“A Look Through the Pinhole with Camera Obscura”


It was dark inside the room. The only light came through a little pinhole that projected the image of the outside onto the wall across the room. At first, as your eyes adjusted, you didn’t quite know what you were seeing but then the image of the parking lot outside the building began to materialize right before your very eyes. This experience is known as camera obscura.

    “It’s kind of like the beginnings of photography,” Samantha Riding said. She was a non-judged presenter at the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s University Day. She wanted to share a new experience with all those that stopped by her exhibition in the Pullen Art room.

    Instead of presenting, Ridings exhibition was non-traditional. It was something you had to experience firsthand. First, you were directed into the dark room where you could see the reversed image of the parking lot projected onto the wall through a small pinhole in the wall. After that, you could view Ridings photography work which was different variations of camera obscura. You had the chance to even look through a Pringles chip can like a telescope. With a thin paper covering the other end, you could see the reversed image of a window with the light filtering through.

    “It’s really easy to do. Just block out a window, cut a little hole in it and that’s it,” Riding said.

    Riding is a National Student Exchange student from Utah where she had been studying photography. Ever since she was young, she had always been interested in the art of photography and in 2011 she received her first DSLR camera. “I was just kind of learning on my own and then when I got to college I started taking classes,” Riding said. Continue reading ““A Look Through the Pinhole with Camera Obscura””

‘Step Out Into the Spotlight’


When a pedophile Boston Catholic priest comes into the light, the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team is on the case in the 2015 Academy Award winning film “Spotlight”. The scandal didn’t stop with one priest, however. In this film based on a true story, you’re given a sneak peek behind the scenes of the newspaper as four reporters dig deeply into a case that would unearth corruption in the highest parts of the Catholic Church system.
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The Web of Lies


Two reporters. One story. A web of lies. A corrupt government. This is the basis of the film “All the President’s Men,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford as two reporters for the Washington Post.

Both assigned on the same story, Bob Woodward (Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Hoffman) begin to investigate the tomfooleries that took place at the National Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building. It involved men breaking into the Watergate building on illegal pretenses and came to be one of the biggest governmental scandals in history. Continue reading “The Web of Lies”

Robots Will Be Making Your Pizza Starting Fall Semester


How would you feel about robots replacing the staff in the Kelly Commons cafeteria? This is becoming a real thing at the University of Maine at Presque Isle in the fall of 2017. Instead of handing your student ID to a real person, you’ll be swiping it in a computer to gain access to the cafeteria. Continue reading “Robots Will Be Making Your Pizza Starting Fall Semester”

A Glimpse Through the Lens

It’s 1968. Edward “Eddie” Adams walked through the dusty streets of Saigon, Vietnam with his camera in hand. Nearby, Brigadier Gen. Nguyen Ngoe Loan stood, a look of indifference in his trained expression. In front of Loan was a young man with a look of intensely anticipated pain on his face. He was a young Viet Cong captive. Loan raised his gun while Adams raised his camera and prepared for the shot as Loan pulled the trigger. Continue reading “A Glimpse Through the Lens”

A Little Slice of Québec City

With people bundled from their heads to their toes in warm clothes and snow glittering the busy streets of Québec City, tourists from all over flocked the area. They likely came to savor the taste of excellent food and see the grand display of ice sculptures, performers, toboggan races and the other events at the annual Québec Winter Carnival. Continue reading “A Little Slice of Québec City”

Hypnotist Mesmerizes Crowd at UMPI

Imagine becoming convinced that you’re a member of the cast of “High School Musical” or a drill sergeant in the Army. Perhaps you might even be persuaded into thinking that your hand is a talking person. This is exactly what happened to some UMPI students on Tuesday, Jan. 24, inside the Wieden auditorium. That’s when hypnotist Paul Ramsey took the stage with his one-of-a-kind show, Mind Games. Continue reading “Hypnotist Mesmerizes Crowd at UMPI”

No Mountain Is Too High

    With their backpacks slung around their shoulders and snowshoes strapped to their feet, students from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the University of Maine at Orono teamed up to hike to the summit of Mount Katahdin. The eight outing club members began the ascent on Saturday, Jan. 28, at around 10:30 a.m. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t end up summiting. Continue reading “No Mountain Is Too High”

Absentee Ballot Gives Long-Distance College Students the Chance to Vote

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The Election has finally come and gone, and for many it has been an interesting time. There has been a record turnout for the polls this year. Over 42 million people voted early this year and many of those early voters did so by absentee ballot.
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Annual Trick or Treat in the Dorms Draws in Community Kids

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Princesses, vampires and other strange things made their way around UMPI’s campus on Thursday, October 28. With bags and buckets extended, already heavy with candy, children from around the community made their way through the dorms for a fun-filled night of trick-or-treating.
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