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Blue & Gray Podcast: Wrap up of Week 9/21

September 29, 2015 |

Podcast team: Dahlia Somers, Isata Sesay, Ashley Chung and Mona Osmer

Take a listen to our first podcast! The B&GP interviews local artist Gwen Levey and provides interesting and insightful commentary on local news and culture.

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University Center creates a sense of unity on campus

September 2, 2015 |

By Mona Osmer

It is absurd to think that it has already been two weeks since I arrived in Fredericksburg for my junior year at the University of Mary Washington. I remember the first thing I did when I turned onto College Ave. in my 2006 silver Volvo. I parked right in front of Seacobeck St. and took a walk down College Ave.Read More

How do you measure happiness?

April 16, 2015 |

By MONA OSMER

Imagine you were handed a piece of paper or told to log on to a site to complete a survey, and it asked you to rate your happiness in America based on a zero-to-ten scale. What factors would you take into consideration?Read More

Adopting 100 percent clean energy to save the environment isn’t as hard as you think

March 31, 2015 |

By MONA OSMER

As University of Mary Washington students, we are watching as our peers fight for a cause that seems intangible and, to some, unclear.Read More

Student artist takes over UMW campus

March 18, 2015 |

By MONA OSMER

It always seems as if our passions find us or that what we choose to do with our lives chooses us, as if it were destined.Read More

Make your own marketing ploy this Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2015 |

BY MONA OSMER

When the day comes, I will want flowers just like everyone else. But isn’t it funny that couples make such a big deal out of Valentine’s Day even though it’s not even a real holiday?Read More

In music industry, mindless catchiness wins over intellectual projects

February 3, 2015 |

By MONA OSMER

On a season 5 episode of the popular show,“Louie,” Louis C.K. walks into a coffee shop. Every customer in the coffee shop is mindlessly complaining, and all are having zombie-like interactions with each other.

Louis has a very blunt humor in general, and I love it. However, in this instance it is also insanely depressing; he encapsulates the society we live in spectacularly. The mindless nature of the coffee shop customers, for example, is something I see everyday.Read More

President Obama proposes free college and preschool plans

January 21, 2015 |

By MONA OSMER

“Education is the basis of law and order.” This is a quote that first appeared in the 1962 film, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence,” and it has taken 53 years to sink in.

President Barack Obama’s … Read More

Puns no longer allowed in Chinese media

December 3, 2014 |

By MONA OSMER

If you thought the Chinese government could not constrict the rights of its people anymore than it already has in the 21st century, you are wrong.Read More

Obama moves to keep his promise to millions of immigrants

November 19, 2014 |

By MONA OSMER

“I am not going to give up this fight until it gets done,” President Barack Obama has incessantly vowed in regards to immigration reform.Read More

Taylor Swift continues to turn the music industry inside out

November 12, 2014 |

By MONA OSMER

Taylor Swift’s most recent breakup will not be made into a typical melodramatic love song, but it has created a strong ripple effect in the music industry.Read More

'Psuedo elections' in Ukraine rock the international community

November 5, 2014 |

By MONA OSMER

Men clad in camouflaged uniforms stalk the streets of Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine.Read More

Administration holds open forum for student concerns

October 29, 2014 |

By MONA OSMER

Students and administration came together at the University of Mary Washington for an open conversation during an informal Q & A session with the main issue being the Strategic Resource Allocation.Read More

Video offers striking look at harassment

October 29, 2014 |

By MONA OSMER

The Hollaback! campaign uploaded a Youtube video this week titled, “10 hours of walking in NYC as a woman,” revealing the environment in which women are exposed to daily in cities such as New York.Read More

Why national media should aquire a holistic world view

October 29, 2014 |

By MONA OSMER

On Sunday of last week, a 28-year-old transgender female was beaten unconscious on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. However, the New York Daily News did not publish an article on the incident until the following Tuesday.Read More

ISIS continues to mobilize while U.S. promotes democracy

October 8, 2014 |

By MONA OSMER

CNN published a video interview on Monday, Oct. 6 of a female member of the notorious terrorist group ISIS in Urfa, Turkey. Her story is one of pure despair as her country is being overrun. Read More

UMW marches with thousands in New York City

September 24, 2014 |

By MONA OSMER
This was not for the future, this was for today.

At 4 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, more than 50 University of Mary Washington students boarded a charter bus en route to the People’s Climate March, NYC.Read More

Take back your privacy, unplug

September 17, 2014 |

By MONA OSMER

Sick and tired of hearing about the possibility of national drones and Google Glass secretly watching your every move? Cyborg Unplug has the solution to your paranoia.Read More

U.S. Intervention in Somalia puts Country on the Right Side of History

September 10, 2014 |

By MONA OSMER

United States military forces have started to conduct naval and tactical missions in Somalia in an attempt to aid the Somalian government in destabilizing and destroying the Al Shabab terrorist network.Read More