Anchorwomen’s Tennis Team currently undefeated! – Marissa Marsella

Anchorwomen’s Tennis Team currently undefeated!

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff


The Rhode Island College Anchorwomen’s Tennis team has remained undefeated, even after their match against Southern Maine! Both Rhode Island College senior and junior athletes, Julie Reddy and Dayna Reilly won every singles match they posted and later paired to become the dynamic duo once again, beating out the Huskies’ freshman and sophomore Mackenzie Colby and Courtney Jordan with an 8-1 win during No. 1 doubles, and winning the match at 9-0.

Rhode Island College sophomore and junior athletes Katherine Braganca and Isabella Romeo took an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles against Southern Maine’s senior and junior athletes, Liz Martin and Lynn Swanson. Behind them followed RIC’s No. 3 double pair, junior athlete Laura Nastasi and senior athlete Jorgie Martin who together beat out USM’s senior and freshman pair, Rikki Demoranville and Gabby Brooks with a score of 8-1.

In singles action, Reilly defeated her opponent, Mackenzie Colby with a score of 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 spot while the No. 2 spot, filled by her counterpart, Julie Reddy, beat her match with the identical tally. Nastasia won during No. 3 singles match, losing just one game to Demoranville (6-1, 6-0) while Braganca defeated Courtney Jordan with a score of 6-0, 6-0 in No. 4 singles. Jorgie Martin proved herself during No. 5 singles match, besting USM’s sophomore athlete Margaret Smith 6-4, 6-3 and Isabella Romeo defeated sophomore Joanna Scheidegger (Lyss, Switzerland) in No. 6 singles match with a score of 6-3, 6-0.

Good luck to an ongoing undefeated season girls! Keep up the hard work!

Anchorwomen victorious in Little East opener against Huskies – Julian Borges

Anchorwomen victorious in Little East opener against Huskies

Julian Borges

Sports Editor


The Women’s Soccer team, just like the Men’s this past week, were victorious against the University of Southern Maine in the Little East Conference opener.

The first half of the game saw the Anchorwomen dominate in both possession and shot advantage (12-4.) The goalkeeper for the Huskies, sophomore Taylor Canastra, blocked six shots in the first half. However, Canastra’s attempt at a clean sheet would end in the 36th minute when Eleni Grammas scored her first goal of the game after capitalizing on a midfield error that lead to the Anchormen getting on the scoreboard.

Rhode Island College walked off the field after the first half with a one goal lead. USM returned in the second half with new vigor. The Huskies outshot RIC 10-9 in the final minutes of the game in an attempt to equalize with the Anchorwomen. In the 63rd minute, Southern Maine did just that when senior midfielder Hana McNally assisted fellow midfielder Jessica Preble. Preble scored after deking RIC goalie Amber-Marie Francois and prevented the freshman from any chance of posting a clean sheet.

Not too long after, Grammas scored her second goal of the game after firing a shot above Canastra’s head—completing her brace and effectively sealing the victory for the Anchorwomen.

Canastra blocked 11 shots in the defeat to RIC while Francois had six saves in the victory. The Anchormen walked off the field with a 21-14 shot advantage over the visiting Huskies.

Anchor Action at UMass Dartmouth Cross Country Invitational – Marissa Marsella

Anchor Action at UMass Dartmouth Cross Country Invitational

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff


The 2016 UMass Dartmouth Invitational showed off the skills of the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen Cross Country team on Saturday afternoon, and also highlighted freshman Cassidy Bissett who led the girls to a 28th place finish. Bissitt finished in 131st place (out of 275 runners) clocking out at 20:54.65. Behind her was Rhode Island College junior athlete Briana Lenihan in 138th place with a 21:04.13 finish followed by sophomore Margaret McCaffrey in 177th place at 21:56.58.

Sophomore Veronica Northup notched 201st place at 22:48.13. Behind her, senior Allison Lomas placed 205th at 22:54.97. In 215th place freshman Sarah Basler clocked in at 23:11.84 while 237th and 239th places were claimed by junior Lissa Almanzar (24:33.50) and senior runner Abigail Dandurand (24:35.31).

Lastly, freshman Wennely Figueroa took 247th place at 25:08.99, junior Tess Rhoat notched 257th place at 26:47.37, and sophomore Margaret Buckley contributed and landed in 272nd place at 31:35.03.            The Anchorwomen reached a team score of 815.0, losing to Brandeis who won the meet with a score of 99.0.

