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PRESIDENT NAZARIANâ€™S CLOSING REMARKS This is now my opportunity to share a brief thought with the Class of 2008. As you may know, this is the 20th Cap and Gown Convocation at Rhode Island College over which I have had the honor to preside. During that time, I have signed almost 30,000 diplomas and have shaken nearly that many hands during the ceremonies that have been held to celebrate the
commencement of our students over the years. We celebrate because we recognize the value of a college degree. We know of the hard work that it represents. We are amazed by the challenges that many of you have had to overcome and the perseverance that you have shown in pursuit of this difficult â€“ but very crucial goal. Indeed, an educated and engaged citizenry has never been so important as it is today. Even in the most difficult of times, we find collective strength in the power of knowledge, of compassion, and of understanding. We also know that the future is filled with hope and with new technological advances. With respect for one another, I know that together, we can all help to build a better
It is my hope that Rhode Island College has helped to prepare you to take a leading role in shaping this future, no matter where your career may take you, and no matter what your choices in life. That is my message to the Class of 2008. May I add that it has been a special honor and privilege to work with the members of this class. I wish you all the best in all the days ahead. Thank you.
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Cap and Gown Speech Delivered by Alicia Vanasse Hello my name is Alicia Vanasse and today I am going to tell you about my travels. I stand here today at 25 years old having traveled more in my life than most people have at twice my age. I have dealt with misconnected flights, delays, cancellations, lost luggage, extra baggage, memorable travel companions, and bumpy roads. However, I have yet to make it to the four corners of the world. Instead my miles have been logged with emotions, and life lessons. My life passport has stamps such as, Rhode Island College Communications major, Vice President of the Class of 2008, President of the Rhode Island College Communications Club, member of the LAMDA Pi communications honor society, News and Public Relations intern, intern for Senator Jack Reed, avid beach goer, someone who travels with too many shoes, someone who paint’s in her free time, daughter, sister, friend. My trip started at the age 13, less than 2 weeks after my thirteenth birthday, when I boarded a flight from adolescence to adulthood in a matter of months. That’s when I became a passenger in the extreme journey we call life because what I travel with daily is Tourettes Syndrome. Tourettes Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by tics – or involuntary, rapid, sudden movements and or vocal outbursts that occur repeatedly. I am one of the estimated 200,000 people in the United States with this disability. Tourettes Syndrome has no cure and can only be treated through various invasive medications, which have numerous side effects. The beginning of my jour-
ney consisted of endless visits to the doctor’s offices in Rhode Island and Boston. Most doctors had no idea what was wrong with me. My Tourettes was caused by a throat infection that hit my brain and attacked my nervous system. This diagnosis gave me an official first class ticket to being misunderstood. Knowing you have Tourettes and living with Tourettes are two very different things. Tourettes syndrome affects all aspects of my life and always will. My loud squeaking tic, that at first can startle people, is something I cannot control and never will be able to. I had to learn at age 13 that my life would not be like everyone else’s. When I tic, people wanted to know what the noise was. How come I had to make that noise. In public, people would stare at me when I ticed. Sometimes, people asked. “where is the bird?” and yes, they would look up and around for a bird. I was a very social person with a condition that was not socially accepted. Some people feared catching what I had. They pulled their children away from me, telling them, that’s what happens to bad people. I was given a harsh insight to human nature, and I began to understand that most people shy away from the unknown rather than embrace it. Many times, I have been asked to leave stores, restaurants, and movie theaters. I have clashed with law enforcement. Socially, I was known as “that girl,” that made “that noise.” I felt like someone who could never fit into her own skin. So I became that girl with Tourettes, not Alicia Vanasse. Education became my biggest challenge. I am a person who has a passion for learning; but
more times than not, the exhaustion from my tics caused me to miss class and assignments. I had to learn and process things very differently from most students. I was the first student in the history of my school system to have Tourettes. The school system’s reaction was to institutionalize me, that I would never be normal again, to make me a ward of the state. My parents were told that I would never graduate high school, because I was unable to write my own name, because of the physical tics. But my parents fought the school system’s recommendation and got me a tutor to help me learn how to write with my tics. In their minds, I should be able to go to school and get an education like everyone else. In high school, my tics were sometimes better and sometimes worse. I was able to attend classes with my peers and play varsity softball, I was elected as a class officer. I was still a person with dreams and hopes for the future. My Tourettes was getting progressively worse at the age of 18 and my tics became harder to control. The medication was not working. I managed to graduate high school in 2001, but while most of my friends were going off to the likes of Northeastern and Boston College, I had to settle for a local community college. The thoughts of not being able to attend a four year school and have the normal college experience, sent me into a tailspin of depression. I truly began to understand how living with Tourettes would affect the rest of my life. At this point I could only handle one or two classes a semester. I was unable to drive, and as a result had to have someone drive me everywhere. At a time when most 18 year-olds gain some
independence, I was losing to my Tourettes. Most professors at the community college did not feel the need to tolerate my tics interrupting their lectures and would ask me to leave class. Students were excessively cruel. My many attempts to educate the people around me were taken lightly, to say the least. I was treated not as a person, and but as someone who had Tourettes. I had a few close friends, but even they gave the cold shoulder when my tics were bad. Needless to say, I was at one of the lowest points of my life. After two years of dealing with this intolerance I decided to enroll here at Rhode Island College as a non-matriculating student. At first I tried to stay under the radar, keeping to myself. I wanted to get my education and be done with it. But then I found a mode of transportation, and this college became my best vehicle. I started talking to people around me, about what to do next. I took a communications class with Dr. Valerie Endress who is considered to be of the hardest professors in the department. I said to myself, I’ve dealt with so much already, if I can make it through this class, I might find out what I want to do in life. Well I made it, with a B, I might add. My interest in the field of communication seemed almost too natural for me. Politics, advocacy, event planning, creativity- everything I had passion for, I could learn to develop in this major. Slowly the real Alicia started to come back. I began to educate the people around me about Tourettes. For the most part, after the initial shock of hearing my tic, people just get back to what they were
