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Vol. 102, Iss. 34 | Friday, February 12, 2013

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“Public universities have gone from being


to state-assisted

to state-located

—Robert Gates ’65 during his 320th Charter Day speech

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Gates critiques state’s decreased investment in higher education at Friday’s ceremony by Meredith Ramey flat hat News editor

For the College of William and Mary’s 320th birthday, College President Taylor Reveley welcomed back Chancellor Robert Gates ’65 as the Charter Day speaker for the second year in a row. During Friday’s ceremony, Gates expressed happiness at being away from political world of Washington, D.C., as politicians discuss finances for the upcoming budget season. “Well, Taylor, you don’t have to worry about any of that, because you hardly get any money at all from the government,” Gates said. Gates continued this financial trend throughout his speech, bringing attention to the Charter’s allocation of “one thousand nine hundred and eighty-five pounds, fourteen shillings and ten pence,” along with land to create the College in 1693. Gates went on to describe the desire of the English monarchy to invest in and further higher education, “the engine driving America to a better future for all its citizens.” “Thus, from its first day, this ancient college was seen by the government as a public good, an investment in the future,” Gates said. “And [the] royal government was willing to put its money where its royal mouth was.”

With numerous cracks at the government’s expense, Gates gave a historical rundown of governmental policies and laws that supported and developed the higher education of the United States, including the G.I. Bill, the Land-Grant college system and the Morrill Act, but concluded on a less positive note. “Public universities have gone from being state-supported to state-assisted to state-located,” Gates said. An Illinois State University study

concluded that state aid to universities declined by nearly 8 percent between 2011 and 2012. State funding has fallen to less than 15 percent of the College’s operating budget. Gates described this trend as the redefinition of education as a “private consumer good” — something from which only individuals benefit. “While programs for the elderly, which now consume more than half of all federal spending, are considered politically untouchable, there is no such resistance

to cutting support for higher education, an investment in future generations,” Gates said. “To be blunt, Americans are mortgaging the future of our country to pay benefits to my generation, while sacrificing the engines of economic and social growth for the coming generations. This is a formula for national decline.” Despite dwindling support from the state government, Gates commended the use of the finances that could be attained to ensure that the College continues to work to the best of its ability. “Despite extremely low levels of state support, both William and Mary and the University of Virginia are ranked by the Princeton Review as being among the top five best values for students in America among public universities,” Gates said. “This is a remarkable tribute to the leaders, faculties and staff at both universities.” However, education should be one of the principle concerns of government in the wake of the election. “My hope is that now that the election is behind us, whatever adults remain in the two political parties will make the compromises necessary to put this country’s finances back in order,” Gates said. Gates warned the College to continue to

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The Ebony Expressions sang “Happy Birthday” to the College on the 320th Charter Day celebration.

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Mason institutes new undergraduate fee

College moves off-campus for input

Students to pay semester charge by ariel cohen FLAT HAT staff writer

The College of William and Mary’s Mason School of Business struggles to find financial resources to match the quality of experience they attempt to provide, according to Business School Dean Lawrence Pulley. Due to this lack of funding, all incoming undergraduate business majors will have to pay an extra fee to take advantage of opportunities in Alan B. Miller Hall. The Board of Visitors passed the motion during their meetings prior to Charter Day and will implement the fee beginning next semester. “While an undergraduate business school fee is new to See Fees page 3

BOV coverage inside For information on the Committee on Financial Affairs, Committee on Strategic Initiatives and New Ventures and full BOV board meeting see page 3.

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Dining, parking services hold open sessions to gain student perspecby matt esporrin FLAT HAT assoc. NEWS EDITOR

When students don’t know how to address a problem, they ask a professor. When the College of William and Mary has trouble doing the same thing, it hires consultants. Campus Dining, Inc. has been hired to complete a comprehensive study of the dining services on campus in order to understand the criteria necessary to complete the rebidding of the dining contract. John Byxbe, Interim Director of Auxiliary Services at the College, explained that these consultations are required each time the dining services contract expires. The current contract is a five-year deal with five additional one-year extensions. “The Commonwealth of Virginia requires the College to follow procurement guidelines at the end of a dining contract,” Byxbe said. “The consultations will provide a basis for our request for proposal during the rebidding of dining services. The entire process will end in May or June of 2014 when the rebidding is

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Dining Services is holding consultant sessions with outside organization, Campus Dining Inc.

completed.” The College hopes that the consultation process will be holistic in order to meet its future needs.

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When scandal becomes routine

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More colleges are misrepresenting admissions data to achieve higher rankings. Such scandals happen so frequently that they no longer dissapoint us. page 4

“The analysis will be engaging students, faculty and staff. It is going to be an inclusive See consultations page 3

College snaps 11-game losing streak with win against Towson

Head coach Debbie Taylor adjusted her starting lineup and it paid dividends Thursday as the Tribe powered past Towson, 59-50. page 8

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All The News that’s unfit to print

The Virginia Gazette reported that Henderson, Inc. and Guernsey Tingle Architects submitted an unsolicited proposal to build a replacement Stryker Building. At a meeting earlier this month, Williamsburg’s Planning Commission decided that the building should begin construction in July — at the beginning of the 2014 budget year — and would cost about $5.5 million. The design in the proposal positions the Stryker Building closer to the public library with the main entrance facing the library across City Square.


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... like the dinosaur, government has a heavy foot, a small brain and no fine motor skills. Believe me, I know.

— Chancellor Robert Gates ’65, in his Charter Day speech


According to the Virginia Gazette, a team of three people stole a Bianchi road bike valued at $7,200 from Bikes Unlimited in the Williamsburg Shopping Center last week. One person distracted the two workers in the back of the store while another person on a cell phone held the store’s door open so that the entrance bell wouldn’t ring. The third person then walked out of the store with the bike. Footage from the store’s security camera was posted to YouTube, and the owners of Bike Beat in Monticello Marketplace reported that the same group of people looked in their store for a length of time without buying anything. Scott Boyle, owner of Williamsburg’s three Domino’s pizza franchises, is starring alongside CEO Patrick Doyle in Domino’s newest commercial advertising a Thursday carryout deal that offers a large, three-topping pizza for $7.99. Boyle has starred in two other commercials for the pizza chain. “I started with Domino’s as a kid in high school in 1986 and just worked my way up into management and then into upper management with the franchise that I worked for,” Boyle said to the WilliamsburgYorktown Daily.



Utah Valley University located in Orem, Ut. erroneously awarded scholarships to 300 applicants, some of who had not even received entry to the university.

Top eight colleges for women’s rights

Utah Valley revokes 300 scholarships

Not only have surveys calculated the best tuition rates, the best faculty to student ratio and the highest salaries average graduates received after leaving college, they have now ranked the eight universities that support best women’s rights. The list, which features northeastern universities heavily, ranks Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. No. 1. Next is Wellesley College in Boston, Mass., Hilary Clinton’s alma mater. Following close behind are Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., Smith College in Northampton, Mass., Barnard College in New York City, Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., Sarah Lawrence in Yonkers, N.Y., and finally Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.

Administrators at Utah Valley University apologized to 300 high school seniors, some who had not even applied, for a clerical error that told all the students they were eligible for a full-tuition award at the university. The administrators later said that the scholarship is awarded based on grades and academic achievement but the notices were erroneously sent out based on test scores alone. They revoked the scholarship offers but extended the application deadline for students and offered them many alternative opportunities to garner scholarship money in an effort to quell disappoint from students and their parents alike.

