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327 The housing wait list has been re-instated at the College of William and Mary this year, due to increased demand for on-campus housing. The wait list is created when more students pay their $200 housing deposits in anticipation of living on campus, than on-campus housing can accommodate. Last year, the wait list was eliminated after the College’s purchase of the Hospitality House, which added 138 singles and 157 doubles to last year’s room selection.
This graph represents the number of students waitlisted per year from 2009 to 2014. In 2013, no students were wailisted.
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Caleb Severn ’16 registered for classes a month after everyone else last semester, so his preferred classes were full. Instead of checking Banner — the College of William and Mary’s course registration system — periodically or paying $5 per course at www.bannerstalker.com, Severn created a program that emailed him when the courses he specified opened. Severn got into his courses, named his program Banner Amigo and shared it with the College community in time for the upcoming 2014 registration through the Facebook group “Overheard at William and Mary” Monday. Banner Amigo emails students to notify them when a course they hope to register for opens up. “My server asks the Banner server what courses are available . … First it will find the title of the class according to the CRN you entered,” Severn said. “Then it will find every class with a similar title, so you’ll get all sections and all labs.” Students complete the process by filling out their email addresses and submitting their request. Since most classes are open at this time, Banner Amigo will email students that their courses are open and then delete their request. Peter Johnson ’15 created a similar program called Bannerstalker a year and a half ago after a computer science course he needed filled up before registration began. His program texts and emails students when their courses open. “One thing I’ve seen with Bannerstalker is the classes flip flop between open and close[d] a lot, more than I would have expected,” Johnson said. “With Banner Amigo, it will delete your request after the first notification, and you’ll have to readd it. Bannerstalker will notify you that [a class] is open and then closed and then open, and it will keep going back and forth until you close it yourself.” Bannerstalker costs $5 per CRN, although additional sections are only $1 instead of a full price. Johnson considered making his service available for free before deciding on the current pricing model. “I thought that was a fair price — it’s the cost of a cup of coffee — and it would limit the number of people using it so that they would actually get an advantage out of using it,” Johnson said. “I’m concerned if this does become a free thing,
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Residence Life projects 260 students will be put on the reinstated housing wait list for next year
Last week, the College’s Office of Residence Life assigned students housing time blocks for this year’s room selection, marking the beginning of the 2014 housing registration season. Associate Director for Administration Katrina Pawvluk said 3,235 students have paid deposits. This number marks a rise from the number of students who paid last year. This year, there are 2,842 beds available, not including freshman housing, Chandler Hall, Resident Assistant rooms, 50 spaces for transfers and 38 spaces for the fall semester’s exchange students. “We don’t know how far down [the wait list we]
will get, but our history has been that anybody who has been patient and stayed on the wait list has gotten an offer for housing,” Director of Residence Life Deb Boykin said. Some students, such as student staff members, paid their deposits and withdrew their names from the housing lottery after they were hired. As of Thursday, there were about 260 more people than beds to accommodate them, Pawvluk said. However, students placed on the wait list should not despair. The opt-out process began Monday, See WAIT LIST page 4
SA commission reorganizes presidential debate
SA ELECTION FACTS AND FIGURES
New format to include more student questions, specific time restraints, rebuttals
This year, 8,461 students are eligible to vote, including all undergraduate social classes, and all graduate students. Student participation was 34 percent in the SA President Elections of 2013 and 2012. In 2013, Chase Koontz ’14 and Mel Alim ’14 was won with 45 percent of the vote, while in 2012 Curt Mills ’13 and Melanie Levine ’13 was won with 25 percent.
BY MADELINE BIELSKI FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR
With campaigns for Student Assembly elections underway, candidate posters are plastered around campus while Facebook pages continue to gain “likes.” The next step in the election process:
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the debate. This year’s SA Presidential Debate will take on a different format than past years in an effort to focus more on specifics and to increase student interest. The 2014 SA Presidential Debate is scheduled to take place Monday, March 17 at 5 p.m. in the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium. “We really want to make a debate that emphasizes those specifics, because that’s going to hold [the candidates] accountable for when they eventually maybe gain the position,” Chair of the Elections Commission Ryan Brophy ’15 said. “I think it’s a great tool for voters to know and kind of
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be a little more informed on what they want from a candidate as well.” In the past, SA Presidential Debates have involved a few general questions that candidates had several minutes to answer, leaving little time for discussion. This year’s debate format will deviate from past years’ use of broad questions by asking questions that focus on the specific components of the candidates’ platforms. The debate will also enforce shorter response times and allow opportunities for rebuttal. “Last year it was more public forum style, but this year it is definitely going to be more of
a real debate,” SA Chief of Staff Drew Wilke ’15 said. “Hopefully this time you can actually see people who have certain views on a certain topic kind of be shared in a more specific, direct manner.” The Elections Commission will moderate this year’s debate instead of Chancellor professor of government Clay Clemens ’80, who has moderated in the past. Candidates will be asked to respond to two broad questions written by the Commission. After that the candidates will respond to questions submitted by members of the audience before the debate. The Elections Commission will See DEBATE page 3
Tyler Dunphy ’15 is now running uncontested for the Class of 2015 treasurer position. Shannon Caietti ’17, Giselle Tirado ’17 and Conor Mills ’17 dropped out of the race for senate. — Flat Hat Assoc. News Editor Madeline Belinski
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We don’t know how far down [the wait list] will get, but our history has been that anybody who has been patient and stayed on the wait list has gotten an offer for housing. — Director of Residence Life Deb Boykin on the 2014 room selection process
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The James City County Courthouse’s roof is in a state of disrepair. The City of Williamsburg’s Public Works Department is attempting to allot funds to fix it.
WJCC schools review budget According to the Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily, the Williamsburg-James City County School Board sat down Tuesday for a meeting with James City County and City of Williamsburg officials to talk about 2015’s fiscal budget and about adding a fourth middle school. They reviewed Superintendent Steven Constantino’s proposed budget of $121.45 million for the upcoming year, as well as his proposed capital improvements plan. Although the James City County’s Planning Commission Policy Committee told the board that no funding would be given to create a central office, their new revised plan may include $9.7 million to build a new office. Rawls Byrd to be protected by fence Rawls Byrd Elementary School will erect an 8-foot fence around their classroom pods as a safety precaution, according to the Virginia Gazette. Superintendent Steven Constantino and Rawls Byrd principal Cathy Vazquez introduced the idea for the fence at a recent school board meeting. On March 18, the board will vote to determine if $150,000 will be allocated for the fence. Rawls Byrd’s campus is very open in design, meaning students walk outside between buildings to get from place to place. This complicates school security’s task of keeping the campus safe, and the fence is meant to aid in that endeavor.
