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UMW celebrates improved image

The University of Mary Washington held its first-ever pep rally this afternoon at the Anderson Center.

Earlier this year, the school hired a consultant to help with an image overhaul. At the pep rally, UMW unveiled its new website with the slogan: “Where Great Minds get to Work.”

The days of Mary Washington being an undiscovered gem are over,” UMW President Rick Hurley said at the pep rally. “The days of UMW being the best kept secret are over.”

The rally featured music, dancing and videos created by students to celebrate the school’s new slogan.

UMW junior Ahmed Mohamed, 20, said he likes the stability Hurley brings to the university.

“It’s nice to know he’s trying really hard to cement a new idea and just keep it there,” he said.