He said, she said – Gianna Rocchio and Jeremy Boutin

 

Question: “I am a freshman in college, and my suitemates are all really cliquey and mean. I feel like the odd one out, and I feel like they are always judging me. I don’t know what to do, because I have to live with them all year, but I don’t even know if I want to fit in with them because they are so mean. I am kind of afraid to be friends with them”.

 

-Friendless and Afraid

 

Hello Friendless and Afraid,

 

Unfortunately, I have not lived in a dorm on campus before. I’m the cliché RIC student who has commuted for his entire college career. However, I do have a lot of experience with being bullied and having to work with difficult people, and it is not fun. What you have to remember is that this is a temporary situation; you will not live with these people forever. They cannot stop you from having the time of your life and maintaining a positive attitude. Being in a new school has its challenges, and those challenges should not be what you come home to after a long day of classes. I would first advise you to take a deep breath and collect your thoughts; the library has a lot of great places to settle in and relax. You might also benefit from taking up a hobby that will relax you, such as doing yoga, knitting or even joining an organization on campus. I hear the Cat Coalition is perfect for relaxation!

Lastly, a wise man once told me that you will never know what people are thinking until you ask them. If your suitemates are affecting you in such a negative way, you can always speak to them one-on-one and explain how you feel. The worst-case scenario is they truly hate you and are extremely mean people, but if you speak to them and tell them how they are making you feel, chances are good that they’ll be genuinely apologetic. They may not even realize what they are doing! A simple heart-to-heart could be what you need to alleviate this tense situation. I really hope that, regardless of your suitemates true intentions, you are able to make your time at Rhode Island College worthwhile and that you can find your niche here. Stay strong and positive, my friend.

 

Yours truly,

Jeremy.

 

Dearest Friendless and Afraid,

 

First of all, good on you for staying out of the drama. Keeping your cool around so much negativity can be difficult, especially when you’re in a new place with all of these people who aren’t on your wavelength. You make a good point that you have to live with them all year, so if you want to keep the peace and try to establish a friendship with them, you could try finding something on campus that you guys can all do together outside of the suite. From the sound of things, however, it may be time to put yourself first. Make sure that you establish boundaries with your suitemates as soon as issues arise. If they are doing something that makes you uncomfortable (intentionally or otherwise), politely remove yourself from the conversation and say something like, “that’s not really my cup of tea, so I’m going to go finish studying at the cafe.” They might be judgmental, but that’s their problem and not yours; it isn’t your job to sort them out. It hurts, but realizing that we cannot control other people’s actions is one of the hardest lessons we learn as we grow up. The only thing we can control is how we react and respond. The more you feed into someone else’s drama, the more involved you become. Don’t make their reality part of your own; instead, build up your own reality.

Think about it this way: the best news is that you have four years to build up your own world. The RIC community is overflowing with clubs, events and activities. Find some buddies in your classes, and start a study group! Attend a new club during the Wednesday free period. I am a transfer commuter student, so I totally understand the isolation. I have found that once you make the leap and reach out to people, they respond very well. College life can feel pretty lonely at first, but now you have the opportunity to choose who you want to surround yourself with and who you want to avoid. You’ll have supporting and like-minded people on your team in no time. Just make sure to put your own comfort and happiness first, and remember that you define yourself, not your suitemates.

 

Hang in there,

Gianna.

Sunlit youth – Lucas Beland

California indie-pop band Local Natives released their new album “Sunlit Youth” on Sept. 9, 2016. Their new album seems to be the start to a different take on their familiar folk style of music. The shift in music is unexpected for Local Natives, and what would normally drive fans away is actually working for them.

As they modernize their style of music, not only are they keeping their prior fans, but they are bringing in even more. After being featured in the video game “Life is Strange,” many began to listen and want more. Thus introducing new technology into their music appeal to both old and new listeners. Local Natives have come a long way from their prior album “Gorilla Manor” which was released in 2012.

The new album “Sunlit Youth.” shows development and growth through new songs like “Villiany & Past lives,” which include the new found sounds and skill used. The band has shown that adapting to the newer age poses no threat; as they can express all different kinds of emotion through their music and display something that feels to be a coming of a new found heights reached for the band.

Whether it be the change in style for their music or the familiar prominence of the band, Local Natives is a band to check out and see for yourself.

They make their debut at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in downtown Providence on Oct. 21, 2016. Tickets are being sold in advance at Lupos.com. All information is on their website, and be sure to check it out.

Steps into shadow – Thomas Sack

On Sept. 24, 2016, audiences returned to the Star Wars galaxy for the third season premiere of Star Wars Rebels, a one-hour TV movie titled “Steps Into Shadow.” Written by Steven Melching and Matt Michnovetz, the extended episode is Star Wars at its best.

