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Great Lives Lecture: George Lucas’ unexpected success

March 16, 2017 |

By ES HETHCOX

George Lucas’ need for control not only helped him succeed in making movies, but also facilitated how much he impacted the world of cinematology, The New York Times bestselling biographer told his audience in Dodd Auditorium. Read More

Study Abroad program takes UMW students to far away places

March 16, 2017 |

By AMANDA BIELECKI

For many college students studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity and experience. Some choose France, Italy, Argentina and countless other countries around the world. From new food, new people and a new environment, studying abroad offers a wide range of unique experiences.Read More

Lack of out-of-family support for those with disabilities makes it hard for families

March 15, 2017 | 1

By RACHEL FINSTON

When I met my best friend, I had no idea how much we had in common. We have government employee parents, we are both vegetarians and we both have disabled older brothers.Read More

LEGO Batman serves as worthy followup to 2014 classic

March 3, 2017 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

When I watched the LEGO Movie for the first time two years ago glued to the couch in my living room during summer break, my interest grew from simply ‘interested’ to ‘emotionally invested’ rapidly. The witty comedy, … Read More

High School sweethearts: the good times and the hard times

March 2, 2017 |

By ELIZABETH PATTERSON

As far as relationships are concerned, there is no handbook on the “do’s and don’ts” of love. The idea of a perfect romance is drilled into the human brain with princess movies for kids and chick-flics for young adults. Chances are most people experience the first flutters of love in high school.Read More

VA Vibes: UVA band, Sorority Boy, releases twinkly emo EP

March 2, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

On Feb. 20, 2017 a two-piece band formed by two students at the University of Virginia released their first EP Friends/Enemies. Sorority Boy is composed of Maria DeHart, from Falls Church, Virginia and Fredericksburg native Brian Cameron.Read More

Therapy cat finds place in dorms, offers support to UMW student

March 2, 2017 | 2

By GARY KNOWLES

College is hard. For many it is the first time they have become independent from their families and are left to make their own choices and decisions on a day-to-day basis. Most would think that not having … Read More

Midterm Tips: how to make it to spring break

February 27, 2017 |

By ES HETHCOX

Midterms for many University of Mary Washington students are happening either this week or the week after spring break. Because of this, students are feeling overwhelmed with an influx of papers, projects and tests. Here are 10 essential tips for students to not only survive midterms, but to also come out on top.Read More

President Paino takes horseback riding lessons on Fredericksburg tour

February 23, 2017 |

By REBECCA MELSON

UMW President Troy Paino decided to explore the downtown area in his own way on Tuesday. The weather was unseasonably warm as President Paino traveled through downtown Fredericksburg on horseback. Paino, along with equestrian team member and junior Psychology major, Nikki Ferrell, received several stares as they pit stopped in popular Fredericksburg shops. This is all part of a promotional video that Paino is filming for upcoming UMW students.

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Recipe: Gluten-free cookies

February 23, 2017 |

By KAITLYN WIEDMANN

When I was little, I used to love the months leading up to Christmas because it was the time of year everyone undusted their baking supplies and made up enough sweets to last through the whole winter. While I never learned to bake things like gingerbread or rolled cakes, I jumped at the opportunity to make as many batches of chocolate chip cookies as my family and I could eat. They were one of my favorite parts of the season by far.Read More

UMW Style: transitions into spring and inspiration from Kpop and 90s

February 23, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

“Kpop, also known as Korean pop music, inspires this outfit and other outfits I wear, and since I’m a college student I want to be comfortable but also not look like a bum. I think the way you dress shows the kind of person you are, and I tend to dress friendly so that I look approachable.”Read More

Use care packages to show love to loved ones

February 23, 2017 |

By COLLEEN SULLIVAN

While at college, it may seem difficult to connect with old friends from home, especially when maintaining a busy schedule. Texts and phone calls, though efficient, can be impersonal and rushed. To show a friend that distance doesn’t change a thing, sending a care package is a simple gesture that will brighten someone’s day. The highpoint of creating this gift is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be filled with store-bought baubles; there are many easy crafts one can do to create a personalized and unique care package.Read More

Step Show sheds light into black history and culture

February 22, 2017 |

By DANIELLE HOWARD

This Saturday, in honor of Black History Month, Women of Color and the Black Student Association partnered together with the James Farmer Multicultural Center for the 26th Annual Step Show Competition.Read More

ResHall Recipes: Valentine’s Day comfort food

February 16, 2017 |

By ESTHER HEATHCOX

Valentine’s Day is a national holiday for individuals of all ages who get to enjoy the delicious recipes that this holiday brings. However, one important group of individuals that shine in the kitchen are not star-crossed lovers, but instead the single hearts of Mary Washington. Read More

The Grammys wasn’t all is was cracked up to be(yoncé)

February 16, 2017 |

By JONATHON MYERS

The Grammys this year, despite what the sponsored articles may tell you, was a complete mess. From awkward comedy bits, to multiple flubbed performances, to Beyoncé getting snubbed once again, the 2017 Grammy awards proved to be a disappointment compared to its predecessors. After losing so many revered artists over the past year, it was a disappointment we really didn’t need right now.Read More

How commuting to school works better for one student

February 16, 2017 |

By JOHN MARTIN

I have been a commuter at the University of Mary Washington for a little under two years since transferring from Germanna Community College. I believe it is a great experience to go through to help prepare yourself for the future and real world.

