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By: Amelia Bodge, Staff Writer On March 5th USM held a Panel Discussion titled “The End of School Policing?” The Panel was cosponsored by the Sociology and Criminology departments at USM. The main speaker was Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing. He came to speak to the city of Portland and the State of Maine about possibly removing police...
By: Ryan Farrell, Staff Writer While “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” was originally released in Europe last year, it has finally started showing in the United States. This international hit was created by French director Céline Sciamma. While this film takes place in eighteenth-century France, its cinematography, acting, and artistic direction make it feel like a modern marvel. Every...
By: Amelia Bodge, Staff Writer While Gorham Normal School was now up and running, Portland decided to get into the business of higher education. Portland University was incorporated in August 1921 by local businessman, Earl H. Cunningham. Cunningham believed Maine had a lack of training programs for accountants. According to Joyce K. Bibber, author of University of Southern Maine, Cunningham had been...
By: Cormac Riordan, Contributor “Mount Sharp writes songs about science and bad decisions”. This quote, from the band’s bandcamp page, sums up the dueling yet often beautifully aligned themes and ideas at play on this group’s debut LP, “That Shadow”.  The record is a hazy, spaced-out love letter to both science and relationships past. Frontwoman/guitarist Sarah Wood is responsible for writing...
By: Max Lorber, Arts and Culture Editor Before serving as the Director of the USM Art Gallery, Carolyn Eyler was in the South bucking the confinements of conservative philosophy. As a curator for the William King Regional Art Center in Abington, Virginia, the last show she put together was titled “Bestial Angels”. The exhibit was funded by a Christian donor...
By: Dakota Tibbetts, Design Director A one-act musical theater show meant for children with a cast full of college-aged students sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. For the University of Southern Maine’s Department of Theater and School of Music though, it was a recipe for greatness. Their musical offering for the 2019-2020 season was “Dear Edwina”, a one-hour long...
By: Emma J. Walsh, Staff Writer An opportunity is available for USM students interested in pursuing a career in journalism. The New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) announced that the Journalism Education Foundation of New England is awarding up to ten scholarships to high school seniors and college students in the New England region who are planning to pursue...
By: Max Lorber, Arts and Culture Editor The Muskie School of Public Service announced a reduction in out-of-state tuition for students enrolling in graduate programs. Tuition for students without Maine residency seeking master's degrees in Public Health (MPH) and Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM) will be lowered from $1,141 to $695 per credit hour. The Muskie School graduate programs focus on...
By: Dionne Smith, Editor-in-Chief Once again, as history has shown time and time again, the young voter turnout in Maine on Super Tuesday was lower than all other age groups. As someone who is in the age group, I can’t help but feel a lot of disappointment, and confusion. According to the Washington Post, voters between the age of 17-29...
Why It’s Important to Study Insects
Have you ever tried to explain a paper, class, or even your overall major to someone who just doesn’t get it? It can be hard trying to tell people why you’re so interested in a subject—especially if that subject happens to be creepy-crawly insects. Yet the study of insects, also known as entomology, is crucial to our society. Like...
Ways to Stay Comfortable on Hikes
It’s one thing to see natural landscapes in photos; it’s another thing entirely to trek through them yourself. If you love the outdoors and want to immerse yourself in it, hiking is a great pastime to start. When you’re feeling stressed with the burdens of classes and constant sitting, a hike allows you to refresh yourself. But while it’s...
By: Connor Blake, Staff Writer Maverick Lynes, the junior hockey player out of Christina Lake, British Columbia, Canada is helping the Men’s Ice Hockey team have one of their best seasons in years. Before coming to USM, Lynes spent time playing with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats and the Selkirk Steelers in 2015. He scored a total of 39 points with...
By: Zoe Bernardi, Columnist Ciao! I think the first thing that needs to be discussed is my take on the coronavirus. Hysteria and false media have taken over every single study abroad student and their mother. People are relying on word of mouth and false news headlines to determine their fate. Rather than looking at factual information and using common...

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By: Paul Dexter, Director of Academic Retention Initiatives & Cristina Kerluke, Academic Support Program Specialist As with any learning experience, there can be a great deal of excitement, satisfaction, and joy associated with the writing process. Through writing, we can express our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and assertions. It is an outlet for our creativity, a way to add our voice...
By: Oona Molyneaux, USM Eco-Rep Growing up in Downeast, Maine I always looked forward to the month of August. I always have and always will know that August is my favorite month of the year, mostly because this month brings an abundance of wild blueberries, and the excitement that comes with the month(+) long harvest. Wild blueberries have been a...
By: Abigail Nelson, Community Editor As the Psychology Club president, a tutor in the learning commons, and the two year in a row recipient of the psychology department's outstanding community service award, Taylor Lyman is extremely involved in her community. Recently the senior psychology and human biology double major has been working alongside her professor and head of the psychology...
By: Lillian Lema, Staff Writer Before K-pop music became a global phenomenon, a group of USM students were already aware of the South Korean beats. This group of friends would come together and rigorously try to learn the dance moves they saw in K-pop music videos. What started off as a pass time for a group of friends soon became...
By: Ryan Farrell, Staff Writer For the first time in over twenty years, Jack London’s novel “The Call of the Wild” was adapted to the big screen. “The Call of the Wild” is directed by Chris Sanders, and stars Harrison Ford and Terry Notary. While Ford’s performance and the stunning nature setpieces stand out, the experience is hindered by its...
By: Stephen Bennett, Staff Writer Is that a made-up word? No. An aphid, by definition, is “a minute bug that feeds by sucking sap from plants.” This choice by the artist to couple this title with an album cover of two people in a warm embrace is enigmatic, yes, but entices the consumer to figure out if a truth lies between...
By: India Evans, Staff Writer WMPG put on a Fat Tuesday party to celebrate Mardi Gras with their volunteers, listeners, USM and the greater Portland community. During the event, there was also New Orleans music being played with a live DJ from the radio station. This is the 25th Fat Tuesday event created by WMPG. The event had a cook-off where...
By: Kate Rogers, News Editor The Student Senate has implemented an official purchase card policy for student organizations in response to a series of issues surrounding the Student Government Association (SGA) spending that arose during the fall semester. The Gorham Campus Activities Board (GCAB), the Outdoor Adventure Board (OAB) both have functioning card holding accounts, and the Commuter Student Association...
By: Max Lorber, Arts and Culture Editor The stigma surrounding opioid use disorder is being tactfully challenged with documentary films and public discourse. The Points North Institute, a non-profit organization, held a Recovery In Maine event in Hannaford hall this past Monday, where Governor Janet Mills delivered a speech about the state-wide effort to treat and prevent substance use. Recovery In...
By: Emma J. Walsh, Staff Writer Roughly 85% of full time undergraduate students at USM receive financial aid, according to Jami Jandreau, Director of Financial Aid at USM. According to Jandreau, for the 2019-2020 school year, the university processed over 8,900 financial aid awards. This is an increase from the 2018-2019 school year in which they processed over 8,500 awards. These...
By: Dionne Smith, Editor-in-Chief “Neurons that fire together, wire together,” is what professor Rikki Miller has been telling me since I had her in PSY 101 three years ago. The human brain has billions of neurons, and these neurons help send messages to different parts of our brain to tell it what it should do, to help activate something, and...

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