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By the numbers, the College of William and Mary is the most efficient university in the country, but this adaptation to economic realities has left its mark on faculty paychecks. “The latest [U.S. News and World Report] ranked William and Mary as 33rd among all national universities but 112th in the category of resources, a gap that is unmatched by any school in the country,” College Provost Michael Halleran
said. “They’ve worked very hard for this; they recognize how important it is for the university because any university’s reputation is pretty much dependent on the quality of faculty.” The difficulty is determining where this money will come from. Over the past five years, the state has reduced the College’s funding to 13 percent of its overall budget. Even though tuition increases could help, they are largely unpopular among faculty and students alike, Gressard said.
Colleges’ increasing reliance on e-learning has caught the attention of College of William and Mary leaders. At a recent meeting, the Board of Visitors’ Committee on Strategic Initiatives discussed the possibility of placing a greater emphasis on e-learning at the College. E-learning is a broad field that ranges from entirely online degree programs to Blackboard, which can be used to post a syllabus. E-learning has also proven itself a contentious issue in higher education. Support to oust University of Virginia’s Theresa Sullivan as President last spring was rooted in the thought that Sullivan was not doing enough to promote e-learning at U. Va. Dr. Eugene Roche, the director of academic information services at the College, defines e-learning as electronically enhanced learning, and he is quick to point out that exploring e-learning can be problematic, as many people do not have a solid definition of what it is. “Others use the term as [a] synonym for distance learning,” Roche said. Distance learning, it turns out, is not one of the College’s main focuses when it comes to e-learning. “We have done less work at William and Mary in the distance learning space, but we continue to track developments in that area and we are interested in opportunities that might emerge as that landscape continues to evolve,” Dr. James Golden, vice president for strategic initiatives, said. The College’s method with regard to e-learning programs involves much observation and experimentation, often in
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said in an email. This gap means the College has had to tighten its belt, raising tuition and cutting expenses. One group hit particularly hard has been faculty members, who have not seen a salary increase since 2007. College administration has taken notice, setting aside $5.725 million next year to provide a modest raise for approximately one third of faculty. “It is a high priority for the Board [of Visitors]; they’ve been consistent in saying that, I believe them,” Faculty Assembly President Rick Gressard
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Some international students will find a home away from home during fall break with a new Student Assembly program called Tribe Hosts. International and in-state students alike signed up to take part in the program. SA Vice President Melanie Levine ’13 drew from her own experience as an out-of state student in creating this program. “I just thought back to the kind of struggles that I had moving cross-country and how it was hard for me to get involved with the community here, and one of the struggles that I faced was where to go over the initial breaks,” Levine said. “If I had problems finding places to go over the fall break and Thanksgiving break, what are international students facing?” The program aims to strengthen the Tribe’s role as a diverse, close-knit family. “I think it’s a great opportunity for the Tribe Hosts to have this relationship and cultural exchange over a short amount of time that allows both sides to get something out of it and really increase the bond of the Tribe family,” SA Secretary of Student Diversity Initiatives Neal Chhabra ’14 said. Levine sees the window into students’s home lives that the program provides as a key piece of American culture missing from campus. “When they come here, you know, they’re living in dorms. They’re experiencing college culture, but really such a valuable part of American culture is what goes on in the home,” Levine said. Ze Fu ’16, an international student from China, expressed her desire to experience the everyday life of an American family to compare it to her own culture. See international page 3
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The renovations proposed for the Sadler Center will begin in December of this school year. The $8 million project, which includes the addition of a new room that will house 300 new seats, more space next to the dish line, and rearrangement of serving stations, will be completed by, or near, the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. “The administration was really responding to the most urgent complaint of the students,” Anna Martin, vice president for administration, said. “They told us there aren’t enough seats and that the serving areas are very congested, so we are trying to improve that.” The layout of the new interior will remain mostly the same except for extension of the patio almost to the service road by the lodges, with an exterior design identical to the Cohen Career Center. Open windows and new terraced landscaping will give a clear view of the Daily Grind and will provide steps leading down to a new walkway that will lead toward the Student Health Center. “I’m glad to be getting more seating. If these renovations are going to help eliminate some of the lines during rush hours, then it should be really helpful. I hope that they do,” Emily Parrish ’15 said. Serving lines, complete with new menu items, will also be moved around the center of the dining hall in order to combat crowding. The dining hall will buck tradition by serving madeto-order or a la carte meals instead of cooking
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them in bulk batches. “We are really excited about this project,” Wayne Boy, director of planning, design and construction, said. “It will be a huge improvement to the dining experience. This building really is the center of our campus.” There will also be administrative changes to the variety of food offered as a new area designated for late night snacking that will be open as late as the Sadler itself. The renovation will be funded by the administration’s recent mandate that any student living on campus will have to pay for a meal plan.
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Because Sadler generates its own revenue, it is not classified as an educational building, but rather an auxiliary building and therefore cannot use funds from Maintenance Reserve. As such, it is easiest to generate revenue from the people that use it. “I think that it is absolutely ridiculous that I am currently paying for something, because of a lack of choice, for the renovation of a building I will hardly use next year once I move offcampus,” Melanie Gilbert ’15 said. Planning started a year ago after an influx of See dining page 3
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In this week’s election edition of WMTV’s Flat Hat Insider, Chairman of William and Mary’s College Republicans Tyler Johnson ‘12 and President of William and Mary’s Young Democrats Zachary Woodward ‘14 discuss the first presidential debate between Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, the release of the September jobs report and what to expect in upcoming debates.
In our weekly “That Guy” video, Flat Hat Managing Editor Vanessa Remmers sits down with Chris Beacham ‘13 to talk about his time as co-editor of Lips: Expressions of Female Sexuality and as a Computer Science major at the College. Have a suggestion for a senior we should interview next? Email flathat. email@example.com COURTESY PHOTO / IDIGITALTIMES.COM
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A student at the University of South Alabama was shot and killed by a campus security guard Saturday, Oct. 6. According to NBC News, Gilbert Thomas Collar, an 18-year old freshman, was naked and banging on the window of the campus police station. In a statement released by the university, the officer “was confronted by a muscular, nude man who was acting erratically. The man repeatedly rushed and verbally challenged the officer in a fighting stance.” The officer shot Collar once in the chest and Collar died at the scene. The officer was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Online sensations and viral videos are nothing new to college campuses. According to the Washington Post, many college students are reacting to the latest online craze that’s sweeping the country and the globe. Released last July, “Gangnam Style” by South Korean artist PSY is the latest song to “go viral” on Youtube, recently reaching over 60 million views. The outlandish music video portrays the exorbitant wealth of those in Seoul’s exclusive Gangnam neighborhood. Students from schools including the United States Naval Academy, University of Maryland, Ohio University and University of Oregon have put their own spin on the video.
Stony Brook Press to lose credentials over tweets The Stony Brook Press, a magazine with a mix of serious and satiric content, is now facing a possible loss of its press credentials after tweeting the Stony Brook University’s homecoming football game against Colgate University. According to The Huffington Post, the Press was trying to livetweet the game while referencing every sport except football. Stony Brook University officials, however, were not amused and threatened that unless the magazine begins to tweet correctly, it will lose its press credentials for the rest of the academic year. In an article following the administration’s threats, the Press said the tweeting staffer had not used an SBU-issued press pass to attend the game.
