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Student Government

22 Mar

The polls opened this morning for the first round of our annual Student Government elections. Today we (Undergrads and Law students) voted for our new Executive Committee President, Vice President, and Secretary, as well as for our Student Judicial Council Chairman and Secretary. These two boards, called the EC and the SJC, are important aspects of our tradition of student self-governance at Washington and Lee, but we have multiple governing bodies on campus.

Executive Committee: Our Student Government, the EC oversees budget allocations for student organizations, student programming, and is responsible for upholding our Honor System.

Student Judicial Council: The SJC is responsible for investigating non-honor violations.

Student Faculty Hearing Board: The SFHB is made up of student and faculty representatives that are specially trained to investigate allegations of harassment or sexual misconduct.

Interfraternity Council: The IFC serves to oversee the male greek community, promote programming and leadership development, and to hear cases regarding misconduct within the Greek community.

Panhellenic Council: The Panhellenic Council promotes programming and leadership development within the female greek community and serves as the governing body and conduct board in the case of organizational misconduct.

Fancy Dress

19 Mar
Fancy Dress this Saturday

Fancy Dress this Saturday


Winter Concert

27 Feb
GAB Poster for Dillon Francis this Saturday!

GAB Poster for Dillon Francis this Saturday!

The General’s Activities Board (GAB) is our student-run entertainment organization that is responsible for putting on the major on-campus concerts throughout the year. This Saturday, GAB is hosting Dillon Francis, an electronic/dance musicician who will be playing at the Pavillion for the students and the public. GAB concerts are always a lot of fun, and many up-and-coming names have played here in the past including Girltalk and Wale. There are even a few impromptu Afroman appearances in the middle of the afternoon which have been, well, confusing, but still very fun. The concert this weekend is sure to be a blast for everyone – just one more reason for friends to come visit!

Many Interests

25 Feb

As the weather has cleared up and gotten warmer, attending outdoor sports events has become much more bearable. This past week (while many of us were traveling and relaxing at home) the W&L Men’s Lacrosse team posted two great one-goal victories. Winning is common for W&L teams, but these victories were special. First, the lacrosse team beat the number 1 seed in the country, Salisbury, in double overtime. After this game, the team traveled to Ohio to face, then ranked 10th, Denison. This was also a close game with Garrett Paglia, a sophomore, scoring with 2:04 to put the Generals on top. With these wins W&L is now ranked 9th in the country. As this is the highest W&L has been ranked in lacrosse in the past few years it is reason to celebrate. However, I believe that an even better thing to celebrate is the rare breed of student-athlete that W&L has.

As a whole W&L students are very talented and have many different interests. This also applies to our athletes. Although some may be described as stereotypical “jocks” most student-athletes here carry more interests than those just on the field, in the weight room, swimming pool, etc. Many of the student-athletes at W&L have been known to exhibit their artwork, post the music they create online, participate in non-sport oriented clubs, and study abroad. This diversity within a category simply shows how widely held the belief of being well round is here at W&L. Students do not simply focus on one thing and put their head down, they explore many areas of interest.

The liberal arts education pushes students to explore different areas of study. It is this learning style, and the surrounding students, that encourage all students to participate in diverse events. If you speak to students you will find that while one may be in a business related club, that same person may also write for the school paper or blog.

The diversity of each individual student is one of the many things that makes W&L a special place. Each person has so much to offer and is as interesting as the next.

The “Souper Bowl”

25 Jan
The Weekend Backpack Program through W&L Campus Kitchens helps many in the community

The Weekend Backpack Program through W&L Campus Kitchens helps many in the community

This Sunday the Campus Kitchens at W&L will be hosting a “Souper Bowl” to benefit its Weekend Backpack Program. The event, which will feature soups from many Lexington restaurants, will help to fund the program which provides backpacks filled with healthy and nutritious food to local children for the weekend. This is just one aspect of the extensive CKWL initiative which is part of the Shepherd Poverty Program. You can learn more about campus kitchens here. Also, check out the Souper Bowl press release here!

The power of a tower.

12 Dec

The new Alpine Tower on W&L’s back campus.

How cool is our new Alpine Tower? Click here to read the article and find out more about how the tower is adding to our Campus Recreation, Outing Club, and Leadership Development programs.

Entrepreneurship Summit

13 Nov

This past weekend W&L’s Venture Club hosted its first ever Entrepreneurship Summit. The Entrepreneurship Program  launched in 2010 has gained significant traction on campus and with our alumni. The program now includes four entrepreneurship courses, a student organization (“Venture Club”), business plan and pitch competitions, spring term and summer internship opportunities, an alumni advisory board, and consulting opportunities. One of the reasons I decided to choose Washington and Lee was due to the University’s interest in entrepreneurship which is unique in most business schools let alone liberal arts colleges!

The Entrepreneurship Summit included multiple panels on the topic of entrepreneurship  marketing and financing ventures as well as legal issues for entrepreneurs. With over twenty different alumni at the summit it was a great chance for the student body to network and discuss entrepreneurship. I had a chance to go to the Networking Reception on Friday which was a great opportunity to get to meet alumni in all kinds of job who like myself have an interest in entrepreneurship. Washington and Lee has a very strong group of alumni who are genuinely interested in getting to know current students and I feel privileged to have so many opportunities to make these connections.