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$ Perhaps the most notable addition to the physical surroundings of URI this year was the installation of the now familiar direction signs. The blue and white signs point you to wherever you want to go. without telling you exactly where you are at the moment. They re- flect much of what the school itself is about; pointing you in a direction, giving you some background, but not revealing which path to take. Even the signs seem to know that between every two sidewalks lie shortcuts, well-trod footpaths, smooth roads or fresh plots of grass. But alas, the signs never point in these directions. The signs also do not tell you what you will find when you reach your destina- tion. They can point you to Davis Hall; but you must be there on the hour to hear the carillons ring out, reminding one of the Big Ben chimes. Through- out the nation, college campuses echo with the sound of these bells in their own version, in all keys, octaves and tempos. URI’s are distinctive, though - they are chronically out-of-tune. Follow the signs’ directions and walk along the paths and roadways of the campus. The buildings scan many de- cades, reflecting the tastes and ideas of the eras in which they were built. The stone, castle-like Rodman and Davis Halls clash with the glassy, modern library nearby. The blockish fraternity houses on Upper College Ave. contrast sharply with the more angular houses on Frat Circle. Yet somehow the buildings are all con- nected by something, just as Keaney Gym and the newer Tootell complex are connected by their glass hallway. A trek up the hill brings you to the remains of the fire-crumbled green- houses. URI made headlines with that tragedy; when coupled with the tragic Providence College fire, a major scru- tiny of campus fire and safety codes resulted. Down the hill, behind Chafee Hall, White Hall, the newest addition to the campus, enjoys its seemingly private location. The nursing center, dedicated during the fall semester, adds another modern building to the several further down Alumni Avenue. Like most major universities, URI has had its share of vandalism. Look a- round as you walk and notice the re- mains of lamps scattered on the side- walk, tattered tissue paper waving in treetops and the familiar brown bottles in the gutters. You might just check your car in the Cow Barns parking lot. The signs really tell you little; you have to pick out the details by yourself. They tell you where to go, and what major route to take. Maps from a thousand other universities will do the same. You must fill in the rest. S SB ill satin On any rainy day between classes, the Quad is overrun by hundreds of strangely shaped, multicolored figures crossing in all directions. It’s nearly impossible to tell any two individuals apart in the constant flow of rain slickers and boots. The colors and shapes reflect in raindrops and seem to double the number of people passing by. So many people. It’s hard to believe that UR I is considered by many a small school. Certainly it’s not comparable to a midwestern or west coast univer- sity; but one can hardly view it as small. There are just too many people to earn it that title. It’s not difficult to lose yourself in the crowds that pass by. Crank up the stereo on a warm spring day, and the sound gets lost in the rest of the high-volume music on campus. Buy the jacket that no one else has, and instantly it’s the most popular garment to be seen. Even your own individual parking space gets invaded frequently by another vehicle. It gets so easy to be a part of the herd— almost involuntarily. Join a fraternity or sorority, and earn the title of ‘Greek.’ Play one varsity sport, and you’ll soon be considered a jock. Na turally, the line you fill out after your name on any official docu- ment will be your own student number. And the question most likely to be asked after an introduction is, “What ' s your major? " Still, there must be some degree of in- dividuality. Names and faces are familiar. People are recognized, al- though you ' ve barely met them. Faces are familiar in large lecture halls, in the dining halls or at basketball games. In- dividuals make headlines on a varsity team. Individuals make up the Greek system, organize it, help it grow and give it substance. Individuals take part in a concert, a play or an impromptu frisbee toss. Faces emerge out of the multicolored rainjackets as the sky clears; and individuals greet one an- other by name as they pass. You may order your class ring from one of a number of companies, with an assortment of metals, stone colors, styles and engravings to choose from. It’s guaranteed to be your personal ring, customized to fit and be a part of only you. But, like all others, the ring will be engraved with the words “University of Rhode Island” — the individual’s identification with the Individuals make up the University, at all three campuses. They build it, plan it, run it, celebrate it, occasionally destroy it, and always rebuild it. Most of all, individuals breath life into and characterize an otherwise stagnant mass of buildings. il The hardest part of URI to describe is the living. Only one’s own experiences can be written; to try to characterize the lifestyles of others isn’t fair. Few have experienced all the lifestyles avail- able. Few have to. Once your own niche is found, it seems unnecessary to move around and change. To determine one’s own lifestyle is a trying experience. To realize that you are both an individual and a part in a world that contradicts itself by stressing both individuality and conformity is not easy; it makes one Fidget uncomfortably to be either one or the other. We gain titles and names. Individuals become the whole. We gain from the dorms not only an address but a part of our identification. From fraternities and sororities come not only instant families of brothers or sisters, but sym- bols and letters to be worn inside in spirit and outside on clothing. Com- muters receive a colored parking sticker to accentuate their mobility, and band together in various rooms of the Union. Those living down-the-line share rooms, rent, household chores and addresses often unknown to many campus-dwellers. You may be the first in the parking lot by morning, but your car will be lost among the countless rows of vehicles by mid-afternoon. Your dorm room looks to you like the only one of it ' s kind on the inside; but from the outside it becomes a small cubicle just like the other two dozen in the corridor. Your Greek letters merge and become a part of an entire alphabet of shapes. It’s so easy to assimilate and become a part of the whole instead of main- taining your individuality. It’s simple to lie back and know that classes still go on, parties are still held, Greeks still compete in Greek Week activities, con- certs are still presented and tuition rates go up, even without your presence. But the individual retains importance. When every room on one dorm is lit but one, that room’s occupant becomes conspicuous by it’s absence. The con- ductor before the chorus in Greek Sing is the most noticable figure. You may believe that when you slip into class Five minutes late because of traffic tie-ups that nobody notices your entry; but the moment lends a bit more evi- dence to that commuter identity. The wheel won’t turn when the cog is missing a tooth. Each individual is important in making up the whole. The place cannot exist without the people. The people make up the living. And the living lends character to the place. Y ou know your own living, and recognize the lifestyles of others. And the knowing and the recognizing be- come part of one’s memories of the time spent at URI. IHH 13 15 20 V V 21 23 24 4 28 “Don ' t touch the veal - it’s crunchicr than usual tonight. I saw them make the meatloaf, so don’t even attempt it. The broccoli’s raw and the mashed potatoes aren’t mashed. It’s definitely a PB and J night.” The belief that it pays to know people in high places cannot be seen more clearly than in the case of URl’s own dining halls. Knowing the person who works behind the counter is the surest and simplest life-saving technique on campus. Their discreetly administered advice has prevented many a case of indigestion and heartburn. Still, life is not all peaches and cream, pork chops and applesauce, and turkey and cranberry sauce for the students and staff who work at the dining halls, particularly for those who work behin d the hot table. Frequently abused by fellow students, they must try to main- tain a calm exterior. This is difficult in the case of students who come in every night and whine, “What’s that?”, those who have to be continually re- minded of the weekend orange juice limitations, and those who glean atten- tion by dumping or throwing food. Still, the dining services try to provide good service; and in spite of our com- plaints, it must be admitted they do a good job. Pre-packed bag dinners for halloween were innovated this year, and their use successfully prevented the annual food fights., “Make-your- own-sundae " nights still continue, even though workers must stay several extra hours to clean up the mess. Occasional special dinners add to the festivity of holiday seasons. And the provision of fruit juices and soups to the flu-stricken dorms saved ill students many trips to the halls for sick trays. Decorated tables and tinsel decor may not be the height of dining, and food prepared for multitudes of students may not be the home-cooking one is used to; but they are examples of the amount of preparation for the meals served by this too-often criticized segment of dorm life. — M.H. 36 37 It ' s been a long, tough semester. At last, it’s almost over, although the en- suing finals don’t make it look much brighter. There’s not much Christmas spirit here: the tree in the suite and the cards on the wall have come down per order of the fire marshal, and the bare ground and unfrozen stream below Roger Williams Dining Hall makes the Yule seem that much more But from the bridge below come the out-of-tune but cheerful carols from a band of musicians. A simple carol brings dozens out onto their balconies and into the cold winter night. Sudden- ly people arc together, laughing, sing- ing. cheering. As the carolers start to move on, the dorm-dwellers call them back: “Don’t leave, don’t let this end The dorm inhabitants need no ties of brotherhood or sisterhood to bring them together. A floor party, a fris- bee toss between balconies, a snowball fight across the road; all are enough to bring the 19 dorms together. Sharing is uninhibited. Ideas, cooking materials, experiences and thoughts, texts and notes are lent freely. The sound of a stereo on a balcony is given to all who pass by to enjoy. A sign hung out a window congratulating a winning team spreads the enthusiasm of the room’s tenants. The impulse to share with the rest of the campus is always there. Even from the outside the dorms look close-knit. Lighted room pace the sides of the buildings, always point- ing to the main lounge where people meet to buy food, watch TV and talk. Watch through the sliding glass doors of the complexes and notice the amount of traffic going in and out and between floors. Read the comments on the noteboards on various doors along the hall and see the wisecracks and greet- ings from neighbors written there. The features of the dorms themselves accentuate the amount of activity that takes place within. The “Supersuck " vacuum, community kitchens, late night fire alarms, “funny phones " for on-campus communications, commun- ity bathrooms (often illegally co-ed) - all are unique to the dorms, and testify to the amount of action in this lower section of campus. 43 The life of a dorm resident is reassur- ingly routine. There is always a place to go between classes and at night; a place that is completely yours. People are always present. Calendars in the dorm lobbies announce dorm activitics-bake sales, ski trips, formal dances, keg parties, even residents ' birthdays. Health and safety is always right down the street (“You can’t mean the in- firmary?? I’d rather die! " ) Food is always available, 3 times a day. Every dorm resident buys a mealbook; and many hours are spent at each of the dining halls, lingering over coffee and eating (well, trying to) the daily meals. The activity slows down somewhat dur- ing the evening as people study and work for the next day’s classes. The traffic around the lower end of the campus is diminished, and things grow fairly quiet. But, the action never completely stops. There are always people walking back from the library or pub. Someone, somewhere is study- ing, no matter what the time. Sometimes the activity gets to be too much. No one ever said dorm life would be easy. Studying, while the bass line beats from the stereo downstairs hammering through your desk, is not the best way to get work accomplished. During the fall semester the Office of Residential Life issued statements calling for quieter conditions around the dorm area. Stricter policies by hall directors and resident assistants have helped alleviate the problem; still, studying in the dorms frequently ap- pears to be an art, difficult to learn, if not sometimes downright elusive . . . Granted, dorm life is not for everyone. The year-by-year flucuation of hall residents unnerves those who prefer a more permanent atmosphere. Some prefer the freedom and mobility found in commuting and living down-the-line. Those who stay in the dorms do so because they like it there. They work together, party together, talk together; they are not bound by foreign letters and symbols or by traffic conditions. They are free to be themselves, and, in being individual, are free to share their individuality, and to strengthen the spirit that ties the 19 buildings at the bottom of the hill together. — V.R. 46 Down-the-line “Oh traffic was bad again, but I ' m finally in. Thank God it’s not my turn to cook dinner this week - it’s good to have somebody else doing it tonight. Phone bill ' s in - I’ll have to draw cash for that when I take of the rent. The car’s making that funny noise again - so much wear and tear from driving to campus every day! But dinner ' s on, people are here, and I can relax by the fire, watch some television, and forget URI even exists.” Down-the-line living is something special. It’s having your own home, not just an apartment or room, and always being with your closest friends. It’s a carpool, a home and responsibilities that make you feel like you ' ve already graduated and are out on your own. An automatic washer and dryer, a basement, a color TV and a mailbox - all marking one who has left the realm of the Office of Residential Life and is totally independent. Most down-the-liners are juniors or seniors who have formed enough really close friendships to be able to pull away from the University and campus life. They are still always close enough, however to be able to participate in many activities on campus. The hassles of shopping for your own food, paying so many bills on time, housecleaning, traveling to and from classes and still finding time for schoolwork arc sharply out- weighed by the pleasures of complete independence, freedom and distance from the University. The down-the-liner is a complete individual, free to determine his own life “far from the maddening crowd. " V.R. 50 51 53 Recently, I asked a friend if she’d gotten anything out of living in a sorority for two years. She laughed and said, “Yeah, sure - a lot of fun.” We both laughed. 1 guess we were both remembering the socials, part ies and games. Then she smiled and said, “I suppose you want a serious answer. " “That would be nice, just for a change, " I said. She put on a serious expression. “I think you make closer friends in a sorority than you do in the dorms.” Whether she was serious or not, I liked that answer despite its simplicity, because I think it expresses the real reason why so many people choose Greek life, stay with it and spread its dogmas around campus. 1 think that what keeps each house together is the friendship which grows out of living together and sharing acquaintances and experiences. Greek life really has very little to do with secret rituals; and brotherhood is just another name for friendship. Of course, Greek life is not an idyllic existence. It entails a great deal of responsibility, like house meetings, rush func- tions, philanthropic projects and helping to keep the house clean. Even if you’re not a great lover of responsibility, you soon discover that even doing a “house duty” can be fun if it gets you out of your room (and yourself) and out with other people. 54 I’d be lying if I said everyone in the house were my friend, bui I think I can safely say I like every one of them. They ' re al- ways good for a ride home from the Willows if you ' re stuck. Just about every one of them has a good “l-can ' t-believe- what-happcned-to-me-last-night " story at Saturday ' s break- fast table. A lot of them break into kitchens better than pro- fessional thieves. All of them are awfully good to talk to at two a.m. on a Saturday morning when the previous night wasn’t quite what you’d expected. Not a one of them has ever spilled my orange juice at breakfast. Who could dislike them? What’s Greek life? I guess it ' s two o’clock Saturday morning. You ' ve just come in from the Willows or the Pub, the Bon Vue or sledding, a friend ' s place or a solitary walk. Some of your brothers are sprawled across old vinyl sofas. One has stolen a carton of milk from the kitchen and is attempting to drink the whole thing. The keg was emptied hours ago. All the girls have fled. One has challenged another to a fourth ping-pong game, double-or-nothing. (He already owes him four drinks. Everyone knows he’ll never pay. Nobody cares.) You’re laughing. You ' re at ease. You know everyone here knows you and likes you. You ' re comfortable with yourself. You’re beginning to get a pretty clear picture of yourself, your goals and abilities, and your innermost dreams. Isn’t that nine- tenths of what college is all about? That’s Greek life. - N.K.N. ss “It’s the feeling of somebody always there, greeting you with open arms as you come through the door. It ' s close-knit and comfortable. “It ' s having your own cook - no more dining hall meals, but real, home-cooked stuff! “It ' s moral standards. The IFC and Panhellanic Council set rules for us, in addition to national chapter rules. Each house tries to keep up its reputation. National representa- tives visit to make sure we are living by our national and local constitutions. “It’s theme parties, unique to each house, entertaining and displaying the talents of the sisters. “It’s a responsibility to society. Each house patronizes a particular charity or organization and works hard to help their project earn money or to help the people of that project. “It’s our own special week. Out torch-bearing run, our athletic events, our Gong Show and our Sing highlight the week in April we claim as our own. We bring the activities and lifestyles of the Greeks before the entire campus community. 58 “It’s boarders, who have the opportunity through us to live on campus even when they cannot get a room through Hous- ing. Many of our boarders continue to live at the house for the rest of their college careers, or join other houses. We push the system, not just our particular house. “It ' s involvement on campus. Greeks are band members, sing in the chorus, work on campus, write for the Cigar and play- on varsity teams. They are active in both community affairs and campus committees, such as parking committees and this year ' s liquor classification disputes. They work to make the whole university better for all. “It’s cooperation tying people together. Ask someone to turn their stereo down, and they ' ll do it. No one gives an argument. We work together and make living easier. “It’s rumors about our selectivity, our Hell Week and hazing practices, our ‘party’ atmosphere. They originate from people who won’t even give us a fair try, but condemn us as ‘frat rats’ or ‘sorority girls’ without trying it for themselves. “It’s individuals pulling to bring the house together, houses pulling to bring the system together, and the system pulling to bring the whole campus together. That’s the Greek system. " - V.R. uBmmmm Commuters Few full-time students can claim the comforts of real home- cooked meals, ironed clothes each day and having a real family to return to each night. Few can claim to make the Union their home by day, and a town 25 miles away their home by night. Such is the life of a commuter. The commuter can boast having both conformity and individual- ity while attending UR1. He is a complete individual, looking after himself, being free to come into and go from campus as he likes. He is not tied by housing contracts, mcalbooks or house duties. Often seen as a wanderer or traveler, he knows the feeling of routinely driving to and from campus, bag lunch and bookbag in hand, able to leave campus not only weekends but every day. With the help of the Commuter Association, however, the commuter is able to become an active part of the University. He meets other travelers and finds out what is happening around the community while he is not present. Between classes, the commuter can be found in the library or in the Memorial Union loungcs-laughing, talking, eating, read- ing and being with other commuters, turning from an individual traveler to a part of a unified group. - V R. 63 Rhody reigns in ECAC, NCAA tourneys By Dave Lavallee It started with a consistant, but not much publicized win over the Univer- sity of Connecticut, 70-61, on January 1 1 . Two weeks later the Rams smashed Wake Forest, 89-77, and the success- story began. After the Rams had defeated Provi- dence College, 73-64, in the second meeting of the season on February 21, people began talking of tourna- ments. Once the Rams got their ECAC playoff bid, basketball became the only thing that really mattered around Kingston. For a while, people really didn’t give a lot of thought to tuition hikes, budget proposals, or whether the campus policemen ought to carry guns. The news was the Ram basket- ball team. The first indicator of the playoff fever was the way the ECAC tickets were hounded like they were gold. When the precious tickets went on sale, the Keancy Gym lobby was packed. The offices opened and the scramble began. It did not take a genius to see that the ECAC tourney would sell out even though the tickets were priced at SI 0.00. 