Future of Whipple Hall remains undertermined
Sean Richer, Asst. News Editor
While the bustle of construction is often seen and heard around the RIC campus, some of the buildings have not yet benefited from this new surge of renovations. Whipple Hall, on the east side of campus is one such building. Many students have expressed concern over the future of the old lecture hall, and even its structural stability. Alba Dominguez, a freshman commuter student commented, “Whipple is definitely the worst building to have classes, in my opinion… it's always too hot.”
One issue facing the lecture hall is a large crack through the middle of the second floor. This crack stretches from almost the halfway point between the main stairwell and the window overlooking the athletic fields. No reports have been made regarding any complications caused by this crack, but students have been wary of it for some time now. “That crack is straight up scary.” said Josephine Twum, a freshman nursing student. “Who knows what that could lead to.”
In September, the Assistant Vice Principal for Administration, Jeffery L. Martin, announced that Horace Mann will be the next building slated for renovation. This choice was made by a vote, although many students have shared their opinions on the wisdom of this decision. “Whipple has a literal crack through it. It's actually split in half” exclaimed Owen Jefferson, a sophomore resident student, “I think they need to get their priorities straight.”
It seems that for now, the plans for Horace Mann are moving forward despite what seems to be growing concern over the future and safety of Whipple Hall. With another lengthy and likely expensive project on the docket, it may be a while before the RIC administration will give Whipple the attention it seems to desperately need.
Can you hear the whistle blow?
Alison Darmetko, Anchor Staff
Following three years in office, impeachment proceedings have been brought against President Trump. On Sept. 24, The House of Representatives voted in favor of an official impeachment inquiry into the Trump administration.
This vote came in a direct response to a phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. On July 25, the Ukrainian leader told President Trump that the country needed more military aid and was prepared to purchase more weapons from the United States. The call became controversial, however, when Mr. Trump told his counterpart that he wanted a favor from him before he allowed the already funded aid to be distributed to the country.
The favor in question was for the Ukrainian government to launch an investigation into Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, in regards to allegations that Biden had arranged for a prosecutor’s investigation into his son to be completely dismissed. In return for the Ukrainian government’s cooperation, Trump would allow military aid to reach the country despite their current hardships and the funding already having been approved by Congress.
The timing of this call was revealed by a whistleblower, who’s complaint was not filed or handled appropriately, and has struck a chord of irony with many onlookers. Of note is the encouraging of election interference from a foreign power and the attempts at collusion, a charge that was of great importance during the investigation into Russia’s interference during the 2016 presidential election.
“(So) the idea that a foreign government like Russia should not interfere in our election is the only thing everyone agreed on,” commented Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show. “Everyone but Trump, because he just moved one country over.”
Another fact that got the attention of onlookers is whether the Trump administration tried to conceal the nature of the phone call. According to the whistleblower, Trump staffers removed the transcripts of the call from government servers and placed them on a secret, private server that only members of his staff could gain access to. This comes years after Hillary Clinton faced numerous inquiries and accusations of deception for storing emails on a personal server.
Currently, House Democrats are pursuing an impeachment inquiry as they gather evidence of the president’s alleged wrongdoings. Several subpoenas have been issued, including one directed toward Mike Pompeo for documents pertaining to the Ukraine call. So far, he has not complied with the subpoena, further exacerbating tensions with Congress’s investigation. Other key Trump staffers are being questioned and sent requests for testimonies. Only time can tell if the Trump impeachment actually comes to pass.
Bernie back after hospital scare
Sean Richer, Asst. News Editor
After experiencing “chest discomfort” at a presidential campaign event on Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders has been diagnosed with having a heart attack. Two stents were inserted into Sanders’s diseased cardiac artery to help increase blood flow. “Sen. Sanders was diagnosed with a myocardial infarction,” his treating physicians, Arturo E. Marchand Jr. and Arjun Gururaj, said in a statement on Friday.
After a nearly three days in a Las Vegas hospital, Sanders was seen exiting in a car with his wife, Jane Sanders, giving smiles and upturned thumbs to onlookers. In a later statement, Sanders told reporters, “After two and a half days in the hospital, I feel great, and after taking a short time off, I’ll be ready to get back to work.”
