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Volume 62©

September 20, 2012

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Students explore opportunities at study abroad fair BY KASSANDRA FLOREZ AND NANCY LAVIN

Con trib.uting News Reporter and Managing Editor

Yesterday's study abroad fair at the University of Rhode Island's Memorial Union allowed students to explore, . quite literally, a world of opportunities, featuring more than 35 different p rograms in various countries. Although not all programs were represented at the fair, URI has, in total, more than 200 different programs in more than 70 countries worldwide. Study abroad programs offer students the opportunity to broaden their horizons and experience "in-depth" new cultures, according to Olga Wright, a representative from the Center of Hellenic Study Abroad program who attended the fair. Wright advertised two Greek universities to students at the fair, explaining that her program offers everything from mythology and language to communication and economics. When asked about the cost of studying abroad, Wright said that with all expenses included, students

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should not have to spend more than they do for in-state tuition at URI. "It all depends on how much you like to spend on entertainment," Wright said. Wright added that the master's program students can receive between 12 and 18 credits for one semester.. For this program in particular, all classes that are conducted are in English, no previous knowledge of · Greek is required. Internship opportunities are also available, and the Hellenic Study Abroad program offers full-time programs in both the fall and

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spring. There are many scholarships, such as the Academic Programs International Affiliate Scholarship, which help students achieve their study abroad aspirations, according to the URI study abroad website. In most study abroad programs, dining is included. The only additional costs are for miscellaneous expenses, such as shopping, traveling and cultural activi-

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Eric Reels, a senior French/ Chinese and anthropology major, also agreed that studying abroad is something

everyone should experience sometime during their college career. ''There are just some things that you cannot learn in the classroo:rrr,·" Reels, who studied abroad in China, said. Reels became interested in studying Chinese in 'his freshman year at URI. ' "I was in a French class, and I sat next to this girl who I saw doing Chinese homework, because she was also a French I Chinese major," Reels said. "I noticed that from Japanese I could understand some of the Chinese that she was writing .. . [in my] sophomore year I started taking Chinese. I also joined the Chinese Language Flagship Program." Prior to taking Chinese, Reels had also taught himself some Japanese. If students want to study abroad without leaving the country, another alternative is the National Student Exchange (NSE), in which students visit another university-in th e United St ates, or a U.S. territory. For more information on ~~-

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Fifth year senior at URI makes his years count BY AUDREY O'NEIL

News Reporter

Vocal performance and music education major Billy Ray Poli, a fifth year senior at the University of Rhode Island, has made his years on campus significant. He is both a Resident Advisor (RA) and recognition chair of the Resident Advisor Board, furthering his involvement on campus. Poli was motivated by his own RA during his freshman year to become one himself. Poli said it was because of the community and bond that was built between the students. "I really wanted to make that difference and be the change in that person's life and be the first person they see when they get to college," Poli said. "I really wanted to be someone that they ·can depend on when they arrive

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on campus for the first time and leave their parents and just . make them feel welcomed." Poli has also been the president of Tau Beta Sigma, the honorary co-ed band sorority, since he was elected last December. Tau Beta Sigma has enabled Poli to follow his passion of music. "Sisterhood means a lot to me because I have five older sisters and I have always felt a connection with music as well; music is my passion," Poli said. "And really being able to help out musical organizations is something that I strive for, and helping out the music department in any way possible is something that I always have wanted to do and love to do in this organization." Tau Beta Sigma is a service-based sorority thatconducts service projects around

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URI. The sorority helps organize the high school jazz festival that comes to the university and it helps out at other music department-related events. The sorority also conducts a campus beautification project where members choose a day to come together and clean around the Fine Arts Center. The money the sorority raises through the projects goes toward the music department Poli is also on the district council of Tua Beta Sigma, in the position of the Tau Beta Sigma northeast district alumni 'secretary historian. To be elected the position, Poli was required to attend a district convention, where he was nominated off of the floor for the position and was required to give a speech. Poli was elected March 2012 and will hold the position until March 2013.

