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Gavin Dean Honored by The State

Gavin Dean, a 2000 graduate of Washington and Lee, has been named one of the “20 under 40” honorees by The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. The 20 young professionals are, according to the newspaper, “making an impact on the community and also show great promise for tomorrow.”

Gavin is senior project manager for Aetna and an active member of the community. He was a 2010 member of Leadership Columbia and is a Pawmetto Lifeline Associate Board member and foster parent for shelter pets. A politics major at W&L, Gavin received an international master of business administration degree (IMBA) from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

The State asked him about a life-changing experience. Gavin referred to his wife, fellow W&L alum Emma Thomas Dean, a 2003 graduate: “Emma’s passion, commitment and enthusiasm make me want to be a better person every day. Meeting Emma at Washington and Lee showed me the powerful impact that committed leaders can have on a community.”

More Honors for Darracott Vaughan '61

Washington and Lee alumnus Dr. E. Darracott Vaughan Jr., a member of the Class of 1961 and one of the world’s foremost urological clinicians, researchers and educators, has received another major award for his outstanding contributions to the science of urology.

Darracott, professor emeritus of urology at Weil Cornell Medical School, will receive the Ramon Guiteras Award in May at the American Urological Association’s annual meeting, in Washington. The association presents the Guiteras Award annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the art and science of urology. In Darracott’s case, it’s his outstanding contributions to science, most notably in the pathophysiology of renal obstruction, adrenal disease and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), that bring the honor his way.

Darracott is president emeritus of the American Foundation for Urologic Disease; past president of the American Board of Urology; and past president of the American Urological Association, which bestowed on him its distinguished Gold Cystoscope Award in 1981. He won the prestigious Hugh Hampton Young Award for his contributions to the understanding of urologic causes of hypertension and renal physiology. He also received the 39th Ferdinand C. Valentine Award from the New York Academy of Medicine, for significantly advancing the science and art of urology, and the esteemed Barringer Medal from the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. He also received the Maurice R. Greenberg Distinguished Service Award in 2002, in recognition of his long-time service to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Darracott also is the subject of a fascinating audio interview. Appearing on “Face-to-Face,” on the website of the Journal of the British Association of Urological Surgeons, Darracott cites W&L’s educational emphasis: “I’m a great believer in the importance of the liberal arts for someone who becomes a physician, because it broadens you greatly.”

Here is the interview in its entirety:

W&L's Bruck on “Virginia Insight” Today

David Bruck, clinical professor of law at Washington and Lee’s School of Law and director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, appeared on NPR affiliate WMRA’s “Virginia Insight” show today (Thursday, Jan. 27) for a discussion of the death penalty.

The Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse is a trial-level, legal-aid clinic providing free services to defense attorneys who represent capital murder defendants in cases throughout Virginia.

Bruck has been quoted extensively in recent weeks, writing a piece for the New York Times and appearing on CNN, among other media outlets, to discuss issues surrounding the Tucson shootings, including the possibility of an insanity defense for the alleged gunman, Jared Loughner.

Here is the audio from today’s program:

Not Even a Snowball's Chance

W&L’s Mock Convention got a polite but firm “No, thank you,” on Tuesday from Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, who gave a good reason for turning down the University’s signature political event.

Here’s the story: The senator was the featured interviewee on the “Playbook Breakfast,” during which W&L alumnus Mike Allen, a member of the Class of 1986 and author of “Mike Allen’s Playbook” for Politico, conducts a one-on-one session with a newsmaker. In fact, this was the very first edition of the new “Playbook Breakfast,” and it was held at the W Hotel in D.C. Allen conducts the interview before a live audience, and it is filmed for the Politico website. As it happened, a group of Washington and Lee students was in the audience. So Mike offered them the chance to ask McConnell a question.

And they did: Would McConnell consider an invitation to speak at the 2012 Mock Convention? Harmless enough, right?

Ah, but McConnell clearly knows his history. He replied: “You know, one of my predecessors did that. Alben Barkley. And right in the middle of his speech at your Mock Convention in 1956, he had a heart attack and died. And so the answer, my friend, is no.” And in case that wasn’t clear enough, McConnell added emphatically: “There’s not a snowball’s chance in hell.”

