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The Blue & Gray Press | September 21, 2017

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The affects of DACA at UMW

September 21, 2017 | 1

By OLIVIA BRIDGES

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington is home to approximately four thousand undergraduate students according to UMW’s webpage. However, less than six months from now, eight students will no longer be able to continue their education as a result of President Trump’s executive order to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, otherwise known as the Dream Act.Read More

Community unites in the face of hate

September 21, 2017 | 2

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE 

News Editor 

Responding to the hateful and violent acts that have been taking place throughout the country, various UMW student leaders decided to hold an event that would give students a platform to unite under. On Tuesday, the one month anniversary of the Charlottesville incident, about 75 members of the Mary Washington and Fredericksburg community gathered in front of Lee Hall to participate in the UMW Speaks Out Against White Supremacy rally.Read More

Hot diggity dog: long-standing debate continues on campus

September 21, 2017 |

By LUKE ENGBERT 

Staff Writer

Is a hot dog a sandwich, or does it fall under its own category? This interesting and surprisingly controversial question was recently brought to attention right here on the UMW campus. Believe it or not, this is a historically popular and persistent debate that has sparked countless discussions across the country over the years. In the words of Cameron Hiney, a sophomore historic preservation major, “a hot dog is just special,” meaning there is something setting it apart from a typical sandwich.Read More

Men’s soccer defeats Roanoke College

September 20, 2017 |

By LAURA TAYLOR 

Staff Writer

Mary Washington men’s soccer was able to able to win against Roanoke College on Saturday as the two teams faced off at the Battleground. With just five minutes of the game remaining, a freshman, Jeremy Hokenson, scored. Which settled the score at a 2 to 1 victory over Roanoke.Read More

White House should stay out of Jemele Hill tweeting controversy

September 20, 2017 |

By ALLISON TOVEY

Staff Writer

On Monday Sept. 11, Jemele Hill, a host of ESPN’s SportsCenter, posted a series of tweets speaking out about Donald Trump and the bigotry that he has expressed time and time again.Read More

Possible firearms club sparks controversy at UMW

September 14, 2017 | 2

By HANNAH GALEONE 

Senior Writer

The University of Mary Washington has over 150 different clubs and organizations, adding new ones each year. However this school year the university has seen interest from some students on campus, to create a … Read More

UMW Herbarium digitizes collection for easy access

September 14, 2017 |

Sarah Goodnough

Staff Writer

Tucked away in room 109A of the Jepson Science Center, there is a little-known treasure that many students outside of the biology department might not know about. It is home to the impressive collection of plants called, the Mary Washington College Fredericksburg Herbarium. Assistant Professor, Dr. April Wynn is the curator of an ongoing project involving the digitization of the university’s herbarium, so that all students have access to this information. The department hopes to finalize the project this fall.Read More

Official Greek life would harm UMW community

September 13, 2017 | 4

By VICTORIA MUNEVAR

Last year in the official UMW Class of 2020 Facebook group, several students started a petition to officiate Greek life on campus. This sparked a heated debate in the comments section, among students who had polarizing opinions on the issue.Read More

Got served: UMW Volleyball fails to get a win at the UMW Invitational

September 13, 2017 |

By OLIVIA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington Women’s Volleyball team is coming off of a spectacular 2016 season, where they earned the title of Capital Athletic Conference Champions and made it to the NCAA … Read More

NFL week 1 predictions and analysis

September 7, 2017 |

By ZACHARY WOHLEKING

Staff Writer

After much anticipation, the NFL has returned and fans everywhere are ready to celebrate by holding down a spot on the couch all Sunday long. Read More

Taylor Swift’s reputation: from America’s sweetheart to queen of the snake emoji

September 7, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON

Staff Writer

Few celebrities are as image conscious as Taylor Swift. At twenty-seven years old, she is a multi-millionaire and internationally known celebrity. One might even call Swift infamous due to the polarizing public opinions surrounding her music and her personal life. Swift is known for playing the victim, or, is alternatively, America’s sweetheart.Read More