"There are [more than] 35 Tau Beta Sigma chapters in the northeast district and I was elected the position," Poli said. "I am in charge of all alumni relations for the entire northeast district and I collect and update the district historian archives." Although Poli is primarily a vocalist and is not currently a member of the band, he was previously in the pep band for one year and concert band for two years. During that time, he played two instruments, the mallet percussion and alto saxophone. . During the past two years, Poli . was . a featured soloist through URI's Vocal Ensembles and Opera Workshop. Poli has also been a guest performing artist for Opera Providence for three years and was able to perform Continued on page 3

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-. The University of Rhope Island Student Senate ul:lartimously approved two new student organizations !at its meeting -laSt night. The senate also elected Emily Dionne , and David PJckard onto its '· . Rules and Ethics Committee. CIAO, the Cultural Italian American Organization, and the Hellenic Student Association of Paideia were both approved as "Category A" and "Category R" organizations respectively. CIAO currently has approximately 50 members and the club's focus will be on celebrating Italian culture, as well as the language. CIAO plans to work with the Academic Enhancement Center to help tutor students taking Italian classes at URI. CIAO will have an affiliation with the Italian department and the two may plan events in coordination with each other. The Hellenic Student Association of Paideia will focus on celebrating Greek culture and traditions. The group currently has a facility under construction behind the Fine Arts Center. The group currently does not have plans to practice the language, but representatives said that might change in the future . In other news: -Students have until Friday at 3 p.m. to declare their candidacy for Student Senate. There are senate seats open for freshman, at-large and off-campus representatives. All candidates must submit their declaration to the Student Senate office in the Memorial Union. -The Finance Committee Continued on page 3

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throughout the entire state. "Music is my passion, especially s~ging, because it is something I could do all day everyday," Poli said. "I started singing when I was four and started playing mallet percussion in high school and realized singing was my passion so [I have] focused more on my voice ever since." Poli' s love for music has encouraged him to follow a career in music education. He is currently a student teacher at the Portsmouth Elementary School, teaching general music in kindergarten through third grade. "My teacher is so incredi~ ble, [I'm] learning so much, and have discovered that [this] is something I want to do for the rest of my life," Poli said.

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EDITORIAL & OPINION Get Involved

Overspending on political campaigns corrupts government, student says Dear Editor:

Having just hit the two-week mark of the fall semester, you are probably (hopefully) getting settled in to your classes and readjusted to life at the University of Rhode Island. Now that you've dropped that terrible economics class and reconnected with friends, your life is all set, right? We at the Cigar encourage you to take this opportunity when you have gotten your life in order, but still have some free time, to get involved in something on-campus. Whether it's the Ghost Hunting Team an intramural sport or writing for our favorite college newspaper (wink wink), there are hundreds of ways for you to meet new people, do something you love and build that college resume. Still not sure? Let us break it down for you. First: meeting new people. Even if you're a senior at URI, this is a huge school, so there is no chance you know everybody. And even if you have a lot of friends alread~ don't be a snob; you can always make more. Second: do something you love. Maybe you're a chemical engineer, but you love writing too, and, because your schedule is jam-packed with chemistry and math classes, you don't have a lot of room for that creative writing elective you were dying to take. Solution? Join a club where you can write! And even if you are already majoring in what you love, joining dub where you can do it in a stress-free, grade-free, teacherfree environment makes it even more enjoyable. Third: build your resume. If you are the aforementioned senior who is skeptical about making new friends, here's a better incentive. When graduation comes, what will you have to show for yourself besides your classes and your GPA? Those things are important, but not enough on their own to land you a job. Employers want to see that you've used some of your time to be a part of the campus community, to further your learning outside the classroom and to manage a schedule that includes more than class and sleep. And if you're a freshman, even better to get started flQW .and show that yqu can commit to something for the coutse'of your·four years. Bottom line: it may seem to be intimidating or too much work, but just give it a try. You might even like it! And lucki~ ly for you, the student organization fair is happening TODAY, so take a break from lying on the quad to check it out and sign up for something!

