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College purchases Hospitality House Double, single rooms available by Veronique Barbour flat hat news editor

The 11 energy-efficient fraternity buildings, which include many modern aspects and building systems, are expected to be completed in the fall of 2013. Situated along Ukrop Way, the south building site includes the community center and houses 1 through 5 which are stationed in front of the Commons Dining Hall and part of William and Mary Hall. On the north building site further down Ukrop Way, six other smaller houses reside. Before construction of the complexes began, workers moved the Yates hall parking lot, creating a new holding wall and sidewalk in front of Yates hall. Although moving the lot eliminated some parking availability, new spots were added to the front of William and Mary Hall to compensate. Overall, there are three different housing styles in the fraternity complex: an H-shaped house — numbers 3, 4, 7 and 9; houses with a large bay window on the side — numbers 1, 5, 6 and 11; and houses with a front porch as well as bay window above — numbers 2, 8 and 10. “While the groups of houses all have similar layouts and include the same core elements, their orientation and bricklaying are different to ensure the facades aren’t uniform,” said Wayne Boy, director of facilities planning, design, and

Mere weeks before on-campus housing registration begins at the College of William and Mary, the College announced its decision to purchase the Hospitality House, located on Richmond Road across from campus. The addition of the building will provide 138 singles and 157 doubles to the selection process and will increase parking options for students and faculty for fall 2013. “Getting the hospitality house is a great blessing. It gives us something like 3.6 acres of beautifully located property,” College President Taylor Reveley said. “Who knows over the centuries what could be built there but having that land will be great. In the short term it gives us a lot of extra dorm rooms so we’ll be pushing a lot fewer of them into the world beyond. It also gives us parking space, relieving some of that pressure.” The 3.6-acre property will provide 318 rooms, two restaurants, 20,000 square feet of conference space and 370 parking spaces (including a parking garage), according to a press release from the College. The $21 million purchase will be supported by 20-year bonds issued by the commonwealth of Virginia. Vice President for Finance Sam Jones announced that these bonds will be repaid through student housing fees, and the project will not divert funds from other College endeavors. Furthermore, furniture was included in the purchase, but the College has yet to decide if they will use it for the rooms. Vice President for Administration Anna Martin believes the new rooms will provide the College with needed space to continue various renovation projects on campus — including the renovation of Chandler Hall next year. The hall will be closed for renovation during the 2013-14

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The windows are being placed in one of the 11 new energy-efficient fraternity houses. The project should be completed by the 2013-14 academic year.

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The day Ginger Ambler ’88 Ph.D. ’06 accepted the $10,000 check from on behalf of the College of William and Mary for the Zeta Tau Alpha Award for Innovation in Campus Hazing Prevention and Education, Dean of Students Patricia Volp issued an interim suspension of operations for the Epsilon Alpha chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. “To me, this just demonstrates that nobody fixes everything, and we have continued work to do [on hazing prevention],” Director of Student Leadership Development Anne Arseneau ’89 M.Ed. ’92 said. Arseneau and Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct Dave Gilbert stated the pending suspension depends on the outcome of an investigation of serious misconduct that occurred last week and allegedly involved alcohol and possible hazing. An interim suspension prohibits the chapter from holding meetings. Arseneau stated this condition is applied when the health and welfare of an organization’s



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members are involved. The interim suspension will remain until the matter is resolved or the dean of students lifts the suspension. Within ten minutes of the interim suspension, the national fraternity also placed the chapter on limited operations. The national fraternity office failed to comment by press time. Earlier this semester, the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity was found guilty of hazing in a December incident, resulting in its ineligibility for Special Interest Housing and consequently, the loss of its place in the new fraternity complex. “Any serious violation has the potential to impact an organization’s eligibility for Special Interest Housing,” Gilbert said in an email when asked if the interim suspension could affect Lambda Chi Alpha’s eligibility. “We are working closely with the Dean of Students Office and our National Headquarters to resolve this matter as quickly and smoothly as possible,” Epsilon Alpha fraternity president Jake Prest ’14 said in an email.

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Over the past two years, the Honor Systems Review Committee has studied the processes of the Honor System. Spurred by controversial cases, concerns about student opinion of the system, concerns with faculty use of the system and the 13-year lapse since the last review, the HSRC began to look at the process of the Honor System in the fall of 2010, using a list of specific mandates outlined by College of William and Mary President Taylor Reveley. HSRC Chair and Chancellor Professor of Government Clay Clemens ’80 presented a proposal of possible changes to members of the Honor Council, the Student Conduct Council and the Conduct and Honor Advisory Program Sunday. He outlined three major aspects of the proposal: the addition of an early resolution option for honor system infractions, the notion of sanction levels and the creation of a standing Honor System Advisory Committee. Clemens stated that the changes presented were primarily those that would change the system itself, while the proposed changes still under Reveley’s review would alter aspects within the existing system.

II offenses on their own terms,” CHAPS chair Danny Anderson ’14 said in an email. The second major proposed change to the system is the creation of sanction levels. The proposal outlines a level of predetermined starting points for sanctions based on the level of severity: Level I, II or III. “Rather than making each individual case their own case … there would be — not rigid sentencing guidelines that you would find in a courtroom — … there would be levels,” Clemens said. “Councils, panels, would start at that point … taking into account mitigating and aggregating circumstances.” According to Clemens, Level I and II infractions would refer primarily to various levels of cheating and plagiarism, with Level II including cases of a more substantial nature. Level III sanctions would include cases where students buy papers online or have another individual take an exam for them as well as most nonacademic infractions, including lying and stealing. Clemens cited the lack of consistency, inequality and expediency of sanctions in the past as motivation for the creation of these levels. The last major change proposed by the See Honor SYSTEM page 3



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“[The] proposed redraft of the Code make a whole set of proposed changes to the system … and a lot of proposed changes within the existing system,” Clemens said. The early resolution option would allow faculty members to propose an early resolution to undergraduate or graduate students for Level I and II academic infractions if it is the student’s first such violation. The faculty member, accused student and Dean Gilbert would all have to accept the option before the early resolution system could be used. The option allows cases to be resolved without the need for an Honor Council investigation or hearing. By offering an expedited process for less serious violations, Clemens said this option would hopefully result in more cases entering the honor system rather than faculty resolving the issues themselves through grade changes. Clemens assured students at the presentation that the early resolution would be merely an option and would not be encouraged over the normal Honor System Process. “In the past, faculty buy-in has been difficult to obtain, but with these new amendments — specifically the addition of the early resolution — faculty participation is likely to grow as they will be able to handle first-offense, Level I and

Cyber-bullying just isn’t a buzzword. It’s very real, and if the College doesn’t take a proactive stance against it, there will be severe consequences. page 4

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A 38-year-old woman who set her Richmond Road home on fire will face an arson charge, according to the Virginia Gazette. The November fire caused about $30,000 worth of damage after the woman set a storage room aflame and left the home. The woman later admitted to setting the fire and explained she was stressed due to financial difficulties.

The Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily reports, the first high ropes course in the U.S. designed specifically for children will open Saturday at Freedom Park. The Go Ape Treetop Junior course gives children the chance to use zip lines and obstacles including a log balance, magic carpet, stepping stones and more.

