Volume 93, Issue 3
September 16, 2019
SCG Discusses Donovan
Sean Richer, Asst. News Editor
Photo by Mark Medeiros
The Rhode Island College Student Community Government met for the second time this past Wednesday to address several campus matters, including the recent sit-in that was organized by students who were unhappy due to an increase in their meal plan prices at the Donovan Dining Center.
The first order of business was the election for Secretary of the Executive Board, which had been vacant since the start of the semester. Taylor Vutech was unanimously appointed to the position. Upon taking her oath of office, Secretary-Elect Vutech stated, “I work very well with both individuals and student clubs, and I will work to fulfill all of my responsibilities as best I can.”
There are still many positions within SCG that remain vacant, and available to be filled during the class elections, which take place on Sept. 17th.
Parliament’s focus then directed to the recent sit-in that took place at Donovan Dining Center. In a round of Q&A, many representatives shared their concerns and offered possible solutions regarding the prices at Donovan. Arthur Patrie, SCG’s Staff Representative and director of the Donovan Dining Center, was present at the meeting to field questions.
Rep. Monk Cain was the first to ask about portion sizes and how Donovan staff determine the amount of food each student receives. Rep. Patrie responded, “Depending on the item, it is six to eight ounces...Ironically my staff is very generous with their portion sizes.”
Janelle Gomez, Treasurer of SCG, spoke in regards to guest passes and meal plans. “I understand as treasurer prices need to go up, but the fact that you are doing that while also lowering the accessibility for some people just doesn’t make sense. I see why students are upset about this.”
In response to Parliament’s inquiries, Rep. Patrie stated, “Our only goal is to meet the needs of the students… All of our prices go beyond the college for approval, so we cannot arbitrarily change prices.”
In an effort to address the student body’s grievances with Donovan, Patrie and Dean of Students, Dr. Tamika Wordlow-Williams, will hold a town hall meeting on the issue in Gaige 100 on Sept.18 from 6-8:30 p.m. This meeting intends to directly tackle the issues facing the dining center and culminate into a potential resolution that will benefit all of Rhode Island College.
RIC Professor honored at book launch
Sean Richer, Asst. News Editor
Photo by Mark Medeiros
Dr. Peter Karibe Mendy, a History professor at Rhode Island College, was honored by the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies last week for his recently published book, Amilcar Cabral: A Nationalist and Pan-Africanist Revolutionary. This is Dr. Mendy's second publication, which follows Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.
After a congratulatory statement from RIC President Frank Sánchez, Dr. Mendy took to the podium to say a few words about his latest publication. "Focus on leadership in Africa has never been more timely." said Dr. Mendy. "[Cabral] remains little known in the English speaking world, and has yet to enter college textbooks. I have tried to document the major developments in his life." He went on to say that Amilcar Cabral was "a genius in inspiring his compatriots."
Amilcar Cabral was a West African political activist and is a revered hero in his native countries of Guinea Bissau, and Cabo Verde. While receiving his education in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, he was inspired to fight the dictatorship known as the "Estado Novo" translated to, "The New State." He would spend the rest of his life leading the armed resistance of his home nation against its colonial oppressor, until he was assassinated on Jan. 20, 1973 by a rival member within his own political party, the Partido Africano da Independência da Guiné e Cabo Verde (PAIGC), translated to Portugese for African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde.
After Dr. Mendy's remarks, a round table discussion took place including several other guests of honor. The first of these guests was the U.N. Ambassador to Guinea Bissau, Fernando Di Silva, and the Consulate General of Cabo Verde in Boston, Herminio Moniz. The two guests took the opportunity to discuss relations between the two nations today, especially in regards to education. "We plan on overhauling student exchange programs between Guinea Bissau and Cabo Verde. There are no specific scholarships yet, but we intend to change that soon." said ambassador Di Silva. "There is a lot of chemistry between our peoples, and as Amílcar Cabral knew that education was the most powerful tool in the fight for freedom."
Dr. Mendy concluded his book launch saying, "Cabral never believed in exploiting experiences in people. His vision for Africa was for everyone, and it is more relevant to the ailing continent more than ever."
Don did me dirty sit-in
Alison Darmetko Abigail Nilsson
Staff Writer and News Editor
Photos by Mark Medeiros
Rhode Island College students, alumni and staff came together on Sept. 11 to voice their concerns regarding an increase in meal plan prices at Donovan Dining Hall. Many community members signed an online petition that was created by a RIC junior, Emily Page.
Page stated at the start of the “Don Did Me Dirty Sit-In” that she, “started a petition on change.org a couple of Fridays ago because [I] was real mad about the price of the hot dogs.”
The coordinators of the online petition received 1,300 signatures. Their goal of the sit-in was to encourage as many people to join them and sign a new petition that they took officially out through the RIC Student Community Government, Inc.
The sit-in took place during the free period, which is a time that most students and faculty members do not have class. Sitting in the back of the protest taking notes of what the students had to say was Director of Dining and Retail Services, Arthur Patrie, and Dean of Students, Dr. Tamika Wordlow-Williams.
Both said they were there to “listen and better understand student concerns.”
As Page began the protest, she and her fellow student organizer Rania Aghia began explaining their concerns to any students who may have been unaware of the online petition, price increases and overall food quality.
“This is to you Donovan Dining Center, are you listening? This is to you Arthur, are you listening?... This is the food we eat everyday, we know what we are talking about,” said Page during her speech at the sit-in.
