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10 Reasons to Join the Class of 2021

Anxious: the best word to describe high school seniors who anticipate letters from universities of their dreams. April 1st: the day by which William & Mary will invite admitted students to visit the university in the spring. What follows is a list of 10 reasons that explain why I chose William & Mary, and why […]

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@WMNews: Ann Marie Stock selected as W&M's next vice provost for academic and faculty affairs https://t.co/b7qTOBLwHF
@williamandmary: RT @WMNews: W&M team takes top prize in @DomEnterprises #hackathon for second year in a row. #TribePride! https://t.co/MOcnQNqw8W
Traditions

William & Mary is rich with history. Walking through the campus can bring you back in time. This is also helped by seeing people in colonial garb walking around the campus from Colonial Williamsburg. With such a long history, good and bad, comes a long list of traditions also. The traditions at William & Mary […]

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@WMNews: At the W&M Graduate Research Symposium: Tracing lifestyle changes in 19th century Hawaiian homes https://t.co/bSMzHPHEdU #Hawaii
@williamandmary: RT @RichmondMag: A "once in a lifetime" #Botticelli exhibition at the @muscarelle Museum of #Art at @WilliamandMary:… https://t.co/W5IvNx8iku
@WMNews: W&M team takes top prize in @DomEnterprises #hackathon for second year in a row https://t.co/U2OrMMXxGs
@WMNews: William & Mary alumna and educator Mary Maples Dunn passes away at 85 https://t.co/nWHa2GTvUp via @WMAlumni
@williamandmary: Thank you for joining us! If you didn't get your Q's answered, we will make them available on our website in the coming days. #wmTackLecture
@williamandmary: RT @EmilyBRivest: Beautiful new science venue at Integrated Science Center @williamandmary #wmTackLecture https://t.co/700LVbSbRM
@williamandmary: We're live from the #wmTackLecture. Tune in & tweet your Q's using the hashtag. They may get asked during the Q&A! https://t.co/gUK68K1Zg1
@williamandmary: Tonight's #wmTackLecture is starting soon! Can't be here? Tune in live at 7pm on FB Live or watch it here: https://t.co/gUK68K1Zg1
Is your inner two-year-old craving a maple bacon doughnut? Watch as Peter Vishton, professor of psychology, presents "The Illusion of Control: Understanding and getting more out of your unconscious mind" to learn why. #wmTackLecture
@williamandmary: Iyabo Osiapem recently sat down with @WMNews to discuss the only class taught at W&M on Rastafarianism. Learn more: https://t.co/tF6rzsfCA9
@WMNews: Iyabo F. Osiapem on her "How #Rastafari Moved the World" class at W&M https://t.co/LUjQT917ph
Osiapem: Where does the term "Rastafari" come from?
Iyabo Osiapem, a senior lecturer of Africana Studies and linguistics at William & Mary discusses the genesis of the term "Rastafari."
Osiapem: How does Rastafari move the world?
Iyabo Osiapem, a senior lecturer of Africana Studies and linguistics at William & Mary discusses her Afro-Carribean-centered class, "How Rastafari Moves the World." Osiapem's course is the only one of its kind to be taught at William & Mary and is one of only a few to be offered at any college or university in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
@williamandmary: Join us in welcoming W&M's first deputy chief diversity officer @daniamatos to the Tribe family! @WMDiversity https://t.co/KPe1ooatOf
@WMNews: Remember that talk about "the birds and the bees?" Well, it doesn’t work that way with #birds https://t.co/uRmv5IJvbC
Overheard in Committee: The False “School Quota” Rumor

We Admit It! Committee meetings are moving right along here in Williamsburg. As part of this process, admission decisions are being quadruple checked and officially entered, admission letters are being printed and signed by Dean Tim Wolfe, and admission notification emails are being finalized by the members of our Marketing and Communications team. We are […]

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@williamandmary: RT @WMAuxiliaries: 👩🏻‍🎓👨🏽‍🎓Don't forget the Grad Fair is happening today until 6p and again tomorrow from 10a-4p. @wmbookstore… https://t.co/n6uRdBYbg2
@WMNews: Meet Dania Matos, W&M's first deputy chief #diversity officer https://t.co/NP52N79xkv
@WMNews: Mark your calendars: #OneTribeOneDay returns March 28 https://t.co/vvZJuRqvAf #wmforthebold https://t.co/D3oJa16iBB
Folks on campus and in town are getting excited for Professor Peter Vishton’s Tack Faculty Lecture tomorrow evening! The event is at capacity, so make sure you arrive early to get a good seat. Can’t be here in person? Tune in on Facebook Live starting at 7pm or watch the lecture on the W&M website: http://www.wm.edu/lecture/watch Viewers are invited to submit questions during the lecture using the #wmTackLecture hashtag on Twitter, or in the comments of the Facebook Live stream. If you do not get your question answered, we will make the answers available after the lecture. http://www.wm.edu/lecture
@williamandmary: W&M is currently in the midst of the 8-week @RecycleManiacs competition. Learn more: https://t.co/RpNvRlJCCPhttps://t.co/ALET8sDHMJ
@WMNews: The Minnie G. Braithwaite Lecture in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies on March 28 will feature Arlene Stein: https://t.co/KxlG4BmJfZ
@WMNews: 60 days in: @NormOrnstein on new admin's 1st weeks in office. Join the conversation. https://t.co/2Ac4GhdBZg https://t.co/kRqwfaJJzR
Resources for Pre-Law

Ever dreamed of being a lawyer? Looking to wield the power in a courtroom to advocate for justice? Congrats! You’ve come to the right place. William & Mary is a fantastic school for you to hone your “skills” as a future law school student. Wait, you may wonder isn’t W&M a school that provides liberal […]

