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RIC Marks 50th Year on Mt Pleasant Ave By David Matrisciano Anchor Editor In September of 1957, Rhode Island College of Education (RICE) opened its brand new doors on 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave. Any person who was there to remember the opening remembers it with one word: Mud. The unusually wet months prior to the opening didn’t bode well for the 48 acres of farm land in North Providence that was to become the RICE campus. Rhode Island College was under attack years earlier because they wanted RICE to become a part of URI. William Gaige, the college’s president at the time, was proud of how inexpensive the college campus was to build. The new campus consisted of six buildings and cost $5.6 million to build. The new campus was a no-frill affair; there were absolutely no luxuries involved. Air conditioning systems, landscaping and even professorial offices were not included in the original campus structure. In the fall semester of 2007, Rhode Island College, welcomed the biggest incoming class in the history of the school with 2,218 freshman and transfer students. Rhode Island College has almost 8,000 undergraduate degree students at present. This represents the largest number of students in the history of

the college. Rhode Island College, as the current students know it, is large. There are six Residence Halls. 43 buildings serve over 9,000 students; the Murray Center and the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts are just two of the more recent additions of the campus. Rhode Island College builds its historic roots on the fact that it is here to educate teachers. It holds the current status of being the largest preparer of teachers in Rhode Island. Many of its students are earning their degrees in secondary, elementary, early childhood and education, as well as music education, and special education. Rhode Island College also has quite a large nursing program and

is beginning in the 2007 fall semester to offer a master’s of nursing. Rhode Island College, as a leading liberal arts college, offers opportunity to all kinds of students. Most of its students are predominately from Rhode Island, but there are some that come from New York, New Jersey, and all over New England, the country, and the world. In 1957, Rhode Island College’s Annual May Day celebration was cancelled and has never been revived. This year, however, will be different. Students and organizations are already working to revive the May Day Celebration, which will be very special on this 50th Anniversary. So, next time you are walking around the campus, whether walking to Donovan to eat, walking to Gaige to go to history, attending an event in the Murray Center, or just having fun walking around the Media Center listening to WXIN, remember that this huge campus started out as a measly 48 acres of farmland and has expanded to more than four times that. We have air conditioning in all of the buildings. We have gorgeous landscaping, a great sports program, great events, and, of course, a solid history that should take us far beyond 50 more years on Mt. Pleasant Ave.


By Bienvenue Ndahiriwe Anchor Staff About a week ago, the Blacksmith Institute, a U.S. non-profit organization, made public its yearly and “unranked listing of ten top locations worldwide where polluted air, water, and soils are having a severe impact on human health, particularly the health of children.” The list included cities and towns in countries like Peru, China, India, Russia, Zambia, and some former Soviet Republics. According to the report, pollution affects roughly 12 million people in the top ten sites. The sources of pollution include petrochemical and industrial complexes. What is more, the Blacksmith Institute’s researchers mention that pollutants have numerous side effects; the most recurring being a high percentage of babies born prematurely, stillborn, cancer, premature deaths, genetic defects, respiratory ailments and other chronic diseases. Among the towns and cities listed was Dzerzhinsk in Russia where inhabitants are potentially affected by chemicals and toxic byproducts. In 2003 alone, the Blacksmith

Institute reports, “The death rate was reported to exceed the birth rate by 260 percent.” The report goes on as to say that “in the city of 300,000” the death rate “translates to about 900

extra deaths annually.” Also included in the report was Chernobyl in Ukraine where radioactive dust resulting from the nuclear disaster of April 26, 1986 still potentially affects 5.5 million people two decades later. “From 1992 to 2002 in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine,” the report says, “more than 4,000 cases of thyroid cancer” were recorded, with children and adolescents under fourteen representing the biggest portion. Although the Blacksmith Institute states that polluted sites are only in an alphabetical order, there is no doubt in the minds of those behind the report that its list is comprised of places which are “dangerously polluted.” As for the basis of their criteria, the Institute asserts on its website that it reflects concerns about “the effects of pollution on human health, especially the health of children.” The group holds hope that the publication of a list of world’s worst polluted places will “inspire increased attention and action” about the immediate and deadly effects of pollution worldwide.


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What’s Special about Today? By Jessica Albaum Anchor Editor

Not all holidays celebrated in September are completely serious. Here is a list of holidays celebrated during the last week of September that may cause people to take a second look. September National Rice Month This holiday was created in 1991 to create an awareness of the contributions of the U.S rice industry to the American economy. Celebrate by buying rice and cooking new recipes with the family. 4th week of September National Dog Week This week was started in 1928 by the Editor of Dog World Magazine, Captain Will Judy. During National Dog Week, dogs can be seen outside with their owners performing dog tricks and taking part in dog shows. By David Matrisciano Anchor Editor O.J. Simpson, former football star and Hall of Fame member, was arrested Sunday, September 16 under the charges of robbery and assault. Simpson is accused of armed robbery of sports memorabilia in a Las Vegas hotel. O.J. Simpson is a Hall of Fame football player who played for the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers. He became the first player in NFL history to rush for more than 2000 yards in a single season. He played running back for University of Southern California in 1967 and 1968 and led the nation in rushing while in college; making him a Hiesman candidate. Simpson is famous for being accused of the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. The Simpson trial is known as “the trial of the century” in the minds of many Americans. The trial finished in October of 1995 with a verdict of not guilty. The highly-publicized verdict was watched live by over half of the United States population. This was one of the most watched events in American television history. The reaction to the verdict was seen as being divided along racial lines. Simpson, however, lost the related civil lawsuit in 1997

when he was found guilty by a jury on the counts of the wrongful death of Ronald Goldman, battery against Ronald Goldman, and battery against Nicole Brown. He was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages to the Goldman family. Simpson has acknowledged taking the items in question, claiming that they were his, but he stated that no weapons were involved. Lt. Clint Nichols of the Las Vegas Police Department told reporters “Whether the property belonged to Mr. Simpson or not is still in debate.” There was another report that was dismissed quickly by Nichols saying that the accomplices were off-duty law enforcement personnel. This claim was denied and Nichols went on to explain that the assumption “came as a result of some language that was used when the individuals burst into the room that led our victims to believe that they may have been police.” Walter Alexander, 46, of Mesa, A.Z. was arrested Saturday night on two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, and burglary with a deadly weapon. Investigators are still seeking four other men who are alleged to be accomplices to Alexander and Simpson in the hotel room thefts.

September 27 Crush A Can Day The origin of this holiday is nowhere to be found. On this day, people try to crush cans as flat as possible. It helps relieve stress and is just plain fun. This day is also used to teach others about recycling. September 29 Telly Monster’s Birthday Telly Monster is a character on Sesame Street and on this day he turns 28 years old. He was originally obsessed with TV and has antennae coming out of the top of his head. Later, the antennae disappeared and to this day he is a frustrated and worrisome character.

Anchor Website Allows For Opinions By Alex Tirrell Anchor Technology Editor Visitors to the online edition of The Anchor may have noticed a change to the look and feel since this past spring. In June 2007, The Anchor partnered with College Publisher, which is operated by Y2M and owned by MTV Networks, to provide a better web experience to its online readers. According to College Publisher’s website, they host the “largest network of online college newspapers in the world.” This includes other schools of higher education in Rhode Island such as University of Rhode Island, Brown University, and Providence College. College Publisher, as a content management system (CMS), boasts many improvements over The Anchor’s previous CMS, Joomla, as it is designed from the ground up for online newspaper publication. Some of the new integrated features include article comments, staff profiles, message boards, calendars, classifieds, podcasts

and video feeds. Not all of these features have been put into use yet but The Anchor editorial board hopes to collaborate with WXIN and RIC TV on podcasts and video features. Articles from the web edition of The Anchor also have the ability to be syndicated through Syndicated College News, a website where the top articles from the region or country can be read by other colleges on the College Publisher N e t work.

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Browne Hall Vandalized By Casey Gaul Anchor Editor In the early hours of September 11, somewhere between 12 - 3 a.m., the lobby of Browne Hall was vandalized: decorations were torn down, papers strewn on the floor, and pictures of the hall’s Resident Assistants on the wall were defaced. Flyers were distributed throughout Browne Hall in the days following warning the residents that they would be facing a hall-wide fine and loss of guest privileges due to this recent misconduct if those responsible were not discovered and held accountable. The flyer asked residents who had any information regarding the identity of the vandals or their misconduct to go their Resident Assistants by last Wednesday, September 19 in order to avoid the sanctions. It added the promise of confidentiality for any communication on the subject. When asked about the incident and the consequences proposed to Browne Hall in response, Teresa L. Brown, the Director of Residential Life and Housing, said that “We want students to take responsibility for their environment.” She stressed the importance of building a level of respect among residents of Browne Hall. On September 21, Browne Hall’s Residence Hall Director, Tricia Hennessy issued a letter to the hall’s residents. The letter outlined the consequences of the incident: a $100 fine to be split among the 150 residents of Browne Hall and a loss of guest privileges as of 8 p.m. on the 21st that will run until 8 p.m. on the 28th of September. Tricia Hennessy went on to say that if any resident has pertinent information that has not yet been communicated to her and comes to her with it by the end of the week, the sanctions will be lifted and those responsible will be charged.

