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THE HAWKS HERALD The student newspaper of Roger Williams University

Vol. 22, Issue 6




RWU given distinct honor

Named to national ranking

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Ronald Scofield Herald Contributor Roger Williams University was ranked among 294 of the best colleges in the United States and Canada on the annual list of “Colleges of Distinction” last week. RWU was one of three Rhode Island colleges included in the ranking, with Rhode Island College and Providence College also making the list. “These schools are among the very best in North America,” said Tyson Schritter, Executive Editor of the Colleges of Distinction eGuidebook, wherein

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Shuttle driver strikes deer Alison Rochford News Editor A Roger Williams University shuttle struck a deer Tuesday at approximately 9 a.m. as the driver turned right off of Griswold Avenue onto Metacom Avenue. “A deer ran out from the woods on the west side of the road and ran into the front right corner of the shuttle, putting a crack in the fender,” said Steven

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RWU President Donald J. Farish delivered the State of the University address on Wednesday.

Affordable excellence Farish proposes tuition freeze Amanda Newman, Editor-in-Chief On a Thursday afternoon in October, Donald J. Farish took the stage for the first time as 10th President of Roger Williams University. During his inaugural address, he spoke of pipe dreams and what it meant to be the best. And then he asked the congregation before him a critical question. One year later, Farish took the podium and answered that question. During the annual State of the University address on Wednesday, Oct. 24, Farish spoke to the faculty, staff, and administrators gathered before him, and unveiled Affordable Excellence, the university’s newest, aptlynamed initiative. In his address, Farish spoke about the issue of higher education in America, saying that he challenged himself and the university to determine what the value of an RWU education is, and come up with a concrete

answer. “The private sector of higher education has contributed to its own problems,” Farish said, citing price as largely responsible for the dilemmas being faced. “We’ve turned higher education into a commodity, like shopping for a dress or a suit: we’d rather get it on sale at Neiman Marcus than pay full price at Macy’s.” But it doesn’t have to be this way, Farish said. Using the metaphor as a segue, he then announced his plan for fixing the aforementioned problems: the Affordable Excellence Initiative, which is, as Farish wrote in his e-mail address to RWU students, the university’s “commitment to addressing the critical issues facing higher education that revolve around cost, debt and jobs.”

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Just tough enough Josh Weinreb Sports Editor

Senior men’s rugby player Timothy Bath watched his team practice from the sideline last week on the lower practice fields behind I-Lot and New Res. He sported a large gash near his temple, and a few stitches which seem to be keeping it together. “I got a concussion during our last game,” Bath said. “I’ll miss this weekend’s match.” Bath, the men’s rugby team captain, is recovering from a hit in their previous game against Wentworth, but he doesn’t seem fazed. In a heavy contact sport such as rugby, injuries are worn like a badge of honor. About 50 feet away, Keri Topshe and the women’s rugby team practiced as well, slipping in the mud of a wet, overcast, late afternoon in Bristol, R.I. Coach Tom Campbell observed the team as they ran their plays, tossing the ball high in the air to one another, the group running in rugby standard slant formation. The sun began to set as the teams practiced. Players yell and holler as they run head-first into bags, eager to demolish the next thing they see. Younger, less experienced players slip in the deep mud as they run towards the hitting bag, their field a prototypical patch of dirt, grass, and wet soil that you would imagine a rugged college rugby team playing on.

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‘Angel’ heralded during Common Reading speech Amanda Newman Editor-in-Chief In 1951, Henrietta Lacks sat in an exam room of the gynecology clinic of Johns Hopkins Hospital waiting for the arrival of her gynecologist, Howard Jones, so that she could tell him about the “knot” she’d found on her womb.


Jones was suspicious, but upon examination, found that Henrietta did indeed have a marble-sized lump. The lump was unlike anything Jones had ever seen before, however, so he took a sample of it to perform a biopsy. Then he sent Henrietta on her way. The “knot” was discovered to be a tumor, a telltale sign

of cervical cancer. Henrietta was called back in for treatment. As she lay unconscious on the operating table,

the surgeon treating the tumor decided to take two tissue samples: one from the tumor, and one from Henrietta’s healthy

The issue of ethics surrounding who owns tissue taken from another person ... is still an unresolved issue.

cells. He placed them in a petri dish, and had them sent to Dr. George Gey, a scientist. Gey would later be acclaimed for his propagation of a series of immortal cells that would be key in medical advancements. And for over 20 years, neither Henrietta nor her family had any idea.

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On Oct. 18, over 800 people, including students, administrators, and members of the greater Bristol community, packed the Field House of the Roger Williams University Campus Recreation Center to hear Henrietta Lacks’ son, David “Sonny” Lacks, and David’s grandson, Ron

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RANK: Three R.I. schools receive prestigious title from page A1 the list is put together, in press statements. According to the Colleges of Distinction official website, the schools eligible for this list must have achieved excellence in four categories. These

four values,” said Lynn Fawthrop, Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management and Retention. “Any external constituent takes a very critical eye when viewing our school ... to have

Any external constituent takes a very critical eye when viewing our school ... to have counselors, or rather, nonfamilial constituents nominate us is really quite extraordinary -Lynn Fawthrop, Sr. VP of Enrollment Management categories include how engaged students are, the efficacy of the professors and their teaching methods, whether or not the school can be considered a vibrant community, and whether or not said college or university is apt in achieving successful, well-rounded outcomes overall. These schools are chosen based on certain merits per the four categories. “Our school is extremely compatible with those

counselors, or rather, non-familial constituents nominate us is really quite extraordinary.” Nominations derive from high school guidance counselor recommendations as well as research done by the Colleges of Distinction team. “I don’t think there’s any better testament [to RWU deserving its ranking] than a guidance counselor, outside of alumni, of course,” Fawthrop said.


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A dangerous delay Students concerned over Public Safety response time

Chelsea Boulrisse Herald Contributor Recently, there have been allegations by students that Roger Williams University Public Safety has a dangerously slow response time to emergency calls, specifically when someone has a seizure. “As someone who has had personal experience with seizures, I have told my friends to call 911 before Public Safety because of the delay in time,” said a junior who chose to remain anonymous. Public Safety responds to many seizures on campus each semester with trained emergency medical technicians (EMTs), but some students feel that their response time and methods could be better. “When we get a call from a student that’s in distress, we go to it right away,” said Steven Melaragno, Director of Public Safety. “...A seizure can get dangerous, and we know that ... my EMTs are all licensed and certified by the state of Rhode Island. They would no more take their time getting there than a physician would say, ‘Don’t worry about it, call me tomorrow.’” Melaragno also said that while it can take about 10 minutes for an officer or an EMT to arrive, he has never seen this as detrimental to the student in distress. “It probably takes about

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A Public Safety squad car. three minutes for someone to pick up the phone to call Public Safety, for our dispatcher to get the information down, and then send someone,” Melaragno said. “Then, if they’re on the other side of the campus, that can take another four minutes. You’ve got potentially a ten-minute window, even if someone is on the campus proper, not out at Baypoint or Almeida.” According to Melaragno, if the closest available officer or EMT is off campus at Baypoint or Almeida, they will let the student in distress know “so the people aren’t expecting a car to materialize around the corner right away.” Public Safety always one EMT on duty during the day, and two on duty during the 3 p.m. - 11

p.m. and overnight shifts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. If the EMTs on duty were busy during an emergency, “we’d immediately call Bristol Fire and Rescue,” Melaragno said. “Bristol Fire Department would come out to the campus.” Although Public Safety officers do everything in their power to respond to emergency situations promptly, it can feel like much longer to the student in distress. “When you’re anxious about a situation, and you’re waiting for help, it feels like a long time, but when you’re actually clocking it, it’s not long at all,” Melaragno said. Some students, however, do not feel that Public Safety’s response time to a call is appropriate, given the gravity of emergency

situations. “Once, I witnessed someone having a seizure where Public Safety was called,” the anonymous junior said. “Fifteen minutes later, they arrived, and then the ambulance was called, and took another 45 minutes to arrive.” Melaragno said that he has never received a formal complaint about Public Safety’s response time, but he is open to hearing them. “What I would encourage anyone to do who thinks we took too long is to let me know,” Melaragno said. “I can research back when the call came in, what was actually said, and how long it took to dispatch someone.”

SPEAKER: Family of medical legacy share their story Lacks, explain how their lives were impacted by the 2012 Common Reading book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and share

their family’s legacy. Unlike Common Reading presentations in the past, the Lacks’ presentation didn’t consist of the usual simple delivery

from page A1 of a speech, followed by approach, and engaged a question and answer the two Lacks in a session with audience freeform discussion panel. members. Instead, the The discussion, led by presentation took on Provost Andy Workman a more conversational and Assistant Professor of

LEFT: Henrietta Lacks’ son, David “Sonny” (left) and grandson, Ron, speaking about the late matron of their family BELOW: Provost Andy Workman and Associate Professor Paola Prado interview Sonny and Ron Lacks rachel diep/the hawks’ herald

Communications Paola Prado, delved into the Lacks’ rich family history, touching upon everything from their recollections of Henrietta to how their lives had changed since meeting Skloot and having Henrietta’s story told at last. In his introduction of the guest speakers, University President Donald Farish said that choosing the 2012 Common Reading book was an “arduous process,” and that this book in particular was, like Henrietta’s cells, unique. “The issue of ethics surrounding who owns tissue taken from another person … is still an unresolved issue,” Farish said before turning the stage over to the presenters. The audience gasped as the presenters told the tale of a woman whose cells were taken without her permission or knowledge from her body and used for extensive research purposes. While most cannot fathom the idea of something so personal being taken without their knowing, in the 1950s, the time Henrietta’s cells were seized, patient consent was not legally required, nor was consent regularly sought. Her cells, dubbed “HeLa” by researchers

and scientists, would, unbeknownst to Henrietta or any members of the Lacks family, prove to be critical in the development of the polio vaccine, as well as cancer, AIDS, and toxin research. They would also spark a debate about consent, ownership, and ethics. During the presentation, Sonny and Ron reflected on Henrietta’s legacy and the significance of her contribution, and also called into question the accuracy of Skloot’s story and representation of Henrietta. Ron Lacks alleged that Skloot didn’t “tell the whole story,” saying that the author overlooked some important details and played up other elements in order to create a more gripping read. Sonny disagreed on the whole with Ron’s claims, arguing that the “younger generation doesn’t get that it was different back then.” Despite their varied viewpoints, the duo did agree on one thing: Henrietta had a purpose. “My grandmother was an angel put here to help so many,” Ron Lacks said. “It feels great to have a member of the family do so much – not just for our family, but for the world,” Sonny Lacks said.