“Who knows over the centuries what could be built there but having that land will be great. In the short term it gives us a lot of extra dorm rooms so we’ll be pushing a lot fewer of them into the world beyond,” — College President Taylor Reveley,

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Representatives of Colonial Williamsburg were scheduled to meet with the City Council Monday afternoon to discuss funding requests, the Daily Press reports. They will ask for level funding, not an increase, for the 2014 fiscal year. This adds up to $1.3 million in funding for Colonial Williamsburg, all of which would go toward advertising. Governor Bob McDonnell (R) has until midnight to act on 812 pending acts of legislation set forth by the General Assembly. According to the Richmond-Times Dispatch, he had 139 bills waiting late afternoon, including amendments to the state budget, Medicaid reform expansion language and his transportation funding package.



College President Taylor Reveley’s son, W. Taylor Reveley IV, became the new president of Longwood University in Farmville, Va. March 23.

Reveley’s son named president of Longwood University

Cheating scandal hits Harvard

The Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily reported that W. Taylor Reveley IV is following in his father’s footsteps. Reveley was named president of Longwood University March 23, after a unanimous Longwood Board of Visitors vote and a nine-month search. Reveley’s term begins June 1 and it will run through 2018. Reveley currently manages the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, an institute focused on the U.S. presidency, policy and political history. Before working at U.Va., Reveley worked as a business attorney at Hunton & Williams and dealt with $1.6 billion mergers, acquisitions and financings for public and private entities.

Harvard University searched 16 deans’ emails last fall, looking for leaks to reporters about a cheating case, according to The Huffington Post. The searched email accounts belonged to deans on a committee involved in a cheating case on the Administrative Board. Only one dean was told of the search afterward and no deans were warned about the search. Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael Smith and the Harvard general counsel’s office approved the search. Senior Resident Dean Sharon Howell said administrators owe the deans an apology for not notifying them of the search.

Sexual assault victims at universities band together Students and faculty members at Occidental College in Los Angeles, upset over the handling of sexual assault cases, will work with women at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to take their stories to the federal government as a civil rights case, according to The New York Times. The UNC students had worked with students at Amherst College, who had also talked to students at Yale University. This advocacy network prompted assault survivors to make their stories public. This group mainly pushes colleges to educate students about sexual assault, encourages students to seek help, and trains people who investigate sexual assault cases.

Low income students don’t apply to top schools The New York Times reports that an analysis by The Brookings Institute shows that low-income students who have the top test scores and grades do not apply to the nation’s best colleges. The Brookings Institute analyzed the SAT scores of every high school student from the last year. Thirty-four percent of high school seniors in the bottom quarter of income distribution attend one of the country’s 238 most selective colleges. Seventy-eight percent of high school students in the top fourth of income distribution attend selective schools. The study found that many low-income students attend community colleges or four-year colleges closer to their homes.


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academic year. “The space allows us to take a residence hall offline while we do badly needed renovations,” Martin said in a press release. “Having additional rooms available is essential. It will allow us to address critical concerns with our current residence halls, including adding air conditioning to buildings at a much quicker pace.” Administrators also believe the expansion will lower the number of students waitlisted during the room selection process. There is currently no waitlist for this semester’s registration period and students are no longer allowed to opt-out of on-campus housing. “An important benefit will be the additional student housing,” Director of Univeristy Relations, Brian Whitson said in an email. “This will significantly reduce our need to use a wait list. That’s good news for students. The building’s location, the fact that the rooms have air conditioning and the number of bathrooms make it an excellent option for students. College-operated student housing and campus parking are two of our most

pressing issues. This addresses both of those issues directly.” Student opinion of the purchase appears relatively positive. “I do see the purchase of the hospitality house as a positive impact on students because not only will the worrisome wait list cease to exist, students can stay close to campus and still enjoy a community of their own,” Residence Hall Association President Justin Miller ’13 said in an email. “It’s a really cool building with great facilities. If I wasn’t graduating I would opt to live there. And I think its unique location — near the bars but also in proximity to academic buildings — appeals to students too.” Claire Etheridge ’16, who has already decided where she wants to live next year, believes that the Hospitality House may be an option for her in the coming years. “I think it would be nice if we had a place that wasn’t Sadler that students could hang out near old campus, because leaving from Botetourt, if I spend all day on campus for classes, there is no place to go and hang out when it is cold or hot outside,” Etheridge said. The purchase of the Hospitality House will also offer more employment opportunities.

“Our plan is to select RAs from alternates from the process conducted this spring,” Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Deb Boykin said in an email. “But as noted we have not been in the Hospitality House to determine numbers or placement of student staff. [However], the Hospitality House will be assigned to Area Director Rich Schofield.” To register to live in the, as yet un-renamed, Hospitality House, students must go to the Resident Life office in Campus Center 212 during their scheduled time block with their roommate to select a room. Before the purchase, Gene Lucas, the president of the Texas-based 1859 Historic Hotels, owned the Hospitality House. “We understand the College’s need for additional student housing,” Lucas said in a press release. “We are pleased to have partnered with William & Mary to make this happen.” The Hospitality House continues to function as a hotel until after this year’s Commencement ceremony and the purchase will not affect reservations made for Commencement weekend. After that time, however, the hotel will be inspected and the College will assess how many students the building may house.

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Collegiate ACB creator reveals site’s popularity Over 500,000 page views on the College’s discussion board in past six months BY Annie Curran flat hat news editor

When Benjamin Zavelsky ’16 was arrested last week for allegedly threatening two female students on CollegiateACB, the site garnered attention from the College of William and Mary community. CollegiateACB is an online blog on which students can create anonymous communication boards for their universities on any topic of interest. Current threads on the site are mostly focused on Greek life and other school organizations. With a campus of 6,171

undergraduate students, the “William and Mary” CollegiateACB page had 2,573 unique visitors, 78,000 page views and several hundred posts in March. For the past six months, there have been 12,091 unique visitors, 503,000 page views and several thousand posts. The “William and Mary” CollegiateACB blog was created last April. Kirk Henf, the co-founder, co-owner and administrator of the blog, is now providing insight into the popularity of the blog at the College. “We receive reports for posts which could be deemed as cyber bullying several times per week,” Henf said in an email. “Although that may seem like a lot, you

have to understand that on any given week we receive upwards of 30,000 visitors and 1,500 posts.” Henf says that the website does not moderate each post. If the site receives complaints about a post, the post is deleted, and the user is banned from the website. With Zavelsky’s case, many users complained, and the post was deleted before the police contacted the website. “We do receive more emails and reports referencing posts on the William and Mary ACB than normal, but given the size and traffic the William and Mary ACB generates, I’d say its nothing out of the ordinary in comparison to other schools,”

Henf said. The College community is proactive in reporting inappropriate posts. “We have been cooperating with them in their investigation,” Henf said. The appeal of CollegiateACB is that users are able to post comments anonymously. This marks a growing trend at the College, with anonymous Facebook confession pages William & Mary Confessions and William and Mary Crushes garnering 1,475 and 1,634 likes. The moderator of William and Mary Crushes, who has chosen to remain anonymous, released the page’s analytics. The page peaked with almost 6,000 page

views per day in mid-February and has averaged around 1,500 to 2,000 page views per day since. Females constitute 65.6 percent of the likes. The moderator of William & Mary Confessions failed to release the page’s analytics by press time. Students like Jak Scrivener ’16 check CollegiateACB to hear about rumors or to find out information about breaking news. Scrivener checks the website about once a week. He does not post on the discussion boards, but he says understands the appeal of posting anonymously. “It makes it easier for people [to use] because they don’t have to back themselves up,” Scrivener said.

