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Nothing Says I Love You Like Breaking Windows
Vandalism, Upton Hastings Hall. Complaint of noisy group in the courtyard. Officer noticed a shattered glass pane. Report taken. One suspect was detained. Under investigation
Ain’t Love Grand
Domestic disturbance, Robie Andrews hall. Male and a female arguing. Gorham PD and USM PD dispatched. Resolved without incident. Report made.
Drunk on Champagne Playing Bumper Cars
Hit and Run G2B parking lot. Motor vehicle was struck overnight. Report taken.
Big Night of Boozing and Cruising
Erratic operation, Campus drive. Black Jetta was operating erratically, Gorham PD notified USM Police car turned onto Campus drive. Officer investigating.
Karate Chop Goes Awry
Vandalism, Brooks Student center. An employee reports damage to the exterior door handle to the bookstore in Brooks. Report taken.
Nuclear Meltdown, No Big Deal
911 call, security alarm for Gorham heat plant. Facilities called.
Book Butt Dials Cops
911 call, Glickman Library. Emergency Phone activation, Unfounded
Moron Troubled by Parked Car, Stares at It For Hours
Suspicious incident, Parking Garage. Caller reports a vehicle on the second floor has been running for a couple of hours. Unfounded.
Poo Box Totalled By Stranger
Hit and run accident, Parking Garage. Parked vehicle struck by an unknown vehicle. Report taken.
It Was Glued To Your Hand The Entire Time
Theft report, Hill Gym. Cell phone reported stolen. Phone was located. Unfounded
Free the Dank
Drug violation, parking lot. Student summonsed for possession of marijuana.
Nobody Wants Your Dirty Gym Shorts
Theft, Bailey Hall. Student reports the theft of a backpack from the Library. Report taken.
Narcs Beware; Snitches Get Stiches
Drug complaint, Upton Hastings Hall. Report of the smell of marijuana, 3rd floor. Report taken.
The Riveting Life of Campus Po-Po
Motor vehicle stop, Officer checking for OUI. Summons issued for insurance violation.
OMG The Excitement Continues!
Motor vehicle stop, University Way extension. Verbal warning for faulty lights.
Local & State
Presidential candidates visit Maine
Last week, in the days leading up to the Maine caucuses, presidential hopefuls made stops in Maine, starting with Bernie Sanders last Wednesday at the State Theater in downtown Portland.
Sanders spoke in front of a crowd of around 1,000 people, where he stated: “If we have a large turnout in Maine, we will win this state and if we win Maine, we move another step forward towards a political revolution in this country.”
One day later, Donald Trump held a rally in Portland, speaking in front of a crowd at the Portland Harborview hotel. Trump rallied with Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who endorsed Trump late last week. The billionaire responded to Mitt Romney’s claims that he was nothing but a “phony” and a “fraud,” to which Trump responded that Romney would have”dropped to his knees” in order to get Trump’s endorsement back in 2012.
Ted Cruz also showed up in Maine, speaking at the University of Maine in Orono, with hopes to win the state of Maine over the weekend and put a dent in Trump’s lead.
MMA student goes missing, last seen in Orono
David Breunig, 21, was last seen in Orono on February 26. Investigators are saying that Breuing left a party and was heading to a bar to meet up with friends. According to police, the quickest route would have been to go over a train trestle that crosses the Stillwater River, leading officials to believe that he ended up in the river.
What started as an active search is now being considered a recovery, with efforts focused on finding his body.
A vigil was held in Portland last Friday for Breunig by his coworkers so people could get together, grieve and share memories.
Maine’s 2015 lobster catch jumps in value from previous year
In 2014, the estimated gross income for lobstering in the state of Maine was $458 million. In 2015, despite a decrease in volume in total lobster haul, the gross income jumped $37 million to $495 million, according to the Maine Department of Marine Resources.
This was the sixth year in a row that the value of Maine’s lobsters had increased, and for the first time since 2007, the average per pound price was over $4, which might not have made consumers happy but is good for the industry.
Maine’s lobster fishery is the largest in the country, and by far the largest commercial fishery of any kind in the state of Maine, making up more than 80 percent of all fishing revenue.
