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The Blue & Gray Press | April 19, 2018

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Staff Editorial

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 |

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

Staff Editorial: Ghosts of Halloween’s past

October 30, 2013 |

It would be a sad world if the evening where children collect candy from strangers did not exist.Read More

Staff Editorial: Tailgating is a good effort to bring tradition back

October 23, 2013 |

The upcoming Homecoming weekend will welcome the return of a University of Mary Washington tradition: tailgating.Read More

Universities affected by shutdown

October 9, 2013 |

By now, most people are aware that the government shut down last week. Some students’ parents are furloughed, some could not get access to Library of Congress and some could not work on their GIS certificate. Yet, for many universities and public schools, other serious issues arose.Read More

Staff editorial: Mindful living for students

October 2, 2013 |

In today’s culture, life moves at a rapid pace. One is constantly bombarded with stimuli, assignments and obligations.Read More

Staff editorial: voting affects beyond the election

September 25, 2013 |

Every time an election is held, there is a constant barrage of “your vote counts” messages. It is repeatedly stressed the importance of every vote. It can even reach a point where the messages stop seeming like a promotion of civic duty and more like a desperate attempt to garner votes for a specific candidate.Read More

Staff editorial: Naming policy in police beat altered

September 19, 2013 |

The Bullet made the decision to change its crime coverage policy. Last year, the policy changed from not publishing any names in the Police Beat section of the paper to publishing names of students “arrested and charged with crimes that violate the public trust,” so long as the names were available.Read More

Staff Editorial: We Remember

September 12, 2013 |

Citizens throughout the nation spent yesterday, Sept. 11, commemorating and reflecting on the fateful day 12 years ago that forever changed America. While most of the current students at the University of Mary Washington were fairly young back in 2001, the effects of the terrorist attacks left an indelible impact on almost everyone in the nation. Below, the editorial staff of the Bullet look back on their own experiences and exhibit how Sept. 11, 2001 affected the lives of so many, regardless of age or location.Read More

Staff Editorial: UMW breaks even

September 5, 2013 |

Many students at the University of Mary Washington found themselves wondering why they were sitting in class this previous Monday. UMW students spent this Labor Day doing exactly what it was implemented to commemorate while family members, and even some friends from other schools, enjoyed one of the last days of summer.Read More