Play Preview: Japanese Comedies to be Performed at St. Mary’s

In November, students and staff are invited to watch a unique performance entitled “Laughing at Life: a Performance of Kyôgen Plays.” Directed by Theater, Film, and Media Professor Holly Blumner, the play includes four short comical skits in the Kyôgen play form, which originated in Japan in the fourteenth century.

“They used to be performed in between very long, very somber plays that were influenced by Buddhism,” Blumner said. “They are actually very short. We are doing four short plays; there will be three twenty to twenty five minute plays and one seven-minute play. The seven-minute play will be performed in the Japanese language.”

The play in Japanese is called “Iroha: Learning the Alphabet”, and it presents a challenge to the actors who will have to learn to say the lines phonetically. In this play, a father teaches his son the Japanese alphabet, but the child has difficulty concentrating, and gives his father a hard time. According to Blumner, the audience will be provided with English supertitles above the stage so you can read what the actors are saying even though they will be speaking in Japanese.

Another short play is called “Busu: Delicious Poison”, and involves a master, played by Adebisi Tiamiyu, who has two servants. The master doesn’t want his servants to cause any trouble, so he tells them not to touch his barrel because it is allegedly full of poison. Naturally, The servants become extremely curious about it and they end up opening this poison; only to find that it is really sugar. They proceed to consume all of the sugar and develop what Blumner described as a sugar high. After a plethora of silliness, the master comes home and the servants have to explain exactly what happened.

“I am very excited to have a part,” Tiamiyu said. “Especially since I get to be the master. I have never been apart of any other play.”

Another play, entitled “Utsubozaru: The Monkey Bow-Quiver” involves three characters, a monkey, a monkey trainer, and a Japanese lord, called a Daimyô. The Daimyô sees the monkey when he is hunting, setting up the comedic interaction for the characters.

The final play is called “Bôshibari: Tied to a Pole” and also features the master-servant dynamic often seen in Japanese theater.

“In this play, the master doesn’t want to leave the servants alone with his sake,” said Blumner. “There’s a little bit of mischief as the servants steal the sake and get more than a little tipsy.”

The plays will run from Nov. 8 to Nov. 18.

“I hope the St. Mary’s community will come and see it,” said Blumner. “What I find really interesting about these plays is that although they have their origins in the fourteenth century, you find the themes are often really universal. I think as human beings, we all feel joy, we all crave love, and we all have anger and happiness. It’s just interesting to me that you can still laugh at something that was four hundred years ago and in a different culture; but you can still relate.”

Historic St. Mary's City Hosts Woodland Indian Discovery Day

On Saturday, Sep. 8, Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) hosted its annual Woodland Indian Discovery Day. The day included activities such as a native plant walk and a Tayan Territory Dancers performance, and demonstrations of archery, canoe burning, clay pottery, a clothing try-on, fire starting, hide tanning, stone and bone tool use, and Indian foodways.

Bill Schindler, the site supervisor for the Woodland Indians Hamlet, noted that the event is meant for “slowly redeveloping native skills.” He also added that the focus of this year’s event was on the different Native American buildings. The hamlet was filled with different reconstructed house structures used by the Indians and early English settlers. “We’re looking at the tools the Indians used to survive, as well as what the English used to survive,” he said. Several of the buildings included wichotts, or longhouses, and wigwams.

Nick Grenier, who works for Ancestral Knowledge, a non-profit program based out of Alexandria, VA, was contacted by HSMC to be a part of the day doing “fire by friction” demonstrations. Grenier normally teaches home schooled children basic wilderness survival and naturalist skills. He noted the importance of learning about and practicing native techniques of living. “If you study anything like economics or the humanities, people will often start their thinking by considering the primitive human lifestyle,” he said. “By practicing primitive skills, you can experience what that was like. There’s a lot to be learned about the human condition.”

One young attendant to the day’s activities and resident of Lexington Park, Dallas Croce, had a blast learning during the day. “I like to learn about how Indians lived.” While enjoying everything he saw and participated in, Croce also picked up knowledge about the lifestyle of local Indians. “The kids’ job was to scare off birds in the garden while the men are usually making canoes. The girls did the cooking.”

A key attraction at the event for many was the archery activity. Four lines were set up so instructors could teach people how to shoot instinctively. Children lined up to take their best shot at a fake turkey, deer, or tennis ball.

