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2013 Student Assembly presidential tickets announced Chase Koontz (P)
Dylan Frendt (P)
Melissa Alim (VP)
Stacey LaRiviere (P)
John Woo (P) Griffin Steven (VP)
Alicia Moore (VP)
Courtney Cox (VP)
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The campaigning begins as College of William and Mary students across campus begin to change their Facebook profile pictures in support of their various Student Assembly president and vice-presidential tickets for the 2013-14 academic year. Kicking off today, campaigning will take place until election day, Thursday, Mar. 21. Following last year’s six-ticket election, four president and vice president pairs will run in this year’s election. The candidates are: Stacey LaRiviere ’14 and Alicia Moore ’14, Dylan Frendt ’14 and Courtney Cox ’14, Chase Koontz ’14 and Melissa Alim ’14, and John Woo ’14 and Griffin Stevens ’14. LaRiviere currently serves at Secretary of Public Affairs and Moore acts as Secretary of Student Life. Both have served as undersecretaries in the
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The College of William and Mary announced March 11 that Marjorie S. Thomas is the new dean of students. Thomas will begin her role July 1 when Patricia M. Volp retires after 16 years in the position, as reported by William and Mary News. Thomas currently serves as the vice president for student affairs at the College of Charleston and as the student resources coordinator and the director of the McNair Scholars Program. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education. A committee of students, faculty and community members selected Thomas after conducting a national search and interviewing four other candidates for the position in public forums. “There’s an opportunity here to give good outreach, not only for the Honor Code and system, but for the programs that are available for the students,” Thomas said during her public interview. She noted that her favorite part of being an administrator is working with students. Thomas noted that she enjoys seeing the transformation students undergo during their four years of college. “I want to make sure that I’m giving the kind of attention to and the opportunity to empower and engage students that I received as an undergraduate,” Thomas said. As dean of students, Thomas will report to Vice President of Student Affairs Ginger Ambler ’88 Ph.D. ’06 and will work with departments across campus to ensure the success of students during their time at the College. Additionally, Thomas will oversee multiple student life program areas, including the Center for Student Diversity, transfer students, services for students with disabilities and student honor and conduct.
Students work for education reform
Courthouse undergoes renovations
SFER comes to campus
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Determined to raise awareness about lobbying for change in education policy, Devon Oberle ’15 started her fourth semester at the College of William and Mary rounding up students who shared an interest in this cause. Her goal was to begin a chapter of Students for Education Reform on campus. Unbeknownst to her, Avery Newton ’13 and David Lee ’15 were simultaneously applying to found a chapter of SFER at the College. When a friend informed Oberle that Lee and Newton were trying to form the same group as she was, the two groups of passionate students collaborated to create the College’s first SFER chapter. “Luckily, we came together and it worked out really well,” Oberle said. “It worked out because they had done the application and we had done more of the getting people involved part.” SFER is an organization with branches at 103 colleges across the country. It aims to change education policy, raise education awareness on campus and provide a centralized place to discuss internships, jobs or trips involving education and education reform. Oberle’s, Newton’s and Lee’s desire to shape education policies is not a new one. Newton will attend Boston College for graduate school next fall and is planning to earn a Ph.D. in educational research, measurement and evaluation. She will research educational and psychological assessments. Ultimately, Newton hopes to design standardized tests. “I’d love to shape them in a way that helps to See EDUCATION page 2
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Colonial Williamsburg construction workers completed their work on the Courthouse over spring break. The construction left the building fenced-off and covered in scaffolding for two months and resulted in a new roof and flashing, which helps to seal the seams of the roof to the rest of the building. The Courthouse is open to visitors and holds an interactive show, “Order in the Court,” several times a day. In 1928, Colonial Williamsburg secured rights to the building, which the government continued to use until 1932. The building then closed for a year for restoration, and the existing roof was installed. After many years of wear, the building began to suffer from leaks due to heavy rain and wind, and plans to replace the roof were made. Although the roof appears to be made of wooden shingles, the shingles are actually comprised of a concrete composite — a more costeffective and durable repair option. “We do that so we can get a look that mimics wooden shingles after they age, and they last for 80 years,” Matthew Webster, director of Historic Architectural Resources for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, said. “We have around 618 structures in the historic area, and trying to put wooden shingles
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on all of them isn’t feasible from a financial standpoint, and it’s also not the best protection for the buildings either.” In addition to opting for more durable materials, other buildings in the historical area have been modified for the purpose of preservation. Many of the roofs had reinforced roofing support installed to support the heavier, concrete shingles. Efforts are also being made to restore the buildings to their original external appearances as accurately as possible. “The steps, for example, have been changed several times,”
senior architectural historian Carl Lounsbury said. “The steps installed in the ’30s were made of a blue stone. Due to the depression they couldn’t find any red sandstone, what was originally used. In ’91 we were able to acquire stone from the original quarry where the old stone came from. The quarry had been open for more than 200 years and still cut the stone by hand, like they did in the colonial period. Construction crews have restored several other buildings in the historic area, including the Capitol building and the Bruton Parish Church. The construction is
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not part of an initiative, but rather an ongoing effort to maintain Colonial Williamsburg’s buildings. The maintenance division of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation attempts to service 38 structures a year. Work done can range from painting to carpentry repair. “It was unfortunate the building was closed for two months, but I think guests understand that it’s an old building and roofs need to be replaced,” Beau Andrews, an actorinterpreter, said. “It also encourages them to ask about the restoration and learn about the building, which is a plus.”
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Williamsburg residents may have new design guidelines by the start of this summer. According to the Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily, the Architectural Review Board hosted a public hearing last Tuesday night to hear suggestions for changes to the Design Review Guidelines, which have been under review since March 2006. The guidelines aim to maintain an aesthetic cohesiveness throughout the city. The board will continue to take feedback during the open forum portion of its regular meetings and will soon vote on recommendations for the Planning Commission. If the Planning Commission approves the recommendations, they will be passed to City Council, which has the final vote on the new guidelines.
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The digital age has dawned in Colonial Williamsburg. The Daily Press reported that Colonial Williamsburg unveiled “The Idea of America,” which is a fully digital, interactive learning experience that brings American history to life, and invites visitors to look at history through key American values. Sixty-five case studies, from pre-contact to present day, highlight the four set of values: unity and diversity, freedom and equality, private wealth and common wealth, and law and ethics. Governor McDonnell is facing attacks from another state. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Gov. Bob McDonnell was the subject of an attack ad—in Iowa. Three years ahead of the 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses, the Patriot Super PAC, a Northern Virginiabased group with Tea Party leanings, has taken out a tiny TV ad buy of less than $5,000 urging Iowans against the Virginia governor. The Virginia Gazette reported that the free Yorktown Trolley will start its 13th year of service Saturday, March 23, and will operate daily through Nov. 3 with extended hours Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. The two existing trolleys create an old-world feel that accommodates all passengers. A newer, third trolley will join the group later this year, purchased with state and federal grant money.
