News

January 27, 2020
Volume 93, Issue 13

 

Gun rights activists fill R.I. State House

Sean Richer, News Editor

    Thousands of pro-gun advocates packed the Rhode Island State House last Thursday in retaliation of several gun control bills passed by the House Judiciary Committee. The crowd was brimming with energy as thousands of yellow shirts lined the rotunda and the streets outside, with “America the Beautiful” echoing from every corner of the building.   

    The crowd was comprised of many passionate gun owners and advocates from all around the east coast. “We need to be able to arm ourselves, it’s part of the American character. The founding fathers gave us that right for a reason” said Molly Catenau, a gun advocate and National Rifle Association member from Delaware. Other attendees were there for more specific reasons such as Alan Giberiti, a strong proponent of both the 2nd ammendment and LGBTQ rights. “Gun rights are gay rights.” Giberiti explained. “It is essential for a minority group like us, who still face violence to defend ourselves.” 

    The protesters had their sights set on three bills in particular. The first is the establishment of a state-wide record system. The second is a requirement for vendors to send any buyer’s application to the local police department. Finally, and perhaps most controversially, was the ban of 3D printed guns and other non-detectable “ghost weapons”. 

    Speaker of the House, Nicholas Mattiello addressed the committee the previous week amid this new push for legislation, “Real and practical solutions make our laws better, and protect the public as well as the second amendment community.” The movement passed in the committee almost unanimously, with 30 in favor and only eight against. 

    This round of gun control legislation will be set to a final vote later this year, and while it may seem likely that it will pass, many have shown that they will continue to protest these potential new laws. “We want [firearms] and we’re going to keep them” said Daniel Guilmette. With this large showing it seems that the discourse surrounding guns in Rhode Island seems to be far from over. 

 

Open Door Health, open for all

Abigail Nilsson, Editor in Chief

    Rhode Island College will be the first state funded school to offer Queer Studies as a minor in the 2020 fall semester. The University of Rhode Island has been in the process of developing a similar program since the spring of 2017, as there is significant student interest in these special topic classes.

    For years, students such as Derek Sherlock, Madeleine Dulude and Sissy Rosso have wanted queer studies to be a topic they could learn more about during college. These students from different backgrounds and majors share the belief that everyone should have a safe learning space where they can challenge what they think they know, feel a little uncomfortable and use what they have learned to teach others.

   Leslie Schuster, who heads Rhode Island College’s Gender and Women’s Studies program, worked with Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Andrea Dottolo to run a “trial” class called Introduction to Queer Studies last spring.  

    Sherlock, majoring in English, and Gender and Women’s Studies, was one of the first people to sign up for this class. Sherlock was tasked with the duty of spreading the word about this new intro class. As the fall semester quickly approached, Schuster began to worry about enrollment, and feared that she may have to cancel the section. Sherlock’s efforts paid off when the roster went from 5 students to nearly twenty.

    While many classes at RIC are taught in a traditional lecture style, Dr. Dottolo worked with the students to apply what they had read or watched ahead of time to classroom activities and real world situations. Student Sissie Rosso said, “While the professor usually sets the tone for the class, I found that the students really made this class. People were a lot more open-minded and willing to learn without negativity.” The classroom was a place where the students felt included, and comfortable being a little uncomfortable.

    About half way through the fall semester, a group of students urged Dr. Dottolo to make Queer Studies a program on its own. Dottolo then encouraged the students to share their views with Schuster, who then sat in on a class, and met with students to discuss this possibility. The students, along with their friends and other peers wrote letters to the RIC administration requesting Queer Studies to be offered as an official minor, supplemented with their experiences and passions for the field of study. 

  “As a student, we don’t get to see the administrative part of it, and it was really interesting to learn about,” said Rosso. The large group of students coming together in one class voicing their interest made their wish a reality.

    “I wasn’t expecting this to happen so soon. I was expecting it to take years,” said student Madeleine Dulude. Dr. Dottolo remarked, “It was a real inspiration for any student group to organize in this way. I feel really strongly about being at RIC because it does serve the working class and people who have many other outside obligations…. The fact that we can offer this, and that these students organized and articulated this, is really inspiring to watch.”

     Interim Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sue Pearlmutter said, “This new minor reinforces our commitment to teaching our students to explore the world with a critical lens…. The students who advocated for the creation of this program... are intent on specializing in work with the LGBTQ+ community and expressed their need and desire for focused training.”

