There is no question that
Washington and Lee has a
strong varsity athletics program.
Dreimann’s experience, however,
underscores the value of W&L’s
array of recreational opportunities
such as club and intramural sports,
group exercise classes, and outdoors
programs, not to mention a well-outfitted fitness center. Not only
do these features draw prospective
students, but they also keep them
healthy and happy while they’re
“The Recreation Program in
general provides stress relief and
an opportunity to take a break and
step away from the books,” said Ray
Ellington, director of Campus Recreation, “as well as a chance to
meet and socialize with people they may not see on a regular basis.”
Over the past decade, Washington and Lee’s campus
recreation options have grown exponentially. Sixty to 70 percent
of the student body is involved in sports clubs or intramurals, and
the number of clubs has tripled. More members of the campus
community are taking advantage of the fitness center than ever
before, and the number of group exercise classes offered is about
five times the number available when the program first began.
In addition, the Outing Club, which technically falls under
Student Affairs but is unquestionably a major part of the
university’s recreational offerings, attracts hundreds of new
members in the first month of each academic year (see p. 20).
And new additions to campus, including the natatorium and
a disc golf course, round out a thriving set of offerings.
The health of these programs has been a driving force
in Washington and Lee’s decision to completely renovate
Doremus Gym and the Warner Center. When the Warner
Center was constructed in 1972, the school had 400
undergraduates and 11 varsity sports; today, it has nearly
1,900 undergraduates and 23 varsity sports. Both the athletic
program and Campus Recreation make the best possible use
of the facility, but Athletics Director Jan Hathorn said the
Warner Center is bursting at the seams.
“What we do in this building is sort of its own little minor
miracle,” Hathorn said.
Parrish Preston ’ 17 practices
his climbing skills at New River
Gorge. Students interested in
rock climbing can join the
Crux Climbing Team to meet
Students on the Appalachian Adventure
pre-orientation trip dish up some
grub along the Appalachian Trail.
The Outing Club trip is by far the most
popular pre-orientation option for