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The Blue & Gray Press | December 11, 2017

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Staff Editorial

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 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

Staff Ed: changes to come next year as Blue & Gray Press seeks help from UMW community

April 20, 2017 |

by THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

Over the course of the year, The Blue & Gray Press staff has worked hard to produce the highest quality product of news. In what could be called one of the most challenging years in the history of journalism, we take pride in staying true to our mission of striving for accurate news to benefit the University of Mary Washington and the Fredericksburg communities.Read More

Staff Ed: Where does politics belong in Hollywood?

March 2, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Anyone who tuned into the Oscars Award show, or any award show for that matter, isn’t prompted to think ‘politics.’ Usually people are trying to escape the oversaturation of political rhetoric when they turn on the TV to watch an award show but that ideal has not been the case as of late.Read More

Staff Ed: hate speech has no place on this, or any, campus

February 23, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

On Feb. 15, 2017, an article published by The Blue & Gray Press shook the UMW campus, alerting students to an event that has called our safety and sense of community into question.Read More

Fake news has no place in The Blue & Gray Press

February 9, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Between the coverage of the 2017 campaign cycle and the ongoing unpredictable antics of President Trump, the media is having a field day, so to speak, with the constant influx of news worthy information that has been up for grabs the past couple of months.Read More

Staff Ed: The Blue & Gray Press stands with President Paino’s statement on immigration ban

February 2, 2017 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

On Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, also barring Syrian refugees indefinitely.Read More

Staff Ed: Editorial board implores community to stick together despite divisive election

November 10, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

In an unprecedented electoral sweep, Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party defied all odds. Every major polling source had almost unanimously, paved a clear path to victory for Hillary Clinton on election night. As of November 8, RealClearPolitics had projected a +3.2 point advantage in favor of Hillary Clinton, 46.8 to Trump’s 43.6. RCP had also predicted a favorable standing electorally for the Clinton campaign, with her resting at 203 and Trump at 164, with 171 electoral votes up for grabs.Read More

Staff Ed: Jill Stein coming to UMW shows importance of political open-mindedness

November 3, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

With less than one week remaining before Election Day on Nov. 8, the presidential campaign has fully accentuated the bitter division between conservative and liberal American public regarding policy views of all kinds.Read More

Staff ed: Donald Trump’s recent comments are inexcusable, don’t represent UMW

October 13, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

Last Friday, The Washington Post released a video from 2005 depicting Donald Trump boasting about kissing, grabbing and trying to have sex with women during a conversation with former “Access Hollywood” host and current co-host of NBC’s “Today” show, Billy Bush.

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Staff Ed: North Carolina bill not step in right direction for transgender people

April 7, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

North Carolina legislators passed a bill on March 23 that would force those who identify as transgender to enter restrooms and locker rooms that do not match their gender identity. The bill, having been proposed, drafted and made into law over the course of a day, prevents municipalities from creating individual antidiscrimination bills and bars the minimum wage from rising above the current state level.Read More

New year marks turning point in UMW history

January 21, 2016 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The New Year brings with it a Mary Washington that is unfamiliar to most. Virtually every current undergraduate student at UMW has come to know a campus constantly being tinkered with by consistent construction projects. These changes, while necessary, were not only seen as inconvenient to daily routines or sleep schedules, but a pain to look at as well.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: New Blue & Gray Press staff to grow with evolving UMW identity

April 16, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

This year marked a new change for The Blue & Gray Press. With a complete rebranding, we built off past years of the paper to create a publication that strives ever more to represent the students of the University of Mary Washington.Read More

Editorial: financial literacy should be more of a priority at UMW

April 8, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Regardless of the time in the semester or the season of the year, the University of Mary Washington campus is always buzzing with events, promotions and campaigns. University relations, student-run clubs and other organizations are always offering their services to UMW students.Read More

Editorial: BOV should not be distant, uninvolved with student community

April 2, 2015 |

When it comes to student activism, the University of Mary Washington is brimming with passionate undergraduates and graduates.Read More

