Kesselman opts out of USM presidency, Glenn Cummings to take his place

Posted on May 20, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

Glenn Cummings, interim president of the University of Maine Augusta, will take Kesselman's place as the president of the University of Southern Maine this fall.

USM officials announced Wednesday that Glenn Cummings will be the new president of the University of Southern Maine, replacing Harvey Kesselman, who was set to take the position on July 1. Kesselman has agreed to a request by the Stockton University board of trustees that he remain as acting president of Stockton, after the president […]

USM hosts Earth Day discussion on environmental problems in Maine

Posted on April 27, 2015 by Brian Gordon in News

The 45th annual observance of Earth Day was last week, and all around campus there were events to celebrate our relation to the Earth and how we can work to try and make it a sustainable place to live by preserving its natural resources. Kappa Alpha Omicron, or KAO, the USM Environmental Science Student Honors […]

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 […]

Solar panels spark USM’s movement toward sustainability

Posted on April 27, 2015 by Zachary Searles in News

Earlier in the year, solar panels were installed on top of the Woodbury Campus center in Portland, sparking some questions. Where did they come from? Who paid for them? Back in 2013, Dr. Fred Padula, professor emeritus of history, donated $50,000 to have solar panels installed in a visible location. Tyler Kidder, assistant director for […]

USM hosts bone marrow drive

Posted on April 27, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in News

Lavena Jordon (left) a senior nursing major, and Abby Krolak, a sophomore nursing major sit at a welcoming table in Woodbury Campus educating students on the process of donating Bone Marrow.

Last week, a bone marrow drive was held at the Woodbury Campus Center so volunteers could sign up to become a potential match for someone in dire need of a transplant. Bone marrow cancer is a form of leukemia, a cancer of the bloodstream. According to the Maine Medical Center Developmental Department, individuals diagnosed with […]

AFUM brings alleged contract violations to arbitration with UMS

Posted on April 27, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

Student Senate Vice Chair Thomas Bahun holds a sign in support after some faculty members were fired by voicemail.

Officials from the UMaine system will go into arbitration this week with representatives from the Associated Faculties of the Universities of Maine over alleged contract violations that may have taken place over the past year during administrative budget cuts. The union alleges that 11 different contract violations took place that involved at least 26 faculty […]

UMaine students rally for climate change action

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Brian Gordon in News

Students from nine different Maine colleges marched through capitol park protesting the government indifference to a growing global problem: climate change.

In anticipation of Earth Week, nearly 300 students from all over the state came together on Saturday, April 11 on the steps of the capitol building to protest climate change and government’s apathy towards it. The students were organized under Maine Students for Climate Justice along with the environmental group 350 Maine. Nearly every college […]

Alcohol vs. marijuana vs. tobacco

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Zachary Searles in News

In recent years, marijuana has become the most widely used illegal drug in the United States, with over 94 million people having admitted to using it at least once. According to the United Nations, nearly 159 million people have used marijuana worldwide, roughly 4 percent of Earth’s population. The numbers of Americans who smoke tobacco […]

Portland’s marijuana legality won’t protect you

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in News

The laws and regulations concerning marijuana are complex and have been for many years. Last fall, the city of Portland legalized marijuana for recreational use, but individuals caught for possession of can still be issued a citation because of state and federal laws. According to Bobby Lewis, a membership assistant at the Marijuana Policy Project […]

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 […]