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George and Bob Talks

29 Mar
The first George and Bob talks - this Monday!

The first George and Bob talks – this Monday!

Washington and Lee’s first ever George and Bob Talks will be held this Monday.
Students of POL 265 (Classical Political Philosophy) and POL 266 (Modern Political Philosophy) will each give 6-minute talks that dive into the various meanings and experiences found in a modern liberal arts experience.

Fancy Dress

19 Mar
Fancy Dress this Saturday

Fancy Dress this Saturday

 

AdLib

27 Feb
AdLib this week!

AdLib this week!

This week plays host to the AdLib conference, our on-campus conference that brings students and professionals from all fields together to discuss advertising in the liberal arts. Like Science, Society, and the Arts (SSA) next week, AdLib is 100% a W&L experience, and provides students the fantastic opportunity to network and learn more about professionals in their potential fields. For more information on AdLib check out the conference website.

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!

SSA5

13 Feb
Aerial Dance at SSA

Aerial Dance at SSA

SSA, full name ‘Science, Society, and the Arts’ is our on-campus conference which allows students and faculty to share their various academic projects with the W&L community. this year it will be held March 7th and 8th and classes will be suspended on the 8th so that all students and faculty can attend.

From the SSA Website: Science, Society, and the Arts is a multi-disciplinary conference involving Washington and Lee undergraduates and law students in the presentation of their academic achievements before an audience of their peers and the faculty. Conference participants share their work via oral presentations, traditional academic-conference-style panels, poster sessions, artistic shows, or creative performances. Students, faculty, and staff may also choose to participate in colloquia organized around common readings proposed by interested Washington and Lee community members.

Cyrus the Cadaver

30 Nov
Cyrus the Cadaver

Cyrus the Cadaver

Our special weekends on campus (Homecoming, Parents Weekend, Christmas Weekend, Alumni Weekend, etc.) are exciting times on campus where the entire student body comes out to celebrate together. During this busy term, I am sure many students were happy to see good ole’ Cyrus McCormick dressed in his Cadaver Best, marking the beginning of our last big weekend of the semester.

The Cadavers are our main secret society on campus. The rumor is that they are majority male Pre-Med students, but they may have expanded to other majors in recent years. The Cadavers wear masks and run around campus at night, putting up their symbol on the Gym, statues, and the football field. The legend is that if you unmask a Cadaver, they have to pay for your Medical/Grad School, but rest assured that they will not go down without a fight. Since the society donates quite a bit of money, the school overlooks their minor acts of vandalism in the name of a new fitness center.

As for our friend Cyrus McCormick, he was a Lexingtonian and inventor of the mechanical reaper. A famous and wealthy man in his day, Cyrus contributed a large sum of money to the school in the hopes that it would take on his name. Unfortunately for Cyrus, that didn’t happen, but the statue stands today on our Colonnade as a testament to his contribution.

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.