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really, for the College?” Mills said. Other senators were happy with the election results in light of recent efforts to revamp the SA image. “One of the big things that we talked about is making the SA more relatable and transparent,” Dallen McNerney ‘14 said. Elections Commission Chair T.J. O’Sullivan ’13 thought the race was much cleaner than the last spring’s SA election even though two candidates were kicked off the ballot for either not disclosing financial information or failing to complete an election test. “In terms of these elections, it is actually pretty good,” Sullivan said in regard to voter participation. “With the senior class, roughly 20 percent came out, which is good considering that they ran unopposed.” While 20 percent of the senior class showed up to vote, roughly 30 percent of every other
Increasing student and community-focused retail and diversifying industries are among Williamsburg’s upcoming projects. The City Council and Williamsburg residents met last Thursday evening to discuss the goals, initiatives and outcomes for 2013 and 2014. One of the biggest plans for the future is a push for more professional services. “Our engines now are tourism, hospitality and education. That’s what drives our revenue in the city. When you rely on one or two industries, there’s always a danger,” Michele DeWitt, the economic development director, said. An incentive program in the arts district gives tax cuts to creative businesses that position themselves in the area. Examples of creative businesses include software engineers and architects in addition to artists. Another big push is student-oriented retail near the College that would follow in the footsteps of Tribe Square and Brickhouse Tavern. “There has been a lot of progress with mixed-use development and the trolley. This is what people mostly care about in college — having places to go and things to do,” Danielle Waltrip ’14 said. Waltrip serves on the Neighborhood Relations Committee, which sends reference material to students about off-campus housing and city rules such as trash day regulations and public library hours. The Committee also works to maintain effective relationships between landlords, city residents, college students and neighbors. “The relationship between the city of Williamsburg and the College, in the seven years I have been here, has drastically improved,” Chris Connolly ’15, a Williamsburg native and a member of the Planning Commission, said. “The establishment of the Neighborhood Relations Committee and the work that it does allows more communication and alleviates some of the tensions between students and long-term residents. This has helped a lot.” Other upcoming plans are sidewalk improvements and increasing the number of units per acre, which would allow for more apartments or rooms in off-
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Ethan Teicher ’16 garners 20 percent of vote to secure victory for freshman class president Thursday night ze fu / THE FLAT HAT
Student Assembly President Curt Mills ’13 leads freshman President-elect Ethan Teicher ’16 to his victory party.
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former SA Presidential candidate David Alpert ’13, with helping organize his campaign from the beginning of the semester. “I definitely look up to him,” Teicher said. “We sat down right before the campaign got started, and we planned out what to do.” SA President Curt Mills ’13 made it a point not to become as involved in the election as previous SA Presidents but still thought Teicher was the best man for the job. “My predecessor got actively involved in elections, and I didn’t think it was appropriate, so I can’t say I read every platform,” Mills said. “Ethan ran a hard-fought race. It was a very tight race between him and the second opponent. [He is] as qualified a class president as I‘ve ever seen.” Teicher’s drive was the main thing that impressed Mills. “First of all, someone who has the initiative to run for freshman class president is generally someone who is of high caliber. Three weeks into school — how detailed a plan can a student have,
Ethan Teicher ’16 claimed the position of Student Assembly freshman class president in a close election where one percent made all the difference. Roughly 30 percent of the freshman class voted Thursday between nine candidates all vying for the spot of freshman class president. “I’m at a loss for words. The idea that I beat [eight] other competent people. It came down to campaigning as hard as I could,” Teicher said. Teicher ran on a platform that pushed for greater freshman unity and more philanthropy. “I really wanted to run on philanthropy. It is very near and dear to my heart. And then freshman unity — I noticed in my freshman hall [that] we are all separating and doing things,” Teicher said. In order to promote unity, Teicher hopes to create a College social network as well as a freshman prom. Teicher credited his cousin,
Religious holidays Tourism revenue rises in Virginia in 2011 affect organizations Williamsburg sees little increase in tourism revenue due to lack of diversity
Rosh Hashanah alters sorority Bid Day by meredith ramey flat hat news editor
Leaders of student organizations at the College of William and Mary receive a scheduling flyer at the beginning of the fall semester reminding them of the major events they should be aware of when scheduling programs throughout the year. The flyer includes fall break and parents weekend, as well as the Christian holiday of Easter. Easter is the only religious holiday listed. Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, began at sundown Tuesday. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, began at sundown Sunday Sept. 16. The Muslim Festival of Sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, is Oct. 26. The Office of the Provost reminds faculty and staff of the College of a variety of major religious holidays throughout the semester. The religious accommodations policy urges faculty, staff and administrators to remain sensitive to those students celebrating holidays of organized religions on and off campus. “We urge administrators, faculty members and staff to be sensitive to the religious holidays to avoid conflicts as much possible,” Provost See Holidays page 3
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It seems that more families are discovering whether Virginia really is for lovers. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that tourism revenue surpassed $20 billion in 2011. This is an eight percent increase from 2010. Yet, while the state is enjoying positive trends, tourism in Williamsburg increased only slightly. Bob Harris, senior vice president at the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance, noted that the lack of diversity in tourism for Williamsburg poses a challenge for the area. Additionally, tourism in the area focuses on leisure, not business. Harris, however, still finds some of the data for the year 2011 encouraging. “We were up 10,000 [hotel] rooms, which is an achievement considering we lost so many rooms during the summer and from Hurricane Irene,” Harris said. “That was a tough blow for us.” The hurricane hit during the normally
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Officials explained that the lack of diversity in tourism for Williamsburg poses a challenge for local businesses.
lucrative Labor Day Weekend. Meal revenue was up $6 million from 2010. On a smaller scale, room revenue increased by $158,000. One factor that can skew tourism data is the fact number of timeshares — 6,500 — in Williamsburg. These are often listed as estate ownership and do not always factor into
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Right-leaning columnist Andrea AronSchiavone and left-leaning columnist Alex Cooper debate which presidential candidate will help the job market the most. page 4
tourism revenue. Some local business owners feel they have not seen an increase in business. “It’s been about the same,” Margaret Adams, a manager at The Cheese Shop, said. Billy Scruggs, the owner of the Fife and See tourism page 3
Michelangelo at the Muscarelle
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Our engines now are tourism, hospitality and education. That’s what drives our revenue in this city. When you rely on one or two industries there’s always a danger.
