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The Blue & Gray Press | December 15, 2017

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Mary Washington community participates in the National Day on Writing

October 26, 2017 |

By LAURA TAYLOR 

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington participated in the National Day on Writing with themed events in the Hurley Convergence Center, in front of Simpson Library and on the third floor of Combs Hall on Friday, Oct. 20.Read More

#MeToo campaign raises awareness through social media

October 26, 2017 |

By ZACHARY STRADER 

Senior Writer

The #MeToo is a campaign that has blanketed social media since mid-October. According to RiteTag, a popular Twitter analytics website, usage of the #MeToo tag began its dramatic rise on October 15, the day actress Alyssa Milano tweeted asking people who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to reply with the tag. The following day RiteTag indexed 283,300 unique tweets utilizing the hashtag.Read More

UC bike pump taken for repairs

October 19, 2017 |

By ALLISON TOVEY

Staff Writer

The bike pump located by the University Center was taken away for repairs earlier in October.  The university’s original goal was for the pump to be fixed and back at the University Center by the time students returned from fall break.Read More

UMW students and faculty celebrate discount from Eagle Village’s Giant

September 7, 2017 |

By PAIGE WALTON

Staff Writer

Beginning this fall semester, Giant in Eagle Village now offers a 5 percent discount on final purchases to students or faculty with a valid University of Mary Washington ID. Read More

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

September 7, 2017 | 1

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

The University Center welcomes a new executive chef

September 7, 2017 |

By OLYMPIA JARRELL

Staff Writer

This year, the University Center is seeing some real changes with the new executive Chef, William Allison. After working in places ranging from Hawaii, to California to other locations in Virginia, Chef Allison was recently hired as the new executive chef for the University Center’s Dining Hall.Read More

Unforeseen pipe burst closes Willard Hall for the 2017-2018 school year

September 6, 2017 |

By ABBEY BAILEY 

Staff Writer

Over the summer a steam pipe burst under Willard Hall, rendering the building uninhabitable for the 2017 to 2018 school year. Bushnell was originally scheduled for summer renovation and was going to be closed during the school year, however, this plan had was postponed as a result of the damage to Willard Hall. After being notified of the change mid-summer, the 91 students who were scheduled to live in Willard were relocated to Virginia Hall and Bushnell Hall.Read More

Potential policy insists that all faculty be evaluated every semester

April 27, 2017 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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