Jim Mezick, volunteer at the event and owner of all the archery equipment, said that to shoot instinctively you must “focus on your target; you don’t have to judge the distance. Your mind learns where to move your arm. It becomes second nature. Once you learn the technique, it becomes so easy.”

Caroline King, a resident of Lexington Park, was also in attendance for the activities. King noted that she and her family were “looking forward to learning about the Indian way of life.” Her three-year-old son was very interested in learning about the animal hides on display. “He really likes hands-on things and we like coming for the experience.”

According to Schindler, the total number of visitors at the event was 332 people. He also noted that popular attractions for the event were necklace and rattle making, archery, and the Tayac dancers.

Meet New Interim Dean of Students Roberto Ifill

On March 19, President Urgo sent out an all-student email informing the student body that Roberto Ifill would be replacing Former Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Laura Bayless as Interim Dean of Students for the 2012-2013 academic year. Dean Ifill has been a visiting Professor of economics at the college since 2008 and has been involved in higher education for over twenty years.

Dean Ifill officially began his position on July 1 and has already made several changes, such as reviving the Dean’s Advisory Council and arranging the first ever Opening Ceremonies for the college. “I’ve enjoyed working with student leadership…we’re developing a good working relationship that is going to probably be enhanced,” said Ifill. “I want to amplify student voice–not to speak for students, on behalf of students, or represent students, but to really allow students to represent themselves more effectively.”

“The way I kind of came in, by mutual agreement with Dr. Urgo, is just to say, no I’m not a candidate for the position,” he said in regard to his time as Interim Dean. “It will still give the college plenty of time to do a couple things. One is really figure out who we need for this position and secondly get the division itself, student affairs, to really look at itself and say ‘okay, what do we want to be, how do we really want to proceed?’ A lot of what my job is, is really to facilitate that process and the other part I’ve been saying from the beginning is that I see myself as a connector, a bridge connecting student affairs to the rest of the campus community.”

Ifill is unsure if he will continue to teach economics classes at the college after he leaves his position as Interim Dean. “I’m really concentrating on this year, this time, getting not only to learn the job but really kind of inject what I can to be helpful…”I’m busy enough that I don’t actually speculate very much about what my future holds.” He will, however, be teaching a senior seminar next semester on the topic of the economics of higher education. “I have a lot of things I think I’d like to do at this college [that includes] teaching,” he said.

After earning his AB at Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University, Ifill worked at several different institutions in a variety of roles before his time at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He taught economics, served as an Assistant Dean, and in his last year, Dean of First Year Students at Williams College. He then worked as a grants officer at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where he first heard about St. Mary’s. The president of the college was helping to shape the direction of institution into what it is today and he gave Ifill a presentation that he said, “blew me away. I was so impressed that I said, ‘I gotta see this place.’” He visited just before St. Mary’s received its honors designation in 1992 and he was “very impressed with what [President Lewis] was able to do in a very brief period of time.”

He then worked at Connecticut College in a hybrid job in the Dean’s office doing strategic planning and teaching economics. Next he then moved to Macalester College where he was hired as an administrator, working assistant to the President in Multicultural Affairs. He came to DC to serve on the American Council on Education and then to St. Mary’s four years ago.

His time during his undergraduate education particularly influenced him in his role as Interim Dean of Students. “I must say that for many of us students [at Dartmouth College], for all of that richness and ability to learn, I don’t think we quite got it…I’ve found that in a couple of other places I’ve worked too, where you had extraordinarily bright students who were very committed to doing well in their course, there was a disconnect between the work they were doing in the classroom and what they were doing outside.” However, he has noticed that St. Mary’s students have a different view of education. “I think there is an understanding in the student body of what a liberal education is really about. It’s about connecting.”

Dean Ifill grew up in the African Methodist Episcopal church, where his father was a minister. The church liked to move its ministers to different congregations every four or five years, so he lived in a number of places growing up. He said, “Because my father was an honest minister, we were not very well-to-do, so we spent a good part of my childhood in the hood and the projects.”

Despite the struggles of growing up in low-income areas, Ifill and his siblings all graduated from college. “The ethic in my household is very strongly about education, about ambition…We were all encouraged to be the best you can be, that there are no boundaries, that whatever people may say about you because of your race or your income, what’s important is what is inside of you.”

