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The Blue & Gray Press | February 19, 2018

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Roommates may be bad for your skin, experts say

February 15, 2018 |

By JACK POLLARD

Staff Writer

Roommates; everyone has them. Living in close quarters with a friend or complete stranger is an integral part of life at college. The transition of adapting to another person’s schedule and living habits can be challenging, however, and for some people that are forced to change beauty regimens 18 years in the making, it begs the question:  Is your roommate bad for your skin? Read More

Inspirational playlist to revamp failing resolutions

February 15, 2018 |

By MARY PRAUGHT

Staff Writer

With January over and February moving steadily along, it’s the time of year when many people start slacking off on resolutions for 2018. From giving up on going to the gym to “accidentally” finishing off a bag of Chili Lime Takis one night while watching “Friends,” countless “new year, new me” plans are being abandoned with the first two months of the year. But, no matter how your year has gone so far, it’s never too late for a fresh start. Rather than waiting another 10 months to recommit to your goals, just listen to these songs and I’m sure they’ll give you the attitude boost to come back stronger than ever.Read More

COAR’s Variety Show raises money and showcases talent

February 15, 2018 |

By KOTY BOWEN

Staff Writer

On February 9, members of the University of Mary Washington and Fredericksburg communities gathered in Dodd Auditorium to witness the Variety Show, an event that showcases the talent of UMW students.  The entertainment ranged from debuts of original songs to the thrill and excitement of intricate dance teams.Read More

Baristas best creative coffee and seasonal specials

February 15, 2018 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY

Staff Writer

Most coffee shops have an array of potential drink combinations beyond their typical menu and Blackstone is no exception. When seeking a creative alternative to your regular order, it is always helpful to take some advice from the experts. Read More

VA Vibes: Artist Erik Phillips releases new album “One”

February 8, 2018 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

On February 3, I sat down with Erik Phillips at Hyperion Espresso. The Fredericksburg native now lives in Richmond, but still comes back most weekends.Read More

Shops and entertainment debut in downtown Fredericksburg

February 8, 2018 |

By ELIZABETH DEVINE

Staff Writer

Although downtown Fredericksburg is steeped in history, it is constantly experiencing change. Strolling down Caroline Street, it’s hard not to notice all the updated storefronts and new businesses. If you’re new to Mary Washington, or are just looking for a fun day with your friends, get off campus and check out what’s new downtown.Read More

Political Poets Collective sponsors Resistance Through Poetry event

February 8, 2018 |

By MAGGIE MCCOTTER

Staff Writer

An empty stage with a single microphone sits at the front of the Underground. The atmosphere is set with background music centered around resistance and triumph. Members of the community, as well as UMW students, anxiously await the demonstration of resistance.Read More

Ashleigh DiBenedetto to star in upcoming UMW theatre production

February 8, 2018 |

By TESSA CATE

Managing Editor

In the midst of final exams last December, the UMW theatre department was just beginning what would be their first mainstage production of the new year: “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.” On top of their group projects, papers, presentations and exams, UMW theatre students prepared for auditions and planned out their next semester – an early testament to the time and effort put into this piece of art. Read More

Student art featured at Gallery VC

February 7, 2018 |

By HANNA LUGO

Staff Writer

On Friday, February 2, the Fredericksburg Visitor Center hosted the opening of the Gallery VC, an exhibition of student artwork from the University of Mary Washington. This month, the gallery revolves around the theme … Read More

Students attend 45th March for Life in Washington D.C.

February 1, 2018 |

By HANNAH ROTHWELL

Staff Writer

It was a warm and sunny day in the middle of January. The weather felt out of place, but was welcomed. People from all walks of life traveled far and wide to gather in downtown D.C. As soon as they stepped out of the Smithsonian Metro Station, they were greeted by smiling faces handing out bright green signs saying “Choose love. Choose life” and inviting them to join the crowd that was rapidly amassing.Read More

The One Note Stand ends the ICCAs on a high note

February 1, 2018 |

By OLIVIA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

This past Saturday, one of the UMW acapella groups, One Note Stand, competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal at George Washington University. This event brought together 10 acapella groups from around the region to compete for the chance to advance and perform in the semifinal competition in Philadelphia.Read More

Students join protest at Women’s March on Washington

February 1, 2018 |

By MACKENZIE HARD

Staff Writer

This past weekend, thousands of women, men and children gathered around the Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C. for the second annual Women’s March on Washington. This event began to advance peaceful and positive progress within communities across the country, along with the goal of ensuring that all women and their allies are involved with civic and political roles.Read More

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