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First Week

The first week of school mixes anticipation
with apprehension as freshmen face the
challenges of college life for the first time.
Luggage, boxes, and U-Hauls covered the
Graham-Lees and Baker-Davis-Gilliam Quads,
while upperclassmen eagerly helped the new
students settle in.

After their parents headed home, the Class
of 1999 bonded for the first time with small
group and community service activities, a
picnic at the Liberty Hall ruins, and a Casino
Night, which replaced Mandatory Fun 101.
Freshmen registered for classes, met their
faculty advisors, and came to terms with
writing large checks for books, of all things!

The first few weeks allowed freshmen to
become acclimated to college life and to
balance their academic and social lives. Many
freshmen quickly involved themselves in
campus activities. Even though they have
only been at W8iL for a year, the Class of
1999 has already made a mark on campus.

— Edye Poecker

Above: Trucks and U-Hauls unload
freshmen belongings on Washington

Right: Parents and students relax after
carrying numerous boxes up long
flights of stairs.

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Left; University employ-
ees help the new students
prepare for hfe in the

Below Left: Upperclass
matriculation appears to
be much easier than ii
actually is!

Below Right: Senior
Dorm Counselor Missy
Fulmer and freshmen
Amy Gray, Claire Cannon.
Brigette Berry and
Kristine Borden engage in
some hall-bonding.



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Men's Rush

Washington and Lee's final Fall Rush
commenced before freshmen stepped on
campus. Freshmen received letters from each
fraternity at their houses over the summer
anxious to fmd out what the fraternities
would be like. During the first days of
school, fraternity men helped them move in
and told them where the parties were. Bom-
barded with parties, skeet shoots, volleyball
and cookouts, freshmen and brothers began
to know each other. Both brothers and fresh-
men made tough decisions that would effect
the rest of the year and future years at Wash-
ington and Lee.

Following the ordeal of formal rush, 2 1 5
men took the "Baptism by Beer," marking the
beginning of four years of friendship and

—David Seidel

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KA...15 Pi Phi... 13

Kappa Sig... 15 SAE...21
Lambda Chi... 7 Sigma Chi... 9
Fiji... 5 SigEp..I4

PhiDelt...l6 Sigma Nu.. 18

Above: Skeet-shooting in the country is one
aspect of Men's Rush that will never change.

Right: Juniors Rob Boston, Harrison Schroeder
and Dave Lamoureux entertain freshmen at a
Chi Psi Rush party.

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The bright October sun and falling au-
tumn leaves provided the perfect background
for Washington and Lee's Homecoming
Weekend. Alumni and their families flocked
back to Lexington to reunite with old friends
and reminisce about the "good old days."
Although not many things change at W&L,
this year's tailgating was unfamiliar to most
returning alumni. The tailgating was moved
from the freshman parking lot to the Liberty
HaU ruins. In order to encourage attendance
at the football game, tailgating ended before

The football team did not disappoint the
eager crowd. The Generals defeated the
Davidson Wildcats in an exciting game. Dur-
ing halftime, parachuters landed on Wilson
Field to present the school with a donation
from the reunion classes.

Senior Caroline Connolly, representing Phi
Kappa Sigma, was crowned Homecoming
Queen. "Widespread Panic" entertained
students Friday night, and band parties com-
pleted the weekend's celebration.

— Edye Poecker

Above: Senior Caroline Connolly,
escorted by Senior Lee Counselman,
was crowned Homecoming Queen.

Right: Sophomore Tim Zink and
Juniors Elizabeth Cox and Torsten
chase tailgate at Liberty Hall Ruins
before the game.

Far Right: Lauren Brillante '95,
Junior Caidyn Pendleton and
Sophomore Shelley Henderson
reunite at Homecoming.

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Above: Kappa Kappa Gamma's Hardly-Davidson Theme won
the prize for the best float in the Homecoming Parade.
Left; Juniors Susan McMurry and Molly Lawson pose for a
picture at the game.
.Above: The parachuter lands to bring us funds.

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This year, Parents' Weekend began on
October 27 th with students escorting Mom
and Dad to their Friday classes. On Saturday,
the rain held off just long enough for every-
one to enjoy the traditional picnic on the
president's lawn and the tailgate parties be-
fore the football game. Following the game,
many students and their parents headed to
one of Lexington's restaurants to spend some
quality time relaxing and dining before the
evening's performances in Lee Chapel and
Lenfest Center.

