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Matty Fund partners with URI 101 students NeW 'IASA' 4 BY LANCE SAN SOUCI

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The word "fund" may evoke images of long speeches and bland suits, but the University of Rhode Island's annual fundraiser for the Matty Fund is anything but that. Culminating in the annual "Rhody's Got Talent" show last night, the Matty Fund began its partnership with URI three years ago to raise money for the Matthew Siravo Memorial Foundation, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid for epilepsy research and education. Coordinator of the Feinstein Center for Service Learning Sarah Miller said the Matty Fund is named after Matthew Siravo, who died at age five after suffering a prolonged seizure while in recovery from brain surgery. As a person with epilepsy, Matthew Siravo suffered seizures every year, some lasting mcire "than an nour: - And~ ' Carissa Johnson I Cigar as a resident of Rhode Island, Theater major }acldine Sarro$ took home the nighu top prize at the child's connection to URI the •Rhody'$ Got Talent• $how, held in $Upport of the Matty Fund. may run deeper than one -





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expects. Matthew Siravo's father and co-founder of the Matthew Siravo Memorial Foundation Richard Siravo, a URI business graduate, said Matthew often attended Christ The King Church with him and his wife, Debra, at URI before his passing in 2003. "He enlightened everyone around him and his spirituality amazed our congregation," he said. "He was captivated by the music and the spectacular choir as he listened to the prayers by the clergy." Because of the family's deep-rooted connection to URI, the foundation teamed up with URI's College of Business, the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and URI's Feinstein Enriching America Program three years ago to raise money. "They approached the university [wanting] to do a program and fundraising activity with URI," Miller said, adding the university Continued on page 3 -:---- -- --




President Dooley shares thoughts on tuition increase BY GUS CANTWELL

News Reporter

than URI's anticipated 8.5 percent raise, could be lowered if the university was to receive more financial support from the state. In order for this to happen, the state has two options: find more funding from within their revenues report, or take money from other funding

funding of higher education has declined by nearly 30 percent throughout the last five years. Dooley said higher education now receives only 5 percent of the state's annual budget. While the university received more than $80 million in state support in the early 2000s, the university

University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley remains optimistic about tuition prices at URI despite Tuesday night's approval of a tuition increase at public institutionsof higher education in Rhode Island for the 2012-13 academic year. For better or worse, state governors have looked at The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher higher education as discretionary. They can shift the Education approved a 9.5 perburden to college families. cent tuition increase for inURI President David M. Dooley state students, which could raise tuition from $9,824 to $10,757. Paired with a 2 percent increase fo"r out-of-state sources to allocate toward now receives less than $60 students, who could pay as higher education, Dooley million. much $26,430 next year, the said. "That's a substantial decision will affect more than "This budget is a pro- decrease," he said. 13,000 undergraduate stuposed budget," he explained. These decreases are dents. "This is unlikely to be the occurring across the country, However, Dooley said final budget." Dooley said. When states' these figures could change by According to an article by revenues are restrained, state next spring. The tuition ·NBC 10 News, the state's governors must decide which increase, which is greater

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sources of funding are "essential," or necessary to the wellbeing of the stat~. They do not classify higher education as essential because increasing student tuition would not have the same level of impact as cutting funding to other sources. "For better or worse, state governors have looked at higher education as discretionary," Dooley said. "They can shift the burden to college families." This year's revenues will be the state of Rhode Island's foundation for next year's budget. Until these totals come in, Dooley said the state is only guessing what the budget will be. Dooley explained that Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and his team need a couple of months to compile Continued on page 3

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publication partnership BY FARAH CASALINI