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The sun is shining, birds are chirping and campus is already sporting beautiful pops of color. Happy first day of spring, Tribe! #wmInSpring
Happy #firstdayofspring, Tribe! Share your photos using #wmInSpring.
@williamandmary: Happy #FirstDayofSpring, Tribe! It may be chilly, but pops of color are already showing up on campus. Share your ph… https://t.co/2Ftzzz0bpP
@WMNews: Want to track the spread of #fakenews and map the #politics of @Twitter? There’s an algorithm for that. https://t.co/V6uvfE77Ui
@williamandmary: Will you be at the #wmTackLecture on Wed? Arrive early to snag a seat (event is at capacity). Live stream info:… https://t.co/nTFjdpvd7m
@WMNews: RT @SwemSCRC: The late Chuck Berry performed @williamandmary's 1966 Homecoming. #RIPChuckBerry This page is from the 1967 Colonia… https://t.co/zUbxFXCWRY
@WMNews: RT @WMAlumni: #TribePride #WMForTheBold https://t.co/hLWxUXCoJd
Happening now: William & Mary Alumni Association has a great view of the Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier, illuminated tonight in W&M’s green and gold. #WMForTheBold
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@williamandmary: Happening now: @WMAlumni has a great view of the Ferris Wheel, illuminated in W&M’s green & gold. Tune in on FB Live! #WMForTheBold
@williamandmary: You can read excerpts from W&M Professor Emerita Barbara King's (@bjkingape) new book on @NPR's website:… https://t.co/E6EVhIaAzU
@WMNews: Sustainability’s spring reminder is that every week is Earth Week: https://t.co/VPj5Sx7Oii https://t.co/CQFSgakKET
From the Sunken Garden to the Empire State Building, William & Mary Alumni Association is continuing the tradition of lighting up the skyline, this time on the Los Angeles coastline. W&M’s green and gold will shine brightly on the iconic Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica pier starting at 7:30 p.m. PDT. Can't be there in person? Watch it on Facebook Live starting at 10:30 p.m. EDT #WMForTheBold
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@williamandmary: RT @WMAlumni: On 3/17 W&M's tradition of lighting up the skyline is back- the Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica pier will shine gr… https://t.co/YvOpPrBupm
Overheard in Committee: Dropping Classes

We Admit It! Committee season is upon us. As I’m posting this, our dean staff is meeting to have thorough, passionate, and detailed discussions about this year’s applicants. During the weeks leading up to April 1, we like to post “Overheard in Committee” blogs in order to give you a glimpse of the types of […]

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@WMNews: ICYMI: @WM_LemonProject's spring symposium begins tonight https://t.co/5E9RH0BWPi
Hart, Frost and The Dismal Swamp
W&M professor of English Henry Hart discusses his new biography of Robert Frost and the trip to the Dismal Swamp that his research inspired.
@WMNews: The annual W&M Graduate Studies Symposium is coming up. This year, they’ve added a 3 Minute Thesis Competition!… https://t.co/6vRFdNs0Ij
Resources for Pre-meds

I always thought about going to medical school and one day being a doctor. I lacked the faith in myself to be able to do it. At the end of my first year at William & Mary (also the end of my junior year) I changed my perception of this. From that point on I […]

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@williamandmary: DYK Blow Memorial Hall used to be Blow Gymnasium? Can you guess what year the top photo was taken?… https://t.co/kGHwomBs5U
@WMNews: RT @WMAlumni: Not in California? Then celebrate with us on Facebook live (https://t.co/31oHR2fNn9) starting at 7:30 pm PDT and 10:30 pm EDT #WMForTheBold
@WMNews: RT @WMAlumni: On 3/17 W&M's tradition of lighting up the skyline is back- the Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica pier will shine gr… https://t.co/YvOpPrBupm
The bottom photo of Blow Memorial Hall was taken yesterday, but can you guess what year the top photo was taken? #ThrowbackThursday
@WMNews: English Prof Henry Hart's book shows a side of Robert Frost that may surprise devoted followers.… https://t.co/eCTqKNpTV7
@WMNews: Professor Emerita @bjkingape's new book featured on @NPR https://t.co/MkSP9YVDz5
@williamandmary: On campus? Make sure you check out 'Asuncion' before it's too late! See it tonight, tomorrow or Sat in PBK. #wmArtshttps://t.co/c079CPRHvm
@WMNews: .@SmartAsset names Virginia the best state for higher education based on stats from 4-year, public colleges like W&M https://t.co/FwVDNrpHfb
@williamandmary: #WrenCrushWednesday courtesy of Keith Reagan '88. https://t.co/dbD3R5S1DG
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@WMNews: Read all about new W&M AD Samantha Huge. https://t.co/j3PDRBYX40 https://t.co/JmNrfa5WMX
@WMNews: Judy A. Smith, whose career inspired the TV show “Scandal,” will present the 2017 Atwater Lecture at W&M https://t.co/46DREbGmEb
Learning as an experience

It’s been a while, Tribe! In my hiatus I’ve been re-learning my American accent and getting finals and the beginning of the spring semester under my belt. I thought with the start of the new term I would return to the most outstanding difference between St Andrews and William & Mary. The obvious and biggest […]

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Building Trust in Community – Part II

When I applied for the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship, I did so because I hoped it would inform my work in the Office of Community Engagement, equipping me with tools to work with others in small groups for social change. And, I knew it wouldn’t be an easy experience. One of the major goals of the […]

