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BOV member Laura Flippin drops appeal Judge questions Flippin’s testimony, Flippin maintains position on College’s Board of Visitors
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After being found guilty of public intoxication and allegations of lying under oath from a James City County’s district court judge, Laura Flippin will remain on the College of William and Mary’s Board of Visitors, and all indications point to her return to campus when the Board convenes Sept. 19. College President Taylor Reveley
was brief in discussing the incident. “Ms. Flippin did not appeal her conviction for public intoxication. … Thus the judge’s ruling stands, and Ms. [Flippin] has paid the fine for her misdemeanor,” Reveley said in an email. “She remains a member of William and Mary’s Board of Visitors. At this point, I don’t think my commenting further on her situation would do any good.” Flippin was first arrested in September 2011 outside of the Green Leafe on Scotland Street. At her hearing
in June, the Defense Litigation Attorney Piper law firm partner said she’d had just one drink that night. The arresting officer then said that she had registered a .253 BAC — more than three times the legal limit to drive — and that her speech was extremely slurred, she’d had trouble standing up, and that at one point, she’d walked into a wall. After finding her guilty of the misdemeanor charge of public intoxication, Judge Colleen Killilea said she thought Flippin had lied.
“In my mind, I do not believer her testimony today,” Killilea said. “I think she lied to the court.” Chair of the Undergraduate Honor Council Justin Duke ’13 felt that all members of the community had a responsibility to uphold certain expectations. “I wasn’t there so I don’t think I could accurately say whether she was lying,” Justin Duke ’13 said. “But I think most people here know that one drink won’t bring you to a BAC of 0.253. …
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We take [the Honor Code] seriously as students and I think faculty and outside people should as well. That’s not to say she [doesn’t], but I think everyone here should hold themselves to a higher standard.” Duke added that, for him, the issue of what happened last September at the Green Leafe is not as important as her possibly being dishonest at her hearing. “I do wish that our BOV could be See flippin page 3
IT experiences wireless glitches High traffic slows down system bY Sarah kleinkinecht Flat hat staff writer
Most students would label a Facebook relationship between themselves and the College wireless network as “it’s complicated.” The relationship is at its rockiest during the first few days of every fall semester. “Today, a professor told me that I needed a good internet connection to take a quiz online, but I don’t know a place on campus where the internet is always reliable,” Alison Roberts ’15 said. This year, Information Technology says the blame lies with an influx of iPads, iPods, Xboxes, and smart phones. “Each year, more and more students come back with more and more devices,” Network Manager Scott Fenstermacher said. See wireless page 3
SA approves more cabinet members Allocates money for voter registration bY Katherine chiglinsky Flat hat news editor
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The Student Assembly kicked off the school year Tuesday, approving two executive cabinet members, a full Elections Commission and two members of the Review Board. At its meeting last semester, the senate approved the majority of the executive cabinet. The senate approved the two remaining nominees Tuesday. Secretary of Outreach Chase Koontz ’14 and Secretary of Health and Safety Jake Lewitz ’13 presented before the senate before being unanimously approved. The senate also cemented the Elections Commission with the approval of the Chairman of the Elections Commission T.J.
Total construction for the project is estimated to cost over $1 million from the College’s Maintenance Reserve Fund due to the source of the leak’s inaccessibility.
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Contractors address leaks threatening Special Collections at Swem bY bailey kirkpatrick Flat hat assoc. news editor
The crane outside of Earl Gregg Swem Library does not mark another construction site on campus, but an attempt to fix leaks that have dripped into the Special Collections and other library areas for years. The College of William and Mary built the 100,000-square-foot addition to house the Special Collections in 2004. Since then,
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employees have noticed multiple leaks in Special Collections, Pavilion A and B and especially on the second floor in the employee offices. “We were under a construction contract warranty with the builder [to fix any problems], but when the leaks continued to occur, we decided to take a more in-depth look and develop a corrective plan,” Vice President of Administration Anna Martin said.
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The investigation revealed that the cause of the leak was internal. The waterproofing membrane designed to seal the building off from water was defective, which turned out to be a bigger and more expensive problem than expected. The total cost of construction will come in at over $1 million, taken from the College’s Maintenance Reserve. The fund contains See swem page 3
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I’m an extremely ‘innocent-until-proven-guilty’ guy. The Honor Code is extremely important. [Flippin] is not a student, but I know that’s parsing it.
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In our weekly “That Girl” video, Flat Hat Managing Editor Vanessa Remmers sits down with Danielle Noriega ‘13 to talk about her time as the President of HOPE, her summer internship at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Washington D.C. and her plans for a post-graduate career in Public Health. Have a suggestion for a senior we should interview next? Email flathat. firstname.lastname@example.org
From “chanelling tv,” a blog by katie snyder ‘13 “If you’ve spent any time at all on this blog, you know that my life is dominated by television approximately 90 percent of my waking hours. It would stand to reason that my summer was much of the same —TV. But the best part about summer TV is that it’s an entirely separate genre. In the summer, the pressure for high ratings
and the burden of producing cutting-edge content is greatly lessened. Broadcast and cable networks alike are free to lighten up their schedules with more crowd-pleasers and purely fun programs. It takes a specific kind of show to be successful in the summer weeks. Us laymen call them the ‘guilty pleasure’ shows.”
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Staff and students at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst prepare the record-breaking seafood stew Sept. 3 for the school’s Labor Day cookout. The school used locally-acquired ingredients to concoct a stew weighing over three tons and serving the thousands who turned out to watch.
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Four offensive linemen and a defensive end are on suspension at Saginaw Valley State University in Kochville, Michigan. According to The Huffington Post, the football players are accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old recruit during a hazing ritual. According to the police report, the recruit’s refusal to sing to the team in the locker room prompted the assault, which may have involved as many as 20 assailants. The suspects deny physical contact with the recruit and the police report acknowledges inconsistencies in the recruit’s story. The players have been suspended for hazing, which is prohibited at the school. The five players are charged with fourth degree sexual assault, a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of two years in prison.
