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Charter Day 2013 By Nikolai Morse

GAVIN DEGRAW: Feb. 9, William and Mary will host musician Gavin DeGraw and speaker Bob Gates for the annual Charter Day festivities.

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This Friday, February 8th, The College of William and Mary will hold its annual Charter Day celebrations, marking 320 years since the creation of the College by royal charter. The celebrations will include a live concert featuring Gavin DeGraw, and the Good Old War, in addition to speeches by many of William and Mary’s most distinguished leaders and alumni, such as Chancellor Robert M. Gates, ’65. This year there was a notable student backlash upon AMP’s announcement that Gavin DeGraw would be headlining the Charter Day festivities. Joe Laresca, ’15, says, “I guess my thought was just that Gavin DeGraw seemed sort of random, not really what I would think of as Charter Day-material.” This, in conjunction with rumors of a private donor to this year’s Chart Day celebration, raised questions by students of how Alma Mater Productions (AMP) had selected such a seemingly unpopular musical guest, and whether the presence of a private donor might have had some influence on this decision. Ginger Ambler ’88, Ph.D. ’06, VP of Student Affairs commented, “William and Mary was approached last summer by a donor who offered to underwrite See “CHARTER” page 3

Committee continues the search for Education Dean By Justin Shawler News Editor

A search committee chaired by Professor Megan TschannenMoran is nearing the final stages of its selection process for a new Dean for the School of Education. The process was initiated last spring following an announcement by current Dean Virginia McLaughlin that she would be stepping down in the summer of 2013. Four candidates have made it to this round of the selection process. In addition to public presentations and receptions that have occurred in the first few weeks of the spring semester, the search committee is allowing public input through a candidate evaluation form. This form is available both electronically and as a physical copy until February 8, 2013. As well, the search committee’s website has postings of each candidate’s curriculum vitae. The search committee will report to President W. Taylor Reveley and Provost See “DEAN” page 2

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Tribe Adventure program hosts Battleship Canoe Tournament

sports event WHO: Tribe Baseball v. Siena WHERE: Home WHEN: Feb. 23 PLAYER TO WATCH: Junior infielder, Ryan Lindemuth

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Smoke bomb thrown at party By Vini Cunningham

Staff Writer

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NEWS INBRIEF At Sigma Chi’s “Jock Jams” dance party, held January 26 in Unit F, a smoke bomb was detonated causing the fire alarm to activate. Hundreds of attendees dispersed out of the Unit as fire trucks and police cars arrived on the scene. At the time of explosion one of the biggest parties of the year was underway and intensifying by the minute. The incident is still being investigated and no charges have been formally issued. Rumors around campus about members from rival fraternities setting off the smoke bomb have neither been confirmed nor denied. Members of Sigma Chi refuse to comment.

Nelson to be honored at Charter Day event By Jabria Craft Staff Writer

On Charter Day, senior Taylor Nelson, this year’s recipient of the Monroe Prize for Civil Leadership, will be honored during the day’s events. The annual prize is given to a student “who has demonstrated sustained leadership of an unusual quality, leadership combined with initiative, character, and an unfailing commitment to leveraging the assets of the College community to address the needs of our society.” Nelson is a sociology major and community studies minor who has dedicated much of her time to volunteering in different health service avenues. She has been volunteering since the age of three, when her

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tribe spotlight Allison recently attended the NCAA APPLE Conference in Charlottesville, VA. The conference gathered student-athletes and peer educators from colleges all over the region and focused on promoting student athlete wellness and substance abuse prevention.

Allison Bartels ’14


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New Education Dean to be chosen by next academic year

SA to address local homelessness By Justin Shawler

From page 1 Michael R. Halleran on February 22, 2013. “The successful Dean of the School of Education requires many talents, not all found in equal measure in any one person, but intellectual breadth and curiosity, integrity, leadership, energy, passion and a sense of humor being among the most necessary,” said Provost Halleran in a letter to the search committee. The first candidate announced by Provost Halleran was Professor Spencer Niles of Pennsylvania State University, where he functions as the Department Head for Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education. He previously taught at the University of Virginia. He completed his undergraduate coursework at Bloomsburg University and his graduate work at Pennsylvania State University. Before entering academia, Niles worked as a teacher and social worker. The committee’s second candidate, Ellen McIntyre, visited campus in late January. McIntyre currently serves as the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at North Carolina State University. Before that she was the Department Head for Elementary Education at the same institution. Previously she served as a professor and as a grade-school teacher. She holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Cincinnati and both a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky Univer-

sity. Also appearing on campus for a presentation and reception in late January, Larry Scharmann, the committee’s third candidate, presently holds the office of Assistant Dean and Director for the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University. He previously worked at Kansas State University among other institutions. He holds a Doctor of Education degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and both a Master of Education degree and Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. The focus of his academic work has been methods of science and biology education. The fourth candidate under the committee’s consideration is Laurie deBettencourt of Johns Hopkins University, where she holds the position of Professor and Associate Dean of Educator Preparation Programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorate, all of which are from the University of Virginia and in the area of special education. While she has spent the last few decades in academia, deBettencourt has previous experience instructing primary and secondary schoolchildren. “The search process is . . . on schedule to identify the next dean in time for the start of the coming academic year,” said Provost Halleran in a statement given to The Informer by his Executive Assistant.

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The Student Assembly’s Undergraduate Senate met last Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 in Blow Hall where homelessness in Williamsburg was among the topics discussed. Spearheaded by Senator Yohance Whitaker and Chairman Kendall Lorenzen, the initiative would use Student Assembly tabling to educate students about homelessness in Williamsburg and incorporate a winter clothing drive. “The Student Assembly will partner with various homeless shelters and other organizations to distribute the materials we raise,” said Whitaker. The Student Assembly has led education drives before regarding matters of student rights and sexual health. The Student Assembly has a Department of Student Rights that communicates information and oversees the Student Legal Services office. Many organizations already exist on campus which address issues like hunger, homelessness, and poverty, including Campus Kitchens and Habitat for Humanity. “The work of social justice and indeed the abolition of poverty cannot be completed by one or two organizations, but rather the efforts of our collective society,” said Whitaker. According the U.S. Census Bureau, 16.1% of Williamsburg residents are below the poverty line. This figure is above the statewide average of 10.7% for Virginia. “The City Council has refused to act on this issue and homelessness in Williamsburg remains illegal,” said Whitaker on the matter. Though SA President Curt Mills made a comment about the impact of Williamsburg’s “three-person rule” on local homelessness at Tuesday’s meeting, both Mills and Vice-President Melanie Levine declined The Informer’s request to explain the comment. The rule in question caps the number of unrelated occupants legally allowed to live in a dwelling at three or four, depending on the circumstances. Elizabeth Miller of the Office of Community Engagement highlighted the efforts of many local organizations that aim to address homelessness. “The United Way provides both services and supplies to local homeless residents. In particular they also house Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission, a non-profit formed by local faith groups to address homelessness,” said Miller. A new organization named Hands Together Historic Triangle “is actually facilitating an event on March 4th to provide resources to the homeless and precariously housed in Williamsburg,” added Miller. The proposal was met with mixed emotion by many of the Senators. Some expressed a desire to help, but felt the SA was unfit to address such a complex issue involving matters like zoning policy and local government law.

