The student newspaper of Washington and Lee University

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

Meeting the needs of low-income students who wanted to attend Fancy Dress 2024 was a challenge this year, said advocates for low-income students.

Students ask for more financial assistance as social event costs rise

The cost of social life at W&L often harms low-income students
Rebecca Hoffman, Contributing Writer
May 13, 2024
Previous Fancy Dress themes include racist framing.

Lee’s image in Fancy Dress promotion sparked anger. It’s nothing new.

A poster featuring Robert E. Lee poses the question: What does the W&L tradition mean for an increasingly diverse student body?
Emma Malinak, Managing Editor
March 25, 2024
A woman in a leotard raises a leg above her head. She is in a large metal cage on a stage. A crowd of people in formal wear surround the stage.

Students kick off end of semester with Sean Kingston concert, 116th Fancy Dress

The circus-themed ball brought a taste of the big top to Washington and Lee
Catherine McKean, Arts & Life Editor
March 28, 2023
Your co-editors-in-chief, Mary Alice Russell, ’22, (left) and Grace Mamon, ’22, (right) enjoyed Fancy Dress. Photo by Maria Shaw, ’22.

Fancy Dress Ball brings a sense of togetherness

From the plastic dinosaurs to the dance floor of the gym, there was something for everybody
Mary Alice Russell
March 29, 2022
A photo of Fancy Dress past from Life Magazine in 1983 highlights the long lasting tradition of formal attire.

The Fancy Dress info you know you needed

All of you biggest Fancy Dress questions answered
Mary Alice Russell
March 15, 2022
Fancy Dress Committee announced this years theme with a banner in commons earlier this month. Photo by Mary Alice Russell, ’22.

Once again, it’s time for Fancy Dress

For the first time in two years, the oldest collegiate ball in the country is back
Mary Alice Russell
February 15, 2022

Fancy dress expected to be virtual, decentralized

Plans are still in the works and no date has been set for this year’s event
Jess Kishbaugh
February 16, 2021
The Andy Warhol-themed Fancy Dress 2019 was held in the Student Activities Pavilion. Photo by Hannah Denham.

Fancy Dress refunds tickets

COVID-19 will have no lingering effect on future Fancy Dress events
Grace Mamon
April 13, 2020
T-Pain performed at the sold-out show in the Pavilion. Photo courtesy of GAB.

Sold-out T-Pain concert rocks W&L community

The General Activities Board made some protocol changes at this year’s winter concert featuring well-known rapper T-Pain
Maya Lora
March 27, 2017

Fancy Dress theme revealed

FD Committee announces this year’s theme, “Party on the Moon,” at Red Square reveal party
Caroline Saltzman
March 7, 2016
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