Millennials are most-stressed generation


CORRECTIONS The Flat Hat incorrectly referred to “presenteeism” as “presentism” in the Feb. 1 issue of The Flat Hat. The Flat Hat also incorrectly attributed the Thousand Words photo for the Feb. 1 issue of The Flat Hat. Allison Shomaker was the photographer.

Fifty percent of those polled for a “Stress in America” survey published by the American Psychological Association from the 18 to 33 age group, also known as the millennial generation, said stress keeps them awake at night. The national average of stress on a 10-point scale is 4.9, but of those Americans aged 18 to 33 who were surveyed had an average stress level of 5.4. Many of those surveyed had just graduated from college or graduate school with debt and were sent into a job market with few opportunities for work. Thirty-nine percent claimed their stress levels had increased in the past year alone, and only 17 percent think that their healthcare providers give them enough support for stress management.

Dirty Bingo at NCSU causes controversy Student leaders at North Carolina State University faced controversy after they announced student fees would be used to pay for sex toys as part of the Valentine’s Day festivities at North Carolina State University, Union Activities Board president Lauryn Collier planned to have a “Dirty Bingo Night.” It was bingo with a twist: instead of receiving money, winners would receive sex toys, lubricant and copies of Fifty Shades of Grey. The total purchasing cost was to be just over $300, paid for by money collected as part of student fees. Collier claimed that it was part of an effort to find better and more innovative ways to talk about sex and sex education on college campuses. After the uproar, event organizers have decided that student fees will not be used for sexual items.


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Thursday Feb. 7 — Arrest for driving under the influence on Richmond Rd.


Friday Feb. 8 — Larceny reported on Monticello Ave.


Friday Feb. 9 — Drunk in public reported on Compton Drive.


Friday Feb. 9 — Underage possession of alcohol reported on New Hope Rd.


Saturday Feb. 10 — Suspicious incident reported on Richmond Rd.

News in brief Tabiu named 2013 Kraemer Scholar Muhammed Tabiu of the Department of Islamic Law at Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria will join the College of William and Mary in 2013 as the Kraemer Scholar-inResidence. The program was established by a donation from Richard Kraemer ’65 to invite a scholar of Islamic law and governance to campus. Tabiu previously served in the Ministry of Justice in Kano State Nigeria and taught law at Usmanu Danfodijo University in Sokoto State. He will teach Introduction to Islamic Law at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law and deliver two public lectures at the College.

Webb invited to NFL Combine Senior cornerback B.W. Webb has received an invitation to participate in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. Webb will work out with the defensive back on Feb. 26, attempting to impress all 32 NFL squads. Webb’s NFL Combine invite comes on the heels of his impressive performance in last month’s Senior Bowl. He ended his career in Williamsburg as one of the program’s most heralded players, and was the Colonial Athletic Association Special Teams Player of the Year. Webb is attempting to become the first Tribe player to be drafted since Sean Lissemore ’10 and Adrian Tracy ’10 in 2010

Chancellor Gates on CNN College Chancellor and Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates ’65 was recently interviewed on Candy Crowley’s show “State of the Union” on CNN. Filming of the interview was conducted in the Sir Christopher Wren Building’s while Gates was on the College campus for Charter Day festivities. Crowley’s interview with Gates, which marked the second year in a row CNN has taken part in Charter Day, was broadcast Sunday morning. The interview focused on the use of drones in terrorist attacks and sequestration. He noted that sequestration cuts would be “catastrophic.”

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Board grants funds to renovate Law School Matthew Lambert named new Vice President of Development at full board meeting Friday

Committee on Financial Affairs by ariel cohen flat hat staff writer

For the first time in six years, the College of William and Mary may receive extra funds from the commonwealth of Virginia to help support faculty salaries. The state government proposed a salary increase for College faculty for the upcoming fiscal year. The governor proposed a 2 percent base increase, while the legislature added a 1 percent bonus for a total 3 percent bonus on their paycheck. According to Vice President of Financial Affairs Sam Jones, the Board of Visitors’ long-term plan is to obtain a 6 percent base increase in salary starting this next fiscal year, July 2013. The biggest initiatives for the upcoming fiscal year include the beginning of Tyler Hall renovations, a future addition to the MarshallWythe School of Law and dormitory renovations of Chandler Hall

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beginning this upcoming school year. The College also plans to construct a fine arts facility on campus in the future. “This is the first step for what we are going to work on next,” Jones said. “Although its not a part of the Fine Arts Plan, we are definitely entering phase one of the process.” The Board also began planning how the renovations for Tyler Hall will work. Once renovated, the government, economics and public policy departments will move from Morton Hall to Tyler. “If the state passes the plan, which it looks like it will as soon as the Tucker Hall renovations are finished, the English department will move in to Tucker and Tyler will undergo renovations,” Jones said. The Board of Visitors will determine its budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year during its April meeting before passing it on to the Virginia legislature for approval.

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The College of William and Mary Board of Visitors commended the efficiency and communication established by the annual meetings between the BOV and various other committees and boards on campus to discuss overlapping areas of interest. “This is the way we should always operate going forward,” BOV Rector Jeffrey B. Trammel ’73 said. “Devoting one meeting a year to bring the boards together is productive. … You can sense the common purpose and [everyone] completely moving together.” At the full board meeting on Friday, Feb. 8, the BOV discussed the ways in which they will go about trying to keep previous members of the BOV — a title usually given to significant financial “donors” who are involved with the College. “We’re working to review the best practices [for keeping former BOV members engaged] at other institutions,” Trammel said. “It’s clear that institutions

like Columbia [University] … are putting their former board members to work on behalf of the institution.” The BOV commended the headway made on the Tucker Hall renovation project and other construction on campus. BOV Vice Rector Judge Charles A. Banks, III ’05 described his hope in the financial ability of the College to continue to operate on the six-year construction and renovation plan.. “I just hope there’s a way in the budgetary process that we can make this [possible],” Banks said. The BOV approved College President Taylor Reveley’s request for $14 billion to renovate the Marshall-Wythe School of Law. These renovations will include the addition of small seminar rooms, a legal clinic, a law practicum, legal writing space, a multipurpose dining area and an assembly space for students. Reveley cited a nearly 20 percent increase in enrollment, as well as the lack of food establishments in the area, to justify the renovations. “I think [Dean and Hanson Professor

of Law Davison Douglas] did a nice job of fitting this more into what can be done with the budget,” Banks said. The BOV discussed the retirement of Dean of Students Patricia Volp and approved Matthew T. Lambert ’99 as the new vice president of development for the College. He will replace Sean Peiri who left the College this past fall. Hours before Chancellor Robert Gates ’65 and Jefferson Award winner George and Mary Hytlon Associate Professor of International Relations Mike Tierney spoke against the increased use and reliance on technology and e-learning in the classroom, the BOV approved a resolution supporting the use of MBA e-learning. The resolution recognizes the strategic performance of e-learning and endorses a blended MBA program with e-learning. During the full board meeting, the BOV also approved the establishment of fees for all business school majors or minors and the revision of the Office of Internal Audit Charter to fix small technical changes.

