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Networkmaine Maintenance - USM Portland Feb 21, 2016

Outages - Thu, 2016-02-18 15:45
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. [...]

Panopto Maintenance - Feb. 21, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-02-17 14:45
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.

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

Outages - Wed, 2016-02-17 09:45
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) [...]

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - USM, Gorham Feb 17, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-02-17 06:30
Maintenance completed without issues.

--Brandon

On Friday, February 12, 2016, Brandon Glenn wrote:

> Where: USM, Gorham
> When: Feb 17, 2016 5:30 AM
> Expected Duration: 1/2hr
> Scope: All data services at the Gorham campus
>
> Summary:
> We will be performing network maintenance that will briefly
> interrupt data services to the Gorham campus. Please plan accordingly.
>
> Networkmaine Contact Info:
> NOC 561-3587
>
> Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
> NONE / Unknown at this time
>

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - USM, Gorham Feb 17, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-02-17 06:29
Maintenance completed without issues.

--Brandon

On Thursday, February 11, 2016, Brandon Glenn wrote:

> Where: USM, Gorham
> When: Feb 17, 2016 6 AM
> Expected Duration: 1/2hr
> Scope: Data Service for Police and Safety
>
> Summary:
> We will be performing network maintenance that may impact data
> services for Police and Safety for up to 30 minutes. Please plan
> accordingly.
>
> Networkmaine Contact Info:
> NOC 561-3587
>
> Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
> NONE / Unknown at this time
>

Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono *** EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE *** Feb 17, 2016

Outages - Tue, 2016-02-16 10:09
Where: Orono *** EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE ***
When: Feb 17, 2016 5:30AM
Expected Duration: 1/2hr
Scope: Orono Wireless

Summary:
One Orono wireless controller will be rebooted to work around a Cisco bug.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

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

USM’s varied student demographic help to understand transfer rates

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2016-02-15 16:21

By Erica Jones

It has been a recent campaign by the University of Southern Maine to address its dwindling enrollment numbers and high student withdrawal rates, through recent efforts made such as the Enrollment Management program being founded in 2015 to improve student retention, and with a modern rebranding of the school’s image as “Maine’s metropolitan university” to attract prospective students.

But while enough students transfer, withdraw, or drop out of USM to provoke action from the university, particularly in the middle of the year between the fall and spring semesters, USM also receives many new transfer students each year arriving for the spring semester. So why are there so many students leaving USM, but also so many coming here for the second half of the year?

USM’s varied student demographics is useful to keep in mind when answering these questions. Over half of the undergraduate student population qualify as adults. “It is not unusual for adults in particular to [leave school and] not return,” said Bob Stein, USM’s executive director of the office of public affairs.

He listed examples such as needing to work more hours at a job, care for family, or even experiencing sudden car troubles as some of the reasons why people leave without returning; simply put, “Life gets in the way.”

The reasons that students transfer into USM are just as diverse. “I was going to SMCC for a couple years, and ended up transferring to USM in spring last year,” Jack J., a junior-standing student, explained about how he wound up arrival at the university mid-year. “I didn’t have enough credits to start in fall.”

The number of students transferring in for the spring semester has has remained stable recently, according to USM’s  director of technology for enrollment management, Jonathan Barker. “For Spring 2016, the number of incoming undergraduate transfer students is consistent with last year,” said Barker, citing 262 transfer students in 2015 compared to 260 in 2016. Recently, USM President Glen Cummings reported in a Monday Missive that undergraduate student enrollment for the spring semester grew by three percent.

Being a former spring transfer student to USM myself, I have personal experience in this area—I transferred because I got married and was moving back to Maine—but I don’t think that it takes first-hand experience to understand how transferring, especially mid-year, has the potential to feel overwhelming and stressful for any student, regardless of age.

Similarly, the decision to leave school and not transfer anywhere at all, whether at the end of the spring, fall, or anywhere in-between, is not always an easy choice. Students who are struggling academically may feel as though withdrawing from school is the only option  . USM has many resources available to students who are looking for academic support.

Academic advising is available in Portland at 119 Payson-Smith Hall; in Gorham at 119 Bailey Hall; and at the Lewiston-Auburn campus. The Learning Commons is a collaborative effort between the USM libraries and the Division of Student Success, according to USM’s website, designed as a space for active learning with access to reference librarians and tutors, located on the second floor of the Glickman Library in Portland.

Additionally, a great service for students to take advantage of is the Disabilities Services Center, which has locations in Portland at 242 Luther Bonney Hall, in Gorham at 119 Bailey Hall, and in Lewiston-Auburn. The staff at the DSC works closely with students to “create an environment of equal access allowing students to explore and recognize their full potential,” as described on USM’s website.

