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Government students can stop their worrying. The beloved Morton Hall is not sinking into the colonial swamp as legend says. The current home of the College of William and Mary’s government department, Morton Hall, has been the center or a myth claiming that the building has been sinking since its opening in 1973. “Morton is not sinking — not that I am aware of,” Facilities Management Director Wayne Boy said. “I think that the perception is, because we have done so much work in the basement and crawl spaces, that people think there is a foundation issue there.” Aside from myths of sinking, Morton has weathered its fair share of problems over the years, including water damage in the basement and erosion under the foundation, which have been fixed by Facilities Management. Morton is scheduled for renovation during the 2018-2020 biennium according to Facility Management’s Six Year Plan. Morton is currently 20th in priority out of 27 projects.


“I honestly believe a lot of people would like to see Morton go down and consolidated and replaced with a better building,” Boy said. It’s on the list, but those priorities change all the time.” Beyond the rumors circulating about Morton’s possible sinking, the building has been a source of both love and hate on campus. “People hate the building, but, truthfully, it’s not that bad [of ] a building,” Boy said. “It’s certainly not loved.” Some students on campus take on a cynical view regarding Morton. Dylan Frendt ’14 said he has taken at least half of his classes in Morton Hall. He is of the opinion that Morton should be reevaluated and replaced. “I think [Morton] is one of the most horrifying buildings I’ve ever seen,” Frendt said. “I want someone to take a wrecking ball like Miley Cyrus to Morton and just [push a] wrecking ball right through it and then build something completely new or make it green space.” However, there is still some love left on campus for Morton. The


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College steers clear of applicants’ social media Some students increase privacy BY ABBY BOYLE FLAT HAT NEWS EDITOR

High school students never know who might be watching, but they can be confident that it’s not the College of William and Mary. A recent New York Times article titled “They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets” described how some colleges and universities around the country may take applicants’ social media activity into account when making acceptance decisions. This includes scanning Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites. According to the article, out of 381 college admissions officers who participated in a Kaplan Test Prep study this year, 31 percent said they visited an applicant’s personal social media site. This number marks a 5 percent increase from last year’s results, in which 26 percent of admissions officers said they used Facebook and 27 percent used Google in an effort to learn more about prospective students. When Kaplan began the study in 2008, just 10 percent of surveyed admissions officers reported checking applicants’ Facebook profiles. However, the College’s Admissions Office does not partake in social media research to learn more about its applicants. “We believe the information we ask for in the application is sufficient enough for us to make the decision that we’re asked to make,” Associate Dean of Admissions Wendy See SOCIAL MEDIA page 3

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College to host Veterans Writing Project Program to aid veterans will come to Mason School of Business in December BY RACHEL DENNENY THE FLAT HAT

First, he was a soldier. During his 22 years of service in the U.S. Army and the Foreign Service, he served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Sudan and Rwanda. After retiring from duty in 2008, Ron Capps pursued his master’s degree in writing with the aid of the GI Bill. It was writing that brought Capps comfort in the somber days following his time in the service. While driving home from classes one night, Capps realized he had the ability to share this opportunity with others transitioning from life in the service to life back in the states. A few weeks later, Capps founded the Veterans Writing Project. “Writing is therapeutic, returning warriors have known for centuries the healing power of narrative,” Capps said in an email. “All of our work is really focused on two outcomes: giving veterans and their family members the tools to bear witness to and make sense of what has happened to them.”


Local veterans can participate in the Veterans Writing Project, which will be held in December at the Mason School of Business.

John-Paul Cimino, the director of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law’s Helping Military Veterans through Higher Education program, was able to visualize


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another purpose for the VWP — one that would achieve a goal of posterity for these tales of American sacrifice. “Fewer and fewer of us have

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I want someone to take a wrecking ball like Miley Cyrus to Morton and just wrecking ball right through it. And then we build something completely new or make it green space. —Dylan Frendt ’14 on taking classes in Morton

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Water Country USA unveiled some projected design plans of the new ride, Colossal Curl, that will be completed and in use in 2014.

Hampton man arrested for attempted auto theft A man was arrested in Hampton Monday for parking his car in the middle of the highway and trying to steal two cars, according to the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily. The man allegedly blocked traffic on Hampton Highway at around 1 p.m. When a pickup truck stopped, Steven Slusher allegedly opened the passenger-side door, entered the vehicle and tried to take the keys, however the driver got away with his keys. Slusher then went to a woman parking her car and tried to take her keys but she hit him and called the cops.


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Colonial Williamsburg employee arrested A Colonial Williamsburg actor is accused of taking his act a bit too far, according to the Virginia Gazette. Kevin Irish was arrested Friday for brandishing a firearm and threatening to kill a co-worker. Police responded to a call from a Colonial Williamsburg employee who told them that he had heard from a female co-worker that Irish had made the threat. After allegedly telling the female employee of his plans, Irish is accused of then walking up to the woman on Nov. 2 and showing her a handgun.

As the leaves turn and the temperature drops, water park fans return inside to closely follow the theme park hot-stove season. Water Country USA made a big splash Wednesday when it announced the arrival of a new ride in 2014 called Colossal Curl, according to the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily. A rendering of what will be the 18th water ride showed multiple drops, turns, funnels and lots of water. Attorney General candidates battling until the finish Democratic Attorney General candidate Mark Herring is claiming victory after the State Board of Elections released updated numbers showing him with a lead of 164 votes. His opponent, Republican Mark Obenshain, is far from conceding and has challenged Herring to resign from his state Senate seat if he’s so sure he’ll win, according to the Richmond TimesDispatch. Both candidates have appointed transition teams and a recount seems likely with such a small margin.


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Tuesday, Nov. 12 — A case of credit card fraud was reported on Richmond Road.


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Wednesday, Nov. 13 — An individual was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol at the corner of Richmond Road and Bypass Road.

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NEWS IN BRIEF Cutting-edge paper cutting on display The College of William and Mary’s Sadler Center is showcasing artist Min Li’s Chinese paper-cutting artwork in the lounge area on the second floor. The exhibit, brought to life by the College’s Confucius Institute, will be displayed through Nov. 18. According to the Confucius Institute, paper-cutting is a traditional art form that was passed along by females throughout the generations. It can be used in ceremonies and conveys messages of prosperity and abundance through detailed symbols of fish and flowers. Paper-cutting is still taught in Chinese schools. The Sadler Center exhibit includes both the traditional and Neo-realist forms of paper-cutting.

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Jim Gartland of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science recently received an Annual Award of Excellence from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The award recognizes Gartland’s contributions to fisheries science. Founded in 1942, the ASMFC’s goals are to conserve and manage Atlantic migratory fishery resources. Gartland, who earned his Master’s degree from VIMS in 2002, caught the ASMFC’s attention through his management of VIMS’s Multispecies Fisheries Research Program; encompassing three intensive research surveys that provide information about how to sustainably manage important species of fish and shellfish.

