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Kit Carson Ninth-year student Where are you from? Lake Tahoe. I live in Gorham with my son. He's 14 years old. What is it like for you both to be in school? He's used to it, but he doesn't like it much because I study more than he does. That kind of takes away from our quality, or actually, our quantity...

What you don’t know…

Compared with years of (some) surly professors, nonexistent parking, and ARAMARK food, taking 30 seconds to fill out a one-page form doesn't seem like much of a barrier to getting a diploma. However, many seniors risk delay in receiving their diplomas by not filling out an application for degree form on time. Senior Kyle O'Connell barely made the Feb. 16 deadline. "I...

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Mark Streeter, an undeclared freshman, woke up early with four numbers on his mind: 4 - 8 - 0 - 0. It was early and it was snowing. He knew the USM Storm Line might tell him to stay in bed, that classes were canceled. Though Gorham campus resident Streeter enjoys missing the occasional class he said he doesn't like snow...

It’s oh so quiet…

A photo essay
About the artist: Supa DJ Dmitry of the former Soviet Union was co-founder of the groundbreaking `80s dance group Deee-Lite. Since the group broke up in 1995 he has toured globally as a DJ. Latest work: "Scream of Consciousness: The Mix CD" (Wax Trax!/TVT Records), an 18-track compilation, Dmitry's debut solo release. File under: A future-funk 70-minute frenzy of house with...
First, Stone Coast Brewery decided to turn into a steakhouse in early December. Then over New Year's, Zootz couldn't make the rent and shut down. Now, The Better End has announced that it has officially closed. And I didn't even get to say goodbye. These places were my favorite hangouts. All dark, hole-in-the-wall watering holes with consistently good music and entertainment....
There was graffiti on film, break dancing, hip-hop music and turntable scratching - hence "The Four Elements of Hip-Hop" at The State Theatre on March 3. Brought together by Portland's DJ Jon, the acts ranged from New Hampshire MCs Adeem and Shalem to two-time Disco Mixing Club (DMC) World Champion DJ Q-Bert of San Francisco. An array of tag-team turntablists...

Pow!

The recent chain of school shootings caused many to question whether the media influences young people to act violently. An interactive multimedia exhibit opening this week at USM explores the effects of virtual reality on human behavior. "Virtual Shooter," the work of Kathleen Ruiz, an internationally exhibited artist, opens March 15 at the Art Gallery on the Gorham...

Destinations

THIS WEEK'S PICKS: tuesday Open poetry reading led by Portland poet Jay Davis, 8:30 p.m., Free Street Taverna, 128 Free St., Portland. 21-plus, 774-1114. wednesday Panel discussion, "Virtual Violence: Does Our Recreation Re-create Us?" with Kathleen Ruiz, new media artist; Michael Chitwood, Portland Police chief; Rich Lewis, family counselor; Professors Dusan Bjelic, Woong Park, and moderated by Carolyn Eyler, 7 p.m., Luther Bonney...
After hearing stories about the incredibly challenging, rewarding, and often dangerous task of walking the Appalachian Trail, Casey Heard began packing. Months of hiking up and down mountains in all sorts of weather, accumulating blisters and knotted hair, may seem undesirable to most. But to Heard, a junior women's studies major, the idea was refreshing and important to establishing a...

The butterfly has landed

A photo essay

Briefly…

LOST AND FOUND A briefcase disappeared from a professor's Masterton Hall office on March 5. Forty-five minutes later, a USM police officer found the case with all of its contents, including a cell phone, in a men's rest room. Police believe it was stolen. "Everything was recovered, which usually indicates somebody was looking for cash," said USM Police Detective Ron Saindon. LOST AND...

Senate Update

Constitutions tabled Two proposals for constitutional changes were tabled at Friday's meeting as a result of what Senate Treasurer Justin LaBerge called unpreparedness. LaBerge said Senate members didn't properly review the proposals, and to pass them would be wrong. "People are completely unaware of what's going on, at some point somewhere, someone didn't read something," LaBerge said. The proposals in question were for...

G.I. Jane

At age 20, Tabitha Peppin gets paid to travel, drive Humvees, and go to school. She is in the Army Reserves. "Joining the reserves really got me going. I had no idea what I wanted to do at the end of high school but the Army taught me discipline and pointed me in the right direction," said Peppin. "They paid...

Others honored

To the Editor: First of all, let me begin by congratulating you and the rest of your staff for the five national awards that you won at your recent convention. It does all of you credit to have your work recognized at that level and it goes to show that we are lucky to have that sort of quality...
Rock the house party There is an awkward stage that you reach in your early 20s when the bar scene starts just not being fun anymore. There are plenty of ways to make bars more fun, but unfortunately, most of the methods I have tried have led to my untimely removal from the premises and sometimes even arrest. What do...
Professor's research needs close inspection The University is giving the distinct impression they do not expect Associate Psychology Professor John Broida to be penalized for his questionable research methods. His current research is suspended while the Institutional Review Board (IRB) sends its recommendation to the Provost's office for a final decision about what should be done. There are still unanswered questions which need to be...
Several USM students can expect a refund from a very unlikely source. After a long battle between University Health Services and one of the nation's largest health insurers, AETNA will reimburse nearly $3,500 to students who fell victim to a contract misinterpretation. The conflict developed when students insured through the University were forced to pay deductibles they shouldn't have. Problems began when,...
Despite an estimated $527,000 shortfall, the Division of Student Development expects to break even by the end of the year. The bulk of the budget problem came from three areas within the division, according to the February Student Development Budget Summary. Athletics and the Costello Sports Complex were the source of a $275,000 overrun, Residence halls and Dining Services spent $100,000...
University of Maine system officials soon expect a monetary settlement to resolve a system-wide gender equity problem. However, a settlement is unlikely to end the university system's troubles, according to members of the faculty union who represent female professors. A study released in November by the Joint Gender Equity Committee representing UMS and Associated Faculties of the University of Maine...

Investigation continues

A psychology professor accused of violating federal guidelines may be allowed to resume his research on students as soon as early April, according to a University official. Members of the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) met last week with Associate Professor of Psychology John Broida to investigate his controversial research techniques. Following the meeting, IRB Chair Susan Vines said no further...

Life on the ice

Editor's Note The following story is delivered in a format atypical to sports news. A few weeks ago, several members of the USM women's ice hockey team contacted The Free Press about the fact that their team's record of success had gone virtually unnoticed. Instead of just doing a feature on them, we thought it would be interesting...
Although it has been a while since the group's last album, 1995's Labcabincalifornia, the sounds of the Pharcyde have been subtly heard all over the music industry in the past decade. Since their debut in 1992, the group has remixed Sublime's trip-track "Summertime," and been featured on the Street Fighter video game soundtrack and Korn's Follow the Leader. Released in...

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