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Hall, respectively, if the BOV approves the resolution today. Members of the committee said the proposed names of the residence halls could be temporary. “We’ve chosen rather plain names in the hopes that donors will come in and want to re-name them,” Vice President for Administration Anna Martin said. With the steady increase in student enrollment at the College, administrators have also been working to increase on-campus student housing.

Last week, the College of William and Mary announced the $23.9 million donation from the estate of Walter Zable ’37, LL.D. ’78. Yesterday, in the midst of proposals to renovate Zable Stadium, the Board of Visitors Committee on Athletics convened to outline future use of the gift as well as to confirm the College’s continued membership in the shrinking Colonial Athletic Association. “A few years ago Walter [Zable] — who had a great sense of humor — told me that we would be very happy when he died, but we did not expect such a large donation,” Athletic Director Terry Driscoll said. $10 million of the gift will go toward improvements to the current football stadium, whose name already commemorates the donor. Driscoll said the money allotted for the stadium would cover improvements and necessary additions to the facility. “The first order of business is to conduct a feasibility study to see what needs fixing,” Driscoll said. “Certain amenities, such as bathrooms and more handrails, must be built.” Driscoll explained that after the most necessary items are fixed, the College will consider creating a new press box, suites and additional seating. “These are all dependent on private funds, and there are certainly no shovels in the ground yet,” Driscoll said. “We must take care of the necessities first.” Another $10 million from the Zable gift will go toward athletic scholarships, with the remaining $3.9 million unallocated for the time being. Later in the meeting, tennis coach Peter Daub spoke before the board. Daub, who surpassed the 500-win milestone March 30 with a sweep over James Madison University, has coached at the College for 17 years, compiling three CAA Coach of the Year awards. Daub asked for more efficiency in communication between the athletic department and administrators in admissions and financial aid issues. “In order to bring in the best and the brightest, I need to give financial decisions immediately,” Daub said. “More definitive and timely responses are needed from admissions.” Daub has found success with student-athletes at the College, coaching 65 students to All-CAA honors. In 2010, a Daub-coached squad had a school-record three ITA

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If approved, individual units in the Green and Gold Complex will be called Eagle Hall, Griffin Hall and Lion Hall while Hospitality House will be One Tribe Place GRAPHIC BY BRIAN KAO / THE FLAT HAT FILE PHOTO / THE FLAT HAT


This fall, students could be moving their overstuffed bags and dressers into One Tribe Place and The Green and Gold Complex, formerly known as the Hospitality House and the Units, respectively. As both complexes undergo renovations for student move-in, the College of William and Mary Board of Visitors Committee on Administration, Buildings and Grounds unanimously voted to rename each complex and pass the legislation onto the full Board for approval. The individual units will be called Griffin Hall, Lion Hall and Eagle


Organizations cooperate for larger campus events SA, AMP look to continue collaborative efforts in response to student enthusiasm for major programming BY MEREDITH RAMEY FLAT HAT MANAGING EDITOR

Three years ago, the College of William and Mary welcomed The Roots to campus through the combined efforts of AMP and the Student Assembly. Currently, approximately 2,300 students and members of the community plan to attend the latest in the continuation of these co-sponsored events with the I AM W&M Week closing concert, featuring Kendrick Lamar and Big Boi. These and other larger events this year, including the visit from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, are partly made possible through the effective cooperation between multiple student groups and organizations on campus, most notably the SA and AMP. Events such as The Roots, Kendrick Lamar and the visit from His Holiness the Dalai Lama are the direct result of individual student groups coming together to create larger events for the student body. “Without everybody’s support things like the Dalai Lama could have never happened,” AMP Executive Director John Lovette ’13 said. “The I AM W&M Week concert would have never happened. I think it’s a good thing, but it’s more because we’ve recognized where the students’ wants are more than a decision that we made in the first place.” Collaborating to host larger concerts and speakers allows student organizations to pool funds and

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resources, specifically funding, advertising and student interest from the SA as well as logistical knowledge from AMP. “The best example that I’ve seen of that partnership is the Kendrick Lamar concert with working with Student Assembly and I AM W&M Week with Neal Chabra [’14] and also WCWM has been involved in the process with Todd Van Luling [’13],” Assistant Director of Student Leadership Development for Programming Trici Fredrick M.Ed. ’05 said. The 2011 Charter Day concert marked the beginning of these events, primarily through the effort of AMP member and SA member Brian Focarino ’11. In 2012, the SA and AMP continued this collaborative effort with the Third Eye Blind concert during Charter Day weekend. Following this event, SA President emeritus Curt Mills ’13 entered his term planning to continue and to institutionalize these events, citing their high attendance and sustainability. “While it’s obvious that we have transitioned into more larger events, I think it’s more because the student body really comes out for those events more, and there’s more excitement for those events,” Lovette said. Mills said next year’s SA budget caters to continue hosting larger events. While AMP’s SA approved budget allocation decreased by about $10,000 ($5,000 from the comedian and speaker funds, respectively), Fredrick said the organization did not receive


The Roots performed at the College of William and Mary for Charter Day in 2011. The concert was an early example of student groups collaborating to put on larger events.

directive in terms of how this money will be spent. Ludette said the budget was structured to allow more flexibility. For example, instead of having a line-item outlining the price for the Homecoming concert, the

usual funds allocated to this were moved to the larger concert fund. See EVENTS page 4



What tailgating will give the College Tailgating is an integral part of the college football experience and will be essential in fighting student apathy toward athletics. page 4

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FROM “The Hypocrisy of being a tour guide” By Daniela Saniz

“A few weeks ago, I braced a dreary, cold ‘spring’ afternoon to attend one of the College of William and Mary’s famous campus tours with my family. My younger brother, a junior in high school, was on spring break and was touring colleges in which he was interested. I know that he, like myself, appreciated the incredible efforts of the kind tour guide who was undertaking the incredibly daunting task of getting her group of shivering, wet tourists to become enthusiastic about the College on a humorless afternoon.”

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We’ve chosen rather plain names in the hopes that donors will come in and want to re-name them.

— Vice President for Administration Anna Martin on the renaming of the Hospitality House and the Units




new edition of the flat hat insider This edition includes news on the following: the Honor System review process, an assignment that caused alarm at the MarshallWythe School of Law, Margaret Thatcher’s death, a visit from Lieutenant Governor candidate Corey Stewart, and the upcoming Virginia Democratic primaries.



