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Nurses on top
Nursing program has highest pass rate in the state By Rita Nerney News Editor
The school of nursing has the highest pass rate on the state licensing exam in Rhode Island at 95 percent. The success rate has not always been that high, but the faculty and students in the nursing program have worked over the past ten years to get to that pass rate today. “We’ve sustained that for the past nine years,” said Dean of Nursing Jane Williams. “It took a lot of work to make that happen. In 1999 and 2000
the scores were not what they should have been. We studied the students and the curriculum to change that.” Williams has been the dean for two years, and previously she was the director of the nursing program since 2000. “We raised our academic standards,” said Williams. “You have to get a 74 to get a C. Before you had to get a 72.” Williams and her faculty worked to find solutions to academic struggles and other Courtesy of What’s News
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RIC goes gay BSWO rallies for marriage equality
More war U.S. strikes Libya
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On Wednesday, March 23 during free period on the quad, students from the Rhode Island College school of social work partnered with representatives from Marriage Equality Rhode Island to host a rally supporting marriage equality in the state. RIC’s school of social work has been involved with MERI for a little over two years. The rally was a result of a macro project that many social work students were working on. The project dealt with civil rights being denied to people who are attracted to the same gender. The rally was hosted by both representatives from MERI and RIC’s school of social work students. The rally was
In order to stop Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi from committing atrocities in the splintered nation of Libya, the United States and other nations have created a “no fly zone” to dismantle the disgruntled dictator’s air force. The mission, codenamed “Odyssey Dawn” by the United States, started on Saturday, March 19 when US and UK ships fired 119 tomahawk missiles at Libyan air defenses, rendering them useless. Since the opening barrage, a coalition derived of several nations spearheaded by the United States has crippled Colonel Qaddafi’s ability to attack rebels through the air and
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Two RIC students hold signs in support of gay rights. advertised through Facebook, flyers, student activities briefs and word of mouth. Despite the cold weather that day, the rally received a good turnout of both students and faculty, from
both RIC and the public. About 100 people attended. The rally provided lunch for participants. The representatives from See RIGHTS Page 3
the coalition is now targeting forces on the ground. The purpose of Odyssey Dawn is to prevent pro-Qaddafi loyalists from attacking rebels through the air. Muammar Qaddafi has been the Libyan dictator since 1969, though a rebellion starting early last month has fractured the nation between those supporting the tyrant and those for democracy. Qaddafi’s 42-year reign is one marked by terrorism, corruption and ruthlessness. He has been one of the biggest enemies of the United States in the 20th century. Throughout the decades, Qaddafi has reacted to dissent with violence. However, after the uprisings in Tunisia and See LIBYA Page 5
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Comics in the classroom
RIC goes Live with new email service
New email service offers more storage space and easier access for students and most students are pleased with the new system.
Lifestyles From the Administration talking about Live@RIC
The Anchor interviews some of the heads of technology on campus regarding the new email system.
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This past weekend New England Comic Arts in the Classroom held a conference to motivate educators to use comics in the classroom. The conference explained that our society is very visual and educators should use this to their advantage. NECAC put on their first event on Saturday, March 26 in Alger Hall. The event was directed by Michael Gianfrancesco, an English teacher from North Providence High School, and Jennifer Cook, an English and education professor from Rhode Island College. This was Gianfrancesco’s first event. Cook is also the director of the RI Writing Project which hosted its annual event on March 12. Three weeks prior to the event, it was sold out. Approximately 120 attendees participated in this event. There were 25 to 30 presenters including professional artists, cartoonists, educators and publishers. Of the presenters, many were teachers from high schools all over the country as well as professors from RISD, Emerson College, University of Texas and Bryant University.
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Michael Bitz and Raina Telgemier were key speakers at the conference. “We have people from all over the country,” said Gianfrancesco. Attendees included artists, educators, librarians and students. Many of the educators were interested in learning how to use comics in their classroom, such as Kathryn Cawley, who just graduated from RIC with a teaching degree. “I think it’s a good idea to use comic books in the class room,” said Cawley. “I’d like to see how to do
that.” Even scientists are interested in studying how children learn from visual resources such as comics. Graphic novels also usually have morals to their stories which children can learn from. “There’s something when blending images with text that activates both sides of the brain,” explained Cook. The informative event began with a See NECAC Page 5
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RIC students react to new email service By Kyle Grant Anchor News Writer
On March 21, Rhode Island College replaced its email system with a more advanced platform called Live@RIC. Live@RIC, which is hosted by Microsoft’s Live@edu program, features several benefits the original program did not have. One improvement is a much simpler log-in system. Students only need to submit their username and password, avoiding the “ric-acad” part. While the outdated platform only worked to full potential on Internet Explorer, Live@RIC is fully compatible on all popular web browsers. Live@RIC also works at the same level for both Windows and Mac platforms. The biggest improvement of Live@RIC proves to be the storage system, however. The original program only had a 100 MB inbox, while Live@ RIC offers a massive 10 GB inbox. Another fantastic feature is a program known as “Office Live,” which is a cloud-based version of Microsoft Office, allowing students to open files in Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint online even if Microsoft Office is not installed on their computer. Office Live also comes with a gigantic 25 GB of cloud-based storage space. On top of traditional email purposes, Live@RIC can be used for instant messaging and video chat. Students’ email addresses will also act as a Windows Live ID, which can be used to sign into non-academic
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MERI also brought shirts, buttons and bumper stickers with them which they handed out to attendees. Rhode Island College’s interactive circus group, EPIC, performed and provided entertainment for the event. Students and faculty were asked to support the passing of
activities such as Xbox Live or Zune programs. This ID can also be used for students to create blogs or portfolios online. A major advantage of Live@ RIC is that although it provides numerous benefits it is nonetheless free for the college, cutting costs while providing more than the original program. No changes occurred to the faculty accounts, making Live@RIC exclusive to students. Unlike the original account, Live@RIC can be used after graduation, allowing students to use it after their college careers. So far, Live@RIC has received a mixed reception from students on campus. Many students like the improvements Live@RIC made, such as the change in logging in and the bigger inbox. “I really like the fact that you don’t have to type in ric-acad every time I log in” said Nadia LoBuono, a junior and early childhood education major at RIC. “I haven’t had any problems [with] Live@RIC so far and I am excited with having more storage space” said Russel Doiron, junior secondary education and English major. However, not all feedback of the new email platform was positive. Many students are confused on how to transfer old emails from the original platform, giving them a sour image of Live@RIC. If a student is having issues with the new email system, the USS Help Desk would be happy to answer questions at (401) 456-
8803. The biggest issue students have with the new email platform is the fact that RIC switched the program in the middle of a semester, causing a lot of confusion. Like most transitions, the transition to Live@RIC wasn’t without glitches, but some students feel these issues would be better
solved if the transition occurred during the summer. “I feel that it would have been a much better idea to wait until the end of the semester to switch over to the new email system,” said Nicole Osti, junior elementary education major. Nonetheless, the students of RIC seem to be happy
with Live@RIC itself and the major issue seems to be the usual issues that come with any transition. Many RIC students feel that the switch should not have happened in the middle of a semester, but the future seems bright for RIC email with the new Live@RIC platform.
the H5012 bill which supports civil marriages for same-sex couples. The bill was introduced by Reps. Handy, Fox, Ajello, Ferri and Ruggiero in January. MERI is hoping to have the bill passed by June. Participants at the rally were asked to call representatives and ask for support of the bill and also to pledge to support the representative for supporting the bill. The representatives from MERI brought pre-paid
cell phones for participants to use. At one point there were ten people in line waiting to use a phone. One speaker at the rally, Sen. Donna Nestlebush, is a lesbian who has been fighting for the H5102 bill since January. Following Nestlebush’s speech, Rep. Frank Ferry informed the crowd that he and his partner have been in a civil union for 30 years. Ferry also pointed out that
Rep. Gordon Fox is gay, as well. He said that it is hard to combat a public that is against homosexuality but even harder to combat co-workers and friends who support you as a person, but vote against you in the senate. Following Ferry’s speech Jenny Norris, a RIC senior in the school of social work, who has worked alongside MERI, testified as to why she chooses to support the passing of the
H5102 bill. Many attendees felt very strongly about the issues addressed at the rally. Keyshla Melendez, a sophomore and biology and economics major, said she attended the rally “because I am gay and support gay marriage.” This was the case for many of the people in attendance.
