Title: Untitled

Poetry submitted by Pineapple  

I just want to be cared for

A bond so deep when I think of it

My eyes fill up with tears

A love that lasts over trillions of years

A love so pure I no longer feel fear

Of Giving myself to you….completely

Insane

I feel when I go in for a kiss and get rejected like a stranger

I die a little inside

The daily struggle of loving love, and love not loving you back

It’s like each cell I graze when I trace your face  

I hope one day would rearrange and fall into a place where you could love me

But my hands cannot hold your heart here when your body wanders off more than your mind

And you’re too afraid to whisper in my arms that, well, you’re mine

What do I do now..

I just want to be cared for but you don’t care

Letter to The Rhode Island College Community

Dear RIC Students and other members of the RIC Community,

Earlier this month, multiple copies of two hate-filled posters appeared on our campus, one targeting immigrants and another targeting LGBTQQ people. Faculty members condemn these ugly attacks on our community. We will do everything in our power to fight against this hate and to support you, our students and our colleagues. Hatred and prejudice should have no place at Rhode Island College or in education in general. We don’t want our students or colleagues to feel fear, which interferes with open expression of our full selves and therefore inhibits true learning.

We suspect that the timing of these hateful posters is not accidental, as it coincided with several college events focused on exactly the issues and the people these posters attack: the screening of The Miseducation of Cameron Post (a film that criticizes so-called “conversion therapy”); the “Resisting ICE and the Deportation Crisis” discussion; and the talk by Judy Shepard about the murder of her son, Matthew, in an anti-gay hate crime. Evidently, RIC’s clear commitment to an inclusive and welcoming campus environment has raised the anger of those who would prefer exclusion and marginalization for all those not exactly like them.

We pledge to step-up our fight, and will take concrete action in the next few weeks. We ask students and others in the RIC community to recommend specific actions that can help faculty demonstrate to all that hate is not welcome at Rhode Island College.

 In Solidarity,

The Rhode Island College Faculty, as represented by:

Vince Bohlinger, Chair of the Rhode Island College Council

Quenby Hughes, President of the RIC/AFT

Robyn Linde, Chair of the Human Rights Committee (RIC/AFT)

Maureen Reddy, Coordinator of First Year Seminars

 

Don’t let posters get you down

Anchor Executive Board

Photo courtesy of Julio Berroa

Within the past two weeks there has been two incidents of hatred defiling the walls of Rhode Island College in the form of posters.

These two incidents focused on attacking two groups of people: those who identify with the LGBTQ community, and those that are not U.S. born citizens.

Although the posters were aimed at these two groups, their effects are seen and felt by individuals that do not identify with either. These messages of hatred can be felt universally, as an attack against personal identity is something we can all relate to.

Posters, photos, graffiti, tweets, text messages, hand written notes, Facebook statuses, Snapchat stories and word of mouth are but a few ways hatred against other individuals can be spewed.

Use these mediums to your advantage and instead spread knowledge, spread ideas, spread new ways of thinking to your community. You have a world of connectivity at your fingertips. Why not share a message of positivity to grab the attention of your campus community?

  In the time following the discovery of these posters, the RIC Community has exhibited an overwhelming outpour of support and solidarity. Many of you have shown through your actions that words of animosity will never penetrate the walls of our united community. Those who spread messages of hatred will fail to entice more hatred–they will only inspire strength.

The Anchor will not be publishing copies of the posters that were found on campus nor the names of the groups they were branded by. We do not wish to give free advertising to individuals that chose to post these images and invalidate the humanity of others. We only ask that you remain aware that these attitudes unfortunately do exist during a generation that can, at times, feel so liberated.

Keep in mind that any flyers/posters containing hate should be taken down and delivered to the Unity Center, located on the lower floor of Donovan Dining Center.

Beginning today, the Unity Center will extend its hours until 9 p.m. These hours will continue over the next two weeks.

Also, note that any direct incidents of hate or discrimination against you or someone you know can be reported to the Title IX Office at (401)456-8387.

The Anchor is an organization with its doors always open, and we want to hear your thoughts, your trials and tribulations and any incidents you feel the student body should be aware of.

