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The Blue & Gray Press | September 20, 2018

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Handsanitizer dispensers should be available around campus

September 20, 2018 |

By ALLISON SCHUMAKER
Staff Writer
With flu season approaching, it’s essential to stay healthy, but how can we go about that?Read More

Responsible reading: don’t stop at the headline

September 20, 2018 |

By GINNY BIXBY
Associate Editor
In 2011, a petition on Change.org to “Let Bert and Ernie Get Married On Sesame Street” garnered over ten thousand signatures.Read More

Tiny desks in Trinkle Hall hinder students’ ability to learn

September 20, 2018 |

By SAMANTHA BENNETT
Staff Writer
Trinkle has a big problem that is affecting students and their ability to succeed in class.Read More

Students assigned to the Link after two-dorm shutdown

September 13, 2018 |

By MAGGIE MCCOTTER
Staff Writer
Upperclassmen from Alvey Hall and Arrington Hall found themselves out of a home this summer and had to experience a week of anxiety while the Office of Residence Life worked to find a solution to an unexpected problem.Read More

The rising cost of success needs a solution

September 13, 2018 |

By KATIE HIPPLE
Staff Writer
Tuition. The topic may sound threatening, but it doesn’t have to be that way.Read More

Students conflicted on use of plastic on campus

September 6, 2018 |

Day-to-day we see pieces of litter along the freeway, plastic bottles and lighters washed up on the beach, even cigarette butts – that indeed contain plastic – scattered along the walkways of our campus at Mary Washington.Read More

Local eateries should be integrated on campus

September 6, 2018 |

While there are many complaints about food here on campus, there seems to be little to no effort being made to remedy the issue.Read More

Students demand American Sign Language courses

September 6, 2018 |

By MOLLY AVERY
Staff Writer
Despite student efforts, ASL continues to not be offered at Mary Washington.Read More

Computer science is not just for the boys

September 6, 2018 |

There is an obvious discrepancy in the number of male to female students enrolled in computer science courses at UMW.Read More

Facebook users should take responsibility for their own content

April 26, 2018 |

By KYLE CLARKE

Staff Writer

In the past couple of weeks, Facebook has come under extreme scrutiny for allowing the unauthorized sale of user data to Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, targeting political ads at specific users during the 2016 election cycle. Most of these ads contained false information and were designed to spread deceitful lies about specific political candidates. CEO and creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has even had to go to Congress to explain the company’s mishandling of user information.Read More

Students pay the price for the poor allocation of UMW tuition funds

April 26, 2018 |

By HANNA LUGO

Staff Writer

As graduation rolls around the corner, many students are prepared and thrilled to get into the ‘real world’ to officially start their lives. College is also very expensive. Students either pay for college themselves through student loans, are offered scholarships or are able to have a family member pay for tuition. Read More

UMW demographics do not reflect message of Multicultural Fair

April 26, 2018 |

By KOTY BOWEN

Staff Writer

If you happened to stroll down Campus Walk on Apr. 14, you were greeted with loud music and a crowd of people varying in ethnicity and nationality. The music ranged from Southern Bluegrass to traditional African song, with vendors and stages lined from George Washington Hall to Monroe Hall. This was the 28th Annual Multicultural Fair.Read More

Political science majors should be required to take economics

April 25, 2018 |

By KELLY EVANS

Staff Writer

There has been controversy over required courses at the University of Mary Washington for years, specifically with the foreign language and general education requirements. However, the lack of economic courses required for the political science major should be a topic of concern as well.
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Liberal arts classes cater to democratic beliefs, leaving conservative students unsatisfied

April 19, 2018 |

By TREVOR YOUNG

Staff Writer

It has become a commonly held opinion, especially by people outside of the institutions, that the modern liberal arts education is nothing more than a mechanism designed to produce left-leaning, progressive voters. Read More

Facebook cares more about corporate success than user privacy

April 19, 2018 |

By GRACE WINFIELD

Senior Writer

Founded in 2004, Facebook is the most popular social network worldwide. According to Statista, Facebook acquired 2.2 billions members by the of the fourth quarter of 2017, the members varying in nationality, age, and sexual orientation.Read More

