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John Green novel conveys complexities of mental illness

October 19, 2017 |

By ARIANA BARRETT

Staff Writer

On Oct. 11, George Washington University’s bookstore and coffee house, “Politics and Prose,” hosted author John Green’s second stop on his book tour. He was promoting his new book “Turtles All the Way Down,” which had just been released the day before.Read More

Death from Above reverses writing technique for new album

October 19, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

Punk-rock duo, Death from Above, is back with a new album. It’s been three years since their last full release which followed a five-year hiatus. This band has been around for a while and while there’s no guarantee they’re around to stay, the newest album, “Outrage! Is Now” is a nice treat. This album came almost out of nowhere, it was released on Sept. 8 after only being announced three weeks earlier.Read More

Contemplative studies meshes intellectual and personal growth

October 19, 2017 |

By COLLEEN SULLIVAN 

Senior Writer

Information learned in school is often applied solely in practicum, jobs or internships. Contemplative studies, unlike other programs, is directly applied alongside the learning process, rather than only afterwards. This minor is centered upon meditation and contemplation in everyday life, which is both a personal and intellectual skill. Five years ago, a contemplative practice class started being offered by professors David Ambuel and Angela Pitts and many students were eager to become involved.Read More

Ask Katherine

October 12, 2017 |

By KATHERINE LAMB

Senior Writer

There’s a person in one of my lectures who constantly has something to say that isn’t necessarily directly related to the topics we discuss in class. They also have a somewhat aggressive tone when speaking and often interrupt the professor. The professor, I know, tries to limit distractions but I feel they aren’t limiting appropriately or well enough. Others in the class feel the same way as I do. How should I approach the situation?Read More

Nostalgic TV show themed beverages for binge-watching

October 12, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

Senior Writer

Magic School Bus Rides Again

Netflix is on a roll with its remakes recently and “The Magic School Bus Rides Again” is its newest addition. With two new main characters, a remake of the theme song and a brand new animation style, there is a lot to take in for someone who grew up watching the original show. Although this show is meant for younger kids interested in science and not the nostalgic twenty-somethings that want to feel little again  , I can only judge based on how it holds up to what I remember as being the best science show (second only to Bill Nye) that I watched on roll out VCR carts.Read More

First Fridays in Fredericksburg, a haven for art lovers

October 12, 2017 |

By ELIZABETH DEVINE

Contributing Writer

On the first Friday of every month, the streets of downtown Fredericksburg bustle with art lovers of all ages. Eleven unique art galleries display new exhibits from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday evenings. Visitors can take advantage of free parking in multiple locations or ride the trolley from gallery to gallery for free.Read More

Klein Theater production balances comedy and drama

October 5, 2017 |

By KYLE LEHMANN

Contributing Writer

One afternoon last week, my roommate and I headed out to see the UMW production of “Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike” in Klein Theater. Initially, I was about as excited to see the play as anyone who is forced to attend an event for a class would be. However, when the play was over, I was happy that I went because of the surprisingly complex and entertaining cast of characters in this production.Read More

Campus Programming and Creative Writing Club host Student Spotlight

October 5, 2017 |

By KIRSTEN QUARFORTH

Contributing Writer

A single spotlight makes a circle on the slightly elevated stage. The pool of light envelops the poet balancing on a small wooden stool, orally reciting a poem he labored over. The audience fell silent for a moment, before they begin to snap their fingers.Read More

Mindfulness apps help stressed out students

October 5, 2017 |

By COLLEEN SULLIVAN

Senior Writer

There are pitch pipe apps, animation apps, makeup apps, workout apps and any other app imaginable to occupy time. The catch phrase “there’s an app for that” gets more true every day. So naturally there are apps that are aimed to assist and destress through stressful times. Here are three free apps that focus on mindfulness and relaxation.Read More

