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The Blue & Gray Press | May 27, 2017

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Students react to United controversy

April 20, 2017 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

On April 9, 2017, O’Hare International Airport police forcibly had removed passenger David Dao from United Flight 3411 after he refused to exit the airplane upon the demand of management. Dao screamed as officers pulled him out of his seat, and his face hit an armrest during the struggle.Read More

Explore the outdoors in your own backyard

March 22, 2017 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

Every season has its perks, but none of them compare to spring. After a very confusing winter, spring is finally here. Although spring often comes with rain showers, there is a lot to enjoy as the cold temperatures begin to rise. One of my favorite things to do in the spring is go hiking, and luckily there is no shortage of hiking trails in Fredericksburg.Read More

How can we make sure Sunday’s Oscar’s blunder never happens again?

March 2, 2017 |

By ANDREW ARENAS 

In what seemed like a surefire victory for Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history occurred. During the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night “La La Land” was named best picture, … Read More

Residence Life unveils new housing preferences for upcoming year

March 1, 2017 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

Residence life recently unveiled major changes to its housing options for the upcoming academic year. Special interest housing is now an option, which includes themed living communities, language communities and gender neutral housing. A new feature called flexible housing was also introduced, which gives students housing agreements, regardless of sex or gender.Read More

Is your iPhone shutting off? Get it fixed for free

December 8, 2016 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

If you find your iPhone shutting off unexpectedly throughout the day, Apple has a launched a repair program for iPhone 6s users. This program targets those affected by a battery flaw, which makes the phones shut down randomly. Apple reported on its website that it affects a “very small percentage of iPhone users that were manufactured between September and October of 2015.”

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Did the ‘Hamilton’ cast choose an appropriate venue to call out Pence?

December 1, 2016 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

On Nov. 18, 2016, Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended the Broadway Musical Hamilton in New York City. Upon entering the theatre, Pence was greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos from the audience. At the end of the show, Brandon Victor Dixon, who stars as Founding Father Aaron Burr, thanked the audience and Mr. Pence for attending. He also read aloud a statement directed towards Mr. Pence about diversity in America.Read More

Locked out: UMW Students’ frustration post-Thanksgiving break

December 1, 2016 | 2

By ANDREW ARENAS

After a relaxing Thanksgiving break, I knew on Sunday I would have to leave as early as possible from home to beat heavy traffic when heading back to school. The American Automobile Association stated that more travelers would be on the road than there had in the last nine years. After my parents heard that statistic, they decided to drop me off as early as they could.Read More

UMW students mourn the loss of Vine as Twitter experiences financial crunch

November 10, 2016 |

By ANDRE ARENAS

On Oct. 27 of 2016, Twitter announced that it would shut down Vine, a video sharing service they established in 2012. The company stated that its website will be available to view and download Vines, but users will not have the ability to post any vines “in the coming months.”

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Fredericksburg hosts first independent book festival for upcoming writers

September 29, 2016 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

In a wonderful culmination of reading and literature, the city of Fredericksburg held its very first Independent Book Festival at Riverfront Park this past Saturday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Writers from a broad range of genres were there to discuss their works with others, including editors, friends and readers. The goal of the event was to bring together the community of Fredericksburg and authors of the written word.

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Drug epidemic addressed by President Obama

April 14, 2016 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

President Obama upped his efforts to confront what has now become a national epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse on March 29. At the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Obama met with individuals in recovery, family members, medical and law enforcement officials to further escalate the fight against this drug abuse. Obama’s involvement in the summit was to tackle a problem that many of his critics say he left out over the course of his presidency.Read More

Justice Department officially drops lawsuit against Apple

April 7, 2016 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

Apple’s ongoing battle with the U.S. Government over an order that would force the company to unlock the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter, Syed Farook, has come to an end. On March 28, the Justice Department announced that it would drop the case against Apple, because they found their own way to gain access. Prosecutors for the FBI announced that they had accessed the data stored on the iPhone 5c without Apple’s assistance.Read More

Religious inclusion conversation comes to UMW

March 17, 2016 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

On Feb. 25, the Diversity and Unity Coordinating Committee co-hosted an open forum panel to bring together religious leaders in the Fredericksburg community to answer the question: “Can religious harmony exist?” The forum served as an opportunity to bring together the Mary Washington campus and the greater Fredericksburg community to have more religious dialogue in our daily lives.
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Watching the Super Bowl for more than just the game

February 10, 2016 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

Around this time every year, the nation’s largest and most watched television event is viewed by millions around the world. The Super Bowl has become a day where friends and family come together and consume tons of snacks at parties all across the country.Read More