The school's teams are known as "The Generals" and compete in "NCAA "Division III in the "Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the "Centennial Conference for wrestling. Washington and Lee has 11 men's teams (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, and wrestling) and 10 women's teams (basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, riding, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, and volleyball). Washington and Lee holds two NCAA National Championship team titles. In 1988, the men's tennis team won the NCAA Division III National Championship title and holds 35 ODAC championships. In 2007, the women's tennis team claimed the NCAA Division III National Championship title. In 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015, the Generals football team won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship. In 2009, the Generals baseball team won the ODAC championship.
Every four years, the school sponsors the "Washington and Lee Mock Convention for whichever political party ("Democratic or "Republican) does not hold the Presidency. The Convention has received gavel-to-gavel coverage on C-SPAN and attention from many other national media outlets. The convention has correctly picked the out-of-power nominee for 18 of the past 23 national elections. It has been wrong twice since 1948, including its incorrect choice of Hillary Clinton in 2008. In 1984, the failure of the scoreboard significantly slowed the vote tally process and almost led to a wrong selection. The Washington Post declared Washington and Lee's Mock Convention "one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious mock conventions."
The university hosts the Fancy Dress Ball, a 105-year-old formal black-tie event. Each year, the Fancy Dress Ball has a theme and has a rumored budget of over $80,000.
W&L also follows the "speaking tradition" which traces its history to Robert E. Lee. Under this tradition, students are suggested to greet one another upon passing on campus. This tradition is not enforced.
Washington and Lee University has several mysterious societies including the "Cadaver Society, the "Sigma Society, and the Mongolian Minks.
Fraternities and sororities
Greek letter organizations play a major role in Washington and Lee's social scene. The following is a list of active, recognized fraternities and sororities.
- "Beta Theta Pi – Alpha Rho
- "Chi Psi – Alpha Omicron Delta
- "Kappa Alpha Order – Alpha
- "Kappa Sigma – Mu
- "Lambda Chi Alpha – Gamma Phi Zeta
- "Phi Delta Theta – Virginia Zeta
- "Phi Gamma Delta – Zeta Deuteron
- "Pi Kappa Alpha – Pi
- "Pi Kappa Phi – Rho
- "Sigma Chi – Zeta
- "Sigma Nu – Lambda
The Kappa Alpha Order, one of the "Lexington Triad, was founded at W&L. "Alpha Tau Omega and "Sigma Nu, the other two members of the Triad, were founded at neighboring "VMI and instituted early chapters at W&L.
Dormant fraternity chapters at Washington and Lee also include "Alpha Chi Rho, "Alpha Tau Omega, "Chi Phi, "Delta Sigma Phi, "Delta Tau Delta, "Delta Upsilon, "Theta Delta Chi. "Phi Kappa Sigma, "Psi Upsilon, "Phi Epsilon Pi, "Phi Kappa Psi, "Sigma Alpha Epsilon, "Sigma Phi Epsilon, "Saint Anthony Hall, and "Zeta Beta Tau.["citation needed]
- "Kappa Kappa Gamma – Zeta Tau Chapter
- "Kappa Alpha Theta – Zeta Iota Chapter
- "Alpha Delta Pi – Theta Zeta Chapter
- "Chi Omega – Xi Lambda Chapter
- "Pi Beta Phi – Virginia Theta Chapter
- Delta Society - local
- "Alpha Kappa Alpha
- "Delta Sigma Theta - Tau Omega Chapter
Media and culture
The eminent photographer "Sally Mann got her start at Washington and Lee, photographing the construction of the law school while a university employee. The photos eventually became the basis of a one-woman exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Secretariat, who holds the record for the fastest time in the Kentucky Derby and winner of the Triple Crown in 1973, wore royal blue and white (as vividly shown in the 2010 Disney movie) because his owner, Christopher Chenery, was a graduate and trustee of Washington and Lee.
A Washington and Lee art history professor, Pamela Hemenway Simpson, in 1999 wrote the only scholarly book on linoleum, giving it the title Cheap, Quick and Easy. The book also examines other home-design materials once used by the lower classes to emulate their betters. More recently, she has become an expert on "butter sculpture.