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construction. “Each house has a character of its own.” The community center will house a chapter room and will provide housing for the resident advisor overseeing the fraternity houses. There will also be a back porch that can be used for events and other activities. Each house will also include a chapter room as well as a living room, kitchen and numerous bathrooms on either level. Some house layouts have a bedroom on the first floor, but the majority of rooms are on the second floor. There are eight double rooms and one single room to total 17 students per house. Each house will come furnished. While each house is in various stages of construction, LEED for Homes is ensuring each of the

buildings is a high-performance economically friendly home. According to Boy, the buildings are extremely energy efficient, with more building systems than usual homes. They are also well insulated buildings, even behind the steel walls, to help reduce noise and create an envelope to easily keep cold out. Each building is also ADA certified — capable and accessible to individuals with disabilities — one reason elevators are included in the designs. All the fraternity houses use steel framing rather than wood, and cables run through the conduits instead of running the cables through the walls, making them safer and easier to fix. “Because this is such unique construction and design, we are really stressing the fine points and

ensure that everything is completed correctly before we install them in the other houses,” Boy said. “I mean, I wish I could afford to add some of these designs in my own house.” At this point in construction, code teams are walking through the houses to ensure they are all built to code and are soundly constructed. Each building on campus undergoes this process, as codes are constantly being updated. All building systems must be checked to ensure they meet institutional standards of being safe and efficient homes. For example, each fraternity house includes two staircases and sprinkler systems. “These buildings are in the perfect spot. We just really hope that the new occupants take care of them and appreciate them for the incredible buildings that they are,” Boy said.

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HSRC is the creation of a standing Honor System Advisory Committee. “[The HSAC] would include the same type of representation as the [HSRC] did. [It would be] larger in terms of consulting members but smaller in terms of committee members,” Clemens said. The HSAC would consider proposed amendments and proposed bylaw changes and would provide guidance to faculty in a number of areas about infractions and sanction levels. “We did not elaborate in more detail the greater specifications of infractions,” Clemens said. “We felt that would be imprudent, but guidance could be issued.” Clemens stated the proposal is still in the earliest stages of review and Reveley is still looking over parts of the proposal. However, the HSRC hopes to publish the entire proposal online for perusal by the student body and other members of the College community

today. Feedback will be instrumental in Reveley’s final decision. “He, overall in net terms, thinks there is a great deal of merit … [but] he wants a lot of discussion of this and what we are going to do over the course of the next several weeks,” Clemens said. “All of the feedback would go to the president. … [The result] depends on both what [Reveley] hears and what he thinks of what he hears.” If Reveley approves the proposed changes, they will be presented to the Board of Visitors for final approval. Clemens speculated that, in a best case scenario, the changes might be implemented in the spring of 2014. “I’ve been here a long time, and I know that tinkering with tradition here is a risky venture,” Clemens said. “I believe that the changes are good. I believe that they will make a good system better, but it’s a lot of changes. I won’t downplay it. … These will be the most significant changes to the Code. … Earlier changes were substantial, but this [proposal] is a set of fairly comprehensive set of changes.”

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Cyberbullying must be fought proactively victims only knew after one of the girl’s Facebook accounts was hacked, downloaded and distributed to others. This case has drawn some criticism from my high school community, with some people claiming that since the incident arose due to a breach of privacy, it does not constitute a true case of cyberbullying. Though I agree that hacking is not the usual FLAT HAT ONLINE EDITOR course that bullying takes, I dismiss the argument that this case was not cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is any slander and harm done by electronic means, and vile gossip — even if it’s posted More than a decade ago, bullying with the prefix “cyber” was privately — should not be treated any differently. Cyberbullying almost unheard of. Now, physical assault can be complemented can also be very unpredictable. As was the case with my high by a 24-hour-per-day, seven-days-a-week online assault. Just school, an incident of cyberbullying can be months long, or it about anyone can use Instant Messaging, e-mails, chat rooms can be sudden, as was the case here at the College. I encourage and websites to humiliate peers. But the damage done by cyber the College’s administrators to broaden the definition of bullies is no less real, and can be infinitely more painful. Now, as cyberbullying to its most subtle boundaries. This would allow electronic communication continues to expand into all facets of for a policy to be drafted that expands on all areas concerning life, we as the College of William and Mary community need to cyberbullying, and would chart the course for effective action take a firm stance against cyberbullying. Our most recent episode in the long term, should new cases arise. was alarming, and should spur the community to act. From my Cyberbullying can be avoided, but the first step is to own personal experiences, I know the pain an entire community recognize that it’s dangerous, and can easily spiral out of can feel when we allow for these incidents to happen with little control if not carefully monitored. I urge the administration regard for their consequences. Around the spring of my junior year, my high school was affected to act so that it does not become a pressing issue. We ought to not let this recent episode float away by a near national case of cyberbullying. A inconsequentially. Given the most recent clique of girls had a 200 page-long Facebook Cyberbullying can be avoided, events, we cannot afford to wait until thread titled, “Mwaahhahaha,” filled with but the first step is to recognize the next case occurs. Instead, we must demeaning gossip about others. Someone that it’s dangerous, and can anticipate. We must be preventative, and hacked into their accounts, downloaded easily spiral out of control if not not reactive. The College administration the files and distributed them to several carefully monitored. should not only address cyberbullying students and administrators. Soon enough, during Orientation, but take a proactive the whole situation blew out of proportion. We attracted unwanted press, which named our incident the “Prep attitude and provide resources throughout the year to prevent School Facebook Scandal,” and news articles appeared, comparing cyberbullying. The consequences could be enormous should the incident to “Gossip Girl” and the Burn Book from “Mean Girls.” the College fail to act effectively. However, the damage done to the school’s reputation was not nearly Email Benming Zhang at as deep as the hurt inflicted on our community. The 880 students, not to mention faculty, were all affected. Even the girls who made CONTINUED the initial Facebook posts were deeply hurt. Our Internet usage became even more restricted and overseen by our IT department. For more on cyberbullying and Our school pooled in money to hire private investigators to attempt anonymous online sites, visit News to trace the hacker, which, as of present, has come to no avail. page 3. My high school’s incident highlights two major points I learned about cyberbullying’s hidden and devastating potential. The

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riday, March 22, College of William and Mary President Taylor Reveley sent a campus-wide email to announce that the College purchased the Hospitality House on Richmond Road. Currently a hotel with 318 rooms and 370 parking spaces, the College hopes to use it for student housing needs next semester. While we have concerns about incorporating the Hospitality House into the College, we ultimately believe it will be an overall benefit for the community. In order for the College to remain competitive, it must grow, and the commonwealth of Virginia demands that it grow. Looking around campus, it is evident that there is not much space left for the construction of new buildings, academic and residential alike. The best move for the College is to buy and convert existing structures, rather than to try building new ones. As Planning Commission member Chris Connolly ’15 emphasized earlier this year, redevelopment is the future of Williamsburg. The College is choosing a proactive path for the city by redeveloping an establishment. The immediate benefits of the Hospitality House will be the increased number of rooms and parking spots available. Expanded options for housing will open up space, allowing the College to make needed renovations to other residence halls. The lack of a waiting list will make the process of securing housing easier for students, and although adding a few hundred parking spots will not solve the campus’s complicated parking problem, we expect it will improve it somewhat. Specifically, we hope it lowers parking fees, which are expensive and don’t guarantee you a parking spot close to your destination, and we hope it increases spaces for more day-student and residential parking. Town-gown relations have always been an issue for the community, but we hope the purchase of the Hospitality House, and thus increased options for on-campus housing, will diminish some of the tension. With more students living on campus, the spread of students in neighborhoods might decrease, helping to ease the often-tense relationships between citizens and students. Even with the benefits the Hospitality House will bring, we have concerns about its future integration. Will the College really be able fill all the rooms in the Hospitality House? Although opting out of student housing is no longer possible, supply could exceed demand. And how enthusiastic will students be to live in the Hospitality House? Specifics remain up in the air regarding how the rooms themselves will be altered to accommodate students. Unanswered questions coupled with rapidly approaching housing application deadlines may make students reluctant to choose the Hospitality House. To successfully integrate the Hospitality House into the student housing structure, the College should work to make it an attractive option by taking student opinion into account and providing students with information as quickly as possible. The staff editorial represents the opinion of The Flat Hat. The editorial board, which is elected by The Flat Hat’s section editors and executive staff, consists of Abby Boyle, Matt Camarda, Katherine Chiglinsky, Meredith Ramey and Ellen Wexler. The Flat Hat welcomes submissions to the Opinions section. Limit letters to 250 words and columns to 650 words. Letters, columns, graphics and cartoons reflect the view of the author only. Email submissions to



Do you think the College’s purchase of the Hospitality House was a good idea? Has it changed your housing plans for next year?

