Daily Archives: April 8, 2002

Referendum could help give Student Senate total financial control of WMPG and The Free...

A letter from the executive editor explaining the ins and outs of a proposal that could give the Student Senate direct financial control of campus media entities. Also see news story by Erin Zwirn.

Student voters to address future of campus media

On Tuesday and Wednesday the student body will make an important decision for two of their campus media outlets, The Free Press and WMPG. The Senate election ballot will have a referendum question asking students if they want to "discharge" the Student Communication Board.

UMaine loses in overtime

ST. PAUL, Minn. The University of Maine men's ice hockey team was 52.4 seconds and a questionable overtime penalty call away from its third national championship. Instead, the Black Bears will come home to Orono as runners-up after a 4-3 overtime loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers in front of a crowd of 19,324, most of them partisan Gopher supporters, at the Xcel Energy Center.

Words & Images to hold release party

Words & Images hosts a day long event in conjunction with the University's Celebrate Writers Festival, entitled Words & Images 2002: The Event, A Celebration of Maine's Literary and Visual Creativity. The event, scheduled for this Friday, April 12 at the USM, will coincide with the release of the much-anticipated 2002 Edition of "Words & Images.

It’s Deweys for atmosphere and conversation

An Old Port landmark, Three Dollar Deweys has been in Portland for 22 years. With 36 beers on tap and free popcorn, this stop is a haven for the after-work crowd. Located on the corner of Commercial and Union Streets, the pub is a convenient place to unwind at day's end.

One man, one show, one angry inch

Braden Chapman may be the busiest man in Portland. His days are spent sewing 150 cubits of fabric for the stage on which he will perform a one-man version of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." He's also going to need props, costumes, and a set. Don't worry-he's got that covered too.

Genital Warts Revealed!

Genital warts are caused by a virus called HPV (human papillomavirus), one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. An estimated 40 million Americans are infected with HPV, with 1 million new cases each year. HPV is the name of a group of viruses that includes more than 60 different types.

This too, is basketball

Editor's Note: The following is a column submitted by an avid participator in pick- up basketball at USM, and would like it not go go forgotten in the wake of NCAA championships and NBA playoffs. In the spotlight is organized basketball: flashy uniforms, stands full of screaming fans, colorful announcers, coaches pacing the sidelines, little boys mopping the parquet during time-outs.

New stadium, home opener prove Husky baseball Div. I caliber

Fans lined their lawn chairs along the orange netting around the gravel, stones, and concrete Friday afternoon to watch the Southern Maine Huskies baseball team in their blowout home opener. The new 500-seat Towers Field stadium is in the process of construction, with only the playing surface and concrete dugouts completed, just enough for regular season play.

Nightsky Guide

EXPLODING STAR So, why do stars explode? Well, to answer that question, it is prudent to first ask and answer the question: What is the source of their light energy? Once thought to have been divine light shining through an array of pinpricks on a dark shroud, the stars are now known to be mammoth gaseous spheres: all of them made self luminous by nuclear fusion reactions in their cores.


Professor passes on A former USM faculty member, John Romanyshyn, died March 15. Romanyshyn was professor emeritus of social work. He joined USM faculty as a professor of social work in 1967, after teaching at UMO from 1946 to 1967. He was the first chair of USM's undergraduate Social Work Department.


Aries (March 21-April 20) Before Thursday, past love affairs and old work assignments will demand completion. Expect forgotten emotions to soon cause new inspiration. Use this time to move worthwhile relationships forward. Recaptured passion will lead to workplace fulfillment, fast changes and shared goals between lovers.

Question of the week

"I'm ready to vote. The only thing I don't know is who's running. They should make that available to people." -Heidi Colburn, social work, junior "I'm not going to vote. I have no idea who's running." -Anna Patkus, English, senior "I'm not going to vote because I don't know anything about it.

No MTV for you!

Another opportunity for USM to be in the national spotlight has passed. Student organizers of Spring Fling 2002 had hoped to close a deal with entertainment giant Clear Channel to bring MTV's Campus Invasion to the Gorham campus on Monday, April 29. The Free Press learned late Friday afternoon that all dates for MTV's campus tour are booked and the popular program would not be added to the Spring Fling event schedule.

Foster returns with thrilling “Panic Room”

"Panic Room" is a suspenseful thriller with all the potential of slipping into banality, but keeps its footing because of the talented filmmaking behind it. In the film, Meg Altman, played wonderfully by Jodie Foster, is a recently divorced woman who moves into a Manhattan townhouse with her teenage daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart).


Monday, April 8 Lecture, "The Enigma of Diversity & Understanding Race," Elaine Pinderhughes, author of "Understanding Race," 7 to 8 p.m., Luther Bonney Auditorium, Portland, free and open to the public, 228-8024. Tuesday, April 9 USM Jazz Combos in concert, 7:30 p.

Car shopping 101 with Sherry

As a senior, I have about four weeks left to make some pretty big decisions in my life, one of which is buying a car. As a soon-to-be college graduate I need to get myself some wheels. I need a car to get a job, so car searching became my top priority as of two weeks ago.

Portland Bioscience construction underway

Construction of the $11.2 million Bioscience addition to the Science Building on Falmouth Street in Portland began two weeks ago after almost two years of planning. Completion is scheduled for April 2003. Although the center will offer a great deal for the study and research of science, the construction is taking a big chunk of parking spaces from the existing faculty/staff lot that was nestled between the Science Building and Sullivan Gym.

New policy: students will pay to print

Next fall USM students will be charged five cents per page when printing items from computer labs or libraries. The new fee has already been budgeted, said Judy Ryan, executive assistant to the President. "The plan is to begin to do that (charge for printing) in the fall semester," Ryan said.

Palestinian student responds to Mideast crisis

The 15-year-old Amer Kamal was stopped at an Israeli checkpoint after a night out with his friends. He was trying to get from the West Bank to his home in Jerusalem. A guard asked him to present an identification card, something required of all Palestinians over the age of 16.

Senate Election Preview

Question #1: Student Activity Fee increase On April 9 and 10 USM students on the Portland and Gorham campuses will be asked to vote on three referendum questions during the annual Student Senate elections. In addition to questions about smoking on campus and the removal of the Student Communication Board, students will have to decide whether or not they support an increase in their student activity fee by approximately 50 percent.

A fee compromise

To the Editor: I feel that at this time a compromise needs to be made between the students that use facilities (i.e., gym, skating rink, etc.), students that participate in activities that are sponsored by the fee money, and students that can't or don't participate or use facilities.

More Fees?

To the Editor: I hope the latest fee initiative by the university prompts students here at USM to become less passive and start giving a damn! A small icon appears on the computer screens when the print command is activated, disclosing the impending purchase price of printing our schoolwork.

Increase activity fee

To the Editor: I am writing this to talk about the question concerning a possible increase in the Student Activities Fee for 2002-03. The USM students will be voting on a decision to pass this motion at the Student Senate elections on April 9 and 10. I am in favor of this increase for many reasons.