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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By OLIVIA BRIDGES
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.”
By KAYTLYN BIDDE
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.
By ES HETHCOX
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.
By FINNLEY GOFF
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 …
By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE
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.
By ES HETHCOX
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.
By HALEY SPENCER
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.
By HARRY FISHER
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.
By SAVARA GUNN
“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.”
By SUSANNAH TOMBES
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.
By ABIGAIL WHITTINGTON
The whispers of the audience hushed as four ghostly figures took their place on the dark stage. The lights on the stage came on and the four figures became four women dressed in flowing white gowns. They walked staggered from the front of the stage to the back of the stage, swishing their gowns with occasional instances of performative writhing pain. Then the music began and the women performed a contemporary dance piece.
By FINNLEY GOFF
I have had people ask me how I get over anxiety when I need to—what I mean by this is how I can sometimes push past things without letting them overwhelm me. Let me begin with some background: I’ve had the symptoms of generalized anxiety ever since I could talk. My mother had anxiety also and quickly noticed my similar symptoms. I wasn’t raised in an environment in which mental health was ignored. I was raised by a mother who was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and treated it with medication for multiple years.
By ES HETHCOX
As Friday night in downtown Fredericksburg begins to ignite, tourists and Mary Washington students wander in and out of an old brick building on the corner of Caroline and Charlotte Street. Each person has one goal in mind: to see what the city of Fredericksburg has to offer.
By MARIA SCHLEH
On Saturday, April 8, the University of Mary Washington’s Geek Alliance held their annual convention, MaryWashiCon, in the Hurley Convergence Center. This year’s convention was the result of a combined effort of Geek Alliance club members and leaders over the course of several months in order to deliver the ultimate “geek” experience. MaryWashiCon strives to offer something for everyone—whether you’re interested in anime, video games, Korean boy bands or whatever fandom strikes your fancy.
By GRACE HOWIE
On Thursday, March 30, the University of Mary Washington welcomed Waka Flocka Flame and D.R.A.M. With the help of volunteers, the Campus Programming Board transformed the Anderson Center into a concert venue fitting of these two rappers.
By EMILY GROTTLE
On Tuesday, April 4, artist Hasan Elahi spoke at the University of Mary Washington about his unique artwork and the history behind it. Elahi is associate professor for the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, and recently won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Prize and grants from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Even without getting a high school degree, Elahi found that he can study any subject through the arts.
“I have brought an awareness of the joy and color celebrated in the Punjab region this Multi-Fair. This form of celebration is also categorized as a dance form called Bhangra. Bhangra, the term, literally means ‘to be intoxicated with joy.'”
By ES HETHCOX
It is officially April, and University of Mary Washington students are feeling the pressure of exams and dreaded presentations. It’s important to remember that study breaks are essential to the long hours spent in the library. The perfect study break is something that gives your mind a rest from long hours of wracking your brain, while not taking up too much time to distract you from you’re studying. Here are six study break ideas to help keep you relaxed and your brain rested.
By ALEX SPENCE
With President Paino’s official inauguration just around the corner, he’s been eager to roll out new ideas for the future of the University of Mary Washington. But with all the excitement that surrounds these new decisions, the Board of Visitors has been pushing one change in particular.
By ESTER SALGUERO
Pizza is the cheapest and most convenient meal out there. It’s flexible and you can pretty much add any toppings you like. Think of the dough as a blank canvas. If you add just anything and everything to a pizza, it might not come out tasty, but if you follow this recipe very closely you won’t be disappointed. At UMW there is no shortage of greasy Vocelli’s pizza, so this will be the same, but different since you made it yourself.
By HARRY FISHER
The one and only King Kong has made a glorious return to cinema in the new film “Kong: Skull Island.” Rather than being a remake of the original 1933 “King Kong,” this new epic seeks to bring Kong into the universe of the 2014 “Godzilla” film. For now, “Skull Island” is being met with a pretty warm reception.
By JASMINE TURNER
Arab Culture Night is one of the many cultural celebrations hosted at the University of Mary Washington in honor of a diversity awareness initiative. Sponsored by the Arab Culture Club with the help of Dean’s office of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and the Center for International Education, Thursday night was filled with an array of displays dedicated to showcasing the richness of the culture.
By GRACE HOWIE
The Feathered Fish are a four-piece band from Fredericksburg comprised of vocalist Jeremy Hankins, lead guitarist Johnny Ray Wolfe, bass guitarist Collin Hill and Lee LeGros on Drums. The band was formed in 2013 by Hankins and Wolfe, and since added Hill and LeGros. These Fred natives play original songs in a genre that they call Rock ‘n’ Reggae, a term they have coined to describe themselves.
By KAYLEE TYE
I never understood why test taking was a good assessment of knowledge. Everyone complained about them, and I didn’t think that they helped me learn. I always thought that projects were a better assignment for the end of the year rather than a test.