Campus Pride Releases GLBT Friendliness College Ratings

August 3, 2010 Comments off

Campus Pride, Inc., an non-profit organization dedicated to creating safer, more LGBT-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities, has released their 2010 Campus Pride Climate Index, a ranking of colleges and universities based on their LGBT “Friendliness” factors. Nineteen schools nationwide received the organizations “Five Star” ranking; none were located in Virginia.

The LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBT campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBT and Ally people. All campuses participating in the index are acknowledged for their active interest in LGBT issues as well as their LGBT-Friendly efforts to encourage further progress.

Surprising Find at William & Mary

July 23, 2010 Comments off

Scholars at the College believe they have proven that the current office of Military/ROTC on campus is actually the oldest building in the United States used for the education of African-American children. According to the story in the Washington Post, William and Mary was instrumental in opening the school in 1760, at the urging of Benjamin Franklin. Read more.

Homecoming 2010 Schedule Now Available

June 17, 2010 Comments off

William and Mary GALA’s schedule of events for Homecoming 2010 is now available for download… just click here: Homecoming Flyer. Also, It will be sent in a mailing to all registered members. If you’re not on our mailing list and want to make sure you receive a hard copy of this information, please download the membership form, and mail it according to the instructions on the form itself.

McCarthy Honored at Commencement

May 20, 2010 Comments off

William and Mary’s Dean of University Libraries, Connie McCarthy was honored at 2010 Commencement Ceremonies as her summertime retirement draws near. For more information and photographs, click here.

W&M Puts Green Into Green and Gold

May 6, 2010 Comments off

According to the Virginia Informer, the independent student newspaper at the College, William and Mary has been honored as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges and universities in the country. The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges notes that “At the College of William and Mary, student research and institutional initiatives towards sustainability go hand-in-hand.” The publication also noted that the new “green fee” and the Sharpe Community Scholars Programs, indicate W&M’s dedication to responsible environmental policy.

GALA’s Voice Added to Discrimination Debate

March 15, 2010 Comments off

WM GALA President Wayne Curtis was interviewed for a story in WYDaily on W&M Alumni reaction to the McDonnell/Cuccinelli Discrimination Affair. Read the entire story HERE.

Governor McDonnell Buckles to Growing Outrage

March 10, 2010 Comments off

A hastily prepared executive order seems to have defused the growing controversy over Virginia’s new administration seeming to allow, and even encourage, workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. And in a late breaking update, even the Attorney General “applauds” the action. Oh, really? Read more on the story HERE.

W&M Pressured to Return to Discrimination?

March 1, 2010 Comments off

A Maryland state senator claims that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) is trying to get universities to overturn policies barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The assertion was neither confirmed nor denied Friday by Cuccinelli’s office or the College of William and Mary, the institution to which the senator, in an interview, said he was referring. “Virginia’s new Attorney General is reportedly seeking to have Virginia’s universities rescind their policies banning discrimination based on sexual orientation,” he wrote. In an interview, Maryland State Senator Rich Madaleno (D) said he had heard from associates in Virginia that William and Mary had received legal advice from Cuccinelli regarding its nondiscrimination statement.

According to W&M spokesman Brian Whitson, there are no plans to remove language about sexual orientation from William and Mary’s existing policy. The Faculty Assembly recently asked that the policy be expanded to also include “gender identity and expression,” a request the school’s president is now examining. Madaleno made the charges in a letter urging Northrop Grumman not to choose Virginia for the site of its new corporate headquarters because of the new Virginia administration’s record on anti-gay discrimination.

For more information, read the blog post HERE.

Nichol Makes Bitter Comments

February 26, 2010 Comments off

Its been two years, believe it or not, since the Wren Cross Controversy roiled the placid waters of Crim Dell. But Gene Nichol hasn’t forgotten.

Read his comments HERE.

McDonnell Rolls Back Discrimination Protection

February 17, 2010 Comments off

Republican Governor Bob McDonnell quietly signed an executive order on February 5 that eliminates gay and lesbian Virginia state workers from the classes of people protected from discrimination. The move effectively rescinds the protections granted by former Gov. Timothy Kaine on January 14, 2006, in one of his first actions as Governor. Read more about the story here.