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NEWS IN BRIEF By Catherine Boardman Senior News Editor
W&M annual Raft Debate to evoke debate over disciplines
Hurricane Sandy hits Williamsburg COURTESY PHOTO
By Erin Wagner
Senior News Editor
Hurricane Sandy recently paid a visit to the East Coast. During the early afternoon, just hours before the kickoff of the Homecoming football game against the University of Maine, the campus community received an email from
Steer Clear Support Act approved
Anna B. Martin, chair of the Emergency Management team, with the official plan for dealing with what has been nicknamed “Frankenstorm.” The Emergency Management Team continues to monitor the storm closely,” stated Martin. “...The Na-
day, October 29, and that all activities scheduled after noon on Sunday October 28 were also cancelled. The email urged students to charge their essential electronics as much as possible in order to preempt a power See “SANDY” page 3
Election Law Program holds Election War Games By Chuck Gillespie News Editor
The Steer Clear Support Act is working to make the service more efficient by creating a Steer Clear app that students can use to request rides and see wait times.
tional Weather Service is predicting as much as 6 to 8 inches of rain between Saturday and Tuesday. At its peak Sunday night, we expect sustained winds of 35 mph and gusts of 55 mph.” The email also announced that all classes would be cancelled for Mon-
The Election Law Program, which is run by the Marshall-Wythe School of Law in conjunction with the National Center for State Courts and the Deer Creek Foundation, has completed the second of three planned ‘Election Law War Games,’ in Colorado. The simulation is designed to test a recent change in Colorado’s election law which provides the public with access to ballots after an election and potential recounts, and to
educate judges about state election laws. The simulation took the form of a hypothetical trial which a request for ballots was filed in Adams County, CO, after a close election in Colorado’s Seventh Congressional District, uncovering possible mistaken vote tallies and prompting a petition for a recount from the challenger, Republican Joe Coors Jr. The challenger would also sue to have ballots released in neighboring Jefferson County, but the incumbent, Representative
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Tarpley bell to be cleaned PAGE 4
Don’t settle for a failed presidency PAGE 11
Tribe sends fans home happy PAGE 6
Ed Perlmutter, would argue that the recount period had started when Coors filed for a recount. The scenario was developed by the Election The case for Perlmutter was argued by Martha Tierney, an attorney for the Denver law firm Heizer Paul Grueskin specializing in election law and complex business litigation, and counsel for the Colorado Democratic Party and American Civil Liberties Union. The case for Coors was argued by Mario See “ELECTION LAW” page 3
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The College’s annual Raft Debate, to be held November 7 at 6:30 pm, walks a thin line between comedy and lecture in the context of a debate between three professors of diverse disciplines stranded on a desert island. The only means of survival is a one-person life raft, which each professor will strive to win by demonstrating the value of his or her discipline to humanity. This years’ contestants include Anne H. Charity Hudley, humanities representative and professor of Community Studies, Oliver Kerscher, delegate for the natural and computational sciences and Associate Professor of Biology, and Christine Nemacheck, social sciences rep and Associate Professor of Government. The debate will be moderated by Devil’s Advocate Arthur Knight, Associate Professor of American Studies and English. The judge will be John Swaddle, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Swaddle selects the winner based on the amount of applause and cheering each contestant evokes from the crowd. The Debate, sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, the Graduate Center and the A&S Graduate Student Association, will be held in the Commonwealth Auditorium of the Sadler Center. The event itself, as well as a reception afterwards, is free and open to the public.
Homecoming weekend successful despite loss and Hurricane Sandy
This past weekend, William and Mary celebrated its Homecoming football game with events ranging from a parade on Richmond Road to a Pep Rally Friday evening. Alumni James W. McGlothlin ’62, J.D. ’64, L.L.D. ’00, and Frances Gibson McGlothlin ’66 led the parade as Grand Marshals. Following the parade, a Pep Rally was held on the Alumni House’s front lawn See “NIBS” page 3
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Law School releases Property Rights Conference Journal By Erin Wagner
Senior News Editor
The William and Mary Property Rights Project, a venture by the law school that promotes exchange of ideas and lectures by scholars and members of the property rights bar, released the first annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal. According to the journal’s editor Lynda L. Butler, the Chancellor Professor of Law and Director of the Project, all of the authors of the journal participated in a 2011 conference at Tsignua University in Beijing, which focused on cultivating a batter understanding of the differences among various property rights systems and to clarify common characteristics of systems among complex societies. The journal, which costs 15$ per subscription, was created to open the discussion to a wider audience. In a statement released by the College, Law School dean Davison M. Douglas said that the journal “marks the beginning of an exciting, new publication that promises to make an important contribution to the study of the fundamental importance of property rights.” See “JOURNAL” page 3
Vice President Melanie Levine (’13) called the weekly Student Assembly Senate meeting to order on Tuesday October 23, 2012 . Chairman Kendall Lorenzen (’15) gave the opening announcements, discussing tabling at the Sadler Center to raise awareness for “What SA can do for you?” The minutes from the last meeting were approved and the Senate moved into Special Business with a presentation from TJ O’Sullivan (’13), Chair of Elections Commission. He touched upon the recent SA election and gave the numbers for each classes voter turnout. The Class of 2013 had a 20% turnout, the Class of 2014 and the Class of 2015 had 30%, and the Class of 2016 had a 50% voter turnout for what was an “extremely close election”. The Senate then heard the committee updates before moving into executive updates. These updates included a brief discussion of the possibility of setting up a Spring Busch Gardens Day. Vice President Levine also mentioned the $15,000 that SA is allocating to Homecoming events. This money applied not just to Greek Life and is capped at 5,000 per grant. SA believes this is a “bottom up approach” for making homecoming more exciting for the whole campus. The executive updates concluded with a mention of the Meeting of the Minds, which is a coming together of student organization leaders to talk about what WM students need in terms of mental health. Next on the agenda was “The Code: Simplified”, a presentation from Chairwoman Lorenzen on segments from the SA code that serves to make the transition easier fo the new senators. The Senate then moved into Passed, Past, and Pending Business. First on the agenda was the Hark Upon the Ballot Box T-Shirt Act and it was confirmed that the shirts have been ordered. Next was the Indecent Disclosure Resolution Act, followed by the Homecoming Grant 2 Act. The only piece of Old Business was the Steer Clear Support Act, which is working to make the service more efficient by creating a Steer Clear app that students can use to request rides and see wait times. The app will also be used by Steer Clear to find more efficient routes and keep track of pending requests. Mark Moran (’14), the director of Steer Clear, visited the SA with two of the students responsible for the development of this app. The Steer Clear Support Act resolves to allocate a total of $2,380 from the Student Activities Reserve for the purchase of data plans and the tablets Steer Clear needs to run this app. This bill was approved by unanimous consent. Next was New Business with the presentation of the Sail and Paddle Club Equipment Purchase and Transportation Act. This bill requests money for student transport to the VIMS campus where the boats and equipment are kept. The bill also requests money for a small, motorized vehicle so that the Sail and Paddle Club can rescue any students who might get stuck in a particularly tricky spot of the water. This bill was assigned to Student Life and Finance. Senator Drew Wilke (’15) then moved into an open discussion about the WSJ and Economist Act. This act regards free subscriptions to such popular publications as the Economist, the New York Times, etc. Wilke found that the WM campus already has these subscriptions published but they are hidden in the Swem databases. He believed that a link should be moved to the William and Mary website and that it should be Student Assembly Sponsored. The Senate then swore in their new members before concluding the meeting with announcements from Chairwomen Lorenzen and Vice President Levine.
