April 27, 2012 On the run
Don’t be that girl
THE HAWKS’ HERALD The student newspaper of Roger Williams University
Vol. 21, Issue 19
Surrounded by sound
Spring concert lineup keeps energy high and bass down low ALISON ROCHFORD | Herald Reporter
Gym Class Heroes, The White Panda, and New Boyz entertained 1,350 students at the Spring Concert Thursday night. An hour before the doors opened at 7:00 p.m., students were already lined up outside of the Campus Recreation Center in anticipation of the night’s performance. First in line at the door was senior Taylor Verville. “I got my tickets the first day,” Verville said. Line members buzzed with excitement as the time drew nearer to go inside. Public Safety Officers could be heard saying “No bottles, no lighters, no cigarettes!” to the eager students.
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Photos Rachel Diep, Mark Fusco Spring Concert artists New Boyz, The White Panda, and Gym Class Heroes delivered on their promise of an energetic show.
Condom proposal no longer under wraps RONALD SCOFIELD | Herald Reporter
The office of Student Affairs recently unveiled a proposal to install several condom dispensers in residence halls and other campus buildings. If the plan is adopted, the machines would be installed for the start of the upcoming fall 2012 semester. The proposed locations of the condom machines are the
bathrooms of the Center for Student Development (CSD), as well as select laundry rooms on campus, and at Baypoint Residence Hall. The proposal for the dispensers suggests a price of $.75 per condom. After a recent presentation at the April 16 Student Senate meeting, where he hoped to gather student feedback on the plan, John King, Vice President of Student
Affairs, said his department is considering installing machines that accept one-dollar bills, after Senators raised concerns about students being likely to be carrying quarters. “For a long time, we have provided condoms through the school store and the Health and Wellness Educators (HAWEs),” King said. The issue with these establishments, however, King said, is that “they eventually
Crowd pleaser: Popular rapper entertains enthusiastic crowd SAMANTHA EDSON | Features Designer
Rapper Chris Webby drew a large and eager crowd of students in front of the Campus Recreation Center on April 21 for Roger Williams University’s student radio station 88.3 WQRI-FM’s annual spring concert. The show featured two student-comprised opening acts, Brother Teresa and DJ Joey. The concert began at 4 p.m., and lasted until a little after 6 p.m. Brother Teresa performed first, followed by DJ Joey, and around 5 p.m., Webby strode onto the stage. Matt DiPlacido, General Manager of WQRI, said the crowd numbered “740 [students] … and if you looked outside the gate, it probably put us over 800 hundred [people], most likely.” DiPlacido said the search for the headliner of this show “started in the fall, as soon as
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close, and the highest risk time for unprotected sex is late at night on the weekends.” These are times when the aforementioned establishments are closed. Though some on campus may think that installing condom machines might embarrass or worry prospective students and their parents, HAWE Kirstie Goodwin said she thinks the new dispensers would have the
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Seventh annual film festival features RWU student work ALISON ROCHFORD | Herald Reporter
Sam Edson Rapper Chris Webby looks out at a large student crowd.
opposite effect. “Actually, [they would] send a really good message, because if students are going to practice sex, then they should be able to practice safely,” Goodwin said. Goodwin, as well as King, said they feel any potential students and their parents who come in contact with the machines will see the dispensers as signs of safe
Roger Williams University hosted the seventh annual Roving Eye Film Festival this week, which was almost entirely produced by students as part of a class. “Students are responsible for every element of the event … they have to undertake the entire event production, all in the course of three months,” said George Marshall, Adjunct Professor in the film minor. According to Marshall, the Roving Eye Festival began as a subdivision of the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF). “Each year, the [Rhode Island International Film] Festival receives thousands of entries, but only screens a little over two hundred in August during the main Festival,” Marshall said.
“Roving Eye allowed RIIFF to screen amazing new work that originally was closed out due to lack of time slots in the festival.” The festival first came to RWU as part of a documentary film course taught by Marshall, and exclusively featured documentaries. It has since expanded to be a part of the film minor program, and includes various types of films that are both long and short. “Within a few years, under the guidance of Assistant Dean of Humanities and Performing Arts, Roberta Adams, and Dean Robert Cole, the festival expanded to be part of the new film minor program, and wrapped into [the course] ‘Film 400: Curation and Film Festival Production,’” Marshall said. Within the class, 14 students from across several different
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One-on-one with Chris Webby The Hawks’ Herald sat down with rapper Chris Webby for an exclusive interview on Saturday, April 21, prior to his performing at the 88.3 WQRI-FM concert in front of the Campus Recreation Center. The Hawks’ Herald: How would you describe your music for people who have not heard it? Chris Webby: I think it’s wrongfully put into certain categories sometimes. People may say I’m a weed rapper; my least favorite is probably frat rap. It’s its own breed of music, I suppose, because every song has some sort of different style. Sometimes I’m talking about serious shit, sometimes I’m obviously not. I don’t know, I think people who have a misconstrued opinion about me just need to listen to a larger portion of my work to understand. They maybe have heard one or two songs, and have the wrong idea. So, it’s hard to put a finger on it. Listen to it for yourself. HH: What made you get into music? CW: My dad’s a musician, so I was always around music. I grew up around classic rock like [Jimi] Hendrix and [Eric] Clapton. So, I developed a pretty broad appreciation for music, in general. I don’t know - there’s something about hiphop; I just fell in love with it, and have been doing it for over half my life at this point, like 12 or 13 years. HH: What inspires you? CW: I’m always thinking as the day goes, things will happen in my life. I’ll see something,
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I’ll read something, something will happen, and maybe I’ll think of a metaphor, and maybe do something someone says in conversation, or I’ll read a billboard, or something like that. I’ll type that down in my phone or scribble it down when I get back to the house and work on it from there. And I’m always listening to all different kinds of music, because I think that is important, even for a rapper; if you only listen to rap, you’re only going to be able to take your style so far. HH: Who are your favorite artists? CW: Hip-hop wise, Eminem was a huge inspiration. I still listen to him all the time. Whether you’re white or black, if you’re my age, then Eminem was the shit when we were growing up. But like I said, I listen to classic rock, a lot of reggae, [Bob] Marley, Peter Tosh, etc. Some dub step on occasion, and probably some other stuff too, [like] The Offspring … we listed to “Americana” by The Offspring front to back while we were driving the other day, which was pretty dope.
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WEBBY: WQRI hopes to keep crowds coming for furture events Continued from A1 Badfish was over.” Following the success of the Badfish concert in the fall, Molly Stern, Events Programmer of WQRI, said, “I wanted to do something different. Not a rock show, but I wanted to do a hiphop show this time around. And [Chris Webby] is up-andcoming, but still really popular, so I thought he was a good choice.” The area in front of the Rec. Center was crowded throughout the duration of the show. The crowd was energetic and lively during the event. The artists gave engaging performances that had the crowd waving their hands in the air, screaming, singing along to the songs, and even had a few members of the audience crowd-surfing. At one point during the concer,t Webby bent down and let freshman Grace Von Vooren sing into the microphone. Von Vooren was in the front row for the entire show, arriving shortly
before the concert started. “I was thinking that I just didn’t want to forget any of the words to the song,” Van Vooren said, remembering what went through her head as Webby pointed the microphone at her. “I was hoping that someone was getting a good picture or video of it. “It was an amazing show, and I came back to get a picture with him, and he was really polite and so was his crew,” Van Vooren said. “I got to talk to him a little bit, and I really enjoyed it.” After the concert was over, DiPlacido said, “I thought it was it was a great success. We broke even with T-shirt sales, a lot of positive feedback, and everyone loved the openers, and especially Webby. Everyone loved the performance. He was very interactive with the crowd; he got everyone pumped up and excited. I thought it was a great success for the station, it
showed that the team behind it, especially [Stern], did a great job with planning this concert.” DiPlacido also remarked upon the impact this concert will have on the radio station’s future: “Next year, I definitely hope that we can keep this up, our new record of success. The last two concerts - this one and the one in the fall - have been nothing but phenomenal.” DiPlacido said he remains optimistic for the future of the station, even though he will not be a part of it come the fall. “I am not going to be general manager next year, but the new general manager shares the same ideas I do, and he has a great team built around him like I did, and I can see them accomplishing many, many things. “The concert was a great success, and I was very pleased to have it as my last event as general manager,” Diplacido said.
HH: How long have you been performing? CW: I would say my first real show was freshman year of college. I opened up for Lupe Fiasco because I won a competition at Hofstra University. That was kind of my first time experiencing all that; obviously I probably sucked, because it takes a while to get it down. At this point, I couldn’t even tell you how many shows I’ve done. I’d say, in my life, [about] two hundred or so.
Sam Edson Grace Van Vooren (right) is overcome after Webby pointed the microphone at her during a song.
CONDOMS: Dispensers could be coming to your dorm Continued from A1
sex practices. Additionally, King said that these machines will “in no way interfere with the school’s sex education initiatives.” The benefits for these machines are numerous, according to Donna Darmondy, Director
of Health Education. She said the installation of the machines would be mostly a form of “harm prevention.” The dispensers would not only provide easy access to condoms, but also discreet access. “[A condom machine]
provides an alternative for people embarrassed to go to the drug store and buy them,” Goodwin said. “ [The machines] make [condoms] more available to people without cars on campus, mainly freshmen.” In the past, HAWEs were
assigned to different residence halls to provide health education and condoms for the residents of each hall. That initiative, however, has since been disbanded. King said the proposal for the machines has already been
shown to various academic deans, other directors in Student Affairs, and University President Donald Farish, all of whom showed support for the program.
Poetry Slam exceeds audience expectations ALISON ROCHFORD | Herald Reporter
Fourteen students participated in the sixth biannual Poetry Slam last Thursday night, making it the largest poetry slam yet. “I thought this slam was incredible,” said emcee and sophomore Jesse Ramos. “From the poets, to the judges, to the awesome audience we had, it was such a cool atmosphere.” In preparation for the event each semester, all potential contestants have to attend a slam poetry workshop hosted by the Center for Student Development office manager, Olivia Worden, followed by actual auditions and a secondary workshop, according to Ramos. Of the twenty-seven students who auditioned, fourteen were selected as competitors, and two were chosen as sacrificial poets.