    The students were surprised to find what they don’t know about pioneers like Marsha P. Johnson, Harvey Milk and Adrienne Rich. Queer Studies will ensure students truly understand what happened during the Stonewall Riots and the AIDS epidemic. It will explore the glitz and glamour alongside all the challenges that the LGBTQ+ community continues facing today.

    This program will be going  through the final approval in March and is set to run in fall 2020.

 

Letter from the editor

Abigail Nilsson, Editor in Chief

Dear Reader,

Welcome back to yet another semester at Rhode Island College!

I wanted to introduce myself as the new Editor in Chief as we had a mid semester, and an Anchor first, switch of organization presidents. This issue marks my first as the new Editor in Chief, and a year since I first contributed to The Anchor. I came to The Anchor with an innate desire to become a better writer, reporter, journalist and photographer. I had no clue that a year later I would be working among the amazing staff here at The Anchor. 

Here at The Anchor, we do much more than just write. We have a diverse and dedicated team that has a large array of skills, and we are always looking for more students who would be a good fit to our organization. We welcome any student interested in building their resume with social media, copy editing, layout, photography, graphics, and even a cartoonist. We are currently working on putting the finishing touches on our website as well. This is a great place for you to gain experience, network, and develop a professional portfolio.

The Anchor will continue to serve as a source of news to the RIC, and surrounding community as a forum for free expression.

If you or someone you know would like to know more or want to contribute to The Anchor join us for our Wednesday meetings. 

We also encourage letters to the editor, please email Abi at editorinchief@anchorweb.org.

Cheers!

Abi

 

Newly discovered Coronavirus outbreaks in China

Sean Richer, News Editor

    Within the Chinese province of Hubei lies the city of Wuhan, where at least 17 people have died of a mysterious pneumonia-like illness that over 650 people worldwide have been diagnosed with. The countries which have confirmed cases of the virus include Japan, France, Thailand and South Korea, as well as two cases reported within the U.S. in Washington and California. 

    Very little is currently known about this virus, which has been categorized as a “coronavirus” due to the crown-like feature it possesses when viewed under a microscope. These types of coronaviruses span from respiratory illnesses such as the common cold.

    This is not China’s first coronavirus epidemic. In 2002 a similar sickness known as SARS, swept through the country, leaving 774 people dead in its wake. In an effort to prevent a similar outcome, the Chinese government has locked down and quarantined the city of Wuhan. All flights in and out of the province have been cancelled and all public transportation has been suspended. A top committee of the Coummunist Party of China has also released a warning to those who may be infected saying, “Whoever deliberately delays or conceals reporting for the sake of their own interests will be forever nailed to history’s pillar of shame.”

    Despite growing concern over the scope of this illness, the World Health Organization has not yet declared an international public health emergency. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while advising to avoid travel to China at this time, has also stated that the risk of further spread within the U.S. is low and that they are closely monitoring the situation. The National Institute of Health has also stated that they are in the “preliminary stages” of developing a vaccine. Until such a treatment can be released to the public, the future remains uncertain for the people of Wuhan.

 

Viola Davis to donate $10,000 to Central Falls High School thespians

Brynn Terry, Asst. News Editor

    Rhode Island College alumna Viola Davis has promised a $10,000 grant to Central Falls High School’s acting troupe, the International Thespian Society. Davis graduated from Central Falls High School before starting her college education at RIC to study theatre. Davis is the first black woman to receive the Triple Crown of Acting, be awarded an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony. 

    The International Thespian Society is a worldwide organization that is in schools throughout each of the 50 states to support young thespians. The ITS works to create opportunities, scholarships and advocate for theatre students. They also provide guidance in pursuing further education in theatrical arts.

    Davis’ sister, Dr. Deloris Grant, has been a theatre teacher at Central Falls High School for the past 22 years. Grant also attended RIC, earning her bachelor's in English Language in Literature in 1987, and her Master's in teaching English in 1992.

    In a press release by the high school, Davis was quoted saying, “I support the dreams and hopes of student artists in Central Falls. I know this donation will continue to supplement activities of thespians.”

   In response, Principal Bob McCarthy stated “I’m just really grateful to have an alumna that only supports us in spirit but supports us for opportunities for our young actors and actresses.”

    This donation will support future musical and drama productions for the students. This includes expenses such as costumes, as well as fees and musical materials. The funds will also aid in the theatre students’ yearly trip to New York, along with scholarships and other costs that they may need.