UMW students visit Cuba for first time ever this summer

September 7, 2017 |

By GARY KNOWLES

Staff Writer

This past June University of Mary Washington students spent a couple weeks with Cuban citizens. Read More

Women’s Lacrosse Awaits Bid to NCAA Tournament Following Amazing Season

April 27, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

The women’s lacrosse team has had a landmark season this year. It has been one of the most successful since recent years. They made it to the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference, where they faced their personal team to beat, Salisbury. It marked their first shutout game since 1987 against Southern Virginia and on senior day no less.Read More

Review of court records reveals disheartening actions taken by leaders in athletic department

April 27, 2017 | 16

By ESTER SALGUERO

In March, Juliette Landphair, Vice President for Student Affairs, sent out a statement on behalf of the university and its staff announcing that the University of Mary Washington settled a lawsuit with Jasmine Orsted. A former student, who said that she felt racially discriminated against after being cut from the women’s basketball team before her tryout date.Read More

Mistep of inquiry in residential use of marijuana leads to student scare

April 26, 2017 |

By VIRGINIA BIXBY

Sophomore Ariana Barrett and her roommate were looking forward to a fun evening at the Waka Flocka Flame spring concert featuring D.R.A.M. Before the concert, they wanted to stop by their dorm room. On their way to the second floor the area coordinator remarked that there was a strong smell of marijuana. Barrett agreed, without actually saying so out loud, but she thought it smelled like someone was smoking pot.Read More

Students: Lodge university-related complaints in a constructive manner

April 26, 2017 |

By LAUREN CLOSS

High school students participating in the “Shadow a Student” opportunity at UMW are often met with discouraging comments. One high school student met my friends and other peers in my classes. The student was immediately hit with their apologies about how boring the class was, how the professor didn’t explain a concept enough or how difficult the current homework project. I swooped in to reassure the student that professors are great about answering questions during office hours, how classes are very interesting and that hardworking students can still get an A.Read More

UMW gathers for Glow Run in honor of President Paino’s Inauguration

April 26, 2017 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES

The rosy hues of the sun began to fade as 412 people from the University of Mary Washington and the Fredericksburg community gathered near the Bell Tower. Glowing figures covered with strokes of neon paint stood at the start line, in the evening hours, waiting excitedly for the clock to strike eight. As the run commenced, the rhythmic thumping of participants’ feet drowned out the music that was playing throughout Campus Walk for UMW’s 5k “Glow Run.”Read More

Sudden end to security contract at Eagle Landing leaves front desk attendant postion vacant

April 26, 2017 |

By HALEY SPENCER

Before April 1, The University of Mary Washington held a contract with Allied Barton Security Inc, an internal security force. UMW employed officers from this company to man the front desk at Eagle Landing after midnight and on weeknights.Read More

Seacobeck nostalgia drives students to take souvenirs causing spike in campus stats of crime reports

April 25, 2017 |

By CHEYENNE ROLLINS

It’s a widely known secret among the students. Sometimes the doors to Seacobeck Hall are left open, other times they are not, and it just takes a jiggle of the doorknob to find out. If the door … Read More

Won 4 Wesley: the lasting impact of UMW’s honorary Eagle

April 20, 2017 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

Hundreds gathered at Barnesfield Park in King George, Virginia on Monday to celebrate the life of 22- year-old Wesley Berry, who passed away on Thursday, April 13 after a 10-year battle with brain cancer, the same number he wore on the baseball field. Country music filled the air as loved ones gathered on the infield of the baseball field to honor their inspirational figure and honorary Eagle.Read More

Students react to United controversy

April 20, 2017 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

On April 9, 2017, O’Hare International Airport police forcibly had removed passenger David Dao from United Flight 3411 after he refused to exit the airplane upon the demand of management. Dao screamed as officers pulled him out of his seat, and his face hit an armrest during the struggle.Read More