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According to CBS6 Richmond, many Virginia residents received an anonymous and illegal text message on Monday attacking U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine. The text read “Tim Kaine Calls for Radical New Tax On All Americans. Call Tim Kaine and tell him Do Not Raise My Taxes!” The Kaine campaign immediately released a statement saying the text message was not sent by the campaign. The contents of the text message were also rated “false” by PolitiFact Virginia, a fact-checking group affiliated with the Richmond-Times Dispatch.
— Michele DeWitt, City of Williamsburg Economic Development Director
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SAT reading scores for the high school class of 2012 were the lowest in four-decades, according to The Washington Post. The reading section, comprised of several fiction and non-fiction selections, requires students to answer questions about sentence and paragraph structure, vocabulary and themes. Analysts speculate this is due to more students taking the test — 57 percent did not score high enough to indicate college success. “When less than half of kids who want to go to college are prepared to do so, that system is failing,” College Board President Gaston Caperton said in response to the decline in scores. Ninety-three percent of Virginia’s public schools received full accreditation according to data released by the Virginia Department of Education Sept. 26. Schools that received accreditation met the state standards on English, mathematics, history and science Standards of Learning exams given during the 2011-12 school year. The number of fully accredited schools decreased from the previous year, most likely because the state introduced tougher standards for the mathematics test. “We can expect a similar impact next year when we see the results of schools implementing more rigorous standards and tests in English and science this school year,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The Williamsburg Hotel Motel Association and the Tourist Information Center, primarily funded by the WHMA, lost three of their leaders within the course of two days, according to the Virginia Gazette. The president of the TIC, Scott Hart, resigned Monday. Billy Scruggs eliminated the role of WHMA director, previously filled by Priscilla Caldwell, before submitting his resignation Tuesday morning. Both Hart and Scruggs cited problems with the board as reason for their resignations. WHMA also ended its reservation phone bank and eliminated the position of reservations manager earlier this month.
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According to Playboy, U. Va. students make up for a measly national ranking of 16th in sports by placing 3rd and 2nd in nightlife and sex respectively.
Playboy names U.Va top party school In a list published Monday, Playboy magazine named the University of Virginia as the No. 1 party school in the nation. U. Va, which bested other schools such as the University of Texas and Tulane University, did not make the prestigious list last year. Playboy referenced the school’s combination of “nightlife and sex” as contributing factors in its decision to give Mr. Jefferson’s university the top spot. At the other end of the spectrum, the publication named SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry the worst party school. Study finds bias against women in science A study administered by Yale University showed that American science professors have a bias against women. As quoted by The Washington Post, professors who took part in the study considered men who applied for scientific positions to be “significantly more competent and hirable” than their female counterparts. This bias was true for both male and female professors. In addition to the general bias against female applicants, the study showed that women who applied for jobs with science professors were more likely to receive a lower beginning salary than men who applied.
Professors upset over concealed carry policy According to The New York Times, University of Colorado Boulder professors are ill at ease after a March ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court lifted a ban on carrying concealed weapons on public college campuses. Claire Levy, a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, spoke last Friday at UC-Boulder about her plans to introduce a bill that would let the school’s Board of Regents make decisions regarding concealed weapons for itself. Colorado joins Wisconsin, Oregon, Utah and Mississippi in allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on public campuses. Pepper sprayed students awarded damages Nearly 11 months have passed since the online video of a University of California Davis police officer pepper spraying students went viral and sparked national outrage. According the Huffington Post, the University of California announced Wednesday that each of the 21 students involved, who were peacefully protesting the school’s budget cuts and tuition increases, will be awarded $30,000 in damages. “The settlement should be a wake-up call for other universities and police departments,” ACLU of Northern California attorney Michael Risher said in a statement.
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The Sept. 21 article, “Provost addresses lag in rankings” incorrectly stated that the Virginia Institute of Military Science has offered synchronous online classrooms for marine science minors at the College. It is in fact the Virginia Institute of Marine Science that is using such classrooms.
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NEWS IN BRIEF Prof. Bracken receives achievement award
College wins design awards
Education professor passes away
Professor Bruce Bracken, College of William and Mary professor of educational foundations, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Georgia Sept. 14, where he received his master’s and doctorate degrees. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those who have made significant contributions to the fields of education and educational psychology. Bracken’s award was in recognition of his advanced studies in the subject as well as the potential benefits it may have within the field of education.
The University and College Designers Association gave four awards to the College of William and Mary’s Office of Creative Services. The Ampersandbox, an interactive feature used by the Office of Admissions to replace the traditional viewbook, won a silver award in the recruitment and viewbook category and an excellence award in the campaign strategy category. The revamped William and Mary homepage and the 2011 holiday video — featuring the Accidentals, the Gentleman of the College and the Jazz Ensemble — also won awards in the annual competition.
John Lavach passed away Aug. 30 after serving the College of William and Mary for 45 years. Lavach joined the faculty in 1967 and served as a professor at the School of Education and taught an undergraduate course in child development. His undergraduate course was a success among students; a 1970 Flat Hat Editorial demanded a raise in the limit of 150 students for his course. In 1996, Lavach was presented with the Faculty/Staff Service Award by the Society of the Alumni. A memorial service was held Tuesday in the Sir Christopher Wren Building Chapel.
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Senate proposed Steer Clear Support Act to improve efficiency through new technology by meredith Ramey flat hat news editor
The Student Assembly senate passed legislation Tuesday that aims to provide Homecoming funds to more organizations. The Homecoming Grant II Act expands on last year’s act by opening applications for Homecoming event funds to both Greek and nonGreek organizations, as well as increasing the total finances allocated for the grant. Because of this act, student organizations may apply for up to $1,000 to fund a public event during the week and weekend of Homecoming. These applications will be reviewed and either approved or rejected by the Finance Committee. “There is still a lot of discretion that we [the senate] have,” bill sponsor and Senator Drew Wilke ’15 said. “If we don’t find [the applications] financially feasible, we can reject them. … This is just proposing that we can offer this money [to more organizations].” The act allocates a total of $15,000, or 20.7 percent, of the SA reserve for the possible funding of public Homecoming events. This is a $5,000 increase from last session’s Homecoming Grant Act. “I was concerned at first when I saw that it was $15,000 as opposed to the $10,000 we allocated last
year,” Senate Chair Kendall Lorenzen ’15 said. “I’m a big supporter of expanding the bill to include all organizations on campus. … Just because we allocate $15,000 doesn’t necessarily mean that 20.7 percent of the budget will be used.” The senate unanimously approved the act after debating who will make the final application decisions and how similar applications and possible bias will be handled. “What are you going to do when Kappa Sig asks for $1,000 … for a cookout on the Sunken Garden, KA asks for a cookout on the Sunken Garden, and Beta asks for a cookout on the Sunken Garden?” Senator Ishan Bardhan ’14 asked. “How are you going to differentiate between [them]?” Wilke suggested that the organization that puts forth the best application with the most detail and foresight will receive the grant. He also said that those on the Finance committee who have possible conflicts of interest are expected to abstain from voting on the application. “Finance is used to meeting as one and getting things done. They have sort of a rhythm to it,” Senator Colin Danly ’15 said. “I think that’s kind of a good thing to have [when reviewing the applications].” The senate also introduced a number of new bills, including the Steer Clear Support Act. The legislation will allocate $945 to Steer Clear to aid
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The SA Senate increased the funds allocated for homecoming grants to $15,000, $5,000 more than last year’s Act.