Directors assess need for new courthouse roof The Virginia Gazette reports that last Tuesday, James City’s General Services Director John Horne met with City of Williamsburg Public Works Director Dan Clayton about providing the Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse with a new roof. Though the roof is less than 15 years old, it has fallen into a state of dilapidation; a fence to protect people from falling shingles currently surrounds the courthouse. The cost for replacing the roof is about $700,000, but no decision has been made as to whether those funds will be granted. Court fees currently fund the roof’s daily maintenance. Men’s Wearhouse makes local deal According to the Daily Press, Men’s Wearhouse overtook a Williamsburg branch of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers this Tuesday following months of back-and-forth discussion between the two companies. Both stores operate in the same area: Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank have stores in Newport News. The deal combines these two companies, and Men’s Wearhouse has agreed to retain the Jos. A. Bank brand. The deal combines these two companies, and Men’s Wearhouse has agreed to retain the Jos. A. Bank brand. Jos. A. Bank employs 780 people in Carroll County between its headquarters and three branches.
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NEWS IN BRIEFS TRIP to investigate worldwide The College of William and Mary’s Teaching, Research, and International Policy project recently received a $240,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation to study the relationship between the theory and practice behind international relations. Professors Mike Tierney and Sue Peterson, along with Dan Maliniak ’05 and Ryan Powers ’08, will be conducting the study. The TRIP study will investigate which U.S. institutions produce the most policy-relevant data about international relations, focusing on specific countries.
Marinazzo unearths Michelangelo Adriano Marinazzo, a scholar-inresidence at the College of William and Mary, revealed in an Italian art journal that he has discovered Michelangelo’s first sketch of the Sistine Chapel. Marinazzo, who has a background in art, architecture and art history, is currently working at the Muscarelle Museum of Art. He made his discovery while conducting research in the Buonarroti Archives, located in Florence, Italy. Marinazzo has received many accolades for his work, including recognition by scholars at the Vatican.
Music Ensemble visits Oman For the first time ever, the College’s Middle Eastern Music Ensemble played in the Middle East. Directed by Department Chair Anne Rasmussen, the group went to the Sultanate of Oman to learn more about their music, work with native students and teachers, and perform concerts. One such concert was for Greta Holtz, the U.S. ambassador to Oman. The College has a burgeoning relationship with this country. The Omani Government and the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center awarded Rasmussen a fellowship while she was on sabbatical in 2010-11.
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Campus Kitchen places third in competition Raises over $2,500 in “Raise the Dough” competition, contributes to $27,000 raised across 19 campuses BY MEREDITH RAMEY FLAT HAT EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Raising $2,795 in one week, the College of William and Mary’s branch of the Campus Kitchens Project finished third in the national “Raise the Dough” competition, drawing from 49 donors and other fundraising efforts in their second year participating. “We’re extremely proud about how William and Mary did,” Online Community Engagement Manager Linda Kurtz said. “[After last year], we weren’t sure how they would do … but they knocked it out of the park.” Pushing 19 campuses to raise the most money in one week, “Raise the Dough” is a central way the national Campus Kitchens Project helps campuses with their fundraising efforts. Overall, the competition raised over $27,000 nationally. Kurtz said that they find the competition a great way to incentivize fundraising at campuses. Run by student volunteers, The
Campus Kitchen at W&M used a variety of efforts to reach out to campus, including flyers, tabling, emailing and reaching out to both campus and the wider Williamsburg community. The organization also held a profit share at Aroma’s Feb. 26, raising $92 off the 10 percent profit for each item purchased in the four hour period “We actually had a note from them saying that we had one of the best profit shares that they’ve ever seen and one of the most profitable profit shares,” Philanthropy Chair Amber Wright ’15 said. The Campus Kitchen at W&M also included a raffle to incentivize donations. While the group purchased some of the gift cards raffled off, others were donationed were made by Williamsburg establishments and the College. Donations including a $50 gift card from The Trellis and items from Extraordinary Cupcakes and the Recreation Center’s Massage programs. “The Williamsburg and William and
Mary community was generous in their donations but then, additional to that, they were generous in just giving us gift cards to help promote and get people to come out,” Wright said. Coordinator Anne Hefele ’15 said the group plans to use the money to purchase refrigeration bags for meals and perishable goods when in transit as well as work with the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church — whose industrial kitchen the group uses — to purchase a new refrigerator. “It was a great experience, we raised enough money to feed 200 people in the area … and give them safe meals,” Hefele said. The College’s Campus Kitchens branch started in 2007 and is operated by students volunteers. The group, alongside other volunteers from the College and the community, prepares and distributes about 200 meals per week to five different areas. The organization also includes a mentoring program and an after- school program. Hefele said the after school program is
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attempt to present as many of the audience’s questions as possible in the allotted time. These changes came out of both the Elections
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Last year’s debate featured less time for questions.
Commission and additional sources’ desire to make the debate more reflective of the candidates’ experience and goals, as well as to garner more student attendance at the debate. “I think [the changes] are great. I think hopefully it will increase student attendance, students will be a little more intrigued by the format and have a better opportunity to actually participate in the debate,” SA President Chase Koontz ’14 said. Koontz, who participated in last year’s SA Presidential Debate, also sees these changes to the debate as beneficial from the standpoint of the candidates. “From the candidates’ perspective, it ensures that they can better articulate their platform ideas and really kind of ensures to the rest of the student body that these candidates really know what they’re talking about when they’re making these statements about why they’re running and what they’re running on,” Koontz said.
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Student volunteers produced enough food to feed 200 individuals in the Williamsburg area.
looking to expand into educating on healthy eating practices. “We’re really thankful. Just advertising it to the William and Mary community,
we’ve never really focused on that in the past. It’s always been the Williamsburg community itself and I think we were really welcomed,” Wright said.
