Student Community Government, Inc. talks accolades and accommodations – Mike Dwyer

Student Community Government, Inc. talks accolades and accommodations  

Mike Dwyer

Assistant News Editor

 

During the Student Community Government, Inc. parliament meeting last Wednesday, representatives affirmed their support for a new resolution to improve inclusiveness for the LGBTQ community on campus. According to SCG President Jose Rosario, the committee felt it was “imperative for the student body to have someone who specializes in LGBT rights and who can also deal with the emotional turmoil that comes with the journey of coming out or being accepted on campus.”

Rosario said that it was his hope that the new resolution would provide resources for students outside the campus and that the resolution would see the hiring of a coordinator to oversee the support system. Also voicing strong support was Commuter Representative David Sears, who said that if this resolution were to pass it would be a “significant step forward for the LGBTQ community on campus” and that it was “a community that I personally take great pride in representing.”

During an open discussion, Speaker Patrick Hurd brought into session the possibility of establishing a student nominated award for professors who best utilize open resources (that is, teaching materials that are not copyrighted and are open to the public).

Hurd went on to suggest that those selected for the award would not receive a monetary gift, but rather accolades or recognition for using open resources. The topic of open resources was discussed at length as college affordability seemed to be on the minds of many members of the student government.

Hurd pointed to a nursing textbook at Rhode Island College that was recently exchanged for an open resource. The original textbook, “would normally cost $500… there are 1,000 students taking that class. So that is $500,000 already being saved,” said Hurd.

Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Scott Kane suggested that a series of awards be established covering a range of teaching qualities students wished to recognize, such as “integrating current events” into their teaching plans or for faculty who best incorporate “diversity topics into the framework of lectures.”

Kane said that such awards “would be very meaningful for students” as well as “incentive for faculty to touch upon topics that are important to students.”

The notion of student nominated awards resonated with the others in attendance, and many agreed that there should be more than just one award.

“I think this is a wonderful idea…that increases student/faculty relations,” said President Rosario.

Vice President Maria Zapasnik spoke positively of the suggestion, saying that such awards would “improve morale.” \ She went on to add, “I have two parents who are teachers, hearing from a student that you’re a great teacher is one thing, but from people you work with, people who are above your position saying you did a great job makes you improve even more.”

However, Zapasnik went on to warn that such awards would need to remain fair for all majors, indicating that majors like Music and the Studio Arts would be unable to use a lot of open resources due to the very hands nature of those courses.

President Rosario suggested that a committee be established to formulate the new awards and made an open invitation to anyone present who was interested in drafting proposals for such a committee to approach him.

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Son of protected Brown University trustee accused of sexual assault

Mike Dwyer

Assistant News Editor

 

Brown University is currently under scrutiny, as a former female student has filed suit against the school for its mishandling of sexual assault allegations, which she made in October 2014. The student accuses the school of discontinuing disciplinary proceedings to protect the son of a trustee who allegedly drugged her and a friend at a fraternity party.

The woman, identified in the lawsuit only as “Jane Doe,” is suing Brown, the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and the trustee’s son, identified with the pseudonym “John Smith” in the complaint. Another male student accused of sexually assaulting Doe in a dorm room later that evening was found “not responsible” during a disciplinary proceeding that Doe claims was flawed. However, he is not named in the current lawsuit.

Doe alleges that the Ivy League school failed to perform or arrange for proper tests on the blood, urine and hair specimens that were taken, suggesting the samples had been mismanaged and sent to disreputable labs. The labs returned inconclusive results as to whether the women had been drugged.  Following the results of testing, Brown terminated disciplinary actions against the trustee’s son. The lawsuit says this was done “despite his admission and the testimony of other witnesses that he was the brainchild of the unregistered party, had in fact purchased the alcohol and served alcoholic beverages that he made especially for Ms. Doe and her companion, which incapacitated both women.”

According to a statement by the university on Thursday, the school is reviewing the complaint and will respond through the legal process. Christina Paxson, Brown University president, has previously rejected any notion that there was preferential treatment in the case.

 

Governor Raimondo defends botched UHIP rollout

 

On Wednesday, Governor Gina Raimondo denied knowledge of a series of precautionary letters sent to her administration, warning them that the state’s new $364 million benefits system was not ready to be introduced.