Music has also continued to be a positive influence in Ifill’s life. He has been singing since he was five years old and this talent has been crucially important in the last few years. He currently sings in a DC ensemble called Cantate Chamber Singers, among others in the area. “The director of that group, I find probably the best choral conductor I’ve ever worked with. I am so much a fan of hers I ended up marrying her, so as you might imagine, choral music is very important to me,” he said.

He has sung a variety of vocal parts and genres providing him with much insight into different ranges and aspects of music. “I’ve sung all kinds of pieces from basically the 14th century to the 21st, from classical to doo-wop to even trying my hand at a few choral arrangements of my own…It’s kind of interesting being inside the music you’ve helped to create.”

Ifill was inspired to teach economics by a high school economics teacher who invigorated the topic and got the class very excited about it. He has always been driven by an image of excellence and he strives to be that for his students. “There are two kinds of role models I’ve had: there are ones that I’ve aspired to become…but I had another kind of role model too. I had some really bad professors and they’re the ones that have actually motivated me about how to put myself out there in a classroom.”

“Typically when someone asks what I do and I say that I’m an economics professor, they give me this long, slow nod like, ‘worst semester I’ve ever had,’” he said. “It’s one of those things where I feel good that the students I’ve had kind of remember me fondly, particularly because, as they’ll tell you, I’m probably not the easiest professor. I don’t make it a torture session, it’s just that I care a lot about what I’m doing…I appreciate that my students appreciate that and continue to appreciate me in this new role.”

The St. Mary’s community has embraced and encouraged Interim Dean Ifill in his job so far. “I’ve gotten a lot of assistance and support from the staff…[it’s] another one of those pleasant surprises…they’ve reached out and helped me learn the tremendous amount of information you have to have and also helped, me sort of, navigate all of that so I can make judgments,” he said. “This is a very warm and inviting community…what I see most often are people engaging and folks finding friendships in unlikely places. This is a campus that doesn’t seem to have barriers. It is open. People can connect openly, and I’d like to encourage that.”

One of the most important things Dean Ifill would like to explore during his time as Interim Dean of Student Affairs is diversity and how to make it thrive and integrate it into being an active part of campus life. He said, “For me, diversity is just a number. The question is what you do with it, how do you use it as a resource and how do you institutionalize it? When I think of multiculturalism or pluralism, that’s really diversity in action, it’s what we say in our charter: ‘thriving on diversity.’”

“I’m interested in seeing how this college can continue to make progress. [The college has] some tremendous people leading…they are extraordinary people and I’ve been privileged to be working with them.”

Women's Soccer Begins Season Under New Coach

The women’s soccer team are currently 2-2-1 as they kick off their first season with new head coach Richard Moller.

Moller, who replaced head coach Brianne Weaver ‘00 as she left St. Mary’s to assume a coaching position at Bowdoin College in Maine, came to the squad with both professional play and college coaching experience.

Having played for Towson University, where he graduated in 1999, he went on to be drafted by Maryland Mania/D.C. United where he played for two years. He was then drafted by the Baltimore Blast in 2000, where he played for another year, and also where he got his first taste of coaching as an assistant coach for Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University). Moller also played internationally, picking up a championship title with IFC Kaiserslautern in Germany.

In 2003, he got his first Division I coaching job at Western Illinois University, where he coached for two seasons before heading to Vassar College in New York in 2006. He would head coach for six seasons before finally returning to Maryland to coach at St. Mary’s.

Moller described his transition back to Maryland positively, noting that “in short, St. Mary’s has it all,” when considering the perks of a coaching job. “I was looking for a college with great education, great location, and the potential to compete nationally,” he said.

Also, coming back to Maryland has been a good thing for his family life. “Personally, I am back home [and] back in the state I call home. Many of my friends and my wife’s parents live in Maryland. I also have a one and a half-year-old son, and my wife and I want to raise him in Maryland,” he said.

As far as the season goes, Moller claimed he is most excited “to establish a culture and a mentality as a group to continue to move forward with the intent to become a powerhouse in the conference in the years to come.”

