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Want true EC representation? You need to vote.

Gus Cross

March 18, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Elections for the Executive Committee and the Student Judicial Council are scheduled for the upcoming two weeks. And many of you will largely ignore it. You won’t vote. You won’t help the campaign. You will barely listen to the platform of the students. If you know a person running, then you will...

A guide to navigating dietary restrictions on campus

Emma Stoffel

March 18, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Here at Washington and Lee, students frequent a max of four places to eat on campus: Café 77, E-Café, Fieldside and the Market Place. With only four places to eat on campus, the variety of food is quite slim, and if you have dietary restrictions, life can be a little tough. Personally, I cannot eat...

Let’s talk about our relationships with alcohol

Alison Murtagh

March 18, 2019


Filed under Opinion

We all know Washington and Lee is a “work hard, play hard” school. While it’s important to take time to relax and unwind, sometimes we forget how to do so safely. Slowly, we find ourselves spiraling out of control. Data shows that about four out of five students in college drink some amount...

The value of a liberal arts education: Skeptic turned supporter

Judy Park

March 4, 2019


Filed under Opinion

As prospective students, one of the first things we learn on our college search is that Washington and Lee is a liberal arts university. The university prides itself on offering a liberal arts education, affording students the opportunity to take courses that range in subject matter. Many students are ...

Post-midterm blues? Check out these study tips

Emma Stoffel

March 4, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Concentrating while studying can often be nothing short of impossible. By being at Washington and Lee, we as students are immersed in a high-pressure environment where we are hyper focused on doing well in school. In fact, a study from the National Survey of Student Engagement found that the average c...

A response to “Creating a True Community of Trust”

Gus Cross

March 4, 2019


Filed under Opinion

I want to start by saying that I have great respect for anyone willing to spend the time reflecting on, writing and discussing the Honor System. Kat Oakley’s article in The Vigil in January is what I hope is a large step forward in encouraging more insightful discussions on the Honor System, a subj...

SSA offers students the chance to engage in fields outside major

Jamie Archie

February 4, 2019


Filed under Opinion

In the middle of my junior year at Washington and Lee, I have started to see much more value in the community events that do not revolve around the usual social events. This March, there will be a great opportunity for students to see what others have been up to. This year, the University will be hosti...

An independent in a sea of Greek

Chase Isbell

January 21, 2019


Filed under Opinion

There’s no escaping it. The Greek system has again taken its place as the most culturally salient social structure on campus, seeping into nearly every institution, interaction and icon Washington and Lee has to offer. Independent students watch helplessly as their peers become consumed with the grandiosity...

North Mountain: A Review

Coleman Martinson

January 21, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Want to seem athletic but don’t want to actually exercise? Want to stay relevant in conversations with your friends? If you answered yes to either (or both) of these questions, then the North Mountain hiking trail is exactly what you need in your life. The trail provides a beautiful and scenic view...

The reality of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Olivia Luzzio

January 21, 2019


Filed under Opinion

It happens every year. The pumpkins, hot apple cider and holiday decorations disappear, and we find ourselves once again at the starting line of a semester that promises late nights in the library and frigid walks to class. Some students handle the stress of the long, dark months of January, February...

General’s Grilled Cheese returns

Coleman Martinson

December 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

You know the excitement you get when you receive a 72 on a test, then you realize that the class average was a 65 so you decide that your own grade wasn’t that bad overall? Well, this is basically the same thing. Back by popular demand, the General’s Grilled Cheese has returned to the E-C...

Getting out of Lexington: Adventures in Roanoke

Getting out of Lexington: Adventures in Roanoke

Josette Corazza

December 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Roanoke, Virginia, is an underrated gem. I am surprised that so many students make the longer journey up to Charlottesville for their shopping and foodie fixes when Roanoke is an easy, 50-minute drive and boasts many worthy attractions. One of the first things you’ll see when driving in...

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