“It was not brought up to me,” said Raimondo in an interview with Target 12, a day following the release of the letters. “At any given time, there’s a lot of letters being sent from the federal government to my team on any number of issues.”

One of the letters that has come to light comes from the U.S. Food and Nutrition Service, dated Sept. 6, warning the RI Department of Human Services Director Melba Depeña Affigne that the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits could be interrupted with the launch of the United Health Infrastructure Project (UHIP). SNAP offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families.

In a letter dated May 31, federal authorities prohibited the launch of UHIP. In the letter, FNS administrator Kurt Messner said the agency had chosen not to approve the state’s July 2016 launch date because of an insufficient pilot program. Correspondences that took place in September show that Messner did not outright prohibit the state from launching UHIP last month but warned strongly against doing so.

Raimondo cited a letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) dated Sept. 9 that authorized UHIP to formally connect to the federal CMS system. “CMS approved it,” Raimondo said. “Our main federal partner gave us the go-ahead.”

Several lawmakers, including House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, D-Cranston, and state Rep. Patricia Serpa, D-West Warwick, have spoken out against the launch. “There’s no such thing as a perfect IT rollout,” said Raimondo. “Apple, Microsoft, the biggest and best companies … it doesn’t exist.”

 

Woman charged with manslaughter for friend’s suicide

 

Michelle Carter, a 20 year old woman of Plainville, MA, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her friend to commit suicide through a series of text messages. Prosecutors say she made attempts to counsel her friend, Conrad Roy III, to take action on his suicidal ideation and went as far as to chastise him when he failed to follow through. She was 17 at the time of the incident and is being charged as a youthful defender; this means that she can face punitive measures as an adult. Her attorney argues that, while some may question the morality of the exchanges, they were not criminal under Massachusetts law and that the charges are a violation of Carter’s right to free speech.

Roy was found in his vehicle in a Fairhaven parking lot after succumbing to carbon monoxide poisoning. Prosecutors allege that Carter helped to devise the plan and criticized him when he contacted her after stepping out of the vehicle in fear. “Him taking his own life after she has repeatedly told him to do it and instructions on how to do it– where he can do it, when he can do it and that he should get back in the car – that’s not an intervening cause. That’s the exact outcome desired,” the prosecutor said on Monday, though stopped short of any admission that it was an outcome that Roy himself had desired and for which he sought support from his friend now charged with his death.

Earlier in the case, Carter’s attorney requested that District Attorney Thomas Quinn recuse himself from the proceedings, questioning a conflict of interest due to Quinn’s relation to the deceased.  A spokesperson for the DA confirmed that Quinn and Roy are third cousins but says that the two had never met. The motion was subsequently dismissed, and the trial is ongoing.

 

Providence and Guatemala to be sister cities

Taylor Dame

News Editor

 

Former president of Guatemala visited Providence on Wednesday to sign a sister city agreement with Mayor Jorge Elorza. Mayor Alvaro Arzu served as the president of Guatemala from 1996 to 2000.

Arzu is credited with helping to broker the Guatemalan Peace Accords, which ended 36 years of civil war in its home country. He now serves as mayor of Guatemala City, capital of the nation.

Elorza’s family came to the United States from Guatemala in the ‘70s.

The sister city agreement signals the commencement of collaborative efforts between the two cities in areas related to economic development, commerce, transportation, infrastructure, health, education and tourism.

“The signing of this agreement marks the beginning of an exciting opportunity for Providence as we start to build bridges to grow our international reputation,” said Elorza.

Dignitaries from Guatemala will sign the agreement and speak at Brown University, then tour the Port of Providence and T.F. Green Airport during the ‘PVD & GTM Summit.’

Groping for swing states – Mike Dwyer

Groping for swing states

Mike Dwyer

Assistant News Editor

 

With the election just weeks away, the infamous straight talker is tongued tied as he tries to defend himself against a barrage of improper sexual conduct allegations. Last weekend, video and audio of Trump surfaced. These recordings revealed the Republican nominee boasting that his position of power enabled him to engage in lewd behavior. Such words sparked revelation for some and confirmation for others.

One recording is from unaired footage that took place ahead of the pundit’s appearance on the US soap opera “Days of Our Lives” in 2005. He is heard saying, “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful… I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it… Grab them by the p*ssy. You can do anything.”

