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The Blue & Gray Press | March 30, 2017

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UMW looks to adopt “ring by the spring” motto

March 30, 2017 |

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.Read More

ResHall Recipes: expert level Vocellis style pizza recipe

March 30, 2017 |

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.Read More

Hail to the king, “Kong: Skull Island” movie review

March 29, 2017 |

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.Read More

7th Annual Arab Culture Night steps up game with full stage and live camel

March 29, 2017 |

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.Read More

Feathered Fish: a local band on the rise

March 29, 2017 |

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.Read More

How the education program changed my perspective on testing

March 29, 2017 |

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.Read More

Explore the outdoors in your own backyard

March 22, 2017 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

Every season has its perks, but none of them compare to spring. After a very confusing winter, spring is finally here. Although spring often comes with rain showers, there is a lot to enjoy as the cold temperatures begin to rise. One of my favorite things to do in the spring is go hiking, and luckily there is no shortage of hiking trails in Fredericksburg.Read More

UMW embraces the Wild and Scenic national film festival

March 22, 2017 |

By ALEX SPENCE

On Saturday, March 25, Dodd Auditorium will open its doors to students and community members alike and invite you to hike the Sierra Mountains, wade the Alaskan waters and bike to the coast for a sunset surf.Read More

UMW set to hold 7th annual Arab Culture Night

March 22, 2017 |

By STEPHANIE COOK

It is almost time for the University of Mary Washington’s seventh annual Arab Culture Night. The Arab Culture Club sponsors this event yearly and offers a buffet hosted by Aladin’s Restaurant, a Middle Eastern fashion show, traditional dabka dance, a wide array of cultural showcases, henna, live music by Mohammed Amir, a live camel and more.Read More

Women’s History Month: 100 years of women in music

March 16, 2017 |

By SHAWNYA PETERSON

Female musicians have a rich and complex history, and, over the past century, share much overlap with social movements of the era, including the fights for racial justice and LGBTQ equality. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re taking you decade by decade through the last 100 years of female musical artists.Read More

Great Lives Lecture: George Lucas’ unexpected success

March 16, 2017 |

By ES HETHCOX

George Lucas’ need for control not only helped him succeed in making movies, but also facilitated how much he impacted the world of cinematology, The New York Times bestselling biographer told his audience in Dodd Auditorium. Read More

Study Abroad program takes UMW students to far away places

March 16, 2017 |

By AMANDA BIELECKI

For many college students studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity and experience. Some choose France, Italy, Argentina and countless other countries around the world. From new food, new people and a new environment, studying abroad offers a wide range of unique experiences.Read More

Staff Ed: Where does politics belong in Hollywood?

March 2, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Anyone who tuned into the Oscars Award show, or any award show for that matter, isn’t prompted to think ‘politics.’ Usually people are trying to escape the oversaturation of political rhetoric when they turn on the TV to watch an award show but that ideal has not been the case as of late.Read More

President Paino takes horseback riding lessons on Fredericksburg tour

February 23, 2017 |

By REBECCA MELSON

UMW President Troy Paino decided to explore the downtown area in his own way on Tuesday. The weather was unseasonably warm as President Paino traveled through downtown Fredericksburg on horseback. Paino, along with equestrian team member and junior Psychology major, Nikki Ferrell, received several stares as they pit stopped in popular Fredericksburg shops. This is all part of a promotional video that Paino is filming for upcoming UMW students.

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UMW Style: transitions into spring and inspiration from Kpop and 90s

February 23, 2017 |

By SAVARA GUNN

“Kpop, also known as Korean pop music, inspires this outfit and other outfits I wear, and since I’m a college student I want to be comfortable but also not look like a bum. I think the way you dress shows the kind of person you are, and I tend to dress friendly so that I look approachable.”Read More

Use care packages to show love to loved ones

February 23, 2017 |

By COLLEEN SULLIVAN

While at college, it may seem difficult to connect with old friends from home, especially when maintaining a busy schedule. Texts and phone calls, though efficient, can be impersonal and rushed. To show a friend that distance doesn’t change a thing, sending a care package is a simple gesture that will brighten someone’s day. The highpoint of creating this gift is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be filled with store-bought baubles; there are many easy crafts one can do to create a personalized and unique care package.Read More

ResHall Recipes: Valentine’s Day comfort food

February 16, 2017 |

By ESTHER HEATHCOX

Valentine’s Day is a national holiday for individuals of all ages who get to enjoy the delicious recipes that this holiday brings. However, one important group of individuals that shine in the kitchen are not star-crossed lovers, but instead the single hearts of Mary Washington. Read More

How commuting to school works better for one student

February 16, 2017 |

By JOHN MARTIN

I have been a commuter at the University of Mary Washington for a little under two years since transferring from Germanna Community College. I believe it is a great experience to go through to help prepare yourself for the future and real world.

