De-stress with exercise – Sophie Costa

Stress comes and goes depending on what is going on in our lives. As college students, we tend to carry a ton of stress and anxiety around with us and it can be difficult to escape that burden. Using exercise as a coping mechanism towards dealing with stress and anxiety is helpful not only for your physical health but your mental health as well.

Exercise has been known to lower stress levels and it triggers the discharge of a soothing neurotransmitter called GABA. An additional side effect of GABA is that it essentially builds immunity to stress and helps you tackle demanding situations with less anxiety.

Additionally, exercise wildly increases your self-confidence. Feeling productive after a workout and seeing yourself attain new goals that you didn’t think were possible is a natural high. Working out, even for twenty minutes, sends out the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is responsible for the feeling of serenity and hopefulness. Dopamine becomes active during activity as well, which is the “feel good” neurotransmitter. This is responsible for feelings of relaxation and euphoria, which will enhance your confidence in and out of the gym.

Feelings of depression are not uncommon when stress is prevalent in our lives. Being active forces you to be slightly more interactive with those around you even if it’s so much as a wave or a smile. Even taking a short walk is a great getaway from that overwhelming feeling that tends to creep up on us. The best way to de-stress is by clearing your mind of all things that may be worrisome. Many people swear by yoga because it is best known for creating a calming effect and helping to relieve any feelings of anxiety and pressure. You don’t have to be a professional yogi for this relaxation period to provide you with the time that you need for yourself. In due course, yoga will strengthen your mind, your body and your soul.

It is important that you continuously make sure to practice moderation when it comes to exercise. Overdoing it will present the opposite of the desired effect, which will make you feel even more anxious and frazzled. Moderation is key, as a small amount of stress is a good thing, and it in fact keeps us going. However, we all need time just for ourselves to do something that’s completely in our own best interests, and that is exactly where exercise comes into play.

A theatre lover’s dream – Clancy Smail

It’s that time of year again, theatre folk! That’s right kids, it’s  The Broadway Christmas, the 30th annual Broadway Flea Market on Sept. 25. This event is sponsored by Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids (BCEFA) and all the proceeds made go towards that foundation. BCEFA is one of the nation’s leading industry based HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising organizations. The 29 Broadway flea markets and grand auctions have so far raised over 11.8 million dollars. The Broadway Flea Market happens every year in New York City on the last Sunday in September in Shubert Alley, and for the first time this year it will stretch along West 45th street.

If you’ve never heard of the Broadway Flea Market, I’ll give you a little insight into what the day entails. The day begins bright and early at 10 a.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. During this time, there are over 40 tables set up along the streets, all full of Broadway memorabilia, not to mention regular auctions that include some amazing prizes, such as backstage passes, free tickets, rare exclusive props, and a whole host of other things. There are also silent auctions, where you’re free to bid yourself out of house and home, although that isn’t encouraged! If frivolous spending isn’t your bag, then you can hop into the autograph and picture line, where you can take your picture with or get a BCEFA Broadway Flea poster signed by Broadway stars. Some stars they’ve had in the past include Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth, Phillipa Soo, Sierra Boggess, Danny Burstein, and many more. You can even catch some stars hanging out at their designated tables! Some of the tables at the 2016 event include Aladdin, Wicked, School of Rock, Waitress, The Color Purple, Dear Evan Hansen, and still more to be announced.

The Broadway Flea Market is a great place to connect with other theatre fans and meet up with some of the coolest people you’ll ever meet. This year will be my fourth time at the Broadway Flea Market. By going to this event, I’ve gotten to meet some of my favorite performers, buy incredible theatre memorabilia, hang out with some of my best friends, and contribute to a great cause, all while being in “the greatest city in the world.” Hamilton, anyone?

If you enjoy the arts, theatre, musicals, charity, or just having a great time in the city, I highly recommend you hop on a train Sept. 25 and head to Shubert Alley.

 

A road paved with rock: Part One – Jonathan Carney

During the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing, little bit by little bit, the songs that first made me love my genre. I will include little anecdotes about when I first heard each song and what step in my journey it was, and where along my post-sixth-grade musical journey it appeared. I will also give a large segment of the complete story here.

