President Sánchez takes the helm – Louisa D’Ovidio, Shane Inman

President Sánchez takes the helm

Louisa D’Ovidio

Editor-in-Chief

Shane Inman

Managing Editor

 

Rhode Island College has welcomed a new President to its campus. This fall, Frank Sánchez, a longtime proponent of widely-available higher learning, has begun in earnest his duties as the head of the college. The Anchor newspaper sat down with RIC’s newest leader to pick his brain about the issues that face our campus today.

Sánchez began by talking about what attracted him to Rhode Island College in particular, citing the institution’s “deep ethic of care about students.” He went on to illustrate RIC’s impressive ranking regarding factors such as post-graduation social mobility, pointing out that it is “the best in New England” in these respects.

He did concede, however, that “a lot of things can be done better.” Sánchez explained that he hopes to use his previous experience in building up neglected institutions to remedy some of the failings of RIC. The president mentioned inconsistency in advising as being a major concern in need of addressing. He made it clear that he is aware of the sometimes contradictory and confusing direction met by students, and described his vision for the service. “It should be precision advising,” he said, before going on to explain that he hopes to “invest in providing a higher-quality academic advising experience for students.”

The new performance-based funding bill and its potential negative effects were also among the items addressed by the president, who said he is “actively involved” with working out the details of the bill’s implementation. Sánchez acknowledged that “one size fits all does not fit all,” and said, “if you focus completely on four-year graduation rates you’re really missing out on the purpose” of schools such as RIC, with its high population of non-traditional students. He explained that he understands the unique situation of RIC’s non-traditional students, and wants to play to their strengths when it comes to the bill’s performance evaluations. “I want to be held accountable,” he said, “for creating a better student experience, with more experiential learning opportunities. Really training students with portable skills so they’re better prepared for the world of work.”

Experiential learning proved to be a major point of interest for the new president. “Every student at RIC should leave with the degree and the skills to have choices,” he said, declaring that RIC students should have the ability to “be effective at a state, national, or international stage.” To this end, Sánchez said he is exploring the idea of requiring the development of soft skills, such as those picked up through undergraduate research projects, senior capstones, internships, and the like. “I think most of our students are already doing it,” he said, pointing to RAs and student officers, and suggesting that “those things should qualify for experiential learning.”

On a more administrative front, Sánchez expressed a distinct interest in avoiding the issues of a lack of transparency and community which have arisen among faculty and staff in the past. “I’m a big proponent of trying to strengthen this sense of connection and this sense of belonging with our faculty and staff,” he said, while describing the motivation behind the recent faculty and staff barbecue and convocation events. “I’m a big believer that if we’re working well together and communicate better, it serves the students better.”

In spite of his clear knowledge of many of the technical aspects of the college, the president made a point of the fact that he is still learning about RIC, and wants to hear from members of the college community. “I’ve gotta listen,” he said, “I’ve gotta gain perspective, I’ve gotta learn the historical and the cultural and the institutional context before we can really chart our future together.” Sánchez stated that it is for this purpose that he has launched a listening tour, and will be holding numerous forums in the months to come. In addition to these more formal events, he seems to also be enjoying his first exposure to Rhode Island’s special culture, enthusiastically describing Del’s Lemonade as being “off the charts.”

Frank Sánchez has a lot of plans for the future of Rhode Island College, from short-term changes and repairs to a longer-term awareness of the “footprint” of the institution. Whether or not his vision is one which can be achieved is something time alone will tell, but for  the moment, he appears very optimistic about the future of the college. In the meantime, students are sure to see a lot of him around campus, as he does his very best to create and maintain a presence within the RIC community. From the editors here at The Anchor, we wish the president and his administration the best of luck in the coming year.

Kane to Student Government: “you are not a business” – Taylor Dame

Kane to Student Government: “you are not a business”

Taylor Dame

News Editor

 

Dr. Scott Kane, the interim Vice-President of Student Affairs spoke positively to the members of Student Community Government during his administration updates. “There is more of a sense of college life so far this year than I can remember. I hope we can build on that opportunity.” He went on to give some advice to the brand new government. “You have a lot of money, and with a lot of money, you can do a lot of things, and the reality is that the money you take in this year should be spent on the students who gave the money this year.” Kane explained that, as SCG members are the stewards of student money, they should be using it. He also said that SCG is “not a business, you are not always trying to operate for a profit.” He encouraged the members to use the money to help students by contributing to their education.

