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On Sunday, Sept. 11, RIC sophomore Jack Woelfel, an editor at The Anchor, decorated the Quad with the names of victims of the Twin Tower attacks, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks. (See Page 15)
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News Student Community Government, Inc. holds first meeting of academic year The student governing body got off to a strong start early in the academic year as the quick paced meeting saw radical changes in several of the corporation’s policies and creating several jobs
Lifestyles Greek Week shaping up to be a hit The college pushes recruitment of campus fraternities and sororities this year as Student Activities and the Greek Council sponsors the Greek BBQ and Greek info nights this week.
A&E Annual Faculty Exhibition at Bannister
The campus art gallery hosts its first exhibition of the year with faculty presenting to positive reviews following the event’s opening last week.
Sports Anchormen unable to tame Golden Bears
The Rhode Island College men’s soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss to Western New England College in their regular season home opener at the RIC soccer stadium on Sunday, Sept. 11.
Update on the Rec Center
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Cranes sit poised on the site where the new recreation center will soon stand. Concrete and building materials look like Lego blocks from a distance, and dozens of workers in hard hats band together for one common goal. The site remains untouched by Irene’s wrath, which made land fall on Rhode Island College’s campus about two weeks ago. Hurricane Irene did not have any impact on construction of the Rec Center. According to Donald Tencher, athletics department director, “The hurricane just required us to tie down things that might have flown through the area had we gotten the winds they projected.” With no damage done to the construction, the $11 million project is still scheduled to be completed as expected, in early spring of 2012.
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RIC named a college of distinction By Cathleen Williams Anchor Staff Writer
If you’ve visited the Rhode Island College website lately it’s likely that, aside from the colorful slideshow of fall happenings, you’ve noticed a bright blue graphic that suggests RIC is more than a simple humdrum state school one might believe it to be. It is, in fact, now a College of Distinction. The honor was bestowed upon RIC by Colleges of Distinction, a guide for prospective students, parents and guidance counselors to institutions which are not necessarily the most prestigious but rather the most conducive to learning, growing, and success. So among the likes of these institutions, which include Fordham (NY), Suffolk (MA) and Seton Hall (NJ) Universities, one will not find a single Ivy League institution. The strength of the Colleges of Distinction is not necessarily their name but in their quality, holistic education they offer. “Schools selected as Colleges of Distinction create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country,” said Tyson Scritter, the executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “While each school is one-of-a-kind, they all share a common theme— they are all a great place to get an education.” Colleges of Distinction all share four attributes: highly involved students, qual-
ity teaching, a lively campus community and successful graduates. “When I read the characteristics that Colleges of Distinction have in common, I thought immediately, that’s
The devotion of our faculty and staff to our students creates the quality education being recognized by this honor.” – Nancy Carriuolo, President of Rhode Island College
RIC,” said President Nancy Carriuolo. “The devotion of our faculty and staff to our students creates the quality education being recognized by this honor.” By all measures RIC did extremely well. Colleges of Distinction noted that students are incredibly active, citing the Study Abroad, National Exchange, College Honors, and Emerging Leaders programs as evidence both of RIC
students’ level of scholarship and involvement, as well as a vibrant campus community. Also highlighted were the ample opportunities students have to participate in research, field experience in a variety of disciplines and internships with corporations such as Fidelity Investments and the New England Patriots. The quality of teaching at RIC was similarly underscored. Small class sizes, coupled with the fact that instructors are faculty members and not teaching assistants and, personalized attention students at RIC can expect to receive. RIC’s final mark of distinction is not found on the campus, but rather, in hospitals, non-profit organizations and corporations in all 50 states and in more than 20 different countries. Attending such graduate schools as Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, London School of Economics and Temple University, RIC graduates have proven to be highly motivated top-notch scholars as well as engaged citizens of the world. RIC being named a College of Distinction should be a point of pride for the entire College. It’s easy for us to get caught up in the fact that we are not perfect students, professors, staff and members of the community, that we have our fair share of limitations and shortcomings. But if nothing else, this honor should serve as a reminder that, all things considered, we are doing quite well after all.
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A fun fall Homecoming weekend
By Katelyn Hurd Anchor Editor
Save the date for Rhode Island College’s annual Fall Homecoming weekend, on Saturday, October 1. The weekend features many different events such as arts and crafts, a book sale, a barbeque, as well as theater, athletic and musical events. “There’s activities spread throughout the campus,” said James G. Salmo, Vice President for College Advancement, who is in charge of organizing the exciting weekend. This year is Salmo’s first time organizing the event. He admits to having a wonderful staff, which makes the weekend possible. “I’ve got a great committee; they’re the ones who do all the work,” said Salmo. Many fun homecoming events will take place such as hayrides, kids activities, pumpkin painting and a craft tent. Also, the National Guard is providing a rock-climbing wall and an appearance will be made by the street painter Michal Macaulay. The annual barbeque is held from noon to 1:15 p.m. The meal is free to those who pre-register. It is $5 to purchase the lunch the day of the event. The same traditions take place every year, with a few new events thrown in. The golf ball drop is new to the list of events taking place. Guests are encouraged to purchase a ball for $10. At 2:30 p.m., the balls will be dropped. Prizes are given to whichever lands closest to the hole. There is a $1000 is prize for the closest. Net proceeds support RIC organizations. Go to www. goanchormen.com for details or to purchase a ball. Another new event this year is the reintroduction of the 5K Homecoming Road
Race and Walk. There will be $100 cash awards given to the winner of each category for age and gender. The top male and female student finishers will also receive $25 gift cards to the campus store. It cost $20 to register, $25 to register on the race day. Contact Jay Jones at, firstname.lastname@example.org to enter. At 11:15 a.m., a ceremony will be held in Sapinsley Hall, establishing the John F. Custer Lobby, which will be located at the main entrance of the Nazarian Center for performing arts, in honor of John F. Custer, a former theater faculty member. Also being dedicated to a deserving alumna is the Leslie Cameron Greenhouse. Cameron provided most of the funding for the renovations done to the greenhouse, which replaced and repaired the panels, vents and controls, which will make the house safer and more efficient. The ceremony will take place in the greenhouse next to the John Clarke Science Building at 11:45 a.m. Many Athletic events will be taking place during the weekend such as different alumni soccer, softball and baseball games. Go to www. goanchormen.com for a full schedule of the games. A few different musical events will take place as well. The Ocean State Follies will be performing news skits revealing a satirical look at Rhode Island in a musical way, from 1:15 to 2:15 on the quad. Also from 10 to 10:50 a.m., in Sapinsley hall the Homecoming Family Concert will take place, wind ensemble, for all ages.
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Student Community Government, Inc. hold first meeting of academic year Parliament gets off to a strong start as quick meeting opens the door to major political change By Alexander J. Hoffman News Editor
Student Community Government, Inc. held the first meeting of Parliament in Student Union 307 on Wednesday, Sept. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. Immediately following the orientation meeting for new members of the student governing body, Speaker Aaron Buckley called the first meeting of Parliament of the academic year into session. Ranking Representative Nick Lima immediately added a Green Resolution under new business to the night’s agenda. The resolution was also co-sponsored by Reps. Andrew Augustus and Tom Lima. SCG, Inc. Secretary Kyla Pecchia presented the results of the annual Conditions and Services survey report. Unsurprisingly, the number one issue reported by students was the lack of parking. The survey found that 80 percent of Rhode Island College students commute to school via their own personal car. Only 9 percent of students that took the survey reported utilizing RIPTA as means of transportation to and from school. SCG passed a resolution last year to add a $15 Safety and Transportation fee per semester on to every undergrad’s tuition bill which allowed RIPTA user to attain half priced bus passes on campus. The Committee had a few suggestions about key areas of dissatisfaction Parliament should address in the coming legislative term: find ways to increase student involvement on campus, parking and getting more students’ input on the Student Union Expansion project. SCG, Inc. also showcased their brand new website. Vice President Jordan Day worked all summer with a RIC alum to design and build a more functional and user friendly website.
