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The Blue & Gray Press | March 25, 2017

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Balconies to be reconstructed at UMW Apartments, cause issues for students

September 28, 2016 | 3


Recently, Residence Life sent out notifications to students living in the UMW Apartments pertaining to balcony replacement projects scheduled to begin on Sept. 21. Every building had its balcony reconstructed before the middle of August, except for buildings three, four and five.Read More

Senator Mark Warner Visits UMW Campus

September 22, 2016 |


On Friday, Sept. 9, Senator Mark Warner visited the University of Mary Washington to speak to political science and sociology students about the economy, mostly regarding the nature of work and wealth. The event was held in Monroe Hall Room 116 at 1 p.m. and was hosted by Dr. Eric Bonds.Read More

110 free passports offered to UMW students

September 22, 2016 |


This past week, flyers were everywhere on campus advertising a free Passport Caravan event to encourage studying abroad. The Council of International Education Exchange is providing $20 million in scholarships for college students to study abroad through the Generation Study Abroad Initiative. This initiative includes free passports that are to be given to 10,000 American students. Read More

Attic of Lee Hall, used for student leadership offices, poses health risks

September 22, 2016 | 1


For four years, members of the Honor Council and Judicial Review Board have had to tolerate the unsafe conditions of their offices in the attic of Lee Hall. The ceilings of the office are unfinished and covered with foam insulation, which is known to be hazardous to a person’s health. For that reason, attics are primarily used as storage space, but this is not the case in Lee Hall where the attic has been turned into a makeshift office for students.Read More

Combs printers pose inconvieniances for their users

September 15, 2016 |


On a busy Friday afternoon in Combs Hall, English Linguistics and Communication students sit scattered about the first floor lobby, working on papers and meeting deadlines. The faint clicks of their keyboards fill the halls. The printer, in the right corner of the lobby, collecting dust as a large number of students seem to be avoiding it.Read More

The University of Mary Washington’s Mortar Board excels in excellence, earning three prestigious awards

September 15, 2016 |


This past summer the University of Mary Washington’s Cap and Gown Mortar Board Chapter received the 2015 to 2016 Most Improved Chapter award. President of the UMW Cap and Gown Mortar Board Chapter, senior biology major Grace Henry, attended the 2016 Mortar Board National Conference in Indianapolis where she was presented the award, on behalf of the chapter.Read More

Res Life marks a new standard for weekday and weekend campus-wide quiet hours

September 15, 2016 |


When beginning the school year at the University of Mary Washington, students living on campus can always expect one thing: residence hall meetings. These meeting are held to give the students opportunity to familiarize themselves with their Resident Assistants, neighbors and the rules of the hall. However, this year a big change was introduced at these meetings: the start of campus-wide quiet hours, a topic that used to be specific to each residence hall and decided on with voting.Read More

Troy Paino deliberates on how to fix the issue of faculty and staff salaries

September 14, 2016 |


Throughout the past five years, according to Provost Jonathan Levin, many University of Mary Washington faculty and staff have been unhappy with their static salaries. The biggest contributing factor as to why they have not received any raises is due to the Commonwealth’s lack of support for faculty raises.

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UMW dining taking steps towards improvment

September 8, 2016 |


Similar to last year and its opening year, the University Center and the University Dining Service has received an overwhelming amount of complaints due to lack of options and dining hall hours.Read More

UMW professor nominated for Grammy Educator Award

September 7, 2016 |


The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation has nominated Mary Washington’s own Professor Mark Snyder for the prestigious Grammy Educator award. This award, according to the Grammy Foundation, is a way to honor achievements in the recording arts as well as to support the music community.

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Eagle Landing residents grapple with malfunctioning laundry machines

September 7, 2016 |


Eagle Landing houses roughly 600 students from the University of Mary Washington and complaints have surfaced concerning the functionality of the washing machines. In addition, students noticed that their EagleOne cards are not being read by the laundry appliances.Read More

UMW students towed from unmarked parking

September 7, 2016 | 3


In the midst of upperclassmen move-in, vehicles were crammed into each free space in order to move in their belongings.Read More

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education Meet with UMW Students

April 21, 2016 |


On April 8, University of Mary Washington students received an email on the impending visit of government representatives from the U.S. Department of Education.Read More

LendEDU ranks the university as getting the most bang for your buck

April 21, 2016 |


On March 6, 2016, LendEDU revealed that the University of Mary Washington ranked 57 out of 1,004 schools in their 2016 College Risk-Reward Indicator study. In the study, LendEDU divided the average student loan debt per graduate by the average salary of graduates with 0-5 years of experience. LendEDU used the Institute for CollegeRead More

Biology and ELC departments welcome in new professors

April 21, 2016 |


For the fall 2016 semester the biology department, along with the English, Linguistics and Communication department, will be welcoming in new faculty members. The biology department will be welcoming Dr. Bradley Lamphere, a specialist in fish ecology and evolutionary biology. The ELC department will be gaining an assistant professor, Laura Bylenok who will be teaching creative writing courses.Read More

