Counseling Center starts LGBTQ support group – Taylor Dame

Counseling Center starts LGBTQ support group

Taylor Dame

News Editor


The Counseling Center is cutting the ribbon on a new group for LGBTQ people to talk and get support. This group’s launch has been spearheaded by counselor Julia Kamenetsky to help fill the gaps left by the absence of other LGBTQ groups on campus.

Kamenetsky is new to Rhode Island College, marking her one-year RIC anniversary in April of 2017. She has run a support and empowerment group at another counseling center and says that she has “always enjoyed working with the LGBTQ community.”

When she came to campus, she polled her colleagues and RIC community members about the potential need for such a group, and everyone agreed, especially now that Helping Others Promote Equality (HOPE) is no longer on active on campus.

This confidential support group will meet in the Counseling Center and serve as a “safe space for people to talk about issues related to their identities.”

The group is not open to everyone. Kamenetsky says that it is “specifically for folks who identify as a sexual minority or gender minority.” However, she did say that their was a possibility for others to be included, as long as members of the group to have input.

“The way I am hoping to do it is that any student interested in it; I am going to ask them if they want it to be open to allies as well.”

In order to keep everyone confidential, the group will not be doing LGBTQ advocacy outside of the Counseling Center, but if members wish to do so, they can. Additionally, the Counseling Center supports Student Community Government President Jose Rosario’s goal of getting an LGBTQ coordinator on campus to assist in aiding that community at RIC.

For more information, visit the Counseling Center in Craig-Lee room 130, or call 456-8094 to book an appointment. The Counseling Center also hosts a Meditation and Mindfulness group, which is open to anyone (including students, faculty or staff) who wants a quiet place to practice meditation.

Hurricanes and presidential politics – Taylor Dame

Hurricanes and presidential politics

Taylor Dame

News Editor


While Hurricane Matthew batters the Southeast, something else is also being hurt by the storm: the presidential campaigns. Both the Clinton and Trump camps have been affected by the strong storm, particularly in the all-important battleground state of Florida.

Both campaigns have closed offices and cancelled events to ensure that staff and volunteers in the state are able to get to safety.

The Clinton campaign planned on airing television ads on the Weather Channel during the storm, but backed down after some backlash. Many called the ads “insensitive” and “shameless.” The campaign said that they had asked television stations to wait until after the storm passed to air the ads.

The Trump campaign also pulled some advertisements off the air in Florida.

Both of the campaigns are in the delicate position of balancing politics and campaigning with maintaining sensitivity towards the plight of those in the affected areas. Continuing to campaign and play ads in an area being ravaged by a deadly storm plays well to very few, if any, potential voters.

The Clinton campaign also asked for the voter registration deadline in Florida to be pushed back due to the storm. Governor Rick Scott, an avid Trump supporter, denied the request saying that “everyone has had a lot of time to register.”

This is not the first time a hurricane has affected presidential politics. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey shortly before the election. Both campaigns suspended their operations to aid those affected by the storm. Many analysts agree that President Obama came away looking good after dealing with the storm; he was even hugged by Republican Governor Chris Christie, who thanked him for his aid.

Natural disasters and the candidates responses to them can make or break a campaign. What effect Matthew has on the outcome of the race is still up in the air.

Colombia-FARC peace deal falls apart – Derrik Trombley

Colombia-FARC peace deal falls apart

Derrik Trombley

Anchor Staff


Important news came out of Colombia this week as a peace deal negotiated between the Colombian Government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), known commonly as FARC, was voted down by the people in a popular referendum.

In a surprising outcome, the people of Colombia rejected the peace deal by a vote of 50.2% against, 49.8% for. This deal, according to its supporters, would have put a permanent end to the decade’s long conflict in regards to the manufacturing and trafficking of cocaine.

Over the years, this conflict has seen both famous and infamous people, including the Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. When trying to dissect why this peace deal was rejected by the people, it is helpful to talk to Rhode Island College student Michelle Arias.

Michelle has citizenship in both the United States and Colombia and has family currently living in Colombia. Her opinion is that it is a good thing that the deal failed.

When asked why, she responded, “It looks nice on paper to say ‘Peace,’ but this deal was not going to fix anything.” She refers to the specifics of the peace deal, in which members of FARC would be brought to justice for the numerous atrocities committed over the years. However, those who confessed to their crimes would have been given more lenient sentences, thus avoiding any time in conventional prison.

