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The Blue & Gray Press | September 24, 2017

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Staff Ed: Job hunting? Let’s shake on it.

September 21, 2017 |


With the numerous college graduates flocking into the job market this spring, the stakes are high and the competition higher. The next few months will be a whirlwind for students, especially seniors, with … Read More

Staff Ed: We stand united in the wake of Irma and Harvey

September 14, 2017 |


Thousands have been affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, including numerous individuals in the UMW community. For those in the UMW community who have family and friends living in Texas, Florida, Georgia, … Read More

Staff-Ed: UMW administration stands with its students

September 7, 2017 | 1


The previous academic year at the University of Mary Washington was filled with discussions, debates, the presidential election and national discord felt even at the community level. The year also brought about many changes at the campus level with the first year and inauguration of our university’s president, Troy Paino. In the conservative area of Spotsylvania County, just an hour away from Washington D.C., our community felt the reverberations of the partisan political tension.Read More

Staff-Ed: The Blue & Gray Press says goodbye to old staff, welcomes new staff

April 27, 2017 |


This week’s issue marks the The Blue & Gray Press’ last issue of the semester. This week is bittersweet. We welcome in our new staff and start to implement some changes for next year. However, … Read More

Staff Ed: Big-name concerts are fun, but not when students misbehave

April 6, 2017 |


On March 14, the University of Mary Washington and the Campus Programming Board announced that the university would be welcoming rappers Waka Flocka Flame, known for his popularity in 2009 with hit songs “No Hands” and “Hard in the Paint,” and D.R.A.M, popular for his hit song, “Broccoli.”Read More

Staff Ed: Return of alcohol to Underground is good sign that UMW is listening to students

February 16, 2017 |


Most current University of Mary Washington students were not old enough to enjoy the times when alcohol was readily available for purchase on campus, and many others don’t remember a time when it was offered at all.Read More

Staff Ed: Mental health should be treated as priority by both students and faculty during finals season

December 1, 2016 |


In recent years, an increasing awareness of mental illnesses, particularly on college campuses, has become more prevalent. The significance of these illnesses, especially during the time a student is in college, is unmistakable and cannot be overlooked. For many students, college is the first time that they are on their own and for many others, there is an immense pressure to succeed from their parents, friends, mentors, etc.Read More

Staff Ed: African American museum serves as necessary and timely reminder of America’s past

September 29, 2016 |


Today, American society is facing a crucial moment in history with the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is difficult to ignore such a crisis when so many have been faced with multiple tragedies and so much chaos, all of which floods the news and social media constantly.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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Staff Ed: Another old white president not necessarily a bad thing

February 25, 2016 |


As President Hurley finishes out this semester as the University of Mary Washington’s ninth president, the student body opens its arms to its newest president, Dr. Troy Paino. But is Paino really “new” for UMW? Out of the nine presidents UMW has had over the past century, one has been a female and the rest have been older white men.Read More

Staff Ed: Campus community in jeopardy due to enrollment increase

February 18, 2016 | 1


In recent years, students at the University of Mary Washington have become increasingly engaged in important issues surrounding administrative decisions that effect us all. To list a few, in the past students have expressed their displeasures towards administration regarding the investment and exploitation of fossil fuels on campus (DivestUMW), the lack of diversity on campus (where the name ‘University of Mostly Whites’ stems from), and in more recent times, the newly announced tuition raise for the next academic year.
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Staff Ed: Campus dining plan not fair to freshman class

October 1, 2015 |


The current semester brought with hefty changes to the University of Mary Washington’s dining services including new meal plans, new dining hours and new eateries.
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Staff Ed: Mandatory sexual assault course overlooked by student body

September 17, 2015 | 3


In light of the multiple issues the University of Mary Washington faced concerning sexual assault this past year, a few new ones have emerged, including a mandatory online course to inform students about sexual assault.Read More

Staff Ed: Catholic campus ministries activities shine light on UMW’s campus environment

September 10, 2015 |


If you were on campus Monday night around 9 p.m., you most likely witnessed a procession of students and religious clerics coming from the direction of Jefferson Davis Highway. With them came traditional Catholic hymns such as “Ecclesia Dei,” and pamphlets detailing the Catholic Campus Ministries’ activities at Ball Circle for the evening.Read More

Editorial: Promoting achievements of our school, the proper way to bring in new students

February 26, 2015 | 2


The University of Mary Washington’s Board of Visitors heard a proposal from Kimberly Buster-Williams, associate provost for enrollment management, at their most recent meeting, in which she put forth a plan for the removal of SAT score submissions for students with high grade point averages.Read More

