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THE SOUTHERN MAINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT NEWSPAPER | Volume 8 • No. 3 • OCTOBER 23, 2012

Doing the Underworld as it has Never Been Done An Interview With Daniel Marks By Shawn Veasey his past spring semester The Beacon published an article titled, “Don’t Judge a Book by its Genre.” In the article we included the opinions of some of today’s talented young adult authors regarding adult themes in young adult fiction. One of the participating authors was the uberly funny and talented Daniel Marks. The reason I interviewed Mr. Marks is that his extensive experience in working with children and teens, interested me, plus he had written a dark, daring young adult novel containing adult themes which seemed fascinating. SV: How did you get your start writing? DM: My words come from a couple of different places. Number one, I have a love of story. I learned to read before I was ever introduced to the concept of school. My mother taught me to read and then modeled that books were worthy of love and attention. Fast forward to my early teen years. I started to draw people in as a confidant. In counseling, which ended up being the focus of my education and career, there’s a sense that some of us are “naturals,” that we draw people in because we’ve learned early on how to listen and mirror in such a way that the person feels an immediate engagement. So, I’m that guy. After I received my Master’s in Counseling, I ended up in an intense system that was both unforgiving and lacking in support. Lots of counselors and social workers dropped out within the first year. The ones that stayed, burned out slow, and developed a pitch-black case of gallows humor to get through the day. Those two things, the reading and the humor are why I’m a writer. I was confidant that was enough and it was. SV: One of the things I admire about you as an author and as a person is that you really care about young people, about their feelings and experiences as human beings. Which is refreshing because so many adults can be accidentally and purposely dismissive of young adults and their feelings. Did your experience working with children/teens prepare you or help you write Young Adult fiction? DM: It definitely prepared me and it also focused me in on the kind

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IN side: 2 PTK at Bayside, Joe

Bornstien & Networking

3 Smoke, Mirrors & Thunder 4 Soul-Making 5 Understanding Biodiversity, Harvest on the Harbor & the Children of Obesity

6 Why War & Yes on 1 7 Here a Mitt, There a Mitt,

Everywhere a Mitt Mitt & Letters to the Editor

9 Happy Birthday, Clean Water Act & Nutty Adventures

10 Chasing Movies, Movie

Reviews & Hunger Prevention

11 The State of the Patriots

of things that I wanted to tackle. There are themes at play in my Young Adult fiction that wouldn’t have shown up without twelve years of working with adolescents. Themes like: the danger of unearned reinforcement and the aforementioned disallowing of personal responsibility. I’m really worried about this trend in parenting and it shows up in my work. Take for instance the idea of everyone, of all the kids getting trophies, for varying levels of achievement.

Where is the real world equivalent of this? It certainly isn’t in the workplace...or it shouldn’t be. We disable a generation by pretending that they don’t have to pursue excellence. SV: You were one of the authors who gave a quote for The Beacon’s article about “adult themes” in Young Adult fiction and it really stuck with me. DM: “Kids deal with all kinds of issues that grownups wish they didn’t have to. Wishing doesn’t make reality go away, so it’s important to address these concerns. Otherwise, kids may feel like they’re the only one in the world who has this problem. And that’s so not okay.” SV: I had asked you because of your experience and the way you handled the “adult themes” in your own work. For example, your Velveteen has some issues I wouldn’t wish on anyone, let alone a teen. The words “Dark” “Morbid” and “Fascinating” have been used to describe her story. How did you come up with the idea for Velveteen and did you worry about readers (and critics) thinking the story would be too dark for its target audience? DM: Velveteen actually started as an idea for a middle grade novel about a girl named Luisa (who is in the final version as a secondary character) who idolized her grandfather, a detective. A series of child murders rocks Luisa’s town and she decides, much to her misfortune, to track down the killer. Somewhere in the premise, I began to think it would be interesting to follow Luisa post death and that’s what led me to the idea of purgatory, or rather my version of purgatory as a vast ashen city. I had my goddaughter, Delaney, read the piece and her advice was that it read too old, so later, when I revisited the premise I bumped up the target age and added a new protagonist: Velveteen. The idea of fiction being too dark for kids gets back to the idea that they need to be shielded to the point of disability. It’s much more important for children and teens to learn how to deal with conflict, to develop skills, than to hide it away. In fact, it’s detrimental. I intentionally made the character as prickly as possible and meted out the dark and (continued on page 4)

