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As the new school year rolls around, students are getting into the swing of things. Clubs and groups are eager to recruit new members to introduce into the organizations that they are a part of. One group that always welcomes newcomers is PAW which stands for Performers at Work. PAW is an organization based on the Gorham campus that is...
Random acts of kindness can be the smallest thing, such as paying it forward at the coffee shop, or complimenting someone on their outfits, or even larger as planting a garden and picking up garbage on the beach. At USM, three new acts of kindness projects have been created this Fall semester. On the Gorham campus a Little Free...
Recently I got to attend a presentation given by sociology and economics professor Dr. David Everson as a part of the school’s Sociology department. He was born in South Dakota and graduated with a PHD in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. He did an extensive research project on the Privilege Narratives of Settler Colonialism: Racism and Indigenous...
Marvel doesn’t have a lot of love stories in their films, for example Shang-Chi was all about the main villain and his desire to bring back his wife from death. As for Eternals, it’s all about the love between Sersi, played by Gemma Chan, and Ikaris, played by Richard Madden. To be honest, I hated this movie. In my...
As you approach the large green building, the words Urban Farms Fermentory remind you where you are. Just past the bright orange tree that is slowly losing its leaves lays a spread of picnic tables and a white fence. You enter a large space adorned with string lights and dried flowers and plants. Starting in 2010, Urban Farms Fermentory...
Recently, I had the opportunity to read the first book of USM alumni Noah Hurowitz, El Chapo: The untold story of the world’s most infamous drug lord, and needless to say it was an adventure. Hurowitz is a journalist based in New York City and this nonfiction piece was inspired by his time covering the trial of El Chapo...
With a current membership of 24 students, the USM Club Ice Hockey team is on the ice for its first official year as a club sport. Founded three years ago, the team was created with the purpose of giving the chance to play ice hockey to students who didn’t want the full-time varsity commitment. Club Hockey President, sophomore exercise science...
Tucked in a small office within Sullivan Sports Complex lays a door adorned with various stickers from many adventures and history of the Outdoor Adventure Board, or OAB. Reborn from the original club called S’more or Southern Maine Outdoor Recreation, which was a 20 year club that was funded by the students per trip and advised by the Sullivan...
By: Haley Hersey, News Editor The Office of the Student Body President brought a catered dinner to the DoubleTree for residents to enjoy as part of Commuter Student Appreciation Week. Those who attended the dinner event on November 15 were able to eat a catered dinner from Olive Garden. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., students were able to eat and socialize...
By: Riley Mayes, Staff Writer On Sunday, October 24, the Gorham campus experienced an extended power outage that lasted until approximately 3 p.m. the following day.  There was light for some students living on campus, but larger appliances were not functioning, electronic devices were down and the heat was only partially working. Some lights were flickering and others were completely dark except...
By: Haley Hersey, News Editor The University of Southern Maine (USM) has decided on a plan for Commencement 2022. Dean of Students, Rodney Mondor, said in an email the current plan is “To hold an in-person Commencement Ceremony at the Cross Insurance Arena on Saturday, May 7. We will also be offering a Stage crossing/name reading ceremony for the Class of 2020/2021...
By: Riley Mayes, Staff Writer On Friday, November 5, faculty members raised concerns at a town hall meeting with Chancellor Malloy about the recent move to unified accreditation and what it will mean for USM’s campus. Previously, all seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS) have been accredited separately by the New England Commission of Higher Education. However, as...
By: Ben Reed, Staff Writer What do I need? What do I want? These are some questions that I never let myself answer.  My extroverted self is often performing for others, so I cater to their needs and expectations instead of my own. I feel as though I can never say no to others. This semester, I’m sequestered to a computer screen...
By: Devin Witte, Staff Writer “No matter what you do, know that you just need to do it. If you don't put yourself out there then you'll hinder yourself later. It’s never too late. Pick up a guitar. Join the team. I was never an athlete in high school, but now I am a part of two college sports,” said Ryan...
By: Brandon Kennedy, Staff Writer It’s not often you get a movie about one of the greatest characters in Marvel Comics, Venom. The 2018 Venom film was a really fun movie, including chase sequences, a good storyline, simple to understand, and it had great fight scenes. The second installment  is no exception. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is the next film...
By Lydia Simmons, Arts and Culture Editor In 2020 when a pandemic struck the world many people had to change their plans and goals to adjust to the new way of living. For USM alum Cody Curtis he refused to allow anything get in the way of reaching his goal of creating a feature film shining a light on mental...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief If there is one thing that Jon Cross hopes to teach athletes, it’s that they’re more than a player. Cross is the assistant coach of the USM Men’s Soccer team, and is the co-founder of Kennedy Park FC (KPFC) in Portland. He is also a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked in telling his...
By Haley Hersey, News Editor In a press release on October 5, it was announced that “University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings has decided to step down as president at the end of June 2022 after the conclusion of the current academic year.” Cummings final day as President will be June 30, 2022. University of Maine System (UMS) Chancellor Dannel...
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...

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