December 9, 2019
Volume 93, Issue 12
Kamala Harris drops out of the 2020 race
Sean Richer, Asst. News Editor
The pool of Democratic candidates competing for the Presidential nomination grows smaller with Senator Kamala Harris dropping out of the race last Tuesday.
Harris has cited a lack of funds as the reason for her departure from the race to the White House, saying, "My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue." She later stated to the New York Times that she is, "Still very much in this fight." This news came after a wave of layoffs throughout her campaign staff. According to Sen. Harris, her campaign would have had to raise over $5 million in under two weeks, a feat deemed impossible by her finance team.
Kamala Harris entered the race early on and initially proved to be a strong performing candidate, claiming the #3 place for the earlier part of the race. However, her campaign was plagued with questions of her past policy decisions as Attorney General, particularly in regards to the heavy incarceration of African Americans while in office. She also split with a large number of voters after distancing herself from the "medicare for all" plans endorsed by some of her fellow Democrats such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. President Trump tweeted after her withdrawal saying, "We will miss you, Kamala." To which she replied, "Don't worry Mr. President, I'll see you at your trial."
It is unclear how her departure will affect the race to come. According to Politico, it may be likely that this could give a small boost to the newcomer, Micheal Bloomberg, however, this is not certain. What is certain is that while Harris may not be the next president, she could very well remain an influential player going forward.
Open Door Health, open for all
Abigail Nilsson, News Editor
Bringing up details regarding our personal life with a stranger may not be the most comfortable thing to do for most people, especially when it comes to sexual health. Those risky behaviors that we took with a stranger last Saturday night leaving us with that question in the back of our mind, “should I have been more careful.” Now, the next right thing to do is get tested, but who wants to go to their doctor and admit that part of their sexual history to someone they barely know, or any of our risky behavior at that? Nevermind the fear of judgment from the doctor or health care professionals conducting an STD test, but waiting for the results can be just as stressful.
Opening on Mar. 2, Open Door Health (ODH) is a 501( c )( 3 ) non-profit health care center that aims to provide quality and holistic care to the LGBTQ community in and around the Providence area. This will be the first LGBTQ-centered health clinic in the area. They will offer primary care as well as express STD screens, HIV and AIDS testing.
ODH held its first open house on Dec. 2. Amy Nunn, Executive Director of Rhode Island Public Health Institute (RIPHI), said the design of the clinic was inspired by the Dean Street Clinic in London. Nunn said that they hope to have local artists decorate the inside and outside of the building in art to feel welcoming to everyone. “We hope to be cutting edge nationally with our leadership and our board,” said Board Member Leonard Green.
Primary care and sexual health will be the main focus, initially, at Open Door Health. But they plan to expand and have mental health counselors available and are looking to recruit professionals who specialize in women’s health and transgender health. Dr. Chan said, “there is a focus on sexual health and we also want to ensure that all LGBTQ needs are addressed.”
This clinic is going to have the ultimate flexibility by working with their clients. They are offering to travel to you for STD screens, free health care to those who need it, walk-in rapid testing and appointments, and access to expert medical professionals who specialize in their fields and are there to treat everyone as an individual. Dr. Philip A. Chan said, “Honesty and open communication is key when working with people. Hopefully, we will be a fit for those who don’t feel comfortable with their doctors so everyone can communicate openly.”
The board members of ODH agree that they aim to treat the whole person and will have a variety of resources available including housing, nutrition, and support groups. They want everyone to feel safe and comfortable when confiding in the health professionals at Open Door. There is a Community Advisory and Action Board (CAAB) that met in August to provide feedback on ODH services and maintain a connection within the community.
Board Member Mark Tracy said, “we are very lucky to have a very diverse state, to me the way to solve intractable problems is to have vibrant and different perspectives. I am very optimistic because of Rhode Island’s size that we will export ODH outside of Rhode Island. I hope we can actually change health care in this country.”
Rhode Island has one of the highest LGBTQ populations in the country, and all board members agree that it is about time an innovative clinic that specializes in LGBTQ health is open in Providence. As the first health center of its kind, Amy Nunn said, “we want to get it right by serving the public the best way.”
Open Door Health aims to make healthcare more accessible for everyone and is committed to providing high-quality, patient-centered care to LGBTQ Rhode Islanders and the community at large.
Abigail Nilsson & Jake Elmslie
News Editor & Sports Editor
As the year and semester comes to an end it’s time to review the last 12 months at RIC.
January brought in a $250,000 grant from the Champlin Foundation to the RIC Biology Department. Craig-Lee reopens to classes, but remains under construction.
In February, Dr. Cornel West delivered a message of love for Black History Month lecture. A tree came crashing down on a student in their car in the Fogarty Life Science parking lot. President Sanchez promoted and launched the #NOTatRIC campaign. And, the women’s indoor track and field team won the Little East Conference Championship while breaking four school records.
