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The Blue & Gray Press | February 18, 2018

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February 15, 2018 |

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Obscure Winter Olympic sports guide for casual viewers

February 15, 2018 |

By HANNAH ROTHWELL 

Staff Writer

The Winter Olympics can seem hard to understand at times. The summer sports are more accessible and  well known. Most of us have swam at some point or played a quick game of beach volleyball.  That accessibility means that most Americans are pretty familiar with the summer games, but the winter games are a different story.  Read More

UMW rowing team prepares for upcoming season

February 15, 2018 |

By GABRIELLA GARCIA 

Staff Writer

Off season for the University of Mary Washington Men’s Rowing team is coming to a close as they prepare for the Erg Sprints on Saturday, February 24. According to first-year student, John Wray, they are well prepared and ready to do their best.

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Khiorie Stewart named Capital Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the week

February 15, 2018 |

By MIRAMDA O’CONNOR 

Staff Writer

Khiorie Stewart, a 6-foot-3 junior guard from Ashburn, Virginia had an impressive week of play for Mary Washington and was named Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 5, 2018. After helping lift the Eagles to two CAC wins the week before being named Player of the Week, Stewart seemed like an obvious choice for the title.Read More

New printing system implemented in HCC and Simpson Library

February 15, 2018 |

Ny BRIAN SWEENY & MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

Staff Writer and News Editor

During the course of the 2017-2018 academic year, new printers have appeared inside both the Hurley Convergence Center and the Simpson Library.Read More

UMW community celebrates Black History Month

February 15, 2018 |

By ELIZABETH DEVINE 

Staff Writer

Despite the current racial tensions throughout the United States, the faculty and students of Mary Washington have been working hard to unify the campus through a series of Black History Month celebrations. Many people have spent months planning and preparing for the events with hopes to promote social justice and equality while paying tribute to the numerous the accomplishments of African-Americans in our society.Read More

Roommates may be bad for your skin, experts say

February 15, 2018 |

By JACK POLLARD

Staff Writer

Roommates; everyone has them. Living in close quarters with a friend or complete stranger is an integral part of life at college. The transition of adapting to another person’s schedule and living habits can be challenging, however, and for some people that are forced to change beauty regimens 18 years in the making, it begs the question:  Is your roommate bad for your skin? Read More

Inspirational playlist to revamp failing resolutions

February 15, 2018 |

By MARY PRAUGHT

Staff Writer

With January over and February moving steadily along, it’s the time of year when many people start slacking off on resolutions for 2018. From giving up on going to the gym to “accidentally” finishing off a bag of Chili Lime Takis one night while watching “Friends,” countless “new year, new me” plans are being abandoned with the first two months of the year. But, no matter how your year has gone so far, it’s never too late for a fresh start. Rather than waiting another 10 months to recommit to your goals, just listen to these songs and I’m sure they’ll give you the attitude boost to come back stronger than ever.Read More

COAR’s Variety Show raises money and showcases talent

February 15, 2018 |

By KOTY BOWEN

Staff Writer

On February 9, members of the University of Mary Washington and Fredericksburg communities gathered in Dodd Auditorium to witness the Variety Show, an event that showcases the talent of UMW students.  The entertainment ranged from debuts of original songs to the thrill and excitement of intricate dance teams.Read More

Baristas best creative coffee and seasonal specials

February 15, 2018 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY

Staff Writer

Most coffee shops have an array of potential drink combinations beyond their typical menu and Blackstone is no exception. When seeking a creative alternative to your regular order, it is always helpful to take some advice from the experts. Read More

Political perspectives vary too much to be contained in a bipartisan system

February 15, 2018 |

By TESS OSMER

Contributing Writer

While growing up, we were always told that at dinner parties and social events, there are three topics one should never mention: politics, religion and money. These days, however, it has become popular to crusade for our opinions in regards to all three.Read More

Students: Take responsibility in preventing spread of the flu

February 15, 2018 |

By T’KEYAH JONES

Staff Writer

In the past few weeks, students have become aware of just how bad this flu season has been and continues to be. Not only is the issue all over the news, but a high volume of students are getting sick. The last thing anyone wants to face is having to fight off sickness while trying to balance college life. No one has time to miss classes and certainly no one wants to be sick, especially with the flu.Read More

Exploiting social justice issues to sell product is inappropriate and distasteful

February 15, 2018 |

By OLIVIA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

On Super Bowl Sunday, Dodge Motor Company placed one of its advertisements in the coveted lineup for one of the sports industry’s biggest days. Each Super Bowl ad can cost millions of dollars for just 30 seconds and so companies try to make the best and most effective as they can for the big game. This year however, Ram missed the mark.Read More

Staff Ed: PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games unite and inspire world citizens

February 15, 2018 |

By BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang County, South Korea began on Friday, Feb. 9 and will go until Sunday, Feb. 25. Currently Germany is leading with 12 medals, followed by the Netherlands with 11, and then the United States with 7.Read More

UMW cheerleaders defend their sport from common misconceptions

February 15, 2018 |

By JESSIE WHITMER

Staff Writer

Cheerleading is often assumed to be easy, to require no athletic ability, and to simply just entertain the audience, but many individuals do not understand the risk and the amount of hard work cheerleaders put in to their routine.  Many times, people think that cheerleading is not a sport because there is lack of understanding.Read More

