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The Blue & Gray Press | October 24, 2017

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Search warrant from Fredericksburg Circuit Court reveals alleged poisoning to UMW staff member

April 13, 2017 |

By REBECCA MELSON & MALLORIE HARNISH

The City of Fredericksburg Police Department is currently investigating accusations that a University of Mary Washington student poisoned Tim Brown, coordinator of team sports and manager of UMW’s Mother’s Rugby team, while dining at a local restaurant.Read More

President Paino takes horseback riding lessons on Fredericksburg tour

February 23, 2017 |

By REBECCA MELSON

UMW President Troy Paino decided to explore the downtown area in his own way on Tuesday. The weather was unseasonably warm as President Paino traveled through downtown Fredericksburg on horseback. Paino, along with equestrian team member and junior Psychology major, Nikki Ferrell, received several stares as they pit stopped in popular Fredericksburg shops. This is all part of a promotional video that Paino is filming for upcoming UMW students.

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Questions arise within InterVarsity chapters around same-sex-marriage

November 16, 2016 |

By REBECCAS MELSON

There is a wind of change that is blowing through our country and through the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as well. As Americans strive to make sense of a changing political term, questions of race, gender and religion have come to the surface.Read More

Green Party candidate Jill Stein makes final campaign stop at UMW

November 10, 2016 |

By ESTER SALGUERO & IZZY BRIONES

Anticipation rose as University of Mary Washington students and residents of Fredericksburg filled the Chandler Ballroom, of the University Center Sunday night in anticipation for Green Party candidate, Jill Stein. With only a few rows of seats provided, many were left sitting on the floor.Read More

Stressed out by the election’s media monster

October 26, 2016 |

By REBECCA MELSON

This year’s election process has been one of the most emotional, stressful and disappointing elections that I have ever lived through. The two top candidates have presented themselves like a bickering old couple, exhausting the American public with their sensationalism and constant media attacks.Read More

Did you know cars without decals get ticketed on College Ave? Neither did these commuters

October 12, 2016 |

By REBECCA MELSON

For more than a year now, I have commuted over an hour to attend classes at the University of Mary Washington. I have driven in extremely bad weather. I even make myself drive when I would rather sleep in. Why? Because the education that is offered at UMW is superior, encouraging critical thought and inspiring the next generation to be of a democratic and liberating mind. I was surprised when I found out first-hand how strict some parts of the university are.

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Students take up fly-fishing in Ecoliterature class

September 29, 2016 |

By REBECCA MELSON

On Sept. 19, a class full of students lined themselves on Jefferson Square. The rain poured down like an end of summer monsoon. The class of English 303, Ecoliterature, picked up fishing rods instead of pencils. They perfected their casts and tuned into nature.Read More

Combs printers pose inconvieniances for their users

September 15, 2016 |

By REBECCA MELSON

On a busy Friday afternoon in Combs Hall, English Linguistics and Communication students sit scattered about the first floor lobby, working on papers and meeting deadlines. The faint clicks of their keyboards fill the halls. The printer, in the right corner of the lobby, collecting dust as a large number of students seem to be avoiding it.Read More

“The Congressman” defines what it means to be patriotic

September 8, 2016 |

By REBECCA MELSON

With this year’s intense presidential election and the general social atmosphere in our American society today, it is clear that the definition of patriotism is changing. This is especially apparent in the actions of American athletes Gabby Douglas and Colin Kaepernick.Read More