Women’s Basketball suffer Senior Night defeat – Julian Borges

Women’s Basketball suffer Senior Night defeat

Julian Borges

Sports Editor

 

Things started out well for the Rhode Island College Women’s Basketball team last Saturday night. The game was held at home at the Murray Center and a ceremony for this year’s graduating senior, Alex Moore of West Newbury, Connecticut, commenced the contest.

The Anchorwomen brought a lot of energy to the opening minutes of the game that was present until the final seconds of the game. Their opponents, the University of Southern Maine, did as well. Both teams battled for the lead early on, and freshman guard Fatima McDonald for the Anchorwomen nailed a layup that gave RIC a one point advantage at 11-10.

With that being said, the first quarter was RIC’s to lose. The Huskies went 6-0 with five minutes remaining in the first. USM closed out their scoring for the quarter with a lead reading 16-11. The Anchorwomen regained composure and finished 16-13 with less than two minutes on the clock.

RIC immediately continued scoring early on in the second, by going on an 8-2 run. Junior guard Jessa Rubera’s three-pointer gave the Anchorwomen the biggest lead of the game thus far at 21-18. Southern Maine bounced back quickly and delivered an even bigger run of their own. USM sent the Anchorwomen off the court for halftime with RIC trailing 27-23.

The Huskies returned to action in the second half with even more vigor than they had in the first. USM freshman guard Jackie Luckhardt managed to put Southern Maine ahead with a free throw that extended the Huskies’s advantage to 10 points at 33-23. Following another basket from USM, the Anchorwomen continued to push forward, going on a 15-6 marathon run to make the score 41-38.

Freshman forward Ornela Livramento for the Anchorwomen cut Southern Maine’s lead to just two points following two baskets made at the charity stripe. Nevertheless, the Huskies persisted and did not allow RIC to have the lead any further. The last 60 seconds of the game were the most crucial. Fouls called against the Anchorwomen resulted in three free throws being made on Southern Maine’s side. The Huskies walked off the court victorious.

Final score: 57-50.

For Southern Maine, freshman forward Chantel Eels made 10 points for the Huskies. Sophomore guard Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec) managed four rebounds on top of 16 points made. Finally, junior forward Miranda Nicely wiped seven boards and shot for 11 points.

RIC’s Rubera contributed 14 points, four rebounds, and two steals. Livramento notched 11 points and cleared eight boards. Last and certainly not least, senior Alex Moore finished her final regular season game at RIC with 13 points, five boards, and two assists. Congratulations on a great career, Alex!

The Anchorwomen are scheduled to face Tufts University away this Monday at 7 p.m.

Gymnastics visit Cortland for Tri-Meet – Marissa Marsella

Gymnastics visit Cortland for Tri-Meet

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff

Last week, the Rhode Island College Women’s Gymnastics team placed third during the Cortland Tri-Meet. With a team score cumulating to 175.025, the Anchorwomen trailed the second and third place spots. Cortland finished first in the meet with a team score of 188.200 points while Springfield College took second place, scoring 187.000 points.

The girls scored well individually on many different events during the meet. RIC Sophomore athlete, Kyndel Yett scored 9.450 on vault, putting her in fifth place for the event. Yett also took 17th place on bars with a total of 7.100 points. Her teammate, RIC sophomore Allie DiBiase, notched third place in the all-around with an impressive score of 36.275.

DiBiase also managed to tie both on bars and beam, 10th place for vault with a score totaling 9.350 and 7th on beam (9.325). Her freshman teammate, Grace Davis, tied with DiBiase on beam. RIC Junior athlete, Erin Shea, finished 13th on vault (9.250) and 15th on floor (8.000).

Great job to the members of the Women’s Gymnastics team for their performances!

Track teams compete at URI Invitational – Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Track teams compete at URI Invitational

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Assistant Sports Editor

The Rhode Island College Men’s and Women’s Track teams went to the University of Rhode Island to compete in the URI Coaches Tribute Track and Field Invitational. Both teams finished in 10th place, with the men’s team ranking out of 13 other schools and the women’s team placing out of 14.

