Posts By Blue and Gray Press Life
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.'”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, …