Having worked for The Maine Campus in one capacity or another for the past three years, it has been interesting to see what former co-workers have done after they’ve graduated. Most have gone on to write for various publications across the country, while others have gone in unexpected directions.
Kegan Zema — former Maine Campus editor of Style & Culture, whose post I took over in 2011 — falls in the latter category. Last I heard, he told me he was living in Brooklyn, N.Y., “basically running this ice cream store, this vegan ice cream store.”
While it is arguably not the best method for coming to terms with stress and tragedy, drinking ranks among the very oldest coping mechanisms for dealing with life. Breweries from Maine, New England and beyond seemed to recognize this when they put together the charity event “Buy Boston a Beer.”
The event raised $8,800 for One Fund, the official charity for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday, April 15. In the wake of an unbelievable tragedy in the birthplace of the American Revolution, nothing could be more appropriate to bring people together.
On Wednesday, April 17, the UMaine chapter of Her Campus hosted the first Ultimate Campus Cutie Competition in the Donald P. Corbett Business Building. Male Athletes Against Violence teamed up with the staff of Her Campus to raise money for the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence.
Apple founder Steve Jobs had an interesting existence. To put it simply, he did a lot of soul searching as a young man, went on to found Apple and revolutionized modern computing and entertainment before he passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2011.
As soon as Jobs’ time in this world came to an end, studios began rushing to start work on a film based on his life. In the tech world, he who does it first usually fares best, and the same is true about movies.
The Wu-Tang Clan formed in the early 90s in Staten Island and consisted of RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Universal God of Law, Masta Killa, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, or ODB for short. RZA would act as the group’s leader. They took on the name “Wu-Tang” from the martial arts film “Shaolin and Wu Tang.” The group released their first single, “Protect Ya Neck,” was released in 1992. The single was released independently and eventually lead to the group being signed with Loud/RCA records.
The Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act on cyber security was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives for the second time. The bill on cyber security is giving the government and its agencies easier access to our personal information and Web data. The government wants to use it against hackers, but there are holes in the bill that will be exploited by our fair nation’s federal agencies in a heartbeat.
Terrorism is a scary word. It is used by the government and media alike to denote actions so heinous that they cannot be categorized any other way. Terrorism is mass death. Terrorism is everything the U.S. stands against. Acts of terrorism, however, are not perpetrated by a single ethnic or religious group.
There have been more than 2,000 terrorist attacks in the United States between 1970 and 2011.
Only two percent of these attacks have caused more than 10 casualties, but it’s the psychological effects that make them so difficult for recovery.
We mourn for days, for weeks and in some cases for years because we simply can’t imagine innocent people getting hurt. We can’t imagine it happening in our backyards, and we can’t fathom the idea of it happening to ourselves or to our loved ones.
On Wednesday, the Toomey-Manchin background check amendment failed to garner the 60 votes needed to advance in the Senate. A very angry President Barack Obama used a press conference as an opportunity to try to shame and belittle those who dared exercise their right to cast their vote according to their conscience, accusing them of willful lying in the name of fomenting false outrage and fear among Second Amendment supporters.
I am neither a lawyer nor a major player in the National Education Association’s University of Maine System faculty affiliate called AFUM. As a dues-paying member who has nevertheless followed closely summaries of the protracted negotiations over years now between AFUM and the University of Maine System and Trustees, I do understand that repeated efforts to obtain even modest pay increases for faculty have been met with relentless opposition.