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BOV requests EVMS funds

The hookup hyperbole

$1 million needed to explore possible merger by KATHERINE CHIGLINSKY FLAT HAT NEWS EDITOR

Study of female freshman sex culture prompts talk of hookup prevalence and relationships at the College


A survey conducted by the Miriam Hospital Center for Behavioral and Preventative Medicine found that freshman women had more sex in relationships than in hookups.

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After watching “American Pie” or “Van Wilder,” incoming freshmen could easily believe their next four years are destined to be filled with sex and booze. But are these depictions accurate? A study conducted through the Miriam Hospital Center for Behavioral and Preventative Medicine determined that sexual behavior in freshman women occurred most commonly in romantic relationships rather than casual hookups. Robyn L. Fielder, Dr. Kate Carey and Dr. Michael Carey surveyed 483 first-year female college students about their sexual behavior, both oral and vaginal, in order to “assess the prevalence and frequency of sexual hookups across the first year of college and to compare rates of hookups and romantic relationship sex.” The study determined that 40 percent of participants hooked up with sexual partners during their first year of college while 56 percent had sex with romantic partners instead. The study defined as

a hook up as a sexual interaction “between partners who are not dating or in a romantic relationship and do not expect commitment.” Seven to 18 percent of participants had a sexual hookup each month while 25-38 percent had sex with a romantic partner each month. “Hooking up varies in frequency over the first year in college, but remains less common than sex in the context of relationships,” the study concluded. The study determined that first-year hook ups occurred most often in the months of October and May and least often in the month of June. Sex in a romantic context during the freshman year occurred least often in October and most often in the month of August before the start of sophomore year. In both casual and romantic sex, oral sex is more prevalent than vaginal sex. “Hooking up was more common at the start of the academic year compared with the start of the summer, which suggests that the college environment may facilitate hookups through proximity to other youth and opportunities for socializing,” the study wrote. Health Promotion Specialist Eric Garrison M.Ed.

’94 described some reasons these trends may occur. “Many people come here and they don’t know other people so there may be a need for attachment,” Garrison said. “There’s also the chemical piece. … When people have an orgasm or have good sexual touch or even just positive touch — it doesn’t have to be even sexual — they’ll start to build of oxytocin. … If cupid had dipped his arrow in something before he shot you, I think it, in my mind, was probably a big vat of oxytocin.” The study also concluded that the “average number of oral and vaginal sex hookups per month ranged from one to three, which suggests that these behaviors are likely experimental rather than a regular pattern.” Garrison emphasized this first-year sexual exploration and described the factors that cause it to occur. “We hear from students that your freshman year is a time to explore, and not just sexually,” Garrison said. “There’s a chance to explore sexually and that See Relationships page 3

The College of William and Mary Board of Visitors announced their plan to request state funding to investigate a possible merger with Eastern Virginia Medical School at their meeting Friday. The board passed resolutions to request $1 million in funding so the College and EVMS can “explore possible increased collaboration and development of integrated academic programs.” “We think there is a great deal of potential here and this is a meaningful first step,” Halleran said in a press release. The resolutions are the next step in the process of considering the merger. In July, both institutions announced a plan to consider a partnership. After the announcement, a due diligence committee, led by Provost Michael Halleran and comprised of faculty and BOV members, was formed to explore all aspects of the merger. Members of the committee come from a variety of departments at the College and include adjunct assistant professor of biology Beverly Sher, professor of kinesiology and health sciences Michael Deschenes and chancellor professor of economics Robert Archibald. The committee held a public forum Nov. 14 and created a website for public feedback. The next steps include hiring a consultant for the remainder of the process. The College and EVMS selected Dr. Jordan Cohen, former president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, to serve as the consultant. No timeline has been set for the final decision, but the request for state funding serves as the next step toward making the decision.

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Check out Friday’s committee meetings and the General Board meeting, page 3.


Tribe Rides to subsidize transportation to long-term counseling Receives funding from the Student Assembly and another grant to cover cab rides to off-campus facilities by claire gillespie flat hat staff writer

When students first arrive at the College of William and Mary, they do not have a car. They do not know the Williamsburg area. They do not know the bus or trolley schedule. At most, students have a bike. Getting to places — the outlets, a grocery store and even doctor appointments — is a difficult endeavor. For students that seek long-term counseling, this will no longer be an issue. The HOPE-sponsored initiative will reimburse students for taxi rides to and from appointments with a longterm counselor. Tribe Rides received $3,000 from the Student Assembly and $1,500 from a grant to operate the pilot program this spring. If the program is


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successful, Lexie Mellis ’14, a developer of the program, will use next semester as a foothold to obtain additional grant funding. Mellis developed the program as a direct response to students’ needs. Last February, she asked students what their experience with mental health on campus was through her Facebook page. “There was a great long list of things people felt dissatisfied with, but one of the biggest ones was they felt they didn’t have access to [long-term] care on campus,” Mellis said. “People said that they were required by the school to go to counseling every week but they couldn’t get off campus. The counseling center does not offer long-term care. They couldn’t figure out where to go; they couldn’t find someone within biking distance who took their

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insurance — which is a common problem — and then there are people like me who can’t ride a bike. The one thing that seemed actually fixable was the transportation issue.” Mellis looked at various options, including buying a Zipcar plan, before concluding that a deal with a cab program was the best solution. As the program stands, students will be reimbursed for 50 percent of the cost of a weekly taxi ride to their off-campus counselor. “It’s a flexible bill,” SA Senator Daniel Ackerman ’16, a sponsor of the bill, said. “It allows a lot of different angles. If you can’t afford it at all, we’ll find a way to pay for it. If you can afford most of it, we’ll find a way to pay for a bit. If you can pay for half, we’ll find a way to pay for half. It’s completely confidential, and it’s very understanding.”

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Lexie Mellis ’14 worked to develop Tribe Rides and provide affordable transportation for students.

The program will serve 20 to 80 students, depending on the size of the subsidy each student needs and the

Columnist Carter Lockewood breaks down some of the cliched tips students commonly hear during finals. page 4 Sunny High 73, Low 52


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Men’s basketball storms past ODU to open conference season

Led by sophomore guard Marcus Thornton’s 23 points, the College beat the Monarchs for the first time since 2008, 71-62. page 8

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All The News that’s unfit to print

The James City County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $50,000 addition of two access points to the Virginia Capital bike trail, yet cyclists do not feel that the addition is necessary. According to the Virginia Gazette a representative from the Historic Triangle Bicycle Advisory Committee told the board that these access points would be a luxury, but not a necessity. With the new access cuts covering 43 feet combined, local bikers feel that the funds would be better spent making dangerous riding areas safer.