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THE ANCHOR WWW.ANCHORWEB.ORG doing. My goal was not only to educate people about Tourettes but also to prevent situations that caused my tics, such as people turning on and off lights when I am in the room. Things slowly started to get better and I began taking a new progressive medication that improved my tics. I was again able to go to class and participate in extra–curricular actives. In the process of rediscovering myself, I met a woman who became my mentor and guide in my journey of life. The first time I met her, all of 5’2”, with long black hair. I had an innate understanding of who she was. She did not fear me, like most people, or shy away. When I ticed and explained what happened she said “So.” I was in shock. Then we continued our conversation to talk about one of our passions shoes. This had to be the first time in my life that I ever met someone who not only did not judge me for having Tourette, but who also loved shoes just as much as I do. That person is Jane Fusco the Director of News and Public Relations, who was wiling to work with me and help me to truly become Alicia Vanasse again. I worked with Jane on various college projects, and talked to her at different events. In the spring of 2006 she offered to write a story about me in the college newspaper What’s News. She also pitched my story to channel 10 for Health Check and to the Providence Journal for a future article. Around campus people started to get to know that a person on campus has Tourettes and that I was no big deal. If someone had questions, people would just clue them in and be done with it. This was amazing to me. It was like I could walk around for the
first time in my life and not have people stare at me, or say things to me. I could never truly know at that point what a role Jane would play in my life. I continued to take Communications classes planning on graduating in May 2007. However, when traveling in life, you sometimes hit a bump in the road. I once again began to have trouble with my tics. I was very depressed and at the end of 2006 I attempted to drop out of school. My mom turned to Jane Fusco for help. Jane called repeatedly and I finally agreed to meet with her to say goodbye and be on my way. But Jane was not letting me quit school. Rather, she had other ideas and she helped me get an internship with Senator Jack Reed. She encouraged me to continue taking classes I did and had very good communications professors, so I decided to stay on extra year to take part in the non-profit studies program. Jane also helped me to open up my world to the people around me. For a long time, I shut myself off to people, afraid to be hurt by the less-understanding side of human nature. I started to make friends people who wanted to know and understand my condition, help me when I am having a bad day, friends that have no problem telling someone that I have Tourettes and she cant help it the noises. Friendship that will last a lifetime. I began to truly enjoy my life again, my classes were great, socially, the crippling shyness that I once had started to disappear. In May 2007 I started to intern in the Office of News and Public Relations, a place, that I will always hold near and dear to my heart. The people in the Of-
fice of News and Public Relations let me come into the office, tics, shyness and all, and never once had a problem. They accepted me for who I am. Being accepted for who I am in life is such an important thing to me. I became Communication Club president, organizing several large scale events, VP of the Class of 2008. With Jane’s help and that of the News and PR staff I was able to surround myself with people, who thought that when I tic it is no different than a sneeze or cough. Jane also introduced me to the administration of the college who also welcomed and encouraged me. Rhode Island College has not only given me an academic education but has let me find Alicia Vanasse again. I can now live my life again along with having Tourettes. I have been able to go out in public again and feel like everyone else around me. Each day I wake up in the morning and make the choice to get up out of bed and live with
Tourettes Syndrome. I know that everywhere I go, every person I meet for the rest of my life, I will have to educate about Tourettes. From now on, my goal is to educate the public that people who have disabilities, also have hopes, dreams, and plans for the future just like every other person in this room. Just like me. This has been my journey. My travel log is fuller than most, however, as you travel through, you need to understand that we all have baggage, it is how we carry that baggage, how we deal with the delays, and the bumps in road that makes us the person we are. To leave you with a quote from my mentor: “People might not always remember what you did, but they will remember how you did it.” I am doing it my way, the way that I was taught here at Rhode Island College. I am taking with me the lessons that I’ve learned here, companions I made, to pull out my passport for my next journey. Won’t you join me?
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By Jane Fusco
Cap and Gown Address
Mr. President, distinguished guests, and the class of 2008. Congratulations! It’s a bit unusual for someone like me, a journalist who unpretentiously migrated to the academic world, to be the one chosen to deliver this address, but I do so
with great pride at this ceremonial rite of passage from student to near graduate. Your formal education may be coming to an end but the lessons that you will learn beyond the textbooks are just beginning. Your college professors and administrators have done an extraordinary job in preparing you for life after college. Be as proud of them
as you are of yourselves, because their work is of the highest order. Be proud also of this historic institution from which you will soon earn your degrees. From within its walls is the imprint of your time here. Let it stand for something meaningful and memorable. Soon, you will become members of a distinguished community called the Rhode Island College alumni. The alumni are the link to this institution and its ultimate success. Your very own college president, John Nazarian, is a stellar example of this. Be thankful and proud of his leadership in times when leaders are targets, or they fail to meet the challenges before them because they are unwilling to venture beyond the special interests they serve. Let today be the beginning of the beginning. The prologue to a very unique story. Yours. It may start here at Rhode Island College, but where it ends is up to you. But first, consider what makes a good story. Journalistically speaking and I have been speaking that way for quite some time - a good story needs: conflict, suspense, character, humor and a reason to care. I realize that some of you might be saying…I thought the journalist’s formula was making sure you got the who, what, when, where, why and how - covered as clearly and concisely as possible? That approach is good if you are writing a straight news story or if you intend on living a short, boring life - but then, why would you have spent all these years pursuing a bachelor’s degree? Most of you are in it for the long haul, so expect some twists and turns in the plot, as you live what is called the complicationresolution model of storytelling.
