Rhode Island College fall sports preview: women’s cross country

Jake Elmslie  – Sports Editor

Rhode Island College’s women’s cross country is not a team hurting for talent. In 2017, their second year under head coach Tim Rudd the team finished 3rd in the Little East Conference, the best finish for RIC in ten years. RIC was lead by three top ten finishers in the championship race, highlighted by the individual conference champion and Little East rookie of the year Shayna Cousineau. The team also got strong contributions from returning seniors Margaret McCaffrey and Rebecca Meinertz who finished 7th and 8th in the conference championship respectively.

New to the team is freshman recruit Madisen Martin out of Old Rochester Regional High School in Plymouth County Massachusetts. Coach Rudd has high expectations for Martin, who he believes will quickly establish herself as a top four runner on the team and has the potential to finish top ten in the conference by seasons end.

In the Little East the Cross Country Conference Championship teams are scored based on the finishing position of their top five runners. As such a teams 5th runner is often crucial in determining their place in the standings. Coach Rudd understands this fact and has a group of athletes he believes have the potential to fill the role. This group includes senior Laura Paiva who finished 5th for the team last year, sophomore Bryana Mullin and junior Nicole Grammas. This will be Grammas’s first time running cross country, however she was the conference champion in the 600 meters during the indoor track season and Coach Rudd believes her talent will translate.

RIC is hosting the Conference Championship this season at Bryant University’s facilities and Coach Rudd believes the Little East is prime for the taking. As previously mentioned, the Anchorwomen’s top three  runners from last season are all returning, this however isn’t the case for their biggest competitors. Last year’s champion Eastern Connecticut State University only has one of their top three runners returning and the 2017 runner up Plymouth State University also lost one of their top finishers. For these reasons as well as RIC’s wealth of talent the Anchorwomen are considered a strong favorite this season to win the Little East.

The first meet of the season for RIC took place on September 15th. Before the meet Coach Rudd stated that he believed the race would “be a good indicator for who ran over the summer and who didn’t also it’ll help us gage what has to be done and what improvements have to be made to reach our  ultimate goal.”

 

Rhode Island College fall sports preview: men’s cross country

Jake Elmslie  – Sports Editor

Coach Tim Rudd is a busy man. He’s in the midst of coaching a Rhode Island College women’s cross country team poised for a Little East Conference Championship run, he has a newborn baby girl at home and as of last fall he’s been tasked with resurrecting the RIC men’s cross country team. When Coach Rudd took over the team last fall they had only four runners, below even the minimum requirement of five needed to get a score at the conference championship. However by the time the championship meet rolled around RIC’s roster had grown to the point that they were able to compete in the race, albeit finishing last in the conference.

Coach Rudd believes the team can improve on last season’s finish with his goal being for RIC to finish in the middle of the pack in the Little East. To achieve this goal, Coach Rudd plans for the Anchormen to lean heavily on Raffaelo Manzo, whom he believes is the best runner on the team. Manzo, a sophomore out of North Smithfield was named a captain in only his second year on the team. Coach Rudd has high hopes for the athlete, believing he has a chance to finish the season as a top ten runner in the conference.

Also returning to the team are Andre Solomon-Messier, a sophomore out of North Providence High and Jeffery Garson, a senior out of Cumberland High School. Coach Rudd is going to be looking for Garson to provide leadership to the young team, showing the team the proper work ethic for both workouts and races.

Coach Rudd believes that this rebuilding process should take around three to five years. He thinks that this is roughly the amount of time it will take for the RIC program to get the point where they’re a top three threat in the Little East.

The men’s cross country season began saturday, September 15th with the first of four regular season meets. Rhode Island College will host the Little East Conference Championship on October 27th at the facilities at Bryant University.

 

The MLB’s unpredictable September

Joshua Percy – Anchor Contributor

Major League Baseball is widely seen as a “boring” and “non-interesting” sport in today’s age. However, in a time where the MLB needs a spark to their league, they enter September with the potential for a crazy finish to the 2018 season.

In the American League, the Boston Red Sox hold strong at the top of the league with 101 wins. They hold an 9.5 game lead on the New York Yankees for the best record in the American League East.  The Red Sox still have three games against Cleveland, and six games against Yankees, two of their biggest competitors in the American League. While the Red Sox’s lead seems large, a high number of games against the top teams in the American League will force them to continue to try and compete as the regular season winds down.

Staying in the American League, the Astros have two important series left. Three games against Seattle and three games against Arizona. Oakland on the other hand, has a weak schedule with Seattle being the only potential playoff team left on their schedule. Houston has a 2.5 game lead on Oakland in the American League West. While New York and Oakland may not win their divisions, they are still battling for home field in the one game wild card game. New York only holds a one game lead over Oakland for home field in the wild card game.

