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By SAVARA GUNN
Believe it or not, the off-the shoulder trend began in the late 1800s, where Charles Frederick Worth designed large, elaborate dresses with intricate designs and off-the shoulder sleeves. Worth began what is …
Humans fail. It’s one of those frustrating non-negotiables in life. We make mistakes, we confront rejection and we stumble. One consolation in this unfortunate reality is that the sting of failure only lasts a short while before we recover. Self-compassion sounds easy enough and it can be easy, after practice.
By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF
Thousands have been affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, including numerous individuals in the UMW community. For those in the UMW community who have family and friends living in Texas, Florida, Georgia, …
By LUBNA AKHTAR
With the internet timelines of our friends, family, and peers directly at our fingertips, it is crucial for us to have a political voice on social media, even if it is a voice that makes other people uncomfortable. Given the recent events like the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville and the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, we cannot afford to remain silent. Being silent and using social media solely to post cat videos will not suffice in this time of such great social turmoil. Keeping silent in the wake of these events is essentially condoning the cruelty in the world around us.
Tucked away in room 109A of the Jepson Science Center, there is a little-known treasure that many students outside of the biology department might not know about. It is home to the impressive collection of plants called, the Mary Washington College Fredericksburg Herbarium. Assistant Professor, Dr. April Wynn is the curator of an ongoing project involving the digitization of the university’s herbarium, so that all students have access to this information. The department hopes to finalize the project this fall.
After an accident between two Vocelli delivery bicyclists, Vocelli manager, Steve Randall, needed to raise money to cover workers’ compensation and a rising insurance rate. Randall said that the cause of the accident was the removal of the mirror on the Eagle Village bridge. The delivery bicyclists were coming towards each other around a corner and collided. “One worker shattered his elbow,” said Randall.
By ELENA LA DOLCETTA
Every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. the Catholic Campus Ministry offers mass and a free community dinner called “Supper Social” that accompanies a talk on subjects relating to the Catholic faith. This …
By MADISON PACE
Upperclassmen have the opportunity to have their cars on campus, however, the parking situation may be more than they bargained for.
By VICTORIA MUNEVAR
Last year in the official UMW Class of 2020 Facebook group, several students started a petition to officiate Greek life on campus. This sparked a heated debate in the comments section, among students who had polarizing opinions on the issue.
By JOHN JAMESOM
A little more than a year ago, the city of Los Angeles had not housed an NFL team in more than 20 years. Now, both the Chargers and the Rams call it home. Living in close proximity to D.C. many of us take for granted the omnipresent influence of a local NFL franchise, especially one that can’t be claimed by a specific state. The Redskins are a staple in Northern Virginia, with this in mind, one can begin to understand the frustration and confusion felt by the jilted fans these two franchises left behind.
By OLIVIA TAYLOR
The University of Mary Washington Women’s Volleyball team is coming off of a spectacular 2016 season, where they earned the title of Capital Athletic Conference Champions and made it to the NCAA …
By KAYTLYN BIDDLE
Death Note: Review
Death Note is a Netflix original that came out Aug. 25 this year. Based on the highly successful weekly shonen manga, Death Note, the movie revolves around a …
The University of Mary Washington hosted its annual UMW Classic Women’s soccer tournament this past weekend and both games were very heated as Mary Washington defended against two very skilled visiting teams.
By COLLIN JOHNSON
The Cleveland Cavaliers finalized a massive trade sending Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics after what seemed like a never-ending trade deal, in exchange they are receiving Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, a 2018 first round pick and a 2020 second round pick. Irving demanded the trade due to not being happy with his secondary role next to LeBron James. Although, Irving and James do have a good relationship, Irving is 25 years-old and already has one championship under his belt.
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.