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Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - UMPI Feb 24, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-02-24 07:10
All APs back up. Due to an unforseen problem with Skyway it went past the
window by about 20 minutes.

On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 4:09 PM, wrote:

> Where: UMPI
> When: Feb 24, 2016 6:00AM
> Expected Duration: 1/2hr
> Scope: UMPI ResHall Wireless
> Summary:
> Residence hall APs will be moved to a different wireless
> controller. Expected downtime is about 10 minutes.
> Details:
> Networkmaine Contact Info during the window for this work:
> jasonm@maine.edu
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Women in the draft: An issue that has spanned 50 years

USM Free Press News Feed - Tue, 2016-02-23 22:32

By Bradford Spurr/Free Press Staff

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time,” wrote Leo Tolstoy in his epic masterpiece War and Peace. Few things in life are as inevitable as birth and death, save war. Back in 1968 the USM paper was known as The Stein, and an anonymous staff writer had been exploring the topic of “Should The U.S. Draft Its Women?” (Vol.1 No. 20, March 8, 1968).

The article opened up with “While women are never drafted, they are now doing about everything else men do in this country.” This point of view is further explained  by lines like the following: “‘They have the right to vote for years now[nearly 50 years in fact], and, indeed, their numbers are the crucial factor in electing presidents, but they do not have to fight in the wars those presidents pursue.”

To put this in perspective, there was no public animosity surrounding the draft at the time of the Vietnam War,  since the last draft before that war was during World War II. The year 1973 marked the escalation of the Vietnam conflict, where nearly 650,000 men were drafted into combat roles which accounted for about 25% of the total in country service members.

On December 3, 2015,it was announced by the Pentagon that they would be opening up all combat roles to eligible women who passed the same prerequisite physical regimens that men were subject to. So naturally the next hurdle will be that since women are now able to serve in any and all combat roles, should they then be eligible for the draft?

The Stein argued that the “Pentagon is is overflowing with burly sergeants and corporals assaulting typewriters, filing papers, mimeographing press releases and going for coffee. Women could replace them with hardly any strain on the system, and they could certainly improve the manners around the place.”

The current climate of the military has just finished grappling with the issue of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” a standard of practice that had plagued the system for almost two decades. And with this last obstacle for military operations equality  behind them it remains hopeful that the antiquated format formed through necessity has finally entered this century.

In 2015 the Marine Corps was conducting research surrounding what impacts gender inclusion has on battlefield readiness and efficiency. At the end of the trial period all twenty nine hopefuls had fallen short of the Infantry Officer Course standards thatwhich the Marines use as the first benchmark for their training stratagem. This research will be used to help identify the most effective way to integrate women into combat roles.

This is a far cry from the Rosie the Riveter types where women were restricted to desk jobs and nurse duties. Currently women can fly helos and participate in a more active role in the military environment compared to their involvement in the past. The role of women in the military has grown leaps and bounds and this new policy change only proves to exemplify that.

In the real world women are now allowed to be on the frontlines and make the ultimate testament of bravery and lay their lives down in defense of this country, something that had been arbitrarily restricted to them by the archetypal patriarchy that had dominated Western politics since revolutionaries threw crates of tea in the Boston Harbour.

The  article closes with the sentiment that  “They [being women] have created the most bizarre role in our history for themselves and the rest of us have finally accepted it.” Women are no longer accessories to the times, simply a party to societal norms that dictated their role in the gentle fabric of the male ego. Assumptions and indoctrinated servitude have translated into thoughtful discourse between men and their equals, womankind. Semper fidelis. Semper paratus. Honor, courage, commitment. This they’ll defend, whenever it is that our country will call upon its brothers and sisters to serve. And they will be ready, men and women alike.


The pay gap between men and women is closing, but still exists

USM Free Press News Feed - Tue, 2016-02-23 22:32

By Erica Jones/Free Press Staff

In 2001, an article was published in the Free Press by staff writer John McCarthy that reported on a study done in 2000 by the Joint Gender Equity Committee, which found a pattern of discrimination against female staff throughout the University of Maine system in terms of payment.

“In certain departments throughout the system, the committee found that men make approximately $2,000 more than women,” McCarthy wrote in his article. A monetary settlement was being sought for compensation at the time.

