Editor’s Letter

Hello Readers,


There are many new things happening with the University Times. We’re not printing physical copies of our paper until the last issue of the academic year. While we do love our physical copy, we love our website just as much! We will be continuing to cover the campus and the community with the online U Times.  Please keep following us online–we never close.

We are also in the process of training a new editor for next year.  I’m very excited for you to meet her!

Midterms are already upon us and winter is coming quickly.  Where has the semester gone? I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun (or when you’re up to your eyeballs in assignments).  I wish you all the best of luck with the second half of your semester and a very happy harvest.


Brandy Smith

Question Four and Why It Is Important

Ray Rice


There is an important question on the ballot Nov. 6.  Question four decides whether the University of Maine System will get a $49 million bond to help expand campus resources and facilities. Voting yes on this question would give UMPI $4.5 million that would help expand our programs and campus productivity. Continue reading “Question Four and Why It Is Important”

Awarding Many

Lisa Leduc presenting awards to deserving students

     UMPI’s annual awards ceremony to celebrate its hardworking students, staff and faculty took place on April 22 in the MPR on campus this year. Emotional speeches from proud educators warmed the crowd and filled award recipients with joy and satisfaction for all of their hard work. Well-organized and well-attended small speeches between awards filled the air as smiling faces filled the many seats in the audience. Continue reading “Awarding Many”

Never Lose Your School ID Again


     Almost every student is guilty of losing their school ID at one point or another. This can be a huge inconvenience on the student as they cannot gain access to their dorm if they live on campus, they can’t get meals in the caf, check out books from the library or gain access to Gentile Hall. Because of the necessity of having your student ID at all times UMPI has come up with a great new plan which consists of tattooing students with their IDs, bar code and all. Continue reading “Never Lose Your School ID Again”

Take the Extra Step and PREP YourSELF!


     What would make you want to go to a personal responsibility workshop over spring break? If gift bags and free lunch don’t grab your attention, the empowering and eye-opening content will. It will cover many things young adults should be practicing in order to be responsible, stay healthy and be confident. Specifically it will dive into topics such as healthy relationships, communication skills, confidence, self-advocacy, HVI and STIs. While these topics may be hard to talk about, they are very important to remember not only in general, but especially when you are trying to get a foot in the door of life as a young adult. The facilitator of the event, Jenny Paul, put it best, “It’s a tough topic, but an important topic.” Continue reading “Take the Extra Step and PREP YourSELF!”

Discover UMPI

Visitors to UMPI learn about the university.

     On Nov. 18 Discovery Day brought many prospective students to campus to learn about and experience what going to the University of Maine at Presque Isle entails. The day was a chance for interested people and their families to come to UMPI and get a sense of what the school has to offer and also to ask any questions about UMPI or college in general. Continue reading “Discover UMPI”

Taking Back the Night

Lit candle during the walk.

  On the night of Oct. 12,  the UMPI campus was brighter than usual as a large group of people made their way from Gentile to South halls, each holding a lit candle. This was the beginning of Take Back the Night, a night of awareness for sexual assault and its many victims. This was the fourth consecutive year of Take Back the Night on the UMPI campus, hosted by the Student Organization of Social Workers. Continue reading “Taking Back the Night”

You Should Go to Bingo!

Courtney Cote making sure she had BINGO with Jaden Gosselin and Bianca McGirt.

     Keep an eye out for Bingo nights here on campus. They are a student favorite and for good reason. There’s a different prize for each of the eight games played.  “Moving forward all of the bingo events will be themed.” Coordinator of Student Engagement Violet Washburn said.          Continue reading “You Should Go to Bingo!”

IT’s All the Rage

     By now you’ve probably heard of the new “IT” movie sweeping horror movie fans off  their feet. It’s Based on the book of the same name by Maine native Stephen King. The first “IT” mini TV series was released 27 years ago and, while a classic, was brought to life in a whole different way with modern minds and technology. While the face of the famous clown, Pennywise, has been changed for the new generation, the new image still strikes fear into its clown-weary audience. UMPI  Sophomore Tiffany Smith even claimed that the 2017 Pennywise appears far more sinister to her than the original one played by Tim Curry. With the same classic plot guiding the film through the eyes of the fearful children of Derry, Maine, there are sure to be original scenes that surprise and chill you. Continue reading “IT’s All the Rage”

Get in the Game!

Dr. J and Saint on the new Bleachers

Dan Kane, UMPI’s new athletic director and men’s basketball coach, is enthusiastic about the upcoming academic year, waiting patiently for students to return to campus and for basketball season to finally be here. Kane observes the friendliness of the UMPI community, especially that of the athletic department. Commenting on the department’s good reputation and supportive nature, Kane said that if you think you may be interested in joining a sport, there is absolutely no harm in trying. In his experience, he’s heard too many students express regret in not joining a sports team and never once heard of students who regretted playing for one of their college teams. Continue reading “Get in the Game!”