Starting off with the Men’s team, they scored a total of 24.0 with Joel Ikuejamofo placing fifth in the 400m dash, who took part of the 4x400m relay race. Freshman Jephte Wagnac placed sixth in the triple jump, ninth in the 400m and 16th in the long jump, along with being a member of the second place 4x400m relay. Shamar Spruill also locked up fifth place in the weight throwing event.

As for the Women’s team, Melanie Brunelle finished first in the triple jump, sixth in the 500m and finally 19th in the high jump. Destinee Barette secured a third-place finish in the weight throw and 21st in the shot put. Nicole Grammas finished seventh in the 400m and Eleni Grammas finished 16th in the preliminary round of the 60m and 22nd in the 200m. Emma Landroche finished 13th in the 200m and 33rd in the preliminary round of the 60m.  Finally, Oluwafunmibi finished in 13th place in the weight throwing contest and 18th in the shot put.

Patriots Complete Historic Comeback – Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Patriots Complete Historic Comeback

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Assistant Sports Editor

 

In case anyone does not know, the New England Patriots orchestrated the best comeback of all time last week at Super Bowl LI.

Come the fourth quarter of the game, Patriots fans all over the country were shaken from the fact that they were losing by such a large margin. Coming back from a 25 point deficit was unheard of, and put the Patriots at a 99.6 percent chance of losing the Lombardi Trophy to the Atlanta Falcons. Prior to Super Bowl LI, the biggest deficit a team ever came back from in the Super Bowl was by a margin of 10 points–a comeback New England also made in Super Bowl XLIV two years prior against the Seattle Seahawks.

Most Patriots fans had given up hope by halftime. President Donald Trump who was hosting a Super Bowl party had left at the end of the second quarter. Mark Wahlberg who attended the game left early on in the third quarter.

If there’s one thing to be learned from the comeback is this: it is never a good idea to count out Tom Brady.

New England began catching up, but with the score being 28-12 early in the fourth quarter, many figured these were merely compensation points. However, after a missed block from Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman, Patriots’ linebacker Dont’a Hightower capitalized by stripping Matt Ryan, the Falcons’ quarterback. This conversion led the Patriots down the opposing side of the field to score a touchdown with wide receiver Danny Amendola and a two-point conversion by running back James White. This was followed by a crucial three and out by the Pats’ defense, which was assisted with a holding penalty to force Atlanta out of field goal range.

The Patriots then marched down the field, and wide receiver Julian Edelman gifted his team with one of the most impeccable catches of all time. With more yardage gained, New England went on to do the impossible: tying up the game with a touchdown by James White and yet another two-point conversion by Amendola, bringing both teams to the first ever overtime period in Super Bowl history.

The Patriots then won the coin toss to receive the ball. With one last drive down the field, needing to score only once to win the game, Tom Brady lead New England into red zone territory. Brady handed off the ball to White who ran in for the game winning touchdown, completing one of the best comebacks in sports history.

For many Patriots fans, this Super Bowl had a lot on the line for both the players and the fans. For the fans, it would solidify Tom Brady as the undisputed Greatest of All Time, something many had already called him. It also meant that Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL who handed Brady a fallacious four game suspension at the beginning of the season, would have to present Tom Brady with the Lombardi Trophy. The handshake between Goodell and Brady will forever be remembered as a moment of redemption, with the commissioner shaking the hand of Brady, not so long after issuing a four game suspension to Brady for the controversy surrounding Deflategate.

This Super Bowl signaled the end of what has been known as the “revenge tour” for Brady and the Patriots. The fans let Goodell know this by booing him during his speech, and congratulating the team on their win. During the celebration at the Dunkin Donuts Center following the game, members of the team went on to mock Goodell, from defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, to injured tight end Rob Gronkowski. Even Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft alluded to Goodell without using his name during the victory speech, moments after the commissioner handed him the microphone.