Maria Wafula Speaks at SMCC By Tiffany Crockett ujambo! (Hello in Swahili.) On October 11th Maria Wafula and friends arrived on our campus to personally thank the school for its gracious donation of books for her library in Busia, Kenya. Eva Chancey, daughter of Molly Chancey, an SMCC English teacher and a former student who while visiting Kenya stumbled upon the Busia Community Library and took it upon themselves to help this library thrive. Eva’s first call was instinctually to our beloved school. Due to the success of the Busia library that started as a few books mixed in with the produce in Maria’s farmstead, Maria’s Library Organization has been able to create and fund more libraries in Kenya. “Every single person in this room has an idea of what a public library is and we all have different ideas of it. With Busia it is not the case at all,” said Maria while speaking to students on our campus. Maria added, “most people in Busia don’t even know what a library is, so this creates an enormous opportunity.” The Maria’s Libraries organization has been able to completely reinvent what a library is. Maria started by going to the people of her community and asked, “what do you need?” And “what do you want?” This made the Busia Library a very unique project by fitting the needs of the people that would be visiting the library. With the Busia library they were able to marry the new world of technology with traditional library resources, overcoming the challenges of establishing successful libraries in a place like Busia. At one point in Maria’s talk, she reflected upon

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education saying, “I got this idea. What is education for? Education is to have it and use it.” In the beginning of her life she worked as a secretary in an east African community. That career did not last long, nor did her schooling, due to a tyrant leader that broke up eastern Africa. At 22 years old, Maria started to think of how she could really put her knowledge to use and this led her to agricultural farming, then the first books found their way into her farm stand. Maria, the selfemployed farmer is still to this day the main founder of her namesake library. “What does it mean for you to be a Kenyan? You have this talent, are you using it? Are you maximizing it?” To Maria being a Kenyan and using her talent as a social worker is very important. So important that she reached out to her community and was able to give them what they needed. Listening and talking with Maria left me with this question: what does our community need and what can we do to fulfill those needs?

Maria Wafula from Kenya, spoke on the SMCC campus on October 11th, 2012/


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n an effort to expand group contact and a sense of community, the SMCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa hosted a gathering on Wednesday night , October 17th at Bayside Bowl in downtown Portland. Shane Long, the chapter advisor points out: “It’s so important to give our students an opportunity to socialize and get away from studying, even if it’s just to do a little bowling,” New member Emily Holland best summed up the evening with, “ It was really fun to have a stress free night and it was as great opportunity to meet and get to know fellow members. I hope we do another event like this soon!” To this end, the members at the next regular meeting agree this particular event will be repeated next semester. Prior to that, we are open to suggestions or ideas from any and all members for additional gatherings. Please forward them to: phithetakappa@smccme.edu While not all members are available for weekly chapter meetings, many have expressed interest in making some sort of contact with other members, and participating in some way to gain more of a feeling of connection. Phi Theta Kappa supports this style of membership completely. To this end, our chapter is seeking to find the sort of events that members and invitees would like to attend. By definition, Phi Theta Kappa members (who achieve and maintain GPA’s of 3.5 or higher) are already very busy, engaged students, so this chapter is striving to

Left to right: Andrew Ballantyne, Christine, Emily Holland, Vassily Morangira, Mary Jo Sellick, Stanley Pyle, Lisa McLaughlin. Minh Nguyen, Shane Long, Todd Frederick. Absent from photo: Alonzo Greer, new member, who was the photographer

develop ideas for gatherings that are of value and interest to members. As the Fellowship Officer I like the idea of something that is fun, active and has a stress-relief piece to it. This event was a good match to that. It appealed

Maria Wafula Book Drive

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to all ages, males and female. We hope to arrange two or three events each semester. One consideration for an additional event this semester would be a Pirates hockey game. Membership input is eagerly sought.

areer Choices Unlimited Club (previously known as Women in Trades and Technology) is sponsoring a book drive for Maria’s Library in Kenya. Last Thursday, Maria Wafula of Maria’s Library spoke in the Upper Lounge of the Campus Center about the evolution of Maria’s Library which is located in Busia, Kenya. SMCC’s faculty and students have helped “Maria’s Library” get necessary books and other materials. The Career Choices Unlimited Club would like to continue this effort. CCU is collecting donations of new/gently used books for children, young adults, and adult fiction/non-fiction books, school/college text books, and books on tape or DVD’s. Video tapes and DVD’s, (new boxed puzzles,) games, board or travel, playing cards, educational material, flash cards, new coloring books, crossword puzzles/find-a-word, and Sudoku books as well are greatly appreciated. Donations of school supplies such as pens, pencils, markers, crayons, erasers, pencil sharpeners, stickers, glue and tape, paper, (plain, lined, color, or construction,) notebooks, craft supplies and/or small packaged craft kits (either new or

