded with an eight play, 55-yard drive capped off by a Jennings touchdown to take a 28-17 lead. On the ensuing Steeler possession, Mike Wallace caught a 25 yard touchdown and wide receiver Antwaan Randle-El ran in the two-point conversion to draw the Steelers within three points, 28-25. Using spread formations, the Packers were able to exploit the lack of depth in the Steeler secondary and, when it mattered most, they went to Jennings in the slot once again on third and 10 from their own 25-yard line. The key third down conversion was the play of the game for Rodgers and the Packers capped off the drive with a Mason Crosby field goal. With two minutes remaining, Roethlisberger and the
Steelers got the ball back trailing by six points, 31-25. After two short completions and a first down, the Steelers drive stalled completely and they turned the ball over on downs after three straight incompletions. With the season now over and most fans in Boston looking forward to the arrival of Red Sox baseball in April, the NFL is looking at an extended labor battle with the collective bargaining agreement expiring on March 3. While the NFL Draft in April is still expected to take place, there is a chance that a lockout could occur in 2011. While both sides will lose revenue from a lockout, the biggest loser in this is the fans and the industries that depend on the game of football to survive. While a lockout is unlikely, it is a possibility, making the impending labor talks worth paying attention to.
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Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers signals first down.
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standings with the victory, while Keene State (14-7, 6-4 LEC) fell to fourth place in the conference standings, after beginning the day in a threeway tie with RIC and Eastern Connecticut State for second place. The Anchormen have dominated the Owls in recent years, and have now won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two teams. The Anchormen were the recipients of an extended break following a conference win over UMass Boston on Saturday, Jan. 29 due to the postponement of a non-conference matchup with the No. 6 ranked team in Division III men’s basketball, Amherst, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 1. Presently, there is no date scheduled for the game to be made up. The Anchormen showed no effects from the extended layoff when they faced Keene State. With the score tied at halftime, 35-35, the Anchormen rose to the occasion defensively and outscored the Owls 43-34 in the second half to pull away for a critical victory. The Anchormen now hold the tiebreakers over both Keene State and Eastern Connecticut State by virtue of sweeping the season series, and trail only Western Connecticut State in the Little East Conference standings. RIC junior center Mike Akinrola, the previous week’s Little East Conference CoPlayer of the Week, led the
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going to reschedule the game, but I hope that we do. They’re (Amherst) a tough team and we want to be the ones to keep them from going undefeated this season if we get the opportunity,” said junior men’s basketball
Anchormen in scoring for the third consecutive game, converting on 6-of-7 shots from the field. Akinrola’s lone miss came from beyond the 3-point line, where his teammates picked up the slack, knocking down 6-of16 from beyond the arc in the victory. Junior forward Mason Choice made just 2-of-10 shots from the field, but got to the free throw line with ease throughout the course of the game and knocked down 9-of-10 from the charity stripe en route to 13 points. Senior guard Antone Gray contributed another solid allaround effort with 11 points and a team-high six assists, while classmate Nick Manson went a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point range rounding out the contingent in double figures with 11 points. Freshman center Ashton Watkins continued his stellar rookie season headlining the efforts of the Anchormen’s tremendous bench play with six points in just eight minutes. Junior guard Keith Hamilton drilled a key 3-pointer in the second half and finished with five points. Senior forward Carl Lee and sophomore guard Tahrike Carter also contributed four points apiece. RIC shot 51 percent (26-for51) from the field and made 74 percent (20-of-27) from the free throw line. Conversely, Keene State struggled to find a rhythm offensively, converting on just 26-of-64 shots from the field (40 percent) and made just two of 16 shots (13 percent) from 3-point range.
Keene State sophomore guard Ryan Martin led all scorers with 18 points. Aside from sophomore forward Eric Fazio, who scored 14 points off the bench, the rest of the Owls were kept in check and out of double-
figures in scoring. The Anchormen will be back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 8 for their biggest regular season matchup of the season against first place Western Connecticut State. The Warriors defeated
the Anchormen 82-77 in their previous meeting in the Murray Center on Jan. 18.
player Keith Hamilton. The ice and snow had an even greater impact on the RIC club hockey team, which was forced to cancel two games this past weekend due to a roof collapse at the team’s home ice rink, the Dennis M. Lynch Arena, located in Pawtucket. Nobody was hurt when the center support beam in the middle of the rink caved in due to the
weight of the snow and ice that built up on the roof. “It looked like what happened in the Metrodome this year,” said freshman hockey player Ryan Martins referring to the Dec. 12 Metrodome roof collapse. The Metrodome, the home stadium for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, collapsed due to 17 inches of snow that piled up on the roof of the
stadium and eventually came crashing through. The Dennis M. Lynch arena roof was repaired over the weekend and practices for the RIC hockey team are expected to resume early this week. The Anchormen’s final home game of the regular season, which is Senior Night, will be played as scheduled on Friday, Feb. 11. In one of the worst winters
in recent memory, students and student athletes have braved the weather to this point, but with more snow in the forecast for this week, it brings up a good question. How much more of this weather can we really handle?