The site houses all of SCG, Inc.’s policies and information on student organizations and committees. Travis Escobar, president of SCG, Inc. outlined his goals for the coming year. The creation of Cabinet positions to assist the executive board, establishing a Greek Community Council Committee under SCG, Inc. and addressing the Club Sports issue were a few major highlights. In addition, Escobar stressed that the by-laws, funding policy and election policy were due major revisions. Some drastic changes to the Student Community Government, Inc. by-laws were proposed. If passed, three new seats would be added to Parliament; one for each class to have representation on the body rather than having a lone Freshman chair. In a unanimous vote, SCG sent the proposed changes to the By-laws and Adjudication Commission for further debate. The changes will have to pass majority vote by the commission in order for Parliament to vote on whether or not to adopt them. The executive board of SCG, Inc. then introduced legislation to create cabinet positions that would assist the board with their more day to day responsibilities. The positions proposed, a Chief of Staff, Communications Director, student organization coordinator and comptroller, would greatly increase the productivity and turn around time on a whole host of duties charged to the various executive board positions. In relation to the new cabinet positions, President Escobar said, “It is a tough endeavor for the SCG executive board members to balance their duties to the student body and their academics. Having a cabinet will alleviate the stress and work load while helping SCG
better serve the student body.” The Cabinet resolution passed Parliament unanimously without much debate. In conjunction, with the
the body. The bill was passed unanimously with thunderous applause and laughter as representatives were amused to the new twist to Lima’s attempts
allegedly promotes underage drinking. “The ban of water pong in the residence halls is egregious to our freedoms as students who live on campus.
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SCG, Inc. Vice President Jordan Day adresses Parlament Cabinet resolution, an amendment to the corporation’s Stipend Policy was necessary to ensure the newly created cabinet positions would receive a stipend for their work. After a quick debate about whether or not the bill could be voted on at that meeting due to a policy stating that changes to the Stipend Policy cannot be enacted in the same meeting as they are introduced. The bill has been projected to most likely pass Parliament at the next meeting. Nick Lima’s “Green Initiatives,” bill passed containing a segment that would introduce a water cooler to the office of SCG, Inc. that would allow visitors and club officers to drink free clean spring water, Rep. Lima has attempted to pass the water cooler clause for several years, that faced opposition on
adding his water cooler clause to a green bill. “The “water cool bill” makes sense. The bill was denied last year mostly because of the political climate at the current time. This is a new year and I have a feeling Parliament will be more united in working with resolutions and proposals by representatives,” said President Escobar. It was also announced toward the end of Parliament that Treasurer Shawn Kane resigned over the summer. A special election has been scheduled to be held in order to fill the executive board vacancy. Parliament accepted Kane’s resignation with deep regret. During Issues of Parliament, President Escobar brought up that “water pong” was banned in the resident halls because it
We pay thousands of dollars to live on campus and we are banned from throwing a ping pong ball into a red cup filled half way with water! SCG will fight for the removal of this policy as we feel this policy hinders school spirit. Also, the college shouldn’t place restrictions on social activities that are harmless to our campus community,” stated Escobar. Speaker Buckley passed the gavel to Deputy Speaker David Valerio to add that he felt a ban on water pong was absurd and urged Parliament to take immediate action. Parliament meets every other Wednesday in Student Union 307 at 7 p.m., with the next parliament meeting taking place Sept. 21. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.
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Mechanical failure main culprit in Gaige Hall fire scare By Timothy Horden Anchor Staff Writer
Classes were cancelled for the duration of Thursday night when a Gaige Hall cooling tank overheated, pouring steam into the building and setting off the fire alarms. According to Providence Battalion 2 Fire Chief, Joseph R. Desmaris, who has been on the job for 32 years, the HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) cooling tank located directly behind Gaige Hall overheated after a shaft broke and took the belts with it on one of the tower’s three motors. The building was safely evacuated and within two minutes, Providence police and firefighters were on the scene with three fire engines, several ladder trucks and two police cars. “I was in class and we usually hear the motor humming outside the window, but we started hearing a grinding noise and started smelling burning rubber. All of a sudden a cloud of smoke came
into our room,” said RIC student Dania Abatecola. “I called the police and I told them what was going on and I told them about the smoke coming up the building and that the smoke was worse in the hallway. In the hallway, you had to hold your breath, the rubber smell was so strong. “The cooling tank sustained a considerable amount of damage,” said Desmaris. “All power to the cooling tank was shut off and until repairs are made, there is no heat or air conditioning in the building. Immediately after Providence Car 56 Fire Investigation’s Mike Brown
examined the damage to the cooling tank, RIC physical plant workers began repairing the damaged motor. The initial step workers took, was putting water in the tank to cool it down and eliminate the steam billowing into Gaige Hall. Mechanical repairs to the damaged motor were completed over the weekend and the cooling tank is once again fully operational. With reporting from: Anchor Editor Nicholas J. Lima and Anchor Contributor Kyle Fernandes
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First responders evacuated students following Gaige Hall fire scare
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Hope ahead for Rhode Island College education majors
President Obama’s, “American Jobs Act,” to increase educational spending and hiring potentials It is a fact that in today’s economy it can be more than a little bit difficult to find a job these days. We’ve watched our parents struggle as the price of oil, food, clothing and pretty much anything else we can think of shot through the roof sending our families further into debt. The middle class now struggles to stay afloat day to day with little incentive that things will get better as the DOW seems to be going on a never ending rollercoaster of ups and downs. College students are no different from the rest of the population juggling tuition, text books, loans and for many housing. Education majors face the biggest challenge as teaching jobs are being cut across the board following spending cuts. It is nearly enough for some to give up college all together and work at the local fast food joint until things blow over. Don’t throw in your hat just yet. After months of pundits and political competitors naming 2012 as the end to the Obama administration, the president
took to Congress on Sept. 8 to present a new job creation strategy that would encourage spending across the board. The act which comes with a price tag of over $50,000,000,000 will be completely paid for without adding to the nation’s deficit following compromises between Democrats and Republicans in cutting political spending with the recent debt ceiling debacle. So, how does that benefit you as a college student? Surprisingly quite a bit actually. The act will create a tax holiday cutting payroll taxes in half, putting more money in your pocket when it comes to payday. Small businesses who hire new employees receive new tax cuts to promote sliming the unemployment gap. The act also will pump money into national education programs ranging from protecting the jobs of teachers from budget cuts to modernizing public schools through renovations and increasing learning opportunities. The spending will
also encourage internships and learning programs to college students. The nation’s transportation routes will receive a facelift employing 2,000,000 construction workers to fix highways, bridges and roads. The act will also upgrade the nation’s airways and railways, including introducing high speed trains to compete with China’s famous bullet lines. Great news if you happen to live far enough off campus or want to take a quicker trip to Boston for the weekend. But will Obama’s new act be effective in stimulating the economy? Past tax breaks under the Bush administration failed to stimulate the economy as consumers simply tucked away government money safely into the banking accounts. Opponents have expressed some concern that businesses will not spend more in light of the new act and will instead hoard tax incentives rather than spending them on new jobs. The Anchor believes
that President Obama has created a structured bill that will encourage spending, as citizens receive more of their money; enough to put a down payment on a car or home in many situations. Combined with tax breaks that encourage hiring from small business, the nation’s largest employer, things seem to be looking up for the average college student if President Obama’s new act goes to plan. Plus with the game changing bill not adding to the nation’s deficit, it’s hard to not be slightly optimistic.
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hat a wonderful world Upcoming Student Programming hosts international food tasting Activities By Timothy Horden A & E Staff Writer
RIC Trip: Provincetown Sept. 24 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. $15 RIC students $25 Non-RIC 18+ Take a trip to this iconic town with your peers on the cheap in this school sponsored trip. Price of admission includes bus transportation.
RIC Trip: Canoe/Kayak Trip Oct. 8 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $15 first 10 RIC, $20 RIC, $40 Non-RIC 18+ Admission includes transportation to the site as well as boat rental and a guided tour.
