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The Blue & Gray Press | November 15, 2018

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Mental Health

Students deserve a week-long Thanksgiving break

November 15, 2018 |

Staff Writer
Finals are quickly approaching. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, students are depending on the break to relax before exams and final projects, but the break isn’t long enough.Read More

Shane Dawson YouTube series on Jake Paul raises controversy

October 18, 2018 |

Staff Writer
On Sept. 25, YouTuber Shane Dawson released his first installment of an eight-part docuseries entitled “The Mind of Jake Paul.”Read More

Dr. Sudhir Nagaraja leaves Talley Center

April 26, 2018 |


News Editor

Dr. Sughir Nagaraja’s last day at the Talley Center was Wednesday, Apr. 18. After five years as the university’s contracted consulting psychiatrist, he says that UMW can and should do more to prioritize mental health.Read More

How cell phones are ruining our relationships

March 28, 2018 |

Just when you think you’re in the clear, you will also see snow fall from the sky and cover the ground like powdered sugar to have classes canceled.Read More

It could happen to anyone: A personal perspective on the school shooting epidemic

February 22, 2018 |


Viewpoints Editor

It was the morning of June 18th, 2004. It was my little brother’s birthday, and my mom was about to drive me to my last day of kindergarten. I remember eating breakfast when the phone rang and my mom picked up. It was my dad calling from Bull Run Middle School in Gainesville, VA, where he was the principal, to tell my mom the horrific news- a student had brought a gun to school.Read More

Calorie information at dining hall follows federal regulations but could be triggering

November 16, 2017 |


Staff Writer

Nationwide, eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating are on the rise. Women and adolescents age 18-21 are especially susceptible to developing symptoms of such disorders. This makes college students, and female college students in particular, a disproportionately affected group.Read More

Memes that glorify depression and suicide are not funny

November 9, 2017 |


Staff Writer

Memes, we’ve seen them, we’ve shared them, we’ve quoted them. They’re everywhere, from the internet to poster club advertisements, and they don’t always send a very positive message.

Common themes that I’ve noticed … Read More

UMW needs to do more to promote self-care among students

October 19, 2017 |


Staff Writer

As college students, we are among the most highly stressed individuals. As people who dedicate the majority of our time to school, our university needs to do more to educate and promote self-care.Read More

John Green novel conveys complexities of mental illness

October 19, 2017 |


Staff Writer

On Oct. 11, George Washington University’s bookstore and coffee house, “Politics and Prose,” hosted author John Green’s second stop on his book tour. He was promoting his new book “Turtles All the Way Down,” which had just been released the day before.Read More

Mindfulness apps help stressed out students

October 5, 2017 |


Senior Writer

There are pitch pipe apps, animation apps, makeup apps, workout apps and any other app imaginable to occupy time. The catch phrase “there’s an app for that” gets more true every day. So naturally there are apps that are aimed to assist and destress through stressful times. Here are three free apps that focus on mindfulness and relaxation.Read More

Staff Ed: Mental health should be treated as priority by both students and faculty during finals season

December 1, 2016 |


In recent years, an increasing awareness of mental illnesses, particularly on college campuses, has become more prevalent. The significance of these illnesses, especially during the time a student is in college, is unmistakable and cannot be overlooked. For many students, college is the first time that they are on their own and for many others, there is an immense pressure to succeed from their parents, friends, mentors, etc.Read More

UMW students experience more homesickness than usual this semester

November 10, 2016 |


As the weather grows colder and the fall semester moves forward, a new year of students are settling in to the rhythm of new friends, classes and college life, while the first stirrings of holiday cheer are in the air. For many students, the stretch between fall break and the Thanksgiving holiday can spark feelings of homesickness as they are faced with the longest stretch so far this year without a chance to see their families.Read More

Short staffing and budgeting take toll on UMW Talley Center

October 5, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington’s mental health center, the Talley Center, has struggled to meet the increasing demand from UMW students for services due to their limited staff and budgetary issues, and often try to connect students to off-campus providers due to short staffing or severity of needs.

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Mental Health Group Starts UMW Chapter

February 1, 2007 |


Ever had something that you were just dying to tell someone but you couldn’t?  Is your roommate sleeping with her boyfriend’s best friend and no one has a clue?  Is the pressure of finals stressing you out … Read More