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Students host statue debate Final vote opposes removal SARAH SMITH FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR

dining facilities everywhere, and Williams works at Cosi, which she said had a similar problem with ants in the past. In addition to the area in which sandwiches are prepared, Cosi features a soda fountain near the tables in Lodge 1. She said that the ants in Cosi were drawn from the kitchen area to the soda machine. According to Williams, Cosi shut down its soda machine for three days so the staff members could clean it thoroughly. She said a similar cleaning process will be needed to control the ant population at the Commons. “People think ants are attracted to food first. They’re attracted to water first,” Williams said. “To me, the ant problem looked to be far enough along that the machine should’ve been shut down.” Williams was not the only student who encountered the ants at the same soda machine. Last week, Tina Chang ’16 had already

The William and Mary Debate Society held a debate on the resolution, “Resolved: Remove the Thomas Jefferson Statue from Campus,” Tuesday, Feb. 23. A vote by those in attendance, held at the end of the debate, determined that the side arguing not to remove the statue to be the winning argument. This debate is part of the Debate Society’s initiative to include the public and discuss topics relevant to the College. In November, students covered the Thomas Jefferson Statue with post-it notes that raised questions about Jefferson’s history as a slave owner and his alleged sexual relationship with his slave Sally Hemmings. Members of the Debate Society as well as audience members took the podium to share their beliefs about what the statue represents and what the College should do. Debate Society members Jerusalem Demsas ’17 and Gerry Jamison ’17 argued that it is important to remove the statue to protect the mental health of students who have been affected by racism or sexual assault. “The greatest obligation the college has to its current students, because we have the greatest impact on the College today,” Demsas said. “The statue has the greatest impact on the students who go here. When the College makes decisions it ought to care about these individuals the most. When making this decision, it needs to do two things. The College needs to look at the legitimacy of the claim and see if it’s causing harm, and then we need to balance the harm against the benefits that some are claiming.” Demsas also said that in contextualizing this conversation on the statue, it is important to remember that recently several Title IX violations have been filed at the College and a conversation on race has led to the creation of a race and race relations task force. On the other side, Debate Society members Ciera Killen ’18 and Venu Katta ’16 argued that it is important for the College to keep the statue where it is for two reasons: to not deny Jefferson’s contributions to religious freedoms and academia and to not drive away donors. Katta also said that while Jefferson owned approximately 600 slaves, he was an advocate for abolition. Additionally Katta brought up that by advocating for religious freedoms, Jefferson did more to include peoples of different

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Resident District Manager Jeff McClure said the soda machine located in Commons Dining Hall near the dish return will be out of commission until after spring break.

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Ants infest soda machine at Commons Dining Hall ELEANOR LAMB FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR

Feb. 19, the soda machine nearest the dish return at the Commons had an “Out of Order” sign attached to its side. For Emily Williams ’18, the machine seemed to work just fine. That is, until she discovered about six ants swimming in her orange soda. “I drank and then noticed. I was grossed out,” Williams said. “I knew I should probably say something.” That same afternoon, she created a post on the Facebook page “Overheard at William and Mary” warning students to be wary of the machine infested with ants. Williams said she did not notice the “Out of Order” sign because it was located on the machine’s side. However, despite the sign, the machine was still turned on and functioning. Ant infestations are an occasional occurrence in kitchens and



Ramsey discusses bid Faculty talk LGBTQIA issues in STEM for City Council spot Science professors answer questions about LGBTQIA issues Campaign to focus on community role EMILY MARTELL FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR

Business professional and alumna of the College of William and Mary Barbara Ramsey ’75 will rely on her long-term presence and engagement in the community in her bid for a City Council seat. Her Feb. 26 campaign launch came at the same time as Mayor Clyde Haulman’s announcement that he will not run for a fifth term on City Council. Two-term councilmember Judy Knudson has also decided not to seek reelection, so two seats will be vacant for the upcoming May 3 election. Vice Mayor Paul Frieling, whose term ends June 30, 2016, will also be up for reelection. With three seats contested this year, Ramsey joins a pool of several other potential candidates, including College student

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Benming Zhang ’16 and economics professor Elaine McBeth. The deadline for candidates to secure a place on the ballot is 7 p.m. March 1. Since graduating from the College in 1975, Ramsey has maintained active involvement in Williamsburg and has been a homeowner since 1977 on the same property that she rented as a student. Although she often lived elsewhere in her professional career, she said that her long-term presence in Williamsburg makes her a viable candidate for a City Council seat. “It’s important for City Council members to have an invested interest in Williamsburg, and by having a presence in Williamsburg since 1977, it shows that I do have that commitment,” Ramsey said. See RAMSEY page 4


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Professors answered questions prepared by oSTEM members, as well as questions from the audience.

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organization dedicated to creating leadership and mentoring opportunities to LGBTQIA people in STEM fields. Since the chapter’s founding at the College, members have worked to educate students on diversity, particularly in the sciences. Four professors from different science fields sat on the panel. While most of the questions were prepared by oSTEM members, other students had the chance to submit questions online prior to the panel. These questions focused on discrimination faced by queer and minority professors, as well as ways to make STEM fields more diverse and welcoming for professors and students. Another focus of the questions was how data-driven science fields incorporate elements of faculty and students’ personal lives enough to be inclusive. “I think the focus on the sciences being objective and data-driven makes us forget that even in the attempt to be objective there is a lot of subjectivity See SCIENCE page 4

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I looked down at my drink and some ants were in it. I was really grossed out and surprised because I had already taken a couple sips. — Tina Chang ‘16 on the ant infestation in the soda machines at the Commons Dining Hall

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The weekend of Feb. 13, the College of William and Mary welcomed Chef Jin Huixing from China and Chef Roel Houben from the Netherlands as a part of its Global Chef Program. These chefs shared international cuisine with students and unique recipes and

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flavors with the Dining Services staff. “William and Mary is the host of the Global Chef training, which invites chefs from all over to learn with hands-on training and share authentic international cuisine with students, staff, and the William and Mary dining team,” Melissa Strain, marketing manager of Dining Services, said in an email. “I think this initiative is unique, but ties in well with William and Mary Dining’s efforts to add variety to the food. We have been adding variety each semester based on student feedback.” According to Sadler Operations Manager Michael Bush, Dining Services is very sensitive to student feedback and hopes to satisfy various different tastes with its offerings. “The balance we are looking to strike is between students who like foods with tremendous flavors and spices and others who like simpler, more basic flavoring,” Bush said in an email. “Serving over 10,000 meals a day makes that a tough challenge but we try with every meal we create.” The Global Chef Program is a program that was created several years ago by Jeff McClure, the resident district manager. According to Campus Executive Chef Stephen Losee, the goal is to share the food of different cultures. “Sodexo brings international chefs from basically all over the world … And those chefs come to the U.S., and they do a global chefs


tour through the country,” Losee said. “And they visit different Sodexo accounts, and they’re usually there for between two or three days, and they do a bit like what we did here. They have a big food display, and they sort of educate the students on their cuisines.” This is the fourth round of the Global Chef Program at the College. Past chefs have come from Thailand, Malaysia and Poland. “The international chefs especially compliment [sic] the diversity of William and Mary’s student body,” Strain said in an email. “We have such a large international student body here on campus, that it’s nice to be able to share this great cultural experience. Students were able to speak to the chefs about the dishes and their culture.” Losee said that the programs were popular with students from abroad. “For example, [Jin] was very popular at William and Mary,” Losee said. “There was quite a high response rate from the Chinese student population here on campus. And it brought a real added value to them because it was something that was very familiar to our students here.” According to Strain, the global food can be like a slice of home for international students. “Usually students want comfort food, much of which include international dishes or flavors,” Strain said in an email. “The Global Chefs are able to train our staff on the processes behind the food and how it’s made, which allows us to add more variety of flavors into our dishes.” Losee also said that the program not only benefits the international students but the international chefs as well. “At the same time it actually put the chef

in a comfort zone because he didn’t speak any English,” Losee said. “So he was able to communicate with someone in his own language and kind of relay and talk to them. It was such a great experience to see him happy, engaging students, and the students happy that they could speak to him, and try that food.” According to Losee, this program has acted as a way to share culture between the chefs and the William and Mary students. “Some of [the chefs] ... had never been to America before,” Losee said. “So for them to come here and experience what we do, they’re able to add to their experience as they actually add to our experience.” Bush said that they are also aiming to introduce variety to students’ diets. “We also hope through these programs, that students try a dish that they may not have tried before, and continue to expand their culinary education,” Bush said in an email. The impact of these international chefs will extend well beyond the weekend of their visit. “This will enable us to have authentic international foods prepared right in front of students to provide both variety and freshness,” Strain said in an email. According to Bush, the enthusiastic response from the College community has ensured the continuation of this program. “Global Chef has become a very popular program and our students are starting to recognize and look forward to their visits each semester,” Bush said in an email. “Our culinary team enjoys these programs tremendously because it gives them an opportunity to train first hand in a native cuisine.”


