From where I’m sitting, I can see that the trees outside of Pullen/Folsom Hall are bare. This can only mean one sad thing: snow is coming. Now I know it’s only October, but I swear I saw some snowflakes last night when I was driving home from work. Don’t fear though, because that just means it’s that time of the year when Netflix starts to release all their cheesy Christmas movies. It also means I have an excuse to wear wool socks with my Birkenstocks again. Oh, how I love the crisp fall air and all the excuses cold weather brings me.
On Sept. 26, 2019, the University of Maine at Presque Isle welcomed LDLS speaker Dr. Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. After a brief but heartwarming welcome from President Rice, Alst took the stage. Delivering a talk entitled “Matters of Place,” Alst captured his audience’s attention with humor and his apparent passion for writing.
Alst graduated from UMPI in 2004 with a bachelors in behavioral science. He shared how he found his way to UMPI. “I’m from away,” he said. “But both of my kids were born here. They were both born at TAMC. It was pretty cool.” After his children were born, Alst was working for a local mill when he decided to begin classes at UMPI. “I found a cool program and they sent me to UMPI and paid for my first semester,” Alst said. “They were like ‘you have to get new clothes, though. You can’t dress like that.” He went on to share a story of how he received a voucher to go buy new clothes and wound up buying more of the same clothes he had before.
Reminiscing about his days at UMPI and the classes he took with then Dr. Rice, Alst shared how he found his interest in writing. “Editing is actually a joy,” he joked. “The next tattoos I get are going to be the proofreader symbols.” Giving further advice on the importance of editing, Alst touched upon writing for an audience. “You have to tell them everything that you want them to know,” he said. “You’re not there reading along, pointing out this mistake or that one. You know, like when you’re trying to impress your significant other by playing guitar and you go ‘Oh wait, oh wait, oh wait’? You can’t do that.”
Kylee Mejia, a first-year student at UMPI, found her first LDLS to be more interesting than she thought it would be. “I wasn’t sure if I would find interest in the lecture,” Mejia said. “But then when Dr. Alst began cracking jokes, I got more into it. He made listening to him talk enjoyable, like I wasn’t at a distinguished lecture.” Mejia shared that her experience attending the lecture made her interested to attend more in the future.
To conclude, Alst shared three readings from his latest novel “Sacred Smokes.” His truly inspiring but deeply emotional stories really captured the attention of his audience at UMPI. If you are interested in reading about him further or purchasing his work, Alst’s latest novel can be found for sale on Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0826359906/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0.
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.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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?”
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”