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November 22, 2019

Name: Angela Delos Reyes

Class year: 2020

Majors: Computer Science and Studio Art

Hometown U.S.: Virginia Beach, VA

Hometown Philippines: Ibaan, Batangas

I’ve been leading the Filipino American History Month celebrations for the past 3 years with PAACE. I felt the need to share my culture on campus becau...

November 22, 2019

Name: Gabe Nucup Worthington

Class year: 2023

Major: Undecided

Hometown: Mechanicsville

You said your grandfather was Filipino. Has that affected you in anyway or influenced you culturally?

He was in the navy so that’s how we ended up in Hampton. If I had to guess, that’s why most Filipinos ended up in V...

November 22, 2019

Name: Maria Luzaran

Class Year: 2023

Major: Tentatively Biochem

Hometown U.S.: Norfolk, VA

Hometown Philippines: Las Piñas City

What does it mean to you to be Filipino American?

It’s a balancing act because you want to appreciate and integrate into American culture but at the same time you want to maintai...

November 22, 2019

Her story

I have 3 brothers and we were all born in the United States and my parents are both from the Philippines. They’re both physicians and they both came here to New York as part of their residency. My dad in particular was really depressed when he came here and wanted to go back [to the Philipp...

November 22, 2019

Name: Paolo Dionisio

Class: 2021

Major: Business Admin

Hometown: Sta. Rosa, Laguna


I was born and raised in the Philippines. I was first born in Quezon City and I lived in Manila until I was 6 then I moved to Silang, Cavite/Sta. Rosa, Laguna where I lived until I was 15. We moved because of po...

November 22, 2019

Name: Sarah Concepcion

Class year: 2021

Major: Cognitive and Behavioral Science

Hometown: Richmond, VA


I’ll start with my ethnicity because people are very confused by me often times and I think that’s something I’ve talked to a lot of Filipinos about actually. I’m half German on my mom’s side...

November 21, 2019

Name: Katie Evans

Class: 2020

Major: Cognitive and Behavioral Science & Politics

Hometown: Bryant, AK


My mom was born in the Philippines in Cebu and she and her family moved to the U.S. when she was about 10. She’s the youngest out of 7 brothers. My parents met while my dad was in the navy. Af...

November 15, 2019

My relationship with Washington and Lee as an alum has been complicated. I’m grateful for so many things that came from my undergraduate experience at W&L but also feel incredible frustration and anger for what was lacking in my experience. I’ve spent much of the last 15 years as an alum putting my...

November 15, 2019


Sooner or later every Southern boy has got to 

deal with Robert E. Lee.  And you know what?

      He’s not easy to deal with.

Roy Blount, Jr


But that two-handed engine at the door,

Stands ready to smite once, and smite no more.

John Milton


For Christmas of my 18th year my mo...

November 15, 2019

On June 28, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will decide on the case for Dreamers. The term “Dreamers,” often refers to young undocumented people in the United States who have been granted temporary relief from deportation through the introduction of the Development, Relief, and Educat...

November 15, 2019


Dear Professor,

I know you mean well. 

I really do. 

I know you feel an immense pressure to please the class majority.  You don’t want to oppress a student’s freedom of speech; you want to create a safe-space for all.

However, how do you think I feel? 

Do you think I’m fine with listening to students pro...

November 15, 2019

Driving through Lexington, the last thing you see before turning onto W&L’s campus is bold text on a large banner: TRUMP PENCE 2016.

It was probably hung up by a “townie.” That’s what W&L students call Lexington residents. I learned the term during O-Week and picked it up just as quickly as “coop” or...

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