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conjunction with other universities, before implementing a program. “Our technology strategy is not to be at the leading edge,” Roche said. “We try to follow emerging technologies pretty closely, but let other universities make the expensive mistakes. Once an educational technology has been shown to enhance learning, we’ll work with individual faculty members to integrate it into their teaching.” According to Roche, e-learning programs that were joint developments between
the College and other universities include WMBLOGS, a blogging program used in many classes, and Geographic Information System, which is used at the College’s Center for GeoSpatial Analysis. WMBLOGS was a joint development between the College and the University of Mary Washington while GIS was a cooperative effort made by the College and other Virginia schools. The College had accepted a Creative Adaptation proposal for a summer e-learning program aimed at faculty members last spring semester. In June, 17 faculty members participated in a seven-week e-learning course.
Creative Adaptation is a fund set aside by the College to invest in ideas proposed by the College’s professors. The e-learning proposal was submitted by Karen Conner of the Mason School of Business and Judith Harris of the School of Education and sought to blend lecture and online components into a class. There is an ongoing series of monthly meetings held by the “W&M eLearning Community,” in which faculty members and administrators discuss what is referred to as blended learning — a method of education that combines instruction from a teacher and technology-aided learning.
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Alumni-founded group receives $500,000 Clinton Global Initative awards Building Tomorrow to further Ugandan education aid efforts by Katelyn Pryor the flat hat
An international program started by George Srour ’05 that provides finances to Uganda for primary education facilities recently received a financial boost. Building Tomorrow received a $500,000 grant from the Clinton Global Initiative, a forum that provides nongovernmental organizations with donations to continue their work. “The organization recognizes that there is a wealth of human potential in the country of Uganda, but a lack of financial resources,” Estelle Rousseau ’14, one of the student chapter leaders, said. One of the most distinctive features of Building Tomorrow is that it does not send hordes of Americans to construct schools for people in a foreign country. Instead, the people of Uganda receive funds from
Building Tomorrow, work with local contractors, and use local materials to complete the job. The school does not rely solely on Building Tomorrow’s aid, however. Building Tomorrow has an agreement with the Ugandan Ministry of Education, which ensures that the government will provide teachers and maintenance for the school upon its completion. “What’s really cool about Building Tomorrow is that it really does focus on community empowerment,” Katie Robinson ’14, who serves as the other student chapter leader, said. The grant is expected to have a significant impact on Building Tomorrow’s work. A primary school in Uganda costs $10,000 to build so the $500,000 will help to fulfill the organization’s commitment to build 60 schools before 2016.
“[This is] phenomenal considering the cost of starting a school in America is exorbitantly more expensive,” Robinson said. However, the money does not only affect students in Uganda. The money will also bolster the College of William and Mary chapter of Building Tomorrow, which had previously dissipated. Rousseau and Robinson, whose interest in Building Tomorrow developed their sophomore year, are currently trying to revive the chapter. Hallie Westlund ’16 became involved in Building Tomorrow because she is interested both in Africa and education. She is excited about this new grant and the impact it will have on the College’s student chapter. “I think it’s a good way to inspire us to rebuild the club,” said Westlund. With the knowledge that their chapter
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has gained recognition and credibility through the grant, the students have confidence that their group will continue
WRHA struggles to meet demands College Campus Kitchen increases public housing initiatives by vanessa Remmers flat hat managing editor
Across the street from the College of William and Mary’s Marshall Wythe School of Law, one of three Williamsburg public housing units shelters residents, most of whom pay $50 in monthly rent based on their low or lack of income. The winter months have painted a grim picture as unemployment rises and the waiting list for public housing grows longer. According to a community profile generated by the Virginia Employment Commission in August 2012, Williamsburg’s unemployment rate is more than double that of Virginia as a whole, sitting at 14 percent compared to Virginia’s 6.2 percent. Yet JaLauna Burton, senior public housing manager for the Williamsburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority, said that open shelters hardly exist. “There are a great amount of people in hotels who don’t know how they’re going to pay their bills. … I do let them know about the shelters, but I do want to make everyone aware that the shelters are full,” Burton said during a Friday forum at the College. “A lot of people don’t see the economy and the direction we are in, but I have been looking at it, hearing it, dealing with it.” The wait for Williamsburg public housing currently stands at three to five years. Of the 104 units that Burton oversees, she estimated that residents of only 50 units were working in June. That number has since decreased, because seasonal jobs have ended. This not only means that Burton might have to lower the rent for some residents, but also that the demand will increase for help from the organization, which by its nature is not profitable. In addition, when the U.S. Congress cut the Department of Housing and Urban Development budget by $1 billion in fiscal years 2011 and 2012, the WRHA was left to rely more and more on city resources. The city has already provided WRHA with free financial and administrative help. “There is always going to be a need for public housing. But public housing is not
always going to be here. ... In the next 15 to 20 years, it’s going to be gone because the funding is going to be gone,” Burton said. WRHA ceded control to the Williamsburg City Council a week ago in an attempt to alleviate financial problems. The council will assume the duties of the WRHA Board of Commissioners by overseeing the WRHA budget and policies. Burton emphasized that the move does not give the council complete control over the WRHA. “They’re not taking us over. We don’t have a contract with the city — it is us and HUD — us and the City,” Burton said. “[HUD] made it clear to me that I am not of the City. There Mayor Haulman are City rules and then there are my rules. … If the City took over, they could pretty much do it their way, but I have to follow my [HUD] regulations.” While Burton was not worried that the council will overtake WRHA, she did fear that there was a knowledge gap that needed to be closed. “City Council is fine. … Mayor Clyde Haulman ... knows public housing … my only fear is not all of them know. Now that we have City Council and they are going to be learning about public housing, they are going to be able to … speak louder to why we do what we do,” Burton said. “We get slapped a lot, and it is mostly from those higher-up who do not understand the residents living in public housing.” Remaining bound to HUD regulations also means that more creative ways to get people out of the cycle will have to be found, according to Burton. “With public housing, I cannot make people work. … My hands are tied in so many ways,” Burton said. “My position right now, I’m asking people to come audit me. I’m ready for us to get in trouble so [that] we can get out of trouble.” Yet, according to Burton, the College is not bound to HUD regulations, making recent efforts by the College Campus Kitchen effective
in changing lives. “I sit back and let William and Mary step in. … We have to redirect them,” Burton said. “I had kids who are now talking about William and Mary, about working in Washington, D.C., so we are opening eyes to how they can change things, but I can’t do anything once they go home and they close the doors.” Field trips, resume and interview events, a college information session, and food drives are all Campus Kitchen initiatives to reach out to neighboring communities. Campus Kitchen has also begun a mentoring program called Mention, through which students are paired up with children. “Last year is the first year that we started doing it for adults and not just for kids. Last year, we had a resume career activity where we had people come from social services and the Career Center come and teach them about resume writing and interviewing,” Sarah Holko, Campus Kitchen volunteer coordinator, said. Yet Holko noted that the adults were not as enthusiastic as the children. “So far, we haven’t gotten as great of a response from the adults,” she said. “As an adult, you[’ve] already live[d] through the system … it is hard to change it once you’ve gone past a certain point.” Burton has noticed two trends in recent years: more young adults are having children, and fewer adults are using the degrees they have earned. Of the four residents she knows who have acquired a nursing degree, only one is employed in the nursing field. “I’m going to find a way to give them that drive, and it’s hard,” Burton said. “We’ve had classes that we were really excited about, and only two people showed up. But I had students with me, and I told them they changed those two people’s lives.” Education, according to Burton, is key to allowing children to break out of the cycle. “Even if the economy gets better, we still have issues that we are not addressing,” Burton said. “Nobody is thinking about, ‘Okay, educate them, and don’t exempt them if they have a kid.’”
