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It feels like we can beat anyone and every game we’re going in like we’re going to win. —Sophomore forward Jackson Eskay on second win over national No. 1

SPORTS // College rolls through No. 1, again First it was No. 1 Creighton, then No. 24 Elon, and now No. 1 UNC. It took double overtime, twice. It took a game winner in the 73rd minute Tuesday. It took ten days, and all fell to the unranked Tribe men’s soccer team. Head coach Chris Norris and company haven’t even begun conference play. page 8

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Elections postponed until Monday Power outage prevents freshmen, seniors from voting online

BY CLAIRE GILLESPIE FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR

When Augustine Haam ’17, James Castro ’17, Seth Greenspan ’17 and Eboni Brown ’17 woke up Thursday morning, they were anticipating the end to the campaigning season that has marked almost half of their collegiate experience so far. The next time the Election Commission contacted them,

however, was not with the news of winning or losing a Student Assembly position. A power outage at Votenet, the electronic eballot service the SA works with on election days, prevented elections from occurring Thursday. Many freshmen never received the initial email informing them they could vote. “It went from 10 to 10:30 and there

was no email,” Brown said. “Then it went from 10:30 to 11 and there was no email.” At 10:30 a.m., a massive power outage at Votenet’s data center kept the initial email, usually sent in waves, from reaching the entire classes of 2017 and 2014. “I was kind of nervous and waiting for this day and I was going to go around and start reminding people to

vote again,” Greenspan said. “But now it’s like what do I do?” SA President Chase Koontz ’14 received an email from Votenet soon after the power outage apologizing for the problem. At 1 p.m., Election Commission Chair Ryan Brophy ’14 emailed the candidates to inform them of the problems with Votenet. “The first people we informed were

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the candidates because they have the most at stake today,” Brophy said. Koontz emailed the senior class at 5 p.m. and Brophy emailed the freshmen class a little after 8 p.m. to inform them of the problems with the voting system. “The thing that frustrated me the most was probably the fact that the committee emailed the candidates See ELECTIONS page 4

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feasibility study. Plans for the Arts Quarter — a large addition onto Phi Beta Kappa Hall designated for the arts, theater, music and dance — as well as renovations for Zable Stadium, are also in this phase. Additionally, the committee also discussed plans for renovations to Tyler Hall and the third installment of the Integrated Science Center. The budgets for both projects are still being discussed at the state level. The administration is also drafting a plan for the

Provost Michael Halleran delivered a report on the College of William and Mary’s recent U.S. News and World Report rankings in the Board of Visitors’ Committee on Academic Affairs meeting Thursday morning. While praising the College’s performance and ranking as the sixth best public institution in the nation, Halleran discussed the methodology behind the rankings as well as areas for potential improvement. Various proxy measures comprise each college’s ranking, Halleran said. These include peer assessments — which are presidents’, provosts’ and deans’ impressions of other schools around the country — and assessments from high school guidance counselors. This year, the College received a 3.7 out of 5 in the peer assessment category and a 4.5 from guidance counselors. “First of all, most of these presidents and provosts haven’t got a clue about most of these schools,” College President Taylor Reveley said. “They’re going by reputation. I think the fact that we call ourselves a college hurts us because there’s not much of a pervasive belief out there that we are a research university.” Halleran cited the College’s general reputation as one area that can be improved, along with financial resources, where the College was ranked 114. However, he emphasized that the U.S. News and World Report rankings did not take the William and Mary Promise, approved last spring, into consideration. “I will be stunned and shocked if that 114 doesn’t improve, but I have no way of saying whether based on what we’ve done or what

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A tentative plan for the College of William and Mary Alumni House’s potential $8 million renovation and expansion. The project’s plan was presented Thursday.

Alumni House renovation planned BOV buildings committee discusses expansion project BY BAILEY KIRKPATRICK FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR

The College of William and Mary’s Alumni House may undergo an $8 million renovation and expansion. Alumni Association Executive Vice President Karen Cottrell ’66, M.Ed. ’69, Ed.D. ’84 presented the plan for the proposed changes to the Board of Visitors’ Committee on Administration, Buildings and Grounds during its meeting Thursday. The Alumni House addition is currently in a phase called the

BOARD OF VISITORS

Students may struggle against fear-based model of excellence BOV Committee for Student Affairs discusses student vulnerability, ways of reaching out to College alumni BY ANNIE CURRAN FLAT HAT NEWS EDITOR

Assistant Vice President for Health and Wellness Dr. Kelly Crace thinks students at the College of William and Mary are very intelligent and hardworking, but “vulnerable.” Speaking to Board of Visitor members during the Committee for Student Affairs meeting, Crace described his study during the past 25 years of how people flourish

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and languish. He believes that current students are living their lives by a fearbased model of excellence. Crace has concluded that when something becomes important to someone, that individual develops a fear of the uncertainty of things beyond their control. Additionally, he noted that students live in an era where they feel they are constantly being evaluated in terms of success. Students respond to this fear in two ways — by trying to over-

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control or master their situations through perfectionism, or by avoiding or escaping problems through procrastination. He says that by the time students go to college, they have become experts at both tasks in order to control their environments and escape the discomfort of fear. This is the fear-based model of excellence. The problem with the fear-based model of excellence is that it often causes so much strain that students shift from the pursuit of excellence to the pursuit of

calm. He says his work at the College has included encouraging students to work towards authentic excellence. “The authentic model of excellence makes wellness synonymous with excellence,” Crace said. Crace says there are three steps to get students to work toward authentic excellence. First, they have to manage their fear through an avenue other than perfectionism and procrastination. Second, they must foster an expressive

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mindset. Third, students have to be able to clarify their own life values, but not let those values dictate their definition of excellence. Vice President of Student Affairs Ginger Ambler ’88, Ph.D. ’06 said she was pleased to have Crace as a new member of her team. “He is the perfect champion for us to start thinking differently about what

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Never has there been a better time to break that glass ceiling and head to the dance. — Chair of the Board of Visitors’ Committee on Athletics Pete Snyder ’94 on Tribe sports

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THE DIGITAL DAY “THAT GUY” WITH CHRIS REC ’14 The Flat Hat presents Chris Rec as “That Guy” for this week’s episode. He is a senior who works at the Sherman and Gloria H. Cohen Career Center, and has studied abroad in Spain at one point during his career at the College. Check out more at flathatnews.com or email flathatonline@gmail.com with suggestions for “That Guy”.

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The Williamsburg Symphonia Orchestra is to hold its 30th season opener at the Kimball Theater Sept. 30. The event is split into two nights.