In March, six students cozied up in the Student Union elevator when they were trapped in it for about an hour. RICovery held their first Narcan training of the year teaching students and faculty how to help in the event of an opioid overdose.
April started off the abrupt resignation of Vice President of Student Success Jason Meriweather. This was followed by the passing of the head of the RIC English Department, Daniel M. Scott, who lost his battle to multiple myeloma. For college pride month, Laverne Cox came to RIC and spoke to students about her journey into womanhood. Ending the spring semester, the new Director of Safety and Security and Chief of Campus Police James J. Mendonca was sworn in.
During the Summer, Bishop Tobin insulted the LGBTQ community with his negative tweet to discourage people to attend pride festivities. The Providence public school system made national headlines when John Hopkins Institute for Education Policy released a report that it was dangerous and dysfunctional. The final touches were completed on the Craig-Lee renovations as a steam pipe outside Alger Hall erupted.
September started off with nearly 50 open seats in Student Community Government. Students started a petition regarding the food inflation prices at Donovan Dining Center, which led to the “Don did me Dirty” sit-in.
Early October, Craig-Lee was rededicated, while the fate of Whipple Hall remains to be undetermined. The RIC Athletics Hall of Fame inducted seven individuals and the first female team. The Women’s Tennis team won their 3rd consecutive Little East Championship. Amnesty International photographer, Scott Langley, presented his case against the death penalty.
In November, tuition increases were approved by the Rhode Island Board of Education. National Grid and the Office of Energy Resources funded the installation of seven electric vehicle charging stations on campus. Finally, RIC adjunct faculty were protesting over two years without a pay raise.
Arts & Entertainment
Gregory Williams, Anchor Staff
"That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing” is the complete context in which the adage “as above, so below” appears in. The Emerald Tablet, attributed to Hermes Trismegistus (“thrice great Hermes”), contains this proverbial proposition. The concept of macrocosm and microcosm, which are Greek respectively for "large" and "small," presents the idea of a correspondence existing between human beings and the cosmos.
This concept can be found in various religions and indeed Hermetic philosophy. The Greek philosopher Pythagoras spearheaded this idea and was later elaborated on by later philosophers. Man exists and operates on one realm (the macrocosm) and strives to reflect that which exists within the greater realm (the microcosm). The macrocosm and microcosm are seen as the physical and metaphysical, or the secular and spiritual. Humanity’s struggle to bridge the gap between the two and make the lower self a reflection of the greater self is an expression of the adage “As above, so below”.
Furthermore, the tablet speaks of the legendary Hermes himself and his esoteric knowledge concerning the secret of the prima materia (“first matter”) and the Philosopher’s Stone. The prima materia is the chaos and raw material out of which the refined substance or “gold” is produced. Or, as psychologist Carl Jung argued, the prima materia is the “projection of the unconscious,” (refer to his book Psychology and Alchemy for more on that). Hermes Trimegistus is considered an ancient prophet and can be viewed as a cross between the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth.
There is much mystery surrounding this semi-divine figure. In addition to being credited as the author of the Emerald Tablet he is also believed to have been the author of the Corpus Hermeticum, a body of work dealing with everything from magic to the creation of the world itself. These Egyptian-Greek texts are dated to originate between 1st to 3rd centuries AD, whereas the Emerald Tablet is first referenced in The Book of Balinas the Wise on the Causes, an Arabic text dating between the 6th and 8th centuries AD. Legend goes that the tablet was found in the arms of a corpse seated on a golden throne below a statue of Hermes in the ancient city of Tyana. A translation of the text was found among Isaac Newton’s papers, too.
Many of these texts have since been examined and are believed to have been written by multiple authors over an extended period of time, so Trismegistus is most likely not the author. Rest assured, Hermes Trimegistus is still the Father of the mystical philosophy of Hermeticism and will always be remembered as a patron of astrology, magic, alchemy and philosophy. Lastly, I highly recommend the 2014 horror film “As Above, So Below”. It touches upon the subject discussed in this piece.
That’s it for now. Strange Days wishes you all a very Happy Holidays. We will be back sometime in January or February. Until then, adieu!
Brynn Terry, Asst. Copy Editor
Issue VIII: Cranston Animal Shelter
920 Phenix Ave, Cranston, RI
Mary Lou: ADOPTED
Mary Lou went to the Cranston Animal Shelter as a feral cat who didn’t like to be around people back in June. Since then, this feisty and independent feline has found a fur-ever family where she is very loved.
One year old pitbull mix Rocco has made a healthy recovery after being found roaming the Cranston train tracks, starving. This sweet boy is still looking for a home where he can be the center of attention and get lots of exercise.
