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The Ring-tum Phi

The student newspaper of Washington and Lee University

The Ring-tum Phi

First years sitting in class during the beginning of fall term.

Overflowing first-year class puts a squeeze on campus housing, but not classrooms

More than 500 students from around the world are making Washington and Lee home this year, if they can fit their clothes in triple rooms’ closets
Teddy Kavanagh
September 25, 2023
A man and a woman sit together at a table, working on their laptops.

“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

First-years face unique challenges adjusting to college during a pandemic

Restrictions are designed to limit students’ close contacts, making it difficult for first-years to meet classmates and upperclassmen
CARLY SNYDER
October 21, 2020
17 first-year international students are studying abroad at St. Andrews due to travel restrictions.

International first-year students face unique challenges

First year international students must overcome pandemic challenges, even as they are stranded from home and the W&L community
Vivek Kumar and JIN NI
October 6, 2020
Pre-orientation students on the Appalachian Trail.
Photo courtesy of W&L.

Pre-orientation programs grow to satisfy rising student demand

More upperclassmen returning to programs they enjoyed as first-years
Alison Murtagh
September 19, 2016
First-years become leaders in going green

First-years become leaders in going green

New Sustainability Leadership pre-orientation trip started this year
Sam Bramlett
September 14, 2015
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