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The Blue & Gray Press | December 16, 2017

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Net neutrality at risk

December 7, 2017 |

By KEELY CERVANTES

Staff Writer

Recently the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has planned to place a higher price for use of the World Wide Web by getting rid of net neutrality. Net Neutrality has recently been making headlines across America, as the FCC continues to push their proposal of allowing broadband companies to control the speeds and their pricing on the internet.Read More

Sexual battery incident causes students to question campus safety

December 7, 2017 |

By MADISON PACE 

Staff Writer

On Thursday, Nov. 16, a sexual battery took place on campus in the parking lot behind the Simpson Library and Pollard Hall around 3:35 pm. According to Marty Morrison in a school-wide email, a male wearing a black sweatshirt and blue sweat pants, approached a female student and grabbed her buttocks. After she confronted the male about the situation, he told her that he was joking with her and ran towards the direction of the Eagle’s Nest located in Woodard Hall.Read More

Possible parking policy changes causes controversy

December 7, 2017 |

By JOHN JAMISON 

Staff Writer

On Nov. 14, the Fredericksburg City Council discussed and decided not to move forward with a new parking plan that would have affected the entire UMW community. The proposed plan from the City’s Parking Advisory Committee was instead sent back by the Council. Intended to take effect in January, the original plan proposed a resident permit parking system that would make the streets in the College Heights and College Terrace neighborhoods off limits to the general public including the faculty, staff and student body of UMW.Read More

Dogs and trainers bond while making a difference

December 7, 2017 |

By PAIGE WALTON 

Staff Writer

UMW’s Canine Companions for Independence club (CCI) is part of a national non-profit organization that trains dogs to assist and enhance the quality of life for people with differing disabilities. In addition to raising dogs, the UMW chapter aims to educate the general public about service dogs and increase awareness about the cause.Read More

duPont art complex to undergo renovations

December 7, 2017 |

By SARAH GOODNOUGH  

Staff Writer

Last week, UMW Provost Nina Mikhalevsky confirmed that the university is making plans to renovate Melchers, duPont and Pollard Hall. The duPont arts complex consists of Melchers Hall, Pollard Hall and DuPont Hall, which house the departments of art and art history, music, theater and dance, respectively.Read More

Where does funding go: Students weigh in on how UMW should spend their money

November 16, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON 

Senior Writer

Recently there have been concerns from students about academic funding at The University of Mary Washington, specifically surrounding the budget of individual majors within the academic colleges. According to information provided by the office of Marty Morrison, the majors with the highest funding are, in descending order, English, biology and business administration.Read More

The Switch: Students concerned about building temperatures throughout campus

November 16, 2017 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY 

Staff Writer

This fall the East Coast has seen some extreme temperatures, which means the central heating and air conditioning for UMW dorms and other on-campus buildings has left many students in a period of discomfort.Read More

The Virginia State House of Delegates election results

November 16, 2017 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES 

Senior Writer

The Virginia State House of Delegates election occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The Republican candidates won districts 28 and 88 while the Democratic candidates won the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General races.Read More

Jepson Construction causes issues for students

November 16, 2017 |

By HANNAH GALEONE 

Senior Writer

The construction work that has started of the university’s Jepson Science Center has recently caused a multitude of problems for students and faculty. Sections of College Avenue and the surrounding areas of Jepson are cloaked in industrial fabric and lined with construction cones. The renovations to the building and nearby areas are expected to continue for an approximated 18 to 24 months.Read More

Newspapers disappear throughout the UMW campus

November 9, 2017 |

By KYLEIGH COUTCHER 

Staff Writer

This year, daily issues of The New York Times and the Washington Post have disappeared from their usual stands throughout campus. Many professors and staff were confused, as they looked forward to reading the paper every morning. Mary Washington used to provide The New York Times and the Washington Post all around campus for everyone to read and those who enjoyed having these papers easily available to them around campus were confused as to why they have gone missing.Read More

UMW hosts annual residence life conference

November 9, 2017 |

By COLLEEN SULLIVAN 

Senior Writer

This year, the Virginia Association of College and University Housing Officers (VACUHO) chose the University of Mary Washington to host the annual residence life conference. Colleges and universities around Virginia visited UMW from Friday, Nov. 3, to Saturday, Nov. 4. The visitors included George Mason University, Liberty University, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, Roanoke College and many others.Read More

UMW and others unite to celebrate Balian’s birthday

November 9, 2017 |

By VICTORIA MANEVAR

Staff Writer

Over the past few weeks, the UMW community showed up in a big way for 9-year-old Balian from Western Wayne Elementary School in Indiana, who just had his ninth birthday where none of his 30 classmates attended. Dr. John Broome, associate professor for the College of Education here at UMW, heard of Balian’s story from a close friend and sent out emails to his students requesting that they make as many birthday cards as they can for Balian.Read More

Student driven project leads to construction of anemometer

November 9, 2017 |

By SHYAN MURPHY

Staff Writer

Most students who belong to the UMW community have passed by the Jepson Science Center before. This tends to be a heavily trafficked area on campus due to the science general education requirement, and several residence halls being stationed nearby. When a strange object was erected outside of Jepson, some students had questions about the new structure.Read More

