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College of William and Mary

Volume 81. Copyright 1979 by
Colonial Echo, College of Wil-
liam and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
23185. Published by Inter-Col-
legiate Press, Inc., Shawnee
Mission. Kansas 66202


LEFT: Outdoor benches provide a pleasant
place for Joe Cullen to study.
BELOW: Round and round the carousel ride
Denise Trogdon and Jay McClure.


turning point was near
for the College of William
and Mary. Caught between the
new and the old, the College had
to decide which way to turn.
The choice ahead concerned the
educational emphasis of William
and Mary. The school could eith-
er follow the small college, per-
sonal approach to education, or
it could conform to the pressures
of modern society with its em-
phasis on impersonal, mass edu-
cation. A decision had to be
reached. At the time, its focus
was clear. Although William and
Mary had grown in size and had
become a university with its
establishment of graduate schools,
it never lost sight of the indi-
vidual student. Despite growth
and modernization, William and
Mary retained a personal, a
"college" approach to education.
It attempted to educate the whole
person in all areas of life —
home, work, and play.

In 1979 a new decade was ap-
proaching and with it the pos-
sibility of change. William and
Mary had to choose between retain-
ing the personal, individual ap-
proach to education and adopting
mass, impersonal methods. Un-
doubtedly, William and Mary was
near a "turning point" in its
development, one that would in-
fluence its direction for years
to come.

LEFT: A deli sandwich and conversation
occupy Jeanne Lull and Connie Foran.



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11 over the William and
Mary campus, the personal
"college" atmosphere was evi-
dent. Looking at the physical
characteristics of the campus,
the student saw a small, person-
al environment with relatively
small dorms and houses. When
the student walked into a class-
room, he found that only a few
introductory courses required
large class enrollments. And
when the student wanted to re-
lax, he was able to find a vari-
ety of activities and facilities
close at hand.

When the student looked beneath
the apparent physical character-
istics of William and Mary, he
saw even more pertinent indica-
tions of the personal environ-
ment offered by the College.

The dorms were not only small;
they included residence hall
staffs hired to create a more
personal relationship between
members on the halls and members
in the dorm. Also, in the class-
room, many students found their
professors approachable and help-
ful. And, in the college com-
munity at large, extracurricular
activities were more than a
chance for technical success;
they were an opportunity to par-
ticipate with others as well.

Thus, the name, the College of
William and Mary, was quite ap-
propriate. It described the en-
vironment it wished to create.
Although a university, William
and Mary had maintained a small,
personal "college" aspect for
its students.


FAR LEFT: Students indulge in a
colossal banana split as part of Indian
Summer Weekend activities.
ABOVE: The Sunken Gardens is the
perfect place for a Sunday afternoon game
of football.

LEFT: Cape Cod provides Dr. Gerald
Johnson and his geology students a
beautiful field of study.



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The small size, personal at-
mosphere, and quiet life-
style appeared to be timeless
qualities of both the College of
William and Mary and the coloni-
al town that stood next to it.
Each seemed a reflection of the
other. Standing in the Col-
lege's historic buildings or
on Williamsburg's Duke of Glou-
cester Street, the William and
Mary student could well believe
that the College and Williams-
burg would always remain the
same. But this was impossible.

UPPER LEFT: Time takes a step back-
ward in Williamsburg's colonial gardens.
LEFT: Night descends on the Wren

Obviously change had left nei-
ther the school nor the town com-
pletely untouched. In Williams-
burg, it was evident in the ho-
tels, fast food restaurants, and
camera carrying tourists that
had invaded the one-time coloni-
al capital of Virginia. At Wil-
liam and Mary change was also
obvious in its new attitudes,
goals, and opinions.

Without a doubt, a transforma-
tion had taken place in both the
town and the school. The ques-
tion was, how important was this
transformation? Did it reflect
a deeper, more fundamental change
in the school and the town? In
Williamsburg it did. Although
the town retained its colonial

character, it was no longer a
seat of government. Instead it
was a tourist attraction. At
William and Mary, the signifi-
cance of this change was harder
to measure. It was more dif-
ficult to assess its importance
as an indicator of the school's
shifting goals and emphases.

