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The Blue & Gray Press | August 19, 2019

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Students react strongly to Blackstone closure, Katora opening

June 20, 2019 |

By KATE SELTZER
News Editor
UMW’s on-campus coffee shop, Blackstone, is closing after almost five years of business. Katora Coffee, which has a location on Caroline Street in Downtown Fredericksburg, will be taking its place. The change has prompted strong reactions from students, including former Blackstone and Katora employees.Read More

Attempted abduction reported near Jepson Science Center

June 10, 2019 |

by KATE SELTZER
News Editor
On Tuesday June 4, a student walking near the Jepson Science Center reported that a man driving a dark colored Nissan told her to get into his car. Although a timely warning was sent out that described the incident as an attempted abduction, Lieutenant Bill Gill from the UMW Police Department said this is not the case.Read More

Resident Assistants voice concerns about Office of Residence Life

April 25, 2019 |

By GINNY BIXBY
Associate Editor
At the end of UMW alumna Monique Klinger’s only semester as a resident assistant in the spring of 2018, she had to perform a task she never expected she’d have to complete.Read More

Vending machine raffle is misleading

April 25, 2019 |

By RILEY DOHERTY
Staff Writer
Students, faculty and guests alike have at one point or another used one of the many vending machines on campus. The 40 drink machines found on campus all bear a sign with the message “Buy a bottle from this machine and you could win up to $100 in EagleOne Dollars.”Read More

Dirk and Dwyane: rivals who left their mark on NBA history

April 25, 2019 |

By NICHOLAS VINSON
Staff Writer
The NBA playoffs began Saturday, Apr. 13. Before they began, however, the Association had two of its greatest players play the final games of their respective careers. Dwyane Wade played his last game with the Miami Heat and Dirk Nowitzki finished his career with the Dallas Mavericks. Read More

Pressure comes from within for first generation college students

April 25, 2019 |

By MICHELLE VASQUEZ
Staff Writer
When you are a first generation student, you may feel some added pressure other students do not experience. Being the first in your family is tough, and the expectations weigh heavily. You have to stay on top of things. You have more responsibilities.Read More

Refusing flu shot endangers public health

April 25, 2019 |

By AMANDA SMITH
Staff Writer
Flu season seemed to rapidly spread across UMW’s campus this spring semester. Even after receiving their seasonal flu shot, students still can’t seem to avoid it. Read More

Ineffective leadership transition can lead to club burnout

April 25, 2019 |

By MEREDITH JENNINGS
Staff Writer
Clubs at UMW are not a new phenomenon, but what is new is the method in which they are being led. Read More

Internships improve transition from school to the working world

April 25, 2019 |

By THOMAS SKEER
Staff Writer
As members of the class of 2019 don their cap and gowns, ready to walk into the working world, some may be more prepared than others when the time comes to start earning a salary.Read More

“Cuphead” joins Nintendo Switch, revives classic animation

April 25, 2019 |

By HARRY FISHER
Online Editor
In September 2017, the independent game development team Studio MDHR blew the minds of gamers and animation fans everywhere when they released their first game, “Cuphead.”Read More

EagleOne minimum deposit rate is too expensive

April 25, 2019 |

By DEANNA BIONDI
Staff Writer
Mary Washington students should not have to deposit $10 onto their EagleOne card just to do a single load of laundry.Read More

Older students need community on campus

April 25, 2019 |

By VICTORIA RICKMOND
Staff Writer
Nearly 70 percent of the students here at UMW are between 18 and 21 years old, which is considered the “normal” age range for undergraduates. 17 percent of students follow closely behind at 22-24. The remaining 13 percent of students are outside of that range, including myself. Read More

It’s time to disarm police and focus on crisis intervention training

April 25, 2019 |

By SEAN MOORE
Staff Writer
It seems like we can hardly go a day without hearing about another deadly police shooting. Conversations about stopping said shootings are prolific but they have largely ignored an obvious solution, taking away police officers’ guns.Read More

Staff Ed: Devastation in the wake of Sri Lanka bombing

April 25, 2019 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD
On Easter morning, nine bombs detonated in and around Colombo and Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. As of Wednesday, the death toll has risen to 359 with over 500 injured. The U.N. children’s agency said the dead included at least 45 children.Read More

Downtown Fredericksburg streets offer cheap eats

April 25, 2019 |

By AUGUSTUS GROHMANN
Staff Writer
Despite UMW’s proximity to downtown Fredericksburg, some students rarely visit the area. Most students give one of two explanations: It is too much of a hassle to go into town or it is too expensive to eat there. Read More

UMW Board of Visitors vote unanimously on 2019-20 tuition, fees and budget

April 25, 2019 |

GRACE WINFIELD

Associate Editor

The University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors voted unanimously April 13 to freeze in-state tuition rates for the 2019-20 academic year. Out-of-state students’ tuition will increase a few percentage points.

