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Byline: Isiah Leach, Staff Writer Longtime great director Christopher Nolan’s newest movie, Tenet, was one of the movies that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year. It was delayed three times before finally being released in certain theaters on Sept. 3, 2020.  Before I go into reviewing this movie, I will give my personal opinion on how I thought...
By Haley Hersey, Staff Writer Director of Justice Policy Program at the Muskie Institute, George Shaler, is one of the researchers and authors of a first-of-its-kind study regarding the use of alternative sentencing in Maine. The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence approached Shaler and some colleagues, wanting to learn more about how deferred...
While it has gone by quickly for some, slowly for others, and somehow both for many, it has been a year since lockdowns for COVID-19 first began. After a year of change and adversity it’s time to take stalk of how we are taking care of ourselves, how we have adapted, and how we have grown. Last year renowned...
Welcome to the first third of the semester, as students enter their seventh week of the Spring semester, we all sort of fall into this funk. Winter is straggling on, despite what the groundhog said, and the cool winds of Maine make it bitter to be outside. This causes students to be stuck inside their rooms, dorms, apartments, and...
By: Kayley Weeks, Staff Writer This year, the Intercultural Student Engagement (ISE) Center has organized a variety of events for students to celebrate Black History Month. “Black History Month is about history and the future, and connecting the roots where we come from, to see where we are going. We need to recognize not only past injustices but past revelations and...
By: Asher Close, Staff Writer Elise Hanley is a junior studying biochemistry at USM. She is a Lead Resident Assistant (LRA) in Upton Hastings, and a TRIO Student Support Services peer mentor, a guidance figure helping students who struggle with getting acclimated to college. Upon arriving at USM, Elise, who likes to go by El, was a predetermined environmental studies major...
February 2021 marked the 57th year that the United States has celebrated American Heart Month.  Trivia Point: President Lyndon Johnson, who had heart disease, proclaimed it as such and although significant strides have been made since 1964, heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States and worldwide. It is never too early to prevent heart disease...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief Representation matters, for everyone. This simple yet profound idea of representation and inclusion is exactly what sophomore Hussein Maow is passionate about. As the current Student Body Vice-President, political science and finance double-major and former Director of Racial Equity and Inclusion, Maow’s efforts on campus have been incredibly important. “I am able to advocate exactly what students...
In addition to our zoom workshops, support groups and individual counseling we are now offering an online mental health tool for the USM student community called SilverCloud. It is an online platform that is available to all University of Maine System students at no cost. It offers self-guided programs for anxiety, depression, stress, and resilience. Based on cognitive behavioral therapy...
Intramural and club sports have been apart of the fabric of the USM community for many years, and even through the midsts of COVID-19, it’s no different. Although the normal activities may have been modified, the long-lasting benefits it has on students remain.  At USM Intramural Sports were designed to provide an opportunity for students to participate in organized recreational...
By: Amelia Bodge, News Editor The University of Southern Maine’s Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Council (IDEC) has recently been offering $250 mini-grants. These grants will be given out to departments or student organizations who apply and wish to host university-related diversity and inclusion programming, conferences or workshop registrations, online/zoom programming, or other programs of that nature. All of the requests for the funding...
By: Haley Hersey, Staff Writer The Maine Women’s Hall of Fame’s 2021 inductees are Joyce Taylor Gibson and Leigh Saufley. Gibson is an associate professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Southern Maine and the former dean of Lewiston-Auburn College. Saufley is the Dean of the University of Maine School of Law and former Maine Chief Justice.   According to the Office...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief When sitting down to write the Letter From the Editor for the Black History Month special issue, I had originally thought to leave it blank. How could I, a white male at the age of 20 be able to speak on behalf of a race that has dealt with things I will never have to face in...
The month of February is filled with many celebrations and events, however, all 28 days are notably commendable for Black History Month. The month is a platform for educating, celebrating, remembering, and honoring the African American community. With the current political movement that is Black Lives Matter (BLM), it is even more important to come together and educate yourself....
By : Lydia Simmons / Staff Writer For junior Nate Henry being an active member of his community has always been a priority. As a sustainable business major with a focus in marketing and a minor in economics, his passion for business is something that he always wanted to use to improve his community and help those around him who...
By: Shea Shattuck-Faegre "Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time." -Maya Angelou Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone— taking with it the stuffed bears with heart-shaped boxes holding chocolates with unfailingly dubious fillings, and those little paper cards with saccharine proclamations of value or devotion: “You are great!” and “Be mine, Valentine!”  Yet, while the...
Welcome to the end of the third week of our COVID-19 Spring semester, where many students are still hunkering down and creating a new schedule and routine for themselves. Seniors are probably freaking out about it being three months until graduation, the juniors are hoping the vaccine saves their senior year, and the sophomores are getting deja vu as...
As the stores fill up with bags of pink and red candy, and flower sales are increasing we enter our next big holiday after Groundhog’s Day. Give a round of applause for Valentine’s Day. The holiday surrounds love and appreciation of others. While people ask their girlfriends, boyfriends, partners, and friends the big question: “will you be my Valentine?”,...
Byline : Abigail Nelson / Arts & Culture Editor It is hard to name the activities and lifestyle habits that COVID-19 has not affected. We are all familiar with the academic adjustments that have been implemented to promote the safety and wellbeing of USM students, staff, and faculty. Last August, in preparation for a mostly remote semester, the USM...
By Laura St.Pierre, Staff Writer The Student Veteran Success Summit for Professionals, attended by 73 participants across the state of Maine, took place virtually over a three day period in mid-January.  This event, organized by the Director of Veterans Services Lorrie Spaulding and her graduate assistant and MSW candidate, Alison Nolan, was created in order to share knowledge about best practices...
The month of February is brimming with health observances: World Cancer Day (Feb 4th) American Heart Month, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Feb 7th), National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb 22-26) just to name a few.  The holiday February is perhaps most known for however, is the widely celebrated and sometimes dreaded Valentine’s Day.  May I invite you to...
A text alert goes out to all USM students Monday night: “USM Portland, Gorham, Lewiston campuses are closing today Feb 1, 2021 at 5pm and will remain closed tomorrow Feb, 2, 2021 due to inclement weather forecasted”. With a message only 158 characters long, the gears of all college students start spinning in their heads with one question: What...
Byline : Kayley Weeks / Staff Writer Art has always been a part of Pickering’s life, “I remember when I was little my dad and I would watercolor Pokemon together before school,” she said. Pickering attended Waldorf School growing up. The Waldorf method of teaching focuses on creating well-rounded students through a broad curriculum including a lot of working...
Byline : Lydia Simmons / Staff Writer The American Sign Language (ASL) Club at the University of Southern Maine that is dedicated to helping students who either already know American Sign Language or are serious about learning the language and improving their skills. The ASL club provides a comfortable, encouraging, and safe space for members to learn, practice and...

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