in the implementation and creation of a “Steer Clear App” that the organization hopes will increase efficiency. “The algorithm sees where the vans are located on campus and determines how far you are from the vans,” Danly said. “It’s going to cut down the wait from an hour and a half to like fifteen minutes.” Lorenzen sent the bill to the Finance, Outreach
and Student Life committees for discussion. Lorenzen also announced that the Senate will be tabling during lunch hours to further its “What can the SA do for you?” campaign. “[It] will give students an opportunity to make sure their voices are heard,” Lorenzen said. “I feel like that would be a good and different way to reach out to the student body.”
Botetourt Squat joins College Publications Council The satirical newspaper will receive funding through the Pub Council as its 22nd member by zach hardy flat hat online editor
The College of William and Mary’s Publications Council voted to include the Botetourt Squat Sept. 14, making the satirical newspaper the 22nd member of the Council. The council’s 22 media members provide guidance and supervision for one another. Each member has one vote on every matter relating to the council, usually, those involve budgeting and whether to accept new members. One at-large faculty member also votes, and while Mark Constantine, the executive director of student activities, serves as a non-voting member of the council.
According to the Office of Student Activities, the Publications Council has a budget of $149,957 for the current school year. Zack Quaratella ’14, Jordan Obey ’14, Ben Reynolds ’14, Ryan Novak ’14, Jake Douglas ’14, and Jack Crum ’14 founded the Botetourt Squat in the spring of 2011. “We had our first meetings in our kitchen’s lounge area. Our first issue was a simple layout on a PDF that we made with some freeware program,” co-editorin-chief Reynolds said. “We named it the Botetourt Squat because we lived in Botetourt, and squat rhymed and seemed to fit the vision we had for the paper.” The paper originally applied for
funding the previous year, but its application was denied. “They said themselves that they feel they have matured in their quality of writing and satire,” Publications Council Chair Justin Miller ’13 said. “Their [mission] is much more clear now, their editorial process, their audience, how they review content and how they manage and filter their content.” Before it was approved to receive funding from the Publications Council, the Botetourt Squat was self-funded and depended on small donations to cover production expenses. The publication also received seed funding from the Publications Council in the spring. “We used to shout at people and ask
for money on the Sadler Terrace,” comanaging editor Ovey said. “We made our money just getting dollar bills and loose change.” Crum, a newspaper staff member, felt their approval to join the council was overdue. “I felt it was clear that even though our content was ridiculous, we still had proven that we were dedicated to making the paper,” Crum said. Although Publication Council funding for the Botetourt Squat will total no more than $1,700 a year, the paper’s staff members feels it will greatly improve the quality of their paper. “Now we don’t have to worry about getting money just to print [the paper],
we can focus more on our content, writing and design,” Reynolds said. At the Publications Council’s next meeting, the Botetourt Squat will be required to present a document that states its goals for the academic year. “They received their funding at the first Pub Council meeting,” Miller said. “Every first meeting of the academic year each member of the pub council has to present themselves, you submit a document that has your mission statement, your goals, etc. etc., and then I and Mark Constantine use that as the bar you need to meet throughout the year. So, [the Botetourt Squat] has to do that next meeting.” Editor’s note that Flat Hat Editor and
Policy suggests accomodation City Council reevaluates housing policy HOLIDAYS from page 1
Michael Halleran said in an email. “At the beginning of each year, I email all faculty and remind them of dates of some major religious holidays during the year and also W&M guidelines for religious accommodations.” The policy expects students to notify professors of religious holidays they plan to practice as soon as possible so that accommodations can be made. “It is good to be accommodating, and it’s usually easy to do,” assistant professor Naama Zahavi-Ely said. “It’s much easier to accommodate when you know ahead of time. … Usually I assume that the students will let me know.” Some students agree that when they are aware of and use the policy, faculty and administrators are accommodating. “Most of my experience has been overwhelmingly okay,” President of Catholic Campus Ministry Jane Ryngaert ‘13 said. “I’ve never had a professor say no and not exempt me.” However, the academic religious accommodations policy does not carry over to student organization scheduling. The religious accommodations policy does not carry over to student organization scheduling, however. Student organizations are not always aware of the possible holy days their events might conflict with or the fact that not all religious holidays are practiced the same way. “From my experience, I think student organizations may be aware of religious holidays, but they do not necessarily accommodate them if they [holidays] are not in the main stream,” Berman said. “If there are only a few people being affected by the placement of the activity on a religious holiday, some student organizations may believe that it is not hugely important for the event to be placed on another day. I understand that there is a majority of people at William and Mary who share the same religious holidays, but other holidays of less represented religions should be considered as well, in and outside of the classroom.” This year, the eve of Rosh Hashanah fell on the same Sunday as Greek sorority recruitment Bid Day, when hundreds of women partake in recruitment events.
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“[People] need to be aware of the fact that [Jewish] holy days start the evening before,” Zahavi-Ely said. “When you have an important holy day that falls on a Monday, the day people would have wanted to be home was Sunday.” The Bid Day schedule was altered this year in an attempt to accommodate those who celebrate Rosh Hashanah. “We traditionally schedule Bid Day to begin at 2:00 but pushed it earlier to 1:00 this year to ensure that all Chapters would be able to finish before approximately 4:00,” Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment Rachel Shafer ’13 said in an email. “Bid Day is not a mandatory event for the chapters or for Panhellenic and all chapter representatives voted to pass the recruitment schedule last spring.” President of Hillel Grace Mendenhall ’13 cited a need to inform the student body of religious holidays. “[Conflict is] always going to happen,” President of Hillel Grace Mendenhall ’13 said. “It’s tough, but you kind of have to pick and choose. That’s inevitable but it has been a problem. … I don’t think that people are always aware, but I don’t think people are trying to keep you from following the holiday. … It’s easy to let it sort of pass under the radar. If there was some kind of way to tell students about it, that would be great.” Ryngaert did not believe that the College’s role as a public institution included accommodating all holy days of all organized religions. “It’s fine that there’s stuff that needs to be given up. I did choose to go to a public school,” Ryngaert said. “I was aware that they would be catering to a bunch of different [religious] days. … I don’t know if it’s reasonable to have a public institution send out those reminders [of religious holidays].” The accommodation of religious holidays differs among colleges and universities. Dickinson College, a private college in Pennsylvania, includes student organizations in their religious accommodations policy. Under the policy, all large venue college spaces are not available for use during a number of religious holidays in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. This avoids the scheduling of large campus-wide events on important religious holidays so religious members of the student body are not excluded.
