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The Blue & Gray Press | December 16, 2017

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First Fridays in Fredericksburg, a haven for art lovers

October 12, 2017 |

By ELIZABETH DEVINE

Contributing Writer

On the first Friday of every month, the streets of downtown Fredericksburg bustle with art lovers of all ages. Eleven unique art galleries display new exhibits from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday evenings. Visitors can take advantage of free parking in multiple locations or ride the trolley from gallery to gallery for free.Read More

Klein Theater production balances comedy and drama

October 5, 2017 |

By KYLE LEHMANN

Contributing Writer

One afternoon last week, my roommate and I headed out to see the UMW production of “Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike” in Klein Theater. Initially, I was about as excited to see the play as anyone who is forced to attend an event for a class would be. However, when the play was over, I was happy that I went because of the surprisingly complex and entertaining cast of characters in this production.Read More

Campus Programming and Creative Writing Club host Student Spotlight

October 5, 2017 |

By KIRSTEN QUARFORTH

Contributing Writer

A single spotlight makes a circle on the slightly elevated stage. The pool of light envelops the poet balancing on a small wooden stool, orally reciting a poem he labored over. The audience fell silent for a moment, before they begin to snap their fingers.Read More

Mindfulness apps help stressed out students

October 5, 2017 |

By COLLEEN SULLIVAN

Senior Writer

There are pitch pipe apps, animation apps, makeup apps, workout apps and any other app imaginable to occupy time. The catch phrase “there’s an app for that” gets more true every day. So naturally there are apps that are aimed to assist and destress through stressful times. Here are three free apps that focus on mindfulness and relaxation.Read More

Students visit Brompton, have dinner with President Paino

October 5, 2017 |

By VICTORIA MUNEVAR

Staff Writer

Ever wonder what it would be like to eat a three-course dinner with the UMW President, Troy Paino, and his wife at their historic Brompton home? Ten lucky UMW students had that pleasure on Tuesday, Sept. 19.Read More

Embroidered embellishments emerge on campus

October 5, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

Senior Writer

As a very early form of art and expression, embroidery has been sewn on to clothing since 30,000 B.C. Embroidery was thought to have originated in Asia and the Middle East. Chinese embroidery techniques especially are still widely spread and used today.Read More

Ask Katherine: Advice to Freshmen

September 28, 2017 |

By KATHERINE LAMB

Senior Writer

How do students get out of a fire drill? Stated by a freshman, clearly

Proceed in a quick and orderly manner towards the nearest exit. If your roommate is not up, make sure they get up. If it’s a nighttime fire-drill, knock on the doors you pass on the way out to ensure that nobody sleeps through it.Read More

Frankie Cosmos captivates with casual, intimate venue

September 27, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

Every time I go to Charlottesville, Va., I always end up getting dumplings at Marco & Luca’s on the downtown mall. This past Saturday afternoon it was warm and I was sitting outside eating with a friend when I found myself doing a double take at the person strolling by. Greta Kline, the lead singer of the band I was in town to see, was strolling down the downtown mall a few hours before the show was set to start.Read More

Personal shopping carts roll onto campus

September 27, 2017 |

By PAIGE WALTON

Being a residential student with limited, and at times inconvenient, access to parking can be a challenge when it comes to grocery shopping. One way to combat the difficulty of transporting groceries from the store or car to your room is by investing in a portable grocery cart of your own.Read More

Faculty members show talent at studio art exhibition

September 26, 2017 |

By KYLEIGH COUTCHER

At the UMW Studio Art Facility Exhibition, recently in DuPont Gallery, there were pieces shown featuring art by Deb Balestreri, Carole Garmon, Larry Hinkle, Rosemary Jesionowski, and many others​. Their pieces didn’t follow a theme but I was able to pick up patterns that displayed similar techniques to the extent that I could tell it was by the same artist.Read More

Binge-watching Netflix is not the best option for free time

September 21, 2017 |

By COLLIN JOHNSON

Staff Writer

With the stress of balancing classes, jobs and extracurriculars, many college students use their free time to unwind by watching episode after episode of their newest favorite series on Netflix.Read More

Hot diggity dog: long-standing debate continues on campus

September 21, 2017 |

By LUKE ENGBERT 

Staff Writer

Is a hot dog a sandwich, or does it fall under its own category? This interesting and surprisingly controversial question was recently brought to attention right here on the UMW campus. Believe it or not, this is a historically popular and persistent debate that has sparked countless discussions across the country over the years. In the words of Cameron Hiney, a sophomore historic preservation major, “a hot dog is just special,” meaning there is something setting it apart from a typical sandwich.Read More

Jazz Ensemble performs at Riverfest fundraising event

September 21, 2017 |

By GRACE WINFIELD 

Staff Writer

This past Saturday, Friends of the Rappahannock hosted their 27 annual riverfest at Farley Vale Farm. The event serves as a great opportunity for the people of Fredericksburg to support their community and river restoration over a delicious cookout, boat rides and live music. This year, the University of Mary Washington’s very own Doug Gately, Director of Jazz Studies, and the UMW Jazz Ensemble were invited to perform at the festival.Read More

Virginia Man performs at UMW, spreads Christian themes

September 21, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

Last Wednesday, Virginia Man, a UMW alumni christian band performed in the Underground. The event was hosted by Campus Programming Board.