To answer such questions, the
student had to evaluate William
and Mary's approach to education
and decide whether it still ful-
filled the needs of the indivi-
dual student in all areas of
life — home, work, and play. Such
a decision could show what direc-
tion William and Mary's "turning
point" had taken or would take
in the near future.







Performing Arts






Iithin the William and Mary
community, the word "home"
brought several images to mind.
To some students, home was a sin-
gle dorm room that served as liv-
ing room, bedroom, study, and
kitchen. To others, it was a
small house or building shared
with others of common interest,
commitment, or friendship. To
still others, it was an apartment
that actually possessed some of
the comforts of home. But what-
ever the situaiian, home at Wil-
liam and Mary was an opportunity
for the individual student to
create a personal lifestyle.

As part of this home environ-
ment the College supplied a wide
variety of services. For exam-
ple, a school cafeteria was a-
vailable for those who had no
inclination to cook or pay the
high prices of restaurants. And
for those who felt adventurous
enough to cook or eat out, a bus
service ran to the nearest shop-
ping center, where stores and
restaurants were located.

For the student then, William
and Mary was a small self-con-
tained community offering many
different living arrangements,
lifestyles, and services. Un-
fortunately though, times were
changing. Housing was becoming
scarce and the cost of special
services was climbing. The
question was, would William and
Mary be able to resist this




n looking back over the
1 academic year 1978-79,
life at William and Mary surely
didn't seem greatly changed from
the previous year. Or the year
before that. Or the year before
that. Well, maybe a few distinc-
tions were to be found in the
sudden craze of toga parties on
weekends, the transformation of
Chandler and Taliferro, the ex-
citement of Liz Taylor Warner's
appearance on campus, and the
community-wide mobilization of
energies and talents to promote
the Campaign for the College.
But beyond these changes and
occasional distractions, student

life was characterized by on-
going struggles with classes,
diets and roommates; endless
lines at the caf, the post office,
and the Bookstore; and the ever-
present tourists to guide, di-
rect, and enlighten.

While all students were plagued
with such problems and annoy-
ances, each one still discovered
that William and Mary offered
him a unique, new opportunity to
live his life in the style he
chose, be it permanent residence
on Swem Third Floor, faithful
attendance at the Pub each Wed-
nesday night, or a balanced mix-
ture of the two.



It was a great year for
events. The dollar sank
to new lows on the world's mon-
ey markets; civil war raged in
Lebanon and Nicaragua; a tenta-
tive step was taken towards
peace in the Middle East; the
Pope died and yet died again;
and a tax explosion in Califor-
nia left debris scattered over
the entire country. And like a
plunked stone, the ever-widening
ripples of these happenings hur-
ried towards us, shaking founda-
tions and scuttling living space.
But they landed with only a gen-
tle slap, imperceptible to most,
faintly acknowledged by the few
who stumbled across newspapers.

History did take place behind
our backs. The distractions of
the moment, if they could be
called distractions, kept outside
events outside. The immediate
loves, hungers, and necessities
of our lives infected us with a
near-sightedness that relegated
the "world event" to a blurred
play acting. And within a few
years even the newsworthy will
have become a dusty, vague mem-
ory — something that had to be
superseded. Not until we are
dead will they have been sifted
from life and called singular,
catalogued and measured, their
effects chased down causal high-
ways, and their significance "ex-
plained." Yesterday our minds
were focused on today; today, to-
morrow beckons. We lived our
lives like lives must be lived —
extended in the future, with a
glance at the headlines or a
moment's attention paid to the
evening news, when time and our
personal occupations permitted.

RIGHT: Viewed across an open, grassy
expanse, the Washington Monument stands
tall in the distance.





Vital state issues did not
dominate the headlines in
Virginia newspapers during the
1978-79 school year. Some of the
"hottest" issues included pari-
mutuel betting and pay raises for
state-employed college professors.
Probably the most publicized po-
litical event for Virginia was
the Senate race between Democrat
Andrew Miller and Republican
John Warner.