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obstacles nursing students were facing. “We talked to successful students and tried to see what was different,” said Williams. “We tried to promote putting priority on your nursing education. Our students have a lot of conflicting interest and commitments. But they need to put education first for their own futures and their families’ futures.” Some of the suggestions that were made to nursing students included implementing a study schedule and getting a good night’s sleep instead of working all night. Students also began to form more study groups. “Now I think nursing students are very supportive of each other,” said Williams. In addition to passing tests from professors, nursing students must pass standardized ATI tests for subjects. After passing these tests, “students know they have mas-
tered the content at that level. It gives them confidence,” said Williams. There are currently 450 enrolled nursing students. Students must have a 3.0 GPA for the program, and they must achieve a 2.67 GPA in the required cognates. These classes include anatomy, biology and chemistry. The nursing program is comprised of mostly in-state students. Nursing students usually enter the program as sophomores. The majority of students graduate within four or five years. “We try very hard to manage so that students can get the nursing courses they need,” said Williams. The University of Rhode Island has a pass rate of 88 percent, while CCRI has one of 91 percent. “We’re talking with URI and CCRI about nursing education for the future in Rhode Island,” said Williams. There would be a building in the Knowledge District called a SMART hospital which would offer advanced simulation
situations where students can practice skills. “We like them to have a lot of practice before put into real clinics,” said Williams. Fogarty Life Science Center currently is equipped with one large laboratory and one smaller, pediatric lab. The goal is to have a feasibility study completed this semester for the building in the Knowledge District. “We want to have a RIC home for nursing so our students can still have benefits of all college offers,” Williams said. Two years ago, the nursing program became a VA nursing academy site. “At the time, veterans administration wanted to create partnerships with the best nursing schools in the country,” said Williams. “Only 15 partnerships were made across the country, and we are one of them.” The program has brought new faculty to the nursing department, and those salaries are paid by the veterans administration. It also required that the nursing program add 20 more
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RIC nursing students are amung the state’s best-trained. students to the yearly quota. The alliance “helps students to see medical issues that affect veterans,” said Williams. “It was a five year program. We’re hoping it will continue.” Since its beginning in 1970, there have been over 4000 RIC nursing graduates. “Our graduates do get jobs,” said Williams. “Nursing students now may not get jobs they would love, but they are getting jobs,” said Williams. “Two or
three years ago, every graduate had a job before graduation. That’s not true anymore. They have to look a little harder.” However, employers have respect for the RIC nursing program, said Williams. “Our graduates have built our good reputation,” Williams said.
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Egypt, many Libyans went to the streets to protest the dictator. These protests began peacefully, but ruthless mercenary armies employed by Qaddafi met the demonstrators with ferocious violence, plunging the nation into civil war. Many mercenaries paid by Qaddafi came from impoverished African nations such as Ghana and Nigeria, where newspaper ads promised $2,500 a day for service. Rebels defying Qaddafi have gained most of their ground in the east and the large port-city of Benghazi is the unofficial capital of the opposition. Qaddafi, who claims the rebels are supported by Al-Qaeda and drugged into madness, has used his air force and tank battalions to silence the rebels urging democracy. In Benghazi and other cities joined in the rebellious cause, Qaddafi’s forces have bombed civilian targets, leading to many innocent casualties. The pilots of these bombers have been reported to be Serbian mercenaries, for Libyan pilots have refused to bomb their own people. In the beginning of the uprising, many Libyan pilots either fled to Italy or purposely crashed into the Sahara to avoid killing civilians. For weeks, nations across the globe pleaded for a no fly zone to be placed over Libya
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few introductions by the direc tors while a free continental breakfast was served. Then a presentation by Raina Telgemeier took place. Telgemeier is the author of “Smile,” a graphic novel about herself growing up and the struggles of growing and changing, as well as her constant struggle with her teeth. She took her painful memories of struggling with losing her teeth, having to wear headgear
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to stop Qaddafi’s tyranny from being upheld through the skies. Nations from the United States to Europe to the Middle East met March 19 in Paris in an agreement to take immediate military action. The global coalition denies that the purpose of Odyssey Dawn is to oust Qaddafi from power, but rather to keep civilians safe from the mercenaries and loyalists supporting Qad-
dafi. An effective no fly zone has been established in Libya, with Qaddafi’s air support completely wrecked. Now, the coalition is targeting tanks and other ground forces causing harm to civilians. Despite the claim that the coalition is not enforcing regime change, several cruise missiles were fired at Qaddafi’s compound, completely destroying several buildings.
Pro-Qaddafi loyalists claim that hundreds of civilians have been killed by coalition bombings, although these deaths have not been proven. For the first days of the no fly zone the United States has headed the international coalition. However, the coalition plans to give control to of the no fly zone to NATO and the U.S. Defense Department plans on relinquishing command al-
and suffering through braces and turned them into something good. She explained her personal method and the steps she took to becoming a graphic artist as well as the steps being used to create a graphic novel. Her stories can be read at goraina. com. “I hope that teachers in particular let their students use comics,” said Telgemerier. Dr. Cook has used “Smile” in her class at RIC. She has also used many other graphic novels, such as “How I Made it to Eighteen” by Tracy White.
Both graphic novels deal with the hardships that come with growing up. Gianfrancesco also uses graphic novels in his classroom. While reading the book “Night” by Elie Wiesel he has his class read “Maus,” a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman. Both are based on true stories about the Holocaust. “Comics are a legitimate form of teaching,” said Gianfrancesco. “This has worked for me in the classroom.” Attendees were broken into smaller groups and got to choose
from many different workshops. They were taught by professors, comic artists and publishers. Many of the workshops were hands on, involving drawing and creating, while others were more informative. Examples of what seminars guests could choose from included, “Comics in Worlds Cultures and History,” “What Comics Can Tell Us About the Mind” and more. The revolution of comics being used in the classroom is fairly new. 20 years ago, less than 10 big publishing companies existed. Now, most big publishing companies have a
together. Currently, the United States is spending $100 million a day in the North African nation, which is a burden the U.S. does not plan to hold for too long on top of a recession and two wars. The United States has received criticism for its involvement in Libya. This is the first time a no fly zone has been established since Iraq in 2003 and some fear the Libyan Crisis will become a repeat of the Iraq war. President Barack Obama has also been under fire for not consulting Congress before using military action in Libya. Formerly a professor in constitutional law, Obama told the Boston Globe in 2007 that the president does not have the right to use military force without consulting Congress first, except in a dire emergency. To some people, the actions of the president in Libya are not only considered hypocritical but unconstitutional as well. Obama, along with the defense department, claims that U.S. involvement in Odyssey Dawn will be brief and concise. Despite the no fly zone, conflict between the rebels and Qaddafi loyalists stands at a fierce gridlock, with many Libyan cities and towns playing the stage for vicious battles between the factions and many wonder if Qaddafi’s iron will can be silenced with air support alone.
section specifically for graphic novels. “There has been a big push in the last 20 years to turn comic arts into a legitimate art form,” said Cook. Nancy Silberkleit, CEO of Archie Comics said, “Just two decades ago you heard your parents saying I don’t want you reading comics.” The event received funding from the Rhode Island Counsel of Humanity, RI Writing Projects, Brodeart Booksellers and Archie Comics.
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From the administration Talking about Live@RIC By Aaron Buckley Anchor Editor
The Anchor sat down with several members of the administration and technology staff to discuss the college’s new student email system. Dubbed Live@RIC, the service is a customized version of Microsoft’s Live@EDU set of services. The interviewees are Henk Sonder, director of Network and Telecommunications, Pat Hays, director of User Support Services, and Richard Prull, assistant vice president for Information Services. Anchor: Before we get to the new Live@RIC program, what do you see as perhaps some of the shortcomings of our current email system, given the outside options available to students such as Gmail, Windows Live Hotmail, etc.? Prull: Pat could probably answer this best, but obviously some of these other email services provide more features than we could with our internal webmail. We have a decent but fairly limited Exchange webmail system, but with 100 megabytes of storage it really struggles to compete with services that offer gigabytes of storage. Sonder: Technically, we provide 125 megabytes (laughing), but after that you run into trouble so the public number is 100 megabytes Prull: Right… but some of the new features coming with Microsoft’s Live@EDU, like integration with Microsoft Office, with SkyDrive, etc. really differentiate it in terms of services to the students. Our implementation, Live@ RIC, will have these features. Outsourcing to Microsoft allows us to save resources here at the college while delivering more powerful services to our students.