Editorial: The state of our generation after 9/11

September 10, 2014 |


We will always remember where we were when we heard the news. Whether it was at home, school or work, we remember.Read More

Staff Editorial: Snow days reflect senior attitude

January 22, 2014 |

The semester started with its usual bang but quickly turned into nothing but a fizzle. One full week of classes down and then the entire commonwealth of Virginia essentially shut down for fear of another “Snowpocolypse.” And boy are we all thankful.Read More

Staff Editorial: We Remember

September 12, 2013 |

Citizens throughout the nation spent yesterday, Sept. 11, commemorating and reflecting on the fateful day 12 years ago that forever changed America. While most of the current students at the University of Mary Washington were fairly young back in 2001, the effects of the terrorist attacks left an indelible impact on almost everyone in the nation. Below, the editorial staff of the Bullet look back on their own experiences and exhibit how Sept. 11, 2001 affected the lives of so many, regardless of age or location.Read More

Staff Editorial: UMW breaks even

September 5, 2013 |

Many students at the University of Mary Washington found themselves wondering why they were sitting in class this previous Monday. UMW students spent this Labor Day doing exactly what it was implemented to commemorate while family members, and even some friends from other schools, enjoyed one of the last days of summer.Read More

Staff editorial: Response to University’s concerns of Bullet’s ethics

April 18, 2013 |

In the past week, the Bullet has come under fire for a variety of events that have led some in the University of Mary Washington community to question this publication’s ethics, professionalism and practices. The Bullet staff would like to take this opportunity to, as the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics states, “clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct.”Read More

Staff editorial: Bachelor's degrees prove less valuable in job market

April 10, 2013 |

Graduation is quickly approaching and the job search is both time consuming and stressful. We all wonder about the likelihood of actually sealing the deal after graduation.Read More

Staff Editorial: Chosen commencement speakers show unoriginality from university

April 3, 2013 |

It seems that the University of Mary Washington’s efforts to go green don’t stop at recycling and modifying its architecture, but go so far as to reuse guest speakers for major campus events.Read More

Staff Editorial: Spring winds whisk students into end of semester

March 27, 2013 |

Don’t like the weather? Just give it a minute. In case you didn’t know, the first day of spring was last Wednesday, but the recent snowfall must’ve missed the memo. Read More

Staff Editorial: School spirit springs up

March 21, 2013 |

Wednesday, March 20, marked the first day of spring, and the currently thawing University of Mary Washington campus is aching for a heightened sense of school spirit.
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Staff Editorial: Spring back to life over break

February 27, 2013 |

It may not be spring yet, but Spring Break has arrived. Many students will relish the nine days free of school after a grueling week of midterms. It is always nice to be able to kick back and recover from brutal all-nighters and untimely exam schedules.Read More

Staff Editorial: University attempts to remodel campus buildings and student body

February 13, 2013 |

The University of Mary Washington is known to outsiders as a small liberal arts school, but a recent move on campus makes it seem as if the administration wants to tweak how people perceive UMW.Read More

Staff Editorial: Boy Scouts' rules plant seeds of discrimination in growing minds

February 6, 2013 |

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is an organization that has existed since 1910; by all accounts, it is an organization that ceased to be newsworthy long ago as it quickly established itself as a part of American culture and has done little to change its image over time. This changed when the BSA announced last week that it was reconsidering keeping in place a long-standing ban on allowing homosexuals to join.Read More

Staff Editorial: Reallocation without full representation

January 23, 2013 |

The Bullet reported in an article this week that the Student Government Association won student representation on the administrative budget reallocation committee. The Bullet views this as a big win for students and commends the SGA on a job well done thus far.Read More

Staff Editorial: Reallocation’s Goal Should be Improvement, Not Elimination

December 6, 2012 |

The University of Mary Washington’s proposed “resource reallocation” is a discussion that has made the Bullet very nervous. While the Bullet is wary of cuts to the liberal arts, an unfortunate series of budget cuts from the Commonwealth of Virginia placed UMW, and other Virginia schools, in a difficult position.Read More

­Staff Editorial: Current Economic Battle Might Push Country Over the Edge

November 28, 2012 |

The Media has been consumed with the ubiquitous debate over our nation’s looming fiscal cliff and the questions associated with it. What will happen on Jan. 1, 2013 if Washington cannot get a deal done?Read More