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The Ring-tum Phi

The student newspaper of Washington and Lee University

The Ring-tum Phi

A photo rendering of the inside of a chapel, mostly white but with brown accents. A central arch is filled by a set back white wall.

Lexington city official approves construction of University Chapel wall blocking Lee statue

Jenny Hellwig, News Editor April 11, 2023

Washington and Lee University’s new plan to build a wall in University Chapel was approved early last month after multiple permit denials and arguments over the chapel’s history. Building inspector...

The Greek tragedy

Victoria Ernst, Staff Writer March 28, 2023

I stumbled down what I came to recognize as the bridge along West Nelson Street. Clouds hung low on the gray sky to match the dull, cracked pavement below. Ash dusted the once-red Lexington brick, which...

Two young men wearing hair nets ladle soup from a pot into small cups.

Campus Kitchen’s Souper Bowl raises money to fight food insecurity

Emma Malinak, Arts & Life Editor February 8, 2023

Washington and Lee’s Campus Kitchen hosted its 11th annual Souper Bowl on Feb. 5, celebrating the event in person for the first time since 2020. Lexington’s restaurants partnered with the university...

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

Tyler Palicia, Staff Writer February 8, 2023

I guess you never get used to the sight of old white dudes publicly cosplaying as their favorite Civil War characters. For the fourth consecutive year, I was disappointed to see Confederate flags fluttering...

A group of people carrying Confederate flags and symbols are assembled in a cemetery.

Local MLK and Lee-Jackson Day festivities clash

Bri Hatch and Shauna Muckle January 23, 2023

Well over 100 local community members and far-traveling tourists gathered in Oak Grove Cemetery on Jan. 14 to honor Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in an annual Lee-Jackson Day parade. Attendee Bill...

A crowd of people carrying Confederate flags walk down a town street, facing away from the camera.

Lee-Jackson Day suggests Lee is in limbo

Palmer Van Tuyl, Staff Writer January 23, 2023

Dozens of Confederate admirers and supporters descended upon Lexington for the celebration of Lee-Jackson Day last week in an event now familiar to Washington and Lee University upperclassmen and disarmingly...

W&Ls taxable property is worth $9.9 million, including leased buildings like the business office. Photo by Tyler Palicia, 23

Inside Washington and Lee’s real estate tax exemption

Tyler Palicia , Staff Writer December 19, 2022

Property owners paid their annual real estate taxes to the City of Lexington on December 5. But there is tension over whether everyone is paying their fair share.  Washington and Lee University holds...

Didn’t know Pebble Beach was in Lexington!

Will Pittman May 17, 2022

April 15th will go down in history.  Sure, it is the date of the sinking of the Titanic and the birthday of Da Vinci (and Seth Rogan!), but these are of no pressing significance.  April 15th will...

The Lexington Police Department is on Fuller Street. Photo by Jess Kishbaugh, 24.

The average crime in Lexington

Hyatt Sbar April 12, 2022
A strictly academic comparative study on big city vs. small town police
A float with Santa and Mrs. Claus proceeded down Main Street as part of Lexington’s Christmas parade. The annual event was downsized last year due to COVID-19. Photo by Shauna Muckle, ’24.

Lexington’s annual Christmas festivities return

Luke Fountain December 14, 2021

Christmas festivities are back in full swing in Lexington after a year without. Main Street closed down for Lexington’s annual Christmas parade Dec. 3. Attendees were smiling and bundled up as they...

Lexington City Council increases officers’ salaries

Mimi Sherrill November 9, 2021

The Lexington Police Department’s request for a 12% increase in salaries was unanimously approved during a city council meeting Oct. 21. Lexington Police Chief Angela Greene said she has seen a significant...

The Bookery is a brief walk away from Washington and Lee’s campus, sitting in between Lexington Pet Place and The Palms. It’s been a community staple for 34 years. Photo by Lilah Kimble, ’23.

A life of “organized chaos” in The Bookery

Julie Ham October 26, 2021

The Bookery in downtown Lexington offers an escape into an “organized chaos” of books, a term coined by owner Marysue Forrest. For 34 years, the store has served the Lexington community as one of...

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