Have you ever wanted to be surrounded by free food from all over the world? Well if you had gone to the World Food Tasting that took place in the Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday, September seventh, this secret fetish of yours could have come true. The night, sponsored by Programming, kicked off at 8p.m. and the event drew quite a crowd. The food featured at the event came from all sides of the globe. First you had curry chicken from India, which tasted amazing if I do say so myself. The next table featured dishes from Italy which included margarita pizza and some good, old-fashioned spaghetti and meatballs. Following that was China which included fried rice, ribs, and pot stickers. Next in line was Mexico with mini chicken tacos and chips paired with an assortment of dips.
Wrapping up the line was the smallest state of Rhode Island featuring Del’s Lemonade. The students were certainly enjoying the food, especially RIC Junior Caitlin Baylog who said, “There needs to be more Kugel, as there is none!” The tables where the food was set had the colors from the flag of the country which the food came from. This helped to brighten the room and set the mood like you were actually traveling the world. Music from different parts of the world played to get people moving, talking and dancing. “I’m a little confused on how the animal [masks] tie into it all but I like the different music they are playing,” said RIC Junior Mary Rocha. As the night progressed Programming had a few contests and a Henna tattoo table was set up to keep people busy. Fun was had as many laughed and joked the night away despite the fact that the
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rain forced the event to move indoors to the Student Union Ballroom instead of out in the Quad. “This is a unique event. We never did this before and lots of people showed! I don’t think the rain helped but it’s a good time,” said Programming member Marissa Rose.
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RIC Trip: Six Flags Fright Fest Oct. 15 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. $25 RIC, $35 NonRIC, 18+ Enjoy Six Flags New England’s premiere haunted attraction. The park is eerily decked out in Halloween faire and a tour through a field haunted with every ghoul imaginable. Price includes transportation and park admission.
Our generation has seen its share of hair trends. We suffered through scrunchies. We did our hair in twisties along the scalp line for our middle school dances. We adorned our locks with metal butterfly clips with quivering wings that were encrusted with glitter. Lately a new trend is catching on… feather extensions. They are everywhere! I’ve seen them on actresses on television, on the little girls I babysit, and even my own mother who came home from the salon proudly baring a single blue feather. I love this trend. It’s both earthy and glam. Part Pocahontas and part Katy Perry. You can also make your extensions be as
So next time you are looking for a good time with lots of fun and interesting experiences for free, look to see what Programming has in store since they seem to be coming up with new events to keep everyone on their toes!
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The comedian has been forced to reschedule his homecoming performance due to a schedualing conflict. Keep an eye out on the Anchor for further information on when the fluffy comedian finally comes to campus.
GCreek Week hoosing the right greek association
By Alexandra Weston Lifestyles Editor
Have you ever wanted to join a Greek organization, but didn’t know which one to choose? Or were worried about the stereotypes that Greek life has on campuses nationwide? Or just had absolutely no idea what Greek life is like and are interested in finding out? Well in the following weeks the Greek organizations at Rhode Island College (RIC) will be hosting events that any student, prospective new member or not, can attend. Starting on 9/13 with the Greek BBQ, the Greek organizations will be available for students to learn more about each organization. The Greek BBQ, which will be held on Weber Beach from 4p.m. to 6p.m., will offer students free food and a chance to socialize with members. This can give students a chance to build relationships with their future sisters or brothers and maybe see if Greek life is right for them. The Greek Advisor Megan Fox, is very excited about this event and the prospective members it can bring to each organization. “I’ll be there grilling,” said Fox. Wednesday kicks off with Student Activities Day, where the Greek o rg a n i z a tions will each have a table on the Quad w h e r e students can find out more information about each individual organization, such origins, what they stand for and the types of activities
they offer throughout the year. Fox and other members of the Greek Council at RIC don’t want prospective members to be intimidated by the negative connotations that Greek life has so later on Wednesday. night, from 6p.m. to 9p.m., they will offer a Greek Info Session in the Student Union Ballroom. Any student can attend and learn more about each Greek organization and what Greek life is like on campus. “It’s more than just joining a club. It’s like a sisterhood or brotherhood,” said Fox. One of the strides Fox and the Greek Council are making this year to challenge negative stereotypes is to use the word “Recruitment” rather than “Rush.” Fox said that many national fraternities and sororities are leaning towards this word change because “Rush” has built up negative connotations such as the act of hazing students before they are able to join Greek life. Fox said, “We know there are stereotypes, but we want students to keep an open mind.” Following next week, starting on Monday 9/19, will kick off Recruitment Week for all the Greek organizations at RIC. All of the Greek organizations have individually planned events for students, not only to get to know the
members of that organization, but also to see if that organization is the right fit for them (and vice-versa). According to Fox the sororities on campus usually look for women who are enthusiastic and dedicated to the organizations’ activities. RIC’s two fraternities generally look for men who want to
strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and who are loyal to the organization in which they belong. In all, there’s nothing to be intimidated by with these organizations. While they are more exclusive than most clubs that RIC has to offer, the members are the complete opposite of the negative stereotypes that people usually think of when they hear “sorority” or “fraternity”. Fox said that RIC’s Greek life is relatively small so many times people don’t know what to think of it; but for someone like me, who knows nothing about Greek life, these organizations seem like they are merely looking to build better relationships between their members and move toward whichever goal each organization sets for itself. For contact information of the Greek organizations at RIC, visit the webpage on the RIC website: http://www.ric.edu/ student_activities/greekLife. php
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to put in yourself and doing so can save you tons of money! You only need a few simple tools, all of which can be found at a beauty supply store (like Sally Beauty Supply) and they all cost me less than $50 together. The first thing you need is hair extension micro links. Beautylish.com suggests using, “silicone lined micro links because their hold is longer-lasting and removal is easier, compared to plastic links.” Micro links come in different colors so you can match them to your hair. The next tool needed is a hair hook. These look like little crotchet needles and are used to pull your hair through the tiny hole in the micro links. You’ll also need a hair clamp or you can be cheap like me and use a pair of needle nosed pliers. These are used to clamp the micro link around your hair and the feather extension. This creates a tight hold that can last for weeks, or even months. Finally, you’ll need feathers. Hair extensions must be done with real feathers not synthetic. Synthetic feathers can’t withstand heat. The long striped feathers that are most often seen in salons are
called rooster hackle feathers or you can also use small feathers in different sizes for more dimensional extensions. If you’re going for a more natural look choose feathers that match your hair color. For more daring tresses choose bold colorful feathers. Feathers can be purchased online, at a craft store or believe it or not ---Bass Pro Shop. Hackle feathers are used to make lures and can be found in bundles at any fly fishing store. Feathers are much cheaper at Bass Pro Shop than on beauty websites and many stylists have figured this out! So many, in fact, that Bass Pro Shops around the country have reported a shortage of fly-tying feathers much to the chagrin of fly fishermen country-wide. When I ventured to Bass Pro Shop the cashier greeted me with an annoyed look as I sashayed into the fly fishing section in my sky high wedges and daisy dukes. Whether you go to a salon to get feather extensions or get creative and attempt them yourself, they are a cute and edgy fashion accessory. Subtly weave a single feather like an avian highlight through your tresses or bling out your whole head like a colorful bird’s nest. Trends don’t last forever so embrace feather extensions while they are in fashion!
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Performing Arts Series
Arts & Entertainment Dance your pants off!
River North Dance Chicago Oct. 5 Roberts Hall Auditorium Door: 7:30 p.m.
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Oct. 19 Roberts Hall Auditorium Door: 7:30 p.m.
Compania Flamenco Jose Porcel Nov. 1 Roberts Hall Auditorum Door: 7:30 p.m. National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China
By Alex McCormick Anchor Staff Writer
While speaking with different members of the Rhode Island College Dance Company it is clear that there is an overall sense of excitement as the Fall Semester kicks off and they dive head first into the season. Whether it is accompanying a guest dance company or solely the Rhode Island College Company, they are ready to be back
and doing what they love to do the most, dance. Lostwax Multimedia Dance Theatre will be performing with a trio of dancers from the company on Oct. seventh in Sapinsley Hall. Lostwax will be exploring the theatrical parallels of live performance; the over saturated digital culture and human imagination. “The interplay of inner and outer landscapes is reflected in electronic as well
as environmental forms of ritual and digital media and in the dialectic which emerges as the intersection of living bodies and cinematic habits of viewing,” says the Lostwax website. On Oct. 19th-21st the RIC Dance Company will be hosting the annual Mini-Concert. Students of all ages come to enjoy Rhode Island College’s festival of the art of dance. The pieces that are to be presented in this show are ones that the
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Nov. 9 Roberts Hall Auditorum Door: 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 Sapinsley Hall Door: 7:30 p.m.
