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The Blue & Gray Press | March 25, 2017

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Stressed out by the election’s media monster

October 26, 2016 |


This year’s election process has been one of the most emotional, stressful and disappointing elections that I have ever lived through. The two top candidates have presented themselves like a bickering old couple, exhausting the American public with their sensationalism and constant media attacks.Read More

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

October 13, 2016 |


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

UMW Volleyball overtakes CNU in national rankings, continue record-breaking performance

October 13, 2016 |


To say that the University of Mary Washington volleyball team has had a successful season would be a drastic understatement. Off to their best start in school history, the Eagles have climbed up the national rankings all year while showing no signs of slowing down.Read More

Goolrick gym faces issues with “townies” using its facilities

October 12, 2016 |


“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

‘Assistance’ wows audience with insight to post-college life

October 5, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington’s Theatre Department debuted “Assistance” on Thursday Sept. 29, at Klein Theatre.Read More

Q & A with women’s volleyball head coach Matthew Troy

October 5, 2016 |


Head coach of the University of Mary Washington volleyball program Matt Troy came to UMW four years ago from John Hopkins University, where he was the head volleyball coach. Only four years in, he has already helped the women of the UMW volleyball team achieve great things and show their potential.Read More

Short staffing and budgeting take toll on UMW Talley Center

October 5, 2016 | 1


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


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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Michelle Obama for President 2020

October 5, 2016 | 1


The first presidential debate, which took place on Monday, Sept. 26, was definitely a wake up call to remind us that very soon, a new President of the United States will be in office. Election Day is about one month away, and we have only October to really cherish our last moments with the Obama family, but most importantly, our First Lady, Michelle Obama.

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Students take up fly-fishing in Ecoliterature class

September 29, 2016 |


On Sept. 19, a class full of students lined themselves on Jefferson Square. The rain poured down like an end of summer monsoon. The class of English 303, Ecoliterature, picked up fishing rods instead of pencils. They perfected their casts and tuned into nature.Read More

Field Hockey ranked 17th in nation, pushing for a CAC title

September 29, 2016 |


A double-overtime goal by Salisbury University after a total of 97 minutes played in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game is what ended the season for the University of Mary Washington field hockey team in 2015. The heartbreaking finish to the team’s season kept them out of the NCAA tournament last year though they finished the season ranked 11th in the country.Read More

Balconies to be reconstructed at UMW Apartments, cause issues for students

September 28, 2016 | 3


Recently, Residence Life sent out notifications to students living in the UMW Apartments pertaining to balcony replacement projects scheduled to begin on Sept. 21. Every building had its balcony reconstructed before the middle of August, except for buildings three, four and five.Read More

UMW fashion essentials focus on comfort and effortless style

September 22, 2016 |


College is a time for people to grow and mature and discover themselves. It is also a time to develop your personal sense of style.Read More

Attic of Lee Hall, used for student leadership offices, poses health risks

September 22, 2016 | 1


For four years, members of the Honor Council and Judicial Review Board have had to tolerate the unsafe conditions of their offices in the attic of Lee Hall. The ceilings of the office are unfinished and covered with foam insulation, which is known to be hazardous to a person’s health. For that reason, attics are primarily used as storage space, but this is not the case in Lee Hall where the attic has been turned into a makeshift office for students.Read More

The University of Mary Washington’s Mortar Board excels in excellence, earning three prestigious awards

September 15, 2016 |


This past summer the University of Mary Washington’s Cap and Gown Mortar Board Chapter received the 2015 to 2016 Most Improved Chapter award. President of the UMW Cap and Gown Mortar Board Chapter, senior biology major Grace Henry, attended the 2016 Mortar Board National Conference in Indianapolis where she was presented the award, on behalf of the chapter.Read More

UMW swim coach competes in Rio for 2016 Paralympics

September 14, 2016 |


Shortly after his birth, Dalton Herendeen needed the lower half of his left leg amputated due to a blood clot. Fortunately, a man like Herendeen only needed one leg to be successful. Dalton earned himself a place on the 2012 U.S. Paralympic swim team roster in London.Read More

Tinderellas and Tinderfellas: looking for love, sex and entertainment

September 14, 2016 |


Tinder is a popular dating app downloaded by many teenagers and young adults. As one can imagine, it is immensely popular to use on a college campus, but the real question is, what is it like to use Tinder on a small college campus?