Do you believe cyberbullying is an issue on campus?


“I think that it’s confusing in terms of how they’ll turn the rooms into dorm rooms. But, it is helpful for parking.”

“I’m excited, if only for the parking.”

Jocelyn Westray ’16

Grace O’Donnell ’13

“I’m glad that they’re getting more parking, but I’m not sure how it’ll work out.”






College got you screaming? A primal solution to dealing with modern stress Max Cea


Perhaps I am a skeptic by nature, but for me, when a good week stretches into a fantastic fortnight, I cannot help but try to anticipate what tragedy will force my inner equilibrium back to the mean. Will a streak of good test grades be interrupted by a score that makes me wonder how many total points were possible? Will Mother Nature cancel spring and make the rest of the month feel like a Winterfell winter? The possibilities are endless. But perhaps, rather than being a skeptic, I merely have a keen memory of the past and a tendency to apply it to the future. Or I could be operating under a self-fulfilling prophecy. Regardless, a few days ago,

my anticipations proved correct. After catching every break in the days after spring break, my luck caught up with me. No need to despair, no one died — but I had the overwhelming desire to scream at the top of my lungs. However, given that the walls in my residence hall are thin and it was past some of my neighbors’ bedtimes, I held in my howl. Instead, I went for a walk, during which I remembered something I had read in Steve Jobs’ biography. Like one of his idols, John Lennon, Jobs used primal (scream) therapy as a way to flesh out childhood pain. Arthur Janov, the founder of primal therapy, dubs it “the first science of psychotherapy.” Others might be more inclined to call it screaming with a purpose. The scientific and psychological validity of primal therapy is up for debate. However, I would like to advocate primal therapy in a different context than Janov does. In its intended form, primal therapy is meant to alleviate anxiety that

stems from traumatic incidents that occurred in the distant past. But why let the anxiety build? Let’s scream now. Please do not misinterpret: I do not wish to convince you of practicing primal therapy as an alternative to more traditional methods. The last thing that the College of William and Mary needs is for tour guides to have to explain to prospective students why it sounds like an animal is dying every few minutes. Additionally, there are students with all-too-real mental illnesses, for whom a primal alternative would do a disservice. Nonetheless, academics can be rigorous, sleep can be evasive, and Greeks asking for philanthropic donations on your way to Sadler Center can be trying at the College. To alleviate stress and prevent premature hair loss, the College should invest in a sound-proof room, where students can scream their troubles away. Email Max Cea at mrcea@email.


variety — Author Tim O’Brien

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“What do you do when your conscience says one thing and your country says something else? Does it mean if you’re a patriot that you automatically do what your country says?”

Variety Editor Abby Boyle Variety Editor Áine Cain


“You do not have to go to wars to write novels. You don’t have to climb mountains, or go deep-sea fishing … all you’ve got to do to be a writer is keep breathing. Life is going to deliver to you — sometimes in ways you’re not going to like — plenty of material to write about.” COURTESY PHOTO / WITHFRIENDSHIP.COM

— Author Tim O’Brien

O’Brien speaks to campus about war, writing

“The Things They Carried” author relates personal stories BY SARAH CASPARI FLAT HAT ASSOC. VARIETY EDITOR

Tim O’Brien carries several things from the Vietnam War; memories, which have inspired multiple awardwinning novels, and a white J.C. Penney shirt — bought in the United States — with the words “Made in Vietnam” stitched onto the tag, reminding him the war was not the end of the world. O’Brien wears this shirt anytime he gives a talk about his writing, and he wore it to the College of William and Mary Thursday when he spoke as part of the Patrick Hayes Writers Series. The “Going After Cacciato” and “The Things They Carried” author shared some of his newer writings and spoke about his philosophy on fiction and war. “Wars are billed to us almost always as pending catastrophes,” O’Brien said. “‘If we don’t win, the world is going to be a horrible place. It’s going to be catastrophe … Well here I am before you in this white shirt from a J.C. Penney store. Catastrophe?” In the summer of 1968, 21-yearold O’Brien was drafted for the war.

The chapter from “The Things They Carried” entitled “On the Rainy River” is an account of the internal debate he found himself arguing. In his talk, O’Brien described himself as having two heads: one that encouraged him to do his patriotic duty and fight on behalf of his country, and one that wanted to swim the short distance to Canada from his Minnesota hometown, so he would be safe from the draft. The war, on the other hand, had just one head, and it was telling him to kill and to die. “We never seem to run out of reasons to kill one another,” he said. “History is just full of them — some awful and some wonderful, and most of them somewhere in between. War is one-headedness. War is, ‘I am so right and you are so wrong that I’m going to kill you. That’s how right I am.’” O’Brien went to war. The decision, however, was not as simple as choosing his country over himself. He went to war because he was afraid of what people would say if he ran away. On top of that, he didn’t really understand the war to begin with. It

seemed no one knew the reason why men were being shipped overseas to their deaths. For these reasons, O’Brien still wonders if he made the right choice. “I still wake up not knowing what the right thing to do is in those situations,” O’Brien said. “I sometimes think to myself, ‘What a coward you were. You just didn’t have the courage to say no.’ Other times, I’ll think the opposite. And the debate will go on, probably, for me, at least, to the grave, as it goes on for a good many people at my age, given the times we lived through back then.” The war had a similar effect on the following generation. Adjunct Professor of English Brian Castleberry, who introduced O’Brien, expressed similar confusion in regard to his experience as a child growing up in the wake of the Vietnam War. “When I was growing up, the Vietnam War was something a lot of people didn’t like to talk about,” Castleberry said. “I remember feeling uncertain as to who the bad guys had been. The Vietnamese? Us? The Russians? Marlon Brando? What had we been doing there? Looking around

at popular culture in the early 1980s, it was anyone’s guess — especially if you were in grade school and not even sure what side of the planet Vietnam was on.” Although the reasons for the war were unclear, the things O’Brien took away from it were tangible. Lying at the bottom of an irrigation ditch halfway around the world, O’Brien realized he was going to become a writer. “There was within me a kind of determination,” he said. “‘If I live through this, I am going to bear witness. I am going to speak. I’m not going to fall silent, as so many veterans do … somehow, I wasn’t going to shut up. I was going to talk, and talk through story.” Now, O’Brien is famous for his works of fiction that combine reality and imagination. This dichotomy, he said, is vital to storytelling. While many of the things he writes are not strictly true, he insists this is immaterial since they accurately depict the truth of the war, if not his own experiences. He stressed, however, that a person does not have to fight in a

war or experience trauma to become a writer. Many of the stories he told focused on his two children. One anecdote in particular that seemed to touch the audience — and O’Brien himself — was about his nine-yearold son who put together a package containing a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, a book, a yo-yo and a letter for a homeless man he had seen on his way home from school. For Eliza Scheibe ’16 and aspiring writers in the audience, this anecdote was an example of how one can find poetry in everyday activities. “It’s the human experience, really, that matters,” Scheibe said. “You don’t have to have gone to war to be a writer or to write about something profound, but you can just write about the little stories that happen to you every day.” For O’Brien, the story is a light in a world that was darkened by war. “Vietnam made me pretty cynical, pretty skeptical about the world we live in,” he said. “But there is, on the other side of the coin, a hope that is kindled inside me by that little boy that reminds me of the little boy I used to be.”