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ELECTION LAW: Program holds War Games Dominion Power From page 1 Nicolais, an attorney for the Hackstaff Law Group in Denver specializing in elections law and campaign finance law, and a former consultant to political campaigns including the Presidential campaign of Rudy Giuliani. The attorneys were briefed by William and Mary law students Megan Mitchell (JD ‘13), Jim Orgozalek (JD ‘14), and Andrew McCoy (JD ’14) under the supervision of Law School Professor Rebecca Green, who co-directs the Election Law Program. The judicial panel in the simulation, consisting of three Colorado State judges, ultimately found that the law required public access to the ballots. After the case was argued, Professor Green participated in a panel with Professor Steven Huefner of Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and Judd Choate, Colorado’s Director of Elections, which discussed other issues that might arise surrounding this year’s elections in Colorado. The first War Game in the series focused on Virginia’s election laws. The scenario dealt with a malfunctioning voting machine in a race between incumbent senator Tim Kaine and George Allen which leads to a request by Allen for a recount of the voting machine’s software. The case for Kaine was argued by Jessica The final simulation will occur in Wisconsin in December and focus on that state’s election laws. In addition to the simulations, The Election Law Program publishes a manual of election law for state judges, and a series of web videos on election law. The Election Law Program also runs an annual symposium on election law and works with the William and Mary Election Law society to bring election law speakers to the law school. The Election Law Society also runs State of Elections, a blog consisting of entries related to election law by law school students. State of Elections can be found at http://stateofelections. com/.
SANDY: Hurricane lingers in Williamsburg From page 1 outage, though stated that there would also be charging outlets available at the Student Recreation Center and at the Commons Dining Hall. In addition, if a loss of power occurred all dining services were to be moved to the Commons. In the event of severe weather, the WTA Green Line Bus would conclude its run at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. In a later email on Sunday, October 28, at 1:15 p.m., much of the earlier information was reiterated, with an updated projection of weather conditions. “We expect heavy rain and sustained winds between 20-40 mph over the next 24 hours. Gusts could reach 60 mph,” stated Martin in the email. At 5:30 p.m. on Sunday October 28, the National Weather Service site stated that Sandy was “expected to bring life-threatening storm-surge flooding to the Mid-Atlantic coast.” Martin stressed to students that the storm could likely produce adverse effects, including a loss of electricity. “The storm is expected to linger for several days and it is likely that we will lose power at some point during the storm,” she stated.
NIBS: Homecoming weekend successful despite loss and hurricane From page 1 front lawn with guests Coach Jimmye Laycock and Marv Levy, former Tribe coach and former coach of the Buffalo Bills. The winners of the Homecoming Parade were announced here, and after the rally, the Alumni Association sponsored a pizza party at the Clarke Plaza. Despite predictions of rain from Hurricane Sandy heading up the east coast on Saturday, the afternoon game was not rained out, and the Maine Black Bears beat William and Mary 24-10. Saturday evening post-football game, the Association held a bash for seniors in Trinkle Hall.
JOURNAL: Law School Property Rights Project publishes first volume From page 2 The first volume, published by the William and Mary Law School Property Rights Project, features 17 articles that discuss the parallels and disparities of the property systems in the U.S., China, and various other countries. The articles were written by a number of leading practitioners and scholars in both the U.S. and China, including Alan T. Ackerman (Ackerman & Dynkowski), James S. Burling (The Pacific Legal Foundation),Lan Cao (William and Mary Law School), James W. Ely Jr. (Vanderbilt University), Robert C. Ellickson (Yale Law School), Richard A. Epstein (New York University School of Law), Lee Anne Fennell (University of Chicago Law School), Mark F. Hearne II, Steven Haskins, and Meghan s. Largent (Arent Fox, LLP), Frank I. Michelman (Harvard University), Carol M. Rose (University of Arizona Rogers College of Law, professor emerita, Yale Law School), Patricia E. Salkin (Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, and Daniel Gross (Albany Law School.) Perspectives of Chinese scholars and practitioners are also featured in the volume including Lu Zhongmei (Hubei University of Economics), Zhou Ke and Xu Ya (Renmin University of China School of Law), Libin Zhang (Siemens, Asia and Australia), Yun-chien Chang (Institutum Jurisprudentae, Academia Sinica), Shitong Oiao (J.S.D. Candidate, Yale Law School), and Wenium Wang and Shuxin Zhu (Dalian Maritime University). The articles offer a comparative analysis of legal protection of property rights and discuss various topics such as the role of property in social and economic policy, cultural impact on property systems, and the interaction between property rights and the environment. Four of the articles examine property rights decisions made by Sandra Day O’Connor, as she was the 2011 recipient of the Brigham- Kanner Property Rights Prize. The journal’s Board of Adviros includes Professor Butler, Joseph T. Waldo and Christi A. Cassel (Waldo & Lyle, P.C.), and James W. Ely, Jr. (Vanderbilt University). Jan G. Abbot and Heather DiAngelis of the William and Mary Journal Center served as assistant editors.
proposal sparks controversy By Justin Shawler Staff Writer
Controversy broils in the Williamsburg area over a proposal by Dominion Power that would involve putting high-voltage lines across the James River from the Surry Nuclear Power Plant, through James City County, and down to Hampton Roads. Residents and community leaders have voiced concerns ranging from history to economics. They argue the tall towers carrying a 500 kilovolt line across a 7.4 mile span would impact the historical views of the James, devaluing home prices and affecting the tourist industry. Dominion is proposing the plan as the best of many options. Coming in at a projected cost of $153 million, it is significantly cheaper than the proposed alternatives of burying the line or using land along the Chickahominy River. With a projected cost of $390 million, placing lines below the James River is hardly being considered by Dominion. The Chickahominy River plan would impact 1,500 property owners and cost $200 million. Local groups, including the College of William and Mary, the Save the James Alliance, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation have spoken out against the plan on the grounds that it will impact the historic views along that section of the James. It could also hurt the Historic Triangle’s chances of recognition as a World Heritage Site by the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Such recognition would likely result in greater tourism for the region. Dominion has countered these claims, citing various modern fixtures already situated along the portion of the James nearby Historic Jamestown, the Colonial Parkway, and the riverfront properties of Kingsmill. Indeed, many of Busch Garden’s attractions and the Surry Power Plant itself stand near this historic spot. The company also cited the critical need for reliable power for residents and employers, particularly the military, in the Hampton Roads area. John McGlennon, Chairman of the James City County Board of Supervisors and a William and Mary Professor, is a key community leader among the opposition to Dominion’s current proposal. “The new transmission line may well be needed to improve the availability and dependability of electric power for Southeastern Virginia,” said McGlennon, “However, the route chosen by Dominion, especially if they run the power lines over the river on 300-foot steel towers, would cause serious damage to the historic vistas of the James River.” To solve the growing controversy, the State Corporation Commission held hearings Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Turnout was significant and some 40 people had the chance to state their grievances. The hearings followed actions taken by James City County and other community groups. “I asked the Board of Supervisors to adopt a resolution of opposition, and the county has filed a formal objection to the route,” said McGlennon. “The SCC will hold what is effectively a court case on the application,” he added. Community leaders hope their case before the SCC will push Dominion to consider alternate solutions. McGlennon believes that there are “some very attractive alternatives” to the current route.
Tarpley Bell to be cleaned By Dan Carlen
Associate Features Editor
This Saturday, students from Cantebury, the Episcopal chaplaincy at William and Mary, will clean the Tarpley bell in Bruton Parish Church. The church, built in 1677, occupies the center of Colonial Williamsburg, just beyond the walls of the Governor’s Palace. Tarpley bell was established in 1761, and has ringed to this day. The bell and the church, who have seen worshippers ranging from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, are both of historical significance to the College, Virginia, and the nation. As the 18th century unfolded, the Bruton Church increased in prominence and grandeur. It was the center of activity for both government officials and townspeople. In fact, tombstones and monuments in the church and the churchyard are tributes to royal governors, members of the council, and local leaders who are buried there. After the Battle of Williamsburg in May 1862, Bruton served as a hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers. After 1940, Bruton flourished; over the years, the parish house has grown larger and now includes a chapel.
