Women’s Volleyball maintain even record – Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Women’s Volleyball maintain even record

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Assistant Sports Editor

 

Last week, Rhode Island College played two home games against Little East Conference opponent Keene State and against Nichols College for the final two games of the month. As the season passes its midway point, the team’s record is currently 6-6. In the Little East Conference, however, they are 0-2. One of the losses was against last week’s opponent, Keene State.

Keene State proved to be an extremely strong opponent, though RIC did not back down and fought for every point throughout the game. Throughout the game, both teams were almost matched in kills per set in every set, apart from the first set where Keene had 15 kills compared to RIC’s 10, they both managed to get 10 kills in both the second and third sets.

The first set was pushed to extra points, with Keene State taking it 26-24. The following two sets both ended with the same result: a tight 25-22 loss for RIC and a clean sweep of 3-0 for Keene State. Though a very close game, it is possible that the outcome could have been different had RIC committed less errors, totaling 29 errors compared to Keene’s 13.

Next up is the game against Nichols, which started off close, but ended in a 3-0 win for RIC.

The first and second set proved to be tight for both teams as they ended in scores of 25-18 and 25-21, respectively. It seemed to be a completely different story for the final set as it seemed Nichols just handed RIC the win as the Anchorwomen when on the offensive with the set ending in a 25-10 victory.

Jillian Ward and Courtney Lambrese led the team with a total of 15 kills combined and a total of 27 for the team.

Dayna Reilly wins Women’s Tennis Player of the Week…again! – Marissa Marsella

Dayna Reilly wins Women’s Tennis Player of the Week…again!

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff

 

Rhode Island College junior athlete Dayna Reilly has done it again! After her astonishing performance this week, crushing her opponents for a 2-0 victory in both singles and doubles action over Curry College and Western Connecticut, Reilly was announced Little East Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for the second time this season!

Reilly played perfect singles matches, posting a (6-0, 6-0) win in the No. 1 spot, assisting in an 8-1 victory over Curry College on Sept. 22nd and matched her score in the same spot against her opponent from Western Connecticut two days later, resulting in a 9-0 win for the Anchorwomen.

The doubles action for Rhode Island College also proved to be impressive with Reilly once again undefeated in her No. 1 spot, posting an 8-4 win against Curry College as well as an 8-1 victory against Western Connecticut. Her current position for the season stands at 6-1 in both No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles.

In further news, the Anchorwomen continued their perfect season with a 7-2 victory over UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, Sept. 27th. This proved to be the eighth straight win for the Women’s Tennis team this year, resulting in an undefeated 2016 season for the Anchorwomen thus far.

The ladies won two out of three doubles matches. The No.1 pair, Reilly and her counterpart, Julie Reddy, posted an 8-2 win over UMass followed by Laura Nastasi and Jorgie Martin, the No. 3 doubles pair who together had an 8-4 win over UMass duo Kheyla Orival and Natasha Shiku.

In singles action, both Reilly and Reddy posted wins over UMass Dartmouth’s Lahaie and McCaffrey in No. 1 and No. 2 spots (6-1, 6-2) (6-1, 6-1). Nastasi posted a No. 3 singles spot victory with a score of (6-3, 6-2) over Dartmouth’s Fastino and RIC’s Braganca taking a (6-1, 6-2) win in the No. 4 singles spot. The final singles victory for the Anchorwomen resulted in a (7-6, 6-3) win at the No. 6 spot by Romeo.

The Anchorwomen are currently undefeated. Keep up the good work, girls!

RIC down Hawks, 3-0. – Julian Borges

RIC down Hawks, 3-0.

Julian Borges

Sports Editor

 

It did not take long for the Anchormen to begin their shutout against Roger Williams last Wednesday. Just three minutes into the game, junior midfielder Ty Catunto took advantage of a defensive clearing attempt gone wrong and shot the ball from ten yards out—scoring one of three goals Rhode Island College earned during the game.

In the 36th minute, the Anchormen almost lost their chance in maintaining a shutout. Just nine minutes before the first half was over, Roger Williams freshman midfielder Garrett Bolton (Candia, NH) blasted the ball in an attempt to equalize. However, RIC goalkeeper Chris Moura dove for a save that helped the Anchormen retain their clean sheet status going into the second half.

RIC walked off the field after the first half with a dominating 16-3 shot advantage over the Hawks.

