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The Blue & Gray Press | February 22, 2018

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Republican candidates lack confident voice, leaving Democrats to shine

October 29, 2015 |

By TESS OSMER
At the edge of our seats, we sit in our liberal arts classes as our professors hammer the importance of critical thought and discussion. We constantly hear of our peer’s admiration for Bernie Sanders, who, in my opinion is just a real-life Carl Frederickson, the old man from Disney’s “Up,” and their absolute disgust of Donald Trump, a billionaire that has nothing to lose, making it his mission to oust the Republican Party for being outdated and having an ignorant mentality.Read More

Barbie girl in a human world: not fantastic because it’s plastic

October 28, 2015 |

By HANNAH PARKER

“Be anything, do everything,” a slogan adopted by Barbie that encourages young girls to go out and achieve their dreams, but only in the form of ‘Barbie’ the “sexed-up” play doll as a role model. For, as seen in Barbie’s recent commercial, the company has made a leap forward in attempting to be a real role model for young girls, in displaying the “be anything, do everything” slogan.Read More

Increase in gun violence poses question of firearm safety courses

October 21, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

We infamously remember on April 20, 1999 when the small town of Littleton, Colorado saw two high school seniors stroll the halls of Columbine High School killing 12 students and one teacher. We remember the morning of Dec. 14, 2012 when Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 first graders and six adults inside the cold walls of Sandy Hook Elementary School.Read More

Concern over Yik Yak stems from anonymity

October 21, 2015 |

By ANDY UNGER

Following controversial events last year, Yik Yak has received somewhat of a negative reputation on campus. It is known for being both a great application to keep up on the gossip around campus as well as a source of a cyber bullying.Read More

Rape culture continues to dominate American media

October 21, 2015 |

By HANNAH PARKER

It is very easy for people to look around the world or at the news programs and comment on the blatant sexual mistreatment that occurs in underdeveloped or unprogressive countries. However, when it comes to looking at our own country it suddenly becomes harder to face the sexual mistreatment surrounding the United States.
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Pope Francis, misrepresented by media outlets

October 8, 2015 |

By DAVID CONCEPCION

During his visit to the United States, the Pope received astonishing media coverage as almost every major news outlet covered him. However, the American media has a tendency to take Pope Francis’ quotes out of context and make it sound unique, when in actuality, it has been Church teaching for hundreds of years.Read More

Banned Books week comes to Simpson Library

October 8, 2015 |

By HEATHER JACKLING

The University of Mary Washington has decided set up a display of various novels that have been challenged within the last two years for various explicit themes in celebration of Banned Books Week.Read More

Freshman students give thoughts on their experiences at UMW

October 8, 2015 |

By KATHERINE BARTLES

Now that the sixth week of college has come to a close and midterms are on the way, freshmen have truly experienced the hard work, stress and lack of sleep, which was stressed to them in high school.
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Letter: UMW Students Frustrated by Howell and Reeve’s Debate Dismissal

October 1, 2015 |

We, the University of Mary Washington Young Democrats, are frustrated by the refusal of Delegate Bill Howell (R) and State Senator Bryce Reeves (R) to participate in debates hosted by our university. UMW has hosted well-attended debates when these seats … Read More

Letter: Why UMW’s Next President Needs to Be a Leader Against Campus Sexual Assault

October 1, 2015 |

Campus sexual assault is a nationwide epidemic that happens at all universities. The University of Mary Washington is not an exception to this. I say this not because I do not love my school, but because I do, and want … Read More

Second round of GOP debates leaves few questions answered

October 1, 2015 |

By JONATHON MYERS

Within minutes it was apparent exactly what the second Republican Debate of 2015 was going to be. As always, the moderator, this time Jake Tapper, was there to stir up drama, plain and simple.Read More

Ben Carson lacks political background, questions his campaign

September 30, 2015 |

By HANNAH PARKER

Compared to other presidential candidates, Ben Carson’s political background is not very impressive, yet somehow he climbed his way into second place right behind Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.Read More

Bernie Sanders, not the democratic candidate liberals want

September 30, 2015 |

By BRANDON QUINTIN

Bernie Sanders is a good man, and while growing up in Vermont, he was a constant presence on my local television. As mayor of Burlington, he was even a customer of my grandfather’s gas station. My close-knit community has always been very sympathetic to Sanders, and rightly so. There are few men like him in politics. Unlike most politicians, he is neither fake nor manufactured by an entourage of advisors and pollsters. People love him for his honesty and authenticity, and he certainly believes what he says. But unfortunately, it is what he’s saying that is the problem.Read More

Blue & Gray Podcast: Wrap up of Week 9/21

September 29, 2015 |

Podcast team: Dahlia Somers, Isata Sesay, Ashley Chung and Mona Osmer

Take a listen to our first podcast! The B&GP interviews local artist Gwen Levey and provides interesting and insightful commentary on local news and culture.

