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The Blue & Gray Press | December 16, 2017

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Letter to the editor

Letter to the Editor: Open-minded adminstration allows students to join political clubs

December 7, 2017 |

By RICHARD ABEL

Contributing Writer

The University of Mary Washington has a long-standing tradition of fostering open-mindedness amongst its student body, and maintaining the same outlook, when it comes to administration. Over the summer, UMW student Natalie Johns felt inclined to gather students who shared her interest in firearms and firearm safety by creating a club of the same focus. I interviewed Natalie about the developments of the club since its embryonic stage in August.Read More

Letter to the Editor: The importance of experiencing life on campus

October 26, 2017 |

By ERYNN SENDRICK

Contributing Writer

This is my second year working in Residence Life as an SRA, third as an RA, and there are moments when I wonder why I’ve agreed to come back year after year.Read More

Letter to the Editor: Latino Student Association supports students affected by DACA

September 28, 2017 |

By TATIANA ALEMAN and NOEMI ALEMAN

Contributing Writers

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) supports over 800,000 people who were brought to the United States for better opportunities.  DACA provides a temporary right to live, work, serve and study legally. Removing DACA will affect the lives of numerous individuals; most of them being young adults and students.Read More

Letter to the Editor: UMW administrators have a serious communication problem

April 14, 2016 |

UMW administrators have a serious communication problem.

On Friday, April 8, the university sent students an email entitled “responsible use of social media.” It details what online harassment looks like, and how to report it to the university or to the … Read More

Letter to the Editor: DiversAbility Club

March 31, 2016 |

By ELYSE DUNSTAN

For people in the United States who live with a disability – the nation’s largest minority group at 19 percent according to the 2012 census – our country that promises to be the land of opportunity often feels more like a land of oppression. For students who are disabled simply attending classes on campus or living in the dorms can be a constant struggle. DiversAbility, the club for students on campus with disabilities or chronic health conditions, meets weekly to discuss topics related to disability advocacy, studies, or simply every-day living.Read More

Letter to the Editor: The Blue & Gray Press should be daily paper

March 31, 2016 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

In the tradition of many newspapers across the United States, I’d propose that The Blue & Gray Press become a daily newspaper.
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Letter to the Editor: UMW Admission response

March 17, 2016 |

The recent Blue and Gray staff editorial on February 18 claims that admissions standards have been lowered and that students are being admitted who may be “detrimental to the academic and communal integrity of the institution.” This is not true. The statistics and supporting documentation are available for anyone to see. We are proud of the job we do in Admissions as we continue to attract a diverse, competitive, and well-rounded freshman class each and every year.Read More

Letter to the Editor: University should define costs, allow students control over their money

February 18, 2016 |

Here at Mary Washington we pride ourselves on rigorously searching for truth in our academic lives, and on the open warmth of our community outside the classroom. We form our opinions based on evidence and are not afraid of any argument made in good faith. We produce graduates who are “engaged citizens,” combatting injustice, apathy, and incompetence with understanding and determination.Read More

Letter to the Editor: Arrest of DivestUMW members leads to students questioning university’s values

April 23, 2015 |

To the UMW Community and all others it may concern,

I write to you as this academic year’s Inter-Club Association President and soon to be graduate of this university. Read More

Letter: University standards should promote open minds and meaningful dialogue

April 8, 2015 |

GK Chesterton, the prolific journalist of the early 20th century, said, “Having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” At the University of … Read More

Letter: Does rape culture exist at UMW?

April 8, 2015 |

We would like to start off by saying we, as women of University of Mary Washington, do not condone rape or sexual assault in any way. There is no excuse for the behaviors of those who commit such terrible crimes.  … Read More

Letter: Suspension of rugby team ignores issue, prevents ‘teachable moment’

April 1, 2015 |

I am writing today, as a recent alumna, to share my thoughts on the recent disbanding of the Mother’s Rugby team. It is important that I make myself clear when I say I am not for or against either “side,” … Read More

Letter: Rugby controversy needs to result in significant change at university

March 25, 2015 |

To the Editor:

The evening of March 18, I was made aware via social media of a disgusting, misogynist, necrophilia-ridden chant that the rugby team of my recent alma mater, our own University of Mary Washington, apparently sings on a … Read More

Letter to the Editor: Volunteering is great way to finish graduation requirements

February 25, 2015 |

As the spring semester has arrived, most seniors are finishing up their last minute requirements that will allow them to graduate.Read More

