by SAMANTHA STACHOWIAK Staff Writer Due to the high local rates of COVID-19 transmission, the University has opted to postpone the traditional Homecoming tailgate until the spring semester. Instead, UMW is celebrating its annual Homecoming Monday, Oct. 18 through Saturday, Oct. 23 with an alternate schedule and some new events. Throughout the week there are […]
by CINDY LY Staff Writer After an estimated $473,000 rebranding effort by MindPower, an Atlanta-based branding agency, UMW changed the logo and branding of the entire university over the summer of 2021. According to Malcolm Holmes, the director of University Marketing, “the estimated new costs directly related to the external brand rollout include $300,000 for […]
by THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD After over a year of COVID-19, with vaccines available to all students and staff and hopes for a more normal fall semester, we can finally say that things are looking up. This is not to suggest that anyone throw away their masks or stop social distancing, […]
By WILL HACKETT Staff Writer UMW announced on Wednesday, March 24 that there will be in-person Commencement ceremonies for the class of 2020 on May 6 and 7 and the class of 2021 on May 8 and 9. The ceremonies will be held on the recreation fields between Route One and the Alvey parking deck, […]
EMILY WARREN Staff Photographer The print version of this article stated that the photos were taken before winter break in the fall of 2020. That date was meant to serve as a comparison for how empty campus looked. The photos were taken this semester while classes were in session. These photos were taken on the last day of finals week […]
By ELIZABETH FINTO
Eagle Gathering is one of the most prominent UMW traditions during which the new incoming class is initiated into the Mary Washington community.
Over 120 clubs, organizations and departments fill Ball Circle only twice a year, and it is an amazing sight to behold.
The event welcomes back students and celebrates the end of the first week of classes and the beginning of a new semester.
By KYLE CLARKE
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.
By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE
Responding to the hateful and violent acts that have been taking place throughout the country, various UMW student leaders decided to hold an event that would give students a platform to unite under. On Tuesday, the one month anniversary of the Charlottesville incident, about 75 members of the Mary Washington and Fredericksburg community gathered in front of Lee Hall to participate in the UMW Speaks Out Against White Supremacy rally.
By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH
The University of Mary Washington announced in an email yesterday that it will be changing Ball Circle’s name due to growing concern that possible innuendos from the name are ruining UMW’s wholesome image.
By NICCO BARATTO
Students this semester may have noticed something different about Ball Circle. A post-and- chain fence, which now wraps the outer edges of the lawn, was reinstalled by Facilities Services as a preventative measure to protect the lawn from damage the circle underwent last semester.
By ESTER SALGUERO
On the brisk afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 17, the Campus Programming Board collaborated with the Class Council to introduce two bands for this year’s Rocktoberfest. One of which, Virginia Man, an unconventional Indie Folk band, made their debut on Ball Circle.
Students gathered on Ball Circle yesterday to celebrate the life and memory of Robert “Bob” Ericson, 22, who passed away last weekend. The memorial service exemplified the community of UMW, as numerous members came together to commemorate the life of a fellow student who inspired and touched so many here on campus.
To help raise awareness and offer support to survivors, the University of Mary Washington community observes National Sexual Assault Awareness Month each year in April. Take Back the Night is one of the largest events on campus, used to raise awareness and encourage people to speak out against sexual violence.
The University of Mary Washington held a ground breaking ceremony for the new Campus Center on Sept. 20 on Ball Circle, signifying the official beginning of construction on the building. A process that began in 2012, the building is expected to be completed in fall 2015.
By CHELSEA FULLER
A play on “Oktoberfest,” Giant Productions’ “Rocktoberfest” was a subdued, but welcome, end to what was most students’ first week of midterms. Friday, Oct. 5, provided perfect weather for an enjoyable afternoon filled with a sense of fleeting summer and laughter.
By HEATHER BRADY Virginia First Lady Anne Holton will be the speaker for Mary Washington’s 2009 commencement. She will address this year’s graduating class in Ball Circle on Saturday, May 9, according to a message from the Office of the President. Holton has devoted her career to improving foster care and adoption. She has served […]