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Government investigates UNC’s handling of assault charges
Officials at the University of Colorado say they do not approve of a campus-wide marijuana party April 20. The Huffington Post reports that students were planning a party on 4/20, a day that is popular to smoke pot, since marijuana is now legal in Colorado. The “pot-smoker’s holiday” also falls on a Saturday this year, which officials say would still be disruptive to the school. The administration says students should not continue with plans for the party because it is illegal to smoke in public places. Last year, the school shut down the quad to the public and put down fishysmelling fertilizer to curtail students. CU’s administration spent more than $278,000 in 2012 to prevent the pot party.
The New York Times reports the federal government has launched an investigation into reports that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill messed up investigations into sexual assault. There are reports the school mistreated victims. A group of current and former students filed a complaint with the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights. The complaints range from hostilities toward victims to inadequately trained personnel handling the cases. Former Assistant Dean of Students Melinda Manning stepped down and became part of the complaint. She states that she was encouraged by her superiors to understate the numbers of cases. The university denies these claims.
South Dakota is first state to authorize teachers to carry guns
Obama among celebrities speaking at commencements
According to the New York Times, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill into law March 8 that permits teachers to carry guns in school. The measure was introduced following the deaths of 20 elementary school children in Newton, Connecticut in December. Proponents of the law say that it will increase safety inside schools. School districts who wish to appoint “sentinels,” or individuals who are allowed to carry weapons, must be granted permission from their law agency before letting assigned teachers bring guns into schools. Opponents of the law say that it was rushed and other alternatives to increase safety were ignored.
As the 2013 spring semester winds down, the Washington Post has compiled a list of some of the biggest commencement speakers that have been announced thus far. President Barack Obama will speak at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Several television and film personalities will address graduates this year, with Steven Colbert speaking at the University of Virginia, Oprah Winfrey speaking at Harvard University and Julie Andrews speaking at University of Colorado at Boulder. Other speakers announced this year include the Dalai Lama at Tulane University, Mikhail Baryshnikov at Northwestern University and Cal Ripken Jr. at the University of Maryland at College Park.
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better and more accurately assess student learning,” Newton said. One of SFER’s primary goals is to inform students that they can influence education policy and legislation. College students have the ability to make a difference, especially through voting in local and national elections. “We’re literally on the ground,” Newton said. “We’re students. We’re living it.” The three founders of SFER believe students offer the best judgment of what decisions
and changes should be made to the education system. Because most college students complete their elementary and high school educations immediately before entering college, they can remember what did and did not work for them as students. “College students are just coming out of the education system, so we have the best idea of what’s going on [and] what the problems are,” Oberle said. When speaking to students about education reform, Newton said all students produced at least some interest in discussing
the educational system. The group also plans to open the SFER chapter events to the students who attend the College’s School of Education. Threehundred thirty-five students were admitted to the School of Education for the 2012-2013 academic year alone. The group believes these students would be receptive to educational reform discussions and lobbying for the future of the school system. “I think education is, in many ways, becoming the civil rights issue of the 21st century,” Newton said. “Everyone’s lived it,
so we can all have something to relate to.” The newly formed College branch of the SFER recently finalized their executive board members and scheduled their first meeting for March 24. The group hopes to bring in speakers, hold discussions and host movie screenings to further inform people about their cause for education reform. “Having this knowledge, having this background...only then can [we] actually start bringing about proper reform,” Lee said.
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The Student Assembly senate passed the Code Revisions Begin Act, discussed attendance issues and spoke on a number of ongoing programs, in their last meeting before spring break Tuesday, Feb. 26. “Basically, the historian will be someone that the senate would have to elect, either within senate or out of senate — it could be a regular student,” Madame Chair Kendall Lorenzen ’15 said. “They will be charged with keeping records of everything that happens within the senate and making sure those records are added to the archives at [Earl Gregg] Swem [Library]. The CTO, or archivist, is charged with making sure that electronic versions
are available to all students.” After passing the bill, the senate changed the SA constitution to replace the title “archivist” with “CTO.” According to the Virginia Open Meetings Act, notice of all public meetings — including the senate meetings each week — must be posted at least 48 hours in advance. The CTO will, among other duties, be charged with posting meeting times on the SA website. The Joint Facilitation Committee has always been included in the SA code, but was not enforced in recent years. The committee, as outlined by the act, will be comprised of three executive members, three senators and two members of the undergraduate council. The committee will direct the CTO and organize all
meeting times among other duties. To continue their review of the SA code, the SA Code Revision Committee will meet Tuesday, March 12 after the 7:00 p.m. senate meeting. Two executive representatives, four senators and four members of the undergraduate council will discuss the potential merge of the undergraduate council and the senate in a separate meeting Wednesday, March 13 at 5 p.m. Both are open to the public. With six senators absent this meeting and six absent the last meeting, Sen. Daniel Ackerman ’16 raised concerns about senate attendance. “I feel like meeting after meeting, a half a dozen people are missing,” Ackerman said. “I was told that whether or not you’re excused, you’re limited to three.”
Secretary Jimmy Zhang ’15 will continue to excuse people, but after three absences, senators must stand in front of the senate to explain their reasons for missing meetings as outlined by the SA code. As of now, this policy has not been enforced this year. The executive is discussing ways the SA can get involved in Admitted Students Day with the Admissions Office. Additionally, the Executive branch is working with sexual health organizations on campus to organize a Sexperts event to inform students of sexual health opportunities. The senate described the state of a number of ongoing programs and initiatives. SA representatives will meet with Tribe Rides coordinators to check on the state of the program’s funding,
advertisements to sign up for coffee talks will be available soon, and senators are continuing to look for ways to obtain copies of The Wall Street Journal and other periodicals for students. “We can’t negotiate directly with the buyers so we can confirm the prices ourselves; we have to do everything through [the administration],” Sen. Ishan Bardhan ’13 said. “You know, we had our meeting two weeks ago after waiting three or four months ... and now we’re waiting for them to confirm the prices they gave us and that could take—who knows. It’s pretty frustrating. It should not be this complicated.” The senate will discuss the proposed 2013-14 budget at their meeting today at 7:00 p.m. in Blow Hall on 332.
Niles named dean of the School of Education Distinguished professor to replace McLaughlin in fall 2013 after her 18 year tenure in the position by Annie Curran flat hat News editor
The College of William and Mary appointed Spencer Niles the new dean of the School of Education on Feb. 27. A committee made of faculty and students selected Niles, who currently serves as a distinguished professor and department head of educational psychology, counseling and special education at Pennsylvania State University. Niles will begin the job in August when Virginia McLaughlin ’71 steps down after 18 years in the position.