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In the midst of this political season, I am disappo int~ ingly struck by the tremendous amount of money being spen t on two presidential campaigns and other federal, state and local campaigns. I believe this not only saddens me, but tens of millions of Americans. Viewing this tremendous amount of money being spent by so few people seeking political offices, I feel driven to write this letter. Considering how most of the salaries for these political

offices pale in comparison to the money spent to gain these offices, I truly believe that most Americans have taken off their blinders to realize just how much under-handedness and corruption exists in all levels of our government. Americans are· no . longer idealistic or"iaithful about our government officials being pme · and willing to go all out 'to help each and every citizen, regardless of our financial status. There can be no doubt that money buys access to government policies an9,, therefore, cam- ..

paign contributions are, 'in actuality, investments in rich and powerful people's futures . Is there any wonder why so m any voters .don' t bother to vote? ·Are my views cynieal or truth? Can American govermrl;ent, . at· all levels, be guilty of some of the biggest white-collar crimes on 'Earth? Just some questions, to ponder during this politfcal season.

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Senior year brings daunting decisions· BY HENSLEY CARRASCO

Editor-in-Chief

Being a senior is a tough thing to take in. Not just being any kind of senior. There are seniors who are in pharmacy, nursing or other majors who have been here for the same amount of time that I have been here, but they aren't due to graduate yet. Being a graduating senior is · ·what's ·· so nerve-wracking.· I have to fill out my intent-tograduate form, my minor papers, get all of my debts in place and any extracurriculars that may be affecting me. Questions go unanswered: Am I going to miss this school? What am I going to do after school? Will I miss my friends? Will people still talk to me? Is this the last of my education career? Will I get my dream job? All unanswered as of yet. I know what I want to do-and that is pursuing a journalistic career. In the same light, though, I want to continue going to school, but for what? I'm not sure. Time is running ou t for me, for sure, so it's only increasing the pressure to hurry and look into these things. Sure, I should've spent the better

part of the summer doing all of this, but with all the great weather out there, who has time? Right? Not. My procrastination skills are uncanny. I think I need my own kingdom. Let's call it ''Procrastination Island." I'll eventually elect some kind of government and figure out where I want it. I digress. Wi~h wanting to go to graduate school, comes the GREs, or, what I like to call, SATs for graduate school. I've heard they're more difficult than the SATs, so it' s really putting me off, but I can manage. A whole lot of studying is due for the test. I've had the practice exam open as a tab on my laptop for the last month or so. If I don't go to graduate school, my other option is to start applying for jobs and try to get a head start on my career. I know people who have graduated from their respective college and g6 right into their career of choice. At times, the internship you choose can have a high retention rate, so worrying about a job after school won't be your first concern. Call it being at the right place at the right time, if you will, but I, and anyone else

reading this, should make sure they're putting themselves out there in order to get jobs. It's better to over-qualify than not qualify at all. If I put on my extreme thinking hat, I can think of options of what I really want to do post-URI. There is a market for people like me, and people of all majors. It all depends on what sacrifices you're willing to make to get them. I have professors who aren't originally from Rhode Island. Do you know what they had to do? Make sacrifices and move. Keep searching and the right path can be easily found. It may be difficult for some, but just making sure you stay focused can really put you at an advantage. You don't want to be that person that gives up because it's difficult. You've mad e it this far, w h y stop now? If this doesn't work out, I'm going to have to find a new career path. It would h ave to be something unlikely, though. Somethin g not many people would expect. It would have to be a get-richquick career. Know what? I think I'm just going to become a rapper. Call me "ThurHood Marshall."

