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The Blue & Gray Press | June 20, 2018

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Excessive use of social media can detract from genuine friendships

November 9, 2017 |

Staff Writer

Technology has helped humans make many advances throughout history. It has been a great tool in regards to communicating from long distances. Social media and technology are great tools for advertising and sharing news. There are many advantages to technology and social media, however, it seems as though technology could be affecting our ability to have and build authentic friendships.Read More

UMW community debates about technology in the classroom

October 12, 2017 |


Senior Writer

Students and faculty at the University of Mary Washington have mixed feelings about the use of technology in an academic environment. The two most recent generations, “Generation Z and Millennials,” rely on technology in every moment of their lives, whether it is the use of a smartphone to send an email or Tweet or using a laptop in class to live stream a lecture. Just like the millennial and the Z generations, UMW students rely heavily on technology in the classroom.Read More

The iPhone 7: Apple’s courageous step backwards

September 21, 2016 |


Apple’s keynote presentation on Sept. 7, 2016 confirmed the rumors: the 3.5mm audio jack is out, anti-consumerism is in. It seems that quite a lot of people are willing to put up with inconvenience for the sake of a brand, which sets a precedent for companies successfully ditching universality in favor of greed.

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Justice Department officially drops lawsuit against Apple

April 7, 2016 |


Apple’s ongoing battle with the U.S. Government over an order that would force the company to unlock the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter, Syed Farook, has come to an end. On March 28, the Justice Department announced that it would drop the case against Apple, because they found their own way to gain access. Prosecutors for the FBI announced that they had accessed the data stored on the iPhone 5c without Apple’s assistance.Read More

Editorial: New snapchat features lacking in innovation

November 19, 2014 |


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

The Apple Iphone 6/6 plus and Apple watch review

September 17, 2014 |


The world gathered in excitement for the announcement of a new generation of iPhones, as well as a highly anticipated smart watch, on Sept 9. As usual, the new iPhone includes a faster processor and a better camera.Read More

Staff Editorial: It's Time for University's Password System to Expire

November 7, 2012 |

Every 90 days, students who try to sign in to their University of Mary Washington accounts face a moment of panic, followed by frustration, when confronted with a password expiration notice.Read More

Canvas Replaces Blackboard as Learning Tool

September 7, 2011 |


Instructure Canvas has replaced Blackboard as the school’s new e-learning tool, starting this fall.

The University of Mary Washington’s contract with Blackboard ended in March 2011, prompting a search for a new system that would integrate … Read More

Science And Tech Center in Works

November 10, 2010 |

Plans are underway for UMW to become more involved in the region’s technological research and training.

Mary Washington is teaming up with George Mason University and Germanna Community College to create a science and technology center in North Stafford, according … Read More

Hurley Demotes Top Official

April 2, 2010 |

In one of his first decisions as acting president, Rick Hurley demoted a recently audited UMW official.

Khalil Yazdi, the former chief information officer and vice president for Information Technology and Institutional Research since August 2008, was reassigned, according to … Read More

President Makes Plans for Year of Digital Campus

December 2, 2009 |

On Nov. 4, President Judy Hample officially designated the 2009-2010 academic year as the Year of the Digital Campus, a follow through of a plan initially mentioned last fall during her State of the University Address. “I invited a group … Read More

Technology Convergence Center Planned to Open Near Library

October 28, 2009 |

Plans to build an Information and Technology Convergence Center between the Simpson Library and the Woodard Student Center have been approved, although the funding and a date for construction await results of a budget amendment that is due … Read More

Technical Glitch Hinders Sophomore Registration

April 2, 2009 |


On March 30, sophomore LeAnn Taggart woke up to her roommate yelling at the computer.  Sophomore class registration for fall semester had begun at 8 a.m., and like many students, Taggart and her roommate were unable to log … Read More

That's What She Said…

February 7, 2008 |


Forget candle lit dinners, romantic love letters and cuddle time with your boyfriend.  Technology has taken the place of basic human interaction.

I never had a problem with video games until I realized how many male college … Read More