Issue IX: Providence Animal Rescue League
34 Elbow St, Providence, RI
Cocoa was seized by her first owner because he couldn't take her to his new home. The lovable bunny whose key trait is sleeping on her side and cuddling stuffed animal has since found a new home to hop around with a loving family.
Hazel is a deaf six year old pitbull who is living in a foster home through PARL and she is still looking for a family to call her own. Hazel`s disability doesn`t stop her from anything, and she even knows some commands in sign language!
Issue X: Rhode Island SPCA
186 Amaral St, Riverside, RI
After five years living at the RISPCA, six year old staffordshire terrier Bruno is still in search of the right person to complete. Although he`s a tough boy, Bruno is a big goof who will give you all the love in the world.
Seven year old Patsy is a shy yet hyper girl who was seized among around 35 other cats from a hoarding situation. Out of all the cats seized, Patsy is still in search of someone willing to open up their home and their heart to her playful spirit.
Quintana Roo: AVAILABLE
Quintana is the sweetest piggy you`ll ever meet. This little girl was found abandoned and was taken in by a family who couldn't take care of her anymore due to allergy developments. Ring in the New Year taking her home and giving her a big midnight kiss!
Issue XI: Community Cat Care Center
39 Putnam Pike, Johnston, RI
Buffy & Cordelia: AVAILABLE
This dynamic duo of calico kitten sisters are shy but willing to keep watch for you from the highest points in your home. These strongly bonded twins are in search of a patient home where they can warm up to their new lives after spending their first few months alone on the streets.
Kyra Garabedian, Staff Writer
Hopefully you had an opportunity to see the extraordinary exhibit in the Bannister Gallery located in Alex & Ani Hall last month, but in case you didn’t, I’m going to try my best to fill you in.
This exhibition, “John de Melim: Work In Progress A Memorial Exhibition” was put together by the son of John de Melim to celebrate his artwork and life after his passing this year. John made a huge impact on Rhode Island College after he joined the faculty in 1960. John helped to found the graphic design program in addition to teaching printmaking courses during his time at RIC. Although he taught mainly art students, he also taught a general education course called “Art in Society” which was required for all students. This allowed him to touch the lives of many students during their academic career.
The impact John made on his students was clear during the opening night of the exhibition, as many of his past students were in attendance. I unfortunately didn’t have a chance to attend the opening reception, but I did speak with a peer of mine named Brad who works in the gallery. He reported that opening night had the most attendees he had ever seen during a reception.
Many of those in attendance were past students who shared memories and stories about John. “I overheard someone recount a year or so before his passing when they ran into him at a Providence Art Club event and he remembered their name. That’s truly remarkable when you consider how many students he taught throughout the years”. Brad explained how touching it was to hear John’s past students talk about how wonderful he was, and it made us wish we had the opportunity to meet him.
There is always something special and meaningful about memorials. When walking into the gallery to see John’s work, you realize it isn’t just about his artwork, but rather a glimpse into his life. The collection includes many different types of media John worked in, and showcases his artistic personality. This exhibit surely had a strong impact on the RIC community, just like John left his mark on RIC.
Thomas Crudale, Art Director
Since her sophomore year of high school, Alana Perez has been writing and studying poetry. Her love for poetry made becoming an English major with a concentration in creative writing an easy choice. Alana’s years of dedication to poetry will soon culminate into an impressive accomplishment: a self published collection of 16-20 of her poems, accompanied by illustrations from a local artist.
Alana’s publication, “hushed pulse”, started as her senior thesis. She felt so strongly about the work that she had done that she decided to take it to the next level. Alana says that her thesis included reading a lot of both archival materials and contemporary poetry. Through this practice, she drew a great deal of inspiration to later impose on her own work. Further inspiration for many of her poems comes from past and present experiences of primarily those with a Afro-Dominican background. Being of this decent herself, Alana says she feels a deep connection with others from her background and draws inspiration from her own and others’ experiences. Her second major, Africana Studies, has been yet another large influence on Alana’s work. Other central themes integrated throughout the publication include feminine interiority, breath and the natural world.
According to Alana, the two largest motivators and forms of aide that she has received in the progression of her work has been her advisor from the RIC department of English, Dr. Carrie Shipers, and a seven-week fellowship in New York at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture that she took part in this past summer. During her time in Harlem, she worked with a small group of other students who were also associated with Africana Studies to further develop and refine her work. Kinds of projects varied among the students, though most projects were more research-based while Alana’s poetry allowed her to focus heavily on the creative side of her work. During her time in New York as well as throughout this semester, Alana has written multiple poems every week and worked heavily with Dr. Shipers who provided valuable feedback. This resulted in an impressive body of literature by the end of this semester. This kind of dedication attests to Alana’s genuine affection for her work and poetry in general.