Campaigning was extensive for
both men, although their "Virgin-
ia Experience" and "Virginia
Philosophy" differed very little.
Both men espoused a conservative
ethos, criticizing the other for
being free-spending. The result-
ing campaign was often like an
air stagnation watch on a dog
day afternoon.

Neither candidate spoke on the
William and Mary campus, but both
sent representatives. Congres-
sional candidate Lew Puller spoke
before the Young Democrats on be-
half of Miller, and Elizabeth
Taylor Warner addressed a crowd
at the GOP-sponsored seafood
fest at Lake Matoaka in September.

While Warner was the winner in
22 out of 23 mock campus elec-
tions across Virginia, including
a narrow victory at William and
Mary, the voters had difficulty
perceiving ideological differ-
ences between the two men. The
election was so close that at
one point, with 96% of the pre-
cincts reporting, CBS News showed
Warner leading by only one vote.
The final outcome was one of the
closest in Virginia history: War-
ner won by a mere 5,000 votes.
While the campaign brought lit-
tle excitement to Virginia and
to the William and Mary campus
in particular, the voters'
choice surely brought national
attention to the state.


RIGHT: As graduation nears, senior Susan
Arnot discusses job prospects with Corpor-
ate Relations aide Bruce Lindsay.
BELOW: Smiles are shared between Everett
Boyd and a friend at a dorm get-together.


College life at William
and Mary. Does this
phrase evoke visions of four
years' shelter in a safe,
academic refuge far, far away
from the harsh realities of
life? Yet is life here really
such a dreamlike existence?
Ask most recent W & M grad-
uates this question and you'll
receive a loud, vehement
"Never!" accompanied by a
woeful tale of the nightmarish
academic rigors to which he
had been subjected for the
past few years. If pressed,
he will usually also admit
that these studies have
been worthwhile; that the
liberal education he received
at William and Mary really did
give him an ability to handle
the challenges which the working
life would present him, an aware-
ness of state and national
issues, and the confidence to
deal with them as they affected
his own existence.

More often than not, the
typical student gained this
confidence outside the class-

room and beyond the books.
Just living from day to day
became a lesson in self-
sufficiency for the guy who
was now faced with washing
his own jeans and balancing
a checkbook. Those who lived
off-campus painfully realized
that nightly meals at Sal's
and hour-long hot showers
wreak havoc on a student's
meager budget.

From sharing a Hawaiian
friend's delight in seeing
her first snowfall, to
mastering the art of "mixing"
at fraternity smokers,
to stifling the impulse to
choke a thoughtless roommate,
most developed the maturity to
deal diplomatically with others,
enjoyed meeting people, and
valued the friendships which

Certainly college life at
W & M was in ways removed from
the world beyond. Yet it
still offered many a valuable
period of transition and
preparation for a new life of

ABOVE: Apartment living provides Ed
Smith with a far more tranquil study
atmosphere than a dorm ever could.

20AV&M— A Preparation for USA, VA


Infinite measures of walk-
ing and waiting, questions
and answers, not to mention the
myriad of names to remember —
such are the challenges which
traditionally awaited each year's
incoming freshmen and transfer
students. Frequently unsure
of how they accomplished such
a feat, most students made the
adjustment to life at William and
Mary with capability and con-
fidence. -

Orientation Aides, assigned
to groups of 10 to 12 new stu-
dents, were expected to act as
tour guides, social directors,
and general information centers
for their charges. Some OA's
accomplished this in extra-
ordinary ways, accompanying
their group on hour-long bus
rides until all had learned
the route, or introducing
them to "Thumper" and the
unique atmosphere of the
Cave. And somehow everyone
seemed to have the great idea
of introducing the freshmen
to the pleasures of a deli

sandwich, resulting in
traffic jams that flabber-
gasted the regulars and
probably delighted the
owners. Kegs, volleyball
games and other activities
were organized so that the
new freshmen could get to
know each other and grow
at ease in the new environ-
ment which was to become
"home" for the next eight months.

Orientation programs included
various placement tests, present-
ations, and meetings with ad-
ministration and faculty, cul-
minating in the much-dreaded
arena-style registration pro-
cess. Students weathered the
event well, despite the horror
stories mischievous upperclass-
men had told them of this har-
rowing experience. By the close
of the orientation period, not
all questions were answered and
not all the new faces had names,
but college life was not nearly
so foreign as it had seemed just
a week earlier.

