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The Blue & Gray Press | October 18, 2017

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Seacobeck nostalgia drives students to take souvenirs causing spike in campus stats of crime reports

April 25, 2017 |

By CHEYENNE ROLLINS

It’s a widely known secret among the students. Sometimes the doors to Seacobeck Hall are left open, other times they are not, and it just takes a jiggle of the doorknob to find out. If the door … Read More

Campus Accountability and Safety Act reintroduced by Mark Warner and colleagues

April 20, 2017 |

By KAITLYN WIEDMANN

Aiming to change the way rape and sexual assault cases are handled and reported on college campuses, Sen. Mark Warner and his colleagues have reintroduced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. This act, an amendment to The Clery Act, is a bipartisan effort that will require campus officials to adhere to standard training and consistent reporting practices. Its goal is to empower survivors by making sure they have access to support services and are in control of their own care and the reporting process.

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Partnership between UMW and GMU leads to “The 3+3 Accelerated Program” for law

April 20, 2017 |

By AMANDA HOWAR

The University of Mary Washington has a new pathway for students interested in law. Teaming up with George Mason University, starting in the fall semester of 2017, UMW has created an accelerated pathway into the Antonin Scalia Law School called “The 3+3 Accelerated Program” for UMW students. It was created by Richard Finkelstein, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Henry Butler, dean and professor of law at the Antonin Scalia Law School.Read More

Millions of dollars left over annually from unused flex money

April 19, 2017 |

By KELLY EMMRICH & ABIGAIL WHITTINGTON

At the end of spring 2016, University of Mary Washington student, Nick Atwell had roughly $130 of flex left over. He used that money to buy 12 large pizzas to feed his stressed peers during exam week. Atwell ends every year with an abundance of flex because he chooses to eat in the University Center dining hall, where he can eat healthy options for only a meal swipe. Despite mostly relying on meal swipes to feed him, Atwell still ends each year with about 30 unused swipes.Read More

UMW works with Peace Corps to offer a new prep program for students

April 19, 2017 |

By JONATHON MYERS

Starting in the fall of 2017, the University of Mary Washington will be offering a program to students interested in joining the Peace Corps after graduation. In a newly acquired partnership with the Peace Corps, students will have the opportunity to prepare for a volunteer experience that would take place following their college years.Read More

University Faculty Council meeting proposes ideas for new class recording policy

April 13, 2017 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTRYE

Students miss classes for many reasons ranging from sickness to dealing with personal issues. In situations when they cannot attend class, students tend to rely on professor’s office hours or notes from classmates in order to find out what they missed. However, a new way to obtain classroom material may become accessible to students soon.Read More

Apogee and UMW brings students a new online TV channel listing

April 13, 2017 |

By CELINE CHASSAGNEUX

Started in the spring of 2017, Apogee and the University of Mary Washington partnered together to bring students a new television channel listing. The new guide option was officially implemented on March 28.Read More

Search warrant from Fredericksburg Circuit Court reveals alleged poisoning to UMW staff member

April 13, 2017 |

By REBECCA MELSON & MALLORIE HARNISH

The City of Fredericksburg Police Department is currently investigating accusations that a University of Mary Washington student poisoned Tim Brown, coordinator of team sports and manager of UMW’s Mother’s Rugby team, while dining at a local restaurant.Read More

Professor vocalizes reality of coping with disability as a faculty member

April 12, 2017 |

By AMANDA BIELECKI

Regina Root, an award-winning professor at William and Mary, mother and wife, taught students something that cannot be relayed in a classroom. According the documentary, “Regina’s Gift – A Life and Death Battle with a Brain Tumor,” her story began in early August of 2014 when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The news would be devastating to anyone, especially family members. She and her family attempted to remain strong.Read More

Dance styles vary at Multicultural Fair as students perform in front of hundreds

April 6, 2017 |

By SUSANNAH TOMBES

The annual Multicultural Fair, was held on Saturday, April 1 where campus was filled with different vendors that lined the edge of Campus Walk. Some caught people’s attention with carnival foods, while others were drawn to the bright colors and sounds.

