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.
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.
By GARY KNOWLES
Debra Schleef, the assistant provost for Institutional Analysis and Effectiveness, initiated a motion to change how student evaluations work at the end of each semester. Currently, not all classes are evaluated at the end of every semester. If this proposed addition to the faculty handbook is approved, then students enrolled in credit courses will be given an evaluation form for those classes.
By MARK NOEL
The University of Mary Washington has many great resources on campus for professors and students but there is a more recent resource that has gone unnoticed by most of the UMW community. This resource is called Kanopy streaming and was founded by Olivia Humphrey in 2008.
By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE
Virginia gubernatorial candidate, Tom Perriello, visited the University of Mary Washington last Wednesday while on his college campus tour. He talked to students and faculty members in the Hurley Convergence Center about his policies on mental health issues, his proposal for free education at two-year community colleges, promoting an environmentally friendly Virginia and combatting sexual assault.
By WILL ATKINSON
The UMW Men’s Lacrosse season came to a close on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Salisbury, Maryland to the nationally top ranked Salisbury Seagulls. The Eagles were eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs after a dominant first round victory over the Frostburg Bobcats.
By CELINE CHASSAGNEUX
Club Basketball is a huge part of the University of Mary Washington, especially for those who love basketball and want to play. The team has been to four tournaments so far, this year. Three players, Zachary Wohleking, Terrin Dickerson, and TJ Flood have a lot to say about their time on the team and the continuation of the club for the next coming year.
By STEPHANIE COOK
There has been a debate over what category dance falls under for years. The general public as a form of art, or as a physical activity, but never as a sport has typically viewed dance. While many dance classes are held in gym studios (UMW even boasts its own Zumba dance fitness program), why is there hesitation to refer to dance as a sport?
By MARK NOEL AND MIKEY BARNES
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are arguably the best two teams in the league. These two teams have met in the finals the last two years, and are expected to meet again this year. The Cavaliers faced the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs, however, they were no match for King James and the Cavaliers. The Indiana Pacers lost in game four of this series with a score of 106-102.
By JANELLE BEHM
Many sports teams practice on fields, some in the gym, in the pool and others throughout the immediate Fredericksburg area. It is important for those who are on sports teams to focus while they are training. The women’s cross-country team is made up of twelve women who all run throughout The University of Mary Washington and the Fredericksburg area.
By KAYTLYN BIDDLE
The women’s lacrosse team has had a landmark season this year. It has been one of the most successful since recent years. They made it to the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference, where they faced their personal team to beat, Salisbury. It marked their first shutout game since 1987 against Southern Virginia and on senior day no less.
By ANDREW BOSWELL
Since the beginning of the semester, a few other students and I have been working with professor Zach Whalen to create an exhibit that would fill students with nostalgia of the 90s. The idea originated with professor Whalen wanting to recreate the successful “80s Living Room” that was displayed on the fourth floor of the Convergence Center during the spring semester of 2015.
By THEODOSIUS ZOTOS
Grab your green or red and put your game faces on — today is the big day. Every year on the Thursday of the last week of classes, the most anticipated and epic UMW event of the year takes place.
By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS
This week’s issue marks the The Blue & Gray Press’ last issue of the semester. This week is bittersweet. We welcome in our new staff and start to implement some changes for next year. However, …
By ESTER SALGUERO
In March, Juliette Landphair, Vice President for Student Affairs, sent out a statement on behalf of the university and its staff announcing that the University of Mary Washington settled a lawsuit with Jasmine Orsted. A former student, who said that she felt racially discriminated against after being cut from the women’s basketball team before her tryout date.
By VIRGINIA BIXBY
Sarah Hansen, UMW’s Young Democrats President, still remembers the moment she realized that it was Donald Trump’s column that lit up on the news channel in November during general election. She felt worried and fearful especially, after months of promoting Hillary Clinton’s campaign with fellow members of the Young Dems. She was dispirited by Trump’s unprecedented victory.
By WILL BRORSEN
As the weather continues to warm up, summer fishermen start to break out their tackle boxes and fishing rods. The Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg is a great place to fish, and the fish start biting around this time. Fishing right now is the best experience, there’s always time for just one more cast.
By LAURA MAKOLANDRA
At the beginning of each school year, the Title IX office holds a session on how partners should consent to sex. They show videos that roleplay how students might have conversations about consent. These videos instruct students to have open conversations about sex and make sure that both partners agree verbally.
By VIRGINIA BIXBY
Sophomore Ariana Barrett and her roommate were looking forward to a fun evening at the Waka Flocka Flame spring concert featuring D.R.A.M. Before the concert, they wanted to stop by their dorm room. On their way to the second floor the area coordinator remarked that there was a strong smell of marijuana. Barrett agreed, without actually saying so out loud, but she thought it smelled like someone was smoking pot.
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.
By OLIVIA BRIDGES
The rosy hues of the sun began to fade as 412 people from the University of Mary Washington and the Fredericksburg community gathered near the Bell Tower. Glowing figures covered with strokes of neon paint stood at the start line, in the evening hours, waiting excitedly for the clock to strike eight. As the run commenced, the rhythmic thumping of participants’ feet drowned out the music that was playing throughout Campus Walk for UMW’s 5k “Glow Run.”
By HALEY SPENCER
Before April 1, The University of Mary Washington held a contract with Allied Barton Security Inc, an internal security force. UMW employed officers from this company to man the front desk at Eagle Landing after midnight and on weeknights.
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By CHEYENNE ROLLINS
It’s a widely known secret among the students. Sometimes the doors to Seacobeck Hall are left open, other times they are not, and it just takes a jiggle of the doorknob to find out. If the door …
By KAYTLYN BIDDE
Many professors on campus allow students to use their laptops in class, but some professors don’t. In high school I was required to write my notes in a notebook or a binder. When I came to college, I found that most students took notes on their laptops.
By ES HETHCOX
April is a stressful month for Mary Washington students, but this stress is not solely because of assignments or presentations. During the month of April the UMW Admissions Office welcomes large groups of individuals interested in Mary Washington to campus. Tour guides show these groups around residence halls, classrooms and popular campus scenes such as Ball Circle.
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 …
by THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS
Over the course of the year, The Blue & Gray Press staff has worked hard to produce the highest quality product of news. In what could be called one of the most challenging years in the history of journalism, we take pride in staying true to our mission of striving for accurate news to benefit the University of Mary Washington and the Fredericksburg communities.
By FINNLEY GOFF
The thrumming of the internet calls to you and suddenly you’re sucked into the depths of YouTube or Facebook, unable to surface until hours later. At least, this is you if you act anything like me. Even …
By RYAN BRAUCH
The 2016-2017 NBA season featured and intense Eastern Conference battle for the first overall playoff seed, between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers held the top seed heading into the All-Star break with a …