Sonder: I wouldn’t really call it shortcomings; if we had the unlimited resources of a company like Microsoft, we could provide similar capabilities. What is important is that this service is being paid for by marketing money. We are not being charged by Microsoft for Live@EDU. Pat: I think another disadvantage of our current system is that it disappears from a student’s life after graduation. Many students keep their contacts in their RIC webmail system, and suddenly lose that list. We’ve alleviated that problem with Live@RIC. We didn’t have the resources before to offer alumni an account, but we expect these accounts to be available to students after graduation. Prull: What we had was a pretty decent email facility, but by outsourcing it we were going to save some money due to server maintenance. The biggest benefit is that, quite frankly, Live@EDU offers more for the students than we could with our resources. Pat: The Community College of Rhode Island has deployed Live@EDU and they’ve seen a 50 percent increase in student usage of their email. We hope to duplicate that. Anchor: Microsoft calls this program Live@EDU and the college has decided to market this as Live@RIC. Why did you choose this brand? Prull: I think this fits in with RIConnect, with the college’s brand and theme. We’ve tailored it to our needs while following Microsoft’s basic template, but this is RIC’s special brand. We wanted to better integrate with the new website layout, with the I AM RIC & Reach, Inspire and Connect campaigns. Anchor: Do you foresee any challenges with this coming week, with the students migrating over to the new system?
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Assistant V.P. Richard Prull Pat: I think one nice change from the last email system is that students don’t have to type ric-acad before the user name. We hear that that is a great relief to students. Also, after mid-March they will no longer receive email at their old webmail account. It will still forward to Live@RIC, though. So if students have created forwarding rules to a personal email account previously, they will need to set up a new forwarding rule. Sonder: I agree that authentication might be a big issue. There are multiple ways to get into the new system, whether through http://www.ric.edu/ goliveatric, through www.outlook.com or through http://live. ric.edu. None of these require typing ric-acad, but they will need to use specific settings to set up their account with mobile devices. Anchor: Let’s focus on the new features. What do each of you consider the most unique and interesting feature of Live@RIC? Prull: I haven’t personally seen it in operation, but the ability of students to interact with the Office Web Apps in
their web browsers sounds so interesting and useful. The collaborative capabilities may be the most exciting from that area. Sonder: The ability to use the SkyDrive and make sure that your documents from home are available no matter where you are, or whether you forget a flash drive or similar at home or not, is going to be great for the students. Hays: I agree. The ability to have 25 gigabytes of SkyDrive storage is a giant plus for students. When we have Microsoft Office 2010 deployed in the computer labs after this summer, they will be able to directly open or save to their SkyDrive from within Office. This is great. Anchor: Live@RIC features will be available for students, but not the faculty. Do you think any of these features would be welcomed by them? Prull: I think there are some possibilities here, with document sharing, online portfolios and integration with Office 365, which includes SharePoint and Lync integration. Otherwise, we’re unclear on plans to move faculty to Live@RIC. Pat: If we do, we will definitely look at those integration points and find ways to bring the Live environment, including messenger, into our current environment. We will also have information for the faculty available on the RIC website, for their interest. Sonder: I think Microsoft is exploring ways to scale up Exchange into Windows Live Hotmail and bring many of those features to its consumer products, too. Anchor: This has been a massive team effort. Who would you give a shout out to for their efforts here? Prull: Oh, Information & Telecom, User Support Services and the administration
have been enormously helpful. We have had the full support of the [President’s Executive Council]. Pat: Also, Student Community Government, Inc. played a vital role in piloting this system and answering the basic question for us: Is this a great service for students or should we look elsewhere? So all of that feedback came together and we now have a strong email system to be confident in and watch grow and embrace new features as technology changes. We want to be able to provide forward-looking technologies for our students that replicate the real-world business world they’ll be walking into after graduation. Anchor: Finally, could you give some advice to the students who come back after break and suddenly have a new email system? Prull: Just sign in and explore. You might think, “Oh, there’s a whole new interface yet again to re-learn and explore,” but in the end this is worth it. The extensibility of having the full experience available to students using PCs or Macs, Internet Explorer or any other browser, is a worthwhile upgrade. Sonder: It’s a few weeks of transition and pain before the full power of the new services comes to be mainstream. Hays: Indeed, just dive in. Everything seems to be moving to the web and so this is the time for us to embrace a true cross-platform system. The integration with mobile technology especially, with phone apps and Mobile Exchange, will make a lot of students happy. – Aaron Buckley is The Anchor’s technology director and a troubleshooter at User Support Services.
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Coach bags still expensive By Brooke Tyra Your Friendly Fashionista
S i n c e 1941 Coach has been making leather handbags that were purchased by women in their mid-thirties to late fifties. The bags were more or less plain yet durable, long lasting bags. Over the years Coach has tried to attract a younger generation with their Poppy line. The line features bags that have silver and metallic writing all over them, along with tacky pom poms that dangle from the side of the bag. Instead of putting these eyesores of a bag to rest they tried to make them even more unattractive by creating a sequined line of bags and wristlets. It
seems that the once refined bag line tainted its name by trying to attract the youth in society. Thankfully someone at Coach realized how horrific these bags are and now they are in a better place, the sales table at Macyâ€™s, in order to make room for the new line of bags called Kristin. Coach designers have finally come to their senses and are now back to bags that women, not teens, would enjoy using. The Kristin line features a new kind of clasp that has never been on a Coach bag before. The clasp is gold and magnetic, although it appears to be a button. The colors of the bags come in cool and neutral colors such as blues and browns, and in snake skin and silver, glossy material, as well. Like true, original Coach bags the patterns include the recurring Cs and the new compact Cs. The bags come in all shapes
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and sizes such as hobo, tote, satchel and cross body bags with chain or leather shoulder straps. The inspiration for the bag came from a clasp on an old bag that the designer Kristin Michaloski found. The new line was
based solely on the clasp that she found and from there she was determined to make a very feminine bag. Kirstin didnâ€™t want any harsh lines or squares in the bag; she just wanted it to be simple and elegant. The new line of Coach bags has defi-
nitely achieved its goal and will hopefully move forward toward the direction of being elegant as opposed to being cheesy.
The Abbey presents:
Beer Wars The pour
By Mike Simeone Brewtownusa.com
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For years there has been a debate between beer drinkers on how to pour beer into a glass. There is the traditional down the side pour and the more unconventional pour of exploding the beer down the center of the glass. But which is right? The traditional pour requires that you hold the glass at a 45 degree angle and the beer straight above, pouring it into the glass until half way, then
tilting the glass right side up, until filled. Typically this allows for no head to form and you can enjoy your beer instantly with crispness to its taste. Which is the most important thing when drinking, being able to enjoy your beer right away. There is one fault to the traditional pour; it leaves carbonation in the beer. When using the more unconventional way of pouring beer you simply leave the glass on the table or bar, and pour the beer right down the middle of the glass, exploding it off the sides. This allows all of the aromas and flavors to be released from the beer and dance on your nose as you go in for the first sip. What this also does is
release all off the carbonation from the beer, making it taste smoother and less bitter. Beer works off carbonation which is what keeps it fresh, but itâ€™s meant to be drunk without it. Besides, who likes being bloated when getting loaded? Pour it down the center. Truly only you can decide on which way is the best for you and the beer. Simply try this experiment, grab two glasses, pour half of the beer the traditional way and half down the center. See if you notice a difference.
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Step into spring By Melissa Benevides Passion for Fashion
W i t h w a r m e r weather on the way, it’s time to pack away your winter boots and invest in some new cute shoes for spring. I love this time of year because it’s a great excuse to go out and buy new shoes. I’m excited to share with you the new trends for this spring. Great shoes to look for this spring are ballet flats, espadrilles, wedges, flat
sandals and feminine sandals such as platforms, pumps and sling-backs. When shopping for these styles of shoes, look for caged or wrapped sandals, chunky heels, wooden heels and embellishments. Some popular embellishments this season are beads, studs, flowers and bows. With a wide array of colors to choose from this spring you can’t go wrong. Metallics, neutrals and bright colors are your best choice. Metallic colors like bronze, gold or silver can help dress up any outfit. Great neutrals for this spring are light gray, nude and brown. Bright colors to look for this spring are pink, yellow, lavender,
turquoise and coral. Shoes are also a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit. Another important detail this season is the texture of the shoes. A textured shoe can add an alluring quality. Appealing textures for this season are suede, leather and roped or braided surfaces. Shoes are a great way to complete an outfit. Of course, you can still wear last year’s flats and sandals, but buying new shoes is always fun. I’m looking forward to updating my shoe collection for this season and I hope you are, too! Photo courtesy classroomchic.blogspot.com
Bow Hunting By Carmen Vignoli Redneck RIC
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Looking back at the previous two articles, we have gone over most of the major points of turkey hunting and the guns to use. Another way to turkey hunt would be with a bow. When preparing for an archery hunt you want to follow the same steps that you would for any other hunt for turkeys. However, there are obviously going to be differences.