“The expected settlement is an attempt to correct the current pay difference but will do little to make up for past disparities,” concurred McCarthy. Understandably, it is difficult to attempt to even the field with such a long history of discrimination.

Years after that article, in 2016, the gender wage gap in the United States is an issue that continues to persist. Wage inequality is becoming increasingly untolerated as more people adopt ways of progressive thinking. It has become a hot subject in the 2016 presidential race.

And within those sixteen years, concerns over the wage gap have not disappeared from the University of Maine system. An Internal Salary Equity Study for the University of Maine published in May 2015 found that male faculty at the University of Maine “earned approximately 21% more than female faculty, almost all of the total wage gap could be attributed to differences between men and women in the faculty member’s rank, years of experience, departmental affiliation, and time in rank.”

The most recent national data from a 2014 report by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that women make 82 cents for every dollar men make for doing the exact same job.

“In 2013, women who worked full time in wage and salary jobs had median usual weekly earnings of $706, which represented 82 percent of men’s median weekly earnings ($860),” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

In Maine, according to the latest data from the United States Census Bureau, the difference in pay was even greater. According to a release by the National Partnership for Women and Families, “women in Maine are paid 79 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly wage gap of $9,647 between men and women who work full time in the state.”

Women in the U.S. have long been discriminated against in the workforce. Employers used to be able to advertise a job to strictly men or women. In 1963, The Equal Pay Act was passed to eliminate the gender wage gap and made it illegal to hire based solely on gender.

USM women and gender studies and economics professor Susan Feiner wrote an article for the Portland Press Herald in 2014 illustrating the nation’s persevering wage disparity in face of the Equal Pay Act. “Gender divisions in the world of work, complete with significant gender-based wage differences, are as stark as the color coding at Toys R Us,” wrote Feiner.

One proposed legislation in the direction of fair pay would amend the portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 the Paycheck Fairness Act, to “revise remedies for, enforcement of, and exceptions to prohibitions against sex discrimination in the payment of wages,” according to Congress’ online legislative glossary.

Until the laws catch up with the progressive and fair ideals of a new generation, the wage gap will remain. The report by the National Partner for Women and Families states, “If change continues at the same slow pace as it has during the last 50 years, it will take nearly 50 more years – until 2059 – for women and men to finally reach pay parity.”

Open to Listening: Dean Conway hosts her second forum with hopes to be more transparent

USM Free Press News Feed - Tue, 2016-02-23 22:31

By Candice Isaac

Last week Dean Danielle Conway held the second installment of the Dean’s Open Forum for students in the law school’s moot courtroom. As the new dean of the law school, Dean Conway seeks to be transparent with students about the status of the legal field as well as what they can expect from their time at the law school. Conway welcomed ideas from those in attendance, which included students, faculty and staff.

As students, faculty and staff filed into the moot courtroom early Tuesday morning, the atmosphere was different than that of the inaugural forum which focused heavily on the bar exam. At that meeting, a couple third-year law students asked the administration to do more to ensure that they were in a better position than previous classes to pass the bar exam. During this meeting, the discussion centered around the dean’s initiatives, the students need for more faculty interaction and the best ways for the law school to communicate with students.

Dean Conway gave a high-level recap of her three initiatives: (1) Opportunities Through Law (OTL), a series of programming that seeks to introduce young people to the role and impact of the law,  (2) the Enrollment to Employment (e2e) initiative, which seeks to ensure that graduates are “career ready,”  and lastly, (3) the Lawyers and Entrepreneurs: A Partnership (LEAP) that encourages students to think like entrepreneurs and gives them the tools to work in nontraditional fields. Students and faculty in the room showed enthusiasm for the initiatives; however, something on several students’ minds were the need for more faculty interaction and better communication between the administration and students.

For Tara Ouellette, a first-year law student, learning about a faculty member’s prior work experiences and career path would help students explore options post-law school.

Ouellette believes that having those exploratory conversations will place her and other students in a better place to think holistically about a career.

Dean Conway and other faculty and administrators present in the room welcomed the idea. Dean Wriggins, the dean of academic ffairs at the law school, said the idea for programming can be added to already planned activities.

Ouellette’s idea inspired comment from Scott Silverman, another first-year law student. Silverman said that he would like to see more faculty at events outside of regularly scheduled classes.