As for the Anchormen, who scored individually, Rhode Island College junior athlete Jonathan Carney notched 136th place out of 241 runners (28:42.43) during the 2016 UMass Dartmouth Invitational. Behind him was Rhode Island College sophomore athlete, Jeff Garson (Cumberland, RI) who took 203rd place with a time of 32:15.16.

Catch up with the Rhode Island College Men and Women’s teams at Gordon College on Saturday, September 26th at 11:30 a.m. to keep up with the action.

Men’s Soccer earn victory against USM in Little East Conference opener – Julian Borges

Men’s Soccer earn victory against USM in Little East Conference opener

Julian Borges

Sports Editor


The Little Eastern Conference opener for the Anchormen started impressively and continued to do so throughout. Just four minutes into the game, junior forward Komla Dogbey scored a goal against the hosts of the opener, the University of Southern Maine. This proved to only be the start to Dogbey’s goal streak for in the 30th minute of the game, Dogbey scored his second and last goal—doubling the Anchormen’s lead over USM. Rhode Island College finished the half with a 13-0 shot advantage over the Huskies.

USM attempted to come back in the second half with no such luck. In the 65th minute, Charlie Mull, goalkeeper for USM played up the field out of position, and blasted a shot into the back of the net. The goal was assisted by Qutaiba Hassoon with the Huskies only down by one goal after Mull’s efforts. With just nine minutes left in the second half, Dogbey assisted junior midfielder Ty Catunto who succeeded in scoring the final goal of the match—thus sealing the victory for the Anchormen.

Mull had four saves for USM in the defeat to RIC. Chris Moura made one save in the game for the Anchormen.

Men’s Golf dominates in first three invitationals – Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Men’s Golf dominates in first three invitationals

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Assistant Sports Editor   


The Rhode Island College Men’s Golf team has been dominating so far in the season, playing in the MCLA (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) Invitational, Elms Blazers Invitational and Roger Williams Invitational thus far.  In the MCLA Invitational, RIC took first place out of 11 teams, scoring a total of 307 with five players, leading the back by 13 strokes with second place scoring 320. Every single player shot under 80 with John Roderick and Drew Quirk leading RIC with a score of 76 each with Austin Cilley shooting 77 and Steve Letterle and Nathan Patterson scoring 78 each.

As their first meet goes well, they continue to dominate by taking second place in both the Elms Blazer and Roger Williams Invitational.  First, in the two-day Elms Blazer Invitational, the team scored a total of 628, scoring 305 on the first day and 323 on the second day. Roderick led the team the first day, shooting the best round of the first day with a total of 72.  The second day was much tougher, though. Cilley and Quirk would both score 80 to keep the team in their second place spot.  Finally, at the Roger Williams Invitational, the team scored a total of 299 to take second place, only two strokes behind Babson College that scored a total of 297. Freshman Nathan Patterson tied for first place with an even par of 71, leading the team to their second place victory.


Legendary coach Dick Ernst passes away – Marissa Marsella

Legendary coach Dick Ernst passes away

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff


Rhode Island College grieves the loss of tennis and hockey star Dick Ernst who passed away last week. Ernst was not just a loving father to three sons and husband to Mrs. Rollie Ernst. He was also an inductee of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 2016 as well as coach to over 115 hockey, cross country and tennis teams.

Ernst is responsible for over 600 hockey game wins in both boy’s and girl’s leagues for four different schools as a beloved coach. He also assisted Cranston East in achieving two undefeated seasons that resulted in consecutive state and New England Championships in 1983 and 1984. Ernst led both men’s and women’s Rhode Island College tennis teams to four Little East Championships apiece in his years offering prodigious service to the school. He retired from his work in sports in 2015 after coaching very successfully for over fifty years.

His own sports career proved to be just as astonishing as his coaching one. A graduate of Providence College in 1961, Ernst was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island on June 11, 2005 after starting for Cranston East in his high school days with continuing success during college and through the next five decades. His career also included winning the Rhode Island Open in 1968 and closing in 1969, as well as titles in the Rhode Island Tennis League; New England Class B and New England Junior Veterans. Aside from this, Ernst also played against Cliff Drysdale in the 1971 Irish Open and then qualified for the Newport Amateur in 1975. He also played a preliminary match against Joe Cavanagh in 1975 in front of 3,000 fans at the Providence Civic Center.

