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The Blue & Gray Press | July 20, 2019

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Voting proves difficult for University of Mary Washington students due to precinct confusion

April 11, 2019 |

Contributing Writer and Senior Writer
When students arrive on campus in the fall, they are often approached by people carrying clipboards on Campus Walk or at the University Center, asking them to register to vote. Read More

Harmless question or ableist message: UC whiteboard stirs controversy

April 10, 2019 |

Staff Writer
A white board stationed outside the second floor elevators of the University Center at Mary Washington has struck controversy among students and faculty for a recent message it bore. Read More

MyUMW portal moves from OrgSync to Presence

April 4, 2019 |

Staff Writer
MyUMW, the online portal for clubs and organizations has recently switched over from the previous OrgSync platform to Presence.Read More

How the mighty have fallen: UC to close in fall of 2019

April 4, 2019 |

News Editor
The latest in a line of campus building closings, UMW’s University Center will close indefinitely in the fall of 2019.Read More

Taste test: chocolate chip cookies on campus, ranked

March 28, 2019 |

Upon discovering nearly every dining location on campus sells chocolate chip cookies, and that they are actually different, I did the only logical next step- set out to find the best chocolate chip cookies on campus.Read More

Students react to missionaries on campus

March 20, 2019 |

Staff Writer
Mackenzie Hard, a senior and American studies major, was on her way to Madison Hall from Qdoba when she ran into a familiar group of religious missionaries.Read More

UMW student athletes struggling to maintain proper nutrition

December 7, 2017 |


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

Where does funding go: Students weigh in on how UMW should spend their money

November 16, 2017 |


Senior Writer

Recently there have been concerns from students about academic funding at The University of Mary Washington, specifically surrounding the budget of individual majors within the academic colleges. According to information provided by the office of Marty Morrison, the majors with the highest funding are, in descending order, English, biology and business administration.Read More

Seniors reflect on brunch at old Seacobeck dining hall

November 9, 2017 |


Staff Writer

Ever since the University Center became the new Seacobeck in the fall of 2015, few and current students have experienced meals at both locations. Only seniors have been here long enough to remember the quaint dining experience of Seacobeck Hall, and a large portion of them dropped their meal plan after moving off campus or are transfers who also never stepped foot inside the old building. Students who have experienced both, however, have fond memories of Seacobeck, in particular, brunch nostalgia.Read More

UMW hosts annual residence life conference

November 9, 2017 |


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

UC bike pump taken for repairs

October 19, 2017 |


Staff Writer

The bike pump located by the University Center was taken away for repairs earlier in October.  The university’s original goal was for the pump to be fixed and back at the University Center by the time students returned from fall break.Read More

Extended dining hall hours at the UC provides students with more options for meal times

October 12, 2017 |


Staff Writer

In a college setting, the stress of classes and activities can leave a person constantly hungry. The University Center houses most of the dining options available on campus, including the main dining hall as well as Qdoba, Lil Joe’s and Jamba Juice. Although the food is located centrally on campus, the hours of the dining facilities are not convenient for students. Typically, the hours for the dining hall are usually from 7 a.m to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The main dining hall at the fourth floor of the University Center have extended the closing time from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.Read More

New resources for transfer and commuter students

September 14, 2017 |


Staff Writer

This summer a big change happened at the office of Residence Life. A new section branched out to form the Office of Transfer and Commuter Student Services. This office will cater to the needs of … Read More

Millions of dollars left over annually from unused flex money

April 19, 2017 |


At the end of spring 2016, University of Mary Washington student, Nick Atwell had roughly $130 of flex left over. He used that money to buy 12 large pizzas to feed his stressed peers during exam week. Atwell ends every year with an abundance of flex because he chooses to eat in the University Center dining hall, where he can eat healthy options for only a meal swipe. Despite mostly relying on meal swipes to feed him, Atwell still ends each year with about 30 unused swipes.Read More

BOV unveils 6-year plan: features updates to Jepson, Seacobeck and more parking

April 5, 2017 |


Work on the six-year plan for the University of Mary Washington is underway by the Board of Visitors. Allocations of funding strongly influence the campus, as well as tuition. The committee had its first meeting on March 22. UMW has three projects underway that will potentially have a major impact on the operating budget. The current projects are the Jepson Science Center expansion, a new parking deck and the renovation of Seacobeck Hall.Read More