The Tarpley Bell was cast by the same foundry as the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, and was donated to the church by James Tarpley in 1761.
This Week in Greek By Pratik Sinha Greek Columnist
Homecoming week is always a very exciting week in Greek Life here at William & Mary! Fraternities and sororities enjoy homecoming week by pairing up and holding mixer functions to build inter-organizational relationships. Also, many alumni return during the week to check in on the state of their affiliated organizations, and share news about alumni events and philanthropy. On Saturday, October 27, the William & Mary Fraternity/Sorority Alumni Open House was held at the Sadler Center James Room. The open house featured information on the new fraternity housing project, which is scheduled to be opened in Fall 2013, as well as other alumni news and updates.
The cleaning is part of a larger effort to maintain the tower and restore its exterior in preparation for the “tricentennial” in 2015. The renovation typifies the centuries long relationship between the students of the College and Bruton Parish. Chalk graffiti dating back from 1803 is thought to be from students. The inside of the bell holds signatures from members of the College choir. Efforts will be made to preserve the graffiti during the cleaning, and rubbings and tracings will be made. The Tarpley bell was cast by the same foundry as the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, and was donated to the church by James Tarpley in 1761. The bell was rang in celebration of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the signing of the Treaty of Paris at the end of the Revolutionary war in 1783. Likely the last time the bell was cleaned was when the interior of the tower was restored in 1905. The tower was built specifically to house the bell in 1769 and has remained with all its original timbers. The fingerprints and carved markings left by the 18th century masons that constructed the tower are still visible. Access to the tower is restricted to a few and even fewer are aware of its unique architecture. The complicated and unorganized nature of the interior support beams might reflect the inexperience of the tower’s contractor, William Powell. It was built with a steeple at a time when steeples were rare in Virginia during construction. Students in Canterbury have cleaned dust and debris from the interior of the tower in preparation for the bell cleaning.
Sorority Profile – Kappa Delta: The Alpha Pi Chapter of the Kappa Delta sorority currently has 92 active sisters. Kappa Delta takes part in philanthropy, community service, social engagements, and sisterhood retreats. One of its most well-known events is Campus Golf, which usually happens every February, when students dress up to themes and play golf around campus with tennis balls. The sorority also does events with Girl Scouts and Prevent Child Abuse America as part of its philanthropy.
Homecoming: Students and Alumni labor behind the scenes By Dan Carlen and Krissa Loretto Associate Features Editors
Last week was Homecoming, a once-a-year opportunity for former and current students alike to meet and celebrate Tribe Pride together. Sponsoring many of the events was the Alumni Association and its student-based counterpart, the SAC. The Student Alumni Council (SAC) is a student group that works with the W&M Alumni Association to connect current students and alumni. William and Mary senior David Newbrander has been a member of the SAC since his freshman year and describes the SAC as a great opportunity to “mingle with Alums, hear their college stories, share with them what’s going on on campus, and network.” Throughout the year, the SAC hosts several events for students at the Alumni House to introduce students to the Alumni Association. One of the most memorable events sponsored by the SAC is the ice cream social that takes place every year after orientation. They also host Sophomore S’mores, which is coming up in November, Pajamas & Pancakes for Juniors, and the beloved Senior Spring Day. SAC is also responsible for providing “ambassadors” to alumni. Ambassadors serve as guides and representatives of the student body and is their mission to represent the best values of the community. So, rather than just seeing the College as an academic entity, alumni can experience the legacy through the energy and intelligence of their ambassadors. The mission of the Alumni House is to “maintain and establish connection and pride with graduated students.” This is done not just to ensure that the College continues to receive endowment from alumni, but to also allow for former students to maintain what Executive Director Karen Cottrell (’66) calls a “Cultural Bond.” Returning alumni often find a completely different William and Mary than the one they attended, and they visit the Alumni House to help get reacquainted to their old home. This is not to say that seeking endorsements and
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Spirits with Stephen: Homecoming Reflections
By Stephen Sides Beer Columnist
It’s Friday night and William and Mary 2012 Homecoming is in full swing. I am literally surrounded be friends new and old. So, dear reader, you’ll forgive me if I wax nostalgic this column. My induction into the William and Mary community took place just off campus in the Green Leafe. I mean, sure, orientation was served its purpose and one of my fondest memories is walking through Wren. But it wasn’t until Tuesday, September 28, 2010 that I felt I truly belonged here. That night soon-to-be friends invited me out for a twenty-first birthday party at the Leafe. I ordered my first mixed drink, a Perfect Manhattan, now a personal favorite, gave the birthday guy a shot and debated with the rest of the party the various merits of the Blonde Headed verses the Red Headed Slut shooters. Over the course of the night bonding took place. My transfer student self felt connected to these people and this school. Until that night I defined myself by my status as a transfer. Afterwards, I felt like a member of the Tribe. Alcohol’s association with the college lifestyle is often a negative one, overshadowing the positive
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social aspect of drinking with friends, old and those just made. I can’t explain what happened that night at the Leafe, nor what happens over a pitcher of beer or when people take a drop shot together, but connections are made, deepened. As one of my best friends says, “Friends that drink together stay together.” Alcohol is a social vehicle, no matter its quality. Naty Light or a single malt scotch, doesn’t really matter, you’re going to get closer with the friends you’re drinking with. Although, please, y’all, drink something better than Natty Light. The birthday guy, Ian, who is sitting with me as I write this, became one of my closest friends here, along with Jordan, Jessica, Sarah, Russ, Margaret Ann, Cathy, and so many more. And while these names may be just a laundry list to you, these are the people that helped me survive college. I studied, looked for jobs, ate, took classes, whacked tennis balls across the Sunken Gardens, completed the W&M Triathlon, faced the realities of a rapidly approaching “real world”, and, yes, drank with them. Alcohol has never defined my relationship with these dear hearts, but it’s been a pleasure and a privilege to know them, love them, and drink with them. So I hope your homecoming is as good as mine is. Graduated friends have returned and I must now bid you farewell, reader. I started with a Painkiller (orange juice, pineapple juice, Myer’s Rum, Captain Morgan, 151, and Malibu Coconut Rum) at the Crust and am about to rejoin me friends for Irish Car Bombs. Be safe, be happy, drink well. My best to you and yours.
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ALUMNI: House aims to establish connection and pride with students
From page 4 donations are not a priority for the Alumni Association. While they do not have fundraisers, most of their efforts are to help alumni feel grateful to the College, and therefore feel the need to contribute back to a university that gave them so much. “If we can create and maintain connections between the College and its graduates, if we can create values in those connections, and if we can instill pride in the hearts of alumni, they will want to donate.” In spite of many of the efforts by the Alumni Association to raise endowment revenue, such efforts have only been met with limited results. Compared to many of her rivals, the College of William and Mary receives very low endowment funds, even when taking class size into account. The College raked in $624 million last year, according to the President’s Report. This number is easily dwarfed by UVA’s endowment, which was well over $5 billion. Of course, UVA is bigger, but not by much. Taking population into account, UVA spends $300,000 per student, which is more than three times the amount William and Mary spends. At the same time, universities of the Ivy League have endowments ranging from $10 billion to upwards of $30 billion. William and Mary is academically on par with all of these colleges. It has maintained an unparalleled level of rigor for centuries, while its ranking has it be one of the best colleges in the world. But its finances, particularly its endowment, renders a severe handicap to the College. This kind of liability has been an issue to the administration since current students were in grade school. But one for which the Alumni Association has yet to find a solution.
