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Staff Writer Finds a Cure for Any Illness

February 28, 2008 |


If laughter be the best medicine, then bring on the comedy during this peak of the flu and cold season. We have not been back at school for long, yet everywhere you go you fear you will … Read More

Stephanie Goes to Hollywood: Bullet “It” Girl Spends an Evening With the Stars

February 28, 2008 |


Sunday evening. A fateful night for one lionhearted UMW journalist.

Confronted with an endless sea of crimson velvet and sparkling Hollywood starlets, Stephanie Breijo, UMW junior and bosom friend to the famous, took her … Read More

The Spotlight: "Heretic Pride" by the Mountain Goats

February 21, 2008 |


With perfectly balanced production and more diversity than any of their first 15 albums, The Mountain Goats return triumphant to the up-tempo tunes of yore and John Darnielle’s signature storytelling with “Heretic Pride,” sporting sea monsters and … Read More

Top 5 Ways to Lose Weight with Minimal Effort

February 21, 2008 |


Warning: only for those of you who are very, very serious. About losing weight, I mean. Because if you don’t lose those five pounds this week you’ll never be pretty, and you certainly won’t get the wrestling … Read More

Writers Strike Ends After Three Long Months

February 21, 2008 |


After three long months of watching repeats of your favorite television shows, new episodes are finally on the horizon.  On Feb. 10, the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) voted to return to work after walking off … Read More

Showtime Hit 'Dexter' to Air on CBS

February 21, 2008 |


A show unlike anything that has come before it, the Showtime original series “Dexter” is not for the faint of heart. Michael C. Hall portrays the sociopathic forensic expert Dexter Morgan, who cleans up the city of … Read More

Heidi Montag Fails to Become the Next Britney

February 21, 2008 |

By Charlotta Jarborg

After watching Heidi Montag’s heavily discussed debut video for her first single “Higher,” I am beginning to have second thoughts on whether or not this girl can fill Britney Spears’ shoes.

I was hoping that while Britney … Read More

Bonnaroo '08: Four Days of Music, Art and Hippies Grooving in a Field

February 21, 2008 |


Every June since 2001, Manchester Farm, a 700-acre plot of land in Tennessee, has been host to some of the largest names in music and comedy.

Bonnaroo is a four-day camping and music festival attracting fans from … Read More

BET star speaks at UMW

February 14, 2008 |


Jeff Johnson, the keynote speaker for the University of Mary Washington’s celebration of Black History Month, was half an hour late to his own speech. And he was not happy about it.Read More

Top 5: Best Superbowl Commercials

February 7, 2008 |

By Watt Smith

As a lifelong owner of Giants’ cutlery, I am proud that my team could win the Super Bowl, overcoming the Patriot’s strong defense, perfect record, and cheating.  This article, however, pays homage not to the players, but … Read More

P.T. Anderson Returns Triumphant: "There Will Be Blood" Marks the End of Anderson's Five-Year Hiatus

February 7, 2008 |


It begins with an obsession. The greedy thwacking of Daniel Day-Lewis’ pick against an ominous mineshaft fills “There Will Be Blood’s” audience and no-words-needed opening with the same captivation that drives its protagonist.

In the most recent … Read More

Writers Guild Still on Strike: Students in Despair

February 7, 2008 |


For the past three months, Hollywood writers affiliated with the Writers Guild of America, East and the Writers Guild of America, West have been on strike, demanding higher profits from DVD sales and “new media” among other … Read More

Comedic Quartet Lifts Spirits

February 7, 2008 |


“What a fantastic array of white people are here…Happy first day of Black History Month!”

Such was the welcome Comedian Baron Vaughn gave in Great Hall February 1.

As the kickoff to the Spring Comedy Series, … Read More

Lecturer Features FDR

January 31, 2008 |

By Chelsea Newnam

Jean Edward Smith, professor of political science at Marshall University, began his lecture at the University of Mary Washington last Thursday, Jan. 24, by asking audience members to leave. “When I speak at a college campus, I … Read More

The Spotlight

January 31, 2008 |

By Landon James

“Raising Sand” by Robert Plant and Allison Krauss (2007) One might say Robert Plant, now 60 years old, is over the hill and his voice can prove it.  However, “Raising Sand,” his latest endeavor with bluegrass-country singer/fiddle … Read More

