While Cruz backs Trump; Clinton exposes Trump’s lies – Taylor Dame

While Cruz backs Trump; Clinton exposes Trump’s lies

Taylor Dame

News Editor

 

After many months of silence, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced Friday that he would be voting for Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election. Cruz ran against Trump for the Republican nomination in what was seen by many as bitter and tough race that included Trump insulting Cruz’s father and wife.

At the Republican National Convention, Cruz gave a speech in which he did not endorse Trump, for which he was met with boos from the audience. Pundits are crediting Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, for bringing Cruz onto their side. Pence reportedly spoke at length with Cruz several times. Cruz cited the Supreme Court as a major reason for his support of Trump. “We know, without a doubt, that every Clinton appointee would be a left-wing ideologue. Trump, in contrast, has promised to appoint justices in the mold of Scalia,” he said.

On Friday, the Trump campaign released a list of possible nominees to the Supreme Court, including Senator Mike Lee of Utah, who is one of Cruz’s allies in Congress.

The endorsement from Cruz comes three days before the first Presidential Debate. Both candidates have been preparing for the debate with Hillary Clinton, calling together a special press conference.

During the conference, the Clinton campaign called on the debate moderator, the press and the American voting public to fact check Trump. The campaign released 19 pages of fact checked lies told by Trump.

Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton campaign communications director, said, “Debates are about each candidate laying out their vision for America, not making things up. Donald Trump has shown a clear pattern of repeating provably false lies and hoping no one corrects him. Voters and viewers should keep track: any candidate who tells this many lies clearly can’t win the debate on the merits.”

Corporation of the students, for the students & by the students – Louisa A. D’Ovidio

Corporation of the students, for the students & by the students

Louisa A. D’Ovidio

Editor-in-chief

“I want to take SCG in a new direction,” says Rosario, “we are a corporation yes, but we are a corporation that serves to advocate for students. I think somewhere along the line we forgot that and I want to remind people that this is what we are here for.”

In a recent interview with The Anchor, Student Community Government President Jose Rosario shared his visions for the future of SCG, Inc and his presidency. Rosario is working on three initiatives at Rhode Island College–a bias task force, spaces for LGBTQ+ students and improving our sexual assault policy.

While we already have a committee on campus to deal with bias but Rosario hopes that a bias task force would work in conjunction or under them, pulling in the Counselling Center, Unity Center and Campus Police onto that team. Community members would submit forms anonymously and report incidents of bias. This task-force dovetails with his ideas for safe spaces on campus.

“On this campus we have moved to be so progressive and inclusive, but plenty of students have come to me and requested LGBTQ+ spaces,” Rosario understands the bind the campus currently is in while renovations limit office space for student orgs but would still like to offer ‘spaces’ to students who want them even if these aren’t physical. Safe zone trainings and certifications for students would allow for the creation of ‘safe spaces’ without the actual need for square footage.

Rosario spoke on RIC soon having a Title nine coordinator and one of the goals the administration hopes to work on is clarifying the sexual assault policy at the college. Rosario would also like to see a peer advocate system become part of how the college responds to sexual assault. He describes what he envisions as people that can say, “I’m here and I understand what you are going through, let me walk with you to the counseling center,” explains Rosario.

“SCG is here for the students concerns, if we come off as unresponsive, we have failed at our job,” says Rosario, “my door is always open.”

Just like our state and national governing body, the path SCG takes this year will ultimately be in the hands of the student body of Rhode Island College.

 

Celebrating diversity at RIC – Shane Inman

Celebrating diversity at RIC

Shane Inman

Managing Editor

An annual celebration of diversity, RIC’s 2016 Diversity Week is set to kick off soon. Beginning on October 2nd and continuing through October 8th, Diversity Week is host to a multitude of events and activities intended to celebrate other cultures while simultaneously promoting understanding and appreciation of our differences.

Throughout the week, open classes and lectures such as “The Black Experience in America” and “Social Activism and the Performing Arts” will be held by RIC professors, affording students the opportunity to dig deeper into the social issues of today’s society. There will also be informational sessions on topics from studying abroad to diversity-oriented scholarships and LGBT health care held primarily during free period on Wednesday.

