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Alcohol makes its way back to Underground, Fred Red voted as UMW brew

February 16, 2017 | 1

By JANELLE BEHM

Last week, he Underground reintroduced beer and wine to the menu. This was kicked off with a free beer tasting hosted by the Student Government Association to help choose the official UMW beer.Read More

Jose Sainz speaks out about the problematic limitations that were placed on UMW students after travel ban

February 16, 2017 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES

Since President Trump’s inauguration, he has passed many controversial executive orders. The travel ban halted persons entering the United States from seven primarily Muslim countries for 90 days. President Trump’s executive order caused a lot of unrest, especially for American Muslims who were not be able to return to their families in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. However, that ban has recently been lifted but that did not deter any effects that were felt by multiple universities throughout Virginia.Read More

UMW students gain momentum for March for Science on Washington

February 16, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

Due to recent events involving environmental protection, scientists and students alike have been coming together to form a “March for Science” to raise awareness for issues such as climate change and scientific integrity. Inspired by the Women’s March, which took place the day after President Trump’s inauguration, the scientists’ march on Washington is meant to be a non-partisan march to make the scientific community heard. The University of Mary Washington’s own Biological Student Association plans on attending the march and hopes to encourage others to attend while also informing them of the issues.Read More

UMW student finds aggressive Nazi message on bulletin board on Campus Walk

February 15, 2017 | 9

By KELLY EMMRICH

University of Mary Washington junior Ahad Shahid and friend Chad Mundie were walking past Lee Hall after watching the film “Moana” on the evening of Feb. 5, when they found a handwritten Swastika on the bulletin board in Front of Madison Hall. In addition to the drawing there was a note at the bottom of the sheet reading “Attention fa**ots!! We could live next door.”Read More

Lecture on hip hop helps students understand mental illness stigma

February 9, 2017 | 2

By DANIELLE HOWARD

During his presentation, James Bland, an assistant director at the James Farmer Multicultural Center, elaborated on his love of hip hop and how the genre helped him to cope with his depression and make sense of the world around him as well as himself.Read More

UMW adds new 5-year program for master’s in geospatial analysis

February 8, 2017 |

By Rachel Manning

The University of Mary Washington has introduced a new accelerated five-year master’s program for Geographic Information Sciences studies. In 2014, UMW launched a program for a Master’s of Science in Geospatial Analysis, which was popular enough to start the new five-year master’s program this fall.Read More

Hot Spot lunch restaurant gives students new dining option

February 8, 2017 |

By ELIZABETH PATTERSON

The University of Mary Washington is now offering students a new dining option. “Hot Spot,” the new pop-up restaurant, opened for the first time on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the Eagle’s Nest. Located directly across from Vocelli’s Pizza, where the WOW Wingery used to be, this new eatery remains mysterious.Read More

Press Release: SGA Statement Regarding Our Values and Beliefs

February 2, 2017 |

Fredericksburg, VA, January 31, 2017–

The UMW SGA would like to emphasize its solidarity with the minority and immigrant populations at Mary Washington, as well as express its continued support for diversity and inclusivity on campus and in the Unites … Read More

Women’s Basketball gets revenge on CNU in epic top-10 showdown

February 2, 2017 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

The University of Mary Washington women’s basketball team led from start to finish en route to gaining revenge on their bitter CAC rival, the CNU Captains. After suffering their only loss of the year on Jan. 18 … Read More

Panel on media freedom sparks conversation on first amendment rights

February 2, 2017 |

By WILL ATKINSON

Two exiled journalists from Turkey were invited to talk to the University of Mary Washington students at Monroe Hall on Wednesday night, regarding the dangers of media censorship. The panelists were Abdulhamit Bilici, Editor-in- Chief of the Turkish newspaper, Zaman Toda,y and Mahir Zeynalov, a Turkish journalist who was deported from Turkey for heavily covering government corruption and the Turkish coup of July 2016. They spoke about their personal accounts with national and governmental limitation of media freedoms.Read More

President Paino and staff work to fill Title IX positions

February 2, 2017 |

By EMILY GROTTLE

Now that Dr. Leah Cox has resigned from her position of Title IX Coordinator effective Jan. 19, President Paino has been working hard with multiple people to make sure her position will be filled, to ensure the safety of students and keep the Title IX position active. The University of Mary Washington has long been committed to keeping campus safe for the student body.Read More

Professor disputes whether murals in Monroe and George Washington Halls reflect UMW values

February 2, 2017 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

In the 1940s, professor Emil Schnellock and his students partook in an art project in which they painted a variety of murals in the academic halls of Monroe and George Washington. These murals are still on the walls of the buildings today. In an effort to preserve the historic murals, Monroe Hall underwent renovation in 2011 and the murals were left untouched, covered with plywood and were documented for safekeeping. However, the presence of these murals has created mixed feelings among professors and students. Read More

MLK Day speaker breaks barriers for students

February 2, 2017 |

By THEODOSIUS ZOTOS

Bakari Sellers, former Democratic legislator from South Carolina, now TV political commentator and practicing attorney, visited the University of Mary Washington for his keynote address on Wednesday. Sellers spoke to students and faculty as an addition to the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day sponsored and organized by the Office of the President and the James Farmer Multicultural Center. Sellers addressed the crowd and discussed the importance of the civil rights leaders of the past who shaped the nation’s future.Read More

Phi Eta Sigma chapter chartered at UMW

December 8, 2016 |

By HABIB NOOR

The University of Mary Washington inaugurated the Phi Eta Sigma chapter on Tuesday Nov. 15, to applaud first-year students who excel in academia. President Paino accepted the charter from the executive director of the honor society, Elaine Powell. It is the oldest society to honor freshmen academic excellence in the United States.Read More