“Sacrificial poets are those persons who did not make the cut for the actual competition,” said sacrificial poet and freshman Cynthia Rahming. “It is practically used for those [sacrificial] poets to get experience, and as a crowd warmer.” The sacrificial poets performed and received scores from the judges, which did not count towards the actual competition. Judges included Maia Farish, John King, Vice President of Student Affairs, and former victor and senior Bradley Bermont, among others. The judges scored the competing poets based on both delivery and content of their poems over the course of two rounds. In the end, the winner of this semester’s Poetry Slam was junior Olivia McCormick with
her two poems, “Dear Michelle Bachmann,” and “People With Guns Kill People, Duh.” “I wanted to write about
All of their poems were full of heart and had really powerful messages. George Zimmerman and gun control (or lack thereof ), and I wanted to address Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) rights,” McCormick said. “Especially because the Slam fell on pride week this
year.” While Olivia’s poems focused on topics such as gay rights and gun control, there were a wide variety of themes from the competing poets. Topics ranged from love and heartache, to self-reflection, to social commentary. “All of the poets who performed completely blew me away,” Ramos said. “All of their poems were full of heart, and had really powerful messages, and I was inspired by all of them. It’s such a cool feeling to just stand there and listen to everyone’s stories through their writing.” According to Multicultural Student Union (MSU) president Bre’Anna Metts-Nixon, the competition was first created in 2009 by alumni Omar Reyes in order to encourage student expression.
“He came to MSU, and asked if we would be interested in starting a new tradition on campus that allows people to really showcase their talents and express themselves,” MettsNixon said. When it first began three years ago, the Slam took place in the GHH atrium. Due to its increasing size and popularity, however, it now takes place in the much larger lecture hall in the College of Arts and Sciences. “The turnout was huge [this year],” Ramos said. “There were people standing in the back, and everyone was loud and supportive, and that always makes the Slam a lot of fun.” In addition to the fourteen competitors and two sacrificial poets, there were also poetry recitals from Assistant Professor of English Jordan Smith, Bermont, and Ramos himself.
The bi-annual Poetry Slam once again filled the seats in CAS 157 last Thursday night as 14 student poets competed for the highest cumulative score.
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CONCERT: Over 1,300 students pack Field House for anticipated triple-artist performance Continued from A1 The first 80 members of the line were given special wristbands to access a meetand-greet with one of the three bands, and then all students were subjected to a pat down from Public Safety. Once the doors were opened at 7:00 p.m., over one thousand students packed into the Field House and danced as they waited for the New Boyz to come on stage. Shortly after 7:30 p.m., the lights went down and the crowd went wild as the DJ came on stage and asked, “Y’all ready for some New Boyz?” The hip-hop duo performed nine of their most famous songs as lights flashed and listeners screamed. The crowd was moving in excitement as soon as they began playing their first song, “Cricketz,” but it wasn’t until the duo played their most popular song, “You’re a Jerk,” that the audience went wild. As students screamed in appreciation for the band, the New Boyz told them “make some noise for your own fucking selves!” The excitement didn’t stop as the New Boyz played songs, such as, “Better With the Lights Off,” and “Tie Me Down,” all the while engaging with the audience. As enthusiasm increased, so did security. In addition to the Public Safety and Bristol police officers, Roger Williams University hired JFA Security to patrol the concert. Before the first hour was out, Public Safety had already removed several students for intoxication or crowd surfing. That didn’t prevent the other concertgoers from enjoying the concert, however, as the New Boyz left the stage and students
continued to dance. When the lights went down again, and The White Panda came on stage at 8:23 p.m., the audience roared as the band shouted, “Roger Williams, how you feelin’?” People rushed back inside the venue from the hallway and restrooms as the duo played their first song, a remix of La Roux’s “Bulletproof ” mashed with several other popular songs. The mash-up artists played several of their songs, with mixes including songs by Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, and Adele.
of entries whittled down to four-day selection of films Continued from A1 media course were among the several artists featured in this year’s festival. “People have no idea what amazing work is being done in this program,” McMillan said. “The quality that people are getting … I’d put it right up there against any other program in any other school. It’s really some breathtaking work.” The student work was screened during the festival among the work of seasoned professionals, some of which have been
The quality that people are getting, I’d put it right up there against any other program in any other school. use the skills you learn in class to apply it to something real.” Not only are students responsible for the production of the festival, but also the festival itself includes films created by students. “This year, with the development of the RWU Student Film Production Club (which I advise), we are seeing greater student interest about participating in Roving Eye,” Marshall said. “Ultimately, Roving Eye will have a major component that showcases our own student work with a goal of awards and significant recognition.” Students from Professor Murray McMillan’s digital
appeased, as the Field House erupted with screams when a large banner featuring lead singer Travie McCoy dropped, and the band came out on stage. When the band opened with their song, “Cookie Jar,” McCoy not only talked to the audience from the stage, but he also highfived the front-row spectators. The band matched audience excitement as they danced around stage and engaged with the audience members. McCoy told all of the single ladies of the audience to put their hands in the air and said, “Fellas, you’re welcome.”
Mark Fusco Gym Class Heroes frontman, Travie McCoy hops on the barricade to perform amongst students.
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majors were responsible for the production of the Roving Eye Festival this year. Their work included reviewing hundreds of films submitted to RIIFF, creating news releases and public service announcements, and marketing. “[Marshall] wanted a class that would also work as something that someone could put on a résumé, and by all means it does that,” said Nicole Wielga, a student in the class. “The class as a whole is about getting to
The band members shouted “Stand up!” and “Put your hands up!” as lights flashed, students danced, and the bass vibrated the Field House. Their parting word was “Peace!” as they left the stage to be set up for Gym Class Heroes. Spectators waited anxiously for the headlining band to come on stage at 9:30 p.m., only to be met with disappointment when they did not show up until 9:59 p.m., due to guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo missing his flight and needing to drive from Philadelphia, Pa. The restless students were soon
nominated for Academy Awards. This included the work of directors such as James Spione and Jed Rothstein. Attendees of the festival were also able to attend two panelist discussions and discuss topics such as making it in the film industry in Rhode Island, and some of the themes of the various films. “It should be very exciting,” Wielga said. “The whole idea of this type of night was really a basis for students who are interested in film to be able to pick the brains of the people who are currently in [the film industry,] and then likewise for those students to have an opportunity to network.”
Gym Class Heroes continued to play 12 more songs throughout the night as more and more students packed into the Field House to see the remainder of the show. The band dedicated several of their songs to different fans, such as “Girlfriend” for all of the couples in the audience, and “The Fighter” to adolescents who committed suicide “because they were too scared to stand up for themselves,” McCoy said. The night carried on with solos from the various band members, including a bass solo from Eric Roberts. The crowd sang along as McCoy preformed “Billionaire,” but that was no match for the excitement that ensued when the group played their hit song “Stereo Hearts.” McCoy rapped as a recording of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine’s voice sang the melody, and fans did not stop cheering, applauding, dancing, and illegally crowd surfing. When the song was over, the lights went off and the band left the stage. Some students left the concert, while others stayed behind and chanted, “Gym Class Heroes.” Moments later, McCoy could be heard saying, “It’s about to get very sexy in here,” as the group began to play Prince’s “When Doves Cry” for the encore. Students danced and sang in the dim pink and purple lighting for the last song of the Spring Concert. After the show was over and the Field House was emptied, all that remained of the concert was a bare stage and a floor full of trash and empty smuggled alcohol containers.