“The program has done well and my goal is to add another angle/give it another push in the hope to compete nationally in years to come. My coaching style is different then they are used to from the previous coach,” Moller noted about filling the shoes of Weaver. “The team is buying into what we coaches are trying to do and we are already heading in the right direction.”

Moller’s players feel the same and are also excited for the rest of the season with his at the helm. “Seeing how much we have learned from our new coach in just the short amount of time that we have had so far makes me excited for what is yet to come,” said junior Stephanie Shultz. “We have a very competitive schedule, but if we keep up the hard work, then we will have a very successful season.”

Coming off last year’s season at 6-7-3, Moller mentioned that the team is “setting high goals for ourselves and the program and we want to accomplish these goals step by step.”

The squad is currently .500 on the season with two wins against Randolph-Macon and Methodist, and two losses against Stevenson and McDaniel while tying their only conference component this far in the season, York College on Sep. 15.

The next scheduled game for the wome’s team is Wednesday, Sep. 19 at Johns Hopkins University at 7pm.

Eliza Garth Performs John Cage’s “Sonatas and Interludes”

Pianist Eliza Garth best described American composer and artist John Cage as “a courageous thinker outside the box.” After seeing the piano Garth was to play Cage’s work on filled with pencil eraser toppers, screws, and bolts attached to the strings, anyone could agree.

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, the late Cage’s 100th birthday, Garth performed Cage’s “Sonatas and Interludes” for a crowd of community members in St. Mary’s Hall. Cage was most famous for composing and playing pieces on a prepared piano, with strange objects like those mentioned above often incorporated. Though Cage displayed a very unorthodox style of piano playing, the sounds from the piece gave a fresh and interesting face to what music composing can be.

Though Garth showed true enthusiasm while playing and for Cage as a composer, the progression of the piece was confusing to follow.

Where one would expect a phrase to go on, it would just end in the middle of a “musical idea.” This leaves a somewhat uncomfortable feeling with the audience as if the phrase is incomplete and disjoined. The dynamics ranged from very quiet and calm to almost violent. In fact, the only elements of the performance that seemed similar to a traditional piano concert were that it was divided into movements and was performed in a concert hall.

But even though the piece varied in style and challenged the audience at times, the non-traditional idea of the performance was pleasing. In other words, if the piano had not been within view, an audience member would definitely guess an entire band complete with a piano, drum set, and xylophone would have been performing. The sounds emitted from the piano ranged from those sounding like a music box, a cymbal, and an organ to name a few.

Parts of the composition also had a creepy and almost haunted feel with emphasis on the percussive element, while others featured the piano sound more prominently and the tone assumed that of a lullaby.

Overall, it was a great experience to be exposed to such a different form of musical expression because it is so contrary to the norm. People assume things like music be the way it traditionally is simply because they have not heard what else is possible. Most classical music is predictable and makes sense musically (there is a fast movement, a slow movement and so on) and the music seems to flow.

But Cage begs the question: Well what if we take out key phrases and replace them with percussive sounds or even silence? How does this make you feel? Being an observer was a unique experience as Cage really opens up one’s mind to the question of how we define “music.”

Audience members also praised Garth’s rendition of Cage’s work. Digital Media Specialist Andrew Kiper, who has heard Cage perform before, called himself a “big fan” of the performance. “[The performance] was very intense, perhaps most intense because quiets were most quiet.”

Senior Madailein Harrigan, who had also previously heard Cage perform, liked the unique style of the piece. Harrigan noted that she was particularly interested in the performance because she had also seen one of Cage’s art exhibits.

Men's Soccer Begins Season on Rough Patch

On Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, the St. Mary’s Men’s Soccer team hosted their annual Seahawk Classic, a tournament the team hosts every second weekend in September.

“It’s a way for us to host two home games with quality teams and have the college community and friends come out and see our players play,” Coach Alun Oliver said. “It provides great competition for conference play.”

On Saturday, the Seahawks played Bridgewater College. Sophomore Matt Braun scored the first goal of the weekend in the first half within the first 10 minutes, setting the team on a good pace for the afternoon. However in the second half, two goals were scored by Bridgewater in the 78th and 89th minute, resulting in a 2-1 loss.

