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IFC passes resolution SA introduces Respect Act BY ABBY BOYLE FLAT HAT NEWS EDITOR


In a unanimous decision, the Presidents’ Council of the Inter-Fraternity Council voted to add a resolution to their bylaws promoting sexual assault education within the College of William and Mary’s fraternity community. The resolution contains a pledge that member organizations of the IFC will establish annual programs focusing on sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention. Member organizations pledged to work toward the elimination of language that objectifies or denigrates any group, and to work toward the creation of an environment in which everyone feels protected against sexual assault and other forms of abuse. “I’m very happy it was unanimously passed. … It’s terrific the community is on board with this,” IFC President Alex Greenspan ’15 said. The resolution was written in the wake of an email originally sent by a member of the Zeta Upsilon Chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity at the College, which began circulating on various websites Jan. 28. Greenspan said IFC presidents held a meeting Monday, Feb. 3 to discuss the reaction to the email and to determine how to move forward. At that

Several Student Assembly senators introduced the Respect Act in response to the recent recognition of rape culture on the College’s campus in the senate meeting Tuesday. The resolution dictates that the SA will be involved with initiatives that aim to prevent the continuance of sexual aggression at the College. “Our goal in this is to remind ourselves that we are the voices of the students, so we are within the resolution distancing ourselves a little bit from the administration and are coming right to the chase,” Sen. Shannon Caietti ’17 said. “I know a lot of students on campus, especially at the town hall, were saying in light of recent events people have done a lot of tiptoeing around the issue and in this resolution we didn’t really want to do that.” Although some senators wished to move the bill from new business to old business in order to hold a vote, the bill was kept in old business, as the senate, overall, found the issue not to be time sensitive. The resolution will be reviewed in the policy and executive committees this coming Sunday.

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SNOW FALLS ON WILLIAMSBURG Campus received another sprinkling of snow this past Wednesday evening. Rain washed away the majority of the snow by Thursday morning, leaving students, faculty and staff to trek to classes in the rainy weather. In an email to students Wednesday evening, Vice President of Administration Anna Martin said that the College would remain open Thursday, despite reports of snow. According to the Daily Press, the area could see more precipitation late Friday night as well as early Saturday morning. — Flat Hat Editor-in-Chief Katherine Chiglinsky


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Reveley gets merit raise Salary set at $425,000


He only expected to stay at the College of William and Mary for a short period of time. Instead, he finished his 14th year at the College this August. He transitioned from dean of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law to College president in 2006. And, after eight years in the position and anticipating three more to come, the College is recognizing President Taylor Reveley’s service to the College. Reveley “When I first came, I said to myself, this will last six weeks, six months, a few years, at the most. I was at a very large law firm See REVELEY page 3

JUDGE RULES AGAINST SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN Last night, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring tweeted that a federal judge in Virginia declared the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Throughout the evening, Herring proceeded to tweet quotes from the ruling, including, “We have arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect.” Even though the federal judge ruled the ban unconstitutional, the ban will remain in effect throughout the appeals process. — Flat Hat Managing Editor Meredith Ramey


Students, faculty discuss digital citizenship dotDemocracy initiative hosts Weingartner Digital Citizenship Forum Tuesday BY SANG HYUN PARK FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR

The Weingartner Digital Citizenship Forum took place at the Mason School of Business Tuesday evening. Panelists at the forum discussed the effects of the Internet on democracy and announced the winners of the Digital Citizenship Challenge. An initiative, called dotDemocracy, comprised of eight students at the College of William and Mary organized the event with sponsorships from the Roy C. Charles Center for Academic Excellence and the Weingartner Global Initiative. The organization was founded last spring when Chancellor professor of government Clay Clemens taught a seminar on the impact of the Internet and social media on democracy. Students from Clemens’ course formed an initiative to make the Internet more effective to strengthen democracy. “We’re trying to get people to think about how we can harness the power we have to positively


The initiative was founded by Werner Weingarter, at right, to spread the cause of digital citizenship to the students.

affect democratic citizenship,” Student Conference Coordinator Greg Collier ’16 said. Six panelists spoke at the forum on the issue of digital citizenship. Among them was Nicco Mele ’99,


a faculty member at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, who invited the other panelists and guided the discussion. “I think technology is pushing

power out of institutions to individuals — to all of you — at an intense and exciting rate that has real consequences for where See FORUM page 4


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What’s kept me here is a good respect for the institution, a belief that the institution could get better and better, and the people. — College of William and Mary President Taylor Reveley on his career at the College



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“THE GREAT CIRCUMCISION DEBATE” In honor of Valentine’s Day, find out how the College of William and Mary likes its men. Flat Hat Behind Closed Doors columnist Marvin Shelton set out to foster an important discussion within the campus community by asking a simple question of preference: circumcised or uncircumcised? While for some it’s what’s on the inside that counts, other responders had definitive answers surprisingly at the ready. Of course, some giggled awkwardly and some just walked away. Check or The Flat Hat Facebook page to see the video featuring interviews from around campus — and possibly some familiar faces.

“BALLROOM DANCE CLUB” From tango to waltz, samba to the cha-cha, the Ballroom Dance Club at the College of William and Mary has the moves. A group continuously growing in membership, the club meets many times a week to learn the rhythm and technique of ballroom dance. Along with dancing and socializing together, the club performs in competitions. This year, the dancers traveled to a competition in North Carolina in which they placed first and second in two different categories; in upcoming years they plan to participate in more college ballroom dance competitions in the east coast area. The club offers weekly open dance lessons to any students interested. Check to see a video about the club.


Williamsburg City Council will demolish the existing Stryker Building in order to create one better suited for the city’s government and community activities.


Sam’s Club joins retail stores in northern York County’s Marquis A new Sam’s Club will be joining Target, J.C. Penny, Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Best Buy as the newest retail store at the Marquis in northern York County, according to the Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily. The store will be constructed as part of a new development project that will add more retail space and 650 homes to the area. The Sam’s Club will also run a gas station in the complex. A company spokesman said the complex will be 135,000 square-feet and add 175 new jobs to the town. Sam’s Club will be the largest part of the retail portion of the development project. Local public schools plan to lenghten school day Williamsburg–James City County Public Schools plan to shorten recess and lengthen school days at elementary schools to make up for recent snow days. Some parents have expressed their opposition by composing a petition online, which has gathered 500 signatures, according to the WY Daily. The district plans to reduce recess time to just 15 minutes and to extend the whole school day by five minutes. The elementary schools are currently 20 hours behind the Virginia school districts’ requirements.