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Virginia has approved a bonus for state employees — including College faculty and staff — but it provides only a one-time income boost, and 70 percent of the increase must come from the College. With state funding stagnating, the College has looked inward for additional sources of money. “Last year, I asked all deans to reallocate or earn new revenues — over a 3-year period — equivalent to 5% of their base budget so that it could be used for highest priorities, including merit and/or equity increases for faculty and staff,” Halleran said in an email. This reallocation means the College will have to make some cuts, including new faculty hires. “There are people that have retired or have left for another reason,” Dean of Arts and Sciences Katharine Conley said. “We’re holding back on the search to replace colleagues that have left to make sure that we have a pool of money to dedicate to the
faculty base.” Even with these efforts, the College has a long way to go to bring faculty salaries up to par. Compared to its peer institutions as defined by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia, the College is in the 14th percentile with an average salary of $86,000 and falling far short of the 60th percentile goal for Virginia’s schools, which amounts to $105,000 on average. If left uncorrected, this could have a substantial impact on the faculty — and the College — as a whole. “The Board has established a goal in getting us to the 60th percentile. I think every faculty member would say that’d be fantastic. We’re not asking to be at the top, but maybe above average would be great,” Gressard said. “Realistically, can we get there? I don’t know. Just moving up to the 30th or 40th percentile would be a welcome change, we wouldn’t have to feel embarrassed about what the average salary is here at William and Mary.” Low salaries be not only a source of
embarrassment, but also may have a negative effect on overall faculty morale. “[Salary increases] are so without rhyme or reason that — I think I looked at it one time, and I realized there’s no correlation between the time I put in and the pay raise that results —that I thought it was a bogus sort of incentive in that way,” associate professor of anthropology William Fisher said. “It’s a little demoralizing, and then you can either strive for the big carrot or just say, ‘The hell with it, I’m going to take it as it comes because it’s so arbitrary and inconsistent.’” Low morale means faculty may have less reason to stay with the College in favor of higher-paying positions elsewhere. “We’ve stood pretty well, in terms of losing faculty, but I think we’re starting to see some attrition. And after three years with no raise, last year was just an adjustment for salary compression, so not everybody got it,” Gressard said. “This year we’re looking at a bonus, but that doesn’t hit your base salary ... so that’s about five years for some faculty. You’re going to lose people.”
to grow. “The change is literally within our reach,” said Rousseau.
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“The food may be quite simple, but you can feel what they talk about at the dinner table, what programs … they watch every day, and the relationship between American family members. They’re all different from the Chinese style. Everything is different, so that is why I choose this,” Fu said. This contrast of cultures will be put into perspective for the American hosts as well. International student Ying Wang ’16 intends to share her own culture with her host family. “I bought a gift for them which is Chinese tea,” Wang said. “I guess we’ll cook them dinner — Chinese cuisine.” Fu felt that the program should be extended and expanded. “Thanksgiving, I bet that there will be more and more students who register, so please find more host families for this,” Fu said.
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new students forced the administration to accommodate a larger student body, but intensive planning has only been going on for about three months. “All of this is based on student responses to surveys,” Mark Ballman, mechanical project manager, said. “Our whole goal is to give 300 new seats, change the serving stations and make sure the kitchen is supported, all to ensure that things do not get backed up.” Ballman is one of the facilitators for the building of the Sadler addition and has been working out logistics for the renovation. The plan, although in its first phase, will begin with the exterior and won’t be connected to Sadler until students are out of the building.
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What the debate meant for student voters
Truth should triumph over charisma
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Everyone knows President Barack Obama can give a speech. Not even Republicans will dispute his oratory gifts, but as witnessed last Wednesday, Mitt Romney apparently can also speak without sounding like a socially awkward, prepubescent boy. Watching the debate, and looking at analyses of the night, Romney did have more charisma — something I thought I would never say. However, there is one stark difference between Obama’s normal dominant performance and this first-time performance win from Romney: Obama speaks well and tells the truth, while Wednesday night’s Romney conjured up the Shakespeare quote, “More matter, with less art.” He spoke well, yet lacked substance — and truth. Romney seemed to pull things out of nowhere for his responses to questions. An article from The Daily Caller about the debate is making rounds on the internet discussing Romney’s 27 lies in 38 minutes. I’m sorry, Romney, but really? It’s surprising that people are concluding that Romney won just because he seemed energized and confident. I guess those same people are ignoring the multiple incorrect facts that he spouted. I don’t think that’s winning anything, and it seems that even though Romney’s performance helped give him a little boost in the polls, college students weren’t really buying into what he was saying regardless of how well he spoke. A real-time poll developed by the University of Maryland allowed college students across the country to state whether they agreed or disagreed with each candidate throughout the debate. Overall, 60 percent of college students participating in the poll said they still planned on voting for Obama, even with 52 percent saying they thought Romney won the debate. I think there are two reasons why college students were more likely to agree with Obama despite the lackluster performance. First, college students might have been able to see through the myths Romney was spewing. Society tends to brush off college-aged students, saying they are idealistic and less informed. I argue the opposite. College students are not stupid. We are actually incredibly well-informed when it comes to many issues that affect our country. The millennial generation is more likely not only to want to be involved in political processes and to voice our opinions on the issues, but also to actively engage in them. Obama understands this and used it to his advantage in 2008. Romney doesn’t. His lack of understanding regarding the importance of college-aged voters is apparent. He is out of touch with us, and he doesn’t seem to mind that he is. The second explanation as to why college students sided with Obama even after the debate is that Romney’s ideas do not jive with the generally more liberal, younger population. Social issues matter to our generation, and although the topics of the debate centered on economic policy, subjects like healthcare and education were discussed. Students like the idea of being on their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26 years old, and they disagree with cutting education programs. College-aged voters also know where the candidates stand on other social issues like marriage for same-sex couples. In sum, the topics discussed at the debate didn’t cover all the issues that people care about. Obama wasn’t as dynamic as he usually is, which hopefully means that at the next presidential debate, he will be. Now, with the unemployment rate at 7.8 percent — the lowest it’s been since 2008 — he will also have confidence that the economy is improving. College students understand that Obama has their interests at heart. Romney may have come off as more personable, but speaking well doesn’t matter when his policies are not in line with what the American people want or need. At the end of the day, college students aren’t going to vote for Romney just because he spoke well once. Ideally, they would want someone who speaks well and has good policy: Obama. Email Alex Cooper at email@example.com.