“Maine’s lobster fishery continues to be a major engine for our coastal economy,” Patrick Keliher, commissioner for Maine Department of Marine Resources, said. “This past year saw a continuation of steady and historic lobster landings throughout the season. The increase in value reflects growing demand for Maine lobster.”
US added 242,000 jobs in February
According to data released last Friday by the federal government, the U.S. added 242,000 jobs last month, which many see as a sign of the nation’s economic durability.
President Barack Obama is often faulted for the Great Recession that the country has seen itself in for the past seven years, but under his presidency, and especially during his last term, the country has seen as steady decline in the unemployment rate, which has held steady at 4.9 percent, the lowest it’s been since the economic downfall in 2008.
Economists are also watching to see if wages start to rise. In recent months, employers have begun to compete for workers, with raising the pay being a result. If raising employee pay becomes mainstream,then it would lift the U.S. out of a prolonged period of wage stagnation.
New revised SAT deemed “not so bad” by early test takers
The SAT test that every high schooler across the state is required to take debuted last Saturday, and according those that decided to take it early, the test was less tricky and more straightforward.
The new exam focuses less on vocabulary and more on analysis from the student. Students are also no longer penalized for guessing, whereas before they were penalized one-fourth of a point for guessing wrong, and the essay has now been made optional.
The new version of the SAT contains fewer question, dropping from 171 to 154, and the perfect score for the SAT was reset back to 1,600.
“There aren’t as many questions where it’s trying to trick you … It was much more straightforward,” Brain Keyes, a junior at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C. said after completing the exam.
Trump reverses position on torture in less than 24 hours
During last Thursday night’s GOP debate on Fox News, presidential hopeful and billionaire businessman Donald Trump made some bold statements regarding what he would do in terms of counterterrorism efforts. Trump stated during the debate that he would go after the families of terrorists and supported waterboarding.
“We should go for waterboarding and we should go tougher than waterboarding,” Trump said during the debate, implying to the voters that he would be willing to use torture if the situation arose.
Then the very next day, Trump came out saying that he understands that the U.S. is bound to treaties and laws and he would not order the military to violate those laws.
“I will not order a military officer to disobey the law. It is clear that as president I will be bound by laws just like all Americans and I will meet those responsibilities,” Trump stated.
North Korea makes nuclear threats
Kim Jong Un, leader of North Korea, has ordered his military to be prepared to launch nuclear strikes at any time. These threats are all a part of a propaganda attempt to show South Korea and the U.S. that North Korea is strong at home and abroad.
These threats are also coming after the United Nations placed harsh sanctions on North Korea after the country conducted nuclear tests and long-range rocket launches. North Korea responded by saying that the sanctions were the “most heinous international criminal act.”
“The only way for defending the sovereignty of our nation and its right to existence under the present extreme situation is to bolster up nuclear force both in quality and quantity,” the North Korean Central News Agency said.
North Korea has a history of threatening nuclear acts, but it is rather unclear how advanced the country’s nuclear program is. Many dispute the claims that they could launch nuclear warheads at any moment and question that the state of its arsenal.
Drug lord El Chapo wants to come to the U.S.
Joaquin Guzman, also known as El Chapo, wants to be extradited to the United States and sooner rather than later, despite the fact that he is being held in a Mexican prison where he has escaped twice before. His defense team has asked to speed up the process that will end with him in the hands of U.S. authorities.
As of now, it is unclear where El Chapo will be held once he gets to the states. He is wanted for various charges in several cities, such as New York and Chicago, but it is predicted that he will cross the border any time within the next two to three months.
The push to get El Chapo to the United States is a drastic turn around to the statements made in January when Guzman was recaptured.
“Mr. Guzman Loera should not be extradited to the United States or any other country,” attorney Juan Pablo Badillo said back in January. “Mexico has just laws that are detailed in the General Constitution of the Republic.”
Guzman’s wishes to be extradited to the states is potentially linked to how he is being treated in the Mexican prison, which has taken extra precautions to make sure that Guzman does not get out again. Guzman’s attorney claims that he is being subjected to physical and emotional torture, citing that Guzman is being woken up every two hours, and he claims that sometimes they don’t let him sleep at all.
