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Students express concern after music professor contract not renewed

March 21, 2019 |

By LAURA TAYLOR
Senior Writer
On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Michael Bratt, visiting assistant professor of music composition and technology, received an email informing him that his contract would not be renewed for the next school year.Read More

Dean Rucker recognized by Richmond Public Schools

March 21, 2019 |

By NICHOLAS VINSON
Staff Writer
Now, Cedric Rucker, the associate vice president and dean of Student Life, is among those who have been recognized by Richmond Public Schools’ (RPS) Influential African-American and RPS Alumni list. Read More

Professor Jon McMillan awarded with visual arts fellowship

March 21, 2019 |

By VICTORIA RICKMOND
Staff Writer
Professor Jon McMillan always knew he wanted to be an artist, but it was during a high school behind-the-scenes tour of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia that his passion was further sparked.Read More

UMW holds vigil for victims killed in Christchurch shooting

March 21, 2019 |

By KATE SELTZER
News Editor
At 6 p.m. on Monday, more than 160 students and faculty members gathered on Ball Circle for a vigil held in honor of the 50 Muslims who were murdered by a white supremacist in Christchurch, New Zealand.Read More

President Paino engages with students about 2019-2020 budget

March 20, 2019 |

By EKATERINA SAVELYEVA
Staff Writer
With fourteen students, two board members, and six UMW administrators in attendance, President Paino went over the projections for the UMW budget next year and took questions about tuition and fees for the following year, and the budgetary considerations they are connected to. Read More

Students react to missionaries on campus

March 20, 2019 |

By RILEY DOHERTY
Staff Writer
Mackenzie Hard, a senior and American studies major, was on her way to Madison Hall from Qdoba when she ran into a familiar group of religious missionaries.Read More

Committee proposes changes to general education program

February 28, 2019 |

By CHLOE MARTIN
Staff Writer
The general education committee has proposed changes to the current general education requirements.Read More

UMW named a top producer of Fulbright students

February 28, 2019 |

By GRACE WINFIELD
Viewpoints Editor
The University of Mary Washington has recently been named a top producer for Fulbright U.S. students amongst other colleges and universities featured in the Feb. 11 issue of “The Chronicle of Higher Education.”Read More

Spirit rock draws crowds and mixed reviews over hoax

February 28, 2019 |

By DALEY JENNINGS
Contributing Writer
On Feb. 4, the message “MEET HERE 2/22, 12, Midnight” appeared on the spirit rock. The message caused speculation among students who wondered what it could mean.Read More

President Paino communicates with students via email

February 28, 2019 |

By ETHAN RATLIFF
Staff Writer
On Feb. 12, a message from President Troy Paino was sent out via email to students which addressed issues apparent in the leadership of the Commonwealth of Virginia.Read More

UMW health officials advocate for vaccinations

February 28, 2019 |

By MIKAYLA MCDONALD
Staff Writer
Vaccines have eradicated infectious diseases like smallpox, and reduced others such as polio and measles. But recently, vaccines have been placed at the epicenter of various ethical controversies.Read More

Faculty launches food and clothing pantry

February 28, 2019 |

By JOSHUA STALEY
Staff Writer
A new committee has formed to start a new food and clothing pantry on UMW’s campus.Read More

Willard Hall renovations to be complete in fall of 2019

February 21, 2019 |

By REINA DATTA
Staff Writer
On Friday, Feb. 1, Juliette Landphair, the Vice President of Student Affairs, sent out an email update about the various on-campus renovations that are currently underway.Read More

Required College of Education math exam causes concern

February 20, 2019 |

By AMANDA SMITH
Staff Writer
Some UMW College of Education (COE) students are concerned about the Math Praxis Core exam impeding on their careers as future teachers.Read More

Fredericksburg purchases new Polling Pads

February 20, 2019 |

By JOSHUA STALEY
Senior Writer
When Fredericksburg voters return to the polls for Virginia’s primary elections in June, poll workers will use a new device to check them in. Read More

Marshall Hall to be replaced by new theater under President Paino’s ten-year plan

February 20, 2019 |

By HANNAH GALEONE
Senior Writer
As the community at the University of Mary Washington expands and grows, so will the campus and University facilities.Read More

UMW Theatre partners with local children’s program

February 20, 2019 |

By TAYLOR MOONEY
Staff Writer
A group of theatre students at the University of Mary Washington are taking their skills out into the Fredericksburg community; specifically, to the younger members.Read More

UMW welcomes new Office of Title IX Victim Advocate

February 14, 2019 |

By LAURA TAYLOR
Senior Writer
After receiving a grant from the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women, the University of Mary Washington hired Jaime Opanashuk to be the new victim advocate. Read More

Residence Life to hire new assistant director

February 14, 2019 |

By AUGUSTUS GROHMANN
Staff Writer
On Thursday, Feb. 7, Mary Washington administrators met in the Colonnade Room to interview a potential candidate for the position of Assistant Director of Residence Life. This was the third of such meetings.Read More

Potential ecological research facility to be developed along Rappahannock River

February 14, 2019 |

By VINCENT SMIROLDO
Staff Writer
UMW could soon offer a hands-on research experience to students through the development of an ecology park on the Rappahannock River.Read More

Students utilize and benefit from a variety of therapy groups at UMW’s Talley Center

February 14, 2019 |

By AMANDA SMITH
Staff Writer
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that “one in five college students experience a mental health condition, with 75 percent of all mental health conditions surfacing by the age of twenty-four.”Read More

Students participate in discussion about mass incarceration and UMW’s inmate-made furniture

February 7, 2019 |

By AVA ROBB
Staff Writer
UMW students and members of the Fredericksburg community gathered in the Chandler Ballroom on Jan. 30 for the event “This is America: The Effects of Mass Incarceration & How We Contribute to it.”Read More

Campus community responds to new menu at the Underground

February 7, 2019 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES
Senior Writer
The Underground used to be a hub of student activity with lines stretching out the doors. However, over the past few years, business at the Underground has significantly declined.Read More

Breaking and entering at Melchers Hall sparks campus-wide conversation about safety concerns

February 7, 2019 |

By JOSHUA STALEY
Senior Writer
There was an incident of breaking and entering at Melchers Hall between Sat., Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. and Tue., Jan. 1 at 11:56 a.m.Read More

UMW community discusses recent Governor Northam scandal

February 7, 2019 |

By HANNAH GALEONE
Senior Writer
This week, UMW students and faculty have been reflecting on a photograph from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook.Read More

New chapter of the NAACP forms on campus

January 31, 2019 |

By SIERRA HORTON
Staff Writer
Students have started a new campus chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at UMW.Read More

Historic number of women announce candidacy for president

January 31, 2019 |

By MACKENZIE HARD
Staff Writer
Four women have announced their run for the 2020 presidential election so far, marking the greatest number in the last three election cycles.Read More

UMW senior launches social media marketing firm

January 30, 2019 |

By LAURA TAYLOR
Senior Writer
An idea sparked in a casual conversation in a coffee shop is becoming a marketing firm centered around social media.Read More

The UMW Office of Title IX undergoes new staff changes

January 24, 2019 |

By LAURA TAYLOR
Senior Writer
Over winter break, the Title IX office at the University of Mary Washington underwent changes to employee positions, including beginning a national search for a new Title IX Investigator and assigning a new Title IX Coordinator. Read More

Campus reflects on ongoing government shutdown

January 24, 2019 |

By ABIGAIL BUCHOLZ
Staff Writer
The United States is in the midst of its longest partial government shutdown in history, entering day 33 at the time of publication.Read More