The Ring-tum Phi

D-hall with a side of coronavirus

Ropes and signs facilitate social distancing while students wait in line.

Tori Johnsson

September 10, 2020

Our university’s biggest social distancing weakness is dinnertime. Our relationships with fellow students build a strong campus community. But we may end up with less people in that community if we don’t give each other personal space in the D-Hall line. An average 6 p.m. view from the Marketplace’s...

Satire: Change the name!!!

Satire: Change the name!!!

Tyler Palicia

September 10, 2020

I say that we change the name of Washington and Lee University (did you see the headline?). However, in keeping with tradition, I believe that the school’s new namesake should also be a controversial figure whom many find offensive. I propose that we adopt the name of the 37th president of the United...

A duty to honor

The EC released in a statement on August 30th: “given that the honor system at Washington and Lee University is not codified, the Executive Committee does not have the constitutional power to [preemptively] determine whether or not violations of the COVID-19 community guidelines will constitute honor violations.”

J.C. Ward, Jr.

September 10, 2020

As Washington and Lee University students begin classes on campus for the first time since March, there is much excitement. But, there is also significant anxiety about the safety of the campus and that of the broader Lexington-Rockbridge community, as well as the prospects of a forced quick return back...

A way forward

Tyler Palicia

August 12, 2020

Our school faces a critical dilemma at this moment and how we respond to it will change the course of our history. The consensus amongst professors (nearly 70%) is to change the name, alumni are also split on the issue and students are likewise embroiled in the same political pressure cooker that begs...

A Plea for Civility

Lilly Gillespie and Jack Fencl

July 3, 2020

To say we live in a difficult and ugly time is an understatement. The past few months have been filled with anger, tension and uncertainty, both nationally and in the Washington and Lee community. These feelings, while understandable, threaten W&L’s core values, chief among them free speech and civ...

We can do better

Eli Samson

June 18, 2020

Editor's Note: The following piece includes instances of uncensored racial slurs. The author has requested that this language remain uncensored to help readers become aware of the words that are used to target Asian Americans and the charge behind them. The Ring-tum Phi chose to honor the authors wis...

W&L has not been and will never be home for me

Andrea Rojas

June 9, 2020

Washington and Lee University has not been and will never be home for me. “What is the undergrad experience like at Washington and Lee?” That was the question. Simple and sweet. For many of my classmates, this question allows them to reminisce about parties, hanging in the dorms with friends pas...

A love letter to Washington and Lee University

An aerial view of Washington and Lee University. Photo by Coleman Martinson.

Lilah Kimble

May 18, 2020

"I haven’t stopped thinking of you since we were abruptly torn apart in this chaotic mess."

News Editor Emma Derr signs off

Emma Derr, '20.

Emma Derr

May 18, 2020

"Through my time with the Phi, I experienced a sense of true community with incredible people."

For the last time

Hannah Denham, '20, (left) and Maya Lora, '20, (right) in the Ring-tum Phi office.

Maya Lora and Hannah Denham

May 18, 2020

Maya Lora and Hannah Denham, the 2019-20 editors-in-chief of the Ring-tum Phi, sign-off

Quarantining together won’t work without communication

Two sophomore students quarantined themselves in a Gaines Hall apartment. Photo by Coleman Martinson.

Hannah Denham

May 4, 2020

It isn’t a joke you can take lightly, Hannah Denham writes

How I caught and recovered from coronavirus

The novel coronavirus. Photo illustration courtesy of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kylie Piotte

May 4, 2020

Kylie Piotte, '21, shares her story

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