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Center for Nonviolence brings Peace Day to campus Projo to be available on URI·campus

BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD

News Reporter

The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies invited University of Rhode Island students to celebrate World Peace Day on the Quadrangle yesterday afternoon. The day included a variety of activities ,from decorating "peace flags" to getting a "free hug" from student volunteers. One of the afternoon's main activities let student participants create peace flags to hang between the trees ·on the Quad. The project, . which was held in collaboration with Ginny Fox's Providence-based Peace Flag Project, provided students with stencils and pieces of cloth to decorate in a way that expressed their feelings or visions of peace. "It gives everybody a chance to express themselves and give a message of peace," Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies Paul Bueno de Mesquita said. Students from ART 101 classes used the opportunity to

make prayer flags as community service. Norly Germain, a Haitian exchange student at URI and a trainee at the Center· for Nonviolence and Peace Studies' summer training program, described his fight for peace while making a tropical .themed

flag.

"I am learning to be nonviolent against myself," Germain said, and used the example of fighting to stay awake as a common way many people fight themselves. The university also held a

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peace walk and candlelight vigil. Bueno de Mesquita described the vigil as "another way to reflect on peace and nonviolent trouble and a need for peace." The candlelight vigil was a silent walk around the Quad and participants stopped at each corner to read poetry, sing and reflect on the sacrifices that many people have made in exchange for peace. URI sophomore Eden Kalyanaple said it was, "an exercise in mindfulness to commitment to those who have given a lot or everything for peace." Kalyanaple said that inward meditation about peace and what studentS can do to promote it were encouraged during the silent walk. A film by Jeremy Gilley, who founded the organization Peace One Day, was shown as a conclusion to the event. The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies was conceived in 1998 and became a working organization in 1999. The center

Hand designed peace flags were hung between the trees on the .Quod~angle du~ing the lnter-IHltional Day of Peace-yestef"doy.r.=.-.-~-:-~~:::;:;~::::::;~~~-.-;--:;;:--:;;­ Continued

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Student groups recruit new members at fair BROOKE CONSTANCE WHITE

News Reporter

Students gathered outside the University of Rhode Island's Memorial Unio11 yesterday after. noon for the annual Student Involvement Fair. The event, which was attended by several hundred students, was sponsored by the Student Programming Office. Approximately 30 student clubs had a table ranging from Alima International Dance Association to Habitat for Humanity to the URI Fencing Club. Some organizations such as the Interfraternity Council for URI have seen bigger numbers of students involved this year than ever before. IFC President Matt Osit said that this year Greek life has more girls signed up for formal recruit~ ment than in past years. "We have about 319 girls enrolled in Rush right now; it's one of the biggest groups in years," Osit said. "Along with [the Panhellenic Association], we

oversee at least 2,000 students on campus that are involved in Greek life." Coordinator of Student Involvement and Experiential Learning, Michael Nolfe said that there are more kids getting involved this semester than usual. "It's a little early to tell but dub meetings have had very large attendance so far and clubs have had longer membership lists than average," Nolfe said. "Hopefully that will continue." The Student Entertainment Committee has been finding that a lot of students don't know what kind of a group they are yet and the group has used the fair to help them find out. "We've been explaining to a lot of students what it is that we do and we've been trying to advertise our events also," CoPresident Kerrin Suvari, said. "We try and get the opinions of students to see who they want to see come here; we want to get a Continued on page 2

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During yesterday's Student Involvement Fair members from Alima International Dance Association explain their organization to prospective members.

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BY HENSLEY CARRASCO

News Editor

The Providence Journal will soon become prevalent in various areas of the University of Rhode Island campus as part of the collegiate Readership Program. The program, led by the USA Today is aimed at providing students in college campuses around the nation with free newspapers in order to, according to their website, "enhance the learning environment on campus by exposing students to the news in its living, working and community spaces." The program began at URI in 2005 and now offers four free publicatioi}S; USA Today, The Good 5 Cent Cigar, The New York Times and the Financial· Times. Pi:ojo will be the fifth publication available. The newspapers are available in the Fine Arts Center, Hope Dining Hall, the Robert L. Carothers library, Washburn Hall, Chafee Social Science Center and Ballentine Hall. Student Senate President David Coates said the university allocates $23,000 per year in order to pay for the costs of the newspapers that Coates said the university pays "a penny a paper" for. The excess papers at the end of the day do not go to waste. Coates said URI gets its money back for every paper returned that students did not take. USA Today keeps track of the statistics for the readership program. USA Today owns and provides the university with student-accessible white bins, which contain the current day's publications. To get a newspaper, students insert their student IDs into the bl.n' s card readers, which unlocks the handle allowing students to grab one or more papers. The bins contain USA Today, The New York Times, and The Good 5 Cents Cigar, with the exception of Ballentine, which Continued on page 2

