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The Blue & Gray Press | September 25, 2017

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Men and Women’s Cross Country both ranked fourth in CAC preseason poll

September 7, 2017 |

By KYLEIGH COUTCHER 

Staff Writer

This season Mary Washington’s Men and Women’s Cross Country teams have both placed fourth again in the Capital Athletic Conference preseason polls. Mary Washington Women’s team assumed the fourth spot in the poll with 58 points and the Men’s team found themselves in fourth with 56 points.Read More

Rugby players share their feelings about the season

September 7, 2017 |

By SHYAN MURPHY

Staff Writer

Each year, the University of Mary Washington gains new recruits from all over for their sports programs. UMW is primarily a Division III school with a variety of sports options offered including … Read More

Virginia football teams have a great Week 1

September 7, 2017 |

By DUSTIN THOMAS

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington might not have a collegiate football team, but that does not mean that our students do not take an interest in the sport. Collegiate football is the number one most-watched sport in the United States and our liberal arts institution is no different.Read More

NFL week 1 predictions and analysis

September 7, 2017 |

By ZACHARY WOHLEKING

Staff Writer

After much anticipation, the NFL has returned and fans everywhere are ready to celebrate by holding down a spot on the couch all Sunday long. Read More

Staff-Ed: UMW administration stands with its students

September 7, 2017 | 1

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The previous academic year at the University of Mary Washington was filled with discussions, debates, the presidential election and national discord felt even at the community level. The year also brought about many changes at the campus level with the first year and inauguration of our university’s president, Troy Paino. In the conservative area of Spotsylvania County, just an hour away from Washington D.C., our community felt the reverberations of the partisan political tension.Read More

The University Center welcomes a new executive chef

September 7, 2017 |

By OLYMPIA JARRELL

Staff Writer

This year, the University Center is seeing some real changes with the new executive Chef, William Allison. After working in places ranging from Hawaii, to California to other locations in Virginia, Chef Allison was recently hired as the new executive chef for the University Center’s Dining Hall.Read More

Trump’s tweets provide little reassurance to hurricane victims

September 7, 2017 | 2

By GRACE WINFIELD 

Staff Writer

Hurricane Harvey is the first natural disaster to test Donald Trump’s presidency. The category four storm devastated and displaced thousands of Texans over the past week. As a result of the storm’s extremely heavy rainfall, southern Texas has experienced devastating floods. Houston being the most affected. About 33 trillion gallons of rain have been dumped along the Gulf Coast.Read More

Talley Center needs resources to support graduate students

September 7, 2017 |

By JACKSON DOWNEY

Staff Writer

An anonymous graduate student at UMW, visited the Talley Center hoping to schedule bi-weekly counseling appointments. she said that she had been struggling with anxiety throughout the summer and thought the resources provided at the Talley Center could help her with her mental health struggles.Read More

Professors should consider costs when assigning textbooks

September 7, 2017 | 1

By JAIME MCGUIRE

Staff Writer

It is the beginning of a new semester, which leaves college students confronting the inevitable required textbook list. Many students shell out $300 or $400 at the beginning of the semester for just one book but are only able to resell it for a few dollars. If these textbooks are required, why are they so outrageously priced?Read More

Taylor Swift’s reputation: from America’s sweetheart to queen of the snake emoji

September 7, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON

Staff Writer

Few celebrities are as image conscious as Taylor Swift. At twenty-seven years old, she is a multi-millionaire and internationally known celebrity. One might even call Swift infamous due to the polarizing public opinions surrounding her music and her personal life. Swift is known for playing the victim, or, is alternatively, America’s sweetheart.Read More

UMW students visit Cuba for first time ever this summer

September 7, 2017 |

By GARY KNOWLES

Staff Writer

This past June University of Mary Washington students spent a couple weeks with Cuban citizens. Read More

Personal essay: transferring to UMW was the right decision

September 7, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM
Staff Writer
At first I assumed UMW would be very similar to my former university because they both have a small student population. However, once I stepped foot on this beautiful campus I was pleasantly surprised to find out that UMW was something completely different than WCSU.Read More

Historical floral print blooms into UMW fall fashion trend

September 7, 2017 | 1

By SAVARA GUNN

Staff Writer

Floral designs on clothing have been wildly popular the past few years. Especially during the summer where breezy dresses, modern-day kimonos and shirts have the print sketched across like canvases.Read More

Unforeseen pipe burst closes Willard Hall for the 2017-2018 school year

September 6, 2017 |

By ABBEY BAILEY 

Staff Writer

Over the summer a steam pipe burst under Willard Hall, rendering the building uninhabitable for the 2017 to 2018 school year. Bushnell was originally scheduled for summer renovation and was going to be closed during the school year, however, this plan had was postponed as a result of the damage to Willard Hall. After being notified of the change mid-summer, the 91 students who were scheduled to live in Willard were relocated to Virginia Hall and Bushnell Hall.Read More

From uniform to unique: one student’s guide to dorm decor

September 6, 2017 |

By MACKENZIE HARD 

Staff Writer

Before move-in, campus is filled with a bunch of the same dorm style residence halls. The same couches and chairs, the same beds and desks and the same kitchens. It is all very uniform but it is a blank canvas for us to make our own. I turned my own apartment into a comfortable and cozy place for me to stretch my feet out on the coffee table. Along the way, I learned the importance of having a budget and an idea for how the space will look. It is much easier to decompress after a long day of classes when I’m coming back into a room that makes me feel comfortable and welcome.Read More

