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The Year
in Review

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1988: A Busy Year of

A 239-year tradition ends,
fraternity rush is altered, a
new dorm is completed,
W&L improves national
status, FD causes a ruckus
and the mock convention
caps off a banner year.

The 1987-88 school year at Washington and
Lee was a year of fervent activity, as numerous
changes took place both externally and internally
on the W&L campus. The completion of Gaines
Residence Hall created not only an additional
place for W&L undergraduates and law students
to live, but with its eventual completion in Dec-
ember, a new building comprising both the old
and new in its architectural design quickly found
its "place" within the W&L community.

On a more personal level, the third class of
coeds arrived in Lexington in September, result-
ing in the all-male senior class' being outnumbe-
red by the coed classes for the first time in W&L
history. However, with the full integration of
women into W&L activities, the transition pro-
gressed fairly smoothly.

Fraternity rush was rescheduled in September
from two weeks to only one this year, the result
being cries of protest from fraternity members
and freshmen males alike, both arguing that
neither could make informed choices as to pledg-
ing from only bnef contact with one another.
Causing further student protest, the W&L fac-
ulty voted in February to take the Interfratemity
Council out of the rush scheduling process, giv-

ing the Student Affairs Committee the authority
to set up the rush calender for the 1 988-89 school
year. IFC President Mark Farley said a deferred
pledgeship, beginning dunng winter term, was
almost certain to be included in next year's cal-

In November. W&L received two honors.
USA Today chose W&L as the 23rd choosiest
college in the nation. Colleges were ranked ac-
cording to the percentage of applicants accepted
for the 1986-87 school year. U.S. News and
World Report chose W&L as the 25th best liberal



arts college in the nation. The rating of colleges j
in this report was based on a survey of college
presidents across the nation.

Fancy Dress was at a controversial all-time
high in March with the Minority Students
Association voicing strong opposition to the
ball's theme. The Reconciliation Ball of 1865.
The MSA eventually staged a boycott in regards I
to what it considered the celebration of "a period '■
in which blacks were oppressed." The Student
Activities Board said the theme was chosen as a
celebration of the Civil War period's influence
upon the tradition of W&L. adding that the
Fancy Dress Ball is "a social event, not a politi-
cal one."

Just two weeks later, the 1988 Mock Demo- 1

18 The Yeari^ Jteview fi^

Change and Growth

cratic Convention was held. The event has been
called the most realistic and accurate of all the
mock political events held at the nation's col
leges. Holding fast to what many consider a re
markable track record, delegates spent two
chaotic days convening before nominating Mas-
sachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis as the
next Democratic nominee for president on the
second roll call vote. Tennessee Senator Albert
Gore was quickly nominated vice president.

As spnng term approached, the hectic pace
slowed a bit as students, especially graduating
seniors, spent sunny afternoons at Goshen and
late nights at The Palms.

Thus, in June of 1988 the last all-male class
graduated from Washington and Lee University,
ending a 239-year tradition of all-male status.

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Opp. top: The banner announcing The Reconciliation Ball hangs outside Doremus Gym.
Opp. bottom left: Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young gives the keynote address at the 1988
Mock Democratic Convention. Opp. bottom right: An excited crowd cheers on The
Generals in the Homecoming football game. Top left: Sophomore Mike Meers an-
xiously awaits another rush date. Top right: The Covington High School Band marches
in the Mock Convention Parade. Bottom right: Sophomore QB Philip Sampson consults
with Coach Fallon during the Homecoming game.

Tlie ^ear in Review 19

Hits New High

Freshmen push total to 1,543

Members of the Class of 1 99 1 started off their
freshmen year at Washington and Lee with a
week-long onentation program in September.
As upperclassmen remember all too well, the
week was a myriad of lengthy assemblies in Lee
Chapel, informative speeches and a series of
meetings designed to acquaint freshmen with the
Honor System.

W&L experienced a noticeable population in-
crease among the incoming freshman class in
1987. The freshmen class had 432 students en-
rolled at the beginning of the year, which made
the it the largest class at W&L in 1987, 12 per-
cent larger than the returning sophomore class,
which had 386. Although the junior class had in-
creased in size more than the other classes at 20
percent, it still trailed slightly with 384 students,
and the last all-male class of seniors was the
smallest class, with only 341 students.

