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The Blue & Gray Press | October 19, 2017

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Op Ed: #WeAreAllRefugees

April 21, 2017 |

By SARAH TEAGUE 

I am more and more frustrated by the western world and its actions against the immigrants to Europe. They are refugees, people! Can no one understand that? Trouble always comes with any group, but it is racist … Read More

Op Ed: Patriarchy and Oppression

March 30, 2017 |

By SARAH TEAGUE

This article is addressed to Kayleigh Rongey in support of her article “Hollywood’s glamorization of parenthood isn’t fooling millennials.”

            I can’t stand how the patriarchy has infiltrated the toy industry, but then … Read More

Op Ed: Nation of the free, or nation of the incarcerated?

March 30, 2017 |

By JOSEPH SARATORI

Ava DeVernay, the notable director of the 2014 Oscar nominated film Selma, and most recently the 2016 Netflix’s documentary 13th has started a conversation. This Oscar nominated documentary titled 13th, looks at the history of incarceration, and … Read More

An open letter to the open letter

March 29, 2017 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

I was thinking of the most passive aggressive way to address my feelings for you, and decided that an open letter was the most appropriate thing for a millennial such as myself to do.Read More

Op Ed: The Definition of a ‘Snowflake’

March 24, 2017 |

By GRANT RAYCROFT

“Snowflake” is a term I’ve noticed gaining traction in recent years. Not referring to the crystallized raindrops which remain ever elusive in Virginia, the phrase has made ground as an insult directed towards millennials. “Snowflake generation” made … Read More

Op Ed: Home is Where the Hate Is

March 15, 2017 |

By GRANT RAYCROFT

I went home for spring break last week and explored my old haunts. I live in Alexandria, Virginia, and so a frequent stop is Misha’s our local coffeehouse. Misha’s specializes in its jazzy laidback atmosphere which I can attest is superb. Yet every time I visited, I was nervous. I’d fix my gaze out the large window facing South Patrick Street towards a second story apartment on the corner.Read More

Op Ed: POTUS: Predator of The United States

March 15, 2017 |

By EMILY GROTTLE

No matter how many times someone tells me I need to accept the fact that Donald Trump is the president, I will not, because I can never respect this man. Trump has been accused on multiple accounts of sexual harassment, and he continues to demean and belittle women because he is a celebrity in the eyes of the media. We need to break the silence on Trump and recognize that what this man has been getting away with for years is simply unacceptable.

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Op Ed: Jeff Session is Great!

February 16, 2017 |

By IAN SCOTT WILSON

Jeff Sessions, on February 1, was approved by the Senate Judiciary committee in an 11-9 vote. The full Senate voted 52 to 47 (as opposed to 56 to 43 for Loretta Lynch with Republicans breaking rank, … Read More

Op Ed: 69th Secretary of State

February 13, 2017 |

By REX TILLERSON

On Febuary 1st 2017, as much of the Trump cabinet was still being held up by senate democrats, our 69th Secretary of State was confirmed by a vote of 56 to 43, with all 52 Republicans in … Read More

Op Ed: Hate Speech Is Not Free

February 13, 2017 |

By GRANT RAYCROFT

On Feb. 1, the University of California, Berkeley cancelled a planned speech from a noted Alt-Right figure in the wake of on campus protest. While this is not the first time university students have vocally protested the … Read More

Op Ed: Democrats and the Border Wall

February 2, 2017 |

By IAN SCOTT WILSON

President Trump’s border wall has been called every terrible name in the book. Republicans have taken so much heat from Democrats and their base for their support of Trump’s plan. We are told it is racist … Read More

Op Ed: Obama’s Wars

February 2, 2017 |

By IAN SCOTT WILSON

Barrack Hussein Obama is the only President of these United States to have the distinction of presiding over our nation while it was at war during the entire length of his presidency. He was at war … Read More

Op Ed: Give Trump a Chance

February 2, 2017 |

By BRANDON QUINTIN

*Note: this Op Ed was submitted on Jan. 22*

Sorry to break it to you, but yes, he is your president. Given that you’re reading this article in a campus newspaper, I think it’s safe to assume … Read More

Op Ed: We must come together

November 16, 2016 |

By BRADLEY VEERHOF

At the time of writing this piece, it would be one week since the announcement was made about the general election. I do not know how things look or will look, so I will only speak to what I’ve seen between Nov. 8 and today.Read More

Op Ed: Response to “your protest vote will not work”

October 26, 2016 |

By QUENTIN BENTZIN

America as a country was never designed to have only two political parties, battling head to head in every election. From the beginning, every citizen was expected to vote for whomever they thought would be the best leader of the country.Read More

Letter: DivestUMW lacks complete consideration of consequences

December 3, 2015 |

By MATTHEW GOOD

Over the course of the past several weeks, divestment has reemerged as a forefront issue on several college campuses. Student advocacy groups like DivestUMW here at the University of Mary Washington seek college administrations to remove institutions’ investments in fossil fuel companies. However, I argue, they fail to completely consider the consequences of their demands.Read More

Op-Ed: University must address racism on campus

April 15, 2015 |

By FILAGOT TAYE & LILIAN PEREZ

The scourge of ignorant acts of sexism and racism committed by students has negatively affected multiple campuses within the past year. With the coming to light of recent events, it has become evident that the University of Mary Washington is no different.Read More

Op-Ed: BOV member tells DivestUMW they are being a ‘pest’

April 8, 2015 |

By SARAH KINZER & ZAKARIA KRONEMER

When the UMW Board of Visitors rejected the formation of an exploratory subcommittee for divestment, DivestUMW immediately took action. A team of 30 students quickly assembled and flooded the hallway of Jepson Alumni Center … Read More

Op-Ed: Student coalition aims to unite groups under common goals of activism

February 11, 2015 |

By BEATRICE OHENE-OKAE

Last month for Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, some students got to relax and debrief on their day off. However, a dedicated few went before the General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia to lobby their representatives about relevant issues, such as debt-free higher education and proposed pipeline routes.Read More

Op-Ed: Attacks against Feminists United will not stop fight for change

February 4, 2015 |

By KELLI MUSICK

The University of Mary Washington is not a feminist-friendly campus. I acknowledge that by putting forth this statement I open the metaphorical floodgates for criticism, backlash and general opposition. I make this statement so that direct and lasting action can be taken in moving forward. I do so confidently, despite knowing I will not personally experience many of the positives to come. Because of this, I have been asked, “Why do you do it?” The answer is simple. I love the University of Mary Washington. Read More

Op-Ed: Obama’s proposals will lift the middle class and propel the economy

January 29, 2015 |

By BENJAMIN HERMERDING

As president of the University of Mary Washington Young Democrats, I was overjoyed to hear our president outline a progressive vision for the year ahead in his recent State of the Union address.

With only two years … Read More

Op-Ed: Why UMW is not a ‘feminist friendly campus’

January 29, 2015 |

By PAIGE MCKINSEY

Last semester I was asked if I thought the University of Mary Washington was a “feminist friendly campus.” At the time, I said yes it was, citing the record-breaking number of sign-ups Feminists United received at Club … Read More