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The Blue & Gray Press | March 24, 2017

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Staff Editorial

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

Guiness World Records attempt falls short, attendance struggles

April 14, 2016 |

By SARAH GRAMMER & EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

The University of Mary Washington’s students, staff, faculty and community members came together to attempt breaking a world record to honor retiring President Hurley. The goal, which was to beat the 432 pairs who hold the record for most simultaneous jumping high-fives, fell short with only 198 pairs participating. Guinness World Records was present at the event to make it an official attempt.
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Staff Ed: Prospective students not being given what is advertised

March 24, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Students at the University of Mary Washington have raised concerns regarding how dining and housing options are being presented to prospective students. Long-time UMW students believe that there is a prominent disconnect between the portrait of the school painted by the administration and what upcoming students should expect.Read More

Staff Ed: Paris crisis spurs social media frenzy

November 19, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

We have lived another weekend unscathed by the atrocities ISIS has inflicted. Beginning Thursday and thankfully ending on Saturday, of this past weekend, a total of 170 innocent lives were lost.Read More

Staff Ed: GOP debate delivers entertainment, lacks substance

September 24, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

Last Wednesday evening, the top 11 Republican candidates for President gathered at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. for the second GOP presidential debate.Read More

Staff Ed: Mandatory sexual assault course overlooked by student body

September 17, 2015 | 3

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

In light of the multiple issues the University of Mary Washington faced concerning sexual assault this past year, a few new ones have emerged, including a mandatory online course to inform students about sexual assault.Read More

Staff Ed: Catholic campus ministries activities shine light on UMW’s campus environment

September 10, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

If you were on campus Monday night around 9 p.m., you most likely witnessed a procession of students and religious clerics coming from the direction of Jefferson Davis Highway. With them came traditional Catholic hymns such as “Ecclesia Dei,” and pamphlets detailing the Catholic Campus Ministries’ activities at Ball Circle for the evening.Read More

Editorial: New Blue & Gray Press staff to grow with evolving UMW identity

April 16, 2015 | 2

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

This year marked a new change for The Blue & Gray Press. With a complete rebranding, we built off past years of the paper to create a publication that strives ever more to represent the students of the University of Mary Washington.Read More

Editorial: financial literacy should be more of a priority at UMW

April 8, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Regardless of the time in the semester or the season of the year, the University of Mary Washington campus is always buzzing with events, promotions and campaigns. University relations, student-run clubs and other organizations are always offering their services to UMW students.Read More

Editorial: BOV should not be distant, uninvolved with student community

April 2, 2015 | 5

When it comes to student activism, the University of Mary Washington is brimming with passionate undergraduates and graduates.Read More

Editorial: Change cannot be achieved without campus unity

March 26, 2015 | 2

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

For the past year the University of Mary Washington has undergone somewhat of an identity crisis. From last semester’s Greek life debate, to this semester’s sexual assault debate, we remain a campus that appears divided on a multitude of major issues, as well as the process in which we take on these issues.Read More

Editorial: Lessons to be learned from Sweet Briar’s closing

March 19, 2015 | 1

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The abrupt closing of Sweet Briar College following the completion of the 2015 spring semester, announced just a few short weeks ago, set off a storm of anger, confusion and sadness not only … Read More

Editorial: Promoting achievements of our school, the proper way to bring in new students

February 26, 2015 | 2

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The University of Mary Washington’s Board of Visitors heard a proposal from Kimberly Buster-Williams, associate provost for enrollment management, at their most recent meeting, in which she put forth a plan for the removal of SAT score submissions for students with high grade point averages.Read More

Editorial: Student activism makes significant waves

February 19, 2015 | 1

Last week, the University of Mary Washington campus played host to Virginia Power Shift, in which students from all across the Commonwealth of Virginia came together in solidarity to raise awareness for various social, educational and environmental causes.

The weekend included more than 30 workshops that informed and motivated students to take action and dismantle systemic inequalities.Read More

Editorial: The importance of the Brian Williams downfall

February 11, 2015 | 1

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

Brian Williams, the lead anchor of the NBC Nightly News and considered by some as the “face of American journalism,” is under fire, figuratively, for his claim that he came under fire, literally, while covering the Iraq War in early 2003.Read More

Editorial: Open debate must always remain respectful and constructive

February 5, 2015 | 12

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

At The Blue & Gray Press, we love to see the university community engage in the discussion of vital issues on our campus. We also love seeing these important conversations take place on our website in response to our articles. Whether positive or negative, constructive criticism is a large aspect of journalism that all journalists understand and come to appreciate. In addition, this editorial board enjoys getting letters to the editor and op-eds about issues the student body and university community find important. The discussions that take place in the comments can be constructive, informative and sometimes eye-opening. While this is true, we would also like to remind everyone that the University’s Statement of Community Values is something that applies on our website, whether anonymous or not.Read More