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Re: Connectivity issues

Outages - Tue, 2016-11-22 18:39
Update: We are still working on the routing problems. No specific ETA for
resolution but anticipate getting problems resolved before start of
business tomorrow.
Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

Jeff

On Nov 22, 2016 4:21 PM, "Andrew Henry" wrote:

We are currently experiencing some routing instability, which may manifest
as slowness or inability to get to certain destinations/web sites. We are
actively working on correcting the problem, and will provide updates as
soon as they are available. [...]

Connectivity issues

Outages - Tue, 2016-11-22 16:19
We are currently experiencing some routing instability, which may manifest
as slowness or inability to get to certain destinations/web sites. We are
actively working on correcting the problem, and will provide updates as
soon as they are available.

Thank you for your patience.

Networkmaine Maintenance - Augusta Nov 30, 2016

Outages - Tue, 2016-11-22 14:44
Where: Augusta
When: Nov 30, 2016 0500
Expected Duration: 2hrs
Scope: Katz Library

Summary:
We will be replacing the existing switches with new equipment.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

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

Networkmaine Maintenance - UM,UMA-Bangor,USM,UMF,UMM,UMPI,UMFK Nov 27, 2016

Outages - Tue, 2016-11-22 10:56
Where: UM,UMA-Bangor,USM,UMF,UMM,UMPI,UMFK
When: Nov 27, 2016 6:00AM
Expected Duration: 1hr
Scope: UM,UMA-Bangor,USM,UMF,UMM,UMPI,UMFK

Summary:
Minor wireless controller bugfix update. Some buildings on affected campuses will lose wireless service for up to 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 and Gorham *** EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE *** Nov 23, 2016

Outages - Tue, 2016-11-22 10:42
Where: USM Portland and Gorham *** EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE ***
When: Nov 23, 2016 5 AM
Expected Duration: 1hr
Scope: All external network access

Summary:
We will be performing maintenance that will impact access to external resources for both Portland and Gorham campuses, such as the Internet. Please plan accordingly.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

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

Performance impacting outage

Outages - Tue, 2016-11-22 09:26
We have lost one of our in/egress routers (Portland) overnight.
Restoration efforts are ongoing.

Both Internet and Internet 2 connectivity has been maintained through
redundant paths (Orono). Various hosted / cloud-based services in use
within UMS including:

BlackBoard
Panopto
Google Apps
HireTouch
SyQuest
PK-20
iModules
Touchnet
Concur
Maxient
Event Pro
Target X

remain reachable and fully functional.

Direct peering with local ISPs has been negatively impacted. Traffic
to/from these ISPs will default to traversing our remaining Internet
connection (Orono). [...]

Networkmaine Maintenance - UMS Centers & Coop Ext Nov 23, 2016

Outages - Mon, 2016-11-21 09:28
Where: UMS Centers & Coop Ext
When: Nov 23, 2016 5a
Expected Duration: 2hrs
Scope: Uplink Connection

Summary:
The uplink connection for some UMS Centers and Coop Extensions will be migrated to a new core router. The following sites will see a brief network outage during the maintenance window:

East Millinocket Center
Houlton Center
Ellsworth Center
Belfast Hutchinson Center
Southern Aroostook Ext
Rockland Center [...]

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - USM, Portland and Gorham Campuses Nov 20, 2016

Outages - Sun, 2016-11-20 06:26
Maintenance is complete. Operations are back to normal.

--Brandon

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USM Popular Queries - Fri, 2016-11-18 15:01

Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono/Portland Nov 19, 2016

Outages - Thu, 2016-11-17 14:12
Where: Orono/Portland
When: Nov 19, 2016 10:00PM
Expected Duration: 8 hours
Scope: UTSC Queue

Summary:
Will be performing maintenance that will require the UTSC queue to be unavailable after close of business Saturday night at 10PM

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

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

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USM Popular Queries - Thu, 2016-11-17 13:01

Networkmaine Maintenance - USM, Portland and Gorham Campuses Nov 20, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-11-16 11:38
Where: USM, Portland and Gorham Campuses
When: Nov 20, 2016 5 AM
Expected Duration: 1hr
Scope: All external network access

Summary:
We will be performing maintenance that will impact access to external resources for both Portland and Gorham campuses, such as the Internet. 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-P Law Building Nov 16, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-11-16 06:26
Maintenance has been completed, operations have returned to normal.

On Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 10:22 AM, Steven DeProfio wrote:

> Where: USM-P Law Building
> When: Nov 16, 2016 6
> Expected Duration: 1/2hr
> Scope: Internet outage 6th and 7th floor
>
> Summary:
> The UPS providing power to our equipment on the 7th floor is
> failing and needs to be removed.
>
> Networkmaine Contact Info:
> NOC 561-3587
>
> Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
> NONE / Unknown at this time
>

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USM Popular Queries - Tue, 2016-11-15 11:01

Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono/Portland Nov 14, 2016

Outages - Mon, 2016-11-14 12:42
Where: Orono/Portland
When: Nov 14, 2016 10PM
Expected Duration: 6 hours
Scope: UTSC Queue

Summary:
Will be performing maintenance after close of business on servers supporting UTSC queue. Maintenance will be completed before UTSC opens on Wednesday morning.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

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

Networkmaine Maintenance - USM-P Law Building Nov 16, 2016

Outages - Mon, 2016-11-14 10:22
Where: USM-P Law Building
When: Nov 16, 2016 6
Expected Duration: 1/2hr
Scope: Internet outage 6th and 7th floor

Summary:
The UPS providing power to our equipment on the 7th floor is failing and needs to be removed.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

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

Madeline Albright headlines Ed Muskie’s centennial celebration

USM Free Press News Feed - Sat, 2016-11-12 11:38

USM welcomed former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and journalist Mark Shields of PBS to the Muskie School of Public Service on Saturday to discuss late Senator Edmund Muskie, the namesake of the school, and how his legacy lives on today, in a packed Hannaford Hall.

Albright served as Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton from 1997 until Clinton left office in 2001, and was the United States ambassador to the United Nations for the preceding four years. Shields, a journalist, has been on PBS NewsHour since 1988 and served on Muskie’s campaign for president.

A Democrat, Muskie was Maine’s Senator from 1959 until 1980, when he left the senate to become Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter until 1981. Muskie also served as Governor of Maine from 1955 to 1959, ran for the Democratic nomination for President in 1972, and was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1968.

Shields, the first speaker, lauded Muskie’s work on the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act and his persistence in getting the acts passed. He quoted former Maine senator Bill Cohen, who thought about challenging Muskie in 1976 for senate, but did not for “the people of Maine and America would not be better served.”

Shields continued with several personal anecdotes about his lifelong friendship with Muskie, before commenting that Muskie would’ve been “disgusted” with the politics of today.

Shields also sought to “set the record straight” on an infamous incident when Muskie broke down in tears publically delivering a speech after the Manchester Union-Leader published a “slanderous” piece on Muskie’s wife Jane. The incident is widely thought to have ruined Muskie’s chances of winning the Democratic nomination. Shields said that the Union-Leader was doing the “dirty tricks” of the Richard Nixon campaign, as Muskie was the man that Nixon “least wanted to run [against].”

Shields concluded by declaring that Ed Muskie “reminded us of the eternal values, that each of us has been warmed by fires that we did not build, has drunk from wells we did not dig.”

During Secretary Albright’s remarks, she also contrasted the current political atmosphere with Muskie’s commitment to working with both parties, joking that “Muskie knew that ‘bipartisanship’ is not a four letter word,” but that he “never forgot his values.” She praised Muskie’s ability to craft legislation, making sure it was “fact-based” and that he “knew the issues better than the experts.”

Secretary Albright described him as the “conscience of the senate”, and said that  “it never occurred to him to serve one party at the expense of the other.” She also praised his belief in government, again contrasting it with modern politics. She said Muskie reminds her to “see government as a purveyor of social justice and economic progress.” She also praised his belief in women’s rights, as he famously hired many women for his staff. She quipped that “people thought that a woman couldn’t be secretary of state because an Arab [national] leader would never accept it, but I always had more problems with men in my own country.”

Albright concluded her speech by saying “I truly loved him, because of what he did for this country.”

During the question-answer segment of the presentation, moderated by St. Louis University Law Professor Joel K. Goldstein, Shields denounced the idea that “government hasn’t made people safer and made their lives better.” Albright agreed, saying that “taxes are not a crime,” drawing laughter and applause from the capacity audience.

