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The Blue & Gray Press | October 15, 2018

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Communication and Digital Studies major to become full degree program rather than special major

October 11, 2018 |

By ELISABETH DELLAROVA
Staff Writer
At their Sept. 27 meeting, the UMW Board of Visitors approved the submission of a proposal to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), requesting the creation of a degree program for the Communication and Digital Studies (CDS) major.Read More

Students respond to pro-life messages on campus

October 10, 2018 |

By LAURA TAYLOR
Senior Writer
On Tuesday, Oct. 2, between 5:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., the University of Mary Washington Students for Life organization chalked pro-life messages on Campus Walk around Monroe Hall, Lee Hall, and Woodard. Read More

Students and faculty weigh in on VA Senate poll

October 4, 2018 |

By KATIE HIPPLE
Staff Writer
Incumbent Senator Tim Kaine is holding a strong lead over challenger Corey Stewart, a UMW poll conducted by survey company SSRS earlier this month reports. Read More

Varsity soccer shapes college experience for senior athlete

October 4, 2018 |

By ELIZABETH FINTO
Staff Writer
Sports make up a large part of Mary Washington’s community and have a unique impact on the college experiences of athletes.Read More

Domain Fellows create websites and discuss impact of web

October 4, 2018 |

By CAMERON ASHLEY
Staff Writer
Recently, the applications for UMW Domain Fellows closed and a new group of applicants became the next group of students to participate in the second year of this program, in which students create their own projects using UMW’s Domain of One’s Own.Read More

Sexual battery incident near campus causes alarm

October 4, 2018 |

By HANNAH GALEONE
Senior Writer
On Friday, Sept. 28, an email was sent out to the University of Mary Washington community. The subject line of the email read “Campus Crime Alert.” Read More

Dr. Leslie Martin promotes civic engagement as new Faculty Director at the Center for Community Engagement

October 4, 2018 |

By SARAH HAMPTON
Staff Writer
Dr. Leslie Martin has recently accepted the position of Faculty Director at the Center for Community Engagement.Read More

UMW takes precautions in preparation for Hurricane Florence

September 20, 2018 |

By RACHEL COOPER
Staff Writer
With Hurricane Florence approaching, UMW prepared for possible heavy wind, rain, and damage to the university. Read More

Student appreciates University’s beautification efforts

September 20, 2018 |

By JOSEPH LANGLEY
Staff Writer
Find out what makes UMW one of the most beautiful campuses in Virginia.Read More

Students question off-campus conduct violations

September 19, 2018 |

By ALEX FRIEDRICH
Senior Writer
One day in the middle of the fall semester of 2016, Kevin Covino, a junior at the University of Mary Washington, got an unexpected knock on his off-campus door.Read More

New Virginia law impacts UMW email policy

September 13, 2018 |

By HEATHER STROTHER
Staff Writer
Virginia has added a new law for universities that has impacted what information they are allowed to publicly display.Read More

Varsity softball, a second family

April 29, 2018 |

By VICTORIA GRANT

Staff Writer

On Wednesday, Apr. 18, the UMW softball team lost to CNU 10-1 at the 3 p.m. game. The game ended in the fifth inning and although UMW was defeated, they have had a great season so far and are continuing to grow as a team.Read More

Technical difficulties with UMW’s online housing system

April 12, 2018 |

By EMILY ROSSI

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

Zen garden being constructed at UMW

April 12, 2018 |

By SARAH GOODNOUGH

Senior Writer

Over the first weekend of April, Gardens Unlimited Bonsai Nursery, the design team working on UMW’s Zen garden, solved a major drainage issue to prevent rainwater from washing down into the amphitheater construction area. Read More

Students question plans for Willard Hall

April 12, 2018 |

By HANNA LUGO 

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington is home to 18 residence halls, but only 17 are currently in use. Willard Hall was shut down for renovation because of a steam pipe burst over the summer of 2017.Read More

UMW crew teams prepare for the start of their season

April 12, 2018 |

By JOHN WRAY

Staff Writer

As the University unthaws from a very cold and rainy winter with only one good snow day in the books, the campus is ready for spring and to feel the warm weather again. Some of the most excited students on campus are the ones that are involved in spring sports.

