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Letter to the Editor

Bob Shinehouse '16

March 16, 2015


Filed under Opinion

“The Honor System means so much to me. I love the Honor System, and it is one of the reasons I came to Washington & Lee. I couldn’t imagine campus without it. I love leaving my backpack outside D-Hall; I love the freedom to take tests wherever I need; and I love the community it creates.” Thi...

MLK Day: a day for the left or right?

Teddy Corcoran

January 26, 2015


Filed under Opinion

I will never forget a conversation I heard between a couple of strangers just a few years ago. “Where’s Mike going?” Asked one. “To some liberal thing,” replied the other in a rather dismissive manner. The next day, upon hearing about local events, I found out what that “liberal thing”...

Reaction to the State of the Union

Conley Hurst

January 26, 2015


Filed under Opinion

In his seventh State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama delivered the expected dose of broad generalizations, feel-good stories, the occasional partisan jabs, and recycled one-liners. Indeed, presidents generally say little of substance during these long-winded occasions. But, though I am not...

Don’t blame the Greek system

Conley Hurst

December 10, 2014


Filed under Opinion

The recent Rolling Stone article about the situation at the University of Virginia has brought the issue of sexual assault on college campuses back into the national spotlight. Despite Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s poor journalistic methods (she hardly attempted to seek a response from the men accused in h...

No tolerance for rape

Yejean Kim

December 10, 2014


Filed under Opinion

When I first read the Rolling Stone article, “A Rape on Campus,” that has been the center of a media uproar for over two weeks now, I was walking to dinner at the sorority houses. I had a chance encounter with a friend on campus, who simply said, “You need to read this.” She sent me the link...

Reflections from the Phi Editorial Board

The Ring-tum Phi Editorial Board

December 10, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Rolling Stone’s University of Virginia rape article sent shock waves across the country. On a smaller scale, it served as an important wake up call for the Washington and Lee community. The accuracy of the Rolling Stone article, entitled “A Rape on Campus,” has undergone heavy criticism recently. Afte...

An argument against careerism

An argument against careerism

Graham Colton

November 16, 2014


Filed under Opinion

I don’t think that all humans are created equally. Some people are just better than others. But what makes one better than someone else? I’m not sure. These are tough questions, with no easy answers. People are born with different talents, to varying degrees. Ours is a career-centric culture, in...

Examining the aftermath of registration

Teddy Corcoran and Conley Hurst

November 16, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Give WebAdvisor a break by Teddy Corcoran WebAdvisor gets a bad rap. Each and every year, we hear only complaints. Only about the people who did not get the classes they wanted. Only about those who must have angered the WebAdvisor gods. But WebAdvisor is not all bad. In fact, it has dimensions that ...

How to break the internet

Yejean Kim

November 16, 2014


Filed under Opinion

I think it’s pretty safe to say we live in a society obsessed with posteriors. Actually, I should amend that. We currently live in a society obsessed with women’s posteriors. Although objectifying women as a collection of body parts rather than human beings is nothing new, the internet’s current o...

Wait, what midterm elections?

Wait, what midterm elections?

Teddy Corcoran

November 9, 2014


Filed under Opinion

I didn’t vote last week. I probably should have. That’s right, this past week I found myself particularly “apathetic” when it came to the matter of getting out to the polls, along with a whole lot of other college students, apparently. I know that I should have voted, I know that I would hav...

College Democrats, Republicans bring elections to campus

John Tompkins

November 9, 2014


Filed under Opinion

College Democrats and College Republicans alike breathed a sigh of relief last week as the elections came to a close. “The last few months have been a little crazy for College Republicans here at Washington and Lee,” said College Republicans Chair Jamaal Jones, ‘16.         Though they often lack the attention presidentia...

Not unmindful of the future…

Not unmindful of the future…

Conley Hurst

November 9, 2014


Filed under Opinion

In the famous short story A Rose for Emily, William Faulkner illustrates the life of Emily Grierson, a reclusive, well-to-do old woman who remains isolated inside of her decrepit mansion for much of her life. When Emily eventually dies, the entire town comes to her funeral either out of reverence for...

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