Posts By Blue and Gray Press Viewpoints
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.
By HANNAH PARKER
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.
By WEIQI LIU
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.
By KATHLEEN LARKIN
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.
By JASMINE PINEDA
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.
By SARAH GRAMMER
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.
By Jacob Atkinson
The New York Times recently published an article regarding the college application process of 17 universities in the South. In the article, it discusses how these schools ask the applicant about their former history with the law and whether or not that is right.
By Niccolo Baratto
On Jan. 2, 2016, Ammon Bundy, leader of the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, took over the complex in eastern Oregon with his group to protest the sentencing of two ranchers. On Jan. 26, Bundy and his men were arrested after a night where local and federal officials stopped him and the other group leaders on a highway.
By Kelly Emmrich
The Odyssey Online, founded in 2009 by two Indiana University students Evan Burns and Adrian France, say it is a voice for millennials who want to, “flip the traditional top- down editorial model to harness the thousands of ideas from real people to truly democratize content creation and give influencers the opportunity to express themselves and actually be heard.”
By BRITTNEE HAYNES
It is that time of year again, when people begin to forget and fail to reach their New Year’s resolutions. According to the University of Scranton, 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent of those people actually achieve their resolution. The real kicker is that one in three people abandon their resolution by the end of January.
By LINDSEY AYLOR
College students are unlike any other age group. We sleep in late, stay up late, and of course, eat at very odd hours of the day. This is why Universities need to be flexible with their dining hours and have plenty of options for students to choose from. Unfortunately, at UMW, these options and flexibility have been thrown out, leaving students feeling upset and cheated.
By NOELLE PAOLICELLI
Gun control is an effort aimed to halt the rise in violent crime by strengthening laws on the ownership of firearms. Last year, handguns alone killed 10,728 people in the United States of America, according to PolitiFact.
By VICTOR SAVAGE
Those with little knowledge on American politics can identify a pattern in this country that happens any time there is a massively publicized shooting. First comes the rampant speculation, followed by scrounging for motives and backstory for the killers, a call for a “national conversation” on gun violence, a general pushback by the National Rifle Association, conservative politicians, and then a reburial of the issue until the next scheduled tragedy.
By Emily Daly
The winning numbers for the largest Powerball jackpot in American history were announced Jan. 13, and if you played, odds are you lost.
By Hannah Parker
Everyone knows that Girl Scout cookie season is the most anticipated season of the year, even beating out good ol’ Saint Nick, but are these mouth-watering cookies worth the Girl Scouts organization’s support for Planned Parenthood?
By Tessa Cate
Our quaint, cozy campus is home to students bumbling up and down campus walk, frolicking across Ball Circle in the sunshine and getting down to business in the Hurley Convergence Center. The campus vibe is one of friendliness, where every student is equal to the next and Eagles of different social backgrounds and interests mix flawlessly.
By BRANDON QUINTIN
It has been nearly 15 months since the beginning of Operation Inherent Resolve—the codename for the American intervention against ISIS. Since then, the radical terrorist group has launched a number of sophisticated attacks, signaling to the world that they are far from defeated. The recent attacks, as well as the situation on the ground in the Middle East, should be enough to convince American leadership that the current policy is failing.
By KATHERINE BARTLES
Hitchhiking is a form of transportation that most people do not think of taking when they have somewhere to go, especially since we have other ways of getting around such as taxis, buses and trains.
By CAROLINE TRABUCCO
The fall semester is drawing to a close and finals are upon us. As students prepare for exams, many may also find themselves being encouraged to give the end-of-term evaluations for their professors. These evaluations are regarded as “useful educational tools” and are used for the “betterment of the university.” If our feedback, as well as the feedback of our peers, matters so much, why don’t we have access to the results of professor evaluations?
By MATTHEW GOOD
Over the course of the past several weeks, divestment has reemerged as a forefront issue on several college campuses. Student advocacy groups like DivestUMW here at the University of Mary Washington seek college administrations to remove institutions’ investments in fossil fuel companies. However, I argue, they fail to completely consider the consequences of their demands.
By HANNAH PARKER
People are very quick to protect someone if there is a violation of one of our legally mandated freedoms, but when it comes to the freedom of the press this protection flies out the window.
By ANDY UNGER
Katie could barely remember anything from the class, besides a feeling like she had been punched in the gut and an overwhelming panic. The class material had “triggered” her, according to an interview. The material brought up memories of a traumatic situation strong enough to send her into a panic attack, harming her mentally and preventing her from learning what the coursework was supposed to teach.
By JAKE KALKSTEIN
Recent studies suggest that grading biases are pervasive throughout higher education. A myriad of variables such as a student’s race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age and sex, as well as a student’s personal relationship with instructors, performance on previous work, class attendance and class participation can all elicit grading biases in an academic setting.
By HANNAH PARKER
On Nov. 13, 2015, a day surely to go down in history, the world shook. In a full-fledged terrorist attack on the capital of France, Paris, 129 civilians were killed and 352 were left injured according to the U.K. paper, The Telegraph.
By NATALIE FURMAN
Earlier this semester I wrote an article about the impact of the meat industry on the environment but found myself in a tizzy a just a few days after it was published. I cited sources which I now believe have been skewed. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, which covers the harmful impacts of the livestock industry, the environment and global warming effects did not provide sufficient sources. I now believe that the FAO has fallen short of accounting for all of the greenhouse gas emissions attributable to livestock and production.
By JACOB ATKINSON
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC, announced last month that red meats are a likely carcinogenic for humans and that processed meats can have a noticeably greater risk of cancer.
By BRANDON QUINTIN
A worrying trend is developing in American cities as The New York Times recently reported that the murder rates in a number of urban areas have risen dramatically compared to studies conducted over the same period last year.
By ALEX SPENCE
Now that Halloween has passed, the Christmas frenzy has begun. Starting on Nov. 1, stores broke out candy canes and stockings and every other TV commercial reminds us that the “25 Days of Christmas” special is quickly approaching.
By HANNAH PARKER
In current American society incarceration rates continue to climb the population ladder, and while they do so job opportunities for these incarcerated persons are sharply decreasing, and as some would say, for lack of good reason.