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Friday, Feb. 26 — An individual was arrested for drunk driving on Richmond Road.


Friday, Feb.26— An individual was arrested for larceny from a motor vehicle on Mount Vernon Avenue.


Saturday, Feb. 27— An incident of verbal domestic assault was reported on Second Street.


Monday, Feb. 29 — An individual was arrested for bring drunk in public on Richmond Road.

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Symposium focuses on racial discrepancies Black Law Students Association hosts discussion on systematic suppression SARAH SMITH FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR

The College of William and Mary’s Black Law Students Association held the Annual Symposium on Race and the Law Feb. 25. This year’s theme was Systematic Suppression: Mass Incarceration and Voter Disenfranchisement. The symposium was also sponsored by the Election Law Society, Revive My Vote, the Center for Student Diversity, the Lemon Project and the Mason School of Business. This year, the symposium was also one of six projects that was granted an Innovative Diversity Effort Award. IDEA grants ranged from $500 to $1,500. The two topics that were the focus of this symposium reflect racial discrepancies in the United States’ legal system. “Each year the William and Mary BLSA chapter hosts a symposium that addresses contemporary legal, social, and political issues that affect the black or African-American communities,” Symposium Chair Brittany McGill J.D. ’17 said. “This year’s theme of systematic suppression focuses on the disparities existing in our society caused by facially neutral legal systems.” Facially neutral legal systems are legal systems that are not inherently discriminatory in theory, but which may discriminate in practice. Criminal defense and civil rights attorney David Baugh focused on the way mass incarceration has been used as a strategy to keep more people in prison for longer sentences. “This increase is not by mistake,” Baugh said. “The United States government crafted law to keep people in jail for long periods of time. Probably the biggest problem was that we destroyed lives, we

took something that was not a serious drug and made it a serious drug, and I didn’t understand why.” According to Baugh, the war on drugs was a tool for disenfranchising black men. Families for Justice as Healing Founder Andrea James added that one of the largest growing trends within mass incarceration is the rise of arrests of women, especially women of color, on conspiracy charges — charges that one person is in agreement with another to commit a crime. According to James, many of these charges are unfair as these women are given the same sentence as men who commit the crimes, McGill regardless of any extenuating circumstances. “Women happen to be the fastest growing incarcerated population,” James said. “One of the things we don’t ever think about is that many are the primary caretakers of their children prior to their incarcerations. The heartbreaks of the women that are there from being separated from their children, and the inaccurate portrayal that the people outside of the prison have of these women, really continues to help drive us to the point where women are the fastest growing incarcerated population.” James served two years in federal prison, and in her time there met whole families who had been arrested as part of the war on drugs. According to her, this system has left young children, especially young girls, as some of the most vulnerable members of society.

While the majority of the panelists were attorneys or worked in the legal system, Sentencing Project Advocacy Director Nicole Porter also offered her political perspectives on the issues related to systematic suppression. Porter focused on the influence those holding political power have over the criminal justice system. She then suggested ways that politicians could use their power to make a difference in combatting mass incarceration and ways that lawyers could work on eliminating discrepancies from their work. “Elected officials have the power and

the influence to shift the system away from punitiveness to something less punitive,” Porter said. “Prosecutors and other attorneys are in the position to control some of the discrepancies, and to use their agency to challenge this. The laws are so complicated, there is a lot of discretion in how you charge people. Prosecutors make a choice in how they choose to charge them based on their political beliefs. A lot of people have used their discretion to make real changes.” Panelists Jamira Burley, William Smith and Kim Tignor were unable to attend Thursday night’s symposium.


The symposium addressed racial discrepancies in the United States’ legal system, including the so-called war on drugs.

Sodexo employee says soda machines cleaned daily PepsiCo will renovate portions of ant-infested machine during spring break ANTS from page 1

consumed some of her carbonated water before noticing there were ants in it. Chang also did not see the “Out of Order” sign placed on the machine’s side. “I looked down at my drink and some ants were in it,” Chang said. “I was really grossed out and surprised because I had already taken a couple sips.” Dining services workers are aware of the ant problem and are taking measures to contain it. While the infested soda machine previously had one sign on its side, it now has two more signs on its front. The spouts have been partially dismantled for cleaning. According to a Sodexo employee who asked to remain anonymous in order to discuss company policy, the machines are cleaned every night and spotcleaned throughout the day. “Being a place of food service we always have to battle nature and are successful daily. But every once in a blue moon, something gets through our cleaning methods,” the worker said in

an email. “But be assured, we are doing everything in our power and more to correct the problem, we just ask for a little time. Ants can’t be flushed out in one day.” Resident District Manager Jeff McClure said that throughout the day the machines are cleaned four times and are checked constantly, especially during this time of infestation. He also said that the affected machine has been taken apart and the insides have been cleaned. “[The ants] are an issue throughout the entire area and are drawn because of the weather,” McClure said. “This is a large issue.” This past weekend, the machine was rendered out of use so dining services workers could clean it thoroughly. Despite her experience with the ants, Chang said she will continue to use the machine after it has been cleaned. “I’ll revisit the machine, but I’m going to check my drink,” Chang said. As of this past weekend, the affected soda machine remains dismantled. According to McClure, PepsiCo itself

had to repair portions of the machine. “Pepsi had to repair, clean, and

change parts; we do not have the tools to take the machines apart,” McClure

said in an email. “They will be ready after spring break.”


Although the soda machines are cleaned every night and spot-cleaned throughout the day, ant infestions still occur, primarily because of weather conditions.

Debate addresses criticism, praise for Thomas Jefferson’s actions Members of Debate Society, audience offer arguments for both perspectives of debate DEBATE from page 1

brought up that by advocating for religious freedoms, Jefferson

did more to include peoples of different religions than to harm individuals. This religious freedom, he argued,

has had reaching impacts into reducing discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community.


A counter-protest covered the Thomas Jefferson statue with Post-it notes identifying Jefferson’s positive contributions.

“If we focus on slavery, we have to prove that he was better than his contemporaries and compatriots,” Katta said. “This is a man who was an advocate of the end to the slave trade, an advocate that slavery should not be expanded into the Western Territories, a man who freed Sally Hemmings’ children and a man who prevented and blocked laws that would have forced freedmen to leave the state of Virginia. These actions helped the abolition movement.” Jamison, in response to Katta’s argument, also brought up that Jefferson’s actions fundamentally went against the rights he advocated for in the Declaration of Independence. “Thomas Jefferson allowed religious liberties for people and advocated and increased education for people, but he is not talking about all people,” Jamison said. “I don’t believe slaves on a plantation could go to the mosque or to the church. I don’t believe Sally Hemmings

could go to the best school at the time or that the other slaves he was having sex with had access to good education. He perpetuated a culture, a systemic oppression that forced people to go to worse schools than everybody else at the time and he enshrined education for some people at the expense of others, fundamentally hurting the notion of education. That is not something that deserves to

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be honored.” After the first part of the debate, the Debate Society invited members of the audience to come to the podium and give short floor speeches in favor of either side. Following the floor speeches from the public, each side gave a closing statement responding to comments made by members of the public, and the vote was held.

