“Something Worth Saving” at PPAC – Shane Inman

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Gavin Degraw will soon be coming to the Providence Performing Arts Center.

The chart-topping pop artist, who is best known for songs such as “I Don’t Want To Be” and “Chariot,” will be performing at PPAC on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Many may recognize Degraw’s music from the popular TV show “One Tree Hill,” which features one of his pieces as its theme song. Degraw released a new album, entitled “Something Worth Saving,” in early September, and this will be his first time performing the new songs live in Rhode Island.

Joining Degraw is platinum artist Andy Grammer, who has risen from relative obscurity to pop star status in the past few years thanks to the roaring success of songs such as “Honey I’m Good.”

Tickets for this event can be purchased for between $40 and $70 on PPAC’s website at ppacri.org or by phone at (401) 421-2787. As part of a special offer, The Anchor is giving out two pairs of free tickets to see Gavin Degraw at PPAC. Simply send your answer to one or both of the below trivia questions to managing@anchorweb.org to be entered for a chance to win.


Rhode Island College goes Green – Louisa A. D’Ovidio, Shane J. Inman

Rhode Island College goes Green

Louisa A. D’Ovidio

Shane J. Inman

Editor in Chief

Managing Editor


Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein was welcomed to campus last week by her Rhode Island Green party organizers and Rhode Island College’s Environmental club as well as a Media Center consortium of reporters.

Stein spoke with Robbie Rhodes, General Manager of 90.7 WXIN, in a one on one interview before her speech and Q&A. Stein focused on the issues facing college students, the importance of voting third party and the ‘Green New Deal’ she is proposing that would end dependence on nonrenewable energy.

“Jill Stein is my personal hero and I’m super excited,” said RIC student Marisa who was attending the event.

Stein had a very clear message for young voters, “they tell you you’re powerless, but it’s exactly the opposite. You have the numbers to come out and take over this election, to render student debt null and void, to make public higher education free…”

As one of the prominent third party candidates in the 2016 election, Stein has been attracting and relying on the backing of former Bernie Sanders supporters. Throughout the interview, she made it clear that she sees herself as a desirable alternative to the continuation of the current two-party system which has left many voters dissatisfied and angry. Stein made headlines during the campaign cycle for her two arrests, once for trying to attend the first Democratic debate and a second time while protesting with the Sioux Standing Rock Tribe.

Stein described the similar policy goals she shares with Senator Bernie Sanders, such as a higher minimum wage and free higher education, but also emphasized where she and the senator differ, drawing attention to her plans to forgive all student loan debt because “it’s time to bail out the victims” of the economic crash.

Rhode Island Stein organizer Sue said, “the Democratic and Republican parties have become two points on the same continuum. Our country is run by corporations and politicians do the bidding of their donors and not of the people they serve,” Sue went on, “Jill Stein, on the other hand, is acutely in tune with the pulse of the people of the nation, she’s close enough to people to understand what’s caused the pain in our society that has produced the two candidates we have.”

Stein’s lasting message was that, “It’s all about rejecting the lesser evil, standing up and fighting for the greater good like our lives depend on it, because they do.”


Women’s Volleyball record 5-5 nearing end of the month – Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Women’s Volleyball record 5-5 nearing end of the month

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Assistant Sports Editor


This week in Women’s Volleyball, the team managed to get an even record with only two games left in the month.  Their games were against Southern Maine, Becker and Wheaton, with the game against Southern Maine being the team’s first Little East Conference match.  First off, against Southern Maine, both teams brought their A-game, having the same number of attempts to score. However, Southern Maine had more kills and less errors than RIC.  Southern Maine would go on to win that set 25-19 totaling 13 kills with only 3 errors while RIC totaled 9 kills with 7 errors.  In the second set, RIC managed to cut back on errors, only recording 6 compared to Southern Maine’s 8, but would lose it 25-22 in a close set determined by the opponents’ 11 total kills.

Though the Anchorwomen would try their hardest to force extra sets, they would lose the final set 27-25, with a game high 11 kills in the set.  Courtney Lambrese would go on to lead the team in kills with a total of 11 kills in the game. Onto Becker, it would be a nail biter with Becker starting off strong, but not strong enough.  The first set would end 25-23, with RIC taking it by force by outmatching their opponent in kills with a total of 12 for the first set.  The second set would be a different story as Becker would stay on the same path in kills, but RIC would overpower them with a total of 13 kills in both the second and third set. This would force both sets to end in a 25-19 win for RIC, leading to a clean sweep of 3-0 for the Anchorwomen.

Finally, the team faced off against Wheaton College to have their closest game of the season, forcing it to 5 sets.  The first two sets would be only within a 5 point range. The first two sets going to RIC in 25-22 and 25-20 wins. However, Wheaton was not done. They pushed a long third set that ended in a 30-32 victory for Wheaton, forcing a fourth set.  The team would dip in their offensive efforts with only 5 kills in that fourth set, compared to Wheaton’s dominant 13 kills, taking the fourth set (20-25) pushing it all the way to the fifth and final set.  This set was crucial for RIC as all seemed doubtful for a win, but they pulled through beating Wheaton 15-12 to take the 3-2 win.  Currently, they are 5-5 nearing the end of the month with only two games to play.


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.