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Greek policy changes predicted to alter the ‘average weekend party’ on and off campus
Student found dead
Sorority events reevaluated
Investigators suspect suicide by Katherine chiglinsky AND VANESSA REMMERS FLAT HAT news editorS
are aimed primarily at decreasing legal and insurance liabilities, while congruently improving general safety. “We are spending some time in February, for the fraternities and sororities, focused on some conversations around safety and risk management … particularly around the area of mixers,” College Associate Director of Greek Life and Leadership Anne Arseneau said in an email. “The policies we’re educating on are also not new. In fact, by not new, I mean really not new. The individual organization policies that we’re highlighting were all created in the late eighties.” The CAP study also expressed concerns regarding the well-being of sorority and fraternity members when socializing. It particularly targets
Troy Pelish ’15 died of an apparent suicide over the weekend. Police received a call at 4:23 p.m. Sunday by a College of William and Mary student who found Pelish’s body in Fauquier Hall. Although medical examiners have not confirmed the cause of death, investigators at the scene believe the evidence points to an apparent suicide. Pelish was a second-semester freshman studying chemistry at the College. This was the fourth suicide in the past two years at the College. Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler ’88 Ph.D. ’06 released the information to the College community Sunday afternoon. “A freshman from Vinton, Virginia, Troy was a 2011 graduate from William Byrd High School where he was an excellent student, having earned national recognition for his performance on the National German and Latin Exams,” Ambler said in an email. The College community was notified of Pelish’s death Sunday once the family was contacted by the College. Funeral arrangements for Pelish have not yet been announced. “Anytime we have a tragedy, such as a student death, we want to provide the community with accurate information as soon as possible,” Director of University Relations Brian Whitson said. “This is a close-knit community and rumors spread fast, so once we notify the family, we work to get a message out to provide the campus with as much information as soon as possible.” The Counseling Center will be available by appointment for any student in need. The Office of the Dean of Students is currently working with students and faculty to make any necessary academic accommodations for those close to Pelish. “We want students to feel comfortable — it’s okay to grieve; it’s natural to feel upset,” Dean of Students Patricia Volp said. “We’re trying to deal with this in waves. There are some people who need to articulate their grief or their sadness. They can do it with friends or at the Counseling Center. … The next ripple is the people for which this event triggers some kind of concern — they’ll have more difficulty coping. They might want to have one-on-one time with a counselor.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and
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Following a study by the Sorority Coalition Assessment Project, sorority mixer policies are currently being revised with the intent of preventing underage drinking at the College.
by CHASE HOPKINS FLAT HAT ASSOC. news editor
Alleged illegal alcohol consumption during Greek social events at the College of William and Mary could soon be curtailed. A 2009 study of the Fraternity and Sorority Coalition Assessment Project advised altering the nature of College fraternity and sorority social functions. Two-and-a-half years later, the Panhellenic Council, College administrators and sororities are implementing changes that will enforce existing social events policies. “The intention is sort of that the average weekend party is going to change,” president of the Panhellenic Council Jordan Peterson ’13 said. “It is not going to be a fraternity and a sorority hanging out in a unit basement. … It is going to be a cultural change because people are used to having maybe two or three of these unofficial parties a weekend for some chapters, and now cost-effectively, you cannot do that.” Possible changes are intended to bring sororities into compliance with national chapter policies. They could include replacing the current oncampus mixers with “bring your own beer” events or parties hosted by third-party vendors.
The CAP findings faulted not only the College’s Greek organizations, but also the College itself, for alleged problems. They placed an onus on administrators to increase their involvement with the Greek system, citing their tendency to favor self-determination over engaged oversight as responsible for strained College-Greek relations. “It appears that philosophically the College approaches the chess club the same as a fraternity/ sorority chapter, and the Assessment Team understands that is by intent,” the CAP study reported. “For the College ‘walk’ to be congruent with the ‘talk’ regarding self-governance and the individual chapter philosophy, it would need to leave the fraternity/sorority community alone … but neither the College nor the fraternity/sorority community would benefit from this, which is why the current unique relationship exists. The ongoing failure to acknowledge the different treatment of the fraternity/sorority community prevents a conversation from taking place that would lead to congruence between the reality of the relationship and a philosophy that articulates it.” College administrators emphasize that they have been working with Greek organizations in recent weeks to plan changes that many believe will improve the system. These alterations
More Greek news Coverage of the suspension of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity on hazing charges and misconduct violations, page 2.
Freshman considers campaigning for city council position
Schapiro campaign looks to increase student involvement and guard student rights in Williamsburg bY MEREDITH RAMEY Flat hat assoc. news editor
Another freshman is considering making a splash on the local political scene by diving into the Williamsburg City Council race this spring. A Facebook group has been made for Felix Schapiro ’15, who says he will decide on whether he will officially run for City Council within the next two weeks. Schapiro said his campaign is spurred by a lack of student representation on the Williamsburg City Council and that he hopes to fix this problem with the help of the student body. “I like to think of this as the College’s campaign,” Schapiro said. “I see the campaign as driven by the student body … the primary drive behind the campaign is student rights.” Schapiro needs about 125 registered voters to sign a petition in order to get his name on the ballot; however, he hopes to have more signatures and an actively involved campus. “I’d like to urge the student body to get involved,
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and would really be ecstatic if the student body would help with [my] campaign,” Schapiro said. Schapiro anticipates centering his council campaign on student rights. Schapiro focused on Williamsburg legislation like the three-person rule, which limits the number of unrelated individuals who can live together, and the 2004 attempt to take away College students’s right to vote on city matters in Williamsburg. “I feel like this is such a huge opportunity for the College to really change the town in which we live because Williamsburg is our home,” Schapiro said. “I’d like to see the student body think of it as our home.” This is Schapiro’s first attempt at an elected office of any kind. He states that his campaign is inherently bipartisan, although he personally considers himself more politically conservative. Students share a variety of opinions on Schapiro’s possible city council campaign, but many appear optimistic about student involvement in local politics. “I think it’s great that students have the self-
determination to represent the College within the community,” Samantha Nelson ’15 said. Some students have expressed qualms about electing a freshman, as he does not have the same experience as other members of the student body. “It’s good to have someone in the school to have the goals and concerns of William and Mary addressed within the city council, but I would just hope that whoever it is is completely well-versed in the issues,” Cassie Berman ’14 said. Chris Connolly ’15, a freshman at the College who serves on the planning commission for the City of Williamsburg, was appointed to the position by city council. As a student at the College, he spoke positively about student involvement in the Williamsburg political scene. “I think student representation and student involvement in local government is something important and something we should strive for,” Connolly said. Connolly, however, says he, as a member of the planning commission, will not endorse a candidate for the upcoming election.
