God-President Franky Sanchez coming in like a wrecking ball hunties – Louisa D’Ovidio

God-President Franky Sanchez coming in like a wrecking ball hunties

Louisa D’Ovidio



The inauguration week of Rhode Island College’s 10th President, Dr. Frank D. Sanchez, beginning Sunday Feb. 12 and ending on Feb. 17 at the Inaugural Ceremony and Gala event is underway!

Each day is be dedicated to a certain theme, Sunday being Community, with the Alumni brunch and RIC Family Day as well. Tuesday will be Learning Innovation, followed by Inclusive Excellence, Student Success, and finally Friday’s theme of Future. Some events during the week include walking tours around campus all day on Tuesday designed to “showcase learning innovation at RIC through 30-minute presentations and a panel of industry leaders [addressing] Workplace Skills for the 21st Century.”

A Community Reading Day on Wednesday where members of the President’s Commission on Inclusive Excellence will visit local elementary schools and read “Rolling With Nia,” a children’s book written by RIC Alumna, the late Dana Wright ’04.

On Thursday the student showcase and performance day, where talented students and student-run organizations can show off their accomplishments and take part in the celebration. At 4 p.m. The Student Showcase, student organizations will promote their group work in the Donovan Dining center. Then later at 6 p.m. Student Performances of music, theatre and dance will take place in the Donovan Dining center.

All culminating in the new President’s swearing in ceremony and reception on Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Roberts Auditorium.

To find out more about RIC’s Inaugural Week events or to RSVP, contact Patricia Nolin at (401) 456-9854 or visit ric.edu/inauguration.

Stories from our archives – Shane Inman

Stories from our archives

Shane Inman

Managing Editor


Crime and intrigue on the Rhode Island College campus!

Unassuming though it may be, The Anchor newspaper has apparently struck a nerve with someone on the RIC campus, enough for them to lash out in the only way they know how—stealing newspapers off their racks and framing the president of the Student Community Government for the theft.

SCG and The Anchor may not have the friendliest history, but it seems somehow unlikely that the president of SCG would be so foolish as to dump 500 stolen newspapers in front of her own house.

Even with the involvement of the Providence police, the chances of solving this bizarre crime are slim. With no plausible culprit, we are left with nothing more to do than wonder about motives and the possibility of a repeat offense.

Sojourn takes the plunge – Shane Inman

Sojourn takes the plunge

Shane Inman

Managing Editor


What could prompt a lot of otherwise very intelligent people to jump into the ocean in the middle of February?

The spirit of charity seems to be as good an answer as any for Sojourn, Rhode Island College’s always active club of fun-loving students.

On the morning of Saturday, Feb. 18, Sojourn will be holding its annual Polar Plunge at the North Kingstown Town Beach. The event will feature music, games, food and of course the inevitable leap into the frigid ocean for those intrepid enough to attempt it. Entrance is free but, as the event is first a foremost a fundraiser, donations are recommended.

This year, all proceeds from the Plunge will go to the Izzy Foundation at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a non-profit organization which provides support for the families of children with cancer and other serious diseases. More information about the Izzi Foundation can be found on theizzyfoundation.org.

Sojourn urges RIC students to attend, and to bring along as many friends as they can. “Grab your dorm-mates and classmates in order to be the best school represented at this crazy event,” reads their web page. It isn’t just an event for students, however, as some doctors and nurses from Hasbro will reportedly also be present, so families are also encouraged to join in as well!

Festivities begin at 11 a.m. at the Cold Spring Community Center in North Kingstown. More information on the Plunge can be found at insanityforhumanityri.com.

Ecuador Service Trip – Louisa D’Ovidio

Ecuador Service Trip   

Louisa D’Ovidio



Nestled in the rocky Andean foothills of Ecuador, and 30 minutes outside Quito—the highest capital city in the world—is the hilly town of Conocoto and the Fundación Henry Davis Orphanage. Here, an unlikely partnership has been forged with the Christian missionary school and orphanage; for over three years dozens of Rhode Island College students have worked to build and teach sustainable farming practices to the underserved compound.

In 2014 Dr. Jill Harrison began taking RIC students on service trips to Conocoto and students relished the eye-opening experiences of working in a women’s prison and with the orphanage, but the mission is only just beginning.