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‘BECAUSE I AM A GIRL’ FORUM HELD By Jessica Enos Anchor Contributor It is hard to imagine that one quarter of the world’s population faces the greatest discrimination of any group. That group is that of girls and young women. Because of their gender, millions of girls are missing and are never found; they suffer more from malnutrition, are less likely to go to school, and are more subject to violence in the home. As a result, many of these girls and young women even face death. ‘Because I am a Girl’, produced by Plan, is the first of a series of yearly reports on gender inequality that will focus on 135 girls and young women born in nine developing countries around the world. Some of the girls are from Benin and Togo, two of the poorest countries in the world. Other girls are from rapidly growing economies such as Vietnam and even Brazil, whose government invests in social programs to help less advantaged families. Other countries included in the study are El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Uganda, Cambodia and the Philippines. A Cohort study called ‘Real Choices, Real Lives’

plans to follow these girls from birth until they turn nine years old in 2015 which will mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Conference on Women. During the eight year study, the girls and their families are visited by researchers who will gain insight on their diets, general health, educations, and how their gender impacts their lives. This study will also provide a close-up opportunity to interact with families by obtaining their attitudes and opinions on the girls’ upbringing, gaining information about their school environment, and what is going on in their lives over a period of time. Dr. Leslie A. Schuster, Professor of History and Director of the Women’s Studies Program says, “I just read the report this summer. It tells of the conditions and experiences of girls in nine countries and was fascinating to read. The report talks about the family life, education, health, and work experiences of girls. I learned that 62 million girls are not in primary school. Seventy percent of the 1.5 billion people living on $1 a day or less are female and one of ten births worldwide is to a mother who is a child herself. The report also gives us the stories that girls tell about their own lives and what they want for themselves. The program on October 5th will be an opportu-

nity to talk about these issues and to hear from women who were raised in other countries.” What is being done to take action to change the attitudes against discrimination and violence against girls and young women? Proponents have worked hard to see that governments in many countries are provided with legal tools that are in place according to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Through changing laws and education, much has been achieved. In time, these changes will help to prevent exploitation and promote gender equality of girls around the world. A free forum, ‘Because I am a Girl’ and a panel discussion will be held on Friday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the RIC Student Union Ballroom. This program is sponsored by RIC Women’s Studies, RIC School of Social Work, INGOS Program, RIC Women’s Studies Organization, The RIC Women’s Center, The RIC Unity Center, BSW Org. & MSW Org., and Feinstein School of Education and Human Development. For more information on this report, visit the website:


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Anchorwomen Volleyball

Cross Country or Cross RIC? By Bobby Kazarian Anchor Editor This past Saturday, RIC’s Cross Country teams hosted the annual Ray Dwyer Invitational at Goddard State Park. RIC was one of four teams to compete in the 8K Marathon. Racing against the Anchormen and Anchorwomen were the Coast Guard, Bridgewater State and Johnson & Wales. RIC placed third in the Men’s Race with a team score of 67. The winner, with a score of 33, was the Coast Guard. Bridgewater came in second with 47 and Johnson & Wales came in last with 86. Leading the way for the Anchormen was Junior Greg Ahnrud with a time of 31:42 and a very respectable 7th place finish. Other notable RIC athletes to place were athletes of the future for the Anchormen. Mike Macedo and Cesar Smith, both incoming freshmen to Rhode Island College this year, placed 16th and 20th with times of 31:54 and 33:13, respectively. The overall winner of the men’s event was Brian Stewart, a junior from Bridgewater State. On the Women’s circuit, RIC had a tough go of it by placing 4th out of the four colleges with a combined team score of 82. Winning the event with a score of 25 was the Coast Guard, followed by Bridgewater State (53) and Johnson & Wales (80). Notables for RIC were Freshman Katie Desrosiers, Kathryn Cote, and Heather Feeney who placed 16th, 17th, and 18th with individual times of 22:21 for Desrosiers, 22:29 for Cote, and 22:43 for Feeney. Next up for RIC Cross Country is the Tri-State Invitational on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Hosted by CCRI in Lincoln.

By Mike Simeone Anchor Staff This past Tuesday, the Anchorwomen took on the Wesleyan University Cardinals at the Murray Center. The starting lineup for the Anchorwomen were, Kimiyo Garcia, Sharon Corriveau, Desiree Georges, Amy Souza, Erin St Jacques, Sherri Heard and as starting libero Mary Kate Winter. The starting lineup for the Cardinals were: Jettie Word, Fotini Xenidis, Lisa Drennan, Ellika Healy, Caroline Rober, Becca Rodger, and, as starting libero, Ruby Hernandez. The Anchorwomen took a commanding lead in the first game, scoring four points to Wesleyan’s two. Things evened out later in the game and the Anchorwomen ended up losing 30-20. The team revved up in the second game and scored 21 points. Wesleyan could only answer back with 11. Coach Lackey, realizing her Cardinals needed a break, called a timeout. After the timeout, Lackey’s Cardinals seemed rejuvenated and came out on an 11-3 run to bring the final score to 24-21. The Anchorwomen would bounce back to win the second game 30-27. Unfortunately, this is the only game that the Anchorwomen would win as they dropped both games three and four by a score of 30-18. The Anchorwomen had three key players in their defeat. Kimiyo Garcia had twenty three kills and Desiree Georges and Sherri Heard had nineteen kills each. The Anchorwomen are now 7-5 on the season and in third place in the Little East Conference with a 1-1 record. Next up for the Anchorwomen is a home game on Thursday the 27th against Salem State at 6pm.

Bobby’s World By Bobby Kazarian Anchor Editor This will be a new installment to the Anchor Sports section. This installment will mainly be me ranting and raving about certain sports or sports subjects over the past week that caught my attention. Nothing says autumn is coming like playoff Baseball, this time also means either heartache or jubilance for fans who are watching their favorite teams closely. Luckily my team the Red Sox have clinched a playoff spot this season after missing the previous year. Unfortunately the division is still up in the air with the Damn Yankees starting to catch fire, with any luck they will have a relapse of the Detroit Divisional series from last years postseason. Or actually better yet how about a relapse of them blowing their 3-0 lead on the Red Sox in the ALCS from 2004. And congratulations to the Indians and Angels you made the 4 team race to the World Series with one more spot to be decided, even though the Yankees will grab it soon enough. Lets face it those four teams are the Champions who ever is lucky enough to get out of that 4 team pool will be the World Series Champions cause the NL is like a league of Triple A ballplayers trying

to fit in the Majors. Hmm next I guess we can tackle Football…that was my cheap attempt at humor and it will happen more often so stay with me. First off all I got to say is the Green Packers are 3-0 and I want to know anyone who seen that coming. I know some of you out there are going to be reading this saying “oh I so seen that coming.” If you really think that was even possible I want you to write into this paper and explain exactly why you thought that, this is an open challenge to you all I want valid points none of those I had a feeling arguments. Green Bay being 3-0 is one of the biggest surprises of the 2007-2008 NFL season so far. Sharing the honor with the Packers if you want to call it that is MVP LT, he is off to a miserable start. This is the same guy who rushed for 1815 yards and racked up an NFL record 31 td’s. This season that same unstoppable force has a whopping 68 yards rushing with 2 touchdowns in two games. That is an average of 1.9 yards per carry that’s a way to put your team on your back and help them avenge an embarrassing home loss in last seasons playoffs. LT I seem to remember you saying how you circled the second week of this season as a redemption game against the Patriots who beat you on your home turf last postseason and preceded to mock one

of your teammates on your logo. LT you also stated how focused you were to beat these guys who took away your dreams of a NFL Championship…and how did you respond by rushing for a pathetic 43 yards on 18 carries on route to his team being absolutely demolished by the PATS 38-14. Great statement LT, you just showed how pathetic your team really is in front of the entire football world. Reports are coming out of New York that Alex Rodriguez wants to opt out of his contract with the Yankees and get this join the Cubs as a player and a part owner of the team. Talk about Franchise Player! How do you think his teammates in Chicago would react to him being their if he does in fact become owner. I mean would any of you even want to play with him, what if you slipped and said something amongst teammates about how the franchise is going and what direction they are headed are they going to have to watch what they say around A-Rod cause of the threat of being released or ratted out to another owner about the situation. Plus what does this man know about even running a franchise, is he going to go the way of the Yankees all super stars and no chemistry. Buying 45 year old pitchers for 3 months at a whopping 1 million per start. This is a lot of info to swallow A-Rod maybe you

should just stick to hitting home runs and choking in the playoffs. In World News the United States Women’s Soccer Team is in the World Cup Semi-Finals!!!! Wait no one in this country cares about soccer….now I have a whole paragraph dedicated to this sport that no one even has seen probably. Hmm I need a filler I guess, who here watches Steven Segall movies! Probably just me but I watched a great one the other night so I thought I would throw that out there. The name was Out for Justice and I highly recommend it to all action lovers. Ok so back to sports I have just one more acknowledgement to toss out there before I sign this article off to my boss. Congrats! To Notre Dame on the first 0-4 start and school history. Watching the Irish play has made me realized that if RIC had a made a football team the night before playing Notre Dame we would demolish them. It’s sad to see how far this historic College has dropped off the face of the earth in College Football. I’m sure Charlie Weiss is wishing he still had Tom Brady right about now. Good Luck Irish I am routing for you next week maybe you can shock the football world and win one for the gipper.


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Men’s Soccer Keeps the Ball Rolling RIC Rugby Gets Off the Ground By Kam Spaulding Anchor Staff

It was another good week for the Anchormen. They were able to keep up there winning ways against Bridgewater. Also sophomore Ryan Kelly won a few individual honors this week. RIC is now 5-3-1 and still undefeated at home. The Anchormen beat Bridgewater State at home 2-0. James Nigrelli and Ryan Kelly both scored for RIC. It was Nigrelli’s first goal of the season and the fifth for Kelly. Sophomore goalkeeper Dereck Loisel made seven big saves to earn his second shutout of the season. Then, on Saturday, the Anchormen would host UMass Dartmouth. It was a great game that in the end was a 1-1 tie. RIC was leading till the 86th minute when Dartmouth headed in the equalizer. Derek Rocha was the goal scorer for RIC. The tie preserves Rhode Island’s status of being unbeaten at home. Ryan Kelly was named to the National Week 3 team by, on top of being named LEC Offensive Player of the Week. He scored his fourth goal of the season last week, to lift Rhode Island College to a 5-2 victory over visiting UMass Boston in there first league game. Earlier in the week Kelly scored both goals in a 2-1 win at rival Johnson Wales. In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Clark on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.