A number of films and TED Talks will be shown over the course of the week, including “The Year We Thought About Love,” “The Future of Race in America,” “Which Way Home,” and many more. Each of these will provide a glimpse into the lives of people from all walks of life. If it’s a literal walk one is looking for, however, symbolic El Camino walks will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday to illustrate “the travels of undocumented Latin American people from their native homelands to the United States.”

For the duration of Diversity Week, the Unity Center will be giving out Human Rights Campaign T-shirts, and the Donovan Dining Center lower lobby will be offering information regarding LGBT health care. Additionally, a number of events will be taking place in the Student Union Ballroom, including “The Art of Stepping,” a global cooking class, and a great deal more. From films to lectures, open classes to interactive experiences, there is no shortage of ways to learn about different cultures during Diversity Week.

For a complete schedule of Diversity Week events, visit the Unity Center webpage at ric.edu/unitycenter.

Campaign cafe – Kristy O’Connor

Campaign cafe

Kristy O’Connor

Secretary

 

With the first presidential debate coming up, the American Democracy Project at Rhode Island College and NBC 10 will be joining forces to host Campaign Cafe. This is an event where students and community members can watch the debate together. As the only college to participate in Rhode Island, RIC will be hosting the event in the café on Monday, September 26th at 8 p.m.

The debate will be broadcasted on TVs in the café, along with coverage from Bill Rappleye and Brian Crandall, who will also be taking comments from attendees. Those who are unable to drop in for the event can still tune into the 11 o’clock news on Monday or watch the taped segments that will premiere the next day.

For those who wish to stick around after the viewing has ended, there will be short focus group discussions in which RIC students and ADP members will lead the groups. This is part of a longitudinal research project that began in 2004.

Those who plan to attend are asked to register through EventBrite, but admission is free, and members of RIC and the community are welcome.

Schilling balks at day in court – Derrik Trombley

Schilling balks at day in court

Derrik Trombley

Anchor Staff

 

In a surprising move, the former Boston Red Sox pitcher and ex-video game entrepreneur Curt Schilling came to a $2.5 million settlement with the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. The settlement is expected to be approved by the judge overseeing the litigation and is expected to net the state about $2 million after lawyers’ fees are adjusted.

By now, there is not anyone in Rhode Island who pays even tangential attention to the news and has not heard of the great collapse of 38 Studios. The state guaranteed a $75 million loan to the company in 2010 in exchange for operating in Rhode Island and providing needed jobs.

However, not two years later, 38 Studios collapsed into bankruptcy leaving Rhode Island on the hook for the remainder of the $112 million loan, when accounting for interest. Since then, the state assembly has had to take from the tax pool to pay off the remainder of this loan, causing large budget problems and tax increases.

Not all of the burden will be on the state as, in the direct aftermath of the collapse, the leadership of the state of Rhode Island claimed fraud on the part of the bond agencies that approved the loan, on the law firms involved in the deal, on the former Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC), and of course the 38 Studios executives, Schilling among them.

At the present time, Rhode Island has settled with the law firm that worked on the deal for $4.4 million, the former Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation officials for $12.5 million, and Wells Fargo and Barclays for $26.5 million. Altogether the Schilling settlement makes the total amount recovered to about $45 million.

That being said with his current settlement, after lawyers’ fees, the expected balance still left on the loan will be nearly $50 million that the state will have to pay back.

Schilling’s settlement was considered a surprise by many as he had repeated claimed that the trial would be his opportunity to show Rhode Islanders that he had done nothing wrong.

However, it appears that by settling now Schilling and his co-defendants would pay nothing out of pocket as their insurance would cover the cost of the settlement but would not have done so during a trial. All in all there is now only a single defendant remaining in the 38 Studios litigations, who will go to trial soon.

