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Professor vocalizes reality of coping with disability as a faculty member

April 12, 2017 |

By AMANDA BIELECKI

Regina Root, an award-winning professor at William and Mary, mother and wife, taught students something that cannot be relayed in a classroom. According the documentary, “Regina’s Gift – A Life and Death Battle with a Brain Tumor,” her story began in early August of 2014 when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The news would be devastating to anyone, especially family members. She and her family attempted to remain strong.Read More

Geek Alliance hosts MaryWashiCon for the ultimate geek experience

April 12, 2017 |

By MARIA SCHLEH

On Saturday, April 8, the University of Mary Washington’s Geek Alliance held their annual convention, MaryWashiCon, in the Hurley Convergence Center. This year’s convention was the result of a combined effort of Geek Alliance club members and leaders over the course of several months in order to deliver the ultimate “geek” experience. MaryWashiCon strives to offer something for everyone—whether you’re interested in anime, video games, Korean boy bands or whatever fandom strikes your fancy.Read More

Waka Flocka and D.R.A.M. entertain rowdy Anderson Center crowd

April 6, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

On Thursday, March 30, the University of Mary Washington welcomed Waka Flocka Flame and D.R.A.M. With the help of volunteers, the Campus Programming Board transformed the Anderson Center into a concert venue fitting of these two rappers.Read More

MLB season is underway after exciting Opening Day

April 6, 2017 |

By DUSTIN THOMAS

It is the beginning of April and warm weather is upon us. Get your sunflower seeds, cracker jacks and peanuts and get ready because baseball is finally here. Things kicked off on Sundaywith a 1:05 p.m. first … Read More

UMW track hosts Battleground Relays, sees many strong performances

April 6, 2017 |

By MIKEY BARNES 

On March 31, the University of Mary Washington men and women’s track and field teams hosted the Battleground Relays, welcoming a number of other teams to Fredericksburg and UMW’s brand new outdoor track and field facility.

The … Read More

Dance styles vary at Multicultural Fair as students perform in front of hundreds

April 6, 2017 |

By SUSANNAH TOMBES

The annual Multicultural Fair, was held on Saturday, April 1 where campus was filled with different vendors that lined the edge of Campus Walk. Some caught people’s attention with carnival foods, while others were drawn to the bright colors and sounds.

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Pride stitched and sewn in history, Gilber Baker dies at 65

April 6, 2017 | 1

By KAYLEIGH RONGEY

The University of Mary Washington prides itself on being a diverse and accepting school for all students. Recent events, such as the appearance of homophobic propaganda on campus, have brought students together rather than divide them. The community has united under the philosophy that “Love trumps hate.” Read More

UMW Cheer competes well at Reach the Beach competition

April 6, 2017 |

By ELIZABETH PATTERSON

The University of Mary Washington cheer squad hit the road to compete this weekend, and brought home a second-place win. The road to competition, however, was a long and challenging one.Read More

Artist Hasan Elahi discusses racism in digital art world

April 6, 2017 | 1

By EMILY GROTTLE

On Tuesday, April 4, artist Hasan Elahi spoke at the University of Mary Washington about his unique artwork and the history behind it. Elahi is associate professor for the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, and recently won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Prize and grants from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Even without getting a high school degree, Elahi found that he can study any subject through the arts.Read More

Staff Ed: Big-name concerts are fun, but not when students misbehave

April 6, 2017 |

By BLUE & GRAY PRESS

On March 14, the University of Mary Washington and the Campus Programming Board announced that the university would be welcoming rappers Waka Flocka Flame, known for his popularity in 2009 with hit songs “No Hands” and “Hard in the Paint,” and D.R.A.M, popular for his hit song, “Broccoli.”Read More

UNC and Gonzaga conclude college basketball season in close finish

April 6, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

In an emotional two weeks of buzzer beaters, upsets and tears, the National Title game hung in the balance as the score of two elite No. 1 seeds were separated by only a point. Equally driven, but with different motivations. Read More

How my relationship became a toxic monogamy

April 6, 2017 |

By FINNLEY GOFF

“I think we need to break up.” I said, shrugging.Read More

Sport Club Spotlight: Club Tennis

April 6, 2017 |

By AMANDA HOWAR

Co-ed Club Tennis is a great way to meet people and to continue to play a team sport if someone does not want to play at the varsity level. While Club Tennis is more competitive than an intramural sport, it is less stressful and allows for a more social aspect of the sport.Read More

March 30 edition podcast: April Fool’s special

April 6, 2017 |

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Beauty and the Beast features gay character, causes controversy

April 5, 2017 | 3

By GARY KNOWLES

In recent years, pop culture in general has sought to bring characters to the big screen which are more relatable to a wider variety of people. One such character is LeFou in the new live-action “Beauty and the Beast” film from Disney, released on March 16, 2017.Read More

UMW Style: Cultural Expression at Multicultural Fair

April 5, 2017 |

“I have brought an awareness of the joy and color celebrated in the Punjab region this Multi-Fair. This form of celebration is also categorized as a dance form called Bhangra. Bhangra, the term, literally means ‘to be intoxicated with joy.'”Read More

