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Student group pushes for green investments, green improvements By Justin Shawler News Editor
The College has a complex relationship with fossil fuels. James McGlothlin (’62, J.D. ’64), one of William & Mary’s largest donors and a wellknown alumni, made his earnings from coal and oil and the College investments its various endowments in fossil fuels. However, student groups have actively pushed for the College to decrease its environmental impact in many ways. This year a renewed push is already underway by the William and Mary Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), a group known for activism and education on environmental issues, to steer the College towards more environmentally friendly policies. Last year, SEAC pushed for what is known as “divestment”, encouraging the College to reduce its investments in fossil fuels and increase investments in other fields. Sam Jones (’75, MBA ’80), the College’s Vice President for Finance, told the Informer that the College is unsure what percent of investments are in fossil fuels. “I would have to get some research done as to the percent of College investments in fossil fuels,” Jones told the Informer. The College has begun discussions on divesting away from fossil fuels, but no concrete plans have been made and no actions have been taken. “Both the BOV [Board of Visitors] and College of William and Mary
Foundation Investments Subcommittees have had brief discussion of this issue but have taken no action to decrease investments in fossil fuels,” explained Jones. SEAC met with many administrators about the issue last year and now plans to approach the Board of Visitors. According to Scott Nordstrom (’15), a SEAC facilitator, the group met with Vice President Sam Jones, Vice President of Administration Anna B. Martin, as well as the College’s former Rector Jeffrey Trammell (’73) and President Taylor Reveley. “Last spring, members of SEAC’s Energy Justice campaign met with Mr. Sam Jones, Vice President of Finance and Ms. Anna Martin, Vice President of Administration, in order to discuss the feasibility and implementation of divestment,” said Nordstrom. “We then met with President Reveley with a proposal and discussed implementation, specifically with regards to the Board of Visitors,” added Nordstrom. Jones recalled the meeting and explained his understanding. “We had a general discussion relative to what other institutions were considering and the potential benefits of divestment. I believe I mentioned that there was some precedent in that many institutions (in the 1980’s?) eliminated investment in South Africa as a statement against the existing government and its policies. We then talked about the need to maximize investment return for our various endowments,” said Jones in an e-mail to the
Informer. S E A C wants to propose a plan to the College’s Board of Visitors that would reduce the College’s dependence on investments in industries with a large carbon footprint. “We are currently working on a proposal laying out our arguments to the Board of Visitors”, said Nordstrom. That’s not all they’re working on, though. At the “Campus Conversation” held with President Reveley and Rector Todd Stottlemyer (’85), N o r d s t r o m SEAC partnered with AMP and presented Homebrewaroo last PHOTOS BY AUSTEN DUNN and Ryan spring, promoting enviromentally friendly lifestyles. Durazo (’16) also brought Green Fee, he did comment dents. “One goal of SEAC this up increased sustainabil- on the concept of sustainabilyear is to educate students ity on campus by expanding ity. about the largest environthe College’s Green Fee, a “We are always mental issues in the country, $30 fee enacted in 2008 that into [environmental like hydraulic fracturing and promotes environmentally improvements] and, in fact, mountaintop removal. We friendly projects on campus on the energy front we’ve also would like to get stuby giving out grants. In 2012, done a lot that has been dents off campus and into the fee supported various very, very environmentally the community, through sercomposting, efficiency, and friendly and financially vice trips and student conrecycling projects around advantageous,” President campus. Reveley told Nordstrom at vergences, to learn about and address these issues,” said While President Reveley the “Campus Conversation”. did not know of any efforts by Nordstrom says he also Nordstrom. the administration or Board sees SEAC as a group that of Visitors to expand the wants to engage with stu-
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NEWS IN BRIEF By Justin Shawler & Sam Glover News Editor & Staff Writer
Seven questions with Senate Chair Will McConnell
SA SENATE: Will McConnell (’14) By Sam Glover
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As a senator for the senior for the senior class and the Chairman of the Student Assembly, Will McConnell (’14) wants to see a more active Senate with individual Senators getting involved. McConnell discusses his meeting style, the “power circle of the Senate”, his fiscal policy, and how he plans to challenge to the College administration.
until those differences are ironed out and it works for everyone. Last year, I think a lot of initiatives came from the executive, a lot of people had reservations towards those initiatives … and the debate was softened, sometimes even killed by, I don’t know, it was just not the style of the Senate last year. We kind of like stood there, sat there, and confirmed all those initiatives without really taking an active role in shaping them.
The Virginia Informer: Your meetings have been somewhat longer than last year’s. Is that by intention, is that something you want to promote? Tell us a little bit about your meeting style.
Informer: So when you say increase the size of the Senate, do you want more Senators per class or do you want to bring the Undergraduate Council, give them more voting power?
Will McConnell: First of all, I don’t think there was an intention to have the meeting last longer, its more the nature of the agenda, what we have to talk about, and the first couple of meetings it just so happened that …we also had a couple of bills that were big bills, big initiatives, and somewhat contentious, some people had things to say about them. . . .We sit there and we talk about it
McConnell: Well we haven’t looked at that, there’s obviously many options. One idea that was looked at last year was to make the class presidents members of the Senate, as well as class presidents, and have full member rights, being able to vote. That would obviously leave out Vice-Presidents of Advocacy, Social affairs, Secretary, and “MCCONNELL” page 4 Treasurer. Another See idea,
and I’m not saying I support this, but another idea that was thrown out there was to increase the size of the Senate to encompass all those people and have within the Senate assigned tasks of class of the undergraduate council. So say make a Senator the Treasurer for his class, make a Senator the President, the VicePresident of Advocacy. That was looked at, considered, there’s various options in doing that but, yes the idea is to bring people who are in the Undergraduate Council, who have been elected by fellow students, bring them into this circle of jurisdiction that has a lot of power over the budget and can do a lot more things. So maybe not increase the size of the Senate and just cut the Undergraduate [Council], I don’t think that’s a good idea, but [instead] bring in the Undergraduate [Council] into this power circle. …I think more people should be drawn into this power circle of the Senate from the undergraduate in general, from the school, from each class.
Keeping up with Koontz and Alim By Sam Glover Staff Writer
Promises are frequently made during political campaigns for public offices at all levels of government, and the Student Assembly is no exception. During their campaign for SA President and Vice President, Chase Koontz (’14) and Mel Alim (’14) made a laundry list of promises of their own in their campaign platform. These promises have the potential to impact student life in a variety of ways. While the due dates for the implementation of the plans vary, the three below have come to pass.
A new, improved Student Assembly website
The first of these promises is the launching of the revamped SA website, which was due at the start of the fall semester. According to Koontz and Alim’s platform, the website, which is supposed to be “new and improved” will have a blog “for student input and questions” in addition to all of the traditional information about members and branches of the SA. Talking about the website, Koontz emphasized the value of content. “If there’s no content to provide substance, then its not worthwhile to the Student Assembly but more importantly to the students,” said Koontz. Koontz listed the “basic requirements” for content, specifically making minutes and bills available for public access. He also mentioned the new informational videos that will be on the See “KEEPING UP” page 5
SA Review Board may get new name In their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday evening, Senate Chair Will McConnell (’14) proposed to rename the Review Board as “The High Court.” According to the Student Assembly website, The Review Board is the “judicial branch of the Student Assembly”, dealing with election disputes and “resolves disputes over the SA Constitution and Code.” In two bills he co-sponsored with Senator and Policy Committee Chair Peter Lifson (‘14), McConnell advocated the name change as a way to bring more “legitimacy” to the body as well as to give them a name that more accurately describes their function. One of the proposed bills would amend the SA Constitution while the other would amend the SA Code, both to reflect the name change. In McConnell’s words, the two bills would be “simply name changes, change in perception of the bodies. They don’t change anything in terms of power relations or procedure.” College unveils $143.9 million art facilities plan Vice President of Administration Anna B. Martin presented a plan to the College’s Board of Visitors last week that would vastly revamp William and Mary’s art facilities. The College is calling the proposal a “W&M Arts Quarter”. In its current iteration, the plan would be implemented in three stages over six years--similar to the plan for the Integrated Science Center--and would request funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia. The first phase of the plan ($52.3 million) includes the construction of a new music building with a 450 seat concert hall and increased classroom and practice facilities. The second phase of the plan ($59.5 million) involves a renovation and partial expansion of PBK Hall. The third phase of the plan ($32.1 million) would see a renovation of Andrews Hall and a new building west of PBK to house spaces for ceramics, models, and architecture. Funding is unsure, though, as it would need approval from the state’s new governor and the General Assembly. Alumni Association proposes $8 million expansion William and Mary’s Alumni Association met with the College’s Board of Visitors on Thursday, September 26 to discuss a plan funded by private money that would significantly expand the Alumni House. The addition would expand the circa 1860 farmhouse near Zable Stadium that was renovated in the 1990’s and which currently houses the Alumni Association. The plans for expansion include additional space for events, a new, grander entrance, and more landscaping. The Alumni Association believes the expanded facility will serve to better engage Alumni. President Taylor Reveley has consistently noted the need to foster relationships with alumni and encourage them to give back to the College financially. “Perhaps no other single project demonstrates the university’s focus on fostering a tradition of lifelong outreach and engagement as the Alumni House,” said Alumni Association Executive Vice President Karen R. Cottrell. Law school hosts Supreme Court Preview The Institute for Bill of Rights Law at the College of William and Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law hosted its annual Supreme Court Preview on September 27 and 28. The preview brings together notable scholars and pundits of the Supreme Court as well as attorneys seeking continuing education at the start of each Supreme Court session. Friday night began with a moot court and panel discussion that included constitutional law scholars Erwin Chemerinsky and Marci Hamilton. They considered the merits of an upcoming case that involves religion and prayer at local government events. Paul Clement, who led the legal challenge against the Affordable Care Act on behalf of 26 states, and a panel of other legal experts discussed upcoming cases that pertain to religious liberty and Obamacare, including mandating that insurance companies cover contraceptives. On Saturday, the law school was host to a number of panels discussing hot topics from gay rights to abortion to the war on terror. Other expert panelists discussed First Amendment law, civil rights law, criminal law and corporate law.