Women’s Tennis Remains Undefeated by Marah Roach Anchor editor The Anchorwomen improve their overall record to 5-0 and 3-0 in the Little East Conference with a 90 win over Western Connecticut on September 18th and a 9-0 win over Southern Maine. That’s now 18 consecutive matches that the team has won! Singles Matches: RIC 1)

Western Connecticut Meg Funk

Lauren Post

2) Sasha Doonan Rodriquez

Brittany Hoynack

Winner RIC

1 6-3



2 6-3 6-0

3) Liz O’ Connell

Sarah Holmes




4) Julie Bannon

Susie Kiselak




5) Jaclyn Eastman

Cailin McGaughan




6) Brittany LaBarre

Debbie Ferreira




Post Kiselak







Double Matches: 1) Funk Doonan Rodriquez 2) O’ Connell Bannon 3. Eastman LaBarre

McGaughan Holmes Hoynack Kelly Macey

Singles matches: RIC 1. Meg Funk

Southern Maine




Nicole Willey




2. Sasha Doonan Rodriguez Sara Willey




3. Liz O’Connell

Heather Hallman




4. Julie Bannon

Ashley Kirkpatrick




5. Jaclyn Eastman

Chelsea Cutler




6. Brittany LaBarre

Sarah Reece




Doubles Matches: 1. Funk Doonan Rodriguez

N. Willey S. Willey



2. O’Connell Bannon

Kirkpatrick Hallman



3. Eastman LaBarre

Reece Cutler



Next Rhode Island College will host Johnson & Wales on Tuesday, Sept.25 at 3:30 p.m.

By Mike Simeone Anchor Contributor

On September 23, I got the chance to watch the first Women’s Rugby match of the season. Having always been interested in rugby, it was a treat to finally go and see a match. Everything that I know about rugby is what I have learned from playing EA Sports Rugby 2004, and they say video games cannot teach you anything. Much to my surprise, I knew a lot more than most of the spectators at the game. The Anchorwomen played Roger Williams University on Sunday and lost. RWU scored ten tries during the game and made seven conversions. RIC was unable to score any points. All home games are played behind the dorms; go along the fence that runs along the golf course and there will be an opening in the fence and the field is right there. All home games are at 11am and are free. I highly recommend you stop by and catch a game. To sum rugby up for those who are unfamiliar with the sport, it involves four parts of football, laterals of the ball backwards, picking up fumbles with no stoppage of play, punting the ball on the run and field goals. The only difference with the field goals is that they are kicked on the 10 meter line from where the ball is placed in the end zone. Yes, the ball has to hit the ground to earn a try, (5 points) similar to a touchdown in football. In other words, there are no hash marks. If you don’t understand what I mean by that then go see a game. Also the conversion can only be made by a kick, scoring two points. A punt through the uprights is 3 points like a field goal in football. Another thing is that when the ball goes out of bounds there is a line out. This is a lot like a throw in in soccer. The cool thing about the line out is that the two teams hoist a player in the air to catch the ball. Aside from these, there really aren’t any in rugby. The only one is once a person is tackled, the other team cannot advance until the ball comes loose from the ruck or open scrum; if done so, it is considered off sides. So now you’re asking yourself, “what is a scrum?” A scrum is composed of eight players: three in the front row, two in the second row, and three in the back row. They must all remain locked together for the duration of the scrum, and here’s how it works: each front row player puts his head to the left of the opposing team’s player and his/her shoulders must be higher that his/her waist. The ball is then fed, via the ground, by a player from one of the teams. The teams try to form a tunnel and the hooker makes an effort to kick the ball backwards to the rear of the scrum where the feeder tries to recover the ball. Once he/she does, that play is resumed.


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STAY ON THE ISLAND SEAHAWKS By Jill Foreman Anchor Staff After the last tough home game against Wheaton College, the Anchorwomen came back and redeemed themselves against the Salve Regina Seahawks. The September 20 game between the Anchorwomen and Seahawks was held at RIC at 4 p.m. Salve wasn’t able to put passes together at all. The Anchorwomen ran them into the ground with flawless first touches on the ball and continuous ball movement between each of the teammates. The Anchorwomen took the lead early in the game with a goal within the first two minutes made by senior forward Jessica Cardinal, assisted by Chelsea Creamer with a solid cross across the 18 yard box. RIC held the Seahawks scoreless through the first half, and scoring two additional goals. One of the two goals came ten minutes later by Anchorwoman Lindsay Laurie with the help of a precise pass from Brittney Godbout. Then Gina Calenda was substituted in and put away the last goal of the half completely unassisted, with a drilling shot into the left corner of the net. The Seahawk’s defense was no match against the Anchorwomen. RIC started the second half off with a keeper change from Krissie Pyzynski, blocking the only solid shot

on her in the first half, to Kelly Young who kept up the intensity. RIC once again ran the field with strong passes and next to perfect first touches. Jessica Cardinal shot and scored her second goal off a rebound from both Brittney Godbout and Lindsay Laurie against Seahawk keeper Katie Vaudrain in the 45th minute of the game. RIC then destroyed all chances of a come back for the Seahawks when the 5th and final goal for the Anchorwomen was scored again by Brittney Godbout in the 61st minute in a 1 on 1 with Seahawk’s Vaudrain assisted by Laurie and Chelsea Creamer. The Seahawks made one last attempt to turn things around in the 75th minute with a lucky free kick that curved into RIC’s net to make the score 5-1 RIC. Unfortunately, it was too little too late for the Seahawks and the win was given to the Anchorwomen. This left the RIC Anchorwomen with a record of 3-2-1 and Salve Regina with a disappointing record of 2-5. RIC played a smart game that showed how well they perform on defense and offense and took a total of 38 shots against the Seahawks. They used every player on the field to work and achieve each goal. With the help of strong coaches, the Anchorwomen have shown all their fans how the game is meant to played.

Patriots Slam Bills by David Matrisciano Anchor Editor The New England Patriots move to 3-0 after a dominatingly spectacular performance by Tom Brady, Randy Moss, and Laurence Maroney resulting in a 38-7 victory. The Patriots showed absolutely no mercy starting off injuring the Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman who could be out for a couple of weeks. And later injuring linebacker Paul Posluszny who broke his left forearm and is now out for the season The Patriots started off shaky with the score 7-3 in the Bills favor going into the half, but the patriots quickly broke that up with an eight yard touchdown pass to Benjamin Watson. The patriots then went on to score on four of their next five drives, firmly shutting down the Bill’s Defense. Brady, was not entirely perfect giving up a fumble on the Buffalo one yard line which buffalo was not able to turn into any sort of points, but he did have a 79.3% completion rating at 23/29. He was also able to get 311 passing yards, with 4 touchdown completions. Randy Moss was perfect with 5 receptions, 115 yards passing, and 2 touchdown receptions. Also Moss made NFL history Sun-

day by being the first player to record three straight 100 yard receiving games in his first three games with a team, rookie or veteran. He also is now second on the list for most receiving yards in the first three games of a season with 403 yards, ranking him second behind Art Powell with 422 yards in the 1963 season. He is also the first patriot to haul in 2 touchdowns in back to back games since Ben Coates did it in the first two games of the 1994 season. This is also Laurence Maroney’s second 100 yard rushing game in his career. Patriots next week go on to face the Cincinati Bengals. This is the Patriots first of two Monday night games that the Patriots have in store for the 2007 season. Cincinati is 1-2 with a 2 game losing streak going into the game. They are noted for their loss in week two in which they lost to the Cleavland Browns in an extreamly high scori n g bout losing it 5145. The lost this week to Seatle 24-21. Only Monday night is going to tell the extreamity of cinnsinatis predicted loss. There will not be a Patriots report in next weeks paper.

Week 3 NFL Scores Green Bay 31 San Diego 24

Kansas City 13 Minnesota 10

New England 38 Buffalo 7

New York Jets 31 Miami 28

Philadelphia 56 Detroit 21

Pittsburgh 37 San Francisco 16

Tampa Bay 24 St. Louis 3

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Diana Patcheu Secondary Education English 2011 I believe that the freedom of speech is the one freedom we as American citizens should hold most dear. The retaliating reader obviously has some issues regarding that freedom if it doesn’t agree with what they think. I was raised in a strict Christian household and attended Catholic school for four years. I believe anyone can express the way they feel, or hell, just to get a laugh! College is a way of expressing our views and to get feedback on them; whether positive or negative, we need to anticipate both. People do not have the same views and backgrounds as everyone else. That is what makes our world diverse. We learn from each other. The reader obviously was affected by the cartoon and that’s what the artists wanted, a reaction. The reader gave the artists exactly what they wanted.

Brandi Higginbottom Psychology 2009 I feel it is about respect and respecting people’s beliefs, and how there was a lack of it.

Derek Hatzberger Art 2010 As a born and raised Catholic, I was not offended by this cartoon. Having someone step forward to the point of writing to the editor is extreme yet understandable. My only question is that if the offended person is truly as believing as they claim, should they not forgive the person as was the teachings of Jesus? But everyone should be able to laugh and joke about everything in life. There is no point in anything without laughter and comedy. I say we take this cartoon as just a cartoon and a joke.

Juliette Zanni Anthropology 2008 The only problem I have with the comic is that the sandal comment is unfounded – wearing sandals prevents foot odor because all the sweat and moisture evaporates.

