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Vol. 102, Iss. 29 | Friday, January 25, 2013
The Twice-Weekly Student Newspaper
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“The SA has never gotten anywhere this close ” to the
Where did all the money go?
$15,000 to cover the Dalai Lama’s expenses
$3,000 to create koozies with the Medical Amnesty
Student Assembly Reserves dwindle after a semester of high-profile speakers and budget overages
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SA budget per year $600,750
total budget for 2010-2011
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It’s not a big situation, it’s more of a wake-up call.
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The pie graph breaks down money given to certain organizations from the 2012-2013 Student Activities Budget.
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The Student Assembly Reserve fund has reached an unprecedented low of $13,839.75 for the spring semester. Starting the year at $110,518, various large programming events, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama visiting campus and two upcoming spring concerts, have nearly depleted the funds. “The SA has never gotten anywhere this close to the red,” SA President Curt Mills ’13 said. “It’s [because] we’ve been spending a lot. It’s not something my SA career has really prepared me for because there’s always been this massive [SA] reserve. ... This budget wasn’t designed for what we did this year.” Due to the financial trouble of the SA, Mills temporarily suspended free STI testing at the Health Center for the next two weeks. Senators are currently working on a bill to allocate the funds needed to continue this program and are considering instituting limitations to avoid College students abusing the program. According to Mills and Secretary of Finance Brett Prestia ’14, the SA Reserve has dwindled due in part to free STI testing and free airport shuttles for College students during academic breaks. “The reason why we’re in this situation now [is that] in the past, we had a lot of money and it was just the general attitude on campus from, say, parking services or the health services, that the SA is providing this service, [so] just keep providing it to the end of the year and then we’ll bill you at the end of the year because you have so much money,” Prestia said. “We’ve reached the point now where we no longer have a lot of money in the reserve through Charter Days and other big events we’ve had the last couple years.” Prestia advocated operating with a more conservative outlook toward SA finances, and noted that records show that the SA receives more requests for funding in the spring than in the fall. “It’s not a big situation,
it’s more of a wake-up call,” Prestia said. “We need to work with a much more pragmatic budget and we need to start limiting these entitlements. …We just need to get in the mindset of ‘Let’s stop fully funding things that are no longer a priority.’” Although Mills is proud of the number of large events the SA was able to fund in the fall, and the prospective events being planned for the spring semester, he recognizes the inability for last year’s budget to accommodate this strain. “We can’t do a huge speaker in the fall - really two, with [Bob] Woodward, which cost Alma Mater Productions [an SA-funded group] a good deal of money, and the [His Holiness the] Dalai Lama,” Mills said. “And we can’t do two concerts in the spring combined with all these free services, combined with, you know, pretty generous budgets for student organizations combined with financial flexibility. Something’s got to give or you’ve got to raise [the student activities fee].” The student activities fee is determined through the SA budgeting process in which student organizations, including the SA itself, propose budgets for their respective organizations, taking into account planned expenses for the following year. Last year, the approved organization budgets amounted to a total budget of $676,200, resulting in a student activities fee of $98 per full-time student. This fee was paid by students at the beginning of the fall semester. As of Jan. 18, the SA controls a total of $62,491.26. This figure is comprised of the $13,839.75 remaining in the SA Reserves, $26,594 in the SA Activities and Events fund, $12,078 allocated to the Competition fund, $3,740 in the Conference fund and $6,242.51 residing in off-campus SA accounts and usually raised through SA fundraising efforts. President of Student Engagement and Leadership and Director of Office of Community Engagement Drew Stelljes addressed the SA Senate in their Tuesday See finances page 4
to fund Homecoming grants for organizations
$2,380 to fund a new Steer Clear app
$40,000 to fund the I AM W&M week concert
$3,000 to fund rides to off-campus mental health facilities with TribeRides
to fund the first year of a three-year contract for the massage chairs in Swem library
$21,601 other expenses
$13,840 left in the Student Assembly Reserves account at the start of this semester
Undocumented immigrants and higher education
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With higher education funding already dwindling, proposed legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition would prove too costly. page 5
College pulls adidas brand
Company violates College’s Code by katherine chiglinsky FLAT HAT NEWS EDITOR
Adidas apparel will soon disappear from the racks of the College of William and Mary Bookstore. The College officially terminated its contract with adidas in a letter sent Jan. 4. The termination marks the first time the College has ended a contract with a company due to labor rights issues. With the contract terminated, adidas apparel bearing any logo of the College will be removed from the College bookstore, clearing out adidas’ concept shop. According to Interim Director of Auxiliary Service John Byxbe, the College is currently looking at other vendors to fill the spot. In 2006, the College became a member of the Worker Rights Consortium. The group monitors the labor practices of factories that produce university apparel and notifies the College if any vendor has potentially violated the College’s Licensing Code of Conduct. In January 2012, the WRC started monitoring a potential issue at a factory, PT Kizone, in Tangerang, Indonesia. The factory’s owner left the country unexpectedly in January 2012, but the factory remained open for several months. The companies eventually closed the factory in April 2012 and left 2,800 workers without jobs or severance pay. Two of the three key buyers of the factory, Nike and the Dallas Cowboys, paid $500,000 and $55,000 worth of severance pay to workers. The third key buyer, adidas, failed to pay its share of the severance pay, $1.8 million, and offered food vouchers instead. Workers refused the vouchers since they fail to help the workers repay debts, afford school fees or cover their rents. Following the allegations, Cornell University terminated its contract with adidas in October. The University of Washington and Rutgers University terminated their contracts in November. “The only way to prevent those sorts of disasters and more mundane forms of exploitation is to require See adidas page 4
board of visitors
BOV practices standardized
Supports member education by chris mckenna FLAT HAT chief staff writer
The Virginia House of Delegates voted yesterday on two bills that would change state requirements for college and university boards of visitors across the state. The House passed HB 1952 unanimously, while HB 1940 was voted in by a 77-21 split. The former requires higher training standards for board members, while the latter guarantees the positions of non-voting student and faculty boards of visitors representatives. Student and faculty membership in boards of visitors has not yet been standardized at the state level, but the College of William and Mary has provided these positions for quite some time. “Bill 1940 would basically apply practices that William and Mary has been applying for a decade,” current faculty representative William Hausman ’71 said. The bill would require student and faculty representatives to be elected by their respective governing bodies, rather than appointed by the school administration itself. “I’m a huge fan of how we do this; I don’t hold my position because the rector or president gave it to me,” Student Assembly President Curt Mills ’13 said. “I am one of two people who is both a student body president and a student member of the Board of Visitors. If [the bill passes], William and Mary would already meet that requirement.” See BOV page 4
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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The Virginia Gazette reported that the James City Service Authority approved a $1.35 million contract this week to finish its project of retrofitting sewer pipes, which began in 2008. Many old pipes in the area were made in the 1970s out of fiberglass coated with cement. Over the years, however the pipes proved to be too weak and failed in soggy soils throughout the Powhatan Creek area. To strengthen the pipes, the Service Authority is reinforcing them with high-density polyethylene liners. The final phase of the project will line pipes from within Ford’s Colony to Chisel Run ending at Olde Towne Road.