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IDEA grants fund campus diversity projects

Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity grants six projects up to $1,500


The Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity granted six Innovative Diversity Effort Awards to projects that aim to promote themes of equal opportunity, inclusion and diversity at the College of William and Mary. Applicants submitted their projects in the fall through an online form that focused on the overall budget and purpose of the events. Each grant ranges

from $500 to $1,500, depending on need. The Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity awarded the first grants in 2011. Theatre and Africana studies professor Artisia Green ’00 submitted an application for “Lost in Language and Sound: or, How I found My Way to the Arts,” an event that took place in November. At this event, poet Ntozake Shange visited the College and spent two days working with students. Shange worked with students on the


An IDEA grant was responsible for funding poet Ntozake Shange’s visit to the College in November.

literature she is currently developing and talked about her previous work. This funding also went toward a series of class participations in which students performed selections of her work and Africana studies and dance professor Leah Glenn performed a dance piece. “This event facilitated a lot of crosscultural dialogue,” Green said. “Her work is very much informed by black Hispanics which is further formed by African philosophical ideas. We allowed students to have access to a different set of vocabulary, an understanding of how to read creative writing. It is outside of the Western tradition. For students, the different sets of terminologies have conversations with each other, and they get a different perspective on how to read literature and talk about it.” Melanie Lichtenstein E.D. ’17 submitted an application for a professional development symposium on the topic of cultural competence training. This symposium is aimed at pre-service teachers who work in diverse schools and communities and will take place March 26. Doctoral candidates, as well as guests from various outside communities, will speak about how these teachers should address a diverse population. Grant funding will go toward resources that

symposium attendees can take home. “The schools are a lot more diverse these days than our pre-service educators are being prepared for,” Lichtenstein said. “So many folks want to go into education, and they have an understanding of education based on their own experiences. For a lot of William and Mary students that means that they lived in a more affluent area and had more access. In reality, there are millions of types of schools and students out there, and access and opportunity are not necessarily a given for those schools. This is an opportunity to provide strategies and resources for those people to have a better understanding on how to encounter and be culturally respective and responsive to a diverse population in the school system.” Another symposium, which Brittany McGill J.D. ’17 submitted an application for, focused on topics related to race and law. The Black Law Students Association, with the help of grant funding, held a panel discussion entitled “Systematic Suppression: Mass Incarceration and Voter Disenfranchisement” Feb. 25. A panel of legal and political professionals travelled across the country to the College to answer questions and facilitate a discussion on these two issues. “I would say this event promotes

the goals of the grant by creating an awareness of these issues that other people might not be aware of,” McGill said. “It creates an environment where it is safe to ask questions and be educated on things they are not aware of in the legal system that affect minorities.” Arabic studies professors Driss Cherkaoui, May George and Mona Zaki submitted the application for the Middle Eastern Cultural Day, which has not happened at the College before. “The Middle Eastern Cultural Day is a wonderful opportunity for the Arabic department and the Middle East[ern] studies [department] to promote the courses we offer,” Cherkaoui said. “The Middle East is not a monolithic unit, and students get to meet the faculty who come from various parts of the Arab world.” Other projects that received funding include “William and Mary Mattachine Research Project: Documenting the LGBTIQ Past in Virginia,” and “In the Absence of Unreliable Ghosts,” a lecture about the colonial archive of Portuguese India and a community of artists known as the Gomantak Maratha Samaj. The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Anjali Arondekar, an author and feminist studies professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

STEM faculty discuss discrimination in sciences Panel organized by oSTEM addresses gender, sexuality based discrimination SCIENCE from page 1

that comes into play,” physics professor Wouter Deconinck said. “Having more discussion about, how even in objective disciplines, subjectivity plays a role in who gets published and who gets reviewed better in journals and who gets hired should happen to make people see that the human aspects have a really important role.” Not all of the professors on the panel identified as queer; some solely spoke on discrimination and biases they had faced as women in both academic and private sector pursuits of the sciences. Biology professor Helen Murphy discussed why it is important for students and faculty to see people who are like them in the sciences. She compared the struggle to employ a more diverse faculty to the anger some people feel about the lack of people of color in this year’s Oscars nominations. “When we think about diversity in an academic and scientific setting, it is very important,” Murphy said. “It gives humanity to people other than white people. You see stories, you can relate to people, and see the humanity in complicated characters. When I think about the sciences nowadays, it’s all collaborative. Diversity gives us a sense that everyone who worked together is smart and important.” The professors also debated whether the private or academic sector is more inclusive. While some argued that the College creates a more inclusive environment than the private sector, others felt that the academic sector makes it difficult to be queer because of the blurring of professional and personal lives. Each professor said that they have either witnessed or experienced discrimination at some point in their careers in academia. “I have seen a lot of discrimination towards women,” chemistry professor Kristen Wustholz said. “It happens all the time; we are human beings and we all have our flaws. Try[ing] to manage people’s pre-conceived notions about you is a skill that I’m still learning. It’s

an ongoing battle.” Toward the end of the panel discussion, audience members had more opportunities to get involved. Professors asked students how they could be better at making all students, but especially those who are gender or sexual minorities, feel safe and included.

Some ideas from the audience included having professors ask all students at the beginning of a course about their preferred pronouns, reminding students that they were supported throughout the course of the semester, and including the contributions of minority scientists in classroom discussions.


Faculty members from various science fields gathered to discuss discrimination women and LGBTQIA people face in STEM, in both the academic and private sectors.

Barbara Ramsey ’75 announces bid for City Council seat

Alumna relies on community engagement, professional experience for campaign RAMSEY from page 1

As a student of the College, Ramsey was involved in synchronized swimming with the Mermettes, participated in the service organization Circle K, and was a member of the sorority Tri Delta. As a biology major, she said she regretted not taking more classes outside of her field, but she said she enjoyed her experience at the College. Her career trajectory was not determined by her biology major, however; her first job was with the local business Kent D. Klyman and Associates, where she worked in sales and marketing to the federal government. After ten years at the company, she accepted a job at Thomasville Furniture Industries. During her 27-year tenure, Ramsey she was employed first as the sole representative in Europe and then in the hospitality sector. After retiring for two months in 2013, Ramsey returned to work in the Membership Office of the Clubs of Colonial Williamsburg. With her experience and interest in sales and marketing, Ramsey said she is interested in expanding the economic diversity of the city while

retaining Williamsburg’s character. “Williamsburg, if you think about it, is unique,” Ramsey said. “Is there any other city, particularly of one this size, that has a living museum, Colonial Williamsburg, and a first-rate college, William and Mary? There isn’t. Not that I can think of. So it makes it very unique, and I think a goal of City Council and any of us who live in Williamsburg is to maintain that.” As an alumna of the College, Ramsey is involved on the Annual Giving Board, serves as the vice-president of the College’s Williamsburg Alumni Chapter, and has been a three-time covolunteer chair of the Lord Botetourt Affair, an annual action benefiting athletic scholarships. Ramsey said that although she has always been an enthusiastic spectator of Tribe Athletics, she sought to get more involved in 2011 after hosting football players at her home for a welcome dinner. After being involved in the College’s Tribe Club for a couple of years, Ramsey was asked to become a co-volunteer chair. Over her tenure, the auction received record net proceeds of $401,000 in 2014 and $340,000 in 2015. Senior Associate Athletics Director of Development Bobby Dwyer M.Ed. ’94, who heads the Tribe Club, spoke positively of Ramsey’s leadership in the event.

“Barb is very creative, has great ideas, and also is terrific on follow-through, whether she comes up with the idea or someone else,” Dwyer said. “If Barb says she’s going to do something, you don’t have to worry, it’s going to get done, and get done well. That’s a great quality for any of us.” Renting living space to students since 2001, Ramsey serves as the landlord representative to the Neighborhood Relations Committee, a partnership between the city and the College to bring together people involved in student rental housing. Since being asked by Mayor Clyde Haulman two years ago to serve on the NRC, Ramsey has worked with student, neighborhood, College and city representatives. In seeking to build consensus between the different parties, Ramsey said she wants students to understand their rights as renters and members of the community. “Students do have rights, and I don’t think they realize that,” Ramsey said. “There are inspection guidelines for all of the landlords, and if those guidelines are not being met, the students need to respond to that, respond to the city, because landlords are supposed to provide for certain things and provide a safe, clean environment for students to rent.” Jakob Stalnaker ‘16, current student representative to the NRC, said Ramsey is a

consensus-builder within the committee. As Secretary for Public Affairs in Student Assembly, he is not able to endorse any candidate for the City Council election but said that on a personal and professional level, he appreciates her pragmatism and service to the community. “I love Barb,” Stalnaker said. “She’s always really open-minded, she’s always really sympathetic to the students’ issues, and even though she represents the landlords, she realizes that we have very real issues that need to be addressed in housing in Williamsburg. She’s always been a very vocal and open-minded advocate for all residences.” In evaluating candidates, Stalnaker said it is important for any candidate to have an open mind on town-gown relations and to seek to build relationships between different members of the community. Living in a neighborhood with a high student population, Ramsey said she believes in advocating for students’ rights as tenants and for maintaining good personal relationships. “I feel that I can be a bridge between the College and the city because of my involvements on campus,” Ramsey said. “I represent students not only that are here today, but I have a long-term commitment to the College and for the students who are here in the future.”