When Aghia took over, the protest went from complaints of the prices to accusations of the price increases being an attack on minority students, those from low income backgrounds and on prison laborers.
A RIC employee, who wished to remain anonymous said, “these allegations can cause some issues for the decreased morale, and make for a hostile work environment for workers in the kitchen.”
Following their speeches, participants were encouraged to openly express any of their concerns related to Donovan Dining Center.
Lillian Brietzke, a petition signee who lived on campus for four years, took the microphone and shared her story. She said that she had health problems which were caused by Donovan’s food. She explained that after living on campus and eating most of her meals at Donovan her doctor said that she was almost pre-diabetic. She also mentioned that after moving home and eating home cooked meals, her numbers went back to “normal.” She requested that the Dining Hall’s nutritional policies and hours be changed to better accommodate the needs of students.
From there, the three succeeding students reaffirmed that Donovan’s hours for serving meals harm students more than benefit them. Also, according to their claims, some food and snacks available in the bookstore or café cost more if purchased in the dining hall.
Many of the speakers addressed how costly they believe the meals are in Donovan. One student shared that rather than purchasing a meal for allotted meal plan prices, it is more logical to “walk not even a minute down the street to Wendy’s and get a 4 for $4.”
As the students spoke, copies of the petition were being passed around the dining hall. This is in addition to the copy of the petition at the table for the organizers of the protest.
A petition by two percent of the student body was needed for SCG to discuss this matter. Page said, “We are not sure of the EXACT number, but we have well over the two percent. We are trying to reach ten percent.”
The two percent that the organizers had been working for was to call for a Parliament meeting to discuss these concerns. Now they are working for their ten percent goal. According to the petition documents that was given to Page from SCG, “Petition by five percent (5%) of the Student Body shall be necessary and sufficient to require that action by Parliament be submitted to the Student Body for approval or disapproval of this petition in referendum within three (3) weeks. A majority vote of students voting shall be necessary to disapprove the petition, provided that ten percent (10%) of the Student Body votes.”
The students’ demands are simple, as they want the meal plan prices of food at Donovan to be lowered, better portion sizes and nutritionally dense food options.
SCGt will be holding a Town Hall meeting for all members of the student body on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Gaige 100, where members of the dining services will be able to address concerns.
RIC groundskeeper remembers 9/11
Brynn Terry, Asst. Copy Editor
Photo by Abigail Nilsson
18 years and approximately three hours after Flight 175 struck the South Tower at the World Trade Center in New York City, Rhode Island College groundskeeper, James McLaughlin, replaced the American flags on RIC’s own 9/11 memorial stone, located next to John Adams Library.
Aside from President Frank Sánchez’s email sent Tuesday evening, RIC had no scheduled memorial service or moment of silence in memoriam of the events of September 11, 2001. Sánchez’s heartfelt memo asked that all campus members take a moment to reflect on 9/11, “[the attacks of 9/11] presence today is a reminder that even in our darkest hour, there can still be hope.”
Wednesday morning, McLaughlin contacted campus police asking if anything was planned. When the answer was no, McLaughlin took it upon himself to change the two American flags that sit on either side of the stone with slightly larger, newer flags. The previous flags will be disposed of properly by Post 14 American Legion, located in Cumberland.
A crowd of four, composed of McLaughlin, myself and another Anchor staff member, and one student were present in the short mock-up “ceremony” at noon.
“This was a day that changed the world, it changed everything,” said McLaughlin. The replacement of the flags, which was not advertised on campus, occurred at the same time as the “Don Did Me Dirty” sit-in, and the Greek Life Carnival.
McLaughlin, who is the son and uncle of two United States Navy veterans, is a member of Rolling Thunder RI chapter one; a national group with over 90 chapters dedicated to supporting and providing aid to veterans.
Through his involvement with Rolling Thunder, McLaughlin has secured RIC a decorative United States flag displaying the names of the fallen of 9/11, to be framed and placed on campus, likely in Roberts Hall. It is currently unknown to the Anchor when the flag will be displayed and if a ceremony will accompany it.
Arts & Entertainment
Word of advice; The Abbey has $5 grilled cheese.
Brynn Terry, Asst. Copy Editor
The smell of sizzling bacon, a round of the day`s three dollar beers, and a bite of a five dollar grilled cheese (that comes with fries and a pickle) sets the scene for a perfect evening at the Abbey in Providence, an eight minute drive from campus. Located at 686 Admiral St, the Abbey, right across from LaSalle Bakery, is a cozy pub-sports bar hybrid where you can find just about anyone from the freshmen in your Thursday Biology class, to your now retired gym teacher from 8th grade.
To start with the bad news, the Abbey has incredibly limited parking. With no lot of its own it forces customers to park on the street amidst about a dozen “no parking” signs. The Abbey itself is also decently small with no more than ten tables without including the bar.
Size apart, the Abbey`s environment is that of a make-yourself-at-home vibe, with servers making casual conversation and eager assistance. Another plus besides the great service are the gluten free and vegetarian options.
Food wise, the Abbey definitely takes the cake for some of the best pub food in the city. Starting off, I tried “Bacon Aki!!!”, a version of cooked, not fried, bacon, complete scallions, sesame seeds, and teriyaki sauce. Although not something I would choose to order on my own off the menu, it was an interesting taste I`ve never had before. It definitely gave some Panda Express vibes, but not in a bad way whatsoever.
