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The Blue & Gray Press | February 19, 2018

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Staff Editorial

Staff Editorial: Fredericksburg Bookstores Reach Final Chapters

September 21, 2011 |

“Does no one read anymore?  What kind of hell-town is this?” was the reaction of our faculty adviser, as he reflected on the current lack of book stores in the Fredericksburg area.Read More

Houston: We've Got Financial Problems

September 14, 2011 |

The budget crisis has affected all areas of government, but there are few agencies that have seen the tangible effects quite as strongly as NASA.

According to the Los Angeles Times, congressional budget concerns are leading many experts to … Read More

Staff Editorial: A Decade Later, The Bullet Staff Remembers September 11

September 8, 2011 |

A decade after the September 11th attacks, most Americans are able to recall the dichotomy of images from that day. The terror and gratuitous violence that surrounded the events that unfolded, as well as tales of hope and heroism that … Read More

Staff Editorial: Historic Year at Mary Washington

April 20, 2011 |

It’s been an exciting year of transition at UMW, and here at the Bullet, we’ve tried to keep up with all the changes. From ushering in a new president to defining the school’s future via the redesigned Master Plan, the … Read More

Staff Editorial: On Our Coverage of the Drug Arrests

October 20, 2010 |

In the five days since the Bullet posted a news article online about 15 drug arrests, the story has generated over 100 comments worth of emotionally heightened debate between students, parents, alumni and community members.  Readers are still questioning, … Read More

Staff Editorial: Blue Lights Dim as Safety Option

September 15, 2010 |

With 139 blue lights on a campus that is relatively small compared to the rest of the collegiate world, UMW has seemingly put safety first.

However, the recent gunman scare downtown has brought the idea of safety to the forefront … Read More

Bullet Fed Up with Internet Outages

November 11, 2009 |

On Monday morning students on campus and in the surrounding area experienced Internet outages…again. Apogee confirmed via e-mail that the outage lasted from around 7:28 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and was caused by a fiber cut, though the location of … Read More

November 4, 2009 |

Paying tuition online with credit cards through EaglePAY, UMW’s online payment system, is convenient. With the click of the mouse, payment is immediately verified and visible on the computer screen. There is no trip to the cashier’s window in Lee … Read More

Swine Flu is Not a National Emergency

October 28, 2009 |

As of this week, swine flu is a national emergency, a move by President Obama that’s more of a formality than anything else, despite the dire-sounding name. Officially, the declaration gives Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelious the … Read More

Staff Editorial: UMW Employees Deserve Recognition for Enthusiasm

October 21, 2009 |

As much as we love to point our grubby, ink-stained fingers at various campus injustices, we here at the Bullet aren’t above showering praise on deserving culprits of goodwill. Unlike faculty who receive feedback via and administrators who receive … Read More

Campus Safety Walk Shows Problems in Security Despite Blue Light Improvements

October 7, 2009 |

The administration is making an effort to make our campus safer, even if it is one baby step at a time. The annual Safety Walk, which occurred on Wednesday Sept. 30 led by Judy Hample herself, was an alleged success.

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Polanski Did the Crime and Should Do the Time

September 30, 2009 |

Since Roman Polanski’s arrest in Zurich on Sunday, people have come out in force to defend a man who raped a 13-year-old girl.

We’ll say that again: people have come out to defend a man who raped a 13-year-old girl.

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Construction Projects Proceed on Time and Will Benefit Students

September 23, 2009 |

As the pile of dirt in front of Eagle Village gets smaller and smaller, students seem to be more and more excited about all the construction changes on campus.

When construction began on the Eagle Village apartments, we snickered at … Read More

Public Figures Should Give Public Apologies for Their Indiscretions

September 16, 2009 |

Apologizing is one of the first things we learn to do as children. When we mess up, we’re told to say we’re sorry and do what we can to rectify the situation.

In recent months, politicians and celebrities alike have … Read More

UMW Begins Year with Improvements

September 9, 2009 |

Complaining about the administration is a time-honored tradition at UMW, and the Bullet admittedly loves to participate. But none of us would be here if they really never got anything right, and this semester, UMW has had a particularly … Read More

Hample, Obama, Brown: UMW's Year in Review

April 22, 2009 |

Image of Sen. Obama at UMW
It’s been a remarkable year for Mary Washington, and the Bullet has strived to inform and entertain you through every step of the way.

