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Spring term classes allow students to explore, immerse

Elyse Ferris
April 3, 2017
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Washington and Lee’s spring term is a unique four-week period that encourages students to explore specialized topics. Spring term courses often focus on a specific material that may not be able to be taught in the fall and winter semesters. Students may choose to take courses abroad with other Wash...

Stanford professor points out flaws in big philanthropies

Stanford professor points out flaws in big philanthropies

Hannah Powell
April 3, 2017
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The Mudd Center series on “Markets and Morals” concluded Thursday evening with a lecture from Professor Rob Reich of Stanford University.  Reich came to Washington and Lee to discuss the function of big philanthropy in a democratic, capitalist society. He said he wanted to open the minds of the aud...

Around the Globe

Elyse Ferris
March 28, 2017
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U.S. forces help allies in new assault against ISIS A new offensive against ISIS is underway near Raqqa, Syria, which has been occupied by ISIS since 2013. U.S.-backed Syrian forces are fighting to retake the Tabqa dam near Raqqa, a major power source for the country. A U.S. official said that the e...

Student organization hosts discussion about sexuality

Student organization hosts discussion about sexuality

Hannah Powell
March 28, 2017
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Washington and Lee’s Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG) hosted “Sex Week” last week to bring students, faculty and professional sex educators together to have an open dialogue about sex. Founded in 2013, SHAG started Sex Week in the winter of 2014 in the hopes that “the other O-Week” wou...

Law professor channels Justice Brandeis to discuss online privacy rights

Rachel Hicks
March 27, 2017
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Justice Louis D. Brandeis believed that speeches should only be banned if they are intended or likely to cause violence, Law Professor and CEO Jeffrey Rosen said. Rosen is a law professor at George Washington University as well as the author of “Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet” and the CEO...

Sold-out T-Pain concert rocks W&L community

Sold-out T-Pain concert rocks W&L community

Maya Lora
March 27, 2017
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The General Activities Board hosted their annual Fancy Dress kick-off concert Thursday featuring the star from our middle school playlists: T-Pain. GAB is a student organization that brings quality musicians, comedians and other entertainment to Washington and Lee. The organization tries to ensure...

Discussing the state of cyber law, warfare in the new Internet age

Maya Lora
March 20, 2017
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The Alexander Hamilton Society hosted a debate on cyber law to discuss how cyber law and warfare are part of the new territory of the Internet age that is rapidly emerging onto the global scene. Washington and Lee University Professor Mark Rush and Dr. Peter Mansoor from Ohio State University used the deba...

New series educates students on their rights

Catherine Latour
March 20, 2017
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At the “Know Your Rights” series kick-off event on Thursday, students learned about school policies related to harassment and sexual misconduct. During the event, Washington and Lee’s Title IX Coordinator Lauren E. Kozak covered the legal framework of sexual assault and harassment cases at the sch...

W&L sorority first to choose to go local

W&L sorority first to choose to go local

Elyse Ferris
March 20, 2017
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Photo courtesy of Delta Society's Instagram. Kappa Delta Zeta Tau at Washington and Lee University voted to localize its chapter on Feb. 13. The chapter, now known as Delta Society, is also the first Greek organization to make this move at W&L. Last year, U.S. News & World Report said W&am...

UVA professor questions purpose of code of ethics in engineering profession

Elyse Ferris
March 13, 2017
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It’s important to realize the role that a code of ethics can play in the engineering profession, according to Deborah G. Johnson, a professor in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. Her talk, hosted by the Roger Mudd Center for Ethics and the Physics and Engineering...

Around the globe

Rachel Hicks
March 13, 2017
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South Korea’s president thrown out of office South Korea’s first female president Park Guen-hye was removed from office on Friday due to an ongoing corruption scandal, marking the first time the country has removed a democratically-elected leader from office. The National Assembly voted to impe...

Panel of professors discuss Trump’s environmental policies, possible outcomes for the future

Hannah Powell
March 13, 2017
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Geology, law, biology and economics professors from Washington and Lee University hosted a panel to discuss the potential consequences of the Trump administration’s environmental policies. The goal of the event was to hold a discussion with scholars of different academic backgrounds to give students a ...

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