TOP: Mothers would shriek u iriLj, kiif,
that most student rooms closely resemble
that of freshmen Barry Long and Luis Navas.
ABOVE: Freshmen endure the first of
myriad lines in renting a post office box.


RIGHT: The German House Oktoberfest wel-
comes autumn with an exuberant mixture
of song, dance and beer.
BELOW: Life in a small house means that
Italian House inhabitants form fast
and friendly relationships.


Among the variety of life-
styles William and Mary
offered students was a wide ar-
ray of special interest housing.
Such residences gave students a
unique opportunity to pursue an
interest in a foreign language
and culture in an informal man-
ner which was found to be more
informative than sitting in a
stuffy room in Washington Hall
fighting sleep by watching the

The German, French, and Span-
ish Houses occupied adjoining
units in Botetourt Complex and
offered similar programs of
weekly conversation hours, for-
eign meals, lectures, and films.
German House residents found
their Marchenstunde, or fairy
tale hour, to be especially en-
tertaining. Stammtisch (going
to the Cave and speaking German)
provided many a resident with a
welcome break from studies. The
advent of holidays and the change
in seasons were party occasions.
Special foods and traditions

made Yuletide one of the bright-
est times of the year and spring
was greeted with the annual
Botetourt May Day celebration.

Perhaps the most active of
the interest houses was the Asia
House. Faced in the past with
lukewarm support by the college
community, the house organized
more activities than ever this
year and strove to increase in-
terest and attendance of pro-
grams. Swami Agehananda Bha-
rati, a master of 16 languages
and a Hindu monk, entranced his
audience with tales of his years
in an Lidian monastery and his
views on Hindu mysticism. The
final interest house located on
New Campus was Project Plus.
Plus housed over 80 individuals,
all interested in pursuing some
aspect of this year's theme of

The Italian and Russian
Studies Houses located on
Jamestown Road were the new-
est additions to the College's
range of special interest hous-

ing. An asti spumanti recep-
tion in honor of Columbus Day
added sparkle to the Casa
Italiana's fall program of
events. The Russian House
brought to campus both the
Yale Russian Chorus and an
entertaining lecturer from
ODU who spoke concerning
Soviet satire, proving that
the Russians really do have
a sense of humor.

Many students mistakenly be-
lieved that life in a special
interest house meant living
with bookish individuals and
yawning through foreign films.
Yet these houses offered some
of the most stimulating pro-
grams on campus and gave their
members more advantages than
most realized. When asked
why he decided to
live in the Russian House, one
guy answered with a twinkle in
his eye, "Well, it's because I
like the people. You see,
there's my roommate and me . .
and eight girls."

22/Special Interest Housing

LEFT: A living room boasting bright Rus-
sian posters is the setting for easy con-
versation between Russian House President
Lalla Shishkevish and Professors Hallett
and Smith.

CENTER LEFT: Each Tuesday evening Spanish
House members concoct and savor a differ-
ent item of Latin cuisine.

CENTER RIGHT: Mummy meets grapes at an
Asia House Halloween party.
BOTTOM LEFT: Wednesday night forums at
Project Plus are traditionally followed
by an informal coffee hour.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Bygone fads, fashions and
freaks can be found at the French
House's 60's party.

Special Interest Housing/23

RIGHT: To dance without losing one's
"attire" is a challenge for Linda Lynch
and Nancy Conlon at a Hunt-JBT toga party.
BELOW: A new album offers Bruce Jones
a brief but welcome respite from studies.


Perhaps one of the major
skills acquired at William
and Mary during four hectic
years was the fine art of liv-
ing with a hodge-podge of
people in unique situations
and learning to like it, no
matter what the circumstances.