On Sunday, the boys played a tough match against Centenary College of New Jersey. Centenary scored at the 19th minute, keeping the Seahawks on their toes for the entire game until the 85th minute when senior Frank VanGessel scored a saving goal. Unfortunately the tying goal wasn’t enough as it led the squad to overtime and Centenary was able to score resulting in another loss for the Seahawks, by a score of 2-1.

Sophomore forward Andrew Phillip Brown noted his disappointment with the loss of the tournament. “We don’t know what could’ve caused us to lose. There could’ve been many variables that could have contributed to the way we played.”

When asked about future home games, he was very hopeful. “Our two big home games are against Frostburg and Wesley. We have a very good chance at beating them, and we’re hoping that people will come out and support us at those games.”

The team and the coach have bigger goals for the team by the end of the season. “One of our main goals this season is to make the playoffs.” Oliver stated, after coming off last season when the team went 7-10 with no playoff appearance.

Other games of the season include wins against wins against Hampden-Sydney College and Penn State-Altoona, but losses to Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Johns Hopkins, and Marymount University. Their loss to Marymount on Sep. 15 was the first and only Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) match of season so far. Upcoming key CAC matches for the men’s squad include Wesley College on Sep. 22, Frostburg State University on Oct. 6, and York College on Oct. 13.

The next scheduled match for the squad is Tuesday, Sep. 18 vs. Catholic University at 4 pm.

Student Government Association Reaches Out Through Social Networks

This year, the Student Government Association (SGA) is planning to start the new academic year with making changes, starting from conducting elections to reforming policies. With the recent SGA residence hall senate and freshman class elections concluding, the new SGA has its goals set on reinvigorating student body input, improving communication with students, and exploring student issues.

Similar to its previous years, the SGA continued its use with Survey Monkey in order to conduct elections. While the SGA explored other election administering options such as Course Evaluations, they ultimately decided to use the Survey Monkey system once again due to time and financial constraints. However, this year, the Survey Monkey system has been upgraded to ensure more secure elections, while remaining easy to access, familiar, and user-friendly.

In order to ensure no voter fraud, each student has received an individual link to access Survey Monkey and vote for their preferred candidate. First-year students were the only group of people receiving two links, one for residence hall senators and the other for class election representatives.

One of the main issues concerning the SGA this year is a lack of student body participation in student government activities. In order to combat this issue, the SGA is hoping to connect better with the students through the use of social media platforms. According to SGA president Andrew Reighart, “We’ve been working on our Facebook page as well as created a Twitter page and group on the Portal so that it will be easier for students to get in touch with the SGA.”

Furthermore, with the SGA’s plan to amend the constitution, student body input is increasingly imperative. One-third of the student body must approve in order to amend the constitution, therefore students will have access to view the constitution on the portal, the St. Mary’s website, as well as on Facebook.

“People don’t like to get involved with student government politics because they don’t feel like wrapping their head around it,” said SGA parliamentarian Thomas Kenny. “So the idea is to communicate with students through mediums such as The Point News, Facebook, Twitter, etc. It’s the best way to catch their eyes and get them interested in getting involved.”

Archives Digitizes The Point News Collections

Every issue of The Point News from 1952-2002 is now available online through the College’s Archive website.

Associate Director of the Library and Head of Collection Support Services Katherine Ryner, ’86, started the project this summer, having put other digital collections of St. Mary’s publications on the Archives website in the past. But though Ryner completed these past projects on her own, she consulted an outside company for this summer’s most recent addition to the website. According to Ryner, the digitization was accomplished through a reasonably priced Maryland-based company, Creekside Digital, who compressed the large newspaper text files to ensure quick loading when searched, a process that Ryner could not complete on her own.

The past collections also available on the Archives site consist of The Dove Yearbook, The Mulberry Tree, Monument School of the People, the Slackwater Archive, as well as historic campus photographs and St. Mary’s Projects (SMP) Abstracts.

Also according to Ryner, this project has been long awaited due to other past budgetary priorities, but is now an important addition to the Archives online component.
Besides research and seeing the school’s history in a more accessible way, anyone can observe how the school and publication itself has changed over the years. The paper has changed publication names several times, beginning with The Signal News in 1940. The paper was later known as The Ripples (1948), Tidal Wave (1949), The Signal News (1952), The Point News (Fall 1959), and The Empath (1973) before finally settling on The Point News again in January 1985. Ryner noted that through the gathering process it’s been “fun to see the themes of student concerns over the years.” Constant themes prevalent in the newspaper over the years have been complaints about the food and parking, she added.

