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Mason defeats Watson in 93rd
Alum wins with 52 percent
McAuliffe wins Virginia
BY ZACH HARDY FLAT HAT CHIEF STAFF WRITER
Democrat Monty Mason ’89 defeated incumbent Mike Watson for the 93rd District House of Delegates seat with 52 percent of the vote Tuesday. Mason received a total of 12,140 votes, while Watson received 11,102. In the city of Williamsburg, Mason had an even stronger lead with 2,760 votes, or 64 percent, with Watson pulling in 1,532, or 35 percent. President of the College of William and Mary’s Young Democrats, Zachary Woodward ’14, said he thinks Mason won because his message resonated with a larger amount of voters. Woodward said Mason he hopes Mason will work across party lines to tackle Virginia’s issues during his term. “Our government is now divided between the two parties, and our representatives will have to learn to compromise,” Woodward said. “I’m optimistic that Monty will be a leader for common sense and bipartisanship in the next session.” Christian Bale ’14, president of LGBT rights group William and Larry, said Mason’s victory represents a step forward for gay rights and other social issues. “The governor has a large amount of power … but it’s really exciting a local politician that we can contact and speak with is on our side,” Bale said. Bale said he hopes to see Mason continue to advocate for LGBT rights, specifically same-sex equality in the workplace. Doing so, Bale said, would help the College attract stronger faculty that may otherwise choose to work elsewhere. “Mason understands that, to build a strong economy, you need to extend rights and benefits in the workplace to [the LGBT community],” Bale said. William and Larry plans on starting a College-wide petition that advocates for the extension of benefits to those with same-sex partners. Bale said Mason will host
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Students lined up at the Williamsburg Methodist Church to cast their ballots Tuesday, Nov. 5. Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe won with 48 percent of the vote.
State swings blue in highly contested gubernatorial race
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63% VOTED FOR CUCCINELLI
VOTED FOR MCAULIFFE
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BY ARIEL COHEN FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR
On Tuesday, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe narrowly won the highly contested governor’s race in Virginia, earning 47.74 percent of the vote. McAuliffe’s main opponents, Ken Cuccinelli and Robert Sarvis, received 45.25 and 6.52 percent of the votes, respectively. In the city of Williamsburg, McAuliffe won 63 percent of the 4,362 votes in the precinct. “Voter turnout was great this year,” College of William and Mary Student Assembly Secretary of Public Affairs Zachary Woodward ’14 said. “In the precinct where most students vote, over 2,200 people voted, which is about twice what it was in 2011. Obviously it was lower than in a presidential year but that’s to be expected.” Some members of the College community said they were concerned with Cuccinelli’s
conservative stance on social issues, as well as with McAuliffe’s lack of experience working in government. “I think it was one of the more unusual gubernatorial elections in Virginia,” State Senator Tommy Norment, R-3 said. “All of the polling right up until the very end suggested the vast majority of voters had a more unfavorable impression of the candidates McAuliffe rather than a favorable one. A lot of people were voting in a negative way.” A social liberal, Governor-elect McAuliffe focused on job creation and social liberties throughout his campaign. McAuliffe said that he wanted to reduce taxes that block the growth of small businesses. See VIRGINIA page 4
Professors, specialists discuss role College can play to improve habitability of river
Tribe basketball player indefinitely suspended
James River health earns “C,” slight increase
Britt arrested for DWI Oct. 25
BY RACHEL DENNENY THE FLAT HAT
The James River received a “C” grade for overall health in the 2013 State of the James Report. With a score of 53 percent, the river, one of the three main tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay, improved two percent since its previous assessment in 2011. Lower James River Keeper Jamie Brunkow speculated that this two percent gain can be attributed to a $1.5 billion dollar investment in cleaner sewage treatment practices along the river. Brunkow says the investment assisted in making the James’ environment more hospitable to certain native populations. “A strong indicator of the James’s ability to provide a habitat for natural species would be the fact that we have been able to detect approximately 205 breeding pairs of bald eagles, which are a known endangered species along the James,” Brunkow said. Despite these advances in habitability, the river continues to face major challenges, including
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The James River received a “C” grade for health in the 2013 State of James report. The score was 53 percent, a two percent increase.
excessive sediments leaching into the waters — a nearly twenty-year long problem. “An important source of sediment to the river is
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… leading sediments to enter the water ways much more easily.” When these excessive sediments
Head men’s basketball coach Tony Shaver announced the indefinite suspension of senior guard Brandon Britt ’14 Thursday afternoon, citing a violation of team rules. “It is an unfortunate circumstance, but Brandon remains an important part of our program,” Shaver said in a statement. “He will continue to practice with the team, and we look forward to getting him back on the court for his senior season.” Earlier Thursday morning, Britt faced a hearing in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court for an Oct. 25 DWI charge. The hearing was continued until Jan. 9, 2014. According to Williamsburg Police Department’s Major Greg Riley, a patrol officer noticed a car crossing the center line of Richmond Road near Virginia Avenue and Nelson Avenue before pulling the car over at the intersection of Richmond Road Britt and Brooks Street. The report states that the officer noticed “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from Britt, as well as “glassy, bloodshot eyes.” Britt was placed under arrest at 1:37 a.m. before being transported to Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.
urbanization,” professor James Kaste said. “If you look around, there’s a lot of pavement and when it rains the water accumulates and concentrates on paved surfaces
Voting doesn’t matter
Sunny High 57, Low 36
If 200 years of history have anything to prove, it’s that a single vote won’t determine an election. So, why head to the polls? page 5
Senior night success
Senior defender Roshan Patel scored the decisive goal in the Tribe’s win over James Madison to wrap up the regular season. page 8
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Getting people to care about the river is the first step to them becoming stewards for the research and, eventually, advocates for the health and well-being of the James [River] as a whole. — Local James River Keeper Jamie Brunkow on the river’s health
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On a select Saturday in November, the Williamsburg Bird Club will invite nature lovers to birdwatch in the local New Quarter Park.
Middle schoolers turn principal into ice cream sundae
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Some lucky Berkeley Middle School students had the chance to dump candy all over their principal as a celebration for raising the school $7,500, according to the Virginia Gazette. Principal Karen Swann was transformed into an ice cream sundae for a day after Doug Ernst’s homeroom succeeded in getting the school halfway to the PTA’s $15,000 goal. She described the experience of having ice cream dumped on her as a cold one. The extra funding will come in handy for the school, whose enrollment number indicates that it is the only Williamsburg/James City County Middle School over capacity. Thieves steal excavator from Yorktown Thieves escaped Yorktown with a Caterpillar miniexcavator in tow earlier this week, said the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily. The York-Poquoson Sherriff’s Office says the excavator — a model 303.5C CR — was taken sometime between 5 p.m. Monday and 2 a.m. Tuesday. The machine was attached, via strap, to a trailer that was parked behind a Wendy’s at the corner of George Washington Memorial Highway and Fort Eustis Boulevard. Police are asking for anyone with information to call the Crime Line 888-LOCKU-UP.