Mercer and Woodard Halls hold rededication ceremonies following massive renovations

December 7, 2016 |

By AMIR KOREHI

With the student population increasing at the University of Mary Washington, a need for new academic buildings arose, and a plan to repurpose and expand on previously used buildings was set into place. Renovations around campus began in the spring of 2014 and continued until their completion in the fall of 2015. The university has a strong dedication to restoration and the preservation of its history, and the newly opened Woodard and Mercer Halls are examples of this.Read More

Students starting to join conversations against Atlantic Coast Pipeline

December 7, 2016 | 1

By MADISON REID

This December, the Department of Mines Minerals and Energy is releasing new regulations regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In suspense of the release, select students at the University of Mary Washington became concerned with the potential negative effects of this pipeline. The proposed pipeline, is said to cut through Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina, and will be funded by Dominion Power. Currently this pipeline is on hold waiting for the updated list of regulations.Read More

Steps taken to make students’ EagleOne more useful

November 17, 2016 |

By MATT KLINE

Due to a recent Student Government decision, EagleOne cards are getting an upgrade. Previously, users were not able to tip on their EagleOne card, now this is possible. The upgrade was made to make it more helpful to students who use their EagleOne like a credit card.Read More

UMW receives a $300,000 grant for sexual assault awareness

November 17, 2016 |

By JENNA DAVENPORT

The University of Mary Washington recently received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.Read More

Questions arise within InterVarsity chapters around same-sex-marriage

November 16, 2016 | 4

By REBECCAS MELSON

There is a wind of change that is blowing through our country and through the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as well. As Americans strive to make sense of a changing political term, questions of race, gender and religion have come to the surface.Read More

UMW students react to the plans of President-elect, Donald Trump

November 16, 2016 | 1

By VIRGINIA BIXBY

The unprecedented election of Republican candidate, Donald Trump, has upset many Americans, including a large number of UMW students. But while every election causes some disappointment in voters, this one has been particularly controversial and divisive.

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Green Party candidate Jill Stein makes final campaign stop at UMW

November 10, 2016 |

By ESTER SALGUERO & IZZY BRIONES

Anticipation rose as University of Mary Washington students and residents of Fredericksburg filled the Chandler Ballroom, of the University Center Sunday night in anticipation for Green Party candidate, Jill Stein. With only a few rows of seats provided, many were left sitting on the floor.Read More

Ban on shot glasses in dorms being questioned by students

November 10, 2016 |

By EMILY AINSWORTH

The University of Mary Washington’s Student Senate recently lifted the ban on shot glasses and other alcohol related paraphernalia that encourages binge drinking.

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Eatz on the Streetz food truck missed by UMW students

November 10, 2016 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

Not long after making its first appearance this semester on Campus Walk, the university food truck Eatz on the Street experienced technical difficulties and has since then been out of commission.Read More

UMW students mourn the loss of Vine as Twitter experiences financial crunch

November 10, 2016 |

By ANDRE ARENAS

On Oct. 27 of 2016, Twitter announced that it would shut down Vine, a video sharing service they established in 2012. The company stated that its website will be available to view and download Vines, but users will not have the ability to post any vines “in the coming months.”

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The changing political landscape in Congress

November 3, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER

In 2012, the GOP released “The Growth and Opportunity Report,” in which the Republican Party noted its goals for the future of the party. “The GOP today is a tale of two parties,” it reads, “the gubernatorial wing,” which is “growing and successful” and the other, “the federal wing,” which is “increasingly marginalizing itself…”Read More

Outdoor Recreation sees great success in its first tier three trip

November 3, 2016 | 1

By LAUREN TAYLOR

Over fall break, Campus Recreation’s new program, Outdoor Recreation, held its first Tier 3 trip in Fayetteville, West Virginia and stayed at the Ace Adventure Resort. The weekend began with Bridge Day, an annual event in West Virginia where B.A.S.E. jumpers take the leap off the New River Gorge Bridge.Read More

UMW hosts first Congressional debate

November 3, 2016 |

By REBEKAH DEBELL

Debates are a night when candidates from each political party take the stage to battle national issues in hopes of winning over voters. These debates take place all over the country, including right here at the University of Mary Washington.

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Behind the scenes of Historical Preservation Club’s ghost tours

November 3, 2016 |

By EMILY GROTTLE

The University of Mary Washington’s Historical Preservation Club recently hosted their annual ghost tour on Oct. 21 and 22, a tradition that has taken place for over 30 years. Tour guides take excited guests to haunted areas around the city of Fredericksburg, where student volunteers and members of the club dress like ghosts and put on a show at each location.Read More

President Paino sits down with The Blue & Gray Press for exclusive interview, finds place in UMW community

November 2, 2016 |

By IZZY BRIONES

As President Troy Paino’s first few months continue at the University of Mary Washington, his presence on campus has gradually been increasing and students have taken notice. With the initial hurdles of his transition to UMW out … Read More

Students feel the love with therapy dogs’ visit to the UMW campus

October 27, 2016 |

By PAIGE WALTON

A six-page paper due next week, one take-home quiz to be completed tonight, and 30 pages of reading to get through before tomorrow. Every day of the week students have a lot on their plate. Finding ways to cope and manage the stress that comes with school can be difficult and time consuming. One proven way to alleviate stress and brighten people’s moods could come in the form of frequent therapy dog visits to campus, according to Dr. Tevya Zukor, director of the Talley Center.Read More