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Constitution Day speaker sparks protest event

Constitution Day speaker sparks protest event

Hannah Denham, Grace Mamon and Marilyn Sample

September 21, 2018

On Tuesday afternoon, two different floors in Leyburn Library were occupied for the same purpose: to celebrate Constitution Day. What was the difference? One of the events was planned in direct protest of the presence of a former official of President Donald Trump. Former Trump officia...

Work by incarcerated artists featured in Staniar Gallery’s monthly exhibition

Work by incarcerated artists featured in Staniar Gallery’s monthly exhibition

Maria Kisker

September 18, 2018

This month’s art exhibition featured in Washington and Lee’s Lykes Atrium presents perspectives of inmates from local Augusta Correctional Center in Craigsville, Virginia. “As a prisoner, art becomes a source of freedom and rehabilitation,” Jeffery Suggs, an inmate of Augusta Correctional Center,...

General of the Week: Meg Guignon ‘19

General of the Week: Meg Guignon ‘19

Elly Cosgrove

September 17, 2018

Ring-tum Phi: What brought you to Washington and Lee? Meg Guignon, ‘19: I found Washington and Lee through the volleyball recruitment process. I chose to come here because I loved the team, campus and community when I visited. Phi: Did you know you were close to getting 1,000 kills this season? MG...

Yavalar beats record for career saves

Yavalar beats record for career saves

Elly Cosgrove

September 17, 2018

Ariyel Yavalar, ‘19, was the goalkeeper for the Washington and Lee women’s field hockey team last season in the team’s last in-season game against the University of Lynchburg, then Lynchburg College. Yavalar is now a senior captain, but at the time she was a junior. This was no ordinary game: the winne...

Carry your Smartwater a few steps farther

Josette Corazza

September 17, 2018

We constantly hear about the importance of recycling, but how many students actually make the effort to save their graded papers and empty Gatorade bottles to deposit them in the proper recycling bins? According to data compiled by the City of Lexington, only about 22 percent of households participa...

O-Week: Too many activities, too little time?

Coleman Martinson

September 17, 2018

“Yeah, we met during O-Week,” is a common phrase heard throughout the school year from students of all ages on campus. Orientation Week, commonly referred to as O-Week, prepares the first-year class for the college life that lies ahead and introduces the new Generals to the many resources available on ...

Editing tradition: Shenandoah welcomes first female editor

Editing tradition: Shenandoah welcomes first female editor

Kristen Xu

September 17, 2018

For the first time in its 68 years of existence, a female editor will run Washington and Lee University’s literary magazine, Shenandoah. The university announced Beth Staples as the new editor in March 2018, and she started her work this fall. “The idea that you could read writers’ work and decide what...

Young Alumni Weekend, campus and athletic events canceled for hurricane

Hannah Denham

September 17, 2018

No young alumni events. No home athletic events. No Black and White Ball or Unity Cookout. That was the forecast on campus this past weekend, despite an underwhelming visit from Hurricane Florence, which was projected to bring severe thunderstorms and flooding but only left Lexington slightly soggy. ...

The “Haves and the Have-Nots:” Housing at Washington and Lee University

The “Haves and the Have-Nots:” Housing at Washington and Lee University

Laura Calhoun

September 17, 2018

Housing at Washington and Lee University has transitioned to a flat rate, regardless of room type or location. The university decided on a flat rate of $7,300 for single, double and triple rooms after considering housing costs at comparable liberal arts universities, David Leonard, dean of Student ...

First-years triple up in dorm rooms

First-years triple up in dorm rooms

Maddie Smith

September 17, 2018

When thinking of first-year college roommates, a picture of two people perched atop twin beds usually comes to mind. But this is not the case for some Washington and Lee first-year students. Due to an increase in enrollment to 474 first-year students, more triples were added in both Gaines and Graham...

Former Phi Delta Theta starts school year as W&L’s only local fraternity

Former Phi Delta Theta starts school year as W&L’s only local fraternity

Tate Mikkelsen

September 17, 2018

For many, being a part of a national Greek life organization offers a lifelong brother or sisterhood, networking opportunities or a resume booster. However, on April 11, 2018, the Zeta chapter of Phi Delta Theta at Washington and Lee University was provisionally approved to become a local fraternity, e...

Hurricane Florence ravages Southeast, affects Lexington weekend plans

Hurricane Florence ravages Southeast, affects Lexington weekend plans

Sutton Travis

September 17, 2018

After monitoring the projected path of Hurricane Florence as it built over the Atlantic Ocean, Washington and Lee officially canceled Young Alumni Weekend on Sept. 10. Executive Director of Alumni Affairs Beau Dudley said plans to reschedule the reunion event, which was originally to be held last week...

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