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The Blue & Gray Press | June 22, 2018

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UMW participates in National School Walkout

March 15, 2018 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

News Editor

17 minutes for 17 lives.

On Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m., across various time zones, students of all ages walked out of classes to show support and solidarity for the victims of the Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school shooting that took place exactly one month prior. The walkouts were also a symbolic way to call for change in gun legislation.Read More

Jessica Machado has high hopes for the Office of Disability Resources

March 15, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER

Staff Writer

UMW needs increased staffing to accommodate students with disabilities.

Jessica Machado, who took over as Director of the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) this fall, said that the office is currently too small to keep up with the growing population of eligible students and demand for resources.Read More

The City of Fredericksburg should embrace its identity as a college town

March 15, 2018 |

By SARAH BOND

Staff Writer

Fredericksburg is quickly becoming a college town and it’s time for local lawmakers to embrace that. While the City has never explicitly said it doesn’t want to invite a lot of college students to the area or become a “college town,” the actions of lawmakers tell a different story. This is specifically shown through the lack of parking for students, new unaffordable housing developments and the plans which the city has set for Fredericksburg moving forward.Read More

Jeffrey Leckrone represents UMW at NCAA swimming championship

March 15, 2018 |

By TREVOR YOUNG

Staff Writer

In this age of political and cultural tension nothing can be so refreshing than to come together and celebrate the achievements of the extraordinary individual. Let this be the case for Jeffrey Leckrone, a UMW swimmer, whose qualification for the NCAA Championship in Indianapolis is a major achievement. Being the only swimmer from Mary Washington representing the school at NCAA is not easy, but Leckrone is determined and prepared. His coach, Abby Brethauer, expressed her pride in Leckrone’s work ethic and zeal.Read More

Decades of resistance: Gaye Adegbalola’s activism through music

March 14, 2018 |

By ES HETHCOX

Online Editor

Perched on a stool in front of a small crowd in the LibertyTown Arts Workshop, Gaye Adegbalola’s expert hands move across the smooth mahogany of her guitar, as her clear voice fills the room with melodies of social injustice.Read More

The rules of the spirit rock

March 1, 2018 |

By GINNY BIXBY

Viewpoints Editor

When Natalie Johns, president of the UMW Firearms Club, painted the spirit rock with some other members on Feb. 14, she had no idea that the message she painted would cause such an uproar among students.Read More

Lady Eagles continue to dominate early in the season

March 1, 2018 |

By KOTY BOWEN 

Staff Writer

On Wednesday Feb. 21, the UMW women’s lacrosse team faced off against Shenandoah Hornets. The UMW Eagles, who rank seventeenth in the nation for Women’s Lacrosse, would prove why they sit in such a high rank.Read More

An insider perspective on the Firearms Club’s concealed carry class

March 1, 2018 |

By ARIANA BARRETT

Staff Writer

On Friday, Feb. 16, UMW’s Firearms Club hosted a concealed carry and personal safety class. Many people turn their heads to any talk of guns, not realizing the importance of learning about them. Guns … Read More

Students welcome year of the Dog with Chinese New Year

March 1, 2018 |

By ALEXIS ERB

Staff Writer

This past weekend the University of Mary Washington celebrated the Chinese New Year with the community of Fredericksburg. There was a big turn out with people from a variety of backgrounds and a plethora of Chinese food from restaurants, as well as food made by locals that attended the event. Having a large turnout was a big deal because of how small the Chinese community is in the Fredericksburg area.Read More

Patriot Front group leaves sticker across UMW campus

February 28, 2018 |

By TONY BENSON 

Staff Writer

On the morning of February 18, stickers promoting a white nationalist organization were found at sites across campus. A schoolwide email was sent following the events by Anna Billingsley addressing the incident.Read More

Investigating the CNU rivalry

February 22, 2018 |

By SARAH BOND 

Staff Writer

In the world of sports, rivalries are an integral part of the competitive nature which drives fans to stadiums and arenas. The opportunity to watch your favorite team defeat their rivals and have bragging rights is an experience that many sports fans look forward to. Specifically, on college campuses, rivalries with other colleges is an important part of one’s college experience. At the University of Mary Washington, the presence of a sports rivalry is unclear.Read More

Spirit Rock sparks controversy

February 22, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER 

Senior Writer

On Thursday morning of last week, students awoke to a new message on the Spirit Rock: in black, seemingly hastingly scrawled writing, “18 school shootings in 2018.”Read More

It could happen to anyone: A personal perspective on the school shooting epidemic

February 22, 2018 |

By GINNY BIXBY

Viewpoints Editor

It was the morning of June 18th, 2004. It was my little brother’s birthday, and my mom was about to drive me to my last day of kindergarten. I remember eating breakfast when the phone rang and my mom picked up. It was my dad calling from Bull Run Middle School in Gainesville, VA, where he was the principal, to tell my mom the horrific news- a student had brought a gun to school.Read More

Firearms club of UMW hosts safety strategies course

February 22, 2018 |

By GRACE WINFIELD 

Senior Writer

On Friday evening, students of the University of Mary Washington gathered in Dodd auditorium for a four hour-long safety strategies course hosted by the Firearms Club of UMW.Read More

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” opens in Klein Theater, warns audiences about over reliance on technology

February 22, 2018 |

By LINDSEY BROWN

Senior Writer

Cell phones are often an important aspect of people’s lives these days. They seem to be a lifeline to most, an essential for their social lives, or even their careers. Even though Sarah Ruhl’s play, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is over 10 years old, it is still relevant today. “You will never walk alone, because you have a machine in your pocket that might ring,” reads a line from the play, and it still rings true. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is an unorthodox story, with good lessons that give the audience something to think about. It makes you want to turn your phone off for a while and join the land of the living.Read More