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it would become a net loss for everyone.” Johnson said that he was concerned that if students create more programs like Banner Amigo, the College may take action against the websites. “The William and Mary course list — which is where we get all the data from — it uses a decent amount of bandwidth,” Johnson said. “If too many people start [regularly checking it], the College might take action against these websites because bandwidth is expensive and that would put a strain on the servers.” Banner Amigo checks Banner course availability every two minutes and Bannerstalker checks course availability every five minutes. “I think it’s good that students have that [service] available to them, and they don’t have to be at their computer for five hours, trying to get into the one class they want,” Sean Byarlay ’14 said. “But I don’t
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think that should be an issue in the first place.” Besides notifying students of available classes, Banner Amigo links to a new course catalog Severn created. This database allows students to search by teacher, CRN, course or subject and includes data imported from RateMyProfessors.com.
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SA passes seven new bills
SA corrects grammar in Code, unveils an updated website BY MADELEINE BIELSKI FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR
The Student Assembly Senate passed a total of seven bills during their meeting Tuesday night, many of which change or update the SA’s code. The largest discussion of the night concerned the Student Service Organization Act, which allocates money from the Competition fund to create a Service Organization fund. Before the passage of this bill, the budget allocated 15 percent of rollover Student Activities funds to compose the Competition fund. However, this bill reduces that allocation to a total of five percent of rollover funding. It reallocates the other 10 percent of leftover funding to form the new Service Organization fund. The decision to reduce the amount of money allocated to the Competition fund came from two main concerns: that the Competition fund was over-allocated and that student service organizations lacked an efficient channel through which to obtain SA funding. “To kind of start off this fund off, we are reducing the amount that is put in the Competition fund each year,” Sen. Caleb Stone J.D. ’15 said. “We found that [the Competition fund] has been pretty much over-funded this entire time.” The Executive Appropriations Committee will decide if a group constitutes as a service organization. If they believe that it does, the group will enter the process of obtaining SA funding through the Service Organization fund — a process overseen by the Finance and Budget Committee. The Service Organization funding process will have similar applications and deadlines as the EAC budgeting process. The Language Clarification Act, created by Sen. Gabriel Morey ‘16, which corrects grammar and clarifies the language within the SA’s Code, was tabled during Tuesday’s meeting. “[This bill is] just a lot of [correcting] the language and syntax,” Sen. Chase Jordan ’15 said. “It’s just kind of just trying to make this grammatically correct, so if the English
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Mel Alim ‘14 and Will McConnell ‘14 address the Student Assembly and introduce the new website.
Department ever got hold of this they wouldn’t want to kill us.” The bill was tabled after Senators discussed changing the language of the bill to indicate that the Senate approves changes to the Code made by the Historian of the Senate. As Morey was not present to approve the changes to his bill, the Senate decided to table it. The Preventing Off-Campus Account Disasters Act — which Stone and Chairman of the Senate Will McConnell ’14 introduced — was created after the Code Revisions Committee discovered that the rules for the SA’s off-campus account expired Oct. 29, 2013. That meant that after that date last year there were no longer any rules on the off-campus account. This bill corrects this oversight to keep the rules on the off-campus account. The Senate passed several other bills during their meeting that revised and updated the SA’s Code, including the Judicial Reform Act, The Code Revision Update Act, the Historian Act, the Secretary Act and the WM Fund Act. All of the bills were passed unanimously by roll call. Vice President Mel Alim ’14 informed the Senate that the Student Assembly’s website, which was part of Koontz and Alim’s platform during their campaign last year,
is now operating. The site, which can be found at wmstudentassembly.com, includes information on SA members and their work, as well as current campaign information. “Website update a year later… the website is somewhat functional,” Alim said. “I still need to make it really aesthetic and upload more content, but you can browse around.” The Senate currently anticipates that it will vote on the budget for the 2014-2015 academic year during its meeting next week. McConnell extended deliberations over the budget — in accordance with the SA’s code — an additional week, due to the process being interrupted by spring break. Senators submitted amendments by last Tuesday, which the finance committee will discuss this Sunday. Any amendments submitted later must be discussed on the floor of the Senate and approved by a twothirds majority during the Senate’s next meeting. Two bills were introduced in new business Tuesday night: the Academic Superintendence Committee Act, which was assigned to the policy committee, and the Van Training Act, which was assigned to the finance and budget committee.
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which means that students who do not wish to live on campus are now able take their names out of the system, thereby freeing up spots. Although there was no wait list last year, students who went through the housing process before 2013 are likely familiar with its nuances. Donathan Tuck ’14 said that when he was a freshman, he had a low spot in the housing lottery. He sat in class, checking the College’s housing website constantly and was able to snag the last two-person room in Dawson Hall. Tuck said he felt that the Office of Residence Life does the best they can with the spots available. “They do a pretty good job [considering] there’s limited space,” Tuck said. “I don’t think it can get more fair than that.” The increase in students making housing deposits is not the only reason housing capacity has changed for the upcoming academic year. Some dorms and sections within dorms have been reassigned. In the case of the Bryan Complex basement, many double rooms will now be single rooms. Some triple rooms in the Ludwell Apartments will be converted into double rooms. Pawvluk said that the move from doubles to singles and triples to doubles was requested by students, many of whom felt the rooms were too cramped. “We knew that it would make them more comfortable living environments,” Pawvluk said. Chandler will be offline next year due to renovation, removing some previously-available rooms from the housing selection process. Boykin is urging students who wish to opt out of the housing process to do it as soon as possible. She said the Office of Residence Life does not relish placing people on the wait list. Another option for wait-listed students is to use the overcrowd option, which is where a person on the wait list can team up with two friends who are currently in the system and apply for a room that would normally hold two people. It is a method to avoid waiting for a spot to open up. “If you don’t plan to use your time block, please let us know,” Boykin said. “We want our beds filled.”