By Erica Jones
Last Wednesday in Portland, Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders hosted a rally at the State Theatre. The event was announced Tuesday morning in advance of the Democratic state caucuses on Sunday, March 6th, when registered Democrats in Maine will choose their 2016 candidate.
Despite the rally being short-notice, nearly 1,800 people gathered to hear Sanders speak, with so many supporters vying for a spot in the venue that many people had to be turned away.
This was not Sander’s first campaign event in Portland. In July of last year, he spoke to 9,000 supporters at Cross Insurance Arena, and since then Mainers have been waiting for a return visit.
A line quickly wrapped around Congress Street on Wednesday morning as people from across the state, and some from across state lines, convened outside the State Theatre, some waiting for hours in the rain, some skipping class or leaving work early for a chance to get a seat at the rally.
The rally took place the day after Super Tuesday, where Sanders won four state primaries in Minnesota, Vermont, Oklahoma and Colorado. Hillary Clinton, Sanders’ Democratic candidate competition, took away seven states on Super Tuesday: Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee. But that doesn’t worry Sanders or his passionate fans.
Sanders spoke for an hour to a packed house on the need for prison reform, a higher minimum wage and a new healthcare system. He condemned corporate money in politics, the US’s rigged economy and Maine’s governor Paul LePage for “beating up on poor people.”
He also jabbed at Clinton for accepting campaign donations from “weirdo billionaires,” eliciting cheers and laughter from the zealous crowd, in reference to the millions of dollars received by Clinton’s campaign from large corporations and Wall Street. In contrast, Sanders does not have his own Super PAC and funds his campaign with mostly individual donations.
During his speech, Sanders also urged people to go out and caucus this Sunday. The larger the voter turnout, he said, the better his numbers fared in primaries and caucuses.
“If we have a large turnout here in Maine, we will win the state,” he asserted, earning another round of applause.
The Sanders’ campaign’s momentum is steady, with polls showing the gap closing between him and Clinton, and Mainers at the rally were certainly optimistic about his chances.
“Bernie did a wonderful job of expressing that this election isn’t over until it’s over and you could tell he’s really enthusiastic about the upcoming primaries,” said Ryan R. Gallop, a USM student and Bernie supporter who attended the rally. “As someone who has been helping with the campaign for several months, it was great to get a little pep talk from the man himself today and I left feeling re-energized to continue volunteering my time for the campaign.”
And the biggest take-away from the rally, according to Gallop: “That the Sanders campaign has a lot of fight left in it still despite what the corporate media wants us to believe.”
Sanders wasn’t the only presidential hopeful to stop by Portland this week. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made headlines and also gathered a crowd of over 200 protesters outside the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, where he spoke and was interrupted several times by protesters. The atmosphere at Trump’s event was incontrovertibly different from Sanders’.
“I was unable to get the feel of the State Theater but felt a widespread love and support for Bernie through standing in line and the amount of applause and chants from people,” said Kara Rowley, a junior USM student who, along with 650 others watched a live stream of Sanders’ speech from the Westin.
Love is an element very prominent in Sanders’ message. Closing his speech, he told the crowd, “American people know in their hearts that love trumps hatred,” drawing another roar of approval from the crowd. People were visibly moved as the venue emptied.
Chris Williams, a USM student, was at first not sure what to expect at the event. “I had never been to a rally before, and this is the first year I’ve ever gotten involved during the primary. The atmosphere was great, it was like being a concert. Everyone was so happy, and the moment Bernie appeared on stage it was as if everyone lost their breath for a moment.”
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On March 3, 2016, the volunteer-led organization and the state of Maine amalgamate of the group National Peace Action, Peace Action Maine (a local collective with more than twenty-five “years of grassroots mobilizing to end war and occupation and to abolish nuclear weapons,” according to their website peaceactionme.org) presented a live-streaming video conference featuring Bill McKibben, titled “Creating a Climate of Peace.” The conference took place in Talbot Hall on the University of Southern Maine campus at 7:00 P.M. Free and open to the public, “Creating a Climate of Peace” was co-sponsored by the University of Southern Maine Department of Environmental Science and Policy.
