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Professor Ted DeLaney’s swan song

Professor Ted DeLaney’s swan song

Hannah Denham

April 1, 2019


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Ted DeLaney is known for his bow ties, for chasing students down until they say hello, for the number of books on the shelves of his office and for the story of his trajectory at Washington and Lee.  The history professor is retiring this year, but students and faculty say his legacy isn’t going a...

Senior art theses now on display in Staniar Gallery

Senior art theses now on display in Staniar Gallery

Maggie Barker

April 1, 2019


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Six seniors publically debuted their artwork for the annual senior theses exhibition at a reception in the Staniar Art Gallery on Thursday, March 28. The reception celebrated the work of the graduating studio art majors. The exhibit opened on Monday, March 25 in the gallery and will be on display...

Aerial bungee featured in dance company show

Aerial bungee featured in dance company show

Laura Calhoun

April 1, 2019


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The university’s repertory dance company performance showcased aerial dance in the Keller Theater for the first time during its show last weekend.  The concept for the piece was developed by Davis Straske, ’19, during an independent study course. Straske, who has been dancing since she was four ye...

Student vigil honors mosque shooting victims

Grace Mamon

April 1, 2019


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About 200 members of the Washington and Lee and Lexington community gathered on the Colonnade to unite against Islamophobia one week after the mosque shootings in New Zealand. Amnesty International organized the vigil on Friday, March 22 in remembrance of the 51 lives lost in the mosque attacks in...

Greek and independent women serve together

Greek and independent women serve together

Jack Eason

April 1, 2019


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A week after the glitz and glamour of the 112th annual Fancy Dress Ball, members of all seven sororities and the independent women rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Saturday, March 29 marked the first Women’s Service Day for Washington and Lee University. The purpose of the event was twofold:...

Yes, those loud wrappers from “Coop” are actually compostable

Yes, those loud wrappers from “Coop” are  actually compostable

Jin Ni

March 18, 2019


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Sustainability efforts on campus have grown this year, and students who are part of Compost Crew say it’s worth the stench. Bill Hamilton, the biology department chair, said he remembers when composting on campus started in 2002 with a regional grant.  “Students were going around picking up compost in a ...

Alum Marc Short, ‘92, returns to White House

Alum Marc Short, ‘92, returns to White House

MacKenzie Van Meter and Hannah Denham

March 18, 2019


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Washington and Lee University alumnus Marc Short, ‘92, visited campus just before news broke that he was returning to the White House as Vice President Mike Pence’s new chief of staff. Short was the first speaker for the Washington Term series, “From the Colonnade to the Capital, and Back”...

Students provide dispatches from abroad

Students provide dispatches from abroad

Maggie Barker

March 18, 2019


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Japan. Australia. Austria. Lebanon. Galapagos. Germany. New Zealand. Morocco. Bolivia. Switzerland. United Arab Emirates. Spain. Denmark. Ireland. Italy. Czech Republic. The Netherlands. France. The United Kingdom. That’s the full list of countries where a record number of 102 Washington and Lee...

Black alumni return to campus for reunion

Black alumni return to campus for reunion

Judy Park

March 18, 2019


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Nearly 50 alumni returned to campus last weekend for Black Alumni Reunion for panels, networking events and Black Ball.  The reunion that takes place every other year is designed to recognize black alumni and connect them with black students currently on campus. Dean of the College Lena Hill w...

Geology department leads Brown Mountain hike

Geology department leads Brown Mountain hike

Arthur Rodrigues

March 18, 2019


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Geology faculty members led a group of about 20 students and community members on a four hour hike through the Brown Mountain Creek Area.  The trip on Saturday, March 2 covered 200 million years of geologic history and 100 years of anthropological history of African-Americans that lived in the are...

Students ask: What happened to Sex Week?

Students ask: What happened to Sex Week?

Grace Mamom

March 18, 2019


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The large banner of nude students with “Sex Week” painted on their backs wasn’t hanging from the staircase of Elrod Commons this year. No one from Sexual Health Awareness Group tabled in Commons with a display of lubricants or sex toys.  The week of events organized by SHAG to promote sexual...

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