By Jonathan Haynes Anchor Staff The published response I received from Conor McKeon and Tony Pierlioni was basically just a continuance of their joke and there was very little worth even responding to within it. Therefore, I will respond to the entire issue surrounding the cartoon, their response, and the news coverage. First, I would like to say that I had no desire to intimidate anyone into apologizing. Moreover, I personally believe that if good people stand by and do nothing, then nothing will change. I acted because I would like to see The Anchor become truly representative of the open and caring community at Rhode Island College. Our freedoms are intended for the betterment of society. Accordingly, our Constitution was not designed to govern an immoral society; but rather a civil one. Furthermore, I believe our founders understood well that our liberties do not come from any government institution but that they have been endowed to us by our Creator. Thus, an assault on our Creator is really an assault on our very source of liberty. I sincerely hope that we can all realize the importance of using our current freedoms wisely in order to secure the blessings of liberty for future generations. When I began this endeavor, I never imagined that it would reach as far as it has. The far-reaching effects of this are proof that it does not take a large number of people to start something important; or even a person that can write and spell well. Writing and spelling are obviously not my strong suit; but where I am weak, God is

By Joe Robillard Anchor Editor

strong. All it takes is someone who is willing to follow God because all things are possible with God. When I first presented my concerns to WJAR, I had no idea that this issue would unfold as it has. I did this primarily because I did not want my concerns to fall on deaf ears. Secondly, I thought it would be a better place to start serious dialogue regarding the issue of cleaning up The Anchor. My goals were, first and foremost, to defend Jesus Christ. Secondly, I see The Anchor as a representative of Rhode Island College and would like to be proud of the newspaper rather than disgusted and ashamed of it. Thirdly, I would like to see a more open and caring community at Rhode Island College; one that has respect for other beliefs and can disagree in a courteous manner without resorting to ribald jokes. God willing, all of these goals shall come to fruition. While it may be true that there have been worse things within the pages of The Anchor and even within our everyday culture, I was not waiting for something worse to come along. My goal was not to draw attention to the absolute worst things in our society. I drew attention to the cartoon only after much contemplation. I believe we must learn to look beyond the superficial aspects and consider what is really at the core of these things. Moreover, I believe the reason why many did not view the cartoon as “that bad” is because many have become desensitized by a lot of the filth within our society. Within our society, the accepted definition of what is bad has been continually pushed further and further. This is probably why many did not view this as “that bad.” However, bad is bad and each thing needs to be judged

We at The Anchor are proud of the unwavering and unbiased forum that we have provided for our community. We have given John Haynes, Conor McKeon and Tony Pierlioni the opportunity to create and engage in dialogue. Legitimate dialogue has since ensued.

solely on its merit, or lack thereof, and not relative to any other bad things. Furthermore, when I gave Conor and Tony a chance to explain their intentions, they just solidified my concerns that the cartoon, which may have seemed simply immature on the surface, represented a much deeper disdain for Christianity. Additionally, I had no idea whether an apology would be given at the onset of this. I did feel from the beginning that I needed to present the issue to a larger and more discerning audience in order to effectively communicate my concerns about the filth within The Anchor. Sadly, this cartoon was certainly not the only bad one, but it was a breaking point because it debased Christianity. This is why I wrote to WJAR at the very same time I wrote to The Anchor. Whether an apology is given for the cartoon or not is really immaterial at this point. What is of greater importance is that the students at Rhode Island College learn to be more sensitive to beliefs they may disagree with and to learn express disagreement in a solemn and compassionate way. I really hope this has positively influenced other students to stand up for Jesus Christ, as that is what matters most now. Fortunately for Conor and Tony, God is long suffering and is not willing that any should perish. So I believe He is not likely to take them up on their challenge any time soon and will forgive them if and when they are ready as He forgives all who come to Him. Finally, I would like to thank everyone who spoke up for Jesus Christ and encourage others to the same.

While we find it troubling that some people only seem to grasp the importance of free speech when it’s self-serving, we find great comfort and satisfaction in seeing that the majority of this community values and understands the extent and importance of their right to a voice. In recent weeks, a small portion of the community has questioned the mechanism which McKeon and Pierlioni (artists of the now-famed 09/11/2007 comic which includes Jesus Christ as a college roommate) chose to utilize their voice. RIC chaplain, Michael Najim, spoke to Channel 10 saying that “the students that I know on campus who want to engage in dialogue take a more mature, intellectual approach to engage people in dialogue.” Frankly, it’s not his, nor is it our right to choose how they engage in this dialogue; particularly when the chosen vehicle is so similar to the content piped into every residence hall on campus (e.g. South Park on Comedy Central). Are we to allow students to watch such material and then censor a similar voice when they have something to say? We will not. Haynes was given a pedestal. McKeon and Pierlioni were given a pedestal. The Anchor provided these pedestals without any personal religious or political agenda. We remain incredibly excited and proud to continue to provide an open forum to you.


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Interpretation, Assumptions and Blame By Jason Song Anchor Contributor When a person looks at a piece of art, he or she will have their own interpretation of it. One might like it and others may not for many different reasons. The reason I bring this topic up is because of all the debates on the comic in the September 11, 2007 issue of The Anchor. Of course, this is the Jesus Christ: Great College Roommate? comic. Some people have been offended by this comic. Because some readers found the comic to be offensive due to their views of it, should the editor be blamed for having it published in the first place? In the Opinions section of the September 19, 2007 issue of The Anchor, Jonathan Haynes made a few assumptions about the comic and requested an explanation and an apology from

All opinions in The Anchor are those of the individual writer and do not necessarily represent the views of The Anchor. We urge all members of the RIC community to take advantage of The Anchor’s editorial pages and send us their opinions. We remain true to our motto “free access to ideas and full freedom of expression”. Submissions must be under or around 700 words. Since we receive so many letters each week, entries will be published based on relevancy and time sensitivity. All entries are considered and carefully read.

the editor to all of the Christian faith. Should the editor do as requested? If the editor does apologize, it means that he or she will have admitted that it was wrong for this comic to be in The Anchor in the first place. One assumption that Haynes has made was that the devil might have been in this comic and was hanging out with a RIC student. Another was that Jesus was reaching out to slap the student (the roommate) who is hanging upside down and drinking from the sink. There are more assumptions that Haynes made in his letter to the editor but it is not necessary to list them all. At the end, Haynes stated that the comic was in “poor taste” and that it should lead to an explanation of the comic and an apology if necessary. Now the question is as follows: Does the entire RIC community assume the same thing that Haynes did from

The Pro-Life Stance By Jackie Miller Anchor Contributor I feel that I am a very open-minded person. I have friends of varying races, creeds, and religions. I accept and cherish everyone’s unique differences. The one topic that you will never see me waver on is abortion. I have been and always will be Pro-life. I am the President of RIC for Life, the Pro-life group on campus, so when a member of The Anchor asked someone to write an article defending the Pro-life position, I was happy to interject my voice. I say that I am open-minded because I always listen to what people have to say. I let them explain their opinion and try to understand where they are coming from in hopes that they will give me the same courtesy. Abortion, by definition is “induced termination of pregnancy, involving expulsion and destruction of the embryo or fetus, especially before it is capable of survival.” Over the years, the topic of abortion has been a huge controversy. One of the biggest reasons why people identify themselves as Pro-choice is not because they themselves would have an abortion but because they feel that it is not their right to say that someone else can’t do something. “It’s their choice, their body” is the argument that I always hear from people whenever I talk about this issue. The thing is that it is not their body; it is the body of another human being that can’t defend itself; one that is being sacrificed. I may sound like a total prude when I say this but if you are not ready to take the responsibility of a baby, then you should not be having sex in the first place. This is where your choice is!!! Today’s society is all about pleasure and “what is in it for me?” They see sex as something fun to do and not as the gift it truly is. Because of this, women and girls find themselves in over their heads and end up having to make the choice to kill their baby; a choice that they wouldn’t have had to make if they had just said no. Another argument that always gets brought up is the chance that the woman was raped and became pregnant from the rape. I admit that this is a very hard aspect of this topic, especially for me. I know from helping a friend that was raped that if it ever happened to me, I would need as much support from my family and friends as I could get to help me through. I also have no doubt in my mind that I would at least carry the baby to term and then give it up for adoption. Giving the innocent child a chance at life would be the good thing that happened out of something so horrible. I feel that many girls that choose to have an abortion are scared into one. They either feel alone and that they have no other choice but to terminate the pregnancy or they are forced into one by their parents, the child’s father, or the father’s family. Many times, abortion clinics or clinics that are set up to help

women when they are pregnant never discuss any other option but abortion. In a pamphlet called “Abortion as your option” a women explains that “Planned Parenthood suggested only an abortion. No other options were ever discussed. They never said the word “baby”- only fetus. You can’t imagine my shock and horror…after my “nice and easy” abortion. I’ve suffered emotional problems.” These women do not know about federal money that is available to help women in these exact circumstances or that they have to option to give the child to a couple that might not be able to get pregnant. Many people dismiss this option because it would be emotionally draining on the mother. What they don’t consider is that having an abortion is just as, if not more, emotionally draining than carrying the baby full term and giving it up for adoption. I believe that all life is precious and sacred from conception to natural death. No one has the right to play God, whether the life being taken is 97 years old, or still in the womb; it is still a life. For anyone that has had an abortion, you are not a bad person; you just made a bad choice. If you look back to the Scott Peterson case, he was convicted of two murders. He was convicted of the murders of his wife Lacy and that of his unborn child. By having this ruling, the courts are saying that the unborn child was a life and that the baby’s life was equal to its mothers. I wish the courts would follow the same thinking for abortion as they did in this case. I know that making abortion illegal would never end it. I also know that by reading this article I haven’t convinced everyone to see the topic of abortion as I do. Nevertheless, I am glad that you at least read it and heard what I had to say. I want to leave you with one thought. Why do a few months make such a difference? Why do a few months mean the difference between murder and a “nice and easy” procedure? Jackie Miller is a fourth year Elementary Ed major/ Special Ed major. She is also the current President of RIC for Life, the prolife organization on campus.

analyzing that piece of art? How about the whole Christian community of RIC? The obvious answer is no. Therefore, the editor shouldn’t have to make apologies or explain to the small groups of individuals why the comic is “in poor taste” because it is all based on assumptions. After all, the comics in the newspaper are made for comedic value and most of them are just jokes. If you interpret them as containing bad messages and take them for something more than just laughs, you will make bad assumptions that will lead to wrong judgments about the people who worked hard on this piece of art. Now just take a second to think of this: Would it be right for the editor or the artist to apologize for somebody’s bad interpretations that lead to bad judgments about a piece of art in the newspaper?

