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The Blue & Gray Press | December 13, 2018

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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

Top 5 Ways to Avoid Across the Curriculum Requirements

November 8, 2007 |


In talking with my advisor recently I learned that bribery is not an effective means of getting one’s RPN. I also learned that somewhere Satan himself has devised certain regulations prohibiting me from graduating in four years with … Read More

Great Hall Masquerade Ball: Renaissance Club Dances the Night Away

November 8, 2007 |


This past Friday night, Great Hall was transformed back to the medieval ages.  The UMW Renaissance Club hosted a Masquerade Ball to celebrate Halloween and participate in general fall reveries. The chandelier emitted a romantic glow on the … Read More

UMW History Through Art

November 8, 2007 |


Last Thursday a new art exhibit, “The Creative Process: History of the Arts at the University of Mary Washington,” opened in duPont Gallery celebrating 100 years of the fine arts at UMW. Featured alongside the exhibit … Read More

Student Gallery’s First Opening

November 8, 2007 |


On Friday, Nov. 2, University of Mary Washington seniors Terry Moore and Bobby Bass opened their new gallery Sights & Sounds.  The gallery, which is located at 915 Lafayette Blvd, had a grand opening party from 2-8pm … Read More

Pash Rocks Halloween Show

November 8, 2007 |


Cigarette smoke curled around a pack of unhappy under-21s who lingered outside the Loft in costumes all too revealing, while the of-age crowd shuffled past into the venue’s narrow stairwell for a low-lit Halloween show. While the … Read More

Top 5 Things You’ll Never Be Able to Do at Mary Wash

November 1, 2007 |


5. See our campus trashed by our football rivals- and trash theirs back. One time I heard someone say they “disliked” Longwood. One time. “Disliked.” Are they supposed to be our rivals? Where is the sense of competition? … Read More

GALL Brings Art out of Hiding and Into the Spotlight

November 1, 2007 |


Something sinister has been going on at UMW this year. Something frightening. Turn a corner on campus walk, and you might come face-to-face with… impromptu poetry readings! But it doesn’t stop there. You may prefer people covered in … Read More

2007: The Year of the Producer/MC

November 1, 2007 |


With hip-hop albums like Kanye West’s “Graduation,” Timbaland’s “Shock Value,” Three 6 Mafia’s “Last 2 Walk” and many others, the year 2007 has been dominated by producer/MCs.  The term producer/MC refers to an MC that also creates or … Read More

The Hannah Montana Phenomenon: How a 14-Year-Old Girl Can Out-Sell The Police

November 1, 2007 |


If I suddenly found myself $2,000 richer, I can guarantee that my first thought wouldn’t be to buy tickets to see the 14-year-old daughter of a washed-up country star prance around an arena in a blonde wig and … Read More