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The Blue & Gray Press | November 20, 2017

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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

Mary Washington community participates in the National Day on Writing

October 26, 2017 |

By LAURA TAYLOR 

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington participated in the National Day on Writing with themed events in the Hurley Convergence Center, in front of Simpson Library and on the third floor of Combs Hall on Friday, Oct. 20.Read More

#MeToo campaign raises awareness through social media

October 26, 2017 |

By ZACHARY STRADER 

Senior Writer

The #MeToo is a campaign that has blanketed social media since mid-October. According to RiteTag, a popular Twitter analytics website, usage of the #MeToo tag began its dramatic rise on October 15, the day actress Alyssa Milano tweeted asking people who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to reply with the tag. The following day RiteTag indexed 283,300 unique tweets utilizing the hashtag.Read More

UMW athletics falls short for homecoming games

October 25, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

Staff Writer

Last weekend Mary Washington athletics hosted various teams for their 2017 Homecoming. Unfortunately, the tailgate was about all the UMW students, faculty, and alum could enjoy, as a majority of UMW’s teams lost their Homecoming games. Volleyball and men’s rugby were the only two teams that played that topped their opponents in front of the home crowd.Read More

The Washington Wizards look to start this season off right

October 19, 2017 |

By DUSTIN THOMAS

Staff Writer

This NBA season brings a lot of optimism for the Washington Wizards led by nine year head coach, Scott Brooks. As the Wizards start the season Wednesday, versus the Philadelphia 76ers, fans can expect to see the same starting lineup at the beginning of this season. Besides power forward, Markieff Morris who will be sitting out due to injury, this roster has so much more potential.Read More

Eric Shaw has his head in the game

October 19, 2017 |

By LUBNA ALHTAR 

Staff Writer

As basketball season approaches, Eric Shaw, a senior power forward on UMW’s basketball team and communications major, reflects on his relationship with basketball and how it has shaped him into the man he is today. He began playing basketball competitively at the age of six and has continued since then.Read More

Homecoming brings back old faces

October 19, 2017 |

MACKENZIE HARD 

Staff Writer

Each year, in mid-October, students across Mary Washington’s campus come together to celebrate Homecoming weekend, including Alumni.Read More

Staff Ed: The Blue & Gray Press stands with sexual assault survivors in wake of Harvey Weinstein scandal

October 19, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The Hollywood bully and titan of the independent film industry, Harvey Weinstein, has been brought to his knees after reports by the New York Times and the New Yorker exposed his years of sexually assaulting starlets. In the wake of the reports, the board of the movie company that Weinstein built with his brother, Bob, fired him on Sunday. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revoked his membership, the Producers Guild terminated his membership him. Police in London and New York are investigating him for sexual assault. He is now an outcast in the entire film industry, and Weinstein’s wife has left him.Read More

Students: Be considerate of students with kids

October 19, 2017 |

By SARAH GOODNOUGH

Staff Writer

“[A to do list reads] wake up at 6 a.m., get Jolene’s homework in her bag, get her to school by seven, be at school by 8 a.m.” This is a day according to a detailed planner coded with five different colors. One for the gym, one for school, one for work, one for Jolene and one for University of Mary Washington senior, Rachel Hicks.Read More

UMW needs to do more to promote self-care among students

October 19, 2017 |

By PAIGE WALTON

Staff Writer

As college students, we are among the most highly stressed individuals. As people who dedicate the majority of our time to school, our university needs to do more to educate and promote self-care.Read More

Jepson scheduled to receive renovations and much needed upgrades

October 19, 2017 |

By LUKE ENGBERT 

Staff Writer

On Monday, Oct. 9, work began on what has been approximated as a two-year renovation process of the Jepson Science building. This project will likely impact many UMW students and faculty members, particularly those in the science department.Read More

The recruiting vehicles of the UMW Athletics Department

October 19, 2017 |

By GRACE WINFIELD 

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington has recently obtained two new vehicles. Both vehicles have been given to the UMW Athletics department in hopes to expand and simplify the recruiting process for potential players.Read More

UC bike pump taken for repairs

October 19, 2017 |

By ALLISON TOVEY

Staff Writer

The bike pump located by the University Center was taken away for repairs earlier in October.  The university’s original goal was for the pump to be fixed and back at the University Center by the time students returned from fall break.Read More

John Green novel conveys complexities of mental illness

October 19, 2017 |

By ARIANA BARRETT

Staff Writer

On Oct. 11, George Washington University’s bookstore and coffee house, “Politics and Prose,” hosted author John Green’s second stop on his book tour. He was promoting his new book “Turtles All the Way Down,” which had just been released the day before.Read More

Death from Above reverses writing technique for new album

October 19, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

Punk-rock duo, Death from Above, is back with a new album. It’s been three years since their last full release which followed a five-year hiatus. This band has been around for a while and while there’s no guarantee they’re around to stay, the newest album, “Outrage! Is Now” is a nice treat. This album came almost out of nowhere, it was released on Sept. 8 after only being announced three weeks earlier.Read More

Contemplative studies meshes intellectual and personal growth

October 19, 2017 |

By COLLEEN SULLIVAN 

Senior Writer

Information learned in school is often applied solely in practicum, jobs or internships. Contemplative studies, unlike other programs, is directly applied alongside the learning process, rather than only afterwards. This minor is centered upon meditation and contemplation in everyday life, which is both a personal and intellectual skill. Five years ago, a contemplative practice class started being offered by professors David Ambuel and Angela Pitts and many students were eager to become involved.Read More

Inside a great season with Matt Spencer

October 18, 2017 |

By EMILY KUBE

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington men’s soccer team has had an amazing start to their 2017 season. Senior goalkeeper, Matt Spencer from Stafford, VA, has also had an incredible season thus far. Spencer talked about his background and how his collegiate soccer career started. Spencer’s parents taught him how to play soccer when he was just 5 years-old.Read More

United States Men’s National team fails to qualify for the World Cup

October 18, 2017 |

By SEAN BERMINGHAM

Staff Writer

On Oct. 10,, the United States men’s soccer team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. This flop occurred seemingly against all odds, since the men’s team was rated at 97 percent going into the qualifiers making them favorable to earn a spot in the World Cup. The United States competes against other North and Central American teams and is often teased for having an easy time compared to some of the European and South American teams.Read More

NFL players are not being disrespectful by exercising their right to protest

October 18, 2017 |

By GINNY BIXBY

Viewpoints Editor

After weeks of criticism and media attention focused on players kneeling for the national anthem in protest, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at a news conference on Wednesday, Oct. 18 that while he believes that players should stand for the playing of the national anthem, he does not plan to create or enforce any rule requiring them to. While Goodell should openly support his players’ First Amendment rights, it is reassuring to know that he does not plan to censor them- after all, that would be illegal.Read More

UMW Health Center without a female practitioner for several weeks

October 18, 2017 |

OLIVIA BRIDGES 

Senior Writer

UMW, a predominantly female university, was without a female practitioner at the Student Health Center for several weeks.Read More

UMW men’s and women’s tennis off to a great start

October 12, 2017 |

By KATHERINE SELTZER

Staff Writer

Both the men and women’s tennis teams have been successful this fall season, which began Sept. 16 at the UMW Kickoff Classic. The UMW tennis teams have competed in three tournaments over the course of the season. The men’s team participated in the Navy Invitational tournament, the women’s team participated in St. Joseph’s University Invitational tournament and both teams played in UMW Kickoff Classic along with the ITA Regional Championships. Head Coach of the men’s team, Todd Helbling, described some of the highlights of their season.Read More