The issue became a fulcrum of the second presidential debate, wherein he was asked if he had ever inappropriately touched a woman’s genitals or kissed them without consent as he had described. He replied, “Women have respect for me. And I will tell you… No, I have not.”

Following the debate, the New York Times published an article this week featuring two women accusing the business mogul of the exact indecency of which he bragged. Jessica Leeds, a 74 year old Manhattan woman, claims that the candidate groped her while she sat beside him in a first class cabin in the early 1980s. She described the incident as “an assault,” stating, “He was like an octopus. His hands were everywhere.”

Rachel Crooks, the other woman from the New York Times article, claims that the Republican candidate kissed her on the cheeks and “directly on the mouth.” The incident occurred when she introduced herself outside of an elevator in 2005; she was a 22-year-old receptionist working at Bayrock Group, a real estate firm located in one of his towers.

A lawyer for the Republican nominee has sent a letter threatening legal action against the New York Times, calling the allegations “false and malicious.” The letter reads, “Clearly, The New York Times is willing to provide a platform to anyone wishing to smear… name and reputation.”

Responding to demands to retract the article, a lawyer for the New York Times has declined to do so and went on to say in a written response that if the candidate for President, “disagrees, if he believes that American citizens had no right to hear what these women had to say and that the law of this country forces us and those who would dare to criticize him to stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight.”

Trump fired back on Twitter and at rallies throughout the week, where he has told his supporters that, “there is no lie the establishment will not tell.” However, the recent accusations are not easily dismissed, as volumes of similar comments from his frequent interviews with radio shock-jock Howard Stern have been resurrected. In one clip, Trump is called a “sexual predator,” to which he clearly replies, “It’s true.”

Rhode Island College experiences electrical outages – Taylor Dame, Kristy O’Connor

Rhode Island College experiences electrical outages

Taylor Dame

News Editor

 

Kristy O’Connor

Secretary

 

It was an eventful evening this past Wednesday when the power went out all across Rhode Island College. The entire campus was running on generators for a little over an hour with no explanation of what was happening.

The generators kept all “life, safety and IT systems” active during the blackout, which occurred shortly after 7 p.m.

National Grid confirmed that the power outage was due to an off campus issue that affected over 9000 customers throughout Providence and North Providence. Power was restored to most people around 8:30 p.m.

At the same time that the power went out, a fire drill was conducted in Browne Hall due to an issue with a resident burning an item in the microwave. The power outage was not connected in any way to the fire drill. Several fire trucks responded to the fire and left only a few minutes later, at which point residents were allowed back into the building.

The cause of the outage is being investigated and is not currently known. Any further details or progression in the investigation will be released in a future issue.

Congressman comes to campus – Taylor Dame

Congressman comes to campus

Taylor Dame

News Editor

 

Congressman David Cicilline visited Rhode Island College to discuss his newly introduced bill: the Make College Affordable Act. Cicilline, representative of Rhode Island’s first congressional district, is visiting every college in the district to talk to students and administrators about his plans to reduce the costs of college.

Cicilline sat in the Donovan Dining Center and ate lunch with students who shared their experiences with getting loans and scholarships for college. The students explained their issues with the current system and how it denies students opportunities in higher education.

The act would make student loans repayable over 30 years and would make the loans interest free. Cicilline explained that the interest acts as a tax on higher education and that it is revenue which the federal government should not be collecting.

Also on hand for the discussion with the Congressman was college President Frank Sanchez, who spoke about how Rhode Island College was once considered the back-up school or the more affordable school, has since become the first choice for many applicants. He cited how this year’s incoming freshman class was the largest in seven years.

Cicilline agreed and said, “People don’t come here because it is less expensive, but because it is one of the best in the country” in regards to the college’s nursing program.

The bill is only co-sponsored by Cicilline’s fellow Democrats, but he hopes to get some Republicans on board eventually. “After I introduced it and did the research, I thought this make so much sense, who could be against this? You’d be surprised.” Cicilline even expressed some hope about the Democratic Party retaking control of the House of Representatives this year.

Cicilline also urged people who live outside of Rhode Island’s first district to contact their representatives to urge them to co-sponsor the bill.