“I was just thrilled to get the news,” Niles said. “I think that William and Mary is such a special place and I think it really has a unique niche in higher education.” Niles oversees two undergraduate, seven master’s degree and five doctoral programs at Penn State as reported by William and Mary News. Niles began his career in education, working as an elementary school teacher, and later transitioned into higher education. Niles worked at several universities, including the University of Virginia. At
U.Va, Niles served as a professor, and later as the assistant dean of the U.Va. Curry School of Education. During his time at U.Va, Niles became familiar with other Virginia universities, including the College. “The president and I believe Spencer will be an excellent dean, and we look forward to working with him and you all to advance the School of Education,” Provost Michael Halleran wrote in an e-mail to education students. Some of Niles’ other accolades include his time as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Finnish Institute for Educational
Research in 2012 and receiving the Eminent Career Award from the National Career Development Association. Even though the College is much smaller than Penn State, Niles says he tries to foster a positive climate in all his work environments, no matter the size. He says he is looking forward to getting know members of the community. “One of the things that really attracts me to William and Mary was the sense of community,” Niles said. “I value creating and participating in a healthy environment that reflects a climate of mattering. I think it’s
really essential that everyone feels like what they do matters. That part of the adjustment will be a very natural part of the transition.” The dean of education oversees the budget process, faculty and resource allocation, as well as academic planning. McLaughlin will be taking a sabbatical after she steps down and will then return to the College as a faculty member. “Finally, while there will be ample occasion later in the semester to celebrate Ginnie McLaughlin’s deanship, I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to thank Ginnie for
her excellent leadership and impressive 18-year tenure as dean of [the School of Education],” Halleran said. Niles says he needs some time to on job to decide what he will do with the position. “I think it would be a bit presumptuous of me to have a definite plan for what I want to do without me being on the job a single day yet,” Niles said. “We’ll see what emerges over time. One thing I know for sure is that Dean McLaughlin has done a fantastic job in her tenure as dean. In many ways she’ll be a hard act to follow. The good news is she won’t be too far away.”
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past and met while working at the SA day of service last fall. The pair emphasized collaboration with other student organizations community service in the surrounding community. “We are trying to inspire a shared vision,” LaRiviere said. “Our shared vision for the Student Assembly next year is really about highlighting [inclusivity] and good government. We want to be very transparent in all that we do.” Though Frendt and Cox do not serve in the SA, both currently act as Hall Council presidents. The pair met over the summer as transfer students and their campaign calls for more openness. Frendt, who gave the Charter Day speech, plans on using social media platforms and a monthly newsletter to inform students about the SA’s initiatives, especially in relation to the budget. “We want Student Assembly, every day, to work for everybody,” Frendt said. “We want everyone to know what’s going on in Student Assembly.” Representing the third presidential ticket, Woo’s leadership experience includes serving as class senator his sophomore year and, more recently, as president of Delta Chi Fraternity. Stevens has also held leadership positions within the same fraternity. Woo and Stevens met as roommates in Taliaferro Hall three years ago. “We’re extremely passionate and dedicated to improving the lives of students at William and Mary,” Woo said. Woo and Stevens call for more student involvement, especially in relation to concert artists and more late night food options. They also plan on establishing a 24-hour study space. “Most of our points are centered around [more] student input on major things that happen on campus,” Stevens said. Finally, Koontz serves as Secretary of Outreach following a two year stint in senate, where he served as Chair of the Outreach Committee during the 2011-12 academic year. Alim, although not involved in the SA, is involved in organizations including AMP and the Student Organization for Medical Outreach and Sustainability. This pair met through mutual friends during their freshman year. Their campaign highlights collaborating with student organizations to continue running large scale events. Koontz emphasized continuing and expanding student services such as STI testing and shuttles and is interested in providing more effective transportation for students to leave campus for
weekend trips. “The main reasons why Mel and I are running is to work to create a more cooperative Student Assembly,” Koontz said. “Cooperative from the standpoint of including more student voices and opinions [and] creating more opportunities for cooperation of student organizations.” The 2013 Senate elections see a number of incumbents for all three classes at the College. Chandler Crenshaw ’14, Peter Lifson ’14 and William McConnell ’14, all incumbents, will campaign alongside Joseph Scholle ’14 for the four Class of 2014 senate seats. For the Class of 2015, the incumbents Colin Danly ’15, Kendall Lorenzen ’15 and Jimmy Zhang ’15, will run alongside Dan Kennedy ’15 and James Walker ’15 for their class’ four positions. Two incumbents, Daniel Ackerman ’16 and Yohance Whitaker ’16, as well as Keaun Barrett ’16, Ryan Corcoran ’16, Gabriel Morey ’16 and Seth Opoku Yeboah ’16 are running for the four Class of 2016 senate seats. For the Class of 2014 Undergraduate Council, Trent Johnson ’14, Khaki LaRiviere ’14 and Grace Martini ’14 are running for president while Philip Lavely ’14 and Jeremy Dreis ’14 are running uncontested for vice president of advocacy and vice president of social affairs, respectively. Current Secretary of Finance Brett Prestia ’14 is running uncontested for Class of 2014 treasurer. No student is running for Class of 2014 secretary. For the Class of 2015 Undergraduate Council, Brianna Buch ’15 and Liam MacDonald ’15 are running for president while Carlton Smith ’15 and Jim Carey ’15 are running uncontested for vice president of advocacy and vice president for social affairs. No students are campaigning for the Class of 2015 secretary or treasurer positions. For the Class of 2016 Undergraduate Council, Dan Sutherland ’16, Daniel Rice ’16 and incumbent Ethan Teicher ’16 are running for president. Ace Goldstein ’16 and incumbent Yousif Al-Amin ’16 are running uncontested for vice president of advocacy and vice president of social affairs, respectively. Raymond Schein ’16 and Stephan Cotner ’16 are running for treasurer while Quetzabel Benavides ’16 is running for secretary.
