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Girls don’t appreciate creepy pickup strategies: Female students share their worst bar stories

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

UMaine Law students Marpheen Chann (LEFT) Toye Akinjiola and Carlos Medina attempt to flirt and chat up an annoyed and non-reciprocating Abby Kohle, a senior communication major in a simulated situation at the Great Lost Bear. This image is meant to highlight the uncomfortable situations that average women may find themselves in while attempting to have a peaceful drink at a bar.

Bar and clubs are usually the stereotypical hot spots to pick up women and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, the nightlife in Portland is sure to be filled with thirsty dudes looking for some last minute love. But how do women feel about that? Based on the experiences of several female students the general […]

The lesser known history of Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Some of Libby Bischof’s private collection of vintage Valentine’s Day cards from the 19th century, when the mass sending of love messages gained popularity. One card reads: “When thou art near, the rose doth seem less fair, the lily pale is shorn of baff its grace, I only see the glory of thy hair. I only know the beauty of thy face, thy presence gladdens like the vernal year, and it is always May, when thou art near.”

Over priced roses and heart shaped pieces of plastic have adorned department store shelves, signifying that the ancient fertility festival of Lupercalia is almost upon us. But of course, most modern Americans know it as Valentine’s Day. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 62% of American adults celebrated the holiday of love and romance last […]

Library fines add up, lock student accounts

Posted on February 04, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Students collectively owe the Glickman library in Portland an estimated amount of $4,375 in overdue book charges, with 29 students blocked by student accounts because they owe more than $100. According to the director of libraries David Nutty, once a book is two weeks overdue, it’s assumed lost and a “billed book policy” is started. […]

Winter storm shuts down USM, classes canceled three days in one week

Posted on February 04, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

A love car sits in the parking lot behind Upper Class Hall during last Tuesday's blizzard.

USM shut down its campuses, suspending classes and activities, three times last week, in response to a series of snowstorms that blanketed Portland with over two and a half feet of snow. Bangor Daily News reported that the first storm, colloquially named “Juno” dumped two feet of snow in some Maine communities, while the second […]

The Open Bench Project creates space for innovators

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture

On Thompson’s Point in Portland is a warehouse that looks ordinary on the outside but inside is a buzzing hub of creative and productive energy. In this vast 7,000 square foot industrial space, robots are assembled and tested out, while quadcopter drones fly over head. In one corner, a group of children are being taught […]

Enrollment continues to decline this semester

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Classrooms this spring semester will have 374 fewer students in them than last year, based on the current headcount released by the academic affairs.  While not completely final, because students may still add or drop courses during the month, the numbers of enrolled students in the spring these past three years show a steady declin–6,717 […]

Our Opinion: Remember to fight intolerance amidst terrorist attacks in France

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in Our Opinion

Shortly after we said goodbye to 2014, a year that already saw 61 journalists killed on the job, another assault against “freedom of expression” occurred in Paris, by, yet again, extremist radical Muslims. Last Wednesday, three masked gunmen stormed the offices of French satirical magazine, “Charlie Hebdo,” and took with them the lives of ten […]

Administrators layout goals for the spring semester

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Now that the framework to balance USM’s budget has been drafted, the administration has focused its efforts to securing a bright future for the school, through four main initiatives that they hope to have completed before President David Flanagan steps down at the end of the semester.   “The budget is balanced and the hardest […]

Men’s head ice hockey coach retires mid-season

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

After 28 years as head coach of the men’s ice hockey team, Jeff Beaney retired over the winter break and the reason why has been left unclear. According to  Chris Quint, USM’s executive director of public affairs. Beaney would have ideally finished up the rest of the season with his team, but a “variety of […]

The search for a new president begins

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

The online portal to submit applications and be considered as a candidate for USM’s presidency has closed, but the search for a new leader is far from over. A presidential search committee has and will continue to be working on narrowing down the number of applicants into a workable number of people to be interviewed […]