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Donna Brazile urges students to make a ‘wise choice’

Donna Brazile urges students to make a 'wise choice'

Brianna Hatch

February 15, 2020

Brazile’s energetic speech called on students to use their power to vote Trump out of office

Patti Solis Doyle talks immigration, Hispanic voters in 2020 election

Patti Solis Doyle address Mock Convention.

Jin Ni and Laura Calhoun

February 14, 2020

Patti Solis Doyle, a nationally recognized political organizer and campaign strategist, spoke against Donald Trump’s treatment of immigrants and stressed the importance of Hispanic voters in the 2020 election to Mock Convention attendees.   “Trump stands on immigration because he thinks it will help hi...

Nadine Strossen speaks out against censorship

Nadine Strossen speaks during Session Two of the 2020 Mock Convention

Virginia Laurie and Laura Calhoun

February 14, 2020

Nadine Strossen, the first female president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), advocated for free speech at the 27th Washington and Lee Mock Convention. “Free speech is not just about self expression, it is the essence of self-government, as represented in this convention,” Strossen sai...

Joe Donnelly calls for Mock Convention to ‘fight for America’

Former Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly (D). Photo by Lilah Kimble.

Brianna Hatch

February 14, 2020

The former legislator from Indiana was outwardly anti-Trump in his first session speech

Symone Sanders talks inclusion

Symone Sanders, senior advisor to Joe Biden's presidential campaign, kicked off Mock Convention 2020's slew of speakers. Photo by Lilah Kimble.

Jin Ni

February 14, 2020

In the kickoff session of the 27th Washington and Lee Mock Convention, speaker Symone Sanders urged students, faculty and visitors to be a radical revolutionary in personal life and politics.  “There is no magic wand,” said Sanders, referring to how there is no easy solution to the complicated...

Donkeys greet Session One spectators

Donkeys Roger and Monty greet Convention guests. Photo by Lilah Kimble, '23.

Josette Corazza

February 14, 2020

As students and spectators make their way to the Duchossois Tennis Center for Mock Convention Session One, they are not greeted by a smiling staff member. Rather, two grazing donkeys in a 12-by-12 pen adjacent to the building snuffle and snort as if to welcome guests. The equines are part of a family...

Parade preparation pays off

Montana delegates wave flags atop their float. Photo by Lilah Kimble, '23.

Grace Mamon, Virginia Laurie, and Tanajia Moye-Green

February 14, 2020

Community members filled the streets of Lexington this morning for Washington and Lee’s Mock Convention Parade. The parade is in preparation for a weekend-long convention hosting prominent speakers and ending with a prediction of the Democratic candidate for the 2020 election. Student-made floa...

Jim Acosta predicts Michael Bloomberg as Democratic presidential nominee

The politics and media panel event did not allow press photography. Photo by Lilah Kimble.

Avalon Pernell and Tori Johnsson

February 14, 2020

The politics and media panel kicked off Washington and Lee University's 2020 Mock Convention

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The Ring-tum Phi Staff

February 13, 2020

SESSION FOUR UPDATE 6: PM Senator Bernie Sanders will be the Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election, after a contested Washington and Lee University Mock Convention for the first time since 1968. UPDATE 5:50 PM No candidate reached the necessary 1,991 votes to constitute a two-thir...

Fitness center to close after winter term for renovations

Doremus Gymnasium. Photo by Maggie Barker.

Maggie Barker

February 12, 2020

Gym equipment will move to the Student Activities Pavilion during spring term

Casa Hispánica and Chavis House proposed as site for new institutional history museum

Chavis House. Photo by Maya Lora.

Hannah Denham

February 12, 2020

Students, professors concerned over timeline for demolition and plan for replacement

Scholarship established to honor former history professor Ted DeLaney’s retirement

Former History Professor Ted DeLaney (left) greets Economics Professor Niels-Hugo Blunch (right) after teaching his last class. Photo by Hannah Denham.

Zach England

February 12, 2020

The endowment was set up by friends of the recently retired history professor

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