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points. The Anchorwomen are slated to face their toughest competition of the season in
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Page 31 back-to-back LEC contests this week. On Tuesday, Feb. 8 RIC will hit the road for a 5:30 p.m. showdown with LEC co-leader Western Connecticut (9-1, 173). The Colonials, who bested RIC 82-67 a few weeks ago, are looking to get back into the DIII Hoops.com women’s top
25 with another victory over the Anchorwomen. RIC then returns home Saturday, Feb. 12 to face the other LEC co-leader in Southern Maine (9-1, 14-7). On Jan. 11, USM won 74-71 when Kaylie DiMillo connected on a 3-point dagger as time expired.
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RIC junior guard Brittany Saccoccio taking a free throw at a recent game.
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Anchormen defeat upstart Owls, 78-69 RIC sweeps season series with LEC rival Keene State By George Bissell Sports Editor
After having an entire week off to prepare for their Little East Conference rivals, Keene State, the Rhode Island College
men’s basketball team came out firing on all cylinders and earned an impressive 78-69 victory in a key conference matchup on the road. The Anchormen had four of their five starters score in double figures and completed
a season sweep of the Owls for the third consecutive year. The Anchormen (13-7, 7-3 LEC) solidified their hold on possession of second place in the Little East Conference See ANCHORMEN Page 30
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RIC senior guard Antone Gray at a recent game.
Anchorwomen complete season sweep of Keene State Riley pulls down career-high 21 rebounds in victory By Dan Charest Anchor Sports Writer
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The Murray Center has been left dark by the wintry weather.
Winter weather takes a toll on RIC athletics Varsity basketball games postponed, Ice Hockey rink collapses By George Bissell Sports Editor
All classes and activities at Rhode Island College were cancelled from Tuesday afternoon until Thursday afternoon, and the entire campus was left paralyzed by the winter storm that dumped several inches of snow and rain, leading to icy conditions all across the capital
city of Providence last week. Academics was not the only branch of the college to be affected by the treacherous conditions. RIC athletics was forced to postpone four games last week, including two high-profile varsity men’s and women’s non-conference basketball games. Currently, there is no date set for either game to be made up.
The men’s and women’s basketball games, against Amherst and Norwich, respectively, were originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 1 in the Murray Center, but were postponed due to icy road conditions, which made travel for the opposing teams dangerous. “I’m not sure if they’re See WINTER Page 30
Rhode Island College junior forward Rachel Riley scored eight points and grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds as the RIC women’s basketball team swept the season series with Little East Conference rival Keene State in a 60-47 win on the road at Spaulding Gymnasium. The Owls eliminated the Anchorwomen in the first round of the Little East Conference playoffs last season, but have had no luck against them so far this season. With the key victory, the Anchorwomen (15-5, 6-4 LEC) remain in sole possession of fourth place in the Little East Conference standings. The Owls (10-11, 3-7 LEC) see their overall record fall below .500 for the season and fall to fifth place in the Little East Conference standings, just one game ahead of both UMass Dartmouth and UMass Boston, and two games up on Plymouth State. RIC junior guard Ni-
cole Girard dished out a game-high seven assists and contributed 13 points, thanks to three 3-pointers. Senior guard Lauren Harrington and sophomore forward Courtney Burns each posted nine-point, five-rebound efforts. The game was delayed half an hour due to travel issues, but the late start didn’t impact the Anchorwomen at all as they shot 40 percent (24-of60) from the field and knocked down 30 percent (6-of-20) from 3-point range. Keene State on the other hand was abysmal from the field, shooting 23 percent (15-for-64) and missing 49 shots. The Owls connected on 5-of-19 (26 percent) from downtown and kept pace with a 12-for-16 effort from the free throw line. Keene State junior forward Courtney Cirillo posted a double-double with a game-high 23 points and 13 rebounds, while junior guard Meghan Farrell chipped in with 10 See KEENE Page 31