A recent feature story in The Forecaster newspaper on Maine's growing Islamic population included interviews with two people from USM: Reza Jalali, a USM coordinator of multicultural student affairs, and Fahmo Ahmed, a Somali student who attends USM's Lewiston-Auburn College.
The Portland Press Herald highlighted rising enrollment numbers at USM in a May 4 story. So far, enrollment for fall 2016 increased by 10 percent and out-of-state students jumped 28 percent, wrote reporter Joe Lawlor.
Longfellow Elementary School fifth-grader Rachel Martin dipped her hand into a net and squealed, "I touched a bug!"
A few moments later, she gazed at her wriggling catch, swimming among the dozens captured in Portland's Capisic Brook.
The centimeter-long amphipods are a sign that the water quality is poor, explained Renee Dugal, a University of Southern Maine environmental science major.