News Reporter

The University of Rhode Island's Department of Africana Studies and the Student Alliance for the Welfare of Africa (SAWA) hosted a launching party last night for its revamped "KASA" magazine. In the language of Twi, a language native to Ghana, "kasa" means speak, which is exactly what Director of Africana Studies and Editor-inChief of the magazine Vanessa Quainoo said the publication is promoting for African and African American students. · "It is so important to understand different cultures and diversity," she said. "It adds richness." The magazine originally began production last fall but because the online-only magazine reached solely faculty members, it had trouble taking off, SAWA Vice President of Antoinette Gbomina said. Though only produced in limited quantities, the edition released last night is the first print copy of the magazine, she said. "Not much was done with [the magazine]," Gbomina said. "This year, [SAWA] wanted to collaborate with [the Department of Africana Studies] to bring it to the students." She said the magazine is a way to promote on-campus and off-campus diversity as well as the Department of Africana 'Studies, which she said was almost shut down last year. Ghombina said there were not enough students enrolle!f in the major, but hopes the magazine, along with the launch party, will open students' eyes to the department. "It's important for students of color to know what's. going on in the diversity committee," Continued on page 3

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CAMPUS 'Miss Representation' Sundance film illustrates women in me~ia BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD

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A public viewing of the Sundance Film Festival piece "Miss Representation" was held at the University of Rhode Island's Swan Auditorium last night, sponsored by the women's studies and political science departments, to illustrate to attendees the impact of the media's negative portrayal of women. According to its website, the film was held at multiple locations nationwide in hopes of initiating a conversation of proper gender relationships. The film, directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, attracted more than 100 URI students and faculty. A major theme of the film was the disempowerment of women. Lecturer for political science and women's studies Jeff Bachman, who introduced the film, encouraged the audience to open their minds during a question and and answer session following the film. Before the film began, two short clips were shown: one of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tearing up during a political debate during her 2008 presidential campaign, and the other of John Boehner crying during a 2010 "60-Minutes" interview while discussing the public school system. The consensus of participating audience members was that while Clinton's crying implied an honest and emotional nature, Boehner's reputation for as a powerful Republican was tarnished, because showing his emotions stripped him of his masculinity.

The societal roles of men and women were thoroughly covered throughout the film. The film began with Newsom explaining her inspiration behind "Miss Representation"-- . the director's discovery that she was pregnant with a girl. "Girls and boys are given the message that women's value depend on how they look," she said. "Media also treats powerful, intelligent women differently based on their looks." Newsom feared that in order for her daughter to feel confident and self-satisfied, she would one day succumb to the media's skewed vision of what a woman should be. She was concerned that, like many other powerful women, being strong, smart and accomplished wouldn't be enough, and that her daughter would feel beauty is necessary to obtain happiness. Newsom said an issue of associating beauty with happiness is that with the media and advertising photo shopping and hyper-sexualizing women, the goal of beauty become.s unobtainable and destructive. "Advertising is based on making people feel anxious or insecure," said an interviewee in "Miss Representation." "Women tend to self-objectify and then are more susceptible of depression and political efficacy." Lisa Ling, a journalist and former co-host of "The View,'' who was interviewed in the film, said that women scrutinize women more 'than men. Beyond that, women's overall positions are judged and criticized more often than

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men's, ·as well. The movie featured various other· interviews of empowered women, including politician Condoleeza Rice, journalist Katie Couric, and actresses Geena Davis and Rosario Dawson. Speakers shared their personal experiences of feeling devalued based on sex and pressures to be objectified. For example, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said when she entered rooms in the White House, she was often the only woman in the room. Her thoughts were echoed in the film, which stated that American national legislation is 90th worldwide in respect to the amount of women holding political positions. "Miss Representation" posed that the problem is most women are in opposition of other women and rarely vote for female candidates during elections, which continues a cycle of under representation and lack · of encouragement for women. The overall message Newsom wanted to bring to the world, and to her daughter, was that women . do · not · need to use sexuality to gain power. She suggested boycotting movies, television shows and magazines that objectify women, and rather than criticizing women based on their appe;uance, to support powerful women.