The first “metal” song I was ever truly exposed to was System of a Down’s “B.Y.O.B.” I make use of quotation marks here because the band refuses to identify themselves as metal, or any genre for that matter. However, the general population considers them to be such. I was first exposed to this song in the seventh grade while attending the Fernwood school in Portland, Oregon—now “Beverly Cleary,” as her books take place on a nearby street. My journey was initiated by an eccentric individual with a mind too old for a seventh-grader, blood-red glasses and long red hair darker than mine that flowed to his shoulders. He was a member of the small group of three individuals I principally remember gravitating towards in my one year attending school in Portland. Honestly, I’m not sure he was as keen on being friends with me as I was with him. Still, one day at an after-school program, he took me to the computer, went on YouTube and told me he was going to show me something that would get me off of that “country nonsense.” And while it didn’t happen immediately, a year or two would prove he was absolutely right.

The song “B.Y.O.B.” rushes through the intro in an exhilaratingly burst of notes, and Daron’s initial screech is soon followed by Serj’s barking verse. This fast-paced song eventually surprises the listener by slowing down for a seemingly mellow, slower chorus, only to speed up immediately after. Close to the end of the song, one such transition is performed in such a sudden and unexpected manner as to jolt the listener out of the false sense of security that the calmer chorus created, a tactic SOAD is infamous for. SOAD wrote this hit back in 2005 as a protest against the war in Iraq. While I picked up on the anti-war sentiment, I would not learn the song’s full meaning until much later.

After first watching the music video, I would queue it up again and again after school, but for some reason, I was still too lazy to search for more songs like it, or even more songs by the artist. I don’t know why I never looked for more, in spite of my excitement. Perhaps I was afraid that if I found an even better SOAD song, it would make me love that first gem less. Then again, maybe the opposite would happen, and I would be disappointed by the rest of their material after hearing that first iconic song.

Still, this first song touched a part of me. I loved this unsettling, vicious ballad of corruption, a defiant and angst-fueled cry against a powerful external force.

A review of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV – Thomas Sack

Despite a thin plot, Takeshi Nozue’s 2016 film “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” is an epic experience for all Final Fantasy fans! It is a dark, intense tale of war and betrayal that succeeds at leaving the viewer hungry for Square Enix’s upcoming video game, “Final Fantasy XV.”

“Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” takes place during the events of “Final Fantasy XV” and tells the story of King Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII, Princess Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, and the members of the Kingsglaive. When Regis accepts a false offer of peace from his longtime enemy, the nation of Niflheim, he unwittingly endangers the city Insomnia and the crystal it contains within its walls. Only Nyx Ulric, who must learn to stop dwelling on a grim past and instead look to the future, can save the day.

It is safe to say story is not a strong point in “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.” This is forgivable, however, for three reasons: Firstly, the film is merely intended to whet one’s appetite for what promises to be a more gratifying story experience in “Final Fantasy XV.” Secondly, its story finds its roots in scraped content from Final Fantasy XV’s opening chapter. Thirdly, Square Enix never tries to astound audiences through plot when it makes films. Rather, it seeks to do so with breathtaking CGI and exhilarating action sequences.

“Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” is pure eye-candy. The film opens by showcasing lifelike computer-animation that is the end result of a lengthy motion-capture process during production. Action sequences become increasingly more electrifying, and while loud explosions or the clanging of swords sometimes drowns important pieces of dialogue out, these scenes are the glue that holds the fantastical and realistic elements together so well.  

From a writing standpoint, dialogue in “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” oftentimes feels natural, but it isolates viewers from the characters. It is quite difficult to find light-hearted moments in a film that only exists to establish the darker elements of Final Fantasy XV’s story.

In terms of voice acting, every character in “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” sounds believable. Aaron Paul, Lena Headey, and Sean Bean shine as Nyx Ulric, Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, and King Regis, respectively. Fans of the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood will also enjoy hearing Todd Haberkorn as Luche Lazarus. That said, some vocal performances in “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” are weaker than others. Liam Mulvey struggles as Libertus Ostium, and Adrian Bouchet’s soft tone does not suit the gruff Titus Drautos.

“Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” is a film made specifically for Final Fantasy fans. It offers little to those unfamiliar with the video game series, but it is addictive and easily lends itself to subsequent viewings. One does not need to play “Final Fantasy XV” to enjoy this film!