A conversation with Carr – Samantha Scetta

A conversation with Carr

Samantha Scetta

Anchor Editor

 

“When we start using technology intensively to help us think, we start shaping our thinking to that technology.” Those words were spoken by the technology critic himself, Nicholas Carr, author of numerous books and essays, including Open Books Open Minds book of the year: “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.”

Carr gave a lecture on technology at Rhode Island College last Thursday evening to a large audience at an OBOM event.

Mainly focused on intellectual technologies and how they have shaped society, Carr talked about the transition from senses to maps and using the sun or stars to keep time. He states that the invention of amenities such as the map, the clock and the printing press have shaped our minds to become used to their convenience, just as we are currently adjusting to the internet.

“The medium is the message,” said Carr, in reference the internet, “and at times we are not using the technology for progress, just mere distraction. Of course, the internet is not designed for deep thinking, only to hold one’s attention while simultaneously scattering it.”

Carr’s discourse was accompanied by digital graphs and images, showing evidence of how internet use is eroding our minds to become more and more susceptible to distraction. For example, one study showed that students with laptops open in front of them turned in significantly poorer performances on tests than students with closed laptops, even if they were researching information relevant to what they were learning.

Carr gave a very interesting lecture, one that you would not hear everyday. He spoke a lot about attention and memory and how the internet overloads our working memory to the point of maximum capacity. When we glimpse at pages on the internet, we are most likely failing to retain a good chunk of information.

Of course, technology has it’s ups and downs, and Carr was very conscious of that. The Pulitzer Prize finalist was very grounded and comfortable answering many questions from the audience. He is an extremely intelligent and thoughtful individual, and “The Shallows” certainly had an impact on the way students and faculty treat technology.

Let’s not sleep with our phones under our pillows tonight, folks.

Movie review: “The Little Prince” – Patrick Connolly

Movie review: “The Little Prince”

Patrick Connolly

Anchor staff

 

Netflix seems to be saving the day with its excellent material. Shows like “Daredevil,” “Stranger Things” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” are proving to be enormous successes without having to deal with the nature television stations such as ABC and NBC. “The Little Prince” is no exception to this trend. This piece is a gentle, beautiful gem that remains one of the year’s better films in spite of its flaws.

Being more of an homage to its source material than a word-for-word adaptation, the film focuses on a little girl (Mackenzie Foy) who befriends the old Aviator (Jeff Bridges) living next door. The Aviator tells her the story of how he met The Little Prince. To give away any more of the plot would ruin some of the film’s best kept secrets.

Disclosure: I was utterly astonished by the beauty and wonder of “The Little Prince” the first time I saw it. On repeated viewings, my astonishment eventually turned into great admiration instead. The surprises that are found on the first watch become a bit stale once reviewed, which ultimately makes the film something of a slog to get through.

Still, many of the charms and delights of “The Little Prince” remain intact, as well as its beautiful heart. Thank Richard Harvey and Hans Zimmer for that; they provide some of the loveliest musical compositions you are likely to hear all year.

While there is less stop-motion than there is CGI to be found here, the film’s visual style is absolutely beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, that there were moments that captured my childlike imagination, such as the imagery found in the film’s emotionally rewarding third act.

Originally intended to be released in theaters earlier this year, Paramount pulled this film from the release date list, leading Netflix to scoop up partial ownership. Netflix made a smart move. You will have to get a Netflix account to see it, but if you have one, put this movie near the top of your must-see list. The novelty may wear off after a few viewings, but the charm and heart of “The Little Prince” still remains.

The Journey of a Broadway Swing – Clancy Smail

The Journey of a Broadway Swing

Clancy Smail

Anchor Contributor

Julie Benko is a “miracle of miracles” and is currently a swing in Broadway’s smash hit “Fiddler on the Roof”. Her website states that “At 18, Julie moved from her native Fairfield, Connecticut to New York City to pursue studies in drama at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, though she was pulled away after her freshman year to tour with “Spring Awakening” and later the 25th Anniversary Tour of “Les Miserables”. Still, Julie managed to balance both her professional and scholastic lives, and now holds a BFA in Drama with Honors from NYU. Since graduating, Julie has worked consistently as an actor working on Broadway (“Les Miserables” and “Fiddler on the Roof”) and in regional theater. I got the opportunity to talk to her about her latest work.

