By KYLE CLARKE
While scrolling through the thousands of apps and games the app store has to offer, you may come across HQ Trivia, a game that has become popular among smartphone users and many students at UMW. All across campus, students pull out their phones at 3 and 9 p.m. to compete with other users for cash prizes on this game show styled mobile trivia game.
By ABIGAIL HUNT
Spring break is one of the most anticipated weeks for college students during the spring semester. The week-long vacation period allows students to take a break from schoolwork and relax. Many UMW students took this opportunity to travel across the country, such as senior Rachel Hendricks, who flew to San Francisco, California for her vacation with friends.
By KYLE LEHMANN
Housing selection season is here and for those living on campus next year, it is a time of excitement, anticipation and decisions. Students are selecting roommates, whether they be old friends or strangers on Facebook, and also deciding between buildings themselves.
By BRIAN SWEENEY
Before spring break, a campus-wide email notified the UMW community that the holly trees on Double Drive were going to be trimmed, a promise that came to fruition just one week later. While the email explained the necessity of pruning, many students still do not like the holly trees’ new look. Other students, however, have expressed their acceptance of the short term sacrifice of campus beauty for the long term health of the plants.
By JOSE REYES
The thought of entering college as an athlete was exciting to say the least. On top of the liberating college experience that awaited me, I would have the privilege of arriving one week early and with one less worry than most other students, meeting new friends. Although I had teammates, I would still have to get to know them, but at least I already knew they loved the same sport as me. Besides, after we train, eat, sleep and even fart together, getting to know them wasn’t very hard.
By GARY KNOWLES
I wish I read books like “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” when I was a teenager, but I am glad I am reading them now. Over spring break, I was captured by the novel’s emotionally mature way of handling such a difficult topic as coming out of the closet. For young readers unsure of their sexuality and identity, having access to a book like this will be a groundbreaking experience.
By CAMERON ASHLEY
When someone mentions St. Patrick’s Day, green, luck and festivities all come to mind. Since the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, there’s plenty of time for students to celebrate with friends and family.
By ES HETHCOX
Perched on a stool in front of a small crowd in the LibertyTown Arts Workshop, Gaye Adegbalola’s expert hands move across the smooth mahogany of her guitar, as her clear voice fills the room with melodies of social injustice.
By MILEN MEHARI
I am a Black student attending the University of Mary Washington, a predominately white institution, so naturally my woes of racial inequity are to be expected. I did not come to this university disillusioned, expecting an experience resembling that of an HBCU, historically Black college/university, because the disparity is quite clear. Consider the 2015 academic year wherein students of color made up 30 percent of the student body while professors of color were only 17.5 percent of the teaching staff. Furthermore, the only significant Black and Brown staff presence is either in the dining hall, cleaning or clerical staff.
By LINDSEY BROWN
Michael Benson grew up in the theatre and has been going to shows since he was three years old. His father was a high school English teacher that also directed the musicals at his high school. One of Benson’s earliest memories is when he saw one of his father’s productions, “Fiddler on the Roof.” He remembers being terrified by the character Fruma-Sarah.
By DYLAN BURKETT
Did you know that there are people right here on campus who want to help you prepare for your professional career after graduation? Most students know about the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) here on campus, but how many actually know what can be gained from making an appointment?
By ALEXIS ERB
This past weekend the University of Mary Washington celebrated the Chinese New Year with the community of Fredericksburg. There was a big turn out with people from a variety of backgrounds and a plethora of Chinese food from restaurants, as well as food made by locals that attended the event. Having a large turnout was a big deal because of how small the Chinese community is in the Fredericksburg area.
By ALEXIS ZIRPMOULIS
Is your private life truly private? Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat, most college students juggle multiple social media accounts. When you are fresh out of college and looking to leap into your career, it is important to have a squeaky clean social media presence, or as close to clean as possible. However, with several virtual personas to manage, maintaining track of your photographs, status updates and videos can become a challenge- and that unfavorable Friday night selfie can easily get lost in the chaos of your archived photos.
By LINDSEY BROWN
Cell phones are often an important aspect of people’s lives these days. They seem to be a lifeline to most, an essential for their social lives, or even their careers. Even though Sarah Ruhl’s play, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is over 10 years old, it is still relevant today. “You will never walk alone, because you have a machine in your pocket that might ring,” reads a line from the play, and it still rings true. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is an unorthodox story, with good lessons that give the audience something to think about. It makes you want to turn your phone off for a while and join the land of the living.