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A Christopher Newport University poll found Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli tied in the Virginia governor’s race, according to the Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily. McAuliffe (D) received 31 percent among registered voters. Cuccinelli (R) received 30 percent among voters with 33 percent undecided. However, Bill Bolling (R) is reportedly still considering to enter the race, and the poll indicated he would draw about 9 percent support with McAuliffe and Cuccinelli both receiving 27 percent. A Quinnipiac University poll released earlier in the month also showed McAuliffe and Cuccinelli in a near tie. The Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily reported that the Jamestown Church tower could be in danger of falling apart. The tower, built in 1639, is the only original structure above ground from the original Jamestown colony. Sen. John Miller (D) introduced a budget amendment to the General Assembly to apprpriate $100,000 to help fund the restoration project, which is estimated to cost a total of about $150,000. The Historic Jamestowne Fund is fundraising to cover the rest of the cost, and has raised about $11,000. An article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch stated that a Virginia Senate committee killed legislation aimed to close Virginia’s gun show loophole. Under the current law only licensed firearms dealers are required to conduct criminal background checks. Bill Stanley (R) of Franklin County originally voted for the bill but then voted against it. However he explained he wishes to compromise with gun-control advocates before next year’s season.
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Penn State students and community members commemorate the one year anniversary of former coach Joe Paterno’s death with flowers and notes on Jan. 22.
Lone Star College shooting hospitalizes four
Worcester students fined for walking
According to The New York Times, a shooting occurred at Lone Star College in Houston Tuesday. Although no one was killed in the shooting, four people were hospitalized due to injuries, three of which were related to gunfire. The assailant was 22-yearold Carlton Berry, who had previous run-ins with the law, in 2009, 2011 and 2012. One student that heard the gunshots was particularly rattled because she was present at the Virginia Tech shooting. Members of the school community were still wary about returning to class on Wednesday, as they were shocked and disturbed by this shooting.
Worcester State University has started fining students $72 per year for a pedestrian fee, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. This fee is controversial because it charges students not just for trekking across campus but also because students who drive to school must also pay it. WSU enacted the student fee as part of an effort to make up for losses in state funding. WSU students are not alone; many public schools have resorted to placing fees on their students due to lack of state funds.
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According to The Washington Post, Penn State University community members commemorated the one-year anniversary of the death of longtime coach Joe Paterno yesterday. Although the final days of the coach’s life were under a pall due to colleague Jerry Sandusky’s child molestation charges, many showed respect for the beloved coach by adorning his gravesite with bouquets and signs. Freshman Dan Hamm stated that despite the controversy over Paterno, his successful career and focus on schoolwork should be respected.
Boston College LGBT center vandalized The Boston Globe reported that vandals defaced part of the Boston College Law School. The vandalism occurred over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend at the Lambda Law Students Association, a LGBT center. According to a spokesman for the law school, the walls of the LLSA office were covered with terms degrading to the LGBT community. Dean Vincent D. Rougeau was astounded by this graffiti and stated that BC was collaborating with the Newton Police to get to the bottom of the crime. Members of the BC community have been supportive of those directly affected by the vandalism, using it to fuel the fight for gay rights.
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The Williamsburg City Council held its annual retreat beginning last Saturday morning to discuss several key topics, including the 2014 budget. One of the biggest items on the agenda was the consideration of several capital improvement projects, including the Stryker Building, which will create more meeting space, as part of a renewed focus on developing “healthy city” initiatives. City officials had indicated that short- and long-term financial projections would play a large role in any proposal.
The College of William and Mary School of Education formalized a partnership with the Virginia Science Technology Engineering and Applied Mathematics Academy to host residential learning programs for up to 1,000 Virginia high school students. The School of Education’s role will include the provision of research, curriculum planning and student mentoring, among other functions. State officials have committed to preparing several hundred thousand STEM workers within the next five years.
Artchitect will speak next Monday Architect William Tate, an associate professor at James Madison University, will give a feature lecture Monday evening at 7 p.m. in Andrews Hall in room 101. Tate has worked with architects in Mexico City in addition to starting a summer design and architecture school in Austria. Tate’s talk is part of the Art and Art History Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings important artists and art critics to campus to discuss relevant topics. The lecture is entitled “U: BUILDING PUCCINI architecture, memes, education + landers.”
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IIllegal immigration has been a massive talking point in American politics over the past two decades, and the debate continued in November as Maryland passed its DREAM Act ballot initiative. According to the Los Angeles Times, the DREAM Act allows undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities in Maryland. In order to pay this rate, each student must have completed
high school and then earned 60 credits at any community college in Maryland. The student must also provide proof of residency in Maryland and proof of payment of income taxes and must meet the selective service requirement. Following the initiative in Maryland, Virginia currently has four similar bills in the House and two more in the state Senate. Alicia Bobulinski of the Making a Difference Foundation, a Virginiabased organization that deals with education and minority outreach, feels that Maryland’s DREAM Act is going
to prove extremely beneficial, and she hopes for a similar bill to pass on the national level or at least in Virginia. “The sooner we pass it, the better for everybody in the country,” said Bobulinski. “If the population continues to be uneducated, our country will no longer be number one. If people want to help expand our economy why not allow it? We need to keep bringing bright people to America and then keep them here.” Pablo Ordonez ’16, a resident of District Heights, Maryland, expressed similar sentiments.
“I think that it’s a pretty good idea,” said Ordonez. “It shows that immigrants have long-term goals, and it will help improve Maryland’s workforce.” Ordonez believes that the initiative is written in a way that benefits both his home state and the immigrant students. “The income tax requirement will help the state, and the requirement for the students to earn 60 credits at community college shows preparedness on their part,” said Ordonez. Jackson Darr ’16 feels uneasy about the United States’ illegal immigration
problem, but he supports the DREAM Act in Maryland and would like to see it expand beyond that state. “I don’t like that our country has an immigration problem,” said Darr. “But the fact that the students have to show income tax records will allow the government to collect data that will help solve the immigration problem in the future. I see it as a give-and-take idea, and I feel that it is a fair tradeoff that illegal immigrants should be able to receive an education in exchange for the data that the government will be able to put to use.”