Editorial: Change cannot be achieved without campus unity

March 26, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

For the past year the University of Mary Washington has undergone somewhat of an identity crisis. From last semester’s Greek life debate, to this semester’s sexual assault debate, we remain a campus that appears divided on a multitude of major issues, as well as the process in which we take on these issues.Read More

Editorial: Lessons to be learned from Sweet Briar’s closing

March 19, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

The abrupt closing of Sweet Briar College following the completion of the 2015 spring semester, announced just a few short weeks ago, set off a storm of anger, confusion and sadness not only … Read More

Editorial: Student activism makes significant waves

February 19, 2015 |

Last week, the University of Mary Washington campus played host to Virginia Power Shift, in which students from all across the Commonwealth of Virginia came together in solidarity to raise awareness for various social, educational and environmental causes.

The weekend included more than 30 workshops that informed and motivated students to take action and dismantle systemic inequalities.Read More

Editorial: The importance of the Brian Williams downfall

February 11, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

Brian Williams, the lead anchor of the NBC Nightly News and considered by some as the “face of American journalism,” is under fire, figuratively, for his claim that he came under fire, literally, while covering the Iraq War in early 2003.Read More

Editorial: Open debate must always remain respectful and constructive

February 5, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

At The Blue & Gray Press, we love to see the university community engage in the discussion of vital issues on our campus. We also love seeing these important conversations take place on our website in response to our articles. Whether positive or negative, constructive criticism is a large aspect of journalism that all journalists understand and come to appreciate. In addition, this editorial board enjoys getting letters to the editor and op-eds about issues the student body and university community find important. The discussions that take place in the comments can be constructive, informative and sometimes eye-opening. While this is true, we would also like to remind everyone that the University’s Statement of Community Values is something that applies on our website, whether anonymous or not.Read More

Editorial: Time for greater investment in students

January 29, 2015 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

The Blue & Gray Press reported last week that current on-campus construction projects are on track to be completed on schedule. The article also discussed some of the features of the new buildings, which are exciting and will surely be welcomed by future classes.Read More

Editorial: New semester, new goals from the Editorial Board

January 22, 2015 |

By BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

The Blue & Gray Press came into the fall semester with a new name, a new look and a more professional and well-rounded means of coverage. Yesterday, we launched a new website as … Read More

Editorial: A call to administration, get serious about sexual assault

December 3, 2014 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Sexual assault is an often unacknowledged problem in society, and higher education’s response to the increased knowledge of sexual assault on campuses is particularly underwhelming.Read More

Editorial: New snapchat features lacking in innovation

November 19, 2014 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

On Monday anyone that has the popular smartphone app Snapchat saw a short video from “teamsnapchat” unveiling the app’s new money sharing feature, aptly called Snapcash.Read More

Editorial: winter holidays arrive before winter

November 12, 2014 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

As the weather cools and the trees shed their leaves, signs of Christmas are already beginning to appear. Songs on the radio. Lights in the store fronts. Red cups at Starbucks. But in the middle of November, still weeks before Thanksgiving?Read More

Editorial: Taylor Swift changes the album marketing game

November 5, 2014 |

By BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

Regardless of how you feel about Taylor Swift, it is almost impossible to ignore her record-breaking success. According to Nielson SoundScan, Taylor Swift’s new album, released on Oct. 27, has had the largest sales week for any female artist since 2002.Read More

Editorial: UMW community urged to get out and vote

October 29, 2014 |

By Editorial Board

Too often in our everyday lives do we complain or hear complaints about the world around us, whether it be at a local or national level.Read More

Editorial: The severity of the Ebola virus

October 22, 2014 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS

While the topic of Ebola continues to rule headlines, we would like to take a moment to emphasize the fact that, despite the amount of jokes that have been made in the media or perhaps even by friends, this disease is incredibly serious and should not be made into a laughing matter.Read More