Monthly Archives: March 2013

150 Students Accept Fraternity Bids

Beck Stanley ‘13
The Inter-Fraternity Council announced last week that over 150 men accepted bids this year to become a part of the college tradition that dates back to 1849. This year’s class of Greek candidates is one of the most diverse and academically-driven the college has seen in its history. Since their beginnings in the 19th-century, fraternities on campus have created a social, academic, professional, and philanthropic backbone of student life cherished by students and parents alike.
“The numbers are up 61% since last year, and I hope to see the incoming IFC leadership take that improvement one step further in the coming year,” said August Widmer ‘13, the outgoing chairman of the Inter-Fraternity Council. Widmer and others on the IFC implemented new programs this semester aimed at increasing student-pledge GPAs. “The IFC should be congratulated for coming up with a serious plan of its own to address [academics],” wrote Dr. Michael Utzinger, the current Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Religion. His optimism represents a growing consensus among an administration devoted to student academic performance.
When you look at which houses are really outperforming their peers in the classroom, the newly re-chartered Chi Phi house stands tall. In fact, they were ranked #2 academically among Chi Phi’s entire international network. “We decided when drafting our strategic plan for re-colonization that academics and creating a system to help brothers achieve academic success would be two of our primary goals,” noted Chi Phi president-emeritus Richard Pantele ’13.
Despite all this, some criticize the system for consuming too much of students’ time. But when you talk to those who have accepted bids and undertaken a fulfilling academic and social workload, you get a much different response. Indeed, a competitive nature is alive and well among Hampden-Sydney’s freshman class. “The academic requirements of pledging can be easily met,” said student-pledge Josiah Flemming ’16, an aspiring doctor and son of Hispanic immigrants. “It isn’t hard to put in three hours of studying a night. Every student should be doing this regardless of his participation in a fraternity. This is college.” Mr. Flemming isn’t alone. Many freshmen are sure to inquire about the academic standings of fraternities during formal rush. And while it comes as no surprise that the all-IFC GPA has been above the all-men’s for most of the last century, pledge academic performance will nonetheless remain a top priority for both fraternity leaders and college officials.

For more information on becoming a part of Hampden-Sydney Greek Life, contact Nate Shepherd at shepherdn14@hsc.edu

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Lacrosse Stands at 5-2 with Rival Macon Up Next

Ned Belliveau ’14
Led by a stingy defense and solid offense, the Tiger lacrosse team stands at 5-2 after the first month of the season. After dropping an 11-5 decision to then #3 ranked Stevenson (currently ranked #2), the Tigers have won four of five.
The streak began with a road victory against Catholic University, 14-5. In that contest midfielder James Hughes led the team with three goals and two assists and three other Tigers added two goals apiece. The game began as a close contest, with both teams scoring four goals in the first frame. After that, however, it was all Tigers as they outscored the Cardinals 10-1 in the remaining three quarters, including holding them without a goal for a stretch of 40:47.

