Roldena’s Passion

“You capture something that maybe nobody else saw. I like that,” Roldena Sanipass said about being a photographer. Her father introduced photography to her. She then experimented with it and took it up herself. Roldena decided to go back to school in her 40s to get her fine arts degree. She hopes that her education will help validate her photography.

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Commitment to Education

Giving back to her community has always been a part of Roberta Griffiths’ life. When she is not directing the choir at her church, she is actively involved with various committees at UMPI and Presque Isle. “I love it here,” Griffiths said, fondly. “I’ve always felt it important to stay involved with the community. There are so many great things this area has provided me, I try to give back as much as possible.”

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RetailMeNot or Not

Everyone loves to save money. Whether it is on clothes, books or other essentials, if possible, people like to pay less than full price. This simple fact is why events such as Black Friday are so highly anticipated and loved. But, Black Friday only comes once a year. So, how do everyday American save money every other day of the year? They turn to sites such as RetailMeNot.

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Ranked Choice Voting

On Nov. 8, 2016, Election Day, the people of Maine will be faced with many different choices and decisions to make. One of these choices will be whether voters wish to enact a ranked choice voting system here in Maine. Ranked choice voting is a system that would give voters the option to rank candidates running for office in order to preference. If none of the candidates receive a majority (more than 50 percent), the candidate in last place is eliminated and those ballots will then count toward the voter’s second choice instead. This process continues on until one candidate receives a majority.

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The Experience that Lasts a Lifetime

Living on campus is an experience that is much needed for many students who are away from home. It provides them with several opportunities they wouldn’t have had previously. Every campus has a population. This is essentially what makes it feel lively and open. In a place where large buildings (even on a small campus like UMPI) make up the majority of the scene, it is important to remember who it is those buildings are there for: the people who are on the campus every day. A portion of these people—about a third of the student body–is residential. Since UMPI is a smaller campus there are several people who attend who are from the area. But many of the students living in housing on and off campus through UMPI are from places very far away. Some are from downstate, and others are from even farther away, such as different states and countries altogether.

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Geocaching: A Hidden Passion

As a child, did you ever want to be an explorer? Did going on adventures and finding hidden treasure excite you? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then geocaching is the hobby for you. Geocaching is a term that many people have heard spoken in casual conversation, but they may not fully understand what it is. Geocaching is a treasure hunt.

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Playing Waitress: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

It’s 7:13 a.m. and the line for Dunkin Donuts is longer than Rip Van Winkle’s slumber. Aside from running late for work, you can still feel raindrops trickling down from your head. The man honking his horn behind you is shredding your very last nerve and you’re having quite possibly the most miserable start to a Tuesday morning. You are fully prepared to swallow every ounce of stress in an extra-large cup of hazelnut coffee. As you arrive at the window you are bombarded with a rush of highly unpleasant employees trying to complete their orders in a timely manner. You pause for a moment and recall the days of slinging pizzas, trying to pay off that college tuition. You are reminded of the long shifts and the ache of your feet, or the busiest nights that you ran out of the best items the menu had to offer. Your nostalgic moment passes as the young man covered in cream cheese hands you a cup with an aroma better than grandma’s house after she’s baked her county-wide famous cinnamon rolls. You leave feeling satisfied and make your way to your corner office for the day.

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