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CONTINUED Dooley From page l budget proposals from every facet of the state, including social services, higher education and the Department of Transportation. In order to be enacted, the proposal will then be presented to the Rhode Island General Assembly in February and subsequently the state's financial committees ~ext spring. "There are a lot of moving parts," Dooley said. Dooley understands many Rhode Island families will be put under greater financial stress because of the tuition hike. However, he emphasized that an increase in financial aid next year will . counter-act the tuition increase. "Any time we raise tuition we also raise financial aid," he said. More than $8 million will be added to URI's financial aid, which will be dispersed to eligible URI students. Despite the tuition


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hikes, Dooley said URI is "still a great deal," adding that URI's tuition is less than that of many public universities in the northeast. "We're far from the highest," he said. "We want fo make sure ... that our tuition is competitive with other institutions." Additionally, the Wall Street Journal's "SmartMoney" magazine recently rated URI as having the greatest value among schools in the northeast, based on out-of-state tuition. The survey compared schools' tuition rates to its graduates' earning power. "We want to maintain that value," Dooley said.

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From page l she said. The magazine, written by the URI community for the URI community, is 38 pages long and features articles including an interview with Kathryn Friedman, URI's first chief diversity officer, a profile of Tetee Joseph, SAWNs new commander-in-chief, and poetry written by Gitahi Gititi, a URI English professor. Gbomina said the main issue the magazine highlights is the execution of Troy Davis, a man convicted of murder whose guilt was barely proven, editor of the magazine Samuel Aboh wrote. The launch party was held in the Memorial Union Ballroom and approximately 50 people were in attendance. The event featured a poetry reading by Gititi, a performance by URI's Alima International Dance Association and a vocal performance by sophomore Yetunde "Damali" Babalola. Gbomina said any student can submit material for

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Matty From page l responded by using students to promote the fund. Because Richard Siravo is a former URI business student, Miller Said it seemed fitting to use URI 101 College of Business students · as ambassadors of the Matty Fund. As their required community service project, these students promote and create awareness of the fund through selling and wearing T-shirts and bracelets. Their promotion leads up to the "Rhody's Got Talent" show, which has garnered more than $35,000 throughout the past three years. Though th~ talent show is a relatively young p roject, ·she said the event has creceived more attention this year. She anticipates the total amount garnered from URI to increase to $45,000 this year. "It's a great event and a great project," Miller said. "The students must work hard to fundraise and it's a nice collaboration between the College of Business and [the Matty Fund]." She added that since the Matty Fund is dedicated to epilepsy research and awareness, it also seemed fitting to inform others of how to handle seizure situations. She said all URI 101 business students were provided with information of the procedures needed to deal with a person having a seizure. "I feel that having learned this information and passing it on, I feel more prepared and knowledgeable of epilepsy," Miller said. The "Rhody's Got Talent'' show at Edwards Auditorium last night featured a dozen performers and saw an audience of approximately 500 students, community members and faculty. Proceeds from the event went directly toward the Matty Fund.

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EDITORIAL & OPINION Give back With the fall season quickly making way for winter, it is rapidly approaching the time of year when people across the country take stock of what is important in their lives and give thanks for what they are grateful for. For University of Rhode Island students, as the recent tuition dispute exemplify, coming by a college education is not always an easy thing. For many it takes sacrifice. For most it takes dedication and hard work. But regardless of the struggle it takes for us to work toward a degree, there is always time to think about those who are struggling in different ways. As URI students, we are afforded so many opportunities to reach out, locally and globally, to help. enrich others' lives. Through organizations, such as the Matty Fund, students get a first-hand look at working with a nonprofit. There are also many other opportunities to get involved in nonprofits, charities and grassroots organizations beyond URI, through sites like For students looking for an outl'et to lend some time and a helping hand, there are many groups on campus that are aimed at a diverse set of causes-finding something that hits home for you and will drive you to help make the world a better place is as easy as perusing the student organizations listing or campus map. For example, opportunities are always available through Clearinghouse for Volunteers, which can be found in Roosevelt Hall, room 127. Many other campus organizations, including the URI chapter of Habitkt for Humanity, volunteer often and directly with the community at large. Other campus social groups, like the various chapters in Greek Life, also have strong philanthropic components. As such, URI students have a great mix of organizations to get involved in, making it simple for college students to give back in any way they can. , With an already packed schedule, finding time 'to lend a hand is not always simple-luckily; URI makes it a bit easier. Now's the time to start giving back, so get a jump start.

