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Vol. 101, Iss. 27 | Friday, January 27, 2012

The Twice-Weekly Student Newspaper

General Assembly

of The College of William and Mary

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Politics

Richmond controversy Democrats allege map minimizes minority votes

On the road again

increase in faculty and staff salaries for December 2012 as well as a base salary increase. Students also stressed the importance of out-of-state students to the College for their financial contributions as well as for the diversity they bring to campus. Currently, the General Assembly is considering a bill that would change the in-state and out-of-state student ratio from the current ratio of 65 to 35 percent to a new ratio of 75 to 25 percent. “While we could fill up an entire freshman class with very qualified students from Northern Virginia, William and Mary, U.Va. or Virginia Tech could not sustain themselves on 100 percent in-

The Virginia General Assembly and federal government could soon clash as a result of the political shift caused by last November’s elections. State Republicans recently succeeded in promoting a controversial congressional redistricting map drawn based on results of the 2010 census. In the past two weeks, the redistricting bill has successfully passed through both legislative houses, despite allegations by Democrats that it unfairly weakens minority votes while preserving the seats of both liberal and conservative incumbents. “This plan is one that protects communities of interest and the core of existing districts so that citizens will know who their congressman is,” State Senator Mark D. Obenshain (R-26) said in a press release. Republicans hold a sizable majority in the House of Delegates and 20 of the 40 seats in the State Senate. Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, whose position allows him to cast deciding votes in the event of a tie in the General Assembly, is a Republican. They maintain that the plan does not usurp minorities’ rights. The bill passed the Senate Friday along party lines, 20-19, with State Senator John Edwards (D-21) absent. The bill passed the House of Delegates 74-21 the previous Friday. Democrats argue that the plan fills a single district with minority voters, thereby weakening their strength in other districts. “Sixty percent African-American voting age population is not necessary in the 3rd congressional district to afford minorities the opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice,” State Senator Donald McEachin (D-9) said in a press release.

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Students and administrators travel to Richmond to lobby for the College by ARIEL COHEN FLAT HAT assoc. news Editor

The halls of the Virginia Capitol Building rang Wednesday with the hurried footsteps of College of William and Mary students lobbying state legislators on behalf of the College. The annual student-organized Road to Richmond program began 20 years ago as part of the College’s Strategic Plan to allow students to voice their opinions to local legislators. “This is a really important time for our school financially, and if we want to see a change, we have to find ways to lobby and gain support,” Road to Richmond participant Drew Chlan ’13 said. “We should do everything we

can to support the school so that William and Mary can act in its best interests.” College President Taylor Reveley briefed the students on their main lobbying agendas during the students’ short time with their delegates. Although the College is currently facing numerous issues, Reveley stressed communicating their love for the College. “Basically, this session we’re just going around saying, ‘thank you for not cutting us, please don’t hurt us and just let us do our thing because we’re a great school. We’re really glued together, so please don’t screw it up and just let us alone,’” Reveley said. Reveley also stressed the significance of student lobbying efforts and the College’s dire need

for increased monetary support. “The jewel in William and Mary’s crown does remain in the undergrad program. There actually is no undergrad program at a state school like William and Mary,” Reveley said. “There are a few private schools of our caliber, but, of course, they are richer than God, while we live hand to mouth.” Main legislative agendas for the day included general fund support, such as a $1,457,842 advance from Governor Bob McDonnell to finance base operations, degree incentives, student research and financial aid. This money would make up for only 14 percent of the funding the College has lost since the fiscal crisis in 2008. Reveley emphasized support of McDonnell’s proposed 3 percent

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international

Computer Science team codes its way to worlds in Poland College coding team places second at CNU’s regional contest for international computer science BY Sarah caspari flat hat assoc. variety editor

Computer language may be Greek to some students at the College of William and Mary, but the campus coding team’s fluency is taking them beyond campus and national borders. For the first time in the College’s history, the school’s coding team will be participating in the Association for Computer Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming Contest in Warsaw, Poland.

The College sent two teams to compete in the regional contest at Christopher Newport University earlier this year. Team Gold, which is comprised of Michael Christiensen ’11, M.S. ’12, Aaron Dufour ’12 and Brett Cooley ’13, placed second in this competition and will advance to the international competition, which will be held in May. “The teams are three [people] and they’re given one computer, and they’re given then — the standard is eight — problems, and they have to solve as

many of those as possible using Java C++ or C, which are programming languages,” computer science instructor and coding team coach Debbie Noonan said. “These are from relatively simple to very complex, and they have a time limit. The regional contests are five hours; the international contest, I think, is five and a half hours. So, you have to know how to program, you have to know how to program well, in order to succeed at doing this.” COURTESY PHOTO / SASKIA MORDIJCK

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Christiensen ’11, M.S. ’12; Dufour ’12; and Cooley ’13 placed second in regional coding competition.

technology

Apple introduces e-textbooks, offering new alternatives for students iPad’s e-textbooks look to integrate both academic affordability and environmental consciousness BY sarah kleinkinecht the flat hat

Thirty years ago, Steve Jobs set out to enhance technology in schools. Apple received tax breaks for donating computers to classrooms, and the Apple II and the Mac became the first computers used by millions of children. At a Jan. 19 event at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Apple introduced its newest innovation: iBooks textbooks, designed specifically

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for the iPad. Dynamic and interactive, the iPad e-textbooks are an entirely different kind of textbook, if they can be categorized as such at all. Apple’s multi-touch iPad textbooks go beyond the printed page, providing the reader with 3D interactive images and features such as highlighting, note-taking and glossary definitions. Created using Apple’s new authoring tool, iBooks author, textbooks are available from the iBookstore on any iPad. Customers can download

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free samples or purchase the entire textbook for a fraction of the price of a normal textbook. Students can even download updates to textbooks at no additional cost. “I would definitely buy an iPad if my organic chemistry and biology books could be read on it; over the four years of college it would save students so much money spent on textbooks,” Anna Green ’15 said. “I think having interactive textbooks on an iPad is, at the very least, much more

Inside opinions

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New lunch take-out meal options at Sadler leave students hungry and disappointed. page 5 Partly cloudy High 65, Low 36

environmentally friendly, because it would save a lot of paper. So much is used for the actual books, and also for note-taking.” Few argue that technology is not a vital component of the world today, yet the $10 billion textbook industry has been slow to make the changes taking hold of other media outlets as it works to adapt to changing demands. Currently, textbooks by top K-12 publishers McGraw-Hill and Pearson Education, and educational content

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from E.O. Wilson are available on iBook. More than 2,000 elementary and middle schools have begun utilizing the iPad over the past year, and about 1,000 K-12 schools have adopted Apple’s program, designed to provide an iPad to every student in the school. Arlington County in northern Virginia is already committing hundreds of thousands of dollars to

Bite-sized reviews

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The Flat Hat takes a bite out of the newest addition to the College’s campus life, Tribe Square, with reviews of Subway Cafe, The Crust and PitaPit. page 8


news insight “

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THE BUZZ

All The News that’s unfit to print

Pat Sajak, the longtime host of Wheel of Fortune, admitted this week that he and Vanna White were frequently inebriated during the production of the game show. In an interview with ESPN2, Sajak said the two would frequently go to a restaurant, drink “two or three or six” margaritas, and then return to the studio to complete filming. Sajak joked that he had “trouble recognizing the alphabet.”

