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The Blue & Gray Press | December 16, 2017

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Alex Spence

UMW looks to adopt “ring by the spring” motto

March 30, 2017 |

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

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

UMW embraces the Wild and Scenic national film festival

March 22, 2017 |

By ALEX SPENCE

On Saturday, March 25, Dodd Auditorium will open its doors to students and community members alike and invite you to hike the Sierra Mountains, wade the Alaskan waters and bike to the coast for a sunset surf.Read More

Student walks away from halfcourt challenge with $500 at Eagle Madness, energizes crowd for upcoming basketball season

November 10, 2016 |

By ALEX SPENCE

The UMW students and community alike stood to their feet as silence swept the Ron Rosner Arena. With prize money on the line, freshman Paige Haskins stood anxiously at center court, ready to sink the winning shot. With a running start and hefty heave, the ball soared through the air and the crowd went wild as it rattled through down the rim.Read More

An Eagle Experience: Europe’s fine dining pales in comparison to UMW aesthetic

March 17, 2016 |

By ALEX SPENCE

I am approaching week six here in Europe of my semester abroad and my check list of places to visit is slowly shrinking. Most recently, I visited France and the Netherlands and was able to experience each country, despite the short time spent in each.
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An Eagle Experience: UMW student explores Milan, finds pizza

February 25, 2016 |

By ALEX SPENCE

For months, I have been planning my semester abroad. From endless paperwork and signing documents to photo copying everything I own, I thought I was prepared for anything. Guess again. Three weeks ago I landed in Milan and started my four month-long semester here in Italy.
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Increase in gun violence poses question of firearm safety courses

October 21, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

We infamously remember on April 20, 1999 when the small town of Littleton, Colorado saw two high school seniors stroll the halls of Columbine High School killing 12 students and one teacher. We remember the morning of Dec. 14, 2012 when Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 first graders and six adults inside the cold walls of Sandy Hook Elementary School.Read More

Abortion services cause defunding of Planned Parenthood

September 24, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

Since the early 1900s, Planned Parenthood set out to provide affordable health care to women, offering services such as cancer screenings and STI testing, as well as contraception.Read More

Age of sensitivity furthered by political correctness

September 9, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

In my home, I was built to have tough skin. Honesty was the only option, and “sticks and stones” was something to live by. While hurting another’s feelings was never the goal, it did not stop us from telling the truth.Read More

Hilary Clinton revamps campaign for 2016 presidential bid

April 23, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

Former First Lady and Democratic candidate is back in the saddle again. Clinton announced her presidential candidacy on April 12, via a video posted on YouTube and on her campaign website. Read More

Dove commercial strives to change the way consumers think about their bodies

April 16, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

For more than 10 years, Dove has produced commercials for their Real Beauty Campaign, which launched in September 2004. Year after year, they create new commercials in hopes of widening the definition of beauty.Read More

Media censorship laws in need of morality check

April 8, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

Jessie James Decker, a 26-year-old country-pop singer, recently began potty-training her 10-month-old daughter, and she posted an innocent photo to her Instagram account of her daughter learning to use the bathroom.Read More

Photo Campaign asks that we reflect on war and its affect on soldiers

March 25, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

As the daughter of a man who served in the U.S. Army, I know there are many stories, memories and moments to be shared once soldiers return home. However, I also know there are many serious stories and memories that are not so easily shared.Read More

Threats of racism need to be addressed nationally, on campus

March 18, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

March 7, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of a major moment in the civil rights movement. The march on behalf of voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama was celebrated across the nation. Read More

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ reveals reality of relationship stigmas

February 18, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

With the release of the much-anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, there is no doubt many are flocking to theaters to watch the charming bad boy Christian Grey in his onscreen debut.Read More

Students celebrate Virginia’s Statute for Religious Freedom

January 27, 2015 |

By ALEX SPENCE

Students and faculty will gather to celebrate the freedom of religious expression on Jan. 29 at the 2015 Jefferson Lecture. The lecture commemorates the Virginia Statute, which allows for individuals to worship freely in whichever religion they choose. The lecture will take place at the University of Mary Washington on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium.Read More