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The Blue & Gray Press | December 16, 2017

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Letter to the Editor: Open-minded adminstration allows students to join political clubs

December 7, 2017 |

By RICHARD ABEL

Contributing Writer

The University of Mary Washington has a long-standing tradition of fostering open-mindedness amongst its student body, and maintaining the same outlook, when it comes to administration. Over the summer, UMW student Natalie Johns felt inclined to gather students who shared her interest in firearms and firearm safety by creating a club of the same focus. I interviewed Natalie about the developments of the club since its embryonic stage in August.Read More

UMW needs to create bike regulations to protect student safety

December 7, 2017 |

By OLIVIA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

Imagine that you are walking through the tunnel connected to the Nest and Woodard Hall on a weekday morning. And all of the sudden you feel a whoosh of air as a bicyclist flies past you. They swerve around the students walking to class as they rush to where they are going. While everyone should have the right to get to class how they please, I should not feel like my safety is in jeopardy walking across campus. Read More

Having a job in college can help students succeed

December 7, 2017 |

By COLLIN JOHNSON

Staff Writer

Every college student faces the decision of whether to work while in school, or live off of money from loans and summer jobs. A study from Forbes shows that about 14 million students choose to work a part time job while taking classes. Most students do it for the financial benefit.  Working means needing less loan money to pay tuition, as well as having a source of spending money for going out with friends, buying groceries, etc. However, there are many benefits to working while in school other than just financial.Read More

Staff Ed: The staff of the Blue & Gray Press encourages students to come together

December 7, 2017 |

By BLUE AND GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

As 2017 comes to an end, it is important to reflect on all that has occured this year. Like always, the year has had its high points and its low points- but when compared to prior years, 2017 has arguably dealt with its fair share of controversial issues.Read More

Why getting rid of net neutrality will reduce citizens’ freedom

December 7, 2017 |

By GRACE WINFIELD

Staff Writer

Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission chairman, recently issued his “Restoring Internet Freedom Order”, a plan that would overturn Obama-era regulations regarding net neutrality. Though party affiliation should not affect opinions on this matter, it affects everyone. On Dec. 14, the proposal will be voted upon by Commissioners, and every internet user should be concerned.Read More

YouTube content is more entertaining than television shows

November 16, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer

In the twelve years since its launch, YouTube has become one of the biggest cultural phenomenons of our generation and the most popular video sharing website on the internet. Within the last decade especially, many YouTube channels have become insanely popular, gaining millions of subscribers and allowing their owners to make a career off of their videos by gaining ad revenue from them.Read More

Coming out of the conservative closet: Why Republican students feel censored

November 16, 2017 |

By KYRA WATKINs

Contributing Writer

As the political landscape continuously changes, I think it is fair to say that as of now we live in a highly politically polarized society. If you scroll through your Facebook timeline, you could see a wide array of opinions ranging from, “Make America Great Again” posts to jokes about assassinating the President. If you turn on the news, it does not take long to find different channels that talk about politics in a way that makes it sound like, from one broadcasting network to another, we are in two different countries.          Read More

The Weinstein Effect: What we can learn from sexual assault survivors

November 16, 2017 |

By SHYAN MURPHY

Staff Writer

On Oct. 5, decades of sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein were publicized in a New York Times article. Although Weinstein’s long-running career came to an end with the list of accusations made, more allegations against Weinstein and many other men of powerful positions began to surface.Read More

Staff Ed: The staff of the Blue and Gray Press stands with the victims of the Sutherland Springs Shooting

November 9, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

This past Sunday, Nov. 5, marked the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in Texas history, as well as the deadliest shooting in an American place of worship. When a gunman opened fire on the congregation of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, he killed 26 people and injured at least 20 more, including children, according to the New York Times.Read More

Memes that glorify depression and suicide are not funny

November 9, 2017 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY

Staff Writer

Memes, we’ve seen them, we’ve shared them, we’ve quoted them. They’re everywhere, from the internet to poster club advertisements, and they don’t always send a very positive message.