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that brand label companies like adidas hold their subcontractors to decent standards,” history professor and chair of the Licensing Code of Conduct Committee Cindy Hahamovitch said in an email. “If we don’t, we’re just as culpable as adidas for the consequences.” The Licensing Code of Conduct Committee met Oct. 19 to discuss the possible violations of the College’s Code of Conduct regarding companies that manufacture or produce licensed articles that bear the name, trademarks or images of the College. At the meeting, the committee voted unanimously to terminate the contract after giving the company a 30day warning period. Since this was the first time the College declared a licensee in violation of its Code of Conduct, the committee carefully checked the proper protocol with Scott Nova of the WRC and chief compliance officer at the College, Kiersten Boyce. “The committee’s biggest goal is to set precedent for future cases,” committee member Grace Martini ’14 said. “There was no doubt, based on the WRC, that adidas was in violation of our Code of Conduct. I think it was tough because there was this grey area about who is to cross-check that with legal services, who is to write that letter, and how that process works.”
Bxybe sent the letter, which stated that since the College received no corrective action from adidas within 10 business days, the contract was officially terminated. “If the WRC determines that Adidas has moved forward with corrective measures in the future relative to labor code violations, then reinstatement will be considered,” Byxbe said in the letter to adidas. The Licensing Code of Conduct committee, composed of students, faculty and administrators, was formed in 2007, when students requested that a committee be formed to monitor any social injustices in companies affiliated with the College. The committee works to monitor Code of Conduct violations. As the first termination of a contract with a licensee, the letter stated the College’s intent to hold its licensees to the standards outlined in the Code of Conduct. “Members of the WM community can still buy all the Adidas products they want, of course; they just won’t find them with the WM logo on them,” Hahamovitch said. “Who would want William & Mary associated with companies that don’t pay death benefits to workers or that close factories without paying severance pay? Adidas committed to doing those things; all we’re doing is holding them to that commitment.”
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Friday, January 25, 2013
Prestia updates Senate on state of finances
SA examines total reserves, discusses future initiatives, confirms new Secretary of Student Life BY MEREDITH RAMEY FLAT HAT NEWS EDITOR
The Student Assembly Senate convened for its first meeting of the spring semester Tuesday. SA Madame Chair Kendall Lorenzen ’15 introduced the Student Health Act, which would continue funding for free STI testing for students. “Currently, we don’t have the funding to support STI testing entirely for the semester,” Lorenzen said. “So what we need to do is examine how much we want to provide for students and what restrictions we may want to put on the [account].” Sen. Drew Wilke ’15 introduced the Swem Snacks II Act to maintain last semester’s Swem Snacks initiative. If Wilke’s bill is passed, snacks will be available in Earl Gregg Swem Library every other Sunday instead of every Sunday in order to cut down on the initiative’s costs.
The senate unanimously confirmed Alicia Moore ’14 as Secretary of Student Life following SA President Curt Mills ’13 dismissal of Dallen McNerney ’14 late last semester. Moore served as Undersecretary of Community Engagement and implemented the SA Days of Service, which was observed once last semester and again on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. “Alicia comes with the executive’s strongest recommendation,” Chief of Staff Mackenzie Wenner ’13 said. “She’s been working a little bit trying to straddle that role over the winter break. … What I’ve heard from everyone in that department is that she’s doing a great job, and it’s going swimmingly.” Mills said McNerney was removed due to his inability to carry out the tasks his position required. “Secretaries are appointed for a direct purpose, and when you’re doing a secretary’s work, there’s a lot of people
who want that job,” Mills said. Secretary of Finance Brett Prestia ’14 presented the current finances of the SA to the senate. The presentation follows the SA’s decision to take a more conservative role in spending initiatives. Sen. A.J. Sapon ’13 questioned the use of the SA reserve funds to pay for a miscellaneous facilities request totaling $425. According to Prestia, this charge was for a broken door lock in the Campus Center and was made under Mark Constantine, the recently resigned Assistant Director of Student Activities. “I definitely think it would be worth pursuing with Constantine or his successor,” Sapon said. Vice President Melanie Levine announced the SA Executive branch is working to sponsor a spring Busch Gardens day Mar. 23 and a possible College discount day at the Williamsburg Premium Outlets.
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Student Assembly senators considered funding free STI testing, continuing the Swem snacks initiative, and appointed Alicia Moore ’14 as Secretary of Student Life at their first meeting of the semester.
State passes BOV policy bill SA reserve falls to $13,839 BOV from page 1
Still, these representatives cannot vote and are subject to exclusion from some of the board’s closed sessions. “Nothing in this section shall prohibit any board of visitors from excluding such representatives from discussions of faculty grievances, faculty or staff disciplinary matters or salaries, or other matters, at the discretion of the board,” HB 1940 reads. On the other hand, HB 1952 would make changes to how the College’s Board of Visitors operates. If passed, it would require new board members to go through a training program designed to address issues of higher education within the first two years of their arrival. “My sense is that the new members don’t often get trained,” Mills said. “A lot of these guys who get appointed to the Board are immensely successful people, so they have pretty set worldviews … I don’t
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know how much they can be altered.” HB 1952 outlines a list of 17 possible training topics and allows for the addition of further courses based on the judgment of the State Council for Higher Education. Topics include the function and role of governing boards, institutional ethics, investment and current issues; one course is dedicated entirely to the requirements of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. This bill would require greater transparency of board proceedings, mandating that boards of visitors make the minutes of their open sessions readily available online. It would also require a majority vote to make changes to the contracts of university presidents. The two bills must still pass through the Virginia State Senate before they can be implemented, and the College’s BOV has not yet announced any changes publicly.
meeting, commending this year’s initiatives, despite their expense. “I’m thoroughly impressed this year with the action of the Student Assembly,” Stelljes said. “I want to applaud the efforts of the Student Assembly this year because you have really been a presence and a voice on campus. … So you gave more flu shots than you had budgeted for.” Through the efforts of Secretary of Finance Brett Prestia ’14, the SA located a forgotten off-campus SA account totaling $3,978. The account was lost at some point between the presidencies of Crissy Scott ’11 and Kaveh Sadeghian ’12. Prestia was able to remove the previous SA members listed on the account, Scott and her Secretary of Finance Paul Lenway ’11, and add himself to the account
over the Winter Break. As of now, there is no indication of what the account was used for. On Tuesday, Stelljes announced that he had also found unused funds that are once again at the SA’s disposal. Stelljes located $8,000 previously earmarked last year to pay the salary of a graduate student assistant. The SA is not permitted to pay student salaries and there is no student in this position. “Right now we’re in a little bit of a sticky situation with money and this will bail us out in a way,” Prestia said. Prestia encouraged continued awareness of the state of SA finances this year and in subsequent years. “[Finding this account] serves as an excellent example of people who need to take those extra steps to monitor what people should be doing,” Prestia said.
