The Ring-tum Phi

Carry your Smartwater a few steps farther

Josette Corazza

September 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

We constantly hear about the importance of recycling, but how many students actually make the effort to save their graded papers and empty Gatorade bottles to deposit them in the proper recycling bins? According to data compiled by the City of Lexington, only about 22 percent of households participa...

O-Week: Too many activities, too little time?

Coleman Martinson

September 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

“Yeah, we met during O-Week,” is a common phrase heard throughout the school year from students of all ages on campus. Orientation Week, commonly referred to as O-Week, prepares the first-year class for the college life that lies ahead and introduces the new Generals to the many resources available on ...

Spring term equivalents nationwide

Alison Murtagh, Opinions Writer

May 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Spring term is arguably one of the most integral parts of a Washington and Lee student’s college years. The four-week term allows students the opportunity to dive headfirst into one class packed with the intensity of a 12-week course. The unique classes offered at W&L encourage students to stra...

Sex education in the Trump era: Should only abstinence be taught?

Chase Isbell, Opinions Writer

May 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The Trump administration continues in its crusade to overturn Obama-era reform with drastic shifts in federally funded organizations’ approaches to sex education and unplanned pregnancy prevention. These changes directly impact the allotment of funding which supports these valuable, and needed, pregn...

Lifeguard? Camp Counselor?: Positive benefits of fun summer jobs

Anna Daccache, Opinions Writer

May 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I still vividly remember a conversation I had with another student here at Washington and Lee. It was spring term of my first year, and we were discussing how excited we were for summer vacation. “So, Anna, what are you doing this summer? Where are you going to be working?” The question was innocent enough, and ...

Junior housing was a success, but would senior housing have the same impact?

Jamie Archie, Opinions Writer

April 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

One of the wonderful aspects of Washington and Lee is the connection between the school and Lexington. The integration between the town and the school remains key for a continued respect between the two. And while things do not always run smoothly, the fact that the entire community gets along so well...

A look at the best of albums of 2017 and 2018 (so far)

Anna Daccache, Opinions Writer

April 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In the age of Spotify and other services, I have found myself with a serious problem on my hands. I never have enough time to listen to the music that is available to me. As a kid, having to actively seek out and pay for music on iTunes, I was more selective with my time and money. However, the takeo...

Single and double rooms: One price fits all for next year

Chase Isbell, Opinions Writer

April 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Students will return to campus this fall to find a housing charge on their bills different than in years past. Rather than provide two rooming options for two different prices, Washington and Lee will now offer a single price for both room options. Originally, students chose between the higher-priced...

From frustration to elation: Your summer internship hunt

Xiaoxia Yin, Opinions Writer

April 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Now that it’s April, the deadline for summer internships for many companies is nearing. For those who intend to find work as a summer intern but have not yet gotten the ideal offer, don’t worry. There are a lot of companies accepting internship applications up until May. Often, these companies rele...

Another year, but not just another EC election

Jamie Archie, Opinions Writer

April 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The last several weeks, we had momentous events on campus: Executive Committee elections. While many other universities hold elections for student governance, Washington and Lee’s elections really do play an important role in our daily routine. Our student governance has an immense and important imp...

Social media: Converting likes into self-esteem

Josette Corazza, Opinions Writer

March 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

We pull up Instagram while we’re waiting in line for Hillel, check Facebook notifications under our desks and talk about trending tweets with our friends. Social media is a huge part of our lives, but do we often consider how it is impacting our self-esteem? I know that I feel disappointed when a...

Mandatory reading: The White Book

Anna Daccache, Opinions Writer

March 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Students at Washington and Lee love telling people about the Honor System. And I get it, I do the same. It is something we all have the right to be proud of, because our Honor System is so unique and ingrained in the fabric of this university. But after almost three years of having these same peers as...

The student newspaper of Washington and Lee University
Opinion