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Change is in the air SAMANTHA EDSON | Features Designer
Like most people on campus during this time of year, I’ve been getting stressed recently. Final projects are starting to be assigned, classes are wrapping up, and another semester is starting to dwindle down. With the end of the semester fast approaching, it brings with it change, as well as a nice break from school. For some, the end of this semester will also be the end of their tenure at Roger WIlliams University. For others, the end of the semester means a break from classes and a nice, restful vacation. Others are preparing for work, or summer classes, and some people still might not know what their plans are. Regardless of what people’s plans, everyone is experiencing some sort of change. Change is something people often talk about fearing. I understand the nervous apprehensiveness that comes with not knowing what is to come and about leaving one’s comfort zone. However, over this past year, I have come to embrace change, instead of fear it. Life is about change. When one looks back over the past year, one can see how much has and how much they themselves have changed. As this school year is drawing to a close, I have begun to realize how much has changed in my own life. At the beginning of the year, I was starting at this new school, and was worried how things would turn out. I lived in new places,
met new people, and joined new extracurricular activities. I have participated in events I never had before, and have broadened my horizons in this small span of time. At some points during the year, I know for a fact that I was nervous and stressed about these changes that I went through, but now
I have begun to realize how different the coming school year will be: it will bring another set of changes that I will have to endure and adjust to. they’ve become a part of my daily routine. I honestly do not know where I would be if I had not taken the plunge and tried new things. If I did not put myself out there and made myself a little uncomfortable for the short term, then I would not have gotten to experience all of the amazing things I have over this past year. If I had been scared of change, would I have attended this university? Would I have met the people who have now become some of my closest
friends? Would I be the person I am today? These are questions that I cannot answer. Thinking about “What if?” is not something that I do often, but when the thought does come up, I think about all of the changes that I have undergone. Some of the changes seemed daunting, like starting college, and others have felt like I would not be able to get through them, like the death of a loved one. Despite the difficulties and challenges each of these has presented me with, I have survived, and have been molded by each of them. The changes I have experienced have led me to where I am in life today. Seeing friends prepare for graduation, and others preparing for major huge changes, I have begun to realize how different the coming school year will be: it will bring another set of changes that I will have to endure and adjust to. However, despite my nostalgia for how things are at this moment in time, I am not scared for what is yet to come. I have come to accept the fact that change is something people experience everyday. Some changes are more drastic, and others are subtler. However, the thing about change is that it happens, and no one can actually stop it from happening, so I have decided to embrace it instead of fearing it, and have noticed that life has become a lot less stressful and has become more adventurous, because I know that I am ready for whatever it has in store for me.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
A life lesson
Why everyone needs to calm down about the ICC election I'm probably going to receive some flak for this, but here goes. I'd like to just remind everyone that the recent election for Senior Class President was just that. A student government election. ICC, while it does truly great things, is not the be all and end all in the grand scheme of things. In short, no one will care in ten years that you were the president of your class. I'd like to further remind everyone that incumbents are usually challenged. Do you think Barack Obama took it personally when he found out Mitt Romney dared to run against him? Just because a certain candidate had run unopposed in the past, does not
entitle him to lifetime tenure. Nor does it make anyone else's campaign less legitimate. And to personally attack or question the intentions of anyone choosing to run seeks to uproot the spirit of democracy which we should pride ourselves on. People like having choices. To deny them of that is wrong. The results are in and everyone has to deal with them. In the real world, leadership changes all the time and there isn't usually a domino effect of resignations. I encourage everyone to stop acting like privileged children who have had a toy taken away from them. The situation is what you make of it, and you're making it unbearable. - Thomas Sojka
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GEORDY BOVEROUX | Sports Manager
As the Roger Williams University baseball team faced off against Becker College on April 10, it seemed like any other normal matchup. Assistant Athletic Trainer Louise Arruda was at her usual spot on the baseball field, at the far end of the home dugout. Then things became far from ordinary. “Next thing I know, I hear my name, and I saw Josh on the ground,” Arruda said. Josh Orosz, a junior righthanded pitcher, was the player on the ground. At that point, no one really knew what was happening, but everyone could tell something was wrong. “It looked like he was having a seizure at first,” Arruda said. Soon after, the picture became clear. “Orosz was bending over to pick up a ball in the circle, and was struck in the face by the batter-on-deck,” said John King, Vice President of Student Affairs. “He was hit in the jaw, receiving a possible concussion, and started convulsing on the floor.” Right as Arruda started attending to Orosz, she was able to diagnose the situation. “I looked at him, and realized that he had a mouthful of [sunflower] seeds, and that he was on the ground, and pretty much choking,” she said. “So there were two different incidents: he got hit in the face, which knocked him out, and because he got knocked
out, it caused him to choke on the seeds so he couldn’t breathe.” Arruda then began to do chest compressions on Orosz to get him breathing again. The issue was that his body had tensed up as he was convulsing due to lack of oxygen, and his mouth was even clamped shut. This didn’t phase Arruda, though: “I was able to successfully do the chest compressions, and then, next thing you know, he just took a
Next thing I know, I hear my name, and I saw Josh on the ground breath, and we rolled him over into recovery,” she said. By that point, EMTs and the Bristol Police Department had arrived to handle the situation. Orosz was strapped onto a board and taken to a local hospital, but was awake and coherent by the time he was in the ambulance. The final diagnosis was a broken tooth, a minor concussion, and six stitches from the lacerations the chipped tooth and sunflower seeds had caused. Now, Orosz is recovering nicely, according to Head Coach Derek Carlson. “He’s had a bunch of follow-ups with our trainers and our doctors, and he’s doing great.” Orosz has had the entire team by his side throughout the entire
ordeal. “We had just about the entire team go to the hospital, including myself, afterwards,” Carlson said. There’s also a chance Orosz could return to the mound this season. “We’ll see,” Carlson said. “It’s going to be a process for him to get clear of the concussion and all that stuff from a physical standpoint. But if there’s anybody that can come back, it’s Josh; he’s a tough kid.” Carlson was extremely impressed with how their opponent, Becker College, handled the entire situation. “Our team was gathered in right field, and their team was gathered in left field, and at one point, the entire Becker team just went over with our guys,” he said. After an incident that hasn’t been seen at RWU for quite some time, the athletic department is doing what’s necessary to make sure a similar event doesn’t occur in the future. “We’ve been talking about [safety precautions] internally,” said Athletic Director David Kemmy. “Our training staff met with Public Safety just to go over some protocols and stuff going forward.” But the hero of the day was Arruda, the first to come to Orosz’s aid. “This is why I love this business,” she said. “Not because I want things like that to happen, but because I know I can make a difference in someone’s life.”
beat Endicott, as well as win the DANICA DELIA | Herald Reporter Championship. Senior Mitri Najjar is Conference embracing his last year at Roger The beginning of the season Williams University and having was disappointing for the an outstanding season on the Hawks, but as of late, they have lacrosse field. Najjar, a long- been accomplishing what they stick midfielder, is co-captain need to in order to meet their of the men’s lacrosse team. He expectations. “We were very leads the team with 36 caused excited about the freshman turnovers and 33 ground balls talent we had coming into the on the season. A member of season this year,” said Najjar. the Gabelli School of Business Both goalies are freshmen (GSB), Najjar is majoring in that have had an outstanding International Business. He is showing this season, and currently searching for a job in compete with each other for a starting position each game. the greater New York area. Graduation is right around Najjar just recently had his senior game on April 14 the corner for Najjar, and he against Endicott College. could not be more excited for “My senior game was great; I what is to come. “I am excited, enjoyed sharing it not only with but at the same time, I know that I am never my fellow going to get the seniors, but chance to be my family as in college ever well,” he said. again,” Najjar The Hawks said. “I am defeated looking forward Endicott 11to making the 7, for the first most out of this time since last month.” 2002. “It was Nothing definitely an c o m p a re s eye-opener to Najjar’s that made experience me really of being coappreciate captains with the couple of seniors Collin games that and are coming Courtesy Mitri Najjar Schmitt Adam Vorwald. up, and RWU lax mid-fielder “My fellow look at my t e a m m a t e s Mitri Najjar and his mother. captains and I have developed a and realize this is the last time I’m going to be very tight-knit relationship with playing with them,” Najjar said. each other,” Najjar said. “We The victory against Endicott were able to work really well did not have to do with just together and split up all of our the seniors, but it was really an responsibilities among the three overall team accomplishment of us.” These three captains are leaving the season with an for the Hawks. Last season, the Hawks indescribable bond, in addition graduated five seniors, including to the bond they have created their starting goalie, entire with their other teammates. The Hawks are currently midfield, and leading scorer. “You could say we lost a lot,” seeded second in the conference, said Najjar. “Going into the therefore giving them a bye season, we didn’t know what to for the quarterfinals of the expect from such a young team, tournament. For the semifinal but once we started playing, the game, the Hawks look forward potential was obvious, and it to playing the winner of was just a matter of time once Endicott College versus Gordon we started clicking and working College. “Anything less than a Conference Championship as a team.” The Hawks’ expectations would be a disappointment,” going into the season was to first Najjar said.
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs laced with violence
JOSH WEINREB | Sports Editor
It’s the most wonderful time of year. Yes, I said it. It’s better than the NFL’s Superbowl, MLB’s World Series, or any other playoffs that we are exposed to here in the United States. Other than the constant string of action that floods your televisions or Internet streams, since Roger Williams University conveniently doesn’t carry the NBC Sports Network, this time of year brings you a showing of some of the world’s best competing for one of the oldest trophies in sports. That’s right, in case you haven’t been paying attention, the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs is already over, and so far, it’s been the craziest it has been in a long, long time. It has been one of the most violent Stanley Cup Playoffs in recent history, keeping newlyappointed sheriff of player safety Brendan Shanahan a very busy man. This postseason, NHL has dished out bans to nine NHL players for a total of 16 games, including Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals, Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers, and Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw, who charged at Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith like a raging bull at a tempting matador. They have also fined two players and a coach to the tune of $15,000. Most recently, Shanahan unleashed the iron fist on Phoenix Coyotes tough guy Raffi Torres, who hit Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa with a brutal, open-ice check that caused Hossa to leave the game on a stretcher. Hossa is a superstar, one of the leading scorers on one of the league’s most successful teams. Torres is a bruiser, a dying breed in the post-
BruceBennet/GettyImages Brawl breaks out between Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers in recent playoff game. lockout NHL that allows fewer leniencies towards aggressive behavior than in the years of Gretzky and Lemieux. Torres received a 25 game suspension for his actions, one of the longest suspensions ever issued, starting a heated debate throughout the league. It’s not like the 2011-2012 regular season was any different. The leagued handed out a total of 44 suspensions this season, adding up to 164 total games suspended. However, the Stanley Cup Playoffs have highlighted these violent tendencies and, mixed with a grueling sevengame series between bitter rivals, have caused things to get out of hand very quickly. Case in point: the first round matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers. Both teams totaled 52 goals between them in the series;
the Flyers scored 27, the Penguins, 25. Philadelphia’s goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and Pittsburgh’s netminder Marc-Andre Fleury looked like overeager rookies in front of two of the league’s most powerful offenses, who seemed to, at many times, score at will. Despite the late season return of NHL poster-boy Sydney Crosby, and many hailing the Penguins as early Stanley Cup favorites, the Flyers jumped to a 3-0 lead in the series, and eventually finished off the Penguins 4-2, becoming the first team in the Eastern Conference to advance to the second round. Despite being entertaining, the Flyers/Penguins series was laced with violence and reckless endangerment. These two cross-state adversaries share a common hatred for each other, so, naturally, tough guys on both teams did what they do
best. According to Mark Jones, featured columnist for Bleacher Report, the NHL averages 5.32 goals and 11.21 penalty minutes per game, and one out of every 10 games contained a misconduct penalty during the regular season. During the first four games of the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia series, however, the teams averaged 11.25 goals and 70.5 penalty minutes per game, and included nine misconduct penalties. But this series was so much more than stats. The Penguins looked intimated, annoyed, and utterly frustrated by the bruiser style of hockey played by Philadelphia, causing even more violence between the two storied franchises. However, the violence in the series upped ratings on the newly-formed NBC Sports Network. According to The Washington Post, Game 3 of the series reportedly drew a 2.3
share, the best rating for an NHL playoff game, other than the Stanley Cup final, in a decade. The NHL is at a crossroads. On the one hand, the league has made a series obligation towards players’ safety, as Shanahan and his staff stay vigilant towards the cause, handing out suspensions and fines to players who make serious violations. Granted, sometimes they drop the ball, as we have seen with Nashville’s Shea Weber incident against Detroit’s Henrik Zetterburg, but the effort is there, and video explanations handed down from Shanahan’s office is further proof of the NHL’s commitment to safety. On the other hand, however, the aggressive violent behavior that inhabits players, especially in a heated Stanley Cup Playoff series, draws massive television ratings that the NHL has been searching for since the lockout. And with a new 10-year television deal with NBC, television ratings on the new network have become a higher priority than ever before. As the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs comes to an end, the story lines continue to grow. The Western Conference features four teams that have never won the Stanley Cup, and the Eastern Conference featured three of the four Playoff series that went seven games, despite the firepower of the New York Rangers, the gritty play of the Boston Bruins and the high expectations of the New Jersey Devils. The violent behavior that was so present in the first round will only continue to grow, despite the plethora of suspensions raining down from NHL headquarters. It’s the Stanley Cup; can we really expect anything else? Well, one this is for sure: It’s going to be one hell of a ride.
