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Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono May 06, 2015

Outages - 41 min 50 sec ago
Maintenance was completed successfully.

On Mon, May 4, 2015 at 7:38 AM, John Scofield wrote:

> Where: Orono
> When: May 06, 2015 0500
> Expected Duration: 2hrs
> Scope: Aubert, Crossland, Mahaney Clubhouse, Student Innovation Ctr, Libby
>
> Summary:
> Buildings will experience a short outage (<10 minutes) while
> switches are moved to a UPS. Down time in Aubert will be up to a half hour
> because UPS has net yet been installed.
>
> Networkmaine Contact Info:
> NOC 561-3587
>
> Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
> NONE / Unknown [...]

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Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono May 06, 2015

Outages - Mon, 2015-05-04 07:38
Where: Orono
When: May 06, 2015 0500
Expected Duration: 2hrs
Scope: Aubert, Crossland, Mahaney Clubhouse, Student Innovation Ctr, Libby

Summary:
Buildings will experience a short outage (<10 minutes) while switches are moved to a UPS. Down time in Aubert will be up to a half hour because UPS has net yet been installed.

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

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Networkmaine Maintenance - USM, Portland May 10, 2015

Outages - Fri, 2015-05-01 09:48
Where: USM, Portland
When: May 10, 2015 5 AM
Expected Duration: 2hrs
Scope: All USM Services

Summary:
We will be performing network maintenance in our data center that will potentially impact all USM online services. 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, Portland *** EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE *** May 01, 2015

Outages - Fri, 2015-05-01 07:37
Maintenance was completed without issues. Operations are now stable.

Thanks,

--Brandon

Networkmaine Maintenance - USM, Portland *** EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE *** May 01, 2015

Outages - Thu, 2015-04-30 18:06
Where: USM, Portland *** EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE ***
When: May 01, 2015 7 AM
Expected Duration: 1/2hr
Scope: Sections of Luther-Bonney Hall

Summary:
We will need to reboot a network switch that has frozen in Luther-Bonney Hall. The outage is expected to be less than 10 minutes, and will affect computer lab PC's and offices that are in the vicinity of the computer lab. Please plan accordingly. [...]

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Networkmaine Maintenance - US:IT Orono Apr 29, 2015

Outages - Wed, 2015-04-29 14:46
Where: US:IT Orono
When: Apr 29, 2015 10:00PM
Expected Duration: 1hr
Scope: Emergency Maintenanc: UM, UMA, UMFK, GUS, US:IT, Muskie, Coop and Center Voicemail

Summary:
Emergency maintenance. Will be rebooting all US:IT voicemail servers to troubleshoot a problem. No downtime is expected

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

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

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Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - Ellsworth City Hall, Belfast Hutch Ctr, Bowdoin Coll, Gould Acad, E. Millinocket Ctr, Houlton Ctr. Apr 29, 2015

Outages - Wed, 2015-04-29 06:34
Maintenance has been completed successfully.

On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 7:43 AM, wrote:

> Where: Ellsworth City Hall, Belfast Hutch Ctr, Bowdoin Coll, Gould Acad,
> E. Millinocket Ctr, Houlton Ctr.
> When: Apr 29, 2015 0500
> Expected Duration: 2hrs
> Scope: Local connectivity and locally homed sites at each location.
>
> Summary:
> Switches at each site will have their SAOS upgraded. Maintenance
> will be done in a rolling fashion so that only one switch will be down at a
> time. While switch is upgraded, only local traffic will be affected - all
[...]

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Networkmaine Maintenance - Ellsworth City Hall, Belfast Hutch Ctr, Bowdoin Coll, Gould Acad, E. Millinocket Ctr, Houlton Ctr. Apr 29, 2015

Outages - Tue, 2015-04-28 07:43
Where: Ellsworth City Hall, Belfast Hutch Ctr, Bowdoin Coll, Gould Acad, E. Millinocket Ctr, Houlton Ctr.
When: Apr 29, 2015 0500
Expected Duration: 2hrs
Scope: Local connectivity and locally homed sites at each location.

