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As a freshman in 2020, I knew walking into USM that I would be online. For that first semester, everything was fine; I found enjoyment in attending my classes from the comfort of my dorm room and was enjoying making friends with those who lived down the hall. Although I wasn’t able to learn in person, it felt better...
By: Devin Witte, Staff Writer The USM community has been through some difficult times while attempting to continue schooling through a pandemic. Shane Harinxma-Toelg, who is currently the Testing Lead through the Health and Counseling Department for both the Gorham and Portland campus locations. Harinxma-Toelg has just recently graduated this past December with a major in public health and a...
By: Lydia Simmons, Arts and Culture Editor They say a picture is worth a thousand words and for senior Abigail Nelson taking photos is a way for her to capture these stories and see life from a more in-depth perspective. Nelson is a media studies major with a concentration in media writing and a minor in Spanish at USM.    Photography is...

Strong Girls U

By: Cullen McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief A Division III National Champion in javelin, senior Sophia Slovenski is now championing a campaign to empower young girls in the community. Slovenski, a dual athlete on the Women’s Volleyball and Track & Field teams while majoring in health science, has been volunteering with the organization Strong Girls United and is bringing the “Strong Girls U”...
As you drive down Hanover Street you will first notice the huge and usually busy Bayside Bowl, yet as you look around your eye will catch another interesting sight, a large maroon mural with orange flowers. The building the mural lives on is the small Portland theater: The Apohadion. This theater is one large rectangle, you walk in through...
By: Haley Hersey, News Editor Effective Tuesday, February 1, students who have an in-person presence across the University of Maine System (UMS) will be required to have a COVID-19 booster, and will have to test weekly until they do.  “All in-person students need to get a booster shot and upload their updated vaccination records,'' read the email from University of Southern Maine...
By: Riley Mayes, Web Editor On January 12, 2022, Residential Life released an update on its dorm policies in light of the Omicron variant and increasing Covid-19 cases in the state of Maine.  The Spring semester kicked off with a carefully constructed move-in plan: each student was allowed one helper to move them into their rooms for one hour. Students were then...
By: Meghan Carlisle, Staff Writer On January 18 the University of Southern Maine (USM) opened the newly reconfigured parking garage on the Portland Campus.  This new development is an addition to the Portland Campus Development Project. The parking garage is only part of the project’s mission to completely renovate the USM Portland campus. Additionally, a new Career & Student Success Center, the...
By: Working on Wellness USM Counseling Services provides individual and group counseling, crisis services, and supports students being referred to psychiatry and local mental health providers but clinical services are not all that’s offered. Outreach, Education, & Prevention at USM Counseling is about getting outside of the therapy room and bringing mental health into the community. Over 100 years ago, activist,...
By: Anna Gardner LCPC, LADC Self-care has become a buzzword in recent years, particularly as the nation has faced a global pandemic and all the stress that comes with it. When the pandemic is added to academics, work, family, and a variety of other stressors; coping with stress becomes a top priority. Self-care is also an important aspect in managing mental...
By: Keith Danner LCPC, LADC Most of us have heard of the mind-body connection before but there is so much more. Each person has many dimensions or aspects of themselves that seamlessly interact together. There are so many interpretations of the Whole Person concept out there. This interpretation expands on the idea that even though the sum may be greater...
By: Amy Hinshaw, FNP Interim Director Health Services What does a USM student do if they test positive for COVID-19? Boy, do I know this answer well!  But do you, the staff students and faculty of USM know the answer?  What if you had to look it up?  In writing this article, I had to see what would happen...
By: Janis Mallon PhD In contrast to popular depictions of the holidays as fun-filled times of celebration with family and friends, an American Psychological Association survey found that 38% of people reported increased stress during the holiday season (Levine, 2018). Contributing factors include busy schedules, social demands, job pressure, the loss of a loved one, and the shorter winter days....
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: 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...
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...

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