FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (CBSDC) – The student-run newspaper at the University of Mary Washington is changing its name.

The newspaper, which was formerly called The Bullet, is changing its name to The Blue & Gray Press due to concerns that the original name propagates violence.

“The editorial board felt that the paper’s name, which alludes to ammunition for an artillery weapon, propagated violence and did not honor our school’s history in a sensitive manner,” the newspaper stated in a press release obtained by Campus Reform. “The board intends to remain faithful to the history our university stands upon, and we continue to horn this history both in a respectful and meaningful way.

Editor-In-Chief Alison Thoet also felt the name was out of date. “In this day and age, no one really cares about the Civil War,” Thoet told Campus Reform. “We wanted something that was updated.”

The new newspaper will not only have a new name but also a new design. It will debut September 4 in print and online and will increase from 10 to 12 pages.

“Observing the evolving era of journalism, which has seen a complete change of numerous university, local, and national newspapers, the editorial board came to the conclusion that UMW’s student newspaper is in need of a major redesign in order to accompany the constantly developing world of modern journalism,” the press release stated. “The board views a new name as an opportunity to propel the publication into the modern era.”

Even though the name will not be official until the Student Activities and Engagement Office gives it their final approval, the newspaper’s website has already changed its URL.


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