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The Blue & Gray Press | April 24, 2017

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Op Ed: #WeAreAllRefugees

April 21, 2017 | 5

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

Staff Ed: changes to come next year as Blue & Gray Press seeks help from UMW community

April 20, 2017 |

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.Read More

Motivation techniques for the screen-locked college student

April 20, 2017 | 1

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 … Read More

Celtics on brink of historic upset, tragedy strikes Boston’s star player

April 20, 2017 |

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 … Read More

Campus Accountability and Safety Act reintroduced by Mark Warner and colleagues

April 20, 2017 |

By KAITLYN WIEDMANN

Aiming to change the way rape and sexual assault cases are handled and reported on college campuses, Sen. Mark Warner and his colleagues have reintroduced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. This act, an amendment to The Clery Act, is a bipartisan effort that will require campus officials to adhere to standard training and consistent reporting practices. Its goal is to empower survivors by making sure they have access to support services and are in control of their own care and the reporting process.

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Won 4 Wesley: the lasting impact of UMW’s honorary Eagle

April 20, 2017 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

Hundreds gathered at Barnesfield Park in King George, Virginia on Monday to celebrate the life of 22- year-old Wesley Berry, who passed away on Thursday, April 13 after a 10-year battle with brain cancer, the same number he wore on the baseball field. Country music filled the air as loved ones gathered on the infield of the baseball field to honor their inspirational figure and honorary Eagle.Read More

Macbeth takes stage in Klein Theatre

April 20, 2017 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

On Thursday, April 13 I and three of my friends found ourselves making our way across campus to Klein Theatre where we would proceed to watch a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. That night, what originally started as a class assignment became an enjoyable memory for the four of us.Read More

Running: what happens after crawling out of bed

April 20, 2017 |

By SUSANNAH TOMBES

I wake up with the sun as the rest of campus is still in deep sleep, breathing heavily under soft comforters. Thoughts about hiding under my own covers invade my mind and I know that the battle has begun. I get up. I’m getting dressed and I have to remind myself that the only runs I have regretted are the ones that I never went on. Slipping on my shoes, I make my way out of my dorm and move into a jog until I find my pace.

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UMW golf finishes inaugural season on high note

April 20, 2017 |

BY MIKEY BARNES

On Oct. 24, 2014, the University of Mary Washington announced it would be welcoming a new program to the UMW athletics team. That program addition was the men’s golf team, coached by former men’s basketball coach, Rod Wood. Wood had led the UMW men’s basketball program to the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament in his final season as the head of the program. He served as the head golf coach at Robert E. Lee High School where he led them to two conference championships.Read More

You had me at Pho

April 20, 2017 | 1

By ES HETHCOX

With the end of the semester drawing near, some Mary Washington students are watching their flex dollars and meal swipes dwindle as they enter the final three weeks of the semester. However, UMW students should not lose hope. Fredericksburg is a college town, and college towns look after their student community.Read More

Sportpinion: Is softball given equal opportunities as baseball?

April 20, 2017 |

BY RACHEL FINSTON

UMW is colloquially known as “University of Mostly Women” but how does that translate to the university’s sports teams? Specifically in the case of softball and baseball, equity seems questionable.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

Partnership between UMW and GMU leads to “The 3+3 Accelerated Program” for law

April 20, 2017 |

By AMANDA HOWAR

The University of Mary Washington has a new pathway for students interested in law. Teaming up with George Mason University, starting in the fall semester of 2017, UMW has created an accelerated pathway into the Antonin Scalia Law School called “The 3+3 Accelerated Program” for UMW students. It was created by Richard Finkelstein, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Henry Butler, dean and professor of law at the Antonin Scalia Law School.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

Senior offers words of wisdom to UMW freshmen

April 19, 2017 |

By HALEY SPENCER

The 2017 school year is beginning to wrap up and graduating seniors are preparing to write a new chapter in their lives and endure a new adventure. For them, it has been four years of papers and exams, late nights in Simpson Library and the Hurley Convergence Center, many trips to Blackstone for the largest coffees available and celebrating with their life-long friends for semesters’ ends.Read More

TV helps with finals? It’s not as crazy as it sounds

April 19, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

With finals week rapidly approaching, University of Mary Washington students find themselves faced with the difficult task of trying to find ways to relax amidst all the chaos that the end of the semester can bring.Read More

Millions of dollars left over annually from unused flex money

April 19, 2017 | 1

By KELLY EMMRICH & ABIGAIL WHITTINGTON

At the end of spring 2016, University of Mary Washington student, Nick Atwell had roughly $130 of flex left over. He used that money to buy 12 large pizzas to feed his stressed peers during exam week. Atwell ends every year with an abundance of flex because he chooses to eat in the University Center dining hall, where he can eat healthy options for only a meal swipe. Despite mostly relying on meal swipes to feed him, Atwell still ends each year with about 30 unused swipes.Read More