50 it was finally about to happen. The Rams would get the chance to show the people of New England that they had arrived. On March 2, the Rams would go against Fairfield University in the first game at the Providence Civic Center. Although the Stags had a 22-3 record going into the contest, many people believed that their sched- ule was padded with soft touches. Many people thought that the Rams would have a fairly easy time with the Stags. Fairfield was a team that averaged 86 points a game. They shot a nifty 51 percent from the field during the year, but by the game ' s end it was the Rams who displayed the offen- sive strength. Photos by Gary Metzger On their way to the 71-69 win over Fairfield, the Rams shot an incredible 65 percent from the Field. Sophomore Sly Williams, the Rams’ offensive catalyst all year, poured in 28 points in the contest and led in rebounding with 11. Senior Stan Wright turned in one of his strongest games of his career, as he dropped 21 points through the strings. For the UR1 fans the game was a special treat. They got a chance to parade before television cameras, cameras which for the most part were absent during the Ram season. New signs were created and there was even a new Rhody Ram prancing on the court and urging the Rhody faithful Even though the Ram fans only filled about a quarter of the Civic Center, they certainly let everyone know which team was the best around. The chant, “Let’s Go Rhody” and “Here We Go Rhody” seemed to ebb and flow with each Rhody surge. A crisp pass by senior tri-captain Jiggy Williamson would drive the fans to frenzied screams. A beautiful, arching bomb by Sly would send the fans into a glorious jump-up-and-down dance. The game against Fairfield was some- thing, but that was only the beginning because Providence downed Holy Cross, 71-67 in the second game. It couldn ' t have been planned any better. The two state rivals would go against each other for the ECAC crown and an automatic bid to the NCAA tourna- March 4 would be the day when Rhode Island and New England basketball superiority would be decided. Most of the major papers were picking Provi- dence. What the writers at those papers seemed to have forgotten, was that since Feb. 4, when the Rams lost to the Friars. 79-58, the Rams had won nine straight games. On that Saturday, URI made it 10 straight victories and edged Provi- dence for the title, 65-62. In the past PC was the team with the composure, but in the final two minutes it was URI which showed the 12,150 fans how to play effective, game-winning basketball. In that game Jiggy Williamson proba- bly turned in the most affective game of his career as point guard at URI. He only had four points, but his six assists and tremendous defensive work on PC guard Dwight Williams were two major reasons for the victory. “We knew that there were no short- cuts,” said Williamson. “We knew that to attain this we were going to have to work and we did. We showed the people of this state that we are the best. " The demise of the Friars began with about seven minutes to go in the game. URI’s shot-blocking center, lrv Chat- man, decided that PC had become a too free inside the lane. So when Bob Misevicius decided to drive the lane, Chatman slammed the ball away. Wil- liamson picked it up. fed it to senior Stan Wright, who laid it in. Wright then stole the ball and the Rams went up 54-49. “The minute we got the blocked shot and steal, I sensed something was up,” said URI Coach Jack Kraft. “I could see a new intensity in their eyes. I guess they felt they could do it. " The Rams certainly did do it. They had four players with double-figures. Wil- liams led the pack with 19, Wright had 17, junior John Nelson, 12, and Chat- man, 12. Nelson proved to be the key who opened the Friar defense. He went six for seven from the Field, with most of those shots coming from 25 feet. He, along with the strong inside games of Williams, Chatman and Wright joined to pull apart the Friar defense. The Ram players were counting down the seconds with their hands raised high in the air. Finally it was over. The Rams had won. People spilled onto the court. Interviews and the basket- cutting began, every Rhody fan was beaming. That Ram Pep Band played the URI fight song and somehow it had to bring just a little bit of a spine- tingling sensation to anyone who had waited for this. Providence fans watched in awe and envy. It was URI’s night. “We are the best in New England and you just can’t beat it, " said Chatman. The spirit of the evening was best expressed by the awards ceremonies. The Rams accepted their awards with the nets around their necks and with their Fingers pointing out that they were number one. Williamson and Wright were grinning from ear to ear and Percy Davis, the URI sixth man, couldn ' t have been happier. “This feels so good. We have had a hard time convincing people that we are a good basketball team. Now I can go home to Warwick and carry my head high. This program had blos- somed since I have been here, " said Davis, a senior. The dressing room was chaotic. People crowded around the players so that reporters could not talk to them. But the reporters did not matter. Only one thing mattered. The Rams were the best around and they were going to the NCAAs. “The game was befitting of a New England Championship. We did every- thing well. We shot better than they did and played control basketball, " Kraft explained. Both teams played well. URI shot 59 percent, while the Friars shot 44 percent.” With that effort in their pockets, the Rams prepared for a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina to meet Duke Univer- sity on March 12 in the 1st round NCAA playoffs. Duke was the ACC Champion and was regarded as the team which had a tremendous running game. Duke had a record of 23-6 going into the game. Rhody had a sparkling 24-6 record, its winningest season in history. Throughout the game, the Rams did exactly what they had planned to do. They slowed down the Blue Devils’ running game and went after the re- bounds. Neither team ever led the other by more than five points. It was a tight game which was not decided until the final 14 seconds. Duke led 63-62 when Kraft called time. The Rams set up for their last shot. The Rams moved in and the Charlotte Coliseum became silent. The clock resumed its countdown. They they moved to the basket. A shot went up and it rolled off. Another was tossed and it went wide. One last tap-in was attempted, but the ball rolled out of bounds and the clock “This game of basketball is hard to predict. We did exactly what we wanted to. We were able to control. We handled the boards and slowed down their game, but it wasn’t enough,” said a quiet Kraft after the game. The season had finally ended, but the accomplishments seem endless. Williams was voted the Most Valuable Player in the Duke game and was selected New - England - Player - of - the - Year by UPI. Kraft was named New - England - Coach - of - the - Year by UPI and also became the 23rd coach to notch 300 victories in a career. He had an all- time mark of 396-108 in a 17-year career. Williamson had an exceptional season, as he became URI’s 12th all-time scorer with 1,531 points in four years. He had 346 total assists. Stan Wright played in every game in his four-year career. He was the only senior to have started in all 108 games. He had 1,346 points and averaged 1 1.8 points a game over those four years. It was quite a season. This was the school’s first ECAC championship. The Sporting News ranked the Rams 19th in the nation. Duke later went on to the NCAA finals, but the Rams were one of the few teams who were successful at slowing down the Blue Devil running game, “I was very proud of the young men,” said Kraft. I hope this game brings a bit more respect to URI. We have a great team and I only hope that it con- tinues in the future, " Kraft said after the Duke game. Of icicles and snowdragons . . . . . . The blizzard of ’78 By Val Rush What are the first words that come to mind when someone mentions the winter of ' 78? blizzard . . . Bermuda ... 4 missed days of classes . . . Florida . . . buried cars . . . white snow . . . white The infamous week of February 6-13 will not quickly be forgotten. Although the world outside the campus gates was a declared disaster area, at URI the first flakes blanketed both the campus and the idea of any academic studies. The college was transformed into what was for some a winter resort and for others a cold trap. Surprisingly, the snowfall followed the weatherman’s scenario exactly, begin- ning on Monday morning and forcing classes to cancel by midafternoon. Stu- dents romped in the falling flakes, throwing snowballs, sliding down slip- pery roads; and either trudged back to the dorms and houses as darkness fell, or tried to hit the road before driving conditions worsened. As the storm calmed down a bit, the Memorial Union Board provided the first of many reliefs. OPERATION ICICLE went into effect as the " Suit- case College” rapidly became the “Center for Snowbound Students. " As the snowfall continued, the Pub filled with wine-drinking students tak- ing advantage of the Happy Hour, cer- tain that Tuesday’s classes would be cancelled for sure. Sure enough, Tuesday saw more snow falling and no classes, the first official storm day of the blizzard. Those who weren’t suffering from the flu at the time played like children in the snow- drifts until the wind picked up, swirling the dusty flakes in circles and driving them into one ' s eyes and face. Giant snow sculptures were built around the Union students in a contest sponsored by OPERATION ICICLE. Prizes were given for some of the best ice statues, which included a Hobbit and home, a lounging mermaid and a snowy-white dragon. Others were given the chance by an unwilling Dining Services to go ‘traying’ down the Elephant Walk. Flocks of people. K. McDougall bundled in survival jackets and chem- istry lab safety goggles, hiked through the mounting snowbanks to Evans to stock up on supplies; still others defied t he state-imposed driving ban to re- plenish dwindling liquor cabinets. Backroom Gigs in the Union Lounge provided free hot chocolate and enter- tainment to those who realized that another day of classes would be lost to the storm. With Wednesday’s classes cancelled, students and faculty alike began to grow weary with the unusual non- routine. Homework was getting caught up on, backgammon and cards were be- ginning to wear thin, and students were still stranded, either on or off campus, wherever they did not want to be. The Pub opened early each afternoon and closed late each evening in an effort to keep people entertained. OPERA- TION ICICLE announced activities as soon as the following day’s classes were announced as cancelled. Wednes- day’s agenda included dual showings of Marathon Man at Edwards Audi- torium. By Thursday, the excitement of missing so many classes was dying down, as students realized those missed days would have to be made up at some point in the semester. Indoor games were becoming an entertainment chore, and even the Civil Defense Emergency Broadcast System alerts were growing simply dull. Students left snowball fights and tobogganing outside and gazed out frosted windows, almost wishing for spring. The tasks of shoveling out cars and uncovering dorm and house paths from under snowbanks became familiar to many. Roads had opened up to some degree, and those who couldn’t stand the Arctic campus any longer left as soon as they could get the car started. OPERA- TION ICICLE continued to amuse those who remained on campus with more snow sculptures on the Quad, a showing of Lord Of The Flies in the Union, and numerous free athletic activities at Tootell and Keaney Gyms, including free pool hours, open recrea- tion times and a student-faculty basket- ball game. With the help of a National Guard helicopter, lab and pharmacy supplies were delivered to Health Ser- vices. The Dining Services did their best to handle the increased flow of students, eventually offering weekend meals to those with five-day meal- As the weekend approached, roads were cleared, and Friday saw many students escaping the campus snow- fields after the fourth full day of cancelled classes. By Monday, classes had resumed, and students faced the hassels of walking on sheets of ice while enroute to class. Monday also presented the administration with the problem of readjusting the spring semester schedule. The Faculty Senate voted to extend classes one week further in May to compensate for February’s losses. Even in mid-May, the remnants of the blizzard of ' 78 remained within the classroom, just as the icy sculptures on the Quad had lasted until April. Nature had given Rhode Island one storm that she would not soon forget. Photos by Gary Metzger 74 76 Blaze destroys greenhouse By Val Rush Gray, heavy smoke filled the air over the Quad in the early morning hours of October 15, 1977. Only a few early risers walking about campus saw the event that made headlines in papers all over Rhode Island. The URI Plant and Soil Science greenhouses were on fire. By the time the 75 Kingston and South Kingston fire department volunteers had the fire under control, after nearly one hour, the east end of the building had been badly gutted, and the west end suffered greatly from smoke and water damage. Classrooms, plant chambers, six offices, soil testing and turf labs and many years worth of re- search of professors and graduate stu- dents were demolished in the blaze. Walter Larmie, chairman of the Plant Soil and Science department, estimated a replacement cost of nearly one million dollars. Two students, juniors David Masterson and Michael Kuchar, living in the greenhouse complex at the time, lost nearly everything they owned to the fire. Fire officials blamed the blaze on a short circuit within the complex. According to Health and Safety officer Frank McGovern, University officials were aware that the fire protection system within the complex was not operating and was inadequate, and had been so for nearly two years. Clean-up of the damaged building be- gan nearly as soon as the ashes had cooled. The two students were housed in faculty apartments for the remainder of the semester. The debris was cleared away, and construction on the re- coverable west end began in time for spring semester classes to have use of temporary stuctures. A special benefit showing of Moonchildren. playing at the Fine Arts Center at the time, raised money to assist the fire victims. The greenhouse fire, coupled with the tragic Providence College fire in which 1 1 students lost their lives, promoted a closer look at existing fire codes and precautionary measures throughout New England. Plans for upgrading fire safety regulations and devises are still in the making; however, not before much of the damage had occured. Photos by Rick Booth WRIU: a long process . . By Val Rush " It ' s been a long process. Every lime we think we ' ve got it licked, some new problem comes up. But now it looks like there can ' t be any more problems. Mike O ' Donnell, assistant station man- ager for WRIU, URl ' s own FM radio station, is optimistic. The expansion of WRIU to 3,000 watts has taken virtually all of the 1977-78 school year. But when all construction is finished. UR1 will have the largest non-commercial radio station in Rhode Island, and possibly in New England. Paul Brindamour. WRIU ' s advisor since November, realized early in the year that the station would not go on the air “until after spring break, at the earliest. " He added that the stu- dents building the station knew it would be a time-consuming and often frus- trating project. " You just don ' t build a radio station overnight.” The campus community is often un- aware of the amount of time and effort that is put into the construction of such a project. Workers have put in nearly 500 hours in wiring and sound- proofing the station. The antenna has been installed and the transmitter has been set up. Broadcasting will also be handled by the students themselves. In building such a major project, Murphy ' s law of success always enters, i.e. if anything can go wrong, it will. Some of the problems WRIU has en- countered along the way include a licencing protest by another station, the funding for a location for the antenna, and the relocation of the sta- tion itself within the Memorial Union. The final major obstacle hindering the station was the inability of the power lines to handle the amount of power needed by the transmitter. Test programming for WRIU began in mid-April to test the station ' s signal range and strength, and to determine the quality of the station’s 90.3 FM frequency. The station will be completely com- mercial-free once on the air. “There will be no ‘Clairol, Clearasil and Clothes ads. " said Bill Van Bloom, staff member. Staff members are anxiously awaiting the time when WRIU will go on the air and they can start broadcasting after their spring training. Station manager Carl Manco siad. “We ' re going to take one thing at a time . . . but at present, we’re in a holding pattern.” Hopefully next year WRIU, with expanded wat- tage and new equipment, will be ready to bring good broadcasting to the URI community. Why pay more? By Val Rush “It was like being right in the ’60’s - student involvement - not as active a lobby, of course - but the spirit was there - student involvement - speaking out about our concerns. " Such was the opinion of one of the nearly 400 students who appeared on the State House steps in Providence on November 6th, 1977 to protest the increases in tuition proposed by the Board of Regents. The crowd, which consisted of faculty members, students and student leaders from UR I, Rhode Island College and Rhode Island Junior College, carried signs and placards carrying such slogans as, “Students are poor, but you want more; " “Go take a hike;” “Too damn high " and “We’re not dropping out. " Leaders from UR1 included Student Senate President Bob Craven and Dan Geary of the URI Young Socialist Alliance. Love-22 also made an appearance in the name of the student protest. The students met after three weeks of planning to protest the Board of Regent ' s proposed tuition hikes, which reached as high as 9.4 percent for in- staters and 12.4 percent for out-of- Student representatives suggested the increase be raised only to 7.4 percent. In meeting with Governer J. Joseph Garrahy, Craven said, “Students, especially those who came here today, feel that the quality of their education is going down, while the price is going up ... if they (Board of Regents) don’t hear us now, they will in ’78. Students do vote . . .” Garrahy invited Craven and other student leaders to meet with him and attend later budget meetings. Only time will tell exactly how much influence the student lobbyists will have had on the proposed hikes. Craven felt that the lobbying effort was “a major success. " From the moment they stepped off the eight buses to the moment they returned, the students clapped, sang, cheered and waved signs and placards in protest of the increases. The student population showed that they are not as apathetic to politics as they have been accused of being. Mike Craven, URI Graduate Student Asso- ciation executice officer, summed the relly up, saying, “We are trying to do our best to affect change in the best way we know how. " 79 Photos by Gary Metzger The great debate Through the place, the people and the living at URI runs a continuous vein, reminding us of one of our primary reasons for attending the University. It is the topic of most of our discussions, the greatest object of most of our at- tention, the focus for most of our goals during our college careers. The vein feeds and nourishes, blocks and opens, flows and stagnates at times. The vein is academics. We learn in everything we do, according to an old saying. This itself is, to some, ample justification for release from the books and participation in other activ- ities. Even the poets urge the discovery of knowledge through sources other than through books. Books are ex- pensive; just check out the prices in the bookstore, and you’ll be convinced that texts are not the only learning materials within reach. Tuition is on the rise, as always. To- day’s student pays nearly three times as much in 1978 as his counterpart of eight years ago did. And this, amidst cries and protests of the declining quality of education. Academics - the great debate. In the middle ages at certain universities, the students controled the teachers; con- troled their wages, their hours and their hiring, and determined whether they were getting the most for their money from their teachers. Even today the student is the consumer, although lacking much of the power the older system allowed. The debate goes back and forth between student and teacher; both have an opinion on the alleged decline of education quality. Students accuse instructors of being disinter- ested in the subject and the student: the faculty member retaliates that the student does as much work as he needs to to get by. Recent statistics on falling SAT scores, coupled with the argu- ments on all sides, add to the generali- zations surrounding the field of academic study today. Whatever the status of education at the college level is, one certain fact rides level over the debates: that we are here at URI for higher education, whatever we consider that education to consist of. We must maintain certain standards: cumulative averages see to that. We can party and socialize to our hearts’ contents; but only for as long as we can keep academic standards high. We spend an average of 17 hours a week in class. Out of a seven-day week, that is comparitively little time. Much more time is spent outside of class doing the same work - at the library, in clinics, on field trips, interning, and of course behind the desk. Academics means more than just class and texts; it is experience beyond what the instructor can give. The academic section of college life is subject to much debate and dis- cussion both in and out of the class. Perhaps that in itself is an integral part of the educative process - realiza- tion of the process itself. The vein of academics then can tie together the rest of the university, and create an entire, well-rounded education. — V.R. 82 Division what? Upon entering UR1 as a freshman, a student is immediately assigned and introduced to University College. As well as providing the student with an advisor and a longer pre-registration period, UC gives him the chance to take a number of electives in a program called “General Education.” While the pros and cons of such a program arc subject to another discussion, still students are required to fulfill 45 credits in three divisions. Around pre-registration time, one of the most common questions asked is, “What did you take to fill divison A (or B,C or possibly D)?