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W&L’s Dean of Admissions says she’s not sweating 2015 stats

Katrina Lewis
November 14, 2016
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Washington and Lee Dean of Admissions Sally Richmond said that 2015 was an abnormal year for the enrollment rate among students accepted to W&L - largely due to an equally unusual year for the University of Virginia’s (UVa). Admissions data released by W&L’s Office of Institutional Effecti...

Students differ in reactions to presidential outcome

Students differ in reactions to presidential outcome

Nuoya Zhou
November 14, 2016
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Donald J. Trump’s unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential election has caused a divide in student opinion that feels to many, as personal as it is political. Clinton supporters found the result “unbelievable,” because most of the pre-election polls had predicted that Clinto...

Planning underway for Washington and Lee’s first Dance Marathon

Planning underway for Washington and Lee’s first Dance Marathon

November 7, 2016
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by Alison Murtagh Students at Washington and Lee University are working to plan the school’s inaugural Dance Marathon, a nationwide charity event in which students dance for 24 hours straight to raise money for chil-dren’s hospitals. All the money raised from the event would directly benefit...

Social media strategist shares insights on Google and its capabilities beyond a search tool

Social media strategist shares insights on Google and its capabilities beyond a search tool

November 7, 2016
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by Xiaoxia Yin If one types “Washington and Lee” into Google Trends, he or she can find not only simple information, but also comparisons and an analysis of how people follow Washington and Lee online by time, region and topics. Victoria Reitano, a media entrepreneur based in New York, visited...

Proposed Culture and Diversity FDR to be re-examined

November 7, 2016
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by Caroline Leak Washington and Lee faculty are about to re-evaluate the Foundation and Distribution Requirements (FDRs) from the ground up. Elena Diller, ‘17, and Caroline Todd, ‘17, petitioned to the faculty last year to add a culture and diversity requirement. The current structure of FDRs...

Keith Woods discusses media bias, stresses importance of credibility at W&L’s 62nd Ethics Institute

Keith Woods discusses media bias, stresses importance of credibility at W&L’s 62nd Ethics Institute

November 7, 2016
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by Abigail Summerville Journalist Keith Woods said that biased journalism could lead to the peril of democracy in his speech at Washington and Lee’s 62nd Ethics Institute in Journalism on Friday. Woods, who works for NPR as its vice president for diversity in news and operations, stressed that...

W&L’s endowment among top quartile of universities nationwide

November 7, 2016
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by Kylee Sapp Washington and Lee had a negative 1.4 per-cent return on its endowment investment in the last fiscal year, University Treasurer Steve McAllister said. But that’s not cause for much concern be-cause W&L’s negative 1.4 percent return was still in the top quartile of schools,...

Local landlords explain why rent is higher for W&L students

Local landlords explain why rent is higher for W&L students

John Tompkins
November 7, 2016
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A number of Lexington landlords say they charge Washington and Lee seniors and law students more to live in off-campus rental houses than they would otherwise charge local Rockbridge County residents for the same homes. But according to Tim Welsh and Michael Stearns, who collectively own and rent...

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John Tompkins
October 31, 2016
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FBI reopens Clinton email probe FBI Director James Comey announced to members of Congress on Oct. 28 that his organization would be reopening its investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Comey said the decision came after the FBI discovered email...

Richmond-based company gives $15.5K grant to Campus Kitchen

Elyse Ferris
October 31, 2016
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This fall, Washington and Lee’s Campus Kitchen program received a $15,500 grant from the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) to support its backpack program and mobile food pantry. The Backpack Program supports nearly 700 children by allowing local students to take non-perishable food ite...

President Ken Ruscio reflects on legacy at W&L

President Ken Ruscio reflects on legacy at W&L

Katrina Lewis
October 31, 2016
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by Katrina Lewis Washington and Lee University’s President Ken Ruscio is fast approaching his last day in Lexington. Ruscio leaves office on Dec. 31 and will have served as W&L’s 26th president for a decade. The Center for Global Learning was recently named in his honor. When asked what he ...

Renowned journalist, author, tells story behind Wall Street’s most notorious fraudster

Renowned journalist, author, tells story behind Wall Street’s most notorious fraudster

Maya Lora
October 31, 2016
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by Maya Lora Acclaimed New York Times financial reporter and author Diana Henriques visited Washington and Lee last week to discuss her research into the Bernie Madoff scandal that became a book and will soon become a star-studed film. She spoke in Stackhouse Theater on Thursday evening and signed copies of ...

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