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The Blue & Gray Press | December 15, 2017

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Resources offered for temporarily handicapped students

December 7, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

Senior Writer

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.Read More

NOVA band Milo in the Doldrums performs at Leesburg concert

December 7, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

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.Read More

Students enjoy Thursday night “Poetry and Prose” events

November 16, 2017 |

By OLYMPIA JARRELL

Staff Writer

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.Read More

Uplifting playlist for cold and lonely winter months

November 16, 2017 |

By TESS OSMER

Contributing Writer

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.Read More

Trendy cozy socks with boots bring comfort and style to campus

November 15, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

Senior Writer

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, … Read More

New Super Mario game from Nintendo is out of this world

November 9, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer

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.Read More

Wacky waffles: recipes for “Stranger Things” season two

November 9, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

Senior Writer

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.”Read More

Dressing for fickle fall weather: students share strategies

November 9, 2017 |

By LAURA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

Hiding a picture perfect outfit under a trench coat because the weather is crisp and nippy in the morning just to have to change down to shorts and a t-shirt by afternoon has been all too familiar amongst students at the University of Mary Washington this fall season.Read More

Celebrities exhibit and influence Halloween costumes

November 2, 2017 |

By MADISON PACE

Staff Writer

Halloween is one of the most festive times of the year, when everyone has the opportunity to dress up as anything they desire. Parents usually pick out or help with their children’s Halloween costumes, whether their child likes it or not. However as kids grow up, they get to experience the thrill of buying or creating a costume that they really want to wear. Throughout the media, people tend to get ideas from celebrities on what to wear.Read More

Halloween makeup highlights costumes this season

November 1, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

Senior Writer

“I decided to go as her mostly because I had all of the costume pieces and it was pretty cheap to create as a look. I did the makeup myself, and I’m really happy with … Read More

John Green novel conveys complexities of mental illness

October 19, 2017 |

By ARIANA BARRETT

Staff Writer

On Oct. 11, George Washington University’s bookstore and coffee house, “Politics and Prose,” hosted author John Green’s second stop on his book tour. He was promoting his new book “Turtles All the Way Down,” which had just been released the day before.Read More

Contemplative studies meshes intellectual and personal growth

October 19, 2017 |

By COLLEEN SULLIVAN 

Senior Writer

Information learned in school is often applied solely in practicum, jobs or internships. Contemplative studies, unlike other programs, is directly applied alongside the learning process, rather than only afterwards. This minor is centered upon meditation and contemplation in everyday life, which is both a personal and intellectual skill. Five years ago, a contemplative practice class started being offered by professors David Ambuel and Angela Pitts and many students were eager to become involved.Read More

Marvel vs DC: the battle on the big screen continues

October 12, 2017 |

By HARRY FISHER

Senior Writer

Fans of comic book movies have been treated well in recent months. DC Comics took the world by surprise back in June with “Wonder Woman,” their biggest hit yet, but Marvel Comics fans have still been getting their fill with the likes of “Guardians of the Galaxy” Vol. 2 and “Spider-Man Homecoming” back in June. However, the excitement didn’t end over the summer. With Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and DC’s “Justice League” both coming out next month, the hype train is still rolling and likely won’t stop anytime soon.Read More

Campus Programming and Creative Writing Club host Student Spotlight

October 5, 2017 |

By KIRSTEN QUARFORTH

Contributing Writer

A single spotlight makes a circle on the slightly elevated stage. The pool of light envelops the poet balancing on a small wooden stool, orally reciting a poem he labored over. The audience fell silent for a moment, before they begin to snap their fingers.Read More

Ask Katherine: Advice to Freshmen

September 28, 2017 |

By KATHERINE LAMB

Senior Writer

How do students get out of a fire drill? Stated by a freshman, clearly

Proceed in a quick and orderly manner towards the nearest exit. If your roommate is not up, make sure they get up. If it’s a nighttime fire-drill, knock on the doors you pass on the way out to ensure that nobody sleeps through it.Read More

Hot diggity dog: long-standing debate continues on campus

September 21, 2017 |

By LUKE ENGBERT 

Staff Writer

Is a hot dog a sandwich, or does it fall under its own category? This interesting and surprisingly controversial question was recently brought to attention right here on the UMW campus. Believe it or not, this is a historically popular and persistent debate that has sparked countless discussions across the country over the years. In the words of Cameron Hiney, a sophomore historic preservation major, “a hot dog is just special,” meaning there is something setting it apart from a typical sandwich.Read More

Jazz Ensemble performs at Riverfest fundraising event

September 21, 2017 |

By GRACE WINFIELD 

Staff Writer

This past Saturday, Friends of the Rappahannock hosted their 27 annual riverfest at Farley Vale Farm. The event serves as a great opportunity for the people of Fredericksburg to support their community and river restoration over a delicious cookout, boat rides and live music. This year, the University of Mary Washington’s very own Doug Gately, Director of Jazz Studies, and the UMW Jazz Ensemble were invited to perform at the festival.Read More

