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The Blue & Gray Press | May 20, 2018

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Varsity softball, a second family

April 29, 2018 |

By VICTORIA GRANT

Staff Writer

On Wednesday, Apr. 18, the UMW softball team lost to CNU 10-1 at the 3 p.m. game. The game ended in the fifth inning and although UMW was defeated, they have had a great season so far and are continuing to grow as a team.Read More

Mold issues cause concern

April 26, 2018 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES & LINDSEY BROWN

Contributing Writer & Senior Writer

From January 2017 to March 2018, the UMW maintenance department received 47 reports of mold and mildew in various campus buildings, according to work orders obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.Read More

UMW community members express concern over potential parking changes

April 26, 2018 |

By CAMERON ASHLEY

Staff Writer

On Apr. 17, the representatives of Fredericksburg City’s Parking Advisory Committee held an open forum for members of the UMW community to express their concerns about a new potential parking plan.Read More

Facebook users should take responsibility for their own content

April 26, 2018 |

By KYLE CLARKE

Staff Writer

In the past couple of weeks, Facebook has come under extreme scrutiny for allowing the unauthorized sale of user data to Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, targeting political ads at specific users during the 2016 election cycle. Most of these ads contained false information and were designed to spread deceitful lies about specific political candidates. CEO and creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has even had to go to Congress to explain the company’s mishandling of user information.Read More

Students for Leadership and Social Justice group call for change to downtown slave post plaque

April 26, 2018 |

By KELSEY SHEFFER

Staff Writer

On Apr. 11, UMW students attended a forum about the slave post located in Downtown Fredericksburg.Read More

April 23 Podcast

April 26, 2018 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS

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NBA playoffs show shift in playing style

April 26, 2018 |

By ZACHARY WOHLEKING

Senior Writer

As the NBA playoffs are underway, we as NBA fans have been gifted with exciting series after exciting series in the first round. Basically, every series to this point has been competitive with multiple stories coinciding with each matchup. There is something to say about every team this year, and for the first time in a while, there’s no teams that are assumed to make it all the way. Read More

Racial disparity in UMW varsity athletics

April 26, 2018 |

By MILEN MEHARI

Staff Writer

Black students at the University of Mary Washington are disproportionately represented in the athletics program. This is clear to see when glancing at some varsity sports rosters. Take for instance the UMW men’s basketball team; more than half of their roster is ostensibly Black. In contrast, Black students make up 6% of the student population.

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Mary Washington club softball rising to new heights

April 26, 2018 |

By DYLAN BURKETT

Staff Writer

At 8-1-2, UMW’s club softball team has had their best season this year since being founded in 2012. Elizabeth Haas, who became president of the team last semester, said that this season has been, “a rebuilding season, as only five girls returned from the year before.” Being almost a whole new team paved the way for new and stronger bonds between the girls on the team.

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The Rock’s “Rampage” bursts into nearby movie theaters

April 26, 2018 |

By Harry Fisher
Senior Writer

It has a very different tone than the games, but on its own, it can be a rather entertaining movie.Read More

UMW students search for internships over the summer

April 26, 2018 |

By Kyle Lehmann

Staff Writer

For many college students, especially upperclassmen, summertime means finding internships.Read More

Staff Ed: 2017-2018 editors sign off as The Blue & Gray Press greets new staff members

April 26, 2018 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

This week marks the last issue of The Blue & Gray Press for the school year. As the end of the semester approaches and clubs are transitioning their officers, we at The Blue & Gray Press are doing the same.Read More

Students pay the price for the poor allocation of UMW tuition funds

April 26, 2018 |

By HANNA LUGO

Staff Writer

As graduation rolls around the corner, many students are prepared and thrilled to get into the ‘real world’ to officially start their lives. College is also very expensive. Students either pay for college themselves through student loans, are offered scholarships or are able to have a family member pay for tuition. Read More

UMW demographics do not reflect message of Multicultural Fair

April 26, 2018 |

By KOTY BOWEN

Staff Writer

If you happened to stroll down Campus Walk on Apr. 14, you were greeted with loud music and a crowd of people varying in ethnicity and nationality. The music ranged from Southern Bluegrass to traditional African song, with vendors and stages lined from George Washington Hall to Monroe Hall. This was the 28th Annual Multicultural Fair.Read More