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Ellis: the right choice

Jenny Cosgrove



A dangerous reluctance to close school


It’s fairly easy to dismiss students’ complaints about the College of William and Mary’s characteristic reluctance to close in the case of inclement weather. No one wants to go to their 8 a.m. classes, after all; everyone would rather stay warm in their beds for a few more hours, and so most protests can be dismissed as the whines of students who just don’t want to have to bundle up. Some complaints, however, should be recognized as legitimate, like the ones about the College’s decision to not only not close but also to not even give students a delay two weeks ago during the Feb. 15 snowstorm. It started snowing around midnight on Valentine’s Day. Walking back from Earl Gregg Swem Library around 1 a.m., my friends and I rejoiced in the falling snow. We were absolutely certain there wouldn’t be any classes the next day and so, like fools, stayed up obscenely late. I’m sure you can imagine my horror the next morning when 9 a.m. rolled around and my inbox remained terribly, terribly empty. Yes, I was sleep-deprived and grumpy when I headed out to my 10 a.m. class that morning, but I am able to step back and look at this from an objective standpoint; classes should not have been held. It was dangerous for fully able-bodied students to get there, let alone students with disabilities. Getting to class in a wheelchair, for example, would have been absolutely out of the question. Watching people attempt to navigate the

sidewalks would have been amusing if it wasn’t so mildly horrifying. Students shuffled by, taking tiny, half-inch steps so that they wouldn’t lose traction on the half-inch of ice slicking the walkways. It was safer to walk in the grass, through the slush and snow, than on the actual bricks. The stairs by Millington Hall were very near impossible to ascend; the steps by the Terrace were absolutely treacherous. The temperature was not above freezing, the paths hadn’t been salted, and I watched several students completely wipe out trying to climb steps. As someone who had classes beginning in the morning and going through the afternoon that day, I agree that by midday the temperatures had begun to rise and the ice was beginning to turn to slush, which, while admittedly nasty, wasn’t as dangerous as the earlier ice slicks had been. This only started to happen after noon, however. Delaying school that day until noon would have been the smart answer. Starting school on time was, with the condition of the walkways around the school (not even to mention the state of the roads that commuters and off-campus students would have had to face that morning) frankly a ridiculous decision. The College has a history with their reluctance to close school. One student, attempting to make their way to class on an icy day in 2000, slipped and broke her leg, resulting in months of recovery; 16 years later, the College has still barely wavered in their stringent closing policy. The admonition to stay home if you don’t feel safe coming to class doesn’t cut it when professors take attendance, you can’t make up the material or you have an exam in class that day. It is my firm belief that, on days when the paths are iced over early in the morning and all weather predictions show that temperatures aren’t predicted to rise above freezing before noon, the College should be more amiable to a noon delay at the very least. I say this not as a student trying to get out of class (my 10 a.m. lecture is a delight, I promise) but as a student genuinely concerned about early-morning injuries that could easily be avoided if the ice was given more time to melt. Email Julia Stumbaugh at

Starting school on time was, with the condition of the walkways around the school (not to mention the state of the roads) frankly a ridiculous decision.

Recently it was announced that Jill Ellis ’88 will be the commencement speaker for graduating seniors this coming May. The announcement was generally met with excitement — however, I personally was not immediately thrilled. As someone who is relatively out of touch with the world of professional soccer, this seemed both a surprising and unusual choice for me. Holding the centuries-old status of a service-oriented college, the College of William and Mary’s former selections for commencement speakers all typically held careers highly revered amongst our specialized sect of students. In 2015, Condoleezza Rice was chosen; her history in public service stands without need for explanation. The year prior, Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry, Medal of Honor recipient, delivered the commencement address. The contrast

Being service-oriented does not restrict us to the public sector, but to the underlying morality accompanying it. Jill Ellis is the epitome of this morality. between Ellis and the prior speakers continued to grow in my mind — that is, until the larger narrative of the College’s selection became clear to me in the form of a Wikipedia biography. Jill Ellis earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the College in 1988. She played forward on the women’s soccer team from 1984 to 1987, when she was named a third team AllAmerican. Ellis then earned her master’s degree in technical writing at North Carolina State University. After graduate school, Ellis worked for Northern Telecom as a technical writer, a lucrative job — one that she ended up leaving in order to become an assistant soccer coach. It was a bold move, one that terrified Ellis’ mother, but received support from her father. His guiding words to his daughter: “do something substantial.” It was here that I found the common thread, the connection Jill Ellis has to both the students of the College and the past commencement speakers. The College is not merely a haven for the D.C. dreamers, but a place where each student yearns for substantiality. Being serviceoriented does not restrict us to the public sector, but to the underlying morality accompanying it. Jill Ellis is the epitome of this morality. Through her award-winning coaching skills, Jill Ellis has brought the spotlight to women’s soccer, thus doing a large part in removing the stigma surrounding women’s sports. Through her strong sense of self, Ellis has unabashedly represented the LGBTQ community as a figure of fame, gracefully handling the unfortunate but inevitable scrutiny that comes with such a status. As a newly-employed worker, Ellis embodied the heart, passion and courage this university holds dear. To not only defy the advice of a parent, but the seemingly conventional idea that money is the most important aspect to employment, takes a level of confidence that we all revere. While I am not the most fluent in the discussion of professional soccer, and I do in fact long to serve in the public sector, and I believe that Jill Ellis is nothing short of an exceptional choice to speak at this year’s commencement ceremony. Email Jenny Cosgrove at


A student for Bernie Sanders: supporting the progressive viewpoint


On March 1, I will be voting for a pragmatist. I will be voting for a candidate who was dubbed the “Amendment King” during his 16 years as a U.S. Congressman; who fought to include $11 billion in funding for community health centers in the Affordable Care Act; who passed a bipartisan reform of the Veterans Administration. I will also be voting for a pragmatist, a radical and a self-described “democratic socialist.” Next Tuesday, I will be voting for Bernie Sanders. Income inequality has reached grotesque levels not seen since the eve of the Great Depression. Labor force participation is at its lowest level since the anemic economy of the early Reagan administration.

Real unemployment is at 9.9 percent. 33 million people are still without health insurance. At the same time, corporate profits and the stock market indexes have reached record highs. Unlimited sums of money, largely from the checkbooks of the “winners” in this economy, are funneled into the political process to candidates hostile towards even the most modest of regulations or welfare programs. Enter Bernie Sanders, a public official who recognizes the dire threat posed to American democracy because of the accretion of political and economic power by a small faction within the population. He has spoken out against this injustice throughout his political career, and his current campaign offers a blueprint of how to break the stranglehold that this emerging plutocracy has on our republic. Rather than follow his opponent by cozying up to Wall Street financiers who seek to rig the game for themselves, or surround himself with lobbyists in thrall to the economic royalists, Senator Sanders has taken his case directly to the American people with a people’s campaign that offers a progressive vision for a democratic American future. Sanders’s proposals are hardly extreme when viewed from a global perspective — or when one considers the progressive tradition here in the United

States. His promotion of single-payer healthcare for all is well within the mainstream of social democratic (even conservative) politics throughout the developed world. His proposal to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure reconstruction jobs program is in fact far less than the amount recommended by the American Society of Civil Engineers to bring the country’s infrastructure up to par — and is yet significantly greater than that offered by Secretary Clinton or any Republican contender. Bernie’s refusal to coordinate with a super PAC financed by billionaires, and his record-setting success of raising small-dollar donations, speak to his ironclad commitment to reforming our disgrace of a campaign finance system. On foreign policy, Senator Sanders tacks closer to United States President Barack Obama’s restrained use of force than does former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has criticized the president for not engaging in more capricious

military adventurism along the lines of Iraq and Libya. Far from being a “single issue candidate,” Bernie Sanders offers a comprehensive plan to challenge the emergence of an oligarchy in this country. True, he hammers home the need to curtail the plutocracy arising in our midst. He recognizes that concentrated wealth allows the purchase of politicians to obstruct decisive action on climate change, healthcare and the preservation of the welfare state. Without a meaningful challenge to this system of legalized corruption, all other attempts at reform will come up short. This is why I will vote for Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday. Contrary to what the pundits will tell you, the struggle will not end on March 1, nor will it end at the Democratic National Convention this summer. The battle for the soul of the Democratic Party and for the future of American democracy is just getting underway. Email Alex Frey at

Sanders’ proposals are hardly extreme when viewed from a global perspective.