“Steps Into Shadow” takes place six months after the conclusion of its predecessor, “Twilight of the Apprentice.” The heroic Ghost crew is back in full force, and as it tries to steal a fleet of Y-wings from an Imperial base, it is faced with a new threat: Grand Admiral Thrawn, who was initially declared non-canon when Disney purchased Star Wars in 2012.

Story-wise, “Steps Into Shadow” is not as thrilling as “Twilight of the Apprentice.” However, it is not bad. Continuity between these two episodes is expertly maintained, and the result is an adventure delightfully similar in tone to the Star Wars Original Trilogy. “Steps Into Shadow” is far from the filler typical of Star Wars Rebels, and while it does try to include too many characters in its narrative for the sake of fanservice, it succeeds at whetting one’s appetite for what promises to be a dark and exhilarating third season.

Musically, “Steps Into Shadow” is a disappointment. Its score is subdued and unmemorable, something that has held true for Star Wars since George Lucas sold it. Even the grand “Rebel Fanfare” is reduced to a sting that plays during the opening titles and end credits. Fortunately, “Steps Into Shadow” compensates for its weak soundtrack with an amazing use of sound effects. Audiences are sure to be enraptured by the iconic hum of lightsabers, the mighty roar of spaceship engines, and the celebrated pew-pew of blaster bolts.

Visually, “Steps Into Shadow” is astounding. Its stylized aesthetics reference the designs of the late Ralph McQuarrie, and they possess a subtle realism that sometimes makes one forget one is watching a cartoon. Everything that graces the screen during “Steps Into Shadow” is beautifully rendered; one feels the intensity of every explosion and can clearly understand the emotions of every character. One could almost go so far as to say “Steps Into Shadow” is a paragon of the technology Lucasfilm has been developing since 2008.

In terms of voice acting, “Steps Into Shadow” does not dissatisfy. Every character in the episode is portrayed in a believable, fitting way. The renowned Jim Cummings makes a welcome return as the space pirate Hondo Ohnaka, and Tom Baker of “Doctor Who” fame makes his Star Wars debut as the enigmatic Bendu. Without a doubt, the best performance in “Steps Into Shadow” comes from newcomer Lars Mikkelsen, who voices none other than Grand Admiral Thrawn.

“Steps Into Shadow” is definitely the strongest season premiere Star Wars Rebels has had, to date. Packed with marvels and mysteries, it does everything one would expect from a high-quality Star Wars story, even though its music is lackluster. All in all, it is obvious the Force will be with Star Wars Rebels’ third season.

“Something Worth Saving” at PPAC – Shane Inman

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Gavin Degraw will soon be coming to the Providence Performing Arts Center.

The chart-topping pop artist, who is best known for songs such as “I Don’t Want To Be” and “Chariot,” will be performing at PPAC on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Many may recognize Degraw’s music from the popular TV show “One Tree Hill,” which features one of his pieces as its theme song. Degraw released a new album, entitled “Something Worth Saving,” in early September, and this will be his first time performing the new songs live in Rhode Island.

Joining Degraw is platinum artist Andy Grammer, who has risen from relative obscurity to pop star status in the past few years thanks to the roaring success of songs such as “Honey I’m Good.”

Tickets for this event can be purchased for between $40 and $70 on PPAC’s website at ppacri.org or by phone at (401) 421-2787. As part of a special offer, The Anchor is giving out two pairs of free tickets to see Gavin Degraw at PPAC. Simply send your answer to one or both of the below trivia questions to managing@anchorweb.org to be entered for a chance to win.

 

Rhode Island College goes Green – Louisa A. D’Ovidio, Shane J. Inman

Rhode Island College goes Green

Louisa A. D’Ovidio

Shane J. Inman

Editor in Chief

Managing Editor

 

Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein was welcomed to campus last week by her Rhode Island Green party organizers and Rhode Island College’s Environmental club as well as a Media Center consortium of reporters.

Stein spoke with Robbie Rhodes, General Manager of 90.7 WXIN, in a one on one interview before her speech and Q&A. Stein focused on the issues facing college students, the importance of voting third party and the ‘Green New Deal’ she is proposing that would end dependence on nonrenewable energy.

“Jill Stein is my personal hero and I’m super excited,” said RIC student Marisa who was attending the event.