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At this point, is anyone really expe<;ting something worthwhile out of the "Resident Evil" movie franchise? The first one may have been a passable horror I action B-movie, but since then, the series has descended into excess and overall idiocy. This fifth movie doesn't change the status quo; the same "Matrix" -influenced action is in full effect and the actors are just as flat as ever. However, I would be lying in saying that I didn't get some enjoyment out of ''Retribution," which is more than I can say for "Apocalypse," the second film, and "Afterlife," the fourth. Picking up right where "Afterlife" left off, Alice and the other survivors are attacked at sea and overwhelmed by Umbrella's forces. Alice then wakes up in a holding cell, where she learns that the Red Queen computer has taken over Umbrella. Because of this, previous Umbrella head honcho Wesker enlists Alice's help in stopping the renegade A.L It , n.tm:> out ,Alice is.being.held,in a massive underground testing

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facility, so Wesker sends a team of soldiers to extract Alice while wading through the hordes of monsters remaining around the facility. That may sound like a plot synopsis, but in the context of the movie itself, "Retribution" has only the illusion of a plot. I owe a few apologjes to any action movie I've ever called plotless in the past, because this movie .takes the same tactic as "Afterlife" and literally has only a bare-bones skeleton of a plOt:. '!Jiere's · a..~er,fi~MJ.ice ·bf a,. beginning, and arguably a mid-

dle, but there's no ending. Remember the beginnings of "The Matrix Revolution" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" where Neo and Sparrow have to be rescued from 'some holding place? "Retribution" is those 20minute segments stretched to feature length and padded out with exposi~on an<!_ ~elentless action. On those grounds, it may be objectively the worst movie of the series. I hesitate to go Continued on page 7

New Fox television drama starts off shaky, but has good hook BY ALISON WARBURTON Contributing Entertainment Writer

This past Monday, the new drama series "Mob Doctor" premiered on Fox, starring Jordana Spiro, Floriana Lima and William Forsythe. Different from other hit shows such as "House'' or "Scrubs," "Mob Doctor" doesn't only include medical mysteries, but it adds a plot twist to those mysteries that brings the Chicago mafia into the hospitals. 1 As a successful surgeon in t .- one of Chicago's top hospitals, main character Dr. Grace Devlin (Spiro), is hardwork- · ing, passionate and well educated. Torn between her family life and her career, Grace must make a life-changing decision. She has grown up with a promising career and stable future, but puts it all on the line when she is put into a situation where she must save her brother. Because of her brother's debts to the unforgiving Chicago Southside Mob, Devlin agrees to work off what he owes. Now balancing two jobs, Devlin must treat patients at the hospital by day and meet the demands of the mob by

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night. Many of their demands include lying and abusing her power as a highly respected doctor. In addition to the lying, it is a constant struggle for Devlin to keep her secret away from coworkers, friends and family. As the first scene opens, we are introduced to Devlin's everyday work. A man with a screwdriver bound into his forehead lies in pain on a table in what appears to be an animal clinic. Devlin works confidently and efficiently as she helps this man before returning to her shift at the

hospital. This is just a glimpse into Devlin's average day. Tasks commanded by the mob start to push Devlin over the edge when she is ordered to kill a man, using her medical license as the weapoq. Faced with yet another crucial decision, she must decide if she should put this man's life at risk or risk her own. After "Mob Doctor'" s debut, many would agree that the fast-paced, high-action, medical mystery was a success. The storyline and plot Continued on page 7


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Video games adapted into film get lost in translation

'Revolution' establishes intriguing premise, strong foundation in recent pilot episode

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Contributing Entertnimnent Writer

