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The Blue & Gray Press | August 19, 2019

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Video game diversity: Apex Legends makes great strides forward

April 11, 2019 |

Staff Writer
Apex Legends shouldn’t be one of the most popular games in the world. The battle royale genre is already saturated with Fortnite clones, so a month-old game has no right to steal away 50 million players.Read More

Television should be used as a platform to address social issues

February 28, 2019 |

Staff Writer
While some are getting ready to go out for a night at Brock’s, I’m usually settling in at home for a new episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”Read More

UMW demographics do not reflect message of Multicultural Fair

April 26, 2018 |


Staff Writer

If you happened to stroll down Campus Walk on Apr. 14, you were greeted with loud music and a crowd of people varying in ethnicity and nationality. The music ranged from Southern Bluegrass to traditional African song, with vendors and stages lined from George Washington Hall to Monroe Hall. This was the 28th Annual Multicultural Fair.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

Disparity of race distribution in university faculty and staff

March 1, 2018 |


Staff Writer

I am a Black student attending the University of Mary Washington, a predominately white institution, so naturally my woes of racial inequity are to be expected. I did not come to this university disillusioned, expecting an experience resembling that of an HBCU, historically Black college/university, because the disparity is quite clear. Consider the 2015 academic year wherein students of color made up 30 percent of the student body while professors of color were only 17.5 percent of the teaching staff. Furthermore, the only significant Black and Brown staff presence is either in the dining hall, cleaning or clerical staff.Read More

UMW welcomes new chief diversity officer

February 1, 2018 |


Staff Writer

On Jan. 18, UMW President Troy Paino took the stage at a spring assembly of University faculty and staff, standing before the audience with an exciting announcement. Paino recently created a new cabinet-level position, and was appointing a new chief diversity officer to UMW.Read More

This year’s Emmy Awards made strides toward greater diversity, but more work needs to be done

September 28, 2017 |


Senior Writer

Last week, the Emmy Awards broke records and perhaps set a precedent for a new wave of racial and gender diversity in award shows. Donald Glover became the first African American to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his show “Atlanta,” along with two other people of color who were also nominated in the same category. Aziz Ansari was awarded for his “Master of None” and Anthony Anderson for “Black-ish.”Read More

Diversity starts with each department

February 8, 2017 |


As my four years slowly simmer to an end, I find myself thinking back to UMW’s mission statement about diversity and inclusion. The mission, and goal, has always been to create an environment on campus that puts an emphasis on providing a “comprehensive, university-wide approach to diversity and inclusivity, access and equity.”Read More

University of Mostly… Whites? UMW students fall victim to false advertising

September 14, 2016 |


If you were to take a random sample of the freshmen on Move-In day and compare it to the students in photographs from the University of Mary Washington brochures and pamphlets, you may or may not be surprised to see that the number of minority students featured in our school’s marketing materials is a gross over-representation of the diversity on campus. UMW has fallen victim to the phenomenon of “minority branding.”Read More

UMW: University of Mostly Whites

February 10, 2016 |


In light of Black History Month this February, it seems like the right time to shed a light on exactly how racially and ethnically diverse we are here at the University of Mary Washington.Read More

Staff Ed: Diversity celebrated but not yet achieved at UMW

November 5, 2015 |


This past Friday night at 7 p.m., The Chandler Ballroom became the venue for the annual Taste of Asia event, an Asian culture celebration that marked the end of Asian culture week and the end of another Cultural Awareness Series at The University of Mary Washington. This event, hosted by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, and co-sponsored by the Asian Student Association, proved to be a culturally fruitful event for the UMW community to enjoy through its various Asian style of performing arts including music, dance, fashion and most notably as evident in the title of the event, its cuisine.Read More

Student diversity needs to be embraced and enhanced

September 12, 2013 |

The world is a diverse place full of many different people, religions, cultures and languages. Meeting different people and learning about their morals and values is what makes the world a more interesting and understanding place.Read More

UMW Fair Promotes Diversity

April 18, 2013 |

The 23rd Annual Multicultural Fair, organized by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, was held Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read More

Diverse religious representation fails to appear on campus

January 30, 2013 |

The University of Mary Washington credits itself on the diversity of its campus.Read More

Diverse Students Grow Within New Community and Culture

December 6, 2012 |

Being an international student is not easy. I, myself, am an international student from Burma. Looking back, I would consider filling out the application to be the most stress-free part of the admissions process. Being an international student means that I have to adhere to a whole different set of rules and regulations.Read More

Class of 2015 Continues UMW's Push for Greater Diversity Levels

September 15, 2011 |

The University of Mary Washington has continued its push for greater diversity within its student body with this year’s entering freshman class being the most diverse yet, according to numbers provided by the Office of the Registrar.

Of the 982 … Read More

Opposing Viewpoints: Increasing Diversity on Campus More Important Than Academics

February 2, 2011 |

The University of Mary Washington accepts applicants each year that might not meet university academic standards but fulfill a quota in the diversity count. These students from minority backgrounds are accepted on the premise that their circumstances may have curtailed … Read More

UMW Changes Policy on Diversity to be More Inclusive

October 6, 2010 |


Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington is changing the wording of the Community Values Statement to better reflect the ideals and beliefs upheld and enforced by school faculty and staff, the Board of Visitors, and the … Read More

Summer Program Doubles Its Size, Impact

September 9, 2009 |


The Student Transition Program, a University sponsored five-week, two-class summer session for select incoming freshman, took a record 62 participants this year. As a program that promotes diversity at Mary Washington, the unprecedented participation coincides with a … Read More

Diverse Freshman Class: Racial and Ethnic Minorities Represent a Record 21 Percent of Admitted Students

September 2, 2009 |

By Heather Brady

Over 850 students from the most diverse freshman class in Mary Washington history moved into their dorms Wednesday morning, marking the beginning of their college experience.

In what felt like 100-degree weather, sweat-soaked incoming freshmen and their … Read More

Diversity Committee Approved

December 4, 2008 |

By Sarah Smith and Alex Jaffee

After two years of debate, the Student Senate passed a constitutional amendment to instate the Diversity and Unity Coordinating Committee which will be added to the executive branch if passed by a campus-wide vote. … Read More

Light at the End of the Tunnel

February 21, 2008 |


When Kate LeBoeuf toured the Tunnel of Oppression in California, she immediately wanted to bring the experience to the University of Mary Washington.

“I had an awesome time at the UC Berkeley Tunnel and thought that the … Read More