Women’s soccer sink Corsairs, 2-1. – Julian Borges

Women’s soccer sink Corsairs, 2-1.

Julian Borges

Sports Editor

 

A gritty contest between the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen and the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs lead to Rhode Island College getting another step closer to a tournament berth on Senior Night last week.

Scoring began in the 25th minute of the match. After a defensive error left the ball in the

clear, sophomore midfielder Olivia Capraro regained possession for the Anchorwomen. Capraro passed to fellow midfielder Leah Gravel, who then assisted junior midfielder Stephanie Ricci. Ricci flicked the ball upwards and into the net to score the first goal of the game.

Another UMD error, this time a handball, lead to senior midfielder Jaclyn Greenman scoring on a free kick from well outside the penalty box, making the score 2-0 for Rhode Island College at the 38th minute mark.

The Anchorwomen walked off the pitch at halftime with a two goal lead and a 6-3 shot advantage over the visitors.

UMass Dartmouth returned in the second half with increased motivation—outshooting the hosts 11-3 in the last 45 minutes. A spirited Dartmouth side scored their only goal of the game in the 58th minute. Jennifer Woehl, a freshman forward for the Corsairs, launched a corner kick that was headed in by senior midfielder Erica Farias who closed out scoring for the game.

The Anchorwomen walked off the field after their final regular season home game victorious.

UMass Dartmouth held an 8-4 corner kick lead and 14-9 shot advantage over the hosts.

Corsairs junior goalie Becca Field made eight blocks in the loss, while Rhode Island College junior keeper Brianna Sousa had five saves in the victory.

The Rhode Island College Women’s Soccer team retains their best record since the Anchorwomen’s ‘07 season, the last time the team qualified for a postseason tournament. Best of luck to the Anchorwomen as they wrap up their regular season!

Women’s Swimming place in season opener – Marissa Marsella

Women’s Swimming place in season opener

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff

 

The Women’s Swimming Team opened their season this past Saturday at Bridgewater State during the 5th Annual Michael Arsenault Memorial Relays. The 200-yard freestyle relay resulted in a 1:56.92 3rd place finish for the Anchorwomen. The team consisted of Rhode Island College junior Sydney Curran, sophomores Madison Lane and Courtney Payne and senior Abbie Leazes (out of 3 teams.)

During the 200-yard medley relay, the girls finished in 3rd place with a time of 2:12.89. The 100-yard freestyle relay consisted of a new foursome, including freshmen Karen Ramirez, Jianna Hodge, Chelsea Luciano and sophomore Vanessa Dao, who combined for a finished time of 1:12.15.

The original four girls—Curran, Lane, Payne and Leazes– teamed up in the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 2nd place with a total time of 4:24.34.

Men’s Soccer down Owls, 2-1. – Julian Borges

Men’s Soccer down Owls, 2-1.

Julian Borges

Sports Editor

 

The 2-1 victory over the Westfield State Owls last Wednesday night made it seven games in an unbeaten streak for the Anchormen. Scoring began early in the match. Just less than five minutes into play, senior forward Komla Dogbey faked a defender before putting in a shot from inside the goalie’s office. With the assist credited to junior forward Steven Cardoso, Rhode Island College were the first to put up points on the scoreboard.

Just four minutes later, the Owls would equalize. WSU sophomore forward Brodie Keene scored on a header after capitalizing on a throw-in, provided by junior defender Kory McGilvray.

While the Anchormen dominated possession for most of the first half, it took half an hour before Rhode Island College regained the lead. At the 40th minute mark, just five minutes before the close of the first half, Dogbey scored on a pass from senior defender Ryan Scarfo. Scarfo, who was on a breakaway, lobbed the ball to Dogbey, who proceeded to rip a shot from inside of the penalty box. Dogbey, earning yet another brace for the team, broke the tie and closed out scoring for the remainder of the contest.

The Anchormen walked off the field after the first half with the lead. By the time they finished the second half, Rhode Island College claimed the victory and a 22-11 shot advantage over the visiting Owls.

WSU keeper junior Marc Patnaude made 10 saves in the defeat. Rhode Island Coege senior Alexander LaBreche earned his first victory of the year after making what would prove to be six crucial blocks.

The Anchormen look to continue their unbeaten streak as the season begins to come to a close.

Men’s Golf place second in GNAC Championship – Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Men’s Golf place second in GNAC Championship

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Assistant Sports Editor

 

For the first time in five GNAC Championships, Rhode Island College did not take first place.

