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Bring more food options to Lex

Melinda Kauffman

February 8, 2017


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I have lived in Lexington for a year and a half now, and I have just about exhausted every local food option there is. I am not saying that the food in Lexington is bad. In fact, I love the local and versatile food options the small town has to offer. I live for an afternoon coffee at Lexco or a dining e...

Dangers of simplified stigmas

Emma Derr

February 8, 2017


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Looking through the news this week, it would be incredibly difficult to ignore the intense media coverage of President Trump’s immigration order. The executive order placed a 120-day suspension on the Syrian Refugee program and a 90-day travel ban into the United States from seven largely Muslim count...

On free speech in a free society

Conley Hurst

February 8, 2017


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Last Wednesday, the University of California at Berkeley erupted into violence. Student protesters broke windows, lit fires, and threw firecrackers. The cause? Milo Yiannopoulos, the far-right-wing editor at Breitbart News, was giving a talk. Ultimately, UC Berkeley administrators canceled Yiannopoulos...

Sorority recruitment through the eyes of a Rho Gamma

Cassidy Fuller

February 8, 2017


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Greek life is a major part of our campus culture, with over three-fourths of our student body belonging to one of the various fraternities or sororities on campus. As a junior Greek affiliated woman, my normal role during rush week is to stand inside my sorority house and talk to various first-year women...

On the recent Women’s March in D.C.

Paige Williams

February 8, 2017


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Last Saturday at 4 a.m., two buses departed Washington and Lee taking students to the Women’s March on Washington. The rally before the march featured a variety of speakers and performers including America Ferrera, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Moore, Alicia Keys, and Madonna. Their messages var...

Computers in the classroom

Cassidy Fuller

January 24, 2017


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One of my favorite things about a new semester is getting to know new professors. What are they going to be like? What is there teaching style? Do they favor tests over papers? All of these questions and many more run through my head on the first day, but the main questions I focus on concern what are...

The Burden of History

Conley Hurst

January 24, 2017


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Last Saturday as I drove into town, I felt the incredible burden of history. Good-spirited students, professors, and Lexingtonians gathered to participate in the CARE parade, a community-wide initiative to combat racism. The marchers evoked the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of nonviol...

On New Year’s resolutions

Conley Hurst

January 19, 2017


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Welcome back, one and all. And good riddance to 2016. It will certainly rank among the most tumultuous years in world events of our lifetimes. The fact that we made it in one piece is remarkable. Hopefully 2017 will bring the calm after the storm, a year of reflection, rebuilding, and regrowth. In honor of the New ...

How to power through Winter Term

Melinda Kauffman

January 19, 2017


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One semester down. Congratulations. You’ve survived another semester of college or, for some of you, your first ever semester of college. In case you haven’t noticed, college is difficult, especially at an elite school such as Washington and Lee. Coming from someone who needs plenty of sun exposur...

Getting into the holiday spirit in Lexington

Josette Corazza

December 5, 2016


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In my opinion, the holidays are the best time of the year in Lexington. The lamp posts lining the streets of downtown all decked out in their signature wreaths and bows somehow transform the town. Once the first snow comes through, already-scenic Rockbridge County becomes postcard perfect. Although very few st...

Thank you, President Ruscio

Conley Hurst

December 5, 2016


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At the end of this month, President Kenneth P. Ruscio’s decade-long tenure as president of Washington and Lee will come to an end. It will have been ten years of the Ruscio’s in the Lee House, of seeing Miley, their golden retriever, running across the Colonnade, and of hearing President Ruscio...

Letter to the Editor

Karen Santana-Garces

December 5, 2016


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I’m going to start this by telling you the first time I realized I wasn’t fully “American”. I got asked if I rode a lawnmower to school. It was fourth grade. I’ve also been called a beaner cunt. You might think these are outliers, and they are. But this has just been normalized. When the ...

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