Women’s Volleyball Team get their first win against Curry – Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Women’s Volleyball Team get their first win against Curry

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Assistant Sports Editor

 

This past week, the women’s volleyball team broke their losing streak with their first win against Curry. This was their first real game that was separate from the Brandeis Invitational. The invitational seemed to be a difficult start to the season, as they lost all three matches at Brandeis. In the first two matches, sophomore Outside Hitter Jillian Ward lead the team in kills, with 16 total kills in the first match against Endicott and 11 kills against Brandeis.

Helping out Ward in the first game was junior Outside Hitter Courtney Lambrese, with a total of 14 kills in the first game.  Endicott was their best match of the three, ending in a loss for Rhode Island College of 1-3. The scores of each set between RIC and Endicott were 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, and 14-25, respectively. Though it was a great start to the match, the Anchorwomen trailed off at the end, unable to keep their momentum up against Endicott.

Following this match was their match against Brandeis. This match started off strong as well, but the Anchorwomen were not able to take the win. The set scores with RIC and Brandeis were 21-25, 16-25, and lastly 17-25.  The third and final match in the invitational was the roughest game for the team, losing 0-3 with the set scores being 14-25, 10-25, and 11-25.

The team broke out of that streak to win their first game at home, with the win being a clean sweep of 3-0 against Curry College.  The first set ended in a 25-15 win but Curry College began showing some life in the second set with a 25-19 set. However, Curry were promptly put to rest in the last set with a 25-9 score. Ward lead the team again with 9 kills, which was the nail in the coffin for Curry, who had a total of 33 errors in the match. Finally, the team went up against Salve Regina, where Ward and Lambrese lead the team, but could not carry them to victory, as they would fall to Salve 0-3, with the first set being 15-25, then 19-25, and a final set score of 17-25.

Currently the team is 1-4, with their next event a tri-match at Salve Regina with Mt. Holyoke on Saturday, September 10th.

Rhode island College Club Hockey Looking for Players

Rhode island College Club Hockey Looking for Players

 

The RIC club hockey team is preparing to start their 2016-2017 season with practices beginning Monday, September 19, and a 23-game schedule beginning Saturday, October EXPERIENCED HOCKEY PLAYERS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED SHOULD CONTACT COACH DENIS RIEL AT Denis.j.riel@gmail.com

 

The RIC club team plays in the Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) Division II league. NECHA is part of the 450-school American Collegiate Hockey Association, the national governing body for collegiate club hockey.

 

RIC club hockey moved under the control of the athletic department, from student affairs, in the 2013-2014 season. The change has led to a significant change in attitude and approach to the hockey program. Though not an NCAA program, the philosophy of the RIC club hockey team is built around a committed, disciplined approach which provides experienced hockey players with a viable and rewarding opportunity to continue their organized hockey careers.

 

As a club program, a portion of the teams expenses are defrayed by player dues. Dues typically are in the $700 range and cover approximately 35 practices, 23 games, uniform, and transportation. The remainder of program expenses are covered by the school.

 

Interested players should meet with team representatives at the Club Hockey table on Student Affairs day, Sept 7 from 12:30 – 2 PM in the Student Union and attend an organizational meeting on Monday, September 12 at 5 PM in the Murray Center.

Defending champions Amherst defeat Anchormen in home opener – Julian Borges

Defending champions Amherst defeat Anchormen in home opener

Julian Borges

Sports Editor

Number one ranked Amherst were quick to leave their mark last Wednesday when they faced Rhode Island College’s Men’s Soccer team. Less than four minutes into the game, Amherst junior Weller Hlinomaz scored what would be the first of four goals for the purple and white. In the 29th minute, Amherst added a second goal to their tally. Senior Andrew Orozco, of Coronado, CA, took control of a loose ball and then managed a pass to fellow senior Cameron Bean, Atlanta, GA, who in turn gifted it back to senior Bryce Ciambella, Ocala, FL. Ciambella fired the ball into the corner of the goal, giving Amherst their second goal of the game. Less than a minute later, Amherst senior Chris Martin, Philadelphia, PA, scored his team’s third goal of the game following an assist from classmate Forest Sisk, Sudbury, MA, nearly thirty minutes into the game. Martin’s goal closed out scoring for the rest of the first half, and Amherst walked off the field with a three goal advantage over their hosts, Rhode Island College.

