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Senior student sells English thesis on sexual harassment  

Senior student sells English thesis on sexual harassment  

Laura Calhoun

May 13, 2019


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After Taylor Reese,’ 19, spent her senior year writing her English thesis that grew into a 172-page book, she’s selling copies of it.  “I ordered for myself and my thesis adviser hard copies,” Reese said. “Once people saw that, they started asking if I could get that printed for them.”  Reese described her ...

From the archives: W&L to go coed in ‘85

Mike Allen and Bruce Potter

May 8, 2019


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Washington and Lee University will begin admitting women in the fall of 1985, the Board of Trustees decided July 14 after a two- day special meeting. The decision ends 235 years of all-male tradition at Washington and Lee and leaves only a handful of all-male, non-military liberal arts ...

Spring term: A student summary

Spring term: A student summary

Maggie Barker and Laura Calhoun

May 8, 2019


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Though spring term only lasts for four weeks, Washington and Lee students manage to do incredible things, from studying abroad to tackling a full-time internship to making post-graduation plans. From the shores of western Ireland... Mary North Jones, ‘21, is spending her spring term studying abroad ...

2019 marks 30th reunion of first class of undergraduate women

Jack Eason

May 7, 2019


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Alston Parker Watt ,’89, remembers touring Washington and Lee University in the mid 1980s. She was shopping around for colleges and after stepping on campus for the first time, she felt like she had found a perfect fit. Like many students throughout Washington and Lee’s history, Watt h...

English professor receives national poetry award

English professor receives national poetry award

MacKenzie Van Meter

April 23, 2019


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English professor Leah Green received the Walt Whitman Award for her first poetry collection, “More Extravagant Feast.” Li-Young Lee, a renowned poet and recipient of a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, selected Green for this award. “These poems remind us that when language ...

Professor Ted DeLaney’s swan song

Professor Ted DeLaney’s swan song

Hannah Denham

April 1, 2019


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Ted DeLaney is known for his bow ties, for chasing students down until they say hello, for the number of books on the shelves of his office and for the story of his trajectory at Washington and Lee.  The history professor is retiring this year, but students and faculty say his legacy isn’t going a...

Senior art theses now on display in Staniar Gallery

Senior art theses now on display in Staniar Gallery

Maggie Barker

April 1, 2019


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Six seniors publically debuted their artwork for the annual senior theses exhibition at a reception in the Staniar Art Gallery on Thursday, March 28. The reception celebrated the work of the graduating studio art majors. The exhibit opened on Monday, March 25 in the gallery and will be on display...

Aerial bungee featured in dance company show

Aerial bungee featured in dance company show

Laura Calhoun

April 1, 2019


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The university’s repertory dance company performance showcased aerial dance in the Keller Theater for the first time during its show last weekend.  The concept for the piece was developed by Davis Straske, ’19, during an independent study course. Straske, who has been dancing since she was four ye...

Greek and independent women serve together

Greek and independent women serve together

Jack Eason

April 1, 2019


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A week after the glitz and glamour of the 112th annual Fancy Dress Ball, members of all seven sororities and the independent women rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Saturday, March 29 marked the first Women’s Service Day for Washington and Lee University. The purpose of the event was twofold:...

Yes, those loud wrappers from “Coop” are actually compostable

Yes, those loud wrappers from “Coop” are  actually compostable

Jin Ni

March 18, 2019


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Sustainability efforts on campus have grown this year, and students who are part of Compost Crew say it’s worth the stench. Bill Hamilton, the biology department chair, said he remembers when composting on campus started in 2002 with a regional grant.  “Students were going around picking up compost in a ...

Alum Marc Short, ‘92, returns to White House

Alum Marc Short, ‘92, returns to White House

MacKenzie Van Meter and Hannah Denham

March 18, 2019


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Washington and Lee University alumnus Marc Short, ‘92, visited campus just before news broke that he was returning to the White House as Vice President Mike Pence’s new chief of staff. Short was the first speaker for the Washington Term series, “From the Colonnade to the Capital, and Back”...

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