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New e-health magazine – Student Health 101

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Check out the new W&L e-health magazine at http://readsh101.com/wlu.html.  There are some cool articles on Eating on Campus, Budgeting for the Year Ahead, Creating space to concentrate and study more effectively, Preventing Violence in Your Community, UCookbook: Healthy Fruit and Veggie Smoothies, and FitnessU: The Benefits of Yoga.  Videos, all kinds of cool things to click on and an opportunity to  enter to win $1,000!!!
 

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Passover at Washington and Lee University

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With Passover comes the annual Washington and Lee Hillel Passover seder.  Led by two first year students, Benjamin Brams and Sam Raphael, our Seder was full of energy, fun and laughter. The Seder was well attended, with over 100 people, including students, community members and religious leaders.  Many of the students participated and everyone really got into the Passover spirit.

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Latke-Hamantaschen Debate

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Latke-Hamantaschen Debate

Sponsored by John Zamoiski
On March 8th, dozens of students and community members packed themselves into Hillel’s multipurpose room to hear four of Washington and Lee’s esteemed faculty debate the merits of the Latke and the Hamantash in a very academic yet humorous battle of wits. The debate was moderated by First-Year Ben Brams and Senior and Hillel Co-President Josh Posner, who both gave a lively introduction of the debate’s prestigious history both nationally and at W&L.
This year students chose the Latke as the winner, although in the end the votes were very close. Students, community members, and alumni concluded W&L’s 5th Annual Latke Hamantash Debate with some home made latkes and hamantash.
Max Chapnick ’13

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Celebrating Purim in Roanoke

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Celebrating Purim in Roanoke
The night before our annual Latke-Hamantaschen Debate, a few students and Brett traveled together down to Beth Israel Synagogue in Roanoke. It was the night of Purim, and the entire congregation dressed up, including the Rabbi, who was Captain America. The W&L students organized a group costume as the “Dubyahenells,” a family straight out of a 50s sitcom (See picture below). The students were grateful for the opportunity to fulfill the commandment of hearing the Megillah read and for the hospitality of the synagogue. Afterwards, they enjoyed dinner together and a stop at the local frozen yogurt shop, Sweet Frog. The rabbi of the synagogue and board members are working on planning a few shabbats where students will travel down to Roanoke and join Beth Israel for dinner and services. We hope to continue the tradition of arranging a way for students to hear the megillah every year.

Sammy Rosier ’14
VP Shabbat and High Holidays

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Congressman Goodlatte Visits Hillel

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Washington and Lee University’s Hillel had the pleasure of hosting Congressman Bob Goodlatte and hearing his perspective on relations between Israel and the Middle East. In a very open discussion on what is occurring in these regions, as well as his personal opinions of what he expects their futures to look like, Goodlatte enlightened students, professors, and community members. While enjoying pizza and desserts, audience members had the opportunity to ask specific questions based on their own beliefs and concerns. Goodlatte offered many informative answers that helped spectators understand his standpoints on current issues. Although Goodlatte recently visited Washington and Lee University to speak at Mock Convention, he graciously joined us again to speak in this much more informal session. Hillel thanks Congressman Bob Goodlatte for taking time out of his busy schedule to speak about very important issues pertaining to Israel and the Middle East.
Lauren Michnick ’14

 

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Don’t miss presentations by adventure athlete Andrew Skurka!

We are really excited to have Andrew Skurka, an accomplished and well-known backpacker, coming to W&L to share his experiences with us on March 28 and 29. Find details below and mark your calendars!
CIRCLING ALASKA & YUKON
A slideshow presentation on Andrew’s 4,700-mile, 6-month journey by foot, skis and packraft through Big Wildernesses.
Wednesday, March 28, 7PM
Elrod Commons Theater
Free admission
ULTIMATE HIKING GEAR AND SKILLS
Learn how to make hiking more fun, not an arduous activity between campsites.
Thursday, March 29, 7PM
Outing Club Meeting Room
Free admission
About Andrew:
Andrew Skurka is an adventure athlete, speaker, guide and writer. The 30-year-old is most well known for his solo long-distance backpacking trips, notably the 4,700- mile 6-month Alaska-Yukon Expedition, the 6,875-mile 7-month Great Western Loop, and the 7,725-mile 11-month Sea-Sea Route. In total, he has backpacked, skied, and packrafted 30,000+ miles –the equivalent of traveling 1.2 times around Earth’s equator!
Skurka has been named “Adventurer of the Year” by both Outside and National Geographic Adventure, as well as “Person of the Year” by Backpacker.
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Playing for Time: Music in the Holocaust

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                On Tuesday, February 28, Dr. Barry Kolman, clarinetist and conductor of the University Wind Ensemble and University-Shenandoah Symphonic Orchestra, gave a lecture on the music of the Holocaust. He began the lecture with a performance of a piece written by Olivier Messiaen during the Holocaust for clarinet, cello, viola, and piano. Much of his lecture was accompanied by pictures and video from concentration camps. Many people do not know about the important part orchestras played in the daily life of concentration camps. The players were chosen at random from the many musicians who came into the camps. They played for all occasions, including speeches from the commander of the camp, welcoming new people to the camp, and while people were marched to the gas chamber. The orchestra also played as the workers went to and from their jobs at the beginning and end of the day, which tried to keep a sense of normalcy in the day-to-day activities of the camp. The performances were also meant to hide the true activities of the concentration camps from the outside world.
                Even though the musicians in the orchestra were considered to be more valuable than some of the other prisoners, their life in the camp was still nearly unbearable. They were able to have better clothes, shoes, and food; however, musicians were forced to play hours on end every day. Because the Nazis appreciated the entertainment from the orchestra, musicians had better assurance that they would survive. This was contingent upon their performance, though. If musicians missed a few too many notes, they could be sent to the gas chamber without question. The musicians were playing for their lives.
Angela Williams `14

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Are you reading this announcement?

The first five people to drop by Career Services and mention this posting will receive a copy of “The Job Coach for Young Professionals: The Workbook for Landing the Right Job.”  This interactive book, valued at $19.95, will walk you through the job search process and help you master skills you can use throughout your professional career.  This is a great reason to come in to Career Services.

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Washingtones Flash Mob in Cafe ’77!

Check out these videos from the Washingtones’ surprise Valentine’s Day serenade in Elrod Commons:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Tut7yvWad4&list=UUTyTGXSV60dDbAg3fD4DTaw&index=1&feature=plcp
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEtobCEKUck&list=UUTyTGXSV60dDbAg3fD4DTaw&index=3&feature=plcp
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-VZHA9uhBQ&list=UUTyTGXSV60dDbAg3fD4DTaw&index=2&feature=plcp
 
You never know what will happen in Cafe ’77 when love is in the air.

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This Friday: Midnight Mayhem!

Get your tickets for Midnight Mayhem, this Friday at the W&L Pavilion! Dance until midnight – tickets are on sale in Elrod Commons all week. See you there! Sponsored by the General’s Activities Board.

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