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The Blue & Gray Press | February 20, 2018

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SGA aims to become a more effective student government

February 14, 2018 |


Staff Writer

On Wednesday, February 7 the Student Senate convened to vote on a new governing system as well as a recently re-drafted Student Government Association constitution.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

Newspapers disappear throughout the UMW campus

November 9, 2017 |


Staff Writer

This year, daily issues of The New York Times and the Washington Post have disappeared from their usual stands throughout campus. Many professors and staff were confused, as they looked forward to reading the paper every morning. Mary Washington used to provide The New York Times and the Washington Post all around campus for everyone to read and those who enjoyed having these papers easily available to them around campus were confused as to why they have gone missing.Read More

Students experience issues with cable connection in residence halls

November 2, 2017 |


Senior Writer

The University of Mary Washington’s Student Senate recently passed a motion to work with University Services to troubleshoot and repair the cable in residential halls, however, the Student Government Association’s Executive Cabinet later denied the motion.The motion did not pass because it was based off of a few isolated incidents.Read More

SGA puts motion into act, offering tampons in various campus locations

September 28, 2017 |


Staff Writer

Last school year, the Student Senate passed a motion requesting that the school provide Tampons and Pad dispensers in campus buildings such as the University Center. The motion passed through both the Senate and Executive Cabinet of SGA. Now after several months of deliberation, this motion was put into act on Sept. 25 and free feminine hygiene products are offered in various locations across campus.Read More

The Boyfriend Registry: Student Affairs pushes for bachelor labels

March 30, 2017 |


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

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

Alcohol makes its way back to Underground, Fred Red voted as UMW brew

February 16, 2017 |


Last week, he Underground reintroduced beer and wine to the menu. This was kicked off with a free beer tasting hosted by the Student Government Association to help choose the official UMW beer.Read More

Press Release: SGA Statement Regarding Our Values and Beliefs

February 2, 2017 |

Fredericksburg, VA, January 31, 2017–

The UMW SGA would like to emphasize its solidarity with the minority and immigrant populations at Mary Washington, as well as express its continued support for diversity and inclusivity on campus and in the Unites … Read More

Steps taken to make students’ EagleOne more useful

November 17, 2016 |


Due to a recent Student Government decision, EagleOne cards are getting an upgrade. Previously, users were not able to tip on their EagleOne card, now this is possible. The upgrade was made to make it more helpful to students who use their EagleOne like a credit card.Read More

SGA offers statement on Tuesday night’s election

November 10, 2016 |

Following the results of Tuesday night’s election, many University of Mary Washington students raised concerns about the way forward. On the morning of Thursday, Nov. 10, the UMW SGA offered a statement to address concerns and promote unity:

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Ban on shot glasses in dorms being questioned by students

November 10, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington’s Student Senate recently lifted the ban on shot glasses and other alcohol related paraphernalia that encourages binge drinking.

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Seacobeck Hall to undergo renovations following UMW’s six-year plan

October 13, 2016 |


Seacobeck Hall has been an integral part of the University of Mary Washington since its doors opened in 1931. As UMW’s primary dining hall, generations of students have passed through its doors, and it is home to countless fond memories for thousands of students. For the past year, however, it has remained desolate with no students or faculty using its facilities.Read More

Some students desire more smoking spots on campus

October 5, 2016 |


On Wednesday Sept. 14, student senator and head of the constitutional cabinet Charbel Marche proposed to student senate of the need to increase the number of smoking spots on campus.

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Commuter Student Lounge proves too small for hang-out spot

October 5, 2016 |


Commuter students at the University of Mary Washington see drawbacks with the Commuter Student Lounge that prevent it from being a more widely used resource.Read More

UMW makes official definition of administration available to students

April 7, 2016 |


Earlier this semester at a Student Government Association meeting, vice president for Administration & Finance & CFO Rick Pearce, along with executive director of Budget Financial Analysis Paul Messplay, explained to students that tuition prices might rise in the next coming year.Read More

SGA travels to Richmond and Capitol Hill to discuss student debt, tuition

February 11, 2016 |


SGA Raises Important Student Issues in Richmond and on Capitol Hill Within the imposing buildings where decisions are made and among state leaders where ideas become bills passed into law, leadership in the University of Mary Washington’s Student Government Association traveled to Capitol Hill and to Richmond over the past few weeks to discuss issues concerning college students.Read More

Tuition, room and board expected to rise for students next semester

February 4, 2016 |


An increase in tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students at the University of Mary Washington among other expenses is projected to take place at the beginning of the 2016-2017 fiscal year, according to an announcement made by Paul Messplay, executive director of budget financial analysis and Rick Pearce, vice president for administration and finance.Read More

UMW debates possibility of Greek life

November 20, 2014 |


Students, alumni, community members and members of the university administration crowded into Lee Hall room 411 to speak about the possibility of Greek life coming to the University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg Campus.Read More

Student addresses violations of SGA constitution

November 20, 2014 |


Student Senator Benjamin Hermerding spoke with the University of Mary Washington’s Student Government Association Executive Cabinet on Monday night about violations and a lack of adherence to the SGA constitution.


Hermerding, a senior political science major … Read More

Student Senate passes motion on Greek life

November 13, 2014 |

A motion to begin the process of establishing a nationally recognized Greek life system passed in the University of Mary Washington Student Senate and the Student Government Association’s Executive Cabinet this past week. Read More

Q&A with Samantha Worman, SGA president elect

February 26, 2014 |

Junior Samantha Worman was elected by the student body on Feb. 19 as Student Government Association president.Read More

Groundbreaking on Ball Circle initiates Campus Center construction

September 25, 2013 |

The University of Mary Washington held a ground breaking ceremony for the new Campus Center on Sept. 20 on Ball Circle, signifying the official beginning of construction on the building. A process that began in 2012, the building is expected to be completed in fall 2015.Read More

Students provided with convienent voting resource, TurboVote

September 25, 2013 |

A new resource for students to easily register to vote, called TurboVote, was recently implemented at the University of Mary Washington. The website can be accessed from the university’s web page and Eaglenet.Read More

Preston joins Va. student government presidents in Richmond.

September 19, 2013 |

Stephanie Preston, president of the University of Mary Washington Student Government Association (SGA), traveled to Richmond this past summer to meet with Gov. Bob McDonnell about the current needs of public colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia.Read More

Campus leaders sworn in last week

April 15, 2013 |

Students, faculty, family and friends dressed in business attire filled Lee Hall to welcome the new leader and to celebrate former leaders of the Student Government Association (SGA) on Wednesday, April 3.Read More

SGA votes to remove Eagle's Nest to-go boxes

April 10, 2013 |

The Student Government Association (SGA) has voted in favor of removing to-go boxes from the WOW Wingery Eagle’s Nest in an effort to move toward a more environmentally friendly option of transporting food. Read More

Letter to the editor: Attention to all voices imperative before final decisions are made

April 10, 2013 |

First, let me go on the record and state that I respect the environment, and I am in total support of the recycling process.Read More

Students choose Preston to lead SGA

February 28, 2013 |

Last week’s Student Government Association elections named Stephanie Preston the president for the 2013-2014 academic year.Read More

Meet the new SGA leadership

February 27, 2013 |

Position: Office of the Diversity and Unity Coordinating Committee Executive Chairperson
Name: Christian Wiedow
Year: Junior
Major: EconomicsRead More