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Waitlist: a necessary evil
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recognize you comes in handy. Having a waitlist also reflects the positive trend that students prefer to live on campus. This benefits the College because it creates an active community where students not only attend classes, but also enjoy the company of their peers. If most students lived off campus, they would have less incentive to call the College home. Currently, 76 percent of College students live on campus, a feat uncommon for schools of our caliber and one we should be proud of. We commend Residence Life for making student housing so attractive. Residence Life has been responsive to student requests, converting the triples in Ludwell to doubles and the Bryan Complex basement doubles to singles. It has also added dozens more beds in One Tribe Place. While high student demand for on-campus housing is great for the community, it also means the College will need to adapt to guarantee housing to all students who want it. Every incoming class will contain more students, which will create an even longer waitlist if demand is not reduced or the College does not make housing changes. The College may have to decrease the number of single rooms or perhaps make purchases similar to the Hospitality House. Though the waitlist can inconvenience students, it helps the College use its housing efficiently and reflects the strength of our community. That said, the College must do everything possible to keep it short, a task that will prove challenging as the student body grows.
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“Possibly because there are certain classes that don’t have openings, so if there is an opening, I’d go for it.”
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his week, Residence Life announced that there will be a waitlist for 2014-15 room selection, totaling around 260 students initially. Although the purchase of the Hospitality House eliminated the need for a waitlist last year, an increase in the number of students choosing on-campus housing and Residence Life’s decision to change certain room designations has necessitated it. Although the waitlist throws a monkey wrench into some students’ housing plans, it is also valuable: It ensures as few vacancies as possible and indicates that students want to live at the College of William and Mary. However, the College should aim to create a small waitlist that minimizes interference with students’ lives. In order to maintain equilibrium between housing supply and student demand, the waitlist is a necessary evil. For every vacant room, the College loses money on student housing fees, while paying for their upkeep. Ever hungry for more funding, the College should avoid these inefficiencies. The waitlist allows more flexibility for students. Last year, with a surplus of housing and no waitlist, Residence Life restricted students from opting out to fill as many rooms as possible; ideally, students should have this choice, and a waitlist ensures that they do. Ensuring every room is filled also guarantees that students will have neighbors. Although the sense of community in upperclassmen dorms is generally minimal, it is psychologically comforting to know that there are others around you. If you have experienced returning to campus before most of the student body, moving into an empty dorm can be creepy. Throughout the year, vacancies hinder Resident Assistants’ attempts to bring students together, and in the event you misplace your student ID, having neighbors who
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Outgoing editor-in-chief Katherine Chiglinsky reflects on the year Katherine Chiglinsky OUTGOING EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Every year, some Flat Hat staff members attend a collegiate journalism conference. And every year, we’re all drawn to one informational session on how to attract new staff members. My sophomore year, I attended that session. Intrigued, I listened to a wellmeaning faculty advisor who doled out advice on how to recruit new writers. The advice? If you can’t pay or offer them credit, then make sure the coffee’s always brewing, the refrigerator’s well-stocked and the microwave works. Otherwise, people will avoid signing up to work for the newspaper. I’m sorry to report that our coffee maker only lasted two weeks, our microwave is questionable, and our refrigerator is a nice room-temperature storage unit. But despite that, at 5 p.m. four nights a week, the office tucked in the basement of the Campus Center is busy as reporters put finishing touches on their articles, photographers edit their work, and editors wage their daily battles with InDesign. At a college where people pride themselves on the length and breadth of their to-do lists, the sight’s refreshing. Four days a week, the students put away their incredibly long and oh-so-diverse to-do lists to assemble The Flat Hat. The staff’s commitment to journalism at the College of William and Mary, despite the lack of fresh coffee in the
office, is a testament to the dedication and intelligence of the individuals. In the end, the paper would never have lasted more than 100 years without the individuals who continue to believe that good journalism, mixed with a deepseated love of your college, can only help the institution become a better place for all members of the Tribe. The 2013-14 staff had the perfect mixture of intelligence and dedication. A young group at the beginning, they quickly rose to the challenge, carrying this paper to new heights. Every story idea they brainstormed, every ghost hunt they pursued, and every page they handed me to edit made me immensely proud to work with them. Next year’s staff has the skills to make it another successful year at the paper. Emily Lowman ’15 and Rachel Neely ’15 will serve as copy chiefs for the next year, making sure all those Oxford commas are gone and the staff’s constant questions about capitalization and abbreviation are answered. Talented photographers Ashley Richardson ’17 and Carol Peng ’17 will continue to serve as the paper’s photo editors, bringing color and life to every section. Helping to teach new writers and tackle larger stories, former associate variety editor Sarah Caspari ’15 will now serve as chief staff writer. Editorial writer Matt Camarda ’16 will continue to serve as editorial writer, making sense of the editorial board’s sometimes-nonsensical conversations about campus. Both strong writers, Matt and Sarah will continue to maintain the high standards of print journalism that The Flat Hat values. After serving as online editor, Zach Hardy ’15 took over as chief staff writer
this past year. Constantly churning out articles for the paper, Zach was invaluable as both a writer and fellow staff member. As the new opinions editor, Daria Grastara ’17 will continue to make sure the paper serves as the students’ voice. A strong editorial writer herself, Daria promises to bring a fresh set of ideas to the section. While his wit in the opinions section will be missed, former opinions editor Zachary Frank ’15 will move to the online section this year. An integral part in filming the ghost hunt of Tucker Hall, Zachary has the intelligence, skills and good humor to lead the paper into a more digital age. Joining him, former news editor Annie Curran ’16 will add her impeccable sense for news and her commitment to new ideas to the section. Jack Powers ’15 and Chris Weber ’15 will continue to lead the sports section as the gurus of all things Tribe Pride. Whether it’s teaching people how to precisely pack the Kap or talking to basketball players about their love of pugs, Jack and Chris will continue to investigate all aspects of the sports world. Leading the section that stole my heart as a freshman, Sang Hyun Park ’17 and Jillian Bates ’16 will continue the tradition of witty headlines, colorful stories and brilliant kickers as variety editors. Sang and Jillian bring new ideas and amiable personalities to the section. After having captained the variety section solo, Áine Cain ’16 will take the wheel as news editor. A dedicated worker, Áine brought new life to the variety section and shows great promise as news editor. Plus, her music playlists will continue to be the one source of music the staff can always agree to play. She
will be joined by former associate news editor Rohan Desai ’17 who showed an unmatched commitment and strong sense for news in his first semester at the College. Taking the helm, Ellen Wexler ’15 will continue to serve as executive editor, Abby Boyle ’15 will serve as managing editor, and Meredith Ramey ’15 will serve as editor-in-chief. Stepping into the role as executive editor last year, Ellen ably led the opinions, variety and photos sections. Her ability to remain calm in hectic situations, her comprehensive editing skills especially with tricky opinion pieces, and her ability to whip up last-minute graphics has always been amazing. She will continue to steer the sections on a progressive, yet stable and well-thought-out, course. When she became news editor last year, Abby brought her impressive set of skills from the variety section, along with her refreshing and endearing personality, to the news section. Abby served as a positive leader during her time in both variety and news, and I have great faith in her ability to lead the news, sports, online and copy sections in the coming year. Back during her freshman year, Meredith faced the questions of the news editors and executive staff as we approached her to investigate a large Student Assembly story for us. Despite being a monumental task for a freshman, Meredith never faltered. Since that moment, I have always had faith in her ability to chase a big story, to lead staff members, and to help initiate change in the paper. She will guide the paper through a time of even bigger change, but with her intelligence and commitment to the paper, it can only be smooth sailing.