Next came the nachos, which included a lower layer of pulled pork, which is something I've never tried, but wouldn't be opposed to order again. The corn chips weren't bad, like many of the over and under cooked chips many restaurants, especially chains, tend to have.
The sweet potato fries were my least favorite, as they were super dry and it was easy to tell they were frozen. The fries that came with the grilled cheese, however, were heavenly, hand cut at the Abbey to a crispy perfection. The grilled cheese, possibly the most important part of the entire night, was a good balance of buttery, and not too cheesy to the point where I`d be sick of eating it after a couple of bites.
Since the Abbey is known primarily for its burgers, I ventured to try their most popular burger, “The Roadhouse”. The Roadhouse was complete with a perfectly cooked burger, crispy bacon, an onion bun, slivered onions, and some onion rings on the side. Truth be told, the burger was great, but there was way too much onion for my pallet. Even if you`re an onion person, for this burger, I`d suggest replacing the onion rings with fries, although the onion rings were to die for, with a perfect batter.
To close off the night, I tried fried oreos, which were some of the greatest I`ve ever tasted. In a Rhode Islander fashion, I can explain the Abbey`s take on fried oreos as doughboys with oreos, something I think should be put in the suggestion jar at Iggy's.
On Mondays, the Abbey has five dollar build you own burger nights, $.50 wings on Tuesdays, and a beer and burger for $16 on Wednesdays, with Gansetts being only $3.50 every day. All specials start after 5p.m., but as you`re waiting, you can try any of the over 40 different types of beers the Abbey offers.
If you`re looking for a place to go after Donovan closes and the cafe is locking up for the night, call an Uber and head over to the Abbey for a good time with good people.
11 Weeks of Pure Heroine: 400 Lux
Sophia Guerrier, A&L Editor
After the very lengthy analyzation of “Tennis Court” last week we move on to the more subtle, nostalgic second track, “400 Lux”. An ode to the suburban life of teens in which Lorde ultimately establishes the setting for the rest of the album.
A lux is the unit of measurement used for illumination and light. It measures the intensity levels the human eye perceives when light passes through or hits a surface. 400 Lux is the amount of light that sunrises are on a clear day, hence setting the imagery for the song’s concept of Lorde reminiscing on the casualty of hanging out until dawn with, in this song, a person of interest. It’s a vague tale of riding along her town aimlessly with a boy after assumingly a party but still serves as an atmospheric song that reimagines the lives of privileged suburban teenagers with little responsibility.
“400 Lux” is a very short and in a way lazy introduction to Lorde’s love life since there isn’t much detail about the romance but instead more of an emphasis on being young. “We're never done with killing time, Can I kill it with you?, 'Til the veins run red and blue” are sung in a harmless tone to signify Lorde’s urge to live in the moment with the subject she is singing about. As mentioned before, a teenager with seemingly no responsibilities feels like they have all the time in the world to experience being young and free within their respective environment.
Friendships and relationships are one of these experiences that teenagers cherish and tend to want to “kill their time” with; “Til the veins run red and blue” is a metaphor relating to the biological need to pump blood in order to live. Veins are red when blood is pumping through them and when they turn blue it means that there is no life in the body. Lorde is saying whether dead or alive, forever, she wants to spend the simple task of wasting time with this person. Such a deep metaphor for something so simple.
In the verse before the chorus, “You pick me up and take me home again, Head out the window again” we get a bit of insight on the dynamic of Lorde’s relationship. “You pick me up and take me home again” indicates again the amount of leisure time Lorde enjoys as she goes out time and time again. Since she’s the one being picked up, this can hint towards a relationship with a boy that’s older than her; New Zealand driving laws are set to 16 and Lorde was 16 when she wrote this album. If this song is a memory then she may not have been old enough to drive.
“Head out the window again” describes thrill and adventure within their relationship since it is a dangerous action that isn’t done with caution. Lorde then says, “We're hollow like the bottles that we drain” and later says, “We might be hollow but we're brave.” Lorde periodically self-reflects throughout the album and examines the character of the people around her. Hollowness is the characteristic of having empty space within something or being worthless or without significance. Lorde compares the depressed, often hopeless and “empty” emotions of teenagers to that of a bottle, most likely an alcoholic one; which bridges the connection between depression and alcohol.
She acknowledges these emotional negatives but also reiterates the confidence of overcoming these feelings and persevering on as she says, “but we’re brave”.
The chorus continues her appreciation for her youth in the suburbs as she admires the beauty of the repetitive architecture of the neighborhoods in the beginning line, “I love these roads where the houses don’t change.” It was so serious that she had to stop kissing this person to glorify even the tar on the highway that leads to the place where she grew up in. The theme of living in the moment with this person forever is brought up again when she sings, “I’d like it if you stayed.” The “And I like you” between each line stands as a anaphora reassures her lover that she romanticizes them as much as her hometown.
In the mini interlude, “Now we’re wearing long sleeves” symbolizes the change of seasons and the continuation of her relationship from the summer. “I can tell that you’re tired, but you keep the car on, while you’re waiting out front” can be a prelude to the end of this summer love but the car becomes this metaphor of their exciting love and time together that Lorde doesn’t want to end since she keeps inviting this person to spend time with her. “Dreams of clean teeth” is another prelude to the celebrity/perfect fantasy that is later explored towards the end of the album “White Teeth Teens”.