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Approximately one in six W&M students have possessed a fake ID By Justin Shawler & Vini Cunningham News Editor & Associate News Editor
According to an informal poll of 197 students, 18% of William & Mary students have at one time possessed a fake ID and intended to use it to purchase alcohol. The split between males and females who possessed fake IDs was nearly even, with females making up 48% of those who have or had a fake ID and males making up 52%. That data reflects a national trend as observed in many major media outlets such as the Economist and the BBC. A 2009 nationwide survey of American university students showed nearly 17% of freshmen and 32% of seniors own or have owned a fake ID. Chief Donald Challis of the William & Mary Police department says that the police department rarely catches underage students in the act of using an ID. Challis attributes this to the lack of bars and stores on campus. He does, however, still see a large number of fake IDs. While he could not get precise figures because of the way William and Mary’s Police Departments logs data, he said the number of IDs is significant. The reason the department does not press charges is because of Virginia state law. To be prosecuted one must not only possess the ID but also actively use the ID to do something illegal. “There’s been a change in the prosecutor’s office as far as charges for possession go,” said Challis, referring to the complexity of Virginia’s fake ID. He noted that the law makes it hard to prosecute someone who merely has one in their wallet because the person’s intent is unclear. Challis presumed that most students purchase IDs from the website ID Chief, where fakes can range from $62 to $125 dollars per card. The site was recently taken offline. William and Mary Police come across IDs in the normal line of duty. Challis told the Informer in an interview that the most common narrative involves someone being sent to the hospital for an alcohol related medical emergency. In the process, campus police look for some form of identification and may come across a fake while making that legal search. Challis says campus police may not know it is a
Number of students polled: 197 : Students that have never possessed a fake id : Students that have possessed a fake id
: Male students who have possessed a fake id
From page 3 website, crediting Secretary of Outreach Kendall Lorenzen and her undersecretaries. As for the blog, Koontz stated that it would be updated on a week to week basis with Koontz, Alim, and other SA members giving the updates. Speaking about the “news and events” section of the website, Koontz said “We really hope in the long run, it can be more of a resource . . . . We certainly want it . . .to have aspects of “Student Happenings” but in a nicer format than just the laundry list of activities of what’s going on for the week.” No other features are planned as of yet, but Koontz says he wants to constantly develop and update the website, suggesting the idea of message boards as a possible way to make the website more interactive. “A real test is how do we take feedback we get from student and from anyone and how do we implement that into the website, I think that’s going to be a big key moving forward,” explained Koontz. As of this writing, the new SA website is still not up.
Late night option at Sadler
: Female students who have possessed a fake id
fake immediately because “they [fake IDs] look pretty good.” Instead, they plug the data on the card into their database and then realize it is a fake because no person comes back as being identified with that specific information. “We know [someone is using one] because when we run the information they don’t come back with anyone,” explained Challis. At that moment and because of Virginia law, the priority of the police and other first responders is to actually identify the victim and respond to the medical emergency. Following the event, the police may approach the person and tell them about finding the fake ID. They see the meeting as a time to educate, not punish. The medical emergency resulting from alcohol and the details-including the possession of the fake ID--are reported to the Dean of Students office. There the police have no influence or role once it reaches the College administration. “The perception is that we are just looking for drunk people to arrest,” said Challis. He added that it would be easy to drive up numbers from what he and his officers have seen most weekends if that was his goal. Challis and his officers also have no substantial role in arrests beyond the brick walls of campus. Williamsburg Police handle that, and data obtained from them in a Freedom of Information Act request highlights Challis’ comment about Virginia law on fake IDs. While Williamsburg
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Police made 244 arrests for unlawful possession of alcohol between August 2009 and August 2013, they only made two arrests in that same period for the use of a fake ID to purchase alcohol under the age of 21. Because the two types of arrests fall under the same code number in Virginia law, its unknown how many, if any, of the 244 arrests made also included possession or presentation of a fake ID. Owner of two local bars, The College Delly and Paul’s Delly, George Tsipas recognizes that dealing with underage drinkers comes with the territory of owning a venue that sells alcohol. He believes that the fake ID trend for students at William & Mary is not unique when compared to other colleges and universities. “This is a national problem, not just a William & Mary problem,” Tsipas said, “It’s the same thing in every college town.” The bouncers outside College and Paul’s are usually in-house employees who check ID’s. Tsipas considers his venues to be primarily food service, which makes it unnecessary to hire bouncers from an outside source. “My priority is food. We like to think we’re a restaurant first and then we serve alcohol,” Tsipas said. Tsipas also acknowledged the dangerous consequences for his venues if students were successful in using their fake IDs. “When someone uses a fake ID we can use lose our ABC license,” Tsipas said. “We’re just doing our jobs.”
Also due by the start of the fall semester was the new late night option in Sadler which has clearly been achieved. The platform advocates for: “Later hours – Sadler should be open later than 8, and late night meal swipe options, not just flex points.” Koontz and Alim, however, played no role in achieving this, according to John J. Byxbe, the Associate Director of Auxiliary Services for the College. “The late night option in Sadler evolved over the last two years from student feedback, surveys, and feedback from the dining Services Advisory Committee,” said Byxbe. Koontz did not object to Byxbe’s explanation, but instead praised Auxiliary Services and the College for acting on survey responses. Koontz says the promise came out of student concern and he is glad the College took care of it. “It’s the school’s doing, and we’re excited they took action on it,” said Koontz.
Voter registration efforts during Freshman Orientation
The last of these three promises was the voter registration of freshmen during their orientation. Out of the three, it appears to be the most successful. Koontz and Alim’s platform stated: “Upon the start of orientation, we will organize and execute a freshman voter registration outreach program.”
Ninety-nine voters were registered in the orientation period, according to the Undersecretary of Voter Registration Brady Meixell (’16).
“[Ninety-nine] is pretty impressive for a non-presidential election year,” Meixell added. Brady said that the registration tactics built upon the success of past years, with Koontz and Alim appointing Zach Woodward (’14), the previous Undersecretary of Voter Registration, to be this year’s Secretary of Public Affairs based on this past success. Brady used the Activities Fair and the Local Merchant’s Fair as opportunities to encourage student registration. “Both parents and students were ecstatic about the ease and availability of registering to vote as a result,” said Brady. Koontz described the underlying philosophy of SA voter registration as a “boots on the ground” approach, crediting this phrase to Meixell and Woodward. This involves the “Have you registered to vote yet?” questions that both Meixell and Koontz say not only work, but also make William & Mary “the cream of the crop” in regards to voter registration. Brady says he will continue his current voter registration push until Fall Break, and Koontz emphasized another push when the elections for the City of Williamsburg roll around in the spring.
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MCCONNELL hopes for increased Senate involvement and more effective student government From page 3 Informer: Is there a style you have when it comes to your fiscal policy, or spending for bills, or is it on a needed as-is basis? McConnell: Its on a needed as-is, case-by-case basis, we have enough funds to organize and try to do the best and be very eclectic in our use of the funds. I do have one underlying idea though and that is that the Senate and the Student Assembly, they’re not bodies that should be primarily concerned with programing. We have a lot of resources, a lot more than various clubs and organizations do, so there is the trend to like concentrate a lot of money in this budget and then drop all that money in a big event, Dalai Lama and that stuff, which is great, its awesome, but I think at one point you have to draw a line. There are hundreds of organizations on campus that put on really cool events on a smaller scale, sure, but they’re really cool events. There’s AMP which organizes concerts and stuff like that, and I think that whereas the student assembly should have a strong say in programing, that shouldn’t mean that we should have 100% oversight and control over the budget for every event. I think we should empower organizations to have their own events, I think through the EAC [Executive Appropriations Committee] process we should try and be the most accommodating that we can in giving money to organizations that want
to put on events instead of keeping it to ourselves in a big budget that we can do a lot of things with because those organizations exist because of this budgeting process and they do a lot of great things. The Student Assembly, instead, has this exclusive status over any other organization on campus and that is that we are the voice of the students, so at one point we should leave programing and all those things to organizations, empower them to do so, and instead take on the role of letting student voices be heard, and that is by challenging administration policies that we don’t like, like the disclosure of crimes policy we dubbed the indecent disclosure policy. We challenged that, quite successfully, we’re not done with that, we’ll do more, but we did a lot of work with that. One thing I think is preposterous is that, I do disagree with the school policy of students living on campus being required to buy meal plans, but I do understand that, and I don’t think we have a whole lot of leverage to fight that battle. But I think we can fight the battle of RAs being forced to buy meal plans. . . . They are required to buy meal plans and they have the same opt out policy of price, which is about $800 I think. RAs really don’t have a say in where they live, they have to live on campus, obviously, they may do that because of the financial benefits.
