Daily Archives: April 15, 2002

Judd and Freeman fine, but “Crimes” disappoints

"High Crimes" is the best film of the year, if one had never seen a movie before. However, if this were one's second movie, he or she would dismiss it as riddled with cliches. The film has some ambition to rid itself of those cliches, but ultimately succumbs to the easier route of the thriller genre.

Make your own pie, er, pizza

There is a tiny pizza shop on India Street with unique style. Portland Pie Company's goal is right on the back of their menu: To stand out from the thousands of other pizza shops in town, written by owners Steve Freese and Nat Getchell. They offer specialty pizzas that in my opinion top the rest.

Softball team gains extra bases, but not wins

By Elise Adams Alive Editor The Lady Huskies' new scoreboard won't show you the three steals the team had against Rhode Island College on April 6. The Lady Huskies had at least one extra base hit nearly every game in the last week. There have been several close games, but that is still not a check in the win column.

Health Beat

Too much sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, including malignant melanoma - the most serious form of skin cancer. It's not just a beach thing. Sun exposure adds up day after day, whatever your skin color. These true/false questions will test your knowledge of sun safety: 1.


High-tech dummy The College of Nursing gets high-tech with a new mannequin that mimics the needs of an infant. The model cries and expresses hunger, and has a machine that simulates the sounds of a beating heart. The new equipment will be on display at an open house held from 9 a.

Senate Update

By Lindsay Quinn Staff Writer Welcome newcomers All newly elected senators attended the meeting last Friday although they could not vote. The meeting, according to Chair Marcy Muller, was to familiarize the new senators with the format of the meeting. Concerns Senator Janine Gorham brought up the Perspective on Education meeting, which is about bigotry on the part of students and professors and "what is going on between ethnic groups on campus," she commented.

Southworth’s planetarium nightsky guide

Planet Watch This is the best time to be a planet watcher. Within two weeks, you'll be able to see all the "naked eye" planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) in the evening sky. Presently, you can see four of them. (Mercury is the only absent planet.


Aries (March 21-April 20).Before midweek officials may disagree concerning new policies or additional work projects. Expect minor tensions and ongoing power struggles. Provide detailed, accurate information. For the next four days, authority figures may unexpectedly request complex reports or completed paperwork.

Meet Joe Student

Name? Julie Smith Age? 23 Year and Major? Senior, philosophy Did you attend the Lecture on "Women in Need" by Shalome Odokara? "Yes." Did you enjoy it? "Yes, very much. I thought it was really incredible because of the knowledge that she possessed and in the power of her presentation, with all of her supporting facts.

Question of the week

"It makes me want to skip class." Rebecca Rasche, sociology, junior "It makes me want to get in my car and drive to Canada." Sarah Lord, undeclared, sophomore "Makes me feel ready for summer." Mat Leighton, music, junior "It's making going to classes a lot harder," Kristin MacCaffray, media studies, junior "It's kind of made me want to be outside more and absorb the sun.

Celebration of writers and artists underway

Why did junior English major Gregory Bates submit a story for the 2002 edition of Words & Images? "It was a logical step," he said. "A little affirmation of your creative work is always good." Words & Images is an annual collection of writings and art by USM students, faculty and regional artists.


Monday, April 15 USM Jazz Combos in concert, 7:30 p.m., Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham, $5 public, $3 seniors/staff/students, 780-5555. Tuesday, April 16 USM Chorale conducted by Robert Russell, 7:30 p.m., Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham, $5 public, $3 seniors/staff/students, 780-5555.

Former Times reporter shares Sept. 11 experience

It started out a day like any other for Gustav Niebuhr. He got on the express train near his home in New Jersey as usual. But as the train approached the famous and beautiful New York City skyline, Niebuhr saw smoke rising from the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Voters reject on-campus smoking ban

Although Student Senators expected a landslide "No" vote on a referendum to eliminate smoking at USM during last week's elections, they were surprised by a very close count. "I mean, we figured it would fail. We knew it would be unpopular but I'm surprised that it's not as unpopular as we expected.

Voters say NO on #3

By Erin Zwirn Gorham Editor Chants and flyers saying "NO" and "YES" on Question #3 turned the campus into a political war zone on Tuesday and Wednesday during the Student Senate elections. Students overwhelmingly voted "No" on Question #3: 468 to 88. The 84 percent "No" vote will keep the Student Senate from assuming direct financial control of The Free Press and WMPG.

Complete election coverage

567 votes say it all. Just over 5 percent of the student body turned out to vote on the 31st Student Senate elections and referendum questions. A contested Senate race, several write-ins, and high-impact referendum questions appear to have motivated students to get out and vote.

Printing issues

To the Editor: It is my responsibility to address issues related to the computer labs and classrooms. The Printing Charges Frequently Asked Questions sheet distributed in the labs (quoted by Ms. Pitcairn) was to try to answer the most pertinent anticipated questions.

Not a survey

To the Editor: Your story titled "New policy: students will pay to print" quotes a student who has the impression that the box that pops up when one prints in the computer labs or libraries is a survey. It is NOT a survey. It is intended to inform students that a charge will be instituted by the fall semester and to get them to ask themselves if they really need that printout.

Losing faith

To The Editor: When I first came to USM, I thought that it was a pretty decent place. Sure it had its little problems, but what place doesn't. Now that my freshman year is almost complete, I honestly don't think I want to return next year. It all started with the parking fee hike.

Guest Column

EDITOR'S NOTE: A student who recently travelled to Florida on an Alternative Spring Break trip shares her experience. Often when people hear the words, "spring break," what they think is stumbling drunk kids, baring it all. That's no myth. But there is another side to tell, and it's about some of us who chose to do some common good through USM's Alternative Spring Break program.

Follow the leader

I like reporting on politics, not being part of them. But that's exactly what happened last week during the Student Senate elections when the freedom of the press at USM was challenged. Some members of the Student Senate didn't think there was anything wrong with asking students to vote on a proposal to dissolve the Student Communication Board, the governing body of The Free Press and WMPG.

USM Police logs

Thursday, April 4 In Portland, a theft of a motor vehicle boot was reported. It is currently under investigation. A motor vehicle hit and run was reported in Portland. It is currently under investigation. At 11:28 p.m. in Gorham, at Anderson Hall, an alcohol violation was reported.

A look at African AIDS epidemic

"In Africa a woman with AIDS is often thrown out of her marriage and abandoned by her family," said Shalome Odokara of Portland's Women in Need, Inc. Last Tuesday, Odokara spoke about the AIDS epidemic's effect on women in Africa and the United States. She addressed the complex roles that poverty, discrimination, gender roles, stigma and warfare play in the disease as well as what her organization does to support women suffering from the AIDS crisis.

University investigates psychology professor

University officials are investigating allegations that a psychology professor used racist and homophobic comments in videotaped lectures. A committee has been formed to review the videotaped lectures of Associate Professor of Psychology John Broida which were distributed to 70 students in a Web-based introductory psychology class.