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Cutting higher education

How corporatization is transforming the University of Southern Maine
The USM administration swears up and down that they’re in crisis, that they’re facing a $16 million deficit in Portland and an even greater deficit systemwide. Yet many within their ranks—many of them economists, public policy researchers, and sociology professors—are challenging the numbers, insisting they don’t add up. So we, the public, have to choose which side to believe.
By: NICK SCHROEDER + CAROLINE O'CONNOR  |  October 16, 2014

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What's the plan?

Is Portland’s development push a good thing for its citizens?
Dating back to its founding, Portland’s economic model was one that relied on finding ways to extract value from perishable resources—trees; the ocean; and later, manufacturing—and direct that value elsewhere. Today, Portland’s prized asset is lifestyle and real estate.
By: JIM BAUMER  |  October 11, 2014

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The little things

How sexism shows up in the Maine music scene
Ever talk to someone face to face while a booger hangs freely from their nose? Great. Then you know how it feels for me to have to say, “guys, you’ve got a booger.”  
By: OLIVIA GUNN  |  October 02, 2014

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Outing Private Violence

USM film screening offers collective response for DV victims and advocates
Everybody knows domestic violence is a serious issue. The problem is knowing exactly where it lives.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  September 19, 2014

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The history of violence

Abuse prevention efforts in maine, its campuses, and beyond
Domestic violence occurs “when one person chooses to use violence or threats of violence against a partner to obtain power.”
By: CAROLINE O'CONNOR  |  September 19, 2014

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Fall arts preview

Our picks for the most anticipated arts events of the season
Week-by-week highlights until the holiday season
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 12, 2014



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Among the stars

Notes from Experiencers Speak 2014, the alien abduction support group
“Consider yourself in a judgment-free bubble ‘til Sunday night,” Peter says, reminding us that information shared over the weekend is “extraordinarily personal.”
By: TEAL GARDELLA  |  September 12, 2014

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Point of contention

Workers, unions, politicians protest FairPoint’s ‘bad faith’ effort
On Monday, hundreds of workers and supporters rallied in Portland to protest to the labor practices—or lack thereof—of FairPoint Communications.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  September 05, 2014

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Discovering Shenna Bellows

Or: Why if you vote for Susan Collins, you’re a bad person
Long walks and straight talk with the Democractic Senate challenger.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 01, 2014

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Blurring art and life

A conversation with citydrift executive curator Jenna Crowder
A conversation with citydrift executive curator Jenna Crowder
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 31, 2014

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Finding the words

Responding to racism, trauma, and the murder of Michael Brown in Maine
It might be that there has never been a better, more informed time for a discussion about the politics of race in the US.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 21, 2014



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We can talk about Ferguson

Analyzing responses and fallacies of the last week
Recently some of my white, male friends have told me that because I am black they have had a difficult time talking with me about the Ferguson riots. Here are some frequent comments I hear, along with my responses.  
By: SAMUEL JAMES  |  August 21, 2014

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Floor report

How Portland's best dance nights left the Old Port behind
Portland dance nights are getting weirder, better, and more diverse, and the change is coming far from where people might look.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 14, 2014

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True costs of war

A discussion with SMWC member Sarah Lazare
The Southern Maine Workers' Center leads a free workshop titled "Organizing for the Right to Heal" Thursday, which connects the fight for greater access to US health care to war efforts around the globe.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 14, 2014

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Telling it like it is

Critical reviews of Portland arts by Telling Room students
Two weeks ago, the Telling Room hosted Review Camp, a week-long forum where greater Portland students (aged 10-14) learned to write critically about arts and cultural activities in the area, training their sights on a music video by indie-pop singer-songwriter Sara Hallie Richardson, the newish soda parlor Vena’s Fizz House in the Old Port, and art shows at SPACE Gallery and the Portland Museum of Art.  
By: TELLING ROOM STUDENTS  |  August 08, 2014

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Methods from madness

Dancers from Portland and New York bring compelling performance to the ICA
“No one listens if you just tell them what’s wrong,” explains Jack Ferver, a New York-based dancer, choreographer, actor, teacher, and writer, as we sit in the large back gallery space of the ICA at MECA. “Everyone knows what’s wrong, but how do people feel it?”  
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  July 30, 2014



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Closing the gap

Is Portland ready for a $15 per hour minimum wage?
The Mayor wants to give low-wage workers a raise, but will it be a modest boost or a Seattle-style jump?  
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  July 23, 2014

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Selling our shares

Despite its perks, Airbnb is making it tougher to live in Portland
Before we herald Airbnb as the harbinger of Portland’s “sharing economy” revolution, some troubling side effects are beginning to show. Airbnb is raising rents, fracturing neighborhoods, accelerating gentrification, and diminishing Portland’s stock of affordable, available, permanent homes.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 24, 2014

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The Seventeenth Annual Muzzle Awards

Spotlighting those who diminish free speech
Spotlighting those who diminish free speech
By: DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2014

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The future of sex work

Does Canada have the right idea?
Just north of the border, Canada is taking a much different approach to policymaking around commercial sex and preventing the trafficking of vulnerable women and children. While Maine politicians, law enforcement officials, and social service agencies seem resistan t to anything other than outright prohibition, more progressive thinkers should consider other ways of looking at this unnecessarily controversial issue.
By: RYAN CONRAD  |  June 26, 2014
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