THE PULSE

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There are a few private schools of our caliber, but of course they are richer than God while we live hand to mouth. — College President Taylor Reveley

BEYOND THE BURG

The failed presidential campaign of Texas Governor Rick Perry has taken a toll on his job approval ratings at home. A poll by The Dallas Morning News reveals that 37 percent of Texans have a less favorable opinion of Perry after his campaign for the Republican nomination, and 45 percent say that his run has hurt the state’s image. Moreover, Perry has a lower job approval rating than President Barack Obama in his home state; 40 percent of Texans approve of his performance, down 10 percent from last year, while 43 percent of Texans approve of President Obama’s performance. The 20-year restriction limiting Virginians to purchasing a single handgun per month has been overturned by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. The law had been passed to mitigate illegal gun trafficking to nearby states, The Daily Press reported. The bill was sponsored by State Senator Bill Carrico (R – 40). Opponents have argued, to no avail, that overturning the law may return Virginia to its ranking as one of the top states for gun trafficking.

President makes higher education reform a priority During the State of the Union Address delivered to a joint session of Congress Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced a series of proposals to reform higher education. Linking education with job training, Obama encouraged corporations to partner with community colleges to provide courses geared toward preparing students for jobs in fields such as data management and manufacturing. Obama also called on Congress to help make college more affordable for the middleclass by extending the tuition tax credit and expanding work-study programs, and on the states to allocate more of their budgets toward public universities.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has assured the Hampton Roads region that the fleet of 11 aircraft carriers will remain in full service despite looming defense budget cuts, The Virginian-Pilot reported. The plan will, however, retire seven cruisers and delay the purchase of other ships. The Hampton Roads region’s economy has historically been adversely affected by Defense budget cuts in the past, especially those which impact the naval base in Norfolk. The Virginia House of Delegates failed to pass a tougher textingwhile-driving law last week. The current law prohibits texting or emailing while driving, but tickets may only be assessed if the driver was pulled over for another reason. Delegate Thomas Rust (R – 86) introduced the bill, observing that police issued only a few hundred such tickets per year across the commonwealth. Texting causes thousands of highway deaths per year, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

A THOUSAND WORDS

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President Obama announced proposals to reform higher education in the State of the Union Address Tuesday in an effort to make college more affordable.

Executive salary caps proposed for California State University System According to The Los Angeles Times, the governing board of the California State University system is seeking to reverse previously approved presidential pay raises and place a cap of $325,000 on presidents’ salaries. The move has the support of Sacramento as well as students, whose tuition was raised 9 percent by the university for the fall 2012 semester, a decision that led to student demonstrations and police intervention late last year.

University of Wisconsin official resigns in sex scandal According to CNN, University of Wisconsin-Madison Senior Associate Athletic Director John Chadima resigned earlier this month after being accused of, and confessing to, inappropriate sexual advances toward a student employee. The incident occurred at a party Chadima held in Los Angeles which the victim attended. The victim, who is a student at the school, alleged that Chadima threatened to have him fired when he resisted Chadima’s advances.

Proposed private housing for students According to a report by The New York Times, a number of public universities are considering a move toward privately-constructed, privatelymanaged dormitories to meet the rising demand for student housing. Universities in California, Arizona, New Jersey, Oregon and Kentucky are already implementing or are considering such deals. Private developers are able to build dorms more efficiently and at a lower cost, while also taking away the burden from colleges of having to manage such housing facilities. One of the ramifications of private dorms would be a shift in costs. While the university would likely pay lower costs by contracting out housing construction and care, student residents would be forced to pay significantly higher living costs. At Montclair State University, a room in the new private dorm building runs $1,000 more per semester than a dorm managed by the school.

CITY POLICE BEAT

Jan. 10 to Jan. 11

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Tuesday, Jan. 10 — A parking meter was stolen on Gooch Drive. Its estimated value is $295.00. Wednesday, Jan. 11 — The dumpsters and emergency phone 19 at the Randolph Complex were vandalized. The estimated damage is $250.00.

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News in brief Extraordinary Cupcakes open their doors Dyana and Adam Steely opened Extraordinary Cupcakes on Wednesday, offering students a new dive on Richmond Road to get their sugar fix. The cupcake shop offers a variety of flavors ranging from Marvelous Madagascar to Remarkable Red Velvet, focusing on the Extraordinary Cupcake, a remake of the Hostess crème-filled cupcake. Adam Steely is currently co-owner and general manager at Blue Talon Bistro, and his wife, Dyana, enjoys uniting her love of science and baking to explore the science of taste. Extraordinary Cupcakes is located at 1220-C Richmond Road. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

BOV member’s court case continues The legal woes of Board of Visitors member Laura Flippin ’92 have not yet ended, as her case has been granted a continuance in the General District Court. Flippin, who was arrested in September while in town for the BOV meetings, was charged with the misdemeanor offense of public intoxication. At a hearing Monday at 8:30 a.m., it was decided to reconvene her case at a hearing scheduled for June 5. The defendant is being represented in court by State Senator Tommy Norment J.D. ’73 (R-3). Flippin was appointed to the BOV last year by Governor Bob McDonnell (R).

Infamous visitor at local bookstore At a hearing for John Hinckley Jr., the man who attempted to assassinate Ronald Regan, a Secret Service agent assigned to guard Hinckley discussed his recent visit to one of the Williamsburg Barnes and Noble locations. Hinckley, who shot then-president Ronald Reagan in 1981 and was found not guilty by reason of insanity, spent three decades institutionalized before being granted visitation rights to his mother in Williamsburg in 2009. The agent testified that Hinckley looked over a shelf containing books on American history, but he did not look through or purchase any of them.


