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The Blue & Gray Press | February 24, 2019

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campus safety

Breaking and entering at Melchers Hall sparks campus-wide conversation about safety concerns

February 7, 2019 |

Senior Writer
There was an incident of breaking and entering at Melchers Hall between Sat., Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. and Tue., Jan. 1 at 11:56 a.m.Read More

Distribution of blue lights should be reassessed

October 25, 2018 |

Staff Writer
I have never had to use one of these blue lights, however, it is a comfort to know they are there if I need them. But I felt as though there needed to be a blue emergency light every few yards.Read More

Open dialogue sparked between students and administration

April 5, 2018 |


Staff Writer

On March 27 in Chandler Ballroom a man introduced himself as Malcolm Holmes, the Director of University Relations and Communications. Beside him is sat Dr. Nina Mikhalevsky, the Provost of the University, and across the room is Chief Michael Hall, of the University Police. Read More

Campus Accountability and Safety Act reintroduced by Mark Warner and colleagues

April 20, 2017 |


Aiming to change the way rape and sexual assault cases are handled and reported on college campuses, Sen. Mark Warner and his colleagues have reintroduced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. This act, an amendment to The Clery Act, is a bipartisan effort that will require campus officials to adhere to standard training and consistent reporting practices. Its goal is to empower survivors by making sure they have access to support services and are in control of their own care and the reporting process.

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Staff Ed: Big-name concerts are fun, but not when students misbehave

April 6, 2017 |


On March 14, the University of Mary Washington and the Campus Programming Board announced that the university would be welcoming rappers Waka Flocka Flame, known for his popularity in 2009 with hit songs “No Hands” and “Hard in the Paint,” and D.R.A.M, popular for his hit song, “Broccoli.”Read More

Honor Code must be taken seriously

March 2, 2017 |


In less than two minutes, I can get inside of any residence hall on campus. I’m not an RA. I’m not on the security team. I’m not even a resident. I’m a commuter student. As a commuter student, my EagleOne does basically nothing for me. It can’t unlock any doors on campus. Thankfully I don’t even need it. I don’t get in with my card, or by breaking a window, or tunneling underground. All I have to do to get inside is stand by the door and wait for some passerby to let me in.

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President Paino and staff work to fill Title IX positions

February 2, 2017 |


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.Read More

Tour de Sunken: the injustice feeding my fear

September 7, 2016 |


My head whips around, giving me a good view of the street over my shoulder as I unchain my bike from the rack. It is late and I’m exposed, standing all by myself under the last significant light source I will see until I get home. I mount my bike and ride down to Sunken Road where the lighting is minimal and the street eerie.Read More

Letter to the editor: University collaborates to make campus safer

January 30, 2013 |

While nothing about crime is good, the apprehension of a criminal always provides a sense of relief. Last week, the University of Mary Washington community could breathe a collective sigh of relief. On Friday morning, a suspect was arrested for recent burglaries of Virginia, DuPont and Pollard halls. The arrest was possible only as a result of the sharp eye of a student and the speedy response of two University Police officers, Jeffrey Perry and Joe Gagliardi.Read More

Police Beat: April 26, 2009

April 26, 2009 |

April 3- At 9:50 a.m., a 19-year-old female student reported that her vehicle was hit while parked in front of Bushnell Hall.  The car was hit on the driver’s side rear bumper.  Estimated damage is $500.  There are no suspects … Read More

Accused Felon on Trial

November 1, 2007 |


Campus police say they hope the recent string of bicycle thefts has been broken with their arrest of 23-year-old Fredericksburg resident, Jack Sparks, on charges of grand larceny and obstruction of justice without force. On Sept. … Read More

Going Down?

October 11, 2007 |


Oct. 1- At 6:12 a.m., three UMW housekeepers requested emergency assistance from inside the Combs Hall elevator after the machine would not respond to repeated attempts to open the door.  Another housekeeper was able to open the door … Read More