This health scare came after a seemingly difficult week for the hopeful president. While on a campaign tour, he had been suffering from chest pains. During a fundraiser just before his hospitalization, he was seen asking wearily for a chair while on stage. On Friday, his campaign came forward to confirm that he did have a heart attack, but that the issue had been resolved. They also confirmed that he will be attending the next debate on October 15th, although his campaign events for the next week had been cancelled.
While it seems that Sanders is poised for a full recovery, his health complications have sparked a wider discussion about age in the rapidly approaching race for the White House. Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren are all in their 70’s, and President Trump himself is 73. Fears have been stirred that these older candidates will not be able to serve due to health complications and these notions have been resoundly dismissed by the aforementioned candidates. However, Warren continues to make gains in the polls ahead of Sanders just behind Biden. This matter may hinder the Sanders campaign further, bringing the question of age to the table at the October Democratic primary debate.
Joker movie sparks shooting threats
Sean Richer, Asst. News Editor
Anxiety looms over the premiere of “Joker”, a film directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the clown prince of crime. Since May, many online chat forums have been alight with threats regarding the comic book movie, particularly in regards to mass shootings at venues that are showing the film. Several posts also mention the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO, where 12 people died at the hands of James Holmes, while viewing “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security say they have been keeping a close eye on online chatter regarding the film. In a bulletin obtained by ABC News, it is stated that no specific threats have been made to any single location. They have also stated that there does not seem to be a specific connection to the Aurora shooting, although many online communities have cited the tragedy as their inspiration. One of these groups refer to themselves as “Clowncels”. This bulletin also contained a statement saying, “While a connection between the Aurora mass shooter and the 'Joker' character has not been corroborated by investigation, a review of associated online postings reveals that individuals frequently equate the two.”
Warner Bros, the studio behind the production of the film, released a statement saying, “Make no mistake: neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind.” This came after several families affected by the Aurora shooting, wrote to the production studio expressing their concerns over the potential glorification of villainous characters like the Joker. Warner Bros. has continually denied this notion, insisting that it is not the intention of the film makers. As it stands, many people may enter the theaters with increased caution on the movie’s release on Friday and perhaps for some time after.
State of R.I. works to manage student debt
Abigail Nilsson, News Editor
College is stressful enough, never mind having to find a way to escape student loan debt. Over 133,000 Rhode Islanders have a combined $4.5 billion in student loan debt. Sen. Dawn Euer and Rep. Joseph M. McNamara are two key players who are working to protect students from loans that have fluctuating interest rates. State legislation has just passed the Student Loan Bill of Rights. This bill requires more communication from the lender [bank] to the student loan borrower, protecting them from an increase in interest rates.
“By several measures, student loan debt has increased greatly in the last 10 years,” said Representative McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston), chairman of the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare. “It has surpassed the amount households owe on auto loans, home equity loans and credit cards. This legislation will help to address the crisis by establishing oversight of the student loan process and prohibiting predatory practices.”
Senator Euer (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown) said, “The heavy burden of student debt is challenging enough for the majority of college graduates. Incompetent, inefficient or even deceitful loan servicers should not be allowed to exacerbate their struggles. Student loan servicers must be held accountable to ensure that they are providing honest, reliable information and services to their borrowers.”
Students can fund financial assistance for college through either federal loans or private loans. Over 133,000 Rhode Islanders, including senior citizens, have a combined $4.5 billion in student loan debt. And more than $470 million of Rhode Islanders’ student loan debt is delinquent. Now that the state of Rhode Island has begun to protect student loan borrowers, they will continue their fight to decrease the costs of in-state tuition.
From programs to departments
Derek Sherlock, Anchor Staff
Since transferring to Rhode Island College in the fall of 2016, I have worked closely with students and professors in the Gender and Women’s Studies program as well as with Black Studies (Africana Studies) program. Although these programs are separate, I believe that these programs should be placed in a singular department deemed Cultural Studies.