The War On Ignorance DON’T WANT ABORTION? THEN DON’T GET ONE By Andrew Massey Anchor Editor The debate between pro-life and prochoice rages on and the fetus/baby debate has been beaten to death and beyond. The truth is, if someone doesn’t like abortion, then they shouldn’t get one and stop forcing their beliefs onto others. I’m all for someone deciding to give their baby up for adoption instead of having it aborted but if you want to get an abortion, nothing should stop you. Abortion is actually a good thing; no matter what pro-life supporters will tell you. According to The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime by Steven Levitt, crime went down drastically in the 1990’s because of abortion. He stated that any state with high abortion rates in the 1970’s and 1980’s had a drastic reduction in crime in the 1990’s. This was because most women who decided to have an abortion weren’t ready to have a child. If they had this child, they would have probably grown up in an unsuitable environment. The child could not have all the things he needed, like a father, or maybe the mother wouldn’t care about the child enough and think it a nuisance. There are a variety of negative things that could happen and many of these children may resort to a life of crime because of them. Since their mothers decided to get an abortion, the child was never born. Now I’m not saying all children that were aborted would have turned to a life of crime; they could have become famous. However, this is what the facts show about abortion and crime. What I dislike most about the pro-life argument is that it consists of so many shock tactics. If you go onto, the first thing you’ll see is a story of a mother’s anguish about having her child aborted. What follows is a serried of pictures of unborn or very premature babies, showing how horrible abortion is because you’re killing a not-yet-formed baby. This is for only one reason: guilt. Guilt is their main argument. Unfortunately, guilt is not a rational emotion and is difficult to argue against. The truth is that a baby isn’t a baby until it is born. Otherwise, it is a fetus growing into what will be a baby. A fetus cannot live on its own. It has to rely on its mother completely. It can not be defined as a living being until it can live on its own without an umbilical cord. With that being said, I am in full oppo-

sition of partial-birth abortions. I think that they’re appalling because, by then, the fetus has a good chance of not being miscarried and its body is fairly well-formed. Also, if you haven’t made up your mind about getting it aborted by then, you’ll probably be happier having the baby. Unfortunately, some “abortion” clinics use this against people. Pro-life supporters will set up “abortion” clinics but any patients they receive, they will stall. They will keep stalling them until after the three month limit and then introduce them to their methods. This is very immoral and I can only hope that these clinics are few and far in between. The other argument is that abortion coddles people and doesn’t teach them responsibility. Allow me to let everyone in on a big secret: taking away someone’s rights to something does not teach them responsibility. If you take away someone’s option of abortion, you’re not teaching them how to be responsible with sex; you’re essentially putting a gun to their head and making them practice safe sex. While this can be a good thing, the people in question don’t learn anything but fear of pregnancy. A truly responsible person acts responsibly even when they don’t have to. Take for example a college student who goes to his classes even when he won’t be punished if he skips. Of course his grades would slip if he did, but those who don’t practice safe sex run the risk of pregnancy. There are still consequences but it’s up to the person to prevent them. This is called treating people like adults. Now, are there people who abuse the abortion privilege and use it as a form of birth control? The answer is: absolutely. I find them irresponsible and disgusting but it is their right. To help prevent this, I think that any minor should have the option of getting three abortions without parental consent; not including those conducted for rape or medical reasons. Those should always be done with the patient’s consent. After that, they need parental consent. That way, abortion can be used as a fail-safe for minors but they can’t go overboard. If they are over 18 then there is nothing we can do. Unfortunately, if abortion ever became illegalized, things would get ugly. It would not be a ray of sunshine as many pro-life supporters hope. Crime rates would start going back up. What is worse; back-alley abortion shops would open up using unsafe methods to abort the child. This will result in the accidental death of many women. This is a day I don’t want to see. Whether you support getting an abortion or not, having the right to it is a freedom we’ve been granted. Just because you don’t agree, it doesn’t mean everyone does. If you truly support America and its freedom, then you’ll respect your neighbor’s right to have it. Andrew Massey is a third year Psychology major. He is also the current Opinions Editor of the Anchor. He supports freedom of choice above all.


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Intolerance Is Not Tolerable

Armed Campus

By Charles P. Wilson “It’s like giving a firefighter a car and telling him to go put out the fire without the truck and the rest of the equipment.” These are the words of Raymond Thrower, Jr., President of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), as they apply to institutions that continue to refuse to entertain arming campus police officers in the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy of this past April. (USA Today, 9/20/2007) Of 452 public colleges and universities in the United States, 378 have fully trained police agencies. Of this number, only eight appear to remain unarmed; three of which are Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island, and the Community College of Rhode Island. This number does not consider the hundreds of private colleges and universities with armed, full-service law enforcement agencies; many of which serve as training facilities for their municipal, county and state counterparts. In the wake of the April tragedy, several recommendations were made by the panel of esteemed experts gathered by the Governor of Virginia. When they specifically dealt with issues pertaining to campus police themselves, their recommendations can only be accomplished by armed agencies. There are no known successful training modules dealing with possible active shooters on college campuses that are not predicated on the concepts of an armed campus police-

officer. According to the page 1 article of the September 20th issue of USA Today, the United States Department of Justice will release a new report on campus police agencies in November which is rumored to be critical of agencies that do not arm their police forces, either fully or partially. It is long overdue for the presidents of Rhode Island’s state institutions of higher learning to do away with their biases and petty prejudices. The members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives must also honestly, fairly, and openly consider what levels of professionalism the college community deserves and should consider what their response to their constituents will be when (not if) it happens here. No one is immune to these incidents as they are indiscriminate in their timing and location. The Representative’s colleagues in the State Senate, even while being discriminatory in favoring the University of Rhode Island over both RIC and CCRI, have passed this issue each time it has come before them. Campus police officers at the state colleges are required to have the exact same training levels as all other law enforcement officers in this state. In the case of Rhode Island College, candidates for these positions must already be certified before applying. They should be required to have the same tools to execute their positions as well. According to Brian Reaves, author of the upcoming Justice Department report, “You would think that after Virginia Tech, it would be a slam-dunk argument.” Charles P. Wilson is the National Vice Chairperson of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Inc.

By Barry Nickerson Anchor Editor As the pages of the calendar run out and the year 2008 looms over the horizon, one would think that the world would be growing out of the intolerant Age of Pisces into that harmonic, egalitarian Age of Aquarius. However, intolerance still exists in the youth of the world today and still in the country where “all men are created equal”—the United States. Issues and situations still pop up now and then where people act alarmingly intolerant and racist. I turned on Comedy Central and noticed that nearly all the jokes that are told have to do with putting down somebody for being different; such as being gay, of Asian descent, or of a different socioeconomic status. Most other jokes attack people for having differing beliefs, such as being pro-life or pro-suffrage for all legal adults. The sad thing is that people laugh at this garbage. Have we all become so numb that we find these sorts of issues to be funny? It’s no wonder that there’s so much controversy on national television as most of the jokes are made with the idea of putting someone down to make yourself a little taller as the way to go. This is the sort of thing that goes on in kindergarten when kids may pick on another kid for being shorter, chubbier, skinnier or “looking funny.” These sorts of things should be abandoned when one reaches the age of reason. However, these practices continue throughout life in a never-ending cycle. These comments teach children that it is okay to be intolerant. If the media grasped a notion that you can be funny without trying to pick on someone for their race, maybe things like what occurred in Jena, Louisiana would occur far less frequently. The Jena situation was indeed a sickening one in which several AfricanAmerican high school students were pulled from school and brought to court for attempted manslaughter because they beat up a white student who relentlessly teased them with horrific racial comments. The root of the scenario was that in late August, 2006, several AfricanAmerican students sat under a tree that was, by unwritten rule, to be for white students only. (It’s ridiculous that people

still hold onto these incredulous beliefs, isn’t it?) White students then hung nooses from the tree; obviously to elicit terror in these students who were only trying to exercise the right to sit where they want on a property that their parents’ tax dollars paid for. This led to a period of taunting until a fight broke out and the six black students who had beaten up the white students were arrested. Five of them were charged as adults (despite being under 18) for attempted manslaughter. While this ongoing story is far more complex than this article indicates, this is merely evidence that this sort of thing occurs to this day. From a personal standpoint, I used to have a best friend that I thought I could trust with everything. After I “came out” to him, he never spoke to me again. I tried to speak to him a few nights ago and he said: “Why’d you have to turn into liking dudes, man? You never knew how much I hated gay people, did you? It sucked when you told me that, I felt like I lost my best friend… That’s why I barely can talk to you dude, I don’t hate you as a person but I just hate gay people, I guess. I miss you being my brother.” These are the sorts of words that do hurt more than sticks and stones. Words can be like knives; they twist and turn into your body, causing you to feel pain all over. This sort of intolerance and hate shouldn’t exist, but it does. How can one prevent this sort of thing? It’s really easy: stop making fun of people for being different. The root of so much pain is foul humor and a strong desire to fit in from a very early age imbeds within young children a mindset that you have to look and act a certain way in order to fit in. It’s never too late to stop behaving this way, to stop the judgmental behavior and the painful knife-throwing of harsh words. Respect is the key to equality. If everyone treated all others with respect, the world would be a better place. However, this is very unlikely to ever be the case—but everyone can do their own part. Embrace tolerance and respect for others!