You cover 4 out of 5 daughters in “Fiddler on the Roof”, (Hodel, Chava, Shprintze, and Bielke) as well as other tracks. What was your approach to learning so many roles?

I cover 8 tracks in the show, including 4 principals and 4 ensemble members. My system to keep them all straight included creating extremely detailed tracking sheets for each person as the show was being created. That way, the first few times I went on in a track, I had all the blocking and choreography and transitions for that person mapped out in one place for myself. I don’t use them anymore, but the act of writing them helped me learn the blocking of the show in a very specific way that became easy to remember. Then, once I got a chance to do each track a few times and felt comfortable that I wasn’t going to cause huge traffic jams, I was able to begin building defined characters based on what was happening around me. In a way, it’s easier to build character with the principals like Hodel and Chava; so much of it is already on the page for you. Once you’re up there, though, you can really have fun with those smaller roles. I gave Shaindel, Motel’s mother, a role which requires lots of silly age makeup, osteoporosis, some hip issues, mild dementia, and a great love of dance. You find things like that as you go to keep it fun and interesting.

Before you were with “Fiddler” on Broadway, you were in “Les Miserables”. How does it feel knowing that you’ve already been apart of two of the most emotional, heart wrenching shows on Broadway?

It feels incredible! I hope I get to keep doing it!

Out of all the roles you’ve played- which one has felt the most rewarding and why? Which one has been the most difficult?

I love both Hodel and Chava so much! There are things I enjoy about each of them. Hodel, of course, has the beautiful “Far From the Home I Love” scene and song, which is a joy to share with Danny Burstein. Connecting with him on that material is incredibly special, and playing opposite Ben Rappaport as Perchik is huge fun because he never does the show in the same way twice. But whereas Hodel is definitely in a musical, Chava feels like she’s in a play. Her arc is more tragic and while she has fewer lines than Hodel, the dialogue cuts deeper. It’s such a blessing to get to experience the show from each of their perspectives.

What’s the best part about being a swing in “Fiddler on the Roof”?

The people! When you get to experience the show from so many vantage points, you get to know everyone in the building! And having variety in an 8-show week keeps my life interesting. It’s hard to do the same thing 8 times a week and keep it fresh. Nothing ever feels tired for me.

How did it feel being able to perform on the TONY awards?

It was a dream come true!  Swings don’t always get to be a part of the telecast, so it was a great gift to be included. I got offstage after the “Ham4Ham” number in which we performed “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and my phone exploded with texts and calls from friends all over the country saying they had seen me! I loved that so much!

What is your favorite scene or song in “Fiddler”?

You can’t beat Tradition! Though Adam Kantor gets me in Miracle of Miracles, too.

What are you most proud of in your career thus far?

Probably the most fulfilling role I have played thus far was Rebeca Frankel in the new musical “The Golem of Havana,” which premiered at Barrington Stage Company in 2014. It was a show about a family of Holocaust survivors living in Cuba on the eve of Castro’s revolution, and the subject matter really spoke to me. In a way, the character was a mixture of Hodel and Chava; she had Hodel’s spunk and Chava’s bookishness, but she sang music that had a much more Latin vibe, and she was the protagonist so I was always busy. The creators and fellow actors on that show continue to be some of my favorite people and collaborators I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.

What would you say to college kids pursuing musical theatre as a major?

Know that the hustle never ends. I think I used to be under the impression that once I got on Broadway, it would be easy as pie to get auditions for any show or part I wanted. But there are still shows, often using the same casting offices that have cast me in other things, that I can’t even get in the door for. And I have many friends who are higher up on the ladder than I am, and they’re constantly unemployed or worried about what the next job will be. You have to commit to the love of the art and know that the hustle will always be a part of your life as an actor, no matter what kind of “commercial success” you achieve. Maybe that ends once you win a Tony, I don’t know. I hope it does.

It says on your website that you’re working on some original music! How is that process coming along?

The process has been amazing! We finished recording for my debut jazz album last month and it has been an absolute blast to put together. There are 3 originals by me on the album, as well as various jazz standards and musical theater songs that have been re-imagined in a jazz style. Now, we’ve moved onto the process of editing, fixing, and overdubbing, and then we’ll move into mixing and mastering. Look for it in the spring of 2017, I can’t wait to share it with you.

