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Former Chancellor Margaret Thatcher passes away Previous Prime Minister of the U.K. addressed students at 1997 commencement ceremony, visited in 2001 BY ABBY BOYLE FLAT HAT NEWS EDITOR
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Former Chancellor Margaret Thatcher last visited campus in 2001 for her portrait unveiling.
Former British Prime Minister and the College of William and Mary’s first female Chancellor Margaret Thatcher passed away Monday, April 8 of a stroke. Thatcher, who was 87, served as the College’s 21st Chancellor from 1993 to 2000. She also delivered the commencement address in 1997 and visited campus again in 2001 for the dedication of her portrait,
which is displayed in the Blue Room of the Sir Christopher Wren Building. “Margaret Thatcher was a great force in British and world politics,” College President Taylor Reveley said in a press release. “She was also a cherished member of the William & Mary family, serving splendidly and inimitably as our Chancellor for seven years. We will miss her enormously and deeply mourn her loss.” Thatcher entered British
politics in 1950 and was elected to Parliament in 1959. She became Prime Minister in 1979 and served until 1990. During her 11-year tenure, she pioneered the political philosophy “Thatcherism,” led Britain in the Falklands War against Argentina, and dealt with a wide range of international and domestic issues. In her 1997 commencement speech, Thatcher expressed her See THATCHER page 3
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Students celebrated the Hindu holiday of Holi on Sunday. Music played in the Sunken Gardens as colorful paint was thrown in the air in honor of the god Krishna.
HSRC student representatives weigh in on proposed changes
Assignment perceived as threat at Law school
Early resolution, standardization suggested BY MEREDITH RAMEY FLAT HAT MANAGING EDITOR
Two years ago, Noah Kim ’13 and Zann Isacson ’13 served as Student Assembly representative to the Honor System Review Committee. After transitioning out of the SA last year, the pair continued to work with the HSRC as the proposed changes were finalized and submitted to College of William and Mary President Taylor Reveley. Reveley announced the proposed changes and asked for student feedback Friday in an email to the College community. Two weeks ago, HSRC Chair and Chancellor Professor of Government Clay Clemens ’80 outlined the three major changes proposed by the HSRC in a discussion with the Honor Council, the Student Conduct Council and the Conduct and Honor Advisory Program. The three major aspects of the proposal are the addition of an early resolution option for honor system infractions, the standardization of sanction levels and the creation of a standing Honor System Advisory Committee. Of these three major changes, Kim and Isacson believe the proposed early
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resolution, or expedited option, for undergraduate students will affect students the most. “[With the early resolution option], a student is able to resolve an issue directly with his or her professor,” Isacson said. “There is not a lot of buy-in by faculty to the [Honor] System, and the idea is that it will be adjudicated more fairly. If one professor, for example, always sends the student to the Honor Council and another doesn’t, that’s different standards across the board.” In an email, Reveley agreed that faculty support is an issue with the current Honor System. Kim explained some of the hesitation of College faculty to work with the system. “I think a lot of the hesitation on the part of faculty stems from the fact that they feel like they’re ceding autonomy by allowing the Honor System to step in, or they don’t want to subject a student to that entire process when they feel like they can just give a student a zero on that exam that they cheated on,” Kim
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Despite reports of high alert, police deemed threat in homework not dangerous BY ZACH HARDY FLAT HAT CHIEF STAFF WRITER
A homework assignment found at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law was misinterpreted as a mass homicide threat Saturday, March 30. The student who found the assignment reported it read, “Plan A: Kill 400 people.” The police began to investigate the threat immediately. On April 1, Associate Dean Lizbeth Jackson emailed students to inform them about the investigation. Shortly after, the owner of the assignment contacted police and explained it was simply a mediation exercise. “Within the context of the assignment it made perfect sense,” College of William and Mary Police Chief Don Challis said. “But the story spread in a way if I were to whisper in your ear and you pass on the message as a whisper and the words change.” Jackson sent a follow-up email shortly after the case was resolved explaining the assignment and its misinterpretation. “The article is about how people make choices and poses four different scenarios from which groups of people were asked to choose one,” Jackson said in the email to Marshall-Wythe students.
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The Huffington Post and “Above the Law” reported that there was high alert threat.
“For example, America is preparing for an outbreak of a deadly disease, which is expected to kill 600 people. If program A is adopted, 200 people will be saved.” The rumor and Jackson’s email were posted on a blog called “Above the Law” and later on The Huffington Post. Both sites cast the reaction to the exercise as overblown. The Huffington Post’s headline read “William and Mary Law School Went On High Alert Over Class Exercise.”
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Director of News Marketing for the College Suzanne Seurattan explained neither the law school nor campus was on high alert. “It was never deemed a credible threat,” Seurattan said. Challis said it is unclear how “Above the Law” and The Huffington Post received word of the incident. “We have a lot of students who could be involved with those sites, and that is their prerogative,” Challis said.
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She was also a cherished member of the William & Mary family, serving splendidly and inimitably as our Chancellor for seven years. We will miss her enormously and deeply mourn her loss. — College President Taylor Reveley on the death of former Chancellor Margaret Thatcher
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Catch up on the latest William and Mary news from William and Mary Television and The Flat Hat. This edition includes news on the following: TEDxCollegeofWilliamandMary; William and Mary Islamic Awareness Week; potential renovation of Zable Stadium; reduction of faculty, staff, and student work hours; a new Virginia amendment regarding abortion and news on Virginia governor-hopeful Ken Cuccinelli’s involvement with a lawsuit brought against the state.
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Gov. Bob McDonnell will honor Sen. Yvonne Miller, featured above, through the naming of the state’s Juvenile Justice Correctional Center.
Williamsburg budget talks begin this week City Council will meet twice this week as Williamsburg budget talks begin. The city and school budgets will be presented to the council Monday, according to the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily. On Thursday, an open forum will allow citizens to share their opinions on the budget, along with the proposed changes to the downtown area’s ordinances. For more coverage of the budget process, see Friday’s issue of The Flat Hat. Virginia Arts Festival to open The Virginia Arts Festival is launching a long marathon with more than 60 venues through early June from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach. The Virginia Gazette reported about some of the new features, among them the decision to hold the festival outdoors for the first time with large-scale theater selections. The Richmond Ballet will join the Virginia Symphony in performing Igor Stravinsky’s seminal ballet, “The Rite of Spring.” This year’s festival will bring back veteran bands and performers from previous years, alongside several new artists on the roster. Terry McAuliffe voices support for marriage equality The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s support for marriage
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News in brief Faculty receive Plumeri awards
Undergrad fan fiction essay published
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In 2009, Joseph J. Plumeri ’66 donated a monetary gift that began a tradition of recognizing 20 faculty members at the College each year for their research, teaching and overall service to the community. Recipients receive $10,000 for research, summer pay or salary stipends. This year’s list of recipients includes professors of economics, English, American studies, geology, chemistry, theatre, biology, mathematics, applied sciences, computer science, Hispanic studies, film studies, government and international relations departments as well as recipients from the School of Education, the MarshallWythe School of Law and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
In the London Review of Books, undergraduate writing is rarely featured, but Katherine Arcement ’13 was published in the March 7 volume. The essay in question was a reflective piece about fan fiction — stories written by fans that are based on characters and plots that already exist — that had begun as an essay assignment for visiting assistant professor of English Chelsey Johnson’s class. The LRB is a widely circulated literary magazine in Europe. Arcement, having read the review in the past, decided to test her luck in submitting her piece. While it was shortened from the original 4,100 words, the essay received positive reviews when it was released, despite skepticism about her age.