This new umbrella department would host varying concentrations such as the current Gender and Women’s Studies program as well as Black Studies program. Newer concentrations such as Latinx Studies, Asian Studies and Queer Studies can be housed by this department as well in the future.
Currently, both Gender and Women’s Studies and Black Studies fall in the category of a program. After reaching out to some of the professors, I received no clear definition of what comprised a program. However, programs are unable to hire additional professors. Professors who are currently in these programs are either unable to secure tenure or they need to move to another department such as English, History or Psychology to even begin the process of being considered for tenure.
These programs deserve to be in their own individual departments with fully tenured professors teaching courses. If individual departments are not an option, then the administration should create an umbrella department with an intersectional perspective. Therefore, all of these amazing and hardworking professors can be tenured professors. By creating this Cultural Studies department, it will allow professors to develop in-depth curriculum rather than glossing over issues such as bigotry and violence in a course or two. With a larger budget, more course offerings and the support of a departmental structure, RIC may present these important courses to students without a worry that at the end of the semester they may be terminated due to budget cuts.
Study sessions call for espresso shots and... amphetamines?
Alexis Rapoza, Asst. Opinions Editor
Imagine this: you have a cold so your doctor sends over a prescription for medicine to your local pharmacy. On arrival, your pharmacist looks you up and down, asks for ID and decides to refuse to fill your medication; simply stating that she “doesn't feel comfortable filling something like that.” For most people, this sort of situation will never be something they experience, but for some of us, situations like this are a reality.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun cracking down on prescription drug abuse. Because of this, those of us taking controlled substances have become hyper-aware of behaviors that could come off as “drug-seeking.” These behaviors include waiting at the pharmacy for a prescription to be filled, using cash to pay or asking the pharmacy to fill a prescription on the 28th day instead of the 30th.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, is something that affects almost five percent of the United States’ adult population. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the young age of 22. In my four years of legal adulthood, I had acquired a driving record that would scare a Nascar driver off the road. So naturally, this diagnosis did not come as a shock. What I did find surprising was all the hoops I had to jump through in order to receive medication. Before my doctor would even think about prescribing me anything, I had to get a series of blood tests, an EKG, a drug test and sign a contract stating that I would not sell my medication to anyone. This is because in recent years the amount of college students abusing stimulant medication has skyrocketed.
Adderall and Ritalin have become as common as Red Bull on college campuses. Some students have even sought out false diagnoses in order to get their hands on these types of medications. College students want to be able to study longer and stay up later, and medications like Adderall can help them achieve that. Not only does this give people without ADHD a leg up, it also contributes to the stigmatization that adults who legally take this prescription are drug seekers. For those of us with ADHD, stimulant medication does not provide any sort of high. What it does do, is help bring us to the baseline that neurotypical people are already at.
This is the problem I have with stimulant abuse. Yes, there is the possibility that some students are self-medicating and have undiagnosed ADHD, but the majority of students are using it to get ahead. Because of this, the pharmaceutical companies and FDA have been cracking down on people receiving stimulant prescriptions making it harder and harder to obtain the medication that individuals with ADHD actually need. For example, if I need to fill my medication early because I’m going on vacation, I need to provide proof to my doctor, the pharmacy and my insurance that I am, in fact, going on vacation and not selling or abusing my medication. I could also be subjected to random drug tests at my monthly medication management appointments to prove that I am taking my medication as prescribed.
The normalization of this abuse is directly causing this hyper-surveillance of these drugs. College students perceive these medications as something similar to coffee and with increasing pressure and workload on college campuses, it is not difficult to see why. However, for people without ADHD, studies have shown that stimulants don't actually provide any cognitive effects, it's almost a complete placebo effect. I know it is almost completely impossible to expect college students to stop using stimulants recreationally, but what I hope people understand is that every time they buy Adderall illegally or fake a diagnosis for a prescription they are potentially hindering someone’s access to medication they need. After all, you would not take Excedrin if you didn’t have a headache so why are medications for neurodevelopmental disorders treated any differently?
