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Why R.E. Lee Church was right to change its name

Alexandra Cline

October 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

After a years-long debate and in-fighting among its members, R.E. Lee Memorial Church finally voted to change its name last week. It’s a change that drastically impacts the small town known for its ties to the Confederate general – one who called this place home centuries ago. As Lexington is a town tha...

Woods Creek washing woes

Josette Corazza

September 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The Woods Creek apartments seem daunting at first. Looking up at my building, Woods Creek West, on move-in day, I was frankly intimidated by the façade’s dark and somber colors. It is possible to dress up the inside of each apartment to make the building seem more homey and welcoming, but the ant...

B-Positive: donate blood

Alison Murtagh

September 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Donating blood. It’s a simple task, and yet one that could save lives. According to the American Red Cross, there was a “critical blood shortage” over the summer, demonstrating the urgent need for donors to find a drive and participate. Blood drives are everywhere—you just have to look. For example,...

Why you should stop drinking soda all day every day

Josette Corazza

May 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Of all the beverage options available at D-Hall, students should not be opting for soda. The high- sugar, high-calorie drink is not worth the slight sugar rush that has proved tempting enough for advertisers to prey on. Commercials can make a can of Pepsi seem so tempting, but you would never guess w...

The Problem with Derby Days

Alexandra Cline

May 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Derby Days. A time-honored tradition of sorority women chasing and pummeling one another in unnecessarily vicious flag football and field games. A tradition that has caused concussions and broken fingers and noses. A tradition that involves fraternity men watching and coaching these women as they drag ...

Should W&L change spring term?

Melinda Kauffman

May 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Washington and Lee is unique in the sense that it has two full semesters and then a spring term of one class for four weeks. Spring term is a chance to take a class that interests you, though it may not pertain to your major. For some students, it is an opportunity to go abroad and learn in a setting ...

The DEA should reconsider marijuana laws

Josette Corazza

April 3, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Ever since the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, marijuana has been classified as a Schedule I drug. Schedule I substances are defined by the DEA as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. They are the most dangerous of all the drug schedules, with potentially s...

Spring term bucket list

Melinda Kauffman

April 3, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Spring term is unique to W&L, and if this is your first time experiencing spring term, then you are in for a treat. If you have plans to go abroad, these things also apply to you. As I approach my second spring term of my W&L career, I have a few must-dos to offer to all those seeking to mak...

A few clicks can change lives

Emma Derr

April 3, 2017


Filed under Opinion

When the disaster at Windfall happened a couple weeks ago, most people were in a state of shock. The fire began early in the morning and burnt the beloved house to the ground. It was a tragic end to a house that Chi Psi fraternity brothers had been living in since 1964. The Lexington Fire Chief s...

Sleeping is better than studying in more ways than one

Xiaoxia Yin

March 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

It’s about the end of the semester. Students are busy preparing for their finals. An increasing number of students start to stay in the library until late at night or visit it early in the morning. People are more likely to hear the complaints of “I only slept an hour yesterday because I was prepari...

Fancy Dress: A cherished tradition

Emma Derr

March 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As the Washington and Lee website so elegantly states, Fancy Dress is one of the University’s oldest and most cherished traditions. The event was started in 1907 by the school librarian Anne Robertson White, otherwise known as “Miss Annie Jo.” W&L was still an all-male college at the time, and Fa...

Later spring breaks benefit students’ minds and bodies

Melinda Kauffman

March 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Isn’t it about time we had a Spring Break? Aren’t you tired of seeing all of your friends at other schools and universities at the beach, while you’re still in chilly Lexington, Va? One of the things that makes Washington and Lee unique is spring term. Because of this four-week term, spring bre...

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