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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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…”
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.
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.
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.
President Paino sits down with The Blue & Gray Press for exclusive interview, finds place in UMW communityNovember 2, 2016 | Blue and Gray Press News
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.