A Leahy Family Christmas Dec. 1 Roberts Hall Auditorium Door: 2:30 p.m.
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dancers have been working and preparing over the last year and now get to share these pieces, both new and old, with the students. The show will include pieces by choreographers Clay Taliaferro, Marta Renzi, Colleen Cavanaugh, and Adele Myers. The Apprentice Company will also be presenting a dance by Angelica Vessella. Many schools all around this
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Dubois (left) used audience participation throughout the show
I’ll be honest Rhode Island College I am not a fan of street performers. Whether it would be juggling, unicycles or miming, for some reason I never found the antics of these performers entertaining. So when I went to Gaige Hall this Wednesday to witness the “Circus Ole” acts of Michael DuBois I wasn’t exactly excited. However by the end of the One Man Circus, DuBois left me thrilled, stunned and wanting more. The night began simple enough, with DuBois making jokes while juggling. Surprisingly the juggling was spectacular which I didn’t exactly expect. Of course, DuBois made several jokes involving his balls but he did have the talents to back up the dirty jokes. However,
DuBois was more than a good performer with a dirty mouth. Along with his skills DuBois made it a point to involve the crowd with his acts so it was more than merely a crowd of people watching a guy play with his balls. The best part about DuBois’ act had to be his modesty. Many performers are notorious for their egotistical attitudes but DuBois never once stooped to boasting about his talents. After an amazing display of juggling DuBois amused the crowd with dazzling and awkward acts involving a balloon. Later DuBois decided to leave mere amusement behind for a full on display of edgeof-your-seat excitement with the use of unicycles. As somebody who can’t even ride a bicycle I find the use of unicycles to be an amaz See Circus Page 19
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NYC comes to the quad
By Kyle Fernandes Anchor Contributor
Walking along the numbered streets of The Big Apple there are no ordinary moments. During autumn the leaves have changed and the tourists flock from everywhere. In the winter there is always some kid with his boot stuck in the snow. By spring students are just happy to be rid of the snow. As for the summer, there is life everywhere. And if you listen closely you may just find some classy fun loving soul playing jazz music on the sidewalk. On Wednesday during free period programming brought The New York Experience to you free of charge! Ok, so there was no Statue of Liberty, Central Park or hot bumping clubs but there definitely was free candy, colorful sunglasses, bubbles and hip hop/pop music with intricately soothing melodic improv featuring Matt Corey. Corey puts on popular hip hop music anywhere from Drake all the way to MJ and jams away on his Saxophone. Being a musician myself, I thought this guy was well worth every minute. Students said he was this “sexy cool saxophonist guy,” and “talented and hot.” I then asked students what they thought of the music. They said the music was, “relaxing,” “puts me a great mood,” and, “makes me want to dance.” The quote of the day was “The music is pretty sick!”
If you missed it, it’s probably because the day was another downer. The rain was turned on high and the show was moved from The Quad to the Student Union Ballroom on the second floor. The programming organizers made it work though. After walking up the stairs people could definitely hear the music. There was a big group of people there. From lounging to just kicking back with friends it was a relaxing experience and well needed with all the school work. Did you enjoy Matt Corey? I’ll tell you more about the guy. He is pretty down to Earth’ likes to kick back just like the next guy and loves The Hangover. He grew up in a musical family and has been into it pretty much his whole life. He has toured with Lil Wayne, is this year’s College Artist of the Year, and is doing 56 shows in 58 days. If you’d like to get a hold of Matt Corey or check out other shows you can log on to www. mattcoreymusic.com although he is probably in New Jersey playing at the air force base by now. Be on the lookout for events every Wednesday in The Quad (SU-Ballroom 2nd floor if it’s raining).
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Sherlock Holmes: pompous, smug, and engaging
By Ashley Massotti Anchor Contributor
Those eager to unravel mysteries and practice their sleuthing skills will be left unfulfilled by Sherlock Holmes’ literary debut “A Study in Scarlet.” Sir Francis Doyle rarely presents the reader with descriptions of the crime scene and never offers a list of suspects. Instead the reader is left hanging on the character’s every word hoping all will be revealed. The case is written from the perspective of Watson, an injured veteran who has seemingly given up on life. He becomes a tag-along on one of Sherlock’s cases, not due to any skill in the field, but because Holmes is eager to show off his detective skills. The characters begin their relationship out of necessity. Watson is in need of a place to stay and Holmes, an amateur detective, is seeking a roommate. However over the course of the novel they form a friendship. Watson deeply admires Sherlock Holmes’ work and Holmes enjoys having someone to talk to. Although the character holds contempt for most of the men surrounding him he enjoys holding discussions with Watson. Watson’s fascination with Holmes is evident through his writing often leaving out details about the crime scene or other characters in the book. Instead he focuses his attention on Holmes, describing the character’s precise movements and strange behaviors. Holmes himself is a fascinating if not frustrating individual. Rather than aiding investigations, Holmes seems more content showing off often withholding evidence until
he decides it’s beneficial to speak. When he does choose to disclose information he uses it as an opportunity to undermine his fellow investigators, often mocking their attempts to solve the crime at hand. This does not make the character a hindrance to police investigations; as an expert in criminal science, Holmes often picks up clues others have missed. He has the ability to identify a man’s background at a glance and helps the police deter from a
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false theory early on. However, his love of mysteries seems almost thwarted by his desire to prove himself. Although the character makes off-handed comments suggesting his gift is rather common place, he seems well aware that his statements are false. No man can solve crimes the way Homles can and he takes measures to keep it that way. While he is willing to share some details of the case he refuses to divulge all of his secrets lest Watson learn his
“trick.” The novel remains relatively linear until Holmes announces that he has solved the case. This moment comes rather abruptly leaving the reader startled. The next page opens what seems like an entirely new novel. The characters introduced are in no way familiar to the reader and the landscape is entirely different. It takes around ten pages to spot previously addressed characters, at which point the reader can deduce that they are taking part in a flashback. The flashback sequence is well-written and engaging but the sudden leap into the past can be jarring. This sequence of the novel works to answer any questions the reader may have about the killer’s motive, and it gives the reader a stronger insight into the crime. The final chapter of the novel allows Holmes to flex his deductive reasoning skills, tying up any remaining loose ends and showing how, through simple calculations, he was able to single-handedly solve the crime. The ending allows for the book to become a series (as it inevitably did), with Holmes finding out that the credit for his efforts has been bestowed entirely to the London police force. Watson’s assurance that his journal will expose the public to the truth leaves the novel on a cliff-hanger ending. Although the character of Sherlock Holmes was pompous and at times taxing, I find myself wondering what the ramifications of Watson’s journal will be – and what crime Sherlock Holmes will solve next.
Would you consider rushing for one of RIC’s Greek Organizations?
Name: Kendra Dematos Major: Early Childhood Education Year: Freshmen
Name: Gab Read Major: German Year: Sophomore
Name: Rachel Perry Major: Theater Performance Year: Sophomore
“I’m not exactly sure what a RIC Greek Organization is, but I would like to learn more about it.”
“No. I don’t speak greek.”
“Not really. I’m always very busy.”
Name: Christopher Margadonna Major: English and Secondary Ed. Year: Junior
Name: Nephthalie Merlain Major: Health Care Administration Year: Junior
Name: Joel Motta Major: Music Ed Year: Senior?
“No, I have no time with working in OASIS 14 hours a week, taking five classes, being layout editor for the newspaper, rehearsing four nights a week for the play I’m in and singing in my church’s choir.”
“As of now, no. Just because coming back this year with so much to do all over the place. It’s kind of hard to rush for RIC’s greek, knowing that it takes so much time and attention. But it will definitely be a consideration for next semester, or next year.”
“No, being a music major requires a lot of time and dedication. Besides a lack of free time, I’m simply not interested in the whole ‘frat’ thing anyway.”
