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!”

Lizotte Prepares to Graduate


“My major goal is to write fiction,” Melissa Lizotte said as to why she chose to attend UMPI as an English major with a concentration in writing. “I wanted to see what I could do as a writer,” she reflected. Currently a senior, she chose to go to UMPI because of the affordability and convenience of a school so close to her home in Presque Isle.

While attending UMPI Lizotte has been deeply involved in both the University Times and Upcountry. She joined the University Times to learn more about journalism and while being a member of the club she was brought out of her comfort zone and was able to learn many new skills. “If I could learn to write for a newspaper I would have that as an option for a career,” Lizotte said.  As for Upcountry, Melissa has thoroughly enjoyed being a co-editor. “I’ve gotten to be co-editor for two years. It taught me what it’s like to edit a literary journal,” Lizotte said. She also expressed thanks for having such a wonderful opportunity. It really taught her the ins and outs of a literary journal and being able to read people’s submissions helped her learn about her own writing and how she could grow as a writer. Continue reading “Lizotte Prepares to Graduate”

Lost On a Campus in Maine

Daniel Burger is 18 years old  and is from southern Maine who never really left his hometown much. After graduating from his local high school he, like many other young adults, decided to go to college. He applied to UMPI and was accepted for his good grades and promising work ethic. Burger decided immediately after receiving his acceptance letter that he wanted to tour the campus before making such a big decision. Continue reading “Lost On a Campus in Maine”