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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

Virginias new electoral map.

Republicans sweep Rockbridge County races, but Democrats win statewide 

Republicans swept two state House races and one state Senate race in Rockbridge County
Jenny Hellwig, Editor-in-chief
November 9, 2023
Phi Zeta Delta’s letters have been scrubbed from the group’s former house, which has been converted to over-flow housing. The fraternity won’t be allowed on campus until 2027.

Phi Zeta Delta suspended for 5 years

It’s unclear how the fraternity plans to move forward from last spring’s verdict
Emma Malinak and Shauna Muckle
September 25, 2023
A closed sign hanging in the glass of a red door.

Lex Bowls bids farewell, for now

The beloved local açaí business closed its doors on April 26 due to a lease issue
Christian Basnight, Staff Writer
May 8, 2023
Three women and one man hold signs supporting abortion rights and stand on a street corner. Two dogs are also present.

Limited reproductive health care options harm Rockbridge County residents

W&L faculty share their experiences with high-risk pregnancies and off-road deliveries
Addie-Grace Cook, Staff Writer
May 8, 2023
Three brick sorority houses with white columns.

Female transfer students face social barriers in sorority recruitment

Rush rules leave older students feeling isolated, especially those without campus connections
Julianna Stephenson, Staff Writer
May 8, 2023
The front of the Pi Beta Phi chapter house, a building at least three stories tall with white columns and a brick first story with several columns and archways between them.

Pi Beta Phi placed on probation until 2024

One hazing report set off an investigation, an appeal and backlash
Bri Hatch and Shauna Muckle
April 11, 2023
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

Local building inspector denied original construction plans due to safety concerns. After two years, construction will begin in June 2023
Jenny Hellwig, News Editor
April 11, 2023
Three Black Washington and Lee grads

DeLaney Center researches untold stories of Black women on W&L’s campus

Black women's contributions to the school included creating and leading dynamic student organizations
Caitlyn Thompkins, Staff Writer
April 11, 2023

President announces campus absence

His departure raises questions about who will preside over major events
Shauna Muckle, Editor-in-Chief
April 11, 2023
A photo shows multiple signs and papers. The focus is a yellow and black sign reading What is a Fallacy? with Matt Walsh.

Petition opposing Matt Walsh visit nets over 600 signatures

Students, alumni, faculty and staff supported a petition asking the administration to disallow Walsh's visit
Shauna Muckle, Editor-in-Chief
March 28, 2023
A diploma sample in a picture frame. The diploma reads Washington and Lee University, above a wide artwork of the colonnade. The phrase Lexington, Virginia is placed under the artwork.

Confusion over diploma design highlights W&L’s turmoil with racial justice

The Board of Trustees quietly removed portraits of the university namesakes in 2022 as a response to 'Change the Name' protests
Bri Hatch, Editor-in-Chief
March 28, 2023
A group of people, appearing mostly female, hold lit candles and walk in a loose line on a brick pathway under columned porches. The photos lighting is dim and indicates twilight.

The other side of sexual misconduct programming

Audrey Blumenstock, '22, says being on the SPEAK executive team made her feel "muzzled" by the administration
Jenny Hellwig, News Editor
March 28, 2023
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