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The Blue & Gray Press | June 27, 2017

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Op Ed: Patriarchy and Oppression

March 30, 2017 | 13

By SARAH TEAGUE

This article is addressed to Kayleigh Rongey in support of her article “Hollywood’s glamorization of parenthood isn’t fooling millennials.”

            I can’t stand how the patriarchy has infiltrated the toy industry, but then … Read More

Op Ed: Nation of the free, or nation of the incarcerated?

March 30, 2017 |

By JOSEPH SARATORI

Ava DeVernay, the notable director of the 2014 Oscar nominated film Selma, and most recently the 2016 Netflix’s documentary 13th has started a conversation. This Oscar nominated documentary titled 13th, looks at the history of incarceration, and … Read More

Op Ed: The Definition of a ‘Snowflake’

March 24, 2017 | 2

By GRANT RAYCROFT

“Snowflake” is a term I’ve noticed gaining traction in recent years. Not referring to the crystallized raindrops which remain ever elusive in Virginia, the phrase has made ground as an insult directed towards millennials. “Snowflake generation” made … Read More

Staff Ed: The Blue & Gray Press stands with President Paino’s statement on immigration ban

February 2, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

On Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, also barring Syrian refugees indefinitely.Read More

SGA offers statement on Tuesday night’s election

November 10, 2016 | 1

Following the results of Tuesday night’s election, many University of Mary Washington students raised concerns about the way forward. On the morning of Thursday, Nov. 10, the UMW SGA offered a statement to address concerns and promote unity:

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Editorial: Journalism caught in crossfire of social media outrage

September 15, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

We at The Blue & Gray Press welcome our readers to a new year of us serving the University of Mary Washington. With classes well under way, it’s high time to say goodbye to summer, and what a summer it was.Read More

Freshman Facebook group draws petty arguments, defeats purpose

April 21, 2016 | 2

By JACOB ATKINSON

When I was accepted to the University of Mary Washington, I was very excited to meet new people and get to know my classmates, seeing as how I knew very few people from my high school that would also be attending.Read More

Letter to the Editor: HCC offers high-level technology

April 14, 2016 |

In the March 24th, 2016 issue, the Blue and Gray Press Editorial Board published an article entitled “Incoming students not getting what they are advertised.” In this article, the Board suggests that some of the university’s features are oversold to incoming students, and cites the Hurley Convergence Center as a prime example.Read More

Letter to the Editor: UMW administrators have a serious communication problem

April 14, 2016 |

UMW administrators have a serious communication problem.

On Friday, April 8, the university sent students an email entitled “responsible use of social media.” It details what online harassment looks like, and how to report it to the university or to the … Read More

Staff Ed: North Carolina bill not step in right direction for transgender people

April 7, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

North Carolina legislators passed a bill on March 23 that would force those who identify as transgender to enter restrooms and locker rooms that do not match their gender identity. The bill, having been proposed, drafted and made into law over the course of a day, prevents municipalities from creating individual antidiscrimination bills and bars the minimum wage from rising above the current state level.Read More

Op Ed: Oppositional student government proven radically effective

April 7, 2016 |

By ALEX OBOLENSKY

Last year the student body approved a change to the Student Government Association constitution which removed a clause requiring the SGA to drop their advocacy any issue where they disagreed with the administration, and added a new statement of purpose: “to advocate for the legitimate interests of the student body.”Read More

Letter to the Editor: DiversAbility Club

March 31, 2016 |

By ELYSE DUNSTAN

For people in the United States who live with a disability – the nation’s largest minority group at 19 percent according to the 2012 census – our country that promises to be the land of opportunity often feels more like a land of oppression. For students who are disabled simply attending classes on campus or living in the dorms can be a constant struggle. DiversAbility, the club for students on campus with disabilities or chronic health conditions, meets weekly to discuss topics related to disability advocacy, studies, or simply every-day living.Read More

Letter to the Editor: The Blue & Gray Press should be daily paper

March 31, 2016 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

In the tradition of many newspapers across the United States, I’d propose that The Blue & Gray Press become a daily newspaper.
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Letter to the Editor: UMW Admission response

March 17, 2016 |

The recent Blue and Gray staff editorial on February 18 claims that admissions standards have been lowered and that students are being admitted who may be “detrimental to the academic and communal integrity of the institution.” This is not true. The statistics and supporting documentation are available for anyone to see. We are proud of the job we do in Admissions as we continue to attract a diverse, competitive, and well-rounded freshman class each and every year.Read More

Staff Ed: Another old white president not necessarily a bad thing

February 25, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

As President Hurley finishes out this semester as the University of Mary Washington’s ninth president, the student body opens its arms to its newest president, Dr. Troy Paino. But is Paino really “new” for UMW? Out of the nine presidents UMW has had over the past century, one has been a female and the rest have been older white men.Read More

