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Simple guide to surviving and thriving at group projects

November 2, 2017 |

By JOHN JAMISON

Staff Writer

The sign-up sheet for group project presentation dates was passed around the room. Its journey started in the corner but by the time it finally reached my side, the only available project topic or presentation date was scheduled for next week. You get that pit in your stomach feeling because you are trying to figure out what other unfortunate souls were relegated to the same fate.Read More

October 26. Podcast

November 2, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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Staff Ed: Exercise your right to vote this election day

November 2, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Election Day is right around the corner; the Virginia State Governor’s race will be held on Tuesday Oct. 7. In addition to casting a vote for governor, citizens will also get to vote for candidates running for lieutenant governor, attorney general and their delegate to the VA General Assembly.Read More

Students should not feel pressured to declare their major early

November 2, 2017 |

By LUKE ENGBERT

Staff Writer

When I was a child, I always remembered being asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Questions like these were always slightly annoying to me. Even as I got much older and was going through high school, the worst of these questions started popping up- “What do you want to study in college?” and it would aggravate me regularly. When I got to college, it did not stop. “What do you want to major in?” is one question that I hear all the time.Read More

Culture is not a costume: Consider whether your outfit is appropriating culture

November 2, 2017 |

By MACKENZIE HARD

Staff Writer

When we think about Halloween, we usually get excited about our favorite candy, our festive decorations, but most of all, the costumes. However, some costumes are not appropriate for all people to wear. You must consider whether your costume is culturally appropriating a cultural group.Read More

UMW cross country performs well in CAC Championship meet

November 2, 2017 |

By ABIGALE BARRETT

Staff Writer

University of Mary Washington’s cross country team competed this weekend at the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Championship. The women’s team finished in third place, giving them a spot on the podium, while the men’s team finished fourth. The event was hosted by Christopher Newport University in Newport News on Saturday morning. The championship included teams from, Frostburg State, St. Mary’s, Marymount and Penn State.Read More

World Series heats up with fierce competition between the Dodgers and Astros

November 2, 2017 |

By ARIANA BARRETT

Staff Writer

The 2017 World Series has been a close battle between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. Game four took place in Houston, Texas at Minute Maid Park on Oct. 28. When it came to a conclusion the two teams were tied at two games apiece, making this World Series anyone’s game. However during game five, the two teams endured the longest game in Major League Baseball’s World Series history. The game was five hours and 17 minutes long, ending after 1 a.m.Read More

Students experience issues with cable connection in residence halls

November 2, 2017 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES

Senior Writer

The University of Mary Washington’s Student Senate recently passed a motion to work with University Services to troubleshoot and repair the cable in residential halls, however, the Student Government Association’s Executive Cabinet later denied the motion.The motion did not pass because it was based off of a few isolated incidents.Read More

Gender imbalance of admission statistics

November 2, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON 

Senior Writer

The gender imbalance at the University of Mary Washington has been a known figure since the college transitioned to a coed study body in 1972. This consistent numeral has earned UMW the name, “the University of Mostly Women.” In 2015, the incoming freshman class was 65 percent female, some students emphatically promote this data as a proud badge to wear while others are neutral in response to these numbers.Read More

Office of Title IX receives grant

November 2, 2017 |

COLLEEN SULLIVAN 

Senior Writer

The UMW Office of Title IX recently received a $300,000 grant from the Office of Violence against Women in 2016. With these funds, the Office of Title IX is working to broaden its scope on campus by holding events and diversifying their mediums of outreach to students.Read More

The outcome of upcoming gubernatorial election is crucial to Virginia’s future

November 2, 2017 |

By KELLY EMMRICH

Editor-In-Chief

In less than a week, Virginia will have the United States’ most consequential election since the presidential election. Virginia has been a swing state since 2004, voting Republican in ten consecutive presidential elections from 1968 to 2004. In the presidential election Hillary Clinton won by five percent in Virginia, so the outcome of this election will decide if the state is in favor of the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. In this upcoming gubernatorial election, there are three candidates.Read More

Capitals turn things around after beating the Oilers but their poor defense continues

November 2, 2017 |

By ANGUS LONG

Staff Writer 

Late on Saturday night, the Washington Capitals continued their Western Canadian road trip with a 5 to 2 win against young superstar, Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. The game started out as if more of the same was in the Caps future after coming off a 6 to 2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.Read More

UMW men’s soccer advances in CAC tournament

November 1, 2017 |

By DANELLA DONADO

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington men’s soccer team won the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament against visiting team, Frostburg State on Saturday, Oct. 28. The final score was 3 to 1, in favor of Mary Washington.Read More

Volunteers support children with disabilities through horses

November 1, 2017 |

By JAMIE MCGUIRE

Staff Writer

Many University of Mary Washington students choose to enjoy their downtime volunteering at Hazelwild Farm with the therapeutic riding program. Hazelwild Farm, host of the UMW equestrian team, offers therapeutic horseback riding for people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities. These volunteers donate their time and energy every Tuesday night in order to help these children ride. Many of them have voiced how much they love the program and how worthwhile it is.Read More

