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The Blue & Gray Press | February 20, 2017

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ResHall Recipes: Valentine’s Day comfort food

February 16, 2017 |

By ESTHER HEATHCOX

Valentine’s Day is a national holiday for individuals of all ages who get to enjoy the delicious recipes that this holiday brings. However, one important group of individuals that shine in the kitchen are not star-crossed lovers, but instead the single hearts of Mary Washington. Read More

The Grammys wasn’t all is was cracked up to be(yoncé)

February 16, 2017 |

By JONATHON MYERS

The Grammys this year, despite what the sponsored articles may tell you, was a complete mess. From awkward comedy bits, to multiple flubbed performances, to Beyoncé getting snubbed once again, the 2017 Grammy awards proved to be a disappointment compared to its predecessors. After losing so many revered artists over the past year, it was a disappointment we really didn’t need right now.Read More

Muslim professor at UMW feels direct affects of Trump’s travel ban, tells his story

February 16, 2017 |

By NATALIE BEYER

In January, when Professor Mehdi Aminrazavi marched with hundreds of thousands of women, men and children on Washington, he had no idea that just six days later things would get much worse for his family and him. The spirit of resistance from the momentous march dissolved into utter silence for Aminrazavi, as the Muslim ban was met with quiet complacency on the campus front.Read More

How commuting to school works better for one student

February 16, 2017 |

By JOHN MARTIN

I have been a commuter at the University of Mary Washington for a little under two years since transferring from Germanna Community College. I believe it is a great experience to go through to help prepare yourself for the future and real world.

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Great Lives: Ty Cobb wasn’t the violent racist you thought

February 16, 2017 |

By ETHAN TOBIN

Have you ever wondered how baseball’s “greatest of all-time” was also deemed a violent racist, who was known for spiking his cleats with the intent of sliding in hard on the opponent, yet set the standards for the Baseball Hall of Fame? If so, you’ve got the 1900s baseball legend Tyrus Raymond “Ty” Cobb to thank.

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Valentine’s day is a day for more than relationships

February 15, 2017 |

By CELINE CHASSAGNEUX

Everyone has different feelings about the holiday that’s all about love. Some love it, some are indifferent about it, and some wallow in self-pity. But Valentine’s Day isn’t just about being in a relationship or having a … Read More

How my college pregnancy helped me reach a degree

February 9, 2017 | 1

By TAYLOR OSTROM

Ever since I was a little girl I always dreamt of graduating college, finding a great job and then starting a family with the love of my life. However, things haven't exactly happened in that order for me. While in college I found out I was pregnant, and my life has changed eternally. Instead of thinking of my pregnancy and impending baby as a speed bump in my college career, I began to think of her as a source of inspiration to continue and earn my degree.

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Mark Snyder: UMW’S quirkiest music professor

February 9, 2017 | 3

By COLE MASAITIS

“Booga-doo” is word that might not have a definition, but it most definitely has a nice ring to it. Almost like a hook in the chorus of a song, it will reel you in the first time … Read More

The Donut Wars: Battle of Fredericksburg

February 9, 2017 |

By KELLY EMMRICH

Duck Donuts opened up shop last Monday, with a post on their Facebook page early Monday morning announcing the surprise opening. Since, Duck Donuts has been packed with lines extending to the door. Throughout the week many … Read More

“Steel Magnolias” prepares to debut as theatre students settle into roles

February 9, 2017 |

By LAUREN CLOSS

Interest mounts and attention turns to the stage as the house lights dim and the actors are lit up in colorful costumes against the set. The music fades into the background and disappears. The actors begin their performance and the audience is transported back to Louisiana in the 1980s.

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How one student conquered speaking anxiety through theatre classes

February 2, 2017 |

By AMANDA HOWAR

If you are an introverted or tend to shy away from the spotlight, a theatre course can seem like an absolute nightmare. Even though the idea of acting in front of people seems daunting, I’ve found that the best way to get over a fear is confronting it head on. This sounds like a crazy idea but it could help you come out of your shell.

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From community college to UMW: A transfer student’s experience

February 2, 2017 |

By JANELLE BEHM

For many, graduating high school means entering a university for four years. Others enter the workforce. I on the other hand, decided to go to community college for two years to get my general education out of the way before coming to the University of Mary Washington.

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DuPont gallery opening plays with gender and interaction

February 2, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

“A Hot Smidge” by Sidney Mullis was the first art exhibit this semester to take over the duPont Gallery. Having never been to art exhibition opening myself, I had no idea what I was going to walk into. I felt uneasy walking up the steps into duPont hall, trying to remember the few words I learned in my art history class. All of that faded away, however, when I saw the exhibition I had previously looked on the website for an overview of what to expect, but nothing could have prepared me for the enthusiasm and emotions displayed, not only in the various works, but in the gallery-goers themselves.Read More

ResHall Recipe: a simple apple pie taste without the apple pie hassle

February 2, 2017 |

By FINNLEY GOFF

Baked apples are one of the cheapest yet yummiest desserts out there. Imagine an apple pie but without the added hassle of making the piecrust. In Virginia during autumn, there is no shortage of locally-grown fresh apples, and even in the off-season, grocery stores tend to remain well-stocked. This is a recipe to enjoy with friends or just yourself. Making baked apples is incredibly easy. Happy cooking!Read More

La La Land transports critics into a city of lights and dreamers

February 2, 2017 | 1

By KAYLEIGH RONGEY

Musicals have long been accredited with creating a deep polarity in opinions. As with every genre of theatre or film, there are die-hard fans, those individuals who know every word in every song, and there are die-hard haters with an elaborate list of reasons why no one should enjoy that genre. It is with this division in mind that I went to see the critically acclaimed film, “La La Land.”

