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MLK observance day

The Ring-tum Phi Editorial Staff

January 27, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been a national holiday since 1986, yet this is the first year that Washington and Lee undergraduate classes were cancelled to observe it. In Nov. 2014, the undergraduate faculty voted to cancel classes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2016. In 1983, Ronald Reagan signed...

The pen v. the pencil

Teddy Corcoran and Spencer Payne

January 27, 2016

In the wake of a term in which we shared our opinions on inconsequential topics, we have made it our New Year’s resolution to examine issues of greater importance. As a result, we have decided to take on the pen vs. the pencil debate. While considering each side, we ask that you keep an open mind....

No intramural team to count on

No intramural team to count on

Alex Kinzer

January 27, 2016

Washington and Lee might be an active and fit campus, but picking up a new sport for fun isn’t something easy for students to do. In addition to the 24 NCAA sport teams and many different club teams, W&L also features seven different intramural athletics seasons. From flag football to volleybal...

Course overload: A student’s choice

Nuoya Zhou and Yue Pan

January 27, 2016

In the fall of 2015, the University Registrar approved a restricted overload policy that goes into effect this winter term. On the school’s website, the registrar listed six specific circumstances in which students are allowed to take more than 14 credits, including re-taking a failed course, attempts...

Dictating a Doremus dress code?

Yejean Kim

January 27, 2016

One of the most prevalent media issues today is school dress codes. Administrators and defenders of such dress codes often insist that only students wearing clothing that is considered “disruptive, distracting, or unsafe” are asked to change or leave; what is troublesome is that a large proportion...

More in store for Shakespeare 2016!

Sutton Travis

January 27, 2016

A Shakespearean feast. Elizabethan music. Traditional Shakespeare films and adapted plays with a modern twist. If there is any sort of Shakespeare-related event someone can imagine, Washington and Lee is probably going to host or perform it this year. Shakespeare 2016!, W&L’s year-long commemora...

Fresh options to bring fresh taste to campus for upcoming fall term

Abigail Summerville

January 27, 2016

Washington and Lee students will have two new dining options starting next year, thanks to the completion of the third-year housing complex. Dean of Students Sidney Evans said these restaurants will offer students a variety of new foods. “The plan is to have a dining venue that will be multi-functional,”...

Handicapped students struggle to access older buildings

Handicapped students struggle to access older buildings

Alison Murtagh

January 27, 2016

Constructed in 1749, Washington and Lee was not originally equipped with the technology needed to make the campus handicap accessible. As the school has grown over the past two centuries, students on crutches, in wheelchairs, and with other physical disabilities have been left to struggle to get from...

MLK’s impact today

Alexandra Cline

January 27, 2016

What is the lasting legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.? How do his words continue to resonate within communities decades after his death? Those questions, among many others, were recently discussed by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson in his keynote address that celebrated the accomplishments of the civil rights leader. On...

Upper-division housing update

Upper-division housing update

Faith Isbell

January 27, 2016

The new upper-division housing is on its way to completion for August 2016. The new living space will house up to 350 upper-division students, with two groupings of apartments and townhouses—the Village Square and the Village Commons. Located by the W&L athletic fields, the new upper-division h...

Winter Storm Jonas hits Lexington, W&L officials respond

Winter Storm Jonas hits Lexington, W&L officials respond

Maria Rachal

January 27, 2016

In just the second week of Winter Term classes, new Interim Provost Marc Conner has already had to make a weather crisis decision. On Friday, Jan. 22, Washington and Lee cancelled classes and excused non-essential employees. The City of Lexington declared a winter storm emergency effective 6 a.m....

General of the Week: Noah Schammel

General of the Week: Noah Schammel

Matt Kaminer

January 27, 2016

Phi: What led you to W&L and to join the swimming team here? Schammel: My older brother first looked at W&L when I was a sophomore in high school. After he decided to take his talents to Davidson College, I decided to consider Washington and Lee. With the great academics, I decided to reach o...

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