For students, the night was only beginning
as they made their way to the many fraternity
parties. Some ambitious parents tagged along
to relive their college days. Sunday found
parents heading home and students getting
back to work after a great weekend of family

—Jennifer McKenrick

Above: Parents and students pack the stands at
Wilson Field enjoying the football game.

Right: Juniors Scott Crawford, Ashley Deaton,
Sarah Flournoy, Katie Mehlberger and Jack Bauer
tailgate at Liberty Hall Ruins before the game.

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Halloween brings out the child in each of
us as we strive for hours to put together the
perfect costume to wear to all of the fraternity
parties. From the ridiculous to the sublime,
every possible costume could be seen on the
streets of Lexington. Celebration would not
be complete without the traditional concert at
ZoUmann's on All Hollow's Eve.

Washington and Lee students did not con-
centrate on making only their own holiday
one to remember. Gaines residents treated
faculty members' children to candy and
decorations. Many students who have com-
munity Little Brothers or Sisters took them
out for an evening of trick-or-treating around

Overall, this Halloween was one to remem-
ber. After all, how many more years are we
going to be able to dress up— and still retain a
shred of dignity?

— Edye Poecker

Right: Sophomores Mary Michael Pettyjohn and Maggie
Wooldridge get psyched to go out to all the Halloween parties.

Above: Jack-o-lanterns add hohday spirit to the C-School.

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Left: Gwendolyn Perrilliat poses with fellow freshmen
Mary Sommers-Burger and Lizzie Munson, also known
as Laverne and Shirley.

Above: Freshmen Reed KuhB, John Wellford, Tom
Stover and Rasha Cannon put together some very
creative costumes for Chi Psi's Halloween party.

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We "decked the halls" and "donned our
gay apparel" to ring in the Christmas season.
The city of Lexington assumed its usual sea-
sonal charm with its festive window displays,
the lighting of the Christmas tree in Hopkins
Green, and the Candlelight Procession down
Main Street. The pledges covered the frater-
nity houses with enough blinking lights to
drain the power from a small country

The Student Activities Board sponsored a
band that entertained students at the Pavilion
Friday night. Cocktail parties and band par-
ties rounded out the weekend. Santa made an
appearance at most of the fraternity houses.
Students regretted to see the end of the week-
end and face the reality of papers and fmals.
But W&L surely provides a wonderful Christ-
mas home away from home before we go
home to our families.

— Edye Poecker

Next Page, Right: Junior Allison Foote and Senior Cliff Holekamp
visit Santa (Freshman John Wellford) and Rudolph (Freshman
Nate Dunn).

Below: Freshmen Catherine Felton, Gwendolyn Perrilliat and
Sarah Saalfield mingle at a Christmas Weekend gathering.


Right: Santa and his helpers
were out in full force
during Christmas Weekend
at Chi Psi.

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ve: Seniors Stephanie Dall Vecchia, Stuart Christhilf, Scott Rich, and Junior
issa Sawyer enjoyed their Christmas Weekend festivities at Phi Psi.

Above: Sigma Nu's White Rose Formal found Sopho-
mores Christine Garnavish, Robin Seaton, and Junior
Darcey Livingston having a great Christmas Weekend.

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Freshmen and upperclass women enjoyed
the frenzy of preparing for the 1996 Women's
Rush. The new mutual selection system was
inaugurated and lightened the work load of
many people. Over 150 women attended the
Open House on Friday, January 12th. Skit
Night followed Sunday night, when rushees
were transported to Chi Omega's "Soul Train,"
Kappa Alpha Theta's "Theta Corral," Kappa
Kappa Gamma's "American Bandstand," and
Pi Beta Phi's "City of Angels." By Sisterhood
Night, the mood turned more serious, as
sisters reflected on their wonderful experi-
ences in sororities.

Preference Night and Bid Day fmally
brought the moment of truth for the rushees.
The rushees began their four years of friend-
ship and sisterhood.

— Edye Poecker

Above Right: Senior Jenna
Cowles fills balloons with
helium in preparation for
Pi Beta Phi's Rush.