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Technology: Not a replacement for campus Chris Weber
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The college experience: Students across the country celebrate it in a variety of ways. Some pop their collars and streak the grounds, while others harbor strong emotions for turkeys/Hokies. Some students just hit up Wawa in the early-morning hours. However, for a growing number of students, the college experience has been reduced to a laptop and an internet connection. The debate over online courses is growing louder — last week a Huffington Post blogger discussed whether technology will eventually render traditional campuses unnecessary. Can you earn an online degree for less money and less time than a typical four-year collegiate degree and still be successful? More and more people are answering yes. I don’t disagree that online universities create opportunities for millions of people who otherwise would be unable to receive higher education. There’s nothing wrong with bringing your transcript and degree from an online program to an interview; after all, a degree is a degree. However, I do disagree with those who say that online courses outperform the more typical in-school collegiate courses. While online degrees can help propel a career, a degree from a four-year institution will provide innumerable opportunities for bettering yourself and your community. Attending college in person creates more well-rounded and successful individuals. Look at American society: A degree from a four-year institution holds more clout than a community college or online degree for a reason. Much like being able to vote and to drive, graduating from college is a rite of passage in our society. Speaking of careers, explain to me how an online student can take a chemistry lab. You can read the book and take notes online, but you can’t substitute the experience of mixing potassium chlorate
and gummy bears. Yes, you could Google it, but that’s not the same as wiping gummy bits off your lab coat. Online courses offer you the world in form of eBooks, Wikipedia articles and Bing toolbars. You can read an article about the need to diversify a workplace and become openminded about religious beliefs and practices. That’s fine, but until you physically interact (not Facebook chat) with someone of a different race, religion or lifestyle, you won’t truly understand what it means to have an open mind. As we become more dependent on our smart phones and online resources, the lure of online classes grows stronger. Might as well get a degree while I surf the web for pictures of grumpy cats, right? Look at the larger picture. People complain about boredom and how there’s simply nothing to do. The next time you hear people say that, look at what they’re doing. My money says they’re on their phones, texting or flinging around angry birds. Before you laud online courses for all their greatness, keep in mind that such courses help perpetuate this culture of online reality. If we say education is the key to a life of civic involvement and societal improvement, then we cannot get that education from hours and weeks spent staring at a screen, shut off from the real world. Online courses are not a substitute for the real and practical experiences offered at four-year institutions. Older generations didn’t have the opportunity to carry phones in their pockets; now cell phones account for the majority of class disruptions. Lecture halls once laughed at one-room schools; now online programs mock four-year institutions. Online courses aren’t a terrible idea — they help millions of Americans. An online degree is the only option for millions of people seeking higher education. However, online courses are not, and never will be, a replacement for the experience of a traditional four-year institution. When you find yourself at Wawa at some odd hour of the night, remember all that you have going for you. Take advantage of college while you’re here. Live that college experience. Email Chris Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
he College of William and Mary has a tradition of student activism on campus, around Williamsburg and internationally. Students hold themselves to standards of fairness and equality through the Honor Code. As such, we support the College’s decision to terminate its contact with adidas after the company refused to pay court-mandated severance to 2,800 Indonesian workers. As students at the College, we have strong standards of equality, and we expect the same standards of companies we patronize. The Student Ethical Fashion Organization was founded on campus through a Sharpe Community Scholars program that explored the ethics of the clothing industry. The College responded to this student movement by establishing the Licensing Code of Conduct Committee and through its membership in the Worker Rights Consortium. The plan to address adidas’ ethical problem arose through these organizations. The College’s initiative to address student concerns alone is praiseworthy. The recent history of protests on campus suggests that student movements have not been successful, but the creation of this committee shows that the College is interested in supporting student beliefs. Furthermore, the committee, which includes two voting student representatives, gives students a forum to address their concerns. This outlet will create productive dialogue about problems and will encourage discussion of the steps that need to be taken to remedy them. We want to applaud the Licensing Code of Conduct Committee for their carefully planned actions in addressing adidas. After requesting that the company rectify the situation by giving its workers their due pay in a letter, the committee moved to terminate the College’s contract with the company. These actions set a precedent for upholding ethical standards for the future. They also reflect a well constructed process of first asking the company to address the issue along a clear timeline. The College is far from the first university to terminate its relationship with adidas. Cornell University and Georgetown University are among those colleges who have already severed their ties with the company. While the issue has received less attention at the College than it did at Cornell, where students received publicity for their protests, we are proud that the College made the decision to break away from adidas. In this case the Licensing Code of Conduct Committee acted with our best interests by disassociating the College with companies that do not reflect the school’s values. A huge student movement was not required in this case because the committee served as a watchdog to identify and address problems of social equality that affect the school. The College’s decision to terminate its contract with adidas will not have a lasting financial impact for the company. The cost of the contract, in the big picture, is just a drop in the bucket. Nevertheless, the College honored its principle of fairness. The College’s decision to terminate its contract with adidas shows the College’s commitment to practicing what it preaches. We hope the College will continue to honor this precedent in all of its contracts. Katherine Chiglinsky recused herself from this editorial in order to remain unbiased in her reporting.