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McAuliffe demands ad removal According to The Washington Post, gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., has demanded that an ad aired by an Alexandria-based super PAC be taken down. The ad ties McAuliffe to a company headquartered in a Cayman Islands investment fund. The campaign explains that the company had mistakenly been put on its website but has been removed. A representative of the super PAC replied saying the ad would be taken down if McAuliffe released eight years of tax returns to prove there was no business in the Cayman Islands. Romney headlines reception for Cuccinelli

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CORRECTIONS In the Sept. 20 issue of The Flat Hat, the op-ed “Sororities unfairly obligate would-be sisters” incorrectly stated that the Panhellenic contract required potential new members to agree to pay dues for a full financial year. The contract did not contain that clause.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in McLean Wednesday to headline a private fund-raising reception for Virginia’s GOP gubernatorial candidate, Ken Cuccinelli. According to The Washington Post, Cuccinelli’s campaign confirmed the reception was scheduled but would not provide details, including the cost to attend. While campaigning in August 2012, Romney seemed to endorse Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, whom Cuccinelli beat for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. Romney referred to Bolling as “the next governor of Virginia” but later had to take those comments back.

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According to the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, the Williamsburg Symphonia Orchestra will hold its 30th season opener at the Kimball Theatre Sept. 30. The orchestra will present pieces such as Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, Prokofiev’s Violin concerto No. 2 in G Minor and Bizet’s Symphony in C. The orchestra’s executive director, Carolyn Keurajian, said it is very unusual for a small town to have such a professional orchestra that has become so well-known. Because of expectations of a large audience, the event has been split into two nights. McDonnell’s approval ratings take a big hit According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Governor Bob McDonnell’s, R-Va., approval ratings have taken a significant hit. A new Washington Post-Abt-SRBI poll reveals that fewer than half of the state’s registered voters approve of the governor, largely due to the gifts scandal. McDonnell, who was a possible contender for the vice presidential nomination last year, was once a promising governor. According to the article, however, the governor is still more popular in the state than President Barack Obama, and only 26 percent of voters believe he should step down before his term ends.

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NEWS IN BRIEF Cate-Arries joins Order of Discoverer’s Francie Cate-Arries, of the College of William and Mary’s modern languages and literatures department, was recently awarded Sigma Delta Pi’s Order of the Discoverers. Cate-Arries has been with the department since 1986. The Order of the Discoverers recognizes outstanding college or university professors who teach Spanish or Hispanic studies. The Order honored Cate-Arries, in particular, due to her wide array of activities in her field. She teaches courses at all levels of contemporary Spanish cultural and literary studies. Cate-Arries spearheads the College’s Semester in Seville program and directs the College’s Summer in Cadiz program. She also supervises numerous research projects.

Constitution Day is conversed The College’s law students gathered for a talk, titled “The Importance of Civic Participation,” one of a series of Constitutional Conversations put on in celebration of Constitution Day. Laura Vlieg J.D. ’14, a law student at the College, moderated the conversation. It boasted a variety of panelists, including Mayor of Williamsburg Clyde Haulman and former U.S. Senator and Governor George Allen, R-Va. The speakers stressed the importance of sustaining civic engagement in this period of decline. Allen addressed the issue of voter participation, asserting that every vote counts. Haulman pointed out that, in the Williamsburg community, political participation is thriving.

Raft Debate sets sail Oct. 2 The annual Raft Debate, a College tradition that draws crowds of students, will be held Oct. 2 in the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium. Three professors, stranded on an imaginary island, argue the importance of their disciplines to decide who will be allowed on the one-person raft to sail to safety. A Devil’s Advocate argues against the professors’ viewpoints. John Riofrio of the Hispanic studies department will represent the humanities, Thomas Linneman of the sociology department will represent the social sciences, and Dan Cristol of the biology department will represent the natural and computational sciences. The Devil’s Advocate this year is Sarah Day of the mathematics department.


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Plan for alumni house renovation presented Committee on Administration, Buildings, and Grounds continued addition to, and renovation of, the Marshall-Wythe School of Law. The new projects will follow a summer of construction at the College. “This past summer was the most remarkable summer I’ve ever seen here. What they did [with construction] in order to get this campus ready for the new school year was just extraordinary,” Vice President of Administration Anna Martin said in the meeting. “It was an amazing effort on the part of all the staffs involved, and their dedication never wavered.” The Virginia Institute of Marine Science is following suit, with new construction plans in the works at their location in Gloucester Point, Va. VIMS is in the process of acquiring new property as well as designing and drawing out plans for a new research vessel. During the meeting, Martin also updated Board members on the College’s energy management program and future building plans. Despite the increase in square footage on campus by almost 1.2 million units, the College’s energy usage has dropped about 27 percent over the past

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Committee on Audit BY ARIEL COHEN FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR

During the Board of Visitors’ Committee on Audit and Compliance meeting, Chief Compliance Officer Kiersten Boyce presented on the need to increase regulation and enforcement of compliance at the College of William and Mary. “Compliance is a major institutional challenge and both a source of risk and opportunity,” Boyce said. “We should know who the legal professionals on campus are — whether they are general council or chief compliance officer — and rely on them for experience.” The first principle in the William and Mary Code of Ethics states that

those at the College will “obey the laws, regulations, and policies applicable to our university activities.” The College’s Compliance Program deals with the policies and other controls designed to ensure all offices fulfill their compliance functions. The program works mostly with the offices of the Internal Audit and Human Resources. “The reality [is] that doing this — complying — is not a simple matter. Some administrators operate at the intersection of highly complex, evolving compliance obligations,” Boyce said in an email. “They need expertise in these obligations in order to perform their jobs and legal training may help.”

This past summer was the most remarkable summer I’ve ever seen here. —Vice President of Administration Anna Martin on summer construction

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Administrators within the Dean of Students office, the Compliance staff, the Student Conduct office, the Development office and the President’s office all have law degrees, but Boyce suggested that having more legislative minds at the College could help with compliance. “If the job market for lawyers continues to be poor, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see one or two more [College] administrative jobs being filled by J.D.s, as positions turn over,” Boyce said at the meeting. Boyce also reminded the Board that many administrators without formal legal training successfully navigate regulated areas. She gave various examples of administrators who do so.

others have done, [how much] we should go up,” Halleran said. In most categories, the College has remained relatively consistent: Its 6-year graduation rate, freshmen retention rate and graduation rate performance have not changed drastically over the past few years. The College also moved up to 29 in the alumni giving rankings this year, improving from 33. In another move up, the Halleran College ranked first among public universities for undergraduate education. “This is something that we own, this is something we can trumpet,” Halleran said. “It’s something we do particularly well.” Halleran emphasized it is difficult to anticipate how any one change at the College will affect its ranking. “When we talk about how much impact one thing will do, whether it’s the Promise, having our

soccer team ranked number one at the end of the season, going to the NCAA tournament with our basketball team — it’s hard to know how much we will move and movement is not a lot,” Halleran said. He added that the College’s ranking each year is relative to other schools’ performance and is crucial because of the image it projects to prospective students. “It matters to people who matter to us,” Halleran said. “Students in high school and their parents, this is one of the things they really pay attention to. … It’s tough company and nobody on that list, none of those schools is standing still.” In addition to Halleran’s presentation, Committee on Academic Affairs’ Vice Chair Kendrick Ashton ’98 discussed the potential impacts of the William and Mary Promise on faculty, noting that the committee will prioritize the approval of policies that appropriately allocate resources to faculty across campus. The committee also briefly mentioned that curriculum review continues to move forward and is tentatively scheduled for a final vote in December or January.