assembled with directions into small bags). Most anything along these lines will be accepted and sent benefitting our friends in Kenya. If pick-up of books is needed, contact Angel Christian for arrangements. Look for donation boxes placed around campus. Books and other items may be directly dropped-off if necessary at 104 Harborview. For more information, or if you would like to help in gathering, and packaging the books please contact Angel at achristian@smccme.edu. The CCU club welcomes all students’ to attend meetings and encourages membership at meetings in the Construction building Room #1 on Thursday’s at noon.

By Tom Sharp, President, SMCC Veterans Club he week of November 5, 2012 is Veterans Week at Southern Maine Community College. Among the guest speakers that will provide important information for the Veterans is a representative form The Law Office of Joe Bornstien. The topicwill be: What Every Veteran Needs to Know About Social Security Disability. The time and place will be posted on SMCC bulletin boards and will be sent to all Veterans Club members via e-mail.

There is a lot of information about social security disability that Veterans are not aware of. The Law Office of Joe Bornstien has volunteered their time to educate Veterans on the facts about this benefit that could provide additional income for Veterans who are receiving VA disability benefits. There will be a brief presentation and written materials followed by a question and answer session. If you are a Veteran or know someone who is a Veteran that could benefit from this valuable information please plan on attending. I hope to see you at the presentation.

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Our guest author, Chris Hall, is the Portland Regional Chamber’s Senior Vice President for Government Relations. He works with employers, government and educational leaders to promote and improve the Portland region’s economic and social well-being.

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Sustainability at SMCC Smoke and Mirrors By Lin Maria Riotto kay, so we have an SEA (Sustainable Energy Alternatives) Center at the far end of campus. It’s raison d’etre would seem to be the “Pressure House,” a mock residential section that, at the touch of an iPad button, will fill the structure with enough combustion-gas-simulating theatrical smoke to shock and awe visiting legislators and the casual passer-by. And we have a 30-credit certificate curriculum for “Building Science and Sustainability,” which, after the school’s general education requirements, and the certificate’s seven credits are met, offers an emphasis in Construction Technology (12 credits), Architecture and Engineering Design (15 credits), Business Administration (15 credits), or Electrical Engineering (12 credits). And, according to the Registrar’s Office, out of a current enrollment of approximately 6,300 students we have a declared four that are actively pursuing that certificate. And to date, only one student who has actually graduated with the certificate since its inception. Nice, but enough?

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SMOKE (LOTS OF IT) AND MIRRORS The Pressure House at the SEA Center comes to us from

SMCC Veterans Club hosts Joe Bornstien

The Alchemy of Networking in Person

WRITERS Tiffany Crockett Dale Dass Daniel E. Gagne Gerry Foster Chris Hall Garrick Hoffman Ty MacDowell Joseph Manhardt Andrew Painter Lin Maria Riotto Amanda Rock Rik Sawyer Michael Scofield Tom Sharp D. M. Smith Jeff Toorish Timothy Valierre Shawn Veasey

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t’s Columbus Day weekend one year ago. I’m walking down the middle of Water Street in Lubec Maine as the annual Harvest Howl Festival is wrapping up around 3 pm. I pass a woman who looks at me and says ‘nice hat.’ Hmmm … what would you do? I’m about to network – and as a result my daughter is going to get her first gig out of college in marine conservation, working with one of the world’s foremost authorities on critically endangered Right whales. But right now all I know is that this woman has some connection to what’s on my hat. The hat has the logo of the whale watch company my daughter worked with that summer. I have no idea who the woman is, or what she sees in the hat. But I’m immediately focused on networking with her to find out. For the last 20 years or more I’ve been a lawyer doing a non-traditional legal job – representing businesses in local, state and federal political battles, and working to bring folks together to support the economy. You may know my job better as ‘lobbying,’ but despite what you’ve heard, my real work is finding connections and solutions. That includes helping folks find jobs. One thing I’ve learned about getting a job is this – nothing comes to you. To find a good job you need to go get it. And from my perspective there’s no better tool than face to face networking. So what is that, and how do you do it? Like most recipes you can adjust this one to your own taste, but start here: • Figure out what do you want to do Want a certain kind of job? A specific skill set? A new experience? Be specific enough to have a good conversation about it with a stranger. • Make a list of who you know Start with family, friends and classmates, and then work out to their parents, col-