The Rich Weirdos become official, expand into community

September 21, 2017 |

By OLIVIA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

From club volleyball to the video game club, most everyone can find something that interests them at UMW. There is a new club on campus whose name might not be as familiar or straightforward, they are called “The Rich Weirdos.”Read More

Personal essay: one students’ journey to self compassion

September 14, 2017 |

Colleen Sullivan

Senior Writer            

Humans fail. It’s one of those frustrating non-negotiables in life. We make mistakes, we confront rejection and we stumble. One consolation in this unfortunate reality is that the sting of failure only lasts a short while before we recover. Self-compassion sounds easy enough and it can be easy, after practice.Read More

UMW Herbarium digitizes collection for easy access

September 14, 2017 |

Sarah Goodnough

Staff Writer

Tucked away in room 109A of the Jepson Science Center, there is a little-known treasure that many students outside of the biology department might not know about. It is home to the impressive collection of plants called, the Mary Washington College Fredericksburg Herbarium. Assistant Professor, Dr. April Wynn is the curator of an ongoing project involving the digitization of the university’s herbarium, so that all students have access to this information. The department hopes to finalize the project this fall.Read More

Vocelli worker accident leads to additional delivery fee

September 14, 2017 |

Allison Tovey

Staff Writer

After an accident between two Vocelli delivery bicyclists, Vocelli manager, Steve Randall, needed to raise money to cover workers’ compensation and a rising insurance rate. Randall said that the cause of the accident was the removal of the mirror on the Eagle Village bridge. The delivery bicyclists were coming towards each other around a corner and collided. “One worker shattered his elbow,” said Randall.Read More

Recipes and reviews: a new Netflix release viewing guide

September 13, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

Senior Writer

Death Note: Review

Death Note is a Netflix original that came out Aug. 25 this year. Based on the highly successful weekly shonen manga, Death Note, the movie revolves around a … Read More

UMW students visit Cuba for first time ever this summer

September 7, 2017 |

By GARY KNOWLES

Staff Writer

This past June University of Mary Washington students spent a couple weeks with Cuban citizens. Read More

Personal essay: transferring to UMW was the right decision

September 7, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM
Staff Writer
At first I assumed UMW would be very similar to my former university because they both have a small student population. However, once I stepped foot on this beautiful campus I was pleasantly surprised to find out that UMW was something completely different than WCSU.Read More

From uniform to unique: one student’s guide to dorm decor

September 6, 2017 |

By MACKENZIE HARD 

Staff Writer

Before move-in, campus is filled with a bunch of the same dorm style residence halls. The same couches and chairs, the same beds and desks and the same kitchens. It is all very uniform but it is a blank canvas for us to make our own. I turned my own apartment into a comfortable and cozy place for me to stretch my feet out on the coffee table. Along the way, I learned the importance of having a budget and an idea for how the space will look. It is much easier to decompress after a long day of classes when I’m coming back into a room that makes me feel comfortable and welcome.Read More

Living room exhibit transports students back to the 90s

April 27, 2017 |

By ANDREW BOSWELL

Since the beginning of the semester, a few other students and I have been working with professor Zach Whalen to create an exhibit that would fill students with nostalgia of the 90s. The idea originated with professor Whalen wanting to recreate the successful “80s Living Room” that was displayed on the fourth floor of the Convergence Center during the spring semester of 2015. Read More

Devil Goat Day: the traditional class competition continues

April 27, 2017 |

By THEODOSIUS ZOTOS

Grab your green or red and put your game faces on — today is the big day. Every year on the Thursday of the last week of classes, the most anticipated and epic UMW event of the year takes place. Read More

UMW students reflect on President Donald Trump’s first 100 days

April 27, 2017 |

By VIRGINIA BIXBY

Sarah Hansen, UMW’s Young Democrats President, still remembers the moment she realized that it was Donald Trump’s column that lit up on the news channel in November during general election. She felt worried and fearful especially, after months of promoting Hillary Clinton’s campaign with fellow members of the Young Dems. She was dispirited by Trump’s unprecedented victory.Read More

Fishermen head to local fishing spots for start of season

April 27, 2017 |

By WILL BRORSEN

As the weather continues to warm up, summer fishermen start to break out their tackle boxes and fishing rods. The Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg is a great place to fish, and the fish start biting around this time. Fishing right now is the best experience, there’s always time for just one more cast.Read More

Discussing consent is not as easy as education videos pretend

April 27, 2017 |

By LAURA MAKOLANDRA

At the beginning of each school year, the Title IX office holds a session on how partners should consent to sex. They show videos that roleplay how students might have conversations about consent. These videos instruct students to have open conversations about sex and make sure that both partners agree verbally.Read More