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of Williamsburg residents are below the poverty line.

Three-person rule: This rule caps the number of unrelated occupants legally allowed to live in a dwelling to three or four people. Some believe that this rule is affecting homelessness in the area. Hands Together Historical Triangle: This organization hopes to provide resources to the homeless.

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mother became a founding executive director of the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic in her hometown of Weems, Virginia. Nelson continues to volunteer there as well as interning with a non-profit started by WM alumni Edward Branagan ’03 called Global Playground. The community will honor Nelson’s many dedications during Charter Day festivities.

T.J. O’Sullivan named BOV Representative

Tribe Adventure Program sponsors Battleship Canoe Tournament PHOTOS BY KEVIN RACKETT

By Jabria Craft Staff Writer

On Thursday, Jan. 30, over 100 people split into teams of four to participate in a real-life game of Battleship. This was the first annual Canoe Battleship Tournament sponsored by the Tribe Adventure Program. The tournament consisted of four preliminary rounds and a final round where a champion was named. The teams “battled” by using buckets of water to sink the opposing vessels. The last canoe to remain floating won each round. This year, the team “The Black Pearl” won and each member received a voucher for a free intramural sport registration or a discounted trip with the Tribe Adventure Program. “I would say the tournament was a huge success… the crowd was very into it, cheering greatly when a boat sank,” commented Grant Morris ’14, a marketing intern for William and Mary Campus Recreation.

At the Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 Student Assembly meeting T.J. O’Sullivan ’14 was named the Undergraduate Representative to the College’s Board of Visitors. His appointment follows the resignation of Drew Chlan. “He has a good view to present to the Board,” said Senator Danielle Waltrip. “Unbeknownst to many students, the Board is quietly the most essential body in terms of the governance of the College,” said O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan has held multiple leadership positions throughout his years at the College. He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of The Virginia Informer and is still actively involved in its affairs. He is currently a Senior Counselor to SA President Curt Mills and is chair of the Elections Commissions. “I have nothing but kind words to say about [O’Sullivan],” said Senator Collin Danly.

CHARTER: Student input questioned From page 1 the costs of a concert for our students. After several conversations, we agreed that having a sponsor for the Charter Day concert would be marvelous. We’ve tried to create a strong partnership for the actual event so as to satisfy the needs and interests of the entire campus community (students especially) as well as the donor.” SA President Curtis Mills ’13 speaking on student involvement, saying that, “AMP and SA overall were probably involved notably less than in previous in my estimation.” Mills continued to say however, that given the circumstances, he would have “made the same calls.” In addition to the choice of Gavin DeGraw as the primary musical guest for Charter Day, there were a number of students surprised by the College’s choice to select Chancellor Gates ’65, as the keynote speaker for the second year in a row. College President Taylor Reveley III stated, “Our alumnus Bob Gates is one of the preeminent public servants of his time and, thus, always engaging to hear. There is also a lot to be said, in my view, for having someone from within the W&M family speak on great ceremonial occasions – and for this becoming a tradition.” While Chancellor Gates

is undoubtedly a noteworthy individual and alumnus of the College, some students expressed concern that this would become a habit and that William and Mary no longer has the influence, or the interest, in recruiting diverse, big-name speakers. “I’m concerned that the College doesn’t have enough pull to bring in some of the huge speakers you see other schools at our level getting.” said Nicholas Jarufe ’14. It appears that the College would do well to continue to explore new and exciting speakers, performers, and other additions to the Charter Day celebration, making Charter Day ever more exciting and representative of William and Mary’s long-standing history of prestige and excellence. Despite the reservations members of the College community may have about this year’s Charter Day, it is important to remember the true meaning of this occasion, and to celebrate appropriately. As stated by VP Ambler, “Our goal for this and every Charter Day is for students to take pride in William & Mary and its rich traditions that began with the signing of the Charter. Most of all, we want students to celebrate William & Mary.” See page 12 for the Staff Stand on Charter Day.


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TFA granted presence in VA Krissa Loretto

Features Editor

On Jan. 30, legislation that would allow for Teach For America in Virginia passed in both the House and the Senate with zero opposition. Teach For America is a national nonprofit organization that seeks to recruit talented college graduates to lead an educational revolution in low-income communities. TFA seeks to eliminate the achievement gap in America by attracting some of America’s finest college graduates and they cur-

Spirits Stephen with

confessions of a beer columnist

By Stephen Sides Beer Columnist

“Write a column about alcohol? Sounds pretty awesome!” I thought when first asked to write for The Informer. My future-editor explained that the beer column was a previous, much enjoyed Informer column, a tradition the staff was eager to renew. I was pretty excited about the opportunity to write the beer column, except for one small problem. I don’t really like beer. It’s not that I have a problem with beer or even dislike it. I just prefer hard liquor or a glass of a dry red wine. I first tasted beer at my brother’s wedding. I swiped a bottle of what I thought was sparkling cider, took a swing, and spewed Bud Light across the table. My next encounter, a voluntary swig of Bud heavy, wasn’t much better. I still shudder when I think of the taste of Guinness from a bottle. Guinness from a bottle. Finally, a bottle of Corona joined me and my fajitas on our date like third wheel. Though the fajitas and I still

rently employ a corps of over 28,000. Currently, TFA asks that its young professionals commit to the program for at least two years, and in exchange, the program offers their corps members teacher licensure, and in many cases, a masters degree from a college or university local to their job site. After an intensive five-week summer course, TFA teachers are placed in a variety of low-income job sites, both urban and rural, and teachers receive a full district salary, benefits and an additional AmeriCorps living sti-

pend. William & Mary has a great history with Teach For America, and the state’s approval to bring the program to Virginia should only help to attract larger numbers of graduates from The College. At this stage in the process, TFA can now begin to plan partnerships with districts that have historically significant gaps in achievement. Both rural and urban districts in Virginia could stand to receive benefits from the program. Based on poverty levels alone, Accomack and Northamp-

ton counties, known as the ‘Eastern Shore region,’ could be potential districts for TFA. Urban areas like Richmond and Hampton/Norfolk may also be potential TFA hubs. Over the last several years, William & Mary has consistently supplied large numbers of its graduates to the program. In fact, in 2012, William & Mary was among the top-20 producers of TFA corps among schools with student populations between 3,000 and 9,999. Approximately 7% of the class of 2012 applied,

which equates to roughly 100 students, and out of that 100, 25 were chosen. Seeing as roughly 70% of William & Mary students hail from Virginia, TFA’s expanding into Virginia’s public schools should only attract more applicants from our university. Over its 22 year history, the program has seen 217 William & Mary alumni and in 2013, The College hopes to add to that number. The final deadline to apply to TFA is Friday, Feb. 15 and more information is available at www.teachforamerica.org.