OUR CONSTITUTION: NOT ENTIRELY A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION By Paula Richer Anchor Staff Last week was “Constitution Week” and was marked by its flagship holiday, Constitution Day, on September 17. According to, this annual day’s mission is in part, “…to educate each new generation to the uniqueness and brilliance of our Constitution, the most perfect governmental document conceived by man.” Ouch. That last part hurts. I resent the use of exclusive, male-gendered language that supposedly represents all people. But wait. Here, the word “man” doesn’t represent all people. It represents only men. Continued reading of the Constitution, signed in 1787, will reveal that the document wasn’t only conceived by men, but that it was written for the benefit

of white men at the exclusion of their equally-deserving female counterparts and all people of color. The truth is that this has been bothering me for quite some time but it wasn’t until Dr. Valerie Endress, Associate Professor in the Communications Department, put it just so in her Gender and Communications class last week that I realized I needed to speak out. She prefaced by telling us that all state colleges and universities are required to celebrate Constitution Day and added that she has mixed feelings about it. She reminded us t h a t

while the signing of that document certainly had merit, it was also the event that cemented the loss of a number of women’s rights, such as the right to vote, the right to seek higher education, equal employment rights, and equal property rights for married women. It would seem that our founding fathers played favorites with their kids. Is it any wonder that those favored were anatomical recreations of themselves? Yes, it is painfully apparent that our “patriarchal pathfinders” meant only for the white male portion of America’s future generations to monopolize political, social, and economic power in this country. Of course, things did eventually get a little better. In 1872, voting rights were finally granted to men of color but it took an additional 48 years to grant those rights to women. Doesn’t it seem odd that a group of those most radically opposed to unfair authority – in this case, the Pilgrims – against sovereignty by a combined and all-powerful church and s t a t e would

spend months sailing through thousands of miles across difficult waters, risk hunger, disease, life and limb, only to reach a cleanly-slated playing field and promptly set up shop as a profanely sexist and racist enterprise? This new country was a unity of states devoid of fairness in the most basic sense. It was an America that at once claimed that all men were created equal while ever-so-conveniently debasing women to a lower status than that which had on arrival and the hypocritical retention of black slaves. This is unthinkable given the very premise under which their drastic move was even undertaken. How, I ask myself over and over again, could this have happened? Furthermore, how can it still continue? In August of this year, George W. Bush signed a proclamation making Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, and Constitution Week nationally recognized events. In his proclamation (from he describes the efforts of the delegates who wrote and signed the Constitution by saying, “With great diligence, they worked to develop a framework that would balance authority and inherent freedoms, Federal interests and State powers,

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In Defense of RIPTA By Amanda Harvey Anchor Staff To start I would just like to say that since graduating high school, I take RIPTA very often and almost everyday during the school year, so I am not unfamiliar with the way things are run. With that said, I would like to describe a recent experience. The other morning, while going through Barrington, there was a woman who normally catches RIPTA but wasn’t at the bus stop on time. She was running to try to make it to the stop, but was too far away. Naturally, the driver kept going. Because we didn’t stop, one of the other passengers began to complain to the driver that he should have stopped and waited for her and how it was cruel of him to make an older woman run for the bus and then not even pick her up. The driver told the complaining passenger that if you aren’t at the stop on time, you don’t get picked up, and that he couldn’t wait because he was on a timeline. The passenger in subject was not pleased with this response and decided that she was going to call and complain about the driver’s behavior. With this story told, I would like to go on to say that, while it would have been nice to stop and wait for this woman, she should have been there on time. Anyone who has taken RIPTA before knows that they had better be at the designated stop, and early at that, or they may not be picked up. The driver commented that people should be waiting for the bus three to five minutes before it is scheduled to arrive. In my experience, however, I would recommend five to ten minutes before the scheduled time, because the buses have been known to run up to five minutes early and ten to fifteen minutes late, depending on the traffic. RIPTA is public transportation and as such is a privilege, not a right. With RIPTA, as with all public transportation, it is impor-

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tant to be on time, because if you are late they are not required to wait for you. Most of the time, they won’t. It is the passenger’s responsibility to make sure they can make it to their stop on time. All forms of public transportation have a schedule to keep and waiting for one person who is obviously running late can make everyone at the following stops late also. Why should everyone be late on account of one person? They shouldn’t. Besides, the buses for that route run back to back with maybe a ten to fifteen minute gap in between some of the buses at that time of the morning. The bus I was on had a bus that was just fifteen minutes behind it, so the woman in question would be on time for the next bus. Regardless of the unfairness to people who were trying to get to work on time, this passenger decided that this woman deserved special treatment. I, however, have to say that, while it would have been nice to wait for that woman, I agree with the driver. He is on a time line and waiting two to three minutes at that hour of the morning for someone can mean the difference of getting to Providence on time or sitting in stop and go traffic for an extra 20 minutes. This may not seem like much but for RIPTA passengers it may mean that they miss their second bus to get to work because the buses leaving Kennedy Plaza wait for no one, and, the wait for a bus that you just missed can be anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the route and time of day. So, for everyone who uses RIPTA, don’t forget that it’s a privilege and that the driver is in charge of the bus that they drive. RIPTA doesn’t have to be there and people need to realize that if you take RIPTA, you are on their time and not your own.

individual rights and national unity.” Interestingly enough, there is still no mention that women and people of color were not included in those freedoms and rights. Given the continued struggle for many of them, one would think it is time to do so. Let’s look in now on the very beginning of the feminist movement. It is a Seneca Falls, N.Y. Convention in 1848. A group of women have creatively borrowed from our country’s Declaration of Independence (signed in 1776) to write the keynote address which they called the “Declaration of Sentiments”, a speech designed to “secure the basic rights in America – rights granted to white men by the Constitution,” says Julia Wood in her book, Gendered Lives. This speech said, in part, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal…” Now that’s more like it. I hereby propose an amendment to the Declaration of Independence that adds “and women” to its verbiage. They are just two small words but they represent one formidable punch of long-overdue righteousness. Julia Wood points to a study (Baumgardner & Richards, 2000) that revealed that “when feminism is defined as ‘a movement for social, political, and economic equality of women and men’, 71% of women and 61% of men say they agree with the movement.” I’d love to know what those percentages are today. I’m confident that as the accurate definition of feminism becomes more widely known, many Americans find that they agree with the movement. So what about you, Reader? Are you a feminist? How would you feel about amending a historic document to represent what you believe America is today? Please write to The Anchor – we would love to know. Paula Richer is a Junior at RIC and a Public & Professional Communications Major. Her curriculum has a heavy emphasis on gender issues including feminism, religion, marriage, gender communication, and the study of matriarchies around the world.

Amanda Harvey is a second year student at RIC and Secondary Education - English major.

LETTER TO AMERICA Harry Potter: Bringing English to the Masses By Stephen Morse Senior British Correspondent Here’s an odd thing; I’ve realised that I’m well over two and a half years into my weekly contribution to this publication, and I don’t think I’ve ever really discussed the boy wizard, (Mr) Harry Potter, before. This is a little peculiar. That I would have missed an opportunity to sing the praises of this publishing and celluloid behemoth seems something of an enormous oversight. As the esteemed writer, James Joyce, once said, “A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.” Then again, he probably just said that to excuse a plethora of embarrassing drunken mistakes. You probably know the stats by now. Not only has the Potter series of films recently become the most lucrative series of films in the history of mankind, but the books themselves have reportedly made Joanne Rowling the highest earning novelist ever. The first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, (otherwise known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) is the ninth biggest selling book of all time; five of the remaining six appear in the top twenty. Whilst the actual Harry Potter legend may be encapsulated within the pages of those seven volumes, there is another story which runs alongside it - a rapidly increasing tale of facts and figures, usually involving the word ‘million’ in there somewhere. With this ever-growing barrage of record-breaking feats, I find it difficult to ever be genuinely surprised by anything that Harry Potter or Rowling herself achieves. Once you get into seven digits, numbers start to seem less and less real and just, well, numbers. This week, however, the Potter tale took one more - unexpected – twist. In the last month, one million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have been sold in Germany. Here’s the twist: the final installment of the series isn’t being released in the German language until October 27th, meaning that, rather than waiting for a translated

edition of ‘HP7’ to hit the shelves, our Teutonic pals have been snapping up copies in English in order to discover the fate of the boy wizard. Bloomsbury, publisher of the Harry Potter Books in the UK and various other English speaking countries, revealed this week that half of the total sales of HP7 to date have been export sales. English, it appears, is being widely disseminated through the tales of one rebel with an obvious scar and superior flying skill. And, no, I don’t mean Han Solo. As a keen admirer of the English language, this is good news. This is not in a kind of ‘linguistic-crusade’ way, you understand, but simply because translations are curious beasts. In my experience, they are either laboured and devoid of nuance, or quirky and brilliantly idiosyncratic. That is to say that, in most cases, they are rarely an accurate portrayal of exactly what the writer intended. It would seem that the majority of non-native English speakers are getting their dose straight from the poppy farmer herself and avoiding the corrupting dealer. If the idea of small German children spouting phrases like ‘muggle’, surprises you, it shouldn’t. The two languages come from the same proto-Germanic roots. Indeed, the books themselves are full to the brim with Germanic sounding vocabulary; Dumbledore, Hippogriff, Ravenclaw, Snape, Quidditch. Even the House Elf, Kreacher, sounds like a kids TV character straight out

of the Bundesrepublik. What is strange is that Germans should be so desperate to read a series which continuously makes reference to their country’s darkest hour; the rise of fascism and the Holocaust. Throughout the seven tomes, mudbloods and muggles are denounced by the evil characters, and the final installment depicts the character, Gellert Grindelwald, as a wizarding Hitler - complete with his own Auschwitz (Nurmengard) and chilling ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ homage (‘For the Greater Good’). More likely than not, however, these references are as disconnected from most of today’s Potter-reading Merkel-led Germans as they are from any other nation’s heritage. Bloomsbury’s figures show that the Germans are just as keen to see the fascist get slaughtered as the rest of us and, arguably, more so. Vorsprung durch Literatur. (Lead by literature)