The classic corner: Tim Burton’s ‘the nightmare before christmas’ – Thomas Sack

The classic corner: Tim Burton’s ‘the nightmare before christmas’

Thomas Sack

Anchor Contributor

 

A smorgasbord of laughter, emotion and song, Tim Burton’s 1993 film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a Halloween classic! It is a dark fantasy that never gets old; at 23 years of age, the film continues to astound and delight audiences to this day!

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” takes place in “the holiday worlds of old,” and tells the story of Jack Skellington, a skeleton revered in Halloween Town as the Pumpkin King. When Jack grows tired of Halloween, he discovers and becomes obsessed with Christmas. This sets a chain of events in motion that winds up jeopardizing the joyous holiday for the human world. Before he can turn things around, Jack must learn to be content with himself and his lifestyle, rather than try to replace someone else. A simple plot does not hinder “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Rather, it allows one to become fully invested in the film’s world and characters without getting overwhelmed.

This musical tells its tale primarily through songs composed by the brilliant Danny Elfman. These songs are linked together by short sequences of dialogue and instrumental music, and they do a fantastic job of conveying characters’ emotions to viewers. The music in “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” both instrumental and vocal, is nothing short of spectacular. Every piece on the film’s soundtrack is memorable and a staple of the Halloween season. It really is no surprise that the score was nominated for a Golden Globe the year of its release.

Visually, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is an ultimate tribute to Tim Burton’s unique art style. Every aspect of the film’s design screams Burton’s name, and that’s what makes it so iconic. Masterfully executed stop-motion animation further enhances the film’s eccentric look, and leaves the viewer gushing with appreciation for Tim Burton as an artist.

When it comes to voice acting, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ has a stellar cast. Chris Sarandon brings Jack Skellington to astonishing life, Catherine O’Hara of Home Alone fame charms as Sally, and Ken Page delights as the evil Oogie Boogie. Minor characters in ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ are also memorable, and this is all thanks to the terrific effort put in by their respective voice actors. That said, the singing in this film is more like a mixed bag of Halloween candy. While Danny Elfman and Ken Page give outstanding performances, they also overshadow their fellow cast members, who either can’t carry a tune or simply aren’t as skilled.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a film families can enjoy one Halloween after another. It’s so good, in fact, that one may wish to whip it out again when Christmas rolls around. There’s something for everybody in this holiday classic. Those who pass it up are definitely missing out, and those who see it are in for a treat!

 

This article is the first in the “Classic Corner” series, where Thomas Sack will recommend and critique older media”.

Sunday funday at drag brunch – Mike Dwyer

Sunday funday at drag brunch

Mike Dwyer

Anchor Contributor

 

You asked for it, and you got it! On Sunday, Oct. 2, end your weekend with a bang at Drag Brunch! The event takes place on the first Sunday of each month at Massimo restaurant on Federal Hill. With an enduring legacy in the city of Providence, Drag Brunch has found an audience at various restaurants downtown, slinging comedy and cocktails. Hosted by the 2016 Miss Gay Rhode Island and the co-host of DRAG Bingo, it’s the perfect way to wrest yourself from a lazy Sunday.

Massimo’s brunch menu offers enticing choices, including Pork Cheek Carbonara, Short Rib Hash and Pork Belly Grilled Cheese, courtesy of Chef Christopher Nardoza. For those with a sweet tooth, there are homemade Ricotta Pancakes and Cinnamon Buns, among other treats. If what’s needed on an early Sunday morning is a little hair of the dog that bit you, Massimo has you covered with an array of cocktails. Cure that headache with a Strawberry Mint Fizz, some Massimo Sweet Tea, or try one of their classic Blood Orange Mimosas or Dirty Bloody Marys.

Contact Massimo to make reservations beforehand; seating begins at 11 a.m. As your hostess with the mostess, Jacqueline DiMera, a self-described “classy dame,” who “can be a bitch when she needs to be,”  is sure to open those drowsy eyes and kick off your Sunday Funday in style. Alternately known as Anthony DeRose, DiMera is an outspoken activist for the greater Providence community, Chair of the RI Democratic Party LGBTQ Caucus and recent recipient of the Fredd. E. Tree Spirit of Stonewall Award. DeRose explained, in an interview with Get Ri Magazine, where the two personas diverge and where they overlap. “Jacqueline is a larger than life personality. She’s big, she’s loud, she’s fun and a firecracker of energy. Anthony is a bit more reserved, relaxed and even at times shy. Where the personalities overlap is the commitment and dedication of helping others and enjoying life to its fullest.”