Sunset Ceremony honors recently-passed members of W&M community By Will Mann Features Editor
It was a tradition, according to College President Taylor Reveley, that began with the death of former College President Benjamin Ewell in 1894, and has been apart of the William and Mary tradition ever since. The Sunset Ceremony, held every year at the back of the Wren Building, takes place at sunset on the first day of Homecoming every year. Despite the pomp and pageantry of Homecoming, the happiness of being reunited with old friends, the Sunset Ceremony offers members of the Tribe a quieter, much more somber reflection of how the William and Mary community has been affected in the past year. The William and Mary Choir, under the direction of James Armstrong, led the processional, singing the College’s Hymn as they arrived at the Wren Building. Then, the Queen’s Guard presented the colors and set up the flags in an empty space between two of the pillars in the back of Wren. Peter Nance (‘66), The President of the William and Mary Alumni Association gave introductions. Comments by College President Taylor Reveley, referring to the history of the event, were also given. This was followed by comments from the Episcopal Chaplain from Bruton Parish Church, John Maxwell Kerr, who talked about the fall as a “green and gold” time because of Homecoming and the changing colors of the leaves, and how this might contrast with the sorrow people feel for recently lost members of the William and Mary community. After the Choir sang “Be Thou My Vision” by David Evans, the reading of the roster was initiated. Peter Nance (‘66) and Karen Cottrell ‘66, M.Ed ‘69, Ed.D. ‘84, the executive vice president for the William and Mary Alumni Association took turns reading the names. The list of the dead primarily features recently-deceased members of the “Olde Guarde,” or alumni whose graduation year is more than 50 years in the past. The oldest member of the Olde Guarde to pass away since last Homecoming was Elizabeth Wainwright, Class of 1927. The list is then divided into lists of general classes post-1962. It also contains sections for graduate alum who have passed away in the past year, former faculty and staff, friends of the College, and Young Guarde, or members of the Tribe community who have been graduated from the college for less than five years or are current members of the Tribe set to graduate. After the names had been read, there was a playing of Taps, and a singing of the Alma Mater.
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SOCCER: Ben Anderson rips a shot on goal. By Alex Cook Staff Writer
Williamsburg, VA- On Saturday Night, The William and Mary men’s soccer team won their senior night match, 3-2, against defending Colonial Athletic Association champions Delaware from Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. After falling behind by two scores in the opening half, the Tribe surged for three unanswered goals, surpassing the Blue Hens for the senior night victory. William and Mary improve to 4-10-3 overall and 2-4-2 in league action. Delaware falls to a record of 3-11-4, 1-5-3 in league play, and will conclude their season on Wednesday against UNCW at their home field. The first half whistle sounded, and the game was off to a roaring start. Delaware notched a shot attempt in the third minute that barely passed left of the William and Mary frame. The first goal of the cloudy, windy, somewhat ominous afternoon came at the sixth minute. Sophomore Blue Hen captain Tobias Muller headed in a powerful cross from junior Roberto Gimenez, sending the ball across the goal past Tribe keeper Alex Harrington, making his fourth career start. The Tribe responded with numerous attempts, with a particularly good look coming just four minutes after the Blue Hens initial strike. Junior defender Zachary Montebell found himself in the Hen’s six-yard box, but his strike just missed right of the target. In the eighteenth minute, the Hens’ Vincent Mediate
snatched possession of the ball and slammed the ball from the right of the penalty area, firing it into the top left corner. Despite falling behind early the Tribe rallied for the rest of the first half, pressing forward and creating chances, though the Hens continued to play offensively as well. In the fortieth minute, William and Mary found their breakthrough. The Green and Gold freshman Jackson Eskay received a pass from Redshirt-freshman Chris Dunn at the top of the penalty area. The Damascus, Maryland native took a touch and blasted his first collegiate score into the left corner. At the half, both teams had tallied five shots and two corner kicks, forcing both goalkeepers into one save apiece. The second-half began out of the character of the match, with the first shot attempt coming more than ten minutes after the final period started as Marcus Luster sent a shot into a Blue Hen defender. Two minutes following Luster’s shot attempt, the Green and Gold found the equalizer, with Eskay sending a strong header past the Delaware goalie Paul DeFeo for the second goal of his collegiate career, and the second of the match. On a free kick thirty-five yards from the goal, junior Chris Perez hammered in a free kick that found Eskay’s head. After sixteen minutes of hard-fought football, with both sides trading possession and exchanging chances and shots, the Tribe finally surpassed the Hens in the seventy- sixth minute. On senior night, the deadlock was fittingly broken
by the combined efforts of senior captain Ben Anderson and junior Will Smith. The spectators of the match witnessed another headed goal off of a set piece. Anderson lined up a corner kick, swerving a ball toward Smith who headed it in for his first career gamewinner. The assist marked the eleventh of Anderson’s career, the fifth of this season, while the goal marks Smith’s second on the year. In his fourth start, Alex Harrington made five saves on the night keeping the Hens at bay for the final seventy-four minutes of the match. Senior Edward Barr played his last game on Albert Daly field, and was instrumental in the first goal of the night. In home finales, the Green and Gold are now 15-1-2 since 1995, and in the all-time series with the Hens,the Tribe improve to 132-1. The Green and Gold now sit at eighth within the CAA at a final conference record of 2-5-2. Despite the somewhat underwhelming season, the Tribe have proved resilient in these final matches of the season. Though losing this year’s seniors, including the captain Anderson, is unfortunate going forward, the Tribe’s underclassman have proven themselves to be a group of players growing strong together through this year’s trying season. William and Mary will conclude their season on Wednesday when they travel to Hofstra, who sit at fourth place in the CAA, for an evening match looking to follow their electrifying performance against Delaware.