Though the team did not take home the highest possible honors, RIC won the tiebreaker to place second in the GNAC Championship. The team scored a 305 on both days of the tournament, taking first place on the first day. However, the Anchormen were not able to hold on to that ranking the second day.

Drew Quirk led the team, scoring a 77 on the first day and a 74 on the second day, resulting in a tie for 6th place for a total of 151. Following Quirk was Austin Cilley and John Roderick. Cilley scored a 76 and 76 for a total of 152 with Roderick, scoring a 76 and 77 for a total of 153.

The Men’s Golf team has one last tournament to play: the NEIGA Championship. Best of luck to the Anchormen!

 

Cross Country teams compete at invitational – Marissa Marsella

Cross Country teams compete at invitational

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff

 

The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams participated in the Western New England University Invitational this past Saturday.

The men’s team had an impressive run, starring Rhode Island College junior athlete Jonathan Carney. Carney finished the eight kilometer race in 28th place out of 193 competitors total and an astounding timed run of 28:24. Rhode Island College freshman athlete, Helder Gomes, followed Carney’s example, coming in 54th place with a time of 29:05. Finishing third for the Anchormen was Jeff Garson, a Rhode Island College sophomore who placed 104th with a time of 31:06.

As for the girls, who notched 13th place out of 22 for the team, the MVP of the week proved to be RIC junior athlete, Briana Lenihan. Lenihan placed 30th out of 242 runners with an impressive time of 20:56 for the five kilometer course. In 55th place came RIC sophomore Margaret McCaffrey with a timed run of 21:38.

The girls followed in the finishing order of 81st place, which belonged to freshman Cassidy Bissett (22:11), Allison Lomas who took 98th place (22:38), Abigail Dandurand in 148th (24:10), Wennely Figueroa (157th, 24:26), Lissa Almanzar (174th, 24:54), Sarah Basler (178th, 25:02), Tess Rhoat (202nd, 26:20), and Margaret Buckley at 231st (30:38).

Catch the Cross Country teams at their next meet at the Little East Conference Championship, hosted by UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 12:00 p.m.

 

Birth control perspectives – Angelina Denomme, Louisa D’Ovidio, Kayleigh Lahousse

Birth control perspectives

Angelina Denomme

Opinions Editor

Louisa D’Ovidio

Editor-in-Chief

Kayleigh Lahousse

Anchor Editor

 

Angelina

The Pill is the greatest invention in the world, until it’s not. A few weeks after I turned 16 I went on the Pill to help combat the estrogen storm that comes with puberty and seems to linger for years. Irregularity plus world ending PMS lead my mother to bring up putting me on the Pill to my doctor, who all too eagerly put me on the first pill she could prescribe. It cost $60 every month but was, at the time, life changing. Obama truly deserves an honorable mention for bringing my birth control cost down to almost nothing. Instead of dealing with PMS for multiple months at a time it was sequestered to a tight 10 days. Furthermore, I enjoyed shorter lighter periods, clear skin and generally no side effects. I switched pills about three times in a five year span, something that is not uncommon, trying to find the one that worked just right for my body. A week after I turned 21 I finished a blister pack, tossed it in the trash and decided to take a break from being on the Pill. The pill is a wondrous creation that helps women with so many ailments outside of preventing pregnancy however for me it was time to take a break and take the time to become more in tune with how my post-puberty body functions. As a woman it is so important that you wholly understand your body, how it functions and what is a sign of something wrong. For me, that became hard to do when my body was being altered by synthetic hormones for such a long time.

 

Louisa

When I first started taking birth control I, of course, opted for the pill simply because it was the only form of birth control I knew anything about outside of condoms. After a few months of attempting to stick to a regimented daily pill taking schedule and failing miserably, I gave up. No matter how many alarms, reminders or water bottles I stuck in my bag I couldn’t manage to take my pill consistently. This wasn’t the end of the world because I wasn’t having sex regularly. Plus, I was on three different types of medication so determining side effects was becoming difficult. Just last year I decided to go back on hormonal birth control but this time in the handy form of an IUD. Intrauterine devices are tiny T shaped devices that sit in the uterus and prevent eggs from implanting in the uterine lining. Mine lasts for three years and means I will never have to set another alarm again. Most IUD wearers will confirm that when your doctor places the device it is extra painful and the cramps that follow feel three times worse than menstruation cramps but for me the peace of mind and complete ease of use is so worth it. The recent findings that hormonal birth controls can cause higher risks of depression is troubling to me though, and I dream of a time when taking control of our fertility isn’t so hard and doesn’t come with a laundry list of scary side effects.