Goldilocks found guilty of criminal trespass, destruction of private property A jury of first and second-graders from Providence Classical School found Goldilocks guilty of criminal trespass and destruction of private property Wednesday, according to the Virginia Gazette. The mock trial took place in the McGlothlin Courtroom at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law as part of chancellor professor Frederic Lederer’s curriculum and went on in many ways like a real-life trial. Lederer said that first- and second graders are at the right stage to learn the basics of the law. Law students played the roles of Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Baby Bear and Goldilocks: witnesses to the alleged crimes. Stryker Building soon to be demolished The Stryker Building, home to Williamsburg’s City Council, could be demolished by July, according to a timeline released by the council, which has come to an interim agreement for razing the Stryker Building and constructing a new one with the architecture-building group. The new Stryker Building, intended to advance the city’s partnership with the Williamsburg Regional Library, will feature an expansion of the library. The Daily Press reports that the cost for the entire project was capped at $1.1 million.


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NEWS IN BRIEF Stofan illuminates study possibilities Ellen Stofan ’83, NASA’s chief scientist, was at the College of William and Mary recently to give a presentation to the Department of Geology. Hordes of students and faculty alike packed McGlothin-Street Hall for her talk. Stofan, who specialized in planetary geology, geared her presentation to include as much geology as possible. However, Stofan did discuss some of NASA’s varied study possibilities, such as physics of the sun and missions to the International Space Station. Stofan also encouraged students to pursue the realm of planetary geology in revealing the large number of newly discovered celestial bodies.

Alumni thank College at award ceremony

Three alumni recently received Alumni Medallion Award, the College’s highest award granted by the Alumni Association. The alumni were James Comey ’82, Gary LeClair ’77 and Joyce House Shields ’64. They all credited the College as a home that not only served as a place of education, but also as a molder of their futures. Comey, who has remained close to his alma mater, has made guest speeches at two Opening Convocation ceremonies and claimed the College is where he learned to love. LeClair also revealed his gratitude to the College for not stripping him of his football scholarship even after he suffered injuries and was unable to play.

College housed Monuments’ Man The College has a special link to the upcoming movie “The Monuments Men,” starring George Clooney. In 1943, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt approved the Monuments Men, a group of men with the goal of protecting works of art and national treasures during World War II. The Monuments Men included 354 curators, museum directors, architects and art historians from 13 countries. One of the group’s captains, Everett Parker Lesley, Jr., was an assistant professor of art at the College’s Norfolk Division in the early 1950s. His title was changed in 1959 to Professor of Art, and the Norfolk Division later became Old Dominion University.

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College, CWF to form online course Organizations collaborate to develop free online class for next year By WILL EMMONS THE FLAT HAT

The College of William and Mary is exploring a new way to teach the history of revolutionary Virginia. The College is collaborating with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to create a free online course, taught by College faculty, with resources provided by Colonial Williamsburg. The course is still in its early stages of development, but those involved say that the class will likely be ready around one year from now. The class will be available to students and potential donors to both the College and the CWF. The idea for the class came from a discussion between College President Taylor Reveley and CWF president Colin Campbell about new ways the two organizations could work together. Together, the two presidents hoped, they could create an educational experience that would be easily usable and would offer unprecedented access to documents currently kept in CW. Students taking the course, however, will not receive college credit for it. “This is intended as an exploration — an experiment,” Pullen Professor of History and lead instructor for the course Jim Whittenburg said. As lead instructor, Whittenburg’s responsibilities entail writing descriptions for the six modules that comprise the course. This is his first experience with online learning.

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available to students and donors focused on American Revolution course offered for no credit

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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the College of William and Mary are collaborating to create a free online course, which should be ready in about one year.

The College and the CWF have collaborated several other times. The National Institute of American History and Democracy (NIAHD) and the Omohundoro Institute of Early American History and Culture are both products of collaboration between the two organizations. Whittenburg admires the work of the CWF and said he believes

that the College and CWF should embark on more joint ventures. “The opportunity to work with a team that includes gifted people from both institutions is what drew me to the project,” Whittenburg said. The CWF has access to resources that the College can find nowhere else. “Colonial Williamsburg brings some

outstanding assets to the partnership, including both the people and the things visitors see there —buildings, objects, museums, performances,” Whittenburg said. The class will deal specifically with the role the colony of Virginia played in the American Revolution. Last year, US News and World Report ranked the

College as having the third best program in colonial history in the United States. ”It’s hard to imagine two institutions any more expert at crafting a compelling course about Virginia’s role in the struggle for American independence than W&M and CW,” Reveley said in a press release. “Our historians are at the cutting edge.”


SA gives $10,000 for I AM W&M Week speaker

Senate allocates money to speaker’s fee, acts to provide transportation for spring break The Student Assembly Senate allocated funds for the I AM W&M Week speaker and for a new SA van during its meeting Tuesday. Since its introduction last week, the I AM W&M Week 2014 Act was divided into two separate bills due to concerns raised during senate committee

Student Assembly senate allocates $37,120 • I AM W&M Week Act Part I — $10,000 for speaker’s fee • Van Demand Act — $25,620 for new van for Office of Student Leadership Development • Washington, D.C. Rides Spring Break Act — $1,500 for two buses

meetings Sunday. I AM W&M Week 2014 Part I allocates $10,000 to a speaker’s fee, which passed unanimously, and Part II concerns other costs associated with the week’s events, including an expo and pride festival. “I think the rewritten bill is great,” Sen. Daniel Ackerman ’16 said. “I like the way we separated and took out some things that were disagreed on.”

I also do think we need to consider that with a lot of the semester left, we’d be really having to tighten our purse strings.


