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W&L Public Safety works hard to maintain security despite instances of violence nationwide

Hannah Powell
December 5, 2016
Filed under News

This week began with yet another outbreak of violence on a college campus. Abdul Artan, a student at Ohio State University, injured 11 students and faculty members on his campus Monday morning, wielding a vehicle and a butcher knife as weapons. Artan was shot and killed by campus police shortly after...

Around the Globe

December 5, 2016
Filed under News

Trump transition moves full speed ahead President-elect Donald Trump announced a number of major selections for his cabinet last week, tapping Rep. Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services, former labor secretary Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation, investment banker Steven Mnuc...

Lexington’s Grub Crawl to promote fine dining, support local businesses

Elyse Ferris
December 5, 2016
Filed under News

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, four Main Street restaurants will host the Lexington Grub Crawl, a four-course progressive dinner downtown. The event was planned by Main Street Lexington, which organized the Christmas Parade and Jingle Bell Run downtown earlier this month. The dinner will include...

W&L senior named a Rhodes Scholar for 2017

W&L senior named a Rhodes Scholar for 2017

Abigail Summerville
December 5, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Paqui Toscano, ‘16, was one of 32 U.S. students awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship this year. Toscano, an English and Classics double major, is Washington and Lee’s 16th student to receive the scholarship, which grants him the opportunity to receive further education at the University of ...

Student react to recently modified traveller policies

Caroline Leak
December 5, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Students may have noticed a few changes in the way Traveller is run this year. Traveller, a safe ride system serving the Washington and Lee community, is a student-run organization that was founded to prevent drunk driving and get students home safely. Officials say the days of looking the other way when studen...

Students raise awareness for local organization through class project

Sutton Travis
December 5, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

What began as a class assignment for a group of journalism students became a passionate cause celebrating food, community and the spirit of the holiday season. As a volunteering component of their Principles of Public Relations class, this student group worked to promote the Rockbridge Area Relief Asso...

Main Street Lexington hosts annual Jingle Bell Run, raises holiday spirits

Alexandra Cline
December 5, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

Clinking and clattering through the streets of Lexington, participants in the local Jingle Bell Run brought festive outfits and holiday spirit to the annual tradition. On Dec. 3, runners and walkers raced through downtown as a part of a fundraiser benefitting Main Street Lexington, a volunteer-based or...

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 ...

General of the Week: Emily Hageboeck, ‘20

Elly Cosgrove
December 5, 2016
Filed under Sports

Phi: You’ve had so much success thus far in your freshman season with a record-breaking weekend at Franklin & Marshall. How did it feel to break three individual school records and to swim on a record-setting relay? EH: It was amazing to see the hard work that I have put into practice pay off. Th...

Captains’ corner

Caroline Blackmon
December 5, 2016
Filed under Sports

Matt Kaminer, wrestling When Matt Kaminer, ’18, started wrestling in seventh grade, he thought it would be like the fake wrestling he watched on television. “I got hooked on it when I was very young,” Kaminer said. “I had never done an individual sport before and there’s an interesting dy...

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