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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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 …
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.
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, …
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
By TESS OSMER
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
By ISABEL FAUST
Who was the murderer? This terrifying question was answered at The One Note Stand’s mystery themed fall concert, which took place Saturday, Nov. 12. The a Cappella group, The One Note Stand, blew the audience away singing songs such as Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman,” “Send My Love” by Adele, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake and many more.
By KELLY EMMRICH
Thanksgiving is usually a feast prepared by your family, but heading home for the holidays is not possible for some students. A lot of people love Thanksgiving because of the food, so even if you are not going back home, you should still have some kind of feast. Whether you are hosting or doing a potluck, here are few ideas that you can make that probably won’t start a fire in your building.
By JANAYE EVANS
A wave of protests has swept the country immediately following the announcement our new President- elect, Donald J. Trump. High school and college students alike have been exercising their right to free expression, protected under the First Amendment of the United States’ Constitution. The fears that many of these students have, stems from the intolerance that Trump welcomed during his campaign.
By SHAWNYA PETERSON
As the weather grows colder and the fall semester moves forward, a new year of students are settling in to the rhythm of new friends, classes and college life, while the first stirrings of holiday cheer are in the air. For many students, the stretch between fall break and the Thanksgiving holiday can spark feelings of homesickness as they are faced with the longest stretch so far this year without a chance to see their families.
By KELLY EMMRICH
Flu season has just begun and with the weather being 40 degrees one day and 80 the next, our bodies and immune systems are simply freaking out. I am sick, and I know a lot of people who have been complaining of a sore throat and runny nose.
By ISABEL FAUST
Moving in as a freshman, especially trying to think of all the new supplies needed, can be very stressful. However, with University of Mary Washington’s long and ever-growing list of prohibited items in dorm rooms, moving in can be made even more difficult and frustrating. The list prohibits items from weapons and alcohol, to leaves and door decorations.
By KELLY EMMRICH
Last Thursday night, locals, students and musical lovers congregated in duPont Hall for the premiere of the murder mystery musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
By TESS OSMER
We all go to college to broaden our minds and our horizons. I am so happy, even though I do not particularly enjoy being at the University of Mary Washington, that I have gotten my education here. It’s been such a liberating experience meeting the people, the instructors and being in the environment that surrounds UMW.
By DELLA PREAS
A few months ago, six students, including myself, and a professor from the University of Mary Washington traveled to the United Kingdom. Our destinations: Edinburgh, Scotland and Bangor, Wales.