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Administration

Search for new College dean continues Dean of Arts and Sciences candidate Dan Conway shares his passion for educational evolution by ken lin flat hat Assoc. News Editor

The College of William and Mary community met Dan Conway, a candidate for the position of dean of Arts and Sciences, Tuesday in the ongoing search for a new dean. Conway’s long career in academia includes most recently serving as head of the philosophy department at Texas A&M University. After completing his undergraduate studies in philosophy and economics at Tulane University in 1979, Conway earned his doctorate degree in philosophy from the University of California San Diego in 1985, going on to teach at Stanford University, Harvard University and Pennsylvania State University. “The uncertainty that clouds the future presents an opportunity to remind the various stakeholders of the university, including its critics and its skeptics, that education has never been a simple matter of career preparation and credentialization,” Conway said. “[Students] tend to succeed because the education they have received has prepared them to survey their options, to follow their dreams, to channel their passions and to choose a life of commitment and engagement.” In his presentation, Conway addressed the six challenges put forth under the College’s recent strategic plan with a comprehensive response. He also emphasized his commitment to fighting for

the arts and sciences on all fronts. “If invited to lead the faculty of Arts and Sciences, I would take it as my responsibility to defend the value of tenure-protected basic research and academic freedom,” Conway said. “Having battled a highly politicized disinformation campaign in the state of Texas, I believe I’ve learned a few things about how best to defend the value of education to an increasingly-skeptical and increasinglypoliticized citizen.” Among some of Conway’s more ambitious goals, 100 percent student participation in subsidized study-abroad programs and 100 percent student involvement in alumni-backed internships stood out. Conway noted such goals would require an intensification of current fundraising and development efforts by the next dean. According to Chancellor Professor of Physics Gene Tracy, who is currently serving as interim dean, the position requires not just administrative ability but also people skills. “You need to listen well … you need to have patience … you need to realize that you can’t solve all problems and you can solve some, and you have to be able to prioritize,” Tracy said. “Bright, talented, passionate people oftentimes disagree about things. Most of the time you can still work together constructively, sometimes that becomes more of a challenge.” Although the forum lacked a student presence, since nearly all of the forum’s attendees were

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Conway, former head of the philosophy department at Texas A&M University, is a candidate for Dean of Arts and Sciences.

faculty members, the dean of Arts and Sciences along with the support staff plays an integral role in student affairs. “The people in this office, for example, often don’t interact with the students. They interact with

chairs, program directors, some of the faculty…but they know the mission of this place is education and research, and that all affects the students,” Tracy said. “People choose to work at a place like this because they believe in the mission.”

faculty

Professor Reed honored with the Jefferson Award

English professor created linguistics program and served as first female English department chair by Katherine chiglinsky flat hat News Editor

Associate English professor Ann Reed will be honored with the Jefferson Award at the Charter Day celebrations Feb. 3. The award is given annually to a member of the College of William and Mary community for his or her service to the College through personal activities, influence and leadership. Reed is known among colleagues and students for her pioneering efforts at the College. She helped to pave the way for female faculty and staff members by serving as the first woman chair of the English department in addition to creating the linguistics program at the College. “She’s led the linguistics program for the full 36 years that she’s been here and made it into what it is today,” English professor Talbot Taylor said. “It’s very successful program. She’s definitely been the guiding force. I don’t think we’d have a linguistics program if we hadn’t had Ann Reed.” Reed’s career at the College has been marked with multiple accomplishments, and her passion for linguistics and for sharing that connection

with students distinguishes her as a professor. “It’s taken me some years to realize how unusual it is to be able to do what you’re interested in and share that with students,” Reed said. “The students are very responsive, very smart and even though they’re worried about their job and their future, the students who come here generally love learning. You really feel as though you’re there with students who value something about what they’re doing and that’s pure pleasure.” At the start of Reed’s career at the College, the linguistics program only graduated fewer than three students per year. The program currently graduates Reed approximately 20 to 30 students per year. “She was very important in helping the program expand,” English department chair Susan Donaldson said. “Through her work, she was able to charge up a lot of enthusiasm for linguistics.” Taylor wrote a nomination letter for the Jefferson Award on behalf of Reed. He felt that her

dedication to the school and her commitment to the program deserved recognition. “It was by working alongside Ann that I learned how to be that distinctive figure: a W&M professor,” Taylor wrote in his letter. “In W&M linguistics classes, students have always been treated — entirely due to the example set by Ann — like members of a family. She invites her students to her West Williamsburg house at least a couple of times each semester: to play Scrabble and other word games, to eat and talk in a relaxed atmosphere, to talk about their future plans and hopes, and — perhaps most of all — to help them to understand that coursework is a cooperative endeavor between student and teacher, one based not just on intellect and homework, but on mutual trust, personal connection, and good will — just as the best of families are.” Despite numerous accomplishments, Reed maintains a humble nature. Her shy demeanor has proved to be one of her finest characteristics. Reed is known to break up large classes into smaller groups, spending more time working with individual students.

“It was a lot more work for her, because it was breaking down a 40 person class to a bunch of smaller groups,” Sophie Berman ’13, one of Reed’s students, said. “But she really puts the students first. At the meetings, sometimes she would bring in cookies for the group. A year later, when I went to her office hours, she remembered my favorite cookie.” The smaller groups have allowed Reed to form a strong connection with her students. “She went out of her way to make sure the students understood the material,” Amanda Boitano ’13, one of Reed’s students, said. “She’s also really encouraging. She doesn’t just lecture to you. She reviews your work personally. She’s so encouraging as a professor.” The women’s faculty network and the campus daycare center were two initiatives Reed helped push through the administration. Additionally, as the first woman chair of the English department, Reed led the fight to reduce class size from approximately 50 students to 30 students. She also helped to implement the junior-leave program in the English department so that tenured faculty could complete the research requirement.

College raises its voice in Richmond Team makes history College coding goes international CODING from page 1

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Members of the College community traveled to Richmond under the College’s Stratgeic Plan to bridge the gap between students and state legislators.

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state students. The financial model would fail,” Virginia House Majority Leader and Marshall Wythe School of Law professor Tommy Norment J.D. ’73 said to students in a briefing before they met with the state legislators. Students went on to meet with delegates in groups of two. Even though many students did not schedule appointments, most were able

to meet with delegates or legislative aids within a few minutes of arriving at their offices. “The legislation that we talked about today involves millions of dollars that will affect thousands of students for years to come. It’s just an amazing experience to see how individual students can effect change for years come,” Stacey LaRiviere ’14 said. At the end of their conversations, students left the legislators a bag of

green and gold M&Ms, a pencil and a “leave behind” of key points discussed to continue to share their ideas from the day in Richmond. “I think today was a really good opportunity for students to gain government, networking and job experience and get an actual idea of what we could do,” participant Anna Lard ’12 said. “I don’t know if the legislators actually listened to us, but what’s the harm in trying?”