“ Here, then, are some of the courses that are most often recommended by fellow students as divisional fulfillments. MUS 101 - Introduction to Music: a broad, general view of music and music history. Classes run well over 100 in each of two sections each semes- ter. Although the great number of stu- dents gives one ample opportunity to sleep in class, few students are able to doze through George Kent playing Bach on a lead pipe. BIO 102- General Animal Biology: “really tough for a ‘general’ bio course - it seems directed towards majors - but definitely worth it,” says one student. The course, which attracts over 100 pupils per semester, is famous for Dr. Frank lleppner ' s coffin lectures. ENG 120 - Literature and Composi- tion: one of those courses where you discover that although the grad student doesn’t know as much as the professor, he grades every bit as hard. The class is centered around a lot of in class writ- ing and homework; still, “if you want to learn to write and to get your mind organized,” one student claims, “this is the course.” SOC 202 - General Sociology: a class for all seasons, this dfvision C fulfill- ment runs from classes of 30 to large lectures in Chafce 273. “Not only was the material interesting - religion, society, education - but the teacher was really interested in his own subject - and that really makes the course,” said GEO 105- Geological Earth Science: don’t let this class’s epithet, ‘Rocks for Jocks ' fool you. The material is harder than is usually anticipated. Still, most people find the study of the earth inter- esting, and call the course worth- while V R 64 The all-night fight It ' s 4:00 A.M. There is little movement as the wind whistles its soft lullabies through the trees. All is quiet; all is dark . . . or almost . . . A single light brightens the night. It stares out from the third floor of an otherwise blackened dorm building. Inside, some- thing is going on that is common to nearly every college stu- dent at some point in his career. That lone light is a sure sign that the room’s occupant is in the process of “pulling an all- nighter.” Whether cramming for an exam, typing up a paper or simply catching up on some neglected reading, the all-nighter is the solution to many students’ last-minute study problems. But is it really worth it? “Not really,” said the freshman, “I was so tired that I couldn’t think straight. I couldn’t concentrate on the test the next day.” Another student argued that the all-nighter was worth pulling. “I tend to leave all my work until the last minute. By studying all night, I was able to pass my test.” One problem faced by a student after an unsuccessful all- nighter was talking his way out of a missed exam. “I was so tired after studying all night that when I finally gave in and went to sleep, I slept right through the test I had been cram- ming for.” Another complaint was the cost involved. “Do you know how much coffee and No-Doze costs?” exclaimed another all- nighter. “And you can only take so many cold showers before they get useless, " noted her companion. But isn’t it lonely being up by yourself through the long night? “Not really,” one confessed crammer said. “After all the noise that went on while you were trying to study earlier, the silence is welcomed. Besides, you need time to yourself — even if it is in the middle of the night.” Even without a calendar, one can tell when finals are ap- proaching. As the finals near, the midnight oil is burnt in many rooms a few hours longer each night. By the night before the test, many single lights in rooms and study lounges all over campus are well-lit late into the night and through the sunrise. The basic offense for the “all-nighter” debate seems to be that a conscientious student need not study from dusk to dawn for a coming exam. But for the majority of URI undergrads who are less than 100% conscientious, the infamous all-nighter still serves its purpose. — KM 85 The lecture student: a name or a number? It ' s not a long walk from Aldrich up the hill to Chafee, and on a good spring day once the snowbanks have melted, it’s a rather pleasant one at that. Walking past the dorms and a fraternity and through the parking lots, I toss greetings to those I know coming from the other direction. By the time I reach Chafee 271, I feel like a real individual, someone with a name and a personality that others can recognize. Moments after entering the Chafee Caves, however, the feeling of singularity subsides. I’m usually the first one in class; and I choose a seat directly in the center of the lecture hall, amidst the rows of empty seats. As others enter the auditorium, the seats fill rapidly, from the inside area where I sit to the outside edges. Many faces surround me; some familiar after half a semester in the same class, others intirely new as of today. I can feel myself getting buried under the waves of people coming in for another hour lecture. As the professor walks in, he brightens the overhead lights, barely noticing the masses sitting before him. He’s taught this course for years; still, I wonder if he’s ever noticed a drop or rise in enrollment? Any flucuation would be hardly per- ceptable in his group. He prepares to return the exams taken last week to the class. I can’t quite make out his instructions under the shuffling of feet and papers around me. “Walk up row-by-row, according to your last intital; the exams are in order of your social security number, dining meal- book number and the seat you occupy in class. If you have questions, refer them to your grad instructor next week in the recitation section assigned to you by student number and section number.’’ I think that’s what he said. As the pile of papers diminishes, the professor scans the faces of the students before him. I wonder if he notices any differ- ences from last semester’s class. I wonder if out of 150 stu- dents on the class roster, he knows any one by first name, or would recognize any one of them in the bookstore or crossing the Quad. My recent feeling of singularity seems to have suddenly vanished completely at this point. I glance over at th e senior sitting next to me. The group identification doesn’t seem to bother him; he seems unaware of his merging with a mass of students to become a single body in a lecture hall. Or perhaps he’s accustomed to it by now. His swim team jacket hints that perhaps he has found his indivuality not in the lecture hall, but somewhere else. I realize I haven ' t said anything for the past half hour. Neither has anyone else besides the professor. There’s no room for dis- cussion here. I’m not even sure I could raise by hand above the number of heads surrounding me. The professor signals the class’s end by mumbling an objective, “Have a good weekend. " The seats empty in an exodus to- wards the doors, three times as quickly as they had filled. Outside again, I greet friends and look forward to the coming weekend. I spend 1 7 hours a week in class as a number. I have the rest of the week to be a name and a person. — V.R. 87 90 Registration: the “I need this course ... I need this course ... I have to have it to graduate . . . you don ' t understand, it ' s my last semester here and I have to have it now . . . " Registration is probably the first, foremost and most difficult battle between the undergraduate and the University. Armed with a Drop-Add form, a course catalog a timetable and a lot of patience, the student goes forth the day before classes to try to defeat the faculty and administration at it’s own game of acadamia. The squirmish is long and hard, and it is un- known how many truly survive the battle. Students camp out in long lines outside Keaney Gym, subsisting on tepid beer and Coke, prepared to show their student ID’s and time cards to any inquiring border guard. Once crossing the border into enemy territory - the open No- Man ' s land of the gym - the soldier student spreads his materials across the floor in an above-surface trench, mapping out battle strategies on printed newssheets and timetables. Finally, gathering up his courage, he strides to a figure seated at a long table, to be told to retreat to the end of the line. He waits at the line ' s end, watching student after student shot down by a Bic-wielding grad assistant, or succeeding in get- ting into the desired class. Again, the student reaches the student at war long table, squares his shoulders and clutches his Drop-Add All around him sounds the bugle calls of other students fighting for courses: " I have to have this for my major . . . what do you mean, it doesn’t fill Division B? It’s a science, for goddsake . . Why do I want a section change? Because I turn into a toad during 8:00 classes ... I need a teacher recommendation - will you recommend me? I know you never had me before ... No seats left? That’s all right. I’ll sit in the aisle ... I HAVE to have this course . . .” The battle goes far into the afternoon. Even after their first battle, weary freshmen can be seen on the steps of the gym. writing their first letter home: “Dear Mom and Dad. war is hell . . .” Extension students stagger out, wallets in hand, grieving at the demise of old friends, lost to the Bursar. Out by the distant dorms, frisbccs and softballs sail through the air; the toys of those innocents who know nothing of the trials of the battlefield. After a long, hard fight, the wearied soldier, still clutching the tattered, wrinked Drop-Add form, heads back up the hill, either to rejoice in victory or to drown his sorrows and to forget about the second half of the academic war, the semester that starts tomorrow. — VR 92 The perfect professor An “ideal " is not an easy thing to come by, perhaps because by our human existance we are all less than perfect. No matter where we go who we meet in our college career, and for that matter, in our entire lives, we will probably never come across a true ideal person, place or situation. As students, however, probably the most longed for ideal is that of an ideal professor. Since we all are different, that perfect instructor would differ in personality for all of us. But, there are some characteristics that can be considered universally sought after in the “ideal professor. " . . . Intelligence — The ideal professor is very knowledgable in his field, but. He does not talk above his students’ heads, nor does he talk down to them. He is on their level. . . . Enthusiasm — The ideal professor is enthusiastic about his subject, but he does not expect every student to share that enthusiasm. He only asks that they respect it. . . . Understanding — The ideal professor is caring, and realizes that we do not exist solely for his class. He accepts good excuses, and pardons his students’ sins of neglect. — K.M. 9 Alternative Food Co-op The Alternative Food Co-op. in the basement of Roosevelt Hall, is a student organization devoted to a different sort of education. For those who are among the more than 400 active members, including many non-students, the education has to do with working co-operatively to provide food that is of lower cost and higher quality than is generally available in the supermarket. All the work, including ordering, pric- ing, and stocking the food, is done by members each of whom works two hours a month or more. Because of its co-operative, non- profit nature as well as its orienta- tion toward natural health foods of high nutritional quality, the Alterna- tive Food Co-op does provide a real and viable alternative to other avai l- able food sources. This is brought out by the fact that the co-op has been growing and prospering since 1970, when it was begun by a hand- ful of people. Foods available at the co-op include fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, bread, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, beans, fruit juices, whole grains and flours, honey and other natural sweetners and a fine assortment of natural snacks. Many of the foods, though not all, are grown organi- cally, without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. As a rule there are no additives or presrva- tives. The co-op provides many books and information about nutrition, cook- ing, and other subjects. It is a place where students meet non-students, where the university meets the sur- rounding community. C.H.E.A.R.S C.H.E.A.R.S., the Campus Health Education Alcohol Resource Ser- vices, is a volunteer team of students trained and supervised by the Uni- versity Health Services Education Department. The program stresses that there are not just physical problems associated with alcoholism and alcohol abuse, but there are emotional, social and financial con- siderations as well. C.H.E.A.R.S., guided by co-ordina- tor Diane Vincent, is students help- ing students, by providing alcohol information, peer counseling and There is much information to be shared with the campus community, and C.H.E.A.R.S. arranges out- reach workshops in the dorms or other locations on campus upon request. Their drop-in center and hotline (5951) are located in 406 Roosevelt Hall. The Good 5 t Cigar It takes a lot of time, energy and commitment to put together a daily newspaper and that is exactly what goes into every issue of the Good 5c Cigar. Entirely run by a student staff of about 50, the Cigar is an ex- ceptional learning experience for each person involved. The Cigar look a big step this year as it switched from semi- weekly to daily publication, Tues- day through Friday. The switch has drained much energy from the staff. Late nights in the office to meet the deadlines were the norm Sunday through Wednes- day. When the rest of the campus lies cozily in bed, it is more likely than not that Cigar editors and reporters are banging away at type- writers in their cloistered offices in the Memorial Union. Reporting the serious problems which face URL from budget cut- backs to problems with academic programs, takes much research, digging and hard work. The sports desk also had an exciting and tiring year, including a 13 hour drive taken by the sports editor and a photographer to Charlotte, N.C. and back to cover the NCAA tour- ney against Duke. In our transition to daily publication Paul Lambert, out business man- ager, also found himself tackling an additional work load of balancing our budget, which increased to approximately $90,000 this year. Yet, the Cigar, in its day-to-day endeavors, always strives for ob- jectivity in bringing the news to the campus. — Anna Maria Virzi, Editor-in-Chief The Good 5 c Cigar “Just what this country really needs! " k URI, Kingston, R.I., 02881 j Anna Maria Virzi Editor in Chief Paul Lambert Business Manager Kathy Plaistcd Associate Editor Sara Spaulding Production Manager Patrick Quinn Tuesday Editor Karin Sherbin Wednesday Editor Christopher Blake Thursday Editor Dave Gregorio Friday Editor Dave Lavallee Sports Editor Jim Gillis Copy Editor Paul Choiniere Copy Editor Sue Fellows Advertising Manager Joe Giblin Photography Editor Paul Nonnenmacher Assistant Sports Editor 101 Dirigible Sounds like a zeppelin! It must have something to do with the Sky Divers Club. How about the Art Depart- ment? It ' s a student organization with state workers, so it must be a Memorial Union Organization. Dirigible Composing docs the typesetting for the Good 5e Cigar and other publications on campus. It is located in Room 115 of the Memorial Union. Within these four walls there is about $50,000 worth of offset typesetting equipment and two state workers, Patti and Jean, whose worth is not measurable. The dynamic duo work all day typ- ing the Good 5f Cigar, from dis- play ads to c utlines, from news to classifieds. There are also students who work as proofreaders, photon machine operators, night typesetters and a business manager One thing must be remembered. We only type what is given to us. We are not to blame for what yoi read in the Cigar . . . usually! 102 Follies Bazaar Follies Bazaar Records is a student funded organization with two pur- poses: to encourage all local musicians and artists, and to record an album with music, art and ideas that come from URI. Follies Bazaar encourages any interested students to join. The final product is passed on to the students at a very low cost. Follies Bazaar Records also hosts free musical events throughout the This year’s album was recorded in 16 track stereo at Normandy Sound in Warren Rl. The album was pro- duced by Chris Aliberto, with execu- tive producer Tom Carmody and associate producers John Navazio and Greg Malcdo. L. Brusic was technical advisor. Freshman Orientation Workshop Leaders Over the course of each of the past few summers, freshmen have visited URI and stayed over night here to take advantage of a program de- signed. in nearly every way, to benefit them. The Freshman Orientation Pro- gram, staffed by 16 students, strives not just to provide freshmen with a fall schedule of classes, but to help them to realize their potentials through self-directed personal autonomy tempered with responsi- bility. Each year the program is refined and the the staff receives just a little better instruction so that it is annually expanding and improving, not just quantitively, but qualita- And for everyone closely associated with the program, from Margaret Scott, the administrator with whom it starts anew each year, to the freshmen coming through during the dog days of July, the experience is one that remains with them for- 104 Gay Students Coalition The purpose of the UR! Gay Stu- dents’ Coalition is to develop a sociopolitical sensitivity to the needs of gay people. This is largely ac- complished by dispelling the many myths surrounding gay people. Often this takes the form of consciousness-raising projects such as National Gay Blue Jeans Day and participation in events such as Providence’s annual Gay Pride Parade and various Gay Rights rallies. Other projects, on the in- dividual level, include in-service training sessions with potential Speakeasy peer counselors and par- ticipation in URl ' s annual Health Probably the most memorable pro- ject sponsored by the GSC this year was National Gay Blue Jeans Day. After obtaining $100 from the stu- dent Senate for advertising pur- poses, the campus began to buzz with the talk of the upcoming NGBJD. The theme of the day was “If you are gay or support gay rights then wear blue jeans on April 14. 1978.” Only 27% of the people on campus wore blue jeans on April 14, as compared with 47% two weeks before. The event was re- garded as a success. 