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By LAUREN CLOSS
Service animals can be a life-saving resource for individuals with disabilities. While knowledge and awareness of service dogs has improved immensely in recent years, very few public places allow other types of service animals that can be equally beneficial.
By ES HETHCOX
On the night of March 26 Student Activities and Engagements announced that UMW administration has made plans to remove the Spirit Rock. The rock is currently scheduled to be removed on April 2. Campus Police will accompany the removal crew in case of student protest.
By RYAN BRAUCH
On Monday Mar. 26, personal information of University of Mary Washington President Troy Paino was leaked to the entire faculty and staff of Mary Washington campus. An anonymous student hacker was able to gain access to Paino’s email account in which they discovered Paino’s mixtape and numerous personal pictures, such as Paino in the bathtub, amongst others sent to his wife Kelly Paino.
By GRACE HOWIE
“Was it me or was it you?” is one of the simplest questions asked by British singer-songwriter Lucy Rose on her most recent album, “Something’s Changing,” released July of 2017.
By ALICEN HACKNEY
This semester the Mary Washington Baseball Team has been hard at work with more games than any previous season and already busy student schedules.
By T’KEYAH JONES
It’s that time of year again, March Madness. It is one of the most exciting times of year for college basketball fans, as they watch to see what teams advance through the NCAA tournament and head to the finals.
By ALEXIS ZIRPMOULIS
On Thursday, Mar. 15, the University of Mary Washington’s women’s lacrosse team was defeated by first-ranked Gettysburg College with the final score ending with 12-4. The tough loss against Gettysburg College sadly broke Mary Washington’s seven game winning streak, forcing the University of Mary Washington to currently fall 7-1 for the season.
By KELSEY SHEFFER
The sixteenth nationally ranked UMW women’s Tennis team lost their six game win streak during their first home game since arriving back from California. The beginning of the season has been the strongest the women’s team has seen in years; however, once the team returned home to play MIT on Friday, disaster would strike leaving the team with a 6-3 loss in every game of the weekend.
By SHACOBE JOHNSON
The upcoming NFL offseason is geared up to be a chaotic one. Coming off arguably one of the most exciting Super Bowls of all time, late February through early March is usually a mundane time period. Luckily, NFL fans have been treated to a lot of drama. Starting with the Chiefs moving on from quarterback Alex Smith and cornerback Marcus Peters. Both moves were shocking and came out of nowhere.
By KELLY EVANS
When the Washington Nationals announced the release of former manager Dusty Baker in Oct. 2017, many fans were left sad, confused, and even a few happy. Within his two year contract with the Nationals, Baker lead the team to two NL East titles with 97 wins in the 2017 season. However, that was not enough for a city who’s seen that title many times before with no following of a World Series win or even a play-offs win.
By ELIZABETH DEVINE
Every year, the coaches of UMW’s varsity teams recruit student athletes from all over the country. As a member of NCAA Division III, Mary Washington “does not offer athletic scholarships nor do they utilize the National Letter of Intent program,” according to the UMW Eagles website. Despite these restrictions, UMW’s competitive recruitment process favors well-rounded students who are passionate about the sport they play.
By TREVOR YOUNG
In this age of political and cultural tension nothing can be so refreshing than to come together and celebrate the achievements of the extraordinary individual. Let this be the case for Jeffrey Leckrone, a UMW swimmer, whose qualification for the NCAA Championship in Indianapolis is a major achievement. Being the only swimmer from Mary Washington representing the school at NCAA is not easy, but Leckrone is determined and prepared. His coach, Abby Brethauer, expressed her pride in Leckrone’s work ethic and zeal.
By MACKENZIE HARD
This weekend the baseball team went up against Montclair State University for their season opening. There were four games throughout the weekend with the Eagles coming out even, winning two out of the four games.
By KELLY LEHMANN
In the 2016-17 NHL season, the Nashville Predators went to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history, and faced the returning champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. After six exciting games, the Predators lost to the Penguins, leaving many disheartened and disappointed. One key player for Nashville, Mike Fisher, the team’s captain throughout the season. After reflecting on the tough loss at the end of a historical season for the franchise, Fisher evaluated his career and his personal life, which led to the difficult decision of retirement.
By ZACH WOHLEKING
The NBA All-Star break always brings entertainment for hardcore and casual fans alike. This year in Los Angeles, All-Star weekend did not fail to disappoint us, as the NBA continues to find new ways to make the same events exciting.
By KOTY BOWEN
On Wednesday Feb. 21, the UMW women’s lacrosse team faced off against Shenandoah Hornets. The UMW Eagles, who rank seventeenth in the nation for Women’s Lacrosse, would prove why they sit in such a high rank.
By MACKENZIE MCCOTTER
As the swimming season winds down, the University of Mary Washington mens and womens swim teams wait in anticipation for the annual CAC Swim Championship at St. Mary’s College in Maryland. Currently, the men’s swim team is second in the Capital Athletic Conference, only one loss behind York College of Pennsylvania. The women’s team is number one in the conference, leading with a perfect record of 5-0. The CAC Championship meet is Feb. 23-25, with all teams competing against each other before the NCAA Championships at the end of March.
BY GEMMA SPICKA-PROFFIT
On Feb. 8, Kendall Parker became one of the few athletes to score 1,000 career points for the UMW basketball program. The game was against Wesley College and Parker was able to provide 16 points to UMW’s win.
By JOSH STALEY
On Saturday Feb. 17, The University of Mary Washington men’s lacrosse team went face to face with Shenandoah University in their third game of the season. UMW improved to 2-1 after this exciting game at the Battleground Complex.
By SARAH BOND
In the world of sports, rivalries are an integral part of the competitive nature which drives fans to stadiums and arenas. The opportunity to watch your favorite team defeat their rivals and have bragging rights is an experience that many sports fans look forward to. Specifically, on college campuses, rivalries with other colleges is an important part of one’s college experience. At the University of Mary Washington, the presence of a sports rivalry is unclear.
By HANNAH ROTHWELL
The Winter Olympics can seem hard to understand at times. The summer sports are more accessible and well known. Most of us have swam at some point or played a quick game of beach volleyball. That accessibility means that most Americans are pretty familiar with the summer games, but the winter games are a different story.
By GABRIELLA GARCIA
Off season for the University of Mary Washington Men’s Rowing team is coming to a close as they prepare for the Erg Sprints on Saturday, February 24. According to first-year student, John Wray, they are well prepared and ready to do their best.