...If cupid dipped his arrow in something before he shot you, I think it, in my mind, was probably a big vat of oxytocin. So that’s where the sex piece can happen. —Health Promotion Specialist Eric Garrison M.Ed. ’94


WY Daily reported that Dominion Virginia Power employees donated $2,500 and more than 360 hours of work toward a recent makeover of Williamsburg’s Waller Mill Park. The recent improvements include three new dock boxes, two kayak racks, a bench, and a picnic table. The volunteers also constructed a fence around an area for a community garden that will be planted in the spring of 2013. Local community organizations will be able to use the garden to promote education. The Williamsburg Land Conservancy announced a conservation easement purchase that will safeguard some of the Chelsea Plantation located in King William County, according to the Virginia Gazette. The purchase will permanently protect 568 acres of the estate’s 1580 total acres. Built in 1709 by Col. Augustine Moore, the plantation was visited by colonial heroes such as George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette during the 18 century. The grounds feature five acres of English boxwood gardens and part of the estate is used for hunting and fishing by the private owners.



Four players on the Hofstra Mens’ Basketball team were arrested and have pleaded not guilty for the theft of more than $10,000 worth of items stolen on campus.

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Students use Adderall to Study for Finals

Hofstra Basketball Players Arrested for Theft

Students across the country are gearing up for finals. To help them stay focused, many are sniffing out Adderall, a drug meant for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, according to USA Today, the drug can have as many negative effects as it does beneficial ones. Jay Zabel, a junior at the University of Minnesota, said he took the drug and was sharp, but was easily distracted by off-subject things. He said he would never use it again. Although Zabel had a bad experience with the drug, many still continue to seek it out. In fact, the Medical News Daily stated that 34 percent of college students use Adderall. Students are willing to risk negative effects for a few hours of focused study.

The Huffington Post reported four players on the men’s basketball team at Hofstra University were arrested for a series of thefts that have occurred throughout the semester. They all pleaded not guilty at their arraignments on Nov. 30. The stolen items included laptops, cellphones and cash. Although some of the stolen goods were sold on Craigslist, $10,000 worth of what they took was recovered. The thefts occurred in random dorm suites that were not locked. Even though an investigation is under way, coach Mo Cassara claimed the alleged items were stolen in May, before the accused team members even came to the school.

Instructor Attacked by Son During Class

Pennsylvania Faculty Postpones Strike

According to The Washington Post, James Krumm, a computer science instructor, was brutally attacked by his 25 year-old son, Christopher Krumm at a Casper College, a community college in Wyoming. The son shot his father in the head with a hightech hunting bow and arrow, and then stabbed himself and his father. In addition to attacking his father, he also stabbed his father’s girlfriend at their house before arriving at the college. When the father was being attacked, he fended off his son to give his students time to escape.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties will postpone their strike until after the fall semester. The group has been particularly unhappy with pay for part-time instructors and health care benefits. In a letter to the 120,000 students who would be affected, the association assured the students they knew the effects a strike would have on both grades and tuition. Although the strike no longer threatens the current semester, there is still the possibility of one in the future.

CORRECTIONS In the staff editorial on Nov. 27 the Flat Hat incorrectly stated that the College places a six percent cap on international students enrolled in the College. There is not a formal limit on international students at the College. In the Nov. 27 Brett Prestia was incorrectly listed as the class of 2015. He is graduating in 2014. In the Nov. 30 issue of the Flat Hat, the “Provost’s Report” was incorrectly printed twice. The Flat Hat wishes to correct any facts printed incorrectly. Corrections may be submitted by e-mail to the editor of the section in which the incorrect information was printed. Requests for


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Friday, Nov. 16 — A student reported numerous items missing from their dorm room on Ukrop Way; the collection of items totaled around $100 in value.


Sunday, Nov. 18 — A non-student was arrested for underage possession of alcohol in the Zable Stadium Parking Lot.


Sunday, Nov. 18 — A student reported numerous items missing from their dorm on Jamestown Rd.; the collection of electronic items totaled around $770.


Sunday, Nov. 18 — A fraternity reported a group photo composite around $2,000 in value to be missing from their unit on Ukrop Way.


Monday, Nov. 19 — A non-student was arrested for credit card theft, larceny, credit card fraud, possession of marijuana and driving on a revoked

Program aids off-campus counseling needs RIDES from page 1

counselor. To use this program, students are required to fill out an online form. The questions on this form include the student’s year, where they need to go, and if they have visited the College’s counseling center. Students can go to the counseling center for seven sessions throughout their undergraduate experience. The counseling center primarily responds to short-term issues for students. If students need additional care, the center will refer them to off-campus counselors.

“Before, there really wasn’t a way for students to receive extended mental health care,” Senate Chair Kendall Lorenzen ’15 said. “[Mental health] has been an issue for a really long time.” The College ranked No. 42 on the Daily Beast’s list of most stressful colleges in 2011. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, nearly one third of college students have sought mental health counseling. For Ackerman, the program has a more personal connection. When he was a junior in high school, one of his best friends committed suicide.

“It probably took me over a month to smile,” Ackerman said. “That’s not just me; there were kids whose lives were touched equally … dramatically. I knew two kids who dropped out of school. My parents wanted me to change schools … The effects of one suicide in terms of everyone else, not just in thinking about committing suicide but in their everyday fulfillment of life, are dramatic. That’s why I want to stress that $3,000 is nothing when you think about one life that it might save.” Tribe Rides will give its first lift in the spring of 2013.

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College to purchase two new buildings Board of Visitors announces the retirements of two administrators at Richard Bland College

Full Board of Visitors Meeting by aine cain flat hat STAFF WRITER

The Board of Visitors discussed Richard Bland College and property expansion at its full board meeting Nov. 30. College of William and Mary President Taylor Reveley declined to make any initial remarks during the crowded open session, which started late. “The Chair of Academic Affairs has an airplane to catch,” Reveley said in his explanation. BOV member Dennis Liberson ’78 of the Richard Bland College Committee announced the retirements of Richard Bland’s Vice President of Administration and Finance Dr. Russell Whittaker and Richard Bland’s Director of Human Resources Frances Scarbrough. Liberson thanked

the two administrators for their longtime service to the College. The BOV approved revisions to the faculty senate of Richard Bland College’s new integrated shared government system. Liberson noted that Debbie Sydow will be inaugurated as the school’s new president April 26, 2013. Liberson encouraged Board members to attend the ceremony. “We’ll make it a real comingout party for the future of Richard Bland,” Liberson said. Rector Jeffrey Trammell ’73 outlined the College’s intent to purchase buildings at 427 Scotland Street and 406 Jamestown Road before 2013. The Scotland Road structure will serve as the College’s new AidData Center for Development Policy. The Board projected $1.5 million in transaction costs.

The Board summarized the upcoming interagency transfer agreement with Eastern State Mental Hospital. The College currently owns an acre of land on the edge of Longhill Connector Road, which has been maintained by the hospital for years. “The land doesn’t do the College of William and Mary any good,” Trammell said. “[The hospital] has already been caring for it for some time.” Vice Rector Charles A. Banks III reviewed the status of the landfill located behind the Marshall Wythe School of Law, which has remained unused without incident for twenty years. The Board approved a motion to close the landfill and note its presence in the property’s deed, as required by the state.

