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Revisiting Columbus Day The time has come to revisit history and the legacy of Christopher Columbus. For six centuries America has celebrated the fragrant untruth that Christopher Columbus “discovered” America, but why? It would seem to be unfitting. First, he did not discover America. Second, he did not make any contributions to science. Third, with him came the “Doctrine of Discovery” which justified the taking of Native American land. And finally, one of SMCC’s new FIGS required classes for incoming students is based around By Clara Jones

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James Loewen’s book, Lies My Teacher Told Me and students may feel historically confused and conflicted. First, a little bit about the man and the holiday. He was born around 1451 in Genoa, Italy. He had an early fascination with ships that led him to his first job on a ship. He continued that work for some years until his ship was taken over by French privateers. Some say he had no choice, but to swim upstream on a log, in order to survive. Survive he did and soon thereafter made his way to college to study match, science, and of course navigation. Columbus was eager to explore and needed funding. His reputation wasn’t the best in Spain and found it difficult to obtain sponsorship. And then, one day King Ferdinand was playing a game of chess with a Spanish archbishop while contemplating whether or not to sponsor Christopher Columbus’ voyage. The King ended up winning his game, even though he cheated. Filled with happiness after winning, the King decided to fund Columbus’ voyage to the west. He set sail on October 12, 1492. The holiday was first celebrated in Denver, Colorado in 1906 due to lobbying by the Knights of Columbus who viewed Columbus as an icon for the right to citizenship. Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937. Most people, at least most people growing up in America have discovered Columbus did not discover America. America was after all named after AmerPhoto from Wikipedia

igo Vespucci a fellow Italian navigator who did make contributions by way of demonstrating there is more than one continent. Columbus did arrive on the American shores, on the twelfth of October in the year 1492. Columbus was not a kind man, it has been said he raped, tortured, and enslaved Native American children, women, and men. His actions led to the eventual largest genocide in the history of the world wiping out 95% of the Native American population. Christopher Columbus was far from a hero. Contributions to science and/or society? None, at least not any firsts, or discoveries. As Loewen pointed out in his book the only discovery made or to be made is from, “Having thus satisfied their consciences by offering the Native Americans a chance to convert to Christianity, the Spaniards then felt free to do whatever they wanted with the people they had just ‘discovered.’” The land, oh the land. In Native American culture land is not for sale. It cannot be sold, never be sold, done, finished, as it belongs to the Earth Mother and we are the keepers. Columbus believed otherwise and continued on with his quest to conquer the uninhabited, or non-Christian lands inhabited by native people. He was following and enforcing the rule of the Pope through a Papal Bull document; the “Doctrine of Discovery” which says land can be taken for ownership if it is uninhabited and/or if the landowner is non-Christian. Well, most American Indians are spiritual and believe in the Earth Mother, which was deemed as crazy and certainly not a valid religion. The crazy spiritual people are documented in the Declaration of Independence as the, “merciless Indian savages.” This libel is indicative of how the U.S. government has manipu-

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Honoring and Remembering The Constitution On Constitution Day, September 17 Tucked away, in the By Donna Chapman upstairs of Preble Hall sits a small glass showcase were the Social Science Department created a tribute to Constitution Day. A day to remember our Constitution, the forefathers who helped create it which has played a significant role in making the United States and the great Nation we have become. Some of us may have lost sight of the Constitution in these trying times, and some of us might not even have known there is a Constitution Day. Constitution Day was formed in 2004 with the passage of an amendment written by Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill. Constitution Day actually expands Citizenship Day into Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and falls on Setember 17th the day the constitution was signed in Philadelphia. Inside the language of the act, it is mandated that all educational institutions that are publically funded provide programming regarding Constitution Day on September 17th. This applies to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. Regardless September 17 and Constitution Day gives all United States citizens a chance to reflect

back on what was created in an effort to ensure the future of all of us. The Constitution’s Preamble which reads, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, es-

tablish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our

Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America,” establishes the origin, scope and purpose of the document. Looking at the words “domestic tranquility” in times of shootings, poverty and despair can still still give us hope. After all, the Constitution starts with, “We the people…” meaning that we all can come together, using what our fore-fathers before us used as words of hope to help turn our Photos by Angelica Lowell lives around for the better. We have the opportunity, using the educational opportunities at SMCC to better ourselves, going out into the larger world, helping ourselves and others while prospering. Think of it as securing our “Blessings of Liberty.” The words of the Constitutions Preamble are still as good today as they were when they were first penned in 1776. Thank you to the Social Science Department for this reminder and display.

OnCampus Ribbon is cut at James Ortiz Atrium By Patrick Doyle

The James Ortiz Atrium was officially opened and dedicated to the SMCC presidential career of a one, President Emeritus, Dr. James Ortiz. The black beams with cylindrical lights hanging across the ceiling with black and blue carpeting below. This area has been utilized by students around the campus already, although the ribbon was cut, following a few words on Tuesday, September 17th at around six o’clock that evening.

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I was walking into the Campus Center around four-thirty that day and ran into Kevin Sweeney, He asked me if I was coming to see the event, which I had no idea was happening; though I did see the signs about the ìnoisy loungeî - if there is a quiet lounge - being closed that day after one o’ clock. He explained the importance of Ortiz’s career at SMCC, saying, ìHe changed the way the school evolved.î At around that time Ortiz actually was coming in and I had the chance to meet him briefly. He had a kind smile and a firm handshake.



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Shortly thereafter I ventured inside to scope out the happenings. Many people were there of varying involvement and relations, but the outstanding part was the event committee and sponsorship, which was prepared by over 40 companies and organizations. One of them being The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges. There was a slide show running on a screen that had overhead pictures of SMCC from pristine vantage points and quotes by people who knew Ortiz and had worked with him. Before the commencing events were to take place, there were hors d’oeuvre served and light conversation. I spoke with Darla Jewett and President Cantor to get more of a background on the event, as well as Ortiz. I sipped on complimentary iced tea and began to be grateful and impressed. As President Cantor said during his preliminary speech, ìWe’re all here to see the opening of the Atrium but we’re also here to see Jim.î His credentials, which were laid out during the preliminary speeches, were resonating: constructed plans for Brunswick Campus, Hutchinson Gym, Ross Tech Center; the transformation of SMTI to SMCC, the large increase in the population of the school, as well as the overall dynamic of the school itself. The three opening remarks were by Michael Bork, Beth Shorr (of the Foundation) and President Cantor, who also read a letter from Dr. John Fitzsimmons. When Ortiz took the floor he was very kind and eloquent. He said he was grateful for everyone there, but most of all he was ìgrateful for the students.î As the only actual student in the event, this kept with

me throughout the remainder of the event; a genuine comment such as that, coupled with his history, made me recognize why this Atrium was being built in his name. Ortiz mentioned especially how much fun he had at SMCC, and that he is very busy in life with eight grandchildren. A large leather case came into the room and the hefty pair of scissors were in Ortiz’s hand, who, cool as a cuke, walked

over and promptly cut the ribbon to applause. There were more refreshments served in the Atrium. There were considerable approving comments of the Atrium amongst the attending. A lot of people really liked the carpet. More than anything though, they understand it is a recognition of an important figure in the history of the school, and the work they did.

SMCC Business Club Travels to Boston By Steve Lankford & Sebastin Lopez The always-active SMCC Business Club visited Boston from April 25th through April 27th. The Business Club received a personal tour from Bentley University, one of the top ranked business colleges nationally. Our SMCC students were very impressed with Bentley’s technology, beautiful facilities and friendly people. Most of all, our students were excited to see Bentley’s famous “Trading Room” where the financial markets are analyzed, studied and discussed in real-time during the New York Stock Exchange hours. We were also able to catch up with “one of our own” as we had lunch with a very successful SMCC transfer student to Bentley, Troy Beauregard. After traveling back to Boston, the Business Club received a personal talk at Boston’s Federal Reserve Bank. Here, students learned about the regional Federal Reserve banks, the incredible way the United States’ financial markets were kept afloat during the 9/11 crisis and how monetary policy is enacted. We also had

an opportunity to view Boston from up on high as we traveled to the building’s top floor to look out over the city. Other Business Club group activities included: Nick’s Comedy Club, Jacob Wirth’s, California Pizza and the Boston Duck Boat Tour. The weather was ideal for touring Boston and Business Club students were wonderfully professional representatives of SMCC. The Business Club trip was funded by the SMCC Student Senate, Business Club fundraising events and by the Business Club students themselves. It was a very educational and extremely fun weekend in Boston! Business Club trip student-members included: Nasim Arborio, Jennifer Basinet, Sebastin Lopez Blanco, Molly Dicentes, Scott Duley, Aimee Ellis, Rebecca Henderson, Stephen Lankford, Clifford Njejmana, Codi Potter, Dianna Young, Shawna Cohen. Academic advisors: Charlie Pearson, Steve Strand. The Business Clubs meets each Thursday at 12:30pm in the Business Club Lounge, located on the 1st floor of Hague. All are welcome!