campus housing. Currently, up to 14 residential units can exist in one acre with special permission. The Planning Commission of Williamsburg is working to make 14 units per acre the standard, with the maximum being 22. “It will allow for more dense development downtown and more of a vibrant community,” Connolly said. If the policy had been implemented before the
construction of Tribe Square, two of the three study lounges could have been used for more housing units. But, because of the policy’s limit, Tribe Square currently sports three lounges. “College students are residents, too, and we want to hear from them. We care about what they think. We are trying to find ways to make it easier for students to participate, by using things like social media,” Kate Hoving, communication specialist for Williamsburg, said.
State tourism revenue rise missing in Williamsburg TOURISM from page 1
Drum Inn, agreed that tourism in the area has been flat and that Williamsburg faces challenges with attracting visitors. “We have suffered such decreases in the past few years that a little bit of an increase is not exactly in a bad direction,” Scruggs said. Others are not as hopeful about the situation. Director of Sales at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Amy Gilliam said the hotel saw an increase in revenue this year and has been averaging a 42 percent capacity, a slight increase from last year. “It’s been a slow process,” Gilliam said. “We’ve got a long way to go to be successful in the market.” According to Businessweek, Virginia is a day’s drive for 60 percent of Americans, making it a convenient
and affordable destination spot even with the troubled economy. In addition, The Washington Post reports that the state earned $390 million from overseas visitors, which is a 21 percent increase from 2010. “It’s wonderful for the state as a whole,” Williamsburg City Councilwoman Judy Knudson said. “It’s a good sign that lots of good things are happening for the economy.” Knudson believes that college students and the rest of the Williamsburg community should care about tourism because it comprises the majority of the city revenue. “Whatever the city is able to provide in terms of beautification, recreation — even painting Tribe on the street — a lot of that comes from the city budget,” Knudson said. “That’s the bottom line. That’s what we do here.”
Freshman president unveiled, Ethan Teicher takes election ELECTION from page 1
class voted. Sullivan attributed what he deemed a good voter turnout to stricter enforcement of election rules as well as a different political climate. “We set the standards out very clearly from the get-go. We didn’t give any leeway in terms of how the rules were. We had a couple warnings that went out,” Sullivan said. “There were two people kicked off the ballot.” Sullivan supported Mill’s decision to remain impartial during the election. “It politicizes the whole proceeding much more than it would inherently be,” Sullivan said. “It’s helpful in terms of kind of reducing … that game element to it.”
Other class of 2016 positions went to Daniel Rice ’16 for vice president for advocacy and Yousif AlAmin ’16 for vice president for social affairs. Kiara Earle ’16 won treasurer and Quetzabel Benavides ’16 won secretary. Yohance Whitaker ’16, Brad Riehle ’16, Chantelle Tait ’16 and Daniel Ackerman ’16 won the four senate seats allocated for the class of 2016. In the class of 2015, Joseph Laresca ’15 was selected as vice president for social affairs and Kameron Melton ’15 won secretary. Jyness Williams ’14 nabbed the position of vice president for social affairs for the class of 2014, while Alexis Caris ’14 won secretary. For the class of 2013, Naid Allassan ’13 won secretary and Austin May ’13 won treasurer, both running unopposed.
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For many students, the real world outside of the College of William and Mary seems like a nightmare. Putting that world in an atmosphere of economic woe only exacerbates the fear of post-graduation doom. However, it should be known that the economy is actually getting better, and hopefully that fear will soon be an afterthought — just like those Orientation crushes or the Quiznos in the Sadler Center. The economic strategies supported by President Barack Obama have helped pull the United States out of terrible economic times. We have a long way to go before full recovery, but that doesn’t mean Obama’s policies have failed, and it doesn’t mean that Gov. Mitt Romney has a better solution. Obama’s job plan has attempted to create innovative solutions using inspiration that has worked in the past. This strategy means more investments in infrastructure — such as the stimulus package that saved the economy, and the auto bailouts that saved thousands of jobs — and increased incentives for businesses that are hiring. Other steps in Obama’s job plan include supporting small businesses by cutting portion of payroll taxes, supporting those in public sector jobs, like teachers and the police and, to students’ delight, expanding job opportunities for young adults. This past summer, the White House supported an initiative to create jobs and internships for high school-aged and college-aged students in an effort to help give them valuable work experience and to help combat the higher-than-average unemployment rate for young people. The idea of ending up without a job is terrifying no matter what the situation. Most college students don’t want to be stuck living at home again after graduation. One of my professors mentioned the other day that his son graduated from the College in 2011 and just found employment after living at home for a year. For me and many other students, going back home and losing the independence that comes with living on your own is a scary prospect, but that fear shouldn’t lead us to blindly hope that four years was enough to make a full economic recovery. That’s not possible. At the same time, that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any economic recovery. In order to improve the economy, you must help your citizens. The Romney-Ryan ticket would slash the social programs that are valuable to educating Americans, programs that would give people the means to achieve success in the job market. It isn’t enough just to support businesses during rough economic times; it’s also important to support citizens. Obama’s plans would increase support for educational programs — including the muchdiscussed Pell grants that many students at the College receive to help fund their education. Obama’s plan would also increase funding for community colleges and vocational training for those who decide that attending university isn’t for them. Yes, I think there’s room for improvement regarding job creation in this country, but the tricky thing with economics is that it’s not an exact science. Theories come and go, but one surefire way to maintain economic growth and job creation is supporting Americans in the ways that Obama has and will continue to do. Investing in the American population is part of job creation, and Obama understands this fact. Further, he understands that supporting his constituents doesn’t mean just investing in the privileged but rather the unemployed veteran, the laid-off factory worker and even the recent college graduate. We must protect jobs for all Americans and not just a select few — here’s looking at you, Wall Street. Obviously, the economy is still struggling toward economic recovery, but under Obama, students would continue to see more jobs and better employment opportunities. Email Alex Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning this week, rightleaning columnist Andrea Aron-Schiavone and leftleaning columnist Alex Cooper will be writing columns on the upcoming presidential election and the issues at stake for college students.