— Sen. James Walker ’15 on the SA’s Van Demand Act, which eventually passed unanimously

• After Tuesday’s meeting, about $28,000 remains in the SA reserve, dropping from $66,946.14

The Van Demand Act, sponsored by Sen. Colin Danly ’15 and Chairman Will McConnell ’14, allocates $25,620 to the purchasing and maintenance of an additional van that would be available to all registered student groups to use through the Office of Student Leadership Development. “The Student Leadership Development office only has two student vans right now, which means that if three student groups come on one day [to use the van], which isn’t out of the question because there [are] over 250 active groups on campus … then they’re out of luck. So this is really an investment for the next five to 10 years,” Danly said. “I think it’s an important thing to do for the campus.” Some senators hesitated on supporting the bill due to the funds that the Van Demand Act required because it spent a large sum of money relatively early on in the semester. “I think this is a great thing, a great resource that we should definitely do at some point,” Sen. James Walker ’15 said. “But, I also do think we need to consider that with a lot of semester left, we’d be really having to tighten our purse strings.” Despite some apprehension about the cost, proponents of the bill dissuaded the concerns and the bill passed unanimously. Ackerman introduced the Washington, D.C. Rides Spring Break Act, which allocates $1,500 to

fund two buses during Spring Break to transport students to and from the city similar to those employed during Fall Break last semester. The bill also passed unanimously. The senate also heard an appeal from Matthew Fine J.D. ’14, head of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law’s national trial team. Fine came to appeal the trial team’s denied request made in January for $4,200 for funding to send two teams to the national championships in San Francisco, Ca. The request was initially denied according to the SA’s policy to not fund events that have already taken place. However, the trial team did submit the paperwork requesting funding as soon as they found out about the invitation to send a second team to the championships. After some discussion the senate chose unanimously to fund the total $4,200 by using the competition fund, which previously had a balance of $20,805. Before the various allocations were made during Tuesday’s meeting, the senate’s reserve sat at $66,946.14. In total, the senate allocated $37,120 from the reserve and $4,200 from the competition fund. Danly said this leaves the senate with about $28,000 to work with in the reserve for the next nine senate meetings. Sam Glover ’16 was nominated for the position of Secretary of Transportation, and his nomination is scheduled to be confirmed at the end of next week.

Reveley has refused merit raises during salary freezes REVELEY from page 1

before, so I didn’t know if being apart of the law school would be a good match,” Reveley said. Feb. 7, the College Board of Visitors approved Reveley’s first merit-based raise, two months after the BOV voted to extend Reveley’s contract for three more years. With the raise, Reveley’s salary increases from $335,245 to $425,000. Funded by both private and public dollars, the private portion of Reveley’s salary will increase from $174,851 to $264,606, and the state portion will remain at $160,394. According to a press release, , the near $90,000 salary increase almost compensates Reveley for the salary raises he would have received if consistent pay raises had occurred throughout the last six years. “President Reveley has repeatedly refused to accept merit increases until we could do something more

comprehensive for all William & Mary employees,” Rector of the College Todd Stottlemyer ’85 said in a press release. “Thanks to his leadership that has begun to occur. This is long overdue.” Up until this year, the College froze the salaries for a majority of faculty and staff, due to a lack of state funding. In his upcoming years at the College, Reveley hopes to make financial development a top priority, along with alumnae relations and strategic planning. “We have some big, hairy goals that are rooted in the strategic plan in large party,” Reveley said. “These are the most frisky sort of endeavors.” Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Executive Director for Career Development Mary Schilling has worked at the College since June 1999, when Reveley worked in the School of Law. “Though the President’s presence alone adds dignity to virtually any occasion in the community, his deep voice, dry wit and playful use of language continue to amaze me,”

Shilling said. Vice President of University Development Matt Lambert started working with Reveley in April 2013, when he returned to the College as the vice president for University Development. “President Reveley is the hardest working man at William & Mary and treats each member of the community as a valued person,” Lambert said in an email. “He works tirelessly to respond to every letter, e-mail and call from students, faculty & staff, alumni, parents, and donors. He is beloved by the students and goes out of his way to attend as many events as humanly possible to greet the many constituents. Finally, he is an uncommon leader.” After 16 years at the College, Reveley is still excited to get out of bed in the morning. “What’s kept me here is a good respect for the institution, a belief that the institution could get better and better and the people,” Reveley

said. “If you don’t like the people or enjoy the people, then go somewhere else. Finally, I felt I could make a meaningful commitment for the better.

It did matter, and I felt I was making a difference. It has to matter that you’re getting out of bed every morning and you have to care.”

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College President Taylor Reveley lead the College during its annual Charter Day ceremony.

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MAD about Chocolate to reopen its shop

Local dessert store closed due to sidewalk improvements for Prince George Street By sarah caspari flat hat assoc. variety editor

Construction on Prince George Street and Armistead Avenue has been ongoing since October 2013 but, little by little, the project is coming to fruition. The idea to remodel the area surrounding the Triangle Building — which houses MAD About Chocolate and the new Jewish Mother, opening soon — has been in the works for several years. “We started this project Oct. 1,” City Engineer Aaron Small said. “The actual concept of the design started long before that. It was mainly focused on Prince George Street. … It expanded to include Armistead Avenue probably about two years ago.” The city-funded project involves general beautification, such as turning concrete paths into colonial-style brick ones and planting trees, and increasing “walkability” by widening sidewalks. Armistead Avenue and Prince George Street will also be resurfaced, meaning the top level of asphalt will be ground off and a new one will be laid down. “For the city of Williamsburg to take that on, that beautification project for the sake of business, for the sake of aesthetics and walkability, that’s very unusual,” Economic Development Specialist

Corinne Blackford said. “Normally that’s something that a private investor would have to take upon himself.” In this case, though, the city of Williamsburg owns the property in question and operates its own roads system, so the project has become a citywide endeavor. The city’s involvement has meant more funding and more resources for the construction. The goal is to make the transition between Merchant’s Square and Tribe Square more cohesive. Currently, the tourist-friendly area seems to be demarcated by brick paths and gravel roads. This construction project aims to assimilate the businesses on the outskirts of Merchant’s Square into the part of the city most attractive Small to tourists. “They kind of stop when the brick stops,” Williamsburg Communications Specialist Kate Hoving said. “It really isn’t physically far, but psychologically it felt far, so this is kind of drawing people.” Because of the work, MAD About Chocolate closed its doors for the month of January. While they meant to re-open Feb. 4, inclement weather has slowed

construction because concrete cannot be poured in weather under a certain temperature. The business will officially re-open Feb. 18. Meanwhile, they are taking walk-in orders and special Valentine’s Day orders. “A lot of people are intimidated by construction,” co-owner Connie Desaulniers said. “And especially local people have been confused about it. … It definitely has affected business, and that’s pretty much the nature of the game when there is construction like that.” However, Desaulniers said she expects business to pick up again and to make up for losses once the building’s surroundings have been completed. “The nice thing is, it will really be part of downtown,” she said. “It’s been a little bit isolated from everything, so once this Prince George corridor is finished off we’ll be part of it.” Construction around the Triangle Building is scheduled to be completed March 1. However, work on sidewalks and various other projects in the greater area will continue into the summer and next year. Future work includes constructing a sidewalk on Richmond Road that will connect the Prime Outlets to downtown, and one on Bypass Road from Route 132 to Parkway Drive.


