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Vol. 102, Iss. 30 | Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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Hunter Smith ’51 establishes endowment to benefit freshman seminars
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Alumna donates $10 million Smoke bomb
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Freshman seminars will receive a financial boost with the recent donation of $10 million from the Hunter Smith Family Foundation. The Foundation created the Hunter J. Smith Endowment for Freshman Seminars to support the 15-student classes first started at the College of William and Mary in 1993. “The idea of making a gift in support of freshman seminars appealed to me on many levels,” Hunter Smith ’51 said in a press release. “The seminars fit the profile of William & Mary very well and give freshmen important experiences that develop independent thinking
and writing skills.” Professor of English and Writing Resources Center Director Sharon Zuber helps to organize freshman seminars and noted that the donation will have a large impact on the College community. “As I’m sure the donors intended, everyone will benefit from this donation,” Zuber said in an email. “Students will have a wide variety of courses to choose from, faculty will have support for training to incorporate writing, oral communication, and research skills, and the College benefits from offering students an opportunity to get to know faculty and understand the scholarly expectations of our College that
will lead to achievement in undergraduate research.” Freshman seminars are often designed to introduce students to undergraduate research at the College. “It’s heartening, if unsurprising, to see students make the most of our seminars’ intense discussion, sustained research, and close work on writing — often from their first day at the college,” government professor Jackson Sasser ’98 said in an email. “These challenges are inimitable in other first-year settings and, I think, harbingers for later success at the College and beyond.” See donation page 3
Fire alarm shuts down dance party
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A smoke bomb at Unit F set off the fire alarm and shut down Sigma Chi’s dance party, Jock Jams, just after midnight on Saturday. Fire and police units responded to the scene to find a detonated smoke bomb, a device that when lit, burns slowly and creates large quantities of smoke. According to College of William and Mary Police Chief Don Challis, the incident occurred inside of the building but caused no damage to facilities. The incident is still under investigation, and no one has been formally charged. Members of Sigma Chi declined to comment. Check back with The Flat Hat for more on this developing story.
Johnson ’04 joins race Alumnus plans to run for VA House of Delegates by bailey kirkpatrick flat hat assoc. news editor
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Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton elevates for a dunk against Towson Saturday. Thornton’s dunk was the highlight of a big hoops weekend for the Tribe. The men’s team snapped an eight game losing streak with a 63-56 victory over the Tigers. Thornton and junior guard Brandon Britt secured the win with a series of late game plays. The women meanwhile, won their second game in a row with a 73-69 victory over Old Dominion Sunday, its second win over ODU since 1979. To read the full stories, see page 8.
Virginia redistricting bill to alter Williamsburg’s district Bill plans to remove Williamsburg from the first district and place it in the third by ellie kaufman flat hat chief staff writer
While Senator Harry L. Marsh III, D-16, traveled to Washington, D.C. to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Virginia State Senate
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Republicans pushed a bill through the Senate to redistrict Virginia’s already heavily gerrymandered districts. The bill creates a minority district along the North Carolina state line, emptying Democratic support from surrounding districts and
concentrating it in one area. The new map would remove Williamsburg from the district of Sen. John Miller’s, D-1, and put the city in that of Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-3. Norment was a driving force in passing this legislation.
The State Senate passed the bill 20-19 with a Republican majority. It will reach the floor of the House today. While Republicans maintain a strong majority in the State House of
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Alumnus Monte Johnson ’04 announced his plan to run for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 10th district which includes Clarke, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Prince William, and Warren Counties. The Virginia native has been trying to garner support from fellow classmates and alumni of the College of William and Mary in order to support his campaign. “I would love support [from] the school,” Johnson said. “This endeavor will need a lot of resources to be successful and it would mean a lot to me if William and Mary could be a big part of this campaign. … The school has a rich tradition in all levels of government, Johnson and I would love to highlight that tradition as a delegate.” As an alumnus of the College and a brother of the Delta Phi fraternity, Johnson has already begun to receive support from many of his fraternity brothers and alumni. “I was really impressed that he was getting involved in the political arena in Virginia,” Delta Phi alumnus Taylor Phillips ’03 said. “I knew he had been involved in both of the Obama campaigns, so he had already set some groundwork, but I am really impressed that he was willing to take the next step in campaigning and becoming a member [of the government].” Johnson’s career in politics and government began when he was still attending the College. As a student, he participated in the William and Mary in Washington Program, was a member of the Young Democrats and graduated with a major in public policy. Johnson currently works as a project manager at Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategy and technology consulting firm for the U.S. government. “As a delegate, I would like to make strides in core areas like transportation, education, jobs and healthcare,” Johnson said. “Also, I want to make a strong push for equality. The current General Assembly is really trying to set us back in that regard.”
All the world’s a stage
Sky Jarrett ’16 has performed on stages from his hometown of Chappaqua, New York to Broadway and now the mainstage of Phi Betta Kappa Memorial Hall. page 5
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The state doesn’t have any money right now. The state support of our operating budget is now below 13 percent in itself. — College of William and Mary President Taylor Reveley
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In our weekly “That Girl” video, Heidi Schoomaker ’13 talks with Flat Hat reporter Ariel Cohen about serving as an Orientation Aide Director, planning Campus Golf 2012, and working on an ancient DNA research project with Professor Lizabeth Allison.
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University of Virginia’s College at Wise locked down the campus due to a report of a gunman on campus. The student who called 911 later admitted it was a hoax.
New legislation for loan bankruptcy
Worcester State University charges pedestrians
Wednesday, three U.S. Senators proposed new legislation called The Fairness for Struggling Students Act of 2013 that has the potential to reverse a 2005 change in bankruptcy laws. The 2005 law was changed to give private student loans the same privileged bankruptcy treatment as government loans, making it almost impossible to have private student loan debt discharged. Student loans top $1 trillion in the United States, combining the largest form of consumer debt. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., said the bill “would restore limited bankruptcy protection and send an important message to lenders and students that they need to be responsible.”
Whether students at Worcester State University drive or walk to class, they each must pay a $72 transportation fee every year. The university will use the money to maintain sidewalks due to cuts in state funding. WSU isn’t the first university to charge students a fee for this type of thing; West Texas A&M University charges for traffic safety, the University of Oklahoma charges for security services and the University of Indiana has started charging for temporary repair fees.