Kane spoke about the bookstore and how students seem to be responding positively to it being run by Barnes & Noble. He explained that Barnes & Noble will have regular meetings with a Bookstore Advisory Committee to get feedback. As part of the deal to take over managing the bookstore, Barnes & Noble set aside some money for textbook scholarships so that students could get free books. “We haven’t quite worked out the details on how we are going to distribute those scholarships. You can see more information about that at the actual rollout of the textbook scholarship program as early as this semester, certainly for the spring semester.”

The new president of SCG, Jose Rosario, addressed the body and asked them to get more people involved by joining parliament or one of the committees. Rosario also explained that anyone wanting a table for the Student Organization Carnival should speak to Vice-President Maria Zapasnik. Zapasnik told the body that elections for Class of 2020 government positions are going to be on September 28, and that anyone interested in running should visit the SCG offices in the Student Union on the 13th through the 20th.

Those interested in learning more about or joining SCG should visit their website at ricscg.org. The next meeting is September 14th in Student Union room 307 at 7:15 p.m.

Crime wave in Craig-Lee – Derrik Trombley

Crime wave in Craig-Lee

Derrik Trombley

Anchor Contributor

 

Classes have returned to Rhode Island College and with them has come a string of larcenies. Craig-Lee Hall, Roberts Hall and the Unity Center have been set upon by multiple instances of theft and disappearances of property, including money and purses. In the short time since the semester began, four reported larcenies have occurred within the familiar hallways of RIC, making the people who work there very uncomfortable. In all cases, the unattended items have gone missing straight out of the offices of faculty and staff when left open. These thefts occur when staff step out for the briefest of time periods, and even when the officeholder is only an office or two away. Campus police are confident that these larcenies are connected and are all occurring early between 9:00 and 10:30 in the morning, when fewer students and faculty are around.

“I feel very uncomfortable now, leaving my items in my office, even if I hide them well,” says Amy Tibbetts, secretary of the political science department and one of the victims of these crimes. “Like a lot of staff, I’m in and out of my office all day, and I have to leave my office door open to allow students to come talk to me and the chair of the department; I don’t really have a choice.” It should be noted that items left out by janitorial workers may not be safe either, but unlike the staff and faculty, they unfortunately have nowhere to secure their personal items when performing work that takes them all throughout the building.

These thefts have been reported to the campus police and are being investigated to the best of their ability. A bulletin has been circulated to students, staff, and faculty through the school email informing them of these instances and warning them about leaving belongings unattended. Chief Frederick Ghio, Director of the Campus Police, says that to prevent more instances of theft, students, as well as faculty and staff, should keep personal belongings close and not let them out of sight. He says also that offices should be secured when left unattended. In addition, Campus Police say, if your wallet or purse is stolen, do not forget to cancel credit cards and place holds on bank accounts. If you believe yourself to have been the victim of a robbery, contact Campus Police right away and report it at (401) 456-8201.

Tips for balancing college classes and fitness – Sophie Costa

Tips for balancing college classes and fitness

Sophie Costa

Anchor Contributor

 

Whether you are a freshman or a senior, returning to school and adjusting your schedule is never a simple task. Professors are piling on the work and you just can’t seem to catch up between school and other activities. Finding time to squeeze in a workout is undoubtedly the last thing on our frenzied minds. In spite of this, finding even thirty minutes to workout will transform your chaotic day into a productive one. It’s not easy, but it can be done! Here are five tips to finding the time and the drive to stick to a workout schedule while balancing college classes.

As a college freshman, attending a new school with a more intense schedule can be awfully intimidating and arduous. My first tip would be to plan your days out in a calendar. Having specific times for workouts will keep you responsible with them. Also, seeing it written out will ensure that you do not forget and will make sure that you have time set aside for workouts and classes.

A second tip would be to bring your study materials with you to the gym. You wouldn’t believe how much studying I get done while breaking a sweat on the elliptical. Studying while working out will take your mind off of the actual workout, making the time go by much faster.