As Michelle puts it, “People have been held at gunpoint and experienced car bombings; my father has experienced both.” Furthermore, this deal would have led to the payment of former FARC fighters in the form of a monthly stipend and, to those wanting to start a business, financial help. It is likely that in order to cover these costs, the government would have needed to increase taxes on the average person.

When asked why she thought that such an arguably bad deal would be agreed to by the government, Michelle said, “They want immediate peace with no focus on long term effects. People had already started looking at the President of Colombia as a possible recipient for the Nobel Peace Prize. The international community needs to stay out of the affairs of Colombia because they are not helping the situation get resolved fairly for all of the hard-working and law abiding people in Colombia. The Indigenous people, the farmers and others. They deserve a government that looks out for them.”

She speaks of the world leaders including UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, who endorsed the peace deal and encouraged the people of Colombia to vote for it before the referendum. When asked what she thought the next step should be after the failed referendum, she simply said “The next step is for renegotiation for a fairer deal.”

A grand ceremony – Shane Inman

A grand ceremony

Shane Inman

Managing Editor


A small crowd gathered Friday to see the grand opening of RIC’s new School of Nursing wing. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the opening at 1 p.m. and was attended by notable guests such as Governor Gina Raimondo, Congressman David Cicilline and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

Rhode Island College President Frank Sanchez began by thanking those present, then went on to talk about the quality of RIC’s nursing program, which he cited as being “#10 in the nation.”Congressman Cicilline reiterated this point, and Governor Raimondo reiterated highlighted the wealth of new technology which has been added to the nursing wing.

Barbara Cottam, the Chair of the Rhode Island Board of Education, described the nursing program as an investment for students, which “provides an opportunity to discover, create, and train.” She went on to say that John Fogarty would be pleased with all that RIC’s nursing program has achieved.

The 9,190-square-foot wing, which cost $6.3 million, houses a simulation lab and a human patient simulator lab, which contains a life-like mannequin designed to mimic a real patient. The lobby also features a spacious lounge in which students can socialize between classes and while studying. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Dean of Nursing Jane Williams said the funding dedicated to the wing was “money well spent.”

The harmful effects of coffee – Sophie Costa & Samantha Scetta

The harmful effects of coffee

Sophie Costa & Samantha Scetta

Anchor Staff


Picture this: You wake up in the morning about ten minutes earlier than usual, and you head out on your morning commute. Considering you’re going to be in class from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, you figure you will need some extra pep in your step to get you through the day. You hop in line with the rest of the morning commuters at your local Starbucks, and you begin to envision the utter happiness you will be confronted with when holding a cold, overpriced mocha Frappuccino in your hand. After handing the cashier your debit card, you begin to suck down the creamy beverage en route to class.

This is a common tale for many overworked and sleep deprived college students. Instead of chugging a bottle of water in the morning, guzzling a ginormous sugary beverage is the reality. Most of the time, we have no clue what we are actually drinking. How many people could actually recognize the plant that coffee beans are grown from?

When picked apart, some coffee beverages are close in comparison to soda. A Grande (16oz) Mocha Frappe from Starbucks, made with whole milk and topped with whipped cream, contains 410 calories, 15g of fat, 65g of carbohydrates and 61g of sugar. The most concerning fact regarding the nutrition of Frappes is undoubtedly the amount of sugar that is crammed into just one cup. Considering four grams of sugar is equal to one teaspoon, there are about 15.25 teaspoons in a Grande Mocha Frappe. Even when made with a healthier option such as nonfat milk, the amount of sugar is unchanged. According to the American Heart Association, a healthy serving of  sugar should fall between six to nine teaspoons of a day. Most beverages from Starbucks exceed this number by an appallingly large margin.

A coffee from Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks with just a “flavor shot” like caramel or pumpkin may be saving some calories, but it is not necessarily doing your health any favors. There are much healthier alternatives to livening up your mornings. Try switching out your caffeine fix with a healthy and hearty breakfast. This will provide you with even more energy than any gussied up caffeinated drink that you got after a 20 minute wait, complete with your name spelled wrong on the side. Not the best way to start your morning, is it?

Caffeine is not a substitute for food. 400 calories in a Frappuccino is not the same as 400 calories in a bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruit. What you put into your body is exactly what you will get out of it. Just remember that energy, the ability the concentrate and decent health comes from good nutrition, not a venti iced mocha with a turbo shot.

The classic corner: “the Prince of Egypt” – Thomas Sack

The classic corner: “the Prince of Egypt”

Thomas Sack

Anchor Staff


Declared “Best Animated Feature” in 1999 by Critics Choice, DreamWorks Pictures’s “The Prince of Egypt” is a musical epic that perfectly adapts the Book of Exodus into a film anyone and everyone can enjoy.