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BY LIZZI ALARCON, FLAT HAT CARTOONIST
How to stay rational in a polarized world understands or cares why anyone disagrees with them. In fact, in this age of polarization, one is often encouraged to distrust whatever evidence another side brings to the table. Just look at our reaction to global warming. There is nothing political about the greenhouse effect and a rapid increase in the average global temperature is not a partisan issue. And FLAT HAT ASSOC. OPINIONS EDITOR yet, Americans seem to think it is. In order for us not to fall into this destructive trap, we must be open to being wrong. I know how hard it is — I get We take comfort in having our beliefs validated — it’s a very caught up in my own beliefs all the time, and it happens to human impulse. But it can lead us astray — as individuals and as a nation. Never before has it been so easy to find affirmation the best of us. But if you aren’t willing to venture beyond the safety of the confirmation bias, you won’t learn anything. in one’s preferred media outlet, website or political party, all You won’t be able to deal with reality and you’ll likely of which cater to constituents’ views, and thus, their fragile alienate people who disagree with you. A society of people senses of self. As students at the College of William and Mary, unwilling to acknowledge each other’s legitimacy will no an institution which prides itself on promoting openness to longer value rational thinking or civil debate — both of ideas and a willingness to have one’s beliefs challenged, we which are pivotal to the common good. When people do must be wary of this trait in ourselves. We must maintain a nothing but demonize each other, they forget all that they healthy skepticism of what powerful people with whom we have in common, which is far more important than what agree tell us and avoid making up our minds without giving they disagree about. matters serious thought. I don’t think students at the College It’s a shocking paradox that with all of have this problem now. My biggest the world’s knowledge at our disposal, When fearful and angry people concern is what will happen when we all Americans know so little and believe take to the television or the get older. We have a lot to offer, but we’ll so much that is untrue. One would Internet, they don’t normally squander it if we fall prey to our biases think that the key to a more informed look for sources that tell them and the media’s eagerness to indulge public would be a greater availability new information. them. I confess that it’s hard to make of accurate information. While I still the argument that you should avoid bias think that is true, it isn’t everything. When fearful and angry people take to the television or the and misinformation when they are nearly unavoidable. To Internet, they don’t normally look for sources that tell them recommend specific news channels and websites would new information. The conservative may take to Fox News or only invite accusations of bias. What I will say, however, Redstate.com, or like one of the many conservative pages on is that one should try to be well-rounded. Read from Facebook, which reposts pictures, quotes and articles from sources and publications that express differing views and other conservative sites espousing very similar sets of views. thoughtfully consider both. Be skeptical, but not to the The same goes for liberals and MSNBC, ThinkProgress.com and point where you assume everyone is lying to you. And most any of the countless left-wing Facebook pages. The end result importantly, remember that whoever disagrees with you is that people retreat to their ideological sanctuaries. News is isn’t your enemy. interpreted through only a few distorted lenses, and no one Email Matt Camarda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
here’s something about the internet that makes it easier for people to reveal just about anything. “William & Mary Confessions” is the latest craze that exploits our desire to share secrets anonymously and to soak them up. The posts range from lighthearted and funny, to deeply emotional and heartfelt, to flat-out disturbing. Although we acknowledge the potential benefits of “William & Mary Confessions,” we believe it plays a negative role in many students’ lives. There is value in revealing part of yourself to others, especially if you discover people with similar feelings and problems. This is an important way humans make connections, and it has the potential to make even the loneliest of us a little less so. Another advantage of people making confessions publicly through a venue such as “William & Mary Confessions” is that it increases readers’ thankfulness for their own lives. When students post their fears and dire problems anonymously, it provides others with a sense of perspective on their personal stories. These benefits, however, are idealized and inconsistent with how “William & Mary Confessions” actually operates. Comments on heartfelt posts are often insensitive — even cruel. The posts themselves can be bitter, insulting and in some cases fake. With many of the posts, mean and disgusting comments come to the forefront. It is disheartening to see people post their sincere feelings and problems, which require the kind of thoughtful sensitivity best left to friends or professionals, rather than strangers. Some posters may even be dealing with mental or emotional instability, and they could be hurt by comments in unintended (or callously intended) ways. Rare but glaring posts have featured people who confess to being victims or perpetrators of sexual assault and other abuse. This can provide victims with a sense of empowerment and allow others to open up about their personal experiences and express support. However, it also enables those who have seriously hurt others to confess their guilt and escape punishment due to the page’s anonymity. Readers are left feeling helpless and culpable as they can neither help the victim nor expose the guilty. The result is reminiscent of watching a train wreck — no matter how horrific it is, you can’t look away, and you can’t do anything to stop it. We’d like to encourage friends to be more open with one another. Avoid putting people with real psychological or emotional trauma in a position where they would feel the need to post anonymously and expose their innermost thoughts to strangers. To people who feel they have no one in their life whom they can trust with these confessions, the Counseling Center provides a number of services to students in need — all for free. And to those who comment on anonymous posts, remember that unstable or isolated students can interpret your responses in ways you may not recognize. Be sensitive.
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“Improvements to dining.”
Daniel Aboagye ’16
“Take more of an initiative with giving everyone the facts about room selection.” Laura Arreaza ’16
“More money for club sports, specifically Tribe Sailing.”
“I would like her to better explain to students what her role is.” Alexa Benjamin ’14
The new Dean of Students — Marjorie Thomas — was just announced. What would you like to see her do?
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A clear transparency problem: The trouble with the Student Assembly
Benming Zhang FLAT HAT ONLINE EDITOR
With the Student Assembly elections coming up, I urge all current members and hopeful candidates to work on proactive measures for a more transparent SA. To all readers: When was the last time you heard about what your Senator was doing other than from student media? I am excited to see during the election what the SA can truly do to become more transparent. Student publications can only do so much when it comes to keeping the student body informed about the SA; ultimately, the SA as a whole will be responsible for directly reaching out to the student body. In spite of the SA Senate’s “What
Can the SA Do for You” and “What Else Can the SA Do for You” campaigns, transparency has not improved noticeably. Tabling was both a weak and detached way to approach this issue. Even the SA website is not updated. You can’t make any issue matter without strong, proactive action. The SA is a huge organization — but many don’t know this. It’s comprised of an Executive Council, senate and Undergraduate Council with eight departments: Departments of Public Affairs, Finance, Health and Safety, College Policy, Diversity Initiatives, Student Outreach, Student Rights and Student Life. I’d be willing to bet that many students on campus had no idea that these exist. To potential candidates and those currently in office: Make yourselves accessible to your peers. Every day, I see many students walking down Ukrop Way proudly wearing our green and gold; there should be no reason you can’t connect
with us. Hold forums in your halls, or with other dorms to keep yourselves posted with the needs of the student body. Get a Twitter account and tweet legislation you passed in session. You should not think of yourselves as above anyone else due to your title as Senator or Class President. You should not allow yourselves to become so absorbed by your individual position that you lose sight of the greater community. It would do well to remember that the SA is here to serve the student body, and not itself. Last semester, my freshmen seminar professor repeated a mantra that all should heed: the idea of constant development. I truly believe that the SA can and will continue to develop to meet the needs of our community. Meanwhile, I encourage the next SA to shed its reputation of inaccessibility and become more transparent. If you can do this, you will have my vote. Email Benming Zhang at bzhang01@ email.wm.edu.
