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The Blue & Gray Press | January 21, 2019

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Activists gather at Multicultural Fair, spread messages

April 19, 2018 |

By KELSEY SHEFFER

Staff Writer

For 28 years, the Multicultural Fair has been a vivacious place for the Fredericksburg community and beyond to celebrate cultures from near and far.Read More

UMW Theatre presents ancient Greek tragedy with “Medea”

April 19, 2018 |

By LINDSEY BROWN

Senior Writer

The story of Medea is like no other; it’s a heart wrenching tale of a woman who gave everything up for a man, only for him to leave her for his own political aspirations.Read More

We The Kings and T-Pain perform at CPB’s Spring Concert

April 19, 2018 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

On Thursday, Apr. 12, the University of Mary Washington welcomed We The Kings and T-Pain. With the help of volunteers, the Campus Programming Board transformed the Anderson Center into a concert venue fitting of these two artists.Read More

ResHall Recipes

April 12, 2018 |

By MIRANDA O’CONNOR

Staff Writer

As college students, we are all always looking for cheap options for dinner. Sometimes, it is nice to switch up our options instead of eating Ramen, Easy Mac or ordering from Vocelli’s for the third time in a week. Read More

Then & Now: how campus has changed over the years

April 11, 2018 |

By GRIFFIN BOWER

Staff Writer

I was inspired to do a “Then & Now” photo series of campus after learning that Campus Walk was once a road in an Intro to Planning class I took last semester. I found pictures … Read More

Prof. Pineda releases new novel

April 11, 2018 |

By GARY KNOWLES

Senior Writer

Beautiful things happen when you view life as poetry.Read More

Is Downtown Fredericksburg safe?

April 11, 2018 |

By JESSIE WHITMER

Staff Writer
Some students love heading downtown and will make the walk every day, but some students have concerns that need to be discussed.Read More

“Ready Player One” wows pop culture fans in print and on screen

April 11, 2018 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer
I can safely say that the film version of “Ready Player One” is proof of two things. One, the movie proves that modern trailers never do their movies justice, and two, that film adaptations can be just as good, if not better than their source material.Read More

Lydia Hundley plays Medea in latest main stage production

April 11, 2018 |

By LINDSEY BROWN

Senior Writer

Lydia Hundley, a senior theatre major, has been involved in theatre since grade school.Read More

“Jesus Christ Superstar” comes to TV, appeals to new fanbase

April 5, 2018 |

By LAUREN CLOSS

Life Editor

Over the last few years, several popular stage musicals have been adapted into live television shows.Read More

Association of Student Veterans hosts 22 Push-Up Challenge

April 4, 2018 |

By TREVOR YOUNG

Staff Writer

Tuesday, Mar. 27 was a dreary and overcast day, but out on the University Center Patio a message of hope and camaraderie was being spread.Read More

Sonja Livingston discusses writing experiences with students

April 4, 2018 |

By GARY KNOWLES

Senior Writer

On Mar. 30, a group of students and professors sat around the parlor of the Creative Writing building to listen to visiting writer, Sonja Livingston.Read More

“Red Sparrow” has a slow and confusing plot, not enough action

April 4, 2018 |

By MAGGIE MCCOTTER

Staff Writer

The movie looked very exciting and action-filled, sort like an off-brand “Black Widow” as the idea behind the movie is very similar to Natasha Romanov’s background, but that was completely false.Read More

Addicting game Fortnite distracts students from studies

April 4, 2018 |

By GABRIELLA GARCIA

Staff Writer

“Next on ‘My Strange Addiction’ is my ‘Fortnite’ issue,” joked freshman Maccall Warner. Unless you’ve been hiding underneath a rock, you most likely have at least heard of Epic Game’s most popular release known as “Fortnite.”Read More

“Kirby: Star Allies” introduces entertaining yet simple gameplay

March 29, 2018 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer

Only one year after its release, the Nintendo Switch has proven to be one of the company’s most successful consoles of all time, with a plethora of great new games to boot.Read More

CPR department hosts conference addressing religious freedom in contemporary America

March 29, 2018 |

By ES HETHCOX

Online Editor

Amidst an unexpected flurry of snow and cancelled classes, the Department of Classics, Philosophy and Religion (CPR) hosted a two day conference on Mar. 22 and 23 in commemoration of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom.Read More

CCI hosts 5k dog walk and puppy party on Jefferson Square

March 29, 2018 |

By LINDSEY BROWN

Senior Writer

Jefferson Square was a dog lover’s dream on Saturday, where many breeds of dogs visited the puppy party hosted by CCI (Canine Companions for Independence) and participated in the 5K dog walk. Read More

Behind the scenes of the spring concert with CPB

March 29, 2018 |

By SARAH BOND

Staff Writer

On Mar. 16, it was announced on social media that artist T-Pain would be headlining the Spring Concert this year, with We The Kings as the opener. Read More

Lucy Rose displays intimate vulnerability with new album and tours

March 29, 2018 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

“Was it me or was it you?” is one of the simplest questions asked by British singer-songwriter Lucy Rose on her most recent album, “Something’s Changing,” released July of 2017.Read More

Game show trivia app gains popularity across UMW campus

March 22, 2018 |

By KYLE CLARKE

Staff Writer

While scrolling through the thousands of apps and games the app store has to offer, you may come across HQ Trivia, a game that has become popular among smartphone users and many students at UMW. All across campus, students pull out their phones at 3 and 9 p.m. to compete with other users for cash prizes on this game show styled mobile trivia game.Read More

Students travel for sightseeing, study and service over spring break

March 22, 2018 |

By ABIGAIL HUNT

Staff Writer

Spring break is one of the most anticipated weeks for college students during the spring semester. The week-long vacation period allows students to take a break from schoolwork and relax. Many UMW students took this opportunity to travel across the country, such as senior Rachel Hendricks, who flew to San Francisco, California for her vacation with friends.Read More

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