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Romney success proves competence
Andrea Aron-Schiavone Flat Hat Staff Columnist
The Mitt Romney that college students saw Wednesday night during the Presidential debate was not the unfeeling monster some expected. After being subjected to many months of dishonest political attack ads and shameless bias of mainstream media, we saw Romney portrayed as an out-of-touch, rich, mean, inflexible old man with radical views who simply didn’t care about the middle-class or our futures. Yet Wednesday night, we saw and heard for ourselves Romney’s beliefs and plans straight from the source. Romney began the arduous process of debunking the misconceptions that surround him. With his background as a budget-balancing governor and as the altruistic, committed man who engineered the unbelievable turnaround of the 2002 Olympic Games without accepting any pay, Romney’s experiences influenced his confidence-inspiring responses. We were the “next generation” Romney spoke about when he said it was “not moral for [his] generation to keep spending massively more than we take in, knowing those burdens are going to be passed on to the next generation, and they’re going to be paying the interest and the principle all their lives.” He gave us hope for a future that does not include being saddled with excessive debt or high unemployment. Romney established himself as a compromiser during this debate, and this should appeal to the progressive nature of college students. As governor in a state with 87 percent Democrats in the legislature, he learned to work with both parties. Under his leadership, Massachusetts was ranked the number one education system in the United States. He balanced the budget without raising taxes, and his health care plan passed with the support of all but two Democrats, starkly contrasting Obamacare, which was pushed through without a single Republican vote in 2010. Romney calmly clarified each misconception fired at him: He does not support any cuts to education, nor any changes to Medicare for retirees and near-retirees. His health care plan advocates competition between the private and public sector to keep costs low and quality high and to make sure Social Security is still around when our generation needs it. Romney expressed his care and concern for the middle-class, outlining a plan to cut taxes for them. Contrary to the misconception that Romney only represents the interests of the wealthy, he reiterated that his measures would not benefit highincome individuals: “I’m not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high-income people. [They] are doing just fine in this economy. They’ll do fine whether [Obama is] president or I am.” In a “React Lab” poll that monitored opinions of thousands of American college students as they watched the debate, 60 percent of students indicated that they would vote for Barack Obama and only 24 percent indicated they would vote for Romney. Yet, 52 percent of them believed Romney had won the debate. How could the winner have almost two-thirds fewer potential votes than the loser? Perhaps this indicates that college students acknowledge that Romney is logically the stronger candidate, but they still have yet to warm up to him emotionally. Romney has had to try harder to gain the approval of the college demographic — he is older and not as popular, trendy or racially interesting as Obama. Obama is like the cool, goodlooking significant other who you can have fun with, but isn’t reliable, doesn’t always keep his promises and often sticks you with the bill for dinner. Romney, however, is like the less outgoing, solid best friend who may not be as fun but is supportive, dependable, knows how to help you succeed, and has your best interests at heart. If Romney keeps positively representing himself throughout the debates, he will continue to refute the false impressions held about him. He will prove his competence to college students looking for a brighter, less indebted future with more job opportunities after graduation. I have faith that we will realize that we need a dependable best friend now more than ever. Email Andrea Aron-Schiavone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Williamsburg’s cycle of poverty should end with the College
n general, students at the College of William and Mary place significant emphasis on service projects, both through service trips and service based organizations. Despite this attention to community engagement, 2009 data from the city of Williamsburg showed that 27.5 percent of city residents were living below the poverty level, nearly double the percentage of the rest of the state. The College needs to increase its engagement with community organizations like the Williamsburg
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Redevelopment and Housing Authority in order to help put an end to the socioeconomic gap within the city. The data showed that 45.7 percent of male residents and 51.9 percent of female residents in Williamsburg living below the poverty level were between the ages of 18-24. Since these residents are members of our peer group, students at the College should make a special effort to reach out to these residents and to unite over the common cause of finding a career and determining the next step in our lives. The College could extend the Sherman and Gloria H. Cohen Career Center’s services to members of the Williamsburg community searching for employment so that the Career Center serves the community as much as it does the College. Currently, the Career Center focuses mainly on helping students obtain jobs that require a four-year bachelor’s degree, but it could expand its databases to careers that require technical school degrees or two-year associate’s degrees to help members of the community. It could
also help WRHA residents prepare for interviews and give them access to Tribe Careers. While these suggestions may place an extra burden on the Career Center, given that the Career Center already serves over 6,000 undergraduate students, the additional community members would not register as a significant increase in people actually utilizing the Career Center’s resources. Furthermore, students could become more involved in community service on an individual level and through existing organizations. Students could use campus vans in order to increase the Office of Community Engagement and Service’s ability to provide transportation for members of the Williamsburg community to interviews and job fairs. Students could also take an active role in improving the programming at career workshops for members of the WRHA. Student organizations like Campus Kitchens could provide meals for the workshop in order to help improve participation. Students could also make programming more relevant to the age group in need
of help by appealing to the interests of young adults or even by using student funding to bring in big name motivational speakers that would appeal to WRHA residents as well as College students. The College is always trying to improve town-gown relationships, and a very simple way to do so is to make sure College students are acting in ways that benefit all members of the city. By engaging with residents of the WRHA, students can help Williamsburg close the socioeconomic gap and put an end to the cycle of poverty in the city. Editor’s Note: Vanessa Remmers recused herself from this editorial in order to remain unbiased in her reporting. 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 Katherine Chiglinsky, Elizabeth DeBusk, Katie Demeria, Jill Found and Vanessa Remmers. 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 email@example.com.