Black history month recognized at UMW, overlooked by students

February 25, 2016 |

By ASHLEY RIGGLESON

The James Farmer Multicultural Center has sponsored several events this February in connection with Black History Month. The events ranged from the Gospelfest on Feb. 6 to sampling African, Caribbean and Cajun cuisines, which University Dining has offered throughout this month, allowing students ample opportunities to experience a variety of African American traditions. Read More

Hard COAR: students decide to take spring break away from beaches, into communities

February 25, 2016 |

By NIKKI CONTRINO
While many University of Mary Washington students are looking forward to heading home this coming spring break, a select few are venturing away from the week of binge watching Netflix and spending their spring break experiencing one of UMW’s alternative spring break programs.
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Staff Ed: Campus community in jeopardy due to enrollment increase

February 18, 2016 | 1

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

In recent years, students at the University of Mary Washington have become increasingly engaged in important issues surrounding administrative decisions that effect us all. To list a few, in the past students have expressed their displeasures towards administration regarding the investment and exploitation of fossil fuels on campus (DivestUMW), the lack of diversity on campus (where the name ‘University of Mostly Whites’ stems from), and in more recent times, the newly announced tuition raise for the next academic year.
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Beyoncé joins list of pop stars to take political stand

February 18, 2016 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

In the beginning there was New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina hit it was unrecognizable and that is how it has been for a while. Beyoncé’s new song “Formation” has stirred up controversy with its social commentary on the lack of governmental aid and government neglect, police violence and support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Staff Ed: Coldplay not overshadowed, shares stage

February 10, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Although many viewers of the Super Bowl joked that Beyonce invited Bruno Mars and Coldplay to her halftime show, the truth of the matter is that behind the spectacular intermission was Coldplay’s careful planning and preparation for the highly anticipated event.
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Staff Ed: Students mourn empty pockets as tuition prices rise

February 4, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Administration is making plans to yet again raise tuition prices for students at the University of Mary Washington. Every school year, since 2013, tuition, room and board have steadily been rising. There was a 3.8 percent increase for the 2013-2014 school year, 4.8 percent the following year and a 5.2 percent increase for the current year.
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Staff Ed: Flint water crisis promotes discussion

January 28, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Speaking out can make an impact. Saying what you know to be true can produce results. Sometimes, however, needed actions can come too late.
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New year marks turning point in UMW history

January 21, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The New Year brings with it a Mary Washington that is unfamiliar to most. Virtually every current undergraduate student at UMW has come to know a campus constantly being tinkered with by consistent construction projects. These changes, while necessary, were not only seen as inconvenient to daily routines or sleep schedules, but a pain to look at as well.Read More

Staff Ed: The Blue & Gray Press introduces free mobile app, continues rebranding of paper

November 12, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRES STAFF

Last week, The Blue & Gray Press launched the new free mobile app, The Buzz. This was done in partnership with the Student Government Association and the University of Mary Washington Readership Program.Read More

Staff Ed: Diversity celebrated but not yet achieved at UMW

November 5, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

This past Friday night at 7 p.m., The Chandler Ballroom became the venue for the annual Taste of Asia event, an Asian culture celebration that marked the end of Asian culture week and the end of another Cultural Awareness Series at The University of Mary Washington. This event, hosted by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, and co-sponsored by the Asian Student Association, proved to be a culturally fruitful event for the UMW community to enjoy through its various Asian style of performing arts including music, dance, fashion and most notably as evident in the title of the event, its cuisine.Read More

Staff Ed: Homecoming Weekends reminds students dangers of drinking and driving

October 29, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Homecoming weekend filled the air with excitement this past weekend at the University of Mary Washington. Tailgating, bonfires, barbeques and sporting events were at the center of it all, providing an engaging atmosphere for students, faculty and alumni alike.Read More

Staff Ed: UMW Homecoming fails to represent students

October 22, 2015 | 2

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Homecoming week is here, and as alumni return to campus, current students are left wondering what has happened to the exciting event. This year’s homecoming fails to unify the diverse student body and to live up to past expectations.Read More

Women’s soccer looks to extend shutout streak into Homecoming Weekend

October 22, 2015 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

The University of Mary Washington women’s soccer team has had a dominant start to their conference schedule, currently sitting at 4-2-1 in the conference and 9-6-1 overall and outscoring opponents by a score of 21-7. Both of the Eagles’ losses were had one-goal differentials and their victories have been by an average margin of 3.6 goals.
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Staff Ed: Campus dining plan not fair to freshman class

October 1, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The current semester brought with hefty changes to the University of Mary Washington’s dining services including new meal plans, new dining hours and new eateries.
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