Stein had a very clear message for young voters, “they tell you you’re powerless, but it’s exactly the opposite. You have the numbers to come out and take over this election, to render student debt null and void, to make public higher education free…”

As one of the prominent third party candidates in the 2016 election, Stein has been attracting and relying on the backing of former Bernie Sanders supporters. Throughout the interview, she made it clear that she sees herself as a desirable alternative to the continuation of the current two-party system which has left many voters dissatisfied and angry. Stein made headlines during the campaign cycle for her two arrests, once for trying to attend the first Democratic debate and a second time while protesting with the Sioux Standing Rock Tribe.

Stein described the similar policy goals she shares with Senator Bernie Sanders, such as a higher minimum wage and free higher education, but also emphasized where she and the senator differ, drawing attention to her plans to forgive all student loan debt because “it’s time to bail out the victims” of the economic crash.

Rhode Island Stein organizer Sue said, “the Democratic and Republican parties have become two points on the same continuum. Our country is run by corporations and politicians do the bidding of their donors and not of the people they serve,” Sue went on, “Jill Stein, on the other hand, is acutely in tune with the pulse of the people of the nation, she’s close enough to people to understand what’s caused the pain in our society that has produced the two candidates we have.”

Stein’s lasting message was that, “It’s all about rejecting the lesser evil, standing up and fighting for the greater good like our lives depend on it, because they do.”

 

Women’s Volleyball record 5-5 nearing end of the month – Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Women’s Volleyball record 5-5 nearing end of the month

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Assistant Sports Editor

 

This week in Women’s Volleyball, the team managed to get an even record with only two games left in the month.  Their games were against Southern Maine, Becker and Wheaton, with the game against Southern Maine being the team’s first Little East Conference match.  First off, against Southern Maine, both teams brought their A-game, having the same number of attempts to score. However, Southern Maine had more kills and less errors than RIC.  Southern Maine would go on to win that set 25-19 totaling 13 kills with only 3 errors while RIC totaled 9 kills with 7 errors.  In the second set, RIC managed to cut back on errors, only recording 6 compared to Southern Maine’s 8, but would lose it 25-22 in a close set determined by the opponents’ 11 total kills.

Though the Anchorwomen would try their hardest to force extra sets, they would lose the final set 27-25, with a game high 11 kills in the set.  Courtney Lambrese would go on to lead the team in kills with a total of 11 kills in the game. Onto Becker, it would be a nail biter with Becker starting off strong, but not strong enough.  The first set would end 25-23, with RIC taking it by force by outmatching their opponent in kills with a total of 12 for the first set.  The second set would be a different story as Becker would stay on the same path in kills, but RIC would overpower them with a total of 13 kills in both the second and third set. This would force both sets to end in a 25-19 win for RIC, leading to a clean sweep of 3-0 for the Anchorwomen.

Finally, the team faced off against Wheaton College to have their closest game of the season, forcing it to 5 sets.  The first two sets would be only within a 5 point range. The first two sets going to RIC in 25-22 and 25-20 wins. However, Wheaton was not done. They pushed a long third set that ended in a 30-32 victory for Wheaton, forcing a fourth set.  The team would dip in their offensive efforts with only 5 kills in that fourth set, compared to Wheaton’s dominant 13 kills, taking the fourth set (20-25) pushing it all the way to the fifth and final set.  This set was crucial for RIC as all seemed doubtful for a win, but they pulled through beating Wheaton 15-12 to take the 3-2 win.  Currently, they are 5-5 nearing the end of the month with only two games to play.

 

Anchorwomen’s Tennis Team currently undefeated! – Marissa Marsella

Anchorwomen’s Tennis Team currently undefeated!

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff

 

The Rhode Island College Anchorwomen’s Tennis team has remained undefeated, even after their match against Southern Maine! Both Rhode Island College senior and junior athletes, Julie Reddy and Dayna Reilly won every singles match they posted and later paired to become the dynamic duo once again, beating out the Huskies’ freshman and sophomore Mackenzie Colby and Courtney Jordan with an 8-1 win during No. 1 doubles, and winning the match at 9-0.

Rhode Island College sophomore and junior athletes Katherine Braganca and Isabella Romeo took an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles against Southern Maine’s senior and junior athletes, Liz Martin and Lynn Swanson. Behind them followed RIC’s No. 3 double pair, junior athlete Laura Nastasi and senior athlete Jorgie Martin who together beat out USM’s senior and freshman pair, Rikki Demoranville and Gabby Brooks with a score of 8-1.

In singles action, Reilly defeated her opponent, Mackenzie Colby with a score of 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 spot while the No. 2 spot, filled by her counterpart, Julie Reddy, beat her match with the identical tally. Nastasia won during No. 3 singles match, losing just one game to Demoranville (6-1, 6-0) while Braganca defeated Courtney Jordan with a score of 6-0, 6-0 in No. 4 singles. Jorgie Martin proved herself during No. 5 singles match, besting USM’s sophomore athlete Margaret Smith 6-4, 6-3 and Isabella Romeo defeated sophomore Joanna Scheidegger (Lyss, Switzerland) in No. 6 singles match with a score of 6-3, 6-0.