Contact information for The Anchor executive board is listed below:

Samantha Scetta- editorinchief@anchorweb.org

Jessica Gauthier- managing@anchorweb.org

Lucille DiNaro- business@anchorweb.org

Samantha Malley- artdirector@anchorweb.org

Student art exhibition: “The Forgotten House”

Samantha Scetta – Editor-in-Chief

Support your local artists, and certainly support your fellow student artists. This week from Tuesday to Thursday, artist Louis Morales’ work will be showcased in the Adams Library Reinhardt room. The artist will be speaking about his exhibition on Tuesday Oct. 2nd at 4:30 p.m. and the exhibit will be opened for public viewing on Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Photos courtesy of Louis Morales

Morales’ exhibit is part of diversity week, and he uses “socially engaged art” to educate individuals about the realities of poverty. The “Forgotten House” installation is a representation of poverty in Guatemala and enlightens us to the fact that poverty is all around us.

Photos courtesy of Louis Morales

In the artist’s words, this provocative multi-media work “is not about sympathy but about consciousness.”

Be sure to check out Louis’s art this week, and keep on supporting your student artists.

SCG Town Hall foreshadows major changes to RIC Student Life

Jessamy LeBeau-Anchor Staff

Amenities and housing are among the most common grievances within college communities, and Rhode Island College serves as no exception. A collection of student government officials met in the Weber Hall lounge this past Monday in order to hear complaints and praises from students in regards to the resident halls, and also to hold a conversation about the many changes to come at Rhode Island College.

An idea proposed by a student government official was to have 21 plus housing for students. RIC currently upholds a dry campus standard within its dorms, which is inconvenient for older students wishing to live on campus. The official referenced veteran students and graduate students in particular who had come forward and expressed a desire for these dorms as a way to uphold independence, while still utilizing student housing. This idea has been discussed among administration, but a means to execute the idea has yet to be determined. The University of Rhode Island currently has two 21 plus dorms in place.

Among student complaints were thin walls and needed repairs in the buildings. A proposed idea was to bring maintenance into the halls to clean the shared bathrooms on the weekends as well as the regular week days, as a student cited they were “disgusting” after only a day of use. Rather than relying on other students to be cleanlier, the student expressed it would be more fair to those living in the halls to have more routine maintenance to keep up the space.

As for changes set in stone, Brown Hall will be undergoing major renovations this summer, following suit the likes of Weber Hall and nearly every other building on campus over the past few years.

More gender neutral bathrooms will be added to the RIC campus, and are part of the numerous renovation plans.

There are new policy changes in place which allow students to stay in their dorms over breaks for a reduced fee. For $25 dollars a day, students were able to stay comfortably in their dorms this past winter break, a first for the college. It was also confirmed that a proposed year-round housing system was in the works, however the execution of the idea is not a number one priority at this moment.

Arthur Patrie, Director of Donovan Dining Services, revealed a new meal plan system for the upcoming school year, one he shares will reach people of “different lifestyles and different needs.” These needs include lower cost options for students, commuter and resident alike. The system will be more personalized for students and there will be more flexibility in the usage of their dining credits. The specifics were not discussed, but Patrie was noticeably excited to be delivering what news he could in regards to the changes with student dining for next year.

In regards to restoration ideas within the halls, students shared their desire for kitchen spaces, better water filtration systems, and updated water fountains. Shawna Altenburger, Director of Residential Life and Housing, heard the requests with an eager ear.

There are many more changes coming to RIC in the upcoming months, and Student Parliament intends to hold more town hall meetings to bring these changes, as well as constructive conversation, to the public.

Why you should get a flu shot

Catherine Enos –Opinions editor

Becoming sick with the flu is not a fun experience. And especially as we enter the spring semester, catching the flu can be a huge inconvenience. One thing that is a minor inconvenience and can lower your chance of getting the flu, however, is a flu shot.

One argument that often pops up against getting a flu shot is that it “makes people sick”––this isn’t true. A vaccination is an inactivated/dead virus. This inactivated virus is introduced to your body, via a vaccination, so that your white blood cells know what the virus looks like so it can produce antibodies that attack the live virus, if you ever become infected. The symptoms that some people report after getting a vaccination, which could be soreness or even a fever, are side effects of your white blood cells creating those antibodies.

Obviously no one likes getting a shot— but most people would agree that getting a shot is much better than actually getting the flu. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that getting inoculated can reduce your odds by 60%, which is pretty significant. On top of this, if more people get vaccinated, group immunity strengthens and this lowers your chance of getting the flu a little bit more. And there are always people that can’t get vaccinations for health reasons. If you get your vaccination, you help these people be healthy too.