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Track: FULL SPEED AHEAD The RWU Track and Field team eyes CCC Championships Sunday, and beyond JOLYN WIGGIN| Herald Reporter
The Roger Williams University varsity track and field team is in its fourth year. However, the talent and bond the student athletes have is make it seem as though the team has been around for ages. Many of the athletes have already qualified for New Englands and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Those who have not qualified hope to earn a spot by qualifying at the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships (CCCC). After the ECACs are the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), for which nobody has qualified for yet, but in each event, the top 20 men and top 22 women qualify, and the RWU coaching staff is optimistic about the team’s chances. “I hope to see people qualify for New Englands, ECACs and NCAAs, and to see the team succeed as a whole,” said assistant coach Sean Livingston. “Right now should be when the athletes are feeling their best, mentally and physically.” Currently, the New England qualifiers are Meg Breault, Alyssa Burton, Austin Bobrow, Emil Pornelos, Hannah Zyndanowicz, Alex Honkala, Nina Groseclose, Lauren Riccardi, Tom Bove, Courtney Anderson, Jamie Goodwick, Tommy Franco, Luis Garcia, Eric Patnode, Ian Mooney, Megan Krauss, Hannah Noel, Maria Lobalbo, Steve Carnevale, Dan Herbein, and Ben Lane. The ECAC qualifiers are Meg Breault, Emil Pornelos, Tom Bove, Alex Honkala, Nina Grosceclose, Lauren Riccardi, Hannah Zydanowicz. On Saturday, April 21, the Hawks traveled to Connecticut College to compete in the 2012 Silfen Invitational, where the women’s team took fourth place, and men took eighth. Overall, UMass Dartmouth’s men and women both took home first place. Freshman Hannah Zydanowicz finished first in the 1500m race with a time of 4:51, which was her new personal record. Her time qualified her for the New England
Championships. The 4x800 relay team, consisting of Alexandra Honkala, Lauren Riccardi, Nina Groseclose, and Zydanowicz, also took first place, and broke the RWU record with a time of 10:01,
two-day event, she scored 3,623 points, which ranks her 14th for the ECAC Championships, and qualifies her for the New England Championships. Also on April 20 at Holy Cross,
from the competition due to a hamstring injury. “This is an amazing group of athletes, and it is great to have so many seniors who have been able to see the evolution of [the track
Illustration Josh Weinreb – Photos Courtesy Sean Livingston which qualifies them for the ECAC Championships. On the men’s side, Steve Carnevale broke his previous RWU record in the 800m race with a time of 1:55.89. He is hoping to run 0.6 seconds faster in the conference meet to qualify for the ECACs. On April 20 at Holy Cross, Megan Breault set a new school record at the women’s heptathlon. During the
freshman Thomas Bove set a new RWU record for the men’s decathlon. He earned 6,136 points, which was five points short of Northeastern University’s winner. Bove is ranked 9th in the nation, and if he continues to perform at this level, he will be a NCAA qualifier. Senior Jamie Goodwick also competed at this meet, but was forced to withdraw
and field] program,” said head coach Tamera Rocha. “This is a grueling sport that requires a lot of time and effort, and I am really excited to see all their hard work at the championship meet.” One of the things that make this track team so strong is the bond among the teammates. Everybody works together because they all have the same goals, which are to
get personal bests and contribute to the team’s success. Many of the team members described how the team communicates really well, and each member encourages the other, whether they are a sprinter, long distance runner, or on the men’s or women’s team. The two coaches split up the responsibilities to help tailor to the team. Rocha focuses on both men and women sprinters, hurdlers, and jumpers, but oversees the entire team, and helps out wherever she can. Livingston trains the distance runners, mid-distance runners, and over 400m race. For the first three years of the track and field program, Tom Conely trained the throwers, until he resigned at the beginning of the season. “One of the best things about the [track and field] team are the coaches, and the closeness between each athlete,” said junior Lauren Riccardi, distance and relay runner. “Coach Livingston sets reachable goals for his athletes and himself.” “Another great thing about the coaches is that they know when to be serious and when to have a good time,” said junior Eric Patnode, sprinter and relay runner. “[Rocha] and [Livingston] want to get to know us not only as athletes, but as people, which makes a great dynamic for the team.” To prepare for the meet, the track team tapers off their training and focuses on getting mentally prepared. All of their training, conditioning, and hard work for the past few weeks has brought the athletes to their peak performance. The athletes do not want to overwork muscles before the meet, so they focus more on technique and trying to get their fourth consecutive conference win. However, there is one more critical element to help the team achieve success: “The track team could use the support of students, because it really does make us run faster,” said senior sprinters Meghan Krauss and Maria LoBalbo. This Sunday, April 29, the CCCC will be held at Gordon College at 10 a.m.
HEAD - TO - HEAD Is Bobby Valentine to blame for Red Sox’s struggles?
NICK SCHWALBERT | Herald Reporter
The Red Sox have been on a downward slump ever since the start of the season, but is it Bobby Valentine’s fault? I don’t believe so. The Red Sox weren’t even that good last year, finishing third in the AL East with a 90-72 record, and they didn’t even make the playoffs. So clearly there should have been new additions to the team in the offseason that would enhance their chances at a turnaround this season. But because of all the money spent on players like Carl Crawford and Bobby Jenks and the extension of Adrian Gonzalez, the Sox were unable to pursue the players necessary to upgrade their squad. Valentine didn’t have the time to go through and
plug up the real leak that the Red Sox have, which is down in their bullpen. The bullpen hasn’t been able to close out games, which isn’t the only reason for the Sox underperforming this season, but it’s certainly the cause of all the high-scoring games that teams have had against them. They acquired Andrew Bailey from the Oakland Athletics to be the new closer with the departure of Jonathan Papelbon, but he’ll be out until July after thumb surgery. Current closer Alfredo Aceves has an ERA of 18.00. He’s not the only pitcher struggling, as the entire team has the worst ERA in baseball at 6.27. Once again, Valentine didn’t have say on the matter or his pitchers. It’s not like Valentine doesn’t realize that the Red Sox aren’t living up to expectations either; he has accepted that the team is underperforming, and is actively working with the best he’s got.
TOM JACKSON | Herald Reporter
Yes, last September was catastrophic for the Red Sox, and certainly some blame must be placed on former manager Terry Francona. Although they weren’t drinking in the clubhouse, the managerial staff had to be changed; but bringing in a media-obsessed outsider who hasn’t managed a real team since 2002 (the New York Mets) is not the solution. While simultaneously managing the third highest payroll in the Major League, Bobby Valentine plans on doing multiple radio shows throughout Boston. According to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com, Valentine stated he plans on doing both daily and weekly radio segments in Boston. In fact, he has already signed a contract to appear weekly with Michael Kay on ESPN ... wait for i t... New York! Yes, Valentine plans on doing an ESPN radio segment each week in anti-Boston terri-
tory. The fact that he is on sitting on the fence of the biggest rivalry in sports whilst being one side’s manager is ludicrous, let alone travel time. The Red Sox need a manager who is invested, one who will stand alongside his players. After recent reports of apparent altercations with shortstop Mike Aviles and his statements questioning Kevin Youkilis’ physical/ emotional competitiveness, I am certain this position is not for Valentine. So, is Bobby Valentine the man for Boston? Well, let me put it this way: not only is he bad for the Red Sox organization, but the man claims he invented the wrap. Yes, the wrap like the kind we get in Upper Commons.
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Hawks catch their stride Five RWU runners pound the pavement of the Boston Marathon
GRIFFIN LABBANCE | Herald Reporter
With over 25,000 people in attendance, 26.2 miles of track, two Roger Williams University students and two different stories, it’s all one race. For many athletes, ‘Marathon Monday’ is a day that is marked on calendars years in advance. For two RWU runners, the day of the 116th Boston Marathon, had been on both their minds since last year’s race, but what got them each to this day were two different paths. Senior and student athlete Lauren Ashby has been a runner her entire life. “I have run throughout most of my life, a little over 12 years,” Ashby said. Running is part of Ashby’s day-to-day routine, and when her coach made her a special promise, Ashby saw something that many runners look toward in her future. “In high school, my running coach (Kelly Fox) told me that if I ran four years of cross-country and track in college, that she would run a marathon with me at
The Boston Marathon by the numbers
■ From Hopkinton, Mass., to Boston, Mass. (26.2 miles) ■ 116th Marathon
■ The field consists of over 26,000 runners, representing athletes from every state in the nation and over 90 countries. The race record was 38,708 for the 100th anniversary in 1996. There will also be well over a half-million spectators lining the course. ■ The Boston Marathon has seen its fair share of hot weather, with the thermometer rising to 97 degrees during the 1909 race that came to be known as “The Inferno” and the 1976 “Run for the Hoses” that started in 100-degree heat and finished with on lookers dousing winner Jack Fultz with hoses to cool him down.
