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The Blue & Gray Press | March 25, 2017

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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

Ban on shot glasses in dorms being questioned by students

November 10, 2016 |

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.

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Eatz on the Streetz food truck missed by UMW students

November 10, 2016 |

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.Read More

Senior Playlist: for the student that needs inspiration

November 9, 2016 |

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.Read More

Fall Sports Begin CAC Tournament Title Hunts

November 3, 2016 |

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 … Read More

After Halloween, before Christmas, take the meaning of Thanksgiving to heart

November 3, 2016 |

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.Read More

The changing political landscape in Congress

November 3, 2016 |

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…”Read More

UMW hosts first Congressional debate

November 3, 2016 |

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.

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President Paino sits down with The Blue & Gray Press for exclusive interview, finds place in UMW community

November 2, 2016 |

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 … Read More

There’s more to rent from the HCC than you probably know

October 27, 2016 |

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.Read More

Eagles rout competition on Homecoming Saturday

October 27, 2016 |

By JESSE JONES

Homecoming: the weekend where alumni, students, friends and families all come together to celebrate a beloved institution, where sports and camaraderie are used as the base.Read More

Kyle Ragsdale gives students tips to get ahead in the business world

October 26, 2016 |

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.Read More

Ghost Walk attracts UMW students and returning alumni

October 26, 2016 |

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.

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