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The Blue & Gray Press | June 23, 2018

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UMW needs to do more to promote self-care among students

October 19, 2017 |

By PAIGE WALTON

Staff Writer

As college students, we are among the most highly stressed individuals. As people who dedicate the majority of our time to school, our university needs to do more to educate and promote self-care.Read More

NFL players are not being disrespectful by exercising their right to protest

October 18, 2017 |

By GINNY BIXBY

Viewpoints Editor

After weeks of criticism and media attention focused on players kneeling for the national anthem in protest, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at a news conference on Wednesday, Oct. 18 that while he believes that players should stand for the playing of the national anthem, he does not plan to create or enforce any rule requiring them to. While Goodell should openly support his players’ First Amendment rights, it is reassuring to know that he does not plan to censor them- after all, that would be illegal.Read More

Extended dining hall hours at the UC provides students with more options for meal times

October 12, 2017 |

By KEELY CERVANTE

Staff Writer

In a college setting, the stress of classes and activities can leave a person constantly hungry. The University Center houses most of the dining options available on campus, including the main dining hall as well as Qdoba, Lil Joe’s and Jamba Juice. Although the food is located centrally on campus, the hours of the dining facilities are not convenient for students. Typically, the hours for the dining hall are usually from 7 a.m to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The main dining hall at the fourth floor of the University Center have extended the closing time from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.Read More

Pay attention: Texting and walking can wait

October 12, 2017 |

By SKYLA HENDRICKS 

Staff Writer

According to an article published by CNN, only 10 to 12 percent of people would be categorized as being “addicted” to their smart phones. While this is a relatively small percentage of the American population, it is fair to say that most Americans with access to smart phones are overusing them.Read More

Professors should be more lenient with their attendance policies

October 12, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

Senior Writer

Life is full of obstacles, sometimes these obstacles cause students to miss class. This semester, my classes at the University of Mary Washington have had strict attendance policies that are strongly enforced. College students are known to skip out on classes, however, with the fear of losing points toward their final grade they may be less inclined to skip. What I take issue with is when students with valid excuses for missing class, who also make up all their work, end up with a lower grade point average in the end.Read More

UMW should offer more online classes to give students flexibility

October 5, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

Senior Writer
Life as a college student is all about creating the perfect schedule to avoid unnecessary stress. In my experience, I have found online classes are a great option when trying to create a flexible schedule. However, after transferring to the University of Mary Washington last year, I was sad to learn that the university has a limited amount of classes offered online. In correspondence with Rita Dunston, university registrar, she said, “No more than 5 percent of online classes are offered during the academic year.”Read More

Bring your crayons to college: Classes should be more creative

October 5, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer

Last Tuesday, in my introductory digital studies class, taught by Dr. Brenta Blevins, I had to do something I haven’t done since I was in Kindergarten- use crayons to color a picture. We were … Read More

NFL players have the right to protest but should consider a different platform in which to do so

October 5, 2017 |

By EMILY KUBE
Staff Writer

The NFL has been the subject of much controversy around the country over the last couple of weeks. Some players are kneeling during the National Anthem, while some are not even coming onto the field. It is saddening to watch your favorite team or player use the field as a place to protest, especially during a time that means so much to us. Read More

Letter to the Editor: Latino Student Association supports students affected by DACA

September 28, 2017 |

By TATIANA ALEMAN and NOEMI ALEMAN

Contributing Writers

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) supports over 800,000 people who were brought to the United States for better opportunities.  DACA provides a temporary right to live, work, serve and study legally. Removing DACA will affect the lives of numerous individuals; most of them being young adults and students.Read More

This year’s Emmy Awards made strides toward greater diversity, but more work needs to be done

September 28, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON

Senior Writer

Last week, the Emmy Awards broke records and perhaps set a precedent for a new wave of racial and gender diversity in award shows. Donald Glover became the first African American to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his show “Atlanta,” along with two other people of color who were also nominated in the same category. Aziz Ansari was awarded for his “Master of None” and Anthony Anderson for “Black-ish.”Read More

