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The Blue & Gray Press | August 18, 2018

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Free Speech

Students have right to free speech, but should still respect university values

March 1, 2018 |


Staff Writer

Free speech on college campuses should be allowed to the extent that given each situation, respect for other people’s opinions, race, religion, ethnicity, heritage, and safety remains the priority. At the University of Mary Washington, free speech is practiced in varying ways but often times, it goes too far and only demonstrates for the values that the university believes in.Read More

Political clubs have a right to freedom of speech

February 22, 2018 |


Staff Writer

On Thursday, February 15, the UMW Firearms club painted the spirit rock on campus to advertise their concealed carry and personal safety classes.  Later that day, their message was spray painted over and covered with a message about school shootings in response to the one that had just occurred in Florida that same day.  It is unknown who painted over the rock.  This has sparked a massive debate on campus about not only firearms, but free speech as a whole.Read More

Confederate Flag in Mason Hall concerns students

February 8, 2018 |


Staff Writer

On Thursday, January 25 around 8:30 p.m., a University of Mary Washington student posted a picture of a Confederate flag flying in Mason Hall. Following the event, junior Alex Sakes posted the picture of the Confederate flag in question flying in Mason hall at 8:30 p.m. on the “Overheard at Mary Wash” Facebook page. Read More

NFL players are not being disrespectful by exercising their right to protest

October 18, 2017 |


Viewpoints Editor

After weeks of criticism and media attention focused on players kneeling for the national anthem in protest, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at a news conference on Wednesday, Oct. 18 that while he believes that players should stand for the playing of the national anthem, he does not plan to create or enforce any rule requiring them to. While Goodell should openly support his players’ First Amendment rights, it is reassuring to know that he does not plan to censor them- after all, that would be illegal.Read More

Bill Maher's argues of free speech

November 5, 2014 |


“I guess they don’t teach irony in college anymore,” Bill Maher said exasperatedly to his audience via broadcast last Friday.Read More

Red Flag Burning Displays Intolerance

November 14, 2012 |

With a nonchalant flick of a lighter, someone at the University of Mary Washington ignited, not only symbolic sheets of paper, but the indignation and condemnation of UMW student and facultative bodies.Read More

Metro Ad Highlights Debate Over Freedom of Speech

October 3, 2012 |


Do we ever pause to reflect on certain advertisements? Do we care what they’re really trying to say? Or do we just focus on their trademark catch phrases and cool poster designs? It is important that we … Read More

Letter to the Editor: Free Speech Bound In Shackles at UMW

October 5, 2011 |

Dear Editor,

It’s uncomfortably appropriate that, on the day of Karl Rove’s visit to Mary Washington, our campus police attempted to deny students’ their right to freedom of speech. A group of forty-or-so students and community members assembled outside of … Read More