News in Brief: Sept. 25

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September 25, 2009

12:11 AM

*Governor appoints two to Board of Visitors*

Gov. Tim Kaine officially appointed Dennis H. Liberson ’78 and Michael Tang ’76 to the College of William and Mary’s Board of Visitors Tuesday. Liberson and Tang will replace Michael Powell ’85, D.P.S. ’02 and Barbara Ukrop ’61, who both left the BOV this summer.
“As alumni of the College who have long been active in its life, Dennis and Michael bring a powerful sense of William and Mary and its potential,” College President Taylor Reveley said. “They also bring practical wisdom rooted in their significant experience in business and in the not-for-profit world.”
While at the College, Liberson studied economics and government, and Tang studied economics. Kaine also reappointed John Charles Thomas and Jeffrey Trammel ’76 to second terms on the BOV.

*Annual Raft Debate weighs merits of disciplines*

The annual Raft Debate will be held in the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium Sept. 30. The debate brings together three faculty members — a scientist, a humanist and a social scientist — as survivors of a fictional shipwreck. The professors debate which of their disciplines has the most value to determine which one may return to civilization. A devil’s advocate, played by a fourth professor, argues that all of the professors’ fields of study are worthless.
The winner is chosen by a judge and by audience reaction. This year’s panel includes physics professor David Armstrong, economics professor David Feldman and associate professor of modern languages and literature Giulia Pacini. Assistant professor of education Jeremy Stoddard will serve as the devil’s advocate.
The debate is sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, the Graduate Center, the Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Association, and is free to the public.

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