The 1987-88 enrollment at W&L represented
46 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. ter-
ritones of Guam and the Virgin Islands and 14
other countries.

In an October 29th issue of The Ring-turn Phi,
Frank Parsons, Assistant to the President, said
that no further enrollment increases were expec-
ted in the near future for W&L. English ?xo{-

Topleft: Freshmen Simone S. and Stephanie Shank
get acquainted at the Big Sister/Little Sister Dinner.
Above: Upperclassmen and freshmen socialize at
the annual orientation week barbeque Bottom
middle: The afternoon sun sets on Graham-Lees
Dorm .

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Left: Upperclassmen get "adjusted" following their
move into Gaines Hall. Below: One of W&L's 24
exchange students joins in experiencing Dining
Hall cuisine. Bottom right: Security guard Steve
Tomlinson "orients" a parking violator to the W&L
parking fine.

jssor Sidney Coulling, who first began teaching
it W&L in 1956, said the increase in enrollment
.vas a "trade-off for what he said was now a
Tiore diverse faculty and expanded curriculum.

Various activities were held throughout the
^eek to familiarize freshmen with student life at
iVashington and Lee and unite them with their
ellow classmates.

The Alumni Association barbeque was one of
several special events offered this year to fresh-
Tien. The September 1 7th issue of The Ring-turn
^hi quoted Dean Ken Ruscio as saying that the
larbeque "deserved special mention because it's
he one... activity that the freshmen can come
ogether as a class in something other than the
)lacement tests."

1987 marked the first year that upperclass
vomen organized activities for the freshmen
■oeds for each of the three nights that freshmen

men attended open houses at the fraternities. The
"Big Sister/Little Sister" dinner and meeting
held Thursday night provided the opportunity for
all W&L women to meet. The program's success
insured that it will be included in future orienta-
tion week programs.

Matriculation this year followed the same
format as in the past, but included a Student Ac-
tivities Fair on Friday. Sophomore Mary Alice
McMorrow organized the program so that
students would have the chance to learn more
about the activities offered at Washington and
Lee apart from the chaotic rush of the matricula-
tion line. The fair also gave the freshmen a final
event to attend while the upperclassmen mat-

Matriculation 21

Getting the Bid in '87

Rush l'».X7 may be renienibcrcd as the \car-
uppcrckissiiK'n |oked, "'I'ou'sc had a v<,cek Id de-
cide - Now Choose'" For the nieiiibers ol the
Class ol 1441 . houever. the joke became more
of a reahty with the accelerated rush schedule

Wide-eyed freshmen arrived in Lexington on
Sunday. September6. and by the end of the tirsi
week of classes, many had registered for and
attended nine open houses, participated in eight
rush dates, and received bids for fraternity mem-
bership. The women of the third coeducational
class at Washington and Lee were also invited to
participate in the rush activities. As Dean ol
Students Lewis G. John noted, the women
"would not be eligible to affiliate with a frat-
ernity . but would certainly have the same op-
portunity as the young men to learn a great deal
about the fraternity system and its contribution to
the life of the campus."

As a result of the shortened rush schedule, the
no contact rule was expanded and revised this
year to include freshmen women. The new rule
slated. "From the arrival of a freshman, male or
female, in Lexington until after Rush Date 8.
there shall be no contact by chapter members
with the treshman except at times and places
stipulated in the Rush Calendar." Many fresh-
men joined the upperclassmen in opposition to
this regulation. As freshman Billy Hirschman
put It. "It's hard for us to get to know the houses
or \s hat the guys are like, so we end up going by
v^hat we've heard." Upperclassmen suggested
that the time factor, in addition to the rule, en-
couraged rumors and dirty rushing. The fresh-
men coeds also voiced their discontent w ith the
rule. Freshman Laura Dodge said. "Theoretic-
ally, the No-Contact justly and equally applies to
both men and women, yet I have difficulty fin-
ding acceptable reasons for not allowing any

