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Safe Driving Tips Everyone Must Know
Nobody wants to get into a car accident. An accident can cause financial, medical, and moral distress. Someone could get hurt, property damage could occur, and your insurance premium may increase. Nevertheless, accidents happen—often due to poor driving techniques. Avoid erratic driving and the risks involved with these safe driving tips everyone must know. Never Drive Under the Influence Alcohol, marijuana,...
3 Unique Ways to Spend More Time Outside this Summer
Summer vacation comes as a welcome respite after a long spring semester. While you’re kicking back and enjoying your time off, don’t let your well-earned laziness keep you indoors all summer. Whether it’s doing your summer coursework out in the yard or laying out blankets for an outdoor movie night, it’s important to fit plenty of fresh air and...
Signs You Need to Buy New Tires
How often you drive your car during college depends on where you’re living. Some students drive to and from campus, while others simply have to walk from the dorms to class, saving the car for extracurricular activities. Whichever way you use your car at school, there’s one key commonality: You need to be aware of the maintenance your car...
Terrific Tips for Starting the Next Great Podcast
The entertainment industry has changed many times throughout history. Films and live theater, which were once so popular, have since given way to more mobile and accessible forms of entertainment. One of the most popular media formats right now is the podcast. This type of entertainment is equally as accessible for the listener as it is for the creator...
What First-Time Car Owners Need to Know
Even if you’ve had your wheels for a while, things change whenever you own your own car. Whether you’re buying your vehicle from your parents or venturing into the world of dealership lots, there’s plenty to keep in mind once you have a car in your name. Fortunately, with a little bit of research and care, you can turn...
By: Lydia Libby, Web Editor Celebrating 40 years of granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses is not only amazing, but truly inspiring. In late January, I sat down in my seat in my Service Learning Practicum class and realized I needed to find a non-profit to collaborate with. Luckily for me, my mother had connections with a member on...
By: Keith Danner, Counselor, LCPC LADC Thoughts matter as they are a defining part of who we are. They are essential to survival by helping us identify risks and rewards. They can be simple or sometimes complicated and conflicting. They can be automatic and habitual, sometimes subtle. Thoughts can influence our relationships regarding how we feel about ourselves and other...
By Ryan Farrell, Staff Writer After Easter weekend marked the release of Selah and the Spades, a new streaming title on Amazon Prime. This private high school drama sets up an interesting world, but its format doesn’t allow it to flourish properly. While there are stellar performances from the main cast, it is not enough to overlook the confusing plot.  Selah...
By: Cristina Kerluke, Academic Support Program Specialist Final exam week is almost here. With the pivot to online learning, your final exam week likely looks different than you had originally anticipated. For some students, taking an online final exam may be a new and perhaps daunting experience. While the online environment does present some differences that warrant a bit of...
By: Asha Tompkins, Staff Writer  Some were in the Navy, some in the Army, others on aircraft carriers and submarines. These are the people who are grudgingly familiar with living a lockdown lifestyle. With such experience, they’ve provided a reassuring haven for students during Covid-19. “The Veterans Resource Center serves to support USM students who are veterans and their dependents...
Most Common Challenges Students Face in College
By: Cristina Kerluke, Academic Support Program Specialist We hope you have settled into the online learning environment and have found ways to successfully navigate our current circumstances. This may mean taking it week by week, or even day by day. However, with just a few weeks of classes remaining, it’s important to know where you stand academically and to make...

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By: Samar Post Jamali, Nurse Practitioner   Hello to members of the USM Community: We at Health Services miss seeing your faces around campus. We hope you are safe and supported during this unprecedented time. Please know that while Health Services is currently not seeing patients in person, we are happy to schedule telehealth appointments.  You can reach us at 207-780-5411 or [email protected] for...
By: Abigail Nelson, Community Editor  College campuses are always bustling with activity. These social events bring the college community together and help cultivate a safe place for students. USM Student Activities works hard throughout the school year to engage students who live on campus with fun games, contests, and other similar weekly events. After students were sent home due to...
By: Ryan Farrell, Staff Writer It is no secret that COVID-19 has displaced the spring semester, let alone the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the globe. Students living on campus were sent home and courses were forced to create an alternative online curriculum. While this epidemic has strained students and faculty alike, it is particularly taxing to...
By: Ryan Farrell, Staff Writer Last week, longtime producer Alan Yang released his sixth directorial release. Tigertail is a Taiwanese film that tells the story of an immigrant through multiple points in his life, slowly revealing his dramatic plots. While this is a competent film, at points it feels like it has bitten off more than it can chew.  Pin-Jui, a...
By: Asha Tompkins, Staff Writer According to an update on March 23, students who planned to join the fall study abroad program were informed of the decision to pause applications in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. “We, along with our colleagues both domestic and abroad, continue to closely monitor the situation,” said Emily Zider, the coordinator of education abroad. “...Safety of...
By: Asha Tompkins, Staff Writer While students across the map are thrown for a loop in their academic careers, USM continues to remind its own students that valuable resources have been established in these times of crisis, specifically the Student Emergency Fund. This fund is available for “students facing immediate financial crises, from unforeseen travel expenses and medical expenses to other...
By: Kate Rogers, News Editor  Two students in the mechanical engineering program with the guidance of Assistant Professor Asheesh Lanba are using USM’s Maker Innovation Studio (MIST) to make personal protective equipment to send to hospitals in need.  Daniel St. Peter, a junior, and Berkeley Elias, a sophomore, helped Lanba to make more than 28 prototype face shields using the 3D...
By: Lillian Lema, Staff Writer Accepting oneself can be a very long and exhausting journey, but the outcome is freedom. USM student Prashiddhi Pokhrel opens up about her struggles with coming to terms with her appearance and mental illness. Growing up in Kathmandu, Nepal, Pokhrel felt like the odd girl out. She despised her image, body, and especially her hair....
By: Ryan Farrell, Staff Writer   Last Weekend, Netflix added another exclusive comedy feature to its streaming catalog. From director Michael Dowse comes Coffee & Kareem, a lackluster buddy cop movie with an adult sense of humor. While the cast is experienced enough, its linear and predictable story and characters make for a mediocre film. While James Coffee, a Detroit police officer,...
By: Samantha Seebode, Suicide Prevention, Graduate Assistant As we reach week four of community quarantine, I’m finding myself just as restless as the tigers at Carole’s Big Cat Rescue. Feeling caged in my own apartment leaves me hoping I don’t run out of laundry to fold or drawers to organize so I can put off the anxiety we are all...
How to Become a More Confident Driver
Even if you’ve been tooling around in your own or your parent’s car since the day you turned 16, it never hurts to remind yourself about how to become a more confident driver. Preparation is Essential Get to know your car thoroughly before you go anywhere. On an afternoon when you aren’t scheduled to do anything, familiarize yourself with all the...
Glory of Nature: 4 of the Best Walks in New England
Maine is a beautiful state. There are plenty of places to wander and to seek and find beauty. With the current pandemic, it can be quite easy to fall into the trap of constantly seeing darkness; it can feel like a struggle to find the light and beauty around us. If you’re still in the New England area, give...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Sports Editor   March 26 was supposed to be Opening Day in Major League Baseball (MLB), the beginning of a 162-game season of America’s pastime. Instead, every sport across the world has come to a standstill due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The NCAA Tournament March Madness would have been heading to the final four this weekend, but the...

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