The Board of Visitors’ Committee on Development revealed new scholarship opportunities that are taking shape at the College of William and Mary. At the committee’s meeting Thursday, Vice President for Development Matthew Lambert ’99 announced three resolutions for scholarships. The scholarships are the Establishment of Marjorie A. Coleman Quasi-Endowment, the Establishment of Nancy D. Kane Scholarship Quasi-Endowment, and the Establishment of Ronald Hoffman Fund for the

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture One-Year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. All three scholarships were approved. Committee chair Sue H. Gerdelman ’76 said she is glad the College is able to provide these scholarship opportunities. After calling the meeting to order, she mentioned that the committee is lucky to work with Lambert, who was previously the Vice President for University Development at Georgetown University.

­­­— By Eleanor Lamb, Flat Hat Assoc. News Editor

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10 years and is continuing to decrease thanks to a broad systematic approach to build more efficiently and maximize return. The College has the lowest energy usage when compared to James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia. Construction is finished on the Brafferton, Tucker Hall, One Tribe Place and the Fraternity complex; the space behind the new houses is what Martin has been referring to as the “demilitarized zone.” Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler ’88, Ph.D. ’06 was also present at the meeting to discuss her and College President Taylor Reveley’s visits to the fraternity houses. The two met with fraternity members to welcome them. She said they also communicated that the administration would love for the houses to be in the same condition by the end of the academic year. As for One Tribe Place, the administration hopes to add a laundry room, as well as complete a condition assessment by December. In the spring semester, they hope to open additional parking lots and complete a plan for using the remainder of the facility, as both older and public parts of the building have been partitioned off.

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Pete Snyder ’94, opened the Board of Visitors’ Committee on Athletic Affairs meeting Thursday morning by stating that the Board hopes to take the accolades that the College of William and Mary has for its academics and apply the same recognition to the playing field. “We have achieved some amazing things in the classroom, and now we want to figure out how to take that to the playing field,” Snyder said. Continually, the Board does not believe that increasing funds for athletics is the only answer to helping improve Tribe Athletics, Snyder noted. The athletics department has also hired new coaches this year. Director of Athletics Terry Driscoll listed the new athletic coaches for the current year. One of the coaches specifically mentioned was Tess Ellis, the intermediate field hockey coach. Ellis had 18 years of previous experience in the Tribe Athletics program. Additionally, the College hired Hilary Fratzke

as the new lacrosse head coach. Fratzke was a three-year assistant coach at Northwestern University before the joining the College. She coached 12 all-American lacrosse players while at Northwestern. Also, Ed Swanson was hired as the women’s basketball head coach. Swanson, the former head coach at Sacred Snyder Heart University, has recorded 406 career wins in his 23 years as a head coach and is a four-time conference coach of the year. Driscoll also noted that when the College hired Swanson, his entire staff from his previous college applied to work at the College as well. “Never has there been a better time to break that glass ceiling and head to the dance,” Snyder said in remark to the new coaches. In general, the committee hopes to ensure that athletic accomplishments are recognized alongside the College’s academic reputation. “The spirit and innovation of accomplishment goes beyond the Brafferton,” Snyder said.

Committee on Alumni Relations BY CLAIRE GILLESPIE FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR

In its first meeting as a standing committee, the College of William and Mary’s Alumni Association briefed the Board of Visitors’ Committee on Alumni Relations on its structure and plans. In past years, the Committee on Alumni Relations was a committee of the whole, so all Board members sat on it. Executive Vice President of the Alumni Association Karen Cottrell ’66, M.Ed. ’69, Ed.D. ’84 said the standing committee allows for more dialogue between the five members of the Committee on Alumni Relations and the alumni association. “I think this is an important and critical time for all of us to work together and be at one table,” Committee Chair Lynn Dillon ’75 said. President of the Alumni Association Barbara Joynes ’82 announced Jim Comey ’82, Gary LeClair ’77 and Joy

Shields ’64 as the 2014 winners of the Alumni Medallion Award. The recipients will be honored on Charter Day. Alumni received an email Tuesday night allowing them to elect the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. The email also included a bylaw that moves to elect the board by a slate. Joynes said a slate election would allow the Alumni Association to fill positions with people who have a background in what the roles require, promote geographic, ethnic and age diversity and allow the association to ask the best people possible to join the board. “We really want to ask some pretty terrific people to stand for this board, and when you do that, you’re basically asking them to be in what is essentially a high school election and run for office and perhaps not win,” Joynes said. “That’s a pretty difficult thing. In the process, we’ve alienated some people who have stood and not won.”

Cottrell spoke of efforts at the College to increase student involvement with the Alumni House and to move more Homecoming events back to the College. Previously, Homecoming reunions have been held in various hotels, but events this year will be centered around the Sunken Garden. Director of Alumni Engagement Kelly Holdcraft works with 23 active regional chapters to plan events and promote giving to the College. She is creating new active regional chapters in Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. Director of Alumni Communications Mitch Vandervorst Ph.D. ’15 outlined the various mediums through which the alumni association communicates with alumni, including the Alumni Magazine, chapter Facebook pages, reunion class year Facebook pages, Twitter and its email newsletter “The Hark.” In the next week, Vandervorst will release a tablet version of the

Alumni Magazine. In terms of funding, the Alumni Association raises half of its $3 million budget and receives the other half through private funding at the College. Director of Business Development Cindy Gillman also rents out the Alumni House for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and other events to raise money. Affinity partnerships, where organizations with large databases of people’s biographical information share that data with businesses for a fee, also support the Alumni Association. Collegiate Insurance Resources, Geico and Bank of America partner with the College’s Alumni Association. “We’re very thoughtful and careful when we choose a partner because needless to say they want the list,” Gillman said. “We really are protective of our list and try to choose partners that make sense for alumni.” Gillman is considering partnering with Nationwide Insurance and Bank

One in the future. The Alumni Association also partners with local businesses for services like catering and providing wine and gifts. Gillman also discussed about the memorial garden, a burial ground located by Lake Matoaka and Alan B. Miller Hall. So far, 13 people have been buried in the memorial garden and 16 people have pre-planned their burial there. “The people that call — you really know how much the place means to them,” Gillman said.

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Review Board now High Court Know Your Rights cards distributed soon, Fall Break tailgate could be cancelled By Claire Gillespie Flat hat ASSOC. news editor

Students who have dreamed of joining a “high court” may soon have that opportunity at the College of William and Mary. The High Court Constitutional Amendment Act and the High Court Act, proposed at Tuesday’s Student Assembly senate meeting, will effectively change the name of the Review Board to the High Court if approved after committee review. “First of all, perhaps a minor reason, the Review Board is not that cool of a name and they don’t think it gives them enough legitimacy, and I fully support it,” Senate Chair Will McConnell ’14 said. “Second reason, which in my opinion is the most important … the Review Board, strictly speaking, is not a review board.”

