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The Blue & Gray Press | March 25, 2017

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Is the lack of football affecting our school spirit?

September 29, 2016 | 2


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 |


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


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 |


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


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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


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


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


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

Party school rankings are out: did Mary Wash make the cut?

September 7, 2016 |


Many factors take part in the process of choosing a college. While finding the perfect school, people may consider the size of the student body, the programs offered by the school and class sizes.Read More

Freshmen feeling over-oriented

September 7, 2016 |


In what felt like the blink of an eye, move in day arrived for the class of 2020. It was a day full of mixed emotions. As a freshman myself, I was both excited over the journey to come and nervous about leaving home. But there was one feeling in particular that was shared by every member of the class of 2020 providing a sense of unity amongst us; we were all beyond ecstatic to be on UMW’s beautiful campus.Read More

EpiPen prices soar, executive salaries soar higher

September 7, 2016 |


One of my cousins has a peanut allergy and carries an EpiPen at all times. I am incredibly thankful that she comes from a family that can afford to pay Mylan’s obscene prices. Mylan N.V. is an American global generic and specialty pharmaceuticals company registered in the Netherlands. They focus on providing EpiPens to people with severe allergies. There are roughly 15 million people with food allergies in the United States including one out of every 13 children, which is approximately two per classroom.

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Crew and rugby in athletic purgatory, not club or varsity sport

April 21, 2016 | 3


Last month, The Blue & Gray Press published an article outlining a few reasons why club athletes should be held to the same standards as varsity athletes. “Personally, coming from a varsity athlete, I think that the school should uphold the same rules for all club sports and varsity athletics,” said the article’s author.Read More

Don’t be so quick to judge college graduates living at home

April 21, 2016 |


You’ve just graduated, diploma in hand and ready to begin life in the real world. Now, the first step is… to move back into your childhood bedroom at your parents’ house. After four years of living more or less on your own, moving home after graduation can feel like a step backwards, in no small part due to the social stigma associated with it.
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Work order requests are failing all too frequently, and we’re tired of it

April 21, 2016 |


Facilities Services needs to get their act together. At least I think they do. Since starting at the University of Mary Washington this past fall, I’ve been amazed by the number of work request horror stories I’ve heard from friends, and it’s gotten to the point where I don’t know a single person who hasn’t had at least one bad experience with Facilities Services. Hearing so much negativity in such a short time is a big red flag.Read More

We all may be a little narcissistic, but why are young people being punished for it?

April 14, 2016 |


The current generation of teenagers have been bemoaned for years by some who believe that teenagers have become that much more self-involved and self-absorbed than generations before, due in part to the exploding trend of selfies on social media, making behavior from teenagers that much more public.Read More

Controversial book topics necessary to prepare for college experience

April 14, 2016 |


Letting high-school students look at controversial topics and giving them responsibility to judge these topics on their own is something that is extremely important because it prepares them for the college experience.
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Ability to access campus denied to disabled students

April 13, 2016 |


Disabled students attending the University of Mary Washington know that, in some ways, accommodations on campus are sorely lacking. While I have never had issues with academic accommodations and have always found my professors to be very understanding about disabilities, campus is often physically impossible to navigate for students with mobility impairments.Read More

Uber transportation potentially dangerous for students

April 6, 2016 |


Uber has become increasingly popular among individuals looking for the easiest way to get around a city. College students have begun to capitalize on the use of Uber as a “safe” and easy way to get home from a night out that may have ended in a little too much to drink, but how safe is Uber?
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Amphitheater renovation unnecessary, removes historical character

April 6, 2016 |


Despite being such a little-visited part of campus, the amphitheater has recently come to the forefront of the minds of the student body. This is mostly due to the unfortunate accident that occurred to a female student.
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Non-traditional students desire more recognition on campus

April 6, 2016 |


Everyone has their own unique college experience, but being a non-traditional student can create a negative experience. Some students are transfers, commuters, full-time career- building family providers – some are like me: a 23 years old, newly married, transfer, commuter, and full-time student. That’s a lot to handle sometimes.Read More

Courteous students make walks to class easier

March 31, 2016 | 1


You know what I love about University of Mary Washington students? I love their willingness to share. Couches, study rooms, computers, but most of all, the sidewalk. There has not been a day over the past four years when I have been body slammed by chicks and bros. Like the parting of the Red Sea, every student on this campus courteously stays to the right, ensuring that every student is able to use the sidewalk and not just a group of biddies and their Vera Bradley backpacks.Read More

No more waiting around, UMW needs divestment now

March 31, 2016 |


As responsive as the University of Mary Washington says it is, it has been two years since the university has answered the pleas of DivestUMW students. Finally there is some hope for students of DivestUMW because the subcommittee of President Hurley’s Council on Sustainability has researched the advantages of divesting.
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Relationship goals: how to get your ex back

March 31, 2016 |


1. Constantly call him.

If you aren’t incessantly texting and calling him, leaving him voicemails every hour, how will he know that you want him back? The only way to let him know you still want him, is to never let his phone be empty. Hit him up at all hours of the day, and he’ll be back in your arms in no time!Read More

Endorsement from Carson to Trump may sacrifice trust from supporters

March 24, 2016 |


Endorsement from Carson may come at sacrifice to trust from supporters Former presidential candidate Ben Carson announced that he would be endorsing current candidate Donald Trump on Friday, March 11, a decision I believe has cost Carson the trust he established with his voters by supporting a candidate who, so far, has seemed to share little in common with Carson’s own moral beliefs.Read More