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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Student walks away from halfcourt challenge with $500 at Eagle Madness, energizes crowd for upcoming basketball seasonNovember 10, 2016 | Blue and Gray Press Sports
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.
By EMILY AINSWORTH
The University of Mary Washington’s Student Senate recently lifted the ban on shot glasses and other alcohol related paraphernalia that encourages binge drinking.
By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE
Not long after making its first appearance this semester on Campus Walk, the university food truck Eatz on the Street experienced technical difficulties and has since then been out of commission.
By TESS OSMER
We all go to college to broaden our minds and our horizons. I am so happy, even though I do not particularly enjoy being at the University of Mary Washington, that I have gotten my education here. It’s been such a liberating experience meeting the people, the instructors and being in the environment that surrounds UMW.
By CHRIS MARKHAM and MIKEY BARNES
Tied at 1-1, the University of Mary Washington men’s soccer team headed into overtime in the Capital Athletic Conference semifinal game against York College. Just 2:12 in to the overtime period, the University of …
By PAIGE WALTON
November is the month of giving thanks. However, saying thank you and being thankful are two very different things. The former may merely be a case of having manners; the latter is a mindset and way of living.
By TESS OSMER
In 2012, the GOP released “The Growth and Opportunity Report,” in which the Republican Party noted its goals for the future of the party. “The GOP today is a tale of two parties,” it reads, “the gubernatorial wing,” which is “growing and successful” and the other, “the federal wing,” which is “increasingly marginalizing itself…”
By REBEKAH DEBELL
Debates are a night when candidates from each political party take the stage to battle national issues in hopes of winning over voters. These debates take place all over the country, including right here at the University of Mary Washington.
President Paino sits down with The Blue & Gray Press for exclusive interview, finds place in UMW communityNovember 2, 2016 | Blue and Gray Press News
By IZZY BRIONES
As President Troy Paino’s first few months continue at the University of Mary Washington, his presence on campus has gradually been increasing and students have taken notice. With the initial hurdles of his transition to UMW out …
By SHYAN MURPHY
In college, many students run into the problem of not having the proper equipment for a specific project, whether it be for a class assignment or out of personal interest. The University of Mary Washington offers rentals for various pieces of digital equipment such as audio recorders, video cameras, DSLR cameras, GoPros, video game consoles, laptops, microphones and many other items.
By ELISE ADAMS
On Thursday, Oct. 20, Kyle Ragsdale, the Executive Vice President for the Chief Marketing Officer at Billy Casper Golf, came to speak in the Digital Auditorium of the Hurley Convergence Center.
By JANAYE EVANS
The 32nd Annual Ghost Walk took place on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday Oct. 22 in downtown Fredericksburg. Hosted by University of Mary Washington’s Historic Preservation Club, the haunted tours took participants on a journey through 18th century Fredericksburg. Members of the club and volunteers took on roles as tour guides, historical figures and ghostly characters to bring the experience to life.