According to two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jon Franklin, it is a model as old as Aristotle, and one that anthropologists tell us is how we best understand stories. Let’s look first at conflict. Isn’t conflict something we are taught to avoid? Of course— if it means staying clear of the flying debris of someone else’s misdirected frustration or producing some yourself. But there is a kind of conflict that builds character. You can take the word “character” two ways: the protagonist in your story— you—or, according to the dictionary meaning, the “strength and originality in a person’s nature.” Being on this stage today, at this particular event, takes me back three years when a student who received the Educational Studies Award was also the subject of a story that I was writing. His name - Michael Iannone, and for him, the conflict began the night that he decided to go to a rock concert. The group playing was Great White at the Station nightclub in West Warwick. As the story goes, The Station nightclub burned to the ground from pyrotechnics shot by the band, killing 100 people and injuring several hundred more. Element number two: suspense. Here is what I wrote about the next episode. “He was comatose for sevenand-a-half weeks after the fire, lost an ear and a hand, sustained burns over much of his face and upper body, underwent more than 40 surgeries, followed by countless doctor visits and grueling physical therapy that put his education on hold.” But not for long. Because Michael’s story continued. Between surgeries, he audited classes at RIC to catch up
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on what he missed. By the following January, less than a year after the fire and not even a third of the way through his recovery, Michael felt strong enough to continue his studies full time, and was more determined than ever to earn a degree. Element number three: character. An interesting character is one who looks at what’s given to him or her and turns it into an advantage. In Michael’s case, he felt like a science experiment—at one point, he was given only three weeks to live. That feeling awakened an interest in science, and he thought about becoming a science teacher. Not an easy task for Michael. It took long hours of extra tutoring, and he had to learn to do everything, including lab work and using a computer, with one hand. Most impressive was his attitude. His motto: “If you’re going to be upset, be upset for the first half hour and go on with your day.” Element number four: humor. The famous author and humorist James Thurber said, “Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.” This means that things don’t always seem funny when they happen. Only later do we come to understand the value of laughter as a release from a stressful situation, a kind of wisdom born of hindsight, protecting us from making the same mistake twice. When Michael was a student teacher at Barrington Middle School, he was worried about how the students would react to his obviously burned appearance. He had to use the material available to break the ice, so he began his first class by pulling off his prosthetic hand and explaining its functionality. The students were
instantly impressed and gave him their full attention. This gesture showed that Michael wasn’t going to let the tragic side of his situation win. He opted for the incongruity of the teacher being the experiment. And the final element: a reason to care. In Michael’s story, he cared more about becoming a teacher than being a victim. Now, it’s your turn. What do YOU care about? How do you get others to care about your story? How will YOU make a difference in people’s lives. As a journalist, let me provide you with some things that I have learned from observing, listening to and most of all, writing about the world and the people in it. In the coming days, you will hear many clichés, such as follow your dreams, the future is yours for the taking, go out and make your mark, and these are the best days of your lives. While most are apropos, if that last one is true, then I feel sorry for you. These may indeed have been some of the best days of your lives thus far, but there is much more to come, much more to round out your story. Your college experience has opened your mind, so keep it open. No idea is too small when your mind is big. What you know now is not all you are capable of knowing. Keep listening. Keep doing. Keep asking questions. Keep learning. Don’t be afraid to be wrong. It’s how to eventually get to right. If everyone you know likes you, then you haven’t lived. Even the most beloved and revered fall from grace. Someday, you may need help getting up too. Always have a Plan B. I re-
member a 1992 press conference when then president-elect Bill Clinton was asked why he still plays the saxophone. He replied, “Well, I don’t have much job security.” Learn to love work for its own sake, and find a job that grows out of dreams. My first editor, Don Mathison, said to me my first week on the job as a reporter, always do your job better than anyone else can, and you’ll never be out of work. Good advice. As you write your own story, do it with passion. It is that passion that will point you in the right direction. It may not earn you the highest salary or the most notoriety, but it will fill your heart with riches. Changing the world, though not impossible, is unrealistic. Be willing to at the very least, rescue it. As you reach for the stars, do it with one hand so that the other stays firmly on the pulse of the world around you, a world shaped by politics and politicians, terror and terrorists, corruption, greed, blasphemy, scandal, celebrities who are idolized and scorned – sometimes simultaneously - and those who become more popular and profitable in death…in other words, all the essentials of a good news story. You don’t have to accept or even believe in media labels or spins, but do believe that the media - love it or hate it - will in some way influence you and those around you. Remember that even if the future is what you make of it, it is also what others make of it. Listen to their stories too. Writing your own story means that you can always change the setting, the plot, the tone, and the characters. Change as often as you’d like, but accept the re-
sponsibility that change brings. Mahatma Ghandi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” That’s a good starting point. And then there was one of the nation’s first journalists, Benjamin Franklin, who said, “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that the past is done and over with. It is not. It is a perpetual work in progress, and when it no longer becomes the present, it will provide more information about itself, you and everyone in it. Be willing to deal with it, and to unleash its secrets. It is the only way to truly move forward. Former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw wrote about the people who came of age during World War II as The Greatest Generation. This was probably your grandparents’ generation. He affords them high praise as many were called upon to save the world. He writes, “And once the war ended, the accomplishments of this generation had only begun.” Remember that success is a journey, not a destination, just as the degree you will be receiving in a couple of weeks is not an end in itself, but a springboard to life lessons you are about to learn. That Greatest Generation that Tom Brokaw refers to earned that name through the resourcefulness its members developed by learning to master the situations presented to them. Now it’s your turn, Class of 2008. Go out and write your own story. Become the BEST generation. Because YOUR story is still unwritten… and we can’t wait to hear how it turns out!
Top Five RIC Stories in 07-08 Compiled by Kameron Spaulding
President Nazarian Announcement Retirement Nick Lima ‘“Thank you for the opportunity to serve the College for all these years. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”’ - President Nazarian “Announced last Tuesday via an email addressed to the Rhode Island College community, Dr. John Nazarian, the eighth president of the school declared that he would not be seeking renewal of another term as President. Nazarian, who turned 75 in September, has been with the College as a student, faculty member, and administrator for 58 years. Nazarian’s decision to retire was publicized while he was en route to Indianapolis for a National Collegiate Athletic Association meeting. This allowed him time to prepare for a packed house press conference that took place at the Kauffman Center on Friday morning.”
