PVD Events – Gianna Rocchio

PVD Events

Gianna Rocchio

A&L Editor

Thursday Oct. 20

Steampunk Providence Gallery Night Reception & Character Parade

Over 40 local artists exhibit their jewelry, costumes, art and designs in this unique cultural exploration

URI Providence Campus Gallery

5-9 p.m.

October Exhibit Opening Night

Showcasing the works of four upcoming artists

Gallery Z

5-9 p.m.

10,000 Things

A unique theater experience described by the playwright as a “multi-part experiment in process-driven theatre”

The Wilbury Theatre Group

$15 // 7:30 p.m.

Friday Oct. 21

La Esquinita, USA

Nationally acclaimed one-man show focusing on multiple characters in a forgotten town

ECAS Theater

8-9:30 p.m.

Salon: Collecting for Life

Join RISD curator Jan Howard for an evening of artistic discussion with local artists

The Providence Athenaeum

5-7 p.m.

Local Natives

Praised by Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, these exceptional musicians play their latest album


$25 // 9 p.m.

Saturday Oct. 22

Semi-Annual Urban Village Bazaar

Come to our nation’s oldest mall to see what over 20 local vendors have to offer

Arcade Providence

10-5 p.m.

What Cheer Day

Go back in time to 1799 and enjoy 18th Century refreshments while interpreters showcase the Brown Family scandal of the time

The John Brown House Museum

$15 // 1-5 p.m.

Flowers VS. the Frost

Get creative and celebrate the end of the growing season in this Day of the Dead inspired event


3-5 p.m.

Halloween Iron Pour

Over 1000 people gather, not just just the live music and local food, but for the main attraction: The Yard’s custom build iron pouring tilt furnace to pour over 2,500 pounds of molten iron, where art is created right in front of your eyes

The Steel Yard

5 p.m.


Beloved ‘80s band best known for “Mr. Roboto” perform all their classic hits

Twin River Event Center

$40 // 8 p.m.

Comedian Robert Kelly

Comedy Central star comes to town for a night of uproarious laughter

Comedy Connection RI

$15 // 8-10 p.m.

Sunday Oct. 23

Artist Book Release: Spectacles & Spectators by Keri King

Join local author celebrating her upcoming adult narrative picture book

Providence Public Library

2 p.m.

WBRU Annual Birthday Bash: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Popular for their hit “S.O.B.”, this band comes to town to celebrate RI’s favorite alt-rock radio station


$27 // 7 p.m.

American Murder Song Live

Cult-film composers invite guests for an intimate evening of storytelling, music, and entertainment


$30 // 8 p.m.

Organization for a better semester – Madeleine LeBlanc

Organization for a better semester

Madeleine LeBlanc

Anchor Contributor


With the midterm date approaching, you may find your desk (not to mention your brain) cluttered and scattered. Whether you’re fighting to stay awake in lectures or forgetting simple tasks that need to be completed, these tips are sure to help you achieve a successful first semester here at Rhode Island College.

The Golden Rule in becoming a successful student is learning to balance your time. The “eight by eight by eight” method is helpful in making sure you apply yourself to all aspects of your life, both socially and academically. Always strive for a daily eight hours of class and studying, eight hours of social time and eight hours of sleep a night. This will help you to avoid stress in the morning. The Golden Rule aids in maintaining a healthy social life and a dedication to your classes. After being in courses for almost seven weeks now, you might have noticed that you’re at your most productive at certain times of day. Optimize this time by focusing on upcoming assignments that need to be completed before you reach the deadline. This will minimize stress and anxiety, as well as maximize the effort you put forward.

If you catch yourself feeling forgetful in the classroom, a planner or agenda will be your saving grace. I find that writing down all of my assignments, as well as color coding them based on when they are due, helps me to get my work done on time. Revisiting your professors’ syllabi will also get you reacquainted with various classroom policies and upcoming major grades. This will cut back on potential shock when a teacher assigns work and allow you to start planning for the assignment ahead of time.

In this day and age, the biggest distraction continues to be social media. Our smartphones make it easy to text, tweet and lose sight of what we are trying to achieve. Turning off distractions (or at least putting them away) allows our brains to focus solely on the task at hand. If you just can’t tear yourself away from your phone, heading to the library is a great way to focus in a more quiet area. Not every individual student will find achievement in these tips, and some work better than others, but picking up good organizational habits and new studying skills may lead to an easier, stress-free semester, and isn’t that what every student wants?