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RIC Sophomore createsmemorial for 9/11 victims By Evan Monast
Ten years ago people around the world were shocked and saddened by the tragic events that unfolded in New York City, Washington D.C. and outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was a day that no American citizen will ever forget. At Rhode Island College, sophomore Jack Woelfel, who is also the Web Manager of The Anchor Newspaper decided to create a memorial in the Quad to honor the
2,977 innocent people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. “I was reading about some of the memorials that other universities were creating and realized that I wanted to do something,” said Woelfel. The goal of the memorial, according to Woelfel, was to put the tragedy in perspective for people. “Its really in your face, it helps you realize just how tragic that day was to see the names of the victims.”
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Annual faculty exhibition at Bannister
By Cathleen Williams Anchor Staff Writer
While throughout the academic year Bannister Gallery presents provocative work from artists in all disciplines, its latest exhibition proves that one does not have to look very far at all for interesting, engaging art. The Annual Faculty Exhibition opened this past Thursday, Sept. 8 in Bannister Gallery and features the work of RIC professors Doug Bosch, Michael Cochran, Alice Benvie Gebhart, Bruce Lenore, Krisjohn Horvit, Diane Riley, and Art Department chair Bill Martin. The Department alternates between 2D and 3D every year, this year choosing works in the latter category. “The the 3D studio areas are well-represented here,” said Martin who shows two pieces, Plug Joint and Zugverbindung, in this exhibition. Both, he says, are representational and humorous pieces that play with the interactions of form and function. Plug Joint is actually a model of larger piece and was exhibited in a show comprised exclusively of models. Its title
suggests both what it is and what it does but still imbues the piece with a certain ambiguity which Professor Martin anticipates. “They’re sort of playful,” said Martin. “They help viewers play a game with what the piece might be.” Professor Bosch’s piece, “Snagged Catenaries,” lurches out from the gallery wall behind Zugverbindung. It is a repurposing of sorts. Utilizing the catenary, a basic mathematic principle commonly employed in both mathematics and science, Bosch “coaxes its impact out of these disciplines of science and into the arena of art.” The strong linear quality contrasts the rounded edges of each catenary. This tension spills out onto the gallery floor commanding viewers’ attention as soon as they enter the gallery space. Cochran’s work in this show stems from an interest and study of Eastern philosophies that began with Alan Watts’ The Way of Zen. Aware that his work could pass for ancient relics Professor Cochran tempers this
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quality with the use of gold leaf, lending certain timelessness to the work. The circle form serves as a strong motif throughout: in “Buddhi,” for example, the hole in the center of the piece creates another strong round shape in the work. “Samkhara” is a very slight conical shape that accentuates the circularity, albeit slightly imperfect, of the piece. What ensues is a subtle, mesmerizing tranquility and a refined serenity that radiating from Cochran’s work. Gebhart and Lenore’s works are on opposite sides of the gallery. Professor Gebhart’s diptych, Motherhood Dipdtych: Pride & Joy and Disappointment attempts to take an everyday scene and celebrate it. Lenore’s works in this exhibition are wood-fired ceramic pieces created during a 17-hour process at 2300 degrees. The result, not unlike Professor Cochran’s pieces, is work that looks like it could have been recovered from an archeological site. Horvat’s piece entitled “The Pope’s Father’s Day Present,” lunges itself into the gallery space as “Snagged Catenaries.” Riley’s pieces in this exhibition seek to draw in viewers’ careful observation by creating a small focus that doesn’t reveal its secrets too quickly. The use of wax in “Noesis” and “Memento of Anamnesis” obscures shapes within the work. In them Riley incorporates organic forms that contrast against the hard lines of the frame therefore constructing an understated juxtaposition that is effortless in its ethereality. The exhibition runs from Sept. 8th-30th in Bannister, Gallery in oberts Hall. The gallery hours are Tues. through Fri. noon to 8 p.m. For more information visit www.ric.edu/ Bannister or call (401) 4569765.
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Album Quick Picks Anthrax “Worship Music” Release Date: Sept 13
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Considered one of the best thrash metal bands to ever take the stage, Anthrax comes out with their first album in eight years and their 10th studio album, “Worship Music”. Perhaps the most exciting thing about this album is the return of vocalist Joey Belladonna who sang for the band from 1985 to 1992 and sold millions of records during his time. The record has been in production for almost two years, and one track called “Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t” is available for free download on the band’s
Songs to listen to: “Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t”, “The Devil You Know”
Das Racist “Relax” Release Date: Sept 13
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Internet sensation Das Racist will be making their commercial debut with their album “Relax.” The Brooklyn rap group has built a name for themselves through the web and mix tapes through their iconic and original comedy-rap style. Das Racist has been considered one of the best new groups by SPIN Magazine, Rolling Stone and MTV. Their first single “Michael Jackson” is available for download on iTunes.
Songs to listen to: “Michael Jackson”, “Shut Up, Man”
Staind “Staind” Release Date: Sept 13
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The self-titled album by the angst ridden Springfield-based rock band is the band’s seventh album and the first since the departure of drummer Jon Wysocki. This is the bands first release in three years and is expected to be a return to the band’s heavier sound. Many of the songs on the album have already been released with the single “The Bottom” featured on the, “Transformers: Dark of The Moon” soundtrack and many other songs already posted as singles.
Songs to listen to: “The Bottom”, “Eyes Wide Open”
!"#$%&%$'"()'*(+,-.$/(0'112"%3 Rhode Island College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit on October 30 through November 2, 2011, by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 240 institutions in the six-state New England region. Rhode Island College has been accredited by the commission since 1958 and was last reviewed in 2000. Its accreditation by NEASC encompasses the entire institution. For the past year and a half, Rhode Island College has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the commission’s Standards for Accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the commission a continuing status for the institution. Following a review process, the commission itself will take the final action. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to: Public Comment on Rhode Island College Commission on Institutions of Higher Education New England Association of Schools and Colleges 209 Burlington Road, Suite 201 Bedford, MA 01730-1433 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Public Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Public Comments must be received by November 2, 2011. The commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.
Arts & Entertainment Anime: Do you know japanese cartoons? Week of September 12, 2011
By Christian Decataldo A & E Staff Writer
Alright so maybe I jumped the gun just a bit last week when I delved right into a subject that I realize many of those who dwell beneath stones know little about so how about a quick run through of what Anime actually is. For those of you saying, “Well Christian, I’m not entirely sure what Anime means? Could you help me?” I’d like to point out that you’ve got your head stuck in a pit and might I suggest you pull it out into the gleaming sunlight if only for a brief moment or two. Anime is, in the layman’s of layman’s terms, Japanese cartoon shows (the “shows” part is very important here so please don’t forget it) which are usually adapta-
tions of Manga. “Manga? What are those, oh wise bringer of the light?” Manga are essentially graphic novels or the equivalent of American comic books. So here are the basic steps: an artist makes a Manga, and then a producer gets a studio to turn it into a show or Anime which you get to watch on the television or computer because very few American stations run Anime anymore. “AH HA!” cry the pit dwellers “If American television stations don’t air Anime it mustn’t be that good!” Well I suppose you could draw that conclusion from it, though American stations do run stuff like Jersey Shore, and Dance Moms so I don’t think your assumption has much backing as far as American television only showing stuff that’s “good.”
The fact is a lot of the concepts in Anime are pretty deep and in many cases rather confusing so naturally you have to have some level of brain activity in order to watch and understand what’s going on. The reason your heads have been stuck in the ground beneath piles of rocks in the shape of Robert Pattinson’s head is because you have very little cognitive thought and can only understand the mindless drama of reality TV. I’m sorry, that was mean regardless of how accurate it may be and I’m getting off topic a bit. “So you’re saying that even though I can’t watch many Anime on TV I can still watch them on the computer?” Well I would encourage you to support the official releases by buying the Anime but since you seem to just be getting started
I’ll allow you an online sampling, how that sound? “Hey wait a minute, this thing is in Japanese! I can’t understand a word they’re saying!” Well that’s quite the problem but it’s easily remedied. You see as I said before Anime are Japanese cartoons they are voiced in Japanese but don’t fret too much now, all we need to do is find a different version. Two common terms you’ll come across while looking up Anime is “Dubbed” and “Subbed.” Now don’t go shoving your heads back into the ground just yet, these terms are easy to understand and are there to help you. If an Anime is dubbed in English it means the characters are being voiced in English and so as long as you can understand English you can watch it as if it were any other television show. Just press play.
