Men’s Golf dominates in first three invitationals – Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Men’s Golf dominates in first three invitationals

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Assistant Sports Editor   

 

The Rhode Island College Men’s Golf team has been dominating so far in the season, playing in the MCLA (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) Invitational, Elms Blazers Invitational and Roger Williams Invitational thus far.  In the MCLA Invitational, RIC took first place out of 11 teams, scoring a total of 307 with five players, leading the back by 13 strokes with second place scoring 320. Every single player shot under 80 with John Roderick and Drew Quirk leading RIC with a score of 76 each with Austin Cilley shooting 77 and Steve Letterle and Nathan Patterson scoring 78 each.

As their first meet goes well, they continue to dominate by taking second place in both the Elms Blazer and Roger Williams Invitational.  First, in the two-day Elms Blazer Invitational, the team scored a total of 628, scoring 305 on the first day and 323 on the second day. Roderick led the team the first day, shooting the best round of the first day with a total of 72.  The second day was much tougher, though. Cilley and Quirk would both score 80 to keep the team in their second place spot.  Finally, at the Roger Williams Invitational, the team scored a total of 299 to take second place, only two strokes behind Babson College that scored a total of 297. Freshman Nathan Patterson tied for first place with an even par of 71, leading the team to their second place victory.

 

Legendary coach Dick Ernst passes away – Marissa Marsella

Legendary coach Dick Ernst passes away

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff

 

Rhode Island College grieves the loss of tennis and hockey star Dick Ernst who passed away last week. Ernst was not just a loving father to three sons and husband to Mrs. Rollie Ernst. He was also an inductee of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 2016 as well as coach to over 115 hockey, cross country and tennis teams.

Ernst is responsible for over 600 hockey game wins in both boy’s and girl’s leagues for four different schools as a beloved coach. He also assisted Cranston East in achieving two undefeated seasons that resulted in consecutive state and New England Championships in 1983 and 1984. Ernst led both men’s and women’s Rhode Island College tennis teams to four Little East Championships apiece in his years offering prodigious service to the school. He retired from his work in sports in 2015 after coaching very successfully for over fifty years.

His own sports career proved to be just as astonishing as his coaching one. A graduate of Providence College in 1961, Ernst was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island on June 11, 2005 after starting for Cranston East in his high school days with continuing success during college and through the next five decades. His career also included winning the Rhode Island Open in 1968 and closing in 1969, as well as titles in the Rhode Island Tennis League; New England Class B and New England Junior Veterans. Aside from this, Ernst also played against Cliff Drysdale in the 1971 Irish Open and then qualified for the Newport Amateur in 1975. He also played a preliminary match against Joe Cavanagh in 1975 in front of 3,000 fans at the Providence Civic Center.

Dick Ernst wasn’t only an incredible father and husband. He was also an incredibly gifted athlete and coach that will be sincerely missed by so many. Rhode Island College is honored to have been able to have him coach its athletes as well as leave such a mark on sports history. The games just won’t be the same without him.

How Brangelina shaped a generation – Angelina Denomme

How Brangelina shaped a generation

Angelina Denomme

Opinions Editor

 

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie came together in a firestorm of fictionalized bullets and insane media coverage over 10 years ago. When Brad divorced his then-wife Jennifer Aniston, one Hollywood couple was destroyed, but an even more powerful couple was forged. Six kids, a double mastectomy and a quick two year marriage later, Brangelina has crumbled amid allegations of anger management issues and drug abuse. It is in this time of mourning that it’s important to look back at the relationship that was the backbone of Hollywood for so many years and reflect.

Before Brangelina was a force to be reckoned with, Angelina Jolie was the actress who wore a vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood around her neck while they dated, and Brad Pitt was the hot lead actor guaranteed to rack in the dough at the box office. In their hay day, Brangelina was the perfect Hollywood ‘it’ couple. They were honest with the media, lovingly supportive of each other’s careers and continuously adding more and more adorable children to their brood. Together, Brangelina showed the world what a different kind of family could look like.