Campus jobs teach valuable life skills and provide great opportunities

September 28, 2017 |

By ABBEY BAILEY

Staff Writer

I have always been a person who must keep busy. When I started school at UMW in the fall of 2014, I knew that if I wanted to stay sane I needed to work. Living on campus without a car limited my possibilities for jobs, so I began by applying through the Financial Aid office as a circulation assistant at Simpson Library. I began working there in January 2015 and I’ve worked on campus ever since.Read More

New rule requiring students to loft beds is a good decision on the part of ResLife

September 27, 2017 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY

Staff Writer

This year many students arrived on campus during move-in day to find a new challenge. As of the Fall 2017 semester, UMW Residence Life has implemented a new rule involving the setup of lofted beds. As per usual, beds may be lofted at the request of students. However, starting this year students will have to do the lifting themselves.Read More

Living off-campus offers more freedom than living in a residence hall

September 20, 2017 |

By ARIANA BARRETT 

Staff Writer

After serving my time in residence halls for the obligatory two-year period required for UMW students, I decided to rent a house with some friends. So far, I like it a lot better than I liked living in a dorm. While there are some benefits to living on campus, overall there are a lot more perks to living off-campus.Read More

White House should stay out of Jemele Hill tweeting controversy

September 20, 2017 |

By ALLISON TOVEY

Staff Writer

On Monday Sept. 11, Jemele Hill, a host of ESPN’s SportsCenter, posted a series of tweets speaking out about Donald Trump and the bigotry that he has expressed time and time again.Read More

University of Mary Washington… or Mary Washington University? Student says names should not be based in elitism

September 20, 2017 |

By KATE SELTZER

Staff Writer

In the 1980s, a debate over a possible name change for the University of Mary Washington surged through campus, with students, faculty, alumni and city council members weighing in. Eventually, those that supported keeping the name, Mary Washington College, won out. In the early 2000s, a similar controversy arose as the school contemplated expanding to university status. Although it was probably well-intentioned, the ultimate decision to rechristen our dear alma mater the “University of Mary Washington” was the wrong one.Read More

Social media users have a responsibility to speak out against injustice

September 14, 2017 |

By LUBNA AKHTAR 

Staff Writer 

With the internet timelines of our friends, family, and peers directly at our fingertips, it is crucial for us to have a political voice on social media, even if it is a voice that makes other people uncomfortable. Given the recent events like the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville and the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, we cannot afford to remain silent. Being silent and using social media solely to post cat videos will not suffice in this time of such great social turmoil. Keeping silent in the wake of these events is essentially condoning the cruelty in the world around us.Read More

Parking passes are a racket for Eagle Landing residents

September 13, 2017 |

By MADISON PACE

Staff Writer

Upperclassmen have the opportunity to have their cars on campus, however, the parking situation may be more than they bargained for.Read More

Official Greek life would harm UMW community

September 13, 2017 |

By VICTORIA MUNEVAR

Last year in the official UMW Class of 2020 Facebook group, several students started a petition to officiate Greek life on campus. This sparked a heated debate in the comments section, among students who had polarizing opinions on the issue.Read More

Trump’s tweets provide little reassurance to hurricane victims

September 7, 2017 |

By GRACE WINFIELD 

Staff Writer

Hurricane Harvey is the first natural disaster to test Donald Trump’s presidency. The category four storm devastated and displaced thousands of Texans over the past week. As a result of the storm’s extremely heavy rainfall, southern Texas has experienced devastating floods. Houston being the most affected. About 33 trillion gallons of rain have been dumped along the Gulf Coast.Read More

Talley Center needs resources to support graduate students

September 7, 2017 |

By JACKSON DOWNEY

Staff Writer

An anonymous graduate student at UMW, visited the Talley Center hoping to schedule bi-weekly counseling appointments. she said that she had been struggling with anxiety throughout the summer and thought the resources provided at the Talley Center could help her with her mental health struggles.Read More