Williamsburg Regional Library will host the two teen programs. Workshops will provide teenagers with platforms to express themselves through writing.

Incumbent delegate leads funding in local race The WY Daily reported that Delegate Mike Watson, the Republican incumbent for the 93rd district seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, is leading his opponents with the most cash at hand in the current local delegate race. Monday was “transparency” day in Virginia, where candidates across the state filed and released their contributions and expenditures for the first quarter of the year. Thirty Richard Bland students inducted to honor society In Petersburg, thirty students from Richard Bland College were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. The Virginia Gazette reports President of Richard Bland’s Alpha Beta Omicron Chapter Jessica Lipford led the induction ceremony. Ken Cuccinelli calls out McAuliffe at picnic event The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Republican Ken Cuccinelli denounced his Democratic foe in this year’s

gubernatorial race as a Virginia outsider and Washington insider at the annual Shad Planking, one of Virginia’s pre-eminent political picnics near Wakefield. Governor touring China, Japan Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., met with China’s President Xi Jinping in the first part of his economic development trip. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, he will continue his travel across China and Japan through April 25. Before embarking on the trip, McDonnell stopped by California’s Silicon Valley to pitch his hopes of attracting more businesses to Virginia to business leaders. Library to host two teen programs Williamsburg Regional Library is hosting two teen programs this month that aim to allow teenagers to express themselves through writing, according to the Virginia Gazette. The two events are free and consist of a writing workshop and a poetry slam for teenagers ages 13-18.


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The Mid-Atlantic Region of the Society for the Developmental Biology is holding a meeting from April 19-21. Matt Wawersik and Margaret Saha, members of the Biology Department, are organizing the conference. 145 attendees, both undergraduate and graduate students, are expected. Many research institutions from across the country, including Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Carnegie Institute, will bring groups of presenters to speak. They will be addressing hot topics in the field, such as advances in epigenetics. The conference is divided into six sessions of presentations, covering issues from neural development to morphogenesis.

Director of Graduate Studies for the History Department and associate professor of history Brett Rushforth recently won the 2013 Merle Curti Award, which recognized his book “Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France” as the best book published in American social history. The Organization of American Historians gave him the award April 13. Rushforth expressed his excitement for this award, stating that the book took a lot of effort and that most of the books he looked up to were also Curti winners. He began writing “Bonds” in 1999, using archives in Canada, France, the United States and the Caribbean to build a striking image of the slave trade.

Students will take the reigns in the upcoming “Sitayana”, a production covering the Hindu story of Sita. While associate professor of Theatre and Africana Studies Francis Tanglao-Aguas is directing the production, his goal has been to make the production a collaboration between students and faculty members. Tanglao-Aguas also stated that this joint effort is important because It helps bring together the increasingly diverse student population at the College. The production is in the form of a dance, which will be performed to music by the College’s Gamelan Orchestra, which is led by Caio Davison ’15 and includes a set of sacred East Asian instruments.

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Subcommittee on Investments by eleanor lamb flat hat assoc. news editor

After some College of William and Mary students petitioned for the College’s divestment from fossil fueltype industries, the Green Fund was created. It sets aside $20,000 to use for improvements for students without investing in such industries. The Board of Visitors’ Investments subcommittee discussed the status of this green initiative in its meeting Wednesday and announced overall investments have increased. “The next move is not down. It’s up,” Wells Fargo financial advisor Joseph Montgomery said. Members did not go into many details of the current investment

standing, but they did say the College has had a good quarter. The subcommittee revealed the green initiative has had difficulties. Since the initiative discourages investing in oil and gas securities, this eliminates many options for the necessities of college life, such as heating, pharmaceuticals and transportation. This is not to say students at the College will have to brave winters without heat, but indicates the subcommittee may need more time to find solutions to these potential problems. The members are hopeful for the future of the Green Fund after the College’s strong quarter “We’ve let it grow,” Vice President for Finance Sam Jones said.

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Vice President of Student Affairs Ginger Ambler ’88 M.Ed. ’06 spoke to the Committee on Student Affairs for the Board of Visitors about the major housing changes for the spring 2013 term, including the renaming of the Hospitality House and the Units. If approved April 19 by the full board, the Hospitality House will be called One Tribe Place and the Units will be named the Green and Gold Village. Ambler elaborated on the current housing selection for the Hospitality House. “There are 10 doubles left, and half of the singles went to juniors and

seniors,” Ambler said. “There are nine [resident assistants] staffed for the Hospitality House.” She also discussed the College of William and Mary’s $10,000 award for efforts toward hazing prevention. The College’s hazing prevention initiative, “My Tribe, My Responsibility: Ambler A Home Without Hazing” started six years ago. Since the beginning of the program, members of the College’s hazing prevention coalition have traveled to the Novak Institute to learn how to prevent hazing in their programs.

“They are focusing on helping bystanders, parents, empowering everyone and hazing alternatives,” Ambler said. “Hazing creates a feeling of tradition and belonging, but we want to help instill belonging by team building like ropes courses or trips.” Finally, the College is looking to hire a consultant to help Provost Michael Halleran, Dean of the Mason School of Business Larry Pulley and Ambler create ways to help students focus on preparing for potential future careers. The group will work with students from freshman to senior year. The consultant will help them to look at their current practices, what other institutions are doing, and what national surveys suggest.

Committee on Academic Affairs Last April, the Board of Visitors at the College of William and Mary approved a change in policy to better incorporate non-tenure-eligible faculty in the College, which Provost Michael Halleran called “significant” and “critical.” The BOV stated in a change to the faculty handbook that all schools within the College needed to develop school-specific policies for their NTE faculty. Halleran gave an update to the BOV members during the Feb. 7 meeting on academic advising. The School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Marshall-Wythe School of Law have all adopted policies for NTE faculty. The Mason School of Business will change its bylaws, which the BOV proposed in Resolution 37. Halleran said providing job security for NTE professors has benefited faculty integration. He also sees the changes as helpful because the College will be increasing the number of NTE faculty members over the next few years. “I think it improves the quality

of instruction when you can bring someone here and say, ‘You don’t have to leave here in five years, no matter how good you are,”’ Halleran said. “You can advance — you can have some form of job security.” During his opening remarks, Committee Chair Robert Scott said the committee has been working with faculty members on projects of academic innovation. Scott sees some hopeful signs of engaged learning. The number of credit hours being taught by tenure faculty has increased by five percent, while the number of students engaged in for-credit or credit-linked student-faculty research collaboration has increased by 13 percent. “I think it’s a useful thing for the committee to report each year on where we’ve come from — mindful, of course, that we have a ways to go,” Halleran said. In his report, Halleran also spoke on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Curriculum review. The faculty members have been meeting regularly but have not yet completed the process. “I’m not surprised; these are important issues,” Halleran said. “I