Right: Chi Omega's "Soul
Train" entertained rushees
during Sunday's Skit

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Above: Freshmen
rushees Michelle Dall
Vecchia, Amy Stowell,
Valerie Widener.
Elizabeth Richey, Sarah
Moore, Caroline
Simons, and Nicole
Johnson pose for a hall
picture before Pref
Night activities.

Left: Junior Thetas
Lauren Guthrie, Julie
Mayo and Susie
Prevost take a quick
break from Rush
activities with Kappa
Paige Madison
Panhellenic spirit.


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Founders' Day and ODK

Twenty-one undergraduate students,
seven law students, and five honorary initiates
were "tapped" into Omicron Delta Kappa
during the Founders' Day/ODK Convocation
on Friday, January 19 in Lee Chapel. Omi-
cron Delta Kappa is a national honorary
fraternity that recognizes superior leadersliip
achievements in various aspects of campus
life. ODK was founded at Washington and
Lee in 1914.

Founders' Day is celebrated every year on
the date of Robert E. Lee's birthday This is
the 125th time the university has celebrated
General Lee's birthday in such a manner.

Faculty and students gathered at noon to
hear Dean Ken Ruscio's speech. The new
initiates were then "tapped," joining mem-
bers around the nation in this prestigious
honor fraternity.

— Edye Poecker

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Left: Dean Ken Ruscio enlightens the audience
with his words of wisdom.
Below: This year's honorary initiates were J.B.
Lewis, Earle Palmer Brown '44, Alan Corwin '62,
the Hon. Roscoe Stephenson '43, '47L and Profes-
sor Margaret Brouwer.

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1996 Republican Mock Convention

From left to right: Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich, Phil Gramm, Pat Buchanan,

Steve Forbes, Lamar Alexander, Bob Dornan, and Richard Lugar.

(General Colin Powell in background).

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Mock Con

Years of careful and diligent preparation
culminated in the best Mock Convention ever.
The 1996 Republican Mock Convention
festivities began in November w^ith the Mock
Convention Gala, during which the speakers
for the convention were announced. David
Stewart, Courteney Tucker, and Bob Ross
along with the committee heads and state
chairs dedicated most of their time winter
term ensuring that the convention would be a

Friday, March 1 st was a cold, but sunny
morning. Everyone was up at the crack of
dawn to see the parade through Lexington,
which was complete with elephants and
George and Barbara Bush impersonators. The
floats captured humorous aspects of all fifty
states and four territories.

Later that afternoon, the convention was
called to order in the Warner Center. Gover-
nor George Allen and Congressman Steve
DeLay spoke during the first session to a
highly charged flag-waving, sign-toting

— Edye Poecker

Above: Juniors Lori Eggers, Hillary Olson.
Sarah Babcock and Molly Hooper enjoy a
Mock Convention party.
Right: Freshmen Becca Harris, Bryan
Wheeler, Sarah Meldrum, Cliff WooUey,
Erin Kraal and Drew Higgs have a blast at
Mock Con Gala.


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Top: Juniors Ashley Deaton, Scott Crawford,
Gambrill Corckran and friends pre-party for
the Gala.

Above Left: Freshmen Casey Gilmore, Amy
Stowell, Trey Suggs and Caroline Simons take
a break from dancing at the Gala for a

Above Right: The Mock Convention Parade
was truly complete with this patriotic pachy-

Left: Elvis was spotted on the Tennessee
Delegation's rendition of Graceland.

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Mock Con

Everyone was quite spirited by Friday
evening. The excitement mounted as Senator
John Warner (R-VA) '49 addressed the
delegates. But the crowd went wild when
former Vice President Dan Quayle stepped
up to the podium and delivered his speech.
Some enthusiastic students even proposed
drafting the former Vice President for the
1996 Presidential Race. After Vice President
Quayle 's speech, students joined their del-
egations for some after hours fun.

