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By Nex Staples, Staff Writer Camouflaged in the back corner of the Robie Andrews building at USM is the Art Department, its glass framed door that opens the barrier between brick and self expression. A maze of art covered walls greets those entering- printed owls, delicate hands cradling butterflies, and other pieces of all different genres and mediums provide the spark...
By Riley Mayes, Staff Writer On October 14th, the USM Art Gallery held its opening reception for an art exhibit created by Susan Klein and USM Professor Hannah Barnes. Drawing students and faculty together, the artists revealed Call/Response: an exhibit that centers around collaboration, community, and ritual.  In her statement, Dr. Kim Grant wrote that the title of this exhibit refers,...
By: Haley Hersey, News Editor The University of Southern Maine (USM) has created and filled a new position titled Vice Provost for Student Affairs. Damian Medina, ailing from Texas, has been hired for the position. As of September 15, Medina has been active in his role. The job description for Vice Provost of Student Affairs is, “Under the direction of the...
By: Devin Witte, Staff Writer “A place for the worthy student body and faculty; for whom music is a passion,” said Suzi Osher, in regards to her motivation in giving the University of Southern Maine $10 million to be directed to a new home for the School of Music. Osher’s donation is USM’s largest monetary gift to date and is the...
By Brandon Kennedy, Staff Writer A lot of the best selling novels throughout the country get turned into movies. Nicholas Sparks has works that have been turned into movies starting as early as the 1990’s. One of these movies is Safe Haven, a film about starting over in a small town and also shows what happens when your past comes...
By Riley Mayes, Staff Writer At nine o’clock on a chilly September morning, the museum is a hub of energy and excitement as children clamber over play structures and wonder at sea creatures in the aquarium. Bright and colorful, the museum has a little something for everyone --- no matter how old you are. On June 24, 2021, the Children’s Museum and...
By: Cayley Bowman, Staff Writer  Four TRIO students have won a national competition. Patty Herbert, Amber Veilleux, Koos Mohamed, and Raha Daud were a part of a book club sponsored by Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), a non-profit organization that is dedicated to expanding college opportunities for students who are low income, first in their family to go to...
By Devin Witte, Staff Writer The parking lots were packed and Corthell Hall was roaring. The turn around for such an event was amazing, only three weeks of school had gone by and the students were prepared for a live event, the event being, “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” USM students ranging from freshmen to seniors performed songs that...
By Cullen McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief Two goals from sophomore business major Brooke Carson in the third quarter helped the Huskies in toppling the Husson Eagles at Hannaford Field. USM got off to a quick start in the first quarter, as senior nursing major Samantha Ellis took the ball around the Husson goalie for the first goal only 2:35 into the game.  The Huskies...
By Nex Staples - Staff Writer Its walls ornamented with clean elegance, having made home to pieces of heart and antiquity since its founding by Margaret Jane Mussy Sweat in 1908, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is now temporarily housing two new exhibitions. These features highlight the works of men whose awe inspiring visions have made history: the creations of...
By Zoe Bernardi, Community Editor The red walls and dim lighting of Blue Jazz bar in Portland are just enough to see the scattered tables adorned with flickering tea candles and people. Once you enter the space the murmur of instruments getting tuned and glasses clinking are paired together with musicians and viewers exchanging hellos and chatting about the unfolding events....
By Sydney Morton, Web Editor Six floors up in the Glickman Library, you’ll find Susie Bock, Coordinator of Special Collections and the Director of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine. Along with the Special Collections, the Glickman Library hosts the triage of the library system; Franco-American Collection, Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education. The three...
Well, this is a blast from the past. Recently, a remake of one of my all-time favorite romance movies came out. The original She’s All That is a romance movie starring Freddie Prinze Jr, Rachael Leigh Cook, Paul Walker and even featured an appearance from Matthew Lillard. It was an amazing movie back in the 90’s, it was well...
By Cayley Bowman, Staff Writer Hannah Schultz, a post-bachelor graduate student here at USM who is pursuing her art education certification has earned her spot as our Artist of the Week. Schultz is originally from Montana, but currently residing in the area as she attends classes. Originally, Schultz did not follow her dreams of being an artist due to the...
By Haley Hersey, News Editor Dean of Students Rodney Mondor said during the first week of classes, the parking garage never exceeded 80% capacity, yet with the closing of the parking lot in front of Masterton Hall for the construction of the new one-acre campus green, parking spots have become harder to find.  USM Director of Sustainability, Aaron Witham, said “subject to...
By Lydia Simmons, Arts & Culture Editor Residential Life (ResLife) at the University of Southern Maine plays a very important role in the experience and success of USM students, so finding the right people to be a part of the ResLife team is crucial. When there became position openings for not one, but three residential director positions for the USM residences...
By: Haley Hersey, News Editor “Before they made the decision to make the vaccine mandatory for students to be on campus, it was going to be a very interesting challenge for USM’s health leadership to accomplish mobilizing a lot of people - students, faculty, and anyone in the USM community to get vaccinated,” said Raul Gierbolini.  Gierbolini received his Bachelors in Science...
This Fall semester will be the first time that many students have the opportunity to have roommates and be on campus, even as second years. Last year, students spent the majority of their time in their dorm rooms. They acted as kitchens, study rooms, classrooms and places to relax and sleep.  This time around, students have the ability to go...
By: Lydia Simmons, Arts & Culture Editor For Kat Zagaria Buckley growing up she always had an idea of what she wanted to do in life. Her strong passion for art provided her with direction when it came to her schooling and then later on in the developing of her career.  Her passion for art was fostered by her mother, a graphic...
By: Brandon Kennedy, Staff Writer The newest movie from Marvel Studios is out. I had the pleasure to go see Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. As you are aware, the hero’s journey begins when the character goes on a quest and in this quest eventually saves the world. But what would you do if the one person who...
By: Sydney Morton, Web Editor During the University of Southern Maine’s spring 2021 graduation, the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Jeannine Diddle Uzzi, began the opening ceremony with a special land acknowledgement. The acknowledgement honored the “ancestral fishing, hunting, and agricultural grounds” of Abenaki and Wabanaki people – land that is currently home to the...
By: Cayley Bowman, Staff Writer As the new school year sets in, students are moving back onto campus. Rushing to get ahold of final decorations, struggling to get our dorm set up to their liking, and getting prepared for the abundance of classes. Excitement thrums through the air as we socialize with our neighbors; strangers that will soon become friends. Living on...
As I entered my senior year and final fall semester, I found myself grunting as I saw the email notification on my phone to see that my professor in my Honors capstone class had assigned homework before the first class. The true sign that the year has started and to bust out the planner and dust off google docs,...
Whether you’re doing a research project or looking to explore campus, you’ll want to check out the Special Collections at the USM libraries. But what exactly are these collections, and what makes them special? Susie Bock, the coordinator of Special Collections, shared some information about them and how the university community can use them.  What makes a resource ‘special’ enough...

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