On Display in The Learning Commons Self-Portraits from Michel Droge’s Drawing Class For those of you interested in drawing SMCC’s Art Studio is a fabulous place to do just that. The Art Studio on SMCC’s South Portland campus is nestled amongst the shore and the lighthouse. It’s the perfect spot to relax, be creative, and learn how to draw, or if you’re no beginner, to improve upon your existing drawing skills. I mean, where else can you attend college and draw on the beach all the while learning and earning towards a degree? Don’t just take my advice though, the rest of the students in Michel’s summer’s drawing class have their own story to tell through the art they created in class this past summer. Where can this artwork be viewed? Check out the second floor of SMCC’s Campus Center in South Portland to feast your eyes on a project consisting of self-portraits, done by the students of Professor Michel Droge’s Drawing I class from this past summer. Painter and photographer Chuck Close heavily influenced the portraits on exhibit. Mr. Close’s work is well known for his “massive-scale” portraits, photorealism and the “grid,” a means of generating self-portraits and portraits. Michel Droge, a printmaking expert from New York was just as excited to teach her first college level drawing class this summer as we, her students, were to learn. And, boy did we learn. We learned about line, shape, gesture, value, and composition, as well as one and two-point perspectives and still lifes. We learned the meaning and importance of art and how to communicate our ideas visually. And finally, we learned how to express our creativity in a positive way. And so, if you need an art elective, if you are a liberal arts student, or if you are just looking to indulge in a little art this semester, or next, you may want to consider enrolling in ARTS110-Drawing I By Clara Jones

with Michel Droge, or any of the other excellent studio art professors at SMCC. Drawing is great art therapy and a mix for success! You can take it from Sam Belton, Abbey Cook, Bram Fisher, Anne Marie Isaksen, Veronica Johnson, Clara Jones (myself), Sabrina Robinson, Ross Rothwell, Vincent Sabatino, Yuan-Chen Tai, Mariah Weisman, and Josh Wright, the participating students of Professor Droge’s summer class who have the self-portraits on display.

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OnCampus Giving Your Degree Meaning:

Volunteering for Specific Degrees and Majors SMCC Style In a recent article titled Give back to the community while you learn: Start with service, writer Deirdre Fulton gives suggestions of where to volunteer in Portland for specific majors at the University of Maine. Fulton suggests places like The Telling Room for English majors, or Preble Street for Tourism and Hospitality students. While the article was helpful for stirring up ideas for local volunteer opportunities for undergraduate programs, specifically at University of Southern Maine, what about SMCC students? Where are good places for construction, automotive, criminal justice, or culinary arts students to volunteer? If your degree is Automotive Technology try volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club. Can’t explain to a 3rd grader how an engine fires, learn how to communicate and how explain automotive systems to customers. You know the information; now learn how to make it accessible. Practice talking about engines, spark plugs, or crank shafts with a captive audience. Learning how to walk through complex mechanical systems with children is great practice for working in a shop. Plus the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Portland are always looking for interesting programming for their kids. If your degree is Construction Technology, Habitat for Humanity could be a great place to volunteer with. Currently Habitat is working on an eight home project in Freeport. One of the triplexes will be open in November, but the foundation for another unit will be poured soon. VolunBy Madelyn Holm

teers work alongside a foreman in the field, and have direct contact with homeowners. Volunteers are asked to contact the site before showing up; sites are open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00am to 3:00 pm. Are you in any of the health sciences, including Nursing, Cardiovascular Technology, Biotechnology, or Medical Assisting? Volunteering at the Portland Community Free Clinic will get you one step closer to the career you are working towards. The thought of adding an additional commitment to an already heavy school, and clinical load, may seem daunting consider the Portland Free Clinic. PFC operates through the commitment of volunteer nurses, physicians, and nurse practitioners. Dedicated to serving low-income individuals, PFC is always looking for additional support to keep their doors open to even more patients. Interested? Call Leslie Nicoll for more information about getting involved (207) 874-8982 For our incredible Culinary Arts students, The Food Pantry at SMCC will always appreciate your help. Last year a wide variety of students, faculty, and staff dedicated themselves to better serving students on SMCCs two campuses. Through surveying students, Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa determined providing students with easy access to a food pantry was a high priority. In October the doors of the pantry will opens for students to come and access fresh produce, dry goods, toiletries, school supplies and clothes from last year’s clothing drive. As a Culinary Arts student consider volunteering to be a shopper for bulk food, stocking shelves, or giving cooking classes in the

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Captain’s House. For the Dietetic Technology students, where else would you want to volunteer but at the Boys and Girls Club? Even though the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Portland have previously been mentioned, there is always a high need for volunteers. Specifically for Dietetic students, the clubs are looking for either groups of students to come in and help prepare healthy snacks for students, or run student groups focused on health and wellness. Please contact Syndey Williams, Volunteer Coordinator for all Portland Clubhouses (207) 874-1069 If safety is job 1 and you are a Fire Science student, try volunteering in the community doing Fire Safety in schools. While students in Fire Science already work as volunteer fire fighters at local firehouses, there is so much more students in this degree can do in terms of volunteering. Local elementary, middle and high schools would welcome fire safety tips, in class visits, or fire house tours. On the high school level, then opportunity to be an advocate for safety while promoting SMCC’s Fire Science Program and how to apply could change the lives of so many people. If your degree is Horticulture, volunteering at Cultivating Community an organization that is dedicated to connecting the land to the people through providing easy access to fresh produce can always use a helping hand. Get your hands dirty, work with amazing people, and share in the bounty. Volunteers can work in school programs, on the farm, seasonally for the farm stand,

Phi Theta What? I’d like to start by explaining a little about Phi Theta Kappa and what we’re about. We’re a national Honor Society for Community Colleges, and offer a variety of advantages to students such as opportunities for developing professional skills, a number of great scholarships, and chances to be more involved with your community. Involvement with Phi Theta Kappa, and SMCC’S PTK Chapter, Alpha Chi Nu, is a great way to build your resume and be recognized for your accomplishments. Did I mention that PTK offers several members-only scholarships? Exactly what every hardworking student needs! If you have a minimum GPA of 3.5, you may be eligible for an invitation to Phi Theta

Kappa. Letters and emails to eligible students will be sent out soon, be sure to keep an eye out for them. The Induction Ceremony for new Phi Theta Kappa members will be held on October 20th, we can’t wait to see you there! Any current or prospective members looking to get more involved with PTK are welcome to join our current officers for the weekly business meetings held on Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in the conference room of the Captain’s House. Information sessions will also be held to help our members navigate the different opportunities available through PTK; topics include but are not limited to: meeting your Chapter Officers,, current Chapter projects, PTK scholarship applications, and more. Also, a bowling night for Phi Theta

Kappa members will be held the evening of October 23rd, at Bayside Bowling. Keep checking the Beacon and your email inboxes for more information! Phi Theta Kappa is excited to welcome Tiffany Crockett as the new V.P. of Administration for Alpha Chi Nu! We’re looking forward to her great contributions to our chapter and are proud to have her as a teammate and Executive Officer. More officer positions are available! Help make our SMCC South Portland campus hunger-free! Alpha Chi Nu is pleased to announce the addition of a Food Pantry to our campus, located in the newly renovated Captain’s House. The Food Pantry is projected to open early in October. Donations of non-perishable foods are warmly welcome and should be dropped off at the CeSIL (Center for Student Involve-

Columbus Day

untruths he found. Christopher Columbus is cited throughout the book. For an example, on page 56 in his book James says there are “gruesome facts” such as “Spaniards hunted American Indians for sport and murdered them for dog food.” On a positive note, a few hundred people from Indigenous groups worldwide gathered together in Quito, Ecuador to form the “Intercontinental Gathering of Indigenous People in the Americas,” in order to, rally against the celebration of Columbus Day. The very next year a group of Native Americans met in Davis, California to declare October 12th as an “International Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People.” The very next year the Catholic Church asked its followers to stop celebrating Columbus Day with the explanation, “What represented newness of freedom, hope, and opportunity for some was the occasion for oppression, degradation and genocide for others”. More things have changed regarding the Columbus Day holiday. Three states do not recognize the holiday at all: Alaska, Hawaii, and South Dakota. The day is still a

holiday in two of these states, but has been re-named to Discover’s Day in Hawaii and Native American Day in South Dakota. Two other states, Iowa and Nevada don’t celebrate it as an official holiday, but have to proclaim the day as a holiday. Several counties, towns, and cities including; Berkeley and Santa Cruz, California, and Dane County, Wisconsin among others have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day. Additionally, just this past January a California assemblyman introduced a bill That would rename Columbus Day to Native American Day. Finally, in Maine and closer to home, the University of Maine calls the day off, Fall Break, and the University of Southern Maine calls the day off, October Vacation. So, why not say goodbye to Columbus Day at SMCC especially since it’s the right thing to do, the state universities have done it, and because one really should practice what one preaches when teaching a class to freshman based on James Loewen’s book, Lies My Teacher Told Me.