Busch Gardens employee allegedly embezzling
A Busch Gardens employee was charged with embezzlement after he allegedly gave away over 100 parking passes for the theme park. According to WTKR, Darryl Glenn — who has since been relieved of his position — allegedly handed out 126 preferred parking tags. The passes, which provide parking spaces close to the park, are priced at either $10 or $25. Police are saying Glenn cost Busch Gardens between $1,200 and $3,100. Neither Glenn nor Busch Gardens gave a comment to WTKR. Bird lovers to explore local parks The Williamsburg Bird Club is inviting nature-lovers to see all the winged creatures New Quarter Park has to offer on select Saturdays in November, according to the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily. The Bird Club is beginning a series of walks in the hopes of sighting herons, ducks, and eagles, among other types of birds. Nov. 9, Lafayette High School field biology teacher Hugh Beard will lead a walk from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Bill Williams, Director of Education for the William and Mary Center for Conservation Biology, will lead bird-seekers on a walk from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Nov. 23. Binoculars will be available free of charge for participants who wish to take a closer look at the birds.
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NEWS IN BRIEF Ambady fondly remembered
High school student works in College labs
Nalini Ambady M.A. ’85, who earned a master’s degree in psychology from the College of William and Mary’s graduate school, passed away last week after a long battle with leukemia. Before attending the College, Ambady received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delhi. Born in Calcutta, she became a successful social psychologist who did in-depth research on intuition. Her groundbreaking work was featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book “Blink” in 2005 and she was recognized when President Clinton gave her the Presidential Early Career Award in 1999. At the College, she will be remembered as a kind and brilliant person.
Fourteen-year-old Alexys Reddick has been working closely with assistant professor of biology Shata Hinton in the Integrated Science Center’s labs. The two met by chance: while Reddick was waiting in the ISC for her mother, Hinton began chatting with her. Since then, Reddick, who attends Lafayette High School, has been teaming up with Hinton. She began by examining cell growth and making sure the cells had not been contaminated. Together, they have refuted a hypothesis and competed in science contests. Reddick has also won a scholarship. She is thrilled that she has had the opportunity to work with such talent and explore her own research interests.
Sustainability summit brings up issues This past spring, Sharon Hartzell ’14 came up with the idea of organizing a gathering for people interested in sustainability to discuss their ideas and projects. Since March, she has been working to assemble the first ever Sustainability Summit, which occurred this past weekend. Patrick Foley ’12, the College’s Sustainability Fellow for 2013-14, aided Hartzell in this. The summit they organized drew 70 staff members and students alike. Located in the Mason School of Business, the Summit offered lectures, workshops and networking opportunities. Although the event was a success, Hartzell is excited to make the event even bigger in years to come.
Friday, November 8, 2013
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College plans new international security minor
Student, faculty interest prompts decision; program remains in early stages By ROHAN DESAI the flat hat
As a result of the interest expressed by students and faculty, the College of William and Mary plans to introduce an international security minor to its curriculum. The new interdisciplinary minor will draw on faculty from various departments of the College and will be housed in the Roy R. Charles Center, which is responsible for administrating all interdisciplinary programs at the College. “This minor will be very similar to the public health minor, which was our most recently introduced minor,” Director of the Charles Center
and government professor Joel Schwartz said. Schwartz added that, like the public health minor, the international security minor would complement students’ existing majors. As an example, Schwartz said a computer science major might choose to minor in international security if he or she is interested in cyber security. The program is still in its early stages of development, and it is not clear when the minor will be introduced. However, requirements for the minor will likely include training in a foreign language, as well as coursework in statistics, econometrics and Geographic Information Systems. Though the minor may be a new addition to the
curriculum, the College already offers students the opportunity to involve themselves in international security in other ways. “Parts of the new international security program are already in place — the Program on International Peace and Security (PIPS), the e-internship program and the Summer Security Institute are run through the Washington Office,” government and international relations professor Susan Peterson said. Graduates of the College are currently well represented in the security community. In addition to the required coursework for the minor, students will be expected to work in the field of security or conduct research related to security studies.
“This would mean a chance to put the academic ideas that students study in the classroom into practice in an internship, the PIPS project or a policy-relevant research experience,” Peterson said.
Check page 5 for The Flat Hat Editorial Board’s take on the College’s plan to add a new international security minor.
Graduate students gain representation on larger EAC Revised act creates one-to-two graduate to undergraduate ratio; Swem Snacks to return By MADELINE BIELSKI the flat hat
During Tuesday’s meeting, senators passed the Student Development Act, increasing the ratio of graduate to undergraduate student representatives on the Executive Appropriations Committee. The bill, created by Sen. Caleb Stone J.D. ’15 and Sen. Patrick Johnson
Ph.D. ’18, underwent three rounds of revisions before it passed Tuesday. Senators raised concerns about whether the new one-to-two graduate to undergraduate member ratio would properly represent the College’s student body. Stone and Johnson made multiple adjustments to the bill to ensure a stable one-to-two ratio, including adding the ability to take away an undergraduate representative spot if one of the
graduate spots is unable to be filled, thus maintaining the new ratio. “I think we answered everyone’s objections, which [Sen.] Stone addressed in ‘legalese’ that covered all the bases,” Johnson said. “I think that was the difference. I think committees didn’t want to approve something that didn’t answer all of their questions.” The Student Development Act changes the current composition
of the EAC, which consists of one undergraduate member from each class, one at-large member and two graduate members. As a result of this bill, the EAC will now consist of seven undergraduate members and four graduate members. “We want to make sure that anyone who contributes anything to the Student Assembly is represented in some way, because it’s not good to have people taxed without representatives,” Stone said. “So it’s the ‘no taxation without representation’ idea.” Senators also passed the Swem Snacks III Act Tuesday with only one ‘nay’ vote. The bill, introduced by Sen. Daniel Ackerman ’16, allocates $400 to the SA to provide healthy snacks Sunday nights in Earl Gregg Swem Library, beginning at 9 p.m., for four consecutive Sundays, beginning Nov. 17. Beyond providing snacks, the SA hopes to use these events to reach out to and interact with the student body. Two previous Swem Snacks Act events took place during the 2012-13 year. Sen. Colin Danly ’15, a proponent
of the bill, urged the SA to continue the tradition. “I think that we should soon get ready for Swem Snacks IV for next semester,” Danly said. “I think this is a great way to be in students’ lives.” Chairman Will McConnell ’14 announced at the meeting that he had appointed the Marshall-Wythe School of Law senate seat to serve as an at-large member on the executive committee. “[McConnell] appointed our law school to the executive committee as an at-large spot,” Stone said. “It’s something we’re very excited about — helping out the College community as a whole.” Ackerman debriefed the SA senate on the Spooktacular festivities that the SA sponsored over Halloween weekend. “The Spooktacular was spectacular,” Ackerman said. “We canceled the concert because of the weather and we saved a little bit of money in the process … and it worked out very well. The petting zoo was awesome — a greater turnout than most of us were expecting, considering the weather.”