Barkley was, like McConnell, a senator from Kentucky, and the story of his death is a staple of Mock Convention lore. Here’s the official version from the Mock Convention website:

The guest of honor that year (1956) was Senator and former Vice President Alben Barkley of Kentucky. Barkley delivered a rousing keynote speech exhibiting his genuine love for politics and political conventions. In 90 degree heat, he told students he had not intended to go to the real Democratic convention that summer. However, after participating in the W&L event, he had changed his mind, felling “like an old firehorse when he hears the bell.” In his excitement, he accidentally knocked over a microphone. Thinking quickly, he enthusiastically told the audience, “That’s nothing to what’ll happen to the Republicans in November!” Explaining why he had settled for becoming Kentucky’s junior Senator after occupying the second highest job in the land, he said: “I would rather be a servant in the house of the Lord than to sit in the seats of the mighty.” As the crowd roared its approval, Barkley stepped back from the podium and collapsed. Within minutes he was pronounced dead of a heart attack. Only Barkley’s widow could make the student delegates resume their task; “You have unfinished business,” she told convention officials. A week later the convention reconvened, correctly predicting that Adlai Stevenson would once again be the Democratic nominee.

Here is the video from the “Playbook Breakfast” with McConnell. To see his response to the Mock Convention invitation, go to the 38:23 mark.

POLITICO Playbook Breakfast with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) – POLITICO.com

New Lee Letters for Library

Leyburn Library’s Special Collections has added to its archive five original Robert E. Lee letters and two copies of letters from the great-niece of Lee’s cousin and correspondent, Louisa Washington.

According to Vaughan Stanley, special collections librarian at W&L, these documents represent the largest number of Lee letters donated to the University in 20 years. The Winter 2011 edition of the library’s newsletter, “Library Letters,” describes the new donation this way:

“Lee wrote to Louisa Washington six times between 1861 and 1868, mostly concerning Lee’s grief and condolences at the death of Louisa’s father, Colonel John A. Washington. Colonel Washington was the last Washington family owner of Mount Vernon. He sold the iconic plantation to the Mount Vernon Ladies Association in 1859. (This group continues to own Mount Vernon to this day.) Col. Washington was killed by Union fire while riding patrol with Lee’s son, Rooney, in the mountains of what is today West Virginia. Rooney himself was nearly killed in this ambush as three shots went through his horse.

“Lee always had a special place in his heart for Louisa and other members of the Washington family. George Washington was Lee’s hero and Lee refers to him in one letter as ‘him who . . . by his virtues rendered our republic immortal.’ “

Reynolds Price '91H Dies at 77

Reynolds Price H’91

Reynolds Price, who died in Durham, N.C., last week, was a frequent visitor to Washington and Lee, which gave him an honorary doctor of letters degree in 1991. The New York Times obituary  said that Price’s “novels and stories about ordinary people in rural North Carolina struggling to find their place in the world established him as one of the most important voices in modern Southern fiction.”

Many longtime W&L faculty will remember Price’s relationships with W&L, which included not only his contributions to Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review over the years but close friendships with many Lexingtonians as well. W&L English professor emeritus Severn Duvall recalled last week how Price had, through his personal friendship, arranged for the renowned African-American writer Ralph Ellison to give a speech to the W&L community in Lee Chapel back in 1963.

In 1966, Shenandoah featured an interview with Price by Wallace Kaufman. It’s a fascinating conversation still. Discussing the setting of his stories and novels, Price said: “I had no sense of being a conscious chronicler — either of Southern life or of human life as I’ve known it in my lifetime, which has after all been an enormous time in human history (I was born in 1933). What I’ve chronicled is my own world, that world which has seemed to me (since I began to see at all) to exist beneath the world perceived by other people, the world which seems to me to impinge upon, to color, to shape, the daily world we inhabit.”

Go Steelers! Go Bulls!

With the National Football League down to four teams this weekend, the big question is not which teams will make to the Super Bowl but how those teams will impact the Super Bowl Stock Market Predictor. A year ago Washington and Lee’s George Kester, the Martel Professor of Finance in W&L’s Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, authored an academic study that reexamined data on the Super Bowl predictor. So what does this year hold? According to George’s figuring, there is reason for market watchers to root for the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday in their American Conference Championship Game against the New York Jets. George’s work is cited again today on the Wall Street Journal.

