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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

Laura Ulmer celebrates Halloween with students in Elrod Commons. Photo courtesy of Laura Ulmer

Get to know Laura Ulmer, director of student activities

Ulmer said she finds much to love about Washington and Lee, but she also has plenty on her plate
Erika Kengni
November 6, 2023
Signs endorsing  conservative candidates are posted outside the Republican Party Headquarters in Lexington. Similar signs were disallowed at the Activities Fair in September. Photo by Lilah Kimble, ’23.

W&L in conflict with student clubs over political endorsements and tax law

Both the College Republicans and College Democrats demand more transparency and consistency from the university in their regulation of student speech
Janae Darby
November 9, 2021
After a year of remote Zoom meetings and dwindling club participation, students can now meet in person to pursue their passions in new and old clubs alike.

New year, new student organizations

New student organiations include Native American Student Organization, Film Society and NAACP chapter
Andrew Claybrook
September 28, 2021
Both the first edition (front) and the centennial edition (back) of the Ring-tum Phi are shown here. The first issue was released Sept. 18, 1897.

New organization emerges, aims to explore and preserve local history

Students for Historical Preservation started ‘in the midst of a controversy.’
Emma Malinak
September 27, 2021
Let the games begin

Let the games begin

If conducted in a smart and safe manner, the existence of athletic competition at W&L is a priority.
Ana Dorta
March 19, 2021

The Marriage Pact was a success, or at least the hype leading up to it was

The 50-question survey brought a few first dates and much needed excitement to our campus.
Mary Alice Russell
March 19, 2021
Student organizations set up tents to replace typical tabling in commons

Student activities go virtual

Club leaders get creative to engage students on and off campus
Nobel Manaye
October 7, 2020

Natatorium reopens after months closed due to COVID-19

Students must sign up in advance using an online scheduling tool
September 22, 2020
A night at Friday Night Underground, a popular party alternative for students, in January 2019. Photo by James Ricks, 21.

Student Activities seeks to maintain the ‘social’ in distancing

Organizations like FUDG and RUF are staying connected online
Kristen Xu
April 13, 2020
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