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Senior Brad Mstowey fights for the face-off (credit:hscathletics.com)
The Tigers then traveled to the Midwest to take on the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan. The Tigers opened the game well, scoring the first four goals. The Bishops clawed back into the game and cut the deficit to two goals at halftime. The Bishops tied the game at 6 with 9:24 remaining in the third quarter but Tigers attackman Thomas Armstrong would convert a man-up opportunity with 5:56 remaining to take the lead. Jess Hawthorne added an unassisted tally with 9:47 left in the game to push the lead to two goals. Ohio Wesleyan answered with 7:04 left to bring the score to within one, but Hawthorne would seal the game with another unassisted goal with 1:13 remaining in the game.
Christopher Newport came into town for an in-state battle and the game lived up to the billing. The Tigers opened the game with a Thomas Armstrong goal 4:15 into the game but the Captains tied it up with 8:12 left. This would be a theme throughout the day the lead was only more than one goal for 2:26 of game time. The teams traded goals back and forth and the score was tied at 5 heading into the fourth quarter. James Hughes put the Tigers ahead with 9:03 left in the game from a Corey Mavromatis assist and the Tigers tried to hold on to the slim advantage. However, the Captains were able to battle back and tie the game with four seconds left to send the game into overtime. In the extra frame the Captains managed to get one by sophomore keeper David Noftsinger and win a wild one, 7-6.
The Tigers continued their season by traveling to Ferrum to take on the Panthers. The Tigers quickly asserted their dominance, outscoring the Panthers 6-0 in the first quarter.  Mike Funk and James Hughes both had three points in the first quarter and the game was all but over once it began.  The Tigers pushed the lead to 9-1 at halftime and 12-2 after the third quarter before winning 13-3. Hughes finished the day with 4 goals and two assists, Jess Hawthorne added three goals, and Mike Funk tallied four assists to lead the Tiger offense. Another standout performance was had by Brad Mostowy, as he dominated at the face off X, winning 15 of 16 draws.
ODAC play began for the Tigers as they faced off against first year program Bridgewater College on March 16th. The first quarter began with a James Hughes tally that was followed up a Bridgewater goal seventeen seconds later, but that was as close as the Eagles would get as the Tigers proceeded to score seven more goals in the first half to take a 8-3 advantage into the locker room at halftime. The Tigers pushed their lead to 9-6 after a Mike Funk goal in the third quarter, before finishing the Eagles off in the fourth quarter, winning the game 13-5.
The star of the season has unquestionably been the team’s defense, which has allowed a mere 6.58 goals per game and has only allowed opponents to score in double digits once. The team is also forcing 7.8 turnovers a game and scooping up 34.14 groundballs a game. Behind the stellar unit has been a group of Tiger defensemen led by senior captain Cameron Sheppard who has caused 3 turnovers and scooped up 8 groundballs while starting all seven games for the Tigers. Senior Austin Black is having a breakout season, leading the team in caused turnovers with 14 and ranking second on the defense in groundballs with 20. Junior Ned Bowden has also been a contributor, nabbing 22 groundballs (1st on the defensive unit) and causing eight turnovers. Goalkeepers David Noftsinger and Cody Hornung have combined for just 6.53 goals against average and a stellar 61% save percentage to anchor the Tiger defense.
On the offensive end, the Tigers have six players with more than 10 points led by James Hughes with 19.Close behind are Mike Funk (16), Jess Hawthorne (16), and Thomas Armstrong (13). Six players have more than 5 goals and three players have goal totals in the double figures led by Hawthorne with 15. Close behind are Hughes with 14 and Armstrong with 10. A trio of sophomores leads the Tigers in assists: Funk (10), Corey Mavromatis (8), and Hughes (5).
Other standouts for the Tigers include senior Brad Mostowy who has been excellent at the face off X winning 63% of his draws including three games in which he has won over two-thirds of his face offs. Senior captain Ryan Martin has racked up seven goals and four assists in five games and should continue at this clip to give the Tigers more pop on the offensive end.
The Tigers take on archrival Randolph-Macon Friday March 22 in the first home night game in school history. The Tigers escaped 10-8 last year on the road and are looking to push their winning streak against the Jackets to five games. Following that contest the Tigers will host Greensboro College on the 27th before traveling to new ODAC foe Shenandoah on March 30th. The Tigers will then return home on April 3rd for an ODAC clash with Guilford. All three of those home games are night games and should offer ample opportunity to get rowdy and support the Tigers!

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The Most Important Question You Can Ask…

Alexander C. Cartwright ’13

Changing ideas is difficult; especially when it comes to our most cherished beliefs. Even though it’s easy to pass on a well-written and well-argued article to a friend, there is little chance that the article is going to have much effect on his on his or her thinking. I have found a very effective strategy for debating and speaking with those who don’t necessarily agree with me: ask the following: What hypothetical or theoretical fact, logical mechanism, statistic, or conclusion would cause you to change your mind regarding that position?