am confident that this will come to a conclusion sometime in the fall.” He also spoke to the BOV about the appointment of Dr. Spencer Niles as the new dean of the School of Education. After a “rigorous process” in which four candidates were interviewed, Niles was awarded the position. “I think Spencer will be a first-rate dean,” Halleran said. “He has a tough job following Ginny McLaughlin, who has served so ably over 18 years.” Halleran concluded his report by speaking about faculty fellowships. Of the recent faculty members who have received such honors, two members have been named fellows at the National Humanity Center. The NHC only offers 30 to 35 fellowships a year. “To have two out of 35 or two out of 32 — whatever it will be — that’s darn good,” Halleran said. Faculty Liason Committee Chair and English professor Suzanne Raitt gave brief remarks to the BOV. The committee then moved into closed session. After voting to discuss various resolutions at the full board meeting occurring today, Chair Scott adjourned the meeting.


College President Taylor Reveley and Provost Michael Halleran attended the BOV meetings April 18.

Committee on Alumni Relations by Claire Gillespie flat hat assoc. NEWS EDITOR

College of William and Mary alumni face as busy a spring as graduating seniors this year with events planned throughout the East Coast. The Board of Visitors’ Alumni Relations Committee met Thursday morning to discuss these upcoming activities as well as possible changes to Alumni Association outreach initiatives. The Alumni Association hosts national and regional events and maintains the contact information of the College’s thousands of alumni. “[Alumni] are at the foundation of what we want to do over the next five to ten years at the College,” Committee Chair Kendrick Ashton Jr. ’98 said. “We’ve got to, as a board, be equally engaged and understanding of how we support … them.” Recently, the Alumni Association hosted an auction in New York. Half of the attendees were those classified as young alumni, or alumni who graduated within the last ten years. “It was wonderful to have all those young people there,” Executive Vice President Karen Cottrell ’66

M.Ed. ’84 said. “They looked beautiful; they were taking pictures of each other and they made it a very festive event.” The Alumni Association will host regional events in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia before the end of the academic year. Alumni Association Assistant Vice President John Kane updated the committee on the ways in which they obtain data about alumni. The association emails and calls alumni and connects with them through databases like LinkedIn. The association is considering switching over to the Blackboard CRM database. “This does accomplish melding together a few of the current systems we’re using now,” Kane said. When compared to peer institutions, the College’s Alumni Association rates in the upper 50th percentile for obtaining accurate information on everything but alumni cell phone numbers. “We’re a long way from perfect, but we indeed make progress,” Kane said. “Our [response] rate did go up. We’re certainly comparable with most of our peers.” Barbara Joynes ’82 introduced herself as the incoming president of the Alumni Association.

Committee on Administration, Building and Grounds continued BUILDINGS from page 1

“We are about to undertake the most challenging summer in terms of buildings and renovation,” Martin said. “In addition to renovating the Brafferton, Tucker Hall and the Sadler Center, we have to prepare the Units and the Hospitality House. All of these are projects with strict deadline[s].” The renovations of the Units will create a “freshman village” beginning with the class of 2017. “The Units will have a vibrant new life, and the freshman, they will like them,” College President Taylor Reveley said. In addition to the 318 rooms for students, the Hospitality House also has space for conference rooms and gatherings. Beginning next fall, Vice President for Financial Affairs Sam Jones will put together a working group to see how else the space might be used by the College. Martin confirmed students will have use of all furniture and refrigerators in the Hospitality House, but the College will remove the hair dryers and televisions before move-in.

“These are very luxurious accommodations for our students, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was food left in the refrigerators on move-in day,” Martin said. “A single in One Tribe Place is bigger than most doubles on campus.” The BOV will vote to approve the new names of the Units at the Full Board meeting April 19.

committee on development At the Board of Visitors committee on Development, Matthew Lambert, the new vice president of development was introduced to the rest of the members attending the meeting. The members then closed the session to discuss topics such as gifts, fundraising, current development of activities and specific recommendations. — Patricia Radich, The Flat Hat

Committee on Audit by Abby boyle flat hat NEWS EDITOR

The Board of Visitors’ Committee on Audit and Compliance discussed heightened security measures at commencement May 12 as well as the auditor of public accounts’ presentation at the Thursday morning meeting at the College of William and Mary. Vice President for Administration Anna Martin told the committee that there would be heightened security at this year’s commencement ceremony. “There are questions … after what happened in Boston, about what are universities going to do for commencement exercises and those sorts of things, and because of the speaker this year, we’ll have an increased presence around William and Mary Hall,” Martin said. “We’ll have bomb detection dogs, explosive technicians and explosive device container trailers around.” She added that there will be multiple security sweeps of the interior building and that audience members will not be allowed to bring backpacks into the ceremony. Auditor of Public Accounts Laurie Hicks also delivered her report to the committee, noting a lack of unusual transactions and accounting fallacies during the audit period. However, she emphasized that the work could move away from manual auditing to further reduce possible errors. “We found that the process of reporting should be more automated to lower the risk of errors and that type of thing,” Hicks said. “We’d like it to be more in line with what William and Mary does, and one of our recommendations is more collaborations as well, to make sure William and Mary is getting accurate data and complete data for their financial report.” Hicks added that there were no major errors during the audit period.

Following the committee’s closed session, Director of Internal Audit Michael Stump presented several ongoing auditing projects, one of which is an analysis of the effects of the Board’s policies at the College. “It is simply a look-see at resolutions passed by the board that may have policy implications for the institution, and are we doing those things?” Stump said. “In other words, ensuring that the resolutions of the board that became policy actually have effect.” The committee also reviewed several other ongoing projects. Compliance and Policy Officer Kiersten Boyce discussed two recently completed initiatives that dealt with discrimination compliance and the deterrence of sexual misconduct. “Of course, these issues never go away, so it’s not something we can check off and say are absolutely done, but we’ve made some real progress on both of them,” Boyce said. In terms of upcoming projects, Boyce outlined a new initiative to enhance awareness of rules, policies and laws related to conflict of interest. She explained that College employees will review these statutes annually and that a review will be part of the process involved in network authentication. New employees will also go over the rules during their orientation to the College. After Martin’s report, the committee entered executive session and adjourned.