contact between freshmen women and up-
perclassmen . the women may say something
sub|ecti\e to a fellow freshman, but since Rush
occurs the first two weeks of school, how well
could the freshmen know each other anyway'.'"
Several fraternities were punished for violat-
ions of rush regulations by the Judicial Board of
the Inter-Fratemity Council, The majority of the
rush offenses were alcohol-related, or were the
result of excessive noise. In order to eliminate
some of the problems that were encountered dur-
ing rush this year, the IFC established two man-
datory seminar programs to educate the fresh-
men who pledged a fraternity. One seminar

focused on alcohol aw areness and the other dealt
more specifically with the IFC Constitution. The
September 24th issue of the Riiii; Turn Phi men-
tioned the IFC's hope that informing the pledges
of their obligations as fraternity members would
cut down on the problems associated w ith rush in
the future.

In spite of all the apparent problems. Rush '87
was a success with approximately 68 percent of
the freshmen pledging a fraternity. The Oct. 1 .
1987 Phi reported that Phi Delta Theta and Pi
Kappa Alpha each received 25 pledges. Kappa
■Mpha 23, Sigma Alpha Epsilon 20, Phi Kappa
Sigma and Phi Gamma Delta 17, Phi Kappa Psi
16. Pi Kappa Phi 15. Beta Theta Pi 14, Kappa
Sigma \?>. Sigma Chi 1 1, Chi Psi 7 and Sigma
Nu 7, Lambda Chi Alpha and Sigma Phi Epsilon
5. andZetaBetaTau4. Delta Tau Delta was put
i)n probation throughout rush due to an un-
fortunate incident that occurred at a summer rush
party. The Delts. however, did conduct a suc-
cessful second term rush.

Looking ahead to Rush 1488. there will again
be some changes made in the existing rush
fomiat. The first of these changes was initiated
by the Washington and Lee faculty, who voted
on February I. 1988, to remove the Inter-
Fratemity Council from the rush scheduling pro-
cess The Student Affairs Committee will now i
handle all decisions regarding next Fall's rush '
calendar. Fraternity members were understand-
ably outraged. Senior Phi Kapp President
Tommy McBride expressed in a February 1 1th
/'/;; editorial that he. "along with the other six-
teen house presidents and the members ot the
IFC (have) busted (our) tails making this past

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year's Rush work, and wc have been slapped in
the face by the fucuhy's decision."

According to the predictions of IFC President
Mark Farley, Rush under the SAC will probably
take place next September over a two week
period. Farley said, "Rush next year will be a
little bit longer with more opportunities for the
freshmen to get to know the upperclassmen." In
addition, it has been suggested that freshmen in-
itially delay their formal pledgeship until the be-
ginning of second semester. Under this prop-
osal, freshmen who received bids would part-
icipate in their prospective fraternities as social
members until their eight to ten week pledgeship
commenced in January. It has also been sugges-
ted that eligibility for pledgeship be contingent
upon a mandatorv GP.A requirement.

Opp. page right: Freshman Chris Boone learns
what it means to "tear." Above left: KA's round
up the next group of freshmen for an open house.
Above right: Pi Phi seniors Marc Gordon, Lester
Coe, and Brad Shaw smile for the camera. Left:
Betas celebrate a new pledge class "their way."
Below right: Registration for Open Houses in
the Gilliam-Davis Quad. Opp. page left:
Southern gentlemen Bill Leitner, Wright
Ledbetter, and Floyd Murray "Buck" Wiley
flash a grin to attract potential Phi Delts.

Rush KT 23

Half-time Win for W&L ! ! !

W&L Undergraduate is Crowned Homecoming Queen

Homecoming 1987 was mixed with many
wins and losses for W&L as warm temperatures
and sunny skies made the day ideal for ail out-
door events. Concerts, receptions, games and
parties made the weekend complete for students,
alumni, and guests.

The football game against the Maryville Scots
was tough and close. The Generals dominated in
the first half; freshman Carter Quayle started the
scormg with a field goal m the first quarter.
Sophomore quarterback Philip Sampson passed
to senior tailback Chris Coftland for the games
tlrst touchdown. At the end of the first half, the
Generals led by 17-3.