According to the Chicago Tribune, colleges are employing new methods to prevent binge drinking. Catherine Sedun, a high school teacher and Northwestern University graduate student, headed the Red Watch Band program at the Evanston campus this past year. The program teaches students about alcohol poisoning and instructs them to call medical help after witnessing any symptoms. Statistically, college students binge drink more than non-college students by about 40 percent. Binge drinking is defined as five drinks for men and four drinks for women in two hours. Northwestern and other universities are employing a number of new tactics, including the Red Watch Band program to battle the negative effects of binge drinking. Other strategies include late-night events and programs, as well as cracking down on off-campus sponsored drinking events.
University of Massachusetts breaks culinary world record Last year, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst served a two-ton stir-fry to staff and students to welcome them back to campus. This year, the university looked to continue this tradition with a world record-breaking seafood stew. The stew, weighing in at 6,700 pounds, required the use of the campus’s custom-built 14-foot pan, the same one used in last year’s stir-fry. According to The Huffington Post, the meal consisted of 1,000 pounds of mussels, lobster, clams, haddock and salmon from sustainable sources in New England and Alaska, 1,725 pounds of half-andhalf, 1,137 pounds of potatoes, 575 pounds of onions and 145 pounds of bacon. The university also had the assistance of several corporate sponsors and Food Network chef Jet Tila in undertaking the enormous task confirmed as a Guiness World Record.
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Maine Universities predict end to decreasing enrollment Year to year, Maine universities have had decreasing enrollment throughout the state. According to the Bangor Daily News, student enrollment fell 7.5 percent between 2007 and 2011. Universities expect improved enrollment this fall semester following efforts to counteract this trend. Officials say previous drops in enrollment were due to the decrease in part-time students, especially those not enrolled in degree programs. According to the article, this drop is likely due to the state of the economy, as fewer residents can afford extra classes at Maine’s public colleges. Many residents are opting for less expensive options such as community colleges, where enrollment increased by 34 percent in the last four years.
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Tuesday, August 28 — A bicycle was reported stolen from 400 Brown Hall Drive. The estimated value of the bicycle was $125.00.
Tuesday, August 28 — A student was arrested at 201 Ukrop Way for attempted arson. No property was damaged in the attempt.
Wednesday, August 29 — A wallet was stolen from 400 Brooks Street. The estimated value of the wallet and its contents was $140.00.
Thursday, August 30 — A parking decal with an estimated value of $354.00 was stolen from 205 Richmond Road.
Sunday, September 2 — A vehicle was vandalized in the Stadium Lot. The damage to the vehicle was estimated to be $50.00.
News in brief Bray School believed to be discovered
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Archaeologists working on the grounds of Brown Hall believe the site was once home to the 18th century Bray School. The school, founded in 1760, offered religious education to free and enslaved African American children. According to William and Mary News, more evidence is needed to confirm Chancellor Professor of English Terry Meyers’ theory that the original Bray School structure exists. If Meyers is correct, the Bray School building is America’s oldest existing structure used for the education of black children. The Bray School Archaeological Project had two field schools searching for evidence of the Bray School on the Brown Hall grounds this past summer.
Newly crowned Miss Virginia 2012, Rosemary Willis ’13, visited the College of William and Mary Thursday, Aug. 30. Willis talked with students and tour groups about the need for healthy sleep habits and the importance of both physical and mental health. The pageant-winner’s platform is entitled “Get Moving Today for a Healthier Tomorrow” and promotes exercise and physical activity as a way to improve an individual’s quality of life. While attending the College, Willis taught group exercise classes at the Student Recreation Center, including Body Pump. Willis will represent Virginia in the Miss America pageant in January 2013.
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science Outreach staff expanded the public outreach and educational summer offerings during the past summer. The expansion included trips to local beaches, parks and waterways in addition to traditional lab experience. The new off-campus activities included “VIMS at the Beach,” “Sharks in the Park” and “Inside to Seaside.” According to William and Mary News, the programs are designed to help tourists and residents better understand the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, the types of marine life and ways to protect and restore the bay. As many as 5,000 participants are believed to have attended the events.
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Multiple Virginia state universities named among the top institutions in the country by katherine chiglinsky flat hat news editor
The College of William and Mary climbed nine spots in Forbes Magazine’s annual list of “America’s Best Colleges” released Aug. 1, with a significant jump in the component ranking of payscale salary. The school also improved in federal student debt and students who borrow, indicating that students are facing, in
general, less debt from federal loans. The College moved from no. 49 to no. 40 overall and was named 21st among research institutions. The largest jump, from no. 282 last year to no. 82 this year, was in the federal student debt ranking. The only other Virginia public university with a place in the top 50 of Forbes’ rankings was the University of Virginia at no. 36 overall. “The main moral of the rankings is there are a zillion of them and we
consistently do well in all of them,” College President Taylor Reveley said. “You can count on William and Mary, whatever the nature of the ranking, to do well, despite the fact that we are the most lean financially of the leading national universities.” Washington and Lee University was no. 15 and the University of Richmond was no. 73, rounding out the Virginia schools in the top 100. The rankings for the survey are
based on five categories: postgraduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards. According to the component rankings, the College placed no. 59 in the debt default rank, up from no. 82 last year. “We are very pleased that [William and Mary] students take loan repayment seriously, which has resulted in our current 0.6 percent
default rate being the lowest among the Virginia four-year public institutions,” Director of Financial Aid Ed Irish said. The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, which compiled the rankings along with Forbes, weighted the debt default rankings as 5 percent of the total rankings. Student evaluations from www. ratemyprofessor.com were weighted as 17.5 percent of the total, more than any other factor.
