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The Blue & Gray Press | November 24, 2017

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Staff Ed: the staff of the Blue & Gray Press stands with survivors of sexual assault

November 16, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Over the past several weeks the issue of sexual assault has been coursing through American media outlets, with numerous well-known figures in Hollywood and politics being accused of sexual misconduct.Read More

Staff Ed: The staff of the Blue and Gray Press stands with the victims of the Sutherland Springs Shooting

November 9, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

This past Sunday, Nov. 5, marked the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in Texas history, as well as the deadliest shooting in an American place of worship. When a gunman opened fire on the congregation of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, he killed 26 people and injured at least 20 more, including children, according to the New York Times.Read More

Staff Ed: Exercise your right to vote this election day

November 2, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Election Day is right around the corner; the Virginia State Governor’s race will be held on Tuesday Oct. 7. In addition to casting a vote for governor, citizens will also get to vote for candidates running for lieutenant governor, attorney general and their delegate to the VA General Assembly.Read More

Staff Ed: Stay safe on Halloween Weekend

October 26, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Halloween has always been one of the best holidays. As kids, it was the one night we could be whatever we wanted, eat a ridiculous amount of free candy and force our friends to watch scary movies. At college, the Halloween fun does not end with the onset of adulthood, but is repeated over three nights collectively called “Halloweekend.”Read More

Staff Ed: The Blue & Gray Press stands with sexual assault survivors in wake of Harvey Weinstein scandal

October 19, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The Hollywood bully and titan of the independent film industry, Harvey Weinstein, has been brought to his knees after reports by the New York Times and the New Yorker exposed his years of sexually assaulting starlets. In the wake of the reports, the board of the movie company that Weinstein built with his brother, Bob, fired him on Sunday. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revoked his membership, the Producers Guild terminated his membership him. Police in London and New York are investigating him for sexual assault. He is now an outcast in the entire film industry, and Weinstein’s wife has left him.Read More

Staff Ed: The Blue & Gray wishes students a relaxed and productive fall break

October 12, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

For many students, midterm week consists of late-night studying and lots of stress. But as midterm week comes to an end, students have fall break to look forward to as their reward for all their hard work. It can serve as a light at the end of the tunnel for students who have just finished a challenging week of tests and projects.Read More

UMW community stands with the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting

October 5, 2017 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

Around 10:08 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 1, a mass shooting occurred at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas leaving over 500 injured and at least 59 dead according to ABC News. The event has marked one of the deadliest mass shootings to take place in modern U.S. history. Similar events have taken place recently throughout the world such as the suicide bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester and the fatal shooting of ‘Voice’ singer Christina Grimmie last year.Read More

Staff Ed: Office of Title IX works to promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month

September 28, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

For many people, the month of October is known for the celebration of brisk air and changing foliage. However, for many the month signifies the importance of recognizing domestic violence survivors and the education of preventing future acts of violence.Read More

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

September 21, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

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 |

By BLUE & GRAY PRESS

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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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 |

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.

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Staff Ed: Another old white president not necessarily a bad thing

February 25, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY STAFF

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