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The Blue & Gray Press | November 23, 2017

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Rachel Finston

Where does funding go: Students weigh in on how UMW should spend their money

November 16, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON 

Senior Writer

Recently there have been concerns from students about academic funding at The University of Mary Washington, specifically surrounding the budget of individual majors within the academic colleges. According to information provided by the office of Marty Morrison, the majors with the highest funding are, in descending order, English, biology and business administration.Read More

Gender imbalance of admission statistics

November 2, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON 

Senior Writer

The gender imbalance at the University of Mary Washington has been a known figure since the college transitioned to a coed study body in 1972. This consistent numeral has earned UMW the name, “the University of Mostly Women.” In 2015, the incoming freshman class was 65 percent female, some students emphatically promote this data as a proud badge to wear while others are neutral in response to these numbers.Read More

This year’s Emmy Awards made strides toward greater diversity, but more work needs to be done

September 28, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON

Senior Writer

Last week, the Emmy Awards broke records and perhaps set a precedent for a new wave of racial and gender diversity in award shows. Donald Glover became the first African American to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his show “Atlanta,” along with two other people of color who were also nominated in the same category. Aziz Ansari was awarded for his “Master of None” and Anthony Anderson for “Black-ish.”Read More

Taylor Swift’s reputation: from America’s sweetheart to queen of the snake emoji

September 7, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON

Staff Writer

Few celebrities are as image conscious as Taylor Swift. At twenty-seven years old, she is a multi-millionaire and internationally known celebrity. One might even call Swift infamous due to the polarizing public opinions surrounding her music and her personal life. Swift is known for playing the victim, or, is alternatively, America’s sweetheart.Read More

Sportpinion: Is softball given equal opportunities as baseball?

April 20, 2017 |

BY RACHEL FINSTON

UMW is colloquially known as “University of Mostly Women” but how does that translate to the university’s sports teams? Specifically in the case of softball and baseball, equity seems questionable.Read More

Random Roommate mess: Residence Life has work to do

March 29, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON

The “random roommate” system is intrinsically flawed, simply by being random. We all know that sharing a room with someone is a big deal. Everyone is different, and it does not make a lot of sense to put strangers in a room together based on no information.

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Lack of out-of-family support for those with disabilities makes it hard for families

March 15, 2017 |

By RACHEL FINSTON

When I met my best friend, I had no idea how much we had in common. We have government employee parents, we are both vegetarians and we both have disabled older brothers.Read More

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