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Editorial: Student activism makes significant waves

February 19, 2015 | 1

Last week, the University of Mary Washington campus played host to Virginia Power Shift, in which students from all across the Commonwealth of Virginia came together in solidarity to raise awareness for various social, educational and environmental causes.

The weekend included more than 30 workshops that informed and motivated students to take action and dismantle systemic inequalities.Read More

Rampant nature of ISIS’s rise sparks controversy

February 18, 2015 |

By BRANDON QUINTIN

In September 2013, when I was a freshman, I attended an interest meeting for the College Republicans here on the University of Mary Washington campus. The country was in the midst of a strong debate about military … Read More

Is the response to inclement weather in Virginia in need of reform?

February 18, 2015 |

By COLEMAN HOPKINS

Is it time for Virginia to rethink its department of emergency management? In the past month, portions of the Commonwealth, from Williamsburg to northern counties like Loudon and Fairfax, dealt with ice, snow and unusable roads.Read More

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ reveals reality of relationship stigmas

February 18, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

With the release of the much-anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, there is no doubt many are flocking to theaters to watch the charming bad boy Christian Grey in his onscreen debut.Read More

An inside look at the unrealistic advertising nature of Victoria’s Secret

February 18, 2015 |

By AMANDA MOTLEY

I can still remember the first time I entered a Victoria’s Secret. I was 16 and finally had a job that meant freedom to go shopping on my own.Read More

Op-Ed: Student coalition aims to unite groups under common goals of activism

February 11, 2015 | 1

By BEATRICE OHENE-OKAE

Last month for Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, some students got to relax and debrief on their day off. However, a dedicated few went before the General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia to lobby their representatives about relevant issues, such as debt-free higher education and proposed pipeline routes.Read More

Editorial: The importance of the Brian Williams downfall

February 11, 2015 | 1

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

Brian Williams, the lead anchor of the NBC Nightly News and considered by some as the “face of American journalism,” is under fire, figuratively, for his claim that he came under fire, literally, while covering the Iraq War in early 2003.Read More

Make your own marketing ploy this Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2015 |

BY MONA OSMER

When the day comes, I will want flowers just like everyone else. But isn’t it funny that couples make such a big deal out of Valentine’s Day even though it’s not even a real holiday?Read More

A divided campus achieves nothing

February 11, 2015 | 9

By COLEMAN HOPKINS

Following the brutal terror attacks in France, Secretary of State John Kerry went to Paris along with singer James Taylor to show solidarity through a performance of his famous song, “You’ve Got a Friend.”
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Writing is proven to be therapeutic

February 11, 2015 |

By MARLYN CELEDONIO

Writing can help students both academically and therapeutically. Author Marian McCurdy did research for her book “From Trauma to Writing” about how beneficial it can be for students who write prose about personal traumatic experiences.

Her research … Read More

Editorial: Open debate must always remain respectful and constructive

February 5, 2015 | 12

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

At The Blue & Gray Press, we love to see the university community engage in the discussion of vital issues on our campus. We also love seeing these important conversations take place on our website in response to our articles. Whether positive or negative, constructive criticism is a large aspect of journalism that all journalists understand and come to appreciate. In addition, this editorial board enjoys getting letters to the editor and op-eds about issues the student body and university community find important. The discussions that take place in the comments can be constructive, informative and sometimes eye-opening. While this is true, we would also like to remind everyone that the University’s Statement of Community Values is something that applies on our website, whether anonymous or not.Read More

Op-Ed: Attacks against Feminists United will not stop fight for change

February 4, 2015 | 35

By KELLI MUSICK

The University of Mary Washington is not a feminist-friendly campus. I acknowledge that by putting forth this statement I open the metaphorical floodgates for criticism, backlash and general opposition. I make this statement so that direct and lasting action can be taken in moving forward. I do so confidently, despite knowing I will not personally experience many of the positives to come. Because of this, I have been asked, “Why do you do it?” The answer is simple. I love the University of Mary Washington. Read More

Nationwide commercial upsets Superbowl viewers

February 3, 2015 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

Super Bowl commercials, as of late, have become a venue to bring social issues to a wider audience. The most notable of Sunday’s ads were a Nationwide commercial centered on preventable childhood deaths and an ad focused on the horrors of domestic violence that was sponsored by the organization No More, as well as the NFL.Read More

Missy Elliot makes a surprising comeback, stirring up the music industry

February 3, 2015 |

By KATIE FRAZIER

Step aside Katy Perry because the queen of rap has come back to steal the show and claim her crown. “You make me feel like I’m living a teenage dream” was more like “I feel like I’m living in 2003” thanks to the incredible Super Bowl 2015 halftime performance by Missy Elliott.
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In music industry, mindless catchiness wins over intellectual projects

February 3, 2015 | 2

By MONA OSMER

On a season 5 episode of the popular show,“Louie,” Louis C.K. walks into a coffee shop. Every customer in the coffee shop is mindlessly complaining, and all are having zombie-like interactions with each other.