As an alum of the College, Ryner noted that “it’s important for places like St. Mary’s to preserve their own local history.” She also added that there’s a value in it for students. “Any academic research that relates to the school’s history is now so much more accessible,” she said.

Whereas the online collection is good for current easy access, the long-term preservation of the publication is still being put down in hard copy. Bound volumes of The Point News may still be found in the periodicals section on the second floor of the library, and are part of the long-term preservation essential to archival work.

While you will find also The Point News preserved in print up to last spring semester, the digital copies of the newspaper are only viewable through spring 2002 because, according to Ryner, “recent graduates should have a grace period before what they may have been involved in during college shows up on the Internet.” However, Ryner will continue to add volumes of various publications to the archives site once appropriate intervals of time pass.

For more information concerning The Point News digital records, visit the Archives web page at or contact Katherine Ryner at by appointment through the library.

Dr. Petersson Discusses Protein Folding at NS&M

Dr. E. James Petersson, an organic and biological chemist from the University of Pennsylvania has been doing research on protein folding to discover how it moves and what shapes it takes in relation to diseases like Parkinson’s. As he explained at the first Natural Science and Math Colloquium of the semester, which took place on Wednesday, Sep. 12 at 4:40 pm in Schaefer Hall 106, “the shape of the proteins governs function” and when proteins misfold you get negative results.

Through PowerPoint slides, Dr. Petersson explained why the shape and motion of proteins is important, about getting structural information when probes attach to proteins, and that he uses fluorescence techniques in his research.

In CGI movies, motion probes are used to capture the precise movements of the actors. Dr. Petersson is using this exact technique but with extremely small probes that will track what shapes the protein folds into and the distance between proteins. Fluorescence was used to help determine the distance between proteins in the folding process. In order to continue experimenting, Dr. Petersson wanted to apply his research to larger proteins, so his lab began to create their own amino acids to make larger proteins; otherwise, they would have to buy them. By applying his research to diseases like Prion disease (mad cow) and Parkinson’s, perhaps people can understand how proteins misfold and what causes it.

Most of the students who attended the lecture were likely chemistry or biology students, but Dr. Petersson spoke candidly so those who hadn’t taken biology or chemistry classes could understand the general idea. His lecture was received in a respectful manner and given undivided attention.

The Hunger Games Come To St. Mary's

On Saturday, Sep. 8, from 2 to 5 p.m., the SGA Programs Board sponsored the St. Mary’s College Hunger Games in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center’s (ARC’s) Recreation Courts.
From the beginning to the end of the event, students came and went while participating in a variety of games, including a wrecking ball, “gladiator” – a type of jousting competition, hula hooping, tug-of-war, limbo, and basketball in 30 seconds. In addition to the games, music was played throughout the competition – several students said they felt as if they were “in the Hunger Games.”

The event was organized primarily by junior Anuli Duru, who said she wanted to organize the SMC Hunger Games because “Potter Palooza was a success and I wanted to do something else based on popular books or a movie series.” Duru also said that this was an opportunity “to bring out competitive nature in a safe environment… A lot of people came out in the beginning. It’s all fun and games.” Despite the fact that this will most likely not be an annual event, there is hope that events of this nature will continue.

The Hunger Games was a free-for-all event where students could choose to compete in a variety of activities, winning candy if they won the competition. Before competing, each student placed his or her name in a bag. The names would then be entered into a drawing so the students could be chosen as “tributes;” the final two names to be drawn would “fight to the death” in a jousting competition and the winner would receive pizza and a DVD copy of the film The Hunger Games.

Junior Heather Pribut won the final competition against her roommate, junior Lisa Williams. About the Games, Pribut said, “We weren’t sure what to expect but we’re glad we came. I haven’t seen the movie but I read the books, so this was perfect. It was good seeing the event.” On winning the competition against Williams, she said, “I’ve had some practice beforehand so I knew more of what to do, but making a strategy was exciting. I get to share the prizes with my roommate so everybody is a winner.”
“It was interesting. I had a lot of fun competing,” Williams said. “This makes up for killing Heather in Parcheesi so many times!” she said, after being defeated by Pribut.