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The Blue & Gray Press | June 19, 2018

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Kelly Emmrich

The outcome of upcoming gubernatorial election is crucial to Virginia’s future

November 2, 2017 |



In less than a week, Virginia will have the United States’ most consequential election since the presidential election. Virginia has been a swing state since 2004, voting Republican in ten consecutive presidential elections from 1968 to 2004. In the presidential election Hillary Clinton won by five percent in Virginia, so the outcome of this election will decide if the state is in favor of the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. In this upcoming gubernatorial election, there are three candidates.Read More

Swastika found in Jefferson Hall elevator reflects a nationwide trend

September 14, 2017 |



Scrawled on walls, marked in snow, taped to a ceiling, swastikas are appearing on college campuses across the nation.Read More

Millions of dollars left over annually from unused flex money

April 19, 2017 |


At the end of spring 2016, University of Mary Washington student, Nick Atwell had roughly $130 of flex left over. He used that money to buy 12 large pizzas to feed his stressed peers during exam week. Atwell ends every year with an abundance of flex because he chooses to eat in the University Center dining hall, where he can eat healthy options for only a meal swipe. Despite mostly relying on meal swipes to feed him, Atwell still ends each year with about 30 unused swipes.Read More

Vocelli’s biker convicted of BUI, Sammy D. Eagle in critical condition

March 30, 2017 |


On Saturday night around 9 p.m. an employee of the Vocelli’s delivery team hit the University of Mary Washington mascot Sammy D. Eagle in front of the spirit rock. A UMW student who was a witness on the scene tweeted “OMG eagle down!!!!” at the UMW campus police.Read More

One week later: what we know about the Nazi letter on campus

February 23, 2017 |


Last week The Blue & Gray Press published an article titled “UMW student finds aggressive Nazi message on bulletin board on Campus Walk.” In the wake of publication, there was a collective sense of panic felt by students, faculty and staff on both social media and on the campus.

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UMW student finds aggressive Nazi message on bulletin board on Campus Walk

February 15, 2017 |


University of Mary Washington junior Ahad Shahid and friend Chad Mundie were walking past Lee Hall after watching the film “Moana” on the evening of Feb. 5, when they found a handwritten Swastika on the bulletin board in Front of Madison Hall. In addition to the drawing there was a note at the bottom of the sheet reading “Attention fa**ots!! We could live next door.”Read More

The Donut Wars: Battle of Fredericksburg

February 9, 2017 |


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

ResHall Recipes: How to make your Friendsgiving the best

November 16, 2016 |


Thanksgiving is usually a feast prepared by your family, but heading home for the holidays is not possible for some students. A lot of people love Thanksgiving because of the food, so even if you are not going back home, you should still have some kind of feast. Whether you are hosting or doing a potluck, here are few ideas that you can make that probably won’t start a fire in your building.Read More

The 10 commandments for being sick on your own in college

November 10, 2016 |


Flu season has just begun and with the weather being 40 degrees one day and 80 the next, our bodies and immune systems are simply freaking out. I am sick, and I know a lot of people who have been complaining of a sore throat and runny nose.

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UMW Theatre’s musical, ‘Drood,’ is an ambitious murder mystery

November 10, 2016 |


Last Thursday night, locals, students and musical lovers congregated in duPont Hall for the premiere of the murder mystery musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.Read More

New York Fashion Week Spring collections reminiscent of ’80s

September 15, 2016 |


New York Fashion Week is a magical nine-day affair filled with private cars, healthy granola bars, high heels and, of course, the fashion. It is basically Gossip Girl condensed into one week. Past seasons have focused on the expected floral prints and soft fabrics like cotton and chiffon.Read More

Sugar Shack celebrates its first birthday with president Paino

September 8, 2016 |


Nestled in between the University of Mary Washington campus and downtown Fredericksburg, Sugar Shack Donuts is an integral part of the Fredericksburg community. Significantly, this past week Sugar Shack celebrated its first birthday after one year since opening its doors in Frederisburg.Read More

UMW alumni illustrate the highs and lows of the acting world in webshow ‘Solid 8’

April 21, 2016 |


“Solid 8” is a witty, intelligent and startlingly real depiction of the dog-eat-dog world of acting. The webshow follows the early beginnings of the acting career of Nicki Shannon, played by co- creator, Magan Carrigan, as she tries to break into the New York acting scene.Read More

UMW Parkour Club turns campus into a giant jungle gym

April 20, 2016 |


Jim Halpert once said on “The Office” that “The goal is to get from point A to point B as creatively as possible. So technically they’re doing parkour as long as point A is delusion and point B is the hospital.”Read More