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Granting a better future RWU and Bristol partner to improve local community Chelsea Boulrisse Herald Contributor The Roger Williams University Cooperative Committee is currently accepting grant requests through Nov. 1 as a part of their work with the Fund for Civic Activities (FCA). The FCA is a fund that RWU has worked to raise with the town of Bristol since 2007. “Grants from the $25,000 Fund for Civic Activities may support a broad range of projects and services proposed by individuals or nonprofit organizations that work toward enhancing the civic experience in the Town of Bristol,” said Peter Wilbur, the Associate Vice President for University Relations. The committee,

comprised of 12 individuals representing both the town and the university, consider the applications for a large variety of proposals to improve the town, and decides which groups will be given the grant money based on how they feel it will better the lives of the residents of Bristol. “From arts, education, and the environmental programs, to those that support local families, at-risk children, veterans, and more, the FCA grants have helped to launch and to sustain a diverse array of nonprofit initiatives centered in Bristol,” Wilbur said. This committee includes key figures on campus, such as John King, Vice President of Student Affairs, Steven Melaragno, Director of Public Safety, and KC Ferrara, the

Director for Community Engagement. For the town of Bristol, there are a number of authority figures, including Chief Robert Martin of the

The benefits of these projects allow RWU students, as well as local organizations, to make a difference in the lives of everyone in the Bristol Community. Bristol Fire Department, and Melinda Theis, the Superintendent of the Bristol/Warren Regional School District. In the past, numerous groups on campus have been awarded this grant money to do some major projects in the

ADDRESS: RWU President freezes tuition costs from page A1

President Farish: A Year in Review Oct. 13, 2011 Farish is inaugurated as 10th RWU president

Feb. 2012 Farish makes changes to administration with the help of management consultancy

April 2012 Farish publically addresses RWU financial problems and solutions in his White Paper

July 15, 2012 New Provost Andy Workman begins at RWU

Oct. 24, 2012 Farish releases affordable excellence initiative

“On Friday, I recommended (to the Board of Trustees) that we stop raising tuition, at least for a while,” Farish said. “The Board said, ‘Let’s do it.’” At their Oct. 19 meeting, the RWU Board of Trustees voted to freeze tuition at its current price of $29,976 ($33,792 for architecture students), and “lock in” that price for all undergraduate day students who remain continuously enrolled full time over the next few years. Tuition will also be frozen at this year’s level for students who enter RWU in spring and fall 2013, and that price willl be guaranteed for their four years of continuous enrollment. The initiative also focuses on reducing student debt, and helping students secure jobs after graduation by ensuring they receive enriching, well-rounded educations, and have the opportunity to gain professional experience, be it through internships or research. Following the announcement, letters were sent home to all students and their families, and an allstudent e-mail formally announcing the initiative hit students’ inboxes. Though it was announced just 24 hours ago, the Affordable Excellence Initiative seems to have been very well-received by the campus community. Students were particularly pleased by the president’s proposition. In response to the announcement, sophomore Erika Johnson tweeted, “So happy about tuition freeze! In an economy like this, it’s comforting to know what the bill will be every year.” Senior Kevin Manuel praised the president and the university on the plan, as well. “I’m in

community. “The FCA helps to promote good town/ gown relations, which are a benefit to our students, since it creates

full support of this, and I definitely commend President Farish and the Board of Trustees,” he said. “All too often does the conversation of higher education focus on things such as Pell grants and scholarships, when what really needs to be discussed is an alternate solution to continually increasing tuition.” Faculty members were also impressed by the initiative, and by the strides made by the president in just his first year. “I thought the president’s remarks on the challenges faced by higher education in general and at Roger Williams in particular were on the mark,” said Paul Bender, Associate Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition. “I’ll want to see more specifics on what he has in mind, but I support a strong, mission-driven university that breaks from the pack. “I’ll take my chances getting eaten by the Arctic Fox, rather than jumping blindly over the cliff,” he said, drawing on examples made by Farish during his address. “I think he (Farish) gets it,” said Michael Scully, Assistant Professor of Communications. “He’s taken a hard look at the numbers. The idea of a freeze solves one of the big problems at RWU: retention. We’re very young, but I think we’re maturing.” Farish, however, seems to have even bigger things in store for RWU. “We’ll be talking about this for a while,” he said, adding that updates will arrive periodically as additional portions are added to the plan. “It’ll be a long process, but this is round one.”

an environment that is both welcoming and collaborative, thereby enhancing local opportunities for students to engage in the community,” Wilbur said. In the spring of 2012, for example, the RWU chapter of the American

Institute for Architecture (AIA) was awarded a smaller, $2,500 grant that funded a project called “Free by Design,” which helped give the town access to agricultural resources to grow produce, or simply enjoy gardening. “Their project was to provide accessible and sustainable planters to under-served community members who could benefit from fresh grown produce and the hobby of gardening,” Wilbur said. Other groups that have received this grant include the East Bay Food Pantry, the Bristol Art Museum, and the Bristol County Elks Lodge, who have utilized the money in order to supply the Food Pantry and local soup kitchens, and provide equipment for the Art Museum’s free lecture

series. The benefits of these projects allow RWU students, as well as local organizations, to make a difference in the lives of everyone in the Bristol community, and encourages both students and residents to take an active role in what goes on in their town. For years to come, this fund will allow RWU students to give back to the community who has graciously hosted and supported them for decades. “The FCA sets a perfect example for students regarding the importance of collaboration, being a good citizen, and giving back to the community,” Wilbur said. “Our hope is that the long-term impact is tangible, and reaches every corner of our wonderful host community.”

SHUTTLE: Deer survives accident off campus from page A1 Melarago, Director of Public Safety. “The deer then ran back into the woods.” “I was just half asleep on the bus and I hear a bang, and I look out the side of the window, and I see a deer skidding along

the side of the road,” said sophomore Brendon Perry, who was on the shuttle when the incident occurred. “It ran right back into the woods, and was just gone. The bus driver was freaking out.” According to Melaragno,

nobody was hurt, including the deer. “Nobody was injured, as the shuttle was moving slowly,” Melaragno said. “We are repairing the fender.”

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EDITORIAL: The kindness and cruelty of strangers

A female freshman from Roger Williams University was physically assaulted by an RWU senior last Saturday on State Street in Bristol. The girl sustained minor injuries, including a concussion and a big fat bruise on her butt. That’s what the article would have said, had I reported this to the university (give or take one or two details about my butt). Last semester, when I was on my way back to campus after a walk through Bristol, I was mugged. I carried nothing of real value, so he didn’t physically take anything from me. He simply slammed me against a building, realized I had nothing to offer but a school ID and a half-used tube of ChapStick, and left, seemingly disgusted with me. It was over as soon as it began, and I had to

continue my walk back to campus. Terrified of being alone, I stopped into the Sea Star Store around the corner, where I was welcomed like an old friend by the kind stranger who worked there. The woman, Bonnie, and I talked for what must have been over an hour. I didn’t tell her what had just happened, but she could clearly tell that I was shaken up. She never asked, only talked, shared, and laughed with me until I felt comfortable enough to be by myself. When I got back to campus, I decided that I was not going to report the incident to the police. Looking back now, that was probably a poor decision, but at the time, it seemed like it would only drag out the process of pretending it never happened. My plan of ignoring

my newfound anger and paranoia was going well until I saw my attacker on campus. I originally thought that he was just a Bristol resident, because I had never seen him on campus before. But then I started seeing

was hoping to share my feelings on any level, but because I hoped he would allow me to get it off my chest, and we would never speak of it again. He did want to talk about it, though, and I am grateful that he did.

I started seeing him everywhere: in the Commons, in GHH, chatting happily with his friends who had no idea what he had done. him everywhere: in the Commons, in GHH, chatting happily with his friends who had no idea what he had done. It began to interfere with my friendships and schoolwork. When it started to get out of hand, I decided to tell my best friend – not because I

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He asked me if I felt that my experience had changed me at all. At first, I thought that it only had for the worst. Where I was once a relatively carefree person who would talk to just about anybody, I was now afraid of everyone around me. I could look at even the most docile

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To the Editor: Recently, the WTF of the Week posed the question, Why doesn’t RWU have a bar on campus? Given the success of events such as Hawktoberfest, it seems clear that alcohol at school functions does not cause the world to descend into chaos. There was beer in the Upper Commons and, wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles, no one was falling down drunk, looting the bookstore, or engaging in lewdness. Why not turn GHH, which has a limited liquor license, into a pub-style space Thursday thru Saturday nights? Like at Hawktoberfest, a Public Safety officer could check IDs and ensure order. Perhaps some acoustic music could set the mood for conversation, homework, and a pretty mellow time with a glass of wine or beer. Students would not over-consume alcohol, because it would not be that kind of environment. Where other schools encourage responsible drinking, we live in a state of prohibition. A police state. A place

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Where other schools encourage responsible drinking, we live in a state of prohibition.

administrators, who seem to make decisions without explaining rationale or actual benefits? At the end of the day, this school is a corporation, with students acting as shareholders. I suggest listening to those with a financial stake in the organization sooner rather than later or you risk lest

you risk a decreased profit margin. I speak now, Kathleen McMahon, directly to you. In a time of increasingly competitive college recruitment, during which institutions must do everything they can to attract and retain the best possible students, Roger William’s policy of alcohol being the devil’s drink is folly. Where do we draw the line? Should we limit the quantity of another mind altering substance which the campus could also become addicted to, like coffee? As Roger Williams once said, “The greatest crime in the world is not developing your potential.” The unyielding policy of the Student Affairs office keeps us in the dark ages and drives students to other institutions where fascism is not a factor. Now, my fellow students, flood the ears of those who matter. Voice your discontent. Make your dissatisfaction known. Do not be stopped by stubborn or obstinate individuals. You are more powerful than you think. - Tom Sojka

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where students gathering outside after dark (or during the day, for that matter) warrants concern of rebellion or dissent. How long will the institution continue to ignore the reality that students (and faculty alike) are discontented with the policies of

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would only continue this cycle of anger. When I look back on this, I want to think about my best friend trying to comfort me over a plate of baked beans and undercooked chicken. I want to think about Bonnie, the woman I had only just met, who opened her store to me like a best friend’s home. To me, their kindness paints a much more accurate picture of humanity than my attacker acting out of confusion and anger. I would recommend that anyone who experiences any act of hate such as this talks about it. Talk to your friends, your family, or even a counselor. Tell someone of authority, because you could help prevent that from happening to anyone else. But most importantly, talk. Nobody should have to carry that burden alone.