When it comes to shooting a bow, you will want to become comfortable with shooting it from your knees or while you are sitting down. Make sure to practice at 20 yards and 30 yards. If you are just starting out with archery hunting I would not try to shoot at anything past 30 yards. Another thing that will prove to be vitally important to practice, learn to do everything as quietly as you possibly can. This will make the difference between going home with a bird and going home empty handed. Another important aspect of archery hunting during turkey season is shot placement; you
want to get a clean shot. In order to do so, the broad arrow head will have to hit the head or anywhere along the spinal cord. This will be your best chance at getting a clean shot. When choosing the broad arrow head you want to use, take into consideration your shot placement. The head obviously being a small target would mean that you want a larger cutting diameter. Archery hunting will prove to be an exciting challenge, so have fun and remember you don’t always leave the woods with something.
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RIC Events WXIN Rock Hunt Night Two March 31 Firehouse 13
41 Central St., Providence, R.I.
8 p.m. $3 w/ RIC ID $5 without Help support WXIN’s very own rock hunt where you’re the judge. Night two bands include Gravity Works, Name in Vain, Recore and Goodwood. Enjoy a night of great local music for a discounted price with your school ID and get to know your favorite RIC DJs.
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Silks take night one By Timothy Hordern Anchor A&E Writer
It may not feel like it, but spring has finally come and the semester is slowly getting ready to come to a close. The end of the year only means one thing: it’s time for RIC’s very own radio station, 90.7 WXIN, to host its annual Rock Hunt. So far, we have one show under our belts and there are still plenty more to come. Last Thursday four bands, The Telling Tree, Scarlett, The Silks and June and the Ocean, arrived at Firehouse Courtesy of Anchor TV
Four band competed for night one of WXIN’s annual Rock Hunt.
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April 1 and 2 Helen Foreman Theater 8 p.m. Pay what you can The dark drama that takes place in an unnamed totalitarian state revolves around a string of violent child murders that eerily mimic some of novelist Katurian’s twisted works. Writer Martin McDonagh has won several awards for this play since its release.
A look back at Bannister: Big, bold the gallery’s forgotten history
By Cathleen Williams Anchor A&E Writer
At first glance the Bannister Gallery seems quite ordinary. Located on the corner of Rob-
erts Hall, nestled on a sleepy back road opposite the Art Center, Bannister is one of the few fairly un-congested areas of the campus. Visit on any given day and what you learn
will probably not surprise you: Bannister bears a traditional gallery organization with a director and gallery assistants. See HISTORY Page 27
Pianist Awadagin Pratt April 3 Sapinsley Hall 2:30 p.m. See RIC box office for ticketing info
The well known classical pianist comes to RIC as part of The Performing Arts Series. Pratt has played many high profile shows, including the White House. Pratt is known for founding the Pratt Music Foundation as well as his regular college touring.
and brassy By Arielle Rogers Anchor A&E Writer
Wednesdays at Rhode Island College bring a host of wonderful events and activities for the RIC community, one in particular being the Chamber Music Series hosted at the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts. On Wednesday, March 23, the series hosted an afternoon concert featuring the Narragansett Brass Quintet. The
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The Bannister Gallery has been exhibiting art on campus since 1978.
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Next to Normal rocks PPAC By Arielle Rogers Anchor A&E Writer
Providence Performing Arts Center kept their lineup alive this season by bringing some of the most spectacular
productions in the country to its stage. Little Rhode Island was a stopping point for many tour productions this year, including “The Rockettes”, “The Lion King”, “In the Heights” and just recently the hit musical/rock
opera “Next to Normal.” The original Broadway cast of “Next to Normal” continued their tour in Providence this past week, bringing spectacular shows to our stage and showing the true beauty of Broadway.
This six member cast, along with an elevated pit band, told a story of love, heartbreak, peer pressures of all sorts and the scariest of them all, matters of See NORMAL Page 27
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Peter Bjorn and John’s “Gimme Some” By Rob Duguay Rob’s Album of the Week
You usually don’t hear much about what’s happening with music in Sweden these days, but Stockholm’s Peter Bjorn and John are a fantastic indie band whose name should ring a bell for most of you. You might know the Scandinavian power trio from their big international hit back in 2006, “Young Folks,” that featured fellow Swede Victoria Bergsman and came off their third album, “Writer’s Block.” In the few years since, they’ve released two more albums, gone on numerous tours, played thousands of kickass shows and thrilled millions of adoring fans. Peter Bjorn and John released their sixth album, “Gimme Some,” on Monday. “Gimme Some” has a genuine, raw, no nonsense feel that reminds me of post-punk and pre-new wave bands like Gang
of Four, Joy Division, Television, The Jam and The Smiths. With Bjorn Yttling slappin’ the bass and prancing his fingers on the keyboards, John Eriksson’s rhythmic drumming, Peter Moren strumming his guitar and complimenting the music with his deep, spine-chilling voice, there’s nothing not to like about this band. The new album seems to be an attempt to bring indie music back to its roots; no special effects, no ambience and no synth, just stripped down rock with a Swedish tinge. Speedy punk songs like “Breaker Breaker,” “Black Book” and “Lies” give the album a razor sharp edge while “Second Chance,” “Eyes,” “(Don’t Let Them) Cool Off,” “Dig A Little Deeper” and the burial ballad “May Seem Macabre” show off the wonderful rhythm section that Yttling and Eriksson exhibit, balancing the rest of the record out with a groove that’s going to make you shuffle your feet. In an interview with United Kingdom-based publication Clash Magazine, Moren de-
scribes the direction the band wanted to go with “Gimme Some” by saying, “We had this idea that we wanted to make a back-in-the-day style, drums record, and wanted it to sound live. As we are always slightly more energetic and punky live then on a record so we wanted to capture that on an album. We were aiming to make those live tapes and play together as a band. It’s just good to be a band and concentrate on that and not on all that other stuff.” “Gimme Some” does have a vintage style to it that makes you feel nostalgic for all the European, stripped down indie music that invaded the hearts and minds of music fans worldwide in the late 70s and early 80s, along with giving the album a genuine quality that you don’t hear very much in music these days. Peter Bjorn and John will be embarking on a 26-date tour of Europe, Canada and the United States, starting off at Dingwalls in London on March 30 and ending at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on May 14 where they will be playing back-to-
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back sets. For us live music fans in New England, Peter Bjorn and John will be performing at The Paradise in Boston on May 5, but tickets for the show are going very fast so make haste and pick up a ticket to see one of Sweden’s best imports, other than their meatballs of course.
Until then, stop by your local record store or log on to your friendly neighborhood legal music download website and grab a copy of “Gimme Some,” the new album from Peter Bjorn and John. It’ll make you jump up for joy and rock out like a maniac in no time.
Album Quick Picks Wiz Khalifa “Rolling Papers”
Snoop Dogg “Doggumentary”
Within Temptation “The Unforgiving”
The third studio release from the well known rapper includes Courtesy of nahright.com mega hit single “Black and Yellow” and recent single “Roll Up.” “Rolling Papers” hit store shelves on March 29.
The iconic rapper returns with his 11th studio album, including Courtesy of idolator.com the artist’s most recent single, “Wet.” Snoop Dogg’s “Doggumentary” will be available in record stores and for download on March 29.
The Netherlands based symphonic metal band returns with Courtesy of angrymetalguy.com their fifth studio release. The album will be released with a comic of the same name. “The Unforgiving” will be available for purchase on March 29.