UMW should offer more online classes to give students flexibility

October 5, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

Senior Writer
Life as a college student is all about creating the perfect schedule to avoid unnecessary stress. In my experience, I have found online classes are a great option when trying to create a flexible schedule. However, after transferring to the University of Mary Washington last year, I was sad to learn that the university has a limited amount of classes offered online. In correspondence with Rita Dunston, university registrar, she said, “No more than 5 percent of online classes are offered during the academic year.”Read More

Students visit Brompton, have dinner with President Paino

October 5, 2017 |

By VICTORIA MUNEVAR

Staff Writer

Ever wonder what it would be like to eat a three-course dinner with the UMW President, Troy Paino, and his wife at their historic Brompton home? Ten lucky UMW students had that pleasure on Tuesday, Sept. 19.Read More

Embroidered embellishments emerge on campus

October 5, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

Senior Writer

As a very early form of art and expression, embroidery has been sewn on to clothing since 30,000 B.C. Embroidery was thought to have originated in Asia and the Middle East. Chinese embroidery techniques especially are still widely spread and used today.Read More

Ask Katherine: Advice to Freshmen

September 28, 2017 |

By KATHERINE LAMB

Senior Writer

How do students get out of a fire drill? Stated by a freshman, clearly

Proceed in a quick and orderly manner towards the nearest exit. If your roommate is not up, make sure they get up. If it’s a nighttime fire-drill, knock on the doors you pass on the way out to ensure that nobody sleeps through it.Read More

Frankie Cosmos captivates with casual, intimate venue

September 27, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

Every time I go to Charlottesville, Va., I always end up getting dumplings at Marco & Luca’s on the downtown mall. This past Saturday afternoon it was warm and I was sitting outside eating with a friend when I found myself doing a double take at the person strolling by. Greta Kline, the lead singer of the band I was in town to see, was strolling down the downtown mall a few hours before the show was set to start.Read More

Personal shopping carts roll onto campus

September 27, 2017 |

By PAIGE WALTON

Being a residential student with limited, and at times inconvenient, access to parking can be a challenge when it comes to grocery shopping. One way to combat the difficulty of transporting groceries from the store or car to your room is by investing in a portable grocery cart of your own.Read More

Faculty members show talent at studio art exhibition

September 26, 2017 |

By KYLEIGH COUTCHER

At the UMW Studio Art Facility Exhibition, recently in DuPont Gallery, there were pieces shown featuring art by Deb Balestreri, Carole Garmon, Larry Hinkle, Rosemary Jesionowski, and many others​. Their pieces didn’t follow a theme but I was able to pick up patterns that displayed similar techniques to the extent that I could tell it was by the same artist.Read More

Living room exhibit transports students back to the 90s

April 27, 2017 |

By ANDREW BOSWELL

Since the beginning of the semester, a few other students and I have been working with professor Zach Whalen to create an exhibit that would fill students with nostalgia of the 90s. The idea originated with professor Whalen wanting to recreate the successful “80s Living Room” that was displayed on the fourth floor of the Convergence Center during the spring semester of 2015. Read More

Devil Goat Day: the traditional class competition continues

April 27, 2017 |

By THEODOSIUS ZOTOS

Grab your green or red and put your game faces on — today is the big day. Every year on the Thursday of the last week of classes, the most anticipated and epic UMW event of the year takes place. Read More

Fishermen head to local fishing spots for start of season

April 27, 2017 |

By WILL BRORSEN

As the weather continues to warm up, summer fishermen start to break out their tackle boxes and fishing rods. The Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg is a great place to fish, and the fish start biting around this time. Fishing right now is the best experience, there’s always time for just one more cast.Read More

Discussing consent is not as easy as education videos pretend

April 27, 2017 |

By LAURA MAKOLANDRA

At the beginning of each school year, the Title IX office holds a session on how partners should consent to sex. They show videos that roleplay how students might have conversations about consent. These videos instruct students to have open conversations about sex and make sure that both partners agree verbally.Read More

