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The Blue & Gray Press | April 19, 2018

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Posts By Blue and Gray Press Viewpoints

Excessive construction on campus may deter prospective students

November 9, 2017 |

Staff Writer

A central part of the University of Mary Washington’s identity as a college is its beautiful campus. Being located in a historic city and a relatively small town allows UMW to maintain its status as an aesthetically appealing campus.Read More

Students should not feel pressured to declare their major early

November 2, 2017 |


Staff Writer

When I was a child, I always remembered being asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Questions like these were always slightly annoying to me. Even as I got much older and was going through high school, the worst of these questions started popping up- “What do you want to study in college?” and it would aggravate me regularly. When I got to college, it did not stop. “What do you want to major in?” is one question that I hear all the time.Read More

Culture is not a costume: Consider whether your outfit is appropriating culture

November 2, 2017 |


Staff Writer

When we think about Halloween, we usually get excited about our favorite candy, our festive decorations, but most of all, the costumes. However, some costumes are not appropriate for all people to wear. You must consider whether your costume is culturally appropriating a cultural group.Read More

The outcome of upcoming gubernatorial election is crucial to Virginia’s future

November 2, 2017 |



In less than a week, Virginia will have the United States’ most consequential election since the presidential election. Virginia has been a swing state since 2004, voting Republican in ten consecutive presidential elections from 1968 to 2004. In the presidential election Hillary Clinton won by five percent in Virginia, so the outcome of this election will decide if the state is in favor of the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. In this upcoming gubernatorial election, there are three candidates.Read More

Group projects can teach great skills, while also being problematic

October 26, 2017 |


Staff Writer

At UMW, group projects are incorporated in almost every class, and at some point or another every student has had to participate in a group project. We are told that class group projects will help us in the future and prepare us for the “real world.” Working with people in certain scenarios is a good idea in some cases because it helps us discover fresh ideas and you can get many points of view on a certain topic or subject matter. At the same time, while in school, working in group projects can be very stressful and can bring down your grade.Read More

Letter to the Editor: The importance of experiencing life on campus

October 26, 2017 |


Contributing Writer

This is my second year working in Residence Life as an SRA, third as an RA, and there are moments when I wonder why I’ve agreed to come back year after year.Read More

Staff Ed: Stay safe on Halloween Weekend

October 26, 2017 |


Halloween has always been one of the best holidays. As kids, it was the one night we could be whatever we wanted, eat a ridiculous amount of free candy and force our friends to watch scary movies. At college, the Halloween fun does not end with the onset of adulthood, but is repeated over three nights collectively called “Halloweekend.”Read More

Despite societal pressure, college might not be the best choice for everyone

October 26, 2017 |


Staff Writer

Young adults today are pressured more than ever to go to higher education. Many even believe that they will be unsuccessful in life if they do not attend a university. This is something that has been ingrained in all of us from a young age. From media, to family, to friends, college just seems like the natural next step after high school, however, I find myself asking questions about the cost effectiveness in signing up for college straight out of high school.Read More

Students: Be considerate of students with kids

October 19, 2017 |


Staff Writer

“[A to do list reads] wake up at 6 a.m., get Jolene’s homework in her bag, get her to school by seven, be at school by 8 a.m.” This is a day according to a detailed planner coded with five different colors. One for the gym, one for school, one for work, one for Jolene and one for University of Mary Washington senior, Rachel Hicks.Read More

UMW needs to do more to promote self-care among students

October 19, 2017 |


Staff Writer

As college students, we are among the most highly stressed individuals. As people who dedicate the majority of our time to school, our university needs to do more to educate and promote self-care.Read More

NFL players are not being disrespectful by exercising their right to protest

October 18, 2017 |


Viewpoints Editor

After weeks of criticism and media attention focused on players kneeling for the national anthem in protest, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at a news conference on Wednesday, Oct. 18 that while he believes that players should stand for the playing of the national anthem, he does not plan to create or enforce any rule requiring them to. While Goodell should openly support his players’ First Amendment rights, it is reassuring to know that he does not plan to censor them- after all, that would be illegal.Read More

Staff Ed: The Blue & Gray wishes students a relaxed and productive fall break

October 12, 2017 |


For many students, midterm week consists of late-night studying and lots of stress. But as midterm week comes to an end, students have fall break to look forward to as their reward for all their hard work. It can serve as a light at the end of the tunnel for students who have just finished a challenging week of tests and projects.Read More

Extended dining hall hours at the UC provides students with more options for meal times

October 12, 2017 |


Staff Writer

In a college setting, the stress of classes and activities can leave a person constantly hungry. The University Center houses most of the dining options available on campus, including the main dining hall as well as Qdoba, Lil Joe’s and Jamba Juice. Although the food is located centrally on campus, the hours of the dining facilities are not convenient for students. Typically, the hours for the dining hall are usually from 7 a.m to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The main dining hall at the fourth floor of the University Center have extended the closing time from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.Read More

Pay attention: Texting and walking can wait

October 12, 2017 |


Staff Writer

According to an article published by CNN, only 10 to 12 percent of people would be categorized as being “addicted” to their smart phones. While this is a relatively small percentage of the American population, it is fair to say that most Americans with access to smart phones are overusing them.Read More

Professors should be more lenient with their attendance policies

October 12, 2017 |


Senior Writer

Life is full of obstacles, sometimes these obstacles cause students to miss class. This semester, my classes at the University of Mary Washington have had strict attendance policies that are strongly enforced. College students are known to skip out on classes, however, with the fear of losing points toward their final grade they may be less inclined to skip. What I take issue with is when students with valid excuses for missing class, who also make up all their work, end up with a lower grade point average in the end.Read More

