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The Blue & Gray Press | March 19, 2018

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How to keep a clean and professional social media presence

February 28, 2018 |


Staff Writer

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.Read More

Increased stress in millennials from social media and technology

December 7, 2017 |


Staff Writer

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.Read More

Possible firearms club sparks controversy at UMW

September 14, 2017 |


Senior Writer

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 … Read More

Social media users have a responsibility to speak out against injustice

September 14, 2017 |


Staff Writer 

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.Read More

UMW students mourn the loss of Vine as Twitter experiences financial crunch

November 10, 2016 |


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.”

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The cuffing season bae-sics. Why “relationship goals” are overrated

November 2, 2016 |


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.Read More

UMW hosts Podius debate on media bias, invite distinguished California professor

October 12, 2016 |


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.Read More

Social media misuse on the campaign trail

October 5, 2016 |


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.Read More

Staff Ed: Back to the 90’s

September 22, 2016 |


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.

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Editorial: Journalism caught in crossfire of social media outrage

September 15, 2016 |


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.Read More

Letter to the Editor: UMW administrators have a serious communication problem

April 14, 2016 |

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 … Read More

Area high school faces media backlash in wake of Instagram photo

November 12, 2015 |


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.Read More

#UMWSocial offers a closer look at UMW social media sites

October 27, 2015 |


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.Read More

Concern over Yik Yak stems from anonymity

October 21, 2015 |


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.Read More

Social media campaigning takes focus off the issues

September 9, 2015 |


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.Read More

Student uses social media to advocate for free speech

November 12, 2014 |


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.Read More

Consequences of living in the Internet Age

September 17, 2014 |


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.Read More

Lower Personal Political Voices Online to a Dull And Thoughtful Roar

November 28, 2012 |

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.Read More

Facebook Invading too Many Aspects of our Lives

November 16, 2011 |

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 … Read More

Facebook poses potential threat to future employment

December 1, 2010 |


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 … Read More