UMW works with Peace Corps to offer a new prep program for students

April 19, 2017 |

By JONATHON MYERS

Starting in the fall of 2017, the University of Mary Washington will be offering a program to students interested in joining the Peace Corps after graduation. In a newly acquired partnership with the Peace Corps, students will have the opportunity to prepare for a volunteer experience that would take place following their college years.Read More

UMW Style: the characters of ‘Macbeth’ show off medieval Scottish couture

April 13, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

“My attire just got an upgrade actually because I recently killed the King and I figured I’d take the crown. I found this really nice coat in my closet, and it’s so heavy that it makes it difficult to go down the stairs, but it looks great. I have a pretty rad belt, it looks kind of WWE. I have a lot of red now and it kind of brings out my eyes.”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

The struggles of rooting for your hometown team, outside of your hometown

April 13, 2017 |

BY HARRY FISHER

As someone who spent half his life growing up in Philadelphia, I’ve always found it difficult to like a place like Virginia. I’m more at home among narrow streets lined with cars and tall buildings then I am among wide-open rural areas and small towns. Of course, Fredericksburg is far from a small town, and over the past 10 years, I’ve learned to love this city and think of it as a second home. Unfortunately, the one thing I continually find it difficult to do as a resident of Fredericksburg is express my interest in Philadelphia sports teams.Read More

How Catholicism plays into one family’s Easter Sunday traditions

April 13, 2017 |

By SUSANNAH TOMBES

Easter Sunday is my favorite day of the entire year because of the hope that it gives me, and what it represents for my faith as a Catholic. Easter for my family is not about the Easter bunny and egg hunts. For us, it’s a chance to be with each other and celebrate the sacrifice and gift of Christ’s death and resurrection.Read More

University Faculty Council meeting proposes ideas for new class recording policy

April 13, 2017 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTRYE

Students miss classes for many reasons ranging from sickness to dealing with personal issues. In situations when they cannot attend class, students tend to rely on professor’s office hours or notes from classmates in order to find out what they missed. However, a new way to obtain classroom material may become accessible to students soon.Read More

Student faculty dance concert combines hip hop, contemporary and Bollywood

April 13, 2017 | 1

By ABIGAIL WHITTINGTON

The whispers of the audience hushed as four ghostly figures took their place on the dark stage. The lights on the stage came on and the four figures became four women dressed in flowing white gowns. They walked staggered from the front of the stage to the back of the stage, swishing their gowns with occasional instances of performative writhing pain. Then the music began and the women performed a contemporary dance piece.Read More

Apogee and UMW brings students a new online TV channel listing

April 13, 2017 |

By CELINE CHASSAGNEUX

Started in the spring of 2017, Apogee and the University of Mary Washington partnered together to bring students a new television channel listing. The new guide option was officially implemented on March 28.Read More

Personal anxiety story: managing your anxiety through college

April 13, 2017 | 2

By FINNLEY GOFF

I have had people ask me how I get over anxiety when I need to—what I mean by this is how I can sometimes push past things without letting them overwhelm me. Let me begin with some background: I’ve had the symptoms of generalized anxiety ever since I could talk. My mother had anxiety also and quickly noticed my similar symptoms. I wasn’t raised in an environment in which mental health was ignored. I was raised by a mother who was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and treated it with medication for multiple years.Read More

Fredericksburg Visitor Center showcases brochures, maps and local art

April 13, 2017 |

By ES HETHCOX

As Friday night in downtown Fredericksburg begins to ignite, tourists and Mary Washington students wander in and out of an old brick building on the corner of Caroline and Charlotte Street. Each person has one goal in mind: to see what the city of Fredericksburg has to offer.Read More

Getting into shape vs. Getting out of bed

April 13, 2017 |

BY GARY KNOWLES

The alarm blares, sounding out like a police siren. Slowly, my eyes creep open and meet the flashing light in the dark room. I move over to turn my alarm off. After doing so, I contemplate why I decided it would be a good idea to wake up at exactly 5 a.m. and go to the gym. I’m not going to lie, there are plenty of days where shutting off the alarm and rolling over becomes the best choice.Read More

Freshman Erin Andrewlevich named CAC Rookie of the Year for track

April 13, 2017 | 1

BY GINNY BIXBY

At the Capital Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships in February, University of Mary Washington track freshman Erin Andrewlevich was thrown in at the last minute to anchor the women’s 4×400-meter relay.Read More

Record-breaking season for track and field standout Daniel Forjan

April 13, 2017 |

BY JASMINE TURNER

Daniel Forjan is a junior at the University of Mary Washington and has been a member of the track and field team since his freshman year. Forjan holds school records participating in shot put, discus, hammer and the weight throw with personal bests throws of 15.79 meters in shot put, 44.09 meters in discus, 41.69 meters in hammer and 14.67 meters in weight throw while at UMW.Read More