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Have you ever gone to the gym on a full stomach? It's not the best feeling, with cramp after cramp, as you're trying to make the most of your workout. What you eat before and after you exercise is just as important as your workout itself. To make your time at the gym most worthwhile, you can follow these simple steps to success: 1. Make sure you allow enough time to digest before you exercise. Here are some guidelines: Three or more hours for a big meal, two or more hours for a small meal; and an hour or less for a small snack.

2. Stick close to carbs before your workout and avoid protein. Protein takes longer to digest, whereas

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To find what's best for you, try different types of snacks until you find one that 3. Target high-protein works. What your workout snacks or meals after your consists of is also a big factor workout because protein in the type of food you should helps repair your muscles. Try eat, whether it is a 30-minute some whole grain crackers workout or a competitive with turkey and a glass of sports practice. Eating big chocolate milk. Yum! meals before exercise could work for some people, where4. Remember that your as eating a small snack is best diet as a whole counts too - for others. not just what you eat before Tune into what your body and after your workout. A bal- is telling you to do and avoid anced diet throughout yow exercising on an empty stomlife contributes to a good fit- ach. If you exercise early in the morning and find it hard ness level. to ;eat> before,· 'try grabbing a · 5. Drink as mudl ~~ yo't:t:"' baria:na···anl:f a ~ ;glass • of triilk' · can - water, that is. Keeping before you hit the gym. yourself hydrafed is a huge Everybody digests food difpart of having a successful ferently, but following .the workout. Dehydration can above steps and making some lead to headaches, or worse, changes·to your diet can have during exercise, so make sure a huge impact on your health. you drink before, during, and

Reader praises URI Local528 management, past and present To the Cigar, I would like to extend congratulations to the elected officers of URI's Local528 elections held on Oct. 11. With many hours of counting and recounting, and some close vote counts (one was won by two votes), it seems that the members have voted in a solid looking group to represent them for the next three years. Heading up this group is the newly elected president Michael B. McDonald. He is young, well spoken, very informed on the issues faced by public employees and ran a very good campaign.

I was present for the swearing in ceremony on Tuesday evening, Oct. 25, and watched as the reigns passed from former president J. Michael Downey to McDonald. The moment made me pause to reflect on the many years of dedicated representation and leadership Downey has invested in this local. From becoming president of a near bankrupt local, he has spent 28 years holding the reigns as he worked to protect members during layoffs, pay cuts, furlough days, picket actions, in addition to fighting a solid fight to limit the use of outside contracting. He is politically

savvy with an uncanny ability to understand and enforce the contract to protect his members. He hands over the reigns to continue his service as President of RI Council 94 CFSCME and to be able to dedicate all his effort there in these trying times. I would like to extend my thanks to Downey for his dedicated service on behalf of members, both past and present, and wish him luck as he continues his efforts on Smith Hill. In solidarity, Robert F. Weinreich Jr.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY 10/4 SUNDAY 10/6 MEN's FooTBALL GAME URI vs. William and Mary, 1 p.m., Meade Stadium Admission: $15.00 for Family Weekend attendees URI students free with student ID

PRESIDENT'S BRUNCH 10:15 a.m.-noon, the Thomas M. Ryan Center. Admission: $23.00/family member, $20.00 for URI students.

POST GAME RECEPTION 3-5 p.m., Memorial Union Main lounge Food and photo program. Plus, Rhody the Ram will visit!

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SATURDAY 10/5 WoMEN's VoLLEYBALL MATCH URI vs. Temple, 7 p.m., Keaney Gymnasium Admission: Free DANA CARVEY The former "Saturday Night live" alum and stand-up comedian will be taking the stage, 8 p.m., Thomas M. Ryan Center Admiss~on: $30.00 for Family Weekend attendees, $20.00 for URI students with student ID.