Some people may use that as financial aid, they may not apply for scholarships and stuff like that but instead work their way through lowering their tuition rates and they get stabbed in the back by being required to purchase a meal plan which is first of all a significant cost. I’m not saying they all will buy unlimited, they can buy smaller plans like block plans, but if you make like all the math, block plans per meal you spend more. They don’t make that much sense financially for a person who doesn’t want a meal plan, and they have to pay 800 bucks to not eat on campus when they could just not buy a meal plan. I think RAs should not be required, I think that’s something that Student Assembly should take on as well as other policies. Informer: To play devil’s advocate here: nobody has to be an RA. They made a choice to be a resident assistant and that means living in a dorm on campus. So could you say that they should have to buy a meal plan because they made the choice to live here on campus. What would you say against that? McConnell: First of all, the choice they’re presented with is either a small meal plan which could be, I don’t know, whatever the cost of the smallest meal plan is versus not having to pay room, so that’s a pretty clear financial choice, they will obviously pick not paying the room and
have to suffer buying a meal plan if being an RA is what they want to [be]. Now that doesn’t mean that they make the choice between being an RA and having a meal plan and not being an RA and not having a meal plan. It may mean that they have to save up on the like $5000, $6000, $7000 that they would pay by room and therefore pay instead for a meal plan, which if you were doing that for financial reasons seems counterintuitive to have to pay more money to serve the school, when you are doing that by serving the school and for financial reasons that you don’t pay [for the room]. Secondly, I think, in general, the policy that students are required to purchase a meal plans, is a policy that we can obviously understand why that is. Some people live on campus, they choose to live on campus because its good. If they have to force those people to live on campus to buy meal plans, then that means that a lot of people who live on campus don’t want to buy meal plans, that means that a lot of people in general don’t want to buy meal plans and there’s probably a reason behind that. Maybe its that the food is not good, maybe its that the hours don’t fit their needs… There’s a variety of reasons and I don’t think you should have to pay $800 to live better in those terms. I think that’s a weird policy and almost cruel to impose it on RA’s who don’t have a choice in that department. They have to live on campus, and they don’t make the
choice to live on campus if they can’t afford the $5000 that is room. It’s a stab in the back. Informer: Asking about your involvement with the administration: You said you challenged them on the policy of “indecent disclosure”. McConnell: That was an initiative from last year from other people. I supported the initiative, and the new language that was passed is better, but its not very specific. Informer: Of the “indecent disclosure”? McConnell: Of the new handbook that was released this year, outlining the policy, that language is too broad, and we want to challenge that as well, not because we don’t think its good, just because we want to know exactly what it means. Informer: What are your future plans? McConnell: Challenge a bunch of policies. That’s what the Senate should do, let the student voice be heard. So I’ll be working closely with Policy Chair Peter Lifson. We’re working on [eliminating] the RA meal plan requirement right now. I have other plans in terms of the budgeting process that will be left to later and I want to do a lot of changes to code and constitution to make student government more effective.
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a guide to fall in williamsburg PHOTO BY BEN ZHANG
By Krissa Loretto Features Editor
Here are just a few activities we suggest now that the weather has cooled and the leaves have started to change.
College Run Farms (Surry, VA) Take a quick trip across the Jamestown Ferry and head to Surry for pick-yourown pumpkins. While you’re there, be sure to get a cup of homemade pumpkin ice cream or venture through the corn maze. Don’t forget your camera!
Canoe on Lake Matoaka (Williamsburg, VA) Enjoy the fall scenery right on your very own campus! Autumn is the perfect time to rent a canoe and paddle around Lake Matoaka. Canoes can be rented at the Matoaka Boathouse every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 p.m.
Cider in CW (Williamsburg, VA) It’s absolutely necessary. Grab your friends and take a walk down good old DoG Street. Buy a refillable mug at one of the vendors in Colonial Williamsburg and get free refills on cider, hot chocolate and fountain drinks for the rest of the semester.
Carter Mountain Orchard (Charlottesville, VA) Got any friends at UVA? Take a trip out to Charlottesville and visit Carter Mountain Orchard. Carter Mountain has a dozen varieties of apple trees to pick as well as pumpkins and peaches. Grab an apple cider donut (or a few dozen) for the trip back on I-64.
Halloween Haunt (Richmond, VA) Like Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream, but $17 cheaper! Head to King’s Dominion on any Friday night in October and it will only set you back $32. Enjoy getting spooked by zombies and followed psychotic clowns between all of the coasters and haunted mazes.
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“Fratty” artifacts found in ceiling of former Units By Amy Bailey
Associate Features Editor
Admit it—a little piece of your freshman self died when they announced that the Units, William & Mary’s former fraternity housing section, was being handed over to the incoming freshman class of 2017. Even though the new Greek mansions boast luxury interiors and hardwood floors, the Units will always be home to memories of dance parties, themed mixers, and open parties that hold a special place in the hearts of all upperclassmen on campus. However, a fratty legacy isn’t the only thing the former inhabitants left behind. News began circulating of foreign objects found in the ceiling tiles of the Green & Gold Village after an email was sent out by Resident Life two weeks ago addressing the problem. Items found include beer cans, artificial Christmas trees, empty wine boxes, tobacco pipes,
used condoms, old issues of Playboy, and discarded fraternity apparel. “One ceiling was described as a ‘sea’ of beer cans, because of the sheer number of cans inside the ceiling tiles,” says Evan Brandolino (’16), the RA for Griffin B. All rooms in the Green & Gold Village were cleaned over the summer, however it seems that many areas were missed along the way. “It never occurred to Res Life or Facilities Management staff that we would need to check above every single ceiling tile to ensure trash was not left,” says Deb Boykin, Director of Residence Life at William & Mary. In wake of these discoveries, many are calling into question the reputation of Greek life on campus and possible changes it may undergo in the future. “Fraternities have been living in the Units for decades now. These recent discoveries in the ceilings are not representative of
entire organizations, rather they are the result of a few individual members’ poor choices over a time span of many, many years,” says David Thomson*, president of a fraternal organization on campus. “Over the past several years the buildings in the now Green & Gold Village were 40-50% non-fraternity residents. I would not want to blame anyone in particular— especially exclusively the fraternity community—for the items left above the ceilings,” says Boykin. “Still, since the buildings opened in the late 1960’s and were completely renovated in the late 1990’s, the occupants have been predominantly fraternity men.” Since the opening of the new fraternity houses on Ukrop Way and Yates Drive, many believe that fraternity life is in the process of a positive change in reputation on campus. With the new housing comes new mindsets among Greeks on campus, and many are aware of the responsibility these new
living arrangements require. “The new fraternity houses are an appropriate representation of the fraternities,” says Thomson. “The shift from the Units to the new houses allows the brothers to take pride in their new homes and treat them with the respect and care deserving of a true fraternity house. By disassociating ourselves from the grimy Units, fraternities are gaining a much more respectable image both on campus and in the Williamsburg community.” Boykin, Director of Residence Life, agrees. “With the opening of the new houses we are holding the chapters accountable for maintaining them in good order,” she says. “President Reveley and Vice President Ambler have visited every chapter residing in the new houses and have told the men ‘if you abuse it, you lose it’. The men…seem to appreciate the investment the university has made and understand the consequences they will face if they fail to take care of
the houses. How they do this will determine any change in the image others have of them. As the Fraternity and Sorority Housing Mission states: in order to affirm and strengthen fraternity and sorority life as an important William & Mary tradition, we seek to create living environments that advance the highest and historic values of fraternities and sororities that members, alumni, and the college as a whole will respect and appreciate.” As for the ceiling tile treasures, they serve as a simple and somewhat amusing reminder of the generations of former residents on campus, whether affiliated or not. “I think the items left in the ceilings don’t say anything particularly revelatory about fraternity life at William & Mary,” says Brandolino. “Is anyone really surprised? It is college, after all.”
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Caffeine poses threat to college students By Alex Greenspan Staff Writer
Among the legal academic performance enhancing drugs, one stands out for its near universality: caffeine. Whether in coffee, tea, soda, chocolate or some other vehicle, the stimulant finds a uniquely dependent market in college students. Students often do not get enough sleep on average to support attentiveness in class without adding caffeine to their diet. According to a straw poll survey of William & Mary students, the average student at the College consumes between two and three servings of caffeinated beverages daily. For the majority, this included both coffee and tea and was timed strategically throughout the day to maintain alertness until late at night. Eric Garrison, Health Promotion Specialist for the College, said in an email that students should beware of over consumption of caffeine. “Most students don’t realize how much caffeine that they are consuming, because their coffee cup or mug might be two to three servings worth of caffeine,” said Garrison. “This means that a person who might say she had three cups of coffee, could really be imbibing nine servings.” Caffeine, according to Mayo Clinic’s website, can become harmful and disruptive if consumed over 500 mg a day. With
the average cup of coffee results.” containing about 100 mg, Many William that means anything over five & Mary students cups can lead to side effects in the straw poll such as insomnia, irritability, survey reported heart palpitations, and a v o i d i n g upset stomach. Considered c a f f e i n e differently, two and a half completely. 16 oz cups of coffee can Avoided to an lead to some combination even greater of these problems -- or even extent were less depending on individual energy drinks, of tolerance or reactivity. which few would Insomnia, sleep admit to consuming difficulties, and daily regularly. According exhaustion are all commonly to Garrison, drinks suffered by college students. such as Red Bull, According to the National Monster, Five Hour College Health Assessment Energy, and Amp, survey, conducted nationally can be harmful due by the American College to their appeal to non Health Association, 24.9% coffee drinkers. “The of all respondents in the combination of their survey reported having diminutive size and sleep difficulties or trouble clever marketing make falling asleep. Only 11% of them look “harmless” – respondents feel well rested when they are anything more than one day a week. but,” said Garrison. Inversely, 92% of responding Few long term studies college students feel “tired, of energy drink consumption dragged out, or sleepy during exist, and thus much the day,” at least one day speculation remains over per week, with nearly half long term usage. In Monster, reporting that they felt this for example, stimulating way at least three days per effects of caffeine are week. bolstered by Taurine, “Energy management Ginseng, Guarana seed, is a complex process with L-Carnitine, and B vitamins. many elements, including: Many of these have the same adequate sleep, good food, side effects as caffeine in exercise, morning sunlight excess consumption. exposure, hydration, mental There exists a cultural health, and general physical dimension of coffee health,” said Garrison. “Using consumption, especially or recommending caffeine in college. Said Charlotte for energy management is Mabon (‘15), “I love coffee about as useless as telling a person living with depression See “CAFFEINE” page 8 to just ‘cheer up’– and expect
