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Let Your Voice Be Heard


To UMPI Students: Student Senate needs your vote! Every November, Student Senate has an election. This election is where student’s vote for the new president and vice-president and any other matters that Student Senate needs votes on. This year running for president is Leah Rodriguez. She is a junior with a double major education degree and her concentration is K-12 science. She is a transfer student from NMCC and Hesser College in New Hampshire. She has been at UMPI for a full year. She has a license in massage therapy and has been working in various different areas such as an assistant manager and a personal business owner. Her most rewarding job is being a mother of four children.

Leah Rodriguez.

She has three sons, one daughter and a very loving and supportive husband. They all live in Caribou. She is working with Dr. Scott Dobrin, the new anatomy and physiology instructor on counting neuron branches in a honey bee’s brain. She graduates

in 2014 and is going to Thailand face-to-face, we’re having a for 10 months for student teach- Student Senate meet and greet ing. She is also the president of with student groups. This is S.E.A.M, Student Education open to anyone, even if you’re Association of Maine. For more information about Leah, please feel free to e-mail her at leah.rodriguez Running for vicepresident is Mike Muir. Mike’s major is recreation and leisure studies with a concentration in outdoor leadership and a minor in business management. He works for Mike Muir. the Maine Army National Guard as an aircraft not part of a student group. fuel handler and section leader. The meet and greet is on Nov. 6 He enjoys hunting, kayaking, in the Alumni Room from rock climbing, farming and 12:40 to 1:40 p.m. being outdoors. He Refreshments will be provided. currently lives on a Hope to see you all there and I farm in Woodland. hope you remember to vote! Voting will occur Also, we now have a Facebook the week of Nov. 12 page. If you would like to stay to 16. Student Senate informed of what is going on, will send you an e- please find us and join. The mail letting you know group name is UMPI Student that elections are up Senate. If you can’t find it youron Blackboard. Once self, please let any senator know. logged in to ~Jessica Stepp Blackboard, look under “My Office: Campus Center 104 Organizations” for a group called Email: UMPI Student Senate. Select the Phone: 768-9561 notification about elections and vote! This process will not take more than five minutes. Voting is one way of letting your voice be heard! If you would like to know more about what will be on the ballot or want to talk to Leah or Mike

Law and Broccoli


John Zaborney, Dr. Brent Andersen and Justice E. Allen Hunter joined each other to talk about their views and the historic importance of the Constitution on Monday, Sept. 17. Zaborney, a history professor at UMPI, started off the discussion by giving a brief historic background on how the Constitution came to be and why it was put in place. Leading up to the creation of the Constitution, the people of the Americas declared independence from England, which had consequences on the settlements, such as more taxes that could only be paid in gold and silver. The Constitution was put in place after Shay’s rebellion in 1786 to 1787. Andersen had a different approach when discussing the importance of the Constitution. He spoke of it as the government’s way of saying “the constitution governs what the government can do.” He said the Constitution is like a list of dos and don’ts that the government follows. Also, Anderson described what is constitutional. “Laws can be policed into being constitutional, but can government force you to eat broccoli?” Anderson asked.

The Constitution regulates the powers of government so things like forcing people to eat broccoli can’t happen. However, according to Anderson, “Federal law is supreme law.” To end the panel part of Constitution Day, Hunter spoke. His job gives him a different yet similar view of the Constitution as compared to the other panel members. Being a Justice, he gets firsthand accounts on the uses of the Constitution and its importance to the structure of government. One of his first comments was that he doesn’t consider himself an expert on constitutional law. When talking about juries, he mentioned popular excuses for getting out it. Back when jury duty was beginning, the jury was paid to travel. They were given up to 25 dollars a day. Today, according to Hunter, they aren’t paid enough. At the end of Hunter’s discussion, the panel encouraged the audience to ask questions about the Constitution and share their views on certain aspects. Constitution Day provided excellent insight into the different views and uses as well as the historical background of where it came from and how it came to be.

Volume 41 Issue 5  

This issue of the University Times features a story on South Hall's new renovation project, news about the new Phi Eta Sigma inductees, our...

Volume 41 Issue 5  

This issue of the University Times features a story on South Hall's new renovation project, news about the new Phi Eta Sigma inductees, our...