Student organizations host a number of lunchtime panels and, for Silverman, attendance is lacking when it comes to seeing faculty at various events. Dean Conway agreed with Silverman and said that engagement with students outside of the classroom is being encouraged and was something on everyone’s radar.

Communication, and the best way to communicate, was also another topic of interest. What is the best way to get information to the student body? Students present suggested a training session during orientation where students are able to learn the ins and outs of the portal. The portal houses a master events calendar, law school policies, important contacts as well as career services information – to name a few. School administration says that the portal is really a one-stop shop for students;  however, they find that the portal is underutilized.

In addition to the portal, the law school’s Facebook groups are often utilized to get information to students. Nathan Thistle, a first-year law student, suggested that there be a unified Facebook group where silos are dismantled and every “class” could have access to the same information. Thistle believes that this would also lend a hand in community building within the law school where first-year law students do not always feel a direct connection to upperclassmen. Administrators seemed open to this idea as well.

Overall, the forum furthered and encouraged dialogue between students, faculty and the administration. The next forum is currently scheduled for March 14 during lunchtime in the moot courtroom.

USM has made big strides in providing rights for LGBT

USM Free Press News Feed - Tue, 2016-02-23 22:30

By MaryAnn Silliboy/Free Press Staff

LGBT, initials for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons have contributed to Maine’s history long before “the birth of the gay rights movement” in the late 1960s. Although Maine has had known artists and writers of the twentieth century were LGBT; between the 1960s and 1970s, it began statewide.

It began at USM on October 2, 1975, when the first Gay Organization was founded.  In 1975, it was published in the USM Free Press that they were trying to understand homosexuality and if they could cure homosexuality.

The Gay People’s Alliance offered information about homosexuality. They received their information from the Institute for the Study of Human Resources of Los Angeles, CA, which was conducted by highly qualified panel of social scientists and specialists.  


These were the questions they asked:

What is homosexuality?  

Who is homosexual?

Does a homosexual act make one a homosexual?  

How many homosexuals are there?

Can homosexuals be easily identified?

They continued to print five questions and answers randomly throughout the Free Press in the late 1970s. The next series of questions they continued to help people better understand homosexuality. The second batch of questions:

Is homosexuality unnatural?

Are homosexuals mentally ill?  

Are homosexuals criminals?

Are children seduced into homosexuality?

What causes homosexuality?


USM was a very homophobic, and only in 1973 was homosexuality was removed from the psychological disorder list. The organization that was founded in October 2, 1975 was the Gay People’s Alliance. The students fought hard to get this student group started; the Student Senate opposed the request.  

“This is when society became more  open minded, recognizing the LGBT identified, that it’s not a choice, It’s not a lifestyle, it’s not anything like that, as we move over to the last 40 years, they recognize that there is bias, hate crimes, negative things that happen.”  

Sarah Holmes states. Holmes was one of the first coordinator for the LGBT community on campus. Which was encouraged after a few bias-motivated incidents in the 1999-2000 academic year.

The LGBT community wanted a full-time person to work on the campus issues and to help improve the campus climate for the LGBT. Sarah Holmes was hired in the summer of 2002. Holmes was the first coordinator for only two years before she moved out of state.  

In the same year, the students and staff worked together to find a place the students can feel safe and supported. A year later the LGBT community found a home in the Woodbury Hall, in the spot we all know as the conference room. The name was changed to the Center for Sexualities and Diversity.  

The Center for Sexualities and Diversity even now has had some bias issues. LGBT students deal with something every day, whether it’s anti-gay graffiti, students in residence halls finding the word “fag” written on their whiteboards, bathrooms, and posters being defaced.  

The first one to two years the office was creating the news flush, if students saw that an out LGBT was featured or when the center was featured, they would find one or two nasty comments on them. 

Holmes passionately states,  “Small actions, speaks volumes. Could you imagine being the student that has been featured and you enter the restroom and you see your face on the news flush with derogatory terms or defaced.”  

It even happens in the classrooms. A transgender student not being recognized for who they are or by their pronoun, or even LGBT students trying to find a safe bathroom to access.  

The Center for Sexuality and Diversity has come a long way and USM tries to suppose and understand who they are.


