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The Blue & Gray Press | February 20, 2017

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Great Lives: Ty Cobb wasn’t the violent racist you thought

February 16, 2017 |

By ETHAN TOBIN

Have you ever wondered how baseball’s “greatest of all-time” was also deemed a violent racist, who was known for spiking his cleats with the intent of sliding in hard on the opponent, yet set the standards for the Baseball Hall of Fame? If so, you’ve got the 1900s baseball legend Tyrus Raymond “Ty” Cobb to thank.

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UMW students gain momentum for March for Science on Washington

February 16, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

Due to recent events involving environmental protection, scientists and students alike have been coming together to form a “March for Science” to raise awareness for issues such as climate change and scientific integrity. Inspired by the Women’s March, which took place the day after President Trump’s inauguration, the scientists’ march on Washington is meant to be a non-partisan march to make the scientific community heard. The University of Mary Washington’s own Biological Student Association plans on attending the march and hopes to encourage others to attend while also informing them of the issues.Read More

Spring Fever: UMW’s busiest sports season is set to commence

February 15, 2017 |

By MIKEY BARNES

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, therefore forecasting six more weeks of winter. Though the legend continues with his ability to predict the seasons, it does no impact for collegiate spring sports to get underway. Basketball is winding down as the conference tournament is just a week away, with both teams fighting for NCAA tournament opportunities. The always-successful swim programs prepare for conferences as well, with hopes of sending a number of swimmers to nationals.

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Saturday Night Live’s political satire steps up their game

February 15, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

Saturday Night Live has been on a roll with its political comedy sketches over the past few months. Every week, they bring us a new parody of some politician who has said or done something worth parodying, most often Donald Trump. This can likely be attributed to Trump’s campaign for president, and of course, his victory over Hillary Clinton in the election.

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UMW student finds aggressive Nazi message on bulletin board on Campus Walk

February 15, 2017 | 9

By KELLY EMMRICH

University of Mary Washington junior Ahad Shahid and friend Chad Mundie were walking past Lee Hall after watching the film “Moana” on the evening of Feb. 5, when they found a handwritten Swastika on the bulletin board in Front of Madison Hall. In addition to the drawing there was a note at the bottom of the sheet reading “Attention fa**ots!! We could live next door.”Read More

The Donut Wars: Battle of Fredericksburg

February 9, 2017 |

By KELLY EMMRICH

Duck Donuts opened up shop last Monday, with a post on their Facebook page early Monday morning announcing the surprise opening. Since, Duck Donuts has been packed with lines extending to the door. Throughout the week many … Read More

UMW adds new 5-year program for master’s in geospatial analysis

February 8, 2017 |

By Rachel Manning

The University of Mary Washington has introduced a new accelerated five-year master’s program for Geographic Information Sciences studies. In 2014, UMW launched a program for a Master’s of Science in Geospatial Analysis, which was popular enough to start the new five-year master’s program this fall.Read More

Hot Spot lunch restaurant gives students new dining option

February 8, 2017 |

By ELIZABETH PATTERSON

The University of Mary Washington is now offering students a new dining option. “Hot Spot,” the new pop-up restaurant, opened for the first time on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the Eagle’s Nest. Located directly across from Vocelli’s Pizza, where the WOW Wingery used to be, this new eatery remains mysterious.Read More

Women’s Basketball gets revenge on CNU in epic top-10 showdown

February 2, 2017 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

The University of Mary Washington women’s basketball team led from start to finish en route to gaining revenge on their bitter CAC rival, the CNU Captains. After suffering their only loss of the year on Jan. 18 … Read More

Panel on media freedom sparks conversation on first amendment rights

February 2, 2017 |

By WILL ATKINSON

Two exiled journalists from Turkey were invited to talk to the University of Mary Washington students at Monroe Hall on Wednesday night, regarding the dangers of media censorship. The panelists were Abdulhamit Bilici, Editor-in- Chief of the Turkish newspaper, Zaman Toda,y and Mahir Zeynalov, a Turkish journalist who was deported from Turkey for heavily covering government corruption and the Turkish coup of July 2016. They spoke about their personal accounts with national and governmental limitation of media freedoms.Read More