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The Facebook page started in February. 1,435 likes later, is campus
“William & Mary Confessions” creates forum for self-disclosure People at the College of William and Mary define the TWAMP as someone who is smart, somewhat nerdy and probably a little socially awkward. A look at the “William & Mary Confessions” Facebook page, however, makes it apparent that the typical College student may also be guarding a secret or two. “William & Mary Confessions” has accumulated over 500 posts and over 1,000 followers since its creation in mid-February. Similar to “William and Mary Crushes” and “WM Compliments,” it allows users to post statements anonymously, sparking debate in the virtual world and the real world alike. Consensus among students and faculty seems to be that these pages are a helpful way to express feelings that would otherwise go unspoken. For the student who created “William and Mary Crushes” — intended to be a light-hearted response to “William & Mary Confessions” — these channels of communication are important, even if they take place through a computer screen. “I definitely think that in-person confrontations are always a lot better, but sometimes people just can’t, so I think this is an easy window out to just get things off your chest,” the student creator of “William and Mary Crushes” said. Psychologically speaking, making a personal
confession can have significant benefits. anonymous and one-sided. Still, Schug recognizes the page’s value as a Assistant professor of psychology Joanna Schug, potential stepping-stone on the way to feeling whose specialty includes social psychology, secure enough to divulge secrets in person. sees “William & Mary Confessions” as a “It’s still seeking relational validation potentially useful facilitator for self-disclosure. but without the negative consequences of “Self-disclosure really is about making potentially putting yourself out there or relationships,” she said. maybe damaging S c h u g your existing q u a l i f i e d relationships,” she this claim by said. explaining The posts on the social the site range in penetration seriousness. On theory: When one end of the two people spectrum, posts begin talking clearly written they exchange — An anonymous student’s post on the as jokes are superficial “William & Mary Confessions” Facebook page. scattered between information. As they begin to complaints of everyday nuisances like frustrating roommates share deeper thoughts, their bond strengthens until the two people become close friends. and overwhelming workloads. And on the Reciprocity — the dual exchange of information other end are confessions of true trauma. Several users have written diary entry-length — is critical to this process. “You’re holding this sensitive information posts identifying themselves as sufferers of kind of as a hostage almost, and that’s going depression, abuse and rape. Others have admitted to committing acts of to strengthen the bond and the relationship,” violence or abuse. In one post that garnered Schug said. significant campus-wide attention, the writer On the internet, however, the anonymous nature of the forum can undermine the potential confessed to having sex with a girl who was for building a relationship. Although users are intoxicated to the point where she blacked able to make comments on the posts, there is no out and was unable to remember what had sense of reciprocity when the confession is both happened. A slew of comments both in defense
BY SARAH CASPARI FLAT HAT ASSOC. VARIETY EDITOR
I can relate to almost every single confession here. And I greatly enjoy knowing that I’m not alone on so many things.
and in condemnation of the writer followed on the page. Visiting instructor of economics Mitchell Dudley, who was introduced to “William & Mary Confessions” through a student, sees posts like these as an opportunity to open up important dialogues on campus. “[The post] spurred a very interesting conversation — conversations of what is rape in that context,” Dudley said. “Is the male morally obligated to breathalyze and drug test every person they’re going to end up hooking up with? … It created a really interesting dialogue for about 20 or 30 minutes about where socially … and legally we are and this sort of thing. So, in that sense, I got to know my friends a lot better as a result of this confession.” Dudley’s experience suggests that the page may still offer opportunities to build relationships, even if the reciprocity Schug cites as integral is missing. “If I’m one of the people posting confessions, it is a nice way of keeping people at arm’s length while exposing myself a little bit emotionally. So, in that way, it might diminish interpersonal relationships,” Dudley said. “Alternatively, if I’m a person reading it, it creates opportunities for conversations.” In terms of the benefits of posting confessions, Dudley sees the site as a potential aid to mental health on campus. See CONFESSIONS page 6
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Learning to appreciate, navigate the unexplored during sex Krystyna Holland
BEhind closed doors columnist
A lot of my female-bodied friends love going down on a partner, but cringe at the very idea of receiving oral sex themselves. Until recently, I was one of those women. Part of my hesitation regarding oral sex is certainly tied to my feelings about genitals in general. Try as I might to correct it, I can never quite escape the feeling that genitals are bad and ugly and private, and that no one wants to be intimately exposed to them. This feeling is closely tied with my general insecurities about vaginas. I tend to view them as scary, cavernous and unexplored places. As if
my own uncertainties weren’t enough, it seems just to be an accepted fact that vaginas are funny-smelling, fishy places, something women everywhere should be concerned about. In addition to fretting about the look, taste and smell of my nether-regions, I am aware of how long it takes me to orgasm. While I think that sex should be more about the journey and less about the destination, I have often felt like getting eaten out is kind of a boring part of that journey for my partner. Repetitive music, low speed limits and not a lot of scenery. It’s a bummer, really, because I can’t help but think that I, and my oral-sex-avoiding female friends, would enjoy the adventure a lot more if we could all just stop thinking about what we smell like, how long it’s taking to orgasm, and whether or not we look good from that angle. I’m glad my views on oral sex are changing. Previously, I considered oral
sex to be the boring friend of PIV — fine enough to engage with if you’re in a bind, but there are other, more lucrative pursuits. I’ve never talked to a man who met a blow-job he didn’t like, and I can’t help but wish I could have met more of my oral sex receptions with open arms and legs sooner. It’s nice to be able to enjoy time devoted to my pleasure and experience. Dialing back on some of my insecurities and concerns has been critical in changing my attitude. I don’t have it completely figured out yet, but I’ve realized that a big aspect of what makes it easier for me to relax on the journey is when I feel like my partner is enjoying the trip as well. It’s important to know that my partner is enjoying the scenery and the experience, and it’s a relief to hear that I smell and taste good — it helps me stop worrying about whether or not I smell like a fish market. I might brush
off your comment initially, but hearing it over a period of time definitely helps. A little enthusiasm goes a long way. Supposedly, feeling a partner smile when a man is receiving a blow job is one of the sexiest experiences in the world. While I may not know exactly what your lips are doing down there,
your enthusiasm makes me feel less like you’re doing me a favor, and more like we’re equals enjoying the journey — and nothing is sexier than that. Krystyna Holland is a Behind Closed Doors columnist and does not enjoy repetitive music, low speed limits and a lack of scenery on any trip.
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One week, many international trips
Student organizations spend spring break in Ireland, Belize and Honduras
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The College of William and Mary’s Students Helping Honduras chapter tutored children over spring break.
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College of William Mary women’s golf teammates look out over the Atlantic Ocean during a golf tournament in Killarney, Ireland.
BY ÁINE CAIN FLAT HAT VARIETY EDITOR
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Golfer Anna McMullen ‘15 competes in a tournament in County Kerry, Ireland during spring break.
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Students Helping Honduras members assisted in the construction of a bilingual school in Villa Soleada.