Letter: Alumna speaks out against bringing Greek Life to UMW

December 3, 2014 |

By: VALERIE LAPOINTE

I am very proud to be an alumna of a university whose student community places a very strong emphasis on inclusion, tolerance and women’s rights.Read More

Letter to the Editor: Apathy and Atrophy at UMW

November 20, 2014 |

It seems like over the past four years I’ve been at the University of Mary Washington has become stricken by a disease, a cancer. I’m not sure if it is internal to the students, faculty, or the administration, but what is for sure is that it is causing more than a fair share of issues at UMW. Read More

Letter: No Greek life, not like this

November 13, 2014 |

Every morning students on their way to class walk by an ivy-covered sign proclaiming an entrance to our campus; it reads, “Mary Washington College.” This school may be a university now, but that sign signifies an enduring identity on the verge of being abandoned.Read More

Letter: Student questions freedom of speech infringement

November 12, 2014 |

Dear UMW community,

I am writing about the following questions: What is the role of university officials and employees regarding social media posts from students? When is it okay for an institution within the university to confront a student about a private social media post?Read More

Letter to the Editor: Requesting The Blue & Gray Press not use the name or logo of the Washington NFL team

September 24, 2014 |

To the Editors of The Blue & Gray Press:

We are writing to ask that the newspaper cease using the team name and logo for the Washington NFL team in its coverage of professional sports.Read More

Letter: UMW Young Dems thank Mark Warner for Almost Annual Pig Roast

September 10, 2014 |

To the Editor,
The University of Mary Washington Young Democrats would like to extend their sincere thanks to Senator Mark Warner for hosting the “Almost Annual Collis-Warner Pig Roast” on his King George, Virginia property this past Saturday. Read More

Former editor urges students to focus on the meaning of the student paper

September 10, 2014 |

By ALEX VAN BLEEK

They say a good liberal arts education teaches you how to think critically, which is why the current discussion, or lack thereof, around The Blue & Gray Press’ name change is disheartening.Read More

Letter to the Editor: Marijuana decriminalization

April 16, 2014 |

To the Editor:
Have you ever noticed the most dangerous thing about marijuana is getting caught with it?
Every year almost 800,000 people are arrested for marijuana; that’s one arrest every 42 seconds.Read More

Letter to the editor: Relay for Life kicks off in coming weeks.

September 25, 2013 |

On Monday, Sept. 30, Relay for Life at the University of Mary Washington is hosting a miniature event in the Great Hall from 6 to 8p.m. to kick off their fundraising efforts for the 2014 Relay for Life in April.Read More

Letter to the editor: Student petition for change in Bullet policy

April 18, 2013 |

To the Editor: We the students of the University of Mary Washington want to respond to the recent actions of our school newspaper and suggest a way forward through the promotion of student respect, diversity and community. We are advocating for a change in Bullet policies and procedures with the belief that many of the writers are good natured and concerned about the well-being of our paper.Read More

Letter to the editor: Attention to all voices imperative before final decisions are made

April 10, 2013 |

First, let me go on the record and state that I respect the environment, and I am in total support of the recycling process.Read More

Letter to the editor: Constitution does not allow states to deny inherent rights

April 10, 2013 |

Max Reinhardt wrote extensively last week on states’ rights as grounds for upholding California’s Proposition 8. He claimed that liberals are creating rights “that are absent from the Constitution,” and cited the 10th Amendment to the Constitution extensively.Read More

Letter to the Editor: Environmental effects of to-go boxes outweigh inconvenience of taking food on the run

April 3, 2013 |

As an officer of the Ecology Club, I was given the invitation to attend the most recent SGA Cabinet meeting to shed light on the use of plastic to-go boxes at WOW Wingery. Read More

Letter to the Editor: Debunking myths about women in the Church

March 21, 2013 |

During his papacy, John Paul II was asked why women were not allowed to be priests. He responded, “On whose authority?” This maxim sums up the role of the pope and the Church throughout its 2,000 year ministry quite nicely.
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Letter to the Editor: Exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunities available to students

March 21, 2013 |

How did you spend your leisure time this academic year? Did you find yourself watching too much TV, playing video games until you were bored or maybe stalking friends on Facebook?Read More

Letter to the Editor: New legislation undermines school's dedication to diversity

February 27, 2013 |

As President of the University of Mary Washington Student Government Association and the Student Representative to the Board of Visitors, it is my honor to represent every student at the university. I represent the views of students from all walks of life and who have different ethnicities, genders, national origins, opinions, political affiliations, races, religions and sexual orientations. Read More