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The Blue & Gray Press | October 22, 2017

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John Green novel conveys complexities of mental illness

October 19, 2017 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |

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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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

UMW gathers for Glow Run in honor of President Paino’s Inauguration

April 26, 2017 |


The rosy hues of the sun began to fade as 412 people from the University of Mary Washington and the Fredericksburg community gathered near the Bell Tower. Glowing figures covered with strokes of neon paint stood at the start line, in the evening hours, waiting excitedly for the clock to strike eight. As the run commenced, the rhythmic thumping of participants’ feet drowned out the music that was playing throughout Campus Walk for UMW’s 5k “Glow Run.”Read More

Personal essay: handwriting notes is acceptable too

April 24, 2017 |


Many professors on campus allow students to use their laptops in class, but some professors don’t. In high school I was required to write my notes in a notebook or a binder. When I came to college, I found that most students took notes on their laptops.Read More

A crowded campus is a small price to pay for recruiting future Eagles

April 24, 2017 |


April is a stressful month for Mary Washington students, but this stress is not solely because of assignments or presentations. During the month of April the UMW Admissions Office welcomes large groups of individuals interested in Mary Washington to campus. Tour guides show these groups around residence halls, classrooms and popular campus scenes such as Ball Circle.Read More

Motivation techniques for the screen-locked college student

April 20, 2017 |


The thrumming of the internet calls to you and suddenly you’re sucked into the depths of YouTube or Facebook, unable to surface until hours later. At least, this is you if you act anything like me. Even … Read More

Macbeth takes stage in Klein Theatre

April 20, 2017 |


On Thursday, April 13 I and three of my friends found ourselves making our way across campus to Klein Theatre where we would proceed to watch a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. That night, what originally started as a class assignment became an enjoyable memory for the four of us.Read More

You had me at Pho

April 20, 2017 |


With the end of the semester drawing near, some Mary Washington students are watching their flex dollars and meal swipes dwindle as they enter the final three weeks of the semester. However, UMW students should not lose hope. Fredericksburg is a college town, and college towns look after their student community.Read More

Senior offers words of wisdom to UMW freshmen

April 19, 2017 |


The 2017 school year is beginning to wrap up and graduating seniors are preparing to write a new chapter in their lives and endure a new adventure. For them, it has been four years of papers and exams, late nights in Simpson Library and the Hurley Convergence Center, many trips to Blackstone for the largest coffees available and celebrating with their life-long friends for semesters’ ends.Read More

TV helps with finals? It’s not as crazy as it sounds

April 19, 2017 |


With finals week rapidly approaching, University of Mary Washington students find themselves faced with the difficult task of trying to find ways to relax amidst all the chaos that the end of the semester can bring.Read More

UMW Style: the characters of ‘Macbeth’ show off medieval Scottish couture

April 13, 2017 |


“My attire just got an upgrade actually because I recently killed the King and I figured I’d take the crown. I found this really nice coat in my closet, and it’s so heavy that it makes it difficult to go down the stairs, but it looks great. I have a pretty rad belt, it looks kind of WWE. I have a lot of red now and it kind of brings out my eyes.”Read More

How Catholicism plays into one family’s Easter Sunday traditions

April 13, 2017 |


Easter Sunday is my favorite day of the entire year because of the hope that it gives me, and what it represents for my faith as a Catholic. Easter for my family is not about the Easter bunny and egg hunts. For us, it’s a chance to be with each other and celebrate the sacrifice and gift of Christ’s death and resurrection.Read More