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“The Social Network” better late than never By Eddie Taylor A&E Editor
Ok so I’ll admit this review is a tad bit dated and most of you have probably either seen “The Social Network” or had an inconsiderate friend ruin the entire film. Yeah, we all know the plot: “The Social Network” is set around the creation of our generation’s biggest time waster, well until “Angry Birds” was released anyway, and it really drew a lot of attention when it first hit theaters. Expecting this to be nothing more than a gawk fest at the creation of the popular website, I wrote this film off when it was in theaters. I expected it to be nothing but a half-hearted attempt at a film that relied on the Facebook theme to sell tickets, but boy was I wrong. The film came out on DVD a few months ago and seeing it at a Redbox piqued my interest. I figured it was only a buck if it was a total disappointment, so I nabbed a copy. Having friends tell me that Facebook wasn’t a major theme in the film I mostly just ignored what they said, but honestly I think I could count on one hand how many scenes were actually dedicated truly to Facebook. Sure the site may have been created in the film, but it was basically just the vessel that allowed the plot to occur. The characters could have invented Craigslist and the plot could have been pretty much the exact same thing. Nope, in “The Social Network” the driving force is the relationships that the characters share and, of course, the more successful they become the higher tensions get. I’d be the first to say that “The Social Network” was not an original movie. Pretty much everything about this film has been tread many times before, but the film tells its story with a certain style that I enjoy. The film paints college pretty well,
maybe a bit highly idealized with party buses full of hot chicks, but it is Hollywood. The film does have a bit of a darker vibe that runs in the background, even in the happier moments. This is set up perfectly by the introduction when Mark Zuckerberg (portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg) is dumped by his girlfriend for putting down her education. The glum vibe isn’t so strong that it makes this film overly depressing, but makes it feel a bit more real and allowed me to connect to the characters better. I also liked that Harvard wasn’t made out to be this perfect campus like it is in other films I’ve seen. Also switching from legal depositions and the actual events was very effective in keeping the energy flowing between scenes. Now let’s move on to the characters. One of things I hear a lot from people is that all the characters in this film are assholes. I have to say that I agree, but they are likeable assholes. Mark Zuckerberg’s character is monotone, sarcastic and just a bit of a snob, but at the same time he’s also at least on some level right so you can’t truly hate the guy. I was actually very impressed with Justin Timberlake’s portrayal of Napster founder Sean Parker and loved
the fact that a major musician played the guy who turned the entire music industry upside down. Sure the characters were a bit dry, but that’s what made them effective. “The Social Network” seems to meld the anxieties of college, the tensions between friends standing between one another’s successes and the cut throat business world into a truly great film experience. Sure there’s no character that you are going to walk away falling in love with, but you care about where the journey will take them. The plot is well-written and tight, and the cinematography is some of the best I’ve seen in some time. This film really knew how to add suspense and plot twists where it didn’t feel overpowering or fake. All in all “The Social Network” was a standout film. Did it deserve to win best picture over “The King’s Speech”? I’m not sure, but it definitely has the potential to go down as one of our generation’s classics. If you haven’t seen this film, run out and watch it now. If you’re already a fan of this film, it is still a bit pricey on DVD, so it may be best to wait until it’s a bit cheaper because no film is worth twenty bucks.
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“Tale” of loyalty By Michael Martins Mike’s Movies
W i t h Japan in the headlines on a daily basis, a film came to mind for me that is based on a story known well in that nation, a film with a local connection that has also taken up roots in Rhode Island itself. “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” was a straight-to-DVD release here in the States that hit shelves back in 2009. I know you’re thinking, “Michael, what happened to the WWII and propaganda films?” To be honest I’ve run of out films I have seen in that genre, at least ones I can review accurately. Starring Richard Gere and Joan Allen with a great supporting cast, and based on a real story out of Japan, the film “Hachi” is an Americanized version of the tale that was shot entirely in Rhode Island, using Woonsocket and the P&W Train Depot there as the center point of the production. Hachi, the dog, is an Akita, a very ancient, loyal and welltrained breed of Japanese dog that is basically a companion for life. One night Prof. Parker Wilson (Gere) comes home from his position at a local college and finds Hachi as a puppy on the train platform. The dog has broken from his cage and has nowhere to go. With nothing but a collar with Japanese symbols on it, Prof. Wilson takes the dog home. His wife does not approve of dogs but as time passes the family, including their daughter, become attached to the dog and they keep him. The bond between Prof. Wilson and Hachi becomes the strongest. Every day Hachi hears the train horn as
it approaches the town and he breaks from home and goes to meet Prof. Wilson at the station, sitting in the exact same spot every day, the spot where Prof. Wilson leaves him. The town grows accustomed to the sight and thinks nothing of it. One day Prof. Wilson never comes home after suffering a heart attack in one of his classes. What happens next is a true tale of loyalty. Hachi gets to the station only to discover Prof. Wilson is not there. He returns day after day waiting for his master to come home. It gets to the point where he does not even go home anymore. Sleeping under a rail car and receiving food from people in the town, Hachi lives the rest of his life in front of the train station waiting for his master to come home. Available for rental from Netflix and purchase from any major DVD provider, this film has great shots of Woonsocket and Bristol, as well as other parts of Rhode Island. It is a great family or girlfriend/boyfriend hang out film. Basically it requires someone you love to view it with. Emotions do well up a little but that seems to be a requirement for any self respecting inspirational animal film. As an interesting fact for all the readers, the city of Woonsocket has recently received a replica of the statue of Hachi that sits outside the train station in Tokyo where the true story of the professor and his dog took place. A gift from Beacon Charter High School for the Arts, the statue is a promotion of good will and hope in the city and hopes to draw people to hear the tale of Hachi so that it may live on even more in our hearts and daily lives. I give this film four out of five stars and, as always, wish you all happy viewing.
By Dan Rohelia Artisan Anime
Rarely do I go back through a particular anime a second time, as it never seems that anything is worth a second go nowadays. But, just like anyone else, I have a soft spot for certain works that know how to strike a chord within me. “Genshiken” is one such case. With its strong characters, appreciation of “nerd” culture and eerily accurate depiction of conflicting social norms, the entire experience was more than worth a revisit. “Genshiken” was produced in 2004 by Takashi Ikehata and is based on the manga of the same name. The series opens with college freshman Kanji Sasahara and his dreams to join
Arts & Entertainment “Genshiken” is geeky a club to enrich his social life. However, Sasahara’s hobbies are quite unlike those of his peers. He is an otaku: one who is obsessed with anime, manga and other niche Japanese hobbies. They are the equivalent of what one would call a “nerd” in American culture. Because otaku are looked down upon in his environment, Sasahara struggles to find others like him. But when he stumbles upon the enigmatic “Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture” during Student Activities Day, Sasahara soon realizes he is not alone. Essentially, yes, “Genshiken” is an anime about anime. One of the most interesting aspects of “Genshiken” is its attention to detail. Series creator Takashi Ikehata seems to be very much aware that socializing in college isn’t as easy as some writers and animators want you to believe. While
many other school-themed anime (and there are a plethora of them out there) stick to the same stereotypes pursuing the
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same goals and joining the same clubs, “Genshiken” peers into the life of the socially rejected. But rather than depict them as sweaty, depressed outcasts,
Ikehata has skillfully given these characters a wide array of motives and personality quirks. For example, the awkward and quiet Kugayama finds solace in the club because they accept him despite an underlying social disability. There is also Tanaka, who is both open-minded and unashamed of his interest in cosplay. Everyone here joins the society as different types of people, but their common interests in all things geeky give them the drive to keep their frequently threatened club from falling apart. This series can also be picked up at any episode. While there is a story arc covering the club’s rise and downfall, there is enough exposition of the central theme to watch almost any episode on its own. But for me, just one episode wasn’t enough. In fact, I felt very connected to the characters, perhaps because I’m in an anime-themed club
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myself. If you’re like me, you’ve been to a few conventions or put together your fair share of Gundam models. Well, alright, so you’re probably not like me. But I’m certain you’ll say “Hey! I know someone like that!” when you experience these and other staples of otaku throughout the series. I kept wishing to learn more about the characters and wanting to follow their adventures to no end. “Genshiken” knows its audience well, yet it is easy, quick and fun enough for just about anyone to pick up and watch. Who knows, maybe this series will help you better understand your one friend who just can’t stop buying new the Pokémon games. And if that friend happens to be me, then consider this my biography.
PC releases you can’t afford to miss By Amanda Hooper Play Play Play
Hey there, gamers and gamettes. This week we will be going over releases for all you PC gamers out there. In this issue, I will be going over first person shooters, MMOs (massive multiplayer online) and simulation games. Crysis 2: The sequel to the critically acclaimed first person shooter by EA. The game itself is set in a war torn New York City, and I’m not talking war torn in the “Call of Duty” sense. You are literally dropped into NYC during an alien invasion. The invaders are very advanced and you need to use all of your skill to defeat them. That is until you get your Nano suit, which increases your powers, allowing you to fight the alien menace with ease. All right, not
with ease, but much more easily than without. “Crysis 2” came out Tuesday, March 22. Sims: Medieval: Everyone, and I mean everyone, has to know about the “Sims Universe” by EA. It’s that addictive little game where you create people, build their houses and, when you get bored, you remove the ladder while they’re in the pool and watch the chaos unfold. Enter “Sims: Medieval.” This is much the same as before but instead think epic – heroes and damsels and quests. And that’s exactly what it is. You are your Sims and your mission is to become so epic that they crown you ruler of the little kingdom. “Sims: Medieval” also released Tuesday, March 22. DC Universe: Do you want to be a super hero? Or even a super villain? Then “DC Universe” by Sony Online is for
you. Basically Lex Luthor, after realizing his mistake in killing the best of the best super heroes (i.e. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman), goes back in time to convince them to train the new super heroes and villains so that Brainiac cannot take over the world. I have a pretty sick villain who is being trained by the Joker (voiced by Mark Hamill himself). But to tell you the truth, there are not that many people playing this game. I very rarely see anyone unless I’m in the home base. But for the first month (which is free) it’s definitely worth playing. I am not so sure I plan on paying the $14.99 a month afterward, though. So give it a try. This game has been around for a while. Darkspore: This is another game released by EA. This game is going to be an Epic
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Action-RPG (role playing game). “Darkspore” is set in the Universe. Not this universe, but one filled with tons of alien planets, and you must travel from planet to planet trying to defeat evil foes. On your missions you must find items that help build up your character and your team. The great part is that every part of your team is customizable, so you can make them just about as epic as the items you obtain. “Darkspore”
releases April 26. So there is my list of the best games gracing the PC screen in the coming weeks, but feel free to check out my article on www. anchorweb.org and comment if you felt like I missed a game or just to let me know what you think. Next week I will be focusing specifically on games being released for the new Nintendo 3DS. Stay tuned!