King Puck is the name of the bronze statue of a goat overlooking Killorglin, Ireland. The monument commemorates the town’s ancient festival celebrated every August. During its spring break trip to County Kerry, the College of William and Mary’s women’s golf team stopped by the attraction for pictures. However, the notice beside the sculpture disappointed Anna McMullen ’15 and her teammates. “Tina Chang [’16] and I wanted to climb on the goat’s back, but a sign said it was strictly prohibited,” McMullen said. “However, our usually subdued coach, Jay Albaugh, hopped right up on the statue. It was hysterically funny because he is so quiet the majority of the time.” The College’s golf program organizes a trip every two years, alternating between the men’s and the women’s teams. This year, it was the women’s turn to join the ranks of student groups with international spring break destinations. The team’s tour stops included Blarney Castle, home of the renowned Blarney Stone, as well as local restaurants and pubs. “Cork City has a huge central street that reminded me a lot of Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Then, just one street over, there was a huge local food market full of vendors selling fruit, entire sheep and fresh sausages,” McMullen said. “The juxtaposition of those two different places was really, really cool to see.” Of course, the trip did not solely consist of touring. When they were not visiting popular local attractions, the golfers were competing in a difficult but rewarding Killarney golf tournament. “At one point [during the tournament], my teammate [Alex Liu ’16] and I got on our stomachs and looked over this huge cliff at the Atlantic,” McMullen said. “All of the courses had phenomenal views that really took my breath away. I’m so glad I can say that I’ve played golf with my team on some of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the world.” Most other international spring break trips organized by
DuPont hosts first all-male pageant Participants strut, showcase unique talents for fundraiser BY RACHEL BROWN FLAT HAT ASSOC. VARIETY EDITOR
Six guys, one crown, tons of testosterone, and countless amounts of daring and charm: It must be an all-male pageant. DuPont Hall hosted its first Mr. DuPont Pageant the night of Feb. 28. The competition was tough and the stakes were high — the winner received a $25 Wawa gift card — but the main purpose of the event was to raise money for Operation Smile, a non-profit medical organization that gives free cleft lip and cleft palate reconstructive surgery to children around the world. DuPont Hall Council Secretary Alicia Howard ’16, who was one of the organizers of the event, explained the planning that took place. “We played with the idea of having a pageant for a little bit,” Howard said. “We brought it up to the general council and had a lot of enthusiastic support for it.” Mr. DuPont pageant contestants included, in order of appearance: Cooper Nelson ’16, Tim Putnam ’16, Daniel Sutherland ’16, George Rudebusch ’16, Matthew Ferry ’16 and Ian Kirkwood ’16. For the first part of the pageant, all of the gentlemen dressed in their formal wear while the emcee gave a quick overview of each contestant. Kirkwood’s description included a sandwich metaphor in which the emcee portrayed Kirkwood as “not lacking in the meat department,” having “the buns for the job,” and encouraged the audience to “holla at
a hoagie.” The next part of the show was the talent portion. Putnam attempted to solve a Rubik’s Cube while juggling. Even though he had to forego the juggling to finish the Cube, he was able to crack a few jokes. “Did you ever hear about that guy who got his left side chopped off?” Putnam asked. “He’s all right now.” Rudebusch’s talent was the shortest of all. “I’m a man of many talents,” Rudebusch said as he strutted to hand a rose to a lady in the audience. “But my best talent is charm.” The contestants appeared to have fun for the swimwear part of the pageant, although not all of them understood the meaning of the term “swimwear.” For example, Sutherland appeared in compression shorts. He also attempted to imitate Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance while wearing the shorts. The winner was crowned according to whoever raised the most money for Operation Smile. Spectators put donations into the collection box with their favorite candidate’s name on it. Even though the audience appeared to enjoy all the contestants’ antics, the title of Mr. DuPont was given to Ferry, who will now be given the opportunity to compete in the campus-wide Mr. William and Mary Pageant this month. Howard admitted that she was initially a little concerned about how the attendance would be for the pageant, especially since some of the DuPont RAs had been joking that the event would not go over well. Despite these misgivings, she said she thought the
turnout was fairly decent. The pageant managed to raise $202.76 for Operation Smile, and Howard seemed pleased. “We’re going to research a little bit to figure out how we can give the funds directly to [Operation Smile] instead of through a third party,” Howard said. “We chose Operation Smile just because it is a really powerful charity. … The fact that it’s working with these young kids is, I think, a little bit more touching for us as college students.” Nelson, president of DuPont Hall Council and a pageant organizer, was excited to participate and raise money for Operation Smile. “My favorite part of the pageant was just putting it on,” Nelson said. “This was a lot of prep work that led up to tonight, and I’m really happy that we were able to donate so much money to a good cause. … Operation Smile, a lot of us have personal connections to it … so it’s been really nice to work with them.” Nelson also said that he was not nervous at all for the pageant and enjoyed the spontaneity. “I was just aiming to have fun and have a good time out there,” Nelson said. Emily Payne ’16 felt that the contestants did have a good time, although she hopes that future pageants can be advertised more and have more contestants. “My favorite part of the pageant was the surprise of the contestant coming around the corner,” Payne said. “You never knew what was coming.”
student groups this year were service-based. Canterbury, the College’s Episcopal Campus Ministry, embarked on a mission to the impoverished district of San Mateo in Belize. Paige Trivett ’15 and her fellow volunteers contributed to the construction of a Belizean school at the Holy Cross Anglican School. The friendliness of the Belizeans that Trivett met while painting roofs to ensure cooler classrooms impressed her. “Respect is a very important part of Belizean culture,” Trivett said. “It’s considered rude to not smile and wave at someone you pass, even if they are a complete stranger. The students that I worked with gave me pictures that they drew. They have next to nothing, and they wanted to give me gifts.” As part of another trip to Central America, members of the College’s chapter of Students Helping Honduras traveled to the small town of Villa Soleada outside of El Progreso. Group members Grace Fernandez ’15 and Inez Paz ’16 assisted with the construction of a new library and school that will help further bilingual education in the impoverished neighborhood. In addition to promoting education and literacy with local schoolchildren, the volunteers attended salsa lessons, soccer games and presentations dealing with drug violence in Central America. Fernandez found several cultural experiences particularly eye-opening. “I had to kill a chicken in order to cook it for our lunch,” Fernandez said in an email. “The Honduran community members noticed how much food the American volunteers waste. It was good experience for us [because that way] we would really know where our food comes from.” In addition to providing new cultural insight, the trip served to energize the group’s fundraising efforts. Inspired by the work ethic of the Hondurans she met over spring break, Paz said she is eager to organize future bake sales and coin drives. “They want a better future for themselves. They are hard-working and appreciative of aid,” Paz said. “They want education, and they work hard to ensure that their kids can have it. Hondurans have a lot of pride in their success but don’t let it get in the way of continuing progress.”
Secrets revealed on Facebook group CONFESSIONS from page 5 “The stress level here is huge … I see some merit in just about any opportunity to release that stress in a fashion that is not self-destructive,” he said. “We have so much issue here with students at or near the point of suicide, and students seeking their de-stressor in the bottom of a liter of liquor. If going on and anonymously confessing to the stress in your life works, then fine.” However, there is a question as to whether this method of stress relief is in fact self-destructive. Schug said that evidence suggests self-disclosure does not always make the problem better. Conversely, expressing a confession can even make a person feel worse. This is especially true when confessions are met with negative or demeaning comments. At times, these may serve to denounce an offensive post, but they may also be potentially damaging to a poster who feels like his or her problem has been met with disdain or disregard from those who viewed it on the website. Wade Hodson ’16, who reads “William & Mary Confessions,” credited student commenters on generally treating posters with due respect. At the same time, he acknowledged that he has seen insensitive comments as well. “The attitude that some people have toward some of these problems, even these problems that seem trivial — just to get over it, it’s not a big deal, or whatever — can be a really negative thing, especially with bigger issues because it invalidates the experiences, the actual feelings that people are having, and so that can be, I think, a really destructive attitude,” Hodson said. For students who find themselves coping with any of these problems and looking for an outlet, Schug recommends they take full advantage of the various mental health services provided by the Counseling Center on campus.