Beer is meant to be enjoyed see each other occasionally as friends, I went home that night with the Corona. I still don’t particularly care for Budweiser and Guinness is tolerable only on tap and preferably with Jameson and Baileys, but thanks to that first Corona, my relationship with beer has transitioned from civil to positively cordial. Since writing this column, I’ve let my beer interests become a little more academic. So let’s talk a little Beer 101. Although there are thousands of different beers, they can all be divided into two basic groups: top-fermenting and bottom-fermenting. Topfermenting beers are brewed faster, aged shorter and at higher temperatures than bottom-fermenting beers. Ales and stouts are the most common top-fermenting brews and have a stronger and wider range of flavors and subtle complexities of taste than bottom-fermenting beers, many of which are lagers. Lagers typically have a cleaner, lighter taste and are easier to match with a variety of foods than the subtle flavors of an ale. Within these two basic categories is a broad range of potential brewing delights. Brews can be flavored with spices, fruits, addition of or reduction of hops, or even by the containers in which they are brewed or aged (e.g. old whiskey casks). Beer is meant to be savored. If you ac-

tually want to bring out the flavors of a beer, treat it like a wine. Let it warm up a little – just a little, this is America after all. Swirl or “agitate” your beer a little and breathe in its scent through your nose and mouth before drinking it. So don’t shotgun anything made by Southern Tier. This is beer meant to be tasted, appreciated. Natty-lights are meant for rapid consumption so fast you hope you don’t taste them. Given the importance of temperature, climate, and seasonally available flavorings, many breweries have developed season brews. We will be discussing these next week. Meanwhile, if you’ve never had a beer, try one (I recommend a lager or a Belgium white ale for the beer virgin). If you’re in a rut, see what your favorite bar has on their rotating tap. If you’ve already done all that, then why not brew your own beer or go to a beer festival? Whatever you do, take a moment to enjoy your drink.

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Sigma Iota Alpha By Pratik Sinha Staff Writer

This year, for the first time ever at William & Mary, there is a Latina-based sorority. The organization’s Greek letters are Sigma Iota Alpha, but for now the sisters call themselves “Chicas Latinas Unidas” meaning “United Latina Girls.” The members of Chicas Latinas Unidas are undergraduate students from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The sorority is not exclusively Latina, but all of the women all share a common interest in Hispanic culture. The Sigma Iota Alpha organization itself is recognized by NALFO, the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. CLU’s aim is to bring diversity and Latin culture to the William & Mary campus. The group has participated in fundraising and service projects, including a mentorship program that helps with translations for Spanishspeaking students and their families. This fall CLU also partnered with local soup kitchens and ran various canned food drives. In addition to their mission and community service, the women of CLU also love to have fun. Latin-themed dance parties, movie nights, and group outings to the Crust have become great sisterly-bonding activities. President Nicole Chanduvi (’15) and Vice-President Almendra Terrones (’15) have expressed excitement about the young sorority’s presence on campus, and are enthusiastic about its future. Treasurer Kaitlyn Fields (’15) says, “Most of our girls have been working harder now than they ever have in their entire lives to bring this to campus. We’re all very proud and very happy.”


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By Dan Carlen Staff Writer

Sail

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Photo COurtesy of Tribe Sailing

Two members of the William and Mary Club Sailing team attempt to catch the wind. The club, which recently held an interest meeting, and will assemble every Tuesday in February in Blair 205.

Last week, Tribe Sailing held its first interest meeting of the semester. The team in its current form has existed since 2002 when it was founded by Adam Domanski and Holly Walsh. Some records of a team that existed in the 70’s were recently discovered, but the evidence is still unclear. The William and Mary Sailing Team is a Club Varsity Sport, which means that it is considered a club sport at William & Mary, but unlike many other types of club teams, it competes against Varsity squads and other club teams in the Intercollegiate College Sailing Association (ICSA). Teams in this conference include varsity programs like Georgetown, which is ranked #1 in the nation, and other club teams including Cornell, UVA, and Virginia Tech. Altogether, there are more than 50 teams in MAISA. William and Mary Sailing competes in tournaments called regattas which consist of numerous races. There are two types of regattas, fleet racing regattas and team racing regattas, the difference being how teams are scored. In fleet races, there are boats from numerous different teams competing at once

Competition at WM heats up academically By Amy Bailey

Associate Features Editor

As a school that has been called a “public ivy” and ranked 11th on the Business Insider’s list of America’s smartest colleges, William and Mary has, what is unquestionably, one of the greatest student bodies in the country. Students hail from foreign countries, top private schools, and mostly all students ranked in the top ten percent of their high school classes. With a campus full of the country’s best and brightest, there poses the question: is William and Mary a battleground for academic competition among students? According to Erin Morris, a freshman at the college, academic competition is very prevalent among the student body. “I’m pretty competitive with the people in my classes, because you end up sharing test scores and grades with them,” says Morris. “If I’m asked, I usually tell people my grades. It’s become a social norm.” Sophomore Alec Lyons confirms this statement, saying that most academic competition is fueled by the quest for a passing grade. “In a lot of classes, your grade is determined by the class average. I’m basically competitive with everyone else who’s pre-med like me,” says Lyons. “William and Mary definitely encourages academic competition.” That’s not to say that a little competition isn’t good for the mind. “Academics at William and Mary are definitely challenging, but I’ve had very positive experiences working with my classmates,” says senior Nancy Lauer. She continues, “In general I think many William and Mary students are willing to help each other because it makes the tough aca-

demic environment more bearable.” This academic competition takes on a different role in the William and Mary Greek system. Freshman Erin Morris states, “There’s competition between the different frats and sororities because they want to see who can have the best GPA, but that competition doesn’t really exist with people outside of Greek life.” Within her own sorority, however, this competition holds little to no importance. “I want to get above academic probation, but other than that I’m not really that competitive with my sisters.” Senior Nancy Lauer, former president of the Delta Delta Delta sorority on campus, says that academic competition becomes more of a standard of expectations when it enters the Greek realm. “I feel more pressure to do well because we are held to certain standards by our national organizations,” says Lauer. Not all students, however, feel the pressure of academic competition on campus. “I’ve never really compared myself to others GPA wise…someone’s always going to be worse than you or better than you,” says Mike Larson, a sophomore at the college. “Comparing yourself to others is kind of pointless.” Whether due to competition among students or the academic support across campus, William and Mary continues to house some of the smartest individuals in the country. The sharing of grades and GPAs, curving of exam scores, and increasing demands of course loads are hard to ignore. Academic competition is inevitable on such an intelligent campus, but you just have to remember to take in stride and practice safe stress relief. After all, what’s life without a little competition? CARTOON BY MOLLY ADAIR

against all the other boats on the water. The team trains 5 days a week at First Colony Marina on the James River. Members of the team are not expected to attend practice everyday but merely when it fits into their schedule and does not conflict with classes. “I was very excited by this year’s turnout,” said Scott Guinn (’13). Guinn has been sailing for 6 years since moving to the banks of the Hudson River in Nyack, NY. “Upon applying to colleges I was searching for a competitive racing program as well as a school with top-notch academics,” explained Guinn. “William and Mary provided that opportunity.” He has been teaching sailing for 4 years in the summers at Nyack Boat Club Junior Sailing where he will be the Head Instructor of the Junior Sailing Program this summer. Every Tuesday in February, the club will meet in Blair 205 from 8-9 p.m.. In the spring, practice begins at 2:30 by the Crim Dell, Monday through Thursday. The team is usually back between 6 and 6:15 PM. On Friday’s, there is a recreational practice where William and Mary students are allowed to attend for a $5 fee. In addition to getting out on the water, the W&M Sailing Team is a close-knit group, and the team enjoys throwing parties and mixers as well as hosting their annual spring fundraiser “Boats & Burgers.” To find out more about William and Mary Sailing, visit their website at http://williamandmarysailing.wordpress.com.

