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The Blue & Gray Press | April 19, 2019

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UMW debate team sees success at national tournament

April 11, 2019 |

Staff Writer
Seniors Parker Coon and Gabriel Lewis represented UMW among the top 30 teams at the National Debate Tournament this past March. Read More

Greek Life gets ‘boulder’ with their methods of advertising

February 8, 2018 |


Staff Writer

All students at the University of Mary Washington know of the boulder used for announcements that sits outside of Woodard. “The rock,” is coated in layers and layers of paint. Students paint the rock for many of reasons, whether to announce the annual “Rocky Horror Picture Show” or to advertise a club meeting or event. Recently though, there has been some controversy over the rock and its message.Read More

High waisted versus hip huggers: the great jeans debate

December 7, 2017 |


Staff Writer

High waisted jeans versus hip huggers, an age-old question. Well, maybe not age-old, but debatable enough. I am an avid hip-hugging jean wearer, but I have started to feel like I am the only one with recent trends favoring high waisted. I started to wonder which jeans were more popular on the UMW campus and why girls preferred one kind of jean over another.Read More

UMW hosts first Congressional debate

November 3, 2016 |


Debates are a night when candidates from each political party take the stage to battle national issues in hopes of winning over voters. These debates take place all over the country, including right here at the University of Mary Washington.

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Editorial: Open debate must always remain respectful and constructive

February 5, 2015 |


At The Blue & Gray Press, we love to see the university community engage in the discussion of vital issues on our campus. We also love seeing these important conversations take place on our website in response to our articles. Whether positive or negative, constructive criticism is a large aspect of journalism that all journalists understand and come to appreciate. In addition, this editorial board enjoys getting letters to the editor and op-eds about issues the student body and university community find important. The discussions that take place in the comments can be constructive, informative and sometimes eye-opening. While this is true, we would also like to remind everyone that the University’s Statement of Community Values is something that applies on our website, whether anonymous or not.Read More

British National Debate team faces off against UMW

October 29, 2014 |


The British arrived at the University of Mary Washington with fighting spirits.Read More

First Congressional District candidates debate at UMW

October 7, 2014 |

Around 100 students and Fredericksburg community members attended the 1st Congressional District debate sponsored by the UMW Young Democrats, the UMW College Republicans and The Blue & Gray Press on Monday night. The debate gave incumbent Republican Representative Rob Wittman, Democratic challenger Norm Mosher and Independent Green Party candidate Gail Parker…Read More

Editorial: Transparency in elections is key, students should turn out at debate

October 1, 2014 |

This coming week, the University of Mary Washington will hold a debate of the candidates for the First Congressional District. Republican incumbent Rob Wittman, Democrat Norm Mosher and Independent Green Party candidate Gail Parker will meet on Monday, Oct. 6 in Dodd Auditorium to debate a number of pressing issues.Read More

Class debates creation of football team

October 30, 2013 |

The University of Mary Washington Public Debate Practicum class tackled the question of whether the school should start a varsity football program. The debate was held on Thursday, Oct 24; Yireda Jilili and Teddy Dillon argued the affirmative and Tom Pacheco and David Carpenter argued against a football program.Read More

Local Politics: Lt. Governor debate tackles national and state problems

October 2, 2013 |

The candidates for Lt. Governor, Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican E.W. Jackson, met for their first debate at George Mason University Arlington campus on Sept. 24 to present their platforms and discuss their qualifications.Read More

University debate team discuss war powers resolution in D.C.

September 19, 2013 |

The University of Mary Washington debate team participated in a debate on the issue of presidential war powers last Tuesday, Sept. 10, at George Washington University.Read More

Debate team ranks among top in nation

April 4, 2013 |

Four University of Mary Washington students attended the 67th annual National Debate Tournament, held at Weber State University from March 28 through April 1.Read More

Debate Coach Named Year’s Best

December 8, 2011 |

Head Debate Coach Adrienne Brovero received the Ross K. Smith National Coach of the Year Award from the National Debate Tournament on Friday Nov. 11.Read More

Reeves, Houck Debate at UMW

November 9, 2011 |


Last Thursday, Nov. 4, 2011, the University of Mary Washington hosted Democratic Sen. Edd Houck and Bryce Reeves, his Republican challenger, in their only debate of the election season.

The Legislative Action Committee (LAC) and Pi Sigma … Read More

Public Debate Class Argues One-Strike Policy

November 18, 2010 |

The public debate practicum class held a forum to discuss the merits of the one-strike drug policy on campus yesterday, Nov. 17.

The debate was introduced by moderator Thomas Ella, who also spoke with Doug Rissing in favor of keeping … Read More

UMW debate team nationally honored

April 7, 2010 |

The University of Mary Washington placed third at the National Debate Tournament (NDT) hosted at the University of California at Berkeley in March. Senior Kevin Kallmyer of Olney, Md., and sophomore Peter Susko of Erie, Pa., were among 78 two-person … Read More

Climate Change a Complex Issue: It's More Than Just the Believers Versus the Skeptics

January 21, 2010 |

By MASON RAYNER Guest Columnist

Few issues have proven to be as divisive as climate change. Unfortunately, the ideological rancor from both sides has resulted in a debate that has become highly politicized, with a complex and nuanced issue of … Read More

UMW Debates in D.C.

January 22, 2009 |

By Kaitlin Mayhew

UMW was one of six college debate teams to gather on the eve of the Presidential Inauguration to debate President Barack Obama’s policies in an inaugural debate series. The debate team argued healthcare policies as a part … Read More

University Aids Nationwide Debate Programs Through Consortium

January 22, 2009 |

By Kaitlin Mayhew

It all started over dinner. The Debate Consortium, a newly established institution, pairs universities that have strong competitive debate programs with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that have expressed interest in re-launching, or in some cases … Read More