Music review: Blank Banshee – Patrick Hurd

Music review: Blank Banshee

Patrick Hurd

Technology director


Blank Banshee’s highly anticipated third album was unveiled on Oct. 10, unleashing a new wave of   a e s t h e t i c upon the world. “MEGA,” which spans over 15 tracks in 32 minutes, is an ambient vaporwave masterpiece. Imagine hiking through a synthetic rain forest: alien birds are calling; frogs are croaking; crickets are chirping. Each sample perfectly follows the previous one, leading to a diverse ocean of sound in which you could happily drown.

Compared to Blank Banshee’s previous albums, “MEGA” has more variety and less repetition. Songs like “Anxiety Online!” and “LSD Polyphony” from “Blank Banshee 1” and “Ammonia Clouds” from “Blank Banshee 0” with repetitive samples and verses are a stark contrast to songs like “Holograffiti” and “Hungry Ghost” on “MEGA,” where the song progresses into different beats and introduces new sound effects.

Overall, I give this album a 5/5. Although it does not have many recognizable moments, like “Teen Pregnancy” from “Blank Banshee 0” or the intro to “Blank Banshee 1,” “B:/ Infinite Login,” “MEGA” creates a cohesive music experience. Above that, many songs on “MEGA” feature original vocals, which is very rare for vaporwave artists. In short, Blank Banshee’s latest release is a breath of originality into a genre of ironic samples.

“MEGA” is available on Bandcamp (blankbanshee.bandcamp.com) for “name your price.” I highly recommend chipping in a few bucks for this great album.


Jack-o-lantern spectacular – Kristy O’Connor

Jack-o-lantern spectacular

Kristy O’Connor



Instead of spending your nights watching “Halloweentown” for the third year in a row, you could see Halloween come to life at the Roger Williams Park Zoo instead. The Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular back at the zoo, and attendees can see thousands of pumpkins light up the park once again.

Guests walk through a trail lined with pumpkins which have been drawn on as well as carved, fashioned after popular characters that range from Pikachu to Charlie Brown. Guests may even get lucky and catch a glimpse of some of the zoo animals, as the trail takes guests right by the elephant exhibit. In addition to festive music, there are also fog machines and Halloween decorations that give guests the full spooky experience.

There is also a variety of tasty Halloween treats that guests can purchase at this event, including candy apples, candied nuts, kettle corn and apple cider. For those of age, beer is also sold during this event and can be found along the trail.

The Jack-o-Lantern spectacular will be running from Oct. 6 until Nov. 16, Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. For Monday to Thursday tickets you can buy them online or at the event, but weekend tickets can only be purchased online. This is due to the newly implemented timed entry system being used to minimize weekend crowds. Guests who wish to attend between Friday and Sunday must purchase tickets in advance and arrive at their designated time slot on that night. Tickets for Monday through Thursday are $15 for adults and $12 for children ages 2-12.  Weekend tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for children ages 2-12. This event will be held rain or shine, and tickets can not be refunded, nor can they be be rescheduled.

Be sure to stop by and marvel at the showcase of artwork and talent that the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular has to offer; you will not be disappointed. Who knows? It may even give you some ideas on how to carve your own pumpkin.


Horoscopes for Oct. 16, 2016 – Oct. 23, 2016 – Jason Windrow

Horoscopes for Oct. 16, 2016 – Oct. 23, 2016

Jason Windrow

Anchor Staff

Aries (March 21- April 19) Aries, the truth is that Hillary Clinton may be our next president. An historic moment for sure, whether you agree with her or not. Another historic landmark is approaching too: everyone will want a pantsuit to look just like Madam Clinton. Buy a pantsuit this week, and then love yourself.


Taurus (April 20- May 20) Buy DJ equipment, and create a bomb playlist to get you and your friends stoked. Write letters to your friends about how much you love them. Drink only Earl Grey tea in the morning, and make a loaf of banana bread.

Gemini (May 21- June 20) Gemini, think about what kind of grandparent you would like to be. Do you want to be one that makes lots of cookies? One that gives them Halloween cards? One that had a drawer full of pipe cleaners and poms-poms for art supplies? Do you want to be a combination of all three?