Nutritional Facts: Coffee Amount per one cup (8 fl oz) Calories: 1 Total Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 5 mg Total Carbohydrate: 0 g Protein: 0.3 g Caffeine: 95 mg
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Tribe Trends: Tear ‘em up in harem pants City-wide road sign By Erin Morris Staff Writer
You’ve seen them across campus: tribal printed and billowy, the harem pant has arrived in Williamsburg. Trendsetters and comfortseekers alike have donned the high fashion style, which is composed of a loose and baggy crotch that tapers into a fitted lower leg. From their East Asian origins to M.C. Hammer’s music videos, harem pants are not new. In the 18th century, men and women wore the pants as a symbol of morality. As time went on, however, they transformed into a symbol of feminism, providing an outlet for women to express themselves beyond a dress or skirt. It wasn’t until the late 1990s that harem pants reentered the fashion scene with force. M.C. Hammer’s single “U Can’t Touch This” featured the “parachute
pant,” a modern take on the old standby. As the video grew in popularity, so did the trend—malls filled with teens clad in brightly colored nylon parachute pants. Nowadays, the harem pant is high fashion, with designers like Ralph Lauren and Alexander McQueen producing their own take on the trend. The designer pants tend to be more neutral and can be paired with a similarly billowy shirt, continuing the trend on top. However, not every William & Mary woman fits a model’s measurements, so here’s a few tips on how to wear harem pants in the real world: 1) Pair them with a fitted shirt to balance out the proportions of the comfy look. The main idea is to not lose yourself in the clothes. Keep the pants trendy by sticking to basic proportional rules: if your bottoms are loose, keep the top more fitted. 2) Don’t be afraid to layer
a chambray shirt or jacket as the weather gets cooler. 3) If you’re feeling adventurous, add in a fun shoe. Sandals with a bit of sparkle can give the look something extra, and keep you from looking like you just rolled out of bed. For those still looking to make the leap, there are many stores offering an everyday harem pant. No matter what look you choose, the harem pant is a statement trend any William & Mary student can pull off. With its blend of comfort and sophistication, the hammer pant is here to stay. Whether you’re wearing it to class or out to the delis, it’s an easy trend to incorporate into any wardrobe. So if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, go for it because we’ll be seeing this trend for years to come. Full article online
refurbishment underway By Alex Greenspan Staff Writer
Jamestown Road’s intersections have made a case to usurp Confusion Corner as the “crossroads most likely to get someone lost”. All of the street signs, from South Boundary through at least Burns Lane, are currently not in place. This includes some stop signs as well as directional signs. This is not, in fact, the result of rampant theft, but instead a planned refurbishment project by the City of Williamsburg. “All the sign brackets in the city are being taken down, sand blasted, repainted, the reinstalled on a rolling basis,” said City Manager Jackson Tutte in an email. For students at the College, off-campus road names are often better known than their on campus
counterparts. If asked to place Ukrop, Wake, Harrison, Burns, Griffin, and Cary Street on a map, many would have more luck with the last four than the first two. Thus the lack of directional signs is less consequential. However, for Family Weekend, September 20-22, some off campus students encountered this issue as a minor obstacle to finding their families. The signs should be back soon, said Communications Specialist for the City of Williamsburg, Kate Hoving in an email. “It’s going to take a few months for the whole project -- they’re doing them all across town -- and trying to do it on a rotating basis so not too many are out at one time. It takes roughly two weeks for each bracket to be refurbished, after which we re-install them with the sign.”
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St. Andrews’ Joint Degree Program looking ahead to expand majors By Isabel Steven Staff Writer
Designed for students who want the breadth of a liberal arts education, but the depth of a single discipline curriculum, the St. Andrews’ Joint Degree Program allows study in both education systems: two years at William and Mary and two at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. In its third year, the program was developed by former Rector of the Board of Visitors Hank Wolf and St. Andrews’ former Vice Principal for External Affairs Stephen Magee. Academic Distinctions from W&M Curriculum While many freshmen have only vague ideas of what they want to major in, St. Andrews Joint Scholars are required to declare immediately as either an International Relations, History, English or Economics major. After freshman year, in which students take several required courses based on their major and a specific program seminar, they spend a year at St. Andrews. There they take only three courses each semester.
Scholars then choose wheth- me is studying what I do in a forer to return to the U.S. for junior eign country. Even the way they year or to stay in Scotland. Re- teach IR here is different, very gardless, the second year at St. much more reliant on theories, Andrews is spent solely on ful- so it’s really interesting to have filling degree requirements. Ac- the, admittedly basic, American cording to Faculty Director of the foundation and to come here and Joint Degree Program Colleen see and learn the way they do at Kennedy, the minimum number European universities,” said Colof degree credit hours is 54, com- lins. pared with William and Mary’s For junior Rosemary Hall, 48 maximum. Additionally, stu- who has always wanted to study dents must fulfill the William and English and loves Scottish culMary GERs; however, while they ture, St. Andrews was the perfect can use AP/IB scores to satisfy re- study abroad program. The more quirements, they receive no credit independent curriculum of St. hours. These aspects make it im- Andrews’ classes—English classpossible to double major and very es allow students to read and redifficult to add a minor, although search the topics relevant to their some students are attempting to. interests—appealed to Hall. This, Academic Advantages coupled with a course catalog full The Joint Degree Program is of tempting classes prompted her best suited to those students who to transfer full time to St. Anknow beyond a shadow of a doubt drews. what they want to study. Sopho“What I wanted was a lot more Aedan Collins, despite go- more independent work. It’s more ing to Thomas Jefferson High difficult, I find, but more rewardSchool for Science and Technolo- ing that way, said Hall. “I’m regy, had always been interested in ally glad I did the program to see worldwide politics, and after an both schools and how they work in-depth research project her ju- to see that this one is better for nior and senior years, applied to me.” schools with strong IR programs. See “ST. ANDREWS” page 9 “The biggest advantage for
MUSICAL FORECAST Wednesday “Comeback Story” by Kings of Leon, off of their new album “Mechanical Bull” Thursday “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” by the Arctic Monkeys, off of their new album “AM” Friday “Then We Kiss” by Icona Pop, off their new album “THIS IS….ICONA POP” Saturday “Gun” by CHVRCHES, off of their new album “The Bones of What You Believe” Sunday “Grace for Saints and Ramblers” by Iron and Wine, off of their new album “Ghost Ghost” out on April 16, 2013 Monday “Team” by Lorde, a single off her first album set to release September 30 Tuesday “Language” by Drake, off his new album “Nothing Was the Same”
student spotlight: SARAH GARRATT
Self-designing majors epitomize liberal arts education By Krissa Loretto Features Editor
“So, what’s your major?” Most of us were sick of answering this question before we ever stepped foot on campus. With over 50 undergraduate majors and minors to choose from, it is difficult to pick just one. According to William & Mary Career Services, you don’t have to. Want to major in Italian? You can. How about Feminist Law & Policy? Do-able. The ability to self design your own major is a major reflection of the multidisciplinary liberal arts education at The College. According to the Charles Center, “A student working in consultation with a faculty advisor may formulate
an interdisciplinary major that is tions was one of W&M’s most uniquely tailored to his or her in- popular self-designed majors terest.” Although most students so hopefully I’ll come into some choose the traditional route, self- more resources once I delve in a designed majors such as Commu- little deeper.” nications and Public Health are The process of self-degaining popularity. signing is highly involved. Stu Kayla Sharpe ’17 chose dents who self-design must have William & Mary over other uni- their proposed major approved by versities with established Com- the Committee on Honors and Inmunications departments, con- terdisciplinary Studies. “The biggest challenge overall fident that the self-designing process would offer her a solid is knowing exactly what you want to do with your program and exfooting in her field. “A lot of people interested plaining in your proposal why it in journalism seem to be simply is different from the programs almajoring in English with a minor ready offered here” said Hannah in something like Government or Kohn ’15. She recently self-deHistory, but I want to focus more signed a Peace & Conflict Studies on Communications. When I in- major that included classes rangterviewed here as a high school ing from International Politics to student I was told by an admis See “MAJORS” page 9 sions officer that Communica-
CAFFEINE: Excessive consumption can lead to addiction so much. It’s great to grab coffee with a friend and it’ll keep you alert for the rest of the day too.” Dates to Starbucks, Daily Grind, Aromas or any number of local coffee shops are prevalent during young adulthood. Whether for focus or social function, excessive caffeine consumption can lead to addiction much as with other drugs. In National Geographic article “Caffeine Addiction is a Mental Disorder, Doctors Say”, a number of top doctors and researchers stated their belief that caffeine addiction and the resulting withdrawal should be classified
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as a psychological disorder in the same way as addiction and withdrawal of more infamous drugs. Consumption rates reported on campus in the aforementioned straw poll revealed several students near addiction levels. One student reported a daily intake of at least six cups of coffee per day. Garrison urges students to consider the fiscal impact, or the monetary cost of such high levels of consumption as part of a healthy lifestyle. Those in need of assistance with energy
management should consider all of the College’s resources. “Seeking sensible support shows strength,” said Garrison, “so if you are having trouble managing your energy, ask the experts on campus (such as the Substance and Alcohol Awareness branch of HOPE – under Christina Phang, the Mental Health Branch of HOPE – under Karen Travis, Active Minds – under Julia Gibson, as well as the stars in Campus Recreation, the Counseling Center, the Student Health Center, and Health Promotion.”
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Year: 2016 Major: Undeclared INVOLVEMENT: Cross country and track, volunteers at a preschool every week, APPLE Something that gives her pure joy: “The song ‘September’ by Earth, Wind, and Fire, playing with kids, being at William and Mary” The best pick-up Line: “just being Joey from friends, like ‘heyyyy’” What she did this summer: Went on a service trip to Cape Town, South Africa. “It was the coolest experience of my life. I took classes and learned about all the competing voices in South Africa. There are eleven official languages, each with a unique history and everyone is just fighting for their story to be heard. I went into it thinking that I wouldn’t be able to relate. But the kids I played with, they’re just kids; we were just kids too. Even though the go through so much every day, they’re still kids; they want to have fun and play games.” dream superpower: “Teleportation. People should be able to be together whenever they want to be.”