The National League is where things are even more unpredictable. In the National League East the Atlanta Braves hold a 7.5 game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves still have three games left against the Nationals and seven game left against the Phillies. The NL East could easily come down to the final games of the season.

The NL Central leading Cubs have a 1.5 game lead on the Milwaukee Brewers and a 5.5 game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs have 11 games left against the Central division, including Cardinals and Brewers.

The NL West leading Colorado Rockies have a half game lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers and 3.5 game lead against the Arizona Diamondbacks. This division is where things could get crazy, the Diamondbacks have seven games left against the Rockies and three games left against the Dodgers. the Dodgers have six games left against the Rockies and three games left against Arizona. 13 of the Rockies last 23 games are against the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.

The NL Wild card race is crowded. The Brewers and the Cardinals are currently the two teams set for wild card action, however, there are three teams within 4.5 games. The Dodgers are one game back, The Diamondbacks are three games back and the Phillies are 4.5 games back in the wild card race. In the National League there are five teams that could realistically get two wild card spots, all five teams play crucial games against one another in the season’s final month.

This level of unpredictability should lead to a crazy MLB finish that should give fans a reason to watch as some fan favorite teams are surely to collapse while other rise above the challenge to push to the MLB playoffs.

 

It’s time to abolish the electoral college

Joshua Magnone – Anchor contributor

Every four years, the electoral college elects the president and vice president of the United States. The electoral college consists of 538 electors and a candidate needs an absolute majority of 270 votes to win the election. Each state has the same number of electors as they do senators and representatives; Rhode Island has two senators and two representatives, so we have four electors. States with larger populations have more representatives so they have more electors; such as California with 55. When you vote on election day, you’re not directly voting for the candidate you want to win, instead the electors vote for you.

The Elctoral College Photo courtesy of Wikkicommons

At the end of the day, everyone’s votes are tallied and a candidate will have won the state’s popular vote. Normally the electors of the state will reflect the popular vote; here in Rhode Island, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, so all four electors of the state voted for Hillary Clinton. I say “normally” the electors of the state reflect the popular vote because, believe it or not, in some states electors can totally disregard voters choice and choose their own candidate, even someone who isn’t on the ballot.

Generally, the electoral college will elect the candidate who has won the nationwide popular vote; except that’s not always the way it happens. The 2016 presidential election is one example of when the candidate who had won the popular vote, Hillary Clinton, did not get elected president by the electoral college. Donald Trump had approximately 63 million votes and Hillary Clinton had approximately 65 million– that’s a difference of two million more people who voted for Clinton over Trump. With all due respect to President Trump, he should be sitting on a gold-plated toilet somewhere in Trump Tower right now, not sitting in the oval office.

There is something inherently wrong with our country’s electoral process when a majority of people vote for a candidate and the candidate with less votes assumes office. Is the United States a true democracy? Do we really value our democratic ideals? If we do, then I believe we must abolish the electoral college. It makes no sense why we would have an indirect election when we have the technology to account for everyone’s ballot and the education to make a relatively informed decision.

 

Intersecting the RIC commute

Alison Macbeth – Anchor staff

We have all experienced the great obstacle of parking at Rhode Island College. I have found that getting in and out of campus has become equally challenging, especially when it comes to the intersection between 6th Street and College Street.

As major class periods turn over, this intersection experiences an influx of students trying to exit and enter the campus. Obviously there will be some traffic– it is inevitable, but there are five lanes of traffic.

What makes this intersection a real headache is that the car traffic is compounded with the pedestrian traffic coming from Sweet Hall and Penfield Hall. As a result, the cars heading towards east campus are turning left into the I and J lots causing them to have to stop for crossing pedestrians. Meanwhile, impatient cars pass on the right which make it hard for cars coming out of 6th Street to gauge their left turns.

The chaos is real.

One solution rests in eliminating the denoted pedestrian crosswalk. Not having to stop for walking students will help cars get through. It seems easy enough, but getting rid of the pedestrian crosswalk will mean that law-abiding students have to walk up the hill to the student union parking lot and then down. We know that students will cross over even if there is no crosswalk.

Another solution is installing a traffic light to create a process for the intersection. However, a traffic light must cost a lot of money.

I think that rather than getting rid of the cross walk and installing a traffic light, campus security could help direct traffic at the busiest points of the week. Often the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. slots on Monday until Thursday are especially busy. Simply managing the flow of traffic in a fifteen minute window could eliminate a commuter student’s daily stress as well as alleviate RIC’s congestion by the Fruit Hill entrance, and maybe this is worth exploring for those who want to make student life less stressful.

 

A priceless gift

Catherine Enos  – Opinions editor

As an employee of a drug store, I witness the greatest wallet-related tragedy every day: the purchasing of a greeting card. Greeting cards range in price, but the average greeting card is around $6. I’m not a cheap person, but $6 is a lot of money for a piece of paper that most people are going to throw away.