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Schapiro is a possible candidate for city council elections.
Finding your religious sexuality
During guest speaker Keith Graber Miller’s presentation “Good Sex(uality),” he helped students reconcile the idea of having a sex life and being Christian. page 5
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A mountaintop-removal protestor was sentenced to seven days in jail after spending 29 days in a tree this past summer. Catherine-Ann MacDougal pleaded no contest to trespassing on Alpha Natural Resources Bee Tree Mine property from July 20 to Aug. 18. Virginia-based Alpha is suing MacDougal along with three other activists in a trial set for January 2013. Governor Bob McDonnell criticized Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on Monday after the former senator said he had “concerns” about women serving in frontline combat, Politico reported. McDonnell, who has endorsed Santorum rival Mitt Romney in the nomination contest, has a daughter who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a platoon leader in the Army. House Republicans announced Monday that the U.S. Navy has cancelled plans to move a Virginia-based nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to Florida, the Daily Press reported. Norfolk is home to five carriers, and Virginia legislators from both parties have been very resistant to plans advocating the dispersal of the East Coast fleet.
Audit uncovers bogus degrees at Dickinson State Dickinson State University is being accused of giving out hundreds of degrees to foreign students who didn’t earn them, The New York Times reported. A recent internal audit discovered that more than 500 foreign students from as early as 2003 received undeserved degrees. The students who received the diplomas were enrolled in exchange programs that involved residency at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. and six months of study at Dickinson State. Degrees were granted to students who did not earn the proper number of credits, did not meet minimum admissions requirements, or submitted falsified transcripts from their original universities. According to the audit, Dickinson State recruiters misrepresented the flexibility of the exchange programs.
The Virginia House of Delegates gave preliminary approval to a bill which provides that “unborn children at every stage of development enjoy all the rights, privileges and immunities available to other persons, citizens and residents of the commonwealth,” The Washington Post reported. The so-called Personhood Bill was introduced by Delegate Bob Marshall, R-13, and opponents believe that the measure could prohibit some birth control methods. U.S. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign unveiled its “Virginia Truth Team,” a group of more than 20 supporters who will be expected to appear regularly in the media as the election grows closer, The Washington Post reported. The team included Democrats such as Representatives Gerry Connolly, Va.-11, Bobby Scott, Va.-3, and Jim Moran, Va.-8 , as well as Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones.
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Dickinson State University is being accused of awarding undeserved degrees to foreign students participating in exchange programs with the college.
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University of Virginia murder trial begins The trial of former University of Virginia student George Huguely is currently underway. Huguely, 24, is charged with the murder of Yeardley Love, his former girlfriend. Love was found dead in May 2010 with multiple bruises and injuries. According to The Huffington Post, Huguely has pleaded not guilty. He says that he got physical with his former girlfriend, but that the bruises were the result of her playing lacrosse. Huguely’s attorneys argue that Love’s death resulted from taking Adderall and drinking alcohol. Witnesses have testified that Love and Huguely’s relationship was volatile. This past Friday marked the fifth day of the trial. UC Riverside proposes no-loan tuition plan A new proposal at the University of California Riverside may make taking out student loans a thing of the past. The Huffington Post reports that the proposal, called “Fix UC,” would make it so that students could elect to have no up front charges to attend UC. Instead, students would pay 5 percent of their income for
20 years after graduating. Out-of-state and international students would pay 6 percent of their income, while those who go into the public sector would only pay 3.5 percent. UC President Mark Yudof has said that the proposal in its current form is unworkable and favors increasing taxes and the state’s contributions to higher education to help with college affordability. Virginia Military Institute in uproar over online images According to The Washington Post, female cadets, minorities and college administrators from Virginia Military Institute are being demonized online using the website quickmeme.com. The captions of photos range in the severity of their criticism; some captions question the authority of the administration in jest, while other captions are sexually and racially derogatory. The school’s enrollment is about 10 percent female, and VMI has already struggled to make feel female cadets feel accepted and safe. These posts online aggravate the alienation many female cadets feel. The website has been blocked at VMI, but college officials say damage has already been done.
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Feb. 10 to Feb. 12 Feb. 11 — An individual was arrested for 1 Saturday, possession of cocaine on the 900 block of Capitol Landing Rd. Feb. 11 — Police arrested an individual for assault 2 Saturday, on a law enforcement officer on the 900 block of Capitol Landing Rd. Feb. 11 — Police arrested an individual for 3 Saturday, tresspassing in the 1200 block of Richmond Rd. after being forbidden to do so.
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Feb. 11 — An individual was arrested on 4 Saturday, charges of domestic assault and threatening to burn
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Fraternity suspended on hazing charges Phi Kappa Tau loses status as recognized organization through May 2015
by becky koenig flat hat managing editor Hazing incidents and misconduct violations have resulted in the suspension of organizational privileges for the College of William and Mary’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. “Suspending a chapter is always our last option, and it’s not something we take lightly,” Director of University Relations Brian Whitson said. “This is following a pattern of conduct violations over the past couple of years, so it was certainly the last straw, not the first.” A Student Conduct Board issued the suspension, which was upheld by an appeals committee. The ruling stripped Phi Kappa Tau of its status as a recognized campus student organization through at least May 2015. At that time, the College’s chapter can reapply for official recognition. The most recent hazing incident occurred during a scavenger hunt for newly recruited
members in November. According to Whitson, one student was told to steal the hat of a Colonial Williamsburg employee, and the theft was investigated by the Williamsburg police. It was the latest in a series of reported infractions. A statement released by Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler ’88 Ph.D. ’06 noted that the chapter was already on probation for a 2010 hazing incident. “A property damages incident occurred while the fraternity held a formal in a hotel in Virginia Beach,” Whitson said. “Furniture was damaged in one of the hotel rooms. In the past they’ve been cited for alcohol violations as well.” Inter-Fraternity Council President Ishan Bardhan ’13 confirmed the chapter was implicated for several instances of hazing. The Inter-Fraternity Council had no role in the conduct board’s decision. “This is simply inexcusable; the College of William and Mary, the state of Virginia, and Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity all have
no tolerance policies on such behavior,” Bardhan said in an email. According to Bardhan, although the school has suspended Phi Kappa Tau, the fraternity’s national organization will determine the status of the organization’s charter. “Though it is unfortunate any time our College and community loses a chapter, we wish the best to all students most impacted by this most regrettable situation,” Bardhan said in an email. Phi Kappa Tau member Alex Corwin ’12, who described himself as a “bystander” to the reported incidents, said he did not know much about the disciplinary process and that his future participation in the organization would depend on the College’s rulings. “I think the school kind of rolls the dice and decides how long they want to suspend the fraternity for,” he said. The College has been working with the national Phi Kappa Tau organization and is expected to release a joint statement on the suspension this week.