Construction on Prince George Street and Armistead Avenue has been ongoing since October. MAD About Chocolate is expected to re-open its doors soon.

College hosts digital citizenship forum IFC passes resolution FORUM from page 1

we’re headed,” Mele said. “Our challenge is to get you to think about what we need to do in the future.” Following the discussion, panelists showcased and critiqued works of the six finalists of the Digital Citizenship Challenge. Students from over 43 states participated in the challenge after dotDemocracy launched it in November. Jasmine Pillarisetti from Duluth High School and Michael Payne ’15 from the College were runners-up, and Sammer Zeglam from the University of Texas at Arlington received $2,000 as the winner of the challenge. Werner Weingartner, who

in unanimous decision

funded the initiative, expressed his interest in spreading the cause of digital citizenship, starting with students at the College. “If we could unify students here at [the College] to give attention to global problems, I also want them to reach out to other domestic colleges and try and unify students,” Weingartner said. Clemens, an advisor in dotDemocracy, stated that the initiative will work towards that goal. “We took a small step in that direction with this year’s project,” Clemens said. “If we can foster interaction among students to spread a stronger democracy in webpage, that will at least be part of [the vision].”

Fraternities pledge to establish prevention programs IFC from page 1

meeting, he said they entered into a verbal agreement to create a resolution addressing sexual assault education and prevention. The group proposed the resolution Wednesday, Feb. 5. Following the Wednesday meeting, Greenspan said presidents took the resolution to members of their respective chapters, who also voted on it. Greenspan emphasized that the resolution reflects a consensus of the majority of all fraternity members at the College. “It’s not just my resolution,” Greenspan said. “It’s not just the presidents’ resolution. It’s on behalf of the fraternity community. It’s Greenspan all fraternity men.” Greenspan said he views the resolution’s passage as a step in the right direction. “It’s very important to me that fraternity men are leaders of the solution and not part of the problem,” he said.



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College athletes need more support sports psychologist. During orientation week, all students — including athletes — are briefed on where to go and what to do if they’re feeling bogged down by stress. All of these resources are great, but availability of resources isn’t the problem. Athletes are constantly busy with something, whether that is sports, schoolwork or extracurricular activities. Sometimes their own mental health gets lost in the mix and even they don’t realize what’s happening to them. Blindly offering flat hat assoc. opinions editor resources doesn’t solve anything for people who are too wrapped up in their stress to find time for themselves. While the College is on the right track regarding mental health As students, we are all on terms with stress. They might not services, it needs to find better ways to push students, notably be friendly terms, but stress is certainly no stranger to any of us. athletes, towards prioritizing their own mental health. Classes alone are enough to make your head spin, and when The suicide of University of Pennsylvania track team you pile on a cappella, club sports, Greek life, internships, this member Madison Holleran is a tragic example of what council, that committee and all of the hundreds of activities can happen when athletes are left alone with their stress. that students participate in, the fine line between stressed and Struggling student athletes can’t always be expected to share unhealthy is difficult to recognize. Add to all of that the time and their problems of their own volition just because they are told energy devoted to friends, family and personal hobbies, and that there’s a counselor on campus. Coaches, mental health gets pushed onto a back burner trainers and staff need to have the mental that isn’t even lit. Athletes are constantly Now imagine how a student athlete feels. doing something, whether health discussion with their teams before something tragic happens, not because Not only are college athletes expected to give that is sports, schoolwork, something tragic has happened. their best performances in class, but they’re or extracurricular I’m not saying that all athletes have also expected to give peak performances at activities. Sometimes their poor mental health practices and should be events. Some even juggle multiple activities on top of class and athletics. own mental health gets lost forced into therapy, but I do think preventive measures should be taken to ensure that Last spring, Georgetown University in the mix. athletes know they have support consistently Medical Center published a study saying that available. college athletes today are more at risk for As a coach, trainer or teammate, all you have to start with depression than in past years. The reason? Ever-increasing levels is, “Are you stressed?” Email your team the link to the College’s of stress bombarding them from all sides. Mental Wellness page. Talk to your team members about what Academic workload, high-intensity training, the pressure to signs of stress to look for in themselves and others. Have a deliver results and inadequate amounts of sleep all take a huge team discussion about how to manage school and sports. Do toll on college athletes, both physically and mentally. Lack of something to get the conversation started. sleep from late night studying can lead to fatigue. Intense training When Holleran committed suicide, the general response paired with fatigue and performance anxiety makes injuries more was shock because she was a beautiful, extremely intelligent likely, and the fear of injuries also bolsters anxiety. The stress that and athletic young woman. No one knew what she was coping results can make these students more susceptible to depression, with inside because no one asked. The College’s athletics anxiety and mood disorders, and in some cases even suicidal program needs to consistently initiate discussions about actions. mental health with athletes. Don’t wait for your athletes to So what needs to be done? The College of William and Mary come to you. offers a variety of resources to help athletes and students alike with mental health issues, such as the counseling center and a Email Kaitlan Schaub at

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Great article! I’m a grad student here and I have to say that If I could do undergrad over again I would spend way less time stressing over slight changes in my GPA (that don’t really made a difference anywhere) and far more time making memories I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.

By brian kao, Flat Hat Graphic Designer

tudents eager to sample the College of William and Mary experience without the cost will finally have their chance this summer, as the College will offer its first massive open online course. Working in conjunction with Colonial Williamsburg, history professor James Whittenburg will teach a course on the American Revolution. This is an exciting opportunity for the College to test MOOCs as a viable option, to maintain strong relations with Colonial Williamsburg, and to advertise its teaching talent and historical expertise. The College has been apprehensive about MOOCs, and understandably so: They have little financial value. Those who offer MOOCs see them more as a public service — a way to educate people who may not have the time, money or inclination to return to school. They also function as international online academic communities, where thousands of people contribute their unique perspectives and learn more than they ever could in a college classroom. Whether this is sustainable for colleges without gargantuan endowments is an important question — one that the College must address. In this case, however, both Colonial Williamsburg and the College will find a private donor to fund the MOOC, so the financial burden on the College will be minimal. Colonial Williamsburg’s agreement to cosponsor the MOOC is a sign of its commitment to preserving its historical bonds with the College. For the MOOC to be successful, the College should incorporate suggestions from the history department and its students. As the College has nothing to lose from the MOOC, it should not be afraid to explore. It should ask other schools like Harvard University and Wesleyan University, which have successfully implemented MOOCs, for advice. It should study the leading MOOC company Coursera, which has partnered with over 100 universities offering MOOCs to millions worldwide. The College may ultimately decide that MOOCs are not a worthwhile investment, but its experiment should still provide quality, as it will represent the College to the broader community. Within the Williamsburg bubble, it is hard to imagine a corner of the nation unfamiliar with the College and its prestige, but that corner exists. Collaborating with Colonial Williamsburg could provide the College more national exposure. Adults taking the course could suggest it to their children, and the College could perhaps encourage more outof-state students to apply. In addition, a global audience would benefit from learning U.S. history from the College: Not only are the colonial era and American Revolution fundamental aspects of American history, but also the College has an excellent history department. Whittenburg is one of the most respected and beloved professors in the history department and at the College. Specializing in early American history, Whittenburg is uniquely suited to showcase the College’s historical prowess. As of now, Colonial Williamsburg has not found a donor for the MOOC. Private organizations with a love for history should consider helping the College expand its horizons, maintain a strong relationship with its historical roots, and promote a global community of learning.