Junior Nabeel Mirza, said that she overheard the five guys … Read More

The Rich Weirdos become official, expand into community

September 21, 2017 |

By OLIVIA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

From club volleyball to the video game club, most everyone can find something that interests them at UMW. There is a new club on campus whose name might not be as familiar or straightforward, they are called “The Rich Weirdos.”Read More

“Cold-shoulder fashion” shows itself onto UMW campus

September 20, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

Senior Writer

Believe it or not, the off-the shoulder trend began in the late 1800s, where Charles Frederick Worth designed large, elaborate dresses with intricate designs and off-the shoulder sleeves. Worth began what is … Read More

Personal essay: one students’ journey to self compassion

September 14, 2017 |

Colleen Sullivan

Senior Writer            

Humans fail. It’s one of those frustrating non-negotiables in life. We make mistakes, we confront rejection and we stumble. One consolation in this unfortunate reality is that the sting of failure only lasts a short while before we recover. Self-compassion sounds easy enough and it can be easy, after practice.Read More

UMW Herbarium digitizes collection for easy access

September 14, 2017 |

Sarah Goodnough

Staff Writer

Tucked away in room 109A of the Jepson Science Center, there is a little-known treasure that many students outside of the biology department might not know about. It is home to the impressive collection of plants called, the Mary Washington College Fredericksburg Herbarium. Assistant Professor, Dr. April Wynn is the curator of an ongoing project involving the digitization of the university’s herbarium, so that all students have access to this information. The department hopes to finalize the project this fall.Read More

Vocelli worker accident leads to additional delivery fee

September 14, 2017 |

Allison Tovey

Staff Writer

After an accident between two Vocelli delivery bicyclists, Vocelli manager, Steve Randall, needed to raise money to cover workers’ compensation and a rising insurance rate. Randall said that the cause of the accident was the removal of the mirror on the Eagle Village bridge. The delivery bicyclists were coming towards each other around a corner and collided. “One worker shattered his elbow,” said Randall.Read More

Bishop visits UMW for blessing of building and procession

September 13, 2017 |

By ELENA LA DOLCETTA

Staff Writer

Every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. the Catholic Campus Ministry offers mass and a free community dinner called “Supper Social” that accompanies a talk on subjects relating to the Catholic faith. This … Read More

Recipes and reviews: a new Netflix release viewing guide

September 13, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

Senior Writer

Death Note: Review

Death Note is a Netflix original that came out Aug. 25 this year. Based on the highly successful weekly shonen manga, Death Note, the movie revolves around a … Read More

UMW students visit Cuba for first time ever this summer

September 7, 2017 |

By GARY KNOWLES

Staff Writer

This past June University of Mary Washington students spent a couple weeks with Cuban citizens. Read More

Personal essay: transferring to UMW was the right decision

September 7, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM
Staff Writer
At first I assumed UMW would be very similar to my former university because they both have a small student population. However, once I stepped foot on this beautiful campus I was pleasantly surprised to find out that UMW was something completely different than WCSU.Read More

Historical floral print blooms into UMW fall fashion trend

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By SAVARA GUNN

Staff Writer

Floral designs on clothing have been wildly popular the past few years. Especially during the summer where breezy dresses, modern-day kimonos and shirts have the print sketched across like canvases.Read More

From uniform to unique: one student’s guide to dorm decor

September 6, 2017 |

By MACKENZIE HARD 

Staff Writer

Before move-in, campus is filled with a bunch of the same dorm style residence halls. The same couches and chairs, the same beds and desks and the same kitchens. It is all very uniform but it is a blank canvas for us to make our own. I turned my own apartment into a comfortable and cozy place for me to stretch my feet out on the coffee table. Along the way, I learned the importance of having a budget and an idea for how the space will look. It is much easier to decompress after a long day of classes when I’m coming back into a room that makes me feel comfortable and welcome.Read More

Living room exhibit transports students back to the 90s

April 27, 2017 |

By ANDREW BOSWELL

Since the beginning of the semester, a few other students and I have been working with professor Zach Whalen to create an exhibit that would fill students with nostalgia of the 90s. The idea originated with professor Whalen wanting to recreate the successful “80s Living Room” that was displayed on the fourth floor of the Convergence Center during the spring semester of 2015. Read More

Devil Goat Day: the traditional class competition continues

April 27, 2017 |

By THEODOSIUS ZOTOS

Grab your green or red and put your game faces on — today is the big day. Every year on the Thursday of the last week of classes, the most anticipated and epic UMW event of the year takes place. Read More

Fishermen head to local fishing spots for start of season

April 27, 2017 |

By WILL BRORSEN

As the weather continues to warm up, summer fishermen start to break out their tackle boxes and fishing rods. The Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg is a great place to fish, and the fish start biting around this time. Fishing right now is the best experience, there’s always time for just one more cast.Read More

Discussing consent is not as easy as education videos pretend

April 27, 2017 |

By LAURA MAKOLANDRA

At the beginning of each school year, the Title IX office holds a session on how partners should consent to sex. They show videos that roleplay how students might have conversations about consent. These videos instruct students to have open conversations about sex and make sure that both partners agree verbally.Read More

UMW gathers for Glow Run in honor of President Paino’s Inauguration

April 26, 2017 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES

The rosy hues of the sun began to fade as 412 people from the University of Mary Washington and the Fredericksburg community gathered near the Bell Tower. Glowing figures covered with strokes of neon paint stood at the start line, in the evening hours, waiting excitedly for the clock to strike eight. As the run commenced, the rhythmic thumping of participants’ feet drowned out the music that was playing throughout Campus Walk for UMW’s 5k “Glow Run.”Read More