Men’s Basketball avoids colonization

Jake Elmslie – Sports Editor

Rhode Island College Men’s Basketball earned their first Little East Conference win of the season Saturday afternoon in convincing fashion in a 76-62 victory over the Western Connecticut State University Colonials.

For the first chunk of the game it appeared that RIC was in for a dogfight, with both teams trading point for point in a physical contest that tested the limits of the Anchormen’s ball movement ability. The game remained close deep into the first half with the score being tied at 16-16 with 7:36 left to play in the frame. From here the Anchormen dominated their opponent and went into the locker room with a 31-20 lead at half time.

The Anchormen continued to make prey of their opponent in the second half, never relinquishing their double digit lead over the Colonials. RIC’s ball movement was significantly improved from their Wednesday evening loss against the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors due in a large part to the return of starting guard Jonatan Batista to the lineup. While Batista suffered a frightening injury scare near the end of the first half, falling to the ground hard and requiring assistance off of the court he managed to play nearly the entire second half and racked up a team high nine assists on the day.

#4 – Adham Floyd, Photo courtesy of Thomas Crudale

Outside of the lopsided final score the Anchormen and the Colonials finished with surprisingly similar statistics in a number of key areas. Both teams turned in virtually identical shooting percentages at 37% a piece. Also, both teams had nearly identical rebounding numbers and each turned the ball over 18 times. When asked about how his team was able to dominate scoring wise in a game where they did not do much to distinguish themselves on the stat sheet RIC head coach Tom Glynn explained that “we put in a great defensive effort, that’s what we’re trying to forge as our identity going forward and I hope we can keep it up throughout the rest of the season.”

#11 – Benjamin Vezele, Photo courtesy of Thomas Crudale

Staring for the Anchormen was senior captain Justin Campbell who managed to score 24 points to go alongside a game high 12 rebounds in a stellar performance where he was seemingly able to hit shots from every part of the floor.

#24 – Deyshawn Tengbe, Photo courtesy of Thomas Crudale

RIC will improve to 7-2 and 1-1 in the Little East as a result of this win. The Anchormen will be on the road Monday evening for an out of conference matchup against Regis College.

Boom or Bust: Quarterbacks of The Future

Joseph A. Griswold – Anchor Staff

Patrick Mahomes will displace Tom Brady as the greatest of all-time. Hyperbole? Maybe, but with the elites of the National Football League, Brady, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers closer to the end of their careers than the beginning. It is important to understand which young quarterbacks are slated to take their spots and which are likely headed to the XFL. Who is going to boom? And who is a bust?

Patrick Mahomes, 23, Kansas City Chiefs: Simply put, Mahomes, has set the NFL on fire this season and is leading virtually all major quarterback categories, including touchdowns with 37. Mahomes has shown not just spurts, but MVP performance throughout the entire season. The demerit is the plethora of weapons he has surrounding him, which some believe is the reason for his success. However, Alex Smith had virtually all the same weapons and never threw for more than 26 touchdowns. Mahomes has 37, and there are still five games to play. Although Mahomes may not surpass Brady, it is clear to see that he will be one of the top quarterbacks for years to come. –Boom

Sam Darnold, 21, New York Jets: Darnold currently leads the league in interceptions (14) and has only completed 55 percent of his passes. Darnold has been victim to constant pressure and a lack-luster receiving core. However, his biggest downfall comes in the form of his team and head coach. The New York Jets organization as a whole has a knack for stunting quarterback growth. Despite having an ample amount of money to spend in next year’s free agency the Jets will surely not add enough talent to make Sam Darnold a top quarterback. –Bust

Jared Goff, 24, Los Angeles Rams: Goff is perhaps the most interesting of the young quarterbacks because of his lackluster start. During his first season Goff was being labeled a bust and looked abysmal on the field. Luckily for Goff, the Rams decided former head coach Jeff Fisher’s mediocre mantra was not good enough and ousted him in favor of Sean Mcvay. Since Mcvay’s entrance last season the Rams have found new life and dominated most of their competition. Led by Goff’s 26 touchdown’s the Rams are frontrunners for the Super Bowl this year. Goff has shown incredible accuracy, arm strength and poise under pressure and has shown the capability to be an elite quarterback for years to come. –Boom