“The Prince of Egypt” takes place in biblical times and tells the story of a young man named Moses. Raised an Egyptian royal, the lad discovers he is truly the son of a Hebrew slave. Moses decides to abandon his life of luxury and embrace the culture of his people, but when he is tasked by God with leading them to freedom, he is forced into conflict with his beloved adoptive brother, Rameses.

While “The Prince of Egypt” sometimes feels rushed and takes many artistic and historical liberties to tell its tale, it expertly maintains the essence of what DreamWorks describes as “the cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide.” These liberties are non-offensive and non-intrusive, thus they allow audience members of both religious and secular persuasions to gain a true appreciation for the story of Moses’s life. They also provide an account that is easier for the general public to connect with and comprehend.

Visually, “The Prince of Egypt” is a masterpiece. Considering the fact that it is DreamWorks’s inaugural film, it is a breathtaking combination of hand-drawn animation and computer-generated imagery. “The Prince of Egypt” is stylized enough to be unique, yet it still conveys a sense of realism that leaves those who watch it amazed.

When it comes to music, “The Prince of Egypt” is a mixed bag. Both Hans Zimmer’s score and Stephen Schwartz’s songs alternate between fantastic and forgettable. While it is no mystery that the instrumental and vocal pieces in this film perfectly complement one another and do an excellent job at expressing the emotions at play in a particular scene, some are simply better than others.

“The Prince of Egypt” has a star-studded cast. Each character in the film is given a surprisingly fitting voice. Val Kilmer shines as Moses, while Martin Short and Steve Martin show excellent chemistry as Hotep and Huy. Jeff Goldblum and Patrick Stewart are a delight, regardless of their relatively small roles. By far, the best performance in “The Prince of Egypt” comes from Ralph Fiennes, who gives the reluctant antagonist Rameses astonishing life and likability. Fiennes is also one of the few actors involved with this film to do his own singing, something that is truly commendable.

All in all, DreamWorks’s “The Prince of Egypt” is a wonderful film. It has its flaws, and while it may not necessarily be the best musical ever written, it is definitely an exemplary dramatic piece and biblical adaptation. The film is addictive and should be experienced at least once in everyone’s life; one need not be religious to benefit from it.

The Beatles: eight days a week – Mary Ellen Fernandez

The Beatles: eight days a week

Mary Ellen Fernandez

Anchor Staff


In his latest documentary, Ron Howard focuses his attention on the legendary band that is The Beatles. The movie is two hours of the group during their touring years, and of course their iconic trip to the United States in 1965. Sitting in the theatre, I noticed a few other young college students; the rest of the crowd was much older and had clearly been big fans of the group around the time they were taking over the music industry. Both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr appear throughout the film, giving their candid recollections of their years on tour with the band and the close relationship they all shared. The film does an amazing job of incorporating a little bit of history and a ton of the group’s music.

During several parts of the movie, many audience members began singing along to the songs, clapping their hands and swaying back and forth. The movie gives you the feel of being an actual audience member watching those four Liverpudlian lads sings their teenage hearts out. It is interesting to watch the group’s transition within their sound and their style, to see how they grew together as a band during their early career. It is hard to sum up a versatile and historic group such as The Beatles, however, the film is able to creatively combine their journey from the very beginning to the pinnacle of their career.

The film’s ability to capture this period in time is remarkable; screaming and hysterical fans convulsing in the stands is quite a sight. It really puts the group in perspective and shows just how adored they were and continue to be. The jam packed stadiums the group played are overwhelming to see on the big screen; watching the young girls in the crowds and their eyes filled with tears of joy as they belt along to the band’s set.

All in all, the film is able to show how their music transcends time, and their story will do the same. Another added bonus to the film is the director’s addition of a 30 minute performance during The Beatles’ stay in America. This film is worth the watch if you are a Beatles fan or just a documentary fan in general. Be prepared to sing along with the British boys that helped shape a generation for a lifetime.

Taxi Driver: back on duty for two nights only – Robert Gagnon

Taxi Driver: back on duty for two nights only

Robert Gagnon

Anchor Staff


“You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?” I think it’s safe to point out that, even if you haven’t seen this film, you have definitely heard the quote that Robert De Niro has made so famous. Well, that quote came from a film that was originally released in 1976 under the title “Taxi Driver.”

