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The Blue & Gray Press | July 25, 2017

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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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Is the lack of football affecting our school spirit?

September 29, 2016 | 2

By LAUREN TAYLOR

Having grown up in Charlottesville, home of the Virginia Cavaliers, I am used to an overwhelming amount of school spirit, community involvement and sense of pride for a college. When I arrived at the University of Mary Washington, I was shocked at the stark differences between the spirit both on campus and throughout the community.Read More

Do your civic duty: head to the polls

September 29, 2016 |

By KAITIE GOODWIN

As November approaches, with headlines focusing more and more on the upcoming presidential election, it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the topic with friends. In my own experience, there seems to only be two options when it comes to feelings toward this election. Though one might expect that this choice has more to do with picking which presidential candidate to endorse, it actually has more to do with deciding whether or not to vote at all.Read More

UMW students help each other “Out of the Darkness”

September 29, 2016 | 1

By TESSA CATE

Two UMW students on their relationship with late friend, Scott Houk (“You’ve never seen two guys more platonically in love”)… the Fredericksburg community’s turnout on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Out of the Darkness suicide prevention walk (“I think it’s also important to note the sheer number of people who were at the walk today”)… and the accessability of UMW’s student counseling services.Read More

Be realistic: your protest vote will not work

September 28, 2016 |

By SHAWNYA PETERSON

In the wake of the Bernie Sanders campaign, the anti-Hillary “Bernie or Bust” movement began to gain support, with members pledging responses ranging from writing in Sanders’ name on Election Day to abstaining from voting altogether.Read More

Media, society sets unrealistic expectations for women’s beauty

September 21, 2016 | 2

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

I am a female member of Generation Y and from the day I was born, my life has been full of stereotypes and generalizations that society has tried to make me conform to. While my family has always encouraged me to be my own person, their message is contradicted by what big corporations claim should be important to me. I recognize that this is not an age or gender specific issue, but for the sake of this article, the female side of the story is going to be told.

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The iPhone 7: Apple’s courageous step backwards

September 21, 2016 |

By KAITLYN WIEDMANN

Apple’s keynote presentation on Sept. 7, 2016 confirmed the rumors: the 3.5mm audio jack is out, anti-consumerism is in. It seems that quite a lot of people are willing to put up with inconvenience for the sake of a brand, which sets a precedent for companies successfully ditching universality in favor of greed.

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This junior’s declassified school survival guide

September 21, 2016 |

By ZACHARY WOHLEKING

I am sure all of you freshmen have been hearing advice from plenty of different people on how to “survive” your first year at the University of Mary Washington. I assure you that you will survive, but surviving and thriving are two different things. If you want to “thrive” as a freshman and make the most of these first two semesters, I have some tips you will want to pay close attention to. These are just some things I have picked up during my time here at UMW.Read More

Having sex is a choice, getting your period is not

September 15, 2016 |

By PAIGE WALTON

While the University of Mary Washington, or as others sometimes jokingly refer to it, the University of Mostly Women, provides a surplus of free condoms to promote safe sex, it does very little to address the needs of anyone with a uterus and ovaries during “that” time of the month.Read More

Campus dining’s big missed steak

September 15, 2016 |

By SADIE ROBERTS

The University of Mary Washington is one of the best schools and communities someone could be a part of, in my opinion, and I believe the majority of my classmates would agree. Our school has a great campus, a caring staff, administrators, faculty and countless opportunities for students.Read More

Transfers struggling to find community on campus

September 15, 2016 |

By EMILY AINSWORTH

Transferring to a new school is similar to being a teenager; both involve being caught in the middle of a major transition. As neither a freshman nor a veteran, people are quick to assume that if you are a new student, you are a freshman, which can get very annoying.Read More

Family Weekend 2016: Animal House opens its doors to parents

September 15, 2016 |

By LIZZY WAINER

Traditions have been a part of the University of Mary Washington’s campus culture since its founding in 1908. A few of our school’s most prevalent traditions include the Ring Ceremony, Devil-Goat Day, Eagle Gathering and Thanksgiving dinner. The most important one, in my opinion, is Family Weekend.Read More

Burkini ban blurs the boundary of secular traditions in France

September 15, 2016 | 1

By TESS OSMER

I remember the first day I woke up in Rome like it was yesterday. My eyes brightly popped open to the sound of my sister’s only t-shirt hitting the wooden floor of our rented apartment as it swung off the clothesline. Megan, my older sister, had lost all of her luggage for my family’s week-long stay in Rome in July of 2007 and she took it like a champ. Her only outfit had been thrown in the wash the minute we got to the apartment late in the afternoon the day before.Read More

University of Mostly… Whites? UMW students fall victim to false advertising

September 14, 2016 | 22

By GINNY BIXBY

If you were to take a random sample of the freshmen on Move-In day and compare it to the students in photographs from the University of Mary Washington brochures and pamphlets, you may or may not be surprised to see that the number of minority students featured in our school’s marketing materials is a gross over-representation of the diversity on campus. UMW has fallen victim to the phenomenon of “minority branding.”Read More

Tour de Sunken: the injustice feeding my fear

September 7, 2016 | 1

By TESSA CATE

My head whips around, giving me a good view of the street over my shoulder as I unchain my bike from the rack. It is late and I’m exposed, standing all by myself under the last significant light source I will see until I get home. I mount my bike and ride down to Sunken Road where the lighting is minimal and the street eerie.Read More