Edelman told Brady that the team would win it for his mom, who has been battling with cancer, which was brought to light during media day a week prior to the Super Bowl.

A lot of people have been talking about who this win was for: Brady, his mom, Coach Belichick, Kraft, and for the team as a whole. Above all else, this one was for New England.

Don’t write off violent protesters – Derek Sherlock

Don’t write off violent protesters

Derek Sherlock

Anchor Staff

 

I first need to state for the record that this is my own opinion and it does not reflect the views of the paper, any organizations on campus or any other individuals who work on campus.

There has been a heated debate during the past couple of weeks over the use of violence towards those who are white supremacist, fascist, racist or any other word you want to use to label such groups, in the wake of a video going viral of known white supremacist Richard Spencer being punched in the face while being videotaped the day of the inauguration.

Some argue that those who use violence towards Nazis or any other hate groups are no better than the fascists. This opinion is controversial because I have no problem with violence being used towards those who deny human rights and dignity towards others.

I found the videos that came out following the punching of Spencer to be uplifting, as many others online did as well, in fact thousands of  copies of that video were edited and humourous music was added for the sake of a joke.

It should be noted that I am also for peaceful protests against fascists. Acts like tearing down their signs whenever they are erected, yelling over them as they try to spew forth their bigotry, blocking them from view of the public when they are standing around the street corners holding signs, even going so far as to intimidate them out of public spaces by the sheer presence of the masses who disagree with their hate speech.

I know people who fell victim to attacks from Neo-Nazi Skinheads, and some have been murdered because of their undying stance against fascism.

I have seen first-hand the actions of white supremacists; I have seen the scars and bullet wounds — even touched those wounds, and that should never happen. I remember talking to an old woman in Mississippi who saw her grandfather lynched but the KKK in the early 60s. While the Klan does not have that much power anymore, they still inflict fear in some small communities around the south with just their presence.

There will be times, more often than not, that because of vast difference in views will come to blows between the fascists and those who oppose them, and people should not be against using such a tactic.

What I know is that we will need to band together to fight against this social plague, whether it be disrupting their speeches, not allowing them to influence young people, or directly and physically removing the problem before it gets too out of hand.

Watching the Super Bowl for the commercials – Adebisi Rotimi

Watching the Super Bowl for the commercials

Adebisi Rotimi

Anchor Contributor

 

At first, I never understood the hype behind 200-pound men tackling each other for the sake of entertainment, but I will admit when I sat down and watched a football game for the first time it was the most intriguing thing ever. I, of course, did not understand the rules of the game since I was a rookie spectator but even without the knowledge of football, it still had me on the edge of my seat, biting my nails in anticipation of what would happen next. Admittedly, though, my attitude changed when it came to the Super Bowl and while I still cared about the game, what interested me more were the bank-draining advisements and iconic halftime performances. Why? Simply because of pop culture.

Pop culture is exactly what the name details – popular culture. It is the sensationalism of significant ideas, images, perspectives and values and how they integrate with mainstream culture. In American culture, football is one of, if not the most, prolific sport that is played within the states and continues to set television ratings records annually, with more than a 100 million people tuning in to Super Bowl LI. So, it is obvious the Super Bowl has the platform for direct influence of pop culture but the games themselves are often not the most memorable portion of the night — the advertisements and the performances are.

I know for a fact that as an advertiser or performer there is pressure to be iconic. Not only do you possess the world’s largest audience, but, specifically as an advertiser, you are spending millions of dollars for a 30-60 second time slot. So, what do advertisers do? They appeal to mainstream culture or, in other words, pop culture. They often feature celebrities, tackle relevant issues, exhibit quirky themes, all so the brand can be the talk of the town and hopefully promote sales. People tune in to these commercials because they are aware that the advertisers are making a significant effort to appeal to them, so they’re bound to be interesting. So long as the Super Bowl maintains its record high ratings and they most likely will, they will always be an integral part of pop culture.