BOV unveils 6-year plan: features updates to Jepson, Seacobeck and more parking

April 5, 2017 |

By WILL BRORSEN

Work on the six-year plan for the University of Mary Washington is underway by the Board of Visitors. Allocations of funding strongly influence the campus, as well as tuition. The committee had its first meeting on March 22. UMW has three projects underway that will potentially have a major impact on the operating budget. The current projects are the Jepson Science Center expansion, a new parking deck and the renovation of Seacobeck Hall.Read More

Parking problems: UMW permits are too expensive

April 5, 2017 |

By WILLIAM ATKINSON

Over the past two years of having my car at school, I have received several parking tickets from the school and from Fredericksburg City. Even leaving my car in the Jepson parking lot or on College Avenue for five minutes, I always expect to find a ticket. Students are being unfairly subjected to parking fees from overzealous Fredericksburg City parking enforcers, and the school as well. Why is parking such an issue at UMW?
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Professors’ political opinions: helpful or hurtful?

April 5, 2017 | 5

By THEODOSIUS ZOTOS

Moderation is the key to everything. Having a conscious filter regarding your words and their implications is important, especially for educators. Professors have the academic freedom to voice their beliefs in class, including political ideologies, but at the same time these expressed opinions should be self-monitored and used only to enhance classroom learning. Read More

Limited building hours cause frustration to students

April 5, 2017 | 1

By COLLEEN SULLIVAN

Late study nights are a hallmark of the average college student’s lifestyle. At the University of Mary Washington, there are many resources available for students whose studies flourish after dusk. The Hurley Convergence Center for example, is open 24 hours a day and the Simpson Library operates into the evening most days. In spite of the abundance of online resources available at both of these facilities, there are some programs that are specific to academic buildings. In Trinkle Hall, for instance, there are computer science programs, like RStudio, and in Combs Hall there are language audio files.Read More

Six study break ideas for stressed out students

April 5, 2017 |

By ES HETHCOX

It is officially April, and University of Mary Washington students are feeling the pressure of exams and dreaded presentations. It’s important to remember that study breaks are essential to the long hours spent in the library. The perfect study break is something that gives your mind a rest from long hours of wracking your brain, while not taking up too much time to distract you from you’re studying. Here are six study break ideas to help keep you relaxed and your brain rested.Read More

Op Ed: Patriarchy and Oppression

March 30, 2017 | 13

By SARAH TEAGUE

This article is addressed to Kayleigh Rongey in support of her article “Hollywood’s glamorization of parenthood isn’t fooling millennials.”

            I can’t stand how the patriarchy has infiltrated the toy industry, but then … Read More

Op Ed: Nation of the free, or nation of the incarcerated?

March 30, 2017 |

By JOSEPH SARATORI

Ava DeVernay, the notable director of the 2014 Oscar nominated film Selma, and most recently the 2016 Netflix’s documentary 13th has started a conversation. This Oscar nominated documentary titled 13th, looks at the history of incarceration, and … Read More

Vocelli’s biker convicted of BUI, Sammy D. Eagle in critical condition

March 30, 2017 | 1

By KELLY EMMRICH & ETHAN TOBIN

On Saturday night around 9 p.m. an employee of the Vocelli’s delivery team hit the University of Mary Washington mascot Sammy D. Eagle in front of the spirit rock. A UMW student who was a witness on the scene tweeted “OMG eagle down!!!!” at the UMW campus police.Read More

The Boyfriend Registry: Student Affairs pushes for bachelor labels

March 30, 2017 |

By TESSA CATE

After months of strategic analysis and in-depth research, UMW’s Office for Student Affairs will push forward with its newest (and most literal) effort in student engagement: The UMW Boyfriend Registry.Read More

Oddly successful season for two UMW coaches lead to BIG time DI jobs

March 30, 2017 | 1

By MIKEY BARNES

Amid the unprecedented success of the University of Mary Washington’s volleyball and women’s basketball programs, it took no time for the teams’ respective coaches to ship out of Division III and into the Division I spotlight.Read More

#NotMyGPA trends on campus as protests break out on unfair grades

March 30, 2017 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

The school year is approaching its home stretch and students at the University of Mary Washington are feeling the academic pressure on their shoulders. For seniors, the grades they earn for the next month may dictate whether or not they earn a diploma in May.Read More

UMW looks to adopt “ring by the spring” motto

March 30, 2017 | 1

By ALEX SPENCE

With President Paino’s official inauguration just around the corner, he’s been eager to roll out new ideas for the future of the University of Mary Washington. But with all the excitement that surrounds these new decisions, the Board of Visitors has been pushing one change in particular.Read More

“Creepy” mustaches plague UMW cross country teams

March 30, 2017 |

By CHRISTOPHER MARKHAM

The sudden and tragic death of running legend Steve Prefontaine sparked a social movement in the world of running. Apart from being a fairly decent runner, “Pre” was most well-known for his majestic hair styles, particularly that perched above his upper lip. The signature look spread like wildfire in the running world and eventually found its way into the University of Mary Washington cross country team. The look was not met with the same level of affection as other schools, however.Read More

Horoscopes April 2017: look to the stars for undeniable advice

March 30, 2017 |

By ALEX SPENCE

Aries (March 21-April 19): Rough waters ahead. Be sure to call Mom, as social exile can become lonely. Practice the phrase, “table for one.” Repetition is key.Read More