By MARY PRAUGHT
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.
By KOTY BOWEN
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.
By ALICEN HACKNEY
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.
By GRACE HOWIE
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.
By ELIZABETH DEVINE
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.
By MAGGIE MCCOTTER
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.
By TESSA CATE
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.
By HANNA LUGO
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 …
By HANNAH ROTHWELL
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.
By OLIVIA TAYLOR
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.
By MACKENZIE HARD
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.
By SKYLA HENDRICKS
High waisted jeans versus hip huggers, an age-old question. Well, maybe not age-old, but debatable enough. I am an avid hip-hugging jean wearer, but I have started to feel like I am the only one with recent trends favoring high waisted. I started to wonder which jeans were more popular on the UMW campus and why girls preferred one kind of jean over another.
By DANELLA DONADO
‘Tis the season for reboots, remakes and sequels. If you’re wondering what movies are worth watching this winter break, this comprehensive list is here to help you navigate through this season’s latest cinematic offerings. Since a lot of the movies coming out these next few weeks are continuations of franchises or reboots, I have given each of these movies an approval rating, based on whether that franchise is still fresh and hyped up or whether its overdone. So in order from least anticipated and not that great to incredibly hyped and amazing, here are the picks for Holiday Movie Season 2017.
By TAYLOR OSTROM
I used to think walking from class to class in college was an effort, then I broke my foot and realized navigating campus was going to become a lot harder. The University of Mary Washington is a long, hilly campus, so crutching from class to class was never really an option for me. I was happy to find out that the University police offers services to students who need help getting around campus.
By LUBNA AKHTAR
With classes wrapping up and finals approaching fast it could be beneficial to ponder for a few moments what is really stressing students, besides the impending doom of finals week. The way we tend to view finals week is as a game of dominoes – it goes downhill from here if we fail an exam, if a presentation doesn’t go well or if a paper turns out to be mediocre. The constant state of panic comes from a combination of our parents, peers and even our own expectations, but also from what we see on the internet, especially on social media.
By GRACE HOWIE
On November 18 at the Talley Ho theatre in Leesburg, Virginia, I sat down with the indie rock, northern Virginia band, Milo in the Doldrums. About two years ago Robert Mays, 28, began playing what would later become Milo songs solo at different open mics. He was soon joined by friends, one of which being current guitarist, Richard Smith, 22, to form a full band. The ever-changing process that is creating a band reached its current form about seven months ago with the addition of two Ryans: Burke, 32, on drums and Wisgerhof, 22, on bass.
By OLYMPIA JARRELL
The Department of English, Linguistics and Communication hosted their Thursday night “Poetry and Prose” with visiting authors who read from their own work. This past Thursdaythe guest speaker was Russell Sanders, an American novelist and essayist. Gary Baldanza, a senior computer science major attended one of these events for the first time this semester.
By KATE SELTZER
Nationwide, eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating are on the rise. Women and adolescents age 18-21 are especially susceptible to developing symptoms of such disorders. This makes college students, and female college students in particular, a disproportionately affected group.
By ABBEY BAILEY
Have you ever wished you could come home to a soft, cuddly animal after a hard day of classes and exams, even if you live on campus? UMW has a program for people with diagnosed disabilities that allows them to keep support animals in residence halls on campus. According to the Office of Disability Resources, “a support animal is an animal that provides emotional or other support which ameliorates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability.”
By TESS OSMER
As the temperature outside dips into the 30s and we all wish we were on the beach sipping on margaritas or whatever… we’re not.
By SAVARA GUNN
Woolen socks with boots have been a popular pair, since its introduction to the fashion sphere, it’s expanded from the original riding boots with knee-highs to heeled ankle boots with woolen socks scrunched up, …
By HARRY FISHER
For over thirty years, Nintendo’s world-famous Italian plumber, Mario, has dominated the video game industry, providing both gamers and non-gamers with some of the most entertaining experiences the industry has to offer. In addition to being fun, well-designed and family-friendly, Mario games do not require players to have any high-level gaming skills to enjoy them. Even those who have never played a video game before can easily pick up a Mario game and immediately start having fun with it.
By EMILY KUBE
Ever since the University Center became the new Seacobeck in the fall of 2015, few and current students have experienced meals at both locations. Only seniors have been here long enough to remember the quaint dining experience of Seacobeck Hall, and a large portion of them dropped their meal plan after moving off campus or are transfers who also never stepped foot inside the old building. Students who have experienced both, however, have fond memories of Seacobeck, in particular, brunch nostalgia.
By KAYTLYN BIDDLE
Nostalgia is having a serious moment with 80s and 90s themed trends being revived, remade and revisited seemingly every day. Shows that ended years ago, shows based on decades long past and shows chock-full of outdated references are surfacing on every media platform, but none capture a specific time or feeling half as well as “Stranger Things.”
By JACKSON DOWNEY
Students are often told that internships are a great way to gain experience for the workforce, but internships can be a great deal of work, sometimes without compensation.
By LAURA TAYLOR
Hiding a picture perfect outfit under a trench coat because the weather is crisp and nippy in the morning just to have to change down to shorts and a t-shirt by afternoon has been all too familiar amongst students at the University of Mary Washington this fall season.
By MADISON PACE
Halloween is one of the most festive times of the year, when everyone has the opportunity to dress up as anything they desire. Parents usually pick out or help with their children’s Halloween costumes, whether their child likes it or not. However as kids grow up, they get to experience the thrill of buying or creating a costume that they really want to wear. Throughout the media, people tend to get ideas from celebrities on what to wear.
By JOHN JAMISON
The sign-up sheet for group project presentation dates was passed around the room. Its journey started in the corner but by the time it finally reached my side, the only available project topic or presentation date was scheduled for next week. You get that pit in your stomach feeling because you are trying to figure out what other unfortunate souls were relegated to the same fate.
By JAMIE MCGUIRE
Many University of Mary Washington students choose to enjoy their downtime volunteering at Hazelwild Farm with the therapeutic riding program. Hazelwild Farm, host of the UMW equestrian team, offers therapeutic horseback riding for people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities. These volunteers donate their time and energy every Tuesday night in order to help these children ride. Many of them have voiced how much they love the program and how worthwhile it is.