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Students, faculty gather to support Mizzou

Students, faculty gather to support Mizzou

Jordan Cohen

November 19, 2015


Filed under News

  As dusk fell on the Colonnade Wednesday evening, MaKayla Lorick, ’19, was poised between two columns, a microphone in front of her. “During my first few weeks [at Washington and Lee], I felt on edge. I remember a student coming up to me, sniffing my hair, and telling me that it smelled...

John Tompkins

John Tompkins

November 17, 2015


Filed under Uncategorized

In addition to writing for the Phi, I'm a member of W&L's club polo team, a state chair for our 2016 Mock Convention, and a member of Pi Kappa Phi. I love writing and telling the stories of people all around our awesome school. Year: Sophomore Major: Politics/Journalism

Ashley Faulkner

Ashley Faulkner

November 17, 2015


Filed under Uncategorized

In addition to writing for the Arts & Life section, I am a Tour guide for the Student Recruitment Committee, a cheerleader, a committee chair for FYOC, the Administrative Assistant for Alaska Mock Convention, and a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. I am excited to get to know the campus better with...

Students encouraged to donate to Operation Christmas Child this week

Students encouraged to donate to  Operation Christmas Child this week

Alison Murtagh

November 17, 2015


Filed under News

A hairbrush, a stuffed animal, shoes, a toothbrush--all are examples of items often taken for granted in today’s society. People don’t think about using them. They are just bought and replaced when needed. Operation Christmas Child, a project run by Samaritan’s Purse, will be accepting donations...

UPDATE: Meal plan for sorority women

Rachel Stone

November 17, 2015


Filed under News

Starting this week, sorority women will be able to eat chapter dinner on Monday night without using a swipe. The new standard meal plan for sorority women only had five meal swipes each week, so women had to either skip a lunch or not eat chapter dinner. With this update, the women can still eat lunch...

Monetary policy

Monetary policy

Spencer Payne

November 17, 2015


Filed under Opinion

The United States unemployment rate is down to five percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is positive for the economy—no one would dispute that. But the fact that some suggest that the falling unemployment rate will prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates is concerning...

SPEAK leads annual Rock Against Rape

SPEAK leads annual Rock Against Rape

Kylee Sapp

November 17, 2015


Filed under News

Students and faculty gathered in Commons Nov. 10 to raise awareness for sexual assault prevention on campus in the annual Rock Against Rape concert. The event featured musical performances from W&L a capella groups, individual students and members of the Lexington community. Members of SPEAK also...

Don’t give up

Caroline Schell

November 17, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Thanksgiving Break is quickly approaching for the students at Washington and Lee, and many feel the break from classes, the intense workload and responsibility just can’t come fast enough. As a first-year student, you’re used to never-ending high school classes that seem to go on forever. If you...

A fresh take on FDRs

Nuoya Zhou

November 17, 2015


Filed under Opinion

The Foundation and Distribution Requirements at Washington and Lee further students’ interests and encourage a wide breadth of study. “I think FDRs are a good thing,” Anna Alexander, ‘18, said. “We have the opportunities to take lots of classes in different areas and that makes me a well-...

Addressing the gym dilemma

Cassidy Fuller

November 17, 2015


Filed under Opinion

There are many amazing aspects to going to a small school like Washington and Lee. We have small classes sizes, a small student body and a small campus. Unfortunately there are also downsides, including smaller facilities, such as our own very small Doremus-Warner gym. Between classes, studying, meals, sleep...

Police and sheriff’s officers meet with W&L students

Kelly Swanson

November 17, 2015


Filed under News

Lexington Police Chief Al Thomas said that in the past five years he has had mostly positive interactions with Washington and Lee students. However, he worries that the freshmen class may change that relationship. “I’m worried about freshman. We are not off to a good start. I’ve got my eye on...

Students get presidential

Students get presidential

Callie Ramsey

November 17, 2015


Filed under Arts & Life

The Mock Convention Presidential Gala on Saturday marked the last major event for the organization before convention weekend in February. “Gala is of course a fundraiser, but it really generates hype,” General Chair Andrew McCaffery, ’16, said. “The delegate fair got everyone involved and...

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