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The Student Assembly adjusted the ratio of graduate to undergraduate student representatives on the Executive Appropriations Committee.
Britt suspended from team Senior guard violated team rules BRITT from page 1
A College of William and Mary athletic department release noted the length of the suspension would be set following an “administrative process.” Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the College athletics staff, coaching staff and the basketball program have declined to comment further. As to whether the Oct. 25
arrest was a factor in Britt’s suspension, the College athletic department declined to comment. Richard Rizk, listed as the defense attorney in court documents, could not be reached for comment. The 6-foot-2 Britt, one of the College’s four returning starters, averaged 13.9 points and 2.5 assists last season. The Tribe opens its 2013-14 season Friday at Hampton University, with tip-off set for 7 p.m.
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Brandon Britt ’14 has been suspended indefinitely from the team.
For more on the EAC and the Student Development Act, check last week’s Student Assembly article at Flathatnews.com.
Health issues continue to plague river Scientists attribute James River problems to pollutants, sediment runoff JAMES from page 1
enter the waters, they foster the growth of harmful levels of algal blooms and provide surface area to transport other contaminants, making it difficult for fish and other aquatic species to survive. Although scientists believe pollutants are direct causes of the river’s lagging health, there is no easy fix available, a fact recognized by environmental scientist Dr. Randy Campbell. Campbell, who works for the Keck Observatory and studies sediment runoffs into College Creek, a James tributary. “There are all these wonderful, well-intentioned, best management practices to reduce sediment runoff such as [forested] buffer strips, but water often runs off in non-specific points, and it becomes very hard to manage,” Campbell said. In spite of the looming difficulty of this task, a recent mandate issued by the Environmental Protection Agency requires jurisdictions located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to develop plans of action for eliminating a specified amount of sediment from entering their local tributary, all by 2025 – a goal that applies to the College of William and Mary as well. To begin this process of improvement, Brunkow advocates for a simple approach. “Getting people to care about the river is the first step to them becoming stewards for the research and, eventually, advocates for the health and wellbeing of the James as a whole,” Brunkow said.
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The James River received a “C” for overall health in the 2013 State of James Report, earning a score of 53 percent, up two percent from 2011.
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Ben & Jerry’s holds Swem donation tradition
Salzman family continues to aid library, private funds provide financial support By Sung Hyun park the flat hat
Ice cream and library books — one of the odder couples found on campus. The owner of the local Ben & Jerry’s store in Williamsburg’s Premium Outlets hosted “Ben & Jerry’s month” at Earl Gregg Swem Library again this October, continuing the store’s 23-yearlong contribution to the library. Throughout October, Salzman donated 50 cents to the library for every frozen beverage purchased at Swem’s Greenberry’s café, raising a total of $1,100. His family has raised around $23,000 for Swem Library since Salzman’s father Frank Salzman, started the fundraiser in 1990. According to Tami Back, associate director of Strategic Communication and Outreach at Swem, the library
primarily relies on state dollars for its budget. Due to the increasing needs of the students, the library has relied on private funds to make ends meet. “The support we get from the public, private donors and alumni make up a significant part of our budget,” Back said. According to Back, the Salzmans’ contributions have proven useful to the library. Over the years, the family’s donations have allowed the library to purchase additional furniture and equipment to accommodate the growing student population. The library also increased their collection to include more documents and database subscriptions. Each October, the library’s staff organizes a field trip to Salzman’s store to chat with him and thank him for the fundraiser. “We really appreciate Leon and
enjoy working with him,” Back said. “It’s always good to have people in the community who appreciate the College and the library and want to support us.” In addition to the “Ben & Jerry’s month” every October, Salzman also visits the library during finals week to distribute free ice cream to students. “It really brightens a student’s day,” Kay Lee ’14 said. “Events like these offer small surprises that takes the stress off our shoulders.” Salzman stated that he plans on continuing the store’s relationship with Swem in the future. “We have always felt the need to give back to the community,” Salzman said in an email. “What better way to support our youth and future than being associated with a library, and William & Mary has one of the best school libraries in the country.”
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Ben & Jerry’s donation programs throughout October supported the Earl Gregg Swem Library.
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Students waited in long lines to donate during the Red Cross Club’s Blood Drive, which was held Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 1-7 p.m. at Trinkle Hall in the College of William and Mary’s Campus Center. The club puts on drives each year.
McAuliffe seeks to improve community colleges
Mason wins election with 3,441 votes
Governor-elect also hopes for increased funding and autonomy
Alum will help advocate for LGBT rights at College
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McAuliffe has never held public office before, and is not originally from Virginia. “I think that Richmond is going to be a surprise to him, but Virginia has become a much more diversified state so the fact that he’s not a native Virginian is not a drawback,” Chair of the government department John Norment said. “McAuliffe will find himself challenged in that he has only been a political party activist. Running state government is very different from running a business. In state government, not everything can be resolved by schmoozing.” During the election cycle, McAuliffe visited all 22 of Virginia’s community colleges and mentioned improving Virginia’s community college system as one of his main goals. Even though enrollment in Virginia community colleges is increasing, state support continues to dwindle. McAuliffe said he hopes to offer community colleges more funding and give them more autonomy in their budgeting process. “Virginia’s colleges and universities are one [of] the best assets we’ve got and many of them are top-flight, global institutions,” McAuliffe said in a statement on his campaign website. “Unfortunately, we stopped supporting the system adequately. Our community colleges and four-year schools are all underfunded and this is pushing higher education out of reach for too many Virginians.” Over the past five years, tuition in the state of Virginia has increased by 45 percent. McAuliffe plans to improve funding for higher education and to lower tuition. One of McAuliffe’s other primary goals, the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, may impact his plans to increase funding for higher education.