Student Spotlight: Allison Bartels Year: Junior Hometown: Colleyville, Texas Major(s): Government, Hispanic Studies Campus Involvement: President of H.O.P.E. (Health Outreach Peer Educators) and member of the varsity track and cross-country teams. Alison is also very involved in organizing and fundraising for the Massey Cancer 5K Run, which raised over $10,000 this year for the Massey Cancer Center in Richmond, VA. Did you know: Allison recently attended the NCAA APPLE Conference in Charlottesville, VA. The conference gathered student-athletes and peer educators from colleges all over the region and focused on promoting student athlete wellness and substance abuse prevention. Summer Plans: For the second summer in a row, Allison will be interning with U.S. DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). She has interned with the DEA since December 2010.


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Emily Stites runs Freshman-record Continued on page 7

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BASKETBALL: Tim Rusthoven (’14).

Hofstra doesn’t come close against William and Mary By Alex Cook

Associate Sports Editor

Williamsburg, Va- The Hofstra University men’s basketball team visited Williamsburg on Saturday, coming up against a William and Mary side that was firing on all cylinders, treating the fans who were willing to wake up to a truly spectacular performance. In an outing marked by balanced and effective scoring, and a stout defensive display, the Green and Gold came put on top, 72-59, over the Pride. A dominant performance, where the win was in little doubt minutes into the second half, the William and Mary side improve to 9-12 on the year, and 3-7 in the CAA, with all three victories coming at home. Junior Tim Rusthoven had a fantastic game Saturday, tying for the scoring lead, with 17 points, shooting 6-9 from the field on a number of high-percentage shots. The big man also pulled down 16 rebounds, nine more than any other player out there, earning his fifth double-double of the season. Ruthoven’s 16 boards is the most in program history since David Colley’s 26 rebounds against VMI during the 1995-1996 season. Rusty also contributed 3 blocks on defense and dished out 3 assists as well, in a well-rounded performance. Alongside Rusthoven, three teammates joined the standout center in double-figures. Both starters sophomore Marcus Thornton and senior Kyle Gaillard came up with 16 and 13 points respectively, with both also shooting a high percentage from the field. Coming off the bench, junior guard Brandon Britt shifted the flow of the game in the Tribe’s favor, scoring

17 points from the sixth man slot, and bringing a certain energy to the home side. As a team, William and Mary shot an astounding 56.8% from the field over the course of the contest, compared to Hofstra’s meager scoring offering, culminating in a 35.6% field goal percentage. For coach Tony Shaver, the Tribe’s performance was truly a coach’s dream as the home side stifled the offense of the visitors in impressive fashion, executing on the other end of the floor and earning lay-ups for their methodical offensive play. The home fans also recreated what Shaver called an “intimidating” home atmosphere, surely rattling a few of the visitors and reveling in an outstanding outing for the home side. Following the first-half tip-off, the Green and Gold set the defensive tone early, stopping an anemic Hofstra attack for the first 4:13 seconds of the contest. A Matt Rum three-pointer started the scoring for the game, though both sides stalled early, with Hofstra taking an early 5-3 advantage 5 minutes into the game. The Pride would take the lead again at the 14:15 mark on a powerful slam from Jordan Allen. Kyle Gaillard responded the next possession, getting to the hole and finishing a tough lay-in in traffic, tying the contest and stealing away Hofstra’s last lead of the ball game. With the two sides even at 9 points, the home team surged ahead after two made foul shots from the forward Gaillard, going on a 12-4 spurt over the course of the next 4 minutes. The Pride would eventually crawl back to within 4 points, bringing the score to 24-20 with 6 minutes to go in the opening period, though the

Tribe would score on each of their next seven possessions, leaving the score at 35-20 with 2:14 left. The half ended with the score at 39-28 in favor of the home team, with William and Mary shooting 62.5% from the field, confounding the Hofstra defense, getting lay-ups easily much of the first half. After the secondhalf inbound, amounting to a missed Hofstra three, William and Mary picked up right where they left off, with junior guard Julian Boatner knocking down one of his two three-pointers on the afternoon, giving the Tribe a 4228 lead. The Tribe continued their fundamental play for the remainder of the half, maintaining a double-digit lead for most of the remainder of the contest. With 15:48 left in the half, the Tribe would pull ahead to their largest lead of the afternoon, at 52-36, and recovering would prove too difficult for the Hofstra team, though the visitors would cut the deficit to 9 with 9:21 to go, proving they wouldn’t give up too easily. However, the Tribe would continue to play strongly, restoring the lead to double-digits fro the rest of the half. Though Hofstra, who now fall to 5-17 overall, and 2-7 in the CAA, may not be the strongest of competition, if the William and Mary squad plays at the levels they reached on Saturday, it’ll be difficult for any team to beat such a discplined defensive squad fast on the break, and methodical in the half-court. On Wednesday, February 6th, William and Mary take on in-conference, and instate rival James Madison University, at the Convocation Center in Harrisonburg.

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Lacrosse Schedule Wed, Feb 13 American Williamsburg, Va. 4:00 p.m.

Wed, Mar 13 at Virginia at Charlottesville, Va. 7:00 p.m.

Sun, Feb 17 at Duke at Durham, N.C. 3:00 p.m. Wed, Feb 20 Ohio State Williamsburg, Va. 3:00 p.m.

Wed, Mar 20 Maryland Williamsburg, Va. 4:00 p.m.

Tue, Feb 26 at Old Dominion * at Norfolk, Va. 7:00 p.m.

Sat, Mar 30 at Longwood at Farmville, Va. 1:00 p.m.

Sat, Mar 23 Richmond Williamsburg, Va. 1:00 p.m.

Sat, Mar 02 Fri, Apr 05 at Stetson Drexel * at DeLand, Fla. 10:00 Williamsburg, Va. a.m. 7:00 p.m. Fri, Mar 08 at Jacksonville at Jacksonville, Fla. 3:30 p.m.

Sun, Apr 07 Hofstra * Williamsburg, Va. 1:00 p.m.

Tribe Spotlight: Catherine Shaughnessy Sport: Lacrosse POSITION: Defense Year: 2016 hometown: Paoli, PA


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SPORTS IN BRIEF Women’s Tennis Opens Conference Play with Win

BASKETBALL: Taylor Hilton (’13) finishes the game with nine rebounds and 15 points.