UMW gathers for Glow Run in honor of President Paino’s Inauguration

April 26, 2017 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES

The rosy hues of the sun began to fade as 412 people from the University of Mary Washington and the Fredericksburg community gathered near the Bell Tower. Glowing figures covered with strokes of neon paint stood at the start line, in the evening hours, waiting excitedly for the clock to strike eight. As the run commenced, the rhythmic thumping of participants’ feet drowned out the music that was playing throughout Campus Walk for UMW’s 5k “Glow Run.”Read More

Personal essay: handwriting notes is acceptable too

April 24, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDE

Many professors on campus allow students to use their laptops in class, but some professors don’t. In high school I was required to write my notes in a notebook or a binder. When I came to college, I found that most students took notes on their laptops.Read More

A crowded campus is a small price to pay for recruiting future Eagles

April 24, 2017 |

By ES HETHCOX

April is a stressful month for Mary Washington students, but this stress is not solely because of assignments or presentations. During the month of April the UMW Admissions Office welcomes large groups of individuals interested in Mary Washington to campus. Tour guides show these groups around residence halls, classrooms and popular campus scenes such as Ball Circle.Read More

UMW Style: the characters of ‘Macbeth’ show off medieval Scottish couture

April 13, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

“My attire just got an upgrade actually because I recently killed the King and I figured I’d take the crown. I found this really nice coat in my closet, and it’s so heavy that it makes it difficult to go down the stairs, but it looks great. I have a pretty rad belt, it looks kind of WWE. I have a lot of red now and it kind of brings out my eyes.”Read More

How Catholicism plays into one family’s Easter Sunday traditions

April 13, 2017 |

By SUSANNAH TOMBES

Easter Sunday is my favorite day of the entire year because of the hope that it gives me, and what it represents for my faith as a Catholic. Easter for my family is not about the Easter bunny and egg hunts. For us, it’s a chance to be with each other and celebrate the sacrifice and gift of Christ’s death and resurrection.Read More

Student faculty dance concert combines hip hop, contemporary and Bollywood

April 13, 2017 |

By ABIGAIL WHITTINGTON

The whispers of the audience hushed as four ghostly figures took their place on the dark stage. The lights on the stage came on and the four figures became four women dressed in flowing white gowns. They walked staggered from the front of the stage to the back of the stage, swishing their gowns with occasional instances of performative writhing pain. Then the music began and the women performed a contemporary dance piece.Read More

Personal anxiety story: managing your anxiety through college

April 13, 2017 |

By FINNLEY GOFF

I have had people ask me how I get over anxiety when I need to—what I mean by this is how I can sometimes push past things without letting them overwhelm me. Let me begin with some background: I’ve had the symptoms of generalized anxiety ever since I could talk. My mother had anxiety also and quickly noticed my similar symptoms. I wasn’t raised in an environment in which mental health was ignored. I was raised by a mother who was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and treated it with medication for multiple years.Read More

Fredericksburg Visitor Center showcases brochures, maps and local art

April 13, 2017 |

By ES HETHCOX

As Friday night in downtown Fredericksburg begins to ignite, tourists and Mary Washington students wander in and out of an old brick building on the corner of Caroline and Charlotte Street. Each person has one goal in mind: to see what the city of Fredericksburg has to offer.Read More

Geek Alliance hosts MaryWashiCon for the ultimate geek experience

April 12, 2017 |

By MARIA SCHLEH

On Saturday, April 8, the University of Mary Washington’s Geek Alliance held their annual convention, MaryWashiCon, in the Hurley Convergence Center. This year’s convention was the result of a combined effort of Geek Alliance club members and leaders over the course of several months in order to deliver the ultimate “geek” experience. MaryWashiCon strives to offer something for everyone—whether you’re interested in anime, video games, Korean boy bands or whatever fandom strikes your fancy.Read More

Waka Flocka and D.R.A.M. entertain rowdy Anderson Center crowd

April 6, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

On Thursday, March 30, the University of Mary Washington welcomed Waka Flocka Flame and D.R.A.M. With the help of volunteers, the Campus Programming Board transformed the Anderson Center into a concert venue fitting of these two rappers.Read More