UMW should address local opioid crisis

April 19, 2018 |

By VANISA CLAY

Staff Writer

If you watch the news or follow social media, you are well aware that the country is in the middle of an opioid epidemic.Read More

Op-Ed: First Year Experience is valuable

April 19, 2018 |

By THE ORIENTATION TEAM

Contributing Writer

This past week an article titled, “Expensive first year student program should be optional”Read More

Op-Ed: UMW Dining’s prices are too inflated

April 19, 2018 |

By ALEXANDRA COOPER

Contributing Writer

College is expensive. I think that is something that most people can agree on regardless of if you live on campus or live off-campus and commute every day. Read More

Staff Ed: Blue & Gray Press staff reflects on 2017-18 academic year

April 19, 2018 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

Over this past year, the Blue & Gray Press staff has worked hard to produce high quality journalism. Our mission is to serve the University of Mary Washington and greater Fredericksburg community with timely and accurate news.Read More

Independent study courses are just an excuse for the University not to offer certain classes

April 12, 2018 |

By MILEN MEHARI

Staff Writer

During my three years at the University of Mary Washington, I have declared and switched five different majors and minors. I am not indecisive, just hyper-conscious of my right to curate my academic career. Read More

Is reality TV actually real? Recent Bachelor scandal draws controversy

April 12, 2018 |

By VICTORIA GRANT

Staff Writer

Is reality TV real? A recent controversy on the hit show “The Bachelor” has brought this question further into debate. This season’s Bachelor, Arie Luyendyk Jr., proposed to Becca Kufrin in November, but in February broke off the engagement and all of it was filmed unedited for us viewers to watch.Read More

Violent video games do not cause people to be violent in real life

April 12, 2018 |

By BRIAN SWEENEY

Staff Writer

Video games are a great means to escape the real world and reality. Delving into a game’s world, visiting different worlds to explore, and following through stories in games that requires either saving the world from a meteor that’s capable of destroying life or taking down monsters to ensure the safety for people to live in harmony can be a fun getaway from real life.Read More

UMW smoking policy should be reviewed and enforced

April 12, 2018 |

By MACKENZIE HARD

Staff Writer

When we walk to class, we usually expect to breathe clean air. But throughout my time at Mary Washington, I have noticed that more people are smoking on their way to class or outside of the academic buildings and residence halls.Read More

Staff Ed: Resources are available for survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 11, 2018 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

April marks a month of nation-wide observance of the issue of sexual assault, and University of Mary Washington organizations are working hard to spread awareness through events and educational workshops across campus.

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Staff Ed: Internet users should be careful about what they post on social media

April 5, 2018 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The recent Facebook hack left many Facebook users questioning the safety of their information. Read More

More than a name: Why we should learn more about the people behind the names of campus buildings

April 4, 2018 |

By MARY PRAUGHT
Staff Writer

Growing up with the last name “Praught” it seemed like I was never blessed with the ease of syllabus day that the “Smiths” and “Joneses” I knew had. People mispronounced our last name so often that my family created a little slogan to help others remember – “it’s ‘Praught’ like ‘taught,’ just replace the ’t’,” we say. Read More

Expensive first year student program should be optional

April 4, 2018 |

By KELSEY SHEFFER

Staff Writer

First Year Students are being taken advantage of through University of Mary Washington’s new student programs that cost both money and time.Read More

Staff Editorial: Blue & Gray Staff prints April Fools issue as part of longstanding tradition

March 28, 2018 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

Once a year, the editorial staff of The Blue & Gray Press releases an April Fool’s issue to the University of Mary Washington community. This has been a longstanding tradition that the editorial team has continued over the years.Read More

How cell phones are ruining our relationships

March 28, 2018 |

Just when you think you’re in the clear, you will also see snow fall from the sky and cover the ground like powdered sugar to have classes canceled.Read More

Why having emotional support animals shouldn’t be stigmatized

March 28, 2018 |

By JOSHUA STALEY

Staff Writer

I was never really a cat person. I thought they were lazy and boring with no personality. Once I started college, my feelings began to change.Read More