Sat, Nov 17 High Point High Point, NC 7:00 PM Wed, Nov 21 Miami (Ohio) Williamsburg, VA 7:00 PM Fri, Nov 23 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, NC 7:00 PM Wed, Nov 28 Richmond Richmond, VA 7:00 PM Sat, Dec 1 Old Dominion Williamsburg, VA 7:00 PM Thurs, Dec 6 Howard Williamsburg, VA 7:00 PM Sat, Dec 8 Radford Radford, VA 2:00 PM Fri, Dec 21 Salisbury Williamsburg, VA 7:00 PM Sat, Dec 29 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind 2:00 PM Continued schedule on www.tribeathletics.com
SPORTS IN BRIEF By Nate Kresh Sports Editor
Women’s Soccer Clinches CAA Regular Season Title This past weekend, the William and Mary Tribe women’s soccer team faced off against the Old Dominion Monarchs in the final contest of the Tribe’s regular season. With the Tribe having already clinched a berth in the CAA tournament, this match would decide whether or not the Tribe would win the CAA regular season title, which guarantees home field advantage for the entirety of the CAA Tournament. The game was an absolute domination by the Tribe, as the Green and Gold would simply overwhelm the Monarchs with an offensive barrage. The Tribe’s first goal of the game came in the 34th minute, when sophomore Emory Camper put a cross from junior Ali Heck past the Old Dominion keeper for the 1-0 Tribe lead. The Tribe would not ease up in the second half, as in the 63rd minute, junior Dani Rutter would punch in a rebound off of a shot from senior Cortlyn Bristol to give the Tribe a 2-0 advantage. Rutter would put the game out of reach in the 74th minute, putting a through ball fromsenior Mallory Schaffer into the back of the net for a 3-0 Tribe lead. The Green and Gold would go on to win the game 3-0, thus clinching the best record in the CAA. For the game, the Tribe would outshoot the Monarchs 28-2, while also owning a 10-0 advantage in shots on goal, making for an impressive statement heading into tournament play. With the win, the Tribe’s overall record for the season moves to 14-5, while they end the season with a CAA record of 8-2. The game itself, and the seasonas a whole, would prove to be a great sendoff for the Tribe’s seniors, who would be playing in their final regular season game as students at the College. The Tribe will now get set to attempt a repeat of their CAA triumph from last season, with the CAA Tournament beginning play November 2nd from Martin Family Stadium. photo by Tribe athletics
Bears maul Tribe 24-10 By Wade Cupcheck Sports Editor
For a second consecutive year, William and Mary’s homecoming crowd was treated to a Tribe defeat. This time, the visiting Maine Black Bears smothered the Tribe offense and raced out to a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter en route to a 24-10 victory. Tribe starting quarterback Raphael Ortiz (’15), who left the game early with an injured shoulder, went 11 of 23 for 142 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. He was sacked three times. He exited the game with just over 8 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. His replacement, junior Brent Caprio, finished the game going 8 of 17 for 66 yards. On the ground, the Green and Gold attack was anchored by sophomore tailback Keith McBride, who carried the ball 20 times for 89 yards. In all, the Tribe managed just 138 rushing yards on the evening. “I was disappointed on offense that we were not able to get the running game to the consistency I thought we would,” head coach Jimmey Laycock said after the game. The Tribe defense fell flat in the opening half, allowing Maine to score on each of its first three possessions. After holding the Bears scoreless in the third quarter, William and Mary narrowed the margin to a manageable 17-10. But on Maine’s ensuing possession, the Bears marched 75 yards on 10 plays to put the game out of reach at 24-10. “I was particularly concerned with the way we played defensively,” Laycock commented. “I know wecan play a lot better than that.” Maine running backs averaged over five yards per carry against the Tribe front seven. It was hardly encouraging that the College did not manage a single sack, and its best defensive performances came from the secondary. Redshirt junior safety Jerome Couplin III led all Tribe defenders with 10 tackles, while senior linebacker Jabrel Mines tallied an interception in the first half. William and Mary’s only touchdown came on a 26-yard lob from Ortiz to sophomore wideout Sean Ballard, who hauled down the pass in the endzone with 8:20 remaining in the first half. The reception capped a six-play, 75 yard drive. The Tribe scored again early in the fourth quarter, after stringing together a precarious 9 minute, 21-play drive. It took three fourth down conversions, including a pass-interference call and a 17-yard rumble on a fake punt, but the Green and Gold finally drew within field goal range. The Tribe faced 4 th and 1, 4th and 11, and 4th and 15. Facing another 4th and 11 from the Maine 15 yard line, Laycock opted not to push his luck. Junior kicker Drake Kuhn, who had missed three field goals earlier in the game, left early with injury issues. Sophomore kicker John Carpenter stepped in to fill the gap, and connected on a 32-yarder to put the Tribe within one score. William and Mary returns to action this Saturday, visiting New Hampshire as part of a two-week conference road-trip. The Tribe returns south to face Old Dominion in Norfolk before coming home for its annual grudge match against Richmond Saturday, November 17th.
Tribe Volleyball Has Perfect Homecoming Despite Altered Schedule This past Homecoming weekend, the Tribe volleyball team found themselves with a full slate, facing off against both James Madison University and George Mason University. Due to worries over the approach of Hurricane Sandy, the George Mason match, which had originally been scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m., was moved to Saturday at 8 p.m. With the JMU match already scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m., the Tribe would now be competing in two matches in only a little over 24 hours. However, the team would rise to the occasion and put on an impressive performance in the weekend’s matches. The match with JMU would be a test of the Tribe’s ability to persevere when all the momentum is going the other way. Although they won the first two sets by scores of 25-22 and 26-24, respectively, the Tribe would soon find itself on the wrong end of a run, as the Dukes would string together two straight sets to tie the match at 2-2 and force a deciding 5th set. After a somewhat slow 3-3 start to the set, a kill by Dessi Koleva, her 5th of the match, would ignite a 7-0 Tribe run. Despite all momentum going in the Dukes’ favor coming into the 5th set, the Tribe would batten down the hatches and hold the Dukes at arm’s length for the rest of the set. The Tribe would eventually take the set 15-7 after senior Shaylin O’Connell and freshman Liz Brown would come together to stuff the Dukes at the net for the match point and a 3-2 Tribe victory. The match against George Mason would be a much different affair, with the Tribe absolutely dominating the contest. The Tribe would set the tone early, taking the first set by a score of 25-10. The Patriots would come back strong in the second set as the two sides would trade one-point leads late, but a George Mason error would open the door for the Tribe to take the second set 26-24. The third set would also go to the Tribe, 25-22, as the Green and Gold would take 8 of the last 13 points of the set for the 3-0 match win. At the end of the weekend, Tribe volleyball’s overall record would stand at 13-10 overall, while they would move up to 5-4 in CAA play. Tribe volleyball returns to action on November 2nd, where the Tribe’s seniors will receive their final sendoff.
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Adventures at the CMJ Well Fed: THE BIG SALAD Music Marathon: Part 1 By Kevin Place Food Columnist
By Jake Day Staff Writer
Every October, WCWM takes a school-funded trip to New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon. They are allotted enough money to take two members from the radio station; they took sixteen. The mission of the trip, as far as the College is concerned, is for radio members to hear good, new music for the air and for them to participate in panels about the somewhat tenuous future of college radio. I don’t think anybody, least of which the fourteen illicit travel-goers, had panel passes. Don’t tell Reveley. The true mission of CMJ is not to “save radio” or even really to “save music” from the blogs or the record companies or The Man or whoever it is that’s ruining music right now: the mission of CMJ is to show music fans as good a time as they could ever imagine. CMJ is a laughably simple concept. To put it is as complexly as possible, CMJ is just a weekend in New York City and Brooklyn where lots of bands play all around the city. Typically, bands play as parts of showcases – many of which are free - sponsored by trendy companies (Urban Outfitters, Pitchfork, Vans…Trident?). Concert goers will hop around the city from showcase to showcase to see their favorite bands, maybe stopping at bars and other like establishments along the way for strictly appropriate amounts of alcohol (but only if they’re 21!). I was there with other WCWM members, and, as a dedicated journalist, took notes occasionally. This is me piecing together the weekend… Day 1 After learning that dragging luggage through the New York subway system is a breach of etiquette thanks to a series of glares and mutterings about “this freaking guy,” (I will later learn that this is kind of just how New Yorkers interact with people) and walking blocks through a neighborhood that my grandmother would