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The Blue & Gray Press | August 20, 2019

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Staff Editorial: Forget 'How We Think,' It's What We Do

Some of the first things students noticed upon returning to campus this semester, aside from the shift in construction from one side of campus to the other, were the new, slogan-clad banners, featuring University of Mary Washington students as poster children.

Bearing phrases such as, “(No apologies) it’s how I think,” “change your mind” and “it’s a yes-brainer,” these banners portray UMW as a place that encourages students to use their intellectual capabilities to form well-reasoned opinions and viewpoints.

The University takes the message further with its tagline, “Where great minds get to work.”

It is up to the students to put these ideals into practice.

As 2012 is shaping up to be an extremely influential and politically-charged year for the United States, it is as important as ever that college-aged citizens claim their voice in the future of the nation.

Saying, “I’m just in college,” is not an excuse for social, political or professional apathy or irresponsibility.

As educated young adults, we have a responsibility to take part in the world around us and not get caught up in the “campus bubble.”

It will not be long before we are emerging on the job and housing markets. Healthcare, the environment and international affairs will have even greater effects on our generation than they did on our parents’. We cannot afford to wait to get involved in the future of our country.

College is an environment designed to foster experimentation and form well-reasoned, personal opinions as well as a safe place to respectfully hear and debate the opinions of others. It is not an excuse to act irresponsibly or demean the opinions of others.

Let us shed our apathy and actually strive to live up to the ideals that UMW so proudly displays all over campus and put our unapologetic, open minds to work to make our world a better place.




  1. Mary

    Students could begin to “strive to live up to the ideals that UMW so proudly displays” by simply tolerating the political signs of their neighbors in town. I have “lost” 4 since UMW opened.
    Often, these neighbors are MWC graduates who have learned much by experiencing jobs and caring for family members for more years than you all have been alive!
    These “grey hair” experiences (“I have earned every single one of them!”) don’t come easily, and often have profound philosophical changes involved!

  2. I wouldn’t blame the students for taking your signs… just saying. I know that your point is about real life experience influencing people for their future life, but I believe that your sections of that comment do not really mesh well with the University or the students whom are a part of it.

    First you chide students, then you support students. I just don’t understand the viewpoint of your full comment, is all. I’ll be able to make a more advanced response simply depending on your possible clarifications.

  3. Mary

    “What you say and what you do . . .” Stealing is stealing, and apparently that is okay by you. We still have LAWS in this country, but one side seems to think they don’t apply to them.
    ” . . .judge a man by the content of his character, not the color of his skin.” Judging a man by his actions is what courts do all the time.

  4. But is it just students? It could be local residents. It could be out-of-towners. It could be anyone. How is my previous statement bringing you to the conclusion that I am in support of stealing? I may have stolen your thunder, and for that atrocious act, I truly am sorry.

    All that I need to add to this comment is that not all laws are just in the states. While stealing is an atrocious act, this quote is for all of the unjust ones that are out there, and will be out there: “One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.” That one’s from Martin Luther King, Jr.