In celebration of the film’s 40th Anniversary, Fathom Events decided to put Martin Scorsese’s groundbreaking psychological thriller back in theaters nationwide in a new 4K restoration.

Sunday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m, “Taxi Driver” will be re-released exclusively at Warwick Showcase Cinemas and Providence Place.

Taxi Driver is the story of a mentally unstable Vietnam Vet named Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) who decides to work as a night-time taxi driver in New York City to deal with his insomnia.

Travis is lonely, uneducated and horribly disenfranchised; his strong opinions and obsessions cause him to slip into a life of violence. Whether you’ve seen it or not, I respectfully urge you to invest in a viewing on the big screen. It will be a new and unique movie-going experience.

“Taxi Driver” is a dark and intriguing character study that was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor. The film has a memorable musical score that goes perfectly with the titular taxi driver’s eventual descent into madness. The movie has its own mood, and the setting of New York City is so genuine and real that it feels like a character in the movie.

There are many brilliant supporting performances in the movie, however, it’s De Niro’s Travis Bickle that is dominate in one of his most impressive roles ever. “Taxi Driver” is still a towering American classic of cinematic power that has an essence and reality which is still relevant in our current society. 40 years later, “Taxi Driver” is still impactful, still engaging and still widely considered a masterpiece.

Superhero central – Sara Massa

Superhero central

Sara Massa

Anchor Staff


Hello Anchor readers, welcome to the place where superheroes come alive. My name is Sara, and I’ve been obsessed with superheroes since watching “Fantastic Four” when I was nine. I’ve been over-invested in them ever since.

In the past 20 years or so, superheroes have really taken over pop culture, becoming a part of everyday life for us. Because of this, I thought it would be a good idea to have a place where news, theories and overall fandom dish regarding heroes could be expressed.

“Superhero Central” is a new addition to the Anchor, with its main focus on anything related to superheroes; that includes comics, television, movies and any related news. Especially with all of the movies coming out soon, such as “Doctor Strange” (Nov. 2016), “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (May 2017) and “Wonder Woman” (June 2017). We also have Rhode Island Comic Con just around the corner. I’m sure everyone is excited by the opportunity to bring their favorite character to life. I hope you all enjoy following me on this journey through Flashpoints and into deep space to Nowhere as we discuss superheroes in more detail.


Until next time,

Sara Massa

Providence events – Gianna Rocchio

Providence events

Gianna Rocchio

A & L Editor


Friday October 14th


Double Take to Honor Nesmin: A Haunting Analysis of Unearthed Mummies

Learn about the ancient Egyptian priest of fertility, the moon, and healing; includes museum entry

Chace Center, RISD Museum

Students $5 // 12:15 p.m.-1 p.m.


Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles & Talkbalk

All new adaptation of Sherlock’s most popular mystery

The RISE Playhouse

$16 // 7 p.m.


Salon: Consuelo Sherba, Of Nature Exposed

Explore the upcoming event

The Providence Athenaeum

5 p.m. -7 p.m.


Saturday October 15th


Brian Scolaro

Stand-up comedian known for his spots on Conan & Comedy Central

Comedy Connection

$15 // 8 p.m.-10 p.m.


Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival

Celebrate the Harvest of the Sea with food and spirits, sailing, live music, interactive art and water activities, and much more

Bowen’s Wharf, Newport

11 a.m.-6 p.m.


Hope Street Farmer’s Market

Local vendors featuring some of RI’s best farms and artisans

Lippitt Park

9 a.m.-1 p.m.


Sunday October 16th


Making Strides in Providence

American Cancer Society sponsors this walking-fundraiser event to remind us that we never have to face with disease alone; featuring information, music, and activities

Kennedy Plaza

9 a.m.



Enjoy a classic retelling of this award-winning show

Jenks Auditorium, Pawtucket

$18 // 2 p.m.


Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood

Beloved Whose Line Is It Anyways? comedians for an interactive night of improv

The Vets Auditorium

$27 // 7 p.m.


Ongoing Events



Estranged members of a family reunite in this drama-comedy

Trinity Rep

$25 // Daily


Body World Vital

See what lies beneath the body in this exhibit featuring authentic human bodies

Rhode Island Convention Center

$20 // Daily


Friday Night Live

Improv style and sketch comedy

Everett Stage, Rear Building, 9 Duncan Ave, Providence

$5 // Every Friday 7 p.m. -8 p.m.


Providence Bruins Home Games

A favorite pastime for Rhode Islanders, hockey games never bore

Dunkin Donuts Center