“One of the interesting challenges he will face is expanding Medicaid,” Chair of the College’s government department, John McGlennon said. “Under Obamacare, this would allow coverage [for] another 470,000 Virginians. [I hope that] by expanding Medicaid, that will draw in a lot of federal dollars that would allow him to take $.5 billion a year, which the state is spending on healthcare and put it to other uses. This is where he may find the money to put towards education, or infrastructure, or something like that.” Although he is entering a politically divided legislature, McAuliffe said he plans to put party labels aside in order to work for the benefit of the commonwealth. Soon after the election, McAuliffe said he hopes to make some changes to state policies. First, he pledged to protect state employees from discrimination, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. “I voted for McAuliffe first and foremost because he is explicitly against discrimination based on sexual orientation, a position that he reiterated in his acceptance speech,” Christian Bale ’14 said. “I’m hoping that he will sign an executive order enabling the College to extend same-sex partner benefits.” In a reaction to the recent gifts scandal involving Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R-Va.), McAuliffe has also pledged to sign an order placing a $100 limit on the value of any received gifts. McAuliffe’s transition team includes politicians from both sides of the party aisle. Advisor to the College of William and Mary’s Board of Directors, Paul Reagan ’82, will lead the transition team. “In a legislative branch of government you have to be developing consensus,” Norment said. “The most critical thing is who he surrounds himself with. He needs to surround himself with good people.”
the club in the spring when they go to Richmond to speak before the Virginia Legislature on the issue. Watson conceded to Mason Tuesday evening. In an interview
with the Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily, campaign manager Tyler Foote spoke on behalf of Watson to wish Mason luck in office, adding that Watson will continue to be involved in politics. “Delegate Watson
accomplished a lot as a freshman legislator, and I would expect him to continue to be involved in the legislative process and to continue to serve the public and the community as he always has,” Foote said.
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Monty Mason ’89 will host William and Larry at the Virginia State Legislature in Richmond to show his support.
Local Election Results House of Delegates 93rd District
Mike Watson Monty Mason
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Shaded areas denoted with a “D” indicate voter support of over 5,000 for Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
Judy Nightengale Fuqua ran as an Independent for Commissioner of Revenue in Williamsburg and won with 3,441 votes.
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A minor victory
How colleges weed out the uninteresting
geographic location. Attending a university with students who fully committed to a bizarre question is exactly why I love the College. We are all a little strange, but we are also full of interesting stories that led to our acceptances. After students are accepted to the College, the Admissions Office dedicates an entire section of its webpage to discussing THE FLAT HAT the uniqueness of the incoming class, usually referencing As a freshman at the College of William and Mary, it seems certain college essays. Without the individuality that the College and similar like it was eons ago that I was desperately searching for the perfect topics for the nine different supplemental essays I had schools pull from the essay portion of the application, to write during the college application period. It was only one schools would be taking a gamble regarding the fate of year ago, however, that I opened Microsoft Word, copied and the incoming class. Numbers on an application can only pasted the essay questions for each school, stared blankly at tell so much; a high GPA and SAT score prove hard work, the screen in front of me, and did a quick mental countdown determination and intelligence, but a college atmosphere requires much more than intellectual ability. to the application deadline. Students who were able to make a group “What do you pretend to love but of admission deans like them through a actually hate?” “If you were an animal, what would you be?” “What movie For a college to really care 500-word essay simply impress me. That achievement is partially why we are all here. has inspired you?” Then there was the about which animal I am Sure, our numbers matched the standard for dreaded, “Topic of your choice.” seems incredibly strange. which this top university strives, but more For a college to really care about importantly, we were the total package, and which animal I am seems incredibly we nailed our essays. strange, but these offbeat questions The ability to test well does not nearly impact a fourare a chance for students to separate themselves from the seemingly identical applications and for admissions teams year experience as much as a unique personality does. The to find the students that best fit their unique and diverse colleges that also provided an interview option made the application process not only less stressful, but also more universities. While these random questions may seem unnecessary and personable. When students excel in sports and lead a team to victory, irrelevant, their presence on the application is unmatched by it is due to their personalities. When students start a new any of the other fields. SAT scores, GPA, high school courses, community service project or create a new club, it is due family background and a list of activities only reveal so much to their personalities. These are the things that impact the about an applicant. college experience of the other thousands of students. As my high school literature teacher said, “If I read your The source of a college’s diversity stems from the college essay and have a desire to have lunch with you personalities of the students, and the essay portion of college afterwards, then you did something right.” The assistant and applications, no matter how strange the question may be, associate deans of admission have read it all. serves as the only way for the admissions committee to know These unique questions seem like a tool of college whether a particular prospective student can find a home at admissions teams to weed out the normal. A college the university. community strives for diversity, and diversity spans more than just race, gender, socioeconomic background and Email Daria Grastara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Religion is insidious and these ‘centers’ as such, has no place in a public university in any way, shape or form. IF they want to have a center at which there is NO alcohol/ drugs, etc I applaud that but in doing so it cannot be “faith based” but should just be marketed as a alcohol/drug free space which should then be rigorously enforced. ... However, the centers DO NOT and MUST NOT be religious in nature and MUST be inclusive of all — believers and nonbelievers alike with no differentiation.
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n response to student and faculty interest, the College of William and Mary has decided to add an international security minor to its curriculum. While the minor remains a long way from completion, it will likely encompass foreign language, econometrics and Geographic Information Systems. With an increased demand for people with this kind of specialized knowledge, it is fitting that the College accommodate this shift in the global marketplace. As the College works to craft and introduce its new minor, it must keep in mind the ever-changing knowledge base required for employment in the field of international security. Additionally, the College should look to create new majors and minors to meet new demands, as well as adapt current ones for the same reasons. Out of all the minors the College could have chosen, international security is one of the best because a great deal of U.S. foreign policy involves counter-terrorism. If Edward Snowden’s mass leak of National Security Agency documents tells us anything, it’s the sheer number of resources the United States now devotes to domestic and international surveillance of both suspected terrorists and law-abiding citizens. For the College’s international security minor to be relevant to students, it must not only be up to date on global events and issues, but it must also be on the cutting edge; it must teach students for both the present and the future. Those putting together the international security minor ought to consult the vast College alumni network working in this field — people like FBI Director James Comey ’82 and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Office Jeffrey Mazanec J.D ’88. The College should ask them, for instance, what they wish they had been taught at the College and what to emphasize. Once the College makes the international security minor available, it needs to promote the minor. The minor would not only benefit international relations and government majors, but also those studying languages, computer science, biology, chemistry or psychology. Other departments should encourage their students to consider international security as a complement to their majors. It could make for a more enriched educational experience and even increase one’s value on the job market. Academic departments should be receptive to student-faculty interest and changing world demand. Certain major and minor programs cannot remain completely the same if students are to be prepared for the future. Similarly, the College should create new programs dealing with pressing or soon-to-be pressing issues. Granted, it is never easy to determine what students will need to know and what problems they will face, but part of education is teaching students how to face problems that do not exist yet. This will require faculty and administrators to adapt constantly, with student assistance. The College’s decision to create an international security minor shows its receptiveness to student and faculty input. Hopefully, the same effort put into the decision to introduce this minor will be used in its development and promotion.
