Parking/ RHA

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is sponsoring a meeting Monday, Dec. 3 in Gorham addressing the issue of parking on the Gorham campus.

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend the meeting to state their concerns about parking, ask any questions, and voice any suggestions for improvements. Registrar Steve Rand, who is chair of the Parking Committee and Police Sgt. Timothy Farr will be on-hand to field any questions.

Due to the recent passage of state bond issue 6, the Portland campus will soon be getting a new parking garage to ease its parking difficulties. However, the bond does not address Gorham parking, and no efforts are currently underway to improve parking there.

According to Darcey Comer, RHA vice president, now is an important time to address Gorham parking.

“We (the RHA) feel that since the Portland campus has recently received a lot of attention with Question 6 passing, it is time for the parking situation in Gorham to get some attention.”

The meeting will be held at 9:30 p.m. in the Husky Hut in the Brooks Student Center.

For more information, contact Darcey Comer at [email protected] .

Calling Maine Home

Monday, Dec. 3 marks the first event of a new series, “Calling Maine Home,” which will highlight the lives and contributions of a diverse group of prolific Mainers. The evening will center around the stories of three elders, Mary Gabriel, Gerald Talbot, and Harry Sky. Their stories will be read by high school students of the community.

The series is co-sponsored by the Center for Cultural Exchange and USM’s Center for the Study of Lives. It was founded to record, preserve, and disseminate the life stories of people in Maine, according to Bob Atkinson, Associate Professor, Human Resources Development and Director of the USM’s Center for the Study of Lives.

Mary Gabriel is a master Passamaquoddy basketmaker born in Indian Township in 1908. She has been instrumental in preserving the centuries-old tradition of basketmaking among Maine’s tribal people.

Gerald Talbot, born in Bangor, was President of the Maine chapter of the NAACP, and Maine’s first African American state legislator. He participated in the Civil Rights March on Washington in 1963, and has been a leading Black history educator.

Rabbi Harry Sky, originally from New York, has been a highly respected leader of the Jewish community in Portland for 40 years. He has also had a long-standing commitment to social activism and community service. Following his retirement in 1990, he has remained active and is the founder of Senior College.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Cultural Exchange, One Longfellow Square, Portland, and is free and open to the public. A voluntary donation of $3 – $5 will be accepted at the door.

For more information, call 780-5078, or 761-0591, x107

AIDS awareness

Since 1981, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been sweeping the globe, and despite recent advances in AIDS treatments, the virus remains uncured.

To raise awareness of AIDS and AIDS prevention techniques, the Women’s Resource Center is hosting a week of events this week, following World AIDS day on Dec 1, and concurrent with National AIDS Awareness Week.

Events include a speaker on AIDS prevention, a presentation featuring three AIDS victims, slide shows, movies, the Community AIDS Quilt Project, which will be donated to the Worldwide AIDS Quilt Project, and free food.

For more information or a complete schedule, contact Mary Kay Kasper in the Women’s Resource Center at 780-4996.


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