Much like the U.S. Supreme Court, the Review Board does not have the authority to review specific bills, which is the senate’s job. The High Court Constitutional Amendment Act changes the SA constitution and must pass in order for the High Court Act to pass. As a change to the constitution, the act needs Undergraduate and Graduate Council approval as well as senate approval to pass. The act will pass one month after the senate approves it, if no other SA body stops it. McConnell assigned the bills to the executive and policy committee. Senior Advisor to the President Neal Chabra ’14 reminded senators to encourage their friends to vote, citing TurboVote, the service mentioned in College President Taylor Reveley’s recent email to the student body.

“[TurboVote] allows students to receive reminders on Election Day,” Chabra said. “The site will also direct students on how to register to vote.” Senators relayed the summaries of the past Sunday’s committee meetings. “I’ve actually spent more time explaining the meeting than [being in the] meeting,” Sen. Daniel Ackerman ’16 said. “The highlight was when Will moved us to adjourn.” The SA will be present during lunch and dinner at the Sadler Center again this semester. “We’ll just talk about different bills that are on the floor for the senate and [answer] any questions that students have,” Sen. Seth Opoku-Yeboah ’16 said. “Students may also bring forward their concerns and different ideas they have and ways we can get involved.”

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The SA decided to rename the Review Board because it lacks the authority to review specific bills.

Sen. Colin Danly ’15 expects the Know Your Rights cards to arrive Oct. 1. Once the cards arrive, Danly will introduce a new bill outlining their distribution. The application for Homecoming grants is going to the administration for

approval this week. The SA is also considering canceling the tailgate currently scheduled for fall break. “We could use some money,” Danly said.

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flourishing looks like and recognize that well-being and excellence are not mutually exclusive,” Ambler said. She opened the Committee for Student Affairs meeting with brief remarks about the start of the academic year. Ambler noted that the residents of the fraternity houses were very proud of their new homes. The academic year began with Convocation, and despite the rain, she believes it was a wonderful and joyous experience. Ambler also stressed that One Tribe Place was an accomplishment of this academic year. “That was a Herculean effort to get that building ready for opening,” Ambler said. Student liaisons Erin Spencer ’14 and Brian Focarino ’11, J.D. ’15 gave a Facebook-themed presentation about how social media has changed the College. Spencer stated that, in the past 10 years, online engagement has increased tenfold. Spencer and Focarino mentioned that alumni were previously only able to stay connected to the

College through the alumni magazine, reunions and occasional Homecoming visits. They reasoned that social media has defragmented their connections to the College. “No longer do I get my dose of William and Mary when I get my alumni magazine, but I get my dose of William and Mary every time I check my phone,” Focarino said. The pair mentioned that freshmen now start connecting before they move in. Focarino’s brother, a freshman, met students through Facebook this year before school began, and the group held a Google hangout every Sunday before they moved in. They knew each other well by the time classes started. “Now we have a William and Mary that we’ve never had before. It is young and old. It is near and far. It is loud and proud,” Spencer said. The members of the BOV especially appreciated the fake College President Taylor Reveley twitter account after hearing Spencer and Focarino describe some of the tweets. “Sounds like Fake Taylor is a little surly,” Reveley said.

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As a child, Robert Torrence ’15 was too busy playing Pokemon to take on the electronic game “Lights Out.” Torrence wrote about this experience in the “Wordplay” section of the New York Times, where his solution to “Lights Out” was featured. “Lights Out” was an electronic Tiger Toys game, originally laid out on a five-by-five grid. Torrence, a math major, and his father Bruce, a mathematics professor at Randolph Macon College, recreated the game on the Petersen graph. The game consists of a network of lights, all interconnected. Pushing one of the lights reverses the state of the light, as well as the lights attached to it. The objective is to find a way to turn off all the lights. “The game is so approachable. Anyone can look at ‘Lights Out’ and realize if you push a button, everything it’s touching reverses,” Torrence said. However, the game becomes more difficult as the networks get more complicated. Torrence

discovered a strategy for completing even the most complicated version of the puzzle. He presented this strategy at the Mathematical Association of America Mathfest and won an Outstanding Talk Award. “Anyone can get how it’s played, but to understand why certain patterns emerge, proving why certain patterns always work, is very mathematical,” Torrence said. “It is all linear algebra.” Torrence’s strategy involves chasing a ring of lights either outwards or inwards. After Bruce Torrence found that the light chasing strategy worked for some of the graphs, the pair discovered that the strategy worked for all of them. Torrence was impressed with the rate at which many people on the New York Times’s “Wordplay” blog actually discovered the solution prior to its posting. “I was surprised that people did really well in getting the actual solution,” he said. “This blog has a lot of really talented readership and it was really fun.”

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themselves about the failure and not the student body as a whole,” Haam said. “Instead of the [Election Commission] apologizing for what was happening, it was up to us, the candidates, to apologize.” Votenet has experienced enough glitches in the past that the SA senate considered changing eballot providers last November, but the senate policy committee did not end up pursuing other options. “My first reaction was, ‘really, on this day?’” Chief of Staff Drew Wilke ’15 said. “But then once you hear it’s a power outage, you know things are pretty serious and unfortunately, when that happens, it’s somewhat out of your control.” The election will now take place Monday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Brophy cites Busch Gardens day and the uncertainty about when the power would be restored as reasons for holding the day through the weekend.

“I was kind of excited to be done with the campaigning … but I can wait a couple more days and that way I can answer people’s questions,” Castro said. “It’s alright.” Votenet estimates the power will be restored by noon today. Brophy encouraged candidates to continue campaigning over the weekend but told them not to spend additional money.