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Dalai Lama’ su ide with n c n i o div ive c ers r e
BY SARAH CASPARI FLAT HAT VARIETY EDITOR
When the Dalai Lama was exiled from Tibet by the Chinese in 1959, he found a sympathetic audience in much of the Western world. Now, more than 50 years later, he is responding to a much more specific demographic: college students. Tomorrow, en route from Syracuse University to the University of Virginia, the Dalai Lama will spend the afternoon at the College of William and Mary speaking about human compassion. Unlike at his home in Tibet, the Dalai Lama — leader of one of four orders of Tibetan Buddhism — is unlikely to find Kaplan Arena teeming with young Buddhists. Instead, he will find a group of students who come from a variety of religious backgrounds and philosophical perspectives. Despite obvious ideological differences, members of the College community do not seem to feel the need to bridge the gap. For many, the Dalai Lama’s message is universal. “To me, the biggest part of Buddhism is the fact that it’s a lifestyle more than it’s a religion,” Mohamed Aboulatta ’13, president of the Muslim Student Association, said. “It’s just supposed to govern the way you live, and it’s peaceful. It’s immaterial, and it’s trying to get away from the stresses and objects of this world that weigh you down.” From Aboulatta’s perspective, the purpose of the Dalai Lama’s visit is not to undermine anyone’s religious ideals, but rather to enhance them. “It’s not trying to supplant your religion; it’s just trying to teach you ways to cope with things in life,” he said. “That’s what’s so great about Buddhism. It’s a thought process. It is putting away the heavier and the darker things in life to better enable you to be more spiritual in your own religion and in life in general.” Max Blalock, campus minister of the Wesley Foundation at the College holds a similar view. For Blalock, the Dalai Lama’s principles back up the Christian ideals he already values. “The goal of Buddhism, which I don’t think is very
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different in general conceptual terms from the goal of lots of our faiths — whether it’s Judaism, whether it’s Islam, whether it’s Christianity — is that we’re able to, to use a Christian term, take the scales away from our eyes … and to be able to see the world truly as it is,” he said. Blalock’s idea refers to the Buddhist theory of emptiness, which is related to the idea that exists wholly independently of other things. From this principle, known as dependent arising, Buddhists reason that because humans are not autonomous beings but rather are dependent on one another, it is essential to have compassion for other people. Emptiness and compassion are the two main tenets of the Dalai Lama’s teaching, according to Kevin Vose, the Walter G. Mason associate professor of religious studies. Vose, who specializes in Tibetan Buddhism, spoke last Thursday about the Dalai Lama’s life and the greater political history surrounding his exile from Tibet to provide students with background knowledge in preparation for his upcoming visit. Vose believes the Buddhist principle of compassion is the common
denominator among all religions. “Compassion, [the Dalai Lama] says, is the root of all religion and it’s the one thing that all religions have in common,” Vose said. “All religions try to produce compassionate people.” For students who would otherwise dismiss the Dalai Lama, Vose stresses the effect of not only his words, but also his presence on the true understanding of the concept of compassion. “Meeting him, hearing him talk in person, you really come to process the teaching of compassion,” he said. “The need to help other people really hits home when you see how he conducts his own life.” Visiting instructor of religious studies Wamae Muriuki echoed this idea. Muriuki’s specialty is Japanese Buddhism, which is distinct from Tibetan Buddhism and has its own sects and leaders. While the Dalai Lama is not associated with Japanese Buddhism, he is viewed in Japan as he is in the West, as a religious figure whose message is not specific to single religion. “I think he … hits upon universal themes, like the need for compassion, to treat one another
with love and kindness —about the importance of wisdom and to nurture wisdom and to approach the world and each other with wisdom,” Muriuki said. Muriuki also pointed out that the Dalai Lama is one of the most forthcoming modern religious leaders with regard to the reconciliation of religion and science. “He’s sort of leading the charge on the conversation between religion and science — not only looking at the scientific benefits or basis of meditation, but also he’s taken the lead in saying that if there are any Buddhist teachings that don’t accord with science, then perhaps Buddhism should discard those teachings,” he said. Students who are well-versed in religion or science may naturally be interested in hearing what the Dalai Lama adds to the academic discussion. For those with less of a background in these fields, the merit of the Dalai Lama’s visit lies in gaining exposure to new methods of thinking, according to Thomas Mattessich ’14, president of the Philosophy Club at the College. “I’m just hoping to hear someone speak who has something to say that is different from my perspective,” he said. The idea of gaining a new perspective seems to resonate particularly well at the College where, according to Vose, all students stand to gain important knowledge from the Dalai Lama’s talk. “I think that his basic message is a very powerful one about the need to make connections with other human beings,” he said. “Specifically, I think, for a place like [the College] where we have a very large crowd of very bright, talented young people, that his message is to say that we owe it to each other to make the best of what we have, and here we have a lot. We all have very sharp minds, talent, [and the] ability to sort of think about what we owe to other human beings as far as what we choose to do with our lives — that’s a good thing for our college to hear.”
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Going the distance: make love last from coast to coast Schedule flirty text messages between your classes to maintain intimacy despite long distance
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Long distance relationships turn fairly normal, well-adjusted people into jealous, bitter assholes. I’m not kidding. When my boyfriend first moved across the country, I spent at least a good month being mad at everything. Everything sucked. Everyone sucked. God forbid you were happy within a ten-foot radius of me; I was not going to participate in your happiness. No kissing on the street. No holding hands in public. Stop looking at each other like that. And wouldn’t you know, in the first week he was gone, I knew at least eight couples who got engaged. “It’s not fair,” I cried, literally in tears. Additionally, anything that was the least bit stressful was compounded a thousand times by the fact that I was now a continent away from my man. Taking my GRE? Stressful. Adjusting to school life? Stressful. Went to happy hour and got charged $8.50 for my margarita that was supposed to be
five bucks? Freaking stressful! Insert more crying here. I found it physically painful to be around people who even looked like they could be in love. Having roommates with practically live-in boyfriends was torturous because when I came home I had to watch them do things I wished I were doing with my boyfriend. You know, normal stuff like cooking, cuddling and even arguing about who is going to do the dishes. And this doesn’t begin to cover the lack of intimacy. After two months without hand holding, kissing or being naked with another human, brushing my arm against someone else’s is enough to make me catch my breath. I start to overanalyze the arm brush. I think about his intention, about my intention, about his interpretation of my intention. Last week, I was sitting in Lodge One, and this sleazy frat boy came up and rubbed my shoulder. I did not tell him not to touch me. I did not give him dirty looks. I sighed. Like a lusty teenager. This is not funny, people. I don’t ever want to be so unknowingly desperate for physical contact that sleazy men elicit unintentional sighs. All of a sudden, I’m jealous of everything in my significant other’s life. Not just everyone, but everything.
I’m jealous of all the people in his life who get to see him every day. I’m jealous of the bartender who serves him his drinks. I’m starting to feel like the over-attached girlfriend Internet meme: “Let’s leave Skype on, so we can watch each other sleep.” That seems like a reasonable idea to me. There is something terribly wrong here. People think it would be cool to have a relationship that didn’t require their constant attention. Like, if their girlfriends didn’t go here, they’d get to have poker night whenever they wanted and wouldn’t be obligated to see crappy chick flicks on Friday night. It’s fine in theory, but in actuality when you’re at that poker game you so desperately want, you’re thinking about how you wish your girl were there. You want it so badly that you mentally trade that straight flush in your hand for a few hours at that crappy movie, just so you could put your arm around her. And I swear, long distance has to be the only thing in the world that doesn’t get easier with time. Because the longer you’re with someone, the more you grow to like them — hopefully, you know, in a long-term relationship — and the harder it is to be away from them. People take some things for granted, like being in the same time
zone. The three-hour time difference seems innocent enough, but there is never a good time to talk. When I’m waking up, he’s three hours from his alarm going off. When I get out of class he has just gotten to work. When I am getting home from all of my meetings, about to sit down and hit the books, he’s about to get on the bus home. His day is over after I am already asleep. It makes talking about normal everyday things nearly impossible, and when you stop talking about normal everyday details, you’re not left with much to talk about. But all hope is not lost, my fellow long-distancers. There are ways to
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work around the time difference; it just takes a lot of scheduling. I’ve started writing letters full of pretty mundane daily details that he and I may not get a chance to talk about every day but that provide context and definition for my day-to-day life. Text messages can connect people even when there isn’t much time to talk, and they can be full of sweet nothings, endearing pet names and dirty talk. And in my experience, “getting reacquainted” sex is some of the best there is. Krystyna Holland is a Behind Closed Doors columnist and she does not encourage sleazy frat boys to give shoulder massages to strangers.