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Under the Radar Years of Rice and Salt
Local Events Arlene Violet will be visiting the Providence Public Library for a complimentary book signing and discussion for her novel, “The Mob and Me,” which the former attorney general co-wrote with former U.S. Marshal John Partington. The novel discusses the formation and development of the witness protection program and how the Providence mafia has been involved. While the event is free to the public, the Providence Public Library does encourage donations to help support future artist visits.
“The Mob and Me” book signing April 7 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free
The Providence Public Library 150 Empire St., Providence
Neil Young comes to Providence April 22 8 p.m. $55 - $250
Providence Performing Arts Center 220 Weybosset St., Providence
The legendary musician comes to Providence for a one night only show with special guest Bert Jansch. Young will play tracks from “Le Noise,” his most recent studio release that hit shelves in September and was a collaborative effort between young and Grammy-winning musician Daniel Lanois. Young will also play some of his classic tracks in both electric and acoustic settings. Take the opportunity to see this legend while you can, because he doesn’t come to Providence every day.
This six-piece post-rock group has made waves in their home town of London with their laid back sound. The band formed back in the summer of 2008 and quickly gained a following. Their first EP, “Service Bell,” was released in January 2009 with American indie label Futrerecording. Remastering their EP, the band took to the internet posting their music on sites such as thesixtyone.com. The band has won a lot of fans but they are far from hitting the mainstream, which is a shame. According to the band’s blog, Years of Rice and Salt will be releasing their first full length album, “Nothing of Cities,” later this spring. Years of Rice and Salt have a laid back sound that I really enjoy, but this band isn’t afraid to build up their sound for some of their more powerful songs. They make use of soothing backing guitar in most of their songs, which would make these guys a great band to just lay back and zone out to. They may not have the most complicated style, but their calming sound scratches an itch I think that most listeners can appreciate. I’m also a fan of this band’s drum work and love it when decide to throw a bit of violin into their music. If you’re looking for a calming post-rock band, then you can’t go wrong with Years of Rice and Salt
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Arts & Entertainment News Chucky remake gets the green light
Actress Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79
After a legal battle for the rights to the iconic horror franchise that revolves around a murderous doll, a remake has been given the green light according to IGN.com. The dispute was between studios MGM and Universal, with reports that MGM owned the rights to the original film, “Child’s Play,” while Universal Studios holds rights to the franchise’s sequels. The film’s script will reportedly be written by the series’ original screen writer Don Mancini and Brad Dourif returns as the voice of Chucky. The film is intended to reboot the franchise with MovieWeb.com reporting unconfirmed speculation that the remake will take a darker and less comedic theme.
The iconic actress died peacefully in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on March 23 of congestive heart failure, according to CNN.com. Taylor’s publicist said that the actress had struggled with heart issues for several years and had suffered minor complications recently. Taylor was said to be in stable condition and was thought to be returning home soon before her death. Elizabeth Taylor was known for her beauty, active personal life and her roles in classic films such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” “We have lost a Hollywood giant,” Elton John said in a written statement. “More importantly, we have lost an incredible human being.”
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Sudden YouTube star Rebecca Black plans follow up to “Friday” video despite backlash For the most part everyone and their grandmother has seen the video for Rebecca Black’s “Friday” that cemented itself on the front page of YouTube for several days. Black has received widespread criticism for her vocals and the simplistic nature of her lyrics, with even Conan O’Brian parodying her performance on his talk show. 13-year-old Black isn’t letting viewers’ negative remarks, which some have called cyber bullying, keep her from continuing her music career. The singer plans on releasing a new single, entitled “Lol,” off her reported album, according to NME. com. “I like the fact I am singing like a 13-year-old girl, not trying to be anything else,” Black told the Sun. Courtesy of avaaston.wordpress.com
Ben Stiller dreads moving to New York City in fear of ghosts
The actor and director, known for his comedic roles in films such as “Meet the Parents” and “Night at the Museum,” seems to have quite the fear of ghosts, according to TorontoSun.com. Stiller, who is moving just outside of New York City for his upcoming role in the Broadway play “The House of Blue Leaves,” fears that his new home may be haunted. “I have a little thing with quietness and spirits. I’m aware of ghosts. I sort of believe in ghosts and my wife doesn’t; she’s afraid of axe murders.” Stiller was quoted as saying. Stiller has lived in two houses that he believed to be haunted before.
Poison frontman Bret Michaels sues Tony Awards
The leader singer for the band Poison, also known for starring on VH1 reality show “Rock of Love,” Bret Michaels filed a lawsuit against the well-known award show. The lawsuit follows an injury that Michaels received during his live performance back in 2009. The singer was hospitalized several times over the past year from a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him, according to msnbc.com. Bret Michaels’ lawyers feel that the injury, reported to be a broken nose and cut lip, is a likely candidate for the singer’s recent medical issues. Michaels claims that the Tony Awards producers didn’t instruct him on how to walk off stage safely, and the singer walked into a piece of the set.
“Futurama” renewed for another two cycles
The popular animated series has been renewed for another two cycles of 13 episodes that will carry the series into 2013, according to IGN.com. “Futurama” originally aired on Fox and was cancelled several years ago, but was recently bought by Viacom-owned Comedy Central. The cable station ordered 13 new episodes from the show’s original producers after reruns have grown in popularity. The reboot a success, Comedy Central decided to extend the deal to a total of 39 episodes for the comedy channel. Great news for all you Futurama fans out there, unless of course 2012 is real and you won’t see how your favorite show ends.
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shortfall I found was with the vocals. The bassist seemed very from page 20 monotone and stiff while singing and this was when I could hear him. The instrumentals, 13 in Providence to compete which were spectacular, seemed for the chance at the Rock Hunt to overpower the vocals and title and $2,000 in cash prizes. take center stage. First up for the night was The The crowd seemed to have a Telling Tree. This four-person better reaction to this band, but band had the general makeup overall, it still seemed sparse of two guitarists, a bassist and a and quiet. The band seemed drummer. Both guitarists shared to be of younger age, so with the vocals and several members time I believe they will develop of the band were alumni of and become a fresh face on the RIC. This alternative band had Rhode Island scene. a good sound that was clear and The Silks was the third vocals that were understand- band to grace Firehouse 13’s able, which I can’t say every stage. This three-member band band pulled off that night. sure put on a hell of a show. The only drawback was the With a drummer, guitarist and crowd reaction. Only when bassist, it was the smallest yet asked did the crowd move up, strongest band of the night. The and there was no movement sound had a country element in from them while most songs, the music played. but changed What: This could just be periodically to WXIN Rock Hunt that the crowd was harder rock. still warming up, They seemed Night 2 but honestly these solo orienguys lacked a little tated in the Where: originality. All in songs, which Firehouse 13 all, it was a pretty was good 41 Central St., good band to kick because the Providence off the hunt. guitarist was The next band amazing. When: that took the stage “It’s really was Scarlett. This great being Thursday, March 31 four-member able to hear 8 p.m. band featured a country music bassist, who also of The Silks’ Cost: sung the majority caliber at a $3 w/RIC ID; $5 w/o of the songs, two local Rock guitarists and a Hunt,” said drummer. The main guitarist WXIN Country Music Direchas some serious talent but tor Devin Noll. “They have seemed reserved. None of their an amazing rhythm and the songs really stood out from harmonica was truly beautiful. I one another and they seemed didn’t expect to hear music like to blend in together. Another the Silks tonight and I am pleas-
antly surprised! I’m going to do what I can so that they become a staple of WXIN’s music.” The final band to take the stage was June and the Ocean. This five-member band included two guitars, a bassist, a drummer and a front man. The sound seemed generic. It became apparent that they wanted to be as loud as possible to cover up the vocals. However, despite their best attempts, the vocals still came through. The instrumentals were solid throughout but it seemed that they should have been toned down a little to sound better. The vocals left something to be desired honestly, and most of the time I couldn’t figure out what the singer was yelling into the mic.