 

Arts & Entertainment

 

Gregory Williams, Anchor Staff

Over the course of our short run, we have covered as thoroughly and accurately as possible a number of superstitions and figures within the supernatural realm: Friday the 13th, Werewolves, Rhode Island’s very own Vampire and more. With this in mind, I was surprised to realize that we have yet to drop anchor into the world of maritime lore. It would be a crime not to start us off on this voyage with the legend of the Flying Dutchman, the most famous of all sea legends. 
Suffice it to say that most of us are already familiar with the tale, or at the very least have heard of the moniker (some via “SpongeBob SquarePants”). Like all legends, if examined closely enough, it  contains a grain of truth. Before something becomes a legend, it will begin as a story. Often, these stories can be subject to exaggeration and fabrication. If popular and circulated enough, these legends get adopted by artists and used as a basis in literature, art, music and film (in this case, all four!). 
For over two centuries, written accounts of this phantom ship have been made. The legend is likely to have originated during the 17th century golden age of commercial trading. The first printed reference to a sighting of the Dutchman can be found in John MacDonald’s, “Travels in Various parts of Europe Asia and Africa during a Series of Thirty Years and Upwards,” published in 1790. The passage reads: “The weather was so stormy that the sailors said they saw the Flying Dutchman. The common story is that this Dutchman came to the Cape in distress of weather and wanted to get into harbour. The Dutchman could not get a pilot to conduct her and was lost, and ever since in very bad weather her vision appears.” 
The first prominent sighting of this ghostly ship was made in the year 1881 by Prince George (King George V by 1910) who was completing a three year long voyage along with his elder brother, Prince Albert Victor, the future King Edward VIII. The occurrence took place off the Australian coast on July 11. The royal log reads:  “The Flying Dutchman crossed our bows. A strange red light as of a phantom ship all aglow, in the midst of which light the masts, spars and sails of a brig 200 yards distant stood out in strong relief.” One of the earliest recorded incidents involving this specter ship was made by the captain and crew of a British vessel in 1835. The party reported seeing a phantom ship approaching them while in the midst of a storm and anticipating a possible collision the ship suddenly vanished. 
Other eye-witness reports are similar in the ships description. The ship seems to manifest out of thin air, is ghost-like in appearance and then inevitably spirits away in the same fashion that it came. Seafarers interpret the sighting of the Flying Dutchman as bad luck or impending disaster. The most recent sightings recorded are dated up until the mid-20th century. In nautical folklore, there are at least three different versions of the story and even more possible names of the skipper who mans the helm of the Flying Dutchman. The most strongly believed name is that of a Captain Van Der Decken (also commonly spelt as one word - Vanderdecken). The most popular version of the legend is that while struggling to sail around Cape Good Hope, a rocky promontory at the southern end of Cape Peninsula, South Africa, a terrible storm hit. Seeing this, the crew begged their captain to turn back but refused (another version states that he tried but was unable to make harbor). A few sources claim that he may have been either drunk or mad. The ship and its crew battled the storm and at one point Van Der Decken is said to have pledged to complete his journey in spite of God’s wrath and in doing so he and his crew are condemned to go on sailing for eternity - or as some write - “until doomsday.”

 

Samantha Scetta, Copy Editor

    There’s no denying that people take pride in their collections-- as they should. Some collect vinyls, others collect plants…and who knows what else. There’s also an entire subculture of people that collect a vital piece of footwear: the sneaker. 

   Jordans, Nikes, Adidas, Pumas and even New Balances are prevalent in the closet of any so called “sneakerhead,” but if you’re new to collecting sneakers there are a few factors to consider before checking out sites such as Goat, Flight Club and StockX, where you can usually get the best prices on sought after sneakers.

   My best advice to you would be to make sure you do your research and keep your boxes. There are an exponential amount of sneakers out there, some more valuable than the rest. Before purchasing, it's best to ask yourself a few questions. Are you shopping to resell, looking for comfort, or maybe you just want to walk around in style? You can usually find a shoe that fits all three categories. 

Below, I’ve included five staple sneakers that are fitting for the interested college student’s budget and lifestyle. 


Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas (“Core White,” 2017)- Kanye West’s impact on the sneaker game is undeniable. The most affordable of his Yeezy collection can be worn to class, to the library, or even for a night out. The powerphases collection literally looks like they could have stepped out of the 1980s, with a unique tennis shoe silhouette making them stand out from the rest of the Yeezy collection.