respectfully refer to as “urban,” we arrive at our grand Brooklyn brownstone! … in the Marcy projects, where “Myrtle Avenue” used to be colloquially referred to as “Murder Avenue.” It’s definitely cleaned up since the 90’s, when it was one of Brooklyn/ New York’s most dangerous areas, but I doubt it’ll be cracking US News and World Report’s “Top 10 Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat In” anytime soon. We walk into the house, complete a rather informal check-in process (throw our bags down in a room) and wait for our landlord to show up at his house. He does not, but, luckily, his neighbor is friendly enough to let six of us sleep in her house. The carpet is forest green, the room smells like the inside of a Febreeze can, there’s Astroturf on the patio, and there are “some Mexicans and some French people” staying upstairs. Eventually, we decide we are hungry and remember that we are poor, so we go to a corner deli and assemble the ingredients to a gourmet meal of pasta (which will be savagely under-cooked) and tomato sauce (which will taste suspiciously like ketchup mixed with water). We all go and eat dinner and drink beverages on the patio. Then, realizing that we’re about to talk the night away (topics include how un-ironically awesome Blink-182 was, Irish literature, oyster shucking, and the ubiquity of police sirens), we set off to take Brooklyn by storm. We do not have a plan, we do not have a map, and none of us have the faculties to properly navigate through the streets of this place. But we do have confidence. Eventually, we arrive at 285 Kent, a venue in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg area. The walls and floor are concrete and covered in graffiti, there’s more cigarette smoke than oxygen in the air, nobody is asking me for money, nobody is asking me for ID, there doesn’t seem to be anybody working there at all, and I see a bar. But upon my approach some dude grabs me and slaps some big green x’s on the backs of my hands (still haven’t completely washed out) to let everybody know that I am, despite what I may be telling people, not 21. It seems like there’s about 40 people milling around in the crowd while some band using a drum machine in lieu of a drummer hammers out surf-rock riffs with an enthusiasm typically reserved for shows where the band is being paid attention to. To be frank, they kind of suck, and the charm of the bare-bones venue (pretty sure it was just an underground warehouse that a bunch of people who happened to have a couple of instruments wandered into) was wearing a little thin, so some of us left. We wander through Brooklyn some more, and it’s only about ten minutes before we hear more sound that vaguely connotes something cool (guitars and yelling). We are at the Knitting Factory, which, in my copious research leading up to the trip, I identified as a place that I wanted to go tonight. I’m pretty psyched. The Sup Pop (a prominent inde
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“Big lettuce, big carrots, tomatoes like volleyballs,” Jerry says as he explains the contents of Elaine’s “Big Salad” to George in that famous episode of Seinfeld. Beyond being a source of contention between George and Elaine, I’m really interested in this idea of a big salad—not just a little wimpy lettuce with some heavy dressing, but a bountiful celebration of all things vegetable with a sprinkle of texture and glistening with a light yet flavorful dressing. Get past the stilted salad bar vegetables and tired toppings and customize your own with Well Fed’s Big Salad guide: Spruce up your veg Sure, romaine and iceberg are fine, but get out of the ordinary. Depending upon your choice of toppings and dressings, different types of lettuce might go best: romaine and other hearty lettuces stand up well to thick and creamy dressings, tender butter lettuces play well with light and sweet vinaigrettes, while strong-flavored mesclun greens and mixed herbs go well with punchier French vinaigrettes. But any salad worth its salt contains more than just lettuce. Think beyond the carrots and tomatoes—unusual vegetables like sugar snap peas, asparagus, beets, and green onions add something beyond the salad bar. Furthermore, cooked vegetables like roasted peppers, caramelized onions, and pickled artichokes can add deeper flavor and textural differences to the salad. Garnishes, garnishes Many salads include a few under-ripened tomatoes and a smattering of stale cheese. Instead, try some other combinations of fruit and dairy: citrus segments cut through the richness of fresh-shaved Mediterranean cheeses like pecorino and parmesan, the sweetness of fresh apples and pears go nicely with sharp English cheddars styles, and soft goat cheese styles like fresh chevre provide a nice counterpoint to berries. However, there are plenty more garnishes than that to go around. Roasted and candied nuts are a good way to bring in some crunch and toasty flavors. Olives bring a briny, floral bite. And fresh toasted croutons (please, not from a bag!) are the perfect final touch. Dress it up To bring it all together, the right dressing is a must. There are some great bottled dressings out there, but I think it is much easier and space efficient to keep a little bit of vinegar around to make your own personalized vinaigrette. Just take one part vinegar (or even some other acid like lemon juice) and, while whisking, slowly drizzle in three parts olive oil. Season will salt, pepper, and other flavors like garlic, red pepper flakes, or dried rosemary. Put it all together For a dramatic side dish to a larger meal, pick a big serving platter for a real big salad. Of course, you could also make individuals salads on their own smaller plates. Either way, layer the lettuce on the bottom of your serving dish. Other vegetables come in a layer next, followed by a sprinkling of one or two garnishes. Finally, drizzle your dressing in diagonal lines over the top and serve. Time-saving Tip: Keep some lettuce and garnishes on hand so you can serve up any leftover vegetables from other meals in a new way.
DANCEVENT: not the same old song and dance By Sophie Goewey
Associate Arts & Culture Editor
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Orchesis Dance Company was suited up and ready to perform for family and friends in town for homecoming. To sum up the proceedings of a two hourlong performance in a phrase, it was eccentric yet beautiful. The choreography, courtesy of the William & Mary Dance Department faculty members Joan Gavaler, Leah Glenn and Denise Damon Wade, encompassed a range of styles and emotions in each piece and demanded the attention of the audience. “Demeter’s Daughter,” a duet piece choreographed and performed by Denise Damon Wade, accompaSee “DANCEVENT” page 9
TOP: The Algae Epic BOTTOM: Journey to Eleusis
PHOTOS BY GEOFF WADE
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CMJ: Bands from day one of music marathon From page 8 pendent record label) showcase is happening here, and I’m guaranteed at least a live drummer. According to the internet, the show costs an outrageous $13, so we’re about to leave when we decide to walk in and see if anybody says something to us about having not paid. They do not. As we walk in, King Tuff, lead by Vermont garage-pop-rock enthusiast Kyle Thomas (who looks like your one friend from high school that your mom didn’t like you hanging around), is playing, gleefully shredding out summer-time jam after summer-time jam, insolently ignoring the harsh wind blowing outside. Anyway, it feels like summer inside, as the band’s infectious energy can be measured in the sweat dripping through the rollicking crowd’s sweaters and plaids. The indie kids are dancing, and by dancing I mean shoving each other and falling into a sea of bodies ready to catch them, lurching around and throwing their typically crippling selfawareness outside in the cold. My shoes keep falling off and I don’t have the heart to reach down and pick them back up in the middle of a song and break my “rhythm,” and every time I find them again after another four minutes of jumping around on the beer and sweat soaked floor with my socks, they’re missing a part. Eventually I just decide to stop putting them back on, and when the next band, Pissed Jeans, arrives on the stage, I decide that nothing would be more punk-rock than just throwing my trashed shoes on the stage and dancing the night away in my increasingly rank socks. As if their name wasn’t indication enough, they do not object to having things thrown at them while they scream and play instruments, so other members of the crowd take to doing the same. After having a pizza box thrown at him, the guitar player holds his instrument out like a baseball bat and demands more projectiles, smack- ing them each back into the crowd, then pauses to eat some of the pizza on the stage. People from the crowd start jumping on the stage and crowd surfing, then somebody grabs the microphone and demands that everybody rush the stage, which they do. Suddenly, an authority figure jumps out of the woodwork and demands everybody get down, much to the dismay of the exuberant band. The show ends and I just walk backstage without intervention (I guess that one guy was on break) to get my shoes back. I do, receiving a kudos from the band (“rock and roll dude”), but then I try to tie them together and throw them on a telephone wire because I’ve been lead to believe that that’s cool to do. For some reason, I do not have the motor skills necessary in order to complete this task, and my shoes go flying into the street and land precariously close to a police car, so I run down the subway and walk home in what are now bio-hazardous socks. Check back in next week for the exciting tale of Day 2!
