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The Blue & Gray Press | June 23, 2017

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Review of court records reveals disheartening actions taken by leaders in athletic department

April 27, 2017 | 16

By ESTER SALGUERO

In March, Juliette Landphair, Vice President for Student Affairs, sent out a statement on behalf of the university and its staff announcing that the University of Mary Washington settled a lawsuit with Jasmine Orsted. A former student, who said that she felt racially discriminated against after being cut from the women’s basketball team before her tryout date.Read More

ResHall Recipes: expert level Vocellis style pizza recipe

March 30, 2017 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

Pizza is the cheapest and most convenient meal out there. It’s flexible and you can pretty much add any toppings you like. Think of the dough as a blank canvas. If you add just anything and everything to a pizza, it might not come out tasty, but if you follow this recipe very closely you won’t be disappointed. At UMW there is no shortage of greasy Vocelli’s pizza, so this will be the same, but different since you made it yourself.Read More

One week later: what we know about the Nazi letter on campus

February 23, 2017 | 1

By KELLY EMMRICH & ESTER SALGUERO

Last week The Blue & Gray Press published an article titled “UMW student finds aggressive Nazi message on bulletin board on Campus Walk.” In the wake of publication, there was a collective sense of panic felt by students, faculty and staff on both social media and on the campus.

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That Qdoba worker everyone loves? She’s an Olympic gold medalist and UMW’s No. 1 fan

December 1, 2016 | 2

By ESTER SALGUERO

Ever since she was 8-years- old, Grace Anne Braxton, has been a hard worker. At that age, she started training to be the tenacious athlete she is today. She holds the title as one of the top-ranked … Read More

Green Party candidate Jill Stein makes final campaign stop at UMW

November 10, 2016 |

By ESTER SALGUERO & IZZY BRIONES

Anticipation rose as University of Mary Washington students and residents of Fredericksburg filled the Chandler Ballroom, of the University Center Sunday night in anticipation for Green Party candidate, Jill Stein. With only a few rows of seats provided, many were left sitting on the floor.Read More

Students feel the love with therapy dogs’ visit to the UMW campus

October 27, 2016 |

By PAIGE WALTON

A six-page paper due next week, one take-home quiz to be completed tonight, and 30 pages of reading to get through before tomorrow. Every day of the week students have a lot on their plate. Finding ways to cope and manage the stress that comes with school can be difficult and time consuming. One proven way to alleviate stress and brighten people’s moods could come in the form of frequent therapy dog visits to campus, according to Dr. Tevya Zukor, director of the Talley Center.Read More

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

September 28, 2016 | 3

By ESTER SALGUERO & IZZY BRIONES

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

New Waves of Evangelicalism on Campuses Across the Nation

April 21, 2016 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

Deborah Jian Lee has fashioned a sense of solidarity with subcultures across multiple campuses in calling herself a refugee of Evangelicalism. Despite growing up in a non-religious household, Lee found a Chinese community church while living in the suburbs of Chicago and joined its youth group. Later in her college career, she tried to continue following the same path but found that she increasingly disagreed with the foundational values of Evangelicalism.Read More

Hammock accident spurs new guidelines

March 31, 2016 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

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

No more waiting around, UMW needs divestment now

March 31, 2016 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

As responsive as the University of Mary Washington says it is, it has been two years since the university has answered the pleas of DivestUMW students. Finally there is some hope for students of DivestUMW because the subcommittee of President Hurley’s Council on Sustainability has researched the advantages of divesting.
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Beyoncé joins list of pop stars to take political stand

February 18, 2016 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

In the beginning there was New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina hit it was unrecognizable and that is how it has been for a while. Beyoncé’s new song “Formation” has stirred up controversy with its social commentary on the lack of governmental aid and government neglect, police violence and support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Studying abroad, not as scary as you think

February 10, 2016 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

There are students who choose the most direct path to graduation and others that feel as though the college experience is incomplete if they don’t step out of the boundaries of the campus. Xavier Griffin, a senior geography major, found himself wanting more of an adventure than the walk across campus was giving him.Read More

Former UMW sergeant arrested for sexual assault

January 19, 2016 | 7

By ESTER SALGUERO

William Somers, former sergeant on the University of Mary Washington’s police force and Lexi Coleman, the victim of an alleged sexual assault reported in December, were both present at the Fredericksburg General District preliminary hearing on Thursday Jan. 14. Judge John Stevens assessed that the case should be sent to circuit court, according to The Free-Lance Star. Read More

Bhangra Beat participates in statewide competition for its 11th year

November 11, 2015 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

The International Living Community hosted the University of Mary Washington’s anticipated 2015 Bhangra Beat on Friday Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Center. Ten minutes before the show and the crowd was already pumped with Punjabi music mixes. One particular song even included some of N.W.A’s unique songs.Read More

#UMWSocial offers a closer look at UMW social media sites

October 27, 2015 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

Social media is a vital part of millennials’ lives and their college experience. Understanding Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can make communication all the easier, and could be a useful tool in the workplace after graduation. As social media affects students, faculty and administration, one group is looking to bring all three together and use social media to thrust UMW into the cyber world.Read More

2015 Homecoming promises something for all students

October 22, 2015 |

EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH & ESTER SALGUERO

The events for this year’s homecoming are squished within this week and include the UMW athletic games proceeding over the weekend, a BBQ on Ball Circle and a photo contest spread throughout relying heavily on student interaction.
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Two local Virginia bands serenade Ball Circle at Rockobterfest

October 21, 2015 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

On the brisk afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 17, the Campus Programming Board collaborated with the Class Council to introduce two bands for this year’s Rocktoberfest. One of which, Virginia Man, an unconventional Indie Folk band, made their debut on Ball Circle.Read More

First ever UMW commercial hits air, sparks student concern

October 6, 2015 | 2

By ESTER SALGUERO

The University of Mary Washington released its first ever commercial on Friday, Oct. 2, the largest part of a series of advertisements the university has undertaken to rebrand and attract new students to the university.
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Students and faculty make most of Mindfulness Week

October 1, 2015 | 1

By ESTER SALGUERO & EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

This week, the University of Mary Washington is highlighting the importance of living in the moment by hosting Mindfulness Week.Read More

Graffiti containing prejudiced remarks permeate Randolph Hall

September 23, 2015 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

On Friday, Sept. 11, which marked the 16th anniversary of 9/11, residents of Randolph Hall expressed their repulsion towards distasteful, stereotypical comments that were written on a white board which belonged to two students in the residence hall. Left anonymously on the fifth floor, the comments targeted the Islamic faith and the residents’ assumed affiliation.Read More

UMW, GWU partnership leads medical students in right direction

September 10, 2015 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

New opportunities are available for pre-med students in obtaining early admission consideration into one of the top medical schools in the country.Read More

Sexual assault prevention specialist, new programs sustain UMW values

September 2, 2015 |

By ESTER SALGUERO

A soon to be announced full­-time sexual assault prevention specialist
will be added to the University of Mary Washington’s staff after
September 10, according to Marissa Miller, the coordinator for
Prevention and Advocacy at UMW.Read More