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.

The questions of question two – Derrik Trombley

The questions of question two

Derrik Trombley

Anchor Staff

 

With the election only a few short weeks away Rhode Islanders will soon be going to the polls to pick who their representatives at the local and national level will be. But also on the ballot are a series of ballot questions put to the people of Rhode Island to determine public policy in a referendum.

Typically these ballot questions are to determine financial decisions such as bonds for state projects and others can be used for so called “feel good” proposals such as removing the words “Providence Plantations” from the official state name, as was proposed a few years ago.

But this year another kind of question is on the ballot, a question of administrative oversight on our elected officials.

Question 2 asks the people of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations whether or not they wish to see the power of the ethics commission restored. The ethics commission in Rhode Island has the responsibility to investigate and police state legislators for corruption and other illegal or unethical activity.

However, the power of this commission has been largely curtailed by the Rhode Island Supreme Court case Irons v. RI Ethics Commission (2009), which took away the commission’s authority over state legislators due to the speech in debate clause.

Regardless, a campaign has been put together with financing by Alan Hassenfeld, Common Cause Rhode Island, Operation Clean Government, the League of Women Voters and CleanRI in order to restore this power.

Beyond that, this has to be the perfect time for such a campaign, due in part to the multiple instances of corruption in recent years, including Representatives John Carnevale and Ray Gallison, not to mention the conviction of former Speaker of the House Gordon Fox. In addition, the outpouring of support against incumbent politicians must, in some way, be related to the people losing trust in their elected representatives to act in ethical and appropriate ways.

These conditions, in tandem with the financial support from open government groups, factor into the results of a recently conducted poll by Fleming & Associates on behalf of the Rhode Island Coalition for Ethics Reform.

Their poll found that 78% of Rhode Island voters say they would vote to approve Question 2 in November, an almost insurmountable advantage. This poll of 400 likely voters was conducted from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8 by landline and cell phones, with a margin of error at 4.9% indicating its accuracy.

However, time still remains, and although few have come out against this referendum, only time shall tell how the people will vote on Election Day.

Campaign 2016: the first debate – Derrik Trombley, Taylor Dame

Campaign 2016: the first debate

Derrik Trombley

Anchor Staff

 

Taylor Dame

News Editor

 

The next presidential election is coming up fast, and we have hit a key milestone in the campaign: the first debate. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off last Monday night, contesting each other in a challenge to swing voters into their respective camps, but also to motivate their own supporters to get out and vote.

Remarkably, in this time of massive dissatisfaction with the two candidates, this debate was the highest watched television debate in the history of presidential elections. Nielsen’s has said that 84 million people watched the debate on the 13 channels that were broadcasting it. That number does not include those watching it in a group or those who tuned in to C-Span.

Rhode Island College contributed to that total by hosting a great event promoting civic engagement. The RIC Café hosted the American Democracy Project’s Debate Watch that night, offering the politically engaged an opportunity to share the historic event with others. The Debate Café was done in conjunction with NBC10. Reporters Brian Crandall and Bill Rappleye were on the scene interviewing participants for the evening’s news broadcast.

The general public’s assumption of college students nationwide is that, after Bernie Sanders conceded the Democratic Primary to Clinton, they have become disengaged and uninterested. To those who attended the Debate Watch, nothing could be further from the truth. There were, perhaps, nearly 50 engaged young citizens, most of them RIC students, who cheered, booed and hung on every turn of phrase used that night.

Some students from Dr. Valerie Endress’ Political Communication class moderated focus groups that gauged what people thought about the candidate’s performance and the format of the debate. The information gathered by the students will be used in a study that began in 2004.

Homecoming carnival – Louisa D’Ovidio

Homecoming carnival

Louisa D’Ovidio

Editor In Chief

 

The 2016 Homecoming weekend began with Student Community Government Inc’s Carnival, filled with food and fun for alumni, students and staff.

“The event was a huge success and I loved to see all the student organizations come together. There was a great sense of community between everyone and I hope to make this event a tradition!” says Maria Zapasnik, Vice President of SCG Inc, the organizer of the event.

Alongside rock walls and fried dough, a dozen or so student organizations set up booths for carnival games where you could win prizes from various clubs as well as enter into the raffle being drawn by participating in all the games.

Dressing for success – Deanna Manzo

Dressing for success

Deanna Manzo
Anchor Contributor

Although the seasons are changing, and it saddens you to put away your cute flowery sundresses and sandalwood clogs, let me remind you that fall will be a season of renewal. Going to class daily requires a wardrobe that is comfortable for you so you can pay attention to the tireless lecture instead of fussing over a wardrobe malfunction. Sitting for an hour a day can cramp your style, so I have some tips on having a great school year with a wardrobe that will stop traffic.

