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Netflix original “Making a Murderer” strikes a nerve

February 4, 2016 |

By ELIZA MAY

Last week, Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, announced that the streaming company will be adding 600 hours of original content in 2016. The announcement comes less than a month after the release of “Making A Murderer,” Netflix’s highly discussed documentary series, chronicling the 2007 convictions of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, for the murder of Teresa Halbach.Read More

Film Review: “Jane Got a Gun” lacks the Western thrill

February 4, 2016 |

By REBECA MURPHY

The weekend rolled around and I was ready to head to the theater, however, my options were limited. There were only three options, and among them was an unknown Western film, “Jane Got a Gun,” starring Natalie Portman and directed by Gavin O’Connor.Read More

Chaplain helps turn the tide on Islamophobia

February 4, 2016 |

By ELIZABETH BRANTLEY

On Monday, Feb. 1, University of Mary Washington students and members of the Fredericksburg community flocked to the Chandler Ballroom in the University Center to participate in a lecture and discussion, “The Truth about Islam: Open Discussion on Terrorism, Human Rights, and Islam,” which featured guest speaker Imam Yahya Hendi.Read More

Martin-Ridderhof gallery displays new student works

February 4, 2016 |

By NIKKI CONTRINO

UMW Galleries is currently hosting the 10th Mid-Atlantic New Painting biennial exhibition at the University of Mary Washington’s Ridderhof Martin Gallery. Walking into the exhibit, a bowl lies in the middle of the floor and a woman lies staring from inside her framed home. Colors explode off canvases and textures overwhelm the walls of the small gallery.
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Macklemore chimes in on white privilege discussion in latest hit single, calls out Miley Cyrus

February 4, 2016 |

By HANNAH PARKER

“We take all we want from black culture, but will we show up for black lives?” Musicians Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are speaking out about the very current reality of white privilege and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement in their newly released single “White Privilege II.”Read More

New duPont art exhibit, “Awe + Wonder” honors late professor, JeanAnn Dabbs

January 28, 2016 |

By WEIQI LIU

“Awe + Wonder” is the first exhibition of the semester, opening to the public in duPont Gallery on Jan. 14. The exhibition showcases a variety of artists and mediums, ranging from paintings, mosaics, ceramics and photographs, all in honor of JeanAnn Dabb, who passed away last year from cancer. UMW Galleries hosted an official reception in conjunction with Dabb’s memorial, commemorating her life as an artist, professor and individual.Read More

‘True College News’ brings satire to campus, delights students

January 28, 2016 |

By DELLA HETHCOX

Della Hethcox: Why was TCN created? Was there a breaking point that led to the creation of TCN? In other words, it this website an outlet for frustrations with the University?
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Plugged In Playlist: the editors’ edition

January 28, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY STAFF

Have you ever wondered what music keeps the editors of the paper motivated?

Wonder no more! As a staff, we have each chosen two of our current favorite songs to share with you, the campus. If you are in need of some new tunes, check out our 16 top songs. The songs range from MoTown, rap, classic rock, experimental, alternative rock to pop. This playlist represents the diverse nature of the staff’s musical tastes and gives you a sampler of what we play during production night each week.Read More

24-hour theatre captivates campus

January 21, 2016 |

By OCEANA PEEMOELLER

On Jan. 16, student-run Studio 115 opened the semester by smashing the bottle that is the 24-Hour Play Festival on the metaphorical ship that is the semester itself. Kenneth Bellamy, a senior double majoring in theatre and English Secondary Education, explained that everything from auditioning to writing scripts all took place in that 24-hour period.Read More

Great Lives: Jack London, determination and dreaminess

January 21, 2016 |

By DELLA HETHCOX

Hardly an empty seat remained in Dodd Auditorium last Thursday evening as the 2016 Great Lives series debuted with a lecture on one of America’s most renowned authors, Jack London. George Washington Hall brimmed with members of the Fredericksburg community, as well as University of Mary Washington students, all expectant of an entertaining event.
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Club Carnival takes over University Center

January 21, 2016 |

By ELIZABETH MORAN

Every floor in the University Center buzzed with excitement last Wednesday, Jan. 13, as more than 100 student organizations and clubs prepared to recruit new members during the spring semester’s Club Carnival. More than 300 students attended this year’s event, signing up with volunteer clubs, sports club and leisure clubs.Read More

In Memoriam: fans mourn the passing of Alan Rickman

January 20, 2016 |

By HANNAH PARKER

The world stood in shock as the news flooded social media sites that “Harry Potter” star Alan Rickman died at age 69 on Jan. 14 after battling pancreatic cancer.Read More

