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The Blue & Gray Press | March 27, 2017

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LEGO Batman serves as worthy followup to 2014 classic

March 3, 2017 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

When I watched the LEGO Movie for the first time two years ago glued to the couch in my living room during summer break, my interest grew from simply ‘interested’ to ‘emotionally invested’ rapidly. The witty comedy, … Read More

Fall Sports Begin CAC Tournament Title Hunts

November 3, 2016 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM and MIKEY BARNES

Tied at 1-1, the University of Mary Washington men’s soccer team headed into overtime in the Capital Athletic Conference semifinal game against York College. Just 2:12 in to the overtime period, the University of … Read More

Cross Country teams place fourth at CAC Championship meet

November 3, 2016 |

By MIKEY BARNES

It was Halloween weekend and while most people were out in their costumes, or setting up their yards for the holiday, the University of Mary Washington men and women cross country teams along with the remaining Capital Athletic Conference teams met in Hershey, Pennsylvania for the 2016 Capital Athletic Conference Championships.Read More

UMW Volleyball overtakes CNU in national rankings, continue record-breaking performance

October 13, 2016 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

To say that the University of Mary Washington volleyball team has had a successful season would be a drastic understatement. Off to their best start in school history, the Eagles have climbed up the national rankings all year while showing no signs of slowing down.Read More

UMW students shocked after discovering Marty Morrison is female

March 31, 2016 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

Last week, University of Mary Washington students were hit with Earth-shattering news. For years, it was assumed by students that director of media and public relations Marty Morrison was a male, due to the first name “Marty.” However, word has recently spread that Marty Morrison is, in fact, a woman.
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Lorax comes to UMW as trees fall victim to web of hammocks

March 31, 2016 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

As a result of the eno takeover of 2016, the University of Mary Washington has officially run out of hammock-less trees. The news comes, ironically, after the university was named a 2015 Tree Campus by the Arbor Day Foundation.
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UC Dining’s beautifully inconsistent menus teaches patience, humbles students

March 31, 2016 |

By DELLA HETHCOX

This year, Campus Dining has made an exerted effort to help University of Mary Washington students appreciate common food more by making them less available, and for that, I’m grateful. Taking away what we students want teaches humility and patience, two invaluable skills that college students do not usually learn. Dining has also hosted many events to bolster their menu, and provide cultural flare.Read More

Mr. UMW competition raises money for cancer research, entertains campus

March 24, 2016 |

By DELLA HETHCOX

As the lights dimmed in Dodd Auditorium, University of Mary Washington students settled in for a riotous evening as 11 beloved student contestants vied for the coveted title of Mr. UMW, a crown that is not worn lightly by the winner. Just ask last year’s champion, Mikey Barnes, who proudly carried out his Mr. UMW duties over the past year.Read More

DivestUMW interrupts latest BOV meeting

February 25, 2016 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM & EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

DivestUMW held their latest demonstration at the Board of Visitors meeting on Friday in order to get the BOV to commit to discussing divestment at their next meeting in April. Students United joined the group, who stood in solidarity with DivestUMW, according to Students United president Noah Goodwin.Read More

“Deadpool” breaks all the rules for all the right reasons

February 18, 2016 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

The year 2016 is stockpiled with some of the most anticipated superhero movies of all time. From both the DC and Marvel cinematic universes, major strides will be taken this year in both franchises as the new “arms race” of superhero movies is well underway. Marvel struck first this year with one of the most heavily, and controversially, marketed movies in recent memory. “Deadpool” took over Valentine’s weekend with record numbers, and for good reason.Read More

Inaugural UMW Special Olympics Basketball Invitational takes over Anderson Center

February 3, 2016 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

More than 200 area Special Olympic athletes took part in a regional Special Olympics Basketball Invitational at the University of Mary Washington’s Anderson Center on Sunday, jan. 21. UMW Athletics hosted the day-long event as part of an NCAA Division III national partnership with the Special Olympics organization.Read More

Kirk Cousins’ perfect performance causes “cautious optimism”

November 18, 2015 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

To many Redskins fans, Sunday’s performance for Kirk Cousins can be perceived one of two ways: optimistically or cautiously. Though the 102nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft posted a perfect quarterback rating in the team’s routing of the New Orleans Saints, Redskins fans are all too familiar with the glimmer of hope shining only to be painfully shut off.Read More

Women’s soccer looks to extend shutout streak into Homecoming Weekend

October 22, 2015 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

The University of Mary Washington women’s soccer team has had a dominant start to their conference schedule, currently sitting at 4-2-1 in the conference and 9-6-1 overall and outscoring opponents by a score of 21-7. Both of the Eagles’ losses were had one-goal differentials and their victories have been by an average margin of 3.6 goals.
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Redskins continue to disappoint fans, lower expectations