New Hall Brings New Life to RIC Kellye Martin “The building, currently referred to as New Residence Hall has 5 floors and houses 366 resident students. It is a mixture of suite and apartment styles with four people per suite or apartment. In addition to the 366 new residents living on campus, well over 200 spaces have been added to the overnight parking lot, L, and new spaces have also been added to K, the Student Union loop. The New Residence Hall is considered a “green” building. This means that the building was built using materials that are environmentally friendly, and all building operations and cleaning supplies used are also environmentally friendly, according to Teresa Brown, director of Residential Life and Housing.”
The Anchor Busts Classes during Free Period Barry Nickerson “Classes during the established Free Period are, according to the RIC Catalog, not supposed to be held. Students with class during Free Period are unable to attend events such as Student Activities Day, Freebie Wednesdays and the various workshops that are held at that time. Dr. John Nazarian, President of Rhode Island College, said he was “disappointed” that classes were being held during the Free Period. “Wednesday from 12:30-2 p.m. is a class-free period,” said Nazarian. “I didn’t know that classes are scheduled at that time.”
Hate Crimes on Campus Barry Nickerson “The series of attacks on RIC Rainbow Alliance’s advertising campaigns has continued since two weeks ago. The banner hanging in Donovan Dining Center that advertises the second half of Queer Month disappeared for the fourth time. Besides the banner, hateful language has appeared in several places on the campus. One such place is a stairwell in the western wing of Gaige Hall, where “Fags suck” was chalked to the wall. Another example is a restroom in Craig-Lee Hall that now has swastikas scribbled on the stalls. Rainbow Alliance members Aaron Buckley, sophomore, and President Jenn Vieira spoke to Student Community Government Parliament on Wednesday night about the recent vandalisms.
Faulty Fire Alarms Christopher Buonanno “If one happened to pass by the New Residence Hall last Thursday at approximately 5:30pm, one would have heard the loud screeching of a fire alarm and seen students gathered on the opposite side of Sixth Avenue huddled to keep warm and out of the rain. This is because the fire alarm system of the New Residence Hall malfunctioned…again. This marked the eighth time that students living in the New Residence Hall were forced to evacuate the building due to a fire alarm going off.
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RIC Honors Winter Sports Teams Marah Roach Anchor Editor A job well done! Rhode Island College honored its winter sports teams as the year came to an end. The 2007-08 New England Champion wrestling team, the Little East Conference Tournament Champion men’s basketball team, and three conference champion track and field studentathletes were recognized at the Dinner of Champions, on Apr. 25 at the Quonset Officers Club. RIC also held its annual winter sports banquet on Wednesday, Apr. 16, at which women’s basketball, gymnastics and men’s track and field programs were recognized. Now to recap our shining athletes’ accomplishments: Junior guard Tirrell Hillwas named the men’s basketball team’s MVP. He helped lead the Anchormen to their second consecutive Little East Tournament Championship and NCAA Tour-
nament appearance. First Team All-Little East, he started in 29 of the 30 games he played, averaging 13.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. On the wrestling team, senior Mike Bonora from Bronx, N.Y., was named MVP. At 141 lbs., he earned the National Championship at the 2008 NCAA Div. III Wrestling Championships. He helped lead the Anchormen to their first N.E. Championship in 16 years. Bonora finished the season with an overall record of 44-2 and was undefeated against NCAA Div. III opponents. He was the first RIC wrestler in history to accomplish this. Steina Fleming, a sophomore from Tortola, British Virgin Islands, was named the women’s indoor track and field team’s MVP. Her accomplishments include placing 11 overall in the 55 meters with a time of 7.30 at the 2008 NCAA Div. III Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships
and earned All-ECAC honors in the 55 meters, placing eighth with a time of 7.28 at the ECAC Championships. Flemming also earned All-Alliance/Little East honors in three events at the Alliance Championships. She was the Alliance/ Little East Champion in the 55 meters, placing first with a time of 7.34. Kayla Fleming, a junior from Pawtucket, R.I., was honored at the Dinner of Champions for her Alliance Championship in the long jump. She took first with a leap of 5.09 meters. She earned All-Alliance/Little East honors in four events. Fleming placed second in the high jump with 1.65-meters which tied the meet record. She also placed second in the 1,000 meters with a time of 3:07.58. Senior guard Sarah Coughlin was named the women’s basketball team MVP. From North Attleboro, Mass., she played in 25 games, starting in all of them.
Coughlin averaged 8.9 points, 6.1 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. She leaves RIC a shining star, ranking second alltime with 382 assists. Her 152 assists this winter established a new school single-season record! Robyn Albert was named the women’s gymnastics MVP. A freshman from Sharon, Mass., she led the team on vault with a score of 8.953, bars (8.608), beam (8.648) and in the all-around (35.042) this past season, while ranking second on floor (8.935). Junior Mary Horsman, from Barrington, R.I., placed first in the weight throw, with a distance of 13.02 meters. Senior Mike Geison, from Foster, R.I., was named the men’s indoor track and field team’s MVP. He earned All-Alliance/Little East honors in the 600 meters. Congratulations to all the athletes who were honored this year on a job well done!