Stores usually do have more affordable cards (around $2), but the greeting-card industry is definitely aware of the fact that people would rather save money on a thrifty card so they compensate by making these cards look ugly. Nothing about these cards is attractive or witty. Most of them have corny poems and weird font on them. Now, would you rather get your friend a birthday card that has a hilarious joke on the inside or would you rather get them a card that they’ll just grimace at? Most people go for the funny expensive one.

What does this situation say about us as people? It says that we care enough about our friends, family, coworkers or acquaintances to get them a good looking card. That doesn’t mean anything. I don’t remember the last card I’ve gotten, so clearly the attractiveness of the card doesn’t matter. But I do remember the memorable ones; in fact, I still have a few of the cards that I thought were really important.

Maybe the takeaway is that it’s important that we’re wasting money on cards; it’s important that we care about our friends enough to spend money on them once in a while. What’s more important, however, is what you put in the card– that’s what makes it memorable. So, go for the cheap card, if you want to. But if you’re going for the $6 card, get your money’s worth. Write your friends an actual letter about what the occasion means for you and them. Make it so great that they have to keep it and then your card goes from $6 to priceless.

 

Mac Miller: a blameless loss

Ariella Jeter – Assistant copy editor

As many of you readers already know, musician Mac Miller tragically passed away on Friday September 7. What you may not know is that people are blaming the musician’s ex-girlfriend, Ariana Grande, for his saddening death. Grande and Miller dated for two years. Two months after their break-up, Grande got engaged to comedian Pete Davidson. During this short time period, Miller had gotten arrested for a DUI. Upon listening to Miller’s latest album, “Swimming,” you can tell that Miller was very heavy-hearted on the events that transpired.

Instantly following his death, fans of Miller were harassing Grande so terribly that she had to turn off the commenting feature on her Instagram posts. These comments mostly all consisted of putting the blame on Grande for Miller’s death. I myself love Miller, but am not as fond of Grande. Never in a million years would I put the blame for something so tragic on her. Miller had been struggling with drug abuse/addiction for a while and Grande was one of his biggest supporters to help him fight it. You could tell she wanted nothing but the best for him.

Aside from the obvious reasons as to why she is not to blame for his overdose: she loved this man. She has memories with Miller and had built a life with him. She lost somebody too. She’s hurting and grieving and it is not fair to her for people to make her feel guilty too. Just because the relationship ended did not mean the love did.

Getting engaged to another man two months after getting out of a relationship was not the greatest thing she could do, but sometimes, as we all know, the things that create happiness for us are not always the greatest (not to mention none of us know either of them personally and know the exact situation that was going on). Yes, Miller may have felt a terrible pain most of us have felt before, but that does not mean we get to blame somebody else for his own mistakes.

There are multiple resources that Miller could have used to receive help, whether it was family, a friend, or a professional. Grande was not his only source of help. The two made a decision that they thought was the best for the BOTH of them– so stop blaming one person for the decision another person made entirely on his own. Miller would not want the person he had so much love for to be getting so much hate during the time in which she needs love the most, especially because he was someone who believed in the message of spreading love. So please stop. Nobody is to blame for Miller’s death. Instead of creating a wave of hate residing within something so terrible, “wouldn’t you rather get along?”

 

Fun at the Forman: A look at RIC’s upcoming theater programming

Thomas Yakey – Anchor Staff

The Rhode Island College theatre department’s first show for this season is “Cherry Orchard.” This show is directed by Trinity Repertory Company’s Associate Artistic Director Tyler Dobrowsky.

“Cherry Orchard” tells the story of an aristocratic Russian family who tries to survive in hard economic times. The family tries to preserve their way of life in the middle of the pressures of “progress.” Options to prevent the family from foreclosing are presented, and the family tries to rise up to the challenge. This is both a timeless and funny classic about changing times, loss, restoring, and continuing where you left off.

Audrey Crawley, a senior theatre performance major, commented, “I am very excited for Cherry Orchard. It is such a classic play and my classmates have been working so hard on it. I can’t wait to see it fully realized!” This show is presented in The Helen Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center for the Fine Arts. The dates range from Sept. 26 to Sept. 30 of this month.  

“Quilters,” a musical based off the novel, “Quilters: Women and Domestic Art” by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen, is the theatre department’s second show of this semester.  This musical is lovely and moving as it follows six daughters and their mother. The mother needs her children’s help to make a quilt before she dies. Cleverly, each scene, which is a different story or book, is introduced by a quiet square which is symbolic of a phase of life.

This piece is also historically accurate portraying different women and their life on the prairie.  Combining history, music, dance, and quilts, “Quilters” captures both the rewards and immense challenges of frontier life. The play truly shows how women contributed to the creation of America alongside men. Bill Wilson is the director of this great musical.  This show runs from Nov. 14-18.

