Summer 2018

     The summer of 2018 will be a rather boring summer for astronomical events.  Perhaps the biggest event of the summer will be the Perseid meteor shower.  This year’s shower will last from August 8 to August 17.  The moon will be approaching or just past new moon throughout the meteor shower, so moonlight blocking out dimmer meteors will not be an issue.  Warm August weather should make it comfortable to sit outside or lie down on a blanket and look toward the northeast.  At its peak, the Perseids will produce and average of a meteor per minute.  The best time to view the meteors is after midnight.  Below is a listing of the days of the shower and the number of meteors that may be expected on that date. Continue reading “Summer 2018”

Distraction or Self-Expression?

     Transitioning from high school into college entails many things. Buying textbooks, rather than using the ones provided by the school. Living in a dorm, rather than with your parents. Coming up with a schedule, rather than being given one by the school. These are all things that many people face when making this transition. But one thing that doesn’t cross many minds when starting college, however, is dress codes. In high schools, there is often a strict dress code, especially for females. They can’t wear anything that shows their shoulders, back, chest or stomach area in any way. Revealed bra straps are forbidden. Shorts, skirts and dresses must be longer than where the fingertips hit when the arms are down to the sides. In some places, leggings, yoga pants and similar articles of clothing are banned completely. Failure to comply with these rules can lead to detention or being pulled out of class and either having your parents called to bring you new clothes or being sent home to change. In college, there often is no dress code at all, and women can wear whatever they please, without consequence. Continue reading “Distraction or Self-Expression?”

Punk Rock is Dead, Long Live Punk Rock

This is the last Punk show in Pierre South Dakota. It was a sort of fairwell and reunion rolled into one. It was a community spanning almoot 20 years coming together to celebrate one last time

     Seventy-five teens and young adults are crammed into an old smoky VFW hall.  All the kids are slight variations of the ones next to them.  They might have a different hairstyle or studs on their jackets.  The smell of sweat soaks through the room.  Outside at the ticket counter there are pamphlets for “Modern Feminism,” “Going off the Grid” and “How to Take Advantage of Squatting Laws.”  There is loud music being blown out through small speakers.  There is no stage, just microphones between the crowd and the band. This is a “punk rock show.” This is a community. Continue reading “Punk Rock is Dead, Long Live Punk Rock”

Silent Wonder

     In June of 1947, Kenneth Arnold, a civilian pilot and businessman, on a business flight from Chehalis to Yakima, Wash., reported seeing nine objects flying at a high rate of speed over Washington’s Mount Rainier.  The objects were glowing bright blue-white and were traveling between 1,200 and 2,000 kilometers per hour at the time of the sighting.  They were of crescent shape and estimated to be 140 to 280 feet in length.  The length was determined by the collaboration of other observers who viewed the objects from the ground looking up.  Continue reading “Silent Wonder”

Some Differences Between Chinese Culture and American Culture

An Assortment of Delicious Food for Chinese New Year

  Nowadays, more and more students choose to be international students. They want to get a better education or to get a different mode of thinking, to look at some different culture and environment. Many Chinese students choose to get education in the United States. The first big challenge for them is the culture impact. Different countries have different cultures, even between the West and the East. Continue reading “Some Differences Between Chinese Culture and American Culture”

Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness…Or Does It?

Can money buy happiness, or does the phrase ring true?

     People often say that money doesn’t buy happiness, and this age-old phrase is hardly ever argued against. The phrase itself is fairly self-explanatory. It means that no matter how much money you have, you won’t be happy simply because you have that money, because you can’t purchase happiness. No matter how rich you are, your wealth won’t cure any unhappiness in your life. But what if money did buy happiness? Hannah Turcotte and James Stanley are two individuals with opinions on this matter. Continue reading “Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness…Or Does It?”

American Legion Sees a Drop in Membership

     Veteran Holidays.  Towns decorated with American Flags on light posts.  Graves of resting military decorated with American flags.  These are just some things the American Legion does for local communities.

     Members of the American Legion are seeing interest in the local community decline in recent years.  The legion is a nonprofit group run by military veterans.  Rodney (Rod) Collins, a 12-year member and financial officer of Legion Post 118 in Mars Hill, said, “I’ll bet 75 percent of our members are 80 or older.  But this town has been very supportive.”  Continue reading “American Legion Sees a Drop in Membership”

Time to Unplug and Play Outside

Cell phones have taken the place of tree climbing and kick ball

     In an age where technology rules the world, some vital components of everyday living are at risk. While it is clear that technology is here to stay, people are beginning to question, how much screen time is too much?  According to a study done by Common Sense Media, 59 percent of the parents said that their children were addicted to technology.  Sixty-six percent said that their children spend too much time on screen.  According to the same study, teens spend an average of six hours and 40 minutes per day on a screen.  Continue reading “Time to Unplug and Play Outside”

Rebecca Dillenbeck, An UMPI Asset

UMPI Freshman Rebecca Dillenbeck, pictured here, is a kind, talented, and humble person

     This issue’s student spotlight features Rebecca Dillenbeck, an UMPI freshman. Rebecca is from Limestone, Maine, and is majoring in business, with a concentration in accounting. She was the salutatorian of the Class of 2017 of Limestone Community School, the last class to graduate from the school before its closure. Rebecca’s salutatorian speech at graduation, a speech concerning the importance of recognizing and celebrating people’s differences, was received with a standing ovation. Continue reading “Rebecca Dillenbeck, An UMPI Asset”

North Maine Woods Working to Increase Usage Among Young People

     North Maine Woods is a land management company that oversees the recreational use of more than 3.5 million acres of forestlands.  Private individuals, as well as private industrial companies, own these forestlands.  There are roughly 155 townships within the boundaries of the North Maine Woods. Continue reading “North Maine Woods Working to Increase Usage Among Young People”