The Pitt-Jolie clan is unlike any seen in mainstream media. It was started with one little boy named Maddox that Jolie adopted long before she knew Pitt. Only a few years later, Pitt and Jolie flew to Ethiopia to adopt her second child, a girl, but she did so as a single parent. Pitt later adopted Jolie’s first two children and they went on to adopt one more together along with their three biological children.  It wasn’t until after the duo had stopped having children, 10 years into their relationship, that they officially got married.

Pitt and Jolie’s ability to have a family, a loving spouse and two thriving careers all without abiding by the social rules that follow love-then-marriage-then-a-baby-carriage paved a path for a new generation of people to develop relationships in a way that works for them, despite the fact that it may be contradictory to societal norms. It may not be because of Brangelina, but at least in part thanks to couples like Brangelina, that the media is forced to portray families that are outside the norm. If you’re able to look past the jokes about Jolie adopting every child from every war-torn country, you can see a family that is important to the portrayal of the human experience.

The definition of a Millennial – Angelina Denomme

The definition of a Millennial

Angelina Denomme

Opinions Editor

 

I walked two miles uphill in a blizzard that stopped most four-wheel drive vehicles in their tracks when I was just ten years old. If this sounds familiar, it may be because it’s one of those age old stories that your parents tell you to explain how tough their lives were growing up. Whenever a Gen Xer comes up to me shaking their finger at all the comforts being born in the Millennial generation has apparently afforded me, I tell them this story and use their own anecdotes against them in the most satisfying way possible.

Like most Millennials, I grew up with a desktop computer in the living room, a television that aired MTV’s “Punk’d” nonstop and a pay-as-you-go Nokia that was almost entirely used to play the game Snake. Technology was moving fast and soon phones could have customizable ringtones to match whatever Top 40 Hit Ryan Seacrest was peddling that week. In a few years, you could use the landline and the computer at the same exact time. It was all so exciting and new.

What most Gen Xers forget is that we are the generation who grew up predominantly in a post-9/11 world as much as we’re the generation of posting our lunch on Instagram. The tragedy was incomprehensible and far off to some of us and too close to home for others, but it shaped the way we viewed the world. Neighbors were no longer friends, and strangers were strictly the enemy. The world was no longer a welcoming place, but that was okay, because now we had the world wide web.

Looking back, it’s no surprise that social media developed the way it did. Everyone was scared, nothing was sacred and we needed a place to be human beings outside of the big bad world. In the last 15 years, the web has developed into a complex entity with it’s own set of rules that are not easily navigated. Regardless of what Gen Xers believe about Millennials, these tiny internet moments aren’t all that consequential in the grand scheme of our lives. The way that Millennials utilize social media doesn’t define the character of our generation.

Millennials are smart. We put off buying houses and having kids because $30,000 in student debt is already hard enough to work off in this economy. We take selfies to capture moments in time that previously couldn’t  be shared. We may be selfish but we also care so much about everyone. We fight for equal rights, for the environment and for every injustice that strikes a chord. We are fighters. We leverage our technological advances to fight the power in a way that 70’s hippies could never have fathomed.

Every generation has it’s own battles to fight, and one is not any more valiant or impressive than the next. The strife of one group of individuals doesn’t diminish the struggle of another. This generation has it’s own set of hurdles to jump that our elders will never be able to understand, just as we cannot understand theirs, but if there’s anything that Gen Xers should take notice of, it’s that Millennials are strong. It’s best for them to get out of the way altogether, because when push comes to shove, Millennials are going to change the world.

