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The Blue & Gray Press | December 15, 2017

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High waisted versus hip huggers: the great jeans debate

December 7, 2017 |

By SKYLA HENDRICKS

Staff Writer

High waisted jeans versus hip huggers, an age-old question. Well, maybe not age-old, but debatable enough. I am an avid hip-hugging jean wearer, but I have started to feel like I am the only one with recent trends favoring high waisted. I started to wonder which jeans were more popular on the UMW campus and why girls preferred one kind of jean over another.Read More

The holiday lineup: must see new movies of the season

December 7, 2017 |

By DANELLA DONADO

Staff Writer

‘Tis the season for reboots, remakes and sequels. If you’re wondering what movies are worth watching this winter break, this comprehensive list is here to help you navigate through this season’s latest cinematic offerings. Since a lot of the movies coming out these next few weeks are continuations of franchises or reboots, I have given each of these movies an approval rating, based on whether that franchise is still fresh and hyped up or whether its overdone. So in order from least anticipated and not that great to incredibly hyped and amazing, here are the picks for Holiday Movie Season 2017.Read More

Resources offered for temporarily handicapped students

December 7, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

Senior Writer

I used to think walking from class to class in college was an effort, then I broke my foot and realized navigating campus was going to become a lot harder. The University of Mary Washington is a long, hilly campus,  so crutching from class to class was never really an option for me. I was happy to find out that the University police offers services to students who need help getting around campus.Read More

Increased stress in millennials from social media and technology

December 7, 2017 |

By LUBNA AKHTAR

Staff Writer

With classes wrapping up and finals approaching fast it could be beneficial to ponder for a few moments what is really stressing students, besides the impending doom of finals week. The way we tend to view finals week is as a game of dominoes – it goes downhill from here if we fail an exam, if a presentation doesn’t go well or if a paper turns out to be mediocre. The constant state of panic comes from a combination of our parents,  peers and even our own expectations, but also from what we see on the internet, especially on social media.Read More

NOVA band Milo in the Doldrums performs at Leesburg concert

December 7, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

On November 18 at the Talley Ho theatre in Leesburg, Virginia, I sat down with the indie rock, northern Virginia band, Milo in the Doldrums. About two years ago Robert Mays, 28, began playing what would later become Milo songs solo at different open mics. He was soon joined by friends, one of which being current guitarist, Richard Smith, 22, to form a full band. The ever-changing process that is creating a band reached its current form about seven months ago with the addition of two Ryans: Burke, 32, on drums and Wisgerhof, 22, on bass.Read More

Students enjoy Thursday night “Poetry and Prose” events

November 16, 2017 |

By OLYMPIA JARRELL

Staff Writer

The Department of English, Linguistics and Communication hosted their Thursday night “Poetry and Prose” with visiting authors who read from their own work. This past Thursdaythe guest speaker was Russell Sanders, an American novelist and essayist. Gary Baldanza, a senior computer science major attended one of these events for the first time this semester.Read More

Calorie information at dining hall follows federal regulations but could be triggering

November 16, 2017 |

By KATE SELTZER

Staff Writer

Nationwide, eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating are on the rise. Women and adolescents age 18-21 are especially susceptible to developing symptoms of such disorders. This makes college students, and female college students in particular, a disproportionately affected group.Read More

Disability Resources allows support animals in residence halls

November 16, 2017 |

By ABBEY BAILEY

Staff Writer

Have you ever wished you could come home to a soft, cuddly animal after a hard day of classes and exams, even if you live on campus? UMW has a program for people with diagnosed disabilities that allows them to keep support animals in residence halls on campus. According to the Office of Disability Resources, “a support animal is an animal that provides emotional or other support which ameliorates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability.”Read More

Uplifting playlist for cold and lonely winter months

November 16, 2017 |

By TESS OSMER

Contributing Writer

As the temperature outside dips into the 30s and we all wish we were on the beach sipping on margaritas or whatever… we’re not.Read More

