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An insider perspective on the Firearms Club’s concealed carry class

March 1, 2018 |

By ARIANA BARRETT

Staff Writer

On Friday, Feb. 16, UMW’s Firearms Club hosted a concealed carry and personal safety class. Many people turn their heads to any talk of guns, not realizing the importance of learning about them. Guns … Read More

Students have right to free speech, but should still respect university values

March 1, 2018 |

By LAURA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

Free speech on college campuses should be allowed to the extent that given each situation, respect for other people’s opinions, race, religion, ethnicity, heritage, and safety remains the priority. At the University of Mary Washington, free speech is practiced in varying ways but often times, it goes too far and only demonstrates for the values that the university believes in.Read More

Finally snapped: Snapchat’s new update has ruined the app

March 1, 2018 |

By MAGGIE MCCOTTER

Staff Writer

A few weeks ago, Snap Inc. introduced an entirely new update to Snapchat and many users, including myself, were baffled at how the new update worked. The layout was confusing, stories weren’t in the same place, and ads were featured more than anything else. A petition went around during the first week of the release for Snap Inc. to revert back to the old layout, but so far nothing has come of it.  Read More

Staff Ed: Recurring instances of white supremacist propaganda on campus are deeply disturbing

February 22, 2018 |

By BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

On the night of Feb. 18, a campus-wide email was sent from the UMW Campus Police notifying the community about stickers found around campus from a group called the Patriot Front reading “America First” and “Patriot Front.” The email cites the Anti-Defamation League which defines the Patriot Front as “a white supremacist group whose members maintain that their ancestors conquered America and bequeathed it solely to them. The Patriot Front espouses racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance under the guise of preserving the ‘ethnic and cultural origins’ of their European ancestors.” The email denounces these ideas and the presence of the propaganda on campus as a violation of UMW’s community values and encourages anyone with information to come forward.Read More

U.S. government should reconsider involvement in Yemen

February 22, 2018 |

By KYLE LEHMANN

Staff Writer

At this moment, there is a war going on that the U.S. is involved in that most people do not know about. Your mind might drift to places like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, among other places where the news will report a successful raid against a terror network of the death of a U.S. serviceman in an attack on a U.S. base every once and awhile. But there is a conflict the U.S. is involved in that is brutal and does not seem to have a clear exit strategy, and many citizens may not know about. This conflict is unfolding in Yemen, a conflict in which the U.S. should reconsider how it should be involved.Read More

Political clubs have a right to freedom of speech

February 22, 2018 |

By HANNAH ROTHWELL

Staff Writer

On Thursday, February 15, the UMW Firearms club painted the spirit rock on campus to advertise their concealed carry and personal safety classes.  Later that day, their message was spray painted over and covered with a message about school shootings in response to the one that had just occurred in Florida that same day.  It is unknown who painted over the rock.  This has sparked a massive debate on campus about not only firearms, but free speech as a whole.Read More

It could happen to anyone: A personal perspective on the school shooting epidemic

February 22, 2018 |

By GINNY BIXBY

Viewpoints Editor

It was the morning of June 18th, 2004. It was my little brother’s birthday, and my mom was about to drive me to my last day of kindergarten. I remember eating breakfast when the phone rang and my mom picked up. It was my dad calling from Bull Run Middle School in Gainesville, VA, where he was the principal, to tell my mom the horrific news- a student had brought a gun to school.Read More

Political perspectives vary too much to be contained in a bipartisan system

February 15, 2018 |

By TESS OSMER

Contributing Writer

While growing up, we were always told that at dinner parties and social events, there are three topics one should never mention: politics, religion and money. These days, however, it has become popular to crusade for our opinions in regards to all three.Read More

Students: Take responsibility in preventing spread of the flu

February 15, 2018 |

By T’KEYAH JONES

Staff Writer

In the past few weeks, students have become aware of just how bad this flu season has been and continues to be. Not only is the issue all over the news, but a high volume of students are getting sick. The last thing anyone wants to face is having to fight off sickness while trying to balance college life. No one has time to miss classes and certainly no one wants to be sick, especially with the flu.Read More

