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The Blue & Gray Press | January 21, 2018

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Keeping faith alive in athletics

December 7, 2017 |

By ELENA LA DOLCETTA

Staff Writer

Faith can be seen everywhere in sports; runners who cross themselves after breaking a new record. Soccer players who celebrate their winning goal by folding their hands in prayer. The Olympic Games even began as a religious festival. On the University of Mary Washington campus some student athletes consider sports and religion to be deeply intertwined. However with their busy schedules many student athletes find it difficult to stay active in their faith.Read More

UMW student athletes struggling to maintain proper nutrition

December 7, 2017 |

By ZACH WOHLEKING

Senior Writer

Here at UMW we are given a plethora of options to choose from in terms of what we can eat. The University Center and the Nest provide students with a good variety of options and for the average student in the administrations eyes, it is good enough. What about our athletes? The Mary Washington student athlete population makes a good chunk of the student body, especially if you include the countless other students that do club sports and partake in strenuous exercise daily.Read More

NOVA band Milo in the Doldrums performs at Leesburg concert

December 7, 2017 |

By GRACE HOWIE

Contributing Writer

On November 18 at the Talley Ho theatre in Leesburg, Virginia, I sat down with the indie rock, northern Virginia band, Milo in the Doldrums. About two years ago Robert Mays, 28, began playing what would later become Milo songs solo at different open mics. He was soon joined by friends, one of which being current guitarist, Richard Smith, 22, to form a full band. The ever-changing process that is creating a band reached its current form about seven months ago with the addition of two Ryans: Burke, 32, on drums and Wisgerhof, 22, on bass.Read More

Net neutrality at risk

December 7, 2017 |

By KEELY CERVANTES

Staff Writer

Recently the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has planned to place a higher price for use of the World Wide Web by getting rid of net neutrality. Net Neutrality has recently been making headlines across America, as the FCC continues to push their proposal of allowing broadband companies to control the speeds and their pricing on the internet.Read More

Sexual battery incident causes students to question campus safety

December 7, 2017 |

By MADISON PACE 

Staff Writer

On Thursday, Nov. 16, a sexual battery took place on campus in the parking lot behind the Simpson Library and Pollard Hall around 3:35 pm. According to Marty Morrison in a school-wide email, a male wearing a black sweatshirt and blue sweat pants, approached a female student and grabbed her buttocks. After she confronted the male about the situation, he told her that he was joking with her and ran towards the direction of the Eagle’s Nest located in Woodard Hall.Read More

Possible parking policy changes causes controversy

December 7, 2017 |

By JOHN JAMISON 

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

Dogs and trainers bond while making a difference

December 7, 2017 |

By PAIGE WALTON 

Staff Writer

UMW’s Canine Companions for Independence club (CCI) is part of a national non-profit organization that trains dogs to assist and enhance the quality of life for people with differing disabilities. In addition to raising dogs, the UMW chapter aims to educate the general public about service dogs and increase awareness about the cause.Read More

Athletes reflect on the utilization of study hall

November 16, 2017 |

By ALISON TOVEY

Staff Writer

For many student athletes, mandatory study hours decide whether they will be able to participate in a game or a meet. A certain number of hours are given to athletes varying on which sport they play.Read More

The Switch: Students concerned about building temperatures throughout campus

November 16, 2017 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY 

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

The Virginia State House of Delegates election results

November 16, 2017 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES 

Senior Writer

The Virginia State House of Delegates election occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The Republican candidates won districts 28 and 88 while the Democratic candidates won the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General races.Read More

Jepson Construction causes issues for students

November 16, 2017 |

By HANNAH GALEONE 

Senior Writer

The construction work that has started of the university’s Jepson Science Center has recently caused a multitude of problems for students and faculty. Sections of College Avenue and the surrounding areas of Jepson are cloaked in industrial fabric and lined with construction cones. The renovations to the building and nearby areas are expected to continue for an approximated 18 to 24 months.Read More

Newspapers disappear throughout the UMW campus

November 9, 2017 |

By KYLEIGH COUTCHER 

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

UMW hosts annual residence life conference

November 9, 2017 |

By COLLEEN SULLIVAN 

Senior Writer

This year, the Virginia Association of College and University Housing Officers (VACUHO) chose the University of Mary Washington to host the annual residence life conference. Colleges and universities around Virginia visited UMW from Friday, Nov. 3, to Saturday, Nov. 4. The visitors included George Mason University, Liberty University, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, Roanoke College and many others.Read More

UMW and others unite to celebrate Balian’s birthday

November 9, 2017 |

By VICTORIA MANEVAR

Staff Writer

Over the past few weeks, the UMW community showed up in a big way for 9-year-old Balian from Western Wayne Elementary School in Indiana, who just had his ninth birthday where none of his 30 classmates attended. Dr. John Broome, associate professor for the College of Education here at UMW, heard of Balian’s story from a close friend and sent out emails to his students requesting that they make as many birthday cards as they can for Balian.Read More