Baristas best creative coffee and seasonal specials

February 15, 2018 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY

Staff Writer

Most coffee shops have an array of potential drink combinations beyond their typical menu and Blackstone is no exception. When seeking a creative alternative to your regular order, it is always helpful to take some advice from the experts. Read More

UMW cheerleaders defend their sport from common misconceptions

February 15, 2018 |

By JESSIE WHITMER

Staff Writer

Cheerleading is often assumed to be easy, to require no athletic ability, and to simply just entertain the audience, but many individuals do not understand the risk and the amount of hard work cheerleaders put in to their routine.  Many times, people think that cheerleading is not a sport because there is lack of understanding.Read More

The true cost of being female

February 14, 2018 |

By CAMERON ASHLEY

Staff Writer

CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi, revealed that the company was set to launch new line of “snacks for women” on the Freakonomics podcast on Jan 31. She stated that the new snacks were to be “low-crunch, the full taste profile, but not have so much of the flavor stick on the fingers.” Headlines erupted within follow days, coining the term “lady Doritos.” Due to the backlash, PepsiCo swiftly responded that “lady Doritos” were, in fact, not being released. That doesn’t mean the company doesn’t have plans for women-friendly snacks.  Read More

Friends, following and social media

February 14, 2018 |

By MACKENZIE HARD 

Staff Writer

In the age of social media and followers, students are often tempted to add their professors online through sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Many University of Mary Washington professors and students sometimes question whether ot not to add each other.Read More

SGA aims to become a more effective student government

February 14, 2018 |

By HANNAH GALEONE 

Staff Writer

On Wednesday, February 7 the Student Senate convened to vote on a new governing system as well as a recently re-drafted Student Government Association constitution.Read More

Confederate Flag in Mason Hall concerns students

February 8, 2018 |

By LAURA TAYLOR 

Staff Writer

On Thursday, January 25 around 8:30 p.m., a University of Mary Washington student posted a picture of a Confederate flag flying in Mason Hall. Following the event, junior Alex Sakes posted the picture of the Confederate flag in question flying in Mason hall at 8:30 p.m. on the “Overheard at Mary Wash” Facebook page. Read More

UMW students participate in locally held ultimate frisbee Megabowl

February 8, 2018 |

By KYLE LEHMAN 

Staff Writer

On Saturday Feb. 3, The University of Mary Washington men and women ultimate frisbee teams competed in the Megabowl, a local tournament in Fredericksburg, held at the Fredericksburg Field House.Read More

Political Poets Collective sponsors Resistance Through Poetry event

February 8, 2018 |

By MAGGIE MCCOTTER

Staff Writer

An empty stage with a single microphone sits at the front of the Underground. The atmosphere is set with background music centered around resistance and triumph. Members of the community, as well as UMW students, anxiously await the demonstration of resistance.Read More

More than partying: How stereotypes negatively affect Greek life’s image

February 8, 2018 |

By GABRIELLA GARCIA

Staff Writer

Last semester we raised over $2,000 for suicide awareness and prevention, planted trees and mulched at Hugh Mercer Elementary School, held a bake sale in which funds were used to donate bus tickets to the Brisben Center for the homeless, and made trick-or-treat bags for the children at the Mary Washington Hospital. Read More

Greek Life gets ‘boulder’ with their methods of advertising

February 8, 2018 |

By KOTY BOWEN 

Staff Writer

All students at the University of Mary Washington know of the boulder used for announcements that sits outside of Woodard. “The rock,” is coated in layers and layers of paint. Students paint the rock for many of reasons, whether to announce the annual “Rocky Horror Picture Show” or to advertise a club meeting or event. Recently though, there has been some controversy over the rock and its message.Read More

Out of the shadows: survivors find support with UMW Talley Center

February 8, 2018 |

By ES HETHCOX

Online Editor

A trickle of female students amble into a warm room where a swirl of incense fills the air and a selection of maroon upholstered chairs surrounds a table covered with coloring books, glitter jars, … Read More

Students attend 45th March for Life in Washington D.C.

February 1, 2018 |

By HANNAH ROTHWELL

Staff Writer

It was a warm and sunny day in the middle of January. The weather felt out of place, but was welcomed. People from all walks of life traveled far and wide to gather in downtown D.C. As soon as they stepped out of the Smithsonian Metro Station, they were greeted by smiling faces handing out bright green signs saying “Choose love. Choose life” and inviting them to join the crowd that was rapidly amassing.Read More

Students join protest at Women’s March on Washington

February 1, 2018 |

By MACKENZIE HARD

Staff Writer

This past weekend, thousands of women, men and children gathered around the Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C. for the second annual Women’s March on Washington. This event began to advance peaceful and positive progress within communities across the country, along with the goal of ensuring that all women and their allies are involved with civic and political roles.Read More

April Ryan speaks as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker

February 1, 2018 |

By SARAH BOND

Staff Writer

“It’s been a year” said White House correspondent, April Ryan in her speech on Wednesday, January 24 in Chandler Ballroom. Ryan spoke as the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker. This event, hosted by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, began the numerous Black History Month events this February.Read More

Email chain disrupts UMW student and faculty emails

February 1, 2018 |

By ALEXIS ERB 

Staff Writer

On January 16 a mass email chain was sent out to students of the University of Mary Washington. Out of these hundreds of emails some contained  vulgar, inappropriate, and condescending remarks made towards members of the UMW community.Read More