Sunday Jan 16, 2022

Recent rock painting calls attention to safety concerns involving harassment and predatory behavior

WILLIAM LAWSON Staff Writer Several UMW students were approached by a white male in his late 40s with dark brown hair around the library and HCC on the weekend of Sept. 17. The man, who was identified as Daniel Appel, had viewed several students’ social media accounts before approaching them on campus. Some students filed […]

Covering of spirit rock’s anti-racist message sparks fear

by DAVID STROBACH Staff Writer On March 13 the UMW NAACP held an emergency meeting after the spirit rock was painted over with a message that said “the end was nigh,” covering the Social Justice and Leadership Summit Subcommittee message of “Keep the Same Energy.” Some students were afraid that the message was a threat […]

Staff Ed: Campus needs permanent memorial to victims of white supremacy

Following recent controversies surrounding the re-painting of the Spirit Rock, The Blue & Gray Press is calling for the university to provide a place for students to honor the lives and movements that matter to them. UMW needs to provide this place as an alternative location to the Spirit Rock, which is an insufficient place […]

Spirit rock draws crowds and mixed reviews over hoax

Contributing Writer
On Feb. 4, the message “MEET HERE 2/22, 12, Midnight” appeared on the spirit rock. The message caused speculation among students who wondered what it could mean.

The rules of the spirit rock


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.

Students have right to free speech, but should still respect university values


Staff Writer

Free speech on college campuses should be allowed to the extent that given each situation, respect for other people’s opinions, race, religion, ethnicity, heritage, and safety remains the priority. At the University of Mary Washington, free speech is practiced in varying ways but often times, it goes too far and only demonstrates for the values that the university believes in.

Spirit Rock sparks controversy


Senior Writer

On Thursday morning of last week, students awoke to a new message on the Spirit Rock: in black, seemingly hastingly scrawled writing, “18 school shootings in 2018.”

Spirit Rock v2.0

University of Mary Washington students have found a more noticeable advertising space than the campus’ traditional spirit rock, painting club messages and event postings on the wooden fence in front of Lee Hall. “Instead of fighting over the spirit rock, we can have 20 different groups posting at once,” said UMW Spirit Committee member Jessica […]

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