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and kind man, and only see his potentially violent side. Six months later, however, I can honestly say that I don’t feel any fear or resentment following the situation. It took a long time, and a lot of talking through feelings that were very new to me with my friend. I’m not angry with my attacker; just the opposite, in fact. I don’t think anyone harms another person because they are at a really high point in their lives. This senior must have been at his all-time low. While I can talk about what happened and get comfort from my friends, he has to carry this dark secret around for the rest of his life. When I look back at this experience, I could allow myself to be consumed by hatred and anxiety as I once did. But that

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Cross Country’s alumni run as part of Homecoming tradition

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Each year for Homecoming weekend, alumni from the RWU cross country team travel far and wide to attend the annual Alumni Race, a cross country tradition hosted by the RWU athletics department and Roger Williams University. Originally started at Colt State Park, the race was recently moved to RWU’s campus and was received well by its participants, which include alumni, Bristol residents, and the current RWU men’s and women’s cross country team. About 400 people came out to participate in the annual race, which weaved through campus, starting at the Recreational Center, behind GHH, and then back around towards the front of campus coming back to the Rec. Center. This was one of many festivities athletics hosted during Homecoming weekend, including the Men’s and Women’s Homecoming games and the Hall of Fame induction.

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Jeter’s ankle breaks hearts Nick Schwalbert Herald Contributor The Yankees are out to the postseason after being swept by the Detroit Tigers 4-0. Some of the games seemed to be close, but once Yankee captain Derek Jeter was out of the question, it certainly sealed the fate of the Yankees. Derek Jeter suffered a fractured left ankle in the first game of the series against the Detroit Tigers. From there, it was all downhill for the Yankees, who fought a valiant effort all season against the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees struggled all over, with their at-bats as well as their defensive game. Jeter was batting .333 in the postseason, and in the regular season, he batted .316. Jeter has historically thrived under the pressure of big games and makes play after play for the Yankees to keep the team alive. He has been a force in the league for years, and with him sidelined

for the remainder of the postseason, the Tigers took advantage of the situation and swept the Yankees. In the 2012 postseason, Jeter led the Yankees in batting average, and could be counted on for crucial RBI’s when the Yankees needed them. In his short October, Jeter recorded four runs, nine hits, and two RBI’s. While these stats don’t seem particularly high Jeter was a leader on this team, especially in the batting average department. Because he was always on base for the Yankees, there was the threat of a potential run being scored with each at-bat by the rest of the team. Without Jeter constantly on-base, their potential to score runs greatly decreased and most likely played a significant part in the team’s downfall. The team still had big names like Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano to propel them through the rest of the postseason, but

the team just couldn’t get it done against the Tigers. They lost their star player and captain in the first game, and continued their losing streak from there. It just goes to show you how big one player can be for a team in the MLB. For sports analysis, the question remains: can the Yankees continue to win without Jeter? Some would argue that they could, considering the depth that they have at bat, as well as their strength on the mound, but the question was answered here in the 2012 postseason for the Yankees. Once Jeter fell, the whole team fell. The Yankees got to the postseason with Jeter, lost him, and continued to lose all the games that Jeter didn’t participate in. He was and will continue to be the heart and soul of the team as long as he’s on the roster. He was the captain of the team, and without a captain, the ship will sink.

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director, or equipment manager. “This is humbling and outstanding. I don’t have to be honored; I just do it. The kids have kept me going for the past 30 years,” Cordeiro said. Athletic Director Dave Kemmy presented two athletes and a team: Ed Randolph from the class of 1982 was inducted for being the all-time leading scorer in men’s basketball with 1,928 points. He is the only player to record consecutive 500-point seasons, and his jersey (#32) was retired. Randolph did not give basketball up after graduating from RWU, however; he played over 20 seasons of professional basketball in Ireland. Equestrian Matt Wallaby from the Class of 1994 was the fifth inductee and the only inductee who could not attend the event. Wallaby was named Male Athlete of the Year, finishing second place at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championship at Open Equitation

from page A7 Over Fences Division, and receiving Reserve Champion honors. The last inductee Kemmy named was the men’s 1999 soccer team. Seven team members were present: Chris Curran, Andy Creteau, Robert Carey, Stuart Hulke, Joseph Lobao, Eric Rodgers, Colin Whalen, assistant coach Craig O’Rourke, and head coach Cook. This team was the first team to ever qualify for the Division III NCAA National Championship Tournament in any sport, finishing the season with a record of 16-6-0. “It is very exciting; this is a great step for the university, and I am happy about getting support from the president and vice president,” Kemmy said. “Honoring people that have made great contributions to the university -- that’s what it’s all about.” Lastly, current RWU wrestling coach John Egan, CJ McCormack, and Spencer McCombe presented the last inductee, Athletic Director Kemmy.

Kemmy has worked for RWU for more than 20 years, from coaching wrestling, women’s soccer, information director, and currently athletic director. “It is an important milestone for the university, and an opportunity to recognize alumni, coaches, and staff that have built up excellent athletics,” said Vice President of Student Affairs, John J. King. “I think it’s great [to have a hall of fame], something to recognize strong athletic history that we’ve had,” explained Nicholas Williams, Athletic Communications Director. “It’s definitely something good to have going forward to recognize future classes.” “Roger Williams and athletics taught me life skills, such as how to work with all different types of people, time management, commitment,” Castelli said. “RWU has helped me in the workforce, and is a great place to come home to.”

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RWU’s inaugural Hall of Fame class.

Athletics inducts first seven members into inaugural HOF Jolyn Wiggin Herald Contributor Roger Williams University hosted the inaugural athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday Oct. 20 at the Campus Recreation Center. The event, held on Homecoming Weekend, honored seven inductees: four student athletes, one coach, one contributor, and one team with a reception, dinner, presentations, and was

attended by about 130 people, including the inductees, family, friends, alumni, coaches, and administrators. “This is overdue. We have had phenomenal athletes, and I didn’t know we did not have a Hall of Fame,” said University President Donald Farish. “This is a way of not only celebrating talented athletes, but inducting and representing how impactful athletics really are.”

The presentations began with Tom Campbell, women’s rugby coach, as the host for the event. The first person inducted was Sharon Castelli. Former volleyball coach Joel Dearring came back to RWU to honor her accomplishments. “Sharon made a huge impact on volleyball, and she had great authenticity and enthusiasm for every team she played for,” Dearring said. Castelli, Class of 1986,

was the first female athlete to win 12 varsity letters for volleyball, basketball, and softball. She also led the 1984 volleyball team to the ECAC DivisionIII Championship, and received the first-ever national ranking. She not only broke records in her sports, but her volleyball jersey (#15) has been retired in her honor. “It feels so nice to come home. I am so humbled and excited to see my friend and family,”

Castelli said. “Tonight is special; I learned so much from the university and athletics.” The next inductee was Stuart Hulke, who graduated in 2000 and is one of the greatest RWU soccer players. Hulke was an all-time lead scorer, tallying 77 goals and 21 assists during his RWU career. He was a two-time All- American, threetime CCC Player of the Year, and set single-season records. He also set a

record for fastest scoring goal in a game at four seconds. Former University President Anthony Santoro presented the next award to his friend and former colleague Ray Cordeiro. Cordeiro made great contributions to RWU’s athletic department for over 30 years, whether it was coaching baseball, serving as athletic director, intramural and recreation

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Sophomore Andrew Carlson fights for a header against UNE.

Men’s soccer headed to CCC tourney as top seed Brad Shapiro Herald Contributor The Roger Williams University Men’s Soccer team did not disappoint in front of a maximumcapacity crowd during Homecoming Weekend as they shut out the University of New England (UNE) 2-0. After a disheartening 2011 campaign, when the Hawks ended the regular season with a 3-2-4 conference record, the team has bounced back with a purpose and clinched the top spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) with their win on Saturday. Their numberone seed guarantees RWU a postseason berth and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Before the game, the seniors were honored for their accomplishments over the past four years, as they presented flowers to their respective parents. Kamali Webson, Andres Daza, Bradley MacDonald, Billy Kissane, and Paul Arute, who have all started in at least 15 of their 16 games, have played a pivotal role in the success of the Hawks this season. From the moment the

whistle was blown, it was evident which of the two CCC teams was superior to the other. RWU flew all over the field against UNE, and opened up opportunities on the offensive side of the ball while creating turnovers on the defensive side. The Hawks won the time-of-possession game as well outhustled the Nor’Easters to most of the loose balls. Despite Kissane’s great passes through the defense to brilliant runs made by forwards Trevor Hoxsie and Daniel Caruso, the men’s soccer team could not capitalize on their scoring chances. With Webson anchoring the defense, RWU had nothing to worry about on the other end of the field, as they held UNE to an astonishing zero shots on goal in the first half. The Hawks finally broke through with just 10 minutes left in the first. When James Sheldon played a quick give-andgo in the penalty area, he finished off a hard pass to the back post from Hoxsie to give the team a 1-0 lead heading into the break. The second half was more of the same dominating performance that RWU displayed for

the first 45 minutes of the game. In the 49th minute of play, Hoxsie blasted two shots that were deflected from pointblank range in front of the net, which resulted in a hand-ball penalty against a UNE defender. When he scored the penalty shot for his team-leading 10th goal of the season to make the score 2-0, the Hawks never looked back. With a slew of substitutions throughout the entirety of the game, it truly was a relentless team effort. Jon Pelloso earned his third straight shutout and received the CCC Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in row. The Hawks completed overwhelmed the Nor’Easters in the victory, as they led them in shots 29-4. RWU completed their regular season on Tuesday night by defeating Curry College on the road 7-2, which completed a fivegame win streak for the team against conference opponents. The Hawks will look to continue that win streak into the playoffs, when they play the first round of the CCC Playoffs Saturday afternoon against the eighth-seeded team in the CCC.

