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SCG Pushes for Student Activity Fee Increase By Kameron Spaulding Anchor Editor Student Community Government, Inc. is making progress towards a proposed increase in the Rhode Island College Student Activity Fee (SAF), according to information provided by SCG officials last week. The proposed increase, if passed by the Board of Governors for Higher Education this May, would be the first boost to the SAF in more than five years. Student Parliament, by a unanimous vote of 21 - 0, declared the need for the increase at the body’s meeting on February 20 when they directed the SCG Executive Council to pursue the fee boost with College officials. “Given the increases seen in enrollment, the swelling of club activity on campus, and combined with factors pertaining to the economy and the New Residence Hall, an increase is not only necessary, but long overdue,” said SCG President Nicholas Lima, in a prepared statement provided to The Anchor. The Student Activity Fee, paid by all undergraduate students at the College, is presently assessed at a rate of $45 per semester for full-time students and prorated for part-time students on a per-credit basis. The SAF supports the activities of the more than 80 recognized organizations on campus and directly funds more than 50 clubs, among them Student Graphics, Student Community Government, The Anchor, WXIN, Programming, and the Resident Student Association.
The last increase, which took effect in 2004, was from $40 to the present $45 mark. The SCG budget prior to the increase taking effect had become so tight that all conferences for clubs were canceled at one point earlier that year. Prior to that, according to official records in the SCG office, the last increase was a $10 per credit jump in the 1994-1995 school year. 70 percent of that increase was earmarked to support the operating budget of Programming and not SCG and its clubs’ budgets. All told, there has not been a meaningful increase in the SAF at Rhode Island College, wherein SCG came ahead fiscally stable, since 1988 when it was increased from $25 to $30 per semester. Prior to that, the SAF was raised from $20 to $25 per semester in 1977. The arguments for the increase were presented to RIC President John Nazarian and the Vice Presidents of the College by the SCG Executive Council at a luncheon meeting last week. According to President Lima, the increase had been discussed with the College administration at a previous meeting but Nazarian asked for a formal, written request. SCG Executive members
cited SCG’s funding of more than 20 annual club conferences, Senior Week and the Senior Class gift, club sports, and other services in the letter submitted to Nazarian, in addition to providing student organization operating budgets. From information gathered by The Anchor at budget meetings this semester, it seems that an overall argument has been made that club operating budgets are at a critical point. Rising
travel costs, increased membership, and simply more students on campus has resulted in a predicted $145,000 budget deficit for next year alone; though that number was reduced somewhat after cutbacks to clubs in February. This deficit has only been amplified by the fact that the number of funded organizations on campus has increased from 35
to more than 55 in the last five years after having been stable at about 35 clubs for the last 20 years. To cover for the shortfall, Parliament voted on March 5 to use more than $130,000 of past years’ General Fund surpluses to cover next year’s budget, covering the cost of club sports organizations. A new Club Sports Initiative, in the works for nearly three years between SCG and the Department of Athletics, Intramurals, and Recreation, will take effect next year pending the approval of the administration, and aims to reduce operating costs of club sports and correct major liability issues for the College. Even so, SCG’s budget stability still remains in doubt in the near future, according to data provided by Treasurer Andrew Jarbeau’s office. In the corporation’s annual audit report, it was discovered that SCG, Inc. actually took a substantial loss last year, giving out more funds than it took in. “It is a very good thing that SCG did not spend $150,000 on RIC Fest last year, as nearly happened,” Lima said. “We may have not had the money to cover next year’s budget deficit had we done so, which would have been devastating for all clubs and organizations on campus.” The increased workload of monitoring more clubs on cam-
pus has also meant that overtime costs for SCG’s two employees have grown dramatically. As a result, the work schedules (in terms of number of weeks and hours per week) for long-time Administrative Assistant Sally Hindson and Office Assistant Joan Barden were increased in next year’s budget, in addition to a substantial raise for the two staffers. Still, Lima says there will be a need for a third staff member, which hasn’t been the case since the 1980s. “Joan and Sally work hard for the students at RIC,” said Lima. “I hope that the fee increase we have proposed is approved quickly, not only for their stable employment over the long term, but for the enjoyment of every student who takes advantage of the benefits provided by their Student Activity Fee.” The increase, which has been suggested to be from the current $45 to $60 per semester, could take effect next year if approved by the Board of Governors. “It is possible that the Board may lower our recommendations,” said SCG Secretary Christopher E. Buonanno. “Anything less than $55 per semester would disenfranchise a significant number of students from participating in activities which all students should have access to.” “This increase isn’t just intended for next year, but will take us many years into the future,” he added.