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@WMNews: RT @TribeAthletics: Samantha Huge (@skh21) is excited to join the Tribe Family as its new Athletics Director. Check out her full openin… https://t.co/LGUj6kNgjw
William & Mary Tribe Athletics is LIVE from the press conference introducing Samantha K. Huge as the university’s new director of athletics! She is the first woman to hold the position at W&M since the job was combined in the 1980s to cover both men’s and women’s sports. Join us in welcoming Samantha to the Tribe family! #ThisisHuGE Learn more: http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2017/samantha-k.-huge-selected-as-william--mary-athletics-director.php
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@WMNews: RT @TribeAthletics: Welcome Samantha Huge (@skh21)! Check out her path to Williamsburg and follow her press conference at… https://t.co/crWHsnGvgP
@williamandmary: .@TribeAthletics will be LIVE on FB at 10am with W&M’s new director of athletics! Help us welcome @skh21 to the Tri… https://t.co/2y3jHvfivr
@WMNews: RT @TribeAthletics: Samantha K. Huge Selected as William & Mary Athletics Director #ThisIsHuGE https://t.co/I0WrkbgiAu
William & Mary’s graduate programs in William & Mary School of Business, William & Mary School of Education and William & Mary Department of History have been ranked among the best by U.S. News and World Report! Tribe Pride!
William & Mary schools and programs do well in recent rankings
@williamandmary: Tribe Pride! The latest @usnews rankings place W&M's grad schools & programs among the best.… https://t.co/sWsI1I0YQ0
@WMNews: William & Mary schools and programs do well in recent rankings https://t.co/e0T7ALBjJr
@WMNews: Students prepare to take flight with aviation ground school at W&M https://t.co/EXtqsThb7L | https://t.co/LJkjwRBQMR
Oman’s Geological Triple Point

Qantab is a village at the eastern edge of the Muscat metropolitan area, it’s hemmed in by steep rocky hills, and flanked by a broad strand that faces out to the Gulf of Oman. It is one of my favorite spots in Oman, and I recently visited Qantab with my research students on a Spring […]

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Revolution, Jane Austen, and Kayaking 101

As you may have guessed from the seemingly random title of this blog post, I’ve taken a wide variety of unique and interesting classes at William & Mary, including a freshman seminar on the French Revolution, an English class that focuses entirely on Jane Austen, and a kinesiology course on whitewater kayaking! I’ve had the […]

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@WMNews: RT @williamandmary: Welcome back, Tribe! Check out the new #wmWrenCam that we installed while you were away: https://t.co/C76LJJ54Vb
Check out the new #wmWrenCam that was installed while our students were away for spring break! Enjoy a live view of the Wren Yard whenever you're missing William & Mary (and Lord Bot).
Live from the Wren Yard
@williamandmary: Welcome back, Tribe! Check out the new #wmWrenCam that we installed while you were away: https://t.co/C76LJJ54Vb
On Getting Wander-fully Lost

From riding a camel in Morocco to eating Belgian waffles in Brussels to surviving one of the world’s most dangerous hikes to visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, these past two months have been filled with the most incredible moments of my life. Traveling and studying in Europe has provided spaces for me to learn […]

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Failure is an Option

One of the most difficult lessons in life is learning how to fail. That’s right, failure. Being wrong. Inadequacy. Not succeeding. Many of us, including myself, try to avoid these feelings of incompetence by striving to maintain a streak of perfect first attempts. But the stress that we bring upon ourselves to uphold this unrealistic […]

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@WMNews: .@WM_LemonProject spring symposium, with keynote by @lesterspence, set for March 17-18 https://t.co/5E9RH0BWPi
@williamandmary: In Swem Library, students don’t just read books; they create them. Learn more: https://t.co/eF18So5vPP @WMLibraries https://t.co/YvOeRm3pNb
@williamandmary: RT @InternationalWM: Happy Holi! Winning photo by @williamandmary alumnus Eliot Barnhart '16 for the Study Abroad Photo Contest. #holi… https://t.co/QwDAlxN2Tf
@WMNews: W&M Professor Chris Howard has spent 25 years researching/teaching about America's #welfare state https://t.co/QMpDumymcU #wmexperts
@williamandmary: RT @TribeAthletics: Marlena Tremba led the way with 14 points, but Tribe women's hoops fell in the #CAAHoops s… https://t.co/TsLloOBzmZ https://t.co/U9xoJXM3Gv
@WMNews: RT @TribeWbb: Final score: Elon 88, W&M 60 #MarchOnTribe
It’s Not Easy Being Green – Admission Committee Season

I’ll let Kermit the Frog demonstrate what our admission team has been up to over the past few months. In other words, we’ve been reading. A lot. Prior to this year, our team read applications using a combination of electronic and paper records. This year, for the first time ever, our office is reading applications […]

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@williamandmary: RT @SeeBeeSea: So proud to have been a W&M history major. I use my education every day, on the job, in life. #tribepride… https://t.co/rnolfhkvc6
@williamandmary: According to @CollegeMag, W&M is #1 on the list of Top 10 Schools for History Buffs. https://t.co/eTGTj5R9m3 https://t.co/39YHYhdQHS
Howard: How has the American Welfare State grown since its inception?
Christopher D. Howard, the Pamela C. Harriman Professor of Government and Public Policy at William & Mary discusses the growth of the American Welfare State since 1935.
Howard: Thinking Like A Political Scientist: A Practical Guide to Research Methods
Christopher D. Howard, the Pamela C. Harriman Professor of Government and Public Policy at William & Mary discusses his new research methods book for undergraduates.
Howard: Who is credited for creating the Welfare State?
Christopher D. Howard, the Pamela C. Harriman Professor of Government and Public Policy at William & Mary discusses the creation of the welfare state.
Howard: The relation between American social policy and the American Tax Code
Christopher D. Howard, the Pamela C. Harriman Professor of Government and Public Policy at William & Mary discusses the relation between American social policy and the American tax code.
@WMNews: Final score from Harrisonburg and CAA tourney: W&M women 59, Delaware 44. Tribe plays #1 Elon tomorrow at 4:30. It's W&M's 20th win.
@williamandmary: Tribe wins! Way to go, @TribeWbb! #MarchOnTribe https://t.co/T55YsdXniR
@WMNews: Art professor paints ‘beautiful mess’ open to interpretation: https://t.co/nl6rlD6WFu
@williamandmary: Go Tribe! #MarchOnTribe https://t.co/xCgGJD49fU
@WMNews: RT @OCEatWM: W&M's alternative breakers are hard at work with communities from Richmond to Texas this spring break through W&M... https://t.co/9eqZMk7k3a
@williamandmary: Joseph Daragan ‘71 recently donated his collection of 18th and 19th century almanacs to @WMLibraries.… https://t.co/8uObJlX20n
Happy International Women's Day, Tribe! William & Mary News announced today that in the fall of 2018, William & Mary will kick off a year-long celebration, commemoration and exploration to mark the 100th anniversary of women at the university. Learn more about the centennial celebration: http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2017/wm-to-celebrate-100-years-of-co-education-in-2018.php
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@williamandmary: In 2018, we will kick off a year-long celebration to mark the 100th anniv of women @ W&M. #InternationalWomensDay https://t.co/s4Qm4ysicP
@williamandmary: Congrats, ladies! Let's show our support for @TribeWbb as they take on @DelawareWBB tomorrow at the #CAAHoops Champ… https://t.co/pk697oRU4H
Chris Marquez ’94 says his liberal arts education at William & Mary provided him with an ability to communicate that helped differentiate him from his competitors in the business world. What advantages did your liberal arts education provide you with? Learn more about Chris’ journey from English major to president & CEO of National Capitol Contracting on Liberal Arts @ Work: www.wm.edu/liberalartsatwork/
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"Quiet campus" #wmregram c/o @erinz4
@williamandmary: Chris Marquez '94 says his liberal arts education gave him the tools needed to excel in the business world. More:… https://t.co/UCymnlxzEi
@williamandmary: A study by scientists @VIMS_News shows coastal shark populations are finally starting to recover. https://t.co/JrA2eev6AL
Spring Break Days 1 & 2, Complete!