Alana has studied at Rhode Island College for just 3 and a half years and will be finishing her two majors this semester. Alana says her only regret in working with the Anchor Newspaper for this past semester is that she did not get involved earlier. She is currently applying to a variety of graduate schools to further her education. In addition, she will be interning at School One in Providence during the new year. Although she admits this is a tentative deadline, Alana is hoping to have her publication ready by the end of January 2020.
If you want to find out more about Alana’s poetry and publication, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexis Rapoza, Asst. Opinions Editor
On Nov. 14, a student in Santa Clarita, California opened fire on his peers at a local high school, shooting five students and then himself. As of Nov. 14 the United States has had 369 mass shootings just this year. That averages as more than one mass shooting per day, a feat that is only topped by 2016’s record of 382 total mass shootings.
The Gun Violence Archive (GVA) defines a mass shooting as any shooting in which at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter. In the United States, incidents like this have become part of our everyday culture. Furthermore, according to the Center for Disease and Control (CDC) over 40,000 people in the United States die from gun wounds per year. In contrast, Switzerland, which has a high rate of gun ownership, has not had a mass shooting since 2001. So what are we doing wrong?
Well for starters, our nation has become desensitized to bloodshed. When a tragedy occurs the knee-jerk reaction from citizens, politicians and celebrities alike is to share their “thoughts and prayers” to the victims and their families. I appreciate the sentiment, but at the same time how many times can we share our thoughts and prayers before it becomes redundant? Our nation’s leaders have, for decades, responded to gun violence with rose-colored statements of grief (that they didn’t even write themselves) instead of addressing the real problem -our nation’s barely-existent gun laws.
The United States Constitution’s 2nd Amendment states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” This amendment is the basis on which the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun enthusiasts have based their opposal of stricter gun laws. However, the mention of needing a well regulated Militia speaks to the fact that this document, and most of its subsequent amendments, are over two centuries old. During the time the Constitution was published, “bearing arms” referred almost exclusively to military service. Regardless, I doubt that our founding fathers would want or even imagined a country in which access to semi-automatic weapons is easier than getting a driver’s license.
As of 2019, there are no federal laws regulating semi-automatic weapons. Although most mass shootings involve handguns, mass shootings in which a semi-automatic weapon was used resulted in significantly more casualties than those in which a handgun was the primary weapon. I’m not a politician but this seems like a pretty good place to start.
Instead of proposing laws to arm teachers and forcing kindergarteners to practice active shooting drills, the government needs to enforce a ban on semi-automatic weapons and pass common-sense gun laws. I do not believe that stripping the nation’s law-abiding gun owners of their guns will solve gun violence but things as simple requiring permits and tests to prove that a person is fit and capable of owning a gun could greatly reduce gun violence. The argument that gun regulation will lead to more illegal gun purchases is a valid one, but how many more people have to die before something changes? The United States prides itself on being the “land of the free” but how free are we really? Americans can not go to school, concerts, Walmart or even places of worship without the fear of being shot at and to me, that doesn’t seem very free at all.
Up until the summer of 2018, Rhode Island law permitted gun owners with concealed carry permits to have guns on school campuses across the state. At RIC weapons are not permitted on campus. But, in Spring of last year shell casings were found in the Whipple parking lot as well at CCRI and at a local middle school campus. While CCRI closed their campus for the day RIC decided to stay open. Although there was found to be not viable threat this brings the issue very close to home. The leniency in which this event was dealt with makes me wonder how strict gun laws on campus are enforced. How easy would it be for someone to walk on campus with a weapon?
I asked RIC students how they felt about safety and common-sense gun laws on campus and here are their answers:
Slade (English and Secondary Education, Class of 2022) “I’m not too familiar with what the exact gun laws are, but I know the essentials. Personally, I feel there are certain types of firearms that should be restricted or banned. Furthermore, I feel there needs to be more thorough background checks, delving deep into someone’s medical and criminal record before a license is issued. If I may go off on a tangent for a moment, my girlfriend’s father on more than one occasion threatened to “hunt me down” with his guns. This doesn’t directly apply to me being a college student, but I am technically still a teenager. I’m not even 20 yet, I am still developing. That man has said a lot of traumatizing things over the past three years. I don’t feel safe on his property, let alone his house. So yeah, all in all, stricter gun laws should be enacted. I don’t mind if you have a handgun for self-defense in your home or a rifle or shotgun for hunting, but I don’t really think you need three cases of semi-automatics in your basement.”
David (Communications, Class of 2023) “I think it is an absolute problem that there has been no legislation passed by congress for gun laws, that there has been a rise school shootings over the past two decades and mass shootings. I think it is awful that they’re not taking a stand against it.”