You can throw around all the numbers and statistics in sports, but nothing speaks louder than a team’s record. The Atlanta Falcons are the only undefeated team left in this NFL season thus far and are currently coming off a bye week. Atlanta has managed to stay poised week after week, especially in the final minutes of the game. But being early in the season, questions still remain. How have they been able to stay undefeated, and how long will this success last? There are several reasons why the Falcons have managed to stay undefeated, primarily their quarterback, Matt Ryan. “Matty Ice” has lived up to his nickname with a pair of fourthquarter comebacks along with his great passing attack all season long. Ryan is arguably the league’s MVP through the first seven weeks, due to

his ability to accurately place his deep passes and prevail in the clutch. It is also helpful when you have receiving weapons such as Roddy White and Julio Jones, as well as a running back like Michael Turner. People tend to focus on their offense, but their defense has come up big this season. Atlanta has a 10-plus turnover ratio, meaning their defense has caused 10 more turnovers than their offense has given up. In fact, their offense and defense are both ranked seventh in points scored and points allowed, respectively. Will Atlanta carry out this momentum for the rest of the season? Although their team has been balanced all season long, four of their six games have been won by one possession and came down to the last drive, when top teams should be dominant. They held Denver from a comeback and shut down the Chargers, but they are far from their toughest

challenges on their schedule. Atlanta still has to face the rest of the NFC East teams, which are the Cowboys, Eagles, and the defending champion Giants. They also have to face the Saints twice. Even though Atlanta remains the favorite to claim the NFC’s top seed in the playoffs, Ryan has never led this squad to a playoff win. I say the streak ends in New Orleans in week 10. Atlanta still has to hold on to its horses because they have been in this situation before and came up short. Two years ago, the Falcons finished 13-3 and atop the NFC only to be humiliated by the Packers at home in the playoffs. Mike Smith has been the best coach for this team, seeing the success he has had in his five-year tenure with them. Atlanta is a threat, but if they want to take it to the next level, they need Ryan and their defense to take it up a couple notches in the postseason.


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RUGBY: injuries worn like a badge of honor But there is no glory on the lower practice fields. There are no bleachers with their shining new look; there is no turf with a large Hawks logo; there is no scoreboard with its various sponsors. Instead, there’s a fence and an old scoreboard that, as Bath and the women’s rugby team captains point out, was the scoreboard from the old Bayside Field, before the turf, and was only installed this year. Although rugby is largely an international sport, its influence on American soil has been growing. In the 1960s, the sport rugby took traction, and began gaining popularity. USA Rugby, the national organization, established itself in 1975. In 1985, Bristol resident Paul Cabral, a Providence Rugby Football club player, was approached by athletic director Bill Baird to coach a rugby team at Roger Williams University. Just like that, RWU rugby was born. To this day, collegiate rugby remains a club sport. Despite the team’s long tradition of success, much due to head coach Christian Palombo’s recruitment of high school talent to RWU,

from page A1 the team remains off the list of varsity sports. But for Palombo, an RWU alum himself, being a club allows his team to keep its identity. “The U.S. is an emerging territory in the game,” Palombo said. “It’s grown in the adult male market, and the male college market from that barbaric, rough-tough, beer-drinkin’, hooligan type of game into more of an accepted collegiate sport, and started being accepted into athletic departments like at RWU, instead of an outside club that is loosely affiliated with the school.” In 1995, when coach Palombo joined RWU as a student, the program had already made a name for itself. For him, rugby isn’t just a sport; it’s a science that needs to be carefully studied. “Rugby is pretty much a lifestyle choice for me at this point,” Palombo said. “It’s a demanding sport, physically and mentally. It requires dedication individually, in terms of commitment, to physical fitness, to understanding of the game. It’s a complicated sport, but it’s also a team sport; it has a strong camaraderie

about it. So those social elements tied into a very demanding team sport make a fun sport to play and coach.” The RWU women’s rugby team is enjoying one of the most successful seasons in team history. They are undefeated with a 4-0 record, and big game against Wentworth in a few days. But their victories haven’t been even close this season; they’ve been blowouts. The team has scored 100 more points than the second place team in the rankings, and with a win over the weekend, they could clinch a conference championship bid as the number-one seed. Started in 2006, Campbell saw the team come up from infancy, joining the team in 2007 and bringing the initial women’s rugby team to the conference championships. This year, Campbell thinks this team is even better than that original 2007 team, and looks forward to their progress this season. “Every year, we are always in the thick of it,” Campbell said. “We have absolute quality in every position, and we probably

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The RWU women’s rugby team is 5-0, led by their core seniors and their team-first mentality. have a group of five to eight girls that could fill in, and we won’t miss a beat.” Like Campbell, team captains Alexa Roberto, Randella Featherstone and Topshe are enjoying the team’s success. “This is the best we’ve done ever, and this is the best team I’ve been a part of since I started (freshman year),” Featherstone said. “We just have so much more connection on and off the field that just helps us play so much better.” “We all really mesh well together,” added Roberto. “We have some really athletic freshmen that help out a lot.” Women’s rugby seemed to have flourished at

RWU. With a dedicated group of seniors, and the consistent leadership of Campbell, the team has the potential to make a dominant statement in nationals. As the late Thursday night drags on, the RWU men’s and women’s rugby teams continue practice. In a week, the men’s team will have beat UMass Maritime 22-12 and have earned their right to avenge their championship loss to the same team that defeated them, Salve Regina University. The women will once again blow out their opponent, this time Wentworth, 32-0, and will continue their strive to remain perfect into the

playoffs. Roberto will go down with an ankle injury in the final seconds of her game against Wentworth. She is now on crutches. Bath will continue on the road to recovery, but the injuries go unspoken. In rugby, physicality is just part of the game. All injuries are worn like a badge of honor. With both teams doing exceptionally well, this could very well be the best year the RWU rugby program has ever had. And for the RWU rugby program, it’s all guts, no glory.

VBALL: WNE spoils senior night, ends home win streak Geordy Boveroux Sports Manager

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Western New England’s coaches celebrate a point against RWU.

The Roger Williams University women’s volleyball team (17-10) fell to Western New England (WNE) in a historic loss on their senior night on Oct. 24. The four-set loss (23-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-15) was the Hawks’ first home loss since 2010, and snapped a streak of 33 straight conference wins. “The streaks don’t mean all that much to me,” said head coach Ben Somera. “Losing sucks, and that’s it.” “It definitely sucks,” said senior captain Kelsee Loche. WNE came out loud and energetic, led by RWU’s former head coach Bret Stotham. “[With Stotham] being our old coach, I know they wanted to beat us; he wanted to beat us on senior night. You always want to beat a rival team on senior night, especially when it’s your old coach. I know he was pumping them up,” Loche said.

“When they came in nice and loud, it definitely made a difference.” When asked about playing against players he recruited on their senior night, Stotham said, “I think it’s a pretty neat coincidence. It’s neat to come back and see their big night.” The first set loss was the first set dropped by the Hawks at home this year, ending another streak in this match. Loche said that after the first set loss, “a little bit of panic set in. We were very much in the mode to kind of come out and just destroy this team. Obviously, it didn’t happen.” “[The first set loss] lengthened it out for us, is what it really did,” Somera said. “We are not used to losing at home, but they played better.” The loss shook up the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) rankings with the tournament set to start on Oct 30. The Hawks now sit at 6-1 alongside WNE, but the Golden Bears hold the edge with a head-to-

head win, placing RWU second in the standings. In order to regain the top spot, the Hawks need a win against Gordon in their final match on Oct. 27, and for WNE to fall to Endicott on the same day. Loche said she’s “praying for Endicott. I never thought I’d say that, but Endicott’s a good team, too.” Somera was not as concerned with the outcome of WNE vs. Endicott. “Honestly, all we need to do is beat Gordon, and then we just play whoever is put in front of us,” he said. “I don’t care who wins and who we play. I know we can beat any team in this conference.” But Somera is still confident in his team. “I think we just keep doing what we’ve been doing,” he said. “We won 17 matches somehow.” “With this being our first conference loss in so long, and our first home loss in so long, I think we’ve hit rock bottom at this point, so there’s no place to go but up,” Loche said.

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Historic landmark gets better with age Kinsey Janke & Michelle Lee Features Editors

The word “island” comes from the Old English language, and is defined as a “piece of land surrounded by water,” or a “thing resembling an island, especially in being isolated, detached, or surrounded in some way.” For 293 years, the state of Rhode Island exemplified everything its name embodied. It wasn’t connected to any other mass of land, sharing only the water between itself and surrounding states as a commonality. It was an outlier, something described as the “end of the line” for land travelers. But on Oct. 24, 1929, steven messina/ the hawks’ herald

the opening of the Mount Hope Bridge changed everything. Dating back to the 18th century, a ferry service once occupied the water that the Mount Hope Bridge spans over today. The ferry service was valuable and used by many, but created a glaring problem during the winter months. Members of the Rhode Island General Assembly who lived in Aquidneck Island frequently missed sessions during that particular time of the year due to the ice in the Narragansett Bay, effectively see bridge, B2



“American Horror Story: Asylum” Fashion Column: Second season premiere leaves viewers with many questions

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tasteful this Halloween Sofia Giovannello Opinions Manager

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Ever since I was a little girl, fall has been my favorite season. I love watching the leaves turn to beautiful shades of orange, yellow, and red. I love drinking hot chocolate, going on hayrides, picking apples, and baking fall treats with my mom. I love fall fashion, going for walks in the park, and traveling up north with my family. My favorite holiday of the year also adds to my love of fall: Halloween. Unlike many others who favor Christmas, Thanksgiving, and self-proclaimed

Herald Contributor The new season of “American Horror Story” premiered last week, and all I can say is that the setting is appropriate. This show is a little crazy, and not necessarily in a good way. While the first season, though gripping and well-produced, was all about death and adultery (or should I say sex), this season seems to be about sanity and, lo and behold, even more sex. Now, I am all for the use of sex as a dramatic device on the screen, but these creators are like chubby kids in a candy store. Sure, a taste is good every now and then, but these writers have got their hands in every jar their stubby little arms can reach. “American Horror Story: Asylum” is ironic because it is set in an insane asylum, and the show itself seems to be suffering from multiple personalities. The first season pilot was masterfully created to mimic the psyche of a human being. There are so many arcs, themes, personality traits and thought patterns that it was hard to count. But like a single personality, they all fit together, and worked to make the show interesting and unique. The first season was a monumental success, and absolutely brilliant. “American Horror Story” had a solid identity, and the setup echoed the

birthday holidays over Halloween, I absolutely love this spooky holiday. What’s more to love than dressing up as your favorite alter ego to collect endless amounts candy and then snuggling up to a cute guy during a scary movie or at a haunted house? Not much, in my opinion. Dressing up is one of my favorite things to do. I get dressed to the nines just to go out to dinner or to a casual bar with my friends. So when Halloween rolls around, you know I’m going all out. I’m choosing my

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“American Horror Story: Asylum” premiered on Oct. 17. humanistic themes. Now, as if it were born again, the new pilot of the current season follows the same formulas, except the plethora of arcs and themes do not fit together. They all sporadically come up without interconnection, and simply run free, much like the inmates in the asylum. Where the first season was cohesive, this season is fractured and unfocused. It has multiple personalities, and can’t decide which one is dominant. From aliens to nuns to lesbians and psycho-killers, all thrown together in a torn past-present time frame, the show gets lost

in the winding, dimly lit corridors of the nut house. This season has got all sorts of good things, but a smoothie with a thousand random flavors is typically not a good drink. The show starts in the present, where a young couple trots through the remains of an insane asylum in search of spooky thrills. This search for terror then becomes a search for fleshy thrills (can you say “random sex scenes?”) Well, that’s all good until the male character gets his arm ripped off by an unseen monster. The show then jets back to the sixties, where the asylum is still in use as a religious