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Tribe wins nail-biter in road conference clash By Nate Kresh Sports Editor

This past Thursday evening, the William and Mary Tribe women’s basketball team rolled into Wilmington, North Carolina to face off against their conference rivals, the UNCW Seahawks. Coming into the game with something of a winning streak after a close victory over Old Dominion, the Tribe would hope to continue their success against a Seahawks team whose season has had the same sort of disappointment as that of this current Tribe team. Luckily for the Tribe, who hold a less than stellar record when it comes to competition within the CAA, the Seahawks have actually been worse this season against the conference, holding only a 1-5 record in such games. However, that one win came against this very Tribe team, as the two sides faced off in early January. The Seahawks would take that game by a score of 6152, but at the time, the Tribe was mired in a seven game losing streak. Now, with momentum on their side for the first time this season, the Tribe would try to avenge that previous loss and bring the season series to a draw. The game started off with the Seahawks launching an impressive assault on the Tribe, opening up a 20-9 lead on the Green and Gold in the first 11 minutes of play. While the Tribe was able to bring the Seahawks lead to just 11-9 at one point, the Seahawks would capitalize on several of the Tribe’s missed shots and missed second chances in order to build their lead. After the Seahawks would push their lead to 23-12 with just a little over eight minutes left to play, the Tribe would respond with a huge run to give the team a fighting chance in the

game. A jumper from senior Taylor Hilton would start the run, while some made free throws from senior Emily Correal and sophomore Jazmen Boone and a huge 3-pointer from senior Janine Aldridge would bring the Tribe to within two, 23-21. While a few buckets would preserve the Seahawks’ lead for a little bit longer, 3’s from Aldridge and junior Kaitlyn Mathieu would finally erase the Tribe’s deficit, bringing them even with UNCW at 27-27. The 17-4 run would eventually be capped off by a layup from Correal, which would give the Tribe their first lead since three minutes into the game, 29-27. After a made free throw for the Seahawks, a 3 from Hilton would give the Tribe a four point lead with only a little over a minute left in the half. However, just when it looked like the Tribe would be able to go into halftime with a lead despite being down for so much of the time, a 5-0 run by the ‘Hawks would give them a narrow, one-point lead heading into the break, capped off by two free throws with only one second left on the clock for a 33-32 lead. Head coach Debbie Taylor must have given a great half-time speech, because the Tribe tipped the momentum right back in their favor, jumping out to a six point lead on the strength of a 12-5 run that pushed the score to 44-38. After trading baskets back and forth, the Tribe would pour in two 3’s in a row from Boone and sophomore Kyra Kerstetter and would get a jumper from Mathieu to fall to give themselves a 12-point lead, 58-46, their largest of the night. With only 7:25 left to play in the game, down 12 points with all of the momentum on the Tribe’s side, the Seahawks seemed ready to be put to bed. However, a desperate 15-4 run over the next seven

minutes would pull UNCW back to within just one of the Tribe, 62-61, with 37 seconds left to play. The Tribe would make use of all of the time on the shot clock that they could, dwindling the game clock down to five seconds before Aldridge would gain an open look and launch a potential dagger-three. With five seconds left, though, if the shot were to miss, the Seahawks would still have a chance for one last desperation heave and a potential highlight-reel buzzer beater. Aldridge’s shot would clang off of the back iron; the Seahawks would have their chance. However, coming in on the boards would be Hilton, cleaning the offensive glass as she had done all game and all but locking up the victory for the Tribe. Hilton would end the game leading the Tribe in points with 15, while also racking up nine rebounds, five of which were possession-maintaining offensive rebounds. Fellow senior Aldridge would end the contest with 11 points and six rebounds, while classmate Correal would post a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, her fifth double-double of the season. The Tribe would seal their victory with a made free throw from sophomore MacKenzie Morrison to push the score to 63-61 with only one tenth of a second left off the clock. As the final buzzer sounded, it would be the Tribe celebrating their third victory in a row, a 63-61 defeat of UNCW that would serve as retribution for the loss earlier this season. With the win, the Tribe moves to 5-14 on the season, with a 3-5 record in conference play. The loss pushes the Seahawks’ record down to 2-16 overall, while their defeat also ensures that they remain a one-win team in the conference with a record of 1-6 in the CAA.

This past Saturday evening, the No. 53 William and Mary Tribe women’s tennis team opened up Colonial Athletic Association play with a match against the UNCW Seahawks on their home courts at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. The match was an impressive showing by the Tribe, who managed to clinch their eventual 4-3 victory by winning the first four available points. A strong showing in doubles play by the Tribe would clinch the first available match point for the Green and Gold. The No. 3 nationally ranked duo of juniors Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans would earn an 8-2 victory at the top position, while an 8-4 victory for senior Anik Cepeda and junior Sydney Smith would clinch the doubles point for the Tribe. The victory for Belaya and Loomans pushes their overall record to 14-2 and to 5-1 in dual-match competition. With the doubles point decided in the Tribe’s favor, it would be time for the singles matches. Thanks to straight-set victories from Loomans, classmate Hope Johnson and freshman Leeza Nemchinov, the Tribe would be able to come away with at least three points in singles play. Loomans would put on a particularly impressive display: after falling behind 3-1 in the opening set, Loomans would take 11 straight games to end up taking her match in straight sets. Because the matches that Loomans, Johnson and Nemchinov played in happened to finish first out of the singles matches, the Tribe managed to earn the first four available points, allowing them to clinch victory over the Seahawks, even though Cepeda, Smith and Belaya would all eventually fall in their singles matches. The win pushes the Tribe’s record to 5-2 on the year, while the Seahawks’ record sits at 1-1. Emily Stites Becomes First Freshman to Win National Title William and Mary freshman Emily Stites competed in the USAT&F Cross Country Championship on Saturday, February 2nd against 16-20 year olds from across the country. The standout freshman finished first in the field of 55 high-caliber runners, more than 20 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, and more than 40 seconds ahead of the remainder of the field. In the process, Stites becomes the first freshman ever to win a national championship for William and Mary, for either men or women, also becoming the third woman in William and Mary history to garner a national championship. In the 6K, Stites ran a blistering 20:27.3 on the St. Louis track, 21.3 seconds ahead of the phenomenal high-school runner, Erin Finn. It was clear from the first third of the race that the top two finishers would be Stites and Finn who distanced themselves early in the race. With two kilometers left to go, Finn held a one-second advantage heading into the final third. Finn couldn’t hold Stites off, as the Tribe freshman passed the high-schooler and never looked back, becoming eligible for selection into Team USA at the IAAF World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on March 24. Men’s Swimming Finishes Strong Before Post-Season On Saturday, February 2nd, the William and Mary men’s swimming team took to the pool against a struggling Villanova side. Before the meet, the Tribe honored its seniors, an especially productive class that won 10 of their 14 home meets (at 71.4%), rankng among the five best of any graduating class. On the day, the Tribe won all but two events, starting out strong in the 200 medley relay, taking the top two spots. The senior team of Sidney Glass, Ben Ward, K.J. Shaw and Hunter Perrot took first place, finishing at 1:32.9, barely outside an all-time top-10 finish. Senior Hunter Perrot won twice in his final home appearance, snatching the 200 free in 1:43.28, as well as the 50 free in 21.45 seconds. Junior Andrew Strait also took two wins for the Tribe in the 100 free and 100 fly; the junior has 23 wins on the year, which is fourth most all-time, he’s also tied Jason Brisson (’09) with 49 career victories, with one year to go. William and Mary ends the regular season with a strong showing, and they’ll be gearing up for two post-season meets competing in two weeks at the Cavalier Invitational in Charlottesville, February 1516, and also the CAA Championship February 27-March 1 in Fairfax.


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Butter’s small town politics yield laughs By Ben Silliman Staff Writer

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HUDSON TAYLOR: Founder of Athlete Ally, a non-profit organization, spoke on athlete homophobia.