Wars that shaped America bring students together at USM

USM Free Press News Feed - Tue, 2016-02-23 22:29

By Zachary Searles/News Editor

The Free Press archives date all the way back to the 1960s. The earlier editions, known back then as The Stein, are full of politically charged editorials and letters to the editor about the Vietnam War, a war that most students at the university seemed to be against.

The archives span through three major wars: the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the second war in Iraq. All three wars shaped America to what it is today and they also brought students together around campus, both in terms of protests, rallies, discussions and student groups.

The Vietnam War started in November 1955 and spanned nearly 20 years until Saigon fell in April 1975. US involvement was ramped up in the early 60s, with President John F. Kennedy tripling the number of troops that were sent to fight.

There were nearly 1.5 million U.S. casualties in the war, with the average age of a man killed in Vietnam being 22.That  was part of the reason it hit home for so many college age kids: a lot of young men were drafted, and either had to wait until the war ended to go to college or never got the chance

An article from the early years at The Stein details the escalation of the war and increased draft quotas, which led to more protests and an increase in acts of civil disobedience.

On March 8, 1968, an article was published detailing a forum that was held on campus, which allowed  students and professors to discuss the war. The article even states that the library was putting out books about the war so students could read and be educated about what was happening.

“The program can best be summed up as a vigorous program on a vigorous issue for a vigorous campus,” the chairman said at the time.

When students returned that fall, Saigon was still years away from falling. So on Oct. 13, 1968, the front page of the paper read: “MARCH TO END THE WAR NOW.” Students were encouraged to march to city hall two days later to take part in Peace Action day.

One student who took part in the march, F. Wood, published an editorial in the next week’s paper, stating: “I hope that we will all work next month and the month after that and so on until the war has ended. I hope that we don’t stop then, we really can’t stop until peace is a household word… If we stop talking peace then there will be more Vietnams.”

One issue even published President Richard Nixon’s phone number, encouraging students to call him if there was anything that they wanted to discuss with him.

During the fall of 1971, a group came to campus to encourage students to register to vote, that week an editorial was published entitled: “Don’t Vote, Don’t Bitch.”

“It’s really a painless thing, but a very necessary act. We have so little time to straighten out some pretty horrible things,” the editorial reads. “You can bitch about taxes, the environment, and the War, but if you won’t even take the time to register, your complaining is going to ring hollow. If you don’t vote, don’t bitch.”

The final years of the war consisted of articles critiquing President Nixon and his inability to lead the nation as well as to end the war.

In 1990, Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait sparking the beginning to the Gulf War which would last until February of 1991 and would cause the deployment of 700,000 US troops.

The country was divided at the President George H.W. Bush’s decision to enter the war, and USM was no exception. Some supported American efforts to protect their allies, while other criticized that it was not our war to fight.

Many protests erupted on campus and on campuses throughout the country. Protestors and ralliers filled the streets, frustrated because they felt that their government wasn’t listening to them. This spilt over onto USM soil and into the editorials and letters to the editor at the Free Press.

Andrew J. Levesque expressed his frustration in a column where he compared politicians to zits and claimed that they needed to be popped. He criticized the government’s inability to get anything done, to stick to a budget and for cutting programs, such as AIDs research, to fund the military.

“Instead of cutting valuable domestic programs, we should be cutting our military, but we’re not. It is a simple concept: if we stop provoking wars and being the world’s police officer, we could cut back on defense,” Levesque said.

Helen Foss also shared her frustration, writing a column that opened with: “Is it possible to keep a job that you don’t do?” She went on to say: “While they pursue personal advancement and reelection, we, the people, are forgotten. Somewhere along the line, people become secondary to the politics of a chosen few.”

Despite protests, President Bush  Sr. announced that he would be sending 100,000 more soldiers over seas, and even spoke on the possibility of reinstating the draft.

When that occurred, Free Press staff member, Mishe Pietkiewicz, wrote an article entitled “Hell no, we won’t go,” where she detailed how you could avoid the draft by registering as a conscientious cbjector, and explained that you could still receive your full financial aid benefits because you would still technically be registered for the draft.

Although the war raged on overseas, it was eventually  overshadowed by more pressing, local news when USM was facing its own problems with budgets.

