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Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

December 8, 2016 | 1

By PETE TEAGLE

With the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II” in summer of 2011, many Potterheads undoubtedly wondered what would become of a series of films that spanned a decade. Thankfully for fans of the iconic series, J.K. Rowling continued to develop her wizarding world in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”Read More

Staff Ed: Mental health should be treated as priority by both students and faculty during finals season

December 1, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

In recent years, an increasing awareness of mental illnesses, particularly on college campuses, has become more prevalent. The significance of these illnesses, especially during the time a student is in college, is unmistakable and cannot be overlooked. For many students, college is the first time that they are on their own and for many others, there is an immense pressure to succeed from their parents, friends, mentors, etc.Read More

Electro Acoustic Barndance brings unique variety of talent to UMW

December 1, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER

Concert 1

There were no “sweat britches,” as Dr. Mark Snyder of the Music Department at the University Mary Washington calls newly trending ‘sweat-pant- shorts.’ There were, however, a lot of black- framed glasses and plaid button … Read More

Do you have the balls for male birth control?

December 1, 2016 | 1

By TYLER POSPISIL

Pregnancy can be a wonderful experience to share with someone, or it can be the exact opposite. You could be finically starved, overly dependent on others and barely scraping by. To the many people who are not prepared for children, I have a strong hunch that just hearing the word “pregnancy” would be scarier than most horror movies playing at the cinema. In an effort to cut down on unintentional pregnancies, a new concept has been introduced: male birth control.Read More

Res Life shows reluctance to provide information to students on shot glass issue

December 1, 2016 |

By ISABEL FAUST

Recently, Resident Assistants at the University of Mary Washington have become reluctant to speak with student writers when it comes to the subject of policies and procedures. RAs have been told that they cannot speak directly with The Blue & Gray Press and the reasons why are unclear.Read More

Locked out: UMW Students’ frustration post-Thanksgiving break

December 1, 2016 | 2

By ANDREW ARENAS

After a relaxing Thanksgiving break, I knew on Sunday I would have to leave as early as possible from home to beat heavy traffic when heading back to school. The American Automobile Association stated that more travelers would be on the road than there had in the last nine years. After my parents heard that statistic, they decided to drop me off as early as they could.Read More

Jefferson Hall residents experience laundry struggles

December 1, 2016 |

By TYLER POSPISIL

The University of Mary Washington seems to be dealing with an ongoing problem regarding the lack of washing machines and dryers in Jefferson Hall. The residence hall has only three washing machines and only three dryers, despite … Read More

76ers present is bleak, but future is bright

December 1, 2016 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Jahlil Okafor are all NBA centers that play for the Philadelphia 76er’s. But the similarities do not end there for these men, as they were all drafted by the Sixers within the last four NBA drafts and all drafted in the lottery. As the struggling Sixers continue to rebuild, there are questions looming about what exactly their plan is for rebuilding. There is no questioning the talent of these four players, but the questions turn to ownership as to why they have produced such a frontcourt heavy roster.Read More

Nov. 17 Podcast

November 22, 2016 |

Podcast of the November 17 issue of the Blue & Gray PressRead More

Should Black Friday take a back seat? Yes.

November 16, 2016 |

By AMIR KOREHI

Black Friday is a day known for the lowest prices on the season’s hottest items. It is a day that motivates shoppers to leave their Thanksgiving meals to go line up outside a store in hopes of being the first person in the door and saving some money.Read More

Op Ed: We must come together

November 16, 2016 |

By BRADLEY VEERHOF

At the time of writing this piece, it would be one week since the announcement was made about the general election. I do not know how things look or will look, so I will only speak to what I’ve seen between Nov. 8 and today.Read More

Op Ed: Students stand for Standing Rock

November 16, 2016 |

By BRADLEY VEERHOFF

UMW Students Demonstrate with Members of the Fredericksburg Community For Standing Rock Solidarity at Virginia Army Navy National Guard and Recruiting and Retention Center.Read More

Nov. 10 Podcast: Election Coverage

November 16, 2016 |

Podcast of the November 10 issue of the Blue & Gray Press. Read More

UMW swim coach Abby Brethauer looks to continue great coaching career

November 16, 2016 |

By OLYMPIA JARRELL

The University of Mary Washington swim program is led by six-year head coach Abby Brethauer. The Eagles wrapped up their dual meets for the first semester and have one more competition at the Gettysburg College Invitational on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 before winter break.Read More

Trump Presidency: a relief to some, shock to others

November 10, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER 

I was sitting in a friend’s apartment awaiting the 2016 presidential election results. We, a group of about 10 University of Mary Washington students, were taking over rugs, couches, chairs, and sitting silent in disbelief.