One of the very reminiscent tracks on the album, “400 Lux” is also the only real love story on it as well. It’s very rare for a pop singer to not exude romantic sentiments in their music which sets Lorde as an artist even more. Next week I’m going to be checking out Lorde’s most recognizable hit, “Royals.”
The Steel Yard is back and open to the public
Sophia Guerrier, A&E Editor
The world will continue to push its way forward into the information age as digital technologies boast progressive sophistication every single day. Here in Providence, RI, however, the Steel Yard is holding industrialized practices close to its heart while others are letting go.
After over four months of renovation and restoration, The Steel Yard will be reopened on Sept. 17, benefitting from a 2.7 million dollar construction project that transformed the facility’s studios, ventilation, and heating. Championing the industrial arts, The Steel Yard’s reopening will now offer year round classes in welding, jewelry, blacksmithing, and ceramics, which are opportunities that the National Center of Education Statistics has acknowledged as a declining resource nationwide.
“These renovations are what our community has been asking for. Our donors have stepped up on every level, allowing the Steel Yard to be open year round and provide more access to the tools and community of the industrial arts,” said Howie Sneider, Executive Director of the Steel Yard, “We are so excited that we are now open so we can continue to teach and train and hire artists working at every level of their careers.”
Located in Providence’s Industrial Valley, the 3.8 acre campus has been a hub for independent craftsmen and women to establish their businesses and utilize the property’s materials to hone their skills. Studio rentals are open to all with outdoor spaces that are available for larger projects, expanding the Yard’s versatility for entrepreneurs. All skill levels aged 15 and over are also able to participate in workshops and apprenticeships that are centered around a curriculum of foundry arts; free or subsidized courses are provided as well.
One of the Yard’s most recognizable programs is “Weld-to-Work”,which combines job-readiness training with opportunities to participate in public art assemblage. The program also supports under-employed Rhode Island residents living at or below the poverty line with providing education in manufacturing. In 2018, the program graduated 72 students who went on to work in manufacturing jobs or returned back to the Yard for public project commision or teaching.
What allows the facility to keep running is the revenue generated from majorly corporate support, donors, and tuition. The money is then put right back into operation costs, education, and job training for the programs that they provide. Some of these programs include free or low cost industrial demonstrations and activities for kids and a partnership with the Young Farmers Network, which offers courses to all aged aspiring farmers in welding.
The Steel Yard was first founded in 2002 as a non-profit organization but due to contamination and costly expenses to meet environmental requirements, the Steel Yard wasn't completed until 2010. Since then, the urban landscape has hosted more than 15,000 people annually for cultural events aside from the industrial arts. A silver medal for the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence and the Gold Standard Social Impact Award has been honored to the Steel Yard in past years.
There will be a celebration for the reopening on Friday, Sept. 20, where entertainment and food will be served. Members of the Steel Yard community will also be present.
Strange Days: Our inception and the ghost
Gregory A. Williams, Anchor Contributor
Strange days are upon us indeed, and it will only get stranger. Welcome wee folk, cryptids, spirits and other supernatural beings to the birth of this humble column. I am proud and honored to be writing about the world of strange phenomena and all of its many unusual inhabitants. There is no shortage and the world grows only stranger by the day.
With that said, there is much ground to cover and given the limited space I will spare you the preamble and dive right in. The English word ghost, not to be confused with spirit (often used interchangeably) comes from the Old English word gāst (“spirit”) and derives ultimately from the Proto-Germanic word gaistaz (“anger, agitation”).
If I were born 100 or even 50 years ago I would have been labeled a lunatic for openly and full heartedly broadcasting my beliefs in psychic phenomena and the other parasciences. Thankfully, times have since changed and it seems like people are now more than ever willing to give the existence of ghosts and the paranormal in general the benefit of the doubt.
A 2013 Harris poll revealed that 42 percent of Americans believe in ghosts, while a 2005 Gallup poll showed that three quarters of Americans hold at least one paranormal belief, with extrasensory perception, also known as “the sixth sense”, being the highest. Another poll showed that a whopping 52 percent of United Kingdom residents believe in ghosts. Let’s hope those numbers continue to rise.
I am just about out of space so I will close this column with a few words by the writer Joseph Addison: “A person terrified with the imagination of spectres, is more reasonable than one who thinks the appearance of spirits fabulous and groundless”. Well said, Addision.
“Joker” is Almost Here
Keandra Espinal, Anchor Contributor
The upcoming “Joker” movie directed by Todd Phillips is around the corner and will be starring Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, commonly known as “the Joker” to comic fans. The movie revolves around the life of a comedic clown turned villain, Fleck, who works to make ends meet for his mother and himself. Unlike 2017’s “Wonder Woman” or 2013’s “Man of Steel”, “Joker” will not be a part of the DC Universe.
Phillips has already gained critical acclaim for directing most notably, “The Hangover”, “War Dogs”, and “Old School”. In an interview for this past Venice Film Festival, Phillips stated, “I think a lot of people feel left-footed in this world, sort of out of step, and certainly Arthur was that way and the movie ultimately somewhat is about empathy for people like that, and what happens, maybe, if we don’t treat people with empathy,” Phillips continues, “I don’t like to define it too much, but there’s a lot you can take away from it.”
Phoenix, a three-time Oscar nominee for roles in “Gladiator”, “Walk The Line”, and “The Master”, enters the standalone film in an early 1980-esque Gotham. Suffering from brain trauma, Fleck is left with a condition causing him to spontaneously burst into laughter even in the most inappropriate of times, a signature feature of the infamous foe. The movie also stars actress Zazie Beetz as Fleck’s love interest and Oscar winner Robert De Niro, as Murray Franklin, the late night talk show host who influences the Joker’s origin.