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MAJORS: logistics can be difficult, but worth the effort From page 8 Cross Cultural Psychology. “One challenge is also kind of a blessing in disguise-classes offered each semester change, so the courses I initially submitted for my program are not exactly the ones I am taking now.” Kohn added that she has embraced the difficulties in the designing process, as certain classes that she took unexpectedly have added a well-roundedness to her course of studies. “I’ve ended up in classes that I hadn’t originally been looking for, which is really eye-opening. You have to be flexible and always be looking into new classes and opportunities.” Those opportunities can come in many forms. Students who selfdesign are encouraged to work on Independent Studies as well as Honors projects over their four years. Self-designers can even study abroad.Rebecca Silverstein ’14, a self-designed Global Public Health major, chose to study abroad in Argentina through a public-health based program. “I took courses such as Epidemiology and Social Determinants of Health, Health Systems, Policies and Programs and did a monthlong independent research project. Combining a self-designed major, Pre-med concentration, and studying abroad for a semester took some figuring out, but was well worth it!” The Office of Academic Advising encourages William & Mary students to pick their major based on personal strengths and interests and they will guide interested students in the self-design process. Next, self-designers must work closely with an academic advisor of their choice and carefully devise a holistic plan. “It took me a whole semester to fully develop my ideas with my advisor and compile my proposal and coursework,” said Kohn. Applications to self-design must be submitted before preregistration of the student’s senior year and include between 30 and 48 hours of interdisciplinary credit. Students must also submit a onepage description and rationale of their major selection. “I worked with my advisor, Dr. Aday, to design a course load that was demanding and included the concepts I had been exposed to and loved… Some of the logistics of courses, credit transfer, and course replacements have proved a little difficult, but nothing that can’t be figured out,” said Silverstein. “I’ve loved it!”
St. Andrews program to attract employers From page 8 Freshman and IR major Dawnyshia Griffin is also excited for the different types of classes at St. Andrews. “I’m looking forward to experiencing a new educational system. For the same class you get the input of multiple professors because the professor that knows the lecture topic the best will come and teach that day,” said Griffin. Social Differences For many college students, acclimating to the social scene at college is hard enough, but the Joint Degree students have to do it twice. Students often cite this as the biggest disadvantage of the program. “When I was accepted, I considered William and Mary as kind of a practical stepping stone to Scotland.” said Collins. “[…] but I loved William and Mary and I miss all my friends there so much. I love the program and all the opportunities it’s given me, but sometimes I feel a little cheated--I’m missing so much time with the friends I just made.” In fact, Collins has decided to return to the States for her junior year and then go back to Scotland because “it will give [her] more continuity” in maintaining friends. “Coming back my senior year would be strange--people change a lot in two years, and the only people I would know at the school would be my year, she said. “Saying goodbye wasn’t fun, though, and a lot of my time here revolves around figuring out the time difference and skyping, facetiming or texting my friends and family at home.” Griffin, however, recognizes both the good and bad of a complete change in social scenes. “While I’m sure that I’ll miss friends that I’ve made here, I’m really excited about integrating into the community there. It’s basically like having two freshman years, and I’m looking forward to having my first year of college experience twice,” she said. Looking Ahead While the Joint Degree Program is still young, Kennedy has high hopes for its continued success. After the inaugural class graduates in 2015, there are plans to expand the number of majors available; both the Neuroscience and Film Studies departments have expressed interest. The program coordinators anticipate that the program will be “attractive to employers” and hope to see it confirmed in the next few years as the first classes move into the working world. “We hope that employers see that this is highly unusual and what it takes to succeed in the program: independence, courage, self-reliance, a sense of adventure and a commitment to global education,” said Kennedy.
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Football / SPOR TS
Review: Turnaround’s fair play, great defense By Stephen Gricoski Staff Writer
What a difference a year can make. This time last year, the William and Mary Tribe football team was sitting at 1-4, with a daunting conference schedule ahead of them (they went on to finish 2-9). This year, the team is 3-1 (1-0 in the CAA), and is starting to generate some national buzz (the Tribe received 27 votes in the coaches poll, and sit just outside the top 25). What could have prompted such a drastic turnaround? Well for starters, the defense has been tremendous. Despite the loss of dynamic playmaker B.W. Webb, the Tribe currently rank ninth in the FCS in yards allowed, surrendering 284 yards per game, and second in scoring defense, only giving up an impressive 9.2 points per game. This defensive effort has been highlighted by a strong rush defense, allowing only 91.2 yards per game (13thnation). The front seven has been anchored by the play of sophomore linebacker Luke Rhodes, who has 31 tackles through four games (almost half his total from all of last season). The secondary has been impressive as well, allowing less than 200 yard a game (44ththe defense
has been the ability to manufacture turnovers—the Tribe have forced four on the season (two fumbles and two picks)—and they have been able to score off of these turnovers. This strong defense has been complemented by an efficient offense. The Tribe’s dominating ground game, led by Sophomore tailback Mikal Abdul-Saboor, who has rushed for 322 yards on 58 carries, averaging 5.55, good for 32 in the country, is averaging close to 200 yards on the ground. This has been complemented by Senior quarterback Michael Graham, who has played extremely efficiently thus far. He has thrown for 614 yards, completed 58 percent of passes, and tossed three touchdowns to one pick (as well as 91 yards and a td on the ground). The Tribe have also been taking much better care of the ball, only turning it over three times through four games (as compared to last year when they turned it over an average of 1.6 times per game). This new and improved Tribe was on show in their season opener against perennial BCS power West Virginia. Full article online
IN THE PROS: B.W. Webb By Nate Kresh Sports Editor
As a smaller school that tends to be known more for its academic excellence than its athletic prowess, it is not too often that the Tribe finds its athletes amongst the professional ranks. Certainly, there have been alums that have made a tremendous impact in the world of professional sports, such as Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin or former safety Darren Sharper, but watch a game, and you probably won’t hear the Green and Gold mentioned. This makes it especially exciting to see alumni of the college succeeding at the next level. It allows us all a moment, as members of the Tribe, to once again cheer for one of our own after they have ended their collegiate careers. In this space, we’ll check in on some of the Tribe’s former athletes that have recently joined the pro ranks, starting with the newest William & Mary alum in the NFL: B.W. Webb. During his time here
at the College, Webb was an electric playmaker on cornerback. In his first season with the Tribe after redshirting for a year, the Newport News native snagged eight interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns. The interception mark would end up tied for third highest in all of Division I football for the season, while he would secure a tie for third all-time for the Tribe’s single season interception record. His impressive season would see him earn Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Year honors. In that freshman season, Webb would also become the first FCS player to earn the Bronco Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance in the Tribe’s landmark victory over Virginia; he would finish the game with three interceptions, returning one 50 yards for a touchdown. Full article online
Redshirt freshman RB Kendell Anderson bounds into the endzone during the PHOTO COURTESY OF TRIBE ATHLETICS home opener against Hampton.
Flashback: The glory days By Kevin Lee Staff Writer
If you have been a William and Mary football fan for the past couple of years, there is a good chance you don’t know what winning feels like. With a combined 7 wins and 15 losses over the past two seasons, it seems like our beloved team always found a way to lose. However, people forget that just three years ago, Tribe football was in NCAA FCS Playoffs. The team’s reputation used to be a very competent underdog team, who managed to pull out victories against proficient opponents with the most glaring example being William and Mary’s win over the University of Virginia. The game took place in Charlottesville, Virginia in Sept. 5, 2009. It was possibly the most exciting game Tribe football has played in recent memory. The odds were clearly stacked against them: a team in a more competitive division playing at home. What could possibly go wrong for the University of Virginia? It started off as predicted with UVA taking only three plays to open the game with a touchdown. The Tribe answered back with an effective drive by quarterback R.J. Archer culminating in a touchdown pass on a bootleg to Robert Varno to make it 7-7. Despite an immediate interception from cornerback B.W. Webb, William and Mary could not capitalize and let the tie slip to 14-7 by the middle of the 2nd quarter. Virginia seemed to have a grasp on the game, moving fairly easily down the field, until B.W. Webb came up with his second interception of the day. This led to a Tribe field goal, cutting the deficit down to 14-10. Soon after, it seemed like Virginia could not hold
onto the ball. The following possession, the Tribe forced another turnover, this one being a fumble by Virginia running back Vic Hall. After coughing up this opportunity with a missed field goal, Virginia essentially gave the Tribe the ball by fumbling on the snap. Finally, the Tribe was able to convert with a field goal, making it 14-13 Virginia at the half. Virginia’s turnover problems did not end at the first half. After a Tribe punt in the 3rd the return man Vic Hall fumbled the return, giving William and Mary the ball at Virginia’s 9 yard line. The Tribe, unable to fully capitalize on field position, kicked a field goal for the 1614 lead. Virginia’s attempts to regain the lead in the 4th the quarter, Virginia could not capitalize on the drive and promptly went three and out. Even in a seemingly promising drive for Virginia, quarterback Marc Verica managed to fumble the ball, making it the sixth forced turnover for the Tribe. The fumble gave Tribe the ball in Virginia territory and once again, the Tribe kicked yet another field goal to go up 19-14. With 3:50 to go, Virginia began their drive which ended three plays later by B.W. Webb’s third interception of the day, returned for a touchdown. With the pick six, the Tribe sported a 26-14 lead that would hold for the rest of the game. With this victory, the Tribe won its first game versus an FBS opponent since 1998 and its first game versus an ACC school since 1986. Though R.J. Archer’s stat line was largely unimpressive (23-44 with 184 passing yards and a lone touchdown), he only allowed one turnover on offense
versus Jameel Sewell’s three interceptions along with Virginia’s four other turnovers. This proved to be freshman cornerback B.W. Webb’s coming out party, as he came up with all three interceptions, including one for a touchdown. Even with an interception on the first play of William and Mary football has not had a victory quite as miraculous as this in recent years. However, the 2013 season shows a lot of promise. A 24-17 loss to West Virginia opened a lot of eyes as the Tribe outplayed the Mountaineers in the first half. Even after losing B.W. Webb in the NFL draft, the Tribe defense held up relatively well versus a highly touted West Virginia offense. The offense also showed signs of life through Tre McBride with 3 receptions for a whopping 108 yards. After the West Virginia loss, the Tribe responded with three straight wins versus Hampton, Lafayette, and the University of Rhode Island, limiting each team a touchdown or less of offense, while scoring an average of 28 points. Granted, those teams are not nearly in the same league as West Virginia and UVA football. However, the Tribe seems to be executing their game plan well and as a result, has amassed more wins already than all of last season. With a revitalized offense and a steady defense, the Tribe is locked in a tie in the conference at a 3-1 record under the 4-0 Towson. With a little more polish and a swing in fortune, we could be seeing a potential playoff berth. Whether or not that happens, it should be fun to watch the best football William and Mary has provided in recent years.