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Strong pitching guides Tribe to series victory Nutter’s walk-off single clinches final win against Rutgers BY JACK POWERS FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR While most of the student body tanned or napped spring break away, William and Mary baseball (105) capped off a busy week, taking two of three from Rutgers (3-9) at Plumeri Park. The Tribe’s series against Rutgers marks the best start to a season for the College in five years. As pitching coach last year, now head coach Jamie Pinzino led the pitching staff to a 3.06 ERA. Pinzino’s impact on the pitching staff carried over to this year, with the rotation turning in a 3.98 ERA so far this season. Due to the Scarlet Knights’ talented hurlers, Pinzino’s pitchers’ performances were pivotal to the team’s series win. Starting senior pitchers Brett Koehler (2-1) and John Farrell (3-0), alongside sophomore Jason Inghram (1-2), got the Tribe going in the right direction. In their respective starts, each gave up just two earned runs through at least six innings of work. However, the form of the College’s pitching staff was not limited to the starting pitchers. Junior relief pitcher John Sheehan (1-1) and freshman relief pitcher Mitchell Aker (1-0) came on strong in late innings to earn their first wins of the season Friday and Sunday, respectively. Saturday’s loss was the exception. As the game went into extra innings, Sheehan gave up two runs in the top of the tenth, allowing the Scarlet Knights to equalize the series with a 5-3 win before Sunday’s rubber match. Freshman pinch-hitter and offensive catalyst
Jonathan Sarty, while only having 6 at-bats all season, served as a prime factor in each of the Tribe’s wins against Rutgers. Sarty, pinch-hitting for senior outfielder Derek Lowe, came on in the eighth inning of Friday’s game and drove in the decisive run with a single to center field. On Sunday, Sarty entered in the ninth inning for Lowe again and notched another hit that brought in senior infielder Ryan Williams from second base to tie the game. Then, senior infielder Kevin Nutter swatted the ball to left field, giving Sarty time to make it to the plate and end the game. Both teams’ pitching staffs kept Friday’s game close, as they did in each game of the series. The Tribe’s two-run outburst against Rutgers relief pitcher Rob Corsi (0-3) in the eighth inning proved to be the deciding factor in the College’s 4-3 win. Aker earned his third save of the season and the Tribe win by retiring each Scarlet Knights batter in the top of the ninth inning. Saturday’s matchup went the opposite way for the Tribe, with the Scarlet Knights claiming a decisive two-run advantage in the tenth inning. However, the Tribe came back from a one-run deficit with two outs in the ninth inning to keep the game close. Sarty, in yet another pinch-hit situation, smacked a single through the left side of the infield to give freshman catcher Ryan Hissey, who was on third, an easy run to tie the game and force extra innings. In the top of the tenth inning, Sheehan, having thrown one and a third innings of scoreless baseball, loaded the bases with one out before Pinzino pulled him in favor of Mitchell. After recording the second
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Senior infielder Kevin Nutter drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Sunday’s Tribe victory.
out on a fielder’s choice, Mitchell walked in the goahead run and gave up another run to put the Tribe offense in another do-or-die hole. But, the College couldn’t rally, and the game ended with a 5-3 loss. In Sunday’s game, the College used yet another two-run outburst in a late inning to break through a 3-2 deficit, scoring two runs in the bottom of the
ninth to steal the game and the series. After Sarty’s game-tying RBI single, Nutter belted Rutgers pitcher Nathaniel Roe’s fastball into wide-open space in the outfield, creating just enough time for Sarty to sprint around the bases and slide to the plate before being mobbed by his teammates. The Tribe will host Liberty tonight.
College’s slow start continues in Jacksonville Late flurry of goals fails to reverse early damage as Tribe drops fourth non-conference game of young season BY MICK SLOAN FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER William and Mary lost on the road in a 20-14 match against Jacksonville Friday. The College (2-4), fresh off of its victory over Stetson earlier in the week, fell behind early in the contest and never recovered, getting outpaced in nearly every facet of play. After winning the opening draw and controlling the ball for most of the first five minutes, the Dolphins struck quickly, notching three goals in three minutes to take an early lead. Senior attacker Kyrstin
Mackrides, who led the Tribe with three goals, responded with an assist and a goal, pulling the score to 3-2. After another Jacksonville goal, Mackrides struck again to narrow the lead to one. Jacksonville dominated the field in response, scoring four straight goals and five of the next six to take a 9-4 lead. The Dolphins controlled the face-off on four of the six possessions, building their lead on the Tribe to 21-15 in the match. The College was rattled, but not defeated, by its opponent’s run; Tribe players responded with three goals in the first half’s final minutes, closing the half at 11-7.
Notably, the Tribe corralled only four ground balls in the first half, in contrast to the Dolphins’ 12 — a critical disadvantage that helped Jacksonville maintain possession. The Tribe fell behind by five and failed to pull within three goals after the first several minutes as a result. Jacksonville’s dominance continued in the second half. The Dolphins grabbed the first eight face-offs and notched eight consecutive goals in a 19-7 advantage. During Jacksonville’s 8-0 run spanning the first 11 minutes of the half, the Tribe committed six turnovers and only attempted a single shot. By the end of
Jacksonville’s run, it was clear the Tribe had lost the game. After a scoreless four-minute stretch, freshman attacker Zoe Boger finally struck for the Tribe with a free shot, sparking a Tribe run. The College scored seven of the last eight goals, closing the gap to 20-14 in a furious final nine minutes. Sophomore attacker Kaleigh Noon scored two goals to add to her two assists, leading the team with four points. Jacksonville attacker Taylor McCord notched four goals and three assists, and attacker Amanda Hurley scored a game high of five goals. The Dolphins
fired 34 shots and won 21 of 36 faceoffs. Additionally, they controlled 22 of the 36 ground balls, fueling their potent offensive performance. On the other hand, the Tribe turned in a sloppy performance, losing 12 turnovers and committing 11 fouls. The Tribe’s two goalkeepers, senior Katie Geary and junior Colleen Nofi only stopped four Jacksonville shots. The Tribe hopes to rebound when it returns to the road Wednesday, facing in-state rival Virginia before returning home March 20 to face Maryland at Albert-Daly Field at 4 p.m.
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College 40-26 in the paint. At the same time, however, the Tribe was kept alive largely thanks to JMU foul trouble. In the first half, the College took 15 free throw attempts and hit 10 while the Dukes went just 1 of 3. By the end of the night, James Madison had gone 9 of 18 while the Tribe knocked down 18 of its 24 attempts. It’s the second consecutive year that the Tribe has gotten bounced in the first game of
the conference tournament. The loss shuts the book on a 13-17 overall season. “…just a heartbreaking loss. As a coach, it’s exciting to see them play as hard as they did and pour their heart and soul into an effort,” Shaver said. “It’s equally as disappointing and heartbreaking to see it not work our way. We’ve had a season where we’ve had a lot of those games. We’ve played the top teams in this league tough — especially the last five, six weeks of the season — toe to toe, every night. We just haven’t
won enough of those close games.” After a season full of missed opportunities and lost nail-biters, Shaver said his team, which will return every starter but Rum, needs to work to bridge the gap between close losses and wins. “What we’ve got to spend the next seven months trying to do is find that one degree, that one percent, because we played the top teams in this league down to the wire night after night after night but we did not win enough of those ballgames, so we’ve got to find that,” Shaver said.
