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Appreciate, make time for your family

Melinda Kauffman
November 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

College is a unique time in life when we experience complete freedom for the first time. No longer are we under the supervision of our parents and high school teachers. No longer are we accountable to the rules and regulations put into place by our parents. We have the ability to do whatever we wish. But ...

Lazy overachievers?

Rachel Hicks
November 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

For such an overachieving, pressure-cooking university like Washington and Lee, there sure seems to be a surprising amount of lazy students on campus. Don’t worry - I’m not going to rat anybody out. But in the past few weeks, I’ve had several conversations with fellow students who’ve told m...

On civility at Washington and Lee

Conley Hurst
November 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Soon after the end of the American Civil War, the trustees of Washington College invited the illustrious General Robert E. Lee to journey to Lexington to serve as the school’s president. Initially, Lee was apprehensive. As the military leader of the late southern cause, Lee thought he might be too ...

Germs, mold and everything in-between

Emma Derr
October 31, 2016
Filed under Opinion

When I came to college, I worried about all the normal things: Would I bring the right clothes? Will I like my roommate? Will I get all the classes I want? Would I struggle with the workload? The last question on my mind was would I bring enough cough drops and tissues to sustain a large class of sni...

Superday sweeps W&L

Cassidy Fuller
October 31, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Fall is finally here. This is the time when the leaves slowly fall off trees, people begin to break out their sweaters and bean boots and juniors and seniors begin to frantically travel around campus, New York, DC and Charlotte to interview during company “superdays.” Superdays are the final round of intervie...

Fall is the best time to become outdoorsy

Josette Corazza
October 31, 2016
Filed under Opinion

For as long as I can remember, my family has begged me to accompany them on various hikes, canoe excursions and overnight camping trips. One of the reasons why we moved from the city to Lexington was the abundance of easily accessible nature-related activities. My father has hiked the entirety of the Appala...

On the superstitions, legends of W&L

Xiaoxia Yin
October 25, 2016
Filed under Opinion

As a historic school, Washington and Lee has many superstitions among its students. Most of them are not just random jokes, but have strong a connection to the history of W&L. One of the most popular superstitions in recent years is that students who walk through the central archway of Graham- ...

An extra hour of sleep vs. an extra hour of studying

Melinda Kauffman
October 25, 2016
Filed under Opinion

How important is sleep? Doctors and scientists stress the importance of getting at least nine hours of sleep for teenagers and young adults, but how ac- curate is that? If you look around, especially on a college campus, the majority of people probably do not get that much sleep each night. According to researc...

When we thought it couldn’t get any worse…

Conley Hurst
October 25, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Nov. 8 couldn’t come any sooner. This presidential campaign has been the nastiest in recent memory, possibly one of the nastiest in American history. The divisive 2012 Obama-Romney cycle, a cycle in which “binders full of women” and “you didn’t build that” could pass for controversial statements, s...

A choice no one should have to make

Emma Derr
October 25, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Last Wednesday in Lee Chapel, Peter Singer delivered the keynote lecture in the Roger Mudd Center of Ethics’ “Markets and Morals” series. In 2005, Singer was deemed in Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world and has accumulated much renown for his controversial ethical argum...

You should be napping

Josette Corazza
October 25, 2016
Filed under Opinion

I have taken a nap almost every day since arriving on campus. It’s not that I have ample amounts of free time I am wasting on mid-day rests; with athletics, a full course load and work-study, I have to actively make space in a busy schedule to make this possible. On my list of objectives leading to a ...

Dear manabon and perfume gal

DR. Melina Bell
October 25, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Imagine this. It’s Monday morning in the fitness center and leg day begins with barbell squats. On your third set, you’re attempt- ing your heaviest weight ever at this rep range, and though you’re breathing heavy, you know you have two more reps in you. But NO! - now you’re dizzy. What the hell...

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