Baker Mayfield, 23, Cleveland Browns: The Cleveland Browns have won a game. In fact, they have won several games, four this season, which is tied for as many wins as they have had in the last three seasons combined. At the root of this turnaround, if you want to call it that is starting quarterback Baker Mayfield. Mayfield has shown the aggression and drive to take a talented team and win some games. Mayfield has shown throughout his young career and through college that he is not afraid to make any throw. However, Mayfield is eerily reminiscent to another former NFL quarterback with a ton of arm-strength: Jay Cutler. To the city of Cleveland, I apologize, but Mayfield will never develop to anything more than a gunslinger who will make some spectacular throws, but also trust his arm way more than he should. –Bust

Deshaun Watson, 23, Houston Texans: Last season, Deshaun Watson set the league on fire and was on pace to run away with the rookie-of-the-year-award, that was until he tore his ACL. This season the Texans started 0-3 before winning eight straight under Watson. Adversity has surrounded Watson since his entrance to the league, but through every challenge he has persevered. Watson has shown throughout his college and professional career that he is a winner. This season, despite the slow start Watson has led his team to first in the division and in a prime spot for a playoff berth. Watson has mobility, accuracy and arm-strength, all which flourish in an increasingly faster NFL. Watson’s ability and compete factor will drive him to be an elite quarterback over the next several seasons. –Boom

The NFL is changing. Although the next tier of elite quarterbacks may have different styles, rest assured the NFL is in very good hands.

Nathan Peterman: Worst NFL QB of All-Time

Joshua Percy – Anchor Staff

Nathan Peterman was a fifth round pick out of Pittsburgh in the 2017 NFL draft with his two years at Pittsburgh showing he had potential in the NFL. In 26 games over two season at Pittsburgh, he threw for 5,142 yards with 47 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Over these two seasons in college, he had a record of 16-10. His best college victory came against eventual National Champion Clemson Tigers, a 43-42 victory where Peterman threw for 308 yards and 5 touchdowns. However, even though Peternam had a solid college career and showed enough potential for the Buffalo Bills to draft him, it turned out far worse than anyone would have thought.

Nathan Peterman, Graphic courtesy Sports Illustrated

In two seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Peterman has played in nine games, while starting four of them. The Bills are 1-8 in games that Peterman plays in, while only winning one of the four games he has started. In 2017, Peterman tied the NFL record for most interceptions in a game against the Los Angeles Chargers with five. His NFL career completion percentage is 52.3%, is one of the lowest completion rates in recent history for an NFL starter.  He has thrown 12 interceptions and only three touchdowns, in eight games he threw four times more interceptions than touchdowns. Peterman has a 32.5 quarterback rating, which is the lowest of all time, for an NFL starter with at least four starts. In the nine games that the Buffalo Bills have played with Peterman, they were outscored 274 to 84.

By looking and comparing Nathan Peterman’s stats from college and the NFL there are some clear issues, and reasons for why some may think he is the worst QB of all time. Peterman put up respectable stats and played respectable football in college with Pittsburgh. In the NFL Peterman played some of the worst football of all time, and it took Buffalo two seasons to figure out he would not adjust well enough from college to the NFL. The Bills fans shared a breath of relief on Nov. 12th when Nathan Peterman was released by the Buffalo Bills.

Video games are the most artistic form of media

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda – Assistant Graphics Editor

Whether it is a colorful cartoon-style game like “Fortnite,” a wild west dreamscape like “Red Dead Redemption 2” or a dark, Lovecraftian nightmare like “Bloodborne,” video games create a world like no other.

The idea that video games are losing their artistry in a time when “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” revamped fans love of the “Legend of Zelda” series is ludicrous. Games like the aforementioned are the essence of why video games are so artistic and detail-oriented. With a world as charming as the one in “Breath of the Wild” you are bound to fall in love with the characters you meet on your journey and the beautiful, cell-shaded landscapes you’ll come across.

On a darker side, the extremely deep lore introduced in “Bloodborne” has fans finding new things years after its initial release. As the blood-filled, gruesomely grotesque action role-playing game (RPG) grabs the attention of players with a world suddenly plunged into an beastial apocalypse, one must find a way to wake up from the nightmare. The amount of notes the player can find to eventually piece together what happened is enthralling. In a world filled with beasts that can only be created from the darkest depths of your mind, the expansive world of “Bloodborne” can only be described as an artists’ darkest creations coming to life on a limitless canvas.

Bloodborne, Graphic courtesy of Forbes

Most recently, games like “Red Dead Redemption 2,” “God of War (2018),” and “Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey” have taken games to a new, cinematic level. As cinema itself is an extremely artful medium, video games have now included impressive camerawork and framing as they slowly become more realistic with improved graphics. If anything, video games are on the forefront of pushing its evolution to new heights. As the possibilities to create vast and beautiful worlds, characters and stories only grows, so will the artistic influences that fuel most of the video game industry to provide an incredible experience to players.