In the fall of 2001, an event so tragic shook America to its very core when terrorists flew planes into the Twin Towers in New York City and brought down the World Trade Center. This terrorist attack would eventually lead to the Iraq War and the War on Terror, with President George W. Bush promising to bring those involved to justice and to investigate rumors that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and would use them against the US.

In the September 24 issue from 2001, the Free Press asked students what they would do if the country went to war over the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Tim Morris, a senior business major at the time, said that he would go if he was drafted. Malinda Fitzgerald, a freshman nursing major at the time, said, “As a mother and a nursing student, I would want to go and help the wounded.”

Nate Greene, a sophomore theater major at the time, said simply that he would “donate blood because they are going to need it.”

On March 10, 2003, ten days before the United States would officially declare war, peace demonstrations took place on both campuses after President Bush said that he felt the country had been at war since 9/11, giving students the idea that war was impending. They turned out to be right.

Just as the war kicked off, a large crowd gathered in Portland to protest, among them was a professor at the university, Richard Abrams, who was arrested during the rally. He had been a protestor of the Vietnam War as well.

A month after the start of the war, a letter to the editor was published in which the writer claims that they feel the start of the war was illegal and that the United States had no right to invade on preemptive terms.

“I think whatever good reason there might be to intervene, to overthrow a dictatorship, it is likely that more harm than good will come from the United States and Britain,” the letter said.

Even though U.S. troops still remain in the Middle East, the war was officially declared over in May 2011 with the capturing and killing of Osama Bin Laden, the man who was responsible for the attacks on the Twin Towers.

Whether you were for or against the wars, they shaped America into what it is today and brought students together to accomplish a single mission, to get out a single message.