■ The total prize money distributed among the top finishers of the 116th Boston Marathon will be $806,000, plus an additional $220,000 in bonuses if records are broken in the open, masters, or push rim wheelchair divisions. Celebrity Participants ■ Kristine Lilly, two-time Olympic gold medalist soccer star and Needham, MA resident ■ Tedy Bruschi, three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots ■ Bruce Fordyce, of South Africa, nine-time winner of the Comrades Marathon and 50-mile world record holder ■ Ryan Sutter, winner of season one of ABC’s The Bachelorette
some point in my life,” Ashby explained. This past winter, Ashby made a decision that she would not be running track for the university, and that she wanted to train for the Boston Marathon instead, training that consisted of 600 miles in 18 weeks. This came out to be about 40-50 miles per week. “I had planned to run as a bandit runner, meaning that I wouldn’t have an official number, but my coach called me and said that she had a number for me, as she was running for the charity buildOn Boston,” Ashby said. While Ashby trained with her coach from high school, another RWU student took a different approach in preparation to the marathon. Senior Jess Kraiza marked her third marathon in Boston this spring. “The first year I ran, I ran as a bandit, and then last year, I ran for the Jeff Coombs Foundation, where I raised $5,000,” Kraiza said. This spring, Kraiza had too much on her plate between being a varsity athlete and a student to raise the minimum amount of money, so Kraiza planned
to run as a bandit again for her second time. “I ran it with [senior] Jon [Lemoine] for the second year in a row,” Kraiza said. She added that she didn’t do any proper training program to prepare for the race, but said, “That’s what works for me. I ran it last year with a training program to prepare and ran a longer time than this year.” When the day of the race came around, both runners had to deal with the same conditions. Marathon Monday saw record heats soaring into the high 80s, causing race officials to allow runners to keep their tag numbers and run in next year’s race, something that never happens, according to Ashby. “The heat made the race 150 percent harder,” Kraiza said. But just like the other more than 20,000 runners, Ashby and Kraiza pushed through the heat and finished the race. “The Boston Marathon is the race that runners work toward, because you need to qualify for it; runners train for years just to See MARATHON, page B2
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get into the race,” Ashby said. Although the temperature was high, both Kraiza and Ashby explained that the reward from finishing the race is more than worth the pain afterwards. “The high you get when you finish isn’t describable; running is a lifestyle, and a mentality for me,” Kraiza said. Ashby added to Kraiza, and said, “I met a woman who will be running in her 100th marathon next year; it was a honor to run with people who have worked so hard to accomplish all that they have.” Along with the high spirits of the runners, the crowd in Boston and the neighboring towns that the race travels through kept spirits high through the heat and the long race. “Spectators were amazing throughout the race; people had hoses and were doing everything possible to keep runners cooled off,” Ashby said. Running with Kraiza were three friends that she described as key roles in finishing the race. “Along with Lemoine, I ran with junior Phil Ernst and junior Claire Rosen,” Kraiza said. She added that running with friends helped her push to the finish of the race. “When you’re out running 26 miles, you have to make it fun somehow,” Ashby agreed. She added that her sister joined her at mile mark 21 and finished the race with her, which she said really helped the end of the race.
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Although the race was long and the heat made it worse, all runners finished with a sense of accomplishment. Rosen also agreed with both Ashby and Kraiza, and said that the experience at the end of the race was indescribable. “I realized that I can accomplish anything if I set my mind to it,” Rosen said. Kraiza and Ashby said that even though they were still recovering from the race almost a week after, they were already looking forward to the next marathon. “You see runners who say that a marathon will be their last one, but once you finish, you can’t help thinking about the next one,” Ashby said. She added that she was already looking into running the New York Marathon in the fall. When all was said and done, almost 4,500 runners had deferred their run until next year, 2,500 runners were treated for medical attention, leaving a few in critical condition, and 1,200 normal runners were treated afterward, but the runners who finished accomplished something that they’ll never forget. Kraiza summed up her drive to finish the race by saying: “Running the marathon is an addiction, it’s something that you work so hard for, and when it’s done, you can’t help but want to do it again.”
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Breaking it down with the drummer of Gym Class Heroes
AMANDA NEWMAN | Editor-in-Chief
The Hawks’ Herald sat down for an exclusive interview with Gym Class Heroes’ drummer, Matt McGinley, before the band’s Spring Concert performance last night to talk about musical inspirations, dream tours, and sandwiches. The Hawks’ Herald: We’re glad to have you guys here for the Roger Williams University Spring Concert! You’ve been in Rhode Island a lot lately. Matt McGinley: Yeah it’s crazy - I was just saying to [my tourmates] today that we as a band have only come to Rhode Island a handful of times, but in this two-week span we’re going to be spending four to five days in Rhode Island. The campus is beautiful here - we went down to the bay earlier, and kinda walked from down here all the way to past where the soccer field is at ... HH: The shell path? MG: Yeah we walked off of the shell path, and we found this really cool, dug out area with rocks on it – HH: Fort Chronic? MG: Yeah! It looked like some kind of structure – it was impressive, there was a fire pit inside of it – there was actually like a chimney. It’s crazy. I loved it. We were kinda bummed though, because there were like beer cans and shit inside of it, like all it would take would be like two hours of a few people cleaning it up and it would be beautiful. It’s such a cool thing, it’s a shame people don’t want to take better care of it. But it’s really cool.
collaborations we’ve done, it’s all over the place, so to put a tour together with just any artist? I mean, off the top of my head, I’d say Phil Collins, but you gotta balance that out, so as another artist, I’d say KRS-One, who’s a rapper from New York, who was incredibly influential and who kind of was a bridge, to me, to hip-hop in general. Before I heard his music, I was mostly listening to rock music, and then, through his music, was able to see this whole other world of hip-hop. HH: Do you have a favorite song to perform? MG: It changes, from time to time … Usually it’s whatever is the most new song in our set. When we put out an album, we don’t just put all of those songs in the setlist; we usually phase in new material, but lately it’s been “The Fighter,” a song which we’re about to release as a single. We just shot the video for that, and kind of took the documentary approach, as it follows a young Olympic hopeful from the Bronx named John Orozco, because the spirit of what he’s doing embodies that song. And also, it’s nice to shoot a video and not necessarily have to be the main focus of it, to not be the stars, is something new and refreshing, not only for us, but for our fans. We’ve spent six or seven years establishing ourselves as a band and now to get to the point where we can sort of take a backseat and have a different visual aesthetic elevate the song is pretty cool. We do a performance section [in the video], so there’s enough
HH: Do you guys have any pre-show rituals or things you absolutely must have while you tour?
Photos Courtesy Jess Kraiza Top: Ashby and running coach from high school, Kelly Fox, pose for a picture together before the start of the Boston Marathon. Bottom: From left to right: Jon Lemoine, Phil Ernst and Jess Kraiza. The three friends ran the race together and served as moral support for one another.
MG: There’s a few, it seems like everyone kind of falls into their own routine; a lot of us do stretches and stuff. Usually we’ll have music going on the bus … I like to have a beer or two … just I think anything before showtime that can make me inspired for a show. It can be very easy, I think, for musicians to just fall into, OK, this is what I do, and just go on stage and be a machine, and you go through the mechanics of it, but at the end of the day I don’t think music should be about that. It shouldn’t be about going through the routine of it. I think you can easily play a cd and achieve the same effect as a live show, so for us, it’s more about doing what we can do to catch a vibe and get us in the mood to really impress the crowd. I think when we play, in terms of our catalog, yeah you’re gonna hear a lot of the same songs, but it’s unique in terms of the vibes and spirit of the live performance that we do. HH: If you could tour with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be, and why? MG: Hmm … Well, I think even in most of the
HH: How do you guys go about putting together the setlist? MG: It’s kind of a balance, especially at this point in our career – we have four albums that we’ve released, so you want to make sure you’re at least acknowledging every album, and it gets tough, because for us, the longer we become commercially relevant, you’re always picking up some new fans, so they’re going to be less familiar with your old material, but at the same time, you’ve got these diehard fans who’ve been coming out since day one. You catch a lot of shit for it as an artist, too, because [fans] are like, ‘Ohhh, they didn’t play some obscure song,’ and it’s so important to somebody, so you’re always going to disappoint people. We kind of go into the setlist knowing that we’re going to make sure we’re playing all the hits, and then we try and incorporate enough of the songs that we feel are really important on the albums that may not necessarily be a single, ever, and incorporate those as much as we can. Time becomes a big factor, because when you have four albums and you’re trying to squeeze those into 60 minutes, it’s definitely tough. For us, from my perspective, a large part of the show is just listening to Travis talk, and I’ve always felt he’s kind of like a standup comedian, and humor is a large part of our music and what we do. HH: Did you ever anticipate Gym Class Heroes would get this big?
HH: So what’s it like playing at colleges? MG: We’ve been playing colleges since before we were even in colleges, so that’s something that we’ve grown accustomed to, and playing to kids who are closer to our age range feels like we’re playing to peers; we’re playing to kids who identify with every word Travis [McCoy, lead vocalist] is speaking, so it’s definitely cool.
sandwiches were named, and we had one named the Balboa, which was really popular, and we had one named the Jerry Garcia, and that was really good; it was focaccia bread, smoked turkey, and a lot of interesting ingredients, so I liked to make that one a lot.