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Between the weekend's sports games, an open skate at the Boss Ice Arena and Dana Carvey's comedy show presented by the Student

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 'Rhody's Got Talent' showcases best of student performances, benefits charity BY CONOR SIMAO Contributing Entertainment Writer

It was an expo of ingenuity Thursday night as 12 performers took the Edwards Hall Auditorium stage. Their mission? To battle for the grand prize in the University of Rhode Island's third annual "Rhody's Got Talent" competition. The URI College of Business teamed up with the Matthew Siravo Foundation and the Feinstein Center for Service Learning to achieve a few basic objectives last night: demonstrate, through several hours of hand-selected, wellrehearsed segments that "Rhody" does, in fact, have talent; raise a bunch of money to benefit a fantastic cause; and give away an iPad, along with some other cool prizes, to a few triumphant participants. Having been in attendance, I'd say that all three goals were effectively accomplished-the grand prize, presented to first place winner Jackline Barros, overshadowed the iPad quite heavily. The first place contestant in this year's "Rhody's Got Talent" pocketed two round trip tickets to a destination of her choice- kind of makes me wish I too could sing R&B. Sadly, we can't all be melodically gifted. But Barros certainly is. Her cover of "Listen" by Beyond~ Knowles

was an instantaneous crowd favorite. Her powerful vocals and perceivable stage comfort translated into unmatched showmanship last night. So much so that the conclusive announcement of her frontrunner placement was met with very little audience surprise. Her victory was nearly guaranteed, if not incredibly forecasted, by the post-performance standing ovation that emerged without hesitation as her performance came to a c_lose. However, "Rhody's Got Talent" was hardly a one-trick showcase. Each act proved distinct and interesting in its own way, evidencing the show's commitment to a diverse presentation. The competition ran the gamut of gender, platform and artistic method. While musical performers did seem to constitute a vast majority, more typically underrepresented groups, such as plate spinners and ballroom dancers, did make brief, excitingly unique appearances. But the musical majority was itself internally eclectic, making the hours seem far from monotonous or juniorhigh-talent-show-esque. Frank and Catherine LiVolsi, two siblings who seemingly exude musical ambition, took second and third place, respectively, through piano and violin solos. Their renditions added a bit

more sophistication and instrumental variety to last night's lineup. Aside from those who took home fancy prizes, all of the performers last night deserve a collective honorable mention. From the Starbucks barista love song to the multitude of piano backed vocals belted out by aspiring creative talents, the night served to portray many of URI's promising young entertainers. It was also inspirational through its charitable nature. "Rhody's Got Talent" is an event put on by the Matty Fund, a foundation started by Debbie and Richard Siravo to commemorate their late son Matthew Siravo, who suffered from epilepsy until his untimely death at age 5. Jt' s remarkable, as they will proudly note, that they've been able to make a positive impact on so many lives through their charitable initiatives, simultaneously keeping the memory and legacy of their son alive. Twelve competitive p erformers, a bonus acappella by 2010 winner Billy Ray, and a $11,000 donation from the URI College of Business (generated primarily through fundraising done by students in URI 101 classes)- later, the curtain closed on a memorable, talent-driven night.

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Parents Weekend ideal for local shopping excursions BY KELLEY WILLIS

Contributing Entertainment Writer

I don't know about everybody else, but for me one of the most exciting parts of Parents Weekend (besides seeing my parents, of course) is taking advantage of a shopping spree.for a few new things for the cooler fall and winter seasons. Unlike my parents (who know me too well) I'm sure yours weren't quite planning on shopping during this their visit. They are looking .forward to seeing historic Rhode Island landmarks, maybe taking a trip to the beach and getting yet another campus tour. Here are a few ways to sneak some shopping into all of those activities. That way, it will seem unplanned and like a sign of fate when J.Crew or that quirky thrift shop suddenly appears during your travels. But if your parents know you as well as mine know me, they may catch on -- you can only hope they have missed you so much that they are feeling generous. First stop, campus tour: I know the campus tour is tedious, especially when it's your fifth time taking it. Be patienfand lt will pay of拢. Take the time to show your parents all the places you love on campus, where your classes are, what you've learned so far. Then, make a pit stop at the bookstore. Here you can casually mention to your parents that yo.u really wish you had that URI T-shirt to show off you school spirit during basketball games. Now, they will be excit-

