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By: Haley Hersey, News Editor Former Director of Intercultural Student Affairs, previously known as Intercultural Student Engagement, William “Will” Johnson put his resignation in around October 5 or 6, but his last day at the University of Southern Maine was November 29.  “By me staying a little longer, that gave more time to look at a job description and search process,” said...
This semester has brought a lot of small joys for everyone. From being able to meet people for breakfast in the dining hall, to choosing a seat in a classroom. The joys of meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends. Even studying in the library and inviting people over to hang out. These small joys are just the...
The holiday season is a mixture of many things: gift exchanges, dinner parties, fresh fallen snow, and “winter wonderland” getting stuck in your head at all hours. It is also the time to give back. Unfortunately a lot of people are not excited about the holiday season, as it might bring up harsh topics and political tension. Some might...
Vocal Ink is a group at USM that consists of students that write and compose their own music. They explore a multitude of styles and genres of music, helping find their certain “niche” in their songwriting. The ensemble is occasional and is a part of the Osher School of Music. Vocal Ink is student driven and generally student led,...
When Disney’s big streaming service, Disney+, came out it was supposed to usher in a new series of television and movies without having the hassle of traveling to theatres. These films  were supposed to have bigger budgets than the average TV movie. One of those Disney+ released movies is Stargirl, which came out in 2020. I’d like to preface...
Isla Brownlow, a senior at USM has been a musician from a young age. She began learning to play the trombone before fifth grade—fifth grade being when most grade school students are allowed to join band—because she wanted to be ahead of the game. Her mother played the trombone in highschool and college so learning to play the instrument...
The USM Men’s Basketball team hosted Saint Joseph’s College for the 31st annual Costello Cup, presented yearly to the winner of the match between the two schools. The Costello Cup “honors the late Dr. Richard ‘Doc’ Costello, former USM Athletic Director and long-time basketball coach for both the men’s and women’s programs,” according to Southermainehuskies.com.  This year, the rivalry between...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief Parked outside of Luther Bonney lies USM’s newest dining service on wheels. The newly acquired food truck currently offers hot meals Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tadd Stone, General Manager of Sodexo at USM, said that Sodexo was “looking for a dining option that would be available to use even after the new...
By: Riley Mayes, Staff Writer Since the last campus update in May, a significant amount of changes have occurred on the Portland campus. Cranes have cleared the debris from the demolished Woodbury and Bedford buildings, and buildings have begun to rise from the ground. Multiple stories of steel beams have been erected, and soon construction workers will be adding wooden...
As the new school year rolls around, students are getting into the swing of things. Clubs and groups are eager to recruit new members to introduce into the organizations that they are a part of. One group that always welcomes newcomers is PAW which stands for Performers at Work. PAW is an organization based on the Gorham campus that is...
Random acts of kindness can be the smallest thing, such as paying it forward at the coffee shop, or complimenting someone on their outfits, or even larger as planting a garden and picking up garbage on the beach. At USM, three new acts of kindness projects have been created this Fall semester. On the Gorham campus a Little Free...
Recently I got to attend a presentation given by sociology and economics professor Dr. David Everson as a part of the school’s Sociology department. He was born in South Dakota and graduated with a PHD in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. He did an extensive research project on the Privilege Narratives of Settler Colonialism: Racism and Indigenous...
Marvel doesn’t have a lot of love stories in their films, for example Shang-Chi was all about the main villain and his desire to bring back his wife from death. As for Eternals, it’s all about the love between Sersi, played by Gemma Chan, and Ikaris, played by Richard Madden. To be honest, I hated this movie. In my...
As you approach the large green building, the words Urban Farms Fermentory remind you where you are. Just past the bright orange tree that is slowly losing its leaves lays a spread of picnic tables and a white fence. You enter a large space adorned with string lights and dried flowers and plants. Starting in 2010, Urban Farms Fermentory...
Recently, I had the opportunity to read the first book of USM alumni Noah Hurowitz, El Chapo: The untold story of the world’s most infamous drug lord, and needless to say it was an adventure. Hurowitz is a journalist based in New York City and this nonfiction piece was inspired by his time covering the trial of El Chapo...
With a current membership of 24 students, the USM Club Ice Hockey team is on the ice for its first official year as a club sport. Founded three years ago, the team was created with the purpose of giving the chance to play ice hockey to students who didn’t want the full-time varsity commitment. Club Hockey President, sophomore exercise science...
Tucked in a small office within Sullivan Sports Complex lays a door adorned with various stickers from many adventures and history of the Outdoor Adventure Board, or OAB. Reborn from the original club called S’more or Southern Maine Outdoor Recreation, which was a 20 year club that was funded by the students per trip and advised by the Sullivan...
By: Haley Hersey, News Editor The Office of the Student Body President brought a catered dinner to the DoubleTree for residents to enjoy as part of Commuter Student Appreciation Week. Those who attended the dinner event on November 15 were able to eat a catered dinner from Olive Garden. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., students were able to eat and socialize...
By: Riley Mayes, Staff Writer On Sunday, October 24, the Gorham campus experienced an extended power outage that lasted until approximately 3 p.m. the following day.  There was light for some students living on campus, but larger appliances were not functioning, electronic devices were down and the heat was only partially working. Some lights were flickering and others were completely dark except...
By: Haley Hersey, News Editor The University of Southern Maine (USM) has decided on a plan for Commencement 2022. Dean of Students, Rodney Mondor, said in an email the current plan is “To hold an in-person Commencement Ceremony at the Cross Insurance Arena on Saturday, May 7. We will also be offering a Stage crossing/name reading ceremony for the Class of 2020/2021...
By: Riley Mayes, Staff Writer On Friday, November 5, faculty members raised concerns at a town hall meeting with Chancellor Malloy about the recent move to unified accreditation and what it will mean for USM’s campus. Previously, all seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS) have been accredited separately by the New England Commission of Higher Education. However, as...
By: Ben Reed, Staff Writer What do I need? What do I want? These are some questions that I never let myself answer.  My extroverted self is often performing for others, so I cater to their needs and expectations instead of my own. I feel as though I can never say no to others. This semester, I’m sequestered to a computer screen...
By: Devin Witte, Staff Writer “No matter what you do, know that you just need to do it. If you don't put yourself out there then you'll hinder yourself later. It’s never too late. Pick up a guitar. Join the team. I was never an athlete in high school, but now I am a part of two college sports,” said Ryan...
By: Brandon Kennedy, Staff Writer It’s not often you get a movie about one of the greatest characters in Marvel Comics, Venom. The 2018 Venom film was a really fun movie, including chase sequences, a good storyline, simple to understand, and it had great fight scenes. The second installment  is no exception. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is the next film...

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