Cathy Pacheco, store manager of the College’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Colonial Williamsburg since 2007, was recently awarded for her commitment to managing the store as well as creating a relationship with the College. The Next Generation Leadership Award, was presented at the annual Barnes & Noble conference to five individuals who exemplify the qualities of “next generation leaders” and who have all built strong relationships with their college campuses. According to William and Mary News, Pacheco is well-known around the area and is active in the daily lives of students, faculty and other members of the community.
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Career Center launches Business Bootcamp New program will allow arts and sciences majors to learn business basics in a course this May BY ABBY BOYLE FLAT HAT NEWS EDITOR
The Sherman and Gloria H. Cohen Career Center is offering its first Arts &
Sciences Business Bootcamp program May 13-17 in Washington, D.C. The program will allow undergraduates majoring in the arts and sciences to learn about business principles, including
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The Sherman and Gloria H. Cohen Career Center is beginning its Arts & Sciences Business Bootcamp in May. Participants will stay in Washington, D.C. and attend sessions on basic business principles.
marketing, finance, accounting, and communication strategies in a oneweek course. David Lapinski, Senior Associate Director at the Career Center, is leading the program and said that the Career Center’s advisory board was interested in making arts and science students more conscious of career-related opportunities, as well as in exposing them to career paths they may not have considered. “We are constantly talking about what we can do to engage our arts and science students more, and one of the things that we hear … is that they’re not necessarily aware of the different types of opportunities that are out there,” Lapinski said. To address this issue, Lapinski and his team researched about ten other universities’ similar businessimmersion programs and put together their own version, calling it Business Bootcamp. During the five-day program, 20 accepted students will participate in lecture courses and case projects in corporate locations in the Washington, D.C. area. Alumni who are currently
working in corporations, including Google, Booze-Allan Hamilton, the Federal Reserve and Colgate-Palmolive, will work with the participants throughout the program. Josh Newfield ’96, Operations Manager of Washington Open MRI, Inc. in Washington, D.C., is helping to lead the program and said he hopes the alumni support will allow students to forge important connections. “One of the reasons to go to a good quality school is the good network you have … It’s great to see that William and Mary ‘community,’ that buzzword, really come together,” Newfield said. “There’s more alums involved than I certainly thought at first. The overriding point there is that when more people are given the opportunity to help, everyone seems to want to do it and to be involved, so I think that’s great.” Jeremy Benedict ’97, Chief Executive Officer at Guided Surgery Solutions, LLC, another program leader, said he hopes that the Bootcamp can continue to reach out to alumni. “It’s a great way for them to give back and just really engage face-to-face with students,” Benedict said.
Lapinski added that one of the program’s main aims is to allow students to add basic business knowledge to any topic in the arts or sciences that they may be studying at the College. “One of the things we all agree on this is that it wasn’t necessarily designed to take an arts and science student and make them a business student,” Lapinski said. “It could be someone who says, ‘I’m pre-med,’ like Jeremy [Benedict] was, ‘and I want to have my own doctor’s office one day, and because of that, I’d like to be able to understand business principles.”’ Chase Jordan ’15, a government major and future program participant, said the idea of adding business skills to his repertoire was what drew him to apply to the program. “I think that being knowledgeable about business and being able to combine those skills with my other interests will be really advantageous in any job,” Jordan said. Participants will stay in a hotel outside Washington, D.C. throughout the program. The Bootcamp’s cost is $500 which covers hotel stay as well as most food costs.
Spring break trips bring younger generation to campus
Campus Dining views visiting elementary, middle and high schoolers as prospective students BY ELEANOR LAMB FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR
Some students have noticed the increased number of elementary, middle and high school students on the College of William and Mary campus, specifically in the Commons Dining Hall. While school groups visit the College throughout the year, the number of young students is peaking now because many of them are on spring break and are using this free time to visit the College. Dining Services is welcoming these students in an effort to show them all the College has to offer. They are being treated as prospective students who may one day call this campus their home. “It kind of lights up your eyes,” Director of Operations Larry Smith said. “We look at them as a bunch of kids, but they look in awe [at College students]. They think it’s kind of neat.” The children are parts of classes and organizations from a variety places including California, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama and Connecticut. Since the College is a public school, the dining halls are open to the public and tourists are treated like any other paying customer. While the dining halls are happily providing their fare to this influx of young eaters, not all students are thrilled about their presence. Ryan Boles ’15 says the large groups of kids create clogged paths throughout the Caf, as well as long
lines and limited seating. “I think sometimes [Dining Services] overbooks, and so it makes the problem worse,” Boles said. “I don’t really mind if they have the side rooms, but sometimes they’ll sit at booths and spread out sparsely.” Other students such as Megan Woodward ’15 claim they do not have a big problem sidestepping the swarms of kids. “They’re always going for the slushies, the ice cream, the pizza,” Woodward said. “They’re not really going for the food that I go for.” Even though Campus Dining says the dining experience could sway prospective students with their own college decision, some current students are not so sure. Many think 12-year-olds are not thinking too seriously about evaluating meal options and their future college lives. “For little kids, this is almost like being at a summer camp,” Jordan Cirenza ’16 said. “Some of our friends say the only reason they have middle schoolers coming here is that so they can drink the slushies.” Students may grumble about having to share the dining halls’ food and seating with children, but they are encouraged to remember these kids may one day be in their position. “[We] should really look at it as a great experience for the kids, rather than an inconvenience,” Smith said.
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Spring brings an influx of young visitors to the Commons Dining Hall at the College of William and Mary.
Thatcher dies from stroke HSRC commends student feedback
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Chancellor at the College. “For me, my friends, it is an awesome honor to be asked
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Former British Prime Minister and Chancellor of the College of William and Mary Margaret Thatcher delivered the 1997 commencement speech.
to give this address…a joy because of the unbreakable bond, a William and Mary bond, with my country, and because this college cannot lose its habit of producing and attracting great leaders, whose faith in the rightness of their cause created America, changed the world, and brought new hope to people who had never known freedom and justice,” Thatcher said. She also emphasized her support for the College’s Honor System. “To you, values matter most, both here at the College of William and Mary and in life outside,” Thatcher said. “We need to be able to rely on the integrity of our predecessors. Values … bring order and peace to our lives, as the founding fathers knew well.” Thatcher had been dealing with health issues for several years. The New York Times reported that instead of a state funeral, Thatcher will be honored in a ceremony in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, in accordance with her wishes. She will receive full military honors.
