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Netflix Bingelist: November is off to a disappointing start

November 3, 2016 | 1

By JONATHON MYERS

It is already November and jack-o’- lanterns are being replaced with turkey décor. Orange and black fashion is forgone in favor of earthy browns and reds and, most importantly, Netflix changes its lineup for the month.Read More

ResHall Recipes: Pumpkin Spice tea and cookies

November 3, 2016 |

By LIZZY WAINER

The weather is finally getting a little colder, everyone is breaking out their sweaters and the leaves are changing colors. One of the main things that gets me in the mood for fall is pumpkin spice cookies. … Read More

Three Halloween crafts you can make in under 10 minutes

October 27, 2016 |

By PAIGE WALTON

Need to get ready for Halloween weekend and have some free time? Here are some fun and easy crafts to make your room spookier than the rest!Read More

ResHall Recipe: Batty Halloween truffles

October 27, 2016 |

By JENNA DAVENPORT

With Halloween right around the corner, you might already have your secret stash of candy hidden away from your roommates and friends. I am all for store-bought candy, but I also like to make some fun Halloween treats for my friends.Read More

ResHall Recipes: decorative Halloween cookies

October 27, 2016 |

By KAYLEE TYE

When people think of Halloween season, they think of costume parties, spooky decorations and, of course, the treats. This is a cute and easy Halloween recipe that is perfect to share with your friends.

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Three simple Halloween costume ideas for college students

October 27, 2016 |

By LIZZY WAINER

Halloween is almost here, and like many of you, I am so excited. One of my favorite things about Halloween is seeing all my friends dressed up in ridiculous, creative outfits.Read More

Fredericksburg Civil War urban legends and ghost stories

October 27, 2016 |

By DEBORAH NGANGA

Many University of Mary Washington students have heard about the ghost of Virginia Hall, but not everyone knows about other urban legends in Fredericksburg, such as the historic Kenmore Plantation and Chatham Manor.Read More

Ghost Walk attracts UMW students and returning alumni

October 26, 2016 |

By JANAYE EVANS

The 32nd Annual Ghost Walk took place on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday Oct. 22 in downtown Fredericksburg. Hosted by University of Mary Washington’s Historic Preservation Club, the haunted tours took participants on a journey through 18th century Fredericksburg. Members of the club and volunteers took on roles as tour guides, historical figures and ghostly characters to bring the experience to life.

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UMW’s Campus Christian Community go on their annual fall retreat

October 13, 2016 |

By GINNY BIXBY

On Oct. 1 and 2, students from the University of Mary Washington’s Campus Christian Community went on their annual fall retreat. This year, the group traveled to Chesapeake to visit Bergey’s Breadbasket Farm and to Virginia Beach to participate in activities at the 43rd Annual Neptune Festival.Read More

UMW Alumni take on the Disney College Program post grad

October 13, 2016 |

By JANAYE EVANS

The Disney College Program offers the chance for students and recent graduates to work and live as a paid intern at Walt Disney World Resort for four to seven months. Staying on site in one of Disney’s fully-furnished apartment complexes, students develop skills essential to success at any job. Among them are problem solving, communication, teamwork, customer service and cultural sensitivity.Read More

Cats vs Dogs: Which is the best college pet?

October 13, 2016 |

By ANAHI VIDOVICH

It is the age-old debate. The rivals are bigger than the Red Sox and the Yankees, Pepsi vs. Coke and NSYNC vs. The Backstreet Boys. It is cats vs. dogs: college edition. I interviewed two UMW students to see which animal is the better college pet. Some say cats are mean and aloof, while others do not enjoy the strict schedule that comes with walking a dog.Read More

Electronic music class showcases the art of masking sounds

October 13, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER

With frizzy white hair, a plaid short sleeve shirt and what I am pretty sure were cotton sweat- pant-like shorts, Dr. Mark Snyder, assistant professor of music at the University of Mary Washington, welcomed a small audience to the first performance of his Electronic Music class in Pollard Hall, on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

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Kaynak Pipers of Bulgaria performed traditional pieces outside HCC

October 12, 2016 |

By AHAD SHAHID

Five Bulgarian musicians with three droning bagpipes, a bass drum, a hang drum and a youthful audience enabled a fun, yet peculiar, Wednesday evening outdoor performance last week.

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Did you know cars without decals get ticketed on College Ave? Neither did these commuters

October 12, 2016 |

By REBECCA MELSON

For more than a year now, I have commuted over an hour to attend classes at the University of Mary Washington. I have driven in extremely bad weather. I even make myself drive when I would rather sleep in. Why? Because the education that is offered at UMW is superior, encouraging critical thought and inspiring the next generation to be of a democratic and liberating mind. I was surprised when I found out first-hand how strict some parts of the university are.

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Senior Playlist: for the burnt out and stressed student

October 6, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER

It is already October, the leaves are falling and it’s finally getting a little bit colder. Even though it is pretty early in the semester, I am about ready to drop out. If the ideas of upcoming midterms and eventual finals are making you panic, I have five noteworthy songs to help you keep your chin up.Read More

Flannel Friday: trend or coincidence?

