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United States Men’s National team fails to qualify for the World Cup

October 18, 2017 |

By SEAN BERMINGHAM

Staff Writer

On Oct. 10,, the United States men’s soccer team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. This flop occurred seemingly against all odds, since the men’s team was rated at 97 percent going into the qualifiers making them favorable to earn a spot in the World Cup. The United States competes against other North and Central American teams and is often teased for having an easy time compared to some of the European and South American teams.Read More

UMW men’s and women’s tennis off to a great start

October 12, 2017 |

By KATHERINE SELTZER

Staff Writer

Both the men and women’s tennis teams have been successful this fall season, which began Sept. 16 at the UMW Kickoff Classic. The UMW tennis teams have competed in three tournaments over the course of the season. The men’s team participated in the Navy Invitational tournament, the women’s team participated in St. Joseph’s University Invitational tournament and both teams played in UMW Kickoff Classic along with the ITA Regional Championships. Head Coach of the men’s team, Todd Helbling, described some of the highlights of their season.Read More

After a hectic Week 5, NFL teams prepare themselves for Week 6

October 12, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

Sports Editor

With a little bit over a quarter of the 2017 NFL season in the books, the league took a huge turn during Week five with numerous key injuries and the trade sending Adrian Peterson to Arizona.Read More

The Nationals look to move past Washington’s spotty playoff performance

October 12, 2017 |

By LUKE ENGBERT

Staff Writer

“And strike three! You’re out!” As the Nationals continue their playoff run this 2017 season, we can only hope that we don’t hear that phrase too often. At least not in reference to the Nats. Unfortunately for Washington fans, the teams from the area do not have a stellar track record when it comes to playoff success.Read More

UMW student athletes respond to national anthem protests

October 12, 2017 |

By JAMIE MCGUIRE

Staff Writer

NFL players kneeling during the national anthem recently set off a storm that swept up all of America, sparking discussions in homes across the United States — including here at the University of Mary Washington.Read More

Marvel vs DC: the battle on the big screen continues

October 12, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer

Fans of comic book movies have been treated well in recent months. DC Comics took the world by surprise back in June with “Wonder Woman,” their biggest hit yet, but Marvel Comics fans have still been getting their fill with the likes of “Guardians of the Galaxy” Vol. 2 and “Spider-Man Homecoming” back in June. However, the excitement didn’t end over the summer. With Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and DC’s “Justice League” both coming out next month, the hype train is still rolling and likely won’t stop anytime soon.Read More

Virginia football shines this week, earning national spotlight

October 5, 2017 |

By DUSTIN THOMAS

Staff writer

After five weeks of college football, Virginia’s teams are still finding a way to be in the national spotlight. Following a great outing in the opening weekend, Virginia college football saves their spot on ESPN every week and hosting ESPN’s College Gameday.Read More

Nationals looking to make a deep playoff run

October 5, 2017 |

By SKYLA HENDRICKS

Staff Writer

The Washington Nationals are hoping to make a deep playoff run this year. To help them achieve this goal, the line-up of the team is found to be one of the best in the league and one of the better rosters the team has ever had. The Nationals are led by strong hitters making the offense a force to be reckoned with.Read More

Volleyball dominates this week, earning two big wins

October 5, 2017 |

By MADISON PACE

Staff Writer

UMW’s varsity volleyball team dominated the conference games against Marymount last Wednesday and Saint Mary’s on Saturday. Between the two games, there were a total of 87 kills, 85 aces from serves, and 85 digs.Read More

UMW golfers hopeful for a great season

October 5, 2017 |

By MACKENZIE HARD

Staff Writer

Going into their second season, the University of Mary Washington men’s golf team is getting ready to dominate this season. Two UMW golf athletes said that they feel prepared for this upcoming season.Read More

Staff Ed: Office of Title IX works to promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month

September 28, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

For many people, the month of October is known for the celebration of brisk air and changing foliage. However, for many the month signifies the importance of recognizing domestic violence survivors and the education of preventing future acts of violence.Read More

Field hockey takes positives away from a tough loss

September 28, 2017 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY

On Saturday, Sept. 23, the UMW women’s field hockey team held their own against Tufts University. While it may not have resulted in a win, the Mary Washington girls, or stood up to take on the challenge.Read More

Life of a student athlete as told by Maggie Larkin

September 28, 2017 |

By VICTORIA MUNEVAR

Staff Writer 

Maggie Larkin, a sociology major in the Special Education program, is a freshman on varsity cross country. She has had first-hand experience with jumping into a varsity sport straight out of high school. Larkin ran cross country at Robinson High School in Fairfax, VA, she made it to regionals and states during her time there. At the UMW cross country opener, she led the women’s team with a third place finish at 15 minutes and 10 seconds.Read More

NFL stands strong against Trump’s divisive words

September 28, 2017 |

By SEAN BERMINGHAM

At a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, President Donald Trump spent a portion of his time on stage talking about the National Football League. What started as a tangent about how penalties for hard hits are making the game soft and “ruining it,” quickly became a tirade on the National Anthem protests started last year by former forty-niners’ quarter back, Colin Kaepernick, and how the players “disrespect our flag,” according to President Trump.Read More