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Campus Tips So Do We

By Kellye Martin Anchor Editor

How to Mend a Broken Heart By Amanda Hooper Anchor Contributor Human beings are all different on individual levels yet there is one thing that we all have in common: Everyone, at one time or another, has had a broken heart. We have all been to that place that is covered in tears and where our noses run with more mucus than we believe is in our system. Even guys have been in this state of hysteria. Each of us has a way to deal with the broken heart. This being an advice column, I am going to advise you on the best possible ways to handle the grief. Time heals all wounds. That is true, to a degree, but when you’re hurting, time seems to drag on to the point where every second feels like an hour. The best thing to do with this time is to keep busy. Do not lie in bed all day. Get out and be productive. Put in extra hours at work or even study. Keeping your mind and body busy may not help you forget forever, but you’ll come to notice that you’ll forget for a little while. The worst possible things you can do include the following: jumping into another relationship and dwelling on the past. Don’t do this! This only exacerbates things. Either of these options are not fair to you or anyone else involved. Misery loves company, but other people don’t like misery, so be nice and

don’t share. In the end, the best cure for a broken heart is your friends. Real friends will spend as much time with you as you need. Talking it out lifts the weight a little and most friends will listen for as long as they can. Maybe there are no sure-fire cures for broken hearts. One can’t just eat chocolate (no matter how delicious) to fill the void. If that were the case, obesity would be even worse than it is now. Just know that you have everything you need inside of you to heal, pick yourself up by the bootstraps, and move forward. “Got Issues?” is a brand new advice column in the Lifestyles section co-run by Amanda Hooper and Andrew Massey. We will address various issues that we all face in relationships and in life. We will also address any issues that you, the reader, may have in your life. Your identity will be completely anonymous to everyone but us so feel free to use a pseudonym. We are not licensed psychologists or therapists and our advice comes from our personal experiences. Therefore, it may not always be right. The column is here for us to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask. You can email all your questions to

In case you haven’t noticed yet, eating at Donovan is expensive. That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to use all of your points within the first month of school. There are some things you should take into consideration when you go to get your food. First off, do you really need that extra slice of pizza/cake/etc.? Just because Donovan sells snack food products, French fries, cake slices from LaSalle Bakery, and other fattening foods doesn’t mean you really need to eat them with every meal. Secondly, portion size – the portion sizes at Donovan are normally fairly large. Do you need to eat it all? You can save yourself some money and some extra pounds if you save some of that food for later. Donovan has lids, foil, and paper bags that allow you to easily pack up your leftovers and bring them back to your room. Also, stay away from foods you see floating in grease. They may taste good but remember, foods that taste good are usually bad for you. If you see the lunch ladies dumping more grease into the food you were eyeing, walk away. Looking for something healthy to

eat in Donovan? Your best bet here would be to stay away from the Specials and Entrees. They’re ok every now and then, but not for every meal. Try going to the salad bar and get yourself some fruit as well. The grill line always has chicken, which is undoubtedly healthier than the slice of chocolate cake you were trying to convince yourself would make a good meal supplement. Still can’t find something you want? Go to the Deli line and get a sandwich. Get ham or turkey though; stay away from the salami or the pastrami. Also, avoid the bulky roll – get a wrap, and don’t get the pasta salad. If you follow these easy suggestions, you’ll find that you have more than enough food without spending outrageous amounts on the extras. That’s not to say you can never get the curly fries or the mashed potatoes, but stop and think about whether or not you’re actually hungry for them before you do. Before you know it, you’ll be saving money and preventing yourself from putting on those extra pounds. Kellye Martin is a fourth year Anthropology major. She is the current Photography editor of the Anchor.

HEALTH HYPE: Caffeine By Casey Gaul Anchor Editor Caffeine. Few of us have ever stopped to consider the effect that this remarkable and easily accessible substance has on our health. Beverages such as soda and coffee have become nearly permanent fixtures in our lives. This makes it easy to forget that caffeine is a drug, albeit a legal one, which is unregulated almost everywhere in the world. According to The Encyclopedia of Drugs and Alcohol, caffeine is a mild stimulant that primarily affects the central nervous system; otherwise known as the brain and the spinal cord. Explaining exactly how caffeine does what it does would lend itself to a lot of confusing scientific vocabulary but, in short, caffeine gives you a burst of energy and alertness. Caffeine occurs naturally in the beans, leaves, and fruit of over sixty plants and, believe it or not, acts as a natural pesticide, says Dr. Anne Marie Helmenstine of She continues on to say that it “paralyzes and kills insects that attempt to feed on the plants.” Humans consume caffeine from a variety of sources. Some of the most common are coffee, tea, and carbonated beverages (aka

soda or “pop”). A regular 8oz cup of coffee can range anywhere from 95mg to 135mg in caffeine content according to the Mayo Clinic’s website. For teas, depending on the type, the caffeine content can range from 25mg to 70mg. For sodas, it ranges from Pepsi (37mg) to Mountain Dew (55mg). The Mayo Clinic also says that about 200mg300mg (or about three cups of coffee worth) of caffeine each day is relatively safe. Another increasingly popular source of caffeine is the energy drink. The caffeine contents range in the well-known brands from Red Bull 8.3oz (80mg), Monster 16oz and Rockstar 16oz (160mg) to Rage 16oz (200mg) and Wired 16oz (344mg) coming in at the top according to Caffeine can also come in more surprising packages. Chocolates and chocolate milk also contain small amounts of caffeine. Additionally, Rhode Island seems to be the sole propagator of the curious phenomenon that is coffee milk. One final source is the caffeine alertness aid, an over-the-counter drug that goes by Vivarin and other brand names and serves a purpose similar to that of energy drinks: giving you a boost of energy and keeping you awake. Each tablet contains about 200mg of caffeine and the box warns that these pills are for occasional use only. There are some health risks involved in the misuse or overuse of caffeine. The Mayo Clinic’s website warns that these include headaches, tremors, sleeplessness, anxiety, abnormal heart rhythms, and that caffeine will occasionally even increase blood pressure. Just like any other drug, a person can become dependent and addicted. This would generally begin as developing a tolerance. Tolerance, in the context of drugs and addictions, is defined by the Encyclopedia of Drugs and Alcohol as “when the body becomes less responsive to a substance after it is used for an extended period of time.” Basically, after consuming a lot of caffeine over a long period of time, the body gets used to it and where one cup of coffee was needed to wake a person up in the morning, two cups are now required to boost the body into feeling awake. Caffeine addiction, as with any other addiction, will have terrible side effects such as crashes and withdrawal. Say a person had developed a caffeine addiction, became aware of it, and tried to cut caffeine out of their diet. Because their body has become dependent on caffeine, suddenly not having it will cause unpleasant side effects such as mild to crippling headaches and fatigue. The best way to work someone down from a caffeine addiction is to slowly decrease the amount of caffeine they intake daily until it is either a harmless amount or completely cut out of the diet.

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Poems By Ashley Dalton

Longing to be loved Asking you to be the one to love me

“Another Day Goes By” Sitting here alone In my room I can’t figure out where I lost control I used to be tough But one look from you Melted my heart And left me with butterflies I’m just a girl

All uncertainties Soon became clear Your feelings for me Were too complicated to bare She returned Snatching you back You’re still unwilling to see The truth

I loved you Couldn’t you see Despite all your flaws you were perfect for me

I beg and I plead To the heavens above To stop my heart from breaking

Forget all I said Forget the girl you thought you knew You promised not to hurt me Yet here I am crying for you

I can’t deal with life anymore My friends care when it’s convenient My parents do too Oh I’m so terribly confused

You were my first, my only You broke my heart And shattered the depths of my soul This emptiness is unbearable But I have faith in the tomorrow

Pretty soon life as I know it Will disappear My anxieties grow

The key inserted Ignition turns The engine purrs Gasoline burns

“Alone At 2 am”

I don’t feel right I hate my own skin I yearn to break out But my cage is locked within

Let off the brake Shifting the gear Spinning the wheel This journey we’ll share

People say they love me They even say they care Yet where are they now None of them are here

Guilt and responsibility Weigh me down Too many people can’t let them down

Similar in love it be To the one who holds my hearts key

It’s getting late I’m alone and scared These tears won’t stop pouring As if anyone cared

So quietly I lay In my room all alone Wondering when I’ll feel more at home

Any student or faculty is welcomed to submit any form of creative writing to Writer’s Block. Please send all submissions in .DOC format with size ten Times New Roman font attached to an e-mail to with the subject line “WRITER’S BLOCK”.

