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MPA pushes for a minimum wage of $12 an hour in Portland

Posted on April 27, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

MPA’s director Amy Halsted speaking to supporters of a higher minimum wage during the referendum launch event last week by city hall.

A very important question to anyone who lives and works in Maine may be put on the ballot for 2016: Should the state increase the minimum wage? The current minimum wage of $7.50 an hour hasn’t changed since 2009 and is absolutely due for an increase, according to Andrew Francis, the deputy communications director for […]

So you want to get a medical marijuana card?

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Apart from their Portland location, the Wellness Connection of Maine also serves patients at their marijuana dispensaries in Brewer and Gardiner. They offer 14 different strains of both indica and sativa.

Despite an outlaw image and often confusing legal status, marijuana is becoming widely accepted as having many medicinal benefits. A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center showed that 77 percent of Americans approve of marijuana for medical purposes. Patients across the country are choosing cannabis over traditional opiates to treat the symptoms of conditions […]

Non-smokers dispel pot stereotypes

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

With marijuana legal for medical use in 23 states and legal recreationally in four, it’s clear that the mind-altering plant is gaining support across the country. Out of 300 students polled at USM, 249 said that they think marijuana should be legalized nationwide. However, a lack of reliable knowledge surrounding the substance and its illegal […]

The pros and cons of USM’s advertising campaign

Posted on April 16, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in Perspectives

Nowadays it’s hard to watch a Hulu show or listen to a Spotify playlist without being interrupted by an advertisement encouraging you to “find yourself,” at Maine’s metropolitan university. However we’re worried that where the money came from to pay for the ads, is fueling enough negative criticism to potentially render the entire ad campaign […]

One million dollars spent on television and radio advertisements

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

A one million dollar ad campaign was launched in February encouraging prospective students to “find themselves at USM,” but the effectiveness it’s had on boosting enrollment is unclear at this time. Two weeks ago the Portland Press Herald reported that despite the numerous television and radio ads, undergraduate applications are down ten percent from last […]

Local chapter of Enactus hosts “Grand Expo,” to showcase community accomplishments

Posted on April 07, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Enactus members pose after a day of cleaning up Back Bay as part of the USM day of service.

This Wednesday, the USM chapter of the Global Enactus organization will be holding their first annual “Grand Expo,” an event that hopes to spread awareness of the groups presence and highlight some of the work they’ve done to bring the community together and empower people. “I want to show people the good work we’ve done […]

“This is my home now,” Dr. Harvey Kesselman announced as new USM president

Posted on March 11, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk, and Krysteana Scribner in News, Uncategorized

During a press conference earlier today, USM’s administration excitedly announced that Dr. Harvey Kesselman will be the university’s next president, beginning July 1. Kesselman expressed deep admiration for The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, his alma mater school and where he’s finishing up his final months as Provost and Executive Vice President, however he […]

Stories of Maine’s fallen soldiers immortalized through stones

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

The first of the volunteers passed through the Portland skywalk after an 8 mile tribute walk through the city.

Volunteers marched 8 miles through the streets of Portland last week, carrying stones bearing the names of fallen soldiers from Maine, before securing them in a wooden case in the Abromson center. The march, and subsequent ceremony were part of The Summit Project, a national organization that honors Maine’s fallen soldiers by engraving their names […]

Almost two tons of food waste tossed weekly

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Ahmed Muti, an Aramark food service worker in the Woodbury in Portland explains the food waste procedure. About  two-to-three times a day, he collects all food that is out of code and throws them in compost bins.

Despite good intentions and efforts from both Aramark and USM Sustainability, dining services wastes about 3,500 pounds of food a week in the Portland and Gorham kitchens. This information comes from Steve Sweeney, the resource recovery supervisor, who said that about 3,000 pounds of that food waste comes from Gorham because a buffet service is […]

‘It’s a clash of ignorance’: ISIS atrocities continue

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

ISIS, the group of fundamentalist Sunni muslims that have brutally conquered chunks of land in Northern Iraq and Syria under the banner of an “Islamic State,” has dominated headlines of numerous national and international news agencies. And with new reports of kidnappings, air-strikes, vandalism and acts of public torture and execution pour in from the […]