Less bureaucracy for RIC

Alison Macbeth – Anchor Contributor

As a diligent student, you regularly check your Rhode Island College email account only to find trivial emails about IT service, an event from a club you never joined or another new member of the RIC administration. While a new Vice President of some department may not seem important, the ramifications are worth considering for the overall function of the college.

While many of the recent hired administrative staff were filling vacant positions, President Sánchez’s approach to his cabinet reveals the tendency to emphasize administration. Meanwhile, contractless faculty worked with a salary 17% lower than peer institutions.

While administrators are vital to the success of a university, their positions should be carefully considered. Currently, according to RI.gov, administrator’s salaries are roughly double that of an associate professor. As RIC’s faculty union continues to fight for an increase in salary, this juxtaposition is startling. It appears as though the President’s office does not hesitate to hire new administrators while professors teach extra classes in order to make ends meet. While the RIC/AFT situation is much larger than the single factor of a growing administration, it is an important piece to consider in the overall success of RIC.

Bureaucracy allows for deliberative processes to occur within a governing organization; however, within a college, bureaucracy must act according to the values of an institution so that the college is run efficiently and affordably. Each piece of RIC’s organization goes hand and hand and must be evaluated in light of the core values of RIC: excellence and innovation, access and opportunity, student-centeredness, diversity and inclusion, state and community leadership, and transparency. The more administrators hired, the less budget there is for professors’ earnings and possibly other student-centered initiatives, which are key parts of RIC’s value system.

However, some might argue that adding more administrators equips the college with strategy and skill to pursue RIC’s values. While each Vice President and administrator plays a vital role in the function of the college, it is important to remain mindful of the ramification these large-salaried positions have on the college as a whole. Large, bureaucratic governing structures tend to be plagued with wastefulness and unable to adapt quickly to new ideas. Perhaps there are more efficient and less expensive ways to run RIC.

Employing the resources on campus of our incredible faculty and involved community members will not only boost the morale of the college, but also mobilize the voice of the college. Currently, a top-down approach to running RIC funnels in hundreds of thousands of dollars to a small group of decision-makers and could be failing to amplify the community’s desires, needs, and dreams. It would be unfair to not mention that the administration has, on occasion, sought to have two-way communication with the RIC community.

The growth of a bureaucratic tone from RIC administration will hinder dialogue and movement from the RIC community. Perhaps it’s worth deliberating whether the college values a large administration over other equally important priorities, such as well-compensated faculty and capable graduates.

Spread the word: “illegal” immigrants are people too

Lauren Enos – Assistant opinions editor

Migrants, or any other people who enter the United States illegally, are often referred to as illegal aliens. Unfortunately, that’s the term that is approved and used by our court of law. I’m doubtful that I could think of a more destructive term. All human beings deserve to be treated with dignity, and using the term “illegal alien” doesn’t support that idea. Language is a powerful tool; the word “alien” is associated with strange-looking beings, a sense of invasion and otherness. The use of the term illegal alien promotes an “us” vs. “them” mentality.

During this holiday season of giving and cheer, we should be giving some thought to the thousands of immigrants searching for cheer and safety here in America. The holidays are a time where people are generally more kind, giving, and happy. And with the holidays approaching, perhaps this is the time to appeal to peoples’ hearts.

The term illegal alien is dehumanizing, which makes it easier to think of and treat these immigrants as sub-human. No human being deserves to be denied asylum. No person should be treated as if they are less important than a person of another nationality. I don’t think people generally disagree with these statements, but it’s a different story when “illegal” or undocumented immigrants are the subject.

We need to do a lot of work on humanizing these immigrants. They are sacrificing everything they have for safety, family and better opportunities. Regardless of what the administration wants you to believe, the vast majority aren’t criminals nor rapists. Read their stories, listen to what they have to say, see their humanity. Repeat their stories and help them be heard. These are just humans who are trying to live the best, safest lives they can. The more we talk about them as human beings, the more we can get others to think about them as such.

The most important skill to gain from college

Catherine Enos – Opinions editor

As an editor for a newspaper and as a senior who has peer-edited plenty of papers, I witness a great deal of good writing– as well as fair amounts of bad writing. Writing is clearly an important skill to have. Additionally, it’s a requirement to pass a writing class for all students at Rhode Island College. So it’s concerning when you read what someone has written and it has no structure or central argument. To become a better writer, there are a few things people can do:

Graphic courtesy of writingcooperative

Know your weaknesses.

