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Sudden rises in temperatures have positive effects on students

March 1, 2018 |

By KYLE CLARKE

Staff Writer 

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.Read More

Patriot Front group leaves sticker across UMW campus

February 28, 2018 |

By TONY BENSON 

Staff Writer

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.Read More

Residence Assistants and their double lives

February 22, 2018 |

By JOSE REYES 

Staff Writer

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 … Read More

Updates on the empty store fronts in Eagle Village

February 22, 2018 |

By NATHANIEL DEVINE

Staff Writer

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.Read More

Spirit Rock sparks controversy

February 22, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER 

Senior Writer

On Thursday morning of last week, students awoke to a new message on the Spirit Rock: in black, seemingly hastingly scrawled writing, “18 school shootings in 2018.”Read More

Stray cats taken care of by UMW community

February 22, 2018 |

By RACHEL MANNING 

Senior Writer

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.Read More

Firearms club of UMW hosts safety strategies course

February 22, 2018 |

By GRACE WINFIELD 

Senior Writer

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.Read More

New printing system implemented in HCC and Simpson Library

February 15, 2018 |

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.Read More

UMW community celebrates Black History Month

February 15, 2018 |

By ELIZABETH DEVINE 

Staff Writer

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.Read More

Friends, following and social media

February 14, 2018 |

By MACKENZIE HARD 

Staff Writer

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.Read More

SGA aims to become a more effective student government

February 14, 2018 |

By HANNAH GALEONE 

Staff Writer

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.Read More

New access road to Simpson Library opens

February 8, 2018 |

By JOSHUA STALEY

Staff Writer

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 … Read More

UMW prepares for the departure of Dr. Joella Killian

February 8, 2018 |

By DYLAN BURKETT 

Staff Writer

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.Read More

Confederate Flag in Mason Hall concerns students

February 8, 2018 |

By LAURA TAYLOR 

Staff Writer

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. Read More

Greek Life gets ‘boulder’ with their methods of advertising

February 8, 2018 |

By KOTY BOWEN 

Staff Writer

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.Read More

Out of the shadows: survivors find support with UMW Talley Center

February 8, 2018 |

By ES HETHCOX

Online Editor

A trickle of female students amble into a warm room where a swirl of incense fills the air and a selection of maroon upholstered chairs surrounds a table covered with coloring books, glitter jars, … Read More

April Ryan speaks as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker

February 1, 2018 |

By SARAH BOND

Staff Writer

“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.Read More

Winter Leadership Symposium sparks valuable conversations concerning UMW

February 1, 2018 |

By MIRANDA O’CONNOR

Staff Writer

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. Read More

Email chain disrupts UMW student and faculty emails

February 1, 2018 |

By ALEXIS ERB 

Staff Writer

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.Read More

UMW welcomes new chief diversity officer

February 1, 2018 |

By HANNAH GALEONE 

Staff Writer

On Jan. 18, UMW President Troy Paino took the stage at a spring assembly of University faculty and staff, standing before the audience with an exciting announcement. Paino recently created a new cabinet-level position, and was appointing a new chief diversity officer to UMW.Read More

Net neutrality at risk

December 7, 2017 |

By KEELY CERVANTES

Staff Writer

Recently the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has planned to place a higher price for use of the World Wide Web by getting rid of net neutrality. Net Neutrality has recently been making headlines across America, as the FCC continues to push their proposal of allowing broadband companies to control the speeds and their pricing on the internet.Read More

Sexual battery incident causes students to question campus safety

December 7, 2017 |

By MADISON PACE 

Staff Writer

On Thursday, Nov. 16, a sexual battery took place on campus in the parking lot behind the Simpson Library and Pollard Hall around 3:35 pm. According to Marty Morrison in a school-wide email, a male wearing a black sweatshirt and blue sweat pants, approached a female student and grabbed her buttocks. After she confronted the male about the situation, he told her that he was joking with her and ran towards the direction of the Eagle’s Nest located in Woodard Hall.Read More

Possible parking policy changes causes controversy

December 7, 2017 |

By JOHN JAMISON 

Staff Writer

On Nov. 14, the Fredericksburg City Council discussed and decided not to move forward with a new parking plan that would have affected the entire UMW community. The proposed plan from the City’s Parking Advisory Committee was instead sent back by the Council. Intended to take effect in January, the original plan proposed a resident permit parking system that would make the streets in the College Heights and College Terrace neighborhoods off limits to the general public including the faculty, staff and student body of UMW.Read More

Dogs and trainers bond while making a difference

December 7, 2017 |

By PAIGE WALTON 

Staff Writer

UMW’s Canine Companions for Independence club (CCI) is part of a national non-profit organization that trains dogs to assist and enhance the quality of life for people with differing disabilities. In addition to raising dogs, the UMW chapter aims to educate the general public about service dogs and increase awareness about the cause.Read More

duPont art complex to undergo renovations

December 7, 2017 |

By SARAH GOODNOUGH  

Staff Writer

Last week, UMW Provost Nina Mikhalevsky confirmed that the university is making plans to renovate Melchers, duPont and Pollard Hall. The duPont arts complex consists of Melchers Hall, Pollard Hall and DuPont Hall, which house the departments of art and art history, music, theater and dance, respectively.Read More

Where does funding go: Students weigh in on how UMW should spend their money

November 16, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON 

Senior Writer

Recently there have been concerns from students about academic funding at The University of Mary Washington, specifically surrounding the budget of individual majors within the academic colleges. According to information provided by the office of Marty Morrison, the majors with the highest funding are, in descending order, English, biology and business administration.Read More

The Switch: Students concerned about building temperatures throughout campus

November 16, 2017 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY 

Staff Writer

This fall the East Coast has seen some extreme temperatures, which means the central heating and air conditioning for UMW dorms and other on-campus buildings has left many students in a period of discomfort.Read More

The Virginia State House of Delegates election results

November 16, 2017 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES 

Senior Writer

The Virginia State House of Delegates election occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The Republican candidates won districts 28 and 88 while the Democratic candidates won the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General races.Read More

Jepson Construction causes issues for students

November 16, 2017 |

By HANNAH GALEONE 

Senior Writer

The construction work that has started of the university’s Jepson Science Center has recently caused a multitude of problems for students and faculty. Sections of College Avenue and the surrounding areas of Jepson are cloaked in industrial fabric and lined with construction cones. The renovations to the building and nearby areas are expected to continue for an approximated 18 to 24 months.Read More

Newspapers disappear throughout the UMW campus

November 9, 2017 |

By KYLEIGH COUTCHER 

Staff Writer

This year, daily issues of The New York Times and the Washington Post have disappeared from their usual stands throughout campus. Many professors and staff were confused, as they looked forward to reading the paper every morning. Mary Washington used to provide The New York Times and the Washington Post all around campus for everyone to read and those who enjoyed having these papers easily available to them around campus were confused as to why they have gone missing.Read More