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The Blue & Gray Press | June 26, 2019

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Kate Seltzer

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

How the mighty have fallen: UC to close in fall of 2019

April 4, 2019 |

By KATE SELTZER
News Editor
The latest in a line of campus building closings, UMW’s University Center will close indefinitely in the fall of 2019.Read More

Appellate court finds that UMW officials should have done more to prevent cyber harassment in 2015

January 24, 2019 |

By KATE SELTZER
News Editor
On December 19, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that University of Mary Washington should have done more to protect students from online sexual harassment.Read More

UMW students find community through new Facebook meme page

November 15, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER
News Editor
The “M” in UMW stands for memes, according to a new Facebook group.Read More

Students and administrators respond to Trump’s proposed Title IX policy change

November 1, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER
News Editor
On Oct. 21, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration is seeking to legally define sex as “a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.”Read More

Dr. Sudhir Nagaraja leaves Talley Center

April 26, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER

News Editor

Dr. Sughir Nagaraja’s last day at the Talley Center was Wednesday, Apr. 18. After five years as the university’s contracted consulting psychiatrist, he says that UMW can and should do more to prioritize mental health.Read More

SGA’s Diversity Unity and Coordinating Committee

April 4, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER 

Staff Writer

Sophomore Rahima Morshed, the incoming chair of SGA’s Diversity Unity and Coordinating Committee, has high hopes for the coming semester.Read More

Jessica Machado has high hopes for the Office of Disability Resources

March 15, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER

Staff Writer

UMW needs increased staffing to accommodate students with disabilities.

Jessica Machado, who took over as Director of the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) this fall, said that the office is currently too small to keep up with the growing population of eligible students and demand for resources.Read More

Spirit Rock sparks controversy

February 22, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER 

Senior Writer

On Thursday morning of last week, students awoke to a new message on the Spirit Rock: in black, seemingly hastingly scrawled writing, “18 school shootings in 2018.”Read More

Can Aziz Ansari be forgiven? Examining the intricacies of sexual misconduct

February 1, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER

Senior Writer

The #MeToo movement marks a profound cultural shift: the end to the era of silencing victims of sexual harassment and assault and a forced reckoning of how we as a society view women, power, and sex. Read More

Calorie information at dining hall follows federal regulations but could be triggering

November 16, 2017 |

By KATE SELTZER

Staff Writer

Nationwide, eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating are on the rise. Women and adolescents age 18-21 are especially susceptible to developing symptoms of such disorders. This makes college students, and female college students in particular, a disproportionately affected group.Read More

University of Mary Washington… or Mary Washington University? Student says names should not be based in elitism

September 20, 2017 |

By KATE SELTZER

Staff Writer

In the 1980s, a debate over a possible name change for the University of Mary Washington surged through campus, with students, faculty, alumni and city council members weighing in. Eventually, those that supported keeping the name, Mary Washington College, won out. In the early 2000s, a similar controversy arose as the school contemplated expanding to university status. Although it was probably well-intentioned, the ultimate decision to rechristen our dear alma mater the “University of Mary Washington” was the wrong one.Read More

One time Group Fitness fee is met with mixed emotions by UMW students

September 7, 2017 |

By KATE SELTZER

Staff Writer

With the semester starting back up, as students are getting back into the swing of things, returning students may notice a change at the fitness center when they go to sign up for any of the various group fitness classes. In previous years these classes were free, however, due to an increase in demand and popularity, beginning this year students will be asked to pay a fee of $10. This new fee, which only needs to be paid one time, will grant students unlimited access to all of the group fitness classes for the duration of the school year.Read More