Men’s golf to defend championships – Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Men’s golf to defend championships

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Assistant Sports Editor   

 

This past week, the Men’s Golf team played in the Williams Invitational and the Westfield State Invitational.  These invitationals are the final games before the GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) and NEIGA (New England Intercollegiate Golf Association) championships, which the team has been champions of for an outstanding five years straight. The Men’s Golf team will surely look to continue this tradition.

The NEIGA is held by the Rhode Island College Men’s Golf team. This team went on to place 11th (out of 18 teams) in the Williams Invitational.  hough that does not seem great, the individual scoring was very consistent for the team ranging between 151-166. Austin Cilley led the team shooting with a score of +9, but a score of 76 the first day and 75 the second day.

Next up, in the Westfield State Invitational, the team placed 2nd out of 14 teams, going back to their usual dominance on the course. Cilley, Mike Caparco, and Tom Sheran shot a score of 75, 76, and 77, respectively.  They scored a total of 306 to place 2nd as Babson College took 1st place shooting a score of 292.

The GNAC Championship will be held on Oct. 15th and 16th while the NEIGA Championship will be held on Oct. 23rd and 24th.

Cross country runners win LEC awards – Marissa Marsella

Cross country runners win LEC awards

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff

 

During the Pop Crowell Invitational hosted by Gordon College last week, the Rhode Island College Men’s Cross Country team had three of their runners place in the top 50 of 106 competitors. Although RIC did not compete as a team this week, junior athlete Jonathan Carney finished in 18th place with a racing time of 28:57 for the 8k course. Rhode Island College freshman athlete Helder Gomes placed 24th with a time of 29:22, earning the title of LEC Men’s Cross Country Rookie of the Week, and Rhode Island College sophomore Jeff Garson placed 47th with a timed run of 31:07.

As for the women, Rhode Island College sophomore Margaret McCaffrey was named Little East Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after recording a personal best time of 20:49 and finishing in 20th place out of 120 runners during the Pop Crowell Invitational. Following McCaffrey’s victory, her teammates performed accordingly with RIC freshman Cassidy Bissitt finishing in 21st place with a personal record of 20:50, junior Briana Lenihan placing 23rd with a time of 20:59, senior Allison Lomas placing 52nd at 22:21, and sophomore Veronica Northup finishing in 61st place with a time of 23:17.

In 65th place for the Anchorwomen came senior Abigail Dandurand (23:29), in 66th place was junior Lissa Almanzar (23:31), 69th place was owned by freshman Sarah Basler (23:44), and in 86th place came junior Tess Rhoat with a timed run of 26:07.

Catch the Cross Country teams on Saturday, Oct 8th at 11 a.m. during the James Earley Invitational next week for more action.

Strict teachers are better – Kristy O’Connor

Strict teachers are better

Kristy O’Connor
Secretary

 

Every college student knows the relief of getting your syllabus on the first day of classes and realizing that you got the luck of the draw in the teacher department. Combing through the pages, you start to realize that the review on Rate My Professor is living up to its name. You have a “relaxed” teacher, also known as a bullshit class.

Back when I was a freshman, I too was swept up in the notion that this type of teacher was better. I used to wish every teacher was like the one I had who gave take-home exams, canceled class all the time, and let us be on our phones the whole class. Then I started to realize that, although this seemed like a good thing, it was actually counterproductive to my education.

Whenever I have a relaxed teacher, I notice a deterioration in my attitude towards school. I start to do less work because I know I can get away with it, and I begin to put off my assignments until the hour before they are due. I also allow myself to skip more classes because I know that the teacher will not care and will not take points off of my grade.

On the other hand, when I have the type of teacher that most college kids dread, I find a drastic difference in my demeanor and the overall way I treat my education. I do all of my homework, I attend every class, and I put my phone away for the entire duration of class. I do what every college student should be doing.

Over the years I have started to feel bad for relaxed teachers because of the way students treat them. There is a dramatic difference in the level of respect that they get, and students will not take their classes seriously. This is not fair at all to teachers who are doing their best to teach. They deserve to have students who are ready and willing to learn, but at the same time they need to treat the class in a way that will make students want to be there.