Folkins for Rhode Island College President... Anchor Editorial When the dates for the meet and greets with the four Rhode Island College presidential candidates were announced, we as an editorial board came up with certain goals we have for our next College President. Over the last two weeks, we have had the chance to sit down with each of the candidates to determine which one seems to be the best fit for us as an institution. After much thought, that person is resoundingly Dr. John Folkins. One of the qualities which we all agreed we wanted to see was strength. The new president will have to stand up against a state that too often sees Higher Education as just another area to cut. Dr. Folkins has a solid plan and the experience to keep RIC in the budgetary forefront. He worked with state governments to promote the benefits of his institutions at both Bowling Green
and Iowa. He also offered many other ways to keep the tuition at RIC under control and truly seemed to understand how important affordability is to the average Rhode Island College student. His ability to, as he stated, “Tell the story of just how unique Rhode Island College is,” will also help put an end to any RIC-CCRI merger talks and get the focus back on real issues. Bowling Green is a campus that is going through repairs and has aging buildings. That is another reason that we believe Dr. Folkins can fit in with our campus. He understands the need to keep our campus looking and running well to attract the students we need. He was also realistic when looking at rejuvenating the campus by acknowledging the tight money situation. Helping promote an on-campus life was where Dr. Folkins really pulled away from the pack,
from his mention of great ideas for the Student Union right down to his past support for studentled groups. “We can get commuters involved with clubs. We just need to make them more appealing and on their schedule,” said Folkins. Along with the attention to students groups, we were impressed with his outlook on college athletics, calling them “the front porch” of any institution. Dr. Folkins described how athletics can bring in new students and valuable donor money to a university. “With the way the bonding can be done, dorms pay for themselves as long as you fill them,” was Dr. Folkins’ response to the questions on residence halls here at RIC. This was one of the last topics we discussed, and by that time we knew we had just met a man who could be a great President of our College, and lead us into the future.
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Mr. Belding Takes RIC Back to the 90’s By Marah Roach Anchor Editor Everyone’s favorite principal, Mr. Belding, from the hit TV show, Saved by the Bell graced us with his presence last Wednesday evening in the Student Union
Ballroom. His favorite episodes, favorite Michael Jackson jokes, and words of encouragement were all there. Rhode Island College’s Programming club brought Dennis Haskins, who played Mr. Belding on the 90s television show Saved
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By the Bell, to campus as part of RIC END. “Time Warp” was the theme and they paid $5,000 to bring Haskins here for 90s day. Junior Matthew Hicks, who will be the President of Programming next year, said, “He was very down to earth, and all about giving autographs. Like when we all went with him to Texas Roadhouse, he just walked into the kitchen and started saying hello and signing autographs.” It was his second time at RIC. “I love Rhode Island, you guys!” Haskins said. He has been traveling to different schools around the country for about five years now; he visited URI the night before and RIC was his last stop. Haskins had a lot to say about his struggle of becoming an actor and how you should follow your dreams. He remembered spending a great deal of time sleeping on the floor. His friends, who were also struggling actors, had one –bedroom apartments and side jobs but he chose to focus on his career. “Remember these times you guys,” he
said. “Learn everything you can, because after this it’s on your own in the real world.” The event began with scenes of him in more recent minor roles in shows such as Jag and 7th Heaven. The theme song to Saved by the Bell followed shortly thereafter and the audience cheered. Haskins was interviewed by Programming’s Kerri Fuller and he filled us with information about the show. When asked how he got the iconic part as Mr. Belding he told the audience basically that he remained real and never gave up or tried to be anyone else. He believes that viewers loved the relationship between the kids and Mr. Belding and how we continually saw that he really cared about them and the school we called Bayside. Following the interview was a trivia game in which seven volunteers got up on stage and tested their knowledge of the show. They were all awarded a signed picture of the cast. Originally from Tennessee, Haskins remembered when he
first fell in love with acting. He was in the 6th grade and a college professor wanted him to play the part of candlestick in Pinocchio in a college performance. The lights, the fun he had after school, and the fellow actors all entranced him. Haskins now is laying low, occasionally playing minor roles in television shows. He said he asked himself the question if he should embrace Mr. Belding or shove him aside. One night he was out at a restaurant and a group outside started chanting “Belding, Belding, Belding.” He got his answer. He seemed to show that he loves young adults and sharing wisdom with them. To those that still catch Saved by the Bell on TBS in the mornings, many members of the audience on Wednesday would say he is as funny and nice as he appears on the show. He stayed in the ballroom until each and every student got a picture with him and his autograph.
meal because after he eats, he’s hungry again in an hour. Maybe he should just thank the jail that he isn’t obese anymore and serve his sentence. The nerve of some murderers. In Tallahassee, Fla., lawmakers are trying to ban metal replica bull testicles from being hung on the back of trucks. The senator running the campaign is Sen. Carey Baker and he thinks there should be a line drawn on what is obscene or not. A bill fining people with these adornments $60 was passed by the Senate. It goes to the House now. This is not the first such bill about fake genitalia that was tried. It also happened in Virginia last year. Of course, these pressing matters should be passed right away. If this were a television show, you would see my severe eye roll. In Modesto, Calif., a woman hit an electrical pole which caused the power to go out. The police say that she had her cat in her lap and when the cat
scratched her she lost control of the car and hit the pole. A bill was later approved that made it illegal to drive with a pet in your lap or in your arms. In Henderson, Ky., they are auctioning off once-stolen goods. These goods were confiscated during a shop-lifting case where they could either not find the owners or the owners no longer wanted the stolen goods. Items included in the action are about 114 purses, 200 articles of clothing and clothing accessories, 284 pairs of shoes, an iPod Nano and some Playstation games. I wonder in what condition the items are in and just how much they wanted for them. A girl can never have too many Playstation games. I hope you all enjoy the summer and hopefully I’ll be back next semester with more weird news.