Adidas NMD (“OG,” 2015)- These sneakers ran the game for quite some time. Arguably one of the diverse pairs of sneakers sold under the 3-stripe brand, NMDs can be found in an incredible amount of colors and styles, popular amongst people of any age with any sense of style.


Nike Air Max (270 React “Bauhaus,” 2019) - A sneaker that truly transcends time. The Nike Air Max ranges in price from $60 to over $2,000, depending of course on style and availability, making it a shoe that can fit in the closet of a collector or be worn to walk your dog. 


Nike AirForce 1 (“Shadow Mystic Navy,” 2019)- Who can deny the impact the AirForce has on culture? One of Instagram’s favorite sneakers, this shoe can clearly be seen in a variety of designs, but most commonly black and white. Although they might feel take a few days to be broken into, once they fit your feet the Air Force sneaker will carry you through your day in comfort and style. 


Jordan 1 (Retro High OG UNC “Blue Chill,” 2019 )- Yet another sneaker that is a classic to any collector. Released over 35 years ago, Air Jordan 1’s have certainly earned their crown as king of the sneaker game. This sneaker is my personal favorite, it can be dressed up or down and there’s a colorway that will fit just about anybody.

 

Sh-Ron Almeida, Staff Writer

    From the mastermind behind the smash hit “Your Name,” Makoto Shinkai’s “Weathering With You” spotlights teenage runaway Hodaka, who moves to Tokyo in hopes of a better life only to become broke and homeless. Eventually, he finds work in writing for a dingy occult magazine while the downpour of rain continues day by day. While traversing through the busy streets, Hodaka has a fateful encounter with a young girl named Hina, a cheerful, hardworking girl who lives with her brother. However, she harbors a secret power that nobody knows about; the power to banish the rain and bring forth the sun. 

    This film had a lot of hype surrounding it and with good reason. “Your Name” was a global success, featuring likeable characters and heartwarmingly positive themes about connection, love and belonging. “Weathering With You” takes a different approach entirely. Instead, it is enriched with social commentary and dripping with a sense of hope and comfort in a noisy, messy world. The teenage love story is enduring, with both main leads struggling to manage in an ever-changing environment. Once again, the art and animation are beautiful! With the use of rain and various weather effects to the fullest, the movie feels alive. 

    Of course, this film is not without drawbacks. Characters, while grounded, do not hit the mark when certain plot points take place in the second half, leaving them one dimensional and unrelatable. There are also a few sudden expositions regarding the truth of Hina’s ability, which comes across as lacking in    execution. 

    Inevitably, comparisons will be made between “Your Name” and “Weathering with You.” But, in all honesty, it would be a disservice to Makoto Shinkai and his latest work. It should not be a successor to “Your Name.” “Weathering with You” has a different message worth listening to. 

 

Sophia Gurrier, A&E Editor

Prison escapes have an outstanding glamour to them that intrigues all of us law abiding citizens in one way or another. Hollywood and television has filled our minds with sophisticated, highly organized and dangerous prison breakouts, that can even have us rooting for the criminals hopping over the barbed wire. It is also hard to forget about Mexican drug lord El Chapo’s second escape from a top security prison in 2015. Even though it is essentially impossible to escape prison in this day and age, considering out of the over 1 million prisoners in the United States, less than 10 have escaped in the past seven years (and were recaptured within 10 days); it is fun to reminiscence on the grand tales of notorious breakouts not too long ago. 
One of these extraordinary escapes occurred in Dublin, California in 1987. Involved was 43 year old Vietnam veteran, Ronald McIntosh, who was imprisoned for wire fraud  in a scheme that scammed 18 million dollars out of investors. The second participant and main motivator of this escape was Samantha Lopez, a 37 year old serving a 50 year sentence for aiding and abetting a bank robbery in Georgia. 
Before the story is explained, a piece of important information is that McIntosh and Lopez were not only jailbirds but lovebirds as well. They met while working at the prison’s office where they mingled and began to get to know each other like any regular couple would. Their prison allowed for male and female inmates to occasionally go on dates, work together and see each other during their free time in which they took advantage of and started to fall in love. Eventually McIntosh proposed to Lopez (she said yes). Their love was a fairytale until McIntosh was informed that he was being transferred to another prison, a heartbreak for Lopez. Prior to the day of his departure, McIntosh told Lopez to visit their favorite spot during lunch in the recreation area for five days and to “think about him.”
Lopez did not have to think about McIntosh for long. On the fifth day of her vow, Lopez gazed into the sky to find a helicopter slowly descending into the prison yard. Lopez’s prince charming had finally arrived. After disappearing from his “unescorted” prison transfer, McIntosh rented a helicopter where he forced the pilot out of the aircraft at gunpoint. Having experience with flying from the war, he flew to the prison where he landed and picked up Lopez and made their getaway to cheering and encouragement from all the inmates present. The prison guards were unarmed so they met no opposition. 
The story does not stop there. After landing the helicopter miles from the prison, a parked car greeted them where they drove to McIntosh’s apartment. Their first shared meal of freedom together-- KFC. As mentioned before, McIntosh and Lopez were engaged, and to appropriately celebrate their commitment to each other they needed rings. They headed to the mall to pick up their wedding rings, where McIntosh went to get them and Lopez advanced into a shoe store. That is when the end to their happily ever after came. Having monitored McIntosh’s checking account, the authorities were able to trace their location. Federal agents arrived at the mall and arrested both McIntosh and Lopez. 
Since their arrest and separation from each other, Lopez and McIntosh were both sentenced to life without parole. They write to each other every night and still hope to one day get officially married.