Preserving the ability to say ‘no’ — even to Aaron Carter Krystyna Holland

BEhind closed doors columnist

Consent: (n.) permission for something to happen, or agreement to do something. (v.) To give permission for something to happen. An agreement is an arrangement between parties regarding a course of action. An agreement requires all parties to be involved. An agreement is not one person making decisions based solely on his or her feelings and impulses and forcing those decisions on someone else. Consent must be given freely and not under pressure. Consent can also change — just because consent was given at one time, under one set of circumstances does not automatically generalize it to any other situation. Consent grants both parties autonomy over their own bodies. St. Patrick’s Day is a day famous for

leprechauns, green and beer. This year, for most of the College of William and Mary’s population, myself included, St. Patty’s day also meant Aaron Carter. At 4 p.m., I put my tankard aside and stood in line to fulfill my 12-year-old self’s wildest dreams. Hundreds of students joined me. Aaron’s party took place in the Sadler Center on a little stage set up with glamour pictures of Aaron and a lone MacBook. By the time the concert started, everyone was restless. I was bored and hungover. As I considered making my exit, Aaron reached off the stage during a song and kissed someone at the front of the audience. My interest was piqued enough to stick around through a few more songs. My enthusiasm quickly faded, however, as he had his backup dancers choose (with obviously scripted lines) two “lucky” ladies to come join them onstage. I watched as two women were chosen and sat on chairs in front of five hundred of their peers, as Aaron’s manager talked about how the only rule was they weren’t allowed to take his clothes off onstage. I probably should

have turned around and hightailed it out of there, but at that point, I still wanted to augment my childhood experience by seeing this pop star. As the MacBook played the first few bars of yet another prerecorded track, Aaron Carter came out in a change of clothes, serenading the beautiful women in front of him. Cheesy, for sure, but harmless. As I watched, he got closer and closer to one of the women’s faces, and before I knew it, he was straddling her and kissing her as the recorded track played on. I left. I found the entire experience unsettling, and I’m still sad my childhood self was let down to such an extent. I’m neither shocked nor upset Aaron Carter kissed women at the College. Let’s be honest, we are a bunch of extremely kissable women. What distressed me was those women had virtually no chance to say yes or no. They were pulled up onstage in front of five hundred people to engage in an intimate act with a pop star. That’s a pretty highpressure situation that often makes people behave in ways they otherwise wouldn’t. I am not saying those women

did not want to, or did not enjoy kissing Aaron Carter. I am saying he should have asked permission. Asking is the easiest and MOST foolproof way to gain consent from someone else. “Can I ____?” “Is this okay?” and “Do you want to?” are small sentences that can have a big impact. Admittedly, there are other non-verbal ways to express consent, but often times these non-verbal “goaheads” form the basis of discrepancies between how two parties can view the same sexual encounter. An individual who is truly granting consent to a sexual act will be an active participant in that act.

Someone who isn’t saying a verbal “no” is not necessarily implying a non-verbal “yes.” And someone who can’t say no is certainly not saying yes. An individual who is unconscious cannot grant consent. An individual who is extremely drunk cannot grant consent. An individual who does not understand what you are asking cannot grant consent. We all deserve the chance to be an active participant in sexual agreements, and to have those agreements honored. Maybe Aaron should write a song about that. Krystyna Holland is a Behind Closed Doors columnist and no longer wants to go to any of Aaron’s parties.



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The view from the Sir Christopher Wren Building over the Sunken Garden reveals little of the massive physical change that campus has undergone during the course of its existence. Expansion continues with the Sadler Center and Brafferton renovations.

Brick by brick: Unearthing the history of campus buildings BY ZACH HARDY FLAT HAT CHIEF STAFF WRITER

We all learn about the basic division between ancient, old and new campus on our admissions tour, but the growth of campus is a bit more nuanced than that. The construction of the fraternity complex, the expansion to the Sadler Center and the recent acquisition of the Hospitality House testify to the ongoing evolution of the College of William and Mary’s campus. Before Williamsburg was even the capital of Virginia, the Sir Christopher Wren building, then simply known as “the College” or “the Main Building,” was constructed. It served as a combined academic building, dormitory and servants quarters. “It was probably one of the largest buildings in Virginia even going into the eighteenth century,” Senior Architectural Historian for Colonial Williamsburg Carl Lounsbury said. “It was a very large structure.” The Wren building has survived several fires throughout its existence, the first being in 1705, just years after the school opened. “You can actually still see traces of that fire on the building,” Lounsbury said. “Lead was used as a lining around the roof to help rain from getting in. The fire melted the lead, and you can see splotches of it on the bricks near the ground level.” A second fire gutted the building in 1859. The building was rebuilt and briefly featured Italianate towers, only to be damaged again in the Civil War. In the 1930s, it was fully restored to resemble its appearance after the fire of 1705. It was also during this time that the building was officially named the Sir Christopher Wren building. “During restoration, they came across references made in the 1700s to the design being after Sir

Christopher Wren,” Lounsbury said. “But, despite all the hard work of historians there is no documentary evidence he designed the building.” The Main Building remained the only substantial structure on campus until the Brafferton opened in 1723. The Brafferton initially housed the College’s Indian School, which was disbanded around the time of the Revolutionary War after being deemed a failed project. Since then, the Brafferton has housed students, the Alumni Association, and the music department, among other things. In 1985, the Brafferton became the location of the President and Provost’s Office. The President’s house, built in 1732, is the oldest official residence of a college president in the United States. Only Robert Saunders, president ‘46-‘48, didn’t use it as his residence. Many important guests have stayed in the house, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall and various members of the British Royal Family. “The President’s house has always been used to host and entertain,” College President Taylor Reveley said. “When you walk on the boards of the house, you’re walking on boards that have been trod by many distinguished guests. But be sure to wear socks or you’ll get splinters.” Reveley said the house was elegantly decorated with period furniture and decorations. “My initial reaction was ‘Do I want to live in a museum?’ but I rapidly discovered how comfortable the home is,” Reveley said. At the beginning of the 20th century, an increase in matriculation and the admission of women caused a need for new classrooms and dormitories. Between the 1920s and 30s Tucker Hall, Ewell Hall, Tyler Hall, Washington Hall, James Blair Hall and several residence halls were constructed. “They chose brick to replicate what they had on old campus,” Lounsbury said. “Even before Colonial

