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The Blue & Gray Press | March 25, 2017

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Op Ed: The Definition of a ‘Snowflake’

March 24, 2017 |

By GRANT RAYCROFT

“Snowflake” is a term I’ve noticed gaining traction in recent years. Not referring to the crystallized raindrops which remain ever elusive in Virginia, the phrase has made ground as an insult directed towards millennials. “Snowflake generation” made … Read More

No need to fear, Nationals baseball is here

March 23, 2017 |

By SEAN KINSLOW

It is that time of year once again, and the MLB Opening Day is right around the corner. The Washington Nationals get their 2017 season under wayMonday, April 3 when they host National League Eastern Division rival Miami Marlins. The District is buzzing with high hopes for the Nationals in the 2017 season. Washington is coming off a year in which they won the NL East, but the roster looks a little different this year, leaving the Nats with a whole new set of obstacles to overcome.Read More

Club Sport Spotlight: UMW Quidditch

March 23, 2017 |

By EMILY GROTTLE

On the surface, the magical game of Quidditch from J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series may seem impossible to play in real life. But here at the University of Mary Washington, it is. Students practice and compete in tournaments against other colleges like any other sport.Read More

UMW Style:90s, pastels and button-downs dominate campus fashion

March 23, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

Sarah Hood-Recant, freshman

“This outfit was inspired by a linguistics presentation and I had to look relatively nice for it. I picked this collared shirt because I think it was the first one I saw. These pants are very comfortable and I can move in them and I thought black and white would be a good look for today. My style in general is functioning and comfortable over fashionable so usually sweats. This shirt was actually a Christmas gift because I like all things Hot Topic. This was a really cool shirt for me because my style is androgynous, so I really liked it. It is Fantastic Beasts themed.”Read More

ResHall Recipes: comfort food for stressed out students

March 23, 2017 |

By ES HETHCOX

Even though it is officially spring, the temperatures are still low. It’s about a month from finals, and Mary Washington students are in need of some comfort food.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

Performers and audience come together for Mary Wash’s Got Talent

March 22, 2017 |

By JASMINE TURNER

Alec Mallman, assistant director of SAE and University Center coordinator, said “If you did not come to the show this year, come next year.” On Wednesday, March 15, Dodd filled up with supportive members of the Eagle community. Before the lights dimmed and the 12 performers took the stage, a couple of students commented in anticipation for a show that would match UMW’s 2016 Mary Wash’s Got Talent showcase.Read More

Students question worth of parking passes

March 22, 2017 | 4

By WILL BRORSEN

To ensure that I can make it to class on time I have to leave early everyday not because of traffic, but rather due to the lack of available parking at the University of Mary Washington. It is a great feeling when you snag the last parking spot in the lot, and likewise it’s not so great when you have to keep driving to the next lot. Filled commuter lots cause competition for parking spaces, and even cause some students to stay on campus for hours between classes because they are afraid of losing their parking spot. Many students anxiously circle around lots hoping they can find a spot in time for their class.Read More

Hollywood’s glamorization of parenthood isn’t fooling millenials

March 22, 2017 |

By KAYLEIGH RONGEY

Millennials are constantly being blamed and labeled these days. It’s becoming impossible to surf through a news website without finding an article about what this generation is ruining, from the napkin industry (Business Insider) to the Olympics (Steve Burke, NBC Universal CEO). Some of what the media has to say about millennials is in fact true, but these blanket statements never are and cannot be applied universally. I was thinking about these labels last Valentine’s Day while I was watching the “Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special” on Netflix. I suddenly realized that the holiday special had a hidden message for current 18 to 25-year-olds.Read More

The dark corners of the internet are closer than you think

March 22, 2017 |

By JANELLE BEHM

In 2005, YouTube was introduced to the online community. This meant anyone had the power to create, post, share and comment on videos. Since its launch 12 years ago, YouTube has given people an opportunity to create a following which, for some, eventually leads to a career. Some of the top YouTubers now include Jenna Marbles, Shane Dawson, Miranda Sings and Tyler Oakley. This platform reaches out to all ages. With that being said, unfortunately sometimes those popular figures can go too far.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

Riding program to stay at Hazelwild Farms after negotiation troubles emerge

March 22, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

The University of Mary Washington’s equestrian team has enjoyed riding horses at Hazelwild Farm for 40 years now. After initial talk of the Hazelwild program no longer being a part of UMW, it was made public that this relationship will continue in the future. Until recently, financial problems threatened to eliminate Hazelwild Farm as UMW’s riding location. However, through communication and compromise, UMW’s athletic department and Hazelwild were able to come to an agreement.Read More

Student-athletes lean on faith to propel them in life

March 22, 2017 |

By SUSANNAH TOMBES

College creates many different forms of stress for students, but those that are more familiar with the stress tend to be student athletes. Emma Rakowski, a sophomore on the softball team, explains that one of the biggest struggles for herself as a student-athlete is the battle with identity. She shares that it is very much geared to “what you do in the world, and that your worth is in your ability” and that “you can be an internal mess inside, even though on the outside you could be the best.” The overwhelming feelings of her struggle with identity would bubble to the surface before her week even began and took over.Read More

UMW swim program produces two more All-Americans

March 22, 2017 |

By LAUREN CLOSS

Silence ensues in the seconds before the swimmers hit the water. Cheers erupt from the coaches and families that know the vast amount of work and training that has led up to this moment at the NCAA Division III Swimming Championships. The crowd roars, the names of individual competitors sometimes cutting through the block of sound as the swimmers make their final flip, turn and focus all their energy on propelling themselves down the final stretch. Two such swimmers, seniors from the University of Mary Washington, experienced this event for the last time, although very successfully with both earning All-American honors.