Trick or Treat: UMW YAF Hosts Funeral for Halloween

November 9, 2017 |

By TESSA CATE

Managing Editor

In her office on Monday afternoon, UMW Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Juliette Landphair slid a red folder bursting with papers from her desk into her hands, dubbing it her “Free Speech Folder.” North American universities have been met with the challenge of facilitating and policing students’ rights to free speech on campus, and UMW is no exception.Read More

Candidates for VA Election offer various platforms for voters to support

November 7, 2017 |

By  ALICEN HACKNEY

Staff Writer

On Tuesday Nov. 7, polling places all around Virginia will open for the election of the state’s new governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. For many Mary Washington students this may be the first election they can participate in and for others this may be something they have done multiple times in the past.Read More

Students experience issues with cable connection in residence halls

November 2, 2017 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES

Senior Writer

The University of Mary Washington’s Student Senate recently passed a motion to work with University Services to troubleshoot and repair the cable in residential halls, however, the Student Government Association’s Executive Cabinet later denied the motion.The motion did not pass because it was based off of a few isolated incidents.Read More

Gender imbalance of admission statistics

November 2, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON 

Senior Writer

The gender imbalance at the University of Mary Washington has been a known figure since the college transitioned to a coed study body in 1972. This consistent numeral has earned UMW the name, “the University of Mostly Women.” In 2015, the incoming freshman class was 65 percent female, some students emphatically promote this data as a proud badge to wear while others are neutral in response to these numbers.Read More

Office of Title IX receives grant

November 2, 2017 |

COLLEEN SULLIVAN 

Senior Writer

The UMW Office of Title IX recently received a $300,000 grant from the Office of Violence against Women in 2016. With these funds, the Office of Title IX is working to broaden its scope on campus by holding events and diversifying their mediums of outreach to students.Read More

Annual job fair hits UMW campus

October 26, 2017 |

By OLIVIA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

The Center for Career and Professional Development hosted a fall job and internship fair for all university students on Oct. 24. The fair took place in the Chandler Ballroom of the University center. This event gave students a chance to interact with professionals from many different industries, explore various job and internship opportunities.Read More

Pokemon Go still has a place at UMW

October 26, 2017 |

By OLYMPIA JARRELL

Staff Writer

Pokemon Go at the University of Mary Washington was incredibly popular after its release in July 2016 and today though it is not as widely spread in popularity, teams still play on campus. Gary Baldanza, a senior studying computer science as well as a member of Team Valor has played pokemon Go since the beginning.Read More

Mary Washington community participates in the National Day on Writing

October 26, 2017 |

By LAURA TAYLOR 

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington participated in the National Day on Writing with themed events in the Hurley Convergence Center, in front of Simpson Library and on the third floor of Combs Hall on Friday, Oct. 20.Read More

#MeToo campaign raises awareness through social media

October 26, 2017 |

By ZACHARY STRADER 

Senior Writer

The #MeToo is a campaign that has blanketed social media since mid-October. According to RiteTag, a popular Twitter analytics website, usage of the #MeToo tag began its dramatic rise on October 15, the day actress Alyssa Milano tweeted asking people who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to reply with the tag. The following day RiteTag indexed 283,300 unique tweets utilizing the hashtag.Read More

Homecoming brings back old faces

October 19, 2017 |

MACKENZIE HARD 

Staff Writer

Each year, in mid-October, students across Mary Washington’s campus come together to celebrate Homecoming weekend, including Alumni.Read More

Jepson scheduled to receive renovations and much needed upgrades

October 19, 2017 |

By LUKE ENGBERT 

Staff Writer

On Monday, Oct. 9, work began on what has been approximated as a two-year renovation process of the Jepson Science building. This project will likely impact many UMW students and faculty members, particularly those in the science department.Read More

The recruiting vehicles of the UMW Athletics Department

October 19, 2017 |

By GRACE WINFIELD 

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington has recently obtained two new vehicles. Both vehicles have been given to the UMW Athletics department in hopes to expand and simplify the recruiting process for potential players.Read More

UC bike pump taken for repairs

October 19, 2017 |

By ALLISON TOVEY

Staff Writer

The bike pump located by the University Center was taken away for repairs earlier in October.  The university’s original goal was for the pump to be fixed and back at the University Center by the time students returned from fall break.Read More

UMW Health Center without a female practitioner for several weeks

October 18, 2017 |

OLIVIA BRIDGES 

Senior Writer

UMW, a predominantly female university, was without a female practitioner at the Student Health Center for several weeks.Read More

Eagle Landing does its best to address Parking Deck Issues

October 12, 2017 |

By JACKSON DOWNEY

Staff Writer

The Eagle Landing parking deck has recently been experiencing a variety of technical difficulties, leading to frustrated students.Read More

Trump appeases conservatives, changes Obamacare contraceptive coverage mandate

October 12, 2017 |

By TESSA CATE

Managing Editor

The enduring controversy, contraception versus creed, hit a new pressure point on Oct. 6 when the Trump administration announced an update to the Affordable Care Act enhancing employers’ abilities to deny female employees contraceptive coverage.Read More

UMW community debates about technology in the classroom

October 12, 2017 |

By HANNAH GALEONE

Senior Writer

Students and faculty at the University of Mary Washington have mixed feelings about the use of technology in an academic environment. The two most recent generations, “Generation Z and Millennials,” rely on technology in every moment of their lives, whether it is the use of a smartphone to send an email or Tweet or using a laptop in class to live stream a lecture. Just like the millennial and the Z generations, UMW students rely heavily on technology in the classroom.Read More