Relaxed teachers, however, are also unfair to students. You are paying for a good education and that is what you should receive. Having a teacher who makes the class so easy that you could learn more from watching a YouTube video is not fair to those who pay for college, especially the people who pay by credit.

Despite this, there are some teachers who are strict and relaxed at the same time. These are my favorite types of teachers. The level of respect is there, but you also know that the teacher wants you to learn and do well. These types of teachers help you through the class by finding balance between being your teacher and your friend.

With my time at Rhode Island College winding down, I have come to appreciate the variety of teachers that I have had, even the ones who made class so ridiculously easy that you could skip every class and still pass. The problem with this is if you have a class where the information you are supposed to learn relates to other classes you take, you will be screwed for future classes. Think about that the next time you purposely take a class with a relaxed teacher. Maybe it will change your perspective on things.

Response: All Lives Matter is insincere – Jonathan Carney

Response: All Lives Matter is insincere

Jonathan Carney

Distribution Manager

 

The “All Lives Matter” slogan is not a sincere call for equality but rather a sloppy tagline existing solely for the purpose of demeaning black protestors. It falsely implies that Black Lives Matter is supposed to mean “Only Black Lives Matter” a presumption boggling in its simple-mindedness.

People who use this lazy counter-slogan claim black protestors want special privileges not equality. This accusation is often made when anyone has the audacity to protest anything. Television host Tomi Lahren speaks in viral Facebook videos about any black man who talks about racism in public. But the notion that advocating against police shootings is somehow asking for special privilege really reinforces that idea that “when you’re accustomed to privilege equality feels like oppression.”

All Lives Matter is not hollered out of sincere concern for all lives’ equal treatment that’s where Black Lives Matter ideology comes from. Black lives are the ones often treated as if they do not matter equally whether because of implicit bias or police captains who admonish officers for not specifically going after minorities such as NYPD Capt. Constantin Tsachas. Black Lives Matter is a response to actual incidents of racism. Two summers ago, in East Greenwich, I attended a peaceful Black Lives Matter march sparked by white supremacist fliers that were distributed throughout the community. Certainly the black and white residents did not join together for the simple sake of special privileges.

People criticize Black Lives Matter when protests turn into riots. They often invoke the words of Martin Luther King Jr., who called for peaceful protesting rather than rioting. The people who quote him however cherry-pick his words to advance their own agenda while conveniently forgetting how he always followed by asserting that he could not condemn riots and not acknowledge that the treatment of African-Americans because individuals feel that they have no other alternative. He used phrases like “A riot is the language of the unheard,” and chastised “the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice.” In conclusion, All Lives Matter is an empty slogan whose only function is to twist the meaning of the chant of those that actually are being treated unequally.

On behalf of reckless unfollowing – Angelina Denomme

On behalf of reckless unfollowing

Angelina Denomme

Opinions Editor

 

Everybody is having fun without you and there are troves of pictures of fancy food and selfies in dark clubs to prove it. In reality most people don’t consistently speak to the majority of their Facebook friends but the glitzy posts of that one person you knew ten years ago and their trip to the vineyards of California immediately leads to an endless string of self deprecating questions. Am I not cool because I hate wine? How does she have so many friends, should I have more friends? Am I supposed to be settled in a career that can allow me to take trips like this already? The questions may differ but the general fear of missing out, cleverly known as FOMO, on the life you believe you’re supposed to have is very real and present.

It’s easy to forget that social media is a world we partake in so very often. In this world the term “friend” is used more loosely meaning everything from “a distant relative” to “that guy you once met at a party that one time.” By accepting a friend request you are essentially letting somebody into your life. Although that life they become a part of may be virtual the time spent in it is equal if not more to the time spent in the physical world. In general, social media is an important world that most Millennials take part in however it is treated as though it does not matter. The images one sees directly affects how they view the world and if these images are not carefully curated it can lead to a whole host of psychological obstacles. This new phenomenon of people becoming sad or anxious when comparing their own seemingly average life to the carefully crafted lives of others can easily be avoided with one simple act of unfriending or unfollowing a page.