Cancer (June 21- July 22) Find a cranberry bog this week, and lie down in it immediately. You might get in trouble, but go and see what it feels like. It might be cold, but you can say you did it. If you can’t lie down in a cranberry bog, just fill your bathtub with cranberry juice, and soak in it. If there’s no bog, just create your own.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Wear a lot of sweaters this week, even if it’s supposed to be hot. Knit your own if you can’t find one you like or if you are sick of the ones you have. Have a sweater party, and drink hot cocoa. Pretend it’s winter this week. Make your own snow, and have fun this week.


Virgo (August 23- September 22) Virgo, thank a maternal figure this week. Think about how they carried you, fed you, gave you water and took care of you. Maternal figures are our biggest supporters. Your maternal figure is essential to your brand building. They are ethereal, and even if they listen to Sheryl Crow too much, they will always love you.

Libra (Sept. 23- Oct. 22) Libra, life is a muffin grab. Grab all the muffins, stuff them in a bag, and leave. Seriously, eat all the muffins you can this week, and don’t stop until you feel satisfied. Pumpkin muffins, blueberry, chocolate chip, corn, you name it. Eat all the muffins you can; you deserve it.

Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 21) Scorpio, ask a stranger to hang out this week, and watch some movies with them. Get to know them, and appreciate the way you stepped out of your comfort zone. Show them your favorite movies; maybe something romantic will come of this interaction. Maybe something won’t. Just hang out with someone new.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) Sagittarius, listen to Kate Bush’s entire discography, and walk into the woods at least twice this week. Think about BREXIT and biscuits. Make dinner for yourself, and go to the movies alone. Ride a bike, or go on a run. Play tennis with a new friend. Rejoice in the autumn.

Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 19) Feel spooky this week. Create your own Halloween decorations, and rob a grave. Scientists did this all the time. Well, Dr. Frankenstein did, anyway. Listen to the Monster Mash and the theme from Halloween so much that you scare everyone.

Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19) Try talking only to people in 140 characters or less this week. Listen to the Zombies, especially “Care of Cell 44.” Do 140 push-ups daily, and only drink Whey Protein this week. Get buff, feel tough, and say “that’s enough” a lot. Start coming up with band names. Take a nap at 3:15 every day this week.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Listen to a lot of jazz this week, and only drink water that is purified by a Brita Filter. Dasani water has salt in it, so you buy more of your water to quench your thirst. Think about the market, both stock and food. Try to find a documentary about Sun-Ra. If you can’t find one, make your own. Think about aliens, space, time, galaxies and bagels.

Here’s Johnny, back on the big screen – Robert Gagnon

Here’s Johnny, back on the big screen

Robert Gagnon

Anchor Staff


I am cordially inviting all of you to visit the Overlook Hotel: come spend a day or two with Jack and his happy family. The staff is attentive, and there are plenty of outdoor activities that promise fun for all ages!

Fathom Events and TCM Big Screen Classics are bringing Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of modern horror to the big screen for two days only on Sunday, Oct. 23 and Wednesday, Oct. 26 at both the Warwick Showcase and Providence Place Cinemas at 2p.m. and 7p.m.

“The Shining” is about the Torrances, a family that stays at an isolated hotel in Colorado for the winter. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) has taken up the mantel of hotel caretaker. While the family is staying there, strange things start to occur. Jack slowly slips into insanity, while his son Danny begins to see gruesome and disturbing images throughout the hotel.

“The Shining” is still one of the most frightening, suspenseful and psychologically intriguing films I’ve ever seen. Kubrick’s use of long shots create a feeling of isolation and an unbearable sense of paranoia and terror. The hauntingly terrifying mood and atmosphere of the film clearly show us all what a well-made horror film should look and feel like. The incredibly scary musical score brought plenty of tension to the film as well. Jack Nicholson’s descent into madness is so amazing and haunting, yet so outrageous; it’s definitely one of his very best performances.

“The Shining” still manages to scare the living hell out of audiences and is the perfect film to watch this Halloween season, especially in theaters surrounded by other movie buffs.

He said, she said – Gianna Rocchio & Jeremy Boutin

He said, she said

Gianna Rocchio & Jeremy Boutin

A&L Editor & Anchor Staff

Question: I feel like I have really bad study habits. It is hard for me to stay focused, and I am always overwhelmed and behind in my classes. Do you have any study tips or ways to stay organized and on top of your classes?

