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The Blue & Gray Press | January 23, 2019

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RA presence for roommate agreements should be optional

October 4, 2018 |

Staff Writer
This year, UMW made it a requirement for RAs to be present when roommates complete the agreements, and this rule is unnecessary.Read More

Residence Life provides an update on the construction of Alvey and Arrington

September 27, 2018 |

Staff Writer
In late June 2018, and then later in mid July, every student who was registered to live in Alvey and Arrington got an email from Residence Life stating that they would be relocated for the Fall semester. Read More

Residents assigned to live with Resident Assistants as a result of housing shortage on campus

September 27, 2018 |

Staff Writer
After Alvey and Arrington shut down for the semester, RAs, who typically have single rooms, were assigned roommates so that the campus dorms could accommodate as many students as possible. Read More

UMW should encourage greener practices

September 27, 2018 |

Staff Writer
We recycle, we have recently started cutting back on plastic straws, and there are several water bottle refill stations across campus.Read More

Students assigned to the Link after two-dorm shutdown

September 13, 2018 |

Staff Writer
Upperclassmen from Alvey Hall and Arrington Hall found themselves out of a home this summer and had to experience a week of anxiety while the Office of Residence Life worked to find a solution to an unexpected problem.Read More

Students and faculty question no-pepper spray policy

April 19, 2018 |


Online Editor & News Editor

Flipping through a University of Mary Washington student handbook or reading through forbidden items in residence halls, students can find a list of forbidden items including: drugs, fireworks, and … Read More

Technical difficulties with UMW’s online housing system

April 12, 2018 |


Staff Writer

During the week of March 19, the UMW online housing system ran into many technical difficulties, leaving students stuck in rooms they didn’t ask for, with people they did not know. Read More

The Switch: Students concerned about building temperatures throughout campus

November 16, 2017 |


Staff Writer

This fall the East Coast has seen some extreme temperatures, which means the central heating and air conditioning for UMW dorms and other on-campus buildings has left many students in a period of discomfort.Read More

Disability Resources allows support animals in residence halls

November 16, 2017 |


Staff Writer

Have you ever wished you could come home to a soft, cuddly animal after a hard day of classes and exams, even if you live on campus? UMW has a program for people with diagnosed disabilities that allows them to keep support animals in residence halls on campus. According to the Office of Disability Resources, “a support animal is an animal that provides emotional or other support which ameliorates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability.”Read More

Letter to the Editor: The importance of experiencing life on campus

October 26, 2017 |


Contributing Writer

This is my second year working in Residence Life as an SRA, third as an RA, and there are moments when I wonder why I’ve agreed to come back year after year.Read More

Ruptured Pipe leads to Renovations for Willard Hall

October 5, 2017 |


Staff Writer

UMW’s Board of Visitors approved a proposal to renovate Willard Hall at a cost of $24.5 million on Friday, Sept. 15.  Read More

New rule requiring students to loft beds is a good decision on the part of ResLife

September 27, 2017 |


Staff Writer

This year many students arrived on campus during move-in day to find a new challenge. As of the Fall 2017 semester, UMW Residence Life has implemented a new rule involving the setup of lofted beds. As per usual, beds may be lofted at the request of students. However, starting this year students will have to do the lifting themselves.Read More

Living off-campus offers more freedom than living in a residence hall

September 20, 2017 |


Staff Writer

After serving my time in residence halls for the obligatory two-year period required for UMW students, I decided to rent a house with some friends. So far, I like it a lot better than I liked living in a dorm. While there are some benefits to living on campus, overall there are a lot more perks to living off-campus.Read More

New resources for transfer and commuter students

September 14, 2017 |


Staff Writer

This summer a big change happened at the office of Residence Life. A new section branched out to form the Office of Transfer and Commuter Student Services. This office will cater to the needs of … Read More

Random Roommate mess: Residence Life has work to do

March 29, 2017 |


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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Honor Code must be taken seriously

March 2, 2017 |


In less than two minutes, I can get inside of any residence hall on campus. I’m not an RA. I’m not on the security team. I’m not even a resident. I’m a commuter student. As a commuter student, my EagleOne does basically nothing for me. It can’t unlock any doors on campus. Thankfully I don’t even need it. I don’t get in with my card, or by breaking a window, or tunneling underground. All I have to do to get inside is stand by the door and wait for some passerby to let me in.

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Residence Life unveils new housing preferences for upcoming year

March 1, 2017 |


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

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

On the record: truth about RA – press confidentiality

December 8, 2016 |


Throughout the fall semester, there has been a great deal of controversy surrounding communication between writers for The Blue & Gray Press and Residence Life staff. Many writers have reported reluctance on the part of Residence Life staff, particularly RAs, regarding being interviewed for articles. While speculation was thrown around, it was unclear whether or not Residence Life had a true policy for these situations.

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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

Locked out: UMW Students’ frustration post-Thanksgiving break

December 1, 2016 |


After a relaxing Thanksgiving break, I knew on Sunday I would have to leave as early as possible from home to beat heavy traffic when heading back to school. The American Automobile Association stated that more travelers would be on the road than there had in the last nine years. After my parents heard that statistic, they decided to drop me off as early as they could.Read More

Balconies to be reconstructed at UMW Apartments, cause issues for students

September 28, 2016 |


Recently, Residence Life sent out notifications to students living in the UMW Apartments pertaining to balcony replacement projects scheduled to begin on Sept. 21. Every building had its balcony reconstructed before the middle of August, except for buildings three, four and five.Read More

UMW students towed from unmarked parking

September 7, 2016 |


In the midst of upperclassmen move-in, vehicles were crammed into each free space in order to move in their belongings.Read More

Laundry takes 25-cent hitch in price this semester, inconveniences students

December 3, 2015 |


After coming back to school for the fall semester 2015, students were surprised to find out that the cost of washing and drying their cloths now amounts to a total of $3.50. Laundry at the University of Mary Washington used to cost $1.50 per load. As of May 2015, however, the price to operate the washer and dryer was increased to $1.75.Read More

Students raise concern of black mold in Eagle Landing

November 19, 2015 |


The “Black mold in Alvey creates concern for its residents, staff responds with investigation and advice” article in the Oct. 29 issue of The Blue & Gray Press received a lot of attention from students, parents and administration. This caused more residents to start coming forward about their own mold stories.Read More

Redesign of First Year Experience seeks to bring students together

February 4, 2015 |


As part of collaboration between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, the First Year Experience will be changing for the class of 2019.

Associate Provost Timothy O’Donnell, Vice President of Student Affairs Doug Searcy and Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan Keith Mellinger are creating a new First Year Experience that will combine the first year seminar course, common interests, academic advising, peer mentoring and residential communities.Read More

Competitive spirit rules 'Res Games'

April 4, 2013 |

Students are gathering this week to compete and test their knowledge, athletic ability and philanthropic skills to gain the title of Residence Hall champion in a five-day event entitled “Res Games” sponsored by the Association of Residence Halls (ARH).Read More

Green housing planned for fall

January 31, 2013 |

The University of Mary Washington is implementing a new Greenhousing initiative that seeks to unite a community of students who all believe in preserving the environment. Read More

Letter to the Editor: The True Hurricane Heroes

September 8, 2011 |

The headline of this article was changed on Sept. 8, 2011, to reflect that it is a letter to the editor.  The original headline was “UMW Office of Residence Life: The True Hurricane Heroes.”

Dear Editor,

The new student making … Read More

Don’t miss out on housing selection

March 9, 2011 |


Housing contracts have been signed, lottery numbers have been awarded and beginning March 16, general housing selection for residential students will start for the 2011-2012 school year.Read More