This is the first time that the College has sent a team to the IBM-sponsored international competition, although it has competed in the regional rounds for many years. The Mid-Atlantic region includes 166 teams from Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, North Carolina, parts of Pennsylvania and parts of West Virginia. As a result of the region’s vast size, the competition is held at eight different sites. “The teams we’ve had in the past have done well on site,” Noonan said. “Five times we’ve gotten first on site, best of all the other people that are at that site. But the best that we’ve ever done regionally is, like, 10th, which is really good when you think about the schools we’re competing against. I was very excited by 10th when we got 10th, but this year, to get second, oh my God, I was bouncing off walls.” The College beat Virginia Tech for the first time and was outdone only by Duke University. The top four teams from the region were selected to go to the international competition, which will take place almost immediately after commencement. “We didn’t really prepare for regionals, so we didn’t have a bunch of team time before then. We didn’t expect to win or do well, but now

that we did, we’re probably going to spend a lot more time practicing,” Christiensen said. “That’s where it’s going to be an interesting dynamic. We’re going to figure out each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and it’s all going to get strategic.” Once in Warsaw, the team will follow an itinerary set by the ACM, which will include preparation and recreation in addition to the actual coding competition. “We’re there for five days, and the competition’s only one. There are people giving talks, and they have some planned excursions — I don’t really know what they’re going to be like,” Dufour said. If the team performs well in Warsaw, the computer science department at the College can expect to grow. “The department is growing significantly, and this is a national trend,” Noonan said. “I think if we did well in this contest and we advertised it well, then I think that people would look at us and go: Maybe this is a cool department — let me go try it out.’” For the team, the value of the competition lies mainly in the enjoyment they get from it. “It’s just fun to show up, because you’re there for like five hours, which sounds awful — five hours of programming — but it’s just kind of a fun experience, and the atmosphere there is nice,” Dufour said.


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student ASSEMBLY

SA proposes to fund an on-campus radio festival

Additional debate arises over distribution of voting power and proposed allocation of further funds for future speakers

by MEREDITH RAMEY Flat hat ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR

The 319th Student Assembly held its first meeting of the new semester Tuesday at its new location in Alan B. Miller Hall, room 1082, discussing three major pieces of business. First, the SA discussed the WCWM Fest Concert Act. This act would contribute $20,000 from the Student Activities Reserve Fund to WCWM, the on-campus radio station, to aid it in its proposed festival to be held later this semester. “It’s really in everyone’s best interests to be able to put on a program for a large number of students,” Chairman Noah Kim ’13, sponsor of the act, said. The SA sent the act to the Finance, Outreach, and Student Life Committees for debate before voting in future meetings. Next, the SA discussed the Project VOICE Partnership Act. This act would allocate $1,500 from the Student Activities Reserve to aid the funding needed to bring TED Talk speaker Sarah Kay and the group Project Voice to campus for I Am William and Mary Week later this semester. The Center for Student Diversity, the Office of Student Affairs and AMP have already donated a total of $3,000 for the speaker. The SA forwarded the act to the Finance, Outreach, and Student Life Committees. Lastly, the SA proposed The Missing Molly Act to help the assembly deal with the temporary absence of Vice President and Presiding Officer of the Student Assembly Molly Bulman ’12. Bulman has a public policy class that conflicts with the meeting times for the first six weeks of the semester. According to the Student Assembly Code, Kim is to act as presiding officer in her stead during her absence. Assembly members were concerned with the

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The Student Assembly met in their new location at MillerTuesday, and attempted to resolve issues stemming from the absense of the the Vice President and Presiding Office of the Student Assembly, as well answer multiple requests by student organizations for more financial support.

consolidation of power this would create and proposed The Missing Molly Act. This act would have charged SA President Kaveh Sadeghian ’12 to appoint a presiding officer or act as a presiding officer until Bulman returns. “If there’s a tie for the bill vote [Bulman] gets to be the tie breaker,” act sponsor and SA Law School

Representative Andrew Chan ’09 J.D. ’12 said. “This bill would charge Kaveh with appointing someone for the next six weeks.” Many members felt the code should be left to stand as is, permitting Kim to act as Presiding Officer in Bulman’s absence. “I see this bill as unnecessary because the code

already tells us what to do,” Mike Wagner ’12 said. In the end, the SA voted against the act, 14 to 4, and Kim will act as both Chairman and Presiding Officer until Bulman’s return later this semester. “I will try and make my dual roles…as smooth as possible … there really doesn’t need to be much conflict. I don’t anticipate creating any,” Kim said.

student life

Film festival spotlights cinema and culture interesection Kimball Theatre partners with Reves Center in a week-long showcase of Parisian and Francophone Africa movies

by MICHAEL THOMPSON THE Flat hat

Francophiles rejoice! The Kimball Theatre will be screening six films between Friday, Jan. 27 and Friday, Feb. 17 as part of the College of William and Mary’s annual French and Francophone Film Festival. The Emery and Wendy Reves Center for International Studies and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Literary and Cultural Studies program are sponsoring the festival. The festival includes a wine and cheese reception on opening night, an ice cream social Saturday, Feb. 11, and pre-screening presentations

by professors of both the Anthropology department and the French and Francophone Studies department. Magali Compan, associate professor of French and Francophone Studies, began organizing the annual festival six years ago. Compan explained that the films chosen this year highlight both the centrality of Paris and the increased presence of Francophone Africa in French and Francophone cinema. Robert St. Clair, assistant professor of French and Francophone Studies, will present the film “Paris” on opening night of the festival. “For American audiences Paris is kind of a dream city,” St. Clair said. “What’s so fun about this sort of festival is that you get to dream with

people in the space of Paris for two hours.” The films include varying styles: light-hearted dramas set in the city, serious dramas dealing with issues of religious and racial difference, a short classic of French cinema and a contemporary animated film. “We are trying to target different audiences and offer different experiences of French language cinematic culture,” Compan said. “We call it [the festival] French and Francophone because it’s not only French cinema, it’s also French language. We are trying to open up to the African cinema also.” Organizers of the festival made sure to keep the audience in mind while selecting films for the French film festival. “We are trying to show French language box

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office films but also we are trying to show films that students wouldn’t have access to or that the Williamsburg community wouldn’t have access to,” Compan said. For the previous five years, the festival was funded by a grant from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, allowing the screenings to be attended free of charge. Compan hopes that the popularity of previous festivals and low admission prices will ensure that this year’s festival will be well attended. General admission for screenings is $3, and $2 for students of the College. They may be purchased at the box office of the Kimball Theatre or by calling 1-800-History. Passes for multiple films are also available.

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iPad e-textbooks presence in classroom sparks debate of educational value APPLE from page 1

integrate iPads into the county curriculum. Projects to transfer elementary and middle school assessment tests to iPads have been undertaken. In one case, for their social studies class, fourth-grade students at Drew Model School are each given an iPad, which contains an app about colonial Jamestown created by Apple, Five Ponds Press and the school. “I would be open to [e-textbooks],” organic chemistry professor Elizabeth Harbron said. “The main question is how receptive the students are, and if the textbook is presented in a way that they can continue to use it.” It remains unclear in these early stages whether the incorporation of iPads into lessons has led to higher achievement. “By having your textbook on an electronic device, it seems like you would lose the physicality of studying,” Dexter Strong ’13 said. “But it all depends on your style.” For some students, nostalgia for paper and binding override the potential of the new technology. “I really like the smell of new books,” Clay Harris ’14 said, “so putting them on an electronic device takes away from that.”

