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The Blue & Gray Press | November 20, 2017

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Staff Editorial

Staff Ed: the staff of the Blue & Gray Press stands with survivors of sexual assault

November 16, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Over the past several weeks the issue of sexual assault has been coursing through American media outlets, with numerous well-known figures in Hollywood and politics being accused of sexual misconduct.Read More

Staff Ed: The staff of the Blue and Gray Press stands with the victims of the Sutherland Springs Shooting

November 9, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

This past Sunday, Nov. 5, marked the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in Texas history, as well as the deadliest shooting in an American place of worship. When a gunman opened fire on the congregation of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, he killed 26 people and injured at least 20 more, including children, according to the New York Times.Read More

Staff Ed: Exercise your right to vote this election day

November 2, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Election Day is right around the corner; the Virginia State Governor’s race will be held on Tuesday Oct. 7. In addition to casting a vote for governor, citizens will also get to vote for candidates running for lieutenant governor, attorney general and their delegate to the VA General Assembly.Read More

Staff Ed: Stay safe on Halloween Weekend

October 26, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Halloween has always been one of the best holidays. As kids, it was the one night we could be whatever we wanted, eat a ridiculous amount of free candy and force our friends to watch scary movies. At college, the Halloween fun does not end with the onset of adulthood, but is repeated over three nights collectively called “Halloweekend.”Read More

Staff Ed: The Blue & Gray Press stands with sexual assault survivors in wake of Harvey Weinstein scandal

October 19, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The Hollywood bully and titan of the independent film industry, Harvey Weinstein, has been brought to his knees after reports by the New York Times and the New Yorker exposed his years of sexually assaulting starlets. In the wake of the reports, the board of the movie company that Weinstein built with his brother, Bob, fired him on Sunday. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revoked his membership, the Producers Guild terminated his membership him. Police in London and New York are investigating him for sexual assault. He is now an outcast in the entire film industry, and Weinstein’s wife has left him.Read More

Staff Ed: The Blue & Gray wishes students a relaxed and productive fall break

October 12, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

For many students, midterm week consists of late-night studying and lots of stress. But as midterm week comes to an end, students have fall break to look forward to as their reward for all their hard work. It can serve as a light at the end of the tunnel for students who have just finished a challenging week of tests and projects.Read More

UMW community stands with the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting

October 5, 2017 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

Around 10:08 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 1, a mass shooting occurred at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas leaving over 500 injured and at least 59 dead according to ABC News. The event has marked one of the deadliest mass shootings to take place in modern U.S. history. Similar events have taken place recently throughout the world such as the suicide bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester and the fatal shooting of ‘Voice’ singer Christina Grimmie last year.Read More

Staff Ed: Office of Title IX works to promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month

September 28, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

For many people, the month of October is known for the celebration of brisk air and changing foliage. However, for many the month signifies the importance of recognizing domestic violence survivors and the education of preventing future acts of violence.Read More

Staff Ed: Job hunting? Let’s shake on it.

September 21, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

With the numerous college graduates flocking into the job market this spring, the stakes are high and the competition higher. The next few months will be a whirlwind for students, especially seniors, with … Read More

Staff Ed: We stand united in the wake of Irma and Harvey

September 14, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Thousands have been affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, including numerous individuals in the UMW community. For those in the UMW community who have family and friends living in Texas, Florida, Georgia, … Read More

Staff-Ed: UMW administration stands with its students

September 7, 2017 | 1

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The previous academic year at the University of Mary Washington was filled with discussions, debates, the presidential election and national discord felt even at the community level. The year also brought about many changes at the campus level with the first year and inauguration of our university’s president, Troy Paino. In the conservative area of Spotsylvania County, just an hour away from Washington D.C., our community felt the reverberations of the partisan political tension.Read More

Staff-Ed: The Blue & Gray Press says goodbye to old staff, welcomes new staff

April 27, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

This week’s issue marks the The Blue & Gray Press’ last issue of the semester. This week is bittersweet. We welcome in our new staff and start to implement some changes for next year. However, … Read More

Staff Ed: changes to come next year as Blue & Gray Press seeks help from UMW community

April 20, 2017 |

by THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

Over the course of the year, The Blue & Gray Press staff has worked hard to produce the highest quality product of news. In what could be called one of the most challenging years in the history of journalism, we take pride in staying true to our mission of striving for accurate news to benefit the University of Mary Washington and the Fredericksburg communities.Read More

Staff Ed: Big-name concerts are fun, but not when students misbehave

April 6, 2017 |

By BLUE & GRAY PRESS

On March 14, the University of Mary Washington and the Campus Programming Board announced that the university would be welcoming rappers Waka Flocka Flame, known for his popularity in 2009 with hit songs “No Hands” and “Hard in the Paint,” and D.R.A.M, popular for his hit song, “Broccoli.”Read More

Staff Ed: Satire makes return appearance in BGP’s annual April Fool’s edition

March 30, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

Once a year, the editorial staff of The Blue & Gray Press honors a longstanding tradition by releasing an April Fool’s issue to the community. This year is no different.Read More

Staff Ed: Where does politics belong in Hollywood?

