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The Blue & Gray Press | March 27, 2017

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Mercer and Woodard Halls hold rededication ceremonies following massive renovations

December 7, 2016 |

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.Read More

Students starting to join conversations against Atlantic Coast Pipeline

December 7, 2016 | 1

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.Read More

Res Life shows reluctance to provide information to students on shot glass issue

December 1, 2016 |

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.Read More

Jefferson Hall residents experience laundry struggles

December 1, 2016 |

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 … Read More

Steps taken to make students’ EagleOne more useful

November 17, 2016 |

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.Read More

UMW receives a $300,000 grant for sexual assault awareness

November 17, 2016 |

By JENNA DAVENPORT

The University of Mary Washington recently received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.Read More

Questions arise within InterVarsity chapters around same-sex-marriage

November 16, 2016 | 4

By REBECCAS MELSON

There is a wind of change that is blowing through our country and through the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as well. As Americans strive to make sense of a changing political term, questions of race, gender and religion have come to the surface.Read More

UMW students react to the plans of President-elect, Donald Trump

November 16, 2016 | 1

By VIRGINIA BIXBY

The unprecedented election of Republican candidate, Donald Trump, has upset many Americans, including a large number of UMW students. But while every election causes some disappointment in voters, this one has been particularly controversial and divisive.

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SGA offers statement on Tuesday night’s election

November 10, 2016 | 1

Following the results of Tuesday night’s election, many University of Mary Washington students raised concerns about the way forward. On the morning of Thursday, Nov. 10, the UMW SGA offered a statement to address concerns and promote unity:

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Green Party candidate Jill Stein makes final campaign stop at UMW

November 10, 2016 |

By ESTER SALGUERO & IZZY BRIONES

Anticipation rose as University of Mary Washington students and residents of Fredericksburg filled the Chandler Ballroom, of the University Center Sunday night in anticipation for Green Party candidate, Jill Stein. With only a few rows of seats provided, many were left sitting on the floor.Read More

Ban on shot glasses in dorms being questioned by students

November 10, 2016 |

By EMILY AINSWORTH

The University of Mary Washington’s Student Senate recently lifted the ban on shot glasses and other alcohol related paraphernalia that encourages binge drinking.

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Eatz on the Streetz food truck missed by UMW students

November 10, 2016 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

Not long after making its first appearance this semester on Campus Walk, the university food truck Eatz on the Street experienced technical difficulties and has since then been out of commission.Read More

UMW students mourn the loss of Vine as Twitter experiences financial crunch

November 10, 2016 |

By ANDRE ARENAS

On Oct. 27 of 2016, Twitter announced that it would shut down Vine, a video sharing service they established in 2012. The company stated that its website will be available to view and download Vines, but users will not have the ability to post any vines “in the coming months.”

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The changing political landscape in Congress

November 3, 2016 |

By TESS OSMER

In 2012, the GOP released “The Growth and Opportunity Report,” in which the Republican Party noted its goals for the future of the party. “The GOP today is a tale of two parties,” it reads, “the gubernatorial wing,” which is “growing and successful” and the other, “the federal wing,” which is “increasingly marginalizing itself…”Read More

Outdoor Recreation sees great success in its first tier three trip

November 3, 2016 | 1

By LAUREN TAYLOR

Over fall break, Campus Recreation’s new program, Outdoor Recreation, held its first Tier 3 trip in Fayetteville, West Virginia and stayed at the Ace Adventure Resort. The weekend began with Bridge Day, an annual event in West Virginia where B.A.S.E. jumpers take the leap off the New River Gorge Bridge.Read More

UMW hosts first Congressional debate

November 3, 2016 |

By REBEKAH DEBELL

Debates are a night when candidates from each political party take the stage to battle national issues in hopes of winning over voters. These debates take place all over the country, including right here at the University of Mary Washington.

