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Sorority recruitment through the eyes of a Rho Gamma

Cassidy Fuller
February 8, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Greek life is a major part of our campus culture, with over three-fourths of our student body belonging to one of the various fraternities or sororities on campus. As a junior Greek affiliated woman, my normal role during rush week is to stand inside my sorority house and talk to various first-year women...

On the recent Women’s March in D.C.

Paige Williams
February 8, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Last Saturday at 4 a.m., two buses departed Washington and Lee taking students to the Women’s March on Washington. The rally before the march featured a variety of speakers and performers including America Ferrera, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Moore, Alicia Keys, and Madonna. Their messages var...

Computers in the classroom

Cassidy Fuller
January 24, 2017
Filed under Opinion

One of my favorite things about a new semester is getting to know new professors. What are they going to be like? What is there teaching style? Do they favor tests over papers? All of these questions and many more run through my head on the first day, but the main questions I focus on concern what are...

The Burden of History

Conley Hurst
January 24, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Last Saturday as I drove into town, I felt the incredible burden of history. Good-spirited students, professors, and Lexingtonians gathered to participate in the CARE parade, a community-wide initiative to combat racism. The marchers evoked the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of nonviol...

On New Year’s resolutions

Conley Hurst
January 19, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Welcome back, one and all. And good riddance to 2016. It will certainly rank among the most tumultuous years in world events of our lifetimes. The fact that we made it in one piece is remarkable. Hopefully 2017 will bring the calm after the storm, a year of reflection, rebuilding, and regrowth. In honor of the New ...

How to power through Winter Term

Melinda Kauffman
January 19, 2017
Filed under Opinion

One semester down. Congratulations. You’ve survived another semester of college or, for some of you, your first ever semester of college. In case you haven’t noticed, college is difficult, especially at an elite school such as Washington and Lee. Coming from someone who needs plenty of sun exposur...

Getting into the holiday spirit in Lexington

Josette Corazza
December 5, 2016
Filed under Opinion

In my opinion, the holidays are the best time of the year in Lexington. The lamp posts lining the streets of downtown all decked out in their signature wreaths and bows somehow transform the town. Once the first snow comes through, already-scenic Rockbridge County becomes postcard perfect. Although very few st...

Thank you, President Ruscio

Conley Hurst
December 5, 2016
Filed under Opinion

At the end of this month, President Kenneth P. Ruscio’s decade-long tenure as president of Washington and Lee will come to an end. It will have been ten years of the Ruscio’s in the Lee House, of seeing Miley, their golden retriever, running across the Colonnade, and of hearing President Ruscio...

Letter to the Editor

Karen Santana-Garces
December 5, 2016
Filed under Opinion

I’m going to start this by telling you the first time I realized I wasn’t fully “American”. I got asked if I rode a lawnmower to school. It was fourth grade. I’ve also been called a beaner cunt. You might think these are outliers, and they are. But this has just been normalized. When the ...

Noise pollution & the Graham-Lees dumpsters

Josette Corazza
November 14, 2016
Filed under Opinion

The first floor of Graham-Lees Hall proves to be a great place to live. However, those on corner of the President’s side can tell you that mornings are our least favorite part of the day. Between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. every morning, the dump trucks reverse down the walkway to the right of Graham-Lees, ...

Reactions to the election

Conley Hurst
November 14, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Rarely can you literally not believe what you’re watching. I’m not talking about being shocked by a Hail Mary pass to win a football game or being dumb- founded by a ridiculously low score on a test. I’m talking about moments when, if only for a second, you legitimately question what your eyes are tel...

Letter to the Editor

Skyler Zunk
November 14, 2016
Filed under Opinion

The push back we are seeing against our next president was perhaps the only prediction the pundits got right this election. The prognosticators and the media assured us the results would be the other way around: disgruntled Trump supporters with accusations of a “rigged system” electing Clinton. In t...

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