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The Blue & Gray Press | August 16, 2018

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Mold issues cause concern

April 26, 2018 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES & LINDSEY BROWN

Contributing Writer & Senior Writer

From January 2017 to March 2018, the UMW maintenance department received 47 reports of mold and mildew in various campus buildings, according to work orders obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.Read More

UMW community members express concern over potential parking changes

April 26, 2018 |

By CAMERON ASHLEY

Staff Writer

On Apr. 17, the representatives of Fredericksburg City’s Parking Advisory Committee held an open forum for members of the UMW community to express their concerns about a new potential parking plan.Read More

Students for Leadership and Social Justice group call for change to downtown slave post plaque

April 26, 2018 |

By KELSEY SHEFFER

Staff Writer

On Apr. 11, UMW students attended a forum about the slave post located in Downtown Fredericksburg.Read More

The little non-profit with the big job: RCASA provides resources for local women

April 26, 2018 |

By ES HETHCOX

Contributing Writer

Tacked up on bulletin boards across the University of Mary Washington campus are brochures displaying a sketched tree with teal ribbons hanging from the branches.Read More

Dr. Sudhir Nagaraja leaves Talley Center

April 26, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER

News Editor

Dr. Sughir Nagaraja’s last day at the Talley Center was Wednesday, Apr. 18. After five years as the university’s contracted consulting psychiatrist, he says that UMW can and should do more to prioritize mental health.Read More

Students and faculty question no-mace policy

April 19, 2018 |

By ES HETHCOX & MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

Online Editor & News Editor

Flipping through a University of Mary Washington student handbook or reading through forbidden items in residence halls, students can find a list of forbidden items including: drugs, fireworks, and … Read More

UMW Gallery Shares Portraits by Annemie Wolf

April 19, 2018 |

By ARIANA BARRETT

Staff Writer

Walking through the UMW gallery, you’ll see many faces plastered on the walls.Read More

President Paino presents proposed 2018-2019 budget

April 19, 2018 |

By HANNAH ROTHWELL

Staff Writer

On Wednesday, April 11 as a part of the “Can We Talk” student forums, President Paino presented his proposed budget for the 2018-2019 school year to gauge student reactions to proposed tuition increases.Read More

College of Arts and Sciences welcomes Dean Mellinger

April 19, 2018 |

By HANNAH GALEONE

Senior Writer

Keith Mellinger, after serving as the interim dean since June 2017, was named the permanent dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.Read More

Student Government Association embraces changes for next year

April 19, 2018 |

By T’KEYAH JONES

Staff Writer

Recently, the Student Government Association (SGA), held elections to determine their new cabinet for the upcoming school year.Read More

Students voice concerns over FERPA policy

April 12, 2018 |

By LAURA TAYLOR 

Staff Writer

In the past two years, the dean of the UMW College of Business has received 12 student complaints about their professors according to a Freedom of Information Act request.Read More

Technical difficulties with UMW’s online housing system

April 12, 2018 |

By EMILY ROSSI

Staff Writer

During the week of March 19, the UMW online housing system ran into many technical difficulties, leaving students stuck in rooms they didn’t ask for, with people they did not know. Read More

Zen garden being constructed at UMW

April 12, 2018 |

By SARAH GOODNOUGH

Senior Writer

Over the first weekend of April, Gardens Unlimited Bonsai Nursery, the design team working on UMW’s Zen garden, solved a major drainage issue to prevent rainwater from washing down into the amphitheater construction area. Read More

Students question plans for Willard Hall

April 12, 2018 |

By HANNA LUGO 

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington is home to 18 residence halls, but only 17 are currently in use. Willard Hall was shut down for renovation because of a steam pipe burst over the summer of 2017.Read More

Dr. Stephen Farnsworth on modern presidency

April 12, 2018 |

By RACHEL MANNING

Staff Writer 

This spring, presidential scholar and University of Mary Washington professor Dr. Stephen Farnsworth published a book titled  “Presidential Communication and Character: White House News Management from Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump.” Read More

Athletics departments lets go of Ken Tyler

April 12, 2018 |

By OLIVIA TAYLOR 

Staff Writer

It was announced on March 30 that Ken Tyler, University of Mary Washington athletic director, will not be continuing on in the position. Tyler was informed that his contract that expires in June would not be renewed.Read More