Mark Fusco Co-founder and drummer of Gym Class Heroes, Matt McGinley [of us] tied in. HH: What would you be doing if you weren’t artists? MG: I don’t know. The last job I had was making sandwiches at a deli, and I really enjoyed it, like a lot, so I don’t know … maybe I would have continued on the sandwich path. My boss was super cool; she gave me a lot of responsibility, and she was really helpful, because at the same time I was really focused on my band and trying to get us to the next level so when I would need to run out during the lunch rush to take a call from any of the people who were sort of scouting us she was understanding of that, and when I needed to take three or four days off to go play some shows in Texas, she was understanding, and when I needed to quit to do Gym Class Heroes full time, she was understanding of that. I think just when you’re an artist and you’re focused on a dream, having people surround you that are supportive is not necessarily going to make or break you, but it certainly helps a great deal. And I think that’s the same with anything: music, or art, or sandwiches … All our
MG: We’ve always taken things one step at a time, so I didn’t anticipate success, really, but I desired it. And I think I’ve always wanted to achieve something. And a lot of that was just based around hearing, before we’d even recorded our music, a record of a friend’s band, and they sounded incredible, and I was just like, ‘Well, they did this, I want to do that, too, and I want to make it even better.’ So, to me, that’s where the drive has always been – we’ve always seen someone doing something that is inspiring, and we’d ask ourselves, why aren’t we doing that? So I think we’re always challenging ourselves, and as an artist, it is important to your overall development [to continue to challenge yourself ]. I think you shoot yourself in the foot if you expect success, because rarely is success going to be delivered to your front door, or presented to you. Ultimately, your drive and determination is gonna result in success. And always keeping the focus on quality, and making sure what you’re doing is important to you, and honest, and something that you believe in, will ultimately bring you closer to success. But I’ve always had a really difficult time determining [success], because I look at bands, and I’m like, ‘This band is fucking awesome, they’re gonna blow up,’ and then they sell two records, you know? I think it is a really, really hard thing to determine, to say that ‘this is going to be successful.’ If it’s gonna happen, it’ll happen, and you’ve just gotta keep doing it, I guess… Or you quit. You’ve got options.
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Graduation tips: Learn to deal with rejection Part two of a three-part series
KATLYN PROCTOR | Features Editor
Let’s face it. With today’s current economy, job searching has become harder than it has ever been. Not only do college seniors have to perfect their resume and interviewing skills, but also competition for jobs is at an all-time high. In addition to competing against recent college grads, seniors are also competing with people in their field with years of experience that they don’t have. Don’t let this deter you from sending out applications. Many of us have probably applied for over 20 jobs and have heard back from maybe two of them. That’s why it is important to learn to deal with rejection. It’s not a time to feel sorry for ourselves, even though rejection seriously messes with our self-confidence. As
humans we tend to focus on our weaknesses when we are dealing with rejection, instead of using it to our benefit. Motivation speaker, Al Duncan, agrees: Failure, rejection and disappointment aren’t alligators; you can fight them.” It’s important to remember to stay focused on your strengths. In turn, channel your rejections into a personal challenge and keep on pushing on. Here are some tips on how to stay focused while dealing with rejection: 1. Set goals. Even if it is as simple as applying for three jobs a week, achieving a goal will keep your confidence level up and will cause you to feel good about yourself. 2. Ask your family to be
supportive. None of us want our moms to send us links to possible jobs via Facebook. That is up to us to find. Instead, ask your parents to proofread your cover letter so they still feel like they are contributing to your success. 3. Stay realistic. Many of us will have to start with an entrylevel position. That’s OK. You have to start somewhere and as long as it is doing something that you love, it’s not shameful. 4. Overcome procrastination. One of the fine tools that many of us have learned during out time in higher education is procrastination. When it comes to job searching, get rid of it. This is the one homework assignment that you don’t want to procrastinate on.
Eco-Fair welcomed by university Open-air quadfest has students thinking green
SHANA SIMS | Herald Reporter
A few groups on campus hosted the Earth Fair on the D’Angelo quad for a day of ecofriendly fun last Thursday. The Eco-Reps and Students for a Sustainable Future came up with fun activities that would be good for Earth Day. They reached out to the community through some local businesses who were more than happy to help. They had a Rhody Fresh dairy cow, as well as some treats from nearby Mapleville Farm. Save the Bay, a nonprofit organization created to protect the ecological health of the Narragansett Bay, had their own table, offering plenty of information to the students about their organization. Even the campus Zipcars made an appearance by having a booth.
Along with these great organizations, the two campus clubs also talked with Bon Appetit, and coordinated for the day of the fair to fall on the same date as the farmer’s market and low carbon diet day. The best part of the fair may have been the dairy cow from Rhody Fresh, which anyone could go up and touch. “The cow that was brought in from Rhody Fresh milk was a big hit on campus,” said Matt Berry, Eco-Reps Program Coordinator. Aside from the cow, there were tons of other attractions. There were giveaway goodies, such as reusable water bottles. Other student groups were also represented on the quad, such as the Musician’s Guild, and the A cappella group Hawkward,
who performed at the event to create a soothing atmosphere. They even had free oysters from Matunuck Oyster bar, another big hit with the students. Berry thanked the sunny day for the success of the event. “We made a lot of great connections with students, and hopefully showed the student population that RWU celebrates Earth Day and cares deeply about sustainability,” he said. The event raised a lot of money for the Plant a Billion Trees foundation. The Students for a Sustainable Future collected batteries to recycle and plastic bags for a project of their own. This event was an eco-friendly success, showing the campus and the community that RWU truly cares about being green.
April 27, 2012
Student creates video of peer’s slam poem KINSEY JANKE | Herald Reporter
A group of students huddle around a computer, jaws slightly open, eyes wide. They’re not watching a video of cats, staring at an iPhone autocorrect website, or scrolling a Twitter timeline. A voice carries out from the speakers, strong and lilting, and its words are showing up in grayscale type, matching the voice’s cadence perfectly. A couple paragraphs of verse by Jesse Ramos have gone viral, all thanks to Becca Quigley. The Roger Williams University sophomore is a graphic design major, minoring in video/ animation and marketing. The project, a YouTube video called “Kinetic Typography: Slam Poetry,” has 273 views as of press time, but has stormed across the RWU campus with a vengeance. “I think the reason why it went viral on Facebook was because so many people recognize [Ramos] as a face on campus, and admire his work and talent,” Quigley said. “Many people responded to the message of the poem, as well as the execution though the animated typography. It’s just a medium that I do not think the campus seesoften.” Jesse Ramos, a fellow sophomore whose face is indeed well-known on the RWU campus, has been a longtime friend of Quigley, and a perfect candidate for what the project entailed.
Inspired by his poem at this fall’s poetry slam, Quigley knew he was talented, and wanted to collaborate in order to make sure his talents continue to be noticed. The video, a mixed product of three different design programs, was an assignment for Assistant Professor of Art Murray McMillan’s Video and Animation class. Quigley wanted to “work across media” and combined her skills and passion for graphic design to get the message across. “First, I needed to lay out all of the type compositions in Adobe Illustrator. This was perhaps the toughest part, because there’s a lot of text, and each part of the poem needed to creatively tell a different story,” Quigley explained. “After that, I imported the type into Adobe AfterEffects, a 2D animation program. From there, I needed to match the animation of the words to the cadence of Jesse’s voice, which took a very long time. Lastly, I used Final Cut Pro to edit the video, and add finishing touches.” Despite the minimalistic and simple look of the video, the actual animation took Quigley around 30 hours to complete. Even after all the work, the sophomore isn’t totally satisfied. “Frankly, this video feels unfinished to me,” she explained. “Later on, I hope to revisit it and spice it up, once I have the knowledge and the time to make it better.”
A frame from the first verse of Ramos and Quigley’s collaboration
Delta Sig finds itself a new CEO THOMAS ASCIOLA | Herald Reporter
The Hawks’ Herald recently sat down with Chris Pena, the newly elected President of Delta Sigma Pi, Roger William University’s business fraternity.
Hawks’ Herald: So, you were recently elected as president of the business fraternity? Chris Pena: Yes, we had our elections back in November, and I was elected as the new president for the fraternity.
HH: How was the election process? CP: Basically, what happens is, at the end of our academic or fraternal year (usually the end of November) we have our new elections, which include a nomination process, and then
the following week, you make your speeches. Ultimately, there’s a vote right then and there.
HH: What are your duties as president? CP: My job is to overlook how our executive committee is working in relation to our brothers. So I overlook - I think it’s 10 or 11 - other brothers who make up the executive council. What that entails is we have fundraising, we have professional events, and we have community service. Then we have alumni relations, basically to keep in touch with them and make sure they’re doing what they need to be doing, making sure they’re doing it effectively for people who are part of our fraternity. Also, run our weekly meetings – we meet every Sunday night – and just making
Jeff Los Pena, junior, has been involved with Delta Sigma Pi throughout his entire enrollment at RWU.
sure that runs smoothly, and also hosting all the events that we do.
HH: What do you hope to accomplish as president? CP: Well, right now, our big goal this semester, which I think we’ve done a tremendous job of, is making us more visible to the Gabelli School of Business (GSB), because they are a huge proponent of us. There’s a lot of professors like Professor Bosco, Professor Brickley, Professor Bernardi, who really look out for us, like when you have any questions, need any resources, they’re always there, and they definitely guide us in the right direction.
HH: Generally speaking, what do the members [of Delta Sigma Pi] usually do? CP: Well, there are three major things we do – we focus on fundraising, community service, and professional events. Fundraising is huge for us, because we are not under the school, so we do not receive a budget line from the school, and any money that we do have as a chapter is fundraised internally. So, everything that we do, when we purchase anything, we make the purchases, so we have members involved in that. We also have members involved with community service – we just did a food drive, and we also involved the whole Gabelli school, where we’ll have them bring cans and drop them off at the local food shelter, things like that. We do professional events, like bringing people in from different industries, give the students someone that
maybe they want to be like in the future. We’ve done a CPA exam for all accounting majors, you know, we had a review session for when they’re about to go take it. We’ve had the owner of Narragansett Brewery come and speak; we’ve done tours of the BMW of Newport; different things that are going to broaden your perspective as a business major.
HH: Has your position affected your academics at all? CP: I don’t think it has. I’ve always been a very involved person. Before picking up the presidency, I was a part of the executive committee, I was vice-president of professional activity, and while I was doing that, I was also the business manager for WQRI, so there I was – I was on two executive boards along with my academic schedule, and I’ve just learned to be able to handle that, with making sure my academics do get done first, and then whatever else time I have I put it toward that and it’s able to be an even balance. Some people look at me and they’re like, “How do you do it?” and I say I don’t know, I just go about my day, and my friends will be like “Oh, what are you doing today?” and I’ll say I’ll have no idea, just because of how my schedule is; I really can’t stick to something. I really just have to be very free, very open, just in case somebody does need to get in touch with me. Just this morning, I received an e-mail – we need a list of people – so right then and there, right out of the grog, I had to be like “OK, I need to make this call,
that call, and I just have to get it done,” and then I move on to my next task.
