Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image

The Blue & Gray Press | November 17, 2017

Scroll to top

Top

Viewpoints

There are no rules for feminism

March 15, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

Following the release of her recent Vanity Fair spread, actress Emma Watson is being shamed for the photos that appeared in the magazine. She is being told her pictures are too revealing and that she is not allowed to display her body in such a manner. Comments have appeared on social media insisting that she cannot wear whatever she wants and still call herself a feminist. How would you feel about thousands of people commenting on what you can and cannot do as a woman?Read More

How can we make sure Sunday’s Oscar’s blunder never happens again?

March 2, 2017 |

By ANDREW ARENAS 

In what seemed like a surefire victory for Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history occurred. During the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night “La La Land” was named best picture, … Read More

Women should have the right to choose

March 2, 2017 |

By JOHN MARTIN

When it comes to abortion, women should have the right to choose whether or not they want the procedure. I believe it is a human right for any person, male or female, to be able to make decisions regarding their body because it is theirs. I see an abortion to be like any other medical treatment in the world. If a patient wants to undergo the procedure, then they have the right to.

Read More

Honor Code must be taken seriously

March 2, 2017 |

By JONATHON MYERS

In less than two minutes, I can get inside of any residence hall on campus. I’m not an RA. I’m not on the security team. I’m not even a resident. I’m a commuter student. As a commuter student, my EagleOne does basically nothing for me. It can’t unlock any doors on campus. Thankfully I don’t even need it. I don’t get in with my card, or by breaking a window, or tunneling underground. All I have to do to get inside is stand by the door and wait for some passerby to let me in.

Read More

Spring break: the beach versus your bed

March 2, 2017 |

By AMANDA HOWAR

Spring break is almost here and college students are preparing for their annual wild binge. They will party hard and get drunk at the beach, or at least that’s what the movies tell us. Is that what actually happens during spring break or is Hollywood exaggerating and stereotyping college students?

Read More

Op Ed: 6 reasons why I gave up alcohol

February 23, 2017 |

By JAKE KALKSTEIN

After an epic night of drinking this past New Year’s Eve, I woke up to a nasty hangover. I felt severely nauseous, dizzy, and dehydrated. I had a grueling migraine as if someone had thrown a bowling ball at my head. Worst of all, I was overwhelmed with intense feelings of regret. Indeed, I had inflicted this pain on myself.

Read More

Grammys: Stop playing games with us

February 23, 2017 |

By COLE MASAITIS

On Feb. 12, 2017, the 59th Annual Grammy Awards was broadcasted live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles by CBS. Rewind to the 1950s and the first recorded video games came to life.Read More

Pro-life stance gains following among millennials

February 23, 2017 |

By SUSANNAH TOMBES

It has been said that the only people who are pro-life are old, white men. This is simply just not the case. While it is true that there are many older men in Congress who say that they are pro-life, I have seen an increase in millennials switching their views on abortion and embracing the pro-life stance.Read More

Trump tweets cross line from ‘patriotism’ to ‘nationalism’

February 15, 2017 |

By HALEY SPENCER

Scrolling through Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account, he crafts tweet after tweet commenting on the condition of our country. Conservatives claim his positions on the country are patriotic, where liberals say he is too nationalistic, going as far as comparing Trump to Hitler. But, what is the difference between nationalism and patriotism and where is the line drawn? And do Trump and his administration fall underneath one of these categories?

Read More

Betsy DeVos: Education takes a dive

February 15, 2017 |

By WILL ATKINSON

Every day there is a new story about President Donald Trump and his heavily questionable decision-making skills. Whether it is an attempt to ban Muslims from entering the country, his quest to build a $10 billion dollar wall, or even an extremely awkward 19-second long handshake with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe, Trump has had no trouble attracting criticism and negative attention.Read More

Animals are friends, not food

February 8, 2017 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES

I was born into a family of meat eaters and as a vegetarian of three years I have heard a whole array of insults directed at my lifestyle. It is also common for my family to taunt me when Bambi joins our holiday meals. Even though there are people who applaud my lifestyle, there are others who, like my family, do not understand the purpose behind it.Read More

Diversity starts with each department

February 8, 2017 |

By JASMINE TURNER

As my four years slowly simmer to an end, I find myself thinking back to UMW’s mission statement about diversity and inclusion. The mission, and goal, has always been to create an environment on campus that puts an emphasis on providing a “comprehensive, university-wide approach to diversity and inclusivity, access and equity.”Read More

Buy your tequila now, folks.

February 8, 2017 |

By AMANDA BIELECKI

Donald Trump’s desire to build a wall has been one of controversy and scrutiny. Much of the criticism stems from the idea that America is viewed as one big melting pot, not to mention the expense of the project. Fortune.com estimates it would cost 15 billion plus in order to build the wall. That 15 billion dollars could be put to good use for so many aspects of society, including the homeless, abandoned children, healthcare, the hungry and much more.

Read More

The Women’s March disorganized-but momentum must keep going

February 2, 2017 |

By SHAWNYA PETERSON

On Jan. 21, I was one of the many people that participated in Women’s Marches across the country and around the world – one of approximately 4.9 million people worldwide, according to the march organizers. I am so proud to have been able to take part in the original march in our nation’s capital the day after the inauguration of our new president.Read More

Social media used to combat information overload

February 2, 2017 |

By AHMED KHOKAR

In the current political climate, it is becoming increasingly difficult to identify credible sources when trying to get your news fix. There are publications for every point of view, and the sources of information are overabundant particularly when it comes to current events. There has been an increasingly rapid trend of Americans relying on social media outlets as their primary news sources.