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CAMPUS Health Services hosts health awareness event, gives students information on· safe sex, dangers of tanning BY MADDY MORRIN

News Reporter

Health Services took to the Memorial Union yesterday afternoon to help students seek out infonhation about health topics such as birth control and Sexually Transmitted Infections, as part of its "Safe September" information booth. Mitchell said that even though students at URI know that they have access to free condoms at Health Services and in dormitories, they are not using contraceptives as consistently as they should. Talking about the dangers of unhealthy choices is a step to helping students make healthy choices, she said. Among the tables of clubs and organizations at the Student Involvement Fair. Health Services set up a booth to call attention to health issues on campus. The booth offered free giveaways such as condoms, chap-stick, hand sanitizer, lollipops and Ibuprofen. Students were also

Senate From page l includes the Financial Times. "Projo, [the deal is] finally done," Student Senate Academic Affairs Chairman Chris Caisse said. "Projos will be raining on this campus like frogs in Egypt during the plague." Coates said Projo would be providing their own bins once the paper reaches the university. Like the other newspapers already on campus, this paper will be free of charge for students. In other news: • If broken card readers on the newspaper bins are found, they should be reported to the Student Senate Academic Affairs department. • Andrew Sharkey was appointed the new vice chair of campus affairs

Film From page 3 Lurie was unafraid to keep that scene in for modern audiences. Nearly as infamous is the climactic attack scene and nearly every gruesome demise is preserved in all their bloody glory here. But, as they say, the devil' s in the details and Lurie also misses out on many of the original's subtleties that put certain

encouraged to take free informational pamphlets about birth control, binge drinking, drug use, nutrition, smoking, piercing, tattoo safety, first aid and STis. Mitchell, who teaches a Sense an Sexuality course at URI, said that health awareness varies from topic to topic among students on campus. Issues range from eating disorders, alcohol and drug use, risky sex practices, unhealthy relationships, wellness and stress management, she said. Mitchell said that tanning is also a concern at URI, especially because there are tanning salons on campus. Students still continue to tan, despite the health risks associated with tanning, she said. Health Services will hold an event called the Truth on Tanning, featuring skin machines and melanoma survivor stories in October. Drug facilitated sexual assault is a problem on college campuses, according to information available at the booth. One flyer from Health Services provided students

scenes into proper context. The previously mentioned rape scene in the original contained some disturbing undercurrents and it was understandable why it wasn't necessary to bring that up in the climax. Without those implications in the remake, ·the scene misses the meaning behind it, and feels pointless and inconsequential. Also, Hoffman's version of David wasn't an entirely likable character, which made the violent climax even more disturbing because the audience is unsure about whether or not to root for him. With Marsden and Bosworth, their portrayal of the tensions between their characters is softened significantly, and the remake clearly wants us to cheer at the ugly violence in the end. It's predictable and formulaic, where as the original attempted to do something different and more interesting. Don't get me wrong; on its own, "Straw Dogs" is a good movie. There is a great amount of tension running through the film and it manages to entertain until the end. But because the movie wants to replicate the success of the original by recreating it scene-for-scene it brings about too many unfortunate comparisons. . Rather than pay $10 for a theater ticket, it would be much easier to simply rent the original. You would be getting a more intriguing version of the exact same movie for a much cheaper price.

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Health Services held its 'Safe September' booth featuring tips on how students can stay safe during the school year.

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diverse range of artists and bands to come to URI." SEC member Ashton Avila, said that they have gotten more than 30 names and emails of students who might be interested in joining. Senior Suzanne Sharkey, a student representative from the Hertz Car Sharing Program, was looking for several campus representatives and to pass along her position to an interested student after she graduates. Launched last year, the company has three cars on campus that students can rent for hours or days at a time. Students like freshman Erinel Araujo, left the fair with a student group in inind that they wanted to get involved in. "I'm interested in Habitat for Humanity and so today, I found out what exactly they do and when they meet and I decided I'm going to join the group," Araujo said. Sopomore Kelly Presbre, also came to find out more and possibly join several student groups on campus. "I might want to get involved in the St. Judes Up Til Dawn group and also maybe the Rhode Island Political Boot Camp,'' Presbre said. "I'll go to a meeting and see if I want to become more involved."

was founded by Bernard Lafayette, a student activist who participated in Nashville sit-in§ during the civil rights movement, a member of the Freedom Riders and an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King. Lafayette was a distinguished scholar at the university and brought Kingian nonviolence training into the Center for Nonviolence's summer training program. Along with the summer training course offered through the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, there is also a course offered at URI that gives students the opportunity to be nonviolent trainers and_educates students on nonviolent rneans. "I envision it is possible for every student who comes to URI to receive some sort of nonviolent training by graduation," Bueno de Mesquita said.

with · tips to .combat sexual assault, such as watching out for friends and being aware of others. Flyers also encouraged students to never drink from large mixed drinks such as punch bowls, or to continue to drink from a beverage which has been left unattended. According to one pamphlet called "The College Experience", 159,000 firstyear college students nationally will drop out due to alcohol related problems, and 300,000 of today' s college students will eventually die of alcohol-related causes. Mitchell said students are often surprised to hear statistics pertaining to the dangers of alcohol. The goal of Health Services is to provide students with the awareness and information needed to live a healthy lifestyle, she said. Health Services offers wellness clinics in the Memorial Union every Wednesday. CPR classes and individual nutrition counsel·i ng sessions are also available upon request.