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The College o f William and Mary’s Board of Visitors announced at their full Board Meeting Friday that they would purchase two houses, one on Scotland Street and one on Jamestown Rd., and close a landfill behind the Marshall Wythe School of Law.

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Committee on Strategic Initiatives by katherine chiglinsky flat hat news editor

The Board of Visitors lauded the recent announcement of AidData’s $25 million grant at the Committee on Strategic Initiatives meeting Friday. Stories regarding the grant ran in over 131 news outlets following the announcement. Rector of the College of William and Mary Jeffrey Trammel ’73 noted the importance of recognition among leading officials, including USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, who both attended the grant ceremony. “They see what we’re doing here as proving the efficacy of foreign aid in a way that’s never been done before. Rajiv Shah told me, ‘We need you to go beyond the scope of what you’re already doing for us,’” Trammel said. “Fewer single instances have done more to advance this institution than what AidData has done.” Discussion concerning the possibility of a merger with Eastern Virginia Medical School continued. Provost Michael Halleran noted that the due diligence committee has investigated multiple aspects of the possible merger, including meetings with a consultant and former President of the Association of American Medical Colleges Jordan Cohen. Halleran stated that financial resources, both institutions’s reputation, and long-term goals

of the institutions all factor into the decision of whether to merge. “Our real niche is as a liberal arts university,” Halleran said. “There are many excellent liberal arts universities that have medical schools. They’re not incompatible. But we want to make sure that, in such an affiliation, that we don’t harm that fundamental strength.” Vice President for Strategic Initiatives James Golden presented on the College’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2014-2018. Goals include expanding curriculum offered in the D.C. program, replacing the Campus Center and diversifying the international student body. Golden also stressed the importance of strengthening the connection between Virginia Institute of Marine Science and main campus. The College recently began to offer a marine science major for undergraduates, but Golden noted that transportation for those undergraduates has been an issue. Halleran stressed that two of the College’s goals to increase faculty pay and student financial aid were of the highest importance. “The reason for a university, the reason William and Mary exists, is to prepare young men and women to make a difference in the world,” Halleran said. “That’s the reason that we exist. But the core of a great university is the faculty. Not the reason, but the core. Without that excellence, we won’t be able to exceed in anything else.”

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Student Assembly President Curt Mills ’13 talks with BOV member Peter Snyder ’94 at the BOV meeting on Friday. Snyder recently announced his bid as a Republican competitor for Virginia’s lietuenant governor in 2013.

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College of William and Mary Provost Michael Halleran’s Provost’s Report focused on the $25 million grant, the largest grant ever received by the College, given to AidData Center for Development Policy by the United States Agency for International Development. AidData creates geospatial data for USAID, which is used to track the efficacy of global aid. Halleran spoke of his excitement about student involvement at the ceremony in Washington, D.C. where the grant was officially presented. “Students are connected in a very wonderfully William and Mary way,” Halleran said. “At the reception, some schools had their chancellors speak, and one school had a student. [That school] was William and Mary.” Professors Dan Cristol and Anne Charity

Hudley discussed their respective research at the College. Cristol conducts research on mercury in the Shenandoah Valley and is impressed with the College’s commitment to undergraduate research and one-on-one relationships with students. “I am extremely happy to be teaching here,” Cristol said. “William and Mary falls right in the middle of focusing on research and individual attention. I wish I had this experience when I was an undergraduate; I had to beg to do research with my professors, and the answer was always, ‘No.’” Adam Anthony ’87 ended the Provost’s Report meeting with an update on the College office in Washington, D.C. The outpost has expanded greatly since it started offering courses in 2006. “I am very proud of the progress we have been making. There are endless opportunities in [Washington, D.C.],” Rector Jeffrey Trammell ’83 said.

Committee on Financial Affairs by emily stone the flat hat

Dwindling state support and repercussions of a possible fiscal cliff dominated conversation at the College of William and Mary Board of Visitors’ Committee on Financial Affairs Nov. 30. The state increased general funds to the College in comparison to the recession period of 2009-11, but the committee does not want to rely on the state for financial security. Vice President for Finance Samuel Jones ’75 M.B.A. ’80 noted that general funds had not yet met the pre-recession levels from 2008. “So, even as we’ve gone through that recession, what’s

interesting is across all higher education, we’re down $427 million,” Jones said. “They’re not filling in that gap of what was lost.” The committee also looked at consequences for the College if the federal government goes over the fiscal cliff. Since Virginia has been given a negative outlook due to its status as the No. 1 recipient of federal procurement spending and defense spending, the committee anticipates further cuts in state funding. Among state schools, the College has the second highest undergraduate in-state tuition, behind Virginia Military Institute. The College also comes in second for highest undergraduate outof-state tuition, behind the University of Virginia.

However, the College was found to be far less expensive than its peers for law school and business school tuition. “We’re still in a situation with U.Va. where people will reflexively go to the law school, even if it’s a lot more money. … We compete with U.Va. for undergraduates, but we don’t for law and business and we won’t until we’re much more highly ranked,” College President Taylor Reveley said. Another study found that the College ranks last for faculty salaries when compared to its top 25 competitors for students. “Let it be on the record that we are committed to rectifying that situation,” Rector of the College Jeffrey Trammell ’83 said.

Portrayal of hookups in media affects students’ perception RELATIONSHIPS from page 1

doesn’t always mean physically. It could just be exploring things in your mind. … This is a chance to do those things because of that opportunity here. Parents are not here. Even though our religion may be present here in some degree, our particular building and congregation are not here so we don’t necessarily feel like we have some of those stigma or stigmata that surround us with those areas. It does sort of give us permission to try some of those things.” Justin Miller ’13 offered a student perspective on the trend and its application at the College. “That [freshman] type of mentality: new year, flexibility, no rigidness, everything is not definite, people are starting to be more loose,” Miller said. “Your freshman year, you exploit all that. You get all that energy out. So after freshman year you’re more inclined to seek a more monogamous relationship with someone else.” If these studies and comments are accurate, why do incoming students

and the populous sometimes associate college with a hook-up culture mindset? “[Media are] a pre-sell,” Garrison said. “My generation used to watch “Animal House” and that was what we thought college was like. Now, either people are watching shows on television like “Greek” or even “Dawson’s Creek” or some of those other shows that always talk about what college was like or what it was like to go to college. … Social proof is very important in that perception and the behavior that occurs at college. So, if you believe that everybody does these things it may make it easier for you to do these things as well.” H.O.P.E. member Margot Lubowsky ’15 agreed. “The media affects so much of how we think and how we act, so of course there’s a possibility that the media’s portrayal of sex in college is going to influence [who people think], especially incoming freshmen,” Lubowsky said. The study’s findings conclude that the trends defined, specifically the prevalence of hookups in the beginning of freshman year, help schools and