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institution for the criminally insane. Right away, there is a fracture. There is no established relation between the present and past actions, besides the fact that it is in the asylum. They are two separate stories interwoven into a messy finish. This would be fine, but it is edited and presented in a way that make the stories look like they should feed each other when they do not; instead, they distract each other. olivia lyons/the hawks’ herald

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Cameron Muir ‘13 Newport, R.I. Global Communications


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Reporting by Catherine Cappucci and Jessi Graves The Hawks’ Herald: Who is your favorite superhero and why? Cameron Muir: When I was younger, I loved Captain Underpants ... does that count? If not, I’d have to say Captain America, because have you SEEN him? HH: Where do you see yourself in five years? CM: I just got a job offer in Providence, but I don’t think that’s where I want to be. I really want to be in New York, or Boston, a city of some kind, doing brand promotion development. I want to have a nice apartment with two dogs. They will be Great Danes and their names will be Leopold and Elizabeth, but I will call them Leo and Lizzy. And they would sleep with me, and love me. I just see myself out of

Rhode Island, on my way to developing a secure lifestyle. HH: What’s something that you’ve always wanted to do? CM: I’ve always wanted to be completely fluent in another language. I may be a Spanish minor, but that doesn’t mean that I’m fluent. I used to be fluent in German, but I kinda lost it, since it’s been seven years since I lived over in Germany [Muir did an exchange student program as a sophomore in high school]. It was really great to speak and interact with people while I was there. What I really would love is to be able to think in another language, pick out all the nuances of the language, and really be able to communicate.

HH: What made you want to do Mr. RWU this year? CM: It’s funny - I had no idea I was being nominated. My residents from last year talked about it, you know, ‘What if you were nominated, ha ha!’ It was very surreal, thinking about what I would have to do. But this year, they actually nominated me, so it’s becoming a reality. I have a more personal motivator, too; a family friend of mine is battling her fifth bout with cancer. She’s survived every time, but this time it will be lucky if she makes it until Christmas. So I’m thinking of her. I know we’re doing this for the Children’s Miracle Network, for the kids, but to actually know someone going through the same thing makes it deeply personal.

The Hawks’ Herald: Who’s your favorite superhero and why? Mike Decoulos: My favorite superhero is Batman. I’m jealous of the cars he gets to drive and all the cool things he gets to do. HH: Where do you see yourself in five years? MD: I hopefully see myself with a successful job in a large architecture firm helping to design airports. I’ll also hopefully be living in a major city somewhere. HH: What is something you’ve always wanted to do? MD: I have always wanted to visit every continent and every U.S. state. I am visiting my third continent the day after Mr. RWU, and I have visited 22 states. HH: Why are you involved in Mr. RWU

BRIDGE: 83 years of connecting R.I. halting the ferry service. As traffic demands grew across the state in 1920, the need for a bridge to link Portsmouth and Bristol became crucial. William L. Connery, a Bristol citizen and a member of the General Assembly, sponsored the original plan for a bridge. With a proposal first presented in 1920, it took the State Legislature seven years to grant the New Hope Bridge Company the rights to build the structure. The construction for the bridge started Oct. 1, 1927, using a design by the firm Robinson and Steinman. The tower foundations sit 54 feet below the bottom of the Narragansett Bay, and the 285-foot-tall towers are borrowed from the cross-braced design of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which spans across the Delaware River. The only difference between the two bridges is that the Mount Hope Bridge has a gothic arch above the roadway. In January 1929, four months before the Mount Hope Bridge was scheduled to open, engineers working on the

from page B1 bridge discovered that dollar for a roundtrip. the three strands of cable “It was painted a ‘light near the Bristol anchorage greenish tint’ to blend were broken. More cables with the landscape were found to be deficient when all other bridges upon further inspection, before had been painted and it was declared that black or battleship gray,” the bridge was unsafe. reads Bristol Beyond McClintic Marshall Beautiful, written Construction Company, by Julie Antinucci. hired on as contractors, “Artistic lighting was

As traffic demands grew across the state in 1920, the need for a bridge to link Portsmouth and Bristol became crucial. were put out $1 million to disassemble and then re-assemble the bridge. Finally, after a long two years, the Mount Hope Bridge officially opened for traffic on Oct. 24, 1929, a week before the stock market crashed. The $5 million bridge held the title for the longest suspension bridge in New England until the Claiborne Pell (Newport) Bridge opened 40 years later. The opening toll of the bridge was 60 cents one-way, and it cost one

also introduced that accentuated the beauty of the span at night, and sapphire tinted glass was used in the lanterns to demark the highway.” The American Institute of Steel Construction awarded the bridge designers the Artistic Bridge Award in its inaugural year. The award read, in part, that “the designer of the bridge must have had very clearly in mind the quality of beauty in addition to the essential factors of

strength, stability, and endurance...there is an inevitable feeling of eye and mind which an object of sheer beauty gives.” “People came from all over New England just to drive over it,” said Rei Battcher, curator and librarian for the Bristol Historical Society. Battcher, a Bristol native, has grown up in the shadow of the bridge all his life. Shortly after the opening of the bridge, the New Hope Bridge Company went bankrupt. Because of this, another local Rhode Island legend stepped in to foot the bill. Rudolf F. Haffenreffer, president and chairman of the Narragansett Brewing Company, acquired the bridge in 1931 and kept it running. But even with all the changes and additions to the area, the Mount Hope Bridge still catches the eye and captures the heart. “It just appeals to me; it’s not too big, it’s not too small, it’s majestic and it spans nicely,” Battcher said. “I think it’s the most beautiful bridge in the world.”

this year? MD: I am involved with Mr. RWU because I love the idea of helping out children who are battling cancer. It’s amazing how strong these children are, and I am willing to do anything to be able to help them. I think the reason I am involved this specific year is just because of the people you get to know -- they’re the ones who nominated me. HH: What are you involved in on campus? MD: I am the Senior Class Treasurer for the Inter-Class Council (ICC), and the Vice President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). I am also a Resident Assistant in Cedar Hall.

Modern day saints Michelle Lee Features Manager The gift of giving is learned from a young age. It’s learned that, on holidays, you give gifts, and whether you get some in return or not, it doesn’t matter, because it’s more about the principle that you gave, rather than received. Beginning in high school, sophomore Lauren Astone learned the act of giving back and not expecting anything in return; the feeling of helping others in need was enough. She was a part of the National Honor Society in high school, and participated in many fundraisers with the Society. As the current Class of 2015 Treasurer for the Inter-Class Council (ICC), Astone understands the value and importance of money. Last Saturday, Oct. 20, ICC sponsored the annual St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser at this year’s Autumn Fest. Astone raised the most money with $875. “I’m really happy that I was able to do that,” Astone said. “I think it’s a really great cause, and I had fun working it.” The St. Baldrick’s Day Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that strives to fund research for children with cancer. According

to the St. Baldrick’s Day Foundation website, the foundation is the leading funder in childhood cancer research grants outside the U.S. government. In 2011, the St. Baldrick’s Day Foundation funded more than $22 million in childhood cancer research grants. Overall, this year’s St. Baldrick’s Day raised approximately $8,000. To get started in her fundraising, Astone reached out to family, friends, and her dad’s coworkers, asking them to donate to the cause. The simple click of an e-mail helped enormously in allowing Astone to send a link to her fundraising page, and exceed her goal of $600. Astone has also participated in other fundraisers, such as Relay for Life and ones for the MyTurn Club on campus, a club geared towards raising awareness for the orphan crisis in Kenya that involves working directly with a non-profit organization there trying to house orphans. “Even just raising awareness is great, because hearing that people have heard about the event or want to go forth with their own event is really great,” Astone said. “I like it because it gives a sense of accomplishment, and it feels good to be able to work towards something bigger than myself.”

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Let them eat cake:

Roger Williams enters into a new reign

RWU names the 2012 homecoming court Michelle Lee Features Section Manager Name: Annie DeWitt Hometown: Nashua, N.H. Major: Histoty and legal studies The Hawks’ Herald: What clubs/teams are you involved in on campus? Annie DeWitt: I’ve been on the swim team all four years; I am Team Development chair for Colleges Against Cancer; I’ve been an Orientation Advisor for the past two summers; I was in Drawing the Shades; I’ve done Big Brothers Big Sisters, and I work Concierge and in admissions. HH: Why did you want to run for Homecoming court?

AD: I knew my friend Amy did it last year to be recognized for all the time and hard work she put into this school. That was the same idea I had just to be recognized for how much I do for this school, not cause I have to, but because I love it here so much. HH: What does winning Homecoming Queen mean to you? AD: I felt really loved and appreciated. It made me step back and see how many people I’ve made an impact on here at school. It was one of the best moments of my college career. Even getting on the court is an accomplishment; to get Queen was just the cherry on top. It just showed me how many people at this school realize who I am and what I represent to

the school as a student leader and athlete. HH: If you could be any animal, what would you be, and why? AD: If I could be any animal, I would be a dolphin, because having flippers would make me SO fast in the pool. Also, they are lovable and friendly, and those are two characteristics I think I am. HH: In five years from now, where do you see yourself? AD: I hope to have a good job doing something I love. I would love to have traveled back to Europe, or maybe make it to South America and see that part of the world. Mostly, in five years, I hope to be happy with life, surrounded by people I love.

Name: Chris O’Keefe Hometown: Holden, Mass. Major: Communications The Hawks’ Herald: What clubs/teams are you involved in on campus? Chris O’Keefe: CoChair of Campus Entertainment Network (CEN). HH: Why did you want to run for Homecoming court? CO: It would be a fun icing on the cake of four years at Roger Williams University, and why not? My roommate and I also figured it would be fun to say we took part in the competition.

HH: What does winning Homecoming King mean to you? CO: I couldn’t help but laugh when my name was called, because being Homecoming King was NEVER something I saw myself winning or taking part in before RWU, and my, how things have changed! I was very pleased and humbled to be selected by the student body whom I have spent a majority of my time with here at Roger. HH: If you could be any animal, what would you be, and why? CO: Although they were obliterated way back, my most favorite animal is the Brontosaurus. They were my favorite animal as a child, and still are today. A more modern animal would be a white tiger - they are majestic-

looking. HH: In five years from now, where do you see yourself? CO: I see myself living somewhere in America with a job of some sort, and most importantly, I see myself still keeping in touch with all my friends from Roger.