Why I am Evangelical
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Speakers discuss Evangelical movement and arguments against its philosophy BY EMILY STONE THE FLAT HAT
Peter Bauer has been a minister his whole adult life, but after closely reading the Bible, he does not want to be an Evangelical anymore. Evangelicalism, the tradition of working to convert non-Christians, draws criticism from non-Christians and Christians alike. To explain the reasons behind this, Susan Wise Bauer, Gregory D. Smith, and Peter Bauer held an open discussion on the evangelical movement in American Christianity, entitled Why I Am (Not) Evangelical. The three speakers — a historian, a scientist and a minister — have ties to evangelicalism, whether in upbringing or otherwise, yet they presented personal reasons for distancing themselves from the evangelical side of Christianity. Each of the speakers took 20 minutes to present an argument against elements of evangelicalism, and then the floor was opened for a question-and-answer session with the audience. The term “evangelical” immediately evokes strong opinions from some people. “I personally feel that sharing your
views with others is selfish and sort of egotistical, and sort of makes it seem like your views are better than their views,” Capwell Taylor ’16 said. “As far as missionary work is concerned, I believe helping people is great, but they don’t need bibles, they need food and water.” Wise Bauer, the first speaker of the evening, addressed these exact opinions. Wise Bauer was raised in an evangelical household and attended Liberty University, a Christian university. Wise Bauer now works in the English department at the College of William and Mary and is an author and historian. “The primary reason I don’t want to be an evangelical is the loathing, disgust, and invective that gets directed at me when people find out that I’m an evangelical,” she said. For example, when Wise Bauer published books concerning the history of the world, she found that after her readers discovered her evangelical background, they viewed biblical references in her books as conversion efforts. “In this context, every use that I make of a Christian source takes on an ominous quality, [with] the assumption
that I have an unspoken agenda,” Wise Bauer said. Wise Bauer does not support the conversion efforts of evangelicals. She said she views conversion as God’s job, not her own. “The method of evangelizing that came to characterize 20th century evangelism was that if you [do] everything right, people will convert … [and that] the more people you convert, the better,” Wise Bauer said. “There are two things wrong with this. Number one is that it’s manipulative, and number two is that it’s impersonal.” Smith is a professor of applied science at the College, and he was raised in a “secular, humanist, atheist” household. Smith converted to Christianity during his college years, but he still holds onto scientific beliefs. “I’m uncomfortable with the label evangelical because I’m not conservative, and I’m not afraid of science, and I’m not prone to let other people think for me,” Smith said. Smith identifies himself as an “evolutionary creationist.” “I pretty much think the scientific world view is correct on origins and
broad strokes,” Smith said. “It’s the interpretation of these events that changed after I became a Christian.” Smith chooses to separate himself from evangelicalism because of the evangelical view of how faith and science intersect. He would rather stay true to his scientific background. “It was extremely troubling to me that everyone who I talked to who wasn’t a scientist in the church had really crazy ideas about the way faith and science go together,” he said. The last speaker was Bauer, senior minister of Peace Hill Christian Fellowship. Bauer was also raised as an evangelical and went into the Presbyterian ministry, yet he takes issue with the cultural aspects of evangelicalism. He was able to provide background on what it meant to grow up in an evangelical household. “I was brought up in a defensive position, to argue my faith,” Bauer said. “I was brought up with the understanding that my job was to argue with other people about what I believed and to convince them through knowing enough, saying just the right thing [and] presenting in a certain way. I was raised with a view of
life that good people do good things, and everything turns out right for them, and that this was a system of life that God smiled upon. If somebody had problems or difficulties in their life, it was because they had done something wrong, and they had made some sort of moral mistake that they were punished for. I was raised with the idea that scripture was inerrant and that there must be no mistakes.” Bauer’s views changed drastically after reading the bible closely and finding that it did not support the things he was raised to believe. Bauer also explained that the tendency of people to view America as the “kingdom of God” bothered him. He saw people trying to transpose scripture onto modern life as an atrocity against the ancient text. The three speakers expressed hope for change within the church, but also realistic expectations about the future. “So I’m willing to let go of the word ‘evangelical,’” Wise Bauer said. “I’d like to recapture the word Christian — that would be useful — but I’m afraid that in the U.S., those two words have become synonymous in too many contexts for that to happen.”
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A historian, a scientist and a minister, all of whom were connected to evangelicalism at some point in their lives, discussed their own reasons for distancing themselves from it in a talk at the College of William and Mary last Thursday, Oct. 4.
Speaker emphasizes importance of mental health awareness
With prevalence of issues on college campuses, Jordan Burnham calls for understanding BY KEN LIN FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR
Jordan Burnham did not know why he was lying in a hospital bed, hooked up to IVs and monitors with steel rods in his leg, his wrist in a cast and a feeding tube down his throat. For days, his family and doctors did not tell him that he had attempted suicide by jumping from his ninth-story window after years of suffering from depression. “One out of four college students will suffer from a mental health disorder in a given year, but a lot of them don’t seek help,” Burnham said. “Now we talk about those issues and you go to seek treatment.” Before an audience at the College of William and Mary, Burnham sat on the edge of his seat on stage talking about his struggle. “I knew I had thoughts of not wanting to be here, what life would be like for other people if I just wasn’t here, but I never thought I would go through with those emotions,” Burnham said. “Nineteen percent of young adults contemplate suicide in a given year, but the ones with depression are five times more likely to go through with it. I never thought I would be a part of that statistic.” Burnham’s depression began at a young age after he had to move and change schools several times and had difficulty adjusting. His older sister — his best friend and closest confidante — went away to college and left him without anyone to talk to. After an emotional outburst at his father, Burnham was sent to see a therapist and was diagnosed with depression at
age 16. “I didn’t tell anyone I was diagnosed with depression,” Burnham said. “I figured … I’ll be considered weak for going to see a therapist, for taking medicine … I never wanted to use depression as an excuse, so I didn’t take it seriously. I would BS my way through therapy sessions; I wasn’t being completely honest.” Even though Burnham made friends and became popular among his classmates, he continued to suffer from depression. As Dr. Felicia BrownAnderson of the College counseling center noted, many people seem fine externally while battling depression. “Burnham made a good point … there is ‘being depressed’ and there is ‘having depression,’” Brown-Anderson said in an email. “Just because W&M students … are fortunate enough to attend college does not mean that they are free of mental health concerns. People in general carry ‘baggage’ with them whoever they are and wherever they may go.” In his junior year of high school, Burnham found himself under pressure to succeed academically and athletically. At one point he locked himself in his room and called his girlfriend to tell her that he was contemplating suicide using a bottle of pills, causing him to be sent to a mental hospital. Burnham felt that his problems were nothing compared to those of the other patients, many of them in even more dire circumstances. “The therapist … explained to me that it’s not the situation; it’s not the event, but how you perceive it, and
it’s how you handle it,” Burnham said. “The most important lesson being in that mental hospital that I learned was that we can never choose the bad things that happen to us, but we can choose how we cope with them. And that’s still something I keep with me to this day.” But when Burnham returned to high school, the depression remained with him. The breaking point came when his parents confronted him with a bag full of alcohol they found in his car. “I remember everything else about that day … but for some reason going out that window, I just don’t remember,” Burnham said. “It was an impulsive act, meaning I didn’t plan it, I didn’t write a letter or a note. But when my dad dropped that duffle bag full of alcohol, it was a trigger in my brain saying, ‘I don’t belong here anymore.’” Given just 24 hours to live by doctors when he arrived at the hospital, Burnham awoke from a coma after five days. The following month a reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer heard about his story and Burnham agreed to an interview. “I said yes, because here I am … I can’t talk, I can’t move, I have no promise of ever even getting out of the hospital bed,” Burnham said. “By literally spelling out every word of that interview, my hope was that people on the outside of the hospital could touch the words I don’t have the voice to say, so that … whoever hears about this story is never in the position that I’m at right now.” The story resulted in an outpouring of support from well-wishers and people