programs know that sex education should happen at the beginning of the college experience. Currently, H.O.P.E. sponsors programs during extended orientation to discuss sexual health and sexual assault. Lubowsky emphasized that it is important to continue safe sex when in romantic relationships even if the dangers associated with hookups do not appear as pertinent. “I think that there’s a higher possibility that you are to be less safe when you are going in a relationship than when you are just hooking up with someone who could be for one night, [or] could be for a couple nights,” Lubowsky said. Garrison described the mindset of the individual as important in the practice of safe sex. “There are people who are doing the same activities, yet some — because of their education, their attitude, their knowledge, their behavior — are at a much better place than others,” Garrison said. “But to say that everyone who hooks up is at the same risk proor con- is a very difficult statement to

make. … Sex has always been easier to do than to talk about and it would be nice if it was equally as pleasurable and as simple to do as to talk about.” Chris Beacham ’13, editor of Lips, the female sexuality magazine on campus, agreed. “As long as they’re healthy about it, it doesn’t matter how much they’re doing it,” Beacham said. Though the study is helpful in many ways, Garrison brought up its limited scope. The study was conducted on one campus with a limited perspective into the mindset of college students through its limited focus on freshmen women rather than college students as a whole. This, as well as its locational limitations, prohibits the study from being directly applied to sexual culture at the College. Students at the College described sexual culture in Williamsburg in a variety of ways, touching on a number of points that make the College’s sex life distinctive. “From what I know, especially through things that we’ve been observing through H.O.P.E., it’s common for there to be, at this school,

a lot of long distance relationships coming into school,” H.O.P.E.’s Healthy Relationships and Sexual Assault branch member Nicholas Gupta ’15 said. “It’s common to have very quick — quickly fleeting, unfortunately — relationships between freshmen, [or] freshmen and sophomores.” Garrison agreed and offered a possible explanation on the aspect. “Because we are smaller, it’s possible that you could wind up here and your partner wind up at another university,” Garrison said. Garrison offered explanation on student organizations experience higher hookup percentages. “If you’re within an organization that has a party with another organization then there is a greater likelihood that any type of physical interaction could occur,” Garrison said. To encourage further discussion of sexual lifestyle at the College, Garrison is hosting An Open-Minded, OpenEnded Dinner Discussion on Hook-Up Culture at the College. The event will be in the private dining room in the Commons Thursday Dec. 6 at 6:00 p.m.


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By Rachel Pulley, Flat Hat Cartoonist

Reworking typical advice for final exams • “Deactivate your Facebook”: Actually, they got this one right. I promise you don’t have any new notifications since you last checked five minutes ago. Besides, the same “OMG so stressed” status gets really old the hundredth time you see it. • “Exercise regularly”: If you’re someone who manages to Flat Hat Staff Columnist have a regular schedule throughout the year, it’s a good way to keep balance in your life. If you’re not, I mean, c’mon, are you actually going to start now that all of the sudden you If you’re anything like me, you’re already terrified at the have zero free time? prospect of finals, and at some point in your life you’ve come across some helpful people who have given you well-meaning • “Find a quiet, distraction-free place to study, like the advice for how to get through those awful two weeks. The library”: You should find a quiet place to get your work problem is that the advice is always predicated on the notion done, but for the love of God, don’t make it Earl Gregg Swem that you’re Superman, capable of waking up in the morning Library. Everybody seems to forget we have dozens of other and diligently setting out to accomplish everything you wanted buildings that are perfectly fine and don’t look like refugee to, all while maintaining your health, sleep schedule and camps because of the weird people who bring tents. Also, sanity. Let’s remove the rose-colored glasses for a second and I really don’t want to have to explain to anyone else why translate some cliched tips into something you can actually there’s a video of some kid getting trampled at the entrance manage: just for trying to get a good spot. • “Try not to stress”: Not a good start — we go to the College • “Practice good time-management skills”: One does not of William and Mary. Give up on this idea simply manage time well. But, you know, quickly, or it’ll just wind up depressing the thought was nice. Advice is always predicated you. • “Abstain from alcohol use”: You on the notion that you’re are, in fact, going to do better on exams • “Get a good night’s sleep before Superman, capable of waking for which you’re not wildly hungover. your exam; research shows students up in the morning and diligently Although realistically, you are probably who sleep do retain the information setting out to accomplish not going to get anything done the day better than those who spend all night everything you wanted to. after Blowout. cramming”: I haven’t seen the research on how students who learn the final is • “Limit snacks to healthy, lowcumulative only the night before the exam do, but I’ve got to calorie alternatives”: The finals diet only covers the believe panicking makes sense in certain situations. But if you’re Domino’s and Wawa food groups, so I think you’re out of going brain dead because it’s the seventh time you’ve gone over luck on this one. everything, you’re probably done. • “You’ll wake up more rested if you sleep in your own bed”: Zzzz … No. Too far. This desk will have to do. • “Limit the use of stimulants”: I have yet to meet the student who prepares for an Anatomy test without 17 cups of • “Study in groups”: Always a good idea until you coffee. Don’t expect me to be alert for anything at 9 a.m., much remember you have lazy friends. Try not to have lazy less a final, without a little help. But finals week is also the time friends. when a lot of students risk felony possession charges on non• “Take a deep breath”: Seriously. You’re 18 to 22 years prescription “study drugs.” Keep it legal. old. Your life is not defined by these tests. Chill out. Good luck, everybody. • “Go talk to your professors”: Particularly useful if it’s going to be the first time your professor has seen your face all semester. Email Carter Lockwood at

Carter Lockwood

uring recent years at the College of William and Mary, there has been increasing awareness of mental health issues on campus. As students at the College, we acknowledge the prevailing stigma that mental health has been a problem on campus. The only way to improve mental health conditions is to create a plan that can produce results to help students. We applaud Lexi Mellis ’14 and Health Outreach Peer Educators, as well as the Student Assembly, for their recent creation and funding of Tribe Rides, a program designed to reimburse students for 50 percent of the cost of a taxi ride to and from an off-campus counseling facility. Mellis’ efforts in creating the plan show that students have creative ideas that can benefit all of campus. The idea for Tribe Rides was born when Mellis reached out to her Facebook friends about what needed to happen to improve mental health on campus. We hope that her actions spark other innovative ideas and inspire students to reach out and partner with campus organizations for funding. We also want to compliment the SA for its practical approach to implementing this program. In addition to receiving $1,500 in grant money, the SA budgeted $3,000 to launch the program in spring 2013. Mental health concerns have long been on the minds of students at the College, so we are pleased to see the SA taking such a direct approach to improving mental health programs. While general programs attempt to destigmatize the issue and raise awareness for mental health on campus — both of which are important steps to improving mental wellness at the College — Tribe Rides differs from these existing programs because it gives students access to the end goal: the highest level of mental health care possible. The decision to fund a program like Tribe Rides demonstrates the SA’s commitment to improving the College community. We believe the SA was practical in looking for grant money to fund the program since money is tight at the College. Mental health care cannot afford budget cuts, and we hope that with more grant money, Tribe Rides will eventually be able to pay for 100 percent of students’ transportation expenses. Mental health issues are very private and complex. The solution proposed by Mellis and H.O.P.E., funded by the SA, does not seek to provide a blanket solution; it enables students to individually address their mental health care needs. This program will make a huge difference to many students on campus who need long-term access to counseling facilities; however, it was only possible through Mellis’ partnership with the SA. We want to thank not only the organizations and people involved in creating Tribe Rides, but we also want to encourage more students to follow Mellis’ lead. Talking about the issues is not enough; the only way to help the College community is to create realistic plans of action that will yield results.

