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The Blue & Gray Press | March 30, 2017

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

March 30, 2017 |

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

Hot Spot lunch restaurant gives students new dining option

February 8, 2017 |

By ELIZABETH PATTERSON

The University of Mary Washington is now offering students a new dining option. “Hot Spot,” the new pop-up restaurant, opened for the first time on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the Eagle’s Nest. Located directly across from Vocelli’s Pizza, where the WOW Wingery used to be, this new eatery remains mysterious.Read More

Res Life shows reluctance to provide information to students on shot glass issue

December 1, 2016 |

By ISABEL FAUST

Recently, Resident Assistants at the University of Mary Washington have become reluctant to speak with student writers when it comes to the subject of policies and procedures. RAs have been told that they cannot speak directly with The Blue & Gray Press and the reasons why are unclear.Read More

UMW hosts Podius debate on media bias, invite distinguished California professor

October 12, 2016 |

By IZZY BRIONES

Talk of sugar daddies, junk food and Thomas Jefferson were just a few of the courses that Monday night’s debate took. The audience pondered and questioned these points among others, while staring at their phone screens and texting.Read More

Multicultural Fair to return to UMW campus

April 8, 2015 |

By SARAH GRAMMER

The University of Mary Washington will once again celebrate a diversity of cultures at the 25th annual Multicultural Fair. On Saturday, April 11, vendors will cover campus selling food and handmade crafts for students, faculty and community … Read More

Students raise money to support Guatemalan education

April 8, 2015 |

By HOPE RACINE

Fourteen students left a spring break trip in Guatemala with a new found purpose to support and enrich the educational experience of the country’s youth.Read More

UMW alumna Susan Stimpson runs for Virginia delegate

April 8, 2015 | 1

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH

A candidate with a familiar university background will be appearing on the ballot in the next Virginia election.Read More

Amphitheatre renovation steps closer to reality with alumni donations

April 8, 2015 |

By LINDSEY CRAWFORD

This semester, the University of Mary Washington is one step closer to receiving enough funds to restore the historic amphitheatre to its original state. Recent gifts, as well as surplus from the Founder’s Day challenge, pushed the fund closer to its $3 million goal.Read More

SGA Executive Cabinet rejects motion to issue statement in support of DivestUMW

April 8, 2015 |

By MARIAH YOUNG

The University of Mary Washington Student Government Association’s Executive Cabinet rejected a motion by the Student Senate to issue a statement from the SGA in support of DivestUMW’s actions during their most recent meeting on Monday, April … Read More

Fear 2 Freedom comes to UMW

April 2, 2015 |

By SARAH GRAMMER

“Fear 2 Freedom” took place on April 1 at the University of Mary Washington’s Anderson Center. The group is a global nonprofit dedicated to restoring the lives of people who are wounded by sexual assault.

The organization … Read More

Student loan repayment proposal fails in Senate

April 1, 2015 |

By NEQEEN BEHDAD

In recent years, after having won the 2012 Massachusetts election for Senate against Republican Scott Brown, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D – Mass.) is not new to holding her ground in the political arena.

An advocate for consumer … Read More

Feminists march on campus against rape culture

April 1, 2015 |

By HOPE RACINE

Feminists United on Campus held a march on Tuesday in an effort to create awareness about and open a discussion concerning rape culture on the University of Mary Washington campus.Read More