Beer. brought to you by RIC
Grace Kimmell, Anchor Staff
Photos by Mark Medeiros
We’ve all seen people at an intersection begging for just a couple of coins. People deny them, dart dirty looks in their direction, or, perhaps worse, pretend as though they’re not even there. And these individuals, often experiencing homelessness, are routinely punished for panhandling on our Rhode Island roads. Yet, sometimes we see firefighters or police officers in those very streets asking for and receiving fistfuls of cash in tall boots or spacious caps. What’s the difference? Prestige. Apparently that is enough to justify a glaring double standard. It’s hypocritical. Moreover, it’s unfair. Such blatant double standards aren’t just seen roadside, they’re at RIC as well.
As we all hear during orientation, RIC is a dry campus. This sobering mandate extends to any student, even if they’re of legal age to drink. Extreme consequences await those students who are found to be in possession of liquor on campus. Yet, RICFest hosted a beer garden on campus. Beer! On-campus! This wicked elixir was used as an advertising tactic to lure RIC alumni back to campus. More wicked still, if they become a donor, they get a reduced admission rate to the beer garden on campus.
In regards to possessing alcohol and drugs on campus, our student handbook states, “this policy applies to all campus facilities, including residence halls and at all student activities and events presented on campus by a College-sponsored or a non-sponsored host. The Vice President for Student Success may grant exceptions when alcohol is an intended addition to a meal (e.g., a champagne toast at a reception). At all such scheduled events, it is required that nonalcoholic beverages will also be served. No mention of alcohol is to be included in any publicity or promotion of said events.”
So, with a beer garden, RIC is seemingly violating several of its own guidelines that are stated in their updated student handbook. Not only are they using alcohol to promote a RIC hosted event, it is being offered on campus not along with any highly regarded celebratory meal. This event isn't offered to students, only to any alumni of legal drinking age who is not a student. Though the suggested sentiment behind the beer garden (to spread the taste of Providence culture) seems like an innocuous one, it is nevertheless a hypocritical one. Any 21+ student would have to face the penalty for such drinking, so why is it ok for RIC officials to use, promote and emphasize alcohol on our dry campus? If RIC is so insistent on our residence halls and campus being alcohol-free, there is never any place for it on campus. A champagne toast for a celebration. Sure. But this? This is a shameless cash grab, not to mention dangerously exploitative.
Unless, of course, alcohol isn’t as bad as our school’s dry campus policy might lead people to believe. I’m not saying we should have a free-flowing torrent of alcohol on campus. I’m not saying it should be banned for all 21+ individuals, even accomplished alumni. But a more careful, nuanced look at our student policies and whether or not they really reflect our true values here at RIC seems worth doing. I’ll drink to that.
Arts & Entertainment
Will Tekashi 69 do time?
Ted Sauvignon, Anchor Contributo
Daniel Hernandez, popularly known as Tekashi 69, has found himself with his back against the wall in recent months. The rapper has exposed the crimes of alleged fellow gang member and manager Shotti, and notable rappers including Casanova, Trippie Redd and Jim Jones along with several more individuals.
One of his most notable altercations involves Chicago rapper Chief Keef; Hernandez allegedly hired someone to kill Keef resulting in gunfire and attempted murder. Hernandez denied involvement in the shooting and was subsequently placed under criminal investigation. Hernandez was also allegedly kidnapped and robbed for about $20,000 on the night of the release of his hit record, “Fefe”, with Nicki Minaj in July.
Four months later, Hernandez abruptly fired his entire managing team. Some speculate he may have been fearful of those around him taking advantage of their proximity. His trial officially began in Jan. 2019, when Hernandez officially admitted on record to joining the Nine Trey Bloods and helping them perform illegal actions. He plead guilty to nine counts of drug distribution, racketeering, and conspiracy to commit murder.
Hernandez’s original sentence was set to a minimum of 47 years, however, his cooperation with law enforcement helped to lighten the potential sentence. It was eventually revealed that it was actually two of Hernandez’s fellow gang members who kidnapped and robbed him. Consequently, Hernandez testified which convicted the two men of their crimes that night.