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Obama proposes new tool to help students College Scorecard would compare tuition costs, graduation rates and future salaries by bailey kirkpatrick flat hat Assoc. variety editor The Obama administration is currently trying to tackle the issue of higher education affordability by adding a new tool to the College Affordability and Transparency Center — a College Scorecard. “How can we make sure that everybody is getting the kind of education they need to personally succeed but also to build up this nation? Because in this economy, there is no greater predictor of individual success than a good education,” U.S. President Barack Obama said during his speech at the University of Michigan Jan. 27. The administration is trying to help prospective college students — especially at-risk students — and their families compare colleges before they choose to apply or attend. “The purpose of the scorecard is to make it easier for students and their families to identify and choose high-quality, affordable colleges that provide good value,” the White House’s College Scorecard website said. However, more factors than just tuition costs, graduation rates, loan repayments and salaries upon graduation are often considered in order to determine the right college for a particular student, and some people feel the proposed comparison tools are not effective in facilitating accurate decision-making. “Proposals like this are largely for political effect,” economics professor and department chair David Feldman said. “Schools that accept a lot of at-risk students and try to work with them are going to have
lower graduation and retention rates with worse salaries for graduates than a school whose incoming freshman class is composed exclusively of children from well-off families who have taken rigorous high school curriculums.” That is not to say that colleges accepting at-risk students offer worse educations, but simply that all of the factors that go into the creation of a successful program for students will differ widely. “How do you compare our data versus the data from a school with a different discipline? The answer is that people need to be informed consumers,” government professor Larry Evans said. “The context of the information is important.” Other compilations of college data, such as in the U.S. News & World Report, do factor in other parts of the higher education system such as the amount of money given by the alumni, research productivity and student selectivity. These aspects may directly correlate with the amount of money the college is able to invest in each student who attends. “I think a scorecard like this will help students and families to see the long-term implications of college choice,” assistant professor of education Jim Barber said. “For this scorecard to be really useful to students and families, the data will need to be broken down by major, degree and school. It’s important to know what you’re comparing; aggregated data simply won’t be useful for individuals.” The types of things that will be represented in the scorecard, like salaries, vary widely as aggregated data because they depend upon the kinds of programs that the school has and each individual student’s choice of major.
Similarly, salaries after graduation depend upon the careers chosen by students. The College of William and Mary, for example, has many students who choose to participate in community service program like the Peace Corps after graduation. This factor alone would have the power to skew the average salary at the College. “To have good information to provide, you have to overcome the things reasonable to make comparisons and factor in a lot of things — meaningful analysis is very complicated,” economics professor Robert Archibald said. “That kind of detail gets in the way of the idea of a scorecard, which is a small set of measures people can easily comprehend.” Though the idea is still a work in progress, there are many benefits to being able to see the information the scorecard would show. Colleges would collect this kind of data throughout their campus and compile a list of statistics and aggregated data that will be useful to prospective students. “I think what would be important to know would be the amount of internships students receive at the school, how much research undergrads are able to do, and that professors do research as well,” Melissa Goitia ’15 said. A program where students can easily pull up information about schools would likely be used, even if only to see tuition rates or to know how much average debt they will have once they graduate. “I think that for me, when I was looking at colleges, I was looking for more of a reputation than necessarily the costs of student loans,” Lauren Piulson ’15 said. The economy is currently not particularly beneficial for graduates looking for jobs, which
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The proposed scorecards would allow students to compare colleges, according to costs, graduation rates and loans.
means colleges are considered the vehicles by which students receive help. The idea that colleges can provide their prospective students with useful information and help them find a job is reassuring to many. “People do need to exercise some judgment in how to interpret these numbers, because all schools are different,” Evans said. “However, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t gather the data and make it available.”
City Council reapproves street theater program
Williamsburg City Council approves amendment to city’s AT&T lease agreement at meeting by ken lin flat hat Assoc. news EDITOR The American Revolution will be expanding into more of Williamsburg with the Williamsburg City Council’s passage of a resolution Thursday to extend the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s permit for the street theater program Revolutionary City. The program, started in 2006, allows the audience to take part in historic re-enactment of the lifestyles and issues of the colonial era. “Over these last five years the program’s story lines have evolved, technological support has improved and staging has been designed to maximize the impact on the audience,” Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Senior Vice President John Bacon said. “It’s very clear to us from all the research that we do that the way people learn and engage is through interactivity, through participation, through feeling like they are … part of the story, and this program tries
to put them in that place.” Since the program takes place on Duke of Gloucester Street, the road must be blocked off for two and a half hours daily. Bacon was joined by reenactor Richard Schumann, who advocated for the program’s impact in encouraging audience members to apply civics lessons from the re-nactment. “This is not regular outdoor theater such as you might see in other places; it’s not so much for the purpose of amusement or entertainment. … The overall message that people walk away from is, ‘No, I should pay more attention,’” Schumann said. “I think Colonial Williamsburg gets that message across to a lot of our visitors, if not all of them, that the future can and must learn from the past.” The council approved the permit extension, which will allow Revolutionary City to begin again on March 12. Several council members expressed their appreciation for Revolutionary City’s innovative execution and contribution to tourism.
“One of the things I have looked at about tourism is that people … want active participation. They’re not interested in passive ‘looking at things’ anymore; they want to be part of it, and I have not heard one bad thing from anybody about Revolutionary City,” council member Judith Knudson said. “We’ve gotten great publicity from it, so I think this is a welldeserved extension.” The council also approved a number resolutions dealing with city business and appointments during the meeting. An amendment to the city’s lease agreement with AT&T included provisions for the construction of three new antennae to support AT&T’s 4G technology, which will increase annual rental fees from $29,000 to $37,540. Among the appointments was that of planning commissioner Demetrios Florakis to serve as the commission’s representative to the city Architectural Review Board. The council adjourned before going into closed session to discuss a legal matter regarding personnel.
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Colonial Williamsburg’s historical street theater program was extended at the recent City Council meeting.
