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The Blue & Gray Press | January 21, 2018

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Department and clubs come together for a drive to benefit women

March 1, 2017 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |

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.


Dear UMW Community Members:

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Lecture on hip hop helps students understand mental illness stigma

February 9, 2017 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


“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 |


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 |


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

Diplomat in Residence Terry Davidson speaks to students about careers in the foreign service

April 1, 2015 |


Department of State Diplomat in Residence Terry Davidson returned to the University of Mary Washington to inform students of possible careers and internships at the U.S. Department of State on March 31.Read More

Students sit-in to protest for divestment

April 1, 2015 |


Members of DivestUMW have held a sit-in outside of University of Mary Washington President Rick Hurley’s office for over 150 hours to protest the recent Board of Visitor’s decision to reject the creation of a divestment sub-committee.Read More

UMW Founders Day challenge exceeds expectations

April 1, 2015 |


The University of Mary Washington celebrated its 107th anniversary with the implementation of a Founder’s Day Challenge to raise funds and commemorate the opening of the school. The challenge recently ended, bringing in $20,000 more than the intended fundraising goal. Read More

Professors to receive state-mandated raise

April 1, 2015 |


A two percent pay increase will be implemented for all faculty, staff and administration at the University of Mary Washington on Aug. 10 in accordance with the new Virginia budget.Read More

Men’s rugby club suspended for participation in offensive chant

March 26, 2015 |


The men’s rugby team at the University of Mary Washington is facing indefinite suspension and mandatory sexual assault training following a decision from the administration regarding the team’s involvement in an offensive chant. On Thursday, March 19, President Rick Hurley sent an email to the community discussing the school’s decision after the team was found to have engaged in a “chant that contained sexually explicit, derogatory and violent language.” Read More

UMW on of top 25 universities for four-year graduation rates

March 26, 2015 |


The University of Mary Washington was ranked 18th in the top 25 public colleges from which students graduate within a four-year period by a recent Money Magazine study conducted through the U.S. Department of Education.Read More

UMW community mourns death of student

March 26, 2015 |


On Tuesday, March 24 the University of Mary Washington community was notified of the passing of junior theatre major Scott Houk.Read More

Administration dispels rumors regarding termination of music and arts education degrees

March 26, 2015 |


The University of Mary Washington community was temporarily shocked last week following rumors of the immediate termination of UMW art and music education degrees.

On March 19, the Department of Music Facebook page posted, “Yesterday we … Read More

The Center for Faith and Leadership Hosts Event about Human Trafficking

March 25, 2015 |


When most people think of kidnapping or human trafficking, the film “Taken,” starring Liam Neeson, typically comes to mind. Most people do not think of pimping.Read More