An avid supporter of Hillary Clinton, DeRose will be hosting an LGBTQ and Allies Debate Watch Party at the Alleycat on Snow Street in Downtown Providence on Monday, Sept. 26. The debate begins at 8:30 p.m. and the venue will provide a positive environment for those wishing to hear and discuss what the candidates have to say about the issues concerning the LGBTQ community. After suffering through the debates and the long work week, make sure to head out to Drag Brunch at Massimo restaurant to restore your sanity.

 

Snowden – Angelina Denomme

Snowden

Angelina Denomme

Opinion Editor

 

Mix a gritty thriller, a dramatic romance and a haunting title card that reads “Based on a true story” together and you get Oliver Stone’s recent release “Snowden.” Based on the life of famed whistleblower Edward Snowden the biographical film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the titular character and Shailene Woodley as his free spirited long-time girlfriend Lindsay Mills. Though their on-screen romantic chemistry was somewhat lacking Gordon-Levitt and Woodley skillfully played characters under an immense amount of emotional distress and growth.

“Snowden” moves between major points in the life of Snowden as it builds a more complete image of who the man was and how he became someone willing to steal government secrets. The timeline which anchors the entire film is set strictly in a 2013 hotel room in Hong Kong amongst documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo) and journalists Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto) and Ewen MacAskill (Tom Wilkinson). It is in this room where Poitras films the documentary later named “Citizenfour” and where Greenwald and MacAskill utilize Snowden’s stolen data to craft articles for their series that broke the news to the world that the government was illegally spying on its citizens in a major way.

Between the scenes in the Hong Kong hotel room, Snowden’s life is depicted in flashbacks beginning with his 2004 enlistment into the Army Reserves as a Special Forces candidate. The flashbacks tend to fall in one of two categories; either Snowden finds out some major malpractice on the hands of the U.S. government or he’s in a knock down drag out fight with his live-in girlfriend wherein his inability to share his knowledge of what he learns about the government causes tension within their relationship. Though these scenarios easily become repetitive throughout the film the humanity the conflicts bring to the situation add a layer of understanding and empathy for Snowden’s character that would not otherwise exist. Throughout the flashbacks Snowden moves from idealistic Army recruit to strong-willed whistleblower in hundreds of incremental steps. Each flashback of Snowden’s life sheds more light on the question that plagues everyone’s mind, “How does a patriotic man steal government property and potentially endanger the land he swore to protect?”

For those who have seen the Poitras’ documentary “Citizenfour” or who have followed the story of Snowden, Stone’s film is an intriguing look into the evolution of a man and how the information he learned about the government changed his sense of self completely. Conversely, for those who may know nothing of Snowden’s work the film serves as a thrilling vehicle for learning about the illegal government spying practices that Snowden brought to light. And the appearance of Nicholas Cage in a minor role is always a nice surprise. Whether Snowden is considered a heroic whistleblower or a traitorous hacker there is no denying that this film will leave you emotionally and mentally satisfied as well as itching to cover up your webcams as soon as possible.

 

Quick, delicious and healthy breakfasts for students on the go – Sophie Costa

Quick, delicious and healthy breakfasts for students on the go

Sophie Costa

Anchor Staff

 

Breakfast is easily one of the most frequently skipped meals in college. Mornings are certainly very hectic, and it’s not uncommon that we rush out of the house before grabbing a bite to eat. Breakfast literally means “breaking the fast,” which is important to do before heading out for a long day. Even though sometimes we have those days where we wake up twenty minutes before class, there is always time to grab something quick and healthy to take with you on the go. Here are some quick and delicious ideas for your speedy breakfast.