When asked by moderator Goldstein “one could be an ‘Ed Muskie’ in modern politics” Albright said that people could, and cited money in elections as increasing the divisiveness in modern government. Shields agreed, saying that “we can’t have our elections bought and sold on an auction block by billionaires.”

Shields said during the Q&A that “I think Ed Muskie’s values are less alive today.” Shields went on to say “Ed Muskie believed in war as a burden of all equally,” and criticized US Congress’ distance from the active military, but being more willing to send the military into combat, especially compared to to World War II.

Candidate for governor and former Muskie aide Eliot Cutler was in attendance. In a brief interview, Cutler expressed support for the forthcoming cuts to the Muskie School and did not believe it was inappropriate to be celebrating the school at this time.

How the Sukkah structure on campus provides meaningful space

USM Free Press News Feed - Sat, 2016-11-12 11:38

A short walk between Luther Bonney and Payson Smith will open your eyes to a strange structure sitting on the grass between the buildings. Made up of different types of wood, it’s roof is covered with the leafy branches of a Beech tree. This small hideaway, called a Sukkah, serves as both a spiritual getaway to students and as a  way to connect community members in one meaningful space.

A Sukkah, often translated from Hebrew as booth, is a temporary structure constructed for use during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot, something akin to a harvest, or fall festival. It is topped with branches and often decorated with autumnal, harvest and/or Judaic themes.

Using money allocated from a community grant, Asherah Cinnamon is a contemporary artist living in Portland who is the creator of this project and called the Sukkah, “The Dwelling Place.”

The small structure has travelled to different college campuses in Maine over the past few years. It has been here at our campus, to the University of New England gallery, MECA, the Maine Jewish Museum and SMCC. It rotates each year and a formal meal is hosted every year in the Sukkah.

Every year, faculty and staff members at the Jewish Organization “Hillel of Southern Maine” are kind enough to share this with us. This group’s goal is to provide connections between USM students and community members interested in Jewish culture and faith.

Traditionally, it is a requirement that the small architecture be built only from materials growing from the ground. This explains why the walls are made of long pieces of wood and the roof is made of freshly cut tree branches.

Inside the structure is enough space for a small table, where you have the opportunity to connect with the natural world through simply enjoying a soft breeze while the sun shines against your skin. For Cinnamon, the choosing of beech branches was a particular choice.

“Often outlasting the winter, these leaves seem to wrestle with the wind – and I love the sound of it it’s like Maine music to me,” explained Cinnamon. “So to sit in the Sukkah and listen to the leaves rustle is part of the pleasure of being in the Sukkah.”

Part of the symbol of the Sukkah now in modern times is about welcoming the stranger, feeding our neighbors and caring for one another and strengthening the community.

“It’s a reminder that my people were looking for a home and it’s a reminder there are unfortunately people in this culture in this society in this town in this state who don’t have a home,” said Cinnamon.

Ariel Bernstein, a community member who works with the Jewish Community Alliance to advise Southern Maine Hillel and member of the USM Religious and Spiritual Life Council, explained that this big project took a lot of volunteers to build the Sukkah.

“The Jewish community of Portland really came together for this,” said Bernstein. “But the Sukkah is here for all of us to enjoy; it is an extremely beautiful piece of work.”

For Bernstein, the Sukkah acts as a place she can experience all her cultural backgrounds at once through foods associated with them; The combination of Maine’s apple cider with Israel’s love for Falafel and Pita bread, for example.

Sarah Holmes, the Assistant Dean of Students and administrative liaison to the Religious and Spiritual Life Council, believes the Sukkah is a great installation to bring to USM.

“It helps us, as a community, build a bridge between our daily lives, the natural world, and our understanding of the divine,” said Holmes. “We have lots of fall traditions and festivals, and this is one of them.”

Until October 11th people are welcome to go inside – there are picnic benches inside and USM community members are welcome to – respectfully – use the space for meals, studying, conversation, reflection, or other activities which allow them to enjoy the structure and the space.

Paris struck with worst terrorist attack in Europe since 2004

USM Free Press News Feed - Sat, 2016-11-12 11:37

By Zachary Searles, News Editor

Paris was the victim of the worst terrorist attack in Europe since the Madrid bombings of 2004. At least 128 people have been confirmed dead and 180 injured after gun and bomb attacks that took place Friday night.

Bataclan concert hall was stormed by gunmen who opened fired on the crowd, killing 80 people and taking hostages before security could get into the hall.