One simple but helpful hack is to try and park as far away from your classes as possible. Many college students try to park as close as they can to their classes, but even a short, brisk walk will do wonders for your metabolism. This small act will help you clear your mind and give you a nice energy boost before a long class. This will ensure that your metabolism is running even while you’re sitting.

Another enormous mistake that people make is not drinking sufficient amount water or not eating enough throughout the day. The greatest tip for any occasion is to carry around a bottle of water with you wherever you go as well as a few healthy snacks. Eating and drinking properly throughout the day will provide your body with that oomph that is needed to get up and start moving. Do not be afraid or embarrassed to bring snacks to class because diet and hydration can, without doubt, make or break not only your fitness routine, but also your everyday routine as well.

The final tip that I have for finding the motivation to get moving is to adopt a workout buddy! Making sure that you find the right person to accompany you during your workout will give you the incentive to work hard and reach your fitness goals. This is a great tool for keeping you motivated and will greatly benefit the both of you. Having someone around while you’re active keeps you accountable for your workouts and doesn’t give you the opportunity to look for any loopholes to skipping the gym.

These five guidelines are just a few of the many vital tips to secure a well-balanced day of classes and fitness. Fitness is an imperative component to being successful and confident in your everyday life. Now with these few tips, you can easily manage both college classes and fitness stress free!

The Cat’s Meow: Let’s talk about sex – Virginia Bloom

The Cat’s Meow: Let’s talk about sex

Virginia Bloom
Anchor Contributor

 

“Let’s talk about sex, baby… Let’s talk about all the good things and all the bad things that may be.” If there’s one thing that Salt & Pepper got right in their hit song, it is the importance of discussing sex. Individuals tend to overlook the importance of discussing sex. Some say that it’s inappropriate and has no place in day-to-day conversations. If you ask me, only a prude would leave their sexual prowess bottled up. Our society wouldn’t exist today without our ancestors slapping their genitals together, so why hide it? Why not discuss sex?

Unlike your girlfriend of six years, I am here to satisfy all of your sexual needs! My name is Virginia Bloom, and I’m here to give you tips on any and ALL sexual questions you may have. College can be a tough time as it is, but nothing makes it worse than a crooked penis or a burning UTI, OUCH. Well now is the time to stop crying into your pillow and write to me with those burning, itching and uncomfortable problems. Not everyone had an awkward sex ed. teacher or parent with a condom and banana in their life to teach them.

The Cat’s Meow is a new column here at the Anchor that was made to accept all anonymous questions from our fellow Anchormen and women. Questions that once answered will keep our student body well informed on their body and be able to enjoy their sex life properly. So give me what you got, think of me as your Kama Sutra Liaison.

 

Sincerely,

 

Your Sexual Guardian Angel

Virginia Bloom

ask@anchorweb.org

Tame Impala: ‘Currents’ album review – Mary Fernandez

Tame Impala: ‘Currents’ album review

Mary Fernandez

Anchor Contributor

 

Music is suffering from an extreme case of “how many more times will they steal a beat and make a crappy version of a song that already-existed?” Yes, the music industry has lost its originality, along with any sign of talent. Bands, in particular, suffer from this—why are people still pretending Five Seconds of Summer is a band?

Whoops, excuse me! Before this becomes an opinions article, let’s move on to the miracle that is Tame Impala. With the release of their latest album, they have single-handedly changed the game of psychedelic rock and indie music. “Currents” was released a little over a year ago, and it has only recently started to hit the mainstream circuits. The Australian band followed up their sophomore album with a product of equal quality that boasts an interestingly different sound. The album fuses their roots of psychedelic rock with hints of RnB, and the use of eclectic bass and drum features. Let’s cut the composition crap, though. Let’s just talk about how amazing this album is as a whole. The lyricism in itself is extremely well thought out and displayed, which just heightens the appeal of the sound.

Finally! A band that can make great music for more reasons than just money and fleeting fame! The album contains a lucky number of 13 songs, each exploring a new realm of indie and rock, mixed with a pop-like sound. Tame Impala found a way to create a non-cliché, rock n roll, break-up/young love album that is definitely worth the listen. My personal favorites off of the album are ‘Eventually,’ ‘Cause I’m a Man’ and ‘New Person, Same Old Mistakes.’