These past few days have been a whirlwind! Since coming into DC just a few days ago, we’ve been moving and working pretty much non-stop. On Saturday, those of us who opted to stay in W&M-sponsored housing got acquainted with our roommates in the morning, and then took the Metro to the William & Mary […]

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W&M in DC: Spring Break Edition!

Hi! My name is Emmel El-Fiky, and I am a sophomore at William & Mary. Just to introduce myself a little, I am currently an as-of-right-now undeclared but almost-declared government and music double major, I’m the features editor for Rocket magazine, the philanthropy chair for the music sorority Nu Kappa Epsilon, a member of the […]

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Research Opportunities

Sometimes I get so involved in trying to get things done I forget to look around and see what is new. With midterms happening this past week I guess my nose was more in a textbook than usual as I saw something new this week. In the Integrated Science Center there is a series of […]

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Sick in the City

My mom likes to describe me as an over achiever in all aspects of life, especially when it comes to getting sick. When I get sick I’m never kind of sick, I’m more like one of those patients on Grey’s Anatomy that comes into the clinic with a head cold and stays for brain surgery. […]

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Have a fun and safe spring break, Tribe! Going somewhere amazing? Share and tag your photos using #TribeTravels!
Have a fun and safe spring break, Tribe! Going somewhere amazing over break? Show and tag your photos using #TribeTravels.
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Fear 2 Freedom at William & Mary
William & Mary’s fourth annual Fear2Freedom Celebration Event in Trinkle Hall aimed to bring awareness of sexual assault, domestic violence, sex trafficking and child abuse to college students.
Research on the run: With the help of fellow student researchers, Erin Heald '18 is examining what kind of injuries may occur when women run on arched surfaces. 🏃‍♀️Read more about her study at wm.edu/news.
In the biomechanics lab: Running on cambered roadways
Erin Heald '18 works in Associate Professor Ray McCoy's lab to investigate the effects running on cambered roadways has on female recreational runners.
Playing Host for ‘A Day at William & Mary’

Experience tells us picking the best academic program, institution, or place of work, requires more than a minimum GPA and the ability to comb through lists and rankings. We have to see ourselves there. Beyond a title or diploma, we have to know what it will mean for us to be a part of this […]

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Get ready, Tribe! Let's cheer on @tribemenshoops at the #CAAHoops MBB tourney this weekend in Charleston. Student entry is FREE with a W&M student ID. #MarchOnTribe More info: www.tribeathletics.com/marchontribe
The countdown is on to cheer on William & Mary Tribe Men's Basketball at the Colonial Athletic Association Championship in Charleston March 3-6! Find everything you need to know here: http://www.tribeathletics.com/marchontribe #MarchOnTribe
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In the dance lab: Rehearsing 'Trinity'
W&M student Kayla Weldon discusses her dance piece "Trinity."
There’s just something special about campus at sunset. Photo courtesy of Instagram’s @alfredohhhhh. Original: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQ86fbajSo7/?taken-by=alfredohhhhh&hl=en
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Beautiful shot of Lemon and Hardy at sunset. #wmregram c/o @alfredohhhhh
Why William and Mary? More fun facts!

Dear procrastinators who are still wrapping up their applications and early birds who might be anxiously waiting for the decisions, here are some nontraditional facts and interesting things about William & Mary for you guys to take a tiny break: You do not want to miss the Grand Illumination firework show at Colonial Williamsburg! Free […]

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Tack Faculty Lecture Series Featuring Dr. Peter Vishton
"The Illusion of Control: Understanding And Getting More Out Of Your Unconscious Mind" Presented by Dr. Peter Vishton, Associate Professor of Psychology Wednesday, March 22nd, 7 p.m. at ISC III Theatre 1221 Learn more about the lecture at www.wm.edu/lecture
The Sunken Garden is the place to be on this gorgeous Thursday afternoon in February!
Ever wonder how Netflix knows what you like to watch? Caitlin Lewis Smallwood ’88 is in charge of the team that is working to distill the viewing habits of over 86 million Netflix subscribers. It’s a colossal amount of data, and it’s up to Smallwood to make sense of it. Learn more: http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2017/moving-pictures.php?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=williamandmary
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Don’t Stress: What to do While You Wait for Decision Letters

I remember waiting for a decision letter from William & Mary and feeling anxious. I also remember all the things I could have been doing instead of stressing out over something of which I had no control. While you wait until you receive your decision letter by email in early May, make sure to focus on […]