Hoax report of gunman at UVA-Wise A recent lockdown at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise was lifted after a report of a gunman on campus turned out to be a hoax. A student at U.Va-Wise had called 911 to report that he had seen a gunman on campus. Police showed up on the scene immediately to search the buildings and speak with the student who called. Upon conducting the interview, the student confessed that it was a hoax.
Study to determine quality of education One of the talking points at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in January concerned the relationship between college spending and quality of education. A few researchers from Wabash College presented national data that found that there is only a small relationship between what colleges spend on education and the quality of the education students actually receive. The research even suggested that colleges that spend relatively little and operate with higher student-faculty ratios a successful schools that receive more funding.
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News in brief Two professors receive award
Tate continues lecture series
St. George Tucker’s law papers published
Professors Michael Tierney ’87 and Teresa Longo are both recipients of the Thomas Jefferson Award. The Thomas Jefferson Award is given to an instructor who has dedicated themselves to their work in higher education and who truly exemplifies the principles of founding father Thomas Jefferson. Tierney, director of the international relations program, and Longo, dean of curriculum review and associate professor of Hispanic studies, will join a select group of people who have been named recipients of the award at this year’s Charter Day ceremony in February.
Associate professor at James Madison University and founder of the Umbau experimental laboratory for education and architecture, William Tate, continued the Art & Art History Distinguished Lecture Series with his lecture yesterday. The goal of the lecture series is to bring high-profile artists and art critics to campus to promote discussion about art. Tate’s lecture centered on Puccini, and the premise of his talk was to help listeners and art-lovers alike to embrace learning and understanding the world that surrounds us all.
Charles Hobson of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture finished editing the papers of St. George Tucker, the College of William and Mary’s second professor of law. The Marshall-Wythe School of Law celebrated the publishing of Hobson’s work by the University of North Carolina Press in conjunction with the Omohundro Institute Tuesday, Jan. 22. Tucker succeeded George Wythe in 1790. Tucker filled 35 notebooks during his time as a state and federal judge in the Virginia courts.
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Road to Richmond addresses General Assembly Students, faculty and alumni travel to the state capital to lobby on behalf of the College by beatrice loayza flat hat STAFF WRITER
At 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, a group of students boarded a bus to go to Richmond and speak to members of the Virginia General Assembly about higher education. Road to Richmond is a long-standing tradition at the College of William and Mary during which students, faculty and alumni lobby and encourage legislators to invest in the College’s professors, infrastructure projects and the general funds in order to minimize tuition hikes. Students attended a breakfast ceremony in the Virginia State Library where they had the opportunity to meet legislators in a more relaxed environment. Here, College President Taylor Reveley made a speech addressing the importance of Road to Richmond for students and Virginia lawmakers. “[Road to Richmond] is important for two scores in particular: it gives students the opportunity to see the Virginia legislative body in full cry, and second, it gives some legislatures and staff the opportunity to see some wonderful William and Mary students in full cry,” Reveley said. “It allows everyone to emerge with a really powerful, renewed sense of just how pleasant the College is.” Reveley also remarked on a less attainable “third score.” “The state doesn’t have any money right now. The state support of our operating budget is now below 13 percent in itself,” Reveley said. “But we do have one capital project — the renovation of Tyler Hall. That’s a $16 million item.” Once renovated, Tyler will house the
departments of government, economics, and public policy. Other priorities include a 2 percent base salary increase for faculty and staff, funding for the renovation of residence facilities, including Barrett, Chandler and Landrum Halls, and support for the construction of an addition to the Marshall-Wythe School of Law. Students then headed over to the Virginia General Assembly building where they met the current Republican Majority Leader of the Virginia Senate, Tommy Norment J.D. ’73, R-3. Norment reiterated the importance of Road to Richmond for the College and advised students on how to address legislators in the upcoming meetings. This year’s group of students brought a diverse mix of volunteers, including freshman Eliza Schiebe ’16, Marshall-Wythe School of Law Student Danny Yates ’12 J.D. ’14, French exchange student Victor Garnier ’14, member of the Williamsburg City Planning Commission Chris Connolly ’15 and various members of the Student Assembly. Garnier talked about how Road to Richmond contributed to his year abroad in the United States. “I found [Road to Richmond] to be a nice opportunity to look at American politics, especially by doing something like lobbying,” Garnier said. “We don’t do this in France, so this is all very unusual and exciting for me.” For Daniel Peyton ’13, being part of Road to Richmond for the first time meant an opportunity to finally give back and advocate for the College before he graduates in May. Though Peyton is a marketing major with no lobbying experience, he found the trip invaluable. “I think what I’ll really remember is seeing the General Assembly in action and how I was able to
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Tommey Norment J.D. ’73 advises students at the Road to Richmond on how to address legislators of the General Assembly.
witness a vote when I stood in on a session,” Peyton said. “It was truly once in a lifetime for someone who doesn’t plan on pursuing this sort of career, to be able to see the political world up close.” Student Assembly director for Road to Richmond Keenan Kelly ’14 talked about the shortcomings of the program. “I’m really glad for the people who showed
up today, but it’s hard to get people to be here at 5:45 in the morning,” Kelly said. “I think there are still levels of improvement especially with participation, but for a program that happens in the middle of the week, people have shown that they’re proactive and that they want to use their ability as advocates to do some good for [the College].”
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Students of the College of William and Mary welcomed the one to two inches of snow to campus this past weekend.
