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A Tip of the Dink

Updated: April 1, 2021 | Tagged:

Never walk past an upperclassman without tipping your dink. That was the rule of the Freshman Court, or Lex Ultimo, at W&J in the early and mid-20th century. Failure to tip, of course, could land a freshman student in front of the Lex Ultimo. Or possibly worse. So what was a dink? It was a…

W&J Names To Know: Jonathan Letterman, M.D.

Updated: April 1, 2021 | Tagged:

Dr. Letterman was a famous American surgeon who, during the Civil War, developed new strategies for medical management on the battlefield as medical director of the Army of the Potomac. His innovative system, which included field triaging, mobile field hospitals, and a new Ambulance Corps., saved the lives of thousands of wounded soldiers during the…

Saving Ben Franklin’s Books

Updated: April 1, 2021 | Tagged:

Benjamin Franklin would be grateful. When this renowned colonial entrepreneur, journalist, statesman and American Founding Father donated 50 pounds sterling to the fledgling Washington Academy in 1789 to buy books for the school’s library, he probably hadn’t envisioned that some of those books still would be available to the College’s students and faculty 231 years…