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By: Zoe Bernardi, Community Editor As students crawl out of their childhood homes for the first time in months, holding on to the fleeting moments of their strange and distanced summers, they enter into a realm of Zoom university. How have their personal spaces become all-purpose rooms?   USM has opened up its campus. Costello Field House has been the designated cotton swab...
By: Abigail Nelson, Arts & Culture Editor Cody Curtis, a recent USM graduate of Media Studies, is embarking on his first feature film journey. Written and directed by himself, Suffocation, is currently in production. The film focuses on a girl named Jasmine who faces a devastating life situation that results in her world turning upside down. It tackles issues of depression...
By: Zoe Bernardi, Community Editor The Pandemic of loneliness, COVID-19 has lingered longer than expected. It bleeds into the back to school season, and already dreaded time. Everyone must be there doing a part in trying to stay safe, looking out for those who are at risk, and ensuring they aren’t passing the virus to others. People miss people. This pandemic...
Tips for Starting an Online Store for College Students
College is an interesting time of growth and adjustment, even in normal times. With the current global pandemic of COVID-19 affecting the way students attend classes and learn, it’s even more difficult than usual. The pandemic has made it more difficult for students tortunities that fit within a student schedule—many on-campus jobs are scaling back or disappearing entirely. While...
In the wake of the murders of George Floyd and others at the hand of police, the country has erupted in outrage and protests over racial bias and police brutality against people of color. This phenomenon is nothing new as we have seen similar outrage throughout history, most notably during the 1992 LA riots that occurred as a response...
2020 has been an unpredictable year, with COVID-19 rapidly spreading across the nation and presenting unique challenges for each individual. It is an unprecedented time for college students in particular, because the social environment of the college campus and classroom has profoundly changed. This academic year at USM began with a three day quarantine after residential students got tested...
The Basics of Properly Caring for Your PC
Now more than ever, your personal computer is a pivotal piece of equipment for learning. Schools have already begun to transfer homework assignments, textbooks, and even tests onto internet-based platforms, especially in recent times. To add to that, the current COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated that colleges across the country hold their classes at least in part online. Amidst all...
WMPG is a local non-profit radio station that is staffed by volunteers, including University of Southern Maine students and community members. Since March, WMPG has been forced to operate remotely. COVID-19 has created many obstacles and learning curves for staff members. At first, the station cut all live programming and could only air repeat shows, which was not ideal. In...
3 Tips for Learning Your Way Around a Research Lab
Every new year of school introduces new STEM students to their very first lab course. No matter what your major is, your first semester in a scientific or research lab can be intimidating. Fortunately, everyone is in the same boat as you. If you make the most of these first few weeks, the things you learn and the connections...
How To Improve Your Aim in FPS Games
With the school year about to begin, there’s no better time to turn to video games and connect with friends online. First-person shooters (FPS) like Call of Duty and Overwatch also happen to be some of the most popular online games to play with friends. However, FPS games are highly competitive, and you might not be the most skilled...
Funny Debate Topics for Online Debates
Social media is rife with silly debates: Dogs or cats? Boxers or briefs? These x or y games are a fun way to waste some time or refresh your brain before you get back to genuine studying. Since most students will be studying online this fall, at least in part, we’ve gathered some funny topics for online debates. You...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief Two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at the University of Southern Maine, bringing the total to four from Phase I of testing. Residential Life confirmed in an email that two students living on campus have both tested positive, one living in Robie Andrews Hall and the other in Woodward Hall. Both students are now in isolation...
Dear Huskies, It is my pleasure to welcome new students to and returning students back to the University of Southern Maine! Go Huskies! Without a doubt 2020 has been a unique year. In my 27 years in higher education, with 22 of them being at USM, this will be one of the most challenging for me and for students, faculty, and...
Welcome to the University of Southern Maine, 2020. Just as these times are different due to COVID-19, your experience here at USM this year will be slightly different. However, many people have worked diligently to be sure that you receive the quality education you deserve.  So welcome.  We are all in this together! The start of a new academic year...
By: Al Bean, Athletics Director The USM Athletics Department is excited to welcome all of our students back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. We know you have already faced great adversity in the past six months and there are certainly challenges still ahead but we are here to help support you, work with you and make your experience the...