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lated the Native role in American history for its own benefit from the beginning. Three centuries later about the year 1823 a monumental Federal Supreme Court case, Johnson v. M’Intyre declares Native land can be “discovered” and conquered. Moving ahead another century, to the twentieth century, in the 1990’s a few things changed, especially in the State of Maine. Donna Loring, Penobscot Tribal Representative presented a piece of legislation to the State of Maine, L.D.291 - An Act to Require Teaching of Maine Native American History and Culture in Maine’s School which passed unanimously. This policy would require K-12 students to learn Native American history in school, which would bring me to SMCC and the new required FIGS class based on the book by James Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me. Loewen’s book conducts research and reports on the textbooks used in public schools across the nation and how many

or for their Twilight Dinners. Contact the executive director, Craig Lapine to discuss volunteering options. For the Political Science students, volunteering for the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project is a great way to be involved with the law in action. Many of our Political Science students have moved on to study and eventually practice law. A great way to get your foot in the door, and practice advocacy is to volunteer with Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project. MVLP is committed to providing low-income families and individuals with quality pro-bono legal advice. As you may have noticed, not all degrees or programs are listed. Check back next time for ideas for some of the other degrees we offer: Communications and New Media Studies, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, and English (just to name a few). If you would like more ideas about degree specific volunteer opportunities please contact Madelyn Holm (mholm@smccme. edu) or stop by her office in the CeSIL Office in the Campus Center. Stay tuned in the future for suggestions of where to volunteer if you are a part of a club or student run organization.

Lo n g co m m u t e?

Classic Fiction. Memoirs. Drama. Poetry. A selection of audiobooks is available in the South Portland Learning Commons. Can’t find what you’re looking for? You can order a book through the SMCC portal

0r visit ment and Leadership) Office located in the Campus Center. A bagel sale will be held in the Captain’s House to raise funds for our local PTK Chapter, be sure to stop by and get some coffee and bagels and contribute to a great cause! For more information, email Leanna Shields at leannadshields@student.smccme. edu, or speak to a Chapter Officer.


ReSEARCH? Come to the Learning Commons for a drop-inworkshop. No reservation is necessary These 60-minute workshops are held in the Writing Center of the Learning Commons (2nd Floor of Campus Center)

Wednesday 10/2; 1 pm Thursday 10/3: 4 pm Monday 10/7: 3 pm Thursday 10/10: 11 am Tuesday 10/15: 1pm Friday 10/18: 2 pm

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TheOtherWorld Acting Out - A Column for the Activist in You In this edition I have decided to stick to the topic of Tar Sands, since this past Saturday was deemed to be a National day of protesting bearing the name, “Draw the Line” in which people throughout America took to the streets, including myself, in opposition of Tar Sands oil. South Portland was chosen to be a participating city representing Southern Maine particularly since the city will be voting on this issue on November 5th. Who attended? Global and local organizations such as; 350Maine (http://www.350maine. org/), Al Jazeera TV (http://america., Campaign Earth (http://, WCSH6 (, and Environment Maine ( joined together in support of the Tar Sands issue. When I asked Casey Kauffman of Al Jazeera TV why he was in Maine, he replied, “I’m here because this is an International issue”. Student groups from Southern Maine Community College and the University of Southern Maine also joined forces in what turned out to be a very successful positive event. Last, but not least, the people turned out, in droves, in opposition of Tar Sands and what it will bring with it. One Maine citizen, Nancy Anderson of Cumberland said, “I believe climate change is happening and can happen abruptly, I want my grandchildren to inherit a livable planet”. Also a Maine resident, Patricia O’Day-Senior is concerned with, “our water supply, co2 levels, pollution from leaks and the fact that Tar Sands are much more toxic”. What IS Tar Sands oil? For those of you unfamiliar with what Tar Sands oil is and how it is processed, I By Clara Jones

found a very good online resource which describes the entire Tar Sands process at However, a quickie definition for now from the aforementioned website is that, “Tar sands (also referred to as oil sands) are a combination of clay, sand, water, and bitumen, a heavy black viscous oil. Tar sands can be mined and processed to extract the oil-rich bitumen, which is then refined into oil. The bitumen in tar sands cannot be pumped from the ground in its natural state; instead tar sand deposits are mined, usually using strip mining or open pit techniques, or the oil is extracted by

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underground heating with additional upgrading.” Ok, so what’s the problem with Tar Sands?To begin with, “About two tons of tar sands are required to produce one barrel of oil”. Where is the efficiency? And, only about three-quarters of the bitumen will even produce the oil. So, the production does not present itself as being very lucrative, nor does it seem efficient. But, but, wait, there’s more, the risks. The leaks. Leaks have already occurred in the pipeline twelve times within the first year of operation as I mentioned in the first issue. Our drinking water will be used up during the production process of Tar Sand as well as be contaminated if there is a leak. Impressed yet? Citizens in Alberta, Canada where Tar Sand mining is happening right now aren’t. In fact, I stumbled upon this website that tells all the dirty facts, I am not going to go through the entire website here, but strongly suggest you do if time permits. Native American tribes in the region are fighting

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back as well by hosting what is called a “Healing Walk” yearly. Healing walks are traditional ways of healing the Earth Mother. The Idle No More movement in Canada is concerned with Tar Sands as well and has grown immensely over the past year. In fact, the Idle No More movement is preparing for a global “Day of Action” on October, 7, 2013. For more information on Idle No More and protecting the earth go here, and here

Finally, I can’t stress to you enough about the importance of getting involved. There are two students groups right now on SMCC’s South Portland campus, Tar Sands Free SMCC (contact Brian Leonard -, and Capt’n Planet’s Posse (contact Frank Frisoli - Both groups would love to have new members. Also locally, in the city of South Portland voting against this legislation will commence on November 5th. Yes, this means you, students in the SMCC dorm, you can vote against this as well. And so, this would be an excellent time to register to vote if you haven’t! After voting engage, educate, and empower yourself and others in this ongoing fight to preserve the planet for our future generations. Heck, at this rate we will need to preserve the planet for our own generation.

What’s for Dinner?

How About Terra Cotta

So your pondering what’s for dinner tonight, you want something different but not sure what? The cafeteria is great but your thinking I want something exciting, a party for the mouth type lunch or dinner, you’re in the mood for some awesome Italian food. By Donna Chapman

You may want to try take-out form Terra Cotta Pasta Co. on 501 Cottage Road. They have great fresh pasta, sauces, ravioli, grilled flatbread pizza, lasagna, just to name a few. This student recently tried the grilled flatbread pizza. As a food junkie, the grilled flatbread with mushrooms, spinach, tomatoe, and what seemed like ricotta cheese and garlic was the perfect lunch on this beautiful fall day. Topped off with raspberry chocolate bread pudding, yum! I will be going back. It was the best!! Desserts that are traditional like made to order cannoli, Tiramisu, Italian Ricotta Pie, local Gelato. To fill the sweet cravings, like mother used to make. Wait my mother didn’t make this stuff, she was a Mainer!! This is about the best little secret near campus. It is walking distance if you have too, just plan accordingly. It is just up across from the Portland Players. Many other items, salads, salsa and chips, cheeses and sausages, homemade fresh soups at prices a student can afford! These meals you can call ahead 799-9099, they will heat them or you can take them back and microwave them in your dorm. The hours are great too for the busy student Mon to Sat 9-8 and Sunday 11-7.