Athlete Ally: Why not sign the pledge? By William Juggins Staff Writer

On Tuesday evening Hudson Taylor, founder of the non-profit organization Athlete Ally, took to the stage of the Sadler Commonwealth Auditorium. Facing a sizable crowd consisting mostly of William and Mary athletes, Taylor wasted no time beginning the story of how, and more importantly why, Athlete Ally was created. An NCAA National Wrestling Champion at the University of Maryland and the current Wrestling Coach at the University of Columbia, Taylor’s athletic credentials certainly won over the audience. However, Taylor was not there to boast, his focus was on another aspect of athletics: the demeaning humor directed towards the LGBT community that is commonplace in locker rooms across the country. As a theater student and wrestler at the University of Maryland, Taylor explained how he witnessed firsthand the conflicting personalities between the drama department and the locker room. Two years into college, the homophobia and trans-

phobia plaguing the athletic community was too much for Taylor to handle. He decided to take a stand. Taylor started wearing LGBT t-shirts around campus and confronting his teammates and coaches when they used homophobic language. His efforts were then taken to the next level when he decided to wear a LGBT equality sticker from the Human Rights Campaign on his wrestling headgear. Although he received criticism from his peers, Taylor spoke of the positive reception he achieved from the media. Following this media attention, Taylor was bombarded with emails from closeted athletes, members of the LGBT community, coaches and supportive parents, providing him with the motivation he needed to start the non-profit organization, Athlete Ally. Athlete Ally’s goal has not changed since its creation in January 2011--to educate and encourage athletes of all sexual orientations to take a stand and combat homophobia in sports. As well as working with collegiate sports departments, Athlete Ally’s work has spread into the professional realm. In re-

cent weeks, NFL star Connor Barwin of the Houston Texans and former NHL standout Sean Avery of the New York Rangers have signed the pledge to become athlete allies. Taylor hopes that soon enough it will be the norm for professional and college athletes to be athlete allies. With all this said, are you ready to make the pledge? It is not a pledge to be taken lightly, but it will serve to better the athletic community here at William and Mary and campuses across the country. Hudson Taylor challenges you to sign his pledge: “I pledge to lead my athletic community to respect and welcome all persons, regardless of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Beginning right now, I will do my part to promote the best of athletics by making all players feel respected on and off the field.” (www.athleteally. com) For more information on the work of Hudson Taylor and Athlete Ally, visit www. athleteally.com or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/user/athleteally.

Butter, when chilled to a certain temperature takes on a consistency perfect for carving, and director Jim Field Smith tries to mold it into a political satire. The movie begins when butter carving master, Bob Pickler (played by Modern Family’s Ty Burrell) is asked to step down from the annual butter carving competition after 15 years of victory. Unfortunately, Bob’s wife Laura (Jennifer Garner) is an ambitious woman with political aspirations and the hope that she could use Bob’s butter fame to propel them into the Governor’s Mansion, or even the White House. After throwing a temper tantrum about how unfair the butter judges were being, and how they were destroying her family’s power; Laura decides to enter the competition herself. However, an incredibly talented 10-year-old orphan named Destiny enters the competition and instantly becomes a major obstacle for Laura Pickler to overcome. The fight quickly becomes dirty as Laura stops at nothing to defeat the talented child. Destiny eventually comes out ahead. Despite losing, Laura does not stop and she turns to her ex-boyfriend (Hugh Jackman) to sabotage Destiny’s victory. Laura’s attitude drives a stripper named Brooke (Olivia Wilde) to aid Destiny by buying her a set of fancy knives with money she got from Bob Pickler and their daughter Kaitlin (Ashley Greene.) Poking fun at small town politics, Butter provides many comedic moments, and treats the entire idea of politics very lightly. It is one of the more enjoyable satires, looking more for laughs than to get across an important message; however it distinctly takes a very liberal view. The movie is held together by fantastic acting from some very big names. Jennifer Garner does a standout job as the crazy Laura Pickler. Most of the thought provoking elements of the film were already laid out for the audience and it does not take much to discern the real life people the characters are meant to represent. Cute, talented Destiny, who rose into the butter world out of nowhere resembles Obama’s rise into the presidential campaign. Veteran butter carver Bob Pickler, who would have done an excellent job, but is asked to step down and is, instead, offered a position on the judges’ panel resembles Hillary Clinton. Laura, whose wardrobe closely resembles that of Michelle Bachman, resembles much of the extreme right. Butter is an enjoyable movie filled with many laughs, often aimed at the conservative right and small town politics. While the end of the movie takes an uncharacteristic turn towards the happy and fulfilling, rather than poking fun at the jugular world that is politics. If you enjoy politically inspired movies, then Butter is a good film to watch.

William and Mary craft fair to benefit FISH By Catherine Belte Executive Editor

This past Saturday the students of William and

Mary hosted a craft fair to benefit FISH, the Williamsburg emergency services group. FISH depends entirely upon the community for food, clothing and cash donations. Each vendor had to pay a five-dollar entry fee that was donated in full to FISH. Nine stu-

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dent vendors partook in the fair. Crafts ranged from selfmade jewelry to wool stuffed animals. Crafter Molly Adair (’14) applied on a whim in order to show off her custom hand painted wooden letters. Adair offered a variety of Lilly Pulitzer prints buyers could choose from. Adair commented, “I usually just sell to friends but I thought this would be a nice opportunity to branch out.” COURTESY PHOTO


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Open Mic Night: Smooth jams at local coffee shop By Sam Robbins

Associate Arts & Culture Editor

Aromas, in addition to serving wonderful coffee and sandwiches, also hosts an open mic night on Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. This offers an opportunity for all members of the Williamsburg community, old and young, to perform their music in front of a captive audience. Artists sign up to perform on these nights simply by walking into aromas and writing their name on a sheet of paper. Most of the performers sang with musical accompaniment, namely their guitar, an instrument that so duly lends itself to the open mic atmosphere. Two women who lead the event every week set up speakers and microphones, so the singers and guitarists could be heard above the conversations in the crowded coffee house. The wide range of experience demonstrated by the singers and songwriters was one of the best aspects of the night. One of my favorite performers, Jacob, a regular at these events, performed two of his own songs that he had written. He even threw in his own acoustic rendition of “Party in the USA,” a song that takes on an incredibly different sound when sung by a young man with a nicely groomed beard. On the other end of the spectrum, two high school boys, working on getting some experience, spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight, as they treated the audience to solos and a duet performance. In classic boy-band style, the pair were entertaining their entourage of female fans. The first solo featured a cover of “A Team” by Ed Sheeran, and the other boy’s solo, coincidentally enough, was a Gavin DeGraw song, which proved to be a bit of a struggle and a battle against the nerves. A great thing about open mic nights though is that it gives people the practice and experience needed to become comfortable with performing. It can become easy to slip into a critical mindset when hearing these less polished performances, but it takes dedication, perseverance, and a boatload of bravery to become a successful performer and I admire these boys for playing their hearts out, with the determination and desire to be better. Other performers included The Reverse Cowboys, who came prepared with free demos for the audience, and an elderly man who played a soprano recorder. Playing at an open mic night is a nerve-wrecking experience not for the faint of heart, and I commend all of the performers for their bravery. If you love to sing, play music, or perform in general, make sure to stop by the Aromas Open Mic Night, and even if you cannot sing or play an instrument to save your life, go sit, sip some coffee or eat some delicious apple pie, and enjoy the entertainment!

