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Michael Benson joins theatre department as set designer

March 1, 2018 |

By LINDSEY BROWN

Senior Writer

Michael Benson grew up in the theatre and has been going to shows since he was three years old. His father was a high school English teacher that also directed the musicals at his high school. One of Benson’s earliest memories is when he saw one of his father’s productions, “Fiddler on the Roof.” He remembers being terrified by the character Fruma-Sarah.Read More

Center for Career and Professional Development offers services

March 1, 2018 |

By DYLAN BURKETT

Staff Writer

Did you know that there are people right here on campus who want to help you prepare for your professional career after graduation? Most students know about the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) here on campus, but how many actually know what can be gained from making an appointment?Read More

Students welcome year of the Dog with Chinese New Year

March 1, 2018 |

By ALEXIS ERB

Staff Writer

This past weekend the University of Mary Washington celebrated the Chinese New Year with the community of Fredericksburg. There was a big turn out with people from a variety of backgrounds and a plethora of Chinese food from restaurants, as well as food made by locals that attended the event. Having a large turnout was a big deal because of how small the Chinese community is in the Fredericksburg area.Read More

How to keep a clean and professional social media presence

February 28, 2018 |

By ALEXIS ZIRPMOULIS

Staff Writer

Is your private life truly private? Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat, most college students juggle multiple social media accounts. When you are fresh out of college and looking to leap into your career, it is important to have a squeaky clean social media presence, or as close to clean as possible. However, with several virtual personas to manage, maintaining track of your photographs, status updates and videos can become a challenge- and that unfavorable Friday night selfie can easily get lost in the chaos of your archived photos.Read More

Dog walking on campus brightens students’ day

February 22, 2018 |

By LAURA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

Seeing dogs on the campus of the University of Mary Washington brings a smile to most students, especially when the dogs belong to other UMW students.Read More

Spring Break adventures: options for students remaining in the area

February 22, 2018 |

By KELLY EVANS

Staff Writer

For many college students, spring break is an opportunity to get away from the stress of school and explore the world outside of textbooks. However, this can be difficult for the students who are stuck on campus over break or are staying in Virginia. However, Virginia offers many opportunities for UMW students to really explore and have fun over the week-long break. Here are some events in the Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg area that are held over UMW’s spring break.Read More

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” opens in Klein Theater, warns audiences about over reliance on technology

February 22, 2018 |

By LINDSEY BROWN

Senior Writer

Cell phones are often an important aspect of people’s lives these days. They seem to be a lifeline to most, an essential for their social lives, or even their careers. Even though Sarah Ruhl’s play, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is over 10 years old, it is still relevant today. “You will never walk alone, because you have a machine in your pocket that might ring,” reads a line from the play, and it still rings true. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is an unorthodox story, with good lessons that give the audience something to think about. It makes you want to turn your phone off for a while and join the land of the living.Read More

Black superheroes deserve more representation in film

February 22, 2018 |

By VANISA CLAY

Staff Writer

While I am not a comic book fan, I am a true lover of film. When the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Ironman (2008), was released I wasn’t too excited about it, although it seemed everyone else in the world was. A lot of things have changed for me in the past decade, which has softened my resolve when it comes to comic book movies, one of the most prominent being the release of “Black Panther.”  Read More

“Black Panther” introduces complex themes to Marvel Universe

February 22, 2018 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer

In 2016, Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” gave us many things. On top of bringing back several previously established characters and having them take each other on in an all-out brawl, it also introduced two heroes who had previously not been featured in any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. The first of these characters was the much-beloved Spider-Man, who received his own solo film only a year later in the form of “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” The second character was Black Panther, a lesser-known character from the comics who was instantly turned into a fan favorite thanks to the success of “Civil War.” Now, just like Spider-Man, Black Panther is getting his own time in the spotlight with 2018’s first big super hero hit, “Black Panther.”Read More

Great Lives Lectures: learn about the lives of interesting people

February 21, 2018 |

By JESSICA LINK

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington has provided an interesting and informative lecture series to students since 2004. The Great Lives Lecture Series documents the inspirational and unique stories of a variety of significant people. … Read More