The paper must bid farewell to a crop of seniors that have seen it evolve over the years. Rebecca Marshall ’14 and April Smith ’14 have been godsends to the paper, catching the staff’s mistakes as copy editors and teaching the new generation of grammar hawks as copy chiefs. Throughout her years at the paper, Ariel Cohen ’14 has been a go-to writer even before serving as chief staff writer. She always knew how to find the scoop on a good story and her dedication to reporting was impressive. Her enthusiasm for both journalism and The Flat Hat was unmatched. Serving as sports editor for two years and online editor for one year, Jared Foretek ’14 will leave behind a legacy of passionate sports-reporting and dedication to the online version of the paper. His commitment to going the extra mile for large stories has always been an asset to The Flat Hat. It’s tough to say goodbye to the pride of producing a paper twice weekly. It’s tough to say goodbye to four years of scouring campus for the next big scoop. In the end, I think it’s toughest to say goodbye to this group of people that have made this experience so memorable. There’s no greater feeling than knowing that when you return to the office each week, a group of the most hard-working and passionate individuals will be there to greet you, and that you will forever call them friends. The Flat Hat may never be able to offer a fully functioning coffee machine, but as long as people fill this office with their journalistic passion and the bonds of friendship that sustain the organization, the water fountain’s refreshment will do just fine.
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New royal presence on campus His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal speaks at Reves Center’s 25th anniversary
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BY SARAH CASPARI FLAT HAT CHIEF STAFF WRITER
The king and queen who signed the charter are not the College of William and Mary’s only royal connections. Tuesday afternoon, the College hosted a prince. His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal, son of late Saudi Arabian king Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, spoke to a full Commonwealth Auditorium about current Saudi relations with other nations in the Middle East and North Africa. He emphasized the role of stability as the foundation for peace in the region and spoke specifically about countries currently experiencing violence and civil unrest. “There must be economic, political and social progress for the people and governments of the Middle East so that peace, not conflict, is clearly seen as the gateway to prosperity,” he said. “Stability, ladies and gentlemen, is the way to progress.” However, significant obstacles complicate the road to stability. The development of nuclear weapons in Iran concerns Saudi Arabia, according to Prince Turki, because it could encourage nuclear proliferation in the region. To prevent this, Prince Turki called on more influential nations to reinforce non-proliferation efforts. “The kingdom’s firm view is that the zone free of weapons of
mass destruction is the surest way to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation in the Middle East,” Prince Turki said. “Such a zone must have a guarantee by the five permanent members of the Security Council to provide a nuclear security umbrella for the members of the zone as well as their guarantee for military sanctions against any member of the zone that seems to be developing weapons of mass destruction.” Prince Turki also spoke of Saudi Arabia’s desire for peace in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Bahrain. Regarding Israel and Palestine, he promoted the Arab Peace Initiative, which current Saudi King Abdullah presented to the Arab League and which proposes a two-state solution that would restore the 1967 borders. The speech was followed by a question-and-answer session; questions were drawn from written submissions completed at the start of the presentation and read aloud. Prince Turki condemned Russian military intervention in Crimea, claiming that Saudi Arabia does not support any foreign interference in a country’s internal affairs. He also addressed the role of women in Saudi culture. While he expressed regret that women have not yet been afforded rights equal to those of men, he said that it is now the norm for women to hold jobs, and that this is considered universally beneficial. “He seems very intelligent and very plugged into many cultures, not just his own,” Zack Manley ’17 said. “Getting to hear him speak, listening to his views, getting a wholly different perspective — as
opposed to what we hear in our media from our politicians — was eye-opening.” Kenen Professor of Humanities Tamara Sonn highlighted the relevance of Prince Turki’s visit by echoing his concern for the current crises facing the Middle East. “The event was so important because the Middle East is going through a particularly turbulent time due to the ongoing war in Iraq; the civil war in Syria … and spilling over into Lebanon; continuing efforts to resolve the Palestine-Israel conflict; [and] continuing efforts to deal with Iran’s nuclear ambitions,” Sonn said in an email. “This is a critical moment in U.S.-Saudi relations; the kingdom disagrees with U.S. policy on both Syria and Iran.” As former Saudi Arabian Director of Intelligence and former ambassador to the United States and the United Kingdom, security and foreign policy are Prince Turki’s specialties. He completed the majority of his education in the U.S., spending time developing a global frame of reference for Saudi Arabian politics rather than considering the kingdom solely within the context of Middle Eastern politics and economics. “Saudia Arabia has a vital responsibility and a global role that is much larger than just the confines of the Arab world,” Prince Turki said. “We hope to increase our peaceful foreign engagements with nations in the name of improving our common humanitarian situation and also to foster a sense of Islam as a religion of collaboration and progress.
Where are they now? Honor Council A look at the lives and careers of four former Honor Council chairs after service BY MARIE POLICASTRO THE FLAT HAT
Only a handful of individuals that pass through the College of William and Mary hold the position of Undergraduate Honor Council chair. We decided to check up on these past Honor Council chairs to see how their experience as chair shaped their postgraduate life. Serving as chair from February 2010 until February 2011, John Pothen ’11 brought the lessons he learned with him to Emory University. He is currently a MD/Ph.D. student, and he is the first to focus in the field of sociology. Pothen drew on the severity and implications of his decisions as chair to prepare him for the solemnity of diagnosing patients in the future. Comparing medicine and the honor system, Pothen found the biggest similarity to be that of personal responsibility.