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Election 2013: My vote wouldn’t have made a difference, and neither did yours Chris Weber
FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR
If there is one surefire way to start a fight at the College of William and Mary, tell someone you didn’t vote. It’s funny how fast they’ll lecture you on the importance of democracy, on the power of the vote, and how they present to you — all too proudly — the ever-present “I voted!” sticker. I didn’t vote. Before you brand me un-American, a flag burner or anti-patriotic, think about what your vote really means. This isn’t about absurd conspiracy theories, crazy electoral colleges or rigged voting
machines. It’s simple math. In the history of the United States, no presidential election has ever come down to a single vote. No senate or gubernatorial election has ever been decided by one vote. That’s over 200 years. I’ll concede New York’s 36th Congressional District in 1910 — that one was decided by one vote. Until the recount, when the numbers changed, turning into a six-vote gap. Funny. Candidates win by hundreds, if not thousands, of votes. The 55,220 votes that separated Democratic Governorelect Terry McAuliffe and Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli in this week’s election caused headlines touting McAuliffe’s narrow victory, a hotly contested race and terms like “nail bitter,” “close” and “tight.” Both candidates campaigned for months to gain your
ever-so-important vote. In the end, it doesn’t matter if McAuliffe won by 55,220 votes or 55,221 votes. McAuliffe won’t adjust his platform based on a single vote, and you can bet the same would hold true if Cuccinelli had won entrance to the Executive Mansion. If every person who reads this column could rescind their vote, the election outcome would be the same. In fact, if this column gets more than 55,220 hits on the website, I’ll register and vote in every election until I die. The point remains the same, however. A single vote, cast one way or another, ends up doing one of two actions. Either a vote cancels out a vote for the opponent, or a vote stacks on top of another in favor of a candidate. In either case, a single vote does not affect the outcome of any state or national election.
For many, the ability to vote is as sacred as the freedom of speech. I respect those who cherish their right to vote and hold nothing against those who trek to the polls every November. Vote away, but realize the numbers aren’t in your favor. The minuscule effort it takes to
vote doesn’t outweigh the argument of the rational person. You’re better off spending the minute it takes to vote editing those “I voted!” stickers. “I didn’t vote!” will stick to your shirt just as well. Email Chris Weber at cmweber@ email.wm.edu.
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Take a stroll down DoG Street one Saturday morning and marvel at striped and speckled gourds, pumpkin-flavored pastries and an overly aw-worthy amount of adorable babies and puppies. As a conglomeration of local food and craft vendors, the Williamsburg Farmers Market assembles Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon in Merchants Square. The view from Confusion Corner reveals an array of tents rife with merchants from more than 20 producers, creating an aisle of enticement. Tangy Granny Smith and Arkansas Black apples from Drumheller’s Orchard and savory sundried tomato bread from Lucille’s Bakery greet you upon entering Colonial Williamsburg. The journey of sensation doesn’t stop there. A multitude of mouthwatering delicacies waits for you down the brick pathway. Continue through the Market and test your taste buds with some peach, blackberry mint and “strasberry” (a medley of strawberry and raspberry, also known as heaven in a jar) jam from Jan’s Jams. Scuttle on over to Bees ‘n’ Blossoms for a jar of Power Honey filled with antioxidants to spread on a fresh piece of bread from The Greek Bake Shop. Finally, top it all off with a hand-rolled truffle from Chocolate Cravings. Tucked to the side lies a Chefs Tent, courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg. Here you can learn how to prepare specific dishes like sliced apples doused in batter, fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar, just to give one tantalizing example. So, settle a groggy morning mood with a trip to the Farmers Market. Grab a scarf, a buddy and a basket, and brave the brisk, yet refreshing, fall air every once in a while. But be quick, for the treats and fresh veggies are nabbed quickly. Unfortunately, the weekly market gatherings ended Oct. 26 of this year. However, there will be holiday markets Nov. 23, 30 and Dec. 14. The LINDSEY STROUD / THE FLAT HAT vendors accept William and Mary Express. Asphalt on the Colonial Parkway was modeled to match a historical aesthetic.
Fall in Williamsburg brings an explosion of fiery color in the leaves of each tree, and the best place to appreciate this is during a leisurely drive down the Colonial Parkway, a 23-mile scenic roadway in the Colonial National Historical Park. “[The project] began in the 1930s when American culture was shifting and there was an explosion in car ownership,” Park Cultural Resource Management Specialist Jonathan Connolly said. “It was designed to connect the three points of the historical triangle and give visitors the colonial experience.” To maintain the colonial identity, the parkway’s roadway is not traditional asphalt but a “Williamsburg Aggregate Mix” that was modeled after the asphalt in Colonial Williamsburg. The design for all bridges and overpasses is based off a colonial brick veneer with each brick being handmade and fashioned together in an 18th century manner. Even the greenery was designed specifically. The trees and shrubbery help to limit the 20th century world by hiding the parkway from commercial buildings and a military base. There were also aesthetic influences in the design. “The landscape architecture when they laid out the parkway was designed for fall colors,” Connolly said. Construction of the Colonial Parkway began in 1930 when a unit of the Civilian Conservation Corps started clearing out the land in a labor-intensive manner. “They used two-man saws to clean the parkway of trees,” Connolly said. The first parkway extended from Yorktown to Williamsburg. With the onset of World War II, construction on the parkway slowed down. In 1957, the project was completed and the roadway was extended to Jamestown. Visitors can enjoy the lovely colors this fall by simply driving down the parkway or by volunteering. “We have lots of volunteers. … The park wouldn’t be able to operate as well as we do without volunteers,” Connolly said.
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Fall has arrived and, to paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald, life starts all over when the air gets crisp. This time of year may mean waking up to frozen fall air and chilled toes, but it also brings some of life’s greatest joys. If you’re anything like me, you came back from fall break lugging at least three extra sweaters to ward off the incoming season. The cold air provides the perfect excuse to use these extra layers to create a comforting cocoon that suits my homebody personality much more than a short summer dress ever could. This is also the time of year when I can finally trade my grande iced coffee in for a large pumpkin spice latte or some steaming hot cocoa that fights the autumn chill from the inside out. My life does start over in the fall, changing everything from my wardrobe to my early morning brew. It is a feeling that I can’t help relishing in as the crisp air cleans out my lungs and provides a sense of beautiful renewal to my mundane college life.
