Building up the rock foundation (musical journey part two) – Jon Carney

Building up the rock foundation (musical journey part two)

Jon Carney

Anchor Staff


Shortly after my initial experience with rock music in the seventh grade, I was still on my country kick. Eventually, someone else in my class decided that Carney needed to know a rock song other than System’s B.Y.O.B, mostly because they were tired of hearing me play that one song.

She sat me down at that same computer station to inform me that if she heard that same chorus one more time, she was going to jump out the window. The new song she introduce me to would, years later, become a staple opener for my cross-country and track training in high school. It was Breaking Benjamin’s “Diary of Jane.”

The song opens with a soft and sorrowful pattern of notes that, when heard once, is remembered forever. After the pattern plays once, other instruments gradually wake up to cast a more ominous tone. This progression builds up to an aggressive kick from the drums and a scream from the guitar. The pre-verse cacophony subsides as Benjamin Burnley’s voice emerges to deliver the first lines of the song, amidst steadier and more controlled rumblings from the guitars and bass. Ben’s love-related ramblings periodically augment to a passionate shout, invoking a wrathful outburst from the instruments before simmering back down to a steadier pace. After a final grief-stricken scream of denial, the verse ends and the instruments pick up for the chorus. In this chorus Ben mournfully bemoans some obstacle “getting in the way” of his finding love with the girl named Jane. He solemnly pledges to, somehow, become important enough in her eyes to earn himself mention in her diary. The chorus ends with what can best be described as a caterwaul of frustration. After the second chorus, the brief guitar solo builds slowly to the bridge. The bridge continues Ben’s lamentations and climaxes in a guttural shout as he struggles with the way this unrequited love seems to be changing him. The song ends with another chorus and, once again, a repetition of the pattern which first introduced the song.

I put this song on my iPod’s running playlist so frequently, that when it is played I can practically see the snowy woods I used to train in during the winter. The impassioned singing of a rockstar wrestling with love just gets the blood pumping.

Women’s Volleyball Team get their first win against Curry – Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Women’s Volleyball Team get their first win against Curry

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Assistant Sports Editor


This past week, the women’s volleyball team broke their losing streak with their first win against Curry. This was their first real game that was separate from the Brandeis Invitational. The invitational seemed to be a difficult start to the season, as they lost all three matches at Brandeis. In the first two matches, sophomore Outside Hitter Jillian Ward lead the team in kills, with 16 total kills in the first match against Endicott and 11 kills against Brandeis.

Helping out Ward in the first game was junior Outside Hitter Courtney Lambrese, with a total of 14 kills in the first game.  Endicott was their best match of the three, ending in a loss for Rhode Island College of 1-3. The scores of each set between RIC and Endicott were 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, and 14-25, respectively. Though it was a great start to the match, the Anchorwomen trailed off at the end, unable to keep their momentum up against Endicott.

Following this match was their match against Brandeis. This match started off strong as well, but the Anchorwomen were not able to take the win. The set scores with RIC and Brandeis were 21-25, 16-25, and lastly 17-25.  The third and final match in the invitational was the roughest game for the team, losing 0-3 with the set scores being 14-25, 10-25, and 11-25.

The team broke out of that streak to win their first game at home, with the win being a clean sweep of 3-0 against Curry College.  The first set ended in a 25-15 win but Curry College began showing some life in the second set with a 25-19 set. However, Curry were promptly put to rest in the last set with a 25-9 score. Ward lead the team again with 9 kills, which was the nail in the coffin for Curry, who had a total of 33 errors in the match. Finally, the team went up against Salve Regina, where Ward and Lambrese lead the team, but could not carry them to victory, as they would fall to Salve 0-3, with the first set being 15-25, then 19-25, and a final set score of 17-25.

Currently the team is 1-4, with their next event a tri-match at Salve Regina with Mt. Holyoke on Saturday, September 10th.

Rhode island College Club Hockey Looking for Players

Rhode island College Club Hockey Looking for Players


The RIC club hockey team is preparing to start their 2016-2017 season with practices beginning Monday, September 19, and a 23-game schedule beginning Saturday, October EXPERIENCED HOCKEY PLAYERS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED SHOULD CONTACT COACH DENIS RIEL AT


The RIC club team plays in the Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) Division II league. NECHA is part of the 450-school American Collegiate Hockey Association, the national governing body for collegiate club hockey.


