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World-renowned artist invokes a conversation about conversation

Frances McIntosh

October 1, 2018


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Internationally acclaimed artist Sheryl Oring engaged the Washington and Lee University community this week in a conversation about art, politics and activism. On Sept. 26, Oring spoke about the role of artists in activating the public. Oring discussed her beginnings as an artist, explaining her ba...

Amnesty International hosts second annual Swing For a Cause event

Chase Isbell

October 1, 2018


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Washington and Lee University’s chapter of Amnesty International kicked off Parents Weekend this past Friday, hosting its second annual Swing for a Cause. Continuing in the tradition of the organization’s philanthropic activism, the event acted as both a fundraiser for refugees, and also a place ...

Work by incarcerated artists featured in Staniar Gallery’s monthly exhibition

Work by incarcerated artists featured in Staniar Gallery’s monthly exhibition

Maria Kisker

September 18, 2018


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This month’s art exhibition featured in Washington and Lee’s Lykes Atrium presents perspectives of inmates from local Augusta Correctional Center in Craigsville, Virginia. “As a prisoner, art becomes a source of freedom and rehabilitation,” Jeffery Suggs, an inmate of Augusta Correctional Center,...

Editing tradition: Shenandoah welcomes first female editor

Editing tradition: Shenandoah welcomes first female editor

Kristen Xu

September 17, 2018


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For the first time in its 68 years of existence, a female editor will run Washington and Lee University’s literary magazine, Shenandoah. The university announced Beth Staples as the new editor in March 2018, and she started her work this fall. “The idea that you could read writers’ work and decide what...

Young Alumni Weekend, campus and athletic events canceled for hurricane

Hannah Denham

September 17, 2018


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No young alumni events. No home athletic events. No Black and White Ball or Unity Cookout. That was the forecast on campus this past weekend, despite an underwhelming visit from Hurricane Florence, which was projected to bring severe thunderstorms and flooding but only left Lexington slightly soggy. ...

My Oxford term: Navigating both the struggles and beauty of a new place

My Oxford term: Navigating both the struggles and beauty of a new place

Sutton Travis, Contributing Writer

May 18, 2018


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Spending my winter term at the University of Oxford was important for my personal growth. The experience heightened my global understanding and rekindled an academic passion and vigor that I was honestly lacking at Washington and Lee for the first part of this year. To my surprise, the most challengi...

From the snow caps of Mount Cook to the coast of Milford Sound

From the snow caps of Mount Cook to the coast of Milford Sound

Claude Miller, Contributing Writer

May 18, 2018


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Adventurous is one of the last words I would use to describe myself.  I enjoy the comfort and safety that come along with establishing a home.  For the past two and a half years, Lexington has been nothing short of a perfect home for me.  I have my friends, and I have my place. But here I am, writing th...

16 weeks, 14 countries and 20 cities

16 weeks, 14 countries and 20 cities

Michelle Dreimann, Contributing Writer

May 18, 2018


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For four months, I was given the opportunity to explore a new part of the world in a way I probably won’t get another chance to. I am confident that there will not be another time in the near future that I can look at my roommate on a Tuesday after returning from a four-day trip to London and say: “H...

Rockbridge County High School students take charge of the school dress code, with new changes to come of seniors’ creativity

Rockbridge County High School students take charge of the school dress code, with new changes to come of seniors’ creativity

Olivia Cooper, Arts & Life Writer

April 30, 2018


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Rockbridge County High School (RCHS) is in the process of changing their dress code after students expressed that they wanted a change. Student Council Association President Elizabeth Grist has seen her school’s dress code affect her friends throughout her four years at Rockbridge County High Schoo...

Professor T.J. Tallie says “Sala Kahle” (“goodbye”) with his last class

Professor T.J. Tallie says “Sala Kahle” (“goodbye”) with his last class

Kara Lough, Arts & Life Writer

April 30, 2018


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Professor T.J. Tallie is saying goodbye to Washington and Lee University after four years in the history department. He said that he is sad to leave but could not imagine a better way to end than with his spring term class. “The class perfectly summarizes how I have always pushed my students to se...

Administrators refute rumors about threats to future of Greek system

Maggie Barker, Arts & Life Writer

April 9, 2018


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Washington and Lee University administrators say they have no plans to diminish the Greek life system on campus, despite rumors among students. Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Sidney Evans said she has worked at W&L for 17 years and has continued to hear talk that the administr...

Art theses exhibit displays diversity of seniors’ creativity

Art theses exhibit displays diversity of seniors’ creativity

Elizabeth Underwood, Arts & Life Writer

April 9, 2018


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Washington and Lee’s recent art theses exhibition gave visitors to Staniar Gallery and the Lykes Atrium a glimpse into the year-long projects of senior studio art majors. The exhibits, which were up for two weeks, showcase stories through different mediums. One attention-grabbing piece was Caroline ...

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