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Bring the Avenue Q puppets to life

November 11, 2015 |

By ASHLEY CHUNG

While “Avenue Q” has proven itself a formidable task, professors and students alike have put in hundreds of hours in order to make it exceptional. Their hard work has definitely made the show a worthwhile evening out full of laughs and perhaps a few lessons too.
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November brings promise of comedy, crime and politics

November 5, 2015 |

By DELLA HETHCOX

November has arrived and Netflix continues to add to its online empire of hit television shows and movies. Whether you need a study break alone, or you are with a group of friends, Netflix has something to offer, no matter the preferred genre. As it has produced seven original television shows.Read More

Plugged In: Abstract music brings new ideas to the table

November 5, 2015 |

By TESS OSMER

We all know her, in the form of a sister or a daughter who idolizes her, a boyfriend who thinks she’s attractive or even by ourselves as we dance to her hypnotic beats. For she is the one and only Taylor Swift, standing for the young girls of America as she belts her circular lyrics about men and painful romantic experiences.Read More

Paper clipping-riddled chair in Combs represents more than furniture

November 5, 2015 |

By HEATHER JACKLING

It was the last day of English 295, 1990 and Dr. Mary Rigsby, professor of English, waited while her students shuffled into class, ready to hand over their final papers. To her surprise, Rigsby noticed that one student had not yet arrived.Read More

Taste of Asia delivers a spectacular evening of food, fashion and dance

November 4, 2015 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

As school assignments and work make up most students’ weekends, leaving the comfort of one’s hall and bed to the outside world seems like a daunting task, much less leaving the University of Mary Washington campus.
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Hope Chinese School Dance Mom Team kicks of Asian Cultural Celebration

October 29, 2015 |

By DELLA HETHCOX

Dodd Auditorium stage was bathed in colorful lights on Oct. 25 as keynote performers, the Hope Chinese School Mom Dance Team, danced and sang to their audience for.
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Ghost Walk of historic Fredericksburg spooks students

October 27, 2015 |

By ELIZABETH BEAUCHAMP

University of Mary Washington’s Historic Preservation Club hosted its annual ghost walk throughout downtown Fredericksburg. The student- run event took place at the James Monroe Museum.Read More

Students find thrilling part-time work for Halloween at Kings Dominion

October 27, 2015 |

By NICOLE LINDELL

Watch your back, Eagles! There are monsters among us, and they are hiding in plain sight. You might be passing them on the sidewalk without noticing. You may even sit next to one of them in class.Read More

10 last-minute Halloween costumes for less than $10

October 27, 2015 |

By KELLY EMMRICH

As soon as Oct. 1 rolls around, pumpkin and ghost are at the top of my ‘frequently used’ list of emojis and orange fairy lights, painted pumpkins and fake cobwebs become staple decorations in my apartment.From the creative costumes to the endless supply of candy, Halloween is easily my favorite holiday.Read More

ELC Club creates a community with fun-filled semester

October 22, 2015 |

By DELLA HETHCOX & CRISA YOUNG

The abundance of clubs at the University of Mary Washington can be overwhelming, but for some students, they have the option of joining a club that directly pertains to their major and their personal interests.Read More

Netflix’s original film, “Beasts of No Nation,” a new take on war dramas

October 22, 2015 |

By DELLA HETHCOX

In an attempt to redefine the film industry, Netflix premiered “Beasts of No Nation,” an original film, in both theaters as well as direct streaming on Oct. 16. The film, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, opened in a reported 31 theaters across the U.S., in addition to being available to view instantly online. Although the film only earned $50,699 in theaters, Netflix representatives were pleased with film’s performance in person and online.
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Madison Hall set to host annual Haunted House

October 22, 2015 |

By ARIANA BARRETT

Calling all spooky Halloween lovers, on Oct. 29, from 7 to 10 p.m., the Trimo Complex, comprised of Westmoreland Hall, Ball Hall, Custis Hall and Madison Hall will be hosting a haunted house in the basement of Madison Hall, featuring the infamous ‘Murder Room,’ staring hungry cannibals, or zombies.Read More

Juliette Wells lectures on Jane Austen’s “Emma” at 200th anniversary

October 21, 2015 |

By DAVID CONCEPCION

As this year marks the 200th anniversary since the novel, “Emma,” by Jane Austen, which was published in 1816, Juliette Wells, professor of English and chair of the Department of English at Goucher College in Towson, Md., chose to celebrate with a special themed lecture.Read More

Asian Cultural Celebration educates and entertains campus

October 21, 2015 |

By ALAINA ZITZMANN

Say goodbye to October by immersing yourself in Asian literature, art and language as it is taking over the University of Mary Washington this weekend, beginning Sunday Oct. 25. As part of the annual Asian Cultural Celebration, the University is to host events ranging from dance classes, art classes and historical lectures in order to promote an educational way of celebrating Asian-American culture.Read More