COAR organizes pay it forward movement

April 21, 2016 |


Last week, University of Mary Washington students were encouraged to “Pay it Forward” during a week of kindness and generosity created by the campus organization. From April 11 through April 13, COAR organized multiple activities to get students to spread love and learn about the pay it forward movement.
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New Waves of Evangelicalism on Campuses Across the Nation

April 21, 2016 |


Deborah Jian Lee has fashioned a sense of solidarity with subcultures across multiple campuses in calling herself a refugee of Evangelicalism. Despite growing up in a non-religious household, Lee found a Chinese community church while living in the suburbs of Chicago and joined its youth group. Later in her college career, she tried to continue following the same path but found that she increasingly disagreed with the foundational values of Evangelicalism.Read More

HCC reports stolen items valued at $90

April 20, 2016 |


On April 7, it was discovered that a PreSonus audio box had been stolen from the vocal booth in the Multimedia Editing Lab on the bottom floor of the Hurley Convergence Center. This item, which is used to connect a microphone to a computer, is valued at about $90.Read More

UMW revises guidelines for fossil fuel companies, becomes first Virginia university to commit to divestment

April 15, 2016 | 3


DivestUMW said on its Facebook page that their presence in the Board of Visitors meeting Friday morning may be the last demonstration the student group ever holds.

They may be right.

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Panama papers create international scrutiny, interest among students

April 14, 2016 |


Over several months, beginning in early 2015, an anonymous source called John Doe has gradually leaked over 10 million documents to the German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung. These documents contain information on more than 200,000 offshore banks, many of which were connected to the Panama law firm, Mossack Fonseca.Read More

UMW’s event a “MOVE” in the right direction

April 14, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington housed prospective students from Friday, April 8 to Saturday, April 9 as a part of its MOVE (Multicultural Overnight Visit Experience) initiative. The program focuses on broadening the diversity on campus and pairs a visiting student with an enrolled student. The visiting student stayed the night with the enrolled student in their residence hall as well as attended classes and campus activities with them for the majority of the day.
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UMW’s ecology club travels to West Virginia, discovers heart of coal scandal

April 14, 2016 |


Former employee of Massey Energy, Junior Walk spoke out about the harrowing effects of the coal companies on his friends, family and his mountains. Massey Energy is a coal company that was bought out by Alpha Natural Resources after Massey Energy was involved with several scandals.Read More

Guiness World Records attempt falls short, attendance struggles

April 14, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington’s students, staff, faculty and community members came together to attempt breaking a world record to honor retiring President Hurley. The goal, which was to beat the 432 pairs who hold the record for most simultaneous jumping high-fives, fell short with only 198 pairs participating. Guinness World Records was present at the event to make it an official attempt.
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Drug epidemic addressed by President Obama

April 14, 2016 |


President Obama upped his efforts to confront what has now become a national epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse on March 29. At the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Obama met with individuals in recovery, family members, medical and law enforcement officials to further escalate the fight against this drug abuse. Obama’s involvement in the summit was to tackle a problem that many of his critics say he left out over the course of his presidency.Read More

UMW makes official definition of administration available to students

April 7, 2016 |


Earlier this semester at a Student Government Association meeting, vice president for Administration & Finance & CFO Rick Pearce, along with executive director of Budget Financial Analysis Paul Messplay, explained to students that tuition prices might rise in the next coming year.Read More

Congressman Rob Wittman visits UMW, discusses global issues

April 7, 2016 |


Congressman Rob Wittman discusses global and national issues with students When most people think of what politicians do, they might imagine politicians in suits, giving signatures in a professional-looking office.Read More

Sexual assault awareness month begins at UMW

April 7, 2016 |


Throughout the month of April, the University of Mary Washington will be hosting events observing Sexual Assault Awareness Month. These events will be open to the entire UMW community to promote awareness and educate the student body, as well as “shatter the silence,” the event’s motto, within the community.Read More

Autism Awareness Month observed at UMW, draws controversy from campus groups

April 6, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington kicked off Autism Awareness Month on April 2 with the lighting of a tree on Ball Circle in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day.Read More

Report of divestment released; BOV to decide on divestment in April meeting

April 6, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington President’s Council on Sustainability released an official report that recommends a 99 percent divestment from fossil fuels. Because of the report, the Board of Visitors has an obligation to make a decision on the issue in their next public board meeting on April 15 and 16.Read More

Hammock accident spurs new guidelines

March 31, 2016 |


The hammock trend that has become popular among universities across the nation has recently had a negative effect for the University of Mary Washington. A student was seriously injured on the evening of March 15 when a column fell on top of her at the amphitheater. The accident happened when she slung her hammock between a pillar and a tree, which sticks out of the platform.Read More