A phone call recording between a Blood leader and rapper Jim Jones was presented among the evidence, in which they discussed how to handle Hernandez. To reprimand his disloyalty and inability to plead the fifth, it was discussed that Hernandez “be violated… super duper violated.” This evidence has since become a key point of discussion in the trial due to its unclear and seemingly sinister intent.
This could mean that the rapper would either be found and physically harmed or killed. As the trials continue, more testimonies are to be heard and more people will be put on the stand. It is unknown for certain if Hernandez will continue his music career if he is released from prison. He has denied witness protection at this time.
Rilakkuma and Kaoru: unbearably cute
Sh-Ron Almedia, Anchor Staff
Have you ever wanted to watch something lighthearted and simple? Are you a college student who just wants a break from schoolwork for a day? Well, look no further. “Rilakkuma and Kaoru” the stop-motion animation about a Japanese mascot and his human roommate, may be the remedy for restlessness and worry.
This Netflix original anime takes place one year in the life of twenty year old Kaoru. She’s accompanied by three roommates, two bears and a pet chick; Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiirotori. Told in vibrant, laid back and comfortable animation, it is a welcoming treat to watch. But it’s not just the cuteness going for it, there’s also surprisingly adult-targeted themes in each episode.
What viewers will appreciate in this show is how relatable Kaoru is. She’s working in a mind-numbing, dead-end job, dismays over her single status and all her more successful friends have practically forgotten about her. This causes her to be very depressed over the notion of being left behind and it can hit close to home for some. Kaoru represents what people may experience in everyday life, the hardships and day to day struggles of adulthood. Like her, we also must deal with adversities like indecisiveness, depression, loneliness and finances.
Luckily, that’s where the whimsical creatures come in. They brighten up the mood as emotional support, reminding Kaoru to live her life at her own pace and make steady changes, no matter how big or small. Thanks to Rilakkuma and the others, she starts to grow internally.
With that said, Rilakkuma and Kaorua is highly recommended. Sentimental, reflective and playful, it will warm your heart.
11 Weeks of Pure Heroine: Buzzcut
Sophia Guerrier, A&E Editor
To tell you the absolute truth, there isn’t much information regarding the background of “Buzzcut Season”. This is the sixth installment of the Pure Heroine series and the first time we have stumbled into this problem, but I’m going to shine light on the double meaning of the upbeat, hopeful track doused in subliminal dark undertones.
Lorde stated in an old Tumblr post that the song was meant to simply be about summer. Since this statement is coming from the singer herself it must be true but the darker, critical undertones of desentization and self-confliction is present in the lyrics as well.
Starting with Lorde’s intentions of a summer-inspired song, the tempo and Lorde’s energetic vocals attest to her objective. Also mentioned in Lorde’s now deleted Tumblr post, she compares boys cutting their hair in the summer time to that of a snake shedding their skin, claiming that it cools them down (cools the boys down not snakes).
The opening lines “I remember when your head caught flame, well you laughed, baby it’s okay, it’s buzzcut season anyway” can relate directly to this observation with “your head caught flame” pertaining to the humidity and strong sunlight of summer. “Well you laughed baby it’s okay, it’s buzzcut season anyway” can be the subject’s, assumingly a boy, reaction to the change of season resulting in him cutting his hair to stay cooler. “So now we live beside the pool, where everything is good” captures an image of Lorde’s fondness of summer where the pool symbolizes comfort and joy.
It’s important to also acknowledge that the pool is utilized as a resource to keep cool on a hot day, just like a buzzcut. Lorde then goes on to mention riding the bus, listening to music and “where all the things that we do for fun” which can easily be translated to any other enjoyable summer activity she indulges in with her friends. It’s a lighthearted tribute to her teenage adventures in the hot days, continuing her recurring theme of adolescence that we’ve been experiencing through the album.
On the other hand, the same opening lines can be defined in a more socially aware, darker manner. There’s been speculation that “buzzcut season” alludes to the idea of war because of the mandatory haircut soldiers receive when they join the military. With this in mind, “I remember when your head caught flame” meaning changes to either inner conflict caused by thoughts or experiences.