Brett Cullin was cast to play Thomas Wayne, the father of a young Bruce Wayne, who in one of the film’s trailers is running for mayor of Gotham. Young Bruce Wayne portrayed by Dante Pereira-Olson, but it is unknown if a Batman figure will appear.
In response to the upcoming film, Empire Magazine editor, Terri White, wrote, “Bold, devastating and utterly beautiful, Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix have not just reimagined one of the most iconic villains in cinema history, but reimagined the comic book movie itself.”
Despite perfect timing, Phillips has confirmed that he does not intend on connecting Phoenix’s Joker and Robert Patterson’s Batman in the future. Phillips said in an interview with Variety, “Oddly, in the states, comic books are our Shakespeare it seems, and you can do many many versions of “Hamlet”, Phillips goes on, “There will be many more jokers, I’m sure, in the future”.
The standalone film has been the hype of the summer since its teaser trailer release in April. “Joker” was honored the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, the highest prize of the festival and deemed “arguably the best Batman-adjacent movie since The Dark Knight” by The Hollywood Reporter. It’s certain that DC fans are excited for what is coming their way on Oct. 4.
A comprehensive album review: Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding”
Juliana Karbonik, Anchor Contributor
Throughout his relatively new career, the tattooed rapper, singer and songwriter has been nominated for four Grammy Awards and has won two American Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award.
As a result of his past successes, Post Malone’s third album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” has been highly anticipated by both fans and the music industry alike. “Hollywood’s Bleeding” contains 17 tracks and runs 51 minutes in length with star powered features from DaBaby, Future, Halsey, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, Ozzy Osborne, Travis Scott, SZA, Swae Lee and Young Thug.
Within the first two minutes of Post Malone’s contemporary album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding”, the rapper sets the thematic premise of his album by asking a question to his listeners: “It seems like dying young is an honor/ But who’d be at my funeral, I wonder?”
Malone reflects on the poisonous, shallow nature of Hollywood and compares its effects to those of blood sucking vampires over a dramatically building chorus and a trap heavy verse.
The next song on the album, “Saint-Tropez”, finds the rapper flowing over a slightly funky trap beat describing the luxurious lifestyle his hard work has brought. Similar to “Saint-Tropez”, tracks like “Myself”, “Wow.”, “A Thousand Bad Times,” and the slightly cliche, yet enjoyable, “I’m Gonna Be”. offer balance of uplifting celebration to counter the rest of the album’s darker themes and Malone’s naturally melancholy, crooning voice.
“Myself” is dominated by a light, swinging tune. Reflecting on his successes and life, the singer warns to always enjoy life in the present moment on a track that feels like it should be listened to in a car with the windows down on a sunny day. The already chart topping single “Wow.” features a catchy hook, solid bass, cocky lyrics about his wealth, and an excellent mix of singing and rapping, making its success no surprise. Like “Wow”, previously released singles “Sunflower”, featuring Swae Lee, and “Goodbyes”, featuring Young Thug, exemplify Malone’s ability to make hit songs. On the upbeat “A Thousand Bad Times”, Malone describes his frequent experiences with the crazy, self centered women he has been in one-sided relationships with. Instead of being discouraged by his sometimes dramatic experiences, Malone sings that it will take a lot more to bring him down.
Other songs directly address the ingenuine nature of the people Malone finds himself surrounded by and describe the specific problems with his romantic relationships. “Enemies”, shows the impact fame has on Malone’s relationships and the constant disloyalty the rapper faces. Its catchy, plucking sound and a solid verse from DaBaby makes it destined to be a hit. Following are songs like “Circles”, “Die For Me”, (featuring Halsey and Future) “On the Road”, (featuring Meek Mill and Lil Baby) and “Take What You Want”, (featuring Ozzy Osborne and Travis Scott), which all address the problems of disloyalty, dishonesty, disrespect, and heartbreak in Malone’s female relationships.
The rock heavy sound of “Take What You Want” and the wildly contrasting styles of Ozzy Osborne and Travis Scott feel almost out of place, but then again the whole album is somewhat of a mixed bag to begin with-- from the warm pop of “Staring at the Sun” featuring SZA’s melodic voice to the indie-rock vibe of “Allergic” and the dramatic violins on “Internet”, which sounds straight from a Pixar movie.
Malone’s album revists the same themes of paranoia, heartbreak and missed opportunity as previous Malone’s songs, like “Paranoid” and “Otherside”. However, he less introspectively still manages to flex his successes, fame and wealth in a few upbeat songs that allow for easier, feel-good listening. Lyrically, Malone has provided much more of the same. Although many of his lyrics are still meaningful, his true progression comes from the fact he refuses to be categorized into a single genre of music. He does not take risks lyrically, but instead takes them musically. All his work generally pays off for another solid album that, at the very least, makes for pleasant and effortless streaming.
Students must unite for affordable grilled cheese
Daniel Costa, Asst. Circulation Manager
Speeches were passionate, rousing, and above all, confused, even contradictory at the Don Did Me Dirty sit in. Some of the speakers at the protest were prepared with outlines of their demands and goals. Others went to the microphone to speak their mind, voicing their grievances. However, I left the Don feeling perplexed at the message the student body was trying to give. If we the students are to reach our goals of improving the quality of dining services, we must form a more organized movement. The protests that occurred on September 11 must be repeated with more students rallied and our message clearer if we are to achieve anything; more importantly, if we expect to be taken seriously by the administration.