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Republican redistricting plan incites legal battles REDISTRICTING from page 1

Republicans argue that the plan satisfies the legal stipulations of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was passed under the Johnson administration in order to halt ongoing disenfranchisement of minority voters throughout the South. The Act also requires Virginia to submit its congressional redistricting maps to the U.S. Department of Justice for approval prior to implementation. Obenshain and his Republican colleagues maintain that the bill is fair because it preserves a strong district for Delegate Bobby Scott (D-3). The alternate plan, drafted by Democrats, would have added a significant number of minority voters to the district of Delegate Randy Forbes (R-4)—potentially costing him his office. The final hurdle for the bill is a Department of Justice approval process that could take upwards

of 60 days. The filing deadline to take part in a Virginia primary is March 29, meaning that the clock is ticking for both the state and federal governments. Meanwhile, lawsuits have been filed by Democrats in both federal and state courts that attack the state for not drafting a redistricting map by the end of 2011, a requirement in the state constitution. Students from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law and undergraduates from the College of William and Mary took part in a redistricting competition in the spring of 2011. In collaboration with peers and supervised by faculty from the law school and government department, students drafted a plan that won recognition in a statewide competition, but were given little notice from Richmond politicians. “These students worked hard to craft a plan which met the objectives of a fair, sensible plan of representation,” department chair and government professor John McGlennon, advisor to the project, said.

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Opinions Editor Elizabeth DeBusk Assoc. Opinions Editor Elliott Hay opinions@flathatnews.com

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Staff Editorial

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By Molly Adair, Flat Hat Cartoonist

Students must cast educated ballots something wrong with agreeing with the people around you because you’ve never tried to understand the other side. I am not saying that you shouldn’t have opinions. As many of you approach your first presidential election, a well-defined set of values that you are strongly invested in is absolutely necessary. However, you should understand Flat Hat Assoc. Opinions Editor why you have those values and make sure that they are fundamentally sound, and you should know what you are against in addition to what you are for. This Tuesday evening most, students at the College of Furthermore, don’t limit this scrutiny to yourself. As you hear William and Mary did nothing out of the ordinary. Some from and read about the presidential candidates in the coming wandered through Colonial Williamsburg, perhaps, while months, be skeptical. For instance, Tuesday’s State of the Union others wrote papers in the third floor of Earl Gregg Swem Address, President Obama said of taxes on the rich, “When Library. Over 100 miles away, two men spoke on national I get tax breaks I don’t need and the country can’t afford, it television about the state of our country. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address aired either adds to the deficit, or somebody else has to make up the first followed by a response from Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels difference — like a senior on a fixed income; or a student trying (R). I bring this up because when you spend every day on a to get through school; or a family trying to make ends meet. college campus, it can be hard sometimes to remember that the That’s not right. Americans know it’s not right.” It sounds nice (quotable, even) but remember that if rest of the world is still there. It is understandably easy to worry mostly about your immediate surroundings, to let things that Americans truly “know it’s not right,” this wouldn’t be such a controversial issue. you don’t see every day fade into a few On the other end of the spectrum, hazy afterthoughts. Now more than ever, When you cast your vote Mitch Daniels spoke about government however, it is important to pay attention. regulation in response to President The upcoming election is the first make sure you know exactly Obama’s speech: “In word and deed, the Presidental election in which many what you are advocating for. President and his allies tell us that we just students at the College will be old enough cannot handle ourselves in this complex, to vote in. You’ve heard a million times about the importance of taking advantage of your freedoms, perilous world without their benevolent protection. Left to ourselves, we might pick the wrong health insurance, the wrong having a voice, declaring your opinions and staying informed. mortgage, the wrong school for our kids; why, unless they stop Your responsibility, however, is greater than simply picking us, we might pick the wrong light bulb!” a candidate. It is easy to just pick a side. It is easy to see the Of course, statements like these are arguments and benefits of any one argument, to form an opinion, to become oversimplifications, not facts. It seems like a basic distinction deeply invested in a set of values or beliefs. Having strong that most should be aware of — and yet these are too often the beliefs is wonderful, but before you wholly devote yourself to arguments that work. specific causes or ideals or beliefs, take a step back. Abstract So step back. Check your opinions, check your yourself, figure out where those values and beliefs come from. reasoning. Read a newspaper. And when you cast your Could it be possible that you have certain opinions because vote next November, make sure you know exactly what they are your family’s beliefs? The beliefs of your friends and you are advocating for and why. the people by whom you are surrounded? There is nothing wrong with agreeing with the people around you: There is Email Ellen Wexler at eawexler@email.wm.edu.

Ellen Wexler

s the College of William and Mary enters the final stages of hiring a new dean of Arts and Sciences, the student body has been inundated with emails meant to keep members of the Tribe informed about the process. The College is not only publicizing the applicants’ resumes on its website, but it is also inviting students to attend campus-wide forums so that students can offer feedback the applicants. As of now, one applicant has already visited the College for the forum, and in the next several weeks, more applicants will follow. The College has made engaging in the search for a new dean simple and straightforward. The forums are conveniently scheduled, and the links to the applicants’ CVs are literally at the student body’s fingertips. We encourage students to go to these forums and take this hiring process seriously. The new dean will have a huge influence over the College, and as such, it is essential for the dean’s capabilities to suit the needs of the student body. The dean needs to be able to bring more funding to the College and then use that funding to make the College an even more prestigious institution. The College is reaching out to the student body, and now it’s up to us to follow through. Whether you will be a student when a new dean assumes the position, we are all deeply invested in the College’s future. Students consistently complain they want more transparency at the College — now they have the opportunity to observe the hiring process firsthand. The dean of Arts and Sciences plays an extremely important role at the College, overseeing over 30 departments and programs, more than 456 members of the faculty and staff and over 5,000 students, in addition to seeking monetary donations. The vast majority of students on campus are under the purview of the dean of Arts and Sciences, and he or she will play a vital role in the education of each of these students. Furthermore, the job description posted on the College’s website hinted there may be upcoming shifts in curriculum and funding goals at the school. Students need to be sure that the new dean will be able to work toward these new goals without changing the heart of our beloved alma mater. The new dean must understand the importance of continuing to build all of the various academic departments at the College. The College is finally hiring new faculty and staff, so the dean will be responsible for ensuring all of the programs at the school continue to grow. Students should be aware of the possible candidates’ areas of interest and how they will drive these policies in the coming years. Because of the dean’s authority, student input during the hiring process is crucial. While it remains to be seen how much weight will be given to student opinions, the College does appear eager for student commentary. The forums will allow students to help pick a new dean who will understand both the College and what the student body wants. The College is asking students to provide thoughtful consideration to this matter, and in return it will, hopefully, hire someone who best represent the student interests. The staff editorial represents the opinion of The Flat Hat. The editorial board, which is elected by The Flat Hat’s section editors and executive staff, consists of Mike Barnes, Jill Found, Ellie Kaufman, Elizabeth DeBusk and Alex Cooper. The Flat Hat welcomes submissions to the Opinions section. Limit letters to 250 words and columns to 650 words. Letters, columns, graphics and cartoons reflect the view of the author only. Email submissions to opinions@flathatnews.com.