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Realignment proves controversial Governor disapproves of the manner his party passed the bill REDISTRICTING from page 1
Delegates, some Republican leaders have come out against this legislation. “It has not yet been approved by the House of Delegates, and the speaker has expressed displeasure with the bill,” government professor John McGlennon said. “He is Republican, and the house is Republican by a wide margin. I think he recognized the bad publicity at both the state and national levels that Virginia was receiving because of this.” Gov. Bob McDonnell responded to the events of the week Friday, stating that he believed it was “not a good way to do business,” but not stating whether he would pass or veto the legislation when it reached his desk, as reported by The Washington Post. “[McDonnell] indicated some discomfort with the plan as well because he has been trying to get Democrats in the state senate to cooperate with him on some transportation and budget issues that they will have to address this year,” McGlennon said. Co-Director of the Election Law Program at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law Rebecca Green believes the effort to create a minority district is overshadowed by its
immediate benefits to Republicans. She also said that only a few years ago, Democrats were re-drawing the lines in their favor. “What is controversial is that by creating a new minority district, Republicans benefit since it removes Democrats from other districts,” Green said. “Republicans assert that Democrats who dominated legislature in earlier cycles of redistricting twisted the lines to their own advantage too.” While the methods used to pass the new redistricting measures appear suspicious, the trend itself is not. McGlennon said that in the past two years creating separate minority districts has been successful in several southern states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas. According to the Virginia state constitution, redistricting lines are redrawn every 10 years after the new census is complete. This can be interpreted in two ways: that the lines are supposed to be redrawn only every 10 years or that they are supposed to be redrawn at least every 10 years. The most recent redistricting legislation was passed in 2012. “Whoever is in power draws lines to make it most beneficial to them, so it’s this idea
that you have state legislators picking their voters instead of voters picking their state legislators,” Green said. In some states like California, independent redistricting commissions have recently been established to avoid partisan problems like this. “Letting partisans dictate the lines whenever they gain majority—especially outside the usual ten year cycle—is leading many observers to conclude that an independent re-districting commission might make a lot more sense,” Green said. Even if the legislation is passed by the House and McDonnell, it is uncertain whether it will hold up constitutionally. “It is in limbo,” McGlennon said. “Even if it passes all the way through, then there is the likelihood of a court challenge in part because the state adopted a constitutional amendment a few years back [that] specified that redistricting only takes place in the year after the census is conducted.” Regardless of the outcome, the attempt at redistricting has made an impact. “I think, whether it goes through or not, it has done a considerable amount of damage to get any bipartisan cooperation in the General Assembly this year,” McGlennon said.
Professor reflects on the value of freshman seminars DONATION from page 1
Sasser still fondly remembers his freshman seminar, American Autobiography, with Professor Joanne Braxton
in 1994. Now, as a teacher for the freshman seminar The Warren Court: Then and Now, Sasser has explored a freshman seminar from the other side of the desk.
“No classes, for my part, are more compelling,” Sasser said. “It’s a kick to invite students with myriad perspectives to explore a subject you appreciate keenly — working all along to
repay their bet that the endeavor will prove timely, or interesting, or both. The ability to design a course around, to choose one example, a current Supreme Court docket, is a treat.”
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Two ways to reorganize registration selection, but the idea is that a preliminary schedule would be generated electronically for each student and in that schedule each student would be guaranteed to get at least one of his top picks for classes — and hopefully more. After the generation of these preliminary schedules, the actual registration period would begin, where students would The Flat Hat adjust their schedule in the same manner we do now. Then, of course, students would stalk Banner. This system is very similar to one the University of Chicago uses, which is just It’s 6:45 a.m., and you wake with a start to the irritating one of many other schools using methods more effective sound of your alarm clock going off. Your brain is still waking than ours. It may be a good idea to take a cue from some of up, but you know you’ve got to be mentally prepared: You our fellow colleges and universities. have a duty to complete. You have planned and plotted for this Of course, not all improvements would have to re-work for days in advance, and even stayed up late the night before the fundamental structure of the system. For instance, finalizing your plans. Will you be using a school computer, or making it mandatory for professors to provide a syllabus for will you use your own laptop? Which has the fastest Internet their class, along with the course listing, prior to registration connection? What time is it again? It’s getting closer to 7 a.m. is a small change that could make a big difference. If Have you copied and pasted your CRNs somewhere for quick students had access to syllabi at the beginning of the access? Wait. What time is it? It’s now 6:59 a.m., and the next few minutes you spend process, they would have the opportunity to compare classes and their various formats and schedules signing up for classes will determine long before they enter the classroom. For the rest of your semester. Here at many, seeing something on the syllabus that the College of William and Mary, We have become accustomed does not match their personal learning style we have become accustomed to to the stressful nature of (perhaps a class that has too many projects the stressful nature of registration, registration, but this process is when the student prefers a flat format of but this process is antiquated in antiquated in many ways. three exams) is the determining factor for many ways. With certain changes, whether they stay in the class. If they decide registration could become much to drop the class, their whole schedule may become undone; easier. they may have to work from scratch to reorganize it. A One possible solution would be to start registration with a mandatory syllabus could help the registration process run ranking system. Working out the details of this plan would be more smoothly and create a more transparent environment incredibly complicated — but that would be the case with any earlier for students and teachers alike. large-scale change. Prior to registration, all students would Registration can be a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to complete an online form where they would rank the courses be. These thoughts certainly aren’t meant to be exhaustive, they want to take in order from most to least wanted. For and surely many others on campus have innovative ideas on example, if I wanted to take five classes this semester I would how to make this a better system, but the first step is to start rank those courses from one to five. On this same worksheet, the conversation. We go to an old school, rich in history and students would indicate alternate sections of the courses if tradition. This does not give us license to resist change. available and any other classes they would be interested in. Seniority would still prevail in preferences regarding course Email Gabriella Hafner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
f you had $10 million to improve a program, what would you do with it? Due to recent budget problems, the College of William and Mary has not had the luxury of discussing this recently. Thanks to a generous donation from the Hunter Smith Family Foundation, the College now has $10 million to improve freshman seminars. Freshman seminars at the College affect every student and can have a serious impact on students’ academic paths in college, so we anticipate the changes this money could bring, especially paired with the restructuring of the curriculum. With more funding for freshman seminars, the College will be able to offer more innovative classes that often cost more money, such as those that take place off-site and allow students to gain first-hand field experience. With funding for more creative courses, the administration can promote research at the College. Early integration of research-based learning into the College’s curriculum helps prepare students for the larger projects they will face as juniors and seniors. Traditionally, freshman seminars focus on learning to write a research paper; however, conducting original research requires more intensive learning about the research process. Research-based freshman seminars will help students develop research skills necessary later in their college careers. Additionally, freshmen can start learning early on about the research projects already ongoing at the College and can begin working toward those projects that traditionally have been open only to upperclassmen. Research-based freshman seminars with more specific subjects will encourage freshmen to be proactive and erase the need for general introductory freshman seminars. This donation allows for freshman seminars tailored to the research and interest of the professors; professors’ excitement will encourage student engagement in the classes. As students take freshman seminars in specific areas that interest them, these seminars will help students understand what research in that field actually looks like. As this money enables freshman seminars to become more research intensive, some of the money should be used for instructor training so professors are prepared to teach these redesigned classes. Freshman seminar professors should be mentors to their students, enforcing rigorous writing standards and offering academic advice. Research-based freshman seminars should require students to develop writing skills that will help them beyond their college careers. These classes have the chance to prepare students for post-undergraduate writing, in the work force or in graduate school. Freshman seminar instructors also can help fill the role of an academic advisor, helping students find more research and funding opportunities in their field and discussing how these skills relate to other areas of study students may wish to pursue. Because of this donation, the College has the opportunity to enhance the experience of every freshman at the College. We hope the administration optimizes its use of this money to improve the College academically through a stronger emphasis on undergraduate research. Katherine Chiglinsky recused herself from this editorial in order to remain unbiased in her reporting. The staff editorial represents the opinion of The Flat Hat. The editorial board, which is elected by The Flat Hat’s section editors and executive staff, consists of Katherine Chiglinsky, Elizabeth DeBusk, Katie Demeria, Jill Found and Ellen Wexler. The Flat Hat welcomes submissions to the Opinions section. Limit letters to 250 words and columns to 650 words. Letters, columns, graphics and cartoons reflect the view of the author only. Email submissions to fhopinions@
What would you do with
$10 million? The Hunter Smith Family Foundation donated $10 million to the College to improve freshman seminars. How do you think the College could best use this additional funding?
