The Energy Is in Sync

By Mikey Bramble

     There are many things here at UMPI that you can Sync yourself into. In the past, there were big things such as Variety Shows and Stand-Up Comedians. UMPI also has had small things such as an event where you can build your own snow globe. UMPI has held multiple popular events where people got to perform. One of these popular events was the second annual Lip Sync Battle. This year’s Lip Sync Battle had winners in two categories. The group performance saw the UMPI Women’s Volleyball Team take the win.  

    This year’s Lip Sync Battle saw fewer performances compared with last year’s show.  Even though there were fewer performances, they were worth watching. One of the people in the crowd was UMPI student Serena Lufkin. This was the first time Serena had attended the Lip Sync Battle. Serena said, “It was crazy fun.” She wishes she had gone to last year’s show.

     Sam Morton once again hosted the Lip Sync battle. She thought that there was definitely a bigger crowd this year. This was a crowd that had more excitement than last year’s. When it came to the winner for the solo performance, Sam said, “It was a little bit crazy.” This was due to the fact that the audience seemed to prefer one act over another.

     The solo winner of this year’s Lip Sync Battle was UMPI student Aubrey Sinclair by a close one. She was able to give last year’s winner a run for his money. Aubrey decided to perform because it terrifies her. Aubrey said, “I have an odd habit of seeing something that makes me nervous and doing it.” She credits Bob the Drag Queen for influencing her performance. He did a similar performance and Aubrey wanted to add her own thing to it.

     Aubrey was glad to bring joy to others through laughter. She thought highly of the other performers as well. She said, “The others were so fun that it was truly a surprise to win.” She has also started planning for next year’s performance. Aubrey plans on creating something original to top this year.

     This year’s Lip Sync Battle was definitely an upgrade from last year’s. There was more energy from the performers and the crowd. This year’s winning acts could have been anyone who was up there. Now we can look forward to seeing a truly in sync show next year.

Defending Champion Jackman Daigle looking for the win

A Show With Some Variety

   Most days and nights, UMPI has some kind of activity or event going on. This could be something like a sports game or a snow globe event or stand-up comedy. UMPI has a variety of things happening on campus almost daily. 

     Speaking of variety, UMPI held a Variety Show on Thursday, March 30. The Variety Show was held in the Gauvin Family Center for Cultural Arts (Wieden). As the name implies, there were a variety of performances. There were some people who danced. Others played instruments and sang. One student, Ricky Goupille, even got up on stage and listed off information about playoff games for former NFL quarterback Tom Brady. There was a very warm and supportive atmosphere.  Ricky summed up the community feeling, saying, “It was interesting taking the stage knowing that I was sort of performing for them. Surprisingly, I wasn’t very nervous and really enjoyed it.”

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Snow in the Owls Nest

     Are you tired of playing with snow when it is below freezing? Do you wish to play in the snow and be warm? On Feb. 16, UMPI held an event where people were able come in and create their own snow globes. It went from 5 to 8 p.m. and was a one-time event. The snow globes were made with small jars, glitter, water, felt and plastic animals. All materials were provided for free. The Snow Globe event was open to all students. 

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