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By RACHEL MANNING
Over this past spring break, 17 students from Dr. Dawn Bowen’s GEOG 360E class took a trip to Guatemala. There, they learned about conservation of cloud forests and the culture of the K’iche people.
By GABRIELA GARCIA
On February 21, 2018 the University Faculty Council received a request from the Student Government Association that the University of Mary Washington begin offering American Sign Language (ASL) courses through the Modern Language Department and have these courses count towards the Modern Language Requirement.
By VICTORIA GRANT
The Firearms Club is holding an event called 2A day. This event, similar to previous events will be focused primarily on education. The seminar and series of talks will be held in the Digital Auditorium on March 30.
By GRACE WINFIELD
On February 19, several minority clubs and groups attended a Student Government Association meeting and demanded that their voices be heard. At the meeting some of the groups did not feel like they were being heard.
By SARAH GOODNOUGH
Over Spring Break, UMW Assistant Professor Pamela Grothe and student researcher Andrea Moore flew to Christmas Island in the Republic of Kiribati to conduct paleoclimate research.
By VANIA CLAY
On November 6, 2017, there was a set of recommendations put forth by the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force about a variety of topics. One of these recommendations concerned the Statement of Community Values.
By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE
17 minutes for 17 lives.
On Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m., across various time zones, students of all ages walked out of classes to show support and solidarity for the victims of the Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school shooting that took place exactly one month prior. The walkouts were also a symbolic way to call for change in gun legislation.
By KATE SELTZER
UMW needs increased staffing to accommodate students with disabilities.
Jessica Machado, who took over as Director of the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) this fall, said that the office is currently too small to keep up with the growing population of eligible students and demand for resources.
By JESSICA LINK
Keith Mellinger, the interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), is stepping aside to welcome a new Dean. After a thorough search, the College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee has narrowed in on four prospective candidates.
By GINNY BIXBY
When Natalie Johns, president of the UMW Firearms Club, painted the spirit rock with some other members on Feb. 14, she had no idea that the message she painted would cause such an uproar among students.
By KYLE CLARKE
As the end of February approaches, Fredericksburg has proceeded to get through all four seasons within the month. Whether it be a frigid 30 degrees with freezing rain or sweltering 86 degrees and sunny, the February weather has been inconsistent.
By TONY BENSON
On the morning of February 18, stickers promoting a white nationalist organization were found at sites across campus. A schoolwide email was sent following the events by Anna Billingsley addressing the incident.
By JOSE REYES
Inboxes flooded with numerous emails, campus walk crowded with signs, and dorms painted from wall to wall with posters, all urging student to, “be an RA today”!
Benjamin Garrison, a freshman majoring in …
By NATHANIEL DEVINE
In recent months, two storefront properties located in Eagle Village have closed their doors. One used to house Mexican restaurant, Pancho Villa and the other used to be a Blackstone Coffee café. Today, the two properties are being leased by Cushman and Wakefield Thalhimer Commercial Real Estate.
By RACHEL MANNING
While walking through campus one evening, a small, dark shadow crosses the path. The figure disappears under a nearby residence hall. When approaching the hall, faint meowing coming from within can be heard.
By GRACE WINFIELD
On Friday evening, students of the University of Mary Washington gathered in Dodd auditorium for a four hour-long safety strategies course hosted by the Firearms Club of UMW.
Ny BRIAN SWEENY & MEAGHAN MCINTYRE
Staff Writer and News Editor
During the course of the 2017-2018 academic year, new printers have appeared inside both the Hurley Convergence Center and the Simpson Library.
By ELIZABETH DEVINE
Despite the current racial tensions throughout the United States, the faculty and students of Mary Washington have been working hard to unify the campus through a series of Black History Month celebrations. Many people have spent months planning and preparing for the events with hopes to promote social justice and equality while paying tribute to the numerous the accomplishments of African-Americans in our society.
By MACKENZIE HARD
In the age of social media and followers, students are often tempted to add their professors online through sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Many University of Mary Washington professors and students sometimes question whether ot not to add each other.
By HANNAH GALEONE
On Wednesday, February 7 the Student Senate convened to vote on a new governing system as well as a recently re-drafted Student Government Association constitution.
By JOSHUA STALEY
On January 29, a new access road to the Simpson Library parking lot opened to traffic. The entry, located on College Avenue, is directly across the Heating Plant on Powhatan Street. Sidewalks are not …
By DYLAN BURKETT
After 34 years, the university is bidding farewell to one of its most renowned faces within the biology department, Dr. Joella Killian. With a doctoral degree in Entomology, Killian has proven to be a centripetal force behind student success throughout the department since she came to the university in 1984.
By LAURA TAYLOR
On Thursday, January 25 around 8:30 p.m., a University of Mary Washington student posted a picture of a Confederate flag flying in Mason Hall. Following the event, junior Alex Sakes posted the picture of the Confederate flag in question flying in Mason hall at 8:30 p.m. on the “Overheard at Mary Wash” Facebook page.
By KOTY BOWEN
All students at the University of Mary Washington know of the boulder used for announcements that sits outside of Woodard. “The rock,” is coated in layers and layers of paint. Students paint the rock for many of reasons, whether to announce the annual “Rocky Horror Picture Show” or to advertise a club meeting or event. Recently though, there has been some controversy over the rock and its message.
By ES HETHCOX
A trickle of female students amble into a warm room and smell the swirl of incense in the air and a selection of maroon upholstered chairs surrounding a table covered with coloring books, glitter …
By SARAH BOND
“It’s been a year” said White House correspondent, April Ryan in her speech on Wednesday, January 24 in Chandler Ballroom. Ryan spoke as the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker. This event, hosted by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, began the numerous Black History Month events this February.
By MIRANDA O’CONNOR
On Saturday, January 20, the University of Mary Washington Leadership Winter Symposium took place on UMW’s campus in Dodd Auditorium. The Winter Symposium, put on by the Student Leadership Committee, was a mandatory program for all student organization leaders; and built upon the meaningful conversations that were held during the August Leadership Summit.
By ALEXIS ERB
On January 16 a mass email chain was sent out to students of the University of Mary Washington. Out of these hundreds of emails some contained vulgar, inappropriate, and condescending remarks made towards members of the UMW community.