If you are looking for a good album to jam to on your commute to work, during your agonizing run on the treadmill or you just want to listen to music, give ‘Currents’ a listen; I promise you won’t regret it.

Movie Review: Kubo and the Two Strings – Patrick Connolly

Movie Review: Kubo and the Two Strings
Patrick Connolly
Anchor Contributor

“If you must blink, do it now.”

You might as well listen to Kubo, voiced by Art Parkinson, the heroic protagonist who begins his stories with that sentence. Such an opening sentence will probably become the next “once upon a time” for further generations down the line, as it should! “Kubo and the Two Strings” is a visually masterful, if somewhat flawed, moviegoing experience that should dazzle fans of stop-motion animation worldwide.

Created by LAIKA Animation Studios, the studio responsible for films such as “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” and “The Boxtrolls,” the story seems straightforward on the surface, but goes into deeper territory than most animated films this year even dare.

Kubo is a storyteller who uses his magical origami to bring his stories to life. But he has to be back by sundown, or else his two evil aunts—both eerily voiced by Rooney Mara—will capture him, and bring him to his grandfather—voiced by Ralph Fiennes—for vengeful purposes. One night, he breaks from his normal routine to visit his father’s grave, a beautiful scene, only to be found by the dastardly duo. Through circumstances that won’t be spoiled here, Kubo is joined by a Monkey—voiced by Charlize Theron—and a man-sized Beetle—voiced by Matthew McConaughey—to find the pieces of armor that could bring his grandfather to justice once and for all.

From start to finish, this film is a visual masterpiece. Every inch of this film is filled with wonders and delights that could only be created with the magic of LAIKA. There are sequences where the stop motion animation and computer animated backgrounds blend seamlessly, to the point where you stop asking “how did they do that?” and just go along for the ride.

In regards to its narrative structure, however, only the amazing first act can live up to its spectacular visuals. The last time I’ve seen such grace and maturity expressed in an animated film was “Inside Out.” The second act goes more for a traditional adventure narrative, which is breathtaking fun, but the third act greatly disappoints. Without giving too much away, it tries to express its ideas on the power of storytelling, similar to “Life of Pi”, if you will, but does so in such a poor way that it almost derails what came before.

Thankfully, even in its disappointing third act, “Kubo and the Two Strings” is a wonderful visual experience that proves Disney and PIXAR aren’t the only animated companies casting a spell.

Horoscopes for September 12th 2016- September 18th 2016 – Jason Windrow

Horoscopes for September 12th 2016- September 18th 2016

Jason Windrow

Anchor Contributor

 

Aries (March 21- April 19) Aries, your determination and imagination should be put to good use this week. Try your hardest to make your own soup. Soup is just a mess of broth, vegetables, and sweat so it should be a piece of cake or in this case, a spoonful of soup. Get your friends to try the soup and if they spit it out it’s probably just an indication that it’s too hot.

 

Taurus (April 20- May 20) Taurus, buy some high waist pants this week and look at copies of Vogue magazine. The semester has just begun and there’s plenty of time to reinvent yourself. Reconnect with old friends and invite them over.

 

Gemini (May 21- June 20) Try using the gun emoji in any conversation you can. The stars say this emoji can be used in-group messages, messages with your partner, even messages with your mom, if you don’t take your chance to use this emoji what is the second amendment for?

 

Cancer (June 21- July 22) Cancer, walk some place far this week and sit down. Write how many times you see people wearing flip flops or talk to a stranger. A lot can happen if you sit in one place, this summer has been full of movement and you deserve to sit.

 

Leo (July 23-August 22) Leo, perfect your social media skills this week. Cultivate your posts, plan your captions, and gain followers. Take  random pictures in Walmart at once (24 to be exact) and then uploaded the pictures every hour. Tell your followers that you are doing the “24 Hour Walmart Challenge” even though you’re just chilling on your couch. It will sure turn heads and increase follower count.

 

Virgo (August 23- September 22) Invite your friends over for a dinner party, and cook them some meatloaf. Better yet, invite your friends over, hide in your room, abandon the ingredients for meatloaf on the counter and leave them with detailed instructions on how to cook the dish. Come out of your hiding place when that sweet aroma of meat tickles your nose.

