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Students fight to get necessary classes during registration

November 12, 2015 |

By KELLY EMMRICH

Every semester the sound of heartbreak can be heard campus-wide as students watch their coveted classes fill up. Most juniors, seniors, honor students and students with disabilities have an advantage over underclassmen because they are permitted to register earlier. Rarely can sophomores and freshmen get into all of the classes that they want or need for general education requirements, majors and electives.Read More

UMW GIVE Campaign provides chance for student projects to receive recognition, funds

November 12, 2015 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

What is the University of Mary Washington’s GIVE Campaign? The crowd-funding website, sponsored by the Office of Annual Giving, sends details of student projects to more than 40,000 alumni, parents and other students, who can give directly to the projects on the website. In many ways, the website is similar to more popular crowd-funding website such as Kickstarter and GoFundMe, except they directly affect UMW students.Read More

DivestUMW takes climate change awareness to D.C.

November 11, 2015 |

By LYNSY SPROUSE

Race, climate justice and immigration are more connected than people may think, particularly for members of DivestUMW, who took their latest action in spreading awareness about climate change on Monday.Read More

Bhangra Beat participates in statewide competition for its 11th year

November 11, 2015 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

The International Living Community hosted the University of Mary Washington’s anticipated 2015 Bhangra Beat on Friday Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Center. Ten minutes before the show and the crowd was already pumped with Punjabi music mixes. One particular song even included some of N.W.A’s unique songs.Read More

Large donation to Chemistry Department raises hope for department’s future

November 5, 2015 |

By ARIANA BARRETT

The University of Mary Washington’s Chemistry department recently received a large donation from Mrs. Erminia Ubaldi Daspit’s estate sale and its destiny is yet to be determined. Daspit’s gift to the university was given to the chemistry department in honor of her undergraduate degree in chemistry during her years at UMW. Daspit passed away in April, 2015 and wanted a portion of the profits from her estate sale to be given to the university in memorial of her graduating class of 1949.Read More

UMW transfer students struggle to find financial aid

November 5, 2015 |

By LYNSY SPROUSE

Although they look like other sophomores, juniors and seniors, the University of Mary Washington’s transfer students may face different problems than most students at the university. Transfer students may feel that they are expected to know the intricacies of the university, adjust to a different workload and make friends, although they may struggle with feeling like an outsider in the UMW environment.Read More

UMW police plans to increase safety measures, improve interaction with students

November 5, 2015 |

By CAITLIN WILLIAMS

As college communities nationwide respond to a spate of recent school shootings, UMW Police Chief Mike Hall is working to improve safety on our UMW campus. The main focus of his plan includes the building of interactions between students and the police force. “There is always room for improvement when it comes to the safety of the community,” Hall said. “We are always looking for new ways to do things.”Read More

New living situation brings benefits, challenges to UMW freshmen

November 5, 2015 |

By RACHEL MANNING

New to the University of Mary Washington in 2015, freshmen are required to live with their Freshman Seminar, FSEM, classmates. The living arrangement is similar to the Living Learning Communities, LLCs, except that students were able to opt-out of an LLC. With this new program, each student must be assigned to a FSEM housing group.Read More

UMW changes things up with this year’s STOP Hunger Food Drive

November 2, 2015 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

Sodexo is mixing things up with their annual “Stop Hunger” food drive this year with the inclusion of a residence hall competition. The drive, beginning Friday, Nov. 6 and lasting until Friday, Nov. 13, aims to raise 25,000 pounds of food that will go to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.Read More

Wes Hillyard, UMW alum, takes the helm as new Academic Services director

October 29, 2015 |

By SARAH GRAMMER

On Oct 12, 2015 new Director of Academic Services, R. Wesley Hillyard III, began his first day back at the University of Mary Washington after graduating from the institution in 2005. So far Hillyard is still adjusting to the position, and goals for the future of the department are not being discussed other than its split into two departments.Read More

UMW Debate Team and British National Team face off during debate

October 29, 2015 |

By HANNAH GALEONE

Last Wednesday on Oct 21, the UMW Debate Team hosted the British National Team and went head-to-head in a heated competition in Monroe Hall Room 116. The event was part of the 2015 British Debate Tour and sponsored by both the National Communication Association and the Committee on International Discussion and Debate (CIDD).
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Black mold puts damper on Alvey Hall residents, causes concern

October 29, 2015 |

By KELLY EMMRICH

Leaving the air vent on in the bathroom, scrubbing mold from the shower and possibly dealing with symptoms similar to seasonal allergies or the common cold are among the issues that residents of Alvey Hall collectively experience.Read More

#UMWSocial offers a closer look at UMW social media sites

October 27, 2015 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

Social media is a vital part of millennials’ lives and their college experience. Understanding Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can make communication all the easier, and could be a useful tool in the workplace after graduation. As social media affects students, faculty and administration, one group is looking to bring all three together and use social media to thrust UMW into the cyber world.Read More

