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The Blue & Gray Press | May 24, 2017

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Potential policy insists that all faculty be evaluated every semester

April 27, 2017 | 1

By GARY KNOWLES

Debra Schleef, the assistant provost for Institutional Analysis and Effectiveness, initiated a motion to change how student evaluations work at the end of each semester. Currently, not all classes are evaluated at the end of every semester. If this proposed addition to the faculty handbook is approved, then students enrolled in credit courses will be given an evaluation form for those classes. Read More

UMW introduces new online streaming database granting free access to documentaries

April 27, 2017 |

By MARK NOEL

The University of Mary Washington has many great resources on campus for professors and students but there is a more recent resource that has gone unnoticed by most of the UMW community. This resource is called Kanopy streaming and was founded by Olivia Humphrey in 2008.Read More

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello visits campus during tour to talk about student affairs

April 27, 2017 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

Virginia gubernatorial candidate, Tom Perriello, visited the University of Mary Washington last Wednesday while on his college campus tour. He talked to students and faculty members in the Hurley Convergence Center about his policies on mental health issues, his proposal for free education at two-year community colleges, promoting an environmentally friendly Virginia and combatting sexual assault. Read More

Mistep of inquiry in residential use of marijuana leads to student scare

April 26, 2017 |

By VIRGINIA BIXBY

Sophomore Ariana Barrett and her roommate were looking forward to a fun evening at the Waka Flocka Flame spring concert featuring D.R.A.M. Before the concert, they wanted to stop by their dorm room. On their way to the second floor the area coordinator remarked that there was a strong smell of marijuana. Barrett agreed, without actually saying so out loud, but she thought it smelled like someone was smoking pot.Read More

Sudden end to security contract at Eagle Landing leaves front desk attendant postion vacant

April 26, 2017 |

By HALEY SPENCER

Before April 1, The University of Mary Washington held a contract with Allied Barton Security Inc, an internal security force. UMW employed officers from this company to man the front desk at Eagle Landing after midnight and on weeknights.Read More

Millions of dollars left over annually from unused flex money

April 19, 2017 | 1

By KELLY EMMRICH & ABIGAIL WHITTINGTON

At the end of spring 2016, University of Mary Washington student, Nick Atwell had roughly $130 of flex left over. He used that money to buy 12 large pizzas to feed his stressed peers during exam week. Atwell ends every year with an abundance of flex because he chooses to eat in the University Center dining hall, where he can eat healthy options for only a meal swipe. Despite mostly relying on meal swipes to feed him, Atwell still ends each year with about 30 unused swipes.Read More

UMW works with Peace Corps to offer a new prep program for students

April 19, 2017 |

By JONATHON MYERS

Starting in the fall of 2017, the University of Mary Washington will be offering a program to students interested in joining the Peace Corps after graduation. In a newly acquired partnership with the Peace Corps, students will have the opportunity to prepare for a volunteer experience that would take place following their college years.Read More

University Faculty Council meeting proposes ideas for new class recording policy

April 13, 2017 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTRYE

Students miss classes for many reasons ranging from sickness to dealing with personal issues. In situations when they cannot attend class, students tend to rely on professor’s office hours or notes from classmates in order to find out what they missed. However, a new way to obtain classroom material may become accessible to students soon.Read More

Apogee and UMW brings students a new online TV channel listing

April 13, 2017 |

By CELINE CHASSAGNEUX

Started in the spring of 2017, Apogee and the University of Mary Washington partnered together to bring students a new television channel listing. The new guide option was officially implemented on March 28.Read More

Professor vocalizes reality of coping with disability as a faculty member

April 12, 2017 |

By AMANDA BIELECKI

Regina Root, an award-winning professor at William and Mary, mother and wife, taught students something that cannot be relayed in a classroom. According the documentary, “Regina’s Gift – A Life and Death Battle with a Brain Tumor,” her story began in early August of 2014 when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The news would be devastating to anyone, especially family members. She and her family attempted to remain strong.Read More

BOV unveils 6-year plan: features updates to Jepson, Seacobeck and more parking

April 5, 2017 |

By WILL BRORSEN

Work on the six-year plan for the University of Mary Washington is underway by the Board of Visitors. Allocations of funding strongly influence the campus, as well as tuition. The committee had its first meeting on March 22. UMW has three projects underway that will potentially have a major impact on the operating budget. The current projects are the Jepson Science Center expansion, a new parking deck and the renovation of Seacobeck Hall.Read More

Vocelli’s biker convicted of BUI, Sammy D. Eagle in critical condition

March 30, 2017 | 1

By KELLY EMMRICH & ETHAN TOBIN

On Saturday night around 9 p.m. an employee of the Vocelli’s delivery team hit the University of Mary Washington mascot Sammy D. Eagle in front of the spirit rock. A UMW student who was a witness on the scene tweeted “OMG eagle down!!!!” at the UMW campus police.Read More

The Boyfriend Registry: Student Affairs pushes for bachelor labels

March 30, 2017 |

By TESSA CATE

After months of strategic analysis and in-depth research, UMW’s Office for Student Affairs will push forward with its newest (and most literal) effort in student engagement: The UMW Boyfriend Registry.Read More

#NotMyGPA trends on campus as protests break out on unfair grades

March 30, 2017 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

The school year is approaching its home stretch and students at the University of Mary Washington are feeling the academic pressure on their shoulders. For seniors, the grades they earn for the next month may dictate whether or not they earn a diploma in May.Read More

Performers and audience come together for Mary Wash’s Got Talent

March 22, 2017 |

By JASMINE TURNER

Alec Mallman, assistant director of SAE and University Center coordinator, said “If you did not come to the show this year, come next year.” On Wednesday, March 15, Dodd filled up with supportive members of the Eagle community. Before the lights dimmed and the 12 performers took the stage, a couple of students commented in anticipation for a show that would match UMW’s 2016 Mary Wash’s Got Talent showcase.Read More

