Occasionally, a visitor to William and Mary will be talking to one of us and suddenly ask us a question. "What's the story," they want to know, "with these secret societies here at the College."
William & Mary students have pride for the Tribe, there's no doubt about that. In the middle of crunching for exams, they still find time to dance.
Bhangra is the perfect cultural mash-up. This traditional dance from the Punjab region of India is the kind of high-energy, beat-driven, wildly colorful phenomenon that seamlessly absorbs musical influences-dancehall, hip-hop-without losing its roots.
It's a summer chemistry tradition. Once a week, all work stops for ice cream.
It's expected that some graduates of William and Mary's interdisciplinary neuroscience program will wear their hearts on their sleeves as they march for commencement--but all of them will be wearing a bit of brain on their robes.
William & Mary gets a little crazy about a cappella. With 5,500 undergraduates and 11 different a cappella groups with an average of 15 members each, that means... well, you do the math.
William & Mary tour guides, bless their volunteery souls, work for free. But their value as recruiting tools is immeasurable, kicking the pants off of direct mail, glossy view books and college fairs combined.