We’ll have bomb detection dogs, explosive techniciansandexplosive device container trailers around. —Vice President for


Administration Anna Martin on security for commencement



For coverage of the BOV’s full board meeting and Committee on Strategic Initiatives meetings, check back with The Flat Hat’s Tuesday issue.

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New SA session opens with bill to help fund groups Koontz and Alim select nominees for cabinet, SA retakes oath after inauguration mix-up BY CLAIRE GILLESPIE FLAT HAT ASSOC. NEWS EDITOR

The 321st Student Assembly senate elected Sen. Will McConnell ’14 as chair Tuesday and reelected Sen. Jimmy Zhang ’15 as secretary. Due to disputes over the oath used during inauguration, Chairman of the Review Board Scott Hardy ’14 swore in every senator present. “At the inauguration, we were sworn in with the wrong oath, so technically none of us are sworn in,” McConnell said. After senator and class president introductions, outgoing Senate Chair Kendall Lorenzen ’15 gave presentations on the structure of the SA, as well as the rules for speaking in senate meetings. Before leaving, she imparted words of advice for new members.

“The main word of wisdom I would give is to look at everything as if you’re still a kindergartener,” Lorenzen said. “I work a lot with children, and one thing about them is they look at everything with such passion and such excitement, and they don’t take everything as the norm. I think we can learn from them. We need to look at the problems that we have at our school … and say what can we do about that?” Returning Sen. Colin Danly ’15 introduced the New Organization Funding Act, which proposes developing a new fund for organizations formed after the Executive Appropriations Committee completes its annual budgeting. “These new organizations don’t have funding; they come to the senate to do activities and events one by one,” Danly said. “I think having a way to average them into the budget and figure out what

the EAC rules are — they could have an advisor during the first year — would be very beneficial to the longevity of said organization.” McConnell assigned the bill to the finance and the executive committees. The 2013 Closing of Session Act marks all pending bills of the 320th senate as dead and brings over the New Organization Funding Act as a bill in the 321st senate. The Know Your Rights Card bill proposes printing wallet-sized cards outlining students’ rights for distribution at orientation. President Chase Koontz ’14, Vice President Mel Alim ’14 and Chief of Staff Drew Wilke ’15 selected nominees for the eight executive positions. Pending senate approval, Alyssa Zhu ’14 will be secretary of student life, Dylan Frendt ’14 will work as secretary of diversity, Trevor

Parkes ’15 will be secretary of College policy, Danny Anderson ’14 will work as secretary of student rights, Alicia Moore ’14 will be secretary of health and safety, Zach Woodward ’14 will work as secretary of public affairs, Lorenzen will work be secretary of outreach, and Joe Soultanis ’15 will work as secretary of finance. Undergraduate Council members elected Treasurer Brett Prestia ’14 as chair and Vice President of Social Affairs Yousif Al-Amin ’16 as co-chair.



For more on the SA senate’s committee assignments for 2013-2014, check Flathatnews.

AMP to continue smaller events


Budget will allow for flexibility for concerts in 2013-14 EVENTS from page 1


The Queens Guard stood in the front of the Sunken Garden on April 16 in honor of those who were killed in the Virginia Tech Massacre of 2007. The group also stands guard on 9/11.

“We went to AMP and we were like, ‘all right, instead of having five comedians, have two with one big one in the fall and one in the spring,’” Mills said. “It really honestly wasn’t that hostile between our two parties. … They volunteered to make their spring show Kendrick Lamar this year. They volunteered to help with the Dalai Lama.” SA President Chase Koontz ’14 said while he does not have specific events planned, he hopes to continue working to put on these larger events on campus while also expanding collaborative efforts. “I think one of the things we are really focused on and do have the mentality going in and a presence in mind that we want to bring is expanding the large events on campus — not just Student Assembly and AMP,” Koontz said, highlighting cultural groups as a possible area of growth. Fredrick also emphasized this aspect of larger events, citing the distinctive qualities student-run events have at the College. “I mean, the Dalai Lama was pretty much solely a student initiative and so I think that creates a better partnership, a better opportunity for collaboration but also making sure that we’re doing what the students like to see on campus and fostering that environment for creativity and making sure that everything comes together in a fun and unique way,” Frederick said. Despite the transition to larger events on campus, Fredrick and Lovette said the continued production of larger events on campus will not affect AMP’s ability to hold smaller events as well. “As far as AMP goes, their programming has not changed,” Fredrick said. “They try to do a variety of programming, there’s smaller events and there’s larger events. But recently the Student

Assembly has started redirecting efforts towards programming and that’s where you’ll hear Student Assembly saying they want to do larger events because they’ve put money towards Dalai Lama and then an additional concert.” The Charter Day concert was an additional concert added to those already put on by AMP and did not detract from AMP funding in other areas. Funding for the Charter Day concert has varied in sources the last three years. This year’s concert was funded by an anonymous private donation. One positive attraction Mills and Lovette cited about larger events on campus is their sustainability. Fredrick said last year’s Third Eye Blind concert used about $54,000 from the SA and AMP and that $5,000 remained after factoring in ticket sales. These funds rolled over to aid in this year’s Charter Day concert. Due to the donation, the College gave the $20,000 made through ticket sales at this year’s Gavin DeGraw concert to Global Flight Relief to thank the anonymous donor. So far, the College has sold about 2,300 Kendrick Lamar tickets for next week’s concert. For comparison, Third Eye Blind and The Roots both sold about 3,700 seats while about 2,000 students attended Gavin DeGraw. The concerts have a maximum capacity of about 4,500. The Dalai Lama visit, a sold-out event, seated about 8,000 students, faculty and members of the public, but used all the space in Kaplan Arena rather than the half-venue style used for concerts. “There’s certain advantage to have some more money to put towards concerts because if you look at somebody like the Homecoming concert, Ra Ra Riot, some people know that name, but if you’re looking at a more mainstream artist you’re looking at $100,000 for an artist versus Ra Ra Riot, which I think was $15,000,” Fredrick said. ”There’s definitely a huge difference.”

BOV discusses allocation of Zable gift ATHLETICS from page 1

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Scholar-Athlete Award recipients. The committee also discussed the status of the CAA, which has seen several members leave in part of a nation-wide trend to align with large conferences. “The CAA is hoping to add three schools, to bring the total to twelve,” Driscoll said. Driscoll explained that all current members of the CAA have verbally agreed to stay; although, there has been speculation that JMU will link with Conference

USA in the future. “They have not been offered to join Conference USA, and their board does not yet understand the financial implications of joining,” Driscoll said. With the departure of the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University and, most recently, Old Dominion University, the College and JMU remain as the only Virginia-based schools in the CAA. Sports Editors Jack Powers and Chris Weber contributed to this report.

