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Diversity starts with each department

February 8, 2017 | 1

By JASMINE TURNER

As my four years slowly simmer to an end, I find myself thinking back to UMW’s mission statement about diversity and inclusion. The mission, and goal, has always been to create an environment on campus that puts an emphasis on providing a “comprehensive, university-wide approach to diversity and inclusivity, access and equity.”Read More

Buy your tequila now, folks.

February 8, 2017 |

By AMANDA BIELECKI

Donald Trump’s desire to build a wall has been one of controversy and scrutiny. Much of the criticism stems from the idea that America is viewed as one big melting pot, not to mention the expense of the project. Fortune.com estimates it would cost 15 billion plus in order to build the wall. That 15 billion dollars could be put to good use for so many aspects of society, including the homeless, abandoned children, healthcare, the hungry and much more.

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Women’s March made strong by strong organization

February 2, 2017 |

By KAITLYN WIEDMANN

On the morning of Jan. 21, the Metro opened its doors at 5:00 a.m., a full two hours earlier than usual on a weekend. It was the morning of the Women’s March, and the protest had garnered such widespread support that the entire city seemed to hunker down in anticipation of the crowds that would soon flood the streets. Although the rally was scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m., and the march itself not until 1:15 p.m., several industrious souls set out for the heart of the city on the very first trains.Read More

The Women’s March disorganized-but momentum must keep going

February 2, 2017 |

By SHAWNYA PETERSON

On Jan. 21, I was one of the many people that participated in Women’s Marches across the country and around the world – one of approximately 4.9 million people worldwide, according to the march organizers. I am so proud to have been able to take part in the original march in our nation’s capital the day after the inauguration of our new president.Read More

Social media used to combat information overload

February 2, 2017 |

By AHMED KHOKAR

In the current political climate, it is becoming increasingly difficult to identify credible sources when trying to get your news fix. There are publications for every point of view, and the sources of information are overabundant particularly when it comes to current events. There has been an increasingly rapid trend of Americans relying on social media outlets as their primary news sources.

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Meltingpot mentality: our government does not share it

February 1, 2017 |

By TESSA CATE

With the ease and nonchalance of a shopper signing their receipt at CVS, President Trump signed an executive order – is anyone still counting? – temporarily barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States and banning Syrian refugees indefinitely. This action incited pure chaos (as everyone scrolling through their Facebook feeds can attest to) and will not end there. With one scribble of his pen, Trump doused an already hot-button issue with all the lighter fluid needed to set it ablaze.Read More

March on Washington: women’s rights are human rights

December 8, 2016 |

By SHYAN MURPHY

On Jan. 21, 2017, our president-elect will serve his first full day in office. In response, there will be an organized assembly of gender and racially diverse feminists gathered in the nation’s capital in order to demonstrate unity and support for the women of this country. Although this is not an anti-Trump protest, it is a march that serves as a wake-up call for women’s rights as Donald J. Trump serves his first day as our nation’s leader. Women across the country will unify in efforts to support of the rights they fear losing to the new administration.Read More

Brace yourself: winter (break) is coming

December 8, 2016 |

By MATT KLINE

As the semester comes to an end, many of us have already started making plans for winter break. Many of these plans range from catching up with friends from back home to working as many hours as possible to return for the spring semester with a large sum of money. But how should students really be spending their winter breaks?Read More

On the record: truth about RA – press confidentiality

December 8, 2016 | 1

By GINNY BIXBY

Throughout the fall semester, there has been a great deal of controversy surrounding communication between writers for The Blue & Gray Press and Residence Life staff. Many writers have reported reluctance on the part of Residence Life staff, particularly RAs, regarding being interviewed for articles. While speculation was thrown around, it was unclear whether or not Residence Life had a true policy for these situations.

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Americans exercise First Amendment right in protest

December 8, 2016 |

By YOUSEF NASSER

On Nov. 29, United States president-elect Donald Trump sent out a tweet that said, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”Read More

Did the ‘Hamilton’ cast choose an appropriate venue to call out Pence?

December 1, 2016 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

On Nov. 18, 2016, Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended the Broadway Musical Hamilton in New York City. Upon entering the theatre, Pence was greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos from the audience. At the end of the show, Brandon Victor Dixon, who stars as Founding Father Aaron Burr, thanked the audience and Mr. Pence for attending. He also read aloud a statement directed towards Mr. Pence about diversity in America.Read More

Students question effectiveness of final exams

December 1, 2016 |

By ELISE ADAMS

The clock ticks down the three hours as you sit in the lecture hall full of students frantically scribbling down essays and shading in the bubbles on their scantrons. Your professor stands in the front to make sure no one cheats and to have his eyes on everyone. Students have their caffeine in UMW mugs on one side of them, extra pencils and paper on the other.Read More

Med School students experience higher suicide rates, but that won’t stop me

December 1, 2016 | 10

By ANAHI VIDOVICH

At the age of six, I started asking my mother and father to buy me anatomy picture books, which I would then lean over and devour in a matter of days. From middle school onward I knew I wanted to become a physician, and from high school onward I knew I wanted to become a surgeon.Read More

Double standards are alive and well for women

November 16, 2016 |

By REBEKAH DEBELL

Women have long fought for equal rights. Whether it be for the right to vote, equal pay or the ability to drive, women have been fighting for years. This past Tuesday, Americans headed to the polls with the possibility of finally shattering that final glass ceiling. But given the results of the recent election, the question popped back into my head: are women unfairly targeted?Read More

Sports journalism is for women, too

November 9, 2016 |

By JENNA DAVENPORT

Female sportscasters are constantly objectified, criticized and sneered at for simply doing their job. Women in the sports world face these adversities every day, and female sports players are no exception. Sports and coverage of those sports are historically and currently a male-dominated industry.Read More

Admissions expectations rise, high school seniors cannot keep up

November 2, 2016 |

By GRACE WINFIELD

As a high school senior it is difficult to refrain from resenting the college application process. Rather than a place to flourish and grow, high school has turned into a race between peers.Read More

Will we actually make America great again, though?