When the second half began, it wasn’t until the 57th minute that the Anchormen scored again. Freshman midfielder Kevin Tay Munoz controlled the ball in centerfield and lobbed it to Catunto who then crossed the ball right to Komla Dogbey who ripped it into the upper left corner of the net.

Less than 20 minutes later, the Anchormen would earn their third and final goal of the game in the 75th minute when the RWU squad made an error that resulted in an own goal.

RIC’s Moura made four saves and nabbed his third clean sheet of the season while RWU’s freshman goalie Edmund Geschickter made eight saves in the loss to the Anchormen.

The Anchormen walked off the field victorious with a 7-1 lead in corner kicks and an astronomical 23-7 shot advantage over the Hawks.

Men’s golf to defend championships – Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Men’s golf to defend championships

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Assistant Sports Editor   

 

This past week, the Men’s Golf team played in the Williams Invitational and the Westfield State Invitational.  These invitationals are the final games before the GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) and NEIGA (New England Intercollegiate Golf Association) championships, which the team has been champions of for an outstanding five years straight. The Men’s Golf team will surely look to continue this tradition.

The NEIGA is held by the Rhode Island College Men’s Golf team. This team went on to place 11th (out of 18 teams) in the Williams Invitational.  hough that does not seem great, the individual scoring was very consistent for the team ranging between 151-166. Austin Cilley led the team shooting with a score of +9, but a score of 76 the first day and 75 the second day.

Next up, in the Westfield State Invitational, the team placed 2nd out of 14 teams, going back to their usual dominance on the course. Cilley, Mike Caparco, and Tom Sheran shot a score of 75, 76, and 77, respectively.  They scored a total of 306 to place 2nd as Babson College took 1st place shooting a score of 292.

The GNAC Championship will be held on Oct. 15th and 16th while the NEIGA Championship will be held on Oct. 23rd and 24th.

Cross country runners win LEC awards – Marissa Marsella

Cross country runners win LEC awards

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff

 

During the Pop Crowell Invitational hosted by Gordon College last week, the Rhode Island College Men’s Cross Country team had three of their runners place in the top 50 of 106 competitors. Although RIC did not compete as a team this week, junior athlete Jonathan Carney finished in 18th place with a racing time of 28:57 for the 8k course. Rhode Island College freshman athlete Helder Gomes placed 24th with a time of 29:22, earning the title of LEC Men’s Cross Country Rookie of the Week, and Rhode Island College sophomore Jeff Garson placed 47th with a timed run of 31:07.

As for the women, Rhode Island College sophomore Margaret McCaffrey was named Little East Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after recording a personal best time of 20:49 and finishing in 20th place out of 120 runners during the Pop Crowell Invitational. Following McCaffrey’s victory, her teammates performed accordingly with RIC freshman Cassidy Bissitt finishing in 21st place with a personal record of 20:50, junior Briana Lenihan placing 23rd with a time of 20:59, senior Allison Lomas placing 52nd at 22:21, and sophomore Veronica Northup finishing in 61st place with a time of 23:17.

In 65th place for the Anchorwomen came senior Abigail Dandurand (23:29), in 66th place was junior Lissa Almanzar (23:31), 69th place was owned by freshman Sarah Basler (23:44), and in 86th place came junior Tess Rhoat with a timed run of 26:07.

Catch the Cross Country teams on Saturday, Oct 8th at 11 a.m. during the James Earley Invitational next week for more action.

Strict teachers are better – Kristy O’Connor

Strict teachers are better

Kristy O’Connor
Secretary

 

Every college student knows the relief of getting your syllabus on the first day of classes and realizing that you got the luck of the draw in the teacher department. Combing through the pages, you start to realize that the review on Rate My Professor is living up to its name. You have a “relaxed” teacher, also known as a bullshit class.

Back when I was a freshman, I too was swept up in the notion that this type of teacher was better. I used to wish every teacher was like the one I had who gave take-home exams, canceled class all the time, and let us be on our phones the whole class. Then I started to realize that, although this seemed like a good thing, it was actually counterproductive to my education.

Whenever I have a relaxed teacher, I notice a deterioration in my attitude towards school. I start to do less work because I know I can get away with it, and I begin to put off my assignments until the hour before they are due. I also allow myself to skip more classes because I know that the teacher will not care and will not take points off of my grade.

On the other hand, when I have the type of teacher that most college kids dread, I find a drastic difference in my demeanor and the overall way I treat my education. I do all of my homework, I attend every class, and I put my phone away for the entire duration of class. I do what every college student should be doing.

