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The Ring-tum Phi

The student newspaper of Washington and Lee University

The Ring-tum Phi

The student newspaper of Washington and Lee University

The Ring-tum Phi

Tyler Palicia

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Satire: Local boy scout shoots down Chinese spy balloons, honored as local and national hero

President Biden awarded 15-year-old Jake Hamlon the Medal of Honor for his service
Tyler Palicia, Staff Writer
February 14, 2023
A parade of people carrying Confederate flags down a street.

Hey W&L, your inaction is showing: Lee-Jackson Day shouldn’t be met with silence

The university cannot say it supports diversity and inclusion unless it fully opposes those crusty, decaying acolytes of the Lost Cause
Tyler Palicia, Staff Writer
February 8, 2023
W&Ls taxable property is worth $9.9 million, including leased buildings like the business office.

Inside Washington and Lee’s real estate tax exemption

W&L only paid $91,000 in real estate taxes this year for its off-campus property valued at $57.6 million. The university supports Lexington in other ways. But is it enough?
Tyler Palicia, Staff Writer
December 19, 2022
Attendees held signs expressing their frustration. Photo by Tyler Palicia.

Lexington residents are serious about women’s rights

On May 10, students and community members raised arms in protest regarding the overturn of Roe v. Wade.
Tyler Palicia
May 20, 2022
Steward’s House Ruin as it looks in September 2021. Photo by Tyler Palicia, ’23.

The secret ruins

A little-known historical site on Washington and Lee’s back campus has all but completely deteriorated due to the university’s neglect.
Tyler Palicia
March 15, 2022

Centrism is a cancer

So-called “centrists” only align with the majority of professional politicians, not the majority of the public.
Tyler Palicia
December 14, 2021

On Book Banning

Why Beloved and books like it deserve a place in the classroom
Tyler Palicia
November 23, 2021

Classic Horror Recommendations: Part II

Two more classic horror films to add to your must-watch list
Tyler Palicia
November 9, 2021

Classic horror recommendations

Three classic horror films to watch this month
Tyler Palicia
October 12, 2021

Bottom line: Don’t watch Godzilla vs. Kong

These constant remakes and revivals are nothing more than signs of a dying culture
Tyler Palicia
April 13, 2021
Remove the window bars!

Remove the window bars!

We can’t give up good looks in exchange for physical safety. It simply isn’t worth it.
Tyler Palicia
March 19, 2021

PSA: Email Etiquette

How to avoid creating another long and obnoxious school-wide email chain
Tyler Palicia
February 16, 2021

Walking down Main Street: A Satire?

For legal reasons, I wrote this account in the voice of 21-year-old Sam Shaver.
Tyler Palicia
November 17, 2020

Kidnapping the Jeb Bush cutout: If I did it

Satire: An act of impluse in Elrod Commons
Tyler Palicia
November 4, 2020

A new line of PPE’s

Satire: Adversity breeds innovation at W&L
October 21, 2020

Lexington ghost stories

To inspire a Halloween mindset
October 7, 2020
The first-year seminar drew criticism from for-mer Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

A response to Breitbart

Satire: Other radical, left-wing classes that must go
Tyler Palicia
September 22, 2020

Opinion: Bernie Sanders, the magic socialist

Tyler Palicia, '23, agrees with Mock Convention 2020's prediction
Tyler Palicia
February 16, 2020

Global warming is killing waterfowl

Tyler Palicia shares his take on the relationship between climate change and duck hunting
Tyler Palicia
January 28, 2020

The importance of DC’s “Joker” in an era of Marvel Cinematic dominance

I understand how Marvel’s gimmick works: why should a studio invest in new ideas?
Tyler Palicia
November 18, 2019

Satire: Pool tables need replacing

Tyler Palicia tackles the campus pool table conditions in his latest satire column
Tyler Palicia
November 4, 2019

Cancel culture for dummies

Case study: Shane Gillis and Saturday Night Live
Tyler Palicia
October 1, 2019

Satire: Campus erupts in controversy over missing fork scandal

There is a deep state working within this institution to keep forks out of D-hall.
Tyler Palicia
September 22, 2019
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