The dangerous convergence of news and entertainment – Mary Ellen Fernandez

The dangerous convergence of news and entertainment

Mary Ellen Fernandez

Anchor Staff

   

Most of what we consume from billion-dollar news programs is a perfect recipe for nonsense and biased reporting. Historically, news channels did not prioritize the exorbitant amounts of money that could be made through their broadcasts, and so the news was nothing more than a recap of the day’s events: strictly facts and reports. Now, when you turn on your television to CNN or Fox News there is an immense amount of graphic footage, angry or disoriented reporters and biased opinions blaring through the screen. The news has become a source of entertainment in and of itself, and the fact that it has developed into a direct pipeline for gaining the coveted “most viewers watching” badge is completely unethical.

The idea that news should be clear, concise and unbiased is one that should be held sacred. Many news stations are clearly and proudly representative of and affiliated with a particular party. This comes from wealthy people in the television industry who can afford to own entire stations creating their form of news for their own benefit. How can this be at all ethical? It is important as American citizens that we are allowed to voice and share our opinions with others, but where do we cross the line when those opinions falsely portray our world to us?

The program on CBS with Charlie Rose is a perfect example of an ethical balance between news reporting and entertainment. The guests are all interesting, intelligent and talented people who come to discuss books, movies, socio-economical and environmental issues. The host himself appears impartial, engaged and truly cares about the thoughts, opinions and ideas his guests voice. There is no big fancy production backdrop or music and shouting, just people and their opinions. If a broadcasting news station can ethically merge the concepts of entertainment and reporting, why can’t other cable stations do that as well? The answer is as simple as it is unethical: profit. Next time you turn your TV to your preferred news station, try to remember that not everything you may be hearing is necessarily presented for your sole benefit.

The best are boring – Shane Inman

The best are boring

Shane Inman

Managing Editor

In the time of William Shakespeare, it was a commonly-held belief among playwrights that, in order to best engage an audience, the stories one told should be about larger-than-life figures such as kings, nobles or sorcerers. Eventually, artists realized that this was not the case, and the lives of ordinary people could be just as compelling as those of legendary figures. In 2016, cable dramas still don’t appear to have gotten this memo.

If you flip through the dramas offered by the major cable networks—ABC, NBC, Fox, etc.—you will find that an unsettling majority of these shows have one thing in common: they’re about people who are the best at something. Whether they are telling stories of the world’s greatest hackers, most brilliant doctor, most adept lawyer or most perceptive detective, popular cable dramas seem hung up on the idea that they must provide audiences with extraordinary characters. It’s easy to see why this might be assumed; there is an undeniably, if cheap, thrill in watching someone smarter than us simply being clever and resourceful. Watching people who are astoundingly good at things is just plain fun. With that said, networks’ preoccupation with this built-in entertainment factor is limiting the scope of stories their shows can tell.

Whether it is overtly stated or not, capturing part of the human experience is essential in any story about people. If an audience finds no resonance at all, conscious or unconscious, in the characters they are watching, they are unlikely to remember those characters for very long. Being ordinary, being average, is a huge component of the human experience, and it is one which popular cable dramas seem to ignore entirely. Ordinary people struggle with inferiority. Ordinary people don’t always come out on top in the end. Ordinary people face failure not at one or two dramatically-appropriate moments, but all the time. So why not tell stories about these people? Why not make shows about folks who aren’t the best, who are just trying to get by? These are the people to whom audience members can point and say: “I know this feeling. I’ve been where they are.”

To be sure, there are dramas which do break the mold—several from AMC being the most prominent examples—but there seems to be a certain level of fear on the part of major networks about telling stories of unremarkable people. Some of this likely comes from the worry that, if stripped of their incredible abilities, people become dull and uninteresting. This could not, however, be further from the truth. Human beings are complex and intriguing in their own right, without the need for any additional frills. Couching every single character in an inherent superiority hamstrings the opportunity for this latent complexity to be explored to its fullest extent, and ultimately results in the shallow dullness which execs are afraid of in the first place. There is absolutely a place for extraordinary characters, and not everyone has to be an average Joe, but the blatant avoidance of the ordinary is crippling an artistic outlet otherwise rife with potential, and it needs to be reexamined.