RIC club hockey moved under the control of the athletic department, from student affairs, in the 2013-2014 season. The change has led to a significant change in attitude and approach to the hockey program. Though not an NCAA program, the philosophy of the RIC club hockey team is built around a committed, disciplined approach which provides experienced hockey players with a viable and rewarding opportunity to continue their organized hockey careers.


As a club program, a portion of the teams expenses are defrayed by player dues. Dues typically are in the $700 range and cover approximately 35 practices, 23 games, uniform, and transportation. The remainder of program expenses are covered by the school.


Interested players should meet with team representatives at the Club Hockey table on Student Affairs day, Sept 7 from 12:30 – 2 PM in the Student Union and attend an organizational meeting on Monday, September 12 at 5 PM in the Murray Center.

Defending champions Amherst defeat Anchormen in home opener – Julian Borges

Defending champions Amherst defeat Anchormen in home opener

Julian Borges

Sports Editor

Number one ranked Amherst were quick to leave their mark last Wednesday when they faced Rhode Island College’s Men’s Soccer team. Less than four minutes into the game, Amherst junior Weller Hlinomaz scored what would be the first of four goals for the purple and white. In the 29th minute, Amherst added a second goal to their tally. Senior Andrew Orozco, of Coronado, CA, took control of a loose ball and then managed a pass to fellow senior Cameron Bean, Atlanta, GA, who in turn gifted it back to senior Bryce Ciambella, Ocala, FL. Ciambella fired the ball into the corner of the goal, giving Amherst their second goal of the game. Less than a minute later, Amherst senior Chris Martin, Philadelphia, PA, scored his team’s third goal of the game following an assist from classmate Forest Sisk, Sudbury, MA, nearly thirty minutes into the game. Martin’s goal closed out scoring for the rest of the first half, and Amherst walked off the field with a three goal advantage over their hosts, Rhode Island College.

When the second half opened, the Anchormen looked to take back the game from the purple and white. Looking refreshed, RIC managed to create several scoring opportunities at the start of the half—most notably an attempt from junior forward Komla Dogbey, Providence, RI. However, Dogbey’s attempt was blocked on a dive by Amherst junior goalkeeper Lee Owen, Hastings on Hudson, NY.

The 69th minute saw the scoring for the defending champions end after Freshman Dane Lind shot the ball from 25 yards out—making the score 4-0. 12 minutes later, the referee called for a foul against Amherst inside of the box. Senior Thomas Wampler, Attleboro, MA, put the Anchormen on the board and avoided a shutout with a successful penalty kick against Amherst’s Owen in net.                                                                                                     Owen completed four stops in the win for the purple and white while senior Chris Moura, Rumford, RI, made eight saves in the defeat. Amherst finished with a slight edge, 16-14, in shots while the Anchormen led in corner kicks, 6-2.

In upcoming action, the Anchormen will host Regis College on Saturday, September 10th at 1 p.m.

Dayna Reilly named Little East Women’s Tennis Player of the Week following 7-2 win over Seahawks – Marissa Marsella

Dayna Reilly named Little East Women’s Tennis Player of the Week following 7-2 win over Seahawks

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff

The Anchorwomen’s tennis team opened up their season with a big 7-2 win over the Salve Regina Seahawks on Saturday, September 3rd. Impressively, the Little East Women’s Tennis Player of the Week was awarded to none other than Rhode Island College Junior athlete, Dayna Reilly from Swansea, Massachusetts.

In her number one singles match, Reilly defeated her opponent handily with final scores of 6-0, 6-0. Dayna then went on to show off her skills even further during a number one doubles match where the Seahawks were once again defeated 8-2. Alongside Reilly for the win of this doubles match was RIC Senior, Julie Reddy from Smithfield.

Congratulations, Dayna!

