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The Blue & Gray Press | November 20, 2017

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Jepson Construction causes issues for students

November 16, 2017 |

By HANNAH GALEONE 

Senior Writer

The construction work that has started of the university’s Jepson Science Center has recently caused a multitude of problems for students and faculty. Sections of College Avenue and the surrounding areas of Jepson are cloaked in industrial fabric and lined with construction cones. The renovations to the building and nearby areas are expected to continue for an approximated 18 to 24 months.Read More

Disability Resources allows support animals in residence halls

November 16, 2017 |

By ABBEY BAILEY

Staff Writer

Have you ever wished you could come home to a soft, cuddly animal after a hard day of classes and exams, even if you live on campus? UMW has a program for people with diagnosed disabilities that allows them to keep support animals in residence halls on campus. According to the Office of Disability Resources, “a support animal is an animal that provides emotional or other support which ameliorates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability.”Read More

UMW basketball prepares to start their season

November 16, 2017 |

ZACH WOHLEKING

Senior Writer

As we say goodbye to another exciting and successful volleyball season, and the many club sports seasons as well, the next competitive winter sports are right around the corner. After Thanksgiving break, men and women’s basketball will be starting up their seasons, both teams have made some drastic roster changes in the offseason.Read More

Coming out of the conservative closet: Why Republican students feel censored

November 16, 2017 |

By KYRA WATKINs

Contributing Writer

As the political landscape continuously changes, I think it is fair to say that as of now we live in a highly politically polarized society. If you scroll through your Facebook timeline, you could see a wide array of opinions ranging from, “Make America Great Again” posts to jokes about assassinating the President. If you turn on the news, it does not take long to find different channels that talk about politics in a way that makes it sound like, from one broadcasting network to another, we are in two different countries.          Read More

New Super Mario game from Nintendo is out of this world

November 9, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer

For over thirty years, Nintendo’s world-famous Italian plumber, Mario, has dominated the video game industry, providing both gamers and non-gamers with some of the most entertaining experiences the industry has to offer. In addition to being fun, well-designed and family-friendly, Mario games do not require players to have any high-level gaming skills to enjoy them. Even those who have never played a video game before can easily pick up a Mario game and immediately start having fun with it.Read More

Trick or Treat: UMW YAF Hosts Funeral for Halloween

November 9, 2017 |

By TESSA CATE

Managing Editor

In her office on Monday afternoon, UMW Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Juliette Landphair slid a red folder bursting with papers from her desk into her hands, dubbing it her “Free Speech Folder.” North American universities have been met with the challenge of facilitating and policing students’ rights to free speech on campus, and UMW is no exception.Read More

Memes that glorify depression and suicide are not funny

November 9, 2017 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY

Staff Writer

Memes, we’ve seen them, we’ve shared them, we’ve quoted them. They’re everywhere, from the internet to poster club advertisements, and they don’t always send a very positive message.

Common themes that I’ve noticed … Read More

Big Baller Behind Bars: LiAngelo Ball gets arrested for shoplifting

November 9, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

Sports Editor

On Tuesday, three basketball players for the University of California Los Angeles were arrested for shoplifting at a Louis Vuitton store in Shanghai, China, one of which being LiAngelo Ball. LiAngelo, younger brother of standout Los Angeles Lakers’ rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, could now be facing time in prison along with his two teammates.Read More

Office of Title IX receives grant

November 2, 2017 |

COLLEEN SULLIVAN 

Senior Writer

The UMW Office of Title IX recently received a $300,000 grant from the Office of Violence against Women in 2016. With these funds, the Office of Title IX is working to broaden its scope on campus by holding events and diversifying their mediums of outreach to students.Read More

The outcome of upcoming gubernatorial election is crucial to Virginia’s future

November 2, 2017 |

By KELLY EMMRICH

Editor-In-Chief

In less than a week, Virginia will have the United States’ most consequential election since the presidential election. Virginia has been a swing state since 2004, voting Republican in ten consecutive presidential elections from 1968 to 2004. In the presidential election Hillary Clinton won by five percent in Virginia, so the outcome of this election will decide if the state is in favor of the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. In this upcoming gubernatorial election, there are three candidates.Read More

UMW men’s soccer advances in CAC tournament

November 1, 2017 |

By DANELLA DONADO

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington men’s soccer team won the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament against visiting team, Frostburg State on Saturday, Oct. 28. The final score was 3 to 1, in favor of Mary Washington.Read More

Volunteers support children with disabilities through horses

November 1, 2017 |

By JAMIE MCGUIRE

Staff Writer

Many University of Mary Washington students choose to enjoy their downtime volunteering at Hazelwild Farm with the therapeutic riding program. Hazelwild Farm, host of the UMW equestrian team, offers therapeutic horseback riding for people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities. These volunteers donate their time and energy every Tuesday night in order to help these children ride. Many of them have voiced how much they love the program and how worthwhile it is.Read More

The NBA season tips off with a thrilling first week

October 26, 2017 |

By: ZACH WOHLEKING

Staff Writer

It’s that time again already, the NBA season is underway and there are already so many headlines and things to talk about. This season is sure to be an exciting one, as there are so many new faces on many different teams. The opening week of the season definitely did not disappoint, as it left fans with so much to talk about. So, let’s jump right in.Read More

Students visit unique local haunted house, Maze of Darkness

October 26, 2017 |

By ZACHARY STRADER

Staff Writer

An eerie gloom has fallen over Central Park’s Fun Land, the locally-owned and operated family entertainment center located just minutes from campus. On Thursday through Saturday evenings in late October, brave souls are welcome to attempt to find their way out of the brand new and very aptly named haunted house, Maze of Darkness.Read More