AROMAS OPEN MIC NIGHT: All members of the Williamsburg community are welcomed to perform at open mic night on Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. in Aromas. Performers range from parents and professors to high schoolers and college students.

PHOTOS BY KEVIN RACKETT

Luther not for the faint of heart By Sophie Goewey Arts & Culture Editor

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Based on the popular BBC crime series, Luther: The Calling, is a grisly psychological thriller of a novel. In his novel, Neil Cross, program creator and writer for the critically acclaimed Luther television series, presents a prequel to the show that would never be fit for television. The main character, DCI John Luther, is a maverick, an intellectual and mentally unstable. More importantly, for a detective the law does not appear to apply to Luther, as he violates almost all of the rights accorded a suspect during his pursuit for the deranged killer named “Henry.” Social desirability and common decency would typically prevent any crime show from describing in graphic detail the torturing of children, mutilation of dogs and an underground pedophile

network. In Cross’s book, however, the reader is torn to shreds psychologically as he tries to reconcile Luther’s brutal tactics with the burden of revealing the truth. The crimes perpetrated in the book display an extensive career in crime television production on the part of Cross; some of the heinous acts performed by the serial killer extend far beyond the imagination of typical thriller novels. Cross also deviates from the typical crime show by presenting the reader with a strained and destructive love triangle of sorts. Over the course of the book, Luther’s passion for his work becomes all-consuming, forcing his wife Zoe into the arms of another man. Unlike in the television show, Zoe is portrayed as a more petulant and erratic wife, capable of distancing herself from John and becoming aggravated by every aspect of their marriage. The casting

for Luther makes it difficult for a female viewer to understand why any woman would want to distance herself from Idris Elba, who plays Luther, let alone shack up with a short, bookish character. In the book it is easier to see how such a violent passion for justice could strain a once beautiful marriage, but Zoe engenders little sympathy regardless of the medium. For those who prefer audio-visual forms of entertainment to anything else, be not afraid, Luther: The Calling is not a taxing read. It is the sort of book that would reside in the stacks of an airport convenience store. It is fast-paced, the vocabulary is not taxing, and the plotline is gritty and compelling. If ever there is a sunny day on campus worthy of sitting outside with a book, shock yourself into the realm of leisure reading with this crime novel and prepare to be taken on a psychological roller coaster.


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under vai and the issue date Free speech and free markets: A short case for parity

By Jimmy Hemphill Staff Writer

It goes without saying that freedom of speech is one of the central tenets upon which the American government was founded. Whenever in the course of our history it has come under attack, a vanguard of brilliant philosophers, historians, and legal scholars have risen up to defend it. Concurring in Whitney v. California (1927),

Justice Louis Brandeis wrote that “freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth.” In other words, the First Amendment not only upholds the democratic principle of free speech, it also provides the American people with “a marketplace of ideas” (the famous metaphor given to us originally by John Stuart Mill) in which truth can emerge out of the free, transparent exchange of ideas. The idea that the free trade of ideas is the best test of truth has a long history. Going as far back as the 17th

Call it inequity?

century, the English poet in the U.S. today. John Milton advised that reWould that there were stricting speech was not nec- an equally strong consensus By Seth Benning* essary because “in a free and around the market for goods Staff Writer open encounter,” truth would and services. The proliferaThe College has a few prevail. President Thomas tion of free markets across sociological divisions, some Jefferson argued that it is the world has done more to more inherent and apparsafe to tolerate “error of opin- raise people’s standards of ent than others. Some dision … where reason is left living than any other phetinctions are a product of free to combat it.” Justice Ol- nomena in human history. academic interest, a classics iver Wendell Holmes echoes Innumerable real-world exmajor will always look out these great thinkers in his amples demonstrate that of place in Miller Hall. Athdissent in Abrams v. United government interference in letes are decked out in free States, in which he argued, the marketplace—no matter Tribe apparel, and the Radio “the best test of truth is the how noble the stated intenclub carries themselves with power of the thought to get tions—more often than not enough smugness to block itself accepted in the compe- produces deplorable results. any and all radio-waves comtition of the market.” Indeed, The most recent and flagrant ing out of the campus center this “marketplace of ideas” example of such destructive basement. The variety of cultheory remains almost com See “PARITY” page 11 pletely unopposed by anyone See “INEQUITY” page 12


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THE CAF: William and Mary Dining unable to handle lunch and dinner rushes. Luckily, the Sadler expansion is underway.

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A criticism of our dining services during peak hours

By Ryan Brophy Opinion Editor

Our dining service has rested in the confines of mediocrity for quite some time. Our school has a reputation for lackluster meals, but with the College’s many other redeeming qualities and reputations, I doubt the meal service has ever kept someone from enrolling. So our meal prospects oscillate between “pretty-good” special occasion/holiday meals, to meals where you consider asking for a swipe refund. Truth be told, the food quality has left little to praise but little to become enraged about. Lately, the real problem I find with our dining service

doesn’t lie within the comfort food station or with the cranky individual who serves it. (Though that guy does need to lighten up). The real problem is our dining service’s inability to handle the lunch and dinner rush. Anyone this year who has gone to eat at noon or 6 p.m. has experienced these apocalyptic scenarios. The lines of extraordinary length deter me even at my hungriest, and once you are inside, the battle truly begins. Our dining establishments consistently runs out of silverware, bowls and plates leaving students to grapple with each other over the last fork or go on scavenger hunts just to find a vessel for their cream of broccoli soup. This is especially evident at Sadler. Where the entrée station is usually so overrun that only those with a deep love of mixed veggies and meatloaf will be willing

to wait in line again. In the beginning, the hectic crowds and shortages didn’t bother me as much. I understood that the dining service was getting used to the new year, and they would adjust appropriately to handle the extra volume of hungry eaters. Well, now my patience is waning, for adaptation has not come. Every single day Sadler Center seems shocked and unprepared for the number of students that have come to dinner. It is as if we snuck up on them, foiling their intentions to serve a decent meal to a student body half our size. But no one is surprising them; we were all there yesterday, dealing with the same problems. Now of course, I understand that the Sadler Center is in the process of expanding. With that expansion will come more seating,

more service and more food. So long as the Sadler Center doesn’t decide to bus in tour groups of middle school students during meal times (I’m looking at you Caf…), then the problems with meal time crowds should likely reduce. But until that happens, our current overcrowding shouldn’t be treated like an unfortunate reality of our school growing. I would like to see some adaptation, some efficiency, and most of all, some foresight on the dining services part. Opening up the second swipe-in kiosk, plan ahead for the rush by stocking extra silverware and extra food, and increasing the efficiency in which food is made. The Sadler Center expansion isn’t coming for a while. Until then it would be nice to not have to eat dinner at 4:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

PARITY: No debt crisis possible with free markets meddling is the Federal government’s biofuel subsidies. Presidents Bush and Obama along with Congress have poured hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars into mandates and subsidies, hoping to incentivize the production of biofuels and then outright force their consumption by oil companies. Mr. Bush assured the nation in 2006 that by 2012 cars and trucks could be powered by cellulosic fuels from switch grass and other plant life. Since

then, the initial goal of producing 500 million barrels of cellulosic fuels to be blended with conventional gasoline has been quietly and steadily reduced by the EPA to its current, rather pitiful level of 6.6 million. And there are even critics who suggest that much of the 6.6 million isn’t true cellulosic fuel. As Milton Friedman once quipped, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”