The next morning dawned earher than
most people expected. Some ambitious and
tireless delegations even greeted the bright
sunshine with "Tequila Sunrise" parties. But
before the afternoon was over, we were
treated to two excellent speeches by the
foremost political thinkers of our day-
former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett
and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

The state vote call was perhaps the most
entertaining aspect of the afternoon. The
audience and C-SPAN viewers will not soon
forget Montana's claim to be "the last line of
defense when Mexico rolls over Texas in its
invasion of Canada." Everyone will also
always remember that W&L correctly pre-
dicted that Senator Bob Dole will be the

996 Republican nominee for president.

-Edye Poecker

Far Above: House Speaker Newt Gingrich
addresses the eager crowd.
Above: Senator John Warner (R-VA) '49 not
only spoke to the convention, but also an-
nounced his intention to run for the Senate in
the 1996 election over the March weekend.
Right: The flag-waving, sign-toting crowd
engages in yet another spontaneous outburst.

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Above Left:
Former Vice
President Dan
Quayle deliv-
ered an inspir-
ing speech
Friday evening.

Above Right:
Organizers of
Mock Conven-
tion enjoy
with the
pohticians of
our day.


Above: The state delegations proudly wave their flags and tote their signs during the convention. Camera crews
from C-SPAN, GOP-TV, and MacNeill-Lehrer Newshour captured the W&L spirit on tape to be broadcast throughout
the country.

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Lenfest Center

The theatre students at Washington and
Lee showed off their talents on the stages of
the Keller and Johnson Theaters again this
year. Marilyn Baker's senior thesis project of
"Pretty Fire" kicked off the fall term. The
next production was Jeanne Dillon's senior
thesis project, the well-received, "Children
of a Lesser God," in which she played a deaf

Pilobolus, an acrobatic dance company
took over the stage of the Keller, shocking
the students by their grace, skill, and lack of
modesty The adaptation of Faust done by a
collaborative effort of students and faculty
was the next major production. This un-
usual play, directed by Dr. Al Gordon, the
head of the theatre department, drew large

The One Acts followed, giving six students
the opportunity to direct the plays of their
own choosing. These plays were completely
student run. The Lenfest season ended on a
wonderful note, with Phaedra CianciuUi's
thesis project, "Noises Off" W&L audiences
loved the comical portrayal of a travelling
theatre company

-Deborah Zollmann

Above Right: Freshman Susannah Carr,
who plays a beautiful, but dumb woman
in "Noises Off," offers to take it all off for
Junior Dan Tipton.

Right: The devil, played by Sophomore
Zach Hanks, tries to tempt Dr. Faust,
played by Freshman Drew Higgs, with
eternal youth, pleasure and life in
exchange for his soul.

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Far Above: Dorothy (Tamara VVatkins) tells a captivating story to the

"young'uns" in "Pretty Fire." (Left to Right: EUxabeth Spencer, Lyrrae Van

Clief, Shelley Adams, Nejma Petit)

Left: The dance group "Pilobilus" turned twisting into an art form.

Above: The Annual Festival of One Acts featured productions by Emily

Pfister, Maria Hardin, Dan Tipton, Denis Riva, Tom Keman, and Chris


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Fancy Dress

The 89th Annual Fancy Dress Ball, "A
Mad Tea Party," combined surreal decora-
tions with childhood fun. March 22nd and
23 rd was not a typical Fancy Dress week-
end—the Ball was a few weeks later this year
due to the timing of Mock Convention. Rap
artist Coolio with opening act Skee-lo
brought students and locals together at the
Pavilion Thursday evening.

Students donned their tuxedoes and for-
mal dresses and hit the towni for a nice
dinner before the "social event of the
South." Once at the Ball, students an faculty
mingled and marveled at the giant mush-
room and the White Rabbit. Duke
Ellington's Royal Canadian's played swing
music in the big gym, while another band
played more contemporary music in the
small gym.

While most of us were not lucky enough
to catch a glimpse of Alice (or if we did, we
don't remember), everyone had a wonderful

Bands at fraternities kept students occu-
pied and entertained Saturday afternoon and
evening. Even though the weekend came to
an end, everyone was glad they were able to
attend another Fancy Dress Ball.

— Edye Poecker




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Far Above: The Fancy Dress Ball banner billows in the wind
above Washington Street to welcome alumni and guests to a
fun-filled weekend.

Above: Junior Greg Hunt heads the fearless Fancy Dress
Construction crew.

Left: Members of the Class of 1 999 pose for a picture before
attending their first Fancy Dress Ball.

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Far Above: Senior Tory Noto makes a splash and adds to the color of the decorations he is working on.