When the second half opened, the Anchormen looked to take back the game from the purple and white. Looking refreshed, RIC managed to create several scoring opportunities at the start of the half—most notably an attempt from junior forward Komla Dogbey, Providence, RI. However, Dogbey’s attempt was blocked on a dive by Amherst junior goalkeeper Lee Owen, Hastings on Hudson, NY.

The 69th minute saw the scoring for the defending champions end after Freshman Dane Lind shot the ball from 25 yards out—making the score 4-0. 12 minutes later, the referee called for a foul against Amherst inside of the box. Senior Thomas Wampler, Attleboro, MA, put the Anchormen on the board and avoided a shutout with a successful penalty kick against Amherst’s Owen in net.                                                                                                     Owen completed four stops in the win for the purple and white while senior Chris Moura, Rumford, RI, made eight saves in the defeat. Amherst finished with a slight edge, 16-14, in shots while the Anchormen led in corner kicks, 6-2.

In upcoming action, the Anchormen will host Regis College on Saturday, September 10th at 1 p.m.

Dayna Reilly named Little East Women’s Tennis Player of the Week following 7-2 win over Seahawks – Marissa Marsella

Dayna Reilly named Little East Women’s Tennis Player of the Week following 7-2 win over Seahawks

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff

The Anchorwomen’s tennis team opened up their season with a big 7-2 win over the Salve Regina Seahawks on Saturday, September 3rd. Impressively, the Little East Women’s Tennis Player of the Week was awarded to none other than Rhode Island College Junior athlete, Dayna Reilly from Swansea, Massachusetts.

In her number one singles match, Reilly defeated her opponent handily with final scores of 6-0, 6-0. Dayna then went on to show off her skills even further during a number one doubles match where the Seahawks were once again defeated 8-2. Alongside Reilly for the win of this doubles match was RIC Senior, Julie Reddy from Smithfield.

Congratulations, Dayna!

Dan Monteiro is your Little East Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week – Julian Borges

Dan Monteiro is your Little East Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

Julian Borges

Sports Editor

Rhode Island College senior midfielder Dan Monteiro was awarded the title of Little East Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week following an impressive performance at the Roger Williams Squad Locker Invitational.                                                 Prior to his match against Amherst, Monteiro had started in the two games that Rhode Island College played at the invitational. The first game saw the Anchormen fall 2-0 to Clark University while the second game saw RIC defeat Montclair State, a nationally ranked team, 2-0 in the competition’s finale. For his efforts in controlling midfield in both games, Monteiro was named to the All-Tournament Team. He had also recorded a total of six shots at the invitational.                                            Congratulations, Dan!

Anchorwomen cruise past Fisher 5-1 in first win of season – Julian Borges

Anchorwomen cruise past Fisher 5-1 in first win of season

Julian Borges

Sports Editor

 

The Fisher Falcons (1-2) were able to put only 10 players on the field for their soccer match against Rhode Island College. One of these players was the goalie. The Anchorwomen (1-1) took advantage of the Falcons’ depleted roster in order to control the game.

Anchorwomen goal-scorers of the game included sophomore forward Brittany DeGrooth , Westerly, RI, freshman forward Breanne Ford, Schenectady, NY, and freshman forward Madyson Christian, Douglas, MA, as well as senior midfielder Jaclyn Greenman, Waterford, CT, who notched two goals in the victory.

Sophomore midfielder Eleni Grammas, Cranston, RI, freshman forward Alexandra Natale, Ledyard, CT, and junior midfielder Stephanie Ricci, Smithfield, RI, each had assists in the win.

Freshman goalkeeper Amber-Marie Francois, Warwick, RI, made three saves before junior goalie Brianna Sousa, Warwick, RI, relieved her for the final 18 minutes of the game. Sousa made one save during her appearance.

RIC held a 52-7 advantage in shots and a 15-2 margin in corner kicks. The Anchorwomen also held a 30-1 advantage in shots during the first half with a similar result in the second half with a 22-6 ratio.