Alumnus Wilford Kale ’66 recently presented a history of the first student of the College to be killed in battle. Kale constructed the death of John Mercer, who died Apr. 18, 1756 in an American Indian ambush. Kale believes he knows what happened to Mercer because he found a letter from 1756 addressed to Mercer from George Washington, assigning him to the position. This coincides with two other accounts of Mercer’s massacre; both state that Mercer and 16 of his men were killed in ambush. Kale’s extensive research is being conducted for a book he is writing entitled “The Student Is Converted into the Warrior: A Military History of William & Mary.”

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Food, cider money allocated to Wren 10s Senate confirms nominees to new Honor System Advisory Committee, created in August BY LINDSEY STROUD THE FLAT HAT

The Student Assembly senate unanimously passed the Wren 10 Act and confirmed the appointments of three Honor System Advisory Committee nominees during Tuesday’s meeting. Debate during Tuesday’s meeting centered on the Wren 10 Act. The bill,

introduced last week, allocated $150 for cookies and cider to be distributed at the Wren 10 concerts Nov. 13, 20 and Dec. 4. “Part of the reason we are doing this is to offer the Student Assembly another branch to interact with students … so it kind of doubles as, ‘Here are some cookies, do you have any feedback?’” Whitaker said. The original bill, sponsored by Sen.


Sen. Seth Opuka-Yeboah ’16 discusses legislation during an SA meeting.

Yohance Whitaker ’16, designated that the cider be purchased through William and Mary Catering Services and the cookies from Food Lion. However, following committee discussion Sunday, the bill received votes of abstention and one unanimous recommendation from the Outreach Committee. The abstentions were received due to the bill’s poorly communicated language. The senators discussed the efficiency and expenses of purchasing the cider through catering services. The senate passed the bill with unanimous consent after the language was changed to allow the items to be purchased from Food Lion or Catering Services. Additionally, College President Taylor Reveley’s revisions to the College of William and Mary’s Honor Code, approved in August, created the Honor System Advisory Committee. The committee’s responsibilities include reviewing and recommending Honor Code changes, approving procedural amendments of the Code and formulating levels of sanction for violations, as well as other administrative capacities. “They’re different from the Honor Council [in] that they don’t judge on anything,” Chairman William

McConnell ’14 said. “It’s a very important committee.” The confirmed nominees include Evanne Raible MA ’14, a second year masters student at the School of Education, president of the Graduate Council and member of the School of Education Honor Council; Nuah Naqvi ’15, member of the Undergraduate Student Conduct Council; and SA Chief of Staff Drew Wilke ’15. During the meeting, Caleb Stone J.D. ’15 also introduced the Transparency Budget Act, which is designed to maintain the Executive Appropriations Committee appointment process. “We really like what the executive has done this year as far as making the Executive Appropriations Committee appointment process open to the entire student body … This bill is to make sure that future administrations continue this process,” Stone said. “I’m really excited about this, I think it’s a good legacy to leave for future SA and for future student bodies.” The bill will be discussed in committee meetings Sunday. Other business during Tuesday’s senate meeting concerned the effectiveness of previously passed bills, including the Soccer Transportation Act and the Know Your Rights Card

Distribution Act. Last week’s soccer game against James Madison allowed for a test run of the SA’s Soccer Transportation Act, which allocated two SA vans to transport students to the men’s soccer game. “It was a good test run to figure out the kinks we need to fix to make this a long term project … maybe in the spring for baseball and lacrosse [games],” Sen. Seth Opuka-Yeboah ’16 said. The Know Your Rights Card Distribution Act is nearing the completion stage with labels and letters being printed next week. The SA allocated $640 dollars for the purchase and distribution of the cards in a previous meeting. “I’m going to need an army of sorts to help me stuff 6,000 envelopes,” Colin Danly ’16 said. The senate also acknowledged the success of the voter turnout for Virginia’s election last week. “I want to thank everyone for having a very successful election outreach this year,” Sen. Chandler Crenshaw ’14 said. “I know it was an off-year but I think we had a pretty good turnout and there was a lot of active turnout on campus. … Hopefully we have a solid turnout for City Council elections in the spring.”


Students raise money, hold vigil for typhoon victims Africana studies professor leads Bayanihan: Philippines Recovery Initiative to help the Philippines Students, faculty and community members gathered in the Wren Chapel Wednesday night to hold a vigil for victims of Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines this week. Students, staff and faculty hosted the event as part of the WM Banyanihan: Philippines Recovery Initiative. The vigil was a casual gathering where attendees donated over $200. Procceeds will be split; half will go to a family whose mother was left homeless in Samar and half will go to alumna Christina Pinnell ’07 who works as part of the relief effort in the Philippines. “Bayanihan is the Filipino community spirit, rooted in the words Bayani (HERO) and Bayan (Nation),” theater and Africana Studies professor Francis Tanglao-Aguas said in a statement on the official website. “In essence, as we help each other we become heroes for others. This is our goal: to help the Philippines recover from the recent earthquake and super typhoon in an extended and sustained manner until the communities are rebuilt.” Other activities included a film screening Wednesday in Tucker Hall as part of a Filipino Film Festival. Members of the Filipino American Student Association will be taking donations outside Sadler next week. —Editor-in-Chief Katherine Chiglinsky and News Editor Annie Curran


Professor Francis Tanglao-Aguas thanked people for coming.

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Livingston said. With over 14,000 applicants to the College each year, Livingston cited the sheer number of applications, combined with time constraints, as another reason that the Admissions Office doesn’t investigate applicants’ social media. She added that, in general, the Admissions Office does not do any additional research unless an applicant specifically asks them to. “Most of us have personal Facebook or Twitter accounts and those are separate from our professional lives,” Livingston said. “Similarly, this is a student putting forward, in some manner, a professional piece of work. Their personal life is their personal life.” The 2013 Kaplan study also found that some high

school students make a concerted effort to alter their online images during the college application process. A survey of 422 students showed that 22 percent had changed their searchable names on social media profiles, 26 percent had untagged themselves from photos and 12 percent had deleted their online profiles entirely while applying to colleges and universities. Danielle Scully ’17 changed her Facebook name while applying to colleges last year, but said she did so because her friends were changing their names, not necessarily to make it more difficult for schools to find her. However, she said she views college admissions offices’ looking at applicants’ Facebook profiles as an invasion of privacy. “I think that colleges shouldn’t look on Facebook, but most people tailor their Facebooks so carefully

that you can’t really get a good idea of someone anyway,” Scully said. Although she did not have anything on Facebook that she wanted to hide, Haley Outlaw ’17 said she increased her privacy settings during the college search, making it so only “friends of friends” could request to be her friend on the site. “Facebook is a private social media site,” Outlaw said. “It should be a person’s choice to show that or not to show that to colleges.” While Livingston does not foresee the College turning to researching applicants’ social media sites, she encourages high school students not to post anything online that they would not want someone else to see. She added that the Admissions Office prefers to use social media for recruitment efforts and simply to

