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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People Against Loyal Party Voting

Since it’s the time of year when politics are evident in nearly every household in this country due to the presidential election, there is always bound to be some discourse on all sides. This is regardless of which party you belong to or which views you possess. Most people who pay attention to politics look at the details of who they are voting for. At the same time, these people are registered as a member of a specific party, such as Democrat, Republican or Independent. The people who pay attention to what a candidate has to offer may not even end up voting for someone running for the same party they are registered as a member of at all.
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Making a Break for It

Once the fall semester comes to an end many students make their way home for the holidays. This gives them a four week break from the almost four months completely dedicated to their education. Whether these students are traveling three hours or three minutes away it is a much needed and sought after experience once finals are done and grades are set. There are numerous ways students spend their time once this break comes around.
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Spreading Awareness and Hope

This past October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Every year many people work together to bring forth awareness and hope in different ways.  Some host awareness walks in their town.  Others hold candlelight vigils for domestic violence victims.  If you’re an UMPI student, you put on a play.  On Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, the University Players, UMPI’s drama club, performed “Love for Losers.”  The short play had a domestic violence theme.  After the play, the cast and playwright Darci Faye held a discussion panel with employees from the Hope and Justice Project in Presque Isle. Continue reading “Spreading Awareness and Hope”

2016 Proposal to Raise the Student Activity Fee

The current student activities fee is $80 per semester for full-time students and $40 a semester for part-time students.  This fee provides approximately $90,000 to the Student Government Association (SGA) to distribute to clubs and organizations.  During the 2016-2017 budget request cycle, clubs and organizations requested nearly $190,000 in SGA funding, leaving nearly $100,000 worth of activities and programs unable to be funded.  In order to be able to provide additional funds to the clubs and organizations, SGA would like to propose that the student activity fee be increased by $5 ($2.50 for part time).  This increase would provide approximately $5,600 in additional funding per year.  It is further proposed that the $5 ($2.50 for part time) increase occur during each of the next four years, ending with the fall of 2020.  The actual fees structure would be as follows: Continue reading “2016 Proposal to Raise the Student Activity Fee”

After The Election


The successful candidate of this past presidential election was bound to be a “first” in one form or another:  one would be the first woman ever to hold the office; the other without holding a previous political office or having served in the military.  One thing that was not going to be a first, of course, was that pollsters might get things wrong—just ask Thomas Dewey, a “progressive Republican” and governor of New York who lost not one but two historic races: in 1944 against Franklin Delano Roosevelt (who was reelected into the first and only presidential fourth term as a result) and in 1948 against Harry S. Truman in what was arguably the greatest popular vote and electoral college upset in the modern era.  Continue reading “After The Election”