Committee on Strategic Initatives and New Ventures by ellie kaufman flat hat chief staff writer

The Board of Visitors Committee on Strategic Initiatives and New Ventures met on Feb. 8 to discuss the current outlined strategic plan and updates on the potential collaborative partnership between the College of William and Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School. Provost Michael Halleran and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives James Golden presented an outlined strategic plan for the College to implement over the course of the next five years. The list outlined 15 goals the College would like to work toward in the upcoming years, including expanding students’ global experiences and research partnerships, remodeling the Campus Center, and investigating new housing opportunities close to campus in partnership with the Real

Estate Foundation. Members of the BOV commented that improving efforts to find students jobs after graduation should also be included on the list. The strategic plan will be finalized during the BOV meetings in April. “We know that we need to look out over the next five years and be really accurate,” Chair of the Committee on Strategic Initiatives and New Ventures Michael Tang said. “What are things that we can actually do over the next five years that would build our competitive advantage and distinguish us from other universities? These are things that emerged from our discussion.” The committee also discussed updates on the continued efforts to establish a partnership between EVMS and the College. While a bill has been passed in Virginia’s Senate to allocate up to $200,000 to the partnership,

another bill has been passed in the House of Delegates suggesting $50,000 in supportive funds. A deal has yet to be reached. Professor of economics Jenn Millar was appointed as the coordinator on behalf of the College. Mason School of Business Dean Lawrence Pulley presented a new initiative from the Business School that will create a blended MBA program, allowing students to commute and complete a graduate program at the College. The program would include a few face-to-face visits per semester, combined with a heavy online component. “We think with a blended or hybrid MBA program [that] combines coming to campus periodically with heavy online elements that we could attract students from as far away as a six-hour drive from Williamsburg,” Pulley said. “We believe this is the logical next step for [the business school].”

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Rector of the College Jeffrey Trammel ’73 lauded the effort of committees to collaborate.

Parking under review Tierney speaks on education Student representatives will serve on Advisory Committee CONSULTATIONS from page 1

process,” Byxbe said. Dining is not the only service at the College that is being reviewed, as consultants are examining parking as well. Bill Horacio, director of parking and transportation services at the College, explained that the parking consultation is an industry-recommended five-year review. “We expect the study to provide operational improvements that will enable the college to make the best use of its resources; and an examination of the impact transportation has on the college’s ability to provide reliable and sustainable transport from outlying parking and residential locations to major centers of activity,” Horacio said in an email. The parking consultation is not due to contract renewal, but rather to the College’s plans to improve its current parking situation through work with the consultants. “We will use the data and suggestions for enhancement provided by the consultant to

improve parking operations and benchmark against other peer institutions,” Horacio said in an email. Alex Sullivan ’13 is a student representative on the Parking Advisory Committee. He feels that the consultations are comprehensive and will allow the College to understand what parking problems exist and how to go about making changes. “There is desire among students and faculty for convenient parking on campus,” Sullivan said. “For example, a professor who works at the ISC or a student who lives in Landrum would prefer not to park at William and Mary Hall.” Sullivan noted that some members of the College community view the decision to hire a third party as a way for the administration to avoid handling its own problems, but he sees the consultants as a fresh perspective. “It will be helpful to have a second opinion when we are trying to use our space effectively and this process will be beneficial in the long run,” Sullivan said.

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Parking Service opted to hire consults as part of an industry-recommended five-year review of the services.

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ward off technological shortcuts. “Just a cautionary note from an old guy … Don’t go so overboard in the online world that we lose one of the fundamental benefits of higher education — live, in-person interactions with faculty and other students,” Gates said. George and Mary Hylton Associate Professor of International Relations Mike Tierney ’87 also addressed higher education reform in his acceptance speech for the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award earlier in the Charter Day ceremony. Tierney spoke from

an educator’s point of view, emphasizing the need of increased support of faculty research — a vital aspect of higher education — and the inclusion of students through the new proposed academic curriculum for arts and sciences. “This [liberal arts] approach to education requires sustained student-faculty interaction; it will not take place in a 200-person classroom, it will not occur by hiring more temporary and adjunct instructors, and it will not be incorporated into distance learning classes,” Tierney said. “It’s time for us to double down on liberal arts education and teaching

through engaged research — we should find the resources to reinvest in our comparative advantage.” Other Thomas Jefferson Award recipients included associate professor of Hispanic studies Theresa Longo and Brian Rabe ’13. Taylor Nelson ’13 received the James Monroe Prize for Civic Leadership. Dylan Frendt ’14 was selected to present his reflections on the College’s charter, comparing memories to charters of our lives. Lois Critchfield was awarded an honorary degree for her work to further the Middle Eastern studies program at the College.

Class of 2014 exempt from fee requirement Financial aid will be provided for business students in need FEES from page 1

William and Mary, we are not alone.” Business School Dean Lawrence Pulley said in a press release. “The gap between the necessary funding to remain a top business school and the funds available are simply too great to be left unattended. This investment will sustain our status as a recognized innovator and leader in undergraduate business education and strengthen the personalized academic experience we offer with world-class faculty.” The plan will be implemented over two years. Starting next year, all incoming business majors will pay an extra $750 per semester and all business minors will pay an extra $375 per semester. Starting in the 2014-15 school year, those who declare business a major will pay an additional $1,500 a semester and declared minors will pay $750 a semester. Once fully implemented, the fee would provide a 4-percent increase in the business school’s budget. Members of the Class of 2014 who are already in the business school will not have to pay the fee. “Right off the bat, 25 percent of the revenue will go back to financial aid,” Vice President of Financial

Affairs Sam Jones said. “We don’t want a student who wants to be a business major not to pursue it just because of finances.” In addition to financial aid, the tuition increase would help attract and maintain top faculty as well as fund internships and international opportunities for business students. “No one likes an increase in cost, but everyone likes high quality,” Pulley said. “It’s unfortunate that we had to raise prices, but we thought long and hard about this. We understand the financial challenges for the students but we think this is necessary to continue providing the undergraduate business experience our students want and so deserve.” Jones emphasized that the additional business school cost would be a fee and not a tuition increase, so as to avoid causing confusion within the Virginia legislature’s prepaid tuition plan. “We have an invaluable faculty, and we want to make sure we always have the resources to give them the tools to create a top curriculum,” Director of the undergraduate program of the Mason School of Business Christopher Adkins said. “I think one of the things people don’t realize is how many other undergraduate programs have similar fees.”


