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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

WMWC radio station gives out CDs on campus, raises club awareness

October 27, 2016 | 1

By ZACHARY WOHLEKING

Unknown to much of the school population, UMW has a radio station called WMWC, which boasts a plethora of interesting and enjoyable programs. They recently have been doing free giveaways on campus walk to increase awareness of the club and de-clutter the station. The station was seen giving out free CDs on Oct. 12, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in front of Lee Hall and has similar events planned for the future.Read More

There’s more to rent from the HCC than you probably know

October 27, 2016 |

By SHYAN MURPHY

In college, many students run into the problem of not having the proper equipment for a specific project, whether it be for a class assignment or out of personal interest. The University of Mary Washington offers rentals for various pieces of digital equipment such as audio recorders, video cameras, DSLR cameras, GoPros, video game consoles, laptops, microphones and many other items.Read More

The annual “Big Ash Bonfire” hit Jefferson Square and did not disappoint

October 27, 2016 |

By VALARIE GIBSON

After fall break on Wednesday evening, students crowded Campus Walk, all heading towards Jefferson Square to enjoy the warmth of the fire and the benefits of free food. The fire burned bright in the middle of the grass.Read More

Kyle Ragsdale gives students tips to get ahead in the business world

October 26, 2016 |

By ELISE ADAMS

On Thursday, Oct. 20, Kyle Ragsdale, the Executive Vice President for the Chief Marketing Officer at Billy Casper Golf, came to speak in the Digital Auditorium of the Hurley Convergence Center.Read More

Seacobeck Hall to undergo renovations following UMW’s six-year plan

October 13, 2016 |

By SHAWNYA PETERSON

Seacobeck Hall has been an integral part of the University of Mary Washington since its doors opened in 1931. As UMW’s primary dining hall, generations of students have passed through its doors, and it is home to countless fond memories for thousands of students. For the past year, however, it has remained desolate with no students or faculty using its facilities.Read More

“Creepy Clowns” phenomenon spreads

October 13, 2016 |

By CAITLIN WILLIAMS

Clowns are normally the face of Halloween and circus acts. Recently, however, in Fredericksburg and on the University of Mary Washington campus, creepy clowns have become the face of threats.Read More

UMW hosts Podius debate on media bias, invite distinguished California professor

October 12, 2016 |

By IZZY BRIONES

Talk of sugar daddies, junk food and Thomas Jefferson were just a few of the courses that Monday night’s debate took. The audience pondered and questioned these points among others, while staring at their phone screens and texting.Read More

Goolrick gym faces issues with “townies” using its facilities

October 12, 2016 |

By JONATHON MYERS

“Townies,” or residents of the local area who are not enrolled at the University of Mary Washington, have been playing basketball at the Goolrick gyms and interrupting team practices, in some cases some even refuse to leave when told. The thought that complete strangers can wander onto campus at their leisure and use our facilities is a scary reality to some.Read More

Short staffing and budgeting take toll on UMW Talley Center

October 5, 2016 | 1

By COLLEEN COSGRIFF

The University of Mary Washington’s mental health center, the Talley Center, has struggled to meet the increasing demand from UMW students for services due to their limited staff and budgetary issues, and often try to connect students to off-campus providers due to short staffing or severity of needs.

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Some students desire more smoking spots on campus

October 5, 2016 | 1

By MEAGHAN MACINTYRE

On Wednesday Sept. 14, student senator and head of the constitutional cabinet Charbel Marche proposed to student senate of the need to increase the number of smoking spots on campus.

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Commuter Student Lounge proves too small for hang-out spot

October 5, 2016 |

By YOUSEF NASSER

Commuter students at the University of Mary Washington see drawbacks with the Commuter Student Lounge that prevent it from being a more widely used resource.Read More

UMW donates artifact to the new African American History and Culture museum in D.C.

October 5, 2016 |

By SADIE ROBERTS

African American history is American history, and the University of Mary Washington highlighted just how important this history is by its recent donation to The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened Saturday, Sept. 24.Read More

Political sociology class focuses its’ efforts on renaming Jefferson Davis Highway

September 29, 2016 | 13

By ANAHI VIDOVICH

University of Mary Washington students are all familiar with Jefferson Davis Highway, the road that leads to campus, Mary Washington Hospital and even Carl’s. Students walk over it to get to Giant, Eagle Landing and Home Team Grill but many students do not know the origin of its name. Students in the Political Sociology Class want to change that.

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Wasting MyTime: Student employee clocking service causes issues

September 29, 2016 |

By JESSE JONES

While away at college many students discover that they must find the balance between their schoolwork and free time. When it comes to having fun they must use it responsibly. Using their time responsibly can come in many forms such as doing homework and studying. However, for many students their free time is dedicated to working, in attempts to pay off their college tuition.Read More

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

September 28, 2016 | 3

By ESTER SALGUERO & IZZY BRIONES

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 |

By VIRGINIA BIXBY

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 |

By KELLY O’GRADY

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

By ESTER SALGUERO & IZZY BRIONES

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 |

By REBECCA MELSON

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 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

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