 

Libra (September 23- October 22) Libra, invest in a drum machine, and try your best to recreate the “Stranger Things” theme song. Make an entire album with your recreations and then realize you wasted a lot of time but still had a lot of fun. Get a week ahead on your homework this week you’ll thank yourself in the future.

 

Scorpio (October 23- November 21) Start using the phrase “this may sound cosmic” before saying something really mundane this week. Imagine walking down 5th Avenue in a huge fur coat and glam rock platforms while listening to “Distant Stars” by Sun Ra.

 

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) Sagittarius, try your best to locate old furniture left on the side road. Sit in it for an hour, if you don’t feel itchy afterwards pick it up and give it the love it deserves. If you do feel itchy afterwards, immediately run away and take a shower.

 

Capricorn (December 22- January 19) Capricorn, ask someone special on a date to get pizza with you but don’t actually get pizza. Instead just have that special someone meet you at your favorite pizza place, explain why it’s your favorite pizza place, and tell them that the date is over but there will be a second one.

 

Aquarius (January 20- February 19) Aquarius, listen to Rihanna’s “ANTI” this week and really feel yourself this week. This summer has been rough but this semester you can pull a lot of power moves and take on anything. Power moves could be anything from drinking black coffee to wearing a bathrobe to class.

 

Pisces (February 19 – March 20) Pieces, you’re still in a summer mood even though school just started. Do something about it this week. Write a letter to a distant relative, put that letter in a bottle, and cast it out to sea. Or just listen to that song “Message in a Bottle” by The Police, you’ll get the same joy probably.

Go undercover and binge watch Quantico – Tess Rhoat

Go undercover and binge watch Quantico

Tess Rhoat

Anchor Editor

 

Quantico is a drama series based in Quantico, Virginia. The show follows the lives of young FBI recruits for 21 weeks of training, as they strive to become special agents. Each trainee has hidden secrets, including the main character, Alex Parrish, who ends up being a suspect in a terrorist attack. The show begins to evolve into a bit of a mystery as trainees start to believe that Parrish was framed from someone in the academy itself, and bond together to figure out who the terrorist really is.

Throughout the season, Parrish is on the run, and while this is going on we get flashbacks of the recruits in training. The flashbacks follow Parrish throughout the process of narrowing down who the terrorist could be. The major characters include Alex’s love connection, Ryan Booth. They fell for each other when Parrish first started the academy.  There are also twins who are hiding that fact by trying to act as one person Yasmine Al Massri. Then, there is Alex’s best friend, Shelby, who is labeled as a “rich girl”. Each character adds to the mystery and keeps viewers wanting more episodes.

Throughout the series, there are many action scenes that add excitement and spark emotion alike. In the beginning, there is an action scene at Grand Central Station, and one of the characters’ bodies was found in the rubble after the explosion. Not only was this a plot twist, but it was also a devastating moment in the show.

When watching the series, it can be a bit confusing because there are so many characters to keep track of, but by the middle of the season or so, it becomes clearer.

The show returns on Sunday, September 25th 2016, which is just in time for you to binge watch the first season!

Event Preview: Portland, Maine – Kristy O’Connor

Event Preview: Portland, Maine

Kristy O’Connor

Anchor Editor   

 

With the fall coming up fast, many students may be looking for opportunities to explore places that they may not have visited before. They can fulfill this desire with the upcoming trip to Portland, Maine that is being run by Student Activities.

Those who want to get out of Rhode Island for the day have the chance to attend this trip on October 15th from 7a.m. to 11p.m., including travel time. Those attending will be in the city from about 11:30a.m. to 7:30p.m. before heading back to Rhode Island College.

Michelle Arias, a student activities trips and events coordinator commented,“The goal of this trip is to give students a new experience and allow them to explore a different part of New England.”

Arias commented that there is an array of activities to do in Portland such as shopping, dining, sightseeing and exploring. Cape Elizabeth is one of the main attractions, and is definitely a hot spot to visit if you attend this trip.

With fall just beginning and tickets costing only $8 for RIC students and $12 for non-RIC students, there is no better way to spend a Saturday than in a different state surrounded by nature, culture, and new experiences.