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Why we should embrace Valentine’s Day sweet roommates, supportive teammates or passionate leaders and members of your favorite clubs or student organizations: These people have boosted your spirits with their kindness. They have given parts of themselves to you because they love you. Their love may not be of “The Notebook” variety, but it is something rare and beautiful Flat Hat Staff Columnist nonetheless — it is unconditional. We all have people in our lives that have supported us, no matter what we have put them through: picking up the “I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY!” “#foreveralone,” “Happy 2 a.m. phone calls, helping us bake 5,000 cookies for our Single’s Awareness Day!” Why is it that seeing oversized organization’s bake sale, or giving impromptu counseling teddy bears or red roses seems to be enough to bring out the sessions for mini-existential crises. They have been sources “Scrooge” in so many of us every Feb. 14? Okay, maybe that is a silly question. Being single myself, I of strength during difficult times and have had more faith in completely understand why there is some animosity associated us than we do in ourselves. We should not see this Valentine’s Day as a reminder of with Valentine’s Day. It’s hard not to feel lonely when you see hand-holding couples any regular day of the year, let alone the one specific type of love that we may not have found yet, on the day that has been branded as one to celebrate our love but rather as an opportunity to celebrate the multitudes of of significant others. In the dance party of life, this day can love that we already have in our lives. This is our chance to feel like the disc jockey has boomed over the microphone: show our gratitude to those who love us and to share love with people who might especially need “And this one is for couples only.” some. Cue the slow-dance music, and we The commemoration of It is amazing how much a handsingle-folk retreat to the outskirts of this day should not involve written note, a favorite candy bar, a the room to awkwardly sip our punch, masochistically watching homemade CD or even a phone call can avoiding eye contact with our fellow romantic comedies and do to remind someone how much you wallflowers. posting angst-ridden truly love him or her. Sometimes, it’s the But no one should be scurrying off Facebook statuses. seemingly smallest gestures that really say the dance floor. The commemoration of this day should not involve masochistically watching romantic the most. And if you feel like going a step further, perhaps you comedies, envying the perfect matches portrayed onscreen, consuming baked goods in exorbitant amounts, and posting could spread some love to those who may need the reminder that people care about them. Residents in nursing angst-ridden Facebook statuses. homes, veterans’ hospitals, or women’s shelters may feel Students at the College of William and Mary are experts especially alone on Valentine’s Day. Their days could be in seeing things differently, so we are definitely up to the brightened immensely by a batch of simple cards handmade challenge of advocating a broader meaning for Valentine’s Day. Instead of viewing this day as a holiday exclusive to couples, we by you or your hallmates, club or student organization reminding them that someone is thinking of them. should consider that the message of Valentine’s Day is actually Valentine’s Day should not be the awkward slow-dance very accessible to each of us. Quite simply, Valentine’s Day of holidays. It should be a giant conga-line in which people celebrates love more generally — something we all have. reach out to others and let them know that they are not ‘Single’ does not mean ‘alone.’ Even if you do not have alone in this world and that they are loved. So put down a significant other, I am willing to bet that you have quite a your punch, and start dancing! few significant others — invaluable people in your life who offer you support, encouragement and care. Your tight-knit Email Andrea Aron-Schiavone at acaronschiavon@email. groups of friends, treasured siblings, caring family members,

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fter walking past the grandiose cupola of Alan B. Miller Hall at the College of William and Mary, you might suspect that students at the Mason School of Business pay more for their facilities and services. More importantly, after sitting in a cramped classroom in Tyler Hall, you might see Miller’s leather couches and think business students should pay more than other undergraduate students. Over the weekend, the Board of Visitors announced a plan that would require business school undergraduate students to pay $1500 per semester in fees starting in the 2013-14 school year. While this plan may be a practical solution for other schools, we do not support the College’s decision to increase business school students’ cost of attendance with a new flat-rate fee. The business school needs enough funding to remain competitive, but we think that the method through which the College is seeking to raise funds is flawed. If the College intends to add fees for business school students, we want to see a budget that will lay out exactly where all of the additional revenue is going. We are not opposed to additional fees for courses that require special materials, advanced technology or speakers. These kinds of fees are very familiar to music and kinesiology majors at the College. On a practical level, different services cost different amounts of money. Class fees can help accommodate this difference. Flat-rate fees, however, seem to oppose Chancellor Robert Gates ’65 remarks at the Charter Day ceremony. As a public liberal arts school, the College has always fought against the idea that education is a private consumer good. Charging students more for a particular major seems to accept the idea that education is a private consumer good by commoditizing the cost and worth of a particular major. The additional flat-rate fee for business students only exacerbates the divide between the College and business school. Further separating the business school from the Arts and Sciences program could lead to negative consequences for the College down the road. We all realize that students at the business school will likely make more money than their peers majoring in classical studies. Regardless, the College needs to remain close to the business school to remind students they are not just students at the Mason School of Business but also students at the College of William and Mary. Among other reasons, this way, any potential donations by business school alumni will be given to the College as a whole. In an ideal world, the state would give all parts of the College as much money as they need in order to remain academically competitive. Given the number of editorials we have written asking the state for money, we understand we do not live in a perfect world. As such, we also understand the business school needs more funding to provide certain services. We do not believe, however, that a flat-rate tuition increase for all business students aligns with the College’s perspective that education is valuable because it improves society; if this is to occur, the reasons for additional fees must be made explicit so students know exactly why they are paying more.

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 Ellen Wexler. 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

Street Beat

How would you change dining and parking?

The College has contracted consultants to analyze the dining and parking services on campus. What sorts of changes would you like to see?

“More parking would be nice. Any parking.”

Amber Bryant ‘16

“You can’t park on campus, even if you have a parking pass most of the time because there’s nowhere to park.” Joshua Clarington ‘14

“What I’d really like to see would be an overall improvement in the quality of the food.” Derin Dacey ’15

“My friends who go to other schools, their dining halls close at 10 [at] the earliest.”

Gregory Gibson ’14

“I know someone who has a car and a lot of the time, for half a year, she had to park all the way in Colonial Williamsburg, and we live in Botetourt.” Hayden Bock ‘16 ­— photos and interviews by Matt Camarda

Transparency is the only way back to credibility and indignation Max Cea

Flat Hat Staff Columnist

If you read the Washington Post headline, “Five colleges misreported data to U.S. News, raising concerns about rankings, reputation” Wednesday, do you remember your reaction? Was it shock? Revulsion? Disappointment? Perhaps the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle have made me into a jaded cynic, but my reaction was indifference. And at this point can you blame me? Ten-plus years of learning that my favorite baseball players were syringebinging cheaters has made me numb to scandal. Shock was eliminated from my repertoire of emotions long ago, as was disappointment. Disappointment hinges on expectation and emotional attachment. Aside from the College of William and Mary I do not have much

— if any — emotional attachment to universities. Further, with all of the scandals that we have witnessed in higher education, I have no delusions as to the muck that some colleges are covered in. Thus, I could not muster up any disappointment at learning that a few schools sent fraudulent information to U.S. News and that the subsequent college rankings might be slightly tainted. Truth be told, the only disappointment that I felt when I read the Washington Post headline — and the subsequent story — was that I have become desensitized to indignity. However, just as I was beginning to think that I was nothing more than a hollowed out man of tin, I read an article about Illinois’s Augustana College. Augustana recently published “The Augustana Story,” a report filled with the facts that prospective students might want to know but that most colleges do not share. The information on the report includes student outcomes, faculty teaching loads and where tuition revenue is going. Some of the data does not reflect

particularly well on Augustana. For instance, Augustana’s graduation rate is higher for white students than for nonwhite students, and students’ average debt at graduation is increasing. Yet, all in all, Augustana deserves a tremendous amount of credit for its transparency. Today, this type of transparency has become increasingly important. Sadly, in the court of public opinion it seems we have reached an age of guilty until proven innocent. We are living in a world where money and power motivate cheaters to cheat, and technology and resources enable them to stay a few steps ahead of investigators. It is no longer enough to abstain from taking performanceenhancing drugs. A clean athlete who is concerned about his image and the sanctity of his sport must also come out and expose the illicit undercurrent of his respective sport to the world. Honest politicians, who claim to oppose Citizens United, must indicate where all of their campaign contributions are coming from. And colleges, whose honor codes are meant to reflect and inspire a culture

of honesty and integrity, must follow suit and create their own versions of “The Augustana Story.” I am sure that if the College published a report similar to Augustana’s it would contain some ugly truths, but that is okay. We live in a generation that is numb to scandal, corruption and inefficient bureaucracy. Without Augustana-esque transparency, a tradition of honor is little more than an antiquated veneer

of devout righteousness. The College’s bricks are red, not yellow. Our president might be Santa Claus, but he is certainly not a wizard. Nonetheless, a “College of William and Mary Story” unquestionably would be a noble step toward creating a larger culture of transparency that might just give a few tin students their hearts and their long lost innocence back. Email Max Cea at mrcea@email.

