By HARRY FISHER
With finals week rapidly approaching, University of Mary Washington students find themselves faced with the difficult task of trying to find ways to relax amidst all the chaos that the end of the semester can bring.
By SHAWNYA PETERSON
Female musicians have a rich and complex history, and, over the past century, share much overlap with social movements of the era, including the fights for racial justice and LGBTQ equality. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re taking you decade by decade through the last 100 years of female musical artists.
By GRACE HOWIE
On Feb. 20, 2017 a two-piece band formed by two students at the University of Virginia released their first EP Friends/Enemies. Sorority Boy is composed of Maria DeHart, from Falls Church, Virginia and Fredericksburg native Brian Cameron.
By ZACHARY WOHLEKING
Unknown to much of the school population, UMW has a radio station called WMWC, which boasts a plethora of interesting and enjoyable programs. They recently have been doing free giveaways on campus walk to increase awareness of the club and de-clutter the station. The station was seen giving out free CDs on Oct. 12, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in front of Lee Hall and has similar events planned for the future.
By VALARIE GIBSON
After fall break on Wednesday evening, students crowded Campus Walk, all heading towards Jefferson Square to enjoy the warmth of the fire and the benefits of free food. The fire burned bright in the middle of the grass.
By AHAD SHAHID
Five Bulgarian musicians with three droning bagpipes, a bass drum, a hang drum and a youthful audience enabled a fun, yet peculiar, Wednesday evening outdoor performance last week.
By TESS OSMER
It is already October, the leaves are falling and it’s finally getting a little bit colder. Even though it is pretty early in the semester, I am about ready to drop out. If the ideas of upcoming midterms and eventual finals are making you panic, I have five noteworthy songs to help you keep your chin up.
By AHAH SHAHID and CHAD MUNDIE
Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, Imran Ahmed, 21 Savage. All these names ring a bell when brought to the attention of Millennials. While these artists are in the limelight at the moment, there has been conflict between these new acts and the people who helped establish the genre.
By OLYMPIA JARRELL
The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation has nominated Mary Washington’s own Professor Mark Snyder for the prestigious Grammy Educator award. This award, according to the Grammy Foundation, is a way to honor achievements in the recording arts as well as to support the music community.
By DELLA HETHCOX
Feeling a bit panicky about the last few weeks of the semester? Here are a dozen songs that will help you refocus on your studies and group projects during these crazy weeks. These songs will help you …
By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF
- “Coffee’s for Closers” by Fall Out Boy, chosen by Emily Hollingsworth, News Editor
- “Picasso” by The Cinema, chosen by Della Hethcox, Life Editor
- “December” by Neck Deep, chosen by Sarah Grammer, News Editor
By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Blue & Gray Press editorial staff has composed an alternative playlist for your listening pleasure. Here are 16 songs celebrating a particular physical asset favored by the likes of Kim Kardashian, Meghan Trainor and Nicki Minaj.
By HANNAH PARKER
“We take all we want from black culture, but will we show up for black lives?” Musicians Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are speaking out about the very current reality of white privilege and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement in their newly released single “White Privilege II.”
By THE BLUE & GRAY STAFF
Have you ever wondered what music keeps the editors of the paper motivated?
Wonder no more! As a staff, we have each chosen two of our current favorite songs to share with you, the campus. If you are in need of some new tunes, check out our 16 top songs. The songs range from MoTown, rap, classic rock, experimental, alternative rock to pop. This playlist represents the diverse nature of the staff’s musical tastes and gives you a sampler of what we play during production night each week.
By DELLA HETHCOX
What happens when musicians take a break from the exhausting tour life? They start another band. Or at least, that is what happened to Rob Bullington, the founding member of the Richmond band, Flight of Salt.
By TESS OSMER
We all know her, in the form of a sister or a daughter who idolizes her, a boyfriend who thinks she’s attractive or even by ourselves as we dance to her hypnotic beats. For she is the one and only Taylor Swift, standing for the young girls of America as she belts her circular lyrics about men and painful romantic experiences.
By JORDAN SCHULTZ
If you are like me, finding something you feel like listening to can be very difficult sometimes. For instance, I can spend a couple minutes shuffling through my music library on my phone, repeatedly tapping the ‘skip’ button in search of a song that I actually feel like listening to.
By COLEMAN HOPKINS
In 1989, a new variation of rock emerged on the west coast that had a unique, holistic sound both reminiscent of an earlier age and refreshingly original. Over the next six years, this grunge sound transformed the music industry and all rock music thereafter.
By AMANDA MOTLEY
“Fifty Shades of Grey” accumulated a lot of media attention over the past couple of weeks due to the racy nature of its plot. The movie reached a record high at the box office with an opening of $266 million dollars worldwide, but the soundtrack also shined and reached the number two spot for most purchased album on iTunes.
By KATIE FRAZIER
Step aside Katy Perry because the queen of rap has come back to steal the show and claim her crown. “You make me feel like I’m living a teenage dream” was more like “I feel like I’m living in 2003” thanks to the incredible Super Bowl 2015 halftime performance by Missy Elliott.
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.
Picture this: spring break is right around the corner. In order to have a week of freedom, however, you have to get past midterms. Campus changed drastically in the last week. Classes seem fuller than ever, and you are elbowing your way for desk space in the library.
By RIVES KUHAR
The hobby started early for Keith Mellinger, associate professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Mary Washington, when his cousin loaned him a guitar during the summer after his high school graduation.
By UPMA KAPOOR
Beards, flannel and hard-hitting guitar trios in front of an American flag with three stars barely characterizes Dr. Dog’s performance at the University of Mary Washington in the Great Hall on Saturday, Nov. 3.
By MADELINE McDONALD
Ball Circle was bright with color Friday night as performance painter David Garibaldi brought his show, “Rhythm and Hue,” to the University of Mary Washington as part of homecoming.
By GABRIELLE KUHN
With the words “rock it out,” Katherine Preseren, president of BellACapella, transformed laughing, chattering young women into a room of swaying hips and nodding heads. Voice became orchestra as the members of BellACapella took the words of their president to heart.