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The Blue & Gray Press | March 24, 2019

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Staff Ed: Named one of the “darkest days” in the country’s history, 50 killed and 50 injured in New Zealand mosque shootings

March 21, 2019 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

Mucaad Ibrahim – 3Daoud Nabi – 71Husna Ahmed – 44Lilik Abdul Hamid – 58Sayyad Milne – 14Atta Elayyan – 33Amjad Hamid – 57Ansi Alibava – 23Ali Elmadani – 65Naeem Rashid – 50Taha … Read More

Established Greek life would help more than hinder

March 21, 2019 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY
Senior Writer
UMW is well-known for its academic focus. And, while the school does have smaller non-university affiliated fraternities and a sorority, the social life of many students is as quiet as the city of Fredericksburg itself can be.Read More

March 11 Podcast

March 21, 2019 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

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Practice what you preach: GOP exploits Christian values to gain following

March 20, 2019 |

By SAVANNAH ROBERTS
Staff Writer
Trump’s most favorite book is the bible, but when asked to recite his favorite verse, he was unable to recall one.Read More

If passed, Day on Democracy proposal would promote civic engagement and increase community ties

March 20, 2019 |

By ASHLEY UTZ
Staff Writer
In May of 2018, a petition was sent out to UMW faculty, staff and students, which stated, “To encourage civic engagement on campus and in the broader Fredericksburg community, I support a Day on Democracy at the University of Mary Washington, which would entail – among other things – the cancellation of all classes to allow for involvement in our democratic process throughout the day.”Read More

UMW must reevaluate on-campus housing scholarship requirement

February 28, 2019 |

By NICOLETTE VALLEE
Staff Writer
It is time for the students at UMW to be able to retain possession of scholarships without the obligation to live on campus. Read More

Bacon: the killer on your plate

February 28, 2019 |

By SHARJEEL AHMED
Staff Writer
Every morning, UMW students stand in line at the UC to fill their plates with eggs, biscuits, sausages and bacon.Read More

February 27 Podcast

February 28, 2019 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

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Television should be used as a platform to address social issues

February 28, 2019 |

By SARAH GARNETT
Staff Writer
While some are getting ready to go out for a night at Brock’s, I’m usually settling in at home for a new episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”Read More

Women and gender studies major should be valued

February 28, 2019 |

By FIONA NALEPA
Staff Writer
Out of the variety of majors that are offered at the University of Mary Washington, one of the most overlooked is the women and gender studies major.Read More

Staff Ed: Jussie Smollett’s alleged actions do not represent all victims of hate crimes

February 28, 2019 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

On Jan 29, 2019 Jussie Smollett, star of the TV show “Empire”, filed a police report alleging he was assaulted with multiple hate crimes committed against Smollett. The alleged attack took place … Read More

Gatekeepers set the standards for masculinity

February 28, 2019 |

ETHAN RATLIFF
Staff Writers
As a man, I’ve been subject to gatekeeping my entire life- all men have. It happens anytime someone says, “A real man would…”Read More

UMW needs more technical writing courses

February 21, 2019 |

By KRISTEN LEWERS
Staff Writer
The English, Linguistics, and Communications department should offer technical writing courses, or technical communication, to further expand course options tailored towards professional writing.Read More

Non-Western literature courses should be a requirement for the English major

February 21, 2019 |

By DEANNA BIONDI
Staff Writer
Inspired by my Global Issues in Literature course, I looked through the list of courses and couldn’t find many non-Western literature classes that were still available for that semester.Read More

February 18 Podcast

February 21, 2019 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

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February 11 Podcast

February 21, 2019 |

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Staff Ed: New act gives those convicted of marijuana possession a clean slate, reduces incarceration

February 21, 2019 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and presidential hopeful is under fire after admitting she has smoked marijuana.On Feb. 11, Harris shared her story with the hosts of the “The Breakfast Club” radio … Read More

Hip-hop transcends beyond outdated Grammys award system

February 21, 2019 |

By DRE CHANDLER
Staff Writer
Nearing the end of this past decade, it isn’t a secret that the Grammys have yet to catch up with the modern shift in music.Read More

Virginia’s new abortion bill sparks controversy

February 21, 2019 |

By MIKAYLA MCDONALD
Staff Writer
On Jan. 29, 2019, Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran (VA-42) introduced House Bill No. 2491, which would technically allow an abortion to be performed just moments before the birth of a baby. Read More

Current placement of SGA menstrual products across campus are inaccessible,​ unavailable and non-inclusive

February 21, 2019 |

By OLIVIA LEHMAN
Staff Writer
Quick, easy and affordable access to menstrual products is essential for those who rely on them.Read More

Staff Ed: Seven reasons why you “shouldn’t” vaccinate your children

February 14, 2019 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY EDITORIAL BOARD

Since the beginning of the year, more than 100 individual cases of measles have been reported in ten states. In light of this exciting news, the Blue & Gray would like to provide … Read More

Student calls for additional Talley Center staff to better accommodate needs

February 14, 2019 |

By TAYLOR MOONEY
Staff Writer
Mental health issues on college campuses across the country have drastically increased over the past five years. For that reason, the University of Mary Washington needs to allocate more resources toward on-campus mental health services.Read More

Corporate hypocrisy: why companies needs to adapt business practices to match advertised ideals

February 14, 2019 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY
Senior Writer
When a company releases products and advertisements supporting feminism and other equality based issues, it doesn’t always mean that they actually believe in the business practices that go along with it.Read More

Northam misrepresents Virginia amidst blackface photo scandal

February 14, 2019 |

By THOMAS SKEER
Staff Writer
Any level of racism is intolerable in today’s society and with Northam being an elected official of Virginia, he ascribes his racist ideals onto all of the Virginians he represents.Read More

Pressing questions of future plans cause students more stress

February 7, 2019 |

By ASHLEIGH GRIM
Staff Writer
As soon as I began college, I was pressed to provide answers about internships, jobs and other future plans- but I never felt ready to answer them, or that I had the right answer. Read More

Staff Ed: Government officials should resign following disturbing blackface photos and sexual misconduct allegations

February 7, 2019 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

Unsettling and disappointing facts from the past have recently resurfaced about three Virginia government officials. Governor Ralph Northam, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, and Attorney General Mark Herring are all receiving demands to resign … Read More

General Assembly Committee fails young journalists

February 6, 2019 |

By GINNY BIXBY
Associate Editor
As a representative for the Blue and Gray Press editorial board, I was asked by the Student Press Law Center to speak in front of the Virginia General Assembly on Jan. 28.Read More

Staff Ed: Citizens fear government will not remain open for long

January 31, 2019 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD
Over the past month, the United States has undergone the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history.Read More

January 28 Podcast

January 31, 2019 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

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Residence Life fails to notify residents of brown water issue

January 31, 2019 |

By MAGGIE MCCOTTER
Staff Writer
UMW students are very familiar with residence hall problems- mold, bursting pipes, bugs and AC issues.Read More