It could even go deeper where the line can represent PTSD or even a literal attack on a soldier causing their skull to catch on fire, which was common in WW2. Whichever meaning it may be the notion of desensitization is followed with the line “it’s buzzcut season anyway”, a shrug to a normalized struggle that is taking place.
Lorde maintains the idea of desensitization in both of the pre-choruses when she says, “the men up on the news, they try to tell us all that we will lose” and “explosions on TV”. There’s an emphasis on the media constantly portraying negative and violent sentiment on the news which creates an alternate reality of an only evil-filled world.
Regardless, Lorde dismisses the realities of the world’s issues and mocks society’s ability to ignore what’s going on outside the window with the line “so now we live beside the pool, where everything is good”. The pool remains to be a symbol for a safe haven from all worries. “I live in a hologram with you” also contributes to the insensitive illusion that society lives in.
It’s up to you to decide what the real meaning of “Buzzcut Season” might be but it’s hard to ignore the deeper meaning Lorde may be trying to tell us. Maybe it’s actually just a song about summer that mentions explosions on TV in passing. Next week, “Team” will be covered.
FiFA 20: A review from the heart of a fan
Lucas Del Savio, Anchor Contributor
With FIFA 20 finally out, I’m back with a follow up article about the game. Here’s where I believe the game stands. FIFA 20 itself is amazing, the graphics are great and the music is excellent. Now, the problem I have is with some of its features.
To begin, EA Sports took out “The Journey” which was a game mode through the eyes of the fictional character, Alex Hunter. While EA Sports took out “The Journey,” they replaced it with “Volta,” which I consider to be the best game mode since Champions League being added to FIFA.
A downside to FIFA 20 is the Ultimate Team feature. Many of the player ratings were terrible. Numerous amounts of players who were rated 85 in FIFA 19 were rated in the lower 80’s this time around. Another problem with Ultimate Team is the transfer market. Players who are rated 85 in the game are worth 100,000 coins, whereas players who are rated 86 or 87 are worth 16,000 to 30,000 in game currency. If EA Sports could fix something within the game, it would be the transfer market to make it more affordable for some of the players.
The other downside to the game is that the Italian team, Juventus, is no longer Juventus. Instead of having their 2019/20 Home and Away Kit, Juventus has a kit made by EA themselves. While the players names haven’t changed, the club itself has. It is no longer Juventus, it’s now “Piemonte Calcio.”
While there are changes that can be made to the game mechanics itself, the game is still amazing in my opinion. Yes, the player ratings could be a little better, but at least they have kept the same player models. If I were to rate this game, I would give it an 8.4 out of 10. I highly recommend getting FIFA 20 for the game play, the game modes, and much more.
How to study
Kyra Garabedian, Anchor Staff
Photo by Mark Medeiros
What is the most effective and timely way to study? I’m not sure I’ll ever have an answer that will be true for every person. During my time at Rhode Island College, I have developed a study method that seems to work for me, but does that mean it works for everyone else too?
I really started to think about my study habits when one of my classmates asked me what I do to prepare for exams and quizzes. With midterm exams quickly approaching, I thought I would reflect on my study practices as well as share what I find to be helpful with my peers. I understand not everyone will benefit from the way I prepare for exams because everyone learns in different ways. It’s interesting to see from a quick Google search that the scientifically proven study methods seem to vary quite a bit. This tells me that there is no right way to study, but it doesn’t try new tactics.
The most important element of effective studying is being organized. Most college students would agree that it’s extremely overwhelming to try and study from scattered notes and handouts shoved into a folder. If you don’t take care of your class materials from the start, you will be spending more time looking for pages than actually studying. It’s important you don’t start off with the frustration of being disorganized or you likely won’t get very far. Being organized might be different for everyone, but as long as you feel ready to go through your notes and handouts, you should be good to go.
