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Washington and Lee yearbooks depicted blackface too

Washington and Lee yearbooks depicted blackface too

Hannah Denham

February 27, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

A review of old Calyx yearbooks archived in Special Collections showed racist photos, jokes and drawings, as well as references to sexual assault.

General of the Week: Andy Smithey, ’20

General of the Week: Andy Smithey, ’20

Kathryn Young

February 4, 2019


Filed under Sports

Ring-tum Phi: Why did you start playing basketball? Andy Smithey, ‘20: I started playing basketball purely for fun in middle school and really enjoyed the fast-paced nature of the game and the exciting atmosphere that goes along with it. I chose to play more seriously in high school on my school’s...

Wrestling looks to win their first conference title, potential NCAA run

Elly Cosgrove

February 4, 2019


Filed under Sports

The Washington and Lee wrestling team has their sights set on winning the Centennial Conference championship for the first time. Wrestling first competed in the Centennial Conference in the 1998-99 season. Prior, the team competed as an ‘independent’ for 17 years. The Old Dominion Athletic Confe...

Women’s swimming team still undefeated, looking toward ODACs

Sydney Lee

February 4, 2019


Filed under Sports

The Washington and Lee women’s swim team has achieved immense success this season with an undefeated meet record and a tight-knit group of dedicated, supportive women. The Generals have maintained this success since their season-opener in Kentucky against Centre. The team gained even more momentum ...

SSA offers students the chance to engage in fields outside major

Jamie Archie

February 4, 2019


Filed under Opinion

In the middle of my junior year at Washington and Lee, I have started to see much more value in the community events that do not revolve around the usual social events. This March, there will be a great opportunity for students to see what others have been up to. This year, the University will be hosti...

Souper Bowl raises $10,000 to feed Rockbridge children

Marilyn Sample

February 4, 2019


Filed under News

Sixteen restaurants. Twenty-five soups. More than 600 tasters. That’s what it took for the seventh annual Souper Bowl to raise $10,000 this year on Sunday, Jan. 27. It’s the only fundraiser for Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee, a chapter of the national organization that seeks to combat hu...

Virginia governor facing calls for resignation

Maya Lora and Sutton Travis

February 4, 2019


Filed under News

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who attended Washington and Lee’s neighbor, Virginia Military Institute, is facing calls for his resignation following the emergence of a yearbook photo of two men, one in blackface and one dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe. The photo in question was released on Friday, Feb. 1,...

SSA still accepting student, faculty proposals

SSA still accepting student, faculty proposals

Coleman Martinson

February 4, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

While Washington and Lee University’s biannual Science, Society and the Arts conference is just over a month away, students and faculty still have a chance to get involved. Students have until Feb. 15th to submit their research or creative work proposals to the SSA general committee, which is com...

Keynote speech commemorates MLK, encourages nonpartisan politics

Keynote speech commemorates MLK,  encourages nonpartisan politics

Arthur Rodrigues

February 4, 2019


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Washington and Lee students and members of the Lexington community came together on Jan. 2 in the culmination of a series of events honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The Rev. William J. Barber II delivered the keynote address in the Lenfest Center. “Nothing would be more tragic than f...

New club sparks campus controversy; rapper pulls out of launch concert

New club sparks campus controversy; rapper pulls out of launch concert

Maya Lora

February 4, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

One of Washington and Lee University’s newest student organizations, Diverge, made its official launch on Saturday with a concert in the Pavilion. More than 50 students gathered to watch student performers in the smoky, dimly lit room. Performers included Lauryn McCray, ‘22, Haley Stern, ‘20, Eric...

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