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Five ways to better manage your time deadlines, social events, meetings and other commitments can help you plan ahead and budget your time accordingly. Color-coding these activities and recording plans as soon as you make them can be beneficial in maximizing your time. Be realistic (don’t schedule non-stop study marathons), and make sure to schedule time for breaks and relaxation. FLAT HAT ASSOC. OPINIONS EDITOR 3) Practice prioritizing: While prioritizing is tough, it can be helpful to think regularly about things you value most. Having a more solid I am a notorious procrastinator. As a person whose idea of set of general priorities (strengthening your friendships, a wild Friday night consists of curling up with a cup of tea and challenging yourself ), can aid in ranking more specific, watching a movie with friends, perhaps working down to the wire short-term priorities (applying for internships, delivering is as close to living on the edge as I will ever come. I am a slow learner, but I’ve finally realized the toll that my a great performance). Looking at which deadlines are procrastinating lifestyle has taken on my mental and physical coming up soonest and thinking about roughly how health. Pushing things off until the last minute has led to prolonged much time assignments will take to complete can help periods of anxiety and stress, and has resulted in late nights spent you decide which task to start first. Think of what you need to accomplish versus what you at Earl Gregg Swem Library or at home, want to do. Non-academic needs are finishing papers rather than spending There is no ‘one size fits all’ time with friends. approach to time management. still needs, and are just as important as academic priorities: sleeping, socializing But, my fellow procrastinators: There It is best to be honest about your with friends and family, eating meals, is hope. strengths and preferences, rather and taking time for yourself are not The strategies that I am trying to than holding tight to what would low priorities; your overall wellbeing is adopt this year are ones I have learned much more important than even the best from people who inspire me with their be ideal in theory. grades. ability to expertly balance work and 4) Be study smart: play. Here are some of their techniques and practices that boost Going to your professors to ask, “What is the best way mental health and decrease stress: to study for this exam?” can ease your anxiety by clarifying 1) Work to your strengths: both their and your expectations. Also, chatting regularly There is no “one size fits all” approach to time and stress with professors to ask questions or informally discuss management. It is best to be honest about your strengths and your opinions about class material can help you retain preferences, rather than holding tight to what would be ideal in knowledge along the way. While this is easier said than theory. While your best friend may feel invigorated waking up at 6 a.m. to do work before class, it could leave you feeling exhausted done, holding yourself accountable to start early and “chunk” your studying or writing time over a longer period by 10 a.m. The Daily Grind may be your most productive study — such as an hour per day for a week — can prevent latespot, but could drive your easily distracted roommate crazy. We night cramming sessions. each have unique characteristics, and there is no one right way 5) Treat yourself: to manage time effectively. By asking yourself some questions Reward yourself for accomplishing your goals — even about your work habits (Does music or noise help me focus? Do I small steps in the right direction are important. It may take retain more information writing or typing my notes? Do mid-day some time to develop your perfect plan, but don’t lose naps make me feel rejuvenated or sleepier?), you can develop an heart. With persistence and practice, you will be able to get excellent action plan. And if you are still using trial and error to your work done and still have time for fun. figure out what works best for you, like I am, that’s okay, too. 2) Become friends with your planner: Email Andrea Aron-Schiavone at acaronschiavon@ (Or your Google Calendar, to-do lists or apps). Writing in your email.wm.edu.

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n an April editorial regarding the Walter Zable estate’s $23.9 million donation to the College of William and Mary’s athletic program, our editorial board said renovating Zable Stadium would do little to reduce student apathy if the football team did not also improve. This season, the football team is 3-1, having lost only to West Virginia University, one of the best college football teams in the nation, and only by a single touchdown. Tailgates have been filled with excitement, and students want to attend football games. Even during the inclement weather of the parents’ weekend football game, many people stayed, prompting coach Jimmye Laycock to write a public letter of thanks, published by The Flat Hat. This is what happens when we emphasize the quality of athletes over the quality of facilities. If this trend continues, we believe it will have a positive effect on the College by boosting Tribe pride and attracting quality student athletes in all sports, perhaps leading to more alumni donations. Putting the College’s general apathy toward sports aside, students will be more inclined to attend games if teams perform well. This is evident by the football team’s success so far this season. These events help bring students together and foster a greater sense of community within the College and the Williamsburg area; organizations like Tribal Fever should exploit this by continuing to organize trips to away games, to expand the College’s support system beyond the campus. The Student Assembly should be commended for doing its part by funding portable toilets for the tailgating area. They will be much appreciated in the coming weeks. Because students don’t know a great deal about sports on campus and the College doesn’t promote them, student athletes’ success is not always received with the same level of enthusiasm as the success of students in non-athletic arenas. The men’s soccer team defeated the No. 1 and No. 24 teams in the Colonial Athletic Association in the last two weeks. Student accomplishment ought to be recognized, whether it is in academics or sports. Tribal Fever could perhaps do more to promote successful non-football sports teams as well, even organize rides to home games, which take place near the Dillard Complex, a difficult walk for students. Let’s not delude ourselves: The College will never become a sports-centered school. But providing a great education and cultivating great athletes need not be a zero-sum game. As long as we do not divert resources away from academics, students and administrators should not fear an improvement in athletics. Prospective students who would not have otherwise considered the College may see us as a potential option in the future. And with $10 million of Zable’s donation set aside for athletic scholarships, the College will be able to reel in more of these students. We hope that, in the future, improved athletics will lead to more donations — if not from billionaires like Walter Zable, then at least from other prominent alumni. The ultimate goal would be a positive feedback loop: More donations could contribute to better teams, which would then lead to more donations. Of course, the only way this loop works is if the money is used to help build teams, rather than simply renovate stadiums. We are happy to see, at least right now, that the College understands this and that it is paying off.

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After another hazing incident: Reflecting on the issue that hasn’t gone away Ricky Tischner THE FLAT HAT

Cornell University’s lacrosse team will be having a very slow season this year. As of Sept. 13, Cornell University’s entire men’s lacrosse team was temporarily suspended due to a hazing incident. John Carberry, the director of Cornell’s Press Relations Office, released an official statement acknowledging the incident as having included the “coerced consumption of alcohol by underage freshmen.” According to www.hazing.cornell. edu, Cornell’s official hazing prevention website, “the freshmen were told to stand in a circle and were tied together with string that was passed through their belt loops. They consumed a large quantity of alcohol to the point at which multiple members vomited.” As demonstrated by the Cornell Lacrosse team, hazing is not only a practice that is dangerous to individual health, but also

one that is detrimental to an institution as a whole. There is a widespread notion on several college campuses, and even here at the College of William and Mary, that hazing is fine as long as the recipients aren’t being forced to do anything senior members of the organization have not done already. It is clear to anyone with common sense that this logic is not only flawed, but dangerous as well. As we’ve all learned, rather painstakingly via AlcoholEdu, different people have different tolerances for substances or activities, particularly those of an illicit nature (i.e. involving drugs or alcohol). An activity that one member of a group might have had a very mild reaction to could potentially be damaging to another member of the organization. Another common thought is that hazing is some sort of “training process” along the lines of preseason for sports teams. The key difference lies in the fact that, among most athletic organizations, such training is designed to help members work more efficiently together and become stronger as a unit. The hazing that occurs on and off college campuses is merely coercion, and

is almost always solely for the enjoyment of senior group members. Furthermore, we can conclude that hazing is a form of institutionalized bullying, by which victims are not only forced, but often willingly submit, to dangerous and often illegal activities at their expense. The College’s student handbook defines hazing as including “acts which endanger the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroy or remove public or private property for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization.” During the 201213 school year, various Greek organizations at the College lost their institutional and housing rights due to alleged hazing activities. Whether or not this disciplinary action will have an effect on future hazing statistics at the College remains to be seen. Regardless, hazing, especially when it leads to serious consequences, is something that is not, and should never be, acceptable at this school. Email Ricky Tischner at rstischner@email. wm.edu.