Veteran helps others write Morton low on list of renovations

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these stories told in a way that will endure,” Cimino said. “We have our knowledge of prior conflicts on a micro-level, but the personal tales wrapped up in these events are just as significant.” Local veterans will be given the opportunity to participate in the VWP, led by Capps and hosted at the Mason School of Business Dec. 7 and 8. Sam Pressler ’15, Martin the main catalyst for bringing the VWP to the College of William and Mary, explained why he felt the project

would be beneficial for the Williamsburg community. “It’s the chance to tell your story, it’s an environment of trust and respect, it’s taught by veterans for veterans,” Pressler said. “It’s the idea of empowering vets, which is an amazing proposition.” For now, the VWP is scheduled to take place on campus only this fall, but faculty members such as Dr. Jeremy Martin, assistant to the president and the provost, believe that it has the potential to succeed as a more permanent project here at the College. “It combines a real strength of William and Mary students who are incredibly willing to serve with a real need of the community … and that’s a win-win for everybody,” Martin said.

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government department has an entire page on the College’s website solely dedicated to its home, Morton Hall. The page quips, “Every Government student since 1973 has spent time — done time? — in Morton, a building whose imperfection is so perfect as to make it a model in its own perverse way.” Matthew Ferry ’16 also has taken classes in Morton. He takes on a more optimistic view of the building. “I haven’t had pencils start falling off desks or any of my classrooms fall out of the building; until that happens, I’ll still be willing to use it,” Ferry said. Love or hate aside, Morton will not be making its exit into the pits of campus any time in the near future.

maintain a presence on platforms which high school students may be more likely to check. For example, last year, Dean of Admissions Henry Broaddus replied to newly admitted students who tweeted about their acceptance to the College. At the same time, Livingston said the Admissions Office does not aim to invade students’ personal spaces online. Above all, Livingston said she hopes colleges that do look through applicants’ online profiles are transparent about their actions. “There is absolutely no harm in any Admissions Office you’re visiting or in any college you’re thinking about to call and say, ‘Do you all have any connection with social media in terms of your application?’” Livingston said. “I would certainly hope all of us would be upfront when being asked that question.”

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Attempting to be a vegetarian in college chicken void. Of course, I couldn’t eat stir fry for every meal. Eventually, I was forced to move past the awkwardness of ordering sandwiches without meat, which consequently reaffirmed my belief that, with enough cheese, one can enjoy anything. I also started eating salads more often, which, for most of my FLAT HAT ASSOC. OPINIONS EDITOR life, I had either avoided or barely tolerated. As the son of a dietician, salad was never far from the dinner table, and there I never thought I would try being a vegetarian. I’ve spent was always a certain guilt attached to not eating it, but I was the last 19 years gorging on meat: hamburgers, steak, chicken, going to have to get used to it now. I would also have to venture to the vegan station, which, for turkey, bacon, ham, lamb — the list goes on. I always had ethical reservations about eating meat — but never at breakfast, the longest time, I wasn’t aware even existed. There, I found a lunch or dinner. Never, that is, until I read Alastair Norcross’s steady supply of hummus, rice and beans but not a whole lot “Puppies, Pigs, and People: Eating Meat and Marginal Cases.” It else. Tiring of dining halls, I would sometimes flee to Pita Pit, made a startlingly effective case against eating factory farmed where my palate found solace, but my wallet less so. I’ve been doing this now for over a month, and while meat — which constitutes approximately 99 percent of today’s meat — by inventing a hypothetical situation in which a man I’m used to it, I can’t say that I really enjoy it. It’s just so unsatisfying. I haven’t figured out what lacks an enzyme that allows him to to do with this newfound information, taste chocolate. This enzyme, Norcross though. We’ve all been taught since birth imagines, can only be obtained by torturing I may very well revert if we know something is wrong, puppies. While I won’t go into the details, back to my normal eating that we shouldn’t do it. To me, eating food he concludes that factory farming is habits or something produced by mass, systematic suffering essentially the same thing. My reaction similar. Does behaving is wrong, yet until last month, I couldn’t was not one of unrestrained horror, but immorally while feeling remember going a day without eating one of disappointment. I would either have conflicted make me any meat — likely all factory farmed. The to stop eating meat or admit that what I better? Absolutely not. same could probably be said of most was doing everyday was immoral. With the Americans and the general College of exception of eggs and the occasional tuna William and Mary population. Such a sandwich, I surrendered to vegetarianism. gross moral contradiction is something even the most fervent With Sadler dining hall as my home base, I set out on my meat lover needs to confront. quest for moral consistency. I knew this would be especially I may very well revert back to my normal habits or challenging for me because I didn’t really like vegetables. I ate something similar. Does behaving immorally while feeling them, but I rarely enjoyed them. To think they would be my conflicted make me any better? Absolutely not. The turkey life’s blood for as long as I tried this was disheartening. So I I’ve eaten will still have had its nerve-filled beak severed with began a torrid affair with tofu, a food whose very mention as a a hot blade, been crushed in a cage to live out its miserable necessary staple of vegetarianism previously would have caused existence of force feeding and trampling, until it is taken to me revulsion. The way its consistency vaguely resembles meat, a slaughterhouse, potentially dying of starvation before it the way it takes on only the flavor of its surrounding food, adding arrives, to have its throat slit or to be boiled alive. And yet, nothing of its own, yet taking nothing away — it was love on Thanksgiving is right around the corner. the rebound. Each trip to the Mongolian station filled me with anticipation that those bland, bleached cubes would fill my Email Matt Camarda at

