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The Blue & Gray Press | April 20, 2018

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Students and faculty question no-mace policy

April 19, 2018 |

By ES HETHCOX & MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

Online Editor & News Editor

Flipping through a University of Mary Washington student handbook or reading through forbidden items in residence halls, students can find a list of forbidden items including: drugs, fireworks, and … Read More

Facebook cares more about corporate success than user privacy

April 19, 2018 |

By GRACE WINFIELD

Senior Writer

Founded in 2004, Facebook is the most popular social network worldwide. According to Statista, Facebook acquired 2.2 billions members by the of the fourth quarter of 2017, the members varying in nationality, age, and sexual orientation.Read More

Activists gather at Multicultural Fair, spread messages

April 19, 2018 |

By KELSEY SHEFFER

Staff Writer

For 28 years, the Multicultural Fair has been a vivacious place for the Fredericksburg community and beyond to celebrate cultures from near and far.Read More

Salisbury cruises past UMW men’s lacrosse 10-20

April 19, 2018 |

By ALEXIS ERB

Staff Writer

With two games until the first round of the CAC tournament the University of Mary Washington Men’s lacrosse team brought their game this past Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Salisbury.Read More

Students voice concerns over FERPA policy

April 12, 2018 |

By LAURA TAYLOR 

Staff Writer

In the past two years, the dean of the UMW College of Business has received 12 student complaints about their professors according to a Freedom of Information Act request.Read More

Zen garden being constructed at UMW

April 12, 2018 |

By SARAH GOODNOUGH

Senior Writer

Over the first weekend of April, Gardens Unlimited Bonsai Nursery, the design team working on UMW’s Zen garden, solved a major drainage issue to prevent rainwater from washing down into the amphitheater construction area. Read More

Athletics departments lets go of Ken Tyler

April 12, 2018 |

By OLIVIA TAYLOR 

Staff Writer

It was announced on March 30 that Ken Tyler, University of Mary Washington athletic director, will not be continuing on in the position. Tyler was informed that his contract that expires in June would not be renewed.Read More

Men’s and women’s tennis teams fall short against Carnegie Mellon

April 12, 2018 |

By ANTHONY BENSON

Staff Writer

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, the University of Mary Washington tennis team hosted Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Mellon University, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has the ninth best tennis team in the nation in DIII, outranking Mary Washington’s team by ten places, who sit at nineteenth place. Read More

Independent study courses are just an excuse for the University not to offer certain classes

April 12, 2018 |

By MILEN MEHARI

Staff Writer

During my three years at the University of Mary Washington, I have declared and switched five different majors and minors. I am not indecisive, just hyper-conscious of my right to curate my academic career. Read More

Why some students take a greater leap towards success even after receiving a higher education

April 12, 2018 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

Contributing Writer

Patrick Tompkins, a Rappahannock Scholar and advisory board member for the program, knew from a young age that he wanted to go to college to live out his mother’s dream.Read More

Lydia Hundley plays Medea in latest main stage production

April 11, 2018 |

By LINDSEY BROWN

Senior Writer

Lydia Hundley, a senior theatre major, has been involved in theatre since grade school.Read More

SGA’s reformed constitution allows athlete involvement in advisory meetings

April 5, 2018 |

By ARIANA BARRETT

Staff Writer

For the first time in University of Mary Washington history, the school’s constitution has been reformed to include athletes in student government advisory meetings. Both varsity and club sports will now be represented by this change.Read More

Predicted tuition increase causes worry for students

April 5, 2018 |

By MILEN MEHARI 

Staff Writer

Recently the University of Mary Washington released the 2018-2019 estimated cost of attendance on the Financial Aid website, and the prices have appeared to increase.Read More

SGA’s Diversity Unity and Coordinating Committee

April 4, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER 

Staff Writer

Sophomore Rahima Morshed, the incoming chair of SGA’s Diversity Unity and Coordinating Committee, has high hopes for the coming semester.Read More

Expensive first year student program should be optional

April 4, 2018 |

By KELSEY SHEFFER

Staff Writer

First Year Students are being taken advantage of through University of Mary Washington’s new student programs that cost both money and time.Read More

Sonja Livingston discusses writing experiences with students

April 4, 2018 |

By GARY KNOWLES

Senior Writer

On Mar. 30, a group of students and professors sat around the parlor of the Creative Writing building to listen to visiting writer, Sonja Livingston.Read More

“Liberated” on the UMW Campus

March 29, 2018 |

By RACHEL MARTIN

Staff Writer 

On Thursday, March 22, a group of students and members of the Fredericksburg community gathered in the Digital Auditorium of the Hurley Convergence Center to watch the documentary “Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution.”Read More