Don’t be ignorant—be critical – Samantha Scetta

Don’t be ignorant—be critical

Samantha Scetta

Anchor Editor

 

Similar to the decision to follow a religion or believe in higher powers, believing in science is also a choice that can be made or ignored by any American. Of course, the right to choose your beliefs is a privilege in our western society, so we should choose wisely. Denying science may be a grave mistake: when the majority of people choose to turn a blind eye to facts, ignorance is unavoidable.

In a world where information is so easily accessible, I completely understand why one would be skeptical about studies, research and data. However, the entire world is not just a Facebook newsfeed or a morning news headline. A persistent trend in divided politics and elsewhere is the denial of scientific theories and research. When the proof is in the pudding, some politicians and extremists still try to deny the existence of global matters, such as climate change. Most of science is theory, but that does not mean that an individual should blatantly ignore trends and proof of something like the warming of the earth.

2014 was the hottest year in dateable history, until 2015 that is. Both years were dethroned by 2016: The hottest year recorded by humans.

There are true and real dangers of turning a blind eye to scientific research. Do not view scientists as separate from the general population. You do not have to be a world renowned physicist to be able to make your own informed decisions about governmental policies and your own healthcare.

Researching scientific evidence is more pertinent than ever these days. Most people have probably heard something about genetic engineering, the effects of vaccinations, and global warming. Instead of just forming your opinion through what you hear from friends or a tabloid, reputable online websites and journalism can serve as sources of real statistical data and help keep you informed.

Question everything you read, and please research for yourself instead of listening to what a paid author is telling you through an online device. Paid advertisers are lurking in every corner of social media news sites, and on television. Reading and listening to news through a critical lens will always be of some benefit to your well being.

The hypocrisy of political obstructionism – Jon Carney

The hypocrisy of political obstructionism

Jon Carney

Anchor Editor

 

It is no surprise, of course, but very revealing to hear Republicans now urging for compromise and unity. Trump is in the White House; Republicans control the Presidency, the Senate, the House, and many state legislatures. And, now, their message is clear, they want the Left to work with them, cooperate and put patriotism before partisanship.

These are strange words to hear from the party whose plan after Obama’s 2009 victory was to block everything he did and fight tirelessly to ensure his policies failed.

This is big, patriotic talk from the party whose obstructionism led to a government shutdown in 2013, while some even professed pride in causing days of chaos and burden on thousand of American people affected by the shutdown. It is exasperating to hear this insincere talk of unity from people who, when conservative justice Scalia died, flew in the face of the Constitution by refusing to hold a confirmation hearing for President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court. They justified this move by claiming a “lame duck President” should not make appointments — nearly one year before the “lame duck” portion of the President’s final term.

As an aside, let’s look at that claim. Here’s a fun fact for those not well acquainted with our nation’s history, 19 of the now 45 presidents in our history made Supreme Court nominations in the waning moments of their presidencies. John Adams himself, mere weeks before the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson, appointed John Marshall to the Court. Jefferson, who detested Adams, never challenged the validity of the appointment. Marshall was never denied a hearing, probably because the opposition respected the Constitution. Curiously, today’s Republicans claim to have more respect for the sanctity of the Constitution than their opponents, another claim I find dubious at best.

But, we don’t even have to look back as far as Garland for evidence of Republican hypocrisy on this matter. During the most recent presidential election, Republican Senator Richard Burr said, “if Hillary becomes President, I’m going to do everything I can do to make sure that four years from now, we’re still going to have an opening on the Supreme Court.”

Others even went so far as to suggest shrinking the size of the Supreme Court, all to achieve their goal of preventing a Democrat-appointed judge from taking the seat of a once extremely conservative Justice.

This is the “party of the Constitution,” as they often dub themselves, twisting and contorting the document to best fit their interests, not upholding it’s evident truths.

I am not surprised at this behavior. Republicans have a long, proud tradition of pointing at the left and accusing them of doing precisely what they themselves are doing.