Men’s Basketball and Wrestling Shone this Year at RIC Mike Simeone Anchor Staff Here at the end of the school year, we take a look back at our school athletic teams, and two of them seem to stand out the most: Rhode Island College Wrestling and Basketball. RIC Basketball ended their season at 23-7 with a heartbreaking loss in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. This the second year in a row that the Anchormen have gone to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament and the second year in row they have also won the Little East Conference Tournament. Men’s Basketball also had
5 players whom received All-Little East Distinction: Junior Tirrell Hill who had 27 starts, averaged 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.5 steals per game, Junior Bobby Bailey with 21 starts, an average of 9.8 points, 4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2 steals per game. Bailey was also named the Most Outstanding Player of 2008 Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament. Next is Kaseem Johnson, also a junior, with 27 starts and an average of 9.6 points, a team high 7.9 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal per game. The remaining two players are both freshman. Antone Gray had 9 starts, an average of 6.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game, and Anthony
Fortes had 7 starts, an average of 7.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. Both of these freshmen were named to the Little East All-Rookie Team. Overall, Anchormen Basketball had an extremely productive year enhanced by the coaching of Bob Walsh. Next we look at Anchormen Wrestling. Finishing at an impressive 16-4 on the season the wrestling team went on to send two of their wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in Michael Bonora and Michael Martini. Bonora went on to win the Division III National Championship at 141 lbs. Bonora went 44-2 on the season is the second wrestler in school history to do so; the first was Billy Cotter
in 1994. Bonora claimed a record of his own as he went undefeated against Division III wrestler, the first wrestler to accomplish this in school history. Bonora also went All American this year for the second time in a row, won the New England Championship for a second year in a row, and won all 3 invitationals he went to. He tied for 1st at the Roger Williams Invitational (11 teams), won at the Doug Parker (18 teams) and the R.I.T. Invitational (14 teams). Overall, Anchormen Athletics has had an extremely successful year and we can only hope that their programs will continue to be successful.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Alicia Shorey Major: Philosophy Getting my Master’s and Doctorate in philosophy…..I want to be a professor. David Armfield Major: Economics/ Psychology I see myself hopefully settled down at a big time job, probably in Boston or New York. I would like to have my own house and family by then. Tracy Leroux Major: Biology Five years from now I hope to be graduating from vet. school with my D.V.M., but you never know how your cards will play out so ultimately I’m wishing for health and happiness. Ashley Tunks Major: Nursing In five years, I will be married to my fiancée, Ryan Codeiro and be in school working on a Master’s to be a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
What do you plan on doing with you major? Michael Wallander Major: Finance/Economics I am planning on pursuing an MBA and then starting out as a financial planner, then hopefully moving to New York where I will try to become a stockbroker. John P. Cimino Major: Political Science I plan to attend either law school or pursue an advanced degree in political science. Meghan Brennan Major: Secondary Education English I plan on teaching English at one of the local high schools. Joe Graziano Major: Communications Do whatever I can do to help people.
Amenda Lemoi Major: Secondary Education Mathematics In five years, I can see myself as a secondary education math teacher making an impact in the lives of the high school students.
Krystle McWilliams Major: Social Work When I graduate, I plan to attend the advanced standing master of social work program and will continue to advocate for victims of domestic violence at the center of Rhode Island. I plan to work towards seeing the value of life and social justice for all.
Caitlin Craig Major: Music Performance - Flute In five years, I plan to have my DMA in flute performance, but whatever job I have I’ll live life to its fullest and have fun and most importantly… make a difference!
Brenda Codeiro Major: Biology I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Biology to continue my education in the hope of someday getting into the medical field.
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Music Dept. Concerts Year in Review By Alex Tirrell Anchor Editor The 2007-2008 year was another exciting season for concerts in the Music side of the Music, Theatre and Dance department at Rhode Island College. As is traditional, the year began with a performance on homecoming weekend by the RIC Wind Ensemble and the RIC Chorus. On October 12, the RIC Wind Ensemble held a concert entitled “Milestones,” a concert of classic wind repertoire. The program included Giovanni Gabrieli’s “Sonata Pian e Forte,” Dvorak’s “Serenade Op. 44 for Winds,” and Berlioz’s “Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale,” with RIC trombone professor Kevin Kane as soloist. Composer Nathaniel Tronerud from the class of ‘07 had his piece, “Variations on a Waltz Theme,” debuted by the Wind Ensemble. October 15 marked the first performance of the season by the RIC Symphony Orchestra, playing “Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra” by Mozart, and Bruckner’s
“Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major ‘Romantic.’” RIC Faculty clarinet professor Ian Greitzer was the featured soloist on these pieces. The annual Halloween Collage Concert continued to be another audience favorite. Held in Roberts Auditorium, this is the concert where many of the student chamber ensembles perform works in Halloween costumes. This concert occurred on October 26, as coordinated by student Alex Lucini, president of the RIC chapter of the Music Educators National Conference. The fifth Annual High School Invitational Choral Concert occurred on November 2. This concert features two or three invited high school choirs from around the state which perform programs of music they have been working on, culminating with a finale with the other school(s) and the RIC Chorus. This year’s participating schools were Lincoln High School and Burrillville High School. On November 30, the RIC Wind Ensemble held a well-attended concert entitled La Fiesta, featuring H. Owen Reed’s “La Fiesta Mexicana.” The concert also included Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Adagio Para Orquesta de Instrumentos de Viento” and Steven Bryant’s latest work, “Radiant Joy.” December 3 marked the Symphony Orchestra’s second concert of the season, featuring baritone soloist and RIC voice professor Tianxu Zhou. The orchestra performed two pieces by Ravel
and Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique.” The RIC Choruses presented their semester finale Winter Choral Concert on December 7, featuring three motets by Anton Bruckner and Eric Whitacre’s “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine,” as well as holiday carols. The RIC Wind Ensemble was proud to host cool jazz legend and conductor/composer Gunther Schuller in a performance of his works, including “Nature’s Way,” which he was commissioned to write in 2006. Schuller guest conducted the Wind Ensemble for this concert on February 29 following a brief residency. The concert also contained some chamber groups featuring students and faculty soloists. One of the chamber groups, listed as the Rhode Island College Chamber Winds, performed a recreation of three movements from Miles Davis’ album, Birth of the Cool, on which Schuller was the original French horn player. Celebrated composer, conductor and arranger Alice Parker (well known for her collaborations with the late Robert Shaw) visited Rhode Island College for a 3-day residency, concluding with a concert on March 7 where she guest conducted the choirs. All works performed on the concert were selected for performance and either composed or arranged by Dr. Parker. The RIC Symphony Orchestra featured French
horn player Eric Ruske, a guest artist, on their Chester Performance Award Concert. This concert occurred on March 17. The sixth annual Deborah Griffin Memorial Faculty Recital occurred on April 3. This particular concert has been a fundraising event to endow a scholarship in the name of Deborah Griffin, a RIC Music Education student who died in a house fire with her children. April 25 marked the appearance of another guest artist to work with the RIC Wind Ensemble. Jens Lindermann, trumpet, performed as a soloist with faculty trumpet professor Joseph Foley and the Wind Ensemble. On April 28, the RIC Chorus teamed up with the RIC Symphony Orchestra to perform Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony.” Members of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra joined the RIC performers on the Beethoven. This particular concert was well attended and received. May 2 was the final choral concert of the year, entitled “Taking Flight” as the RIC Chorus performed “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine” by Eric Whitacre. This was the final concert of the semester before the RIC Chamber Singers and other Chorus members embark on their concert tour including Vienna, Slovakia, and Prague.