 

Opinions

 

Grace Kimmell, Photo Editor

     “Honey, don’t work yourself too hard. You need to focus on school, that’s your job, you know,” recommends my dad.  He’s never been a college student before in his life, but he knows that this line of reasoning just makes sense. 

     “Yes, dad,” I reply, knowing how absolutely divorced from my reality his well-intentioned advice is.  What I mean to say is “Yes, dad, I’ll do my best to put all of my efforts into my schoolwork, in addition to my internship-work, and also, of course, my work-work because I need to pay for gas to actually drive to the first two and make enough money to afford a reasonable portion of Ramen to slurp down each day so that I can summon the energy to do it all again the next.” But yeah, I wish it was just school that was my job. 

     Working during our college years is a hot-button topic for parents and students alike. As the majority of students at RIC are commuters, most of us can relate to having to work and go to school at the same time. Most of us probably also wish we didn’t have to for the sake of time, energy, and our overall mental well-being. But coming out of college, which serves students more? The “college experience” many parents see college as (no work but school work) or working part/full time around our school schedule?

     While in a perfect world students would be paid to go to school, you only need to look out of your window to see how far from perfect this world is. In reality, working during school helps a lot in making sure we each have the food, books, gas, and income we need to accomplish things without our parents footing the bill. We see and learn the value of financial management, which will ultimately help us manage our money post-college (especially when some of us will be up to our eyeballs in debt). And ahhh, the debt. We all know we’re coming out of school with it, so working while in school can help us pay it off now before it accumulates interest. Ultimately, beyond the obvious financial benefits, we learn to have a work ethic (which many business owners say our generation simply doesn’t have). This work ethic and the job(s) you have added to your resume will help you get more opportunities and jobs coming out of school. 

     I wish I could sit here and advocate for a balanced student life. I want to, really. Yet, I also know that I have a responsibility to the truth, and at least my truth has always been that any period of tremendous growth -- the kind we hope to achieve in college -- is necessarily accompanied not by balance, but rather the opposite, by disequilibrium.  We grow when we’re forced to be uncomfortable and push past our self-imposed or societally-imposed limitations. I don’t know about you, but after college, I reckon I’m going to try to change the world. That doesn’t happen comfortably. Luckily for me and perhaps unluckily for the status quo, by then, I’ll have plenty of experience being uncomfortable, off-balance, and a little unusual, too thanks to juggling my many responsibilities now.

 

Brynn Terry, Asst. News Editor

  A full-time student at Rhode Island College is likely to spend around $100 on textbooks per semester through renting.

    The RIC bookstore, which is owned by Barnes & Noble, sells required texts that are significantly more expensive than purchasing or renting through the publisher, or third party sites such as Amazon, and Chegg. 

    For one of my classes, I was required to purchase an EBook that cost $71.45 before taxes from the RIC bookstore. Upon entering class, Thursday afternoon, my professor suggested we buy through the publisher, who sells the EBook for $50, with a three-week free trial before committing to the actual purchase.

    Although saving $20 on a book may be helpful, adding an additional $50 out of pocket expense per class is still a lot for a college student to front. Just attending college costs enough money and leaves many students with a financial burden when they graduate. Starting a new semester, and cutting down on hours at work can be stressful enough for working students that they can be discouraged by the inflation of the additional costs of attending school.