John (Communications, Class of 2022) “As far as guns go, I think they should be illegal period. I know it’s a pipedream but they’re something we should uninvent. It’s along the lines of some kind of chemical or something bad, but its something I wish we could uninvent as a society. Unfortunately, they’re here to stay. I think more gun laws are the answer, I think universal background checks are also the answer. I just don’t understand why in the year 2019 we all need automatic weapons.”
Alison Macbeth, Opinions Editor
“Do it while you’re young,” they say. “The world is your oyster.” “Make your dreams your memories.” Studying abroad is a praised activity for college students. A choir of “aaahhs” can be heard behind every student who states they are leaving for a semester in another country. For some colleges, studying abroad is a rite of passage in their institution. For many, studying abroad seems like an impossible dream that can never be turned into a reality. However, receiving education and gaining experience outside of your own comfort zone is a practical and achievable goal.
Money is always an obstacle. Studying abroad is often an experience stapled to large payments and back-breaking budgets. However, with careful planning, saving and scholarship applications the dream can quickly become a reality. Here at Rhode Island College (RIC), the Shinn Scholarship is an independent financial award for students seeking an educational experience outside the country. It awards several students a year with large scholarships. Likewise, many study abroad programs recognize your financial aid packages. Things will not fall in your lap, but if you put your mind to it, things can fall into place.
Second to money, fear is the most common objection. Many college students are afraid to leave their peers for an unknown social group and environment. Going away for a semester can seem like a lonely endeavor. People may not speak your language or watch the same TV shows as you. But let’s be real––three months is a dot in a lifetime. Go make new friends and learn about a world that is way bigger than Rhode Island. Why? Because studying abroad is not only an opportunity for personal growth but also an academic asset.
Studying abroad enhances your education by expanding your perspectives through a non-U.S. interpretation of a subject. You are able to continue to get credits to build your major enriched through a different worldview. Also, many study abroad programs equip students in language and communication skills that would be otherwise left unhoned in their home institution. Similarly, studying abroad gives students a unique opportunity to learn how to navigate foreign cultures and adapt to societal differences. These cross cultural skills are vital for students in their future careers in the diverse U.S.
Studying abroad can be a reality - a practical reality that has real-life enhancements to your college education, your future career and personal growth. While some people see studying abroad as an exotic and elite opportunity, there are truly affordable means to achieving this dream. When you start framing the dream as a goal you can see that the outcomes of studying abroad are far more than rainbows and butterflies. Pursuing education outside the U.S. equips students with practical skills that bolster the learning experience and prepares for success in a future career.
These are some of the reasons why I am studying abroad next semester in Costa Rica for Spanish, environmental policy, human migration and cultural photography. While the dreamy landscape sprinkled with volcanoes, toucans and more coffee than I can imagine sounds like an excursion, it ultimately will allow me to grow as a person, student and scholar. The journey here has been full of hours spent hovered over my computer applying for scholarships and meetings to get my program approved. And although I haven’t left yet, I know it will all be worth it.
So here’s to four hours of Spanish classes every day, living with a host family, learning how to dance salsa, adventures in cloud forests with new friends, blushing at my terrible American accent, not having to fight for a spot in a RIC parking lot and endless moments of surprise. Here’s to RIC and the Anchor––things that are hard to leave behind. And here’s to making dreams turning into reality.
New Student Experience
Jeffrey Hamelin, Staff Writer
The RIC 100 course at Rhode Island College (RIC) is designed to guide newly enrolled students on their path of academic success. As a Peer Mentor in the RIC 100 program, I can confidently say that this course has done its job of informing new students and providing them with the resources they need to succeed here at RIC. However, there are some aspects of this course that need to be reviewed including mandatory attendance rules, credits and cost.
Currently, the RIC 100 course is mandatory for any student who has under 25 credits. Students are required to attend at least nine out of the 12 total classes and complete at least nine reflections to pass. Also, in order to receive credit for any reflection submitted, students must be physically present in class that day. While seasoned college students might find the attendance policy to be reasonable, for a newly enrolled college student this may be intimidating. Receiving an unsatisfactory grade (U) or failing grade in a student’s first semester can deter them from continuing their academic journey or keep them from graduating on time. As of right now, 30 percent of the students enrolled in the RIC 100 program are scheduled to receive an unsatisfactory grade.
One of the main reasons for the high rate of failure is that the majority of the students did not make the attendance requirement. As a Peer Mentor, I saw students stop coming to class because they missed the first three classes. Others missed class because of their work schedule or because they struggled to find a babysitter. RIC 100 is supposed to assist newly enrolled students achieve academic success, not stress them out even more.
Also, RIC 100 counts for one credit. This means that first year students are being charged tuition for information that could be easily relayed through emails or videos posts on Blackboard. Although the cost for this course is not significant, students should not be charged for this sort of basic information.