Read More

Meltingpot mentality: our government does not share it

February 1, 2017 |

By TESSA CATE

With the ease and nonchalance of a shopper signing their receipt at CVS, President Trump signed an executive order – is anyone still counting? – temporarily barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States and banning Syrian refugees indefinitely. This action incited pure chaos (as everyone scrolling through their Facebook feeds can attest to) and will not end there. With one scribble of his pen, Trump doused an already hot-button issue with all the lighter fluid needed to set it ablaze.Read More

Give your gen eds a chance – they’re worth your time

December 8, 2016 |

By MADISON REID

There are times at college where it feels like I am going nowhere with my classes. When professors assign hours of work on subjects that are not applicable to your field of study, all I can think about is how much time I am wasting on topics that I am not interested in. Because this is a liberal arts school, many of the classes students take are general education requirements, resulting in every student feeling frustrated with the state of their education and usage of their time.

Read More

March on Washington: women’s rights are human rights

December 8, 2016 |

By SHYAN MURPHY

On Jan. 21, 2017, our president-elect will serve his first full day in office. In response, there will be an organized assembly of gender and racially diverse feminists gathered in the nation’s capital in order to demonstrate unity and support for the women of this country. Although this is not an anti-Trump protest, it is a march that serves as a wake-up call for women’s rights as Donald J. Trump serves his first day as our nation’s leader. Women across the country will unify in efforts to support of the rights they fear losing to the new administration.Read More

Brace yourself: winter (break) is coming

December 8, 2016 |

By MATT KLINE

As the semester comes to an end, many of us have already started making plans for winter break. Many of these plans range from catching up with friends from back home to working as many hours as possible to return for the spring semester with a large sum of money. But how should students really be spending their winter breaks?Read More

On the record: truth about RA – press confidentiality

December 8, 2016 |

By GINNY BIXBY

Throughout the fall semester, there has been a great deal of controversy surrounding communication between writers for The Blue & Gray Press and Residence Life staff. Many writers have reported reluctance on the part of Residence Life staff, particularly RAs, regarding being interviewed for articles. While speculation was thrown around, it was unclear whether or not Residence Life had a true policy for these situations.

Read More

Americans exercise First Amendment right in protest

December 8, 2016 |

By YOUSEF NASSER

On Nov. 29, United States president-elect Donald Trump sent out a tweet that said, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”Read More

Students question effectiveness of final exams

December 1, 2016 |

By ELISE ADAMS

The clock ticks down the three hours as you sit in the lecture hall full of students frantically scribbling down essays and shading in the bubbles on their scantrons. Your professor stands in the front to make sure no one cheats and to have his eyes on everyone. Students have their caffeine in UMW mugs on one side of them, extra pencils and paper on the other.Read More

Med School students experience higher suicide rates, but that won’t stop me

December 1, 2016 |

By ANAHI VIDOVICH

At the age of six, I started asking my mother and father to buy me anatomy picture books, which I would then lean over and devour in a matter of days. From middle school onward I knew I wanted to become a physician, and from high school onward I knew I wanted to become a surgeon.Read More

Do you have the balls for male birth control?

December 1, 2016 |

By TYLER POSPISIL

Pregnancy can be a wonderful experience to share with someone, or it can be the exact opposite. You could be finically starved, overly dependent on others and barely scraping by. To the many people who are not prepared for children, I have a strong hunch that just hearing the word “pregnancy” would be scarier than most horror movies playing at the cinema. In an effort to cut down on unintentional pregnancies, a new concept has been introduced: male birth control.Read More

Should Black Friday take a back seat? Yes.

November 16, 2016 |

By AMIR KOREHI

Black Friday is a day known for the lowest prices on the season’s hottest items. It is a day that motivates shoppers to leave their Thanksgiving meals to go line up outside a store in hopes of being the first person in the door and saving some money.Read More

Double standards are alive and well for women

November 16, 2016 |

By REBEKAH DEBELL

Women have long fought for equal rights. Whether it be for the right to vote, equal pay or the ability to drive, women have been fighting for years. This past Tuesday, Americans headed to the polls with the possibility of finally shattering that final glass ceiling. But given the results of the recent election, the question popped back into my head: are women unfairly targeted?Read More

Trump Presidency: a relief to some, shock to others

November 10, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER 

I was sitting in a friend’s apartment awaiting the 2016 presidential election results. We, a group of about 10 University of Mary Washington students, were taking over rugs, couches, chairs, and sitting silent in disbelief.

It was … Read More

All in favor of a democracy over a demagogue, say “aye”

October 26, 2016 |

By HABIBA NOOR

Like many college students, this November will be my first time voting in a presidential election.

Although people discuss this election in terms of “picking the lesser of two evils,” I disagree. I believe Hillary Clinton is the … Read More

We aren’t so different, you and I

October 26, 2016 |

By KELLY O’GRADY

When asked whom you’re voting for in the upcoming election, if you say Donald Trump, you most likely get looked at like you have two heads. The response you get is, “Why? Are you crazy? How could you support him?” I have experienced this multiple times, even in class. It is truly not fair. I am accepting of other’s political views, so why should I get grilled about mine?Read More

Inclement weather brings commuter student safety to question

October 12, 2016 |

By OLYMPIA JARRELL

During inclement weather, there is always the issue of whether or not to attend school if it is open, or to remain at home. This choice becomes even more problematic for the commuters of the University of Mary Washington, who have to drive in order to attend their classes or risk gaining more absences.Read More