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Allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition isn’t worth the cost William Plews-Ogan The Flat Hat
Earlier this month, six bills were brought before the Virginia General Assembly that would place affordable public higher education within reach of undocumented, high-performing, college-eligible Virginia residents. Yes, I can already see it in your eyes: It’s the untamable, indefatigable desire to rejoice in another victory of the American dream (the DREAM Act, get it?). Bells chiming in patriotic ardor ring inside your head with the proverbial words affixed on Lady Liberty’s pedestal: “Give me your tired, your poor … I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” But before you jump out of your boots with support for these bills, take a couple of seconds to read this pleasant narrative on why I, a self-diagnosed victim of Democrat-itis, disapprove of the proposed legislation in its current form. Let’s talk federalism and legality. Any attempt by the Virginia legislature to provide in-state tuition to illegal immigrants is a circumvention of federal law. Clause 1623 of President
Bill Clinton’s 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act explicitly states that “an alien … should not be eligible based on residence within a State for any postsecondary education benefit,” i.e. in-state tuition. Although 12 states are discussing up-ending national policy, such state circumventions of federal law have been immensely unpopular nationwide to the tune of an 81 percent disapproval rate, according to a 2011 Rasmussen poll. While the cost to Virginia taxpayers is difficult to quantify based on the unknown number of illegal immigrants attending public colleges upon graduation from high school, this legislation would likely lay a significant fiscal burden on taxpayers. Virginia’s public colleges are currently struggling financially. The State Council of Higher Education released a report for the 2012 fiscal year declaring it was the fifth straight year of cuts in the operating budgets for state-supported institutions of higher learning. President Barack Obama’s 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act stimulus package allowed Virginia to pour $75 million in 2010 and $201 million in 2011 into public colleges to offset spending cuts that would have led to dramatically higher tuition for all attendees. But when that funding dried up in 2011,
tuition for in-state students increased by 9.7 percent for the 2012 fiscal year. This rate would only increase if more if thousands more illegal immigrants had access to in-state tuition. According to a report conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2009, there are an estimated 300,000 illegal immigrants now living in Virginia; Virginia is the 16th most populous state in terms of the percentage of illegal immigrants per gross population. While increased numbers of college graduates generate better economic production for the state, the increase in the number of in-state tuition-qualifying illegal immigrants, the result of the proposed bills, would be a serious strain on everyone’s pocket — except for those illegal immigrants not paying taxes. Additionally, while many stereotypically characterize immigrant families as being grossly underprivileged financially, this assumption may not hold water. Statistics compiled by the Thomas Jefferson Program for Public Policy at the College of William and Mary report that the difference in average annual salary between immigrant and native-born Virginians is small, a mere $1000. Furthermore, the average annual salary for immigrant Virginians is $24,000, grossly exceeding the national average immigrant salary of $18,000. With this in mind, perhaps
our tax dollars would be better spent improving selective scholarship programs for talented students from undocumented families and rewarding high-achieving students, not parents who refuse to become naturalized taxpayers. It comes down to a question of elementary school-level fair play. Why should you, as a tax-paying, hardworking citizen of the commonwealth be footing the education bill for undocumented students in these difficult economic times? The American
dream demands more of us than empty handouts for un-naturalized residents. It demands lasting confidence in the resiliency and motivation of those willing to work for a place among Virginia’s finest and most educated workers. It demands the willingness of all of us to provide resources generously and in the most efficient way possible to create opportunity for all. These six bills simply do not meet these essential criteria. Email William Plews-Ogan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BY AINE CAIN // FLAT HAT ASSOC. VARIETY EDITOR
he students who gathered in Trinkle Hall Tuesday couldn’t wait to charge each other with rapiers, knives and quarterstaffs. Graphic by patricia radich / the flat hat
Distinguished combat instructor helps club members sharpen fighting skills These people were not homicidal maniacs but members of the College of William and Mary’s Stage Combat Club, a group devoted to dramatically acting out fighting without committing any actual violence. Instructor David “Pops” Doersch, a stage combat expert who favors the cutlass, leads the organization. “It’s non-violent violence,” Doersch said. “It’s an elegant way of turning that which is very ugly into that which is very beautiful. It’s an artistic way of telling a story with something that is otherwise very graphic and very brutal.” The club boasts some successful alumni. Former club Vice President Arthur Rowan ’01 is currently starring in the Broadway National Tour of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” as a swashbuckling King Arthur. Doersch himself appeared in the critically-acclaimed film “Lincoln.” At a climactic moment in the film, he can be seen sword fighting with former club President Stephen Dunford ’10. In order to compete with more intensive weapons-based stage combat programs offered at other schools, the club’s rehearsal schedule is demanding. Practices occur twice a week. The drills are rigorous. According to club President Kevin Place ’14, this hard work will pay off for committed students, especially those interested in acting. As a secondsemester freshman, Place joined the Stage Combat Club after he was cast in a fighting
role in a school production of “Rover.” “Stage combat is one of those things that professional companies are going to look for: People who are able to pick up a sword and throw punches on stage,” Place said. “[For non-actors] this club is a way to play around with some theater stuff in a fun and [nonjudgmental] way.” The club welcomes all who are interested in stage combat but is largely composed of students involved in theater. Erin McIntyre ’15 was introduced to the club via Doersch’s non-weapon-based stage combat class at the College. Today, she enjoys the dramatic choreography brought about by working with blades. “I needed a [General Education Requirement] 6, so I took the stage combat class. Class with Pops was the most convenient and fun way to do it,” McIntyre said. “I really liked it when we did knife work. It was very close, very gritty and gnarly.” At the end of the school year, Doersch and Place plan to arrange an extended exhibition of stage combat with the club. According to Place, combatants will have the opportunity to develop better fighting and characterization skills through this undertaking. The final project will be practiced in chunks throughout the semester and then filmed. It is this intricate arrangement and choreography that first attracted Daniel Burruss ’16 to the club.
“I just love medieval weaponry,” Burruss said. “I’m probably going to be a theater major, and this club will really allow me to perform in more fight scenes. I just really love sword fighting and choreography and stuff like that.” When the weather gets balmy, the group usually gathers outside on Barksdale Field. However, in light of tragedies that have occurred at Virginia Tech and Newtown, the protocol surrounding fake weapon-use on campus can sometimes be tricky. Measures are taken in order to comply with College rules, such as designating a club safety patrol person during outdoor practices. Safety remains the club’s major focus, according to new club member Emma Pierce ’16. “In high school I did theater a lot, and we learned how to pull hair and slap people,” Pierce said. “Here, there are lots of things you have to drill. It’s really all about safety, and you don’t sacrifice safety for the illusion.” Despite the precautions, Vice President Ricky Portner ’14 recalls receiving a blow to the face after failing to parry correctly. Nevertheless, he says, there is something about the constant fighting that tends to bring club members together. “Honestly, I joined the club to hit on my current girlfriend,” Portner said. “Now one of my favorite things about stage combat is that you get a great sense of camaraderie with all the people in it with you.”
Interested in delicious food, musical performances The College of William and Mary’s French and Francophone Film Festival will be screened and the opportunity to learn about other cultures in Kimball Theater for a week starting Friday, represented at the College? Check out the Middle Jan. 7. College students will be charged $2 per Eastern Student Association Culture Night tonight film. Opening night will feature a showing of from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in Tidewater A and B in the “Intouchables,” which received an Oscar Sadler Center. The event offers free catered Middle Eastern food and nomination for Best the opportunity Foreign Film this year. to mingle with The film captures students from the friendship that Middle Eastern blooms between countries including a wealthy Parisian Sudan, Egypt and quadriplegic Afghanistan. MESA (François Cluzet) seeks to promote and his live-in cross-cultural caregiver from the understanding and projects (Omar Sy). hosts a number of “Intouchables” is events open to the now the most-viewed entire campus each French-language film COURTESY PHOTO / WWW.RENEWtheaters.org/ year. of all time.
It’s non-violent violence. It’s an elegant way of turning that which is very ugly into that which is very beautiful. It’s an artistic way of telling a story with something that is otherwise very graphic and very brutal.
— David “Pops” Doersch, Combat Club instructor
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As this cold week draws to a close, leave the This Sunday, the College’s Kappa Pi Chapter winter behind and sit by the pool for a couple of of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is putting on hours. Join the synchronized swimming team for its its annual Miss Black and Gold Scholarship first meet of the new year. The team will take on five Pageant, which will be held in Sadler Center’s other universities and perform trios, duets, solos and Commonwealth Auditorium at 7 p.m. The team routines to popular music. Some highlights pageant will include five student contestants of the team’s competing for performances the title of Miss include a Black and Gold w e s t e r n 2013 and will themed routine also feature and a routine live dance performed to performances music from from groups “The Lion King.” Joyous Flow, Come support Syndicate, and the team at the African the Adair pool Cultural Society Saturday from Dance Crew. 11:45 a.m. to 3 Admission to the COURTESY PHOTO / WWW.theatlantic.com p.m. pageant is free.
