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The Blue & Gray Press | February 22, 2018

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Hilary Clinton revamps campaign for 2016 presidential bid

April 23, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

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 |

By COLEMAN HOPKINS

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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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 |

By ALEX SPENCE

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 |

By MONA OSMER

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 |

By SAMANTHA GROSSMAN

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 |

By FILAGOT TAYE & LILIAN PEREZ

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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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 |

By SARAH KINZER & ZAKARIA KRONEMER

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 |

By ALEX SPENCE

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 |

By MONA OSMER

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 |

By ALEX CLEGG

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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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