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The Blue & Gray Press | November 24, 2017

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Meat production causes harmful effects on environment, praises vegetarian diets

September 10, 2015 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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

Hilary Clinton revamps campaign for 2016 presidential bid

April 23, 2015 |


Former First Lady and Democratic candidate is back in the saddle again. Clinton announced her presidential candidacy on April 12, via a video posted on YouTube and on her campaign website. Read More

Republican candidate Rand Paul mirrors his father’s outlook on foreign policy

April 22, 2015 |


Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky recently announced his candidacy for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Read More

Homicide suspect taken into custody, victim identified as UMW student

April 17, 2015 |


The suspect involved in a homicide in a downtown Fredericksburg home has been taken into custody by Fredericksburg police.

Anna Billingsley, associate vice president of University Relations, sent a statement at 4:41 p.m. … Read More

Dove commercial strives to change the way consumers think about their bodies

April 16, 2015 |


For more than 10 years, Dove has produced commercials for their Real Beauty Campaign, which launched in September 2004. Year after year, they create new commercials in hopes of widening the definition of beauty.Read More

How do you measure happiness?

April 16, 2015 |


Imagine you were handed a piece of paper or told to log on to a site to complete a survey, and it asked you to rate your happiness in America based on a zero-to-ten scale. What factors would you take into consideration?Read More

Bob’s Burgers has much to teach about family life

April 16, 2015 |


Bob’s Burgers has recently made my personal “Most Baller TV Shows” list, and as a result, I tell everyone to watch it all the time. You should probably watch it right now. Read More

Op-Ed: University must address racism on campus

April 15, 2015 |


The scourge of ignorant acts of sexism and racism committed by students has negatively affected multiple campuses within the past year. With the coming to light of recent events, it has become evident that the University of Mary Washington is no different.Read More

Editorial: financial literacy should be more of a priority at UMW

April 8, 2015 |


Regardless of the time in the semester or the season of the year, the University of Mary Washington campus is always buzzing with events, promotions and campaigns. University relations, student-run clubs and other organizations are always offering their services to UMW students.Read More

Op-Ed: BOV member tells DivestUMW they are being a ‘pest’

April 8, 2015 |


When the UMW Board of Visitors rejected the formation of an exploratory subcommittee for divestment, DivestUMW immediately took action. A team of 30 students quickly assembled and flooded the hallway of Jepson Alumni Center … Read More

Letter: University standards should promote open minds and meaningful dialogue

April 8, 2015 |

GK Chesterton, the prolific journalist of the early 20th century, said, “Having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” At the University of … Read More

Letter: Does rape culture exist at UMW?

April 8, 2015 |

We would like to start off by saying we, as women of University of Mary Washington, do not condone rape or sexual assault in any way. There is no excuse for the behaviors of those who commit such terrible crimes.  … Read More

Letter: SGA vice president urges community to support divestment

April 8, 2015 |

My fellow students, faculty and alumni,

I write this letter as your Student Government vice president, a fatigued student and a concerned member of our community. As vice president of the SGA, I have presided over the Student Senate for … Read More

Media censorship laws in need of morality check

April 8, 2015 |


Jessie James Decker, a 26-year-old country-pop singer, recently began potty-training her 10-month-old daughter, and she posted an innocent photo to her Instagram account of her daughter learning to use the bathroom.Read More

Editorial: BOV should not be distant, uninvolved with student community

April 2, 2015 |

When it comes to student activism, the University of Mary Washington is brimming with passionate undergraduates and graduates.Read More

Letter: Suspension of rugby team ignores issue, prevents ‘teachable moment’

April 1, 2015 |

I am writing today, as a recent alumna, to share my thoughts on the recent disbanding of the Mother’s Rugby team. It is important that I make myself clear when I say I am not for or against either “side,” … Read More

Letter: BOV must prioritize affordability

April 1, 2015 |

Dear UMW Board of Visitors,

We write to you as a group of students from across the university deeply concerned about the Board’s plans to sharply increase tuition and fees for next year.Read More

Adopting 100 percent clean energy to save the environment isn’t as hard as you think

March 31, 2015 |


As University of Mary Washington students, we are watching as our peers fight for a cause that seems intangible and, to some, unclear.Read More

In an age of technology, museums provide a look at the past

March 31, 2015 |


With roughly 80 museums in the District of Columbia, how could one possibly see all that is offered? Museums range from art exhibits, to presidential houses available for tours, to buildings and monuments and everything in between.

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Editorial: Change cannot be achieved without campus unity

March 26, 2015 |


For the past year the University of Mary Washington has undergone somewhat of an identity crisis. From last semester’s Greek life debate, to this semester’s sexual assault debate, we remain a campus that appears divided on a multitude of major issues, as well as the process in which we take on these issues.Read More

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

March 25, 2015 |

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 |


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