President Paino and staff work to fill Title IX positions

February 2, 2017 |

By EMILY GROTTLE

Now that Dr. Leah Cox has resigned from her position of Title IX Coordinator effective Jan. 19, President Paino has been working hard with multiple people to make sure her position will be filled, to ensure the safety of students and keep the Title IX position active. The University of Mary Washington has long been committed to keeping campus safe for the student body.Read More

Professor disputes whether murals in Monroe and George Washington Halls reflect UMW values

February 2, 2017 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

In the 1940s, professor Emil Schnellock and his students partook in an art project in which they painted a variety of murals in the academic halls of Monroe and George Washington. These murals are still on the walls of the buildings today. In an effort to preserve the historic murals, Monroe Hall underwent renovation in 2011 and the murals were left untouched, covered with plywood and were documented for safekeeping. However, the presence of these murals has created mixed feelings among professors and students. Read More

Fans are getting tired of seeing the Patriots in the Super Bowl

February 2, 2017 |

By JONOTHAN MYERS

Super Bowl LI is around the corner, and many football fans are coming into the game with a sour taste in their mouths. “Oh God, not the Patriots again,” mumbled a Wegmans employee after the Patriots beat the Steelers 36 to 17 in the AFC Championship. “Anything but the Patriots again. I’m so tired of the Patriots.” These sentiments are echoed throughout the country as football fans find themselves at a loss for enthusiasm for this year’s Super Bowl, except the New England region, of course.Read More

DuPont gallery opening plays with gender and interaction

February 2, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

“A Hot Smidge” by Sidney Mullis was the first art exhibit this semester to take over the duPont Gallery. Having never been to art exhibition opening myself, I had no idea what I was going to walk into. I felt uneasy walking up the steps into duPont hall, trying to remember the few words I learned in my art history class. All of that faded away, however, when I saw the exhibition I had previously looked on the website for an overview of what to expect, but nothing could have prepared me for the enthusiasm and emotions displayed, not only in the various works, but in the gallery-goers themselves.Read More

Phi Eta Sigma chapter chartered at UMW

December 8, 2016 |

By HABIB NOOR

The University of Mary Washington inaugurated the Phi Eta Sigma chapter on Tuesday Nov. 15, to applaud first-year students who excel in academia. President Paino accepted the charter from the executive director of the honor society, Elaine Powell. It is the oldest society to honor freshmen academic excellence in the United States.Read More

Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

December 8, 2016 | 1

By PETE TEAGLE

With the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II” in summer of 2011, many Potterheads undoubtedly wondered what would become of a series of films that spanned a decade. Thankfully for fans of the iconic series, J.K. Rowling continued to develop her wizarding world in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”Read More

Professors embrace flipping the field to learn from their students

December 7, 2016 |

By MARY PRAUGHT

On a recent Sunday afternoon I met with Gwendolyn Hale, the director of the Writing Center and writing intensive program, to teach her a card game called Trash.Read More

Women’s basketball player, Caitlin Jensen – the ultimate story of perseverence

December 7, 2016 |

By MIKEY BARNES

It was the last game of summer league basketball, playing with a number of her future teammates. It was in that game, that then rising college freshman and current UMW junior Caitlin Jensen’s life changed.

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Students starting to join conversations against Atlantic Coast Pipeline

December 7, 2016 | 1

By MADISON REID

This December, the Department of Mines Minerals and Energy is releasing new regulations regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In suspense of the release, select students at the University of Mary Washington became concerned with the potential negative effects of this pipeline. The proposed pipeline, is said to cut through Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina, and will be funded by Dominion Power. Currently this pipeline is on hold waiting for the updated list of regulations.Read More

Do you have the balls for male birth control?