Dr. Jill Harrison began her service journey in Ecuador when she was asked to serve as an interpreter for a research study at the women’s prison in Quito. From there she branched out into the community surrounding Quito and made contacts at the Henry Davis Foundation school and orphanage.

“The orphanage is quasi-public,” said Harrison, “and because it cares for children whose parents are in Ecuador’s judicial system and prisons, the government plus private donors provide financial support to the orphanage. It certainly is not a lot and it needs more support, which is why we choose to pay the orphanage for room and board, $20 a day, during our service learning stay.”

“The point of our trip was to help alleviate some of the costs by setting them up to grow their own food,” said Junior Mia Palombo, a student from the 2015 trip on which students and organizers of the school were taught how to maintain a hydroponics room, a compost heap and a garden. Using a few books and her handy Spanish skills, Palombo taught classes on how to maintain the farming systems they set up. Since Palombo’s group’s trip in 2015, RIC students have returned and furthered the progress of this system.

According to Harrison, “Because our focus is food sustainability that includes organic gardening, both hydroponic gardening and traditional gardening, the new focus is to recruit students interested in biology and marketing. The crops are growing, and now the orphanage has an opportunity to not only feed themselves but to sell their produce to the local community.”

“People, especially Americans, hear about problems all over the world and they don’t think about them twice, but there are very specific and easy-to-fix things that we can do to help, they just needed the right tools,” said Senior Randi Tella.

Students stayed with host families in the city of Quito, celebrated New Year’s in traditional Ecuadorian fashion, took in 16th century spanish architecture, zip-lined through the Ecuador’s lush forests and one student, Randi Tella, even made friends with street dogs.

“Experiencing the culture was almost as fulfilling as building something that can keep people alive—it was an incredible trip and I think everyone should go,” Palombo said.

Miriam Contreras-Morales, a student from the 2015 trip, said the most refreshing part of the trip was the children at the orphanage.

“A lot of bias and prejudices come from a lack of understanding, but being able to put yourself in another’s shoes and getting to see how others live, gives you perspective on how the way people grow up shape who they become. It gave me a global perspective working with the children there,” said Contreras-Morales, who recounted that every day the children would greet the students with giant grins and excitement.

When asked if they would want to ever travel back, Randi Tella, from the 2015 trip, said, “oh yeah, really badly!”

The course is open to upper-level classmen, and you must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, a letter of recommendation and have a cleared background check. Conversational Spanish skills is also a plus but not required.

The two organizers of the trip Dr. Maria Lawrence and Dr. Jill Harrison encourage anyone who has a desire to work with schools and children to attend. The trip is a 400-level course, so graduate students are able to attend as well. If students would like to get involved, they can contact Dr. Harrison–jharrison@ric.edu, via email.


Q & Anchor – Gianna Rocchio

Q & Anchor

Gianna Rocchio

A&L Editor

What club are you involved with and what sets it apart from other student organizations?

Dylan Berridge, Nursing, Spring 2019 – “The Intervarsity Christian Fellowship believes that we are an imperfect community sharing the perfect love of Christ. We exist here to help students discover faith and justice, while bringing hope to the campus and community.”

Elizabeth Spencer, Film Studies & Communication in Mass Media, Spring 2017 – “The Ocean State Film Society provides workshops for student filmmakers to help with their scripts or films. We also have monthly screenings of movies that everyone can come and enjoy. We provide a place where future filmmakers can make connections and friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Marieme Ndiaye, Accounting, Spring 2018 – “The Visiting International Students Association focuses on the many different cultures around the world via the international students here at RIC. It’s the perfect club for students who come from other countries.”

Brenden Melody, Studio Art, Spring 2020 – “What makes Pride Alliance different is that we accept and welcome everyone. We want to unite and educate not only the RIC community, but in the LGBTQIAT+ community as well. We support equal rights for everyone, even youth.”

Vanessa Ruggieri, Marketing & Management, Spring 2018 – “The National Society of Leadership and Success is that we are an honor society that is inclusive to all majors. We also have one of the most interactive induction processes with speaker success broadcasts and success networking teams.”

Katherine Perez, Biology, Spring 2018 – “The Cat Coalition helps cute animals and provides a stress-free and fun environment that students are welcomed into.”