The Scots made a comeback and continued
scoring in the second half. Sampson felt "the
game went the way a lot did in the season. We
had a good chance to win but didn't come up
with the right plays, offensively or defensively,"
It was a disappointing loss at a score of 24-14,

A win for Washington and Lee did come at
half-time as junior Catherine Christian was
crowned Homecoming Queen. Catherine, from
Chapel Hill, N C , represented the Phi Delta
Theta fraternity and was escorted by their pres-
ident Reese Lanier. A member of the first class
of women at W&L, Catherine made history as
the first student selected as queen. She stated, "I
was very surprised and also tlattered."

As traditionally done, the announcement was
made by Chemistry Professor Keith Shillington
and followed by a kiss. The first runner-up was
Kappa Sigma's representative Shannon Bos; the

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second runner-up was Sigma Phi Epsihni's re-
presentative Mary Austin Dardon.

The men's cross country team narrowly defea-
ted Catholic University, 28-27. Washington and
Lee's top placing runners were co-captain Scott
Rippeon, Bill Clark. Larry Pilkey, and co-
captain Rick Norris. The women's cross country
team travelled to a state meet in Newport News;
Anne Geary was the team's top runner.

The women's soccer team played Randolph-
Macon - Ashland and lost 5-0. Despite three

\ ictories the week before, the men's soccer team
was defeated by Messiah College

The men's tennis team sponsored an In-
vitational Tournament competing against David-
son College, James Madison University, and
Ohio Wesleyan University. Bobby Matthews
and David McLeod won first rank doubles, John
Morris won fifth rank singles.

0pp. page top: The crowd enjoys the homecoming game.
0pp. bottom: An alumnus snaps some photos. Left and
below: Homecoming Queen Catherine Christian and escort
Reese Lanier rehsh her victory. Lower left: Harris Hotchkiss
socializes with Sheldon Clark and his Father. Lower right:
Catch that pass!

Homecoming 25

One Thing
Leads to

The Fixx concert is a
sold out success
although the Student
Activities Board loses
$10,000 during the
Homecoming event.

The Homecoming football game proved not to
be the only loss for W&L during Homecoming
weekend as the Student Activities Board, which
sponsored the Friday night concert featunng The
Fixx, reported a financial loss on the event
although the event was sold out in advance.

After a warmup set from Dreams So Real, The
Fixx, headed by lead singer Cy Cumin, per-
formed several of their hits such as "Saved by
Zero" and "One Thing Leads to Another."

in a October 15th issue of The Rtn^-tum Phi.

SAB Treasurer Chris Moore said the SAB lost
$10, (XX) on the concert. Although many people
blamed the loss on the concert due to the absence
of beer sales, Moore said that beer sales only
comprised $500 in revenue in the past. SAB
Chairman Sean Coyle said that lack of beer sales
probably had some effect on the turnout, especi-
ally among seniors.

"We were unable to obtain a beer license from
the Virginia ABC for the concert, as was typical

Top right: Fi\\ band member captnates the
crowd. Center: Senior Reese Lanier looks on
enviously as Professor Keith Shillington gives
Catherine Christian "the kiss." Bottom left:
Quarterback Philip Sampson charges through
the Scots line. Bottom right: Professor Keith
Shillington announces the Queen.

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for concerts the rest of the year," Coyle later

Among other Homecoming related activities,
visiting alumni were at W&L for the fall meeting
of the Alumni Board of Directors.

A special reunion was held for the 5-Star Gen-
erals, W&L alumni who graduated at least t~ift\
years ago. Two other alumni-related con-
ferences were held during the weekend — one
for all alumni chapter presidents and another tor
the alumni involved in the Housing Corporation
for the Renaissance of the fraternity houses.

Saturday morning was kicked off by a concert
in Lee Chapel featuring The Washington and
Lee Glee Club, University Chorus and Southern
Comfort. The Alumni Office sponsored an Octo-
berfest luncheon before the football game, and a
reception at the Alumni House following the
game. The luncheon featured the live entertain-
ment of The Tim Caldwell Band, which played
an assortment of Dixieland jazz.


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Opp. top: Fixx Lead smger Cy Cumin w igs out.
Center: Cy Cumm takes a break after wiggin'
out. Bottom left: Catherine Christian eagerly
awaits "The Kiss." Bottom right: The Generals
offense provides an effective block for the QB.