   RIC provides significant support for students who may struggle financially, offering monthly payment plans for tuition and some leeway if payments are late. Why doesn’t the bookstore do the same? Why don’t more professors choose cost-effective textbooks for their courses?

    To curb the costs of required readings, professors should deviate from books that require an online course code, and be more flexible when it comes to past editions and online texts. There are several options through which instructors may legally provide versions of textbooks for free. Taking the extra step to ensure that multiple copies are available on reserve at the library is something professors can do to alleviate students’ financial burdens. Likewise, the James P. Adams Library provides information and links to open textbook collaboratives, a new technology that is on the rise in the higher education community. Rice University and the State University of New York have their own open textbook software that is available to all students, which cuts down on the costs of books and supplementary material. 

   I recently learned about open textbooks this semester when one of my professors provided my class a link to one. It is shocking that there is little no mention of such a great resource, and that does not seem fair to me. Colleges should be helping their students be as successful as possible, rather than taking more money from their pockets.

 

Hollywood has a ‘Little Women’ problem

Alexis Rapoza, Opinions Editor

    In Greta Gerwig’s adaption of Louisa May Alcott’s novel “Little Women,” the character Laurie, played by Timothee Chalamet says “What women are allowed into the club of geniuses anyway?” According to The Academy, the answer is zero. 

    On January 13th, The Academy released the nominations for the 92nd annual Oscars, where “Little Women” received six nominations including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. However, the film’s director, Greta Gerwig, was left off the list of nominees for Best Director. How is a film worthy of a Best Picture nomination but the visionary behind the film is not worthy of Best Director? Does The Academy think that the film directed itself? 

    Greta Gerwig is not the only female director to be snubbed this year. Notable female directors left off the nomination list include Lulu Wang (“The Farwell”),  Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”), and Alma Har’el (“Honey Boy”). In fact, female directors are no stranger to Oscar snubs. In its long history, only five female directors have ever been nominated and Kathryn Bigelow, director of “The Hurt Locker,” is the only woman to ever win an Oscar for Best Director. Critics may argue that there have only been a few female directors worthy of such high praise but personally, I find that hard to believe. 

    According to the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California, more than 10% of the top 100 films in 2019 were directed by women, which is twice as much as the previous year. Furthermore, women compromised only 37% of major characters in those same top 100 films. For women of color, the numbers are even more concerning, as white women made up 68% of all female characters with speaking roles. This stark underrepresentation of 51% of the United States’ population speaks to a bigger narrative of systematic misogyny in Hollywood. 

    Women in Hollywood have reached major milestones in the past several years. Along with the increase in female creatives, the #MeToo movement has sparked criticism of the film industry’s work to silence victims of sexual abuse, at the hands of powerful men. Hollywood has allowed women to have a platform for their liberation but refuses to award them for it. Powerful women are often viewed as a threat to masculinity and I believe that this is where the problem stems from. 

    Kathryn Bigelow’s 2008 film “The Hurt Locker” is an American war drama featuring a cast of mostly men while also being written, produced and edited by, you guessed it- men. Now don’t get me wrong “The Hurt Locker” is objectively a great film but its a film with hyper-masculine characters, a male creative team but also happens to have a female director. “Little Women” is the complete opposite because it is a film created by women, starring women and about women, searching for creative liberation; this can’t possibly appeal to male viewers. Furthermore, 70% of The Academy’s total membership is male and in order to vote for Best Director voters must have directed at least 2 films in the last 10 years, something only 13% of female directors have accomplished. The problem lies in the institution until women are welcomed into The Academy, nothing will change. 

    Women and girls of all ages, sizes, and races deserve to see themselves represented both on-screen and behind the camera. So, while the numbers are slim and the prospects seem discouraging, I think we can all take a page from Jo March’s book and make our own way in the world; no matter how many obstacles stand in our way. Movements start with actions and supporting female creative teams will help show Hollywood that women’s stories are important to tell. Until then, I guess the only thing left to do is quote actress Issa Rae by saying: “Congratulations to those men” I guess?

