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Washington and Lee University diplomas will keep namesake portraits

Washington and Lee University diplomas will keep namesake portraits

Jin Ni

March 5, 2020

The Board of Trustees rejected the petition started by law students

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

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...

Joe Donnelly calls for Mock Convention to ‘fight for America’

Joe Donnelly calls for Mock Convention to ‘fight for America’

Brianna Hatch

February 14, 2020

The former legislator from Indiana was outwardly anti-Trump in his first session speech

Symone Sanders talks inclusion

Symone Sanders talks inclusion

Jin Ni

February 14, 2020

In the kickoff session of the 27th Washington and Lee Mock Convention, speaker Symone Sanders urged students, faculty and visitors to be a radical revolutionary in personal life and politics.  “There is no magic wand,” said Sanders, referring to how there is no easy solution to the complicated...

Donkeys greet Session One spectators

Donkeys greet Session One spectators

Josette Corazza

February 14, 2020

As students and spectators make their way to the Duchossois Tennis Center for Mock Convention Session One, they are not greeted by a smiling staff member. Rather, two grazing donkeys in a 12-by-12 pen adjacent to the building snuffle and snort as if to welcome guests. The equines are part of a family...

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