 

Kayleigh

I chose to go on the pill when I was sixteen; 8 years later I’ve been on essentially the same prescription since the beginning and I have still never suffered any serious side effects. The pill has kept my acne at bay, my periods light and I still have not reproduced so it’s effectively done its job. While taking it everyday can be somewhat inconvenient setting an alarm in my phone has kept me on track. When I started on the pill, it was really the only form of birth control I was aware of, but as I started learning about alternatives the pill still seemed to be the right choice for me. The risks of the pill scared me far less than any of the other options and as I never had any issues with the birth control method I was on. I figured why fix was isn’t broken. That being said, I think it is really important for women to know about all the options out there, because what works for one person may not work for another. If the pill doesn’t seem to be the right fit either an IUD, the Depo shot, or the implant might be a better option. If you’re first choice doesn’t seem to be the best option for you, don’t be discouraged, there’s no judgement in trying other types of birth control to find the right fit.

The best and worst four years – Shane Inman

The best and worst four years

Shane Inman

Managing Editor

 

Stop stressing out over the idea that your college years should be the best of your life. The idea that one’s time in college is a pinnacle of life is something everyone has heard at one point or another. It’s one of those concepts that floats around the public consciousness and is occasionally delivered as sage advice to unsuspecting youths. It’s instilled in us at an early age and ultimately ends up causing a lot of undue anguish once we actually get to those “best” years of our lives.

Sometimes college sucks. Stressful life pressures, changes, financial turmoil and crippling uncertainty about the future can turn college from a grand opportunity to a dark and miserable chapter in a person’s life. “Am I wasting the best part of my life?” people ask themselves. “If nothing is better than this, what do I have to look forward to?”

The answers, respectively, are “no” and “quite a lot, actually.”

Sure, college can be an amazing experience for some, and indeed, it has the potential to be one of the high points of life, but this lofty ideal can’t pan out for everybody, and it doesn’t have to. College may occupy a unique space in our culture, but if life never lets up enough to let you enjoy it, that doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. If you spend your time here gasping for air as everyone around you seems to be living life to its fullest, know that nothing is being wasted, only delayed.

If the good times aren’t here yet, you can be absolutely sure that they will arrive at one point or another, once you’ve left this uncertain place and found solid footing. Worrying about why you aren’t happy and why you aren’t taking full advantage of the moment is a meaningless error which accomplishes nothing. Accept that the opportunity of college was never as bright as you’d been told, and look ahead to everything beyond it.

While you’re in college, you’re building something and working towards something, even if it doesn’t feel like it all the time. It’s a career, sure, but it’s also more than that. You’re establishing control over your life—the kind of control which will allow you to shape yourself a life more welcoming to you than the whirlwind of college. The years you spend here are only a beginning. They don’t need to be a peak of your existence and they don’t need to be enjoyable. There’s more to come; remember that.

Standing by survivors – Derek Sherlock

Standing by survivors

Derek Sherlock

Anchor Contributor

 

Attending two of the five workshops provided by the Sojourner House on campus this week that tackled topics such as sexual assault and domestic violence got me thinking about what I, a person who is biologically a male but do not mentally and emotionally define myself as such, can do to stop the spread of sexual and domestic violence. What can other “males” do as well to end the cycle of violence towards women, men and trans people?

The first thing that comes to mind is for all of us to come together and denounce the slut shaming that women have to face and the gender shaming that males have to go through based on their perceived masculinity. Regardless of what a woman is wearing no one deserves to be subjected to assault. The same goes for males; even if they appear to be weak or feeble it doesn’t give you the right to assault them.

We need to call out our friends or classmates even if they are a star-swimmer for a school. If they have assaulted someone they need to be held accountable for their actions. We need to stand by our friends in these difficult times, let them know that they are not alone and encourage them to seek help whether it’s on campus through the Women’s Center or Counseling Center or by speaking to the police.

Some of the phrases I have heard countless times during some of the more publicized rape cases are quite possibly some of the vilest statements such as “boys will be boys,” “she was wearing revealing clothing,”or “we are dating so it’s alright.” Larger news outlets seem to paint rapists in a positive light or focus on how this case will ruin the rapist’s chances at succeeding in their future pursuits all while making little to no comment on how the victim is feeling about having to deal with the trauma from the actions of a terrible human being.

One of the most beautiful words to hear while you are in a relationship is the word “yes.” Whether you are with a woman, a man or a trans person when they give you consent to share in a beautiful act together you both will appreciate it much more.