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Open dialogue sparked between students and administration

April 5, 2018 |

By JACK POLLARD 

Staff Writer

On March 27 in Chandler Ballroom a man introduced himself as Malcolm Holmes, the Director of University Relations and Communications. Beside him is sat Dr. Nina Mikhalevsky, the Provost of the University, and across the room is Chief Michael Hall, of the University Police. Read More

Questions over why seniors don’t get priority with Spring Formal tickets

March 29, 2018 |

By JESSIE WHITMER

Staff Writer

After spring formal tickets sold out, discussion on whether or not seniors should have priority over the tickets began. Many students, primarily seniors, expressed disappointment over not being able to have bought a ticket this year. Read More

ODR changes policy to allow pigs and miniature horses as service animals

March 29, 2018 |

By LAUREN CLOSS
Life Editor 

Service animals can be a life-saving resource for individuals with disabilities. While knowledge and awareness of service dogs has improved immensely in recent years, very few public places allow other types of service animals that can be equally beneficial. Read More

UMW Firearms club hosts 2A Day event

March 22, 2018 |

By VICTORIA GRANT

Staff Writer

The Firearms Club is holding an event called 2A day. This event, similar to previous events will be focused primarily on education. The seminar and series of talks will be held in the Digital Auditorium on March 30.Read More

Diversity and Inclusion Task Force offers its recommendations

March 15, 2018 |

By VANIA CLAY

Staff Writer

On November 6, 2017, there was a set of recommendations put forth by the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force about a variety of topics. One of these recommendations concerned the Statement of Community Values.Read More

UMW participates in National School Walkout

March 15, 2018 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

News Editor

17 minutes for 17 lives.

On Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m., across various time zones, students of all ages walked out of classes to show support and solidarity for the victims of the Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school shooting that took place exactly one month prior. The walkouts were also a symbolic way to call for change in gun legislation.Read More

Jessica Machado has high hopes for the Office of Disability Resources

March 15, 2018 |

By KATE SELTZER

Staff Writer

UMW needs increased staffing to accommodate students with disabilities.

Jessica Machado, who took over as Director of the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) this fall, said that the office is currently too small to keep up with the growing population of eligible students and demand for resources.Read More

The rules of the spirit rock

March 1, 2018 |

By GINNY BIXBY

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

UMW works on its retention rates

March 1, 2018 |

By KELLY EVANS 

Staff Writer

Over the course of 20 years, Mary Washington’s retention rate has been maintained at a steady rate; however a decline during the 2013 school year has caused this to be a topic of interest.

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Sudden rises in temperatures have positive effects on students

March 1, 2018 |

By KYLE CLARKE

Staff Writer 

As the end of February approaches, Fredericksburg has proceeded to get through all  four seasons within the month. Whether it be a frigid 30 degrees with freezing rain or sweltering 86 degrees and sunny, the February weather has been inconsistent.Read More

Disparity of race distribution in university faculty and staff

March 1, 2018 |

By MILEN MEHARI

Staff Writer

I am a Black student attending the University of Mary Washington, a predominately white institution, so naturally my woes of racial inequity are to be expected. I did not come to this university disillusioned, expecting an experience resembling that of an HBCU, historically Black college/university, because the disparity is quite clear. Consider the 2015 academic year wherein students of color made up 30 percent of the student body while professors of color were only 17.5 percent of the teaching staff. Furthermore, the only significant Black and Brown staff presence is either in the dining hall, cleaning or clerical staff.Read More

Patriot Front group leaves sticker across UMW campus

February 28, 2018 |

By TONY BENSON 

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

Stray cats taken care of by UMW community

February 22, 2018 |

By RACHEL MANNING 

Senior Writer

While walking through campus one evening, a small, dark shadow crosses the path. The figure disappears under a nearby residence hall. When approaching the hall, faint meowing coming from within can be heard.Read More

Firearms club of UMW hosts safety strategies course

February 22, 2018 |

By GRACE WINFIELD 

Senior Writer

On Friday evening, students of the University of Mary Washington gathered in Dodd auditorium for a four hour-long safety strategies course hosted by the Firearms Club of UMW.Read More