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“My philosophy is that anything that happens to you intoxicated is fine as long as [you approve when] sober.”

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Why having the world at our fingertips will harm our ability to think in depth Emily Kelley

Flat Hat Staff Columnist

Let’s talk about something that is close to all of our hearts. For most of us, I mean “close” in the literal sense. We rarely go anywhere without it: The Internet. Although the Internet is something we’re becoming increasingly attached to (or should I say, dependent upon) every day, most of us are grappling with vague feelings of nostalgia and even shame that have arisen from its constant use. The advantages of easy access to the Internet’s wealth of information are obvious. But what about all of the things that we’re losing intellectually while we’re gaining access to the global encyclopedia/diary that is the Internet?

Our ability to wonder is fading away. With the exception of the ocean’s depths and the unknown stretches of the universe, there is very little left to wonder about. Any piece of information, trivial or momentous, is available to us within seconds. Think about the mechanisms in our brains that are melting into metaphorical mush as a result. As humans, we tend to rise to the level of performance that is demanded of us. The problem is that very little is asked of us in terms of day-to-day problem solving and longterm memory, so these skills (not to mention arithmetic and spelling) are slipping away. Our generation specifically faces another problem: as a result of social media and easy access to online publications, we are flooded constantly by information, where facts mingle with opinions and complete falsities. What’s more, the Internet has given

users a platform to voice their opinions to a large audience. The computer monitor creates a protective screen behind which people (informed or not) are more willing to state their thoughts with increased volume and confidence than ever before. During college, we should be developing our own opinions about the world, but that’s harder to do so when one is flooded with assured — even aggressive — input from both sides. I’m looking at you, over-the-top 2012 election Facebook posters. Regardless of the topic, we can now type something and send it into the cyber world so easily that many hardly think before speaking their minds. On the other hand, our exposure to so much input has created in us the preference for skimming a lot of writing instead of taking the time to carefully read and consider a few sources. Our increased access to information is, ironically, causing us to take in less.

In the end, this is little more than a rant, because the Internet has become its own entity — one that is molded by society and that society molds right

back. It will be interesting to see where it takes us from here. Email Emily Kelley at emkelley@

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Book signing brings Gingriches

Callista promotes latest children’s story; Newt signs books, meets students BY EMILY NYE FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER

Walking through the doors of the College of William and Mary bookstore Saturday, Dec. 1, one would have thought it was simply crowded with anxious Christmas shoppers and high school students checking out the College. However, at the top of the elevator stood something very unexpected: a swarm of anxious bystanders, one seven-foot elephant and two people dressed in red. Former Speaker of the House and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista Gingrich spent the day in Williamsburg signing copies of their newest books. Callista Gingrich was promoting her new children’s book, “Land of the Pilgrim’s Pride.” The stop was one of many for the couple’s American Legacy Book Tour. “It was really exciting to see two such prominent figures in Williamsburg,” Kimmy Trauner ’16 said. “They both have had such diverse careers in government and history, as well as in literature, so it was really neat to be able to meet them.” “Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride” is the newest book in Callista Gingrich’s Ellis the Elephant series, joining her first book “Sweet Land of Liberty.” The series follows Ellis, a young and curious elephant, as he discovers different facets of the birth of the United States. “I write these books because I love America, and I believe that our country is truly exceptional,” Callista Gingrich said. “I think it’s more important now than ever that our children understand the greatness of this nation.” The book series places a large emphasis on the importance of American history. Written for the fourto eight-year-old demographic, Callista Gingrich explores the pivotal moments of the early United States, ranging from the 13 original colonies to the

story of Pocahontas and John Smith, including a mention of historic Williamsburg. “I want this to be an introduction of our American history for them, so that they can feel proud of our country and begin to appreciate the courage and sacrifice that have built our nation,” Callista Gingrich said. Callista Gingrich plans to continue the Ellis the Elephant series with a new book set to launch next year. “My next project with Ellis the Elephant is a book about the American Revolution,” she said. “Ellis is very curious about the American Revolution. I plan to call the book ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ and that should come out in October of next year.” Newt Gingrich was signing copies of his own books. The author of 27 books, 13 of which have made the New York Times Bestseller List, Newt Gingrich often explores topics ranging throughout history and public policy. “We [Newt Gingrich and his co-authors] start with a message, and then work back to a book,” Newt Gingrich said. “We really felt the American people were entering a period that was going to be very difficult. Because Obama is so far to the left, I’ve written a series of books that are designed really not to counter Obama but to counter the academic, intellectual left … books that are really designed to re-center our understanding of America, backed on American exceptionalism.” Many of his books are centered on landmark moments in American history, and Newt Gingrich himself has a profound appreciation for the subject matter. “History, ultimately, is about storytelling,” he said. “When someone says to you, ‘History bores me,’ that means they’ve never encountered the stories, because the stories are life. They’re situation comedies, they’re romances, they’re mysteries, they’re tragedies, but

they’re life.” Newt Gingrich went on to explain the different methods he and his co-authors have used to simulate the experience of historical moments firsthand before writing about them. In one instance, his co-author, William Forstchen, went to Pearl Harbor and flew down the exact path the Japanese had taken the morning of the 1941 attack in order to get the experience he needed to write about it accurately. “Our books tend to be — whether it’s fiction or non-fiction — they tend to be enormously factually based,” Newt Gingrich said. “You learn a lot from our books.” Newt Gingrich, who has a Ph.D. in history, wants students to realize history is something to be experienced, not just read nonchalantly. “History is not something to memorize — history is something to think about,” Newt Gingrich said. “Why did it happen? Could something else have happened? What were their choices? That’s a big part of what I try to communicate.” In addition to writing about history, Newt Gingrich has also written about public policy and politics and notes how the two are interconnected. “In my mind, the two [history and public policy] are totally woven together,” Newt Gingrich said. “One of my great basic rules is that imitation is better than invention. When I run into a problem, I try to figure out who has already solved it. History has a lot of the same patterns.” The couple also works together to promote history and government through film and other media.