The true cost of being female

February 14, 2018 |

By CAMERON ASHLEY

Staff Writer

CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi, revealed that the company was set to launch new line of “snacks for women” on the Freakonomics podcast on Jan 31. She stated that the new snacks were to be “low-crunch, the full taste profile, but not have so much of the flavor stick on the fingers.” Headlines erupted within follow days, coining the term “lady Doritos.” Due to the backlash, PepsiCo swiftly responded that “lady Doritos” were, in fact, not being released. That doesn’t mean the company doesn’t have plans for women-friendly snacks.  Read More

Friends, following and social media

February 14, 2018 |

By MACKENZIE HARD 

Staff Writer

In the age of social media and followers, students are often tempted to add their professors online through sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Many University of Mary Washington professors and students sometimes question whether ot not to add each other.Read More

SGA aims to become a more effective student government

February 14, 2018 |

By HANNAH GALEONE 

Staff Writer

On Wednesday, February 7 the Student Senate convened to vote on a new governing system as well as a recently re-drafted Student Government Association constitution.Read More

Staff Ed: Michigan State University gymnastics sex abuse should encourage UMW students and staff to engage in discussion

February 8, 2018 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

Michigan State University has been a fixture in the news over the past few months; first, because Larry Nassar, a former MSU employee, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years for sexual … Read More

New access road to Simpson Library opens

February 8, 2018 |

By JOSHUA STALEY

Staff Writer

On January 29, a new access road to the Simpson Library parking lot opened to traffic. The entry, located on College Avenue, is directly across the Heating Plant on Powhatan Street. Sidewalks are not … Read More

UMW riding team does not horse around when it comes to Nationals and community involvement

February 8, 2018 |

By EMILY ROSSI

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington riding team has been training harder than ever this year in an attempt to make it even further in Nationals than the team has ever gone before, while also making time for the core University of Mary Washington value of community service. Read More

UMW prepares for the departure of Dr. Joella Killian

February 8, 2018 |

By DYLAN BURKETT 

Staff Writer

After 34 years, the university is bidding farewell to one of its most renowned faces within the biology department, Dr. Joella Killian. With a doctoral degree in Entomology, Killian has proven to be a centripetal force behind student success throughout the department since she came to the university in 1984.Read More

Club Sports provide students with a sense of community

February 8, 2018 |

By JESSICA LINK 

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington offers a wide variety of ways for students to get involved and be healthy. For students who do not want to commit to a full time athletic team, getting involved in a club sport is the perfect place to have fun, make friends, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.Read More

Confederate Flag in Mason Hall concerns students

February 8, 2018 |

By LAURA TAYLOR 

Staff Writer

On Thursday, January 25 around 8:30 p.m., a University of Mary Washington student posted a picture of a Confederate flag flying in Mason Hall. Following the event, junior Alex Sakes posted the picture of the Confederate flag in question flying in Mason hall at 8:30 p.m. on the “Overheard at Mary Wash” Facebook page. Read More

UMW students participate in locally held ultimate frisbee Megabowl

February 8, 2018 |

By KYLE LEHMAN 

Staff Writer

On Saturday Feb. 3, The University of Mary Washington men and women ultimate frisbee teams competed in the Megabowl, a local tournament in Fredericksburg, held at the Fredericksburg Field House.Read More

Eagles win battle against New England making history by winning first title in team history

February 8, 2018 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

Sports Editor

The Philadelphia Eagles made headlines on Sunday night when they won their first Super Bowl Championship in organization history, as they edged the New England Patriots. Head coach Doug Pederson and the Eagles relished their role as the underdogs all throughout this season’s playoffs after they lost starting quarterback Carson Wentz to an ACL tear in Week 14 in a win over the Los Angeles Rams.Read More

VA Vibes: Artist Erik Phillips releases new album “One”

February 8, 2018 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

On February 3, I sat down with Erik Phillips at Hyperion Espresso. The Fredericksburg native now lives in Richmond, but still comes back most weekends.Read More

Shops and entertainment debut in downtown Fredericksburg

February 8, 2018 |

By ELIZABETH DEVINE

Staff Writer

Although downtown Fredericksburg is steeped in history, it is constantly experiencing change. Strolling down Caroline Street, it’s hard not to notice all the updated storefronts and new businesses. If you’re new to Mary Washington, or are just looking for a fun day with your friends, get off campus and check out what’s new downtown.Read More

Political Poets Collective sponsors Resistance Through Poetry event

February 8, 2018 |

By MAGGIE MCCOTTER

Staff Writer

An empty stage with a single microphone sits at the front of the Underground. The atmosphere is set with background music centered around resistance and triumph. Members of the community, as well as UMW students, anxiously await the demonstration of resistance.Read More

Ashleigh DiBenedetto to star in upcoming UMW theatre production

February 8, 2018 |

By TESSA CATE

Managing Editor

In the midst of final exams last December, the UMW theatre department was just beginning what would be their first mainstage production of the new year: “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.” On top of their group projects, papers, presentations and exams, UMW theatre students prepared for auditions and planned out their next semester – an early testament to the time and effort put into this piece of art. Read More