Here’s his explanation for why a Steeler win means a bull market:

“It will be great for the stock market if the Steelers to win this weekend.  Why?  The Super Bowl Stock Market Predictor.   According to this often-cited market predictor, whenever an original NFL team wins the Super Bowl, the stock market is up that year.  Whenever an original AFL wins, the market is down.  As of 2010, the overall prediction accuracy of the Super Bowl Stock Market Predictor was 77.3 percent.

“Here is where a Steelers victory this weekend becomes especially interesting and good for Wall Street.  If the Steelers defeat the Jets, we will again have two original NFL teams playing in Super Bowl XLV.   Regardless of which team ends up winning the Super Bowl, an up market will be predicted by the Super Bowl Stock Market Predictor.

“Thanks to the successes of the Steelers and Colts, both ‘original’ NFL teams that are now in the AFC, this has happened nine times in the 44 year history of the Super Bowl:  1971, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1996, 2007, 2009 and 2010.  It gets even more interesting.  In those nine years when two original NFL teams met each other on Super Sunday, the market (as measured by the S&P 500 Index) was up that year 100 percent of the time. Moreover, the average increase in the market was 17.71 percent, as compared to only 10.43 percent in the other 21 years when original NFL teams won. The market lost an average of 3.61 percent in the 12 years when original AFL teams won and gained an average of 6.67 percent in the two years expansion teams won.

“So, with apologies to New York Jets fans, go Steelers!”

Creative Hall of Famer

“Life is measured only superficially by heartbeats, breaths and brainwaves. Life is doing. It’s learning and it’s engaging and it’s thinking.”

So said Washington and Lee alumnus Mike Hughes in a fascinating piece that ran on the front of the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Metro Business section earlier this month. Here is a link to the article in full, and it’s definitely worth the trip.

A 1970 graduate of W&L, where he majored in English, Mike is president and creative director of Richmond’s Martin Agency. And even a caveman knows how successful the Martin Agency has been in advertising circles these past few years. As the T-D piece noted: “Since last January, Martin has added Cool Whip, Morgan Stanley, Tylenol and ESPN3.com to its roster of clients that already included Pizza Hut, Geico and Wal-Mart. To accommodate the growth, Martin has added more than 200 employees in the past year.”

Unsurprisingly, Mike has received his fair share of accolades for the success. Last year he was inducted into the One Club’s Creative Hall of Fame, which is to advertising what Canton is to professional football and Cooperstown is to baseball. In addition, Mike had a building named for him at Virginia Commonwealth University, Creative magazine listed him among its 50 most influential creative thinkers, and Adweek named Martin its Agency of the Year. All in all, a pretty good year.

Even as Mike and the Martin Agency have been flying high with geckos, cavemen and that little piggy, Maxwell, who goes “Whee” all the way home, he has been battling lung cancer for more than a decade. During a speech to VCU’s commencement last month, he told the graduates that when he got his diagnosis 15 years ago, he was told there was an 85 percent chance that he would be dead within five years. He added: “Don’t get me wrong. I’m not some new-age guy who’s finally learned how to smell the roses. I know my prognosis. And so I’m just doing the things I want to do.”

Ross Singletary '89 on CNBC's Closing Bell

In case you missed it, a Washington and Lee alum was featured on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” with Maria Bartiromo this week. Ross Singletary, of the Class of 1989, is managing partner with Arcus Capital Partners in Atlanta.

An economics major, Ross appeared on the national show on Wednesday, Jan. 19 (probably pure coincidence that it was on Robert E. Lee’s birthday), to discuss the future status of the markets.

Ross has two decades of experience and, according to the Arcus website, “has developed a particularly thorough knowledge of the use of non-traditional and volatility dampening strategies within Arcus client portfolios.” He was a director in Credit Suisse’s Private Banking Unit and was also with Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management group before joining Arcus.

You can watch Ross’s TV debut below:

Birthright Israel

Five Washington and Lee sophomores took part in the “Taglight/Birthright Israel” project, spending 10 days in Israel during December. The five students were Stephanie Krasnov, Natasha Lerner, Kathryn Marsh-Soloway, Nora Wallenius and Ali Greenberg. W&L has sent students on the biannual trips during December and June since 2001.

“It was a really great experience,” Ali wrote in an e-mail. “We were able to travel throughout the country, meet Israeli soldiers and get more in touch with what our Jewish culture meant to us as individuals.”

In addition, Ali and Nora Wallenius celebrated their Bat Mitzvahs during the trip. “That,” wrote Ali, “was very special for us.”