Their production company, Gingrich Productions, is a multimedia company based in Washington, D.C. Callista Gingrich serves as president of the company, which has worked to produce films such as “Nine Days That Changed The World,” “America At Risk” and “A City Upon A Hill.” “What we’re doing through the books and movies is educating, primarily,” Callista Gingrich said. She hinted that the two might write a book series together in the future. Newt Gingrich and Callista Gingrich also encouraged young people to pursue careers in history and government, noting how significant it is that people in the younger age groups exercise passion with regards to their futures. “You have to love what you do,” Callista Gingrich said. “In terms of getting involved in history, government, politics — you have to look where there’s a need. Volunteer, be engaged, be a part of it. For young people, especially, it’s their future that’s at stake, so it’s really important that young people be involved in the process.” Newt Gingrich agreed, adding that the key to success is hard work. “I think the most important attribute is cheerful persistence,” he said. “A lot of people quit, they basically wait for it to be given to them. Everybody that I know who’s really successful works really hard. People keep saying, ‘Give me the 30 hour per week path to success.’ I don’t know of one. Learn everyday, listen to other people, pay attention, and be willing to work a little extra.”


Above: Callista and Newt Gingrich sign books and speak with community members at the College of William and Mary Bookstore. Left: Author Callista Gingrich stands with Ellis the Elephant at a signing in South Carolina.


Glued to the screen: Technology makes digital sex steamier Keep cell phone away from Grandma on Thanksgiving to avoid awkwardness

Krystyna Holland

BEhind closed doors columnist

We are the millennial generation. According to older generations, that means we are selfish and entitled, because we all got participation awards when we were kids. According to Jon Stewart, that means we like our soup in a bag — Re: Campbell’s new “Go” campaign. According to Wikipedia, that means we are more familiar with communication, media and digital technology. While I don’t think that participation awards or bags of soup have had a large influence on our generation’s sexual experiences, I do believe that technology has impacted sex in various ways. Never before has sex been so digitally accessible — through Internet pornography, sure, but also through cybersex, sexting and Skype sex. I feel like most people think that cybersex happened solely in AOL chatrooms back when we were all getting screen names for the first time. It always started with “ASL?” and ended

with someone’s parent needing the computer or the phone. These were the days of dial-up, y’all. Cybersex, or “cybering,” is why parental controls were created. I’m going to venture a guess that these days, people looking to get their jollies on the Internet are not scoping out AOL chatrooms, but I can’t say that I’ve never been on Google Chat when things started getting hot and heavy. Sexting is more convenient than cybersex insofar as it is portable. However, that portability comes with increased risk. God forbid you leave your phone lying on the table when your sexting partner starts talking about all the ways he or she would like to touch you, with intimate details regarding where and how often. Imagine that reaction at Thanksgiving dinner: one of your relatives picks up your vibrating phone and reads about how your penis seems way more tantalizing than any turkey. Sometimes, though, words alone just don’t do the job justice. These days, everyone has a 13-megapixel camera on their phone to catch those important moments in extraordinarily high quality. It can be so tempting to really let your phone buddy know exactly what you’re wearing by sending a picture. That said, we have all heard the horror stories about such intimate pictures becoming as viral as herpes and getting around

to everyone you would never want to see you naked. With the release of applications like snapchat, it seems a lot safer to send nakies, but beware that there are still risks involved. If pictures don’t provide enough continuity, programs like Skype can help you see what your partner is doing in real time. Picture quality isn’t always excellent, and it can be super awkward if there’s a lag right in the middle of your bosom buddy’s big O, but it has the benefit of seeming more personal than pictures or text in a lot of ways. When I first entered a longdistance relationship, my partner and I both felt that getting naked over the Internet was risky and kind of stupid. Neither of us asked for it, and neither of us volunteered to be the first to drop trou. As time went on, though, and the distance seemed wider and wider, we both became bolder when it came to our online bonding time. What started with both of us always fully clothed transformed into me in just a bra or him in just boxers, and eventually, it got to both of us in nothing at all. I think the idea of Skype sex is pretty bizarre, and the logistics of it aren’t wonderful either. When I’m on camera I’m often worried that it’s not my best angle, that I look fat, that he’s going to be weirded out watching me touch myself, etc. At the

end of the day, though, I really do feel more connected to him than I would if we had just talked on the phone. Additionally, not being able to touch the other person allows you to really appreciate all the smaller details that can get lost in sex, like the face he makes right before he comes, or the way his abs tighten when something feels good. No type of digital love is possible without some level of trust. You have to trust that your partner will keep your virtual interludes to himself or herself and not go posting your nudes all over the interwebs. I am completely aware that my partner could screenshot me

while I’m naked in bed, but I trust him enough to know that he wouldn’t and the trust is mutual. There’s certainly a risk with digital sex, but there is also a reward. It can be great to receive a steamy text about exactly what your partner wants to do to you when they see you later that night when you’re in the middle of your business school meeting, or a quick picture of you in your jammies before you both go to bed. Words can arouse and excite, but as the adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Krystyna Holland is a Behind Closed Doors columnist and she’s a pro at finding her best angle on Skype.


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Actors elicit emotion in play tracing overturn of California’s Proposition 8 BY BRIAN BOLT THE FLAT HAT

Watching four plaintiffs, three lawyers and one cold courtroom doesn’t sound like a night of satisfactory stage entertainment, but blended with a certain amount of warmth and humor, the ingredients add up to “8,” a self-described play about equality. “8,” scripted by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, centers on Perry, et al. vs. Schwarzenegger, a 2010 court case that led to the overturn of Proposition 8, which sought to ban same-sex marriage in California. Friday, Nov. 30, the College of William and Mary hosted a staged reading of the play, directed by Laurie J. Wolf. The characters, a sprawling cast of no fewer than 22 individuals, sat on stage dressed all in black, standing to deliver their lines. The dialogue stems from transcripts from the actual trial, journalist records and interviews

from those directly involved. The story mostly focuses on the plaintiffs — Kris Perry (Kristin Hopkins ’15), Sandy Stier (Rebecca Turner ’14), Jeff Zarrillo (Scott Brewington ’14) and Paul Katami (Jason Durso ’13) — two same-sex couples who, after being denied marriage licenses by the state of California, looked to the court system to seek justice. However, an extended amount of time is spent in the courtroom with the heroic lawyers for the plaintiffs, Theodore Olson (Jamar Jones ’13) and David Boies (Thomas Baker ’13), and the frustrated lawyer for defense, Charles Cooper (Ben Lauer ’13). The play attempts to elicit a heartfelt reaction from the audience, interrupting the extended courtroom scenes with brief moments of recognizable human confusion, brought about through conversations between Kris, Sandy and their twin sons, Elliot and Spencer (Eric Valery ’16 and Craig Hardman ’16,

respectively). Kris and Sandy serve as a bridge between the two worlds of the play: the legal world, where attorneys can deliver lengthy monologues about the sanctity of marriage and its inherent value in society, and the everyday world, where kids are late for soccer practice and people get caught in traffic coming home from work. This juxtaposition is the main point of the story. The play itself exposes the two different faces of the battle for marriage equality. This clash shows that good, valuable members of society, like the plaintiffs, are surprisingly insignificant as people in the realm of the court, an area dominated by imposing judges and rehearsed speeches. In the eyes of the law, they are seemingly no more than names on a document, and their rights are distributed based on whether their partners are of the “appropriate” gender. It becomes clear that the courtroom is an area averse to change, and the defense’s entire strategy hinges on this

reluctance. Lauer’s Mr. Cooper brings in so-called experts to uphold that any variation in marriage from the oneman-one-woman formula would be detrimental to a child’s upbringing. In a particularly amusing scene, witness for the defense David Blankenhorn (a winningly ditzy Scott Vierick ’15) is cross-examined by Baker’s Mr. Boies. Blankenhorn — a name that couldn’t have been fabricated — attempts to hold his own, but it is evident that his qualifications for appearing in court as an “expert” of anything are overblown. Question by question, with the audience snickering all the way, the lawyer dissects Blankenhorn’s position on the dangers of same-sex marriage until the witness is left stammering defenseless in his chair. This memorable moment shows just how quickly fear and prejudice can crumble when sworn under oath. Similarly, the play would have crumbled if it had presented all of