Over the years I have started to feel bad for relaxed teachers because of the way students treat them. There is a dramatic difference in the level of respect that they get, and students will not take their classes seriously. This is not fair at all to teachers who are doing their best to teach. They deserve to have students who are ready and willing to learn, but at the same time they need to treat the class in a way that will make students want to be there.

Relaxed teachers, however, are also unfair to students. You are paying for a good education and that is what you should receive. Having a teacher who makes the class so easy that you could learn more from watching a YouTube video is not fair to those who pay for college, especially the people who pay by credit.

Despite this, there are some teachers who are strict and relaxed at the same time. These are my favorite types of teachers. The level of respect is there, but you also know that the teacher wants you to learn and do well. These types of teachers help you through the class by finding balance between being your teacher and your friend.

With my time at Rhode Island College winding down, I have come to appreciate the variety of teachers that I have had, even the ones who made class so ridiculously easy that you could skip every class and still pass. The problem with this is if you have a class where the information you are supposed to learn relates to other classes you take, you will be screwed for future classes. Think about that the next time you purposely take a class with a relaxed teacher. Maybe it will change your perspective on things.

Response: All Lives Matter is insincere – Jonathan Carney

Response: All Lives Matter is insincere

Jonathan Carney

Distribution Manager

 

The “All Lives Matter” slogan is not a sincere call for equality but rather a sloppy tagline existing solely for the purpose of demeaning black protestors. It falsely implies that Black Lives Matter is supposed to mean “Only Black Lives Matter” a presumption boggling in its simple-mindedness.

People who use this lazy counter-slogan claim black protestors want special privileges not equality. This accusation is often made when anyone has the audacity to protest anything. Television host Tomi Lahren speaks in viral Facebook videos about any black man who talks about racism in public. But the notion that advocating against police shootings is somehow asking for special privilege really reinforces that idea that “when you’re accustomed to privilege equality feels like oppression.”

All Lives Matter is not hollered out of sincere concern for all lives’ equal treatment that’s where Black Lives Matter ideology comes from. Black lives are the ones often treated as if they do not matter equally whether because of implicit bias or police captains who admonish officers for not specifically going after minorities such as NYPD Capt. Constantin Tsachas. Black Lives Matter is a response to actual incidents of racism. Two summers ago, in East Greenwich, I attended a peaceful Black Lives Matter march sparked by white supremacist fliers that were distributed throughout the community. Certainly the black and white residents did not join together for the simple sake of special privileges.

People criticize Black Lives Matter when protests turn into riots. They often invoke the words of Martin Luther King Jr., who called for peaceful protesting rather than rioting. The people who quote him however cherry-pick his words to advance their own agenda while conveniently forgetting how he always followed by asserting that he could not condemn riots and not acknowledge that the treatment of African-Americans because individuals feel that they have no other alternative. He used phrases like “A riot is the language of the unheard,” and chastised “the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice.” In conclusion, All Lives Matter is an empty slogan whose only function is to twist the meaning of the chant of those that actually are being treated unequally.

On behalf of reckless unfollowing – Angelina Denomme

On behalf of reckless unfollowing

Angelina Denomme

Opinions Editor

 

Everybody is having fun without you and there are troves of pictures of fancy food and selfies in dark clubs to prove it. In reality most people don’t consistently speak to the majority of their Facebook friends but the glitzy posts of that one person you knew ten years ago and their trip to the vineyards of California immediately leads to an endless string of self deprecating questions. Am I not cool because I hate wine? How does she have so many friends, should I have more friends? Am I supposed to be settled in a career that can allow me to take trips like this already? The questions may differ but the general fear of missing out, cleverly known as FOMO, on the life you believe you’re supposed to have is very real and present.

It’s easy to forget that social media is a world we partake in so very often. In this world the term “friend” is used more loosely meaning everything from “a distant relative” to “that guy you once met at a party that one time.” By accepting a friend request you are essentially letting somebody into your life. Although that life they become a part of may be virtual the time spent in it is equal if not more to the time spent in the physical world. In general, social media is an important world that most Millennials take part in however it is treated as though it does not matter. The images one sees directly affects how they view the world and if these images are not carefully curated it can lead to a whole host of psychological obstacles. This new phenomenon of people becoming sad or anxious when comparing their own seemingly average life to the carefully crafted lives of others can easily be avoided with one simple act of unfriending or unfollowing a page.