Williamsburg got going, they wanted to preserve the style of the older buildings. These buildings are part of what they call the Colonial Revival.” The Wren building was originally planned to replicate English universities like Oxford and Cambridge, where indoor space enclosed an outdoor quadrant, or quad, but the plan was never completed. The Sunken Garden was intended to resemble such an area. “The Sunken Garden is the formal element that brings all the buildings together,” Lounsbury said. The symmetry of the Garden however was not completed until the completion of McGlothlin Street Hall in 1995. New Campus was built primarily between the 50s and 80s — during this time frame Phi Beta Kappa Hall, Millington Hall, Jones Hall and Earl Gregg Swem Library were all constructed in what used to be fields and forests. Chancellor Professor of government Clay Clemens ‘80 explained that, because state funding for the projects was limited, these more modernlooking buildings weren’t built with aesthetics in mind. Reveley agreed that New Campus lacks a degree of elegance. “I was just walking on New Campus the other day and was once again struck by the architectural awfulness of those buildings,” Reveley said. Although New Campus plays host to some of the College’s most famous — or infamous — buildings, none incite more verbal abuse — or speculation of its structural stability — than Morton Hall. Morton Hall has experienced many problems since it opened in 1972. It was constructed on a point of drainage for underground streams, causing regular flooding and erosion to the building’s foundation. “At one point about 10 years ago, one wing

began to sink into its own foundations,” Clemens said. “[Facilities management] discovered a gap of something in the order of six feet between the foundation and the ground. During the Christmas break of that year, they brought in trucks of concrete and pumped it into the foundation to prop up the wing.” Despite the problems Morton has faced over the years, Clemens mentioned it was the first building on campus to have automatic toilets. The College experienced a recent surge in construction and renovation. The Integrated Science Center, Alan B. Miller Hall, the Jamestown Residences and the School of Education building have all been completed in the past decade. Campus’s newest construction strives to retain the look and feel of the historic buildings while utilizing new technology. Many buildings for example have received LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. “[Miller Hall] itself is brick on the outside, and there’s a concrete block envelope right inside of it to help with insulation. These measures [were] a pretty high cost up front, but it’s going to save us a lot of money down the line,” Andrea Sardone, chief marketing officer for the Mason School of Business, said. Reveley named the completion of the Integrated Science Center — which will fill the open area by Landrum Drive — and the construction of the new Arts Complex as the projects he feels are most important to the College’s future development. He also emphasized the importance of restoring and renovating existing facilities. Tyler Hall is currently under renovation. “We have plenty of existing buildings to renovate and improve, so I don’t expect us to expand into the College woods anytime soon,” Reveley said. “Plus, the Druids are very protective of the trees.”

Mr. Randolph wins all-male pageant for charity fundraiser Terrence Mack ’14 steals Mr. William & Mary crown, wows crowd with snack-catching talent


“I’m sure we’re just on the cusp of a talent explosion,” said College President Taylor Reveley, one of the judges of the first Mr. William & Mary competition, held March 22 in Commonwealth Auditorium. Reveley was indeed correct. One of the most memorable talents was an interpretive dance performed by Mr. DuPont, Matt Perry ’16. “I intend to snap patriarchy,” Perry said, before dancing around the stage to a dance remix of Ke$ha’s “Die Young” with a large gourd stuffed inside the front of his bicycle shorts. Perry pulled the gourd out of his pants and smashed it on the stage during the finale of the dance. In the sportswear portion of the pageant, Perry rode onto the stage on a couch, demonstrating his sport of choice,

couch surfing. For formal wear, Perry wore tin foil “grillz,” ten Ring Pops and a chain purchased from ACE Hardware, held together with a paper clip. His aspiration in life is to “build a cabin out of the bones of [his] enemies.” Perry was chosen out of five contestants at the Mr. DuPont competition. “My talent for Mr. DuPont was speedreading,” Perry said. “Essentially, I just sat for a minute and looked at a page from Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar.’ I had a girl sit next to me and tell everyone to shut up any time they made any noise. She threw flowers at people; it was pretty interesting.” Another memorable performance was by Mr. Botetourt, Ethan Baker ’16. Baker sang an original song, “Insomniac,” and played the piano. Mr. Monroe, Jonah Fishel ’16, also played piano and sang. Fishel asked for

any requests from Reveley. “Something frisky,” Reveley replied. Fishel performed “In Love With A Girl” by Gavin DeGraw, dedicating it to a girl in the audience. Mr. Ludwell, Matt Rizvi ’13 performed stand-up comedy. “This is my first time performing stand-up, so I use the word talent loosely,” he said. Rizvi’s jokes were centered around the College, including tales about streaking the Sunken Garden and posts on the Overheard Facebook page. “You can’t post anything on Overheard if you were part of the conversation,” Rizvi joked. Mr. Randolph, Terrence Mack ’14, caught snacks in his mouth. Mack had an assistant toss an assortment of grapes and M&Ms to him, catching them with his back turned and while jumping.

Mr. LCL, Zak Goldberger ’15, represented Landrum, Chandler and the Lodges. Goldberger’s talent was to improvise a story, having the audience determine the genre and one word to be included. Goldberger wore sweats and a suit jacket as his formal wear, and chose lumberjacking as his sportswear. Joey Burke ’16 represented Yates. He showed off his free running skills, doing flips and other parkour moves off of the stage and on the auditorium steps. The Resident Hall Association sponsored the event, with Leo Del Rio ’15 organizing the pageant. “I ran in Mr. Barrett, and as an executive board member, I felt that it would be more fun to do a campus-wide event and have the halls compete against each other,” Del Rio said. “I hoped it would make the halls closer by cheering on their own contestant.”

The pageant was held to benefit the Bone Marrow Drive. At one point, the contestants walked through the audience and collected donations. Rizvi was awarded a Mr. Charity sash for raising the most money, $102.36. A total of $246.59 was raised. “We have many categories in which we have to judge the contestants,” Reveley said. “I think probably from my standpoint, just somebody who’s got some really demonstrable but engaging personality.” In addition to Reveley, Vice President of Student Affairs Anna B. Martin and Sadler Center employee Miss Angie were judges. At the end of the competition, they chose Perry as Mr. Congeniality. Mack was crowned Mr. William & Mary. “Going to school with all of you is the best experience I’ve ever had,” Mack said. “I love every single last one of you.”


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Tribe pitchers shut down Northeastern in sweep








Sophomore Jason Inghram, Senior Brett Koehler and Senior John Farrell did not give up a single run over 27 accumulated innings in the weekend series against Northeastern. The Tribe’s pitching staff lowered its collective ERA to 3.41.

College wins each series game 1-0, starting pitchers throw back-to-back-to-back complete-game shutouts BY YONNIE IYOB FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER William and Mary swept Northeastern while holding them scoreless in the weekend series, winning each game 1-0. Ending Sunday, the Tribe (16-8, CAA 5-1) did not allow a single run during the threegame series with the Huskies (10-11, CAA 2-7), and the victories extended the team’s win streak to six games. The Tribe traveled to Boston to face the Huskies for the first time this year, with senior pitcher Brett Koehler (32) taking the mound for the College Friday. On his way to a complete-game shutout, Koehler allowed six hits and struck out five Huskies on his way to his third victory of the season, while also giving up only one walk. Koehler faced his biggest threat in

the seventh inning when Northeastern’s Rob Fonseca hit a single to left field to get on base. Following his at-bat, Fonseca made it to second on a teammate’s sacrifice bunt. With Fonseca in scoring position, the Huskies’ designated hitter Justin Kessler came up to bat, but he flew out to senior shortstop Ryan Williams, who tagged Fonseca out and ended the inning. The only score of the game came in the top of the fifth when freshman catcher Ryan Hissey got on base off of an error by the Huskies’ pitcher. After a walk brought Hissey to third, senior right fielder Derek Lowe hit a single to spring Hissey home. The Tribe faced the Huskies in an eerily similar game Saturday, dispatching them 1-0 again. The College had senior pitcher John Farrell (5-0) on the mound for all nine innings,