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Bald is beautiful

RWU student visits the past in order to better the future Kinsey Janke Features Editor The dull whine of a pair of buzzers cuts through the midday air, the blades glinting in the late October sun as they disappear and reappear through hundreds of thousands of strands of hair. A small tent has been set up, and in it sit two chairs, both occupied by grinning yet slightly wary college students, their eyes wide as they watch their hair flutter to the ground below. St. Baldrick is not a saint in the Catholic sense of the word, but his legacy has left a lasting impression upon a countless number of men, women, and children. Every year, the Roger Williams University campus immerses itself in fundraising for cancer research and awareness, hosting multiple events such as St. Baldrick’s Day. Any given participant’s Facebook wall or Twitter feed with be inundated with donation requests and survivor stories, and every post is as genuine and heartfelt as the one

that preceded it. “I think college is a great venue for [cancer fundraising],” said Meaghan Gallagher, a senior at RWU. “I know just our college has many different cancer awareness groups – you can’t even tell them apart. It’s good and bad, but that just means we have a lot of awareness for it.” Gallagher was one of the many who shaved their heads this year in support of the cause, but her gender (majority of participants are male) was not the only thing that set her apart from the pack. At age seven, the Woburn, Mass. native fought a battle of her own when she was diagnosed with leukemia. While the disease, a type of blood or bone marrow cancer that is characterized by an abnormal increase of the white blood cell count in the body, usually takes about seven years to reach remission, Gallagher got the all-clear when she was 12 years old. Though she still goes back once a year for checkups, “basically, it’s all gone,” Gallagher said.

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Meaghan Gallagher (left), standing with a fellow participant, Dan Felleman. Though most of the contestants spent the better part of a month fundraising and meeting their donation goals, Gallagher only fully decided on going through with it a mere five days before the event occurred. Because of this short notice, she neglected to tell any of her family or friends from home about her decision. “I didn’t want them to

influence my decision,” she said. “I had a feeling my parents would be weary of it and try to talk me out of it, but after the fact, they were so supportive of it.” After the initial reveal that she had gone through with it, Gallagher was flooded with phone calls and texts, all in support of her new look. Messages like ‘Bald is beautiful!’ and ‘You look great!’ piled up

in her iPhone, reinforcing her choice to go hairless once again. Because of her childhood battle with cancer, Gallagher acknowledged that it was hard for her parents and friends to see her bald once again. Despite this, the event had been in the back of her mind for a while. “My dad texted me and was like, ‘So many memories, you look

exactly the same,’” she said. “Since considering it for last year, I definitely wanted to do it this year. The whole time I was in line, I was like, ‘Can it be my turn now?’ I was so excited to do it and I was just ready.” Besides her recent participation in St. Baldrick’s Day, Gallagher has been involved with another on-campus organization, Up Till Dawn, since she was a freshman. The foundation, started in 1962 in accordance with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is dedicated to advancing cures and prevention for “pediatric catastrophic diseases.” Even though she is the one with the shaved head, Gallagher doesn’t really feel any different. “I feel like everyone is taking it more seriously than I am,” she said. “People think it’s such a great thing that I shaved my head for it, but I don’t know. I wish I could do more to give back.”




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RACY STACY: Stacy Hawkins Day

Is there still a stigma about girls taking the lead?

Racy Stacy Herald Contributor With all this election talk about women receiving equivalent pay and treatment in the working world, it makes me wonder if women are receiving equal treatment in the dating world, as well. While there are heated debates on women’s reproductive rights, I can’t help but think of the standards that

women are expected to uphold when it comes to their own sexual practices. We are conditioned to think that, in today’s world, women and men are fair and equal in every way, but that right didn’t magically appear when the 19th Amendment was ratified in the Constitution. The workforce and the battleground of dating are still not places of fair play for women. In the early 1940s,

Sadie Hawkins dances, where the female invited the male to be her date to a semi-formal social event, became widely popular in American high schools and on college campuses, meaning that, for one day out of the year, the gender roles were reversed, and the girls had to garner the courage to ask out that cute guy from their English class as the boys lingered in the hallways, feeling helpless and hoping they got asked. Special days like this are not just found in American tradition. In England, Scotland, and Ireland, a leap day is considered the only time a woman may propose to a man while still upholding century-old traditions and culture. I have a binder full of problems with these two traditions alone. Why do these histories tell us that we can only have one day a year to ask a guy to a dance and one day every four years to propose marriage? Why can’t we just do it when we feel like we want to, like guys do? Why do we somehow still feel restricted to the old ways of boy meets girl?

I like traditions. I like that the New Year starts on Jan. 1 every 12 months, and that I always go to the same coffee shop when I meet up with my best friends from home. I think traditions offer a cultural consistency and a sense of stability in our lives. However, I think some rules are meant to morph with the times, because without change, we cannot progress as people, regardless of gender. These roles that we so often sink into involve not only power, but also equality to make for a healthy match. Traditional Travesty |tre-dish-en-al-tra-visdee| (n.): the distorted thought which prevents a woman from making romantic or sexual advances toward a man due to the societal normality that the man should be the first to make such chivalrous gestures. Not only is this tradition unfair to the girls who feel like they have to sit in their poodle skirts with ankles crossed, waiting for a valiant fellow to ask them out for milkshakes at the local diner, but it is discriminatory toward

the guys. Why should they always be the ones to make the first moves? While some guys revel in the thrill of the chase, others may really like a girl and simply be too shy to ask her to hang out. Therefore, a couple that could potentially be great together may never get a chance on account of these societal conventions. So go ahead, ask him to causally grab a cup of coffee, because self-esteem is just plain sexy. The other aspect of this traditional travesty is when a woman takes the initiative to bring a guy home. Talk of this double standard has been brought up since before the summer of love, yet many still feel that there are different connotations when men sleep around, compared to when women do. When guys have numerous one-night stands, their friends look up to them, and girls almost seem to want them more, despite the guy’s reputation. However, when gals get feisty a few weekends in a row with different partners, guys and other girls alike see

those girls as sluts. Ladies everywhere should feel like they are able to get what they want when it comes to love, romance, and sex, and they shouldn’t be ridiculed for taking the same actions that men have been taking for centuries without any judgment. If mediators are questioning presidential candidates on women’s rights to contraceptives and equal pay, shouldn’t we be reflective upon our own rights when it comes to dating, relationships, and hooking up? These rights should not be granted to us one day a year, but rather whenever we feel the need to exercise them. My challenge to you is to not let Sadie Hawkins dictate when you can ask a guy out on a date or to define the terms of your relationship. Instead, take control of your own love life and be an active participant in it, not a pretty sculpture that sits there waiting to be hit on. I now declare this day, and every day, Stacy Hawkins Day. Be bold and go forward to explore with confidence the love you deserve.

Pakistani girl shot Young girl attacked for standing up for her rights to an education Kevin Marchand Herald Reporter

Fifteen-year-old Amanda Todd committed suicide after being cyberbullied by her peers.

Cyberbullying results in teen suicide Alyssa Kornfeld Herald Contributor On Oct. 10, 2012, Amanda Todd of Port Coquitlam, Canada committed suicide due to a severe case of cyberbullying. In September of this year, the 15-year-old posted a YouTube video entitled ‘My Story: Struggling, bullying, suicide, and self harm,’ which consisted of Todd using flashcards to tell her story about her experience of suffering verbal and physical torment from her peers. Over a year ago, Todd took part in a webcam chat room, talking to and meeting new people, where she was soon forced by numerous older men to expose herself. After she reluctantly did so, a man messaged her on Facebook and ordered her to put on another “show” of her fully exposed body. He threatened to publicly display a nude photograph of her to all of her classmates, friends, and family if she did not follow through with his demands. She decided to accept his distorted wishes, but he

decided to display the photo online regardless. This triggered another escalating problem that Todd had to undergo for a very long period of time. Todd had to transfer schools multiple times because of the bullying she experienced, and received mental counseling and antidepressants to prevent further psychological suffering. Todd truly believed that no one cared for her, which caused her to destroy her body and mask her pain. She began to cut herself, use drugs and alcohol, overdose on painkillers, and attempt suicide by consuming bleach. Because she survived her first attempts, she was exposed to even more cyberbullying, which were displayed through Facebook pages specifically attacking Todd, calling her inappropriate and disturbing names. Many people posted on these pages that they hoped Todd would take her own life. These acts of hatred brought Todd to her final collapse and tragic suicide. This should have never

happened. No mother or father should have to bury their child, especially when it is because of other people’s impulsive and stupid behavior. Todd was buried at 15 because she was intentionally hurt by her peers. At such a young age, when she had yet to experience all of the indulgences that life has to offer, Todd’s life was taken away because of cyberbullying. This may come as a surprise to others, but cyberbullying is among us. Our school has recently been subjected to another case of bullying at the Almeida Apartments offcampus. Though we are at a respectable age where we should know by now what is considered right and wrong, ignorance and bullying still happens. Do not let bullying further make its way to the emotions and hearts of individuals. To prevent this immature and irrational behavior, lend a helping hand for those who feel lost and need guidance. We can all make a difference. You can be that person who gives someone hope to live to see another day.

There are places around the world that adamantly restrict the education of women, which is unfathomable to most Americans. On Oct. 9, these primitive views were demonstrated by the Taliban when a Pakistani teenage girl, Malala Yousafzai, was shot in the head for taking a stand for her own education. According to BBC News Asia, a few years ago, when Yousafzai was only 11, she began writing an online diary highlighting the grim reality of life under Taliban control. After voicing and publishing her opinions on the Internet, she was unfairly punished by the Taliban. Yousafzai was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England for critical treatments after the attack. “[Yousafzai] shows signs of infection and faces a long, difficult recovery with uncertain prospects,” reported Fox News. There are many atrocities committed by the Taliban every day; however, this

particular incident has caught the attention of the media due to the age of the victim -- she’s only 14. Also, the Taliban has made a number of statements that have brought forth their true motives for the crime. According to BBC News Asia, the Taliban has stated that Yousafzai was shot for “promoting secularism.” This is just one example of the religiously driven oppression that occurs daily in Pakistan; however, it is certainly a major issue that cannot be ignored. Fox News reported that only 40 percent of Pakistani girls ages 15 and under are literate. “The Taliban have scared people,” said Hamid Ullah Khan, a teacher, in an interview with Fox News. It is this immense amount of fear that prevents young girls in Pakistan from standing up for their education. No matter how badly they may want to learn, they do not want to bear the consequences that Yousafazai is now dealing with. One may wonder where this level of hatred and misguided principles comes? The answer is

religion. It is the Taliban’s unwavering faith that gives them the justification to commit these types of crimes. This extremist group demonstrates every day what would happen if every person accepted faith as a virtue the way that the Holy Scriptures urge them to. Although belief in the divine is not always harmful, it is groups such as the Taliban who morph religion from a harmless tradition into something much worse. At first glance, the everyday theists would like to separate themselves from these religious fundamentalists; however, when it is thought about on a deeper level, they are not so different from religious extremists. Once an everyday theist begins to take Holy texts literally and act out their beliefs in the way expected of them, they too commit these types of atrocities to a certain degree. This must be avoided. We must come to the side of brave people like Yousafzai and take a stand against religious extremists, and fight for what is right.

Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakastani girl, was shot on Oct. 9 for standing up for her rights to an education.

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WTF OF THE WEEK: Student has a shellpath standoff with deer Josh Weinreb Sports Editor It’s usually a rare occurrence to see me walking through campus at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. In fact, I usually make it a point to be asleep at such a ridiculous hour. However, last Wednesday was a different story. It was only of those rare occurrences where I was up late, and unfortunately, it reminded me of why I don’t stay up, and why the safe confines of my bed is the best place to be late at night on campus. After getting back from doing work at around 2:30 a.m., I realized that my car was still parked in an illegal parking spot. For most who live off campus and are forced to park in J-Lot, this isn’t unusual. After cursing myself for not moving it earlier, I walked to my car and turned on the ignition. As I turned the corner into I-Lot, in front of New Res, I noticed a few animals running in the small grassy field between I-Lot and the Bayside 300s. I didn’t think much of it, and pulled into the first parking spot I saw. I got out of my car and started walking on the

road behind Bayside, headed toward the Bayside 100s. However, as I stepped onto the shell path that leads behind the Bayside apartments, a pack of deer ran straight at me, stopping directly in my way. At first, I didn’t know what to do. About a minute went by and the deer didn’t move, they just stared directly at me, waiting for my next move. Tired and annoyed that the path to my bed was being blocked by stupid deer, I decided to walk down the hill and around them. I slowly made my way around the deer, watching them the entire time. They did the same, watching me move slowly down the hill and past them. But as soon I thought I was in the clear, the whole pack ran back, blocking my path once again, staring at me the whole time. I tried screaming, cursing, anything that would scare them off. They wouldn’t budge. I was furious that I was dealing with this at such a ridiculous hour. Needless to say, I walked around the front, and this time, they didn’t follow me. WTF RWU DEER?!

The laundry hurdle

Freshmen experience new responsibilties Diandra Franks Herald Reporter As college freshmen, there are many things to worry about. College is a whole new experience that requires getting used to unfamiliar surroundings and having many more responsibilities. Thinking about college this past summer, laundry was not one of the tasks that I was excited to take on. I actually dreaded learning how to do laundry; it seemed like a daunting task at the time. My first laundry experience went smoothly. I dragged one of my friends who had done her laundry previously along to teach me the gist of things; it wasn’t too bad. I did realize a month later, however, that I had been using way too much laundry detergent. But that’s beside the point. What I have come to realize over the last two months is that doing laundry is an experience that I have come to thoroughly enjoy. I have witnessed some interesting things and have met some interesting people while simply trying to clean my clothes. One day, I put my laundry in the dryer and decided to do homework while I waited the hour for it to dry. My friend and I proceeded to watch a boy put in his laundry. He did a fine job, except for one essential detail: he forgot to put in the detergent! After my friend

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While laundry can be an unnerving task, it isn’t that awful, and college laundry room experiences can be quite humorous. and I sat there laughing for about 10 minutes, we decided to take matters into our own hands. We put the detergent in for him and left a note on the washer with instructions on what to do next time. If you happen to be reading this right now, you’re welcome. Another important lesson for freshmen to learn while doing their laundry is to always thoroughly check the washer and dryer when transferring your clothes. I cannot count the

Political Head to Head: Final presidential debate wrap-up Democrat Christopher Munsey Herald Contributor

The third and final presidential debate was once again a comeback for the Democrats. Many believed that the president could have permanently damaged his campaign with his performance at the first debate, but that is all in the past now. President Barack Obama showed that he is able to assert his authority as president and prove to the American people that the Democrats are the right choice for the next four years. Governor Mitt Romney did not have anything useful to offer during the debate. His idea of a better country involves nothing but cuts to essential programs and incorrect policies that would greatly damage the U.S. in the long run. Candy Crowely was a perfect moderator for this type of forum. The town hall-style debate really brought out the true versions of each candidate. The more relaxed atmosphere allowed Americans to take in the full extent of each candidate’s domineer, which directly affects the way a president leads. The president understood that this was his chance to come out swinging, and he took advantage of it. The clear difference between the two was how each presented their policies. President Obama stuck to the plan and stayed firm with what he has always stated were his political beliefs. Gov. Romney weaved in and out of his plans to make sure that his opinion fit into that specific moment to get the most out of what could be considered a half-truth. For example, the moderator herself corrected Gov. Romney on a point he made about the embassy attack in Libya. Whatever your opinion is about either candidate, we are now less than two weeks away from the election. The most important thing to remember now is that it does not matter who you vote for as long as you vote. That said, make sure to get out to the polls on Nov. 6 and cast a vote for whoever you think should be the next commander-in-chief.

number of times I have found random socks and underwear in my load of laundry as a result of someone forgetting to check theirs. It has turned into somewhat of a game, as I always wonder what I may find each week. It is quite interesting to watch all of the different people who filter in and out of the laundry room. It is actually a great place to meet people. The second time I did laundry, I remember chatting with a girl from New York about yoga classes. I still

wave to her on campus to this day. While laundry can seem like an daunting task at times, I have found it to become an amusing experience. Going to do laundry is like going on an adventure: you never know what you are going to find or who you are going to meet. That being said, I still fully intend on bringing laundry home to my parents this coming Thanksgiving.

My life as a statue

Republican Nick Moon

Herald Contributor

Following Governor Mitt Romney’s excellent performance in the first presidential debate of the campaign season, and buoyed by a strong showing from Vice President Joe Biden the previous week, President Barack Obama walked into the most recent presidential debate with heavy expectations, and possibly his campaign, riding on his shoulders. The president made up for his weak showing in the last contest, striding around confidently and doing his best to match the enthusiasm of Gov. Romney, but failing to deliver any real plan for how the next four years would be any different or better than the last. President Obama managed to reinvigorate his base and restore faith in his campaign, allaying the fears of some that he could no longer stomach the type of hard fight Gov. Romney appeared to be putting up. Gov. Romney, for his part, came across just as strongly as in his first debate, holding on to many of the supporters he picked up and failing to crumble under the president’s new found bluster. Exit polls from both the vice presidential debate and second presidential debate placed the Democratic candidates with single digit leads, however, neither carried a stronger likability rating or more confidence in their combined ability to handle the economy. In fact, the biggest beneficiaries of all the debates thus far have been Gov. Romney and Representative Paul Ryan, who have collectively risen to tie or even lead the president in national opinion polls. With the election roughly two weeks away, both candidates met again for their final debate, centering on foreign policy. While each put on a strong performance, once again there has been little effect on the race itself, with both candidates merely further inspiring their bases but likely not changing the opinion of undecided voters. One can only hope that the eventual winner will be able to bring forward the answers needed to get the nation back to its place as a leader on the global scene.

Dear RWU, So I have a major pet peeve in regards to people on this campus, and yes, it involves the rain. I know I can’t be a fair judge, considering the rain does not affect me, and I don’t even rust! (Even the Tin Man is a little jealous of that). Why, oh, why do all of you wear a sweatshirt when it’s pouring out? In what world does that seem like a good idea? You are walking around, soaking up water, and freezing yourself to death, and I know all about freezing, ‘cause I don’t even get earmuffs. Grab an umbrella, or a raincoat, or anything, just not a sweatshirt! Lastly, I used to be able to see GHH clearly … and then CEN (Campus Entertainment Network) happened ... granted, I can’t read those boards, but I would assume I better brace for impact! ‘Tis All, Roger



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Fashion: Halloween costume ideas

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words very carefully here; some girls like to take a more… scandalous and risqué approach to their Halloween costumes. Or just to bluntly state it: an insane amount of girls use Halloween as an excuse to dress slutty. I suppose we are all rebelling from our grade school years of strict hemline and neckline rules. But looking at costumes in specialty Halloween stores and online the past few years, I have found that Halloween costumes are looking more and more like lingerie every year. Sexy kitten, Sexy nurse, sexy schoolgirl, sexy bunny, sexy racecar driver… the options seem endless, yet limited all at once. And I’m bored. Now, I’m a total supporter of looking good to go out and all, but I’m challenging you (or those who are procrastinators and haven’t come up with a costume idea yet) to try getting creative, rather than getting essentially

naked. Believe it or not, there are still ways to look attractive while keeping your clothes on. Here are five tips to keep the focus on the creative rather than the sex: Go back in time: Think back to all of the things you loved when you were a child: your favorite television show, your favorite movie, or anything that represents your childhood to you. This can help you have more fun with your costume. Since we were all raised during the same decade (don’t you love the 90s?), there’s a good chance people will wish they had thought of the same thing, rather than something stereotypical and played out. The more the merrier: Planning group costumes can be super creative and fun to do. The best way to plan a group costume is to start with the number

of people in your group. Then, brainstorm every other group with that same number until you find one you’re all excited about. The best number is five, since most music groups have five members. If you have less, duo and trio groups are popular. If you have more, food and beverage flavors are unique, as well. Think relevancy: Brainstorm all of your favorite things right now: viral YouTube sensations, funny stories on the news, innovative music videos, TV shows, and movies. Then, turn them into awesomely clever costumes. The only problem you may run into: people with the same costume as you. If you can, try to be nosy and find out what your friends are wearing to make sure you are at the party with a one-of-a-kind look. Jokes on jokes: Take a slutty costume and

make your own by making fun of it. For example, instead of being a Hooters girl (yawn), wear a Hooters shirt and put giant balloons underneath instead. You’ll get a lot more laughs and (most likely) a lot more attention. Shop: Feeling totally stumped? Go shopping. Sometimes, shopping at clothing stores and even thrift stores with Halloween costumes on the mind will give you inspiration for costume ideas as well. Example: bright highlighter orange dress = literally any orange candy or drink = winning. I’ll even share my Halloween costumes with you for the weekend; I tried my best to be creative, don’t judge me! Thursday: Ginger Spice, Friday: Harry from One Direction, Saturday: Rosie the Riveter, and Wednesday: Miss Piggy.