ed to get it for you because of your Rhody pride. Next, you can take your parents to scenic Newport. As college students we don't make it over there often because of that pricey toll, but it always helps having mom and dad come along for the ride. You can take you're parents on the cliff walk or for a tour of one of the mansions. End the trip with a walk through Newport. As you "window shop" you can casually point out what great things the stores have. After showing them beautiful Newport they will be in a good mood and possibly willing to shop with you in J.Crew, Express, Gap and Banana Republic. An,d if you are looking for a trendy, upscale consignment shop, check out Wish located on 106 William Street. Providence is a fun place to catch a movie or grab a bite to eat at the infamous Cheesecake Factory. Lucky for you, in order to get to the movie theater you must walk through the mall. I recommend the new clothing boutique 344, but the mall has pretty much anything you may need or want. For example, Forever 21 is always cheap and fun, while H&M has great trends and classic pieces for the season. Also, if you are looking for a thrift shop in Providence, check out Second Time Around on 294 Thayer St., which is conveniently located just down the street from Urban Outfitters.

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NEW YORK STATE OF Lockout brings good things BY JOE ROBERTO

Sports Staff Reporter

With the NBA canceling its first few weeks of the season, it looks like their entire season will be in a lockout, and professional basketball will be absent in the 2011-2012 year. With no basketball being played or covered, it opens up an opportunity for another league to get more publicity. This one specific league has been underrated for years, getting no love from the rest of America. I am referring to the fast paced, hard-hitting, National Hockey League. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the NBA, but I will not shed one tear if they don't have a season. With the resurgence of my beloved New York Knicks, the Big tw9-and-a-half men playing m Miabli and new exciting stars like Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant, the NBA has been looking up. The NHL, however, has all the exciting plays basketball offers with its crisp passes, fantastic goals and great play mak-

ing. But, one aspect unique to hockey is fighting. Fighting and beer is what America is all about, so why not enjoy both while watching some good old fashioned hockey? There is no better sport to watch live and on television than t~e ~HL. Along with fighting, you can also see hard checking from the likes of 250 pound men, great moves and dangles from the most athletic professionals in the world and non-stop competitive play. The lack of an NBA season also opens up more airtime for hockey to be shown on SportsCenter, which may bring more followers to the sport. Much of America, and possibly many students at the University of Rhode Island, might disagree with my opinion of having the NHL surpass the NBA one day in ratings, but with a possible lockout it isn't the craziest idea. Along with every other sport, I do rep the New York Rangers and I do expect big things from them this year. With a young defensive core, the newly acquired center Brad Richards playing alongside superstar Marian Gaborik, and one of the best goaltenders in

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the world, Henrik Lundqvist, they will hopefully compete with the top teams in the league. You may be saying to yourself, "Who the h-e-double hockey sticks are those players?" If that is the case, you really need to get involved with the NHL and jump on the bandwagon while there's still room. One die-hard Philadelphia Flyers fan, senior Brett Borbidge, had this to say: "''m very excited about the lockout of the NBA, and I think that it will do a great number in support of the NHL. But most important, 'SportsCenter' will be at it's best and will not just show dunk after dunk and will offer more talented goals and moves in the top plays for the world to see." The play of the National Basketball League may still happen this season, but it doesn't look too promising. With that said, I hope America doesn't go into a panic because the NHL is here to stay, and will provide everything in a sport that a fan wants.

