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Staff Editorial

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

February 26, 2015 | 2


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


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


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 | 1


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |

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 |


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 |


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

Staff Editorial: Social mediums are potentially dangerous to relationships

March 26, 2014 |

Even without taking a basic communication class, or participating in a social setting, everyone know how important a good face-to-face meeting is for effective and meaningful communication.
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Staff Editorial: Arizona bill an atrocity to rights

February 26, 2014 |

Arizona is once again in the limelight for offensive legislation. Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona, decided to veto a bill allowing establishments to refuse service to openly gay and lesbian people under the justification of religious freedom.
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Staff Editorial: SGA a good way to get involved

February 19, 2014 |

This past week, the University of Mary Washington held its annual Student Government Association (SGA) elections for various leadership positions, and the voter participation only reached around 17 percent, according to the Student Government.Read More

Staff Editorial: Support athletes in Sochi games

February 12, 2014 |

The discussion surrounding the Olympic games is dominated this year by one major issue: human rights.Read More

Staff Editorial:Coca-Cola ad elicits unpatriotic tweets about it’s message

February 5, 2014 |

For most Americans, Sunday night was filled with football, beer, wings and outrage. This anger did not stem from the Broncos’ loss of 8-43; it instead was caused by the Coca-Cola commercial.Read More

Staff Editorial: Klein’s move from the Post represents changing media

January 29, 2014 |

Ezra Klein, who was propelled to fame as an in-depth columnist and blogger for the Washington Post, announced plans last week to leave the Post and start his own, independent news site.Read More

Staff Editorial: Snow days reflect senior attitude

January 22, 2014 |

The semester started with its usual bang but quickly turned into nothing but a fizzle. One full week of classes down and then the entire commonwealth of Virginia essentially shut down for fear of another “Snowpocolypse.” And boy are we all thankful.Read More

Staff Ed: White House tests Journalism

December 4, 2013 |

The role of the press is to inform the public. Whether a writer or photographer, we are here to seek the truth and report it. Pete Souza, the official White House photographer, reports news through compelling, informative photographs and his close relationship with President Barack Obama and other government officials gives him access to some of the most important moments in recent history. Read More

Staff Editorial: JFK Revisted

November 20, 2013 |

This Friday will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Read More

Staff Editorial: Sexuality awakened on stage

November 13, 2013 |

“Spring Awakening,” a rock musical currently staged by the University of Mary Washington theatre and dance department, is controversial to say the least.Read More

Staff Editorial: Christmas hype not viable for underprivileged

November 6, 2013 | 3

Christmastime began in earnest on Nov.1, as department store employees organized miniature reindeer figurines into rows, and others, methodically attached fifty percent off clearance stickers to orange and black monster-themed decorative candles.Read More