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'Straw Dogs' remake doesn't live up to infamous original like to separate the original from the remake in order to give it a fair share on its own Even though I tend to scoff terms. And on that level, the at the idea of remaking a classic 2011 version of "Straws Dogs" movie, I always prefer to put works in its own, southernmy feelings aside and give fried way. remakes a chance. After all, All of the actors do a decent some of them wind up being job with their roles, especially pretty good, occasionally even Alexander Skarsgaard as great. Charlie. Skarsgaard managed Usually the best ones man- to take what could've been a age to present a new take on one-dimensional villain role old material ("Scarface"), and made us genuinely like although very rarely there is him and understand his reserone that comes along and suc- vations toward David's rather cessfully recaptures the original arrogant attitude. Every one of nearly scene for scene ("True his interactions with David Grit"). contains a subtle air of tension "Straw Dogs" is a case of behind his affable personality. the latter, and while it makes a James Marsden was also strong effort, the film can't help fun to watch, although he but draw comparisons to the seems miscast as the nerdy original at every turn, and not David. While Marsden is a in its favor. good actor, he can't quite shake Plot Synopsis: David the sense that he doesn't fit this Sumner and his wife Amy role, where as Dustin Hoffman i move to Amy's hometown in effortlessly projected both con\ Mississippi. Her old friends fidence and modesty in the greet her with open arms, but original. Kate Bosworth was David, a scriptwriter who is fine as Amy, but I couldn't realused to living in Los Angeles, ly sympathize with her even feels out of place in the south- though the movie wants us to ern environment. (which the original didn't). Still, Amy's ex-boyfriend Director Rod Lurie clearly Charlie is friendly to him, so he wanted to remain faithful to the hires Charlie and his friends to original and many of the recrefix the roof on Amy's barn. But a ted scenes still retain some of with the tension slQwlyincreas-_ their impact. 'fhe- originai-was- · ing between the locals and infamous for its controversial L---------------------------' David, things don't remain rape scene and I appreciate that The remake of the horror-classic •straw Dogs' stands on its own as a good film, but doesn't reach the high bar set by the original. peaceful for very long. When viewing a remake, I COntinued on page 2 BY AUGIE KING

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Disney hopes mobile app game character makes it to big screen The Walt Disney Co. has used mobile games to promote its movies, but now it's trying something new: launching a cuddly character in a game in the hope he makes it to the big screen someday. In a first effort at the new strategy, Disney is launching this week an animated alligator named "Swampy," whose bizarre quest in the 99-cent irhone game "Where's My Water?" is to keep clean. The reptile, unlike his inthe-wild counterparts, lives under a big city and mostly hangs around in his bathtub, waiting for iPhone owners to dig a digital trench that allows water to flow into his poorly connected plumbing. Disney Mobile general manager Bart Decrem says one goal of the launch is to incubate new characters that can cross over into other Disney business units like movies and merchandise. "Maybe five years from now, wouldn't it be great if there was a movie that started up on the App Store?" Decrem said. He said mobile devices

are becoming central to kids' lives and Disney wants to make sure it is there. "To me, this is where a generation of kids is growing up. And it's really critical for the success of the company that we be there and telling stories and introducing characters to a new generation of kids," he said. Disney's interactive unit has long been a troubled one. Expensive forays into making video games for consoles such as the Xbox and PlayStation 3 have resulted in big losses. In the most recent quarter through July, Disney's interactive unit lost $86 million on revenue that grew 27 percent from a year earlier to $251 million. That marked the 11th consecutive quarterly loss since Disney began breaking out results for the unit in late 2008. Analysts have questioned what Disney is doing in the games business, especially after its $563 million purchase of social games maker Playdom last year didn't help stem the losses. The unit's new co-presidents,. John Pleasants and

James Pitaro, have made it a goal for interactive to be profitable in 2013. The focus on mobile games, rather than console games, is part of what Disney hopes aids 1the turnaround. Decrem said mobile games take up to a dozen people about half a year to create. That's far less expensive than console games, which can take hundreds of programmers two to three years to finish. Disney Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo told an · investor conference in New York on Wednesday one focus of the interactive unit is to deliver products at lower cost. "Clearly, we've got a lot of work to do in this business," he said,