Then & Now Briefs

USM Free Press News Feed - Tue, 2016-02-23 19:56

Then November 3, 1997 USM enrollment skyrocketing Since its beginning in 1970, USM has increased its student population by 70 percent, according to information from the Portland Press Herald. The university has also added 17 new graduate and undergraduate degree programs since then and now supplies educational needs to more students than any other school in Maine. With new programs, enrollment is hoped to increase by 470 students over the next four years to a total enrollment of 10,700. By contrast, the University of Maine’s enrollment rates have dropped from a 1990, 11,895 peak to the current enrollment of 9,213. As the University of Maine lost about 1,000 students since 1993, USM has gained roughly 700. State Sen. Jane Amero. R-Cape Elizabeth, Republican minority leader, sees these figures as warranting a more proportionate distribution of state funds between schools. Legalized marijuana A vote may appear on the November 1998 ballot attempting to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, according to the Portland Press Herald. The Maine Citizens for Medical Marijuana hopes to collect 51,000 petition signatures between now and then to make it so. They are working closely with America for Medical Rights, the California-based group which successfully sponsored a similar referendum in California known as Proposition 215. Unlike Proposition 215, which allows broad-based medical application of marijuana, Maine citizens are proposing medical marijuana use only in cases of people suffering from AIDS, glaucoma, cancer or multiple sclerosis. April 5, 1999 National Alcohol Screening Day The first annual National Alcohol Screening Day will be held on April 8, 3pm-7pm in both the Brooks Student Center in Gorham and in Portland Hall. USM is one of 500 campuses nationwide participating in the event. The event is sponsored by University Health and Counseling Services and Student Life. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and answer questions. “We’re not trying to diagnose people,” said Paul Dexter, Substance Abuse Counselor. “We’re just trying to address any concerns or red flags.” Self tests will be available. These tests can be reviewed with a health and counselling professional. Some of the activities at the event include the fatal vision goggle test, the alcohol 101 CD rom interactive program, two videos running throughout the day and a celebrity alcohol wall. November 1, 1999 Police get the boot One of the boots that the USM Police Department uses to hold cars was stolen from a vehicle on the Portland Campus. The lock was returned to USM Police the following day, but as of Thursday the thief was not found. The boot locks are used to hold cars of students who have acquired a large number of unpaid fines. The device locks onto a car’s tire, keeping the vehicle stationary and forcing the owner to visit USM Police and pay his fine. A safe net for Y2K bugs The USM Bookstore is encouraging professors to get an early start on ordering books for class, just in case Y2K complicates anything. “Our software and hardware vendors assure us that we will move into a new millennium without a glitch,” said Nicole Piaget, director of USM Bookstores, in a letter to the USM community, “but we have less confidence in publishers, suppliers and shippers.” Also, the way in which professors order textbooks has been changed, which may add to the complications and stress involved in ordering this year. Course packets take a minimum of six weeks from the time ordered to the time of availability, and the Bookstores would like to have that process finished before Jan. 1. April 24, 2000 Leave the vampires be… New lights installed on the back of the Costello Sports Complex for safety felt more like Hermes riding his sun chariot to Tower’s residence. “I can’t sleep at night,” said Barbara McPhail, a seventh floor resident of Wood Hall. Motioning with her arms stretched towards the ceiling, McPhail spoke of three white beams that penetrate her window each night, one shining directly into her face. The installation of the light was suggested by USM President Richard Pattenaude, who grew concerned for the area that is usually shrouded in shadow. McPhail agrees the area is dark at night, especially along the path to the baseball field, but she feels USM may have misjudged the strength and placement of the lights. Facilities Management had been concerned about lights shining into dorm windows during installation, wrote Dave Early, executive director of FM in a message to President Pattenaude. The Free Press was unable to reach Early for comment Friday. Now Protecting Maine from terrorism Last week Sen. Angus King held two roundtable discussions with public officials to talk about how they can protect Mainers from terrorist acts. The argument is that due to coastal tourist areas and big concert venues, Maine is potentially susceptible to an attack. “We’re facing a new type of terrorist,” King said. “It’s individuals. It’s lone wolves who are radicalized.” Some officials in attendance pointed out the difficulty with being proactive against terrorism, claiming that programs are constantly being cut whenever they lose federal funding, so the money just isn’t there. Sen. King recognized that it was going to be another tough budget year, but said that it was important to invest in public safety. Warming waters threaten lobsters A recent study shows that due to the warming of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, lobsters and other marine animals are becoming more susceptible to diseases. One species of sea star has already vanished from the coast of Washington and lobsters in southern New England have already been affected and it’s only a matter of time before Maine lobsters are at risk. These diseases are causing sea stars to turn to mush and are killing lobsters by getting under their shell and causing lesions, according to the study. Researchers are claiming that these marine animals have been harvesting these viruses for a while and the warming waters is just increasing its potency. Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia found dead at age 79 Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at his home on February 13 from an apparent heart attack. The justice was 79 years old and had been serving on the supreme court since the late 1980s. The judge’s death has sparked some controversy, since now there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Republicans are claiming that they don’t want President Obama to elect a democrat for the supreme court, some have even claimed to filibuster and any attempt made by President Obama to elect someone. A funeral service was held for Justice Scalia last Friday, mostly friends and family were in attendance, but President Obama decided not to attend, saying that he would pay his respects in private. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife were in attendance. Harper Lee dies at 89 Harper Lee, famed author of the classic To Kill a Mockingbird, was confirmed dead by a spokeswoman at HarperCollins last Friday. For a long time Lee was known for writing just the one book, which became a staple in almost all high school English classes across the country. To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and detailed social injustice through the eyes of a young girl. The book was a wild success, sparking a movie adaptation that would go on to win an Oscar, and many people wanted more. Lee gave them nothing until last year when she published a sequel to her 1960 classic entitled: “Go Set a Watchman.” Lee’s legacy will continue to live on through her words, just as her classic tale will continue to mold the minds of America’s youth throughout the country for the foreseeable years to come.


USM Popular Queries - Tue, 2016-02-23 18:02

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - USM, Portland Campus Feb 24, 2016

Outages - Mon, 2016-02-22 12:55
Due to fiber issues, this work has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled
at a future date.



** EMERGENCY Fiber Work between Lewiston and Portland **

Outages - Sun, 2016-02-21 19:36
A cable was shot in the Gorham area disrupting some of our services between
Lewiston and Portland. Cable repairs have begun but due to the damage and
density of the cable, repairs may take up to 10 hours to complete.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

Thank You,
Eric Damboise
University of Maine System

Re: Panopto Maintenance - Feb. 21, 2016

Outages - Sun, 2016-02-21 10:00
Work Complete, test URLs performing as expected.

On Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 2:45 PM, Marc Goff wrote:
> When: Feb 21, 2016 0900
> Expected Duration: 1hrs
> Scope: Panopto.uma.edu, courses.uma.edu, capture.maine.edu
> Summary:
> USIT system administrators will be migrating the Panopto servers to a new
> URL redirect technology. This covers panopto.uma.edu, courses.uma.edu and
> capture.maine.edu. This work will involve changing DNS records so there
> should be no interruption of service. Please contact the support center if
> you have any issues or concerns.

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono and Portland Data Center, select UMS campus networks Feb 21, 2016

Outages - Sun, 2016-02-21 07:09
This maintenance has been completed without incident.

On Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 9:45 AM, Ray Soucy wrote:
> Where: Orono and Portland Data Center, select UMS campus networks
> When: Feb 21, 2016 0500
> Expected Duration: 2hrs
> Scope: VPN and Firewall Infrastructure
> Summary:
> In response to CVE-2015-7547 (glibc getaddrinfo) upgrades affecting the following will be performed:
> Sunday 0000 to 0100 OpenVPN Service
> Sunday 0500 to 0700 Data Center Firewalls
> Sunday 0700 to 1000 Campus Firewalls (low impact)
> Any server maintenance between the normal window of 0700 [...]

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - USM Portland Feb 21, 2016

Outages - Sun, 2016-02-21 06:59
All APs back up, clients observed on tempest and UMS guest with correct IP

On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 3:45 PM, wrote:

> Where: USM Portland
> When: Feb 21, 2016 6:00AM
> Expected Duration: 1/2hr
> Scope: USM Portland Wireless
> Summary:
> USM Portland Wireless controllers will be rebooted to work around
> a software bug preventing stale configuration elements from being removed.
> Wireless service will be unavailable on most of the Portland campus for
> about 10 minutes at some point during the window.
> Details:

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - USM Gorham Feb 21, 2016

Outages - Sun, 2016-02-21 06:58
All APs back up, clients observed on tempest and UMS guest with correct IP

On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 4:34 PM, wrote:

> Where: USM Gorham
> When: Feb 21, 2016 6:00AM
> Expected Duration: 1/2hr
> Scope: USM Gorham Wireless
> Summary:
> This is the same maintenance as the USM Portland notice. Gorham
> academic/admin Building wireless will also go out of service for around 10
> minutes while wireless controllers are rebooted. The Gorham residence halls
> will _not_ be affected.
> Details:
> Networkmaine Contact Info during the [...]

Networkmaine Maintenance - UMPI Feb 24, 2016

Outages - Fri, 2016-02-19 16:09
Where: UMPI
When: Feb 24, 2016 6:00AM
Expected Duration: 1/2hr
Scope: UMPI ResHall Wireless

Residence hall APs will be moved to a different wireless controller. Expected downtime is about 10 minutes.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
NONE / Unknown at this time

Networkmaine Maintenance - USM, Portland Campus Feb 24, 2016

Outages - Fri, 2016-02-19 14:58
Where: USM, Portland Campus
When: Feb 24, 2016 5 AM
Expected Duration: 1hr
Scope: Buildings Listed

We will be performing network maintenance on the USM Portland campus that will impact data services at the following buildings:

Woodbury Campus Center
25 Bedford Street
Central Heat Plant

Please plan accordingly.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
NONE / Unknown at this time


USM Popular Queries - Fri, 2016-02-19 11:01

Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono, Farmington, Augusta Feb 21, 2016

Outages - Fri, 2016-02-19 09:48
Where: Orono, Farmington, Augusta
When: Feb 21, 2016 6AM
Expected Duration: 2hrs
Scope: NameO, NameP, NameA and NameF

We will be applying critical security updates to these servers. They will be rebooted after the updates are applied. This will be done one at a time so services using the best practice of using multiple servers should see no problems beyond short delays. [...]

Networkmaine Maintenance - USM Gorham Feb 21, 2016

Outages - Thu, 2016-02-18 16:34
Where: USM Gorham
When: Feb 21, 2016 6:00AM
Expected Duration: 1/2hr
Scope: USM Gorham Wireless

This is the same maintenance as the USM Portland notice. Gorham academic/admin Building wireless will also go out of service for around 10 minutes while wireless controllers are rebooted. The Gorham residence halls will _not_ be affected.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587 [...]


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