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TheOtherWorld Controlling the Inevitable: How to Die in Oregon proBy vides this definition of Krista Krasnow-Kelley death: the end of life: the permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism. Death is a common thread that every mortal human shares, it is something that every human will have to embrace in their life. Yet, it seems to be this incredibly taboo subject. It’s this unnamed strange looming thing that is avoided in most conversations. How to Die in Oregon, focuses on the subject of assisted suicide. It features terminally ill patients that are looking into the option of assisted suicide, or referred to in the documentary as “dying with dignity.” The documentary forces you to view death, the process in which the human life goes through prior to that, and the emotions the swirl around it. The documentary provides the history of the dying with dignity act, which has only passed in two states. The act makes available for terminally ill patients the option of medically assisted suicide. Oregon being the first and Washington State being the second. Vermont and Montana are also starting the discussion of passing the act. The documentary reflects the real life truth that almost every human being has a very defined opinion on this issue. What ever your stance is this documentary gives you a vulnerable look into humans directly dealing with the choice of death or suffering. One of the individuals that participated in the documentary was Cody Curtis. Cody was suffering from liver cancer that had come back several times after periods of remission. Her illness progressed to inoperable and terminal. Cody lets you into her last and final stages of life. You’re able to witness Cody making a choice, and as she puts it “having control over the dying process.” Cody describes the powerlessness to cancer and how the choice to die gives her some power. You watch Cody open her heart, to let go and embrace the fear that is a part of the process of death, but does not have to consume you. You watch as she gives

her prized scarfs and jewelry away to her daughter. She helps her son make the recipe of his favorite Christmas cookies. It shows a woman who is gravely afraid and concerned for her family and does not want to leave, yet it also shows a woman who is ready to go. Towards the end of Cody’s life the pain she suffered was so great that 75 mg’s

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of morphine an hour was not enough to even provide momentary relief. She had purchased the medication earlier in the documentary in which if consumed would kill her. She said she would take it when you knew it was “right.” Cody in agonizing pain decided on a date, she informed her family and prepared. The last scenes are shot from outside Cody’s house, with just audio, as she did not want to be filmed during her last moments. This documentary opens your eyes to death and our compete impermanence on earth. It examines our desire as humans to attach our selves to our tangible lives and the people in it. The documentary allows you to explore your ideas and opinions on this subject. If you are interested in exploring more the documentary is available on Netflix.

Picking off the Savings Tree Are you looking for a fun easy way to save money on entertainment? Are you a broke college student? Do you enjoy fruit? Do you need to add a little exercise to your day? Is autumn your favorite time of year in Maine? Then perhaps you should visit an orchard! There are several different places you can go in southern Maine, all within a short drive of Portland. From apple picking to hay rides to corn mazes to pumpkin patches, you can experience the cool freshness of a Maine autumn day while soaking up your daily dose of vitamin D. Apple picking might seem cliché, but being able to choose your own fruits from whatever branch and whatever tree is you want is similar to being a child in a candy store with their parents Visa card and permission. You can fill one bag or two, or even just halfway, and only pay for the price of the weight. Few things can compare to the bite of a fresh apple plucked right off a tree by your own hand. You won’t get that kind of flavor or quality from your supermarket. The closest apple picking orchards are Hansel’s Orchard, 44 Sweetser Lane, North Yarmouth, Maine, where you can pick McIntosh or Cortland apples, and Sweetser’s Apple Barrel, located at 19 Blanchard Road in Cumberland Center, Maine, and they grow almost every kind of apple you can have in Maine! Unless you are claustrophobic, corn mazes are By A.S. Kinsman

The Science Watchroom Due to some recent improvements to the Beacon; such as our web-based version, the interactive PDF, and our Facebook page, the structure of my column here will be evolving as well. By writing this column it has always been my intention to get more people interested in science. And science in itself is quite diverse, so what I find super exciting may not be for you, and conversely, I may have passed over sharing that story that may excite you. The term science may invoke a cringe from you, it can be an extremely hard subject that you have struggled with in the past, or it may invoke nightmares of doing far too much math. Science is not all about math, lab coats, and microscopes, though those are often what come to mind, it’s just as diverse and fun as our entire student population. Science is about understanding, and explaining our natural world, and all that it’s made of. Science is not only just a bunch of lengthy equations, or isolated and rigid facts listed in your textbooks, but it is a collective body of knowledge, and also a process. It is an adventure. Any scientist yearns to discover something new, to shed a new light on a perplexing subject, to understand how things work. My new aim will to be to share bi-weekly updates from all around the vast world of science with you. I have many interests, and some may not be shared with everyone, and I think this new format will help me spread that infectious desire to explore and understand more of what is going on around us. As an aspiring neuroscientist I am not exceptionally excited about physics, chemistry, or advancements in electronics, but you very well may be. There will still be some really big and By Jason Glynn

another exciting and challenging way of entertainment without breaking the bank. Solve the puzzle of corn with your memory and your sense of direction and your brains, and get lost for minutes or hours inside of a field of sweet corn. Try it at night with only a flashlight and the moon to illuminate your path to add to the thrill and the challenge. One of the best corn mazes in southern Maine is located in Dayton Maine, at Pumpkin Valley Farm, and admission is $8.50 and includes everything except the pumpkin (which are 45 cents per pound). If you crave the outdoors and want to keep your wallet reasonably full, check out any of these locations online or call them up! Make the most of Maine’s short autumn season and treat yourself to the beautiful outdoor activities that the state has to offer!



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important subjects that I will breakdown in more detail and share here as well. So here is a preview of what is to come. Voyager becomes the first man-made interstellar object!! Voyager 1 and 2 were launched by NASA in 1977 and their primary mission was to explore the gas giants, with its initial objective to closely fly by the gas giants: Saturn and Jupiter (Voyager 1 & 2) and Uranus and Neptune (Voyager 2). This objective was completed in 1989 and both crafts remained working so they got a new Courtesy of NASA mission, dubbed the VIM (Voyager Interstellar Mission). Just the other week scientist excitedly announced that Voyager has officially left this world. For more information on this check out: A new model for quantum physics calculations has been developed. Quantum mechanics is probably one of the hardest subjects to understand, and I don’t even understand it completely. As Albert Einstein once said “if you can’t explain it simply then you don’t know it well enough.” So I’m not going to try. But here’s the gist. The craziest mathematical equations ever attempted attempt to solve long standing problems of getting the various disciplines of quantum mechanics into agreement. Researchers have discovered a jewel-like geometric object, dubbed the amplituhedron, which can be used to simplify these sometimes pages-long calculations into an easy, single term. This may very well be a game changer in physics and the overall understanding of our universe. For more information check out: https://www.

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OpEd From the Managing Editor’s Desk Hello folks, welcome to another installment of news from behind the curtain. I do hope everyone’s semester is progressing smoothly. If the last edition’s announcements about exciting Beacon happenings just weren’t enough for you, well then, we have more. I am excited to announce that we are not only stepping out of the stone-age with our new Beacon Talks, interactive PDF, and our web-based addition, but we are jumping out of the stone-age and onto Facebook. Yeah, that’s right, welcome to the new age. If used right, social media can be an excellent tool, and considering that I’m sure more than half of you have a Facebook page, what better way to keep in touch, and be more accessible, than to join you. I will be manning the new Facebook page so please do seek us out, “like” us, and follow along at (link) Have you ever been to Europe? Would you like to go? Are you looking for a sweet internship for next summer on the West Coast? Well, we may just have a chance for you!! The Beacon is looking to facilitate and assist students in applying for some really cool, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Just recently a Cape Elizabeth resident, and student at the Culinary Institute of America, was sent to Germany for one year as part of a culture exchange program. The program, the Congress – Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, funded by the American and German governments, offers a chance for students 18-24 in any career field the opportunity to learn By Jason Glynn

