The state of Greek life at USM

Posted on September 25, 2011 by Noah Hurowitz in News

The former Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity house undergoes renovations.

When Bruce Roullard, president of the USM Alumni Association, joined the USM chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity as a freshman in 1981, there were four active Greek houses and ten active Greek organizations on campus, with an estimate by Roullard of around 350 students involved.

The quest for the perfect internship

Posted on September 25, 2011 by Amanda Pleau in Misadventures In Portland, Perspectives

Amanda Pleau is on a quest.

In my first Misadventures column, I had no idea what my major was or when I’d graduate. I would tell people that my major was self-designed and called “not sucking at life.” Now I’m a senior majoring in media studies  with an internship-like workstudy job at the Public Affairs Office and it feels like I’m not […]

Across the world and back through USM

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Kathryn Rodway in News

Senior business major Chris Corrado at the Coliseum in Rome. Corrado studied in Florence, Italy in spring 2011

Whether you’re interested in learning another language, studying other cultures or just want to experience life in another country, USM offers many opportunities for students interested in studying abroad. “The experience was unbelievable and life changing,” said Krista Jamison, who studied in Florence, Italy in the fall of 2010. “I absorbed another culture and lived in a beautiful country.”

How to win this year’s Republican Primary

Posted on September 15, 2011 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

To win the upcoming Republican Primary, the candidates will have to overcome a tricky political juggling act. As such, I present these suggestions on how to win the Republican primary. 1: Don’t be Michele Bachmann: She makes Sarah Palin look like Julie Andrews. In particular, her stance on gay rights.  In an interview with David […]

Discount fare for students for Portland Metro bus increases

Posted on September 11, 2011 by Peter Markoe in News

A woman boards a Portland Metro bus near the Portland Campus. Students must now buy TenRide passes in order to receive a discounted fare.

The 50 cents fare enjoyed by USM students and faculty riding Portland Metro buses came to an end Aug. 29 with the beginning of the new school year. Students will be required to either pay $1.50 when boarding the bus or buy discounted TenRide passes for $7.

USM students taking over drive-in theater this summer

Posted on April 29, 2011 by Noah Hurowitz in News

USM juniors Patrick Brophy, Ry Russell and Tyler Wells stand at the Saco Drive-In. The students are leasing and managing the drive-in this summer.

As the school year comes to a close, many college students are joining a mad rush to find summer employment in a stalled job market. But a few USM students are employing themselves instead.

Juniors marketing majors Ry Russell, Patrick Brophy and Tyler Wells are taking over management of the Saco Drive-in theater, opening for business May 27.

What’s in a name? A history of Franklin (Arterial) Street

Posted on April 25, 2011 by Noah Hurowitz in News

Photographed in 1924, the buildings along Franklin Street, between Congress and Cumberland were demolished in 1969 for the construction of Franklin Arterial.

The recent restoration of street signs along Franklin Arterial to its original name, Franklin Street, may not seem like a big change.

But Franklin, the four lane road in Portland leading from Interstate 295 to the waterfront, has quite a story behind it. And the name change is just a part of the wider effort to revitalize the wide swath of road and median that cuts the peninsula in two.

DIY spirit still alive in Maine with Peapod Recordings

Posted on April 15, 2011 by Anna Flemke in Arts & Culture

Ron Harrity in his office on Maple Street in Portland. Behind him are boxes of CDs and vinyl records from the indie recording studio Forest City Studios.

A ten-foot-by-ten-foot room isn’t very big. Add boxes of CDs, records and packaging supplies, and you’re not left with much to work with. But beggars can’t be choosers, and Ron Harrity makes do.

USM considering tobacco ban

Posted on April 11, 2011 by Noah Hurowitz in News

The Tobacco Policy Committee is proposing a ban on the use of all tobacco products on USM campuses.

The days when USM students can light up a smoke or dip into a tin of chewing tobacco on campus may be numbered.

Citing the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, lax enforcement of the current smoking policy and a desire to reduce tobacco use at USM, the Tobacco Policy Committee is pushing for a ban of all tobacco products on campus.

USM students fold 1,000 cranes for Japan

Posted on April 04, 2011 by Kristy Wagner in News

According to a Japanese legend, should a person fold 1,000 origami cranes, a crane will grant them one wish, traditionally a wish for health or recovery from illness or injury.

Following the the earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear crisis in Japan, the USM Asian American Association and Symposium is continuing that tradition by folding 1000 origami cranes and selling them to raise funds for relief efforts.