The crowd reaction was slightly negative to say the least. A large portion left or migrated to the back. The few that stood up front seemed disinterested or even not into it at all. It was a tough call, but the thinning was very noticeable. To their credit, The Silks were a tough act to follow. While I think these guys do have talent, I can’t see them moving on to the final round of the Rock Hunt on April 22. Overall, The Silks were definitely the highlight of the night, even for a non-country fan like me. “I’d be shocked not to see The Silks make the finals,” said Eddie Taylor, Anchor arts and entertainment editor. “They really remind me of the Black Keys, which I have to admit I
have an unhealthy appreciation for their music sometimes.” With one show under our belts, and the talent already proving to be there, I am sure that the next show will not disappoint. Be sure to catch WXIN’s Rock Hunt Night Two on Thursday, March 31 at Firehouse 13. That night, we will see the battle between Gravity Works, Name In Vain, Recore and Goodwood. Stop by to support your friendly college radio station and meet your favorite WXIN DJs. Plus, it’s great local music on the cheap with your RIC ID - what do you have to lose? -With Reporting by A&E Editor Eddie Taylor
an audience full of classical music beginners. The concert was not a long one, lasting only about an hour. The performers took the stage with their shiny, golden instruments ready to perform five compositional works. With composers ranging from Handel to Ives, the quintet delivered exquisitely throughout the musical timeline they created. The concert was set up as a classical
timeline, starting with works by early composers Handel and Bach then ending with work by Kamen and Calvert. Joseph Foley, a music professor here at RIC, told What’s News @ RIC that the quintet was originally formed as a ‘working quintet’ looking for gigs at weddings and other similar functions. The group has now made education their main focus. They travel to different
high schools across the state to perform and educate children on the hard work, dedication and pure joy that come with being a professional musician and/or music educator. My personal favorite composition was Bach’s “Contrapunctus IX from The Art of Fugue.” The piece was second on the program and brought a slight chill over the audience. It was a darker piece, with
deep color and timbre in the sound. Classical music is stereotypically portrayed as light and fluffy, something that ballet is danced to, but in all reality classical music is just as broad in genre and style as any other form of music. Don’t worry, though, for the Chamber Music Series will be bringing in more artists this season and always remember, the best music is live music.
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Quintet consisted of Joseph Foley and Gregory Whitaker on trumpet, horn player Sheffra Spirodopoulos , trombone player, Kevin Kane and tuba player Tom Gregory. These artists produced a blend of bold, brassy musicality, entertaining
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Over 100 music fans turned out for night one of the Rock Hunt.
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The exhibitions are chosen by a committee, and they go up about once a month. At face value, the history of the gallery seems equally unextraordinary. The gallery is named for Edward Mitchell Bannister, a 19th century painter from Providence. What is interesting, then, is that Bannister was a black artist working in an immediate pre- and postCivil War America. Bannister was born in November of 1828 in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. Aside from his taking a job at sea, much of his early life—including his interest in art—is unknown. The job at sea proved to be both lucrative and instrumental in Bannister’s life; he became familiar with American cities on the East Coast, which
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the mind. The standing ovation and tears from the crowd were the result of an epic Broadway triumph. The four main characters create a family who change over time due to tragedies in the past and the mentality of the present. Tony award winning
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prompted his move to Boston in 1850 and eventually to Providence in 1870. In the United States, Bannister flourished as an artist, painting mostly dreamy, rural New England landscapes and portraits of local aristocrats, including many important white abolitionists. He reached the height of his fame in 1876 upon receiving an award for his painting “Under the Oaks” at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. But Bannister was very much aware of his immediate social and political context. He immigrated to the United States on the brink of Civil War, during which political measures to curtail any chance at freedom for Black-Americans – particularly the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 – posed a very real threat to Bannister’s everyday existence. In response, Bannister and his wife Christiana became active abolitionists in New England. The couple lived on sales of his
work and commission until his death in 1901. Perhaps the magnitude of Bannister’s life is somewhat lost on us in 2011, living in a society that too often fails to confront its own checkered history of race relations and civil rights. The fact is that the overwhelming majority of 19th century Americans (e.g. all of those who were not white men) were marginalized in society, disenfranchised and economically paralyzed. Edward Mitchell Bannister, then, glaringly negates these status quos: he was a free, self-employed, economically advantaged black man, an abolitionist who helped pioneer the movement in the North and used his art to that end. Much of his work, though seemingly peaceful landscapes and portraits, in fact speaks implicitly to his social and political engagement. Traditionally, black oral and musical tradition uses rivers in
particular to symbolize freedom; Bannister draws on this tradition by his use of bodies of water. In much of Bannister’s work the rivers and lakes are in the background, as the prospect of freedom for the overwhelming enslaved majority of the Black-American population lingered on the fringes of the American consciousness at the time. Bannister also utilized haystacks, a symbol used in the Underground Railroad. On at least one occasion, he deals explicitly with questions of slavery and freedom. “The Haygatherers” depicts a scene from a plantation in Southern Rhode Island – one of many that helped to maintain American chattel slavery. The gallery was officially named after Bannister in 1978, and has maintained both its name and extraordinary history ever since. Perhaps what Bannister offers us transcends
the boundaries of art: he was a member of a traditionally disempowered group who flourished in and contributed to a distinct aesthetic tradition for a nation that sought to deny his very humanity. The history of Edward Mitchell Bannister is not as distant as it perhaps initially may seem, and the questions of inclusiveness, equity and awareness that it raises are as relevant today as they were in Bannister’s time. Ultimately, to say we are privileged to have an incredible piece of history on our campus is an understatement. If nothing else, the fact that our gallery is named for Edward Mitchell Bannister challenges us to excavate him from the recesses of history and to continue in our day and age the traditions of social justice, inclusiveness and exceptionalism that Bannister embodied.
Alice Ripley plays the female lead Diana, a mentally troubled woman who makes her family miserable and emotionally distant. Asa Somers plays the very handsome male lead, Dan, who struggles with continuing on into the future and burying the past. Curt Hansen and Emma Hunton play siblings Gabe and Natalie. Gabe is the major cause of Diana’s mental issues and Natalie, Dan and Diana’s genius daughter, has poor cop-
ing mechanisms and is going through the average sixteen year old life. Diana suffers from bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia after a major tragedy occurs early on in her and Dan’s life. Because of all of the medications and mental treatments Diana encounters, she and her family are on a constant emotional rollercoaster which never stops. Due to one serious self-conflict, Diana is strongly pressured into one of
the most inhumane therapy’s possible, EST, or Electroshock Treatment. Through this she finds out who she really is and what is needed for her family to survive emotionally and for her to find her true, stable being. This show is a winner; if the opportunity arose to see it again and again, count me in. The music was of contemporary Broadway, set with choral numbers, ballads and duets. All of the voices melded together
well and easily complimented each other. It simply was an experience that is well cherished. So did you miss another great performance? Absolutely! But don’t worry, PPAC is still going strong with this season’s line up. Up next is Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” a show sure to get a good laugh. Even with musicals, the best music is live music.
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Anchormen get Rammed By George Bissell Sports Editor
The Rhode Island College baseball team was swept by Suffolk University in their home opener, falling 4-2 on the front end and losing 5-3 on the tail end of an afternoon double-header between the teams on Saturday, March 26. “It was a tough day to hit, it’s cold, the ball doesn’t go anywhere on days like this,” said RIC head coach Scott Virgulak in a post-game interview. “When you’re pitching like those guys did (Torres and Belanger), coming inside with two strikes and throwing more than one pitch for a strike, you’re going to be very effective on a day like today. I thought they did a great job with that and we just didn’t adjust well enough.” Suffolk senior Alex Torres pitched a complete game, allowing just two earned runs with no walks and 10 strikeouts to lead the Rams to a 4-2 victory in the first game of the double header. Torres al-
lowed just five hits and retired the final 18 batters in a row to pick up his second win of the season. RIC senior Gary Levesque allowed four runs, one earned, and drove in a pair of runs with a first inning double, but it was not enough to propel the Anchormen to victory. The Rams jumped all over RIC sophomore pitcher David Hoey in the second game of the double header, jumping out to a 4-0 lead before the Anchormen got on the board when junior left fielder Brent Hopkins smacked a solo home run in the second inning. The Anchormen mounted a late charge scoring two runs in the fifth inning, but squandered a bases loaded one out opportunity in the same inning. Senior reliever Charles Kilgore came in with the bases loaded in relief of junior starter Tim Belanger and shutout the Anchormen over the final 2.2 innings to pick up the save and preserve the 5-3 victory for Suffolk.
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Gary Levesque hit a 2 RBI double in the first inning.
