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Cats vs Dogs: Which is the best college pet?

October 13, 2016 |

By ANAHI VIDOVICH

It is the age-old debate. The rivals are bigger than the Red Sox and the Yankees, Pepsi vs. Coke and NSYNC vs. The Backstreet Boys. It is cats vs. dogs: college edition. I interviewed two UMW students to see which animal is the better college pet. Some say cats are mean and aloof, while others do not enjoy the strict schedule that comes with walking a dog.Read More

Electronic music class showcases the art of masking sounds

October 13, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER

With frizzy white hair, a plaid short sleeve shirt and what I am pretty sure were cotton sweat- pant-like shorts, Dr. Mark Snyder, assistant professor of music at the University of Mary Washington, welcomed a small audience to the first performance of his Electronic Music class in Pollard Hall, on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

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Kaynak Pipers of Bulgaria performed traditional pieces outside HCC

October 12, 2016 |

By AHAD SHAHID

Five Bulgarian musicians with three droning bagpipes, a bass drum, a hang drum and a youthful audience enabled a fun, yet peculiar, Wednesday evening outdoor performance last week.

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Did you know cars without decals get ticketed on College Ave? Neither did these commuters

October 12, 2016 |

By REBECCA MELSON

For more than a year now, I have commuted over an hour to attend classes at the University of Mary Washington. I have driven in extremely bad weather. I even make myself drive when I would rather sleep in. Why? Because the education that is offered at UMW is superior, encouraging critical thought and inspiring the next generation to be of a democratic and liberating mind. I was surprised when I found out first-hand how strict some parts of the university are.

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Senior Playlist: for the burnt out and stressed student

October 6, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER

It is already October, the leaves are falling and it’s finally getting a little bit colder. Even though it is pretty early in the semester, I am about ready to drop out. If the ideas of upcoming midterms and eventual finals are making you panic, I have five noteworthy songs to help you keep your chin up.Read More

Flannel Friday: trend or coincidence?

October 6, 2016 |

By LIZZY WAINER

Students have been sporting flannels on campus walk so much that is has become a trend. No matter where students look, it seems that flannels are everywhere, anytime or day, regardless of inconsistent weather.

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UMW’s 4th annual Mindfulness Week will focus on whole-person wellness

October 6, 2016 |

By KAITIE GOODWIN

We move so rapidly from one class to the next, from assignment to assignment, that we can miss a lot about what is actually happening outside of our personal bubbles. Next week, however, we are being given a chance to learn how to take time to see our environment and the people around us, thanks to the fourth annual Mindfulness Week at UMW.Read More

Oldheads against the New Wave, a hip-hop battle

October 6, 2016 |

By AHAH SHAHID and CHAD MUNDIE

Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, Imran Ahmed, 21 Savage. All these names ring a bell when brought to the attention of Millennials. While these artists are in the limelight at the moment, there has been conflict between these new acts and the people who helped establish the genre.Read More

‘Assistance’ wows audience with insight to post-college life

October 5, 2016 |

By VALERIE GIBSON

The University of Mary Washington’s Theatre Department debuted “Assistance” on Thursday Sept. 29, at Klein Theatre.Read More

Presidential race sends waves through UMW community

October 5, 2016 | 1

By REBEKAH DEBELL

The Presidential race is down to Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Donald Trump. One of these candidates will inevitably take office in January after the election in November. But first we are bombarded with television ads, news articles and, of course, the debates. However, these debates are not just between the presidential candidates, they are right here on the UMW campus as well.Read More

Fredericksburg hosts first independent book festival for upcoming writers

September 29, 2016 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

In a wonderful culmination of reading and literature, the city of Fredericksburg held its very first Independent Book Festival at Riverfront Park this past Saturday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Writers from a broad range of genres were there to discuss their works with others, including editors, friends and readers. The goal of the event was to bring together the community of Fredericksburg and authors of the written word.

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UMW student finds his way back home in Jefferson Hall

September 29, 2016 |

By TYLER POSPISIL

I walked into Jefferson Hall my freshman year, in the fall of 2013, with no expectations of what it was going to be like. Now, it is 2016 and I walk into the exact same building, heck I even walked into the same room, as a senior. The building is still run down as ever which is what I expected, but it was weirdly endearing.Read More

ResHall Recipe: easy dorm Crack Brownies

September 29, 2016 |

By JENNA DAVENPORT

I think it is pretty safe to say that, for the most part, everyone is nervous about meeting new friends during their first semester of college. I do not know about anyone else, but all I heard the summer before my freshman year were stories from anyone and everyone about how the next four years were going to be the best of my life and that the friends you make in college are the ones that stick with you.Read More

Students take up fly-fishing in Ecoliterature class

September 29, 2016 |

By REBECCA MELSON

On Sept. 19, a class full of students lined themselves on Jefferson Square. The rain poured down like an end of summer monsoon. The class of English 303, Ecoliterature, picked up fishing rods instead of pencils. They perfected their casts and tuned into nature.Read More