The conference members included Meaghan LaSala, of Divest UMaine and the Southern Maine Workers Center; Iris SanGiovanni, of Maine Students for Climate Justice and Protect South Portland; Sherri Mitchell, Executive Director of the Land Peace Action Foundation and indigenous rights lawyer; Chloe Maxin, of Divest Harvard who is also writing a book on climate change for The Nation; Lee Chisholm of the Greater Portland division of 350.org; and the keynote speaker Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, environmental activist, and author of Eaarth. However, due to an unavoidable obligation, Chloe Maxin was unable to attend.
When the Chair of the Department of Environmental Science & Policy at the University of Southern Maine Professor Robert M. Sanford was reached by email prior to the event, he pointed out that “this event helps show the connectedness of climate, social unrest, the economy, and sustainability – it is all tied in together. The greatest asset we have to promote stability in the face of change is the energy, strength, and ideas of students and other young people.”
Professor Emeritus Stanley Scott of the University of Southern Maine, who authored Frontiers of Consciousness and is the president of Peace Action Maine, introduced a new member of the Peace Action Maine board, Devon Grayson-Wallace who gave a brief introduction to Bill McKibben before he reached the audience of approximately sixty-five people by satellite. Devin went on to say “In 2006, with seven undergraduate seniors in Middlebury, Vermont, and no money or other resources except insight and courage, Bill McKibben became a principal founder of 350.org, the now illustrious international organization that has coordinated over 15,000 rallies in over 89 countries since 2009, all to raise consciousness of the imminent dangers of climate change.”
After a brief moment of technical difficulty, McKibben discussed the Paris climate talks, that is, the recent United Nations conference on climate change referred to by many as COP21, alongside the way in which climate change relates to world peace.
“It is a great pleasure to join all of you tonight… but today was a tough day. Today we learned that one of the great environmental justice activists in the world, Berta Cáceres of Honduras, was assassinated. She had been working to stop big dam projects and that left her unpopular,” McKibben said after he briefly expressed his thanks to all involved in the climate change movement and in the process of setting up this conference. McKibben went on to discuss the way climate change has caused the worst drought in Syria in recorded history that has contributed to the violence and chaos in the region, how it is incumbent upon on us to end the fossil fuel age now and how we all need to participate in civil disobedience to ensure that oil remains in the ground, because the Koch brothers, among other billionaires, will not stop until every drop of oil is extracted from the ground.
McKibben’s video address was also followed by a question and answer session, as well as a panel discussion, which was led off by Bruce Gagnon of Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.
The question a student was able to raise to McKibben was put forth as follows: “You said that there was some progress made through the COP21 agreements, however, as you know, those agreements aren’t binding, legally… how can we enforce these agreements so they actually happen?” McKibben responded by saying that “they are not going to be legally binding, you need movements to make them real. Look, the reason there is not going to be a binding agreement in Paris, or a binding agreement anytime soon, is because the rest of the world looks at our dysfunctional political system and knows that that is the obstacle.”
Thereafter, the Peace Action Maine Board Director Tina Malcolmson officially introduced the panel members who were able to attend. Meaghan LaSala spoke first, having traveled to the Paris Climate talks as the representative for the Southern Maine Workers Center. LaSala was followed by third year political science major Iris SanGiovanni who spoke about the responsibility of students to face the crisis of anthropogenic climate change in relation to world peace. Finally, Sherri Mitchell and Lee Chisholm elaborated upon the ideological underpinnings that kept change from occurring.
A lively discussion broke out during the question and answer session with the panel. A physicist addressed the need for more technological discussion, alongside the political activism.
Following the conclusion of the conference, McKibben was reached by email, and posed the following question Dexter Morse, a university Panel student studying chemistry and resident of Maine, raised. The first question was concerned with “how do you [Bill] convince people to work against their own self interest to protect the universal human rights – food, shelter, equality, etc – for future generations, when we still do not defend that for our own generation?” McKibben responded by stating that, “I think at this point we’re not acting mostly on behalf of the future, but on behalf of ourselves and our generations. And it needs to be tied in with the broader fight for justice on all fronts. That’s why I like the way Bernie messages it.”