and he threw a shutout to improve his record on the season to 5-0. Farrell also lowered his ERA to an impressive 1.51, currently the top ERA in the Colonial Athletic Association. He allowed just four hits and struck out seven Huskies while pitching very close to his hometown of Andover, Mass. On the offensive side Saturday, senior centerfielder Ryan Brown drove in what would be the only score of the game with a single in the top of the fifth inning, which brought in Lowe to claim the decisive 1-0 advantage. The Huskies best chance to score Saturday came in the bottom of the seventh, when they had centerfielder Connor Lyons on third with only one out. As the next batter for the Huskies flew out to right field, Lyons attempted to tag up and dash home for what would have been the Huskies first

score of the series. But Lowe was able to make an incredible throw to catch Lyons at home for the out. The Huskies never threatened in the game after the seventh, and Farrell finished them off in the ninth inning with three methodical groundouts. In the final game of the series, the College again defeated the Huskies 1-0 for the satisfying sweep. On the mound was sophomore pitcher Jason Inghram (3-2), who pitched a complete-game shutout like Farrell and Koehler before him, allowing just four hits and throwing nine strikeouts. Inghram’s dominating performance Sunday helped him claim the CAA Pitcher of the Week honor. At the plate Sunday, junior second baseman Lindemuth went 1 for 4, but his lone hit scored the go-ahead run for the Tribe in the top of the eighth,

bringing freshman left fielder Jonathan Sarty home for the Tribe’s only score of the day and the only one they would need. In the eighth inning with Sarty on first, Lowe’s infield single was able to move Sarty to third. With runners on both first and third, Lindemuth struck a single to center field which plated Sarty, sealing the three-game road sweep for the College. Over the course of the entire weekend, the Tribe did not allow a run and held the Huskies’ batters to a dismal .159 batting average. The College’s pitching staff lowered its collective ERA to 3.41 for the season by striking out 21 batters and giving up just five walks. The men’s baseball team will travel down to East Carolina for a one-game series Tuesday.

Tribe freshmen dominate field of veterans at invitational INVITATIONAL from page 8

Even with the throws we had Rochelle Evans, a freshman. She had a great meet. Across the board it’s a young group and I think it’s going to progress from here.” The men’s 3,000 meter battle between Hermsmauer and Gates was one of the meet’s most dramatic races. With one lap left Gates gambled and

left his pack, trying to hold to the lead for the finish. But, fellow teammate Hermsmauer chased Gates down on the homestretch and caught up in time for a photo finish. While it might not have been as exciting as the men’s race, the women’s 3,000 meter run made up for it with a sea of Tribe athletes at the front: eight of the first nine finishers representing

the College. After her narrow loss to her teammate in the 1,500 run, Balouris paced the squad with an impressive time of 9:37. “We wanted to take it out kind of aggressive because we knew it was going to be mostly our team,” said senior Michelle Britto. “We just wanted to see how well we could do.” As great as the freshman class was

during the meet, experience also proved potent. Senior Natalie Baird, who holds the best 16 marks in school history, narrowly out-threw Norfolk State’s Kiara Howell to win the women’s discus toss. Even with how well his team performed in nearly every event, director Walsh was nonplussed at the end of the meet. “This is what we expected,” he said.

“We expected the guys to go out there and do what they do and the girls to do the same. Rad [Gunzenhauser] had a great performance, so did Elaina [Balouris], but that was the game-plan. It was just a good way to start off the outdoor season.” Members of the Tribe track and field program head to Richmond next weekend for the Fred Hardy Invitational.

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two-time Mid-American Conference shot-put champion at Central Collegiate, put aside throwing for coaching when he joined the University of Tennessee’s staff as a graduate student in 1971. Through his next 15 years, Stimson coached at Miami of Ohio and Tennessee again, learning the finer details of practically every field event. When an opening for director of track and field appeared in 1986, Stimson packed his bags and arrived in Williamsburg. “I thought I’d have a chance to get the thing going again, and I had been an assistant for 16 years. It was time to be a head coach,” Stimson said. “I felt like I could sell this place, and I knew the coaches of Virginia. I took the job, and frankly, the rest is history.” Due to the financial situation of the track program, Stimson was forced to recruit more in-state students and throwers who had never competed in events like the hammer or javelin. The 15 years of fine-tuning his approach to the throw events began to pay off — students would drastically improve their distances after a short time with Stimson. “There’s an art of coaching, you can read a book, go on YouTube, but it takes awhile. God, I’ve been coaching for 42 years, I hope I know something. I’ve developed enough patience to make the kids be patient,” Stimson said. “And a place like here, they’re very tenacious. They’re willing to work year round, and they’re great at doing that. It’s not my knowledge as much as it is them taking my knowledge and applying it.” Take senior thrower Natalie Baird, for example, coming out of Park View High School in Sterling, Va. with seven state titles and national media attention — and a

salutatorian to boot. Baird seemed primed to start where she left off in high school. Instead, Stimson instructed Baird to simply not throw the summer before entering the College. Counter-intuitive, but for Baird it worked. “He had me not throw for awhile, over the summer, so I’d be more like a fresh slate to start with, to lose any bad habits,” Baird said. “We started with the ending of the throw, called the front, and worked our way back to the full spin.” More than technique, Stimson also helps new athletes and potential recruits feel at home. “The first thing I say to a recruit is, ‘What if you’ve never even ran track? Would you be interested in William and Mary?’ If they say no to that, then they’re missing the whole point,” Stimson said. It wasn’t just recruiting in-state talent like Baird, however, that helped build the College’s program. Stimson also ran into some good luck with especially talented individuals. Upon arrival in 1986, the throw team had no women. Enter Wendy Warren. A walk-on, Stimson helped craft Warren’s raw talent. Warren seemingly began a tradition of great women throwers, seen today in Baird. Aside from the accolades as a coach and director, Stimson offers another element to his athletes — care and attention beyond that of a typical coach. As Baird entered the fall of her sophomore year, she began to suffer from severe bouts of tiredness and weakness. “I was tired all the time. I don’t think I knew how much it was affecting me [as much as] those people watching me knew. He was really supportive of me during that time. I know one time I was having a hard time – things were taking me forever to do,

tasks that should have only taken a certain amount of time,” Baird said. “One day I just sat there and cried and I was like, ‘Coach, I don’t know what’s going on!’ And he was like ‘It’s ok, we’ll get through it.’ And we did.” Despite the adversity, Baird still won the CAA title in discus that spring. Baird continued to show signs of abnormal weakness until Stimson took action and prescribed a series of blood screenings. The tests revealed a rare form of thyroid disease, hypothyroidism, which occurs in roughly 10 percent of women. For Baird, Stimson’s commitment was instrumental in her recovery. “He was so committed to me even when I was having issues. He was focused first on me, then on my performance,” Baird said. “That was important because of the community feeling here rather than all the pressure.” Stimson’s athletes mirror the balance of relaxation and focus found in their coach. “Our kids are real smart, they take care of themselves and they’re very disciplined off the track. And on the track you can’t hide. You know exactly how good you are every second,” Stimson said. “Every time you race you have a time just as you have a height. You can compare yourself to anybody in the world –— some people can’t handle that. That’s called reality.” Some might say Stimson has a knack for coaching; others might say he’s an expert beyond compare. For Baird, it’s just enough to be thankful to have a coach as relaxed as Stimson. “You might think you have to be all hyped up, but no, man, give me a good joke before I go in the circle and I’ll throw better for you,” Baird said. “It’s nice to have someone who’s more laid back.” Maybe that’s the key to success.


