WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY
What’s News Today: Community discussions, documentary screening
The Giles County School Board will meet today at 1 p.m. with the facilities committee. Delegate Chris Hurst will hold a Virtual Town Hall meeting today to talk to people in the 12th District about his work in the General Assembly and his priorities for the session. Roanoke’s Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board will meet virtually today. The meeting will take place virtually starting at 6:30 p.m. AdWashington and Lee University hosts a virtual screening of the documentary ‘Intimate Violence.’ It was produced and directed by a W&L Assistant Professor.
Debate continues over future of Washington and Lee’s name
LEXINGTON, Va – More and more alumni of Washington and Lee University are calling for a new name for the commonwealth’s second-oldest college. In its nearly 300 year existence, Washington and Lee University has had many different names. “I think that changing the name of the school is an important step in helping to make the campus of more diverse and welcoming environment,” Washington and Lee University Alumna Betsy Green said. Alumni members of the group The Generals Redoubt remain committed to preserving the college’s namesakes. AdThe university has not said when a decision would be made about the potential change.
Community divided over Washington and Lee University’s name
LEXINGTON, Va. – Virginia’s Washington and Lee University says that there are deep divisions over its name as the nation continues to grapple with its racial past. The school was named for founding father George Washington and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Lee was a president of the university and is buried in a campus chapel. The school surveyed students, parents, faculty and alumni. In July, faculty voted to remove Lee’s name and sent a recommendation to the school’s board of trustees.
A progressive city with Confederate roots: Lexington’s unique path to racial equality
Fighting to preserve that history while creating equality, perhaps no other city in Virginia embodies the commonwealth’s identity struggle like Lexington, a liberal community with deep Confederate roots. “I think certainly in the past the Confederate history of this region has been much more prevalent. As we have progressed, I don’t see as many people coming for the Confederate history,” Friedman said. Robert E. Lee is crediting with saving Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) after his surrender to the Union. He said there is a great interest from people wanting to learn about these sites and community history.
Lexington preparing to welcome college students back to the city
LEXINGTON, Va People who live in the city of Lexington are preparing for business to pick back up as thousands of college students return to the city next week for the first time in months. Some people who live in the city are excited to see the students return, but said it hasnt been an easy process for staff at both universities. Some people who live in the city are excited to see the students return, but say it hasnt been an easy process for staff at both universities. Others have mixed feelings about students coming back to Lexington, but said it could help local businesses bounce back financially. VMI will start welcoming cadets back on Aug. 1, Washington and Lee will start moving in students on Aug. 30.
Washington & Lee faculty OK motion to remove Lee from name
LEXINGTON, Va. Faculty at Washington and Lee University have voted to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lees name from the school, but that doesnt mean necessarily such a change will occur. The motion was approved on Monday during a special video conference meeting attended by faculty members, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The school was named for early benefactor George Washington and Lee, who was a president of the university and is buried in a campus chapel. After Lee died in 1870, the faculty requested that the trustees rename the college in Lees honor, according to the university. The trustees agreed, changing the name from Washington College to Washington and Lee University.
Washington and Lee student journalist appears on Meet the Press: College Roundtable
A local college student journalist took a national stage to join a discussion on police reform. Student journalist and rising sophomore at Washington and Lee University, Avalon Pernell, appeared in the first episode of a digital series called “Meet the Press: College Roundtable.”The series brings together college journalism students from across the country for a virtual panel discussion diving into issues affecting them, their communities and the future of their education. Pernell was featured in an episode alongside two other student journalists from University of Oklahoma and Indiana University, as well as Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (D). The students posed questions and discussed Peduto’s plans for police reform. Peduto told the student journalists, “The whole community has to be a part” of police reform, and “It’s not just, write a check and walk away.”Pernell is a news editor at Washington and Lee’s student newspaper, The Ring-tum Phi.
What’s News Today: transportation concerns, cornhole
ROANOKE, Va. – Today is the last day to give your feedback about transportation in the Roanoke Valley. The Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization is asking for your thoughts in an online survey, where you drop pins on a map to show congestion, then prioritize those in most need. The American Cornhole Organization Blue Ridge Major comes to the Berglund Center starting today. Gates open at 11 a.m. today and 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. Washington and Lee University holds its mock presidential nominating convention today and tomorrow.
Roanoke College #4, Lynchburg #5 in ODAC Men's Basketball preseason poll
Salem, Va. - (Courtesy- ODAC press release)A few things jump out at you when reviewing the 2019-20 ODAC Men's Basketball Preseason Poll. Defending champion Guilford College tops the chart with 136 points powered by six first place votes from the league's head coaches. Virginia Wesleyan University and Randolph-Macon College are locked in second with 131 markers each. Guilford College (6) 136 pts. Randolph-Macon College (3) 131 pts.
Washington and Lee football ready for year two under Garrett LeRose
LEXINGTON, Va. - It's year two for head coach Garrett LeRose at Washington and Lee University. This group we have coming up now is excited and motivated by what we learned last year," LeRose said. Washington and Lee also led the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) in scoring defense in 2018, something the secondary is looking to continue. "One thing that's changed is that from a defensive perspective, we've gotten a lot more athletic in all positions all throughout," cornerback Matthew Dodson said. We just focus on making sure we can still get what we need to in practice," linebacker Logan Brand said.