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Five students displaced by fire at Gorham House of Pizza

Posted on April 20, 2012 by Dylan Martin in News

Students look on as members of the Gorham Fire Department attempt to extinguish the blaze in the Gorham House of Pizza building Thursday night.

A fire in the Gorham House of Pizza building last night displaced five students and three other tenants living above the pizzeria. No one was injured in the downtown Gorham fire, which began around 9:30 p.m. as a result of a bathroom ceiling fan between the second and third floors being left on for too long, according to the Gorham Fire Department.

Students and faculty discuss university’s direction in outside meeting

Posted on April 19, 2012 by Dylan Martin in News

About thirty students, alumni and faculty raised questions about the quality of online courses, the University of Southern Maine’s business imperatives and the lack of student involvement in an organized community discussion on the green behind Luther Bonney Thursday afternoon. Though the event was organized by Occupy USM — an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement […]

Between federal and state law, medical marijuana patients caught in vise on campus

Posted on April 13, 2012 by Dylan Martin in News

Robyn Smith handles a marijuana plant, which he grows himself and uses legally under Maine state law to treat migraines and chronic pain, effects of his time with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

When Robyn Smith gets a migraine or feels a sharp pain in his neck, he is not allowed to take his medication on campus. University administration have told him there is no way around it. Because even though state law says medical marijuana is legal, which he uses on a daily basis, federal law still considers it a “dangerous drug” with no medical benefits.

USM students help give Somalis a voice in project for Al Jazeera

Posted on March 30, 2012 by Dylan Martin in News

Mohammed Dini remembers the war-torn situation of Somalia when he left with his family in 1997. Conditions were so bad, people carried around white cotton cloths every day to cover their own bodies if they were killed — a preparation necessary to follow traditional funeral rites.

Egyptian activist addresses USM — ‘revolution will prevail’

Posted on March 11, 2012 by Dylan Martin in News

Egyptian pro-democracy activist Wael Nawara speaks at USM Friday. Nawara is the founder of egyptian liberal party El-Ghad, and is currently a visiting fellow at Harvard University.

Egyptian pro-democracy activist Wael Nawara visited the University of Southern Maine Friday to share his experience with the uprising against former President Mubarak’s 30 year regime to raise awareness about the effects of Egypt’s 2011 revolution. Nawara, who was one of the featured protesters in Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year: Protester” issue last year, spoke […]

Refund checks allow one student to pay bills, car bling for another

Posted on March 10, 2012 by Dylan Martin in News

Junior English major Jake Lowry sits outside his house in Portland. Lowry used part of his refund check to pay for a pressing of his band's record, as well as for rent and bills.

While the refund money is legally supposed to only cover a student’s cost of attendance — including room and board, transportation, books, supplies and miscellaneous costs like food and entertainment — it’s hard to know how students use the money, said Director of Financial Aid Keith Dubois.

New Occupy USM group seeks to engage students, staff and faculty

Posted on March 02, 2012 by Dylan Martin in News

Katherine Hulit, an organizer of Occupy USM, speaks at an Occupy Maine teach-in Dec. 1. Occupy USM was formed as an effort to reengage students in the Occupy movement.

In an effort to ignite student involvement with the Occupy Wall Street movement, two students and one alumnus from the University of Southern Maine have formed a new Occupy group centered around the university. Occupy USM’s founders said the group will also focus on issues concerning higher education and student debt, as well as the core […]

Being a musician in Portland takes new forms with changing economy

Posted on February 27, 2012 by Dylan Martin in Arts & Culture

Portland-based musician Dave Gutter. Gutter is the lead singer of popular Portland rock mainstays Paranoid Social Club and Rustic Overtones. Although both bands have seen major label success, Gutter still relies on alternative sources of income to make ends meet, such as writing music for national advertisements.

Barry Arvin Young didn’t plan on making a living on music in Maine. But after dropping out of college, Young found himself joining a band called Blitz. As he met new friends and role models, he joined other bands and toured continuously through New England during the late 1970s and 1980s, never stopping, never finding […]

USM hiring new professor for African-American history and political science position

Posted on February 06, 2012 by Dylan Martin in News

The departments of history and political science at the University of Southern Maine are in the process of searching for a new professor specializing in African-American history following a five-year absence of any faculty position specifically dedicated to the subject. According to Assistant Professor of History Libby Bischof, the consolidation of the two disciplines into […]

As college bookstores compete, high textbook prices remain an issue

Posted on February 06, 2012 by Dylan Martin in News

The Campus Bookstore competes directly with the Official USM Bookstore for student business.

At the beginning of the school year, Chris Cunha stood outside of the Woodbury Campus Center to hand out coupons for his new employer, the Campus Bookstore. For nearly twenty years, the off-campus store has been the University of Southern Maine bookstore’s direct competitor — most notably, offering lower prices — and last May, it moved closer to the Portland campus. Some say a little too close.