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The Blue & Gray Press | March 25, 2017

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UMW Style: transitions into spring and inspiration from Kpop and 90s

February 23, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

“Kpop, also known as Korean pop music, inspires this outfit and other outfits I wear, and since I’m a college student I want to be comfortable but also not look like a bum. I think the way you dress shows the kind of person you are, and I tend to dress friendly so that I look approachable.”Read More

Grammys: Stop playing games with us

February 23, 2017 |

By COLE MASAITIS

On Feb. 12, 2017, the 59th Annual Grammy Awards was broadcasted live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles by CBS. Rewind to the 1950s and the first recorded video games came to life.Read More

Pro-life stance gains following among millennials

February 23, 2017 | 4

By SUSANNAH TOMBES

It has been said that the only people who are pro-life are old, white men. This is simply just not the case. While it is true that there are many older men in Congress who say that they are pro-life, I have seen an increase in millennials switching their views on abortion and embracing the pro-life stance.Read More

Use care packages to show love to loved ones

February 23, 2017 |

By COLLEEN SULLIVAN

While at college, it may seem difficult to connect with old friends from home, especially when maintaining a busy schedule. Texts and phone calls, though efficient, can be impersonal and rushed. To show a friend that distance doesn’t change a thing, sending a care package is a simple gesture that will brighten someone’s day. The highpoint of creating this gift is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be filled with store-bought baubles; there are many easy crafts one can do to create a personalized and unique care package.Read More

Bushnell Hall closing next year for upgrades

February 22, 2017 |

By RACHEL MANNING

Beginning next fall semester, Bushnell Hall will be closed for maintenance, according to the University of Mary Washington’s housing selection website. It will reopen for the 2018-2019 term. To accommodate the displaced students, the third and fourth floors of Jefferson Hall will revert from single to double occupancy. The main reason that Bushnell is being closed is so that air conditioning window units can be installed. However, that is not the only change coming to Bushnell, there will be multiple updates to appliances in the kitchens and study lounges as well.Read More

University plans to construct Hillel House to bolster Jewish community

February 22, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON

The Jewish community in Fredericksburg is relatively small compared to other cities, but the University of Mary Washington has a smattering of Jewish students who call campus home. Unfortunately, these students do not have a designated space of their own, while many other student religious groups do.Read More

Step Show sheds light into black history and culture

February 22, 2017 |

By DANIELLE HOWARD

This Saturday, in honor of Black History Month, Women of Color and the Black Student Association partnered together with the James Farmer Multicultural Center for the 26th Annual Step Show Competition.Read More

Feb. 20 Podcast

February 22, 2017 |

Podcast of the Feb. 17 issue. Read More

UMW issues statement regarding vulgar hate note posted on campus

February 16, 2017 | 2

Below is a message from Vice President for Student Affairs, Juliette Landphair, on the recent news of the hate-speech posted on Campus Walk, recently sent to the UMW community. Click here for the original story.

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Dear UMW Community Members:

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Op Ed: Jeff Session is Great!

February 16, 2017 | 8

By IAN SCOTT WILSON

Jeff Sessions, on February 1, was approved by the Senate Judiciary committee in an 11-9 vote. The full Senate voted 52 to 47 (as opposed to 56 to 43 for Loretta Lynch with Republicans breaking rank, … Read More

Alcohol makes its way back to Underground, Fred Red voted as UMW brew

February 16, 2017 | 1

By JANELLE BEHM

Last week, he Underground reintroduced beer and wine to the menu. This was kicked off with a free beer tasting hosted by the Student Government Association to help choose the official UMW beer.Read More

What (bizarre) factors influence your NCAA tournament picks?

February 16, 2017 |

BY AMANDA BIELECKI

March is almost here which means the peak of college basketball has arrived: March Madness. People fill out brackets, knowing it will probably be busted in the first round and putting down their bets. How do people pick and which way is most effective? Many non-college basketball fans fill out brackets just for the fun of it and often base it on something completely unrelated to skill, including, color, team name, mascot, location and more. So which way of picking teams is most effective when you don’t actually analyze the stats?Read More

Vegan/Vegetarian athletes: sports nutrition isn’t just a steak and eggs game anymore

February 16, 2017 |

By KAYLEIGH RONGEY

Being a vegan or vegetarian athlete may sound oxymoronic, but more players choose to go meat-free than you would think. As I looked at previous Atlanta Falcons players after Super Bowl LI, I stumbled across a former player who was able to maintain a vegan diet throughout his football career while maintaining a healthy weight of 247 pounds.Read More

Softball team looks forward to spending spring break in Myrtle Beach

February 16, 2017 |

By KAYLEE TYE

Many University of Mary Washington students head home for spring break, whether it is to work, spend time with family or to catch up with old friends. They go home to relax and get a break from all the school work they have had, but not UMW’s varsity softball team, who are heading to Myrtle Beach this spring break.Read More

ResHall Recipes: Valentine’s Day comfort food

February 16, 2017 |

By ESTHER HEATHCOX

Valentine’s Day is a national holiday for individuals of all ages who get to enjoy the delicious recipes that this holiday brings. However, one important group of individuals that shine in the kitchen are not star-crossed lovers, but instead the single hearts of Mary Washington. Read More

The Grammys wasn’t all is was cracked up to be(yoncé)

February 16, 2017 |

By JONATHON MYERS

The Grammys this year, despite what the sponsored articles may tell you, was a complete mess. From awkward comedy bits, to multiple flubbed performances, to Beyoncé getting snubbed once again, the 2017 Grammy awards proved to be a disappointment compared to its predecessors. After losing so many revered artists over the past year, it was a disappointment we really didn’t need right now.Read More