Prop. 8’s supporters as scatterbrained buffoons. Lauer shows the audience a defense attorney who is a competent man of the law, only on the wrong side of the argument by circumstance. In addition, the play would not have worked if it had spent too much of its time on moments of levity. The most heart-rending testimony is given by Ryan Kendall (Keaton O’Neal Hillman ’16), an individual forced to undergo conversion therapy by his parents. Hillman delivers a performance alternately sympathetic and shocking, illustrating once again the manner in which government-sponsored hate affects real people. “8” serves not only as a historical account, but also as a hopeful message to posterity. It concludes that although the present may seem like a scary place filled with fear, hate and anger, the future is near, when tolerance will somehow seep into the court system through the efforts of individuals brave enough to stand trial.



This weekend, thousands of students and community members gathered in Colonial Williamsburg to watch the annual Grand Illumination fireworks. The event always marks the official beginning of Colonial Williamsburg’s Christmas season.

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Tribe men, women demolish Georgetown Women win first nine events, men claim seven of 10 events

BY JACK POWERS FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER Everybody needs a pick-me-up. William and Mary men’s and women’s swimming teams, both successful teams looking for a mid-season boost, got just that this weekend. The women’s squad obliterated hapless Georgetown 138-62 to move its record to .500 on the season. Similarly, the men’s team moved to 4-2 on the season by crushing the Hoya men 115.5-84.5 in Williamsburg Saturday. The College women started in dominant fashion, winning each of the first nine events. The Tribe’s winning streak began with the 400 medley relay. The team consisting of sophomore Liz Glenn, senior Emily Bart, senior Gabrielle Mizerak and junior Jen Bentley paced the field with a time of three minutes and 55.04 seconds and cruised to the victory. A testament to the College’s prowess, the Tribe also finished in second place as freshman Noelle Klockner,


Sophomore Liz Glenn won the 200 back in 2:03.27.

freshman Courtney Mizerak, freshman Jessie Ustjanauskas and sophomore Greta Schneider finished in 3:57.34. After the 400 medley relay, freshmen Hannah Vester and Elena Marsilli claimed the top two positions in the 1000 free. Vester finished in 10:29.86, Marsilli touched the wall in 10:37.68, and senior Meghan Baker finished in third with a time of 10:40.79. The College continued to lead in freestyle, with wins in the 50, 100, 200 and 500. Bentley won the 200 free with a time of 1:54.69, while senior Caylyn Tate finished just behind in 1:54.95 and Mizerak took third place in 1:57.43. Junior Sara Shaner turned in a pair of victories for the College Saturday, one coming in the 50 free, and the other in the 100 free. Shaner claimed victory in the 50 with a time of 24.27, while Schneider finished in second with a time of 24.64, and freshman Amanda Weidner took fourth place with a time of 25.12. In the 100, Shaner paced the field with a time of 53.29, while Mizerak’s time of 54.27 was good for second place. Weidner turned in another impressive fourth place finish, this one in 55.31 seconds. Freshman Lindsey Winston continued her strong rookie campaign with a victory in the 200 IM. Winston finished in 2:10.08, followed closely by junior Devin Henry in 2:12.02 and Mizerak in fourth at 2:13.56. Ustjanauskas took the 200 fly in 2:07.84, and fellow freshman Rachel Cortright touched the wall at 2:12.52. Sophomore Rebecca Spicher finished in fourth with a time of 2:13.55. The College finished out the afternoon with a pair of victories in the 200 back and the 500 free. Glenn won the 200 back in 2:03.27, while sophomore Katie Thomas and Winston helped the College complete a sweep of the podium with second-and-third place finishes, respectively. Meanwhile, the men dominated Georgetown in similar fashion, drubbing the Hoyas by winning


Junior Andrew Strait claimed a victory in the 200 IM with a winning time of 1:55.05 Saturday against Georgetown.

seven out of 10 events. The action on the men’s side began with the 400 medley relay. Freshman Will Manion, senior Ben Ward, junior Andrew Strait and freshman Billy Russell sped away from the field, claiming the victory in 3:26.30. The team of freshman Justin Barden, sophomore Chris Dong, senior K.J. Shaw and sophomore Taegan Clarke finished in second place for the College with a time of 3:28.16. Freshman Ryan Natal claimed victory in the 200 free, just ahead of senior Hunter Perrot. Natal touched the wall at 1:43.98, while Perrot finished in 1:44.07. Russell finished in fourth at 1:46.94. The Tribe earned a pair of wins in the 200 fly and the 50 free. Ward paced the field in the 50 free and finished with a time of 21.29, while

senior Sidney Glass claimed second in 21.89. In the 200 fly, freshman Charley Bowles continued his impressive season with a 1:59.00 finish, which allowed him to claim victory. Sophomore Kemp Pettyjohn finished in second in 1:59.20, while Barden finished in third. To round out the afternoon, the College also added victories in the 200 IM, 100 free and 200 back. Strait claimed the 200 IM with a winning time of 1:55.05, while Perrot edged out Strait in the 100 free, winning in 46.87 to Strait’s 46.88. Manion won the 200 back with a 1:54.45 effort. Overall, both men’s and women’s teams ended the fall season on a positive note. Both squads will rest for much of the winter before returning to action Jan. 12 at home against Howard.

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performance against their zone. He’s a great passer out of the zone,” Shaver said. While a healthy Rusthoven looks improved from last year, he sees an overall improvement in the team since a difficult 2011-12 season. The win was his first against ODU, which is true for most of his teammates as well. “It’s huge,” Rusthoven said. “They’re a great program. … [We have] some seniors who haven’t beaten them, so it’s good for our program, and we’re excited about it.” Freshman guard Terry Tarpey also made a major contribution in the win, with nine points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks in just 18 minutes of play. Tarpey’s energy and effort on the defensive end played a major role in stifling a reinvigorated Old Dominion team that scored the first five points of the second half to reclaim momentum and the lead. “I thought [Tarpey] was really good tonight,” Shaver said. “He was a real key. Defensively, rebounding, and scored some big baskets for us too.” Early in the second half, it looked as though the perennial CAA power might once again prove too tall an order for the Tribe. In need of a response, the College turned to Britt, whose consecutive threes put


Freshman guard Terry Tarpey finished with nine points Saturday.

the Tribe back in the lead, and started the run that would ultimately put the Monarchs away. “We haven’t beaten them in a while. It feels good for this team to win a big game,” Shaver said.

