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When Mock Convention nominated Bernie Sanders, his campaign said he couldn’t answer the call

When Mock Convention nominated Bernie Sanders, his campaign said he couldn’t answer the call

Emma Derr

March 5, 2020

Mock Convention representatives say a campaign spokesman asked about the political views of the audience

Cameron Kasky embodies our generation

Cameron Kasky embodies our generation

Virginia Laurie

February 18, 2020

“I didn’t like the kid,” one of my peers said recently. He was referring to Cameron Kasky, co-founder of March for Our Lives and the #NeverAgain gun control movement, college student and one of the speakers in Session Three of Mock Convention this past Saturday. When I asked why he hadn’t...

Opinion: Bernie Sanders, the magic socialist

Tyler Palicia

February 16, 2020

Tyler Palicia, '23, agrees with Mock Convention 2020's prediction

Why We Love Mock Con

Tanajia Moye-Green

February 16, 2020

For students, professors and alumni alike, their love for Mock Convention stems from how meaningfully and extravagantly it portrays Washington and Lee University’s dedication to student self-governance. Mock Convention is a 112-year tradition, with an objective to predict the presidential nominee...

Andrew Gillum encourages young people to get involved in politics

Andrew Gillum encourages young people to get involved in politics

Elizabeth Bell and Tori Johnsson

February 16, 2020

"You all are what is right with America," Gillum told students in the audience

Bernie Sanders wins Mock Con’s Democratic nomination after contested convention

Bernie Sanders wins Mock Con’s Democratic nomination after contested convention

Grace Mamon, Laura Calhoun, Jin Ni, and Vivek Kumar

February 15, 2020

Washington and Lee University Mock Convention predicted Senator Bernie Sanders will be the Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election, after a projected contested convention for the first time since 1968. Misty Rebik, the Iowa state director for the Sanders campaign, accepted the nominat...

Cameron Kasky talks mental health, gun violence and activism

Cameron Kasky talks mental health, gun violence and activism

Tanajia Moye-Green and Elizabeth Bell

February 15, 2020

“I do not think that gun control is number one on the list of things to look for in this election cycle,” said Cameron Kasky in his speech during session 3 of Mock Convention. “I think that gun violence is a problem with such a simple answer and yet we’re just not doing anything.” Kasky...

Trevor Noah discusses the political divide in America

Trevor Noah discusses the political divide in America

Avalon Pernell

February 15, 2020

The keynote speaker touched on serious topics while keeping the audience laughing with Trump and Obama impressions

Donna Brazile urges students to make a ‘wise choice’

Donna Brazile urges students to make a ‘wise choice’

Brianna Hatch

February 15, 2020

Brazile’s energetic speech called on students to use their power to vote Trump out of office

Patti Solis Doyle talks immigration, Hispanic voters in 2020 election

Patti Solis Doyle talks immigration, Hispanic voters in 2020 election

Jin Ni and Laura Calhoun

February 14, 2020

Patti Solis Doyle, a nationally recognized political organizer and campaign strategist, spoke against Donald Trump’s treatment of immigrants and stressed the importance of Hispanic voters in the 2020 election to Mock Convention attendees.   “Trump stands on immigration because he thinks it will help hi...

Nadine Strossen speaks out against censorship

Nadine Strossen speaks out against censorship

Virginia Laurie and Laura Calhoun

February 14, 2020

Nadine Strossen, the first female president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), advocated for free speech at the 27th Washington and Lee Mock Convention. “Free speech is not just about self expression, it is the essence of self-government, as represented in this convention,” Strossen sai...

Opinion: Jim Acosta is a hypocrite

Opinion: Jim Acosta is a hypocrite

Tyler Palicia

February 14, 2020

On Thursday, February 13, I spent an hour in the Keller Theater listening to a panel of four prominent American media professionals, which included CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta. At times, brief skirmishes broke out between the four personalities, but the mood was generally amia...

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