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o tell a story is to be human. The reasons we tell and listen to them are nearly as diverse as the stories themselves: to be entertained, to worship, to glorify, to feel, to pass on, to improve ourselves. There is something instinctual about wanting to gather around the proverbial campfire. On Dec. 7 and 8, the Mason School of Business will host the Veteran’s Writing Project, providing a medium for servicemen and women to talk about their experiences. This should be of immense benefit to veterans and non-veterans alike, because storytelling facilitates acknowledgement and connection, which untold traumatic experiences can severely damage. When we listen to people talk about experiences foreign to our imagination and perspective, we realize that personal history is itself a kind of diversity. It may not be part of our conventional conception of diversity, and it can be the least visible kind, but it informs one’s character to such a great extent that it is impossible to ignore. A veteran may not have returned home physically wounded, but he or she may be scarred by experiences that prevent re-adjustment to civilian life. We cannot begin to understand their struggles unless we allow them to speak openly, without judgment. Speaking honestly about painful memories can let people ground themselves. In cases of post traumatic stress disorder, people have difficulty coping with reality and separating their present selves from past traumatic events. Staying silent keeps people from being seen, but causes alienation. Sharing with those who have had similar experiences can be a powerful act of validation. It will not erase the memories, but it will show people viscerally that they are not alone — that they do not have to face themselves alone. Perhaps, this can be the first step of a long return journey. A medium for veterans to communicate their stories also serves a valuable purpose for non-veterans and families of veterans. Having little basis for understanding, our efforts to provide comfort and normalcy for veterans may be inadequate. If we do not know what they went through, how can we help them? Listening is essential; we can never have their experiences — that is our limitation — but we can be necessary witnesses to their fights, which they may not even be fully aware of, and potentially bear part of their burden. It also shows them we value what they have done and who they are. To honor is to listen. As writers, we know that storytelling can empower; our job as a newspaper is to be a prominent platform for people’s stories. To let those stories go untold would be neglecting our duty to the College of William and Mary. While a different kind of platform, the Veterans Writing Project can empower veterans by making their experiences coherent and visible. This visibility can strengthen the connections between veterans, their families and their communities, increasing awareness of problems facing veterans and initiating a process of healing. Hopefully, the Veterans Writing Project will successfully bring together veterans and non-veterans with unique perspectives and become a permanent part of the College campus.

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Your vote will always matter, even if it’s never going to decide the election

Brady Meixell


This column was written in response to “Election 2013: My vote wouldn’t have mattered, and neither did yours.” 164 votes. As of Wednesday, that was the margin between Mark Herring and Mark Obenshain in the race for Virginia’s Attorney General. A difference of 164 in the entire Commonwealth. You’ll find more votes than that in Yates Hall. Our history is ripe with close calls. George W. Bush beat Al Gore by roughly 500 contested ballots in Florida. John F. Kennedy eliminated Richard Nixon by .2 percent. James Garfield defeated Winfield Hancock by .1 percent. In a 1974 New Hampshire race for U.S. Senate, Louis Wyman “beat” John Durkin by two votes (then lost in a runoff election). Neck-and-neck races, if not the norm, are

thrilling, exasperating and underscore the fact that, yes Virginia, every vote counts. Going to the ballot box is more than “civic duty” or doing the “right thing.” It activates your voice and lends your opinion in very measurable ways. And only when the aggregate voices are periodically tallied do we sometimes shift our collective conscience. All because every person — no matter his or her power, influence, wealth or education — gets one vote. Assuming, of course, you choose to use it. Demographically, your vote also establishes trends. Policies and budgets are geared toward certain groups within the voting sector. For example, there’s a reason why Social Security is considered the untouchable “third-rail of American politics.” It’s because the elderly vote in droves. If a stance invokes senior ire (or approval), it shows up in the polls and subsequently in campaign promises before eventual policy. Conversely, Pell Grants are not a top priority because the youth vote is generally weak and unreliable. As a voting block, students and under-30s forfeit much of our voice simply by not showing up in large numbers.

Politicians know which side the bread is buttered on. If you don’t vote, in many ways you won’t matter to them. Even in landslide elections, your vote can make quite a difference by increasing an issue’s relevance. Again, demographically, you are being dissected and studied and wooed — as long as you appear on Election Day. But if you still feel your vote isn’t enough, the answer is not to toss it away. Opting out of democracy will not increase your role in the world. Instead get more involved to enhance your clout. Write a letter to the editor. Contact your representative. Attend a city meeting or civic forum. At the most fundamental level, however, it all begins with your vote. Every time you cast a ballot, your opinion becomes part of the collective decision-making process. It influences policy and funding — locally, statewide and nationally. Thus, you help decide the direction and character of the country. In the United States, if you don’t vote, you’re not only unplugging your power; you’re making opposition views stronger than your own. Good luck being happy with that alternative. Email Brady Meixell at



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Graceful. Clear. Grammatic ally correct. Finalized. There’s much more to a well-written paper at the College of William and Mary than good ideas, although even those can be hard to come by. “I tell students when they’re writing a paper, they’re not magically entering some new world where they have to sound scientific or Latinate or long-winded — it’s best just to say things as plainly as possible,” English department chair and professor Adam Potkay said. “This, of course, means you have something to say.” Potkay prefers students write the subject-verbobject sentences they speak in everyday conversation. These types of sentences lend themselves to the clear, concise prose that professors favor. and prose Clear interesting ideas are to according linked, English professor Henry Hart, who teaches poetry and literature courses. Like good scholarly prose, word choice is very important in poetry. “You want to come up with language — imagery, metaphors , music, whatever — that stimulates the reader,” Hart said. “I think, literally, you’re trying to stimulate the neurons, and the

dead with problem metaphors, clichés [and] archaic language is that you’re not stimulating.” When writing scholarly essays, students should try to stimulate readers with newness,” “conceptua l according to Hart. English professor Mary Melfi and government professor Chris Howard said eliminating jargon makes writing clearer. “When you try to adopt a tone or a kind of sophistication that you don’t really own … I can see it,” Melfi said. “Unless [students] really use a word in [their] daily life and have used it for awhile, [if they] try to force it into a sentence because it sounds more impressive, I can spot those things and it’s not impressive because it means that they’re not being themselves and haven’t found their own voice.” Some students may use a thesaurus to make themselves sound more sophisticated, but others use words without looking them up in a dictionary. “Often students will not say, ‘in Robert Frost’s poem,’” Hart said. “They love to use the word ‘piece’ as ‘in Robert Frost’s piece.’ … Of course ‘piece’ has connotations. It’s slang for a gun.” Studies Religious department chair John Morreall sees students use

the word “tenant” instead of “tenet” when discussing religious teachings. According to the Oxford “tenant” Dictionary , means “a person who occupies land or property rented from a landlord.” “Tenet” means “a principle or belief.” Professors see students turn nouns like “reference” or “cement” into verbs, which confuses readers. to refers “One something,” Potkay said. “Reference is a noun. When you use ‘reference’ as a verb, not only is it incorrect, [but] what does that mean? …. Sometimes people mean a reference, sometimes they mean an allusion, sometimes they mean a citation. They mean all sorts of odd things.” Melfi said that she has seen students misquote authors by transcribing the punctuatio n incorrectly or leaving out a word or article. “Learning to honor the words of another author [is important], especially if you’re going to quote them and attempt to illuminate them,” Melfi said. “To quote somebody inaccurately or sloppily or carelessly, I think, is really a serious problem. It leads to misrepresenting what other people have said.” Potkay said students can fix most grammatical errors by giving themselves

enough time to revise their papers. “At least half of what I see is wrong, you will [also] see is wrong once you’ve put it Potkay away,” said. “… If you just avoid writing something at the last moment, giving yourself time enough to look at and revise it, you’re so far ahead of the game.” Melfi said that errors grammatic al disappear when students enjoy what they write about, so she often has students choose their own paper topics. Hart said that practicing improves writing, just as it improves a person’s ability to play basketball or a musical instrument. Students can practice writing not only by writing often but also by reading good writing often. “The way I’ve learned how to write scholarly prose is by reading scholars who write well,” Hart said. “I think what happens is … your mind gets tuned into a voice. Maybe when you’re writing — as so many creative writers say — you’re channeling voices, or you’re channeling a voice. In a way, what they’re saying is that you’ve read something you admire and you try to imitate it.”