Author Kristen Green gives talk on her novel to freshman class

September 29, 2016 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

On Monday, Sept. 19 University of Mary Washington alumna Kristen Green, the author of the freshman common read “Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County” gave a presentation in Dodd Auditorium. All members of the university community were able to attend the speech.Read More

UMW fashion essentials focus on comfort and effortless style

September 22, 2016 |

By AMIR KOREHI

College is a time for people to grow and mature and discover themselves. It is also a time to develop your personal sense of style.Read More

Senior bucketlist: Fredericksburg hidden treasures and sunrise hikes

September 22, 2016 |

By CAITLIN WILLIAMS

Coming into college as a freshman, most of us have a set of personal goals that we hope to accomplish. For example, we have all seen the Buzzfeed and Odyssey articles, “College bucket lists.” Some of these give examples such as chugging a beer or going streaking, but others focus on more concrete goals such as traveling.Read More

UC hacks: makeshift waffle cones, cereal, and homemade Blizzards

September 22, 2016 |

By RIPKEN SMITH

Since its opening, many students have complained about the choices at the dining hall in the University Center. To solve these problems I have created a list of tips for learning the ins and outs of the UC. Read More

DIYs make dorm rooms more homey

September 22, 2016 |

By KELLIN GIBSON

DIY aka “Do It Yourself” projects are not just for Pinterest users, but they are also for UMW dorm room decorators. When students are a long way from home, DIY crafts and creations are a way to subside the symptom of homesickness.Read More

Studio 115 actors explore new characters in production “Miscast”

September 21, 2016 |

By EMILY AINSWORTH

University of Mary Washington’s theatre department presented “Miscast” on Saturday, Sept. 17, a one-hour production about actors who portrayed characters that they would never in a million years be casted as in the world of professional theatre.

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What’s worse: teacher’s pet or teacher’s kid

September 15, 2016 |

By CAITLIN WILLIAMS

Everyone knows that if you are the teacher’s pet you are going to be picked on. You know all of the answers and exceed all expectation. You are mocked and made the butt of the classroom jokes.

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S’mores to lasagna: food that reminds UMW students of home

September 15, 2016 |

By KELLY O’GRADY

We have now entered Week 3 and some of us are no doubt feeling homesick. With Family Weekend right around the corner, I have been thinking more and more about home. Whether it is a Thanksgiving meal or mom’s special grilled cheese sandwich, food is the very thing that reminds us of home.Read More

Pokemon Go coaxes UMW students out of their dorm rooms

September 15, 2016 |

By OLYMPIA JARRELL

Pokémon Go was introduced in July and is already sweeping the nation with its real life experiences for catching Pokémon. The University of Mary Washington, with the release of Pokémon Go, has become a hotspot for what is called Pokestops, a place where you can get items like, pokeballs, potions, berries, Pokémon eggs and much more.

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New York Fashion Week Spring collections reminiscent of ’80s

September 15, 2016 |

By KELLY EMMRICH

New York Fashion Week is a magical nine-day affair filled with private cars, healthy granola bars, high heels and, of course, the fashion. It is basically Gossip Girl condensed into one week. Past seasons have focused on the expected floral prints and soft fabrics like cotton and chiffon.Read More

Tinderellas and Tinderfellas: looking for love, sex and entertainment

September 14, 2016 |

By SHYAN MURPHY

Tinder is a popular dating app downloaded by many teenagers and young adults. As one can imagine, it is immensely popular to use on a college campus, but the real question is, what is it like to use Tinder on a small college campus?

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UMW Gallery features French painters and sculptors in new exhibition

September 8, 2016 |

By KELLIN GIBSON

If you are an artist, a horse fanatic, or simply looking for a productive stroll before your next class, the Ridderhof Martin Gallery is hosting a new public exhibition that may interest you. This month, The French Horse Romanticism to Surrealism collection will be on display from Sept. 2 to Oct. 9.

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RISE program fosters lasting connections and friendships

September 8, 2016 |

By HABIBA NOOR

Initiated six years ago, the Resources Inspiring Student Excellence, or RISE, is a program focused on acclimating freshman students to college life. I found out about the RISE program when I first visited the James Farmer Multicultural Center and I saw that there were applications and promptly filled one out.Read More

Sugar Shack celebrates its first birthday with president Paino

September 8, 2016 |

By KELLY EMMRICH

Nestled in between the University of Mary Washington campus and downtown Fredericksburg, Sugar Shack Donuts is an integral part of the Fredericksburg community. Significantly, this past week Sugar Shack celebrated its first birthday after one year since opening its doors in Frederisburg.Read More

“The Congressman” defines what it means to be patriotic

September 8, 2016 |

By REBECCA MELSON

With this year’s intense presidential election and the general social atmosphere in our American society today, it is clear that the definition of patriotism is changing. This is especially apparent in the actions of American athletes Gabby Douglas and Colin Kaepernick.Read More

UMW Unsolved: the tale of the Virginia Hall ghost

September 7, 2016 | 2

By MADISON REID

For some students, the mysterious slamming of doors and eerie creaking of floorboards are just two, on the long list, of quirks experienced in on-campus living. For others, it is the manifestation of the Virginia Hall ghost.Read More