William & Mary Student Assembly Harshly Criticizes Administration In Resolution

The Student Assembly at the College of William & Mary passed a resolution harshly criticizing the school’s administration over the cuts of seven William & Mary athletics programs, including women’s and men’s swimming & diving.

Class of 2023 President Conor Sokolowsky is a swimmer at William & Mary, and he sponsored the resolution, which has collected more than 1100 signatures. You can read the full resolution here.

The resolution touts a number of strengths of the eliminated programs, including athletic success (the William & Mary men’s swimming & diving program had won six consecutive CAA titles) and academic prowess (the women’s and men’s swimming & diving programs were on the Scholar All-America list).

But the resolution also takes aim at school administration with a number of scathing critiques, including the following allegations:

  • that the athletic department has “become characterized by a corrosive work environment,” with “intimidation, bullying, fist-pounding, yelling, and more” causing 75 of 120 athletics staff members to leave over the past three years.
  • that the school has “refused to explore or accept any alternative funding sources”
  • that the school’s timing in cutting the program harmed student-athletes, and that athletic director Samantha Huge‘s late-June assurances that no sports were at risk to be cut constitutes a “presentation of false information with the intent to deceive.”
  • that the school plagiarized a Stanford letter when it announced the cuts
  • that students deserve more input in decisions based on the amounts students pay in intercollegiate athletics fees

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Filipe Quintaroo
27 days ago

While much of the country may have moved on, I applaud the continuing efforts and encourage the athletes, coaches and community to continue fighting the good fight!!!

Hodor
27 days ago

Haven’t had diving for over 10 years, please stop saying swimming AND diving. Pretty simple and overlooked detail.

Last edited 27 days ago by Hodor
Ol' Longhorn
26 days ago

I love the line about all the athletic staff leaving. FFS, they hired new football and men’s basketball coaches in the last 2 years, and they’re going to bring in their own staff from top to bottom just like every other college would. “Intent to deceive.” What AD in June knew what the finances were going to be in August? The Virginia state budget was cut $2.3 billion in April and instead of getting a new more favorable budget in mid-august, the governor kept the cuts because of the drastic drop in state sales tax over the summer. There’s no way Huge or anyone else at W&M could’ve known that was a certainty. The resolution is high on emotion and… Read more »

Dan
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
26 days ago

Ignorance is a bliss. If she could managed finances she just might have had a ‘rainy day’ fund like $200M The OSU has in their coffers. She wants to play with P5 schools, the she needs to learn how to manage her $20M budget. She was brought in for her “solid” fundraising skills, guess that didn’t work either. Read the lame Pictor report, 17% responded, no attempt to engage the other 83%. No statistical significance listed in the survey, no infographics on the respondents and I could go on. All dangerous indicators to draw any conclusions from that study. Should ask for their money back to fund the non-revenue teams! Those are facts, not a cheap FB post.

Chris
Reply to  Dan
25 days ago

To go along with Dan, looking at someone’s fundraising record while at A&M is a complete joke, there is probably not an University that would be easier to raise money, it is like giving food to the starving.
I have also heard from multiple inside sources that she runs the athletic dept like the Gestapo, fear and intimidation. W&M is better and they deserve better. Plus why would the school allow an Administrator to lead such a tough and difficult decision on the futures of the athletic dept when she already showed(by interviewing with Vanderbilt), that she is not vested in the longterm success of the College?

Last edited 25 days ago by Chris

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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