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Return of the email scandal

Chase Isbell

October 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The New York Times recently released an article discussing government officials’ use of private email servers. No, I am not referring to Hillary Clinton and her time as secretary of state. Instead, in truly the most ironic fashion possible, the newspaper has unveiled a second email scandal, one s...

After Las Vegas – It’s time to look forward

After Las Vegas – It’s time to look forward

Isabel Chiodo

October 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Forty-seven guns. Thirty-three of them purchased within the last year. Twelve of them with a legal attachment to simulate automatic fire. This is the reality of the Las Vegas massacre, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. During a Jason Aldean concert, one of the many performances of last wee...

Take a knee, or don’t

Isabel Chiodo

October 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

   It doesn’t take a genius to know that a significant number of appalling events are going on in the world right now. From deadly earthquakes to hurricanes and terrorist attacks, these incidents are tearing up many parts of the planet.    The United States, on the other hand, is arguing about its...

A look into the travel ban

Jack Magruder

October 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The president has the authority and executive discretion to regulate the flow of immigrants into the United States. The Supreme Court decision of Knauff v. Shaughnessy (1950) states that: “The exclusion of aliens is a fundamental act of sovereignty…inherent in the executive power to control the f...

Twitter: the messenger of powerful men

Chase Isbell

October 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Donald Trump’s entry into the 2016 presidential campaign. Although his tweets have caused plenty of controversy since then, the president’s Twitter presence has reached a new level of contention on an international scale. Alongside petty tweets concerning American athletes, bigoted messages abou...

Hey Hollywood, stop preaching about politics

Isabel Chiodo

October 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Award shows have never completely been rid of politics, but in recent controversy with President Trump and Hollywood’s palpable distaste for the republican President, it has almost overshadowed the actual awards. Many celebrities use the spotlight to preach unity, but others often use it to preach ...

Why R.E. Lee Church was right to change its name

Alexandra Cline

October 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

After a years-long debate and in-fighting among its members, R.E. Lee Memorial Church finally voted to change its name last week. It’s a change that drastically impacts the small town known for its ties to the Confederate general – one who called this place home centuries ago. As Lexington is a town tha...

Woods Creek washing woes

Josette Corazza

September 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The Woods Creek apartments seem daunting at first. Looking up at my building, Woods Creek West, on move-in day, I was frankly intimidated by the façade’s dark and somber colors. It is possible to dress up the inside of each apartment to make the building seem more homey and welcoming, but the ant...

B-Positive: donate blood

Alison Murtagh

September 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Donating blood. It’s a simple task, and yet one that could save lives. According to the American Red Cross, there was a “critical blood shortage” over the summer, demonstrating the urgent need for donors to find a drive and participate. Blood drives are everywhere—you just have to look. For example,...

Why you should stop drinking soda all day every day

Josette Corazza

May 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Of all the beverage options available at D-Hall, students should not be opting for soda. The high- sugar, high-calorie drink is not worth the slight sugar rush that has proved tempting enough for advertisers to prey on. Commercials can make a can of Pepsi seem so tempting, but you would never guess w...

The Problem with Derby Days

Alexandra Cline

May 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Derby Days. A time-honored tradition of sorority women chasing and pummeling one another in unnecessarily vicious flag football and field games. A tradition that has caused concussions and broken fingers and noses. A tradition that involves fraternity men watching and coaching these women as they drag ...

Should W&L change spring term?

Melinda Kauffman

May 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Washington and Lee is unique in the sense that it has two full semesters and then a spring term of one class for four weeks. Spring term is a chance to take a class that interests you, though it may not pertain to your major. For some students, it is an opportunity to go abroad and learn in a setting ...

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