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The Blue & Gray Press | October 20, 2018

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UMW works on its retention rates

March 1, 2018 |


Staff Writer

Over the course of 20 years, Mary Washington’s retention rate has been maintained at a steady rate; however a decline during the 2013 school year has caused this to be a topic of interest.

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More than partying: How stereotypes negatively affect Greek life’s image

February 8, 2018 |


Staff Writer

Last semester we raised over $2,000 for suicide awareness and prevention, planted trees and mulched at Hugh Mercer Elementary School, held a bake sale in which funds were used to donate bus tickets to the Brisben Center for the homeless, and made trick-or-treat bags for the children at the Mary Washington Hospital. Read More

Greek Life gets ‘boulder’ with their methods of advertising

February 8, 2018 |


Staff Writer

All students at the University of Mary Washington know of the boulder used for announcements that sits outside of Woodard. “The rock,” is coated in layers and layers of paint. Students paint the rock for many of reasons, whether to announce the annual “Rocky Horror Picture Show” or to advertise a club meeting or event. Recently though, there has been some controversy over the rock and its message.Read More

Winter Leadership Symposium sparks valuable conversations concerning UMW

February 1, 2018 |


Staff Writer

On Saturday, January 20, the University of Mary Washington Leadership Winter Symposium took place on UMW’s campus in Dodd Auditorium. The Winter Symposium, put on by the Student Leadership Committee, was a mandatory program for all student organization leaders; and built upon the meaningful conversations that were held during the August Leadership Summit. Read More

Official Greek life would harm UMW community

September 13, 2017 |


Last year in the official UMW Class of 2020 Facebook group, several students started a petition to officiate Greek life on campus. This sparked a heated debate in the comments section, among students who had polarizing opinions on the issue.Read More

More than booze and blackouts: a frats real purpose on college campuses

January 19, 2016 |

By Tessa Cate

Our quaint, cozy campus is home to students bumbling up and down campus walk, frolicking across Ball Circle in the sunshine and getting down to business in the Hurley Convergence Center. The campus vibe is one of friendliness, where every student is equal to the next and Eagles of different social backgrounds and interests mix flawlessly.Read More

President Hurley halts consideration of Greek life

December 3, 2014 |


Earlier this week, President Rick Hurley announced his intention to place a hold on the consideration of instituting a Greek life system at the University of Mary Washington.Read More

Letter: Alumna speaks out against bringing Greek Life to UMW

December 3, 2014 |


I am very proud to be an alumna of a university whose student community places a very strong emphasis on inclusion, tolerance and women’s rights.Read More

Letter to the Editor: Apathy and Atrophy at UMW

November 20, 2014 |

It seems like over the past four years I’ve been at the University of Mary Washington has become stricken by a disease, a cancer. I’m not sure if it is internal to the students, faculty, or the administration, but what is for sure is that it is causing more than a fair share of issues at UMW. Read More

UMW debates possibility of Greek life

November 20, 2014 |


Students, alumni, community members and members of the university administration crowded into Lee Hall room 411 to speak about the possibility of Greek life coming to the University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg Campus.Read More

Student Senate passes motion on Greek life

November 13, 2014 |

A motion to begin the process of establishing a nationally recognized Greek life system passed in the University of Mary Washington Student Senate and the Student Government Association’s Executive Cabinet this past week. Read More

Letter: No Greek life, not like this

November 13, 2014 |

Every morning students on their way to class walk by an ivy-covered sign proclaiming an entrance to our campus; it reads, “Mary Washington College.” This school may be a university now, but that sign signifies an enduring identity on the verge of being abandoned.Read More

Frats lose their credibility

September 24, 2014 |


Late last week, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee fraternity was accused of systematically drugging drinks at a party that occurred in mid-September for the purpose of taking advantage of women.Read More

Greek Life Divides Student Body

April 26, 2012 |

Over 100 submissions on what students think about Greek life have come to the SGA website, according to SGA President Jeremy Thompson.Read More

College Greek Life Partied Out

September 21, 2011 |


A distinguishing feature of Mary Washington since its inception has been its lack of officially recognized greek life. Unlike larger, more rowdy universities, the administration at Mary Washington has been quite content to not give students a … Read More

Frat OK'd on Campus

February 28, 2008 |


A new campus club is bringing fraternity life to Mary Washington, but the school is standing behind its stance against Greek life.

A co-ed social fraternity, Alpha Mu Sigma, had its first rush for new members last … Read More