CPR department hosts conference addressing religious freedom in contemporary America

March 29, 2018 |

By ES HETHCOX

Online Editor

Amidst an unexpected flurry of snow and cancelled classes, the Department of Classics, Philosophy and Religion (CPR) hosted a two day conference on Mar. 22 and 23 in commemoration of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom.Read More

UMW baseball team works hard to keep ahead of extensive schedule

March 29, 2018 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY

Staff Writer

This semester the Mary Washington Baseball Team has been hard at work with more games than any previous season and already busy student schedules.Read More

Why having emotional support animals shouldn’t be stigmatized

March 28, 2018 |

By JOSHUA STALEY

Staff Writer

I was never really a cat person. I thought they were lazy and boring with no personality. Once I started college, my feelings began to change.Read More

Current residents discuss building pros and cons for selection

March 21, 2018 |

By KYLE LEHMANN

Staff Writer

Housing selection season is here and for those living on campus next year, it is a time of excitement, anticipation and decisions. Students are selecting roommates, whether they be old friends or strangers on Facebook, and also deciding between buildings themselves. Read More

Minorities feel underrepresented in SGA

March 21, 2018 |

By GRACE WINFIELD 

Senior Writer

On February 19, several minority clubs and groups attended a Student Government Association meeting and demanded that their voices be heard. At the meeting some of the groups did not feel like they were being heard.Read More

Professor inspires undergraduate research for UMW student

March 21, 2018 |

By SARAH GOODNOUGH

Senior Writer

Over Spring Break, UMW Assistant Professor Pamela Grothe and student researcher Andrea Moore flew to Christmas Island in the Republic of Kiribati to conduct paleoclimate research.Read More

Spring Formal ticket sale process causes stressful frenzy

March 21, 2018 |

By MARY PRAUGHT

Staff Writer

What comes to your mind when you hear the words “school dance?” Maybe it’s repressed memories of middle school dances with uncomfortably bright lighting and teachers just a little too close within ear shot. Or maybe you’ve realized they can actually be a lot more fun than they used to be and you start getting excited to wine and dine, dance the night away with everyone dressed to the nines, and de-stress from those essays due next week.Read More

UMW participates in National School Walkout

March 15, 2018 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

News Editor

17 minutes for 17 lives.

On Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m., across various time zones, students of all ages walked out of classes to show support and solidarity for the victims of the Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school shooting that took place exactly one month prior. The walkouts were also a symbolic way to call for change in gun legislation.Read More

Jessica Machado has high hopes for the Office of Disability Resources

March 15, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER

Staff Writer

UMW needs increased staffing to accommodate students with disabilities.

Jessica Machado, who took over as Director of the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) this fall, said that the office is currently too small to keep up with the growing population of eligible students and demand for resources.Read More

The City of Fredericksburg should embrace its identity as a college town

March 15, 2018 |

By SARAH BOND

Staff Writer

Fredericksburg is quickly becoming a college town and it’s time for local lawmakers to embrace that. While the City has never explicitly said it doesn’t want to invite a lot of college students to the area or become a “college town,” the actions of lawmakers tell a different story. This is specifically shown through the lack of parking for students, new unaffordable housing developments and the plans which the city has set for Fredericksburg moving forward.Read More

Jeffrey Leckrone represents UMW at NCAA swimming championship

March 15, 2018 |

By TREVOR YOUNG

Staff Writer

In this age of political and cultural tension nothing can be so refreshing than to come together and celebrate the achievements of the extraordinary individual. Let this be the case for Jeffrey Leckrone, a UMW swimmer, whose qualification for the NCAA Championship in Indianapolis is a major achievement. Being the only swimmer from Mary Washington representing the school at NCAA is not easy, but Leckrone is determined and prepared. His coach, Abby Brethauer, expressed her pride in Leckrone’s work ethic and zeal.Read More

Decades of resistance: Gaye Adegbalola’s activism through music

March 14, 2018 |

By ES HETHCOX

Online Editor

Perched on a stool in front of a small crowd in the LibertyTown Arts Workshop, Gaye Adegbalola’s expert hands move across the smooth mahogany of her guitar, as her clear voice fills the room with melodies of social injustice.Read More

The rules of the spirit rock

March 1, 2018 |

By GINNY BIXBY

Viewpoints Editor

When Natalie Johns, president of the UMW Firearms Club, painted the spirit rock with some other members on Feb. 14, she had no idea that the message she painted would cause such an uproar among students.Read More