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The Blue & Gray Press | March 25, 2017

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EpiPen prices soar, executive salaries soar higher

September 7, 2016 |


One of my cousins has a peanut allergy and carries an EpiPen at all times. I am incredibly thankful that she comes from a family that can afford to pay Mylan’s obscene prices. Mylan N.V. is an American global generic and specialty pharmaceuticals company registered in the Netherlands. They focus on providing EpiPens to people with severe allergies. There are roughly 15 million people with food allergies in the United States including one out of every 13 children, which is approximately two per classroom.

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We all may be a little narcissistic, but why are young people being punished for it?

April 14, 2016 |


The current generation of teenagers have been bemoaned for years by some who believe that teenagers have become that much more self-involved and self-absorbed than generations before, due in part to the exploding trend of selfies on social media, making behavior from teenagers that much more public.Read More

Controversial book topics necessary to prepare for college experience

April 14, 2016 |


Letting high-school students look at controversial topics and giving them responsibility to judge these topics on their own is something that is extremely important because it prepares them for the college experience.
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Ability to access campus denied to disabled students

April 13, 2016 |


Disabled students attending the University of Mary Washington know that, in some ways, accommodations on campus are sorely lacking. While I have never had issues with academic accommodations and have always found my professors to be very understanding about disabilities, campus is often physically impossible to navigate for students with mobility impairments.Read More

Uber transportation potentially dangerous for students

April 6, 2016 |


Uber has become increasingly popular among individuals looking for the easiest way to get around a city. College students have begun to capitalize on the use of Uber as a “safe” and easy way to get home from a night out that may have ended in a little too much to drink, but how safe is Uber?
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Amphitheater renovation unnecessary, removes historical character

April 6, 2016 |


Despite being such a little-visited part of campus, the amphitheater has recently come to the forefront of the minds of the student body. This is mostly due to the unfortunate accident that occurred to a female student.
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Non-traditional students desire more recognition on campus

April 6, 2016 |


Everyone has their own unique college experience, but being a non-traditional student can create a negative experience. Some students are transfers, commuters, full-time career- building family providers – some are like me: a 23 years old, newly married, transfer, commuter, and full-time student. That’s a lot to handle sometimes.Read More

Courteous students make walks to class easier

March 31, 2016 | 1


You know what I love about University of Mary Washington students? I love their willingness to share. Couches, study rooms, computers, but most of all, the sidewalk. There has not been a day over the past four years when I have been body slammed by chicks and bros. Like the parting of the Red Sea, every student on this campus courteously stays to the right, ensuring that every student is able to use the sidewalk and not just a group of biddies and their Vera Bradley backpacks.Read More

No more waiting around, UMW needs divestment now

March 31, 2016 |


As responsive as the University of Mary Washington says it is, it has been two years since the university has answered the pleas of DivestUMW students. Finally there is some hope for students of DivestUMW because the subcommittee of President Hurley’s Council on Sustainability has researched the advantages of divesting.
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Letter to the Editor: DiversAbility Club

March 31, 2016 |


For people in the United States who live with a disability – the nation’s largest minority group at 19 percent according to the 2012 census – our country that promises to be the land of opportunity often feels more like a land of oppression. For students who are disabled simply attending classes on campus or living in the dorms can be a constant struggle. DiversAbility, the club for students on campus with disabilities or chronic health conditions, meets weekly to discuss topics related to disability advocacy, studies, or simply every-day living.Read More

Letter to the Editor: The Blue & Gray Press should be daily paper

March 31, 2016 |


In the tradition of many newspapers across the United States, I’d propose that The Blue & Gray Press become a daily newspaper.
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Endorsement from Carson to Trump may sacrifice trust from supporters

March 24, 2016 |


Endorsement from Carson may come at sacrifice to trust from supporters Former presidential candidate Ben Carson announced that he would be endorsing current candidate Donald Trump on Friday, March 11, a decision I believe has cost Carson the trust he established with his voters by supporting a candidate who, so far, has seemed to share little in common with Carson’s own moral beliefs.Read More

Pepper spray, mace necessity on college campus, need policy change now

March 24, 2016 | 2


I think that if the university allows pepper spray and mace in residence halls that sexual assaults on our campus will greatly diminish.Read More

Queer: questionable umbrella term needs to be left behind?