UMW field hockey’s season ends after a hard fought battle against CNU

November 9, 2017 |

By GRACE WINFIELD

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington field hockey team fell short on Nov. 1 as they lost 1-0 against Christopher Newport University in the CAC semifinal game. UMW (11-8) knew the challenge they were up against when they were set to face CNU (16-1). Losing to the fifth-ranked Captains 4-3 in regular season, the Eagles were a decided underdog in the matchup. Read More

UMW women’s volleyball team holds their heads high after disappointing loss

November 9, 2017 |

By ZACH WOHLEKING

Senior Writer

On Nov. 4 UMW women’s volleyball completed their impressive 2017 season. After losing many senior leaders and players in the offseason, many did not know what to expect this year. With so many changes to the rotation, it was unclear what this new team would accomplish and if they could handle the pressure and expectations placed upon them from the previous season. Now that the season is over, it is safe to say that UMW volleyball still has the fire and grit of last year, even with the changes. The team ended their season with a 19-10 record and a conference championship appearance.Read More

Students experience issues with cable connection in residence halls

November 2, 2017 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES

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

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

Office of Title IX receives grant

November 2, 2017 |

COLLEEN SULLIVAN 

Senior Writer

The UMW Office of Title IX recently received a $300,000 grant from the Office of Violence against Women in 2016. With these funds, the Office of Title IX is working to broaden its scope on campus by holding events and diversifying their mediums of outreach to students.Read More

Annual job fair hits UMW campus

October 26, 2017 |

By OLIVIA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

The Center for Career and Professional Development hosted a fall job and internship fair for all university students on Oct. 24. The fair took place in the Chandler Ballroom of the University center. This event gave students a chance to interact with professionals from many different industries, explore various job and internship opportunities.Read More

Jepson scheduled to receive renovations and much needed upgrades

October 19, 2017 |

By LUKE ENGBERT 

Staff Writer

On Monday, Oct. 9, work began on what has been approximated as a two-year renovation process of the Jepson Science building. This project will likely impact many UMW students and faculty members, particularly those in the science department.Read More

UMW Health Center without a female practitioner for several weeks

October 18, 2017 |

OLIVIA BRIDGES 

Senior Writer

UMW, a predominantly female university, was without a female practitioner at the Student Health Center for several weeks.Read More

UMW men’s and women’s tennis off to a great start

October 12, 2017 |

By KATHERINE SELTZER

Staff Writer

Both the men and women’s tennis teams have been successful this fall season, which began Sept. 16 at the UMW Kickoff Classic. The UMW tennis teams have competed in three tournaments over the course of the season. The men’s team participated in the Navy Invitational tournament, the women’s team participated in St. Joseph’s University Invitational tournament and both teams played in UMW Kickoff Classic along with the ITA Regional Championships. Head Coach of the men’s team, Todd Helbling, described some of the highlights of their season.Read More

UMW Speaking Center Upgrades its Scheduling System

October 12, 2017 |

By ALEXIS ERB 

Staff Writer

In the fall of 2017, the UMW Speaking Center implemented a new scheduling system designed to help and encourage students to make appointments for their academics. The new scheduler, a support system called Campus, was designed by the Education Advisory Board. One feature of Campus is that it has built in tools that make it possible for faculty to attend to their advisees.Read More

UMW student athletes respond to national anthem protests

October 12, 2017 |

By JAMIE MCGUIRE

Staff Writer

NFL players kneeling during the national anthem recently set off a storm that swept up all of America, sparking discussions in homes across the United States — including here at the University of Mary Washington.Read More

COAR helps to promote Into the Streets event

October 5, 2017 |

By ELENA LA DOLCETTA 

Staff Writer

On Saturday, Sept. 30, students from the UMW community went “Into the Streets” of Fredericksburg to help various organizations and serve the community.Read More

Ruptured Pipe leads to Renovations for Willard Hall

October 5, 2017 |

By JOHN JAMISON 

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

Giant Pharmacy partners with UMW during flu season

October 5, 2017 |

By LUBNA AKHTAR

Staff Writer

This semester, the University of Mary Washington’s Health Center is partnering with Giant Pharmacy to provide flu shots to its community. Shots will cost $18 for students without health insurance and students with health insurance will be provided the shot for free.Read More

The UMW College of Education finds their home in Seacobeck

September 28, 2017 |

DANELLA DONADO

Staff Writer

The College of Education has recently found a new and permanent home in Seacobeck Hall. This news comes after a lot of effort by the College of Education to find a building that could be dedicated to the university’s education program.Read More

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

September 28, 2017 |

JAMIE MCGUIRE

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