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The Blue & Gray Press | April 21, 2019

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The print edition of the paper is inefficient and wasteful compared to online publication benefits, student says

March 28, 2019 |

Staff Writer
There are 24 locations on campus to pick up the paper, allowing for all those thoughts and ideas to easily be spread throughout the student body. Read More

President Paino engages with students about 2019-2020 budget

March 20, 2019 |

Staff Writer
With fourteen students, two board members, and six UMW administrators in attendance, President Paino went over the projections for the UMW budget next year and took questions about tuition and fees for the following year, and the budgetary considerations they are connected to. Read More

Current placement of SGA menstrual products across campus are inaccessible,​ unavailable and non-inclusive

February 21, 2019 |

Staff Writer
Quick, easy and affordable access to menstrual products is essential for those who rely on them.Read More

White supremacist propaganda found on campus

December 6, 2018 |

Staff Writer
Another white supremacist group made its presence known on UMW’s campus. Read More

SGA’s reformed constitution allows athlete involvement in advisory meetings

April 5, 2018 |


Staff Writer

For the first time in University of Mary Washington history, the school’s constitution has been reformed to include athletes in student government advisory meetings. Both varsity and club sports will now be represented by this change.Read More

Minorities feel underrepresented in SGA

March 21, 2018 |


Senior Writer

On February 19, several minority clubs and groups attended a Student Government Association meeting and demanded that their voices be heard. At the meeting some of the groups did not feel like they were being heard.Read More

The rules of the spirit rock

March 1, 2018 |


Viewpoints Editor

When Natalie Johns, president of the UMW Firearms Club, painted the spirit rock with some other members on Feb. 14, she had no idea that the message she painted would cause such an uproar among students.Read More

Students have right to free speech, but should still respect university values

March 1, 2018 |


Staff Writer

Free speech on college campuses should be allowed to the extent that given each situation, respect for other people’s opinions, race, religion, ethnicity, heritage, and safety remains the priority. At the University of Mary Washington, free speech is practiced in varying ways but often times, it goes too far and only demonstrates for the values that the university believes in.Read More

Patriot Front group leaves sticker across UMW campus

February 28, 2018 |


Staff Writer

On the morning of February 18, stickers promoting a white nationalist organization were found at sites across campus. A schoolwide email was sent following the events by Anna Billingsley addressing the incident.Read More

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