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Pride stitched and sewn in history, Gilber Baker dies at 65

April 6, 2017 |

By KAYLEIGH RONGEY

The University of Mary Washington prides itself on being a diverse and accepting school for all students. Recent events, such as the appearance of homophobic propaganda on campus, have brought students together rather than divide them. The community has united under the philosophy that “Love trumps hate.” Read More

BOV unveils 6-year plan: features updates to Jepson, Seacobeck and more parking

April 5, 2017 |

By WILL BRORSEN

Work on the six-year plan for the University of Mary Washington is underway by the Board of Visitors. Allocations of funding strongly influence the campus, as well as tuition. The committee had its first meeting on March 22. UMW has three projects underway that will potentially have a major impact on the operating budget. The current projects are the Jepson Science Center expansion, a new parking deck and the renovation of Seacobeck Hall.Read More

Limited building hours cause frustration to students

April 5, 2017 |

By COLLEEN SULLIVAN

Late study nights are a hallmark of the average college student’s lifestyle. At the University of Mary Washington, there are many resources available for students whose studies flourish after dusk. The Hurley Convergence Center for example, is open 24 hours a day and the Simpson Library operates into the evening most days. In spite of the abundance of online resources available at both of these facilities, there are some programs that are specific to academic buildings. In Trinkle Hall, for instance, there are computer science programs, like RStudio, and in Combs Hall there are language audio files.Read More

Vocelli’s biker convicted of BUI, Sammy D. Eagle in critical condition

March 30, 2017 |

By KELLY EMMRICH & ETHAN TOBIN

On Saturday night around 9 p.m. an employee of the Vocelli’s delivery team hit the University of Mary Washington mascot Sammy D. Eagle in front of the spirit rock. A UMW student who was a witness on the scene tweeted “OMG eagle down!!!!” at the UMW campus police.Read More

The Boyfriend Registry: Student Affairs pushes for bachelor labels

March 30, 2017 |

By TESSA CATE

After months of strategic analysis and in-depth research, UMW’s Office for Student Affairs will push forward with its newest (and most literal) effort in student engagement: The UMW Boyfriend Registry.Read More

#NotMyGPA trends on campus as protests break out on unfair grades

March 30, 2017 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

The school year is approaching its home stretch and students at the University of Mary Washington are feeling the academic pressure on their shoulders. For seniors, the grades they earn for the next month may dictate whether or not they earn a diploma in May.Read More

President Paino to reclaim video stardom in “The New Guy” series.

March 29, 2017 |

By JOHN MARTIN

On Friday, April 7 at 4 p.m. the University of Mary Washington will premier their latest video series titled “The New Guy,” in the Digital Auditorium. Featuring President Troy Paino, each video will explore a different part of the UMW campus and the city of Fredericksburg.

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UMW community represents environmental awareness and protection through film festival

March 28, 2017 |

By RACHEL MANNING

It is a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon, and the lights go down in Dodd Auditorium. Beautiful nature scenes from around the globe appear on the screen, marking the beginning of the 15th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. This festival was made possible by the President’s Council on Sustainability, which is in charge of environmental causes on campus, and Friends of the Rappahannock, a local organization dedicated to protecting the area’s natural resources.Read More

Performers and audience come together for Mary Wash’s Got Talent

March 22, 2017 |

By JASMINE TURNER

Alec Mallman, assistant director of SAE and University Center coordinator, said “If you did not come to the show this year, come next year.” On Wednesday, March 15, Dodd filled up with supportive members of the Eagle community. Before the lights dimmed and the 12 performers took the stage, a couple of students commented in anticipation for a show that would match UMW’s 2016 Mary Wash’s Got Talent showcase.Read More

Riding program to stay at Hazelwild Farms after negotiation troubles emerge

March 22, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

The University of Mary Washington’s equestrian team has enjoyed riding horses at Hazelwild Farm for 40 years now. After initial talk of the Hazelwild program no longer being a part of UMW, it was made public that this relationship will continue in the future. Until recently, financial problems threatened to eliminate Hazelwild Farm as UMW’s riding location. However, through communication and compromise, UMW’s athletic department and Hazelwild were able to come to an agreement.Read More