Though most of us do not have an answer to this question for each position we hold, we should. What would cause you to believe that the welfare state is a good thing? That socialism is the superior method of social organization? That natural rights exist? Or even that Jesus died for our sins? By having an answer to this question, you are acknowledging that there is a hypothetical case in which you would change your position, given that your hypothetical threshold (whatever it may be) is met. By acknowledging that there are circumstances under which you would change your mind, you are demonstrating that your position is not one that you dogmatically hold but rather one that is the product of, at least some, critical reflection.

Answering this question for each and every debate we have is so fundamental that I’m comfortable saying, those who have no answer it are not worth talking to. If someone explains that there is no hypothetical or theoretical world under which they would change their position, then it is not possible to debate with them. They have, by responding ‘no’, acknowledged that there is nothing that would convince them that their position is wrong or unfounded. Those who respond ‘no’ to this question are by definition being dogmatic, not valuing the pursuit of truth, showing disconcert for reflecting on their own positions, are not practicing the virtues of intellectual honesty, and quite possibly are ‘irrational’ individuals.

I’ve found that even though many people see the value in answering these questions, they feel as if they are conceding their own positions by admitting a theoretical circumstance in which they would change their mind. This is incorrect. By simply acknowledging that if, for example, socialism led to a more just and prosperous society to capitalism, one would advocate socialism, he is not at all conceding his position or undermining the strength of the argument for capitalism; in fact, by admitting that the set of circumstances in which you would change your view, makes your own view appear to be the product of critical reflection and thus stronger.

One might object to this method of forcing your opponent to be intellectually honest by pointing out that it appeals to consequentialist intuitions. By asking someone under what circumstances he or she would change his or her position, or asking the person to imagine a hypothetical outcome that would cause the person to change an opinion, the question explicitly appeals to the ‘consequences’ and has nothing to say about any intrinsic good, value, or honor that comes from the act of holding a position or doing what one believes to be correct regardless of consequence. This is a reasonable and correct objection. This question is consequentialist in nature; I don’t see that as any mark against it.

In order to stay on the pursuit of truth and practice the virtue of intellectual honesty, there should be a hypothetical or theoretical fact, logical mechanism, statistic, or conclusion which would cause us to change your minds for each and every position we hold. Furthermore, before any debate, we need to be asking our opponents this question not only so that we can make sure they are worth debating, but also because it allows us to discover which points we need to appeal to in order to win the argument.

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The Mysteries of Eggleston

Sydney Henriques ’15

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Eggleston Hall has been dormant since 2007, butsoon could become a vibrant student center.(credit: hsc.edu)
Ever wanted to walk into Graham, sit down and read the paper and have your shoes shined? Or possibly, during that hour break between classes, maybe take a steam somewhere nearby? Well though these may seem outlandish as of now, they could be choices of the future Hampden-Sydney students.

These past two weeks, the Student Senate, as well as a Building Committee, has been meeting with architects. There was also a student-architect meeting held in Crawley Forum the week before spring break, which suffered from a low student attendance. The reason for these meetings is that the college is working on the Facility Master Plan, and this involves creating a student center—a college outlet that has never been created specifically for our campus.

Currently, the main hotspots for our college are: Graham Hall (due to the coffee shop, mailboxes, and bookstore), The Tiger Inn, and the benches in front of Morton. The student center would become a new hotspot on campus, hopefully the biggest. To make this outcome possible, the student body needs to focus their attention on the subject, and get their voices and concerns aired.

During our tours as prospects, as freshman, and even as upperclassmen for some, students have always wondered what the purpose of Eggleston is. It has been that mysterious building that is vacant, never open, blinds closed, and just stands in the way of your walk from The Bortz Library to Bagby. Well now, it has a purpose: it will be the desired spot to create the new Student Center. It is in a prime walking route from class and to dormitories, directly in the middle of campus, making it a great spot for attracting traffic between classes and when the day is done.