Trendy cozy socks with boots bring comfort and style to campus

November 15, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

Senior Writer

Woolen socks with boots have been a popular pair, since its introduction to the fashion sphere, it’s expanded from the original riding boots with knee-highs to heeled ankle boots with woolen socks scrunched up, … Read More

New Super Mario game from Nintendo is out of this world

November 9, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer

For over thirty years, Nintendo’s world-famous Italian plumber, Mario, has dominated the video game industry, providing both gamers and non-gamers with some of the most entertaining experiences the industry has to offer. In addition to being fun, well-designed and family-friendly, Mario games do not require players to have any high-level gaming skills to enjoy them. Even those who have never played a video game before can easily pick up a Mario game and immediately start having fun with it.Read More

Seniors reflect on brunch at old Seacobeck dining hall

November 9, 2017 |

By EMILY KUBE

Staff Writer

Ever since the University Center became the new Seacobeck in the fall of 2015, few and current students have experienced meals at both locations. Only seniors have been here long enough to remember the quaint dining experience of Seacobeck Hall, and a large portion of them dropped their meal plan after moving off campus or are transfers who also never stepped foot inside the old building. Students who have experienced both, however, have fond memories of Seacobeck, in particular, brunch nostalgia.Read More

Wacky waffles: recipes for “Stranger Things” season two

November 9, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

Senior Writer

Nostalgia is having a serious moment with 80s and 90s themed trends being revived, remade and revisited seemingly every day. Shows that ended years ago, shows based on decades long past and shows chock-full of outdated references are surfacing on every media platform, but none capture a specific time or feeling half as well as “Stranger Things.”Read More

Students get applicable experiences from internships

November 9, 2017 |

By JACKSON DOWNEY

Staff Writer

Students are often told that internships are a great way to gain experience for the workforce, but internships can be a great deal of work, sometimes without compensation.Read More

Dressing for fickle fall weather: students share strategies

November 9, 2017 |

By LAURA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

Hiding a picture perfect outfit under a trench coat because the weather is crisp and nippy in the morning just to have to change down to shorts and a t-shirt by afternoon has been all too familiar amongst students at the University of Mary Washington this fall season.Read More

Celebrities exhibit and influence Halloween costumes

November 2, 2017 |

By MADISON PACE

Staff Writer

Halloween is one of the most festive times of the year, when everyone has the opportunity to dress up as anything they desire. Parents usually pick out or help with their children’s Halloween costumes, whether their child likes it or not. However as kids grow up, they get to experience the thrill of buying or creating a costume that they really want to wear. Throughout the media, people tend to get ideas from celebrities on what to wear.Read More

Simple guide to surviving and thriving at group projects

November 2, 2017 |

By JOHN JAMISON

Staff Writer

The sign-up sheet for group project presentation dates was passed around the room. Its journey started in the corner but by the time it finally reached my side, the only available project topic or presentation date was scheduled for next week. You get that pit in your stomach feeling because you are trying to figure out what other unfortunate souls were relegated to the same fate.Read More

Volunteers support children with disabilities through horses

November 1, 2017 |

By JAMIE MCGUIRE

Staff Writer

Many University of Mary Washington students choose to enjoy their downtime volunteering at Hazelwild Farm with the therapeutic riding program. Hazelwild Farm, host of the UMW equestrian team, offers therapeutic horseback riding for people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities. These volunteers donate their time and energy every Tuesday night in order to help these children ride. Many of them have voiced how much they love the program and how worthwhile it is.Read More

Halloween makeup highlights costumes this season

November 1, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

Senior Writer

“I decided to go as her mostly because I had all of the costume pieces and it was pretty cheap to create as a look. I did the makeup myself, and I’m really happy with … Read More

New Swift song points to possible album theme

October 26, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

On Friday, October 20, Taylor Swift released her third single from her newest, sixth studio album, “Reputation.”  “Gorgeous” is a classic Taylor Swift pop song, the track is repetitive and simplistic making the vocals shine.Read More