Starting every year on Sept. 13, Busch Gardens ditches its normal, quaint and friendly appearance and slips into something much more sinister. The four sections of the park are revamped into “Terrortories,” immersive attractions that include dramatic themes, sound effects, fog and scare actors behind every corner. During the day, Busch Gardens displays beautiful fall decor and attractions. For children or the faint of heart, it is suggested that they enjoy the park as much as possible during this time because at 6 p.m. sharp the ghouls, ghosts and haunts come out to play. The park offers six different haunted houses that all offer unique scare elements. If you have a chance to really look around between screams, you’ll find these houses to be genuinely creepy. Every last detail, from the decrepit ceilings to the worn floor tiles, creates the total scare package. The attractions and haunted houses aren’t the only things that will make you scream at Busch Gardens. The park also features many different rides, like the fan-favorite Griffon, which gets the adrenaline pumping. If you feel up to it, wait the extra 20 minutes to sit at the very front of the Griffon. It is an experience you are not likely to forget. Each year, College of William and Mary students have the privilege to visit the park at a discounted rate when they purchase tickets with their I.D.s from the Sadler Center Information Desk. Shuttle buses are provided, and it is always fun to see friends and classmates jockey for a spot on the bus. But beware, the buses only run until certain hours of the night so make sure to plan accordingly to avoid being stranded. If you missed out on the deal this year, be sure to look out for it next year.
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Between the Police Station parking lot and Alan B. Miller Hall is a zigzag wooden bridge that leads into the distance and finally disappears in the mysterious woods. Harboring a curious mind, you might have stepped on the bridge and followed the path covered by foliage on one fall afternoon after class, walking into a world that hides itself from the hustle and bustle of Ukrop Way. At the end of the downward slope to Matoaka Amphitheatre, Lake Matoaka sits as the background. A dock at the left of the amphitheater stretches out into the open water. A gentle breeze mixed with coolness and humidity will refresh you in an instant. Occasionally, there are students boating on the lake, with their paddles generating ripples that reflect the sun. Farther away, forests surrounding the lake begin changing color from green to yellow and red. Acquired by the College of William and Mary in the 1920s, Lake Matoaka was originally used as a mill pond. It was named after the famed Powhatan princess, Pocahontas, who was also known as Matoaka and who is remembered today for her anecdotal love story with the English settler, John Rolfe. Pick a random autumn afternoon when the sun shines warmly, and allow yourself to wonder down the dock of Lake Matoaka, sit back on the bench, leave a book open in one hand, and enjoy a tranquil moment of transcendentalism. Walking along the riverbank, you may even find a fossil shell or a glossy pebble. Whether you desire distance from your life’s routine or are just seeking a place to share with a loved one, Lake Matoaka will be your destination. The Boat House on Lake Matoaka, operating on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends, offers canoe and kayak rental to students at the College for free.
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College of William and Mary alum Don Sandusky ’95 was recently seen on an episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank” Oct. 11 promoting his company, Hamboards. Sandusky was a NASA Graduate Student Research Fellow at the Langley Research Center in 1992. NASA sponsored a scholarship for his Ph.D in applied polymer science at the College. “My time at William and Mary was absolutely wonderful and way too brief … I was very impressed with the quality of instructors,” Sandusky said. He remembers the College well, describing its aesthetic beauty. “I always had a math class at eight o’clock and I lived on the East side of town so I used to ride my bike right straight up … DoG street to class … and I remember in the fall with frost lining up off the street as the sun [was] shining through the fading leaves of the trees
and warming that frost and causing it to sublime into fog and seeing the fife and drummers out there as I’m riding to my early morning class. That’s some imagery I have stuck in my head that really romanticizes my time at William and Mary, and I just loved it,” Sandusky said. After graduating from the College, Sandusky went on to work at DuPont for the next ten years, starting out as an engineer commercializing the technology he had developed at NASA. He moved onto the management track right away, from Research and Development programs to New Business Development and Marketing, ending up in as a sales manager for his last role. And then, after DuPont, Sandusky created Primo Sports on his own. “I just decided that I was only going to live one time, and DuPont had done a terrific job at getting me all the training I needed to be successful, so I jumped out on my own and did it,” Sandusky said.
Becoming American Inaugural poet Richard Blanco visits Tucker Hall BY JILLIAN BATES THE FLAT HAT
He immigrated from Cuba to America 45 days after he was born. 44 years later, he stood in front of America and recited the inaugural poem for President Obama’s second inauguration — viewing himself as an American rather than a CubanAmerican for the first time in his life. Richard Blanco stood in front of a large creative writing class in Tucker Theater at the College of William and Mary Oct. 29, telling his story and giving advice to students about careers in poetry. Blanco described the process of being selected as the inaugural poet as “very mysterious.” One day, he was called and asked if he was interested in taking on the role. His response came readily. “I’ve been working my butt off for 25 years writing,” Blanco said. “So I showed up.” Standing before the students, the poet exhibited a relaxed vibe. The top two buttons on his dress shirt were unbuttoned and he wore no tie, his golden necklace appearing near his collar. Blanco’s sport coat had leather elbow patches and he had gel spiking his hair, peppered gray with age. He described the uncertainty he initially felt when he was asked to recite his poem at the inauguration. Blanco shared his original thoughts with the students in the third person, referring to himself saying, “America isn’t you.” Blanco described his feelings of being asked to write a poem about a country that he did not quite feel he was a part of, although he had dual citizenship. One theme in his poetry is his status as a “child of exile” as a gay immigrant. His poems have traditionally been narratives of his life and the lives of his immigrant family living as Cubans in America. “We’re Cuban, and we love to tell stories,” Blanco said. Blanco read his poem “Betting on America” — a work about his family watching the Miss America pageant. The family bets small amounts of money on the winner, throwing sums up to $2 in the pot, and compares the American beauties strutting across the stage to the typical Cuban beauty. As he read his poetry he closed his eyes as if taking himself back to his childhood. He rolled his r’s and almost sang each word, especially when quoting his family. “Papa refused to bet on any of the Misses because Americanas all have skinny butts,” he said. “There’s nothing like a big culo cubano.” Blanco emphasized his poem with gestures, tracing curves in the air when saying “culo cubano.” Chelsea Blanco ’17 attended both the writing workshop and public reading. “I am Cuban as well and can relate [to] a lot of things he said,” Chelsea said. In the creative writing class, Richard Blanco discussed giving up the comfort of writing about himself and his family. He wrote his inaugural poem, “One Today,” intending to incorporate everything that is America, not just the part that was his immigrant family. He incorporated people who lived in the north and the south, people who have worked at grocery stores and nine-to-five jobs. “I think his ability to talk about his identity as a gay Cuban-American through poetry was amazing,” Ashley Williams ’16 said. Blanco compared poetry to a mirror, saying that on the other side of the mirror is the author and beside the author is the reader. As the reader looks into the mirror he sees a blur of lines and lives. People understand something about themselves through reading poetry. “Hopefully, you will see your life as well as mine,” Blanco said. “I don’t think a poem is complete until it is read and connected to another person.” “One Today” is an example of this approach. He found a way to stand beside America in front of the mirror. In the poem, Blanco switched places with the readers and realized that his story was like the readers. It took Blanco reading “One Today” in front of all of America to realize he has always been American. As he stood before America during the inauguration, Blanco described finally feeling able to expand his writing style from narratives about himself and his family to narratives about the country as a whole. “Here is your country, this is your story, here is your home,” Blanco said. “I’ve been home all along.”