ation of a strikingly · detailed Contributing Entertainment Writer post-apocalyptic CGI world. That statement was by no Like a crowd of lumbering, means an endorsement: organ-hungry undead, the "Spirits Within" is passable at release of yet another "Resident best, and turned such disasEvil" film lies just over the trous profits that it secured the ever-dimming horizon. defunding of the entire film"Resident Evil: Retribution" making branch of Square Enix will be the fifth (but most likely game company. Bonuses if not final) installment of Paul · you're down to watch it: Steve Anderson's (of "Event Buscemi, Alec Baldwin and Horizon" fame) series of gunJames Woods. blazing action films that someFilms such as the original how acquired the legal permis- "Resident Evil" and "Final sion to slap the name of the Fantasy" narrowly avoid landbeloved Capcom survival horing in the critical/ commercial ror franchise across its visually failure bucket alongside abrasiveposters and trailers. If "BloodRayne" and "Alone in the previous four "Resident the Dark" by almost completeEvil's" serve as any sort of indily disregarding their respective cators, "Retribution" (expect a video game source material. review later this week) will be Films like Universal Studio's another standard display of much-maligned attempt to stylized violence that replaces tackle the "Doom" series suffer the expected similarities to its from being a bit too faithful to beloved source material with a their divine, violent inspirahandful of shallow references tion. Attempting to portray to the iconography of the origifast-paced firefights with internal game series' most popular galactic hell-beasts from a firsttitles. person perspective a la the Sadly, this is old news. recently released title "Doom American audiences have been III" was their first mistake; sitting through half-assed, crititheir second was hiring cally-panned video game- Dwayne "The Rock,; Johnson. inspired movies for almost two However, it would appear decades. Not a thing has that .e ven the momentous star changed since the ultra-cheesy power of well-respected live action "Super Mario Bros" Hollywood stars- Angelina flopped back in 1993, but the Jolie and Jake Gyllenhaal- can't question at the heart of the mat- keep the video game-movie ter still remains: Why are all ship afloat. Jolie seems almost movies based on video games born to play "Lara Croft;" all it utterly horrible? What makes would have taken was a script the themes and plot lines of with less obvious, · clunky interactive gaming experiences expository dialogue to elevate so confoundingly difficult to the 2001 "Tomb Raider'' movie write a decent screenplay from its current status of mildly around? Surely a big budget entertaining popcorn flick to studio with a talented enough exciting reinterpretation. The writer-director team could same goes for the recent pump out a passable cinematic "Prince of Persia." The pieces adaptation of Link's harrowing are all there, the story makes adventures in the ''Legend of sense, and Jake Gyllenhaall Zelda" universe or Kratos from does a fair job at depicting the "God of War." So why hasn't arrogant aristocratic acrobat. lightning struck thus far? To But all of these standard answer that question, let's take aspects just add up to another a brief look back. bland action movie with a few Aside from the slightly bet- unique visuals. ter-than-average box office perIf Hollywood continues its formance .o f Paul Anderson's consumption of the iconograown ."Mortal Kombat" in 1995 phy and imagery of games on)y (you'd think he'd be better at . to pump out generic shoot-' emmaking these kinds of films by up after generic shoot-' em-up, now), the 2001 animated feawealthy studios and talented ture "Final Fantasy: The Spirits directors and writers will start Within" remains one of the few to completely lose interest in video game-based films not the subject matter, condemning universally hated by fans of the video game movies as a failed game · series. Hironobu turn-of-the-century-era fad . Sakagu~' s very loose interLet's hope we don't have to sit pretation of the classic rolethrough a defamation of any playing game was praised _ more classic game characters upon its release for its technobefore the industry makes up logical innovations and the ereits mind.

BY TAYLOR NICHOLSON

From the minds that brought you entertainment masterpieces like fan-favorites "Lost," "Supernatural" and "Iron Man," the aU-star mashup of J.J. Abrams, Eric Kripke and Jon Favreau (respectively) have teamed up to produce a new show that premiered on NBC this past Monday. "Revolution" combines an in-vogue topic with a lot of adventure to draw in fantasy and "end oHhe-world" situation~lovers everywhere. With its apocalyptic approach, most via wired.com people would assume erupting volcanoes and Godzilla-sized Nsc•s new show "Revolution,, created by makers ot••Lost:: tsunamis would be sure to fol- "Supernatural, and :•Iron Man, premiered on Monday night. low in the show's hour-long block; howeve~;, instead of all to batteries is off-limits. such as AMC's "The Walking those cataclysmic events, the Thus the story begins, and Dead" did. However, it was a show takes place in a world then begins again, 15 years after relief when the producers desolate of something that each all the power goes out in the decided to skip over that period and every one of us hold dear, world: Personally, I enjoyed the and pick up when everything something most of us could not fact that the "all-star mashup" was somewhat functional go a day without- technology. team decided to cut out the 14 again, not a crazed disaster After major hype coming grueling years between what zone. off of this year's San Diego the first 10 minutes of the show These past 14 years have Comic-Con International 2012 established, the night the left the once young girl, Charlie Exhibition, · "Revolution" power goes out, and where the (Tracy Spiridakos), more prompts us as viewers to con- rest of the show picks up. responsible and wiser as she sider what life would be like Originally, I would have fig- looks after her brother Danny without all of our gadgets, giz- ured that "Revolution" would (Graham Rogers) in their manmos, and "i-products." In this deal with the immediate impact world, everything from planes of the outage as other shows Continued on page 7