Partnership between UMW and GMU leads to “The 3+3 Accelerated Program” for law

April 20, 2017 |

By AMANDA HOWAR

The University of Mary Washington has a new pathway for students interested in law. Teaming up with George Mason University, starting in the fall semester of 2017, UMW has created an accelerated pathway into the Antonin Scalia Law School called “The 3+3 Accelerated Program” for UMW students. It was created by Richard Finkelstein, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Henry Butler, dean and professor of law at the Antonin Scalia Law School.Read More

Millions of dollars left over annually from unused flex money

April 19, 2017 | 1

By KELLY EMMRICH & ABIGAIL WHITTINGTON

At the end of spring 2016, University of Mary Washington student, Nick Atwell had roughly $130 of flex left over. He used that money to buy 12 large pizzas to feed his stressed peers during exam week. Atwell ends every year with an abundance of flex because he chooses to eat in the University Center dining hall, where he can eat healthy options for only a meal swipe. Despite mostly relying on meal swipes to feed him, Atwell still ends each year with about 30 unused swipes.Read More

UMW Style: the characters of ‘Macbeth’ show off medieval Scottish couture

April 13, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

“My attire just got an upgrade actually because I recently killed the King and I figured I’d take the crown. I found this really nice coat in my closet, and it’s so heavy that it makes it difficult to go down the stairs, but it looks great. I have a pretty rad belt, it looks kind of WWE. I have a lot of red now and it kind of brings out my eyes.”Read More

Search warrant from Fredericksburg Circuit Court reveals alleged poisoning to UMW staff member

April 13, 2017 | 22

By REBECCA MELSON & MALLORIE HARNISH

The City of Fredericksburg Police Department is currently investigating accusations that a University of Mary Washington student poisoned Tim Brown, coordinator of team sports and manager of UMW’s Mother’s Rugby team, while dining at a local restaurant.Read More

Community colleges fall short of community feeling

April 13, 2017 |

By STEPHANIE COOK

Everyone has different criteria for where they want to pursue higher education. Some individuals want to get out of their hometown, while some want to pursue special majors only offered at select institutions. Some people go to college for the athletics, some go for the experience and some just go to get their degree, but there’s a growing population of students who commute to and from community colleges every day.Read More

UMW men’s tennis coach earns 300th career wins, spreads valuable life lessons

April 12, 2017 |

BY KAITLYN WIEDMANN

Todd Helbling, the men’s tennis coach at the University of Mary Washington, has recently earned his 300th victory. He has been coaching at UMW for 18 years and says that he was drawn to Fredericksburg because it had “a beautiful campus with strong academics where I would feel good bringing quality student-athletes to have a positive learning and playing experience.”Read More

Professor vocalizes reality of coping with disability as a faculty member

April 12, 2017 |

By AMANDA BIELECKI

Regina Root, an award-winning professor at William and Mary, mother and wife, taught students something that cannot be relayed in a classroom. According the documentary, “Regina’s Gift – A Life and Death Battle with a Brain Tumor,” her story began in early August of 2014 when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The news would be devastating to anyone, especially family members. She and her family attempted to remain strong.Read More

Geek Alliance hosts MaryWashiCon for the ultimate geek experience

April 12, 2017 |

By MARIA SCHLEH

On Saturday, April 8, the University of Mary Washington’s Geek Alliance held their annual convention, MaryWashiCon, in the Hurley Convergence Center. This year’s convention was the result of a combined effort of Geek Alliance club members and leaders over the course of several months in order to deliver the ultimate “geek” experience. MaryWashiCon strives to offer something for everyone—whether you’re interested in anime, video games, Korean boy bands or whatever fandom strikes your fancy.Read More

Waka Flocka and D.R.A.M. entertain rowdy Anderson Center crowd

April 6, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

On Thursday, March 30, the University of Mary Washington welcomed Waka Flocka Flame and D.R.A.M. With the help of volunteers, the Campus Programming Board transformed the Anderson Center into a concert venue fitting of these two rappers.Read More