Students and Professors share in the Jail n’ Bail fundraiser

April 12, 2018 |

By TREVOR YOUNG 

Staff Writer

Most students are probably familiar with UMW Relay for Life, an organization that supports the American Cancer Society, but many might not know of their yearly fundraiser Jail n’ Bail. As the name suggests, the fundraiser involves having faculty members and students wait in jail until their bail is placed. In this case, their bail is simply their fundraising goal.Read More

Why some students take a greater leap towards success even after receiving a higher education

April 12, 2018 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

Contributing Writer

Patrick Tompkins, a Rappahannock Scholar and advisory board member for the program, knew from a young age that he wanted to go to college to live out his mother’s dream.Read More

Erin Hopkins: UMW’s first Confidential Victims’ advocate

April 5, 2018 |

By RACHEL MANNING 

Staff Writer

This year, Erin Hopkins joined the University of Mary Washington as the university’s first Confidential Victims’ advocate. She became interested in Mary Washington after UMW received a grant from Department of Justice’s Office of Violence against Women in 2016.Read More

Open dialogue sparked between students and administration

April 5, 2018 |

By JACK POLLARD 

Staff Writer

On March 27 in Chandler Ballroom a man introduced himself as Malcolm Holmes, the Director of University Relations and Communications. Beside him is sat Dr. Nina Mikhalevsky, the Provost of the University, and across the room is Chief Michael Hall, of the University Police. Read More

Parking changes continue due to construction

April 5, 2018 |

by LAURA TAYLOR 

Staff Writer

On Tuesday March 27 UMW Parking Management began to prepare for the renovation of Willard Hall by closing the faculty and staff parking lot behind Monroe Hall. The UMW faculty were notified of its closure sometime around March 13.Read More

Predicted tuition increase causes worry for students

April 5, 2018 |

By MILEN MEHARI 

Staff Writer

Recently the University of Mary Washington released the 2018-2019 estimated cost of attendance on the Financial Aid website, and the prices have appeared to increase.Read More

SGA’s Diversity Unity and Coordinating Committee

April 4, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER 

Staff Writer

Sophomore Rahima Morshed, the incoming chair of SGA’s Diversity Unity and Coordinating Committee, has high hopes for the coming semester.Read More

UMW’s console living room

March 29, 2018 |

By SARAH GOODNOUGH 

Staff Writer

On the fourth floor of UMW’s Hurley Convergence Center, there is a corner that looks like a portal to the past. Stacks of old video games, ranging from Rush to Super Mario, bear notes indicating which student is mid-play.Read More

Questions over why seniors don’t get priority with Spring Formal tickets

March 29, 2018 |

By JESSIE WHITMER

Staff Writer

After spring formal tickets sold out, discussion on whether or not seniors should have priority over the tickets began. Many students, primarily seniors, expressed disappointment over not being able to have bought a ticket this year. Read More

ODR changes policy to allow pigs and miniature horses as service animals

March 29, 2018 |

By LAUREN CLOSS
Life Editor 

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. Read More

Administration orders rock removal

March 29, 2018 |

By ES HETHCOX

Online Editor

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.Read More

“Liberated” on the UMW Campus

March 29, 2018 |

By RACHEL MARTIN

Staff Writer 

On Thursday, March 22, a group of students and members of the Fredericksburg community gathered in the Digital Auditorium of the Hurley Convergence Center to watch the documentary “Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution.”Read More

UMW students spend time in the world of the K’iche people

March 22, 2018 |

By RACHEL MANNING

Staff Writer

Over this past spring break, 17 students from Dr. Dawn Bowen’s GEOG 360E class took a trip to Guatemala. There, they learned about conservation of cloud forests and the culture of the K’iche people.Read More

The future of ASL at UMW

March 22, 2018 |

By GABRIELA GARCIA

Staff Writer

The idea that the University of Mary Washington begin offering American Sign Language (ASL) courses through the Modern Language Department and have these courses count towards the Modern Language Requirement was mentioned during the University Faculty Committee meeting on February 28, 2018, however, it has not been made as a formal request at this time.Read More