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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...

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:...

Professor DeLaney discusses racism with relative of Robert E. Lee on campus

Professor DeLaney discusses racism with relative of Robert E. Lee on campus

Liza Moore

April 1, 2019


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Professor Ted DeLaney sat down with Reverend Robert W. Lee IV, a relative of Washington and Lee University’s namesake, to introduce his new book, “A Sin by Any Other Name: A Reckoning with South’s Past,” but the Q&A focused more on Rev. Lee IV’s perspective on racism in the country and...

First black woman elected as SJC Chair

First black woman elected as SJC Chair

Elizabeth Bell

April 1, 2019


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The student body elected Joëlle Simeu, ‘20, who currently serves as junior justice of the Student Judicial Council (SJC), to take over as chairwoman of the SJC next year. She is the first black woman to hold the position on campus and will replace current president Andrew Agrippina, ‘19.  “I hope to be someone that my peers feel comf...

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 ...

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...

Former attorney general addresses Washington and Lee traditions

Former attorney general addresses  Washington and Lee traditions

Gus Cross

March 18, 2019


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Speaking at Lee Chapel on March 7, the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general of the United States opened her talk by noting the importance of discussing history and tradition. Appointed by Barack Obama in 2015, Loretta Lynch was the Contact Committee’s winter term speaker this...

Fancy Dress to “pop” up in new location

Fancy Dress to “pop” up in new location

Liza Moore

March 18, 2019


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With the reconstruction of the gymnasium, Fancy Dress has been relocated to the pavilion on the university’s back campus, which has caused obstacles in planning this year’s 112th annual ball. Fancy Dress has been one of Washington and Lee’s oldest and most admired traditions on campus since...

D-Hall to close for half of spring term

D-Hall to close for half of spring term

Elizabeth Bell

March 18, 2019


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Breakfast on Friday, May 3 will be the final chance for students to enjoy all-you-can-eat meals at the Marketplace this academic year. The dining hall will close for about a month in order to accomodate for renovations. “Those are our slowest two weeks by far,” Andrew Watling, an assistant di...

Conservative star Charlie Kirk comes to campus, speaks in Lee Chapel

Conservative star Charlie Kirk comes to campus, speaks in Lee Chapel

Kathryn Young

March 4, 2019


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Kirk stirred pushback in the audience with some provocative claims, including that minorities “seek out victimhood."

Multicultural Student Association hosts event to share migration stories

Multicultural Student Association hosts event to share migration stories

Grace Mamon

March 4, 2019


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"...to share opinions that might not be heard otherwise."

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