Pick a side already – Conor O’Brien

Pick a side already

Conor O’Brien

Anchor Contributor

 

As we continue the push towards election day the media is becoming more and more saturated with stories of Clinton’s emails, Trump’s disgusting tape and even Gary Johnson’s Aleppo gaffe. Surprisingly, still some individuals are undecided as to which person they will support; to which I reply “Really?”

Your votes are absolutely critical to making sure that the person you wish to represent you wins the presidency. Instead of focusing on a Ken Bone meme we should understand that Bone was an undecided voter and clearly could not make up his mind; this it not somebody to aspire to be. After all the stories about suspected tapes showing crude sexual remarks towards women, comments about Mexicans and other minorities, as well as name-calling is picking a side really a tough decision to make?

It is unfortunate that despite all of the information out there voters still can’t even decide on a third party candidate. The lack of attention voters give to the campaigns will only lead to low voter turnout that does not end well in the long run. Clinton and Trump may not be the two best candidates in history but the stories that have aired and debates should make it clear who aligns with your values and your view of human dignity, even if it’s not a 100 percent match.

The partisan supporters such as myself may scare undecided voters but at least decided voters have made a decision. Being undecided is fine at first however voters need to have made a decision by now, especially with only a few weeks until Election Day. It is frightening that voters still haven’t decided because it means either voters have not paid enough attention to campaign coverage and debates or they are pouting because a candidate lost in the primary.

For all those undecideds yearning for Bernie, vote for his presidential choice Hillary Clinton or for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. For Republicans disillusioned and disgusted by Donald Trump, good luck; the job of finding a candidate is tough this election cycle. Republicans against Trump will have to follow their conscience and vote for someone else like Gary Johnson or Jill Stein like Mitt Romney and fellow Republican representatives will do.

Most undecideds will have to swallow their pride and pick a side because this is going to be one of the most important elections in our lifetime and not voting is hugely telling of us as Americans and the importance we place on elections. Undecideds who are aware of what is happening in the campaign and say that voting is useless are the type of people that are unfortunately infecting our society and voting system. It’s time to decide voters, or face the consequences of having others determine your fate.

No chance in hell – Shane Inman

No chance in hell

Shane Inman

Managing Editor

 

Despite what your Facebook feed is telling you the third-party candidates don’t stand a chance. It’s easy to get swept up in an ideal, to get carried away by a beautiful dream and forget all the signs that show us it won’t be a reality. The 2016 presidential election is not the time for these lofty beliefs. Sure, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein might have some good qualities, and are in some ways more desirable than the major party candidates, but the numbers for them simply don’t add up.

If you’re anything like me, much of your Facebook feed is probably filled with calls to “change the system” and vote third party. Everywhere one looks young people online are riled up and ready to overthrow the two-party system. The problem is that this creates a sort of echo chamber where it begins to feel like almost everyone in the country is thinking this way, because hey, just about everyone you know seems to be, when this absolutely isn’t the case.

Social media activism attracts a very specific crowd which just so happens to have an enormous overlap with the demographics most likely to vote for third-party candidates—namely, fiery young people who want to change the world. Everyone seems to be planning to vote third-party because those who are planning to are incredibly vocal about this decision. At the end of the day, however, those in this group are still very much a minority. The numbers simply don’t add up enough to give Johnson or Stein a shred of a chance in the general election.

Think of it in these terms: A significant portion of those voting for third-party candidates are doing so because their desired Democrat or Republican candidates lost in the primaries. These voters were already too few in number to push a candidate to victory, and that was even with the help of voters who have since moved to one of the major parties’ candidates. Thus a losing minority of voters, who have dwindled further in number since their first loss, make up the backbone of the third-party support. This is not a winning equation.

As for the general public the vast majority are too uninformed about third-party candidates to even consider voting for them, therefore you can’t count on new voters joining the existing third-party ranks. Once again, the level of exposure Johnson and Stein receive on social media is wildly different from what they receive in traditional media. People who keep up on politics may be very aware of the perks of the third-party candidates, but most American citizens know little to nothing about them, and therefore have no reason to vote for them. Does this demonstrate a fundamental problem with the way our media influences elections? Absolutely. However, does it also mean that a third-party candidate has any chance of winning tens of millions of votes? Definitely not.

There will come a year when a third-party candidate will be a viable selection, and a vote for them will not be utterly wasted, but 2016 is not that year. If you want to see change, think about the big picture and vote for a major candidate because there are simply not enough third-party voters right now to make a difference.