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By: Ben Reed, Staff Writer Urinetown the Musical, as well as other main stage productions and dance curriculum, feature many talents of its onstage performers. Alongside the student performers, behind the scenes comes the work from helping students foster technique and teaching new combinations to students; much of which is never seen by the audience. Of these teachers behind the curtain...
By: Zoe Bernardi, Community Editor Each April, one of the main focuses of the month is the attention and care of the Earth, as April is Earth Month and Friday, Apr. 22 is Earth Day. The attention is spotlighting on the issues of climate change and the shift to a more sustainable way of life. Often looking at our own...
By: Cayley Bowman, Staff Writer USM is a school that has a vast variety of different artists which creates an environment for students to explore what they already love, or for students to find new hobbies that they have never attempted before. Madison MacDonald, an artist here at USM, is in her fifth and final year of college. MacDonald is...
By: Riley Mayes, Web Editor President Glen Cummings of the University of Southern Maine announced in October 2021 his decision to step down from his role to return to a faculty position on July 1 of 2022. Since then, USM has initiated an ongoing search to find a new president for the university.  The search committee includes 17 members representing faculty,...
By: Cayley Bowman, Staff Writer Art can come in many different forms, from paintings and drawings, sculptures, music, poetry and acting, and everything in between. For Sigrid Sibley, her art comes in the form of music. Sibley is a 2021 graduate from USM and she chose this school for its great music program, but also because it was close to...
By: Brandon Kennedy, Staff Writer It’s here. The big one. The Batman. So far, it’s the best movie of the year and possibly the greatest film in its series. While films like Batman Begins were an attempt to weave a more realistic story for the Batman universe, painting a stark contrast against Tim Burton’s more comic book version of Batman;...
By: Lydia Simmons, Arts and Culture Editor On March 11 I was able to watch the Theatre Department's production of the musical Urinetown via livestream, and needless to say it did not disappoint. First off, the ability to view the event through a livestream is a useful way for the production to be accessible to everyone. While the pandemic is...
By: Ben Reed, Staff Writer  For a long time, the dynamic between men and mental health has been a rocky one. Socially, men have been emasculated and shamed for expressing their deepest struggles, and are forced into keeping their mental health obstacles a secret. That is a boundary Xavier Harvey is trying to push with his streetwear brand, Mentality Means More....
By: Zoe Bernardi, Community Editor  As we near the end of the semester, the USM Art Gallery begins to put together the Juried Art Show. According to the USM art department webpage the showcase is described as a showcase where,  “students across all majors at the University, the Juried Student Exhibition fosters student preparation for professional art settings and processes, provides...
By: Riley Mayes, Web Editor On Saturday, March 5, students and faculty at the University of Southern Maine gathered together outside of Glickman Library to show their support for Ukraine. Under a bright, clear sky demonstrators stood on the corner of Forest Avenue and Bedford Street bearing bright blue and yellow flags and homemade cardboard signs calling for peace while cars...
By: Haley Hersey, News Editor On March 25, after more than two years of masking, the University of Maine System (UMS) and University of Southern Maine (USM) announced starting at midnight on March 26 masking on campus in non-classroom facilities would be optional, regardless of vaccination status indoors and outdoors. There are however, exceptions to the policy. In order to be in...
By: Meghan Carlisle, Staff Writer The Osher Lifelong Learning Institution (OLLI) offers an array of courses in the liberal arts and sciences for students aged 50 and over. There are no entrance requirements, grades, and tests; it is for personal experience and for those who love learning. No college background is needed.  Classes are once a week for eight weeks. No...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief A standout performance from sophomore business management major Antoine Gignac helped the Huskies earn a 5-4 victory over Thomas College in their season opener. The Men’s Tennis team moved indoors at the Costello Sports Complex on Tuesday, as they hosted the Terriers for a non-conference matchup. Only six of the Huskies played in the matchup. The Huskies...
By: Riley Mayes, Web Editor The spring semester is well underway, and many students are thinking about their post-undergraduate plans and beginning the process of applying to graduate school.  Beginning the application process can be overwhelming. With so many steps, prerequisites, and options to consider, it can be difficult to know where to start. However, the admissions office and counselors at USM...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief The fourth seeded Huskies hosted the sixth seeded Keene State Owls in a Little East Conference (LEC) Quarterfinal matchup Tuesday, winning 55-45. Graduate student Jackie Luckhardt capped off the night with a team leading 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Luckhardt’s performance saw her reach 1,000 points as a Husky, and became the...
By: Haley Hersey, News Editor On February 17, the University of Southern Maine Athletics Department issued a statement about an incident that they said “violates our code of ethics and is antithetical to our program’s values, mission and goals.” Director of Athletics, Al Bean, said in a phone interview that the action is “certainly not keeping with what any of us would...
By: Haley Hersey, News Editor Anna Lyons, a second-year double major in linguistics and political science said she has experienced uncooked meat and food that wasn’t what was advertised when eating Sodexo food at USM dining. Lyons is also allergic to seafood, which she said is cooked frequently in the dining hall, so on those nights she avoids the dining hall....
By: Meghan Carlisle, Staff Writer Before higher education, Dr. Larissa Malone taught preschool, early elementary, and became an administrator in a bilingual education center that was partnered with an urban school district. Malone is an assistant professor in the Teacher Education Department, School of Education and Human Development at USM.  “I decided to return to graduate school to focus on social and...
By: Zoe Bernardi, Community Editor The once “same hoodie everyday kinda guy” suddenly took a leap into the fashion world, but with a little bit more of a punch. Jordan Carey graduated in 2019 from Maine College of Art (MECA) with a BFA in Textile and Fashion Design. His senior thesis was the start of the Loquat Shop, which has...
by: Riley Mayes, Web Editor February 1 marked the beginning of Black History Month, a national celebration that honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the country.  Black History Month was established by Carter G. Woodson, an American historian, author, journalist, and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)...
by: Brandon Kennedy, Staff Writer Two of my favorite things when it comes to entertainment are movies and video games. Well what do you get when you combine one of the best game franchises with a world renowned film director who excels in the buddy-cop genre, and to top it all off you have Tom Holland as the lead? You...
by: Ben Reed, Staff Writer This semester, USM’s artist in residence program has welcomed Amy Stacey Curtis to the USM community. Curtis is an installation artist, whose art exhibits are built in the same place that they are to be shown to the public. Her current project, “memoir II: The Color of Memory” is slated to open March 26, and...
By: Lydia Simmons, Arts & Culture Editor When it comes to being a musician for some it can be a pass time, a hobby, a creative outlet, while for others it can be all of that and more. For USM senior Jett Tachibana music has been a part of his life since he can remember so it only seems...
By: Meghan Carlisle, Staff Writer On February 15, the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) will be partnering with the University of Southern Maine (USM)’s JMG program, the Promise Scholarship, TRIO College Programs, and the Financial Aid Office to help assist students in completing their 2022-2023 FAFSA. From 4-6 p.m., in room 332 in Bailey Hall on the Gorham campus, students can enjoy...

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