Something I believe can really hurt you while studying is the lack of quality notes from class. I know it’s not always easy to keep your notes organized while you are trying to write down every important detail. However, not taking notes or not writing down key information is where you can run into trouble. I like to rewrite my notes into a neater, more organized version to help me clearly see the key points. I wouldn’t be able to do that if I didn’t take good notes in the first place. As long as you get the information you need it is alright to take messy notes and, in my opinion, rewriting them when you are ready to study actually helps you remember the content better.
My last go-to study tip is to find a buddy to help you study. They don’t even have to be in the class with you, as long as they are willing to help. I like to “teach” another person the content in order to remember it better. Putting the material into your own words will help you become more familiar with the concept and I find that this method really lets you know how well you’ve been studying. If you are able to teach someone else, you have definitely mastered your content and are likely ready for your exam. Mastering this final way of studying helps me gain the confidence I need to fully prepare for my exams.
Like I said previously, in no way are these study methods the scientifically proven best ways that everyone should use. Rather, I hope that my methods serve as a basis for others to tweak them into their own effective ways. Surely, it takes a lot of trial and error to find the best way to study, but it can’t hurt to try new ways until you do.
Rhode Island College welcomes athletes home during 2019 Hall of Fame ceremony
Brynn Terry, Asst. Copy Editor
Photos by Brynn Terry
Saturday night marked the 30th Rhode Island College athletics Hall of Fame ceremony located in the Donovan Dining Center, inducting seven individuals and one team. For the first time, a female sports team found its spot at the RIC Hall of Fame.
Donovan was filled with family, friends, teammates, current RIC Hall of Famers, coaches and inductees alike Saturday night, ready to honor the great athletes of the night. For President Frank Sánchez, who had been a student athlete himself at Columbia University, the night was full of pride as alumni trickled in to honor and be honored. “It`s a real indication of how this college does -and always does- transform the lives of our students”.
Honorees selected into the Hall of Fame are chosen by a board of previously inducted alumni. The board became solely alumni over two decades ago when current Director of Athletics and Recreation, Donald Tencher, made the executive decision. Potential inductees are required to have both received a degree from RIC as well as remained a good citizen since leaving the college. “If you come to this point (an induction) tonight, you should be extremely proud,” said Tencher.
Of the individuals inducted was Michael Martini of the class of 2010, a Cranston native who spent three years on the Anchormen wrestling team. Martini was the All New England wrestling champion two years in a row, being ranked 14 in the nation for college wrestling during his time at RIC. “Not giving up is key,” said Martini. Jay Jones, who is still currently the Anchormen wrestling coach, coached Martini during his time on the mat at RIC. “I was very blessed to support and guide him,” said Jones. “Michael and I have a special bond”. Martini attended Cranston High School West where Jones teaches prior to Martini transferring from Hofstra University to RIC for his sophomore year of college.
Also inducted was Tahrike Carter who graduated from RIC in 2015, spending four years on the Anchormen basketball team, starting 80 of his 118 games at RIC and holding the record for most games played in Rhode Island college basketball history. The Brooklyn, New York native now coaches basketball, having worked at Keene State University and New York Institute of Technology. “People actually do big things coming from small places,” stated Carter.
The oldest alumni of the night to be honored was 87 year old Korean War veterean John Heslin Jr. of the class of 1956. Heslin was drafted into active duty during his sophomore year and returned to finish his degree after he served, starting a distinguished career in education post graduation. Heslin coached soccer, baseball and basketball throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, starting the first female youth basketball team in Bridgewater, Mass. “I strongly encourage you; get the kids involved, keep them out of trouble,” said Heslin.
Among the other individuals inducted Saturday night were softball player Kayla Jandreau of the class of 2012, Meg “Funk” Fournier of the 2005-08 Anchorwomen tennis team, softball player Donielle Mattoon of the class of 2011, and Peter Prendergast from the class of 1993, who played tennis during his four years at RIC.