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O’Sullivan ’13. “We’re really the ones advocating for [freshmen’s] involvement [in the fall elections],” O’Sullivan said. “At the same time, we’re trying to make sure that the elections are run fairly, on time, in compliance with all the rules and regulations stipulated in the constitution and the code. Because when things go wrong, when the Elections Commission is not run well, when the rules are not applied fairly, it looks really rough for the SA.” Members of the Elections Commission approved on Tuesday night include Erin Hills ’14, Jill Olszeweski ’13, Ben Migdol ’13 and Will Shimer ’13. Hills and Shimer have no SA experience, but Hills serves on the undergraduate Honor Council and Shimer has worked extensively with International Relations Club elections. Olszeweski brings some SA experience to the group, having formerly served as Chairman of the Elections Commission in fall 2010. She currently serves as the Director of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., for the SA. Migdol currently works as the Secretary of College Policy in the Executive Cabinet. Senator William McConnell ’14 questioned Migdol’s roles in both the executive and legislative branches of the SA. “How do you feel about being part of the
administration and, at the same time, being on the Elections Commission, which is supposed to be an impartial body?” senator William McConnell ’14 asked. Migdol did not see any problems. “I don’t have a horse in this race. As we’ve seen in the past, things end up falling back on the SA eventually so you might as well have people working on it from the get-go,” Migdol said. “And getting involved doing the freshman election first is a good precursor to the election in the spring.” Two students were also appointed to the SA Review Board, the judicial branch of the SA. Reid McBride ’14 and Ben Choi ’13 will join Chairman of the Review Board Scott Hardy J.D. ’13 and four other members of the review board who were approved in April. The senate concluded the meeting with the introduction of the Voter Registration Act, sponsored by Senator Jimmy Zhang ’15. The bill would appropriate $32.59 to the SA Department of Public Affairs for printing costs required to register voters, with an additional $60 to the department for any future printing costs. The bill also allocates $470 and loans an additional $265 to the SA Department of Public Affairs for T-shirts that read “Hark Upon the Ballot Box.” The SA senate will hold their weekly meetings in Morton 342 on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and all meetings are open to the public.
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“The number of broadcasts when the students came back was more than we thought.” Wireless devices send out signals to alert other devices to their position. Network traffic coming from more broadcasting devices this year has caused the networks to congest. “This year it has been a traffic issue,” Norman Elton, a network engineer for the IT department, said. “There was more traffic than the access points could handle. The big offender was [that] a language Apple uses, iTunes home sharing, was so chatty that it overwhelmed the wireless, so we turned it off last Thursday. We are hoping the big problems are controlled, but there is more work to be done. Turning [home sharing] off is a band-aid fix. Later on in the semester, we will rearrange the network for a more permanent fix.” IT has diminished network areas to reduce chatter. “This year, the networks were broadcasting a lot of information over a large area,” Fenstermacher said. “The problem could come back. We are going to redesign the network in smaller areas. We have turned off broadcast areas so they are not as large.” Even though the change was necessary, this may lead to frustration for some more dedicated Xbox players, according to Fenstermacher. “Some of the heavy Xboxers may get a little frustrated that they can’t see other players around them,” Fenstermacher said. “But
it was what had to be done.” Other students were frustrated about slower speeds for other entertainment purposes. “The Ethernet box in my room is broken and because I’m in the basement, the internet hardly ever works properly,” Emily Parrish ’15 said. “I can’t get on Netflix to watch Law and Order.” While the problem has routinely appeared each year, IT officials say the changing nature of network usage makes
it difficult to predict problems. A bug in the code of new access points around campus last year resulted in problems for students as well. IT has been working on a solution, but Elton reminded students that their input to IT is most helpful in these situations. “The biggest thing students can do is tell us. If there is a problem, we need to know in order to be able to fix it,” Elton said.
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With more broadcasting devices, wireless internet has been slow for the past week.
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role models, but her role in the community is a lot different,” Duke said. “Falling down drunk or sober or whatever isn’t ideal, but it also doesn’t mean that she can’t do her job.” To Student Assembly President Curt Mills ’13, the issue of Flippin’s integrity isn’t black and white. “Of course it’s slightly uncomfortable, but no formal charges of perjury have been brought against her,” Mills said. “I’m an extremely ‘innocent-until-proven-guilty’ guy. The Honor Code is extremely important. She’s not a student, but I know that’s parsing it.” Flippin filed an appeal right after Killilea found
her guilty, but dropped it just a few days before the appeal hearing. Both Flippin and her lawyer did not respond to requests for comment. Reveley saw the issue as an opportunity to highlight the risks of excessive drinking. “I do want to say something about high-risk drinking, which concerns me a lot,” Reveley said. “It’s the leading cause of injury, sexual assault and even death among students. … Nothing good comes from drinking to excess. As 2012/2013 gets underway, I hope we will all get a firm grip on this reality and then help get the message across to those in our community who need to hear it the most.”
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state money intended specifically for maintenance problems. “The reason the construction was so expensive is because they have to lift the concrete blocks that are part of the roof system off before they can reach the problem,” Martin said. The crane presently blocking the sidewalk behind Millington Hall is part of this construction process. The College initially planned construction when classes were not in session, but the rain in Williamsburg this summer delayed construction by a few weeks.
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Swem also underwent extensive replacements beyond the waterproofing — windows, drywall, insulation and carpets on the upper level all had to be replaced due to extensive water damage from the leak. “Most of the work was planned to be completed Aug. 31, so now it will still be finishing into September and possibly October. We can’t go up to the second floor at all, which is where the employee offices are,” Amy Schindler, university archivist and acting director of special collections, said. “Right now, our staff are using the conference rooms as offices, so we don’t have room for as many
volunteers or even classes.” Swem plans to finish the project within one week, so Special Collections staff members should have their office spaces back as the academic year truly gets underway. If all goes well, Swem will not undergo any more construction until next summer. “We were hoping to be done before classes, but something always comes up to delay construction,” Schindler said. “Things have gone fairly well, all things considered, but we are really looking forward to things being completed and having students and alma mater volunteers back in here.”