Death of a Dutch Commander’s son By Bienvenue Ndahiriwe Anchor Staff According to the BBC, “the son of the new Dutch armed forces commander was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.” The victim, Lt. Dennis Van Uhm was killed on Friday, April 18, 2008. The roadside bomb was set off in the province of Uruzgan and took the life of another Dutch soldier while wounding two others. Compared to the US that has lost over 200 of its soldiers, the Dutch death toll has been relatively low. BBC’s latest count reports the death of 16 Dutch troops in Afghanistan. The tragedy comes just one day after General Peter Van Uhm assumed command of the Dutch forces. Of course, the Taliban quickly jumped on this rare opportunity. One of their spokesmen, Mr. Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said his group specifically ambushed the Dutch soldiers because the son of the Dutch commander was in their midst. He told reporters that, “When he came out, the Taliban planted a mine that killed him.” But the Taliban’s claim was immediately rejected by the Dutch of-
ficials. Back at The Hague, Jan Peter Balkenende declared the intelligence he was given simply proved there was “no indication of any link between this cowardly deed and the fact that it was the son of the defense chief.” This opinion was also shared by a member of the Dutch Federation of Military Personnel Mr. Wim Van De Burg. He was quoted by the BBC as saying, “I doubt they even knew who Van Uhm was - this is just propaganda for them.” Apparently, the Taliban group has been trying to target high profile military personnel. A few weeks ago, the United Kingdom had to withdraw Prince Harry from Afghanistan amidst fears of him being the prime target of the terrorist group. Van Uhm’s death, however, does remind us that there is an ongoing conflict in Afghanistan despite the media’s focus on Iraq. What is more, the roadside bomb shows terrorists’ resources in still being able to regroup and carry out deadly attacks in the face of a multinational military presence there.
Lt. Dennis Van Uhm, son of General Peter Van Uhm.
By Amanda Hooper Anchor Staff Hey guys! This is the last weird news compilation of this year and I hope you all really enjoy it. In Bentonville, Ark., an inmate is suing the county saying that he lost over 100 pounds. Broderick Lloyd Laswell is complaining about how unhappy he is that he is down to 308 pounds after serving eight months on a murder charge. He is saying that the Benton County jail is not providing the inmates with enough food. When he was put away in the prison back in September, he weighed 413 pounds. The reason he was in prison was because he and another man beat and stabbed a man to death then set his house on fire. Apparently, he is also saying he wants hot meals instead of the constant cold meals that the jail serves. He expects tax payers to pay for him to have what amounts to an eight course
April 29, 2008
Buonanno to Run for President By Kameron Spaulding Anchor Editor Christopher E. Buonanno, who has served as Secretary of Student Community Government, Inc. for the last year, officially declared his candidacy for President of SCG, Inc. last Thursday. Buonanno joins Joshua Laguerre to make the Presidential election a two horse race. At first reluctant to declare his candidacy, Buonanno made the decision to throw his hat into the ring as the deadline approached. Considered a potential candidate in last year’s election, he had stepped aside to allow current President, and close friend, Nicholas J. Lima to run for the office. “I have the experience needed at this critical juncture in RIC’s history,” Buonanno stated. During a tumultuous time for Rhode Island College, which includes massive state budget cuts, the transition to a new President of the College, and other serious concerns, Buonanno says that he is the right choice at this time. When it comes to RIC, Buonanno said, “We need to make sure that the new President of RIC, whomever it is, knows exactly where the students stand on critical issues, and will be willing to stand up for them.” He continued, “I will make sure that the new President of RIC knows how serious Student Community Government will be in fighting for the welfare of the Student Body as a whole.” As Secretary throughout the last year, Buonanno said he has made the connections necessary with top officials on campus to
hit the ground running. “There’s no learning curve here,” Buonanno said. “I know what needs to be done and how to do it.” As part of Buonanno’s platform, he sees the persistent Club Sports Initiative, the Student Union Expansion, and the transition to a new College President as major issues. However, a revamp of the SCG Roundtable meetings, the creation of a new “Cultural
Task Force,” and the need to make sure our state legislature is aware of the need for more funding at RIC are also top priorities. “If provided with the opportunity to serve, I won’t start working on these issues in September – I will begin that work Thursday morning,” said Buonanno. “All of these initiatives have been started. I will ensure that they are finished effectively.”
SCG Secretary Christopher E. Buonanno. Anchor file photo.
Coyotes on Campus By Mike McKenna Anchor Contributor The woods behind my house are the woods behind the Recreation Center here on campus. Occasionally, I find myself sitting on the roof of my house just killing time at night. A recent night was a very odd one on the roof. As I was sitting there, all I could hear was the rustling of leaves. It seemed like it could have been a normal breeze through the barren trees. However, I believe it was something else, the sound of the coyotes of RIC back out on the prowl. The noise was coming from two different areas of the woods and was rather loud. Some people who read this might think that I was imagining things and spooking myself but I know the woods rather
well, especially the ones behind RIC and my house. This sound was that of the infamous coyotes surveying the area for a rabbit, squirrel, or maybe even a small sized RIC student. The point of my message is to make some of you aware that these coyotes are in fact on our campus and can be very dangerous. I’ve counted three different ones over the past two years. I’ve seen three of them at once crossing College Road on the Mt. Pleasant side of the campus. Keep in mind that they may seem like harmless dogs but don’t let them fool you. They are incredibly dangerous and very quick. During the last few weeks of the semester they will be out and about now that the weather has finally gotten nice. Just keep that in mind......