Summary:
Switches at each site will have their SAOS upgraded. Maintenance will be done in a rolling fashion so that only one switch will be down at a time. While switch is upgraded, only local traffic will be affected - all other traffic should remain up via an alternate path. [...]

USM hosts Earth Day discussion on environmental problems in Maine

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2015-04-27 12:39

The 45th annual observance of Earth Day was last week, and all around campus there were events to celebrate our relation to the Earth and how we can work to try and make it a sustainable place to live by preserving its natural resources.

Kappa Alpha Omicron, or KAO, the USM Environmental Science Student Honors Society invited Lisa Pohlmann of the Natural Resources Council of Maine to speak on behalf of USM’s environmental student honor society about “The State of Maine’s Environment: A Status Report.”

Pohlmann laid out the current threats to Maine’s environment, most notably the government under Governor Paul LePage repealing environmental protections that have been in place for years. Several bills are before the legislature right now including a bill that would repeal the deposit on bottles larger than 32 oz.

According to Pohlmann, it will save companies such as Coca Cola billions of dollars because they now have to pay for that nickel deposit. If the bill passes, more two liters will end up in landfills instead of being recycled for the economic incentive.

Dr. Travis Wagner, environmental policy, teaches his students to come up with better policies and laws for protection so commercial development can continue, but do so in a sustainable way for the Earth and economics. He teaches consensus building at the grassroots level. Wagner agreed that the greatest threat to Maine’s environment is the “potential rollbacks” of laws.

“Proposal to take the parks and make that part of the department of forestry and to maximize timber harvesting on public lands,” said Wagner. “There seems to be no plan, other than just doing it. There’s no sustainability.”

Another of the events for Earth Week was the screening of the documentary “Cowspiracy – The Sustainable Secret.” According to the film, missing from the talk of climate change is the impact of agriculture, namely, raising animals for meat as the number one cause of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

A report from the United Nations found that animal agriculture contributes more methane and other toxins than all transportation in America. That’s more than all cars, trucks, planes and trains combined.

The filmmakers found the big environmental groups such as Greenpeace and the Sierra Club unwilling to talk about the ecological impact of commercial agriculture. Their stance being that Americans are unwilling to change their eating habits to more of a plant-based diet, even in the face of California’s drought, and rising temperatures and seas worldwide.

“Often people don’t realize the environmental impacts associated with the food they eat. Massive amounts of natural resources, namely fossil fuels, are used in commercial agriculture,” said Tyler James Cyr, president of KAO.

It takes between 442 and 8000 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Cutting down on your meat consumption could cut your carbon footprint in half.

“You’ve got some pretty high environmental costs associated with that sandwich you’re eating,” said Cyr. “Rethinking how our food is produced and where we source it from is going to be a key consideration for our generation.”

Wagner said that the most important action for students is to be informed, because if you’re not informed then you don’t become active and concerned.

Heather McIntosh, environmental science policy & planning sophomore, echoed Wagner’s idea, saying that the most important thing to stopping climate change is to, “Get involved. Volunteer. It feels really good to give back and connect with your community’”

For students interested in taking action to keep our Earth a sustainable and clean place to live, there are certainly environmental groups on campus to join in order to become more involved: The community garden has plots available and teaches students about sustainable practices, or you could join The Eco Reps or DivestUMaine.

At the state level are groups like Pohlmann’s NRCM. She finished her presentation by saying “The bottom line is, are we going to fight or give up?”

MPA leads charge to boost minimum wage in Portland

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2015-04-27 12:32

A very important question to anyone who lives and works in Maine may be put on the ballot for 2016: Should the state increase the minimum wage?

The current minimum wage of $7.50 an hour hasn’t changed since 2009 and is absolutely due for an increase, according to Andrew Francis, the communications director for the Maine People’s Alliance, an organization representing labor unions.

