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The Blue & Gray Press | August 15, 2018

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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

UMW prepares for the departure of Dr. Joella Killian

February 8, 2018 |

By DYLAN BURKETT 

Staff Writer

After 34 years, the university is bidding farewell to one of its most renowned faces within the biology department, Dr. Joella Killian. With a doctoral degree in Entomology, Killian has proven to be a centripetal force behind student success throughout the department since she came to the university in 1984.Read More

Club Sports provide students with a sense of community

February 8, 2018 |

By JESSICA LINK 

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington offers a wide variety of ways for students to get involved and be healthy. For students who do not want to commit to a full time athletic team, getting involved in a club sport is the perfect place to have fun, make friends, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.Read More

Greek Life gets ‘boulder’ with their methods of advertising

February 8, 2018 |

By KOTY BOWEN 

Staff Writer

All students at the University of Mary Washington know of the boulder used for announcements that sits outside of Woodard. “The rock,” is coated in layers and layers of paint. Students paint the rock for many of reasons, whether to announce the annual “Rocky Horror Picture Show” or to advertise a club meeting or event. Recently though, there has been some controversy over the rock and its message.Read More

Winter Leadership Symposium sparks valuable conversations concerning UMW

February 1, 2018 |

By MIRANDA O’CONNOR

Staff Writer

On Saturday, January 20, the University of Mary Washington Leadership Winter Symposium took place on UMW’s campus in Dodd Auditorium. The Winter Symposium, put on by the Student Leadership Committee, was a mandatory program for all student organization leaders; and built upon the meaningful conversations that were held during the August Leadership Summit. Read More

Ambitious freshman starting UMW’s first club ice hockey team

February 1, 2018 |

By CAMERON ASHLEY 

Staff Writer

Currently at the University of Mary Washington, there are nineteen sports clubs. These clubs cover the popular sports like baseball, lacrosse and swimming. However, one popular sport has never made its way onto the UMW campus: ice hockey.Read More

UMW students share their thoughts on the Super Bowl

February 1, 2018 |

By ABIGAIL HUNT 

Staff Writer

The Super Bowl LII commences inside U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN.  For the first time since 2005 the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England patriots will duke it out for the title of the 2018 NFL Super Bowl champions. The Eagles will enter the field on Sunday at an automatic disadvantage considering they have only attended two Super Bowls in league history in which they lost both.Read More

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