The virgin-slut paradox

Whether you’re sexually active or not, you can’t escape the haters

Mariana Debbe

Behind Closed doors columnist

When it comes to sexual activity, there is a strict balance between too little and too much. Either you are sexually active or you aren’t, and, either way, you’re facing criticism. This can be said for both men and women. Ever notice how embarrassed a guy may appear to feel when speaking of his virginity? Ever wonder why some girls insist that they will keep their V-cards until marriage? It is because they will be criticized for their sexual decisions, no matter what choice is made. Guys who aren’t sexually active may feel incompetent: It’s in the basic evolutionary nature of males to procreate in order to save the human race, right? No pressure. Don’t worry, guys, because for every guy ashamed of his virginity, there is a girl who’s being called a prude for refusing to give up her V-card, many of whom may be left feeling undesirable and unwanted. Take it from someone who understands the struggle: There may be times when you’re left sitting alone watching romantic comedies wondering why a soaking wet Ryan Gosling isn’t ripping your clothes off at that very moment. Then there’s the other end of the spectrum: too much. Among guys, those who are “pulling” girls get the praise. For these guys, sex is an accomplishment. If you’re bringing a girl home with you that night, you’re seen as competent. However,

girls think sexually active guys are trouble. We’ve all heard it before: “Stay away from him, he’s a player.” Why do we dismiss these guys simply because they’ve had sex with other partners? If you ask me, they’re only trouble when they’re messing with girls in relationships. If not, it’s all fair game. Why should being a frequent flyer tarnish your image so negatively? While everyone suffers from this dichotomy, I believe women have it worse than men. While guys undergo feelings of shame and embarrassment when admitting to maintaining their virginity, women struggle with the expectation to remain ladylike and pure. We’re encouraged to cherish our virginity in order to maintain our respectability. The irony is that you can never please everyone. If you’re a virgin, you’re labeled a prude. I once had a hall mate who was dancing at a party until the guy with whom she was dancing was pulled aside and told not to waste his time since “she’s a prude.” So, are we to assume the solution is to have sexual experience? Sadly, it’s not that simple. Once a woman begins having sexual relations with men outside of a relationship, she crosses over to the other side of the dichotomy, which is promiscuity. Women having sex outside of a relationship are labeled “easy” and “slutty.” Is there a middle ground? For many, the answer is a monogamous relationship. People feel safe from judgment when in a relationship. Sorry to break it to you, but even then you’re not out of the red. If you’re thought to be having too much sex in a relationship, rumors may start circling that he’s obviously only with you for the sex. Not having enough sex? There’s obviously something wrong in your relationship. In short, you can’t win. Mariana Debbe is a Behind Closed Doors columnist and definitely isn’t Googling pictures of a sopping Ryan Gosling.

Stairway to heaven The most chill a capella group on campus BY KAYLA SHARPE THE FLAT HAT

The best part of the College of William and Mary’s a cappella community is that every group has its own unique reputation. Some are preppy and modern, while others are traditional and universal. If the Stairwells proved anything with their latest Wren 10 performance Wednesday night, it was that they are a laid-back group of guys who aren’t afraid of a little organized chaos. From the moment the Stairwells leisurely sauntered onto the Wren portico, it was apparent that they were ready to have a good time and get a little crazy. The casual atmosphere was almost as chill as the weather and included Santa hats and even a Power-Rangers blanket. The group’s musical selections for the evening proved to be versatile. They sampled numbers from R&B, oldies, rock and even reggae. Highlights included a sensual mash-up of Justin Timberlake and Frank Ocean, crowd-pleaser “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne and an intense rendition of Blink 182’s “Dammit”. Musically, the group was strong

on multiple fronts. Each number was accented with complex beat-boxing and percussion and featured compelling harmonies, melodies and rounds. The Stairwells’ versatility was apparent in their seamless transitions from smooth and soulful moments to spontaneous and wild mosh pits, and even a full-on Cha-Cha Slide. Even though the background action was sometimes a bit distracting, the guys were responsive and entertaining in their on-stage interactions. A great triumph for the group was its ability to show off the strengths and genuine personalities of each and every member. While some soloists were stronger than others, especially when it came to hitting the high notes, each soloist confidently gave it his all. If there were ever an a cappella group that was in it for a lot of laughs and a rousing good time, it would be the Stairwells. Their love of music, combined with their charisma, energy and abounding cohesion, made for a highly entertaining concert that engaged the entire audience and proved that the Stairwells are moving further and further into the College’s a cappella spotlight one step at a time.

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The cast of Shakespeare in the Dark provided interesting and nuanced interpretations of the “band of brothers” of major and supporting characters of the Bard’s 1599 production.

Latest Shakespeare in the Dark effort is the Bard with a comic twist BY ZACH HARDY FLAT HAT CHIEF STAFF WRITER

At the turn of the 17th century, William Shakespeare experienced a burst of creativity which led to the production of some of his best-known works, such as “Julius Caesar” (1599), “Hamlet” (15991601) and “As You Like It” (1600). “Henry V,” also written around 1599, follows the titular king and his court before and after the 1415 Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years’ War. The College of William and Mary’s Renaissance theatre group, Shakespeare in the Dark, has once again succeeded with its fall production of “Henry V.” The show’s great cast and humorous interpretation of the script made it an enjoyable performance. Ricky Portner ’14 did an all-around

great job portraying the titular king. He brought out Henry’s nuances and delivered his many speeches — including the famous lines, “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers” — with a vigor that did great justice to Shakespeare’s colorful, metaphoric language. Portner should be praised for his successful mastery of the script, as “Henry V” has one of the largest amounts of lines spoken by any one character — and the most if one includes his lines from “Henry IV,” Parts I and II. Although “Henry V” is largely a serious play, several comic characters broke up the tension brought about by the war and truly made the play a delight. Aaron Stapel ’17 garnered huge laughs from the audience for his portrayal of Pistol, a drunk buffoon in the king’s army. His attempt to hold a French

soldier for ransom was particularly hilarious. The king himself is also a source of humor toward the end. After the British win the Battle of Agincourt, the king attempts to woo the French princess Catherine, despite the presence of a language barrier and lack of any ability to charm women. To keep the play consistently engaging, the cast also turned some of the more serious moments into comedic ones. During the first half, several members of Henry’s court plot against him. Shaan Sharma ’15, Zach Hurst ’16 and Bruno del Alamo ’16 all embodied the traitors as comedic, sly characters instead of being purely malicious. Of course, treason would be no laughing matter during Shakespeare’s day, but del Alamo’s hilarious grins justified their interpretation.