Okay now how many of you can read? Don’t be shy, just raise your hands. Congratulations you all can also watch subbed versions of Anime. Because not all Anime have been dubbed in order to watch that Anime that’s caught your eye you’ll need to watch the subbed version which, as the name suggests, has subtitles. It isn’t that bad trust me and it actually makes you a faster reader so you can actually benefit from watching a cartoon. Now that you’ve all been readily informed of what Anime is, go watch some. Go enjoy the uniquely captivating stories that you won’t find anywhere else. And for God’s sake stop watching reality TV!
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It’s just dirty By Eddie Taylor Music Spotlight
So, here’s some advice. If you ever run into anyone who tells you that dub step isn’t really music, make them listen to Skrillex. And no, when I say make, I don’t mean physically force headphones on their head, you weirdo. I know how you feel. The people who try to tell you that some of your favorite DJs aren’t artists just because their instrument of choice is a computer and a DJ booth are far from a little close minded, but at the end of the day it just isn’t worth trying to debate what is music and what is not. I’ve learned from the odd philosophy class that debating over an ideological topic like, “what is music,” will more likely end with you walking away with a headache rather than feeling like you accomplished something. Just hand them a Skrillex cd, walk away and hope it opens their eyes. At only 23 years old the Los Angeles producer, Sonny Moore, has been in the music business since the age of 14. Starting in the emo post-hard group From first to Last, after attempting to join the band on guitar in 2004 and was instead made lead vocalist by the band’s label. Moore left the band in 2007 to pursue a solo career. Moore took to MySpace under the alias Twipz, the risky jump from hardcore to electro house and dubstep seem to have work in Moore’s favor attracting a rather large fan base. Skrillex music on the web now racks up millions of views, and becoming one of the bigger names in the dubstep genre. How hard is it to review electronic music? I’ll tell you, pretty bloody hard that’s how. Skrillex really doesn’t break any new mold when it
comes to dubstep but it does improve on a lot of what can be heard online or in clubs around the area for the most part. Skrillex make use of a lot of heavy bass that rises and drops throughout his music. Skrillex’s sound doesn’t feel quite as polished like other electronic artists such as Kaskade, and his music has an element to randomness that adds another element to his music. His music doesn’t stick to a certain formula like artists such as Deadmau5 who comes up with a few beats and everlastingly loops them together into a repetitive song that last five minutes longer than it should most of the time. Don’t get me wrong I love Deadmau5 as much as the next techno junkie, but while easy to dance to the repetitive nature does make it tough to listen for the fun of it. Skrillex’s dabbling into the fidget house subgenre also adds more depth to his music than other artists. Mixing in distorted vocal snippets with pitch bent dirty bass lines. Throw in some elements of rave and a handful of other smaller influences and you have Skrillex. Skrillex may not be for every electronic music lover’s pallet because it can be slightly chaotic and all over the place, not really fitting into any certain pattern. Just as you get into the groove of the bass heavy stretches the pitch jacks up and high pitch distorted voices rush in to change the sound completely. But hey it is dubstep what do you expect. Skrillex is definitely worth checking out, especially if your fan of lesser known acts Kindergarten Slut, not a typo, and Panty Raid. Just be sure to not listen to Skrillex when hitting the gym. I learned the hard way writing this entire review in extreme pain from over working myself at the gym from being over hyped.
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to watch this free show at 10 a.m. each day in Rhode Island College’s Sapinsley Hall. For reservations call the Rhode Island College Box Office at (401) 456-9791. On the night October 21st Adele Myer’s Dance Company will be taking the stage with their original pieces for a night of spectacular dance. Ending
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ing feat. Seeing the lighthearted DuBois riding a unicycle was pretty great despite the fact that he didn’t really seem like much of an expert. Every moment of watching DuBois ride his unicycle was an exciting one especially since you never knew if or when he was going to fall flat on his face. DuBois stepped the performance up a notch after joking around for a bit on the unicycle. Pulling out a few members from the crowd DuBois then pulled out a high unicycle. Stephanie Carey, RIC alumni in Theatre Production, was then told to put a straightjacket on the circus performer. “It was a strapping experience,” recalled Carey.
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the show is a piece by Adele Myers entitled “This Dance is What You Get” featuring ten members of the RIC Company. The piece is built from the core of each dancer’s personality and who they truly are. The performance will be held in Sapinsley Hall at 7:30 p.m. In place of the Christmas show this year, Angelica Vessella will be showing her original piece “A-MIRRORCA: A Reflection on America’s Media-Driven Society.” In collaboration with the Rhode
Island College Theater, this show will take place on the second and third of December in Sapinsley Hall. The stage isn’t the only place you can see these dancers at this year. October. 2 they will be strapping on walking shoes and joining in the Rhode Island AIDS walk. For more information on the Dance Company, shows and times see the Calendar of Events on the Rhode Island College website under the Performing and Fine Arts tab.
Once DuBois was strapped tightly into his jacket and hoisted onto the unicycle he performed the most thrilling stunt yet by trying to get out of the straightjacket…while riding the unicycle. The ride was very shaky and DuBois almost smashed his face into the Gaige auditorium floor on several occasions. Despite the close calls DuBois ultimately freed himself from the jacket and prepared for the most intense stunt of the night. “The first time I did this stunt was here at Rhode Island College and I almost died,” said DuBois “hopefully I do better this time.” DuBois pulled out something called a loose-rope walk which proved to be somewhat different than the tightropes most are used to. “You see this rope is very loose which makes it much more dangerous than the usual
tightropes. Now, I am going to walk this while juggling machetes,” said DuBois “Trust me they’re real. I might throw them at you… and if I do you need to catch it with your forearm, pull it out like a ninja and throw it back at me and I’ll continue juggling them. That never happened, but it would be really cool”. DuBois pulled off this breathtaking stunt stunning his audience. As he placed his feet back on solid ground the performer was met with an uproarious applause from the crowd. Michael DuBois didn’t talk himself up, but instead proved his skill with pure talent that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. “The show was dangerous but very exciting,” said RIC Junior and Communications major Dillon Cartwright “If you weren’t there you really missed out”.
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Under the Radar Minipop Take Root Records
Local Events 5th Annual Molly Finn Battle of the Bands Saturday Sept. 17 2 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Watch local talents battle it out for the grand prize of professional studio time as the park sponsors its annual battle of the bands. Bands interested in participating can go to www.ballardpark.org and download an entry form.
Ballad Park, corners of Hazard and Wickham Roads, Newport
Rhode Island Philharmonic Performs Saturday Sept. 17 5:30 p.m.
The orchestra plays their final concert in the Summer Pop Series featuring conductor Francisco Noya. Fireworks follow the event.