“Being the chair, no one was in a position to give good feedback all the time. [I] had to do what I could do to put Dean Gilbert in a position to give me good feedback. At the end of the day, no one ever graded you. [I had to] feel confident [that] I know that I’m doing my best [and] taking these precautions to know what I’m doing is reasonable,” Pothen said. Zara Stasi ’12, who served as Undergraduate Honor Council chair from February 2011 to February 2012, said that serving as chair prepared her for internalizing her experiences and finding confidence that she was making the right decision. As a consultant at Deloitte in Washington, D.C., Stasi deals with cases of confidentiality that allow her to draw on her past experience as chair. Stasi works with government agencies and military and civilian clients. These different organizations require Stasi to keep terms of confidentiality with regard to decisions made and discussed. In contrast with the position of Honor Council
chair, Stasi’s current position allows her to discuss the confidential projects with her peers and co-workers. “[As chair,] you can’t tell your friends why you’re so stressed and so busy. When you’re the chair, [you’re] kind of an island. The environment at work is more collaborative. I’m never totally alone with information,” Stasi said. Justin Duke ’13 was Honor Council chair from February 2012 until February 2013. As chair, he gained critical thinking skills and the ability to work well with others while in a leadership role. Duke lives in Seattle, Wash. and works for Amazon.com on the Kindle team. “A lot of the underlying skills — ability to handle multiple important responsibilities, ability to communicate quickly and clearly, ability to approach problems and situations from widely varying angles — definitely transferred over,” Duke said in an email. Even outgoing chair, Erin Hills ’14, cited her time
on the Honor Council as formative and constructive in securing a consulting job at IBM. Next year, Hills will head to Philadelphia with skills she learned as Honor Council chair. “[I] learned how to be a manager, [and how to] effectively and properly delegate tasks. [I learned how to] provide enough instruction in order to not micromanage,” Hills said. When Hills began her term as Honor Council chair, the College was submitting changes to the Honor Code to be approved by College President Taylor Reveley. These changes allowed Hills, as chair, to look at the new code in a way where she could see a reason for every edit and change what was inefficient. Hills believes that she will use similar skills as a consultant at IBM. “[As consultants,] we look at an overall process, identify waste, and figure out how we can make it better,” Hills said.
Newton tree lineage lands on campus The Flat Hat
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College welcomes descendant from the originial Newton tree from MIT on Newton Day BY CASEY LARDNER THE FLAT HAT
It is no myth that Sir Isaac Newton was inspired to formulate the theory of gravity after witnessing an apple fall from a tree. The College of William and Mary’s physics department hosted “Newton Day” Feb. 22, celebrating the life of the great scientist and mathematician and the planting of clones of the famous apple tree at the College. The celebration was coordinated by physics professors Marc Sher and Joshua Erlich. “He started it,” said Sher, pointing at Erlich. Erlich was reminded three years ago while lecturing on gravitation that many institutions around the world have their own Newton trees. “And I thought, why not us?” said Erlich. He had heard it said that any institution worth its salt has a Newton tree. Careful cultivation has ensured that clones of Newton’s inspirational tree exist worldwide. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a Newton tree. The founder of MIT was a member of the Tribe named William Barton Rogers. Erlich and Sher petitioned College President Taylor Reveley two years ago to request a cutting from MIT. MIT graciously complied. “[Reveley] said he had received many strange requests in the past, but this one was up there on the list,” said Sher. Sher enlisted biology professor Martha Case to oversee the biological logistics of receiving the cutting and ensuring that a new tree would thrive on campus. The long-anticipated planting took place outside Small Hall at 2 p.m. on Feb. 22. The planting now makes the College home to two historical gems from Newton’s life. The Special Collections Research Center in Earl Gregg Swem Library houses one of the first editions of Newton’s “Mathematica Principia.” The ancient text contains Newton’s laws of motion and the law of universal gravitation. The “Principia” was on display in Small Hall during Newton Day. The display was just one of many interdisciplinary attractions during the
day’s festivities. Catie Liebeck ’16 attended a lecture given by Jackson Olsen ’17 entitled “The Significance of William and Mary’s ‘Principia.’” “The highlights of his lecture included the discovery that the person that was writing in the margin of the book was just updating the ‘Principia’ to include the new information from the 3rd edition,” said Liebeck in an email. “Also, having the nitrogen ice cream was a sweet treat!” The treat Liebeck referred to was m a d e from
liquid nitrogen as a demonstration during an event put on by the Society of Physics Students dubbed “Newtonfest.” Newtonfest also featured a pool of cornstarch and water that forms a concoction known as “oobleck.” Oobleck at rest is a thick liquid, but it hardens with applied pressure. Nathan Vassey ’15 became acquainted with oobleck’s oddities. “A friend and I were debating, what would happen when you poked it? Would it go straight through or would you hit a wall? It hit a wall,” said Vassey. Vassey also remarked on the meaning of Newton Day. “The coolest [part] was knowing that what I’m learning in physics right now was discovered by someone hundreds of years ago,” said Vassey. Dava Sobel was one of Newton Day’s special guests. Sobel is a science writer who has contributed to many publications including The New York Times. Sobel gave a Q&A session in the Cohen Career Center on the morning of Newton Day. Sobel wrote a play titled “And the Sun Stood Still.” It is about another historically significant scientist named Copernicus and his struggle
with publishing his theory of heliocentrism in the face of opposition from the Catholic Church. Although the play is not about Newton, it includes a dramatization of a landmark in science similar to Newton’s discoveries which rounded out the sentiment that Newton Day was meant to celebrate. Sher approached the theatre department about putting on a staged reading of Sobel’s play as a part of the festivities. Associate professor of theatre Liz Wiley immediately agreed to direct the reading. “I love opportunities where we can have interdepartmental collaborations. … If we look at the human element [of science] and how it’s affecting the people around them then I think it helps for us in our century to understand the impact of it. … We remember history when we attach a personal story to it,” said Wiley. Shaan Sharma ’15 was one of six students to put on the reading. Sharma is double majoring in physics and a self-described “Frankenstein” major of English, theatre and anthropology. A staged reading of “And the Sun Stood Still” was right up his alley. “So much is in the abstract,” Sharma said. “It’s just math; you plug and chug through these things but real people went through and had challenges facing them and lived their lives and you get to look at something tangible and physical that is representative of the science that you’re abstractly learning about. … I think [the tree] is a nice sentiment.”
