UMPI Has What?

New opportunities open at the University of Maine in Presque Isle. A video production studio located on the bottom floor of the Center for Innovative Learning will be accessible for students, staff and faculty. The video production studio offers students with project-based classes better resources to use. So, if you take pride in your work and want to learn or practice previous knowledge, this is a great place to start. The studio will be open throughout the week on the same days the CIL is open, with posted hours.

“At UMPI, we have many great things. But a lot of times the things that hurt us are a lack of resources,” Dr. J. said.

Dr. J. went on to explain how she feels that a Video Production Studio will benefit everyone. She hopes that not just her own students take advantage of this room, but all UMPI’s students, faculty and staff, as well. The room is filled with very nice equipment that can be checked out and used. The equipment is durable and can be used for school projects or personal projects. “It is something I have wanted and advocated for, for 12 years,” Dr J. said

A couple of years ago there was a grant and with enough people on board, this grant was approved and went on to what is now called the Video Production Studio. It’s been a slow process since July, but after finding a room in the basement of the CIL, the Video Production Studio finally had a home on our campus. The room was used previously for storage and it is thought that back in the day it was once used for radio. The room’s soundproof walls make it perfect to work in comfort.

“What do these students really need?” Dr. J asked.

Dr. J. explains that hands-on equipment will help students get prepared for life after UMPI. She hopes that students will feel free to use the room whenever available, whether it is for a project, a class or just to gain some extra learning experience on their own.

“It’s good to know something like this is available,” UMPI freshman Chessintra MacArthur said.

Students are invited to take full advantage of the studio. Hours will be posted online through the Center for Innovative Learning web page. Any other questions about the Video Production Studio can be answered online at

Picture Perfect

Despair, anger and tragedy. These are just some of the emotions people over time have captured perfectly in the form of a photograph. The people capturing these photos and experiencing all these emotions firsthand help tell the story. Photography is a way to take images that help tell a story. Photos are the first thing most people tend to look at, so a good photo is bound to attract an audience. A lot of photos may not get the credit they deserve, but many photographers dream of earning the Pulitzer Prize. There are many ways a photo is worthy of the Pulitzer Prize. For instance, a photo that traps raw expressions of strong emotions.

     In the film, “A Glimpse of Life,” many photographers share their stories along with their heartbreaking photos that at one point in time sparked a nation. Their talent with a camera is plain to see. 

     For example, in 1945 there was an amazing image taken of a group of soldiers putting up an American flag. This was during the battle of Iwo Jima. The photo shows teamwork and hope, but that’s not all. Joseph John Rosenthal captured history for all to see on the day he took this photo. The Iwo Jima image is a perfect photo that has sparked a nation and because of that it was a perfect winning photo for the Pulitzer Prize.

     A stunning photo captured in the year 1963 has also been deemed worthy of the Pulitzer Prize. In this photo we see a man is pulling a gun on another man. This photo is titled “Ruby Shoots Oswald.” Robert H. Jackson, who took the photo of this crime, describe the event as very fast, but he acted right away. “He fired and then I fired.” 

     In the photo “Boston Fire” (1970), tragedy struck. In the picture you can see two people falling to their deaths. Stanley Forman was responsible for taking this prize-winning photo. Forman said there were flames everywhere. Forman heard a loud crunch and then people were falling. “And then I turned around because I didn’t want to see them hit,” Forman said. With such sad and graphic imagery, consumers were left with a need to find out these people’s stories. 

     The next photo depicts a young woman trapped in the water after a mudslide in Colombia. This is one of many photos taken during the event in 1986. This photo does a great job at raising questions and the sad story attached to it is enough to show its importance. Natural disasters are unfortunately life changing for some people. That was the case for the woman in the photo whose life was taken by the mudslide after 72 hours of being trapped. “No one could understand how they could be so close and talking,” Carol Guzy said. Water can add dramatic instability to a situation, but photos capture water well. 

     In a photograph titled “Water Rescue,” it shows a last resort effort to save a drowning girl. This picture is a lot about timing. Timing is very important when taking a photo. The photo should help tell the story, but also make people ask questions. “She’s going to drown or she’s going to be saved and that’s the picture you need,” photojournalist Annie Wells said.

     Photos are a way to tell a story and these stories should be told with pride. The Pulitzer Prize has a lot to do with how much the photo gives away. You only want the photo to tell part of the story so that readers will view the article until the end. The winning photos throughout the years do a great job at showing huge amounts of emotion through a single picture. 


Woman trapped in the Columbian Mudslide.

Christmas Crack

The Perfect. Gift– Yummy Christmas Crack.

With the holidays on their way, surprise your loved ones with a sweet dish. This year for the holidays, enjoy the easy-to-make recipe for Christmas Crack. All that is needed are saltines, 1 cup of brown sugar, two sticks of unsalted butter, 1 package of chocolate chips and bakers choice of any fun toppings.

First preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Evenly spread out the saltines on a lined pan making sure to cover as much of the pan as possible.

Next heat the brown sugar and butter in a medium-sized bowl over a pot of boiling water. Make sure to stir often until the substance turns into a sweet, caramel liquid.

Pour the caramel onto the saltines in a nice, even spread. Then bake for only 6 minutes. After the 6 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and place chocolate chips over the dish and let the chocolate melt.

Any other toppings can be added during this time to create a more fun and unique dish. After this step, place the pan in the fridge for about an hour. The dish can then be cracked apart and enjoyed by the whole family!