March 2, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Anyone who tuned into the Oscars Award show, or any award show for that matter, isn’t prompted to think ‘politics.’ Usually people are trying to escape the oversaturation of political rhetoric when they turn on the TV to watch an award show but that ideal has not been the case as of late.Read More

Staff Ed: hate speech has no place on this, or any, campus

February 23, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

On Feb. 15, 2017, an article published by The Blue & Gray Press shook the UMW campus, alerting students to an event that has called our safety and sense of community into question.Read More

Staff Ed: Return of alcohol to Underground is good sign that UMW is listening to students

February 16, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Most current University of Mary Washington students were not old enough to enjoy the times when alcohol was readily available for purchase on campus, and many others don’t remember a time when it was offered at all.Read More

Fake news has no place in The Blue & Gray Press

February 9, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Between the coverage of the 2017 campaign cycle and the ongoing unpredictable antics of President Trump, the media is having a field day, so to speak, with the constant influx of news worthy information that has been up for grabs the past couple of months.Read More

Staff Ed: The Blue & Gray Press stands with President Paino’s statement on immigration ban

February 2, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

On Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, also barring Syrian refugees indefinitely.Read More

Staff Ed: Mental health should be treated as priority by both students and faculty during finals season

December 1, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

In recent years, an increasing awareness of mental illnesses, particularly on college campuses, has become more prevalent. The significance of these illnesses, especially during the time a student is in college, is unmistakable and cannot be overlooked. For many students, college is the first time that they are on their own and for many others, there is an immense pressure to succeed from their parents, friends, mentors, etc.Read More

Staff Ed: Editorial board implores community to stick together despite divisive election

November 10, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

In an unprecedented electoral sweep, Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party defied all odds. Every major polling source had almost unanimously, paved a clear path to victory for Hillary Clinton on election night. As of November 8, RealClearPolitics had projected a +3.2 point advantage in favor of Hillary Clinton, 46.8 to Trump’s 43.6. RCP had also predicted a favorable standing electorally for the Clinton campaign, with her resting at 203 and Trump at 164, with 171 electoral votes up for grabs.Read More

Staff Ed: Jill Stein coming to UMW shows importance of political open-mindedness

November 3, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

With less than one week remaining before Election Day on Nov. 8, the presidential campaign has fully accentuated the bitter division between conservative and liberal American public regarding policy views of all kinds.Read More

Staff Ed: Grades mean nothing without a “real world” experience to back it up

October 27, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The University of Mary Washington college bubble includes five minute walks down College Avenue to friends’ homes, Tuesday night Bingo at The Underground, massive barbecues on Ball Circle and the like, but unfortunately only for four to five years.Read More

Staff ed: Donald Trump’s recent comments are inexcusable, don’t represent UMW

October 13, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

Last Friday, The Washington Post released a video from 2005 depicting Donald Trump boasting about kissing, grabbing and trying to have sex with women during a conversation with former “Access Hollywood” host and current co-host of NBC’s “Today” show, Billy Bush.

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Staff Ed: African American museum serves as necessary and timely reminder of America’s past

September 29, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Today, American society is facing a crucial moment in history with the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is difficult to ignore such a crisis when so many have been faced with multiple tragedies and so much chaos, all of which floods the news and social media constantly.Read More

Staff Ed: Back to the 90’s

September 22, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Social media has become an essential part of the, specifically, teenage American culture. As the disconnect continues between us and our parents, typically concerning the birth of memes, a revitalization of our childhood has ensued.

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Editorial: “The Falling Man” photo spurs comment on journalistic integrity

September 15, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

This week our nation honored the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Across the country American’s shared their thoughts and prayers online, often accompanied by a commemorative photo. Many famous photos from the 9/11 attacks emerged, however one in particular, when originally published, caused quite a stir in the American people.Read More

Staff Ed: Reflecting on the year at The Blue & Gray Press

April 21, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

This week’s issue marks the last of The Blue & Gray Press’ for the semester. As we welcome in our new staff and wish our outgoing staff the best of luck in the future, … Read More