leagues and connections. This is your base network of contacts. • Refine the network Focus on the people on your list who have real connections to your interests. Pick five people you feel most comfortable talking to. • Set your agenda Write down the three things you want to leave each meeting with. I start with a) do you know of any jobs for me, b) can you refer me to five of your contacts who might help me, and c) can you tell me how you got your job. • Now you’re ready to go visit Call and set up appointments with your five targets. You know the drill – dress nicely, sit up straight, make eye contact and even if you’re nervous (and you will be) be friendly. The more you network like this the better you get at it. And the more people you meet in your area of interest. And the more information you get about how to find work in your field. Most importantly you begin to see the world as a place where you can link your network to an ever-expanding web of people who are all connected together, often in surprising ways. Don’t be surprised if you start out going in one direction and your networking brings you to a completely different, better place. It happens frequently … for me it went like this: Eventually you find yourself at a street festival in Lubec talking to a stranger about your hat - and because instead of saying ‘thanks’ and walking away you network with her, almost reflexively, you find out she does exactly the thing your daughter wants to do for her career. So you connect your daughter and your new friend the whale researcher, and the network grows, and your daughter works the new connection hard, and 10 months later your daughter is out on the Bay of Fundy doing Right whale research. Magic. A word in closing about electronic networking. It’s important, and it shouldn’t be neglected. Social on-line networks are valuable resources, and they fit into the strategy I’ve outlined. Use them. But never confuse them with the value you’ll get from meeting people face-to-face, and the alchemy that happens when you do.

EMC in Montana, complements of Maine State Housing Authority. Using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for weatherization, MSHA placed four of these structures throughout Maine (United Technology Center in Bangor, Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle, and Washington County Community College in Calais also have Pressure Houses). Despite the fact that MSHA believes that Pressure Houses “improve and perfect techniques to ensure quality weatherization in homes [with] hands-on training,” these structures are actually nothing more than static displays with a dollop of billowing smoke: the only input is through an iPad to simulate pressure changes when, say, the dryer, oven, and furnace are operating simultaneously. So what the SEA Center is temporarily housing – having received its Pressure House during the summer of 2011, the renewable MSHA/SMCC contract is due to expire in May, 2014 – is a $97,000.00 glass-front, large-footprint training aid that makes dramatically visible, for limited audiences who must travel to the site, how pressure dynamics work. Nice, but enough? Wouldn’t a video of the house in all its pressure configurations, with splitscreen gauges, serve just as well (if not better) to educate interested persons on campus and off ? Isn’t electronically reaching a wider audience without incurring either

transportation, or maintenance costs a more defensibly sustainable approach? THE SWISS CHEESE CERTIFICATE Let’s think about this for a moment. SMCC’s sustainability certificate claims to provide” a one year in-depth instruction and hands-on experience in all aspects of energy use and efficiency in the typical Maine residential structure. The curriculum provides students with a complete understanding of residential building science.” Let’s see how that shakes out for the Business Administration emphasis, for example. General education: English (3 credits), Math (3-4), Physics (4), Weatherization (4), Energy Auditing (3). That’s 17 or 18 credits, 7 of which (Weatherization and Energy Auditing) are directly relevant to building science. Business Administration emphasis: Intro to Business (3 credits), Entrepreneurship I and II (6), Marketing (3), Advertising (3). That’s 15 credits, none of which have anything to do with residential building science. But we have tallied a minimum of 32 credits already, of which only seven can possibly qualify as “in-depth instruction and hands-on experience” in building science. Don’t mistake me. There’s certainly value in pursing this emphasis in its current configuration if you’d like to start a business as an independent energy auditor. But you’ll want to earmark some funds in your business plan for your first employee: someone with a much keener (continued on page 11)