Dan Monteiro is your Little East Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week – Julian Borges

Dan Monteiro is your Little East Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

Julian Borges

Sports Editor

Rhode Island College senior midfielder Dan Monteiro was awarded the title of Little East Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week following an impressive performance at the Roger Williams Squad Locker Invitational.                                                 Prior to his match against Amherst, Monteiro had started in the two games that Rhode Island College played at the invitational. The first game saw the Anchormen fall 2-0 to Clark University while the second game saw RIC defeat Montclair State, a nationally ranked team, 2-0 in the competition’s finale. For his efforts in controlling midfield in both games, Monteiro was named to the All-Tournament Team. He had also recorded a total of six shots at the invitational.                                            Congratulations, Dan!

Anchorwomen cruise past Fisher 5-1 in first win of season – Julian Borges

Anchorwomen cruise past Fisher 5-1 in first win of season

Julian Borges

Sports Editor


The Fisher Falcons (1-2) were able to put only 10 players on the field for their soccer match against Rhode Island College. One of these players was the goalie. The Anchorwomen (1-1) took advantage of the Falcons’ depleted roster in order to control the game.

Anchorwomen goal-scorers of the game included sophomore forward Brittany DeGrooth , Westerly, RI, freshman forward Breanne Ford, Schenectady, NY, and freshman forward Madyson Christian, Douglas, MA, as well as senior midfielder Jaclyn Greenman, Waterford, CT, who notched two goals in the victory.

Sophomore midfielder Eleni Grammas, Cranston, RI, freshman forward Alexandra Natale, Ledyard, CT, and junior midfielder Stephanie Ricci, Smithfield, RI, each had assists in the win.

Freshman goalkeeper Amber-Marie Francois, Warwick, RI, made three saves before junior goalie Brianna Sousa, Warwick, RI, relieved her for the final 18 minutes of the game. Sousa made one save during her appearance.

RIC held a 52-7 advantage in shots and a 15-2 margin in corner kicks. The Anchorwomen also held a 30-1 advantage in shots during the first half with a similar result in the second half with a 22-6 ratio.

Twenty somethings date for crap – Angelina Denomme

Twenty somethings date for crap
Angelina Denomme

Opinions Editor


If the switch to the nonverbal communication form of texting has had any negative effects on interpersonal relationships, it’s that all of the rules of dating have been completely thrown out the window. In middle and high schools, classmates have had entire relationships solely through instant messaging and then later through texting without ever once hitting the dinner-and-a-movie scene. Therefore, it may have been delusional to think that twenty-somethings would be better than fifteen year olds at asking each other out.

Asking someone to “hang out sometime” with no preset time, date or activity is not asking someone out on a date. Nor is spending twenty minutes via text trying to pin down a time, place and activity. If you are asking someone out on date, have a plan and follow through; it shows interest and a little forethought. Remember, preparedness is attractive.

Dates do not occur during the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This means no brunch, no lunch, and no early dinners. There is nothing sexy about pancakes and eggs unless it’s the morning after a really good night out.

Asking someone to a party you’re throwing is not a date. This is the kind of invite you throw out to your friends or someone you’re vaguely familiar with in an effort to get more people to show up at your house with beer and chips. It’s especially not a date if the person you’re inviting to the party won’t know anybody at said party.

Finally, and most importantly, asking someone out on the same day as said date is offensive. Texting someone at 7 p.m. on a Friday and asking them to hang out in an hour shows no regard for the other person. Treating someone you’re interested in as a last minute choice or an afterthought isn’t how you’re going to get them to be interested in you in return.

Dating should not be an easily-skipped practice. The rules aren’t all that complicated, yet so many people are forgoing the entire experience for a less personal and quicker variation. The whole point of dating is to spend time with someone in whom you’re interested in a romantic setting. Dating isn’t about doing “friend” things in low pressure environments. It’s the strain and the uncomfortableness of trying to navigate eating a cheeseburger in front of the person you’re trying to impress that will grow a relationship or not. To get to know someone in that setting is vital to deciding if you even want a relationship with the other person. No matter how many hours are spent texting or FaceTiming, a relationship will never begin to really develop and grow until there’s good old fashioned face-to-face contact.  No matter how advanced technology gets or how real it all feels, computers will never be able to replicate that first date kind of experience.