That being said, RIC 100 is a good resource for students who chose to attend. It is a great place to meet and interact with your peers and because of that I do not believe that abolishing the class altogether would be beneficial. What I propose is a voluntary weekly or bi-weekly program for those students who feel they would benefit from more information about RIC. Including a guest speaker for every section of the course each week would also be a great addition to this program. Students could talk to RIC alumni and current RIC upperclassman about on-campus resources and receive advice for getting through college.
As a Peer Mentor, I recognize and encourage the need to provide active support for any student who is starting or continuing their academic journey. RIC has a lot to offer for students hoping to achieve current academic and social goals. During my first month enrolled at RIC I had a lot of questions. Most of which were answered by going to Learning 4 Life (L4L), which is located on the first floor in the Adams Library. L4L is a great program that’s on campus and they acted as my Peer Mentor when I was new to RIC.
Since RIC already has a peer mentor program on campus, RIC 100 should be a voluntary option available to students––not something that is required. Both RIC 100 and the L4L center are important resources. In order for RIC 100 to be successful, individuals here at RIC who have the responsibility to set up fair guidelines and programs must help students achieve their goals instead of hindering them.
For such a small state, RI has much to offer
Thomas Crudale, Art Director
We have all heard someone declaring how dreadful Rhode Island is. “It’s too small” and “nothing ever happens” are some common complaints, or my personal favorite, “there’s just nothing to do.” While it is true that lil’ Rhody is about 1/250th the size of Texas, this state has more to offer than what it usually gets credit for. This is especially true for college students. A surprising number of local stores, theaters, restaurants, museums and other attractions offer student discounts. A simple Google search may surprise some as to how many businesses in RI are willing to give college students a percentage off.
Like 85% of students that attend Rhode Island College (RIC), I commute to campus. It usually takes me roughly 40 minutes to drive from where I live in southern Rhode Island to RIC. Aside from constantly transitioning from scenery of farmland and woods to concrete jungles and highways, I have had the pleasure of holding a number of jobs that have sent me to all ends of the state. I’ve driven from Chepatchet to Point Judith, from Westerly to Little Compton, from Smithfield to Matunuck, from East Providence to corners of Exeter that I never even knew existed.
The immense variety in scenery has never failed to impress me, and because Rhode Island is so small, the ease of accessing the wide array of landscapes could not be easier. Tired of being surrounded by tall buildings and people driving way too fast in the city? Head to Narragansett or Jamestown for some incredibly relaxing sights and sounds of the ocean. Beaches not your thing? That’s okay. (Actually it’s not). Regardless, drive to Exeter or Richmond for some of the best hiking trails the state has to offer. Or maybe you are looking for something to do in the city this coming weekend. There are bands, shows and other exciting events happening all the time. Just check out The Anchor’s weekly PVD Events calendar.
If getting around is the issue, there are services available to college students that make it easy to travel throughout the state for no charge. This past August, both RIC and URI made riding the RIPTA bus completely free for enrolled students with the use of a student ID, making getting to and from each end of the state indisputably accessible.
It is easy to get caught up in our daily routines and not even think to take advantage of the endless list of things to see and do in this little state. With the stress of exams and the holiday season comes the undeniable need to take some time for yourself. I can’t think of a better opportunity to get out and experience what this great state has to offer. So next time you catch yourself thinking “there’s just nothing to do,” get out and take advantage of our little state.
Jake Elmslie, Sports Editor
Photo by Thomas Crudale
The Rhode Island College women’s basketball team improved 6-1, earned their first Little East Conference victory and got a little taste revenge all at once on Wednesday night in a 62-57 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs. This victory carried more significance for the Anchorwomen than the average regular-season win, as it came against the team that knocked RIC out of the playoffs in the Little East conference semifinals last February.
The game got off to a slow start, with neither team converting their second field goal until UMD broke the drought with 3:24 left to play in the first quarter. However, the RIC offense got a shot in the arm late in the first quarter when Junior guard Brooke Young converted a trio of three pointers on three consecutive possessions to put her team up 13-8.
From here, the game morphed into a back and forth affair and by half time the Anchorwomen were able to take a 37-33 lead on the back of an 11 point 2nd quarter effort by sophomore Marie Gallagher off of the bench.
The two teams continued to exchange blows late into the second half with RIC maintaining a small lead for the majority of the final 20 minutes. However, things got tense when the Anchorwomen had trouble generating field goals in the games final three minutes, allowing the Corsairs to cut the lead down to 58-57 with :48.7 left to play. From there, UMD had possession and the chance to take the lead in the games final 15 seconds but there was a go ahead field goal by sophomore Shaelyn Carreiro, that was negated due to a travel. Due to this, the Corsairs resorted to intentionally fouling the Anchorwomen but a locked in Jordyn Gauvin, converted each of her four free throw attempts, sealing the game for the RIC.