Despite societal pressure, college might not be the best choice for everyone

October 26, 2017 |

By COLLIN JOHNSON

Staff Writer

Young adults today are pressured more than ever to go to higher education. Many even believe that they will be unsuccessful in life if they do not attend a university. This is something that has been ingrained in all of us from a young age. From media, to family, to friends, college just seems like the natural next step after high school, however, I find myself asking questions about the cost effectiveness in signing up for college straight out of high school.Read More

#MeToo campaign raises awareness through social media

October 26, 2017 |

By ZACHARY STRADER 

Senior Writer

The #MeToo is a campaign that has blanketed social media since mid-October. According to RiteTag, a popular Twitter analytics website, usage of the #MeToo tag began its dramatic rise on October 15, the day actress Alyssa Milano tweeted asking people who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to reply with the tag. The following day RiteTag indexed 283,300 unique tweets utilizing the hashtag.Read More

The recruiting vehicles of the UMW Athletics Department

October 19, 2017 |

By GRACE WINFIELD 

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington has recently obtained two new vehicles. Both vehicles have been given to the UMW Athletics department in hopes to expand and simplify the recruiting process for potential players.Read More

UC bike pump taken for repairs

October 19, 2017 |

By ALLISON TOVEY

Staff Writer

The bike pump located by the University Center was taken away for repairs earlier in October.  The university’s original goal was for the pump to be fixed and back at the University Center by the time students returned from fall break.Read More

John Green novel conveys complexities of mental illness

October 19, 2017 |

By ARIANA BARRETT

Staff Writer

On Oct. 11, George Washington University’s bookstore and coffee house, “Politics and Prose,” hosted author John Green’s second stop on his book tour. He was promoting his new book “Turtles All the Way Down,” which had just been released the day before.Read More

Inside a great season with Matt Spencer

October 18, 2017 |

By EMILY KUBE

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington men’s soccer team has had an amazing start to their 2017 season. Senior goalkeeper, Matt Spencer from Stafford, VA, has also had an incredible season thus far. Spencer talked about his background and how his collegiate soccer career started. Spencer’s parents taught him how to play soccer when he was just 5 years-old.Read More

NFL players are not being disrespectful by exercising their right to protest

October 18, 2017 |

By GINNY BIXBY

Viewpoints Editor

After weeks of criticism and media attention focused on players kneeling for the national anthem in protest, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at a news conference on Wednesday, Oct. 18 that while he believes that players should stand for the playing of the national anthem, he does not plan to create or enforce any rule requiring them to. While Goodell should openly support his players’ First Amendment rights, it is reassuring to know that he does not plan to censor them- after all, that would be illegal.Read More

UMW Health Center without a female practitioner for several weeks

October 18, 2017 |

OLIVIA BRIDGES 

Senior Writer

UMW, a predominantly female university, was without a female practitioner at the Student Health Center for several weeks.Read More

UMW community debates about technology in the classroom

October 12, 2017 |

By HANNAH GALEONE

Senior Writer

Students and faculty at the University of Mary Washington have mixed feelings about the use of technology in an academic environment. The two most recent generations, “Generation Z and Millennials,” rely on technology in every moment of their lives, whether it is the use of a smartphone to send an email or Tweet or using a laptop in class to live stream a lecture. Just like the millennial and the Z generations, UMW students rely heavily on technology in the classroom.Read More

UMW Speaking Center Upgrades its Scheduling System

October 12, 2017 |

By ALEXIS ERB 

Staff Writer

In the fall of 2017, the UMW Speaking Center implemented a new scheduling system designed to help and encourage students to make appointments for their academics. The new scheduler, a support system called Campus, was designed by the Education Advisory Board. One feature of Campus is that it has built in tools that make it possible for faculty to attend to their advisees.Read More

Professors should be more lenient with their attendance policies

October 12, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

Senior Writer

Life is full of obstacles, sometimes these obstacles cause students to miss class. This semester, my classes at the University of Mary Washington have had strict attendance policies that are strongly enforced. College students are known to skip out on classes, however, with the fear of losing points toward their final grade they may be less inclined to skip. What I take issue with is when students with valid excuses for missing class, who also make up all their work, end up with a lower grade point average in the end.Read More

Nostalgic TV show themed beverages for binge-watching

October 12, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

Senior Writer

Magic School Bus Rides Again

Netflix is on a roll with its remakes recently and “The Magic School Bus Rides Again” is its newest addition. With two new main characters, a remake of the theme song and a brand new animation style, there is a lot to take in for someone who grew up watching the original show. Although this show is meant for younger kids interested in science and not the nostalgic twenty-somethings that want to feel little again  , I can only judge based on how it holds up to what I remember as being the best science show (second only to Bill Nye) that I watched on roll out VCR carts.Read More

UMW student athletes respond to national anthem protests

October 12, 2017 |

By JAMIE MCGUIRE

Staff Writer

NFL players kneeling during the national anthem recently set off a storm that swept up all of America, sparking discussions in homes across the United States — including here at the University of Mary Washington.Read More

Students visit Brompton, have dinner with President Paino

October 5, 2017 |

By VICTORIA MUNEVAR

Staff Writer

Ever wonder what it would be like to eat a three-course dinner with the UMW President, Troy Paino, and his wife at their historic Brompton home? Ten lucky UMW students had that pleasure on Tuesday, Sept. 19.Read More

Ruptured Pipe leads to Renovations for Willard Hall

October 5, 2017 |

By JOHN JAMISON 

Staff Writer

UMW’s Board of Visitors approved a proposal to renovate Willard Hall at a cost of $24.5 million on Friday, Sept. 15.  Read More

Bring your crayons to college: Classes should be more creative

October 5, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer

Last Tuesday, in my introductory digital studies class, taught by Dr. Brenta Blevins, I had to do something I haven’t done since I was in Kindergarten- use crayons to color a picture. We were … Read More