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By: Asha Tompkins, Staff Writer  Some were in the Navy, some in the Army, others on aircraft carriers and submarines. These are the people who are grudgingly familiar with living a lockdown lifestyle. With such experience, they’ve provided a reassuring haven for students during Covid-19. “The Veterans Resource Center serves to support USM students who are veterans and their dependents...
Most Common Challenges Students Face in College
By: Cristina Kerluke, Academic Support Program Specialist We hope you have settled into the online learning environment and have found ways to successfully navigate our current circumstances. This may mean taking it week by week, or even day by day. However, with just a few weeks of classes remaining, it’s important to know where you stand academically and to make...

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By: Samar Post Jamali, Nurse Practitioner   Hello to members of the USM Community: We at Health Services miss seeing your faces around campus. We hope you are safe and supported during this unprecedented time. Please know that while Health Services is currently not seeing patients in person, we are happy to schedule telehealth appointments.  You can reach us at 207-780-5411 or [email protected] for...
By: Abigail Nelson, Community Editor  College campuses are always bustling with activity. These social events bring the college community together and help cultivate a safe place for students. USM Student Activities works hard throughout the school year to engage students who live on campus with fun games, contests, and other similar weekly events. After students were sent home due to...
By: Ryan Farrell, Staff Writer It is no secret that COVID-19 has displaced the spring semester, let alone the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the globe. Students living on campus were sent home and courses were forced to create an alternative online curriculum. While this epidemic has strained students and faculty alike, it is particularly taxing to...
By: Ryan Farrell, Staff Writer Last week, longtime producer Alan Yang released his sixth directorial release. Tigertail is a Taiwanese film that tells the story of an immigrant through multiple points in his life, slowly revealing his dramatic plots. While this is a competent film, at points it feels like it has bitten off more than it can chew.  Pin-Jui, a...
By: Asha Tompkins, Staff Writer According to an update on March 23, students who planned to join the fall study abroad program were informed of the decision to pause applications in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. “We, along with our colleagues both domestic and abroad, continue to closely monitor the situation,” said Emily Zider, the coordinator of education abroad. “...Safety of...
By: Asha Tompkins, Staff Writer While students across the map are thrown for a loop in their academic careers, USM continues to remind its own students that valuable resources have been established in these times of crisis, specifically the Student Emergency Fund. This fund is available for “students facing immediate financial crises, from unforeseen travel expenses and medical expenses to other...
By: Kate Rogers, News Editor  Two students in the mechanical engineering program with the guidance of Assistant Professor Asheesh Lanba are using USM’s Maker Innovation Studio (MIST) to make personal protective equipment to send to hospitals in need.  Daniel St. Peter, a junior, and Berkeley Elias, a sophomore, helped Lanba to make more than 28 prototype face shields using the 3D...
By: Lillian Lema, Staff Writer Accepting oneself can be a very long and exhausting journey, but the outcome is freedom. USM student Prashiddhi Pokhrel opens up about her struggles with coming to terms with her appearance and mental illness. Growing up in Kathmandu, Nepal, Pokhrel felt like the odd girl out. She despised her image, body, and especially her hair....
By: Ryan Farrell, Staff Writer   Last Weekend, Netflix added another exclusive comedy feature to its streaming catalog. From director Michael Dowse comes Coffee & Kareem, a lackluster buddy cop movie with an adult sense of humor. While the cast is experienced enough, its linear and predictable story and characters make for a mediocre film. While James Coffee, a Detroit police officer,...
By: Samantha Seebode, Suicide Prevention, Graduate Assistant As we reach week four of community quarantine, I’m finding myself just as restless as the tigers at Carole’s Big Cat Rescue. Feeling caged in my own apartment leaves me hoping I don’t run out of laundry to fold or drawers to organize so I can put off the anxiety we are all...
How to Become a More Confident Driver
Even if you’ve been tooling around in your own or your parent’s car since the day you turned 16, it never hurts to remind yourself about how to become a more confident driver. Preparation is Essential Get to know your car thoroughly before you go anywhere. On an afternoon when you aren’t scheduled to do anything, familiarize yourself with all the...
Glory of Nature: 4 of the Best Walks in New England
Maine is a beautiful state. There are plenty of places to wander and to seek and find beauty. With the current pandemic, it can be quite easy to fall into the trap of constantly seeing darkness; it can feel like a struggle to find the light and beauty around us. If you’re still in the New England area, give...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Sports Editor   March 26 was supposed to be Opening Day in Major League Baseball (MLB), the beginning of a 162-game season of America’s pastime. Instead, every sport across the world has come to a standstill due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The NCAA Tournament March Madness would have been heading to the final four this weekend, but the...
By: Max Lorber, Arts and Culture Editor Whole Foods employees in Portland are concerned for their safety. These workers, along with many Whole Foods workers throughout the country, do not believe they are being adequately protected or compensated by their employer. Whole Foods employees throughout the US have tested positive for COVID-19, but the stores have remained open. Employees are not...
By: Emma J. Walsh, Staff Writer Information regarding the coronavirus is constantly changing and evolving. A practice that is of great importance to prevent the spread of the disease is social distancing. Devon Mulligan, USM Campus Safety Project Coordinator, refers to this concept as “physical distancing” instead of “social distancing.” She said it is an important distinction to make so...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Sports Editor Chancellor Dannel Malloy announced in a statement that all May commencement celebrations would be canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The statement, issued last Monday, said: “It is with a sober sense of responsibility that our Presidents and I have therefore decided that we cannot proceed with our planned in-person commencement exercises in early May.” Students...
How to Protect College Students From Identity Theft
By: Cormac Riordan, Staff Writer Self quarantining? Already ran through the selections on your favorite streaming sights? Here are a few lesser-known gems to keep you from going stir crazy in these isolating times. Arthouse streaming on a schedule, Mubi only ever has thirty movies available. Every day a new film comes on the site, but one also leaves, giving the...
By: Cormac Riordan, Staff Writer Like a lot of us, one solace in this new era for me has been Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This peaceful world of foraging and animal pals is both escapist and rewarding, something that has united my recent film, music, and book selections. From the island paradise of Portrait of a Lady on Fire to...
By: Ryan Farrell, Staff Writer   Disney Pixar’s newest film Onward was released into theaters in early March, however preventative measures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic closed theaters and prevented many from viewing it. As a result, Disney made a historic move and added it to their streaming service Disney+ less than a month after its initial release.  While Onward continues to...
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...

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