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A winter music journey in spring

Xiaoxia Yin
May 9, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

Jason Widney, a baritone soloist, and Jonathan Chapman Cook, a pianist, performed Franz Schubert’s piece, “Winterreise,” at the Lexington Presbyterian Church on Saturday. Jason Widney is on the faculty of the music department at Washington and Lee. He has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orc...

Debunking gender stereotypes

Alexandra Cline
May 9, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

With poems in their hands and a message in their minds, “Speak Like a Girl” founders Megan Falley and Olivia Gatwood started a conversation about gender norms and the perception of women in today’s society, hoping to disprove outdated stereotypes. On Wednesday in Elrod Commons, the two women ad...

Fostering sustainable businesses

Fostering sustainable businesses

Sutton Travis
May 4, 2016
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By Sutton Travis Washington and Lee students, faculty and alumni partnered with Lexington community members on April 29 to discuss ideas for creating a sustainable business model at the Blue Phoenix Café. Known as the Social Innovation Initiative, the event grew out of business administration pro...

Competition for a worthy cause

Caroline Saltzman
May 4, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

Alpha Delta Pi claimed victory at this year’s Sigma Chi Derby Days competition. Derby Days is a philanthropic competition held by Sigma Chi chapters across the country. The event began in 1933 at University of California, Berkeley. In 1992, Sigma Chi decided to turn the event into a charity event,...

Ending Lenfest’s Anniversary Season

Laura Wang
May 4, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

The Voca People came to Lexington on April 16 to perform at Washington and Lee’s Lenfest Center for the Arts as the closing performance for Lenfest Center’s 25th Anniversary Season. Described by Jimmy Fallon as “the coolest show ever,” the Voca People is an Israel-based ensemble combining vocal sounds...

Outing Club welcomes the spring

Alexandra Cline
May 4, 2016
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As Washington and Lee students headed back to class for spring term, members of the Outing Club and W&L community brought their climbing gear and appetites for a special barbecue on April 27. Hosted at the Outing Club Barn, the welcome-back party featured an open climbing wall and slack-lining ...

Dance Company hits the stage

Sutton Travis
April 4, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

What began 20 years ago when several students requested dance P.E. classes has since become an award-winning program with a minor, a new studio and a connection between students that lasts far beyond the four years at the university.         Current members and alumni of the Washington and Lee Reper...

Fostering a diverse student body

Fostering a diverse student body

Caroline Saltzman
April 4, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

Colleges and universities across the nation are actively recruiting a more diverse student body, but there are differing opinions as to how to foster such an environment. According to Dr. Jessica Good, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Davidson College, it’s better to embrace our differences rath...

Back in time to Elizabethan era

Alexandra Cline
April 4, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

The Washington and Lee community stepped back in time and treated itself to an Elizabethan feast of Shakespearean delicacies for a special dinner on March 31. The Marketplace became a Renaissance-themed gathering place for students and faculty to enjoy traditional food and music of the historic time ...

W&L gets taste of literature

W&L gets taste of literature

Nuoya Zhou
April 4, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

On Friday, April 1, students and faculty were able to get in the April Fools’ spirit and show off their more creative sides at the second annual Edible Book Event held in Leyburn Library. Every year around April 1, this international book event is held in countries all around the world, such as F...

Hillel gets in the Purim spirit

Alex Kinzer
March 28, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

Washington and Lee’s Hillel celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim this week with a new spin on two traditional Purim events. Purim, which generally falls on the fourteenth day of the Hebrew month of Adar, was celebrated on March 23-24. The Purim story recounts the story of how Queen Esther and ...

Cold War prisoner shares story

Caroline Saltzman
March 28, 2016
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Former Cold War prisoner Mario Röllig described his experiences that almost ruined his life to a Washington & Lee audience in a lecture Monday, March 21. Röllig is currently serving as UNC Charlotte’s “Eyewitness in Residence” and is touring across the United States to share his story. Rö...

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