Other supporting members of the cast deserve some compliments as well. Erin McIntyre ’15, who did a great genderbending interpretation of Dr. Faustus in last spring’s Shakespeare in the Dark performance, gets a nod for her versatility in the play. She took on a number of roles including a French-speaking soldier, Nym — a vulgar companion of the alcoholic Pistol — and the elegant Queen of France, Isabel. Elizabeth Perry ’15 did a nice job as Fluellen and Sir Thomas Erpingham, two officers in the King’s army, successfully alternating between an enthusiastic officer and an older companion to Henry. Another facet of the production that deserves praise was the costumes. Shakespeare in the Dark often chooses an anachronistic costume theme, and this production was no exception. Rather

than wearing military garb from the early 15th century, the cast opted for uniforms that one would expect to have come from later centuries, with soldiers touting muskets instead of swords. The bright colors of the uniforms and the differing colors not only between the two nations but also among rank really helped audience members to distinguish who was who. If you have never read a Shakespeare tragedy, whether it’s because the language seems too daunting or you just fell asleep during tenth grade English class, I’d encourage you to check out Shakespeare in the Dark’s winter production of “Macbeth.” With costumes and sets from the roaring ’20s, the show is sure to live up to the strong reputation Shakespeare in the Dark has made for itself.

Shakespeare in the Dark is known for its anachronistic costume selections, and the garment choices for Henry V proved to be no exception. Actors donned garb more befitting 19th century than the era of the war between France and Britain.

Reveley talks service between globetrotting and the opera

College President discusses his “pilgrimage in the non-profit world” and updating the Home for the Holidays program with students BY SANG HYUN PARK THE FLAT HAT

“I hope I’m not still awake by 9:30 and that I’m not demonstrably embarrassing, because it truly could happen — I didn’t get much sleep,” College of William and Mary President Taylor Reveley said at a community discussion last Friday. Between traveling around the world to attend alumni events and enjoying a relaxing Friday night at the opera, Reveley sat down with students for a discussion about the community. Even in his sleep-deprived state, Reveley did not fail to share his wisdom on the issue of access to college, cracking jokes as usual along the way. The discussion, hosted by Coordinator of Community Engagement Elizabeth Miller ’11, was open to all students and faculty members. “We wanted as [many] people as possible to join in the process,” Miller said. “A large part of President Reveley’s job is making sure that such experiences are open to as many people as possible.” During the talk, attendees had a rare glimpse into some of the more obscure aspects of the president’s personal life. Special features included Reveley’s experience building sandcastles and his low level of enthusiasm for the opera. “My third son is into intricate sandcastle architecture and appearance; I’m more into fighting the waves,” Reveley said. Small-talk aside, Reveley discussed his outlook on the issue of access to college, elaborating on the tradeoff between merit and need-based

financial aid. Reveley expressed his support for helping students access higher education, despite the College’s financial struggles. “This is a university with an already demonstrated capacity to do enormous deeds with very few resources,” Reveley said. “If we could pull the resources, one of the first things we would fix is need-based financial aid.” While these community discussion sessions take place every semester, many wanted to hear from someone at a different stage in their lives. Reveley served as a special guest in this particular session to share his experiences of being an active citizen. “Having an open discussion with President Reveley was such a unique opportunity to get a glimpse of the community issues important to him,” Julianne Abruzzo ’17 said. “Knowing [about] his concerns is important because they are probably the issues which he and the College are trying the most to remedy.” Many of those who attended the discussion were Sharpe scholars who were drawn to the issue of civic engagement. They noted that hearing the president’s take on pressing issues in the community provided great encouragement for their own endeavors. “I appreciated his trust in our opinions, because in a sense a lot of future policy decisions will come from our generation,” Abruzzo said. At the end of the day, some attendees said they were inspired to take community engagement to the next level. A few stayed after the session to discuss modifying the established Home for the

Performances of Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa” will take place Oct. 3-5 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall.


College President Taylor Reveley stayed and discussed future changes to the Home for the Holidays program with students.

Holidays Program so that students could spread word about the College in underserved schools. Miller noted that this reflected the primary goal of the session. “Now the students have the opportunity to answer the ‘now what’ of how to take action around the issue,” Miller said. “That’s a huge part of why we host these discussions: so that students can come together to learn and also form a community around addressing the social issues.” Reveley also described what he calls his “pilgrimage in the non-profit world.” Reveley has

been noted for his contributions to a number of non-profit education and cultural boards, including those of his alma mater, Princeton University. He isn’t done just yet; the conversation Friday afternoon served to instigate the students at the College to take up roles as active citizens in the community. “As President Reveley mentioned, one of the benefits to students who come to William and Mary is that they gain the knowledge and support to make real changes in the world,” Miller said.

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New bakery delivers sweets, treats and freshbaked bread

Blackbird Bakery opens on Duke of Gloucester Street After opening the door to Williamsburg’s Blackbird Bakery, customers are greeted by the intoxicating scent of freshly baked bread and the sight of a display case brimming with rich desserts. The new bakery, with its assortment of classic French baked items in interesting new flavors, is a strong reminder of the boulangeries of Paris but with a distinctly colonial twist. Blackbird Bakery on Duke of Gloucester Street provides students, locals and tourists with an array of baked goods and sweet treats. David Everett, who opened the store in October, is familiar with the local restaurant scene: He serves as executive chef for three of Williamsburg’s most popular restaurants — Blue Talon Bistro, The Trellis Restaurant and DoG Street Pub. The idea for Blackbird Bakery became a reality this October when it opened as an additional venue for the baked items sold at the Blue Talon and Trellis. The Trellis already houses a bakery in the back of its restaurant, which currently bakes the breads and pastries for all three of the restaurants. The bakery is tucked away off of DoG Street in the space once occupied by Nancy Thomas Gallery. Everett says it was a no-brainer to use the unoccupied space — which is connected to the Trellis — to open up the bakery and sell items already found in his other restaurants, along with some additional items. “A bakery is a really, really tough business, but we already bake for three restaurants, so the risk factor … for a normal bakery isn’t there,” Everett said. The bakery’s selection may be familiar to those who frequent any of his restaurants, but Everett says he plans to expand his selection based on customer reception. The sweet items, including muffins, cupcakes and quick breads, have been very popular among customers since Blackbird Bakery’s opening. While certain items, such as the flourless chocolate cake, are gluten-free without intention, the chef is considering adding more gluten-free selections to the

menu, such as breads, if the public demand exists. “We just wanted to get open and see how the public responded, and also respond to the public. What are they looking for?” Everett said. Chef Everett states that the bread is baked fresh every day, and there are a wide variety of loaves to choose from, from batard loaf to French classic or English toasting bread. Everett envisions the bakery as the “type of place where you’d feel comfortable coming and getting bread on your way home, or in the morning, getting a cup of coffee and a Danish.” Because the bakery is putting out fresh items constantly during the day, customers can expect to find something appealing, whether it is a familiar stand-by or something they have never tried before. “All of our restaurants are designed to be community places where students and locals can all come and find this place and get what they want,” Everett said.