September 17, 2015 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

Fans of the Washington Redskins have grown accustomed to entering NFL seasons with low expectations for their team. The mantra of the past few seem to follow Murphy’s infamous law: “what can go wrong will go wrong.”Read More

UMW hosts public forums in wake of presidential search

September 3, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The University of Mary Washington’s Board of Visitors hosted public
forums to receive thoughts, opinions and ideas from University of Mary
Washington students, faculty, alumni and the surrounding community for
the next UMW president, who will be replacing current president Rick
Hurley in the summer of 2016.Read More

UMW softball ends season on bitter note

April 23, 2015 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

After a successful regular season, the University of Mary Washington softball team entered the Capital Athletic Conference tournament with confidence and high expectations.Read More

Spring Jubliee welcomes in warm weather with food, games, excitement

April 9, 2015 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

In an annual celebration of its spring sports teams and the Fredericksburg community, the University of Mary Washington athletic department hosted the Spring Jubilee on Wednesday, April 8. Teams from across the UMW spectrum competed on what proved to be a busy day for UMW athletics.Read More

SAE implements new umbrella system for programming clubs

March 19, 2015 | 3

By CHRIS MARKHAM

In the most recent in a series of changes to be implemented during the 2015-16 academic year, the Office of Student Activities and Engagement at the University of Mary Washington is implementing a new “umbrella system” with the goal of more easily organizing the funding of specific programming clubs.Read More

Baseball opens season with double-header wins

February 18, 2015 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

Following their less-than-stellar 2014 season, the University of Mary Washington baseball team made a resounding statement this past Saturday during the first two games of the season that this year would be much different from last.Read More

Tennis season opener sets stage for strong spring performances

February 18, 2015 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

Two of the most dominating sports programs at the University of Mary Washington, the men’s and women’s tennis teams, began their 2015 spring campaign on high notes against multiple Division I opponents.Read More

Intramural Battleship sinks competition

February 11, 2015 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

In just its second year on the University of Mary Washington intramural sports slate, Battleship once again made a big splash this semester.
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Women’s basketball remains in thick of conference

January 21, 2015 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

Bringing a team together and keeping them focused on a common goal is often the top priority for a head coach of any sport and is frequently also the most difficult task to accomplish.

This is exactly … Read More

Men’s basketball rights ship after tough loss

January 21, 2015 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

For first-year head coach Marcus Kahn and the rest of the men’s basketball team at the University of Mary Washington, the 2014-2015 season has been a long, disappointing one. Mustering just one win in their first 13 … Read More

Dev dazzles diminished crowd

December 3, 2014 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

“Filled” is hardly the term to use to describe the Anderson Center on the night of Nov. 20 when song artist and rapper Dev took the stage in front of a small, yet enthusiastic crowd.Read More

Basketball teams set to tip off new seasons

November 12, 2014 |

By ALEX BLOOM & CHRIS MARKHAM

With the season merely a few days away, the University of Mary Washington men’s basketball team is looking forward to getting back on the winning track following the most successful season in school history.Read More

Rugby teams qualify for national tournament

November 12, 2014 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

Late last spring, the women’s rugby team at the University of Mary Washington was crowned the national champion after their 36-22 win over California State Northridge in the Division II national championship game. This year, the Eagles will have the opportunity…Read More

UMW women's soccer advances to championship game, other teams eliminated

November 5, 2014 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

The University of Mary Washington women’s soccer team advanced to the Capital Athletic Conference title game with a 2-1 win over Salisbury University on Wednesday, Nov. 5, remaining to be the lone surviving varsity team for UMW in the CAC tournaments.Read More

Fantasy football: stress builder, reducer or both?

October 8, 2014 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

As if college students did not already have enough distractions to keep them from their studies, fantasy football is yet another pastime utilized by students as a way to provide friendly, or not-so-friendly, competition. The game has been available to the public for almost 10 years and is still hitting its peak of popularity annually.Read More

Fredericksburg baseball team inevitable after new proposal

October 1, 2014 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

For more than a century, baseball has been labeled as America’s pastime, proving to be one of the most popular and loved sports among kids and adults alike.Read More

Street hockey club begins competing locally

September 24, 2014 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

One of the best-kept secrets at the University of Mary Washington is the street hockey club. This small group of students gathers twice a week at the outdoor basketball court next to the Framar House, or “the cage” as it is known to many. Read More