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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE
On Jan. 30, the University of Mary Washington’s Executive Cabinet voted to pass a motion for a sauna to be added to the fitness center. Senior political science and Spanish double major, Ben Purdy was the senator who introduced the proposal about a week earlier at a student senate meeting.
By KELLY EMMRICH & ESTER SALGUERO
Last week The Blue & Gray Press published an article titled “UMW student finds aggressive Nazi message on bulletin board on Campus Walk.” In the wake of publication, there was a collective sense of panic felt by students, faculty and staff on both social media and on the campus.
By RACHEL MANNING
Beginning next fall semester, Bushnell Hall will be closed for maintenance, according to the University of Mary Washington’s housing selection website. It will reopen for the 2018-2019 term. To accommodate the displaced students, the third and fourth floors of Jefferson Hall will revert from single to double occupancy. The main reason that Bushnell is being closed is so that air conditioning window units can be installed. However, that is not the only change coming to Bushnell, there will be multiple updates to appliances in the kitchens and study lounges as well.
By RACHEL FINSTON
The Jewish community in Fredericksburg is relatively small compared to other cities, but the University of Mary Washington has a smattering of Jewish students who call campus home. Unfortunately, these students do not have a designated space of their own, while many other student religious groups do.
Below is a message from Vice President for Student Affairs, Juliette Landphair, on the recent news of the hate-speech posted on Campus Walk, recently sent to the UMW community. Click here for the original story.
Dear UMW Community Members:
By JANELLE BEHM
Last week, he Underground reintroduced beer and wine to the menu. This was kicked off with a free beer tasting hosted by the Student Government Association to help choose the official UMW beer.
Jose Sainz speaks out about the problematic limitations that were placed on UMW students after travel banFebruary 16, 2017 | Blue and Gray Press News
By OLIVIA BRIDGES
Since President Trump’s inauguration, he has passed many controversial executive orders. The travel ban halted persons entering the United States from seven primarily Muslim countries for 90 days. President Trump’s executive order caused a lot of unrest, especially for American Muslims who were not be able to return to their families in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. However, that ban has recently been lifted but that did not deter any effects that were felt by multiple universities throughout Virginia.
By KAYTLYN BIDDLE
Due to recent events involving environmental protection, scientists and students alike have been coming together to form a “March for Science” to raise awareness for issues such as climate change and scientific integrity. Inspired by the Women’s March, which took place the day after President Trump’s inauguration, the scientists’ march on Washington is meant to be a non-partisan march to make the scientific community heard. The University of Mary Washington’s own Biological Student Association plans on attending the march and hopes to encourage others to attend while also informing them of the issues.
By KELLY EMMRICH
University of Mary Washington junior Ahad Shahid and friend Chad Mundie were walking past Lee Hall after watching the film “Moana” on the evening of Feb. 5, when they found a handwritten Swastika on the bulletin board in Front of Madison Hall. In addition to the drawing there was a note at the bottom of the sheet reading “Attention fa**ots!! We could live next door.”
By DANIELLE HOWARD
During his presentation, James Bland, an assistant director at the James Farmer Multicultural Center, elaborated on his love of hip hop and how the genre helped him to cope with his depression and make sense of the world around him as well as himself.
By Rachel Manning
The University of Mary Washington has introduced a new accelerated five-year master’s program for Geographic Information Sciences studies. In 2014, UMW launched a program for a Master’s of Science in Geospatial Analysis, which was popular enough to start the new five-year master’s program this fall.
By ELIZABETH PATTERSON
The University of Mary Washington is now offering students a new dining option. “Hot Spot,” the new pop-up restaurant, opened for the first time on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the Eagle’s Nest. Located directly across from Vocelli’s Pizza, where the WOW Wingery used to be, this new eatery remains mysterious.
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The UMW SGA would like to emphasize its solidarity with the minority and immigrant populations at Mary Washington, as well as express its continued support for diversity and inclusivity on campus and in the Unites …
By WILL ATKINSON
Two exiled journalists from Turkey were invited to talk to the University of Mary Washington students at Monroe Hall on Wednesday night, regarding the dangers of media censorship. The panelists were Abdulhamit Bilici, Editor-in- Chief of the Turkish newspaper, Zaman Toda,y and Mahir Zeynalov, a Turkish journalist who was deported from Turkey for heavily covering government corruption and the Turkish coup of July 2016. They spoke about their personal accounts with national and governmental limitation of media freedoms.
By EMILY GROTTLE
Now that Dr. Leah Cox has resigned from her position of Title IX Coordinator effective Jan. 19, President Paino has been working hard with multiple people to make sure her position will be filled, to ensure the safety of students and keep the Title IX position active. The University of Mary Washington has long been committed to keeping campus safe for the student body.
By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE
In the 1940s, professor Emil Schnellock and his students partook in an art project in which they painted a variety of murals in the academic halls of Monroe and George Washington. These murals are still on the walls of the buildings today. In an effort to preserve the historic murals, Monroe Hall underwent renovation in 2011 and the murals were left untouched, covered with plywood and were documented for safekeeping. However, the presence of these murals has created mixed feelings among professors and students.
By THEODOSIUS ZOTOS
Bakari Sellers, former Democratic legislator from South Carolina, now TV political commentator and practicing attorney, visited the University of Mary Washington for his keynote address on Wednesday. Sellers spoke to students and faculty as an addition to the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day sponsored and organized by the Office of the President and the James Farmer Multicultural Center. Sellers addressed the crowd and discussed the importance of the civil rights leaders of the past who shaped the nation’s future.
By HABIB NOOR
The University of Mary Washington inaugurated the Phi Eta Sigma chapter on Tuesday Nov. 15, to applaud first-year students who excel in academia. President Paino accepted the charter from the executive director of the honor society, Elaine Powell. It is the oldest society to honor freshmen academic excellence in the United States.
By AMIR KOREHI
With the student population increasing at the University of Mary Washington, a need for new academic buildings arose, and a plan to repurpose and expand on previously used buildings was set into place. Renovations around campus began in the spring of 2014 and continued until their completion in the fall of 2015. The university has a strong dedication to restoration and the preservation of its history, and the newly opened Woodard and Mercer Halls are examples of this.
By MADISON REID
This December, the Department of Mines Minerals and Energy is releasing new regulations regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In suspense of the release, select students at the University of Mary Washington became concerned with the potential negative effects of this pipeline. The proposed pipeline, is said to cut through Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina, and will be funded by Dominion Power. Currently this pipeline is on hold waiting for the updated list of regulations.
By ISABEL FAUST
Recently, Resident Assistants at the University of Mary Washington have become reluctant to speak with student writers when it comes to the subject of policies and procedures. RAs have been told that they cannot speak directly with The Blue & Gray Press and the reasons why are unclear.
By TYLER POSPISIL
The University of Mary Washington seems to be dealing with an ongoing problem regarding the lack of washing machines and dryers in Jefferson Hall. The residence hall has only three washing machines and only three dryers, despite …
By MATT KLINE
Due to a recent Student Government decision, EagleOne cards are getting an upgrade. Previously, users were not able to tip on their EagleOne card, now this is possible. The upgrade was made to make it more helpful to students who use their EagleOne like a credit card.