The goal of the company was to derisk the inventions. “You can’t just write a patent and have someone decide to buy it, so I [built] sports equipment brand that had my technology in it to demonstrate to the buyer that ‘hey, this is working,’ and in doing so I derisked my invention,” he said. Some of the products created by Primo Sports include Spaulding’s “Neverflat” basketball, and technologies improving goalkeeper gloves, shin guards and other sports balls. He is also an inventor of over ten different patents, three of which were patented during his time at the College. Warrior Sports purchased Primo Sports in 2011, and Sandusky was hired on as General Manager for Research and Development. In 2012, he decided to move onto Hamboards, a company based out of Huntington Beach, CA to help his favorite cousin who had unintentionally created a small business
out of his garage. “I was done giving him free advice. I decided to leave my very, very good job to take this on full time,” Sandusky said. Hamboards was created by a family of surfers. They are designed to make the rider feel as if they were surfing down the street. The boards vary in size from the “Classic,” measuring over six feet long, to the “Bisquit” at 24 feet which resembles a boogie board. Sandusky has been working as a Managing Member for Hamboards for the past year and two months. “Shark Tank” is a critically acclaimed television show in which a cast of “sharks” consisting of self-made multimillionaires offer opportunities to budding entrepreneurs, who make a pitch around their already existing ventures to the sharks in each episode. In the Shark Tank episode on Oct. 11, Hamboards asked for $100,000 with a 15 percent stake. Sandusky, who went by “Donnie” in the episode, described
himself as the company’s hard ass and a self-made entrepreneur. Another idea pitched for the Hamboard would involve a paddle with a rubber tip that could effectively turn the Hamboard into a land based paddle board. The company received and accepted an offer of $300,000 with a 30 percent stake, the highest offered by the shark Robert, and the episode has proven valuable. “We’ve sold more [boards] since the episode aired than we sold in a year two years ago,” said Sandusky. Sandusky has two points of advice to offer to students at the College. “Go get some experience in the corporate world to learn how stuff works, because they don’t teach you that in college … and you’ll be competing against big companies. Secondly, vote, pay attention to politicians who are making this country less competitive because it’s getting harder and harder for entrepreneurs to be successful,” Sandusky said.
Sunken Garden illuminated The Chinese Student Organization hosted a festival Wednesday night, releasing lanterns into the Williamsburg sky.
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BY MICK SLOAN FLAT HAT ASSOC. SPORTS EDITOR William and Mary will be under plenty of pressure Friday afternoon, as it faces Northeastern in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. The No. 2 Tribe (8-2-6, 5-1-2 CAA) is two weeks removed from its showdown with the No. 3 Huskies, which ended in an intense 0-0 draw. The tournament will take place in Harrisonburg, Va., hosted by No. 1 James Madison. The word of the matchup for the Tribe is redemption. The College is trying to recover from a triple dose of disappointment: the recent scoreless tie with the Huskies with the CAA’s 1- seed on the line, a 0-1-2 finish in CAA play after a 5-0-0 start, and a devastating loss in the semifinals of last year’s conference tournament. That semifinal, and the Tribe’s outstanding 2012 season, ended in penalty kicks at home in Williamsburg. Now, a year later, the squad heads to Harrisonburg hoping to take back the title. The Tribe has reason to be confident this weekend. It has played a stellar season, running a 12 match unbeaten streak that included five consecutive conference wins. Despite giving up six goals in two late season games, the Tribe defense has been strong all year, posting a 0.938 goals allowed average, including six shutouts. Additionally, sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Casey has been outstanding this year, holding strong in goal through multiple overtime nail-biters and one-goal wins. In a highpressure environment such as the CAA tournament, it is important to be able to get defensive stops with the game on the line — this defensive unit can absolutely do that. The Tribe has the CAA’s second highest scoring offense, averaging 1.88 goals per game in CAA play, and has scored at least twice in six of eight conference games. Led by senior forward Dani Rutter and top-scoring junior forward Emory Camper, this team is capable of scoring in any situation. The Tribe faces a tough opponent in Northeastern. The Huskies’ shutout against the Tribe was not an aberration — the team has five shutouts in nine CAA games, including its recent victory in the quarterfinals. Casey and the Tribe defense need to play their best on Friday, because the Huskies will not yield many scoring chances. The strength of the teams’ defenses — as well as their recent scoreless meeting — indicates that Friday night’s semifinal will be an intense, low-scoring affair. If that is the case, the win will likely go to whichever team can avoid crucial errors. There’s no easy way to predict who will win this match, but odds are it will be close. The other side of the bracket features 1-seed James Madison and 4-seed Hofstra. The Tribe has a history with both teams: it bested the Dukes 2-1 in Harrisonburg back in September and rallied to tie Hofstra 3-3 on the road October 25. Keeping this in mind, the tournament looks to be interesting no matter who wins. Action kicks off when the Tribe faces off with Northeastern at 3 p.m. Friday.
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The Tribe’s tense 1-0 win secured the third seed in the conference Tournament, giving them home field advantage against sixth seeded Hofstra Saturday night at 7 pm.