Are You Ready For Some Thunder? Veteran's Week starts November 5th at Southern Maine Community College By Tom Sharp he week of November 5, 2012 is Veterans week at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC). To kick off Veterans week, South Portland Police will be escorting Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club convoy to the Campus Center building. Rolling Thunder will be presenting SMCC with a POW/MIA Flag that will be flown from the campus flag pole for Veterans week in honor of all POW/MIA’s. The POW/MIA flag will be presented from Rolling Thunders Maine Chapter 2 President Tim DeCosta and member Leon Tanguay, a World War 2 Veteran, who was captured in France in 1944 and was a POW in Austria until he was liberated at the end of the war. Additionally, representatives will be on hand from all subsequence wars to receive the flag on behalf of POW/MIA’s from represented war. South Portland Police, Fire Department and EMT’s will accept the flag in honor of all those unaccounted for from the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Rolling Thunders mission is simple: To educate the public that many American Prisoners of War (POW) were, unfortunately, left behind and to help correct the past and protect the future veterans from being left behind should they become a POW/MIA. Rolling Thunder is committed to helping Veterans and their families from all wars… Past, Present or Future. The POW/MIA flag is an American flag designed as a symbol of citizen concern about United States military personnel taken as prisoners of war (POWs) or listed as missing in action (MIA). The POW/MIA flag was created by the National League of Families and officially recognized by the Congress in conjunction with the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue, “as the symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation.”

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The original design for the flag was created by William Graham Wilkin III. The National League of Families thennational coordinator, POW wife Evelyn Grubb, oversaw its development and also campaigned to gain its widespread acceptance and use by the United States government and also local governments and civilian organizations across the United States. In 1971, while the Vietnam War was still being fought,

as a result of legislation passed by the 100th Congress. The league’s POW-MIA flag is the only flag ever displayed in the rotunda, and the only one other than the Flag of the United States to have flown over the White House. The leadership of both houses of Congress hosted the installation ceremony in a demonstration of bipartisan congressional support. On August 10, 1990, the 101st Congress passed U.S. Public Law 101-355, recognizing the National League of Families POW/MIA Flag and designating it “as a symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation.” Beyond Southeast Asia, it has been a symbol for POW/MIAs from all U.S. wars. The flag is ambiguous as it implies that personnel listed Maureen Dunn, the wife of a service member missing in as MIA may in fact be held captive. The official, bipartisan, action and member of the National League of Families U.S. Government position is that there is “no compelling of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia, evidence that proves that any American remains alive in recognized the need for a symbol of U.S. POW/MIAs, captivity in Southeast Asia”. The Defense Prisoner of War/ some of whom had been held in captivity for as many as Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) provides centralized seven years. The flag is black, and bears in the center, in management of prisoner of war/missing personnel (POW/ black and white, the emblem of the league. The emblem MP) affairs within the United States Department of was designed by Newt Heisley, and features a white disk Defense and is responsible for investigating the status of bearing in black silhouette the bust of POW/MIA issues. As of August 5, WAR/EVENT POW/MIA a man ( Jeffery Heisley), watch tower 2010, the DPMO lists 1,711 Ameri World War 2 73,000 with a guard on patrol, and a strand cans as MIA from the Vietnam War: Korean War 7,500 of barbed wire; above the disk are the 969 cases being pursued, 117 cases Vietnam War 1,700 white letters POW and MIA framing a deferred, and 625 cases not being purCold War 126 white 5-pointed star; below the disk is a sued due to the circumstances and/or black and white wreath above the white Iraq/Afghanistan War 5 location of loss. The DPMO has re Total all Wars 82,331 motto: ceived 1997 first-hand reports of live sightings of purported U.S. POWs “YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN” since 1975, of which only 55 (2.75%) remain unresolved. On March 9, 1989, a league flag that had flown over The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Ofthe White House on the 1988 National POW/MIA Recognition Day was installed in the U.S. Capitol rotunda (continued on page 11)

... Picture the entire population of Portland (64,000) gone, and then add an additional 18,331 people to that. ...

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By Tom Sharp fter coming to my senses, I counter proposed the following; Communicate to all the detainees that the “Teacher” request all detainees show mercy to the twelve conspirators. Not now nor will there ever be any retaliation against them for their acts today. As your “Teacher” my first concern is your safety, the safety of the twelve conspirators and any needs they may have. Inform the twelve conspirators that I understand the ignorance of their actions and hold no judgment. I am making arrangements for the new detainees to meet with the Elder Imam in the compound Mosque to welcome them. Within five minutes my Iraqi counterpart had arranged for all of the new detainees to meet with the Elder Imam. The new detainees complied and exited the compound. I exited the compound a few minutes later and found a secluded place and immediately became sick to my stomach. My tenure as the “Teacher” and how I stepped down without causing any major problems is another story in itself. I hope, in time, I can tell that story; A story with a powerful and positive message to all mankind who share the same planet we call earth. The experience I had as the “Teacher” has helped me understand that power and evil have the same DNA. If you have power, you can either prevent or promote evil. If you are evil, you can through fear gain power. Where you find one you will find the other. As human beings with free will, we have the ability to use power wisely. One can also argue that we can use evil wisely. Some see evil as good. Can evil be good? I can only say it depends on

