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An international student on the CGL

Xiaoxia Yin
October 3, 2016
Filed under Opinion

After two years of construction, the Center for Global Learning (CGL) has finally started to operate this fall, which means language departments and the Center for International Education will move into the new building. Compared to other buildings on campus, the CGL has more advanced media devices, char...

Clubs: Time wasters or resume savers?

Melinda Kauffman
October 3, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Many of our future goals are determined by the choices we make now. In order to build an effective resume, we try to cram as many activities and leadership positions as we can into our busy schedules. Some debate arises as to whether or not clubs on campus are an effective use of our time. I believe tha...

Letter to the Editor

Connor Donaldson
October 3, 2016
Filed under Opinion

On Monday, an estimated 100 million Americans tuned in to watch Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debate at Hofstra University. In the end, the narrative was as expected: 90 minutes of talking and very little was actually said. Honestly, I was frustrated. For the Washington & Lee community, election seas...

Freshman dorms vs. sorority housing

Rachel Hicks
September 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Our surroundings can have a significant impact on our mood. A single ray of sunlight streaming through a large open window can brighten your day, while a dark, lampless, brooding room can instantly trigger negative thoughts. That’s why it’s important to be aware of your living quarters -- what kind of ...

The o-week plunge

Claire Conarroe
September 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

You may have heard whispered rumors about its greatness as a prospective student or been blown away as a very disoriented first year, but, no matter what, your first orientation week was definitely an experience. As someone who enjoyed my first immersion into the Washington and Lee community as a prospect...

Not just a Rockbridge townie

Josette Corazza
September 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

One of the most common responses I get when I tell people that I’m from Lexington is “Oh, so you’re a townie.” The statement is normally followed up by an assumption – “So you wanted to be close to your parents?” or “You didn’t want to go too far from home, huh?” With my home and fa...

A welcome letter from your editor

September 19, 2016
Filed under Opinion

by Conley Hurst The school year rush has descended upon quiet summer streets. Freshmen have moved into their new dorms. Athletic practices are in full swing. Orientation week parties have come and gone. Classes have started. The leaves are starting to turn the slightest shades of red and orange. The C...

Telling the whole story about slavery

Conley Hurst
May 9, 2016
Filed under Opinion

William Faulkner once wrote that “the past isn’t dead, it isn’t even past.” At Washington and Lee, we understand that statement better than most. We consider history every single day through the traditions we embrace, the halls we walk and the lives we lead. Every time you avoid the center archw...

Switching up your everyday routine

Rachel Hicks
May 9, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Are you feeling fun, frisky and full of spontaneity?  Do you need a respite from a repetitive schedule?  It’s spring time!  Leave your “type A” personality behind and do something impromptu. The majority of Washington and Lee students tend to be obsessive planners.  If something is not on their ...

The fitness center frenzy

Melinda Kauffman
May 9, 2016
Filed under Opinion

It’s 10 in the morning on a Monday and you are planning to stop by the fitness center for exactly forty minutes before your next class. You sign in and head straight for the treadmills, but every single one is taken. In fact, not a single cardio machine is available and while you could come back lat...

A first-year’s take on Spring Term

Melinda Kauffman
May 4, 2016
Filed under Opinion

It’s that time of year again when the Washington and Lee campus emerges from its long and gloomy winter term. It’s the time when the warm weather becomes a regular occurrence and the colonnade boasts its beauty day and night. Sleepy students rejuvenated from spring break come back ready to power thro...

Spring break: An athlete’s perspective

Rachel Hicks
May 4, 2016
Filed under Opinion

While Washington and Lee moved to Gulf Shores, taking its bubbling merriment, a few ganglions remained on campus.  Most spring athletes were left in the skeleton of red brick buildings, destinationless. Athletes have the opportunity to watch W&L transition, frame by frame, from dreary winter into glori...

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