-Drowning in schoolwork

Dearest Drowning,

You are most certainly not alone in this sea wishing you had a life vest. College opens up so many doors to opportunities and new experiences, whether it be with clubs, jobs or friends, that it’s all too easy to become distracted from your main goal: graduation. Prioritizing your time is the key to staying on top of your work. Write down upcoming assignments in chronological order, and estimate how long you’ll spend on each one. Be realistic with this; you’re only hurting yourself if you plan to spend an hour on a paper that will actually take three.

Planning and organizing your assignments is the easy part, tackling the work itself is the tough part. Don’t burn yourself out by trying to finish everything in one sitting. A popular technique is the Pomodoro Method, in which you set a timer for 25 minutes and work straight through. When the 25 minute set is over, give yourself a ten-minute break, and then head back to working. Some people prefer to change assignments with every set they complete, and some people like to stay on one subject. It’s important to figure out what works best for you by trying out a few different techniques and seeing which allows you to be at your most productive. I recommend that you check out Madeleine LeBlanc’s article in this edition of The Anchor for some more great tips on organization and study habits. Most importantly, don’t overwhelm yourself too much. Your mental health is far more significant than your grades. Then again, getting an A can feel pretty great too.


Safe swimming,



Hello Drowning in Schoolwork!

Unfortunately, professors do not coordinate together, and there are peaks throughout the semester when schoolwork can appear overwhelming. I just had three exams, two lab reports and a bunch of meetings this week, so I can attest that it does not get better. However, once you hone your ability to cope with the insane number of assignments you have to complete, school will feel like a breeze. Don’t stress out; you should be enjoying your college experience.

Even though everyone learns differently, one thing that is common among all students is the concept of time. Time management is one of the greatest tools a student can have. Even though it is tempting to put off an assignment to the last minute, you need to budget your time as much as possible. As soon as your professor introduces a new topic or assignment, make sure you review it, review it, review it. Make sure that you understand what is going on and what your professor is asking of you. This way, you can address what you do not understand and where you should focus more of your time. The earlier you complete an assignment, the more you grasp the material and the more prepared you will be for future assignments.

As for your bad habits, I would suggest the buddy system. Starting a study group with either your fellow classmates or your friends will help you to stay focused. You can keep each other on track, power through homework together and enjoy occasional breaks. Also, having some type of reward system for yourself will help keep you motivated to complete your work. It’s all about keeping yourself motivated and managing your time. Don’t forget that your professors are human, and they were once students at some point too. If you become too overwhelmed, you can try speaking to your professor one on one for advice, an extension on a due date or clarification on something that is troubling you. There are always tools and support systems out there that can benefit you in the long run.

Good luck my friend!

Jeremy Boutin

Donut sleep on PVDonuts – Mary Ellen Fernandez

Donut sleep on PVDonuts

Mary Ellen Fernandez

Anchor Staff

After years of going without, the city of Providence now has a gourmet donut shop. Located in the quaint East Side, right off of Wickenden Street, is PVDonuts. The shop, bearing a large hanging donut emblem above it, is quite small, but I was excited to taste one of their decadent treats and see for myself why this place sells out nearly every day.

I had been warned about the lines that wrap around the corner, but that was an understatement. Nearly 75 people were in line with the same excitement and impatience that I had, so be ready to wait in a long line, especially if you plan on going during the weekend. Waiting in a line for 35 minutes for a half a dozen donuts isn’t something I typically do, but I figured there must be a reason for all the great Yelp reviews and friends’ recommendations.

The actual shop has a bright and cheery interior. Decorative frames hang from the wall with pictures and quirky, donut-related quotes, which adds to the cozy and eclectic vibe of the store. There is one large, cafeteria style wooden table, as well as a couch by the window through which streams the gorgeous sunlight. Overall, I was extremely impressed with the effort put into making this place feel like a “mom and pop” donut shop.

After almost an hour of waiting, it was finally my turn to order from the wide variety they had to offer. Among the contenders were peanut butter with fudge and fluff, maple bacon and coffee milk, to name a few. I was overwhelmed by the choices, but the extremely friendly staff were patient and accommodating. My decision was eventually made, and I went with the coffee milk donut, because I’m a Rhode Island girl at heart, and the peanut butter and fudge with a dollop of fluff. Both donuts were absolutely fantastic!