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exam that they cheated on,” Kim said. “And so, we want to allow for that while still having it as part of the system.” The pair discussed some of the causes for the creation of the HSRC in 2010, citing the fact the Class of 2013 is the last undergraduate class who was present on campus at this time. “What we saw in the spring of 2010 was a lot of coverage of the honor system that I think raised questions on campus, and I think generally caused a lot of students’ attentions to be directed towards scrutinizing the honor system in a way that hadn’t happened for at least several years — in a way that actually engaged students generally,” Kim said. “I think part of [the reason the HSRC was created] was [that] the Honor Code is supposed to be reviewed every fifteen years, and so part of it was ‘Well, now that student interest is there, this is an opportunity to review it in a way in which students will actually be engaged and interested in this review because they have those controversies fresh in their minds.’” The HSRC was comprised of various administrators, faculty and students on campus, including the chairs of the various Honor Councils on campus, Associate Dean of Students Dave Gilbert, Director of the Office of Internal Audits Michael Stump and Dean of Students Patricia Volp. Kim and Isacson commended the number of student voices and opinions heard in the HSRC meetings as the comprehensive review of the Honor Code took place. “At many places, this would have been a closeddoor administrative decision in which the deans of their respective departments would sit down, run through it, make their comments and suggestions, and then it would have been implemented,” Isaacson said. “But this took two and a half years to make because there were so many different
opinions in the room.” Kim emphasized that the number of voices heard about these proposed changes and the feedback received through the online submission process will continue this positive practice. “The Honor Code does not belong to just the administration; it belongs to all of us,” Kim said. “We’ve written it; we’re continuing to write it with this next step in the process. It’s not the fact that students are just affected by it, we actually have a significant role in defining it. And I think that’s the most important thing to take away. First and foremost the Honor System — any true honor system — can only operate when you have community engagement and community involvement … from the entire community.” Following Clemens’ discussion of the HSRC’s proposed changes two weeks ago, Reveley asked for feedback through anonymous online submissions in his campus-wide email. “All students and faculty members will have an opportunity to send me their thoughts, anonymously,” Reveley said in an email. “They will all be taken into account very seriously, and I’m confident some of them will be telling.” Information about the HSRC proposals can be found at http://www.wm.edu/honorcodereview. The deadline for sending thoughts on the changes is May 6. Students may submit changes at http://forms.wm.edu/9142, faculty at http:// forms.wm.edu/9160, and staff at http://forms. wm.edu/9202.
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The practical uses of teaching creativity Keep in mind you are attending a liberal arts college, one that promised you a vast variety of styles of knowledge, no less. If you disagree with having to take a creativity-based class on the grounds of practicality in the real world, go to a trade school. Also realize creativity separates you from millions of other applicants who, on paper, look just like you. They also have FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR good grades, a pertinent major and a belief that they’re the very best in the applicant pool. What will make you stand out in an increasingly globalized world and more competitive playing There are two types of people on this campus: those who love field? GER6 and those who hate GER6. You either love waking up for Any number of answers could work here, but creative Introduction to Theatre, or you hate having paint on your hands all strength allows you to approach problems in unique ways — day. ways that no one else in the applicant pool would think of. Certain people can’t get enough — some even major in a Maybe you disagree with the implementation of creative creativity-oriented area of study. These lovers of art and expression classes on the grounds that they lack substantive, lasting have no problem with what’s becoming a nation-wide trend: the material. On some level, this makes sense. A college student’s incorporation of creativity into curriculum. dance recital or sculpture probably won’t make headlines the Then there are the other half — students who would rather way an award-winning research paper will. drink from the Crim Dell than take guitar lessons or muster up the At the same time, however, creativity enabled the awardgumption to register for Public Speaking. This half doesn’t agree winning researcher to think beyond the scope of his or her with the creative elements of the college requirements. Instead, research. Creativity helped push the researcher past established they’re focused on job placement rates and beginning salaries. Of course, one isn’t better than the other. Not all artists starve; veins of inquiry and traditional methods. In short, creativity gives students not all finance majors make millions. A another tool, one absent without a tendency toward expression isn’t more In short, creativity gives students willingness to experiment in methods impressive or more eloquent than a love another tool, one absent without considered non-practical. Should of biochemistry. Business majors who a willingness to experiment in colleges require students to take classes use outrageously long acronyms aren’t methods considered non-practical. in creativity? Yes, if only to give students inherently guaranteed more money or another set of skills. a better, more successful career. There The essence of liberal arts universities is debate, however, over the movement toward mass acceptance of creativity-based elements in the college lies in their ability to expose students to a broad range of knowledge, methodologies, theories and other scholastic curriculum. ideals under one roof for four years. Creating classes focused If anything, liberal arts colleges are simply that — schools of on another type of knowledge — creativity — is a step toward liberal arts. By definition, liberal arts institutions are designed broadening the already vast limits of liberal arts. to saturate students with a variety of knowledge, from practical Still oppose the very idea of trying something a little applications to general, sometimes unfounded, theories. different? There are schools that focus just on the practical, the Somewhere in between, there is a place for creative curriculum. realistic, the non-creative side of higher education. They are no From Stanford to Kentucky to New York University, liberal arts worse off and no better off than schools that focus on creativity. colleges are rapidly implementing requirements forcing students Find what suits you and take that route. Meanwhile, GER6 to take a course based in creativity. Gasp — half of you just stuck signups are still open. a straw in the Crim Dell while the other half started ruminating about different ways to express your emotions on the subject. Email Chris Weber at email@example.com.
mong the proud precedents and traditions at the College of William and Mary, perhaps the most revered is the honor system, which was created in 1779 and is the first of its kind at an American institute of higher education. To put that time frame into perspective, the United States had not yet won its independence. And like the United States’ entry into the global scene, the College’s honor system has become a model other universities attempt to emulate. That being said, the College still reviews its system from time to time — about every 15 years. College President Taylor Reveley announced April 5 the Honor System Review Committee he appointed in October 2010 has now finished making its recommendations on improvements to the honor system. They are now open to public scrutiny. One recommendation in particular piqued our interest: It’s called the early resolution — something that may save accused students and the Honor Council some grief but could also be misused. This measure would allow a kind of plea bargain option in which all parties — teachers, administrators and the accused student — agree the student is guilty of violating the Honor Code. It would mitigate the hearing process and create a standardized approach to punishments in these cases. Make no mistake, students would not receive lighter punishments for choosing this option; it would only shorten and simplify the process. In theory, the idea sounds good. Why should any more time and effort than necessary be expended on cases even the confessor would prefer to end quickly? The result could make everyone’s lives easier. But therein lies a potential problem: Could the accused student be pressured into taking this option in cases when his guilt may not be so obvious? Today’s legal system operates in much the same way, to the detriment of true justice. If this is to be prevented, the College needs to make students aware of their rights, and third parties must ensure students are not shortchanged a fair review. The Conduct and Honor Advisory Program provides a valuable service by advising accused students, and its role may need to evolve if the early resolution option becomes a part of the honor system. Reveley sent an email to the College community Friday containing the proposed changes along with information on how students can submit their thoughts. We’d like to encourage all students to read this email and at least glance at the Honor System Review Committee’s recommendations. Now is the time to voice your opinion on the matter to Reveley himself. We know at a certain point this sort of message becomes futile and redundant, and maybe that point has come. No one expects to face honor code charges, and one day you might be much more invested in the intricacies of the process. Meredith Ramey recused herself from this staff editorial to remain unbiased in her reporting.
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Former British Prime Minister and Chancellor of the College Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87. What are your “The football game. Tribe!” thoughts onGoher death and what did you think of her?