how it’s done across the pond. It is a great program that offers an excellent chance to widen your cultural awareness. If that makes you perk up and wonder how this could be you than stay tuned for more information to come, as we at the Beacon are currently looking to facilitate this opportunity for you. And along those same lines we’d like to introduce another sweet opportunity: the Prezi “dreamternship.” Wait.. what? It’s kind of like the internships that dreams are made of, with San Francisco (or Franciscan???) style. Prezi is a web-based application out of San Francisco that is used for presentations and software. I am sure you’ve used stuff like it in your college career. Google Docs and Microsoft PowerPoint are each great, but Prezi is different. Prezi is cloud-based and utilizes a single, flexible canvas, opposed to those boring and traditional slides. What do I need to do in order to win a chance to spend the summer of 2014 in San Francisco you may ask? Well, this is the Canvas My Campus Contest. Every campus is unique in its own way, but SMCC is unique in MANY ways, and showing that to the world is what this contest is all about. They want you to make a presentation showing why you think that your campus is the best around. Two winners will be selected and offered the internship in San Francisco. And for the two best college or universities? Well, we will all enjoy a whole year’s license to Prezi Edu Pro; that’s for the entire campus, which includes students, staff, and faculty. The deadline for submission is October 25th, so

what are you waiting for? Get out there and canvas OUR campus!!! And as always, we want to hear from YOU!! The Beacon is YOUR newspaper, and we are always looking for your input and contributions. You may be asking yourself, what do I have to offer the Beacon? That’s easy, whatever you are interested in! Do you ever wonder why more people aren’t getting involved with your club our come to your meetings? Well, we can be your mouthpiece. Know of something really cool coming up in the campus community that you would like to get across to more students? Use us, we are a resource, and we’re here for you! We are always looking for passionate students with a variety of interests, or a specific interest. What we really need most are photographers. I can write a good article, that is my art form, but we really want students to take pictures of campus life, cover events; like sports for example, and share them here with your peers!! Need more reasons to get involved with the Beacon? How about getting a chance to get your story spread on a national level? USA Today College is always seeking submissions from awesome students writing for their own respective college’s student newspaper.

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“TheBoyWhoFlies” a documentary film by Canadian Pilot and filmmaker, Benjamin Jordan

Friday, October 4th: People Plus 35 Union Street, Brunswick Saturday, October 5th at 1:30 pm: Hannaford Auditorium SMCC Midcoast Campus 29 Sewall Street Brunswick Landing (former Naval Air Station) A conversation with the cast and crew will follow the screening

Related Events October 5th 10 am: A paraglider demonstration, community formation, flyover, and kite-making event will take place on the SMCC Midcoast Campus. 12 pm: A fundraising lunch will take place to support The School of Dreams. Tickets available in advance. For more information, please contact Fred Horch at 522-6844

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Tar Sands Oil is the most dangerous product on the fossil fuel market, and Exxon plans to bring it to SMCC’s doorstep!!! To do this, Exxon must build “twin-tower” smoke stacks high above Bug Light Park, and SMCC’s beautiful skyline. These incinerators, would be 80 feet high, and needed to burn off the poisons used to force this tar like substance down a 60 year old pipeline. There are many dangers. Only a few include these... Tar Sands leaking into Southern Maine’s only drinking water supply at Sebago Lake. Cancerous “fall-out” from the smoke stacks built less than 1000 feet from our campus. A catastrophic spill that would ruin our tourism and fishing industry, and could shut down SMCC, all while destroying every aspect of our local economy. On November 5th, you can prevent this from happening by voting in support of “The Waterfront Protection Ordinance”. Contact “Tar Sands Free SMCC” Student Group For More Information.

OpEd Beware The Spiteful Tongue In the coming days and months it will be easy to point a finger and condemn people. As we will be awash in the revelations we learned in the aftermath of the Kenyan mall attack. We will have learned that many of the attackers were recruited in the US. According to news reports - based on sources that were still unconfirmed as of By Rik Sawyer

this deadline - the attackers are from many places including Portland, ME. Many will immediately jump to conclusions and begin their false accusations toward an entire group of people. Now is not the time resort to continued bigotry and ignorance. We can no longer afford to operate as a people with such intolerance. It is more crucial now that we find a way to

appeal to our humanity and reason. Hate and fear, which feeds bigotry and ignorance, are easy emotions to surrender to, especially in times that are uncertain and feel unstable. In the wake of so many tragedies and political instability, we are again facing an enemy that feels familiar to us. Now it will be easy to see this enemy around every corner. Too many will further

This Campus, Our Educational Opportunities: Tempus Fugit Oeconomia Ergo Crescit I am not sure how By Michael Micklon many people read the blog that President Cantor posts; I stumbled across his September 6th posting. The article spoke of the new arrival of Tempest Jets to Brunswick Landing, which caused a lot of confusion in my mind, as I was unable to connect this event with my own education.   I noticed that at the bottom of the post, there was a place that you could submit comments. I figured, why not?  What is the worst thing that could happen?  Does this go into a general folder that might get looked at? I took the bait, and before I knew it, President Cantor reached out to me directly. The moment I received his email, a sense of impending doom loomed over my head. What did I get myself into? What do I say? Do I address him as Mr. President? Ron? Mr. Cantor?   After collecting my thoughts and speaking with my advisor, I was reassured that President Cantor is very accessible to the students and faculty. As we spoke of my upcoming meeting, I was asked, “What

are you going to talk about?” Of course I wanted to get clarification about the blog, but as we discussed it further, we got into a conversation about the different roles of the SMCC Community. As a student, we only see one side. We see that there is limited parking, constant construction, IT problems when it comes to printing of our assignments, and what are all of these fees for that we are paying?   From the President’s view, it’s “how do we manage finances to keep education affordable? How do we recruit new talent to teach at SMCC? How do we retain the instructors that we have? What can we do to increase the graduation rate? What is the most effective way to spend the money in our budget in order to receive the best return on investment?” The role that I list last, to me appears to be the most delicate one of all, the role of the instructor. We need to realize that our instructors are in the middle. Our instructors work with the administration to make sure that we are getting the best possible education. Our instructors are also there to

Let’s Rethink This Firing At Gunn Most of us have watched Breaking Bad, the story of a high school chemistry teacher named Walter White who learns that he has “terminal” lung cancer and will be dead within a year. So he decides to start cooking meth with a former student in order to leave a nest egg for his wife Skyler, his teenage son Walter Junior, and his unborn daughter Holly. If you haven’t watched Breaking Bad, you need to start right now. It’s that amazing. Not only have most of us seen Breaking Bad, but most of us also have a mutual hatred for the character of Skyler White. What I found astonishing is the amount of people who direct their hatred towards female characters who are strong, non-submissive, and ill-treated. Skyler White has spawned several threads and pages on websites such as, “I hate Skyler White” and other names that will not be printed by this newspaper. Anna Gunn, the actress who portrays Skyler has said, “As an actress, I realize that viewers are entitled to have whatever feelings they want about the characters they watch. But as a human being, I’m concerned that so many people react to Skyler with such venom. Could it be that they can’t stand a woman who won’t suffer silently or “stand by her man? That they despise her because she won’t back down or give up? Or because she is, in fact, Walter’s equal?” By A.S. Kinsman

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Ms Gunn continued,“But I finally realized that most people’s hatred of Skyler had little to do with me, and a lot to do with their own perception of women and wives. Because Skyler didn’t conform to a comfortable ideal of the archetypical female, she had become a kind of Rorschach test for society, a measure of our attitudes toward gender.” Do people really hate the idea of a woman trying to have authority over a man? Or do they find it irritating that she will speak her mind? Or maybe we all see an unflattering reflection of ourselves in characters like Skyler White. Maybe when we ourselves try to have a steel backbone and share our opinions, we realize we are seen as Skyler is; with annoyance, disdain, and even hatred. Or maybe I’m wrong, and people view Skyler as the antagonist as the series. When in reality, it is the drugs that ought to be viewed at the enemy. Perhaps we can all learn something from the fictional character of Skyler White and the reality of the hatred that comes tagged to her by so many. Maybe we can see for ourselves that being our own person, standing up for what we believe is right, will cost us popularity and hatred from the world, but we should never let that stop us. Go watch Breaking Bad.