December 1, 2016 | 1

By TYLER POSPISIL

Pregnancy can be a wonderful experience to share with someone, or it can be the exact opposite. You could be finically starved, overly dependent on others and barely scraping by. To the many people who are not prepared for children, I have a strong hunch that just hearing the word “pregnancy” would be scarier than most horror movies playing at the cinema. In an effort to cut down on unintentional pregnancies, a new concept has been introduced: male birth control.Read More

That Qdoba worker everyone loves? She’s an Olympic gold medalist and UMW’s No. 1 fan

December 1, 2016 | 2

By ESTER SALGUERO

Ever since she was 8-years- old, Grace Anne Braxton, has been a hard worker. At that age, she started training to be the tenacious athlete she is today. She holds the title as one of the top-ranked … Read More

Jefferson Hall residents experience laundry struggles

December 1, 2016 |

By TYLER POSPISIL

The University of Mary Washington seems to be dealing with an ongoing problem regarding the lack of washing machines and dryers in Jefferson Hall. The residence hall has only three washing machines and only three dryers, despite … Read More

Q & A with former varsity softball player Allison Griffith

December 1, 2016 |

By LIZZY WAINER

Managing time is always an important aspect of a college student's life, but even more so for student athletes. We interviewed Allison Griffith, a sophomore history major in the education program, about how she managed her time last year as a freshman while on the softball team at the University of Mary Washington. Read More

An inside look at putting together the annual fall PAC Big Show

November 30, 2016 |

By ZACH WOHLEKING

The University of Mary Washington’s Performing Arts Club Big Show took place Saturday Nov. 19, and Sunday Nov. 20, in Dodd Auditorium. PAC performed 20 dance numbers with many memorable and notable performances. The dancers kept the crowd engaged the entire time as they performed with energy, passion and enthusiasm throughout the entire show. The changing moods and tones from performance to performance also kept the crowd on the edge of their seat guessing what would happen next.Read More

From unranked to Elite 8: how UMW Volleyball made it to Wisconsin

November 17, 2016 |

By MIKEY BARNES

In the 2015 season, behind the strong play of some core players, including the then seniors, Emma Murphy and Megan Payne along with their third year head coach Matt Troy, the University of Mary Washington volleyball team earned an at-large bid for their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1991.Read More

Double standards are alive and well for women

November 16, 2016 |

By REBEKAH DEBELL

Women have long fought for equal rights. Whether it be for the right to vote, equal pay or the ability to drive, women have been fighting for years. This past Tuesday, Americans headed to the polls with the possibility of finally shattering that final glass ceiling. But given the results of the recent election, the question popped back into my head: are women unfairly targeted?Read More

Questions arise within InterVarsity chapters around same-sex-marriage

November 16, 2016 | 4

By REBECCAS MELSON

There is a wind of change that is blowing through our country and through the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as well. As Americans strive to make sense of a changing political term, questions of race, gender and religion have come to the surface.Read More

UMW students react to the plans of President-elect, Donald Trump

November 16, 2016 | 1

By VIRGINIA BIXBY

The unprecedented election of Republican candidate, Donald Trump, has upset many Americans, including a large number of UMW students. But while every election causes some disappointment in voters, this one has been particularly controversial and divisive.

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Green Party candidate Jill Stein makes final campaign stop at UMW

November 10, 2016 |

By ESTER SALGUERO & IZZY BRIONES

Anticipation rose as University of Mary Washington students and residents of Fredericksburg filled the Chandler Ballroom, of the University Center Sunday night in anticipation for Green Party candidate, Jill Stein. With only a few rows of seats provided, many were left sitting on the floor.Read More

Student walks away from halfcourt challenge with $500 at Eagle Madness, energizes crowd for upcoming basketball season

November 10, 2016 |

By ALEX SPENCE

The UMW students and community alike stood to their feet as silence swept the Ron Rosner Arena. With prize money on the line, freshman Paige Haskins stood anxiously at center court, ready to sink the winning shot. With a running start and hefty heave, the ball soared through the air and the crowd went wild as it rattled through down the rim.Read More