October 6, 2016 |

By LIZZY WAINER

Students have been sporting flannels on campus walk so much that is has become a trend. No matter where students look, it seems that flannels are everywhere, anytime or day, regardless of inconsistent weather.

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UMW’s 4th annual Mindfulness Week will focus on whole-person wellness

October 6, 2016 |

By KAITIE GOODWIN

We move so rapidly from one class to the next, from assignment to assignment, that we can miss a lot about what is actually happening outside of our personal bubbles. Next week, however, we are being given a chance to learn how to take time to see our environment and the people around us, thanks to the fourth annual Mindfulness Week at UMW.Read More

Oldheads against the New Wave, a hip-hop battle

October 6, 2016 |

By AHAH SHAHID and CHAD MUNDIE

Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, Imran Ahmed, 21 Savage. All these names ring a bell when brought to the attention of Millennials. While these artists are in the limelight at the moment, there has been conflict between these new acts and the people who helped establish the genre.Read More

‘Assistance’ wows audience with insight to post-college life

October 5, 2016 |

By VALERIE GIBSON

The University of Mary Washington’s Theatre Department debuted “Assistance” on Thursday Sept. 29, at Klein Theatre.Read More

Presidential race sends waves through UMW community

October 5, 2016 | 1

By REBEKAH DEBELL

The Presidential race is down to Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Donald Trump. One of these candidates will inevitably take office in January after the election in November. But first we are bombarded with television ads, news articles and, of course, the debates. However, these debates are not just between the presidential candidates, they are right here on the UMW campus as well.Read More

Fredericksburg hosts first independent book festival for upcoming writers

September 29, 2016 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

In a wonderful culmination of reading and literature, the city of Fredericksburg held its very first Independent Book Festival at Riverfront Park this past Saturday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Writers from a broad range of genres were there to discuss their works with others, including editors, friends and readers. The goal of the event was to bring together the community of Fredericksburg and authors of the written word.

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UMW student finds his way back home in Jefferson Hall

September 29, 2016 |

By TYLER POSPISIL

I walked into Jefferson Hall my freshman year, in the fall of 2013, with no expectations of what it was going to be like. Now, it is 2016 and I walk into the exact same building, heck I even walked into the same room, as a senior. The building is still run down as ever which is what I expected, but it was weirdly endearing.Read More

ResHall Recipe: easy dorm Crack Brownies

September 29, 2016 |

By JENNA DAVENPORT

I think it is pretty safe to say that, for the most part, everyone is nervous about meeting new friends during their first semester of college. I do not know about anyone else, but all I heard the summer before my freshman year were stories from anyone and everyone about how the next four years were going to be the best of my life and that the friends you make in college are the ones that stick with you.Read More

Students take up fly-fishing in Ecoliterature class

September 29, 2016 |

By REBECCA MELSON

On Sept. 19, a class full of students lined themselves on Jefferson Square. The rain poured down like an end of summer monsoon. The class of English 303, Ecoliterature, picked up fishing rods instead of pencils. They perfected their casts and tuned into nature.Read More

Author Kristen Green gives talk on her novel to freshman class

September 29, 2016 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

On Monday, Sept. 19 University of Mary Washington alumna Kristen Green, the author of the freshman common read “Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County” gave a presentation in Dodd Auditorium. All members of the university community were able to attend the speech.Read More

UMW fashion essentials focus on comfort and effortless style

September 22, 2016 |

By AMIR KOREHI

College is a time for people to grow and mature and discover themselves. It is also a time to develop your personal sense of style.Read More

Senior bucketlist: Fredericksburg hidden treasures and sunrise hikes

September 22, 2016 |

By CAITLIN WILLIAMS

Coming into college as a freshman, most of us have a set of personal goals that we hope to accomplish. For example, we have all seen the Buzzfeed and Odyssey articles, “College bucket lists.” Some of these give examples such as chugging a beer or going streaking, but others focus on more concrete goals such as traveling.Read More

UC hacks: makeshift waffle cones, cereal, and homemade Blizzards

September 22, 2016 |

By RIPKEN SMITH

Since its opening, many students have complained about the choices at the dining hall in the University Center. To solve these problems I have created a list of tips for learning the ins and outs of the UC. Read More

DIYs make dorm rooms more homey

September 22, 2016 |

By KELLIN GIBSON

DIY aka “Do It Yourself” projects are not just for Pinterest users, but they are also for UMW dorm room decorators. When students are a long way from home, DIY crafts and creations are a way to subside the symptom of homesickness.Read More

Studio 115 actors explore new characters in production “Miscast”

September 21, 2016 |

By EMILY AINSWORTH

University of Mary Washington’s theatre department presented “Miscast” on Saturday, Sept. 17, a one-hour production about actors who portrayed characters that they would never in a million years be casted as in the world of professional theatre.

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