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Senior Year Reflections

I spent the other night out late “studying” with a friend who is a fellow transfer student and a fellow senior. I say studying in quotes because in reality we spent the majority of our time discussing important topics like when to grab a skillet cookie or the best profile picture. Eventually the topic turned […]

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It may be February, but campus is showing its first signs of spring.
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LinkedIn & Libraries

Hello world! It is hard (for me) to believe, but we are quickly approaching the halfway point of my last semester of undergrad! The past few months have been about 50% schoolwork and 50% planning for postgrad, which requires a lot of thinking back. It’s strange to think about it this way, but every past […]

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Campus is showing its first signs of spring.
W&M Research: Oysters Past and Present, and the Future of the Chesapeake Bay
Oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay have declined massively in recent decades due to overharvesting, disease, and sediment pollution. By the time marine scientists began monitoring bay oysters in the 1940s, oyster reefs were already decimated by 75 years of dredging. One could argue that scientists have never seen a healthy oyster reef in the Chesapeake Bay. The fossil record, in contrast, provides evidence of widespread, thriving oyster reefs before human settlement. By studying fossils of oysters, we can reconstruct how oyster reefs functioned before human disturbance and develop recommendations for oyster recovery. The fossil record provides us with a glimpse into the world of Chesapeake Bay oysters before humans—emphasizing a range of management solutions and providing new hope for the future of the Chesapeake Bay. “Holland Reef” Image courtesy of Kris Kusnerik “Oyster sanctuary buoy in Patuxent River near Solomons, Md.” is copyright (c) 2012 Chesapeake Bay Program and made available under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 license “Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge” is copyright (c) 2011 Chesapeake Bay Program and made available under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 license Music: “Union Hall Melody” From the Free Music Archive CC BY NC Music: “Mobile” From the Free Music Archive CC BY NC Music: “Cylinder Nine” From the Free Music Archive CC BY NC
Over Nottoway Falls

Another glorious February weekend, and I was off, once again, to the field with my research students. On this trip we returned to the Falls of the Nottoway River to obtain more measurements and complete our mapping of this awesome exposure in the middle the Southside Virginia Piedmont. We brought a small friend with us, […]

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Pamment and The Third Tune: Transgendering performance in Pakistan
Assistant professor of world theatre Claire Pamment discusses her documentary project that helps a transgender community in Pakistan extend its public expression.
An international collaboration between William & Mary scientists and colleagues at the University of Oxford has discovered that the brown recluse spider makes extra-tough silk by spinning loops into each strand. Learn more: http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2017/the-brown-recluse-spider-engineers-extra-strong-silk-by-spinning-loops-onto-a-flat-strand.php?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=williamandmary
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Happy Friday, Tribe! #wmregram c/o @gaily_elizabeth.
Admission Interview Tips

Last week, I talked about the optional interviews with the Office of Undergraduate Admission. For prospective freshmen, these interviews are not required but they are recommended. If you are thinking about transferring to William & Mary in spring 2018 or fall 2019, instead of scheduling an interview, you have the opportunity to make individual appointments […]

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Sharing Your Passions

Passionate is a word I often use to describe the students at William & Mary. Their passion can vary from academics, to politics, to a philanthropy. A fantastic thing about W&M is you can always find someone who shares your passion. This is exemplified by the numerous clubs on campus. There is basically a club […]