Welcome new and returning USM students, staff and faculty! We hope you had a healthy and safe summer and are ready to launch into another season of learning.  With that in mind, we wanted to make you all aware of what Health & Counseling Services, an integrated program that promotes wellness for both mind and body, has to offer...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief A student located in the freshman dorm Upton-Hastings has tested positive for COVID-19. The resident is the second confirmed case from the University's asymptomatic testing during move-in week and is the first case for a student living on campus. An email sent out to students living in the building from Residential Life confirmed that the student followed the...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief President Glenn Cummings confirmed in an email that there has been a single positive test result for COVID-19 in the university’s first asymptomatic testing during move-in week. The student, currently in isolation, is from out-of-state, living off campus and will not be participating in any in-person classes this fall. “Contact tracing is underway. Based on the circumstances of...
You may be debating bringing a car to campus to avoid relying on public transportation to get to your classes or for easier travel home during breaks. No matter what the reason is, make sure your car is all set with the best car insurance option for you. Here are a few tips for getting car insurance as a student. Per Mile InsuranceSome insurance companies offer per-mile insurance. Per-mile insurance offers a monthly rate for a set number of miles, and then it charges extra for every additional mile your drive after your reach that base number. If your college campus is relatively small and requires you to travel only short distances, per-mile insurance can save you on monthly insurance rates. These types of insurance also allow for one-day long-distance drives for free, up to a certain number of miles, in case you are traveling home for a holiday break. Student and Affiliation DiscountsAnother great way to save on car insurance as a college student is to research companies that offer student and affiliation discounts. Many of the largest insurance companies offer a discount for students with good grades. Some companies even go a step further by providing higher discounts to students on the honor roll or who are part of student organizations like a fraternity. Consider Your Coverage NeedsAs a college student, you may need some coverage more than others. For example, if you’ll be parking your car in a large outdoor parking lot, you may want to consider a policy that covers theft or weather damage. If your car will be in a garage or a location less at risk of these instances happening, you may only need collision insurance to protect your car from driving accidents. Can You Be Covered by Your Parent’s Policy?Lastly, in some cases, you may be able to stay on a parent's policy. Check with their insurance provider to determine if you are eligible, depending on your college’s location and the vehicle’s ownership. Getting car insurance as a student can seem like a costly stressor, but there are some ways to ease the stress and overall cost of an insurance policy. Researching student discounts, per-mile insurance, and your specific coverage needs are a few tips for getting car insurance as a student. 
You may be debating bringing a car to campus to avoid relying on public transportation to get to your classes or for easier travel home during breaks. No matter what the reason is, make sure your car is all set with the best car insurance option for you. Here are a few tips for getting car insurance as a student. Per Mile...
Tips for Finding the Right Wallet
Wallets are exceptional accessories used to carry cash, bank cards, IDs, military cards, licenses, business cards, receipts, coins, and more. Still, with many different materials, shapes, sizes, and accessories to choose from, finding the right wallet can be tricky. Anyone who’s ready to find a new wallet that suits their lifestyle must read these tips for finding the right...
A Guide to Back-of-the-House Restaurant Slang
Sooner or later, almost all college students (well, those without a trust fund, anyway) work in a restaurant, waiting tables, bussing, washing dishes, prepping, or cooking and plating food. If you haven’t done your time in the “back of the house,” (BOH) yet, here’s a handy (though hardly comprehensive) guide to back-of-the-house restaurant slang. Restaurant Slang With Numbers Two-top, four-top,...
The Most Common Men's Style Misconceptions
Being in college is an exciting time for anyone. You’re finding yourself and your personal style while developing the necessary skills that’ll drive your future career. Your college will take care of making you smarter and preparing you for the real world (assuming you do the work). We’re going to help you boost your style by debunking some myths....
Top Apartment Complex Amenities for College Students
There are many challenges and amenities you will need to look into if you want to live off-campus. College apartments come in many shapes and sizes, and there are certain amenities that you will want. Find out what the top apartment complex amities for college students are below. Internet Given the current circumstances with COVID-19, the upcoming semester might look radically...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief The COVID-19 pandemic has raged across the United States since the first case was confirmed on January 20, 2020. Fast forward to over six months later and the nation has reached 4,802,491 confirmed cases and 157,631 deaths according to cdc.gov. One of the biggest issues in the United States involving the coronavirus is the concept of wearing a...

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