Living on campus is an experience that is much needed for many students who are away from home. It provides them with several opportunities they wouldn’t have had previously. Every campus has a population. This is essentially what makes it feel lively and open. In a place where large buildings (even on a small campus like UMPI) make up the majority of the scene, it is important to remember who it is those buildings are there for: the people who are on the campus every day. A portion of these people—about a third of the student body–is residential. Since UMPI is a smaller campus there are several people who attend who are from the area. But many of the students living in housing on and off campus through UMPI are from places very far away. Some are from downstate, and others are from even farther away, such as different states and countries altogether.
Intramurals basketball in Gentile has become a large part of UMPI culture. Nearly one hundred UMPI students and alumni participate. Every Tuesday and Thursday night during season students come to watch and partake. Commissioner Quinton Harris oversees the games.
As a child, did you ever want to be an explorer? Did going on adventures and finding hidden treasure excite you? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then geocaching is the hobby for you. Geocaching is a term that many people have heard spoken in casual conversation, but they may not fully understand what it is. Geocaching is a treasure hunt.
It’s 7:13 a.m. and the line for Dunkin Donuts is longer than Rip Van Winkle’s slumber. Aside from running late for work, you can still feel raindrops trickling down from your head. The man honking his horn behind you is shredding your very last nerve and you’re having quite possibly the most miserable start to a Tuesday morning. You are fully prepared to swallow every ounce of stress in an extra-large cup of hazelnut coffee. As you arrive at the window you are bombarded with a rush of highly unpleasant employees trying to complete their orders in a timely manner. You pause for a moment and recall the days of slinging pizzas, trying to pay off that college tuition. You are reminded of the long shifts and the ache of your feet, or the busiest nights that you ran out of the best items the menu had to offer. Your nostalgic moment passes as the young man covered in cream cheese hands you a cup with an aroma better than grandma’s house after she’s baked her county-wide famous cinnamon rolls. You leave feeling satisfied and make your way to your corner office for the day.
Spring break for two UMPI clubs meant it was time to journey beyond the County. After weeks of planning students packed their bags to travel and broaden their horizons.
Carol is one of those people whom you meet who always has a smile on her face. She has an infectious personality.
Finding out the gender of a baby is exciting for everyone. It’s especially exciting for the parents. Most of them want to know if it’s going to be a boy or a girl the day they find out that they’re pregnant. Some parents have preferences on whether their baby is going to be a male or female, and some of them don’t.
Walking onto a college campus for the first time can be scary. Many students don’t know their classmates very well yet. Sometimes students can feel lonely and cut off from campus life. Luckily, UMPI has many clubs and organizations. Its members are always looking to welcome new students. They reach out and give students a community to belong to.
You might not know it, but UMPI has put up a good fight for the past five years. The opponent UMPI has faced off with has cut revenue and forced the campus to adapt. UMPI has lost some good people, but those who remain haven’t given up.
Professor John F. DeFelice is an associate professor of history at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He has been teaching at the university since Sept. 1, 2000. DeFelice teaches courses on the ancient world, premodern Europe, colonialism and modern China. He also teaches an honors seminar every few years. In addition, in some of the classes DeFelice teaches Reacting to the Past games. The Reacting to the Past games involve students taking on roles and writing assignments from the view of a specific person in history. Each role plays a part in the game. What is unique is that only a few other campuses in the United States are doing this as well.