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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

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“I’ve been so disconnected:” First-years say post-pandemic burnout is real

Students are struggling with disengagement and apathy now that campus has returned to pre-pandemic norms
Claire DiChiario, Staff Writer
February 7, 2023

A year in review: Washington and Lee back and better than ever

This year, students finally felt a sense of normalcy after a year-and-a-half of restrictions byline:
Evan Owan
May 17, 2022

Goodbye masks!

A twist on last year’s piece entitled “Why I love my mask”
Annalisa Waddick
April 12, 2022
Current vaccination status of Washington and Lee community members. Data courtesy of the university’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Students petition the university’s booster requirement

Law students are asking the school to reconsider the requirement and the consequences of not obeying
Sophie Kidd
February 15, 2022

Mask mandates in question at local schools

A controversial executive order has school districts defending their decisions to keep mask mandates in place.
Shauna Muckle
February 15, 2022
As of Jan. 30, 38 of the university’s 47 isolation/quarantine beds are occupied. This means the isolation/quarantine space on campus is 80.9% full. Photo by Jess Kishbaugh, ’24.

Prison on campus?

Washington and Lee takes a nonsensical approach to Omicron
Victoria Ernst
February 1, 2022

International students face difficulties returning to campus amid Omicron

Positive COVID-19 tests left some students stuck abroad, facing technology and timing issues as classes began
Avani Kashyap
February 1, 2022

Don’t go virtual

March 2020: Pandemic, Zoom, virtual learning; our educational experience turned upside down.
Luke Fountain
January 5, 2022
Concern about Omicron Variant hits W&L campus

Concern about Omicron Variant hits W&L campus

Students fear study abroad cancellations and more restrictions. Campus health officials are cautious, but not panicked.
Luke Fountain
December 14, 2021

Movin’ on to Omicron

Just when things seemed fine, a new virus arrives
Kamron Spivey
December 14, 2021
Staff and resources in local hospitals such as the Carilion Rockbridge Community Hospital have been hamstrung in the wake of a surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Photo by Lilah Kimble, ’23.

Local hospitals, W&L face COVID-19 spike

A surge in COVID-19 cases has strained resources at local hospitals and the student health center.
Avani Kashyap
October 12, 2021
The Center for Global Learning houses resources like the Center for International Education, the Global Discovery Laboratories and numerous language departments including Arabic and Russian. Photo by Lilah Kimble, ’23.

Spring Term Abroad returns

Students and professors remain cautiously optimistic in light of COVID-19
Luke Fountain
October 12, 2021
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