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Panelist offer uncensored advice on sex

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2016-03-21 14:17

By Julie Pike, Contributor

On Tuesday, March 8, the newly founded group, Huskies for Reproductive Health, put on an event at the Gorham campus in Lower Brooks. The event was a panel of “sexperts” who could talk and answer any questions from students about all things sex related.

On the panel was Samar Jamali, a nurse practitioner from Health and Counseling Services at USM, Gina Roark, a sex educator and owner of Nomia in Portland and Kimberly Brown, a disease intervention specialist, from the Maine Center for Disease Control.  

The founders of Huskies for Reproductive Health, Emma Donnelly and Molly Concannon, both students at USM, created this event to help reduce the stigma that surrounds the topic of sex, especially on college campuses.

Their club began back in December, and the group decided that they need to bring the topic of sex and reproductive health up on campus. The “sexpert” panel was created to encourage students to ask their unanswered questions and to promote safe sex on campus.

Donnelly voiced the objective for the event: “We wanted students to be able to come to our event with their uncensored sex questions for our ‘sexperts’ to give them uncensored, down-to-earth, real answers with no judgement.”

The event was successful, as around thirty to forty students attended, with lots of audience participation to ask questions for the panel. Each student that attended got their own goody bag with information about how to keep themselves sexually healthy, including how to contact Planned Parenthood.

Most of the questions rendered laughs from the audience, for their generally uncomfortable nature, but the important part was that the audience was engaged in the talk and asked a variety of questions, no matter how embarrassing they may seem.

This was just what Donnelly had intended for the event: “The topic of sex always seems kind of taboo, but we are in college and this is the age where people are typically experimenting, or have their first long term relationship and are sexually active, so it needs to be talked about.”

To keep things light, free prizes were given away in several raffles, winners received free t-shirts, books, and various sex toys.

Dan Welter, chief of staff for Campus Life at USM, was there to engage the audience and gave the introduction for each of the panelists, and also created the ground rules for the event. Welter kept things light by getting the audience to laugh at the more uncomfortable topics.

Donnelly and Concannon provided extra resources for any students who wish to find out more about safe sex, reproductive health, and any other questions they have. Students who wish to find out more can visit Nomia, a sex shop in Portland, Planned Parenthood on Congress St. in Portland, Portland Infectious Diseases, where one of the “sexperts” Brown is from, and USM Health Services, which have many resources in terms of birth control, pelvic exams, and STD testing and treatment for all students to utilize.

USM receives grant to send Honor’s students abroad

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2016-03-21 14:17

By Erica Jones, Free Press Staff

Starting in 2017, thanks to generous gifts received by the Honors program, incoming University of Southern Maine honors students will have the chance to study abroad in Iceland for two weeks as part of a new four-week summer course.

Last Thursday at the Glickman Library, USM President Glen Cummings alongside representatives from Iceland’s Reykjavik University announced the plan that offers students the “chance to enroll in a four-week course, the second half of which will take place in Iceland,” according to USM’s website.

This travel opportunity is made possible by a $450,000 endowment from the estate of alumna A. Carolla Haglund and a $482,000 grant from the Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF) — an almost one-million-dollar gift in total. The students in the program will spend two weeks in Iceland at Reykjavik University, with transportation, room, and board included.

“This program will provide a significant opportunity for our students to broaden their horizons, to engage in the wider world and better equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to play key roles in the expanding and strengthening of our economy here in Maine,” said President Cummings.

Rebecca Nisetich, interim director of USM’s honors program interim, discussed how USM came to receive these grants. “The Haglund Gift was donated to the university. The gift specifications were that it would go to students with certain GPAs,” she explained. A. Carolla Haglund’s estate designated the gift as an endowment for international opportunities for USM students, according to USM’s website.

Nisetich is also responsible for one part of the generous donations. “The MEIF Grant was something I did on behalf of the Honors Program,” said Nisetich. “I wrote the grant proposal and submitted it MEIF. It was accepted, and now we have the grant for the next 3 years.”

The course in Iceland is part of an ongoing effort to “build strong educational partnerships that will both create exciting new opportunities for our students and set the stage for economic growth between our two countries,” said President Cummings in a news release, also stating that “the core of economic growth is education.”

Last semester in October, President Cummings as part of a group of 40 officials traveled to Iceland and stayed for five days, where they attended the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik. Iceland, a small nation of 323,000 people, and Maine, its closest neighbor in the United States, have had a beneficial trade relationship since Eimskip, an Iceland-based shipping company based, designated Portland to serve as its U.S. port of call, according to USM’s website. The initiative to create strong ties between Maine and Iceland, Cummings believes, will be advantageous for the future economy as our world changes.

Ari Jonsson, Reykjavik University’s rector/president, also expressed his eagerness for the new international education program. “Iceland’s a small country, which means that if we end up closing ourselves within Iceland and not providing the ability for Icelanders to experience and connect with people outside of Iceland, we’ll become isolated and backward,” said Jonsson. “That’s just the nature of being closed off in a small community. So, we have to open up. We have to be connected.”

The first group of students is expected to leave for Iceland in summer 2017.

 

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Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - Lewiston Mar 16, 2016

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Networkmaine Maintenance - UM Mar 16, 2016

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Summary:
During the maintenance window work will take place that will disrupt primary traffic paths including that between ORO/PRT.

Traffic paths are expected to shift to secondary paths and no outages are expected.

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