Column: Amateurism in college athletics BY SHAWN SAIYA

Sports Editor

When did college athletics stop focusing on sports and become all about money? Today' s landscape in college athletics seems to revolve solely around money. Television deals, ticket prices, conference swapping, improper benefit scandals and pay-for-play are all hot topics in a setting that was once focused on athletic competition. Rep. Bobby Rush (DIllinois) went on record Tuesday comparing the NCAA to the Mafia. He went so far as to say it was "one of the most vicious, most ruthless organizations ever created by mankind." While I may not fully agree with Rush, I see his point. Some athletes from big Division-! programs including Ohio State University, the University of Miami and the University of Southern California, have all been implicated for rece1vmg improper benefits through under-the-table or backroom deals. These benefits come from a number of sources and are laundered in the same fashion the mob uses to conceal its dirty deals.

The life of a student athlete can be difficult. Between morning workouts, attending class, practicing, studying and completing assignments, traveling and playing games, there isn't too much time left for anything else. Most student-athletes do not receive full scholarships that pay for their expenses and some cannot work jobs during the school year. The team the athlete is on consumes his or her life. It seems like there's more commitment required in being a college athlete than a professional one these days. · What brought about this change? Cable television, in my opinion. The number of local sports networks that cover college sports has risen in the past two decades. The demand for live college football and basketball games on television is colossal. The amount of money being thrown around to ensure .a network wins the rights to a certain conference is unfathomable. The richest television deal to date is a pact between ESPN and the Southeastern Conference. That deal runs for 15 years and will bring in $2.25 billion to the SEC for

coverage of football and basketball games. That money has to go somewhere, but it doesn't go to the student-athletes who are competing. The NCAA is in discussions on whether or not to change the current system and require that all athletes be given a $2,000 stipend per semester for their service. As a student, I am against this idea. There are thousands of student-athletes who chose to attend college at a discount to play a sport. They are aware that they are amateur, not professional, and that games they play in may be televised. I do not want to see my own or anyone else's · tuition increase to pay my peers who agreed to be an amateur athlete. It is an imperfect system, but the one the NCAA is proposing is flawed even more. I hope to never witness the amateurism of college sports disappear in my lifetime, but it is becoming increasingly evident that it just may.


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Another home game.r another chance for the University of Rhode Island to defeat another ranked team. The Rams welcome 19thranked College of William & Mary to Meade Stadium tomorrow afternoon for the annual Parents Weekend game. The Tribe is 4-4 and will be led by tailback Jonathan Grimes. Grimes leads the Colonial Athletic Association with 234 yards of all-purpo~e yards per game. His 1,170 allpurpose yards are 400 greater than the next ranked player. "He's one of the top two or three backs in the conference," head coach Joe Trainer said of Grimes. "He's closing in on 7,000 all-purpose yards." Rhody's Brandon JohnsonFarrell is eighth in all-purpose yards. The junior wide receiver averages 114.8 yards per game. Beyond Grimes, Rhody will have to deal with the stout William & Mary defense that ranks second in the conference, allowing up to 21 points per game. "Their defense is very similar to [the University of] Delaware's," Trainer said. "They are aggressive and athletic." The Rams will again play sophomore Bob Bentsen and senior Steve Probst at quarterback. The tactic worked well last week at the University of New Hampshire. "Both guys bring different

possibilities to the table," Trainer said. "Steve did a good job giving us a boost last week." As has been the case for Rhody all season, winning the turnover battle will be key to victory. The Rams have been bitten by the turnover bug in nearly every game this season, and finding a way to hold on to the ball will be important. "Every game comes down to about a dozen plays," Trainer said. The Rams and the Tribe have a pair of common opponents. Rhody defeated Delaware by four and lost to New Hampshire by a touchdown, and the Tribe lost to Delaware 21-0 and beat New Hampshire by two touchdowns. William & Mary is the third ranked team to visit Meade Stadium this season, but Trainer said the routine is the same every week. "Every week we try to do the same things," he said. "Our thought is that this game is the biggest game because it is the next game." Rhody is 6-2 in their last eight games at Meade Stadium. This game marks the second time in three years that William & Mary has visited Kingston on Parents Weekend. In 2009, the Tribe defeated Rhode Island 39-14. Opening kickoff is set for 1 p.m.