Troubles arise when pet turtles are released/Part two in a four part series detailing invasive species
By Haley Depner/Contributor
The pet trade is responsible for earning this species a nomination by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as one of the 100 “World’s Worst” invasive species. The red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans) has inundated ponds and wetlands around the globe. Is Maine next on their list?
If you ever bought an aquatic turtle from a pet store as a kid, or knew someone who did, you probably will recognize the red eared slider turtle. They get this common name from the red stripe that begins behind their eyes and runs along the sides of the head, and from their habit of sliding off whatever they are basking on when disturbed. The shell and the marginal scutes (scales at the edge of the shell) of this species are smooth. Their heads are blunt and shaped like the bow of a boat. Red eared sliders can grow to have a plastron (the bottom half of the shell) length of about a foot, with males being smaller than females. The carapace (top half of the shell), head, limbs and tail are green in hatchlings and darken to a dusky or ebony brown as the turtle matures. The plastron is bright yellow with a spot on each scute that matches the carapace.
Originally the red eared slider turtle was found only in the southern central United States east of the Rocky Mountains.
The IUCN reported that these turtles have been transplanted across the United States and the globe, establishing populations throughout the U.S. and on every continent except Antarctica. According to the IUCN, this species prefers shallow, sluggish waters with soft beds, plenty of sunlight and large areas of vegetation, though as generalists with a fairly broad omnivorous diet, they can survive in a wide range of aquatic habitats.
Their spread is owed widely to the pet trade. Derek Yorks, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Reptile-Amphibian-Invertebrate Group, explained that red-eared sliders have “been very popular pets for many decades. People buy them and basically the turtles often outgrow the aquarium and kind of get big and stinky and hard to care for. A lot of times people just end up releasing them, thinking that they’re doing a good thing for the turtle, and, you know, thinking that there’s nothing wrong with it.” Yorks emphasized that “they’re kind of an emerging problem in Maine, but they’ve been around for a while and been popular as pets in the US going back to at least the 1960s, if not earlier. In the last decade or so, some other states in New England have certainly started to see more and more sliders; particularly in ponds and lakes closer to urban areas. It’s this kind of cumulative effect of people releasing these unwanted pets and then they’re suddenly gaining you know, two or three, or half a dozen of them in a pond, and they start to reproduce and the numbers grow from there. We don’t know of any ponds in Maine right now where there are big reproducing populations of sliders but in other states, down in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, it’s becoming more and more common. We’re hoping to avoid that kind of a problem here.”
According to Yorks, the impacts of red-eared sliders on Maine ecosystems has so far been “probably quite negligible, since, like I said, we don’t know of any sites where there are large populations of sliders. But, in places where they do occur, they are in competition with other turtle species. They’re competing for food resources, basking sites, which are limited, you know, good rocks and logs to sit on in the sun, and there has been work in other parts of the country and in Europe where sliders are well established and reproducing, demonstrating some of those effects. But right now in Maine, it’s still at kind of the initial phase of them becoming established and we are hoping to avoid a full on invasion by them.
“Pretty much the only way you’ll know of their presence [in Maine] is by seeing them.” Yorks recommends those looking for red eared sliders in the wild to watch basking spaces favored by painted turtles (Chrysemys picta picta). Painted turtles are the number one kind of turtle you are likely to see basking in ponds or lakes where you are also likely to get red eared sliders. If you are familiar with painted turtles, and you start seeing some turtles basking right out there on the same logs and rocks with the painted turtles that are just much bigger, those could be sliders. If you have binoculars, you can really easily see that red mark on the side of their head, compared to the painted turtles with the yellow mark. You’re just gonna have to see them, really, either in the water, or sometimes you’d see a female when she is out to lay her eggs.”
