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The Blue & Gray Press | March 25, 2017

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After early end to last season, Capitals are set to drop puck on 2016-17

October 12, 2016 |


The Washington Capitals are coming off one of the most successful regular season campaigns in the history of the organization. In the 2015-2016 season, the Capitals won the Metropolitan Division and had the best record in the entire National Hockey League.Read More

Why taking a knee is a step forward

October 12, 2016 |


Throughout America’s history, there have been movements and protests calling attention to racial discrimination in the United States, many of which moved this country forward, even if by inches. But what makes people begin to speak out now? Or has it always been that way and no one wants to notice? What makes 2016 such a pivotal year in race relations, and what is making people speak out now?Read More

Mid-semester roommate troubles? Alleviate now and don’t be afraid to talk

October 12, 2016 |


Imagine it is the summer before your freshman year of college. You are finally all packed and ready to move to the University of Mary Washington. You got your random roommate assignment a few months ago and have sent them a friend request on Facebook as well as a few texts. You are so anxious to meet them in person.Read More

Oct. 3 Podcast

October 12, 2016 |

A recap of the Oct. 6 issue of the Blue & Gray PressRead More

Sept. 29 Podcast

October 5, 2016 |

A recap of the 9/29/16 issue of the Blue & Gray Press. Read More

Staff Ed: African American museum serves as necessary and timely reminder of America’s past

September 29, 2016 |


Today, American society is facing a crucial moment in history with the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is difficult to ignore such a crisis when so many have been faced with multiple tragedies and so much chaos, all of which floods the news and social media constantly.Read More

Sept. 22 Podcast

September 27, 2016 |

A recap of the 9/22/16 Blue & Gray Press issue Read More

Sept. 15 Podcast

September 22, 2016 |

A Recap of the 9/15/16 Blue & Gray Press issue.Read More

Women’s soccer entertains fans under lights

September 22, 2016 |


Sitting under the lights at the Campus Rec Field, you can see fans lined up along the sidelines screaming and cheering. You can hear one University of Mary Washington student consistently screaming “Randolph Bacon,” to get in the heads of the UMW opponent, Randolph-Macon College.Read More

Cartoon: Practice what you preach

September 22, 2016 |


“If people don’t want to get shot by the cops, they shouldn’t break the law. I mean, what do criminals expect?”
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Staff Ed: Back to the 90’s

September 22, 2016 |


Social media has become an essential part of the, specifically, teenage American culture. As the disconnect continues between us and our parents, typically concerning the birth of memes, a revitalization of our childhood has ensued.

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High school to college transition made easier for UMW volleyball players

September 22, 2016 |


After four years in a familiar high school setting, freshman year of college can be an intimidating new adventure for many students. However, for the three starting freshman volleyball players Savannah Powers, Rachel Voketaitis and Skyler Sisk, college volleyball has only increased their love of the sport.Read More

Get to know: women’s rugby team holds slew of experienced players

September 21, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington’s women’s rugby team kicked off their second] conference game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at the Battleground Complex against Longwood University. The team pulled through with a 66-0 win against the Lancers. Improving their record 1-1 in the Capital Area Conference.

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Campus Recreation extends reach to great outdoors

September 21, 2016 |


New this fall, Campus Recreation is offering the Outdoor Recreation program for students, faculty, staff and alumni. OREC gives the UMW community the opportunity to get their exercise with campus recreation outside of the Fitness Center walls for the first time while providing fun and adventure.

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Redskins, Norman play with a lot on the line Sunday v. Giants

September 21, 2016 |


On April 22, a new swagger was brought to the D.C. sports scene. The Washington Redskins announced the signing of Pro-Bowl cornerback Josh Norman to a 5-year, $75 million contract. Norman, who spent last season being a dominate force in the secondary for NFC Champion Carolina Panthers, signed with Washington because of “the sense of wanting to win,” as he explained in an interview on Sportscenter just days later. Because of this key addition to the roster and a successful training camp and preseason, many analysts predicted to repeat as NFC East champions this season.Read More

Media, society sets unrealistic expectations for women’s beauty

September 21, 2016 | 2


I am a female member of Generation Y and from the day I was born, my life has been full of stereotypes and generalizations that society has tried to make me conform to. While my family has always encouraged me to be my own person, their message is contradicted by what big corporations claim should be important to me. I recognize that this is not an age or gender specific issue, but for the sake of this article, the female side of the story is going to be told.