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It’s time spent, not games played

alumni to come back to campus for home games, alumni that have the resources to pay for luxury suites, and hence the capacity to support the program as well. A vibrant tailgating scene also attracts recruits. When coming to visit next fall, a recruit will drive down Ukrop Way before the game and see me and hundreds of FLAT HAT GUEST COLUMNIST other students hanging out in the Reserve. These are all incentives for stepping on the field for the College. The tailgating, not the game itself, is the most important I’m all for a winning record, a four-star recruit and a highpart. The problem is not student apathy toward the football profile coach, but as a college student here for only four quick team. It is a lack of student participation in game day years, I am here, more than anything else, for a good time. activities. And that does not necessarily include going to That means a memorable time, even if those memories are the game. It certainly involves going to the Reserve, though. not always fully formed. The Reserve may not add wins to Laycock’s resume, but I’ll go to the football game for five minutes — then I’ll go who’s counting? Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m down back to the tailgate, have another beer, and toast to the Tribe. to see the Tribe roll just as much as anyone else in the It is hard, I know, to criticize one of the largest donations King’s Town (Williamsburg). But I am more enthusiastic ever given to the College of William and Mary. about people enjoying their But The Flat Hat’s editorial board sweet time here at the College. fails to see the whole picture. The Tailgates don’t score touchdowns, criticism of the apportionment of If the football team follows its but they do bring the smell of Zable’s gift is not well thought out. A recent tradition of losing, good. fried chicken to campus on early brand new stadium attracts recruits. More people will stay at the Saturday mornings. Welcome to We need a facilities upgrade if we the Reserve: where student apathy are to compete both regionally in tailgate grounds. The party will stands no chance to ice cold beer. Hampton Roads and nationally be bigger and rowdier than ever. If the football team follows its in the football subdivision. In recent tradition of losing, good. the Hampton Roads recruiting More people will stay at the arena, a new stadium represents a competitive edge in gaining recruits over Hampton University, tailgate grounds. The party will be bigger and rowdier than Richmond University and other Colonial Athletic Association ever. The College should not be a place to road trip away opponents, an edge that will move the College up nationally in subdivision rankings. These upgrades are undoubtedly from; it should be a place to road trip to. We’re almost there. The Reserve adds an invaluable part of student life necessary. Zable Stadium is overdue for repair. missing from recent memory. And an awesome, exciting, A recent Flat Hat article reported a proposed 3,000 seat quintessential campus life is what attracts the College’s addition to the stadium, comprised of mostly club level most desired recruits: the nation’s best and brightest, the seating. This is no Band-Aid. It’s a complete makeover. The ones that put the hard work in, week in and week out, College also needs a couple more thousand seats if we are ever to make the sacred move to the Bowl Division and maybe within the ropes, tailgating. It may end up having kinks, but now is not the time to win a trip to the Chick Fil-A or Continental Tire Bowl. With criticize. It is the time to congratulate, celebrate and look Zable’s legacy, that is currently a more realistic move, one forward to the first kickoff next fall. that Old Dominion University recently announced in the fall. Maybe Zable is thinking ahead. More seating will allow more Email Neal Friedman at

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Responses to “New law defines exclusion,” printed April 5, 2013:

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The most potent response to this legislation is to say; its just not worth it. Even if the legislature is confident the Supreme Court wouldn’t slap this down, we are already in dire straits financially. William and Mary isn’t exactly booming with cash. The costs of litigation if a student gets wise enough to challenge this (even if he fails on the merits), will be pretty high. — Kreitzer Unless the state of affairs has changed in the past few years, Catholic Campus Ministry, while a recognized student organization, does not receive funding from the College, a fact not mentioned in this story.

— Beth



arge-scale events like the Charter Day concert and the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are rapidly becoming a staple of the College of William and Mary experience. Students hoping for this trend to continue will be glad to know the Student Assembly and AMP will collaborate in the coming year, having produced a more flexible budget, and this will allow AMP to attract big-name artists and speakers. Always grabbing at the chance to escape the steaming confines of The Flat Hat office, we strongly support this move. More collaboration between the SA and any organization is always a good thing. Since the SA controls the money and different organizations can pool their resources, it stands to reason they should maintain strong relationships with the organizations they fund. Even better, AMP is responsible for most of the big names that speak and perform here. The College, with great efforts from student organizations, booked the Dalai Lama, Bob Woodward, Aaron Carter and Kendrick Lamar this year alone. The culmination of large-scale events hinge on student groups cooperating, and we are glad to see AMP and the SA, as well as other organizations, doing this. A strong focus on such big events will force AMP to find guests that appeal to a wider portion of the student body. It also helps students whose schedules often prevent them from attending frequent AMP events. If AMP finds guests of broader appeal, it will induce more students to participate, bringing us all closer together. Big events highlight one appeal of a smaller school; these larger events bring the campus community together, a feat only possible during select events such as convocation and commencement. Higher ticket sales could compensate for the higher cost of the events, and extra money could roll over to fund other events or to contribute to charity organizations, like the $20,000 from the Gavin DeGraw concert’s ticket sales that were donated to Global Flight Relief. As evidenced by the donation for the Gavin DeGraw concert, large-scale events also attract the focus of alumni. At a College that revels in its traditions, the expansion of Charter Day just a few years ago to include a concert indicates the College still has potential to create new traditions. The focus on larger-scale events and the collaboration between AMP and the SA could create new traditions for the 320-year-old College. Incoming students will have these events to look forward to, and current students can have a continued impact at the school by starting traditions that other students will enjoy. We are certainly glad to have the Kendrick Lamar concert as our pre-finals treat, and we commend student organizations for working together to treat students throughout the year. Meredith Ramey recused herself from this staff editorial to remain unbiased in her reporting.