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College financial aid: need or merit? to side with the increase in merit-based aid because such aid has a greater potential to benefit me personally. I can recall situations during high school and even more recently when parents would discuss how need-based aid simply rewarded fiscal irresponsibility. Families who did not have adequate financial planning and did not save for their child’s Flat Hat Staff Columnist education would be rewarded with subsidies to cover the costs of their inaction. This argument seems defendable and definitely fits within the American ideal that one should pull Every semester I, along with every other student here at the themselves up by their own bootstraps rather than rely on College of William and Mary, receive the highly anticipated the charity of others. e-Bill email outlining our tuition and room and board costs for To be honest, for a while I did believe in the argument I the upcoming semester. This moment in time is one I usually try just presented above, but after considering the issue from to ignore because it means I have to begin the laborious process other perspectives, I have had a change of heart. Solely of spending hours listening to elevator music trying to expedite examining the result of receiving need-based aid fails to my student loan application process. recognize the circumstances surrounding the financial Although it seems to be a topic of constant conversation, situation of many high-school graduates. Many families, the rising cost of tuition is more than just a piece of news on even if they wanted to, simply lack the disposable income television; this issue is something every student here at the to save adequately for their child’s education, especially at College can relate to, especially the out-of-state students like top institutions such as the College. Furthermore, the state myself. The reason I’m thinking about the issue now is due of our country’s secondary education system simply favors to an article I read recently in The Wall Street Journal entitled those in higher-income communities, “Should More College Financial Aid Be where the larger tax revenue base allows Based on Need, not Merit?” The article Need-based aid isn’t a tool them to hire more qualified teachers and presents an argument from both sides in turn allows students to develop the of the debate, with one author writing for rewarding inaction. academic qualifications necessary to gain in favor of increasing need-based admission to the increasingly selective financial aid and the other in favor of top-tier colleges and universities. merit-based aid. Given the greater level of difficulty low-income After reading the points and evidence brought forth by the two students face in gaining the academic and extracurricular authors, it was difficult to immediately place myself on either qualifications demanded by top schools, there is no reason side of this debate. Proponents of need-based aid often take the they should be denied the opportunity to increase their income inequality route by stating that lower-income families do not have access to the same resources and education as those long-term earnings potential and better the lives of future generations of their family simply because they cannot afford of better financial standing, and thus they require the aid to even the playing field, so to speak. Supporters of merit-based aid the cost. Need-based aid isn’t a tool for rewarding inaction, it is one that helps ensure students have equal opportunities to cite need-based financial aid as a driving factor in skyrocketing gain access to the academic and career success afforded by tuition costs and see need-based aid as a “handout” that does the prestige of a place such as the College. not reward hard work. As a member of the upper-middle class, at first it was easy Email Derek Bluemling at email@example.com.
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hen Laura Flippin ’92 was arrested outside the Green Leafe in September 2011 with a blood alcohol reading of 0.253, we could forgive her. She was holding her car keys, suggesting that she planned to drive, but she did not actually drive her car. As such, we could forgive her behavior. It was embarrassing for both Flippin and for the College of William and Mary, but at the end of the day it was a mistake. Mistakes can be corrected; they can be dealt with appropriately. When Flippin, under oath, told Judge Colleen K. Killilea she had shared only one gin and tonic with a friend the night she was arrested, however, we were deeply disturbed. Flippin even reaffirmed her statement when Killilea questioned whether that was her testimony under oath. Though Flippin was not charged with perjury, Killilea said, “I think she lied to the court.” We agree with the judge’s estimation and believe that such a blatant lie is a personal disgrace to Flippin, but more importantly, it degrades both the College and its Honor Code. In light of such abominable conduct, we ask that Flippin submit her resignation to the Board of Visitors. This conduct suggests that she does not uphold the standards of the College, and is therefore unfit to serve on the BOV. The Honor Code at the College states directly that members of the College will not “lie, cheat or steal.” The pledge, taken by every student at the College, specifies that it applies not only to students, but to the entire community of the College as well. Furthermore, the Honor Code must be adhered to in personal life as well as academic life. Flippin has failed to uphold the Honor Code as an alumna of the College. In light of her actions, we believe that many College alumni are more suitable for the position. As students, we expect that the leaders of our College adhere to the same standards to which we are held. Requests to reduce Flippin’s sentence based on her prestigious titles and roles are atrocious abuses of those honors. Instead of asking for leniency and special exceptions, Flippin should serve as an example to students by behaving honorably following a mistake. Flippin’s denial of the truth is cowardly and shows that she does not hold herself to the high standards to which College students hold themselves every day. We are embarrassed by the lack of reproach Flippin has received for her behavior. Both College President Taylor Reveley and student leaders at the College seem determined to tiptoe around this serious breach of the Honor Code. We ask that the College community hold Flippin responsible for her conduct. Had Flippin apologized for her behavior and been willing to accept the repercussions, she might have survived this scandal with only a slight blemish on her record. But instead, she has tried to hide from her mistakes and avoid the consequences of her actions, so we cannot condone her continued role at the forefront of our College. We must ask that Flippin remove herself from her position.
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Finding the proper balance in how much technology to use in the classroom Elaine Oestreich Flat Hat Staff Columnist
As the chaos of the first weeks of classes gradually dies down, we have all formed first impressions of each of our courses for the semester. Although we may have registered months ago, it is not until we skim through the syllabus for the first time that we feel confident — or not so confident — about the structure, workload and style of the class and professor. While many factors affect the overall dynamic of a class, an important one that always sparks debate is the use of technology in class, by both professors and the students. Both sides of the “technology in the classroom” debate have merit, but in the end, it is still up to the
professor and the students to make the class worthwhile. I have had both extremes of professors at the College of William and Mary — those who never even use the Blackboard site and only believe in writing on a real blackboard and those who use as much technology as possible, both in lectures and assignments, to enhance their course. Using technology for effective communication is key for all professors. It is frustrating when professors are delayed in responding to emails or don’t have important course information and documents uploaded to Blackboard. However, in the past, these inconveniences have forced me to go to the professor and ask my questions in person. For our technology-minded generation, learning to embrace face-to-face conversations — with people other than our friends and family — is important. That being said, receiving a quick email
response from a professor five minutes after you sent it, even late at night, is incredibly convenient, especially when going to their office is not an option. Luckily, most professors have adapted to at least this basic use of technology for their classes. As for during the actual class, I’ve found myself frustrated with professors who insist on writing illegibly on chalkboards, as well as with professors who zip through a Powerpoint presentation with too many animations. In this regard, I’ve come to the conclusion that it truly depends on the professor. Overall, I prefer a class with less technology because it usually promotes better discussion and interaction than if students are watching a Powerpoint show or surfing the internet on their laptops. However, if a teacher is able to use technology to make the class more interactive or appealing to students, then I’d prefer that to a strict no-technology policy.
