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By: Max Lorber, Arts and Culture Editor Whole Foods employees in Portland are concerned for their safety. These workers, along with many Whole Foods workers throughout the country, do not believe they are being adequately protected or compensated by their employer. Whole Foods employees throughout the US have tested positive for COVID-19, but the stores have remained open. Employees are not...
By: Emma J. Walsh, Staff Writer Information regarding the coronavirus is constantly changing and evolving. A practice that is of great importance to prevent the spread of the disease is social distancing. Devon Mulligan, USM Campus Safety Project Coordinator, refers to this concept as “physical distancing” instead of “social distancing.” She said it is an important distinction to make so...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Sports Editor Chancellor Dannel Malloy announced in a statement that all May commencement celebrations would be canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The statement, issued last Monday, said: “It is with a sober sense of responsibility that our Presidents and I have therefore decided that we cannot proceed with our planned in-person commencement exercises in early May.” Students...
How to Protect College Students From Identity Theft
By: Cormac Riordan, Staff Writer Self quarantining? Already ran through the selections on your favorite streaming sights? Here are a few lesser-known gems to keep you from going stir crazy in these isolating times. Arthouse streaming on a schedule, Mubi only ever has thirty movies available. Every day a new film comes on the site, but one also leaves, giving the...
By: Cormac Riordan, Staff Writer Like a lot of us, one solace in this new era for me has been Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This peaceful world of foraging and animal pals is both escapist and rewarding, something that has united my recent film, music, and book selections. From the island paradise of Portrait of a Lady on Fire to...
By: Ryan Farrell, Staff Writer   Disney Pixar’s newest film Onward was released into theaters in early March, however preventative measures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic closed theaters and prevented many from viewing it. As a result, Disney made a historic move and added it to their streaming service Disney+ less than a month after its initial release.  While Onward continues to...
Setting up the Perfect Entertainment Center
Times are a little strange right now, to say the least. Colleges are moving classrooms online or canceling classes altogether; some colleges are even closing the dorms. Not to mention, companies and restaurants are closing until further notice. In other words, it’s time to dive into that show you’ve been wanting to watch or get your gaming setup on...
5 Tips for Taking Online Classes
Due to COVID-19, students at the University of Southern Maine will have to resume the rest of the spring semester online. Moving to strictly online classes can be quite an adjustment for many. To ensure that you remain on the path of success, here are some tips for taking online classes. 1. Avoid Distractions One of the hardest adjustments you will have to make as...
By Max Lorber, Arts and Culture Editor A petition demanding USM student's tuition be partially refunded for the Spring Semester has been circulating online this week. Since the petition was created on March 28 over 700 students and family members of students have signed in support. USM and UMaine administration officials have stated they do not intend to refund tuition. The...
Most Common Challenges Students Face in College
As liberating and exciting as college can be, it also comes with its fair share of trials that students need to learn how to navigate. From classes and schoolwork to extracurriculars and relationships, the average person’s college career is a large balancing act between preparing for their futures and enjoying their newfound independence. As a college student yourself, it’s...
By: Lynn G Howard, MSN, NP-C The timely health topic this month is, not surprisingly, COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus). Given its significant impact on our lives, it would seem irresponsible of me to write about anything else. However, the status changes rapidly and much will be changed between the time that I write this (March 25 and the date that you read...
By: Cristina Kerluke, Academic Support Program Specialist Any change can be challenging, particularly when sudden or unexpected. The pivot to a completely online experience for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester certainly falls within this category. Please be patient with yourself, your classmates and your instructors during this time. We're in this together. During this transition, your professors have provided...
By: Zoe Bernardi, Columnist Ciao! Welcome to the last reflection from Italy. By this time I have been sitting in my bedroom in New York for 12 days in quarantine. But, before this, I was soaking up my last few days in Florence. This is what happened.  The first step was to create a bucket list, Mica, Taylor, Gill and I...
By: Abigail Nelson, Community Editor  Students were packing their bags and raiding for food in Lower Brooks in Gorham after receiving a confirmation email that classes will be switched to online for the rest of the semester. This decision goes into effect on March 23, the day students were to return from spring break. The email breaking the news came...
By: Abigail Nelson, Community Editor Students’ spring semester, and for some, their final semester, was cut short when they received an email stating the remainder of the semester would be taught online. COVID-19 sent students packing their bags and scrambling to figure out what their next six weeks would look like.  In an effort to slow the spread of the virus,...
  By: Lillian Lema, Staff Writer From a young age, student Ashley Watters knew that she wanted to go into the nursing field. Growing up in a low income family, Watters witnessed the hardships her family faced with the lack of motivation and skill to advocate for their health concerns and therefore, not seek to improve it. She would try to...
By: Ryan Farrell, Staff Writer Amazon Prime recently released “Blow the Man Down” as an exclusive film. This film from Bridget Cole and Danielle Crudy is meant to be a dark comedy, set in a fictional coastal town in Maine. While it takes advantage of the environment to differentiate it from other crime mysteries, its camerawork can become overly static...
By: Cormac Riordan, Staff Panic in the Streets  This 1950 feature from Elia Kazan is  a grimy, paranoid, unconventional noir filled with gangsters, cops, and of course, disease. Ironically, the bulk of the film is about trying to contain the titular panic, mostly done so by the lead, Richard Windmark, playing against type as the heroic Dr. Clint Reed of the...
By: Max Lorber, Arts and Culture Editor USM is now offering a pass/fail option for all undergraduate and graduate courses for the Spring semester. This unusual policy decision was reached this past week in response to the social and economic upheaval caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  All core courses changed to pass/fail will now count toward a degree, if the student...
By: Abigail Nelson, Community Editor Students were packing their bags and raiding for food in Lower Brooks in Gorham after receiving a confirmation email that classes will be switched to online for the rest of the semester. This decision went into effect on March 23, the day students were to return from spring break. The email breaking the news came...
UPDATE: As confirmed by Bensler, she tested negative for the COVID-19 coronavirus and is allowed out of self-isolation from her home. Kayla Bensler, a freshman music major, developed pneumonia after a class trip to Rochester, New York last week. Following her visit to health services this morning at 9:30 am, she was put into quarantine after collapsing. Bensler said that health...
According to a report on WMTW.com, the University of Maine System announced that classes will move to remote online classes following Spring Break due to concerns over the coronavirus. The classes will convert to online by March 23, the end of Spring Break for the seven universities in the system. For students living on campus, they will need to have moved...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Sports Editor Baseball Head Coach Ed Flaherty heads into his 34th season in charge of Men’s Baseball for the Huskies coming off a 37-9 record in 2019. The Huskies are ranked sixth overall in the nation by d3baseball.com’s Preseason Top 25. The team lost in the Little Eastern Conference (LEC) Championship last season 2-0 against UMass Boston, who...
By: Connor Blake, Staff Writer Rylie Binette, a junior health sciences major out of Milan, New Hampshire, pushed the Women’s Ice Hockey team to greater lengths this year as they won their first playoff game in six years. Over Binnette’s three years at USM, she has accumulated 35 career collegiate hockey points, scored 18 goals and assisted on 17. This puts...

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