By LUKE ENGBERT
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.
By GRACE WINFIELD
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.
By ALLISON TOVEY
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.
UMW, a predominantly female university, was without a female practitioner at the Student Health Center for several weeks.
By JACKSON DOWNEY
The Eagle Landing parking deck has recently been experiencing a variety of technical difficulties, leading to frustrated students.
By TESSA CATE
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.
By HANNAH GALEONE
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.
By ALEXIS ERB
In the fall of 2017, the UMW Speaking Center implemented a new scheduling system designed to help and encourage students to make appointments for their academics. The new scheduler, a support system called Campus, was designed by the Education Advisory Board. One feature of Campus is that it has built in tools that make it possible for faculty to attend to their advisees.
By JOHN JAMISON
UMW’s Board of Visitors approved a proposal to renovate Willard Hall at a cost of $24.5 million on Friday, Sept. 15.
By LUBNA AKHTAR
This semester, the University of Mary Washington’s Health Center is partnering with Giant Pharmacy to provide flu shots to its community. Shots will cost $18 for students without health insurance and students with health insurance will be provided the shot for free.
The College of Education has recently found a new and permanent home in Seacobeck Hall. This news comes after a lot of effort by the College of Education to find a building that could be dedicated to the university’s education program.
Last school year, the Student Senate passed a motion requesting that the school provide Tampons and Pad dispensers in campus buildings such as the University Center. The motion passed through both the Senate and Executive Cabinet of SGA. Now after several months of deliberation, this motion was put into act on Sept. 25 and free feminine hygiene products are offered in various locations across campus.
By HANNAH GALEONE
On the evening of Sept. 14 a UMW commuter student was a victim of a strong-armed robbery at the Thornton Street Pizza Hut.
He flipped the little gray book over and over in his hands “I don’t even remember most of my last semester…I was probably sober only three days this summer.”
By OLIVIA BRIDGES
The University of Mary Washington is home to approximately four thousand undergraduate students according to UMW’s webpage. However, less than six months from now, eight students will no longer be able to continue their education as a result of President Trump’s executive order to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, otherwise known as the Dream Act.
By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE
Responding to the hateful and violent acts that have been taking place throughout the country, various UMW student leaders decided to hold an event that would give students a platform to unite under. On Tuesday, the one month anniversary of the Charlottesville incident, about 75 members of the Mary Washington and Fredericksburg community gathered in front of Lee Hall to participate in the UMW Speaks Out Against White Supremacy rally.
By EMILY KUBE
The news article titled, Eagle Landing Residents confused by new mailroom policies, publish on September 21st, must be corrected. False information was presented in the article. This mistake was made because of lack of information and knowledge about the article topic. I take full responsibility for the false statements written in the article, as there was no verified source.
By GARY KNOWLES
The UMW Office of the President released a message stating that a Campus Parking Task Force will be forming in response to student concerns over the new parking policies which will take effect soon. According to many students, the most controversial change for the UMW area is that the city hopes to charge for 2-hour parking and install parking meters along the campus side of College Avenue.
The city of Fredericksburg is making new changes to the Parking Action Plan because of the existing challenges for locals parking downtown. These changes include a two-hour restriction for cars parked along the 500 to 600 blocks of William Street. This policy will replace the old unlimited parking limit to hopefully allow for more free spaces throughout the day.
By DANELLA DONADO
This summer a big change happened at the office of Residence Life. A new section branched out to form the Office of Transfer and Commuter Student Services. This office will cater to the needs of …
By HANNAH GALEONE
The University of Mary Washington has over 150 different clubs and organizations, adding new ones each year. However this school year the university has seen interest from some students on campus, to create a …
By KELLY EMMRICH
Scrawled on walls, marked in snow, taped to a ceiling, swastikas are appearing on college campuses across the nation.
By PAIGE WALTON
Beginning this fall semester, Giant in Eagle Village now offers a 5 percent discount on final purchases to students or faculty with a valid University of Mary Washington ID.
By KATE SELTZER
With the semester starting back up, as students are getting back into the swing of things, returning students may notice a change at the fitness center when they go to sign up for any of the various group fitness classes. In previous years these classes were free, however, due to an increase in demand and popularity, beginning this year students will be asked to pay a fee of $10. This new fee, which only needs to be paid one time, will grant students unlimited access to all of the group fitness classes for the duration of the school year.
By OLYMPIA JARRELL
This year, the University Center is seeing some real changes with the new executive Chef, William Allison. After working in places ranging from Hawaii, to California to other locations in Virginia, Chef Allison was recently hired as the new executive chef for the University Center’s Dining Hall.
By ABBEY BAILEY
Over the summer a steam pipe burst under Willard Hall, rendering the building uninhabitable for the 2017 to 2018 school year. Bushnell was originally scheduled for summer renovation and was going to be closed during the school year, however, this plan had was postponed as a result of the damage to Willard Hall. After being notified of the change mid-summer, the 91 students who were scheduled to live in Willard were relocated to Virginia Hall and Bushnell Hall.
By GARY KNOWLES
Debra Schleef, the assistant provost for Institutional Analysis and Effectiveness, initiated a motion to change how student evaluations work at the end of each semester. Currently, not all classes are evaluated at the end of every semester. If this proposed addition to the faculty handbook is approved, then students enrolled in credit courses will be given an evaluation form for those classes.
By MARK NOEL
The University of Mary Washington has many great resources on campus for professors and students but there is a more recent resource that has gone unnoticed by most of the UMW community. This resource is called Kanopy streaming and was founded by Olivia Humphrey in 2008.