—Summer Naugle on “Don’t let stress make you crazy: Slow down and take it easy”

guest column

Lawyers shouldn’t be allowed to represent students before the Conduct Council

Nate Heeter

flat hat guest columnist

A man who has himself for a lawyer has a fool for a client, or at least so goes the old adage. The meaning, of course, is that representing oneself in court — without the assistance of counsel — is unwise. This is the same thought behind a bill currently before the Virginia House of Delegates that would allow students at the College of William and Mary and other Virginia public colleges to hire bona fide lawyers to represent them in their Student Conduct proceedings. In The Flat Hat’s Feb. 3 coverage of the bill, “Bill could change conduct hearings,” Joseph Cohn, legislative and policy director for the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education, is quoted as saying

it would be “problematically unfair” for a student to face a college disciplinary process alone, without “knowledge about how it tends to go.” I agree with this, but it need not be the case for any student at the College. I know because I, along with the nine other members of the College’s Conduct and Honor Advisor Program, have provided advice, assistance and representation to countless students facing charges before the Honor and Conduct Councils. At the College, every student is afforded the right to be assisted in disciplinary proceedings by a fellow member of the student body. While any student may serve in this role, members of CHAP are specially trained to counsel students and have logged extensive experience working in the Conduct and Honor systems. We use our knowledge and experience to help students understand the process and guide them toward the best approach to telling their side of the story. Lawyers often serve a similar function for their clients in courts of law. Our disciplinary systems, however, are not courts. And while criminal and civil proceedings are based on law, systems at the college

are based on College policy. As a result, our judicial processes are decidedly dissimilar to those of legal systems. This being the case, just as I could not competently represent someone in court, neither could a lawyer competently represent a student before a hearing panel. That is not to say that lawyers have no place in our systems. Indeed, lawyers, if hired by a charged student, are permitted as silent observers in all hearings. It would be important for a student to consult a lawyer if laws might have been violated, but these legal issues would be resolved in the courts, and not within our own hearings. Beyond the likelihood that lawyers would lack sufficient understanding of College systems, there exists a very real threat that the costs of compliance with the law and the increased potential for litigation would force administrators to pare down student leadership of our systems and other important measures of due process. While I am sure proponents of this legislation seek to expand and protect due process for students, this bill would only hinder that goal. Instead, other

Virginia public colleges should take the College’s lead and provide for well-trained and experienced student advocates. Email Nate Heeter at

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of College of William and Mary alumni are currently married to each other. BY ARIEL COHEN // FLAT HAT CHIEF STAFF WRITER


Sue and John Gerdelman: For this alumni pair, German 101 was the language of love According to data from the Alumni House, of the 92,000-person alumni base, there are 11,601 William and Mary couples. Thus, 23,202 of 92,000 College alumni are married to each other. Board of Visitors member Sue Gerdelman ’76 met her husband John Gerdelman ’75 the first day of German 101 at 9:00 a.m. in James Blair Hall. She had randomly signed up for the class with some of her friends. John was a football player, and one day he asked

Sue to meet him after a game and go to a fraternity party. As they say, the rest was history. After graduating in May 1975, John joined the navy and went to aviation school in Pensacola, Fla. The two married in the spring after Sue’s graduation. “All of his family was coming from a long way, but my family was from the Richmond area,” Sue said. “We were married one week after graduation so a lot of our friends stayed around post-

graduation. If I had to guess, there were probably 40-59 of our William and Mary friends there. The Kappa Sigs sang to us and the Pi Phis sang to us. It was very special.” To this day, the couple’s closest friends are four of Sue’s sorority sisters. Three of them also married College grads. “We always get together at homecoming and other events,” Sue said. “Two of the other couples live in Richmond, and we have season tickets to

John and Kerry Farrell: Freshman orientation love match John and Kerry Farrell ’89 met at the third day of orientation during an orientation cookout on Lake Matoaka. “Kerry was in Barrett, and I was in Yates,” John said. “During orientation they try to get you to meet people. I was with a group of guys, and I walked up to this table of cute girls. Kerry was one of them.” They began hanging out regularly in each other’s halls and would go to dances together. The pair began


dating a few months after the fateful orientation mixer. Soon after the pair first started dating, John took Kerry across the Crim Dell Bridge and kissed her. John claims that there wasn’t as much superstition surrounding the bridge in those days. “We didn’t have a whole lot of money, so we would just go sit out on DoG Street with bread ends and sauce to watch the tourists,” John said. “Sometimes we went to the Crim Dell and fed the ducks. One day we carved our names into the tree behind Jefferson.” Kerry soon joined Phi Mu, and she took John to most every sorority function as her date. Not all dates were so conventional, however. “One night my hallmate, Dave, who is still one of my best friends, and I, had a little too much to drink,” John said, “So we went outside her window at Barrett and serenaded her with a Stevie Wonder song, ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You.’”

Not long after Kerry and John got married, one of John’s hall mates married Kerry’s freshman roommate. “I honestly think that living on campus for four years engenders a sense of family and togetherness. It really lets you know if you’re

College was extremely fun and memorable. Their eldest son, Victor Farrell ’14, will graduate in May. “The campus is so beautiful,” Kerry said, “We would walk down DoG Street all the time. There’s something about Colonial

“Good Lord. We’re virtually a mating nest. Well, at William and Mary we attract very smart, very committed and on the whole, very nice people. And when smart, committed, nice people get together with other smart, committed and nice people, and walk the same red bricks, take the same rigorous courses, undertake the same activities, they are drawn to each other.” — College President Taylor Reveley going to be compatible,” John said, “If you can get through that as a couple for four years, you’re really setting the stage for a lasting relationship. Both John and Kerry said that their time at the

Williamsburg: all the trees and old buildings. We would just lie in the Sunken Garden and hang out.” “Even unromantic guys like me could appear romantic,” John said.