The Taglit-Birthright Israel program offers a free, 10-day, educational tour of Israel as a joint project of the government of Israel, Jewish philanthropists and Jewish communities from around the world, including the North American Jewish Federations, Keren Hayesod and the Jewish Agency for Israel. More than a quarter of a million young Jewish adults, in more than 50 countries around the world, have participated since the program began a decade ago.


Fashioning a Career

Inslee Haynes, a 2008 graduate of Washington and Lee, was in the spotlight last week when The Fashion Magpie blog published a glowing feature about her work and her blog from the We Love DC website.

Inslee, an art history major at W&L, has been running a fashion-illustration business since 2005, as she explains on her website, Inslee by Design. It includes a daily blog that features her distinctive work, which also shows up on notecards, calendars and prints. They are available in her online store.

The Fashion Magpie praises “her distinctively modern artistic process,” which Inslee began during her undergraduate days at W&L, when she sketched her friends and sorority sisters. They encouraged her to start selling her notecards.

Ted DeLaney on WMRA's “Virginia Insight”

On Monday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m., Ted DeLaney, chair of the History Department and the Harry E. and Mary Jayne W. Redenbaugh Term Professor of History at Washington and Lee University, appeared on NPR affiliate WMRA’s “Virginia Insight” to examine the legacy of the Civil War 150 years later.

DeLaney, who is a 1985 alumnus of W&L, was joined by Cameron Nickels, professor emeritus of English and American studies at James Madison University, and author of “Civil War Humor.”

Here is the audio from Monday’s show:

He's Golden: Virginia Delegate Lacey Putney

Congratulations to Lacey E. Putney, who on Jan. 12 kicked off his 50th year as Bedford County’s representative to the Virginia House of Delegates. The anniversary makes the member of Washington and Lee’s undergraduate Class of 1950 and law Class of 1957 one of the longest-serving legislators in the U.S. We blogged about his last campaign here. During opening-day ceremonies of the General Assembly at the capitol in Richmond, his colleagues gave Lacey, an Independent, a standing ovation. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, when the applause erupted he was in the members’ lounge, where the Republican whip had to track him down.

It’s not the first time Lacey’s been recognized for his dedication. In 2007, he received the Thomas B. Murphy Longevity of Service Award. And just last month, the Virginia Governmental Employees Association (VGEA) named him Legislator of the Year for “his ongoing and active support of the Commonwealth’s employees and retirees,” said J. Marshall Terry, the VGEA president. He also received Virginia Military Institute’s distinguished service award last May, and, the one that means the most to us, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington and Lee, last September. Here’s our news story about that honor.

Keeping Babies Healthy

Whether they’ve known it or not, parents who pay close attention to nutritional guidelines for their babies set by the American Academy of Pediatrics have benefited from the expertise of a Washington and Lee alumnus. Dr. Frank R. Greer, a member of the Class of 1968, is the former chairman of the AAP’s nutrition committee, and he comments frequently on a variety of topics involving infant nutrition.

Just this week Newsweek wrote about the question of whether or not probiotics (or prebiotics) can help stop colicky babies from crying. Frank is quoted in the Newsweek piece, as he was lead author of the AAP report on the subject.

A neonatology specialist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Frank is interviewed frequently on such topics as when babies should eat shellfish and the pluses and minuses of 100 percent fruit juice for infants. He has also offered expert testimony for the FDA on these and other topics.

Frank is also a member of the faculty in the University of Wisconsin’s Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS), where he is part of a group that attempts to improve the nutritional status of both premature and full-term infants.

Remembering Ryan Bowe '99 with a Race

Last March we blogged about a new movie, “Hood to Coast,” about the race called “The Mother of All Relays” — a 197-mile run from Mount Hood to Oregon’s Pacific Coast. The movie follows four of the relay teams, including Team R. Bowe, which was running in honor of Ryan Bowe, of W&L’s Class of 1999. Ryan died of a rare heart disease in 2007. He was 30. A distance runner on W&L’s track and field team as well as a member of the cross country team, Ryan was a native Oregonian who had run in the Hood to Coast relay since he was 12. Team R. Bowe was composed of Ryan’s friends and family along with several of his former W&L classmates, Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers and teammates.

The movie’s one-night premiere occurred in theaters around the country on Tuesday (Jan. 11). Nina Coolidge, of the Class of 2008, watched it in Boston and wrote that “it was inspiring to see such a moving story of a fellow W&L grad.”

