False Foundations: The Myth of Democracy in America

Columns, Opinion

By Chris Cronin Staff Columnist Part three in a monthly series on the falsehoods and misremembered facts behind some of America’s most cherished cultural touchstones. For the first article in the series, see the Oct. 26 issue of The Elm. The idea that our country is a democracy is firmly embedded in our political rhetoric. […]

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Letter to the Editor: Who was Minta Martin?

Letters, Opinion

Dear Editor, This article is the second in a series about the names given to buildings at Washington College. In the first article we discussed Clifton Miller, whose name is attached to the recently renovated building, housing the library on the WC campus. Minta Martin Hall has been housing underclass girls at WC since 1954. […]

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That SHORE is Tasty: A Lazy Saturday at Play It Again Sam

Lifestyle

By Sydney Sznajder Staff Columnist There are two kinds of people at Washington College: the ones who end every semester with a couple of leftover Dining Dollars and the ones who spend them all at Java George before finals start. I never expected to fall into the latter group, but sometime in between getting caught […]

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Artists Fascinate in artNow: DC, New Kohl Gallery Exhibit

Lifestyle

By Sarah Roy Staff Writer On Feb. 8, the Kohl Gallery welcomed the public to the artNOW: DC exhibition, the second part of a three-series program which selects rising artists from surrounding urban areas to represent their city in a shared artistic space. Curated by Assistant Professor of Art Heather Harvey and DC-based photographer Natalie […]

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Grass Clippings: Activism replacing the apathy of our generation

Lifestyle

By Maddie Zins Staff Columnist Activism—whether it be through large scale efforts in conjunction with national organizations or small school wide fundraisers sponsored by a club—is a force central to the life of many a college student (when we can muster up time to do it) and to the growth of environmental conservation. This weekend […]

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Hardcore Gaming Gender: Separating Fact from Fiction

Lifestyle

By Tye Van Horn Staff Writer “Girls don’t play video games,” said a friend of mine on Facebook. I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about addressing that statement. I could point out girls I knew who played video games of course, but I knew he wasn’t stupid enough to think that not a single […]

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Three’s a Charm: Birthday Ball Edition

Lifestyle

By Kay Wicker Lifestyle Editor I can’t believe this will be my third Birthday Ball. As I’ve been growing anticipation fro this years ball, I couldn’t help in wondering what about the evening’s experience is in my hands. Meaning, what can I do to ensure I have an awesome Birthday Ball. I could comprise list […]

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Student Retention on the Rise

News

By Kim Uslin Elm Staff Writer This past year, Washington College has enjoyed a significant spike in retention rate. The rate, which had been steadily rising since 2006, has risen from 81.5 percent in 2010 to 84.7 percent in 2011, according to WC’s 2012-2013 Fact Book. Retention rates are measured by a calculation of how […]

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‘City of Oz’ – Students, Public Safety gear up for annual celebration

News

By Rachel Loetzbeier Elm Staff Writer As most students know, “Birthday Ball is an annual event organized to celebrate the birthday of George Washington, the college’s founding patron,” explained senior Alex Shull, SGA secretary of social life. Voted upon by the student body last semester, the theme of this years Ball is “The City of […]

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No Space for Guns on College Campuses

News

By Lindsay Haislip News Editor On Dec. 14, 2012, the nation was shocked and devastated over the loss of 20 children and six adult staff members as a result of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The events at Sandy Hook do not mark the first occurrence of gun violence on school campuses; the April […]

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