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As a previous member of the SA and a technical person, I think this website issue could be solved if a member of the administration were to take ownership of the site and would help transition newly elected candidates into the process of updating it. — Joe Soultanis on “A call for transparency in the Student Assembly”



The terror of senior year indecision: learning to live in the moment


Senior year is a weird time, because sometimes, I feel like I regret my good decisions just as much as my bad ones. My name is India, and I’m a senior double majoring in government and economics while fulfilling pre-med requirements at the College of William and Mary, because I love having no social life and I can barely decide what type of cereal I want for dinner, let alone what I wanted to major in. Unfortunately, it’s my last semester at the College, and there are a lot of decisions to be made. I’ve always been a bit of a perfectionist, and this year, I’m challenging myself to finally let go of that a little bit. Like maybe it’s okay to get an 85 percent on a physics WebAssign if

it means going to the first mug night of the semester with your best friends, right? And maybe I’ve actually matured a lot over these last four years and I don’t need external validation to the same degree. That was a rhetorical example, and you definitely don’t have to reassure me in the comments that I made the right choice. (But you can if you want.) In all seriousness though, senior year is full of so many little decisions and moments, yet people tend to focus on the big, looming ones. I’ve always been a bit of a perfectionist, and this year, I’m challenging myself to finally let go of that a little bit. And I get it. It’s kind of terrifying not knowing where you’ll be in a year or what you’ll be doing or even if any of the people you currently hang out with on a daily basis will live within driving distance. I’m scared too. But also, it’s kind of exhilarating. I don’t know what I’m doing next year, but I’m excited to figure it out. I could be a doctor or a television writer or a vegan celebrity chef or a dog’s sidekick in a movie about a dog and its girl, à la Ashley Tisdale in that one terrible High School Musical spinoff. There’s a whole world of possibilities out there, and the best part is, I don’t need to make up my mind right now. I really am truly terrible at making decisions. I’ve had to make a lot of decisions this past year: Should I get coffee from Swemromas or The Grind? How many shots of expresso should I put in my mocha? Sugar or cream? Or sugar and cream? What I’m trying to say is that my coffee break 20

minutes ago was really difficult for me. I think the other point I wanted to make in this short intro post though, was that being a senior doesn’t mean you need to figure everything out or settle down or make any sort of major life decision. We’re 22. We’re so young. We can literally change our minds any time we want. I could get a post-bac or take improv classes or move to Hawaii. Anything could happen. It’s just so easy, I think, as a senior, to get trapped in one particular mindset: I need to find a job, then I need to find an apartment, then I need to figure out my life. And it can definitely seem particularly important when all your friends suddenly know exactly what they’re doing: Sarah is going to law school, Dana is studying for her MCATs and everyone else has been hired by a consulting company. However, according to a Forbes Entrepreneurs article, 70 percent of millennials leave their first job within two years of joining. That’s a lot. Contrary to what it might seem like after talking to all your business school buddies, what you do next year doesn’t need to define the rest of your life. I think it’s better to just live in the moment and let the rest of your life define you. So follow along with me as I blog about my senior year and all the little, tiny moments and decisions that make it special. Besides, it’s hard enough to order coffee, why try to decide the future when you don’t have to? Email India Braver at


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On par for the paper A production worthy of the gods Spotlight on Kappa Delta’s Campus Golf JOSH LUCKENBAUGH FLAT HAT ASSOC. SPORTS EDITOR

COURTESY PHOTO / GEOFF WADE The College of William and Mary’s production of Orestia combined tragic elements, elegance and mournful beauty to deliver a larger than life performance that captivated the audience.

Aeschylus’s tragedy enthralls a modern audience KAYLA SHARPE FLAT HAT ONLINE EDITOR

Ancient sins come to light in the College of William and Mary’s jolting, screeching and careening production of “Oresteia” which ran from Feb. 25 to 28 at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall. After more than 30 years of producing, directing and acting in theater productions at the College, theater professor Richard Palmer leaves his final mark with this vast and detailed performance that skillfully captures the nuances of classical Greek theater. A trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Greek playwright Aeschylus, Oresteia tells the mournful tale of the cursed House of Atreus, besieged by treachery, murder and revenge following the Trojan War. When Orestes returns to his home of Mycene to find that his father has been murdered by his adulterous mother, he plots his swift and violent revenge. The ensuing tale of sorrow and damnation is one that enchanted the audience for the entirety of the lengthy performance. Overflowing with emotion and bellowing with strength, “Oresteia” was all-encompassing and momentous in its every detail. With very few dragging moments, the show was immersive, captivating and never lacking stylistically. The show’s actors presented their characters convincingly, with few exceptions, and showcased the department’s ability to adapt to and present a variety of theatrical genres. The show’s costumes were excellently crafted to reflect the themes of ancient Greece. From colorful flowing robes to the divine adornments of the gods, each character’s wardrobe added depth and vibrancy to an otherwise dreary story. Another, and possibly the most distinct, detail of the show was its use of masks to conceal the faces of the actors and cast them as a chorus of haunted souls. Each mask simultaneously served to detach this ancient and enduring story from the individual actor and to allow the audience to become more absorbed by the show’s themes and characters. The cast made excellent use of props in the performance by fully incorporating them into their movements and dialogue. While some of the larger props proved unwieldy at times, producing noise that drowned out several lines, each served its purpose and contributed to the overall

aesthetic of the characters who wielded them. The play’s greatest strength was the fervor demonstrated by its many choruses, a traditional aspect of ancient Greek theater. With a number of actors playing masked roles in multiple ensembles, the cast truly demonstrated its versatility and endurance. The synchronicity of the surprisingly vivacious chorus of elders started the show off on a strong note, each actor presenting an authentic character while maintaining an upbeat pace throughout the play’s wordy first scene. Writhing and screeching upon the stage were the chorus of furies; grotesque yet unsettlingly graceful, this careening mass brought great momentum to the show as they harassed Orestes and challenged the audience to condemn him for his matricide. Building upon the strength of the ensemble, Joey Ernest ’17 provided a breath of fresh air as Orestes. His humor was well-placed and worked to accentuate the dramatic elements of the weighty play. Associate theater professor Francis Aguas as Clytemnestra gave a powerful and fullbodied performance, grasping at the air and teetering in voice and stature upon the precipice between reason and decay. Similarly, Sarah Marksteiner ’19 as Cassandra contributed to a sense of instability in the show’s characters. A very physical actress, Marksteiner spoke with force but moved like a woman hollowed by grief. Marksteiner also presented a thoroughly contrasting character, the goddess Athena, alongside Clive LePage ’18, who played the god Apollo. Both performed admirably, reciting wordy monologues without tiring. The set of “Oresteia” was as imposing as the Greek gods themselves. The lofty structures were spared no detail, forming a gargantuan space of stone and marble. Dynamic use of platforms allowed the actors to place themselves in unique spots across the stage and literally accentuated the highs and lows of the action. Distinct lighting effects were very well-timed and executed in order to produce numerous eerie sensations during the show’s most sinister moments. Having begun his career at the College with a Greek tragedy, it is only fitting that Palmer’s final production echo the legacy of a play that has stood the test of time with a performance that will long be remembered.