Many demands were made, many of which were simply unrealistic. This diminished the overall message of the protest. For example, one protester demanded extending breakfast hours past eleven in the morning. This is practically lunch for most students, and the staff need to phase out the breakfast menu to get ready for lunch at some point. Another demand that appeared unreasonable was to give the Don staff a raise. That sounds fantastic, but it would mean our prices would go up along with the worker’s wages. Aren’t we protesting to lower Don’s menu prices, not to increase it?
We don’t need to dilute our primary reasons for revolting with miniscule issues that arguably are not issues at all. Our cause is just. Meal plans are a travesty as it is and food prices have gone up while the quality stays the same. These should be the focus of the protest and it should be repeated until the administration finally makes a change.
The student body needs to stand together. If we are to make lasting and wholesome change, we must organize and mobilize the student body. We must act as one, delivering a clear message to the administration. We the students do not intend to accept this administration’s greed.
Kyra Garabedian, Anchor Contributor
Most people experience stress for various reasons in their life and have different ways of managing their anxiety. Unfortunately, for many college students this means turning to drugs and alcohol to ease stress. Many studies have been conducted over time proving that music therapy reduces stress and might be a safer alternative to drug usage. Recognizing music as a form of medicine can provide us with a healthier way to let go of things in our lives that cause us agony and help us cope with daily life.
Music has had a strong correlation with medical procedures and treatments since Medieval times. Madeleine Cosman writes about how physicians were once required to have knowledge in the field of music to provide effective treatment for patients. Although doctors of the Medieval period hadn’t made significant advances in understanding human anatomy yet, they believed strongly in the power of music in the medical setting. They understood that those displaying psychotic behavior, anger or extreme anxiety could be cured with music therapy. From very early on, the medical profession viewed music as an innate part of every human being and part of the soul.
In today’s more advanced medical world, studies have been conducted to measure the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) before and after listening to relaxing music. Studies conducted by George Dvorsky have been conducted in many different settings with a vast group of participants. The end result of these studies shows that the levels of cortisol drop for individuals who listened to relaxing music. One study centered around patients displaying anxiety before surgical procedures. The cortisol levels of patients who took anti-anxiety drugs such as Valium were higher than patients given relaxing music prior to the procedure.
College students always seem to be listening to music in their cars, while walking to class or even studying. The problem is what kind of music students are choosing to listen to. For music therapy to be effective, it must be calming to the person who is listening. Relaxing music is different for everyone, but it’s important to not select music that will induce further stress. It’s not about the popular music that everyone is listening to, but what truly makes a person feel relaxed.
Does music really have the power to stop college students from resorting to drugs? That seems to be a question even researchers struggle to answer. More and more research is being done proving that music therapy has short and long term effects on people.
Music has a powerful effect on humans from birth until death and so do drugs and medication. It’s especially important that college students who still have developing brains think twice about using drugs to relieve anxiety. With all of the convincing evidence for music therapy as a stress reducer, it should not only be taken seriously, but widely accepted.
Future RIC educators can change Providence schools
Grace Kimmell, Anchor Contributor
Photo by Thomas Crudale
We all have had moments at some point where we dreaded going to school. But for a moment, imagine trying to learn and succeed in an environment plagued by the usual pitfalls plus dodging falling ceiling tiles, coping with violence/poverty in the community and working with teachers who simply lack the resources within themselves and their classrooms to teach you what you need. Sounds pretty horrible, right? But this isn’t some abstract hypothetical scenario being thrown at you. This is the reality for too many children in the city of Providence.
The issues with the Providence Public School District have become more and more glaring over time. Now they are underscored with the recent release of the John Hopkins report. This report reviews the Providence Public Schools in all aspects from curriculum to the school infrastructure. Since the release of this report, Rhode Island has decided to bring the state in to try and reform the schools.
With that in mind, what can Rhode Island College, renowned in forging future educators, do to grapple with these problems when so many are decidedly outside of the scope of any teacher prep program? A teacher of mine once said that, more than anything else, a school refers to the people inside of the building, not the building itself. Ultimately, the largest issue suggested in the report is the environment as a whole in these schools, and there needs to be a safer and more comforting environment for these kids and teachers in order to promote truly fruitful, enjoyable learning. As a school dedicated to the art and science of teaching, RIC is uniquely positioned to transform the landscape of Providence schools one teacher at a time.
Students and teachers, according to the report, are fearful of being in school, and there is persistent bullying, fighting and physical confrontations. This leads to chronic absenteeism among staff and students, which only hinders that environment even more. While the buildings are not in good shape, the morale is in worse condition. While the curriculum could be improved, there will be no growth in learning while the students and teachers are fearful and consequently absent. Coaching prospective teachers with ways to facilitate a positive classroom atmosphere is paramount to their success in our Providence schools. Teambuilding, student-centered curriculum, and differentiated instructional strategies are all potent weapons in the arsenal of any teacher, though especially in struggling schools.
RIC also has a wealth of educational research and expertise in methodology that could be of use to schools in Providence. Building on a synergistic partnership between Providence schools and RIC would further enable the schools to have access to resources and professional development that they would benefit from while giving RIC students field experience in schools that badly need fresh ideas.
