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John Heilemann kicks off Mock Convention

Irina Koleva and Arthur Rodrigues

May 7, 2019


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John Heilemann, Mock Convention’s Spring Kickoff speaker, didn’t hold back when discussing President Donald Trump. “Whether you’re conservative or liberal, whether you’re Trump’s friend or foe, these past three years have been crazy and chaotic,” Heilemann, who has interviw...

New database to aid students in volunteering process

New database to aid students in volunteering process

Coleman Martinson

May 7, 2019


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A simplfied process for students wanting to volunteer in the community will roll out this fall thanks to a new database created by the Office of Community-Based Learning at Washington and Lee University. Engage W&L will launch in the fall of 2019 and will simplify volunteering in the Rockbridge communit...

Washington and Lee Class of 1994 gives $1 million to Office of Inclusion and Engagement

Isabel Chiodo

May 7, 2019


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Maurice “Moe” Cole had never told his Washington and Lee University classmates about how isolated he felt as an African-American on campus until this past September. That’s when Cole, who graduated in 1994, was back at Washington and Lee for the first time in 20 years as a member ...

Bringing the classroom outdoors

Bringing the classroom outdoors

Irina Koleva

May 7, 2019


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Next fall, Washington and Lee faculty will be able to teach classes outdoors, allowing them to conduct classes while enjoying the campus’s bountiful greenery and nature. The dell below Leyburn Library will be turned into an outdoor classroom that will incorporate wireless technology, writi...

Two students file Title IX complaints against professor

Hannah Denham

May 7, 2019


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The university is assessing two Title IX complaints filed by students this semester against English professor Kary Smout. And after serving as director of the Writing Center for 27 years, Smout resigned from the position in April. One of the complaints is about an interaction with a stud...

Student vigil honors mosque shooting victims

Student vigil honors mosque shooting victims

Grace Mamon

April 1, 2019


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About 200 members of the Washington and Lee and Lexington community gathered on the Colonnade to unite against Islamophobia one week after the mosque shootings in New Zealand. Amnesty International organized the vigil on Friday, March 22 in remembrance of the 51 lives lost in the mosque attacks in...

Q&A with Washington Post executive editor, Marty Baron

Q&A with Washington Post executive editor, Marty Baron

Hannah Denham

April 1, 2019


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Marty Baron, the executive editor of the Washington Post, visited campus last week. Alecia Swasy, professor of business journalism, interviewed him on stage in Stackhouse Theater on Tuesday night, and he visited classes and spoke with journalism students on Wednesday.  Baron was previously editor of the Boston Globe,...

Dudley selects first director of institutional history

Gus Cross

April 1, 2019


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President Will Dudley announced Lynn Rainville of Sweetbriar College as the new director of institutional history earlier this month. Rainville, originally an archaeologist with a doctorate degree in the field, began teaching anthropology and archaeology courses at Sweet Briar College in 2001. She...

Professor DeLaney discusses racism with relative of Robert E. Lee on campus

Professor DeLaney discusses racism with relative of Robert E. Lee on campus

Liza Moore

April 1, 2019


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Professor Ted DeLaney sat down with Reverend Robert W. Lee IV, a relative of Washington and Lee University’s namesake, to introduce his new book, “A Sin by Any Other Name: A Reckoning with South’s Past,” but the Q&A focused more on Rev. Lee IV’s perspective on racism in the country and...

First black woman elected as SJC Chair

First black woman elected as SJC Chair

Elizabeth Bell

April 1, 2019


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The student body elected Joëlle Simeu, ‘20, who currently serves as junior justice of the Student Judicial Council (SJC), to take over as chairwoman of the SJC next year. She is the first black woman to hold the position on campus and will replace current president Andrew Agrippina, ‘19.  “I hope to be someone that my peers feel comf...

From chemistry major to CEO: Alumna shares her career path

Emma Stoffel

March 18, 2019


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On March 5, students gathered in Stackhouse Theater to see the second speaker of Washington and Lee’s Washington Term Speaker Series, Tolu Olubunmi, ‘02.  As the advisor to the United Nations Department of Public Information, Olubunmi is dedicated to giving voices to migrants, refugees and in...

Former attorney general addresses Washington and Lee traditions

Former attorney general addresses  Washington and Lee traditions

Gus Cross

March 18, 2019


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Speaking at Lee Chapel on March 7, the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general of the United States opened her talk by noting the importance of discussing history and tradition. Appointed by Barack Obama in 2015, Loretta Lynch was the Contact Committee’s winter term speaker this...

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