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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Going Solo

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UMPI’s a capella group was formed just this last September. Auditions were held on the stage at Wieden Hall in front of the group’s founders (and consequential first members) Lassana and Lossene Dorleh. From the pool of auditioners five members emerged: Adawnya Barry, Rebecca Bowers, Debbi Herne, Lydia Tilley and Adrien Tourtelotte. Skylar Hebert was also a member, but recently had to leave the group following a school transfer. With advice from Shirley Rush and extra help from Ryan Tebo the group is working on compiling a set list that includes many popular songs, including Beyonce’s “XO” and Ruth B’s “Lost Boy.”
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CRU PSA

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-8-26-11-pm     UMPI CRU is a Christian club that is focused on gathering together for fellowship, worship, Bible study and volunteering in the community and on campus. Anyone of any belief system is welcome to attend, community members included, and meetings are based on a “come as you are, come as you please” philosophy. No one must go to all the meetings to be a part of CRU. Our Sunday fellowship meeting is at 3 p.m. in CC118, our Wednesday prayer meeting is at 8 p.m. in the library, our Thursday men’s/ women’s Bible study is at 12:30 p.m. in the library and our Friday activity night is at 7 p.m. in the Owl’s Nest. To contact a CRU member for questions and comments, please email sully.jackson@maine.edu or laurie.smyth@maine.edu. We also have a Facebook page called UMPI Campus Crusade for Christ and a page called Maine State CRU.  Go on and check us out!

Truly ‘North of Ordinary’

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When a place with which you feel a strong connection receives praise it often invokes a feeling of pride. If UMPI students take a look at this year’s ratings UMPI’s place on the list should definitely invoke those feelings.

Let’s start with the category of “Best Regional College.” This year UMPI was rated number 27 in the north, which includes all of New England. Dr. Ray Rice, provost and current interim president of UMPI, said that UMPI is up 19 places from 2014.

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MMG Center for Professional Development Open for Business(es)

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When the Employer U program officially began in 2015 its members quickly realized that the project would need its own space. This past summer, in the former child-care center on campus, a new room was created for Employer U to use to offer classes pertaining to professional development.

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The Speed of Life

 

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how a simple act of kindness can change lives.  When times are tough, it can be hard to stay positive.  But on Tuesday, September 13, UMPI welcomed someone who is changing lives one hug and high five at a time.  David Sylvester, cyclist, filmmaker and author, visited with students and faculty.  He gave a talk in the Campus Center that night.  His goal was to share his positive message and give hugs and high fives to everyone he met.

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Rice’s Ruminations – Help to Shape and Improve Our Futures

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      One of my most vivid college memories is of a warm spring evening my classmates and I spent at the home of our Latin professor, Mary Moser.  Classes had just ended, and we were celebrating with a dinner prepared by Prof. Moser herself, complete with Romanesque dishes such as poached cabbage and pickled young tuna garnished with rue leaves (!). After recollections of the past semester, sprinkled with the requisite complaints over the difficulty of translating ancient Roman authors, discussion turned to campus politics. As a student, I spent most of my time studying, working or worrying about my future, and I viewed the few political statements made by faculty members in my presence more as curiosities than inspirations (such as when a professor, during a lecture on Roman social attitudes, had extended his middle finger and wagged it at the administration building, cursing its Puritanical views). In the midst of our conversation, however, Prof. Moser suddenly grabbed my arm and exhorted us to get involved. “You’re so apolitical. You need to assert yourselves, to care.” Stunned into an awkward silence, I saw her then as the student she might have been in the early 1970s: a witness to Watergate, the end of the Vietnam War and our nation’s growing intervention in Central America–understanding that college was an inevitable part of that larger world. Hers was, in other words, the kind of student activism that we, as undergrads in the late 1980s, too often associated with the past rather than the present.

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Maine’s Got Game

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Among the three seasons Maine has to offer–summer, winter  and mud–lies November. Hunting season is quite a deal for many residents of Aroostook County.  Our northern woods and bounteous fields are home to great game for hunters. Whether it’s an interest in large game such as moose or bear, to deer and coyotes, or maybe you’re a bird person–the county offers it all. In the county people cherish the chilly fall mornings, the bright orange hats, and of course everyone stops in at the local hunter’s breakfast opening day. Hunting has this beautiful ability to connect one with nature, with family and with the community.

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