No professor will ever use technology in the exact same way or to the same extent as another. As long as professors can be reached using technology, the way they choose to incorporate technology into their class shouldn’t
matter. In fact, it is more detrimental when professors use technology only for the sake of using it, which often ends up detracting from the class as a whole. Email Elaine Oestreich at email@example.com.
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Students begin online photosharing business, gain valuable experience
The idea of graduating from college and starting a business occupies the dreams of countless entrepreneurial-minded students at the College of William and Mary and beyond. While the details of these imagined ventures vary among individuals — your roommate may want to start a software company, whereas you dream of opening a bakery — but the plan is basically universal: Go to college. Graduate from college. Start a business and be wildly successful. The question that Matt Sniff ’15 asks is, why in that order? Sniff is already a step ahead of the game. In cooperation with his brothers, Jacob and Tyler Sniff, and Noah Willard ’15, Sniff started his own business last year when he had the idea to create a network where photographers could share and sell their work. The
result was Photorankr, a website that unites social networking and the market for photography. “Photorankr is, as we call it, photo sharing meets the market, so we make it really easy for you to not only share your photography but license it,” Matt, the chief technology officer, said. “It’s kind of like Flickr meets iStock photo, so all of the social photography that’s going around nowadays on Facebook, Photobucket, Instagram — none of those photos are sellable and none of them are licensable, which means you can’t print them or do whatever you want with them. So what Photorankr does is it takes all the social photography out there and licenses it off, or lets you sell it and lets you choose the price for your work.” Licensing photos may seem unnecessary to students, who are accustomed to printing
most photos and images off of the Internet for free. In cases like these, however, students may expose themselves to the risk of copyright infringement. “People aren’t always aware of the commercial value of a photo,” Tyler, vice president and head of business development, said. “You share all your photos online. You might use photos for your project; you might not realize that they might be copyrighted, or this or that, and so we’re really trying to tap into licensing more content in the way that iTunes really brought music licensing to the forefront.” The original team conceived the idea of Photorankr in December 2011, and launched an initial product soon after. By April, the team had been accepted to the Jumpstart Foundry in Nashville, Tenn., where they spent the summer working with mentors to further
develop their plan. “They called it an ‘MBA in 90 days,’ so we weren’t only product developing, but we were learning all the ins and outs of the business world and kind of hit the ground running on the first day,” Matt said. Jumpstart is a startup accelerator that provides seed funding for budding businesses. It began in 2010 and accepts about seven teams each year. Mark Harris, an original Jumpstart participant who remains a part of the program, became involved with Photorankr over the summer as a mentor. Throughout the program, he advised the team on issues of financial modeling and pricing strategies. “One of the things that drew me to the team was they had just incredible enthusiasm about the product and a willingness to work extremely hard to bring it to life,” Harris said. Harris’s own experience with Jumpstart helped speed up the process of starting a business by providing an environment where groups could collaborate. “When I was in there, I remember once I needed to get my logo designed, and so what do I do?” Harris said. “I just walked around the room, talked to all the other teams … and just very quickly surveyed everyone and within about 10 minutes I knew where I was going to go to get my logo taken care of.” The members of Photorankr were the youngest Jumpstart participants this summer, so for them, a great deal of the value of the program lay in gaining critical experience that they had lacked previously. “None of us had business experience prior to this, so one of our challenges has been to work hard to understand marketing and work hard to understand business development, because
we’re very strong in terms of technical background but not as strong in terms of business background,” Tyler said. On the final day of the program, the teams pitched their ideas to over 400 potential investors. Over the next several months, the Photorankr team will be meeting with venture capitalists and “angels,” who are essentially venture capitalists operating on a smaller scale. “You have to share your vision with others,” Harris said. “You have to, in that way, sort of be a salesman for what you’re building. It doesn’t necessarily mean that that person is going to purchase what you’re building, but it means that they’ll believe that you’re the person to get it done. That’s important for bringing on investors, it’s important for getting those first few customers and it’s important for building the team.” While juggling the responsibilities of the founder of a new business and those of a full-time college student may be stressful, Matt chooses to look at his experience with Photorankr as an opportunity to pursue one of his passions. “A lot of the [aspects] of starting your own company [are] really addicting to me, like the creativity, the freedom and the passion. So when you can mix creativity, freedom and passion — for me, photography — all together and do it for the entire summer and get funding to do it, that’s a home run for me,” Matt said. Harris agreed that passion is indispensable to success in the business world. “For me, it all comes down to passion,” he said. “It’s got to be waking you up in the middle of the night because this idea has just got you so jazzed up you can’t sleep until you do it.” Editor’s Note: Noah Willard is a graphic designer for The Flat Hat.
