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The Blue & Gray Press | May 23, 2018

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Candidates for VA Election offer various platforms for voters to support

November 7, 2017 |


Staff Writer

On Tuesday Nov. 7, polling places all around Virginia will open for the election of the state’s new governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. For many Mary Washington students this may be the first election they can participate in and for others this may be something they have done multiple times in the past.Read More

'Psuedo elections' in Ukraine rock the international community

November 5, 2014 |


Men clad in camouflaged uniforms stalk the streets of Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine.Read More

Meet the new SGA leadership

February 27, 2013 |

Position: Office of the Diversity and Unity Coordinating Committee Executive Chairperson
Name: Christian Wiedow
Year: Junior
Major: EconomicsRead More

Elections garner few votes

February 27, 2013 |

At any college, it is essential that students have a say and influence on what happens on their campus.Read More

Gingrich Enters the Ring

November 16, 2011 |

If you are a registered Democrat, then right now you should like Republican presidential candidate and former House speaker Newt Gingrich. You heard me right; liberals should embrace “the Newtster.”Read More

SGA Ushers in New Administration

March 9, 2011 |

Two weeks ago students made their voices heard in the Student Government Association elections, re-electing junior Ashley Nixon as president for another term.

Nixon, who attributes her victory to the valuable experience she has accrued over the past year as SGA President, said that her goal for the coming year is to improve communication between the Student Senate and the Executive Cabinet, and help voice students’ opinions to the administration.

“I feel like every day, I’m invited to a new [Facebook] group about student opinion on tuition or a building,” Nixon said. “I highly doubt President Hurley’s being invited to those.”

She also emphasized that students should not assume that the administration is not listening to what they have to say.

“They didn’t say one day, ‘Let tear down Seaco,’” Nixon said. “There are a lot of research and opinions that go into that…President Hurley has an open door policy. How many university presidents do that? There’s a very open environment at this university; people just don’t take advantage of it.”

Nixon said that the biggest issue on campus that she would like to address in her new term is the proposed tuition hike.

“As students, we expect a certain level of excellence from Mary Wash,” said Nixon, “For that, we do need a certain amount of money. But I don’t want the University to raise it as much as they were talking about at the beginning of the year.”

Sophomore Robert Belcourt, who lost to Nixon in the election, said that Nixon. “has done a great job in the past year as President. I think it is fair to say the UMW campus is better off than where it was a year ago.”

Belcourt also offered Nixon some advice for her next term.

“The most important thing that Ashley can do is to start communicating,” Belcourt said. “A lot of the problems with SGA right now stem from only a select group of students [Executive Cabinet] being informed. [Executive Cabinet] does not communicate at all with the Student Senate, and it has actually become frustrating.”

According to Christina Eggenberger, associate director of student activities and community service, 681 students voted in the elections.

“Nobody knows who their elected leaders are,” Belcourt said. “And I think this plays an important part in only having 681 votes cast. This number is far from good. The only way to get more votes is to get more students active in the system.”

Belcourt cited the Bullet, the SGA website, social networks and direct feedback as ways “to inform the student body of the issues.”

For the election of Judicial Review Board President, junior Evan Butler ran unopposed and won.

“We need a few more people on the board,” Butler said, identifying the main problem with JRB that he would like to fix as President. “We have to recruit. Also, if people get summoned to come to a hearing – no matter their role – they need to come to it.”

Junior Mohammad Mesbahi will be serving as JRB Vice President.

For Honor Council President, junior Aaron McPherson was elected, citing his two years served as Vice President for Honor Council for why he was elected over his opponent.

“It is really important to me to be a part of a community of trust, and I believe that the honor system is an integral part of this,” McPherson said. “I hope to expand the sense of honor at Mary Washington outside of the classroom and encourage students to live by it in their everyday life.”

Junior Mandi Solomon was elected president of the Inter-Club Association, responsible for helping new clubs form and assisting existing ones.

For President of Association of Residence Halls, which tries to offer a safe and fun community atmosphere to all in residence halls and on campus, junior Hannah Baumgardner was elected.

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SGA President Ashley Nixon On Upcoming Class Elections

January 26, 2011 |

Dear Fellow Students,

The Student Government Association will be holding spring elections for the positions of: SGA President, SGA Vice President, Honor Council President, Judicial Review Board President, Inter-Clubs Association President, Legislative Action Committee Chairperson, Academic Affairs Committee Chairperson and … Read More

Midterm Elections Turn House Red

November 4, 2010 |

Tuesday’s midterm election brought Republican control back to the House of Representatives and stole six seats from the Democrat-controlled Senate, with a landslide victory for First District incumbent Rep. Rob Wittman and Seventh District incumbent Rep. Eric Cantor.

In … Read More

Ball Campaign Speaks About Issues Facing UMW Students

October 28, 2010 |

In light of the upcoming November elections for the first congressional district, the Bullet contacted the campaign offices of Republican candidate Rob Wittman and Democratic candidate Krystal Ball to ask them about their stance on issues relating to UMW students. … Read More

‘Conflicting Results’ Mar Class Council Election

March 31, 2010 |


Students campaigning for Mary Washington Honor Council, Judicial Review Board and Class Council ran from the UMW bell tower to Lee Hall last week, carrying spray-painted bed sheets to promote themselves for the 2010-2011 elections on March … Read More

SGA Elections This Week

February 17, 2010 |


The candidates for the upcoming Student Government Association elections were announced yesterday, earlier than usual as a way to allow new members a longer and smoother transition period into their positions.

The new cabinet members will begin … Read More

Susannigans: Elections Are Important Even if Not Presidential

November 4, 2009 |

For the first time in my four years of election eligibility, I voted for a candidate who didn’t win. Naturally, I’m disappointed. But I have a feeling that even if Democrat Creigh Deeds had been elected over Republican Bob McDonnell … Read More

Election Contested; Payne Wins Recount

April 9, 2009 |


Sarah Payne won the re-election for Honor Council president yesterday, defeating the previously announced winner, James Martin, by 63 votes. The election was reheld due to Payne’s contestation of the original March 26 results.

“You … Read More

Election Recalled

April 9, 2009 |


At an emergency hearing of the Judicial Review Board early Wednesday morning, student judicial representatives ruled that last week’s Honor Council elections were invalid due to candidate violations. This decision followed a student appeal regarding a decision made … Read More