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Dan Stimson arrived in the summer of 1986, and the College’s track and field program hasn’t been the same since.




Since arriving in the summer of 1986, Dan Stimson has won 25 of a possible 34 Colonial Athletic Association championships. Now coaching as assistant coach of throws, Stimson demands the best from his athletes.

Stimson helps revitalize track and field

College takes eight events in Invitational



You’ll find him hanging around the aptly-named Stimson Throwing Events Area, directing his athletes. Dan Stimson, assistant coach for William and Mary’s track and field program, brings more than a few trophies to the table. In Stimson’s 25 years as the director of the program, Stimson guided the Tribe to 25 of 34 possible Colonial Athletic Association championships. Since 1986, the year of Stimson’s arrival in Williamsburg, the 25 CAA championships rank third most in that span, trailing only James Madison and the rest of the College’s programs in total number of CAA championships won. Rather than merely setting a tone of conference dominance, Stimson Stimson revitalized the track and field program at the College. Arriving in the summer of 1986, Stimson inherited a team lacking talent and struggling to field scholarship athletes. The throwing team, Stimson’s specialty,

had a single male thrower — and he was coming off shoulder surgery. “The team was terrible. John Randolph [the Athletic Director at the time] put the men’s and women’s teams together. Back then, you still had separate men’s and women’s programs throughout the country,” Stimson said. “And then we started putting them together, so a new position was the director of track and field. And the women’s team was pretty bad, frankly. They kind of let the program go for awhile.” With limited personnel and talent, Stimson relied on his previous experience and connections to build the track and field program mostly from scratch. “Back then you had to learn all those events and learn coaching. I kind of came up through the old system where you were a graduate assistant and you’ve got knowledge in the areas you’ve done — I knew the throws,” Stimson said. “People don’t do that anymore. They’re too specialized, almost, I think. I try to encourage the assistants I’ve had here the last 25 years to learn all the events.” Stimson, a former All-Ohio and a See STIMSON page 7

Kicking off the outdoor track and field season, this weekend’s Tribe Invitational offered a slew of impressive William and Mary victories for the spectators at Zable Stadium to revel in. “I think this weekend went very well for us,” Director of track and field Stephen Walsh said. “The throws went very well and on the track we saw good things out there ­— even that last 4x400 looked like a real good performance.” Hundreds of collegiate and unaffiliated athletes descended on Williamsburg to compete in the annual meet which lasted from Friday night to Saturday afternoon. Friday night’s main event, the 10K, did not disappoint. Junior Rad Gunzenhauser set the national mark for this season with his time of 29 minutes, 50 seconds. Gunzenhauser’s time was the 13th-fastest in the illustrious history of Tribe long-distance runners. Saturday was a long day for the assembled athletes. At noon the whistle was blown for the women’s 1,500 meter run, which got the Tribe off to a resounding start. Senior Katie Buenaga

and junior Elaina Balouris took the top two spots in the event, finishing alongside each other, seven seconds faster than their nearest competitor. While freshman Emily Stites was busy captaining Team USA at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in Poland, the remaining Tribe freshmen made a large impact on the weekend’s meet, amassing four event wins and numerous top-10 finishes. Freshmen Austin Vegas and Greg Gallagher both cleared 4.80 meters on the pole vault, the seventh best score in school history, to finish first and second. Freshman Katie Johnston dominated the javelin competition, throwing 41.49 meters, 2.86 meters farther than her closest competitor. Freshman Claire Tito defeated all her collegiate opponents in the 400 meter run with a time of 58 seconds. Rounding out the day, freshmen Nathaniel Hermsmauer and Paul Gates challenged each other to the finish, placing 1-2 in the men’s 3,000 meter run. “The freshman class has been doing real well,” Walsh said. “I mean in the 3K for the guys, 1-2 were both freshmen. See INVITATIONAL page 7


College’s defense holds strong against surging Richmond

Nofi’s save in final minute preserves 12-11 win as College improves squad to 3-6 overall BY MICK SLOAN FLAT HAT STAFF WRITER William and Mary pulled out a narrow victory over visiting Richmond Saturday, hanging on to win 12-11. The Tribe (36) gave up four straight goals late in the second half but stopped the Spiders (37) from spoiling the day at Martin Family Stadium. “[The win] was extremely important,” head coach Brook Ireland said. “We’ve had some problems with our basic fundamentals and holding on to the ball, or silly turnovers, but I think today we really executed our game plan.” The Spiders asserted themselves early in the contest, methodically weaving through the Tribe defense and pressuring the College’s attackers to keep the Tribe away from the net. Richmond scored the game’s first two goals and threatened to turn the contest into a rout. The College responded quickly, however. Junior attacker Taelor Salmon ripped through the Spiders’ defense, caught a pass from senior midfielder Katie Stillwell, and netted a goal to stop a 13-minute Tribe scoring drought and cut the Spider lead to one. The College looked lost when

Richmond’s Bailey Zerr scored three times in three minutes to bring her squad’s lead to 6-3 with 8 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first half. Sophomore attacker Ellen Shaffrey kept the Tribe alive with three goals and one assist in the first half. The Tribe then scored three unanswered goals at the end of the half to force a 6-6 tie at intermission. The two teams logged 14 shots a-piece in the period, while the College held a 9-4 advantage in draw controls. Junior goalkeeper Colleen Nofi stopped seven shots to slow a relentless Spider offensive attack. The Tribe kept its momentum going into the second half, scoring in less than two minutes when Salmon ripped a shot from the right side to earn her third goal of the day and the Tribe’s first lead at 7-6. A goal by junior attacker Jenna Dougherty and Shaffrey’s fourth score pulled the College’s run to six straight, giving the Tribe a 9-6 lead. The Tribe surrendered a goal to Richmond’s Caitlin Fifield on a free position shot but nonetheless continued to dominate the game. Senior attacker Kyrstin Mackrides responded with two straight goals, and then freshman attacker Zoe Boger ripped

a shot into the net between multiple Richmond defenders. The goal ended a 9-1 Tribe run, a dominant stretch that created a 12-7 advantage with 9:19 remaining. The contest, however, was far from over. Richmond applied punishing defensive pressure, snaring nine ground balls and forcing five Tribe turnovers in the second half. The Spiders played their best lacrosse of the day over the next four minutes, scoring four times in quick succession and cutting the Tribe lead to 12-11. With the dominant advantage down to just a single goal and just over five minutes on the clock, the Tribe had to ratchet up its defense to avoid a complete collapse. “We knew we were going to pull it out no matter what the game situation was because today was just a great game,” Shaffrey said. “Everybody was ready from the beginning; everybody was fired up.” The Tribe responded to the threat with poise, controlling the ball for most of the final five minutes and denying Richmond multiple scoring chances. The Spiders held the ball with one minute remaining, managing to fire a close shot on goal, but Nofi deflected the shot, earning her ninth and most

important save of the day. The Tribe gathered the resulting ground ball and did not surrender possession as the clock’s final seconds ticked down and sealed the victory. Although she made the lastminute save, Nofi gave all credit to her teammates. “There’s definitely anxiety when

you’re watching the clock and waiting for it to run down,” Nofi said. “But our defense came up huge.” The win came at a crucial time for the College, which had lost three straight games and 6 of 7 against a schedule loaded with highly ranked opponents. The Tribe travels to Farmville, Va. to take on Longwood Saturday.


Senior attacker Kyrstin Mackrides recorded two goals alongside two assists in the Tribe win.

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