Continuing an important, age-old tradition — in reverse Change in Convocation emphasizes the importance of compromise, flexibility
confusion corner columnist
As the newest class of freshmen filed into the Sir Christopher Wren Building during the Opening Convocation ceremony, upperclassmen standing on the other side of the building resisted the strong urge to yell at their newest classmates “You are going the wrong way!” While traditionally freshmen have walked from the Sunken Garden toward Colonial Williamsburg, this year the ceremony took place in reverse. According to a campus-wide email from College President Taylor Reveley sent out earlier that week, the change was initiated because the tradition
of unfurling the new freshman class banner had been compromised. The west balcony facing the Sunken Garden was deemed unusable, causing a shift in the entire ceremony. After the initial reason, Reveley pointed out that it may make more sense for the ceremony to take place in reverse because the freshmen would be walking toward the campus as they enter the College community and walking out toward Colonial Williamsburg and the rest of the world as they graduate. The change does make sense. The idea behind Convocation is to welcome the freshmen into our warm, Tribe community arms, and what better way to do that than by high-fiving them all the way down the brick path toward the Sunken Garden, where a band and dinner celebration await? One small detail, like hanging the freshman class banner during Convocation, can shift an entire tradition. Because an aspect of the greater tradition
was compromised, we were forced to view the entire ceremony in a different light, and after looking at it again, Reveley and whoever else makes important decisions about sacred College traditions realized it would just be better to turn the whole thing around. Permanently. Of course, the classes that have walked through the Wren Building toward Ancient Campus as freshmen will still walk toward Old Campus on Commencement, Reveley affirmed in his email. Traditions at the College are sacred because of the heavy superstition they carry with them, and sticking the remaining three classes in a never-ending loop of exiting the College the same way they came in won’t work. The old tradition stands for classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015, but the class of 2016 and every class from here on out will enter the College in a way that just seems to flow better. The decision to alter this tradition
may seem minute to some students. After all, when your College has so many traditions, how can you be expected to remember and care about the details of every single one? But Convocation not only marks the beginning of the academic year, it is the greatest and biggest welcome we give to the newest members of our community. As a freshman, it was the moment I started to believe I was at home in Williamsburg. When a tradition with such meaning can be altered and everyone can just go along with it, high fives and happiness included, we can see that flexibility wins over confinement when dealing with the meaning behind our traditions and that traditions do not have to continue exactly as they have in the
past. The fact that we can change our traditions so easily speaks to the strange combination of old and new interwoven throughout our campus. With ancient traditions come modern compromises and that is a quality I am more than happy to share with the new members of the Tribe. Ellie Kaufman is a Confusion Corner columnist and decided against warning the incoming class that they were going the wrong way.
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Back in the Saddle Equestrian students balance sport’s added responsibilities BY KATIE DEMERIA / FLAT HAT EXECUTIVE EDITOR
rika Bradford ’13 has to get up at around 6:30 a.m. on the days she’s taking care of the horses. The barn is about 25 minutes away, so by the time she gets out there, it’s close to 7 a.m. She has around 20 horses to look after which have to be fed and brought into their stalls and moved from pasture to pasture. But her first class is at 10 a.m., so if she wants to shower and avoid smelling like horses, she has to be home by 9.
She opens a gate and urges a group of geldings into the pasture next door, so they can be closer to the barn. She leads a few of them to their stalls, but one big bay still has not moved into the adjoining field. “Come on, Fizzy!” she calls to him, but he’s slow to move. Finally, he meanders over, and like the others, waits for his turn to be fed. Bradford is the captain of the College of William and Mary’s equestrian team. Jess Benson ’14, vice president of the equestrian club, explains why the equestrian team is different from any other sport on campus. “You don’t have to feed your soccer ball,” she said. Equestrians on campus are split between two groups: the team and the club. Bradford, Benson and club president Cricket Clayton ’13 are all members of both. Although their team does not get the same funding as other varsity sports, it is on par with the other major equestrian teams in the state. “We are in a really competitive region where we compete against other schools where the equestrian team is considered a varsity sport,” Clayton said. “But we consistently are in the top four or five of our region, out of about 16 other schools.” The College’s team competes with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and on weekends attends shows around the state. The unique part of the collegiate level of equestrian competitions is the team aspect. In upper-level circuits, each rider gains points for his or her individual score. But for college students, the team matters just as much. “It’s been a really cool experience, competing for something bigger than myself,” Clayton said. “I like to know that my score up there is going to benefit the team as well. We won a show last
semester, which was huge for us, because we beat other varsity schools, and we did it together.” But the fact that they hold only club-sport status prevents Clayton and the other members from receiving the same funding as teams at other schools. According to Bradford, they have a limited number of school horses that they can use, which, of course, prevents coach Karen Greenwood ’95 from giving too many lessons on any given night. “There are a lot of barns out there that overwork their horses,” Bradford said. “But ours get great
care and consideration, which is hard to find in a lesson barn. Karen does a great job running it.” To compensate for their lack of funds, members must pay hefty dues, which go toward the horses’ daily upkeep, which can be quite steep. Although the dues sometimes prevent students from joining, the club has had a lot more interest this year — which can pose a problem in itself. “We may not have enough horses for everyone,” Bradford said. Members of the equestrian club receive a onehour lesson once a week from Greenwood, who
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Erika Bradford ‘13 leads a horse into the barn early one morning to feed it. The members of the equestrian team at the College have the responsibility of caring for the horses that they ride in lessons and in competitions.
was on the team as well when she was a student at the College. And so while the dedication to the sport can be limited to one lesson a week, Clayton points out that involvement depends on the individual. “Our club is really what you make of it,” she said. “A lot of people just show up once a week for lessons, and that’s enough for them. But then we have people who want to come out and feed the horses and clean the tack and really get involved. There are places for everyone in the club.” Because Bradford works at the barn, she spends a significant amount of time there to keep everything running smoothly. “It takes so much to run our sport,” she said. “When you think about it, your soccer ball is going to be fine if you don’t touch it for a week, but your horse is going to die if you don’t feed it.” Although many students join because of their love for horses, members consistently cite camaraderie as their favorite aspect of the club. Bradford has to wake up early 2 to 3 times every week to feed the horses, but she has a lot of support from others. “Karen and I talk on the phone almost every night about the horses,” she said. “And it’s great because she understands exactly what we’re going through.” Regardless of the immense commitment the sport requires, its members continue to spend the necessary time and money to keep the sport alive at the College and support the team at competitions. For members like Clayton, there really is no other option. “It’s wonderful,” Clayton said. “For someone who has that passion for horses, having that outlet there is hugely beneficial when it comes to stress levels and making your time here valuable.”
Miss Virginia embraces life as a role model, remains grounded Pageant winner takes senior year off and commits to promoting more healthy lifestyles BY NATALIE FERENBACH FLAT HAT ASSOC. VARIETY EDITOR
Rosemary Willis ’13 has much in common with the typical student at the College of William and Mary. She is highly involved in a variety of campus activities, including the Accidentals, Baptist Collegiate Ministries and Tribe Fellowship. She is also a certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, and she taught Body Pump at the College’s Student Recreation Center. But there is one major difference between Willis and the average College student: After competing in pageants since her freshman year, she was crowned Miss Virginia 2012. Willis would have graduated with the class of 2013, but she is taking the year off to fulfill her responsibilities as Miss Virginia. “This is a full time job, and it’s sad [to miss my class’s senior year], but at the same time it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Willis said. For many, the word ‘pageant’ is synonymous with beauty contest, but the stereotypes surrounding such titles and competitions don’t capture all that Willis’ year off entails.
