A Standard Q&A

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Election day saw a huge push for those citizens over 18 to make their way to the polls. Voter turnout for this election exceeded that of the last one by more than 3 million people, but still, it’s been found over 43 percent stayed home. In a small survey conducted within the residence halls on campus, folks were asked if they planned to vote or not and why.
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Voting for What They Believe In

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When it comes to this year’s presidential election, everyone has an opinion.  For UMPI students who are Democrats, this election has been a personal one.  They were standing behind issues that matter to them.  But they also put their support behind Hillary Clinton during a time when many saw her as a “lesser of two evils.”  Through all the breaking news and scandals, the students still had hope for the future.  And they cast their votes on Nov. 8 knowing that those votes still mattered. Continue reading “Voting for What They Believe In”

A Letter from Ray Rice: A Supportive Community

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Dear UMPI Community,

     I have had the opportunity to speak with many of you since last week’s elections and the range of responses to it, regardless of how you felt about its outcomes.  The subsequent intolerant incidents that have occurred on some campuses around the country provide an opportunity for the University of Maine at Presque Isle to reaffirm its commitment to respectful dialgoue, human dignity and social justice.  It is also crucial that we continue to support free speech on our campus.  At UMPI, we believe in the transformative power of education to create a just and humane world.  Just as importantly, we affirm that we are collectively responsible for establishing and maintaining a community that provides a welcome, supportive, and responsive climate for all students, faculty, and staff.  Continue reading “A Letter from Ray Rice: A Supportive Community”

Absentee Ballot Gives Long-Distance College Students the Chance to Vote

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The Election has finally come and gone, and for many it has been an interesting time. There has been a record turnout for the polls this year. Over 42 million people voted early this year and many of those early voters did so by absentee ballot.
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New UMPI Face

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UMPI has a new face this year: Wen Han, who is a new, full-time business professor.  She is focusing on teaching logistical management and comes from Xi’an Siyuan University. She beat out all other competitors on Feb. 18, 2015, to get the chance to travel to, study and teach in the United States for one year. The overarching purpose of this trip is to study the difference in education between China and the U.S.
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The Power of Change

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Wayne Maines the director of Safety and environmental management or the University of Maine college system is the spokesman for the all American male. He is an Air force Veteran, very conservative, voted republican and the picture of masculinity. Father to two adorable twin boys, and has a lovely wife. From the outside this family was the picture of perfection. Maines’s world has always been challenged by the fact his son has always identified as a female. This challenged Maine’s views on what it means to be a man. The irony of Maines’s Job is to keep the university of Amine system safe but he struggled to keep his family safe.
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Halloween Critters at their Finest

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Halloween is a holiday that is widely celebrated by many different people, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle was not lacking in the Halloween spirit. The Halloween dance was held this year in the multipurpose room in the campus center. It was relatively packed from about 11 p.m. to the end. There were a variety of different costumes. These were as much a major part of the fun and energy of the night as the people who were there wearing them.
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Annual Trick or Treat in the Dorms Draws in Community Kids

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Princesses, vampires and other strange things made their way around UMPI’s campus on Thursday, October 28. With bags and buckets extended, already heavy with candy, children from around the community made their way through the dorms for a fun-filled night of trick-or-treating.
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