Halloween makeup highlights costumes this season

November 1, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

Senior Writer

“I decided to go as her mostly because I had all of the costume pieces and it was pretty cheap to create as a look. I did the makeup myself, and I’m really happy with … Read More

October 19 Podcast

October 26, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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UMW men’s basketball supports the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

October 26, 2017 |

By PAIGE WALTON

Staff Writer

Saturday, Oct. 14 the University of Mary Washington men’s basketball team participated in The Annual Fredericksburg’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The walk began at Jefferson Square, continued across campus walk and back. The entire basketball team came out along with all of the coaches, their families and dogs. The walk raised over over $160,000, and the numbers are still rising.Read More

Shaken with injuries, NFL teams prepare for week 8

October 26, 2017 |

By SEAN BERMINGHAM

Staff Writer

Usually a competitive team in the American Football Conference, the Denver Broncos have suffered these past two week with a litany of injuries greatly hampering both their offensive and defensive efforts.Read More

The NBA season tips off with a thrilling first week

October 26, 2017 |

By: ZACH WOHLEKING

Staff Writer

It’s that time again already, the NBA season is underway and there are already so many headlines and things to talk about. This season is sure to be an exciting one, as there are so many new faces on many different teams. The opening week of the season definitely did not disappoint, as it left fans with so much to talk about. So, let’s jump right in.Read More

Annual job fair hits UMW campus

October 26, 2017 |

By OLIVIA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

The Center for Career and Professional Development hosted a fall job and internship fair for all university students on Oct. 24. The fair took place in the Chandler Ballroom of the University center. This event gave students a chance to interact with professionals from many different industries, explore various job and internship opportunities.Read More

Pokemon Go still has a place at UMW

October 26, 2017 |

By OLYMPIA JARRELL

Staff Writer

Pokemon Go at the University of Mary Washington was incredibly popular after its release in July 2016 and today though it is not as widely spread in popularity, teams still play on campus. Gary Baldanza, a senior studying computer science as well as a member of Team Valor has played pokemon Go since the beginning.Read More

Group projects can teach great skills, while also being problematic

October 26, 2017 |

By KYLEIGH COUTCHER

Staff Writer

At UMW, group projects are incorporated in almost every class, and at some point or another every student has had to participate in a group project. We are told that class group projects will help us in the future and prepare us for the “real world.” Working with people in certain scenarios is a good idea in some cases because it helps us discover fresh ideas and you can get many points of view on a certain topic or subject matter. At the same time, while in school, working in group projects can be very stressful and can bring down your grade.Read More

Letter to the Editor: The importance of experiencing life on campus

October 26, 2017 |

By ERYNN SENDRICK

Contributing Writer

This is my second year working in Residence Life as an SRA, third as an RA, and there are moments when I wonder why I’ve agreed to come back year after year.Read More

Staff Ed: Stay safe on Halloween Weekend

October 26, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Halloween has always been one of the best holidays. As kids, it was the one night we could be whatever we wanted, eat a ridiculous amount of free candy and force our friends to watch scary movies. At college, the Halloween fun does not end with the onset of adulthood, but is repeated over three nights collectively called “Halloweekend.”Read More

New Swift song points to possible album theme

October 26, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

On Friday, October 20, Taylor Swift released her third single from her newest, sixth studio album, “Reputation.”  “Gorgeous” is a classic Taylor Swift pop song, the track is repetitive and simplistic making the vocals shine.Read More

Recipes & Reviews: shockingly entertaining shows for Halloween

October 26, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

Senior Writer

“Castlevania” Review

“Great video games do not make great films” is a general rule of thumb that most audiences have discovered through previous commercial flops. “Castlevania” was on the verge of becoming another … Read More

Ask Katherine

October 26, 2017 |

By KATHERINE LAMB
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Students visit unique local haunted house, Maze of Darkness

October 26, 2017 |

By ZACHARY STRADER

Staff Writer

An eerie gloom has fallen over Central Park’s Fun Land, the locally-owned and operated family entertainment center located just minutes from campus. On Thursday through Saturday evenings in late October, brave souls are welcome to attempt to find their way out of the brand new and very aptly named haunted house, Maze of Darkness.Read More

Chilling “It” remake impresses audiences following dated series

October 26, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer

In 1986, acclaimed horror novel writer, Stephen King, terrified the world with one of his most famous stories, “It.” The story is set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, a town that is haunted by a shape-shifting demonic clown known as Pennywise.Read More

Despite societal pressure, college might not be the best choice for everyone

October 26, 2017 |

By COLLIN JOHNSON

Staff Writer

Young adults today are pressured more than ever to go to higher education. Many even believe that they will be unsuccessful in life if they do not attend a university. This is something that has been ingrained in all of us from a young age. From media, to family, to friends, college just seems like the natural next step after high school, however, I find myself asking questions about the cost effectiveness in signing up for college straight out of high school.Read More