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The Blue & Gray Press | July 23, 2018

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Editorial: BOV should not be distant, uninvolved with student community

April 2, 2015 |

When it comes to student activism, the University of Mary Washington is brimming with passionate undergraduates and graduates.Read More

Editorial: Change cannot be achieved without campus unity

March 26, 2015 |


For the past year the University of Mary Washington has undergone somewhat of an identity crisis. From last semester’s Greek life debate, to this semester’s sexual assault debate, we remain a campus that appears divided on a multitude of major issues, as well as the process in which we take on these issues.Read More

Editorial: Student activism makes significant waves

February 19, 2015 |

Last week, the University of Mary Washington campus played host to Virginia Power Shift, in which students from all across the Commonwealth of Virginia came together in solidarity to raise awareness for various social, educational and environmental causes.

The weekend included more than 30 workshops that informed and motivated students to take action and dismantle systemic inequalities.Read More

Editorial: The importance of the Brian Williams downfall

February 11, 2015 |


Brian Williams, the lead anchor of the NBC Nightly News and considered by some as the “face of American journalism,” is under fire, figuratively, for his claim that he came under fire, literally, while covering the Iraq War in early 2003.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

Editorial: Important measures should be taken to avoid placing budget cut burden on students

September 17, 2014 |

Last week, The Blue & Gray Press reported on the University of Mary Washington’s planned cuts in response to the Virginia state government’s $880 million budget shortfall. All other higher education institutions in Virginia have implemented similar cuts in response to lower than expected state funds.Read More

Student Drums Up Inspiration with Local Drumline

November 28, 2012 |

It’s mid-October, more than halfway through the marching band season, and I’m still not able to wrap my head around why the snare break in the second song is dirty, a saying we in the marching band world use to denote drummers who are not playing in time with each other.Read More

Swine Flu is Not a National Emergency

October 28, 2009 |

As of this week, swine flu is a national emergency, a move by President Obama that’s more of a formality than anything else, despite the dire-sounding name. Officially, the declaration gives Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelious the … Read More

Campus Safety Important Issue for Residential Students and Commuters

October 28, 2009 |

Parking for anyone is a daunting issue at UMW, but for commuter students, it’s frustrating and riddled with fear. It’s an act of providence to achieve a parking space and preposterous measures must be taken to obtain one … Read More

Savings Accounts Are a Better Fix for Healthcare

October 28, 2009 |

By Mason Rayner Guest Columnist

How can we fix health care? That’s the debate that has been raging in the halls of Congress and across the country since early in the summer. Almost everyone agrees the current system is a … Read More

Staff Editorial: UMW Employees Deserve Recognition for Enthusiasm

October 21, 2009 |

As much as we love to point our grubby, ink-stained fingers at various campus injustices, we here at the Bullet aren’t above showering praise on deserving culprits of goodwill. Unlike faculty who receive feedback via and administrators who receive … Read More

Lt. Governor Election Just as Important

October 21, 2009 |


With only a few weeks to go, elections have begun to gain the attention of more and more Virginians. The main focus is the showdown between Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell, but it is important that … Read More

Students Shouldn’t Need Advertising to Avoid the Flu

October 21, 2009 |


With the number of H1N1 cases at Mary Washington now surpassing 70 and with the national number of cases rising, it seems like a no-brainer that students would take hand washing more seriously.

According to … Read More

McDonnell’s Plans for Virginia Fictional and a Detriment to Virginia Taxpayers

October 21, 2009 |

By James Martin

Guest Columnist

Four years ago, Bob McDonnell was a delegate from Virginia Beach and was known for one thing: a radical social agenda. In fact, out of the hundreds of bills introduced by McDonnell in his time … Read More

Campus Safety Walk Shows Problems in Security Despite Blue Light Improvements

October 7, 2009 |

The administration is making an effort to make our campus safer, even if it is one baby step at a time. The annual Safety Walk, which occurred on Wednesday Sept. 30 led by Judy Hample herself, was an alleged success.

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Definition of Sex Not Necessarily Clear Cut

October 7, 2009 |

BY DAMIAN ALLEN Guest Columnist

What is sex? Quick, before you go running to Webster, what is sex to you? Okay, before you go running to Wikipedia, it isn’t that kind of question. Sex isn’t simply a penis entering a … Read More

Facebook has Potential to Remain Professional and Avoid Falling Prey to MySpace-like Antics

September 30, 2009 |

BY DAWN ROBEY Staff Writer

Have you checked your wall today? I have, and so have most of the 82 people on my friends list. The social networking craze has taken me under, and I am thoroughly addicted. MySpace and … Read More

Health Care Debate Requires Rational Thought, Not Riots

September 30, 2009 |

BY BREEANNA SVEUM Viewpoints Editor

In recent months (though it seems more like years), the debate about health care has exploded. Whether or not the US should implement a single-payer system like Canada’s has gone from an ideologue’s dream (or … Read More

Polanski Did the Crime and Should Do the Time

September 30, 2009 |

Since Roman Polanski’s arrest in Zurich on Sunday, people have come out in force to defend a man who raped a 13-year-old girl.

We’ll say that again: people have come out to defend a man who raped a 13-year-old girl.

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Public Figures Should Give Public Apologies for Their Indiscretions

September 16, 2009 |

Apologizing is one of the first things we learn to do as children. When we mess up, we’re told to say we’re sorry and do what we can to rectify the situation.

In recent months, politicians and celebrities alike have … Read More

Overcrowding and Long Lines at Seaco Frustrate Students

September 9, 2009 |

By Breeanna Sveum Viewpoints Editor

Last week, my friends and I went to Seaco at noon for lunch, as we usually do on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The frustration incurred from the long lines to enter the building was further … Read More

AP Shows Lack of Respect for Fallen Soldier and Family

September 9, 2009 |

Distributes Photo Against Family Wishes

By Anne Elder Guest Columnist

In a time when violence and war are graphically displayed in the media, often the line between compelling journalism and explicit coverage is blurred. Regardless of journalistic intentions, Americans should … Read More

Video Game In Poor Taste in Time of War

November 20, 2008 |


When beginning my holiday shopping, I came across a peculiar advertisement promising a “saga of cinematic intensity.” Always interested in intensive cinema, I clicked to view an ad of what I realized is actually a video game: … Read More

Where Will Clinton Fit in Obama’s Plan?

November 20, 2008 |

Word on the street is that President-elect Barack Obama’s administration is vetting Hillary Clinton for secretary of state. If that’s not a blow to Clinton’s ego, we’re not really sure what would be. After eight years as First Lady and … Read More

Top 5 Reasons We're Saved

November 13, 2008 |


1. Steps Toward Real Equality

A non-white candidate has been elected president. What some said was impossible turned out to be a lot more than possible. But this is no simple passing matter or something to be … Read More

Dear Alaska

November 6, 2008 |


Dear Alaska:

In the years of your statehood, the lower 48 have, in large part, ignored you. It’s sad, but it’s true—your politics were just never important on the national scene. We never considered you a battleground … Read More