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Frances Beckett-Ansa ’14’13 Cheryl Williams Joel Hellman ’15 — PHOTOS AND INTERVIEWS BY ZACHARY FRANK Shawn Burley ‘13
I have come to learn during my time here that exclusion is merely a symptom of our failure to love, something to which we are all called, regardless of our club, faith or sexual orientation. This article exposed our failure to love as a college community. The symptom? Fear. Fear that someone’s belief might be challenged. Fear that someone’s sexual orientation might be disapproved of. When I think of love I think not only of the love I have for my family and friends, but for the stranger. Everyone on this campus can — and should — stand for what he or she believes in. No question. However, we must be aware that our love for one another is more transparent than we think. It’s not just in our words, but also in our actions. It’s not just
in what is heard or seen, but in the silence of our hearts. In Luke’s gospel, Jesus says repeatedly, “Do not be afraid.” He says this to His disciples calling them to act as witnesses to their faith, to stretch themselves beyond their perceived capacity in order to spread the Good News. To be loving, our respect and compassion toward one another should never be exclusive. We have to strip away the fear and look inside ourselves because we are all called to humble ourselves before our community. When we are comfortable with our transparency, then let us raise our voices toward one another and learn from a place of love. —Greg Thompson Class of 2013 Catholic Campus Ministry Music Minister
Free speech needs to be protected, even when we’re talking about rape Beatrice Loayza THE FLAT HAT
Following the conviction of two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio for raping a drunk and unconscious 16-year-old girl, University of Rochester professor Steven Landsburg published a blog post that posed a series of hypothetical questions regarding whether psychological harm should have any weight in public policy decisions. Landsburg’s post was met with serious backlash, with some people going so far as to call for his firing. The implications of Landsburg’s post appear to be unfortunate, misguided and offensive, but to censure or fire him is a clear abuse of one of the most important, and academically pertinent, universal rights: the right to free speech. In his blog post, Landsburg notes
the hypothetical situation of someone who is “raped while unconscious in a way that causes no direct physical harm — no injury, no pregnancy, no disease transmissions” but who nevertheless suffers severe trauma and psychological damage from the knowledge of being treated in such a way. Landsburg questioned whether the law should protect individuals from rape while unconscious. Although Landsburg later clarified the post was intended to “draw lines between purely psychic harm that should receive policy weight and purely psychic harm that shouldn’t,” he is currently facing fierce backlash online and on campus from women’s rights groups calling for Landsburg’s censure or dismissal from the university. Daniel Nelson, the graduate student who created the student petition to dismiss Landsburg on http://change. org, argued, “the illegality of rape is not a debatable issue.” As evidenced through the media’s sympathetic coverage of Steubenville, as well as the various movements in support of victims of
sexual abuse (e.g. the College of William and Mary’s own “William and Mary Stands with Survivors” initiative), the “debate” over whether rape should be illegal is rarely spoken of. The illegality of rape, however, surely has the capacity to be debated, just like the illegality of extortion, money laundering and sex with minors. All these issues can be debated, and individuals should feel free to express their opinions regarding issues that are socially, perhaps even legally, set in stone. It is within anyone’s rights to express disgust with Landsburg’s opinions. At the same time, it is equally within Landsburg’s rights to exercise free speech, regardless of how backward and reprehensible the content may be. The issue at hand is not a matter of determining the correctness of speech, but of ensuring that individuals can say what they want. If confronted with similar circumstances, colleges and universities around the country should follow University of Rochester President
Joel Seligman’s decision to protect Landsburg’s freedom of speech and take no action against him. It is absolutely essential for institutions of higher education to protect their members’ intellectual freedom, even when it comes in the form of unpopular and provocative statements. This is not to say
Landsburg will go unpunished; certainly student and online activism will leave their mark on his professional reputation and comfort. Nevertheless, the principles of free speech cannot be institutionally denied. Email Beatrice Loayza at bloayza@ email.wm.edu
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While the Supreme Court deliberates the fate of anti-gay legislation, students reflect on gay rights, the definition of marriage and the College’s attitude BY SARAH CASPARI FLAT HAT VARIETY EDITOR
For College Republicans First Vice Chairman Evan Meltzer ’14, marriage is the union of a man and a woman, as defined by the Bible. For LGBT community member Josh Layne ’15, the Bible has nothing to do with it. The Supreme Court of the United States faces a similar dilemma in its deliberation of the cases Hollingsworth v. Perry and Windsor v. United States. The rulings of these two cases have the potential to either overturn or uphold certain legislation currently restricting same-sex marriage in the United States. “For me, the idea of same-sex marriage is the idea of being happy,” Layne said. “All I really want is to settle down, have a family, have kids, have a dog, and the main way to do that is to get married.” In the state of Virginia, same-sex marriage is illegal, as are civil unions and domestic partnerships. “I support civil unions,” Meltzer said. “Where I do find the issue coming is when there [are] calls for gay marriage. I feel strongly that the term marriage has religious implications and that when you try to bring gay marriage in, it’s not compatible.” The legal debate over same-sex marriage itself is relatively new.
This is the first time a case has come before the Supreme Court regarding the subject, but many people have drawn parallels to previous social movements. The argument that staterecognized civil unions between same-sex couples are a reasonable substitute for marriage has been compared to one of the highest-profile cases in the history of the Supreme Court. “It’s the same difference that came up during the Brown vs. Board of Education case,” Young Democrats President Zachary Woodward ’14 said. “It’s just a situation of separate but equal. You can make an argument that [in] these schools that existed right here in Virginia, the black schools were just as equal as the white schools, but at the end of the day, anytime you arbitrarily segregate people based on unwarranted characteristics, it’s a situation of inequality. Separate is never equal, is the bottom line.” For members of the LGBT community at the College, however, it may have to be good enough. While the Supreme Court does have the ability to legalize same-sex marriage across the board, it may also leave the issue in the hands of the individual states. According to the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, “The powers not delegated to the United States by
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the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people,” meaning that any rights not explicitly granted to the federal government rest with the states. The Constitution does not explicitly designate the right to define marriage, leading to the argument that the issue is one best left to the states. “If the judgment from the Supreme Court cases is that states don’t have the authority to mandate their marriage laws, I think that sets a dangerous precedent for what power states do and don’t have, and that can be applied to anything,” Meltzer said. Layne, on the other hand, cites another prominent document in his defense of gay marriage — the Declaration of Independence. “I understand that we’re a democracy, but it comes down to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — the one thing that actually matters,” Layne said. If the decision is left up to the states, Noah Kim ’13, a member of the LGBT community, does not see much changing in the near future. “Our attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, is currently fighting to keep the anti-sodomy law as a part of the Virginia ‘Crimes Against Nature’ statute, and he’s also running for governor,” Kim said. “I think that
because this is still a state-level issue and because there’s still a lot to be done in Virginia, direct, immediate effects of the Supreme Court decision for students and for people living in the commonwealth will be pretty limited. I think it’s part of [an] inexorable march of progress for gay rights in this country, but I think there’s a lot to be done on a state level, especially in this state.” While Virginia may be more opposed to the movement toward gay rights, most agree that the College fosters a generally gay-friendly environment. “I think the College is very emblematic of the entire country in that there is overwhelming support both amongst the students here and the faculty here for marriage equality,” Woodward said. “I think right now, poll numbers show that Americans under 25, 30, support same-sex marriage at a rate of 81 percent, and I think at the College that may even be higher. Anywhere you go, there are people who are opposed to civil rights and equality, but I think at the College there is a huge majority that supports equality for gays and lesbians.” Kim and Layne echoed this sentiment, with reservations. “The atmosphere for LGBT students at William and Mary has vastly improved in a very short period
of time … I think that there’s still obviously a ways to go,” Kim said, referencing a need for gender-neutral housing and increased awareness of the transgender population. Layne cited stereotypes of “masculine” versus “feminine” gay males as another challenge to overcome — a reminder that marriage rights are not the only issue facing the gay community. “I think marriage equality is an extremely important issue,” Kim said. “One of the potential pitfalls [of ] focusing so strongly on that issue is that awareness of other gay rights issues and LGBT rights issues can be de-prioritized in favor of it.” Meltzer acknowledged that the country is inevitably moving toward a position of more acceptance of gay rights, but he warned that advocates may be rushing the process. “I think it’s important to note that within the Democratic party, it was only made part of their party platform this past election,” he said. “The way that you might hear about it in the media is that this has been an issue for a long time, and it’s important to remember that it was under Bill Clinton that DOMA was signed, and that only eight months ago did the president acknowledge his support for gay marriage … There needs to be time for the country to reflect on that.”