March 24, 2016 | 4


In recent years, ‘queer’ has been used as an umbrella term for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. I would like to ask: “should it be?”Read More

Higher standards should be held for club leaders, club athletes

March 24, 2016 |


We’ve all seen those movies where the athletes are the life of the party and get away with every problem or issue that might be a result of the actions from the raging night they’ve had. But from past issues that have happened at the University of Mary Washington dealing with varsity athletes and non-collegiate athletes, every year the same debate arises.
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Yes means yes, or no? Affirmative consent put into question

March 17, 2016 | 2

By Elizabeth Brantley

Knowing the difference between right and wrong is something that humanity should take pride in understanding. Most of us seem to know a red light means stop, stealing is wrong and punching a beehive is a one-way ticket to a bad time. Despite this, one concept seems to continue to elude humanity’s grasp: consent.Read More

Deeper look into life as transgender student

March 17, 2016 | 1

By Andrew Unger

Every semester, two weeks before the start of classes, I send out an email to each of my professors. They all say the same thing: the name of mine they have on their roster, and the name that I actually use. I am a transgender student. When I moved in, I had to put up my own door decorations, because the old ones had my birth name on them. To my friends, my name is Andy.Read More

Habits of Millennial voting lives up to stereotype

March 17, 2016 | 2

By Jonathon Myers

On March 1, according to an article in Bustle, well over a million people showed up to vote on Super Tuesday in the state of Virginia. Around 800,000 people voted in the Republican primary and more than 575,000 people voted in the Democratic primary. I was not one of those people. Call it apathy, or call it whatever you like. I did not vote. I simply did not care enough.Read More

Student press freedom: know your limits

February 25, 2016 |


“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost,” Thomas Jefferson said, who brought into light the importance of press in the early history of our country. What would Jefferson say now looking at the press of student newspapers as well as nationwide newspaper publications of today?Read More

Should test scores define funding for public schools?

February 25, 2016 |


For those that can’t afford the luxurious, extremely expensive private education, public school is arguably the next best option.Read More

Court denies Kesha contract break, questions law

February 25, 2016 | 1


In an abusive marriage, the spouse being abused is urged to report the abuse to the police, stop all contact with the abuser and file for divorce. These steps are plausible, considering someone should not be forced to stay in a commitment that is harmful to one of the parties, even though the two parties have a legal contract defining their commitment to the other.Read More

Apple CEO refuses to help FBI in shooting, creates security concerns

February 25, 2016 |


The San Bernardino shooting was one of many shootings in 2015. Following the shooting, police officers retrieved an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters. The FBI has ordered Apple to disable the feature that causes the iPhone to lock after 10 incorrect password combinations.Read More

Homelessness lies deeper than lack of permenant residence

February 18, 2016 | 2


In today’s tough economic climate, homelessness has become increasingly prevalent, and Los Angeles county officials have decided to do something about it, which leaves some to wonder if the county’s plan to end homelessness is really a responsible allocation of funds.
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Course descriptions lack detail, leave students wanting more

February 18, 2016 |


The current quality of course descriptions is lacking. Important information such, as the potential for additional costs, is excluded and thus forces students to select classes without all of the facts.As college students verging on entering “the real world,” it is a disservice for us not to be afforded as much information as is available.Read More

Letter to the Editor: University should define costs, allow students control over their money

February 18, 2016 |

Here at Mary Washington we pride ourselves on rigorously searching for truth in our academic lives, and on the open warmth of our community outside the classroom. We form our opinions based on evidence and are not afraid of any argument made in good faith. We produce graduates who are “engaged citizens,” combatting injustice, apathy, and incompetence with understanding and determination.Read More

Gravitational waves detect Einstein correct, reason not to defund NASA

February 17, 2016 | 1

We always knew Albert Einstein was a genius- but did we know he would still be predicting the fate of science 100 years later? Those who received the average high school science education would say no, but a group of scientists at the Laser Interferometic Gravitational-Wave Observatory thought differently.
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Puerto Rico fiscal crisis deserves better solution

February 11, 2016 |


With $72 billion in debt and 45 percent of the poverty rate of Puerto Rico’s economy, Puerto Rico is struggling to solve the fiscal crisis before it runs into the substantial debt payment in May and July.
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Clinton v. Fiorina: rethinking feminism for political parties

February 11, 2016 | 1


Many people believe that all women involved in politics have the same political goals and ambitions. However, there are two women who prove this to be untrue with their polar opposite policy agendas. Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina take on the modern political agenda with plans for change.Read More

UMW: University of Mostly Whites

February 10, 2016 |


In light of Black History Month this February, it seems like the right time to shed a light on exactly how racially and ethnically diverse we are here at the University of Mary Washington.Read More

Dorm sex: loud as you want, not whenever you want

February 10, 2016 |


Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to exchanging tokens of affection with the ones you love. For most of us this means eating heart-shaped foods our friends give us, but for those in steady romantic relationships, it is a time to prove your love for one another by trading cliché gifts and “Netflix and chilling” until the break of dawn.
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