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Sophomore guard Brandon Britt drives to the hoop Monday against Northeastern in the College’s 68-64 loss. The Tribe held a seven point lead with just over six minutes to play before a late Northeastern run caused the College to lose.

Britt leads with 18 points, but late turnovers haunt College as Northeastern escapes with conference win BY JARED FORETEK FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR With just over six minutes to play in William and Mary’s matchup with Colonial Athletic Association-leading Northeastern Monday, the Tribe was in control. A 7-0 run had given the College a 60-53 lead and forced the Huskies to take a timeout. An alley-oop from senior guard Matt Rum to junior forward Kyle Gaillard had the 2,275 in attendance on their feet. But they had seen this movie before. It was far from the first time the College (9-14, 3-9 CAA) had found itself competing late in a game that — on paper, at least — it had no business in. And just like every other time, the Tribe let it slip away, surrendering an offensive rebound on a free throw and turning it over twice in the last 60 seconds to fall 68-64 to the Huskies (17-8, 12-1 CAA) at home. Despite the outcome, head coach Tony Shaver was happy with the way his team took the league’s best down to the wire. “I’m very encouraged,” Shaver said. “We’re really getting better … as I told

[the team], if this is the best team in the league — and they clearly are — and we keep improving in the month of February … then we can do great things down the stretch.” Northeastern led for much of the contest, using 7 of 10 three-point shooting in the first to take a 31-28 halftime lead. But the College was balanced as ever as four players scored in double-figures and the team shot 48 percent from the floor. Defensively, the Tribe forced Huskies giveaways all night but couldn’t capitalize, picking up 11 steals yet scoring just nine points off turnovers. Despite shooting 57.1 percent from beyond the arc, Northeastern finished at 52.2 percent from the floor. The two sides went back and forth in the second until things began to look up for the College with under nine minutes left. Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton — quiet for much of the contest — found his stroke, keeping the ball off a pick-androll to bury a contested three and tie it at 53-53. He would lapse on the Huskies’ next possession, though, losing sight of Northeastern’s Demetrius Pollard and giving up an open three-pointer. The

Huskies had made the Tribe pay from the perimeter all night having gone 11 of 17 from behind the arc up until that point. For once, however, Thornton and the College caught a break. Pollard missed, and Thornton was back for another deep ball to put the Tribe up 56-53 before picking off a Northeastern pass. Rum then found Gaillard for the alley-oop, and after a Huskies air-ball, it was junior center Tim Rusthoven on the receiving end of a nice feed from Rum, getting to the basket and hitting a layup to give the College a seven-point lead with 6:14 remaining. Thornton would finish with 13 points and three steals, while Gaillard scored 10 and logged three steals of his own. But Northeastern wasn’t done, cutting the Tribe’s lead back to just one with 2:29 left. Rum missed a three on the College’s next chance, but Gaillard tracked down the long rebound for another opportunity to build a cushion going into the final two minutes. Rusthoven found junior guard Brandon Britt slashing to the basket and got him the ball, but Britt’s layup attempt was blocked, and the Huskies took the lead for good on their next possession

when Reggie Spencer got position on the block and laid it in. Britt, who would lead the Tribe with 18 points on 5 of 10 shooting, suddenly went cold. Having knocked down 5 of his 7 three-point attempts up to that point, Britt air-balled a corner three, but again, the College got a second chance. Rusthoven was fouled going up for the rebound and the College got to in bound from under Northeastern’s basket with a minute to play. As Rum held the ball out of bounds, Gaillard slashed down a cleared-out lane. Looking for another alley-oop, Rum lobbed a jump-ball for Gaillard, but instead of taking the lead on a dunk, Gaillard couldn’t corral it and Northeastern’s David Walker came up with the ball. It’s a play that the Tribe runs infrequently but with a high success rate, but this time, it resulted in a gamechanging turnover. Defense bailed the College out one last time as Rum forced a jump-ball with the possession arrow in the Tribe’s favor. With 27 seconds left, Britt got another look from the corner but couldn’t hit and Northeastern’s Joel Smith picked up

the rebound and went to the line after a foul, hitting 1 of 2 to leave the door open for the College again. But Rusthoven couldn’t hold on to the rebound, juggling it to the Huskies’ Quincy Ford, who hit a pair of free throws to seal the game. “It’s just a rebound I have to get and I didn’t get it,” Rusthoven, who turned in a solid performance of 14 points and nine boards, said. “It really boils down to that.” Aside from a meaningless Rusthoven layup as the clock expired, the Tribe was held scoreless over the final 5:06, going 0 for 8. “Down the stretch [their 3-2 zone] really worked well for them,” Britt said, “And we didn’t penetrate it like we’re supposed to and didn’t get good shots.” It’s the second time the Tribe has dropped a close one to CAA-leading Northeastern this season. In Boston, the College needed a 49-point second-half to force overtime, fell 95-91 after two extra periods. “[The CAA] is a league where anyone can beat anyone on a given night,” Rusthoven said. “They’re a great team … it tells us a lot about our team, that we can go head-to-head with anyone.”


Cepeda prevails in three sets to cap College rally College falls behind early in singles play, but victories by Cepeda, Belaya and Nemchinov allow Tribe to escape with 4-3 win BY MIKE BARNES FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR No one ever wants to have to make a comeback. Falling into an early deficit and having to battle back is never the goal — but if the team can pull it off, it makes for a thrilling victory. William and Mary rallied from a twopoint deficit to overcome Virginia Tech in a rousing 4-3 victory Saturday that came down to the final match. With the match hanging in the balance, senior Anik Cepeda prevailed over the Hokies’ Carol Kahoun in three sets to clinch the Tribe victory. All other matches were finished, and the score stood at a 3-3 tie. Cepeda had claimed the first set 6-4, but Kahoun stormed back in the second, 6-3, forcing a third and deciding set. Cepeda found her rhythm early in the third set and never looked back, cruising to a 6-1 third set victory that allowed the Tribe (6-2, 1-0 CAA) to squeak out a 4-3 win. Head coach Tyler Thomson found Cepeda’s clutch performance especially impressive considering her health. “[Cepeda] had a stomach flu for a few days leading up to match … She kind of got on the girl early in the third set … and

she really didn’t give this girl a chance to get back in the match,” Thomson said. Cepeda’s victory was the final salvo in a lengthy Tribe comeback. The College fell behind early after dropping the doubles point. The nationally ranked No. 3 doubles tandem of juniors Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans dispatched Virginia Tech’s Ilinca Stoica and Kelly Williford, 8-5, in the No. 1 spot, but they were the only College duo to claim victory. Junior Hope Johnson and freshman Leeza Nemchinov fell to their Hokie counterparts, 8-2 in the No. 2 spot to tie the quest for the doubles point at one apiece, which made the No. 3 match a deciding factor. Cepeda and junior Sydney Smith fell in a closely contested match in the No. 3 spot, 8-7 (5), allowing the Hokies to win the doubles point and garner a 1-0 advantage. “We’ve been fortunate to come back and win a couple of our matches after losing the doubles point. … It take a lot of pressure off you if you can win the doubles point because you only have to win three singles matches as opposed to four … The most important [thing] for our team is at that we continue to improve on doubles and we may keep tinkering with our lineup to find more success at No. 2 and