Sorority policies to change at College and on national level GREEK from page 1
the units, which house the College’s fraternities. “Fraternities provide a primary social outlet for all students at the College,” the CAP study said. “It was reported that events in fraternity ‘units’ are not run according to policy and pose potential risk management issues.” According to the CAP study, while the College’s Greek organizations may be
philanthropic, they engage in charitable activities that sometimes involve illicit alcohol use. “For many of the large philanthropy events, alcohol use and abuse are a central element of the experience,” the CAP study said. “These events violate [National Panhellenic Council] policies related to hosting events with alcohol in fraternity chapter facilities.” Peterson voiced concerns she and other sorority members share about the
proposed changes. Many sorority sisters fear that being the first to implement these changes will negatively impact the quality and frequency of their social events. To minimize this fear, Peterson believes all sororities should invest in the process. “The average sorority sister doesn’t feel like other chapters are going to move forward or doesn’t feel like it’s a collective action — and so we sort of end up with a collective action problem,” Peterson said. “The chapters are at different places right
now, but we are trying to bring them to at least the very first foundational step, where they see that it is a problem and that we need to change because we do not want to let this get to the point where they have to change because something awful has happened.” Despite many Greek students being wary about the changes to the current system, Peterson emphasizes that the College’s Greek system remains an active force in philanthropy and a popular
pursuit of many students. Approximately one-third of undergraduates join a Greek organization during their time here at the College. “Our Greek system is very strong, but there are areas for us to improve, and there are areas that are already doing better than other college campuses,” Peterson said. “We are on the right track. Sororities have made a lot of changes with clue week … and slowly but surely making the sense that alcohol is involved in this go away.”
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College to offer At-Risk program for students in March PELISH from page 1
Prevention, suicide was the third leading cause of death in Virginia for 15 to 24 year olds, with 203 incidents from 2008 to 2009. The national average for suicide rates per 100,000 people increased from 2.7 in 1950 to a peak of 13.2 in 1990, but has decreased slowly since then. Administrators and faculty at the College continue to work on improving current resources for students. “We need to reduce the risk,” Volp said. “A lot of that means helping to teach students the skills to be able to deal with difficulty and challenges in life. I think if we can help friends, faculty, advisors, resident advisors, and students who are in leadership positions to identify and refer [individuals] when they see things that are of concern, we might be able to do more interventions beforehand.” Organizations on campus, such as Health Outreach Peer Educators, offer various educational resources for students. The president of HOPE, Jonathan Marlton ’13, and other members of
HOPE present an Extended Orientation program aimed at mental health. “The College has and continues to offer programming around reducing the risk of suicide,” Marlton said. “In addition, there is a planned launch of an online program, At-Risk, that helps teach students to look for suicidal behavior and give them confidence to address it.” The online program, At-Risk, is currently used by members of the faculty to learn signs of suicidal behavior and the proper methods to handle those situations on campus. With a grant from the McGlade family, the College plans to purchase the same program, AtRisk, to educate student leaders on the available resources and methods for suicide prevention. The College hopes to offer the program by March of this year. “Sometimes you don’t know how to say ‘I’m concerned with you,’ so we’re going to learn how to teach that with the At-Risk program,” Volp said. The Counseling Center, the Dean of Students office, the Student Health Center and College clergy members will be available to students for appointments throughout the week.
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n an effort to create more transparency about the price tag of a college education, the Obama administration is looking to create a program that allows high school students to compare colleges and universities side by side. For students looking to attend the College of William and Mary, however, this may not be the most advantageous program as it fails to describe those things that define the College besides its numbers. The College is known for its liberal arts education, but Obama’s program may not fairly consider our concentrations within and beyond the liberal arts education. Students from the College tend to go on to graduate programs or service initiations, like the Peace Corps, after graduation, which while worthy, do not necessarily pay the big bucks. If these data are compared to that of a school like Virginia Tech, with its heavy emphasis on engineering — currently one of the highest paying career fields — the College could be devalued. Obama’s program fails to evaluate and compare individual programs, and instead lumps everything together. A more effective way to structure the database would be to compare individual programs at different colleges — for instance, a side-by-side comparison of the linguistic programs at the College and those of other schools. The comparison also ignores the fact that statistics aren’t the only factor in a high school senior’s decision about where to attend college. The overall feel of the campus to the individual student, the distance from home, the cost and myriad other factors influence a student’s decision. This comparison completely ignores these details, and instead paints a picture of a school’s performance based on salary after graduation. The criteria for the comparison need to take all of this into account when the program goes online. Aside from all of the potential flaws of Obama’s plan, we cannot help but wonder what purpose the database is supposed to serve. Other school comparison programs, such as those on College Board and the U.S. News Report, already exist. This seems to be a frivolous attempt to cater to young voters on the part of the Obama administration. Instead of spending money on a superfluous database, the administration should do something productive for colleges. Nationwide, colleges continue to face tough budget cuts; the money the Obama administration proposes to spend in creating this database would be better used to ease the budget strain on colleges. The money could go toward paying for more students’s education or securing great professors. When it comes to deciding which college to attend, students rely on more than statistics. No college can be adequately described by a list of numbers on a computer screen. High school students visit campuses to get a better feel for the college, and ultimately, choose the college on what they believe will be the best fit for them. Reducing the College to a number will not do it justice. We hope that the Obama administration use its resources to do something constructive for higher education and not just click refresh on an old page.
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Fear factor spurs ethics battle in science biological warfare. During the halt, they hope to form an international forum to debate these issues. This would probably fall under the World Health Organization. While I agree that this is an international issue and that there should be standards set for the protection of research findings, I am afraid that getting bogged down in bureaucratic efforts Flat Hat Staff Columnist could delay extremely valuable research. The only possible outcome of the 60-day halt is such a forum. I am concerned about stopping research for too long and wasting valuable While the College of William and Mary may be known for its time that could be spent conducting research that could focus on the humanities, the College and the Virginia Institute affect the outcome of potential future pandemics. of Marine Science conduct a significant amount of scientific In response, a group of 39 scientists has published a joint research. Due to questions of ethics, however, scientific statement in which they explain that while they understand research is being heavily criticized. Recent cases of restrictions placed on scientists conducting the concerns, there are proper controls and security in place studies involving viruses such as the bird flu bring to light the to avoid the dangerous possibility of terrorists using their issue of knowledge versus safety. As a society, we are obsessed work. I certainly believe there are already a good number of with learning more, pushing the limits of our technology, and protective measures in use. The fear of valuable, dangerous using science to develop new ways to understand and advance. information getting into the wrong hands is not a new At some point, we must realize that although our intentions phenomenon, and I am sure there have been efforts thus far may be good, what we are developing could be incredibly to ensure the security of viral research. That being said, it never hurts to stay destructive if placed in the wrong hands. up to date with the latest technology. I think it is this fear that drives people to Giving into fear blocks us Keeping up with terrorists’ efforts to take action limiting important scientific obtain such volatile information for their research. Fear is a strong emotion that from the greater good of own destructive purposes is an incredibly can dominate human decision-making. continuing research. important aspect of researching viruses. However, giving into that fear excludes But while this halt may serve as a the possibility of continuing research reminder that whatever measures are in fact being taken that could prevent millions of deaths in the future. must be constantly updated, I disagree with completely One specific example of this controversy is the recent 60-day shutting down this type of research. The benefits of the halt of bird-flu virus research being done by the world’s leading research in this situation clearly outweigh the risks. The virologists. The main reason for the halt was the biosecurity bird flu kills 60 percent of infected humans. A mutation like concerns of a federal panel from the National Institutes of Health. Researchers in two laboratories had engineered the bird the aforementioned one could kill millions, especially if no research had been previously conducted regarding how best flu virus to make it more transmissible through the air among to counter it and prevent it from spreading. mammals in order to measure the dangers of a pandemic. This is the bottom line: While terrorists taking control This research offered new insight to the bird flu: Only a few of this research is a real, tangible threat, it is a threat more mutations were necessary for the flu to become more easily easily protected against than the threat of our own ignorance transmissible, which could cause millions of human deaths. of the science behind these viruses. Federal organizations are concerned about what could happen if such information was obtained by terrorists and used as Email Elaine Oestreich email@example.com.