105 Geology Club The Geology Club acquaints its 30 active members with environ- mental geology of Rhode Island and surrounding areas. Its purpose is to inform students of controversial geological problems in this area. The club organizes visits to inter- esting geological features and also provides information via movies, exhibits, and guest lecturers as interest demands on particular sub- jects. Field trips are planned each semester to places in the north- eastern United States. Meetings are held in the evenings usually at Green Hall. This year’s president was Lucille Dickenson, assisted by vice president C. Jay McCreery. Andrea Pickhart was secretary and David Murray served as treasurer. Great Swamp Gazette One morning in Novembe ' r, a new scandal-sheet came to campus. “What ' s this?”, the average Joe College asked. “Some kinda enter- tainment magazine? " Far from it. It was Great Swamp Gazette, referred to by some as The Other newspaper. We called it a magazine, but that’s just a matter of packaging. What we did, hopefully, is open the eyes of the campus to the fact that there’s much more going on inside and outside this intellectual micro- We took on big issues, like armed campus police, nuclear energy, and the bureaucracy here. We found in- teresting characters poking around corners of the campus, and managed to give some excitement to the Student Senate all the while. From a whimsical idea, the Gazette has sprung into a full-blown, legiti- mate voice of the campus. It’s still growing too. Forming the Gazette didn’t bring fame or fortune to the staff. We can still walk through a crowd un- noticed. But we have the satisfaction of knowing we’re doing a good thing and people appreciate it. All my thanks goes to the staff: Gail Kauranen, assistant editor; Bill O’Brien, managing editor; Linda Clorite, copy editor; Sharon McAleer, photo editor; Cindy Hor- ovitz, production editor; Emily Estes, literary editor; Janet Souza, advertising manager, and many others. It couldn ' t have happened without them. Ron Dubois, Editor-in-Chief I Horsemen’s Club The Horsemen ' s Club welcomes everyone interested in horses, re- gardless of the extent of their riding ability. Club members arc responsi- ble for the care and cleaning of the eleven horses at the University, as well as the barn and tack room. In return, club members enjoy the use of the horses for weekend riding and trail rides. Construction of the URI Stables was accomplished during the winter of 1972-73 in order to house the horses necessary for instruction of students. The horses used in ASC 252 (The Pleasure Horse), with two exceptions, are leased from owners in Rhode Island. The college pays for feed and foot care. Veterinary care is provided by a member of the Animal Pathology Department. Responsiblity for the program rests with the Animal Science Department. The URI Horsemen ' s Club owns its own tack and equipment through Student Senate funds. Meetings are twice a month and are an- nounced by the use of posters and notices in the Cigar. All are welcome Officers this year were Suzanne Cartier, president; Cindy Quinn, vice president; Robert Boulanger, treasurer; Susan Beckley, secretary; Kathy Nelson and Karyn Corsetti, program chairmen. J w r " V ' 1 Inter-Fraternity Council There are fifteen nationally affili- ated fraternities at URI. They work together through the Inter-Fra- ternity Council, (IFC). Fraternities offer a great oppor- tunity to grow and to contribute to the growth of others and the house itself. Members of a house not only live and cat together, they work hard to better themselves, their house, and the campus in general. Every year charity drives and other philanthropic endeavors benefit organizations such as Cystic- Fibrosis, and Jimmy Fund, and the American Cancer Society. A sense of responsibility is buil t through affiliation with a fraternity, for if its members do not take care of their house they will lose it. Unlike university housing, overseen by the Housing Office, we alter and im- prove our own structures as well as maintain them. The opportunity to run our own finances and dining services provides us with excellent training for later in life. All fraternities have many benefits to offer, and each one has a special quality that makes it different. Rush is getting to know the fraternities, and they get to know you. Think seriously about going Greek. You won’t be disappointed. International Club The more than two hundred foreign students at URI come from forty different countries and speak more than fifty different languages. All are joined together in an entirely new situation to experience a differ- ent culture and life here at URI. Cultural shock sets in when the foreign students realize the extent to which American society, es- pecially on the campus, differs from their own. Adjustments must be made to become a part of the new situation, and these adjustments are not always easy to face. The International Club attempts to serve as a bridge between the stu- dent’s previous culture and life at URI. The club sponsors many events, such as International Week, to acquaint the URI com- munity with the foreign students ' own cultures. It is hoped that in the future, American and International students will be able to work much more closely, for only then will everyone benefit from the shared experience. Photos by Karen McDougall Investment Club The Investment Club offers a learning experience to the student about the internal workings of the stock market. It is a partnership composed of upper classmen who are business majors. The purpose of the partnership is to invest the assets of the partnership solely in securities with the objective to educate and with the intent of capital appreciation. The club consisted of a five member executive board and twenty-five members. Dr. G. Dash and Dr. B. Sanderson served in an advisory capacity. Meetings were held to discuss the progress of the club ' s portfolio, and on several occasions guest speakers lectured to the club concerning the workings and related activity of the capital markets. The club also visited the New York Stock Exchange and various investment houses. 112 Jewish Activities Council The Jewish Activities Council started the year with a mixer that was held in the Student Center. During first semester, the JAC sponsored such events as High Holy- day Services, a Fall Cocktail Party, a hay ride, several Sunday Brunches and an Israeli Dinner and discussion. The first semester was rounded off by sponsoring daily candle lighting ceremonies during the eight days of Hannukah. The spring semester began with another mixer and visits by several outstanding guests. These included: Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Joseph Gclbcr- man and Zalman Schachter. Irving Howe, author of World of Our Fathers and Lucy Sleinitz, author of Living after the Holocaust also spoke at JAC sponsored functions. The semester ended with a cocktail party in honor of 30 years of Israeli Independancc. Throughout the year. JAC spon- sored Friday night services as well as services in Westerly and various discussion groups. As a service to students. JAC offered Passover meals during April which were en- joyed by all that attended. 1977- 1978 was a year that can be looked back on as being a success. 113 Kingston Women’s Liberation Kingston Women’s Liberation is a Student Senate funded organiza- tion of local and university women who are actively working towards eradicating sexism. Through feminist speakers, films, workshops, and seminars, KWL seeks to educate and create awareness of women’s struggles and issues at URL In addition, KWL strives to provide information and referrals to women’s groups and activities in the area as a way to connect with the larger women’s movement. During the 1977-78 academic year, KWL sponsored and presented numerous events such as the Willie Tyson concert, a number of sand- wich seminars, three well-attended films, a pot luck supper, and lobby- ing for implementation of the Women ' s Studies Program. Trips to New York and Boston to sec several speakers and museum ex- hibits as well as a trip to the annual New England Women’s Studies Conference in Storrs, Connecticut were also sponsored by KWL. KWL presented several speakers jointly with other campus organizations- author poet Marge Piercy. feminist artist Miriam Schapiro, and feminist speech communications specialist Cheris Kramer. One of the most important and progressive events to occur at URI during the spring semester was the establishment of the Women ' s Resource Project in the Home Management House on Lower College Road. Photos by Karen McDougall Little Brother-Little Sister The Little Brother- Little Sister program provides a URI student with the opportunity to be a friend to an underpriveledged youngster from the surrounding community. The focus of the organization is to develop a one-to-one relationship between the “big” and “little " brothers and sisters. We offer these children a unique opportunity to gain insight and understanding of a new world. Through the work of dedicated student volunteers, our program has proven to be a valuable social service. The Executive Board Members for 1977-1978 were: Pam Karras, presi- dent; Bette Smith, vice president; Steve Silverman, treasurer; Sara Spaulding, secretary; Susan Fisher, publicity chairperson; Jon Solis, transportation chairperson; Pat Procaccini, social chairperson; and Lori lacuele and Scott Massoni, membership chairpersons. Photos by John Phillip Meteorology Club The Meteorology club activities include preparing daily weather forecasts for Kingston, inviting local weathermen to present lectures at meetings, showing films related to atmospheric science, observing the local weather, and participating in a National Weather Forecasting Contest. Trips are arranged to visit New England centers of weather activity. Any student who is interested in atmospheric science is encouraged to participate in the Meteorology Club, which is affiliated with the Ameri- can Meteorological Society. Photos by Gary Metzger 116 Panhellenic Association Just as the fifty states in our country form the United States of America, the eight sororities on this campus form the University of Rhode Island Panhellenic Association, Each sorority, like each state, has its own governing body which operates for the welfare of all of its members. Setting up standards to live by, performing philanthropic projects and participating in social endeavors tend to promote a feeling that binds each house separately. But as all states send representatives to Con- gress, so do all sororities send dele- gates to Panhcl. This organization’s immediate purpose is to promote harmony and to uphold the ideals of their constitution. What the URI Panhellenic mainly strives for is an open an informal exchange of thoughts that can be shared by all houses. These ideas cover the areas of recruiting new members, scholarship standards and the further development of the entire Greek system on this campus. Pan- hel is a structure composed of the women delegates, and for the overall betterment of the women in sororities on this campus. Plant and Soil Science Club The Plant and Soil Science Club is opened to all students having an interest in plants, soil, landscaping, and the environment. They meet every other Wednesday in Wood- ward Hall to hold business meetings and to present guest speakers and Every year the club sponsors three fund raising projects, an apple sale in September, coffee sales at URI ' s Extension Pruning Workshops in February and a green carnation sale for St. Patrick ' s Day. The Club is also involved in keeping members informed of job opportunities, scholarships, sending a soil team to the annual soil judging contests, and in planning and planting the vegetable garden for the Summer Flower Show. Also, this year they had their own display at the Midland Mall Garden Week. The highlight of the year was a banquet at the Bay Voyage Inn in Jamestown for club members, faculty, and friends. The officers for the 1977-78 PLS Club were Paul Tremblay, president; Dennis Ryan, vice-president; Joni Berkshire, secretary; John Callan, treasurer; and Andy McHca, public relations. Portuguese Club The Portuguese Club “O Lusitano” is an organization open to all stu- dents, especially those interested in the cultures of the Portuguese speaking countries. Its objectives are to make people aware of those cultures and to get more student involvement in activ- ities organized by the club. To attain these objectives the club has become involved with Portu- guese dancing, music, costumes, cuisine, art, and current events and hold regular meetings. Highlights of the activities were the Club’s participation in Interna- tional Week, film and slide presenta- tions, and an annual dinner in a typical Portuguese restaurant. Photos by Karen McDougall 119 Pre-optometry Club In its first year of existence, the URI Pre-Optometry Club attempted to establish a feeling of cooperation among pre-professional students and to share ideas and information with fellow pre-optometry students. The purpose of the club is to help members explore the field of optometry, to discuss other pre- professional career opportunities, and also to help underclassmen pre- pare for Optometry schools. The club in its first year viewed a film, “O.D. ' s . . . vision care specialists”, prepared by the A.O.A., spoke with a current optometrist as well as an optometry student, and visitied the New England College of Optometry in Boston. The Pre-Optometry Club meets once every month. President of the club is Reed Edelman. Photos by Karen McDougall 120 Sailing Club Despite the foul weather en- countered throughout both semes- ters this year, the URI Sailing Club has a lot to be thankful for. The clubhouse, which is located on Salt Pond Road in Wakefield, is sporting a new porch and ramp. By next fall, the fleet of 20-year old Beverly Dinghies will have been replaced by a fleet of ten brand new Tech Dinghies. The sailing lessons which are offered through the Physical Education De- partment were fully subscribed to both semesters this year. These lessons are open to anyone in the campus community. For a small fee, these courses offer students the opportunity to earn credits while having a good time. The 250 undergraduate members were entertained this year with many different activities. These included a night sail and keg party on Gardner’s Island, the One-of-a- kind regatta, and movies presented at club meetings. The club was headed this year by officers Jeff Gibson, Kevin Doyle, Robert Currier, Terrie Nunes, and Pam Beckman. RIPIRG URI-RIPIRG is the University of Rhode Island Public Interest Research Group. RIPIRG ' s pur- pose is to articulate and pursue through the media, the institu- tions of government, the courts and other means the concerns of students on issues of general public interest. The areas of concern include consumer protection, re- source planning, protection of natural areas and environmental quality, health care government accountability and other matters of concern to the welfare of the people of Rhode Island. RIPIRG is a non-partisan, non- profit corporation, funded and controlled by students. The controll- ing body is a student elected Board of Directors. All policy decisions are made by the Board, who deter- mine project priorities, financial allocation and staffing decisions. The Board directions are carried out by a staff of professionals, students and volunteers. RIPIRG provides students with a unique, exciting and necessary edu- cational experience. RIPIRG ' s major educational projects are con- ducted under the direction of its staff, but students perform much if not all of the research involved. Major projects involved interdis- ciplinary evaluation — this aspect of RIPIRG ' s structure and program has great potential for opening channels of communication between students and faculty, academic in- stitutions, and the community. In the past year, RIPIRG has under- taken many projects covering a variety of issues, such as Energy Week, Sun Day. Bottle Bill. Bail Bond, Legislator Watch, Lobbying. Ralph Nader, Consumer Hotline, and the Pick Up and Return Service for telephones. 122 Skin Divers’ Club Since its conception in the early years of scuba diving, the Univer- sity of Rhode Island Skin Divers’ Club has been actively striving to stimulate interest in the sport here at the University. Club activities range from sponsor- ing speakers related to the sport, film presentations, field trips, and club dives. The club offers a few unique activ- ities such as the yearly ice dive in the frigid Rhode Island waters, and two weekend excursions. One week- end is to Gloucester, Mass, for boat diving in Boston Harbor, and another at a variety of dive sites off Fort Getty, Jamestown with clubs from other New England colleges. The officers for the 1977-78 Skin Divers ' Club are Jeff Blonar, presi- dent; Paul Pcgnato, vice-president; Anne Ockenhusen, treasurer; Carol Price, secretary; and Jon Sleeves, Sgt. at Arms. Photos by J. Blonar 124 Skydivers’ Club The URI Skydivers ' Club is made up of some daring people . . . or so one might think. The club, which was established in 1970, skydives at Ellington, Connecticut. This is a highly qualified jump zone. The United States Parachuting Associ- ation trains the jumpers before they take that first 2800 foot step off the plane. According to Bill Beaudrcau, people skydive for various reasons. Excite- ment is perhaps the most common, but the ability “to just be able to say I did it " seems to coax people into their first jump. The sheer fun of it makes skydiving a sport that ' s hard to beat. 125 Speak-Easy The trend toward an increased awareness concerning sexuality that has evolved in recent years has been accompanied by the need for com- prehensive information about sex- uality and related health issues. Speak-Easy, the peer sexuality in- formation and counseling center at URI, was founded in 1973 by the URI Health Services to fill this need. Throughout the past five years, Speak-Easy has offered regularly scheduled birth control sessions, paraprofessional counsel- ing, outreach programs for the campus community on various topics, such as rape, V.D. sex roles and attitudes, homosexuality, abortion and birth control. Speak-Easy is an all volunteer pro- gram, supervised by Hazel Temple, URI ' s health educator. Counselors, all students, are trained in a three- credit course. This years co-ordinators are Ann Pichette and Chris Pritchard. Speak-Easy has been quite effective in providing the campus community an important service, namely, sex- uality education. The center is lo- cated on the fourth floor of Roose- velt Hall. 126 Student Video Center The Student Video Center is located in room 331 of the Memorial Union. This student-founded and run tele- vision facility is responsible for the training and loan of portable video equipment to the student body. All it takes is a URI student I.D., and a half hour of time to be trained, and you’re on the way to making your own video production. Besides portable equipment, the center is equipped with full video and audio editing facilities. The center has been responsible for showing programs in the main lounge of the Union on a weekly basis. It has also taped many of the concerts and speakers presented at URI over the course of the year. Anyone interested in learning video or media-track audio taping is in- vited to come up and share your ideas and interests. General Manager for 1977-78 is Doug Landfield. Student Entertainment Committee The Student Entertainment Com- mittee provides quality entertain- ment to the URI students and sur- rounding community by presenting major concert events. Besides the seven major concerts, SEC puts on the " Homegrown Series " , which feautres new talent from the New England area. SEC also co-sponsors many events with other student or- ganizations, such as Union Board, Uhuru SaSa, and Weekenders. SEC is an exclusive student organiza- tion that enables each member to be a part of the talent selection pro- cess. The Executive Board prepares the options from available agency listings for the general membership to vote on their approval. Persons interested in all phases of concert production can find commit- tees to express their individual talents. From basic ticket sales to making sure the performer has his or her star on the backstage door, members of the committee are re- sponsible for the entire performance. All students are invited to join SEC and members are eligible for executive positions which are chosen in elections held each spring. Student Lecture Series The Student Lecture Series, SLS, is a student-funded and student- run organization that provides speakers For the campus community. Throughout the course oF the school year, SLS presents lectures by locally and nationally known figures. They try to choose speakers who appeal to the interests oF the student body, and generally are successFul in their endeavor. Some oF the speakers presented by SLS this year were Margaret Mead, Edward Albee, Robert Pollard, Jules FeiFFer, Henry Kyemba and the Amazing Kreskin. SLS will conti nue to provide the student body oF URI top quality lecturers with the support and in- volvement oF the student body. Student Senate After the last motion was made and the last vote was taken, somebody asked, “But did we have credibil- ity?” And the answer? You bet we did! Remember the tuition rally on the front steps of the State House in Providence? Remember the 400 stu- dents carrying signs and chanting “Too Damn High” and “Roll ’Em Back " ? Remember walking into the Senate office and seeing a tall, lanky fellow with his feet on his desk? Chances are he was on the phone saying, “Hello, Governor Garrahy? This is Bob Craven.” And there were other things like the re-emergence of WRIU, the birth of the Great Swamp Gazette, and the establishment of new clubs such as the Weekenders. There was ex- pansion in Kingston Student Ser- vices, a Student Budget Task Force, a voter registration, an election with voting booths, a forum on the na- tonal women ' s conference, a letter campaign for parents ' support, and a recommendation for a new part-time student activities tax. And there were decisions to be made on salar- ies for student leaders, the budget, the parking problem, student bi- monthly pay periods, the infirmary, and the University calendar. There were probably a few too many resignations, a couple silly questions and one or two pointless debates, but 1977-78 was a year of results. Credibility at last. 130 rUITION RALLY TUITION RALLY TUITION i rally Rl STATE HOUSE SMT-C.Se NO TUITION HIM VO TUITION HIKES!, TUITION HIKES I 131 Surf Club The Surf Club is an organization for the benefit of the many surfers who attend the University. It offers information as to where and when the waves are best and also provides transportation when necessary. Fre- quently on weekday nights slides and movies of Rhode Island surf spots like Monahans. Point Judith, and Matunuck are shown. Members who have surfed in California, Mexico, and Puerto Rico also give presentations to the students. Once or twice a year a full length feature film, sponsored by the members, is offered to the local community. Their aim is to support the sport of surfing on campus and to assist any interested students. 