This group may not be breaking any new world in the Dream pop genre, but Minipop definitely has a sound that rivals that of its peers in the indie industry. The group has a very ambient sound with soothing keyboard and calming vocals by the band’s front women Tricia Kanne. The band’s sound cannot be described as anything but melodic perfect as a background to a drive in the country with your girlfriend or boyfriend. The band ranges in intensity but never going beyond a slightly more upbeat pace. Keyboardist Matthew Swanson switches to guitar for some of the bands more quick paced songs. The group signed to independent label Take Root Records back in 2007 and have seen some success especially in their home town of San Francisco and videos posted on to popular video sharing sites such as YouTube with several of their videos reaching above 40,000 views. The group does what they do well and if your just looking for a good mellow pop group to zone out to Minipop is the group for you. However the band can get a bit stagnant the more you listen with many of their songs sounding similar. Still if your fan of Dream Pop, then Minipop is worth the ten seconds it take to find them online. -Eddie Taylor
Slater Park, Armistice Blvd., Pawtucket
Friday, Sept. 16
Firehouse 13 41 Central St, Providence
The Met 1005 Main St., Pawtucket
Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel 79 Washington St., Providence
Tickets $20 in advance, $23 day of
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Prescription drug used to fight alcoholism
George Carlin’s family petition for New York found in Amy Winehouse’s bloodstream City block named in During the debut taping for Anderson his honor Cooper’s new talk show, Mitch Winehouse Family and fans of the late prolific foul mouthed comic George Carlin are petitioning for the West 121st St., New York City to be named in his honor, according to the New York Post. Carlin had grown up on the block and had used the location in several of jokes during his career. Comedian Kevin Bartini has collected hundreds on signatures on the streets of the city as well as thousands more online. “I’d like to think he would be honored by it, but I am sure he would have jumped on this as being trivial or nonsensical,” Bartini said, “But the city is constantly renaming streets for people you’ve never heard of, so I thought it would be a cool tribute.”
claimed that the prescription drug Librium, used to aid in the fight against alcoholism, had been found in his daughter’s bloodstream, along with traces of alcohol, according to spinner.com. Mitch Winehouse believes that his daughter suffered a seizure brought on by alcohol detox on July 27th, at the age of 27. “Everything Amy did, she did to excess,” Mitch said, “She drank to excess and did detox to excess.” Mitch Winehouse went on to say his daughter had made strides towards sobriety with the help of her doctor. “When she wasn’t drinking, Mitch adds, “she was absolutely on top of the world.”
Mel Gibson to produce Jewish themed movie…really
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According to TMZ.com the publicist of Mel Gibson, infamous for being allegedly anti-semetic after going on a racial rant on tape, announced that the actor would produce a film about Judah Maccabee. The Jewish war hero fought back the Greek-Syrian armies of the second century BC. The announcement has brought the ire of several Jewish Organizations who are lashing out against Gibson as the film’s producer. “It would be a travesty to have the story of the Maccabees told by one who has no respect and sensitivity for other people’s religious views.” The Anti-Defamation League said in a statement. Rabbi Marvin Hier founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center told TMZ that having Gibson work on a film about a Jewish hero, “…like having a white supremacist portray Martin Luther King Jr.”
Reese Witherspoon struck by car and rushed to hospital
The well-known actress was hit by a car on Sept. 7th while jogging in Santa Monica. After being rushed to the hospital her injuries were found not to be life threatening, according to news.com.au. Police report that the actress was crossing the street in an unmarked path when the 84 year old motorist struck her at roughly 20 miles per hour. The driver cooperated with police and was cited for failure to stop for a pedestrian. Witherspoon refused to press charges against the motorist.
Foo Fighter’s front man Dave Grohl never to let Glee cover his music The iconic front man of the popular rock band Foo Fighters, and former member of the 90’s mega hit Nirvana, reiterated his disinterest in ever letting the popular TV show “Glee” cover his band’s music during a recent interview on “Chelsea Lately,” according to dailycaller.com. Grohl discussed the conflict he faced earlier this year when he was quoted as saying it’s, “every band’s right…[not to]have to do fucking Glee.” Dave Grohl had defended Kings of Leon after they had refused to let “Glee” use their music in January after Glee creator Ryan Murphy lashed out against the band. “Why should you have to do it?” Grohl told Handler, “…as a rock musician, why should you have to say, ‘Okay Glee, take my song and turn it into a fucking musical?”
‘New Pornographers’ peeved Canadian politician plays them on campaign trail According to Spinner.com the pop band, “New Pornographers,” have expressed their annoyance at Canadian politician Tim Hudak using the band’s song, “Moves,” while on the campaign trail. The leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party, Hudak is running for Premier in the upcoming provincial election. “Tim Hudak, who told you it was cool to use my song in your political campaign?” guitarist Carl Newman tweeted, “Tim Hudak appears to be a fan of the ‘pornographers.’ Is that the kind of man you want representing you and your children, Ontario? #dothemath.”
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Arts & Entertainment The truth behind the 3DS price drop
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By Peter Hoey Anchor Contributor
Advertised as a revolutionary step in handheld gaming the 3DS was built, packaged, and released in March of 2011 with humble smiles on Nintendo’s corporate faces.Expecting gamers to line up outside the doors of their preferred retail store, it was assumed the Nintendo 3DS would be a must buy to all their consumers. Nintendo paraded the handheld’s state-of-the-art technology with each advertisement—utilizing multiple planes on a 2D screen which allowed creating the illusion of 3D—attempting to persuade the public this was beginning of a new age for handheld gamers. And only for the steep price of $249.99 of course. However, there was a problem that Nintendo could not foresee. The public did not bite the bait laid out for them. Whether this was due to economic reasons, the rumored health issues or the public seeing through the gimmick is unknown. But the fact is that the 3DS did not sell as well as its manufacturing company had hoped. Anyone who had gone to a retail outlet selling these units would have easily recognized that the usual line of impatient gamers at a midnight release or early opening was nowhere to be seen. Nonetheless Nintendo
boasts of their sales with the 3DS. They have stated that while not a “hot” item on the market in America the 3DS has sold quite well. Included with this claim have been the numbers that over 3 million units have been sold worldwide. While this may sound impressive and while it is not an abysmal figure most of these are tolled from the company’s native country: Japan. Realizing their new handheld was not pulling in the revenue they desired something drastic had to be done in order to increase sales. Five months after the release of the 3DS, Nintendo made an announcement that shocked, and pleased, those interested in purchasing a unit for themselves. Announced was a price drop in the asking price of $249.99 to an $80 reduction. Now for only $169.99 the next generation in handheld gaming can be yours, claimed Nintendo. Does this price drop mean Nintendo’s creation was a failure? Not in the slightest. As uncommon as it is for a console, handheld or not, to be given such a significant price drop so soon after its release Nintendo realized this had to be done sooner rather than later if they ever wished to make up for lost numbers. If this move was not made the 3DS would have suffered a fate similar to Sony’s Playstation 3 during its release. Even though
Sony’s console has been doing very well the past couple years, it is still trying to make up for the lost numbers in its initial release. Nintendo did not want this and so a remedy to the problem was made swiftly. This solution has helped out quite well for the most part. The price drop, which went effective this past August 11, resulted in over 235,000 units sold in the U.S. by the end of the month. Another 800,000 units were sold in Japan in addition to the U.S. unit sales. Hoping to keep up its gamer friendly image at the same time Nintendo tried to give free content to all those who purchased the 3DS at its original asking price. While this was a situation Nintendo was hoping to avoid completely, they have handled it very professionally and proficiently. Attempting to boost the popularity of their handheld by utilizing a more “public friendly” price has resulted in increased sales and maybe more. Analysts have reported that the 3DS sales will triple due to the price drop and if the numbers continue as they are, it may prove true. With the opportunity to save $80 on the purchase of Nintendo’s new handheld at any retail outlet, those empty spaces in line are finally being taken.
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Anchorwomen shutout in back-to-back losses
By Michelle Sarasin
Despite a valiant effort, the RIC women’s soccer team dropped two straight games against Springfield College and Mitchell College on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 10. The pair of losses drops the Anchorwomen’s record to 2-2-0 this season. Both losses were a result of the team being unable able to score, however they did put in a solid effort when they faced the Mitchell College Mariners. An effort they needed coming off a 6-0 defeat at the hands of the Springfield College Pride earlier in the week. In that game, RIC head coach Mike Koperda was forced to make three goaltending changes with sophomore goalkeeper Abygayle Fisher taking the loss with a six-save effort in 66 minutes of play. On a rainy Wednesday evening, the Anchorwomen could only muster up two shots, both
coming from sophomore forward Johnna Magiera in the first and second half. Pride forward Katie Mantie had three striking goals and added an assist to help the Pride jump out to a comfortable 4-0 lead. To cap off the game, Pride’s Kim Rasmussen tallied her second goal of the night after an elegant move inside of the box to get free and score into the Anchorwomen’s goal for the final score of 6-0 at Brock-Affleck Field. Coming off a devastating loss to Springfield, the Anchorwomen headed to Alumni Field in New London, CT to take on the Mitchell College Mariners for a Saturday matinee. Despite the advantage in shots going to RIC (12-9) and the Anchorwomen not taking the majority of unruly fouls (6-16), the Anchorwomen still came up short. Mariner’s freshman midfielder Madeline Crow scored the only goals of the game finding her way past the RIC defense and using her slick soc-
cer skills to shoot past Fisher. RIC midfielder Lauren Maisano made several nice attacks up the right sideline and used her speed and skill to manage opportunistic chances inside the box, however RIC was unable to finish those chances off. Though the Anchorwomen continued to press the Lady Mariners with countless skillful attacks, they could not catch up to the Mariners who came away with the victory over the Anchorwomen by a final score of 2-0. Although the Anchorwomen took two tough losses in their second week of play this season, they return home for two games on September 13th and 17th. In front of a raucous and loyal RIC crowd, the Anchorwomen hope to change the momentum when they face off against Salve Regina University and Eastern Connecticut State University at The RIC Soccer Complex.