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Mad Mike’s Mind By Mike Simeone Anchor Staff We’ve heard from high school history teachers that the reason we study history is so that it doesn’t repeat itself. When it comes to sports, sometimes you want it to be repeated. Let’s take the case of Joba Chamberlain, the Yankees’ set up man. Many things have been discussed on what to do with this young pitcher, whether it be to move him into the rotation later this year or to keep him in the set up spot and move him up in a year or so like they did with Felix “King Felix” Hernandez. No promise can be made that Joba will turn out to be like Hernandez. In fact, if the Yankees move him too quickly, he could be a bust like Phil Hughes who went 5-3 in 13 games last year for the Yankees with an ERA of 4.46. This year, he’s off to a 0-3 start with an ERA of 7.85. It’s too bad the intentions of co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner have been made perfectly clear, “I
want him as a starter and so does everyone else, including him, and that is what we are working toward and we need him there now,” Steinbrenner told The New York Times. “There is no question about it, you don’t have a guy with a 100-mile-per-hour fastball and keep him as a set-up guy. You just don’t do that. You have to be an idiot to do that.” Enter Brian Cashman, the apparent idiot. “Joba’s staying in the bullpen right now,” Cashman told Newsday on April 21. “That’s where we’re at. [Putting him in the rotation is] not something that’s going to happen here early on and [Hank] knows that. We’ve talked about it. I don’t know what set him off.” Later that day, Steinbrenner, the true idiot, realized his wrong doing and had commented that “We’re not going to rush him, I think most people agree with me, including the baseball people and most of the fans, that sooner or later it would be nice if he was a starter.” Yes, sooner or later, preferably later, it would be nice
to see Chamberlain as a starter. To expect him to go out there and throw a 100 mph fastball consistently and give you a solid 5, or if you’re lucky 6, innings just isn’t going to happen, especially when your going to ask him to do it again 4 or 5 days later. The kid’s arm is going to fall off when he goes from pitching 24 innings to roughly 180. Yes, he was 9-2 in his AAA career as a starter. MLB is a completely new ball game from the AAA. Cashman agrees that the transition needs to be slow and knows that Chamberlain is going to be great right off the bat. “If you had bet on the kids doing great out of the gate, it wouldn’t necessarily be a safe bet, but we’re betting on them in the long term, not necessarily in the short term,” Cashman told Newsday. “We’re certainly not playing up to our capabilities after 20 games …We made our decisions [in the off-season] and our season is now underway. It’s way too early to start making judgments on anything.”
The last thing the Yankees need is to pull what they’ve done in years past which is to go an acquire a burnt out retired pitcher who will only hurt the rotation, e.g. Roger Clemens. With this said, Steinbrenner is still unhappy with decisions by his GM. “The mistake was already made last year switching him to the bullpen out of panic or whatever,” Steinbrenner told The Times. “I had no say in it last year and I wouldn’t have allowed it. That was done last year, so now we have to catch up. It has to be done on a schedule so we don’t rush him.” Was it really a mistake? I don’t think it was. If Chamberlain had stayed out in the starting rotation he would not be as good a pitcher as he is now. He would not be throwing the 100 mph fastball because his arm would not be able to handle it; he would have faced batters more than once, would have had to use a different combination of pitches and would not be starting off with the lead when he goes out
there. At best, he would give you 3 solid innings, one through the order. He could blast pitches past the first round of batters like he does now but the chances are good that he may not be so lucky the second time around. The best thing that the Yankee could (and most definitely should) do is keep Joba Chamberlain in the set up position. Come 2 years from now, the Yankees are going to need a new closing pitcher. Mariano Rivera just isn’t The Sandman anymore. No longer can Yankee fans hear Metallica’s Enter Sandman and know that the game’s over. If Chamberlain stays in that set up position, he will easily fill the closing position. Yes, the Yankees need help in starting rotation but truly Joba is not the answer. I have faith that Kennedy and Hughes will turn it around in years to come. They’re still very young. The fact is that Joba will not make a good starter now and will most likely serve better as a closer for the Yankees than a starter in the future.
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RIC End Review: The Aftermath By Ashley Dalton Anchor Staff A week full of events put on by Rhode Island College Programming took place starting on Monday, April 21. Each night resulted in large gatherings of students, offered lots of free prizes and the chance to win a $1000 paid vacation the last day in a raffle, which one lucky girl did. Monday night was the 1920s murder mystery dinner. Dinner was made for an estimated 70 people and every seat was filled with an addition of two tables added to accommodate additional attendees. The night was filled with mystery, laughter, improve comedy and murder. The experience was much like a live reenactment of the board game, Clue. The two performers were quirky, sug-
gestive and downright entertaining. The student who solved the murder won the cash prize at the end. Tuesday night was the 1970s Newlywed Game night. With a packed room and a stage full of couples, the night was off to a good start. Laughter could be heard throughout the Student Union as contestants struggled to answer questions and win competitions. Rolling Stone magazine themed pictures were also a big hit as students lined up for an hour to get their photo on the cover. Wednesday’s Field Day event brought in hundreds of people. Games, prizes, music, candy and tattoos were only a few highlights of the event. The gladiator jousting and adrenaline moon bounce were also big hits. The day was followed
up by the appearance of Dennis Haskins, also known as Mr. Belding of Saved by the Bell. He showed clips of his current roles, answered questions about his profession, and did a Saved by the Bell trivia. The entire audience lined up after the show for a picture and autograph with everyone’s “favorite” principal. Thursday night was Future Fusion. Free smoothies, glow sticks, t-shirts, and 3-D pictures were given out during a glow party held in the Student Union Ballroom. Laser tag tournaments were held on the quad prior to the party, bringing in several participating teams. A few students also took part in balloon jousting and glow stick dance competitions. A night full of glowing and dancing wrapped up the week long party.