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Another downfall of "Mob Doctor" was the famil· iarity audiences have to this form of television. Crime fighting, an attractive woman trying to balance her family issues, love life and maintain ing a secret are very typical in today' s television shows and movies. One thing that does set this show aside from the other shows, however, is the interestipg plot line that brings in the involve.ment of the mafia. '

there, though, because unlike some of the previous entries, the action is actually fun to watch in spots. Unlike "Apocalypse," where the action was incomprehensible, and "Afterlife," where the abuse of slow motion killed much of the enjoyment, "Retribution" is able to come up with a few over·the-top sequences that stand out. Even though director Paul W.S. Anderson is still not above throwing in tired buJlet-time bits here and there, he appears to have a slightly better grasp on creating diverse and fast- 1paced scenes of carnage for this go-around. .It's also clear that ~ From page' 6 Anderson loves his wife, Milla -~--~-~---~-..---- -~-.. . Jovovich, very much, as Alice sion-turned-farm village estate. is still the only character that I couldn't help but make the gets any reasonable amount of overwhelmingly apparent conattention, more so than the nection from Charlie to Katniss characters that are actually Everdeen ("The Hunger from the video games. Alice Games"), as I am a fan of those remains a forgettable heroine books I movies and as her without a personality to back weapon of choice is a variation her up, and Milla is as reliably of the bow and arrow. She eyen stoic as ever, despite her beau· wears a leather jacket too! ty. Milla's also one of the few Anyways, after a scuffle actors, along with Kevin with newly prominent local Durand (Barry Burton) and group of thugs (aka the Johann Urb (Leon Kennedy,) Monroe Militia), Danny is that doesn't embarrass herself. taken and their father dies after S4a.vvp. Robertf?. (W~s.k~r) .con- being _shot. Now short both tinu~s ·his forced, cringe-wor- parents (their mother was thy sneering from the last killed sometime during those movie, and Sienna Guillory (Jill 14 years before·hand) and a Valentine) is flat-out awful. In brother, Charlie sets out along addition to her inability to be a with a cunningly smart Doctor convincing antagonist, (Anna Lise Phillips) as a Anderson saddles her with the resourceful healer /killer vari· worst of his already-terrible ant and former Coogle employ· writing, leaving a character ee (Zak Orth), the comedic that is only bearable when she relief, to get her brother back, doesn't open her mouth. and recruit their father's long The best way to describe lost brother (Billy Burke); "Retribution" is as·a 90-minute A mysterious love interest lead up for the inevitable sixth for Charlie played by JD Pardo, movie. This is rather irritating, a piece of jewelry with hidden as the movie finally comes to a secrets, great detail to an over· scene where the pieces are in grown environment (for examplace for an all·out monster ple, a horse can be seen pulling war ... and then the credits roll. half of a hollowed-out car In the end, the movie is just one through the streets of Chicago, big tease that fails to establish acting as a horse and buggy), the stakes and scope that it and Billy Burke swash-buck· promises, and then ends once it ling his way through 20 or so of hints at something worth the Militia is what made this watching. Because of this, the show have a lasting impression film is not as enjoyable as the on me. A few of the stories' overall first film or even the mediocre third one, "Extinction." points don't flow quite togethHowever, thanks to its decent : er yet, and some of the acting action scenes, I would proba· ' was a little cliche, but this was bly watch "Retribution" before only the pilot and it is quite the other two installments, as hard to tell if these problems much of a backhanded compli- will be figured out by the time ment as that is. . the next few episodes are shown. Overall, I admire what the superb writing I directing allstar team has come up with for --~----- ---------· ------ --· the pilot of "Revolution" and I From page 5 definitely am lookillg forward to returning to this show, a keep viewers on their toes, place where evolution from while side conflicts provide technology is a must for surrelief from all the action. vival. Some parts leave you wondering how it would be possible in a hospital, which