Louis has a very blunt humor in general, and I love it. However, in this instance it is also insanely depressing; he encapsulates the society we live in spectacularly. The mindless nature of the coffee shop customers, for example, is something I see everyday.Read More

Op-Ed: Obama’s proposals will lift the middle class and propel the economy

January 29, 2015 |

By BENJAMIN HERMERDING

As president of the University of Mary Washington Young Democrats, I was overjoyed to hear our president outline a progressive vision for the year ahead in his recent State of the Union address.

With only two years … Read More

Op-Ed: Why UMW is not a ‘feminist friendly campus’

January 29, 2015 | 107

By PAIGE MCKINSEY

Last semester I was asked if I thought the University of Mary Washington was a “feminist friendly campus.” At the time, I said yes it was, citing the record-breaking number of sign-ups Feminists United received at Club … Read More

Editorial: Time for greater investment in students

January 29, 2015 | 1

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

The Blue & Gray Press reported last week that current on-campus construction projects are on track to be completed on schedule. The article also discussed some of the features of the new buildings, which are exciting and will surely be welcomed by future classes.Read More

Grad School is not for everyone, but should it be?

January 27, 2015 |

By KATIE FRAZIER

Better job opportunities, the promise of higher salaries, writing the infamous master’s thesis, some extra bling to put on your resume and having that new diploma to stick up on the wall beside your bachelor’s degree. These are just some of the many reasons that students choose to pursue graduate school.Read More

Patriots caught cheating the system, opens the door to skepticism

January 27, 2015 | 1

By COLEMAN HOPKINS

The New England Patriots and their head coach, Bill Belichick, are no strangers to cheating or the subsequent scandals that arise from their rule breaking. For instance, Spygate, the filming of the Jets’ defensive signals during a regular season game in September 2007, resulted in the loss of draft picks and fines for stealing the signs, a highly egregious and impactful offense.Read More

Want that good morning text everyday? Just throw down 25 dollars

January 27, 2015 |

By SAMANTHA GROSS

Meet the newest love of my life: Liam Joshua Kennedy. He is 23 years old, lives in Washington, D.C. and likes Netflix almost as much as I do. That right there should speak to our intense compatibility, but we also love reading, writing and traveling. We met at a party and, as they say, sparks flew. How else can I explain it, those soulful brown eyes stole my heart right then and there.Read More

Editorial: New semester, new goals from the Editorial Board

January 22, 2015 |

By BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

The Blue & Gray Press came into the fall semester with a new name, a new look and a more professional and well-rounded means of coverage. Yesterday, we launched a new website as … Read More

Pushing stereotypes of hair care

January 21, 2015 | 4

By SAMANTHA GROSS

I officially stopped shaving about seven months ago, and honestly, at that point, it was more of an “eh, no one’s seeing this anyway” kind of thing more than a personal belief issue.

The double standards of … Read More

Peter Jackson’s “Battle of Five Armies” disappoints some fans

January 21, 2015 |

By COLEMAN HOPKINS

Over the past fourteen years Peter Jackson delivered non-stop box office successes about Middle Earth. Since his first movie, “The Fellowship of The Ring” in 2001, Jackson has done “Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R Tolkien justice … Read More

President Obama proposes free college and preschool plans

January 21, 2015 |

By MONA OSMER

“Education is the basis of law and order.” This is a quote that first appeared in the 1962 film, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence,” and it has taken 53 years to sink in.

President Barack Obama’s … Read More

Lilly Pulitzer clothing line to hit Target racks

January 21, 2015 |

By KATIE FRAZIER

Hues of pink and green splashed with swirling, colorful nautical motifs distinguish the work of esteemed fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer. Her classical shift dresses have been seen on the likes of fashionistas such as Jackie Kennedy, and … Read More