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Staff Editorial

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

Staff Editorial: News coverage of Boston bombing provides reflection on media

April 25, 2013 |

As aspiring professional journalists, it is hard for the editors of the Bullet to watch the media be scrutinized for their coverage of certain events. While this is true, it gives us a chance to learn from not only the mistakes of news corporations, but also what they do right.Read More

Staff editorial: Response to University’s concerns of Bullet’s ethics

April 18, 2013 |

In the past week, the Bullet has come under fire for a variety of events that have led some in the University of Mary Washington community to question this publication’s ethics, professionalism and practices. The Bullet staff would like to take this opportunity to, as the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics states, “clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct.”Read More

Staff editorial: Bachelor's degrees prove less valuable in job market

April 10, 2013 |

Graduation is quickly approaching and the job search is both time consuming and stressful. We all wonder about the likelihood of actually sealing the deal after graduation.Read More

Staff Editorial: Chosen commencement speakers show unoriginality from university

April 3, 2013 |

It seems that the University of Mary Washington’s efforts to go green don’t stop at recycling and modifying its architecture, but go so far as to reuse guest speakers for major campus events.Read More

Staff Editorial: Spring winds whisk students into end of semester

March 27, 2013 |

Don’t like the weather? Just give it a minute. In case you didn’t know, the first day of spring was last Wednesday, but the recent snowfall must’ve missed the memo. Read More

Staff Editorial: School spirit springs up

March 21, 2013 |

Wednesday, March 20, marked the first day of spring, and the currently thawing University of Mary Washington campus is aching for a heightened sense of school spirit.
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Staff Editorial: Spring back to life over break

February 27, 2013 |

It may not be spring yet, but Spring Break has arrived. Many students will relish the nine days free of school after a grueling week of midterms. It is always nice to be able to kick back and recover from brutal all-nighters and untimely exam schedules.Read More

Staff Editorial: Increased thefts question honor

February 20, 2013 |

Since the start of the spring semester, the Bullet’s weekly Police Beat column, which compiles information from Campus Police, has reported 28 incidents of theft.Read More

Staff Editorial: University attempts to remodel campus buildings and student body

February 13, 2013 |

The University of Mary Washington is known to outsiders as a small liberal arts school, but a recent move on campus makes it seem as if the administration wants to tweak how people perceive UMW.Read More

Staff Editorial: Boy Scouts' rules plant seeds of discrimination in growing minds

February 6, 2013 |

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is an organization that has existed since 1910; by all accounts, it is an organization that ceased to be newsworthy long ago as it quickly established itself as a part of American culture and has done little to change its image over time. This changed when the BSA announced last week that it was reconsidering keeping in place a long-standing ban on allowing homosexuals to join.Read More

Staff Editorial: Reallocation without full representation

January 23, 2013 |

The Bullet reported in an article this week that the Student Government Association won student representation on the administrative budget reallocation committee. The Bullet views this as a big win for students and commends the SGA on a job well done thus far.Read More

Staff Editorial: Reallocation’s Goal Should be Improvement, Not Elimination

December 6, 2012 |

The University of Mary Washington’s proposed “resource reallocation” is a discussion that has made the Bullet very nervous. While the Bullet is wary of cuts to the liberal arts, an unfortunate series of budget cuts from the Commonwealth of Virginia placed UMW, and other Virginia schools, in a difficult position.Read More

­Staff Editorial: Current Economic Battle Might Push Country Over the Edge

November 28, 2012 |

The Media has been consumed with the ubiquitous debate over our nation’s looming fiscal cliff and the questions associated with it. What will happen on Jan. 1, 2013 if Washington cannot get a deal done?Read More

Staff Editorial: One Year Later Ad Campaign Proves to be a Wasted Effort

November 14, 2012 |

Last year the University of Mary Washington spent over $40,000 to develop a new branding campaign for the university. The Educational Marketing Group was hired a year ago to reinvent our school’s image, and now the Student Senate voted to remove those banners and slogans from the campus, on Oct. 24, 2012. Read More

Staff Editorial: It's Time for University's Password System to Expire

November 7, 2012 |

Every 90 days, students who try to sign in to their University of Mary Washington accounts face a moment of panic, followed by frustration, when confronted with a password expiration notice.Read More

Staff Editorial: Sandy Uproots Calendar Days Rather Than Trees

October 31, 2012 |

Whether you did homework this past weekend or threw a hurricane – or should we say “a lot of light to moderate rain” – party, we can all agree that two days off of school was a nice gift from Sandy.Read More

Staff Editorial: MLB Should Follow Cycling's Path

October 24, 2012 |

Lance Armstrong is the most popular American cyclist to ever have lived, but the International Cycling Union (UCI) has said it wants to make it as if Armstrong has never competed in the sport.

“Lance Armstrong has no place in … Read More

Staff Editorial: Campus Walk Detour Poses Possible Threat to Student Safety

September 6, 2012 |

After several years of constant construction, University of Mary Washington students are accustomed to mild inconveniences and familiar sounds of heavy machinery. However, no past disturbance approaches the one caused by the new IT Convergence Center construction that has closed … Read More

A Look to the Future: Broadening The Bullet

April 25, 2012 |

Last week, The Bullet said farewell to its departing senior editors and welcomed an entirely new editing staff. This transfer of power happens annually, but rarely are the personnel changes so dramatic. Only one page editor from this spring will … Read More

Staff Editorial: Student Creativity Overlooked In University Image Campaign

April 11, 2012 |

In the fall, the University hired Educational Marketing Group to recreate and revamp the image we, as a university, portray to the public. The result of this initiative was a new university brand—“Where great minds get to work.”

However, due … Read More

A Critical Look at Two-Dollar Challenge

April 4, 2012 |

It’s that time of the year again, folks. That’s right, the time when a handful of students embark on the “Two-Dollar a Day Challenge” so they can feel like they’re making a difference, even though all they’re really doing is trivializing a serious issue.Read More

Well Adjusted to Injustice

March 28, 2012 |

Stand Your Ground is a recent law passed in Florida protecting the rights of individuals claiming self-defense. The law says that an individual has “no duty to retreat” and has the right to “meet force with force, including deadly force.” … Read More

Reconsidering Immigration After School Shooting in Europe

March 21, 2012 |

Western Europe’s trend for stringent anti-immigration sentiments have come back to the forefront of people’s concerns, following Monday’s shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France.

This shooting is the third brutal attack in the area by what authorities think … Read More

Invisible Children Raises Awareness, But is it Enough?

March 14, 2012 |

At this point, the likelihood that you’ve encountered the activist group Invisible Children’s “Kony 2012” campaign is exceedingly high. The 29-minute viral video sparked passionate reactions ranging far on each end of the spectrum, with the staunchest defenders and harshest critics each shouting their respective stance from our new-aged mountain top: the Internet.Read More

Discovering Truth But at What Cost

February 29, 2012 |

Award-winning journalist Marie Colvin was killed on Feb. 22 in Homs, Syria. She was a war correspondent for the Sunday Times, a British newspaper, for 20 years. She covered the Syrian Civil War during a time when the Syrian government severely restricted foreign journalists access to the country. Read More

Let's Not Hastily Draw Conclusions

February 22, 2012 |

The University of Mary Washington’s men’s basketball coach Rod Wood will be returning to work Friday, Feb. 24 at noon after being placed on administrative leave last week. Wood was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 15 for reckless driving and was … Read More