Friday, January 25, 2013
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Judge shares 9/11 trial experience
Presentation brings to light new perspective, additional details of terrorist attacks BY RACHEL BROWN FLAT HAT ASSOC. VARIETY EDITOR
When “The Death Guy” came to give a presentation at the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, the audience was prepared for a killer speech. Judge David J. Novak, also known as “The Death Guy” for his role in numerous death penalty cases, visited the law school Jan. 22 to give a presentation about the prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui, who was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is thus far the only convicted plotter. Novak is a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia and had an important part in the Moussaoui prosecution as an attorney. Novak began his speech by providing some basic facts about the Moussaoui case. Osama bin Laden had Moussaoui enrolled in jet training so he could fly a plane during the terrorist attacks, but because Moussaoui was involved in suspicious activity, flight instructor Clancy Prevost began an investigation. Despite evidence demonstrating that Moussaoui was most likely a terrorist, he was arrested Aug. 16, 2001 by the FBI for another reason: His visa had expired. Had Moussaoui told the truth to the FBI when he was questioned about his terrorist involvement, the 9/11 attacks might have been prevented, and Moussaoui may not have been sentenced. Instead, Novak said Moussaoui told them he wanted to be a recreational pilot and that money from an import/export business was funding his education. “When somebody told me they were involved in the import/export business, that’s like putting on neon lights [saying] ‘I am a crook,’” Novak said. “He can’t describe who his friends are, where he [got] the money and all this kind of stuff, and it’s just lie after lie after lie.” Even though all the evidence pointed to his involvement in a terrorist organization, Moussaoui was in prison on Sept. 11, so he was not directly involved in the attacks that day. This meant that Novak needed to attack him on other grounds. Novak convinced the jurors that 9/11 could have been prevented had Moussaoui been honest with the FBI during the investigation. To put the devastating effects of the terrorist attacks in perspective for the jurors, Novak met with families who had lost loved ones on 9/11, inviting them to express their views. “Our job as litigators is to tell a story, and we had to tell the story of what happened on 9/11 in the most efficient way we could,” Novak said. At the end of the trial, Moussaoui did not receive the death penalty because one juror opposed the punishment. In capital punishment cases, a single juror may prevent the death penalty for the sentence to be halted. Instead, Moussaoui is serving a life sentence in prison. Greg Parker ’16 shared his thoughts on Novak’s presentation. “I definitely learned a lot,” Parker said. “I didn’t really know too much in depth about 9/11, and he helped me learn more about it.”
Coming back, spacing out Ellie Kaufman
confusion corner columnist
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Judge David J. Novak gave a presentation about his part in the prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui, who was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Moussaoui is now serving a life sentence in jail.
Parker thought that Moussaoui had crossed the line and deserved the death penalty. “I thought [Novak] explained [the death penalty] very well,” Parker said. “There needs to be a line drawn about who gets the death penalty and who doesn’t.” Kathleen Imbriglia J.D. ’14, president of the Human Security Law Society, enjoyed Novak’s presentation. “I thought it [Novak’s presentation] was absolutely wonderful,” Imbriglia said. “There were obviously people who worked very intimately with the case, and we saw the human element to it … that was great how he set everything up so that it was easy for all of us to follow and see exactly what was going on.” Imbriglia said that the Human Security Law Society is planning to bring more speakers of Novak’s caliber to the College this spring. At the end of his presentation, Novak played sound clips of communication that occurred as the planes were hijacked by
terrorists. Shouts of “mayday” were heard from one plane and flight attendant Betty Ong explained that someone had been stabbed in the business class section. Passenger CeeCee Lyles left a message on the answering machine for her husband and children telling them that she loved them and hoped to see their faces again. She never did. According to Novak, stories such as these are what sent Moussaoui to prison. “I believe the hidden secret is not the quantity of people that were killed but the quality,” Novak said. “Think about the folks that were on Flight 93 who rushed to take over that plane. They saved the White House … One of the guys was about to be a surgeon general. There were scientists on there who were about to invent cures to different diseases. And so one of the reasons I like to give this talk is to remind folks that this case is not about the number 3,000. It’s about specific, very wonderful and special people who were murdered, and I think sometimes they lose sight of that.”
As students begin to settle into a semi-permanent routine in the second week of classes, we have also begun to shift our concept of space, whether we realize it or not. After wandering around our hometowns, far-away winter break destinations or just the four corners of our own bedrooms, our space suddenly becomes contained within our brick lined tri-cornered campus and the assortment of buildings that lay within, or sometimes just outside of, those walls. Before you can unpack your over-stuffed suitcase, the realization that space is very much shared on this campus has already hit you. Walking into a dorm, the faint sound of a door closing echoes on the opposite side of the hall while the over-played “Les Miserables” soundtrack seeps through your bedroom walls. We’re back. No longer do you have an entire house, kitchen or office to yourself — unless you are one of those lucky off-campus home-renters. Now your space, once again, belongs to the 6,000 other undergraduates wandering the same brick paths as you. During the rush of the typical undergraduate day, we encounter too many faces to count. Walking between classes, brick paths are lined with a healthy mixture of familiar and unfamiliar faces. Walking into a dining hall, those faces become blurred with the desire to search for edible food. Walking into an academic building, our focus narrows to finding a classroom and a specific seat. Walking into a dorm room, the bed often looks like the most comfortable space in the whole entire world. From the point of Confusion Corner to the bisecting angles of Jamestown and Richmond Roads aligned by the of backbone Matoaka woods, there are only so many buildings, rooms and spaces a student can go on campus. A dorm room captures a certain number of beds and the people whose names are labeled on the door by a crafty Resident Assistant. The Daily Grind encompasses a crowd of companions searching for well-made coffee and a soothing ambiance to study and converse in between classes. The Marketplace contains six dining option stations, a salad bar and hoardes of hungry people looking to satisfy their meal cravings with the quick swipe of an ID card. An academic building houses minds sharing ideas, facts, concepts and theories, searching for a better understanding of some subject. But one small campus is not a lot of space for 6,000 undergraduates. While we can all adapt to the constant rush of bodies into and out of high frequency buildings like the Sadler Center or conform to the code of silence of the third floor of Earl Gregg Swem Library study carrels, both sensations are unfamiliar during those first few weeks. Some prefer the rush of campus between classes while others crave silent walks along the trails in the Matoaka woods. Whatever it is that keeps you sane in this collective space of ours, allow yourself to find the space that makes you comfortable. If the craziness of a long day confined to classrooms is too much, find your space, whether it’s in the windowsill of the Sir Christopher Wren building, the dock behind the Keck Lab or the middle of the Rec Center swimming pool. Space is defined by the barriers that confine it and the things found inside. We all live here, why not make one of those spaces your own? Ellie Kaufman is a Confusion Corner columnist and she makes sure to find her own space to decompress and sing along to the “Les Miserables” soundtrack.
