Spreading Awareness and Hope

This past October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Every year many people work together to bring forth awareness and hope in different ways.  Some host awareness walks in their town.  Others hold candlelight vigils for domestic violence victims.  If you’re an UMPI student, you put on a play.  On Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, the University Players, UMPI’s drama club, performed “Love for Losers.”  The short play had a domestic violence theme.  After the play, the cast and playwright Darci Faye held a discussion panel with employees from the Hope and Justice Project in Presque Isle. Continue reading “Spreading Awareness and Hope”

2016 Proposal to Raise the Student Activity Fee

The current student activities fee is $80 per semester for full-time students and $40 a semester for part-time students.  This fee provides approximately $90,000 to the Student Government Association (SGA) to distribute to clubs and organizations.  During the 2016-2017 budget request cycle, clubs and organizations requested nearly $190,000 in SGA funding, leaving nearly $100,000 worth of activities and programs unable to be funded.  In order to be able to provide additional funds to the clubs and organizations, SGA would like to propose that the student activity fee be increased by $5 ($2.50 for part time).  This increase would provide approximately $5,600 in additional funding per year.  It is further proposed that the $5 ($2.50 for part time) increase occur during each of the next four years, ending with the fall of 2020.  The actual fees structure would be as follows: Continue reading “2016 Proposal to Raise the Student Activity Fee”

After The Election


The successful candidate of this past presidential election was bound to be a “first” in one form or another:  one would be the first woman ever to hold the office; the other without holding a previous political office or having served in the military.  One thing that was not going to be a first, of course, was that pollsters might get things wrong—just ask Thomas Dewey, a “progressive Republican” and governor of New York who lost not one but two historic races: in 1944 against Franklin Delano Roosevelt (who was reelected into the first and only presidential fourth term as a result) and in 1948 against Harry S. Truman in what was arguably the greatest popular vote and electoral college upset in the modern era.  Continue reading “After The Election”

Jim’s Journal The 2016 Election


Wow, after 16 months of campaigning the 2016 presidential election is finally over.  When I listen to the voices of people around me, I hear fear and excitement; I hear sadness and happiness; I hear concern and hope.  The feeling you have depends on your personal beliefs, who you voted for and what you want for the future. Continue reading “Jim’s Journal The 2016 Election”

A Standard Q&A


Election day saw a huge push for those citizens over 18 to make their way to the polls. Voter turnout for this election exceeded that of the last one by more than 3 million people, but still, it’s been found over 43 percent stayed home. In a small survey conducted within the residence halls on campus, folks were asked if they planned to vote or not and why.
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Voting for What They Believe In


When it comes to this year’s presidential election, everyone has an opinion.  For UMPI students who are Democrats, this election has been a personal one.  They were standing behind issues that matter to them.  But they also put their support behind Hillary Clinton during a time when many saw her as a “lesser of two evils.”  Through all the breaking news and scandals, the students still had hope for the future.  And they cast their votes on Nov. 8 knowing that those votes still mattered. Continue reading “Voting for What They Believe In”

A Letter from Ray Rice: A Supportive Community

Dear UMPI Community,

     I have had the opportunity to speak with many of you since last week’s elections and the range of responses to it, regardless of how you felt about its outcomes.  The subsequent intolerant incidents that have occurred on some campuses around the country provide an opportunity for the University of Maine at Presque Isle to reaffirm its commitment to respectful dialgoue, human dignity and social justice.  It is also crucial that we continue to support free speech on our campus.  At UMPI, we believe in the transformative power of education to create a just and humane world.  Just as importantly, we affirm that we are collectively responsible for establishing and maintaining a community that provides a welcome, supportive, and responsive climate for all students, faculty, and staff.  Continue reading “A Letter from Ray Rice: A Supportive Community”

Absentee Ballot Gives Long-Distance College Students the Chance to Vote

The Election has finally come and gone, and for many it has been an interesting time. There has been a record turnout for the polls this year. Over 42 million people voted early this year and many of those early voters did so by absentee ballot.
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