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

Claire DiChiario, Staff Writer February 8, 2023

First-years’ transition to college has an extra layer of complication this year: students are also adjusting to fully in-person classes and higher expectations after lighter high school classes during...

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

Evan Owan May 17, 2022

  Think of how refreshing it tastes to drink a glass of cold water when you feel dehydrated. Many Washington and Lee students would say that the return to in-person social events and classes has...

Goodbye masks!

Annalisa Waddick April 12, 2022
A twist on last year’s piece entitled “Why I love my mask”
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

Sophie Kidd February 15, 2022

COVID-19 guidelines at Washington and Lee University have been changing since the beginning of the pandemic. As cases begin to drop within the community and throughout the country, some guidelines have...

Mask mandates in question at local schools

Shauna Muckle February 15, 2022

Local school districts are keeping their mask mandates in place for now, despite a state executive order that says parents can choose whether their kids wear masks at school. But further action at the...

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?

Victoria Ernst February 1, 2022

Since returning to Washington and Lee University after winter break, many students have feared testing positive for COVID-19 upon arrival and being thrown into the depths of Baker Hall.  Those who...

International students face difficulties returning to campus amid Omicron

Avani Kashyap February 1, 2022

Washington and Lee University student Vivek Kumar, ’23, was en route to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India on Jan. 12 when he got the message: he had tested positive for COVID-19....

Don’t go virtual

Luke Fountain January 5, 2022

Take a minute and think back to when you or someone you know had to learn virtually. It may have been only the spring of 2020 or even last school year. But remember the problems and struggles students,...

Concern about Omicron Variant hits W&L campus

Concern about Omicron Variant hits W&L campus

Luke Fountain December 14, 2021

It feels like 2020 again: unease is growing, borders are closing and case numbers are rising. The new Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading, causing alarm worldwide.  The Omicron variant, first...

Movin’ on to Omicron

Kamron Spivey December 14, 2021

Buckle up, boys and girls, it's time for a new edition of COVID-19, and just in time for the holidays! That’s right, while you were shamelessly enjoying Thanksgiving with the family you weren’t allowed...

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

Avani Kashyap October 12, 2021

Rockbridge County hospitals and Washington and Lee University both witnessed a September spike in COVID-19 cases. But the disparity in vaccination rates between the local and on-campus communities has...

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

Luke Fountain October 12, 2021

Spring term Abroad program (STA) is returning after a two-year cancellation hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.  STA provides students with an up-close, personal experience for one immersive course...

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