Question Four and Why It Is Important

Ray Rice


There is an important question on the ballot Nov. 6.  Question four decides whether the University of Maine System will get a $49 million bond to help expand campus resources and facilities. Voting yes on this question would give UMPI $4.5 million that would help expand our programs and campus productivity. Continue reading “Question Four and Why It Is Important”

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Gentile Hall. Students, always remember that my fitness classes are FREE!  Fit Camp is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5-5:45 p.m.  Tuesdays I have Total Body Circuit Training, 12-12:45 p.m.  Fusion Training is on Mondays and Thursdays, 12-12:45 p.m. in the Campus Center, room 112. Continue reading “October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!”

Astronomy in Aroostook County

     Hello everyone and welcome to or back to the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  If you are interested in astronomy, we have several treats for you in and around the Presque Isle area.

     The University Times runs this ongoing series of articles about astronomy.  The topics vary from edition to edition and will contain news related to astronomy.  Although I have some articles in mind, I would like your input on possible articles.  If you have any questions or would like to suggest an article, please feel free to email me at:       Continue reading “Astronomy in Aroostook County”

University Advancement and External Affairs

Greenhouse posters

     So what exactly does Advancement do?  The answer is fairly simple, yet complex.  The traditional answer is that we serve to “advance” the institution and build lasting relationships with alumni, friends and donors who care as much about UMPI as we do, thereby inspiring loyalty and support for UMPI. Advancement works closely with the president and university leadership to receive the support of alumni, friends and organizations—both financially and through advocacy.  At UMPI, Advancement includes development, external affairs, alumni relations and sponsored projects. Continue reading “University Advancement and External Affairs”

Welcome Back from the Houlton Higher Education Center!

     The staff at the Houlton Higher Education Center would like to welcome all new and returning students for the fall 2018 semester!  The HHEC is an off-site location of UMPI and houses a unique partnership between UMPI and UMA at Houlton (one of eight centers that serves as an access point for the University of Maine System).  The center strives to deliver seamless education/training opportunities for southern Aroostook County.  We offer a local connection to degree programs and services of the university in a collaborative space that engages students to learn together in a supportive and motivational environment.  Continue reading “Welcome Back from the Houlton Higher Education Center!”

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”