help us navigate through the college process. Unfortunately when things don’t go the way we think they should, our instructors let us know why and help us understand what goes on behind the scenes that we are not aware of.   I apologize for getting off topic, but I believe it is important to understand the community as a whole, to give you a better understanding of the conversation I had with President Cantor. I asked President Cantor “What is the significance of Tempest Jets?” “Are we going to start an aviation program and how is this going to help us here at SMCC?”   He said, “The College should be the heart of the community and the community should be the heart of the college.”    I was not expecting such a philosophical answer, and with this simple statement we started to have a more global conversation about SMCC and how the community around us keeps us going, and how we are able to help train the work force that is living in our community.   As we began our discussion, I could see this look in President Cantor’s eye, kind of like a little kid who sees Santa Clause for the first time.  I was amazed at the energy and excitement that he gave off.   President Cantor went on to explain that with our mid coast campus, Tempest will be a great resource when it comes to enrollment, and it will allow SMCC to grow its curriculum. As a community college, we have the opportunity to work with Tempest and to explore the needs of the aviation industry. Aviation programs don’t just happen overnight, it takes time. I was encouraged to hear President Cantor discuss how we have the opportunity to form this relationship with Tempest; we can help them train potential employees.   Referring back to the quote “ The College should be the heart of the community and the community should be the heart of the college,” President Cantor stressed how important it is to be active in our community. It is from our community that we are able to recruit some of the most talented instructors. It is from our community that we recruit students and it is those students that we educate. Most importantly, it is for our community that we provide qualified graduates to enter the work force that will help grow the economy in Maine.   I really want to thank President Cantor for letting me see things from his point of view, and to see the challenges that he has with his job. We are lucky that the State of Maine provides for 31% of the school’s funding. If it weren’t for that funding, our tuition would be a lot higher. As students we need to know that it is important to do our best. It is our job to apply what we learned so that we can make a positive impact on the community. The more we can demonstrate the value of our education at SMCC, the more likely the community will support SMCC.   As a side note, this November there will be a bond ballet that we will all have the opportunity to vote on. If approved, this ballot will provide an additional $3.4 million in funding to SMCC. Please make an effort to register to vote in November and be an active part in the community that gives us the opportunity to study at SMCC.

alienate a community because it will make them feel safer. Words that are spoken in homes, at work, quietly in the halls of schools and elsewhere, will become louder and prevalent. An entire group of innocent people will be demonized for something they did not do. This ignorance is something we can no longer afford as a people. Our nation was built on the back of immigrants, and still is. Yet, every time a new group comes en mass, Americans have regarded them with suspicion and alienation and every time we have paid dearly for it. It never matters who they were, or where they came from they were told they are not Americans and then treat their children the same—even though they were citizens themselves. The Irish, the Italians, freedmen, the Japanese, and more, all were shut out of most aspects of society out of fear and suspicion and all had elements within their cultures that radicalized in some form. It often lead to the death of innocent people. Some were criminal, some were religious, others political. We need to break this trend. The cycle has already begun, but we can break it now. When it comes down to it, appealing to our reasoning and humanity is the best course taken. Far too often people are willing to jump to conclusions and snap decisions without really thinking about it. It seems like no one ever asks what are the implications of their actions. If we don’t we are doomed to repeat our dire history. We must let our better humanity come forward and accept a community who came here to escape hell and live a better life. Only together will we be able to overcome. Together we will be able to push the radical elements away. Our country has turned a blind eye to reason for too long. We have devolved too far in to levels of ignorance and bigotry. James Madison once said, “…the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.” It is time we all learned these words and use them as a mantra just like the word freedom.

Wednesday, October 3, 2013, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

DROP-IN PRESENTATION ON TRANSFER PLANNING Career & Transfer Services Office (113 Campus Center). Stop in, bring your bag lunch, learn about transferring and get away from all the construction.

An admissions representative from the University of New England will staff an information table on the first floor of the Campus Center from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the following dates: Monday, October 7, 2013 Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Thursday, December 5, 2013 Stop by and learn about their many programs (especially in health fields, environmental preservation and marine science)!

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Arts&Features Poetic License

Every issue of the Beacon, take a look at “Poetic License” to find poetry written by the Beacon’s poetry editor, Patrick Doyle. Do you have a poem you’d like to submit to Poetic License for By Patrick Doyle

Dining Out…On A Student’s Budget publication in the Beacon? If so, e-mail me at Our culture loves celebrities. We love Pulp. The juicy stories. These are poems about important celebs. We need them just like they need us!

LITERATURE FACTORY IN DISARRAY 1 Theodore Dreiser walks into a joint. he says, “This is the American Tragedy.” Carrie looks at him. She isw young and ambitious. 2 Theodore Dreiser goes to work. he works at the literature factory. 3 there is a board meeting of the Naturalists. …mile Zola’s there and says, “This entire compound is in SOS.” Theodore Dreiser says, “SOS?” “Yeah, Stuck On Stupid.” 4 “Get Ralph Waldo Emerson on the horn,” says Jack London. “He doesn’t have a phone. He only accepts mail.”

FIDEL CASTRO SPOTTED IN GOTHIC HOUSE last night in my I heard creaking is a New England where the dip in the fall.

bed, up the stairs. this house gothic amusement park the rollercoaster is

the crows get hunchier and look extra mugged. the undead body of Fidel Castro topped my stairs and came into my room. “Wait, you’re no dead man,” I said. The undead body of Fidel Castro looked at me and cried a tear of blood.

Authentic Thai and Vietnamese at Veranda Noodle Bar By Have you imagined a 5 Amanda Smith star restaurant in your own backyard? Well The Veranda Noodle Bar on Veranda St. in Portland is just that!!! They have been acknowledged for their terrific food and have had many awards. Not only is the Veranda Noodle Bar amazing its cousin Veranda Thai Restaurant is as well. It has amazing food and great decor. You actually feel like you’re in Vietnam. My dining partner and I found the Veranda to be very clean to a point where you could eat off the floors. The service was very quick, precise as well as very friendly. There was no waiting and no lines. An added plus was seeing the owners of Veranda enjoying a meal as a family. This is something that one doesn’t see much of any more. They obviously were enjoying each other’s company, laughing and having good conversation. It was very nice to see. The prices are decent between $10 to $25 and the portions are enough to feed 3 people. We started off with the Crab Rangoon ($6.95), which were delightful as usual, very sweet, smooth and savory. We also ordered the Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir fry ($12.95), which was freshly cooked with lots of fresh veggies. The taste was spot on not to sweet, not to spicy and came with rice that was well done, not too hard and not to soft.  We also order the fresh Spring Rolls ($6.95), which are something you would never get from any other place around. They were very crisp, fresh with a variety of veggies. The accompanying peanut sauce wasn’t too overwhelming with peanut taste and not too sweet. The Veranda Noodle Bar also has fried foods if you’re not a fan of fresh homemade authentic Thai cuisine. They have a

variety of drinks you can choose from such as; alcoholic beverages, imported beers, and tea that is very aromatic and taste just right not to sweet or to bland. Along with the drinks having many varieties main courses range from chicken to duck, pork, beef and shrimp. Sauces span from really spicy to sweet and in between, Flavors include: sweet and sour, spicy lemongrass, curry, ginger, brown, basil and many more. They have everything to meet the needs of those with adventurous taste buds. After every meal they give you grapefruit that was very subtle and delicious to go along with the whole experience.  I would strongly recommend The Veranda Noodle Bar for everybody to just try once not only for the food, but the experience. It is a place you’ll feel at home and comfortable. If you are looking for a place with a romantic setting, The Veranda Noodle Bar is that place.   I know I will be going back multiple times. As long as I’m here they have a customer for life. You can’t get any more authentic then The Veranda Noodle Bar and it’s definitely the way to go!! In my book The Veranda Noodle Bar is a solid 5 stars!!! Photo by Angelica Lowell

MCC Choral is now accepting new S e h T h e group meets on Wednesdays a .T s r e b t mem reth Media Center, room d l i H n 1 i 02. noon

“Don’t tell anyone I have lived as this my entire life. I’d lose my pool in the weekly lottery. They know not the difference of what I am.” I looked at him and nodded. I asked, “What was the Bay of Pigs like as a zombie?” “It was good publicity, really. I also needed the excitement in my life.” Buffalo Bill Gives Rap Music

Flat Out Low Down On Alledgedly Enjoying

“Regardless of my social status and personal reputation, I don’t have much of an affinity for rap. If you ask me the C is silent.”

THEATRE CLUB Fridays at 4:15 Howe Hall Seminar Room President Alex Balzano

No previous experience is required to join, singers of all levels of ability are welcome. The Chorale performs music in a variety of different styles and is featured in the several concerts and college events annuwally. Recent performances have ranged from selections from Broadway musicals, to anthems of the American Labor movement, Caribbean folk songs, medieval ballads, and popular holiday tunes. Students may join the Chorale as a club or take it as a one credit course counting towards their fine arts requirements. Students who play instruments are invited to take part. Members may join the chamber choir which offers an opportunity to address a more challenging repertoire. For info:, or come to a rehearsal!