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New changes to Sadler lunch take-out are difficult for students to digest Chris Weber

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Flat Hat Assoc. Sports Editor

If you’ve ever eaten at the Sadler Dining Hall for lunch, you know the drill. Swipe in, keep your elbows close, and sprint for the shortest line. Split your lunch party into two groups — one to find an open seating area, the other to head for the drinks. It’s a battle, and when it comes to food, there are literally no limits as to what students will do for a coffee-cup of ice cream. Dining Services is waving a white flag these days. Take-out in Lodge 1? What is this blasphemy? There’s no way Dining Services can have the same array of food squeezed into Lodge 1 as in the

airy upstairs war zone. That’s my first complaint: There aren’t enough options. Complaint number two: When I have a meal, I invariably feel the need to quench my thirst. Sometimes I go for some calcium-rich milk; sometimes I like my Fierce Grape Gatorade. If I do take-out at Sadler I have two choices: water or lemonade. What an outrage — lemonade and water do not complement every meal. Soup and lemonade does not sound particularly appetizing. Complaint number three, and perhaps the biggest of all: We live in the tidewater region of Virginia, a state of constantly confusing weather. When the days get hot, I like to cool off and relax with a well-portioned coffee-cup of vanilla ice cream — preferably with Oreo crumbles and a cherry. With this new take-out system and the limited food options, I have

no guarantee of my ice cream. That’s where I draw the line. I can deal with Lodge 1; I could even live with the lemonade. But I cannot — will not — live without my ice cream. Ice cream is the highlight of too many students, a break from the grind of Earl Gregg Swem Library and a reprieve from the monotony of Morton Hall. It sprinkles a bit of flair into Mondays and adds a cherry twist to Thursdays. Dining Services certainly means well. They say they are trying to help the students by going the extra mile to accommodate our needs. What Dining Services does not realize is that we are creatures of habit, well-trained to navigate the crowds of Sadler. We have grown accustomed to the prize — ice cream in a coffee cup. Vanilla, chocolate and that tantalizing swirl of both flavors, that is what I will always remember about dining at the

College of William and Mary. Not the night when they had chicken tenders or the morning when they served Dunkin’ Donuts, but the coffee cup ice cream.

Dining Services, don’t take away my take-out ice cream. Email Chris Weber at cmweber@ email.wm.edu.

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Illuminating recent additions to local dining options BY BAILEY KIRKPATRICK FLAT HAT ASSOC. VARIETY EDITOR

ALL PHOTOS BY CAROLINE WREN MARTIN / THE FLAT HAT

The Crust, Subway Cafe and Pita Pit have all officially begun serving hungry students as a part of the College’s most recent addition to campus, Tribe Square. The top floors of the establishment act as dormspace for students of the college, while the restaurants sit below facing Richmond Road.

BY ELLIE KAUFMAN FLAT HAT CHIEF STAFF WRITER

A unique brand of Subway restaurant falling somewhere between cafe, coffee shop, sandwich store and restaurant, hit Tribe Square with a fully fledged grand opening today. Pass The Crust and Pita Pit, walk through the outdoor hallway of Tribe Square, and you will find the latest overpriced restaurant to your left. Before you get bitter about the fact that they don’t accept the College of William and Mary express yet, they are currently offering a great deal. The grand opening special that every student reading this should immediately go take advantage of: buy-one, get-one sandwiches today only. While the Subway Cafe has chosen to tempt college students with something it knows we can’t refuse — free food — this offer may not get us past the original visit. The Subway Cafe, the first of its kind in Virginia, differs

BY ABBY BOYLE FLAT HAT ASSOC. VARIETY EDITOR

At one time or another, we all experience those moments when the last thing we want to eat is pizza or salad from one of the dining halls, a sandwich from a fast food restaurant, or anything from Wawa. Pita Pit, which opened recently in Tribe Square, is the perfect alternative to the tedium of the food that we usually find on campus and in Williamsburg. Located by The Crust and Subway, Pita Pit allows customers to fill their own pita, which is like customizing a burrito at Chipotle. However, what makes Pita Pit different — other than the fact that the base is pita bread and not a tortilla — is the wide variety of meats, cheeses, toppings and sauces. There are also so many vegetable choices that vegetarians will have many options. In addition to the “Build Your

from other Subway restaurants by serving caffeinated beverages outside of the fountain drink family. Don’t be fooled by the fact that the restaurant looks, smells and tastes like your average Subway. Once you get through the regular sandwich line and hit the cash register, you will notice the only significant difference: a bakery chest filled with cookies and pastries. Above the chest, accompanying the sandwich menus on the wall, sits a proud menu of iced beverages, tea, coffee and espresso to satisfy your caffeine cravings. Subway Cafe serves Seattle’s Best Coffee, straying from its sandwich specialty. It’s alright, but it’s no Daily Grind. On my scale, the Grind, Wawa and Aromas still rank in the top three, but Subway Cafe’s caramel latte wasn’t half bad. For those students still mourning the close of Quiznos at the beginning of the year, Subway Cafe comes as a welcome relief. Your sandwich craving can be satisfied once more. It’s too bad you are paying in real money for it this time instead of those “fake” Flex points we love to use. While it may not be very different from your average Subway, the restaurant is spacious, clean and, for now, virtually hidden from the usual mass of students that haunts the Grind and Wawa. Take advantage of this new hiding spot while you can, before it becomes the next big thing on campus.

Own” option, you can order a “Resolution Solution Pita,” a pita with specific, light ingredients and less than 500 calories, a good choice for those who are particularly conscious of what they eat. Pita Pit’s best attribute is the fact that the food tastes incredibly fresh. The chicken, which is grilled right in front of you, is delicious and tastes of a higher quality than the typical meat you would find at a comparable fast food restaurant. This restaurant clearly prides itself on its fresh ingredients: Like Subway, Pita Pit advertises its healthy options all over the store. If you’re not in the mood for a pita, there is also a frozen yogurt section. Here, customers can pick their own flavor of yogurt and add as many toppings as they want — the price depends on the dessert’s weight. While the yogurt is good and tastes like ice cream, there isn’t a huge variety of toppings, especially in terms of fruit. If you want something a little healthier than crushed Oreos and chocolate on your yogurt, you may not be in luck. It is also somewhat difficult

to discern what some of the various toppings are; there are no labels and broken up candy bars have a tendency to look similar, so it’s slightly challenging to figure out exactly what you want. Overall, the frozen yogurt option is perfect for a night when you want a light dessert but don’t want to venture far off campus to look for one. Pita Pit’s atmosphere is laid back, and the restaurant is mostly filled with students looking for a quick meal. The seating is similar to any fast food place, and so is convenient for grabbing a bite between classes. Pita Pit’s prices are comparable to Subway’s — a pita, chips and a drink cost between about $8 and $10, so if you’re looking for a satisfying and relatively cheap meal, this is a great option. With its convenient location and many options, students and tourists alike will enjoy what Pita Pit has to offer. Whether you’re seeking a healthy alternative to fast food or just a break from the monotony of the dining halls, Pita Pit is worth checking out.

