Lions, Tigers and College. Oh My!

It’s the time of that time of year for many high school seniors in America: it’s selection time. No, not selection Sunday, although the stress of March Madness and anticipation of spring weather often distract the adolescent mind. Instead 18-year-olds across the country are embarking on one of the most important decisions of their young adult lives: what college to go to. The factors to formulate to the perfect fit are endless: tuition, location, athletics or maybe Greek-life participation. Whether you are a frat guy or a young woman working on that soccer scholarship, the challenges in finding the college with the right fit are endless. College can be a frightening thought and student loans, even scarier.

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Coloring in the County

Some would say that living in Aroostook County is similar to living 10 years behind the rest of the world. From the areas where the only business is a local gas station to the towns with a Walmart AND a Mardens, our communities give rural a new meaning. People in surrounding communities would often concur that their reason for remaining in these county towns is the family friendly environment to raise children. That is not to say that is the sole reason people live here or that is the only positive asset the county has to offer. For others, the appeal might be the beautiful nature in which to embark on endless journeys and the serenity of dirt roads and potato fields. Whether it’s the hometown feel that can’t be found elsewhere, the lack of shopping and dining options or something else, the small towns of northern Maine are full of rare family friendly towns.

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A World of Change

There are many ways that people can make the world better for everyone. But sometimes we don’t realize just how much of an impact our voices can have. On Tuesday, April 19, that’s what Jim Keady wanted UMPI students and faculty to know. Keady was the University Day Distinguished Lecturer. For almost 20 years, Keady has stood up against shoe company Nike. He defends the human rights of Nike’s overseas factory workers.

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“Doing Gender”

The Pullen art gallery was filled with excitement as Melissa Lizotte stood at the front of the room waiting to present. Professor Deborah Hodgkins stood in the doorway to greet all in attendance. This particular University Day presentation was called “Women Redefining Culture,” a topic that presenter Lizzotte hoped to explore in front of the group. Lizotte stood quietly at the front of the room as conversations buzzed. Members of the audience waited patiently for the clock to turn to 2:15 p.m. and for the presentation to begin.

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