The end of the 2007-2008 school year marked an end of transition: UMW was starting its second century of existence with its first female university president. That summer, a controversial new wrought-iron fence was installed on William Street. We were ready to move forward.
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Texting and Smoking Bans Need Beefing Up

March 26, 2009 |

Laws and rules affect college students in many ways, from the classroom syllabus to getting arrested for not-so-brilliant weekend decisions.

In these first few months 2009, several laws have been passed by the Virginia General Assembly that will surely have … Read More

Staff Editorial: Does Facebook Deserve the Rights to Your Photos?

February 26, 2009 |

Earlier this month, Facebook, the social-networking site on steroids, instituted an addition to their privacy act in their terms of service agreement that rightfully sent many users into a small panic.

Facebook was immediately claiming total licensing and ownership of … Read More

Staff Editorial: Eagles' Nest Late Night Needs Practical Change

February 19, 2009 |

The Late Night food service at the Nest has started checking IDs and giving wristbands to prevent underage drinking in the Eagles’ Nest.

While preventing underage drinking is a reasonable and expected goal for the University, this new policy does … Read More

Staff Editorial: Avoiding Sterotypings during Black History Month

February 5, 2009 |

February is Black History Month, and UMW is very prepared.

There is a schedule full of events that are supposed to speak to Mary Washington students of all races about the history and culture of the black community.

And seeing … Read More

A Trailer is not a Proper Classroom

February 5, 2009 |

At a time when leaders are making sacrifices in Washington, on Wall Street and during plane crashes on the Hudson River, it’s time for the UMW administration to follow suit.

To show your leadership, we have a modest proposal: put … Read More

Where Will Clinton Fit in Obama’s Plan?

November 20, 2008 |

Word on the street is that President-elect Barack Obama’s administration is vetting Hillary Clinton for secretary of state. If that’s not a blow to Clinton’s ego, we’re not really sure what would be. After eight years as First Lady and … Read More

United We Should Stand

November 6, 2008 |

On Tuesday night, UMW held its breath with the rest of America to see who would be elected as the country’s 44th president. Candidates spent millions of dollars on campaigning, people representing numerous political ideologies did their best to persuade … Read More

The Bullet, Along with Diddy, Wants you to Vote

October 30, 2008 |

In the immortal words of a t-shirt worn by (P.) Diddy in 2004: “Vote or Die.”

Whether you’ve been registered for years, or just filled out an application to get an obnoxious canvasser on campus walk to leave you alone, … Read More

Police Owe the Bullet and UMW an Explanation

October 23, 2008 |

Two weeks ago, the Police Beat had its dream story.

Close to 3000 copies of the Bullet were taken from their drop-off location and thrown in the dumpster behind the Woodard Campus Center. UMW Police have come up with no … Read More

Eagle’s Nest Satisfies

October 9, 2008 |

At last!

The beautiful, glorious moment of truth that every middle school, high school and college student dreams of has come.

No, not graduation. That can wait.

We’re referring to the discovery of a cockroach, or Periplaneta americana, in a … Read More

Saturday’s Rally Is a Victory for UMW

October 2, 2008 |

Last Saturday’s rally for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his running mate Joe Biden was more than just recitation of stale political rhetoric. While Obama and Biden’s speeches were laden with stale references to the middle class and change, … Read More

Dwindling Economy will Affect Job-Seekers

September 18, 2008 |

The slow economy has its effects on everyone, including students and faculty at the University of Mary Washington.

Paychecks stay without raises, but food and gas prices are on a teeter-tottering incline.

Though the price per barrel fell briefly toward … Read More

Pop-Culture Columnist Releases Debut Novel

September 11, 2008 |


Tired of the age-old “So a guy walks into a bar…” joke? Imagine if that joke was your life every night in a small North Dakota faming town, where you have nothing to do but drink … Read More

Staff Editorial

September 11, 2008 |

To push America towards a greener future, President Obama plans to subsidize the production of corn-based ethanol fuel. The new fuel is supposed to stop our dependence on foreign oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs in the Midwest. … Read More