William and Mary football. We all tailgate every home game. We call it ‘the tradition continues,’ because our parents used to do it for us growing up and when we were students.” Today, John and Sue have two children. When their son came to the College for his MBA, he met his significant other, and their daughter met her husband here, too. “I think William and Mary is very different, which sounds so strange when you haven’t gone somewhere else,” Sue

said. “But we love the community, the physical beauty of the place.” Nearly 45 years after that German 101 class, neither Sue nor John speaks G e r m a n COURTESY PHOTO / SUE AND anymore. JOHN GERDELMAN

According to data from the Alumni House, 23,202 of 92,000 of College of William and Mary alumni are married to each other.

Sue and Ray Warner: Sophomore year blind date to senior year wedding in the Wren Two days after Sue Warner ’64 walked through the Wren Building to graduate, she walked back in to marry Ray Warner ’63. Sue received special permission to be married on the Tuesday after Sunday graduation. The Pi Phi house remained open, so her sorority sisters could stay on campus. “Planning a wedding senior spring was an exciting and challenging time,” Sue said. “We used the resources in Colonial Williamsburg to our advantage; the ceremony was at the lodge. Ray arrived in town on Friday, I graduated Sunday, we got married on Tuesday, and we were living on the west coast by Friday. The whole week was a whirlwind.” The pair met on a blind date Sue’s freshman year, Ray’s sophomore year. Ray had spotted her and asked a high school friend of his who was in her dorm to ask her out for him. They dated all four years, and have been married since May 1964. “We had a tiff my sophomore year, but we worked it out, and we’ve been fine for the past 50 plus years,” Sue said.

Ray and Sue spent most of their social time at parties at Sigma Epsilon, Ray’s fraternity. The two also attended church at Bruton Parish and attended activities associated with the church. “We also went to football and basketball games,” Sue said. “It was common then for fraternity and sorority members to attend those functions together. There were a number of restaurants close to campus we liked. Corner Greeks, which is where William Sonoma is today, everyone used to go there.” Sixty years after graduation, they both still attend every home football game.


Julie Carpenter and Paul Wolfteich: “Ordinary memories” and a second semester senior love story It is possible to find love during the second semester of your senior year, and Julie Carpenter ’83 and Paul Wolfteich ’84 can prove it. Paul had just returned from his junior semester abroad when he met senior Julie at the Wigwam, now known as the Campus Center, eating breakfast. They went on their first date Feb. 7, 1984 in the midst of a snowstorm. Paul knocked on Julie’s dorm room

door in the Bryan Complex and asked her if she wanted to get dinner. The pair picked up sandwiches at Paul’s Deli and ate them on the Sunken Garden before starting an impromptu snowball fight. “We used to sit in Bryan hall and I would type up his papers,” Julie said. “He had written them out on paper I would type them up on my electric typewriter.” During the first few months of their

relationship, Julie and Paul would walk along the Golden Horseshoe golf course at night and sit in the gazebo. Sometimes they would watch movies at the amphitheater on Lake Matoaka, or Paul would cook Julie dinner in the kitchen of Chandler Hall. “Our memories aren’t big events, but they are the simple things that you take for granted while you’re there but actually mean a lot,” Julie said. “Good people, good friends

and a sense of belonging. “ After Julie graduated in May 1983, the couple dated long distance while Paul remained in Williamsburg and Julie was in North Carolina. “In the year after Julie graduated, she would come visit me. Sometimes our dates were less romantic. We would go to Kroger or the laundromat,” John said. Today, the couple still returns and visits Williamsburg to visit their

daughter, Emily Wolfteich ’14. “Our memories will be quite ordinary to your readers, but when we return for a visit, we remember ourselves then, walking together, talking about ideas, flush in the excitement of a new relationship,” the couple said in an email. “We think of William and Mary not only as a school, but as the place where we discovered ourselves and each other.”


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Would you care to dance?

Ballroom Dance Club members waltz through practices, open lessons and competitions BY HALEY ARATA FLAT HAT ASSOC. VARIETY EDITOR

The music crescendos, darting around the sharp contours of dancers’ bodies as the couples advance across the dance floor. The steps are soft, yet purposeful, each pair moving in between and around the other as if in conversation. With chins up and lips pursed, the dancers are completely composed — that is, until someone makes a silly face and everyone cracks a smile. With an affectionate atmosphere, the Ballroom Dance Club at the College of William and Mary provides a getaway for many students. “Life can be draining. I come here [to dance;] it’s an energy rush,” Kimberly Bordon ’16 said. Club president Tori Savas ’15 and men’s team captain Brandon Kriesten ’15 began dancing with the club their freshman year. Looking for an organization where they could spend time together, they joined the Ballroom Dance Club. Initially concerned

she was not coordinated enough, Savas was hesitant to join at first, but the enthusiastic and welcoming atmosphere of the club quickly drew both Kriesten and her in. “I find ballroom dancing a kind of stress relief. When I’m ballroom dancing, I feel like I don’t have to worry about that project that’s due tomorrow,” Kriesten said. “It’s a place I can go to have a good time to exercise, be with friends, and leave everything at home.” While Kriesten finds dancing an escape from college life, Savas utilizes the dance mindset to enhance her academic life. “Ballroom dance requires a lot of focus,” Savas said. “So, it has definitely taught me to focus more in academia [and] my extracurricular activities.” Now integral members of the group, Savas and Kriesten waltz and tango with both confident veterans and timid newcomers. “I like the social aspect of the group,” Savas said. “It’s great retaining old members, seeing the newcomers improve

so much in such a short amount of time, and seeing how much progress everyone has made at the competitions.” Along with weekly practices and open lessons, the club participates in many competitions. The events range in difficulty and type of dance: from smooth dance like waltz, foxtrot and tango to rhythm dance like rumba, swing and the cha-cha. While some dancers’ internal monologues may be plagued with repetitions of “don’t mess up, don’t mess up” during competitions, the competitors relish in the thrill of the experience. “My favorite part is competing. [I like] going out, dressing up, putting it all out there on the floor,” Kriesten said. “After warming up, I feel confident and exhilarated and ready to compete. That’s what I love about competing.” To prepare for competitions and practice the basics of ballroom dancing, the team captains teach the lead-follow dynamic. Traditionally, men lead and women follow — the lead has the