Love at first bite is a real thing. The coffee milk donut was still warm and had the perfect mix of flaky and fluffy dough, which perfectly accompanied the coffee frosting that was generously spread across the top. The peanut butter with fudge donut was extremely rich, and even better than the first one.The base was more cake-like than the first and had a strong chocolate flavor that complimented the warm peanut butter and fluff on top. These donuts were no 89 cent air-filled excuse for a morning pastry. PVDonuts mixes their unique concept and style to create a cozy, pleasant atmosphere and a satisfying eating experience with their hand crafted gourmet donuts. Oh, and did I mention they do vegan donuts?

The next time you’re on the East Side of Providence or craving a delicious treat, head on over to PVDonuts for a quick snack or a half a dozen snacks. This local shop receives a 10/10 rating for their atmosphere, a 10/10 for their service and a 10/10 for their amazing donuts. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., unless of course they sell out before then!

Best morning workouts to maximize energy – Sophie Costa

Best morning workouts to maximize energy

Sophie Costa

Anchor Staff

Mornings are always a hassle and never enjoyable. Finding the energy to get up and start your day can be a difficult task. Who wants to get up and face the unforgiving October air? No one! Waking up and immediately getting into a workout routine will strengthen and lengthen your muscles and increase your daily energy. Never underestimate the power of a quick and effective morning workout. Here is a five minute, energizing workout that will warm you up and wake you up.

To get your blood moving and energy flowing, the first thing to do is a solid 60 seconds of jumping jacks. This will get your heart rate pumping first thing in the morning and get your metabolism moving throughout the day. After you’ve gotten your cardio piece out of the way, drop to the floor and do 30 seconds of nonstop pushups. Pushups are a must; they will improve blood circulation, build heat in your body and help your brain work more efficiently. Without taking a break, repeat the jumping jacks for another 60 seconds.

To relax your muscles and give your body a quick rest, get into a downward dog position. To do this position, stand tall with your knees locked, then reach down and touch your toes. Once you are stretched down and your fingertips are touching the floor, crawl your hands forward so that they are shoulders’ width apart. Make sure that your feet are hips’ width apart and parallel to each other. This pose should resemble an upside down “V” shape. The benefits of downward dog are endless; not only does it elongate your muscles and strengthen your extremities, but it also deepens respiration, increases blood circulation and decreases anxiety, something we all need before a long day. After a minute of staying in this position, slowly come out of it and exhale. Now that you are relaxed and loose, do another 30 seconds of pushups, and try to fit in as many as you can. End your pushups with a minute of alternating lunges, and then you are good to go!

If you’re looking for a more relaxing way to start your morning, end this circuit with 30 seconds of child’s pose, which involves dropping your knees to the floor and reaching forward so that your chest is parallel to your thighs and your hands are flat out in front of you. This quick workout is only five minutes long, but it can be repeated four times to make it a 20 minute, hard hitting start to your day. This circuit, even if only done for five minutes, will do wonders for your mood and for your metabolism, ensuring that your usual dreary and exhausting morning will be replaced with a burst of energy.

Women’s Tennis not defined by defeat – Marissa Marsella

Women’s Tennis not defined by defeat

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff

The Anchorwomen finally met a block in the road as the team received its first loss of the season against Bridgewater State. The final score of the match was 5-3. Although the undefeated season came to an unfortunate end, this does not mean that the girls intend to let defeat reoccur.

The Anchorwomen reclaimed themselves in their match against UMass Boston on Thursday, Oct. 6th with a 7-2 win. Rhode Island College junior athlete Dayna Reilly not only claimed the Little East Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for the third time this season, but also crushed her opponent in the No. 1 singles spot with a 6-2, 6-2 victory. Her success mirrored that of the other girls in their matches as RIC senior, Julie Reddy, posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over her challenger during the No. 2 singles match. Laura Nastasi also performed perfectly during her match in the No. 3 singles spot, claiming an 8-0 triumph over the Beacons.

Although the No. 4 and No. 5 singles victories belonged to UMass Boston, RIC sophomore, Jenna St. Lawrence, played well during the No. 6 singles match. St. Lawrence declared a 6-4, 6-3 victory, saving the match for the Anchorwomen overall.

In doubles action, the dynamic duo of Reilly and Reddy posted an 8-2 victory over the Beacons while Isabella Romeo and her counterpart, Laura Cruso, followed suit—claiming an 8-5 win over the No. 2 spot. RIC’s Jorgie Martin and Nastasi also defeated their opponents during the No. 3 doubles match with a score of 8-1.