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In Defense of Elitism most elite in our country; then again, so are Hillary Clinton and John McCain. No matter how much they try to capture the down-home image that George W. Bush used to win two elections, they are just as elite as Barack Obama. Iâ€™d rather have a president who is willing to speak his mind and has experience living in other cultures than one who is completely unfamiliar with life outside the United States. Iâ€™d rather have a president who isnâ€™t afraid to take on the lobbyists in Washington than one who takes their money and pretends to be representing the people. If that makes Barack Obama an elitist, then I will be very happy to vote for an elitist this fall.I do not wish to see it and wish it harm.â€? And if anyone knows just a little bit about the
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and lifestyles but wishes their extinction. I am certain that had posters been taken down during Black History Month the action taken would have been much more effective than the measures being taken now. The news crews would be here and Wolf Blitzer would be asking why students do not feel safe on campus. Weâ€™d have our
Facebook vs. Myspace is an epic battle that has been raging since Facebook arrived on the scene. It used to be that Myspace was the only cool place to have a personal page. It all changed and Facebook has surpassed Myspace in accessibility and in fun. From what I hear, these friend sites started with something called Friendster. I have never seen it and I donâ€™t think it even exists anymore. It took me a while to get interested in Myspace but everyone else was doing it. Soon enough, I was addicted. I was messaging people, loading pictures and updating my page. I then found out about Facebook in my freshman year of college. I was apprehensive to join because I was so attached to Myspace. Once I joined, I was an instant addict. I loved how easy it was to find my friend and see when they updated their pages. I even liked the addition of what was not so affectionately called the â€œstalker feed.â€? The â€œstalker feed,â€? for those who do not know, will let you know of almost any activity your friends have on Facebook. This includes leaving messages on someone elseâ€™s boards, updating
photos and joining groups. I find the event invitations on Facebook better than those on Myspace as well. Myspace has recently started trying to compete with the popularity of Facebook by adding similar features such as letting you know friendsâ€™ moods and statuses and when they update their page. It still does not compare to the awesome force that is Facebook. Originally, Facebook was only for college students. As soon as it was open to everyone, there was no way that Myspace could compete. For as long as I can remember, Myspace has had a feature where you can chat with friends on the site who are currently on it. I have never really used that function because I am an avid user of AIM but I can see how it is useful when meeting new people. Facebook has very recently added a chat feature. I donâ€™t think it will be used that often but it may be just one more way to stay on top of the friend site charts. I check my Facebook several times a day and use it for everything from socializing to work related things. I maybe check my Myspace once a day. I think it is clear what the most popular choice is. Facebook wins!
not see any action being taken. I do not hear people expressing disgust for such an outrageous act in conversation. And maybe it is because people simply do not care. Maybe it is because they do not see how this involves them. After all, theyâ€™re not homosexual. This act of vandalism is more than the simple defacement of a poster. It is more
own Jena 6. For anyone, not just the students and faculty of Rhode Island College, but for anyone who believes in the freedom of expression to not show some degree of outrage or disgust is to only empower individuals who see a people inferior to themselves. This attack on the Rainbow Alliance is akin to the burning of black Christian churches that happened in the South throughout the Civil Rights movement. It is akin to the Nazis destroying the homes and businesses of Jews and for the people of RIC to not show nearly enough disgust to this act of defilement is to aid it. It is no wonder that some students do not feel safe at RIC. Tearing a poster down may seem such a small ordeal but it is an way of expressing superiority; a statement that says â€œI not only disagree with your lifestyle but I disagree with it to the extent that I do not wish to see it and wish it harm.â€? And if anyone knows just a little bit about the lynch mobs, they know that it takes only a little more encouragement to beat a person. To be against someone who would defile a poster is not merely standing up for the people of the Rainbow Alliance but demanding action against such a person is to stand up for the freedom of expression and to stand up for your right to live your life the way you choose to.
By Jessica Albaum Anchor Editor
It occurs to me that no one on campus is taking this act of vandalism seriously enough. It appears as if no one truly cares what has happened. I have seen the articles published in The Anchor and I have watched the Rainbow Alliance hand out pamphlets but I do
than an act of hatred. It is a silencing of a group of individualsâ€™ freedom of speech. It is a blatant disregard to the Bill of Rights, something that this country fought so hard to create and protect. This fundamental cornerstone of this countryâ€™s Constitution is being attacked by an individual who does not merely wish the censorship of controversial beliefs
By Jonathan McCullough Anchor Contributor
Facebook vs. Myspace
Silence on Campus
lynch mobs, they know that it takes only a little more encouragement to beat a person.