In addition, flu shots are free at many places. You can get them at your primary care physician’s office, at most pharmacies, and even at Target. So this season, instead of skipping out on something you don’t think you need, get a flu shot. Flu shots take less than 10 minutes. The flu can last up to two weeks and can even cost you your life. A flu shot is definitely worth it.

From the archives

Catherine Enos –Opinions editor

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is on January 27 and is a day that is dedicated to educating people about the horrors of the Holocaust, so we can prevent anything like it from happening ever again. This year, to educate people about the Holocaust, Rhode Island College has scheduled a Holocaust survivor, Eva Kor, to speak about her experiences in Auschwitz, which was the largest of the many concentration camps. While Eva Kor’s visit to RIC is historic, she is not the only Holocaust survivor to come to RIC.

On May 9, 1985, actor Robert Clary spoke about his experiences in the concentration camps. Although The Anchor’s last issue of the academic school year was on May 7, Clary’s talk was mentioned in the paper.

Clary, who is 91 years old now, lived in the concentration camps when he was 16 years old for two years. He came over to America four years after the camps were liberated. He’s most known for his character Corporal Louis LeBeau on the show “Hogan’s Heroes.” Since his talk at RIC, he’s continued to speak about his experiences at the concentration camp and has even written a book about it: “From the Holocaust to Hogan’s Heroes.”

His mission while visiting RIC served the same purpose that Holocaust Remembrance Day serves—so that we can prevent future genocides and so that people can see that the Holocaust did, in fact, occur.

Women’s Basketball reach second half of the season

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda-Sports Editor

Since starting the new year, the women’s basketball team started off strong with a home win against Keene State. Ornela Livramento led the Anchorwomen with 16 points, including six rebounds and two steals for the win. Jordyn Gauvin adds 13 points to the total, with eight rebounds and four assists. RIC managed to beat Keene State in every facet, with a 34.7 percent from the field and 38.5 from the three-point line, while Keene State shot 30.4 percent from the field and 16 percent from the three-point line. The team pulled out the victory with tight 42-39 final score.

Unfortunately, they would not be able to hold up the wins for the rest of January. They proceed to go on a four-game losing streak against Amherst, Southern Maine, Plymouth State and Western Connecticut, with three of those game being at home.

Playing against the #1 ranked Amherst, Livramento led the time with only eight points and six rebounds. Amherst dominated RIC on the boards, out rebounding RIC 49-29. Amherst managed to be 22-64 for 34.4 percent from the field while RIC only shot 10-43 for 23.3 percent. Amherst now has won a total of 47 straight contests, while also being the defending NCAA Division III National Champs, defeating RIC 55-28.

Jessa Rubera took the helm against Southern Maine scoring 13 points. Livramento scored eight points, with three rebounds, two steals and two blocks, while Amber DeCristofaro added six points to the total with four rebounds. The game was tight going into the final quarter, with the score being 35-32. However, the Huskies took the final quarter, ending the game with another defeat for RIC, 54-40.

Returning home, the team faced off against Plymouth State, as Margaret McCaffrey notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Following her lead is Jordyn Gauvin with 12 points, including nine rebounds and six assists. Plymouth State’s higher shot percentage saved them from a loss as the game, as the Anchorwomen attempted a comeback, but failed as the game ended 51-48.

Finally, RIC faced off against Western Connecticut State at home in hopes of breaking their losing streak. Jessica Brielmaier missed a double-double, though she scored a career-high 22 points with nine rebounds. Livramento followed close behind with 22 points, including eight rebounds, four assists, and finally four steals. Gauvin scored 19 points with eight assists and seven rebounds. RIC maintained the lead until the second half when Western Connecticut scores a three-pointer to put them ahead. Following the three, they score six free throws to push them ahead for the 89-84 victory over RIC.

In the upcoming week, RIC will be facing UMass Dartmouth away, and returning home to face UMass Boston. Their current record is 7-8 with a Little East Conference record of 1-5.

Miocic, Cormier defend titles in Boston

Tim Caplan-Anchor Staff

The Ultimate fighting championship returned to Boston, MA for the first time in almost two years for UFC 220.

The event was Headlined by UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, who was 19-1 coming into Saturday nights event, with four knockouts in a row.