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Anchorwomen suffer setback at Brandeis Invitational By Dan Charest Sports Writer
The Rhode Island College women’s volleyball team cruised into the weekend undefeated before heading to the Brandeis Invitational. However the team didn’t exactly find the results they were looking for. The Anchorwomen opened up against familiar Little East Conference foe Eastern Connecticut State University. The match didn’t have LEC standing on the line, but that did not matter to the Warriors. Eastern Connecticut disposed of RIC easily, winning in straight sets by a score of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-15 despite outstanding efforts from junior Breanna Boyer and freshman Marina Stoermer, who paced the An-
chorwomen offence. Later in the evening, Trinity College swept through RIC by a score of 25-17, 25-16 and 2516. Boyer played well again in the nightcap, as did sophomore outside hitter Amanda Cabral, who registered six kills, five digs, and two blocks. Sophomore libero Harley Mitchell contributed a team-leading 13 digs. Looking to start day two on a good note versus host Brandeis, RIC could not break through. Boyer once again played well, registering 11 kills, six digs, three blocks and two aces. Cabral’s effort added seven kills, three blocks and three digs, but their performances weren’t enough. The Judges cruised to a 3-0 victory, setting the stage for a fourth
and final contest where RIC could hopefully find some answers. However, no answers were to be found against Tufts. The Jumbos brushed off RIC for a 25-14, 25-16, 25-12 sweep, finishing off a tough weekend for the Anchorwomen. This week the anchorwomen will look to bounce back, hitting the road for a matchup with St. Joseph College (4-0) of Maine on Wed., Sept. 14. On Sat., Sept. 17, the Anchorwomen head back up north for their first Little East Conference game of the year against the Keene State Owls (3-4) and a non-league contest with the Westfield State Owls (1-8), the defending MASCAC champions.
still in search of a victory By Jack Adamo Sports Editor
A winless Rhode Island College women’s tennis team entered the second week of the season with two chances to improve their record. In a rare duel match at Nichols College, the Anchorwomen faced off against the host school as well as Assumption College on Sat., Sept. 10. Nichols came into the weekend with a solid .500 record (2-2) while Assumption came in having not played a match yet this season. In the first match, the Anchorwomen took on the Lady Bison of Nichols. Nichols has always proven to be a challenge for the Anchorwomen having taken down RIC in each of the past three years. The Bison came out strong and only got stronger as the
match progressed, sinking the Anchorwomen 9-0. Nichols freshman Lindsay Benoit cruised though her singles match without dropping a point and went on to do the same to Assumption College. A golden set in the college game is unheard of; never mind four in a single afternoon. RIC’s lone bright spot was the tandem of senior Gabriela Batek and freshman Chelsea Brown who took five games at the doubles slot. In the second match of the after noon, RIC faced off against the Lady Greyhounds from Assumption College. The Anchorwomen faired slightly better in their afternoon contest as they dropped the second match by a score of 8-1. The win was Assumption’s first of the year as they also dropped a match to the hosting Bison.
In what was easily the match of the day, the talented freshman Brown earned her first collegiate win in dramatic fashion as she posted a three set comeback over Assumption freshman Chrissy Lyons. Brown dropped the first set 1-6 and looked like she was headed down the wrong road again but kicked it into gear taking the second set 6-4 and then winning the third set in a tie break. Although Brown’s big win comes in a losing effort for the team, her comeback could be the start of something huge for the Anchorwomen. The Anchorwomen will look to get back on track when they host cross-town rival Johnson & Wales, who is also winless on the season, on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Courtesy of Goanchormen.org
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Page 27 Sports Lord Stanley’s Cup makes an apperance in Providence Week of September 12, 2011
By Andrew Augustus Anchor Contributer
Over the past decade, the Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics have been the top three sports teams in New England. Once the final buzzer sounded and the Boston
Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Bruins rose to the top of sports fan’s minds across New England. The party known as the Stanley Cup came to Providence so fans of the AHL
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FormerBruin Trent Whitfield brought the cup back to Providence
affiliate of the Bruins could take a picture of arguably the most notorious championship trophy in sports. Accompanying the cup was Bruin forward Trent Whitfield along with former Bruin and current Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney. “The Providence Bruins are a key part in Boston’s success,” said Sweeney. “The organization provides players with experience on what it is like to play in the pros.” “I feel honored that I can bring the cup to a place that has shown me so much support throughout my career,” said Whitfield in an interview. The cup drew hundreds to the Rhode Island Convention Center so fans could get a picture with the cup and Sweeney. “Having the cup back in Boston is long overdue,” said Stephen Amaral, a life long fan of the Bruins. “When it first happened I was in disbelief but almost immediately became overjoyed with happiness”. Bruins fans do not have to wait for long for hockey to resume in Boston as the Bruins start the preseason on Sept. 21and the regular season on Oct. 6 at home against the Philadelphia Flyers.
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The Stanley Cup on display in Providence
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Anchormen unable to tame Golden Bears I C , RIC 2-1
Senior midfeilder Hector Espildora Fortuno heads a ball towards the western New England goal.
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By AJ Clark Anchor Staff Writer
The Rhode Island College men’s soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss to Western New England College in their regular season home opener at the RIC soccer stadium on Sunday, Sept. 11. A defensive collapse by the Anchormen in the final twenty minutes of the contest allowed the Golden Bears to mount a late comeback headlined by senior midfielder Shawn Fitzpatrick, who scored a pair of unanswered goal in a span of 3:55 in the second half to give Western New England their
fifth win of the season (5-1). RIC, who falls to 1-3 on the season with the loss, dominated the flow of play in the first half in which both teams failed to find the back of the net. RIC sophomore midfielder Ignacio Cespedes gave the Anchormen a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the season in the 49th minute. Cespedes goal was set up by a beautiful pass from senior forward Bruno Costa who lofted a ball into the box, which was deflected by freshman midfielder Peter Amoriggi before Cespedes blasted it past Western New England sophomore goalkeeper Domenick Villano. The Anchormen appeared
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poised to pull off the upset victory before their defense let them down in the final minutes. After a push from behind set up a free kick from just outside the Anchormen’s box, Fitzpatrick scored on the ensuing free kick, beating RIC senior goalkeeper Nick Clark just under the far post, netting his first goal of the game and third of the season, tying the game at 1-1 in the process. Less than three minutes later, a defensive lapse by the Anchormen led to a two-on-one opportunity for the Golden Bears. Sophomore forward Jake Bartnik, who had been stymied on a breakaway earlier in the
contest by Clark, broke loose from the defense and calmly passed the ball past a charging Clark over to a wide-open Fitzpatrick who drove home the game-winning goal into the abandoned empty net. Riding a tidal wave of momentum, the Golden Bears stymied the Anchormen over the final fourteen minutes of the contest. Villano made three saves in the victory, while Clark made four saves and took the loss. The Anchormen will be back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 13, when they will square off with non-conference opponent Endicott at 7 p.m.
Brown captured her first collegiate win in the number one singles slot against Assumption College on Saturday, Sept. 10. Brown went the distance in a comeback, three set match, finishing it off in a dramatic tiebreak fashion. Hopefully this will be the start of things to come for the freshman stand out.
“It obviously felt great to get the first one out of the way. It helps me, but it also helps the team I think because we have to start somewhere and them seeing me win and how happy I was will hopefully give us something to build on in the upcoming weeks.”