Julianna Collazo, Nursing, Spring 2019 – “What sets ballroom apart? We include all ages and majors to make one big family. We have many facets of the club, from learning for fun to competing at high levels. Also, you don’t need to know anything about dancing to join, we can teach you from the ground up. It is also free to join and compete!”

PVD Events – Gianna Rocchio

PVD Events

Gianna Rocchio

A&L Editor


Friday February 17


Olivia Frances

The folk-pop sounds from her newest album, Evergreen

Brooklyn Coffee Teahouse

Free // 6 – 8 p.m.


Julie Byrne

Local folk music, with special guest Death Vessels

Columbus Theatre

$10 // 8 p.m.


Paul Virzi

Radio personality and comedian brings his stand-up act

Comedy Connection RI

$15 // 8 p.m.


Saturday February 18


Meet Your Maker

Indoor festivities including art, music, food, vendors, and fun.

Hope & Main

Free // 10 – 2 p.m.


Tammy & Jeana

An acoustic duo while you dine

The Village

Free // 8:30 – 11 p.m.


College Palooza

Mardi Gras themed night of partying

Fete Music Hall

$17 // 10 – 2 a.m.


Sunday February 19


Bubbles & Beats: RISE

Enjoy drink and food specials at “the city’s only rooftop queer dance party”

Rooftop Providence G

Free // 3 – 9 p.m.


Parlour Jazz Jam

Featuring the Joe Godfrey Trio playing the music of Duke Ellington

The Parlour

$5 // 5 – 8 p.m.


Classic Simpsons Trivia

Try your hat at some trivia or join the costume contest

Trinity Brewhouse

Free // 8 – 11 p.m.




8th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival

Film, food, workshops, and activities; check website for details

Various locations

Feb. 17 – 26


Providence Bruins

Free sports bottle; discount online

Dunkin Donuts Center

$20+ // Friday – Sunday


Mason Street Flea Market

Find anything from electronics to furniture, jewelry to antiques.

Mason Street, Woonsocket

Free // 8 – 4 p.m.

No-excuse, quick & easy dinners – Sophie Costa

No-excuse, quick & easy dinners

Sophie Costa

Anchor Staff


As busy college students, by the end of the day we are usually exhausted, have an exam to study for or a term paper that is due at 8 the next morning. Clearly, eating a healthy dinner isn’t always high on our list of priorities. However, making small, easy changes to eat a well-balanced and filling dinner is not only good for your body, it is great for your mind. Plus, you’re going to need it if you plan on writing that paper at 4 a.m.. These healthy dinners will take no time at all to prepare and they are super delicious.

One of the best dinners to make only takes about 8-10 minutes and just requires a microwave. This dinner is prepared by baking a sweet or regular potato and topping it with kale or spinach, black beans or chickpeas, diced tomato and a little bit of avocado. This meal is high in antioxidants, protein and essential nutrients, and only takes a small amount of time to prepare. The second dinner that is a must-have is a whole-wheat flatbread pizza topped with veggies. If you don’t want to make a whole pizza, the light FlatOut wraps are only 100 calories and are the perfect size for just one person. On top of this pizza, add just a little bit of low-sodium sauce, chopped onions, green peppers, mushrooms and a few black olives. This is just my personal favorite, but any kind of vegetable will suffice. This recipe takes about ten minutes in the oven and an extra 3 minutes to broil if you want your personal pizza just a little bit crispy.

Some people don’t think of pasta as a healthy dinner, but pasta only gets a bad wrap because most people just eat way too much of it. If you only cook about three quarters of a cup of pasta, then this meal is filling, quick and healthy. You can make any kind of pasta that you like, and it only takes about 9 minutes to boil on the stove. Add about one tablespoon of pesto to your pasta and some broccoli. There are many broccoli bags that you can put in the microwave for just a few minutes and it’s the perfect topping to your pesto pasta.

Lastly, my favorite winter dinner is soup. There is nothing better than a hot cup of soup waiting for you at the end of a cold, winter day. Store bought soups can be filled with artificial preservatives such as MSG and have an extremely high sodium content so I would suggest making your own soup. Soup can take some time to cook, but is a easy to prepare, lasts for quite a while and can be heated up very quickly. If you prepare soup on a Sunday in a crockpot, you’ll have dinner for at least a few days just waiting in your fridge, ready to be heated up at any time.