He was facing the heavy hitting contender from Cameroon, Francis Ngannou. Ngannou has made a name for himself in the UFC very quickly, by winning six fights in a row, all by knockout or submission. This was the most anticipated heavyweight title fight of all time, mostly because it represented a crossroads in the lives of the two competitors. These are two young fighters with careers that would be partly defined by this fight.

The co-main event was a light heavyweight title fight between champion Daniel Cormier and Volkan Oezdemir. Cormier’s last fight was a pretty horrific knockout loss to Jon Jones, but when Jones tested positive for banned substances, Cormier was reinstated as the champion.

From the beginning, it was clear that Cormier had his opponent outmatched, scoring easy takedowns and almost scoring in a submission in the last few seconds of the first round.

When the second round started Cormier scored another takedown and pummeled Oezdemir until it was scored a knockout.

Following the co-main event, Miocic and Ngannou stepped into the octagon. The great threat for Miocic was the power of Ngannou, who had knocked out his last few opponents in the first round.

The fight began with both men hitting each other hard. Throughout the fight Miocic showed that he was the more experienced MMA fighter, landing solid shots and getting takedowns on multiple tries, Miocic even went for an armband submission at one point, which is not very typical for him.

Miocic proved his superiority over the course of five rounds, and set the record for most title defenses in heavyweight division history, which is now three. Miocic has now cemented himself in the history books with that win.

The next UFC PPV is UFC 221: Rockhold vs Romero in Perth, Australia on February 10, 2018.

Men’s basketball defeat Plymouth State at home

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda-Sports Editor

The Men’s basketball team returned this month in search of momentum, starting the month off with only a 2-9 record. Starting with a home game against Keene State, the Anchormen looked to capture their first win of the new year.

As CJ Donaldson scored 12 points, including four rebounds and three assists; he attempted to lead the team to a victory. However, Keene State had other plans, as they shot over 50 percent in the game compared to RIC’s 36 percent. RIC did out-rebound Keene 42-37, while barely having a higher three point line and free throw line percentage. Both Grant Gillis and Malcolm Smith scored 11 points in the game, with Gillis adding six rebounds and three assists and Smith adding four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Keene State snatched the lead by the end of the first half, with a 34-22 lead. Going into the second half, The Owls would not let up as they continued to score on RIC, eventually leading RIC to a 79-58 defeat.

Hoping to clinch a win, RIC traveled to Southern Maine with Malcolm Smith leading the team. Smith scored 15 points and had eight rebounds, while Roosevelt Shider scored 13 points and adding two rebounds to his stats. Donaldson contributed with seven points, but the most rebounds of the team with 10.

RIC went into the second half with the lead, as they would maintain it for the remainder of the game. With 48 percent from the field, RIC managed to get a win away from home to mark their first win of the year, 67-51.

Returning home, RIC was set to face off against Plymouth State. Donaldson had an explosive performance, racking up 22 points in the game, including four rebounds and four assists. Smith followed closely behind as he scored 17 points, with five rebounds and three assists in the game. Adham Floyd added 16 points to the total, while also grabbing six rebounds, two steals and dishing out three assists. Gillis managed to score 10 points while also having seven rebounds.

Despite the efforts of Jaylen Leroy of Plymouth State, scoring an incredible 43 points, they would not be able to cut down RIC’s lead to make a comeback. RIC managed their second straight win, ending the game 85-76.

Their last game at home before they have to travel away, was a tight contest against Western Connecticut. Adham Floyd managed to record a double-double with a team-high 20 points and 11 rebounds. Donaldson added 12 points to their total, along with four rebounds and four assists.

Western Connecticut had a close advantage going into the second half, with a score of 34-33. They managed to build their lead as the second half continued, finally building to a double-digit lead. Eventually, RIC could not make it back on top as they would hold their lead to win 78-70.

Last, but not least, is the RIC face off against Eastern Connecticut with Justin Campbell grabbing a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds to push the team forward. Floyd followed with 11 points and eight rebounds and four assists, while Gillis adds seven points and five rebounds.

Despite a bit of back-and-forth from the teams, the closest RIC’s comeback got was 47-45, with only five minutes left on the clock. Eastern Connecticut did not let them get any closer, pulling away to hand RIC their 12th loss of the season by a score of 49-61.

The teams current record is 4-12 overall, with a Little East Conference (LEC) record of 2-5. They will be back home Saturday afternoon to play against UMass Boston in another LEC contest.