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2006 News Stories

Celebration of Music marks end of semester

At the end of every semester, the College schedule is packed with musical performances as students are eager to demonstrate their newly learned skills. This year, for the first time, those concerts have been grouped together into a music festival to better showcase the diverse talents of the College's music students and faculty.

AIDS funding problematic despite increases

The fight against global AIDS experienced a three-fold increase in cash after conservative U.S. leaders embraced the disease as a "moral" issue early in the decade, Susan Peterson, professor of government and dean for educational policy for arts and sciences, told the audience at a World AIDS Day forum hosted by the student group Activism in the Fight Against AIDS (AFYA) on Dec. 1. While applauding the result, which is manifested in the $15 billion pledged for overseas distribution through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief initiated by President George W. Bush in 2003, Peterson told the group that a proclivity among conservatives to treat the sick at the expense of investing in prevention threatens to limit the impact of the funds, to create a virus resistant to the current anti-viral regimens and to cost millions of lives over the long term.

Jazz great inspires students

Donald "Duck" Harrison sweats the small stuff, but he does so for good reason. He knows that attention to detail formed the music of the jazz greats that taught him, and he knows that attention to detail will bring out the great in the students he teaches.

Senate confirms Gates ('65) as U.S. Secretary of Defense

The United States Senate this week confirmed the nomination of William and Mary alumnus Robert Gates as the next U.S. Secretary of Defense. Gates, a member of the Class of 1965, was nominated last month by President George W. Bush to replace Donald Rumsfeld.

Nichol: Chapel must define us all

President Gene R. Nichol earlier this month discussed with the Board of Visitors his decision to reserve display of an altar cross in the Wren Chapel for appropriate religious gatherings.

More than equipment at rec center

Soon after commencement, the expanded William and Mary Student Recreation Center opened to widespread anticipation. Returning students immediately noticed the drastic increase in floor space, equipment and services.

BOV: School of Ed to get new facility

William and Mary will move forward with plans to build a state-of-the-art facility for the school of education at the site of the former Williamsburg Sentara Hospital, President Gene R. Nichol told members of the Board of Visitors during a meeting held Nov. 16-17.

Medical mission corps: Empowering a community

A Chinese proverb says, Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. That is the principle behind sustainable intervention, an idea that the William and Mary Medical Mission Corps (WMMMC) is using to provide medical care and community-based solutions to residents of the Dominican Republic.

English scholars earn Trollope Prize

The Trollope Prize Expository Writing Program at Harvard University has recognized two William and Mary English scholars for their essays expanding understanding of the works of Victorian writer Anthony Trollope (1815-1882).

Muscarelle's Titian wows Paris

A painting from William and Mary's Muscarelle Museum is making quite a stir in Paris this fall, due to the hard work and research skills of Aaron De Groft ('88), director of the College's Muscarelle Museum.

Homecoming reflects Campaign impact

Homecomings conjure up thoughts of floats, fun and football but also bring to mind school spirit in the form of philanthropic generosity.

Tennis duo earns national championship

The Tribe duo of Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic rose to the top of the intercollegiate women's tennis world by winning the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's national indoor doubles championship in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 5.

College hosts annual Jamestown-Lafayette game

An era in local high school athletics ended on Friday, Nov. 3 as Walter J. Zable Stadium hosted the annual football matchup between Jamestown and Lafayette, the two high schools in the Williamsburg-James City County school district.

Do not give up on the environment

We cannot put the equivalent of 875 million adult elephants per year into the atmosphere without changing the climatic balance. That was the gist of an argument used by Dave Malmquist, director of communications at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), to illustrate the number of pounds of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere each year as he delivered his lecture, "Global Warming: It's Not Just Hot Air," during the opening session of the "Global Warming in the Chesapeake Bay" minischool at the Science Museum of Virginia. CO2, he explained, is one of the greenhouse gases that has driven up global temperatures by nearly 1 degree Fahrenheit during the past decade.

Homecoming 2006: Something for everyone

As promised, there was something for each of the thousands of alumni who descended on Williamsburg between Oct. 27 and Oct. 29 as the Alumni Association hosted its 80th homecoming weekend.

College to continue early admission

Several weeks ago, Harvard and Princeton universities announced plans to discontinue their use of early admission, a move followed shortly thereafter by the University of Virginia. Those decisions brought new attention to an ongoing debate about early admission and left many wondering whether William and Mary would be next.

Restructuring: A quiet revolution

At midnight on July 1, 2006, a quiet revolution took place at the College of William and Mary.