Students stress the negative impact of Trump’s budget cuts

March 22, 2017 |

By COLE MASAITIS

On March 16, 2017, President Donald Trump’s new budget proposal, which he has been working on with congress for the upcoming fiscal year, went public. According to the Washington Post article, “Trump Presidential Budget 2018 Proposal,” the Department of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and Defense Department are where most of governmental funds are being paid. That means that the budget cuts and eliminations deal with, really everything else.Read More

BOV standardizes freshmen room rates and loosens upperclassmen meal plan requirements

March 15, 2017 |

By KAYLEE TYEE

President Paino and the Board of Visitors have made a decision to standardize freshman room rates starting in the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. The room rate for all first-year residence halls will be $3,300 a semester.  In … Read More

Career Center implements new program to replace Employ-an Eagle

March 15, 2017 |

By RACHEL MANNING

Starting next year, the University Mary Washington will be replacing Employ-an Eagle with a new system called Handshake. According to their official website, Handshake was started in 2014 in San Francisco, and has continued to grow. Handshake is similar to LinkedIn in that students can set up a profile that employers can look at. This profile will have pertinent information such as the student’s current year, major, interests and any previous work experience or internship experience they might have.Read More

Student feel lack of adequate options in UC for students with dietary restrictions

March 15, 2017 |

By GINNY BIXBY

After a long day of classes many students look forward to winding down and having a relaxing meal at the dining hall. However, for students with allergies and other dietary restrictions, they often find themselves asking what can they eat? Although management claims the University Center offers meals suitable for all, UMW students are taking issue with the dining hall menu, finding that it lacks adequate options for students who have various dietary restrictions.Read More

Virginia House of Delegates passes bill to protect beliefs of religious entities

March 2, 2017 |

By LIAM MISSIOS

On Feb. 20, the Virginia House of Delegates passed HB 2025, also known as “Religious freedom; solemnization of marriage,” in a 54-38 vote which largely adhered to party lines. An earlier form of the bill was introduced in the House of Delegates in January and was passed by the Senate in its current form on Feb. 16.

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Residence Life unveils new housing preferences for upcoming year

March 1, 2017 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

Residence life recently unveiled major changes to its housing options for the upcoming academic year. Special interest housing is now an option, which includes themed living communities, language communities and gender neutral housing. A new feature called flexible housing was also introduced, which gives students housing agreements, regardless of sex or gender.Read More

Historic Preservation students and faculty take part in important research trips

March 1, 2017 |

By LAUREN CLOSS

In 2007, Doug Sanford, a professor of historical preservation at the University of Mary Washington, began a two-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research grant. Along with his colleague Dennis Pogue, a professor at the University of Maryland, Sanford researched and documented 30 former slave residences in Virginia. Since then, the pair has continued their efforts throughout the summers and during the school year with the help of historic preservation majors.Read More

Department and clubs come together for a drive to benefit women

March 1, 2017 |

By SHAWNYA PETESON

In the coming weeks, if you see pink boxes around campus marked “Unmentionables,” contrary to the box’s message, the organization behind the boxes definitely wants you talk about them. Sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies department in celebration of Women’s History Month, the Unmentionables project is a drive to collect donations of feminine hygiene products, women’s underwear and monetary contributions of cash or check.Read More

UMW student leaders work together to write letter for community

March 1, 2017 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

On Thursday, Feb. 23, a statement was drafted by a group of student leaders and sent out to the University of Mary Washington community in response to events that have taken place both on campus and nationwide over the last few weeks regarding hate speech. This statement was written and signed, by leaders of 30 campus organizations. The message in the email regarded embracing differences, speaking out against hate rhetoric and supporting one another.Read More

William Street parking lot sees rearrangements for residents and commuters

February 23, 2017 |

By STEPHANIE COOK

Many University of Mary Washington students struggle with the lack of available parking, but recently the university has taken steps to address this issue. Last fall parking management began taking steps to find more spaces for UMW students to park. Parking management noticed that the William Street lot often boasted around 50 empty spots, and decided to take action and allow for some UMW resident students to park there.

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