After Barack Obama lost Pennsylvania last week by just less than 10 points, the media machine was claiming that it was because of his â€œelitistâ€? comments made at a fundraising event in California. As I saw this story spin out of control, I thought back to the 2004 Presidential election and remembered how John Kerry was painted as a latte drinking, French speaking, phony warhero. The fact is that the strategy actually worked and it sickens me to this day. Now it seems as if history is trying to repeat itself, but it wonâ€™t work this time. It is the fundamental idea that somehow being a member of the elite is a bad thing that I just donâ€™t understand. For one thing,
every single president in history has been an elitist by definition as they believe they would do a better job than anyone else at running the country. President Bush (the most elitist President ever, if we are keeping score at home) maintains his image as a beer drinking, pretzel choking, brush clearing, gun swinging hick in order to appeal to the Republican Party. The problem is that Bush was born in New Haven, Ct., went to a prep-school in Massachusetts, graduated from Yale, and became an oil tycoon, meaning he was super-elite. And yet in 2004, a surprising 31 states chose a phony over a man who was a war-hero, who could speak three different languages and knew the difference between Shia and Sunni Islam. Barack Obama is one of the
By Kevin Killavey Anchor Staff
April 29, 2008
There Is Help for Families and Friends of Alcoholics By Beatrice Jones Anchor Contributor Do you know, care about, or love someone who suffers from the disease of alcoholism? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. For every alcoholic out there, there can be dozens, perhaps hundreds of people who have been or are affected by his or her disease as well. Family members, relatives, friends, and co-workers can all suffer as a result of loving, caring about, or depending on the alcoholic in some way. The good news is that there is help for us, too. While most people realize there are rehabilitation and 12-step programs available for those suffering from the disease, not everyone knows about the programs designed to help those suffering from the effects of alcoholism in a relative or friend. Among these is Al-Anon, which was adapted from the 12step program of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Al-Anon was founded in 1951 by two women who were married to alcoholics. One was the wife of Bill W. who cofounded AA. Today there are nearly 25,000 Al-Anon groups (of untold sizes) in 131 countries and its literature is translated into over 32 different languages. In its 2006 U.S. and Canada Member
Survey, 94 percent of its members said they would definitely recommend Al-Anon to others and 81 percent said that their lives were “much improved” by attendance at Al-Anon meetings. Why is Al-Anon so popular? The behaviors we develop as a way of coping with the disease of alcoholism in a loved one can ultimately threaten our own wellbeing. When we care about an alcoholic, our good intentions can lead to caretaking, sometimes called “enabling.” This detrimental process often results in our attempts to spare the alcoholic from having to face the consequences of his or her behaviors. Even though our actions come from a place of love or goodwill, they can in fact prevent the alcoholic from experiencing that which may ultimately lead to his or her decision to get help. In essence, we could be stopping that person from “hitting bottom,” the experience many alcoholics report as being the catalyst that turned their lives around. Furthermore, our continual focus on another person (and on a situation over which we have no control) can increase over time. It can cause us to become irritable and unreasonable, and it can eventually drain us of the energy we need to care for ourselves. Our own lives then become un-
manageable. Al-Anon can help by providing the experience, strength, and hopeas heard through the stories of other members. It’s not only be a comfort and a relief to know there are others out there who understand our plight, but their sharing can provide us with solid tools to better cope with our situations. Beginning in May, there will be free weekly podcasts called “Hope for Today” with Devony J. that you can access online to hear the stories of those who are deal-
ing with the devastating effects of alcoholism in a family member or friend. Discussions will include the many ways our lives can be improved and our serenity restored while living with the disease of alcoholism. This podcast series, loosely based on the tenets of Al-Anon, is the new companion series to “Just for Today,” the podcast series for alcoholics hosted by Dan S. (a 17-year veteran of AA) on whose website you can find them both. Both Devony J. and Dan S. are mem-
bers of the local Rhode Island community. To listen to Devony J’s first podcast visit www.justfortodaypodcast.org and click on “Hope for Today.” If you’d like to know more about Al-Anon here in RI visit http://riafg.org/ or for AlAnon worldwide visit h t t p : / / w w w . a l anon.alateen.org/. Al-Anon is a large community of people who are waiting to welcome you. In the meantime remember: you are not alone.
ROVING REPORTER By: Kellye Martin
What are you looking forward to the most this summer? What are you looking forward to the least?
Lorin Kinney Psychology 2009 I am looking forward to living off campus in Providence, but I am not looking forward to the higher cost of living; I already had to give up my car.
Kwame G Biology 2010 I am looking forward to vacationing in San Jose and Mexico. I’m taking my pimp game international baby, whoo! ¡Viva la México! I’m not looking forward to having to work 8 hours in the sun all summer. Now that sucks, ya dig?
Diana Alzate Elementary Education 2010 This summer I’m looking forward to finally making some money, BUT I’m least looking forward to working!
Gerald Agyenang Computer Science 2012 Work work work – unfortunately. Don’t have enough money to afford to go to Mexico like most of my friends. I’m just easy going anything is alright with me.