By VANISA CLAY
While I am not a comic book fan, I am a true lover of film. When the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Ironman (2008), was released I wasn’t too excited about it, although it seemed everyone else in the world was. A lot of things have changed for me in the past decade, which has softened my resolve when it comes to comic book movies, one of the most prominent being the release of “Black Panther.”
By JACK POLLARD
Roommates; everyone has them. Living in close quarters with a friend or complete stranger is an integral part of life at college. The transition of adapting to another person’s schedule and living habits can be challenging, however, and for some people that are forced to change beauty regimens 18 years in the making, it begs the question: Is your roommate bad for your skin?
By KOTY BOWEN
On February 9, members of the University of Mary Washington and Fredericksburg communities gathered in Dodd Auditorium to witness the Variety Show, an event that showcases the talent of UMW students. The entertainment ranged from debuts of original songs to the thrill and excitement of intricate dance teams.
By ALICEN HACKNEY
Most coffee shops have an array of potential drink combinations beyond their typical menu and Blackstone is no exception. When seeking a creative alternative to your regular order, it is always helpful to take some advice from the experts.
By ELIZABETH DEVINE
Although downtown Fredericksburg is steeped in history, it is constantly experiencing change. Strolling down Caroline Street, it’s hard not to notice all the updated storefronts and new businesses. If you’re new to Mary Washington, or are just looking for a fun day with your friends, get off campus and check out what’s new downtown.
By HANNAH ROTHWELL
It was a warm and sunny day in the middle of January. The weather felt out of place, but was welcomed. People from all walks of life traveled far and wide to gather in downtown D.C. As soon as they stepped out of the Smithsonian Metro Station, they were greeted by smiling faces handing out bright green signs saying “Choose love. Choose life” and inviting them to join the crowd that was rapidly amassing.
By OLIVIA TAYLOR
This past Saturday, one of the UMW acapella groups, One Note Stand, competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal at George Washington University. This event brought together 10 acapella groups from around the region to compete for the chance to advance and perform in the semifinal competition in Philadelphia.
By MACKENZIE HARD
This past weekend, thousands of women, men and children gathered around the Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C. for the second annual Women’s March on Washington. This event began to advance peaceful and positive progress within communities across the country, along with the goal of ensuring that all women and their allies are involved with civic and political roles.
By TAYLOR OSTROM
I used to think walking from class to class in college was an effort, then I broke my foot and realized navigating campus was going to become a lot harder. The University of Mary Washington is a long, hilly campus, so crutching from class to class was never really an option for me. I was happy to find out that the University police offers services to students who need help getting around campus.
By GRACE HOWIE
On November 18 at the Talley Ho theatre in Leesburg, Virginia, I sat down with the indie rock, northern Virginia band, Milo in the Doldrums. About two years ago Robert Mays, 28, began playing what would later become Milo songs solo at different open mics. He was soon joined by friends, one of which being current guitarist, Richard Smith, 22, to form a full band. The ever-changing process that is creating a band reached its current form about seven months ago with the addition of two Ryans: Burke, 32, on drums and Wisgerhof, 22, on bass.
By OLYMPIA JARRELL
The Department of English, Linguistics and Communication hosted their Thursday night “Poetry and Prose” with visiting authors who read from their own work. This past Thursdaythe guest speaker was Russell Sanders, an American novelist and essayist. Gary Baldanza, a senior computer science major attended one of these events for the first time this semester.
By TESS OSMER
As the temperature outside dips into the 30s and we all wish we were on the beach sipping on margaritas or whatever… we’re not.
By SAVARA GUNN
Woolen socks with boots have been a popular pair, since its introduction to the fashion sphere, it’s expanded from the original riding boots with knee-highs to heeled ankle boots with woolen socks scrunched up, …
By HARRY FISHER
For over thirty years, Nintendo’s world-famous Italian plumber, Mario, has dominated the video game industry, providing both gamers and non-gamers with some of the most entertaining experiences the industry has to offer. In addition to being fun, well-designed and family-friendly, Mario games do not require players to have any high-level gaming skills to enjoy them. Even those who have never played a video game before can easily pick up a Mario game and immediately start having fun with it.
By KAYTLYN BIDDLE
Nostalgia is having a serious moment with 80s and 90s themed trends being revived, remade and revisited seemingly every day. Shows that ended years ago, shows based on decades long past and shows chock-full of outdated references are surfacing on every media platform, but none capture a specific time or feeling half as well as “Stranger Things.”