Even after seven years of appalling waste and failure, the biofuel subsidies have not been scaled back in the least. The Obama Administration continues to loan hundreds of millions of dollars to green energy companies like Abengoa Bioenergy. The hopeful forecast is that Abengoa’s plant will produce about 23 million barrels a year—a small fraction of what Washington pledged in 2006. And yet dozens of programs equally ruinous as this

From page 10 biofuel debacle persist, and the private sector, the true creator of jobs and prosperity and progress, pays for all of it and meanwhile is smothered under ever-accumulating layers of government regulations. There would be no debt crisis, in the United States or in any country, if the principle of free markets was as widely held sacrosanct as the principle of free speech. Sources: The Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation

tures and perspectives that we have here is part of what makes our school awesome, and it only makes sense that we hang out and identify with the group we enjoy the most and have the most in common with. However in this self-exclusion, one group is more vocal and visible than any other; the Greek system. As a member of one of the largest fraternities on campus, I’m not knocking the greek system. However inside and out one can’t deny that Greeks exclude the GDI’s. These boundaries aren’t concrete and everyone has a personality outside of their letters, especially at a school where everyone is as academically interested and motivated as ours. But this grouping isn’t something that can or should be used to classify students when it comes to their rights and their experience at the college, especially not on the administration’s part. There is no denying that the school treats different groups differently, and with good reason. The athletes get a few perks in the classroom to make up for their extracurricular commitments. MUN gets a ton of funding from the school. The Greek system gets special housing considerations (just look to the new palace’s rising from the ashes of Yates field). This is a good thing, and I think it’s wonderful that the administration is flexible and responsive to the wants of the student body. When it comes to our safety, though, the administration needs to see past the letters. Last weekend a smoke bomb and fire combination set of the smoke alarm at a unit dance party. The suspect malicious act caused no damage and no harm to the student body, but it had the potential to be disastrous. of grief among the student body for some the of the emails that come from her office, but we all feel safer for knowing that there’s someone watching out and ready to notify the entire campus in the case of something of this very nature happening. If an unknown suspect presumably maliciously set off a smoke bomb and lit a fire in a freshman dorm, iPhone emails would ring across our campus. Just because it happened in a Greek facility, does that mean that the hundreds of students present didn’t need the same consideration as a freshman dorm would, or that the rest of the campus wouldn’t feel safer for having known that the school was aware of the threat?


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“What are you doing this weekend? “Probably nothing.” “Want to go to that Gavin DeGraw concert?” “No.” “Want to go listen to Robert Gates speak?” “Again? No thanks. I’ll be in Swem.” Different versions of this conversation can be heard all over campus these days. Despite celebrating the College’s 320th birthday this weekend, enthusiasm for the events surrounding Charter Day has been harder to find

than a study room during finals. And who can blame students for lacking passion and gusto for Charter Day festivities? What’s on the docket to get them excited? Maybe some soulful DeGraw classics, like “Cheated on Me,” or his latest single, “Solider,” will get Tribe crowds going. Nice try, 2005. Nobody’s been excited about going to see Gavin DeGraw since the dawn of YouTube. Perhaps a stimulating, culturally relevant, or even controversial speaker would

draw students away from the tepid Williamsburg party scene (or the vibrant study scene) that dominates their weekend hours. A list of the Charter Day speakers since the turn of the century is impressive: such international dignitaries as Margaret Thatcher and Kofi Annan, esteemed US politicians Henry Kissinger and Eric Cantor, and prominent Virginians Senator Jim Webb and Governor Bob McDonnell are only some of the more notable names. Who do students get the privilege of hearing

this year? Chancellor Bob Gates. Again. Undoubtedly, Gates is one of the College’s most celebrated alumni, with a résumé about as illustrious as they come; but Gates spoke at this same event last year (and not to mention before that in 1998.) Is a little variety so much to ask? Perhaps the College’s purported policy of not paying its speakers backfired this time. The inability to attract a speaker not already affiliated with William and Mary certainly points to that possibility.

There are a few questions dissatisfied students should be asking: if Charter Day is something the school wants its students to actively attend and fervently celebrate, why have they delivered such a lackluster lineup? More importantly, who delivered this lackluster lineup? How much student involvement and input was there? If Charter Day is to be taken seriously, and celebrated with the enthusiasm the College seems to desire, there are some improvements to it that need to be made.

On campus housing: Botetourt and the Units

By Adam Siegel Staff Writer

Hi. What is your name? Where are you from? What is your major? Where do you live on campus? It seemed like every conversation I had freshman year started like this. I could answer the first few questions just fine, but when I told people what dorm I lived in, I got looks that combined pity, contempt, and a follow-up question of “where is that?” I never thought Botetourt particularly atrocious, yet everyone else on campus thought that I was living in the campus slums. With other students’ reactions to my dorm, you would have thought I told them that I was living in a cardboard box behind Sadler. Sure, it wasn’t the glamorous living I envisioned after my tour had promised me the luxury of Barrett Hall. And sure, I didn’t have air conditioning like my friends in DuPont, and my room did have a

cockroach problem, but that is what college is about: surviving. My Botetourt experience was made better by living in one of the triples and having two amazing roommates. My initial fear of having a poor roommate experience quickly evaporated and we set about making the triple our home. We had our own bathroom, a great RA; and, for better or for worse, we lived right off the lounge, making every Thursday-Saturday night a parade of absurdity. I like to think that the long walk to just about anywhere on campus made me into a better person. It gave me an appreciation for my bike, and I spent more time getting to know my hallmates than I otherwise might have. Days in the lounge were spent commiserating over the sweltering heat or exchanging tips on how to best eradicate the cockroaches that always managed to find there way inside. Even trying to catch the dorm mouse became a talking point that brought us all together. The small hall gave me a sense of security because every time people who didn’t live there ventured into our humble abode, the whole dorm treated them like the new kid in 7th grade;

our instant thought being, “Why are they here? What do they want? Can someone make them leave?” We became suspicious creatures, for there was no reason anyone would possibly venture back into Botetourt without a good reason. I was always told that I could only go up from Botetourt, that I was simply paying my dues and could look forward to years of comfort in The Bryan Complex, Jamestown, or Chandler. Any way you sliced it, it got better. Lies. All of it. I can assure you that the Units are actually worse. There is no private bathroom, I haven’t met my RA, and every couple weeks, I have to keep on eye on my shampoo in the shower or it floats into the next stall when the drains clog. We have graduated from the occasional cockroach to ant infestations, from mice crawling around to drunken frat boys stumbling through— and I live in an unaffiliated unit. It is because of this that I am whole-heartedly in support of the Units as freshman BOTETOURT: Nicholson floor plan (bottom). COURTESY PHOTOS housing. Freshman won’t know it only gets better, it will be it living conditions. But let any better. They won’t have the truth. No more lies and us also help them make the friends in DuPont or Barrett no more false hopes. So let most of it. to compare their rooms to, us make the class of 2017 the and when they are told that class of honesty and decrep-

VAI Feb 6 2013  

February 6, 2013

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