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Fancy Dress

19 Mar
Fancy Dress this Saturday

Fancy Dress this Saturday


Tour Guide Spotlight: Elizabeth Steitz ’14

26 Jan
Elizabeth Steitz '14

Elizabeth Steitz ’14

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Major(s)/Minor(s): Mass Communications

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? I am involved with the Fancy Dress Steering Committee, First-Year Leadership Council, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, and Reformed University Fellowship.

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I am a lector for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? I love to run, cook, make new friends, and read classic novels.

Favorite weekend activity? I love lazy Saturday afternoons spent outside with my friends.

Favorite thing about Lexington? I love the small-town feel of Lexington—it perfectly compliments the close-knit community we have at Washington and Lee. What’s your favorite W&L memory? Homecoming weekend my first year at Washington and Lee. Aside from all of the band parties, delicious food, and fun times it was great to see all of the young alumni come back to visit. I could really see how much they loved and missed Washington and Lee.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? During orientation week, an evening was reserved for the First-Years to have dinner with their advisors. I rode in a car to my advisor’s house in the country with two other first-years, hoping for the best. The dinner was amazing. We had Salerno’s pasta, Blue Sky carrot cake, and great conversation. After dinner, we took a walk down the road to the most unbelievable view of the Blue Ridge Mountains I have every seen. Looking out at the breathtaking view, my advisor told us what a wonderful place Washington and Lee is and how many opportunities we will have in the next four years.


An Affair In Red Square

23 Mar

Fancy Dress is tomorrow night! FD, our version of prom, is guaranteed to be a blast. This year’s theme is An Affair in Red Square. One of my friends who is on the FD committee was covered in glitter and spray paint last night – I can’t wait to see the decorations!

What a Night of Wonders

28 Mar

My hats go off to everyone involved in putting together Fancy Dress! This year’s theme was Arabian Nights “A night of wonders”. Hello Aladdin and Jasmin (the coolest Disney princess). The campus was covered in posters before FD of camels, genie lamps, and palaces. FD took over the gym midweek before this Saturday in order to put up decorations, which were fantastic. There was a happy, upbeat, excitement in the gym thanks to the awesome band Right On. This same band played at President Obama’s inauguration ball! They rocked sparkled platform shoes, jackets, and a few wild hairstyles. Students, professors, coaches, and really all employees of the school were out to partake in the celebration. A little history behind Fancy Dress, it was started over 100 years ago and is called the “million dollar ball”. After the first year, the only problem the regional newspaper reported was that it was too short. . . the party lasted till 3 in the morning. Boogie on.


28 Mar

So last night was Fancy Dress.  I had heard that it was a lot of fun and that the decorations were ridiculous, but I didn’t realize just how awesome it was going to be!  A group of us went out to dinner with our dates at the Southern Inn beforehand and then showed up at FD a little later.  You might be thinking that a dance in the school gym sounds really corny, but you would be wrong.  Both gyms had Moulin Rouge decorations, but there was live music in one and a dj in the other.  It was so much fun to see everybody out, dressed-up, and dancing!  I even saw a few professors breakin’ it down.

Moulin Rouge

28 Mar

Welcome to the morning after Fancy Dress. The library is full of students hunched over their laptops and those who are frantically scribbling notes and answers. This is a typical Sunday at Washington and Lee University. You would have never guessed that last night was one of the biggest events on campus. Fancy Dress is the college version of prom but think bigger, better, and a lot more fancier. With a $100,000 budget, the committee completely transformed Doremus Gymasium into a scene from Moulin Rouge. All of Saturday, girls were prepping for the big night. My friends and I met our dates in the quad (open space between the freshmen dorms) and after snapping some pictures, we headed to Southern Inn for dinner. The restaurant was filled with W&L students and every seat, plus more, was taken. From there we went to our dates fraternities for the cocktail party. We finally arrived at Fancy Dress around 11. The live band in one room was amazing, they played nonstop for hours! The other smaller room had more recent popular music. The decorations were amazing. There was a windmill, a stage set up just like in Moulin Rouge… My high school prom was nothing like this, I can’t believe I will have this experience three more times.

Well, after this short break to update you on last night, I must go back to figuring out how supply and demand models apply to currency markets.

The Final Countdown!

25 Mar

We are just over 48 hours away from the 103rd annual Fancy Dress Ball! As an FD committee member, I got to brainstorm and help decide this year’s theme, Moulin Rouge, I have helped paint the banners currently hanging in the Commons advertising this grand event, assembled centerpieces, addressed envelopes for the invitations that were sent out to every student, faculty, and staff member in the W&L community, and even tested my dainty hands with some construction work! The committee as a whole began meeting last September to discuss this year’s budget, we began working on all the decorations after Feb break (the first week of March), and we have been selling tickets and packages (tickets plus t-shirts, playbills, posters, and cups) this past week. I have loved being a part of this committee; I’ve gotten to meet and work with some of the most fun and creative students here on campus, and the Fancy Dress committee is just one more way you can immediately get involved on campus! I can’t wait to see the entire committee’s hard work pay off!

Late Nights in the Libes

24 Mar

Or library.  Leyburn.  The Leyb…… what have you. The point of the story is that I’ve been spending a lot of time here lately.  Here at W&L, our unofficial motto is “Work hard, play hard.” And work hard we do.  Case in point: This week, I’ve already turned in some physics problems (Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity, anyone? Its fun stuff.), a Spanish essay, a Physics lab report, and am currently toiling away on an essay for my poverty studies class to be handed in tomorrow.  As for play hard, the annual Fancy Dress Ball is only a few short days away.  I’m only a first year, so I’ve never experienced FD before, but from what I’ve heard, its going to be a pretty good time.  After a shopping trip this weekend with some girls from my hall, I’m ready to dance all night at the Moulin Rouge!!

And a quick note to all the high school seniors: This time one year ago, I had NO IDEA where I was going to college.  Don’t stress out about it too much, you’ll all end up where you’re supposed to be.  I know I did 🙂


Fancy Dress: Just another W&L tradition

18 Mar

If you’ve been on a campus tour at W&L yet, you know we’re big on traditions–from placing pennies on Traveller’s grave to NOT walking through the main archway at Graham-Lee’s breezeway.

Coming up next weekend (March 27) is the 103rd annual Fancy Dress ball. It’s basically prom for us big kids (because we all need a reason to dress up!). Warner Center and Doremus Gymnasium are totally transformed for a night of dancing, music and fun as a University community. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even get a dance with one of your  professors–some of them really know how to move! (Here’s some history on it!)

Last year’s theme was “A Dark Night” and this year’s theme was revealed this week–“Moulin Rouge” SPECTACULAR SPECTACULAR!

It’s my senior FD, so I’m looking to go all out and enjoy one last hurrah before I have to wait for someone to get married to wear a gown again.

Check out the FD blog here.