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Reduce taxes, raise productivity
Andrea Aron-Schiavone Flat Hat Staff Columnist
Imagine half of your graduating class not having a job after graduation. What if, out of 10 of your friends, three had to live with their parents after they graduated? According to a 2011 report by the Associated Press, 1.5 million college graduates under 25 were either jobless or working jobs that did not require a college education. 1.5 million is 53.6 percent — over half of all college graduates. A Pew Study reports that the March 2012 rate of college graduates moving back home because they can’t financially support themselves is 3 in 10, the highest it’s been since the 1950s. The outcome of this election is especially critical for us. As students at the College of William and Mary, we are studying hard to secure fulfilling jobs. Working summer jobs for minimum wage helps us pay for degrees which will empower us to excel in a field about which we are passionate. We don’t want to work our low-paying summer jobs permanently. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in February 2009 — the month that the stimulus was passed. After President Obama’s guarantee that it would revitalize the economy and reduce unemployment, we were repeatedly disappointed. The unemployment rate climbed, peaked at 10 percent in October 2009, and remained at or above 9 percent until September 2011. As of August 2012, the rate of job participation is at a 30-year low: Only 63.5 percent of people over 16 years old are participating in the labor force. Unemployment statistics don’t even include the estimated additional 0.5 percent of discouraged Americans who have given up looking for jobs. After working so hard to achieve professional success, I don’t want my friends to become part of these statistics. It is hard to be optimistic about our futures and have faith in our current leadership when the facts are so bleak. However, the failure of the past administration does not mean that Mitt Romney’s plan wins by default. Yet the merits of Romney’s sensible, multi-faceted approach assert its viability. Starkly contrasting the Obama administration’s approach, Romney’s plan does not include government bailouts, suffocating over-regulation or increased taxes on brave entrepreneurs. Instead, it aims to foster the ingenuity and perseverance of the American people while reducing government waste and maximizing long-term growth. One aim of the Romney plan is to revamp job retraining programs. Under the Obama administration, $18 billion have been poured into 47 separate federal retraining programs. The Government Accountability Office reported that 44 of these programs overlap with services already offered by other programs and that “little is known about the effectiveness of these programs.” Romney advocates streamlining these programs to reduce redundancy and delegating program management to state governments. Additionally, Romney’s plan includes reducing taxes to minimize the burden on businesses, which can boost the economy overall. Independent studies conducted at Harvard University, the University of London and Humboldt University assert that cutting taxes has a more beneficial long-term impact on revitalizing the economy than increasing government spending. The Romney plan includes lowering taxes on small businesses, thereby allowing them to increase hiring. As business expansion is encouraged, an increase in capital goods can naturally follow, creating additional jobs. Fostering a more small business-friendly environment can create a chain-reaction that would strengthen the American economy overall. If we continue down the unsuccessful path of increased government spending, it seems unlikely that conditions will improve. Romney has a plan to restore the American economy and create a thriving job market driven by the dedication and passion of people like us. Students at the College should consider voting for Mitt Romney because they have invested too much time and energy to indefinitely postpone their aspirations due to the current administration’s failures. Email Andrea Aron-Schiavone at email@example.com.
Accommodating the College’s diversity
iversity” has always been a favorite buzzword at the College of William and Mary. When it comes to diversity, many colleges talk the talk, and we want to applaud the College for walking the walk. A recent discussion of Christian biased schedules on college campuses should serve as a reminder to the College community to reflect on how it seeks to accommodate all students on campus. While we feel that the College does a
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good job in its attempts to meet the needs of all students, we want to remind the campus community that there is always room for improvement. As a public university, we do not feel that it is the College administration’s job to ensure that all campus events are scheduled around religious holidays. For example, while Orientation for both the class of 2010 and the class of 2011 conflicted with Ramadan, the reality is that the College only has limited scheduling options for the academic calendar. The responsibility to make events available for all students lies with those running campus organizations. The Panhellenic Council recently set a strong example of how organizations can work around religious holidays with its annual Bid Day celebration, which was scheduled for the day on which Rosh Hashanah began. The council moved its Bid Day festivities to earlier in the afternoon and encouraged all sororities to end events by 4 p.m. All campus organizations should work to ensure that their events and meetings do not conflict
with cultural practices or observances that could prevent interested students from attending. Efforts to accommodate all cultures does not extend only to campus life; we believe the faculty at the College does an excellent job of accommodating students in the classroom. Students are already granted extensions and excused absences from class for religious observances, which only serves to cultivate a more opening learning environment at the College. We believe the College should do a better job of informing the student body of these accommodations by highlighting them at the Orientation sessions about diversity. Leaders of student religious organizations should also continue to facilitate discussions with campus leaders. Not only can these religious organizations act as a resource for students when they feel as if the College and their religious views conflict with each other, but they could also work together to advocate for improved cultural services. As dining services works
to revamp the food on campus, religious student organizations should take this as an opportunity to ask for improved meal accommodations, such as better options during Passover and extended dining hours during Ramadan. At the College, we put a lot of stock in diversity. As a community, we should continue to evaluate how we strive to accommodate all students — Muslim, Christian, atheist, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindi — so that no student feels excluded for his or her religious beliefs. Over the last several years, the College has been making huge strides in accommodating cultural diversity; we only hope that the progress continues. The staff editorial represents the opinion of The Flat Hat. The editorial board, which is elected by The Flat Hat’s section editors and executive staff, consists of Katherine Chiglinsky, Elizabeth DeBusk, Katie Demeria, Jill Found and Vanessa Remmers. The Flat Hat welcomes submissions to the Opinions section. Limit letters to 250 words and columns to 650 words. Letters, columns, graphics and cartoons reflect the view of the author only. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Drawings come to College in 2013 BY RACHEL BROWN THE FLAT HAT
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF AARON DE GROFT
These drawings by the artist Michelangelo will be on display at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary this spring. Several of the drawings have never before been displayed in the U.S.