Condoms, music and desserts

UAID Valentine’s Day concert raises funds for AIDS research BY SKY SPRAYBERRY THE FLAT HAT

Rose petals, music and sugary love-related treats are all usual sights at a Valentine’s Day-themed event. The condoms spread over the white tablecloths were the first clue that this wasn’t your typical charity event — and, indeed, the UAID Valentine’s Day Benefit Concert proved unique. Attendees trickled into Tidewater in the Sadler Center throughout the night, sitting at the round tables that filled the room and making a beeline to the back of the room for the variety of homemade snacks — all love-related, of course. “It is great to see that the crowd is bigger than last year,” Mary Beth Case ’15 said. The room throughout the night was humming. Some people were chatting with their friends, others were laughing at the slogans on the ONE condoms, while most just sat and soaked up the performances. From singular guitar players to dance performances, the two-hour concert hosted a great range of performers. The showcased talent pleased Sara Assaid ’14. “[It is] wonderful that they got such a diverse group of artists to perform for such a great cause,” she said. The nine performances included musical acts from Three Four, Lili and Hannah, Charlotte Jones, Gold Connections and the Gentlemen of the College. The College of William and Mary’s Bhangra group, Swing Dance Club and Salsa Club all showed off their moves, and Micah Luedtke ’15 and William PlewsOgan ’15 wowed the crowd with their spoken poetry. “I’m really impressed with all the performers. Also, these desserts are so delicious,” Marika Emanuel ’15 said. Carly Martin ’17, the UAID Valentine’s Day Benefit Concert project head, called the concert a success. “It was such a successful event last year. My only goal was to beat what we did last year and install

this event as a yearly thing, a permanent fixture on campus,” Martin said. In addition to raising awareness around campus, UAID raises money for and works with the Eastern Virginia AIDS Network. EVAN is an organization that provides education and health services in the Hampton Roads area to prevent HIV. They also help to care for those who are already HIV positive. “Last year we had an HIV testing event with EVAN. We try to facilitate support to the HIV/AIDS community in Williamsburg,” Martin said of UAID’s work with EVAN. In addition to the entertainment, representatives from both UAID and EVAN got up between performances to talk about their respective organizations. Although the concert itself was free, those who made donations were entered into a raffle. The raffle prizes came from a wide variety of local businesses, including the Cheese Shop, the Crust and Sal’s, among many others. The money collected from this raffle will be donated to EVAN. Several of the students in attendance donated money and supported UAID’s mission. “I came tonight because I really like the organization. They do good work,” Zander Pellegrino ’15 said, making his way toward the homemade cake pops. This attitude was one that many students seemed to share. Molly Teague ’15, the UAID president, hopes that the concert will boost the club’s membership. “It is a good way for [prospective members] to see first hand what we do,” Teague said. This early Valentine’s Day celebration raised awareness, both about HIV/AIDS and UAID and EVAN on campus, and encouraged educated action with the raffle fundraiser for EVAN and free condoms. “If just a handful of people that didn’t know their status are able to get tested, that will make all the work we do worth it. Any effect is better than doing nothing,” Teague said.

responsibility of guiding the couple around the dance floor, whereas the follow has to respond to the lead, anticipating each subsequent move. For Kriesten, involvement in the club has spurred a passion for the professional arena. Finding inspiration from World Champions of Latin dance Yulia Zagoruychenko and Riccardo Cocchi, Kriesten appreciates their height — or lack thereof. “I really like them because they’re short like me. … I like them a lot,” Kriesten said. Although some look to professionals for motivation, others simply dance for the enchanting feeling. “When I waltz, I feel like a pretty

princess,” Carlyn Hoffman ’15 said. Along with plans to participate in more competitions, the club hopes to increase membership and involvement in the Williamsburg community. This year, club members performed at home for senior citizens and an elementary school, performing for and dancing with each group. The club hopes to broaden its activities into the greater Williamsburg area. Whether students dance to find peace or to shake off college-induced stress, all have gained a greater appreciation for the art of ballroom dance. “I love it. It’s a great way to meet people,” Kyle Aldridge ’16 said. “More people should do ballroom dance.”




For footage of a Ballroom Dance Club practice and interviews with members, visit



The Flat Hat new video sex columnist, Marvin Shelton, gets the campus’ take on the great debate for Valentine’s Day, circumcised or uncircumcised. The video sex column is a new and ongoing feature at The Flat Hat. Shelton will discuss love, relationships, sex and all things juicy. Check out the footage and find out what TWAMPs think about circumcision at

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Spring sports previews

As William and Mary heads towards conference play among its winter sports, the spring sport athletes prepare for the new season. Fresh off a first-ever National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament run, the College’s baseball program looks to carry its momentum forward with first-year head coach Brian Murphy. The lacrosse program welcomes first-year head coach Hillary Fratzke and looks to improve on a 2013

campaign that saw five wins. Under director Stephen Walsh, the track and field program will look to defend its CAA titles. The Flat Hat Sports Desk previews each of the three major programs, begining with baseball. A lacross preview will run Tuesday, Feb. 18 before the track and field preview runs Friday, Feb. 21. Check back with Flathatnews. com and follow @FlatHatSports for coverage on all spring programs.

Projected Lineup





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Short stop: Tim Hoehn (14) Outfielder: Josh Smith (1) Outfielder: Derek Lowe (4) Outfielder: Nick Thompson (27)

Projected Rotation Year Junior Senior Sophomore

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ollowing the most successful season in program history, the 2014 season begins today. The Flat Hat Sports desk sat down with first-year head coach Brian Murphy to preview the 2014 season. Find the full interview online at

On momentum from last season:

Head coach: Brian Murphy

Starters Jason Inghram John Sheehan Mitchell Aker


A College infielder throws to first in the Tribe’s 1-0 loss to N.C. State in the first round of the NCAA Raleigh Regional last season, en route to splitting the series.


18 Catcher: Ryan Hissey (18) First base: Michael Katz (25) Second base: Ryan Lindemuth (5) Third base: Kevin Casey (6)

Play Ball

2013 Statistics 3.36 ERA, 9-6 record, three complete games 4.67 ERA, 5-3 record, pitched 44.1 innings 5.26 ERA, 1-1 record, recorded five saves

Set-up Joe Gaouette



7.62 ERA, 13 innings pitched, allowed 11 runs

Closer Kevin Casey



Played for Lafayette, saw action in bullpen


First-year head coach Brian Murphy served as the team’s top assistant coach in 2013.

