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The Blue & Gray Press | November 22, 2017

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Staff Editorial

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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

Editorial: Time for greater investment in students

January 29, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

The Blue & Gray Press reported last week that current on-campus construction projects are on track to be completed on schedule. The article also discussed some of the features of the new buildings, which are exciting and will surely be welcomed by future classes.Read More

Editorial: New semester, new goals from the Editorial Board

January 22, 2015 |

By BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

The Blue & Gray Press came into the fall semester with a new name, a new look and a more professional and well-rounded means of coverage. Yesterday, we launched a new website as … Read More

Editorial: A call to administration, get serious about sexual assault

December 3, 2014 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Sexual assault is an often unacknowledged problem in society, and higher education’s response to the increased knowledge of sexual assault on campuses is particularly underwhelming.Read More

Editorial: New snapchat features lacking in innovation

November 19, 2014 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

On Monday anyone that has the popular smartphone app Snapchat saw a short video from “teamsnapchat” unveiling the app’s new money sharing feature, aptly called Snapcash.Read More

Editorial: winter holidays arrive before winter

November 12, 2014 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

As the weather cools and the trees shed their leaves, signs of Christmas are already beginning to appear. Songs on the radio. Lights in the store fronts. Red cups at Starbucks. But in the middle of November, still weeks before Thanksgiving?Read More

Editorial: UMW community urged to get out and vote

October 29, 2014 |

By Editorial Board

Too often in our everyday lives do we complain or hear complaints about the world around us, whether it be at a local or national level.Read More

Editorial: Hong Kong protests exemplify millennial activism

October 8, 2014 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

As you read this, thousands of young Chinese students are partaking in an intense pro-democracy protest, demanding full suffrage for all the people of Hong Kong.Read More

Editorial: Transparency in elections is key, students should turn out at debate

October 1, 2014 |

This coming week, the University of Mary Washington will hold a debate of the candidates for the First Congressional District. Republican incumbent Rob Wittman, Democrat Norm Mosher and Independent Green Party candidate Gail Parker will meet on Monday, Oct. 6 in Dodd Auditorium to debate a number of pressing issues.Read More

Editorial: Important measures should be taken to avoid placing budget cut burden on students

September 17, 2014 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD
Last week, The Blue & Gray Press reported on the University of Mary Washington’s planned cuts in response to the Virginia state government’s $880 million budget shortfall. All other higher education institutions in Virginia have implemented similar cuts in response to lower than expected state funds.Read More

Editorial: The state of our generation after 9/11

September 10, 2014 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY STAFF

We will always remember where we were when we heard the news. Whether it was at home, school or work, we remember.Read More

Editorial: A Look Inside the Office

September 4, 2014 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

We are The Blue & Gray Press, an old publication under a new name. We are a student newspaper established through the work of preceding journalists. We follow the code of ethics developed by those before us and continue to cover the student body and the UMW community as we move forward.Read More

Staff Editorial: The Bullet bids farewell to departing editors

April 24, 2014 |

This is an unusual year for the Bullet as we are only losing three members of out editorial staff. Most of us are currently juniors and have another year with the Bullet, but those who are going in new directions will be leaving large holes in their wake. Their chairs are now filled by our new editors: Nephthalie Lauture for news, Chris Markham for sports and Tess Osmer for viewpoints, all of whom we welcome wholeheartedly.Read More

Staff Editorial: Multicultural fair above and beyond this year

April 16, 2014 |

The Multicultural Fair this past Saturday, April 12, surpassed the already high standards it is has cultivated over the years. Specifically, the performances throughout the event were versatile and enchanting, as well as organized and interactive.Read More

Staff Editorial: UMW deserves better attention

April 9, 2014 |

One anonymous Facebook account in particular, UMW Confessions 2.0, received quite a bit of attention as of late. As the site’s About section states, UMW Confessions 2.0 was created for students to anonymously post secrets they are “itching to tell their classmates.”Read More

Staff Editorial: UMW’s strive to keep students safe is commendable

April 2, 2014 |

On a campus the size of the University of Mary Washington, the threat of crime seems far-removed. The university’s signature columns, brick pathways, and fresh green lawns all evoke a sense of familiarity, and, therefore, security.Read More