Track stars still shine By George Bissell Sports Editor
Despite freezing temperatures, which didn’t do the Rhode Island College men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams any favors, it was freshman standout Craig Amado who picked up right where he left off after an outstanding indoor season by
winning the 800m (2:01.18) and finishing sixth in the long jump (5.98m) as the outdoor season got underway at Westfield State’s Jerry Gravel Classic on Saturday, March 26. The Anchormen finished 10th (33.0) out of 16 teams, while the Anchorwomen placed seventh (38.0) out of 18 teams. “It was pretty cold out,
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so that definitely affected me,” said RIC senior Mike Macedo, who placed second in the 10,000m (33:31.95). “I’m happy with how I did, but it wasn’t my best time, I could have done better if it was warmer.” For the Anchorwomen, senior Kayla DiBlasi won the 400m hurdles (1:06.37) and finished 12th in the 100m
(13.90). Freshman sensation Jessica Graham broke the program record in the pole vault taking home a second place (2.75m) finish. Both RIC outdoor track teams will be back in action at the Coast Guard Invitational on Saturday, April 2.
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Lacrosse loses at the buzzer By Dan Charest Anchor Sports Writer
“Woulda. Shoulda. Coulda.” Those were the first words that came to women’s lacrosse coach Mike Koperda’s mind after an agonizing 10-9 defeat Thursday afternoon to the Lasell College Lasers (2-3). Rhode Island College (2-1) overcame a 6-3 halftime deficit, then pulled ahead 9-7, before allowing the Lasers to battle back and knock home the winning wound with 0:05 on the clock. “The Cinderella story came up just short,” said Koperda. Lasell came out and buried the game’s first three goals, with three different Lasers scoring. The teams then switched off scoring as the game was picking up speed. A bombardment of close-ranged shots were piled on RIC’s Taryn Carbone in the half’s closing moments, but the freshman goalkeeper stood her ground and refused any Laser shots entry into her net. The score settled at 6-3 at the end of the first half. With no impact apparent in the first half, the weather was the first to make an impression once the second period whistle resumed the action. Fierce winds and a swarm of snow flurries came knocking, but the Anchorwomen overcame the weather’s presence and that too of the Lasers. Less than one minute in and already playing a girl down due to a penalty, Suany Almonte brought the RIC deficit down to two, at 6-4. Neila Kudla then retaliated with her second goal of the day to put Lasell back up by three soon after. Then RIC started to catch fire with five consecutive goals. First with Nicky Drolet, then with a pretty combination of a 30-yard run, behind-thenet goal by Haley Lattinville with 24:15 on the clock. Molly
Voyer followed suit by nodding it up at seven with 16:47 left. Lasell coach Cait Connolly tried to stop the bleeding by calling a timeout but Jenna Childs put RIC ahead by way of a free position shot with an even 15:00 left. Drolet scored again to put the Anchorwomen up 9-7 with 11:56 left. Ashley Slattery recorded her first and only tally of the day 1:08 after the Drolet goal to end the Lasers drought. Kudla then put home her third with 3:45 on the clock to even the game at nine. The RIC offense could not find any answers in the waning minutes of the game. It looked as though Drolet would record her third goal of the contest late, but her shot ricocheted off the right side post. From there, Lasell picked up the ball and started galloping towards the RIC net. Lasell would not take pressure off the gas and would not be denied. After a few chances to take the lead, they knocked the ball away from RIC and set their offense. 0:11 remained in regulation as Lasell’s Kelsey Conroy corralled the ball behind Carbone’s net. Patience, she held the ball for a few seconds before passing it to Chelsea Caren on the left side of the goal. Caren then snuck it past Carbone’s side with 0:05 left, securing the 10-9 victory. It was a heartbreaking defeat, as coach Mike Koperda noted. “We’re a young and talented team who is still learning the game. “We fully expect this team to deliver a winning season. This team has a special blend of proven veterans and an extremely talented recruiting class.” The Anchorwomen are back in action Tuesday at 6 p.m. when they host Framingham State (0-1).
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the support of his family. When his basketball career began to take flight in high school, Carter had the support of his family throughout the whole experience. “I have an extremely supportive family. In high school, my father went to every single one of my games. My mother made it to as many as she could,” recalled Carter. “When I was playing AAU, my father would travel with us, he would drive, he would fly to wherever I was playing.” Carter earned the basketball team’s leadership award during his senior season of high school and made the decision to attend RIC right after graduation. “It’s different here at RIC, but I like it,” said Carter. “It’s different from New York, that’s for sure.” One thing that has not changed for Carter since his arrival at RIC is his dedication in the classroom. There is a common misconception that to most collegiate athletes, sports come before academics. Carter is a testament to the fact that student athletes can and often do take their education seriously. Carter, an outstanding student, is on track to graduate in four years with a degree in management. After wrapping up his sophomore season on the basketball court, he is focusing his attention onto one of the biggest opportunities of his life coming up this summer. “I feel honored to be going on this trip this year. At first I wasn’t sure that it was real, but now that I know it is, I am really excited to do this.” Carter hopes to gain experience traveling around Europe, sampling the unique local cultures and, most importantly, showcasing his skill set in front of an international audience of prospective employers in the basketball business. The trip is more than just an opportunity; it can also be looked at as a business trip. In addition to helping sharpen his
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Tahrike Carter served as the Anchormen’s second point guard this past season. skill set, the trip will provide Carter with an opportunity to leave a lasting impression on scouts and coaches from Europe’s professional basketball teams. “If I could get a look overseas in the future as a result of this trip that would be awesome.” Carter is not the first, nor does he expect be the last Anchorman to take his talents to Europe. Senior guard Antone Gray and junior forward Mason Choice made the trip to Greece and Italy last summer and walked away with an experience they will never forget. “Tahrike is going to have the summer of his life,” said Choice, who played for the same All-Star Team last summer. “It’s a great experience for any player, but especially for a younger guy like him. Not only is he going to have a great time, but this trip is going to make him a better player.” Gray and Choice, who both hope to play professional basketball when their careers at RIC are over, used the trip last summer as a way to get their name on the map overseas.
Should they get the opportunity to play professionally, they will not be the first Anchormen to play overseas. Former Anchorman star Kinsey Durgin ’07 is currently playing professionally in Denmark. The trip presents Carter with a golden opportunity to improve his game this summer. Carter is already an outstanding defender, but he hopes to become a more aggressive offensive player. “Nobody is going to know me so I can reinvent myself this summer,” said Carter. “I hope to become more aggressive offensively while keeping my defense strong.” With the most decorated class in program history graduating, the Anchormen will be forced to replace three starters (Gray, Nick Manson and Darius Debnam) and one key role player in Carl Lee next season. Carter is looking forward to the opportunity to become the next impact guard at RIC, filling the void left by Gray and Manson at the guard spots next season. It will be no easy task, but it will start this summer in Europe for Carter.
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Tahrike Carter, from Brooklyn to Euro League By George Bissell Sports Editor
The smell of the hardwood, the sound of a whistle, the challenge of slicing through the defense in the lane, the pressure of taking the final shot, many players take these things for granted, but Rhode Island College basketball guard Tahrike Carter savors every moment. Maybe the reason he does is because, to Carter, basketball is far more than a game. “I think the fact that I had sports in my life kind of saved me,” says Carter. And if it truly was basketball that saved him when he was growing up in a rough neighborhood in Brooklyn, now it has gone even further and provided him another opportunity to enhance his future. Carter has been selected to play for a New England All-Star Team that will travel to Greece and Italy for 10 days and play six games against Europe’s premier professional teams this summer. As a sophomore this past season, Carter played in 29 games, starting 12 of them. Carter averaged 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and just under a steal per game. Carter, an outstanding one-on-one defender, developed into a key role player coming off the bench for a majority of the season, but also showed he was more than capable of handling a starting role when given the opportunity
by Head Coach Bob Walsh. Carter’s journey to RIC has been tumultuous to say the least. Fortunately for Carter, he had the support of his family and the game of basketball to keep him focused growing up in Brooklyn. “Growing up in Brooklyn was difficult,” said Carter. “I say that because it wasn’t a great neighborhood that I grew up in. You go to school, but you have your friends telling you don’t go to school, go do this, and go do that.” Despite the peer pressure, which threatened to take him away from the court and the classroom, Carter graduated from Benjamin Banneker Academy in 2009, but says that without the positive influence of his family and the impact basketball had on his life, he might not be in college today. “Basketball gave me something to focus on, something to do after school and most importantly a reason to go to school. It also gave me something to look forward to like college.” Initially, Carter did not begin his athletic career on the hardwood; he started with boxing and then made the transition from the ring to the backcourt. One thing that Carter has always been able to count on is See FUTURE Page 31