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The Blue & Gray Press | December 16, 2017

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How do you measure happiness?

April 16, 2015 |

By MONA OSMER

Imagine you were handed a piece of paper or told to log on to a site to complete a survey, and it asked you to rate your happiness in America based on a zero-to-ten scale. What factors would you take into consideration?Read More

Bob’s Burgers has much to teach about family life

April 16, 2015 |

By SAMANTHA GROSSMAN

Bob’s Burgers has recently made my personal “Most Baller TV Shows” list, and as a result, I tell everyone to watch it all the time. You should probably watch it right now. 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

Adopting 100 percent clean energy to save the environment isn’t as hard as you think

March 31, 2015 |

By MONA OSMER

As University of Mary Washington students, we are watching as our peers fight for a cause that seems intangible and, to some, unclear.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

Venture out of your comfort zones, graduates

March 18, 2015 |

By SAMANTHA GROSS

I ended up at a party this weekend that was inhabited almost solely by University of Mary Washington graduates. Read More

Student artist takes over UMW campus

March 18, 2015 |

By MONA OSMER

It always seems as if our passions find us or that what we choose to do with our lives chooses us, as if it were destined.Read More

Hip-Hop is transforming in the year 2015

February 25, 2015 |

By COLEMAN HOPKINS

In 1989, a new variation of rock emerged on the west coast that had a unique, holistic sound both reminiscent of an earlier age and refreshingly original. Over the next six years, this grunge sound transformed the music industry and all rock music thereafter.Read More

The Academy Awards prove to be an exclusive, and discriminatory, club

February 25, 2015 |

By MATTHEW MACALOON

Historically, Hollywood has been regarded as a pioneer for bringing awareness to social movements and issues going on within the world and specifically the U.S.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

An inside look at the unrealistic advertising nature of Victoria’s Secret

February 18, 2015 |

By AMANDA MOTLEY

I can still remember the first time I entered a Victoria’s Secret. I was 16 and finally had a job that meant freedom to go shopping on my own.Read More

Make your own marketing ploy this Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2015 |

BY MONA OSMER

When the day comes, I will want flowers just like everyone else. But isn’t it funny that couples make such a big deal out of Valentine’s Day even though it’s not even a real holiday?Read More

Writing is proven to be therapeutic

February 11, 2015 |

By MARLYN CELEDONIO

Writing can help students both academically and therapeutically. Author Marian McCurdy did research for her book “From Trauma to Writing” about how beneficial it can be for students who write prose about personal traumatic experiences.

Her research … Read More

Nationwide commercial upsets Superbowl viewers

February 3, 2015 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

Super Bowl commercials, as of late, have become a venue to bring social issues to a wider audience. The most notable of Sunday’s ads were a Nationwide commercial centered on preventable childhood deaths and an ad focused on the horrors of domestic violence that was sponsored by the organization No More, as well as the NFL.Read More

Missy Elliot makes a surprising comeback, stirring up the music industry

February 3, 2015 |

By KATIE FRAZIER

Step aside Katy Perry because the queen of rap has come back to steal the show and claim her crown. “You make me feel like I’m living a teenage dream” was more like “I feel like I’m living in 2003” thanks to the incredible Super Bowl 2015 halftime performance by Missy Elliott.
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In music industry, mindless catchiness wins over intellectual projects

February 3, 2015 |

By MONA OSMER

On a season 5 episode of the popular show,“Louie,” Louis C.K. walks into a coffee shop. Every customer in the coffee shop is mindlessly complaining, and all are having zombie-like interactions with each other.

Louis has a very blunt humor in general, and I love it. However, in this instance it is also insanely depressing; he encapsulates the society we live in spectacularly. The mindless nature of the coffee shop customers, for example, is something I see everyday.Read More

Patriots caught cheating the system, opens the door to skepticism

January 27, 2015 |

By COLEMAN HOPKINS

The New England Patriots and their head coach, Bill Belichick, are no strangers to cheating or the subsequent scandals that arise from their rule breaking. For instance, Spygate, the filming of the Jets’ defensive signals during a regular season game in September 2007, resulted in the loss of draft picks and fines for stealing the signs, a highly egregious and impactful offense.Read More

Want that good morning text everyday? Just throw down 25 dollars

January 27, 2015 |

By SAMANTHA GROSS

Meet the newest love of my life: Liam Joshua Kennedy. He is 23 years old, lives in Washington, D.C. and likes Netflix almost as much as I do. That right there should speak to our intense compatibility, but we also love reading, writing and traveling. We met at a party and, as they say, sparks flew. How else can I explain it, those soulful brown eyes stole my heart right then and there.Read More

Pushing stereotypes of hair care

January 21, 2015 |

By SAMANTHA GROSS

I officially stopped shaving about seven months ago, and honestly, at that point, it was more of an “eh, no one’s seeing this anyway” kind of thing more than a personal belief issue.

The double standards of … Read More

Peter Jackson’s “Battle of Five Armies” disappoints some fans

January 21, 2015 |

By COLEMAN HOPKINS

Over the past fourteen years Peter Jackson delivered non-stop box office successes about Middle Earth. Since his first movie, “The Fellowship of The Ring” in 2001, Jackson has done “Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R Tolkien justice … Read More

Lilly Pulitzer clothing line to hit Target racks

January 21, 2015 |

By KATIE FRAZIER

Hues of pink and green splashed with swirling, colorful nautical motifs distinguish the work of esteemed fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer. Her classical shift dresses have been seen on the likes of fashionistas such as Jackie Kennedy, and … Read More