Alternative rock thundered across campus this past Saturday, signaling the arrival of Kappa Delta’s annual Campus Golf event. Hundreds of students harked upon the gale in outrageous, polychromatic outfits, putting golf club to tennis ball in their desperate attempts to hit a bucket. At 1:40 p.m., The Flat Hat team arrived on the scene, wielding flashlights and dressed in what appeared to be normal clothes. Heads turned, their eyes fixed on such a commonplace crew. “Who are these champions of normalcy?” the throng whispered, probably. “What is their theme? Do they even have a theme?” Theories abounded. Some put forth “half-assed detectives,” others “awkward D.C. interns.” But to discover their true identity, one needed to take a closer look. Allow me to shine a spotlight on them, if I may. “We’re the journalists from Spotlight,” Online Editor Kayla Sharpe ’17 explained to the onlookers. Many of those in attendance had never heard of the film about investigative journalists working for the Boston Globe. After a more in-depth description, Sharpe and her team finally hit the green with their dedicated caddie. The deed was done on the Sunken Gardens and the brick paths of Old Campus, with six players representing the College’s student voice since 1911. Notably absent were newly elected Editor-in-Chief Tucker Higgins ’17 and a representative from either the News or Variety sections, a fact not lost on team captain Sharpe. “Tucker told me, ‘Campus Golf is a very important social event.’ And yet he is not participating,” Sharpe remarked. “Awkward.” The ensemble consisted of Sharpe, departing Editor-in-Chief Áine Cain ’16, Executive Editor Isabel Larroca ’18, Sports Editor Nick Cipolla ’17, Associate Sports Editor Josh Luckenbaugh ’18 and former Blogs Editor Matt Camarda ’16, called back from his internship in Washington, D.C. to add a level of depth and experience to the roster. There was a particular spotlight on Cain in her final Campus Golf as an undergraduate. Nerves were at an all-time high for the veteran, prompting a sudden outburst right before play began on the first tee. “Guys, it’s just Campus Golf,” Cain yelled as she lined up the opening drive of the round, trying to play down the monumental significance of the occasion. Despite her intense emotions, Cain smashed a succulent drive down the first fairway, drawing cheers from onlookers, still shaken by her earlier statement. It was a frisky effort for most of the day, with many players struggling to keep track of their balls as they rolled through the grass and into the mulch. Even the group photographs caused confusion, teammates rarely on the same page on whether to look serious or silly. Getting everyone to simply point their flashlights at the Thomas Jefferson statue proved too complicated, as the hot-headed rookie Luckenbaugh decided to shine his in the opposite direction for reasons still unknown. In the end it is impossible to determine if The Flat Hat “won” Campus Golf, as strokes were never recorded and holes didn’t have a par. However, the next day at the Academy Awards, Spotlight received Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and thus The Flat Hat team celebrated a well-earned spiritual victory.

COURTESY PHOTO / ISABEL LARROCA Flat Hat Sports Editor Nick Cippola lines up a putt while The Flat Hat team looks on, dressed as reporters from the film Spotlight.


Learning to let it go, rain or shine or somewhere in between

Sometimes you just have to accept what the weather, and professors, give you

Sarah Salem


Imagine the following scenario: you’re leaving your dorm, already running late to your 8 a.m. class. Your layers of winter clothing hide your bedhead and duck pajamas, a scarf covering your earlymorning grimace, and you’re ready to embrace the post-snowstorm winter chill. Yet suddenly: what’s that? Is that rain? It’s as though Queen February had a rough night and felt the need to take it out on the measly proletariat. Either she found it necessary to drain her moat on us plebeians, or the accumulation of her cold, wet tears seemed sufficient enough to drown everyone. Feeling even more cold and miserable at this hour in your down jacket — that doesn’t have a hood, because the world hates you — you groan audibly and make your way to class, getting drenched as

you do so. By your 12:30 p.m. discussion, you’re prepared. Wearing your (this time hooded) winter coat as though it were battle armor, you burst outside your dorm’s doors, expecting a torrent of rain to hit you in the face. Instead, you’re blinded by sunlight. Now you look like a homeless person as you trek to class in heavy boots and sweatpants, with a jacket bigger and warmer than your tiny cold heart will ever be, in 60-degree weather. By now, you’ve probably realized that this is not just a hypothetical situation. This has been the past several days of the month, in which the weather does what it pleases, regardless of season. The amount of times I have checked the weather app and have seen all forms of precipitation followed by a shining sun, all in a seven-day period, is so largerthan-life that it deserves its own talk show. Even those who have lived in Virginia their entire lives cannot get used to these dramatic shifts in weather. For the longest time, I haven’t been able to figure out why that is, but I think I’ve finally come to a conclusion. These weather patterns come dangerously close to our own “weather patterns.” Don’t pretend you weren’t that overly-hormonal adolescent, smiling one minute and then crying the next for reasons you couldn’t properly pinpoint at the time (or even now). And don’t pretend you haven’t had days where you’re that overly

hormonal semi-adult now. The reason these weather changes bring such a level of discomfort is because they remind us of the worst versions of ourselves; the versions that we try to hide by being the typical calm, cool and collected College of William and Mary student. When it seems like there are too many factors in our lives out of our control, the last thing we need is sunshine on a cloudy day to force us to throw the scarf we were planning to wear back in the closet and hastily change into a t-shirt before our next class. We want to be able to be in charge of as many portions of our lives as we can, and anything that throws us off balance is our enemy. But does it really have to be? Maybe the core of our problems is our obsessive need to plan every aspect of our future, present and — though it’s physically impossible — past. But making a blueprint for events further away than Botetourt is from old campus seems useless, when sporadic occurrences are just going to swoop in force us to draw up new plans. Let’s face it: we are much too small in comparison to this colossal, cruel world — which, by the way, doesn’t give two hoots about us — to think we can defy the laws of nature. It’s nearly impossible to stand tall in a tank-top during a blizzard without getting pneumonia, or to wear your heavy down jacket under a blazing sun

without suffering from heat stroke. It’s just as implausible to try to plan out every increment of our academic careers without something going astray. So, why fight it? I’m not saying be like one of those Daoists that coasts through life by showing up to class with zero percent of their work done just to see what happens and “go with the flow,” but that also doesn’t mean you should go all Heisenberg on your future. Take baby steps. Only plan the next two hours instead of the next two weeks. Live life a little more dangerously, and you’ll realize how much less anxiety-inducing it can be to stand up and go for a walk because you want to, not write down on your calendar that you’re going to go for a walk tomorrow at 2:45 p.m. The next time it’s hot and humid when it was cold and snow just 24 hours ago, change out of your wool hat with a smile on your face instead of a frown. Don’t let the little things like weather give you anxiety just because you can’t control them. Instead, celebrate the fact that you don’t have to control them. You should know from the five clubs you’re in charge of that being in a position of power is taxing anyway, so just relax as someone else takes the reigns for once. Sarah Salem is a Confusion Corner columnist who doesn’t even bother to check the weather anymore.

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Inside the creation of the campus’s Snapchat geofilters Take a snap in front of the Sir Christopher Wren Building, and you’ll see the cupola under your selfie. Walk anywhere else on campus and a new community-produced geofilter will grace your Snapchat screen. For users of the photo-messaging app, Snapchat, taking a picture is almost always immediately followed by swiping to the left to see what filters are available. Snapchat users have grown accustomed to the set of filters used to edit the color of photos. Geofilters, however, are relatively new and are growing exponentially, with more cropping up every day.

We wanted to strike a balance between colorful and fun, but also readable. — Rachel Follis

The majority of geofilters are not actually created by Snapchat itself, but rather by the app’s users. Snapchat is huge, and with 100 million users according to, it’s easy to understand why many organizations are taking advantage of Snapchat filters as a means of free advertising and a way to raise public awareness. The College is no exception. Anywhere on campus, users can snap a photo and swipe left to find three different geofilters specific to the College: an image of the Sunken Garden gates, an image of the Wren cupola with the College word mark, and an outline of the state of Virginia with Williamsburg’s location denoted in green. But that is just the beginning. Even more geofilters appear when a user is standing in specific locations on campus, with the Delta Gamma sorority house, Kappa Delta sorority house, Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house and the Sigma Pi fraternity house all boasting their own unique filters. There is even a geofilter for Earl Gregg Swem Library. The official Snapchat geofilter for the College is the image of the Wren cupola and accompanying word mark. With the exception of this particular image, which was created by University Web and Design, all other geofilters have been submitted by members of the College community and several were already in place and being used before the official College geofilter came into existence. So how did these filters get there? The process is actually relatively uncomplicated. Snapchat’s website lists three simple steps for creating a geofilter: “Design,” “Map” and “Buy.” Users must first design an image following a specific Snapchat designated size and position template. Next, users must draw