“Maybe having a semester in the rise in cost of education and how this investment will enable us to have adequate jobs in the future.”
“I would make more of the freshman seminars research based so that freshmen can come in and right away they’d get that experience.”
Keabra Opongbrown ’16
Lauren Barbera ’15
“I would try to make the freshman seminar programs more hands on research based rather than just researching things in the library.” Ashley Napier ’14
“I’d give people the opportunity to take two — one that would fulfill the writing requirement and then one that was more [sciencebased].” Charlie Miller ’16
“I don’t really see why additional funding is needed just for those set of classes seeing as how the professors are already on payroll.” Daniel Aboagye ’16
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Continuing to accept AP credits will help keep the College affordable Max Cea The Flat Hat
In an educational landscape growing more unaffordable with each passing semester, the opportunity to obtain relatively inexpensive Advanced Placement credits is becoming increasingly important. The New York Times recently reported that Dartmouth College “has announced that it will no longer give college credits for good AP scores, starting with the
class of 2018.” If other elite universities follow suit, the College of William and Mary will have an opportunity to gain a tremendous competitive advantage by continuing to provide credit for good AP scores. Dartmouth cited concern that “Advanced Placement courses are not as rigorous as college courses” as the reason for discontinuing its policy of acknowledging AP credits. That Dartmouth’s research found that their courses are more rigorous than AP courses should come as a surprise to nobody. In fact, if Dartmouth, an Ivy League school, had found their courses were not more rigorous than the “college-level” courses taught in high
schools across the country, it would have been inherently problematic. Regardless, Dartmouth should not be comparing AP courses to its courses. Rather, they should be comparing AP courses to community college and online courses. As Mark Cuban wrote in The Huffington Post Saturday, “For the smart student who cares about getting their money’s worth from college, the days of one school for four years are over.” As college becomes more unaffordable and massive open online course platforms strengthen, getting basic, introductory classes out of the way at community schools or online is becoming the prudent option for students worried about debt.
Moreover, the real value of institutions of higher education lies primarily in small seminars and discussions that provide students with new ways of thinking, along with the material they are learning in the course. AP credits are not replacing these classes. Usually, they only can replace introductory classes, most of which are taught in large lecture halls, where attendance is not necessary for success. From my personal experience, I would even contend that given a good teacher, an AP course has the potential to be more rewarding than a large lecture class. Thus, the classes that AP credits replace are not essential to take at the same prestigious school that will hand
you your diploma, nor are they worth the post-graduation debt. The College prides itself on being an affordable option for some of the nation’s strongest students. Kiplinger rates us as the No. 4 “best value” university in the country. Some of our best students could have gone to Ivy League schools, such as Dartmouth, but decided to go to the College, in part, because it was a better financial option. If the College wants to continue to attract a high caliber of students it should embrace its affordability and the reality that the nature of college is changing. Email Max Cea at mrcea@email. wm.edu.