There’s an army of problems that await outside of the walls of Providence schools. Heck, the crumbling walls themselves are literally part of the problem. Those things require systemic social reforms. Those things will take time. But caring, skillful, culturally literate, comforting educators, are not just our goal at RIC, it’s our ethical obligation as teachers and youth developers. Our children deserve no less. A school is many things. But first and foremost, a school will always be the people. People like you and people like me. Change begins with us.
Deconstructing bigotry one gender and race class at a time
Derek Sherlock, Anchor Contributor
Once again, students face the stresses of finding and determining which classes are best to take. As of this year, incoming freshmen are required to take the RIC 100 class in addition to the first year seminar and first year writing general education courses. I believe that it should be a requirement for students, regardless of their major, to take a class that tackles issues revolving around race, gender and/or sexuality.
Taking a gender and culture class could open doors for those students to pursue alternative life decisions that they might not have been exposed to if they stuck with the typical courses. This could also open students to take a minor or double major in such programs such as Gender and Women’s Studies or Black Studies (Africana Studies). As a student within the Gender and Women’s Studies major, I have seen many types of intersectionality between race, gender and sexuality. Just read anything from Audre Lorde and you will see the overlapping aspects of all three worlds.
Taking a course that revolves around the intersectional disciplines can take the wind out of bigotry in all its forms. Challenge yourself to read works and to think outside of the box on topics that are often viewed as taboo. While our society is fearful of addressing these issues, we can remove the stigma by discussing such topics. Without a doubt some of the greatest professors I have ever had at RIC were those who teach about race, gender and sexuality. In these classes you are challenged to openly look at one’s own white privilege, even if you already looked at it before. You tend to see it in a different angle when a professor discusses it. Maybe you have a conversation in which you discuss the patriarchal heteronormative aspects of this country.
However, if you are unable to have dialogue with another human being about oppression, how can we expect to change not only the country but also the world? The only way we can make this planet just a little bit bearable is to learn about one another; that could be through Black and Latinx studies, gender studies, queer studies, or any combination of these fields. Overall, learning about race, gender, or sexuality is an essential step in destroying bigotry.
NFL overreactions: 19-0 take two?
Joseph A. Griswold, Asst. Sports Editor
The start of the NFL season offers a unique opportunity to overreact to any and every thing that happens in the early weeks of Fall. For example, The New England Patriots who have accomplished virtually everything that a dynasty can over the past twenty seasons, have built one of their most versatile and talented teams in recent years. Despite all the success, However, there is one goal that has eluded them and every team after 1972, that being an undefeated season.
The New England Patriots are good, really good. In fact, from the outside the 2019-20 Patriots have the look of a team that could realistically complete the undefeated season they so nearly came to completing in 2007: Overreaction? Maybe not.
The Patriots cruised past the Pittsburgh Steelers in their week one matchup 33-3, which was a welcomed surprise to their typical maligned Septembers. In addition, the Patriots are heavy favorites for all of their games, for the first half of the season, where they will play zero teams that made the playoffs last season. Assuming they can cruise past their inferior opponents they should be in great shape heading into the portion of the year, where they normally play their best.
The first real test for the Patriots comes week nine in Baltimore against the Ravens. Despite a troubled history with the Ravens, Tom Brady will be leading his team under the lights in primetime where he shines. Week 11 seems to be the next real challenge to the undefeated season as the Patriots head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. However, this falls after the Patriots bye week, where they have a full week to prepare.
The last two challenges come in week 12 and week 14 in Foxboro when the Cowboys then the Chiefs come to town, however, the Patriots in November and December are virtually impossible to beat. If they can make it past the Chiefs in week 14, they finish the season with their three weak division rivals and will be set to enter the playoffs with a first week bye and an undefeated record. Although an undefeated season seems far away at the moment, if there is one team to do it, it is the Patriots.
In defense of Dave Dombrowski: a trusty steed
Jake Elmslie, Sports Editor
Not all figures in the history of a team’s success are meant to last forever. There are scores of players, coaches and executives who’s short tenure with their teams should not be used as an inherent knock against their legacy within particular organizations. Sometimes people age, sometimes relationships shift, and as is the case with now former Boston Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski, sometimes circumstances by design simply change the type of individual best suited for a particular job.
For all of the criticisms one can levy against Dave Dombrowski he is at the very least, good at one fairly important aspect of running a Major League Baseball team; getting his teams to the World Series. The teams that Dombrowski have led, have reached the World Series four times since 1997, he crafted the championship Florida Marlins team in 1997, engineered a Detroit Tigers program that reached the apex of the baseball world in both 2006 and 2012 and last season, presided over the World Series winning Red Sox, a team that also managed to tally a franchise record 108 regular season victories.
Along the way, Dombrowski has gained a reputation for tearing down farm systems, morgating prospect pools to obtain high level MLB talent with an eye towards the present rather than the future. Detractors have tried to paint this as a simple way to win and one that anybody could do when gifted a deep farm system like the one the Red Sox had when Dombrowski took over the team in 2015, however this is unfair as it ignores the sharp eye for talent Dombrowski showcased during his time in Boston, one that allowed him to come out on top on both ends of nearly every major trade he made.
