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No tolerance for rape

Yejean Kim

December 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Appreciation vs. Appropriation

Yejean Kim

November 9, 2014

At a Washington Redskins game on Nov. 2, thousands gathered in a protest against the team name, which it has held since 1933. After I read the Associated Press article on this event, I quickly succumbed to one of the most terrible habits I have: reading the comments section. Whether it’s to laugh at the ...

Dear Washington and Lee University Faculty,

Leah Gose, class of 2015

November 9, 2014

Washington and Lee University was founded on a moral high ground, raising the standards for collegiate education. Duty, honor, commitment—any mention of our institution would be grossly misrepresented without the addition of such pillars that support the Speaking Tradition, gentlemanly conduct and o...

Honor & transparency

Honor & transparency

The Ring-tum Phi Editorial Board

November 2, 2014

Student governance is one of the biggest points of pride at Washington and Lee. Students are elected to serve as members of the Executive Committee and the Student Judicial Council. Students help administer programs like Traveller, Fancy Dress and Mock Convention. And students have the ability to in...

Help: the hardest thing to ask for

Yejean Kim

November 2, 2014

It’s often said that apologizing is the hardest thing to do, but I disagree. After two-and-a-half years of the W&L experience, I think asking for help is the hardest. Having a somewhat jarring academic experience after coasting through high school seems to be a rite of passage for most first-...

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