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Great Lives: Ty Cobb wasn’t the violent racist you thought

February 16, 2017 |

By ETHAN TOBIN

Have you ever wondered how baseball’s “greatest of all-time” was also deemed a violent racist, who was known for spiking his cleats with the intent of sliding in hard on the opponent, yet set the standards for the Baseball Hall of Fame? If so, you’ve got the 1900s baseball legend Tyrus Raymond “Ty” Cobb to thank.

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Valentine’s day is a day for more than relationships

February 15, 2017 |

By CELINE CHASSAGNEUX

Everyone has different feelings about the holiday that’s all about love. Some love it, some are indifferent about it, and some wallow in self-pity. But Valentine’s Day isn’t just about being in a relationship or having a … Read More

How my college pregnancy helped me reach a degree

February 9, 2017 | 1

By TAYLOR OSTROM

Ever since I was a little girl I always dreamt of graduating college, finding a great job and then starting a family with the love of my life. However, things haven't exactly happened in that order for me. While in college I found out I was pregnant, and my life has changed eternally. Instead of thinking of my pregnancy and impending baby as a speed bump in my college career, I began to think of her as a source of inspiration to continue and earn my degree.

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Mark Snyder: UMW’S quirkiest music professor

February 9, 2017 | 3

By COLE MASAITIS

“Booga-doo” is word that might not have a definition, but it most definitely has a nice ring to it. Almost like a hook in the chorus of a song, it will reel you in the first time … Read More

The Donut Wars: Battle of Fredericksburg

February 9, 2017 |

By KELLY EMMRICH

Duck Donuts opened up shop last Monday, with a post on their Facebook page early Monday morning announcing the surprise opening. Since, Duck Donuts has been packed with lines extending to the door. Throughout the week many … Read More

“Steel Magnolias” prepares to debut as theatre students settle into roles

February 9, 2017 |

By LAUREN CLOSS

Interest mounts and attention turns to the stage as the house lights dim and the actors are lit up in colorful costumes against the set. The music fades into the background and disappears. The actors begin their performance and the audience is transported back to Louisiana in the 1980s.

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Dive-In movie blows away low expectations

December 8, 2016 |

By DEBORAH NGANGA

The University of Mary Washington’s Dive-In Movie event, put on by Campus Recreation in the Goolrick Pool, received a high turnout this past Friday. I went into the event expecting to see a small amount of people, … Read More

Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

December 8, 2016 | 1

By PETE TEAGLE

With the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II” in summer of 2011, many Potterheads undoubtedly wondered what would become of a series of films that spanned a decade. Thankfully for fans of the iconic series, J.K. Rowling continued to develop her wizarding world in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”Read More

Did the ‘Hamilton’ cast choose an appropriate venue to call out Pence?

December 1, 2016 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

On Nov. 18, 2016, Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended the Broadway Musical Hamilton in New York City. Upon entering the theatre, Pence was greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos from the audience. At the end of the show, Brandon Victor Dixon, who stars as Founding Father Aaron Burr, thanked the audience and Mr. Pence for attending. He also read aloud a statement directed towards Mr. Pence about diversity in America.Read More

An inside look at putting together the annual fall PAC Big Show

November 30, 2016 |

By ZACH WOHLEKING

The University of Mary Washington’s Performing Arts Club Big Show took place Saturday Nov. 19, and Sunday Nov. 20, in Dodd Auditorium. PAC performed 20 dance numbers with many memorable and notable performances. The dancers kept the crowd engaged the entire time as they performed with energy, passion and enthusiasm throughout the entire show. The changing moods and tones from performance to performance also kept the crowd on the edge of their seat guessing what would happen next.Read More

Electronic music class showcases the art of masking sounds

October 13, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER

With frizzy white hair, a plaid short sleeve shirt and what I am pretty sure were cotton sweat- pant-like shorts, Dr. Mark Snyder, assistant professor of music at the University of Mary Washington, welcomed a small audience to the first performance of his Electronic Music class in Pollard Hall, on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

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Senior Playlist: for the burnt out and stressed student

October 6, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER

It is already October, the leaves are falling and it’s finally getting a little bit colder. Even though it is pretty early in the semester, I am about ready to drop out. If the ideas of upcoming midterms and eventual finals are making you panic, I have five noteworthy songs to help you keep your chin up.Read More