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General of the Week: Samantha Yates, ‘19

Tanner Smith

February 8, 2017


Filed under Sports

Phi: What inspired you to be a runner? SY: I was actually a tennis player for about 10 years. I started running cross country in 9th grade in order to get in shape for tennis. I ended up being better at running than I was at tennis so I stuck with it and I started to love it. Phi: What drives you to comp...

Seniors’ support for Generals ramps up as Spirit Night comes to a close

Elly Cosgrove

February 8, 2017


Filed under Sports

Seniors were celebrated in the Warner Center Tuesday night as the women’s basketball team took on Randolph-Macon for Senior Spirit Night. Pizza was served as an incentive for seniors and there was even a game of knockout at halftime. According to volleyball player and track and field athlete Ken...

Men’s and women’s track teams blow past records left and right

Kathyrn Young

February 8, 2017


Filed under Sports

School records were shattered as the men’s and women’s track team competed at Liberty University’s Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational on Jan. 27. On the men’s side, the 4x800 record was crushed by over 10 seconds. The quartet of runners included Ian McDonald, ’17, Phillip Harmon, ’17, C...

Bring more food options to Lex

Melinda Kauffman

February 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I have lived in Lexington for a year and a half now, and I have just about exhausted every local food option there is. I am not saying that the food in Lexington is bad. In fact, I love the local and versatile food options the small town has to offer. I live for an afternoon coffee at Lexco or a dining e...

Dangers of simplified stigmas

Emma Derr

February 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Looking through the news this week, it would be incredibly difficult to ignore the intense media coverage of President Trump’s immigration order. The executive order placed a 120-day suspension on the Syrian Refugee program and a 90-day travel ban into the United States from seven largely Muslim count...

On free speech in a free society

Conley Hurst

February 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Last Wednesday, the University of California at Berkeley erupted into violence. Student protesters broke windows, lit fires, and threw firecrackers. The cause? Milo Yiannopoulos, the far-right-wing editor at Breitbart News, was giving a talk. Ultimately, UC Berkeley administrators canceled Yiannopoulos...

Theater Department promotes upcoming production of “Dracula”

Xiaoxia Yin

February 8, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life

Washington and Lee’s Department of Theater, Dance and Film Studies Theater hosted a Romanian-style dinner on Thursday to promote its upcoming production of “Dracula.” Assistant Professor of Theater Jemma Levy is the director of “Dracula” and asked Dining Service to create Romanian food to cele...

British author discusses race, immigration issues in the UK

Alexandra Cline

February 8, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life

At JFK International Airport, British author Nikesh Shukla debated whether to continue on his travels or stand in solidarity with immigrants restricted from boarding international flights. In his talk at Washington and Lee on Tuesday, Shukla discussed recent travel bans on citizens of predominantly Mu...

Traveller provides updates about its polices, expectations at meeting

Catherine Latour

February 8, 2017


Filed under News

Steering Committee Chair Caroline Brassfield said she wants Washington and Lee students to know that the Traveller Safe Ride Program is a privilege that should not be abused. “Traveller is an amazing privilege that W&L students often take for granted,” Brassfield said in an email. “[W]e...

General of the Week: Taylor Casey, ‘20

General of the Week: Taylor Casey, ‘20

Elly Cosgrove

February 8, 2017


Filed under Sports

Phi: How do you feel the season has been going? Casey: The season has been going well so far! I’m proud of my team and what we’ve accom- plished, and I think we are getting better each day and becoming a harder and harder team to beat. Phi: How different is being an athlete in high school vers...

Kearns makes three, three-point shots, the Generals shoot ahead for the win

Tanner Smith

February 8, 2017


Filed under Sports

The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team was down by 85¬– 83 with six seconds to go in the 4th quarter against Eastern Mennonite University. But, Devin Kearns, ’19, shared a belief that they would prevail. With six seconds on the clock, Kearns got the ball, turned to avoid a defender, and...

Around the World

Rachel Hicks

February 8, 2017


Filed under News

Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat Trump appointed right-leaning Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Supreme Court seat left by Justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday. This decision was the most important of Trump’s early presidency. He kept his word to the Republicans, man...

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