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Interview with Graduate Kristen Quartarone
By Jessica Albaum Anchor Editor
job. I was very impressed with the show and decided to apply to RIC!
JA: What made you decide to come to Rhode Island College? KQ: I actually did not even know RIC existed until late April when my drama director in high school told me to look at RIC. I took a tour of RIC and my tour guide was Kelsey Mulligan, a musical theatre major. She spent an extra hour talking with me and my family after the tour. She was in Tommy, the musical at RIC, and she told us to come see it. We went that night and I thought they did a fantastic
JA: What are you getting your degree in and why did you choose it? KQ: I am a musical theatre major. I chose that major because I started performing in theater when I was 12 and I had been dancing my whole life. I loved the idea of being able to sing, dance, and act on the stage at once, so being a musical theatre major was the perfect choice. My entire life had revolved around performing on stage so deciding to pursue a career in theater was a natural choice. JA: How would you describe your time spent at RIC? KQ: I have loved being at RIC. The musical theatre program was amazing and I have made way more friends than I ever imagined. I never thought that I would grow as much as I have and I have learned so much. My experience at RIC has been wonderful! JA: Would you have done anything different if you could go back? KQ: If I could do it again, I would definitely try to get more involved with on campus activities. I just recently have started doing things on campus and the activities are a lot of fun.
JA: What are you going to miss most? KQ: I am going to miss all the people involved in the musical theatre program the most. I have gotten so close with them and I can’t imagine not seeing them everyday like I have for the past four years. They are like a second family to me and it is going to be very hard to graduate and say good-bye to them. JA: What are your plans now that you are graduating? KQ: After school, I am working with Theatre by the Sea in Matunuck, R.I. from June 3 - July 12. I am performing professionally in George M, one of their musicals this summer. After that job, I am not quite sure what I’ll be doing. I’ll be auditioning everywhere and hopefully I will get more jobs.
JA: Are you nervous about leaving school? KQ: Yes and no. I am looking forward to graduating and moving on but I am nervous about being in the ‘real world.’ I have been supported, housed, and fed for my entire life and now it’s time for me to try doing that on my own. Scary! I am excited to go and audition for jobs and see if I can achieve all the goals I have set for myself though. JA: What would be your ideal job? KQ: My ideal job would be performing on Broadway. That has been my goal since I was twelve years old. If I don’t make it on Broadway, then performing professionally with different companies would also be great!
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Arts + Entertainment Quotables from 2007-2008 Hello Mahalo, Rocking New England By Ashley Dalton Anchor Staff “Their songs reflect heartache, acceptance of things beyond one’s control, and storytelling of life in its most uncanny form.” Ani Defranco Concert Review By Sally Peixoto Anchor Editor “Ani made the mistake of asking for requests, a fantastic set approach for the audience which seemed to get on her nerves when they wouldn’t shut up after six songs. Because of this, there was a perfect mix of new, old, and really old songs.” Payne-ful Memories By Robert Lefebvre Anchor Staff “The dialogue is great and delivers some priceless oneliners but the game becomes very disturbing at some points; incidents range from a mobster gone mad and who becomes part of a cult, making Faustian
deals with every demon known in present-day culture, to the sight of a slaughtered newborn. And that’s just for starters.” Cuisine Corner Special Edition: Lima Favorites By Nick Lima Anchor Food Critic “And of course, if all else fails, your best option is to throw some breaded mozzarella cheese into your deep fryer or frying pan. When it comes to quenching people’s appetites, fried mozzarella and marinara sauce should be your first choice!” I Am Legend: One Man’s Struggle to Survive By Bryan Salisbury Anchor Staff “A virus has been let loose in the world that turns humans into vampires, leaving one man left to survive. From the fear of creatures killing him during the night to fighting hours of boredom during the day, Robert Neville is the last survivor in New York City.”
Thr3e By Amanda Hooper Anchor Staff “I love suspense novels and this is one of the most twisted and intriguing books I have ever read. The ending is such a shock that your jaw will literally hit the floor.” 90.7 WXIN Rock Hunt By Mike Simeone Anchor Staff “I’m not saying that their hard rock sound is bad; they just sound a lot better when they play more ska-based rock. Last on the night were the reining champs The Boston Jolly Pirates. Simply put, they’re a hard-kicking ska band that just makes you want to dance.” REM’s Accelerate Hurries Back to the Good Old Days By Joe Robillard Anchor Editor “The closing track, “I’m Gonna DJ,” with a relatively coarse guitar lead and Stipe’s main lyric, “Death is pretty final, I’m collecting vinyl, I’m
gonna DJ at the end of the world” works as a surprising, blood-pumping closer. For the first time in a long time, I’m excited about the next REM album and it’s all thanks to this gem of a record.” Vagina Monologues By Sally Peixoto Anchor Editor “The subject of tone brings one especially striking monologue to mind: The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy. The speaker explains how her job as a sex worker is the most exciting and most rewarding job she could imagine.” RIC Professor Calbert: Prose of a Poet, Published By Larry O’ Brien Anchor Staff “Some of the poems in her new volume have distinctive shapes, either zigzagging or stutter-stepping across the page. When asked why, the poet laughed again: “just for the hell of it.” She then offered that poetry can comprise sight, sound, image and metaphor and that a changing shape can signify just as words can.” No, No, Nanette Dances onto the Mainstage By Jessica Albaum Anchor Editor “It is impossible to write about No, No, Nanette and not mention the choreography. There are several dance numbers that are simply dazzling for the eyes and ears.”