a “geofence” around the area where they would like the filter to appear. Finally, users submit the design in the “Buy” phase, which is misleading since the production of geo-filters is free. Snapchat then reviews the design — within one business day as their website claims — and either approves or denies the image for popular use. Last summer, after receiving several requests from students about producing a more official William and Mary geofilter, Tiffany Beker, Web Developer and Social Media Coordinator for University Web and Design, began the process of creating an official image for the College. “Since we had just done the Visual Identity launch, we wanted to make sure that that was present there,” Beker said. “And then we wanted to incorporate the Wren building since that’s one of our really iconic buildings. And so we did that and submitted that to Snapchat in October 2015 and it was approved on the first try, which was great.” The actual design of the graphic was created by Rachel Follis, Visual and Graphic Designer for University Web and Design. “I put together something kind of simple using our logo and an illustration of the Wren cupola in Photoshop,” Follis said. “Geofilters are kind of tricky because they have to overlay over photos and you have to be able to read them over any kind of different photo that people might take. We wanted to strike a balance between colorful and fun, but also readable.” Nikki Keister ’17, who designed the Kappa Delta sorority house filter, commented on the ease of creating geofilters. “It’s a really simple process,” Keister said. “It took about twothree hours to design the image and from there I just submitted it.” Ultimately, Beker said the presence of geofilters on campus only adds to the sense of community, and she encourages new users to come forth with their own designs. “I think it’s showing William and Mary pride,” Beker said. “Just having sort of a branded thing out there, I think, is really important. Since we don’t have an official William and Mary Snapchat, I think having a little bit of a presence there is really important just to show that all kinds of social media are important. If anybody has suggestions for Snapchat geofilters that they would like to see, our office would love to hear those.”





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Ducks defeathered: College wins a 15-14 thriller Tribe has first winning record outside of season opener since 2011, defeats Oregon at home SUMNER HIGGINBOTHAM FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR The home opener against Oregon was only the third game of the season, but William and Mary arguably landed its most important victory in years. Four years, to be precise, as the Tribe has suffered through a miniature dark age with a combined record of 18-47 over the past four seasons, never holding a winning record past the first game of the season (and even that only happened once). Yet the College (2-1) is hoping for a renaissance, as the thrilling 15-14 victory over the visiting Oregon Ducks (2-1) Feb. 28 at Martin Family Stadium pushes the Tribe to its first winning record past week one for the first time since the 2011 season. The win certainly didn’t come easily. Sophomore midfielder McKinley Wade opened up the scoring with a free position opportunity just 88 seconds into the action. The 1-0 lead for the Tribe was short-lived, as the Ducks stitched together a 3-0 run over the next four minutes to gain the upper hand.

Freshman attack Eloise Gagnon, already a major part of the College’s offense in her rookie season, earned the Tribe’s second goal at 21:05. Gagnon is the No. 3 scorer on the team with five goals. Junior midfielder Shannon Quinn found the equalizer at 19:39, knotting the score at 3-all for the first of seven ties. Oregon worked back ahead with a goal at 15:29 and another at 13:46. Sophomore midfielder Emma MacLeod fired into the net at 13:00, with Wade following up with the tying shot at 7:23 after a fiveminute period of stiff defense on both sides. A Duck yellow card provided the Tribe with a man-up opportunity, which they cashed in for its first lead with a goal by sophomore attack Abby Corkum at 6:41. The 3-0 run came to end at 5:24, as the Duck tied the score at 6-6. In the final minutes of the first half, William and Mary outshot Oregon 4-1, but entered the locker room in a 7-7 tie after Quinn briefly put the College ahead. A defensive penalty however, allowed Oregon a free position shot, which it capitalized into the tying goal, putting the score at 7-7 for the first frame.

The first half proved to be a physical contest, as the two teams combined for 41 penalties in just 30 minutes of play, though the split was as equal as it could be (Oregon had 21 to the Tribe’s 20). In terms of possession, the College held a slight 8-7 advantage in draw controls. Every major statistic was virtually identical, except a minor advantage in saves for the Ducks and the Tribe’s marginal lead on groundballs. The second half reflected the same competitive intensity of the first. The College notched the first goal of the back frame before adding to the lead with goals from Quinn and sophomore attack Meghan Brophy respectively. Just one minute after Brophy’s goal, Oregon answered back at 25:36. Reluctant to give up the two-goal lead, the Tribe reestablished the advantage at 24:53 with Gagnon’s second goal, bringing the score to 10-8. Senior attack Michele Goss added another just 80 seconds later, pushing the lead to 11-8. After having lost the prior two contests to the College in 2010 and 2011, the Ducks fought back to regain control of the game. A 4-0 run over the next

eight minutes put Oregon back in the game, ahead by a point with 18 minutes of play remaining. A penalty by Goss put the Tribe man-down trailing 12-11, but despite the disadvantage, Corkum maneuvered around her defenders to fire in the equalizer at 12:49. Oregon added a 2-0 run over the next eight minutes of play for a 14-12 lead, but the Tribe closed out the final four minutes on a 3-0 run to seal the game. After playing down a man and scoring, Corkum capitalized on a man-up situation for the first goal at 3:42. Following Corkum’s lead, Quinn completed a hat trick of her own with the tying score at 1:29. Senior attack Zoe Boger earned the game winner with just 38 seconds left to play, and the Tribe triumphed 15-14 on the visiting Ducks. Though the Tribe’s draw control advantage of 17-14 was far from overwhelming, the College earned the possessions that counted, including the final three draw controls. Up next for the Tribe is a mid-week road trip to Charlottesville, Va., to face instate rival and No. 7 Virginia at 7 p.m. Wednesday.


Tribe limps into CAA playoffs with road loss

Crucial choke to James Madison drops College from CAA’s No.3 seed to No.5 JOSH LUCKENBAUGH FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR A lack of consistency has defined William and Mary’s regular season. A season-opening thumping of North Carolina State and quality wins over strong opponents like High Point, Central Michigan and North CarolinaWilmington are negated by losses to lowly Howard and Drexel and terrible performances at Towson and Hofstra. That lack of consistency was on full display Saturday against James Madison, as the College failed to capitalize on several opportunities en route to a 71-65 loss to close out regular season play. With the loss, the College (19-10, 11-7 CAA) fell to the No. 5 spot in the Colonial Athletic Association standings, and will face the fourth seeded Dukes (21-10, 11-7) again next Saturday in Baltimore in the conference tournament. “Disappointed in our team today,” head coach Tony Shaver told Tribe Athletics. “We’ve reached a point where we expect to win these games, and we didn’t play well enough to win today … I told the players our effort’s good, our desire’s there, guys really want to be good, but our execution has really slipped lately, and we have to correct that before next week. We’ve got a team full of guys making the wrong decision a lot of times right now, and we have to correct that.” The game opened with a promising start, the Tribe jumping out to a 15-6 lead after just four minutes of play. The College went ice cold, however, scoring just 15 more points in the rest of the

half. JMU took advantage, utilizing 11 points off of five William and Mary turnovers in the period to take a 36-30 lead into halftime. The Tribe struggled to find the finishing touches on the offensive end for much of the game, shooting just over 38 percent from the field. The poor shooting from beyond the arc was particularly troubling, as the three-point shot has proven to be this team’s bread and butter this season. The College connected on only four of their 24 attempts from three-point range, including a 0 for 10 mark in the second half. “We missed a lot of wide open shots,” Shaver told Tribe Athletics. “We got guys in the starting lineup going 0 for 4, 0 for 9, 1 for 5 [on three point attempts] … Give them credit for part of that, but we missed a lot of wide open shots.” The Tribe’s poor shooting numbers were exacerbated by the Dukes’ 17 turnovers. William and Mary’s COURTESY PHOTO / TRIBE ATHLETICS defense created plenty of chances Sophomore guard Connor Burchfield comes around a pick set by senior center Sean Sheldon. Burchfield and the Tribe shot 4 of 24 from three. for easy baskets “This has been a great team. This team on the other end, today,” Prewitt told Tribe Athletics. Curry poured in 16 of his game-high 21 but in the end “[Senior forward] Sean [Sheldon] was points in the second half, scoring inside, has won 19 ballgames in the regular season,” Shaver told Tribe Athletics. the College’s really hot, and I thought we didn’t do outside and from the charity stripe. Despite struggling to keep “This team has done a lot of great things, many takeaways a good enough job getting him the resulted in only 14 ball as guards, myself included. We possession, when Curry and the Dukes and we won’t forget that, but we’ve points. In contrast, got very selfish towards the end of that did get shots, they capitalized on the always prided ourselves on playing well opportunity. JMU fired exactly 50 late in the season, and we’ve got to get JMU forced eight ballgame.” Sheldon The second half became a back-and- percent from the field. The three-point back to that over the next seven days.” turnovers, which William and Mary will face off against forth affair, the College staying within shot was kinder to them than to the turned into 15 points. Junior guard Omar Prewitt, who one or two possessions until the final Tribe, as the Dukes buried nine threes in JMU Saturday at the Royal Farms led the team with 17 points, echoed buzzer. The Tribe could have had a addition to outrebounding the College Arena in Baltimore, MD in the CAA Shaver’s words concerning the offensive chance to win if not for the play of JMU 38-30. In the end JMU triumphed 71-65, Tournament quarterfinals as the Dukes point guard Ron Curry, a senior playing the Tribe limping into the tournament earned the No.4 seed with the win. Tipexecution. “I think it was just more of us in his final game in Harrisonburg. having lost two of their last three games. off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.


