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The Blue & Gray Press | May 22, 2018

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Current residents discuss building pros and cons for selection

March 21, 2018 |

By KYLE LEHMANN

Staff Writer

Housing selection season is here and for those living on campus next year, it is a time of excitement, anticipation and decisions. Students are selecting roommates, whether they be old friends or strangers on Facebook, and also deciding between buildings themselves. Read More

Students react to Double Drive holly tree maintenance trimming

March 21, 2018 |

By BRIAN SWEENEY

Staff Writer

Before spring break, a campus-wide email notified the UMW community that the holly trees on Double Drive were going to be trimmed, a promise that came to fruition just one week later. While the email explained the necessity of pruning, many students still do not like the holly trees’ new look. Other students, however, have expressed their acceptance of the short term sacrifice of campus beauty for the long term health of the plants.Read More

Friend groups and others’ perceptions shape individuals

March 14, 2018 |

By JOSE REYES

Staff Writer

The thought of entering college as an athlete was exciting to say the least. On top of the liberating college experience that awaited me, I would have the privilege of arriving one week early and with one less worry than most other students, meeting new friends. Although I had teammates, I would still have to get to know them, but at least I already knew they loved the same sport as me. Besides, after we train, eat, sleep and even fart together, getting to know them wasn’t very hard.Read More

“Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” benefits teenage students

March 14, 2018 |

By GARY KNOWLES

Senior Writer

I wish I read books like “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” when I was a teenager, but I am glad I am reading them now. Over spring break, I was captured by the novel’s emotionally mature way of handling such a difficult topic as coming out of the closet. For young readers unsure of their sexuality and identity, having access to a book like this will be a groundbreaking experience.Read More

ResHall Recipes: Irish nacho appetizer for St. Patricks Day

March 14, 2018 |

By CAMERON ASHLEY

Staff Writer

When someone mentions St. Patrick’s Day, green, luck and festivities all come to mind. Since the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, there’s plenty of time for students to celebrate with friends and family.Read More

Decades of resistance: Gaye Adegbalola’s activism through music

March 14, 2018 |

By ES HETHCOX

Online Editor

Perched on a stool in front of a small crowd in the LibertyTown Arts Workshop, Gaye Adegbalola’s expert hands move across the smooth mahogany of her guitar, as her clear voice fills the room with melodies of social injustice.Read More

Encore! Show Choir prepares for upcoming performance

March 14, 2018 |

By RACHEL MARTIN

Staff Writer

Three times a week, the group of twelve students that make up Encore! Show Choir get together to practice singing and dancing.Read More

Disparity of race distribution in university faculty and staff

March 1, 2018 |

By MILEN MEHARI

Staff Writer

I am a Black student attending the University of Mary Washington, a predominately white institution, so naturally my woes of racial inequity are to be expected. I did not come to this university disillusioned, expecting an experience resembling that of an HBCU, historically Black college/university, because the disparity is quite clear. Consider the 2015 academic year wherein students of color made up 30 percent of the student body while professors of color were only 17.5 percent of the teaching staff. Furthermore, the only significant Black and Brown staff presence is either in the dining hall, cleaning or clerical staff.Read More

Michael Benson joins theatre department as set designer

March 1, 2018 |

By LINDSEY BROWN

Senior Writer

Michael Benson grew up in the theatre and has been going to shows since he was three years old. His father was a high school English teacher that also directed the musicals at his high school. One of Benson’s earliest memories is when he saw one of his father’s productions, “Fiddler on the Roof.” He remembers being terrified by the character Fruma-Sarah.Read More

Center for Career and Professional Development offers services

March 1, 2018 |

By DYLAN BURKETT

Staff Writer

Did you know that there are people right here on campus who want to help you prepare for your professional career after graduation? Most students know about the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) here on campus, but how many actually know what can be gained from making an appointment?Read More

Students welcome year of the Dog with Chinese New Year

March 1, 2018 |

By ALEXIS ERB

Staff Writer

This past weekend the University of Mary Washington celebrated the Chinese New Year with the community of Fredericksburg. There was a big turn out with people from a variety of backgrounds and a plethora of Chinese food from restaurants, as well as food made by locals that attended the event. Having a large turnout was a big deal because of how small the Chinese community is in the Fredericksburg area.Read More

How to keep a clean and professional social media presence

February 28, 2018 |

By ALEXIS ZIRPMOULIS

Staff Writer

Is your private life truly private? Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat, most college students juggle multiple social media accounts. When you are fresh out of college and looking to leap into your career, it is important to have a squeaky clean social media presence, or as close to clean as possible. However, with several virtual personas to manage, maintaining track of your photographs, status updates and videos can become a challenge- and that unfavorable Friday night selfie can easily get lost in the chaos of your archived photos.Read More

Dog walking on campus brightens students’ day

February 22, 2018 |

By LAURA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

Seeing dogs on the campus of the University of Mary Washington brings a smile to most students, especially when the dogs belong to other UMW students.Read More

Spring Break adventures: options for students remaining in the area

February 22, 2018 |

By KELLY EVANS

Staff Writer

For many college students, spring break is an opportunity to get away from the stress of school and explore the world outside of textbooks. However, this can be difficult for the students who are stuck on campus over break or are staying in Virginia. However, Virginia offers many opportunities for UMW students to really explore and have fun over the week-long break. Here are some events in the Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg area that are held over UMW’s spring break.Read More

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” opens in Klein Theater, warns audiences about over reliance on technology

February 22, 2018 |

By LINDSEY BROWN

Senior Writer

Cell phones are often an important aspect of people’s lives these days. They seem to be a lifeline to most, an essential for their social lives, or even their careers. Even though Sarah Ruhl’s play, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is over 10 years old, it is still relevant today. “You will never walk alone, because you have a machine in your pocket that might ring,” reads a line from the play, and it still rings true. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is an unorthodox story, with good lessons that give the audience something to think about. It makes you want to turn your phone off for a while and join the land of the living.Read More

Black superheroes deserve more representation in film

February 22, 2018 |

By VANISA CLAY

Staff Writer

While I am not a comic book fan, I am a true lover of film. When the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Ironman (2008), was released I wasn’t too excited about it, although it seemed everyone else in the world was. A lot of things have changed for me in the past decade, which has softened my resolve when it comes to comic book movies, one of the most prominent being the release of “Black Panther.”  Read More

“Black Panther” introduces complex themes to Marvel Universe

February 22, 2018 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer

In 2016, Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” gave us many things. On top of bringing back several previously established characters and having them take each other on in an all-out brawl, it also introduced two heroes who had previously not been featured in any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. The first of these characters was the much-beloved Spider-Man, who received his own solo film only a year later in the form of “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” The second character was Black Panther, a lesser-known character from the comics who was instantly turned into a fan favorite thanks to the success of “Civil War.” Now, just like Spider-Man, Black Panther is getting his own time in the spotlight with 2018’s first big super hero hit, “Black Panther.”Read More

Great Lives Lectures: learn about the lives of interesting people

February 21, 2018 |

By JESSICA LINK

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington has provided an interesting and informative lecture series to students since 2004. The Great Lives Lecture Series documents the inspirational and unique stories of a variety of significant people. … Read More

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