with similar mental health conditions. In the five years since the story was published, Burnham has shared his story with people across the country. The College counseling center worked with the campus chapter of Active Minds, a mental health advocacy and education network, to bring Burnham to the College. “I think that mental health is a bigger issue on campus and it’s getting a lot more light,” Ashlea Morgan ’13, president of the College’s chapter of Active Minds, said. “People are genuinely getting more passionate about it. … I hear people who just come to every meeting now, they’re finding out what we’re doing next … they’re bringing their ideas, so I think that we have seen some growth in new ways.” During the question-and-answer session following the presentation, several audience members asked what they could do to help friends or classmates struggling with mental
health issues. “What you can do is point them in the right direction so that they can get help and they can feel more comfortable going for help,” Burnham said. “Offer to go with them to the counseling office, say, ‘I’ll take you, I’ll walk with you, I’ll sit in with you’ … that is the most important thing, is someone feeling like they have support and knowing they’re not alone with their struggle.” Burnham stressed that it is both normal and healthy to talk with others about the things that eat away at our well-being. “What’s good about being able to tell people that you’re diagnosed with any mental health disorder is that it allows you to accept it yourself, because that’s the hardest person to accept that you’re diagnosed, is yourself a lot of times. … Being able to tell someone else probably would’ve made it more comfortable — that I wasn’t alone.”
IMPORTANT STATISTICS: HOW MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES CAN AFFECT COLLEGE STUDENTS
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college students will suffer from a mental health disorder in a given year.
percent of young adults contemplate suicide each year.
Those who are depressed are
times more likely to follow through.
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College plays to 1-1 draw with Towson
Late Tigers goal derails Tribe’s search for third win of the season on road BY JACK POWERS FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER William and Mary fought through another close contest, picking up its third draw of the season in a 1-1 battle against Colonial Athletic Association foe Towson. The Tribe (2-7-3, 0-22 CAA) led for nearly 40 minutes before losing their lead and, as a result, a chance at their first conference victory of the season. The College was kept off the scoreboard for much of the first half, but the offense showed spark from the beginning. Overall, the Tribe fired 11 first-half shots — including five in the first 30 minutes of play — and stayed aggressive, putting heavy pressure on the Towson defense. The Tribe broke the scoreless tie in the 39th minute with an assist from the Towson defense. Freshman midfielder Ryan Flesch sent a corner kick intended for forward Patrick O’Brien, but before the sophomore could attempt a header, a Towson defender deflected the ball into the net for a rare own goal. The good fortune sent the Tribe into the locker room with a 1-0 lead and a
healthy dose of momentum. The Tribe nearly added a second goal to their lead in the 47th minute, when sophomore forward Andrew Kestler fired a shot on goal. However, the strike was saved by Towson goalie Felix Petermann, who stopped six Tribe shots to help keep his team within striking distance. Towson’s defense tightened up for the rest of the second half, only surrendering three secondhalf shots to prevent the Tribe from extending their lead. The Tribe defense was predictably strong, turning away several shots. Sophomore goalie Bennett Jones was also sharp, registering five saves to preserve the Tribe lead well into the second half. The Tribe faltered in the 79th minute, however, when Towson’s Daniel Grundei slipped a header past Jones to equalize the match and dash the Tribe’s victory hopes. The goal came off a corner kick by Mateo Vertucci and was Grundei’s first and only shot of the contest. The teams exchanged strikes in the overtime periods when the Tribe nearly connected on junior forward Chris Perez’s shot on goal.
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Petermann turned the shot, however, to preserve the tie. Perez, one of the Tribe’s top offensive players this season, led the team with two shots on goal, but neither found their way into the net. For its part, the Tribe defense held firm against Towson in extra time to guaranteeing the Tribe escaped with a tie, allowing only three shots in the 20-minute overtime, with none coming on goal. The defensive struggle continued until the end of the match, with the final 10 minutes featuring just one shot, ensuring a 1-1 tie. The Tribe will return home in pursuit of its elusive first conference win Wednesday night when it hosts Georgia State. The match will be the Tribe’s second-to-last home game of the season and will be followed by three road matches in the upcoming weeks.
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Junior back Zachary Montebell recorded a shot in the 36th minute.
Tribe knocks off Towson for third conference victory BY JARED FORETEK FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR Just two days after falling in a 4-3 heartbreaker to No. 18 Drexel, No. 21 William and Mary rebounded to finish on the other end of a 4-3 decision, dropping Towson at home Sunday with an overtime goal from junior midfielder Chaney Manganello. The win gave the Tribe 10 on the season, moving the team to 10-4 on the year and 3-2 in
conference play, good for fourth place in the CAA right now. Towson set the tone early with a goal just one minute into the game when Kesley Fielder found the back of the cage for the first time this season, putting the Tigers up 1-0. The Tribe fired back with a quick response in the fifth minute. Senior forward Leah Zamesnik dribbled into the penalty circle and found senior forward Allison Moran with a pass near the post. Moran did the rest, putting it past Towson’s
goalkeeper for the equalizer and her fifth goal of the year. But they say a team’s most vulnerable after scoring, and the College looked it, conceding another Tigers score a mere 36 seconds later. This time it was Towson’s Kelsey Jenkins who gave the Tigers another one-goal lead. Not long after, the College responded again. In the 20th minute, sophomore midfielder Brittany Hopkins controlled a pass from Manganello and drove to the goal before finding sophomore midfielder Kayleigh Ross, who tapped it past the netminder to level the score at two goals apiece. It was Ross’s third goal of the year. Just a few minutes later, it was the College that took the lead when freshman forward Pip Saunders found the back of the cage off an assist from junior defender Taylor Hodge for her fourth goal of the year, putting the Tribe on top 3-2. Finally, the teams settled down for a time and the back-and-forth scoring stopped. Despite the close score, the Tribe closed out the half looking
like the far more aggressive team, tallying 15 shots — eight on goal — to Towson’s three total shots over the first 35 minutes. The lopsided shot totals didn’t stop the Tigers from striking first in the second half, though. With less than five minutes to play in regulation, Towson earned its second penalty corner of the day. Kate Nolan sent the ball into the circle, where Heather Jenney sent it past redshirt freshman goalkeeper Cate Johnson — who had relieved senior Elizabeth Frey at the start of the second half — to tie the game at 3-3 and ultimately send it into overtime. The College didn’t wait long to win it in extra time. Fewer than six minutes into the overtime the Tribe earned a penalty corner and Manganello took the pass from senior defender Maria Caro and rifled the ball into the right side of the cage for the winner. The Tribe finished with a resounding advantage in shots, 33 to five, and penalty corners, 18 to two. The Tribe will return to action Friday when it takes
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24 first-half points the rest of the way. Defensively, the Tribe played well in the first half, forcing a crucial fumble late in the second half that set up the Caprio-McBride touchdown just before halftime. Mines and redshirt freshman cornerback DeAndre Houston-Carson led the College with nine tackles apiece. The Tribe defense slackened a bit in the second half, allowing Penn to come roaring back from a 21-7 halftime deficit. All in all, with Webb’s final
play in the end zone, the College defense made just enough plays to walk away with a victory. “In the first half, we played pretty well. We got some turnovers and took advantage of it,” Laycock said. “Especially defensively, I don’t think we played nearly as well as we needed to in the second half, but we came out with a win and made plays when we needed to, so we feel good about that.” The College will face a tough test next weekend when it visits longtime rival No. 5 James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va.
