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The Blue & Gray Press | April 24, 2018

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Club Sports provide students with a sense of community

February 8, 2018 |

By JESSICA LINK 

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington offers a wide variety of ways for students to get involved and be healthy. For students who do not want to commit to a full time athletic team, getting involved in a club sport is the perfect place to have fun, make friends, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.Read More

UMW students participate in locally held ultimate frisbee Megabowl

February 8, 2018 |

By KYLE LEHMAN 

Staff Writer

On Saturday Feb. 3, The University of Mary Washington men and women ultimate frisbee teams competed in the Megabowl, a local tournament in Fredericksburg, held at the Fredericksburg Field House.Read More

Eagles win battle against New England making history by winning first title in team history

February 8, 2018 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

Sports Editor

The Philadelphia Eagles made headlines on Sunday night when they won their first Super Bowl Championship in organization history, as they edged the New England Patriots. Head coach Doug Pederson and the Eagles relished their role as the underdogs all throughout this season’s playoffs after they lost starting quarterback Carson Wentz to an ACL tear in Week 14 in a win over the Los Angeles Rams.Read More

Students reflect on their ties with the Winter Olympics

February 1, 2018 |

By LAURA TAYLOR 

Staff Writer

On Feb. 9, 92 nations will be represented by their best athletes in Pyeongchang County, South Korea to collectively compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. For University of Mary Washington students, this means joining in the world wide spectating of their favorite winter sport events.Read More

Question arise surrounding James and the Cavaliers amid midseason struggles

February 1, 2018 |

By ZACHARY WOHLEKING 

Senior Writer

Near the midpoint in the NBA season we are starting to get a good idea of what teams are excelling and are preparing for a strong postseason run and the teams that are already looking to tank and get a high draft pick in the offseason.Read More

Ambitious freshman starting UMW’s first club ice hockey team

February 1, 2018 |

By CAMERON ASHLEY 

Staff Writer

Currently at the University of Mary Washington, there are nineteen sports clubs. These clubs cover the popular sports like baseball, lacrosse and swimming. However, one popular sport has never made its way onto the UMW campus: ice hockey.Read More

UMW students share their thoughts on the Super Bowl

February 1, 2018 |

By ABIGAIL HUNT 

Staff Writer

The Super Bowl LII commences inside U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN.  For the first time since 2005 the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England patriots will duke it out for the title of the 2018 NFL Super Bowl champions. The Eagles will enter the field on Sunday at an automatic disadvantage considering they have only attended two Super Bowls in league history in which they lost both.Read More

Staff Ed: Blue & Gray Press Staff denounces racism and displays of racist imagery

February 1, 2018 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

One year ago, a swastika note was found on campus. This note shook the University of Mary Washington campus and the surrounding Fredericksburg community. As a community, we are known for our inclusivity and accepting atmosphere amongst the students, faculty and staff. Hearing about the note was appalling and frightening. Now we are at another reckoning.Read More

Keeping faith alive in athletics

December 7, 2017 |

By ELENA LA DOLCETTA

Staff Writer

Faith can be seen everywhere in sports; runners who cross themselves after breaking a new record. Soccer players who celebrate their winning goal by folding their hands in prayer. The Olympic Games even began as a religious festival. On the University of Mary Washington campus some student athletes consider sports and religion to be deeply intertwined. However with their busy schedules many student athletes find it difficult to stay active in their faith.Read More

UMW student athletes struggling to maintain proper nutrition

December 7, 2017 |

By ZACH WOHLEKING

Senior Writer

Here at UMW we are given a plethora of options to choose from in terms of what we can eat. The University Center and the Nest provide students with a good variety of options and for the average student in the administrations eyes, it is good enough. What about our athletes? The Mary Washington student athlete population makes a good chunk of the student body, especially if you include the countless other students that do club sports and partake in strenuous exercise daily.Read More

Podcast for Dec. 7

December 7, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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NOVA band Milo in the Doldrums performs at Leesburg concert

December 7, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

On November 18 at the Talley Ho theatre in Leesburg, Virginia, I sat down with the indie rock, northern Virginia band, Milo in the Doldrums. About two years ago Robert Mays, 28, began playing what would later become Milo songs solo at different open mics. He was soon joined by friends, one of which being current guitarist, Richard Smith, 22, to form a full band. The ever-changing process that is creating a band reached its current form about seven months ago with the addition of two Ryans: Burke, 32, on drums and Wisgerhof, 22, on bass.Read More

Russia barred from Winter Olympics after mass doping scandal

December 7, 2017 |

By SEAN BERMINGHAM

Staff Writer

Tuesday Dec. 5 a historic decision was made by the International Olympic Committee to remove Russia from the coming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Read More

University of Tennessee students protest amid the hire of their new football coach

December 7, 2017 |

By GARY KNOWLES

Staff Writer

Greg Schiano, current defensive coordinator at Ohio State University, was slotted to become the new football coach at the University of Tennessee but was shut down over the weekend of Nov. 26 due to protests from the Tennessee Volunteers’ fans and students at the university, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.Read More

Staff Ed: the staff of the Blue & Gray Press stands with survivors of sexual assault