Dick Ernst wasn’t only an incredible father and husband. He was also an incredibly gifted athlete and coach that will be sincerely missed by so many. Rhode Island College is honored to have been able to have him coach its athletes as well as leave such a mark on sports history. The games just won’t be the same without him.

How Brangelina shaped a generation – Angelina Denomme

How Brangelina shaped a generation

Angelina Denomme

Opinions Editor


Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie came together in a firestorm of fictionalized bullets and insane media coverage over 10 years ago. When Brad divorced his then-wife Jennifer Aniston, one Hollywood couple was destroyed, but an even more powerful couple was forged. Six kids, a double mastectomy and a quick two year marriage later, Brangelina has crumbled amid allegations of anger management issues and drug abuse. It is in this time of mourning that it’s important to look back at the relationship that was the backbone of Hollywood for so many years and reflect.

Before Brangelina was a force to be reckoned with, Angelina Jolie was the actress who wore a vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood around her neck while they dated, and Brad Pitt was the hot lead actor guaranteed to rack in the dough at the box office. In their hay day, Brangelina was the perfect Hollywood ‘it’ couple. They were honest with the media, lovingly supportive of each other’s careers and continuously adding more and more adorable children to their brood. Together, Brangelina showed the world what a different kind of family could look like.

The Pitt-Jolie clan is unlike any seen in mainstream media. It was started with one little boy named Maddox that Jolie adopted long before she knew Pitt. Only a few years later, Pitt and Jolie flew to Ethiopia to adopt her second child, a girl, but she did so as a single parent. Pitt later adopted Jolie’s first two children and they went on to adopt one more together along with their three biological children.  It wasn’t until after the duo had stopped having children, 10 years into their relationship, that they officially got married.

Pitt and Jolie’s ability to have a family, a loving spouse and two thriving careers all without abiding by the social rules that follow love-then-marriage-then-a-baby-carriage paved a path for a new generation of people to develop relationships in a way that works for them, despite the fact that it may be contradictory to societal norms. It may not be because of Brangelina, but at least in part thanks to couples like Brangelina, that the media is forced to portray families that are outside the norm. If you’re able to look past the jokes about Jolie adopting every child from every war-torn country, you can see a family that is important to the portrayal of the human experience.

The definition of a Millennial – Angelina Denomme

The definition of a Millennial

Angelina Denomme

Opinions Editor


I walked two miles uphill in a blizzard that stopped most four-wheel drive vehicles in their tracks when I was just ten years old. If this sounds familiar, it may be because it’s one of those age old stories that your parents tell you to explain how tough their lives were growing up. Whenever a Gen Xer comes up to me shaking their finger at all the comforts being born in the Millennial generation has apparently afforded me, I tell them this story and use their own anecdotes against them in the most satisfying way possible.

Like most Millennials, I grew up with a desktop computer in the living room, a television that aired MTV’s “Punk’d” nonstop and a pay-as-you-go Nokia that was almost entirely used to play the game Snake. Technology was moving fast and soon phones could have customizable ringtones to match whatever Top 40 Hit Ryan Seacrest was peddling that week. In a few years, you could use the landline and the computer at the same exact time. It was all so exciting and new.

What most Gen Xers forget is that we are the generation who grew up predominantly in a post-9/11 world as much as we’re the generation of posting our lunch on Instagram. The tragedy was incomprehensible and far off to some of us and too close to home for others, but it shaped the way we viewed the world. Neighbors were no longer friends, and strangers were strictly the enemy. The world was no longer a welcoming place, but that was okay, because now we had the world wide web.

Looking back, it’s no surprise that social media developed the way it did. Everyone was scared, nothing was sacred and we needed a place to be human beings outside of the big bad world. In the last 15 years, the web has developed into a complex entity with it’s own set of rules that are not easily navigated. Regardless of what Gen Xers believe about Millennials, these tiny internet moments aren’t all that consequential in the grand scheme of our lives. The way that Millennials utilize social media doesn’t define the character of our generation.

Millennials are smart. We put off buying houses and having kids because $30,000 in student debt is already hard enough to work off in this economy. We take selfies to capture moments in time that previously couldn’t  be shared. We may be selfish but we also care so much about everyone. We fight for equal rights, for the environment and for every injustice that strikes a chord. We are fighters. We leverage our technological advances to fight the power in a way that 70’s hippies could never have fathomed.

