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Scrambled eggs with a side of cancer?

November 12, 2015 |

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.
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The ‘Ferguson Effect’ brings issue of law and order into question

November 12, 2015 |

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.Read More

New Starbucks holiday cup spreads more than joy

November 12, 2015 |

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.
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Ex-felons battle back into job market

November 11, 2015 |

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.
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Reflection on Obama’s presidency reveals ongoing racism

November 5, 2015 |

By NATALIE FURMAN

A quick Google search of “Obama + Racism” readily reveals the rampant racism directed toward the President and his family. The images section is filled with photos depicting Obama as a monkey titled Commander in Chimp, his face on the front of a food stamp, all meant to target stereotypical ideas of Democrats and African Americans alike. Obviously, one must not look too far to see how deeply rooted racism is in our modern America.Read More

Fredericksburg noise ordinance seeks to quiet UMW students

November 5, 2015 |

By HEATHER JACKLING

Recently many students, specifically commuter students who live in the Fredericksburg area, may have received an email regarding some changes to a noise ordinance in effect throughout the city of Fredericksburg.Read More

Public support lies with Sanders, regardless of misleading polls

October 29, 2015 |

By ANDY UNGER

As we listened to political analysts following last weeks Democratic debate, almost every major news source said that Hillary Clinton “won” the first debate, from the Wall Street Journal to TIME magazine. The entire evening was claimed as a victory for her candidacy.
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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