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Letter: In times of turmoil, administration should rise up and students must not turn on one another

March 25, 2015 | 2

As a body of under 4,000 students, the University of Mary Washington is truly something that is unique in Virginia. Walking under the same rain-washed bricks, in tune with the cycles of exam-induced stress and unfolding with close friends on ball circle, our university represents the ideal of community.Read More

Photo Campaign asks that we reflect on war and its affect on soldiers

March 25, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

As the daughter of a man who served in the U.S. Army, I know there are many stories, memories and moments to be shared once soldiers return home. However, I also know there are many serious stories and memories that are not so easily shared.Read More

Re-election of Netanyahu could be a move toward more combat

March 25, 2015 |

By COLEMAN HOPKINS

With the re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last Wednesday, Israel made a decision with dire implications that extend well beyond its contested borders and the present day. Read More

Travel guidebook recommendations to ensure an exciting trip

March 25, 2015 |

By ALEX CLEGG

This past weeks #TravelTipTuesday for my personal travel blog was about guidebooks and their limitations.Read More

Letter: Rugby controversy needs to result in significant change at university

March 25, 2015 | 6

To the Editor:

The evening of March 18, I was made aware via social media of a disgusting, misogynist, necrophilia-ridden chant that the rugby team of my recent alma mater, our own University of Mary Washington, apparently sings on a … Read More

Editorial: Lessons to be learned from Sweet Briar’s closing

March 19, 2015 | 1

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The abrupt closing of Sweet Briar College following the completion of the 2015 spring semester, announced just a few short weeks ago, set off a storm of anger, confusion and sadness not only … Read More

Threats of racism need to be addressed nationally, on campus

March 18, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

March 7, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of a major moment in the civil rights movement. The march on behalf of voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama was celebrated across the nation. Read More

Venture out of your comfort zones, graduates

March 18, 2015 |

By SAMANTHA GROSS

I ended up at a party this weekend that was inhabited almost solely by University of Mary Washington graduates. Read More

Student artist takes over UMW campus

March 18, 2015 |

By MONA OSMER

It always seems as if our passions find us or that what we choose to do with our lives chooses us, as if it were destined.Read More

Editorial: Promoting achievements of our school, the proper way to bring in new students

February 26, 2015 | 2

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The University of Mary Washington’s Board of Visitors heard a proposal from Kimberly Buster-Williams, associate provost for enrollment management, at their most recent meeting, in which she put forth a plan for the removal of SAT score submissions for students with high grade point averages.Read More

Letter to the Editor: Volunteering is great way to finish graduation requirements

February 25, 2015 |

As the spring semester has arrived, most seniors are finishing up their last minute requirements that will allow them to graduate.Read More

The world is your oyster, right? Take advantage of school breaks

February 25, 2015 |

By ALEX CLEGG

As we begin to undertake in the meaningless small-talk that is, “What are you doing for spring break?” I would like to propose some different questions: Are you content with what you are doing for break? Are you doing what you really want to be doing? If not, why?Read More

Hip-Hop is transforming in the year 2015

February 25, 2015 |

By COLEMAN HOPKINS

In 1989, a new variation of rock emerged on the west coast that had a unique, holistic sound both reminiscent of an earlier age and refreshingly original. Over the next six years, this grunge sound transformed the music industry and all rock music thereafter.Read More

The Academy Awards prove to be an exclusive, and discriminatory, club

February 25, 2015 |

By MATTHEW MACALOON

Historically, Hollywood has been regarded as a pioneer for bringing awareness to social movements and issues going on within the world and specifically the U.S.Read More

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