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Arts&Features Examining What – “Gives you Wings” Red Bull

As we all know Red Bull is here to stay! It has become quite popular among different social groups and demographics. Although, there is nothing wrong with tasting a $3 can of soda that resembles “cotton-candy”, I do not know if it is worth it’s “weight in gold”. Obviously, people with food stamps can buy Red Bull because it is considered a performance drink, rather than an energy drink, like “Monster”. Come back next issue and I will give my view on the whole Red Bull craze! Scientists are discovering more fact-based evidence that mixing energy drinks and alcohol is a health hazard. Many young people are drinking Red Bull with vodka. The caffeine and taurine stimulants, effect the brain and body, causing a boost of energy, masking the depressant characteristics of alcohol. They drink more and feel alert rather than sedated or feeling of impaired. They engage in By Michael DuBois


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helps to increase ALERTNESS

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riskier behaviors and experience over-stimulation, such as, heart palpitations, blood pressure fluctuations, difficulty sleeping, tremors, and highs leading to abrupt fatigue. Red Bull claims caffeine has benefits; concluded by the European Food Safety Authority in their scientific opinion: See EFSA Journal. Notice that I said it’s claims seem to be aimed at “caffeine” and not all the other components of the drink. Every essential nutrient has a degree of “bioavailability” to it, which means, how well a nutrient gets absorbed by the body. Supplements do have benefits, but any nutrient that comes from food is often the most bioavailable. Many of the vitamins in this beverage, will be absorbed to some point, but they do not really give the physical feelings that we get when we have one. It appears the caffeine, taurine, glucuronolactone are the primary drivers to combat fatigue, combat stress, and increase performance. The niacin is probably responsible for “niacin flush”, which is an overabundance of niacin, causing redness in the face, which gives a kind of “boost” sensation to our circulation. “Target” groups are used to market or to appeal a certain class-type of person, while using those consum-

ers to drive the Red Bull product through the roof. I will

TARGETS Athletes Dieters Career-driven females Students Exercise Buffs The Health Conscious

Professionals Thrill-seekers Clubbers / Concert Singers Non-conformists Younger Generation

admit and congratulate the Red Bull developer, Dietrich Mateschitz, an Austrian. Japan had a soda model of a performance-enhanced drink that would be legal to consume. Thailand has a drink called Krating Daeng. Taurine is used to create a sense of energy boosting and increased ability. The Red Bull fans say the best times to drink these (at

least what the product was created and marketed for) is when we are tired, have had a long day or night, and need to drive long distances. Many students drink them before a test, or try them before some strenuous activity or athletic event. They are easy to drink, cost as much as a cup and a half of coffee, while making you full of energy for about 1 or 2 hours. For the best results it is best to drink this beverage within the first few minutes of desired results - which are sharpness, focus, and a boost of energy. Generally, the effects peak within 30 minutes.

Pro Active Advice with Tiffany (email for advice, anonymity respected) Sun is fading, finger tips are chilling and life is going full force. Summer’s sweet kiss has once again said hello then goodbye far too soon. From a full workload at school, my job, being a girlfriend, a friend, daughter, sister and taking on extra responsibilities I have noticed that at times life can just feel very overwhelming and I often forget to come up for air. I also caught on that many people including me feel like they are going through a “funk”, whether this just be an adjustment period for many or SAD(seasonal affective disorder). Due to this reflection I found it might be helpful to share with others what helps me when I feel like life is out to drain me and not necessarily feeling myself. So instead of doing my usual advice column I will be dedicating this article to advice for anyone that has ever felt like the above mentioned and needed some inspiration to get by. These little pieces of advice help me so maybe you as well can benefit. Write out a list of things you are thankful for: I have free clean drinking water readily By Tiffany Crockett

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available at my convenience, unlike many countries. (Had

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However, after all these claims I would like to caution everyone who drinks these beverages to use moderation as a guide to things. There are types of people who should not drink substances like this, because of their health status. For the most part, one a day is probably ok. But that is energy for 1 to 2 hours. Some people who are very active, don’t sleep much, and want to perform at a peak level all the time, will usually have 3 to 5 a day (8.3 oz cans). It is a matter of not pushing the envelope with these things. Take it easy on Red Bull, please, you can always have 100% vegetable juice or 100% fruit juice and a cup of coffee everyday and get more nutrients, however the instant energy boost will not be as noticeable. Moreover, the cells of the body will definitely get a lot out of a natural homemade veggie or fruity smoothie. Take a vitamin/mineral supplement everyday, and if you want the caffeine, try the “shot” of espresso.

INGREDIENTS Caffeine: known for it’s stimulating effects on the body. 80 mg per 8.3 oz can (equal to 1 cup of coffee). Taurine: sulfur-containing/conditional amino acid naturally abundant in the human body; improved exercise capacity; increased performance. Glucuronolactone: a carbohydrate; used to boost morale and combat fatigue and stress; evidence shows brain tumor development in Vietnam veterans overly exposed to this substance in the past. Niacinamide: responsible for over 50 metabolic functions; needed to form NAD and NADP; essential in the metabolism of CHO, FATS, PRO. Vitamin B6: pyridoxine HCI; used in amino acid and fatty acid metabolisms; helps tryptophan convert to niacin; helps to make red blood cells.

Vitamin 12: used to help in new cell development; maintain nerve cells; breakdown some fatty-acids and amino acids. Vit. B5 - Pantothenic Acid: part of co-enzyme A, than makes acetyl-COA; a compound for the synthesis of lipids, neurotransmitters, steroid hormones, and hemoglobin. Sucrose: a disaccharide (glucose + fructose); tastes sweet; broken down in the stomach into two monosaccharides to produce energy. Glucose: a monosaccharide, commonly known as blood sugar; a required energy source for all activities of the body. Alpine Spring Water: for a crisp clear taste and for marketing purposes associated with a healthy image.

to add this is because it is something I don’t think of on a daily basis but am very thankful for. For about three months I was without clean drinking and wow what a relief to know I don’t have to worry about months of sitting on the toilet from one accidental sip.) Now after making this list and some good mushy, gooshy feelings are hopefully dancing around in you take some time and do something for yourself! Think of something that generally makes you feel pretty good and do it. Even if it’s something small like indulging on a creamy, fancy coffee and a donut (I myself like to treat myself at Holy Donut when feeling bleh) or maybe go on a hiking adventure with a friend you have been having the hardest time making plans with due to your crazy schedule. Maine in the fall is a beautiful time to recharge if you take the incentive and get off soul-sucking facebook. We all charge differently, so maybe what you need to get back to being superhuman is to dedicate a whole day in bed watching Orange is the New Black. Adjusting can be difficult and life can be a crazy roller coaster sometimes. It’s okay to take a break and every now and then fall off the tracks to take a well needed siesta. Balance. I honesty believe in this quote: “Work hard, play harder.” If there really is no truth to reincarnation we might as well not take our selves too seriously if there really is only one beautiful and unique opportunity to live.

SportsReport The State of The Patriots Life is War

Sweating and covered By Gerry A Foster in dirt, our hero’s look moves from his blood covered hands to his mud caked boots. He’s thinking of a time when things were different, when things were somehow easier, even in this situation. Twelve. It was a crazy number to think about when used in terms of years on the line. Twelve years he had been on the battlefield, save the one year he spent rehabbing a wound suffered in action. Twelve years he had made this his life. Twelve years he had been surrounded by veterans of war, some more experienced than even himself, but those he served with still called him leader. This year would be different. He was told by the “omni-knowledgeable” higher-ups that he would be having his meddle put to the test. He would have to prove himself in a way he wasn’t even sure he could do himself. Our hero would have to lead a force of completely green, complete-

ly new soldiers into the greatest battle of all of their collective lives. HOW! How was he supposed to do this? He was given around 6 months to train and practice and teach these relative children how to do a job that prior to now, had been done with men who had been proven in combat. Men who had won awards, men who were distinguished in their valor. He shook his head. Interlocking his fingers he spun his hands around and cracked his fingers, inhaled deeply through his nose, and exhaled slowly out of his mouth. He shook off the past, tried to bring his mind back to the present. That was then, this is now. If he stayed stuck in the past, he was like to let everyone down in the present, and that could mean his career, or even his life. It could mean the lives of his subordinates as well. It definitely could mean everything. The camouflage was the same, the uniforms the same, the mission the same, his Captains, Generals, and Majors, they

were all the same. This was his 12th theater of war with his current Major. They had been through everything together, and were even considered to be friends. The both of them had been recognized for their distinguished service a multitude of times, setting records, receiving presidential stars, awards, letters and services. Never in the history of time had there been a better pair fighting in name of their patriotic nation or even in the history of all other organized nations. They were the cream of the crop. The best of the best. They were as good as it got, and most likely as good as it will ever get. But this challenge was so different. This was the equivalent of being given 10 seedlings and being told to out-produce the 30 other farms with established trees and irrigation systems. This was close to impossible. And youth was something that had escaped him, the best of his years were behind him, he was now running on pure skill, muscle memory, repetition, drive and most importantly, courage.