Recipes & Reviews: shockingly entertaining shows for Halloween

October 26, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

Senior Writer

“Castlevania” Review

“Great video games do not make great films” is a general rule of thumb that most audiences have discovered through previous commercial flops. “Castlevania” was on the verge of becoming another … Read More

Ask Katherine

October 26, 2017 |

By KATHERINE LAMB
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Students visit unique local haunted house, Maze of Darkness

October 26, 2017 |

By ZACHARY STRADER

Staff Writer

An eerie gloom has fallen over Central Park’s Fun Land, the locally-owned and operated family entertainment center located just minutes from campus. On Thursday through Saturday evenings in late October, brave souls are welcome to attempt to find their way out of the brand new and very aptly named haunted house, Maze of Darkness.Read More

Chilling “It” remake impresses audiences following dated series

October 26, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer

In 1986, acclaimed horror novel writer, Stephen King, terrified the world with one of his most famous stories, “It.” The story is set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, a town that is haunted by a shape-shifting demonic clown known as Pennywise.Read More

John Green novel conveys complexities of mental illness

October 19, 2017 |

By ARIANA BARRETT

Staff Writer

On Oct. 11, George Washington University’s bookstore and coffee house, “Politics and Prose,” hosted author John Green’s second stop on his book tour. He was promoting his new book “Turtles All the Way Down,” which had just been released the day before.Read More

Death from Above reverses writing technique for new album

October 19, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

Punk-rock duo, Death from Above, is back with a new album. It’s been three years since their last full release which followed a five-year hiatus. This band has been around for a while and while there’s no guarantee they’re around to stay, the newest album, “Outrage! Is Now” is a nice treat. This album came almost out of nowhere, it was released on Sept. 8 after only being announced three weeks earlier.Read More

Contemplative studies meshes intellectual and personal growth

October 19, 2017 |

By COLLEEN SULLIVAN 

Senior Writer

Information learned in school is often applied solely in practicum, jobs or internships. Contemplative studies, unlike other programs, is directly applied alongside the learning process, rather than only afterwards. This minor is centered upon meditation and contemplation in everyday life, which is both a personal and intellectual skill. Five years ago, a contemplative practice class started being offered by professors David Ambuel and Angela Pitts and many students were eager to become involved.Read More

Ask Katherine

October 12, 2017 |

By KATHERINE LAMB

Senior Writer

There’s a person in one of my lectures who constantly has something to say that isn’t necessarily directly related to the topics we discuss in class. They also have a somewhat aggressive tone when speaking and often interrupt the professor. The professor, I know, tries to limit distractions but I feel they aren’t limiting appropriately or well enough. Others in the class feel the same way as I do. How should I approach the situation?Read More

Nostalgic TV show themed beverages for binge-watching

October 12, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

Senior Writer

Magic School Bus Rides Again

Netflix is on a roll with its remakes recently and “The Magic School Bus Rides Again” is its newest addition. With two new main characters, a remake of the theme song and a brand new animation style, there is a lot to take in for someone who grew up watching the original show. Although this show is meant for younger kids interested in science and not the nostalgic twenty-somethings that want to feel little again  , I can only judge based on how it holds up to what I remember as being the best science show (second only to Bill Nye) that I watched on roll out VCR carts.Read More

Marvel vs DC: the battle on the big screen continues

October 12, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer

Fans of comic book movies have been treated well in recent months. DC Comics took the world by surprise back in June with “Wonder Woman,” their biggest hit yet, but Marvel Comics fans have still been getting their fill with the likes of “Guardians of the Galaxy” Vol. 2 and “Spider-Man Homecoming” back in June. However, the excitement didn’t end over the summer. With Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and DC’s “Justice League” both coming out next month, the hype train is still rolling and likely won’t stop anytime soon.Read More