Yorks emphasizes that “the biggest thing that people can do [to control red eared slider populations] is not releasing them into the wild. That goes for anywhere, except for in their native range, of course. That’s controlling their spread.” Yorks adds that “if they’re already there in some places where they are invading, usually when there’s direct concern about the impacts on an ecosystem and other species, particularly other turtle species, typically an animal control specialist or wildlife biologist, they do sometimes remove the turtles with [live] trapping. . . that would be the only feasible way of removing sliders and it would be a fairly intensive effort, going out there every day or every other day and checking traps, and baiting the traps, and doing something with the sliders if you are removing them. It’s not an impossible task if you found out they are in one local place and you really wanna reduce the numbers or try to eliminate them entirely. . . If it’s lots and lots of places, then it becomes a whole other effort, you have to scale things up. There’s not a lot of that going on just because it’s a lot of time and therefore a lot of money to deal with a problem on a really big scale.”
In an effort to slow the spread of the red-eared slider, many states have taken measures to control the trade of this species. In 2010, sales of red-eared slider turtles became restricted in Maine. The Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) wrote that “Beginning on January 1, 2010, the Commissioner will remove the red-eared slider from the list of Unrestricted Fish and Wildlife Species. On this date, it will no longer be legal for commercial pet shops to possess or offer for sale the red-eared slider. The department has become aware of escaped or released populations of these non-native turtles in the wild. By removing the turtle from the unrestricted list, the Department seeks to minimize or prevent any further occurrence of this potentially invasive species. Red-eared sliders legally possessed by individuals prior to January 1, 2010 may continue to be possessed, but may not be sold, transferred, traded, or released.”
This law change has made it difficult for red-eared slider turtle owners in Maine, even those who own their turtles legally, to rehome those reptiles if need be. Yorks suggests Mainers looking to rehome their red-eared sliders to contact the Maine IFW. “We get pretty frequent requests from people who have sliders,” he said. “A lot of times people don’t even know they are illegal, and had moved here from another state. We have some people that are willing to take them. It’s tough, though, because not a lot of people want them and a lot of the people that we had on our list who are willing to take them have already taken on some and can’t really take on more.”
Yorks adds that “another option is finding someone or a turtle rescue organization that is outside of the state of Maine in a state where sliders are not prohibited that is willing to take the slider. For instance, if there is someone in New Hampshire [willing to take the turtle], sliders are not illegal there. . . [then] that slider can just be transferred to this other person in New Hampshire. That’s not the only state, there’s many states where they are perfectly legal, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not invasive in those states. It’s really good to get an idea of what’s gonna happen with that turtle. Are they gonna keep it themselves forever? Are they just gonna turn around and release it in a pond? There’s a lot of things that could happen with it. The responsible thing to do is look into it a little bit and ask a few questions to find out what is gonna happen with this turtle I transfer to somebody I may not know that well.”
Far more of these turtles are being surrendered than adopted. Many animal shelters outside of Maine that accept reptiles no longer accept red-eared sliders as there are so many that need homes and so few people who are willing to adopt them. Always call animal shelters before bringing in an animal for surrender to be sure they accept the species.
If you are a Mainer interested in adopting a red-eared slider in need of a home, Yorks encourages you to contact him at his office, (207) 941-4475. “Basically, through my office we have inquiries. It ranges, sometimes it’s several in a month, sometimes many months go by, but consistently many inquiries every year with people looking what to do with red eared sliders and I don’t have enough people to send them to. Like I said, most of the folks that want to take them on already have done so. So if anyone is interested in taking one and they are willing to apply for a permit and agree that they are gonna keep this turtle and not release it, then it’s definitely a possibility.” You can fill out an application for a General Wildlife Possession Permit at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/pdfs/wildlife_possession.pdf. “We’re always looking for folks who are responsible and willing to take on sliders. I always explain to anyone who is thinking about it there’s a reason or two why people don’t always wanna keep these things. They need pretty big aquariums, and if you don’t keep that aquarium really, really, clean, it doesn’t smell good.”