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Casual college flings lead to hilarity, heartbreak Regrets are overrated, but awkwardness is real The myth of friends

Kalyn Horn

Behind Closed Doors columnist

Occasionally, I get it into my head that “something” will be a good idea. That “something” could be anything — getting my nipples pierced, going ice-skating, asking a near stranger out to coffee — but I usually end up being wrong. In fact, I would go so far as to call most of my spontaneous blunders bad ideas. And one of those “somethings” happened one evening over the summer following my senior year of high school, when I became very bored. Boredom and I do not get along. It is in the throes of ennui that I’ve conceived the majority of my “good ideas”, and that night was no exception. I was struck with an epiphany. “I should have sex with a boy,” I thought to myself. “I should have sex with Landon. This is a good idea.” Let me take a moment to clear the air: I am a lesbian. I was a lesbian then, too. This evening was not a lapse in my sexuality but rather a brief fit of insanity. I have no excuses. I had only met Landon once, when my friend, Lex, dragged me to his apartment about a week prior to my bright idea. Our first meeting had ended in a fantastic back rub and in yours truly cramming his iPad full of inane games and pointless apps. So why Landon, out of all the boys I knew? For one, the majority of my male friends were homosexual. I also didn’t want to sleep with someone I knew particularly well and thus confound our platonic relationship. Aside from that, I’d been impressed by Landon’s skills as an impromptu masseuse, and he wasn’t that unattractive — for a boy. He had no scratchy

facial hair or beer gut or empty cans of Red Bull littering the floor of his room. His carpet even seemed to be recently vacuumed. In the end, I had sex with Landon because he gave decent back rubs and had a clean apartment. I obviously have good priorities. I was in the car with Lex when I had my profound revelation. I informed her of my burgeoning plan, and she immediately whipped out her cell phone to dial Landon’s number. When she relayed my intentions to him, he expressed firm disbelief, probably due to the fact that I’m a lesbian. She coerced him into inviting us over anyway. Upon arrival at his decently neat apartment, Lex and I spent a few awkward minutes socializing with Landon and his roommate, but before long, Landon pulled out his iPad in exchange for another back massage. Of course I agreed. Not only could a back rub lead to further intimacy, but I also got to screw around with his expensive electronics. With the iPad propped up in front of me and my head cradled in the crook of one arm, he went to work. After a few minutes, Landon leaned down and asked, “Can I pull your shirt up?” I didn’t need convincing. He tugged up the hem of my blouse until the flat plane of my back was bared, as well as a little bit of side-boob. He continued his Herculean effort, dragging callused palms down ridged vertebrae and rubbing circles into my shoulder blades. Let me tell you, there is little better than dedicated hands on a sore spine. Finally, he seemed convinced. He bent close again, this time with a request, “Come up to my room?” And that’s how, ten minutes later, I found myself shirtless and thoroughly doubting my decisions in a strange boy’s neatly made bed. Honestly, it wasn’t that horrible of an experience. The poor boy pulled out all the stops. He went down on me — which was my first experience with oral sex — introduced me to the beauty that is biting and scratching, and

even used a vibrator on me before he moved in for the kill. Objectively, he did a respectable job, but without that key sexual attraction, it all just felt awkward and distinctly wrong. As such, a certain biological process was lacking without that same attraction: lubrication. I’m so sorry for those who can sympathize with me; being penetrated without being wet or using lube is like being split apart. He thrust into me for at least five minutes with no sign of stopping. I was detachedly impressed; he had significantly more stamina, it seemed, than boys in the stories that my friends told. However, my vagina couldn’t keep up with him, and after a particularly agonizing thrust, I asked him to stop. He promptly rolled off of me and asked if I was okay. I confirmed that I was, and he scooted away for a few moments to presumably remove his condom. I couldn’t see his actions very well in the dark, or even really see his dick. At least I preserved my eyesight, if not my virginity. Afterward, Landon tried to cuddle. Bless that boy. I left him with blue balls and deprived him of my excellent cuddling skills. Instead, I quickly dressed, bid him farewell, and dragged Lex out of the apartment to drive me home. Needless to say, that final part of sex — what some might call the act of sex — was extremely unpleasant. I got home later that night, aching and wincing every time my thighs brushed together, and I scrubbed myself in the shower until I could no longer smell him on me. Then I ran a bath to soak my sore lady bits. The water stung. The realization that my good idea was not a good idea stung even more. I regretted my actions for months afterward. I avoided Landon and kept tight-lipped about the whole shindig. However, now that I have the benefit of hindsight, I’m glad I went through with it. It was a valuable life experience, if not a particularly exciting one, and it left me with a hilarious story. Regrets are overrated, anyway. Kalyn Horn is a Behind Closed Door columnist and likes to try new things.

And this is why I avoid sitting on public furniture

Joseph Scholle

Behind Closed Doors columnist

What is the hook-up culture? There’s only one way to find out: Wikipedia. Believe it or not, Wikipedia has a full page dedicated to “hook-up culture.” It’s about as interesting as you would expect an encyclopedia article about hook-up culture to be. It’s also flagged for four separate issues — so you know all the information is right — but it has the science to back up some of the things I’ve learned about hook-up culture during my experience at the College of William and Mary. It turns out that colleges everywhere are pretty much the same; people everywhere are interested in lowcommitment sexual encounters that seek to avoid the emotional investment that comes with a relationship. It is little wonder; sex is undeniably pleasurable. We want it, we need it, and most people will go to great lengths for it. But some of my experiences have left me wondering if our hook-up culture actually leads to good sex. The most disturbing aspect of

the hook-up culture to me is its relation to alcohol. This makes no sense to me. Intoxication inhibits really good sex. Why aren’t people drinking Gatorade to get properly hydrated? Drinking to prepare for a hookup makes the hookup seem like a bad thing. It’s like old-timey surgeons who would give their patients a swig of whiskey before sawing off a limb. I consider myself a pretty good listener and have spent many pleasant hours listening to people talk. But there is one story I have heard too many times and for which I have no further patience. My friend, let’s call her Jessica, saw a guy, we’ll call him Kevin, at a party. They hit it off and hooked up that night and enjoyed it enough to do it again. Pretty soon, they were regular hook-up buddies. They enjoyed spending time with one another, in and out of bed. Then things started to change. Jessica started thinking that maybe there was something more. She began to see Kevin as a potential boyfriend. They were already acting like most of the couples she knew. Jessica desired a real relationship. Unfortunately for Jess, Kevin wasn’t interested. He remained perfectly content with hooking up and occasionally hanging out. They drifted apart y. Eventually they stopped hooking up and hanging out. They never had a real conversation about

it — at least not one both of them could recount the next day. And so went a friendship. Even though both people had come together looking for the same thing, their expectations diverged. This isn’t an isolated incident. We are people, not robots, and we change. We assume everybody wants the same thing and that what we do won’t change anything. This doesn’t reflect reality. If we want to be more fulfilled in our relationships, we need to be more willing to discuss exactly what it is we are looking for and how we can reach that goal. Otherwise, we’re all just fumbling around, hoping to fall into someone who fits our desires perfectly. Good luck with that. The best part of hookup-culture is the honesty in it. We don’t have to hide our intentions. One friend of mine has been designated as a hookup finder for her group. We were at a party once and she said to me, “My friend wants to hookup with someone tonight. Are you that person?” I wasn’t, but the question didn’t register as surprising. In our hook-up culture, you can say things like that. But if you think that maybe you’re looking for something else, voice it. Talking to people works. But there are some things I don’t like to hear: “Did you hear about Michelle and Tom? I heard they had sex on the couch you’re