Addressing student concerns about proposed honor system revisions Clay Clemens


We would like to thank The Flat Hat for its April 9 editorial and for the questions it raised about our proposal for optional early resolution of honor charges. Currently, the length of Honor Council hearings and their indeterminate outcomes (i.e. nothing now ensures that similar cases result in similar penalties) can lead faculty to address alleged violations on their own, e.g., by imposing grade penalties. In such cases, students have no due process, as the professor serves as investigator, judge and jury. Also, because such violations go unreported, it perpetuates an uneven playing field

for the vast majority of students who never cheat. The Committee has proposed that, for certain cases, faculty have the option of proposing an “early resolution,” reported under the Code. In less serious cases, if a student does not contest the charge, he or she would face a grade penalty and participate in an academic integrity course, while in other instances additional procedures and/or sanctions might apply. The Flat Hat noted that some faculty under this plan could pressure students into “a plea bargain,” i.e., to strike a deal even if their guilt is not obvious, as with a plea bargain in the criminal justice system. The Committee carefully considered this concern and proposed safeguards: Students would have 24 hours to consider an early resolution offer, be encouraged to seek the counsel of a Conduct and Honor Advisor first, and be free to decline in favor of a hearing.

Moreover, since we also propose linking the level of penalties in all cases — resolved early or in a hearing — to the nature of the charge, there would be little incentive to “plea bargain.” Finally, faculty would know that if a student declines early resolution, a hearing in which guilt is demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt is required. So, while sharing The Flat Hat’s concern for student rights, we feel that our proposal actually ensures that innocent students are not unfairly penalized even as it better serves the campus community’s interest in upholding academic integrity. Indeed, our effort to balance these two priorities is one reason this review took so long. We second the editors’ recommendation that all students read the materials at honorcodereview and provide feedback to College President Taylor Reveley. The Committee also invites you to attend its open forum Monday, April 22 at 4 p.m.

in Sadler Chesapeake C. Clay Clemens is a government professor at the College, and is the

chair of the Honor System Advisory Committee. Email him at cmclem@



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Student commencement speaker selected

Graduate student Devin Braun reflects on experiences as an undergrad at the College BY EMILY STONE FLAT HAT ASSOC. VARIETY EDITOR


In 1792, all graduates during the commencement at the College of William and Mary gave speeches. Not surprisingly, this is no longer a tradition. Devin Braun ’12 M.A. ’13 is this year’s student commencement speaker for the class of 2013. “No bribes, I promise,” Braun said, in reference to how he was selected to speak. “We submitted a generic draft of something [we] might say, and from that they selected semi-finalist and finalist groups who would give actual excerpts of things they might say to a committee of students and faculty and administrators. It was actually a much bigger audience than I was expecting. They took us over to Andrews Hall, and there were probably a hundred people.” Braun is currently in the public p o l i c y masters program, a n d

received an undergraduate degree in government and environmental policy in 2012. He was involved in many extracurricular activities on campus, including theatre productions and radio. He also completed the triathlon during his time as an undergraduate. “Snapping turtles and all in the Crim Dell,” he said. He drew on his own undergraduate experience when offering advice for current undergraduate students and incoming freshmen. “Don’t view your activities and your whole experience as being a step on the career ladder,” Braun said. “This is your one chance where, in most cases, you’re being subsidized by your parents to actually do things that you really want to do, and it would be a real shame to waste that.” For Braun, these experiences included studying abroad in Seville and hosting College President Taylor Reveley on Braun’s own WCWM radio show. “He’s come on my radio show a few times, actually,” Braun said. “We did a radio theater production of ‘Waiting For Godot.’ He’s come on four years in a row, actually, and played a part. We like to say that he played Godot, but that of course would mean that he wasn’t in the show.” Having both undergraduate and graduate experience helped Braun appreciate opportunities at the College. “I was on campus all four years of undergrad, so moving off campus for the first time and being in a more professional degree setting is very different,” he said. “The experience is a little more isolated in terms of the campus and environment. I love what I’m studying; it’s great, but it’s definitely given me an appreciation for the great opportunities that people have as undergrads.” This appreciation is something Braun would like

to impart in his speech, which he wrote with two goals in mind. “Goal number one is to not go a second over the time allotted. I don’t want to go a second over because the conferral of degrees is a really important thing that you don’t want to delay,” he said. “I also don’t want to dwell in platitudes. I think it’s easy for student speeches to not scratch the surface of important issues and messages and I would like to impart some kind of message that maybe even challenges some people.” Despite the fact Williamsburg weather is not normally something students treasure, Braun said when he graduates he will miss springtime in the ’Burg. “There’s an energy about spring here that’s really quite something,” he said. “Whether it’s people getting outside for the first time in five or six months, optimism about summer coming [or], for upperclassmen, … a feeling of nostalgia mostly contrived but part of it that’s legitimate.” Braun is not entirely sure of his plans after graduation, but is looking at some government positions in transportation and energy policy. Something that will always stay with Braun is the change in outlook he got from his time at the College. “This sounds absurd because I’m giving the speech, but I’d like to think I’ve become more humble in my outlook at life,” Braun said. “When you’re surrounded by thousands of people who are essentially just as smart, enthusiastic and intelligent as you are, it really changes your perspective.”



For a video interview with Braun, see “That Guy” at

“Exhibits” falls short of expectations


Performers stood out despite an overbearing script that did not reach intended goals BY ZACH HARDY FLAT HAT CHIEF STAFF WRITER

Up until this point, I have had little criticism to offer any stage production I’ve seen performed at the College of William and Mary. Unfortunately, that streak ended when I saw “Exhibits” from George Wolfe’s “The Colored Museum” performed by Theatre 471 and the International Performing Art eXchange. Despite a few good scenes and the presence of a few strong performers, I was ultimately left disappointed and irritated by the time the curtains closed. Wolfe is an American playwright and director. He’s written several plays, his first success being “Jelly’s Last Jam,” a musical about the life of jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton. He also has directing credits, including the classic “Mother Courage and Her Children” by modern playwright Bertolt Brecht. Wolfe debuted “The Colored Museum” in 1986 in an off-Broadway theater. It consists of several vignettes — short scenes designed to give a strong impression of a character or idea — which satirize facets of African American culture. Director Alex McBath ’13 explained to the audience the play was intentionally satirical, and asked that they observe the

humor within a context of self-reflection and observation. Thus walking into the performance I prepared myself for scenes of sharp humor with serious undertones, but I felt that what I got was largely trivial and shallow. I found the satire blunt, overexaggerated and, at times, annoying. The play began with an episode called “Git On Board,” where a flight attendant explained how we ought to shackle ourselves in for our ride across the Atlantic. Though some audience members laughed heartily, I thought this humor went beyond the point where it pushed some boundaries but still had a higher purpose, and instead came across as trying too hard — not funny or insightful. This frankly weird treatment of the historical slave trade immediately had me wondering what I was going to be in for in the next hour and a half. A longer scene around the middle of the production — where the mother wailed over the death of her son —felt particularly obnoxious and overbearing. While doing some reading on the internet about the play, I saw this was intended to exaggerate traditional African American writers like Richard Wright. I’ve read Wright’s autobiography “Black Boy,” and while at times it felt gloomy and overdramatic, “The Colored Museum’s”