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all photos by KRISTEN ASKEW / THE FLAT HAT
Stand-up comedians Erin Jackson and Marc Lamotte will perform on Saturday from 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM in the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth room. The comics will be joined by with two talented student performers.
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Interested in 16th and 17th century artwork? Visit the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s exhibit on Italian artist Caravaggio, entitled “Caravaggio Connoisseurship: Saint Francis in Meditation and the Capitoline Fortune Teller.” The exhibit features three paintings either by or ascribed to Caravaggio. The dispute about whether Caravaggio himself created two of the works sparks rich conversation among scholars and art enthusiasts alike. Bring a friend and visit the Muscarelle Museum of Art between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and between noon and 4 p.m. on the weekends. The exhibit will be on campus until April 6.
EAT The Williamsburg Farmers’ Market is back in full swing. This Saturday, March 15, local farmers and entrepreneurs will be bringing new, fresh goodies to town after a break during the winter. Early birds can begin perusing the market at 8:30 a.m. and all late risers can still claim produce until 12:30 p.m. Regardless of the weather, Merchants Square will be filled with vegetables, pastries, Virginia peanuts and pleasant company. Students and residents can browse Merchant Square for fresh groceries.
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Searching for a way to fill that chocolate craving without going overboard or breaking the bank? Head over to Harry & David in the Williamsburg Premium Outlets between 1-5 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a gourmet food tasting. From seasonal fruit to crackers and jam, from coffee and biscuits to assorted chocolate treats, there are myriad snacks to devour. Instead of the Sadler Center this weekend, surprise your taste buds with decadent delicacies from Harry & David. Call 757-221-7089 for more information.
A team worth appreciating
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Title game loss doesn’t define season
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When junior guard Marcus Thornton’s final shot bounced off the back of the rim and fell to the court, and Delaware celebrated in triumph, I thought that it couldn’t be. It was a morbid mind trick: William and Mary would still find a way to win and qualify for its first-ever appearance in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. Reality slowly set in. Two lessons came with the shellshock of Monday night’s loss in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament final: one sobering and one gratifying. First, there is no “should” in sports. Having an inspiring narrative on one’s side is much less important than having a 6’9”, 260-pound center. Second, no one can say this program isn’t capable of qualifying for the NCAA tournament. If the glass ceiling isn’t broken, it’s in need of serious repair. History isn’t on the side of the Tribe, but recent play stands to change that in the near future. Coming so close to the apex only to watch the boulder roll all the way back down the hill was particularly galling for fans. However, as soon as the final shot hit the ground, Tribe fans’ disappointment was easily outweighed by pride in the team’s effort. No one is likely to forget the final 1 minute, 10 seconds when the Tribe dropped a 6-point lead just as no one will likely forget how remarkable a run it took to get to that point. The future is bright for the Tribe. This season’s squad, however, deserves to be celebrated before the focus shifts to next year. From an eight-point opening day loss to Hampton to the brink of an NCAA tournament bid, this year’s team was the kind any fan could get behind. The Tribe’s main asset was its depth. Head coach Tony Shaver deployed a rotation of nine players nearly every game, a luxury that few opposing teams enjoyed and one that speaks to just how committed this team was. One player stood out above the rest. Though Thornton misfired on the final shot, it was the right play and there’s no doubt that he was the right player. Thornton had one of the finest individual seasons in program history. Players like Thornton come once every other generation, and we should appreciate how lucky we are to watch a player of his caliber in a green and gold jersey. Each senior’s performance during the tournament testified to the program Shaver has built. There was guard Julian Boatner knocking down three-pointers just as he has throughout his whole career; guard Brandon Britt willing his team back from the depths against Charleston; and forward Kyle Gaillard dogging the opponent’s best player for 30 minutes each night. Who could forget forward Tim Rusthoven? His beautiful baby-hook will live on in College history. A wise man once said, “moral victories are for minor-league coaches.” Yes, the Tribe lost Monday night’s game and with it the chance to dance. However, after three games that reminded fans just how compelling college sports can be, it would be misguided to say that the Tribe missed out on making history. Particular moments in the 2014 CAA Tournament will long be etched in my mind: Shaver’s early second-half timeout against Charleston, Thornton’s strip of Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon with ten seconds left in the semifinal, and Prewitt’s exclamation-mark dunk to lead the 12-point comeback against Delaware. History is comprised of memories, not milestones, and by that marker this team was as historic as any. Delaware was the better team Monday night, just as it was the better team all season. Credit Shaver for getting his team to compete as hard and as intelligently as it did over three games: No team in the field looked as mentally focused as the Tribe. The Tribe’s appearance in the conference final was the program’s third in seven years. Shaver oversees a program that’s usually touted as a punchline because of its dubious history, but this year’s squad proved once again that what is past is merely pretext. The Tribe now boasts one of the most consistent programs in the CAA, and a tournament bid likely won’t be too far in the future. The mustache has been beaten, not broken. The mustache will live to dance another day.
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Senior guard Jazmen Boone recorded 11 points and six assists in 40 minutes during Thursday’s 67-65 CAA first-round loss to UNC-W, including a game-high four steals.
