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By KYLEIGH COUTCHER
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.
By SHYAN MURPHY
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 …
By DUSTIN THOMAS
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.
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.
By OLYMPIA JARRELL
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.
By GRACE WINFIELD
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.
By JACKSON DOWNEY
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.
By JAIME MCGUIRE
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?
By RACHEL FINSTON
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.
By GARY KNOWLES
This past June University of Mary Washington students spent a couple weeks with Cuban citizens.
By TAYLOR OSTROM
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.
By SAVARA GUNN
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.
By ABBEY BAILEY
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.
By MACKENZIE HARD
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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, …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.