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April 29, 2008
Murphy’s Deli and Bar Disappoints By Nick Lima Anchor Food Critic Recently relocated to 100 Fountain Street in down city Providence, Murphy’s Deli and Bar is in a prime location to catch a wide variety of crowds. Whether you’re a college student looking for a drink and appetizers, are out for a filling dinner, or simply want a place to hang out and relax over a beer, Murphy’s sells itself at first impression, as the right place for you. However, on a recent Cuisine Corner visit to the establishment, disappointment seemed to outweigh the positives offered by the pub. For instance, an initial appealing, bright atmosphere quickly detracts from the ideal pub feel of the restaurant with too many wide open spaces and a general feeling of discomfort and distance from fellow diners. Murphy’s does offer a large
menu, featuring a variety of Reuben sandwiches, clubs, rollups, and grinders, aptly named after local attractions. Options range from the “Civic Center Hot Hoagie” to the “Biltmore BLT” to scallops, shrimp, chowder, beef and chicken dishes. Chicken sandwiches are a staple on the menu, and as such I tried the Roger Williams Chicken Cutlet Melt, which at first seemed pricy at $8.95. Advertised as a country breaded chicken breast with creamy chipotle dressing, cheddar & applewood smoked bacon on grilled Texas toast, the very description was mouthwatering. When it arrived though, I was shocked to find that the “country breaded chicken breast” was merely an awful frozen patty with no identifiable “real” chicken meat to be found. To make matters worse, both the patty and the bacon were so badly burnt that they were inedible – the chicken literally had
the texture (and flavor) of chipotle cardboard. While my main course was unacceptable, the appetizers saved the day, though even they were lacking. The French fries, smothered in bacon crumbles and melted cheese, went very well with the large serving of sour cream afforded with the dish. They were both filling and tasty. A highlight may have been the mozzarella sticks which were large, breaded and full of flavor. Unfortunately, Murphy’s marinara was bland and generic, though the dish was served in a chili-shaped bowl and presented well. Stay away from the nachos – I’m fairly certain the cheese came out of a baseball stadium cheese dispenser and the chips themselves were not only stale but of awful quality. Of my fellow diners, each was satisfied with their meal (outside of the nachos), including a good impression given of
Murphy’s buffalo chicken tenders. All agreed, though, that the service afforded to us was miserable at best. We rarely saw our waitress despite the fact that only a few people were dining in the establishment at the time. Simply getting a refill on water seemed to take more than a half hour. Our waitress took no interest in us and despite the number of appetizers we ordered, empty, dirty plates were allowed to accumulate on our table until after we had already put on our coats to leave. Restaurant goers may enjoy Murphy’s fresh deli section as well as the brunch menu. The number of beers offered on draft is impressive, though again, some items are a little too pricy. Overall, we all got the impression that the kitchen was lacking in its attention to both detail and quality. While the large menu may still offer some gems, the odds of picking something that’ll make you feel sick
to your stomach afterwards are just too great to merit a good review.
Food: 2 / 5 Service: 1.5 / 5 Atmosphere: 3 / 5 Mozzarella Sticks: 4 / 5 Overall: 2 / 5 FEDORAS
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You Can’t Forget Sarah Marshall By Laura Horton Anchor Staff What happens when your actress girlfriend dumps you and then immediately starts dating a rock star? Forgetting Sarah Marshall shows you exactly what happens. Jason Segel (Knocked Up) plays Peter Bretter, a lazy music composer for the television show, Crime Scene. His girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (played by Kristen Bell), is one of the main characters on the show. When Sarah dumps Peter, he finds out that Sarah has been with another man. This man is Aldous Snow (played by Russell Brand), an up-coming rock star. Peter becomes depressed and his friend suggests that he take a vacation. With Peter’s luck, he ends up in the same hotel as his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in Hawaii. Everywhere Peter went, Sarah was there. This movie is by Judd Apatow, the man behind movies like Superbad, Knocked Up, and The Forty Year Old Virgin so you expect it to be funny and well remembered. These expectations are met and exceeded. Many of the actors in previous Judd Apatow movies are in this one as well. Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a very cute movie, but it’s not for the kids. There are heavy amounts of
nudity, especially within the first five minutes of the movie. Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a very interesting film and is good for any movie night with your friends or with your sig-
nificant other. Check it out while it is still in theaters or save a few bucks and catch it on DVD when it is released in the future.
RENTAL RAVES CHINATOWN By Adam D. Bram Anchor Staff This week, we will look at a classic in the film noir tradition: Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby)’s 1974 movie, Chinatown. J.J. “Jake ” Gittes (Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) is a private investigator in 1940s Los Angeles. He normally gathers evidence in adultery cases and this time he is hired to spy on an allegedly philandering water board official Hollis Mulwray (Darrell Zwerling, Grease). However, once the pictures surface, Jake gets sued by Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway, Mommie Dearest) who was not the same “Mrs. Mulwray” that hired him in the first place. Knowing he’s been duped, Jake decides to get to the bottom of things and becomes entangled in a web of conspiracy and murder at the heart of L.A.’s water supply. This film is wonderfully dark and mysterious. Nicholson proves time and time again just how
inimitable he is. Polanski’s own short cameo manages to be funny as well as chilling. The rest of the cast is outstanding and the atmosphere really pulls you in. It keeps you guessing until the end and you don’t see the final horrifying revelation coming (unless, of course, you recognize the scene before it happens, having been among the most oft-parodied scenes in film history). It does lose a little for a final scene that just nonchalantly accepts life’s disasters. Also starring Perry Lopez (Kelly’s Heroes) and John Huston (The Bible). R. Rating: 4.5/5
RIC EVENTS April 29 Performing Arts Series: Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations 7:30 p.m. Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts May 1-17 Art: Annual Student Exhibitions 5 p.m. May 1 Open Reception Bannister Gallery Roberts Hall