 

Sports

 

Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna dead in helicopter crash alongside seven others

Jake Elmslie, Sports Edit

   Five time NBA champion, 18 time all-star and fourth all time leading scorer in NBA history Kobe Bryant, 41 was killed Sunday morning in a helicopter crash. The accident also claimed the life of his second eldest daughter, 13 year old Gianna “Gigi” Bryant and seven other individuals above Calabasas, California. Both Bryants were on their way to one of Gigi’s basketball games alongside one of her teammates Alyssa Altobeli and parents John and Keri Altobeli. The game was to be played at the Bryant owned Mamba Sports Academy with Kobe as the coach for his daughters team. Altobeli was set to enter his 24th season as the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College, a public college in Orange Coast, California. The helicopter’s pilot also perished in the crash alongside three other currently unidentified individuals. 

   Bryant, who retired in 2016 after 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, is considered an international icon. He was one of the most heavily endorsed athletes in the world at the height of his popularity, with his jersey being one of the top sellers worldwide for the majority of his career. His jersey remains the second highest selling for a basketball player of all time, behind only Michael Jordan.

   Bryant further added to his legacy with a 2018 Oscar win in the category of best animated short for his film “Dear Basketball.”

   Bryant saw himself surpassed as the third all time leading scorer in NBA history Saturday by Lebron James, in a game that took place in Bryant’s hometown of Philadelphia. To honor Bryant, who wore the number 24 for the second half of his career multiple NBA teams intentionally committed 24 second violations to open their games that began hours after the news of the former Lakers demise became public.

      Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant and his three remaining daughters, 17 year old Natalia, three year old Bianka and 7 month old Capri.

 

Jake Elmslie, Sports Editor

Photo by Grace Kimmell

   The Rhode Island College Women’s Track and Field team put in a number of notable efforts Friday in their fourth meet of the season, the John Thomas Terrier Classic hosted by Boston University. RIC was competing alongside a number of Division I schools, while being one of only four Division III programs to participate in the meet. 

   “For how young we are I thought we handled the challenge quite well, sometimes when you have freshman compete at that level they freeze up but that didn’t happen to us, we also had some returners that competed well,” explained RIC head coach Tim Rudd post meet. One of the freshman, Alissiana Folco, fresh off of consecutive Little East Conference rookie track and field athlete of the week awards set a personal record (PR) in the 60 meter hurdles or 9.72 seconds. This time is good for second best in the Little East so far this season and is in the top 25 among New England Division III athletes. 

   Sophomore runner Trinity Hayes set PR’s in both the 400 and 200 meter dash with respective times of 58.75 and 26.19 seconds. Both of these times are the best in the conference, this season and put her in the top 10 regionally and top 25 nationally. 

   Junior Bryana Mullin made her first appearance in this meet this season and Coach Rudd is particularly proud of her for this, explaining,  “last year she wasn’t performing at a level that we thought she could because of a lack of confidence, but her turnaround has been tremendous and now she’s one of the top middle distance runners in the region.” Mullin’s newfound confidence was on full display in Boston with her cutting eight second offs of her 800-meter time, setting a new PR of 2 minutes, 19.36 seconds. This is good for the best time in the conference so far this season and places her in the top 20 nationally, while also putting  her on pace to potentially qualify for nationals by seasons end.

  The Anchorwomen will next compete in the New England Open Championship Friday afternoon in Roxbury, Massachusetts. 

 

Jenfrin Rodriguez, Anchor Contributor

Photo by Grace Kimmell

    The Rhode Island College Anchorwomen came away with a win today against Plymouth in a 89-39 blowout. This game extended their winning streak to two, after a Wednesday night out of conference victory over the Regis College Kings. Saturday’s victory was possible, due to a hype balanced attack by the Anchorwomen.

    Various pieces can step up when need be and today was certainly no exception when freshman Antonia Corsinetti made her first career start, in place of an injured Brooke Young. Corsinetti was able to get the RIC offense going with three early, three point shots on route to a 12 point day. As a whole, RIC was a monster on the glass, totaling 61 rebounds as a team while being able to hound them with twelve steals, forcing 23 turnovers overall. 

    Overall, the entire team was able to get involved with all available players, having entered the game by midway through the second quarter with all but two players tallying 10 minutes or more. The Anchorwomen were able to depend on over ten players to score at least 4 or more points. In addition, everyone was touching the ball as 20 out of the teams 32 field goals came off of assists.

    Something that overall,  made this game notable was the team’s ability to maintain an aggressive assault in the paint, as they wound up shooting 29 free-throws. Plymouth was unable to defend without fouling and paid the price as a result.

    With today’s win the Anchorwomen improved to 16-2 on the season and 8-1 in the Little East Conference. The Anchorwomen currently have the best record in the conference and hold possession of the first seed. RIC will be on the road Wednesday when they face off against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs in another Little East match, tipoff is scheduled for 5:30.  