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UMW swim team caught for hazing, forfeit first meet

September 16, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington men’s and women’s swim teams forfeited their first meets of the year after members of the teams participated in a hazing event for the incoming freshmen, according to anonymous sources.Read More

Sept. 8 Podcast

September 15, 2016 |

A recap of the 9/8/16 issue of the Blue & Gray Press.Read More

Burkini ban blurs the boundary of secular traditions in France

September 15, 2016 | 1


I remember the first day I woke up in Rome like it was yesterday. My eyes brightly popped open to the sound of my sister’s only t-shirt hitting the wooden floor of our rented apartment as it swung off the clothesline. Megan, my older sister, had lost all of her luggage for my family’s week-long stay in Rome in July of 2007 and she took it like a champ. Her only outfit had been thrown in the wash the minute we got to the apartment late in the afternoon the day before.Read More

Volleyball ranked top 25; Q&A with Jenna Yost

September 8, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington volleyball team recently competed in the Haverford Invitational tournament in Haverford, PA and went undefeated winning all four games they played in. This accomplishment is just one of many they will most likely have during this years season.

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Grab your gear- the NFL is here-

September 8, 2016 |


The National Football League is a name known throughout every American household. With the 2016-2017 regular season fast approaching, fans are ready to throw on the jersey of their favorite player and watch as many games they possibly can every … Read More

Women’s and Men’s Rugby Update

September 8, 2016 | 2


It is safe to say every student athlete’s dream is to play at the highest level of college sports. The University of Mary Washington men and women rugby programs have fulfilled that dream.Read More

First ever UMW Men’s Golf team tees off practice

September 8, 2016 |


This Fall, the University of Mary Washington welcomed a new sport to its current plethora of successful teams. Former head men’s basketball coach and current facilities director for the Anderson Center, Rod Wood will serve as the … Read More

College Football Experience lacks on UMW campus; But that shouldn’t stop students

September 8, 2016 |


After a weekend of big games, the college football season is officially back and in full force. Due to Mary Washington’s lack of a football program, many students have not gotten to experience the luxury of attending a college football game. However, some students travel to ‘nearby’ Division I schools for the weekend in order to take in the one-of- a kind experience.Read More

Freshman Facebook group draws petty arguments, defeats purpose

April 21, 2016 | 2


When I was accepted to the University of Mary Washington, I was very excited to meet new people and get to know my classmates, seeing as how I knew very few people from my high school that would also be attending.Read More

Crew and rugby in athletic purgatory, not club or varsity sport

April 21, 2016 | 3


Last month, The Blue & Gray Press published an article outlining a few reasons why club athletes should be held to the same standards as varsity athletes. “Personally, coming from a varsity athlete, I think that the school should uphold the same rules for all club sports and varsity athletics,” said the article’s author.Read More

Staff Ed: Reflecting on the year at The Blue & Gray Press

April 21, 2016 |


This week’s issue marks the last of The Blue & Gray Press’ for the semester. As we welcome in our new staff and wish our outgoing staff the best of luck in the future, … Read More

Don’t be so quick to judge college graduates living at home

April 21, 2016 |


You’ve just graduated, diploma in hand and ready to begin life in the real world. Now, the first step is… to move back into your childhood bedroom at your parents’ house. After four years of living more or less on your own, moving home after graduation can feel like a step backwards, in no small part due to the social stigma associated with it.
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Work order requests are failing all too frequently, and we’re tired of it

April 21, 2016 |


Facilities Services needs to get their act together. At least I think they do. Since starting at the University of Mary Washington this past fall, I’ve been amazed by the number of work request horror stories I’ve heard from friends, and it’s gotten to the point where I don’t know a single person who hasn’t had at least one bad experience with Facilities Services. Hearing so much negativity in such a short time is a big red flag.Read More

Letter to the Editor: HCC offers high-level technology

April 14, 2016 |

In the March 24th, 2016 issue, the Blue and Gray Press Editorial Board published an article entitled “Incoming students not getting what they are advertised.” In this article, the Board suggests that some of the university’s features are oversold to incoming students, and cites the Hurley Convergence Center as a prime example.Read More