sitting on.” Seriously, I can’t seem to find anywhere safe to sit. I don’t even know Michelle. I know what she looks like now because somebody has shown me her Facebook page. Now, I see her on the Terrace five times a week. I know entirely too much about the sexual histories and proclivities of girls and guys whom I’ve never met. This is uncomfortable for me and unfair to them. I’ll take some of the blame for this one, because I am too willing to listen to gossip or boasting, but still — there’s nothing more awkward than meeting someone and knowing nothing beside their weirdest sexual experience. The most unfair part of this over-sharing is that the person involved had no part in the decision to let me know. If you chose to tell me about your personal life, that’s fine. I’m writing a column in a newspaper that involves many very personal things. Contrary to the thug life, I chose the sex columnist life. If you hear about me from someone else, please don’t listen. I’m not sure if I am interesting enough to talk about. Almost all of the stories I hear about are random hookups. People in relationships are too boring, right? Joseph Scholle is a Behind Closed Doors columnist and doesn’t think you should be sitting on that couch.

Mariana Debbe

Behind Closed doors columnist

Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve been in a relationship for nearly the entirety of my college career. I was fortunate enough to meet someone very special during my first month of college, someone who just so happened to live on my freshman hall — yes, we committed the infamous “hall-cest.” Needless to say, throughout the past two years I’ve spent at the College of William and Mary, I haven’t taken part in the typical college hook up. However, for the sake of this column, let’s travel back to a far away time. It was the first week of college. I was a young, naive freshman living in Jefferson Hall. Guys and girls conveniently roomed on the same hall, separated only by a common kitchen space. Within the first couple of days, the girls and guys had gotten to know each other. Soon enough, friend groups began to solidify across the divide. Our Orientation Aides had warned us not to commit the dreaded “hall-cest,” but, of course, I brushed it off as meaningless advice that could never apply to me — ha, little did I know. Growing up, I’d always had a lot of guy friends. My closest best friends were three lovely ladies I’ve known since 6th grade, but the rest of my friends were guys. They were the ones I had classes with every day, the ones I sat next to at award ceremonies, the ones who drew penises on my notebooks, and the ones who fueled my competitiveness in everything we did. There was never any confusion as to the boundaries of those friendships, so for the most part, the interactions I had with persons of the male sex were all smooth sailing. College guys? A whole different story. What I thought was a hall filled with guys to replace my friends from back home turned out to be a boiling pot of sexual tension, confusing love triangles, and a whole lot of awkward encounters. Before you get your hopes up, I will not be delving into the intricate details of what happened with whom, how many times, whether there were multiple hookups in one night, or the length of these “flings.” Instead, I will simply tell you this: The “hook-up culture” of college is real. Most life lessons are most obvious when viewed in hindsight. It’s not until long after the event occurs that you wish you could go back in time and tell yourself the one word that would have saved you from humiliation and discomfort: “No.” So here’s the realization I came across quite early in my freshman year, although not quite early enough: In college, the “hook-up culture” creates an environment in which hookups are expected to happen. The friends I made on the guys’ side of my freshman hall would never be the same as my high school friends. College is a completely different playing field. I wasn’t just going to school with these guys; I was living with them. They weren’t just people I would see in passing in the hallways and sit next to in class. Never before had my interactions with guys been in such close proximity, sustained for as long, or occured so frequently. It was all so different, yet I kept telling myself the opposite: that I’d always had guy friends, and these weren’t any different. That’s where I went wrong. I hadn’t changed, but the atmosphere in which my friendships existed was vastly different. Remember when you were in middle school, and the second you were friendly with a person of the opposite sex, it meant you were a couple? And whether there were romantic feelings or not, those under question would always yell out in frustration: “Can’t we just be friends without everyone thinking we’re together?” Well, it turns out that not much has changed since those days. There were certain guys on my hall that I connected with, so I spent most of my time hanging out with them. I didn’t think much of it. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for the guys in question. It was almost as if every guy I tried to befriend had different expectations. It’s one thing for two people to start as friends and to eventually fall in love, but it’s another to assume that just because a girl talks to you during the day and gets lunch with you, she wants to be in your bed later that night. If I saw a friend from my hall at a party, it was as if the familiarity instantly meant, “Let’s hook up.” Now, to be clear, I’m not saying this only applies to guys. Women can be just as sex-crazed as men. And it doesn’t even need to be sex. It could be the desperate desire to label whatever it is that’s going on between two people. The college “hook-up culture” can be a driving force behind decisions that ultimately end in regret and a handful of awkward silences, but if you can understand it and decide what you want out of it, take these years to embrace it. College only happens once. Mariana Debbe is a Behind Closed Doors columnist and recommends that boys and girls try and not mistake platonic friendship for romantic gestures.


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At 9:22 p.m. Wednesday night, the first of the excited students started claiming seats in the Wren portico for the first Wren Ten of the year. By 9:48 p.m., the portico was packed, and students were shuffling into the courtyard trying to get a good view. The turnout alone was a positive sign for the coming events, and DoubleTake did not disappoint. As the group ran through the crowd at 10:02 p.m., energy was high. The cheering was loud and the anticipation was tangible. The group looked ready to wow the crowd in their black, white and red outfits; for the most part, it did. “Most of the time groups hesitate to pick the first slot since there is a quick turnaround time from fall auditions, but we love the challenge,” John Anderson ’14, a member of DoubleTake, said in an email. The first song of the night and the Wren Ten season was actually a mashup of contemporary music including lines from Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” and several more. It was a little pitchy in spots, but the group was excited and nervous, and the energy more than made up for the less-than perfect start. Plus, the group added four new members only a few weeks ago. As the performance continued, the group only got better. The members seemed to get in their elements, and their singing improved as their confidence increased. Their dancing could use some work, but who could blame them for having fun? People did not come to watch them dance anyway. Their second song was a powerful rendition of Heart’s “Alone,” which they followed with Imogen Heap’s “Speeding Cars.” Both songs featured powerful voices and confident stage presences. Perhaps the most impressive performance of the night, though, was by Anderson. He led the fourth song by

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DoubleTake is one of the three co-ed a capella groups at the College of William and Mary. It was founded in 1993. The ensemble specializes in a range of musical styles, from modern pop to oldies.

the group, an upbeat rendition of One Republic’s “Counting Stars,” as well as the encore, One Republic’s “Everybody Loves Me.” Anderson has a tremendous vocal range and displayed impeccable confidence during his performance. “I was a little nervous to premiere this song [“Counting Stars”] since I have been feeling a bit under the weather lately, but I gave it all I had!” Anderson said in an

email. “From what I heard, the song was received pretty well. My voice is definitely shot, but it was absolutely worth it!” The last song before the audience demanded an encore was Andy Grammer’s “Fine By Me.” The lead for this song was Evan Cunningham ’16, who goes by the stage name Evan Chambers. The group announced that Chambers just released his album, “Lightning Eyes,” on

iTunes. He certainly has a good voice, but he, like several of the performers, could use a lesson on projection. They should assume that the people in the back want to hear the stellar performance, too. The whole night took on a “lights, camera, action” feel because Creative Services sent a representative to film. She fearlessly stood in front of the crowd with her fancy camera and even dared

to walk into the group in the middle of a performance to try and get a better shot. The performance will only feature for a few seconds in the “New Ambitions” video she says Creative Services is making for prospective students, but undoubtedly her attention had to make DoubleTake feel both nervous and glamorous as they performed under the glare of the spotlight.