Dressing for success requires making the conscious effort to scan your closet for any rips, holes or stains. When you separate your attire into categories, one pile will be clothes that are worn out and unwearable; you can toss those clothes. Another pile will be clothes that don’t fit you anymore; you can donate these clothes to Goodwill. Goodwill is always accepting donations, and there is always someone in need.

There are many ways to update your wardrobe that are sure to make you a fashion diva. Sweater dresses can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For class, you can pair a sweater dress with some heavy-duty leather boots and accessorize with an adorable scarf. At night time when school is out, you can slip into a pair of leggings to create a totally different look. It’s all up to you, so be creative in your pursuit of fashion excellence. Cardigan sweaters can create a very romantic look if that strikes your fancy.

Layering this Fall is all about creating a look that will take you from fashion dud to fashion plus. When you overheat, you can always take layers off, and when you get cold again, you can always add a layer or two. Add a bit of drama with a bell-sleeved sweater, as you can wear them with jeans or sharp A-line skirts.

Creating a wardrobe doesn’t have to be costly. There are many department stores such as Target or Walmart that has what you are looking for at half the cost, so it won’t break the bank. Be a little creative, and you will be on your way to a cost efficient lifestyle. Sometimes you can take what you already have in your closet and add a few pearls or earrings to spice up your look.

Remember that fashion is all about making your personality shine. With your new wardrobe, you’ll have exuberant style and grace, and that will make for a great school year.

 

Top five underrated Disney movies – Clancy Smail

 

  • Meet the Robinsons (2007)

 

 

“Meet the Robinsons” is about an orphan named Lewis who displays incredible skill as a young inventor. Along the way of losing all hope in finding a family, he meets a peculiar teenager named Wilbur Robinson, who sweeps him away in a time machine and takes him to the future. During this journey of self-discovery and learning what family is all about, there are twists, turns and huge surprises. The underlying message of this movie to “keep moving forward” definitely makes it one of my favorite underrated Disney movies.

 

 

  • Robin Hood (1973)

 

 

“Robin Hood” is the story of a fox named Robin Hood (naturally) who teams up with some of his friends to return money that John, King of England has taken from the people (animals) of the forest. The This 20th Century retelling of a classic tale features love, conflict and comedy.

 

 

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

 

 

Quasimodo is lonely, isolated and psychologically abused due to his physical deformity. He spends his days as the bell ringer, living in the towers of the Notre Dame Cathedral. He befriends Esmeralda, a poor Romani vagrant, who encourages and befriends him, all the while working tirelessly to free her people from Judge Claude Frollo’s oppressive reign. Watch “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” if you’re looking for a tearjerker about grief, love and acceptance with a nail biting story line.

 

 

  • Brother Bear (2003)

 

 

When Kenai’s brother is killed by a bear, he seeks revenge by hunting one down himself. In a cruel twist of irony, he transforms into a bear as a result. Kenai’s other brother makes a promise to kill the bear that Kenai has become. In order to turn into a human again, Kenai enlists a cub, Koda, to help him get to a magical mountain he believes will restore his original form. Will Kenai ever get to be the human he longs to be again?

 

 

  • Treasure Planet (2002)

 

 

Go on an adventure by watching “Treasure Planet,” the Disney studio’s sci-fi response to “Treasure Island.” Jim Hawkins goes on a crazy journey across the universe aboard a ship and befriends the morally ambiguous John Silver. Silver serves as a father figure to the young man, but can he be trusted? If you like Steampunk, space travel or interdimensional pirate battles, then this is the movie for you.

The Classic Corner: A Review of The Prince of Egypt – Thomas Sack

Declared “Best Animated Feature” in 1999 by Critics Choice, DreamWorks Pictures’ The Prince of Egypt is a musical epic that perfectly adapts the Book of Exodus into a film anyone and everyone can enjoy.

 

The Prince of Egypt takes place in biblical times and tells the story of a young man named Moses. Raised an Egyptian royal, the lad discovers he is truly the son of a Hebrew slave. Moses decides to abandon his life of luxury and embrace the culture of his people, but when he is tasked by God with leading them to freedom, he is forced into conflict with his beloved adoptive brother, Rameses.

 

While The Prince of Egypt sometimes feels rushed and takes many artistic and historical liberties to tell its tale, it expertly maintains the essence of what DreamWorks describes as “the cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide.” These liberties are non-offensive and non-intrusive, thus they allow audience members (both religious and non) to gain a true appreciation for the story of Moses’ life. They also provide an account that is easier for the general public to connect with and comprehend.

 

Visually, The Prince of Egypt is a masterpiece. Considering it is DreamWorks’ inaugural film, it is a breathtaking combination of hand-drawn animation and computer-generated imagery. The Prince of Egypt is stylized enough to be unique, yet it still conveys a sense of realism that leaves those who watch it amazed.