Fans show up and UMW shows out as Eagles shine in Eagle Nation Day

September 27, 2017 |

By SARAH GOODNOUGH

Staff Writer

University of Mary Washington’s Athletics Department brought home three more wins from the Saturday games during Eagle Nation Day. The annual festival hosted by UMW Athletics, brings the community together and encourages kids to engage in physical activity. With inflatable games, crafts and competitions, there were plenty of activities to choose from this year.Read More

Redskins steal a big win, preparing for a rough road ahead

September 21, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

Sports Editor

The Washington Redskins avoided their usual 0-2 record start this season, with a big 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Following their brutal loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at home, Redskins fans were relieved to see them get a big win. Even though Washington will be coming home with a victory, they struggled to get it. Although rookie, Samaje Perine got most of the touches on offense, running back Chris Thompson carried the team early in the game by setting the bar at two rushing touchdowns along with 77 yards on only three carries.Read More

Staff Ed: Job hunting? Let’s shake on it.

September 21, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

With the numerous college graduates flocking into the job market this spring, the stakes are high and the competition higher. The next few months will be a whirlwind for students, especially seniors, with … Read More

Binge-watching Netflix is not the best option for free time

September 21, 2017 |

By COLLIN JOHNSON

Staff Writer

With the stress of balancing classes, jobs and extracurriculars, many college students use their free time to unwind by watching episode after episode of their newest favorite series on Netflix.Read More

Hot diggity dog: long-standing debate continues on campus

September 21, 2017 |

By LUKE ENGBERT 

Staff Writer

Is a hot dog a sandwich, or does it fall under its own category? This interesting and surprisingly controversial question was recently brought to attention right here on the UMW campus. Believe it or not, this is a historically popular and persistent debate that has sparked countless discussions across the country over the years. In the words of Cameron Hiney, a sophomore historic preservation major, “a hot dog is just special,” meaning there is something setting it apart from a typical sandwich.Read More

September 18 Podcast

September 21, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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Jazz Ensemble performs at Riverfest fundraising event

September 21, 2017 |

By GRACE WINFIELD 

Staff Writer

This past Saturday, Friends of the Rappahannock hosted their 27 annual riverfest at Farley Vale Farm. The event serves as a great opportunity for the people of Fredericksburg to support their community and river restoration over a delicious cookout, boat rides and live music. This year, the University of Mary Washington’s very own Doug Gately, Director of Jazz Studies, and the UMW Jazz Ensemble were invited to perform at the festival.Read More

Virginia Man performs at UMW, spreads Christian themes

September 21, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

Last Wednesday, Virginia Man, a UMW alumni christian band performed in the Underground. The event was hosted by Campus Programming Board.

Junior Nabeel Mirza, said that she overheard the five guys … Read More

The Rich Weirdos become official, expand into community

September 21, 2017 |

By OLIVIA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

From club volleyball to the video game club, most everyone can find something that interests them at UMW. There is a new club on campus whose name might not be as familiar or straightforward, they are called “The Rich Weirdos.”Read More

ESPN power ranking cause more melodrama in New York

September 20, 2017 |

By SHACOBE JOHNSON

Staff writer

Carmelo Anthony has had a rollercoaster of a summer. On April 17 of this year, it was reported that Melo and his wife of seven years, LaLa, would be separating. Twitter proceeded to rip into Anthony, calling him a cheater and a terrible father. The Melo hate doesn’t start or end here. In fact, Anthony has been talked down by fans since he was put on the trading block in January.Read More

Men’s soccer defeats Roanoke College

September 20, 2017 |

By LAURA TAYLOR 

Staff Writer

Mary Washington men’s soccer was able to able to win against Roanoke College on Saturday as the two teams faced off at the Battleground. With just five minutes of the game remaining, a freshman, Jeremy Hokenson, scored. Which settled the score at a 2 to 1 victory over Roanoke.Read More

Concussion protocol not enough for UMW ruggers

September 20, 2017 | 1

By KEELY CERVANTES

Staff writer

When choosing a club sport in college, students consider the risk of injury risk in the sport. The risk, usually, is not a deterring factor. However, many student athletes or club members do not take into account how easily their life can be altered by a sport related injury.Read More

Living off-campus offers more freedom than living in a residence hall

September 20, 2017 | 1

By ARIANA BARRETT 

Staff Writer

After serving my time in residence halls for the obligatory two-year period required for UMW students, I decided to rent a house with some friends. So far, I like it a lot better than I liked living in a dorm. While there are some benefits to living on campus, overall there are a lot more perks to living off-campus.Read More

White House should stay out of Jemele Hill tweeting controversy

September 20, 2017 |

By ALLISON TOVEY

Staff Writer

On Monday Sept. 11, Jemele Hill, a host of ESPN’s SportsCenter, posted a series of tweets speaking out about Donald Trump and the bigotry that he has expressed time and time again.Read More

University of Mary Washington… or Mary Washington University? Student says names should not be based in elitism

September 20, 2017 |

By KATE SELTZER

Staff Writer

In the 1980s, a debate over a possible name change for the University of Mary Washington surged through campus, with students, faculty, alumni and city council members weighing in. Eventually, those that supported keeping the name, Mary Washington College, won out. In the early 2000s, a similar controversy arose as the school contemplated expanding to university status. Although it was probably well-intentioned, the ultimate decision to rechristen our dear alma mater the “University of Mary Washington” was the wrong one.Read More