Tribe’s season ends
Despite three in double figures, College falls in CAA Tournament BY SAMANTHA COHEN FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER William and Mary fell to UNCWilmington 65-67 during the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association, wrapping up the season with an overall record of 8-21, including a 5-11 ledger in conference play. “We lost the game, I think, on second shots, especially in the second half,” head coach Ed Swanson told CAA.TV. “I thought we forced them into tough situations [but] every time they got that second shot in the last ten minutes they seemed to put it Swanson back in. … It was a back breaker and we weren’t able to recover from that.” The Tribe shot 41.4 percent from the floor, marking seven consecutive games of the team shooting at least 40 percent. Senior forward Kaitlyn Mathieu finished with 19 points while junior point guard Kyla Kerstetter scored 18. The Tribe led the Seahawks in assists, 16-11. “[Mathieu] has been a coach’s dream in regards to how hard she worked. She was our heart and soul of our basketball program this year,” Swanson told CAA.TV. “It was unfortunate that it had to end tonight.” The College outshot UNC-W in the first period, leading by a point at halftime, 3736. Kerstetter earned an early advantage, scoring within the first ten seconds. The Seahawks quickly responded, however, as point guard Naqaiyyah Teague scored on a layup. Thus was the course of the game: for every point the Tribe scored, the Seahawks had an answer. After Seahawks point guard Kelva Atkins
scored a three-pointer that tied the game at 36 apiece, the Tribe took advantage of a free throw to seal the one-point advantage heading into the half. Each team led four times in the first 20 minutes, making for a neck-and-neck first half. Six minutes into the second half, the Tribe established a six-point advantage. Only a minute later, though, a field goal and two back-to-back three-pointers gave the lead to the Seahawks. The Seahawks outrebounded the Tribe 46-35. Atkins proved to be the College’s biggest issue, recording 10 rebounds alongside 21 points and five assists. “Their guards are very athletic and very quick,” Swanson told CAA.TV. “Atkins, I thought, did a terrific job against our pressure … she kind of sliced and diced down the middle … and she put a lot of pressure on our defense and that’s why we sat back in a two-zone for pretty much the entire second half.” Mathieu, drawing a number of defensive assignments, saw Atkins as the main threat. “Atkins is a great player,” Mathieu told CAA.TV. “One of the things we tried to work on in practice was keeping her in front. Towards the end I think we were doing a good job but also ... she had some good rebounds Mathieu there and some important rebounds.” While the teams were tied at 62 with less than three minutes remaining, the Seahawks took advantage of three free throws to gain a small advantage. Seahawks point guard Brie Mobley scored two field goals within the last six seconds of the game. The Tribe ran out of time to respond.
“I thought they played a little bit tougher than us today and that’s one thing heading into the off season that we definitely have to improve,” Swanson told CAA.TV.
BY THE NUMBERS Head coach Ed Swanson inherited a squad that went 8-21 and posted a 6-12 Colonial Athletic Association record in the 2013-14 season. Following Thursday’s 67-65 season-ending loss, Swanson’s first season came to a close with an 8-21 (5-11 CAA) ledger. Similar records don’t tell the entire story, though, as the two squads recorded eerily similar statistics and areas of improvement. 2012-13
FG percent .380 3-PT percent .297 FT percent .713 Rebounds 1104 Assists 432 Steals 311
FG percent .379 3-PT percent .278 FT percent .713 Rebounds 943 Assists 380 Steals 311
Swanson graduates two seniors: guard Victoria Willems and forward Kaitlyn Mathieu. Entering 2014-15, Swanson and the Tribe will look to replace Willems and Mathieu’s production. Mathieu logged more minutes, and Willems and Mathieu led the team in blocks. Willems
FG percent .412 3-PT percent .000 FT percent .455 Rebounds 35 Assists 3 Steals 8 Blocks 16
FG percent .430 3-PT percent .231 FT percent .694 Rebounds 230 Assists 34 Steals 33 Blocks 29
Swanson will look to improve in 201415. Statistics courtesy of Tribe Athletics. — Flat Hat Sports Editor Chris Weber
College downs in-state foe Richmond in slugfest Fernandez settles down on mound while Casey, Tribe offense erupts for five home runs, wins 16-11 BY JEREMY RELLOSA THE FLAT HAT William and Mary defeated the Richmond Spiders 16-11 Wednesday afternoon at Plumeri Park. The Tribe (11-5) outslugged the Spiders (4-10-1), racking up five home runs in the game, the most in a single game since 2005. Sophomore pitcher Aaron Fernandez lit up the stat sheet, retiring nine straight hitters en route to five scoreless innings. Senior third baseman Kevin Casey led the Tribe at the plate, going 5 for 6 with three runs, and two RBIs. Casey also hit his first career home run
Wednesday afternoon. According to Casey, the Tribe’s off-season work really helped his swing. “It really started in [batting practice],” Casey said. “We were hitting line drives, and throughout the lineup we’ve been hitting pretty well the past couple of weeks. It’s been carrying over, and today was an exclamation point.” But it was Fernandez’s pitching that kept the Tribe grounded. The Tribe held a narrow lead throughout much of the game. “Fernandez was awesome — he was kind of the difference in the game,” head coach Brian Murphy said. “He was able to come in and really settle the
game down and give us a chance to take control. He was desperately needed.” Fernandez earned his first career win, throwing just over six innings in relief of starting junior pitcher J.T. Castner. Fernandez allowed only one run on four hits, as well as three strikeouts. Richmond pitcher Jonathan de Marte allowed ten earned runs just over an inning of work. Richmond scored the game’s first two runs, but the Tribe came back to take the lead 3-2 with a homer by junior left fielder Nick Thompson and sophomore designated hitter Ryan Hissey’s sacrifice fly. Freshman shortstop Tim Hoehn hit his first career homerun, tacking onto
the Tribe’s lead. The Tribe held the lead, 7-2, after one inning. In the second, Richmond responded with three runs to bring the score to 7-5. The drama kept the Tribe on its toes. “It’s fun, but it’s also a little nervewracking,” Murphy said. “Big innings can happen really quickly. We showed it in the first inning with seven runs — anything can change.” Casey noted that it was important for the team to stay calm and to stick to what they set out to do. “Close games are a big emphasis here, especially in the late innings — not panicking and just staying within our game plan and approach and executing,
which we’ve been doing really well,” Casey said. Although Richmond scored five in the top of the ninth, the Spiders’ late-inning comeback didn’t faze the Tribe. Murphy’s team earned its eighth win in the last nine games. Junior Nick Thompson said the team’s attitude in tense games has proven beneficial. “There’s no ‘quit’ in us,” Thompson said. “No matter one out left, five outs left, whenever, we’re still going to play.” The Tribe takes the field this weekend in a three game series against Iona at Plumeri Park. The Tribe will play Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.