Muslim professor at UMW feels direct affects of Trump’s travel ban, tells his story

February 16, 2017 |

By NATALIE BEYER

In January, when Professor Mehdi Aminrazavi marched with hundreds of thousands of women, men and children on Washington, he had no idea that just six days later things would get much worse for his family and him. The spirit of resistance from the momentous march dissolved into utter silence for Aminrazavi, as the Muslim ban was met with quiet complacency on the campus front.Read More

Jose Sainz speaks out about the problematic limitations that were placed on UMW students after travel ban

February 16, 2017 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES

Since President Trump’s inauguration, he has passed many controversial executive orders. The travel ban halted persons entering the United States from seven primarily Muslim countries for 90 days. President Trump’s executive order caused a lot of unrest, especially for American Muslims who were not be able to return to their families in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. However, that ban has recently been lifted but that did not deter any effects that were felt by multiple universities throughout Virginia.Read More

How commuting to school works better for one student

February 16, 2017 |

By JOHN MARTIN

I have been a commuter at the University of Mary Washington for a little under two years since transferring from Germanna Community College. I believe it is a great experience to go through to help prepare yourself for the future and real world.

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Staff Ed: Return of alcohol to Underground is good sign that UMW is listening to students

February 16, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Most current University of Mary Washington students were not old enough to enjoy the times when alcohol was readily available for purchase on campus, and many others don’t remember a time when it was offered at all.Read More

Women’s basketball gears towards CAC tournament after recent skid

February 16, 2017 |

By DUSTIN THOMAS

Going into senior day this on Feb. 11 against Penn State-Harrisburg (5-17, 3-12 CAC), the University of Mary Washington women’s basketball team, led by seniors Brianne Comden and Megan Green, looked to be on their way to winning out for the rest of regular season and hosting the CAC tournament, which begins Tuesday, Feb. 21.Read More

Great Lives: Ty Cobb wasn’t the violent racist you thought

February 16, 2017 |

By ETHAN TOBIN

Have you ever wondered how baseball’s “greatest of all-time” was also deemed a violent racist, who was known for spiking his cleats with the intent of sliding in hard on the opponent, yet set the standards for the Baseball Hall of Fame? If so, you’ve got the 1900s baseball legend Tyrus Raymond “Ty” Cobb to thank.

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UMW students gain momentum for March for Science on Washington

February 16, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

Due to recent events involving environmental protection, scientists and students alike have been coming together to form a “March for Science” to raise awareness for issues such as climate change and scientific integrity. Inspired by the Women’s March, which took place the day after President Trump’s inauguration, the scientists’ march on Washington is meant to be a non-partisan march to make the scientific community heard. The University of Mary Washington’s own Biological Student Association plans on attending the march and hopes to encourage others to attend while also informing them of the issues.Read More

Spring Fever: UMW’s busiest sports season is set to commence

February 15, 2017 |

By MIKEY BARNES

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, therefore forecasting six more weeks of winter. Though the legend continues with his ability to predict the seasons, it does no impact for collegiate spring sports to get underway. Basketball is winding down as the conference tournament is just a week away, with both teams fighting for NCAA tournament opportunities. The always-successful swim programs prepare for conferences as well, with hopes of sending a number of swimmers to nationals.

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Feb. 13 Blue & Gray Press Podcast

February 15, 2017 |

Podcast of the Feb. 9 issue of the Blue & Gray PressRead More

Trump tweets cross line from ‘patriotism’ to ‘nationalism’

February 15, 2017 |

By HALEY SPENCER

Scrolling through Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account, he crafts tweet after tweet commenting on the condition of our country. Conservatives claim his positions on the country are patriotic, where liberals say he is too nationalistic, going as far as comparing Trump to Hitler. But, what is the difference between nationalism and patriotism and where is the line drawn? And do Trump and his administration fall underneath one of these categories?

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Saturday Night Live’s political satire steps up their game

February 15, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

Saturday Night Live has been on a roll with its political comedy sketches over the past few months. Every week, they bring us a new parody of some politician who has said or done something worth parodying, most often Donald Trump. This can likely be attributed to Trump’s campaign for president, and of course, his victory over Hillary Clinton in the election.

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Betsy DeVos: Education takes a dive

February 15, 2017 | 1

By WILL ATKINSON

Every day there is a new story about President Donald Trump and his heavily questionable decision-making skills. Whether it is an attempt to ban Muslims from entering the country, his quest to build a $10 billion dollar wall, or even an extremely awkward 19-second long handshake with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe, Trump has had no trouble attracting criticism and negative attention.Read More

UMW student finds aggressive Nazi message on bulletin board on Campus Walk

February 15, 2017 | 9

By KELLY EMMRICH

University of Mary Washington junior Ahad Shahid and friend Chad Mundie were walking past Lee Hall after watching the film “Moana” on the evening of Feb. 5, when they found a handwritten Swastika on the bulletin board in Front of Madison Hall. In addition to the drawing there was a note at the bottom of the sheet reading “Attention fa**ots!! We could live next door.”Read More

Valentine’s day is a day for more than relationships

February 15, 2017 |

By CELINE CHASSAGNEUX

Everyone has different feelings about the holiday that’s all about love. Some love it, some are indifferent about it, and some wallow in self-pity. But Valentine’s Day isn’t just about being in a relationship or having a … Read More