“Hood to Coast” was reviewed favorably in numerous newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the The Oregonian in Portland. On the “Hood to Coast” website, you can find a short video of each of the four teams that are featured in the movie. The video for Team R. Bowe is below:

Behind the Headlines

Careful readers (not that there is any other kind) of W&L Law: The Washington and Lee School of Law Magazine will recall an article from the Spring/Summer 2010 issue. In it, one of the professors in the newly created Criminal Practice Practicum said this about defending an accused criminal: “The idea is that we stand between the power of the state and the individual, and in doing so, defend the core values of what makes this country great. None of us, including those accused of crime, wants to be defined by the worst moment, or worst day of our lives.”

That quote belongs to Judy Clarke, whose name wound up in coast-to-coast headlines this week when she was appointed to defend Jared Lee Loughner in federal court. He is the man accused of shooting U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing several bystanders.

Along with fellow criminal defense attorney Jon Shapiro, Judy taught the 12 students in last winter’s practicum as part of W&L’s innovative third-year law curriculum.  In the interview for the law magazine with Pete Jetton, director of communications for the Law School, Judy described her goal for the students: “Touch a hot stove and you will not do it again. Practicum classes help students learn the impact of various litigation strategies and to consider what steps should be taken in the best interests of their client and their cause. It also lets them learn on the job with no consequences to a real client.”

Of course, Judy’s work does not have the luxury of no consequences, not in her current assignment, and not in such other high-profile cases as her defense of Susan Smith, the South Carolina woman who drowned her two young sons; the Olympic Park bomber, Eric Rudolph; and the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.

Numerous major media outlets profiled Judy after she was named the defense attorney in the Arizona case. David Bruck, W&L clinical professor of law and director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, was quoted in many of those stories. He described her lack of ego as “so uncharacteristic among criminal defense lawyers that it’s almost freakish.” He also told the the San Diego Union in Judy’s hometown that she is “inexhaustible” and never seeks the limelight.

Judy began teaching at the School of Law in 2006 and, in addition to the practicum, teaches a traditional criminal procedure course. She divides her time between Lexington and a private practice in San Diego. Her husband of 35 years, Speedy Rice, is also on the Law School faculty and teaches Transnational Practicum courses, which put students to work on legal issues in Liberia, Cambodia and The Hague. During her career, Judy has directed the San Diego and Spokane federal public defender offices, and is former president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

W&L's Chris Gavaler on NPR Affiliate WMRA Today

Chris Gavaler, visiting assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee, will appear on NPR affiliate WMRA’s “Virginia Insight” show at 3 p.m. today (Jan. 10) to discuss his new historical novel, School for Tricksters, and the process of using fiction to write about historical events.

His novel is based on two true-life “tricksters,” who passed as Native Americans in order to attend Carlisle Indian School, the nation’s first and most infamous Indian boarding school. W&L News Director Sarah Tschiggfrie writes about Chris’s novel for the University’s website.

Chris is also the author of the suspense novel “Pretend I’m Not Here,” and a four-time winner of Outstanding Playwright awards from the Pittsburgh New Works festival.

Here is the audio from his appearance:

NFL Playoff Connection

James Urban ’96 with Michael Vick during training camp

With the National Football League playoffs beginning this weekend, it’s a fitting time to note the work that Washington and Lee alumnus James Urban, of the Class of 1996, has been doing as the quarterback coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

When W&L sports information director Brian Laubscher visited with James last August at the Eagles’ training camp in Bethlehem, Pa., nobody, including James, could have known the direction the season would take. As Brian wrote in his piece for the W&L magazine online, James was preparing Kevin Kolb to be the starting quarterback for the Eagles. Michael Vick, the No. 2 Philadelphia quarterback, was still in the background.

After missing three seasons while serving a 23-month sentence for his role in a dogfighting ring, Vick saw limited playing time in 2009. But, as even casual followers of the NFL know, he has been one of the league’s big stories this year. Not only are the Eagles hosting Green Bay in the first round of the playoffs, but Vick also ranks fourth among NFL quarterbacks and was the leading vote-getter from fans for the Pro Bowl.