The Crust, with the vocal stylings of Jean Knight and the like playing through speakers that can be heard from Richmond Road, and dim lighting welcoming you at the door, is a casual, yet polished dining experience. The atmosphere really sets a charming mood, readying you for the delicious meal, as they serve breakfast and lunch, and the friendly service you’ll receive while dining with friends. While still fairly new, the authentic wooden tables, comfortable leather chairs and walls of exposed brick and oranges and browns combine to really create a cohesive and warm feeling. The wall around the door is painted with chalkboard paint and covered with quotes, the menu’s specials and the bar’s happy hours for both convenience and decoration. There are many different areas available for seating: couches outside, large and comfortable booths against the walls, long rectangular tables in the center of the room and stools at the fully stocked bar with flatscreen televisions showing Fox News reports instead of the typical sports game. The menu consists of pretty standard Italian dishes that are themed fairly similarly, save for a few oddities such as the hummus platter, the buffalo wings and the Jamaican crepe dessert. Each of the many options for starters, soups or entrees can be personalized, mixed or substituted with whatever variations or additions you want. Although the food is delicious, the options available are not as extensive or traditional as some of the other popular restaurants around town such as The College Delly or Paul’s Deli. Prices at The Crust are a little on the pricey side, averaging between $7 and $10 for entrees, and some appetizers are as expensive, if not more, than the entrees themselves. While enjoying live bands or quiet chatter, you can also see the food coming out of the oven, which is visible over the counter. Although it makes the wait for your food much harder, the service is fast, and it is comforting to know that everything is made fresh. The sandwich I chose was the roasted tomato and mozzarella panini, which had mozzarella, tomato, basil, pesto and roasted peppers in it. It tasted very similar to the roasted pepper sandwich from The Cheese Shop, one of my favorites, although it was not nearly as satisfying. I would recommend the pizza, instead of one of the sub sandwiches. This restaurant has the perfect date atmosphere, especially in the winter, when you can order a cup of hot tea and sit at a private table for two against the wall while enjoying the ambiance and whispering sweet nothings to one another over a nice bruschetta. However, it is equally as accommodating to families and groups of students or alumni who come to enjoy the campus atmosphere without the high prices of The Trellis or The Fat Canary. With its convenient proximity to campus, the future of The Crust is sure to continue on a positive trend and its delicious food will undoubtedly remain a popular choice. I would definitely recommend sitting down to enjoy a nice meal there.

CONFUSION CORNER

Advice on making the most of college, living to the fullest Jason Rogers

coin de confusion columnist

So here it is, my last semester of college. I could drip mawkishly over an altar of goodbyes, last hurrahs and bucket lists, or I can lay some truth on you jive suckas. I will, nobly, choose to do the latter. First of all, your GPA doesn’t matter here unless you’re applying to graduate programs. If you are, you’ll want to maintain some semblence of

studiousness, but the fact that your transcript will say “The College of William and Mary in Virginia” will play tremendously in your favor. “Better a College 3.2 than a JMU 3.9,” I’d always say if I were a douche. If you’re not planning on grad school and plan to enter the work force in some capacity, calm the ever-loving hell down. Ninety percent of employers surveyed in a fake study I just made up said that frankly, all they’re looking for is a college degree — some sort of indication of general cognitive ability and reasoning, and something that shows you can buckle down and get your work done, at least for four years amid periods of rampant binge drinking and hedonism, both of which are somewhat frowned upon in an office.

Secondly, shut up about your fraternity or sorority, at least as it relates to other ones. Kappa Phi is no better than Beta Delta, not all Sigma Mus are sluts and no Gamma Epsilons have ever drugged anyone. This is high-school bickering and ought to be regarded accordingly with disdain. You’re adults at a prestigious university; act like it. I, myself, am in a social fraternity that I love very deeply. You may be, too. Good for both of us. Thirdly, get out there and live. You get only one go-round at life. One turn. You have one carnival ticket in your hand, and you’re going to hate yourself if you don’t make the most of it. What that means is, join a club. Start a band. Record music in the studios at Earl Gregg Swem Library. Play sports. Try a

new sport you’ve always wanted to try. Learn to skate. Date someone totally different than yourself. Challenge the people and things you don’t like. Love the people and things you do. Read on the Sunken Garden. Get drunk if you’re old (read: awesome) enough. Buy a megaphone. Film a movie. Do all the things that you want to do because when you get out of college, wanting to do something isn’t a good enough justification for doing it, and that’s criminal. Hunter S. Thompson said, “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’”

That’s the closest to gospel any of us will ever come. And finally, be happy. Life is too goddamn short to be unhappy. Find your little happinesses. Do something for you, screw everyone else every once in a while. Not literally, though, unless that counts as something for you, in which case, get it. Find something, some one little thing to dig about everything, and pretty soon you won’t have to find it, it’ll be the first thing you see. In people, too, which is pretty sweet. Have a great semester! Because I’ll beat your ass if you don’t. Namaste, my liege. Jason Rogers is a Confusion Corner columnist and hopes the track he laid down in Swem will make it big.


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Finally dethroned

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

“We had a big meeting yesterday and kind of talked about what it takes to be successful in this league and 35 minutes doesn’t do it ... to get a close win, especially against Old Dominion, was something to propel us forward.” — Women’s basketball head coach Debbie Taylor the Tribe’s 83-80 win over Old Dominion Thursday.

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The Tribe’s 52-game losing streak to Old Dominion was the second-longest in Division I women’s basketball, only one game shorter than Stanford’s streak over Washington State.

upcoming games Men’s TENNIS Tribe at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Fri., South Bend, Ind. The College formally opens its spring tennis season with the Tribe Kickoff Tournament this weekend. Coming off two consecutive blowout road losses to Notre Dame and Northwestern, the team will play a doubleheader against Iowa and Goerge Washington Saturday before facing off with Dartmouth Sunday morning.

men’s Basketball Tribe at Old Dominion 4 p.m. Sun., Norfolk The College will look to snap its five-game losing streak when it travels to Norfolk to take on the conference-rival Monarchs. Despite his struggles Thursday against JMU, freshman guard Marcus Thornton should play a big role. Look for sophomore guard Brandon Britt to also help solidify the Tribe’s backcourt. Britt had one of his best scoring games all season Thursday.

women’s Basketball Tribe at Northeastern 2 p.m. Sun., Boston Coming off its historic win over Old Dominion Thursday, the Tribe will ride a wave of confidence up I-95 to Boston to take on the struggling Huskies. Both teams are trying to climb out of the bottom-third of the CAA. The Huskies (3-15, 1-6 CAA) are only slightly behind the College (9-10, 1-6 CAA) in the conference standings. The College, however, would argue that it’s better than its CAA record would indicate. Three of its conference losses were by fewer than three points. yards on passing the web per game

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Senior guard Taysha Pye led the way in the Tribe’s historic win over ODU Thursday, scoring 23 points to go along with six rebounds and five steals. The Tribe topped the Monarchs for the first time since 1975.

