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By MACKENZIE HARD
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.
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.
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.
By VICTORIA MUNEVAR
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.
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.
By SARAH GOODNOUGH
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.
By RYAN BRAUCH
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.
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 …
By COLLIN JOHNSON
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.
By LUKE ENGBERT
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.
By GRACE WINFIELD
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.
By GRACE HOWIE
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 …
By OLIVIA TAYLOR
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.”
By SHACOBE JOHNSON
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.
By LAURA TAYLOR
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.
By KEELY CERVANTES
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.
By ARIANA BARRETT
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.
By ALLISON TOVEY
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.
University of Mary Washington… or Mary Washington University? Student says names should not be based in elitismSeptember 20, 2017 | The Blue & Gray Press
By KATE SELTZER
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.
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.