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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Need a good laugh? Don’t feel like shelling out your hard-earned cash for entertainment? No problem. Join AMP’s Comedy Committee this Saturday, Sept. 28, at 9 p.m. for some free laughs as comedian Luke Thayer performs in Lodge 1. Thayer is the creator of the popular live comedy hour, “The Living Room,” and has been featured on MTV.com, the Tyra Banks Show, and Lifetime.com. He was recently listed in the New York Post’s Comics’ Favorite Jokes of 2012. Don’t miss this great opportunity for a fun night full of laughter.

Are the pressures of college life starting to get you down? Homework and exams got you stressed? Join the Meditation Club on Sunday, Sept. 29, and meditate your worries away. Sessions offer instruction for self-meditation as well as meditation in a group environment. Sessions are held every Sunday at 4 p.m. on the Colonial Williamsburgside of the Sir Christopher Wren Building. Take a moment out of your Sunday and enjoy some simple COURTESY PHOTO / WWW.FLICKR.COM relaxation.


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again Eskay’s go-ahead goal sends College past No. 1 UNC 1-0

BY YONNIE IYOB FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER It was a surprise everyone saw coming. William and Mary, coming off backto-back wins over former No. 1 Creighton and No. 24 Elon, defeated newly anointed No. 1 North Carolina 1-0 Tuesday night at Martin Family Stadium. Sophomore forward Jackson Eskay scored the goahead goal in the 73rd minute to seal the Tribe’s (4-2-1) third consecutive win over a ranked opponent.

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This victory was the third for head coach Chris Norris against the top team in the country in the regular season. The win brings Norris’ total record against No. 1 squads to 3-1-0. “We were playing well; we had beaten some really good teams in Creighton and Elon, so we felt like we had a very good opportunity to win the game,” Norris said. “Obviously, to beat two number ones in a season and to beat two in a nine-day period is almost unheard of. Did I think it was going to happen? No, not necessarily. But, did I think it was possible? Yes, definitely.” Like the previous two upsets, the College entered with confidence. Just four minutes into the contest, senior forward Roshan Patel received the ball in scoring position off a corner kick. He ripped a shot on goal, but North Carolina’s goalkeeper Brendan Moore registered the save. Upping the offensive pressure, junior midfielder Josh West managed to get a foot on the ball off a corner in the

14th minute. However, Moore once again made the save. Although the College held a 5-2 advantage in shots in the first half, it was the Tar Heels who saw the best chance. In the 41st minute, Tar Heel midfielder Chipper Root saw an opportunity and fired a shot from just short of midfield, hoping to catch Tribe redshirt sophomore keeper Mac Phillips out of position. Root succeeded, but the ball did not stay down and dinged harmlessly off the crossbar. The second half bought similar returns for the Tar Heels, who held the advantage in possession and pressured the College’s defense from the whistle. North Carolina opened the half with a quick shot from midfielder Alex Olofson that sailed wide of the target. Not to be outdone, the Tribe responded with a shot from Eskay; again, however, Moore made the save. Eskay’s next chance would be very different. Senior Chris Perez hit a cross into the box for junior Chris Albiston in the 73rd

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minute. Albiston redirected the ball across the face of the goal, managing to pass it through a host of Tar Heel defenders, where it ended up resting on the goal line. Eskay pounced. A struggle between Eskay and Moore ensued before the referee signaled that the ball had crossed the line. For the third game in a row, the Tribe owned a lead over a nationally ranked opponent. With Eskay’s go-ahead goal, his fourth of the season, in hand, the pressure turned to the College’s keeper, Phillips. In the 84th minute, North Carolina’s Marco Sunol threatened to equalize the score; however, Phillips was there to make a key stop to keep the match 1-0. Again in the 90th minute, as the Tar Heels desperately fought to find a score, Phillips made another key save against Olofson, effectively sealing the match. Phillips recorded all three of his saves in the decisive second half, giving him a CAA-leading fourth shutout. Phillips has not allowed a goal in 242 minutes of

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consecutive game play. “Personally I don’t think I played as well as I could have, but I came up big when we needed me to,” Phillips told Tribe Athletics. “I’m so excited we beat the No.1 team in the nation. The College completes its five-game road trip Saturday, opening CAA play against Drexel at 4 p.m.

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GUEST COMMENTARY

Rain can’t stop Zable faithful A letter to the College’s fans and community

Jimmye Laycock HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

Dear Tribe Faithful, Last Saturday evening in Zable Stadium was a beautiful night for football — if you were wearing helmets and pads. Beyond that, the constant rain could certainly have dampened the atmosphere. I just wanted to take a moment to let the student body know how much our football program appreciated so many of you showing up early, being enthusiastic, and staying through the elements in the win over Rhode Island. I wanted to assure you that our student athletes take great pride in representing William and Mary and your support is crucial to our success. There is nothing that makes the gameday experience more exciting for players, fans and alumni than a strong student turnout. Being a former student, and athlete, at the College, I realize the time commitment necessary to be successful academically on this

campus, and I appreciate so many students making the time to be a part of the fun on a football Saturday. Our players work very hard to ensure we are prepared to protect our home field, but we definitely gain an advantage when we are able to feed off the excitement and electricity our student sections provide. I’ve always seen football Saturdays as being a great opportunity to bring the entire Tribe family together for a common cause. Now, more than ever, we have so much to celebrate as members of this great and dynamic university. We have four home games remaining on the schedule, and I sincerely hope you will continue to make time to come out and follow the action through the remainder of the season. The next home game comes in two weeks from this Saturday, when we host the University of Pennsylvania Saturday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m. Additionally, Homecoming is coming up quickly, as we will see archrival James Madison come to campus Oct. 26. Again, thank you for the continued support. You truly have an impact on our success and are a big reason why Zable Stadium is such a special place for our community to gather on fall Saturdays. Go Tribe!

Editor’s note: Head coach Jimmye Laycock, quarterback under former head coach Lou Holtz and graduate of the class of 1970, returned to the College to coach in 1980. 33 years later, Laycock boasts one of the most impressive resumes in all of the Football Championship Subdivision, accumulating an overal record of 215-160-2. Laycock has led the Tribe to postseason play nine times and ranks in the top ten of all-time wins among FCS coaches. In 2008, the College dedicated the $11 million Jimmye Laycock Football Center. ­- Flat Hat Sports Editor Chris Weber

REMAINING HOME GAMES

PENN

October 12th

JAMES MADISON

October 26th Homecoming

NEW HAMPSHIRE

November 2nd

TOWSON

November 16th


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