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UMW set to hold 7th annual Arab Culture Night

March 22, 2017 |

By STEPHANIE COOK

It is almost time for the University of Mary Washington’s seventh annual Arab Culture Night. The Arab Culture Club sponsors this event yearly and offers a buffet hosted by Aladin’s Restaurant, a Middle Eastern fashion show, traditional dabka dance, a wide array of cultural showcases, henna, live music by Mohammed Amir, a live camel and more.Read More

March 20 Podcast

March 22, 2017 |

Podcast of the March 16 issue of the Blue & Gray Press. Read More

Students stress the negative impact of Trump’s budget cuts

March 22, 2017 |

By COLE MASAITIS

On March 16, 2017, President Donald Trump’s new budget proposal, which he has been working on with congress for the upcoming fiscal year, went public. According to the Washington Post article, “Trump Presidential Budget 2018 Proposal,” the Department of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and Defense Department are where most of governmental funds are being paid. That means that the budget cuts and eliminations deal with, really everything else.Read More

Women’s History Month: 100 years of women in music

March 16, 2017 |

By SHAWNYA PETERSON

Female musicians have a rich and complex history, and, over the past century, share much overlap with social movements of the era, including the fights for racial justice and LGBTQ equality. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re taking you decade by decade through the last 100 years of female musical artists.Read More

Despite adversity, baseball off to strong start

March 16, 2017 |

By MIKEY BARNES

The University of Mary Washington baseball team is off to a 9-5 start in their 2017 campaign. Last year, the team went 24-15 and was ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation. Fifth year head coach, Wayne Riser and the Eagles faced some adversity immediately coming into the season when a number of key players quit or ran into ineligibility, notably some pitchers on the team. The Eagles are currently with seven pitchers on the roster, along with a number of position players who can pitch as well, though, not being their main position.Read More

Great Lives Lecture: George Lucas’ unexpected success

March 16, 2017 |

By ES HETHCOX

George Lucas’ need for control not only helped him succeed in making movies, but also facilitated how much he impacted the world of cinematology, The New York Times bestselling biographer told his audience in Dodd Auditorium. Read More

March 13 Podcast

March 16, 2017 |

Podcast of the March 2 issue of the Blue & Gray PressRead More

Study Abroad program takes UMW students to far away places

March 16, 2017 |

By AMANDA BIELECKI

For many college students studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity and experience. Some choose France, Italy, Argentina and countless other countries around the world. From new food, new people and a new environment, studying abroad offers a wide range of unique experiences.Read More

March Madness: the ‘hots’ and ‘nots’ of the first round

March 15, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

With March Madness quickly approaching, you are probably stressing about which teams will pull off an amazing upset to advance to the next round. This tournament is unpredictable, to say the least. March Madness may be one of the most exhilarating sporting events worldwide, as the top 68 teams in the country square off in games where no one is safe and winner takes all.Read More

Lack of out-of-family support for those with disabilities makes it hard for families

March 15, 2017 | 1

By RACHEL FINSTON

When I met my best friend, I had no idea how much we had in common. We have government employee parents, we are both vegetarians and we both have disabled older brothers.Read More

BOV standardizes freshmen room rates and loosens upperclassmen meal plan requirements

March 15, 2017 |

By KAYLEE TYEE

President Paino and the Board of Visitors have made a decision to standardize freshman room rates starting in the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. The room rate for all first-year residence halls will be $3,300 a semester.  In … Read More

Career Center implements new program to replace Employ-an Eagle

March 15, 2017 |

By RACHEL MANNING

Starting next year, the University Mary Washington will be replacing Employ-an Eagle with a new system called Handshake. According to their official website, Handshake was started in 2014 in San Francisco, and has continued to grow. Handshake is similar to LinkedIn in that students can set up a profile that employers can look at. This profile will have pertinent information such as the student’s current year, major, interests and any previous work experience or internship experience they might have.Read More

Student feel lack of adequate options in UC for students with dietary restrictions

March 15, 2017 | 1

By GINNY BIXBY

After a long day of classes many students look forward to winding down and having a relaxing meal at the dining hall. However, for students with allergies and other dietary restrictions, they often find themselves asking what can they eat? Although management claims the University Center offers meals suitable for all, UMW students are taking issue with the dining hall menu, finding that it lacks adequate options for students who have various dietary restrictions.Read More

Op Ed: Home is Where the Hate Is

March 15, 2017 | 5

By GRANT RAYCROFT

I went home for spring break last week and explored my old haunts. I live in Alexandria, Virginia, and so a frequent stop is Misha’s our local coffeehouse. Misha’s specializes in its jazzy laidback atmosphere which I can attest is superb. Yet every time I visited, I was nervous. I’d fix my gaze out the large window facing South Patrick Street towards a second story apartment on the corner.Read More

Op Ed: POTUS: Predator of The United States

March 15, 2017 | 6

By EMILY GROTTLE

No matter how many times someone tells me I need to accept the fact that Donald Trump is the president, I will not, because I can never respect this man. Trump has been accused on multiple accounts of sexual harassment, and he continues to demean and belittle women because he is a celebrity in the eyes of the media. We need to break the silence on Trump and recognize that what this man has been getting away with for years is simply unacceptable.

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There are no rules for feminism

March 15, 2017 | 3

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

Following the release of her recent Vanity Fair spread, actress Emma Watson is being shamed for the photos that appeared in the magazine. She is being told her pictures are too revealing and that she is not allowed to display her body in such a manner. Comments have appeared on social media insisting that she cannot wear whatever she wants and still call herself a feminist. How would you feel about thousands of people commenting on what you can and cannot do as a woman?Read More