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Cupid’s chokehold: Overturn of Proposition 8 shows increase in equality Andrea Aron-Schiavone
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With Valentine’s Day upon us, many students at the College of William and Mary have romance on the brain. We can dream of falling in love, finding a soulmate and sharing our lives with another person who makes us feel more complete. No differentiation should be made if this love is between two of the same or opposite sex. No matter who a person falls in love with, the experience of loving someone does not change. At the College, we are very fortunate to have many open-minded students, as shown in a new index that gives the
College a perfect score for “Support and Institutional Commitment” to LGBTQ friendliness. Unfortunately, we are constantly reminded that this cannot be said for the world outside campus. If each of us has the capacity to feel such strong love for another human being, shouldn’t every human being be able to demonstrate this love through what is arguably its most powerful expression, marriage? I have witnessed homosexual and heterosexual couples that epitomize the same level of commitment to and support for one another. In creating labels, we often forget that first and foremost, we are all people who have the capacity to fall in love with another. We can be kept up nights worrying about and caring for this other person, and selflessly putting this person’s needs before our own. The sex of this person is irrelevant; love is undiscriminating.
Equality of all citizens under the law is something for which everyone should strive. This is not a political or religious issue, but rather, a matter of human dignity about which we should not be divided along party lines. An individual who reminds me of this is Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Wa. In her address last Wednesday, she said that of all the things she misses since her husband’s death, it is “that incredible bond I had with that human being — that I really, really genuinely wish I still had.” She then articulated the profound question which we all should ask of ourselves: “How could I deny the right to have that incredible bond with another individual in life? To me it seems almost cruel.” The recent overturning of Proposition 8 is an encouraging sign that maybe America is moving in the right direction. It is at times like these
that I wish our whole country was more like the College. Here, there are countless tolerant, supportive, accepting people from a wide array of political and religious beliefs who have realized that we are all more
similar than we are different, and that we all deserve the option to marry the person whom we hold most dear. After all, love is love. Email Andrea Aron-Schiavone at email@example.com.
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Guest speaker addresses sex in religious context BY SARAH CASPARI FLAT HAT ASSOC. VARIETY EDITOR
The Wesley Foundation at the College of William and Mary likes good sex and is not ashamed to talk about it. On Sunday, Keith Graber Miller, chair of the Bible, Religion and Philosophy department at Goshen College, visited the College to give a presentation entitled “Good Sex(uality).” The Wesley Foundation, the campus ministry of the United Methodist Church, hosted the event. “As a teacher of religion and as a teacher of sexuality,” Graber Miller said, “as well as a person who has a quarter of a century’s experience of being married and then birthing and adopting children, I’ve come to the not terribly startling conclusion that I’m rather fond of sex.” The presentation, which was followed by a question and answer session, focused on issues regarding sexuality from a Christian perspective in the context of the faith’s increasingly positive outlook on sex. “A lot of people trace things back to the sexual revolution of the 1960s that shifted people’s sort of very positive view of sexuality … The church is always way behind — religious organizations are always way behind in getting on board and saying something is positive.” Graber Miller, who is a Mennonite, says his own church is much more progressive than the rest of the denomination in embracing sexuality and addressing controversial ideas, adopting a different interpretation of the Bible than more conservative churches choose. Specifically, Graber Miller differs dramatically from many churches on the issue of homosexuality. “There are all kinds of ways to interpret sacred texts, and we have more than sacred texts on which we base our religious mores,” Graber Miller said. “I’ve worked a lot with scripture — with Christian scripture and with Hebrew scripture as well — and am very comfortable saying that almost all the texts, save for one, are ambiguous, uncertain, unclear about what they are saying about same-sex sexual relating … I think most of them are just absolutely irrelevant for talking about contemporary gay and lesbian people.” Graber Miller’s progressive and affirming views of sex seemed to make him relatable to his audience, which consisted of students and adults from various religious backgrounds. “I feel like the church kind of takes such a harsh stand on sex, and it’s not really necessary … harmful, even,” Jordan Weitzel ’14 said. “So I kind of agree with pretty much everything he said, and I really enjoyed the presentation.” Over the course of the evening, Graber
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Miller expressed positive views on issues such as same-sex sexuality and masturbation, while affirming a negative opinion of pornography and the prevalent “hookup culture.” “On our college campus — as well as other college campuses — I’m so conscious of the culture of hooking up, which I think is pretty unhealthy,” he said. “On a lot of college campuses, hooking up has replaced any kind of form of dating, at least for initially getting to know someone, and it seems to me to be a fairly unhealthy form of sexual practice.” Here, a hookup is defined as a “chance encounter that occurs with someone you may or may not ever speak to again,” involving “oral intercourse, anal intercourse or genitalgenital intercourse.” Not surprisingly, alcohol is involved in the majority of cases. According to Graber Miller, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of students at most colleges have hooked up and will accumulate an average of 11 partners over their four years. Additionally, one in four college students carry a sexually transmitted infection. “I value very much sex and the body and affirm it very much,” Graber Miller said, “but I think there are better and worse contexts to practice sexuality, and I think my own bias is toward committed relationships being the most appropriate place to practice genital encounters. So I’d like to push people to think about moving in that direction … rather than saying it’s something fun to do on a Friday night. I think I’d like to value sexuality and the body more than that.”