Oktoberfest; more than beer, pretzels and the polka

October 8, 2015 |

By REINA DATTA

All you have to do is say ‘Oktoberfest’ and suddenly all you can think of is German music, food, lederhosens and, most of all, the beer. Oktoberfest, which originated in Munich, Germany, is the one of Germany’s most prominent and anticipated events, attracting roughly 6 million visitors to the Bavarian city.Read More

Plaid: a wardrobe staple from the 1500s to the 2000s

October 8, 2015 |

By KELLY EMMRICH

Whether you love plaid, or find it to be only something a hipster lumberjack would wear, it is a print that has dominated both the runways and campus walk for many years, and has had quite a historical impact. This is why it is impossible to walk to class without seeing at least half a dozen students sporting plaid flannel button-ups along campus walk today.Read More

Banned books threaten libraries, freedom of choice

October 7, 2015 |

By ELIZABETH BEAUCHAMP

The American Library Association heads the national movement “Celebrating the Freedom to Read” by offering webinars and resources to librarians throughout the country to assist them when they are presented with a challenged book.Read More

Capital Ale House reopens, reschedules Oktoberfest for Homecoming Weekend

October 7, 2015 |

By NICOLE LINDELL

Capital Ale House’s Fredericksburg Oktoberfest, originally scheduled for Oct. 3, was recently rescheduled to Oct. 24 due to the threat of Hurricane Joaquin.Read More

October Neftlix Bingelist: original films and shows

October 1, 2015 |

By DELLA HETHCOX

October is officially here, and with it comes the addition of nearly 50 instant streaming movies and television shows on Netflix, five of which are Netflix originals.Read More

Community members and faculty dance to raise scholarship funds

October 1, 2015 |

By JORDAN SCHULTZ

On the evening of Sept. 26, Fredericksburg residents headed to Dodd Auditorium at the University of Mary Washington to watch members of the community dance and ultimately, raise money for the UMW performing arts scholarship.Read More

Res Hall Recipe: soup and bread bowls welcome the new season

October 1, 2015 |

By ELIZABETH BEAUCHAMP

With fall finally here, salads are going out of fashion and warm comfort food is on its way. Chilly, rainy days are the perfect setting for this dish. If you are anything like me, the dreary weather that frequently accompanies fall leaves you wanting warm drinks, movies and soup. Chicken and rice soup is a perfect way to conquer those chilly nights without having to put in much effort! This dish almost always leaves leftovers and freezes well for future meals.Read More

Graduating seniors can prepare for the future with 16 before 16 checklist

October 1, 2015 |

By REINA DATTA

According to the Washington Post, only 62 percent of college graduates entered a field that required a college degree, while only 27 percent of those graduates landed a job that was directly related to that field.
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Joseph DiBella’s farewell exhibit breathes new life into familiar meduim

October 1, 2015 |

By CRISA YOUNG

“Breath That Fades Away,” serves as Professor DiBella’s farewell exhibit as a retiring faculty member of the University of Mary Washington.Read More

Klein Theatre brings the audience behind the scenes with “Noises Off”

September 30, 2015 |

By JOSEPH GARAY

The University of Mary Washington’s Klein Theatre kicked off their fall season on Sept. 24, with their rendition of Michael Frayn’s 1982 comedy “Noises Off.”
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The Muppets return to the small screen

September 24, 2015 |

By NICOLE LINDELL

“My life is a bacon-wrapped hell on earth,” sighed Kermit during the first scene in Tuesday night’s episode of ABC’s “The Muppets” fades into a commercial break. The premier of this new series, however, was far from any sort of hell.Read More

Backpacking through the Yucatan: one explorer’s story

September 24, 2015 |

By REINA DATTA

Growing up in the United States is more of a blessing than students may realize. As the cultural melting pot, the U.S. gives everyone the opportunity to not only embrace other cultures, but to define and appreciate their own beliefs … Read More

Downton Abbey season premiere hints at a turbulent new season

September 24, 2015 |

By KELLY EMMRICH

The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey premiered in the United Kingdom on Sunday at 9 p.m. Set in 1925, the hour-long premiere episode promised viewers a season riddled with new and recurring hurdles for each character.Read More

The Fitness Center revamps its group fitness program

September 24, 2015 |

By GLORIA KAMOLE

Physical activity is often seen as a chore, but this year the Fitness Center is offering a wider variety of group fitness classes than they have in the past, in an attempt to encourage students and their friends to take a study break and workout.
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An eagle experience: a senior’s thoughts on family weekend

September 24, 2015 |

By DELLA HETHCOX

I have never been that student who participates in campus events. It is not that I think I am too cool for them, I have just never had much school spirit. Read More

Global Café brings a taste of globalization to the Dining Hall

September 23, 2015 |

By ELIZABETH BEAUCHAMP

Delicious smells wafted through the dining hall as a busy kitchen staff weaved in out of crowds to refill empty buffets while International music played in the lobby and students excitedly waited in line at the Global Cafe last Wednesday.Read More