Good luck to an ongoing undefeated season girls! Keep up the hard work!

Anchorwomen victorious in Little East opener against Huskies – Julian Borges

Anchorwomen victorious in Little East opener against Huskies

Julian Borges

Sports Editor

 

The Women’s Soccer team, just like the Men’s this past week, were victorious against the University of Southern Maine in the Little East Conference opener.

The first half of the game saw the Anchorwomen dominate in both possession and shot advantage (12-4.) The goalkeeper for the Huskies, sophomore Taylor Canastra, blocked six shots in the first half. However, Canastra’s attempt at a clean sheet would end in the 36th minute when Eleni Grammas scored her first goal of the game after capitalizing on a midfield error that lead to the Anchormen getting on the scoreboard.

Rhode Island College walked off the field after the first half with a one goal lead. USM returned in the second half with new vigor. The Huskies outshot RIC 10-9 in the final minutes of the game in an attempt to equalize with the Anchorwomen. In the 63rd minute, Southern Maine did just that when senior midfielder Hana McNally assisted fellow midfielder Jessica Preble. Preble scored after deking RIC goalie Amber-Marie Francois and prevented the freshman from any chance of posting a clean sheet.

Not too long after, Grammas scored her second goal of the game after firing a shot above Canastra’s head—completing her brace and effectively sealing the victory for the Anchorwomen.

Canastra blocked 11 shots in the defeat to RIC while Francois had six saves in the victory. The Anchormen walked off the field with a 21-14 shot advantage over the visiting Huskies.

Anchor Action at UMass Dartmouth Cross Country Invitational – Marissa Marsella

Anchor Action at UMass Dartmouth Cross Country Invitational

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff

 

The 2016 UMass Dartmouth Invitational showed off the skills of the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen Cross Country team on Saturday afternoon, and also highlighted freshman Cassidy Bissett who led the girls to a 28th place finish. Bissitt finished in 131st place (out of 275 runners) clocking out at 20:54.65. Behind her was Rhode Island College junior athlete Briana Lenihan in 138th place with a 21:04.13 finish followed by sophomore Margaret McCaffrey in 177th place at 21:56.58.

Sophomore Veronica Northup notched 201st place at 22:48.13. Behind her, senior Allison Lomas placed 205th at 22:54.97. In 215th place freshman Sarah Basler clocked in at 23:11.84 while 237th and 239th places were claimed by junior Lissa Almanzar (24:33.50) and senior runner Abigail Dandurand (24:35.31).

Lastly, freshman Wennely Figueroa took 247th place at 25:08.99, junior Tess Rhoat notched 257th place at 26:47.37, and sophomore Margaret Buckley contributed and landed in 272nd place at 31:35.03.            The Anchorwomen reached a team score of 815.0, losing to Brandeis who won the meet with a score of 99.0.

As for the Anchormen, who scored individually, Rhode Island College junior athlete Jonathan Carney notched 136th place out of 241 runners (28:42.43) during the 2016 UMass Dartmouth Invitational. Behind him was Rhode Island College sophomore athlete, Jeff Garson (Cumberland, RI) who took 203rd place with a time of 32:15.16.

Catch up with the Rhode Island College Men and Women’s teams at Gordon College on Saturday, September 26th at 11:30 a.m. to keep up with the action.

Men’s Soccer earn victory against USM in Little East Conference opener – Julian Borges

Men’s Soccer earn victory against USM in Little East Conference opener

Julian Borges

Sports Editor

 

The Little Eastern Conference opener for the Anchormen started impressively and continued to do so throughout. Just four minutes into the game, junior forward Komla Dogbey scored a goal against the hosts of the opener, the University of Southern Maine. This proved to only be the start to Dogbey’s goal streak for in the 30th minute of the game, Dogbey scored his second and last goal—doubling the Anchormen’s lead over USM. Rhode Island College finished the half with a 13-0 shot advantage over the Huskies.

USM attempted to come back in the second half with no such luck. In the 65th minute, Charlie Mull, goalkeeper for USM played up the field out of position, and blasted a shot into the back of the net. The goal was assisted by Qutaiba Hassoon with the Huskies only down by one goal after Mull’s efforts. With just nine minutes left in the second half, Dogbey assisted junior midfielder Ty Catunto who succeeded in scoring the final goal of the match—thus sealing the victory for the Anchormen.

Mull had four saves for USM in the defeat to RIC. Chris Moura made one save in the game for the Anchormen.