The ongoing expletives of Rodrigo Duterte – Mike Dwyer

The ongoing expletives of Rodrigo Duterte

Mike Dwyer

Anchor Contributor

 

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has once again unloaded a bulky shipment of fresh, warm expletives aimed at high profile figures. Last week, members of the European Union called for more scrupulous monitoring of the human rights abuses, which were reportedly taking place within the country. On Tuesday, in a speech which took place in his hometown of Davao City, Duterte responded to the accusations in a mix of Filipino and English by saying, “I have read the condemnation of the European Union. I’m telling them: ‘F**k you.’”

He went on, chastising the EU nations for what he perceived as a glaring example of exceptionalism and hypocrisy. “Who did I kill? Assuming that it’s true? 1,700? How many have they killed?” he said, calling to issue what other countries, namely France and Britain, have done in the Middle East. “You are doing it in atonement for your sins. They are now strict because they have guilty feelings,” he said. Duterte emphasized his disdain by clarifying, “I repeat it. F**k you!” while raising his right hand and giving the middle finger to applause from local businessmen.

The Philippines, a nation comprised of more than 7,000 islands in Southeast Asia, has been plagued in recent years by an immense drug epidemic. Duterte took office on June 30, and since then approximately 3,500 people have been killed by heavy-handed police tactics and vigilantism, sprouting from the chaotic war on drugs.

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama cancelled what would have been the first meeting of the two leaders just hours after Duterte berated him in similar fashion. In response to warnings that he would face criticism by Duterte reportedly said before a news conference, “You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum.” This statement was allegedly directed at President Obama, in regards to the island nation’s ongoing war on drugs,

Obama later described Duterte as a “colorful guy.” In response to his choice to cancel the meeting, the President went on to say, “I always want to make sure, if I’m having a meeting, that it’s actually productive and we’re getting something done.”

Duterte has since apologized and admitted regret for the vulgarity. Several sources, including Duterte himself, have made attempts to explain that the insult was directed at the reporter who had initially asked how he would respond to criticism from the US president during their first face-to-face interaction, set to take place during a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Perhaps something was lost in translation. However, while he was still Mayor of Davao City, the famously foul-mouthed Duterte employed “son of a whore” to describe the Pope, venting frustration at the traffic in Manila caused by the Pontiff’s motorcade during a recent visit to the capital. Then, as now, Duterte expressed regret for his use of language and planned a trip to the Vatican to personally apologize. He later backpedaled on this plan after winning his country’s election.

 

Hanging by a thread – Mike Dwyer

Hanging by a thread

Mike Dwyer

Anchor Contributor

 

It has been a dizzying week regarding the ongoing civil war in Syria, as the tenuous ceasefire continues to devolve into violence. In an impassioned speech to the United Nations, Secretary of State John Kerry called for all planes to be grounded in crucial areas of the war torn country, “in order to de-escalate the situation and give a chance for humanitarian assistance to flow unimpeded.”

His comments come after a week of uneasy truce, with both sides accusing one another of breaching the terms of the ceasefire, which lasted merely a week. Despite what was written on paper, the de facto state of affairs saw air raids continuing throughout the nation. The heaviest bombardments have occurred in and around the city of Aleppo, a focal point of the violence desperately in need of the relief that was promised during the lull in fighting. Both sides have repeatedly violated the agreement. The weekend following the pact, US led airstrikes killed 62 Syrian army soldiers and wounded 100 more, provoking Moscow to call an emergency meeting of the UN.

When she arrived, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers made an immediate response to reporters regarding the accusations, rather than first entering the closed Security Council meeting. “We are investigating the incident, and if we determine that we did indeed strike Syrian military personnel, that was not our intention,” Powers told reporters. She went on to call Russia’s outcry a “stunt … replete with moralism and grandstanding that is uniquely cynical and hypocritical.”

