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The student newspaper of Washington and Lee University

The Ring-tum Phi

Seventeen Virginia State Police officers responded with local law enforcement to four different scenes on Nov. 1, 2023.

New details emerge about police searches during W&L lockdown

Virginia State Police spread across Lexington after Washington and Lee University received an email threat and a UPS driver reported possible shots fired near downtown
Luke Fountain
November 30, 2023
The Rockbridge Area Relief Association used to provide homeless people with vouchers for a one week stay

Most Lexington hotels will no longer accept homeless guests

A new study says about 640 people are homeless or at risk of losing shelter in Rockbridge County, Lexington and Buena Vista
Jenny Hellwig, Editor-in-Chief
November 30, 2023
Some children of alumni grow up with Washington and Lee as a central part of their lives, especially when they attend events such as Young Alumni Weekend. Photo by Julianna Stephenson, ‘26

W&L to keep legacy admissions after affirmative action strike-down

The admissions office is facing new challenges this year. Legacy admissions isn’t one of them.
Julianna Stephenson
November 30, 2023
Law enforcement continues to clear buildings on campus.

Angry professors, students and parents want answers following W&L lockdown

Frustration has been building in the two weeks since the Nov. 1 threat
Emma Malinak and Fraley Williams
November 17, 2023
Kayla Richardson, a first-year student, had her first month of college turned upside down when this video was posted on YouTube, and a wave of death threats started. (Screenshot courtesy of Young Americas Foundation YouTube)

She challenged Matt Walsh on gender-affirming care. Then the death threats started.

Kayla Richardson had her first month of college disrupted after a video of her was posted to a right-wing YouTube account
Shauna Muckle, Editor-in-Chief
November 13, 2023
According to Fizz guidlines, users can report content that includes indentifiable information about students, which includes students’ names.

Fizz users target student, test app moderators

Moderators of the social media platform were put to the test last week when more than a dozen Fizzes blasted a Washington and Lee sophomore
Claire Hamlet
November 13, 2023
Virginias new electoral map.

Republicans sweep Rockbridge County races, but Democrats win statewide 

Republicans swept two state House races and one state Senate race in Rockbridge County
Jenny Hellwig, Editor-in-chief
November 9, 2023
Mock Conventions Executive Committee allocations in the year preceding a convention have varied significantly in recent cycles. This year, Mock Convention received less compared to 2011 and 2015, according to public data shared by the EC.

Inside the EC’s budget allocation process

Some clubs didn’t get the funding they asked for from the Executive Committee this year
Erika Kengni and Shauna Muckle
November 9, 2023
A Rockbridge Circuit Court grand jury indicted Ricardo Vergara Monday on two felony sexual assault charges.

Grand jury indicts former Washington and Lee first-year on rape charges

Lexington police arrested Ricardo Vergara in February for allegedly sexually assaulting a fellow student a month earlier
Jenny Hellwig, Editor-in-chief
November 7, 2023
Laura Ulmer celebrates Halloween with students in Elrod Commons. Photo courtesy of Laura Ulmer

Get to know Laura Ulmer, director of student activities

Ulmer said she finds much to love about Washington and Lee, but she also has plenty on her plate
Erika Kengni
November 6, 2023
Phi Beta Sigma celebrates its new member presentation. Photo courtesy of Phi Beta Sigma

Historically Black fraternities return for the first time in two years

Students join historically black fraternities at Washington and Lee after years-long hiatus
Christian Basnight
November 6, 2023
A law enforcement officer carrying a rifle leaves a room in the Center for Global Learning, amid an hours-long campus search yesterday.

Washington and Lee community still shaken one day after lockdown

Students came in close proximity to rifles after a 'disjointed' threat was emailed to university officials
Emma Malinak, Fraley Williams, and Shauna Muckle
November 2, 2023
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