How seniors spend the dead week before graduation

April 26, 2018 |

By T’Keyah Jones

Staff Writer

As we near the end of classes for the spring semester and begin studying for finals week, everyone is ready for a getaway. Read More

The little non-profit with the big job: RCASA provides resources for local women

April 26, 2018 |

By ES HETHCOX

Contributing Writer

Tacked up on bulletin boards across the University of Mary Washington campus are brochures displaying a sketched tree with teal ribbons hanging from the branches.Read More

Dr. Sudhir Nagaraja leaves Talley Center

April 26, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER

News Editor

Dr. Sughir Nagaraja’s last day at the Talley Center was Wednesday, Apr. 18. After five years as the university’s contracted consulting psychiatrist, he says that UMW can and should do more to prioritize mental health.Read More

Yearly recap of athletic and academic acheivement

April 25, 2018 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY

Staff Writer

This past year, UMW athletics has had their spotlight shined and brightened. Collectively the varsity teams have done better this year than years previous, all while also succeeding academically.

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Summer reading: top five new books to get hooked on over break

April 25, 2018 |

By GARY KNOWLES

Senior Writer

With the semester coming to a close, students’ schedules will be opening up to do things with their free time.Read More

Political science majors should be required to take economics

April 25, 2018 |

By KELLY EVANS

Staff Writer

There has been controversy over required courses at the University of Mary Washington for years, specifically with the foreign language and general education requirements. However, the lack of economic courses required for the political science major should be a topic of concern as well.
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Students and faculty question no-mace policy

April 19, 2018 |

By ES HETHCOX & MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

Online Editor & News Editor

Flipping through a University of Mary Washington student handbook or reading through forbidden items in residence halls, students can find a list of forbidden items including: drugs, fireworks, and … Read More

April Lookbook

April 19, 2018 |

By SAVARA GUNN

Senior Writer

Want to know the inspiration for these looks and how to create them yourself?Read More

Liberal arts classes cater to democratic beliefs, leaving conservative students unsatisfied

April 19, 2018 |

By TREVOR YOUNG

Staff Writer

It has become a commonly held opinion, especially by people outside of the institutions, that the modern liberal arts education is nothing more than a mechanism designed to produce left-leaning, progressive voters. Read More

Freshman students reflects on skills gained in their first year of college

April 19, 2018 |

By EMILY ROSSI

Staff Writer

The class of 2021 is finishing up its freshman year and has learned to grow and improve in many ways.Read More

Facebook cares more about corporate success than user privacy

April 19, 2018 |

By GRACE WINFIELD

Senior Writer

Founded in 2004, Facebook is the most popular social network worldwide. According to Statista, Facebook acquired 2.2 billions members by the of the fourth quarter of 2017, the members varying in nationality, age, and sexual orientation.Read More

UMW should address local opioid crisis

April 19, 2018 |

By VANISA CLAY

Staff Writer

If you watch the news or follow social media, you are well aware that the country is in the middle of an opioid epidemic.Read More

Op-Ed: First Year Experience is valuable

April 19, 2018 |

By THE ORIENTATION TEAM

Contributing Writer

This past week an article titled, “Expensive first year student program should be optional”Read More

Op-Ed: UMW Dining’s prices are too inflated

April 19, 2018 |

By ALEXANDRA COOPER

Contributing Writer

College is expensive. I think that is something that most people can agree on regardless of if you live on campus or live off-campus and commute every day. Read More

Students should take advantage of writing and speaking center resources

April 19, 2018 |

By JOSHUA STALEY

Staff Writer

The writing and speaking centers are invaluable resources for students at the University of Mary Washington. Read More

Artist Lucy Dacus stuns at show in D.C.

April 19, 2018 |

Grace Howie, Contributing Writer

Lucy Dacus, a 22-year-old from Richmond, ended her tour on Apr. 14 at the Rock n Roll Hotel in D.C. The show sold out so quickly when it was announced, that they booked a second show the same night. An early show, and a late show. I went to the late show that started at 10 p.m. and ended after midnight. The three bands, all playing two sets in a short few hours, was nothing short of true musicianship. Read More