One soup recipe that will satisfy anyone on a hungry day is lentil soup. Lentils are super healthy and a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K. They are also particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron. If you are someone who isn’t a big lentil fan, beans will work just fine and are significantly easier and quicker to cook. No matter if you are using lentils or beans, this recipe also calls for vegetable stock, white onion, diced tomato and carrots. This recipe will probably take about an hour to make but will ensure that you have a quick and healthy dinner waiting to go almost every day that week.

These are just some examples of the many healthy and quick dinner recipes that you can make for yourself that are significantly better than the endless Ramen Noodles living in your cabinet.

Horoscopes – Jason Windrow


Jason Windrow

Anchor Staff


Aries (March 21- April 19) Do something special for your lover. Buy a diffuser and a vaporizer so you can diffuse and vaporize this Valentine’s day. Create your own vape flavor for your lover to try, just make sure it isn’t a poison love spell.


Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Have your grandma make you your very own realistic plush isopod. These toys will be so good to hug at night or to give to someone close to you. Remember not everyone likes weird animals. So, your crush may hate you for this gift, but who cares.


Gemini (May 21 – June 20) A meteor or UFO will hurl toward you this week, but you will avoid it. You may otherwise get hurt, like a scrape to your knee, but you’ll just pick yourself back up. Go out to eat with a Scorpio and don’t count calories.


Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Buy a huge array of candy and eat most of it yourself. Leave some outside for the local campus rats to eat. This won’t fix the rat problem, but it will make them temporarily happy which is also important.  Oh, and, eat out with friends this week.


Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) Listen to Arthur Russell and lay on a huge hill. Try to speak several languages without being offensive and get into the Beanie Baby market. Discover the dark web and create your own local bodega from it.


Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) This Valentine’s Day you will be completely alone, but you will be completely happy. Venus shines into full force on the fourteenth of this week and you will feel the sudden urge to spend money on Chinese food so you can lather the oily noodles on your skin.


Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) You’re a hopeless romantic when it comes to romance; however, for some strange reason, you’re starting to become attracted to mountains of debt. There is something so physically arousing about fiscal limitation that you’ll spend a lot of money this week.


Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) Make plans with someone new this week and go on long walks. Dream about what it would be like to spend Valentine’s Day with a completely new person rather than someone you usually spend it with. Pipe up some dough on some nice candles and light them inside the shower. Try it.


Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) Spend big fast cash now on some bitcoins. No one knows how those work but if you have them, you’re probably really powerful in the virtual world. Also ask yourself, “Are small bitcoins called itty, bitty bitcoins?”


Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) Launch a social media campaign to go after Giuseppe Zanotti after what they did to Nicki Minaj. Feel fired up and angry this week. Go on a date and discuss radical ideologies. Speak your own truths.


Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 19) You should spend a lot of your time this week drinking as much water as you can. Love is dehydrating, so drink water in all shapes and forms. This is the most responsible and important thing you can do this week.


Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Go to an airport to people-watch. Bring a J.D. Salinger novel and pretend you’re 40 years old. Ask kids for spare change and get coffee with all the change you collect. Don’t ask adults anything. Trust only the children.

He said, she said – Jeremy Boutin & Gianna Rocchio

He said, she said

Jeremy Boutin & Gianna Rocchio

Anchor Staff & A&L Editor



“I was raised religious, but now that I am in college I am starting to branch out and realize that it is not as big of a part of my life as it used to be. There are a lot of questions that I have that religion does not answer, and I am just not as into it as I used to be. I come from a very religious and conservative family, and I am afraid of what they will think when they find out. Any advice?”

-Fed up with my faith


Fed up with my faith,


College is the opportune time to question your faith and reassure yourself in who you are and in what you believe. College is often referred to as the most selfish time in an individual’s life. This can sound negative at first but it’s true; you’re given freedom and asked to plan out your future. Unbeknownst to you, this can bring headaches, confusion and a hailstorm of questions, one of which being your faith. Religion can appear overbearing at first when there are so many beliefs in existence but you shouldn’t feel weary for wanting to branch out. First, you should connect with your own religion and try to investigate those questions you have. Talk with family members and religious elders whether it be a priest, rabbi or counselor. I’m sure they have come across these questions that “religion does not answer,” and you might be surprised by what you learn.