A Russian Foreign Ministry statement following the meeting criticized the Americans for taking what they viewed as “an unconstructive and indistinct position” during the session. It went on to say that the Americans “not only turned out to be unable to give an adequate explanation of what happened, but also tried, as is their custom, to turn everything upside down”.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in an emailed statement to the AP news agency that “terrorists and the opposition” have been using the truce to “boost their forces and prepare for renewed hostilities.”

Just two days following the emergency meeting, the US accused Syria and Russia of airstrikes that hit an aid convoy. Some of the voices in the mounting condemnation characterizing the attacks as a war crime, but both Russia and Syria deny the allegations. In a statement carried by Russian news agencies, Konashenkov said, “The air forces of Russia and Syria did not conduct any strikes against the UN aid convoy in the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo.” Konashenkov countered that the attack did not appear to be from an air raid.

Following the strike on the aid convoy, the UN suspended transport of humanitarian relief, fearing further provocations. While speaking at the General Assembly in New York, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon called those who attacked the convoy “cowards.” Ki-moon has been more outspoken of late. Due to step down at the end of this year, he added “powerful patrons that keep feeding the war machine also have blood on their hands.”

As of this writing, aid convoys have restarted their missions, and Kerry has stated that he is willing to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in hopes of salvaging the peace, but lamented that the future of Syria is “hanging by a thread.”

Discussing the depths of The Shallows – Sam Scetta

Discussing the depths of The Shallows

Sam Scetta

Anchor Editor

 

Will anyone actually read this article? Do people actually read newspapers? And no, reading the headlines, and maybe the first and last sentence of an article, does not qualify. The slow but sure disappearance of deep reading is a topic that is embedded in the pages Nicholas Carr’s award winning novel “The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains.”

This book was selected by faculty and staff as a part of Rhode Island College’s Open Books-Open Minds committee and is being taught in many classrooms on campus. For those who do not know, “The Shallows” is a primarily research-based novel where Carr explores the many ways that the internet has shaped relationships, learning and, most importantly, our brains.

The Open Books-Open Minds committee hosted a roundtable conversation with professors and students to talk about teaching strategies for “The Shallows” and how the novel can be related to many different subjects, even math and biology. Facilitated by Professor Duneer, the chair of the committee, the discussion lasted about two hours, and students got a chance to hear why professors chose to teach “The Shallows.”

A professor of mathematics wanted his students to look at the brain as a plastic organ, one that is constantly changing and adopting new ways of functioning. The excuse “I am not a math person” is not valid in Professor Pinheiro’s classroom. He chooses to have his students teach themselves and each other before actually learning a problem, just to get his students brains working and thinking deeply and critically, “I want my students to ask why we are doing something, not how.”

In Carr’s novel, he leaves his readers with no solutions to “fix” a brain that is constantly buzzing, humming and distracted on all different levels. The committee of professors did, however, come to the conclusion that students are aware of the distractions imposed upon them. Distractions stemming from the portable computers that have a permanent seat on school desks and social media that never goes quiet.

Both Professor Duneer and Professor Riley said that their students prefer a printed copy of textual material instead of a digital one; students feel that they are unable to absorb most written material online.

Printed material will not go out of style anytime soon, much to the dismay of Nook and Kindle companies. This conversation was an interesting and difficult one—a conversation that should be held more often, in more classes. More and more internet addiction is being treated as a literal addiction, and it’s up to no one but the individual to become aware of their constant attachment to a device.

Nicholas Carr will be speaking at RIC on Thursday, Oct. 13 in Alger Hall. All are welcome to attend and ask Carr any questions they may have about his research and findings, even if his novel is still sitting in a dusty corner on your bookshelf.