In the 16th century, Michelangelo gained worldwide fame for his work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the statue “David” and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Despite his renown, there were times when he could not express his thoughts on paper as well as he imagined them. Many of these drawings were burned before reaching the public eye. Luckily for the College of William and Mary, several of these remain intact and will come to the Muscarelle Museum of Art next year. For a short time in 2013, a selection of works by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni will be housed in Williamsburg. The exhibit will be on display at the Muscarelle February 9 through April 14, when it will travel to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. These 26 drawings are the center of an international exhibition entitled, “Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti.” The Casa Buonarroti is an art museum in Florence dating back to the 17th century in Florence. Guest speaker Pina Ragionieri, director of Casa Buonarroti, spoke in Andrews Hall Tuesday about the upcoming exhibit and about Michelangelo’s life and drawings. She noted that Michelangelo left Florence in 1534 and did not return before his death in 1564. “He never came back home, but he never forgot his family,” Ragionieri said. His hometown of Florence never forgot him either, and the Muscarelle directors are hoping students and the Williamsburg community will not forget the renowned paintings that will soon be on display. Dr. Aaron De Groft ’88, director of the Muscarelle, discussed the College’s opportunity to hold its second exhibition on the artist. “It’s pretty crazy to say it’s our second Michelangelo show,” De Groft said. “Because we had such a wonderful time and have great relationships with the people in Florence and the people at the Michelangelo museum, we approached them about doing something spectacular for our 30th anniversary. … They saw fit to work with us on a major, major exhibition. We then persuaded them
to let us have it for enough time that maybe we could share it with one other venue [to] help with the cost and promote the Casa Buonarroti.” De Groft helped build the relationship between the Muscarelle and Casa Buonarroti through the study abroad program in Florence. Professor John Spike, distinguished scholar in residence at the Muscarelle, lives in Florence during his summers and, along with former professor of art and art history Miles Chappell, has helped to strengthen the connection between the two museums. Kaitlin Noe ’14 works as an intern in the marketing department at the Muscarelle. She sees the upcoming Michelangelo exhibit as a great opportunity for the College and hopes students will come to view the works. “A number of the drawings that are coming have never been shown in the U.S. before,” Noe said. “The drawings show his methodology. … They vary in size and include drawings that were planned for paintings and then a lot of his architectural plans.” The pieces include a drawing of Cleopatra and designs for military and church fortifications. Two of the drawings bear Michelangelo’s signature. Noe also talked about getting more students to come to the Michelangelo exhibit. “One of the things we’re thinking about is having a student opening,” she said. “The show has an official opening for Williamsburg community members and some museum members … but we want to have a student-targeted opening that would involve various entertainment [groups] or organizations that are student run and are aimed more at the College community.” The staff at the Muscarelle, along with students like Noe, wants students to explore the Muscarelle to expand their liberal arts education. Noe mentioned the First Tuesday Lectures the Muscarelle coordinates every month for students, and De Groft noted that the College is hoping to add a museum studies minor to its program. De Groft also talked about the significance of the works that will be coming to the Muscarelle. “Many of these drawing are about Michelangelo just studying — studying movements, studying anatomy, studying figures and how they interact. … They’re his thoughts on a page, and that’s why they’re so important.”
For seniors on a Sunday evening, it’s five o’clock somewhere Take the road less traveled — instead of Swem, stop by mug night at the Leafe
confusion corner columnist
The Sunday evening blues begin to settle over the student body of the College of William and Mary just as the sun sets behind the Campus Center. Students sitting at the green terrace tables watch the sun fade while they stretch out their Sunday night dinner from the Marketplace as long as possible. One Zoca quesadilla is only an excuse to hold an hour-long conversation while
both parties avoid the inevitable: a Sunday evening spent in Swem. Standing in front of the Campus Center, the expanse of red brick forms a path leading directly towards what will surely break a student’s sanity in a matter of hours. The path winds around until it reaches the foreboding destination. After taking one more gasp of fresh air, students pull down the hoods of their sweatshirts, averting their eyes from the terrifying scene in front of them. Swarms of students huddled around computers, study tables, solitary kiosks, are all attempting to accomplish the same thing: endless amounts of homework. An eight o clock arrival time at Swem will grant students six straight hours of
absolutely uninterrupted study time. For seniors, cut that study time in half. No, cut it into thirds. No, wait, don’t even go to Swem. What are you doing? You’re a senior. Head straight for the Green Leafe, oversized mug in hand, and don’t look back. I know it’s hard to adopt the senior mentality when graduation is looming in the near — what is it, eight months now? — future, but just close the 34 tabs open on your laptop, put away the job applications, stop writing to-do lists, and have a drink. In real life, they may call this alcoholism — or happy hour depending on what city you end up working in —but for now, it’s still called college, and you should try and enjoy every drop of reduced-price beer.
Sunday mug night at the Leafe is the perfect cure to any Swem-induced ailment. Eyes dry from trying to read too many lines of tiny font? Hands cramped from jotting down endless notes? Fingers frozen in place from hovering over a keyboard too long? There is only one prescription for these problems: a halfliter of beer in a mug inscribed with the sweet name of an establishment friendly enough to provide such a treat. For seniors, the brick path usually paving the way to endless study stacks after Sunday night Marketplace dinner now winds its way in the opposite direction — towards the bar triangle on the other side of campus. Over-eager juniors attempting to follow seniors to the Leafe, hold back. You probably
still have a lot of studying to do, and the Career Center does recommend you start applying for internships in the fall. Seniors attempting to savor every moment of their last year walk into a mahogany-paneled room oozing with collegiate coziness, where they will inevitably run into at least three people they know while looking for their own group of friends already huddled around an oversized booth. The pencil is replaced by a half-liter mug, and the night continues in complacent happiness. Seniors, you’ve earned it. Now go enjoy it. Ellie Kaufman is a Confusion Corner columnist and on Sundays she can always be found with an oversized mug in hand.
Friday, September 28, 2012
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Hands on: rowers help community
Rent-a-Rower program benefits Williamsburg residents by providing manual labor BY AINE CAIN THE FLAT HAT
As the fall season begins, members of the College of William and Mary Rowing Club settle into their standard routine of pre-dawn practices, palm blisters and, unexpectedly, painting houses. The extra labor is not a groundbreaking new workout; rather, a part of the club’s Rent-a-Rower Program. For a rate of $15 an hour, customers can rent rowers to help with weekend projects. Rent-a-Rower coordinator Jamie Lewis ’13 explained the practicality behind such intensive fundraising. “Crew is an incredibly expensive sport to begin with, with boats that can cost upwards of $30,000, along with other equipment and facilities to maintain,” Lewis said. “The fact that we have to raise that money for ourselves makes fundraising an incredibly
important part of our program.” The rental program helps rowers offset the club’s dues, which makes the price less of an issue for students interested in crew. Rower Bryan Monroe ’14 credited the fundraising program with keeping the club available to all students. “The Rowing Club is open to everyone, both experienced rowers and those who have never even heard of rowing before,” Monroe said. “We compete together in major competitive regattas in both the fall and the spring.” New club member Amber Bryant ’16 also expressed her enthusiasm over the Rent-a-Rower Program’s accessibility. “I got to college, and I wanted to learn new things,” Bryant said. “I’d never rowed before. Rent-a-Rower is a really good way to work for your money. The program is flexible and fits around your schedule.” This flexibility appeals to customers as well. Crew Captain Kate Nolan ’13
noted that her team has tackled jobs of all sizes. “We had an older couple who were moving to a different house,” Nolan said. “We helped to move things from their attic into a storage unit. We’ve done a lot of moving jobs. We can do pretty much any sort of manual labor that people need help with.” In fact, local residents have tested the club’s professed ability to handle any chore. Monroe listed a number of diverse jobs that he has completed with Rent-a-Rower. “I’ve been asked to do a variety of interesting tasks: dog walking, treadmill-building, concrete mixing, cleaning up the football stadium after a game. That was gross,” Monroe said. “I’ve done amateur landscaping and even some tree removal following last year’s hurricane. We will pretty much do anything within reason.”