Retta treats students to comedy performance
“Parks and Recreation” star and stand-up comic talks Louis Vuitton, KFC and kissing Jon Hamm BY DEVON IVIE THE FLAT HAT
Who would have thought that a former Duke University pre-med student and dabbler in pharmaceutical research would end up becoming a world-renowned television star and stand-up comedian? It seems like the perfect screenplay for
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Comedian and “Parks and Recreation” actress Retta performed at the College of William and Mary last week.
a Judd Apatow film, but for one woman, this is reality. Retta, best known for her breakthrough performance as the materialistic, man-crazy and sassy Donna Meagle on the hit comedy “Parks and Recreation,” performed a one-stop show at the Sadler Center Chesapeake Rooms Thursday evening. Perched on a chair before a large black backdrop with a single spotlight illuminating the stage, the atmosphere created an illusion of an authentic New York City or Los Angeles comedy club. During her hour-long stand-up routine, Retta recounted many awkward and comical events in her life, which included socializing with men in poorly-executed mullets, her fondness of Louis Vuitton handbags, maximizing laziness at the gym, an alcohol-free wedding reception gone wrong and a surprising lack of chicken during a routine visit to KFC. While Retta noted she “hasn’t done stand-up in a while” and relied on her smartphone to remember her setlist, her jokes were met with constant laughter and applause from the audience. “What’s here? Retirement homes and pancake houses?” she asked. “I do not want to be woken up every Saturday with the ‘Fife and Drum’ tour with those goddamn muskets.” After poking fun at the lack of activities in Williamsburg, Retta deviated from telling stories and turned to her Twitter account @ UnfoRETTAble to interact with the audience. Going through her Twitter feed, she gave direct shout-outs and personalized witty comments to all of the College of William and Mary students
who tweeted at her preceding the show, and she bantered with some students who sent her advice or questions. AMP’s Film Committee Chair, Kyle Stark ’13, says the event was a long awaited cosponsorship between the respective film and comedy committees. “[The film] committee wanted to do a big event in the spring since we didn’t get to do one in the fall,” he said. “A couple of names popped up, and Retta was one of them. We didn’t have a budget large enough to cover all of Retta, so I talked to the Comedy chair [Gabbie DeCuir ’14], and it was a back-and-forth correspondence between us to make it happen.” Stark also said the reaction to the event was overwhelmingly positive, with over 1,000 students confirming their attendance within mere hours of the official Facebook event’s creation. He noted that it was one of his biggest accomplishments. With a closing act that stunned the audience, Retta let her skills as a classically trained opera singer shine with an impressive rendition of a dramatic operatic libretto. She said opera is her favorite type of music, although LL Cool J is a close second. After the show ended, Retta answered ten emailed-in questions during a brief question and answer session. Mostly dealing with her work on “Parks and Recreation,” the questions ranged from her co-workers on the show to life as a newfound celebrity. She claims that she “works with the filthiest people,” with Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler constantly cracking
dirty jokes on the set. She also says that Aubrey Plaza has a fondness for pranks involving cayenne pepper and Aziz Ansari “always cracks himself up. … It’s kind of annoying after awhile; we need to finish the scene and go home.” She also recounted a profanity-ridden story about a January Golden Globes after-party, where she brushed shoulders (and kisses) with a very inebriated John Hamm. For most students, including Elise Orlick ’15, seeing such a treasured television personality was a surreal experience. “‘Parks and Recreation’ is one of my favorite shows, so I definitely wanted to make sure I watched her when she came, as I was hoping she would give us some insider knowledge about the show and the actors,” she said. “Donna [Meagle] herself is such a big personality, which I think was really similar to Retta too. It was really fun to watch that play out on stage.” Before appearing in the role that propelled her into television stardom, Retta, born Marietta Sirleaf, held small roles on the shows “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The Soup” and “Moesha.” She also frequently performed stand-up routines on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. In addition to being admired for her acting chops, Retta has garnished quite a fan base from her Twitter account alone. With over 100,000 followers, she’s known for her entertaining live-tweets of particular television shows — her personal favorites are “Girls,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead” — among other bits of daily observational humor.
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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Well-done sex shouldn’t be rare Krystyna Holland
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Freshman hall celebrates 50 years with a cappella concert, pizza
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interact with other residents.” Three-year Yates Hall RA Courtney Sutton ’11 agreed that Yates offers its residents a sense of community. “I think even just having a community shower and bathroom, you In 1962, the Soviet Union placed missiles in Cuba, Ringo Starr joined the Beatles, and President John F. Kennedy promised to put a man on the see people more,” Sutton said. “I probably had some of my best times moon by end of the 1960s. In the midst of all that was going on in the world, at William and Mary in Yates with my residents. ... Each hall was very different ... but they were all just so great and so awesome.” the College of William and Mary was building Yates Hall. Yates is located between the Randolph complex, the Commons Dining Yates celebrated its 50th anniversary with a block party Saturday. The dorm has seen a variety of residents, switching from all male, to all female, Hall and the units. “It’s almost like a hub; it’s in the center of the resources that we enjoy,” to coed throughout its 50-year lifespan. At the event, residents both past and present, as well as staff and faculty, reminisced over memories of Miller said. College President Taylor Reveley spoke at the Yates Hall. block party, speaking about the College’s last The celebration took place in the Yates significant birthday, when it turned 300 in 1993. parking lot since Yates field is currently The College received a visit from Prince Charles, under construction while the new fraternity and Queen Elizabeth attended a celebration for the complexes are being built. College in London, England. “The Yates field was nice; they would have bonfires “[This year] I sent a little message to Queen over there,” Yates Hall housekeeper Ms. Mary said. “A Elizabeth and Prince Charles and said ‘Hey, Yates is lot of activities went on out there in the Yates field.” having its 50th, do you think you could at least send Mary Grech ’14, three-year Yates resident and a princeling, maybe Will or his miscreant brother?’ two-year RA of the building’s second floor, described They sent warm regards,” Reveley said. the Yates residents’ involvement on campus over the — College President W. Taylor Reveley The building is named after the fifth president of years, as well as its sense of community. “It was cool when I was going in and inviting people to this event the College, William Yates. Yates taught at the College’s grammar school because I realized just how much of William and Mary, all of my William and served as a clergyman in a number of the surrounding counties. The and Mary social circles, have come from this building,” Grech said. “I have Board of Visitors selected Yates as president of the College in 1760. “He only lasted four years as president, and then apparently the job so many good memories in there I don’t want to leave; it’s horrible. I’m going to start crying ... It’s amazing to see how the group of 250 every year killed him,” Reveley said. “But he apparently was a reasonably decent is all together but branches out and does so many things, and if you think president and well worth naming a dorm over.” The Accidentals and the Stairwells a cappella groups also performed about all the different people who have been through this building and what they’ve branched out to do now, it’s just an incredible population that at the event, while both current and former residents enjoyed pizza and birthday cake. does so many things and has this one common root.” “I think it’s very exciting; there are so many residents, and they have Justin Miller ’13, Residence Hall Association president and former Yates Hall RA, described what makes Yates special in terms of freshman housing. such great ideas,” Area Director Darcy Johnson said. “This year’s [hall “I think Yates is different; it’s more unique than the other freshman council] has done a great job of getting this idea together.” Some expressed surprise that Yates has been around for 50 years. residence halls,” Miller said. “The way it’s built, it’s a very linear building, “That is wonderful,” Ms. Mary said. “There’s a lot of memory in here. so it’s a very straight course. To get from hall to hall, you have to walk through a lounge, which makes you see people and confront people versus I worked from the third floor to the basement. I know every crack and [dorms] like DuPont ... The way DuPont is built, it doesn’t allow you to crevice in here.”