UMW community stands with the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting

October 5, 2017 |


Around 10:08 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 1, a mass shooting occurred at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas leaving over 500 injured and at least 59 dead according to ABC News. The event has marked one of the deadliest mass shootings to take place in modern U.S. history. Similar events have taken place recently throughout the world such as the suicide bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester and the fatal shooting of ‘Voice’ singer Christina Grimmie last year.Read More

Bring your crayons to college: Classes should be more creative

October 5, 2017 |


Senior Writer

Last Tuesday, in my introductory digital studies class, taught by Dr. Brenta Blevins, I had to do something I haven’t done since I was in Kindergarten- use crayons to color a picture. We were … Read More

NFL players have the right to protest but should consider a different platform in which to do so

October 5, 2017 |

Staff Writer

The NFL has been the subject of much controversy around the country over the last couple of weeks. Some players are kneeling during the National Anthem, while some are not even coming onto the field. It is saddening to watch your favorite team or player use the field as a place to protest, especially during a time that means so much to us. Read More

Letter to the Editor: Latino Student Association supports students affected by DACA

September 28, 2017 |


Contributing Writers

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) supports over 800,000 people who were brought to the United States for better opportunities.  DACA provides a temporary right to live, work, serve and study legally. Removing DACA will affect the lives of numerous individuals; most of them being young adults and students.Read More

This year’s Emmy Awards made strides toward greater diversity, but more work needs to be done

September 28, 2017 |


Senior Writer

Last week, the Emmy Awards broke records and perhaps set a precedent for a new wave of racial and gender diversity in award shows. Donald Glover became the first African American to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his show “Atlanta,” along with two other people of color who were also nominated in the same category. Aziz Ansari was awarded for his “Master of None” and Anthony Anderson for “Black-ish.”Read More

Campus jobs teach valuable life skills and provide great opportunities

September 28, 2017 |


Staff Writer

I have always been a person who must keep busy. When I started school at UMW in the fall of 2014, I knew that if I wanted to stay sane I needed to work. Living on campus without a car limited my possibilities for jobs, so I began by applying through the Financial Aid office as a circulation assistant at Simpson Library. I began working there in January 2015 and I’ve worked on campus ever since.Read More

New rule requiring students to loft beds is a good decision on the part of ResLife

September 27, 2017 |


Staff Writer

This year many students arrived on campus during move-in day to find a new challenge. As of the Fall 2017 semester, UMW Residence Life has implemented a new rule involving the setup of lofted beds. As per usual, beds may be lofted at the request of students. However, starting this year students will have to do the lifting themselves.Read More

Rappahannock Scholars program changes lives

April 27, 2017 |


The Rappahannock Scholars program was created in 2007. The program places six high schools in the Northern Neck region of Virginia in partnership with the University of Mary Washington. These six high schools include Essex, King and Queen Central, Lancaster, Washington and Lee High, Northumberland, and Rappahannock High schools. The main purpose of this program is to support the university’s mission of being a nexus for engagement among diverse communities by recruiting, retaining and supporting underrepresented and economically disadvantage students from high schools in these areas.Read More

Oppressed work to empower each other under Trump presidency

April 27, 2017 |


Throughout the entirety of his campaign, President Donald Trump actively insulted and attacked large margins of American citizens while empowering a select few under the guise of his slogan ‘Make America Great Again.’ His words and beliefs against people of color, members of the LGBT+ community, women, Muslims and more were met with horror and praise.Read More

Students: Lodge university-related complaints in a constructive manner

April 26, 2017 |


High school students participating in the “Shadow a Student” opportunity at UMW are often met with discouraging comments. One high school student met my friends and other peers in my classes. The student was immediately hit with their apologies about how boring the class was, how the professor didn’t explain a concept enough or how difficult the current homework project. I swooped in to reassure the student that professors are great about answering questions during office hours, how classes are very interesting and that hardworking students can still get an A.Read More

Students react to United controversy

April 20, 2017 |


On April 9, 2017, O’Hare International Airport police forcibly had removed passenger David Dao from United Flight 3411 after he refused to exit the airplane upon the demand of management. Dao screamed as officers pulled him out of his seat, and his face hit an armrest during the struggle.Read More

Transfer student finds home at UMW

April 20, 2017 |


I still remember my first day of college. I felt like a kindergartener all over again with sweaty palms and butterflies in my stomach. Sure, I was nervous, but I was also bursting with excitement. I was about to start my journey down a four-year road of self-discovery.Read More

UMW Parking Management is not the bad guy

April 13, 2017 |


Tucked in the basement of Lee Hall, Jean Elliot’s phone suddenly rings. She presses the receiver to her ear and listen’s intently. It’s yet another report from a parking enforcement officer calling to warn her that a student has illegally parked in a “Customer-Only” spot in the Pizza Hut parking lot between College Avenue and Jefferson Davis Highway.Read More

Community colleges fall short of community feeling

April 13, 2017 |


Everyone has different criteria for where they want to pursue higher education. Some individuals want to get out of their hometown, while some want to pursue special majors only offered at select institutions. Some people go to college for the athletics, some go for the experience and some just go to get their degree, but there’s a growing population of students who commute to and from community colleges every day.Read More

Student stress: Course registration causes headaches

April 12, 2017 |


One of the most stressful things for any college student is choosing which courses to take. This process can be stressful for students who do not know their major yet and students who know their major but face already-full classes. Read More