“They didn’t stop firing. There was blood everywhere, corpses everywhere. We heard screaming. Everyone was trying to flee,” Pierre Janaszak told the Agence France Presse.

Janaszak also said that the gunmen blamed the president of France, Francois Hollande, for the attacks, claiming that it was his fault the attacks were happening and that he should have never intervened in Syria.

Not far from the concert hall, gunmen stormed three restaurant and a bar. In this part of Paris, 40 people were killed by the attackers.

“We heard the sound of guns, 30-second bursts. It was endless. We thought it was fireworks,” Pierre Montfort, a resident of Paris, said in an interview with the BBC.

At the time of the gun attacks, President Hollande was attending a friendly international game between France and Germany. Two explosions went off right outside the venue and the President had to be evacuated.

Residents in Paris are being asked to stay in their homes and more than 1,000 military personnel have been deployed across the city.

According to the BBC, police are saying that all gunmen involved are dead, with seven killing themselves with explosive vests and an eighth being killed by security forces. Police are still unsure if any accomplices are on the run.

President Hollande said the attacks were an act of war and said ISIS were responsible for the attacks. In an internet statement from the terrorist group, they claimed credit for the attacks, saying they set up precise attacks in the French capital.

The Islamic State also claimed that the attacks were the “first of the storm” and then mocked France, calling them a capital of obscenity and prostitution.

President Barack Obama, Pope Francis and Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, have spoken out against the heinous attacks and have offered their condolences to the citizens of Paris.

Paul D’Amato tries to dispel the myths of Marxism

USM Free Press News Feed - Sat, 2016-11-12 11:37

By David Sanok

The Socialist Worker organization held a lecture on defining Marxism and Socialism at Payson Smith hall last Tuesday night. The event was organized to educate people about how Marxism and Socialism can be used to fix the economic inequality in America.

“There’s an assumption here in America that people who believe in the ideas of Karl Marx are people who believe in Stalin’s Russia or Fidel Castro’s Cuba. That’s simply not true,” D’Amato said. “What people misunderstand about Marxism is how his ideas, if implemented correctly, could greatly improve our society”.

D’Amato went on to explain that Karl Marx’s economic ideas failed in Soviet Russia because the government itself was not structured in a democratic fashion. This enabled Joseph Stalin to manipulate the system and become the military dictator of Russia.

“Unlike Soviet Russia, our government has checks and balances along with separation of powers to prevent a dictatorship from happening. But people often confuse government structure with economics and think that if America adopted socialism and replaced capitalism, the government would cease to be a republic,” D’Amato said. “ Our goal as an organization is to explain to people why that’s not true and why socialism will work in America.”

In his argument for socialism, D’Amato criticized what he perceives to be the immorality of capitalism by talking about the growing gap between rich and poor in America. He also highlighted Karl Marx’s writings on the gap further illustrate his point. D’Amato blamed the widening gap on big banks being able to gamble with people’s savings, high healthcare and education costs, lower tax cuts for the rich while higher taxes on the middle class and money in politics being used to corrupt politicians.

“The system of capitalism is inherently unfair to average working middle class American,” D’Amato explained. “To achieve a socialist economy, getting big money out of politics is the top priority. Once corporate money is banned, then we must focus on reaching out to all Americans on why we should become a socialist country.”

D’Amato concluded his lecture by allowing the audience to participate in a seminar style discussion. Audience members could ask questions to D’Amato or others in attendance and talk about their own personal views.

Thatcher Platts was one of the audience members who participated in the discussion. Platts expressed his dissatisfaction with the Democratic and Republican Parties for their failure to address the gap between rich and poor.

“Both major parties are being brought off by corporations and that’s why the greedy bankers aren’t in jail. The Republicans are pro-deregulation and business so that’s not the surprising, but the Democrats claim to be the champions of the middle class yet take corporate money and refuse to prosecute the bankers responsible for the recession. So really when you’re voting democrat, you’re only voting for the lesser of two evils,” Platts said.

Despite his dissatisfaction with the democrats, Platts said he supports outspoken democratic socialist Bernie Sanders for president over front-runner Hillary Clinton, even going as far as supporting a third party candidate for president if Sanders is not the democratic nominee.

“If we just keeping voting for the same old establishment politicians, no real change will ever come and socialism in America will never become a reality,” Platts said.

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