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Quotable Opinions from 2007-2008 By Andrew Massey Anchor Editor Below is a collection of quotes from this year’s Opinions section that I thought were worth remembering. Enjoy. ‘“I often hear, on television and in reality, women saying “Chivalry is dead.” I say that this is bull. Please excuse my poor use of language but I speak from the heart. It’s true that chivalrous men are a dying breed but they are by no means dead.”’ - Bryan Salisbury, 9/18/08 ‘“I know that the dead tend to get more respect than the living, but did anyone stop to think that perhaps the people who are still fighting for our country would like to feel appreciated while they’re out there dying for their country?”’ - Amanda Harvey, 9/18/08 ‘“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, Christian, of Asian descent, or of a different socioeconomic status. Most other jokes attack people
for having differing beliefs, such as being pro-life or prosuffrage 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?”’ - Barry Nickerson, 9/25/08 ‘“Ok, so you might have 67,430 ‘friends’, but there’s also a picture of you smeared in honey and bearing your genitals at Dave’s party, and now your Mum will never look at you in the same way again.”’ - Stephen Morse, 10/2/08 ‘“With all of the controversial statements and acts that have occurred in mainstream entertainment over the years, it has come to a point where if it doesn’t cross the line, it’s not entertaining.”’ - Rob Lefebvre, 10/9/08 ‘“Since the genre has started, absolutely nothing about the shows screams reality. Take A Shot of Love with Tila Tequila for example. Do you suffer with a group of people from each sex fighting for the chance to sleep with you? But wait! Forget that all of this fighting for your sex is not real. I didn’t think so.”’ Beth Palmer, 10/16/08 ‘“We are always told that the great thing about America is that anyone can be president. Well, if you are interested and
want to run as a Republican, get you check book out. It is $35,000 to get on the ballot of South Carolina alone. What is wrong with this system?”’ Kameron Spaulding, 10/23/08 ‘“Instead of writing about how 30,000 children die each day due to poverty, I’m going to write about how bad off Britney Spears’ kids are with her. I mean, who cares that 11 million children die each year? I want to hear about who will get Britney’s kids.”’ - Andrew Massey, 11/6/08 ‘“Not all women equate gentlemanly behavior with sexism. I’m a self-proclaimed feminist who does her best to practice zero tolerance of sexism (and racism) whenever possible. Yet I don’t interpret a man holding a door for me as a put-down. I see it as a courtesy.”’ - Paula Richer, 12/04/08 ‘“The United States does not have a native language. The multicultural legacy of the country makes the idea of a native language in this country absurd. A “native” language is technically the language of the indigenous population of a given area. In the case of the United States, it would include all American Indian tongues.”’ - Alin Bennett, 12/11/08 ‘“With this proper understanding of sex in mind, it is clear how sex toys are a distortion of human sexuality. Instead of deepening personal communion between spouses, it turns the person in on
themselves. Sex is about making of a sincere gift of self to another person.”’ - Fr. Michael Najim, 2/19/08 ‘“According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), “Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.” To me, and I’m sure to many others, this fact isn’t a laughing matter yet often enough I hear people laughing about or making jokes about rape and sexual assault. They are not funny.”’ - Amanda Hooper, 2/26/08 ‘“With all these new and innovative ways to communicate with each other coming out every day, I seem lonelier more isolated as time passes. I wish I grew up when people still hung around together and did something together like play kick the can.”’ - Chris Buonanno, 3/25/08 ‘“It only took us five years to reach, but the death toll in Iraq has finally reached 4,000; a sad number that only makes us wonder how much more this war will cost us in American lives. Fixed Noise (or Fox News to some) didn’t seem to think this was an event worth covering, with it being the sixteenth of the lesser news items on foxnews.com. The announcement of 4,000 dead in Iraq was listed just under a story about an “elephant man” getting a full facelift.”’ - Kevin Killavey, 4/8/08
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Things to Remember The War on Ignorance By Andrew Massey Hopefully for those of you reading, this is not the first War on Ignorance you have read, but for many, this will be the last one. So while you are sitting there in your uncomfortable chair, listening to speaker after speaker talking about how this is your day (even though it is them who are on stage first, soaking up the limelight) you get to read this. For some, this is like being stuck in between a rock and a hard place, listen to your speaker drone on, or read me rant and rave about the world you are about to go into. For the rest I hope this is a pleasant break from all of the ceremonies. There are many things you should remember that I have said, but if there is anything you learn from me, I want it to be this: take action. Absolutely nothing you have done will matter if you do not do this. If you want a job, go out and get it. If someone is treating you unfairly, stand up to them. If your government is denying you your rights, take action. Too many people in
this world are so content to ignore the freedoms given to them so long as they have a roof over their heads, food in their stomachs, and working cable on their TVs. Do not let yourself become one of those people. These people take their freedom for granted and never truly notice it, unless it is gone. By the time they realize this and try to take action, it is usually too late. If you do not let yourself become like this, you can attempt to stop those in power from taking your freedoms before they are gone. I am not saying to become an activist and wave a sign around, I am saying take an
interest in your government, local and national. Do not think that being active means sit-ins and protests. While you certainly can do that, you can do simpler things like writing a letter to your congressman, watching the news, paying attention to what candidates say, and more. Too many people these days will hear about some horrible event, such as a school shooting, and say â€œOh how horrible,â€? and go back to their lives as if nothing happened. If there is one other thing you learn from me, it is to keep an open mind. Make sure you have reasonable doubt. If a politician promises you
something, do not hold them to their word. They lie well and often. Accept both sides to every story you hear because in the middle is where you will find the truth. Accept people for who they are, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality. If you must judge, do it only on the character of the person and nothing else. Not everyone is equal, but that is determined by how they act, not how they were born. Many of you may already know this, but a reminder never hurts. Finally, some quick things to remember, Bush is a moron, the Westboro Baptist Church (of Kansas) is full of evil homophobes, knowledge is your best weapon, and you own yourself, no one else. I wish all of you graduates the best of luck and I hope you all find your place in the world, whatever it may be. Andrew Massey is a third year Psychology major and the Current Opinions & Lifestyles Editor of The Anchor. The reason that half these mini bios are in here every week is because the Copy Editor (Erin Boucher, a member of the class of 2008) makes him do them.