Exhibit in Special Collections displays War of 1812 artifacts
Swem commemorates 200th anniversary of war by sharing stories from Southeastern Virginia BY MEGHAN CONDLIN THE FLAT HAT
On May 24, 1813, Judith P. Galt wrote a letter to her brother. She told him about the weddings and deaths of some of her acquaintances, the healing of a friend and a neighbor’s travel plans. She also related the tale of her attempt to get across the Chesapeake Bay. Due to the war, British ships were too close, and no one would take her. She was furious and deemed the reluctant men cowards. Galt’s letter, as well as other personal stories from the War of 1812 have recently been put on display in “The Enemy Has Disappeared From Our Waters: The War of 1812 in Southeastern Virginia,” an exhibit commemorating the war’s 200th anniversary. It will run until April 12 and is located in the lobby of the Special Collections Research Center at Earl Gregg Swem Library. “Creating an exhibit is not a quick or an easy task,” Ben Bromley, former Public Services Archives specialist of Special Collections and the curator for the War of 1812 exhibit, said. Planning for this particular exhibit began in September 2012, and, like all Special Collections exhibits, it involved the entire department. Bromley conducted background research, created an argument for the exhibit,
chose items for the displays, and worked with Burger Archives Specialist Jennie Davy on the exhibit layout. “We want to try to find a variety of items [and to] make it visually attractive too,” Davy said. While some artifacts are originals, mostly from 1813 and 1814, others had to be reproduced since they cannot withstand the stress of extended display. Graphic design is also involved in creating the exhibit, and Ute Schechter, the Warren E. Burger Archivist in Special Collections, served as editor for the text. The exhibit focuses on the effects of the War of 1812 on the United States as a whole, paying particular attention to the people and commerce of the Williamsburg area. Most of the artifacts for such exhibits — which in this case include letters, engravings, portraits and even an infantry order book — come from Swem, and students can continue to see the originals once they are removed from display and returned to the stacks. “[The] documents primarily come from the papers of various prominent families from Southeastern Virginia, although some of the images come from our collection of Rare Books,” Bromley said. Both off and on display, artifacts must be treated carefully. Although
they are sent to a specialist with a chemistry background for repair and conservation, Special Collections helps with preservation by controlling the light, temperature and humidity levels within the display cases. Davy explained the many precautions that Special Collections takes to keep all of the artifacts as safe as possible. “This is one of the reasons why we have rotating exhibits,” she said. “So that things aren’t on display for years at a time, because in that case the light damage [can] affect them.” Special Collections tries to limit displays to a six-month period, and a cloth is placed over the cases at night in an attempt to further minimize light damage. “We want to be able to show things, and we want people to see things, but it’s risk management,” Davy said. However, there are rewards as well as risks. Putting items on display helps bring historical events to the public’s attention. Tami Back, the Associate Director of Communications in Swem’s Special Collections Department, explained that this particular exhibit reveals the individual details of history and the impact of the War of 1812 on the local population. Back, who is from Hampton, Va. was especially fascinated by the letters and artifacts found in Special Collections that mention the
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Most artifacts included in the War of 1812 exhibit in the Special Collections Research Center at Earl Gregg Swem Library are from the library itself, so students can access them after they’re off display.
city’s burning. “It was interesting to see that come up here and that the College had original letters that discussed [the burning],” she said. “It’s a huge part of the history of the whole area.” Davy also emphasized that reading diaries, letters and other individual stories is incredibly important for understanding
the history of our country. “When you read history textbooks in school, you might get the really important, big-named people in the area,” Davy said. “But when you get individual people talking about their experiences, you get [the] personalities and individual history that maybe we don’t get in our general discourse of history.”
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Shaver shows coaching expertise amid losing streak
FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR
There’s a reason why I’m not a basketball coach. After William and Mary’s Jan. 19 loss to Drexel — its seventh consecutive loss — I sat down and devised a plan. I have exactly zero years of Division-I head coaching experience, but I was confident that I had all the answers to fix the Tribe’s midseason slump. After watching the College’s thrilling doubleovertime loss to Northeastern Wednesday, I put away my blueprints and conspiracy theories. Despite another heartbreaking loss, one thing is clear: Tony Shaver knows what he is doing. Sure, it was another tough loss to a conference contender, but it could resemble a turning point. At this point in the season, the story has become all too clear. The Tribe is a good, up-and-coming team with three emerging stars — junior forward Tim Rusthoven, sophomore guard Marcus Thornton and junior guard Brandon Britt — that plays well against top competition, but can never seem to close the deal. No one expected the College to play well against Northeastern, the Colonial Athletic Association’s top team. And at first, they didn’t. The Tribe mustered just 19 firsthalf points and faced a 15-point hole at halftime. But then something clicked. The shooters started making shots, the defense took shape and a basketball game suddenly broke out. The College rattled off 49 second half points to force overtime. Thornton nailed a timely three in the first overtime period to keep it competitive, but the Huskies pulled away in the second overtime period. While the Tribe’s thundering comeback was obviously a major storyline of Wednesday’s loss,
WOMEN’S TENNIS Tribe earns huge early season victory; downs No. 19 Ole Miss Just three days after getting dominated by No. 3 Duke, William and Mary returned to the courts to upset No. 19 Mississippi at home Tuesday, 4-3. Having dug itself into an early hole, the Tribe (3-1) had to take the last four singles matches in order to win the day. Ole Miss took an early lead with the doubles point. The Loomans Rebels’ duo of Mai El Kamash and Julia Jones dropped juniors Hope Johnson and Sydney Smith, 8-1. Then, Caroline Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic beat senior Anik Cepeda and freshman Leeza Nemchinov 8-0 to secure the 1-0 advantage for Ole Miss. One match away from defeat, the College turned things around. Johnson took down Mississippi’s Erin Stephens 6-3, 6-3 before Nemchinov edged El Kamash 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. To tie it up at three, Capeda got revenge on Milutinovic, winning in three sets 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. Finally, the Tribe just needed junior Jeltje Loomans to take the third set against Jones to win the overall match. After barely losing the first set 6-7, Loomans won the second and third, 6-3, 6-4. The College will return to action when it travels to Harvard Friday. —Jared Foretek
another was that Shaver did a few very interesting things during and after the game. First, he mixed up his starting lineup. For weeks, Shaver has been vocal in his disappointment in the fact that the Tribe has become “unbalanced offensively.” The College’s Big Three has done the heavy lifting, and the supporting cast has been largely absent. So, in order to send a message, Shaver completely shuffled his starters. Britt, senior guard Matt Rum and junior forward Kyle Gaillard all went to the bench in favor of freshman guard Terry Tarpey, junior guard Julian Boatner and sophomore forward Tom Schalk. The move worked to a degree. Gaillard scored 13, one of his highest totals of the season, and Boatner and Rum appeared to respond as well. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Shaver made a bold move by shifting his lineup so dramatically. It will be interesting to see if that move continues to pay off, and if Shaver will return to the original lineup the next time out. Another significant result of Wednesday’s loss is that Shaver believes that his team is beginning to find itself. “The last thing I said [to our players], and I really believe this, is that maybe we rediscovered ourselves a little bit in that second half,” Shaver said. “We played with a level of confidence and a flair that we played with earlier in the year, and that’s something we just have to keep up.” This is a bold statement to make in the midst of an eight game losing streak, but if it’s true, the CAA should take notice. This team still faces challenges: It needs to learn how to close out games, how to get stops in crunch time and how to get production from its bench. However, things are looking up, if only for the moment. It’s been a season of moral victories, and now it appears that the Tribe could have developed a spark that will help it turn moral victories into real victories.
