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The Blue & Gray Press | September 20, 2017

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Do your civic duty: head to the polls

September 29, 2016 |


As November approaches, with headlines focusing more and more on the upcoming presidential election, it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the topic with friends. In my own experience, there seems to only be two options when it comes to feelings toward this election. Though one might expect that this choice has more to do with picking which presidential candidate to endorse, it actually has more to do with deciding whether or not to vote at all.Read More

Be realistic: your protest vote will not work

September 28, 2016 |


In the wake of the Bernie Sanders campaign, the anti-Hillary “Bernie or Bust” movement began to gain support, with members pledging responses ranging from writing in Sanders’ name on Election Day to abstaining from voting altogether.Read More

Media, society sets unrealistic expectations for women’s beauty

September 21, 2016 | 2


I am a female member of Generation Y and from the day I was born, my life has been full of stereotypes and generalizations that society has tried to make me conform to. While my family has always encouraged me to be my own person, their message is contradicted by what big corporations claim should be important to me. I recognize that this is not an age or gender specific issue, but for the sake of this article, the female side of the story is going to be told.

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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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This junior’s declassified school survival guide

September 21, 2016 |


I am sure all of you freshmen have been hearing advice from plenty of different people on how to “survive” your first year at the University of Mary Washington. I assure you that you will survive, but surviving and thriving are two different things. If you want to “thrive” as a freshman and make the most of these first two semesters, I have some tips you will want to pay close attention to. These are just some things I have picked up during my time here at UMW.Read More

Plato’s allegory guides individuals through the world of friend-zoning

September 17, 2015 | 12


It is very difficult to find a man who has not heard some rendition of the phrase, “Oh, you’re such a good friend!” from a woman that he was interested in.Read More

RAVE Guardian app demonstrates mixed reviews among students

September 16, 2015 |


We are all aware of the University of Mary Washington campus adopting the “RAVE Guardian” application over the summer for increased safety in the 2015-2016 academic year, but exactly how easy is it to use?Read More

General education requirements take away from college experience

September 16, 2015 | 5


According to a report by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, tuition rates will continue to increase by 6 percent, easily outpacing inflation rates.
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Op-Ed: BOV member tells DivestUMW they are being a ‘pest’

April 8, 2015 | 2


When the UMW Board of Visitors rejected the formation of an exploratory subcommittee for divestment, DivestUMW immediately took action. A team of 30 students quickly assembled and flooded the hallway of Jepson Alumni Center … Read More

Letter: University standards should promote open minds and meaningful dialogue

April 8, 2015 |

GK Chesterton, the prolific journalist of the early 20th century, said, “Having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” At the University of … Read More

Letter: Does rape culture exist at UMW?

April 8, 2015 | 27

We would like to start off by saying we, as women of University of Mary Washington, do not condone rape or sexual assault in any way. There is no excuse for the behaviors of those who commit such terrible crimes.  … Read More

Media censorship laws in need of morality check

April 8, 2015 |


Jessie James Decker, a 26-year-old country-pop singer, recently began potty-training her 10-month-old daughter, and she posted an innocent photo to her Instagram account of her daughter learning to use the bathroom.Read More

Letter: In times of turmoil, administration should rise up and students must not turn on one another

March 25, 2015 | 2

As a body of under 4,000 students, the University of Mary Washington is truly something that is unique in Virginia. Walking under the same rain-washed bricks, in tune with the cycles of exam-induced stress and unfolding with close friends on ball circle, our university represents the ideal of community.Read More

Photo Campaign asks that we reflect on war and its affect on soldiers

March 25, 2015 |


As the daughter of a man who served in the U.S. Army, I know there are many stories, memories and moments to be shared once soldiers return home. However, I also know there are many serious stories and memories that are not so easily shared.Read More

Re-election of Netanyahu could be a move toward more combat

March 25, 2015 |


With the re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last Wednesday, Israel made a decision with dire implications that extend well beyond its contested borders and the present day. Read More

Travel guidebook recommendations to ensure an exciting trip

March 25, 2015 |


This past weeks #TravelTipTuesday for my personal travel blog was about guidebooks and their limitations.Read More

Letter: Rugby controversy needs to result in significant change at university

March 25, 2015 | 6

To the Editor:

The evening of March 18, I was made aware via social media of a disgusting, misogynist, necrophilia-ridden chant that the rugby team of my recent alma mater, our own University of Mary Washington, apparently sings on a … Read More

Threats of racism need to be addressed nationally, on campus

March 18, 2015 |


March 7, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of a major moment in the civil rights movement. The march on behalf of voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama was celebrated across the nation. Read More

Venture out of your comfort zones, graduates

March 18, 2015 |


I ended up at a party this weekend that was inhabited almost solely by University of Mary Washington graduates. Read More

The world is your oyster, right? Take advantage of school breaks

February 25, 2015 |


As we begin to undertake in the meaningless small-talk that is, “What are you doing for spring break?” I would like to propose some different questions: Are you content with what you are doing for break? Are you doing what you really want to be doing? If not, why?Read More

Hip-Hop is transforming in the year 2015

February 25, 2015 |


In 1989, a new variation of rock emerged on the west coast that had a unique, holistic sound both reminiscent of an earlier age and refreshingly original. Over the next six years, this grunge sound transformed the music industry and all rock music thereafter.Read More

Rampant nature of ISIS’s rise sparks controversy

February 18, 2015 |


In September 2013, when I was a freshman, I attended an interest meeting for the College Republicans here on the University of Mary Washington campus. The country was in the midst of a strong debate about military … Read More

Is the response to inclement weather in Virginia in need of reform?

February 18, 2015 |


Is it time for Virginia to rethink its department of emergency management? In the past month, portions of the Commonwealth, from Williamsburg to northern counties like Loudon and Fairfax, dealt with ice, snow and unusable roads.Read More

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ reveals reality of relationship stigmas

February 18, 2015 |


With the release of the much-anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, there is no doubt many are flocking to theaters to watch the charming bad boy Christian Grey in his onscreen debut.Read More

An inside look at the unrealistic advertising nature of Victoria’s Secret

February 18, 2015 |


I can still remember the first time I entered a Victoria’s Secret. I was 16 and finally had a job that meant freedom to go shopping on my own.Read More

Op-Ed: Student coalition aims to unite groups under common goals of activism

February 11, 2015 | 1


Last month for Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, some students got to relax and debrief on their day off. However, a dedicated few went before the General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia to lobby their representatives about relevant issues, such as debt-free higher education and proposed pipeline routes.Read More

Make your own marketing ploy this Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2015 |


When the day comes, I will want flowers just like everyone else. But isn’t it funny that couples make such a big deal out of Valentine’s Day even though it’s not even a real holiday?Read More

A divided campus achieves nothing

February 11, 2015 | 9


Following the brutal terror attacks in France, Secretary of State John Kerry went to Paris along with singer James Taylor to show solidarity through a performance of his famous song, “You’ve Got a Friend.”
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Writing is proven to be therapeutic

February 11, 2015 |


Writing can help students both academically and therapeutically. Author Marian McCurdy did research for her book “From Trauma to Writing” about how beneficial it can be for students who write prose about personal traumatic experiences.

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Editorial: Open debate must always remain respectful and constructive

February 5, 2015 | 12


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