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Sky Jarrett ’16 brings talent to the College
BY ANNIE CURRAN FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR
He’s been on Broadway. He’s acted on television. He’s even performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yet despite his impressive resume, Sky Jarrett ’16 was so surprised when he received the news that he had been cast as the romantic male lead in Sinfonicron’s “Iolanthe” that he called his director to make sure it wasn’t a mistake. “This campus is filled with talented people,” Jarrett said. “I was shocked.” Jarrett’s career began at an early age. As a six-year-old living in Chappaqua, N.Y., he was inspired to act when he saw his sister in a local production. Jarrett begged his parents to let him begin auditioning. At first they said he was too young, but they eventually relented, and Jarrett was cast in a local production of “Oliver.” Two years later, a director encouraged him to audition for a Broadway production of “A Christmas Carol.” After two callbacks, he was cast as Tiny Tim. “I was so young, so it didn’t faze me,” Jarrett said. “It felt like just another audition.” Between the ages of eight and 13, Jarrett expanded his acting career. He continued to work on Broadway with one of his roles as a Who in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among others. He made the move to television and was featured in a VH1 promo for Cap’n Crunch. He also
acted in “As the World Turns” and “Blue’s Clues.” “It wasn’t really craft,” Jarrett said. “I was playing roles where I had to say, ‘Look at me, I’m cute and adorable.’” As Jarrett got older, his height and deeper voice prevented him from taking on children’s roles, forcing him to play teenagers instead, which proved difficult. In the Broadway business, most teenage roles go to actors who are 18 and older because they do not have to follow child labor laws. Thus ended Jarrett’s Broadway career. He continued to act in high school, where he played his three favorite roles — Stage Manager in “Our Town,” Jack in “Into the Woods,” and Satan in “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.” “Theater is a hobby,” Jarrett said. “People would say to me, ‘You were on Broadway,’ and I would say, ‘You played soccer.’ It’s the same thing to me.” Jarrett heard about the College of William and Mary through a survey. He wanted to move further south and was attracted to the size of the school. Since attending the College, Jarrett has performed in the ensemble cast of “Pippin,” in addition to playing Strephon in “Iolanthe.” Kelsey Schneider ’14, student director of “Iolanthe”, got the call from an “intimidated” Jarrett after he saw the casting decision. “It was adorable,” Schneider said. “He was really nervous about it. My thing was that I would not cast him if I did not think I could work with him. After I casted him, it was on the both of us to get him ready for the role.” Schneider first met Jarrett when they were acting in “Pippin.” The news of his Broadway career had already spread through the cast. “I was worried that because he had been on Broadway as a kid, he would be pompous, but he wasn’t at all,” Schneider said. “I love the guy. He is much more personable than I expected him to be.” Jarrett was nervous about the performance because “Iolanthe” is an opera, and he has a musical theater background. However, Schneider
said Jarrett was always helpful when it came to building the set and other crew work. He also worked one-on-one with the vocal director and made sure to get notes from Schneider after every rehearsal. “Doing Sinfonicron was the best decision I have made since coming here,” Jarrett said. Schneider said Jarrett and fellow actress Addie Schafer ’13 would make the cast laugh by creating ridiculous pet names for each other during breaks. But when it was time to get serious, Schneider could always count on Jarrett to be proactive. She appreciated the faith he put in her as a director. “I kicked him off the deep end,” Schneider said. “I said, ‘Musical theater freshman, here’s an opera, and you’re the lead, and it’s opening in two weeks. Have fun.’” One of Jarrett’s closest friends at the College is his suitemate, fellow New England native James McCarthy ’16. McCarthy calls Jarrett his best friend and surrogate brother, and even though Jarrett is often busy with school and his extracurriculars, the boys manage to have dinner together and hang out in their dorm. “Sky is [his] own person,” McCarthy said. “[I admire] his focus — his motivation to be the absolute best in his art.” Apart from theatre, Jarrett has many other passions. He arranges a capella music for two groups at universities in New York, and has joined one of the College’s a capella groups, The Gentlemen of the College. He likes to create electronic music, especially Latin-infused dubstep, and is interested in being a disc jockey. Last summer, he worked as a paralegal at a law firm, although his anticipated major is neuroscience. Jarrett does not know if he wants to try to perform on Broadway again. For now, he says he’s just focused on getting a well-rounded college experience. “I’m trying to learn as much as I can,” he said.
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Left: Sky Jarrett ‘16 performed as Stage Manager in “Our Town” while in high school after being on Broadway and making television appearances as a child. Right: Jarrett performed one of the lead roles in Sinfonicron’s production of “Iolanthe” in mid-January and is pictured here with the rest of the cast.
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Student detectives investigate staged murder mystery
BY BENMING ZHANG / FLAT HAT ASSOC. ONLINE EDITOR
Watch out, College of William and Mary Police: More murder cases could be a good thing. Well, not actual murder cases — rather, a hired theater group. Friday, Jan. 25, AMP hosted its first “murder mystery night” with About Town Tours, LLC. The student programming board gave students an opportunity to appeal to their inner Sherlock Holmes. More importantly, this murder mystery encouraged teambuilding among its participants. Based in North Carolina, About Town Tours is in its 11th year. It performs regular showings, such as the one this past Friday night, to colleges, large corporations — like Bank of America and Lowe’s — and country clubs. This particular exercise, according to founder Della Freedman, emphasized team building. “Everyone is different, and in
a table, there might be one who asks the best questions and one who has the better deduction skills,” Freedman said. “[Everyone is] working together with these different attributes to nail down the suspect shows teamwork and team building.” Every participant’s attributes would play a large role in solving this murder mystery case. “I really enjoyed the setup of the murder mystery,” Noella Handley ’16 said. “The combination of written materials, character testimonies and interviews stimulated my inner detective and I appreciated the chance to figure out the mystery for myself.” Here’s the scenario: Early in the morning, you receive a letter from Chief Detective and Security Chief I.M. DeMann. There has been a murder aboard a ship, The Legendary Carnival. The victim is identified as the ship’s crew director, Sunny Sails. You
congregate in Chesapeake A of the Sadler Center on a frigid, eerie January night. There, the Chief Detective has organized a bunch of tables all across the big room. You take your seat, next to your teammates, be they friends or strangers, to solve the crime. Toward the middle of the room, you see the five suspects seated right behind the Chief Detective as she gives her introduction and warm welcome to all participating investigators. Lou Cruise worked with Captain Sails as her travel agent. Molly Rotter is a professional speaker and cruise aficionado. Becky Messer is a jewelry designer. Rhoda Blogger is a billionaire real estate tycoon on the lookout for investments, and Harv Carver is a poker chip collector and cruise ship gambler. The detective gives you an outline report of Captain Sails’ autopsy: She was strangled to death, and mysteriously enough, neck bruises showed a unique crosshatch,
wider at the sides. Something fishy is in the air, especially when a poker chip is found near her body. There was some sort of foul play in the works. Teams at each table were given a sheet outlining eight clues related to advancing the investigation. Freedman, who plays the Chief Detective, described this game as “Means, Motive, and Opportunity.” The investigators explored why each suspect was chosen and what their possible motives were. Think of it as a cat-and-mouse game: The suspects, played by the theater troupe, roamed around the room as investigators approached them and asked questions. In a certain amount of time, investigators compiled information and deliberated with their fellow teammates, before finally being asked to submit a report on whom they thought the murderer was. Back at my table, our team concluded that the suspect was the
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jewelry designer, Becky. We chose her after overhearing her telling another investigator that she followed Sunny Sails back on the eve of her murder. After a thrilling hour or so, the moment of revelation came. The Chief Detective called the student investigators back to their seats. Returning to her “Means, Motives, and Opportunity” theme, she went on to describe each suspect and his or her relationship with Sunny — filled with disappointments, anger and broken promises. After a lengthy deliberation of each, she announced the arrest of Molly Rotter, much to the surprise of many. Gasps and silence filled the room. The Chief Detective laid her case: After tense confrontations, Sunny Sails had decided to drop Molly Rotter’s expensive programs, prompting the murder. Molly followed Sunny Sails that fateful day and strangled her with a cord. The cord was then thrown overboard. Case closed!