Continued From Page 20 Mt. Pleasant Campus -Everyone is invited for this historic moment. Meet at the tent (weather permitting). 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm – Barbeque. No charge if you preregister. Join us for an old fashioned cookout. Entertainment during lunch. 1 pm - Musical Mystery Tour with Greg Cooney -Interactive singing with children and adults. - Children’s Tent 1:45 pm - Ocean State Follies - Homecoming Field 2pm and 8pm - “You Can’t Take It With You” directed by Bob Colonna -Helen Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts. Performance by students in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Tickets $14. 2:30 pm - Tryouts for Sunday’s Harlem Wizards Game (See Sunday’s program) Tryouts open for those 12 and over 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm – Open House at the New Residence Hall 3 pm - Dedication Edna M. Snow M. ‘77 Study Room - New Residence Hall 5:30 pm - Athletic Reception - The Murray Center 7 pm - 9th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction and Dinner

Cost: $40. Deadline for reservation is Sept. 20. Call 456-8007 for information. - Donovan Dining Center Sunday, September 30, 2007 2 pm - “You Can’t Take It With You” directed by Bob Colonna Performance by students in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Tickets $14. Helen Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm - Pre-Event Open House for former Student Union/ Campus Center student employees and their families. RSVP 456-8034. - Student Union Ballroom 6 pm - The Harlem Wizards vs. a College team (to be chosen Saturday) - The Murray Center FREE, bring a canned good to donate to a local charity and receive priority seating at the event! Sponsored by the Student Union. For a chance to play on the RIC team, enter the Harlem Wizards tryouts on Saturday, 9/29. The Harlem Wizards are one of the greatest basketball showteam organizations, and after five decades are still packing gymnasiums with fans eager to laugh and be amazed. For more information on this event, contact the Office of Student Activities at (401) 456-8034.

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Time marches on as it was meant to do My eyes are growing heavy My cheek’s almost dry Off to my dreams now Alone here am I “Along For The Ride”

His words whispered into my ear Chase away inhibitions and fear My heart beating faster Love and passion yearn All precautions taken One direction to turn

Hot Hot Heat Gets Cold Cold Cold By Barry Nickerson Anchor Editor When you turned on the radio five years ago, you would hear this really annoying yet horribly catchy song that just repeated “Bandages, bandages, bandages, bandages…” Hot Hot Heat hasn’t given up. Since then, they’ve released Elevator in 2005; an album that took the best bits of the band and blended them to make a pretty good record. It’s not the sort of album that you listen to at a party, but it was one you didn’t really have to skip through. Their newest record, Happiness, Ltd., has indeed limited happiness. The record sounds like the initial, early-record annoyingness that was early Hot Hot Heat, but with blends of the Killers, Blue October, and a bit of the Decemberists. This is a blend that should not exist. The first track, “Happiness, Ltd.,” sounds like that moaning Blue October/Killers blend, repeating “It’s over now, it’s over now” until you just beg the song to be over. The second track is okay and the third sounds like My Chemical Romance. The rest of the tracks follow this pattern where sometimes a song will be good and, at other times, it will sound like everything else you already know. The album is the sign of the loss of a band’s identity to mainstream rock. I recommend picking it up if you like to listen to music that sounds like everything that you already like. Otherwise, you’re not going to get anything new.





By Christine Cabral Anchor Editor School is back in session and we all know what that means, Homecoming 2007. Events will be held Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30 across campus. Brochures were sent to every student’s home to ensure that all interested parties were able to enroll. Further information will be posted on Parents, students and alumni are all welcome to this event. This event is meant to bring the whole community together and all events are free except for a select few. On Friday, there will be a performance of “You Can’t Take It With You.” On Saturday, there will be many events, such as the annual Nursing breakfast, a barbeque, and a celebration of fifty years on the Mount Pleasant Campus. There will be an open house at the New Residence Hall to see how it turned out. The Homecoming will be a fun time for all, old and young. Coming for all three days would be in your best benefit but if you cannot come for all three days, try to at least come to one. It will be fun to catch up with old friends and even meet new ones. Saturday will be full of events that will keep attendees entertained all day. Following is a list of the events taken from Friday, September 28, 2007

RIC Theatre: “You Can’t Take it With You” WednesdaySaturday at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday at 2 p.m. RIC Students – $5 Performing Art Series: James Tocco, pianist Sunday September 30 At 2:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall RIC Music: Natalia Zuckerman Singersongwriter Wednesday October 3 at 1 p.m. In Sapinsley Hall


Ron McClarty ‘69 Book Signing 10 am - Noon - The Traveler (available for purchase) - Alumni Lounge 5 pm - Separate invitation mailed to class members. - President’s House Class of 1962 Celebrates Their 45th Reunion

6:30 pm - Separate invitation mailed to class members. - Faculty Center “You Can’t Take It With You.” Directed by Bob Colonna 8pm - Performance by students in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Tickets $14. - Helen Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, September 29, 2007 Visit the Homecoming tent next to soccer field for updates on events, to pick up reserved barbecue tickets, and to register for the free raffle. 9 am – 5K Run. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Recreation Center -Registered runners report by 8:45 a.m. Cash prizes. All entries receive Homecoming shirt. Course accurately measured by Ray Nelson ‘69. Timing and scoring by Meredith Nelson ‘65 of +ORGANIZATION PLUS+ Road Race Management Services. Pre-entries: $15 online, $17 by mail, $20 day of race. See registration form. Sponsored by PSA and AFT@RIC 9 am - Noon - 7th Annual Nursing Alumni Reunion Breakfast. Earn CEUs. -Visit the Teddy Bear Clinic; informal sharing time; and professional updates. Refreshments served. Separate invitation mailed to nursing alumni. Call 456-8014. - Fogarty Life Science. 10 am - 1 pm - Children’s Activities Tent -Crafts, games, and fun - appropriate for children 3-8 years old. Sponsored by the RIC Cooperative Preschool. 10:15 am - Admissions Office will host an information session for high school students, followed by tour

Rental Raves: The Twelve Chairs

By Adam D. Bram Anchor Staff

This week, Rental Raves will be looking at 1970’s The Twelve Chairs, one of the lesser-known works of comic genius, Mel Brooks. Based on a novel by a pair of Russian journalists, the film takes place in 1927. It’s been seventeen years since the revolution, and former aristocrat Ippolit Vorobyaninov (Ron Moody, Oliver!) is struggling at his new life in the USSR. When he visits his mother-in-law on her deathbed, she reveals a startling secret: Before they had to flee the revolution, she had sewn her most priceless jewels into the seat of a chair, one of a set of twelve in the dining room of their old mansion. This sets Vorobyaninov on a nationwide search for the chairs but he is not alone. This secret was also told to the priest giving the last confession, Father Fyodor (Dom DeLuise, The End), who will stop at nothing to find the chair first. To outwit the Father, Vorobyaninov reluctantly teams up with a charming young con-artist named Ostap Bender (Frank Langella, Superman Returns) who ends up teaching his exnoble companion a thing or two about how to survive at the bottom. Though this film isn’t the funniest thing to ever come from Brooks, it certainly has its moments. Aside from that, it has a very deep and serious undertone that gives the film some weight. Moody is good; though he sometimes still seems to be stuck in the mode of live theater as he tends to not look at other characters involved in the dialogue. Though it’s difficult to picture Langella that young, he plays the dashing young swindler to a tee. Almost all of the film’s laughs come from DeLuise whose bumbling yet cunning man of the cloth’s arrogance backfires on him constantly. This film may go over some people’s heads but it’s one of those films that should be seen at least once if only for the purpose of saying you’ve seen it. Keep an eye out for Brooks’ cameo as a former servant. G/PG Rating: 3.5/5

-Call Admissions Office to register: 456-8234. Alumni Lounge. All departmental programs begin at 10:30 am. School of Social Work - Presentation by Kate Brewster MSW ‘98, Executive Director of Poverty Institute, RIC - SSW building, East campus English Department - Meet with faculty and English Club members - Craig-Lee 255 Math/CS Department - Meet with faculty and students - Gaige 373 History Department - Alger 110 - Black Grays and Colored Giants: Black Baseball in Rhode Island, 1883- 1949. Presentation by Robert Cvornyek, associate professor. 11 am - RIC Chorus and Wind Ensemble Family Concert -Under the direction of Teresa Coffman and Rob Franzblau, associate professors of music, 60 students will perform a Family Concert for audiences of all ages; interactive, entertaining with lots of variety. -Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts Noon - Aerial Photo Celebrating 50 Years on


Between the Buried and Me: Colors By David Doyle Anchor Editor September 18, 2007 Between the Buried and Me released their new album, Colors. This album should be nominated for album of the year. Between the Buried and Me is considered a Metal/Progressive Rock band; however they are within a category of their own with Colors. Fans of bands such as Pink Floyd and Pantera, just to name a couple, will instantly be drawn into Colors. This is album is best described as a 64 minute, 21 second modern symphony. Broken into eight tracks, the first one calmly draws the listener down a path of hardcore metal. However, the path is rocky and winding, taking the listener along for a transgenre voyage. Jamming instrumentals are an incredible display of each individual musician’s talent in their craft. Overall, the dynamic sound of Between the Buried and Me unfolds bringing about shifting moods that are a gradual progression of raw emotion and unfettered artistic talent. Some may be wary when keyboardist/vocalist Tommy Rogers digs deep, delivering throaty screams. However, the screaming is not without purpose ,and the lyrics are audible, providing easier understandability for the unseasoned fan of hardcore.

Between the Buried and Me’s drummer Blake Richardson plays effortlessly with speed and precision, driving the rhythm of the album. Guitarists Paul Waggoner and Dusty Waring include the essential elements of power chords, with intricate melodies that will make a fan out of the harshest critic. For those of you who are already fans of Between the Buried and Me, you will find Colors has remained true to the classic style first introduced by the band in 2000 with their premiere self-titled release. Suggestion: Buy, download, beg for or borrow Colors and determine for yourself whether or not this should be the album of the year. The future of this band shows no stopping, as the release of Colors raises the bar and unleashes a timeless classic not to be forgotten or cast aside. Hundreds of years from now, students of music will be studying the pioneers Mozart, Bach, Floyd and Between the Buried and Me. For those who may want to see Between the Buried and Me live in concert, they will be performing at The Palladium in Worcester Massachusetts on November 2. This will be the second to last stop on the tour so expect the house to be torn apart before Between the Buried and Me finalize their Colors tour at the Saints and Sinners Festival in Asbury Park, in New Jersey.


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