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SPORTS IN BRIEF
By Nate Kresh Sports Editor
Sophomore Jackson Eskay handles the ball against NC State.
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Don’t sleep on Tribe soccer By Alex Cook
Associate Sports Editor
Some might remember the men’s soccer team’s lackluster campaign last year here at William & Mary, and some might choose to forget the underwhelming 4-10-4 year, or the own goal that concluded the bizarre season. Others, like head coach Chris Norris, are looking at last fall’s outing as a learning experience, and a chance to look inward and channel last year’s frustration into goals in the coming year. Norris, who is entering his tenth year as the head soccer coach, had only his second season under .500 last fall, his first since 2005. He returns with many of the same faces, and a core of senior leaders looking prove that last year’s showing wasn’t close to their best. The Tribe enter the 2013 campaign with a single-minded attitude, to restore the Tribe to its place among the best college soccer programs in the country, and so far, the boys haven’t done so bad. In the most recent NSCAA coaches poll, the Green and Gold garnered the 28th most votes from soccer coaches from around the States. The Tribe only missed a national ranking by three spots after knocking off back-to-back ranked opponents Creighton and Elon. It was the first time in more than a decade that the Tribe toppled top-25 squads in consecutive games. It can’t be denied that Norris’s squad is playing with a swagger and a confidence in the final third of the field that teams need to consistently turn chances into goals. A particularly bright spot for the Tribe has been the goal-scoring prowess of sophomore Jackson Eskay. The Urbana, Marylandnative has had the most
shots for the Tribe, and the most goals as well, using his potent mixture of size, agility, athleticism and technique to get into dangerous areas. Eskay received the Colonial Athletic Association’s Player of the Week honors after recording the Tribe’s sole goal against N.C. State, and assisting on the gamewinning goal against thenNo.1 Creighton. In the Tribe’s monumental upset of No.1 North Carolina, Eskay’s goal lifted the Green and Gold over the Tarheels for only the second time in program history. The young striker has that knack for showing up at the right place at the right time, and has shown that he can do it on the biggest stages. Having already doubled his goal total from last year (he sits on a team-high four in the net now) Eskay might be expecting some individual hardware come the end of the year. In the seventy-fourth minute of the contest in Chapel Hill, Eskay was positioned just in front of the Carolina goal. Senior Chris Perez sent a ball across the box from the left wing that found the head of junior Chris Albiston who sent the ball into the danger area in the direction of Eskay. After the ball passed a North Carolina defender, the Carolina keeper was struggling to get hold of the ball. Eskay found it first, giving it just enough of a push to break the plane of the goal. That would be the last goal of the contest, despite North Carolina’s best efforts to push forward. After downing three nationallyranked opponents in a row, an unprecedented feat in recent program history, the Tribe will be entering their in-conference schedule starting with a match at Drexel on September 28th.
In the pre-season coaches poll, defending conference champions Northeastern are projected to top the table, with William & Mary supposed to finish at an unimpressive 6th. After coming out on top over the Tarheels, I can only expect William & Mary to be the sole CAA representative in the top 25, which makes the coaches poll seem just a touch absurd. Currently, the Drexel Dragons (ranked second in the preseason poll) are doing best among the other CAA squads, and share the Tribe’s current record of 4-2-1, though their recent success isn’t against the kind of high-caliber opponents that William & Mary has faced. The upcoming tie against the Dragons will be a challenge for sure, as the Tribe can expect teams to start ramping up their intensity, trying to thwart the giant-killers. Coming off last season, some may have doubted such an ambitious out-ofconference schedule, and it’s easy to say that in retrospect it was a good idea to fill the calendar with the nation’s toughest sides. That said, Norris’s confidence in his team is admirable, and praiseworthy. Perhaps Norris’s best off-season call has already payed off, and will earn the Green and Gold some national recognition in the near future. The biggest challenge for the Tribe in the coming weeks will be to try and sustain their competitive edge, and to continue the purposeful change in attitude that’s carried them past the nation’s best. The Tribe has already surprised the nation’s soccer pundits, let’s see ifthey can turn a few more heads come the end of the season. In this humble writer’s opinion, we’ll be hearing quite a bit more from Norris and his boys before the year’s up.
Women’s Soccer poised for title defense This season, the William and Mary Tribe women’s soccer team is hoping to follow a recent trend of success by becoming the third straight squad to win the CAA regular season championship. Having taken the title in 2011 and 2012, and with 22 players returning from the 2012 team, the Tribe would find themselves ranked second in the preseason polls. Despite having so many players returning, the Tribe will be without two-time CAA Player of the Year Mallory Schaeffer ‘13, whose production and leardership will certainly be missed. However, looking to fill that void on offense is forward Dani Rutter ‘14. Not only did Rutter contribute seven goals last season, but her ability as a passer makes her a key part of the Tribe’s offense going forward. Through the first eight games of the season, Rutter has notched three assists and one goal. Another critical piece of the offensive puzzle coming into the season would be vice captain Emory Camper. Camper, in her freshman season, led all CAA rookies in points, goals and assists, while last year, she contributed three game-winning goals to the Tribe’s season. This year, she is already the Tribe’s leading scorer, notching nine points on four goals and one assist. Helping the Tribe’s efforts on the defensive side would be the return of freshman wunderkind goalie Caroline Casey, last year’s. Casey, in her rookie season, made 20 appearances in net with a 0.71 goals against average and seven shutouts. Already this season, Casey has notched three shutouts while only allowing six goals through eight games for a 0.67 goals against average. Thus far this season, despite strong play from some members of the offense, it seems as though what the Tribe is really missing is that finishing touch. While the Tribe has let in more than one goal in only one contest on the year, the team’s record, as of writing, sits at 3-1-4. Those four ties have come by a score of either 1-1 or 0-0, which indicates that, while the defense has been doing its part to stop the other teams, the offense needs to push a little more to turn those ties into wins. The good news for the Tribe’s season going forward is that the rest of the season here on out comes in conference play. In the past three seasons, the Green and Gold has beaten up on the rest of the CAA to the tune of a 247-1 record within the conference. If this trend of conference dominance is maintained this season, and if the offense is able to net a few more goals, we could very well see a CAA regular season title three-peat. Men’s Cross Country looks for continued success This season, the William & Mary men’s cross country team looks to defend a CAA title of its own, having won the CAA Cross Country Championships in last season’s meet and in the thirteen seasons prior. Luckily for the Tribe’s chances at a fifteen-peat, the team is returning five of the seven fastest runners from last season’s championship meet. Among these returning runners is redshirt junior Rad Gunzenhauser, whose efforts last season included a third place finish in the CAA championship meet and winning the IC4A indoor track 5K. Gunzenhauser also accounts for all of the best distance times amongst returners, with an 8:10 in the 3K, 14:05 in the 5K and 29:50 in the 10K. Fellow redshirt junior Joshua Mercado also figures to factor in to the Tribe’s title defense, as he helped secure the championship last season with an all-conference performance Already in this young season, Gunzenhauser has looked impressive, locking up a victory in the 5K at the Spider Alumni Open. Gunzenhauser ran a great race, taking over the lead in the last 300 meters for a finish of 15:02.3 and his second consecutive individual title at the event. For his efforts, Gunzenhauser would earn CAA Runner of the Week honors, joining fellow member of the Tribe Elaina Balouris of the women’s team in that honor. With some strong performances in the preseason already in the tank before the William & Mary Invitational, the Tribe sent a limited delegation to their eponymous meet, hoping to keep runners fresh for when the NCAA season starts up in earnest. Even with a squad mostly composed of freshmen and sophomores, the Tribe would come out on top, scoring a 36 for the meet to edge out Richmond’s 42 and VCU’s 45. David Barney ‘16 would finish highest for the Tribe, coming in 3rd Paul Gates ‘16, Faris Sakallah ‘17 and Nick Tyrey ‘17 would finish 6th. With the completion of the Tribe Invitational signaling the end of the preseason, the Tribe now looks ahead to their meet at UVA and the true start of the NCAA season.