Dombrowski certainly traded a plethora of highly touted prospects over the last four years. However, once one looks deeper at the young players traded by Boston during this period, they’ll see very little in the way of Major League production. Manuel Margot and Javy Guerra, both once top 10 prospects in the Red Sox farm system, have seen next to no production since being flipped to the San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrell who made the all star team each of his three seasons in Boston. Anderson Espinoza once a top ranked pitching prospect league wide, has seen his career trajectory plummet in the wake of consecutive Tommy John surgeries, since also being traded to the Padres for now former Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomeranz. Even Yoan Moncada once the 7th ranked prospect in all of baseball and one of the few Dombrowski tradies to show promise since leaving the Boston system has been nowhere near as impactful as the player he was traded for in Red Sox ace Chris Sale.
Also packaged into the deal by Dombrowski was Michael Kopech, yet another once highly touted pitching prospect who has seen his career derailed by serious injury since being cast out. Even Travis Shaw who once looked like a player who was going to haunt the Red Sox after being dealt in the overwhelmingly successful Carson Smith trade has come back down to earth in nearly every statistical category batting .151in the 2019 season after two highly productive seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Inversely Dombrowski has shown a strong ability to identify the prospects worth keeping, Andrew Benintendi who was once considered by many to be a lesser prospect to then contemporary, Moncada, has morphed into a versatile and reliable part of the Red Sox outfield. Rafael Devers morphed into one of the Red Sox most reliable and powerful hitters this season, currently having 29 home runs to go alongside a .314 average. Michael Chavis who would have been an easy prospect to justify trading in the wake of a 2018 minor league suspension for performance enhancing drugs was very productive this season before nagging injuries forced him out of the lineup. Even Xander Boegarts who was signed to a roughly $20 million per year contract this past offseason looks like an absolute bargain in the wake of a career year that has seen him set personal bests in both home runs and OPS.
Overall, Domrbwoski was undone not by the moves he did make, but by the ones he did not. He did not commit enough resources to crafting a strong bullpen, he may of held on to players like Jackie Bradley Jr beyond the point where their trade value was at its highest, he should of moved on from highly productive rentals such as Nathan Eovaldi, Steve Pearce and Eduardo Núñez as opposed to signing them to what turned out to be far above market deals. However, as previously outlined Dombrowski hit on an overwhelming majority of the moves he did make. His firing is more a matter of putting in place a different style of personal head, someone more suited to the task of rebuilding the Red Sox now depleted farm system, someone right for job of ether negotiating a new deal with Mookie Betts or identifying the best trade partner and package for the long term health of the organization.
Dave Dombrowski did what he was brought to Boston to do. He did exactly what the best version of his reputation said he would do and how he would do it, and much like a thoroughbred racehorse while potentially spectacular, his shelf life was short and much like those majestic animals; once his usefulness was outgrown, the Red Sox brought him behind Fenway Park and told him “that’ll do Dave, that’ll do.”
Fall sports preview: women’s soccer
Joseph A. Griswold, Asst. Sports Editor
Photo by Mark Medeiros
For most teams, having their best overall record in 10 seasons, would warrant a playoff spot or perhaps even a championship. However, The Rhode Island College Women’s soccer team’s record of 17-15 last year, left them just outside of the playoff bracket.
Head Coach Christina Pirri, who is entering her fifth season as head coach knows just how close the team was and knows that they could have finished stronger.
“We didn’t make the opportunities count when we needed them to nor did we get the wins in the games we should have won,” Pirri said.
Pirri knows that this season, they cannot afford to make the same mistakes and plans to rely on a large senior class to usher in a lot of new talent. One of those seniors, is senior goalkeeper, Erica Edwards, who Pirri believes can provide “stability and leadership” to the team.
Although there is a large group of returning seniors, the Anchorwomen will have to find new sources of scoring, as they graduated offensive powerhouse and RIC all-time leading scorer Brittany DeGrooth.
Despite this, Coach Pirri is focused on developing and nurturing a team with numerous offensive threats.
Pirri stated that last season helped build a lot of positives and she believes this year’s team has “all the necessary tools,” to make a run. While also emphasizing the work ethic, determination and passion shown by this team.
For Pirri, the main area to improve on this year is consistency and wants this consistency to transition from “practice to games and within games.”
The Anchorwomen will be looking to take this consistency and climb in the Little East Conference, where the preseason poll had them ranked dead last. Despite the ranking, Pirri knows that this team will use the ranking as motivation.
For Pirri the goal for the team is simple,
“Make playoffs, continue to improve our overall record, make the games that matter count for us, and continue on [a] path of presenting ourselves as a top contender within our conference.”
Anchorwomen go medieval on Lancers
Jake Elmslie, Sports Editor
Photo by Mark Medeiros
In a fashion that has become all too familiar over the last two and a half years, the Rhode Island College Women’s Tennis team absolutely dominated their opponent, Saturday afternoon; their victim this time being the Worcester State University Lancers.
The Anchorwomen dominated at all levels of competition but were especially effective when it comes to doubles. No. 1 doubles pair Sophomore Casey Burns and Freshman Jenna Lisi and No. 2 doubles pair juniors Laurel Ten Eyck and Grace Zangari both swept their opposition with identical scores of 8-0.
From here RIC proceed to quickly score four wins in singles before rain ended the match prematurely. Zangari and Eyck both held commanding leads in their respective single matches when the remainder of the contest was called off, leaving RIC 7-0 winners on the day.
With this victory the Anchorwomen continue to only have recorded a sole single match loss on the season and improve to 6-0. RIC will be on the road for their next matchup, an out of conference road contest against the Franklin Pierce University Ravens set to begin at 5:30pm.