Art Is the Transformation of Identity

Jessalyn Levesque is a mixed media artist who focuses on drawing, painting, sculpture, performance and photography. She originally comes from Missoula, Montana, and moved to the East Coast in her senior year of high school. She spent five years and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Continue reading “Art Is the Transformation of Identity”

Robots Will Be Making Your Pizza Starting Fall Semester

How would you feel about robots replacing the staff in the Kelly Commons cafeteria? This is becoming a real thing at the University of Maine at Presque Isle in the fall of 2017. Instead of handing your student ID to a real person, you’ll be swiping it in a computer to gain access to the cafeteria. Continue reading “Robots Will Be Making Your Pizza Starting Fall Semester”

Lost On a Campus in Maine

Daniel Burger is 18 years old  and is from southern Maine who never really left his hometown much. After graduating from his local high school he, like many other young adults, decided to go to college. He applied to UMPI and was accepted for his good grades and promising work ethic. Burger decided immediately after receiving his acceptance letter that he wanted to tour the campus before making such a big decision. Continue reading “Lost On a Campus in Maine”

Free to Travel Around the World

By now many of you should know that Dr. J, Jacquelyn Lowman, is hiking now. She has started her Appalachian Trail adventure. But actually, the real plan is not just hiking the Appalachian Trail, it is to both hike the Appalachian Trail and travel/ hike around the world. She came up with this plan in her mind last year and is now preparing stuff and plotting out a route. Continue reading “Free to Travel Around the World”

The Kessel Run

Artist’s impression of the ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 from the surface of one of its planets


Eyes turn upward once again as the discovery of the Trappist-1 system renews people’s hopes for interplanetary travel. Not only is the system a mere 39 lightyears off (roughly 12 parsecs), it is comprised of seven planets which appear to be roughly equivalent to Earth, at least in terms of size, mass, and composition. Continue reading “The Kessel Run”

A Moment in Time: The Pulitzer Prize

A black and white image depicts American soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima in 1945.  They are standing on the rubble of war, claiming victory for the U.S.  This iconic photograph is recognized by many.  It perfectly captures a moment in time.  “Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world,” Eddie Adams, Pulitzer prize winner said.  A photograph worthy of a Pulitzer tells a story in a way that a thousand words could not.  The story may not be easy to see, but it’s what people need to see. Continue reading “A Moment in Time: The Pulitzer Prize”

Clear Capture Crystallized

At break of day on an April morning in Miami, a young boy hides in a relative’s home.  On the already warm street outside federal agents stand ready to rush the house on cue.  Alan Diaz’s photo captures the moment of discovery and capture.  A man in a closet holds his left arm defensively in front of the young boy and himself.  His face unafraid, his mouth opened in protest.  The boy’s mouth is open in a scream, his eyes squinting, as though trying to block out some of the scene. Opposite them are two men in full gear with weapons drawn; helmets, gloves, eye goggles and bulletproof vests.  The first man facing the man and boy in the closet has an arm out in a gesture mixed with firmness and appeasement.  His eyes are on high alert.  Continue reading “Clear Capture Crystallized”

Columbia Mudslide, 1986

In November 1985, the eruption of Nevado Del Ruiz in Columbia caused a massive mudslide which took an estimated 25,000 lives. Such sheer wreckage is hard to comprehend. Stalin famously said that one death is tragedy, a thousand a statistic. How does one get past the number to all the tragedies it represents?  We need focal points to even attempt such a thing.  When the Miami Herald sent Michell duCill and Carol Guzy to cover this event, this was their mission, though they probably couldn’t imagine what was in store for them there. “You’re hiking and walking, and you get to the point where it’s mud and you’re walking on bodies,” Guzy recalled. “It’s pretty grueling.” Continue reading “Columbia Mudslide, 1986”

The Power of Pictures

The short film A Glimpse of Life: The Pulitzer Photographs focuses on photography and what an impact it can have.  The pictures shown have all won Pulitzer Prize, which is one of the biggest honors as a journalist.  The film talks to the photographers of historic pictures and gets their point of view on how they got the shot, why photojournalism is so important, and how it is a calling. Continue reading “The Power of Pictures”