I sent a little message to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles and said ‘Hey, Yates is having its 50th, do you think you could at least send a princeling, maybe Will or his miscreant brother?’
Top. Yates residents ate cake in the building’s parking lot. Right. College President Taylor Reveley spoke with Yates Hall Council president Adam Nowicki ‘16 over slices of pizza.
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Imagine you are trying out a really great restaurant you have wanted to visit for a while. You order the most beautiful steak on the menu — and you order it well done. You’ve been thinking about this steak, dreaming about this steak, fantasizing about this steak. When it comes out, it is not the steak you ordered at all, but a rare piece of meat, practically still mooing on the plate in front of you. Some people like their steaks rare. It just doesn’t do it for you. You could complain, or ask for something else, but you don’t want to make a fuss. After all, someone worked on that steak. Do you send it back with specific instructions of how you like your steak, or do you grin and bear it, hoping the meal will be over soon? It seems like a simple process of just sending the steak back along with explicit communication of what you look for in a steak — people do it all the time. It’s an important life skill to be able to recognize what you want and to ask for it in ways that ensure you receive it, and I’m not just talking about steak. When it comes to our preferences, it seems like our sexual ones are the ones expressed least often. I’m guilty of it as well; I’ve spent too much time just lying there hoping the meal would be over soon because I did not want to seem demanding or micromanaging, and I did not want to hurt anyone’s feelings. On the flip side of that, as a cook, I would want to know the patron who ordered that beautiful piece of meat is enjoying it. If he or she is not enjoying it, I would like to know what I could do to rectify the situation immediately. So maybe he doesn’t like having his balls cupped, or she doesn’t like having her nipples licked. It’s not a reflection of your cooking skills — it’s just what your partner prefers. Similarly, it’s not an insult or an inconvenience to tell someone where you do and do not like to be touched. Telling your partner what you do and do not like is mutually beneficial in the quest for pleasure. You get to make serious moves toward attaining the ever-attractive orgasm, and your partner knows his or her actions are helpful in the achievement of that goal. Sounds are an excellent way to let the cook know that you are enjoying the meal; “I like that” or “please don’t stop” are quick ways to let your partner know their cooking is perfect. It would be a disservice to allow your partner to believe their cooking meets your expectations. It is also counterproductive to the search for this orgasm, or future ones. In that case, feel free to offer suggestions like, “I like to be touched here.” Knowing what you like doesn’t make you bossy — it makes you a better partner. It’s important to be clear about what you like and want from your partner so you avoid leaving the restaurant disappointed. The more feedback the cook gets, the more he or she can improve his or her culinary genius. As important as it is to be able to express what you like, it is equally important to be able to listen to others when they express what they like. It is not a personal attack, nor is it a comment on your skill level — it is merely an explanation of preferences and should be received with enthusiasm and understanding. Everyone just wants to have the best meal possible. Krystyna Holland is a Behind Closed Doors columnist and is never afraid to send her compliments, and criticisms, to the chef.
Students fast, wear hijabs for Islamic Awareness Week
Muslim Student Association hosts activities, organizes panels on issues pertaining to Islamic culture BY HAYLEY TYMESON FLAT HAT PHOTO EDITOR
The day-long Fast-a-Thon was not for those with a weak stomach. Following sunset Sunday night, the student participants snatched up kebabs and spinach pies in the Sadler Center for their first meal of the day. The Fast-a-Thon was the final event in the Muslim Students Association’s Islamic Awareness Week, which featured a host of activities and talks pertaining to Islamic culture and related subjects. “This is our first year [holding this event], so we’re just trying to get it going,” Mahdi Blaine ’16, explained between bites of Middle Eastern fare. Blaine is one of many MSA members working to bring Islam into the College of William and Mary’s dialogue. “We want to get MSA back into the William and Mary club scene. It’s been in the shadows.” The MSA kicked off the week April 1 with the hijab challenge. Students at the College were invited to experience a day swathed in a traditional headscarf. “I actually felt really awkward in the beginning,” participant Leena Al-Souki, ’14 said. “At the same time, I was very conscious of the fact that I was representing a religion. I felt like an ambassador. I’m Catholic, so I had no experience with this.” The hijab also took a central role in the next event, a panel discussion on Islamic cross-cultural perspectives held April 4. Faculty members and graduate students compared Islamic culture in India, Iran, Turkey and Indonesia. The panelists became passionate when conversation turned to the “inherent” connection between Islam and the hijab.
“Culturally, where I grew up we don’t wear the hijab, but it doesn’t mean we’re not religious,” Naziha Niazi ’14 said. According to the panel, the hijab is often a choice, not an object forced upon Middle Eastern women. Yet the culture is changing. Women in Turkey are rapidly taking up the hijab. The panel exuded an almost-tangible tension, as the professors argued over rising religious extremism. “I see an adoption of a very overt kind of Islam as a response to Western influence,” panelist and associate professor of history Chitralekha Zutshi said.
Historically, the majority of Muslim women in India have not worn the hijab. However, Zutshi noted that more and more Indian girls are taking up the hijab. The speakers also differentiated between facets of Islamic culture, expressing frustration with a catch-all perception of the religion. Members of the MSA agreed with this sentiment. MSA member Maab Yasin ’15 was extremely involved in planning the different events for Awareness Week and elaborated upon the misperceptions surrounding Islamic culture and how they fueled the choices in speakers and topics.
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Participants in the Muslim Students Association’s Fast-a-Thon descend upon a Middle Eastern buffet in Sadler after sundown.
“I don’t think Islam is very prevalent here,” Yasin said. “Everything that is being taught about Islam mostly comes from the media. We wanted to show things that the media never shows. Islam is not one way that can take one extreme form. You don’t realize how much variety there is in one religion.” Guest speaker Imam Mohamed Magid followed the panel, lecturing on the role of women’s rights in relation to Islam. Magid is president of the Islamic Society of North America and executive director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society “He made a really good point about how people have misinterpreted the Abrahamic religions and used it as an excuse to mistreat women,” Yasin said. “The important thing is to model your life after the Prophet Mohammad, and the prophet has always treated his wives with the utmost of respect. People should never say that Islam can be an excuse to oppress women.” The MSA invited all students to start off their afternoon Friday with a khutbuh, or sermon, followed by a Jummah prayer session. The MSA, which holds this prayer session weekly, opened the event to the public for Islamic Awareness Week. Islam requires Muslims to pray five times each day, making it not only a religious rite, but a daily habit. The week of Islam interaction ended for participants with a bellyful of delicious MiddleEastern food. After a day of fasting, students met to learn about Ramadan. The MSA also presented a video on students’ thoughts on fasting, with opinions ranging from silly to serious. “Overall, we had a successful Islamic Awareness Week, but there’s room to improve next year,” MSA member Yussre El Bardicy ’16 said.