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Dukes dominate Tribe, again MEN’S BASKETBALL
It was a good look, I just missed it.
—sophomore guard Marcus Thornton
COURTESY PHOTO / TRIBE ATHLETICS
Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton scored 25 points in the Tribe’s loss to James Madison, shooting 8 of 12 from the field and 3 of 6 from beyond the arc. Despite finishing second in scoring in the CAA, Thornton missed a late-game shot as the Dukes pulled away.
College drops first-round contest despite late-game advantage BY JARED FORETEK FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER With just over 17 seconds to play and James Madison set to inbound clinging to a three-point lead, William and Mary caught a break it didn’t deserve. The in-bound pass glanced off a Duke hand and rolled out of bounds, giving the College a shot in a one-possession game. Then the Tribe caught another break. Miscommunication on a high screen left sophomore guard Marcus Thornton wide open behind the three-point line. At that point in the contest, he was 3 for 5 from beyond the arc, with all three of his makes having come on much tougher looks than the one he was getting with the game on the line. Thornton paused, realizing just how open he was. For the best three-point shooter in the conference, it’s a rare occurrence. The shot went up; Thornton landed and immediately tilted his head, trying desperately to find an angle from which to see if the shot was on target. It wasn’t, bounding off the cylinder and into the waiting hands of JMU guard Ron Curry. With four seconds left, Curry sank a pair of free throws to seal the 72-67 win. Thornton’s 25 points had gotten the College that close, but it was all for naught with the miss. “It was a good look, I just missed it,” Thornton said, adding that he didn’t think it was somehow too good of a look. “We had set up a ball-screen play and Moore had kind of cheated on the play, so I spun back [and] hedged on the other side of the ball-screen, so that’s what got me so wide open.” This was typical of the whole season: Even when things lined up just right, it seemed like it was never meant to be. “There’s no good feeling for me right now,” head coach Tony Shaver said. “I’ll be honest with you: We didn’t come over here to play a close ballgame. We felt that we were good enough to win this tournament, and we didn’t have things work our way.” The entire game was close, but there were moments when the Tribe had a firm hold. With 9:35 to play, the College led by seven points. Then things went downhill, beginning on the defensive glass. Time and again, the Dukes got second, even third chances. Over the
last 10 minutes of play, JMU grabbed 12 offensive rebounds, which resulted in a total of 17 second-chance points. “We preach all year about offensive rebounds,” Britt said. “And they got a couple during the free throw situation.” JMU reclaimed its lead with 7:18 left and expanded it to six, all on second, third or even fourth shots — then to eight with 3:41 remaining. Thornton stopped the slide with a jab-step that created just enough space for him to drill a three-point shot. Junior forward Kyle Gaillard then caught a deflected pass under the basket and laid it in, cutting the deficit back down to three with just over two minutes to go. On the Dukes’ next possession, the Tribe got the first of its big breaks. JMU guard Andre Nation, already with four fouls, got the inside position on senior guard Matt Rum and finished strong at the rim. Instead of putting his head down and playing defense, he stared right back at Rum and barked, earning him a technical foul that sent him to the bench for good. Nation probably wouldn’t have gotten a technical had he not already been warned by referees twice, once for hitting a three over Thornton and mouthing at him in the first half, and then for getting somewhat physical with Rum earlier in the second. Thornton hit both of the resulting free throws, making it a threepoint game with the College set to in-bound. But junior guard Brandon Britt — who also had an impressive night with 17 points on 4 of 10 shooting and three three-pointers — couldn’t convert a tough-look shot attempt. The Dukes got the ball back and guard Devon Moore shook Thornton, forcing junior center Tim Rusthoven to close, leaving forward Rayshawn Goins wide open under the basket to get the pass and lay it in. Moore teamed with guard A.J. Davis to finish with 20 apiece, while Goins scored 13 and pulled six rebounds for the Dukes. For the Tribe, Rusthoven finished with 15 points — despite sitting for a long portion of the second half with four fouls — but just two rebounds. Overall, JMU out-rebounded the Tribe 34-23. But Thornton wasn’t finished, getting into the lane and hitting a wild finish to make it a three-point game again, where it would remain until Curry’s late free throws. The first half was as tight as the second. Both offenses started slowly. Davis, who had torched the College in both their regularseason meetings, didn’t get going until he scored eight straight points for the Dukes around the 10-minute mark. Thornton, meanwhile, didn’t get on the board until hitting a three with 8:07 left in the first. But both players got warm quickly, leading their teams to over 50 percent shooting in the first half. On the night, the College shot exactly 50 percent while the Dukes went 49.1 percent from the floor. JMU controlled the interior, particularly in the second half when Goins started to make his presence felt. The Dukes outscored the See M. BASKETBALL page 7
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Junior guard Brandon Britt poured in 17 points in the College’s first-round loss Friday.
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Loss highlights Tribe’s weakness and potential Chris Weber
FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR
It happened November 28 in Richmond. And it happened January 9 in Towson. Then one more time in Boston, January 23. Three doubleovertime games. Three Tribe losses. These weren’t blowout losses, either. These were the knife-in-thegut losses, the losses that haunt a team. Somehow William and Mary proved time and time again its ability to shake off such defeats, clawing its way to a 13-17 overall season record. Their penchant for climbing out of holes kept fans coming to Kaplan Arena. Unfortunately, the Tribe also proved again and again that no lead was certain, no advantage safe. Look at the home tilt against James Madison March 3. Somehow, almost inexpiably, head coach Tony Shaver was left scratching his moustache after his team relinquished a 16-point lead to lose by two in the regular season finale. Last weekend, the College was tasked yet again with finding a way to compete after a tough loss. But this time, the stakes had grown. The game marked the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association Conference tournament and the opponent was the Dukes, a team who had realized they could beat the Tribe squad even if staring at a 16-point hole. Did anyone really expect the College to win this one? In a season where the only sure wins came against Division II Hampton or High Point, this game was by no means a safe bet for either side. In true Tribe fashion, the game came down to the final moments. Just like in November against Richmond, the last Tribe shot went to sophomore guard Marcus Thornton. It wasn’t enough. Again. But don’t blame the second-team All-CAA selection — Thornton has proven his capability to sink late game shots. Blame the College’s season-long reliance on a last second miracle. Early in the season the Tribe faced multiple blowout losses. Offensive production rested primarily with Thornton, junior guard Brandon Britt and junior center Tim Rusthoven. Shaver addressed that problem — but the losses continued. Finding stable ground after their eight-game losing streak, the Tribe faced a new problem — a series of double-overtime and close losses. It seemed as if every press conference mentioned the need to close out games. The issue grew habitual and ultimately insurmountable. For the College to become a serious contender in the conference, it would need to learn how to be the team defending last-second prayers, not the one throwing them up to a deaf basketball god. Every game is a chance to win, but not if you’re tossing potential game-winners in the final four seconds every night. Next season, the Tribe returns four starters and capable talent. Shaver will have to find a way to change the team’s mentality from that of a barely winning squad to a barely losing one. Is it possible? Absolutely. Then again, winning close games was “possible” all season long.