What’s a fun fact nobody would guess about you?

I can sing the beginning of the opening number to “Beauty and the Beast” entirely in Spanish!

You can contact Julie on twitter @JewJewJewlie, Instagram @JewJewJewlie and visit her website juliebenko.com

The Classic Corner: “Bicentennial Man” – Thomas Sack

The Classic Corner: “Bicentennial Man”

Thomas Sack

Anchor Staff

Despite a negative critical reception, Chris Columbus’s 1999 film “Bicentennial Man” is a sentimental masterpiece unafraid to confront audiences with topics such as slavery, conformity and mortality. Blatant in its approach, the film asks what it truly means to be human and stars the late legend Robin Williams.

“Bicentennial Man” begins in the “not-so-distant future” and takes place over the course of 200 years, as its title implies. The film chronicles the life of Andrew, an android played by Williams, who goes to great lengths to become human. This story sounds simple at first, but it is actually quite profound. From the start of the film’s first act, audiences watch as Andrew learns about individuality, freedom and love. They also see him struggle with the prejudice of others and the loss of those he holds dear. Overall, this is a well-paced tale that makes its moral clear in ways that have great emotional impact. Rotten Tomatoes says that “Bicentennial Man” is “dull and mawkish” for this reason, but it is because the film manipulates viewers’ feelings that its message is able to stick.

When it comes to visuals, “Bicentennial Man” is an assortment of excellent combinations. Practical effects are seamlessly blended with computer-generated imagery, futuristic elements are perfectly paired with aspects of the present day, and ambiguous locations serve as ideal partners for gorgeous and elaborate sets. Everything in this film is a wonder for the eye to behold.

Like its story, the film’s score is subdued but powerful. It is composed by the late James Horner and provides much-needed insight into Andrew’s emotional experiences. Much like our main protagonist’s programming, Horner’s score remains docile in spite of its strength. This ensures the score enhances the film’s many dramatic moments without detracting from them.

It goes without saying, but “Bicentennial Man” would be nothing without its excellent cast. Wrongfully dismissed by critics as somber and lackluster, the nuanced performances in this film are what make it a success. Andrew is a more serious role than usual for Robin Williams, but the comedian still entertains through a series of well-timed jokes and sarcastic comments. Sam Neill of “Jurassic Park” fame does the next-best job, and like Williams, he seems to know the perfect way to tug at audience members’ heartstrings. Also worthy of praise for her work in “Bicentennial Man” is Embeth Davidtz, who gives amazing life to two characters of great story significance. A team of strong supporting actors completes the ensemble.

Without a doubt, “Bicentennial Man” is the perfect example of a misjudged film; everything critics say about it is false. This is a movie that requires close examination before it can be appreciated, and it is truly unfortunate that few audiences take the time to do this. While “Bicentennial Man” is not the greatest science-fiction film in existence, it is a piece that excels at provoking thought and teaching its viewers the true value of life as we know it. It is definitely worth a watch!

Superhero central – Sara Massa

Superhero central

Sara Massa

Anchor Staff

One of the best-known heroes in film and comics has been Wolverine. Hugh Jackman has been playing the part of Wolverine in X-Men films since “X-Men” in 2000, and now he is back at it again with the next Wolverine featured film.

On Oct. 5, the teaser poster and title for Wolverine’s next movie was announced, and the title has me on the fence. The film coming out on March 3, 2017 is to be called “Logan,” and anyone unfamiliar with Wolverine’s backstory might be unaware of that name’s significance. For those of you reading who don’t know, Logan is the name Wolverine adopts for himself. He was born James Howlett in the late 1800s, and after a traumatic experience which awakened his mutation, James left everything behind and started going by the name of Logan, his biological father’s last name.

If you’re not a comic reader, then you can probably watch “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” to get a handle on Wolverine’s back story. The new film’s teaser poster is very simple and yet draws in the audience with confusion and curiosity. The picture is of Wolverine’s hand, showing his signature Adamantium claws while being held by that of child, presumably. That, with the simple dark gray background, gives us as fans a small look at where the film might be heading, while also keeping us in the dark. It’s quite clever for advertisement purposes, and I have to say, it makes me want to go see the movie just to find out who is holding Wolverine’s hand.