I would eat my way through [Blackbird Bakery] if I could.


—Executive Chef David Everett

Everett cites teamwork as the key to success when operating the businesses, giving credit to his partners, chefs and staff. The mission of the enterprise is community rather than competition; according to the chef, the goal is to “make it attractive to everybody, whether you want fish and chips, American or French food.” Other establishments in Merchant’s Square are similarly community-minded. Everett references popular eateries such as The Cheese Shop and Fat Canary as examples that each business is built on the success of the other. “If you come to Merchant’s Square, you’re going to enjoy something. As students, as locals, as tourists … this is the place to be. This is where it’s all happening,”

Everett said. For the cash-strapped college student looking for a deal, the bakery provides cheaper options so that young customers can enjoy quality, affordable bread. The “dayold bread basket” offers bread and other items baked the previous day for $2, with an additional 50 percent off for students at the College of William and Mary who present their IDs. The bakery hopes to expand its budgetfriendly options for students, but Everett maintains there are still plenty of baked goods and treats within a student’s price range. Everett expects to count students among the loyal customers who come in often for their favorite items. “Hopefully there is something for everybody. … Once we know what [students] are looking for, we want to go in that angle,” Everett said. As for his personal favorite Blackbird Bakery treat, Everett had a hard time choosing just one. The croissant almonde, a pastry stuffed with marzipan and topped with almonds, is a “very French and decadent” choice. Everett recommends arriving just as a batch comes out of the oven, when the croissants are still warm. However, the chocolate truffles, fruit tarts and the Illy coffee are all considered quality choices for the deliberating customer. “It’s [all] about as good as it gets. … I would eat my way through that place if I could,” Everett said.


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.





Fiddles, banjos and harmonicas will liven up Ewell Hall Saturday, Nov. 16 as the William and Mary Appalachian Music Ensemble, under the leadership of Director Tripp Johnson, takes the stage for its fall concert. Both large and small group performances will delve into traditional Southern Appalachian tunes, focusing on dance tunes played throughout the centuries. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Ewell Hall recital hall. Besides formal concerts, the group plays at other events, recently appearing at Catholic Campus Ministry’s annual COURTESY PHOTO/ FOCUSFEATURES.COM Barn Dance.

Science fiction and comedy merge in AMP’s November Blockbuster “The World’s End.” The third part of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, “The World’s End,” follows a group of friends that discovers an alien invasion during a pub crawl. The film, directed by Edgar Wright and written by Wright and Simon Pegg, rounds out the trilogy, following “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead.” AMP will screen the movie Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Commonwealth Auditorium in the Sadler Center. Tickets cost $3.

Grab a group of four friends to register in the Goblet Slam poetry arrives in Williamsburg Friday, as of Fire this Saturday at 6 p.m. Residence Life staff AMP’s Contemporary Culture committee hosts an members and Hall Councils of James Rowe and One evening of slam poetry. This Friday, Washington, Tribe Place will host the TribeWizard tournament, D.C. slam poet Jonathan Tucker will join student a competitive scavenger hunt that explores campus. poets in Lodge 1 at 9 p.m. Tucker performed as The tournament begins part of Busboys with registration in the and Poets 11th Great Hall, commonly hour slam team referred to as Barrett Hall’s in 2009 and 2010 lobby. Equipped with a and often leads snack pack, teams will workshops on embark on a William and spoken word Mary-themed scavenger poetry. After the hunt. The groups promise performances, Kindle Fires for winning Tucker will team members, as well as discuss his eternal glory for the dorm poetry and lead they represent. The event a workshop will also feature house on writing and sorting, music, snacks and performing COURTESY PHOTO / BENEVOLENTMEDIA.ORG magic dueling. poetry.


Sports Editor Chris Weber Sports Editor Jack Powers

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Junior guard 23 points 8 of 17 field goals 2 blocks

Freshman forward 18 points 6 of 10 field goals 6 rebounds

Averaging 20.7 points a game ... collected a careerhigh six assits in season opener ... 11 total assists ... 4 steals on season.

Recorded 19 total rebounds ... averaging 14.7 points a game ... shooting 56 percent from field through three games.


Catching fire



Junior guard Marcus Thornton scored a game-high 23 points Tuesday, as freshman forward Omar Prewitt added 18 points and six boards off the bench in the 84-72 win over Liberty.

College outpaces Flames with late-game run as Thornton, Prewitt lead way BY MICK SLOAN FLAT HAT ASSOC. SPORTS EDITOR William and Mary used a late secondhalf run to win its home opener Tuesday night, racing to an 84-72 victory over Liberty University (1-1). The Tribe (1-1) shot 60.4 percent from the field and had four players in double figures, bouncing back from Friday’s season-opening loss. “It feels great to get that first win, especially here at home. We had a good crowd here tonight, and our guys played well,” head coach Tony Shaver said. “I thought we had good performances from a lot of people.” Junior guard Marcus Thornton led the team with a game-high 23 points, including 14 points in the Tribe’s 50-point second half. Senior center Tim Rusthoven and sophomore guard Terry Tarpey combined for 29 points and 12 rebounds, while hitting 14 of 15 shots. The Tribe also got an exciting performance coming off the bench from freshman forward Omar Prewitt, who poured in 18 points while shooting 60 percent from the field. Prewitt, in

his second career game, recorded six rebounds, four assists and two steals. “[Prewitt] is a jewel,” Shaver said. “and he’s producing a little faster than even I thought … He’s very skilled, [and] has as good a feel for the game as anybody I’ve seen in a long time.” Though it was a 12-point victory for the Tribe, the game featured more competitive play than the final score indicated. Liberty opened with a three-forward lineup to match the College’s three-guard Shaver set, effectively controlling the interior on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. The Flames used their size advantage to pull the College’s 2-3 zone into the paint, creating several open three-point looks. Liberty held a 30-24 lead with just over six minutes to play in the first half, appearing to have control of the game. The Tribe responded with a more

focused defensive effort and held the Flames without a basket on a 10-2 run closing out the first half. After struggling to find an offensive rhythm, Thornton nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 32-32. Seconds later, Thornton’s soaring, contested layup gave the Tribe a 34-32 halftime lead and momentum entering the break. The Flames retook the lead early in the second half, as the two sides traded baskets for the first ten minutes. The College attacked the Flames’ defense more adeptly in the second half, stretching Liberty’s zone with perimeter shooting while Prewitt, Rusthoven and Tarpey exploited the vacant space in the paint. Still, with just under nine minutes to play, the game was tied 55-55. Then the Tribe took over, scoring five layups in a five-minute stretch, forcing multiple turnovers and taking the pace to a level that appeared to overwhelm Liberty. The resultant 14-2 run gave the College a 69-57 lead. While the offense began to click, Thornton noted the