Free speech with an asterisk – Ryan Foley

Free speech with an asterisk

Ryan Foley

Anchor Staff

The University of California at Berkeley, located in Silicon Valley, is perhaps best known for launching the Free Speech Movement more than half a century ago. It appears as if the free speech movement has come full circle and returned to its birthplace, where it ultimately died.

Things got out of hand, to say the least, at UC Berkeley on February 1, when some students began protesting a Milo Yiannopoulos event. Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart editor and outspoken supporter of President Trump, has established a reputation as a bomb thrower who prides himself on making controversial statements. However, that does not justify the rampant violence, rioting, burning and perhaps worst of all the pepper spraying of a girl wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat that took place.  The mess made as a result of the riots at Berkley is not going to clean itself up.

The ultimate result of these protests was the cancellation of the event. That’s exactly what the protesters wanted to happen. They wanted to make an example of Yiannopoulos to discourage other conservative speakers from trying to speak on a college campus.

The events at Berkeley were repeated the following night at New York University when protesters tried to stop conservative comedian Gavin McInnes from speaking. Once again, the intimidation worked and the event was cancelled halfway through its completion. McInnes, himself, was actually sprayed with pepper spray on his way into the event, as documented in several You Tube videos.

Common sense would dictate that someone who does not like a particular speaker would choose not to attend that person’s speech. It’s not like attending one of these events is mandatory. However, that is not what ends up happening in most cases. Those who disapprove of the speaker demand that the event be cancelled, denying others the opportunity to attend.

It is disappointing that many of these protesters are doing exactly what the pioneers of the Free Speech Movement originally advocated against: shutting down someone else’s speech. Those who claim to be so tolerant can often be so intolerant.

If I were one of these people, I probably would not even bother to book an event on a college campus in a major metropolitan area knowing that the majority of people there were not supports of mine. However, they have the right to do book appearances wherever they choose and should not have to fear for their own safety or the safety of those who want to attend their events.

So, the next time the debate about freedom of speech comes up, it is important to ask if this is free speech for all or free speech for some — free speech with an asterisk.

We need Black History Month – Catherine Enos

We need Black History Month

Catherine Enos

Anchor Staff

 

Most people know that February is Black History Month and would agree on it’s importance.

Yet, I still find people who find the need to ask, ‘why isn’t there a white history month?’

My response always being, ‘every month is white history month.’

This is interaction is substantial enough for us to see we need to know more about the Black history of our country and that no, we don’t need a white history month.

Every year from 1st grade until Senior year, school children learn about ‘white history.’

We learn about the founding fathers through rose-tinted lenses. We barely learn the truth in school, or we find out the whole truth later. “All men are created equal,” wrote Thomas Jefferson, who owned around 200 slaves. Hypocritical at best, darkly ironic at worst.

When it comes time for Black History Month in elementary school through high school, we learn mostly about Martin Luther King Jr., and sometimes about Malcolm X and the Black Panthers. Though, from personal experience, the latter were glazed over. Why is it that we present Malcolm X as a radicalist for putting forth his ideas, but we don’t hold our founding fathers accountable for doing the same thing? Take the Boston Massacre, which was the result of a mob taunting British soldiers into defending themselves. Patriots propagated the event as a “massacre,” to gain sympathy, though the event was more of a violent protest, rebels pushing back against their oppressors.

The answer to question of why, so we never forget and that we honor those who paved a path of civil freedoms for us. We, as a society, are forgetful. Many people believe we live in a post-racial society. This isn’t true. We think of civil rights as history, but it’s an ongoing battle fought by those it still affects and those who can never possibly imagine what it feels like, even if their struggles seem equal on paper. The reason why we don’t need a white history month? Because white people have never been persecuted, en masse, as African Americans have and they have monopolized the pages of our history textbooks for our entire lives. Our society marginalizes non-white Americans. Keep this in mind this February when someone asks you “why isn’t there a white history month?”