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t s Fa food
By Catherine Belte Managing Editor
It’s 11 p.m. on a Saturday night, otherwise known as prime time to indulge in some fried delicacies. But the decision of where to eat a meal fit for kings looms over your head: “McDonalds or Cookout?” Well, no longer will you need to ponder this crucial important decision because a team of the ultimate taste testers, (aka a group of hungry seniors), has gathered to decide the winner of the ultimate fast food face off. The late night craving for fast food is imminent, and, therefore timing is key. Arriving at McDonalds at 11 pm, the taste test group barely made it through the doors before the employees angrily lock up for closing. With a lack of staff on hand, ordering took well over ten minutes. Emmy Newcomb (’14) previously worked in the fast food industry as a Chick-fil-a employee. Her expertise in the industry promoted her to the official taste team’s customer service expert. Newcomb commented that, “unfriendly staff creates a hostile eating environment.” When the manager was asked to comment about the McDonalds establishment he declined due to busyness; there were only two cars in the drive through and the taste test team inside. Virginia Military Institute student, Jacob Lysher (’14), described the employees as, “not happy.” The cleanliness of the eating area was also a detractor for the taste team. Newcomb described the area as, “poor and lacking staff action.” Lysher felt differently and noted that he enjoyed the addition of the television, commenting that he can “eat and watch football too!” The taste team chose to order a classic kids meal as their feast of choice, including chicken nuggets, fries, apple slices and of course a toy. Overall the meal was very subpar. Lysher described the Nuggets as tasting, “fake.” Emily Powers (’14) appreciated, “that there’s something healthy in the happy meal, that way you don’t absolutely hate yourself after eating it.” Powers also felt the fries were, “not too salty in a good way,” while Newcomb found the texture to be, “inconsistent.” Powers summed up her experience at McDonalds as, “poor, short and lacking in customer service. I had to ask for ketchup, shouldn’t that just be out?” Upon arrival at Cookout, Lysher commented on the “lively, diverse crowd,” a big contrast from the empty and closed eating area in McDonalds. Powers was a little less enthused with the, “rowdy,” atmosphere. All three appreciated the amount of William and Mary pride décor throughout the dining area. Newcomb described the environment as having, “awesome school spirit,” as well as, “great ambiance.” The team chose to order a combo meal with chicken strips, fries and onion rings. Lysher was both in shock from the affordable prices and quality, commenting that the combo was “very cheap…a real great value!” Lysher was also much more pleased with the chicken commenting on its “authentic and real,” taste. Newcomb was also very impressed with the fountain drink selection saying, “crushed ice is available, major ups for Cookout!” Newcomb also gave her seal of approval for the, “quick, efficient and friendly staff.” The taste team agreed that Cookout is the ultimate fast food establishment. Powers finally remarked, “Cookout wins hands down, this is good food!” Newcomb was in agreed, commenting that, “there wasn’t even a competition!” Lysher even went as far to say he “needed Cookout to wash down the taste of nasty McDonalds.”
Tall Tales from Tucker: Ghost stories from the recently renovated building By Polly Lauer & Marisa Paipogna Staff Writers
It is witching hour, and a student is returning to his dorm, going through the Sunken Gardens. As he approaches Tucker Hall, the night is suddenly darker, and the air is suddenly chillier. Glancing up, he sees a dark figure standing in the third floor window of Tucker, and he begins to move more quickly. Many students say that Tucker Hall is home to much more than the College’s English Department - it is home to a ghost. Echoing this sentiment, Marie Tummarello (’17) said, “I would be really scared and reluctant to go into Tucker Hall.” Mention
of Tucker always spurs conversation about the infamous apparition, but not many students or professors are able to share anything further than its existence. Although many pass Tucker on a daily basis, few students are able to provide stories that go beyond what a friend of a friend told them. “All I’ve heard about is a girl in the window who died,” Kelsey Freinkel (’16) said. Freinkel’s absence of specificity illustrates how details are lost through the passing of the tale around campus. Despite few students’ ability to recite the story without a bit of hesitance, the intrigue of the ghost builds throughout campus. “I went
into Tucker to walk around and literally the first person I ran into… said, ‘did you know that this place is haunted?’” said an anonymous junior, while recalling his first time hearing the tale. Although most students only give a shrug when asked if they believe in the ghost’s presence, Linguistics Professor Leslie Cochrane denies the validity of this ghost. “I don’t know that I actually believe in the ghost…I think there are traditions – like having a haunted room or something – that it’s fun to pass along,” said Cochrane. In every interview, students began with “well, I’ve heard,” indicating that,
like one of the the College’s their belief in the existence of many historic rituals, the ghosts. story has been passed Although many students along from generation to are not able to give detailed generation. narratives of the story, those According to College who do have insight share Prowler, “The Tucker ghost some haunting accounts. visits those students who A senior, who wishes to choose to pull all-nighters in remain anonymous, reported the classroom on the third that as a freshman, she floor.” This online website, heard rumors of a girl falling dedicated to providing from a window in Tucker’s detailed information about third floor study room. universities, references the “She now inhabits the Tucker ghost under William room [and] perpetuates good & Mary’s category of ‘Urban study habits,” said the senior. Legends.’ According to this legend, if a While the majority of student rigorously works in the student body seems to the study room, he or she will have heard variations of the do well on the assignment. story, one conclusion is final: But, if a student goofs around there is a mutual respect for rather than truly studying, the ghost amongst students “GHOST STORIES” page 13 and professors, See regardless of
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a guide for your queue By Jabria Craft Staff Writer
Kimball Theatre There are few things I enjoy more in this world than completely investing myself in a TV series. There is just something about getting invested in the characters - supporting the ones you love, and loathing the ones that do them dirty. Their lives begin to feel like your own: complete with the emotional roller coaster that accompanies this. Netflix has become an invaluable asset when searching for a new show to watch. While they have some currently popular shows, such as Orange is the New Black and Breaking Bad, I find it particularly great when looking for shows off the beaten path. I recently have taken up watching White Collar. I have always been a Matthew Bomer fan but realized that this mild obsession stemmed from his performance in Magic Mike, which had no reflection on his acting skills. So, one day during my many Netflix browsing sessions, I stumbled across the show. I watched the first episode and immediately was enthralled in the lives of the infamous Neal Caffrey (Bomer) and his expert con-man wisdom. Also his eyes—there is just something mesmerizing about those big blue beauties staring at you through a 17 inch mac screen. Nonetheless, I was hooked. The show follows the life of an ex-con man, Caffrey, who becomes a consultant for the FBI White Collar division. He uses his quick knowledge and super charming skills to help Agent Peter Burke and his team take down “white collar” criminals in exchange for his freedom. While each episode is centered around catching the next criminal, the storylines between the characters add depth that take it a notch higher than the run-of-the-mill crime shows on TV. I highly recommend adding this show to your Instant Queue if looking for a bit of mystery, humor, and devious cons with a touch of family and relationship realism. One of the key features on Netflix that I personally enjoy is the “autoplay” setting. With one click of this, you can go from “I’m just going to watch one episode” to finishing an entire season in a day. Because of this, I am almost done with all that Netflix has to offer me of White Collar and am currently on the lookout for a new show; Once Upon a Time and Skins are currently at the top of my list.
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GHOST STORIES: Storied rumors surround Tucker Hall From page 11 the ghost will guarantee a failing grade. “If you’re brave enough to study in that room, make sure you’re diligent that whole time!” warned the senior. Professor John Conlee has a different version of the ghost’s story. “It was along toward the end of the spring semester [in the early 80s]...when a [senior] committed suicide in the women’s bathroom on the third floor of Tucker, and that’s a real story,” Conlee said. “That is not a myth or an urban legend.” A year passed, and the suicide was rarely discussed. One late night, on the exact anniversary of her death, a couple was studying in
Tucker’s third floor study room. The girl left to go to the bathroom and rapidly returned, having met a paranormal presence. “[It was a] really oppressive, negative force,” said Conlee, regarding the girl’s experience. She sent her boyfriend to the bathroom, and he encountered the same feeling, provoking their hasty departure. According to Professor Conlee, the couple had no knowledge of the previous year’s suicide. After that night, many students reported feeling similar vibes while studying on the third floor. Girls soon began refusing to enter the bathroom, causing the College to switch it to the boys’ restroom.
“If she comes and talks to you and says ‘hey, how are you doing?,’ don’t tell her that you’re on top of stuff. Say that you are really stressed and behind,” said a junior, who wishes to remain anonymous. This junior is under the impression that if a student informs the ghost of happiness and success, she will convince him or her to follow her unfortunate fate. This junior disagrees with Conlee, believing that the girl from the 80s is not the haunt, but rather a victim of this ghost’s malicious influence. There are numerous conflicting legends regarding the Tucker ghost’s existence. The stories have stood at standstills for the past
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three years, while Tucker underwent renovations, causing students, professors, and alumni to wonder about the ghost’s post-renovation status. Professor Cochrane is under the impression that the infamous bathroom has been converted into a professor’s office. Presumably, this academic year will mark a new generation of Tucker ghost stories, leaving the obligation of determining the ghost’s continued survival up to current students. When was asked if he is afraid of entering Tucker Hall after hearing about the ghost, Julian Iriarte (’17) shook his head. “I’m interested to see if the ghost exists,” said Iriarte.
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Oct. 8 Golden Dragon Acrobats
Oct. 16 Student Art Exhibition
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Oct. 18 Cult Night Movie
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From seniors, with love By Nicole Paraboschi
Associate Arts & Culture Editor
Take it from someone who waited. Someone who waited until senior year to be an orientation aide, who waited until senior year to write for the newspaper, who waited until senior year to approach that terrifying fish bowl known as the career center. And now, someone whose mother’s mantra, “Do what I say, not what I do”, has suddenly become crystal clear. It took me these last three years to do some of the things that I most wanted to do because I was scared, intimidated, indifferent or maybe all three. Why bust out of the comfort zone that I had so cleanly wrapped myself up in, especially when everything else was already so new and different? As it turns out, this school does not let you stay in that comfort zone. Not only does it not support it, but it shreds it. And you’ll feel
vulnerable and scared and intimidated. But alongside those emotions, somewhere between late night studying, cheese shop picnics, bare naked running, and yule log alma matering, you grow. This is my only regret: now that I am a senior, I do not have much time to experience the College as the person that William & Mary made me. So do not wait. Start to grow, befriend, live, eat, enjoy, stargaze, streak, listen, learn, inspire and be inspired. Whether it is through some concrete advice, or something as elusive as the instruction to “grow,” take each step with the comfort that you will get through this, you will change, and it will be over quicker that you know. Now is the time to do it, whatever “it” is. Cast aside the doubts you have about yourself, because you will need that energy for what you are about to experience over the next four years.