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Inconsistent pitching dooms Tribe Towson takes two of three from College in weekend conference series, drops squad to 6-3 in CAA
BY CHRIS WEBER FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR Three weeks ago, William and Mary traveled north to face Delaware, its first Colonial Athletic Association foe of the season. Coming off a home loss just days prior, the College opened the three-game series with a whopping 17-run defeat. Senior pitcher Brett Koehler took the loss, allowing six runs in five innings. Fast forward to last Friday, April 5, when the Tribe (21-12, 6-3 CAA) was again coming off a loss to Richmond before traveling north — this time to face Towson (15-16, 7-5 CAA). Once again, the series began with a series-opening loss as the College fell 12-4. Coincidence or not, it was Koehler who took the loss Friday, just as in March. However, this time Koehler lasted just two innings, giving up five early runs. Whereas the Tribe rallied to take 2 of 3 from Delaware in the March series, the story was different at Towson. Senior John Farrell threw seven scoreless innings in the College’s 5-2 win Saturday following Friday’s 12-4 loss, but Towson took the rubber match Sunday, as the Tribe gave up the final three runs of the game enroute to a 13-8 loss. Koehler’s series-opening loss parallels an up-and-down season. Despite leading the team in hits allowed, earned runs and runs against conference opponents, Koehler has performed well enough in nonconference games to compile a 3-3 record. Towson jumped on Koehler early
Friday, scoring four runs in the first inning and tacking on another at the start of the second inning to build a 5-0 advantage over the Tribe. The Tigers’ lead later grew to 11 as the College’s offense struggled to find a rhythm. Trailing 12-1 in the top of the ninth inning, however, freshman designated hitter Charley Gould lined a single into left field, sparking a Tribe rally. Senior shortstop Ryan Williams drove Gould home with a single before senior center fielder Ryan Brown brought Williams across home plate with a double. With the bases loaded, sophomore first baseman Michael Katz stepped up to the plate hoping to continue the College’s improbable comeback. Katz’s pop fly, however, fell harmlessly for the final out. Farrell continued his perfect season Saturday, earning his seventh win after giving up just three hits over seven scoreless innings. Farrell has faced a team-high 240 batters, while allowing a team-low 1.55 earned run average. While Towson struggled against Farrell, the College’s offense scored five runs on five hits, with junior third baseman Ryan Lindemuth scoring three and batting in two more on three hits. Behind the strength of Farrell’s arm and Lindemuth’s bat, the College overcame four errors to win 5-2. Sophomore Jason Inghram took the mound Sunday for the rubber match, lasting four innings before starting a rough fifth.
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third in the shot put with a throw of 13.54 meters, breaking Baird’s school record for longest throw by a freshman. “Rochelle Evans had a great day, and we had a lot of good performances in the throws,” Walsh said. “I think it was a real solid weekend on the field event side of things.” Freshman Bob Smutsky became the fastest Tribe sprinter since 2004, and the 12th fastest in school history, running the 100-meter dash in 11.09 seconds. Smutsky’s time could be another sign of a larger renaissance for the College’s sprinting team, which has been lackluster to nonexistent for the better part of a decade. Freshmen Jomar Aryee and Paul Wahlman notched the 14th and 16th best times in school history in the 400-meter hurdles. The College excelled in the relays all day Saturday, with second place finishes in the women’s distance medley and women’s 4x1500 relay. Senior Katie Buenaga placed the distance medley team at the front with a strong leadoff in the opening 1200 meters. She then handed the baton to freshman Claire Tito who sprinted around the track and gave it to sophomore Casey Lardner for the 800-meter portion of the race. Lardner, who had been injured for most of her freshman season, put the team in good position going into the final 1600-meter run. Junior Michelle Britto capped off the race with an impressive mile that gave the team a time of 11:54, the 14th best in school history. While the Tribe only won one event outright in the meet, it proved it can compete with the nation’s biggest and best teams in both the men and women’s divisions. The College travels to Fairfax next week for the Mason
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Sophomore Casey Lardner ran the third leg of the 4x1500.
After striking out the first batter, Inghram gave up a single to Towson’s Pat Fitzgerald, beginning the downhill inning. After hitting a batter, another single plated Fitzgerald. Inghram faced the Tigers’ Peter Bowles next. Bowles, with two men on base, took Inghram’s offering deep over the left field fence to open up a five-run advantage. Head coach Jamie Pinzino made a pitching change after a rattled Inghram allowed another hit and walked a batter. Down 10-3, the Tribe’s offense began another rally. Brown’s three-run home run fueled a fourrun sixth inning and brought the College within three runs of the Tigers. Adding another run in the top of the seventh due to a Towson throwing error, the Tribe found itself trailing by two heading into the final innings. Freshman relief pitcher Mitchell Aker, coming off a rough outing against non-conference rival Richmond, entered the contest in the seventh inning. Aker’s struggles continued as Towson tacked two more runs onto its lead courtesy of an inside-the-park home run. Unable to keep pace, the College lost the series-finale 13-8, dropping two of the three contests. Pinzino will have a few days to rest his pitching staff before heading to Lexington, Va. The first pitch against VMI is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.
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Sophomore Jason Inghram pitched poorly Sunday, while junior Ryan Lindemuth provided hits.
No. 46 College serves up comeback Belaya upsets No. 37 in country as Tribe downs conference-foe Georgia State 4-3 BY YONNIE IYOB FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER There was more work than play for William and Mary this weekend as the College managed to come back from an early 3-0 hole to defeat Georgia State 4-3. Junior Maria Belaya’s upset of the No. 37-ranked player in the country, Abigail Tere-Apisah, sealed the comeback victory for the Tribe (14-4, CAA 2-0). Although Belaya’s victory was crucial, junior Hope Johnson’s win in the No. 5 position put Belaya in place to snatch the win. “It was just kind of a heavyweight battle,” coach Tyler Thomson said of Belaya’s match. “They’re both just fantastic players. … [Belaya] did a great job of taking advantage of the offensive opportunities she had.” Although things ended well for the Tribe, the match began quite differently. The College found itself in a 3-0 hole early after losing the doubles and the first two singles matches. The Panthers (6-10, CAA 0-1) took the opening points of the match with victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions in doubles. In the No. 1 position, Belaya and junior Jeltje Loomans lost 8-5, while in the No. 3 position freshman Leeza Nemchinov and junior Sydney Smith also lost 8-5. “[Loomans] is battling an injury right now,” Thomson said. “Jeltje’s offensive weapons are kind of muted right now. … We’re a real offensive team, we put people on their heels, and we’re not really able to do that right now with her condition.” Even though junior Anik Cepeda and Johnson were able to secure an 8-2 victory in the No. 2 position, their efforts led to no
points for the College. With the doubles finished, the Tribe needed to work to get back into the match. Things did not start well, however, with Smith losing in the No. 6 position to Georgia State’s Jocelyn Friend 6-2, 6-3. Following Smith’s loss, Loomans struggled in the No. 4 spot, losing 6-4, 6-4. With the College down 3-0, Nemchinov managed to recover some of the Tribe’s setbacks with her 7-6, 6-3 triumph over Masa Grgan in the No. 2 position. The win marked Nemchinov’s 20th victory of the season. Cepeda followed Nemchinov with a win of her own in the No. 3 position, 6-3, 6-0 over the Panther’s visibly ill Whitney Byrd. Despite playing against a sick opponent, Cepeda still exhibited great intensity to the tune of her team-best singles record of 23-12. Then down only 3-2, things continued to go the College’s way as Johnson won a tough 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Chaimaa Roudami in the No. 5 position. Johnson seemed to be in control after the first set but allowed Roudami to begin to come back before she finished her off in the third. “[Johnson] just kinda needed to get reacquainted with the strategy that made her successful [in the first set],“ Thomson said. After Johnson’s victory, with the match tied 3-3 and the sun slowly setting, all eyes were on Belaya and Tere-Apisah in the No. 1 position. After taking the first set 7-5, Belaya suffered a tough loss in the second, 6-7. Nonetheless, the junior followed the tough set with a 6-1 hammering of TereApisah in the third set. The victory put Belaya at 18-10 overall and marked her second victory over
a ranked opponent this season. The team rushed the court to celebrate. “We’re just trying to be the best team we can be every day,” Thomson said. “Playing outside was big for us today because the bulk of the rest of the season will be in the same conditions. … We
just need to compete, and we did that well today.” The Tribe visits VCU April 9 at 4 p.m. Following that match, the Tribe will close the season out at home against Old Dominion Saturday, April 13th. The last home match will begin at 2 p.m. at the Millie West Tennis Facility.
