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Fancy Dress: A price worth paying?

Jamie Archie, Opinions Writer

March 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Before I had even seriously started my college search, my father had already begun recounting his favorite moments and memories at Washington and Lee. One event that consistently came up was Fancy Dress, and I’m sure the same has been said by many other alumni. The 111th Fancy Dress is right arou...

Daylight Saving Time: A detriment to student health

Josette Corazza, Opinions Writer

March 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion

This month marks 100 years since daylight saving time was first used in the U.S. The semiannual event began in Europe two years earlier and was eventually adopted in America as a way to save coal and energy during World War I. A century later, daylight saving time is still a source of debate. Arizo...

At W&L, scholarships make life-changing differences

Chase Isbell, Opinions Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion

College is simply not an option for all students—especially not for low-income students. It is no secret that college is expensive—incredibly expensive—and these high costs keep the door closed for students across this country. College prices have only continued to rise, along with income inequa...

Media ethics: Not just for strat comm majors

Xiaoxia Yin, Opinions Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On Friday and Saturday, the 65th Media Ethics Institute at Washington and Lee took place. As a student taking the media ethics class this year, I was lucky enough to participate in the case study discussions offered by the fellows of the event, who are practitioners in the communications industry. D...

Sex Week: An uncomfortable necessity

Isabel Chiodo, Opinions Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion

At some point in most college students’ lives, they have received some sort of sexual education. Most receive it through their high school’s sex education program, which, especially in the South, promotes abstinence and teaches intensively about the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases. Although some...

In the name of brotherhood?: Hazing in Greek Life

Alison Murtagh

March 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It seems that every couple of months during the school year, a college makes national headlines for hazing violations in its Greek System. Sometimes the fraternity or sorority is suspended or put on social probation. Other times more drastic measures are taken, and the chapter is closed permanently o...

Arm teachers with supplies, not guns

Chase Isbell, Opinions Writer

March 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The Parkland High School mass shooting has prompted discussions across the United States about school safety. One supposed solution to the mass murders in American public schools is to arm educators with weapons of their own, and the logic behind such a political move makes sense. A good guy with a gu...

Climate change trends are right in our backyard

Josette Corazza, Opinions Writer

March 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

You may consider the recent rise in temperatures an early sign of spring—an unexpected opportunity to enjoy a sunny study session on the Colonnade—or simply assume this is how seasons normally change in Lexington. However, this is not the case. This winter, Rockbridge County has experienced unusual ...

Pyeongchang opening ceremony: a shared culture or a “stolen” culture?

Xiaoxia Yin

February 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The world watched the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Feb. 9. While many viewers in the United States are interested by the attendance of Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump and are looking forward to watching the competitions unfold, in Chinese internet forums, angry...

Ice, ice, baby: How to make your way through campus this winter

Josette Corazza

February 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Icy conditions on campus can impact students significantly. Often, you must plan to leave earlier for class in order to take your time navigating the frosted grounds. Most importantly, you need to mentally and physically prepare yourself for the potential dangers of slipping on ice. The university is...

Journalists, we need you

Alexandra Cline

February 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Fake news. Alternative facts. The liberal news media. In the past year, these terms have been hurled at journalists by the highest office in the country and numerous people throughout the nation to seemingly no end. News outlets are consistently and thoroughly criticized for anything ranging from how t...

A look back at Title IX

Alison Murtagh

February 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

One of my earliest memories from childhood was swimming on a summer league team with my friends. Although I wasn’t very good, I loved the idea of being able to compete every Saturday morning, June through August. The rush of diving off the blocks and then flailing my arms to the other side of the p...

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