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The student newspaper of Washington and Lee University

The Ring-tum Phi

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
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
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
Jesse Friedrichs, co-owner of New Dimension Masonry, explains how stones are cut and placed to replicate the 18th-century structure.

One foundation, many lives: 200 years of history unfold at Structure Nine

The archaeology department is ensuring the memories of Liberty Hall Academy students and the enslaved people who lived on the land are preserved
Emma Malinak
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
A group of law enforcement officers, including a K-9 unit, patrol Washington and Lee’s campus during an hours-long police search. Photo obtained by the Phi

Washington and Lee placed under shelter-in-place order Nov. 1

The university has confirmed there "has been no active violence" after a possible threat Nov. 1
Shauna Muckle and Luke Fountain
November 1, 2023
Left to right: Professors Bob Strong, Emily Filler, Seth Cantey and Mohamed Kamara discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before a packed Stackhouse Theater on Wednesday.

Faculty discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict

A panel of faculty members accepted questions from students on a variety of topics related to violence in the Middle East
Shauna Muckle, Editor-in-Chief
October 24, 2023
Ammar Alhajmee, 26, speaks to a crowd of students calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza strip on Oct. 18.

Students call for immediate ceasefire in Middle East

The rally for ceasefire wasn't affiliated with a particular student group
Shauna Muckle, Editor-in-Chief
October 23, 2023
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