At first glance, William
and Mary's on-campus housing
seemed to consist of the
sardine structures found on
campuses across the nation.
In reality, the W & M stu-
dent had considerable freedom
in choosing his own lifestyle,
for housing options included
special interest housing, coed
dorms, single rooms, doubles,
apartment living and Greek
housing. With the renovation
of Chandler and Taliaferro
complete, students had access
to all dorms on campus for the
first time in years. Upper-
classmen flocked to the
spanking-new Chandler and the
perennially popular lodges. The
concept of "mixed dorms"
combining freshmen and upper-

classmen together in one
structure was successfully
effected in Barrett and
Jefferson. Bryan Complex
remained coed, and the Terrace
received its first female in-
habitants, though limited to
only those enrolled in the
graduate schools. While a few
students were forced to apart-
ment-hunt, most who desired on-
campus housing were satisfact-
orily placed in a much more
smoothly-engineered room se-
lection process than seen in
past years.

Students rose to the chal-
lenge of stamping individual-
ity on their four walls with
flourish and enthusiasm.
Posters, plants and stereo
speakers went up in a flash
to hide peeling paint and
ancient plaster in the not-
so-new dorms. In Landrum,
a set of four suitemates
agreed to place their four
beds in one room of the
suite, leaving the other
for a living/dining area.

Immaculate or chaotic, the
dorm room became home for
William and Mary students.

To add to the feeling of
"home" and involvement in
community living, the staff
of Residence Hall Life cre-
ated programs tailored to
suit every need. In ad-
dition to dorm parties,
there were area-wide pro-
jects like JBT's Oct-
Terrace-Fest, Jamestown
Road's One-More-for-the-
Road and the Bryan Complex
Heart Dance. Speakers on
security, career planning,
and income tax forms made
study breaks more than just
munch-outs. They became infor-
mative as well.

Whether listening to live
music on Barrett's porch or
sharing popcorn with the gang
across the hall, dorm living
provided an exciting means for
discovering new people, new
ideas, and a broader sense of
self for those in the William
and Mary community.

24/Dorm Life

BELOW: The mood and the music are
mellow at Old Dominion.
BOTTOM: Not content with just drinking
the "trashcan" punch, Diane Herkness want-
ed to dunk for fruit as well.


Coed freshman housing: a
definite and exciting
first at W & M! Over the summer
the decision was finalized to
make Taliaferro coed. Forty-
four men and nine women were
randomly chosen to inhabit
the newly-renovated dorm.
Both the freshmen and their
parents were called, and
permission was obtained to
place the students in the
unique housing situation
during their freshman year.

The response was decidedly
enthusiastic. Area Coordinator
Debbie Davis expressed satis-
faction with the Year's ex-
periment and felt that the
dorm's smallness had led
to strong group rapport and
cooperation. Residents en-
thusiastically participated
in trivia quizzes on Sunday
nights and generally enjoyed
the dorm's superb new facil-
ities, which included game
tables, an air-conditioned
lobby, a fireplace, and a newly
decorated atmosphere.

Dorm Life/25

Eating-Atime for food,

Food. It was a doughnut
wolfed down between get-
ting up at 7:45 and making it to
an 8 o'clock class. Or, it was
an excuse for going to the caf
three times a day, more to so-
cialize than to gluttonize. Of-
tentimes it was the means, meth-
od and manner of celebrating
birthdays, taking a break from
the books, or just having a good
time with friends.

"Foodwise," the noteworthy
event this year was that more
people than ever chose to ingest
the bulk of their daily caloric
intake at the caf. In its sec-
ond year of catering service to
the College, Shamrock had worked
out the kinks of feeding the W&M
student body and featured sev-
eral new meal plan options, break-
fast and dinner at the Wigwam,
soft ice cream and special holi-
day buffets. As a result, the
food service attracted more board-
ers than it could handle; over
one hundred non-freshmen were
placed on a waiting list until
Shamrock could accommodate them.

The majority of upperclassmen
still cooked for themselves.
Anyone walking through the halls
of Monroe or Chandler at 6 p.m.
could have verified this, as his
nostrils were teased with a tan-
talizing array of culinary aromas.
Cooking provided one with numer-
ous facts and lessons, such as
learning a hundred and one ways
to combine ground beef and toma-
to sauce, and discovering the
bargain to be found in buying
A&P's day-old bread.

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