Instead of maintaining the notion popular among churches that sex is something to be shared only between married couples, Graber Miller and his audience openly acknowledged the role of sex on a college level. “Sex is a huge part of a college student’s life, really,” Weitzel said. “It’s something we all wrestle with.” Expanding the strict definition of sexuality, Graber Miller was keen to emphasize the relationship and the distinctions between sex and intimacy, stressing the importance of intimacy between sexual partners. “For me, the real take-home message is about intimacy,” Campus Minister Max Blalock said. “What we’re looking for oftentimes when we’re getting ourselves involved in healthy or unhealthy sexual relationships, what we’re really searching for is that intimacy, that connection with another person. For him to talk about not only sexuality in that context of what it looks like to have a healthy sexual relationship with another person, but [also to] talk about intimacy in terms of something besides — that it involves much more than just sex, and you can be intimate with another person, and it doesn’t have to be sexual.” After the presentation, Graber Miller remained to speak with attendees one-onone. Yesterday afternoon, he made himself available to continue the conversation over coffee at Aroma’s. Then, in the evening, he more formally addressed student-posed issues in a second presentation, “Good Sex(uality): Part II.”
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Keith Graber Miller gave a presentation entitled “Good Sex(uality)” on Sunday in which he talked about how Christians should view sexuality in the current religious climate, in which sex is coming into a positive light.
Aromas Head towards Aromas in order to drown your single sorrows in chocolate fondue or to share a rose decorated cupcake with your sweetheart. Either way, arrive between 7:30 and 9:30 in the evening to indulge in a sultry jazz performance by Stephanie Nakasian and Eric Lytle.
Wythe Candy Shop To find last minute Valentine’s Day themed treats, walk down Merchant’s Square to Wythe Candy Shop. The Candy Shop of Williamsburg has both well-known brands like Ghirardelli and classic sweets like homemade fudge, red and white chocolate covered pretzels, and various heart shaped candies.
Behind closed doors Columnist
Today’s festivities bring idyllic associations to mind. Candle-lit dinners for two, your beau sprinkling a rose petal trail that leads up to your twin XL, and grotesquely-misshapen babies aiming arrows at your ass. But for many, Valentine’s Day gives us a chance to stalk GoodCrush and single-handedly polish off that big tub of Nutella. If you’re like the majority of students, you’re riding solo this evening. And you know what? That’s totally OK. In fact, be proud — this is the perfect chance to rediscover your body. Before you can love others, you must love yourself. Who said Valentine’s Day must be shared with a significant someone? Enough angst about love. Don’t hate, just masturbate. Masturbation has a nasty reputation. Whether it’s creepily hunching over a dimly-lit computer screen or getting all up in a delectable apple pie, people regard pleasuring oneself on a scale from desperate to downright dirty. Your mom probably taught you to avoid talking about the three M’s at the dinner table: money, Macy Gray and masturbation. Something about it seems uncomfortable and uncouth, especially for females. You certainly don’t see any silver-screen heroines searching for the silver ghost. Sex sells, but self-pleasure seems to freak people out. Set aside these antiquated myths. Look between your legs, and you’ll see the positives of petting the kitty. Sure, a 60-minute deep tissue massage will work out your kinks, but a personalized massage on your mystery parts will inspire some stress-relieving kinkiness on the daily. Orgasms release an explosion of hormones throughout your body, including those beloved endorphins. And we all know that endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t ignore masturbation. By mastering your daily routine, you will infinitely improve your intimacy skills for your hook-up prospect. It’s hard to articulate what you want from your partner when he or she is kissing from your lips all the way up to your belly button. But after meticulous memorization of your masturbating habits, you’ll understand what speed, depth and pressure pleases your palate. You can listen to your body and adjust accordingly. When you know how to get yourself off, you can get your partner to push all of your right buttons. Masturbation not only betters your own pleasure, but also your bedroom buddy’s pleasure, too. A service to all. Just like how the artist needs a paintbrush to create the masterpiece, the masturbator needs the tools of the trade to ignite the single-life sparks. If you’re on a college budget, look no further than the fingers in front of you. They provide a cheap, effective way to get the hand job done. But if your twiddle dee gets bored of your twiddle thumb, consider purchasing some little helpers. Sex toys add an element of surprise and excitement into your routine. Flesh out your bits with a fleshlight, test out your vibes on a vibrator, or air out your almighties with arousal cream. The options are endless. You’ve got the facts; you’ve got the tools. What’s stopping you from diving between your sheets? Unless you’re one of the lucky few with a single, you must share your living space. What a bonafide buzzkill when your roommate barges in, Sadler Center takeout in his or her hands, while you have piping hot sausage in yours. How can you masturbate with roommates? Either smartly or silently. Talk or stalk your roommate up on his or her daily schedule. When your roommate makes dinner plans at Plaza Azteca, make your own plans to tickle the taco. And if your roommate makes the room into his or her personal cave, be sure to dive into your cave with the utmost silence. Any sudden jerk or moan and your cover will be blown. Your roommate won’t be too happy to wake up to the sound of you changing the double-A batteries of your Jack Rabbit. Don’t resist your urges, fulfill them. Where there’s a will, there’s a wank off. Happiness comes from you, first and foremost. Put your best hand forward. Forget about the dinner reservation for two and enjoy your own bedroom party for one. Only the great Enrique Iglesias can articulate these sentiments eloquently: Please excuse me, but tonight, you’re loving you. Janice Van is a Behind Closed Doors columnist and she will be spending Valentine’s Day with a very special friend.