No. 3 doubles,” Thomson said. The action then turned to singles play, where Virginia Tech’s Tea Ivanovic increased the Hokies’ lead to two with a victory over Smith in the No. 6 position, 6-0, 6-1. Loomans then put the College on the board with a win over Isel MartinezMarcos 6-4, 6-1. Williford downed Johnson at the No. 4 position, 6-3, 6-4, to give the Hokies a commanding 3-1 lead with three matches still undecided. The College would need to win all three to leave Blacksburg with a victory. The comeback began at the No. 3 position, where Nemchinov knocked off Virginia Tech’s Raluca Mita with relative ease, 6-2, 6-4. Attention then shifted to the No.1 position, where an epic battle between Belaya and Stoica was brewing. Belaya dominated the first set, 6-1, but Stoica cruised through the second set 6-3 to even the match at one set apiece. In the final set, Belaya overpowered Sotica en route to a 6-2 final set victory, which tied the overall match at 3-3. “[Belaya] had been struggling a little bit, and the key for her is to really stay consistent throughout the match, both with her game and with her competitiveness and attitude, and she did


Senior Anik Cepeda recorded a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Virginia Tech’s Carol Kahoun in the No. 5 spot.

a great job of that,” Thomson said. “She won the first set, lost the second set, and she could have let it get to her, but she came out with a great attitude to start the third set and got on the girl early enough so that she got discouraged.” After Belaya tied the match at 3-3, Cepeda finished the comeback with her rousing victory over Kahoun. The win stands both as the College’s second straight victory, and as another marker of the squad’s improvement

and early season success. The Tribe has recorded six victories — two of them against ranked opponents — and hopes to replicate the formula for success it has found so far this season. “The most defining element of the match from our standpoint was the fact that we competed really well,” Thomson said. “We stayed positive and faced some adversity. ... The attitude needed to be right in order to win the match, and we did a really good job with that.”

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Storming the Armory

500m DASH Freshman Claire Tito garnered an ECAC qualificaion with a 1:15.54 performance in the 500m dash. Tito’s time was the ninth-fastest in school history.


5,000m RUN


The College’s men’s and women’s track teams ventured up to the famous Big Apple track venue this weekend and returned with a bevy of personal bests and ECAC qualifications.

Sophomore Dylan Hassett won the 5,000m run with an ECAC-qualifying run of 17:03.62. Hassett’s run was a personal best and is the 15th best time in school history.


Senior Katie Buenaga finished in 2:54.95 to pace the field and claim victory in the 1,000m run and grab an ECAC qualification. Buenaga



Junior Mark Moran recorded a fifth-place finish with a personal best time of 1:05.39. The run puts Moran in 10th place in school record books.


HIGH JUMP Freshman Bob Smutsky set a College freshman record with a 22.57 in the 200m dash to secure a second place finish. He matched his previous personal best with the run.


5,000m RUN Evans and Baird returned to compete in the shot put. This time around, Evans bested Baird. Evans came in second overall with a 12.97 effort, while Baird finished in fourth.

4x400m RELAY Sophomore Elizabeth Crafford and junior Nicole Dory both garnered ECAC nods in the pole vault by clearing 3.60 meters. Crafford won the event, Dory finished fourth.

200m DASH

Senior Natalie Baird eclipsed a season-best mark with a 15.48m throw, while freshman Rochelle Evans threw the weight 14.83m, good for sixth all time in College history.



500m DASH



1,000m RUN


Senior Ben Katz led the Tribe in the high jump with a thirdplace finish overall. Katz’s jump measured 1.94m. Katz


Junior Rad Gunzenhauser earned an IC4A qualification with a 14:32.90 performance. It was his second-fastest 5,000m indoor performance.

Freshman Taylor Frenia took fourth place in the shot put Saturday. Frenia’s put of 14.93 was just shy of his personal best.




The College finished in fourth with a time of 4:01.20 in the 4x400m relay, the 15th-fasted in school history. The team was led by freshman Ashley Woodards.


POLE VAULT After already claiming an ECAC nod in the pole vault, Dory also performed well in the long jump. She finished fifth with a 5.49m jump, setting a personal best.


Freshman Austin Vegas cleared the bar at 4.64 meters, good for a second place finish. Vegas already earned an ECAC qualification earlier in the season.


Patriots hand College 57-56 loss in final seconds

Correal puts Tribe up with jumper, but late defensive stand falls just short BY JACK POWERS FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER


Senior guard Janine Aldridge missed a three-pointer at the buzzer Sunday.

After battling for 39 minutes, William and Mary was two seconds away from victory Sunday in Fairfax, Va. The College held a onepoint advantage with nine seconds remaining before George Mason guard Rahneeka Saunders buried a deep jumper to give the Patriots a 57-56 victory. Saunders, the game’s leading scorer with 19 points, found an opening in the Tribe defense, lifted up, and nailed a deep jumper with barely any time to spare. Head coach Debbie Taylor called a timeout immediately afterwards. The Tribe (5-17, 3-8 CAA) had the inbounds pass at the center line with just two seconds left to avert heartbreak. The pass came in to senior guard Janine Aldridge. Aldridge’s would-be game-saving three pointer fell short and the Patriots (714, 2-8 CAA) claimed victory. With that, a game that was essentially a tie in almost every

statistical category came down as another tally in the loss column for the Tribe. Sunday’s late game collapse was indicative of a larger trend for the College. It was the ninth game the College has lost by five or less points. Despite missing the last shot, Aldridge turned in another impressive performance Sunday, pacing the Tribe not just in points, but also in rebounds. She finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds, her first double-double of the season. Senior forward Emily Correal also played well for the Tribe, finishing with 10 points and three steals. Correal put the Tribe ahead in the final seconds by hitting a jumper with just 0:43 showing on the clock. The Patriot defense proved challenging for junior forward Kaitlyn Mathieu, who had been excellent for the Tribe in and back in the starting lineup for the last five games. Although she has become a real shooting threat of late, Mathieu shot just 2 of 9 from the field and finished with just four points against

the Patriots. The College’s shooters struggled in the first period, missing five shots in the first four minutes, and fell by seven points early. But, once Aldridge and fellow senior Jaclyn McKenna started finding the net, the Tribe came back to a 28-32 halftime deficit. In what has become a trend this season, the College was once again out-rebounded by an opponent. George Mason out-muscled the Tribe 41 to 29 under the basket. Those 41 George Mason rebounds included 12 offensive boards, several of which were turned into easy scores Sunday’s contest was a battle of evenly matched teams. This was especially evident during the last 10 minutes of the second half where neither team could amass a lead of more than three points. The Tribe held on to a tenuous lead for the last few minutes before George Mason prevailed in the closing seconds. The College returns to Kaplan Arena Friday to host Northeastern.