College rebounds from Liberty loss, sweeps of Holy Cross Tribe wins two of the three games by just one run, improves to 3-0 at Plumeri Park on the season CHRIS TRAVIS FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER William and Mary hosted Holy Cross at Plumeri Park in a three-game series this past weekend, sweeping the Crusaders to move to 5-2 in the season, recovering from the 8-4 loss to Liberty last week. Throughout the Holy Cross series, the Tribe showed its resiliency, coming from behind to win each game. The College won 8-5 Friday, and the Tribe proceeded to take Saturday by a 6-5 score and Sunday with a 12-11 finish. On Friday, the Tribe (5-2, 0-0 Colonial Athletic Association) got off to a fast start. After Holy Cross (1-5, 0-0 Patriot League) hit a solo home run in the top of the first, sophomore infielder Ryan Hall responded with his own solo shot to knot the score at 1 apiece. Also in the bottom of the first, junior pitcher Charles Ameer delivered a three-run

homer after a walk and a base hit put two runners on for the Tribe. In the bottom of the second inning, sophomore infielder Cullen Large doubled to drive in two more runs, leaving the score at a 6-2 Tribe advantage after two innings. In the top of the third, Holy Cross drove in three runs to tighten the margin to 6-5, but William and Mary responded in the bottom of the inning with a home run from junior infielder Ryder Miconi and a sacrifice fly from freshman catcher Hunter Smith to push the lead to 8-5, where it would remain for the rest of the game. Junior right-handed pitcher Nick Brown picked up the win for the Tribe, improving to 1-1 on the year. Furthermore, senior right-handed pitcher Joseph Gaouette successfully completed his second save of the season. On Saturday, the Tribe didn’t start nearly as strong as they did the previous day. In the top of

the third inning, Holy Cross widened its lead to 3-0 and was showing few signs of slowing down the pace. Senior centerfielder Josh Smith responded with an RBI single in the bottom of the third, and freshman third baseman Zach Pearson drove home a run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth, cutting the Tribe deficit to just one, 3-2 reading on the scoreboard. However, Holy Cross scored twice more to leave the score 5-2 going into the seventh inning. A wild seventh inning resulted in three unearned runs for the Tribe following an errant pitch and an error in the field, tying the score at 5. The score remained tied at 5 as the game entered the bottom of the ninth inning. Smith hit a sacrifice fly to drive home redshirt freshman infielder Kyle Wrighte. The Tribe won in fashion, walking off for a 6-5 victory. The Sunday game between the two teams was

quite an offensive performance, with a total of 29 hits and 23 runs for the two teams. The Tribe again found themselves in a deficit, trailing 9-6 after the top of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Miconi hit a 2-RBI double as part of three runs driven in the inning for the Tribe. After the inning, the score was knotted at 9. After Holy Cross scored a run in the top of the seventh, Large blasted a deep three-run homer to put the Tribe ahead for the first time all afternoon, 12-9. One more Holy Cross run couldn’t stop the Tribe, and the final score held for a 12-10 victory. Right-handed junior pitcher Aaron Fernandez improved to 1-0 in the season while Gaouette picked up another save, his third of the year. The Tribe looks to keep their strong start rolling as they hit the road for a nine-game road trip, starting against Virginia Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Charlottesville, Va.


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Splashing for a


William and Mary’s men’s and women’s swimming teams celebrate together in the pool after both were crowned Colonial Athletic Association champions Saturday night at the conclusion of the four-day championship meet in Richmond, Va.

Men defend, women win CAA title HENRY TROTTER FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER For the first time since 2006, one team will be taking home both Colonial Athletic Association Championship trophies. William and Mary stormed to victories on both the women’s and men’s side in the four-day CAA Championships in Richmond from Feb. 24-27, culminating with both teams being crowned champions Saturday night. These victories also mark the first time the College has claimed both titles since the CAA formed in 1985. The weekend was capped by a string of individual star BY THE NUMBERS performances that saw four Tribe swimmers qualify for Olympic trials Sunday. Junior Jaimie Miller and her freshman In addition to 39+ personal sister Annie Miller both will swim the 50-yard free, while bests, Tribe swimmers set men’s seniors Will Manion (100-yard backstroke) and 13 program and conference Jeremiah O’Donnell (100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke) records in this year’s meet. also qualified. Here’s the list. The men’s team had a 2015 title to defend and did so in style, breaking the school points record (784.5) and CAA Men’s team points record (previously held by James Madison at 832) en —Points scored (969.5) route to a 969.5-point demolishing of the competition. The CAA and Tribe record next-closest team, Towson, trailed by almost 400 points. —Winning margin (397.5 Several strong performances by the relay squads anchored ahead of second place) CAA the men’s team. The Tribe set a meet record in winning the and Tribe 800-yard freestyle relay and also took home the 400-yard —12 event wins - ties Tribe freestyle relay, 200-yard freestyle relay, and 400-yard medley record relay. —200 breast Impressive individual performances took the College well —200 free over the competition. Freshman Eric Grimes edged a win —800 free relay - CAA and in the 500-yard freestyle by .45 seconds with sophomores Tribe Conrad Zamparello and Tommy Kealy also in the top four. In the 200-yard individual medley, the upperclassman trio Women’s team of senior Jeremiah O’Donnell, senior Will Manion and junior —Points scored(731.5) Alex Montes de Oca dominated the top three, all earning Tribe record NCAA-B qualifying times in the process. William and Mary —1,650 free swimmers also placed fifth, sixth, and seventh. —200 back Junior Joe Eiden set school records in the 50-yard freestyle —100 fly - CAA and Tribe (23.60) and 100-yard freestyle (51.28). Sophomore Evan Baker —100 back - CAA also qualified for the U.S. Open Swimming Championships —400 medley relay - CAA in the 100-yard butterfly, barely touching the edge of the pool and Tribe before Drexel’s Kyle Lukens in 47.56 seconds. —50 fly The women’s team, meanwhile, was not so heavily favored. James Madison took the lead briefly after the 200Coach of the Year — Matt yard freestyle event Friday, and it appeared as though the Crispino ‘02 and his staff championship may have slipped away. However, four William and Mary swimmers placing in the 100-yard breast, along with junior Sophie Rittenhouse blasting the CAA record in the 100-yard backstroke (53.71), opened up a 19-point gap going into the final day. Saturday, the Tribe showed up to close the deal. Freshman Morgan Smith set a school record and freshman record, swimming the 1650-yard freestyle in 16:36.86, while Jaimie Miller won the 100-yard free. Five athletes placed in the 200-yard breaststroke to bring home the win. A masterful individual display saw senior Jessie Ustjanauskas win Most Outstanding Swimmer of the meet. The dominant Tribe senior qualified for the U.S. Open and set a meet record while winning the 100-yard butterfly in 53.21 seconds, contributed a blazing butterfly time to the CAA record-setting 400-yard medley relay team, and also qualified for the NCAA-B competition in the 200-yard butterfly. Director of swimming Matt Crispino ’02 and his staff earned Men’s and Women’s Coaches of the Year honors for the first time. For some swimmers, the season will continue next month. The NCAA Division I Championships will see Tribe swimmers travel to Atlanta, Georgia from March 23-26. Meanwhile, the Tribe’s top swimmers will have to wait until June 26 to compete in Omaha, NE in the U.S. Olympic Trials, while this year’s U.S. Open kicks off Aug. 2 in Minneapolis, MN.


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