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Global Film Festival hopes to involve community with most recent project BY ZACH HARDY FLAT HAT ASSOC. ONLINE EDITOR
The relationship between film and the city throughout the 20th century is as interesting as it is undeniable; whether it is James Dean strutting around the Big Apple with a cigarette in his mouth or Godzilla laying waste to Tokyo’s skyscrapers, global cities and cinema have yielded some of modern culture’s most exciting and iconic images. The theme of this year’s William and Mary Global Film Festival, “Film & The City,” will attempt to encourage dialogue on the complex relationship between the places we live in and the people around us. The festival will take place February 16 — 19 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre and other venues around campus. Planning for the film festival kicked off during the fall semester when the festival’s organizing body teamed up with the rest of Williamsburg to create
“Southeast Side Story,” a lip-dub adaptation of the classic 1961 musical “West Side Story.” Timothy Barnard, the festival director and American studies professor at the College, said this was an effort to expand the festival to a year — round event. The event was a success, and hundreds of people showed up to show their allegiance to the two sides, TWAMPS and Townies. “We sat down and said, ‘What would be a cool way to introduce our film and city theme?’ and people came up with West Side Story; at the same time another student showed us a lip dub as something that could be shown during the festival, and the whole class said maybe we should actually make something like that,” Barnard said. The lip dub that debuted back in the fall is not the only original work the 2012 festival produced. The class that planned and coordinated the festival produced two “City Symphonies.” “The City Symphony is a type of Avant-Garde filmmaking that originated
in the 1920s, when everyone was excited about modernity and urban spaces and they wanted to address that artistically,” Elizabeth Pelletier ‘14 said. “We produced two symphonies. One was a global one, which compiled footage from William and Mary students studying abroad over the summer, and we took all their different footage and compiled it together to form a conception of a composite, global city. The other project we did was a Williamsburg City Symphony. We went out and got a lot of different footage — from retirement homes, daycare centers, Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg — and tried to bring it all together to form our conception of what Williamsburg is.” Each work screened at the festival will attempt to convey one of the extremely varied cultural and emotional messages cities can protray through film. “Some of [the films] are uplifting and celebratory, like an Irish Musical called ‘Once,’ but then on the other hand, we’re programming ‘Infernal Affairs’
which is a gritty Hong Kong crime drama that ‘The Departed’ is based on,” Kate Previti Ph.D ’15 said. The festival also will allow for those in attendance to speak with some of the artists behind the different works. Saturday night’s program includes a film entitled ‘Beijing Bicycle’ and will be followed by a live Q-and-A with the director Xiaoshuai Wang via video feed from Beijing. Sunday’s program will feature Chicana director Aurora Guerrero. She will introduce her debut feature film ‘Mosquita y Mari,’ a work that chronicles the coming of age of two Latina teens in east Los Angeles. The festival will also host a party on Friday at The Crust and a Saturday morning event for children in an effort to involve the entire community. These events, in the eyes of the festival’s coordinators, are some of the most crucial aspects of the whole festival. “We want to bring films of the world and bring our local community together and share these works of art and
generate dialogue,” Barnard said. “Then [people] can come and have a drink and talk to people they might not have met before and talk about the film they just saw together and eventually come to a greater understanding of the common ground we share.” The majority of the screenings and events of the festival are free, but they do require tickets. Tickets can be picked up at the Kimball Theater Box Office in Merchants Square. VIP passes are also available; these admit pass — holders to all screenings, a VIP reception, and an after-party with filmmakers. “Cities are romantic, where love can happen; cities are dystopic, places that encourage crime and despair and alienation. A lot of hard — hitting documentaries reveal problems about cities and inspire ensemble, narrative, chance-happening storytelling,” Bernard said. More information and a full program schedule can be viewed online at filmfestival.wm.edu.
Soulful, award-winning poet captivates audience
Jayne Cortez performs as the most recent Patrick Hayes Writers Series installment BY ELLIE KAUFMAN FLAT HAT CHIEF STAFF WRITER
Watching poet Jayne Cortez perform to the beat of her son Denardo Ornette Coleman’s drum captivated the audience in the Muscarealle Museum of Art. “I could not stop watching the drummer’s feet,” visiting assistant professor of English Chelsey Johnson said. Award-winning poet Cortez read her poetry while her son Denardo Ornette Coleman accompanied her on percussion on Feb. 9. English professor Joanne Braxton invited Cortez to perform on behalf of the English department. “I was reaching back, making a connection with someone who had moved me when I was a young poet in New York,” Braxton said. “I wanted to be moved that way again, and to share the aesthetic possibilities of text and performance with my students.” The performance included an audience of students and faculty. The drumming added a variation to the readings. “I think a lot of poetry readings are really subdued and oppressive, and this one was loud and dynamic. There was no chance you were going to fall asleep,” Johsnon said. Danielle Thomas ’13 attended the reading with an English major friend, but she was not exactly sure what to expect. “I am a neuroscience major, so it was kind of hard for me to figure some of it out,” Thomas said. “I really liked how when she was telling the poetry the drums coincided with it, so as she got louder and more into
the poetry the drums got louder and more intense.” Braxton was thrilled with the performance. “The performance was amazing — not only the poet, but the collaboration with her son, master percussionist Dernardo Ornette Coleman,” Braxton said. “It was not merely an aesthetically satisfying experience; it was an explosion of consciousness.” Cortez, currently living in New York City, has written ten books of poetry and recorded nine recordings of her readings with music. Students in Modern Black American Literature taught by Braxton were able to engage with the author of their homework when Cortez came into their class for a collaborative workshop on the day of the performance. “When she walked in the room, they greeted her with a standing ovation,” Braxton said. “The class was open to the entire College community, and there were guest faculty and students — even a distinguished visiting scholar from another institution.” The dialogue allowed the students to ask Cortez about her poetry in an open forum setting. “We had a really good back and forth conversation with the students,” Cortez said. Visiting scholar in religious studies Rebecca Perkins was able to attend the collaborative workshop in class and the performance. “I really appreciate the way she combines activism and the arts,” Perkins said. “The way she works as an artist, she has so much creativity and joy so it makes it possible to face those really difficult issues with life and energy instead of despair. It’s empowering.” At the end of the collaboration, the students
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Award-winning poet Jayne Cortez performed at the Muscarealle Museum of Art Thursday. She performed with her son Denardo Ornette Coleman, who plays percussion, matching the beat of Cortez’s poetry.
presented Cortez with a gift. They performed a choral reading of her poem “How Long Has Trane Been Gone?” The performance included Jason Durso ’13 playing bass, Renee Kingan MA ’09 Ph.D’18, who is working on a doctoral dissertation on Cortez, and students from the class. “What they achieved in working intensively and collaboratively in a very short span of time was truly awe-inspiring, and, again, moving,” Braxton said. Braxton thinks the performance and
collaboration allowed students to connect with the subject matter on a different level than their normal every-day class discussion. “I am completely confident that everyone who was in that university classroom where so much aesthetic and intellectual exchange took place will remember this singular artist residency for the rest of their lives,” Braxton said. “Partly because they, as students, were so well prepared and brought so much to it.”
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on fast breaks to finish with a game-high 24 points on 10 of 14 shooting, three rebounds and two assists. “Our guards have not been complete players this season, tonight Brandon played a really complete basketball game,” Shaver said. The College wasted little time building up a big cushion, maintaining a small lead through the opening minutes until junior guard Matt Rum hit the first of four consecutive three balls for the College. Freshman guard Marcus Thornton — who has started 14 games so far in his rookie year but came off the bench to score 14 points on 4 of 10 shooting, including 3 of 4 from long range — knocked down two straight from downtown before senior guard Kendrix Brown hit one of his own off a feed from McDowell. Suddenly with 9 minutes, 11 seconds to go in the half, the Tribe held a 20-11 lead. Northeastern would battle back to within four, but a 15-0 run capped by an NBA-distance trey from Thornton sent the College into the locker room with a 41-22 lead. “There’ve been a lot of previous games where we have a four minute stretch, usually going into the half or coming into the second half, where we just went braindead and basically gave the game away,” Brown said. “So we made a point on the floor … that this was going to be our turn to have a great four minutes at the end of the half.” The Huskies came out in the second half applying full court pressure on the defensive end, and the College didn’t skip a beat, playing a wide open style that brought about one of the best passing displays the team’s put on all season. Brown found McDowell under the basket with a nice pass, Rum hit sophomore forward Tim Rusthoven for an easy bucket, and Thornton threaded the needle to Rusthoven twice in the opening minutes of the second as the College grew its lead to 27 with 12:22 remaining. The team would finish with 18 assists and 30 field goals. Without making a big dent on the scoreboard, Rum turned in an excellent all-around performance himself, grabbing nine boards, scoring six and dishing three assists while logging one steal and one block. A layup from Britt gave the Tribe its largest lead, 79-47 with 3:01 to go, before Shaver went to the reserves to close things out.