Monroe said Rent-a-Rower allows the club to maintain the strong sense of camaraderie. “We’re a social club to some extent,” he said. “Hanging out with rowing friends is a big part of what we’re about.” The bonding opportunities and profits have contributed to the program’s longevity. Nolan said there are a lot of benefits to working in the community. “One family bought us a box of pizza,” she said. “We got to bring it home after we were finished working. One woman invited us inside and gave us chocolate cake. We got to exchange emails, and she gave us her recipe. It was nice to make a personal connection like that.” Lewis explained that these connections are an integral part of the program’s success. “One woman first hired me back in the fall of my sophomore year, before I was running the program, and she’s kept
asking me back,” Lewis said. “I’ve gotten to know her whole family, and I’ve helped her move twice. We’ve become really close over the years, and it’s really nice knowing some adults off campus.” Nolan agreed that the club is lucky to be a part of the Williamsburg community. “Our club is really fortunate because we have a lot of people who are willing to hire us,” Nolan said. “We live in a great community; a program like this wouldn’t succeed everywhere.” Lewis expressed his appreciation for the local customers, describing the bond that forms between the renters and the rowers. “We’ve been doing the program for at least 20 years, and we’ve developed some really long-lasting relationships with people in the area,” Lewis said. “Rent-a-Rower makes you feel much more integrated in the Williamsburg community.”
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Exciting takes on old classics Music professors release jazz album
BY RYAN FEENEY THE FLAT HAT
Libraries are not normally this lively. Chatter? Check. Applause? Check. A professor casually breaking out into a harmonica solo? Check. If this were the Earl Gregg Swem Library, people would be freaking out. Thankfully, at least for the sanity of those students who stick to the third floor, it’s not; this scene unfurled at the first concert in the annual Dewey Decibel Concert Series at the other library in town, the Williamsburg Regional Library located just off campus at the intersection of North Boundary and Scotland Street. Concerts have been held at the library since its theater wing opened in 1983. Last Friday, College of William and Mary music professors Stephanie Nakasian and Harris Simon, accompanied by drummer Billy Williams and bassist Chris Bridge, kicked off the series to celebrate the release of their new CD from Capri Records, “Show Me the Way to Get Out of This World,” featuring covers of 15 jazz standards. The disc marks the first official collaboration between these two accomplished musicians. Nakasian achieved international status in the 1980s when she sang on tour with Jon Hendricks and Company, something she calls her “vocal jazz apprenticeship.” Simon has performed throughout North America and Europe at innumerable clubs and jazz festivals. “I was commuting down from Charlottesville to play this wonderful gig at Aroma’s with Harris,” Nakasian said. “And we just decided that we should record together.” If their show is any indication, it was a great decision. Nakasian had a fun, lively stage presence, rollicking through Duke Ellington and Doris Day, ballads and breakup anthems, jazz favorites and hidden gems alike. Her trombone impression is pretty excellent, too. Her show, like the album, began with “Lonesome Road,” a modern, upbeat take on an old classic. “Lucky So and So” and “Easy Street” kept the pace lively before “Times Are Getting Tougher than Tough,” which features an awesome harmonica solo and really allows Nakasian to show off her vocals. The songs are strung together by a light narrative of a girl trying to get her life in order after a particularly bad breakup. The audience was connected to the performers throughout the entire show. The intermission buzzed with pleasant conversation and compliments for the musicians. If you’re into jazz — or just want to listen to some good local music — this album is definitely worth checking out. The concert series will continue throughout the
semester and will feature a wide variety of musical genres, most of which wouldn’t find their way onto a typical student’s iTunes library. Folk, a cappella and military groups will all make their way to the library up through the first week of final exams. Next up in the series is Soundworks Chorus, an all-male a cappella group from Richmond, followed by a couple of folk outfits: Scottish band North Sea Gas, who have attracted large crowds at the Edinburgh Festival for nine consecutive years, and The Cantrells, a husband and wife folk-pop duo who found their way onto the big screen alongside the likes of Brad Pitt back in 1992 in Robert Redford’s “A River Runs Through It.” Brass and woodwind ensembles from nearby Fort Eustis and the faraway U.S. Air Force Academy also come to town before fall break, and both concerts are free. After fall break, things will get a little jazzier with local percussion group the Jae Sinnett Trio, who like Nakasian, will come to celebrate the release of their new album. TRADOC Jazz Combo puts on a free concert just a few days later, followed by Canadian folk group My Sweet Patootie. Austin City Limits and Grand Ole Opry alumni Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group finish off the series with a bluegrass Christmas concert. For most concerts, students receive a discounted ticket price of $13, but prices vary and some are free. For more information, visit the Williamsburg Regional Library in person at 515 Scotland Street or online at http://www.wrl. org/events/concerts.
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Newly released CD “Show Me the Way to Get Out of This World” includes 15 covers of standard jazz songs.