Les Miserables — various artists
anything in return — toro y moi
BY ABBY BOYLE AND SARAH CASPARI FLAT HAT VARIETY EDITORS
BY CHELSEA PITTMAN THE FLAT HAT
If you’re like us, you’ve been waiting for “Les Miserables” all year. And if you’re like us, you’ve probably used up a whole box of tissues listening to the companion soundtrack. Despite a few omitted songs that would not go unnoticed by diehard fans, the soundtrack conveys the same emotion you would feel sitting in the theater. Unlike most film soundtracks, “Les Miserables: Highlights from the Motion Picture Soundtrack” was not recorded in a studio — what you hear on the soundtrack is what the actors sang in front of the camera. The effect is that each song captures the passion of each performance in a way that prerecorded tracks wouldn’t. Anne Hathaway’s “I Dreamed a Dream,” for example, would not reflect the same level of terror and sorrow if she hadn’t been getting her head shaved while singing. Live recording may be dangerous because it leaves room for error, but the authenticity outweighs any flaws in the singing. Hathaway’s strength is that she doesn’t try to sound pretty but focuses instead on the experience of her character, Fantine, to great success. Hathaway’s counterpart, Hugh Jackman, who plays the lead role, Jean Valjean, in the film, carries much of the soundtrack with powerfully raw vocals. While his introspective “Who Am I?” is cut from the album, his talent is showcased in the heartfelt prayer, “Bring Him Home.” Samantha Barks, who is no stranger to “Les Miserables” after appearing in the 25th Anniversary Concert version of the musical, still had big shoes to fill in the role of Eponine, following stars such as Lea Salonga, but rises to the occasion and confidently delivers one of the film’s show-stopping numbers, “On My Own.” Eddie Redmayne, the male romantic lead, Marius, is surprisingly good even though he was one of the few previously unknown cast members. His rendition of “Empty Chairs and Empty Tables”
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is another standout due to its powerful vocals and chilling tone of despair. The two performers who were met with the most skepticism from audiences for their questionable singing abilities — Amanda Seyfried (Cosette) and Russell Crowe (Javert) — exceeded our expectations. Seyfried, while not as strong vocally as someone like Barks, complements the other performers nicely with her soft soprano, while Crowe delivers a solid, if not outstanding performance. “Stars” and “Javert’s Suicide” are two of the most emotionally-laden songs on the soundtrack, and although his voice is not his greatest strength, Crowe’s acting abilities are preserved in the recording. Despite the heavy tone of the musical score, Helena Bonham Carter and Sasha Baron Cohen, who play the Thenardiers, provide much needed comic relief in “Master of the House,” an energetic anthem of petty thieves. The soundtrack’s greatest strength is that all the songs are connected and carry over between numbers. The haunting melody of “I Dreamed a Dream” belies the Act I finale, “One Day More,” as Eponine sings of her lost love just as Fantine once sang of hers, and the revolutionaries prepare to head to the barricades. “One Day More” is one of the strongest tracks on the album because of its ability to weave together the highlights of the score and because it features the talent of the whole cast. For those newly acquainted with the music, the omission of certain verses, songs and solos may not detract from the listening experience. Those more familiar with “Les Miserables,” however, will notice verses cut from “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Castle on a Cloud” and “Look Down,” among others. The album attempts to compensate for these losses with a new original song, “Suddenly.” While the track isn’t objectionable, it certainly does not get stuck in your head. But beware the other songs: You might notice yourself humming “Red and Black” under your breath on the third floor of Earl Gregg Swem Library.
Chazwick Bundick — better known as Toro Y Moi — is an artist from Columbia, S.C. best known for his work in the Chillwave movement. The movement, which began in 2009, is characterized by the synthesizer, drum beats and sampling. The chillwave sound is selfexplanatory: it’s laid back and relaxing, and it provides the perfect background for chilling in a dorm, or driving around town in the summer. In high school, Toro Y Moi was in a band called The Heist and the Apprentice with some of his classmates. In January 2010, he released his first album, “Causers of This,” and chillwave became the music of summer 2010. Toro Y Moi’s third album, “Anything in Return,” released this month, shows off his production skills: He combines the “laptop” sound of electropop, with real instruments, which allows the songs to keep their laid-back feel while creating a bolder, more memorable sound, evocative of studio recordings. Toro Y Moi claimed in an interview that he has moved past the chillwave movement, which he sums up as a point in time when he and a few other artists, such as Neon Indian and Washed Out, happened to make music with similar sounds. In an interview with Pitchfork Weekly back in November he stated that he wanted this album to be “fun” and to include “music that his
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girlfriend would dance to.” His goal in making the album a pop album was to see if it would be successful and get more recognition than his previous work. He also described the album as an attempt to improve his production skills and to move away from the laptop by incorporating real instruments into the music. Toro Y Moi met his goal; he masters the art of making a cohesive beat while synthesizing the sounds of electropop with real instruments. One thing I noticed at first listen was that the music production was very impressive. The album’s sound resonates more than its lyrics, although the lead vocals create a melodic overtone that blend well with each beat. Even someone who is new to Toro Y Moi and the chillwave genre could appreciate the sound, which is similar to a toned down version of MGMT or Foster the People. Subsequent listens bring into focus the work that Toro Y Moi put into the production. He fused 80s inspiration with 2000s era sophistication, looping and sampling sounds. The two tracks that stand out the most are “So Many Details” and “High Living,” both of which have bold yet simple drum beats laid over the complex effects processing. This album is perfect for hanging out with friends on Friday night, driving around with the windows down, or doing some relaxed studying in Earl Gregg Swem Library. It is mellow enough for any situation but outstanding and bold enough to keep you awake and interested in the music.