Roommates may be bad for your skin, experts say

February 15, 2018 |

By JACK POLLARD

Staff Writer

Roommates; everyone has them. Living in close quarters with a friend or complete stranger is an integral part of life at college. The transition of adapting to another person’s schedule and living habits can be challenging, however, and for some people that are forced to change beauty regimens 18 years in the making, it begs the question:  Is your roommate bad for your skin? Read More

Inspirational playlist to revamp failing resolutions

February 15, 2018 |

By MARY PRAUGHT

Staff Writer

With January over and February moving steadily along, it’s the time of year when many people start slacking off on resolutions for 2018. From giving up on going to the gym to “accidentally” finishing off a bag of Chili Lime Takis one night while watching “Friends,” countless “new year, new me” plans are being abandoned with the first two months of the year. But, no matter how your year has gone so far, it’s never too late for a fresh start. Rather than waiting another 10 months to recommit to your goals, just listen to these songs and I’m sure they’ll give you the attitude boost to come back stronger than ever.Read More

COAR’s Variety Show raises money and showcases talent

February 15, 2018 |

By KOTY BOWEN

Staff Writer

On February 9, members of the University of Mary Washington and Fredericksburg communities gathered in Dodd Auditorium to witness the Variety Show, an event that showcases the talent of UMW students.  The entertainment ranged from debuts of original songs to the thrill and excitement of intricate dance teams.Read More

Baristas best creative coffee and seasonal specials

February 15, 2018 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY

Staff Writer

Most coffee shops have an array of potential drink combinations beyond their typical menu and Blackstone is no exception. When seeking a creative alternative to your regular order, it is always helpful to take some advice from the experts. Read More

VA Vibes: Artist Erik Phillips releases new album “One”

February 8, 2018 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

On February 3, I sat down with Erik Phillips at Hyperion Espresso. The Fredericksburg native now lives in Richmond, but still comes back most weekends.Read More

Shops and entertainment debut in downtown Fredericksburg

February 8, 2018 |

By ELIZABETH DEVINE

Staff Writer

Although downtown Fredericksburg is steeped in history, it is constantly experiencing change. Strolling down Caroline Street, it’s hard not to notice all the updated storefronts and new businesses. If you’re new to Mary Washington, or are just looking for a fun day with your friends, get off campus and check out what’s new downtown.Read More

Political Poets Collective sponsors Resistance Through Poetry event

February 8, 2018 |

By MAGGIE MCCOTTER

Staff Writer

An empty stage with a single microphone sits at the front of the Underground. The atmosphere is set with background music centered around resistance and triumph. Members of the community, as well as UMW students, anxiously await the demonstration of resistance.Read More

Ashleigh DiBenedetto to star in upcoming UMW theatre production

February 8, 2018 |

By TESSA CATE

Managing Editor

In the midst of final exams last December, the UMW theatre department was just beginning what would be their first mainstage production of the new year: “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.” On top of their group projects, papers, presentations and exams, UMW theatre students prepared for auditions and planned out their next semester – an early testament to the time and effort put into this piece of art. Read More

Student art featured at Gallery VC

February 7, 2018 |

By HANNA LUGO

Staff Writer

On Friday, February 2, the Fredericksburg Visitor Center hosted the opening of the Gallery VC, an exhibition of student artwork from the University of Mary Washington. This month, the gallery revolves around the theme … Read More

Students attend 45th March for Life in Washington D.C.