Summer magic is ever fleeting – Angelina Denomme

Summer magic is ever fleeting

Angelina Denomme

Opinions Editor


Summer is, without a doubt, the best three months of the year. The days are long with the feeling of the sun on your skin, and the nights are loud with crickets and the sounds of cars racing through the streets with too-loud music. Every once in awhile, a breeze will blow through an open window and send a sweet reprieve from the suffocating heat. The world begins to bloom: the trees, the flowers and the people. Everyone is barefoot, happy and nobody is worrying about pedicures or callouses on their feet. The world is finally alive again, or maybe that’s just the lie that media has fed us our entire lives.

Remember that early 2000’s baseball movie, with “7th Heaven” darling Jessica Biel and teen heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr., called “Summer Catch”? It’s one of those classic summer romance movies where sports lingo appeases the boys, and Freddie Prinze Jr.’s tight white uniform pants make all the girls swoon. Beside the obvious romance plotline, “Summer Catch” tells a bigger story about how magical summer can be. Anything can happen. You can meet your true love, get on the baseball team of your dreams and end up playing for the Phillies. All of this happens during bonfires on the beach sitting in a circle of on driftwood and drinking beer out of cans while some guy strums on his guitar. The camera pans out, and it’s a perfectly clear night. The stars are shining, the laughs are loud and the music is lingering. Except in real life, the beer is skunk, the fire is smoky and everyone has to be at work in the morning.

Summer nights are more likely spent mindlessly scrolling through dashboards of carefully curated people or watching hours upon hours of television shows you’ve probably already seen. Every once in a blue moon, a friend will call you up, everyone in the group’s schedules have aligned, and you all somehow meet down at the beach for a few hours. It’s all laughter and bottles of white wine. It’s magic, but just for one night. Magic has a funny way of being sporadic though, it isn’t one of those things that exists in strings long enough to get the guy and get drafted onto a professional baseball team. The media just hasn’t caught up. It’s still living in that ideal world where twenty-somethings  were carefree and reckless and love was always in the air. Nowadays, summer is more about managing expectations set by movies like “Summer Catch” than managing social calendars. Every year, summer is spent just trying not to be a complete bore, but at the end of the three months we all roll back to campus with only a few sporadic moments of magic to show for it.

On guidance and self-motivation – Shane Inman

On guidance and self-motivation

Shane Inman

Anchor Editor

Only 14% of students at Rhode Island College graduate within four years. To many, this is old news; a quaint fact about our little school to be met with rueful laughs and the shaking of heads. But with the start of a new school year, and the concurrent influx of freshmen, comes yet another opportunity to address this frankly unsettling statistic.

As anyone who has been at RIC for long can tell you, the root of this problem lies in the guidance offered to students. Advisors are well-meaning, but many are not trained in the skills necessary to actually advise, and this too often leads to a lack of reliable direction for students to follow on the road to graduation. People take unnecessary classes, don’t take enough classes, or realize too late that they want to change majors and end up staying at RIC for a lot longer than they’d anticipated.

That said, we can’t pin all the blame on other people. At the end of the day, we as students are responsible for our own academics and need to do our best to sidestep the aforementioned issues.

Academic awareness is the key factor in this dilemma. Simply being informed about the requirements of your major is not just a good idea, it’s also very much your responsibility as a student. Even the best advisors should be there to tweak and supplement your existing academic plan, not build it from scratch because you couldn’t be bothered. Keep an eye on your transcripts, double– and triple– check your major and general education requirements on the RIC website; try to stay generally  informed about the gritty details of how you get from enrollment to graduation. The “class search” function on MyRic is a bit obtuse, but using it to plan classes well in advance can be the difference between a focused four years and an uncertain six. You don’t need to know your entire course plan from freshman to senior year right off the bat, but it’s a good idea to at least keep the big picture in mind.

Once you have the awareness, the next thing you need in order to keep your stay as short as possible is the motivation to follow through. The fact is this:  maintaining your academic plan with minimal guidance is hard work. There will be details you miss, there will be times when you may have to scrap and rearrange half of your schedule, but in the end, knowing that you are in charge of your future and being able to trust that you are up to the challenge is worth the extra work required. We can spend all day complaining about the shortcomings of RIC’s advising program, but it is ultimately up to us, and no one else, whether we graduate in a timely fashion or get bogged down in planning errors. They say that if you want something done, you’ve gotta do it yourself, and nowhere is that more true than at Rhode Island College.