A selective University located in Lexington, VA. At one time a shining beacon of Southern values, W&L is now turning into a liberal hotbed for cultural diversity. Rapidly losing prestige in the fraternity community for excessively overemphasizing their newfound commitment to said diversity. That being said, there is still a great greek system there. However, the influx of GDIs is surely going to implode the greek system in a very short time.
Old W&L Alum: Hey Jimmy Smith, you seem like the perfect guy for Washington and Lee University! Smart, Southern, and well mannered.
Jimmy: Nah grandpa W&L, maybe 30, 20, even 10 years ago. Unfortunately, my white skin and 30 ACT can't really compete with Abu Napatapatalon and Jose Juan Carlos Englasias who have 29's , but are for more diverse than me.
Old W&L Alum: wow, that must mean within 20 years or sooner their whole fraternity system is going to go down the shitter, replaced with an uber cool ultimate frisby intramural league.
Jimmy: great success!
Washington and Lee is a small, private, liberal arts university nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains in Lexington, Va. It is the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation.
In 1749, Scotch-Irish pioneers who had migrated deep into the Valley of Virginia founded a small classical school called Augusta Academy, some 20 miles north of what is now Lexington. In 1776, the trustees, fired by patriotism, changed the name of the school to Liberty Hall. Four years later the school was moved to the vicinity of Lexington, where in 1782 it was chartered as Liberty Hall Academy by the Virginia legislature and empowered to grant degrees. A limestone building, erected in 1793 on the crest of a ridge overlooking Lexington, burned in 1803, though its ruins are preserved today as a symbol of the institution's honored past.
In 1796, George Washington saved the struggling Liberty Hall Academy when he gave the school its first major endowment--$20,000 worth of James River Canal stock. The trustees promptly changed the name of the school to Washington Academy as an expression of their gratitude. In a letter to the trustees, Washington responded, "To promote the Literature in this rising Empire, and to encourage the Arts, have ever been amongst the warmest wishes of my heart." The donation--one of the largest to any educational institution at that time--continues to contribute to the University's operating budget today.
General Robert E. Lee reluctantly ...