The energy in both the Murray Center and the team was palatable and the Anchorwomen will look to carry that spirit into their next round of Little East competition, a Saturday afternoon road contest against the Plymouth State Panthers.
Anchorwomen a stroke behind
Taylor Green, Anchor Staff
Photo by Taylor Green
The Rhode Island College Women’s Swim Team fell 0-3 on their season Saturday with a 164-70 loss to the Plymouth State University Panthers.
With only four girls, the Anchorwomen still manage to hold their own against their competitors. Freshman Hillevi Esquilin brought in 18 points for the team before the first break, with first place in the 1000 yard freestyle and 100 yard freestyle, and another nine points with first in the 500 yard freestyle. Each of these swims marked her season bests, with a 12:11.53 in her 1000 yard freestyle, qualifying her seventh event for the NEISDA Championships, a 1:00.29 in her 100 yard freestyle, which had been previously qualified, and a 5:58.89 in the 500 yard freestyle, also previously qualified.
“I’m undefeated on my season,” Esquilin shared. “Coach is pressing me to stay with that, and to meet my goals.”
Freshman Abby Dion also made waves this meet, setting personal records in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:22.94, and the 50 yard butterfly with a time of 32.37. She scored second in both events, as well as the 100 yard butterfly (1:16.57), giving the team a total of 12 points. Freshman Reegan Camire brought in eight points for the team as well, with third place in the 50 yard breaststroke (44.57) and 100 yard Individual Medley (1:23.28), and fourth place in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:39.63). Freshman Jasmine Cooper brought in eight points for the team, with second place in the 50 yard backstroke (37.02), fourth in the 100 yard backstroke (1:22.49), and fourth in the 50 yard freestyle (32.59). Their final 15 points came from a second place swim in the 200 yard medley relay, and a first place swim in the 200 yard freestyle relay.
“The first half of the season is over,” Coach Fontaine explained, “so going forward, and moving toward the Little Eastern Conference (LEC) Championships, we’re looking to improve on last year’s point total.”
“I’m impressed because of how much everyone is improving both individually and as a team,” Esquilin added.
The Anchorwomen will compete next against the Clark University Cougars on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm in their opponent’s pool.
Jenfrin Rodriguez, Anchor Contributor
Photo by Mark Medeiros
The Rhode Island College men’s basketball team rallied as a unit and pulled off a monstrous performance against Little East rival Umass Dartmouth, behind with contributions from all around the board in a 92-69 statement game. The Anchormen came into this game riding a 97-77 victory over Regis Massachusetts on Sunday Dec. 1st.
While they were met with resistance in the first half of the game, the Anchormen found ways to separate themselves from Umass. Freshman guard Shion Darby and junior Keyshaun Jacobs got the party started at the Murray Center. Confidence is something that doesn’t elude these two, as they came out swinging without an answer from the opponent with Darby recording 18 points in the first half alone. When the smoke cleared up, both players wound up having 31 points apiece.
Although it can be easy to credit the aforementioned duo with most of the credit for the win, a couple of unsung heroes whose impact can not be seen in the box score stood out. The physicality of senior guard Jonatan Batista on the defensive end was something to take note of. His communication with whoever he shared the court with was crucial on the defensive end, as he made sure everyone was aware of what was happening and in the proper position.
Consistency is a part of success, and senior center Benjamin Vezele has found a way to be consistent. Every game he seems to be on double-double watch and Wednesday evening was no exception. Vezele ended with 13 points, 16 rebounds, and a block. His knack for getting involved defensively and altering shots is valuable and goes above the single block listed.
With the win, the Anchormen improve to 7-1 on the season and await Saturday Dec. 7th, for their next game, another conference matchup against the Plymouth State Panthers on the road.
Baeli Carroll, Anchor Contributor
On Dec. 6th, fans in the Murray Center were given their first look at the Rhode Island College Women’s Gymnastics team by way of the “Maroon and Gold” exhibition. The night began by introducing every member of the 2019-2020 Women’s Gymnastics team and separating them into “Maroon” and “Gold” teams that they would represent for the night.
After a quick warm up, the girls set up for the first rotation in which the Gold team performed on bars and the Maroon team took to the vault. The first rotation consisted of freshman Kelsey Gates representing the gold team setting the bar with a scoring of 9.0 on her performance. This was the highest score on bars for the night, with senior Kyndel Yett also of the gold team closely behind with a scoring of 8.85. The highest score that the Maroon team achieved during the first rotation was sophomore Krystina Ciardi with a score of 9.3 on vault.
