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The Blue & Gray Press | April 24, 2018

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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

Late night fire drills hurt students’ academic performance

March 28, 2018 |

By DYLAN BURKETT

Staff Writer

Different types of safety drills are common place for anyone who has ever gone to school. Everyone has gone through them at some point in life because being prepared for the worst is a top priority.Read More

Long-distance relationships are worth the effort

March 28, 2018 |

By BETH DEVINE

Staff Writer

Couples usually feel pressured to break off with their partner before entering freshman year of college.Read More

Staff Ed: Feeling safe in school is essential

March 21, 2018 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

On the morning of Tuesday, Mar. 20, less than 100 miles from where the March for Our Lives is set to take place on Saturday, Mar. 24, an armed student injured two other students at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, MD.  Across the country, the city of Austin, TX was terrorized by multiple bombings. Read More

Spring Formal ticket sale process causes stressful frenzy

March 21, 2018 |

By MARY PRAUGHT

Staff Writer

What comes to your mind when you hear the words “school dance?” Maybe it’s repressed memories of middle school dances with uncomfortably bright lighting and teachers just a little too close within ear shot. Or maybe you’ve realized they can actually be a lot more fun than they used to be and you start getting excited to wine and dine, dance the night away with everyone dressed to the nines, and de-stress from those essays due next week.Read More

UMW’s unique qualities are what makes it valuable

March 21, 2018 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY

Staff Writer

During the January 31 University Faculty Council meeting, President Paino commented on the perspective growth of the school, but in doing so implied that he was having trouble finding what was valuable about the Mary Washington experience.Read More

Arming teachers would protect students in active shooter situations

March 21, 2018 |

By ALEXIS ERB

Staff Writer

Teachers are usually concerned with wanting students to shoot for straight As, but now they are worried about whether they should be carrying a weapon to protect students. According to Debate.org, 56 percent of people believe that teachers should be armed and an underwhelming 44 percent say that teachers shouldn’t.Read More

Gen Ed requirements should be more flexible

March 20, 2018 |

By JESSICA LINK

Staff Writer

College is often promoted as being the perfect place to find yourself and figure out what you love to do. General education requirements are typically a way for students to dabble in subjects they normally wouldn’t consider and find out if they love it or hate it. On the surface, general requirements seem great for every college to have, but looking deeper, are they really worth it or just a waste of time?Read More

The City of Fredericksburg should embrace its identity as a college town

March 15, 2018 |

By SARAH BOND

Staff Writer

Fredericksburg is quickly becoming a college town and it’s time for local lawmakers to embrace that. While the City has never explicitly said it doesn’t want to invite a lot of college students to the area or become a “college town,” the actions of lawmakers tell a different story. This is specifically shown through the lack of parking for students, new unaffordable housing developments and the plans which the city has set for Fredericksburg moving forward.Read More

UMW has a responsibility to protect students

March 15, 2018 |

By ABBY HUNT

Staff Writer

The Feb. 14  shooting in Parkland, FL has many schools increasing security measures across the nation. From increasing frequency of lockdown drills to installing bulletproof shelters in classrooms, many are preparing for a horrifying modern reality.  Read More

Summer courses offer numerous benefits for UMW students

March 15, 2018 |

By ALEXIS ZIRPMOULIS

Staff Writer

It is that time of year again to start thinking about registering for classes. Summer classes have already opened up for registration. We are all excited to be nearly finished with the spring semester, but students should consider registering for summer courses.Read More

Staff Ed: The Blue & Gray Press stands with students participating in the March For Our Lives

March 14, 2018 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

On Mar. 14, thousands of students nationwide, from elementary school to college, participated in the National School Walkout. The event was a protest against gun violence and was organized by student survivors of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. The event proved controversial, with some schools banning students from walking out of classes, and alternatively, other schools creating large scale events to recognize the walkout and memorialize the victims.Read More

Staff Ed: Blue & Gray Press encourages students to be safe over spring break

March 1, 2018 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

After seven rigorous weeks of the Spring semester, spring break is on the horizon for UMW students. This break is a great time to catch up on some sleep, reconnect with old friends, get ahead on schoolwork, travel and spend time with family.Read More

Students reacted inappropriately to rock controversy

March 1, 2018 |

By JESSIE WHITMER

Staff Writer

On February 14th, 2018, the UMW Firearms club decorated the spirit rock in order to promote their “Conceal Carry and Personal Safety Course.” Read More