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How one student found her self through picking a major

December 8, 2016 |

By SADIE ROBERTS

Whether you came to college knowing exactly what you want to do, or not, chances are things will change. I came to the University of Mary Washington knowing that I wanted to be a psychology major.  Many … Read More

How alone time and holidays go hand in hand

December 8, 2016 |

By YOUSEF NASSER

Maybe it’s just me, but the holiday season is one of obligation. People travel long distances to see their families, make too much food and sit around in the same room for hours.Read More

ResHall Recipes: gingerbread pancakes and banana bread

December 8, 2016 |

By RUBEN GEORGE

Christmas is filled with happiness and jolliness that gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling on the inside. These are the same emotions and reactions I get when I eat the food this holiday has to offer.Read More

Dive-In movie blows away low expectations

December 8, 2016 |

By DEBORAH NGANGA

The University of Mary Washington’s Dive-In Movie event, put on by Campus Recreation in the Goolrick Pool, received a high turnout this past Friday. I went into the event expecting to see a small amount of people, … Read More

Destress tips for finals week – puppies are key to success

December 8, 2016 | 1

By ELLIE ADAMS

Whether you came to college knowing exactly what you want to do, or not, chances are things will change. I came to the University of Mary Washington knowing that I wanted to be a psychology major. Many people told me I would never find a job, and that if I did, it would never make enough money, but even through that, I was dead set on being a psychology major.Read More

Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

December 8, 2016 | 1

By PETE TEAGLE

With the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II” in summer of 2011, many Potterheads undoubtedly wondered what would become of a series of films that spanned a decade. Thankfully for fans of the iconic series, J.K. Rowling continued to develop her wizarding world in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”Read More

Is your iPhone shutting off? Get it fixed for free

December 8, 2016 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

If you find your iPhone shutting off unexpectedly throughout the day, Apple has a launched a repair program for iPhone 6s users. This program targets those affected by a battery flaw, which makes the phones shut down randomly. Apple reported on its website that it affects a “very small percentage of iPhone users that were manufactured between September and October of 2015.”

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Professors embrace flipping the field to learn from their students

December 7, 2016 |

By MARY PRAUGHT

On a recent Sunday afternoon I met with Gwendolyn Hale, the director of the Writing Center and writing intensive program, to teach her a card game called Trash.Read More

A look at students’ favorite Thanksgiving and holiday traditions

December 1, 2016 |

By ESTHER HETHCOX

Whether it is cooking pies together for the Thanksgiving meal, hunting for the perfect Christmas tree or attending Christmas Eve service, holiday traditions are an integral part of everyone’s holiday season. Holiday traditions not only provide a festive atmosphere for people, but also build a community around them.Read More

Did the ‘Hamilton’ cast choose an appropriate venue to call out Pence?

December 1, 2016 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

On Nov. 18, 2016, Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended the Broadway Musical Hamilton in New York City. Upon entering the theatre, Pence was greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos from the audience. At the end of the show, Brandon Victor Dixon, who stars as Founding Father Aaron Burr, thanked the audience and Mr. Pence for attending. He also read aloud a statement directed towards Mr. Pence about diversity in America.Read More

Electro Acoustic Barndance brings unique variety of talent to UMW

December 1, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER

Concert 1

There were no “sweat britches,” as Dr. Mark Snyder of the Music Department at the University Mary Washington calls newly trending ‘sweat-pant- shorts.’ There were, however, a lot of black- framed glasses and plaid button … Read More

Student finds a new home in hipster nook, Greens and Grains

December 1, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER

While I’ve been home, I have been realizing how much time I have to accomplish tasks, read or listen to music and write, which took me awhile to understand.

On Sunday, Nov. 27, I was on a … Read More

An inside look at putting together the annual fall PAC Big Show

November 30, 2016 |

By ZACH WOHLEKING

The University of Mary Washington’s Performing Arts Club Big Show took place Saturday Nov. 19, and Sunday Nov. 20, in Dodd Auditorium. PAC performed 20 dance numbers with many memorable and notable performances. The dancers kept the crowd engaged the entire time as they performed with energy, passion and enthusiasm throughout the entire show. The changing moods and tones from performance to performance also kept the crowd on the edge of their seat guessing what would happen next.Read More

How one UMW student came to their faith through CCM

November 17, 2016 |

By KAYLEE TYE

Who really wants to be a “religious person” in college, especially a religion that is as conservative as the Roman Catholic Church? For a majority of my life I did not want to be a Catholic. I was baptized into the Catholic faith.Read More

UMW art class takes over campus with socially charged installations

November 17, 2016 |

By LEAH TAYLOR

As students walked across campus to get to their classes, they saw large sculptures seemingly scattered around the Monroe Fountain all the way to Blackstone. Some students may have walked by without noticing them, others may have snapped a photo. Each one of them was textual in nature and focused on appropriation.Read More