There is an undeniable truth that people only post the most flattering and interesting parts of themselves online for the world to see. It doesn’t make someone shallow or a phony for only sharing their good side and it doesn’t make you overly sensitive for feeling sad about your own life in comparison. For one moment throw all judgement and fear out the window. Go through your list of friends and ask yourself if this friend’s content really contributes to your overall happiness. Unfollow and unfriend every single account that doesn’t make you happy. Unfriend your racist cousin or that guy who posts inane graphics you don’t even read. Unfriend anyone you haven’t interacted with in the last six months. Unfriend anyone who doesn’t directly contribute to your growth as a human.

This may all seem drastic and unnecessary but so is having a collection of friends who you never speak to and maybe sometimes kind of hate. Your virtual world should be as carefully curated as your physical world. Without the ability to recklessly unfriend people who no longer serve your happiness social media can quickly turn into a negative environment with no real interaction amongst so-called friends. By creating a space where you are able to interact with a chosen few friends you truly care about people will be able to have more meaningful connections within cyberspace.

In defense of All Lives Matter – Ryan Foley

In defense of All Lives Matter

Ryan Foley

Anchor Staff

 

It was very sad when Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley was booed for saying “All lives matter.” It was even sadder when under pressure O’Malley retracted his statement. Twenty first century America is now under so much pressure to be politically correct that it is considered highly offensive to speak of the basic principle of Christian teaching. Preaching the idea that every life is equally important in the eyes of God is no longer allowed in society.

Millennials are the first generation to be worse off than previous generations according to U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community survey. Most people believe this for economic reasons but I believe this is because our country is in a constant state of social decay. An example of this decay is the recent rash of police shootings and the resulting racial hostility. In response to these shootings many have said that it is important to strengthen the relationship between police officers and their communities.  However, there will always be those who favor a strict division between police and citizens. Those who slander and physically harm police officers in the line of duty will never be able to create a harmonious society between citizens and officers.

While protesting is legally constitutional some of the activity that goes on during protests is not.  Looting and trashing buildings is counterproductive and will only alienate the people protesters are trying to convince to sympathize with the cause. It should be noted that the 24-hour news cycle as well as the extensive use of social media are not helpful in discouraging people from getting violent at the protests. These methods of news reporting shrink altercations into short video clips and replay them over and over to insight fear and panic in the population. The fear caused by the constant barrage of violent images does little to create a reality of peace. If you really want to promote unity say it loud and say it proud “All lives matter.”

Flu shots are non negotiable – Angelina Denomme

Flu shots are non negotiable

Angelina Denomme

Opinions Editor

 

It’s that time of year again when the leaves start changing, the UGG boots come out and a symphony of sneezes and coughs begin to fill the back of every classroom. As germs spread more students become infected with symptoms. For most the flu is easily fought off and affects no more than a short few days worth of lost productivity. However for others the flu can mean weeks upon weeks of sickness, treatments and a carefully timed schedule of medicine. There is no reason beside medical necessity that every healthy person shouldn’t be getting their flu immunization yearly.

To dispel a couple myths right at the outset the answer is no, flu shots do not make you sick with the flu and never getting the flu doesn’t mean you don’t need the immunization all this according to the Center for Disease Control. The flu is not an innocuous illness because in many cases of people being immune suppressed due to preexisting conditions, age, or drug regimes such as chemotherapy the flu can lead to serious complications and not uncommonly death. Current society is beyond lucky to exist in a time where dying from a cough is no longer necessary however as we humans get further away from that reality we begin to forget just how devastating common ailments can be.

Creating a vast herd immunity is the only way to effectively prevent the illness of those who are immunosuppressed or unable to get the vaccination for medical reasons. Herd immunity is the idea that if every healthy person gets immunized against a disease then the spread of the disease will be vastly limited. By taking part in vaccinations, even if you don’t normally get sick, citizens can help create a stronger herd immunity and prevent themselves from becoming a carrier of the illness. If every student at RIC who is medically able to get the flu vaccine receives it then the spread of the illness would not only be contained but also the probability of a peer who is at risk for complications due to contracting the flu will also diminish.