HH: Is there any pressure on you due to your position? CP: Well, I think with any type of position you do take on, there’s pressure. There’s pressure to not let down the people that elected you, you know? I have been very open with brothers in the fraternity; I’m always asking them what they think we should do next, keeping them involved in the process. I’m always asking them how I’m doing personally, what they think I should be doing, I’m always looking for that feedback. I don’t believe any good leader is going to be someone who just sticks with their own ways; they have to be able to work with everyone, and that’s what I’ve been trying to do since I was elected president. HH: Anything else in particular you’d like to say to the students and faculty of RWU? CP: One big thing that I learned recently is if the opportunity presents itself, take it, because even if you have doubt, you don’t know what that opportunity’s going to open up. I mean, I’ve been blessed to have been offered positions like the vice-presidency, I’ve been blessed to have been offered the presidency, blessed to be the business manager for WQRI; those are all things that, going in to them, were there doubts? Of course, because I didn’t know what they would entail, but as you get into it, just continue to adapt as you go and continue to take them, because you don’t want to miss any.
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What not to do on Spring Weekend
RACY STACY | Herald Contributor
Kids and parents say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but for college students, that time would be Spring Weekend. As the shorts get shorter, the days get longer, the weather gets warmer, and there is something to do on every night of the week. I hope you all made good decisions at the concert last night. If not, here are some simple ways to redeem yourself for the rest of the weekend. Don’t fall down in public. Throughout the weekend, you will be on a variety of surfaces. Quadfest and the fireworks will be held on the fresh-cut grass that Facilities works so hard to make look like it came straight from a golf course. Block Party and other locations, however, are made out of hard and possibly blood-drawing concrete. Regardless of the surface, try your best to stay classy and perpendicular to it. If you do fall, do not make a scene by yelling, crying, or cursing your life. Say heel to the heels. Normally I would never tell a girl to turn down a gorgeous pair of stilettos, but for this weekend, I would strongly advise you to go with some cute flats or sandals. It’s better to look careless and free rather than limping around like a hobbit as you carry your shoes in your left hand and what remains of your self-image in your right. If you feel the need to challenge this “don’t,” then let’s compromise: wear wedges. At least then you will have some stability. Dress pretty, not slutty. With the warmish weather tricking us into thinking that it’s summer, it’s tempting to throw on a see-through top and booty shorts, but let’s think about this, girls. While it may seem like one of those, “I don’t even care moments,” you could regret it in the morning
when those pictures that are a little too, ahem, exposed are published to Facebook. Just make sure whatever you wear allows you to move without showing off your lady parts. Don’t run around yelling “Oh my god! I’m so drunk!” Even if you are, these are thoughts that you say in your head, or to a friend once the bathroom door is closed. You do not need to advertise something that could get you in trouble or make you look sloppy to your peers. Don’t have a private conversation in a public place. Spring Weekend offers so many fun events and a chance for students from every year and every residence hall to join together, so don’t take time away from that campusunifying experience by having a personal conversation in the midst of a crowd of people. Save the pillow talk for later, in your room, when you don’t have people yelling all around you. No sloppy hookups. No matter how drunk you are, no one is interested in seeing you and some random eating each other’s faces. It makes everyone involved feel weird and not know where to look, no matter how many other places there may be. Enough said on that topic. In fact, save this activity for bedtime, too. Don’t unleash your stress on Public Safety or the Resident Assistants (RAs). With finals quickly approaching, you may be feeling the crunch-time stress buildup. However, that does not mean you need to take out all your stress on the first RA, Public Safety officer, or administrative figure who approaches you. Your “bitching them out” is only going to make matters worse. If you are approached, stay calm and be cooperative. Remember that they are only doing their job, and you making it harder isn’t going to make for a pleasant night for anyone. No physical altercations. Whenever drinking is happening, there is always a chance that violence will take place. Make a pact with yourself in the beginning of the night that you will not ensue or provoke anyone who would be able to hurt you. This also includes damaging school property. Lamp posts can’t defend themselves, so leave them alone! Remember: break hearts, not bones (or lamp posts, for that matter).
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Poetry Slam spits truth EVAN VIOLA | Herald Reporter
Last Thursday evening, I left my apartment at about 10 minutes to seven. It was just enough time to put me in front of the Commons, reading on a sandwich board that the Poetry Slam location was CAS 157 (not the Upper Commons), when the library’s clock rang its hourly jingle. When I pushed the lecture hall’s door open, I was a few minutes late, and greeted by a boisterous crowd that occupied almost every chair. Looking around, I saw the most diverse audience of any Roger Williams University event I had ever been to: there were students, faculty and staff, friends and strangers. The room was teeming with interaction. At first I was shocked at how many people were in the room, as I had never been to a “slam” at RWU before. I spotted a seat in the last row, and shimmied to it quickly, because people were still filing in behind me. By the time the emcee, Jesse Ramos, calmed everyone down, there were about 15 to 20 students lining the back wall. As he introduced the contestants and judges for the event, he made a few wisecracks to warm the room a bit: “…And right here in the front, we have Mrs. Farish as another judge— oh! … Got a wink—got a wink
from the President’s wife.” There were some cackles, and I started sinking into my (notso-soft) chair. The atmosphere of the room converted me into believing lecture halls could actually be comfortable. When the two “sacrificial poets,” those meant to give a feel for how the rest will perform, took the microphone, I knew I would enjoy the next two hours.
How often do students have the chance to stand in front of their peers and share original writings on any topic? I think it’s not nearly enough. The event is basically rap, for all those who think poetry is for women and children. It’s rap with a deeper message, akin to old-school hip-hop and unlike popular rap, when it was about coping with a struggle and not groping on a bubble. As each poet went up, they spoke their own identities— words that resonated with their deepest, truest thoughts. How often do students have the chance to stand in front of their peers and share original
writings on any topic? I think it’s not nearly enough. No— I’m not talking about presentations. I’m talking about personal, inspiring language that educates on a whole different level. I thought this event should be in the Field House. Topics included everything from love, to growing up in a deeply oppressed home, Michelle Bachman, Trayvon Martin, and even an analogically-packed ex-boyfriend diss to a guy who had apparently ‘driven all the way from home’ to hear. My feeling of regret for not ever giving it a shot was outweighed by my feeling of excitement. I was excited for each of the poets, and the passion that exuded with their flows. It was a room void of ignorance, or “coolness,” or anything hurtful. They were speaking the blues—truths that had beckoned to them in the midst of media, political injustice, racism, and hate. I realized that I have wanted to attend events like the Poetry Slam for the last four years, and I just simply haven’t looked hard enough. It made me reconcile with the fact that RWU really does have people that are pushing for change and peace and equality—and that these events are only the stepping stones.
Summer plans for after the first year of college KAITLYN FERACO | Herald Reporter
Wait a minute. It’s almost summertime already? Freshman year has seriously flown by. But you know what they say: “Time flies when you’re having fun.” As cliché as that may be, it’s true! Of course, my freshman year wasn’t perfect, and I had my fair share of personal struggles, but I’ve met so many great people, finally got to live away from home, and I’ve learned more about myself in the past year than ever before. As exciting as summer is, and as pumped I am to not have schoolwork for three months, I’m not looking forward to leaving everyone here on campus. When we’re at school, we don’t usually think about our friends’ hometowns; it doesn’t matter how far away they live from you, because you’re always together at school. We push that to the back of our minds without even realizing it. Yeah, we were apart for winter break and spring break, but
those are not nearly as long as summer is. Some of my friends are going to be hours away from me, and I won’t be able to walk down the hall to see them anymore. How on earth are we going to make it through the whole summer, friends? The majority of college students are also getting jobs or internships over the summer, which makes it all the more difficult to visit each other. I know I hope to be working over the summer, anyways. Money is a good thing to have, but everything comes with a cost (money … cost … get it? #punny). I mean, I guess I can sacrifice some personal time for the well-being of my friends. I think everyone from school should just show up on my front steps and come to hang out. Sound good? I know that’s highly unlikely, but come on … Skype and phone calls are just not the same. Here at Roger Williams University, I have formed some of the best friendships of my life, and not being able to see
my closest friends every day is going to take some major adjusting to. But, on the plus side, we won’t have to round everyone up and walk to dinner every night! That may just be the one positive thing in this negative situation. Also, what are we going to do without waking up to the beach every day? Summer will be filled with great beach days, and I am certain everyone (especially at this school) will find time to get his or her tan on, but the bay will no longer be there every morning to greet us. I don’t know about you guys, but that makes me terribly sad. Although this summer is going to be hard because of distance from school friends, there are still a lot of things to look forward to: the sun, sprinklers, friends from home, lemonade, laughs, and fun! It’s going to be hard, but it will be well worth it. Distance will not tear us apart, if I have anything to say about it.