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While the Tribe men turned in a number of notable performances in Annapolis, the College women would not be outdone in Lynchburg. Sophomore Elizabeth Crafford paced the College with a second-place finish in the pole vault. Crafford’s height of 3.60 meters allowed her to collect an ECAC nod. Junior Nicole Dory also placed well in the pole vault, finishing fifth with a height of 3.45 meters. In the shot put, senior Natalie Baird finished fifth overall with a put of 12.56 meters, while freshman Rochelle Evans opened her collegiate career with a put of 11.20 meters and an 11th place finish. The College women, like their male counterparts, also performed well in relay action. The Tribe, led by sophomore Sarah Katz and a trio of freshmen — Shelby Feliciano, Breanna Brukalo and Ashley Woodards — turned in a fifth place finish in the 4x400 meter relay on the strength of a 4:07.06 effort.

SETTING THE PACE Sophomore Elizabeth Crafford led the women’s track team Saturday against Liberty. Crafford earned an ECAC qualification with a 3.60 meter height in the pole vault.


While the College had success in many different areas Saturday, their greatest performance came in the 500 meter dash. Freshman Claire Tito paced the field and won the race with a time of 1:18.97. Tito was followed closely by a pair of teammates as Katz finished second in 1:20.79 and sophomore Brittany Biagi finished fifth in 1:22.03. The Tribe hopes that both the men’s and women’s teams can build on a pair of encouraging early-season outings and continue to perform well over the course of the season. Both squads will return to action Saturday at the CNU Holiday Open in Newport News, Va.



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Changing of the guard

Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton drives to the basket against Old Dominion Saturday. Thornton led all scorers with 23 points, and garnered CAA Player of the Week honors for his performance as the Tribe moved to 4-3.

Opportunistic offense, stifling defense lead College to first win over Old Dominion since 2008 BY BLAKE HUNT FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER William and Mary last defeated Old Dominion in 2008. In the intervening four years, the Colonial Athletic Association rivals have met nine times, with ODU winning every time and often in dominant fashion. That streak came to an end Saturday night at Kaplan Arena, as the College used a second-half run to win its conference opener, 71-62. Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton’s 23 points led the Tribe. Thornton converted five of nine three-point attempts on his way to leading all scorers. Junior guard Brandon Britt poured in 15 of his own, 12 of which came during a five minute second-half stretch that saw the College outscore the Monarchs 14-2 to put the game out of reach. Thornton emphasized the importance of the win, not only as the conference opener, but also because it ended a three-game skid in which the Tribe gave up late leads. “This was a big game,” Thornton said. “We had

lost our last three, so it was good to come out here and protect our home court and get a good win.” Playing in front of an enthusiastic and uncharacteristically noisy home crowd, Thornton and his teammates seemed to feed off the added energy. “The fan support was amazing tonight,” Thornton said. “We hope [the fans] keep it up and we’ll keep the wins coming.” Although beating ODU is something head coach Tony Shaver has done only four times in his previous nine seasons at the helm, he was still hesitant to see the win as anything other than a good start to the conference season. “We’re 1-0 in the CAA. It feels good to win a CAA game,” Shaver said. “We played so well at Wake Forest and Richmond and didn’t win. For us to come back and respond this way is a sign of great toughness.” A determined Tribe squad overcame a turnover-plagued first half to score with ease in the second. ODU used an aggressive match-up zone for most of the game, and trailed by just one


point at the half after forcing eleven turnovers. But the College adjusted, and in the second half committed just four turnovers en route to shooting an even 50 percent for the game, including 43 percent from beyond the arc. The Tribe eventually broke the zone thanks in large part to the steady play of junior center Tim Rusthoven. Rusthoven also cracked double figures, scoring 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds against a Monarch squad known for its physical play in the paint. Hobbled by injuries most of last season, Rusthoven often struggled for position against teams with size. This year, a stronger Rusthoven is playing healthy, and the team is looking to him for a big year. “If [Rusthoven] can stay healthy he’s an AllCAA type player,” Shaver said. Rusthoven is one half of a much improved low-post duo, with fellow junior Fred Heldring providing key minutes off the bench. “[Heldring] came in and gave us a great See M. BASKETBALL page 7


Junior forward Kyle Gaillard (left) and senior guard Matt Rum.

Tribe opens indoor season with wins

Women garner one ECAC invite, men notch four IC4A nods against Navy BY MIKE BARNES FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR


Senior john Muller recorded his first collegiate victory Saturday.

After a pair of stellar cross country seasons, William and Mary opened its indoor track and field season with successful outings on both the men’s and women’s sides. Many of the same athletes who propelled the Tribe to a pair of Colonial Athletic Association championships in cross country this October powered the Tribe to one ECAC qualification on the women’s side and four IC4A qualifications on the men’s side. The men’s squad split up this weekend and competed in two events. The jumpers competed in the Liberty Kickoff in Lynchburg, Va., while the rest of the team traveled to Annapolis, Md. for the Navy Invitational. In Annapolis, senior John Muller provided the biggest Tribe victory of the day. Muller garnered the College’s first IC4A qualification of the day in the 3,000-meter run. The

LaGrangeville, N.Y. native crossed the line at eight minutes and 26.16 seconds, claiming his first collegiate victory in the process. Freshman Ryan Gousse also performed well in the 3,000m, as his time of 8:33.58 secured a fifth place finish. While Muller’s qualification in the 3,000m served as the College’s only victory, the squad had an extremely impressive showing in the 5,000-meter run. Senior Alex McGrath finished second with a time of 14:24.20 and was closely followed by junior Josh Hardin in fourth with a time of 14:36.10. Sophomore Rad Gunzenhauser rounded out the Tribe trio with a fifth place finish. All three Tribe runners earned IC4A qualifications as a result of their strong finishes. The College’s second victory of the day occurred in the distance medley relay. The squad, which finished with a winning time of 10:24.66, finished four seconds ahead of second place Johns Hopkins and seven seconds ahead of third place Navy. Redshirt freshman Ian

MacFawn got the Tribe off to a good start, junior Mark Moran and freshman Ricky Cappetta slowly built a Tribe and redshirt sophomore David Gunnerson closed out the College victory. Gunnerson and MacFawn also contributed to another impressive Tribe performance later in the event. Along with freshman Dmitri Zuccarello, Gunnerson and MacFawn led the College to a third place finish in the 4x800 meter relay. Hampton crossed the line first with a time of 7:58.43, Georgetown finished in second with a time of 8:02.46, and the College crossed the line in 8:07.56. In the field events, freshman Taylor Frenia set a College freshman record with a 15.32 meter throw in the 35-lb. weight throw. Frenia’s eighth-place toss puts him 12th all-time at the College and broke the previous Tribe freshman record by nine inches. See TRACK page 7

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