Editor’s Note

Dear readers,

I’m back, school is in session and that can mean only one thing: summer is over. I hope that you all are finding your groove, getting back into the swing of classes and hopefully avoiding the nasty cold going around.

It’s starting to get chilly up here, but don’t fret: it’s pumpkin spice season! Live it up outdoors while you can.  Before you know it, we’re going to have 12 feet of snow. Get out there and support our sports teams.  The women’s soccer team, for one, is off to an amazing start. Go Owls! Maybe get a group of friends together and tromp around Goughan’s Berry Farm’s corn maze. There are so many options.  Oh, how I love fall.

Yours truly,

Abi Davis

I Never Knew How Black I Really Was: Identity

Riana Texeria with her mentor Shirley Rush

Riana Teixeira, mentored by Shirley Rush, presented to a full audience on University Day. “I had the great privilege of working with Miss Riana on a special topics class about identity development,” Rush said. “And this is a result of her semester of work.” Teixeira, who is Cape Verdean, spoke about coming to Presque Isle from Brockton, Mass., and gaining independence. “I was under my parent’s thumb,” Teixeira said. “As a Cape Verdean, you’re taught you’re really supposed to respect your parents’ wishes and follow their path.” Teixeira found herself not liking the path she was on. “I was like OK,” she said. “Let me go somewhere far where I can do my thing and my parents will be a phone call away.” Continue reading “I Never Knew How Black I Really Was: Identity”

Wild Ride Through PCJ

 

 

Smith and DeLong after their presentation

Brandy Smith and Garrett DeLong, seniors at UMPI, presented their journey through professional communication and journalism on University Day. In an hour-long presentation, the two took turns sharing their experience in PCJ classes over the last four years. “These are my two seniors in the program,” Dr. Jacqui Lowman, their academic advisor, said when introducing the duo. “They are going to take you on a brief trip down memory lane.” Continue reading “Wild Ride Through PCJ”

Investigative Journalism: Necessary to bring Victims’ Closure

     It’s not every day that an investigative journalism piece moves you. Winning the Academy Award for best picture 2015, “Spotlight” is based on true events and real people. The film follows the investigations of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team into allegations of widespread pedophilia by priests that the Church hierarchy covered up. Uncovering evidence in forms of victim testimony and court documents, viewers are in for an overwhelming sensation of eagerness as they get further into the film. Continue reading “Investigative Journalism: Necessary to bring Victims’ Closure”

Three Reasons Why ‘All the President’s Men’ Is a Must Watch

One must watch movie that should be on your rainy day list this summer is “All the President’s Men.” This film follows two journalists– Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward– who risked their jobs, reputations and even their lives. The duo of dedicated journalists who write for the Washington Post report on the botched burglary at the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office complex in D.C. This reporting eventually leads all the way to the president, prompting an investigation. Continue reading “Three Reasons Why ‘All the President’s Men’ Is a Must Watch”

If the Club Fits, Wear It

UMPI’s business club ladies, smiling in a selfie

In a two-part presentation given by UMPI’s business club, attendees were given some helpful advice. Jessica Cameron, along with Elizabeth Butterfield, covered the first half titled “If the club fits.” Lauren Chapman and Madison Shaw concluded with their section titled “Wear It.” The four seniors, who are marching in May, were mentored by Stacey Emery. Continue reading “If the Club Fits, Wear It”

Is the Sky Falling?

View of James Road with the field mentioned to the left.

Nighttime skies in northern Maine are undeniably beautiful. With no smog or city lights to take away from the Milky Way or constellations, stargazers can spend hours looking up at the view. But what happens when in the midst of stargazing you see something in the sky falling? Sofia Crouse and her friends shared firsthand their experience the night in mid-February when they saw something they could not explain. Continue reading “Is the Sky Falling?”

Season of Change

UMPI_s Emily Ward attacks the ball in victorious 3-0 game vs. Unity on Oct.

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s women’s soccer team faced what could have been a major setback mid-season. Last season former coach, Trevor Parent, announced his resignation. Rallying together after the announcement, the team members pushed through a series of changes. Dan Kane, UMPI’s athletic director and head coach of the men’s basketball team, was there for the women when the news broke. Assuring the team that a temporary coaching staff would be assembled, Kane eagerly got to work. Continue reading “Season of Change”

A Glimpse of Life: Words Painting a Picture

Photojournalism is a more than snapping pictures on your smartphone and editing them on some Photoshop app. Not only do people have to be up to date with current events going on around the globe, but they must be willing to make sacrifices. Capturing the perfect shot can be difficult.  Photojournalists may find themselves face-to-face with gut-wrenching sights. Continue reading “A Glimpse of Life: Words Painting a Picture”

Cold Enough for You?

 

Life in northern Maine during the winter months can be brutal. With highs that sometimes don’t reach double digits, stepping outside can be a hard task. But for college students, attending school in a colder region could be leading them to earn better grades. Even if they have to put on 10 layers of clothing to go outside, most are up to the task. Students attending the University of Maine at Presque Isle are quite familiar with this process. Continue reading “Cold Enough for You?”