132 Tai Chi Club Silence. Fifteen people stand mo- tionless beneath the bright lights of the Dance Studio . . . straight backs, arms hanging by their sides lifeless . . . concentration. Then, like a human wave, all begin to move as one . . . slowly, steadily, solid- ly flowing. For twenty five minutes there is wall to wall continuity as the wave makes its way across the floor . . hands, arms, legs, feet filling well known postures like water pouring into a vase which in turn empties into another ... the wave gently returns to where it began . . . arms sweep out in a final circular motion . . . the wave subsides, hands drift down relaxed . . . stillness. It is known as Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese exercise which promotes health through a slow, dance-like sequence of postures based on the teachings of Taoist philosophy. URI ' s Tai Chi Club has met on Monday evenings for the past three years to practice the art under the direction of Mr. Charles Arcieri, who teaches the Classical Yang style of Tai Chi. As a club project members have adopted a Balinese orphan by the name of Wayan Sarma through the Foster Parents Plan. Photos by Sue Carpenter Union Board The Memorial Union Board of Directors, MU BOD, has been de- scribed as, “a nebulous being that inhabits the third floor of the Union . . and although this is possibly true, its responsibilities go much Basically, it is divided into two councils: Programming and Opera- tions. Operations deal directly with decisions and policy makings that occur in the Union. They allocate space to various organizations, work with the Ram ' s Den, Pub and Build- ing Operations. Generally, they make sure students have a say in what’s happening in their Union. Programming is the side of the Union Board that receives the most publicity. It is divided into eight committees that come up with and program many enjoyable events for you to participate in, such as the Bud Olympics, Free Films in the Ballroom, Dances, Trips, Contem- porary Speakers, Art Exhibits, Backroom Gigs, Operation Icicle, and the Spring Weekend Gong Show and Cabaret Theatre. Although it is divided into two coun- cils, MU BOD meets on a regular basis to discuss and decide jointly any major issues in or around the Union. This meeting is also reserved for all members to keep up to date with each other. Every member of the Union Board has full voting privileges in regards to many Union happenings; whether it is to discuss and approve the Memorial Union budget or selecting new furniture for the Ram’s Den. But like all studdent organizations, the Union Board needs student in- put, so apply for one of its commit- tees and get i nvolved . . . you’ll be helping the Union while having a great time. 134 US Weekenders The change from green to amber trees heralded the birth of a new concept here at URI. To combat the mass weekly exodus of students from campus, a new organization. Weekenders, was established. Its goal is to provide the academic community with stimulating and varied forms of entertainment on the weekends. Co-sponsoring a number of gigs with the Union Board and SEC, Week- enders reached a “tasty” peak with the import of the “Good Rats” from Long Island. A touch of class came to URI in a wine tasting presented by Ron Mar- golin. Slides of France and wine that flowed brought pleasant conversa- tion. All who attended can now appreciate that there’s more to wine than getting drunk. Activities ranged from lectures from such outstanding personalities as Dr. Margaret Mead and Stan Waterman to bus trips to the plays “For Colored Girls " and “Dancin’” in Boston. A bus trip to Newport provided much needed relief for stu- dents with pre-finals jitters in May. Watch Weekenders in the up com- ing years for fresh ideas. The or- ganization is growing, taking on new responsibilities. Weekenders repre- sents an enthusiastic group of people from a student body that has only begun to realize that they alone have the power to make this campus a place they enjoy calling home. 136 138 SEC-SLS: The year in review Often when a speaker or musical group comes to the URI campus, the people who sponsor the event are lost in the shuf- fle and excitement. The sponsors don’t much seem to mind, as long as the turnout is good and the crowds are enthusiastic. Still, if you’re ever wondering who does the planning, schedul- ing and publicizing of various events, look to the offices and staffs of the Student Lecture Series and the Student Enter- tainment Committee. According to advisor Dennis Gonsalves and chairperson Barbara Jacobs, the Student Lecture Series had “an excel- lent year. " A wide variety of speakers made for many sold- out and nearly sold-out performances. “We chose a really wide variety of speakers, " said Jacobs, “We got those people that we think the students want to Gonsalves added, “We had speakers who had something im- portant to say; we try to aim for the pertinent people. " The first half of the year went rather slowly for the SLS. September’s speaker was cartoonist Jules Feiffer. Feiffer’s cartoons came to life in a theater performance of Feiffer’s Children, co-sponsored by the URI Theater Department. Next on the schedule was playwright Edward Albee, who spoke to a good-sized crowd in Edwards Auditorium. Albee also spent two days working with the Theatre and English departments in workshops and discussions. The final speaker for the fall semester was Robert Pollart in a debate with the Westinghouse Corporation on nuclear energy. The second semester schedule was a bit more daring, SLS’s first speaker was anthropologist Margaret Mead, who spoke before a capacity crowd in Edwards. “We really didn’t know what to expect from this perform- ance.” “This was a first for us - the first weekend lecture we’d had. We were really pleased with the number that showed up on a Saturday afternoon,” said Gonsalves. Ugandian Health Minister Henry Kyemba was February’s speaker. Following Kyemba were Black Panther founder Bobby Scale, who was part of Black Culture Week, UFO specialist J. Alan Hynk, Viet Nam speakers Jerry Elamer and Carol Bragg, and mind-reader and ESP specialist “The Amazing” Kreskin. Most of those performances were also very well-attended, " said Jacobs, “We were competing with the basketball games and other events, yet we still drew in the crowds. " Gonsalves added, " We filled an average of about 800 seats per performance, which isn’t at all bad. Mead was probably our biggest drawing; about 1 300 seats were filled. The people are interested and want to be there. " SLS has a 12-member staff, who work very closely with the scheduling, planning and publicity aspects of the perform- ance. “It’s a learning experience for staff members” said Jacobs. SLS welcomes all who are interested to join. " “But mostly, we’re here for the students, bringing in whom- ever we believe they want to see. It’s an educational experi- ence for the whole community, " said Gonsalves. SLS often co-sponsors events with other campus organiza- tions. “We often work closely with the Young Socialists Alliance, RIPIRG and some others; but we try to co-sponsor or help any organization that asks. All of our events are free to undergrads - it’s entirely for the students.” said Jacobs. SLS is already working on next year’s schedule. Jacobs said, “We’re really coming into our own. Next year will be good. We’ve made major advances this spring - I think more than we’ve ever done before.” The Student Entertainment Committee, in the words of advisor Lucy Gorski, also had “a super year. " “Our goal this year was to present a variety of music. In this past, many of our performers have been much the same - there was little variety in what they did. This year, we moved more away from some of the mellower music and got more into rock and jazz. " SEC underwent major evaluations this year by it ' s 50- member staff. “We’ve decided that quantity is not as impor- tant as quality,” said Gorski. “We don’t want to do the same acts over and over again - we like a lot of variety and like to see new faces and groups. " U9 SEC ' s first performance was a Tom Rush concert, a perennial UR1 favorite. October brought a sold-out performance by Andy Pratt and Nils Loftgren. November’s concert was the start of something different - a rock concert by Sea Level, which attracted about 800, a near-capacity crowd. The fall semester finished with a highly-attended performance by Art Garfunkel in Keaney Gym. Interspersed in these concerts were smaller concerts by the Homegrown Series, featuring more local artists; these too drew good-sized audiences. The spring semester brought an even wider variety of musici- ans to the campus. February ' s Paul Winter Consort was a hit for many, featuring a type of music rarely heard on college campuses. Black Culture Week presented Roy Ayers in a jazz concert. The spring semester closed with an extravagant Spring Weekend festival, featuring jazz musician Herbie Mann and the annual Bluegrass Festival. Although the Spring Weekend performances were highly criticized, Gorski felt the Weekend was a success. " It went over well. There were so many organizations working in co- operation. We had a wider variety of music than we have had in the past. " Although the Bluegrass concert was moved into Keaney Gym, “the reaction was tremendous - over 2,000 people showed up. The atmosphere, competition and music were terrific.” SEC’s 50-member staff does most of the planning and publi- city for the sponsored performances. “Our executive board (which consists of president Lucy Fernandes, vice-presidents Chip Felderma n, John Viau and John Simmons, and 1 1 other members) chose from a list of performers, and bids go out to place these musicians. It’s an excellent educational experience. Staff members learn leadership and communication; they expand on their talents in graphics, publicity and business management; and they learn what it is like to work with pro- fessional agents - which can be a real trip in itself!” Gorski said. The whole process of finding a group; signing a con- tract and arranging for the performance takes about one and a half to two months total. The students then work at the show itself selling tickets, working security, assisting tech- nical crew and attending t6 the performers themselves. “We owe a lot to the Student Technical Services crew as well.” Gorski added, “They are very supportive and are a tremen- dous help in making the show go off. " SEC would like to get more students involved in the campus entertainment business. “If anyone has anything to offer, any opinion to express, we ' re happy to take it. We like people involved before the show goes off - negative feedback after the show isn’t much help. We need to know what the students want.” No definite plans for next year have been made yet, but the staff is still working. “We’d like to get Keaney Gym more often - maybe twice a year, " said Gorski. In the past, the committee has brought magicians, comedians and other open- ing acts to the campus. “We’ve had a few of those, " said Gorski, “but we’d like more. " “We were happy in our decisions this year. We had some ex- cellent shows. Our more unknown performers did not get capacity crowds, but the crowds they did get were enthused. Overall, we had an excellent year. " 140 Sororities rush for new members Sorority rush is an opportunity for any j UR1 woman to explore the spirited lifestyle of the Greeks on campus. It’s ] a chance to meet with the members of I the eight national sororities on cam- 1 pus, and, at the same time, to begin lasting friendships, whether or not the g decision is made to join one of the ] houses. Formal rush, traditionally taking place I in the fall, is a series of gatherings, informal and formal parties allowing I the rushces to get to know the members 1 of each house. Registration kicks off the program as women sign up for participation in the rush events. Round Robin is the next step. The women arc given a tour which allows the rushees to get a taste of each house. They are initially introduced to one member of the sorority, who acts as I I a guide and attempts to answer ques- I lions as they arise. After Round Robin, a rushee can elect to attend some or all of the parties 1 sponsored by each house. As she at- 1 tends, she decides if she is sincerely i interested in joining the Greek sys- I As time goes on, she must choose a house in which she would like to be- come a member. The big moment arrives when a bid to I pledge a sorority is slipped under the 1 rushee’s door. The girls “rush” to the house to join the sisters and pledges in songs and cheers. Rush is an excellent time to learn about I the activities of Greek life. Every 1 rushee is not committed to join a house, I but she is able to learn about the so- I rorily system, and is able to explore the possible advantages in store for her as a member of the Greek system at URI. 147 Rain can’t dampen Greek spirit It was raining. The dampness was be- ginning to seep through my tennis hat. The guy who was supposed to kick the football was nowhere to be found; and when we did find him, we discovered we hadn ' t a football to practice with. Someone borrowed a soccer ball, but it Finally, the Greek Week coordinators and other contestants showed up, and we jogged off to another field. Some- one lent us a football and we knelt down and practiced a few times. My knees got wet, but the rain turned into a torrent, and it didn’t matter after that. We ran through a couple of teams and everyone else got as wet as I did. People started to argue about the rules. They postponed the event and sent us home. Everyone was mad. Funny, I remember being very upset at the time; but it ' s all rather hazy now. The memory of that afternoon seems to have been superimposed by a series of other memories. Standing in short-sleeves beneath the sun on the Quad for the first time this spring, as the girls scurried by on tricycles, legs flying ... the sound of baseball bats slugging softballs, and the balls getting lost around Davis Hall . . . the de- termination of lugs-of-war ... the enthusiasm of beer-chugging ... the guys heaving the big, silver beer kegs, and the girls throwing the smaller " pony " kegs ... the hushed excite- ment of Greek Sing . . . the exhilaration of competition ... the thrill of victory . . , the agony of defeat — which really wasn ' t so agonizing; in fact, it was more funny than agonizing when Cathy ' s arms turned out to be too short for the wheelbarrow race, and the long- er armed machines raced by. Greek Sing is probably the event I re- member best, because it’s an event that the whole house worked together on since February. It’s a time when all the houses get together, dress up (or down), chant verses, display their per- sonalities, and fill Keancy gym with an excitement one can experience only by being a participant. It ' s hard to forget the enchanting melody of " Mac the Knife " or the endearing senti- mentality of “Camp Granada " (al- though I’ve tried). The excitement comes to a feverish pitch as the judges announce the winners: “Fourth place, sorority division — Sig- ma Kappa; third place Alpha Delta Pi: second place — Delta Delta Delta: first place — Alpha Xi Delta! “Fourth place, fraternity division - Chi Phi; third place — Phi Sigma Kap- pa; second place — Phi Kappa Psi; first place — Phi Gamma Delta! " It’s mayhem. The winners go crazy. And the losers? Well, they mumble in disgust, wonder why they practiced since January, know they’ll win next year and resolve to start practicing in November. Then everyone goes out, has a few beers (courtesy of the win- ners), forgets Greek Sing and has a good time together. Because that’s what Greek life is all about. It’s get- ting together outside, partying to- gether, laughing together and getting to know one another better. Greek Week is the ultimate display of fra- ternity and sorority. What rain? 153 156 URI music department values creativity, perfection and hard work! One noticable feature of URI is the amount of music that can be heard at all times, from all people, and from all corners of the campus. Music is a casual, unthought-of part of our lives. Guitarists on the Quad, stereo speakers in dorm win- dows and whistlers in the hallways barely earn a second glance from most individuals on campus. To many, however, music rates much more than a second glance. Many on the URI campus devote countless hours to creating, perfecting and performing musical works. Most of these performers, both instrumental and vocal, are not music majors. They represent nearly every college within the university. All share com- mon factors: the love of good music, the drive to play or sing that music to the best of their abilities, and the desire to display that music before the campus and surrounding communities. There are musical opportunities for many tastes. Performing groups range from University Chorus and Concert Choir to a group of ’20’s singers, from the Orchestra to a Dixieland Band and from Wind Ensemble to a Jazz Band. Recitals by faculty mem- bers, music students and guests are also presented. The groups’ concerts consist of musical pieces from all eras and styles, and include both well-known works and some lesser-known pieces. Handel’s Messiah, performed by Ward Am- busambra’s University Chorus and Dr. Joseph Ceo’s Symphony Or- chestra, Moussorski’s Pictures at an Exhibition, played by Gene Pollart’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Haydn ' s London Symphony performed by Ceo’s Symphony Orchestra are but a few examples of the Music De- partment’s endeavors this year. Many music ensemble members were also included in two one-act operas, Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, and Stravinski’s The Soldier’s Tale performed as part of the inter- arts festival, Risky Business. Music appreciation does not end with the classics. Dr. Art Motyeka and his Jazz Ensemble, the Concert Choir, led by Ward Ambusambra, That Ram Band, the ’20’s Singers and the Dixie- land Band balance out the musical offerings with more contemporary sounds. Involvement with the Music Department often reveals the great amount of work that goes into pre- paring for public concerts. Some groups meet daily for rehearsal time. Others meet weekly for a few hours. In many ways, a musical ensemble is like a varsity team — practicing and running drills for hours, working under their coach, the director, learn- ing to work as a team, each member working with a specific part and skill, and finally bringing the whole thing before the toughest critics, the audience, for a one-shot evaluation. Each member must be in shape and know his part to make the whole thing work. Most striking, however, is the musician’s dedication to his “sport”, which closely parallels that of the athlete. The music that comes out of the practice rooms and recital halls of the Fine Arts Center may not be the sort that everyone wishes to listen to. But the large turnout of students at band, orchestra, and chorus concerts and recitals reflect the appreciation for the music of the fine arts at URI. 1S7 158 159 VfVW s5 ' V i v X- - «B m+A Theatre department presents unique blend of entertainment The opera opened as predictably as any seasoned Tan would have expected. The sounds of tuning strings thinned and faded with the house- lights. paused for a moment, then burst into an overture. The soprano appeared onstage, and doubled with the violins in aria. Predictably opera. What is not so predictable and ex- pected is that this opera is being performed at URI ' s Fine Arts Center, in the Robert E. Will Theater. Few in the university community expect to see opera performed by UR I students. What is predictable is that this opera reflects much of what the URI Theater Department was working toward this year. Varety was the keyword; variety in all of the departments productions. The Theater Summer Ensemble re- turned from the Edinburgh Festival to open their ’77-’78 season with their production of Bill Kirton ' s The Whore, the Virgin and the Cleaning Lady The Summer Ensemble performed in the world premier of this play while in Edinburgh, and performed the U.S. premier on the URI campus. Coupled with this performed was the Ensemble ' s version of the cartoons of Jules Feiffer in motion, enacted in Feiffer’s Children. October started with a more serious production. Robert Patrick ' s Kennedy ' s Children. The month ended with Michael Weller ' s Moonchildrcn. per- formed in place of the cancelled musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Special performances of the play, centering around the lives of the young in the turbulent ' 60’s, were given to benefit victims of the recent URI Greenhouse fire. The fall semester ended with Charles Cafonc and Mark McCarthy’s Of Love and Villainy - or Elizabethan Pills to Purge Melancholy, an “ir- reverant celebration of the greatest theatrical era. " The New Year began in early February