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The Blue & Gray Press | March 27, 2017

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March on Washington: women’s rights are human rights

December 8, 2016 |

By SHYAN MURPHY

On Jan. 21, 2017, our president-elect will serve his first full day in office. In response, there will be an organized assembly of gender and racially diverse feminists gathered in the nation’s capital in order to demonstrate unity and support for the women of this country. Although this is not an anti-Trump protest, it is a march that serves as a wake-up call for women’s rights as Donald J. Trump serves his first day as our nation’s leader. Women across the country will unify in efforts to support of the rights they fear losing to the new administration.Read More

Brace yourself: winter (break) is coming

December 8, 2016 |

By MATT KLINE

As the semester comes to an end, many of us have already started making plans for winter break. Many of these plans range from catching up with friends from back home to working as many hours as possible to return for the spring semester with a large sum of money. But how should students really be spending their winter breaks?Read More

On the record: truth about RA – press confidentiality

December 8, 2016 | 1

By GINNY BIXBY

Throughout the fall semester, there has been a great deal of controversy surrounding communication between writers for The Blue & Gray Press and Residence Life staff. Many writers have reported reluctance on the part of Residence Life staff, particularly RAs, regarding being interviewed for articles. While speculation was thrown around, it was unclear whether or not Residence Life had a true policy for these situations.

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Americans exercise First Amendment right in protest

December 8, 2016 |

By YOUSEF NASSER

On Nov. 29, United States president-elect Donald Trump sent out a tweet that said, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”Read More

Students question effectiveness of final exams

December 1, 2016 |

By ELISE ADAMS

The clock ticks down the three hours as you sit in the lecture hall full of students frantically scribbling down essays and shading in the bubbles on their scantrons. Your professor stands in the front to make sure no one cheats and to have his eyes on everyone. Students have their caffeine in UMW mugs on one side of them, extra pencils and paper on the other.Read More

Med School students experience higher suicide rates, but that won’t stop me

December 1, 2016 | 10

By ANAHI VIDOVICH

At the age of six, I started asking my mother and father to buy me anatomy picture books, which I would then lean over and devour in a matter of days. From middle school onward I knew I wanted to become a physician, and from high school onward I knew I wanted to become a surgeon.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

Locked out: UMW Students’ frustration post-Thanksgiving break

December 1, 2016 | 2

By ANDREW ARENAS

After a relaxing Thanksgiving break, I knew on Sunday I would have to leave as early as possible from home to beat heavy traffic when heading back to school. The American Automobile Association stated that more travelers would be on the road than there had in the last nine years. After my parents heard that statistic, they decided to drop me off as early as they could.Read More

Should Black Friday take a back seat? Yes.

November 16, 2016 |

By AMIR KOREHI

Black Friday is a day known for the lowest prices on the season’s hottest items. It is a day that motivates shoppers to leave their Thanksgiving meals to go line up outside a store in hopes of being the first person in the door and saving some money.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

Op Ed: We must come together

November 16, 2016 |

By BRADLEY VEERHOF

At the time of writing this piece, it would be one week since the announcement was made about the general election. I do not know how things look or will look, so I will only speak to what I’ve seen between Nov. 8 and today.Read More

Op Ed: Students stand for Standing Rock

November 16, 2016 |

By BRADLEY VEERHOFF

UMW Students Demonstrate with Members of the Fredericksburg Community For Standing Rock Solidarity at Virginia Army Navy National Guard and Recruiting and Retention Center.Read More

Trump Presidency: a relief to some, shock to others

November 10, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER 

I was sitting in a friend’s apartment awaiting the 2016 presidential election results. We, a group of about 10 University of Mary Washington students, were taking over rugs, couches, chairs, and sitting silent in disbelief.

It was … Read More

Sports journalism is for women, too

November 9, 2016 |

By JENNA DAVENPORT

Female sportscasters are constantly objectified, criticized and sneered at for simply doing their job. Women in the sports world face these adversities every day, and female sports players are no exception. Sports and coverage of those sports are historically and currently a male-dominated industry.Read More

Admissions expectations rise, high school seniors cannot keep up

November 2, 2016 |

By GRACE WINFIELD

As a high school senior it is difficult to refrain from resenting the college application process. Rather than a place to flourish and grow, high school has turned into a race between peers.Read More

Will we actually make America great again, though?

November 2, 2016 | 1

By REUBEN GEORGE-EZUMA

On Nov. 8, 2016, the United States of America will be electing a new president. There is much controversy surrounding both candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Trump is often criticized for his political incorrectness and inexperience in politics, and Clinton is criticized for decisions she made during her role as Secretary of State. Though both candidates have seemingly questionable morals, the question still remains: what would happen if Donald Trump actually won the presidential election?