“Broken Glass” shattered expectations App of the Week: RWU’s performance left audience in awe

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Rebecca Abitz Herald Reporter Set in the time period of the Nazi attack known as “Krystallnacht” (or “The Night of Broken Glass”), when Nazis in Berlin shattered the windows and destroyed the contents of Jewish shops and synagogues, the play “Broken Glass” by Arthur Miller articulately illustrates the struggles faced by Jews across the world in terms of fear, faith, and self-acceptance. Whilst such atrocious attacks are proceeding on the other side of the world, in the home of a Jewish couple in Brooklyn, New York, a vibrant and compassionate wife and mother is affected tremendously. With the image from a newspaper of old men in the city forced to clean the sidewalks with toothbrushes, she is suddenly unable to walk. The main characters fight with themselves and each other throughout the course of the production as they face illness, anxiety, and disconnect from themselves and the concomitant world around them. Theater students of Roger Williams University executed the messages and effect of this play with impeccable performance. The performance given by RWU theater students was commendable, as this is a powerful production to take on, and the choices made in the production of this performance showed brilliant understanding and knowledge of the issues at hand. The acting was phenomenal and

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Roger Williams University’s portrayal of “Broken Glass” captivated audiences on Oct. 18 - Oct. 20. accompanied strikingly by the between-scene cello music (performed by Laura Cetilia) that keeps us at a distance, encouraging reflectiveness. Mary Dillon, playing the leading female role of Sylvia Gellburg, performed with a conviction that strengthened the emotion of the play immensely and Peter Arsenault, as Phillip Gellburg, graced the stage with a performance that epitomized the deepest battles that the characters have with themselves throughout the course of the show. While the production may have seemed unnecessarily long for some audiences, the execution of such a play with as much overflowing depth as this in such a confined amount of time

is commendable. With short scenes and frequent breaks between events, the production was able to essentially maintain the audience’s focus throughout; however, for some, it created a sense of redundancy and excessive length in the play. Provided the messages, development of characters, and major plot structure of the production, Roger Williams University’s presentation was as concise as it could be, and effectively portrayed. With remarkable performances by Peter Arsenault, Holly Bourdon, Thomas A. Chace, Mary Dillon, Lea Kablik, Daniel Victor and Laura Cetilia, this performance of “Broken Glass” by Arthur Miller,

while not an easy task, was flawless in execution. The acting was exquisite, the style was effective, and every decision made for this production, as seemingly trivial as Margaret Hyman’s laugh or Dr. Hyman’s interest in horses, was as important as the most central events of the play. While the substance of the play called for length, each moment in this portrayal by the RWU theater department commanded the audience’s attention. Taking the essence of Miller’s work, and its themes of religious injustice, self-discovery, and exploration for selfacceptance, to a level of pure expertise, the performance left the insightful audience with awe and satisfaction.

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“Argo” proves its cinematic excellence

Horoscopes: Thursday, October 25

Chris Wade Herald Contributor I am going to be straightforward here. “Argo” is, so far, one of the best films of the year. Ben Affleck nails it with this stunning display of cinematic excellence. As the director and star of the film, he continues to impress viewers and may be one of the finest filmmakers out there today. He has come a hell of a long way since his laughable train wreck of a film “Dare Devil” in 2003. However, his more recent films, like “Gone Baby Gone,” “The Town,” and now “Argo,” are fantastic works. If there is something to say about the new Affleck, it is that he truly puts his whole heart and focus in these films and it definitely shines on-screen. “Argo” cinematically is a very good film. The cinematography is engrossing and dynamic; it tells the story. The writing is top-notch and masterfully blends dark comedy, action, and tension to create a well-paced thriller. The music in this film is well-composed and moves the picture along with a rhythmic flow. The direction and acting is fantastic, with good characters to keep the audience involved. These are but a few of the long list of strong cinematic characteristics of “Argo.” These strengths, however, are not what make “Argo” a four-star film. What sets this apart from being a good movie is the treatment of its characters and its depiction of Iranian people. When it comes to stories about conflict, cinema

Ben Affleck starred in and directed “Argo.” usually takes advantage of the age-old idea of good versus evil. Though it is easy to comprehend and deliver in a narrative form, the good versus evil idea rarely speaks truth. “Argo” doesn’t do the typical good versus evil plot. “Argo” shines in its fair outlook of the Arab people in Iran. This film is a CIA thriller. Set in the 1970s during the Embassy crisis in Iran, a lone CIA extractor, Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), must go into Iran to save a group of six escaped hostages. In order to do this, he pretends to be a Hollywood big shot, and the six escaped hostages will pose as his film crew. With this kind of set up, I was worried that, yet again, the Americans would look like helpless victims and the Iranians would look like vicious terrorists. I was thrilled when my presumption was proven wrong. In this movie, the writing and characterization accurately portrays both

points of view. I have never seen this done so well. The Americans and Iranians are more or less neutral and truthfully depicted. There is no real villain or sense evil in these depictions at all. America is a victim, but it is a victim of its own imperial devices. In the film, the Americans made a bad call and unfortunately the consequence was the hostage situation. The Iranians were not a mindless band of orcs. They too had a soul and identity. They were revolutionaries trying to unleash the American grasp of their country. They echoed America in the 1770s, which is funny, because the film took place in the 1970s. There is no good or bad guy in this film; it is a story about two opposing people clashing and a man who simply has to remove lives from the damage path. Whether or not the historical accuracy holds up, it is refreshing to see a

historical tale delivered so neutrally. The film was about doing a job in a strange world. It involves a-behind-thescenes feel, and though it delivered on powerful thrills, it also expresses sympathy for the Arab people and the affects of the revolution. The last 20 minutes of “Argo” are a shining example of narrative perfection. It is constant tension building and building in a chase like format. The American characters are trying to sneak out and get on a plane; the goal is simple. The obstacles keep presenting themselves over and over again. They are realistic situations; not like the farfetched ideas you would find in “Taken 2.” The characters are effective and serve their purpose. They are not overly complicated. They are actually quite simple, but the way they are written and developed allows them to flawlessly relay the high stakes and emotions of the story. They are real people, not hyperbolized dramatic representations of people. It is difficult to fully articulate the power of “Argo;” although this is a stunning display of classical cinematic skill, the true heart and soul is the effort the filmmakers took to tell a fair story. Affleck delivered one of the best films of the year, and the look and feel of this story is magnificent. I highly recommend this film, and hope you realize that, in any situation, there are two sides. It is this realization that makes “Argo” a four-star film.

HORROR: “American Horror Story” off to a rocky start The show relays a flamboyant and cynical look at the religious power of the institution. I can assure you that the Catholic leagues of America will hate this season. It is not pretty for the Catholic Church. Essentially, the head nun, a Ms. Ratchet clone with a lustful eye for the head priest and warden, is running things with an iron fist. A young serial killer who was abducted by aliens is … well, that’s not really

from page B1 established. All we know this? I don’t know; she was that he was abducted just is. and that he killed some Now, I know this will people. Besides that, he is all be revealed as the polite and knows how to story unfolds, but the throw a punch or two. problem is, this is a pilot Finally, a lovely reporter, episode. This is more than who is also a lesbian, is a premiere; it is essentially essentially kidnapped a new show. Sure, it has and admitted into the the same over-title, but hospital while her lover is it’s completely different blackmailed. All we know from the first season, and is that she is a lesbian and therefore it must resell a reporter. And for some itself. The characters need reason she has the courage to be firmly established, to snoop around a crazy and the arcs need to make house in the near pitch sense and build. When black. Why is she like the location is the only


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thing holding the story together, it makes it hard for the audience to follow and connect with. Overall, I like “American Horror Story,” and I did not mind the new pilot. It needs to pull itself together, though. It has to coalesce its stories to make an identity. This multiple personality thing is OK for now, but if it dominates, it will certainly kill the show. For now, this premiere gets a 2.5 star rating.

Make Your Own Zombie Shirt

Jack O’Lantern Spectacular

D’Angelo Commons Roger Williams University 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Meet in front of Rec Center Roger Williams Park Zoo 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Old Town Ghost Walk Tours

CEN: Roger’s Asylum

Tour starts at Newport Marriott Newport, Rhode Island 8:00 p.m. Tickets $20.00

Rec Center - Field House Roger Williams University 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Factory of Terror

CEN: Zombie Prom

33 Pearl Street, Fall River, MA 6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Tickets $20.00

Rec Center - Field House Roger Williams University 8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY Oct. 31: Happy Halloween!

LIBRA Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

March 21- April 19

Today is a 6 -- Someone provides an important contact. Details hamper advancement. Discipline is required, but if anybody can do it, it’s you now. Accept your partner’s suggestion. Do it with gusto.

Today is a 7 -- Be super productive at work now so that you have more time to play later. It’s important to follow the protocol, even as you add your personal touch.

SCORPIO Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

TAURUS April 20 - May 20

Today is an 8 -- Spiritual senses awaken. Focus on love and friendship, and you can get farther than ever before. Create a practical solution to a financial challenge.

GEMINI May 21 - June 20

Today is an 8 -- Odds are good there’s something you don’t know. Follow through with your promises, regardless. Catch up on all the news. Play by the book and close the deal.

Today is a 9 -- Emotions add extra drive. Follow a hunch, but be respectful and cautious. Private connections lead to profits. Try to understand other people’s feelings. Good time to sell.

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

Today is a 9 -- Clean up at home. Be very careful of sharp objects. Don’t take what you have for granted. Remember your old experiences and use them. Tell a female about your feelings.



June 21 - July 22

Today is an 8 -- Potentially hazardous conditions threaten. Stick to your budget, and postpone household chores. Let somebody else argue with authority. Your moral compass guides you through the tight spots.

Dec. 22 - Jan. 19

Today is an 8 -- You have more than expected. Watch out for breakage, however. Friends ask your advice, so give it. Completion is the secret to your success. Write a love poem.


LEO July 23 - Aug. 22

How To Spend Your Halloweekend THURSDAY Oct. 25


Today is a 6 -- Don’t try to pay everyone’s way. Pay attention to details to increase your capabilities. Assume authority. Working smartly pays off. Follow your emotional desires.

Jan. 20 - Feb 18

Today is a 7 -- An escape attempt now will probably fail. Focus instead on making money, even if it seems boring. It requires doing the homework, without cutting corners, to profit.


VIRGO Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

Today is an 8 -Exceptional patience will be required. Stop and smell the roses for a spiritual lift. Don’t forget what’s important, and go for it. It’s even okay if somebody gets mad.

Feb. 19 - March 20

Today is a 9 -- You can do more than you thought. Focus on creating income, and cut entertainment spending. Make popcorn and play cards by candlelight. You’re rewarded for your loyalty.

To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.


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