Balancing work and love at the College

It was Jan. 11, 1990. The College of William and Mary had just hired the New Jersey native as an English professor and the department was throwing him a welcoming cocktail party. Amidst the celebration, Adam Potkay spotted Professor Monica Brzezinski. He walked toward her with a burning question on his mind. “Are you Polish? You look Polish,” he said. The unusual meeting proved memorable enough for Brzezinski. Sixteen months later, they were married. Today, Adam Potkay is the William R. Kenan Professor of Humanities and Monica Potkay is an associate professor of English. As a result of meeting through the College, the Potkays avoided the problem that sometimes plagues married academics: working at institutions geographically far from each other. Adam Potkay described one commuter marriage between professors in Canada and Poland, calling that particular arrangement “nuts.” “Our offices are down the hall from each other,” Adam Potkay said. “Sometimes, when there’s no one around, especially later on a Friday or Monday, it’s like being home. There’s no one but Monica, the secretary and I. We chat.” Commuting is not an issue for the Potkays. The couple chose to raise their son Aaron, now an engineering student at Virginia Tech, in Williamsburg. Monica Potkay walks to school every day. The Chicago native has dubbed her downtown

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Williamsburg neighborhood “the Big City.” “The people living around us are all Colonial Williamsburg workers,” Adam Potkay said. “They have their 18th century garb on when they go to work. We live next to coopers and milliners and hurdy gurdy players and wainwrights. It’s fun.” After school, literature remains a constant topic for the couple. One ongoing debate revolves around two great British poets: Monica Potkay prefers the blank verse of John Milton while Adam Potkay favors the Romantic poet William Wordsworth. At the College, the couple has co-taught a large lecture course, Literature and the Bible, since 1991. They specialize in different areas, however — Adam Potay is focused on eighteenth and nineteenth century British literature, while Monica Potkay’s expertise lies in medieval writings. “It’s useful that we’re both in literature, but we have different specialties,” Monica Potkay said. “Professionally, it’s great to be married to someone who’s in the same field as you but knows different things. It can get too competitive otherwise.” Similar but distinct academic interests prevent the couple’s close work relationship from becoming stifling. Despite teaching at the same school and in the same department, the Potkays continue to change up their routines. This year, they plan to go out for Valentine’s Day a day early to beat the crowds, an unconventional celebration that perhaps dovetails their extraordinary introduction. “I tell the story of our meeting to people, and they ask, ‘Weren’t you insulted?’” Monica Potkay said. “But, I am Polish.”



Shared interests and the ability to learn from one another are often considered integral to a strong relationship. Catherine Levesque, chair of the art and art history department, and Christopher MacGowan, professor of English, have their fair share of individual achievements. Yet both seem to hold a deep admiration for the expertise of their partner. Given their shared artistic interests, it is natural they should have met in an artistic haven: New York City. Originally from England, MacGowan found work there in 1984 after receiving his Ph.D. but before securing his position at the College of William and Mary later that year. Levesque was attending graduate school at Columbia University. The two were introduced by a mutual friend. “The first time I met Cathy was at an English restaurant on 7th Avenue,” MacGowan said. Their natural appreciation of artistic works was made evident even during their first conversation which revolved around a French film starring Gerard Depardieu. “We discussed that film, ‘The Return of Martin Guerre,’” MacGowan said. “We didn’t agree on the interpretation of it.” The two continued to bond through their shared love of theater. “We certainly both enjoyed everything about New York, like the plays and the opera,” Levesque said. Both professors cite Mozart as their favorite composer. The two married in 1988. Levesque became a professor at the College in 1995, adding her specialization in Northern Renaissance and Baroque art to the art and art history department’s repertoire. MacGowan and Levesque agree that working together at the College in separate fields of study has enriched each other’s knowledge. MacGowan’s specialization in the poetry of William Carlos Williams and Levesque’s expertise in Pieter Bruegel’s works have overlapped in their teachings. MacGowan once brought up a discussion of Bruegel in his Modern Poetry course. “I got that from her,” he said. Levesque returned the compliment and acknowledged her husband’s influence on her own studies. “[Williams’] sensitivity as an interpreter of Bruegel, I think, sharpened my own vision,” Catherine said. “We help each other discover new things in painting and literature,” Christopher said. When they visit museums together, Levesque



recommends Titian’s work. MacGowan, in turn, has given her books to read. “Shared interests are important to us,” MacGowan said. At the same time, the differences inherent in their international marriage have made them familiar with aspects of other cultures — especially food, Levesque said, joking about the poor reputation of English cuisine. “We have different tastes in food, but we’re understanding of each other’s [tastes],” MacGowan said. This Valentine’s Day, the couple plans to celebrate at a nice restaurant, but probably not an English one like the one where they met. “English food is really not popular here. Or in England anymore, for that matter,” MacGowan said. Despite differing culinary tastes, their marriage thrives on respect for and appreciation of the other’s interests and talents. “My dissertation was on poetry and painting,” MacGowan said. “I published it as a book before I met her. And if I had met her before then, it would have been a better book.”

Associate Professors of Russian studies Sasha and Elena Prokhorov have been united in academia from the very beginning: They met each other thirty years ago at a dance party in their freshman dorm at Moscow University. “Now that I think about it, it was probably the greatest party of my life,” Sasha Prokhorov said. They were married during perestroika in the Soviet Union and left shortly thereafter to pursue teaching opportunities and graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. They now teach Russian, film studies classes and various other cultural studies courses at the College of William and Mary and are currently working on a book on cinema in the Soviet Union, particularly of late Socialist genres. “The best part of working together is bouncing ideas off each other and getting honest feedback,” Elena Prokhorova said. “We can share materials that we come across for class and Sasha is especially good at archiving. His office is terrible, though.” To the Prokhorovs, Valentine’s Day is a bit of a foreign concept. They can remember the influx of American holidays and commercial ideas — Valentine’s Day included — into the Soviet Union. “It was interesting to see the rise of market culture and growing capitalism in the Soviet Union,” Sasha Prokhorov said. “We had celebrated International Women’s Day before this, which most students I have met here have never heard of.” International Women’s Day, a United Nations-observed holiday which is celebrated in many other countries, is celebrated on March 8th and is similar to Valentine’s Day. Flowers and chocolates are given to women out of appreciation, especially to mothers and wives. While noting the cultural disruption of this tradition in Russia, the Prokhorovs find humor and value in its western counterpart. “I experienced Valentine’s Days vicariously


through my daughter from kindergarten onwards,” Elena Prokhorova said. “It was a much more serious problem in middle school and high school but it seems like it is less so in college where students are more mature.” Yet she has received several Valentine’s Day cards in her time at the College, which she keeps posted on her door. One of them reads, “Leon Trotsky Thinks You’re Hotsky,” and the rest contain similar allusions to Soviet and Russian thinkers and writers. The Prokhorovs have also enjoyed witnessing the marriages of students of the Russian department, often receiving visits from these couples during Homecoming. For Valentine’s Day this year, the Prokhorovs hope for both the time and mental sanity after a long day of teaching to sit down for a romantic dinner at a French restaurant. Both the Prokhorovs agree that the success of their thirty years together is their foundation of friendship. “I know it’s real,” Sasha Prokhorov said. “We’re anti-sentimentalists, but this is the best thing we have.”


