Every year on University Day, UMPI students play a very different role than they usually do. For one day, they’re not just students. They become teachers to anyone who attends their presentations. The day always begins with a poster session in the Wieden Hall gymnasium. On Wednesday, April 20, students came armed with posters and knowledge. They were ready to show how anyone can “disrupt the status quo” and change the world for the better.
For many people, traveling abroad is a dream that is never realized. There are a lot of factors why this might be: financial problems, fear of the unknown, language barrier, etc. While many wish to travel, many people never get over their doubts. Sometimes all we need is someone to tell us to stop worrying and go out and do it. Luckily, those who attended University Day were given such a wake-up call.
Kids go to school. College students go to school. Graduate school students go to school if it is necessary for the profession they have chosen. They do if it will prepare them professionally to enter the world of work. Or to pursue interests in more depth. Do retired people go to school? Yes, even though this seems to be disrupting the status quo. Their working days may be over and there may be no need to be educated for a career or earn a degree, they’re not necessarily done learning.
We all have an organization, movement, idea, foundation that we care strongly about. This might be cancer funding or research, Black Lives Matter, pay equality, feminism, animal testing or awareness of an illness that affects one of our loved ones or yourself.
You don’t have to live an active lifestyle to know what it feels like to get hurt. Being on a team or just living sometimes demands everything you can give. But when you’re hurt what’s the best way to getting back to play? Rehabilitation therapy is there for you physically and mentally to help get you back into the game of life.
Development and animals with picky habitats tend to be the reasons most animals dwindle down until they go on the endangered list. This is why Gannon Pratt is working with wildlife biologist Derek Norts and UMFK’s Gary Shaperio to protect the wood turtles found here in northern Maine.
Here at UMPI, students have done great things on campus. They do research, projects or other work related to their major. But sometimes students get to go outside their comfort zones. Recently, a group of UMPI students did just that. They wrote plays and discovered a new love of theater. Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19, was when people got to see the results of the students’ hard work and new skills. These were the nights of UMPI’s first playwriting festival.
It’s getting late and most offices on campus have closed for the night. But not everyone has gone home. Papers are still being graded, classrooms are being cleaned up. The lights that are still on cast shadows of a long day. The work continues and night melts into day, days into semesters. From up high, a message from the chancellor trickles down through the campuses. A projected deficit looms over the system. Faced with cuts, targets are painted on the backs of faculty and staff as well as their programs. In spite of changes beyond their control, they keep on working, they keep on teaching and they keep on taking care of their students while they can.
Fans first fell in love with J.K. Rowling and her wizarding world in 1997 when “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was first published. Over the years, the seven book Harry Potter series transformed into the best selling book series of all time. The first film adaption of the series came out in 2001 and the Harry Potter following grew in size. Now, almost 20 years after the release of the first book, the fan base will grow again.
Makeup and beauty products are a part of our lives from a very young age. Many women remember watching female family members putting on makeup and getting ready for an ordinary day or a night out. It is something little girls feel is a rite of passage into adulthood. As children we play with fake makeup. We usually start with painting our nails, and then we are allowed, slowly, to use more and more makeup. As boys grow older they too begin to use beauty products like scented body wash, body spray and cologne.