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2017 Charter Day Ceremony
Watch the full 2017 Charter Day Ceremony
W&M Now: Myth of the Crim Dell
In the spirit of #ValentinesDay, we asked a few students if they were willing to put the myth of the Crim Dell to the test. #wmlovestory
Have you ever crossed the Crim Dell? In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we asked a few students if they would walk across the beloved campus landmark. See whether or not they were willing to put the myth to the test in the latest W&M Now. You can also share your William & Mary love story in the comments below or using #wmlovestory.
William & Mary affects our lives one way or another. For Vitaliy Humenyuk '17, a W&M scholarship influenced him to follow his dreams and become a U.S. citizen. To dive deeper into the different stories that were featured during the opening video at Friday’s Charter Day ceremony, visit www.wm.edu/charterday/videos/
William & Mary Theatre, Speech & Dance
Learn more about the William & Mary Theatre, Speech, & Dance department.
Charter Day 2017: Clemons' keynote remarks
Michael "Pinball" Clemons '89 delivers keynote remarks during the 2017 Charter Day ceremonies at William & Mary.
Charter Day 2017: Golino's student speech
Caroline Golino '17 delivers the student speech during the 2017 Charter Day ceremonies at William & Mary.
Charter Day 2017: Reveley's closing remarks
President Taylor Reveley delivers the closing remarks during the 2017 Charter Day ceremonies at William & Mary.
Charter Day 2017: Accidentals sing "Happy Birthday"
The Accidentals sing "Happy Birthday" to the university during the 2017 Charter Day ceremonies at William & Mary.
Charter Day 2017: Zuber's remarks
Sharon Zuber delivers remarks upon receiving the Thomas Jefferson Award during the 2017 Charter Day ceremonies at William & Mary.
Charter Day 2017: Thompson's remarks
Kara Thompson delivers remarks upon receiving the Thomas Jefferson Award for Excellence in Teaching during the 2017 Charter Day ceremonies at William & Mary.
Ted Dintersmith: Alumni Medallion Recipient 2017
Ted Dintersmith, Class of 1974 As a student, Ted Dintersmith ’74 completed two undergraduate honors theses: one in physics and the other in English literature. Now, with his support of William & Mary’s Honors Fellowships program, which funds more than 60 faculty- mentored student research projects each year, Dintersmith is ensuring current students have the same types of impac ul experiences he did. A er gradua ng from William & Mary and earning graduate degrees from Stanford, Dintersmith went on to a 25-year career in venture capital. Over the years, he saw that the people with the most impeccable academic track record o en thrived when employed by large structured companies, but oundered when they le to work at more innova ve startups. He also witnessed rsthand the impact innova on was having on the economy, including marginalizing rou ne jobs. Dintersmith began to sense that our educa on model was not preparing students for the crea ve world of innova on. In 2011, Dintersmith began focusing on the intersec on of innova on and educa on, leading to his funding and producing the documentary “Most Likely to Succeed,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Fes val in 2015. Since then, he’s traveled to schools across the na on — as well as the White House — to discuss the future of K-12 educa on. Dintersmith is currently wri ng a new book, Educa on Across America, repor ng on what he found in his travels. He previously co-authored a book with educa on expert Tony Wagner, Most Likely To Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innova on Era, which was the basis for the lm. Dintersmith is a former member of the Alumni Associa on Board of Directors and previously served on the College of William & Mary Founda on Board of Trustees. He delivered the 2014 keynote address at the Opening Convoca on ceremony and has also returned to campus to meet with School of Educa on faculty to discuss ideas on the future of educa on. In 2012, he served as part of the U.S. delega on at the United Na ons General Assembly, where he focused on global educa on and entrepreneurship. He supports a range of youth ini a ves, including The Future Project, NewTech Network, Avan Fellows and the African Leadership Academy.
Troy Keen: Alumni Medallion Recipient 2017
Troy Keen, Class of 1996 One of Troy Keen’s ’96 favorite places on campus is Zable Stadium. A er all, as an all-conference running back for the Tribe football team, he spent a lot of me there during his days as a student. For Keen, the opportunity to even a end William & Mary, where he was a business major and president of Kappa Alpha Psi, was because of the generosity of those who gave in support of athle c scholarships. Keen was among the rst in his family to a end college, and he said his experience at William & Mary changed the trajectory of his life. A er his me in Williamsburg, Keen moved to New York City to work in nance. It was another W&M alumnus, impressed with Keen’s outstanding work ethic, intelligence and concern for others, who helped him get hired at Merrill Lynch, something that Keen has not forgo en. Today, he guides current W&M students, par cularly African-American students, with academic and career decisions. Keen’s W&M involvement has remained uninterrupted since his days on campus and his passion for William & Mary has encouraged many other people to get involved as well. Keen has served as president of the Hulon Willis Associa on and the Charlo e Alumni Chapter, as a class ambassador, as well as on the board of directors of the Alumni Associa on and the Mason School of Business Founda on. In addi on, Keen remains an ardent supporter of Tribe Athle cs. Keen has had a successful career in investment banking at Wachovia and Wells Fargo, following his me at Merrill Lynch. At Wells Fargo, Keen was selected to be part of a small team charged with launching the real estate syndica ons group. In that role, he helped build that group into a top compe tor in the industry. He served as managing director in real estate debt capital markets for Wells Fargo before receiving a promo on. However, Keen turned it down to become an ordained Bap st minister. He says he answered a call to ministry because he realized that, much like playing football, he was a part of something that was bigger than him. Keen recently completed a master of divinity degree and is in the process of forming an outreach ministry for men in his community. Though s ll a fan of football and s ll working in nance, exercising the principles of his faith has now become his top priority.
Fred Malvin: Alumni Medallion Recipient 2017
Fred Malvin: Class of 1955 Fred Malvin ’55, M.S.T. ’58 likes to joke that he graduated from William & Mary in just two years. True, he a ended the university from 1956-58, but before that, the undefeated high school wrestler a ended Johns Hopkins University. Malvin went on to a end night school at the Norfolk Division of W&M (now Old Dominion University) before coming to the Williamsburg campus. A er gradua ng with a degree in accoun ng, Malvin joined the United States Navy. He served for 22 years where he logged over 5,000 ight hours and served as commanding o cer of two naval bases. While s ll in the Navy, Malvin earned a master’s in personnel management from George Washington University and a master’s in interna onal rela ons from the Naval War College. A er leaving the Navy in 1980, Malvin decided to put his William & Mary accoun ng degree to good use. Even 25 years out of college, Malvin took the CPA exam and passed on the rst try. A er ve years with the rm Coopers and Lybrand, Malvin decided to start Malvin, Riggins & Co. with Joyce Riggins Scha er ’82 in 1986. Since then, under Malvin’s leadership, the company has expanded into Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Maryland and Pennsylvania and has been honored as one of Virginia’s top small businesses. Malvin says he a ended W&M before he was mature enough to appreciate it. But now he’s making up for that. He and his wife, Donna, have not missed a football game in years. Malvin is a current board member of the Tribe Club, member of the Order of the White Jacket, the Quarterback Club, the President’s Council and the Robert Boyle Legacy Society. In the past, he has served on the Olde Guarde Council and as treasurer of the Muscarelle Museum of Art Founda on. Malvin is also involved in many community organiza ons, such as the Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula, Friends of the Homeless, the Watermen’s Museum, St. Stephens Church and Dream Catchers. Malvin has been a generous supporter of many William & Mary ini a ves, including the Alumni House expansion project.