Writing comes from living, says Brakenbury

One has to live to write. It is a lesson that Rosalind Brakenbury stressed during her recent reading in the Tucker Hall Theatre; it is a point she continually emphasizes during the fiction seminars that she conducts as the College's writer-in-residence. In her case, she has "lived" as a journalist, as a mate on a schooner, as a teacher and as a mother-"living in the real world," she says, in order to gain experiences that can be translated into words.

Environmentalists in the Boardroom

Promising new tactics in the government's attempts to reign in environmental polluters are no substitute for tough enforcement of existing regulations, Sarah Stafford, associate professor of economics at the College, said during the College's Distinguished Faculty Lecture titled "Environmentalists in the Boardroom" on Oct. 8.

Q&A with Stafford: Toward a cleaner world

Following her delivery of the College's Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Oct. 8, Sarah Stafford responded to the following questions from the W&M News.

Religious freedom among topics for O'Connor

Religious freedom and judicial independence dominated two talks given by William and Mary Chancellor and retired Associate Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor during a visit to campus earlier this month.

Family Weekend: Tribe parents stay connected

Although they were presented with a rich array of about 45 events to choose from, the nearly 1,400 parents of William and Mary students who arrived on campus for Family Weekend, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, had one thing on their minds: to stay connected with the adventures of their offspring.

The Inquisition: Is it relevant to Guantanamo?

Lu Ann Homza knows that readers of her recent book The Spanish Inquisition: 1478-1614 will perceive parallels to the alleged treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay that have been reported in the nation's popular media. On the surface, the use of torture to obtain confessions is common to each. Yet, Homza, the Class of 2006 Associate Professor of History at the College, resists drawing direct comparisons.

'Who Killed the Electric Car?' debated

During the early 1990s, in response to a California mandate, General Motors (GM) produced a viable electric vehicle (EV1) that met the requirements of the state's zero-emissions policy mandate. As soon as the mandate was withdrawn, GM killed the vehicle.

Supreme Court Preview tackles detainee rights

On the heels of the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States, journalists, lawyers and legal scholars came to William and Mary to discuss the ramifications of Supreme Court rulings in the case of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld as part of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law 19th Annual Supreme Court Preview.

Talking Judaism and baseball with Raphael

When the weight of teaching about the Holocaust begins to wear him down, Marc Raphael, it is said, retires to the Major League Baseball box scores. Baseball is his refuge.

College's CHEM 103 among best nationwide

An undergraduate course at William and Mary was singled out in a national study of chemistry courses conducted by the Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR) on behalf of the College Board.

Excellence and compassion: Buck welcomes freshmen

Standing in front of the storied Sir Christopher Wren Building on Sept. 5, keynote convocation speaker Warren Buck ('76) peered into the future and envisioned members of the incoming Class of 2010 being prepared by their undergraduate experiences to win Pulitzer, Nobel and McArthur prizes.

New dormitory provides upscale living

Christina Bolton had been waiting for the opening of school since she received her student staff assignment in February. A senior psychology major, Bolton drew one of the plum resident-adviser assignments in Jamestown South.

Schoenberger's book is behind 'Hollywoodland'

When George Reeves, who starred in the 1950s television series "Adventures of Superman," died from a gunshot wound in 1959, authorities labeled his death a suicide. For Nancy Schoenberger, professor of English at the College, who investigated the story along with her husband, Sam Kashner, for their 1996 true-crime book Hollywood Kryptonite, the evidence did not add up. Their thesis, that Reeves was murdered as part of a lover's triangle gone awry, will drive the new feature film "Hollywoodland," scheduled for release nationwide on Sept. 8.

Day for dreams: Class of 2010 takes up residence

It was hard to sense who was more excited during move-in day at the College on Aug. 25: the freshmen who were arriving, the upperclassmen who were helping them haul their personal belongings into their rooms or the members of the College's staff who were assisting the entire endeavor.

Q&A with Nelson: Beyond the myth of John Henry

In the following interview, Scott Nelson, associate professor of history, discusses his discovery of the real John Henry, the subject of his forthcoming (October 2006) book Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend.

Professors honored during commencement

Professors Herrington Bryce of the Mason School of Business and Paul Marcus of the William and Mary Law School were honored during the College's commencement ceremonies. Bryce was named the recipient of the 2006 Thomas Ashley Graves Jr. Award. Marcus received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

Galano’s students learn to give psychology away

To improve the human condition, send students upstream. That is the strategy that Joseph Galano, associate professor of psychology, employs each year when he assigns 25 students enrolled in his research practicum to service in the greater Williamsburg region. He sends them to what are, in a sense, the headwaters, where they work with community-service groups such as Avalon and Eastern State Hospital to address the source of sexual assault, domestic violence, substance abuse and other disorders that plague society.