For the second rotation, the teams changed positions and the Maroon team took to the bars while the the Gold team switched to vault. The Maroon team’s highest score on the bars was achieved by Freshman Ali Silva with the third highest score on bars, an 8.8, with Junior Kaela Skerl also of the Maroon team closely behind with an 8.7. As for how the gold team performed on vault, Kyndel Yett achieved the highest score on vault for the night with a grading of 9.5, and sophomore Sara Proctor was scored a 9.3; placing her in second place for the night.
On the third round, the Maroon team transitioned to the balance beam, which the Gold team performed their floor exercises. On balance beam, The Maroon team scored the highest score on beam for the night with Ali Silva achieving a 9.6 for her performance. The girls on the Gold team scored well on their floor exercise performances but none of them achieved any of the top 3 scored; all of which were earned by the Maroon team in the 4th round,
In the 4th rotation, the Gold team took to balance beam, while the Maroon team met on the floor. The gold team managed to earn the second and third highest scores on beam for the night with Junior Ali Peterman earning a 9.35 and freshman Shaina Benz earning a 9.25. This round is where the Maroon team had the opportunity to shine; earning all 3 of the top 3 scores in floor exercise. These were earned by Ali Silva and senior Grace Davis, who tied on floor with a score of 9.4. They were followed by Kaela Skerl who earned a 9.25.
After the third and fourth rotations, the Maroon team earned a 27.3 for balance beam, while the Gold team earned a close 27.4. When it came to the floor portion, the Maroon team managed a 28.05, while the Gold team scored a 27.1. This brought the end totals to the gold team winning with a 108.35 total, and the Maroon team close behind with a 108.15. This exhibition was a good way to showcase the teams talent for the year, as this year they are carrying 7 freshmen on their roster. The girls first match will be a home meet on January 12 against Brockport.
David Blais, Anchor Contributor
Back on Jan. 1, 2019 the wrestling landscape was changed forever with the announcement of a new wrestling promotion called All Elite Wrestling (AEW). The promotion was founded by wrestling superstars the Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes, the son of the late great hall of fame wrestler Dusty Rhodes. AEW would provide creative freedom to their talent and focus on the wrestling aspect of their talent. With such freedom being provided to their performers, it posed an immediate threat to the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). The WWE is the most mainstream wrestling company in the world making them the number one destination to upcoming wrestlers worldwide. However they do not provide creative freedom to superstars but instead have writers who mandate everything you see on the show. With AEW providing creative freedom and being more wrestling centered, it took away the glamour and some power from the WWE.
With the company being funded by Tony Khan, son of billionaire Shahid Khan, it had everything it needed to compete with Vince McMahon's juggernaut of a company except for one thing, a big name to draw viewers. AEW knew if they signed a former WWE big name superstar it would show Vince McMahon just how serious they were. On January 8th, 2019 the company held a press conference at the TIAA Field in Jacksonville, Florida where they made shockwaves when former WWE, Intercontinental, Tag Team, and World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho announced he had signed with the promotion.
Chris Jericho is one of the all-time wrestling greats due to his charisma on the microphone and the endless list of classic matches under his belt. This signing showed the legitimacy of the company and also fulfilled its intended purpose to get more eyes on the brand. However Chris Jericho was 48 years old when he signed, opening the door for questions about the quality of his matches would be.
Fast forward four months to the first pay-per-view event held by the company called “Double or Nothing” where Jericho was placed in the main event against fellow veteran wrestler Kenny Omega, best known for his time in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). Chris Jericho defeated Omega in an instant classic showing he still had that magic in the ring he’s known for even against an opponent who was 13 years younger than him. This match did not just show that the company had faith in Jericho by competing in their first main event ever but also that he is still capable of being a headliner. He would headline the second pay-per-view for the company dubbed “All Out” in Chicago, Illinois against indie wrestling superstar Adam Page where the winner would be crowned the inaugural AEW World Champion. Once again Jericho had put on another stellar performance against Page surprising many who had Page pegged as the favorite.The company trusted Jericho enough due to his contributions to the promotion to make him the inaugural champion. A post-match promo cut by Jericho on the spot spawned a viral meme when Jericho spewed the line “A little of the bubbly” when holding a bottle of champagne adding to his already impressive catalog of catchphrases he is known for. This meme would be all over the internet the next day racking up over 600,000 views on YouTube within the first few weeks of it being uploaded showing just how valuable Jericho is as a talent. The phrase was even coined onto a T-shirt which sold out almost immediately online also proving his marketability.
Chris Jericho has a career spanning over 3 decades. He has remained relevant in each decade with fresh and memorable characters, looks, and catchphrases. If someone who doesn’t watch wrestling saw a recent clip of Jericho in AEW they would think he is the best wrestler in the world. This is because Jericho always brings his A game anytime he is in front of the camera. Chris Jericho will never be forgotten due to his past accomplishments, but he is just as popular today then he has ever been. Great matches, great promos, and being a marketing genius makes Chris Jericho the best wrestler in the world today.