National honors society on campus serves surrounding community

December 3, 2015 |

By JOSEPH GARAY

As a club, the Mortar Board is not well known on campus. In fact, not many people are aware that it exists. The club however, has been a part of campus culture for quite some time.Read More

Mockingjay Part 2 sets box office ablaze

December 3, 2015 |

By HEATHER JACKLING

In a world of strangely dressed dystopian rulers, Katniss Everdeen stands tall as a symbol of unity for the rebel soldiers. She represents the perseverance of faith in humanity even in the midst of total adversity, sending a great message of heroism and perseverance. The film has generated a large fan base of readers and movie goers both young and old.Read More

Think ‘fair trade’ for this holiday shopping season

December 3, 2015 |

By CRISA YOUNG

With the holiday season in full force, the biggest franchises lead the way with extravagant sales and unbeatable deals. Shoppers flock to these opportunities with the intent to finish their holiday shopping in the quickest and cheapest way possible. But are they really aware of what they are paying for? Read More

Blackstone Coffee celebrates birthday as relationship with community grows

December 2, 2015 |

By ELIZABETH BEAUCHAMP

Blackstone Coffee; the coffee shop we all know and love here in Fredericksburg. We sip and savor the delicious coffee without much thought to the origin of it. What many do not even know, however, is that Blackstone has very local roots.Read More

Ugly Christmas sweaters find their niche in holiday wardrobes

December 2, 2015 |

By KELLY EMMRICH

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, where the holiday season is filled with an overzealous uncles wrestling with decorations, carolers that are just a little bit flat, Grandmas that are slaving over a ham in the oven, and, of course, the adornment of the ubiquitous, ugly Christmas sweaters.Read More

Red Cross encourages students to donate blood, save lives

November 19, 2015 |

By REINA DATTA

According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood donation.For an hour all you need to forfeit is a little bit of blood and your time. There are so many people in the U.S. who are eligible to donate blood, but few do so.Read More

UMW professor introduces seniors to revolt literature

November 19, 2015 |

By HEATHER JACKLING

If you are an English major and you have not yet decided which senior seminar to take for the spring semester, Dr. Clarence “Danny” Tweedy III teaches a class full of great literature and insightful discussions. Radical Black Fiction Writer, a 400 level seminar course, will be taught this coming spring, 2016.Read More

Agora Downtown gives coffee lovers a new perspective

November 19, 2015 |

By GRANT RAYCROFT

As the leaves turn red and the days grow cold, a cozy little place off the brick walk of old-town Fredericksburg is where one can get safe inside from the chill.Read More

New art exhibition on campus, New Ceramics in the Old Dominion

November 19, 2015 |

By NICOLE LINDELL

Just beyond the doors of duPont Gallery lies a room filled with the otherworldly art of the “New Ceramics in the Old Dominion” exhibition.Read More

Latest Star Wars film marketed toward holiday shoppers

November 12, 2015 |

By HEATHER JACKLING

The holiday season is underway and many people may notice that stores are beginning to adorn themselves with the usual decorations of glittery trees, snowy wreaths and festive ornaments. However, another celebration is also taking over retail stores as they prepare for the Dec. 18 release of the latest Star Wars film, “The Force Awakens.”Read More

VA Vibes: Flight of Salt to play show at Colonial Tavern

November 12, 2015 |

By DELLA HETHCOX

What happens when musicians take a break from the exhausting tour life? They start another band. Or at least, that is what happened to Rob Bullington, the founding member of the Richmond band, Flight of Salt.Read More

Terminally ill Star Wars fan’s last wish fulfilled before death

November 12, 2015 |

By DELLA HETHCOX

Daniel Fleetwood, 32, only wanted one thing before he died, to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the latest addition to the popular franchise. Fleetwood was diagnosed with connective tissue cancer in July of 2015, during which time doctors informed him he only had two more months to live. Fleetwood’s dying wish, however, became viral thanks to social media and his wife, Ashley. On Oct. 29, Ashley shared his wish on Twitter using the hashtag “#forcefordaniel.”Read More

Res Hall Recipe: Apple Crisp

November 12, 2015 |

By DELLA HETHCOX

It is apple season, which means that grocery stores are full of glossy, crispy fruit just begging to be used in the kitchen.
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Avenue Q: adult, X-rated version of Sesame Street

November 11, 2015 |

By JOSEPH GARAY

“Avenue Q” blasted its way onto the University of Mary Washington stage with an array of brightly colored Sesame Street style characters. Don’t let the puppets and the set fool you – this is not your child’s Sesame Street. This is the “adults only” X-rated version. Starting Nov. 5 the musical “Avenue Q” can be seen in DuPont Hall on Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.
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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