This Student Center would be a universally pleasing hang out center for students, offering something of interest to every student. It could possibly be an area for lounging, clubs to have meetings, the Student Senate, the Honor Court, and Blake A. It could have an art gallery, the newest music playing all around, an area to get your dress fitting, a concert area for weekends, a convenience store, to a sauna area. Whatever you may think of, this Student Center could be.

Being the first Student Center ever, it has to be good, because we want it to stay, and of course to be used. The project is estimated to cost close to ten million dollars. The architects have asked us to pass on this word to send in our thoughts. In order to have a properly enjoyable Student Center, all the ideas must be laid out on the table. If a spark strikes and you have an idea you would like to be heard, email the Student Senate, and they will pass on your message. This is our chance to make the mystery of Eggleston the biggest campus attraction.

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Student Body Elects New Leaders

Andrew Stoddard ’14

It’s that time of year again.  The months of March and April are a time of transition.  As senior student leaders step down from their positions to prepare for graduation, new underclassmen leaders step up to take their place.  That is exactly what happened the week prior to spring break when the Hampden-Sydney student body went online to choose which of their peers would lead them during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Two of the four student government positions were uncontested, with only one student candidate each.  The first, chairman of the College Activities Committee (CAC), was won by Stephen Nausbaum ’14.  Nausbaum has been a member of the CAC since his freshman year.  On March 4, at a well-attended student election debate in Snyder Gymnasium in the Kirk Athletic Center, Nausbaum was asked why he ran for chairman of CAC, to which he responded that “during my tenure on CAC, I have gained a knowledge of how things work, and I think that there is both room for improvement and things that we should continue.”
The other uncontested race was for the position of chairmen of the venerable institution known as the Student Court.  The sole candidate was Brandon Long ’14, a three-year member of the Honor Court.  Long ran for the position because “the Honor Code distinguishes H-SC from other colleges and universities, and a good opportunity to uphold the honor code and traditions at H-SC.”
According to Long, the biggest problem facing the student body right now is “fire violations.  We’ve had a lot of trouble with that, [especially] with students tampering with smoke detectors.”  As Student Court Chairman, Long hopes to continue “speeding up the process of getting investigations done and getting people through the justice system by adding more investigators,” a process started by Long’s predecessor, Alex Cartwright ’13.
There also two other elections with more than one candidate for the students to choose from.  The election for Secretary-Treasurer was between Newton Ray ’14 and Damien Sharp ’15, with the latter ultimately winning the office.  Sharp ran for Secretary-Treasurer because “I saw some issues in the way money was distributed this past year.  I’m not attacking Seth [Wagner ’14], but I think that clubs get funds and don’t do anything.”  Sharp also believes that the student government as a whole could improve on “transparency [and] getting more of our students involved in the process of student government.”  As the newly elected Secretary-Treasurer, Sharp wants to “get the opinions of students on where they think funds should be allocated [as well as] see long-term plans for student clubs and organizations on how they plan to use funds.”
By far the mostly hotly contested race was the one for top spot in student government, Student Body President.  Four rising seniors put their hat in the ring for Student Body President:  Baker Allen, Matt Eckess, Matt Kanne, and Justin Pugh.  All four candidates campaigned furiously, going back and forth in the debate and putting posters up all over campus.  In the end though, it was Pugh, a member of the soccer team, who will be representing our student body as its President for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Not only was there great attendance at the debate, but there was also a staggering 67% voter turnout.  James “Bluefield” Lilly ’14, Elections and Surveys Chairman, commented that it was “the highest turnout I’ve seen at a debate [and] for an election.
Editor’s Note:  Gentlemen, this issue of the Tiger is my last as Editor-in-Chief.  It has been an honor serving as the head of Hampden-Sydney’s student newspaper for the past year.  I will continue to be on staff in a lesser capacity.  As for the Editor-In-Chief position, that will be assumed by Parker Dunaway ’15, our current Associate Editor, for the 2013-2014 academic year.