Desmond Tutu's commencement remarks

Following is a transcript of the remarks made by Archbishop Desmond Tutu during the College's 2006 commencement ceremony.

Tutu challenges graduates to partner with God

When God sees injustice and oppression in the world, he does not send lightning bolts to strike down the perpetrators, Archbishop Desmond Tutu told more than 1,900 graduates during his commencement address at William and Mary Hall on May 14.

Srour ('05) attends first day of school in Uganda

It has been a while since George Srour (’05) has had a first day of school, but he could not resist seeing his friends in Uganda one more time before heading home.

Building a biofuel plant, building community

In a corner of the Keck Environmental Field Laboratory sit an old water heater, a plastic holding tank and a few pumps, set up in a purple-painted particle board frame with the air of an eighth grade science project. In a terrarium a few feet away, tiny turtles sun themselves and swim, either unaware or unconcerned that they are neighbors to William and Mary's first biodiesel fuel plant.

Excellence in teaching: Driving students beyond the boxes

There are no shortcuts for faculty members as they strive for excellence in the classrooms at William and Mary. They are the intermediators. On one hand, they must maintain a passion for the evolving knowledge within their disciplines or become ineffective or, worse, irrelevant. On the other hand, they bear responsibility for their students: "Not for driving them outside the box," explained David Feldman, professor of economics at the College, but for "driving them beyond."

Muscarelle exhibition to honor Cohen

Lewis Cohen, professor of art and art history at the College, began his interest in art at a young age. He copied master drawings for practice and soon started taking evening classes at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Later, after he gained national recognition in a high-school art competition and met Harold Tovish, a sculptor and professor at the University of Minnesota, Cohen realized he would pursue an art career in sculpture.

College's writer-in-residence dissatisfied with Hollywood's treatment of "The Evidence"

Several years ago, Ian Caldwell and his lifelong friend Dustin Thomason bet each other that they could write a marketable novel. The result was The Rule of Four, a book that earned a place on the New York Times' bestseller's list in 2004. Eighteen months ago, they wagered that they could write a prime-time television series. When "The Evidence" premieres on ABC television this month, the pair will be two for two.

Professors say the avian flu virus is coming to Virginia: Don't panic

Perhaps it will be the millions of migrating blackpoll warblers that will bring the avian flu virus to Williamsburg when they arrive from Alaska this autumn. Perhaps it will be some other species. Regardless, H5N1 will come to Virginia, where it will, if all goes as several William and Mary professors predict, take up residence indefinitely in local wild-bird populations. At that point, one of those professors, Dan Cristol, associate professor of biology at the College, will be among the first human beings locally to be at risk.

Canuel selected for teaching award

As a leader in the field of marine organic chemistry, Elizabeth Canuel could easily work at an organization where her entire focus would be devoted to research or time in a lab.

Schwartz to receive Thomas Jefferson Award at Charter Day

When Joel Schwartz, director of the Charles Center, steps up to the Charter Day microphones on Feb. 11 to accept the College's Thomas Jefferson Award for career contributions to William and Mary, he will have three minutes to speak. Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine will be there; William and Mary President Gene Nichol will be sharing the platform; colleagues with whom he has labored for two and a half decades will be pressing closer; students will be clustered en masse. Three minutes: It will be, Schwartz knows, barely enough time to acknowledge, much less to thank, them all.

Response to Ely's Israel on the Appomattox continues

The incredible run of Melvin Patrick Ely's book Israel on the Appomattox, which began nearly a year and a half ago, continued this month as the American Historical Association (AHA) gave it the Albert J. Beveridge Award as the best book of 2004 on American history along with its Wesley-Logan Prize as the outstanding book dealing with the history of the African diaspora. Two juries cited Ely's work as a "beautifully crafted history" and as "meticulous and moving."

Q&A with Ely: Current issues of race

For more than a year, Melvin Ely has been touring the region-and the nation-discussing his book, Israel on the Appomattox, which deals with the relationships between free blacks and their white neighbors prior to the Civil War. The discussion has contributed to his understanding of current issues of race. Following are some of his insights.

Poor Americans have inadequate legal counsel

Paul Marcus, R. Hugh and Nollie Haynes Professor of Law at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, and Mary Sue Backus, associate professor of law at the University of Oklahoma, were asked to head the committee's Right to Counsel Project. Marcus and Backus, a 2001 graduate of William and Mary's law school and Marcus' former student, teamed up as co-reporters for this important initiative that, through their efforts, canvassed law practices in all 50 states on the right to counsel provided for indigent clients.