Murphy: “It’s okay that we’re starting off kind of fresh so we can mold the players into how we want them to play. Now, we lost 68 percent of our scoring and 51 percent of our rebounding, and that’s a lot. But there are a lot of candidates to make up for that. This team has an opportunity to be a good team, maybe not as successful as some individuals in the past, but a good team. And that’s what we’re trying to focus on right now.”

On replacing John Ferrell ’13: Murphy: “Organized chaos is probably a good term. We’re going to try to use the full 94 feet, and we’re not going to give up easy baskets. We’re going to switch defenses up a good deal throughout the course of the game. For an opposing team, that’s challenging because they need to figure out what we’re doing. We’re going to try to cause a chaotic brand of basketball for the other team. Meanwhile, we’re going to be as organized as we possibly can.”

On position players: Murphy: “I like all of our position guys. There are a bunch of guys that you would recognize from last year, like Lindemuth, Katz, and Hissey. Some of the other guys positionally, Kevin Nutter will be back for a full season this year. He redshirted halfway through last year; he took a medical redshirt last year. He’s a great offensive player, leadoff type guy for us. Willie Shaw played a bunch last year. He’s back this year, really good hitter, does a lot of things for us. We got a bunch of transfers for this year that are looking pretty good. A kid name Nick Thompson, a transfer from East Carolina. He can hit, he can really hit. I think you guys will enjoy watching him, he’s a nice addition. A kid named Kevin Casey, played 4 years at Lafayette, has an extra year of eligibility because of an injury situation earlier in his career. He’s going to play the infield and could potentially be our closer to start the season. So he’s a multi-talented guy. We have Josh Smith back again this year. He played a bunch his freshman year, didn’t play much last year so he’s back with us this year, looked good in preseason. Derek Lowe’s back; he’ll play center. Charley Gould’s back for us too. He’s kind of a DH type guy for us and our backup catcher.”

On junior first baseman Michael Katz: Murphy: “Mike was terrifically consistent last year,-that was the big thing. When you have as good a season as he had, you just have to put together good bats day after day. Obviously he’s dangerous. He’s a got a good amount of power; he can hit some doubles and home runs. When he swing at good pitches, when he controls the strike zone, he’s really tough to beat. He gives us a really good presence in the middle of the lineup, and he’s been really good again this fall, this preseason, and over the summer. He’s one of those guys in the middle of the lineup who everyone else can take their slots from. He’s a guy that pitchers coming into the series are very much aware of.”

On the bullpen: Murphy: “Your bullpen is largely dependent on your rotation guys. Right now are rotation would be Inghram, Sheehan, and Aker, so that’s two converted relievers to pitch with Inghram, who was in the rotation last year. So if those guys keep those spots, our midweek rotation, our bullpen will basically be from a contingent of everyone else. I guess working back to front: Kevin Casey will get the first chance to close out games. There are some challenges obviously with having a position player also be your closer. It forces you to make some moves late in games, where you’re bringing in players to play third-base in the 9th inning. But we feel like he’s got a good mix for it, and he did it before at Lafayette. He’s a good candidate for it, so he’ll get the first crack. A guy named Joe Gaouette, who pitched a few times last year, will be the primary set-up guy for us But I think flux is a decent word for it. You’ll see some guys early in the season, pitching various roles and we’ll have to figure out who’s pitching well because whoever’s pitching well will pitch a lot. “

On opening weekend series against Army: Murphy: “Hopefully we’ll play some good baseball on our end. We haven’t been out against another team since June 3rd or something last year. We’re excited about, controlling what we’re able to control, making them play really well to beat us if they’re going to. “


College shoots 34 percent in loss to Northeastern Tremba leads Tribe with 18 points, five rebounds as Huskies prevail due to outstanding shooting display

BY JACK POWERS FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR The road hasn’t been kind to William and Mary this season. Thursday, the Tribe dropped its fifth straight road decision, falling 78-57 at Northeastern. One game after the Tribe competed for long stretches at home against James Madison, the only undefeated team in the Colonial Athletic Association, it fell flat in Boston, Mass. The Huskies (9-14, 3-7 CAA) jumped out to a 17-5 lead six minutes into the contest on the strength of a 12-0 run that lasted nearly four minutes. The Tribe slumped defensively to a 26-49-halftime deficit that it wasn’t able to reverse in the second half. The Tribe shot just 32 percent from the field, compared to the Huskies’ 54.9 percentage. Senior center Kaitlyn Mathieu struggled on the offensive end, shooting 4 of 12 from the field. Freshman guard Marlena Tremba has established herself as one of the team’s most consistent scorers over the course of this season. Tremba led the Tribe with 18 points on 5 of 14 shooting, including three from beyond the arc. Thursday’s performance was Tremba Tremba’s seventh-straight double-digit scoring game. The game got off to a tantalizing start with sophomore guard Brooke Stewart hitting a threepointer to put the College up 3-0. However, the

Huskies scored on two straight possessions to gain the lead, which they would hold for the rest of the game. Shortly after Stewart’s three, the Huskies commanded an 11-28 advantage with 11 minutes still remaining in the first half. Northeastern’s 49-26 lead at halftime was the product of an offensive outburst that the Tribe was unable to stop. At one point in the middle of the half, the Huskies scored on five straight possessions. Then, after missing one shot, the Huskies regrouped again to score on six straight possessions. Huskies guard A’lece Mark led all players with 21 points. Her teammate, center Jewel Tunstull, scored 20 points on 9 of 10 shooting with eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Samantha Defreese registered a double-double with 18 points and 14 points. Mathieu was largely outmatched at the center of the Tribe’s 2-3 defense. The second half was brighter for the Tribe. The two teams balanced each other’s scoring through the final 20 minutes of play. The closest the College would come was within 17 points of the Huskies; with just over 16 minutes remaining, the score was 58-41. But the Huskies regained their 20 point-plus lead just a minute later. The Tribe’s shooting scarcely improved in the second half. The Tribe scored just 23 points on 34 percent from the field, including 22 percent from beyond the three-point line. Ultimately, the College fell 78-57 and slipped to sole status as the second to last place team in the conference, while Northeastern improved to the third to last place team in the conference. The Tribe is just a half game above the CAA’s last-

place team, North Carolina-Wilmington. Freshman guard Alexis Hofstaedter amassed 26 minutes in Thursday’s game, the most she has played all season. Junior forward Kyla Kerstetter

finished with 13 points on 3 of 8 shooting, but fouled out of the contest during the second half. The College heads back to Kaplan this Sunday to face UNC-W (3-12, 2-8 CAA). Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.


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