Washington and Lee is home to a collection of 18th- and 19th-century Chinese and European porcelain, the gift of Euchlin Dalcho Reeves, a 1927 graduate of the law school, and his wife, "Louise Herreshoff. In 1967, Reeves contacted Washington and Lee about making "a small gift", which turned out to be a collection of porcelain so vast that it filled two entire houses which he and his wife owned in Providence, Rhode Island. A number of dirt-covered picture frames, found in the two houses, were put on the van along with the porcelain. Soon it was discovered that the frames actually contained Impressionist-like paintings created by Herreshoff as a young woman in the early days of the century. In 1976 the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., mounted a posthumous one-woman exhibition of Herreshoff's works.
The world's first recorded "streaker, "George William Crump, was a student at Washington College, in 1804. He later became a "U.S. Congressman.
Before it morphed into a "swing, "Dixieland and "bluegrass standard, "The "Washington and Lee Swing" was one of the most well known — and widely borrowed — football marches ever written, according to "Robert Lissauer's Encyclopedia of Popular Music in America. Schools and colleges from Tulane to Slippery Rock copied it (sometimes with attribution). It was written in 1910 by Mark W. Sheafe, '06, "Clarence A. (Tod) Robbins, '11, and Thornton W. Allen, '13. It has been recorded by virtually every important jazz and swing musician, including Glenn Miller (with Tex Beneke on vocals), Louis Armstrong, Kay Kyser, Hal Kemp and the Dukes of Dixieland. "The Swing" was a trademark of the New Orleans showman "Pete Fountain. The trumpeter Red Nichols played it (and Danny Kaye pretended to play it) in the 1959 movie The Five Pennies. (Here is an audio excerpt from a 1944 recording by Jan Garber, a prominent dance-band leader of the era. Here is an exuberant instrumental version by a group called the Dixie Boys, which YouTube dates to 2006.)
The "Swing" was parodied in "The Dummy Song" by Ray Brown and Lew Henderson. "Dummy" was recorded by NRBQ, Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima and Glenn Miller's vocal jazz group, the Modernaires, and many others, and was used in the movie You've Got Mail.
Washington and Lee University is the alma mater of three "United States Supreme Court Justices, a "Nobel Prize laureate, winners of the "Pulitzer Prize, the "Tony Award, and the "Emmy Award, as well as 27 U.S. Senators, 67 U.S. Representatives, 31 state governors, as well as numerous other government officials, judges, business leaders, entertainers, and athletes.
Several well-known alumni include Kentucky Governor "Matt Bevin, "United States Supreme Court Justice "Lewis F. Powell, Jr.; "United States Senator "John Warner from Virginia; "United States Solicitor General "John W. Davis, Democratic Party nominee for "President of the United States during the "1924 presidential election; author "Tom Wolfe, founder of "New Journalism; broadcast journalist "Roger Mudd; artist "Cy Twombly; voice actor "Mike Henry, explorer "Meriwether Lewis of the "Lewis and Clark Expedition; Federal Judge and Civil Rights Champion "John Minor Wisdom; and billionaire "Rupert Johnson, Jr. of "Franklin Templeton Investments.
Archives of the papers of notable alumni and other resources relating to the history of the university may be found in the manuscript collections at Washington and Lee's James Graham Leyburn Library. Publication of the 1995 guide to the collections was made possible by a grant from the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund.
A fictionalized representation of the university appears in L'Étudiant étranger by "Philippe Labro (1986, Editions Gallimard), translated into English two years later and published as The Foreign Student (Ballantine Books). In 1994 it was made into a movie, starring "Robin Givens and "Marco Hofschneider, but it grossed only $113,000 at the box office.
Other novels about the university include Geese in the Forum (Knopf, 1940) by Lawrence Edward Watkin, a professor of English who went on to become a screenwriter for Disney (the college faculty were the titular geese); The Hero (Julian Messner, 1949), by Millard Lampell, filmed as "Saturday's Hero, starring Donna Reed and John Derek (Columbia Studios, 1951), about a football player who struggles to balance athletics, academics and a social life; and A Sound of Voices Dying by Glenn Scott (E.P. Dutton, 1954), released in a paperback edition in 1955 under the new title Farewell My Young Lover (replete with a lurid illustration on the cover).
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