Homecoming 27

Parents' Weekend a Huge Success

Open houses and luncheons outline active and busy weekend

The last weekend of October Washington and
Lee students welcomed their families to Lexin-
gton for Parents' Weekend.

The weekend's activities began Fnday morn-
ing with open houses in the Journalism and Lan-
guage Labs and tours of the University Library,
Moms House and Reeves Center. Mary Coul-
ling, author of The Lee Girls, was available to
her readers in the Bookstore for booksigning.
Later that evening the W&L Music Ensemble,
Glee Club, University Chorus and Southern
Comfort entertained a crowded Lee Chapel with
a special Parents' Weekend concert. President
John D. Wilson hosted a reception in the Letitia
Pate Evans Dining Hall following the concert for
interested parents and students.

Saturday morning open houses were again
held in the Military Science Department, the
Music Department and the Financial Aid Office.
An informative careers program and a parents
seminar were held in Lee Chapel to update par-
ents on student life at Washington and Lee.

Following these programs. President Wilson
presented a report to parents on the state of the

University. The President optimistically predic-
ted that Gaines "Wilson's Folly" Residence Hall
would be completed by Chnstmas and men-
tioned projects for a new theatre and Commerce
School computer center.

Parents were particularly impres.sed by the re-
port of the highest mid-term grades since 1973
and the U.S. News and World Report's ranking
of Washington and Lee in the top twenty-tlve
national liberal arts colleges. In the survey, col-
lege presidents were asked to rank the nation's
liberal arts colleges.

After the President's speech, an elaborate
spread at the luncheon offered by Evans Dining

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Hall gave the visiting parents a taste of the Uni-
versity's food services.

Most of the afternoon was sf)ent cheenng on
the Washington and Lee Generals as they took
on the Bridgewater College Eagles in an exciting
football match. Despite the encouragement of a
crowd numbenng over 4,000, and a first quarter
score by freshman Carl Gilbert, the Generals
suffered a disappointing 21-7 defeat.

That evening, a final open house for freshmen
and their parents was given by President and
Mrs. Wilson at the Lee House. The weekend
came to a successful close with the University
Theatre's presentation of Antov Chekov's 4-act
play, "The Three Sisters." The three major char-
acters were portrayed by junior drama major
Delia Ford, and freshmen Tait North and Gena

After spending an enjoyable weekend with
their children, parents and students said their
final goodbyes on Sunday, thus ending yet an-
other successful parents' weekend at Wash-
ington and Lee.

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Above: Parents and students socia-
lize during the Military Science
open house. Left: Construction
workers continue to make progress
on the gatehouse of Gaines Resid-
ence Hail. Below: The sun sets upon
Gaines Hall as seen from below the

0pp. top left: Dean Atkms. Prof. McAhren and
senior Mike Suttlc hold a questions and answers
period for parents in Newcomb Hail. 0pp. top
right: Prof. Craun, Dean Ruscio and law student
David Nave hold a questions and answers period
for parents in Payne Hall. 0pp. bottom: Parents'
weekend experienced a rare occurrence — good
weather all weekend.

Parents' Weekend 29

Right: Ronald Brown. Lester Coe, Brad Shaw, Bill
Londrey . Rick Claw son and Marc Gordon enjoy the
holiday season. Below: A SPE and his date enjoy
the Christmas parly Bottom right: Junior Peter
Freeman enjoys a "Coke and a smile" with a friend
from one of the airls' schools.

X-mas Weekend:
A Finals Panacea

Holiday festivities relieve tensions

Washington and Lee students alle\iated the
Lexington winter doldrums and the pressures of
impending final exams in December during
Christmas Weekend, which was held between
the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks.

Dumptruck. the Feelies and Tommy Keene.
three bands new to many W&L students but cited
by /tolling Stone magazine as current popular
college groups, were all featured in a concert
sponsored by the SAB. Though concert turnout
v\as low the students that attended enjoyed the
performances and were surprised more students
did not attend.

Sean Coyle and David Grove. SAB chairman
and operation's manager, expressed concern tor
the low ticket sales and turnout.

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As usual, fraternities threw Christmas parties
ranging from black tie and semi-formal banquets

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