“The Love Is Still There” Daughters Affected by Breast Cancer

Jordan and Kathy Haddad

Jordan Haddad is a 22-year-old student and Maine resident. She spent most of her childhood being raised by her mother and father and arguing with her older and younger brothers.  Jordan’s life changed when her mother, Kathy, was first diagnosed with breast cancer when Jordan was around 10. Jordan’s older brother, John, was 12 and younger brother, Thomas, was 7. Continue reading ““The Love Is Still There” Daughters Affected by Breast Cancer”

Are You Going to U Day?

A day for UMPI to shine, University Day allows students to share what they’ve been working so hard on with an audience. In addition, it allows community members to immerse themselves in what the University of Maine at Presque Isle does every day. Many unique and interesting presentation happen throughout the day that students put lots of effort and time into.  Fellow students and community members are invited to watch. Continue reading “Are You Going to U Day?”

Editor’s Letter

Dear Readers,

 

I hope that you’re all doing well and enjoying life. Spring semester always goes by so fast, which is such a shame. The assignments fly by but so do all the fun times spent with friends, family and professors. It really is the small, fleeting moments that make you smile throughout the day that make it all worth it. Don’t let the quizzes and essays bog you down. Do your best and make the little things count.

We have many great stories in this issue that our staff writers did a wonderful job putting together. They always impress me with their creative ideas. The staff writers we have now are great and we’re always looking for more writers to add to the University Times family. Consider stopping by one of our meetings on the UMPI campus in Pullen 116 at 12:30 every Tuesday.


Have a great day,

Brandy Smith

Daughters Affected by Breast Cancer “She’s Still your Mom”

The sad truth is that we all will lose someone close to us in our lifetimes. Unfortunately, this happens to many when they are young and ill prepared. What is one of the most difficult things to go through is having to care for ill parents after they’ve taken care of us for so many years. How can we bear to have to see our role models on that downward spiral into poor health? Continue reading “Daughters Affected by Breast Cancer “She’s Still your Mom””

Editor’s Letter

Dear Readers,

     There is no greater reward for finishing your finals than winter break. Being able to celebrate the holidays, take a deep breath of relief and spend time with your loved ones makes all the hard work worth it. Fall semester is a tough one, especially since it turns into winter semester very quickly. Make sure you get in some rest and relaxation over break so you’re prepared for when spring semester, which is really still winter semester, rolls around.

     The issue we put together for the end of the semester is always a difficult one. All of our U Times staff are busy with finals and prepping for the holidays while also producing content for the paper. It’s a difficult balance but they do it so well and they deserve a big thank you. The best way to thank our great writers is to be great readers. Take time out of your break to sit down and read the stories they’ve written,. I promise they’ll be worth every word.

Happy Holidays,

Brandy Smith

Editor’s Letter

Hello Readers,

The hum of the holidays is here and the excitement of the first few snowfalls here in the county has spread throughout most of us. This special time of year is important to me because it reminds me of how good people can be. Generosity and kindness bloom in the cold weather and we all become a little closer: whether it be your neighbor helping you get your car out of the snowy driveway after a bad storm or a complete stranger wishing you a happy holiday in passing. The best of everyone comes out during the holidays.  It reminds me of the Grinch in that everyone’s hearts seem to grow at least three sizes.

With a cheerful spirit and Thanksgiving on my mind, I leave you with this issue. It comes with a wish to enjoy and remind you of all the great things our campus and community do. This year I’m thankful for UMPI, and especially the people who make UMPI and the University Times possible.

Have a great day,

Brandy Smith
University Times Editor

Agriculture Coming to UMPI

 

Debbie Roark, Mary Barton Akeley Smith, Ray Rice and Brett Varnum signing the paperwork at the ceremony.

The Multipurpose Room at UMPI was packed on Oct. 23. Mary Barton Akeley Smith was giving $1 million dollars to the university to create its first endowed chair. She gave the gift in memory of her late husband and named the gift after her father, Dr. Robert Vinton Akeley. The faculty position that this gift will fund was named Dr. Robert Vinton Akeley Chair of Agricultural Science and Agribusiness. Continue reading “Agriculture Coming to UMPI”

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”