Neon News

Man stuck between rocks at beach freed using olive oil

Mike Dwyer

Anchor Contributor

 

With the tide rolling in, a 31-year-old Rhode Island man saw his life flashing before his eyes. Moments before his brush with death, the unnamed man had stood atop a jetty, enjoying a crisp ocean breeze and the serene view of Narragansett Beach through the screen of his phone. Suddenly, the device slipped from his hands and landed between two rocks. As it was seemingly within reach, the man made an effort to retrieve his phone but instead managed to get himself stuck all the way up to his chest.

A necessary rescue effort began, calling in resources from the Narragansett Fire Department and the Environmental Police, which lasted nearly three hours. Firefighters at the scene said they refrained from using airbags, fearing an unstable shift in the rocks could exacerbate the situation. With time running out, firefighters resorted to unorthodox measures.

“Olive oil. Lots of olive oil did the trick,” said Captain Peter Taylor of the NFD, in an interview with NBC 10. “We managed to spray him down and apply lots of olive oil, and we were able to dislodge him,” he went on. The freed man was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for hypothermia and an injury to his foot which he incurred while walking away from the scene. He was otherwise unharmed and, according to Taylor, in “high spirits.”

 

Corpse flower blooming soon

 

Sometime in the coming days the dead will rise at the Life Sciences Greenhouse at Dartmouth College. Students and staff eagerly await the blooming of the titan arum, colloquially known as the corpse flower.

Dartmouth acquired the specimen of the Amorphophallus titanum in 2007, and due to the unusual life cycle of the flower, this will be the first time it has bloomed in six years. The flower is said to have a pungent smell similar to that of a rotting animal. Once in bloom, the flower will stay open for several days. However, the odor will be most pronounced the first day and will dissipate thereafter.

Nicknamed “Morphy,” it currently sits at five feet tall and is expected to grow even taller before it blooms. Native to the rainforests of Sumatra, its flower is the largest in the world, rising upward in a singular bloom. A sole lacy petal unfurls, revealing a deep visceral burgundy enveloping its central spadix. The exterior of the petal is a light green, encircling the lone fleshy, phallic stalk.

In the wild, its striking fragrance attracts carrion-eating beetles and flesh flies which aid in its pollination. Its color and texture, as well as the temperature of its spadix—comparable to human body temperature—add to the illusion that it is spoiled meat.

The greenhouse at Dartmouth College has extended their viewing hours this week for this once-in-a-decade event. You can also watch the flower bloom on live streaming video through the college’s website.

 

College grads receive debt relief

Taylor Dame

News Editor

 

215 college graduates have been awarded loan relief tax credits from the state. The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation gave out these awards that average $3,750 per year.

These awards, called Wavemaker Fellowships, are given out in the hopes of enticing professionals to stay in Rhode Island rather than move elsewhere. The fellowships were given out to those who worked in science and engineering related fields.

The program is being expanded for next year with an increased budget, going from $1.75 million to $3.5 million.

Of the 215 that received the fellowship, 60 percent graduated from universities and colleges in Rhode Island and 90 percent are working in the state.

 

First post office dedicated to African American in Rhode Island

 

The North Kingstown Post Office on Post Road was dedicated to Melvoid Benson, who died in June of this year. The entire Rhode Island congressional delegation, the governor and local officials attended the ceremony on Sunday.

Benson was born in Tennessee, but moved to Rhode Island when her husband’s job moved to the state. Benson worked for 30 years in the North Kingstown and Portsmouth school districts.

Benson was also one of the first black women elected to the Rhode Island General Assembly. She served the people of District 32 as a state representative for seven terms. She later served on the North Kingstown School Committee and on the board of directors for the NAACP, Rhode Island Family Services, and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.

Congressman Jim Langevin introduced the public law for the dedication to Congress and it was signed by President Obama on June 13.

Elizabeth Estes, Benson’s niece, said that “Our family appreciates the Rhode Island Congressional delegation and President Obama for recognizing our aunt’s contributions to the citizens of Rhode Island in this remarkable manner. She held her friends and neighbors in high regard, and she shared the beauty and virtues of this state with us.”