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Tribe grabs second conference win, downs Towson
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earning a few key charging calls. “Kyle Gaillard was a man on Benimon tonight. He’s probably outweighed by about 40 pounds but really gave his heart and soul to his team tonight,” Shaver said. Gaillard, who held Benimon to 12 points, was part of a balanced Tribe offense. During the losing streak, Shaver thought the team was becoming unbalanced, with the “Big Three” — junior forward Tim Rusthoven, sophomore guard Marcus Thornton and Britt — accounting for the majority of the team’s points. On Saturday, Gaillard spent the majority of the
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Junior center Tim Rusthoven scored 14 points Saturday.
day above the rim, landing several crushing dunks en route to a 14-point effort. Junior guard Julian Boatner and senior guard Matt Rum both chipped in on the offensive end, while freshman guard Terry Tarpey grabbed seven rebounds, rounding out a good day for the Tribe bench. “I think we had more guys contribute, and if the defense has to respect everyone on the court, it opens things up on the floor,” Gaillard said. The extra help opened things up for Thornton, who had 16 points and took over the game late. Britt started slow but finished strong, scoring most of his 12 points late in the game. Rusthoven recorded a rather pedestrian double-double, netting 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. In the first half, the Tigers utilized a mix of sharpshooting and inside-post play to take a commanding early advantage over the Tribe. Benimon was a force inside, and the College had no answer for his play under the basket. Towson guard Jerome Hairston was unstoppable from beyond the arc, nailing several three pointers early. As a result, the Towson lead reached as many as nine in the first half. Around the nine-minute mark in the first half, the College went on a 9-0 run aided by Gaillard and Thornton. After a jumper by Rusthoven, Gaillard scored on a layup and a dunk in rapid succession to cut the Tigers lead to three. Thornton then nailed a three from the corner to bring the score to 19 apiece. From there, the two squads exchanged the lead a number of times, and the Tigers took a one point advantage into the intermission. The close competition continued after the break, as neither team led by more than three points until 2:00 was left and Thornton connected on two free throws to give the College a lead it would never relinquish. As the clock continued to wind, the Tribe made just enough free throws to secure the victory. “I heard people saying that maybe we were losing confidence, and we lost eight games in a row, but in that Northeastern game, we started to get our confidence back in the second half, and we were able to come out here today and do what we needed to do, so moving forward, it’s great for us,” Thornton
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Freshman guard Terry Tarpey earned his second start of the season, playing 20 minutes and snagging seven rebounds.
said. While the College will certainly enjoy the victory, Shaver knows the squad must continue to show a consistent effort in order to continue to be successful. “We’ve just got to carry on,” Shaver said. “If you really want to be a great college basketball team, you’ve got to do this every day, not just here and
there, not just one half and not the second half, so we’ve got to carry on and take this fire with us.”
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College uses late defensive stand to notch win over ODU W. BASKETBALL from page 8
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Sophomore forward Jazmen Boone logged seven points, six assists and four boards.
ODU’s full-court press quickly forced the Tribe to cough it up. The Monarch’s had one last shot to tie it up, but amid the din, senior center Jaclyn McKenna stayed cool, drawing an uncontestable charge call against Monarchs forward Laquanda Younger. The Tribe’s ensuing inbound pass went to sophomore guard Anna Kestler, who deftly maneuvered through the full-court defense to find senior guard Taylor Hilton, who was promptly fouled. ODU was the heavy favorite, entering the game as the fourth-ranked team in the conference, but Hilton sank both free throws, the buzzer rang out and the College (4-14, 2-5 CAA) topped the Monarchs (13-6, 4-3 CAA) for just the second time since 1975. After the game, Taylor was unhesitant in describing the Tribe’s late game effort. “[It was] one of my proudest moments here as a coach,” Taylor said. The Tribe’s stellar offensive performance had its roots early in the game. Junior forward Kaitlyn Mathieu, who started for the second consecutive game, couldn’t in the early part of the matchup, pouring in three three-pointers in the first 8 minutes. She turned her early success into a big 19-point, 10-rebound game.
“It’s a great feeling. My confidence is just getting higher and higher,” Mathieu said. The College started 8 of 9 from the field to take a 21-14 lead with 11 minutes left in the half. But, typical of this rollercoaster of a game, the Monarchs surged back as the Tribe’s simmering shooting started to cool off. The Tribe defense was repeatedly out-positioned on the offensive boards during the latter part of the half, leading to several easy buckets. Old Dominion weathered the Tribe’s early surge to take a 31-30 halftime lead. As the Tribe’s offensive rhythm faltered early in the second period, it fell back on the dependable shooting of senior guard Janine Aldridge, who didn’t disappoint. She hit every big shot en route to a monster 26-point game on 11 of 15 shooting. “I just wanted the win and I went after it in the second half,” Aldridge said. For a team that largely lives beyond the three-point line, the success of Aldridge and Mathieu in that area gave the rest of the team something to feed off. With most of the Old Dominion defense swarming around the perimeter, McKenna and Boone secured for the Tribe pivotal points from inside the key that their opponents had little answer for. “Jackie McKenna had a mismatch and Jackie’s a really good post player,” she said.
“Jazmen Boone can get to the rim and we were really trying to get the ball down the court and past the press quick.” Although she failed to score a single point in the matchup, sophomore guard Anna Kestler was a deadly weapon in breaking down the defense. Kestler was able to dribble through the Old Dominion full-court press time and time again while dishing out a team-high seven assists and surrendering zero turnovers in the second half. “Her passing ability is ridiculous, she sees people that I would never be able to find,” Mathieu said. “She fakes me out in practice sometimes, that’s how good she is. She’s a great point-guard.” The College’s defense played better and better as the second half progressed, notching steals and denying Old Dominion any second chance points off offensive boards. Tellingly, it was a drawn charge that turned out to be key play of the game, not any one of the numerous converted jumpshots. For all the offense’s firepower, it was defensive discipline that won the day. “We’re competing harder, we’re playing harder and that’s what it takes to compete in this league,” she said. The Tribe brings their two-game winning streak on the road to UNCW on Thursday.