Don’t let this stop you from exploring! Read up on other religions and see what they have to say and how they address these unanswered questions. There are amazing organizations on campus that can help you explore your faith, such as the Unity Center and Sojourn. Maybe you will find a religion that will better accommodate your belief system. In that case, you shouldn’t feel ashamed to tell your family. Try to ease them into it and address the topic in a comfortable setting. Let them know about the questions you have and make sure they feel involved in the process. The only reason they would be upset is because they can’t relate to or understand why you are making this change. So, help them to be well-informed. In the end, you are still their family and they should love you regardless of your religious beliefs.


Love always,

Jeremy Boutin


Dearest Fed Up,

One of the most important parts of going to college, away from your family, is learning new things about yourself and the world around you. That’s what makes college so significant! It’s amazing to discover so many new things, but simultaneously, these new experiences can challenge what you’ve known your whole life and can be really difficult. However, there is no rush to make decisions about your religion, who you are or in what you believe — these are aspects of life that never really stop developing. Plus, college is the perfect time to explore these curiosities and discover the answers to your questions. This may be through other bodies of faith or something else completely different, but now is a good time to start finding out.

The hardest part of this situation and becoming your own person is breaking apart from that which is so important to your family. Although you may not be as “into it” as you used to be, figure out what aspects of religion you identify with most and use that as common ground when starting to discuss this with your family. It sounds like family is an important aspect of your life, so keeping them in the conversation and being honest with them will show them how important this issue is to you, and how import they are to you. You may be surprised that they relate to you on some level in terms of your relationship with religion and faith. They may have some really great advice and perspectives you never considered, and that you’d least expect to hear from them. Alternatively, your family may be able to point you in the direction of some religious leaders in your community that can give you the kind of spiritual guidance you need to better understand what role, if any, you want religion playing in your life.


You got this,

Gianna Rocchio

Extraterrestrial excellence – Thomas Sack

Extraterrestrial excellence

Thomas Sack

Anchor Staff


“This time, it’s war,” these four words are all one needs to perfectly summarize James Cameron’s “Aliens,” the sequel to 1979’s “Alien.” This pluralized-sequel celebrates its 31st birthday this summer. Rated “R” for violence and strong language, “Aliens” continues to thrill and terrify audiences to this day.

Set in the year 2179, “Aliens” continues the story of Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, a flight officer struggling to recover from a chilling encounter she had 57 years ago with a hostile extraterrestrial. Ripley is tasked this time with helping a team of colonial marines investigate an abandoned settlement on the planet LV-426. Things take a turn for the worst when creatures that terrorized Ripley in the past make an appearance. This story is told primarily through intense action sequences and suspenseful scares, and the plot takes a backseat in favor of these. However, the theme of motherhood is prevalent throughout. This adds a new dimension to Ripley’s character but also closely links her to the same space-beasts trying to kill her.

Visually, “Aliens” is fantastic. A majority of the film’s special effects are practical, and while these make CGI noticeable when it is used, they add an unsettling sense of realism to this frightening fantasy. Lightning perfectly establishes the mood of every scene, and the sets create an air of foreboding that keeps audiences at the edge of their seats. The best part of “Aliens” is the animatronics used in combination with stuntmen in suits, which bring the film’s titular monsters to life. These are the work of the late legend, Stan Winston.

The late James Horner is responsible for the surprisingly decent score of “Aliens.” Due to the strong military presence in this film, percussion dominates its soundtrack. Strings and brass, meanwhile, are used to create the film’s catchier melodies. While it is not perfect, the “Aliens” score is a wonderful compliment to everything that transpires onscreen.

“Aliens” benefits from a strong main cast and equally effective supporting cast. Weaver gives the best performance in this film. Lance Henriksen rivals Weaver and lends a lot of heart to his character, the android Bishop. The three “odd ducks” of the “Aliens” cast are the strangely robotic Michael Biehn, the annoying Bill Paxton and the almost unwatchable child actress, Carrie Henn. They play Hicks, Private Hudson and Newt, respectively. Paul Reiser is excellent as the sleazy Carter Burke, and Jenette Goldstein entertains as Private Vasquez

Arguably the best “Alien” film, 1986’s “Aliens” may be slow to start, but it is exciting to watch. It is a thrilling example of filmmaking at its best.