Student feel lack of adequate options in UC for students with dietary restrictions

March 15, 2017 |


After a long day of classes many students look forward to winding down and having a relaxing meal at the dining hall. However, for students with allergies and other dietary restrictions, they often find themselves asking what can they eat? Although management claims the University Center offers meals suitable for all, UMW students are taking issue with the dining hall menu, finding that it lacks adequate options for students who have various dietary restrictions.Read More

Eatz on the Streetz food truck missed by UMW students

November 10, 2016 |


Not long after making its first appearance this semester on Campus Walk, the university food truck Eatz on the Street experienced technical difficulties and has since then been out of commission.Read More

Campus dining’s big missed steak

September 15, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington is one of the best schools and communities someone could be a part of, in my opinion, and I believe the majority of my classmates would agree. Our school has a great campus, a caring staff, administrators, faculty and countless opportunities for students.Read More

UMW dining taking steps towards improvment

September 8, 2016 |


Similar to last year and its opening year, the University Center and the University Dining Service has received an overwhelming amount of complaints due to lack of options and dining hall hours.Read More

Spice up your last UC meals with these creative, indulging treats

April 20, 2016 |


With the end of the spring semester coming in just a week, eight days and counting, now is the time to use up your remaining meals, flex and guest swipes.Read More

Talon Lounge, a new hangout for students, opens in the UC

March 31, 2016 |


A new hangout spot called the Talon Lounge is now open for anyone to use. It is located in room 306 of the University Center and is available during the building’s normal operating hours. It can be tricky to find for students not familiar with the structure of the third floor of the UC.Read More

Staff Ed: Prospective students not being given what is advertised

March 24, 2016 |


Students at the University of Mary Washington have raised concerns regarding how dining and housing options are being presented to prospective students. Long-time UMW students believe that there is a prominent disconnect between the portrait of the school painted by the administration and what upcoming students should expect.Read More

An Eagle Experience: Europe’s fine dining pales in comparison to UMW aesthetic

March 17, 2016 |


I am approaching week six here in Europe of my semester abroad and my check list of places to visit is slowly shrinking. Most recently, I visited France and the Netherlands and was able to experience each country, despite the short time spent in each.
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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

Chaplain helps turn the tide on Islamophobia

February 4, 2016 |


On Monday, Feb. 1, University of Mary Washington students and members of the Fredericksburg community flocked to the Chandler Ballroom in the University Center to participate in a lecture and discussion, “The Truth about Islam: Open Discussion on Terrorism, Human Rights, and Islam,” which featured guest speaker Imam Yahya Hendi.Read More

These Eagles want back in the Nest

January 28, 2016 |


College students are unlike any other age group. We sleep in late, stay up late, and of course, eat at very odd hours of the day. This is why Universities need to be flexible with their dining hours and have plenty of options for students to choose from. Unfortunately, at UMW, these options and flexibility have been thrown out, leaving students feeling upset and cheated.Read More

Campus dining offering new features to freshman meal plan

January 19, 2016 |


Having heard student comments last semester, Campus Dining at the University of Mary Washington has made changes to its “Anytime Dining” meal plans. Freshman students, who are required to purchase the “Anytime Dining” meal plan, had many complaints about the plan because their meals could only be spent in the UMW Dining Hall. This semester, Campus Dining is allotting “Anytime Dining” students up to 30 meals a semester to use at any on campus retail location.Read More

Fredericksburg’s boom in business could affect UMW students

December 3, 2015 |


Whether students have lived in Fredericksburg for 10 months or 10 years, downtown, or down Route 17, their lives have undoubtedly been impacted by the unrelenting expansion of the commercial and residential areas of the city.
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Administration, students and public figures come together for University Center dedication

September 24, 2015 |


President Hurley and the Board of Visitors gathered Thursday, Sept. 17 to celebrate and dedicate the opening of the University Center, the newly constructed $43.4 million building, on Ball Circle.Read More

UMW Dining Services and Student Senate meet to discuss dining hours

September 24, 2015 |


Leaders from UMW Dining Services met with the Student Senate on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the first floor lecture room of Monroe Hall to receive feedback and provide additional information regarding the recent changes in University Dining.Read More