Variety Editor Abby Boyle Variety Editor Sarah Caspari

The Flat Hat | Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | Page 8

When business

meets pleasure

Professors, staff members discuss their relationships, share histories



They said goodbye at the Richmond International Airport. She boarded a plane to Germany with their son, and he turned around to drive home — he would not be joining his family on their summer vacation. He had deadlines to meet. When Ute Schechter, Warren E. Burger Archivist of Earl Gregg Swem Library, arrived at her parents’ home in Germany with her son, her husband, associate professor of history Ron Schechter, was waiting there to surprise her. He had secretly booked a direct flight and beaten them there. International travel is not unusual for the Schechters, who met in Cambridge, Mass. in 1989. Ute Schechter was still living in Germany at the time and the two began a long-distance relationship when she returned to her home. A year and a half later, Ron Schechter’s dissertation research brought him to France, where they began living together. They married in 1991 and traveled back and forth between Europe and the United States

until they came to the College of William and Mary in 1997. The long-distance challenge did not end there, however. “The first four years when we lived in Williamsburg and Ron was teaching, I worked in Richmond at the state archives,” Ute Schechter said. “We basically just communicated by email. We hardly ever saw each other.” When Ute Schechter was selected for a position at the College’s Special Collections, the Schechters were grateful for the opportunity to work together. Now they make sure to have lunch or coffee together every day. Working at the College has allowed them to complement each other’s fields. Special Collections owes much of its traffic to Ron Schechter, who brings all of his students to visit each semester. “Since I know exactly what Ron is going to teach … I can try to find resources in Special Collections that fit with his topic,” Ute Schechter said. They value their ability to complement each other in their personal as well as academic


Professors Jennifer Putzi and Simon Joyce first met in the Texas Christian University’s English department. Putzi got the courage to ask Joyce out at the department’s annual Christmas party, and the rest is history. “I had really resisted dating anyone in academia before that because it’s so hard,” Putzi said. “I had seen too many ambitious women downgrade their aspirations to follow a man.” Over a decade later, the two professors reminisce over a cup of coffee at Aromas, as their English careers have taken them from Texas to Williamsburg. Due to the transient nature of academic jobs, the life of a professor couple isn’t easy. Joyce got a job at the College of William and Mary in 2002, and Putzi left her job in Texas to follow him to Virginia. Today, both professors have tenure in the College’s English department: Putzi specializes in English and women’s studies and Joyce in cultural history and English. Their offices are two doors down from each other, and they have two children. Although the two never teach together, they do research and write about silent films collaboratively. “Everybody always asks us, How can you write together?’ because it’s so personal,” Putzi said. “But we have different strengths in writing, so we can do it well.”

Although the life of a professor couple may sound ideal, the two agree that it isn’t all roses and Shakespeare sonnets. “The one thing that’s a blessing and a curse is that we already know everything about the other person’s job,” Joyce said. “There’s no mystery.” Managing full-time jobs and schoolaged children can get hectic. Putzi and Joyce said that they try to alternate teaching days so that someone can always stay home if one of their children is sick. Luckily, they have a built-in babysitter system at the College. “We’ve brought the kids to department meetings before,” Putzi said. “The kids love it. I don’t know how our colleagues feel about it, though.” Some days, when the couple gets home from work, the office comes with them. They admit to muting the TV occasionally to talk through a writing edit and to discussing English department politics at the dinner table. “The biggest challenge for us is setting boundaries and separating home life and work life, so home isn’t all about work,” Joyce said. “The kids are helpful in that way because they teach you how to lose yourself in the family. We both really love what we do and could do it all the time. “ As for Valentine’s Day, the English professors will be at home with their kids. “We don’t go out as much as we should, because our kids are little,” Jennifer said. “For us, dinner and a movie is pretty thrilling.”


lives. While they share a sense of humor, their other personality traits can offset each other. “He can be more fun and spontaneous, and I’m a little bit more careful,” Ute Schechter said. “But I think that’s great together.” When they look back on the time they spent living with an ocean between them, they now appreciate the challenge it presented because it proved the strength of their relationship early on. However, Ron Schechter jokes that he couldn’t be completely sure of Ute Schechter’s affection until they were married. “I think the fact that you married me … [is] by far the nicest thing you’ve ever done for me,” Ron Schechter said. “That made me feel pretty secure that she probably liked me.” The Schechters have celebrated over 20 anniversaries, but they’ve always overlooked Valentine’s Day. An arbitrary holiday, they say; they would rather celebrate their marriage in their own ways. After conquering the long-distance challenge, it is enough for the Schechters just to be together. “The only time I’m annoyed with you is when you’re not there,” Ron Schechter said. “We just want to spend time together.”


Scott Nelson & Cindy Hahamovitch



The memory of a blue terrycloth bathrobe comes to mind when Legum Professor of History Scott Nelson recalls the day he met professor of history Cindy Hahamovitch. They were living in the same dorm at Rollins College in 1982. Nelson and several other residents were making noise in the middle of the night, and an annoyed, bathrobe-clad Hahamovitch confronted them in the lobby to demand they quiet down. The dormitory, Pinehurst Cottage, became their first home. Since they were essentially living together before their relationship even began, the tradition of going out on formal dates felt superfluous. “We spent a lot of evenings talking politics in the lobby,” Hahamovitch said. Hahamovitch and Nelson married in 1985. Two decades and two children later, it seems as if little has changed except for location: They still live together, and their offices are even on the same floor of James Blair Hall. Working together at the College of

William and Mary has been relatively easy for Nelson and Hahamovitch — but it can be much more of a challenge at many other universities. “Part of the reason that the William and Mary couple thing works is because William and Mary has an administration that made it possible,” Scott said. Since there are no other universities in the immediate area, he explained, the College has made a concerted effort to make room for faculty members’ spouses in academics. For a period of time, Nelson and Hahamovitch actually shared a job — he taught in the fall, she taught in the spring, and they both spent the off semester doing service such as advising or committee work. Being married to a fellow academic can be stressful, since the job is so time-consuming, but it can also be helpful: There is a level of empathy present when both people know what it’s like to write a dissertation and work toward a Ph.D. “We always understand what the other one is agonizing about,” Cindy said. When kids are added to the mix,

however, things can get complicated. Once, during a conference in Kentucky, the couple experienced a series of last-minute cancellations from babysitters. Hahamovitch ended up leaving their son with the receptionist from the babysitting agency and dashed to get to the panel on time. “For us, that’s a vacation,” she said. Raising children has revealed conflicting parenting styles, but Nelson and Hahamovitch are used to disagreement. As students, they rarely agreed on anything, they say. “The one thing we both have in common is we’re both independent and stubborn,” Nelson said. However, they value communication as essential to maintaining a peaceful relationship. They always talk through conflicts, but the real backbone of their marriage is their long history of friendship. “We were good friends before the relationship started and I think that has been the foundation of all the rest of it,” Scott said. “Then when things get rocky, we can always fall back on the fact that we trust but also respect each other.”

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