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Behind the scenes of Historical Preservation Club’s ghost tours

November 3, 2016 |

By EMILY GROTTLE

The University of Mary Washington’s Historical Preservation Club recently hosted their annual ghost tour on Oct. 21 and 22, a tradition that has taken place for over 30 years. Tour guides take excited guests to haunted areas around the city of Fredericksburg, where student volunteers and members of the club dress like ghosts and put on a show at each location.Read More

President Paino sits down with The Blue & Gray Press for exclusive interview, finds place in UMW community

November 2, 2016 |

By IZZY BRIONES

As President Troy Paino’s first few months continue at the University of Mary Washington, his presence on campus has gradually been increasing and students have taken notice. With the initial hurdles of his transition to UMW out … Read More

Students feel the love with therapy dogs’ visit to the UMW campus

October 27, 2016 |

By PAIGE WALTON

A six-page paper due next week, one take-home quiz to be completed tonight, and 30 pages of reading to get through before tomorrow. Every day of the week students have a lot on their plate. Finding ways to cope and manage the stress that comes with school can be difficult and time consuming. One proven way to alleviate stress and brighten people’s moods could come in the form of frequent therapy dog visits to campus, according to Dr. Tevya Zukor, director of the Talley Center.Read More

WMWC radio station gives out CDs on campus, raises club awareness

October 27, 2016 | 1

By ZACHARY WOHLEKING

Unknown to much of the school population, UMW has a radio station called WMWC, which boasts a plethora of interesting and enjoyable programs. They recently have been doing free giveaways on campus walk to increase awareness of the club and de-clutter the station. The station was seen giving out free CDs on Oct. 12, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in front of Lee Hall and has similar events planned for the future.Read More

There’s more to rent from the HCC than you probably know

October 27, 2016 |

By SHYAN MURPHY

In college, many students run into the problem of not having the proper equipment for a specific project, whether it be for a class assignment or out of personal interest. The University of Mary Washington offers rentals for various pieces of digital equipment such as audio recorders, video cameras, DSLR cameras, GoPros, video game consoles, laptops, microphones and many other items.Read More

The annual “Big Ash Bonfire” hit Jefferson Square and did not disappoint

October 27, 2016 |

By VALARIE GIBSON

After fall break on Wednesday evening, students crowded Campus Walk, all heading towards Jefferson Square to enjoy the warmth of the fire and the benefits of free food. The fire burned bright in the middle of the grass.Read More

Kyle Ragsdale gives students tips to get ahead in the business world

October 26, 2016 |

By ELISE ADAMS

On Thursday, Oct. 20, Kyle Ragsdale, the Executive Vice President for the Chief Marketing Officer at Billy Casper Golf, came to speak in the Digital Auditorium of the Hurley Convergence Center.Read More

Seacobeck Hall to undergo renovations following UMW’s six-year plan

October 13, 2016 |

By SHAWNYA PETERSON

Seacobeck Hall has been an integral part of the University of Mary Washington since its doors opened in 1931. As UMW’s primary dining hall, generations of students have passed through its doors, and it is home to countless fond memories for thousands of students. For the past year, however, it has remained desolate with no students or faculty using its facilities.Read More

“Creepy Clowns” phenomenon spreads

October 13, 2016 |

By CAITLIN WILLIAMS

Clowns are normally the face of Halloween and circus acts. Recently, however, in Fredericksburg and on the University of Mary Washington campus, creepy clowns have become the face of threats.Read More

UMW hosts Podius debate on media bias, invite distinguished California professor

October 12, 2016 |

By IZZY BRIONES

Talk of sugar daddies, junk food and Thomas Jefferson were just a few of the courses that Monday night’s debate took. The audience pondered and questioned these points among others, while staring at their phone screens and texting.Read More

Goolrick gym faces issues with “townies” using its facilities

October 12, 2016 |

By JONATHON MYERS

“Townies,” or residents of the local area who are not enrolled at the University of Mary Washington, have been playing basketball at the Goolrick gyms and interrupting team practices, in some cases some even refuse to leave when told. The thought that complete strangers can wander onto campus at their leisure and use our facilities is a scary reality to some.Read More

Short staffing and budgeting take toll on UMW Talley Center

October 5, 2016 | 1

By COLLEEN COSGRIFF

The University of Mary Washington’s mental health center, the Talley Center, has struggled to meet the increasing demand from UMW students for services due to their limited staff and budgetary issues, and often try to connect students to off-campus providers due to short staffing or severity of needs.

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Some students desire more smoking spots on campus

October 5, 2016 | 1

By MEAGHAN MACINTYRE

On Wednesday Sept. 14, student senator and head of the constitutional cabinet Charbel Marche proposed to student senate of the need to increase the number of smoking spots on campus.

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Commuter Student Lounge proves too small for hang-out spot

October 5, 2016 |

By YOUSEF NASSER

Commuter students at the University of Mary Washington see drawbacks with the Commuter Student Lounge that prevent it from being a more widely used resource.Read More