for the Theater Department with the production of What’s So Beautiful About A Sunset Over Prairie Avenue by Edward Allen Baker. Complete with street punks, junked auto parts and cheap television, the play gave viewers a look at the often ignored “white Ghetto " and the struggle of those within to escape. The setting then went from the contemporary to the late 19th cen- tury with the productions of three one-set plays by George Bernard Shaw. How He Lied to Her Husband. The Dark Lady of the Sonnets. and Village Wooing. The finale for the ’77- ' 78 season was the department ' s involvement in Risky Business the URI inter-arts festival. The main feature for the Theater Department was their co-production with the Music Department of Mcn- otti’s one-act, tragic-comic opera The Old Maid and the Thief and Stra- vinsky’s musical fable. The Soldier ' s Tale ' The actors, producers and directors offered enough variety this year to satisfy most tastes, and are planning even more variety for next year’s season. Whether the play be a modern drama in J Studio or a traditional opera in the Will Theater, one can expect a constant change in style from production to production. Flexibility and variety are two stan- dards upon which the Theater de- partment “acts " . in 165 166 Risky business unites arts “h could be risky business to have all the arts working together, rather than independently.” - Judith Swift, assistant Professor of Theater. Risky Business, a two week festival of the arts which included 48 events and gave students and the community an opportunity to experience the arts ended favorably, according to Swift. " Risky Business was a good learning experience. We got a lot of people to attend, and the effort was well The Risky Business planning committee initially began plans for the festival in the spring of 1977. Members represented the arts, music, theater. Honors Colloquium and student activities. Funding for the festival came from various sources, including the fine arts departments, the Union Board and student activities. Various grants were also awarded. Events scheduled into the festival included mime acts, one-act operas, poetry and short story readings, ensemble concerts, art exhibitions, lectures, films and a masked ball. Each night of the festival was filled with several events, ending with a cabaret built into the Fine Arts Building lobby. The festival brought few major pro- blems with it. Bonnie Bosworth, business manager, said, “We anticipated large crowds, but we really didn ' t realize the mammoth amount of work involved.” According to Swift, the Cabaret seemed to have the best turnout of all the individual events. “Those stu- dents who saw it would take a chance then on other festival events that normally they wouldn ' t see. " The informal, classy atmosphere of the in- door cafe and the acts performed within w ere a great break from the usual reception after the evening ' s shows. The whole festival was taxing but rewarding to the staff and performers involved. Bosworth summed up the Risky Business Interarts Festival, saying, “It made us feel the the Fine Arts Center was alive. " P.B. I Football Photos by John DeWaele 175 176 Two competitions actually take place during a URI football game. One is the battle between the Rams and their opponents; the other, on the same bat- tlefield, is played by “That Ram Band. " The band practices several hours a week to perfect their routines of intricate manuevers and dances. Daily rehearsals and Saturday morning prac- tices help the band, drum majors and Ramettes prepare for the halftime “game " against the other band. Under the direction of Gene Pollart and assistant Vince Mattera, and led by their bounding “salt-and-pepper” drum majors Mike Ellis and Bruce Brown, the tri-corner-topped musicians play at home and most away games. Ac- companying them are the lovely Ram- ettes, whose dance routines are always a crowd favorite. “That Ram Band " is constantly re- viewing and updating routines to keep the fans entertained and spirits high. No matter how the football team docs, the band always wins its games, keep- ing its title of “The Pride of New England.” — G.O. March to the beat of “That Ram Band’ 178 Rhody football comes of College football ' s Yankee Conference will never be the same now that UR1 has turned themselves into strong con- tenders for future championship titles. Rhody ' s 1977 football squad brought pride back to Kingston, has set the pace for a winning tradition, and has done so in Fine fashion. They will make the ' 77 season hard to forget in the years For starters, who will ever forget the Rams devastating victory over UNH last October? and how about their back-to-back shutouts at home against Holy Cross and Maine? the cliff- hanger against Connecticut? Those games are now history, but the memories will linger in the minds of the players, fans, and opponents for some time to come. Early in the season the Rams’ 2nd year skipper. Bob Griffin, predicted a much better season for his team in ’77 (UR1 was 3-5 in ’76). “We ' ll be vastly improved over what we were last year on both sides of the ball,” he boasted prior to the opening day kickoff against Northeastern. A few of the players who made a believer out of Griffin and his assistants included defensive giants Tom Mar- hefka and Dick Bell, offensive linemen Dave Bernard and Pete Sinagra, and the transfer quarterback from Idaho State, Steve “the Mad Bomber” Tosches. But the list goes on and on. “I was certainly pleased with our performance last year, " beamed Grif- fin, reflecting upon the past season. “We achieved our main goal.” he said, “a winning season.” The Rams, who notched a 6-5 record this year, opened up their 77th football season at North- eastern. It was the start of their first 1 1 game campaign in their history. Rain dampened the team’s spirits of starting on a winning note as the Huskies rallied for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to go on and win, 21-12 on September 10th. The “Mad Bomber " got off to a shaky start in a blue and white uniform by tossing three interceptions in the contest. It wasn’t a total loss, though. URI’s amazing freshman tailback. Leroy Shaw, rambled for 155 yards in 22 carries. That set a Rhody record for most yards gained on opening day. “1 was proud of my performance, " Shaw said later, “but I was disap- pointed that we lost the game. It was a big thrill for me to come in and start in the first game. " Shaw went on to rank as the team’s leading rusher in ’77 with 765 yards in nine games. One week’s rest made all the difference in the world in the following game as the Rams cracked Holy Cross’ wish- bone offense, taking a 1 4-0 verdict. The Crusaders certainly were not welcomed guests in their first visit ever to Meade Field. That marked the first time Holy Cross had been shutout in their pre- vious 30 games. Leading the offensive troops in that game included Shaw with 133 yards on the ground and Toshes tossed for another 149 in the air. Marhefka sparked the defense with 19 unassisted “We got our revenge,” happily ex- claimed a drenched Coach Griffin after the game. “We showed them what we could do.” The victory also marked the Rams ' first ever victory over the Crusaders. URI took an about-face the following week, and ended up at the short end of age a 28-10 score against Brown in Provi- dence. The tables turned once again as Grif- fin ' s troops hunted Maine ' s Black Bears and came up with a superb 28-0 victory. It was the Rams second shut- out in as many games at home. The whitewash also marked the first Rhody team to post two shutouts in one sea- son since the 1959 ballclub. “I’d say our defense was more domi- nant than it was against Holy Cross,” commented Griffin comparing the two The awesome blue and white defense held Maine to a mere eight first downs during the annual homecoming game. Senior Rick Moser chased the Bears back to Maine by scampering for 103 yards and three touchdowns in 28 carries. Surprisingly enough, the sun finally shone for an entire game. It was URI’s first game played on a dry sur- face in four weeks. But games five and six had devastating results for the Rams. First, they lost to Lehigh 42-16 at Meade Field for their third setback of the season. The Engi- neers took only 57 seconds to break Rhody ' s 120-minute home shutout However, the biggest tragedy of the afternoon came when wide-receiver Tom Spann, the Rams’ All-Yankee receiver, suffered a dislocated shoulder in the fourth quarter. That injury side- lined him for the rest of the season. “We certainly missed him,” noted Griffin. “It forced us to spread out our offensive attack,” he said. Injuries continued to mount the fol- lowing week at Amherst, as UMass zonked the ailing Rams, 37-6. Toshes was out of the lineup that afternoon. It constituted URI’s only Yankee Con- ference defeat all season. Rhody finally got their heads above water starting a four-game winning streak beginning at BU on October 16th. Coach Griffin celebrated his 37th birthday with a 31-22 victory over the Terriers. “That was a big win for us.” Griffin said, “because we were down mentally at the time.” But the game that made the season all worthwhile was URl’s stunning upset over UNH on the afternoon of October 29th. The Rams’ glorious 21-20 victory probably marked their biggest game in their entire football history. 8,813 fans watched in amazement at King- ston as Rhody held on in the fourth quarter to dethrone the then mumber one ranked Division II team. The Rams cut the Wildcats’ early 14 point lead down to a 14-14 tie at halftime. The eventual game-winning touchdown was scored on a nine yard pass from Tosches to Dave Frageorgia in the third quarter. Rick Viall’s extra point made it 21-14 in URI’s favor going into the final quarter of play. New Hampshire came back with a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the extra-point attempt failed and it was up to the mighty Rams defense to hold on to their slim one point lead. When the final horn sounded seven minutes later, the entire Kingston campus was in seventh heaven. “We had a strong feeling we could upset UNH at the outset of the game,” said Griffin after the game. “We really felt we could do it.” Tosches was elated by the win, saying, “I felt I had a very good game; but the entire team played outstandingly. It was such a good win for everybody. " The UNH win was a good way for the team to celebrate. Shaw led the running attack amassing 1 1 1 yards on 28 carries. The Wildcats entered the game averaging 437 yards offensively per game. The mighty Ram defense held them to only 217. The momentum carried into the next two games as Rhody knocked off Kings Point, 27-3, and Connecticut, 14-7, in a real seat-squirmer. Freshman Johnny Rodgers chewed up 98 yards on the ground leading URI’s running attack against the Merchant Marines. The defensive star against the Huskies was John “Eli” Wallace. “Eli " picked off a pass and raced 53 yards down the left sideline for the winning touch- down with six minutes remaining. The Rams closed out the ’77 campaign with a loss to the Virginia Military Institute. The Keydets, who finished as the Southern and Virginia State Conference champs, won 20-7 in a grueling game. In individual performances, the “Mad Bomber " completed nearly 56 percent of his passes for 1,200 yards, a new seasonal record established at URI. Defensively, Marhefka set a new record for most tackles, 105, and most assisted tackles, 39, in one season. Last year marked Rhody’s third win- ning season since 1957. It also marked only the second time since that same year that the Rams had put together four straight victories. Dick Bell was named to the All- Yankee Conference defensive team; the only Ram to be so named. The team’s success has to be credited to Griffin. “He gets the most out of his ball- players,” noted Marhefka. In return Griffin said, “Whenever we were good and whenever we won, it was attributed to the type of defensive play we had.” The coach will certainly miss the services of Lee Holden, Jack Miravcl, Rick Moser, Ken Duval, and Tom “But we’ve improved and we’ll cer- tainly do better than 6-5 next year.” Griffen prophesized. So watch out Delaware, Mass., UNH, Brown, ... — M.B. y — Soccer s, team makes f URI history The URI Soccer team had the greatest year in the school’s history. For its best record ever, the Rams posted ten wins, four losses and one tie. They finished the Yankee Conference schedule undefeated and advanced to the finals of the New England NCAA playoffs. As a result of this fine season the team was ranked 19th in the nation. The season started on a sour note with the Rams losing to national powers Southern Illinois 3-0 and Brown University 2- 0. They turned then to whip arch-rival Providence College 3- 1 for their first win of the season. The hooters started their Yankee Conference schedule by shutting out Maine 4-0. The Rams defeated Bridgeport in a non-league game, then defeated Conference rival Vermont 1-0, handing the Catamounts their only conference loss. A win at Massachusetts was sandwiched between a loss to Long Island University and a scoreless tie at Harvard. The Rams Finished their regular season with three straight shutout victories. In the first round of playoffs, the Rams defeated a tough Vermount squad for the second time this year. The stage was set for the championship of the New England playoffs between nationally ranked, intra-state rival Brown University. The Rams played well but were defeated 3-1. It was by no means a disgrace: Brown finished fourth in the country. Only three players will graduate, midfielders Danny McRud- den and Bill Doherty and defenseman Doug Tasheingian. The leading scorers were freshman standout Len Mcrcurio who scored ten goals, and McRudden who had five goals and McRudden. named to the All-New England team and an hon- orable mention All-American, was drafted later by the Chica- go Sting of the North American Soccer League. Coach Geza Henni was named New England coach of the year and was selected to coach the East all stars in the Senior Bowl. Henni said he was “very satisfied with the outcome of the schedule " and said “the team showed great improvement, not only individually but as a team.” Henni summed up the year by saying “it was a very satisfying, exciting year. " — C.H. 182 Photos by Gary Metzger Golf teams head for greener fairways “We had a successful fall,” was Coach Jim Irwin’s understatement of the UR1 golf team ' s performance. His ten-man starting squad finished 3-0-1 in dual matches over the fail season, and ranked highly in post-season tournament play. The golfers finished second only to UMass in Yankee Conference play, then clinched fourth place in New England Intercollegiate competition. They then defended their state championship title by handily defeating Providence College and Brown University; and finally placed fifth in the ECAC finals out of 100 colleges from five regions. Irwin praised performances from January graduate Bruce Carson, seniors John Zimmerman and Scott Marshall and sophomore Gary Sykes. Unfortunately, the women golfers were not so suc- cessful during their fall season. The squad of three, led by Joan Clegg, forfeited several matches and lost ground in two tournaments. The WRams’ in- experience and lack of team members may cause their extinction in future seasons. — L.Z. Women’s Cross Country Cross Country racers get their wind Women’s cross country coach Lauren Anderson was pleased with her team’s 0-1 record this fall, which included nine forfeits and competition in regionals. The team only consisted of Carol Krolewski and Peg Dillon, who will both return next year along with manager Suzanne Johnson. New recruits and present track and field members will aid next year ' s team. Bill Falk, men ' s cross-country coach, called the past autumn “the most successful in recent seasons, " fin- ishing with a 2-8 record. The Rams competed in the nation’s toughest league, and is largely made up of freshmen and sophomore runners. Seniors Joe Medieros, Ray Elmer and Bob McCrystal will grad- uate: but stantouts Mike Gallogly and Bell Fella will compete next year. The Rams defeated Holy Cross and Boston Univer- sity during regular competition, and finished a respecatble 23rd out of 35 teams in the prestigious New England meet. Fella feels that with the present roster’s talent and new recruits the team can improve 187 Tennis teams bounce high The fall of ’77 marked a major season for the WRams tennis team. Not only did they improve the quality of their playing, but they added a spring season to their regular collegiate schedule. The WRams finished the fall season with a 9-4 record under coach Jerri DiCamillo. DiCamillo credited her team as “starting to be able to compete with the big ones” such as Brown, Connecticut College, University of Maine and UConn. Outstanding team members Marilyn Hartley, Kathy Kennedy and Sue Rand in the singles play and the doubles team of Mary Kummer and Chris Simconc aided the WRams in posting a winning season. One of the fall season highlights was the New England Tournament, in which the WRams tied with Springfield College for tenth place from a field of 47. The season culminated with the netwomen ' s 1 -point loss to Brown University in Rhode Island ' s first state tournament. URI was led by the doubles team of Kummer and Simeone, who captured the state doubles championship. For the men’s tennis team, the ’77 fall season was a time for rebuilding and learning. The eight-man team suffered under the more experienced play of UMass, Boston University and Clark University. Led by Coach A1 Marcus, the netmen defeated UConn and the Coast Guard Academy to post a final 2-3 record. Coach Marcus based much of the team’s showing on in- experience. “Most of our players have learned on their own,” he com- mented, “But they’ve worked hard and have learned a lot. We’ll improve.” The Rarh netmen have only lost one senior, Mark Braunstein, to graduation this year. Marcus predicted a better spring season for the team against “some tough teams,” but is confident in the team’s acquired experience. — V.R. Sailors go overboard in season’s competition One of the advantages of a college located by the ocean is having the resource for nautical competition. This year, both the men’s and women’s sailing teams performed like the waves of the ocean themselves, reaching high and low points during the autumn season. The women’s team, led by Coach Becky Wood, ended on a high wave, finish- ' ing third in the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Sailing Association Invitational and first in the NEWISA Dinghy Invitational. The WRams competed against such powers as Boston College, Tufts and Princeton and were described as “very consistant " by Coach Wood, after a season of much incon- sistancy. Wood praised her team’s efforts, noting that the team worked with a small squad of sailors, and complimented her new team members with their per- formances. In a season of bad weather, the team finished at high tide. The men’s team suffered many of the same problems. Inconsistancy in the Fowle Rcgetta at Yale contrasted sharply with the fine 2nd place showing in the Shields Regetta only 5 days later. The team finished a disappointing 9th out of 14 in the prestigious Shell Trophy Regetta held at Yale. Coach “Mac” Cuddy summed up the season by saying, “We didn’t have the forces to do well, but we learned a lot.” Hopefully, the men’s team’s tide will come in again during the spring. — V.R. 190 191 Volleyball team spikes opponents The URI women’s volleyball team finished with a fantastic 40-12 record. Paced by senior co-captains Debbie Johanson and Shawna Southern, they were the Rhode Island champions and qualified for the national women ' s volleyball tournament. Sue Caswell, Missy Blaney and Jackie Elmer were also major contributors. The WRams began the year by reeling off IS straight wins. They won the 1 1 team Central Connecticut State Tournament, finished second in the tough 16 team Delaware Tournament and third in their own Rhode Island In- vitational. Coach Art Carmichael said he was extremely satisfied with the effort that everyone put in. “We beat the better teams because of our ability to make fewer mistakes.” The WRams were seeded eighth out of the 16 teams that qualified for the EAIAW Regional championships held at Osewgo State. They advanced to the second round and were seeded eighth out of the 8 remaining teams. The underrated WRams defeated second ranked Southern Connecticut State and qualified for a showdown with top rated Maryland for supremacy in the east. The WRams played superbly but lost to the Terrapins in 4 games of the 5 game series. They still qualified for the national Association for Inter- colegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) tournament. The WRams lost all 5 matches but the season was still the most successful ever. The program has cornea long way in such a very short time. — C.H. 192 193 Field hockey team “into its own’ Sometimes the win-loss record of a varsity team hides the true story of the season behind it. Such is the case for the WRams field hockey team, which posted a record of 3-2-3. “Everyone learned quickly together, " Coach Jean- nette Crooker said of her young, 22 member squad. Hampered by the loss of many of last year’s seniors, as well as by damp autumn weather, the stickwomen “learned to work as a team, en- hancing their play with each competition, and coming into their own.” Crooker praised play from team members Leslie Swiller. Tracey Andrews, Dorrie Wall, Wendy Snyder and North Eastern Tournament selection Kathy Shively. Duska Day and Kim Nelson. Nelson was also selected for the North Eastern National team, the first URI player in five years to be so named. Returning team members, an “excellent and potentially powerful” subvarsity squad and pro- mising recruits make Crooker enthusiastic for next season. — V.R. Bubble trouble doesn’t stop trackmen “The most successful season in URI track history” was the way Coach Bill Falk described this year’s in- door track season. Although marred by the collapse of the track bubble during a major storm, the Rams posted a 6-1 dual meet record. In probably the most thrilling meet and the high- light of the season, the Rams notched a narrow victory over Brown and St. John’s Universities. The Rams’ only defeat was at the hands of New England power Northeastern University. Falk praised the efforts and performances of the team’s 5 graduating seniors, pole vaulter Tim Begley. distance man Joe Medieros, mid-distance runner and co-captain Bob McCrystal, long jumper Eliot Butcher and co-captain shot putter Steve Eustis. Other students were sophomore New England champion and Yankee Conference champion pole vaulter Bill Hartley, junior sprinter Kerry McKay and mid-distance runners Ralph Windall, a sopho- more, and freshman Rich Bloom. “We show promise for next year,” said Falk. “We have a strong returning team, and expect to add many freshmen next year. We want to continue with our committment to excellence.” — V.R. 195 Photos by John DeWaele and Gary Metzger 197 ,- rV 199 200 Basketball 78: ‘We are number 1!’ All the elements of a truly superb Ram basketball team were finally displayed in the ’77-’78 season, and the results were outstanding. Fine leadership from senior Jiggy Williamson, awesome of- fense and rebounding from Sly Wil- liams, outstanding playmaking by Stan Wright, along with an excellent all-around job by Irv Chatman and a host of others, helped the Rams pull through with their finest season of basketball in the school’s history. The hoopsters amassed a classy 22-6 reg- ular season record during the 1977- 78 campaign, a year never to be for- Milestones galore were achieved by the Rhody quintet last year, but no one anticipated the surprising results at pre-season. Discipline and cohesive- ness were the two big question marks at the outset of the season. The annual killer schedule was also supposed to be a hindering factor. And finally, the biggest question was, ‘Will Sly be academically eligible for the entire season?’ Somehow, the Rams managed to over- come all those problems, one way or another. Key elements at the begin- ning of the campaign included the return of nine lettermen, transfer Chatman’s eligibility for an entire season, plus improved height and depth in both veterans and new team members. Jack Kraft, the head coach with five years under his belt at UR I, gave conservative views prior to the start of the season. “I’d like this team to play up to its potential. If we can do that. I’m sure everything else will take care of itself, " he said. Kraft had all the reasons in the world to be just a bit skeptical at the outset of the season. After all, the 1976-77 team had just as much potential but wound up with a 13-13 mark. Losses to Clemson and Michigan Slate and a victory against Brown in the ensuing games led some skeptics to believe that it was just the start of another rocky season for URL “Our confidence didn’t build until after December, " commented the coach. “We were playing well at that point, " said Kraft, “but we were hurt- ing ourselves mentally.” Confidence was the key and the play- er’s confidence in themselves payed big dividends once it arrived. After their loss to Michigan State, The Rams pulled off four straight victories upping their seasonal record to 6-2. The Rhody quintet suffered a dis- heartening loss at Stanford. But they came back one day later in their next game and defeated the always-tough San Francisco Dons, 87-85. Stan Wright called the victory “a pivotal part of our season. We proved that we were as good as anyone else. " The Rams were 13 i point underdogs going into that game and were a 25 to 1 shot of beating the Dons out on the West coast. All that meant nothing to the determined players who clicked perfectly in all categories for a sur- prising upset. Leading the offensive troops for URI were the three W’s; Wright with 17 points, Williamson, 15, and Williams chipped in with 12 for a team that show 57.8% from the floor in the game. came on November 25th against Ohio in the IPTAY tournament. Rhody ousted their opponents. 81-69, led by Williamson’s career high of 26 points in a single game. Photos by John DeWaele and Gary Metzger 201 That victory did not come easy, though. Chatman and Randy Wilds fouled out with well over three minutes remaining in the game. Relief from the bench showed what depth the Rams possessed as the team held on to win. The Rams gave excellent Rhode Island representation in the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii, winning two of three games. They lost a tough opening game to Texas Tech. 78-73, in overtime. In the ensuing games Rhody defeated Brig- ham Young, 92-87, and Lafayette, 64- 60, ending 1977 with a 9-4 record. The real turning point in the season came with a Ram victory over then nationally-ranked Wake Forest, 89-77. Most of the players agreed that the victory over the perennially-tough Demon Deacons was a big key. “That also proved to us that we could beat the tough teams,” boasted Stan Wright. The Rams went undefeated in January winning all five games including a crushing victory over Stonehill, 101-63. It was a fairly humdrum affair which saw the Rams leading at halftime, 40-24. That victory over the Chief- tains marked the first time since 1972 that the basketball team reached the century mark at Keancy. The seven game winning streak ended less than one week later when the Rams lost a heartbreaker to South Carolina, 61-59. From there, the quintet visited the friendly Providence Civic Center for a game against then nationally-ranked Everything seemed to be in PC’s favor during that outing as the Friars turned the ball over a mere 1 3 times enroute to their 79-59 victory. They also outshot the Flu-weakened Rams from the floor. 56.5% to 32.4%. But, Harold Rich, a Journal-Bulletin sports writer, said, “The next time, it might be the Rams who get out in front early and dictate the terms of the game. It could be different.” Rich ' s prediction certainly held up be- cause less than three weeks later, URI battled PC in the grudge match and this time the roles were reversed. The Rams sent home thousands of rejoicing fans from the Civic Center on February 21st as they turned the tables on the Friars and won, 73-64. PC, ranked 1 1 th nationally, were five point favorites going into the game. The Friars ' inconsistent shooting (33%) coupled with the Rams excellent shooting (52%) and crisp defense added up to just the eighth loss for Providence at the Civic Center in 103 games. It was a great feeling watching the guys from Kingston putting it to the Friars. URI led 28-19 at the half and took a whopping 25-point lead, 60-35, with less than seven minutes remaining in the game. ECAC Regional Championship ever, plus the team notched its first 20- win season since 1966. Sly became the second player in URI ' s history to go over the 1 ,000 point mark after just two seasons (1,084 total). He led the Rams for the second straight year with a 19.4 points per game aver- age. Jiggy’s 435 points places him 12th on the all-time URI scoring list (1,531 total). Stan Wright moved up to 18 on Rhody ' s all-time scoring list with 108 of his games with the Rams as a starter during his four years in King- Coach Kraft gained his 300th victory in his 17th year of coaching college basketball. He ranks 23rd on the active list of the most winningest coaches in the nation. Junior guard, John Nelson, had these thoughts during that 25-point lead. “If only there could be a way where life could slip into neutral, and time could stand still for that moment. There we were beating PC by 25 . . . I ' ve never had a feeling like that be- lt was certainly a game to remember. The victory was best summed up by Coach Kraft, “We were able to do what we wanted to do. " Kraft praised the entire team including these thoughts on his captain, Jim “Jiggy " Williamson, who averaged 14 points per game. " His contributions were just tremendous,” noted Kraft. “Jiggy sacrificed his own abilities to help the other players. He just did an outstanding job.” Other seniors from the 1977-78 squad who will be sorely missed include Percy Davis. Randy Wilds, and Stan Wright. The Rams finished up their 28-game regular season with an 86-63 victory at Brown. The post season games came next, but that ' s a different story. Here are some of the milestones that the Rams accomplished during the entire 31 -game campaign. Rhody posted its most wins ever in a season, 24; played a season high 31 games; and set a new record for the highest shooting percentage in one game, 66%, against Richmond on January 25th. The season also marked the number one offensive team for Jack Kraft in his five seasons at URI. averaging 77.1 points per game. It was the Rams’ first Kraft also praised the fans ' support over the past year. " They were in- strumental in our success. " As Kraft enters his seventh season at the helm for the Rams, he “senses a resurgence of pride and enthusiasm since we have become successful. We ' re as good as anyone else and we should be proud.” Returning starter Irv Chatman, who averaged eight points per game said, “There’s nothing else to say. The sea- son speaks for itself.” You’re right. Irv. You ' re absolutely right. -MB 203 The WRams basketball record of 10-15 may look like the mark of a losing season; but that score pleased first-year coach Nancy Langham. The final record is deceiving, because the WRams started three freshmen this year against a much improved schedule of some of the finer women ' s colleges. Leading scorer for the WRams was freshman Chris Dinoto. who averaged 12.3 points per game. She also held the team’s game high with a 23 point outburst against the University of The only other player averaging in the double figures was freshman starter Beth Phelps, at 10.3 points per game. Mary Beehan, another freshman standout, scored a 9.6 game aver- age. Next came Barbara Walton at 8.3, Phyllis Douglas at 6.7, Poppy Champlin at 4.6 and Kim Nelson at 3.6. Beehan was also the leading rebounder for the WRams, pull- ing down an 8.4 game average, and claiming the game high of 20 rebunds against UConn. Barbara Walton followed with a 7.9 average. Season highlights included a second place finish in the Brown Christmas Invitational, in which Phelgs and Walton wre named to the all-tournament team. The WRams also gained an invitation to the Eastern Regionals, losing in the first round to the University of New Hampshire. They ended the season on a winning note by defeating UConn in the con- solation game. Coach Langham regarded the 77-78 season as “a building- type year,” calling her players “a young, inexperienced team who never really played together previously. " She added that five or six games " could have gone either way. " Prospects for next year, according to Langham. should be excellent. The whole starting line-up will return and re- cruits from Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York are expected. Next year should be an exciting one indeed. -C.H. 204 205 Swimmers . f pace to win The men’s swim team ' s 77-78 season was, in the words of coach Mike Wescott, “one of the finest ever. " The team chalked up a 6-6 dual meet record, and finished 8th out of 32 teams competing in the New England championships. Coach Wescott credits young talent for their performances. Freshman standout Ray Palmer was undefeated in dual meet competition, posting a 27-0 record. Freshmen Jim Catanooh and Rich Escalera, sophomores A1 Snell and Bill Cunha, and junior Mike Hogan also were praised by Wescott as major influences in their season. The Ram swimmers will lose only one senior, Dave Corning. He placed 4th in the 100 yard backstroke and 3th in the 200 yard backstroke. “Corning will be missed by the team, and will be awfully hard to replace, " said Wescott. Rhody defeated such teams as New Hampshire, Bridgewater, BU, and Trinity in dual meets, and lost to perennial powers Maine (who won the New England Championship title). Southern Connecticut, UConn, and UVM. Wescott pointed out, however, that the season was directed toward champion- ship competition, and that the dual matches are regarded as “warm-ups to the big meets. " Wescott’s young team will be strengthened next year by the addition of several talented freshmen. The new swimmers, combined with the veterans, will help to give URI a chance of strong showings in future meets. The URI women’s swim team parallels their male counter- parts in several ways. The girls, also coached by Mike Wes- cott, finished their season this year with a 5-4 record and won a 16th place berth out of 38 in their New England champion- “This year was a special year for us,” said Wescott. “We placed the same in the New Englands: but now against the Ivy powers such as Brown and Yale, who previously did not compete in the championships. We also entered for the first time, swimmers in the Eastern championships — a big point for us! " Like the men’s team, the WRams were a young team, with no seniors swimming. Standouts were freshmen Andrea Conlin, Betty Shea. Kathy Walsh, Ellen Mantel and Ellen Hawes, sophomore Carolee Eldridge and junior Gail Desisto. “We have a lot of depth,” Wescott said of his team, “we’re sound in every event.” The win-loss record does not tell the full story of the season. “Our competition is tough. They will challenge us to achieve an even better record,” Wescott said. Recruiting efforts for both teams show some promise. Wes- cott is enthusiastic about the coming season with both new prospects and many returning veterens. -VR 206 207 Wrestling Rams post best season ever Tri-captain Frank Pucino is not one to use cliches, worn sports phrases or superfluous statements, so when he summed up the 1978 wrestling season it was with a hard, cold, unyielding statement that can only be uttered by a member of a classy team. “Gary Barton led the team to their best year of Rhode Island wrestling.” Coach Gary Barton had one of the best two-year records in the country at 29- 3-2. Barton conditioned and coached the Rhody wrestlers, took them to three tournaments and traveled with them to Miami. When it was all over and no one was worrying about making weight anymore, the facts supported Pucino ' s statement. Barton took Rhode Island to its best year of wrestling ever. The Rams posted their best win-loss percentage in history, 14-1-2, .938 percent. They seized an unprecedented third straight New England Champion- ship title and in doing so sent seven (the most in Ram history) wrestlers to the NCAA Tournament. The team climbed as high as 14th in the nation and ended the season ranked third in the east and number one in New England. These facts were not given to the Rams; they earned them. They earned them by beating some ot the best teams in the nation while wrestling superbly from November to March. They started the season impressively in a quadrangular meet in mid-Novem- ber. During that meet they tied Syra- cuse, who was then rated 11 in the country, and they defeated 12 rated Michigan. After almost a three week layoff, they traveled to Clarion, PA to wrestle Clarion State who was ranked 11. The Rams defeated Clarion 26-20. In the span of less than three weeks the Rams had defeated two and tied one of the top 1 1 teams in the country. A few days after the Clarion State vic- tory (hardly enough time to breathe) they won the Lock Haven Invitational Tournament in Lock Haven, PA. URI tri-captain Frank Pucino won MVP of that tourney while four others, Dan Mannion, Joe Davidson, Lee Spiegel, and Moe Haislip took first in their respective weight classes. Mike Will- ncr and Dom Macchia both placed second in that tournament. On December 27th the Rams traveled to Miami, Florida to wrestle in the Orange Bowl Classic, placing 3rd in that tournament. The season’s only loss came on Jan. 1 8th against a fine Syracuse team. Key injuries hurt the Rams in that meet. From here they went on to tie one and win the rest of their meets including a big win over Southern Connecticut, who was rated one of the top teams in New England at the time. The Rhody wrestlers were an impres- sive team, and several wrestlers gained national recognition. Joe Davidson, Frank Pucino and Lee Spiegel were honored by being named to the Honor- able Mention, All-American Wrestling team by Amateur Wrestling News. Frank Pucino was also honored for scoring the most career points in the New England Championship Tournament. Joe Davidson was named MVP of that tournament and was also named outstanding wrestler at URI for the second straight year in a row. -GH 208 209 210 211 Gymnasts vault to victory Coach Jeri DiCamillo says of her girls ' gymnastics team, “I’m very pleased.” She need not say any more; the team’s record and accomplishments speak for the entire season. The young team posted an 11-1 record for the 1977- 78 season, and averaged 1 1 7.6 points in their best four matches. The WRams also placed 20th out of 58 in Region I Eastern play, leaping over last year’s ranking by 8 places. DiCamillo, who is assisted by Charles Connery, praised the team’s depth as a major factor in their successful season. The talents of captain Nancy Graber, Debbie B elitsos, Debbie Sargeson, Ann Stratton and Chris Varadian were instrumental in defeating their strong opponents. Early training, which started in September, also heightened the team’s performance. The team will lose only one player next year and should gain many from strong recruiting efforts. Although next year ' s schedule calls for tougher op- ponents, the WRams are optimistic and hope to further improve their fine record, and to finish by gaining the regional championship title. “We can do it,” says DiCamillo. “Everyone contributes to the whole.” -V.R. 212 Fencers foiled again The L : RI fencing team spent their 1977-78 season rebuilding at both the varsity and subvarsity levels. The team amassed a 4-7 varsity record, and the subvarsity team went undefeated in regular season competition. “The record looks worse than it really is, " commented coach Pat Ruggiero. " We had meets in New York, which is out of our division.” The varsity team placed tenth in New England. Standouts were sopho- more Jane Schwenk and “a promising junior, " Susan Wiener. Captain Lisa Homyak also had a good The subvarsity team had a more successful year, placing third in New England and sending freshman Katie Oliver and sophomore Debbie Burke to the individual championship finals for New England. The 12-member team will lose no seniors to gradua- tion this year, so they will have the opportunity to put this past year’s experiences to use. “This year was a rebuilding year for us, " Ruggiero said. “Next year we’ll put forth a more outstanding team.” -L.Z. 213 Baseball N. team rounds basest “We won the most games in this season since 1949. We came on strong in the latter part of the season, winning 9 of our last 1 3 games. We played the largest schedule we have ever had, and we played one of the toughest Division One schedule of many New England schools. Our overall record was 13-17. but our northern record - our most important record - was 12-11. I’m quite pleased.” This was the way John Norris, coach of the URI baseball team, summed up the Ram’s season. The team posted a good record, but more importantly made great strides in their playing ability. “Our pitching really came around this year, " said assistant coach Larry Gallo. Seniors Rick Mundy, Phil DuPont, John Deuel, juniors Mike Tirella, Jeff Folkins and sophomore Jansen all did a good job on the mound. Folkins had the club ' s best ERA, lead- ing with a 2.74 mark. “We were very good defensively. I think we may have set a new school record for double-plays. We made fewer errors than our opponents, too,” said Norris. He cited the play of centerfielder Mike Chadwick, “the Finest all-around, offensively and de- fensively, " Steve Galuska, “a strong, steady shortstop, " second baseman Kevin McAuliffe and freshman Tom Healy as prime factors in good defensive play. Power hitting was not one of the team’s strong points. “We did not hit a good average. Our defensive play surpassed our hitting in a lot of ways.” Brett Benza led the club with a .266 mark. Tom Imondi, Joel Stedford and Tom Healy were also strong hitters for the Rams. The season started after a cold and wet training session in Keaney Gym and in the parking lots with a ten-day road trip to Virginia. The team returned with a 1-5 record to a soggy ballpark. The rest of the schedule was completed with a 12-12 record. “We beat the best teams in New England, " said Norris, " We de- feated a tough UConn, Fairfield, Holy Cross and Boston College. And they were the tops.” The Rams lost twice to Providence College in two heartbreakers. “They beat us both times by only one point.” The Rams are losing only captain Mike Chadwick, pitchers John Deuel, Rick Mundy and Phil Dupont to graduation this year. “We have a young team, though. Our underclassmen really came through, and they’ve gained much experience. We had a team with a good attitude - they really stuck together. " Norris is optimistic about next year. “We’ve got a good nucleus. We’ll be more experienced. With the type of schedule we play, people know we’re around. We beat the best teams in New England. And we’re