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Tips for Driving a Side by Side
Though there are many reasons you should get a UTV, the thrill of the ride is easily the top choice. However, there are important techniques to practice as you get started so you and friends can off-road off-campus. To have the most fun as quickly as possible, use these tips for driving a side by side. Be Prepared You may have...
Since moving to online classes from being in-person in early March, people have been adding more and more to their already busy lives. Since we are mostly working and taking classes online, we must have more time to fill the extra space we have and have more time on our hands. People have been starting new projects, learning a...
By: Lizzy Boudah, Staff Writer When a student first starts at university, they have an entire world unknown to them. They can expect physical changes such as exhaustion, but what some leave out are the emotional changes as well. Factors such as “...high debt. They also have fewer job prospects after graduation…” (Kerr, 2017). Such drastic changes to lifestyles can influence...
How To Organize Your Finances as a Young Adult
Whether you’re still a student or getting ready to enter your career field—or both—there's no denying that younger generations are at a financial disadvantage. More and more young people are entering adulthood with lots of debt and low incomes. While this is certainly a setback, it doesn’t have to ruin your entire financial situation. With the right tools and...
Be intentional! If you plan on developing a mindfulness practice do it with the intention that you will make it a daily commitment. Set aside about 5 minutes in the morning or evening to attend to your practice. As it becomes more comfortable you can add more time to your practice. Start with the breath Breath work is a vital but...
By: Victoria St Louis September is National Suicide Prevention Month and USM Counseling Services would like to take a moment to connect. Depression and suicidal thoughts can make people feel alone, and those feelings can be amplified by the realities we all face this year. Meeting people where they are, or opening yourself up in the midst of pain, may...
In a world where we are currently unable to go to Target without wearing a face mask, it’s hard to believe that an entire short film was made during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. However, if anyone was determined to do it, it was August Thornton and his amazing cast and crew. Together they worked hard to put together the short...
Mary Neagle is a sophomore art student at the University of Southern Maine. She has been creating art since she was a child, and can’t recall a time in her life when she wasn’t doing something artistic. Neagle began to take art seriously in middle school by taking several different elective art classes.  Neagle is originally from Connecticut, but is...
By: Amelia Bodge, Staff Writer Over the last few months the University of Southern Maine has been putting efforts into creating a more diverse and inclusive community. This includes things like creating the Intercultural and Diversity Advisory Council (IDAC) and two new staff hires.  Joining USM over the summer as the new director of Intercultural Student Engagement was Will Johnson. Along with...
Welcome to fall semester 2020- it’s going to be unique! Every new academic year is a time of adjustments, transitions, challenges, and new experiences. This year however we face an unprecedented set of challenges. The year of 2020 ushered in a pandemic which swept the country, leaving very few lives unaffected. With restrictions on group gatherings, and concern about...
By: Emma Walsh, Staff Writer In last week’s Healthy Huskies update, USM announced a plan for the Phase Three asymptomatic testing regime. It will consist of testing a sampling of students, faculty, and staff at random.  While Phases One and Two of the testing were focused on identifying asymptomatic cases to prevent spread of the coronavirus, Phase Three is focused on surveillance...
By: Lizzy Boudah, Staff Writer It is with no doubt that this school year will be like no other. Without much warning, schools all over the nation were forced to close and left students of all ages wondering if they would be returning to their campuses. COVID-19 has impacted several colleges over the United States--some opened for the school year using...
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...

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