As members of society, as people who work with the public or are consistently around the public, it is necessary that all medically able people vaccinated themselves against the flu. If not for yourself then do it for your peers who may be chronically sick or who may interact with someone who is chronically and who may view the flu as a serious death sentence.

Flu shots are available, usually for free, through the school via the Health Services’ annual flu shot clinic on Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Student Community Government takes steps to improve inclusiveness on campus – Taylor Dame

Student Community Government takes steps to improve inclusiveness on campus

Taylor Dame

News Editor

 

Student Community Government took steps last Wednesday to increase inclusivity in the Rhode Island College community by approving the constitutions of two new organizations that aim to support underrepresented groups on campus.

The first group approved by the parliament was the Student Parent Association. The organization aims to serve as a platform for students who are parents. They plan on providing visibility and support for student parents, however anyone can join the organization.

The other new group that was approved called RICovery. The group’s mission is to support those in the RIC community who are in recovery or are affected by recovery in some way. The group will not function like an Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous meeting, but instead, it is meant to be a place to get peer support.

In addition to approving the constitutions, President Jose Rosario laid out his three major goals for the year that all dealt with inclusiveness on campus.

The first goal is to form a Basis Response Task Force to deal with community complaints of basis on campus. The taskforce, which would be made up of administration, students, faculty and staff, will be formed to provide for a safe and confidential way to deal with issues of basis.

The next goal was to look at Title IX sexual harassment policies and make them clearer to students and expand upon them when needed. Day One, an organization that deals with issues of sexual assault, has agreed to draft a “unique training opportunity” for the RIC community.

The third goal was brought up after three freshmen students and some parents asked about LGBTQ safe spaces on campus. RIC does not currently have a designated safe space on campus. Rosario says that “physical space on campus is difficult to come across and it is not feasible to develop a safe space at the moment, but we do need to do something.” The goal is to provide safe space training for students, faculty and staff to become a peer advocate. Rosario also wants an LGBTQ coordinator on campus whose job would be to work on issues pertaining to the LGBTQ community.

The next SCG parliament meeting is on Oct. 12 at 7:15 p.m. in Student Union room 307. Students are invited to attend and speak at the open forum section of the meeting.

The death of Radio Raheem – Mike Dwyer

The death of Radio Raheem

Mike Dwyer

Assistant News Editor

 

This past week, actor Bill Nunn died at the age of 63 after an exhausting battle with cancer. Nunn was best known for his role in Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing,” where he played the character of Radio Raheem. A towering neighborhood personality, oft seen sporting a boombox the width of his torso, the character was imagined as one of our nation’s “misunderstood black youth.” In the climax of the film, Raheem is choked to death by a police officer, sparking a riot.

Lee’s iconic film ends with a dedication to several black New Yorkers who had been killed during encounters with the police in the preceding decade. In his production journal, Lee wrote, “If a riot is the climax of the film, what will cause the riot? Take your pick: an unarmed black child shot, the cops say he was reaching for a gun; a grandmother shot to death by cops with a shotgun; a young woman, charged with nothing but a parking violation, dies in police custody.”

The character of Radio Raheem has been evoked recently on several occasions in the aftermath of high profile encounters between police and members of the black community. Speaking to NBC news in 2014, Nunn recalled filming the scene that would define his breakout role. “I felt an electricity in the air… it was palpable throughout the whole neighborhood. I felt a responsibility to the story.”

The film’s 25th anniversary fell in the same year as the 2014 death of Eric Garner, a black man killed during a police takedown in strikingly similar fashion. The chilling parallels prompted Spike Lee to release a video in which he intercut scenes from his film with footage of Garner’s death, highlighting how closely his art still mimics our reality.

The film timelessly captured the sweltering racial tensions of American cities, and the confusion and rapidity of violent police encounters in black communities. However, perhaps what is most significant and unchanged in the last quarter century are the events that would have transpired after the credits are done rolling.