DANCEVENT: performances were eccentric but beautiful
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nied by Amy Page Wilhelm, displayed the graceful harmony that two dancers can achieve while on stage. The synchronicity of the pair mirrored that of the myth of Demeter and Persephone and their struggle to be together splendidly. The companion piece to “Demeter’s Daughter,” titled “Journey to Eleusis,” incorporated the research of Barbette Spaeth on Eleusis and the Eleusinian Mysteries. The dance artfully combined research and history with beauty and emotion. The Orchesis dancers, including Olivia Armstrong, Sophia Perrotti, Rebecca Plotkin, Jane Rabinovitz and Sydney Stewart, worked well together on stage and demonstrated a real knowledge of the choreography as their movements looked effortless. Some of the pieces appeared to resonate more with the audience than others as the night wore on. “Birds of Prey” demanded an aggression and strength from the four dancers leaping and running across the stage, keeping an ear out for the sound of gunfire and twitching their hands much in the style of a bird fluttering its wings, preparing for flight. The audience erupted with applause after the performance—the dance possessed a relatively a simple concept, but connected with the visceral “fight or flight” response in the audience. “The Abracadabra of Meaning,” performed in two parts, brought life to poetry, but also confusion to some audience members as Joan Gavaler took the stage alone for this unique piece. Once student performers joined her on stage, the audience began to appreciate the fun and playful nature of the piece as the dancers helped each other find their speech. Christopher Richardson and Joel White got big laughs from the audience as they rolled and leapt around the stage, silently screaming and producing words in an erratic manner almost akin to a Tourette’s outburst. The Friday night performance included a special piece choreographed and performed by Jie Wang in the traditional Chinese Uighur folk dance style. The up- beat piece told the story of a young Uighur girl who falls in love during a festive holiday. She expresses this feeling of joy and love she feels through dance. “Cadence of Hope,” the final piece of the night, was wonderful combination of music and movement as the rhythm of the dancers aligned with almost tribal beats of their music. The opening portion of their dance was very unique, with only the clapping of the dancers and their feet moving across the stage breaking the silence in the auditorium. As the music swelled the dancers—all female for this piece and clad in red—threw themselves into the emotion and rhythm of the piece for a spectacular ending to a night of dance.
UPCOMING CONCERTS NEAR YOU By Joel White
Arts & Culture Editor
Saturday, November 3 NAS The Norva (Norfolk, VA) Doors open at 8 PM Tickets: $35-$40 Wednesday, November 7 Pretty Lights The National (Richmond, VA) Doors open at 8 PM Tickets: $30-$35 Saturday, November 10 Taking Back Sunday The Norva (Norfolk, VA) Doors open at 7 PM Tickets: $25-$28 Thursday, November 15 All Time Low The Norva (Norfolk, VA) Doors open at 6 PM Tickets: $20-$23 Friday, November 16 A$AP Rocky The National (Richmond, VA) Doors open at 7 PM Tickets: $25-$28 Friday, November 23 Waka Flocka Flame The Norva (Norfolk, VA) Doors open at 8 PM Tickets: $25-$30 Monday, November 26 Of Monsters And Men The National (Richmond, VA) Doors open at 7 PM Tickets: $25-$28
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Election Day Ahead: Please Vote Responsibly Many of my close friends, liberal and conservative, have often been confused by my attitude when it comes to voting. I am by no means apathetic, or even pessimistic. I am steadfast in my belief that regardless what issues we face, or how pressing they may be at this moment, we will overcome them. In spite of what our By Dan Carlen Associate Features Editor country has had to go through these past few years, we are living longer and better than we did twenty years ago, and twenty years from now we will live even longer and even better, under any and every President. But this year, I choose not to vote, simply because I do not like either candidate. No, I don’t think they are equally terrible for the country, but neither are especially good. So, I see no reason I should vote. I am not cynical about the prospects of voting. I casually read through a myriad of politically related readings, from op-eds to statistical data. I have no moral qualm with voting. But I do have a moral qualm with voting against your conscience. The idea of picking a lesser of two evils, of voting for the sake of voting, is not what I think a liberal democracy should aspire for. It is a democracy, no doubt, but one whose passion, enthusiasm, and values have been eroded away, and replaced with a kind of ruthless calculus. Who would anyone want to stand up and defend that kind of system? Often times we hear that voting is a civic duty and that the worst choice we could possibly make is to not vote. But I find the idea that in order to save ourselves from a bad government, we ought to vote for a bad government, to be absurd. We lose nothing by rejecting the candidates, but we gain the attention of decision makers when we demonstrate our disapproval. We gain new decision makers and candidates, riding the waves of discontent to represent a more accurate portrait of what we as Americans want from our government. The idea of responsible voting does not, in any way, insult the legacy of our country. On the contrary, we live up to our ideals when we affirm how nonnegotiable they are to us. Personal integrity and values are not something we should be willing to give up at the voting booth. Of course we should still have some level of compromise for the sake of effective government, but we should all admit there are certain issues that are off the table, and when the majority of the country disagrees with both the candidates, then there’s a problem. We were taught that if we don’t vote, then we disrespect our country. But if that were the case, that wouldn’t be a choice. That would be blackmail. So what if you actually like one of the candidates? Then not only should you vote, you should do what you can to help them win, including fundraising, campaigning, and bringing up the issues with your friends. You have a lot of reading to do if you want to know the issues and educate your peers. You may be surprised what you might learn. In short, there’s so much more to supporting a candidate than just voting for them. Taking part in how our government is run isn’t as simple or as easy as voting once every few years. Treat it as a heavy responsibility, because guess what, it is. Yes, your vote counts, but in order for it to matter, you need to vote with you heart and head in the game. You don’t have a duty to vote, but you do have a duty to stand for what you believe in. So if you think you have more reason to dislike all the candidates rather than appreciate any of them, do your better self a favor. Stay home next Tuesday. Don’t sell yourself short for a politician who doesn’t deserve you. CARTOON BY MOLLY ADAIR
A Goode choice for America
There is no denying it; our federal government is a dysfunctional mess. Democrats and Republicans have gone to war against moderation and compromise. Anything of substance that one party seeks to pass is immediately killed by the other in a continuing game of tit-for-tat that is exhausting the collective patience of everyone. While their powers are limited to specific situations, the President is still looked to as a power broker. A good President can work with opposing parties, consider the differing viewpoints, and negotiate a settlement that benefits everyone. Of By Chris Dodson Opinion Editor the candidates running for President in 2012, Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party, a veteran legislator with 36 years of public service under his belt, is the best man for the job. Goode has done this all before. During the 1995 Virginia legislative elections, Republicans fell short of taking the senate by 1 vote. At this time Democrats had held absolute control of the legislative branch for more than a century, and had always refused to cooperate with the Republicans. Concerned about the perpetual shutting out of opposition viewpoints and its affect on democracy, then-senator Goode, a Democrat, spoke out. After a series of negotiations, Goode was able to broker a power-sharing deal between his party and the Republicans that led to the equal apportionment of committee chairs. The results were a series of bipartisan legislation that had broad appeal. As a Congressman, Goode worked with everyone. He was elected as a Democrat, and gave crucial support to the balanced budget of the late 1990s. Despite decades of service as a Democrat, Goode eventually registered as an independent, but was reelected nonetheless. As an independent, Goode continued to work with both sides of the aisle in pursuit of policies that benefited his constituents. Despite eventually being elected as a Republican, Goode often broke with party leadership over policies he opposed. In 2005 he led a group of Republicans in opposition to the George Bushsupported CAFTA bill, earning a rebuke from the White House and support from his voters. Despite his shifting party label, Goode never strayed from his principles or his desire to benefit his constituents. He was never afraid to work with members of the opposition party, and didn’t view compromise as a 4-letter word. The current President is an abject failure. Rather than negotiating with competing viewpoints, Obama shut them out. Despite having a supermajority of Democrats in control of Congress, Obama pushed bills that were so radical that members of his own party balked. When Republicans called attention to the impending debt crisis, the White House called them “terrorists.” When Republican Scott Brown shocked the nation by winning diet-socialist Ted Kennedy’s senate seat on a platform of stopping Obama from ramming the healthcare bill through Congress too quickly, Obama’s response was to look for parliamentarian maneuvers (like reconciliation and deem-and-pass) to bypass the results. Obama even preemptively rebuked the Supreme Court, because he feared an unfavorable ruling regarding his signatory law. As the election nears, real unemployment (not white-washed BLS numbers) is in double-digits, inventories are at Fall 2008 (peak recession) levels, the Federal Reserve has failed to stimulate the economy (while risking inflation,) high gas and energy prices (boosted by White House policies) are depressing growth, our creditrating has been downgraded, the deficit is greater than ever before, healthcare premiums are rising (thanks to Obamacare,) taxes on the middle class have risen, and we are the brink of another recession. I give you the Obama Presidency. We cannot return to the mistakes of the past. Virgil Goode has a proven track record of negotiating with both sides. He has rejected partisan gridlock as both a Republican and a Democrat. He was successfully elected as an independent in a system that forces partisan loyalty. He has the leadership capacity to broker deals with both sides, balance the budget, solve the immigration program, and fight the special interests. He’s done it before. Why vote for a failure like Obama when you can vote for a success story like Goode?
