A Night Full of Laughs and Entertainment During the Variety Show

The University of Maine at Presque Isle hosted its first ever Variety Show on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m.  It was filled with several acts from students, faculty and staff. The show was hosted by Los Angeles-based comedian, actor and voice actor, Justin Rupple. Community members, faculty, staff and students filled Wieden Auditorium for a fun and entertaining night at UMPI. Continue reading “A Night Full of Laughs and Entertainment During the Variety Show”

Spring Fever at Gentile!!

We are getting ready for spring here at Gentile Hall with the Sportsman show on March 22-24.  Come stop by and see canoes, kayaks, bikes, ATVs, fishing supplies, hunting supplies, a real fish pond and much more!

Warmer weather is right around the corner, so if you are going somewhere sunny over spring break, now is the time to start getting into shape with my fitness classes.  Students, all my fitness classes are free!!  Fit Camp is on MWF from 5-5:45 p.m., Circuit Training is on Tuesdays from 12-12:45 p.m. and Fusion Training is on Mondays and Thursdays from 12-12:45 p.m.  For more information about my fitness classes or personal training, you can email me at keli.marston@maine.edu Continue reading “Spring Fever at Gentile!!”

Old Farmer’s Almanac, Snowfall and Floodwaters

Looking down into the flooded basement storage area.

On August 26, 2018, the “Old Farmer’s Almanac” predicted “arctic air, blustery, bitter winds, sharp drops in temperatures, and widespread snow showers and squalls” for winter 2018-19.  “Above-normal snowfall is predicted for the Great Lakes states, Midwest, and central and northern New England.” Northern Maine is doing its part to validate the “Old Farmer’s Almanac’”s predictions this winter. Continue reading “Old Farmer’s Almanac, Snowfall and Floodwaters”

A Glimpse of Life: Words Painting a Picture

Photojournalism is a more than snapping pictures on your smartphone and editing them on some Photoshop app. Not only do people have to be up to date with current events going on around the globe, but they must be willing to make sacrifices. Capturing the perfect shot can be difficult.  Photojournalists may find themselves face-to-face with gut-wrenching sights. Continue reading “A Glimpse of Life: Words Painting a Picture”

A Not-So-Traditional Spring Break for UMPI Students

Carolinas Prepare As Hurricane Florence Approaches.

In the summer of 2018,  devastation swept through the Carolinas. The culprit? Hurricane Florence.

The University of Maine at Presque Isle has been organizing a volunteer trip in an effort to help communities in the Carolinas recuperate.

“The trip is about doing community service in an area that can not only help but expose students to different things they wouldn’t normally be exposed to,” Danfry Nieves, the AmeriCorps VISTA coordinator at UMPI, said. “I believe college should not just be about lectures and readings.” Continue reading “A Not-So-Traditional Spring Break for UMPI Students”

Respect for the Fallen

The four retirees stand proudly around their comrade_s grave. From left to right_ Sgt. William Caron, Cpl. Arnold Gahagan, Trooper Kim Espling and Cpl. Bert Ouellette. Not seen, Troop F leader Brian Harris.

Just like he’s done thousands of times before, Hubert Ouellette laces up his boots.  The state police issued black leather is cracking, showing their wear.  He’s suited up for his job many times, but never for a task like this.

Temperatures circling zero degrees and waist-deep snow could not stop Maine State Police Troop F.  Four retired officers and one active dug out their snowshoes, an extra pair of socks and a few holiday wreaths.  Paying no attention to the cold, the group honored lost officers by visiting their graves for the holidays and leaving the wreaths behind. Continue reading “Respect for the Fallen”

A Moment in Time

“Everything has a story about it.  You just have to be able to see it” Pulitzer Prize winner, Jerry Gay, says. How right he is. Since the invention of the camera, photographs have helped humanity capture moments in time–for all of time. Unlike people, not all moments are created equal. Some pictures can speak to us: they can show us powerful moments in human history. Most often, this is a moment that is “a front seat to history” as Pulitzer Prize photojournalist John White puts it. Continue reading “A Moment in Time”

It’s Jupiter! It’s Saturn! It’s a Planet Head?

What do you get when you combine a fundraiser for cancer assistance with paint and shower caps or shaved heads?  You get Planet Head Day, of course!

What is Planet Head Day?  It is an opportunity to help raise funds that are used to assist local cancer patients.  Planet Head Day is one of two annual fundraisers held by the local nonprofit group “Caring Area Neighbors for Cancer Education and Recovery – C.A.N.C.E.R.” Continue reading “It’s Jupiter! It’s Saturn! It’s a Planet Head?”



All people can feel a certain way when they are in an unfamiliar place that they have never been before, and it can have a great effect on them now and later in life. Maybe they are going for a vacation or maybe they are coming to a different country to come to school. This is the case for a lot of the students here at UMPI, who are from all different places in the world. One such case is junior Zhongyuyu Andrea Xiao, who has been here for three years now. Continue reading “Homecoming”

Waiting for a Place to Call Home

Maria, lounging in her cage and taking in all the love.

Are you a dog or a cat person? Some people like cats. Some people like dogs. Others just love animals. If you love animals who are sweet, affectionate and beautiful, meet Maria. Maria is a 3-year-old tri-tiger who was brought in as a stray in September.

“She’s a really sweet girl,” Betsy Hallett, manager of the Central Aroostook Humane Society, said. Continue reading “Waiting for a Place to Call Home”