Patel leads the way in College victory over JMU on senior night BY JACK POWERS FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR Senior right back Roshan Patel made it clear he isn’t ready to say goodbye to Martin Family Stadium just yet. Patel’s 54th-minute free kick goal was enough to give William and Mary (9-4-2, 4-2-1 CAA) a 1-0 home v i c t o r y over James Madison (8-10, 1-6 CAA) and home-field advantage Patel in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. The Wednesday night game, the last of the regular season, was a quintessential Tribe win, marked by physical play, smart defending and a grind-it-out goal. “Games with JMU are always just battles, regardless of what the records are,” head coach Chris Norris said. “We knew there was a lot on the line tonight, in terms of — at a minimum — getting a home
game on Saturday night, and, obviously, we’re continuing to try to improve our resume for an atlarge bid if we don’t win the CAA tournament.” Notably, the Tribe returned to its defensive stubbornness and exactitude Wednesday. The Tribe had given up at least two goals in each of its previous three games after only allowing two goals to No. 25 Creighton. Wednesday’s shutout was the Tribe’s eighth of the season, most in the CAA, and Norris found the team’s performance encouraging. “I thought, overall, we did a good job on defense,” Norris said. “I would have liked it if we had prevented some of the service. We kind of bent, but didn’t break.” Playing for a full crowd, both teams failed to create legitimate scoring chances through the first half. But JMU made its intent clear with flying elbows and forceful tackles — the Tribe would have to earn a victory on JMU’s terms. The physicality of the opposing players made it more difficult for the undersized Tribe players to penetrate into the JMU box.
it out of the air before it crossed the goal line. Less than a minute later, sophomore midfielder Chris Dunn made a sliding block of a Dunn dangerous JMU shot near the goal post to seal the Tribe’s victory. Patel attested to the uplifting effect of Wednesday’s win in anticipation of the CAA tournament. “We had a rough time the last two games, but it’s good to get back to winning ways,” Patel said. “We’re going to try to ride this wave through the rest of the tournament, and hopefully the CAA finals.” The Tribe hosts Hofstra (8-63, 2-3-2 CAA), a team it narrowly defeated 3-2 earlier in the season, at Martin Family Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m. for the quarterfinal match of the CAA tournament. If it prevails against the Pride, the Tribe will face 2-seed North CarolinaWilmington in Philadelphia for the semifinal.
CAA CO-COACH OF THE YEAR ELLIS LEADS TRIBE INTO TOURNEY Sharing the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year award, head coach Tess Ellis has picked up where longtime predecessor Peele Hawthorne left off. Ellis’ recognition marks the fourth time a William and Mary field hockey coach has won the award, following Hawthorne winning in 1995, 2001 and 2004. After assuming the head coach role a week before the program’s first game, Ellis led the Tribe to an 8-10 overall record, including a 3-3 mark in the CAA. Upset wins over then No. 5 Virginia and then No. 18 American highlighted Ellis’ first year at the helm,
Overall, the first half provided a paucity of shots on goal (3) and an abundance of fouls (10). One JMU foul early in the second half led to the only goal the Tribe needed. Taking the free kick from just outside the right side of the goal box, Patel knifed the ball into scoring position where it took a fortunate deflection into the net. “It wasn’t much really,” Patel said. “We got a foul at the top of the box, and I told Chris Perez, ‘I got this.’ I could see the wall wasn’t set correctly, so I just wanted to get it up and over and on-target. Luckily, it took a slight deflection and ended up going in.” The Tribe defense, spearheaded by Patel and senior center back Will Smith, took the single goal and turned it into a victory, but not without some anxiety. In the final five minutes, the Tribe’s shutout could have easily turned into two goals and a loss, if not for intelligent positioning and relentless defensive intensity. JMU forward Josh Grant sent a close header goal-bound in the 88th minute, but Tribe freshman goalkeeper Mac Phillips snagged
having been an assistant coach for the previous 18 seasons. With the College’s 2-1 win in double overtime Sunday, Ellis will lead the No. 4 seeded Tribe against nationally ranked No. 17 Delaware in the CAA semifinals Friday. Senior forward Taylor Hodge and sophomore forward Pippin Saunders look to lead the College, having each been selected to the all-CAA first team. Friday’s match is set to start at 4 p.m. — Flat Hat Sports Editor Chris Weber
Key matchup ahead Delaware poses stiff challenge to Tribe BY JACK POWERS FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR After knocking on the door all season long, William and Mary has finally cracked into the top 25 polls. Now comes the hard part: proving the Tribe deserves its high ranks. After two convincing home wins against James Madison and New Hampshire, the Tribe seems to be peaking, going into a pivotal road matchup against Delaware. Last Saturday’s 17-0 romp over New Hampshire at Zable Stadium was the team’s best performance on both sides of the ball this season. It is not easy to overstate just how well the Tribe is playing defensively this season. New Hampshire’s offense was never in a credible position to threaten the College’s goal line through an entire 60 minutes, even though the Wildcats came in averaging 34 points per game. Saturday’s defensive stranglehold made the Tribe the No. 1 scoring defense in the Football Championship Subdivision. A similar story occurred a week earlier against No. 18 James Madison. The Dukes threatened to score throughout the Homecoming game, mainly due to favorable field position caused by the Tribe offense’s three lost fumbles. However, James Madison was consistently frustrated by the resilient defense. JMU’s sole touchdown was essentially negated by junior safety Jared Velasquez’s electrifying 90-yard interception return for a touchdown. For all the talk about the Tribe defense, the offense has played equally well. Senior quarterback Brent Caprio has quietly revitalized a long-dormant passing attack and unleashed the Tribe’s athletic stable of wide
receivers, headed by junior Tre McBride, junior Sean Ballard and sophomore Christian Reeves. In his first start of the season, Caprio threw for 241 yards against New Hampshire, the most passing yards the Tribe has accumulated all season. “Cap[rio] really helped us out, and I thought we had a good thing going,” Reeves told Tribe Athletics. “We’d like to continue going with that.” With the Colonial Athletic Association championship likely out of reach, the Tribe has three more games to impress voters enough for an at-large bid into the FCS playoffs. The College’s next two matchups are against teams directly above it in the conference standings, Delaware and Towson. No. 21 Delaware poses a potent obstacle to the Tribe’s playoff aspirations. Returning home from a comeback victory against No. 11 Towson, the Blue Hens are on a three-game winning streak and primed to contend for the CAA title. Quarterback Trevor Sasek threw for 330 yards with three touchdowns against Towson. Sasek and his three favorite targets, each of whom had over 70 yards receiving against Towson, will be difficult for senior safety Jerome Couplin and company to contain. All three of the Tribe’s losses have come on the road, while the Blue Hens hold a 5-0 record at Delaware Stadium this season. “It’s always a big game when you play at Delaware to a full house, and I’m sure it will be Saturday,” head coach Jimmye Laycock told Tribe Athletics. “They’re on a roll, and if you think back to last year, they beat us here 51-21.” The Tribe’s showdown at Delaware will start at 3 p.m. Saturday.