February 1, 2018 |

By HANNAH ROTHWELL

Staff Writer

It was a warm and sunny day in the middle of January. The weather felt out of place, but was welcomed. People from all walks of life traveled far and wide to gather in downtown D.C. As soon as they stepped out of the Smithsonian Metro Station, they were greeted by smiling faces handing out bright green signs saying “Choose love. Choose life” and inviting them to join the crowd that was rapidly amassing.Read More

The One Note Stand ends the ICCAs on a high note

February 1, 2018 |

By OLIVIA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

This past Saturday, one of the UMW acapella groups, One Note Stand, competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal at George Washington University. This event brought together 10 acapella groups from around the region to compete for the chance to advance and perform in the semifinal competition in Philadelphia.Read More

Students join protest at Women’s March on Washington

February 1, 2018 |

By MACKENZIE HARD

Staff Writer

This past weekend, thousands of women, men and children gathered around the Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C. for the second annual Women’s March on Washington. This event began to advance peaceful and positive progress within communities across the country, along with the goal of ensuring that all women and their allies are involved with civic and political roles.Read More

High waisted versus hip huggers: the great jeans debate

December 7, 2017 |

By SKYLA HENDRICKS

Staff Writer

High waisted jeans versus hip huggers, an age-old question. Well, maybe not age-old, but debatable enough. I am an avid hip-hugging jean wearer, but I have started to feel like I am the only one with recent trends favoring high waisted. I started to wonder which jeans were more popular on the UMW campus and why girls preferred one kind of jean over another.Read More

The holiday lineup: must see new movies of the season

December 7, 2017 |

By DANELLA DONADO

Staff Writer

‘Tis the season for reboots, remakes and sequels. If you’re wondering what movies are worth watching this winter break, this comprehensive list is here to help you navigate through this season’s latest cinematic offerings. Since a lot of the movies coming out these next few weeks are continuations of franchises or reboots, I have given each of these movies an approval rating, based on whether that franchise is still fresh and hyped up or whether its overdone. So in order from least anticipated and not that great to incredibly hyped and amazing, here are the picks for Holiday Movie Season 2017.Read More

Resources offered for temporarily handicapped students

December 7, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

Senior Writer

I used to think walking from class to class in college was an effort, then I broke my foot and realized navigating campus was going to become a lot harder. The University of Mary Washington is a long, hilly campus,  so crutching from class to class was never really an option for me. I was happy to find out that the University police offers services to students who need help getting around campus.Read More

Increased stress in millennials from social media and technology

December 7, 2017 |

By LUBNA AKHTAR

Staff Writer

With classes wrapping up and finals approaching fast it could be beneficial to ponder for a few moments what is really stressing students, besides the impending doom of finals week. The way we tend to view finals week is as a game of dominoes – it goes downhill from here if we fail an exam, if a presentation doesn’t go well or if a paper turns out to be mediocre. The constant state of panic comes from a combination of our parents,  peers and even our own expectations, but also from what we see on the internet, especially on social media.Read More

Students enjoy Thursday night “Poetry and Prose” events

November 16, 2017 |

By OLYMPIA JARRELL

Staff Writer

The Department of English, Linguistics and Communication hosted their Thursday night “Poetry and Prose” with visiting authors who read from their own work. This past Thursdaythe guest speaker was Russell Sanders, an American novelist and essayist. Gary Baldanza, a senior computer science major attended one of these events for the first time this semester.Read More

Calorie information at dining hall follows federal regulations but could be triggering

November 16, 2017 |

By KATE SELTZER

Staff Writer

Nationwide, eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating are on the rise. Women and adolescents age 18-21 are especially susceptible to developing symptoms of such disorders. This makes college students, and female college students in particular, a disproportionately affected group.Read More

Disability Resources allows support animals in residence halls

November 16, 2017 |

By ABBEY BAILEY

Staff Writer

Have you ever wished you could come home to a soft, cuddly animal after a hard day of classes and exams, even if you live on campus? UMW has a program for people with diagnosed disabilities that allows them to keep support animals in residence halls on campus. According to the Office of Disability Resources, “a support animal is an animal that provides emotional or other support which ameliorates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability.”Read More

Trendy cozy socks with boots bring comfort and style to campus

November 15, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

Senior Writer

Woolen socks with boots have been a popular pair, since its introduction to the fashion sphere, it’s expanded from the original riding boots with knee-highs to heeled ankle boots with woolen socks scrunched up, … Read More