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Sophomore forward Tim Rusthoven scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds and recorded two assists in the Tribe’s win.
“We drove the ball really well,” McDowell said of the offense. “And any time you can get into driving lanes it puts so much pressure on the defense, and once we were in the lane for the most part … We made great decisions about when to shoot the ball and when to pass the ball.” The win over Northeastern ends a nine game slide and, to this point, is the signature victory of what has otherwise been a disappointing 20112012 campaign. With four more games and just under three weeks to go before the conference tournament, Brown and McDowell — both team captains — reflected on how difficult the year has been, while looking forward with the confidence a dominant win brings. “We’ve learned a lot in this experience and
we’re still optimistic about the season,” Brown said. “There’s still plenty of games left to play.” With the losing streak now in the rear view, McDowell talked about what it meant for the College to be able to bounce back from the blowout loss to ODU with the kind of game it put together Saturday. “[The season’s] been an incredibly painful experience just because you come to the gym everyday and you feel like you’re putting in all this work and all this effort and you feel like you’re giving it everything that you can and you’re not seeing the results,” he said. “It’s not an easy thing to do when you get blown out on your home floor … like we did last week … [To bounce back like this] is a testament to the kind of people [the other two captains] are and the kind of people we have in the program as a whole.”
and made all 14 of its free throws. The Dragons benefited from a balanced scoring performance from its starters. Guard Kamile Nacickaite led Drexel with 24 points on a 9 for 16 shooting performance, and was a dominant presence throughout the game. Forward Tyler Hale notched 18 points and six rebounds while guard Hollie Mershon contributed 14 points in 33 minutes. “They read the defense very well, but we just didn’t do a very good job of stopping it and playing tighter defense,” Pye said. “They just got a lot of open threes.” While the Dragons had three scorers in double digits, the Tribe relied solely on another strong outing from Pye. The senior led all scorers with 25 points, with 11 of those points coming off free throws. The rest of the Tribe’s normally potent offense was silenced Sunday. Junior guard Janine Aldridge, the College’s leading scorer, struggled with Drexel’s defense and notched just three points on a 1 for 7 shooting performance. Senior guard Katherine DeHenzel went 1 for 7, but dished out six assists. “On the offensive end, we just really didn’t play like a team like we needed to,” Pye said. “We play them again in a couple of days, so it’s a good learning experience.” Despite the disappointing result, the College will look to regroup in its remaining five games before the tournament. The Tribe will travel to Virginia Commonwealth Thursday and host North Carolina-Wilmington before traveling to Philadelphia Feb. 19 for another meeting with the Dragons. The College will continue to search for momentum heading into the CAA Tournament in March. “Every person on this team wants to get better and we just want to play team basketball and get better with every game,” Pye said. “There’s only up to go from here, and we will get it.”
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The Flat Hat | Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | Page 8
Marquee win Tribe drops Huskies at Kaplan, 79-54 BY JARED FORETEK THE FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR
What a difference three days can make. William and Mary rebounded from a 19-point home shellacking at the hands of Old Dominion Wednesday to turn in a complete and allaround performance, dominating Northeastern in every phase en route to a 79-54 win. Harassing defense that caused 16 Northeastern turnovers while holding the Huskies to 44.9 percent shooting, coupled with a 10 of 20 night from downtown for the Tribe, four College players scoring in double-digits, and a 38-24 advantage on the boards all combined for what senior forward Quinn McDowell unequivocally said was the team’s best performance all year. “Our defense really fueled our offense tonight. … Our defensive intensity — the starting 5 especially — did a great job tonight setting the tone for how we were going to play defense the entire game,” McDowell said. Head coach Tony Shaver agreed that the defense made the biggest difference. “Our defense was the key,” Shaver said. “We’ve been really poor defensively the last two ball games … we started a little bit different lineup tonight because we felt defense had to be good early, and they really were.” Sophomore guard Brandon Britt was decidedly more aggressive than usual, slashing to the basket and running the floor opportunistically See M. BASKETBALL page 7
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Senior forward Quinn McDowell scored 13 points on 5 of 12 shooting, while logging four assists and three rebounds in the Tribe’s 79-54 win over Northeastern. The win ended a nine-game losing streak and came after the Huskies beat the Tribe by 14 Jan. 14.
College falls hard at home Drexel exploits Tribe defense, bests College, 78-59
BY MIKE BARNES FLAT HAT EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
William and Mary took to the court Sunday night with a chance to knock off one of the top teams in the conference and build momentum in advance of next month’s CAA Tournament. Instead, the Tribe (9-15, 2-11) delivered an uneven performance in a thorough, 78-59 loss to Drexel at Kaplan Arena, its fifth consecutive defeat. Unlike the College’s four previous losses, the Tribe never really came close to catching the Dragons, who led all game and by as many as 21 midway through the second half. “This loss hurts a lot,” junior center Jacklyn McKenna said. “We just really played poorly on both ends. I didn’t feel like we played defense the whole time and we just rushed shots on offense. They are a smart team.” The College, normally a consistent offensive team, suffered from an anemic first-half shooting performance. The Tribe shot just 32 percent from the field in the opening stanza, including a 0 for 4 mark from behind the arc. Drexel, meanwhile, had no problems with
its offensive performance in the first half. The Dragons knocked down 51.7 percent of their attempts from the field, including 45.5 percent from downtown. As a result of its hot shooting, Drexel built a substantial 39-22 halftime lead. “I think we could have come back,” senior guard Taysha Pye said. “Offense wasn’t really the problem, we just didn’t get enough stops like we needed to. If you don’t get stops, the scoring doesn’t matter because you can’t dig yourself out of that ditch.” In the second half, the Tribe shot much better, converting 56.5 percent of its attempts, but was unable to overcome its first half deficit. The College cut Drexel’s lead to 12 twice in the second half, but every Tribe advance was met with a Dragon rebuttal. “We were trying to push the tempo because they were trying to slow it down,” McKenna said. “They were using 30 seconds off the clock every time. They are just a really good team, they have five smart players and they are tough.” Overall, Drexel shot 50.9 percent for the game,
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