Losing streak hits eight as Tribe falls at Northeastern BY CHRIS WEBER FLAT HAT ASSOC. SPORTS EDITOR Forget the seven-game losing streak. Forget the opponent. Forget that the game is on the road. Forget the usual starting line-up. So much of William and Mary’s game against conference frontrunner Northeastern (12-7, 7-0 CAA) came as a surprise, a shock that didn’t fit the losing skid: a furious comeback, clutch shots, defensive stands. But then came overtime. And then doubleovertime. Suddenly the College (7-11, 1-6 CAA) faced an all too familiar scene. For the third time this season, the visiting Tribe stepped back on the court for two sessions of extra play. And for the third time the College lost in double-overtime, as Northeastern escaped with the 95-91 win in Boston Wednesday. After a lackluster first half, the Tribe used a ferocious rally to pull within two after being down as many as 16 points. “A tough loss for us, that’s for sure,” head coach Tony Shaver said. “We did a lot of good things in the second half. I’m disappointed with how we started the ballgame. It’s been a little bit of what our team has done in the last few weeks, is that we’ve had a stretch that just destroys us, but I am very proud of the fact that we played so hard and so well in the second half.” As has become the norm, the team looked to sophomore guard Marcus Thornton as regulation wound to a close. Down two points with less than 15 seconds remaining, Thornton came up with a steal and hit junior guard Brandon Britt in stride for the game-tying fastbreak layup. Thornton, who scored all 23 of his points in the second half and extra time, again kept the Tribe alive. Neither team was able to establish
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any sort of solid lead, and the overtime period came down to the wire just as in regulation. Down three points in the first overtime, Thornton drilled a clutch 3-pointer from the left wing, pushing the game to double-overtime. Senior guard Matt Rum nailed a shot to pull within one, but that would be as much as the College could muster. Fueled by a Joel Smith layup, Northeastern used a 7-0 run to put the game out of reach. Throughout the losing streak, which now sits at eight, Shaver has struggled with unbalanced scoring. Sorely needing a win, Shaver tinkered with the starting lineup, allowing underperforming bench players more time on the court. The gamble paid off, as all but two of the 10 players seeing time scored. Freshman guard Terry Tarpey, garnering his first career start in place of Rum, scored the team’s first four points. Junior guard Julian Boatner and sophomore forward Tom Schalk also started. “It was a coaches’ decision,” Shaver said. “We were just trying to get some better production out of some of those positions, and I think it helped some of those guys tonight.” The new look proved ineffective for the entirety of the first half. The Tribe shot just 34.8 percent as it entered the half trailing by 15. Northeastern’s lead reached as many as 16 in the second half. Turning to their most reliable player, the College began to ride the play of junior center Tim Rusthoven. Rusthoven finished with a career-high 25 points, and added 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
Up-tempo offense leads College to victory Aldridge scores 15 as Tribe snaps 11-game losing streak with 59-50 win over Towson BY JARED FORETEK FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR Overcoming a sluggish start, the Tribe used a big mid-game run to pull away from Towson and stop an 11-game losing streak, 59-50 at home Thursday night. The team’s 35 second-half points and an incredible 16 steals turned into the Tribe’s first conference win of the season.
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Sophomore guard Jazmen Boone drives against Towson.
“It feels awesome,” sophomore guard Anna Kestler said. “I think we’re really going to keep it up too. Everyone has the tempo up, everyone is just feeling great tonight.” From the beginning, things were very different for the Tribe (3-14, 1-5 CAA) as senior center Jaclyn McKenna and senior guard Chanel Murchison — usual starters — sat in place of Kestler and junior forward Kaitlyn Mathieu. Kestler — who entered the game shooting just 15.6 percent on the season — would deliver, following an 0 for 3 first half to finish with a career-high 11 points. “Anna has been in the gym with me for four days in a row, taking 500 shots a day,” head coach Debbie Taylor said. “She was a rockstar … her shots in the end were gigantic. Anna is a really solid offensive player, she’s just kind of gotten into this little funk.” Both teams started the night off in sloppy fashion with loose balls, missed shots and turnovers abundant. But the College was particularly cold, hitting just 2 of its first 11 attempts and digging itself into a 10-4 hole. But at around the midway point of the half, things turned around as the College began to find its shooting touch. Senior guard Janine Aldridge hit a mid-range jumper before using two off-ball screens to hit a three-pointer and cut Towson’s
lead to one with 9:20 left in the first. Sophomore guard Kyla Kerstetter then got into the action, coming up with a steal and taking it the other way for layup to give the Tribe it’s first lead, 14-13. As the half wore down, Aldridge followed her shot to make a diving save, keeping the ball in play where it would soon find senior guard Taylor Hilton open under the basket for a layup. Hilton would then hit a baseline jumper to give the College a 24-20 lead going into halftime. The College kept up the good play to start the second. Murchison intercepted an errant pass and took it the other way for two, Mathieu hit a three, Kestler hit two jumpers in a row and Aldridge knocked down two consecutive threes. After a 17-6 run to open the half, the Tribe was in control leading 41-26, a lead it would nurse to the finish line. Aldridge would finish with a team-high 15 points on 5 of 15 shooting. She and Murchison would also lead the team with four steals. “We wanted this win really badly,” Aldridge said. “We saw our opportunity tonight so we just played as hard as we could, played defense and we got it.” Taylor seemed more relieved to finally snap the skid than anything. “Winning’s nice, isn’t it?” she said. “It feels great.”