Obama’s record and Republican disconnect: key reasons he deserves your vote Barack Obama inherited a mess from his predecessor, George W. Bush. However, in four years, he has been able to reinvigorate America’s role abroad, saved us from entering a depression, and has enacted a domestic policy that has forwarded civil rights and helped our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Domestically, Obama has forwarded civil rights in terms of the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy that outlawed openly gay servicemen and women in our nation’s military. He has been an advocate of equal pay for men and women. He passed laws that helped prevent us from entering a depression, including the stimulus, and imposed regulation on Wall Street to prevent another recession on this scale. His healthcare reform law, commonly referred to as “Obamacare”, although By Will Mann controversial, is necessary and prevents insurance companies from taking advantage of patients. In Features Editor addition, it ensures society’s most vulnerable citizens, the poor, don’t go bankrupt paying for medical treatment. One of the major reasons to vote for President Obama, is his incredibly strong foreign policy. I would go as far to say that he has the best foreign policy of any president in my lifetime. Obviously, his greatest foreign policy achievement was the killing of Osama Bin Laden in May 2011 that brought the head of Al-Qaeda to justice for his role in the 9/11 attacks. In addition, President Obama pulled us out of Iraq and helped bring down the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi without a single American casualty. He has remained firm in his support of the Arab Spring that has brought unprecedented upheaval to the Middle East, and he is a strong advocate of nuclear non-proliferation. The awarding of the President’s Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 seemed a vindication of his foreign policy and showed that, in the eyes of the world, America was resurging in influence after the 8 years of the Bush administration. However, in light of the President’s achievements and progress, one should vote for him simply because he will not demean himself by engaging in the petty fights his Republican counterparts wage. Post Obama-election, the conservative base has a waged a war on the President. From controversies about his birth certificate to an invitation to have rapper Common come to the White House, the Republicans have engaged in petty or made-up controversies and complaints to make people angry at a mostly-successful administration. On top of that, Republicans have been trying to dig up the major debates of the past rather than focusing on progress the way the President has. Whether it’s collective bargaining rights for teachers, voter fraud laws that only exist to marginalize minority voters, or trans-vaginal ultrasounds, Republicans have been social engineering through legislation rather than focusing on the economy, foreign and domestic affairs. Even Mitt Romney thinks that cutting funding to PBS will be more useful than cutting our gigantic defense budget. Romney’s focus on PBS over other things that could better reduce the deficit is just another example of Republican petty politics. This week’s comments from GOP senate candidate Richard Mourdock calling rape “something God intended,” on top of Rep. Todd Akin’s comments about “legitimate rape,” and Rep. Steve King dismissing that women can get pregnant from incest and rape are all staunch reminders of a GOP increasingly out-of-touch, offensive, derogatory to women, and focused on redefining rape rather than getting the country back to work. There has been too much progress in the past four years to turn back now. A vote for the President is a vote for progress, while a vote for Romney is to vote the party of Bachmann and Santorum back into the White House. As The New Yorker so eloquently said in their endorsement of the President: “A two-term Obama Administration will leave an enduringly positive imprint on political life. It will bolster the ideal of good governance and a social vision that tempers individualism with a concern for community. Obama’s America—one that progresses, however falteringly, toward social justice, tolerance, and equality—represents the future that this country deserves.” COURTESY PHOTO
Don’t settle for a failed presidency By Joel White
Arts & Culture Editor
Whenever I talk to my friends and peers about my views in this presidential election year, I often find myself wanting to apologize, as if my opinion is offensive or somehow insensitive. I’ve been accused of any number of horrible things: not caring about my fellow human beings, wanting to deny civil rights to everyday Americans, or even liking George W. Bush. I assure you that all of those things are untrue. Please, do me a courtesy that too few of our president’s supporters have done, and give me a chance to explain. What has President Obama accomplished since being in office? His supporters will likely give you some variation of the following list: he averted an economic depression, extended healthcare benefits to millions of Americans, and allowed homosexuals to serve openly in our military. I would argue that all of these claims are either false or grossly overstated. Let’s get the easy one out of the way: he didn’t repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Congress did (it’s one of the few things they’ve done right these past four years). And I could devote an entire op-ed to Obamacare, but instead I’ll just say this: it will ultimately make health insurance more expensive and add to the deficit. Even the Congressional Budget Office
can back me up on that. And did Obama avert an economic depression? I don’t know. Neither does anyone else. There is no way of knowing how deeply the economy would have recessed if the government had taken different action in response. All we know for sure is that Obama shoved a $787 billion stimulus through Congress and down the American people’s throats with promises of unemployment below 6% and a substantive economic recovery. That was in 2009. Unemployment remained above 8% until this month. Quick economic recovery indeed. But don’t let me get off track. I’m not merely writing about the case against Barack Obama. I’m also writing strongly in favor of Mitt Romney. Romney, despite what Obama supporters would
ROMNEY: Ann Romney visited the Peanut Shop in Williamsburg.
PHOTO BY Jan Hübenthal
have you believe, was a successful and well-respected businessman. Even Bill Clinton has said as much. As a venture capitalist, he invested in failing businesses and did what he could to turn them around. In many cases, he was successful. (Staples, anyone?) Yes, in some cases, he was unable to save the businesses and still made money. There’s nothing inherently bad about that; that’s just how private equity works. It’s like criticizing a fireman for getting paid his hourly wage despite the fact that he couldn’t save every burning house he encounters. And more importantly, let me say that Romney does not want to give tax breaks exclusively to his “rich friends.” He has stated rather unequivocally that he wants to lower taxes for everybody. And, believe it or not, one of the ways he plans to finance this is to eliminate tax breaks enjoyed solely by wealthy earners. Also, he has pledged to cut spending, which is sorely needed as our national debt suffers under a president who has added to it more than every other president in history combined. The last line of defense many Obama supporters use is drawing the line between “money” and “people,” as if voting for a president who wants to improve the economy somehow isn’t in the interest of every American. Last I checked, the economy affects 100% of us. I will agree that Romney’s stances on social issues (at least the stances he’s had since the primary) are regrettable. I personally believe in gay marriage and I support a woman’s right to choose. Then how, they all scream at me, can you possibly support Romney?
Well, I say, the president doesn’t have any say on gay marriage, despite what Obama might try and trick you into believing. That’s up to the legislature and the courts. The same goes for abortion regulation. If you’re really worried about those issues, then do what I do and vote Democrat farther down the ticket. (Yes, I’m voting for Tim Kaine, thank you very much). We should not settle for a sluggish economic recovery in the wake of massive federal spending. We should not accept a president who promised bipartisanship and passed health care reform without a single Republican vote. We should not accept an administration that promised peace and failed to close Guantanamo Bay. We should not stand by and watch the President of the United States, the leader of the free world, bash the basic principles of free enterprise. And we should not be fooled into believing that a president who endorsed gay marriage and unilaterally engaged in immigration reform three and half years into his term did it for anything other than political reasons. We should pay more attention to Romney’s record as governor, where he balanced the budget for four straight years without raising taxes and oversaw the legalization of gay marriage. We should pay more attention to his overwhelming success as a venture capitalist, when he saved numerous failing businesses from going under. We should pay more attention to his achievements with the Winter Olympics in 2002, when he turned a massive deficit into a surplus. We should know better. We should vote Romney.