NO. 16 WICHITA SURGES LATE TO DOWN COLLEGE William and Mary gave a scare to No. 16 Wichita State Thursday night, but fell behind in the second half as the Shockers finished off a 79-62 win in Wichita, Kan. The Tribe (1-2) led for the entire first half but was outscored 41-23 in the second. The Shockers are coming off an appearance in the Final Four last March. Junior guard Marcus Thornton led the Tribe with 18 points on 41 percent shooting and added three assists. Senior center Tim Rusthoven chipped in 13 points and four rebounds before fouling out late in the second half, and freshman forward Omar Prewitt added 11 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Terry Tarpey led all players with nine rebounds. The Tribe held the Shockers to 48 percent shooting for the game, including 35 percent from three. However, the College committed 24 fouls, gave up 14 turnovers and missed 11 of 22 free throws, all of which hampered the Tribe’s effort down the stretch. The College’s three-points shooting failed down the stretch. The Tribe made four of nine three-point shots in the first half, but only hit one triple in six second half tries. Thornton, the Tribe’s top three-point shooter, hit just two of eight attempts. The Tribe returns to Williamsburg and Kaplan Arena this Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tipoff against High Point. — Flat Hat Assoc. Sports Editor Mick Sloan



NO. 16 COLLEGE HOSTS NO. 10 TOWSON IN LAST HOME GAME Head coach Jimmye Laycock and No. 16 William and Mary will host No. 10 Towson Saturday, putting its undefeated home record on the line. Towson (8-2, 4-2) enters after enjoying a bye week, while the Tribe (7-3, 4-2) downed then-No. 15 Delaware, 24-10 a week ago. “We can’t spend much time patting ourselves on the back after the Delaware game,” Laycock told Tribe Athletics. “We have to get ready for this one.” Defensively, the College ranks first in the nation in scoring defense, allowing a meager 12.2 points per game. Against the Tigers, however, the Tribe’s No. 8

critical nature of the improved defense. “When you get stops it’s really easy to play offense, and I think that’s what carried us,” Thornton said. The Tribe maintained a healthy lead over the remaining four minutes of the game. Though Liberty cut the lead to 76-70 with 90 seconds remaining, Tarpey’s basket quickly restored an eight-point lead with a minute remaining, effectively sealing the win. After a series of free throws, the final whistle blew to complete an 84-72 Tribe win. Overall, the Tribe adjusted to the Flames’ larger roster by relying on speed, a high-pressure defense and a strong shooting performance. Defensively, the Tribe held the Flames to 46.7 percent shooting, held a 30-28 edge in rebounding, and forced 14 turnovers. The Tribe committed just five shooting fouls in a clean defensive performance. The Tribe returns to Kaplan Arena Wednesday. Tip-off against High Point is set for 7 p.m.


rush defense is poised for a challenge: Towson tailback Terrance West is averaging 161.8 yards a game. Prior to kickoff, the College will recognize its 12 graduating seniors. Senior safety Jerome Couplin, a team captain, has helped the College reinvent itself following a 2-9 overall record last season. “[The seniors] said, ‘We didn’t want to go out that way,’” Laycock told Tribe Athletics. “They worked hard to keep the team focused, both on the field and off the field.” Saturday’s kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Zable Stadium. — Flat Hat Sports Editor Chris Weber

College stomps UNC-W Tribe nets six goals, advances to tournament final BY JACK POWERS FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR The success of this year’s No. 21 William and Mary (11-4-2, 6-2-1 CAA) squad has been dependent on the excellence of its defense. Not so Thursday, as the Tribe offense was in dominant form. The Tribe’s attackers piled in six goals to upend North Carolina-Wilmington (9-6-2, 4-3-1 CAA) 6-3 and send the College to the Colonial Athletic Association tournament final. The Tribe had never won a game in which its defense surrendered three goals; in fact, its defense had given up that many goals only once this season. But this did not matter in Philadelphia. The flood of Tribe goals was easily a season high and larger than the aggregate goal total of the College’s previous four games. Five different Tribe players scored in the match, starting with freshman forward Reilly Maw. Just three minutes into the semifinal match, Maw put the College on the scoreboard with a header goal, his first of the season. As would turn into a pattern, the Seahawks responded soon after. Forward Mateo Cardona leveled the game at 1-1 with 28 minutes still left in the half. The stalemate was short-lived. Sophomore forward Jackson Eskay added to his breakout season with the first of two goals in the game. Senior midfielder Chris Perez found Eskay on a sweeping deep ball just outside the box, where Eskay maneuvered past a defender and sent the ball dribbling past UNC-W’s goalkeeper to put the Tribe up 2-1 going into halftime. Eskay pounded through his second score of the game soon after halftime, giving the Tribe

a 3-1 advantage. UNC-W’s Cardona responded just minutes later with a flawless shot that soared just above freshman goalkeeper Mac Phillip’s outstretched arms. With his squad still up 3-2, Perez put through one of the finest Tribe goals of the season. In a span of seconds, Perez received the ball just to the right of the box, faked out two defenders, and sent a brilliant shot into the upper reaches of the goal. For a defensive unit that came in averaging 0.88 goals allowed, Perez’s goal made the Tribe’s lead seem insurmountable. But the Seahawks responded once more. This time, UNC-W used a set piece goal to pull within one with 30 minutes remaining. In their recent meeting, the teams traded goals all the way to a double-overtime tie. The Tribe aimed to secure a regulation win in the rematch. Senior center back Will Smith, the CAA’s Defensive Player of the Year, averted two potential UNC-W equalizers in the second half by blocking shots that had slipped past Phillips. Junior midfielder Marcus Luster, who joined Smith as an All-CAA first team selection, sliced through the Seahawks defense with 13 minutes left and found junior midfielder Chris Albiston for a header goal to put the Tribe up 5-3. Senior forward Ben Coffey put the finishing touches on the College’s staggering offensive night. With the Seahawk’s back line exposed, Coffey found space in the box and clanged home a goal off the post to improve the Tribe’s lead to 6-3. The goal came with just four minutes left in the match and guaranteed the College a spot in Saturday’s CAA final. The Tribe will play for its eighth CAA championship Saturday at 4 p.m. against Drexel, which won in penalty kicks Tuesday.

The Flat Hat, November 15  

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