appropriation was total parody, not satire. However, I feel most of my criticism is directed at the actual script and not the performers themselves. Several scenes worked well due to the strength and charisma of certain players. Exhibit B: “Cookin’ with Aunt Ethel” stood out early and for me was the show’s highlight. Alivia Long ’14 sung a free flow recipe for the “typical” black person to some drums played offstage; the combination worked and acted the way the rest of the play’s satire should have. Marvin Shelton ’15 played an engaging and dramatic “Miss Roj” which found a great middle ground between humor and theme. Jamar Jones ’13 and Jasmine Leeward ’16 worked well together as black celebrities, being contorted to the media’s preconceived image of the famous African American. Though there was some evident talent in the production, overall I felt like it didn’t reach its intended goals. Discussion on the presence and nature of stereotyping race and culture is worthwhile, but to me “The Colored Museum’s” humor harmed the play’s motives.



For more “Exhibits” photos, visit


Keaton O’Neill Hillman ‘16 portrays an African American man who abandons his culture in pursuit of the success sterotypically attributed to the white lifestyle.

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No girls


Students for Life campaigns against “gendercide”



Students for Life organized a luminary vigil in honor of victims of sex-selective abortion.


ink onesies hung from a clothesline at the edge of the Sunken Garden Monday afternoon at the College of William and Mary. Students for Life constructed this display — which represented victims of infanticide and sex-selective abortion — as part of their Life Issues Awareness Week.

Laureate for Economics,” Demant said in an email. “China’s 2000 census revealed that the ratio of newborn girls to boys was 100:119. (The biological norm is 100:103.)” Tang acknowledged China would face demographic issues going forward due to the influx of sex-selective abortions during the past few decades. She also expressed hope that a changing economy and rapid urbanization would cause preferential changes in Chinese society. Farming in China is swiftly being replaced with urban-based jobs, decreasing the emphasis on producing male heirs for plots of land. “The people I interact with in China, they love girls,” Tang said. “There is a saying that boys are for someone else. Girls are for yourself.” The College’s chapter of Amnesty International’s Group Coordinator and Student Area Coordinator for Virginia Michael Clark ’15 agreed China has undergone massive developments, but asserted that the gender ratio imbalance will put a strain on China’s already aging population. “China has developed really, really fast,” Clark said. “It was only decades ago that they were an agrarian society. It’s hard to relieve the cultural implications [of widespread sex-selective abortion] in a matter of years. At some point, it’s going to be a huge problem. You have a large population of men, young men, without any women. If you have one-child families, you’re not replacing anyone.” Amnesty International operates under the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights. The organization has also created the “My Body, My Rights!” campaign, promoting sexual and reproductive rights for women around the globe. However, Clark noted the difficulties the advocacy group faces in addressing nuanced topics like sexselective abortion in China. “The government shouldn’t be allowed to force anyone to limit his or her choices,” Clark said. “If they want to have more kids, that choice should be up to them. Whether or not they choose negatively or positively isn’t our issue. You don’t petition a government for that. What you do is you educate the population. You tell them that [widespread sex-selective abortion] will lead to problems, but if people still come to [personal] decisions, PHOTO COURTESY / EVAN MARAIST then that’s okay.” As part of their Life Issues Awareness Week, Students for Life organized a display on the Sunken Garden symbolizing the victims of sex-selective abortion as a result of China’s One-Child Policy. financial support to Chinese women who choose to give birth to more than one child despite external pressure to undergo abortions. Program Director and Associate professor of Chinese studies Yangfang Tang noted abortion itself is a far less controversial subject in Chinese society than in American. “China has a different culture, a different society and a different set of values,” Tang said. “From the Chinese [government’s] perspective, the population is so big, resources are so limited and you can’t have both. They have resource problems.” China’s One-Child policy was introduced in 1978 in order to help the country cope with its resource scarcity problems. Despite its seemingly direct name, the policy allows rural families and families from ethnic minorities to have more than one child. Citizens who have too many children, however, are susceptible to stiff fines and career-damaging reprimands. Historically, many farming families have aborted female babies, as boys were perceived as more useful economic assets in agrarian society. Amnesty International U S A ’ s Women’s Human R i g h t s Coordination Group Co-Chair Tarah Demant expressed her organization’s

concern over the long-term effects of sex-selective abortion across the globe. “Amnesty International is deeply concerned that more than 60 million women are ‘missing’ from the world today as a result of sex-selective abortions and female infanticide, according to an estimate by Amartya Sen, the 1998 Nobel

SFL Vice President Evan Maraist ’15 noted, while the organization focuses on preserving life from conception to natural death, Life Issues Awareness Week is primarily concerned with sexselective abortion in China. “China, right now, has its One-Child policy that was only supposed to last 30 years,” Maraist said. “It’s actually still ongoing. Basically, if you’re in a rural area and you have a girl, they’re not going to become the primary breadwinner for the family. The problem with [sex-selective abortion] is that the gender gap in China is huge, which will cause major problems in the future.” In addition to tabling and distributing flyers around campus, SFL marked Life Issues Awareness Week with a visit from Virginia Delegate Brenda Pogge, R-96. Pogge did not speak specifically on sex-selective abortion in China; instead she addressed pro-life legislation in Virginia. Life Issues Awareness Week Coordinator Zoey DiMauro ’14 explained SFL’s primary goal is to spread awareness of “gendercide” through this week’s events. “SFL’s big focus right now is this week,” DiMauro said. “We have cupcakes with facts about gendercide in China on them. Babies are being killed because of their gender. That is wrong.” Funds raised through Life Issues Awareness will be donated towards All Girls Allowed, a non-governmental organization that provides

Babies are being killed because of their gender. That is wrong. — Zoey DiMauro ’14


Seniors experience sadness and nostalgia in a week of lasts

Meal swipes, visits to the Grind and exams: The haze of sentimentality knows no boundaries