 

David Blais, Anchor Contributor

Photo by Grace Kimmell

This past Saturday the Anchormen hosted the Plymouth State University Panthers, coming off of a home loss to UMass Boston. With this game, the Anchormen were looking to take a two game lead over Western Connecticut for first in the Little East Conference. Rhode Island College came out hot playing great aggressive defense, which is something they have been doing consistently throughout the season. At one point, during the first half, they were up by 13 with the score being 19-6. One thing that should be noted, was how good and consistent their transition defense was--which made it very hard for Plymouth to obtain easy points. In the beginning of the first half, they were up 12-4 scoring 8 unanswered points. The Anchormen’s aggressive defense and scoring did slow down a bit with their once 13 point lead being cut down to just 4 by the end of the half, with a score of  31-27. RIC shot 43.3% from the field and 28.6% from three, while Plymouth State shot 47.8% from the field and 25% from beyond the arc in the first half. 
At the beginning of the second half  Plymouth scored two straight buckets to tie up the game. RIC did bounce back however, on both ends of the floor;  even leading 40-33 at one point, which would end up being the largest point differential of the half. From there on out Plymouth State and Rhode Island College would keep trading buckets until the very end. With 5 minutes left in regulation the game was tied up at 54-54. Plymouth would be the only team in this contest to gain a lead within the final five minutes. With 15 seconds left in the game, guard Shion Darby threw up a lob to forward Benjamin Vezele tying up the game 61-61 with exactly 14.3 seconds remaining. Plymouth forward, Jaelyn LeRoy would end up passing the ball to fellow Plymouth guard, Devin Cooper who throws up a tough shot from three to take a 64-61 lead over the Anchormen. After a close review of the shot to make sure it got off in time before the end of regulation, it is determined the shot did get off in time awarding Plymouth with the win. The final score would end up being 64-61. Rhode Island College would shoot 36% from the field and 42.9% from three in this half while PSU shot 60% from the field and 50% from three outscoring the Anchormen 37-30 in the half. 
A notable difference for Rhode Island College between both halves was RIC guard Keyshaun Jacobs, the second leading scorer for the Anchormen who did not play at all in the second half due to a combination of lingering injuries and illness. With this loss, the Anchormen fell 13-5 on the season and 6-3 on the conference and will be on the road for their next contest, another Little East match against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

 

Taylor Green, Staff Writer

The Rhode Island College Men’s Track and Field team competed in the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic Saturday afternoon. Composed of individual events, members of the team competed on their own in a number of different areas against athletes from Division I, II, and III schools as well as individual athletes. There was no team scoring. 
Sophomore Matthew Thibaudeau, Freshman Jared Hemond, and Senior Joseph Palazzo competed in the 35 pound weight throw. Thibaudeau placed 21st, with a distance of 13.94 meters, followed by Hemond in 24th (13.66 meters). Palazzo came in 30th place, with a distance of 12.48 meters. The gentlemen are ranked second, third, and sixth respectively for this event in the Little East Conference. 
Competing in Rhode Island College uniform for the first time, Junior Avery Williamson placed 38th in the long jump with a distance of 5.91meters. Williamson also took 181st place in the 200 meter dash (24.26). 
Senior Jepthe Wagnac ran his lifetime best in the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.14 seconds. With this being Wagnac’s first meet back after a layoff in the fall, Coach Nick Palazzo “was excited to see Jepthe return to action.” Wagnac has also secured first in the conference in this event. 
Freshman Ianique Imboque placed 68th in the 800 meters with a time of 1 minute and 57.58 seconds, his personal best. Imboque is placed second in the conference in the 1000 meter run. Junior Raffaelo Manzo and Freshman Austin Michael also took part in the 800 meter run, placing seventh and ninth respectively in the conference. Manzo set his personal record with a time of 2 minutes and 2.18 seconds. Michael ran a time of  2 minutes and 3.19 seconds, also a personal record.  
Sophomore Edward Garofalo placed 19th in the triple jump with a distance of 13.12 meters. Garofalo is placed first in the conference for this event.
“I continue to be surprised by the outstanding group of freshman distance runners,” Coach Palazzo added. “I believe these young distance runners will be the future core of the program in the seasons to come.” 
The Anchormen will compete next in the New England Open Championships February 1 at 10 a.m. at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

 

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