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UMW’s graduate school programs receive upsurge in enrollment

February 4, 2016 |

By SARA TILLEY

The University of Mary Washington enrolled its largest spring graduate school class since 2011 after the Board of Visitors unanimously approved the master’s of business administration GMAT/GRE waiver in November.Read More

Tuition, room and board expected to rise for students next semester

February 4, 2016 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

An increase in tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students at the University of Mary Washington among other expenses is projected to take place at the beginning of the 2016-2017 fiscal year, according to an announcement made by Paul Messplay, executive director of budget financial analysis and Rick Pearce, vice president for administration and finance.Read More

Cruz takes home Iowa Caucus victory, Sanders gives Clinton run for her money

February 4, 2016 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

Some might have not expected Texas senator Ted Cruz to nab the majority of Iowa voters or for former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders to come neck and neck with a near half-split of votes.Read More

Virginia Tech cross country runner prime suspect in murder of 13-year-old girl

February 4, 2016 |

By SARAH GRAMMER

The community of Virginia Tech was shaken last week when they learned that two of their own have been accused in the murder of 13-year-old Nicole Madison Lovell. Freshman cross country star, David Eisenhauser, 18, is suspected to have abducted and murdered Lovell.Read More

Man arrested for break-in at Arrington Hall over Thanksgiving weekend

February 3, 2016 |

By SARAH GRAMMER, EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH & CAITLIN WILLIAMS

UMW Campus Police Lieutenant Bill Gill visited residents of the Alvey/Arrington community on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. and discussed a break-in that happened in Arrington Hall over Thanksgiving break, along with other issues related to UMW Police. Gill talked with approximately 20 students in Arrington Hall about their concerns with the UMW police department during the meeting.Read More

Return of post and chain fence at Ball Circle raises questions among students

January 28, 2016 |

By NICCO BARATTO

Students this semester may have noticed something different about Ball Circle. A post-and- chain fence, which now wraps the outer edges of the lawn, was reinstalled by Facilities Services as a preventative measure to protect the lawn from damage the circle underwent last semester. Read More

Islamic Student Association hosts meeting to discuss misconceptions surrounding religion

January 28, 2016 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

The Islamic Student Association at the University of Mary Washington wants to set the record straight. The group, which has between 15 and 20 members, will be hosting an open discussion on Monday, Feb. 1 titled “The Truth about Islam: Open Discussion on Terrorism, Human Rights and Islam.” The Arab Culture Club and the Office of the Dean will also sponsor the discussion. The event will be held in the Chandler Ballroom and will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 Read More

Recyclemania competition returns to UMW this semester

January 28, 2016 |

By JOSEPH YEAGER

This semester, the University of Mary Washington is once again taking part in the upcoming RecycleMania competition.This competition has been an annual event since 2009 and is familiar to most students. Schools from all across the United States and Canada take part in the RecycleMania competition, usually beginning in late winter and ending in the spring. Schools compete by recycling the most materials based on a number of different categories, including the most per capita basis, which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools produce the least amount of combined trash and recycling.Read More

Swim teams travel to Puerto Rico to train, relax, tan

January 28, 2016 |

By MICKEY BARÑES

This year, the University of Mary Washington men’s and women’s swimming programs traveled to Puerto Rico on Dec. 31 for the sixth straight year, the first time coming in 2010-11. The trip served as bonding time for the two programs, as team chemistry has proved vital to the most successful teams in UMW sports history. It wasalso a means of training for the long season the team has ahead.Read More

Club Sport Spotlight: Cheer

January 28, 2016 |

By PATRICIA YATES

The University of Mary Washington Cheer team hopes to compete in Reach the Beach competition again this year in April in Ocean City, Maryland after placing third in their division last year. Since last April, the team has nearly doubled in size and would put them into a different division this year. Last year they competed in the small collegiate division and this year might be competing in the large collegiate division.Read More

Men’s and women’s basketball going in different directions headed to CAC tournament

January 27, 2016 |

By MICKEY BARNES

The 2015-16 season has brought many up and down moments for the University of Mary Washington men’s and women’s basketball programs. As the CAC tournament approaches, the teams have progressed skillfully and in the ways of team chemistry, creating optimism for the remainder of the season.Read More

The unsung heroes of the UMW snow crisis

January 26, 2016 |

By ETHAN TOBIN

Students across the University of Mary Washington’s witnessed the first snowflakes of the long- anticipated Winter Storm Jonas, which began on Friday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. and lasted through early Sunday morning, dumping an estimated 18 inches of snow accumulation and ice, leaving campus closed Friday through Tuesday.Read More

UMW honors two faculty, student who passed away

January 21, 2016 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

University of Mary Washington students and faculty have come together to honor two faculty members and a student who passed away the previous semester and over winter break.Read More

Newly renovated Mercer and Woodard Halls open to students

January 21, 2016 |

By REBECA MURPHY

A new year brought with it new homes for two of the University of Mary Washington’s largest departments. Both the College of Business and the Department of Psychological Science began the spring semester officially moved into newly renovated Woodard and Mercer Halls.Read More