getting better.” -V.R. 214 Photos by Gary Metzger 215 Softball WRams post fine season Winning seasons do not come easily. Poor training conditions and many injuries make winning tough. But the WRams softballers came through, finishing their regular season play with a 15-5 record, cap- turing the state championship title and reaching regional play. First-year coach Nancy Langham attributes the WRams " fine season to many factors. First and fore- most was the pitching of freshman recruit Carol Morris, who has been instrumental in leading the team to their finish. Morris’ accomplishments include two no-hitlers and being named Rhode Island Stale Tournament MVP. Other standouts include senior co-captain Sharon White (”the team’s leading hitter and a fine first baseman.”), senior outfield Cecilia Helenski (“a very versatile fielder.”) and senior co- captain Pat Nolan (“a good team leader.”). Carole Penza, Donna Cipolla, Val Casella, Laura Zimmer- man and Amy Perillo have aided the team a great deal as well. “We hadn’t been on a diamond before our first game. " Langham said. “We found we had a lot of depth in our players backing us up. We had seven freshmen and a number of juniors and sophomores.” Hopefully the WRams’ first regional play won’t be their last. - V.R. 216 WRams lacrosse When a young team starts their season, one has to be careful about making predictions. Women’s lacrosse coach Maclin Thompson made a few predictions about her team, which boasted 12 freshmen and sophomore players on a 14-member squad. For- tunately, the WRams came through with a 4-4-1 record, which should dispel any doubts about the abilities of a youthful team. The team gained much experience in the past spring season. “Our attack is getting used to working to- gether.” said first-year coach Thompson, “and the girls are getting the precision aspect down.” The team will lose only one senior to graduation this year, co- captain Jean Soltysiak. gains experience In addition to regular season play, the team also participated in the Northeastern College Women’s Lacrosse Association Tournament, in which Katie Kranz, Kim Nelson and Kathy Shively were selected to both the regional teams and the national team. Other team standouts were co-captain Tracey Mc- Kenna, Robin Anderson, Libby Hoy, Ann Vermillion and Gail Vermillion. Next year should prove to be an even better year for the WRams. The experience gained by the girls through a tough spring schedule will help them to a strong season next year. - V.R. 217 Track teams have good year The UR I track team had a short season but made the most of it, finishing the spring with a 2-1 dual meet record. Coached by indoor track and cross-country coach Bill Falk, the team established itself as a good dual meet team, and is starting to improve on its big meet record. “We had a very young team - a young nucleus, " said Falk. “No team could have had worse luck starting, though.” The team was hampered by the collapse of the indoor track bubble, the absence of assistant coach Charlie McGinnis, poor weather and many injuries. The team will lose seniors Tim Begley. Bob McCrystal, Steve Eustis and captain Elliot Butcher. “No points were scored by the seniors though, so our loss won’t be as severe. " Falk said that “1978 was a good year for setting records.” The mile relay team of Kerry McKay, Ralph Windle, Rich Bloom and Steve Gray set a new school record while competing in the Florida State relays; the spring relay team of McKay, Butcher, Daryl Roberts and Herb Spenser broke the record in that event: and Andy Panaggio set a new record in the high jump. The team finished fourth in the Yankee Conference. 1978 was a year for record-breaking for the women’s track team. Led by first-year coach Lauren Anderson and assistant coach Cynthia Ciani and running on a new all-weather track, the WRams ammassed a 6-5 record and broke eight school records in the process. “The kids were pleased with their own season,” said Anderson. “Everyone worked together as one and pushed each other to do their best. They’re very aware of one another. " Every team member scored points in the WRams’ successful season. Outstanding team members included co-captains Patti Douglas and Lisa Hanstine, Carol Krolewski, Lisa Harnett, Suzanne Johnson and Maggie Dougherty. Eight team members were sent to the EAIAW regionals in Pennsylvania where “although we did not score any points, we did break three school records, and we gained a lot of experi- ence, " according to Anderson. The WRams lose only two seniors this year, distance runner Krolewski and shot putter Joyce Ajootian. “We ' re balancing out our events, though. Our competition is good - it’s very rough - but we’re matching them.” - V.R. 218 •• Rugby Club has come a long way The URI Rugby Club has come a long way since its start seven years ago. The schedule has shifted from amateurish college teams to the experienced city clubs of Boston and Providence. Although the team remains a club sport, enough members have joined to produce three separate teams. The A-side is the most competitive of the teams, post- ing an 8-2 fall record and a 7-4 spring record. The B-side sports the best record of the club, defeating many A-side opponents and trouncing B-side teams. Their fall and spring records were 9-1 and 8-1-1. The C-side played above a .500 average and provided new players with much experience. Highlights for the season included play against two excellent foreign teams, the University of New- castle and an all-star French team. The team also took first place in the New York 7-A-side Tourna- ment in the fall, and placed as runner-up in the pres- tigious Harvard Sevens for the third year in a row. President of the Rugby Club is Tom Keeley, and co- captains are Frank Tagliente and Ed Porter. The team will lose ten seniors to graduation, but with growing membership, the number should not be hard to regain. - V.R. 220 Lacrosse Club is The opponents of the URI Lacrosse club found them- selves faced this year with an aggressive Ram offense and a wall-like defense. Coached by player-coach Ed Rudnic. the team finished the spring season with a 6-2 record and were undefeated in their division. Rudnic called his club “a fairly young team,” losing only seniors Mark Maroni, John Staulo, Denis Pesante and co-captains Dave Singer and Rick Erick- son to graduation. The team was bolstered by the play of Jeff Buxton who, according to Rudnic, “really ran the offense.” Buxton racked up 20 goals and 1 1 assists, averaging strong contender ' four goals a game. Singer " anchored our defense well,” and Staulo also “played a tough defense.” This year’s 35-man squad played all club teams, but has played and defeated many varsity clubs in the past. “We try to play our caliber of competition,” explained Rudnic. The highlight of the season was capturing the fir«t place rank in their division. The club finished third in the New England Collegiate Club Lacrosse Association playoffs, losing in the first round but defeating Fairfield in the consolation round. - V.R. 221 Crew team rebuilds The URI crew team underwent “a transitional and building season” after “a good fall season,” accord- ing to coach Bob Wise. Both the men and women’s teams lost members after the resignation of fall coach Ron Boemker. and a team of almost entirely new members competed in the spring. The fall teams competed in two major tournaments, the Head of the Charles Regatta and the Worcester Regatta. The spring team competed in the Presiden- tial Regatta, the New York Open and the Dad Vail Championships. The club presently is made up of 40 rowers, but Wise anticipates a team of about 70 next year. One goal is to fill a junior varsity lightweight and heavyweight boat for the coming season. The team will lose only one senior, president Tom Rowlett, to graduation; recruiting in the fall should bring in more members, said Wise. The team practices on the Narrow River for nearly the entire school year. “The people on the team do all the work, though,” said Wise, “and they do a good job. They do an excellent job.” 222 Water Polo and badminton clubs compete 1 Club sports at URI receive little attention from the college community: yet they thrive and compete as actively as many varsity sports. Two such clubs are the water polo team and the badminton club. The water polo team, coached by player-coach Jeff Showman and advised by Mike Wescott, posted a 5-5 record this fall. The team, which consists largely of varsity swim team members, placed fourth in the New England Championships and seventh in the Eastern Division II Championships. The team will lose only three seniors to graduation this year, player- coach Shoeman, Rod Petzer and Bob Marchand. In- terest in the sport is growing however, and Wcscott hopes to have many new recruits from the varsity swim team added to the squad. The Badminton Club is headed by Sue Havens and Lisa lamonico, and is probably the only real co-ed team on campus. The club, which plays once a week during the entire school year, is funded by the Intra- mural Department. Membership in the club flucu- ates, but there are presently eight steady members to the team, which plays in the University Tournament and in its own club tournaments. Additionally, the club sends members to the Rhode Island Open and Closed Tournaments. Havens hopes to be playing other schools in future years, and hopes to see the club gain in membership. V 223 Volleyball club posts satisfying season Although the men’s volleyball club missed reaching their regional playoffs in the 1978 season, coach Art Carmichael was still “very satisfied " with his club’s 7-3 record. “We ' re tremendously improved. We’re getting better players and playing better teams.” The Rams placed second in the New England Collegiate Volleyball League division, but missed the playoffs. “We’ll get them next year,” Carmichael promised. The club is not recognized as a varsity sport at URL but receives its funding from the athletic department. Most of the players have some knowledge of volley- ball when they begin on the team, but Carmichael noted that the knowledge of incoming players is limited. “They learn quickly, though.” The team will lose seniors Mike Shultz and Bill Kaiser to graduation this year. No recruiting program exists for the team, but with more publicity and a better schedule, membership is expected to increase. 224 Ice Hockey club In its third year as a club sport at URI. the ice hockey team posted an 11-8 record, totalling. 121 goals in one season. The club not only played other club teams, but also some Division One and Two groups during its 5-month season. The team is made of a nucleus of “about 20 Ioyal- ists-membership fluctuates, " according to coach Conrad Hill. “About 70 come out, but we ' re select- The skaters will lose seniors John Cusiera. Steve Herzog, Matt McGowan and Pete Corrigan to grad- uation. But enough people come out for the sport that Hill thinks the holes should not be difficult to fill. skates to win Hill especially praised the play of Ken Downing, Bob Carrellas. John Kaozirara, Terry Farrell and co- captain John Matuszak on offence and co-captain Gordy Wallace on defense. “They worked effect- ively as a unit - they really pulled together.” The team practices and plays in East Greenwhich, which leaves relatively little ice time. " When you see the potential we have, " said Hill, “it’s really frus- trating. Other teams thought we were rag-tags; but now schools are calling us for games. We’ve won credibility. " 225 228 229 230 Graduation Class of 1978 graduates before large crowd The sun rose on the morning of May 28th, 1978. but a thick cloud cover kept it from shining brightly on the URI campus. Graduation day had dawned, rain or shine. The Quadrangle was alive with ac- tivity as the last minute touches were being put on the platform near Davis Hall. The brightly-colored flags rip- pled in the soft, warm breeze which swept across the campus. It was about 1 1 :00 when the first group of parents began to filter into the maze of seats that lined the Quad. The Union began to buzz with the ex- cited voices of seniors, meeting for the last time as URI undergraduates. Dress among the graduates-to-be ran- ged from the cool and casual shorts and T-shirt to the more formal suit or As the clock neared 2 p.m.. Lower Col- lege Road swelled with hundreds of black-robed students. Sprinkled here and there within the blackness were student ushers and faculty marshals, trying desperately to make some order out of the chaos. Thousands of parents and guests flood- ed the Quad, waiting eagerly for the chimes to sound, signaling the start of the ceremony. Precisely at two, the four lines of seniors made their way up the road parading before their cam- era-slinging friends and relatives, to the strains of the URI Concert Band. The sun peeked from behind the clouds as URI President Frank Newman wel- comed the class of 1978 and their guests. Soloist Florence M. Freese, Class of 1978, accompanied by the band, sang The National Anthem. Then, as the crowd remained standing. Sr. Elaine Donovan. University Chaplain, de- livered the invocation, urging the graduates to find peace with them- selves and the world. After the audience and graduates were greeted by Governor J. Joseph Gar- rahy. student speaker Cady Gold- field shared her thoughts about URI with her fellow graduates. She told them that it was up to them to better the reputation of the university. A state university education, she said, has been put down long enough. The quality of education at URI is high, and it is about time that everyone realized it, Goldfield said. But, such recognition must come from within. When the students learn to respect URI. URI will gain the respect it deserves as an institution of higher learning. The main commencement speaker rose a few moments later, greeted warmly by the thousands of people seated in the beating sun. Elliot L. Richardson, Ambassador-at-Large and Special Representative of the President to the Law of the Sea Conference, spoke to an attentive audience about his work with the Conference. Honorary degrees were conferred upon four prominent persons in the Rhode Island area. Ade Bethunc, an artist, writer and humanist, received a Doctor of Arts Degree. A Doctor of Letters Degree was conferred upon Jose Enos Pereira Cardoso, founding President of the University of Azores. John L. Rego, Class of 1932, received a Doctor of Natural Resources and Conserva- tion, for his work as a Rhode Island public servant and administrator. Elliot Richardson received a Doctor of Human Affairs Degree. Finally, the moment had arrived. As- sociate and Baccalaureate Degrees were conferred upon the cheering mass of cap-and-gowned students. After a benediction by Rabbi Keith Mark Kar- nofsky. University Chaplain, the large commencement broke into mini-com- mencements. The graudates preceded to different parts of the campus to receive their diploma cases at their in- dividual college commencements. Di- plomas would follow in the mail in a week or so, the delay being a Final re- minder of the February blizzard. Then, it was over. The last name had been called, the last rejoicing done. All that remained of the afternoon’s activities was the traffic jam on Route 138. And a few memories. 2M Photos by Gary Metzger 235 238 1M 239 ajoeroe 51 doesn j |WS ffaejast ' osali? rtatldcn’-iujanna 3nerYyr e0n. jetothe] Photos by Gary Metzger 241 VjLkii Bruce W. Abbott Mary E. Abele Lynn A. Abramchuk Kenneth L. Abrams Jean S. 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Ullmann. Jr. Jeanne E. Unruh David J. Unterwald Daniel J. Urso Joseph R. Uscio Gerald F. Vadnais Brian VanCouyghen Thomas G. Vancisin S. M. Vancouyghem Elizabeth VanHof Diana Varadian Patricia L. Verhulst Paul H. Viau Elementary Educate Pamela J. Vierling Nevres Vigen Sheila A. Vincent Joseph A. Vitale Carol A. Vuono Debra L. Vuono D.A. Wadbrook Cynthia L. Wagner John F. Wagner Kenneth A. Wakefield Kenneth L. Waldron Jackie M. Wales Cynthia A. Walker Pamela Walker Sharon B. Wallace Accounting Textiles. Cloth A Rcl Art Textiles. Cloth. S Rcl. Art Elementary Education Danny E. Wapner Zoology Willard F. Waterfield Bernard E. Watson Lynne M. Weber JoAnne Webster Penny Webster Mary E. Weir Patrice M. Wentling Gretchen L. Wescoe Marcy E. Westerman Stacey B. Weston Natural Resources Plant Soil Science Pharmacy Business Administration 306 ‘Renaissance Staff Executive Staff Karen A. McDougall Editor-in-Chief Douglas T. Moore Business Manager Gary G. Metzger Photography Editor Val Rush Literary Editor Linda Zinser Sports Coordinator Kathy Lescinsky Activities Coordinator Mary Lou Turner Activities Coordinator General Staff Ga DiOHo 3 Ann Marie Buonocorc Pal hanger Cathy Leary Literary Staff Mike Bessette Marie Hanley Photography Staff Andrea Boyd Pete Cafaro Susan Carpenter Marty Car r Sherri Dorman Larry Ginsberg Steven Glickman Chris Harper Jim Me Leila n John Phillip. Jr. Contributors Pam Bertz Rick Booth Brian Campbell Bill Cuhna Seth Garfield Anna Marie Virzi Cady Goldfield Gary Hutton Tom Latorneau Dave Luvallee Renaissance was published by Jostcn ' s Yearbook Company. State College. Pen Senior Portraits by T. D. Brown Studio . Cranston. Rl ' 1978. All rights reserved by Rcnuismir tee. URI Gary Metzger Kathy Lescinsky and Mary Lou Turner 318 NO PARKING Doug Moore 319 Within the pages of Renaissance 1978, we have tried to stress that it is the individual who counts here at URI. Each of us. after developing our own personality to the fullest extent, is able to drift comfortably into the masses of humanity at URI, without fearing the loss of our individuality. Hopefully, this yearbook has succeeded in its purpose, which was to represent the year at URI — through the people, the place and the living — to you, the student body. A yearbook’s value grows with time, as you reflect back and remember those special moments spent at the university. Renaissance 1978 was designed to be just such a memory book. My experience as editor-in-chief of this yearbook has been a rich and rewarding one. Not only have I learned much about the university, but in completing Renaissance 1978, I have learned a lot about myself. Pressure does strange things to people. Unfortunately, pres- sure is what putting a yearbook together is all about. Panic at deadline time became as natural as sleeping in fact, it often took the place of sleeping as the endless 64-page dead- lines quickly approached. But despite my misgivings, every deadline was met on time, even if it meant working day and night, weekdays and weekends alike. Working on Renaissance 1978, with all of its joy, problems, laughs and headaches, has been the best experience of my life. My deepest thanks go to the staff, for without their help, this yearbook would never have become a reality. Although this book is a product of many peoples’ thoughts, efforts and ideas, I would like to single out a few special in- dividuals whose efforts were the foundation upon which Renaissance 1978 was built. Business manager Doug Moore did more than just pay the bills and keep track of expenses. He could always be depend- ed upon to do anything that needed to be done. Whether it be setting headlines or cheering up a discouraged editor. D° u ? could be counted on to pull through. Gary Metzger, photo editor, organized 1 5 photographers and thousands of photos into a foolproof system that provided for complete coverage of everything at URI. Foolproof, that is. until deadline time hit like a tornado. Gary weathered the storm, though, and emerged after hours (days?) in the dark- room with those last minute photos needed to meet a dead- line. His decision-making ability, encouragement and help pulled us through everytime. Linda Zinser, the sports co-ordinator, went far beyond the confines of her title. No matter what the job, Linda could be counted on for help. Without her assistance, the last 128 pages of this book, which were completed in the summer, would never have made it to the publishers on time. Literary editor Val Rush, and activities coordinators Kathy Lescinsky and Mary Lou Turner also spent a great deal of time working on the book. Renaissance 1978 is a reflection of their efforts. Extra special thanks go to the many other people who have helped us during the year. I’m especially grateful to Paul Brindamour and Ray Parker for putting up with my unbusi- nesslike mind. They were there to answer all of our questions concerning contracts, money and university bureaucracy, guiding and advising us from start to finish. Irene Nelson should receive an award for juggling her scheduling book to squeeze in a room for the senior portrait photographer to work in. and the Memorial Union Information desk merits more than a mere “thank-you” for controlling the senior portrait sign-up sheets. Thanks also are extended to Ginny Nye, Don Stedman, Bill Bowers, Bonnie Bosworth. Jim Norman and a host of others too numerous to mention. Special appreciation and thanks go to the staff of the Good 5 1 Cigar, who came through for us in a pinch more than My personal thanks to to Terry Powers, Ann McAllen, Lori Randall and all of my friends for their help and support. Also, special, special thanks to my mom and dad, whose never-end- ing encouragement kept me going throughout the year. Lastly, I ' d like to thank John DeWaele, of T. D. Brown Studio, and Barry Wolfe, of Josten’s American Yearbook Company for their guidance and help throughout the year. To the class of 1978 — my special wishes for happiness and success in the future. May all of your dreams become reality. Editor-in-Chief Renaissance 1978 320


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