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SPORTS Men's golf finishes. 12th in Former Bengals' player .kicks off with Pats Adam's Cup Tournament BILLY BOWDEN

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every player tried their best, Contributing Sports Reporter but I don't think even one performed to their potential. The University .of Rhode . That's a positive though, not a Island men's golf team placed negative." 12th out of 19 teams in the ·Burke said the team will be two-day Adam's Cup of working tow~rd working Newport held earlier this harder, playing better and week. Leading the way for the being more disciplined in Rams were sophomore Jared everything they do. He was Adams and senior Taylor especially impressed with Fontaine, tying for an individ- Adams' performance. Adams ual 42nd place with a score of "continues to prove that he has 224. the ability to be a top level colAdams had a score of 77 in lege player," Burke said. the opening round, 73 in the Also representing URI in second round with a final day the tournament were junior 74. Fontaine carded a first and Branden Chicorka, finishing in second round 76 with a final a tie for 49th place with a final day 72. . score .of 226 (81-75-70); sophoAccording to Adams, the more Andrew Fiorenzano, field was "very strong" and who tied for 56th place with a included a talented University score of 228 (76-75-77); and of Georgia team, the NCAA freshman Matt Montt, who national runner-up last year. tied for 67th place with a score The .University of Central of 232 (74-82-76). Florida placed first in the tourThis was Montt' s first nament, finishing with an tournament of his collegiate overall score of 842 with career. He enthusiastically Georgia following closel described the event as very fun behind with a final score of and a good learning experi851. Rhody scored an 894. ence. Montt' s performance "We definitely didn't per- · was strong in the first round form the way we wanted to," and lost a bit of momentum ip Adams said. "I felt a goo'd the second and final. tournament for us would have "I hit one bad shot and it been around fifth place or so cost me," Montt said. "But I considering the strength of the learned a lot from this tournafield." ment and I'm excited for the Adams said he hopes to rest of the season." win one or more of the upcomThe team is preparing to ing events that will be held in take the field once again on New England before the fall Monday when they will travel season comes to an end. "In to Kent, Conn. for the two-day golf, you always feel you can Hartford Hawks Invitational. do better," URI Head coach Gregg Burke said. "I think

It's that time of the year again, when die hard football fanatics begin to prep their grills during the week for the highly anticipated weekends. When people are seen sporting their favorite teams' jerseys every Sunday and Monday night, with their favorite players name written on the back-side. However, for football fans in the New England region the same question has been stuck in their heads since July 29 when the season was still doubtful due to the possible "lockout." Will Chad Ochocinco be good for our team in New England? Everyone was thinking the same thing. The former Cincinnati Bengqls star had just been traded to the New England Patriots bringing his loud-mouthed .reputation along with him. The Patriots, under Head Coach Bill Belichick, has been a very reserved team for the past several decades. With a player like Ochocinco who likes to dominate the spotlight as well as the field it could ultimately create controversy. This trade got fanatics nervous-excited, but nervous. As a Bengal Ochocinco had more than 700 receptions, as well as 66 touchdowns, which is the reason why he established his name already in the NFL. However, in his first performance for the Patriots he only had one reception and moved the ball 14 yards for New England.

Former Patriots middle linebacker Teddi Bruschi, who is· now a sports broadcaster, noted that after the game Ochocinco; who is known for posting several "tweets" a day on the social networking program Twitter, posted "I really like how this New England offense plays." The question of Ochocinco will be based primarily off of people's own opinions. Obviously those people who prefer straight edged football players who strictly love the game, and do not boast· or look for the media's attention, may not enjoy his stay in New England. Those who can overlook those things that make Ochocinco who he is and notice him for the amount of talent he displays on the field w ill probably enjoy him wearing the Patriots' jersey. Ochocl.nco has gone to the Pro Bowl six times in his career. For those of you who are not familiar with that game, Pro Bowl is a gathering of the best players in the NFL to play in a scrimmage type game with competitors who have similar skill levels. If Ochocinco can continue to play with the talent needed to be elected into the Pro Bowl this season I am sure that New England fans will certainly accept this new addition to the team. It's a matter of connection between the players and the fans that will make Ochocinco feel comfortable with the Patriots. Star quarterback and teammate Tom Brady talked to the media at ESPN.com

and only had good things to say about Ochocinco saying, "I like Chad." I like him as a player; I like him as a person. I like his enthusiasm and the fun he has in football, and how he competes on the football field." If the leader of the pack Tom Brady believes that Ochocinco can make significant contributions to the roster this year, we can also expect the fans to believe in . Ochocinco as well. The Patriots are starting off the season with a 2-0 record and will play the Buffalo Bills this Sunday. Keep an eye out for number 85.

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