College defeats Old Dominion for first time in 52 tries, 83-80 at home BY CHRIS WEBER FLAT HAT ASSOC. SPORTS EDITOR

Storylines abound as the Tribe prepared to take on a visiting Old Dominion Thursday. For starters, the second-longest Division I winning streak over a single opponent was on the line, as the Monarchs’s 52-game streak against the College was only slightly shorter than Stanford’s 53-game streak over Washington State. On top of that, the College entered in the midst of a five-game losing streak and a 1-6 conference record. With the Tribe up 82-80, senior guard Katherine DeHenzel stepped to the free throw line with 10 seconds to go and a chance to change it all. She hit one, and the College came away with an 83-80 win. “Just gotta make one. Just gotta make one. [Head coach Debbie Taylor] does a great job of putting us in pressure situations in practice, so really it was just another free throw,” DeHenzel — who shot 2 for 4 from the free throw line and finished with five points — said. For the first time since 1975, the Tribe (9-10, 2-6 CAA) bested the Monarchs (6-14, 3-5 CAA). And for the first time in about a month, Taylor’s squad pulled out a win in a close game. “We had a big meeting yesterday and kind of talked about what it takes to be successful in this league and 35 minutes doesn’t do it,” Taylor said, “and to get a close

win, especially against Old Dominion was something to propel us forward. I think we know we’re capable but to actually finish a close game, come from behind and get the win tonight is really essential as we go forward from here.” A back-and-forth first half that featured six ties and nine lead changes finished with neither team holding a decisive lead as ODU took a 34-32 lead into the locker room. The Tribe had plenty of chances to get on top in the first, but 12 turnovers over the first 20 minutes plagued the College’s offense. Like in the Tribe’s 10-point loss to JMU just four days prior, the College stumbled in the face of high defensive pressure as ODU head coach Karen Barefoot employed a high-court press. Junior center Emily Correal led the way for the Tribe in the first, scoring nine points. Junior guard Janine Aldridge’s two three-pointers and two assists in the opening period were also key. “I think I did a better job of sealing out the girl in the second half. My first two shots were not very good shots of the game, I just forced it up — should have kicked it out,” Correal, who finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, said. “I just really wanted a win so bad that I went harder, a lot harder.” The big difference in the second half: senior guard Taysha Pye. After a 1 of 7 shooting performance in the

first, Pye exploded to finish the game with 23 points, six rebounds and five steals. “I started finishing,” Pye said. “I took quite a bit of shots in the first half and they were pretty similar shots and they just weren’t falling. I just attacked more and got lucky I guess.” With the clock ticking to below nine minutes, the Tribe went on an 11-0 run sparked by physical offensive play from Pye. “I was just playing, I think we were all just playing hard and that’s just the end result of it. Getting fouled, finishing the foul shot and just getting good looks at the basket. So it’s just us all trying to work hard and attack the basket,” she said. Regardless of it being an uncharacteristically bad season for the Monarchs, getting a 36-year-old monkey off its back has been one of the highlights of the 2011-2012 campaign for the Tribe. “We were definitely all aware of the streak,” DeHenzel said. “I remember being recruited here and I came to the ODU game and it was like a two point game and I remember the look on Coach Taylor’s face after that game, and since I’ve been here we haven’t been able to pull it out. I know how important it was to her and I think the win tonight was for her.” The College will continue conference play when it heads up to Boston to take on Northeastern Sunday.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Tables turn as JMU drops College, 59-47 Ice-cold Tribe shooting continues as Dukes hand Tribe fifth straight loss in Norfolk

BY JARED FORETEK FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR

When James Madison visited Kaplan Arena back on Jan. 4, William and Mary was in desperate need of a slump-buster, having lost eight of its last nine and still in search of its first conference win of the season. The College responded, gutting out a 68-61 victory on the strength of a 10-1 run led by senior forward Quinn McDowell. The scenario was similarly dire for the College the second time around when the two teams met in Harrisonburg, Va. The Tribe came in on a four-game losing streak, sitting near the bottom of the CAA with a 2-7 record in the conference. The outcome this time was as different as the venue as the College dropped its fifth straight, 59-47. Once again, the College (4-18, 2-8 CAA) failed to knock down enough open shots, going a dismal 29.8 percent from the field, and a JMU (10-11, 3-7 CAA) run midway through the second period made the difference. Sophomore guard Brandon Britt provided a bright spot for the College, breaking out of a scoring slump to lead the Tribe with 14 points. Only he and sophomore forward Tim Rusthoven finished in double-figures. The opening half was as evenly-matched as the first meeting between the two squads. The Tribe’s shooting woes continued as the team shot 30.4 percent from the floor over the first 20 minutes. Scoring was spread around from starters to the bench, as junior guard Matt Rum led the team at halftime with just five points. That would be all he could muster, though. JMU led for most of the period but also struggled to knock down shots, knocking down just 36.7 percent of its field goal attempts. The College’s four three-pointers kept it close, and the squad hit the locker room at halftime down 24-22 to the Dukes. The difference was quickly erased with a layup from Rusthoven — who finished with 10 points and four rebounds — to open the second stanza. With just more than 18 minutes left, it was a whole new ballgame.

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Sophomore guard Brandon Britt led the Tribe in scoring Thursday, finishing with 14 points on 3 of 8 shooting from the field.

Rusthoven’s layup was the start of a 6-0 Tribe run, but JMU guard Humpty Hitchens responded with a threeball to cut the College’s lead to one with 14 minutes, 55 seconds to go. The teams would trade leads until JMU’s Devon Moore hit a pair of free throws to give the Dukes a onepoint advantage they wouldn’t relinquish. From there, JMU began to pull away, going on a 14-1 run resulting in a 47-35 lead with 5:23 to go. McDowell — who finished with seven points and seven boards — hit a jumpshot with just under three

minutes remaining, and Britt knocked down a free throw to cut the Dukes’ lead to five, but the College couldn’t sustain the momentum. Freshman guard Marcus Thornton, already one of the Tribe’s go-to scorers, was nowhere to be found, finishing with just three points on 0 for 8 shooting from the field. The Tribe lost the turnover contest 12-8 and the rebounding battle 40-30. The College will return to action when it travels to Norfolk for a matchup with Old Dominion Saturday.


Flat Hat 1-27-2012