By ALEXIS ZIRPMOULIS
Is your private life truly private? Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat, most college students juggle multiple social media accounts. When you are fresh out of college and looking to leap into your career, it is important to have a squeaky clean social media presence, or as close to clean as possible. However, with several virtual personas to manage, maintaining track of your photographs, status updates and videos can become a challenge- and that unfavorable Friday night selfie can easily get lost in the chaos of your archived photos.
By LUBNA AKHTAR
With classes wrapping up and finals approaching fast it could be beneficial to ponder for a few moments what is really stressing students, besides the impending doom of finals week. The way we tend to view finals week is as a game of dominoes – it goes downhill from here if we fail an exam, if a presentation doesn’t go well or if a paper turns out to be mediocre. The constant state of panic comes from a combination of our parents, peers and even our own expectations, but also from what we see on the internet, especially on social media.
By HANNAH GALEONE
The University of Mary Washington has over 150 different clubs and organizations, adding new ones each year. However this school year the university has seen interest from some students on campus, to create a …
By LUBNA AKHTAR
With the internet timelines of our friends, family, and peers directly at our fingertips, it is crucial for us to have a political voice on social media, even if it is a voice that makes other people uncomfortable. Given the recent events like the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville and the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, we cannot afford to remain silent. Being silent and using social media solely to post cat videos will not suffice in this time of such great social turmoil. Keeping silent in the wake of these events is essentially condoning the cruelty in the world around us.
By ANDRE ARENAS
On Oct. 27 of 2016, Twitter announced that it would shut down Vine, a video sharing service they established in 2012. The company stated that its website will be available to view and download Vines, but users will not have the ability to post any vines “in the coming months.”
By VALERIE GIBSON
Scrolling through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other various other social media sites, it seems as though you are being bombarded with photos, statuses and tweets about other people’s relationships.
By IZZY BRIONES
Talk of sugar daddies, junk food and Thomas Jefferson were just a few of the courses that Monday night’s debate took. The audience pondered and questioned these points among others, while staring at their phone screens and texting.
By JONATHON MYERS
The 2016 election is slated to be a complete farce, not because of the candidates, but the voters. While many believe that neither candidate is a good presidential choice, there are far more people polarized to ravenous support of their candidate of choice.
By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF
Social media has become an essential part of the, specifically, teenage American culture. As the disconnect continues between us and our parents, typically concerning the birth of memes, a revitalization of our childhood has ensued.
By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF
We at The Blue & Gray Press welcome our readers to a new year of us serving the University of Mary Washington. With classes well under way, it’s high time to say goodbye to summer, and what a summer it was.
UMW administrators have a serious communication problem.
On Friday, April 8, the university sent students an email entitled “responsible use of social media.” It details what online harassment looks like, and how to report it to the university or to the …
By ARIANA BARRETT
Social media is a venue in which discussion on important issues regarding language and race can flourish and spread rapidly. In the case of two high school students who live near the University of Mary Washington, this is most definitely true. There are no exceptions, however, in what information is spread. For the two high school students this was in the form of a controversial message on the back of their t- shirts, which they shared on Instagram.
By ESTER SALGUERO
Social media is a vital part of millennials’ lives and their college experience. Understanding Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can make communication all the easier, and could be a useful tool in the workplace after graduation. As social media affects students, faculty and administration, one group is looking to bring all three together and use social media to thrust UMW into the cyber world.
By ANDY UNGER
Following controversial events last year, Yik Yak has received somewhat of a negative reputation on campus. It is known for being both a great application to keep up on the gossip around campus as well as a source of a cyber bullying.
By ASHLEY CHUNG
Since President Obama’s 2008 campaign team effectively proved that the use of social media during the campaign process yields positive results, a new precedence for garnering votes has been set.
By HOPE RACINE
One student is taking to social media to push back against what she is calling a limiting of free speech on the University of Mary Washington campus.
By NOELLE CARLSON
Think about what you post online, whether that it be a photo album on Facebook or a tweet. The intention of anything done publicly online is mostly for the views and likes of others. Now, think of what you do on your computer that is strictly private, such as finances or business emails.
By CHRISTINA NICHOLAS
Regardless of who you voted for in the 2012 presidential election, we can all agree that it is time to rejoice because, now that the election is over, we are done with those dreadfully obnoxious political ads. The overbearing political advertisements may have been put to rest, but the same cannot be said for people expressing their opinions on social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.
Not a week goes by that I don’t hear the phrase, “Facebook is taking over the world.”
If this is true, I’m not really sure what kind of world we’re living in anymore.
Monday night, I logged onto my Facebook …
By SARAH SMITH and EMILY MONTGOMERY
As students begin job-hunting in a competitive era of high unemployment and more college graduates, they try to present themselves in the best light possible—high grade point averages, involvement in extracurricular activities and volunteer …