Every generation has it’s own battles to fight, and one is not any more valiant or impressive than the next. The strife of one group of individuals doesn’t diminish the struggle of another. This generation has it’s own set of hurdles to jump that our elders will never be able to understand, just as we cannot understand theirs, but if there’s anything that Gen Xers should take notice of, it’s that Millennials are strong. It’s best for them to get out of the way altogether, because when push comes to shove, Millennials are going to change the world.

The dangerous convergence of news and entertainment – Mary Ellen Fernandez

The dangerous convergence of news and entertainment

Mary Ellen Fernandez

Anchor Staff


Most of what we consume from billion-dollar news programs is a perfect recipe for nonsense and biased reporting. Historically, news channels did not prioritize the exorbitant amounts of money that could be made through their broadcasts, and so the news was nothing more than a recap of the day’s events: strictly facts and reports. Now, when you turn on your television to CNN or Fox News there is an immense amount of graphic footage, angry or disoriented reporters and biased opinions blaring through the screen. The news has become a source of entertainment in and of itself, and the fact that it has developed into a direct pipeline for gaining the coveted “most viewers watching” badge is completely unethical.

The idea that news should be clear, concise and unbiased is one that should be held sacred. Many news stations are clearly and proudly representative of and affiliated with a particular party. This comes from wealthy people in the television industry who can afford to own entire stations creating their form of news for their own benefit. How can this be at all ethical? It is important as American citizens that we are allowed to voice and share our opinions with others, but where do we cross the line when those opinions falsely portray our world to us?

The program on CBS with Charlie Rose is a perfect example of an ethical balance between news reporting and entertainment. The guests are all interesting, intelligent and talented people who come to discuss books, movies, socio-economical and environmental issues. The host himself appears impartial, engaged and truly cares about the thoughts, opinions and ideas his guests voice. There is no big fancy production backdrop or music and shouting, just people and their opinions. If a broadcasting news station can ethically merge the concepts of entertainment and reporting, why can’t other cable stations do that as well? The answer is as simple as it is unethical: profit. Next time you turn your TV to your preferred news station, try to remember that not everything you may be hearing is necessarily presented for your sole benefit.

The best are boring – Shane Inman

The best are boring

Shane Inman

Managing Editor

In the time of William Shakespeare, it was a commonly-held belief among playwrights that, in order to best engage an audience, the stories one told should be about larger-than-life figures such as kings, nobles or sorcerers. Eventually, artists realized that this was not the case, and the lives of ordinary people could be just as compelling as those of legendary figures. In 2016, cable dramas still don’t appear to have gotten this memo.

If you flip through the dramas offered by the major cable networks—ABC, NBC, Fox, etc.—you will find that an unsettling majority of these shows have one thing in common: they’re about people who are the best at something. Whether they are telling stories of the world’s greatest hackers, most brilliant doctor, most adept lawyer or most perceptive detective, popular cable dramas seem hung up on the idea that they must provide audiences with extraordinary characters. It’s easy to see why this might be assumed; there is an undeniably, if cheap, thrill in watching someone smarter than us simply being clever and resourceful. Watching people who are astoundingly good at things is just plain fun. With that said, networks’ preoccupation with this built-in entertainment factor is limiting the scope of stories their shows can tell.

Whether it is overtly stated or not, capturing part of the human experience is essential in any story about people. If an audience finds no resonance at all, conscious or unconscious, in the characters they are watching, they are unlikely to remember those characters for very long. Being ordinary, being average, is a huge component of the human experience, and it is one which popular cable dramas seem to ignore entirely. Ordinary people struggle with inferiority. Ordinary people don’t always come out on top in the end. Ordinary people face failure not at one or two dramatically-appropriate moments, but all the time. So why not tell stories about these people? Why not make shows about folks who aren’t the best, who are just trying to get by? These are the people to whom audience members can point and say: “I know this feeling. I’ve been where they are.”

To be sure, there are dramas which do break the mold—several from AMC being the most prominent examples—but there seems to be a certain level of fear on the part of major networks about telling stories of unremarkable people. Some of this likely comes from the worry that, if stripped of their incredible abilities, people become dull and uninteresting. This could not, however, be further from the truth. Human beings are complex and intriguing in their own right, without the need for any additional frills. Couching every single character in an inherent superiority hamstrings the opportunity for this latent complexity to be explored to its fullest extent, and ultimately results in the shallow dullness which execs are afraid of in the first place. There is absolutely a place for extraordinary characters, and not everyone has to be an average Joe, but the blatant avoidance of the ordinary is crippling an artistic outlet otherwise rife with potential, and it needs to be reexamined.