Being a musician in Portland takes new forms with changing economy

Posted on February 27, 2012 by Dylan Martin in Arts & Culture

Portland-based musician Dave Gutter. Gutter is the lead singer of popular Portland rock mainstays Paranoid Social Club and Rustic Overtones. Although both bands have seen major label success, Gutter still relies on alternative sources of income to make ends meet, such as writing music for national advertisements.

Barry Arvin Young didn’t plan on making a living on music in Maine. But after dropping out of college, Young found himself joining a band called Blitz. As he met new friends and role models, he joined other bands and toured continuously through New England during the late 1970s and 1980s, never stopping, never finding […]

UMS Board of Trustees pick James Page to replace Pattenaude as chancellor

Posted on February 16, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

James Pages speaks at USM Jan. 17. Page will begin the job as chancellor of the University of Maine System March 20.

James Page, CEO of the James W. Sewall Company in Old Town and adjunct of professor of philosophy at the University of Maine will be the new chancellor of the University of Maine System. UMS Board of Trustees Chair M. Michelle Hood announced the decision Thursday at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Page will replace the current chancellor, Richard Pattenaude, who has served since 2007, in March.

Head of USM Foundation leaves university to become president of Maine Media Workshops + College

Posted on February 12, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

Meg Weston is leaving USM after three years as vice-president for advancement and president and CEO of the USM Foundation. Weston will take the helm as president at Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport.

Meg Weston, vice president for advancement at the University of Southern Maine and president and CEO of the USM Foundation is leaving the university to take the helm as president at Maine Media Workshops + College. Weston’s last day at USM will be March 9, and she will begin her new job at the end of the month. The university has not yet chosen her successor.

USM women’s track sweep their 12th straight New England Alliance and LEC Championships

Posted on February 12, 2012 by Ryan Kenney in Sports

Senior Bethany Dumas passes the baton to freshman Emily Panciera in the 4x200m race Saturday at the USM Field House in Gorham.

The University of Southern Maine women’s track team swept the Little East Conference and Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference to capture their 12th straight New England Alliance and LEC Championships Saturday at the USM Field House. The lady Huskies won by a 205 to 1324 margin over UMass-Dartmouth in the Little East and 168 to 136 over Worcester State for the Alliance title.

Whether it’s your sweet heart or sweet tooth, Portland’s got you covered

Posted on February 09, 2012 by Anna Flemke in Arts & Culture

Portland Candy Co. and various other stores across the city of Portland are preparing for Valentine's Day with sweet confections — and even sweeter sales.

Whether you’re looking to play it safe this Valentine’s Day or take a walk on the wild side, Portland candy shops have something to offer everyone. Like every gift-giving holiday, however, last-minute shopper syndrome is prevalent. If you need Cupid’s arrow to remind you not to procrastinate, there might be some dangerously tasty consequences.

Learning commons open in Portland and Gorham

Posted on February 07, 2012 by Jim Sheldon in News

University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman cuts the ribbon Thursday to open the new learning commons in Portland

With the opening of the new learning commons in Portland and Gorham, students can now go to one centralized location on either campus for studying, tutoring and much more. The learning commons in Gorham and Portland officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Glickman Family Library Thursday. The university undertook the renovations to create […]

Judge sides with city, rules Occupy Maine can’t stay overnight in Lincoln Park

Posted on February 03, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

Members of Occupy Maine dismantle what was previously a communal tent housing the camp's library. Occupy Maine is leaving its camp in Lincoln Park after four months there.

The city of Portland has issued Occupy Maine an order to vacate their encampment in Lincoln Park following a court ruling that stated Occupy Maine does not have a constitutional right to camp in inhabit the park around the clock.

USM basketball player joins team on memorable trip home for the holidays

Posted on January 30, 2012 by jneill in Sports, Sports Feature

USM men’s basketball player Jeremy Jackson hadn’t been in his hometown just outside of New Orleans since August. But Jackson joined his teammates for a holiday tournament in the Big Easy over Christmas break, and the team was able to take away much more than just wins and losses from its trip.

Planning for new Portland campus health center in the works

Posted on January 30, 2012 by Warren Nelson in News

Students who wish to access USM health services must currently go to the health and counseling services office in Gorham. Plans are in the works for a health office to open in Portland.

A cure may be on the horizon for students sick of trekking to Gorham to access University of Southern Maine health services thanks to a project currently in the works to reopen a student health center on the Portland campus.

Portland has been without a health services center since 2010. But now USM health and counseling services and the School of Nursing are teaming up to fill the void and provide services for students in Portland while also providing a learning opportunity to nursing students.

Presidential-candidate hopeful Ron Paul to visit USM on Saturday

Posted on January 23, 2012 by Paul Koenig in News

Ron Paul, Republican Party presidential nominee

Ron Paul, candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination, is set to speak at the University of Southern Maine this Saturday. Paul is tentatively scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. in the Hastings Formal Lounge on the Gorham campus, according to Paul Madore, the state chairman for the campaign. He said the itinerary is still being developed for the rest of Paul’s visit to Maine.