It was … Read More

Staff Ed: Editorial board implores community to stick together despite divisive election

November 10, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

In an unprecedented electoral sweep, Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party defied all odds. Every major polling source had almost unanimously, paved a clear path to victory for Hillary Clinton on election night. As of November 8, RealClearPolitics had projected a +3.2 point advantage in favor of Hillary Clinton, 46.8 to Trump’s 43.6. RCP had also predicted a favorable standing electorally for the Clinton campaign, with her resting at 203 and Trump at 164, with 171 electoral votes up for grabs.Read More

Midseason NFL Report: is the MVP front-runner a surprise at all?

November 10, 2016 |

By ROBERT TATA

As the National Football League hits its midway point going into Week 9, it is time to discuss midseason awards to come out. The league’s TV ratings have been down because of a multitude of reasons: NFL Redzone, the presidential election, players kneeling during the National Anthem, and the overall crackdown on players having fun and being creative with their celebrations.

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Blue & Gray Interviews: UMW President Troy Paino

November 10, 2016 |

Blue & Gray Press interview featuring UMW President Troy PainoRead More

Mother’s Rugby players come from far-away places to play for UMW

November 3, 2016 |

By MATT KLINE 

International Student Athletes

At the University of Mary Washington, there are many student athletes brought in every year. Students come from all over the world just to play a sport they fell in love with as a … Read More

Staff Ed: Jill Stein coming to UMW shows importance of political open-mindedness

November 3, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

With less than one week remaining before Election Day on Nov. 8, the presidential campaign has fully accentuated the bitter division between conservative and liberal American public regarding policy views of all kinds.Read More

Q & A with UMW swimmer Madison Noga, transfer from West Virginia University.

November 3, 2016 |

By SADIE ROBERTS

Madison Noga, a 19-year- old, psychology major and transfer sophomore from West Virginia University, has been swimming practically since birth. While growing up, she tried her hand at many different sports, ice-skating, soccer but in the words of Madison herself, “I’m honestly a dead fish out of water when it comes to land sports.”

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Early NBA MVP candidates: Warrior-less top five candidates

November 3, 2016 |

By DUSTIN THOMAS

The season may have only started nine days ago but it is shaping up to be full of twists, turns and excitement. Besides hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy and getting covered in confetti, the most coveted award in pro-basketball is the Most Valuable Player award. It is never too early to speculate on early MVP candidates and take a look at five players who have really stood out so far this season:Read More

Cross Country teams place fourth at CAC Championship meet

November 3, 2016 |

By MIKEY BARNES

It was Halloween weekend and while most people were out in their costumes, or setting up their yards for the holiday, the University of Mary Washington men and women cross country teams along with the remaining Capital Athletic Conference teams met in Hershey, Pennsylvania for the 2016 Capital Athletic Conference Championships.Read More

Oct. 26 Podcast

November 1, 2016 |

Podcast of the October 16 issue of the Blue & Gray Press. Read More

Staff Ed: Grades mean nothing without a “real world” experience to back it up

October 27, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The University of Mary Washington college bubble includes five minute walks down College Avenue to friends’ homes, Tuesday night Bingo at The Underground, massive barbecues on Ball Circle and the like, but unfortunately only for four to five years.Read More

Oct. 19 Podcast

October 25, 2016 |

Podcast of the October 19th issue of the Blue & Gray Press.Read More

UMW Volleyball overtakes CNU in national rankings, continue record-breaking performance

October 13, 2016 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

To say that the University of Mary Washington volleyball team has had a successful season would be a drastic understatement. Off to their best start in school history, the Eagles have climbed up the national rankings all year while showing no signs of slowing down.Read More

Staff ed: Donald Trump’s recent comments are inexcusable, don’t represent UMW

October 13, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

Last Friday, The Washington Post released a video from 2005 depicting Donald Trump boasting about kissing, grabbing and trying to have sex with women during a conversation with former “Access Hollywood” host and current co-host of NBC’s “Today” show, Billy Bush.

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Crew teams become tight knit family after early season success

October 13, 2016 |

By ISABEL FAUST

Accepting, dedicated, friendly, dependable, passionate and weird, were the words that came to mind when members of both the men’s and women’s crew teams were asked to describe their teammates. UMW’s crew teams have had quite the eventful and inspiring past four years, facing challenges and successes. The main take-away from speaking with some of the members of the teams was that the crew teams are more than sports teams, they are families.Read More