Neon Newswire

Recalls for days

Samantha Scetta

Anchor Editor

The mistakes made by machines and human hands alike make food recalls unavoidable. Just this past week, the public was prompted to steer clear of four different kinds of foods. Bison, veal and beef products purchased from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse have been recalled due to the presence of E.Coli bacteria. The meat was packaged between July 21 and Sept. 22 in Athol, Massachusetts and sent to stores, restaurants and farmers markets in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. The meat could have potentially been shipped to other neighboring states, such as Rhode Island.

Approximately 195,000 pounds of P.F Chang’s frozen chicken and beef products are being pulled from shelves due to a high possibility of metal contamination. The manufacturer, ConAgra Foods, released a statement saying that metal fragments may be embedded in the sauce of “P.F Chang’s Home Menu” entrée products. The metal pieces range in size from two to nine millimeters and are curled and shiny. The contaminated items were produced between May 31 and June 22, including Spicy Chicken, Mongolian Style Beef and Dan Dan Noodles.

Meat products are certainly not the only commodity that are prompted for recall. Kellog Co. is recalling over 10,000 cases of its Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles in 25 states for possible listeria contamination, a bacteria that can cause fatal infections. Even Little Bites snacks are being recalled, thanks to a potential helping of plastic shards from within. The announcement was made in early September, and the miniature muffins were distributed to stores in the first two weeks of the month.

More information on exact states, UPC codes and “best by” dates can be found online.

 

Man lost at sea suspect in grand-patricide

Samantha Scetta

Anchor Editor

 

After setting sail from Point Judith, Rhode Island for a fishing trip on Sept. 17, Linda Carman is presumed dead. Her son, Nathan, was rescued from a life raft off the coast of Massachusetts on Sunday, Sept. 25 after spending seven days at sea. Deepening the case of his missing mother, Nathan was a suspect in the homicide of his grandfather 2013. Carman was the last known person to see his grandfather, John Chakalos. Carman had dinner with his 87-year-old grandfather on Dec. 20, 2013, and Chakalos was found dead the next morning with three gunshot wounds. Carman was never charged with the murder of his grandfather.

After his rescue, Carman told the Coast Guard in an interview that his 31-foot long aluminum fishing boat sank after he heard a “funny noise” coming from the boat’s engine. “When I saw the life raft, I did not see my mom. Have you found her?” Nathan Carman spent seven days in an inflatable life raft with only enough food and water to survive. Linda Carman has still not been found and is presumed dead.

Many questions still remain surrounding the presumed death of Linda Carman, and how the aluminum fishing boat sank. Windsor police Captain Thomas Lepore said that the investigation into the murder of John Chakalos remains open. According to Lepore, police interviewed a few of Chakalos’s relatives, including Nathan and Linda Carman.

 

Rhode Island wants millennials to vote

Taylor Dame

News Editor

 

Rhode Island launched a new website designed to get people, specifically young people, to register to vote.

Secretary of State, Nellie Gorbea says that many young people are disengaged from the political process and that the website is designed to encourage them to vote.

The website is optimized for use on smartphones and tablets. The website asks the question, “Are you going to vote?” and gives two options to pick from, yes and don’t know.

Those who pick yes are given a way to register online if they haven’t already. While those who picked don’t know are directed to a list of commonly given excuses on why people do not vote.

Each excuse gives information on what to do to overcome the issue. There are also several videos that explain why your vote matters.

RIvotes.org was launched on September 27 to coincide with National Voter Registration Day.

The last day to register to vote for the November election is October 9.

 

Department of Justice says URI mismanaged federal grants

 

An audit released by the US Department of Justice says that three federal grants were mismanaged by the University of Rhode Island.

The three grants totaled $1.2 million and were from the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs.

The DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz said that the grants from 2009, 2011, and 2012 were not adequately managed. According to Horowitz the university achieved the goals and objectives of the grant, but the audit found “non-compliance or discrepancies in several areas.”

The grants were intended to develop software to aid law enforcement in stopping child pornography and assist in investigations involving internet data.

URI has disagreed with most of the Inspector General’s findings in the audit.