Jeff Trammell: Alumni Medallion Recipient 2017
Jeff Trammell, Class of 1973 Je Trammell ’73 served as William & Mary Rector from 2011-13, making history as the rst openly gay board chair of a major public university in this country. But he says his proudest moment was ringing the Wren Bell a er presiding over his nal Board of Visitors mee ng and celebra ng the passage of the William & Mary Promise to ensure the university’s future. His team brought together alumni, faculty and community members to gure out what the university needed to have a long-term sustainable opera ng model. Trammell’s me with the Tribe began with a basketball scholarship. He served as captain of the men’s team and was selected as an all-conference honoree in 1972. O the court, Trammell was a history major and president of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Post-gradua on, Trammell busied himself right away by pursuing a law degree at Florida State University. He would go on to serve on the sta of several members of the U.S. Congress and head of public a airs at Hill & Knowlton, before star ng his own public a airs rm, Trammell and Company, in 2001. The rm has many years of experience working with members of Congress, running poli cal campaigns and managing issues for major corpora ons and associa ons. Over the years, Trammell has con nued his involvement with William & Mary. Not only does he mentor Washington, D.C., area students and alumni from the LGBT community, but he has served on the Annual Giving Board of Directors, as a class ambassador and was chair of his 40th Reunion gi commi ee. He was also instrumental in the crea on of the W&M Thomas Je erson Program in Public Policy in 1987 and served as its founding chair. Today, Trammell is a member of the Monroe Commission that oversees Highland, home of W&M alumnus President James Monroe. He is a regional co-chair of the For the Bold campaign and chair of W&M’s Harriman Fellows. In 2013, Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg collided when re red U.S. Supreme Court Jus ce and former W&M Chancellor Sandra Day O’Connor married Trammell and his long me partner at the Supreme Court building. It was a celebratory moment for Trammell’s dedica on to the LGBT community and his rela onship with the university.
Another great Charter Day weekend is in the books! Friday’s ceremony included a “Happy Birthday” performance by the Accidentals and remarks by Michael “Pinball” Clemons ’89. #wmCharterDay
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Did you miss Friday's #wmCharterDay ceremony? Check out a quick recap with our latest W&M in 30!
W&M in 30: 2017 Charter Day
2017 Charter Day in 30 seconds featuring Michael "Pinball" Clemons '89
Tribe Men's Basketball maintained a consistent lead all afternoon against Charleston to secure a #wmGoldRush victory, 89-79. Go Tribe!
Timeline Photos
@tribemenshoops kept a consistent lead over Charleston at this afternoon's #wmGoldRush game, securing a 89-79 win. Go Tribe! #RisingTribe
A Simple Piece of Paper
Former volleyball coach, Debbie Hill, and Dr. Camilla Buchanan ’66 detail how a single piece of paper impacted their lives.
Scene@W&M: Clemons' Charter Day cheer
Michael "Pinball" Clemons '89 engages the audience as he delivers the keynote address during Charter Day 2017 ceremonies at W&M.
Pre-ceremony music by the Wham Bam Little Band #wmCharterDay
Photo by Stephen Salpukas William & Mary
324th Birthday Cake #wmCharterDay
Photo by Stephen Salpukas William & Mary
Michael 'Pinball' Clemons '89 addresses the Charter Day audience #wmCharterDay
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President Taylor Reveley #wmCharterDay
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Millie West and Dean Larry Pulley #wmCharterDay
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Gathering in the robing room #wmCharterDay
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Michael 'Pinball' Clemons '89 speaks with Millie West #wmCharterDay
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President Taylor Reveley and Chancellor Robert M. Gates '65 #wmCharterDay
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The James Monroe Prize #wmCharterDay
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Charter Day ceremony #wmCharterDay
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Michael 'Pinball' Clemons '89 shakes Jimmye Laycock's hand #wmCharterDay
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Michael 'Pinball' Clemons '89 addresses the Charter Day audience #wmCharterDay
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Michael 'Pinball' Clemons '89 addresses the Charter Day audience #wmCharterDay
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President Taylor Reveley and Michael 'Pinball' Clemons '89 #wmCharterDay
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Millie West receives an honorary degree #wmCharterDay
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Chancellor Robert M. Gates '65 #wmCharterDay
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2017 Honorary Degree Recipient: Michael "Pinball" Clemons '89
2017 Honorary Degree Recipient: Millie West
One Tribe, One Family
Sometimes legacy can go beyond blood as Jay Black's and Reagan Jackson's love for the campus literally embodies "One Tribe, One Family."
Valid & Concrete
Photography student Christine Fulgham '17 discusses the power of visual storytelling.
Tribe's #1 Fans
W&M Pep Band Director Dylan Schuler '18, former Director Matt McGuinness '17, and Publicity Chair Maddy Naide '18 reflect upon the significance of the Pep Band to the W&M community, and their fondest memories with the band.
Special to Us
Newlyweds Michael Monaco and Jessica Edington revisit the special role W&M played in their relationship.
Sense of Belonging
William & Mary affects our lives one way or another. In the case of Vitaliy Humenyuk '17, William & Mary influenced him to follow his dreams and become a U.S. citizen.
Today, not only do we celebrate paper. We celebrate the ink left on the page and the people who believe in it. #wmCharterDay
Charter Day: The Meaning of Paper
Paper can be a foundation. It can contain the first inklings of an institution like no other. It can show us a place to come together over centuries to create something incredible — something bold. It tells us where we come from, and gives us inspiration to seek out where we’re going. Today, we celebrate paper and the people who believe in it. Charter Day 2017
Happy Birthday, W&M! The statues are showing off their #TribePride in honor of #wmCharterDay! If you're unable to attend the Charter Day celebration in person, you can watch a live stream of the ceremony starting at 4 p.m. www.wm.edu/charterday/watch
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The statues are showing off their #TribePride this morning! We can't wait to celebrate #wmCharterDay. Post your birthday message for W&M using the hashtag to be featured in the opening ceremony slideshow!
Will you be there? #WMGoldRush #wmcharterday #wmregram c/o @tribeathletics ・・・ Celebrate 324 years with us with 6,000 tshirt and 3,000 Pom poms at 2pm Saturday! #RisingTribe
Botticelli at the Muscarelle
Chief curator John Spike provides insights on the exhibition "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine" at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at William & Mary.
1693 Scholars Program
More than a decade after its start, William & Mary's 1693 Scholars program continues to grow, with gifts from major donors creating a new home for the program and new endowments for future scholarships.