Ellie Kaufman confusion corner columnist

As we get closer and closer to the last day of classes — inevitable for seniors and highly anticipated for the rest of the school — everything is winding down. Final concerts are flooding the Wren building, final meetings are being re-scheduled, final reception dinners are honoring everyone’s hard work, and final allnighters are being pulled. For the seniors, every movement in

the next couple of weeks is suddenly transformed from an end of the year routine into a monumental “last”: the last class, the last essay, the last exam, the last cup of coffee from the Grind, the last meal swipe. Each mundane task is suddenly extremely important and must be completed with a certain degree of ceremony as we very slowly start saying goodbye to the world we have come to know and love over the past four years. This, for instance, is my last Confusion Corner column, and I, very ceremoniously, have put off writing it until the last possible second when I also have other homework to do, because it’s a kind of tradition at this point. And who am I to break with tradition so late in the game? While we seniors go around

completing mundane tasks with a mark of finality, an inevitable nostalgia follows our every move. Last meal swipe — remember that time our freshman year we sat at the Commons Dining Hall that one Saturday for three hours, just talking, because we didn’t really have anything else to do? Remember that time I ran into the tree in front of our dorm? Remember that time we saved a study room in Earl Gregg Swem Library for all of finals? Those were the good old times. Now we’re old and, employed or unemployed, being kicked out of this safe bubble and thrown into a big scary world. With the combination of nostalgia and conclusion following every move we make until graduation, the “howwill-this-campus-go-on-without-me?”

syndrome sets in. They can’t make me graduate. Who will sit at the Grind for too many hours every week? Who will run this club or schedule that meeting? Who will write your rambling, mildly funny columns every other week? I don’t know. No one can do it as well as I can. They need me to stay. That might be the worst part about this whole graduating thing — the fact that you feel so attached, so important, so part of everything here, and next year it’s just over. You’ve moved on to the next part of your life, and so will the College of William and Mary. A new class of seniors will feel just as important and nostalgic as we do right now, and the whole ritual starts all over again. We’ve made this amount of difference, done these many things, and now we are going to carry these

experiences and relationships with us into the next part of our lives. So will the four years of students below us, and the four after that. It’s a beautiful and extremely strange ritual we are completing, and we only have a few more weeks to be a part of it. So, in the spirit of finality, go ahead and be nostalgic about turning in your last exam and swiping your last coffee from Mews. In a weak moment of seriousness, thanks for reading my random thoughts. There are not many places you get the chance to ramble for 500 words to the rest of the school every other week (except for the internet), and I really appreciate it. Ellie Kaufman is a Confusion Corner columnist and she can’t imagine how this column will go on without her.


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Just Enough BASEBALL

College rallies with final three runs in 7-6 comeback victory over Richmond BY JACK POWERS FLAT HAT SPORTS EDITOR Coming into Wednesday’s game, William and Mary was 7-1 in one-run games. The lone loss came April 2 against Richmond, and the Tribe entered Wednesday’s game looking for revenge at Plumeri Park. With a 7-6 win over the Spiders, they succeeded. Sophomore pitcher J.T. Castner started on the mound for the Tribe (26-13, 9-3 CAA), whose 3.06 earned-run average was set against the Spiders’ (23-12) .295 team batting average. Castner left the game in the seventh inning after surrendering six runs and seven hits, including two home runs. Luckily for Castner, the Tribe’s batters had his back. The Tribe offense scored all seven runs in its typical diligent manner, compounding hits with more hits. The real deciding factor was the 8-2 walk disparity between the two teams. The Tribe displayed impressive plate discipline all season long, walking nearly twice as many times as its opponents. After Castner surrendered a run in the top of the first inning, the top of the Tribe’s batting order set the tone for the remainder of the game. Junior third baseman Willie Shaw reached first on a walk then ran all the way home on junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth’s double down the left field line. Sophomore first baseman Michael Katz, whose .422 batting average is the 3rd highest in the nation, hit his 14th double of the season, bringing home Lindemuth and putting the Tribe on top, 2-1. Threatening to pop open the game before a full inning had been played, the next two Tribe batters loaded the bases with just one out. But Spiders pitcher Peter Bayer saved himself, striking out freshmen left fielder Jonathan Sarty and catcher Ryan Hissey. Each strikeout came amid a tense full count. The bottom of the second inning was eerily similar to the first for the Tribe offense, as it notched another run while moving runners into scoring position. After senior right fielder Derek Lowe scored a hit off Shaw, the bases were loaded for Katz with just one out. Katz, however, swung into a double play as the Richmond bench breathed another long sigh of relief. The Tribe stranded three runners — again.

With the swing of a bat in the top of the third inning, Richmond took advantage of all of the Tribe’s efforts and near misses. The Spiders’ Jacob Myers crushed Castner’s pitch over the left-field wall to tie the game 3-3 in the third inning. Hissey put the Tribe back in control in the fourth, driving home senior center fielder Ryan Brown with a flare hit that dropped just beyond Richmond’s second baseman’s outstretched glove. Wednesday’s two-RBI performance continued Hissey’s recent tear, as the catcher has contributed an RBI in each of his last four games and earned the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week award earlier this month. The sixth was a big inning for both team’s offenses, with Richmond getting three runs and the Tribe scoring two. The telling part, however, was how these runs were earned. Richmond’s Tyler Beckwith belted a three-run home run to give the Spiders a 6-4 advantage. Beckwith’s homer, Richmond’s second of the game, meant that in one game the Spiders equaled a third of the Tribe’s total home runs this season. In contrast to Richmond’s long-ball style, the Tribe churned out two runs with small-ball persistence. Lindemuth cracked a screaming single to right field, which allowed Sarty to reach third and Brown to walk in for a run. Hissey then laid down a textbook sacrifice bunt towards the pitcher, who was left helpless to stop Sarty from scoring the tying run. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Brown drove home freshman pinch-hitter Brian Lee to score the final and decisive run. As the leadoff batter, Brown — hitting .310 — reached base in all four of his at-bats Wednesday. Junior pitcher John Sheehan won his fourth victory of the season by throwing two scoreless innings in the seventh and the eighth to clear the way for senior Matt Wainman in the ninth. Wainman delivered in a tough-save-situation, retiring the side and cementing the Tribe’s comeback victory. The save marked Wainman’s fifth of the season, tied for most on the team with freshman Mitchell Aker. With Wednesday’s victory, the College increased its win streak to five games — ­­ its third win streak of at least five games this season. The Tribe will play a three-game series against CAA rival Old Dominion this weekend in Norfolk, starting Friday at 6 p.m.


Senior center fielder Ryan Brown scored the decisive run against Richmond.

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