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family affair sophomore tre mcbride
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For sophomore wideout Tre McBride, football and service are in the blood NOAH WILLARD / THE FLAT HAT
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ove of sports, for many, is passed from generation to generation. Head to any pee wee field in the country and you’re bound to find a parent coaching their child, trying to pass on their passion for the game to their son or daughter. Sophomore receiver Tre McBride knows all about this. “My dad’s coached me all the way up until high school, and without him, I don’t really know how much of a football player I’d be right now,” Tre said. So when he took the field in William and Mary’s season-opener at Maryland, McBride knew his father, a former running back at Northeastern, was watching, even though he was far from College Park. At a computer almost 7,000 miles away sat Col. Douglas McBride, logged on to ESPN3 from Afghanistan, where he’ll be stationed with the United States Army until March. It wasn’t the first time his father couldn’t make it to a game. Col. McBride spent 15 months in Iraq while Tre played his first year of high school football. Service to country has always been important to Tre’s family. “His dad was in the military … and [my dad’s] been in [the Army] for 22 or 23 years,” Tre said. “So yeah, military’s a family thing — military and football.” He could add one other thing to that list: academics. Tre graduated with a 3.9 GPA from Ola
High School in McDonough, Ga., even earning himself an academic offer from Harvard. According to quarterback coach David Corley, who recruited him in high school, he gets that from his parents as well. “He comes from a good home,” Corley said. “When you meet his mom and dad you realize why he had good grades and was able to balance academics and athletics. His parents are very supportive of him athletically, but they stay on top of him about the books. That’s something they don’t allow him to slip on.” But don’t let that convince you that he isn’t a topnotch athlete as well. Tre is enjoying a breakout 2012. After logging 14 catches for 146 yards in 11 games as a true freshman last season, he’s developed into the Tribe’s most reliable offensive weapon through four
games, totaling 20 catches for 364 yards and two touchdowns already. “He’s really doing a good job out there as a secondyear player,” head coach Jimmye Laycock said. “He’s making a lot of plays for us.” In high school, Tre played running back in a Wing-T offense, but when he came up to Williamsburg for a recruiting camp, coaches worked him out at wide receiver and weren’t disappointed. Not long after, he got one of his final scholarship offers — to come play for the College. For a student-athlete like Tre, though, options were plentiful. Air Force, Navy, Duke, Furman and Harvard had already made offers, and while Corley knew the Tribe had a shot at him, he also knew it wouldn’t be easy. “We recruited the mess out of him,” Corley said. “I called him and bugged all the time about coming up here and being a part of our program.” With his family’s military background and offers from two military academies, Tre knew where his dad wanted to see him play the most. “He liked the Air Force because he knows they’ll take care of you as far as benefits and stuff like that,” Tre said. “But I think he couldn’t be happier with what I chose.” Once he got to Williamsburg, the transformation to wide out began in earnest. He had worked out as a receiver before, but reading coverage schemes was new. Still, the College’s coaches recognized his talent and threw him into game situations immediately as a true freshman.
“You look at his body type, and you can see he’s not a running back,” Corley said. “He’s a good size receiver, and he’s a kid that has really good body control.” But adjusting to change was nothing new for Tre. His family moved with his father all across the country during his childhood. He has already lived in seven different states, so despite being born in Texas and attending high school in Georgia, you’d be hardpressed to find any hint of a southern accent in his voice. He speaks softly yet confidently, and he’ll tell you he had no regrets about moving around as often as he did. “I think we liked it; we like moving around,” he said. “It’s helped us grow up. It’s been a good thing.” On Saturdays this season, though, his family has been wherever he’s taken the field. He says that at least one family member has been to each of his games. Of course, there’s been one notable absence each week — the man who taught him to play the game. He says his father is always there in spirit, but even the seasoned player he is, it’s obvious that Tre, like any pee-wee, wants his dad to watch and wants to make him proud. You can hear the excitement in Tre’s voice when he talks about getting game film to his father. “I have some DVD’s we’ll send overseas to him, and he’s able to text me. With technology nowadays, as long as he has internet, he can iMessage me. It’s good having him to talk to. … I haven’t gone a day without him posting something on Facebook about how proud he is of me being here.”
Offense sputters as Tribe stumbles on the road, 1-0 High Point edges College with early goal, Tribe now winless in its last four heading into conference-schedule BY MICK SLOAN FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER After two home games, William and Mary hit the road again Tuesday night, falling to the hosting High Point Panthers in a 1-0 nail biter. The Tribe (2-5-2, 0-01 CAA) found a difficult opponent in the
undefeated Panthers, falling behind early and failing to strike back. “We knew High Point would be a tough opponent. … They have a lot of good players,” head coach Chris Norris said. “They’re very athletic and very dangerous up front.” The Panthers wasted no time in
igniting their offense, scoring in the third minute when Shane Malcolm received a pass from teammate Shawn Sloan and beat sophomore goalkeeper Bennett Jones for a breakaway goal. The score came off a turnover by the College that allowed High Point to grab an early lead that they never relinquished.
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Senior midfielder Ben Anderson and the Tribe mustered just eight shots — all in the second half — against High Point, falling 1-0 on the road.
The Tribe initially found it difficult to generate scoring opportunities against the Panthers’ tough defense, failing to tally a shot in the first half and generally struggling against a healthy dose of pressure defending. Despite allowing an early goal, the Tribe’s defense performed admirably, keeping the Panthers from extending their lead and helping to keep the Tribe within striking distance. Jones also had a good day, logging three first-half saves to ensure the deficit stayed at 1-0 going into halftime. The second half was more favorable for the Tribe, as the defense held High Point without a shot on goal and the offense finally started generating chances to equalize the contentious match. Overall, the Tribe fired eight shots in the second frame to keep the Panthers on their toes. One scoring opportunity came just after halftime when the Tribe lined up for a corner kick in the 46th minute. Freshman midfielder Ryan Flesch sent the corner to sophomore midfielder Marcus Luster, whose ensuing shot attempt was deflected away by a defender, preserving High Point’s narrow lead. The Tribe had a second near-goal when junior defender Roshan Patel fired a header off of senior midfielder Ben Anderson’s corner kick. Patel’s strike was
just wide of the goal, however, slipping past the post and falling harmlessly out of bounds. “After halftime I thought that we competed well, and there were times where I definitely thought we were going to get that first goal,” Norris said. “We just didn’t have it tonight.” Both teams played tough for all 90 minutes, and the result was a hotly contested defensive struggle. High Point certainly was the more bruising of the two sides, getting charged with 24 fouls, three yellow cards and even a red card in the 79th minute. The Tribe kept its composure and never stopped battling for an elusive equalizing goal. Ultimately, time ran out for the College as the Panthers locked up their ninth win in as many games and sent the Tribe home with their fifth loss. Although obviously disappointed with the result, the Tribe remains optimistic as it advances to conference play. “We’re certainly a little bit down, but this is a group that cares a lot about each other … and the lack of success is not for a lack of effort; and the nice thing about … conference play is that it has a chance to be a second season,” Norris said. The Tribe starts its “second season” in earnest, Friday, when it hosts rival Drexel at Albert-Daly Field at 7:00p.m.
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