“I’m not 5’ 10” with long legs and acting as a model — that’s not what Miss Virginia Miss America does,” Willis said. “Talent is 35 [percent of your score], interview is 25 — so really I’m more of a PR person, someone who can be in a business meeting with intellectuals … and go get dirty playing with kids and teaching them about good decision-making.” While Miss America originated as a beauty contest, it has evolved into something much more well-rounded. “There’s a big difference between Miss America and Miss USA,” Willis’ boyfriend Ryan Ferrera ’13 said. “As Miss Virginia, she’s part of Miss America, which is about service, scholarship and leadership.” In fact, the Miss America Organization is the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year alone, the organization gave over $45 million in cash and scholarship funds. The opportunity for scholarship money initially drew Willis to the pageant world. As Miss Roanoke Valley, Willis received $3,000 and, at the state level, she won $18,000 for school expenses. “You have girls from medical school to Ph.D. programs — they’re very motivated women, and the organization is looking to support them in that and open doors,”
Ferrera said. Supporting one’s platform is another key focus of Miss America. Willis’ platform is “Get Moving Today for a Healthier Tomorrow,” an interest shaped in part by her experiences at the College minoring in Kinesiology & Health Sciences and in teaching Body Pump classes. “She’s very enthusiastic and a great voice on campus for fitness [and] caring for your body,” Willis’ roommate Delaney Janson ’13 said. Her passion for healthy living also developed through service. Willis worked with a local childhood obesity program through Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA. Each week she met with a group of about 10 children and combined health education with fun workouts that encouraged teamwork. “That really kicked off my platform work because I didn’t start competing until freshman year in college, and [by then] this was obvious because this is what I live and this is what I love,” Willis said. Willis continued this commitment to health-oriented service by working with the elderly in Williamsburg as part of a Kinesiology class called “Fitness Leadership and Aging.”
In promoting her platform, Willis also strives to act as a role model for healthy living. “The Rec Center has been really supportive in getting me in shape and in encouraging me to always do it in healthy ways,” Willis said. “As a role model, you want to do it the healthy way and never do anything too drastic.” Willis’ platform work as Miss Virginia also builds on her career goals. “This is opening doors for my future career,” Willis said. “I want to start a nonprofit that focuses on physical education and youth.” Recently she has worked closely with Washington, D.C.’s Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation as a blogger to support the foundation’s efforts to reduce obesity and encourage children to be more active. Willis eventually hopes to expand on such programs. “As much as I am advocating for reducing obesity, I also want to see exercise not as a chore or a means to a skinny body,” Willis said. “I’ve seen it has a role in all aspects of our life — learning teamwork, having a healthy heart and bones, and sleeping well ... so I’d love to include that in being connected with a non-profit.”
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Rosemary Willis ‘13 was crowned Miss Virginia 2012 on a platform of promoting fitness.
The Miss Virginia title gives Willis a year to raise awareness about her platform issues and focus on scholarship, service and leadership. “I’m not wrapped up in having [the] best-looking outfit, because it’s more about what I have to say,” Willis said. “I’d like to change perspectives of people about the pageant to show there are real people out to change the world and using the pageant to get there.”
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ear the end of William and Mary’s 3-0 victory over Liberty last Sunday, head coach Peel Hawthorne ’80 saw something unusual out of the corner of her eye. A large group of her players were crouching on the ground, changing T-shirts. Something was up. As the clock hit zero and the win was solidified, Hawthorne suddenly felt the cold rush of a Gatorade ice bath. Hawthorne’s players huddled around her, showing off their commemorative T-shirts and unfurling a special banner. The Tribe’s triumph over Liberty wasn’t just any win — it was the Tribe’s fourth consecutive win since the beginning of the season, but more importantly, it was Hawthorne’s 300th career victory. “Honestly, I don’t really think about those kind of things. … I got the ice bath and parade of custom T-shirts that the kids had all made, so that was very special,” Hawthorne said. “The fact that they were excited about that and celebrated that with me made it extremely special.” This milestone came in the midst of a successful early season stretch for the College. The four game winning streak marks the Tribe’s best start since 2006. “We are off to a really good start,” senior midfielder Christine Johnson said. “It’s the best start we’ve gotten off to in a really long time … I think we have a lot of returning players, we only lost five seniors, and we have a lot of our starters coming back, so it’s looking like a good year and we brought in a lot of great freshmen.”
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Senior midfielder Christine Johnson is the College’s leading scorer through four games. Johnson has netted five goals, including a school record four in the opener against Davidson.