Something else for students to take advantage of is USM’s deadline for priority filing of the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority filing deadline is February 15 for the 2016-2017 financial aid year.

Filing your FAFSA on time makes it easier for you to receive your financial aid and it is easy to make corrections when you file your tax returns. Go to FAFSA.gov to file. Call or visit USM’s Student Financial Services Office By phone at (207) 780-5250 or on the Gorham campus at 37 College Avenue with any questions.

A white man’s role in the Black Lives Matter movement

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2016-02-15 15:59

This is a perspectives new piece written by Zachary Searles, News Editor

Last week Eddie Moore Jr. was at USM, giving guest lecture and a workshop about diversity. Moore has published books, gotten his PhD and now travels around the country giving these lectures and workshops.

Moore grew up in Florida where he claims he wasn’t taught diversity skills, but, rather, was taught segregation skills, only ever interacting with black people and even claimed that if there was ever a time when he didn’t want to interact with white people, then he just didn’t half to, they were easy to avoid.

Some of Moore’s older brothers got into trouble with the law and in order to prevent him from getting in the same kind of trouble, his mother sent him off to Iowa, which was and still remains one of the whitest states in the nation. Moore joked that when he got to Iowa he had seen more white people than he ever thought existed, and now there would be no escaping them.

Moore opened his workshop by saying that he wasn’t here to preach to or convert anyone to his style of beliefs and view of the world, he also wasn’t here to “bash on white folks,” which was probably a good thing since he was talking to a crowd that was mostly white.

Moore’s ways of presenting diversity are much different than others that I had been exposed to, and I was personally touched by them, more so than just sitting at a rally and being preached to, praying on the crowd’s anger and frustration.

One of his claims that I found to be the most truthful was that no one is “color blind,” according to Moore, everyone has their own set of prejudices, that are likely caused by the environment that you grow up in, and it’s important to recognize those prejudices so you can work on them.

I have never really done a hard look at the problems of race in this country, and I feel that saying I’m from Maine is a bit of cop out because while, yes, 97 percent of the state is white, I still find myself interacting with non white people just about every day.

I am not a racist, I recognize that blacks and other minority groups are discriminated against on a daily basis. I am not an Islamophobe, I do not think that everyone who practices Islam is a terrorist, I don’t even think that one percent of those who practice Islam are terrorists, but I understand that most people are weary of them because of their own deep rooted and ungrounded fears.

Even as I write this I am skeptical of whether or not I should open my mouth, I am a white male and the least likely to be a victim of racist acts or discrimination, so what could I possibly know about racism in the world around us? I thought this way for a very long time, but I think that is starting to change.

I now see that by thinking like this, by having this frame of mind, I am only contributing to the problem and I think that is part of what Moore is try to say when he says recognize your own prejudices and work on them.

Part of me is still questioning what I have to contribute, surely I’m not ready to throw on a cape and be a civil liberties warrior, so how much is enough to contribute? Commenting back on blatantly offensive Facebook posts? Speaking up if I see something in the halls of dorm building? And the nihilist in me still questions if that one small action would really make a difference in the day-to-day fight to end racism.

So what is my role? I don’t know, but standing back in the shadows isn’t helping anyone. I used think who am I to stand up the rights of black people? I will never truly understand what they are going through and I will never pretend to. Some feelings still summoned themselves deep in me when a white person stands up and tries to point out all the problems with white people and points out all the suffering that they will ever experience, but I’m slowly starting to realize that maybe this is what is needed.

Minority groups have been speaking out for themselves for decades but no one is listening, so maybe now it is my turn to speak up and say “Hey, the way things are going, that’s not right. That needs to change.” And it says a lot about our society that we oppress a group of people to the point where we only listen to their problems through the mouth of someone else.

Eddie Moore taught me to look through my own prejudices and I think I’m starting to do that. A week ago I would have told you that I was white, what do I possibly know about racism? And I’m still not claiming to be an expert, but I do believe now that that line of thinking, is only adding to the problem.

 

Police Beats 2/1/15

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2016-02-15 15:58

02/01/2016

Haw Haw!

911 call, Philippi Hall. Student stuck in the elevator in Philippi Hall. Assistance given.

Robot Doors Gone Wild

Security Alarm, Brooks Student Center. Interior door alarm. False alarm.

02/03/2016

USM’s Unwanted Undesirables Unite!

Unwanted person, Wishcamper Center. Student reports harassment. Report taken.