 

When it comes to music, The Prince of Egypt is a mixed bag. Both Hans Zimmer’s score and Stephen Schwartz’s songs alternate between fantastic and forgettable. While it is no mystery that the instrumental and vocal pieces in this film perfectly compliment one another and do an excellent job at expressing the emotions at play in a particular scene, some are simply better than others.

 

The Prince of Egypt has a star-studded cast. Each character in the film is given a surprisingly fitting voice. Val Kilmer shines as Moses, while Martin Short and Steve Martin show excellent chemistry as Hotep and Huy. Jeff Goldblum and Patrick Stewart delight despite their relatively small roles, as well. By far, the best performance in The Prince of Egypt comes from Ralph Fiennes, who gives the reluctant antagonist Rameses astonishing life and likability. Fiennes is also one of the few actors involved with this film to do his own singing, something that is truly commendable.
All in all, DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt is a wonderful film. It has its flaws, and while it may not necessarily be the best musical ever written, it is definitely an exemplary drama piece and biblical adaptation. The film is addictive and should be experienced at least once in everyone’s life; one need not be religious to benefit from it.

Swiss army man – Patrick Connolly

Let’s play a game of imagination, shall we? Imagine that there’s an island in what seems to be the middle of nowhere. Now, say that this island is populated by characters portrayed Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, and Paul Dano uses Daniel Radcliffe as pretty much anything you can think of, such as a jetski, a flying animal and yes, even a living and breathing Swiss-Army knife. Oh, and for the icing on the cake, let’s say that Daniel Radcliffe also portrays a farting dead corpse throughout the beginning of the film.

That’s not even scratching the surface. A film like “Swiss Army Man” appeals to the crowd of weirdos out there who love anything that’s flat-out bonkers. I am among that crowd, and while I don’t think it’s a perfect film by any stretch, it’s easily one of the most “out-there” moviegoing experiences I’ve had in awhile.

As mentioned previously, the story focuses on Hank (Paul Dano) who discovers a dead corpse on the sands of the island. This dead corpse is named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe), and throughout the film, Hank uses Manny as not only a means of survival on the island, but also as a means for connection from the isolation he feels.

Directed by a duo of brothers called Daniels, this is a film that is deceptively thoughtful. Despite being an absurd premise with an abundance of absurd moments, the film surprisingly touches on how society likes to condemn those who are different from other people. Believe me when I say that farting, used in the context of this film, is actually there to support this message.

Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano are absolutely amazing in this film. They are the only characters featured for the majority of the film, and they carry it with a strong sense of confidence and gusto.

The film falters in the final third, where it begins to over-think its message. While well-intentioned, it’s a bit too much for my taste. A part of me wishes that it had carried its absurd energy all the way through, since it almost becomes too earnest for its own good.

Still, it’s better to do too much rather than too little, and if “Swiss Army Man” is a film that dares to be even more than a “farting corpse” movie, then more power to it.

‘Stranger Things’ to come – Sara Massa

The production of new  Netflix original series is something that we have grown accustomed to over the past few years. Series such as “Daredevil” and “Orange is the New Black” have been getting more attention than many shows airing on actual television.

The newest addition to Netflix’s original series is “Stranger Things,” and it lives up to its name. The show follows a group of outcasts in a small Indiana town who are pulled into mayhem and mystery when a local boy goes missing. The show has an amazing way of keeping you guessing on certain topics, and even as the first season came to a close, there were still a couple of questions left unanswered.

A big positive to the series is the creativity of the weirdness going on in the town. There are a lot of shows that tend to do the same thing over and over, so when a unique show like “Stranger Things” comes to light, people take notice.

Despite its positive points, this excellent program is not without its faults. One thing I didn’t care for was the character evolution of Nancy (Natalia Dyer), who is the sister and eventual member of the outcast group. The way Nancy went from a regular teenage girl to a girl who knows how to kick butt and be awesome was too much like the character of Alison in “Teen Wolf” for my taste.

Still, I would like to see what happens to her and everyone else in season two, which should be available on Netflix sometime next year. Hopefully the creators of the show, Matt and Ross Duffer, can keep the strangeness going and answer some questions that we were left with at the end of season one.

When the night “Matters” – Louisa D’Ovidio

St. Lucia played the Fete Music Hall last weekend in an explosion of 80s synth pop and glitter, following the release of their sophomore album “Matter,” with opener “Sofi Tukker” kicking off the night.

The band’s first album, “When the Night,” was met in 2013 with critical success in international markets and in the U.S., hitting Billboard’s top 200 albums. Both St. Lucia’s albums are filled with confident, shimmery synth pop, dramatic drums and seductive saxophone bridges, and of course their live show followed suit.

St. Lucia performed many singles from their newly-released album “Matter” and fewer from their first endeavor, but fans of their old singles like “Elevate” and “The Night Comes Again” will not be disappointed in the continuation of their buoyant sound in “Matter’s” singles.

The show was also a homecoming of sorts for the the opening duo “Sofi Tukker,” who are both Brown University graduates.