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The workforce can wait: why college seniors should consider post-graduation travel

November 2, 2016 |

By ISABEL FAUST

“Congrats,” “Make the Most of it,” and “Have Fun,” are all phrases I have heard over and over at my high school graduation, along with, “college will be the best four years of your life.”Read More

The cuffing season bae-sics. Why “relationship goals” are overrated

November 2, 2016 |

By VALERIE GIBSON

Scrolling through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other various other social media sites, it seems as though you are being bombarded with photos, statuses and tweets about other people’s relationships.Read More

Op Ed: Response to “your protest vote will not work”

October 26, 2016 |

By QUENTIN BENTZIN

America as a country was never designed to have only two political parties, battling head to head in every election. From the beginning, every citizen was expected to vote for whomever they thought would be the best leader of the country.Read More

All in favor of a democracy over a demagogue, say “aye”

October 26, 2016 |

By HABIBA NOOR

Like many college students, this November will be my first time voting in a presidential election.

Although people discuss this election in terms of “picking the lesser of two evils,” I disagree. I believe Hillary Clinton is the … Read More

Stressed out by the election’s media monster

October 26, 2016 |

By REBECCA MELSON

This year’s election process has been one of the most emotional, stressful and disappointing elections that I have ever lived through. The two top candidates have presented themselves like a bickering old couple, exhausting the American public with their sensationalism and constant media attacks.Read More

We aren’t so different, you and I

October 26, 2016 | 4

By KELLY O’GRADY

When asked whom you’re voting for in the upcoming election, if you say Donald Trump, you most likely get looked at like you have two heads. The response you get is, “Why? Are you crazy? How could you support him?” I have experienced this multiple times, even in class. It is truly not fair. I am accepting of other’s political views, so why should I get grilled about mine?Read More

Inclement weather brings commuter student safety to question

October 12, 2016 |

By OLYMPIA JARRELL

During inclement weather, there is always the issue of whether or not to attend school if it is open, or to remain at home. This choice becomes even more problematic for the commuters of the University of Mary Washington, who have to drive in order to attend their classes or risk gaining more absences.Read More

Media sensationalism worsens clown epidemic

October 12, 2016 |

By JESSE JONES

A recent emergence of creepy clowns has taken the United States by storm. What started out as a minute issue has turned into an epidemic as the phenomena continues to spread, gaining a cult-like following.

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Why taking a knee is a step forward

October 12, 2016 |

By EMILY GROTTLE

Throughout America’s history, there have been movements and protests calling attention to racial discrimination in the United States, many of which moved this country forward, even if by inches. But what makes people begin to speak out now? Or has it always been that way and no one wants to notice? What makes 2016 such a pivotal year in race relations, and what is making people speak out now?Read More

Mid-semester roommate troubles? Alleviate now and don’t be afraid to talk

October 12, 2016 |

By KAYLEE TYE

Imagine it is the summer before your freshman year of college. You are finally all packed and ready to move to the University of Mary Washington. You got your random roommate assignment a few months ago and have sent them a friend request on Facebook as well as a few texts. You are so anxious to meet them in person.Read More

Social media misuse on the campaign trail

October 5, 2016 |

By JONATHON MYERS

The 2016 election is slated to be a complete farce, not because of the candidates, but the voters. While many believe that neither candidate is a good presidential choice, there are far more people polarized to ravenous support of their candidate of choice.Read More

Michelle Obama for President 2020

October 5, 2016 | 1

By DEBORAH NGANGA

The first presidential debate, which took place on Monday, Sept. 26, was definitely a wake up call to remind us that very soon, a new President of the United States will be in office. Election Day is about one month away, and we have only October to really cherish our last moments with the Obama family, but most importantly, our First Lady, Michelle Obama.

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November what? American politics in a world view

October 5, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER

While walking to class Tuesday morning, campus chatter focused mainly on the first Presidential debate the previous evening. “How did we get stuck with Trump and Hillary of all the candidates,” my classmates deplored.

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Op Ed: Jefferson Davis highway should not change name

October 5, 2016 | 28

By LYDIA EISENBERG 

The city of Fredericksburg is an incredibly historic town. Established in 1728 by the General Assembly, the city has played key roles in multiple wars including the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. It would almost be a crime to deny this town of its history. Changing the name of the Jefferson Davis Highway would be the start of a downward spiral of sugar coating the facts of this city; that Fredericksburg was and is a true southern town.

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