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Junior Maria Belaya defeated Georgia State’s Abigal Tere-Apisah in three sets.
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TRACK AND FIELD
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The Tribe’s track and field program swarmed Zable Stadium as women placed No. 6 overall while men placed No. 7 overall BY JACK POWERS FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR The 48th annual Colonial Relays brought teams from 40 colleges and universities to Walter J. Zable Stadium over the weekend, and the spectacle did not disappoint. Facing stiff adversity in each event, William and Mary finished sixth overall in the women’s division and seventh on the men’s side. Rutgers racked up 133 points in the men’s competition and 104 points in the women’s competition, winning both. “We had some big schools here — Villanova, Georgetown, Rutgers,” Director of track and field Stephen Walsh said. “So we were going up against some big competition. I think a lot of those teams travel with more people than we have on our roster. I think, for us, we had some good things happen.” The College used a few individual performances to rise to the top of the rankings at the Colonial Relays. The distance program led the way for the Tribe during the three-day, 26-event meet. Friday night, junior Elaina Balouris set the school
record in the 5,000 meter run with a dazzling second place finish in 16 minutes, three seconds. The College’s men’s 4x1500 relay team, consisting of junior Rad Gunzenhauser, sophomore David Waterman, senior Liam Anastasia-Murphy and senior John Muller beat all challengers with a scorching time of 15:55. The key performances were not limited to the continually impressive distance program; the College’s field team kept pace with the distance side of events. Sophomores Nina Ullom and Elizabeth Crafford cleared 3.6 meters in the pole vault, tying them for fifth in the meet and seventh in College history. On the men’s side, freshman Austin Vegas vaulted for second place while freshmen Derek O’Connell and Greg Gallagher tied for third and continued to impress in their first year with the Tribe. In the hammer throw, senior Natalie Baird finished second with a season-best throw of 47.66 meters, while sophomore Brian Waterfield set a personal record of 52.63 meters to boost him to seventh all-time in school records. Additionally, freshman Rochelle Evans took See RELAYS page 7
College splits weekend homestand, Mackrides secures win Up-and-down season continues as Drexel wins Friday’s game 11-9 before late overtime goal propels Tribe past Hofstra Sunday BY MICK SLOAN FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER William and Mary split two games this past weekend, dropping an 11-9 loss to Drexel Friday night but recovering to beat Hofstra 12-11 Sunday afternoon. “I know they were tired after Friday night’s game,” head coach Brooke Ireland said. “They played amazing ... but didn’t come out with it. This game I think they were tired … but they dug deep and came back to win.” The Tribe’s weekend started on a sour note against visiting Drexel. Although the Tribe (4-8, 1-2 CAA) tied the game at 4-4 midway through the first half, Drexel dominated the final ten minutes of the period and went into intermission with a 7-4 lead. The Tribe rallied in the second half, as sophomore attacker Ellen Shaffrey scored twice to help pull the score to an 8-8 tie. Drexel soon broke the tie, however, to take a 9-8 advantage. The Dragons never relinquished the lead, scoring twice more and weathering the College’s rally to coast to an 11-9 win. The Sunday contest against Hofstra proved more rewarding for the College. Despite falling behind 1-0 in the opening minutes, the Tribe quickly gashed the Pride’s defense to take a 7-2 lead. Shaffrey,
junior attacker Taelor Salmon and senior attacker Kyrsten Mackrides each scored twice during the run. Hofstra responded with two consecutive goals near the end of the half to reestablish a presence in the game. The College had a chance to score just before halftime, but Mackrides’ pass to Salmon sailed out of bounds, and the Tribe went into intermission with a threegoal advantage. The Tribe outshot the Pride 13-8 in the half and benefited from multiple saves from junior goalkeeper Colleen Nofi. After halftime, the Tribe struck first, with Mackrides netting her third goal of the day in the first minutes. The Pride refused to fade, however, trimming the Tribe’s lead to 8-7 with three consecutive strikes in just a few minutes and pressuring the host to maintain its slim lead. Hofstra’s 6-1 scoring run seemed certain to push the Pride back into a tie, but freshman attacker Zoe Boger caught a pass in the center of the Pride’s defense and fired a shot into the net, stretching the Tribe lead to 9-7 and giving it a crucial dose of momentum. The two-goal advantage was short lived, however, as Hofstra scored shortly after to pull within one goal of the Tribe’s lead with 11 minutes remaining. Although the Tribe scored again, Hofstra did not wilt, pulling the score
to just 10-9 with six minutes remaining. The Tribe controlled the ball for the next several minutes, aiming to run out the clock, but Hofstra recovered a ground ball and scored at the end of a chaotic possession to tie the game at 10 apiece. But just when the Tribe seemed finished, Shaffrey took a pass from junior attacker Jenna Dougherty and knifed through Hofstra’s defense for a smooth score. The goal was Shaffrey’s third of the day and gave the Tribe an 11-10 lead with fewer than two minutes left. Seconds later, Hofstra missed its next shot but drew a foul, setting up a free shot for Brittain Altomare. Altomare’s conversion tied the game with 40 seconds remaining and forced the game into overtime. The Tribe allowed the clock to run down in the first overtime period, waiting until the last minute before attempting a shot. Trading fouls, the Tribe finally regained possession with 30 seconds left on the clock. Mackrides found possession at midfield and was violently fouled with 12 seconds left. However, the senior shook off the foul and fought her way to the net, drawing a second foul and earning a freeposition shot. Mackrides converted the shot, good for her fifth goal of the day. With two seconds
left in the period, the Tribe led 12-11. “Whenever I get knocked down, I get back up, forget about what happened, and focus on the next play,” Mackrides said.
The Tribe will rest after two intense games in three days. The College returns to action when it visits Towson Friday.
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Junior attacker Taelor Salmon found the net three times and added an assist in two weekend games.