Johnson set a school record in the season opener against Davidson by scoring four goals and is currently the squad’s leading scorer. Eight other players have scored goals so far this season, and six players have scored multiple goals. “We’ve played a lot of teams and we’ve been able to generate a lot of attacking corners so that really helps with our offense and our shots,” Johnson said. “That’s the only reason I have been really able to score because I can go up during penalty corners, but a lot of us worked during the summer to make sure that we had our plays right and a lot last spring to make sure that everything was good.” The extra preparation appears to have paid off so far. The Tribe has dominated its opponents, downing them by an average of 3.5 goals per game. The offense has notched 19 goals and 18 assists
after four games, which is the most goals over four games since 1979. Hawthorne attributes the College’s offensive prowess to the amount of depth and skill on the roster. Senior midfielder Allison Moran — the College’s second leading scorer — and sophomore midfielder Kayleigh Ross both have scored multiple goals without starting a game. “The roster is deep,” Hawthorne said. “This is the first time in a while we’ve had 16 to 17 players that it doesn’t matter what the combination is, they can come off the bench and score. That’s been the case. Some of our opening goals have been by people who’ve come off the bench, and that’s just what you want. … We’ve used different starting lineups almost every game because we do have that depth.” Fresh legs have also helped the defense. The unit hasn’t given up
more than two goals to any of its four opponents. The College has rotated two goalkeepers, senior Elizabeth Frey and redshirt freshman Catherine Johnson, and both have played well. Frey has recorded three saves and allowed two goals through three starts while Johnson allowed three goals and made nine saves through one start. “I feel like we are really well balanced, which is awesome, and we have an older defense. … Anyone can be interchanged in the roles that we have and the pace of the game doesn’t really change,” senior defender Maria Caro said. “You might have a different style of play in the back … but we play off of each other really well and we each know how to pick and choose our moments to step up, step back, and choose when to go, when not to go, based on who’s playing.” While the College’s
experienced core is beginning to see the dividends of its hard work, its success is especially important to this group — a group that has seen its fair share of losing seasons, perhaps none more heartbreaking than last season. The Tribe got off to an equally impressive start in 2011, only to lose its final 10 games en route to a 6-11 record. This season, the Tribe is determined to not let its good start slip away. “We started out by beating Northeastern, which was a great win, and then we hit the skids and it was about the same time we were starting to lose people due to injuries,” Hawthorne said. “I’m trying not to look back on that, and I’m trying not to make that our focus but I’m sure it might be in the back of some people’s minds. We’re playing better hockey now than I’ve seen us play in quite a few years.” Hawthorne admitted that the
Tribe’s most challenging tests are yet to come — including games against Radford, Virginia, Boston and Miami (Ohio). Despite the challenges that lie ahead, Tribe players and coaches are ready to prove that last season was an anomaly and that the squad will finish strong this season. “I’m excited to honestly play the U-Vas, the Wakes, the Northeasterns,” Caro said. “That’s not to say the teams we have played were easy in any shape or form, but we play U-Va. who has two Olympians. I really want to know what we can do against teams of that caliber … I truly believe that if our basic hockey stays stable and grounded that we stay level headed that we can play against those people and put up a fight … I just hope that we continue to progress and that we don’t peak now and drop like other seasons.”
Quarterback situation up in the air once again
Caprio out for home-opener against Lafayette BY JARED FORETEK FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR Just one week into the 2012 season, William and Mary finds itself in the familiar position of not knowing who will start at quarterback. Head coach Jimmye Laycock ruled out one of the top three candidates Tuesday. Junior Brent Caprio, sidelined by a shoulder injury he suffered early in the Tribe’s 7-6 loss to Maryland last Saturday, will not play against Lafayette, his status beyond that is unknown. With Caprio gone, the College will turn to either redshirt sophomore Raphael Ortiz or junior Michael Graham, who himself is just getting back from a preseason ankle injury. Ortiz got his chance to audition for the starting role Saturday, when he went 7 of 16 for 100 yards. Graham got to make his case last season, when he was probably the Tribe’s most consistent signal-caller. “It’s just like what we told our quarterbacks in preseason, that we want them all to think of themselves as starting quarterbacks,” Laycock said. But Graham and Ortiz bring two distinct styles to the offense. Ortiz, who saw his first significant game
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Sophomore tailback Keith McBride with the ball at Maryland.
action for the College at Maryland, is more mobile while Graham, the more experienced of the two, tends to stay in the pocket. “Sometimes [Ortiz] gets out of the pocket before he should. … He’s a pretty strong runner,” Laycock said. “He gives you a bit of an unpredictable dimension in there; sometimes that’s good, and sometime’s that’s not good. But I think as far as making checks or calls at the line and reading the defenses, Mike’s probably further along with that because of his experience.” Laycock said that regardless of who gets the start, the gameplan will be virtually the same, which most likely means a heavy reliance on the three half backs that saw action in week one: senior Meltoya Jones, redshirt sophomore Keith McBride and redshirt freshman Mikal Abdul-Saboor. For Jones, it’s been a long wait to finally get significant game action. The Hampton-native spent his first three years behind all-time Tribe great Jonathan Grimes, who graduated in May. “I had a good time watching Grimes run the ball, me and him are pretty good friends, but it feels really good to be out there finally on the field, playing with the other guys being a part of that struggle, that battle out there,” Jones said. “Because really that’s what we’re all here for, to play.” Sitting behind a great back like Grimes certainly has its advantages, but Jones said it wasn’t quite a mentor-mentee situation. “We kind of learned from each other. He of course had his strengths, I have my strengths. … I admire the way he ran the ball, how tough he ran, how tough he was,” Jones said. Now with Grimes gone, the senior says the three new backs collectively filling his shoes all bring different advantages to the table. “I’m the older guy, so I know the offense a little better,” Jones said. “Keith has a little more of a height advantage, and he’s a speed guy, too. Saboor has a little more size; he’s thicker, so he’s a little tougher to take down.” On the other side of the ball, the College’s defense is looking to build on a sterling performance at
Maryland, where it held the Terrapins to just seven points while forcing four turnovers. What makes the defense’s showing even more impressive is that two of its players were making their first-career starts, and both made an impact. Redshirt freshman linebacker Luke Rhodes, stepping in for senior linebacker Dante Cook, led the team with 11 tackles. In the secondary, redshirt freshman DeAndre Houston-Carson notched his first career interception. “We prepared a lot for it, and I think that really showed when we got on the field,” sophomore defensive lineman Stephen Sinnott, who recovered a fumble against the Terrapins, said. “Luke Rhodes really stepped up at mike [linebacker]. He knew the gameplan in and out, and he got everyone set
on the field.” But if playing Maryland comes with the challenges of taking on an FBS program, squaring off with Lafayette will pose the challenge of playing a completely unfamiliar opponent. Despite having a long-running football program like the College, the Leopards have never taken on the Tribe. From what Sinnott has seen, though, Lafayette’s offense doesn’t appear to be much different from the Tribe’s. “We’re expecting them to try to run the ball on us,” Sinnott said. “That’s been their strength in the past. They have a good running back, and they have a big offensive line, so our game plan as of now is to try to stop the run and make them pass against us.”
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