Everyone is bad at something when it comes to writing. Some people are bad at spelling, others are bad with structure, and so on. The important thing is that you know what mistakes you make and have made so that you can avoid them in the future.

Swap papers with a friend.

Offer to read your friend’s paper (one you trust and think is a proficient writer) to provide criticism in exchange that they do the same with your paper. This allows you to see how other people, in a similar situation as you, write and format their papers. In addition, maybe they’ll point out an error you missed or offer constructive criticism– which is never a bad thing.

Go to the writing center.

RIC is great in offering students a center where strong writers are employed for the sole purpose of helping you become a strong writer yourself: the writing center. Even if your writing is perfect (which is unlikely), you have nothing to lose by taking advantage of what your tuition pays for.

Read more.

By reading more, you not only learn new things, but you also build a stronger vocabulary. On top of that, you can look at the structure of a good piece for some insight on how you should write. If you’re reading a book, an article or a magazine from a well-known publisher, the writing has probably gone through a rigorous editing process. Therefore, most of these works will show you what strongly-structured writing looks like.

Start with an outline.

Outlines can be annoying, but they help you to make sure that your paper stays structured. What’s important is that you have basic benchmark structures: an introduction, a main argument/thesis, support for that argument, and a conclusion.

Be flexible.

A good writer adapts to change and accepts constructive criticism. For example, the format of many newspapers (AP format) elicits shorter, briefer paragraphs (a paragraph may be one or two sentences)– this is obviously not the case in academic papers. When I first joined the Anchor as a writer, I noticed that professors were commenting on my papers that my paragraphs were too short. Instead of brushing it off with an “I-write-for-a-newspaper” know-everything attitude, I addressed the issue and made sure I wasn’t writing short paragraphs.

The Game Awards versus The Gamers’ Choice Awards

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda – Assistant Graphics Editor

Television has taken to video games, as “The Gamers’ Choice Awards” launched by CBS, becomes the first televised video game awards show. Unfortunately, its lacking knowledge of gaming and clear attempt at a ratings-grab has backfired incredibly.

Geoff Keighley is a video game journalist and television personality that has created one of the largest video game awards show to date. “The Game Awards” has slowly grown over the last five years, garnering an 11.5 million live viewership last year. If history has anything to show for it, this year should show another increase in viewership. “The Game Awards” have slowly cemented its position as the premiere game awards show, with many having worked together to build it to what it is now.

Graphic courtesy of GamingBolt

As CBS enters the fray with the “Gamers’ Choice Awards,” gaming fans are opposed to it doing well, because it goes against the amount of work the community has done to build “The Game Awards.”

Comparing the categories of the two shows, “The Game Awards” separates the genres, but the winners of each category are decided by both a panel of judges and the fans. The biggest difference between the two shows is “The Game Awards” uses “Best” and “Game of the Year,” while “Gamers’ Choice Awards” exclusively uses “Fan Favorite.” The worst complaint of the categories so far is that the “Gamers’ Choice Awards” includes outdated games in categories that should solely include games new to the year.

As the week of both shows near, audiences are supporting “The Game Awards” with everything they have to fight against the CBS cash-grab. This includes companies that are premiering exclusive trailers and content at “The Game Awards” that are ignoring the “Gamers’ Choice Awards,” including the Russo brothers who directed the latest “Avengers” films.

Only time will tell which will prevail, but if the internet has anything to say, “The Game Awards” will remain on top.

Red Dead Redemption 2: outlaws for life?

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda – Assistant Graphics Editor

“Red Dead Redemption 2” is nothing short of a beautifully crafted narrative complemented by an expansive world filled to the brim with things to do. Whether you stumble upon a rival gang camp that needs disposing of, find a legendary animal to hunt or help a stranger with a snake bite, this game world consistently surprises the player.

You play as Arthur Morgan, a tough and loyal right hand man to Dutch van der Linde, leader of the Van Der Linde gang. The characters all start the game trying to survive from their previously botched heist in the town of Blackwater, which resulted in a few deaths before the game begins.

As much as Arthur is the protagonist, following Dutch and his descent to madness, which serves as a prequel to the original “Red Dead Redemption,” is incredibly captivating. Witnessing someone in control gradually breakdown while trying to escape the law and their past was devastating. Not only was it sad to watch, but the rest of the gang slowly fell apart, as Arthur realizes that Dutch and the life of being an outlaw are over.

