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W&L Women Gather in Roanoke for Fourth Women's Leadership Summit

Jane Ledlie Batchellor '03 speaks as part of a panel at the Women's Leadership Summit.

Soon after her arrival on campus during her first year, Lucy Wade Shapiro '15 attended a meeting for students interested in running for a position on the Executive Committee. "Afterwards, a girl came up to me and was like, 'You know women don't win?' And I was like, 'What?' " recalled Shapiro.

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Emeritus Trustee Ray V. Hartwell III ’69, ’75L Dies at 66

Ray V. Hartwell III ’69, ’75L

Ray V. Hartwell III '69, '75L, of Anniston, Ala., who served on the Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2009, died on Feb. 7. He was a retired attorney and partner with the law firm of Hunton & Williams, in Washington.

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Men's Basketball Team Scores Hard-Won Victory

Junior forward Jim Etling in the game against Rando

Some of the craziest moments in sports come from the most unlikely of scenarios. Who saw Wichita State's run to the Final Four coming last spring? Or, for that matter, the same runs from in-state programs George Mason and VCU? America loves to pull for an underdog, and that's exactly what you'd call the 2013–14 Washington and Lee men's basketball squad.

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Reporting from Ukraine for Russia!

Isaac Webb '13

Alumnus Isaac Webb '13, a Fulbright scholar in Kyiv, Ukraine, has been reporting regularly on the extensive anti-government demonstrations there for the online magazine, Russia! The demonstrations started in November and recently turned violent. He notes that both sides appear prepared to continue the standoff without negotiations.

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Another Reason to Appreciate George Washington

As we celebrate Presidents Day this year, alumna Megan Davis '99 reminds us that W&L's namesake, George Washington, was not only the country's first president and an early benefactor of Washington and Lee, but also is credited as one of the nation's first engineers.

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Essential Personnel Keep W&L Open, Even When Closed

Celia Clark clears snow

When 10 inches of snow make it necessary to "close" Washington and Lee, not every employee stays home for the day—or the night. Nearly 1,000 people live on campus, depending on the University for food and beverage, health services, security, utilities and, of course, snow removal. Designated essential personnel make their way to campus regardless of the conditions, working as long as necessary to take care of the academic community.

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New Meaning for a Snow Day

Roger Day performs for stranded school children via Skype

When Roger Day heard about grade school students being stranded in their school buildings overnight during last week's snowstorm that crippled parts of Georgia and Alabama, he decided to help—by singing to the kids.

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Brack '62 Takes Readers Behind the Cameras in New Book

Dennis Brack '62

While the career of Dennis Brack, a member of Washington and Lee University's Class of 1962, shows you can make a photojournalist out of a history major, his new book, "Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House," proves you can't take the history major out of this photojournalist.

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Kester Conducts Seminars in Singapore

George Kester, Martell Professor of Finance at Washington and Lee University

George Kester, the Martel Professor of Finance in Washington and Lee's Williams School, spent time in Singapore this past November, leading two executive seminars for the Singapore Institute of Management. He's been conducting seminars there since 1996.

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Personal Essay by W&L’s Kolman Singled Out by CNN.com

Washington and Lee music professor Barry Kolman and his daughter Emmanuela

"There was the news that made the headlines. And then there were the personal stories that made a lasting impact on only a few people, but touched the lives of millions," said CNN.com in selecting the 13 best personal essays submitted during 2013. Among those stellar essays was one by Barry Kolman, professor of music at Washington and Lee University.

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