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in was junior forward Kaitlyn Mathieu. You know a lineup change works when both players respond, and while Mathieu — making just her second start all year — finished with a season-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, McKenna was on the floor at the end of the game to draw a charge and all but seal the win. She also scored 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting. Another change to the normal starting five came at guard. Sophomore Anna Kestler got the nod over senior Chanel Murchison. Kestler went 0 for 3 from the floor but did everything else, pushing the tempo when appropriate and finding open woman after open woman for a game-high seven assists. But the best move Taylor made wasn’t before the game but during it, and it also happened to be her riskiest. The team’s leading scorer, senior forward Emily Correal, struggled from the start, turning the ball over and getting beat on the boards. Unafraid to turn away from the conference’s seventh-best scorer, Taylor sat Correal for most of the first half. “We’re at the point where there are no guaranteed minutes,” Taylor had said after the College’s win over Towson Thursday.
Obviously she meant it, and after things didn’t get any easier for the senior in the second, with 16:39 remaining Taylor took her out again, and for good. On came a motivated McKenna, who immediately came up with a steal that turned into a Tribe threepointer on the end that cut Old Dominion’s lead to two. McKenna would log eight points, two rebounds and two blocks in the second half. Of course, Taylor can’t get all the credit for the College’s upset win. A coach’s job is made much easier with a player like Aldridge, who went off for an incredible 26 points on 11 of 15 shooting. And 66.7 percent second-half shooting is just as much — if not more — a reflection of the players on the floor as it is of the coach on the sideline. But every string Taylor pulled worked to perfection, especially when she wasn’t afraid to sit seasoned seniors. Sophomore guard Jazmen Boone saw lots of action off the bench in place of senior guard Taylor Hilton and turned in one of the game’s most well-rounded performances, going for seven points, six assists and four rebounds in just 19 minutes. For the second game in a row, Taylor challenged conventional wisdom, and for the second game in a row, it worked to perfection.
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The William and Mary women’s basketball team celebrates its victory over Old Dominion Sunday. The College utalized a late defensive stop to halt the Monarchs for the second consecutive year.
Tribe tops ODU for second time since ‘75
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Win provides a measure of vindication for Taylor
BY JACK POWERS FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER With William and Mary holding a tenuous 71-69 lead over Old Dominion after 39 raucous minutes Sunday, head coach Debbie Taylor used her last timeout in an effort to keep her team composed before pandemonium broke loose in the last 60 seconds. The Tribe had the ball, but Taylor was focused on defense, imploring her team to not surrender an inch when the Monarchs took over possession. “You have to get a stop. You get that stop, [and] the game’s over,” she said. Coming out of the timeout, sophomore forward Jazmen Boone barreled into the lane and drew a shooting foul. She missed both free throws, though, and Old Dominion called its last timeout with 45 seconds left. A defensive lapse then gave ODU an easy shot at an equalizer, but the Monarchs’ Jackie Cook blew the layup. The Tribe took over with a two-point advantage and a mere 20 seconds left, but the fun was far from over. With everyone in the building on their feet, See w. BASKETBALL page 7
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For head coach Debbie Taylor, the last three seasons at William and Mary have brought little to be happy about. But Sunday afternoon, that couldn’t have mattered less. Even her team’s current record of 4-14 could do nothing to temper her joy after coaching the Tribe to a 73-69 upset over rival Old Dominion at home. “[It was] one of my proudest moments here as a coach,” Taylor said. “Definitely.” And she had every reason to be proud. Not just of the sterling effort put forth by her players, but by her own moves as a coach. If the measure of a coach is how much she can squeeze out of the talent on her team, Taylor was great Sunday. It began with the lineup she sent out at the start of the game. Out was senior center Jaclyn McKenna; COURTESY PHOTO / TRIBE ATHLETICS
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Junior forward Kaitlyn Mathieu scored 19 points against ODU.
College snaps eight-game losing streak Gaillard, Thornton put on arial display as Tribe claims conference victory over Towson BY MIKE BARNES FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR Thirty-five days. Five weeks. Eight games. Any way you look at it, its been a long time since William and Mary’s last win, Dec. 21 over Sailsbury. Thus it came as a relief when the Tribe finally broke the streak Saturday with a 63-56 win over Towson. “It’s a great feeling,” Shaver said. “We’ve been so close in so many of those games, and I think tonight, we played with a competitive spirit that’s been missing a little bit in that losing streak. … Our spirit was broken a little bit, and we’ve had to work hard to regain that competitive spirit, and I thought we saw it in full force tonight.” The Tribe (8-11, 2-6 CAA) hasn’t beaten a Division-I program since before Christmas and its confidence appeared to dip in recent weeks following a string of close losses to top programs. One such loss occurred Jan. 9 when the Tribe blew a late lead, allowing those same Tigers to overtake them for a crushing overtime defeat. With that loss still fresh in their minds, the Tribe
utilized solid defense and a balanced offensive effort — two things not frequently seen during the squad’s losing streak — to seal the victory in the final minutes. With 3 minutes, 8 seconds left in the contest, junior guard Brandon Britt slashed through the lane to tie the game at 54. At that point, the College found itself in a very familiar position: tied with less than three minutes to go and the chance to win. For the first time this season, the College was able to withstand a late rally and halt its opponent. Shaver credits the Tribe’s late game stand to an improved focus on defense. “The defense was different tonight,” Shaver said. “At Northeastern, we made offensive plays to win the ballgame, but we didn’t get the stops necessary to win in a high-level game, but tonight we did.” The College’s big men were the key defensively. In the first half, the Tigers used their superior size, namely Georgetown transfer Jerelle Benimon, to score at will under the basket. In the second half, however, the Tribe was able to corral Benimon, See m. basketball page 7
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Junior guard Kyle Gaillard goes in for a dunk against Towson.
WOMEN’S TENNIS College splits weekend series against nationally ranked squads William and Mary continued its challenging early season schedule this weekend, splitting a pair of matches against nationally ranked opponents. The College (4-2) knocked off No. 71 Harvard 5-2 on Friday before falling to No. 64 Kansas State 4-3 on Saturday in Cambridge, Mass. The College dropped the doubles point against the Crimson, but came storming Belaya back in singles play. The Tribe swept the first five spots in singles play, solidifying the win. With victory secured, the Tribe turned its sights to Saturday’s match against Kansas State. The College got off to a good start against the Wildcats, claiming the doubles point. The singles competition, however, was a different story. Johnson and Cepeda both won at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions, respectively, but the Tribe was overwhelmed at all other posts, allowing the Wildcats to take the match, 4-3. —Mike Barnes