And while a position coach like James might not get the spotlight, a lot of folks around Philadephia know that he has played a key role in Vick’s development this season. Something he told Brian back in August is worth repeating four months later: “My approach with Michael from the very beginning has been to get him back to being an elite quarterback in this league. When you are away from the game for two years, particularly at the quarterback position, there is a lot of rust that needs to be knocked off, and he probably never quite got there during the regular season last year.”

On ESPN radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on Friday, Eagles head coach Andy Reid credited James, along with Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator, Marty Morningwheg, with the development and success of Vick this season.

Incidentally, if you’re looking for James during the telecast of Sunday’s game, you’ll be able to see him only if the cameras shoot up at the press box. He spends his Sundays on headphones.

W&L Law Grad Named to NLRB

President Obama has nominated a Washington and Lee law alumnus, Terence F. Flynn, of the Class of 1990, to fill an open position on the five-member National Labor Relations Board.

According to a story on Bloomberg, Terry becomes the second Republican on the NLRB and replaces Republican Peter Schaumber, whose term expired in August.

Terry is chief counsel to the other Republican on the NLRB, Brian Hayes, and was previously chief counsel to Schaumber. In his roles with the NLRB, Terry has overseen a variety of legal and policy issues in cases arising under the National Labor Relations Act. Prior to joining the NLRB, Terry practiced in the labor and employment group for the Washington firm Crowell & Moring, where he specialized in labor and employment, including collective bargaining negotiations, litigation of unfair labor practices, defense of ERISA claims, and wage and hour disputes, among other matters.

After graduating from W&L, he spent two years with Reid & Priest, where he dealt with labor and immigration cases. He then worked as a litigation associate for David, Hager, & Krupin, where his focus was employment and wage hour laws, NLRB arbitrations and other labor relations disputes.

The NLRB announcement of Terry’s nomination is on its website.

A New Kick Out of Soccer

In 16 years of practice as a partner with the Seattle-based law firm Lane Powell, Jeffrey Gingold, a 1971 Washington and Lee graduate, has specialized in health care and insurance regulation.

Now he has added a new specialty–professional soccer.

Last month, Jeff became one of only 83 Americans to hold a soccer players’ agent license. In order to be licensed by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), he had to pass an examination by The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). He can now conduct work in organized soccer worldwide. He is one of the first USSF-licensed players’ agents in the Pacific Northwest and will focus on that part of the world (the Seattle Sounders are in major league soccer, for instance).

You can read about Jeff and his new practice in a . It’s a fascinating story, tracing Jeff’s interest in soccer to a 1972 trip to Denmark, and describing his experience as a member of a Peruvian amateur team in a South American league in New Jersey. (“I think the only reason they let me play with them was because I was a lawyer and I could get them out of the immigration holding cell. We never knew which players were going to get busted.”)

Jeff told the Island Review that one reason for his interest in pursuing the agent’s license was the documentary “Soccer’s Lost Boys,” which sheds light on how unscrupulous agents find young West Africans and promise them lucrative contracts with big European teams, only to leave them high and dry when the players don’t make it.

“I want to do this right,” Jeff said in the Island Review story. “I know there are a lot of agents who are doing it right, but there are enough who aren’t doing it right. I think it’s a good time to get in and turn it around to the little extent that I can do it.”

TD Club of Richmond Honors Miriello

When the Touchdown Club of Richmond named Washington and Lee football coach Frank Miriello as the Virginia Division II/III/NAIA Coach of the Year for 2010, it marked the first time that a W&L coach has ever received the honor.

It was a special season for the Generals and Miriello.

Not only did Miriello pass his former boss, the late Gary Fallon, as the winningest coach in W&L history (his career record now stands at 82-77-1 over 16 seasons), but the Generals also had the best season in the past 39 years, with an 8-3 overall record and a perfect 6-0 mark as champions of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

In addition to the Touchdown Club award, Frank was named ODAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time, and the team cleaned up with numerous other honors:

And the Winner Is…

The “likes” have been tallied in our first Scene on Campus Photo of the Year contest, and Kevin Remington’s shot of Markheavens Tshuma, of the Class of 2010, on Commencement Day last May has narrowly edged Patrick Hinely’s image of the foggy morning on the Colonnade in the hundreds of votes case on Facebook. The third-place photograph was Kevin Remington’s picture of flags on the Colonnade for the 9/11 observance last September.

All those who liked the winning photo will be entered in a drawing with one winner chosen at random to receive a signed, framed print.

Thanks to all the voters who participated!