For more about Gwen:

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Confederate flag preserves ongoing racism in America

September 24, 2015 |

By HANNAH PARKER

“It is southern patriotism, and I am just supporting my state’s history,” a phrase you have probably heard far too many times by southerners sporting the Confederate flag, has and never will be viable.Read More

Support for Ahmed Mohamed sets positive example

September 24, 2015 |

By AHMED KHOKAR

It comes as no shock that the media perpetuates negative stereotypes on Muslim Americans across the country, for, after the infamous Sept.11 attacks, Muslim Americans all across the country faced discrimination.Read More

Defunding of Planned Parenthood caused by misinformed Americans

September 24, 2015 |

By NATALIE FURMAN

The Facebook page “Defund Planned Parenthood” has 92,585 likes, a number that continues to grow each day. In my opinion, this is a disparaging fact and I hope that this number will significantly decrease. While taking a look at the “Defund Planned Parenthood” Facebook page, I do not see facts, but merely propaganda to persuade people to join this unnecessary and damaging cause.Read More

Abortion services cause defunding of Planned Parenthood

September 24, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

Since the early 1900s, Planned Parenthood set out to provide affordable health care to women, offering services such as cancer screenings and STI testing, as well as contraception.Read More

Plato’s allegory guides individuals through the world of friend-zoning

September 17, 2015 |

By JACOB ATKINSON

It is very difficult to find a man who has not heard some rendition of the phrase, “Oh, you’re such a good friend!” from a woman that he was interested in.Read More

RAVE Guardian app demonstrates mixed reviews among students

September 16, 2015 |

By ARIANA BARRETT

We are all aware of the University of Mary Washington campus adopting the “RAVE Guardian” application over the summer for increased safety in the 2015-2016 academic year, but exactly how easy is it to use?Read More

General education requirements take away from college experience

September 16, 2015 |

By AHMED KHOKAR

According to a report by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, tuition rates will continue to increase by 6 percent, easily outpacing inflation rates.
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Meat production causes harmful effects on environment, praises vegetarian diets

September 10, 2015 |

By NATALIE FURMAN

It is no mystery where our meat comes from. Cows, pigs and chickens supply us with many of our favorite dishes, especially in the United States where we hold the title for the third highest meat consuming country in the world, recorded by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in 2009.Read More

Social media campaigning takes focus off the issues

September 9, 2015 |

By ASHLEY CHUNG

Since President Obama’s 2008 campaign team effectively proved that the use of social media during the campaign process yields positive results, a new precedence for garnering votes has been set.Read More

Age of sensitivity furthered by political correctness

September 9, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

In my home, I was built to have tough skin. Honesty was the only option, and “sticks and stones” was something to live by. While hurting another’s feelings was never the goal, it did not stop us from telling the truth.Read More

New University Center leaves bad first impression on students

September 2, 2015 |

By BRANDON QUINTIN

The University of Mary Washington’s new University Center is at the
“center” of attention, and not for good reasons.
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“Straight Outta Compton” draws awareness to police brutality

September 2, 2015 |

By ISATA SESAY

Movies about rappers are not usually what I am drawn to, but I was
curious about the film “Straight Outta Compton” after seeing the
previews.Read More

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders rises in the polls

September 2, 2015 |

By ANDY UNGER

A few months ago, the entire nation was under the assumption that
Hillary Clinton would be the next Democratic nominee for the 2016
election cycle. Today, that assumption no longer holds true.Read More

University Center creates a sense of unity on campus

September 2, 2015 |

By Mona Osmer

It is absurd to think that it has already been two weeks since I arrived in Fredericksburg for my junior year at the University of Mary Washington. I remember the first thing I did when I turned onto College Ave. in my 2006 silver Volvo. I parked right in front of Seacobeck St. and took a walk down College Ave.Read More

Letter to the Editor: Arrest of DivestUMW members leads to students questioning university’s values

April 23, 2015 |

To the UMW Community and all others it may concern,

I write to you as this academic year’s Inter-Club Association President and soon to be graduate of this university. Read More

Letter to the Editor: UMW community works to provide more ideas for a safer campus

April 23, 2015 |

To the UMW Community:

Over the past three weeks, a number of administrators, faculty, staff and students participated in a series of Listening Circles that centered on the voices and experiences of students who have recently been harassed on campus. Students shared their disappointment over instances of bias in our community, their frustrations over lack of transparency and communication from the administration and their concerns about safety on campus. Read More