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Great Lives: Ty Cobb wasn’t the violent racist you thought

February 16, 2017 |

By ETHAN TOBIN

Have you ever wondered how baseball’s “greatest of all-time” was also deemed a violent racist, who was known for spiking his cleats with the intent of sliding in hard on the opponent, yet set the standards for the Baseball Hall of Fame? If so, you’ve got the 1900s baseball legend Tyrus Raymond “Ty” Cobb to thank.

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Valentine’s day is a day for more than relationships

February 15, 2017 |

By CELINE CHASSAGNEUX

Everyone has different feelings about the holiday that’s all about love. Some love it, some are indifferent about it, and some wallow in self-pity. But Valentine’s Day isn’t just about being in a relationship or having a … Read More

How one student conquered speaking anxiety through theatre classes

February 2, 2017 |

By AMANDA HOWAR

If you are an introverted or tend to shy away from the spotlight, a theatre course can seem like an absolute nightmare. Even though the idea of acting in front of people seems daunting, I’ve found that the best way to get over a fear is confronting it head on. This sounds like a crazy idea but it could help you come out of your shell.

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From community college to UMW: A transfer student’s experience

February 2, 2017 |

By JANELLE BEHM

For many, graduating high school means entering a university for four years. Others enter the workforce. I on the other hand, decided to go to community college for two years to get my general education out of the way before coming to the University of Mary Washington.

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DuPont gallery opening plays with gender and interaction

February 2, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

“A Hot Smidge” by Sidney Mullis was the first art exhibit this semester to take over the duPont Gallery. Having never been to art exhibition opening myself, I had no idea what I was going to walk into. I felt uneasy walking up the steps into duPont hall, trying to remember the few words I learned in my art history class. All of that faded away, however, when I saw the exhibition I had previously looked on the website for an overview of what to expect, but nothing could have prepared me for the enthusiasm and emotions displayed, not only in the various works, but in the gallery-goers themselves.Read More

ResHall Recipe: a simple apple pie taste without the apple pie hassle

February 2, 2017 |

By FINNLEY GOFF

Baked apples are one of the cheapest yet yummiest desserts out there. Imagine an apple pie but without the added hassle of making the piecrust. In Virginia during autumn, there is no shortage of locally-grown fresh apples, and even in the off-season, grocery stores tend to remain well-stocked. This is a recipe to enjoy with friends or just yourself. Making baked apples is incredibly easy. Happy cooking!Read More

La La Land transports critics into a city of lights and dreamers

February 2, 2017 | 1

By KAYLEIGH RONGEY

Musicals have long been accredited with creating a deep polarity in opinions. As with every genre of theatre or film, there are die-hard fans, those individuals who know every word in every song, and there are die-hard haters with an elaborate list of reasons why no one should enjoy that genre. It is with this division in mind that I went to see the critically acclaimed film, “La La Land.”

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How one student found her self through picking a major

December 8, 2016 |

By SADIE ROBERTS

Whether you came to college knowing exactly what you want to do, or not, chances are things will change. I came to the University of Mary Washington knowing that I wanted to be a psychology major.  Many … Read More

How alone time and holidays go hand in hand

December 8, 2016 |

By YOUSEF NASSER

Maybe it’s just me, but the holiday season is one of obligation. People travel long distances to see their families, make too much food and sit around in the same room for hours.Read More

ResHall Recipes: gingerbread pancakes and banana bread

December 8, 2016 |

By RUBEN GEORGE

Christmas is filled with happiness and jolliness that gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling on the inside. These are the same emotions and reactions I get when I eat the food this holiday has to offer.Read More

Destress tips for finals week – puppies are key to success

December 8, 2016 | 1

By ELLIE ADAMS

Whether you came to college knowing exactly what you want to do, or not, chances are things will change. I came to the University of Mary Washington knowing that I wanted to be a psychology major. Many people told me I would never find a job, and that if I did, it would never make enough money, but even through that, I was dead set on being a psychology major.Read More

Is your iPhone shutting off? Get it fixed for free

December 8, 2016 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

If you find your iPhone shutting off unexpectedly throughout the day, Apple has a launched a repair program for iPhone 6s users. This program targets those affected by a battery flaw, which makes the phones shut down randomly. Apple reported on its website that it affects a “very small percentage of iPhone users that were manufactured between September and October of 2015.”

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Professors embrace flipping the field to learn from their students

December 7, 2016 |

By MARY PRAUGHT

On a recent Sunday afternoon I met with Gwendolyn Hale, the director of the Writing Center and writing intensive program, to teach her a card game called Trash.Read More

A look at students’ favorite Thanksgiving and holiday traditions

December 1, 2016 |

By ESTHER HETHCOX

Whether it is cooking pies together for the Thanksgiving meal, hunting for the perfect Christmas tree or attending Christmas Eve service, holiday traditions are an integral part of everyone’s holiday season. Holiday traditions not only provide a festive atmosphere for people, but also build a community around them.Read More