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Setting up the Perfect Entertainment Center
Times are a little strange right now, to say the least. Colleges are moving classrooms online or canceling classes altogether; some colleges are even closing the dorms. Not to mention, companies and restaurants are closing until further notice. In other words, it’s time to dive into that show you’ve been wanting to watch or get your gaming setup on...
5 Tips for Taking Online Classes
Due to COVID-19, students at the University of Southern Maine will have to resume the rest of the spring semester online. Moving to strictly online classes can be quite an adjustment for many. To ensure that you remain on the path of success, here are some tips for taking online classes. 1. Avoid Distractions One of the hardest adjustments you will have to make as...
By Max Lorber, Arts and Culture Editor A petition demanding USM student's tuition be partially refunded for the Spring Semester has been circulating online this week. Since the petition was created on March 28 over 700 students and family members of students have signed in support. USM and UMaine administration officials have stated they do not intend to refund tuition. The...
Most Common Challenges Students Face in College
As liberating and exciting as college can be, it also comes with its fair share of trials that students need to learn how to navigate. From classes and schoolwork to extracurriculars and relationships, the average person’s college career is a large balancing act between preparing for their futures and enjoying their newfound independence. As a college student yourself, it’s...
By: Lynn G Howard, MSN, NP-C The timely health topic this month is, not surprisingly, COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus). Given its significant impact on our lives, it would seem irresponsible of me to write about anything else. However, the status changes rapidly and much will be changed between the time that I write this (March 25 and the date that you read...
By: Cristina Kerluke, Academic Support Program Specialist Any change can be challenging, particularly when sudden or unexpected. The pivot to a completely online experience for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester certainly falls within this category. Please be patient with yourself, your classmates and your instructors during this time. We're in this together. During this transition, your professors have provided...
By: Zoe Bernardi, Columnist Ciao! Welcome to the last reflection from Italy. By this time I have been sitting in my bedroom in New York for 12 days in quarantine. But, before this, I was soaking up my last few days in Florence. This is what happened.  The first step was to create a bucket list, Mica, Taylor, Gill and I...
By: Abigail Nelson, Community Editor  Students were packing their bags and raiding for food in Lower Brooks in Gorham after receiving a confirmation email that classes will be switched to online for the rest of the semester. This decision goes into effect on March 23, the day students were to return from spring break. The email breaking the news came...
By: Abigail Nelson, Community Editor Students’ spring semester, and for some, their final semester, was cut short when they received an email stating the remainder of the semester would be taught online. COVID-19 sent students packing their bags and scrambling to figure out what their next six weeks would look like.  In an effort to slow the spread of the virus,...
By: Lillian Lema, Staff Writer At a young age USM student Ashley Watters knew that she wanted to go into the nursing field due to her upbringing. Growing up in a low-income family, Watters was a witness to the hardships her family faced on not being able to advocate for their health concerns and therefore, not seek to improve it....
By: Ryan Farrell, Staff Writer Amazon Prime recently released “Blow the Man Down” as an exclusive film. This film from Bridget Cole and Danielle Crudy is meant to be a dark comedy, set in a fictional coastal town in Maine. While it takes advantage of the environment to differentiate it from other crime mysteries, its camerawork can become overly static...
By: Cormac Riordan, Staff Panic in the Streets  This 1950 feature from Elia Kazan is  a grimy, paranoid, unconventional noir filled with gangsters, cops, and of course, disease. Ironically, the bulk of the film is about trying to contain the titular panic, mostly done so by the lead, Richard Windmark, playing against type as the heroic Dr. Clint Reed of the...
By: Max Lorber, Arts and Culture Editor USM is now offering a pass/fail option for all undergraduate and graduate courses for the Spring semester. This unusual policy decision was reached this past week in response to the social and economic upheaval caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  All core courses changed to pass/fail will now count toward a degree, if the student...
By: Abigail Nelson, Community Editor Students were packing their bags and raiding for food in Lower Brooks in Gorham after receiving a confirmation email that classes will be switched to online for the rest of the semester. This decision went into effect on March 23, the day students were to return from spring break. The email breaking the news came...
UPDATE: As confirmed by Bensler, she tested negative for the COVID-19 coronavirus and is allowed out of self-isolation from her home. Kayla Bensler, a freshman music major, developed pneumonia after a class trip to Rochester, New York last week. Following her visit to health services this morning at 9:30 am, she was put into quarantine after collapsing. Bensler said that health...
According to a report on WMTW.com, the University of Maine System announced that classes will move to remote online classes following Spring Break due to concerns over the coronavirus. The classes will convert to online by March 23, the end of Spring Break for the seven universities in the system. For students living on campus, they will need to have moved...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Sports Editor Baseball Head Coach Ed Flaherty heads into his 34th season in charge of Men’s Baseball for the Huskies coming off a 37-9 record in 2019. The Huskies are ranked sixth overall in the nation by d3baseball.com’s Preseason Top 25. The team lost in the Little Eastern Conference (LEC) Championship last season 2-0 against UMass Boston, who...
By: Connor Blake, Staff Writer Rylie Binette, a junior health sciences major out of Milan, New Hampshire, pushed the Women’s Ice Hockey team to greater lengths this year as they won their first playoff game in six years. Over Binnette’s three years at USM, she has accumulated 35 career collegiate hockey points, scored 18 goals and assisted on 17. This puts...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Sports Editor Jayson Tatum earned Eastern Conference Player of the Month for February averaging 30.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. The 22-year-old forward for the Boston Celtics is one of five Celtics in franchise history to manage 30+ points-per-game in a month, joining Larry Bird, Paul Pierce, Isaiah Thomas and...
By: Zoe Bernardi, Columnist Ciao! Another week, another big change in my life. Last week Italy was in a level two stated by CDC, and overnight it was pushed to a level three. To which UMaine and the risk management team held many meetings to decide what to do. UMaine chose to pull all programs from Italy and other countries that...
By: Paul Dexter, Director of Academic Retention Initiatives, Megan MacGregor, Instruction and Outreach Librarian & Elizabeth Bull, Library Specialist In last week’s article, we offered guidance on how to improve your writing process for any type of writing task. We also noted how there are additional considerations when the writing involves research. Engaging in research can be exciting and inspiring,...
By Sydney Pettey, USM Eco-Rep You’re taking that 20-minute drive from Gorham to Portland to take a final exam. You are going through every piece of information you crammed into your head the night before and then it happens. That glowing, orange light goes on and your car stops. It can only mean one thing. You’re about to open your...
By: Sarah Kelly, LCPC Most college Freshmen feel both anxiety and excitement when thinking about their college roommate. Often, they have completed a matching survey and are hopeful that the person that becomes their roommate will also become their friend. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The college years are a major time of transition, change, and responsibility and...
By: Lillian Lema, Staff Writer Finding a place that makes you feel at home is special and not easily forgotten. During a high school trip to Europe, student Jillian Fisher found her special place; Florence, Italy. After her trip was over Fisher was eager to return back. When the opportunity to study abroad at Florence University of the Arts arose...

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