A team of 32,000 members and volunteers has spearheaded a referendum campaign that hopes to raise the current minimum wage to $9 an hour in 2017. After that initial boost up, the Maine People’s Alliance wants to see the wage increase by $1 a year until 2020 where then the wage would be tied to the cost of living. This statewide citizen’s initiative is currently fundraising and gathering 80,000 signatures which will soon be sent to the secretary of state for approval.

Francis, along with many Mainers, believes that the minimum wage is a poverty wage and should be something a person can comfortably support themselves on; a idea that seems optimistic for the thousands that struggle to pay their bills with a low wage income.

“Each year we release what’s called a job gap report, which basically breaks down what a living wage should in the state and compares it to what jobs actually pay,” said Francis. “A living wage in the state of Maine, according to the report, should be around $15.85.”

After taxes, a full time minimum wage earner would bring home $12,300 in income, a figure members at the Maine People’s Alliance is “just not right.”

According to Francis, raising the minimum wage to even $9 an hour would do a lot of good for our communities and small businesses because it would provide a greater incentive to work and spend, which would pump more money into the local economy. Apart from that, a wage increase would satisfy certain moral obligations, because Francis believes that a lot of Mainers aren’t earning a fair wage for their labor.

“The reality is that a lot of Mainers are working full time and still struggling to pay their bills and rent. Then they have to choose between either putting food on the table, or medicine in their cabinet,” said Francis. “Raising the minimum wage is incredibly popular in Maine right now.”

Last year’s poll from the University of New Hampshire’s Survey Center showed that 75 percent of Maine respondents supported raising the minimum wage federally, with 60 percent expressing strong support. Hyper locally, a poll of 203 USM students showed that 190 people don’t think minimum wage is a livable wage and 148 said that they struggle to pay the bills with their current job. 169 said the minimum wage should be raised to at least $8.75, while 49 people said it should be raised to $15 an hour.

Despite the support, there’s still some opposition to the community push for what they consider a “fair wage.” Greg Dugal, the president of the Maine Restaurant Association, said that if the minimum wage has to be raised, it should only be done so on the federal level.

“We’re definitely opposed to the local initiatives,” said Dugal. “The state and the federal government need to come together and discuss the minimum wage issue. Currently that doesn’t seem possible.”

Dugal, along with members of the Republican party, like Jason Savage, the executive director of the Maine GOP, believe that the minimum wage was never designed to be something that one can solely live off of.

“It’s exactly what it says it is,” said Dugal. “It’s for someone that is just starting at their job. Maybe a young kid that’s inexperienced, or someone that’s potentially working part time. One person making minimum wage will never support a family.”

Dugal’s method of success towards a person’s financial independence is what he called earning “a combination of wages.”

Anonymous responders to the Free Press survey seemed to agree with the sentiment of: if you want to earn more, work harder.

“Burger flipping was never intended to be anyone’s career path,” wrote one online responder. “It’s called motivation, people are motivated to fight for $15 but not to find a better paying job. They’re too afraid they might have to work or think harder. Better yourself.”

“Get a real job, slackers,” wrote another student.

“I started by working my ass off for free, working hard, and eventually earning everything that I have,” wrote another anonymous responder. “It’s really frustrating to see people complaining about minimum wage. Want more money? Become indispensable.”

Other opponents of the initiatives said that if if the minimum wage goes up to $12 an hour by 2020, it could affect the survival of small businesses like it’s doing now in Seattle.

“It would cause the economy to do a tail spin,” said Justin Tougas, a sophomore economics major. “What we need to do is to find some way to raise the real monetary value of the dollar, not increase pay just to cause unemployment and dollar value deflation.”

Just last week, Joel Baker, the owner of the Mr. Bagel on Forest Ave., wrote a letter to the Portland Phoenix saying that raising his payroll would doom his breakfast eatery.

“We here at Mister Bagel will probably have to close the doors if this new law comes into play. Saddened by today’s world,” wrote Baker.

Yet, according to Francis, 3,000 small businesses support their initiative, and will thrive once people that have more money in their pockets spend more at the local spots.

