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Two W&L professors reflect on Ralph Ellison and his writings

Two W&L professors reflect on Ralph Ellison and his writings

Alison Murtagh
March 2, 2017
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    Washington and Lee University professors Marc Conner and Lucas Morel discussed their book, “The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the 21st Century,” during the John Chavis lecture last Wednesday evening. The book comes after years of discussing Ellison’s work and leading vari...

Traveller provides updates about its polices, expectations at meeting

Catherine Latour
February 8, 2017
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Steering Committee Chair Caroline Brassfield said she wants Washington and Lee students to know that the Traveller Safe Ride Program is a privilege that should not be abused. “Traveller is an amazing privilege that W&L students often take for granted,” Brassfield said in an email. “[W]e...

Around the World

Rachel Hicks
February 8, 2017
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Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat Trump appointed right-leaning Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Supreme Court seat left by Justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday. This decision was the most important of Trump’s early presidency. He kept his word to the Republicans, man...

Local community group meets to address current political issues

Abigail Summerville
February 8, 2017
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50 Ways Rockbridge is one of many grassroot groups popping up across the country to tackle major political issues. The group was formed a few weeks after the presidential election. It started with just five members, grew to 25 members at its second meeting and at its latest meeting on Thursday, hosted...

Professor shares insights regarding online behavior at Mudd Center lecture

Elyse Ferris
February 8, 2017
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Professor Jennifer Goldbeck from the University of Maryland, College Park emphasized the influence of logarithms and how they affect people’s online activities during a lecture at Washington and Lee on Thursday. The Mudd Center for Ethics hosted “Footprints in the Digital Dust: How Your Online...

Around the globe

Alison Murtagh
February 8, 2017
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President Trump Goes Forward With Wall on U.S.-Mexican Border President Trump is following through on his campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S-Mexican border. The new project aims to keep immigrants out of the country and improve national security. However, before his dreams become a re...

Italian art history scholar discusses legacy of Saint Catherine of Siena

Hannah Powell, Hannah Powell
February 8, 2017
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Anna Piperato, a tour guide for Rick Steve’s Europe, discussed Saint Catherine of Siena and her journey to Catholic Sainthood at Washington and Lee on Monday. In her presentation titled, “The Many Faces of Saint Catherine of Siena,” Piperato explained that her love for Saint Catherine stems from ...

Justice Ginsburg discusses role in advancing women’s rights

Hannah Powell
February 8, 2017
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discussed her experience as a woman both in school and throughout her career with a full crowd at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) on Wednesday. It was Ginsburg’s first visit to VMI even though she was influential in persuading other justices to side...

Newly-launched W&L club works to aid victims of human trafficking

Newly-launched W&L club works to aid victims of human trafficking

Elyse Ferris
February 8, 2017
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A new club dedicated to serving victims of human trafficking in the Rockbridge area met for the first time last week in an effort to make an impact on campus and in the community. Julia Kaczmar, ’19, and Paige Williams, ’19, received approval from the Executive Committee to start their club cal...

Baseball star Alex Rodriguez shares lessons for success at Contact Committee event

Baseball star Alex Rodriguez shares lessons for success at Contact Committee event

Rachel Hicks
February 8, 2017
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Record-holding baseball star Alex Rodriguez told Washington and Lee students that success is more about grit than talent during a Contact Committee event in Evans Dining Hall Thursday night. The three-time MVP award winner used baseball as an analogy for the business world, saying character, resili...

Around the globe

Hannah Powell
January 24, 2017
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President Obama ends presidency with an above-average approval rate With just two days left in his eight years of service, President Obama is closing with an impressive 60% approval rate, according to an ABC poll.  This is well above the average end-of-term rate of 50%, and few presidents in the las...

English professor reflects on MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech during talk

Elyse Ferris
January 24, 2017
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Professor Michael Hill grew up with Martin Luther King Jr. as a defining figure of his childhood. He recalled how the fondness and respect his grandmother held for Dr. King shaped his personal regard for King, both as a child and now as an adu “Every time I’m invited to say something about Ma...

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