Drunk, Sleeping One Off In Hanny Hall

Medical call, Abromson Center. Intoxicated person. Transported to Portland shelter.

02/04/2016

Hamburglar Strikes Again

Theft, Woodbury Campus Center. Subject reports the theft of a credit card. Report taken.

You Got Served Homie

Paper service, Anderson Hall. Court summons was served.

02/05/2016

Nobody Wants to Hear T-Swift That Loud

Disturbance, loud music Upperclass Hall. Warning issued for loud music.

“Come at me Bro!”

Disturbance, Sullivan Gym. Report of a fight in progress. Resolved. No complaint filed for charges. Report taken.

Oh Wait, This Isn’t Worth Anything?

Security Alarm, Art Gallery. False alarm.

Green Dreams

Drug Complaint, Upperclass Hall. The smell of marijuana reported on 4th floor. Summons issued for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - USM-Portland Feb 14, 2016

Outages - Sun, 2016-02-14 07:30
After monitoring for a while, everything looks to have gone as intended.

On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 12:32 PM, wrote:

> Where: USM-Portland
> When: Feb 14, 2016 6:00AM
> Expected Duration: 1/2hr
> Scope: Portland Campus Wireless
>
> Summary:
> Portland campus wireless IP address space will be reallocated.
> Wireless service will be intermittent for the duration.
>
> Details:
>
>
> Networkmaine Contact Info during the window for this work:
> jasonm@maine.edu jasonm@maine.edu
> NOC 561-3587
>
> Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
> NONE / Unknown at this time
[...]

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USM Popular Queries - Sat, 2016-02-13 16:01

Networkmaine Maintenance - USM, Gorham Feb 17, 2016

Outages - Fri, 2016-02-12 16:09
Where: USM, Gorham
When: Feb 17, 2016 5:30 AM
Expected Duration: 1/2hr
Scope: All data services at the Gorham campus

Summary:
We will be performing network maintenance that will briefly interrupt data services to the Gorham campus. Please plan accordingly.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

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

Networkmaine Maintenance - UMA- Bangor, Lewiston Hall Feb 17, 2016

Outages - Fri, 2016-02-12 15:18
Where: UMA- Bangor, Lewiston Hall
When: Feb 17, 2016 5:00 AM
Expected Duration: 3hrs
Scope: Network Connections and Phone Service

Summary:
During the maintenance window we will be doing some reconfiguration of networking equipment to get ready for some future upgrades to the building network equipment.

The maintenance will be fairly disruptive and most network connectivity should be restored by 8:00 am. Please plan accordingly. I will send out a reminder on Monday morning as well. [...]

chemistry

USM Popular Queries - Fri, 2016-02-12 11:01

Networkmaine Maintenance - USM, Gorham Feb 17, 2016

Outages - Thu, 2016-02-11 12:21
Where: USM, Gorham
When: Feb 17, 2016 6 AM
Expected Duration: 1/2hr
Scope: Data Service for Police and Safety

Summary:
We will be performing network maintenance that may impact data services for Police and Safety for up to 30 minutes. Please plan accordingly.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

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

dean's list

USM Popular Queries - Wed, 2016-02-10 11:01

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - Farmington Feb 10, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-02-10 06:29
All APs are back up.

On Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 5:18 PM, wrote:

> Where: Farmington
> When: Feb 10, 2016 5:00AM
> Expected Duration: 1/2hr
> Scope: 115
> South,Brinkman,Dakin,Emery,RickerAdd,Merrill,Preble,Ricker,Roberts,Thomas
>
> Summary:
> Wireless APs in the following buildings will be moved to a
> different controller. Coverage will be intermittent for up to 30 minutes.
>
> 115
> South,Brinkman,Dakin,Emery,RickerAdd,Merrill,Preble,Ricker,Roberts,Thomas
>
>
>
> Details:
>
>
> Networkmaine Contact Info during the window for this work:
> jasonm@maine.edu jasonm@maine.edu
> NOC 561-3587
>
> Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
> NONE [...]

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - USM Muskie School Feb 10, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-02-10 06:03
As of about 5:35 the switches are back online.

On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 11:16 AM, wrote:

> Where: USM Muskie School
> When: Feb 10, 2016 5:00AM
> Expected Duration: 1hr
> Scope: USM Muskie School
>
> Summary:
> USM Muskie School switches will undergo a software update. Network
> services will be unavailable for up to one hour.
>
> Details:
>
>
> Networkmaine Contact Info during the window for this work:
> jasonm@maine.edu jasonm@maine.edu
> NOC 561-3587
>
> Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
> NONE / Unknown at this [...]

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