Above Left: Senior Nova Clark turns chicken wire and newspapers into another decoration that will contribute to the ambience of the

Above Right: The Fancy Dress construction crew works into the wee hours of the morning to transform the Warner Center into Won-

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Far Above: Freshiiiun Felicia Thornton and Megan Snodgrass enjoy an excellent meal before making an appearance in Wonderland.
Above: Duke Ellington's Royal Canadian's played swing music for the throng of dancers at the Ball.

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From the Lenfest Center to the Pavihion,
W&L was once again inundated with quahty
entertainment that took the students' minds off
thier studies and the fact that they didn't have a
beer in their hands. To commemorate Mock
Convention, the comedy troupe Capitol Steps
entertained the crowd at the Lenfest Center.
Widespread Panic kicked off Homecoming
Weekend while Coolio did his part at Fancy
Dress. Once again, W&L saw some of its owoi
put on quality theater productions such as
Noises Off and Faust.

Right: Capitol Steps, out of Washington D.C. perfomed on Mock

Convention weekend.
Bottom: Widespread Panic came into town for Homecoming






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directed by
Phaedra QanciulL

May 24, 25, 27 & 28 •8p.m.

May 26 • 2 p.m.

Keller Theatre

Left: Hypnotists are a part of the varied
sources of entertainment offered by the
GHQ throughout the year.
Bottom left: Noises Off , directed by
Phaedra Cianciulh ('96) was on of the
many theater offerings this year.
Bottom right:Pilobus. a modern dance
troupe, entertained and wowed the
spectators at the Lenfest Center.

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Out and About


Nothing is closer to the truth here at
W&L than our unofficial motto- -work hard
and play hard. So after a long week of
classes and activities, everyone is ready for
those Friday and Saturday night outings.

Students head out to fraternity parties or
to the Palms for a few drinks. Weekend days
provide the perfect opportunity for touring
the local countryside or for visiting other
local colleges. Others like to leave town for
the weekend in order to get a taste of a
larger city like Charlottesville, Richmond or
Washington, D.C.

No matter what W&L students spend their
weekend time doing, they would never trade
anything for their precious weekend time.

— Edye Poecker

Far Above: Junior Hollis Leddy and her fourth floor
Gilham girls engage in some serious hall bonding.

Right: Juniors Caitlyn Pendleton and Amy Hemesath
and Sophomores Vanessa Hall, Erin Rosencrans and
Nicole Richard catch some late afternoon sun at a

Right: These guys went all out
for the annual Chi Omega-
Kappa Alpha Theta
Headbangers' Ball.

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Above Left: Freshmen Mary Dickinson,
Cammie Tuskey , Megan Davis, Erin Kraal, Lisa
Brennan, Katie Jenkins, Amy Gray and Kim
Miller celebrate a birthday at Lee-Hi, a.k.a.
"everyone's favorite truck stop.

Above: Seniors Scott Pease and Doak Sergent
hang out on the porch vk^ith a few beers.

Left: Juniors Marie Lamb, Brooke Glenn,
and Tracy Marshall enjoy an afternoon of
relaxation after a long week of classes.

Left: Juniors Megan Flohr, Margaret Thomas,
Kate Wade, Jen Norwood and a Mary
Baldwin friend get psyched to go out.





Everyone looks forward to vacations,
especially when there are so many great
places to go. Whether W&L students went to
the beach, travelled overseas, or partied at
Mardi Gras, they all came home with won-
derful stories and memories.

One of the best opportunities to take
advantage of at W&L is the opportunity to
study abroad. This spring, the Economics
trip toured Europe with Professor Hooks
and Professor Velasquez. Another group of
students spent their February break building
homes for poor people in Latin America.
The music department sponsored trips to
Japan and Spain.

Even those students who were not lucky
enough to tour the world's exotic places this
year definitely welcomed the chance to go
home and catch up with old friends. Be-
sides, it's always nice to return home to
clean laundry and Mom's cooking.

— Edye Poecker

Above Right: Juniors Lori Eggers, Jen
Eul and Molly Hooper explored New
Orleans during Mardi Gras.

Right: Freshman John Boyt, Senior Rich
Million and Freshman Christoph
Kemnade joined thousands of other
tourists in New Orleans' French Quarter

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