“Unfortunately, I don’t think we’re at the end of having to worry about red eared sliders in Maine,” said Yorks. “Us having them not on the unrestricted list and restricting the trade of that species in Maine is a big help. They’re not coming into Maine through every pet store across the state, so we should start to see numbers dwindle. However, one factor to consider is that they’re long lived animals and someone could have a slider for one, two, three decades so there’s gonna be kind of a lag in seeing there has been a lag, since they were restricted- and the other factor is that other states are not restricting sliders. Right over the border in New Hampshire they are not restricted, but they are restricted in Massachusetts, but they haven’t been for very long, similar to Maine.” In New England, this species is also restricted in Vermont and Rhode Island and unrestricted in Connecticut. “Basically it’s kind of a patchwork,” said Yorks, “so there’s a lot of places where you can still go out and buy these things. People transfer them over state lines, often don’t even look to see what the laws and regulations are around it. A lot of people say they moved to Maine and they brought their pet slider, they don’t always know it’s a restricted species, for many years sometimes.”
On March 2, a student at the University of Southern Maine who visited the University Health Center was diagnosed with mumps. This outbreak is one among many happening across college campuses right now and the first outbreak at USM since 2013.
The university has identified more than 150 other students who were likely in proximity to this student while he was contagious, either in class with him or living with him. Those people were notified. Four of those students were not vaccinated, but so far no students have shown signs of having the illness.
According to the Bangor Daily News, health officials are investigating whether or not the case in Maine may be related to a case in New Hampshire. The virus is spread by person-to-person but people can guard themselves against the disease through vaccinations, hand washing and not sharing utensils or water bottles.
“Staff members are currently contacting individuals who may be more directly affected, but we think it is important for the entire university community to be informed of the symptoms of mumps and what to do if you have any questions or concerns,” said Director of Health Services Lisa Belanger in an email to USM students, faculty and staff on Wednesday evening.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), mumps is no longer very common in the U.S. Over the course of the past few days, however, other colleges such as Harvard, Butler University, New Hampshire College, University of Louisville and Indiana University have come forward with emerging cases of Mumps being spread across campus.
Each school (with the exception of USM) have had at least two or more cases arise. As of March 2, Harvard has confirmed four additional cases of mumps on campus, bringing their student outbreak to six.
Outbreaks can still occur in highly vaccinated U.S. communities, especially those that are populous and people come into contact with others daily. Many cases of mumps have been seen in high density across schools, colleges and camps. However, a high vaccination rate among students can ensure that the outbreak affects a small number of people.
After coming into contact with the virus, it can take 12-25 days before the symptoms appear. A person with the virus is contagious for three days before and five days after symptoms begin, according to the CDC.
Mumps affects the parotid glands, which are the salivary glands below and in front of the ears. It is spread through infected saliva, and a person can experience few to no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they can happen suddenly and include swollen, painful salivary glands, headache, fever, fatigue and loss of appetite.
“We recommend that you minimize your contact with others for five days if you are experiencing mumps-like symptoms,” Belanger said. “This may require that you do not attend class, work, sports activities or other gatherings.”
If you have questions or concerns about the mumps, please feel free to contact the Health & Counseling Services at (207) 780-5411. Alternatively, you may contact the Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at 1-800-821-5821.
by Zachary Searles/News Editor
At the end of February, Maine saw its first case of the Zika virus, months after the first outbreak in South America. The person who was affected is older than 65 and had travelled to a Zika-affected country, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control.
According to Dr. Siiri Bennett, Maine’s state epidemiologist, this one case is not cause for widespread alarm.
“It’s important for the public to understand that the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the Zika virus is not found in Maine and that your neighbor who has come home from a trip to South America cannot transmit the virus to you,” Bennett said in an interview with Bangor Daily News.
Then, last Tuesday, New Hampshire reported its first case of the Zika virus, a female who had sexual contact with a man that had travelled to a Zika-affected country. According to New Hampshire’s state epidemiologist Dr. Ben Chan, the women was not hospitalized and has recovered.
According to the CDC, as of February 24, there have been 107 reported cases of the Zika virus, all of which were due to travelling to countries where the Aedes aegypti mosquito is commonly found. Florida has the most confirmed cases, 28, which is largely due to the warm climate and the fact that it attracts many tourists.