Jandreau and Mattoon took part in another special honor Saturday night, as both of them played for the 2007 and 2008 Anchorwomen softball teams, which were also honored. Under since retired head coach Maria Morin, these Anchorwomen are part of the first female team in RIC history to be inducted into the hall of fame. “I have great pride here in this college, I have great pride in the time I spent here,” said Morin. The teams took part in a golden age of RIC softball which occurred from 2005 until 2009, where the Anchorwomen took home the Little East Regular Season Championship five years in a row. Both the 2007 and 2008 teams went 12-2 during the championship. The 2007 team had an overall record of 41-7, while the 2008 had a record of 36-9. “We always had something special, we`re special together,” said alumni player Jeanne Rosa of the class of the class of 2008.
Since RIC began its sports program over 100 years ago, the pride of the Anchormen has grown through the alumni returning yearly to reminisce during alumni games and Hall of Fame induction nights alike. The induction stands as a yearly reminder that RIC is home to a community of athletes and rich athletic traditions that grow with each passing year.
Newsom rights for student athletes on the horizon
Jake Elmslie, Sports Editor
College students go to a variety of lengths to make ends meet, whether it be working part-time jobs, catering campus events for payment in food or selling plasma and other bodily fluids. However, one group of students that repeatedly see their earning potential artificially driven into the ground, have been college athletes. Student athletes have restrictions placed upon them by the NCAA, on the jobs they are able to work. The non-athletics related scholarships are able to take and are completely barred from profiting in any way off of their own likeness, image and status. This means that regardless of the level of celebrity, a top college athlete may achieve, they are unable to make any sort of money off of advertising, merchandising or appearances. These same rules do not apply to the universities these athletes play for, who have created a multi-billion dollar industry off of the labor and likeness of these students.
On September 30th California governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 206 into law. Most significantly, the bill states that
“A postsecondary educational institution shall not uphold any rule, requirement, standard, or other limitation that prevents a student of that institution participating in intercollegiate athletics from earning compensation as a result of the use of the student’s name, image, or likeness. Earning compensation from the use of a student’s name, image, or likeness shall not affect the student’s scholarship eligibility.”
In essence this law grants student athletes the right to earn money off of endorsements and other uses of their likeness including those by the university they attend, while also ensuring them legal protection from the NCAA’s rules surrounding ineligibility. These protections would put student athletes on a more equal playing field with both their professional contemporaries and nearly every other American with a marketable skill or talent.
In its current form SB 206 is not set to kick in until January 1, 2023. The bill itself serves as more of a warning shot to the NCAA than anything else, setting a time frame for the organization to most likely take one of three courses. These potential avenues include the NCAA ether, reforming its policies and grant student athletes some avenues to profit off of their athletic accomplishments, exploring a future without California based schools or preparing for what could evolve into a lengthy legal battle with the Golden State and potentially the other various states who have begun laying the groundwork for similar bills since SB 206’s passing.
Regardless of the path, the various parties involved choose to take an impasse has been reached, that will most likely radically alter the future of college athletics. An impasse that could finally lead to the collapse of the fallacy of amateurism that has served as a shield to the NCAA’s exploitation of college students nationwide for decades. An impasse that at the very least could force the movers and shakers of the NCAA to stand in court and articulate, why exactly forcing students to forgo profiting off of their own likeness, while simultaneously allowing a billion dollar national body to reap all the spoils is somehow necessary to preserve the sanctity of their business.
They came from the west but were beat like the rest
Taylor Green, Anchor Staff
Photos by Thomas Crudale
The Rhode Island College Women’s Tennis Team added yet another win to their season in an 8-1 match against the Western Connecticut State University Colonials on Tuesday night. The Anchorwomen continued their strong play this season, winning the first two doubles matches with ease. In the third, the Colonials put up a good fight, keeping the score close throughout the match, but in the end, the Anchorwomen took the win.
The Anchorwomen maintained their strength throughout the singles matches, winning the first five in the second set. However, the final singles match gave the Colonials their only win in the third set, with a score of 10-8.
With only a single loss so far this season, the RIC Tennis team enters October 10-1 on the season. The Anchorwomen have a chance to continue their streak on Saturday October 5 at 1:00 p.m. against the Salem State University Vikings on their opponents courts.