Today is our "official" birthday! February 8, 1693 is the day William & Mary's charter was granted by the Crown. Wish W&M a happy 324th birthday by posting a photo with your message on Twitter and/or Instagram and tag it #wmCharterDay to be added to the opening slideshow at Friday’s ceremony.
Timeline Photos
Today is our "official" birthday! Feb 8, 1693 is the day W&M's charter was granted by the Crown. Wish W&M a happy 324th by posting a photo with your message & tag it #wmCharterDay to be added to the ceremony opening slideshow on Friday.
What's your favorite way to spend a 72° day in February? #wmregram c/o @accawmacke ・・・ Today was so gorgeous, some classes were being held outside on the Sunken Gardens and students were out relaxing and studying. Clear skies, not too hot and not too cold! #williamandmary
62 degrees today on the most beautiful campus in the U.S. What a great way to kick off the week! #wmInWinter
Scene@W&M: "Swing Wings" auditions
Glimpses of the auditions for "Swing Wings."
McKinney: Voting identity of women in the U.S.
Assistant Professor of Government and Gender Sexuality Studies Claire McKinney of William & Mary discusses voting identity of women in the U.S.
McKinney: American women and social movements of the 20th century
Assistant Professor of Government and Gender Sexuality Studies Claire McKinney of William & Mary discusses the various contributions made by women regarding 20th century social movements in the United States.
McKinney: What is the "ambition gap" and how does it affect women in American politics?
Assistant Professor of Government and Gender Sexuality Studies Claire McKinney of William & Mary discusses the "ambition gap" and its affect on women in American politics.
McKinney: Who was the world's first female politician?
Assistant Professor of Government and Gender Sexuality Studies Claire McKinney of William & Mary discusses the world's first possible female politician and her contributions to human history.
McKinney: What is Feminist Political Theory and how it relates to American politics?
Assistant Professor of Government and Gender Sexuality Studies Claire McKinney of William & Mary discusses the Feminist Political Theory and its relation to politics in the United States.
Scene@W&M: "No Ban in My Name" rally
Members of the W&M and local communities gather in the Sunken Garden to express solidarity with their international neighbors.
"Wren Zen" #wmregram c/o @speedboat_peter
Strengthening the community through music
Scenes from the "Building a Vocal Community: The Power of Song" workshop conducted by Dr. Ysaye Barnwell at William & Mary.
Scene@W&M: How to not dance
During a "Building Vocal Community" workshop at William & Mary, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell led attendees Hermine Pinson and Leah Stith in demonstrating how congregants could “move” in their churches without actually “dancing.”
Golino ’17 reflects on W&M
Caroline Golino '17 will be delivering the student speech during Charter Day ceremonies at William & Mary.
Beautiful in every season. ☀️🌷🍂❄️#wmInSummer #wmInSpring #wmInAutumn #wmInWinter
Scene@W&M: Disco Derby
AMP brings the 1980s back to William & Mary.
Snuggling to stay warm
Before students take off for Winter Break is the long-awaited Yule Log ceremony. Students are treated to live holiday music & student speeches explaining international holiday traditions. The climax is when the university president takes the stage dressed as Santa Claus & reads a rousing rendition of a story like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Frozen students then pile into the Great Hall to toss ceremonial sprigs of holly into the Yule log fire for good luck. Photo by Stephen Salpukas William & Mary
Lining up to cast their sprig of holly
Before students take off for Winter Break is the long-awaited Yule Log ceremony. Students are treated to live holiday music & student speeches explaining international holiday traditions. The climax is when the university president takes the stage dressed as Santa Claus & reads a rousing rendition of a story like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Frozen students then pile into the Great Hall to toss ceremonial sprigs of holly into the Yule log fire for good luck. Photo by Stephen Salpukas William & Mary
Tossing her holly sprig
Before students take off for Winter Break is the long-awaited Yule Log ceremony. Students are treated to live holiday music & student speeches explaining international holiday traditions. The climax is when the university president takes the stage dressed as Santa Claus & reads a rousing rendition of a story like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Frozen students then pile into the Great Hall to toss ceremonial sprigs of holly into the Yule log fire for good luck. Photo by Stephen Salpukas William & Mary
Laying of the yule log
Before students take off for Winter Break is the long-awaited Yule Log ceremony. Students are treated to live holiday music & student speeches explaining international holiday traditions. The climax is when the university president takes the stage dressed as Santa Claus & reads a rousing rendition of a story like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Frozen students then pile into the Great Hall to toss ceremonial sprigs of holly into the Yule log fire for good luck. Photo by Stephen Salpukas William & Mary
Those with this year's honor
Before students take off for Winter Break is the long-awaited Yule Log ceremony. Students are treated to live holiday music & student speeches explaining international holiday traditions. The climax is when the university president takes the stage dressed as Santa Claus & reads a rousing rendition of a story like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Frozen students then pile into the Great Hall to toss ceremonial sprigs of holly into the Yule log fire for good luck. Photo by Stephen Salpukas William & Mary
Gentlemen of the College
Before students take off for Winter Break is the long-awaited Yule Log ceremony. Students are treated to live holiday music & student speeches explaining international holiday traditions. The climax is when the university president takes the stage dressed as Santa Claus & reads a rousing rendition of a story like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Frozen students then pile into the Great Hall to toss ceremonial sprigs of holly into the Yule log fire for good luck. Photo by Stephen Salpukas William & Mary
Santa Reveley
Before students take off for Winter Break is the long-awaited Yule Log ceremony. Students are treated to live holiday music & student speeches explaining international holiday traditions. The climax is when the university president takes the stage dressed as Santa Claus & reads a rousing rendition of a story like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Frozen students then pile into the Great Hall to toss ceremonial sprigs of holly into the Yule log fire for good luck. Photo by Stephen Salpukas William & Mary
Watching with delight
Before students take off for Winter Break is the long-awaited Yule Log ceremony. Students are treated to live holiday music & student speeches explaining international holiday traditions. The climax is when the university president takes the stage dressed as Santa Claus & reads a rousing rendition of a story like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Frozen students then pile into the Great Hall to toss ceremonial sprigs of holly into the Yule log fire for good luck. Photo by Stephen Salpukas William & Mary
Santa's elf
Before students take off for Winter Break is the long-awaited Yule Log ceremony. Students are treated to live holiday music & student speeches explaining international holiday traditions. The climax is when the university president takes the stage dressed as Santa Claus & reads a rousing rendition of a story like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Frozen students then pile into the Great Hall to toss ceremonial sprigs of holly into the Yule log fire for good luck. Photo by Stephen Salpukas William & Mary
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