November 16, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Over the past several weeks the issue of sexual assault has been coursing through American media outlets, with numerous well-known figures in Hollywood and politics being accused of sexual misconduct.Read More

Grayson Allen taking lead for the Blue Devils

November 16, 2017 |

By DUSTIN THOMAS

Staff Writer

Grayson Allen, a 6 feet 5 inches tall senior guard from Jacksonville, Florida is off to the hottest start in his college career and it has been an impressive one. Through three games, he has averaged 25.7 points and does well in the national spotlight. It is a new season and there are no distractions yet. When the Blue Devils first test stepped on the court with them Tuesday night, Allen took charge and showed the freshman how it was done. He rattled off 37 points while shooting 7 for 11 from deep in a 88-81 victory over Michigan State University, which ranks in second place nationally.Read More

UMW senior scores on the court and in the classroom

November 16, 2017 |

By ES HETHCOX

Online Editor

The ball whooshes through the net as Kendall Parker’s sneakers skim across court. The crowd’s cheers rebound from wall to wall, excitement courses through the air.Read More

Athletes reflect on the utilization of study hall

November 16, 2017 |

By ALISON TOVEY

Staff Writer

For many student athletes, mandatory study hours decide whether they will be able to participate in a game or a meet. A certain number of hours are given to athletes varying on which sport they play.Read More

Kaepernick still making waves in the NFL as GQ ‘man of the year’

November 16, 2017 |

By SEAN BERMINGHAM

Staff Writer

Colin Kaepernick, a former NFL quarterback, will be featured on GQ magazine’s front cover for their man of the year issue. This will be the second time Kaepernick will be a feature for the publication. The first was in 2013 when he was featured as an outstanding athlete and top-notch quarterback. This time is different. Kaepernick is being featured because he is no longer a professional athlete.Read More

UMW basketball prepares to start their season

November 16, 2017 |

ZACH WOHLEKING

Senior Writer

As we say goodbye to another exciting and successful volleyball season, and the many club sports seasons as well, the next competitive winter sports are right around the corner. After Thanksgiving break, men and women’s basketball will be starting up their seasons, both teams have made some drastic roster changes in the offseason.Read More

Uplifting playlist for cold and lonely winter months

November 16, 2017 |

By TESS OSMER

Contributing Writer

As the temperature outside dips into the 30s and we all wish we were on the beach sipping on margaritas or whatever… we’re not.Read More

November 9 Podcast

November 15, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

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UMW field hockey’s season ends after a hard fought battle against CNU

November 9, 2017 |

By GRACE WINFIELD

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington field hockey team fell short on Nov. 1 as they lost 1-0 against Christopher Newport University in the CAC semifinal game. UMW (11-8) knew the challenge they were up against when they were set to face CNU (16-1). Losing to the fifth-ranked Captains 4-3 in regular season, the Eagles were a decided underdog in the matchup. Read More

UMW women’s volleyball team holds their heads high after disappointing loss

November 9, 2017 |

By ZACH WOHLEKING

Senior Writer

On Nov. 4 UMW women’s volleyball completed their impressive 2017 season. After losing many senior leaders and players in the offseason, many did not know what to expect this year. With so many changes to the rotation, it was unclear what this new team would accomplish and if they could handle the pressure and expectations placed upon them from the previous season. Now that the season is over, it is safe to say that UMW volleyball still has the fire and grit of last year, even with the changes. The team ended their season with a 19-10 record and a conference championship appearance.Read More

November 2 Podcast

November 9, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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Big Baller Behind Bars: LiAngelo Ball gets arrested for shoplifting

November 9, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

Sports Editor

On Tuesday, three basketball players for the University of California Los Angeles were arrested for shoplifting at a Louis Vuitton store in Shanghai, China, one of which being LiAngelo Ball. LiAngelo, younger brother of standout Los Angeles Lakers’ rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, could now be facing time in prison along with his two teammates.Read More

Late season fantasy football free agent pick ups

November 8, 2017 |

By COBE JOHNSON

Staff Writer

The 2017 Fantasy Football season has proven to be one of the most unpredictable seasons in history for many reasons. This season has allowed us to put our trust in rookie running backs again with the stellar play of Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara. We have had more reliable tight ends to choose from with the emergence of players like Evan Engram, OJ Howard, Tyler Kroft, etc. Defenses are scoring more touchdowns than ever before. With the way things have changed this season, tt feels like we are in an alternate fantasy football universe.Read More

October 26. Podcast

November 2, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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Staff Ed: Exercise your right to vote this election day

November 2, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Election Day is right around the corner; the Virginia State Governor’s race will be held on Tuesday Oct. 7. In addition to casting a vote for governor, citizens will also get to vote for candidates running for lieutenant governor, attorney general and their delegate to the VA General Assembly.Read More

UMW cross country performs well in CAC Championship meet

November 2, 2017 |

By ABIGALE BARRETT

Staff Writer

University of Mary Washington’s cross country team competed this weekend at the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Championship. The women’s team finished in third place, giving them a spot on the podium, while the men’s team finished fourth. The event was hosted by Christopher Newport University in Newport News on Saturday morning. The championship included teams from, Frostburg State, St. Mary’s, Marymount and Penn State.Read More