Changes proposed for military students, divest supporters

October 27, 2015 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

The University Faculty Council and the Board of Visitors Executive Committee met on Thursday, Oct 22, to discuss several topics which directly relate to the student body.The council’s reports to the BOV are hardly new, but the meeting between the BOV Executive Committee and the other officials of the University Faculty Council outside of Rao only takes place once a semester.
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Title IX investigation begins at UMW following complaint in May

October 27, 2015 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

The University of Mary Washington has become one of more than 124 secondary institutions that are under investigation by The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, OCR, for Title IX violations.Read More

UMW announces 2016 lineup for Great Lives lectures

October 22, 2015 |

EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

Taking place from Jan.14 to April 14, the Chappell Great Lives Series offers various figures that are meant to draw interests from students and members of the Fredericksburg community. Water laps the shore of the Galapagos Islands as Charles Darwin conducts indelible research that opens centuries of new research and theories in the scientific community.Read More

José Carreras and UMW Philharmonic craft groundbreaking performance

October 22, 2015 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

World-renown tenor, José Carreras, made one stop in the United States this weekend to perform with the 75 members of the UMW Philharmonic.The singer and orchestra performed at the Anderson Center on Saturday night, playing 18 songs. Carreras performed in 11 of the songs, sharing the stage with the orchestra and Irish Soprano Celine Byrne.Read More

2015 Homecoming promises something for all students

October 22, 2015 |

EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH & ESTER SALGUERO

The events for this year’s homecoming are squished within this week and include the UMW athletic games proceeding over the weekend, a BBQ on Ball Circle and a photo contest spread throughout relying heavily on student interaction.
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UMW community mourns loss of Art professor JeanAnn Dabb

October 22, 2015 |

By SARAH GRAMMER

After almost a decade of battling cancer, Art History Professor JeanAnne Dabb passed away Tuesday morning, leaving behind a swarm of dear friends, family, colleagues, and students.Dabb was welcomed into UMW’s Art and Art History department in 1992, after she graduated from the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in Art History.Read More

Two local Virginia bands serenade Ball Circle at Rockobterfest

October 21, 2015 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

On the brisk afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 17, the Campus Programming Board collaborated with the Class Council to introduce two bands for this year’s Rocktoberfest. One of which, Virginia Man, an unconventional Indie Folk band, made their debut on Ball Circle.Read More

Students and faculty make most of Mindfulness Week

October 1, 2015 |

By ESTER SALGUERO & EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

This week, the University of Mary Washington is highlighting the importance of living in the moment by hosting Mindfulness Week.Read More

Alum, author Kristen Green addresses racism during book talk

October 1, 2015 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

Kristen Green, author of newly released “Something Must be Done about Prince Edward County” and University of Mary Washington graduate of the class of ’95, spoke about the extent people will go to maintain prejudice during a talk given in the Hurley Center’s Digital Auditorium last MondayRead More

UMW students and faculty discuss John Boehner’s resignation

October 1, 2015 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

Students and faculty are discussing the future of the Republican’s influence in the House of Representatives following Speaker of the House John Boehner’s announcement, on Sept. 25, that he would be resigning his position in Congress at the end of October.Read More

ELC department unveils The Source

October 1, 2015 |

By ANDREW PETTERSON

Since 2005, the University of Mary Washington has gathered with faculty to share ideas, known as the Social Research Colloquium. The group organizes monthly meetings for faculty to meet, discuss and present their research to one another. Topics presented are meant to expand the arts, social sciences, humanities and business education.Read More

UMW walks to end Alzheimer’s

September 30, 2015 |

By LYNSY SPROUSE

Despite the rainy forecast, approximately 200 participants dressed in purple gathered on Jefferson Square at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday for the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
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Administration, students and public figures come together for University Center dedication

September 24, 2015 |

By DAVID CONCEPCION

President Hurley and the Board of Visitors gathered Thursday, Sept. 17 to celebrate and dedicate the opening of the University Center, the newly constructed $43.4 million building, on Ball Circle.Read More

UMW Dining Services and Student Senate meet to discuss dining hours

September 24, 2015 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

Leaders from UMW Dining Services met with the Student Senate on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the first floor lecture room of Monroe Hall to receive feedback and provide additional information regarding the recent changes in University Dining.Read More

UMW embraces Latino culture in Latino Identities Month celebration

September 24, 2015 |

By RACHEL MANNING

From Sept. 15 through Oct. 8, the University of Mary Washington will be holding its annual Latino Identities Month to celebrate Latino culture and heritage. This year, the organizers are trying to expand the activities so as to reach an even wider audience.Read More

Son of BOV member commits murder-suicide, abducts wife

September 24, 2015 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

Spotsylvania resident and son of a University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors member Todd Houck fatally shot a man at a motel in Bowling Green County Tuesday morning. The man who was killed, Jeremy Gift, 36, was reported to be the boyfriend of Houck’s wife, according to officials.Read More

ITCC to be renamed after President Hurley

September 24, 2015 |

By SARAH GRAMMER

On Thursday Sept. 17, the University of Mary Washington revealed via email it would be renaming the Information and Technology Convergence Center (ITCC) in honor of President Richard V. Hurley.Read More