These “minimal cost increases,” as … Read More

Finance Committee club funding allocation favors Class Council

April 25, 2019 |

By GRACE WINFIELD
Associate Editor
Since 2016, the budget of the UMW Finance Committee (FC), which allocates money to Tier 1 clubs on campus, has dropped significantly from previous years.Read More

Campus community reacts to Paris fire

April 25, 2019 |

By EKATERINA SAVELYEVA
Staff Writer
On Monday, April 15, a fire broke out on the roof of France’s Notre Dame Cathedral, destroying its roof and collapsing the spire that has become an iconic part of the twelfth century cathedral’s silhouette.Read More

Creative Writing Club kicks off annual poetry slam tradition

April 25, 2019 |

By FIONA NALEPA
Staff Writer
The UMW Creative Writing Club has started a new annual tradition, the Poetry Slam. Student poets were invited to share a poem of their choosing in a poetry slam competition in the Digital Auditorium last Saturday.Read More

Mary Massacre goes to ultimate frisbee national championship

April 25, 2019 |

By CAROLYN ROUSE
Contributing Writer
Just days after graduation, the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Mary Massacre, will be nationals-bound. The Frisbee Nationals is hosted at College Station, Texas at Texas A&M, and will transpire May 18-19. Read More

April 22 Podcast

April 25, 2019 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

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Damaged student property should be reimbursed by UMW

April 24, 2019 |

By REINA DATTA
Staff Writer
On Saturday, April 6, a hot water line in the north side of Eagle Landing burst, sending water through all five levels of the building. What started out as a seemingly routine fire drill soon turned into a hectic day of unanswered questions and students with no access to their belongings. Read More

Staff Ed: Millions devastated across the world as Notre Dame Cathedral and Al-Aqsa Mosque engulfed in flames

April 18, 2019 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD

This past Monday, two historic religious buildings caught fire. The first, and most publicized, was the fire in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. The second fire occurred in the Al-Aqsa Mosque … Read More

April 15 Podcast

April 18, 2019 |

By THE BLUE AND GRAY PRESS STAFF

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UMW dining would benefit from expansion

April 18, 2019 |

By NICHOLAS VINSON
Staff Writer
Having affordable and varied meal plans with a multitude of dining options is especially important for the mental, physical and emotional health of busy students.Read More

Greg Rowson gets Rookie of the Year, makes All-State team

April 18, 2019 |

By MEREDITH JENNINGS
Staff Writer
UMW men’s basketball player Greg Rowson hauled in Rookie of the Year, as awarded by The Virginia Sports Information Directors.Read More

Nina Serafin discusses cheer stereotypes and varsity potential

April 18, 2019 |

By ABIGAIL BUCHHOLZ
Staff Writer
Ten years ago, a gaggle of fourth graders gathered on the sidelines of a local football game. These girls, members of the B League Knights Cheerleading squad, were about to perform their first ever halftime routine.Read More

Eli Ayer remains dominant with strong faceoff record

April 18, 2019 |

By VINCENT SMIROLDO
Staff Writer
Faceoffs are a big part of lacrosse that can change the dynamic of the game by giving a team extra possessions on offense and keeping the ball out of their defensive end. During his time at UMW, senior Eli Ayer has excelled in this part of the game.Read More

UMW works to accommodate displaced Eagle residents

April 18, 2019 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE & SAVANNAH ROBERTS
News Editor & Staff Writer
A burst hot water pipe on the fifth floor of Eagle Landing displaced 112 students on April 6, and the damage will prevent 38 students from returning to their rooms for the remainder of the semester. The details regarding this incident were reported by the Blue and Gray Press on April 11. Further information from assistant dean for Residence Life and Housing Dave Fleming revealed how the university is working to accommodate the students who were permanently displaced for the remainder of the semester. Read More

White privilege must be acknowledged in athletics

April 18, 2019 |

By JOSEPH LANGLEY Staff Writer Racism is everywhere and it is not subtle: in the working environment, social environment and even learning environment. Even on this nation’s biggest stages, bigotry, racism and white privilege is extremely visualRead More