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November 2008

  • Art Goldsmith Discusses Psychology of Joblessness on NPR Affiliate
    Lexington, Virginia • December 1, 2008 -- Monday, December 1, at 3 p.m., W&L Professor of Economics Arthur Goldsmith will appear on NPR affiliate WMRA's Virginia Inisght show to discuss the psychology of joblessness.
  • WLSC Benefits Students, Businesses and Community Organizations Alike
    Lexington, Virginia • December 1, 2008 -- How to publicize a festival devoted to the ramp, aka the wild leek? Call in Washington and Lee Student Consulting (WLSC). That's what the West Virginia Ramp Feed did. The students researched the area and the demographics and developed a brochure to attract interest in the festival.
  • Graham Sheridan '11 Named to Board of Directors of Hillel
    Lexington, Virginia • November 21, 2008 -- Graham Sheridan, of Greensboro, N.C., a sophomore at Washington and Lee University, has been named to the International Board of Directors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. There are only 10 student members of the 70 to 80 member board. He will serve a two-year term.
  • Professor Robert Ballenger Discusses Internet Shopping on WCVE in Richmond
    Lexington, Virginia • November 21, 2008 -- Robert Ballenger, associate professor of business administration in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, talked about the differences shoppers are liable to see from e-commerce stores this holiday season.
  • Professor Michael Smitka Interviewed on WVTF Public Radio
    Lexington, Virginia • November 20, 2008 -- Michael Smitka, professor of economics, was interviewed about the state of the U.S. automobile industry by WVTF news anchor Fred Echols on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008.
  • Campus Kitchen Sponsors Annual Turkeypalooza
    Lexington, Virginia • November 19, 2008 -- Turkeypalooza! It's time for W&L's Campus Kitchen to prepare their annual Thanksgiving dinners for the needy in the area.
  • E-commerce Professor Predicts Changes Online This Christmas
    Lexington, Virginia • November 19, 2008 -- In today's economy, bricks-and-mortar retailers are already offering huge discounts to shoppers. Traditionally, online retailers have offered discounts but not to the same degree, and in the past some online stores have waited until after Christmas to offer sales. This is all changing, says Robert Ballenger, an e-commerce expert at Washington and Lee University.
  • Band-Aid Will Not Help U.S. Auto Industry, Says Washington and Lee Economist
    Lexington, Virginia • November 19, 2008 -- A disorderly collapse of the U.S. auto industry would not represent good public policy, but the successful solution to the current crisis requires more than a hurriedly applied Band-Aid, according to a Washington and Lee University economist who specializes in the automobile industry.
  • Annual Christmas Candlelight Service Held for At Least 35 Years
    Lexington, Virginia • November 19, 2008 -- Washington and Lee University's annual Christmas Candlelight Service will be held Thursday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in Lee Chapel. The public is invited to attend at no charge. Seating will begin at 7:15 p.m.
  • Georgetown Philosophy Professor to Discuss 'the Guilt Soldiers Carry'
    Lexington, Virginia • November 19, 2008 -- "The Other War: The Guilt Soldiers Carry" will be the topic of a discussion given at Washington and Lee University by Nancy Sherman, professor of philosophy at Georgetown University, adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown Law School and a fellow of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, on Thursday, Dec. 4.
  • Locy Contempt Citation Overturned
    A federal appeals court has vacated a lower judge’s contempt order against the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications’ Reynolds Professor of Legal Journalism, Toni Locy, arising from stories she wrote when she was working for USA Today.
  • W&L Joins Pilot Initiative with Hillel
    Washington and Lee is among a group of seven national liberal arts colleges included in a pilot initiative being undertaken by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, to enhance the experience for Jewish students on smaller campuses.
  • W&L Archaeology Students to Participate in Monticello Excavation
    Students and faculty at Washington and Lee University will be teaming with archaeologists from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello this spring on an excavation of the house site of Jefferson's overseer, Edmund Bacon.
  • FOX Business Reporter, Dagen McDowell, to Speak at W&L about Financial System
    Lexington, Virginia • November 17, 2008 -- Dagen McDowell, a Virginia native who serves as one of the anchors on the year-old FOX Business Network, will speak about the financial press and the current financial situation.
  • Erwin Chemerinsky to Deliver 2008 Tucker Lecture at W&L Law
    Lexington, Virginia • November 14, 2008 -- Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of the law school at the University of California, Irvine, and an expert in constitutional law, will deliver this year's Tucker Lecture as part of the annual Law and Media Symposium, hosted by Washington and Lee University at the School of Law.
  • Professor James Kahn to speak on Environmental Preservation and Economic Progress
    Lexington, Virginia • November 12, 2008 -- Wednesday, November 12th at 7:30 PM, Professor James R. Kahn will speak in the Parish Hall of R.E. Lee Episcopal Church on the topic "Environmental Preservation and Economic Progress: Pipe Dream or Necessity." This event is open and free to the public.
  • W&L Negotiations Team Takes Second at Regional Competition
    Lexington, Virginia • November 7, 2008 -- The Washington and Lee University School of Law team of second year students Mike Gardner of Martinsville, Va., and Steve Mammarella of Lexington, Va., placed second at the American Bar Association's (ABA) Regional Negotiations Competition, held Nov. 1 in Washington, D.C. Gardner and Mammarella finished behind a team from Liberty University School of Law.
  • Goldsmith Inaugural Winner of VFIC Teaching Award
    Lexington, Virginia • November 5, 2008 -- Arthur Goldsmith, the Jackson T. Stephens Professor of Economics at Washington and Lee University, has won the new H. Hiter Harris Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC).
  • Nuclear Digital Library "Mushrooms" Globally
    Lexington, Virginia • November 5, 2008 -- For all things nuclear visit It is the Web site for the Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues, which received 172,000 visits from 163 countries (38% of the total visits) accessing 500,000 pages during the past year, according to the latest reports from Google Analytics and local server data.
  • Department of Journalism Covers Election Night
    Lexington, Virginia • November 5, 2008 -- At 1:30 a.m. Nov. 5, Brian Richardson, head of W&L’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications; Michael Todd, digital media specialist; and journalism student Jane Lee ’09 finally left W&L’s election night newsroom.
  • Tom Wolfe Elected to Virginia Legends Walk
    Lexington, Virginia • November 5, 2008 -- Washington and Lee alumnus Tom Wolfe, Class of 1951, has been elected to the Virginia Legends Walk, a monument created to honor Virginians and located one block from the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Wolfe is one of three new members of the Walk. The others are Katie Couric, anchor of the CBS Evening News, and Pulitzer Prize winner William Styron.
  • Tune in to Rockbridge Report for Local Election Coverage
    Lexington, Virginia • November 4, 2008 -- Rockbridge Report, the award-winning multimedia Web site produced by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, will launch its election-day coverage at 4 p.m. Tuesday with preview stories and accounts of voter turnout in the area. The site will be updated throughout the evening, and a new comprehensive site will be relaunched at about 8 p.m. and then again when the results are final.
  • News Director Sarah Tschiggfrie Shares Observations of a First-Time Voter in Staunton News Leader Op/Ed
    Lexington, Virginia • November 3, 2008 -- The Following Op/Ed from W&L News Director Sarah Tschiggfrie Appeared in the Staunton News Leader on Saturday, Nov. 1