UMW’s ecology club travels to West Virginia, discovers heart of coal scandal

April 14, 2016 |


Former employee of Massey Energy, Junior Walk spoke out about the harrowing effects of the coal companies on his friends, family and his mountains. Massey Energy is a coal company that was bought out by Alpha Natural Resources after Massey Energy was involved with several scandals.Read More

Spring fashion echos cooler colors, tones of fall

April 14, 2016 |


This has been an unseasonably cold April in Fredericksburg. Students have been more inclined to bundle up than to break out their floral sundresses. For this look book collection, the colors gravitate more towards earth tones that are usually more prevalent in fall collections.Read More

Report of divestment released; BOV to decide on divestment in April meeting

April 6, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington President’s Council on Sustainability released an official report that recommends a 99 percent divestment from fossil fuels. Because of the report, the Board of Visitors has an obligation to make a decision on the issue in their next public board meeting on April 15 and 16.Read More

UMW Odyssey Online call for new writers

February 2, 2016 |

By Kelly Emmrich

The Odyssey Online, founded in 2009 by two Indiana University students Evan Burns and Adrian France, say it is a voice for millennials who want to, “flip the traditional top- down editorial model to harness the thousands of ideas from real people to truly democratize content creation and give influencers the opportunity to express themselves and actually be heard.”Read More

Ugly Christmas sweaters find their niche in holiday wardrobes

December 2, 2015 |


It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, where the holiday season is filled with an overzealous uncles wrestling with decorations, carolers that are just a little bit flat, Grandmas that are slaving over a ham in the oven, and, of course, the adornment of the ubiquitous, ugly Christmas sweaters.Read More

Students raise concern of black mold in Eagle Landing

November 19, 2015 |


The “Black mold in Alvey creates concern for its residents, staff responds with investigation and advice” article in the Oct. 29 issue of The Blue & Gray Press received a lot of attention from students, parents and administration. This caused more residents to start coming forward about their own mold stories.Read More

Students fight to get necessary classes during registration

November 12, 2015 |


Every semester the sound of heartbreak can be heard campus-wide as students watch their coveted classes fill up. Most juniors, seniors, honor students and students with disabilities have an advantage over underclassmen because they are permitted to register earlier. Rarely can sophomores and freshmen get into all of the classes that they want or need for general education requirements, majors and electives.Read More

Black mold puts damper on Alvey Hall residents, causes concern

October 29, 2015 |


Leaving the air vent on in the bathroom, scrubbing mold from the shower and possibly dealing with symptoms similar to seasonal allergies or the common cold are among the issues that residents of Alvey Hall collectively experience.Read More

10 last-minute Halloween costumes for less than $10

October 27, 2015 |


As soon as Oct. 1 rolls around, pumpkin and ghost are at the top of my ‘frequently used’ list of emojis and orange fairy lights, painted pumpkins and fake cobwebs become staple decorations in my apartment.From the creative costumes to the endless supply of candy, Halloween is easily my favorite holiday.Read More

Plaid: a wardrobe staple from the 1500s to the 2000s

October 8, 2015 |


Whether you love plaid, or find it to be only something a hipster lumberjack would wear, it is a print that has dominated both the runways and campus walk for many years, and has had quite a historical impact. This is why it is impossible to walk to class without seeing at least half a dozen students sporting plaid flannel button-ups along campus walk today.Read More

BOV releases leadership statement for UMW president search

October 8, 2015 |


The Presidential Search Advisory Committee at the University of Mary Washington posted a presidential search leadership statement which outlines the expectations that the community has for the school’s 10th president.Read More

Downton Abbey season premiere hints at a turbulent new season

September 24, 2015 |


The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey premiered in the United Kingdom on Sunday at 9 p.m. Set in 1925, the hour-long premiere episode promised viewers a season riddled with new and recurring hurdles for each character.Read More

Feminists United start conversation on cyber bullying during rally

September 24, 2015 |


“No Longer Anonymous,” a rally held by Feminists United on Campus last Friday at 4p.m., combined the views of campus clubs such as Student Anti-Violence Educators, PRISM, Diversability and Young Democrats on anonymous bullying on campus.
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2015 Fashion Week brings new trends to the table, putting a modern twist to past ideas

September 17, 2015 |


New York Fashion Week is one of my favorite weeks of the year because of all the models, celebrities, bloggers’ street style and, of course, the fashion.Read More

A guide to bringing street style to campus

September 10, 2015 |


For my 8 a.m. class last semester, I always gravitated to my staple black yoga pants, athletic shirts and finished with a very messy hair bun. However, this semester I have noticed that more students are dressing in chic clothes for classes rather than focusing on comfortability.Read More

Giant in Eagle Village to undergo renovations this fall

September 8, 2015 |


Construction in Fredericksburg, especially near the University of Mary Washington campus, is a big concern for some of the Eagle Landing residences, who lived through the building of both the Information Technology Convergence Center and the University Center.Read More