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Men's cross-country team

rmishes well at invitational

Women's volleyball team takes tough losses at weekend tournament in N.Y.

6YTIMLIMA Staff Sports Reporter

BY JONATHAN SHIDELER Sports Staff Writer

The University of Rhode Island men's cross country team continued to raise eyebrows, finishing ninth out of 39 teams at Saturday's Shriners Invitational in North Dartmouth, Mass. The race was the first eightkilometer (five-mile) race of the season for the Rams. sophomore zachary Seites-Rundlett was the first to cross the finish ·line for the team, finishing 34th with a time of 26:04. The senior tandem of Nikos Christ and Samuel Weintraub were the next two Rams across the line. Christ finished in 37th with a time of 26:12 and Weintraub finished 47th, crossing at the 26:21 mark. Freshman Thomas Fownes ended with a time of 26:32, good enough for 58th place. Following him in 108th was junior Michael Cook at 27:16. Freshmen John Paquet finished at 27:23 and Daniel Branco finished at 27:24, good for 120th overall. "I feel good about our first Sk race," senior Corey Coogan, who finished 160th at 28:07,

said. "It was good to see Zack Seites and Sam Weintraub have nice races. It should be a great cortfidence boost to the guys going forward." The race was won by Bridgewater State University's Wahome Stephen, who finished with a time of 24:43. Stephen averaged less than five minutes a mile. The large field of 293 runners was evenly matched from top to bottom. The top 29 finished within 77 seconds of the leader. Massachusetts Institute of Technology finished first overall as a team, followed by Springfield College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Coast Guard Academy and Brandeis University. Next for the Rams is the Ted Owen invitational on Sept. 22. This meet will be held at Central Connecticut State University's Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain, Conn. In October, the Rams will run in three races, including the New England Championships on Oct. 7 and the Atlantic-10 Championships in Philadelphia on Oct. 27. Follow Tim on Twitter @Tim_Limal.

The University of Rhode Island's women volleyball team traveled to New York City this past weekend to take part in the Columbia Invitational. It was a tough weekend for Rhody as it lost all three matches it played. The tournament began on Friday against Hofstra University. After dropping the first set 25-20 the Rams battled back to win the second set 27~25, and the third set 28-26. However the Pride would rally to take the fourth set 25-17 and the final set 158. Freshman Franki Darnold led Rhody with a team~high 14 kills. Sophomore Kelly Rosenberg came off of the bench and put up a careerhigh 27 assists along with 15 digs to get her second doubledouble of the . year. Sophomore Catie Steffen, who leads the team in doubledoubles with five, picked up 11 kills and added a careerhigh 24 assists. On Saturday, Rhode Island played a doubleheader, --~- ---"-------~~

and the first game was against the hosts of the tournament, Columbia University. Columbia swept Rhody in three sets 25-18, 25~18 and 2826. Junior Britta Baarstad recorded a double-double as she led Rhody in the kill department with 12. She also pitched in defensively with 11. . digs. Steffen found herself one kill away from a doubledouble as she had nine kills and 11 digs. In second half of the Rams' doubleheader, they won the first set against Colgate University 25-21 before dropping the next three sets 25-21, 25-11 and 2522. Again it was Barstaad leading the Rams with 14 kills. She also had 10 digs, giving herself two doubledoubles on the day. "[Barstaad] was one of our bright spots on the weekend," head coach Bob Schneck said. "It is important to have her out there. She has a live arm and kills the ball as good as anyone on the team." Steffen finished with another filled stat sheet,

