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Stop judging students’ Greek affiliation

Josette Corazza
March 20
Filed under Opinion

As soon as I arrived on campus for pre-season during the summer, I noticed something concerning. The girls on my team would bring up someone’s name and before anything else was said, they asked what sorority or fraternity the person belonged to. I quickly realized that this wasn’t just to clarify w...

Workout worries

Melinda Kauffman
March 20
Filed under Opinion

It’s a Wednesday afternoon, and you make your way to the Fitness Center to get a hard workout in. You sign yourself in, grab a towel and head towards the row of treadmills, but wait, all of them are taken. It’s fine. You will just hop on one of the ellipticals, because you read in “Men’s Fitness” th...

The Housing Lottery: The “Hunger Games” of college

Alison Murtagh
March 20
Filed under Opinion

The Housing Lottery. Say these three words to the current sophomore class, and those around you will freeze in their steps. A look of anxiety and fear will flash across their faces, and a shudder may even be sent down their spines. While the Village, or third-year housing, is a great place to live, not e...

Five Ways to a Marvelous Monday

Melinda Kauffman
March 13
Filed under Opinion

It’s Monday again. No matter how hard we try to prepare for it, Monday always seems to come as a surprise. Mondays hit us hard, especially if we didn’t get to catch up on rest over the weekend. What if I told you that Mondays no longer have to be something to dread? Here a few practical ways to bo...

Sorority Shake-Up

Alexandra Cline
March 13
Filed under Opinion

It’s no secret that Washington and Lee is a university with a dominant Greek scene. Almost 80 percent of students are members of a fraternity or sorority, with the majority of those affiliated living in their Greek house for at least a year. Last month, W&L took an unprecedented step when one sorority...

SSA: Breaking Out of Our Academic Bubbles

Emma Derr
March 13
Filed under Opinion

We get so caught up in our own classes and interests that it takes some prompting to look outside our own academic bubbles. Washington and Lee can feel like a school with a lot of separation between subjects. Coursework does intersect and overlap, but rarely do we look around and notice the amazing work our pee...

The struggle to find transportation in and out of Lexington

Cassidy Fuller
March 6
Filed under Opinion

One amazing aspect of Washington and Lee is that we are able to have a weeklong break each semester, Thanksgiving and Washington Break, in addition to breaks at the end of each semester. During these weeks, students are able to go home and detox from their hectic lives at school. It’s a time to sle...

From athlete to NARP

Alison Murtagh
March 6
Filed under Opinion

Ever since I was 10 years old I have swam competitively. Every day, I logged long hours both in the pool and in the gym. As I became older, and swimming became more intense, I entered a phase when I swam seven days a week. Some days had two practices, while others were just one early morning practice. How...

Prevalence of students’ abuse of Adderall

Josette Corazza
March 6
Filed under Opinion

Although the rush of midterms has passed, some students are still in the midst of studying for those last few exams. Some students will turn towards Adderall for those long, late nights spent in Leyburn, although they do not have a prescription for the drug. Adderall is an amphetamine- based stimula...

Stop cosmetic testing on animals

Josette Corazza
March 2
Filed under Opinion

In a huge victory for animals, the European Union, Israel, and India have banned the sale of cosmetics or cosmetics ingredients that have been tested on animals. Unfortunately, however, there is no ban on testing cosmetics or household products on animals in the United States, so companies that make ...

Goodbye to Cy Twombly

Cassidy Fuller
March 2
Filed under Opinion

This past weekend marked the end era for the Washington and Lee swim team; not only was it the end our regular season but we also said our final goodbyes to the Cy Twombly pool on campus. I have spent my fair share of time in the Cy Twombly pool as junior on the swim team (a little under 700 hou...

On the one-year anniversary of Mock Con

Paige Williams
March 2
Filed under Opinion

This Monday, it will have been one year since the Washington and Lee Mock Convention accurately predicted Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. At the time, the nomination felt risky. It was a bit unnerving that our university had put in the time and the research and somehow Donald Trump was our...

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