Arthur Morgan is one of the most human characters that has been brought to my screen in recent memory. His gradual change of heart made me bond with this character so much, as you watch him battle with himself and others regarding the life they all live. All throughout the game, there are several instances where you are given choices to play honorable or dishonorable. Most of the decisions Arthur makes should lead the character to be more honorable as the game progresses, especially nearing the game’s finale.

Throughout these missions, Arthur truly shows his hope for a world where people can be together and live freely, without having to result in the tired life of an outlaw like himself. The truth about Arthur is the reality that he is irredeemable despite his efforts to be a good man. His push to do the right thing makes his character more depressing as his past catches up with him and he is unable run from the mistakes he made.

While the narrative is intense, the gameplay takes a bit to get used to. For example, there is no way any player of this game will not immediately smash their horse into a tree. After getting used to the “Dead Eye” system, combat is more fun and feels a lot more fluid and rewarding. This alone creates a love for the shooting gallery missions, where you are pitted against legions of bandits and gunmen, all the while gaining more weapons and upgrading your “Dead Eye” abilities.

Finally, in addition to its incredible world and fun gameplay, the most important thing in this game is its story. It captures so many emotions, and catches the player’s sympathies for the characters.

Combine the masterful storytelling with an incredible soundtrack featuring work from Willie Nelson, Josh Homme and even Nas, and Rockstar Games has easily produced one of the best games of the year, if not the decade.

Music, theatre, and dance oh my!

Thomas Yakey Jr. – Anchor Staff

As Rhode Island College starts to wind down it’s 2018 fall semester, the RIC Music, Theatre, and Dance Department is only beginning to start their few weeks of performances in all aspects of the performing arts.

Sadly, some of the events of the department’s end-of-semester performances have already taken place. One of them was the RIC Theatre’s production of “When We Were Young and Unafraid” by Sarah Treem. The show ran from November 30th through December 2nd and had three outstanding performances. The interesting part of this production was that it was student directed since it was one of the department’s “Growing Stage” productions.  Marisa Rebelo was the director of this play. The play told the story of a woman named Agnes who uses her bed and breakfast as a safe house for domestic violence victims. Mary Ann, a woman who uses the safe space, shows up and starts forming a relationship with her daughter. Agnes has to face presumptions about the woman she’s been helping for a while. If you missed this production, be sure so see the RIC Theatre’s production of “Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show” running April 11 through the 14 next semester.

Another event that you may have already missed on November 30 is the performance of “Nothing But A Word” performed by a hip-hop dance company and an American street dance theater called Rennie Harris Puremovement, featuring the RIC Dance Company. On top of those other two events, November 30th was the last performance of the RIC Wind Ensemble for the semester.  Joseph Foley was the conductor for this ensemble this semester for the first time in many years. This concert featured famous works including Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and Rimsky-Korsakow’s “Trombone Concerto.” Alexei Doohovskoy was the faculty who was the soloist for Rimsky-Korsakow’s piece. It was truly an electrifying and fantastic night of music.

Don’t worry, if you have missed these events, there are still many more to come to before the semester is over.  On Tuesday December 4, is the RIC Opera Workshop performances as they team up with the RIC Symphony Orchestra. They will perform various scenes from operas and musicals, including West Side Story. This is free for RIC students, faculty, and staff and only ten dollars for the general public. It will be taking place in Roberts Hall at 7:30 p.m. that evening.  On the other side of the genre spectrum, the RIC Jazz Combos have a concert on December 5th in the Forman Theatre, free for everyone! It will be at 7:30 p.m. and feature various works from the Great American Jazz Songbook.  Monday, December 10 is the RIC Jazz Band concert at 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. This is free for RIC students, faculty, and staff and only 10 dollars for the general public. This concert features the works of jazz legend Duke Ellington and famed composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Chorus will be performing their winter concert under the direction of Teresa Coffman at 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall on Friday, December 7th.  General admission is only ten dollars, however RIC students, faculty, and staff are free. This concert features a masterful mix of non-traditional, lesser-known composers and works as well as pieces by important composers in Western music. Also, the chorus plans to show-off their new David Leach “Consort” portativ organ by singing Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo (“Little Organ Mass”).  On more of a smaller scale, the RIC Chamber Orchestra and other Chamber Ensembles will be performing a free concert in Sapinsley Hall at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of John Sumerlin.

If you have yet to see the RIC Music, Theatre, or Dance Department’s performances yet this year, I encourage you to do so before the semester ends!

Photo courtesy of ric.edu