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Troy Paino deliberates on how to fix the issue of faculty and staff salaries

September 14, 2016 |


Throughout the past five years, according to Provost Jonathan Levin, many University of Mary Washington faculty and staff have been unhappy with their static salaries. The biggest contributing factor as to why they have not received any raises is due to the Commonwealth’s lack of support for faculty raises.

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UMW graduates create online art gallery

September 7, 2016 | 11


Recent University of Mary Washington graduates Maria Joranko and Lindsay Coffman recently co-founded Slayer Gallery, an online art gallery. Each graduated from UMW with a BA in studio art, Coffman in 2014, and Joranko just one year later in 2015. After graduation they had just one question on their minds: “What now?”Read More

Eagle Landing residents grapple with malfunctioning laundry machines

September 7, 2016 |


Eagle Landing houses roughly 600 students from the University of Mary Washington and complaints have surfaced concerning the functionality of the washing machines. In addition, students noticed that their EagleOne cards are not being read by the laundry appliances.Read More

UMW students towed from unmarked parking

September 7, 2016 | 3


In the midst of upperclassmen move-in, vehicles were crammed into each free space in order to move in their belongings.Read More

Love him or hate him, you can’t help but respect Kobe

April 21, 2016 |


Kobe Bryant. A name known very well in the sports world and that will not change anytime soon. From his first few games up until his very last, Bryant, also known as the Black Mamba, was a star on the court and has proven to be one of the more fun players to watch.Read More

UMW Parkour Club turns campus into a giant jungle gym

April 20, 2016 |


Jim Halpert once said on “The Office” that “The goal is to get from point A to point B as creatively as possible. So technically they’re doing parkour as long as point A is delusion and point B is the hospital.”Read More

Women’s rugby hosts and competes in regional championships, falls to Salisbury

April 14, 2016 |


This year, University of Mary Washington was one of six sites chosen to host 32 collegiate programs throughout the month of April. This past weekend, four teams, including UMW’s women’s rugby team, were welcomed to the rugby grounds in Fredericksburg for the East Regional, with the winners advancing to the Spring National Championship at UC Davis April 23 to 24.Read More

Student production of “Tartuffe” captivates campus

April 13, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington’s Klein Theatre wraps up its spring semester by bringing a “laugh out loud comedy of unequalled stature” to the stage. Following “Frozen,” a darker and much more serious play, “Tartuffe” balances the scale by evoking amusement and providing material that makes its audience laugh.
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Ability to access campus denied to disabled students

April 13, 2016 |


Disabled students attending the University of Mary Washington know that, in some ways, accommodations on campus are sorely lacking. While I have never had issues with academic accommodations and have always found my professors to be very understanding about disabilities, campus is often physically impossible to navigate for students with mobility impairments.Read More

Report of divestment released; BOV to decide on divestment in April meeting

April 6, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington President’s Council on Sustainability released an official report that recommends a 99 percent divestment from fossil fuels. Because of the report, the Board of Visitors has an obligation to make a decision on the issue in their next public board meeting on April 15 and 16.Read More

“Mother of George” has mother of all weekends

April 6, 2016 |


The DIII Eastern Championships took place this past weekend in North Myrtle Beach and UMW Ultimate Frisbee, otherwise known as Mother of George, brought their best. Some of the top teams in the nation came together to compete and Mother of George came in seeded 15 out of 16 in the tournament and No. 220 in the nation. With a win-loss of 2-5, Mother of George ended up taking eighth place overall.Read More

Uber transportation potentially dangerous for students

April 6, 2016 |


Uber has become increasingly popular among individuals looking for the easiest way to get around a city. College students have begun to capitalize on the use of Uber as a “safe” and easy way to get home from a night out that may have ended in a little too much to drink, but how safe is Uber?
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Hammock accident spurs new guidelines

March 31, 2016 |


The hammock trend that has become popular among universities across the nation has recently had a negative effect for the University of Mary Washington. A student was seriously injured on the evening of March 15 when a column fell on top of her at the amphitheater. The accident happened when she slung her hammock between a pillar and a tree, which sticks out of the platform.Read More