RIC Student Melissa Brown’s Abstract Is Rewarded By Larry O’ Brien Anchor Staff Melissa Brown, a fine arts major and tutor at the College Writing Center, has won the Eleanor Parker Anderson Scholarship Award for 2008. The scholarship, which includes an exhibition of the winner’s work at the Providence Art Club, is granted to an artist under the age of 30 living, working or going to school in Rhode Island who has never had a solo exhibition. Interested artists submitted their work and were judged by a committee of local working artists, and they selected Melissa Brown’s work over all comers. Think about that for a moment: RISD, Brown, URI, MassArt—all these places are crawling with art students and Melissa Brown, a soon-to-be graduate of your own Rhode island College, trumped them all. Brown works in oil, charcoal and mixed media to create what she calls “loosely landscape based abstractions. I look at something to get me started. It is more process that is driving the work.” Looking at the lines in vines or trees, for example, it is not so much that she tries to reproduce a given structure as the way light relates to that structure. Brown is very interested in the tension squirming between competing lines at the edge between light and darkness. “I never
wanted to be an abstract painter; I was always sort of afraid of it. Instead of just recreating a picture, when I work abstractly it’s this constant dealing with the unexpected.” Inspired by the moments of beauty she finds in life, Melissa seeks to acknowledge the chaos in the universe without giving in to nihilism. She’s looking for what she calls “Aha!” moments. Brown is quick to credit her success to her teachers. She says she had “an amazing art teacher” name Susan Becker in high school at the Whitinsville Christian School in Whitinsville, Mass. who triggered her interest in the field. When she came here after three years at the Fairwood Bible School in Dublin, N.H., she briefly imagined that she would major in English (it seemed to have been something of a family curse), but was already thinking about Art Education before enrolling. While taking a drawing course, Professor Krisjohn Horvat noticed her talent and encouraged her to pursue fine art as a major. She did and received an education which she obviously deeply appreciates. Brown became a habitué of the Art Center. “It’s its own little world,” she says with a laugh, “and there is no world outside of it.” When she chose the visual over the verbal, Rhode Island College lost a fine
writer. Says Meg Carroll, the director of the Writing Center where Brown has worked for three years: “She leaves a legacy of reflective writing that has become part of the Writing Center archives, writing that will influence other generations of tutors.” When Meg had to choose a journal entry to read to a conference at Duke University, she chose an entry of Melissa’s. When she read the entry aloud at a tutor meeting, every tutor could recall the piece from the time six months prior when Melissa had read it herself. Not simply a matter of style, the piece Melissa had written came right from her heart, addressing the untimely losses of first her fiancée and then a godchild that had challenged her view of reality. In the Artist’s Statement that accompanies her show at the Providence Art Club, Melissa writes: “My work reflects the ways that we look for meaning in times of loss, uncertainty and instability. For me, art making is part of the search, the longing for something more than what we can immediately understand. Hope defines and expands the journey, and as an artist I look for a transformation from randomness to reason.” Brown also wants the world to know that she has a fine throwing arm. She once hurled a snowball from at
least 70 feet away through a narrowly opened window of the Writing Center, silencing and sending scurrying for cover her fellow tutors who had loudly questioned her ability. The woman can throw. She is a better writer than thrower and a better painter than writer. If you are reading this article, you probably have some connec-
Painting by Melissa Brown, currently displayed at the Providence Art Club.
May 2 Music: RIC Choral Concert “TAKING FLIGHT” 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center May 2 Music: Bon Voyage Chorus Concert 8 p.m. Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center Admission $4 May 5 Music: Jazz concert 8 p.m. Sapinsley Hall in Nazarian Center Admission $5 May 7 Music: New York System: Contemporary Music Ensemble 7 p.m. Sapinsley Hall in Nazarian Center May 11 Music: RIC Opera Work Shop Performance 7:30 p.m. Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center
MPD Psycho By Jason Charpentier Anchor Staff To start off, MPD Psycho is utterly grotesque and twisted. So if you don’t enjoy seeing naked women with severed limbs or people buried in the ground with plants growing out of their brains, I advise that you don’t continue reading this. Yes, this manga is absolutely not for the squeamish or easily disturbed. Now that that is out of the way, MPD Psycho is the story of one Kousuke Kobayashi, a police detective whom one day begins working on a case involving the dismembering of bodies. While working on the case, a mysterious man sees Kousuke and believes he sees something special in him. Shortly afterwards,
Kousuke receives a large gift, a gift containing the dismembered body of his barely living girlfriend. This event triggers something within Kousuke. As Kousuke closes in on the serial killer, a new personality comes in, Shinji Nishizono, a cold blooded psychopath of his own who murders the serial killer. With the murder, Kousuke Kobayashi ceases to exist, now replaced by another new personality, Kazuhiko Amamiya. Kazuhiko is sentenced to prison for the murder and resides there aiding the police in profiling from time to time. Upon his release, he is asked to join a special crime research facility, which he accepts, and so the story truly begins. As the story goes on, a conspiracy is slowly unraveled as well as
more disturbing imagery than you will ever want to see in your life. MPD Psycho is a fantastic manga and there was even a short 6 episode live-action miniseries directed by the legendary Takeshi Miike, well known for films such as Ichi the Killer and Audition. The story is delightfully twisted, and the art is clean and clear. It is currently being released by Dark Horse Comics completely uncensored and uncut in all its grotesque glory. They are up to volume 4 of 12 so far with the series still ongoing. As I said before, MPD Psycho has a lot of disturbing imagery. So just remember: once it’s been seen, it can’t be unseen.
tion to Rhode Island College: Walk a little taller, have a little more spring in your step—Melissa Brown has distinguished not only herself, but also her college. Her work will be on display at the Providence Art Club on Thomas Street in Providence from April 27 through May 16. Check it out.