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It’s Time to Say Goodbye
It’s time to say goodbye. Five years of fun
and classes are behind me now. I will be sad having to leave The Anchor and to say goodbye to my friends. If it wasn’t for The Anchor, I would probably still be shy and afraid to order a hamburger. I’m still a little shy but I think I have the skills now to go out there into the real world and get a career. I am a Graphic Communications major. The Anchor has helped me to
grow and realize my potential in doing graphics. I was once the Photography Editor and this helped me get out there and experience new things. I owe a lot to The Anchor. It was my storage space, my home away from home. Without it I would probably be so depressed and sad all the time because there would be nothing to do on campus since I don’t live here. In between classes I would come to The Anchor to relax and breathe after a hard day. I will miss being a student and not have to worry about the real world and trying to survive. I would rather
stay in my bubble but I know that it’s just not possible and that I will eventually have to move on. It’s like when you graduate from high school and think that it’s the end of the world, that life will never go on, but it will. I don’t even miss high school and am glad that I moved on from it to go to college. I would also like to thank my mom and dad for letting me live my life and get an education. Thank you to everyone for being there for me when I needed you the most. I love you all. Good Luck!
was not just a place to go to write and voice opinions, it was a place to spend time and socialize. It seems weird sitting here today, having to say goodbye to everyone, and scary thinking that “this is the first moment of the rest of [my] life.” There were many times throughout my college career that I wondered if I was making the right choice by being a student here at Rhode Island College because I knew that there were other schools which had programs I was more interested in and other schools with more of a social scene. Looking back, I wouldn’t give up my experiences here for the world. College is a place for creating social networks. Hopefully, the friends you’ve made in college are the ones you will know for the rest of your life. As I’m sitting here,
I feel like I should have some sort of insightful meaningful farewell letter that people will read and say “wow,” but unfortunately, I don’t. So in lieu of that, if you’re still reading this, I’d like to steal an idea from a previous year’s commencement issue and pose a game to keep you occupied for the next 3 hours. Keep in mind that if you get bored, this can be repeated as many times as you’d like. Take a look around at all of the people around you, see them? Good. Now look harder. Try to find 3 people sleeping, 5 people using cell phones, 1 person looking behind them, 1 person doing something stupid with either their program or this issue of The Anchor, 1 person who probably doesn’t have water in their water bottle, and as people walk up on stage, to try find that one person who might not be wearing clothes under
their gown. By the way, I guess I should say a few thank yous before I go, so I’d like to end this by saying thank you to all of my teachers, all of my friends, and of course thank you to my family, because without all of you, I wouldn’t be sitting here today.
Don’t Stop ‘till You Reach the End
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It seems like it was just yesterday that I was standing in my friend Carly’s kitchen looking at an article she had written for The Anchor thinking to myself “wow, how cool is that, it’s like a real newspaper! I’d never be able to write an article like that.” Little did I know that five years later I’d be sitting here writing my closing remarks for the commencement issue,and ending my second year as photography editor. It was the following year, my freshman year, that Carly Romano and Ele Gendron dragged me into the office a few times, though it wasn’t until the end of my sophomore year that I actually started writing. It was that year that I met some of my closest college friends. The Anchor
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A Fond Farewell
Wow! I’m graduating. I’m, scared, excited and filled with anxiety all at the same time. Having to say goodbye to the place and the people that have become a second family to me is just about the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. The future looks uncertain but I know I’ll always have my experience here. I didn’t come to Rhode Island College as a wide-eyed freshman like most of the graduating class. I didn’t even come here from CCRI. I came to RIC after spending two years at University of Tampa in Florida, a private school with palm trees and gorgeous spacious dorm rooms. Why did I leave? It wasn’t the place for me, although I did enjoy the time I spent there. I found my place at Rhode Island College. The shy girl I was before coming to RIC melted away as my first year began. I met Marah Roach my first week here and she introduced me to the Anchor Newspaper. I had no idea how that day would affect my life until now. People who met me here have said they could not picture me as a shy person. If they had met me earlier they would have never thought of me as a leader. They wouldn’t think I would run two organizations, building one from the ground-up but I did.
My experience here has made me a better person. I never even read the newspaper, except for the comics, until I stumbled into the Anchor office. Like most beginners my first articles were short and poorly written. While I am still not the best writer, this organization helped me become a leader and work on many different skills. I now feel confident about being able to manage and even run my own company one day. I am proud to be a graduate of RIC. I am getting my degree in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre. The program is better than my old very expensive private school. I have learned so much from the professors here. They made me a better singer, dancer and actor and I want to thank all of them from the bottom of my heart. The hardest part about leaving is saying goodbye to an organization that has made me who I am today and became my second family. The Anchor is not just a newspaper; it’s a way of life. Every person who has walked through the doors of that office has affected me. I can’t imagine how it’s going to be to not be in our office everyday, to not be worried about the next issue being printed and to not see those I’ve seen every day since joining The Anchor. The editors I have had the pleasure of working with over the past three years are some of the most amazing people I have had the privilege to know. They work very hard
and care about people and the newspaper more than anyone could ever know. I will miss walking into the office and watching all of their faces turn towards me. The office is very much like the TV show, Cheers. I am even thankful for the hardships I have had to deal with coming to RIC. Every school has their problems and this is no exception. Without obstacles there is no way to grow. I wouldn’t even take back meeting the people who have treated me and everything I stand for badly. I like a challenge and I was most definitely challenged during my three years here. So, what now? I am originally from New Jersey and I am not ready to go back there and leave the lifelong friends I have made here in
Rhode Island. I am trying my hardest to be able to move here but getting a job is the most stressful part about graduating. Good luck to all those who have not yet found a job and are still looking, I feel for you. Congratulations to everyone wearing a cap and gown today. All of you worked hard to get to this place. To those not graduating today, keep working hard to achieve your dreams. I believe in every single one of you. To my friends and family, I love you so much; there is no way for me to thank you for everything you have done for me. I dedicate this article to those who have seen me through the good, the bad and even the ugly, you know who you are. It’s time for the next step and I know I can do it with you by my side.