Professors should consider costs when assigning textbooks

September 7, 2017 |

By JAIME MCGUIRE

Staff Writer

It is the beginning of a new semester, which leaves college students confronting the inevitable required textbook list. Many students shell out $300 or $400 at the beginning of the semester for just one book but are only able to resell it for a few dollars. If these textbooks are required, why are they so outrageously priced?Read More

Taylor Swift’s reputation: from America’s sweetheart to queen of the snake emoji

September 7, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON

Staff Writer

Few celebrities are as image conscious as Taylor Swift. At twenty-seven years old, she is a multi-millionaire and internationally known celebrity. One might even call Swift infamous due to the polarizing public opinions surrounding her music and her personal life. Swift is known for playing the victim, or, is alternatively, America’s sweetheart.Read More

Rappahannock Scholars program changes lives

April 27, 2017 |

By MARK NOEL

The Rappahannock Scholars program was created in 2007. The program places six high schools in the Northern Neck region of Virginia in partnership with the University of Mary Washington. These six high schools include Essex, King and Queen Central, Lancaster, Washington and Lee High, Northumberland, and Rappahannock High schools. The main purpose of this program is to support the university’s mission of being a nexus for engagement among diverse communities by recruiting, retaining and supporting underrepresented and economically disadvantage students from high schools in these areas.Read More

Oppressed work to empower each other under Trump presidency

April 27, 2017 |

By DANIELLE HOWARD

Throughout the entirety of his campaign, President Donald Trump actively insulted and attacked large margins of American citizens while empowering a select few under the guise of his slogan ‘Make America Great Again.’ His words and beliefs against people of color, members of the LGBT+ community, women, Muslims and more were met with horror and praise.Read More

Students: Lodge university-related complaints in a constructive manner

April 26, 2017 |

By LAUREN CLOSS

High school students participating in the “Shadow a Student” opportunity at UMW are often met with discouraging comments. One high school student met my friends and other peers in my classes. The student was immediately hit with their apologies about how boring the class was, how the professor didn’t explain a concept enough or how difficult the current homework project. I swooped in to reassure the student that professors are great about answering questions during office hours, how classes are very interesting and that hardworking students can still get an A.Read More

Op Ed: #WeAreAllRefugees

April 21, 2017 |

By SARAH TEAGUE 

I am more and more frustrated by the western world and its actions against the immigrants to Europe. They are refugees, people! Can no one understand that? Trouble always comes with any group, but it is racist … Read More

Students react to United controversy

April 20, 2017 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

On April 9, 2017, O’Hare International Airport police forcibly had removed passenger David Dao from United Flight 3411 after he refused to exit the airplane upon the demand of management. Dao screamed as officers pulled him out of his seat, and his face hit an armrest during the struggle.Read More

Transfer student finds home at UMW

April 20, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

I still remember my first day of college. I felt like a kindergartener all over again with sweaty palms and butterflies in my stomach. Sure, I was nervous, but I was also bursting with excitement. I was about to start my journey down a four-year road of self-discovery.Read More

UMW Parking Management is not the bad guy

April 13, 2017 |

By WILL ATKINSON

Tucked in the basement of Lee Hall, Jean Elliot’s phone suddenly rings. She presses the receiver to her ear and listen’s intently. It’s yet another report from a parking enforcement officer calling to warn her that a student has illegally parked in a “Customer-Only” spot in the Pizza Hut parking lot between College Avenue and Jefferson Davis Highway.Read More

Community colleges fall short of community feeling

April 13, 2017 |

By STEPHANIE COOK

Everyone has different criteria for where they want to pursue higher education. Some individuals want to get out of their hometown, while some want to pursue special majors only offered at select institutions. Some people go to college for the athletics, some go for the experience and some just go to get their degree, but there’s a growing population of students who commute to and from community colleges every day.Read More