UMW Men’s Lacrosse Ends Season With High Hopes For Next Season

April 27, 2017 |

By WILL ATKINSON

The UMW Men’s Lacrosse season came to a close on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Salisbury, Maryland to the nationally top ranked Salisbury Seagulls. The Eagles were eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs after a dominant first round victory over the Frostburg Bobcats.Read More

Club Basketball Q&A delves into future plans for the team

April 27, 2017 |

By CELINE CHASSAGNEUX

Club Basketball is a huge part of the University of Mary Washington, especially for those who love basketball and want to play. The team has been to four tournaments so far, this year. Three players, Zachary Wohleking, Terrin Dickerson, and TJ Flood have a lot to say about their time on the team and the continuation of the club for the next coming year.Read More

UMW Dance clubs deserve to be recognized by sports communities

April 27, 2017 |

By STEPHANIE COOK

There has been a debate over what category dance falls under for years. The general public as a form of art, or as a physical activity, but never as a sport has typically viewed dance. While many dance classes are held in gym studios (UMW even boasts its own Zumba dance fitness program), why is there hesitation to refer to dance as a sport?Read More

LeBron James focused on winning in 2017 NBA Playoffs

April 27, 2017 |

By MARK NOEL AND MIKEY BARNES

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are arguably the best two teams in the league. These two teams have met in the finals the last two years, and are expected to meet again this year. The Cavaliers faced the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs, however, they were no match for King James and the Cavaliers. The Indiana Pacers lost in game four of this series with a score of 106-102.Read More

Female runners face catcalling during practice

April 27, 2017 |

By JANELLE BEHM

Many sports teams practice on fields, some in the gym, in the pool and others throughout the immediate Fredericksburg area. It is important for those who are on sports teams to focus while they are training. The women’s cross-country team is made up of twelve women who all run throughout The University of Mary Washington and the Fredericksburg area.Read More

Women’s Lacrosse Awaits Bid to NCAA Tournament Following Amazing Season

April 27, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

The women’s lacrosse team has had a landmark season this year. It has been one of the most successful since recent years. They made it to the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference, where they faced their personal team to beat, Salisbury. It marked their first shutout game since 1987 against Southern Virginia and on senior day no less.Read More

Staff-Ed: The Blue & Gray Press says goodbye to old staff, welcomes new staff

April 27, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

This week’s issue marks the The Blue & Gray Press’ last issue of the semester. This week is bittersweet. We welcome in our new staff and start to implement some changes for next year. However, … Read More

Staff Ed: changes to come next year as Blue & Gray Press seeks help from UMW community

April 20, 2017 |

by THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

Over the course of the year, The Blue & Gray Press staff has worked hard to produce the highest quality product of news. In what could be called one of the most challenging years in the history of journalism, we take pride in staying true to our mission of striving for accurate news to benefit the University of Mary Washington and the Fredericksburg communities.Read More

Motivation techniques for the screen-locked college student

April 20, 2017 | 1

By FINNLEY GOFF

The thrumming of the internet calls to you and suddenly you’re sucked into the depths of YouTube or Facebook, unable to surface until hours later. At least, this is you if you act anything like me. Even … Read More

Celtics on brink of historic upset, tragedy strikes Boston’s star player

April 20, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

The 2016-2017 NBA season featured and intense Eastern Conference battle for the first overall playoff seed, between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers held the top seed heading into the All-Star break with a … Read More

Won 4 Wesley: the lasting impact of UMW’s honorary Eagle

April 20, 2017 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

Hundreds gathered at Barnesfield Park in King George, Virginia on Monday to celebrate the life of 22- year-old Wesley Berry, who passed away on Thursday, April 13 after a 10-year battle with brain cancer, the same number he wore on the baseball field. Country music filled the air as loved ones gathered on the infield of the baseball field to honor their inspirational figure and honorary Eagle.Read More

Macbeth takes stage in Klein Theatre

April 20, 2017 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

On Thursday, April 13 I and three of my friends found ourselves making our way across campus to Klein Theatre where we would proceed to watch a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. That night, what originally started as a class assignment became an enjoyable memory for the four of us.Read More

Running: what happens after crawling out of bed

April 20, 2017 |

By SUSANNAH TOMBES

I wake up with the sun as the rest of campus is still in deep sleep, breathing heavily under soft comforters. Thoughts about hiding under my own covers invade my mind and I know that the battle has begun. I get up. I’m getting dressed and I have to remind myself that the only runs I have regretted are the ones that I never went on. Slipping on my shoes, I make my way out of my dorm and move into a jog until I find my pace.

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You had me at Pho

April 20, 2017 | 1

By ES HETHCOX

With the end of the semester drawing near, some Mary Washington students are watching their flex dollars and meal swipes dwindle as they enter the final three weeks of the semester. However, UMW students should not lose hope. Fredericksburg is a college town, and college towns look after their student community.Read More

Senior offers words of wisdom to UMW freshmen

April 19, 2017 |

By HALEY SPENCER

The 2017 school year is beginning to wrap up and graduating seniors are preparing to write a new chapter in their lives and endure a new adventure. For them, it has been four years of papers and exams, late nights in Simpson Library and the Hurley Convergence Center, many trips to Blackstone for the largest coffees available and celebrating with their life-long friends for semesters’ ends.Read More