Exploiting social justice issues to sell product is inappropriate and distasteful

February 15, 2018 |

By OLIVIA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

On Super Bowl Sunday, Dodge Motor Company placed one of its advertisements in the coveted lineup for one of the sports industry’s biggest days. Each Super Bowl ad can cost millions of dollars for just 30 seconds and so companies try to make the best and most effective as they can for the big game. This year however, Ram missed the mark.Read More

Staff Ed: PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games unite and inspire world citizens

February 15, 2018 |

By BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang County, South Korea began on Friday, Feb. 9 and will go until Sunday, Feb. 25. Currently Germany is leading with 12 medals, followed by the Netherlands with 11, and then the United States with 7.Read More

The true cost of being female

February 14, 2018 |

By CAMERON ASHLEY

Staff Writer

CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi, revealed that the company was set to launch new line of “snacks for women” on the Freakonomics podcast on Jan 31. She stated that the new snacks were to be “low-crunch, the full taste profile, but not have so much of the flavor stick on the fingers.” Headlines erupted within follow days, coining the term “lady Doritos.” Due to the backlash, PepsiCo swiftly responded that “lady Doritos” were, in fact, not being released. That doesn’t mean the company doesn’t have plans for women-friendly snacks.  Read More

Staff Ed: Michigan State University gymnastics sex abuse should encourage UMW students and staff to engage in discussion

February 8, 2018 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

Michigan State University has been a fixture in the news over the past few months; first, because Larry Nassar, a former MSU employee, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years for sexual … Read More

More than partying: How stereotypes negatively affect Greek life’s image

February 8, 2018 |

By GABRIELLA GARCIA

Staff Writer

Last semester we raised over $2,000 for suicide awareness and prevention, planted trees and mulched at Hugh Mercer Elementary School, held a bake sale in which funds were used to donate bus tickets to the Brisben Center for the homeless, and made trick-or-treat bags for the children at the Mary Washington Hospital. Read More

The 60th Grammy Awards misses the Time’s Up memo among other missteps

February 7, 2018 |

By MIRANDA O’CONNOR

Staff Writer

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards, held on January 28,  sparked several controversies that are sure to keep the public talking until the next Grammy Awards. While it is an honor for many celebrities to receive a nomination, controversy is often sparked when certain nominees are robbed of a win. Read More

Finding parking at UMW becomes harder as school population grows

February 7, 2018 |

By ALEXIS ZIRPMOULIS

Staff Writer

Having a car is supposed to make your everyday life easier and more efficient.  In most cases this is true.  But as a commuter at the University of Mary Washington driving along College Avenue or attempting to park your car on campus Monday through Friday, easy is the last word that comes to mind. The campus is not safely equipped to handle the amount of traffic produced by commuter students on campus each day, and unfortunately, these issues only get worse when a special event is being held on campus property.Read More

Bipartisan political system only serves to distract and divide

February 1, 2018 |

By GRACE WINFIELD 

Senior Writer

Before reading my morning briefing last Wednesday, I glanced at the front page of the New York Times, and was not surprised to see that four of the five headlines were political. With the media’s ever-growing political obsession, it seems as though nothing in American politics is getting resolved, or will be. As my mind was flooded with thoughts of FBI investigations, gridlock, and scandal-galore, I really questioned our political system.Read More

Time’s Up: A male perspective on the recent sexual assault allegations

February 1, 2018 |

By NATHANIEL DEVINE

Staff Writer

In recent months, the issues of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace have come to the forefront of the American public’s attention after a slew of famed male Hollywood personages such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, faced and then pleaded guilty to allegations of gross sexual harassment towards, mainly, female coworkers and/or colleagues.Read More

Can Aziz Ansari be forgiven? Examining the intricacies of sexual misconduct

February 1, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER

Senior Writer

The #MeToo movement marks a profound cultural shift: the end to the era of silencing victims of sexual harassment and assault and a forced reckoning of how we as a society view women, power, and sex. Read More

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