“A lot of small businesses already are paying well above $7.50 an hour,” said Francis. “And the ones we’ve talked to that actually are paying minimum wage have said that they can’t compete with the Walmarts, Targets and other chain stores. So raising the minimum wage actually puts them at a more even playing field with these big box companies.”

Shawn Chapla, a junior English major and sociology minor said you could raise the minimum wage to $15 dollars right now and the chain places like McDonalds would be financially fine.

“McDonalds and Amatos can afford it,” said Chapla. “They’re not going to leave. I’d like it if they did, but they won’t.”

Students like Chapla and Sarah Victor, an occupational therapy student, believe that minimum wage should be about providing people with an entry level job they can support themselves on, not one that exploits their labor.

“Just because somebody is gaining experience doesn’t mean they have to live in poverty,” said Victor. “The only way I’ve ever been able to cultivate a living wage and not be eligible for food stamps is through my self-employment as a massage therapist.”

Victor said that when she occasionally hires somebody to help out with work around the house, she pays them $15 an hour and that anything less would be unethical.

On top of the Maine People’s Alliance’s race to get the minimum wage question on the state ballot, Mayor Michael Brennan endorsed a separate plan to increase just Portland’s minimum wage to $8.75. Governor Paul LePage is attempting to squash these efforts by endorsing a bill, sponsored by Andre Cushing in the Senate, that would prohibit local municipalities from having this power.

“Of course he [LePage] is, he hates the people, clearly by his policies,” said Victor half-jokingly on the phone.

Solar panels spark USM’s movement toward sustainability

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2015-04-27 11:08

Earlier in the year, solar panels were installed on top of the Woodbury Campus center in Portland, sparking some questions. Where did they come from? Who paid for them?

Back in 2013, Dr. Fred Padula, professor emeritus of history, donated $50,000 to have solar panels installed in a visible location. Tyler Kidder, assistant director for sustainable programs, consulted Dr. Padula on where the panels should be placed.

“We wanted them in Portland, and wanted them to be very visible from around campus. Woodbury campus center was the best location,” said Kidder.

Some complications arose during the installation process of the panels.

“Unfortunately, Woodbury’s roof was in need of replacement before the solar panels could be installed,” said Kidd. “Much of the building has an old curved wooden roof, making solar installation nearly impossible on much of the surface.”

Because of these complications, the installation process was delayed a whole year while they waited for USM to replace the roof above the book store. This made it so more of the donated amount had to go to installation than originally planned.

“To this end, the solar array is smaller than it would have been if installed elsewhere, but also much more visible to passersby,” Kidder said.

Solar panels use light energy from the sun to generate electricity through the photovoltaic effect, which is the creation of an electrical current in a material due to the exposure of light. This is considered to be a chemical physical phenomena.

As of now, there are no data on how much money is being saved in energy costs, but Kidder states that the panels are rated to generate 8.5 kW of power, meaning that in perfect sunny conditions, the panels could be generating as much as 11,400 kWh of electricity in a year.

Kidder did state that those are in perfect conditions and the panels will generally generate less due to conditions such as the angle of the sun or cloud coverage.

The panels themselves require very little maintenance unless something happens to them, like a fallen branch striking it, or there is a roof leak.

“In general, solar panels have an expected lifespan of 20 years. After that time, they tend to lose generation capacity and create less power,” said Kidder.

Kidder expressed that she was interested in seeing more panels installed around campus. “If we can get more solar panels installed, especially with affordable installations, we can make a dent in our energy consumption.”

At this point, there are four solar installations on campus: Woodbury, Abromson, which has 52 panels that were also donated by Dr. Padula, Sullivan Gym Solar Thermal, which was installed in 1982, and on the childcare/police station in Gorham.

“We are always interested in more partnerships,” said Kidder. “As solar becomes more and more affordable, it is definitely on our list of ways to lighten USM’s carbon footprint and reduce our energy costs.”

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