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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 | 1

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 | 1

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 | 2

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

Artist Hasan Elahi discusses racism in digital art world

April 6, 2017 | 1

By EMILY GROTTLE

On Tuesday, April 4, artist Hasan Elahi spoke at the University of Mary Washington about his unique artwork and the history behind it. Elahi is associate professor for the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, and recently won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Prize and grants from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Even without getting a high school degree, Elahi found that he can study any subject through the arts.Read More

How my relationship became a toxic monogamy

April 6, 2017 |

By FINNLEY GOFF

“I think we need to break up.” I said, shrugging.Read More

UMW Style: Cultural Expression at Multicultural Fair

April 5, 2017 |

“I have brought an awareness of the joy and color celebrated in the Punjab region this Multi-Fair. This form of celebration is also categorized as a dance form called Bhangra. Bhangra, the term, literally means ‘to be intoxicated with joy.'”Read More

Six study break ideas for stressed out students

April 5, 2017 |

By ES HETHCOX

It is officially April, and University of Mary Washington students are feeling the pressure of exams and dreaded presentations. It’s important to remember that study breaks are essential to the long hours spent in the library. The perfect study break is something that gives your mind a rest from long hours of wracking your brain, while not taking up too much time to distract you from you’re studying. Here are six study break ideas to help keep you relaxed and your brain rested.Read More

UMW looks to adopt “ring by the spring” motto

March 30, 2017 | 1

By ALEX SPENCE

With President Paino’s official inauguration just around the corner, he’s been eager to roll out new ideas for the future of the University of Mary Washington. But with all the excitement that surrounds these new decisions, the Board of Visitors has been pushing one change in particular.Read More

Horoscopes April 2017: look to the stars for undeniable advice

March 30, 2017 |

By ALEX SPENCE

Aries (March 21-April 19): Rough waters ahead. Be sure to call Mom, as social exile can become lonely. Practice the phrase, “table for one.” Repetition is key.Read More

ResHall Recipes: expert level Vocellis style pizza recipe

March 30, 2017 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

Pizza is the cheapest and most convenient meal out there. It’s flexible and you can pretty much add any toppings you like. Think of the dough as a blank canvas. If you add just anything and everything to a pizza, it might not come out tasty, but if you follow this recipe very closely you won’t be disappointed. At UMW there is no shortage of greasy Vocelli’s pizza, so this will be the same, but different since you made it yourself.Read More

Hail to the king, “Kong: Skull Island” movie review

March 29, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

The one and only King Kong has made a glorious return to cinema in the new film “Kong: Skull Island.” Rather than being a remake of the original 1933 “King Kong,” this new epic seeks to bring Kong into the universe of the 2014 “Godzilla” film. For now, “Skull Island” is being met with a pretty warm reception.Read More

7th Annual Arab Culture Night steps up game with full stage and live camel

March 29, 2017 |

By JASMINE TURNER

Arab Culture Night is one of the many cultural celebrations hosted at the University of Mary Washington in honor of a diversity awareness initiative. Sponsored by the Arab Culture Club with the help of Dean’s office of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and the Center for International Education, Thursday night was filled with an array of displays dedicated to showcasing the richness of the culture.Read More

How the education program changed my perspective on testing

March 29, 2017 |

By KAYLEE TYE

I never understood why test taking was a good assessment of knowledge. Everyone complained about them, and I didn’t think that they helped me learn. I always thought that projects were a better assignment for the end of the year rather than a test.Read More

UMW Style:90s, pastels and button-downs dominate campus fashion

March 23, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

Sarah Hood-Recant, freshman

“This outfit was inspired by a linguistics presentation and I had to look relatively nice for it. I picked this collared shirt because I think it was the first one I saw. These pants are very comfortable and I can move in them and I thought black and white would be a good look for today. My style in general is functioning and comfortable over fashionable so usually sweats. This shirt was actually a Christmas gift because I like all things Hot Topic. This was a really cool shirt for me because my style is androgynous, so I really liked it. It is Fantastic Beasts themed.”Read More

ResHall Recipes: comfort food for stressed out students

March 23, 2017 |

By ES HETHCOX

Even though it is officially spring, the temperatures are still low. It’s about a month from finals, and Mary Washington students are in need of some comfort food.Read More

Explore the outdoors in your own backyard

March 22, 2017 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

Every season has its perks, but none of them compare to spring. After a very confusing winter, spring is finally here. Although spring often comes with rain showers, there is a lot to enjoy as the cold temperatures begin to rise. One of my favorite things to do in the spring is go hiking, and luckily there is no shortage of hiking trails in Fredericksburg.Read More

UMW embraces the Wild and Scenic national film festival

March 22, 2017 |

By ALEX SPENCE

On Saturday, March 25, Dodd Auditorium will open its doors to students and community members alike and invite you to hike the Sierra Mountains, wade the Alaskan waters and bike to the coast for a sunset surf.Read More

UMW set to hold 7th annual Arab Culture Night

March 22, 2017 |

By STEPHANIE COOK

It is almost time for the University of Mary Washington’s seventh annual Arab Culture Night. The Arab Culture Club sponsors this event yearly and offers a buffet hosted by Aladin’s Restaurant, a Middle Eastern fashion show, traditional dabka dance, a wide array of cultural showcases, henna, live music by Mohammed Amir, a live camel and more.Read More

Women’s History Month: 100 years of women in music

March 16, 2017 |

By SHAWNYA PETERSON

Female musicians have a rich and complex history, and, over the past century, share much overlap with social movements of the era, including the fights for racial justice and LGBTQ equality. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re taking you decade by decade through the last 100 years of female musical artists.Read More