The first recipe is smoothie bowls. You haven’t lived until you’ve had a smoothie bowl. This recipe calls for two bananas sliced and placed in the fridge the night before. In the morning, put the sliced bananas into the blender and pour in about half a cup of soy vanilla milk, or enough to cover about half of the bananas. Then, pulse the bananas and soymilk until the consistency is smooth, like ice cream. The next step is to add in whatever other fruit or vegetables you want. I think blueberries and spinach are the best options, but you can tailor this to your liking. I like to top mine off with some chia seeds and pumpkin flax granola, or some frozen mango and dairy-free chocolate chips. This recipe will make about two servings and it is very easy to stick them in the freezer and take out at a later date.

Another quick recipe is oatmeal. Oats are perfect for the fall season, and they’re absolutely delicious. To make this process a quick one, I would recommend using a packet of instant oats (preferably the cinnamon swirl sugar free) but any kind will work. Mix that together with about half a cup of water and stick it in the microwave for about two minutes, depending on how thick you like them. The longer they stay in the microwave, the thicker they will be. After the oats are cooked, plop on a tablespoon of nut butter and sprinkle in some ground cinnamon. If you’re feeling really festive, add some pumpkin pie spice. Then, drizzle on a little bit of sugar free syrup for some sweetness, and top it off with pumpkin flax granola or some dairy free chocolate chips and hemp hearts. Now you’ve got yourself a hearty meal on the go. This travels really well in a thermos or a glass container and is also just as delicious when eaten at room temperature.

Another great breakfast, which just happens to be one of my favorites, is whole wheat bread—toasted or otherwise—topped with a thin layer of peanut butter and half of a sliced banana. I also like to sprinkle it with some chia seeds or a dash of cinnamon. This breakfast is perfect if you want to eat while you’re walking to class.

If you are really rushed and just don’t have time to use even a microwave or a blender, there are some really healthy and yummy bars that will come in handy. Some of my favorite breakfast bars are KIND bars, which have a ton of different flavors to choose from, and Health Warrior chia bars. These are just some of the many breakfast ideas that you can use to make sure that you are starting your morning off on the right foot.

Pete’s dragon – Patrick Connolly

Pete’s dragon
Patrick Connolly
Anchor Staff

It’s one thing to remake a Disney classic that the majority of the world’s population seems to know, such as “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book,” but it’s quite another to remake a Disney classic that is not nearly as well-known. “Pete’s Dragon” is certainly not well-known by me. Despite seeing the original a long time ago, I barely remember anything about it, aside from the fact that the dragon is green.

After all, green is a memorable color.

So naturally, a remake of “Pete’s Dragon” comes along. All in all, I did like it, despite having little to no memory of the original. I had to see it twice, because my first viewing was smirched by a bunch of little kids making obnoxious noises throughout. Thankfully, the second time was more of a breeze, and I was able to appreciate the quiet atmosphere which director David Lowery applies to telling the story.

This story is pretty straightforward: a boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) lives in the woods with his pet dragon, Elliot, and is found by a woman named Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard). Pete is taken in by Grace’s family and is separated from Elliot. Meanwhile, Elliot has to defend himself from being captured by construction workers, led by Gavin (Karl Urban).

Make no mistake: if you’re looking for originality, you’re better off seeing either “Kubo and the Two Strings” or “Sausage Party.” With that said, I don’t mean that as a large criticism, considering “Pete’s Dragon” is well-directed, well-acted and somewhat well-written.

The film is at its best during its quiet moments between two characters. There’s a great scene, for instance, when Grace’s father (Robert Redford) is talking to her about how he saw a dragon as a child, and he believed it to be nothing more than magic. There are no visual effects here. No gimmickry to be found. It’s just two people talking, and yet it creates as much of an emotional impact as Pete flying on his dragon’s back.

There are also some songs written for the film that are guaranteed to be Oscar hopefuls this season. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them won.

Nothing is unnecessary as long as it’s done well, and while I never asked for a remake of “Pete’s Dragon,” I am glad we got one. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it’ll do, Pete. It’ll do.