November 2, 2016 | 1

By REUBEN GEORGE-EZUMA

On Nov. 8, 2016, the United States of America will be electing a new president. There is much controversy surrounding both candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Trump is often criticized for his political incorrectness and inexperience in politics, and Clinton is criticized for decisions she made during her role as Secretary of State. Though both candidates have seemingly questionable morals, the question still remains: what would happen if Donald Trump actually won the presidential election?

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The workforce can wait: why college seniors should consider post-graduation travel

November 2, 2016 |

By ISABEL FAUST

“Congrats,” “Make the Most of it,” and “Have Fun,” are all phrases I have heard over and over at my high school graduation, along with, “college will be the best four years of your life.”Read More

The cuffing season bae-sics. Why “relationship goals” are overrated

November 2, 2016 |

By VALERIE GIBSON

Scrolling through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other various other social media sites, it seems as though you are being bombarded with photos, statuses and tweets about other people’s relationships.Read More

Op Ed: Response to “your protest vote will not work”

October 26, 2016 |

By QUENTIN BENTZIN

America as a country was never designed to have only two political parties, battling head to head in every election. From the beginning, every citizen was expected to vote for whomever they thought would be the best leader of the country.Read More

All in favor of a democracy over a demagogue, say “aye”

October 26, 2016 |

By HABIBA NOOR

Like many college students, this November will be my first time voting in a presidential election.

Although people discuss this election in terms of “picking the lesser of two evils,” I disagree. I believe Hillary Clinton is the … Read More

Stressed out by the election’s media monster

October 26, 2016 |

By REBECCA MELSON

This year’s election process has been one of the most emotional, stressful and disappointing elections that I have ever lived through. The two top candidates have presented themselves like a bickering old couple, exhausting the American public with their sensationalism and constant media attacks.Read More

We aren’t so different, you and I

October 26, 2016 | 4

By KELLY O’GRADY

When asked whom you’re voting for in the upcoming election, if you say Donald Trump, you most likely get looked at like you have two heads. The response you get is, “Why? Are you crazy? How could you support him?” I have experienced this multiple times, even in class. It is truly not fair. I am accepting of other’s political views, so why should I get grilled about mine?Read More

Media sensationalism worsens clown epidemic

October 12, 2016 |

By JESSE JONES

A recent emergence of creepy clowns has taken the United States by storm. What started out as a minute issue has turned into an epidemic as the phenomena continues to spread, gaining a cult-like following.

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Social media misuse on the campaign trail

October 5, 2016 |

By JONATHON MYERS

The 2016 election is slated to be a complete farce, not because of the candidates, but the voters. While many believe that neither candidate is a good presidential choice, there are far more people polarized to ravenous support of their candidate of choice.Read More

Michelle Obama for President 2020

October 5, 2016 | 1

By DEBORAH NGANGA

The first presidential debate, which took place on Monday, Sept. 26, was definitely a wake up call to remind us that very soon, a new President of the United States will be in office. Election Day is about one month away, and we have only October to really cherish our last moments with the Obama family, but most importantly, our First Lady, Michelle Obama.

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November what? American politics in a world view

October 5, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER

While walking to class Tuesday morning, campus chatter focused mainly on the first Presidential debate the previous evening. “How did we get stuck with Trump and Hillary of all the candidates,” my classmates deplored.

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Op Ed: Jefferson Davis highway should not change name

October 5, 2016 | 28

By LYDIA EISENBERG 

The city of Fredericksburg is an incredibly historic town. Established in 1728 by the General Assembly, the city has played key roles in multiple wars including the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. It would almost be a crime to deny this town of its history. Changing the name of the Jefferson Davis Highway would be the start of a downward spiral of sugar coating the facts of this city; that Fredericksburg was and is a true southern town.

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Is the lack of football affecting our school spirit?

September 29, 2016 | 2

By LAUREN TAYLOR

Having grown up in Charlottesville, home of the Virginia Cavaliers, I am used to an overwhelming amount of school spirit, community involvement and sense of pride for a college. When I arrived at the University of Mary Washington, I was shocked at the stark differences between the spirit both on campus and throughout the community.Read More

Do your civic duty: head to the polls

September 29, 2016 |

By KAITIE GOODWIN

As November approaches, with headlines focusing more and more on the upcoming presidential election, it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the topic with friends. In my own experience, there seems to only be two options when it comes to feelings toward this election. Though one might expect that this choice has more to do with picking which presidential candidate to endorse, it actually has more to do with deciding whether or not to vote at all.Read More