Former UMW sergeant arrested for sexual assault

January 19, 2016 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

William Somers, former sergeant on the University of Mary Washington’s police force and Lexi Coleman, the victim of an alleged sexual assault reported in December, were both present at the Fredericksburg General District preliminary hearing on Thursday Jan. 14. Judge John Stevens assessed that the case should be sent to circuit court, according to The Free-Lance Star. Read More

Campus dining offering new features to freshman meal plan

January 19, 2016 |

By SARAH GRAMMER

Having heard student comments last semester, Campus Dining at the University of Mary Washington has made changes to its “Anytime Dining” meal plans. Freshman students, who are required to purchase the “Anytime Dining” meal plan, had many complaints about the plan because their meals could only be spent in the UMW Dining Hall. This semester, Campus Dining is allotting “Anytime Dining” students up to 30 meals a semester to use at any on campus retail location.Read More

Borrowed bike? One student experiences unusual theft over fall break

December 3, 2015 |

By IZZY BRIONES

After returning from fall break, Jamie McGuire, a freshman and secretary of the Student Senate, noticed that multiple bikes seemed to be missing from the Randolph Hall bike storage room. Following her discovery in the storage room, McGuire realized that her own bike was missing, and in response she carried out her own investigations to try and figure out what had happened while she had been away.
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UMW’s IT brings changes and progress to internet on campus

December 3, 2015 |

By ANDREW PETTERSON

Hall Cheshire, the new Chief Information Officer of the University, and one of the heads of the IT department, discussed the significant role that cloud technology will begin to play in everyday- life at UMW in the near future. Students may experience a change in their internet connection as the department of Information Technologies plans to bring a third-party cloud company aboard.Read More

Students search for the best internship as UMW’s deadline approaches

December 3, 2015 |

By CAROLINE TRABUCCO

In today’s highly competitive job market, employers are looking for candidates who are able to set themselves apart. While a high grade point average remains an important part of a student’s credentials, the question remains as to how recent college graduates are to distinguish themselves among a sea of peers.Read More

Laundry takes 25-cent hitch in price this semester, inconveniences students

December 3, 2015 |

By GLORIA KAMOLE

After coming back to school for the fall semester 2015, students were surprised to find out that the cost of washing and drying their cloths now amounts to a total of $3.50. Laundry at the University of Mary Washington used to cost $1.50 per load. As of May 2015, however, the price to operate the washer and dryer was increased to $1.75.Read More

Drop in college attendees can be attributed to lack of financial aid, online courses

December 3, 2015 |

By LAUREN TAYLOR

The next few years is expected to hold some changes in attendance for Virginia universities, according to a report by The Huffington Post and a projection detailed in The Richmond Times- Dispatch. The number of students enrolling in colleges may decrease, as is the number of students who complete their degree programs.
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Fredericksburg’s boom in business could affect UMW students

December 3, 2015 |

By ANDREW PETTERSON

Whether students have lived in Fredericksburg for 10 months or 10 years, downtown, or down Route 17, their lives have undoubtedly been impacted by the unrelenting expansion of the commercial and residential areas of the city.
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New sexual assault prevention specialist lays out plans for spring semester

November 19, 2015 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

Avina Ross’ work began when she was an undergraduate student at the College of William & Mary and heard from a friend that she was a survivor of a childhood rape.
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Students raise concern of black mold in Eagle Landing

November 19, 2015 |

By KELLY EMMRICH

The “Black mold in Alvey creates concern for its residents, staff responds with investigation and advice” article in the Oct. 29 issue of The Blue & Gray Press received a lot of attention from students, parents and administration. This caused more residents to start coming forward about their own mold stories.Read More

Heating outage reaches campus due to emergency repairs

November 19, 2015 |

By KATHERINE BARTLES

On Nov. 6, the University of Mary Washington’s Facility Services sent out a campus wide announcement that they would be shutting down the steam and condensate systems on the Fredericksburg Campus.Read More

Construction, large freshman class complicates next year’s parking arrangement

November 18, 2015 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

As the largest freshman class in the University of Mary Washington’s history finishes out their first semester, concerns of next year’s parking situation begin to spread across campus. Next year the current freshman class will be eligible to register for parking permits on campus, making the fight for parking spaces more competitive, especially with the promise of future construction.
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Area high school faces media backlash in wake of Instagram photo

November 12, 2015 |

By ARIANA BARRETT

Social media is a venue in which discussion on important issues regarding language and race can flourish and spread rapidly. In the case of two high school students who live near the University of Mary Washington, this is most definitely true. There are no exceptions, however, in what information is spread. For the two high school students this was in the form of a controversial message on the back of their t- shirts, which they shared on Instagram.Read More

UMW aids in building shelter for victims of domestic violence

November 12, 2015 |

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

Last week, administrators stood alongside students outside Lee Hall and invited students to donate new washcloths, pots, pans, high chairs, blankets and pillows while they strolled Campus Walk. Though this may seem like a strange list, the items hold a crucial purpose for the members of the UMW community.Read More

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