Common themes that I’ve noticed … Read More

Excessive use of social media can detract from genuine friendships

November 9, 2017 |

By ELENA LA DOLCETTA
Staff Writer

Technology has helped humans make many advances throughout history. It has been a great tool in regards to communicating from long distances. Social media and technology are great tools for advertising and sharing news. There are many advantages to technology and social media, however, it seems as though technology could be affecting our ability to have and build authentic friendships.Read More

Excessive construction on campus may deter prospective students

November 9, 2017 |

By GARY KNOWLES
Staff Writer

A central part of the University of Mary Washington’s identity as a college is its beautiful campus. Being located in a historic city and a relatively small town allows UMW to maintain its status as an aesthetically appealing campus.Read More

Students should not feel pressured to declare their major early

November 2, 2017 |

By LUKE ENGBERT

Staff Writer

When I was a child, I always remembered being asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Questions like these were always slightly annoying to me. Even as I got much older and was going through high school, the worst of these questions started popping up- “What do you want to study in college?” and it would aggravate me regularly. When I got to college, it did not stop. “What do you want to major in?” is one question that I hear all the time.Read More

Culture is not a costume: Consider whether your outfit is appropriating culture

November 2, 2017 |

By MACKENZIE HARD

Staff Writer

When we think about Halloween, we usually get excited about our favorite candy, our festive decorations, but most of all, the costumes. However, some costumes are not appropriate for all people to wear. You must consider whether your costume is culturally appropriating a cultural group.Read More

The outcome of upcoming gubernatorial election is crucial to Virginia’s future

November 2, 2017 |

By KELLY EMMRICH

Editor-In-Chief

In less than a week, Virginia will have the United States’ most consequential election since the presidential election. Virginia has been a swing state since 2004, voting Republican in ten consecutive presidential elections from 1968 to 2004. In the presidential election Hillary Clinton won by five percent in Virginia, so the outcome of this election will decide if the state is in favor of the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. In this upcoming gubernatorial election, there are three candidates.Read More

Group projects can teach great skills, while also being problematic

October 26, 2017 |

By KYLEIGH COUTCHER

Staff Writer

At UMW, group projects are incorporated in almost every class, and at some point or another every student has had to participate in a group project. We are told that class group projects will help us in the future and prepare us for the “real world.” Working with people in certain scenarios is a good idea in some cases because it helps us discover fresh ideas and you can get many points of view on a certain topic or subject matter. At the same time, while in school, working in group projects can be very stressful and can bring down your grade.Read More

Letter to the Editor: The importance of experiencing life on campus

October 26, 2017 |

By ERYNN SENDRICK

Contributing Writer

This is my second year working in Residence Life as an SRA, third as an RA, and there are moments when I wonder why I’ve agreed to come back year after year.Read More

Staff Ed: Stay safe on Halloween Weekend

October 26, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Halloween has always been one of the best holidays. As kids, it was the one night we could be whatever we wanted, eat a ridiculous amount of free candy and force our friends to watch scary movies. At college, the Halloween fun does not end with the onset of adulthood, but is repeated over three nights collectively called “Halloweekend.”Read More

Despite societal pressure, college might not be the best choice for everyone

October 26, 2017 |

By COLLIN JOHNSON

Staff Writer

Young adults today are pressured more than ever to go to higher education. Many even believe that they will be unsuccessful in life if they do not attend a university. This is something that has been ingrained in all of us from a young age. From media, to family, to friends, college just seems like the natural next step after high school, however, I find myself asking questions about the cost effectiveness in signing up for college straight out of high school.Read More

Students: Be considerate of students with kids

October 19, 2017 |

By SARAH GOODNOUGH

Staff Writer

“[A to do list reads] wake up at 6 a.m., get Jolene’s homework in her bag, get her to school by seven, be at school by 8 a.m.” This is a day according to a detailed planner coded with five different colors. One for the gym, one for school, one for work, one for Jolene and one for University of Mary Washington senior, Rachel Hicks.Read More