Riding program to stay at Hazelwild Farms after negotiation troubles emerge

March 22, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

The University of Mary Washington’s equestrian team has enjoyed riding horses at Hazelwild Farm for 40 years now. After initial talk of the Hazelwild program no longer being a part of UMW, it was made public that this relationship will continue in the future. Until recently, financial problems threatened to eliminate Hazelwild Farm as UMW’s riding location. However, through communication and compromise, UMW’s athletic department and Hazelwild were able to come to an agreement.Read More

Students stress the negative impact of Trump’s budget cuts

March 22, 2017 |

By COLE MASAITIS

On March 16, 2017, President Donald Trump’s new budget proposal, which he has been working on with congress for the upcoming fiscal year, went public. According to the Washington Post article, “Trump Presidential Budget 2018 Proposal,” the Department of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and Defense Department are where most of governmental funds are being paid. That means that the budget cuts and eliminations deal with, really everything else.Read More

Virginia House of Delegates passes bill to protect beliefs of religious entities

March 2, 2017 | 1

By LIAM MISSIOS

On Feb. 20, the Virginia House of Delegates passed HB 2025, also known as “Religious freedom; solemnization of marriage,” in a 54-38 vote which largely adhered to party lines. An earlier form of the bill was introduced in the House of Delegates in January and was passed by the Senate in its current form on Feb. 16.

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Residence Life unveils new housing preferences for upcoming year

March 1, 2017 |

By ANDREW ARENAS

Residence life recently unveiled major changes to its housing options for the upcoming academic year. Special interest housing is now an option, which includes themed living communities, language communities and gender neutral housing. A new feature called flexible housing was also introduced, which gives students housing agreements, regardless of sex or gender.Read More

Historic Preservation students and faculty take part in important research trips

March 1, 2017 |

By LAUREN CLOSS

In 2007, Doug Sanford, a professor of historical preservation at the University of Mary Washington, began a two-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research grant. Along with his colleague Dennis Pogue, a professor at the University of Maryland, Sanford researched and documented 30 former slave residences in Virginia. Since then, the pair has continued their efforts throughout the summers and during the school year with the help of historic preservation majors.Read More

Department and clubs come together for a drive to benefit women

March 1, 2017 |

By SHAWNYA PETESON

In the coming weeks, if you see pink boxes around campus marked “Unmentionables,” contrary to the box’s message, the organization behind the boxes definitely wants you talk about them. Sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies department in celebration of Women’s History Month, the Unmentionables project is a drive to collect donations of feminine hygiene products, women’s underwear and monetary contributions of cash or check.Read More

UMW student leaders work together to write letter for community

March 1, 2017 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

On Thursday, Feb. 23, a statement was drafted by a group of student leaders and sent out to the University of Mary Washington community in response to events that have taken place both on campus and nationwide over the last few weeks regarding hate speech. This statement was written and signed, by leaders of 30 campus organizations. The message in the email regarded embracing differences, speaking out against hate rhetoric and supporting one another.Read More

William Street parking lot sees rearrangements for residents and commuters

February 23, 2017 |

By STEPHANIE COOK

Many University of Mary Washington students struggle with the lack of available parking, but recently the university has taken steps to address this issue. Last fall parking management began taking steps to find more spaces for UMW students to park. Parking management noticed that the William Street lot often boasted around 50 empty spots, and decided to take action and allow for some UMW resident students to park there.

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Student Senate and SGA pass motion for a sauna in the gym

February 23, 2017 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

On Jan. 30, the University of Mary Washington’s Executive Cabinet voted to pass a motion for a sauna to be added to the fitness center. Senior political science and Spanish double major, Ben Purdy was the senator who introduced the proposal about a week earlier at a student senate meeting.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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Bushnell Hall closing next year for upgrades

February 22, 2017 |

By RACHEL MANNING

Beginning next fall semester, Bushnell Hall will be closed for maintenance, according to the University of Mary Washington’s housing selection website. It will reopen for the 2018-2019 term. To accommodate the displaced students, the third and fourth floors of Jefferson Hall will revert from single to double occupancy. The main reason that Bushnell is being closed is so that air conditioning window units can be installed. However, that is not the only change coming to Bushnell, there will be multiple updates to appliances in the kitchens and study lounges as well.Read More

University plans to construct Hillel House to bolster Jewish community

February 22, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON

The Jewish community in Fredericksburg is relatively small compared to other cities, but the University of Mary Washington has a smattering of Jewish students who call campus home. Unfortunately, these students do not have a designated space of their own, while many other student religious groups do.Read More

UMW issues statement regarding vulgar hate note posted on campus

February 16, 2017 | 2

Below is a message from Vice President for Student Affairs, Juliette Landphair, on the recent news of the hate-speech posted on Campus Walk, recently sent to the UMW community. Click here for the original story.

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Dear UMW Community Members:

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Lecture on hip hop helps students understand mental illness stigma

February 9, 2017 | 2

By DANIELLE HOWARD

During his presentation, James Bland, an assistant director at the James Farmer Multicultural Center, elaborated on his love of hip hop and how the genre helped him to cope with his depression and make sense of the world around him as well as himself.Read More

UMW adds new 5-year program for master’s in geospatial analysis

February 8, 2017 |

By Rachel Manning

The University of Mary Washington has introduced a new accelerated five-year master’s program for Geographic Information Sciences studies. In 2014, UMW launched a program for a Master’s of Science in Geospatial Analysis, which was popular enough to start the new five-year master’s program this fall.Read More