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How to Respond to Rape as a Society

Davis Williams ’14
With the outrage following a CNN anchor’s coverage of the Stuebenville rape trial verdict, a tough conversation must be undertaken. Rape forces not only the justice system, but also our society into a strange and uncomfortable situation. For those unfamiliar with the situation, the Stuebenville rape trial is a case centered on the town of Steubenville, Ohio, where at least two star members of the town’s football team were accused of raping a sixteen-year-old girl while she was drunk at a party. Two members of the Stuebenville High School football team, Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond, were found guilty yesterday on all counts currently brought against them. During CNN’s coverage of this sentencing, the coverage seemed to focus on the effects that this case would have on the convicted rapists rather than on the victim. Currently, there are multiple petitions circulating that are calling for CNN to apologize for the tone of the coverage of this trial following the guilty verdict.

What we can see from this is that we have to address the problems of the representation of rape in our culture. It is simply not correct for the perpetrators of this heinous crime to receive sympathy for their decisions. We should not allow for this type of concern for the perpetrators because it is the victim’s lives that have been harmed. While convicted rapists must deal with the consequences of their actions, we cannot pity them nor make excuses for them. The strangest part of this sort of reaction to rape is that pity is not generally seen for the perpetrators of other crimes, such as murder. We tend to put a portion of the blame for rape onto the victim, who should bear none of the blame because his or her actions did not lead to the rape.
We run into a problem, however, in the persecution of rape trials. While in the case of Mays and Richmond, a trail of social media posts and text messages provided more than enough evidence that the rape occurred, this wealth of evidence may not always occur. The problem with persecution actually comes from the side of the defense. Rape accusations are serious and should never be lied about; however, there are cases where rape is claimed after completely consensual sex. This is where ambiguity can cause problems. If circumstantial evidence cannot free the defendant of the suspicion, then the defense has to rely upon attacks on the character and credibility of the accuser. Essentially, this leads to the legal resort for rape defense to be attacking the victim, who is already undergoing the incredible trauma of the rape and trial that follows.
How can we expect ‘victim blaming’ to disappear from our general culture when it cannot be removed from our courts? I don’t have an answer for how to change this, but hopefully we can work towards removing victim blaming from our experiences with rape.

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Sports Quick Hits

Robbie Keefe’15
Tennis
The Hampden-Sydney tennis team has started off their season slowly but it gearing up for a strong rally.  The team has started off slowly most likely due to youth and inexperience of the players.  There are six freshman on the team this year and one of them, Houston Wilson, commented “we have a young team and are coming together each and every day.”  That is good news for the future of the tennis team because after their first five games they had a record of (1-4).  Houston seems confident that they will mount a rally and come back with a big win against Randolph Macon on April 10th.  That 1-4 record includes an 8-1 victory over Randolph as well as losses to Emory & Henry (9-0) and Roanoke (6-3), giving the tennis Tigers a 1-2 record so far in this young season.  This Saturday is quite possibly their biggest match of the season as they travel to Lexington to take on ODAC powerhouse and reigning conference champions Washington and Lee.

Golf
The Hampden-Sydney golf team is looking to finish the last part of their season strongly.  Thus far in the season they are averaging about third or fourth place in all the tournaments they have played, having placed in a tie for fourth at the Pine Needles Invitational and third in the Jekyll Island Collegiate.   Leading the Tigers, as he did last year, is junior Rick O’Connell.  O’Connell finished ninth individually at the Pine Needles to open his 2013 campaign.  O’Connell looks to return to the NCAA Division III Golf Championships, which he qualified for last year as an individual.  A rising star for the golf Tigers is sophomore George Whiting, who led the Tigers at Jekyll Island with a seventh place individual finish.

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