American Gladiators Grapples to the Top Once More

January 31, 2008 |

By Joey Merkel

Fans of the NBC Monday night lineup (“Chuck,” “Heroes” and “Journeyman”) rejoice!  Gone are the Mondays past where the only thing to watch, or not watch, was “Battle of the Choirs.” Now when sitting down in front … Read More

The Loft Brings Back 18+ College Nights

January 31, 2008 |

By Mike Isaacson

This Thursday, The Loft will host its first 18-and-older college night since switching to a strictly 21+ format last spring.  The venue has further agreed to hold college nights once a month. The decision came after various … Read More

'Call of Duty 4' a Modern Twist on a Gaming Classic

January 31, 2008 |

By Tim St. Onge

For fans of the “Call of Duty” video game series, it’s out with the old and in with the new.  Since 2003, fans of the popular first-person shooter games have been accustomed to the series’ World … Read More

Fresh Face Successful in Gallery

January 31, 2008 |

By Stone Ferrell

It was close to five o’clock and Anne Timpano was busy introducing herself. She stood in the center of the Ridderhof Martin Gallery’s too-crowded foyer, and shook hands with a man in a crisp, black cowboy hat. … Read More

Students Recycle Clothes

January 24, 2008 |

By Annie Kinniburgh

University of Mary Washington Freshman Amanda Heathcock faced a typical college conundrum this fall: how to balance having fun with saving money. Living on a budget forced her to be both thrifty and creative. This year, … Read More

Creativity Lost in Modern Hip-Hop, Bring Back Old-School

January 24, 2008 |

By Claire Copps

Hip-Hop has stopped being about the lyrics. I do not know how many true lovers of Hip-Hop are on this campus, but Hip-Hop to me is about lyricism and creativity. Lyricism can be described as a … Read More

Juno Warms Hearts, Crashes Box Office

January 24, 2008 |

By Tim St. Onge

For a movie that takes the issue of teen pregnancy head on, it’s refreshing that “Juno” comes off as innocent. A dark comedy about an unwelcome surprise for a high school teenager, “Juno’s” laughs respectably rely … Read More

Rock Band: Engrossing or Soul-Sucking?

January 24, 2008 |

By Matthew Blakely

Now that we’re back at school, I expected a fresh start, the temperature to finally match its month, and earfuls of winter break vacations; little did I know I would get an earful of much more: … Read More

Rock Gods Battle AIDS

January 24, 2008 |

By Landon James

QUEEN, perhaps the 70s’ most famous glam rockers turned musical superpower, have returned to the studio after a decade of silence. Of the four original QUEEN members, only Roger Taylor (drums, vocals) and Brian May (guitar, vocals) … Read More

Moss Fights Racism With Laughs

January 24, 2008 |

By KJ Adler

From the racist homeless to angry Jamaican Muslims to hearing impaired muggers, there was no subject too taboo for Muslim comedian Preacher Moss to touch on during his standup performance on January 18. Students spilled out of … Read More

Ales for the Holidays

December 6, 2007 |

By Charlotta Jarborg

1. Blue Moon – Full Moon Winter Ale While their pumpkin concoction was a swing and a miss, this cleverly titled brew hits a homerun. The Colorado based Coors brewing company do a great job on their … Read More

Kindred Spirits Display Photographs

December 6, 2007 |

By Aaron Richardson

Seniors Clara Williams and Beth Wilkins have been friends since high school. They studied photography under the same teacher in high school, and now they culminate their college careers with a joint photography exhibit. Williams and Wilkins … Read More

Entertainment Section's Holiday Selections for the New Generation

December 6, 2007 |

By Matt Elliott

Are you having trouble getting festive this holiday season?  Are you tired of the same old Christmas carols and Christmas movies that come on television every holiday season?  For those of you that want to celebrate the … Read More

'No Country for Old Men' a Cohen Brothers Gem

December 6, 2007 |

By Craig Graziano

Anton Chigurh (the villain of  “No Country for Old Men”) has a Prince Valiant haircut and a pressurized oxygen tank which he uses to blast holes in anything he wants to. What he most frequently uses the … Read More

UMW Males Strut Their Stuff for Crown

December 6, 2007 |

By Catherine Wilson

Dodd Auditorium sizzled on November 28 as over a couple hundred Mary Washington students watched the finest men of Mary Washington compete for the coveted title of Mr. UMW. Hosts Alyssa Lee and Sean O’Brien introduced the … Read More