There is an undeniable truth that people only post the most flattering and interesting parts of themselves online for the world to see. It doesn’t make someone shallow or a phony for only sharing their good side and it doesn’t make you overly sensitive for feeling sad about your own life in comparison. For one moment throw all judgement and fear out the window. Go through your list of friends and ask yourself if this friend’s content really contributes to your overall happiness. Unfollow and unfriend every single account that doesn’t make you happy. Unfriend your racist cousin or that guy who posts inane graphics you don’t even read. Unfriend anyone you haven’t interacted with in the last six months. Unfriend anyone who doesn’t directly contribute to your growth as a human.

This may all seem drastic and unnecessary but so is having a collection of friends who you never speak to and maybe sometimes kind of hate. Your virtual world should be as carefully curated as your physical world. Without the ability to recklessly unfriend people who no longer serve your happiness social media can quickly turn into a negative environment with no real interaction amongst so-called friends. By creating a space where you are able to interact with a chosen few friends you truly care about people will be able to have more meaningful connections within cyberspace.

In defense of All Lives Matter – Ryan Foley

In defense of All Lives Matter

Ryan Foley

Anchor Staff

 

It was very sad when Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley was booed for saying “All lives matter.” It was even sadder when under pressure O’Malley retracted his statement. Twenty first century America is now under so much pressure to be politically correct that it is considered highly offensive to speak of the basic principle of Christian teaching. Preaching the idea that every life is equally important in the eyes of God is no longer allowed in society.

Millennials are the first generation to be worse off than previous generations according to U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community survey. Most people believe this for economic reasons but I believe this is because our country is in a constant state of social decay. An example of this decay is the recent rash of police shootings and the resulting racial hostility. In response to these shootings many have said that it is important to strengthen the relationship between police officers and their communities.  However, there will always be those who favor a strict division between police and citizens. Those who slander and physically harm police officers in the line of duty will never be able to create a harmonious society between citizens and officers.

While protesting is legally constitutional some of the activity that goes on during protests is not.  Looting and trashing buildings is counterproductive and will only alienate the people protesters are trying to convince to sympathize with the cause. It should be noted that the 24-hour news cycle as well as the extensive use of social media are not helpful in discouraging people from getting violent at the protests. These methods of news reporting shrink altercations into short video clips and replay them over and over to insight fear and panic in the population. The fear caused by the constant barrage of violent images does little to create a reality of peace. If you really want to promote unity say it loud and say it proud “All lives matter.”

Flu shots are non negotiable – Angelina Denomme

Flu shots are non negotiable

Angelina Denomme

Opinions Editor

 

It’s that time of year again when the leaves start changing, the UGG boots come out and a symphony of sneezes and coughs begin to fill the back of every classroom. As germs spread more students become infected with symptoms. For most the flu is easily fought off and affects no more than a short few days worth of lost productivity. However for others the flu can mean weeks upon weeks of sickness, treatments and a carefully timed schedule of medicine. There is no reason beside medical necessity that every healthy person shouldn’t be getting their flu immunization yearly.

To dispel a couple myths right at the outset the answer is no, flu shots do not make you sick with the flu and never getting the flu doesn’t mean you don’t need the immunization all this according to the Center for Disease Control. The flu is not an innocuous illness because in many cases of people being immune suppressed due to preexisting conditions, age, or drug regimes such as chemotherapy the flu can lead to serious complications and not uncommonly death. Current society is beyond lucky to exist in a time where dying from a cough is no longer necessary however as we humans get further away from that reality we begin to forget just how devastating common ailments can be.

Creating a vast herd immunity is the only way to effectively prevent the illness of those who are immunosuppressed or unable to get the vaccination for medical reasons. Herd immunity is the idea that if every healthy person gets immunized against a disease then the spread of the disease will be vastly limited. By taking part in vaccinations, even if you don’t normally get sick, citizens can help create a stronger herd immunity and prevent themselves from becoming a carrier of the illness. If every student at RIC who is medically able to get the flu vaccine receives it then the spread of the illness would not only be contained but also the probability of a peer who is at risk for complications due to contracting the flu will also diminish.

As members of society, as people who work with the public or are consistently around the public, it is necessary that all medically able people vaccinated themselves against the flu. If not for yourself then do it for your peers who may be chronically sick or who may interact with someone who is chronically and who may view the flu as a serious death sentence.

Flu shots are available, usually for free, through the school via the Health Services’ annual flu shot clinic on Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.