Laptops don’t help from distractions in class AMANDA PEIXOTO | Herald Reporter
Like many students, I sometimes have trouble paying attention during class. Sometimes it’s that I’m too tired, sometimes I’m distracted by other, more pressing assignments, and other times, my mind wanders to anything that doesn’t have to do with class. Morning classes on either Mondays or Fridays are the worst for me, and paying attention is the last thing I want to do. However, I somehow manage to sit up and take notes every day regardless. While on the subject of paying attention in class, specifically note-taking, it makes me think of students who use their laptops to take notes during class. Secretly, I am jealous; sometimes I think that typing up your notes instead of constantly crossing words out with a pen makes it so much easier to learn. Plus, their notes always look so much neater and organized than mine. I do
see the benefits in taking notes on a laptop. But despite the benefits this alternative method of notetaking offers, I also see the problems that are associated with in-class laptop use. I think the Internet would be a big distraction if I were taking notes during class. You use the
But despite the benefits this alternative method of note-taking offers, I also see the problems that are associated with in-class laptop use. Internet to go on Facebook or Twitter, and the next thing you know, you completely miss the lesson the professor is teaching. Even more than that, relying on a laptop for your notes means you probably have to back those files up, or they
will be lost in the event your laptop catches a virus. If your laptop gets a virus, then you’re put in a tight predicament in regards to studying for tests and finals. Another hassle is always making sure your laptop is charged before going to class. You can bring your charger with you, sure, but then there’s finding a nearby outlet, and then there’s always the off chance you’ll forget your charger. I think that using a laptop to take notes is a useful way to learn, but the student must be able to resist the Internet. I have never used my laptop to take notes during class, but I don’t think I could ignore the Internet as if it didn’t exist. I prefer pen and paper because it forces me to take my notes slowly and think about any questions I have about the lecture. If I were using my laptop on a particular day when paying attention is
hard enough, my mind would wander to Facebook and playing solitaire. If you are a student that can successfully take notes on a laptop without using the Internet for fighting boredom, then I admire your willpower. As for the students that cannot resist the Internet, then you may be better off
taking notes with pen and paper. The learning style of the student will vary, and I see that some students work better with pen, some work better with laptops. It all comes down to how you will use that freedom.
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Political Head to Head: Should Obama use his executive power? Democrat: Yes! CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY Herald Contributor
The balance of power between the three branches of government is at the core of how our country works. But sometimes it can be necessary for a president to act outside of these bounds for the greater good. President Obama recently announced that he would be more willing to use his executive powers to combat a stalled Congress in the hopes that this will further his domestic policies. To most people, this could be seen as an abuse of power, but I feel differently. A president should never act outside of their powers if they do not need to, but when the circumstances call for this, he or she must. Congress has been unwilling to work with the president in a bipartisan manner, so certain measures must be taken to ensure that the president can still carry out his agenda. If Obama follows through with this, he will face some harsh criticism. The use of executive power is nothing new, though. During the last election, many Democrats were very critical when evaluating the Bush presidency, specifically pointing out that he had crossed the line with his use of executive privileges. Obama will have to make sure that when he chooses to use these powers, he doesn’t cross the line into the previous Bush territory. At this point, there really isn’t much else that he could do. After almost a full term in office, Obama is still plagued with a Congress that seems to disapprove of anything he does, so he must do what needs to be done to make sure that he can deliver on his policy promises to voters. The president is also not approaching this from a standpoint that he is the be-all and end-all of power. Obama knows that there are certain areas where this will not work in, but he also knows that he must do this to accomplish what he wants. There really isn’t much of a choice. The option of being bipartisan is almost completely off the table, so now other measures must be taken.
Independent: Not really.
MATTHEW PAIGE Herald Contributor
PATRICK CONNOLLY Herald Contributor
President Obama has recently said that he is willing to start exercising his executive privileges in the near future in order to fulfill his domestic agenda. Watch out, everyone: President Obama’s serious. Would you look at this power move from Obama? Just laying it out on the line, basically telling the right-wing Congress, “Screw you guys, I’m going to shove whatever I want down your throats, just like Bush did!” Gotta love it. This is coming from the former senator who basically built a reputation on bashing Bush’s use of executive privileges, and now he’s just flipping the script. I would like to know if the president is surprised to be in this situation, I mean, after all, he was like a kid in a candy shop during his first two years in office: he had a democratic majority in both chambers, and he got almost everything he wanted passed, including that health care bill that had more pages than War and Peace. And now that the economy is slowly picking up (but not fast enough for the American people who thought they voted for a miracle worker), the republicans have taken the House with many new ultraconservatives like the Tea Party, and election season is basically in full swing. What did he expect? Now whether this is right or wrong is pretty easy to answer for my two fellow Herald contributors. The left is going to say it’s a power the presidency comes with, and the right is going to say it’s a way of abusing the powers the president has. For me, do I agree with this move by the president? No, not really, but nothing is getting done right now in Congress; no one is playing nice in the sand box. I would at least like to see something happen in D.C., rather than hearing the left blame the right and the right blame the left. Is it right? Not really, but it is better than complaining and doing nothing.
I’m about to say something I’m not supposed to, and be forewarned, I’m going to take you for a loop during the course of this column with something that Republicans everywhere would probably take issue with. Obama’s use of direct presidential power is nothing new. Is it good? Eh, I’ll save that issue for another day, but for sure, Obama has not exercised any more power than most presidents. So then, why does it matter? During the course of the 2008 election, and even right before campaigning really kicked in, Obama and senior democrats were very critical of Bush’s use of presidential power. For the record, Bush didn’t use any more executive power; however, he did not have an initiative called “we can’t wait.” So the shift in Obama’s opinion, or his perceived opinion, has changed almost 180 degrees, prompting one political pundit to call it “nothing short of remarkable.” And this is where the problem lies. While a candidate that doesn’t follow through on all of his promises is called a president, a candidate who completely changes his stance on a number of issues after election is just called a liar. The latter is what we have here. Now, everyone look back into their 2008 minds, or what is still left of them, and think of all campaign promises Obama made. Which were accomplished? We have a health care bill that is looking to be torn apart by the Supreme Court, and a budget which looks to raise taxes on the middle and upper classes. What happened to closing Gitmo? Ending the wars in the middle-east has a time table, but what is the status? And two words: gay marriage. Quite frankly, the only change I have seen is the percentage increase in taxes on my W2. One thing I have learned since being in Europe is that the central planning in government doesn’t work, and people will riot to protect their handouts. Let’s avoid that. Yesterday, I suggested someone move to the U.S.A. They asked, “What can I do there?” “Anything you want,” I replied simply. Let’s make sure that stays true.
Mastering the art of big girl food Fashion Column: MARY CONCANNON | Herald Reporter
As a Resident Assistant (RA) in underclassmen residence halls for the past three years, my college experience has been far from typical. It’s not easy being the person people come to when things go wrong, but some of the main struggles related to my resident assistanthood are less apparent. Case in point: my lack of roommates leads to lack of outfits to trade and try on before a night out. Monthly weekend nights on roam lead to sore thighs from repeatedly climbing five flights of stairs. And my position in Cedar means an inability to drink alcohol in my room, regardless of my legality. These things are pretty easy to get used to. I get ready quicker with less outfit options; I now purposely hurry up each set of stairs for an extra workout; and the deficit of alcohol in my dorm room abode actually comes in handy when there’s homework to be done. But as an almost 22-year-old approaching the end of my college career and the start of “real” adulthood (my definition of adulthood has been pushed higher and higher since my
18th birthday), it’s my lack of a stove, oven, and working refrigerator that have me the most worried about becoming a big kid. A MicroFridge is an acceptable form of culinary equipment as a freshman at Roger Williams University. I remember making inventive microwaved cuisine, like s’mores and egg whites, with my shortage of cooking devices as a freshman, and being fully satisfied with my creations. But creative microwaving skills are not highly regarded in the professional realm, and at this point they’re pretty much all I’m equipped with. Sure, I’ve learned a ton as an RA at RWU, but has my position made me ill-equipped for life after college? I can make some mean scrambled eggs and bomb banana bread, but meats and main dishes? I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Will I be the girl who people whisper about for bringing store-bought appetizers to a dinner party? Oy vey. I can feel my heart pounding just thinking about it. To combat this potential quarter-life mini-crisis, I’ve made it my personal mission
Pea Pesto Crostini
Modified from a recipe by Giada De Laurentiis and Food Network Directions: For the pesto: Pulse together the defrosted peas, garlic, Parmesan, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a food processor or blender. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil until well blended, about 1 to 2 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside. For the crostini: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Drizzle both sides of the sliced bread with olive oil. Bake for about 5 minutes at a close watch until slightly crisped. Transfer the bread to a clean surface and spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of the prepared pesto on each slice. Top with tomato halves and serve.
to learn my way around the kitchen whenever I’m at home for a break. I’ve been testing out recipes for appetizers (chicken dumplings), entrees (parmesan-crusted chicken), and desserts (super-soft molasses cookies – yum), and I’m getting the hang of the basics. My favorite new “big girl food” recipe is for pea pesto crostini, an easy appetizer thanks to Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis, and one of my clever and culinarilyskilled aunts. Unfortunately for me, this dish requires a food processor, but my blender was up to the challenge when I gave it a shot. Aside from that, all you need to pull it off is a whole grain baguette, olive oil, frozen peas, cherry tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and some seasonings. The result is bright, springy finger food that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. And it’s really good, if I do say so myself. I’ve been known to use the leftover pesto as a sandwich condiment the next day. Feeling ill-equipped for postcollege cooking ventures like me? Try out some easy
Ingredients Pesto: 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas, defrosted 1 garlic clove 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning 1/3 cup olive oil Crostini: 8 (1/2-inch thick) slices wholegrain baguette or ciabatta bread 1/3 cup olive oil Garnish: 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
Rainy day wear KRISTIN DONO | Herald Reporter
With rainy days frequenting Bristol a little too often, it’s always a battle to overcome the gray skies and pull together something together that’s a little more fashionable than your favorite sweatshirt and yoga pants. When I saw Beth’s outfit in class today, I thought that she hit it perfectly. She blended the coziness of leggings and a white tee with an oversized sweater and the perfect pairing of accessories. This look works best because of how she was able to accessorize her simple outfit. The chunky necklace and gold watch dress up this casual look, making it appear to be less casual. When you’re not in the mood to wear jeans, or anything “fancy,” for that matter, accessories are the best way to balance out the casualness of leggings. Another thing that I loved about her look, which most people tend to find a little questionable, are her rain boots. As soon as the weather gets gross out and girls break out their rain boots, many people can’t resist making comments. If you pick a neutral-colored rain boot that resembles a regular boot, like these Hunter ones, they’re not going to stand out quite as much as colorful or patterned rain boots do. Overall, this is a great look, and a nice reminder that even though the weather is drab, your outfit doesn’t have to be.
Name: Beth Manville Year: Senior Major: Communications
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