Explosions rocked in the distance. The sound washed over him long after the ground had shook. It snapped him back to reality. “What now Sir!?” He looked toward the sound. All of his men were staring at him. How long had he been “out?” He blinked, and stared at the young man. The child. His gaze moved down the line of faces, and he suddenly became aware that the explosions were moving closer and closer. He knelt in close to his brothers in arms, and gave them all specific orders. They would rendezvous within an hour back at basecamp. They all appeared to know what his orders meant, right? Right? Even as he watched them walk away, he still wondered if they would survive, but somewhere, deep down inside, he knew wholly and truly that everything would be ok, and that this time on the gridiron would be just like every other year he had been there: successful.

Movie Reviews

Sabering Hollywood Films:

The Family (2013) Robert DeNiro returns to the screen with a BANG in the tongueand-cheek mafia comedy, The Family. Forced to relocate to a small town in Normandy, France, the notorious Manzoni clan realize that laying low isn’t easy when old habits die hard. With the help of their FBI shadows, the Manzonis must try to build new lives for themselves while keeping below the radar. This proves harder than it seems, with a family of trouble-magnets that are determined to do what they do best...cause chaos. When you’re married to the mob, mischief, murder, and mayhem By Sabra Schrim

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is sure to follow close behind. This film, based on a book by Tonino Benacquista, is directed by Luc Besson, stars Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo, and Tommy Lee Jones, and is a EuropaCorp Production . Whether you prefer an shoot-em-up action film or a goofy comedy, this film is sure to please. With a bit of romance, a bit of good-old-fashioned mafia drama, and laughs galore, The Family knows what you want, and gives it to you with a smile. This movie’s delightful ensemble of characters deliver the goods, and don’t pull their punches. The Family is definitely not your typical “dramady,” with more eye candy and shenanigans than substance. Instead, this cinematic gem entices you to fall in

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love with the Manzonis, faults and all. This cinematic love affair is helped along by the electric chemistry between the cast, especially DeNiro and Pfeiffer, with their powerful performances as Giovanni and Meg Manzoni. Not to be outdone, Diana Agron and John D’Leo step up to the plate and hit home run after home run, never once falling into the shadows of their veteran co-stars. The Family is a film that lovingly welcomes you to the family, the Manzoni family, where there is never a shortage of good food, good wine, laughter, and chaos. Though this film falls into the comedy film cliche of the running gag, it doesn’t hurt the pacing or the overall experience. This is thanks in part to the writing, and in larger part to DeNiro’s impressive comedic timing. The visual aesthetic of this delicious confection of a film comes together beautifully, gently foldCourtesy of Malavita ing together the past and present with a bit of exposition. The beautiful score brings it all together, leaving The Family a ready-toserve delight that should be enjoyed by all. Though I tend to lean towards the horror and Sci-Fi/Fantasy genres, I do enjoy a good mafia film, comedic or otherwise, and this is most definitely a good mafia film. With pleasing visual aesthetics, an impressive cast, and engaging dialogue, The Family is a rare gem and worth a watch. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being Married to the Mob (hilariously terrible) and 10 being Goodfellas (a true mafia classic), I give this film a 10...with an extra star for making me laugh and cringe at the same time.


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SMCCSports Fall Sports Wind Down: Winning Records Intact

By While the fall The Beacon Staff semester sports schedule is significantly shorter than the winter or spring the Seawolves have still been competing and competing competitively. Sure the diamonds and pitches have been relatively quiet on the SMCC campus, but this doesn’t mean that the fall season has come to an end. In fact the Seawolves have hit the road for many of their games and matches since the September 17th issue of the Beacon. The Seawolves baseball team has traveled to Eastern Maine Community College, Bridgton Academy, University of Maine-Farmingham and are closing out the fall season in New Hampshire facing NHTI this past weekend. With an early win at NHTI in the morning game of a double header the Seawolves have improved their record to 10-3 overall and 5-2 in conference play. On the women’s side of the diamond, the Lady Seawolves have traveled to Eastern Maine Community College, UNH, as well as NHTI. At the time of this write up the Lady Seawolves have compiled a 5-2 overall record are 3-2 in conference play. Where as the baseball diamond will be quiet until April the softball diamond will see action October 2nd when Central Maine Community College visits for a season ending double-header. On the pitch the men’s team has gone 3 and 2 with a tie. At press time the men’s record stands at 5-4-1 overall and 4-2-1. The men close out their fall season wuith

three of their final four games on the road facing squaring off against Northern, Eastern and Central Maine Community Colleges before their final home game against Unity College on October 12th. The women’s soccer team schedule is the same as the men’s with the women facing Unity at noon and the men playing at 2 on the 12th. At press time the women’s record is 3-3-2 overall and 2-2-1 Not all sports action has taken place on the diamond or pitch this fall. The Seawolves golf team has been quietly hitting the links battling it out with opponets fron the YSCC and non-conference schools. On Sunday the team traveled to Vasselboro and matched off against the University of Maine - Augusta, Presque Isle, and Machias, Eastern Maine CC, New Hampshire Technical Institute, Nashua CC, and Great Bay CC at the Nantanis golf course. Lead by freshman Dillion Dunbar, who shot a n 82, The Seawolves placed 6th with a team score of 372. Dillion ended the day tying for fourth while finishing five strokes behind winner John Bradley of NHTI. SMCC’s Matthew Kimball shot an 83 placing one stroke Dunbar, tying for seventh place among 41 golfers from the schools that participated. The Seawolves will finish off their fall season, October 12th, when they travel to Loudon Country Club to compete in the Yankee Small College Conference Championship.

Photos by Beacon Staff In the world of Student Athlete The day after he became a citizen the Spotlights Ethan Bilderbeck and Charlotte Seawolves soccer team recognized hios Lewis were named YSCC Player of the accomplishment with a celebration after Week for the week of September 16th. their game against Eastern Maine Commu That week Bilderbeck batted .636 nity College. While he spoke softly of the which included 5 hits, a double, 2 RBI’s moment his smile reflected the magnitude and 2 runs. His numbers at the plate came at the expense of conference rival Eastern Maine Community College and non-conference foe Mass Bay Community College. While Bilderbeck was lighting up the men’s diamond Charlotte Lewis was getting noticed because of the work she did from the pitchers mound. Pitching two stellar games against Eastern Maine Community College Lewis pitched a total of 7 innings surrendering six runs while collect- Ghassan Hasson and Soccer Coach Brian Dougher celebrate Ghasson becoming a United States citizen. Courtesy of SMCC Sports ing 8 strikeouts. of what he just accomplished. Lewis also contributed from the plate Ghassan has been in the United States collecting 3 hits, driving in an RBI, adding for 5 years, coming to the states from Iraq 2 runs and stealing 2 bases. and is majoring in pre-engineering. The Sports Staff of the Beacon would For further information on Ghasson also like to congratulate Ghasson Hassoon and Portland’s naturalization ceremony for becoming a United States citizen. The please click on the following link: http:// swearing in ceremony took place at the Portland’s Ocean Gateway. &4 other Miane newsx/local-news/10291-naturalizaresidents also participated in the sweartion-ceremony-candidate-i-am-proud ing in ceremony becoming United States citizens.


SMCC Athletics is looking to name it’s brand new mascot. We will be taking name submissions from any faculty, staff, student, or fan of SMCC athletics. Submissions should be creative and appropriate for responsible marketing of the athletic department and the college. The winning submission will be selected by a committee.

Submissions should include Mascot’s name and your phone number email. Limited to one entry per person. Deadline: 10/15/13 Prize: Dinner prize package E-mail submissions

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