Here is a guide for our newest class to follow, from the seniors, with love:
Invest the time to get to know people in your hall. You’re surrounded by the most interesting people in the world. - Molly Adair
2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Don’t be afraid to change direction. Always do what feels right. - Ashley Trainor
8. 9. 10.
Don’t be afraid to seek out upperclassmen. Mike Vanderloo Eat at marketplace for breakfast. - Connor McCann Any time you see yourself given a new opportunity, take it. Even if you fail, you’ll grow. - Victor Farrell
The Crust: Out with the old and in with the booze By Sophie Goewey Arts & Culture Editor
The Crust, once an attractive lunch destination for students of all ages, has changed both its menu and décor to target a new kind of customer, the drinking-age adult. Word has spread that under the new name, the Crust: Beer & Tequila Lounge, the restaurant will no longer be serving the Tribe Choices lunch special, a reasonably priced meal combination that was a staple for many students, “I’m disappointed that they’ve gotten rid of the Tribe Choices lunch deal. You can’t go wrong with the tomato and cheese soup,” Sachit Desai (’15) said. For students under the legal drinking age, the changes to the Crust’s image have limited their dining options, “I mostly miss their appetizer salads and the Tribe Choices lunch specials, I have many opinions on the new alcohol menu, but sadly I’m not 21 yet,” Jacey Smith (’15) said. Seniors at the College, however, have been taking advantage of the expanded drinks menu at the Crust on the weekend, “I love the $2 tequila shot, but they don’t
love me back,” Claire Glisson (’14) said. “Overall I like the new Beer & Tequila Lounge at the Crust. The drink specials are great and the atmosphere is very fun, plus the Crust is usually a lot less crowded than some of the other bars so there’s no waiting in lines for anything except maybe the bathroom,” Punya Narayan (’14) said. Former Crust employees have mixed opinions about the new direction of the Crust as well. “I really enjoyed my time there, I feel like they were extra welcoming to students, both as customers and employees. I hope their new branding attracts more business on the weekends without turning away the local and under aged crowd. Eventually I’d love to see them be in competition with the other nighttime deli staples on Richmond Road, like College and Paul’s,” Gaby Trigo (’15) said. Marvin Shelton (’15) was not as optimistic about the changes to the Crust, “The alcohol is cheap and that’s where they make up for getting rid of the Tribe Choices, but only the 21 year old students benefit, not students from all ages. I think that they are hurting
Don’t spend all your money at Wawa. - Jacob Dominy Get to know people beyond a surface level because everyone has a different story and it’s important to learn from people who are not like you. - E’mon White Clothes are optional, deodorant is not. - Haley Kumar Try something that in high school you would’ve never seen yourself participating in, join an extracurricular you never thought you’d join. Who knows, you just might love it. - Chris Severini Be on time because everyone of a higher status respects you that much more when you’re on time and prompt. - Matt Pereira
A continued menu can be found online at www.thecrustcafe.com.
themselves in the long run. When I was working there, they were really trying to push the alcohol sales, a little too much if you ask me. The chalkboard covered with beverage options is excessive,” Shelton said. The challenges that the Crust faces are not just student dissatisfaction, if Marvin Shelton (’15) had to describe the new management style at the Crust in one word, it would be “disorganized.” What qualifies him for such a judgment? “I worked as a host at the Crust for a week at the beginning of the school year,” Shelton said. During his brief stint, Shelton felt as though the restaurant was overstaffed and lacked direction, “They hired a lot of new people and I just felt lost in the crowd, I often had nothing to do. I don’t think they are suffering too much from the loss of one more employee,” Shelton joked. Whether or not the Crust’s new look will compete with the established bars in Williamsburg is still unclear. Unfortunately for underage students, the Crust may become a dining option of the past.
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The Balancing Act: accepting an imbalance
By Austen Dunn Editor-in-Chief
Never before have I been more obsessed with maintaining a balance. When planning meals for the day, I consistently evaluate how much of each food group I have consumed. Did I eat enough protein, enough carbs, enough vegetables and fruit (all before I can have a cup of the Sadler frozen yogurt)? Was each food group represented in each meal? Were these meals balanced? When making plans for the weekend, I consciously attempt to connect with
friends from school, friends from home, and my parents while saving space in my schedule for time to myself. If Friday night, I am watching the latest Ryan Gosling flick with friends from my freshman hall, I try to spend Saturday night attempting to read the last chapters of a Jon Krakauer book I started this summer (but honestly, most likely watching reruns of “The Office” on Netflix). Now like every college student, I am also trying to find the right combination of schoolwork and a social life. As a friend’s dad put so simply this past summer, “it is important to learn a balance between partying and studying.” Perhaps more importantly, this means I cannot spend the last few days of perfect fall weather sitting on the terrace, as enticing as it may sound. The theme of balance has even gone so far as to
infiltrate m y wardrobe choices (because I just must pick out shirts that will balance out my hips). Growing up, I was told that a balance would reduce stress. I was taught that I would be happier if I could organize my life into parts and devote the appropriate percentage of my time to each section. And, if I successfully followed these guidelines and kept balance as a goal, I would feel more in control. Elizabeth Scott, a wellness coach and author of 8 Keys to Stress Management, wrote that there is a “lot of buzz about maintaining balance right now [and] it’s important to do it.” If only this was that easy. Scott goes on to note that it is important to constantly reevaluate and constantly remind ourselves to re-center. Again, what Scott doesn’t write, is how hard this can be. So far, my time at William and Mary can be
sectioned into parts. There are times when I focus more on my relationships, my friends, and my family. Consequently, my schoolwork (though still important) becomes less of a priority. Then, overcompensating for the perceived imbalance, I spend more time in Swem and in the art studio, completely focusing my time on work. In neither instance do I feel fulfilled. Instead, I feel stuck worrying about the time that I am not allotting for something else. I am so jealous of those like Phyllis on “The Office” who can proudly declare that they are “happy with the balance they have struck.” Perhaps, I am simply particularly bad with time management. But perhaps those like Phyllis
d o n ’ t mean that they have found how to perfectly divide their time. Perhaps, I just need to accept, without guilt, that these imbalances exist, and this acceptance will intrinsically create a balance. If I can accept that sometimes green beans just won’t fit with what I want on my dinner plate, that my butt is definitely bigger than my shoulders, that I will sometimes spend too much time at the Matoaka art studio, or sometimes I will spend too much time on the terrace, I can hope that the stress of balancing will subside.
The importance of alumni connections: invest in your relationship with W&M
By William Plews-Ogan Staff Writer
Three-hundred and twenty years ago, when old Bill and Mary endeavored to craft this fine institution, ensuring that a plump private endowment would go on to breed an obese private endowment in order to ensure snap job offers from wealthy Wall Street brokers wasn’t so much of a concern. Quite generously, they managed to fork over, in their words, “the whole and entire sum of one thousand nine hundred and eighty-five pounds, fourteen shillings and ten pence of good and lawful money of England” and made sure to commandeer the most lugubrious slice of swampland where they could plant this College we are so fond of. When the College was born, the resources,
endowment, and alumni engagement profile were quite simple, if they existed at all. But those were different times—when enjoying “nightlife” at Chowning’s in CW wasn’t an irreverent and ironic gesture; when Pam didn’t greet you with such cheer at Wawa; when 644 million dollars of endowment wasn’t considered a pittance. Now, the complexity of attending a public university in a private university’s nation wears on the fibers of our school. We have successfully and repeatedly exhibited affordability, toptier teaching and stellar academics, but we continue to be dwarfed by bigger and bigger endowment coffers at schools of comparable academic standing. Why? It doesn’t matter. Neither does the endowment itself. What matters is that William and Mary students have the social and academic capital when they graduate to be connected by through the William and Mary family to whatever opportunity
they may desire. This is possible. But this capital is a relationship, not an asset. According to reports by ABC News, 80% of all jobs are acquired through networking—through the use of social capital. There’s no reason to be discouraged by endowment figures or fruitless comparisons to Ivy League schools with a penchant for Wall Street shoe-ins. The College of William and Mary has many thousands of alumni in coveted government, business, non-profit, and other positions across the globe. Alumni don’t pay back their debt to the College by sitting around, nostalgically flipping through the most current issue of the Alumni Magazine. They’re an active, inspiring group of professionals who want to see the next generation of William & Mary people succeed. The Alumni website, while it could stand an aesthetic makeover, provides listings of alumni networks in places from Charlottesville, Virginia
to San Diego, California. There are seven different Alumni community “groups” dedicated to connecting with students, including the Olde Guard, Order of the White Jacket, and the Hulon Willis Association, all of which build social capital for students to tap into upon graduation. Seek out these opportunities. Ask about up-and-coming campaigns for alumni networking like “Staying Connected: Together Serving Others,” recently launched by the Class of 1975, which connects students with alumni localized wherever students put down roots. Contact alumni in your hometown. Reach out to alumni from your club or student organization. Learn more about Development Ambassadors and all they do to secure the College’s future with small, regular donations. In doing so, you’re not just investing in your future—you’re investing in the future of the College. It strikes me with dreadful certainty that the number ’15 is seemingly disappearing
into my past as fast as it is approaching. Soon, I will be the alumnus I speak of. Barring the near certainty of being financially strapped as a Sociology-Hispanic Studies graduate, how will I give back to my alma mater? At risk of sounding cliché in my own phrasing, I’ll defer to Taylor Reveley himself in describing the prospects of recent alumni engagement: “After you graduate, your lifelong relationship with the Tribe will be characterized by visits back to campus to kick the tires of your alma mater and see how she's getting along without you on campus every day to hold her hand.” The man has a way with words. And perhaps he hit the nail on the head with the peculiar metaphors. The College isn’t a stamp on your resume or a ticket to some sort of prescribed future. It’s an active and interactive body of potential clients and business partners and co-creators that will never abandon you. Invest in this relationship. Reach out to alumni.