A Day in the Life of a Hairstylist

“She has dreams to be an envy, so she’s starving.  You know, ‘Covergirls eat nothing.’”  Alessia Cara sings these words in her song “Scars to your beautiful.”  These words ring true in the beauty industry.  “Women will skip meals all week long to save money to get their hair done,” Gale Bradley informs her students at DelMarVa Beauty Academy.  In small-town Salisbury, Md., Salisbury University students hoard financial aid and beer money to make a trip to the salon for that new color they saved to their Pinterest board.  What drives these sensible women to take desperate measures to ensure an appointment at their salon? Continue reading “A Day in the Life of a Hairstylist”

Notes from a Mad English Professor: Holiday Postlude


My strongest memories of holiday season are invariably ones of traditions or their interruptions.  My brother and I looked forward to Christmas Eve service, held in a gigantic, Cathedral-like Congregationalist church built of brick and stone with a steeple more like a Gothic tower than a New England spire, as much for the fact that it signaled presents would soon be opened as it was the one time a year we could hold a lit candle and not get in trouble.  Years later, when I would travel south with my own family to my parents’ home for the holidays, and returned to the Christmas Eve service for the first time in over a decade, I could remember the program almost item for item.   It was almost as if I were returned to childhood, to my son’s age, only with a forward-looking memory leap-frogging through time, past high school and college and my first teaching jobs and marriage and a family of my own in which I now became my own parent, nervously allowing my own child to hold and light a candle against the darkness of that great, vaulted ceiling.
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The End of The Semester


It’s hard to believe, but it is almost here: the end of the semester.

This point of the academic semester fills faculty, staff and students with fear and excitement.  The fear comes from the fact that there is so much to get down before the end of the semester.  The excitement comes from the fact that we will all get to have a well-deserved break.
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Students Continue Work on Adventure


Throughout the fall semester, UMPI students have put in countless hours helping local nonprofit BEYOND LIMITS: Awaken Your Potential with its Appalachian Trail Adventure.

“I’ve reached out to a lot of people,” UMPI student Brandy Smith said. “These people were going to be involved with BEYOND LIMITS and lead us to others who want to be involved.”
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An Evening of Laughs


Imagine watching a play where the actors don’t know their lines.  They never practiced before the show and did not use props or build sets.  At first, that type of show might sound like a disaster.  But that’s why actors call those shows improv.  On Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, UMPI students attended “An Evening of Improv” at UMPI’s Wieden Auditorium.  This was the first improv show from UMPI’s student drama club, the University Players.
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