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The Blue & Gray Press | June 21, 2018

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Parking changes continue due to construction

April 5, 2018 |


Staff Writer

On Tuesday March 27 UMW Parking Management began to prepare for the renovation of Willard Hall by closing the faculty and staff parking lot behind Monroe Hall. The UMW faculty were notified of its closure sometime around March 13.Read More

The City of Fredericksburg should embrace its identity as a college town

March 15, 2018 |


Staff Writer

Fredericksburg is quickly becoming a college town and it’s time for local lawmakers to embrace that. While the City has never explicitly said it doesn’t want to invite a lot of college students to the area or become a “college town,” the actions of lawmakers tell a different story. This is specifically shown through the lack of parking for students, new unaffordable housing developments and the plans which the city has set for Fredericksburg moving forward.Read More

Finding parking at UMW becomes harder as school population grows

February 7, 2018 |


Staff Writer

Having a car is supposed to make your everyday life easier and more efficient.  In most cases this is true.  But as a commuter at the University of Mary Washington driving along College Avenue or attempting to park your car on campus Monday through Friday, easy is the last word that comes to mind. The campus is not safely equipped to handle the amount of traffic produced by commuter students on campus each day, and unfortunately, these issues only get worse when a special event is being held on campus property.Read More

Possible parking policy changes causes controversy

December 7, 2017 |


Staff Writer

On Nov. 14, the Fredericksburg City Council discussed and decided not to move forward with a new parking plan that would have affected the entire UMW community. The proposed plan from the City’s Parking Advisory Committee was instead sent back by the Council. Intended to take effect in January, the original plan proposed a resident permit parking system that would make the streets in the College Heights and College Terrace neighborhoods off limits to the general public including the faculty, staff and student body of UMW.Read More

Eagle Landing does its best to address Parking Deck Issues

October 12, 2017 |


Staff Writer

The Eagle Landing parking deck has recently been experiencing a variety of technical difficulties, leading to frustrated students.Read More

Parking Action Plan introduces new policies

September 14, 2017 |


Staff Writer

The city of Fredericksburg is making new changes to the Parking Action Plan because of the existing challenges for locals parking downtown. These changes include a two-hour restriction for cars parked along the 500 to 600 blocks of William Street. This policy will replace the old unlimited parking limit to hopefully allow for more free spaces throughout the day.Read More

Parking problems: UMW permits are too expensive

April 5, 2017 |


Over the past two years of having my car at school, I have received several parking tickets from the school and from Fredericksburg City. Even leaving my car in the Jepson parking lot or on College Avenue for five minutes, I always expect to find a ticket. Students are being unfairly subjected to parking fees from overzealous Fredericksburg City parking enforcers, and the school as well. Why is parking such an issue at UMW?
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Students question worth of parking passes

March 22, 2017 |


To ensure that I can make it to class on time I have to leave early everyday not because of traffic, but rather due to the lack of available parking at the University of Mary Washington. It is a great feeling when you snag the last parking spot in the lot, and likewise it’s not so great when you have to keep driving to the next lot. Filled commuter lots cause competition for parking spaces, and even cause some students to stay on campus for hours between classes because they are afraid of losing their parking spot. Many students anxiously circle around lots hoping they can find a spot in time for their class.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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Did you know cars without decals get ticketed on College Ave? Neither did these commuters

October 12, 2016 |


For more than a year now, I have commuted over an hour to attend classes at the University of Mary Washington. I have driven in extremely bad weather. I even make myself drive when I would rather sleep in. Why? Because the education that is offered at UMW is superior, encouraging critical thought and inspiring the next generation to be of a democratic and liberating mind. I was surprised when I found out first-hand how strict some parts of the university are.

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Non-traditional students desire more recognition on campus

April 6, 2016 |


Everyone has their own unique college experience, but being a non-traditional student can create a negative experience. Some students are transfers, commuters, full-time career- building family providers – some are like me: a 23 years old, newly married, transfer, commuter, and full-time student. That’s a lot to handle sometimes.Read More

Watch out for parked vehicles

February 13, 2013 |

There is one issue, of the many the students of the University of Mary Washington must face, that rises above all others. It’s not the reallocation of resources, the cost of textbooks or even the alleged gender discrimination in housing. No, it’s something that, should it continue to go unresolved, may result in fatal consequences.Read More

At Eagle Village, Crackdown on Parking Begins

September 29, 2010 |


Cars parked in lots around Eagle Landing that aren’t designated for student parking will be towed beginning Oct. 1.

Cars with green decals will be confined to the third, fourth and fifth levels of the Eagle … Read More

That’s what she said

March 31, 2010 |

According to the Fredericksburg municipal code, UMW commuter students aren’t allowed to park on the streets surrounding campus.

Students are prohibited from parking anywhere from Stafford Ave. to Kenmore Ave. and Hanover St. to Grove Ave., meaning that if you … Read More

Escort Service use Lower on Weekends

November 4, 2009 |

Despite state-wide budget cuts, UMW officials have placed a prominent focus on improving the student escort service with increases in the program’s budget.

According to Executive Vice President Rick Hurley and Paul Messplay, executive director of budget and financial analysis, … Read More

More Parking for Residents

October 21, 2009 |


In accordance with a motion introduced by Student Senate, the first level of the student parking deck will now be reserved for residential students with yellow decals only. This change comes amidst continuing student concerns over UMW’s … Read More

Unmarked Cars on Patrol in Parking Lots

September 30, 2009 |


Out of concern for the safety of students, UMW has decided to increase the number of campus security guards on duty during the evening hours.

With the limited number of on-campus parking spots as a result of … Read More

Debates Arrive in Parking Shuffle

September 2, 2009 |

By Sara Marron

This year, three levels of the University Parking Deck located off of Alvey Drive are no longer available for use by residential students, according to the Public Safety and Community Support Services website.

Aggressive construction across campus … Read More

Lack of Public Parking Info Cause More Tickets

February 12, 2009 |


A slight increase in the number of parking tickets issued on College Avenue is due to the opening of a new semester, amd additional enforcement by city and UMW officers due to citizen concerns and student misunderstandings … Read More

More Parking for Residents' Cars

January 22, 2009 |

By Johannah O’Keefe

As of Monday, January 12, the Office of Public Safety has instituted changes to the parking policy and traffic regulations on campus in response to student complaints and recommendations of the Student Senate. The changes will … Read More

Student Parking Rules Changed

October 23, 2008 |


New Weekend Parking Open to Residential Students

Residential students at the University of Mary Washington can now park in commuter parking lots from 5 p.m. on Fridays until 7 a.m. Mondays.

These lots include the parking deck … Read More

Garage Vandals Return

February 7, 2008 |


Students reported finding a deposit of human feces and urine by the south elevator in the parking garage on Monday, Feb. 4.

The waste had been left just outside of the elevator doors. A piece of paper … Read More

Underuse An Issue For Parking Deck

February 1, 2007 |


It was an early Tuesday afternoon and the recently-opened parking deck at the University of Mary Washington resembled a ghost town. The first and second levels of the garage had only ten cars parked in them combined, … Read More