UMW needs to do more to promote self-care among students

October 19, 2017 |

By PAIGE WALTON

Staff Writer

As college students, we are among the most highly stressed individuals. As people who dedicate the majority of our time to school, our university needs to do more to educate and promote self-care.Read More

NFL players are not being disrespectful by exercising their right to protest

October 18, 2017 |

By GINNY BIXBY

Viewpoints Editor

After weeks of criticism and media attention focused on players kneeling for the national anthem in protest, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at a news conference on Wednesday, Oct. 18 that while he believes that players should stand for the playing of the national anthem, he does not plan to create or enforce any rule requiring them to. While Goodell should openly support his players’ First Amendment rights, it is reassuring to know that he does not plan to censor them- after all, that would be illegal.Read More

Staff Ed: The Blue & Gray wishes students a relaxed and productive fall break

October 12, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

For many students, midterm week consists of late-night studying and lots of stress. But as midterm week comes to an end, students have fall break to look forward to as their reward for all their hard work. It can serve as a light at the end of the tunnel for students who have just finished a challenging week of tests and projects.Read More

Extended dining hall hours at the UC provides students with more options for meal times

October 12, 2017 |

By KEELY CERVANTE

Staff Writer

In a college setting, the stress of classes and activities can leave a person constantly hungry. The University Center houses most of the dining options available on campus, including the main dining hall as well as Qdoba, Lil Joe’s and Jamba Juice. Although the food is located centrally on campus, the hours of the dining facilities are not convenient for students. Typically, the hours for the dining hall are usually from 7 a.m to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The main dining hall at the fourth floor of the University Center have extended the closing time from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.Read More

Pay attention: Texting and walking can wait

October 12, 2017 |

By SKYLA HENDRICKS 

Staff Writer

According to an article published by CNN, only 10 to 12 percent of people would be categorized as being “addicted” to their smart phones. While this is a relatively small percentage of the American population, it is fair to say that most Americans with access to smart phones are overusing them.Read More

Professors should be more lenient with their attendance policies

October 12, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

Senior Writer

Life is full of obstacles, sometimes these obstacles cause students to miss class. This semester, my classes at the University of Mary Washington have had strict attendance policies that are strongly enforced. College students are known to skip out on classes, however, with the fear of losing points toward their final grade they may be less inclined to skip. What I take issue with is when students with valid excuses for missing class, who also make up all their work, end up with a lower grade point average in the end.Read More

UMW community stands with the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting

October 5, 2017 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

Around 10:08 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 1, a mass shooting occurred at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas leaving over 500 injured and at least 59 dead according to ABC News. The event has marked one of the deadliest mass shootings to take place in modern U.S. history. Similar events have taken place recently throughout the world such as the suicide bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester and the fatal shooting of ‘Voice’ singer Christina Grimmie last year.Read More

Bring your crayons to college: Classes should be more creative

October 5, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer

Last Tuesday, in my introductory digital studies class, taught by Dr. Brenta Blevins, I had to do something I haven’t done since I was in Kindergarten- use crayons to color a picture. We were … Read More

NFL players have the right to protest but should consider a different platform in which to do so

October 5, 2017 |

By EMILY KUBE
Staff Writer

The NFL has been the subject of much controversy around the country over the last couple of weeks. Some players are kneeling during the National Anthem, while some are not even coming onto the field. It is saddening to watch your favorite team or player use the field as a place to protest, especially during a time that means so much to us. Read More

Letter to the Editor: Latino Student Association supports students affected by DACA

September 28, 2017 |

By TATIANA ALEMAN and NOEMI ALEMAN

Contributing Writers

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) supports over 800,000 people who were brought to the United States for better opportunities.  DACA provides a temporary right to live, work, serve and study legally. Removing DACA will affect the lives of numerous individuals; most of them being young adults and students.Read More