The theatre department’s last show of the semester is “When We Were Young and Unafraid.”  The show is written by Sarah Treem. This play runs from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

Set in the early seventies, a woman named Agnes 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.

Marisa Rebelo, senior musical theatre major, is the student director of this play. She is “really excited about directing this piece because with the MeToo Movement and woman standing up for themselves I think it is a very current piece and relatable to the world we live in today.  I hope audiences find it funny and charming while walking away with a new message and questions.”

For more information about show times, as well as ticket pricing and policies, please visit http://www.ric.edu/mtd/Pages/Calendar-Theatre-Events.aspx.

Nazarian Theater, Photo courtesy of Thomas Crudale

Superhero Central: hanging up the capes

Jonathan Weaver – Assistant A&E Editor

It isn’t news to anyone that Ben Affleck’s future as Batman is up in the air. Between Affleck’s own comments, the comments of DC execs on the state of the DCU and comments by Matt Reeve, the director who took over Affleck’s troubled solo Batman project, its clear he isn’t keen on remaining the dark knight for long.

What’s more surprising is that Ben isn’t alone. Henry Cavill, cinema’s very own Man of Steel, is reportedly not interested in returning as Clark Kent. This news came shortly after it was revealed Cavill was cast to play Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s adaptation of the “Witcher,” a role Cavill is extremely excited and outspoken about.

This is objectively bad news for the future of the connected DCU that Warner Bros is determined to continue building. The extended universe of films which began with “Man of Steel” in 2013 has seen little critical success outside of the fantastic installment that was “Wonder Woman.”

Two aspects of the DCU that, for the most part, were deemed successful were the casting of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. Whether one of the particular films succeeded or failed, it was usually acknowledged that these too were not to blame. Affleck on one hand, was able to bring a darker, older rendition of Batman to screen, something heavily based off of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns.” Cavill was also drawing from beloved versions of Kal-El in his portrayal, ranging from Grant Morrison’s “All-Star Superman” to Alan Moore’s “For the Man Who Has Everything.”

What is WB to do to ensure the survival of their Marvel cinematic universe? Turns out, we may not have to wait long for an answer. Recent reports indicate candidates interested in each role. John Hamm from AMC’s “Mad Men,” has shown interest in donning Batman’s cowl and he is also a fan favorite prospect and has been since before Affleck’s original casting in BvS.

When it comes to Superman, Michael B. Jordan is interested and reportedly already being eyed to replace Cavill. Jordan has already displayed his abilities to hold his own in a superhero movie as the villain Killmonger in the hugely popular “Black Panther.” Not only that, but he is no stranger to very physical roles, as evident from his awesome central role in the movie “Creed.”

Going forward, WB and DC need to be careful with how they treat the DCU. Both Affleck and Cavill were reportedly frustrated with the lack of direction and consistency in the WB camp. Maybe losing these two will wake up the execs, and the injection of fresh blood and ideas through Jordan and Hamm will mix up the formula enough to help save the DCU from being deemed an utter failure. If nothing else, at least we still have Gal Gadot being the highlight of the movies and never failing to steal every scene as she saves Batman everytime.

 

“Kamikaze” – Eminem takes aim at everyone

Alec Ematrudo – A&E Editor

Less than a year after the release of his ninth studio album, The Real Slim Shady is back with another full album that brings him back to his roots. Things weren’t looking too good for the rapper, who is now in his forties, after the release of 2017’s “Revival.” “Revival” was a very politically charged album that I personally feel didn’t deserve the majority of the hate that it got, but was undoubtedly not Eminem’s best work.

Kamikaze, Photo courtesy of Reddit

“Kamikaze,” an album that surprised everyone, was released on August 31, and is hands down one of my favorite Eminem albums from the last decade; yes, that includes 2010’s “Recovery.”Kamikaze” is an album that Eminem essentially uses to fire back at all the people who dissed him about his previous album. On paper, that doesn’t sound necessarily like a good idea, but the execution is near flawless. In typical Slim Shady fashion, he doesn’t take himself too seriously and cracks as many offensive jokes as can be expected.

In addition to addressing the people who didn’t like his last album, Eminem also takes name at several current rappers for various reasons. Throughout the album, he calls out Drake, Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Pump, Machine Gun Kelly, and Tyler the Creator. I don’t want to spoil his exact disses, because the album is definitely worth the listen, but I will say that he doesn’t hold back.

To say the least, The Real Slim Shady has stood up once again and proved to the world what a lyrical genius he is. If this album is any indication of the fire that he has coming for Machine Gun Kelly and his next studio album, I will be waiting patiently.

“Kamikaze” is available everywhere on Vinyl, CD, Limited Edition Cassette, and streaming.

The Rap God is back.