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notching a total of 13 kills and 10 digs giving her two double-doubles during the tournament. Senior Annie Nelson finished with a combined 70 assists on the day between the two matches as she notched 29 against': Colu~bia and 41 against Colgate. The three losses in tht: tournament give~ Rhody a record of 4-8, ' and with Atlantic-10 conference pla,y starting this wee'kend, ·the team, ·and Coach Schneck, know they need to improve. . "We played hard throughout . the weekend," Schneck said. "We pushed hard through all the games we just didn't play dean enough. If we want to succeed in A40s we need to play cleaner. We have a great team unity and everyone is on the same page. The problems we've faced early on are all things that can be fixed." The Rams will be traveling to Temple University on Friday and La Salle University on Saturday to begin their Atlantic-10 campaign. Follow Jon on Twitter

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BY MIKE ABELSON Sports Editor

With the University of Rhode Island football team opening its home schedule this weekend, I'm happy that the players, as far as football players can be anyway, will be safe. Why? Because there will be competent officials working the game. If you've watched the NFL over the last few weeks, you'll no doubt have noticed the replacement officials working the games. They were hired out of the finest lower-division collegiate conferences cheap money could buy. As a result, fans have been able to enjoy errant calls, incorrectly announced teams and a slew of other mistakes

palms. players to do well so they BY MIKE ABELSON The NFL' s inability to would have success in their Sports Editor come to an agreement with fantasy football league, as The Rhode Island the NFL Referee's Association .P hiladelphia Eagles running women's ·basketball team has plagued the on~field back Lesean McCoy claimed released its schedule Tuesday product and showed just how earlier this week. afternoon. little the NFL cares about its Luckily for Rhode Island, The Rams play their first players. After spending mil- and other Football Bowl and four games at the Ryan Center lions of dollars on player safe- Football Championship and eight of their 15 non-conty initiatives in recent years, Subdivision teams, the conference games are at home as the NFL has shown that it is ferences refused to guarantee · opposed to the five home nontalking out of both sides of its their referees a job if they testcortference games last season. mouth. The league will pro- . ed the NFL waters. Head coach Cathy Inglese tect its players, the people In a sporting world that said that she hoped for the fans pay to see, but only if the demands excellence from home games to be spread out money is right. everyone, from the players For a league making near- and coaches, to the announc- more, but the schedule should ly $10 billion dollars in rev- ers and officials, it is a bit odd help her young team. Inglese enue, an extra $250,000 or, _so that the professional league of welcomes six new players to per team to meet the referee's the most popular sport in the roster. "We have six freshman demands seems like peanuts. America will be more properand it'll be good; they bring in Alas, no. The league is con- ly officiated at the amateur energy," Inglese said. "They're tent to leave its players, a level rather than the profeshard workers and competitive. very high-priced commodity, sional level. It's a good group that will take us forward. We want to mesh our freshman with our seven returning players. We'll take it one game at a time." The 2012-2013 edition of the Rams will premiere Nov. 9 against Central Connecticut State University at 5 p .m. The men's basketball team will begin its regular season immediately after against Norfolk State University. The Rams will stay at home through Thanksgiving

and welcome Siena College, Bryant University and Brown University to the Ryan Centet:. The highlight of the non-conference schedule comes on Dec. 5 when Rhody welcomes the University of Delaware to Kingston. The Blue Hens feature Elena Della Donne, who was named national high school player of the year in 2008 and led Division-1 in scoring last year with 28.1 points per game. In Atlantic-10 play the Rams will welcome the University of Dayton, 2012 A-~ 10 champions, to Kingston on Jan. 20. Rhody will also host local rivals St. Joseph's University, the University of Massachusetts and Fordham University. After last year's disastrous 1-28 campaign, Inglese said she,· and the team, want to move on and start anew. "We want to be the team with the biggest turnaround," Inglese said. "We want to put last year behind us and make statement. ''This year's motto is 'Rhody Rising'. We want to be competitive every single night. The tide is turning." Follow Mike on Twitter @TheMikeAbelson.

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