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Freshman forward Barbara Platenberg scored two goals Sunday.
corner-kick for the second straight match. Goals have been hard to come by against the College this season, which ranks at or near the top of the conference in all defensive categories. That’s little consolation to Daly, who thought the ball should have been cleared before the Panthers ever had a chance to knock it in. “We gave up a soft goal,” Daly said. “I don’t know if it’s players just not concentrating, but to concede two in two games bothers me.” The Tribe took control of the match early in the second half, enabling Platenberg to score the game-winner in the 57th minute. With the usual deft passing that has been a trademark of Daly’s teams, senior forward Mallory Schaffer flicked on an aerial pass from Bristol, and Platenberg took a touch before slotting home a perfect shot in the upper-left corner of the net. Daly looks forward to seeing more from his outstanding freshman striker. “She’s a tricky player to defend,” Daly said. “She’ll be even better as time goes by.” The College will look to expand its conference lead when it travels to Delaware to take on the Blue Hens Friday.
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Senior safety Brian Thompson goes for the sack of Penn quarterback Billy Ragone in the Tribe’s 34-28 victory Saturday in Philadelphia. The College defense forced a crucial turnover in the first half and withstood a late Quaker charge to preserve the victory.
College shakes up Quakers
Defense holds strong in final seconds, preserves the Tribe’s second-straight victory of the season BY MIKE BARNES FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR After 59 minutes, 55 seconds of football at Franklin Field in Philadelphia and a series of massive momentum shifts, Penn quarterback Billy Ragone stood at the William and Mary 29-yard line. It was fourth down and 15, five seconds left in the game, Penn was down a touchdown and needed a score to tie the game. This was it. After letting the Quakers climb back into the contest by scoring 21 second half points, the College defense stood firm on the final play. Senior cornerback B.W. Webb batted down Ragone’s end zone pass as time expired, sealing a hard-fought 34-28 victory Saturday. The College (2-4, 1-2 CAA), winless two weeks ago, recorded its second straight victory in as many weeks, providing a sense of hope for what has been a trying season. “I’m very pleased we came up here with a win. It’s always tough to get a win on the road. … I wish we could have played a little better in the second half,” head coach Jimmye Laycock said. While the defense struggled in the second half, the offense faced challenges of its own in
the first half. Junior quarterback Brent Caprio — starting in place of sophomore quarterback Raphael Ortiz, who suffered a concussion in last weekend’s contest against Georgia State — showed a bit of rust in the first few possessions. “[I was] a little shaky from the start, trying to get my legs back under me and get back into the game,” Caprio said. “But I thought I got it together in the second half and we started to move the ball offensively. We were able to do some things and got a little bit more comfortable in the second half.” Caprio, who started his first game since the season opener against Maryland, recovered nicely to finish the contest with 220 yards and two touchdowns on a 18 for 28 effort. The quarterback signaled his reemergence in the latter stages of the second quarter. The College, nursing a 10-7 lead, set up shop on the Penn 22 with 34 seconds to go in the half after senior linebacker Jabrel Mines forced and recovered a Penn fumble. The Tribe was determined not to squander the opportunity and on third down, Caprio spotted sophomore wide receiver Tre McBride in the end zone. Caprio unleashed a jump ball, and the sophomore went up and collected it, giving the Tribe a 24-7 halftime lead.
“He was matched up one-on-one with the D back and I just gave him a chance in the corner of the end zone,” Caprio said. “He went up and made a great play.” McBride continued to be an impact player on offense as the sophomore led the Tribe with seven receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown. McBride was forced to become the team’s go-to offensive player after redshirt sophomore running back Keith McBride went down in the second quarter with a head injury. Prior to that point, Keith McBride had been punishing the Penn defense, rushing for 100 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in little over one and a half quarters of play. With Keith McBride sidelined, Tre McBride felt the onus shift to him. “Keith is a major part of our offense, so when he went down … I tried to do my best to step it up as much as I could to make it up for that loss,” McBride said. Senior tailback Darnell Laws also picked up the slack in McBride’s absence. Laws notched 57 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. The College offense managed to score 10 points in the second half and relied on the strength of its See FOOTBALL page 7
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Senior running back Darnell Laws scores on a one yard run in the second quarter.
College runs streak to five Platenberg’s two goals lead Tribe past Georgia State
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BY BLAKE HUNT FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER Freshman forward Barbara Platenberg scored two goals to lead William and Mary to a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Georgia State Sunday night. The win pushed the College’s winning streak to five and preserved Platenberg its spot atop the the Colonial Athletic Association standings. Platenburg scored her first career goal in the 42nd minute and followed up with the gamewinner in the 57th minute. A scrappy GSU squad scored the game’s opening goal, heading in a farpost corner in the 41st minute to go ahead. But a minute later, the talented freshman converted on a cross from senior midfielder Cortlyn Bristol to tie the game going into the half. “[Platenberg’s] a very skillful player,” head coach John Daly said. “She’s tough to handle and can take players on and beat them.”
The College started the game sluggishly, frustrated by Georgia State’s physical play. The Panthers entered the contest second-to-last in the conference standings but toward the top in total fouls. “We didn’t play particularly well in the first half, but it’s always a tough place to play, and they’re a very physical team,” Daly said. Daly added that loose officiating may have played into the hands of GSU, including a questionable no-call which may have helped the Panthers in scoring their only goal. “The refs seemed to turn a blind eye to a lot that was going on,” Daly said. “One of our players felt she was fouled on the play where they scored, which didn’t surprise me with the way the game was going.” Despite the added challenges, the College regrouped to easily outplay its opponent in the second half. The Tribe had eight second-half shots to just three for GSU, benefitting from an energized defense that was not happy with conceding on a See w. soccer page 7