The virus is transmitted primarily through mosquito bites, with the common symptoms being fever, rash and joint pain. People rarely die from the disease and are rarely sick enough to go to the hospital, so a lot of the time cases of the virus can go undocumented.
The Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and was named after the Zika forest in Uganda. In 1952, the first human cases were documented. Fast forward 63 years and Brazil sees its first confirmed case. Then on February 1, the World Health Organization declared the virus to be a public health emergency of international concern.
Currently scientists are studying possible connections between pregnant women who contract the virus and microcephaly, a birth defect that causes babies to be born with unusually small heads. As of now, the CDC recommends that pregnant women delay any travelling to Zika-affected areas.
So how can you protect yourself against the Zika virus? Well, currently there is no vaccine or cure for the disease, and the countries that are being affected by it the most have yet to develop any kind of concrete plan to combat the virus.
Modern Pest Services, a family owned pest control company that’s headquartered in Brunswick and operates throughout New England, would like to remind people that the mosquito responsible for transmitting the disease does not reside in the Northeast.
“New Englander’s are understandably concerned with the new threat that Zika virus brings, and while the primary carrier the Aedes aegypti mosquito is not currently known to be in New England, there are over 40 different types of mosquitoes in the northeast that carry other harmful diseases like eastern equine encephalitis,” Mike Peaslee, technical manager and associate certified entomologist at Modern Pest Services, said in a press release.
Peaslee also pointed to the fact that the Aedes aegyptti mosquito thrives in warmer climates, and while New England typically has the cold on their side, due to unseasonably warm conditions it has now been made easier for warmer climate mosquitoes to spread.
“Taking precautions now to control our environment to create unfavorable conditions for mosquito breeding will help prevent the spread of all mosquito-transmitted diseases, like the Zika virus,” Peaslee said.
Peaslee and Modern Pest Services advocate getting rid of every form of standing water as mosquito season approaches to cut down on the breeding grounds for mosquitos. These forms of standing water include: buckets, tires and even things as small as bottles and cans. Kiddy pools are another good example of standing water. Peaslee says that you should keep them drained and even flip them over when not in use to prevent them from collecting rain water.
Modern Pest Services also stated that you should treat every area outside of your home as if it was a mosquito breeding ground, and “cover up exposed skin and wear bug spray to avoid getting bitten – or sick.”
by Bradford Spurr
Some new software from the UK promises to reduce the time students spend surfing the web instead of finishing their research paper. With promising statistics from a nationwide survey, Stop Procrastinating looks to solve the motivation problem in this internet age.
A blank word document five pages short of the minimum has become the symbol for this millennial generation. In a study published by Stop Procrastinating, in which 2,000 students across the United States participated in, it was found that nearly 64 percent of students felt that they were affected in some way by distractions found on the internet.
The application can operate in three different modes depending on the student’s level of self-discipline. The first is the ‘nuclear option.’ It cuts off all internet connectivity for a certain amount of time and does not let you back on until that time has elapsed.
The second option restricts all access to the internet for a certain amount of time, only allowing access online if the student physically restarts their computer. And the third introduces a ‘blacklist’ of websites that Stop Procrastinating will not let you on. Now this is important because the student themselves can pick and choose what websites they feel are most distracting to them like Facebook, YouTube, or BuzzFeed.
About 48% of the students that participated in the survey said that they lost at least an hour of potential productivity through distractions offered by social media platforms.
Tim Rollins, director of the Stop Procrastinating team said that “Students have always had distractions, but they have never had to deal with a technology that is everywhere at once and influences every part of our lives. It is unprecedented, the level of intrusion and distraction that today’s students have to cope with.”
And this all stems from education’s need to try and get back into the technology race. When the average classroom has multi-screen integration and some form of media tool hybrid program, technology and the art of procrastination begins to take shape as the entire problem rest upon bringing distractions into the classroom.
“We have made Stop Procrastinating free today in order help students to beat their Internet distractions and boost their performance in their studies. The Internet, social media, emails are pervasive and eating into our quality time. We need urgently to put ourselves back in control.
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