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disturbing reasons why throughout the course of the book. It felt both facile and unrealistic to write a sympathetic murder victim. There’s a level of bitterness and revenge that draws a victim much closer to the perpetrator in such a way that it changes a personality. It makes for uncomfortable reading at times, but it feels right and authentic. SV: Parts of it might be uncomfortable at times but it is definitly an authentic and compelling read. So much so I can’t wait for the next book. Please tell me there’ll be a next book! DM: That’s up in the air right now. There are books that publishing houses acquire and they know without any confusion that they’re intended for the masses and then others, likeVelveteen, that they think are risky. So we’re waiting and I’m working on a second book for Delacorte Press that’s not related to Velvet or purgatory in the slightest. We have to wait and see what kind of reception the book gets and what sales are like. I have the second and third books plotted and my editor was enthusiastic about the pitches, so we’re ready to go if Velveteen does well. I have my fingers crossed that it will do well. So tell me, when you aren’t writing or doing authorly type stuff, what do you do in your free time? Are you like the majority of writers who are big readers? If you are, which authors and genres do you like to read? I love to read a variety of things and genres. I love literary fiction, some of my favorites are Jennifer Egan (A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD), Jess Walter (BEAUTIFUL RUINS), and Chuck Palahniuk (CHOKE). Horror was my go-to genre when I was younger and I, of course, was a huge fan of Stephen King (DUH, HE WROTE EVERYTHING), Clive Barker (BOOKS OF BLOOD) and Robert McCammon (SWAN SONG). But then again, I can dig into a cozy mystery, too. My favorite of those is THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY series by Alexander McCall Smith. As for Young Adult, I’m a fan, a new fan, but a rabid one nonetheless. I encourage everyone I meet to give A.S. King (PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ) a try. Her work is amazing. SV: Maine’s own, Stephen King – the absolutely king of horror, did write everything, didn’t he? Speaking of horror, you know I have to ask. Are you watching The Walking Dead? DM: Absolutely. I wouldn’t miss it. And particularly this season. Fans of the graphic novel know that once

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the individual interpretation. During World War 2 it was thought that the nuclear bomb was good. It will end the war and save thousands of lives. However, once used, the evil destructive powers were seen, and now nuclear bombs are considered as evil. But once again this evil nuclear bomb can be interpreted as good because it will deter war on a massive scale. As for my experience with unlimited power, this is something I never want again. I now understand how some leaders gain power. The people give or let a person have the power. Once they have it you can use it for good or evil. As said in the Spiderman movie, “With great power comes great responsibility.” When I was given the power to decide if someone lives or dies, I found this to be overwhelming. And who would want to give such power to an individual to decide who lives or who dies. What entity gives a human being the power to give another human being unlimited powers. When I was presented with the proposal on how to handle the conspirators, I question who I was and what I was doing there. Why did they want me to decide? All I could think of is I must show, when given the power to govern, power must be used with compassion and to work together for peaceful resolutions that secure the ability to coexist without using evil or taking of one’s life to solve differences. Having been trained to be soldier to eliminate evil to protect my (America’s) way of life, determined by some political agenda, can create and cause unnecessary evil. Was my decision right? I do not know. I do know that I have become more aware of any decision I make and effect it may have on others. I

never want to have “God Like” powers again, nor would I bestow such powers on anyone else unless the use of such power comes with crystal clear rules. If I were asked does God allow evil, I would answer it this way based on my experience; God has given human beings free will and the mental capacity to decide what is evil and what is good. Human beings have the mental capacity and free will to prevent man made evil. God is often blamed for the evil natural disasters cause around the world, or accidents that occur with things made by man. I do not believe God punishes us with these accidents. As human beings, we have free will and make decisions based on many things. Human beings inhabit an earth that has a life cycle of its own; rain, high winds, earth quakes and many other natural disasters. Is this evil? If you’re the one caught in the earth quake you may say yes. Others may say that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time when the earth hiccupped. Furthermore, if it is your soul you are trying to make pure, you as the individual have the free will to decide on which rulebook, beliefs, and moral values to follow. It is proclaimed that there is only one God, but a menu the size of a fast food joint to choose how you should worship. I’ll end with this thought and perhaps have the opportunity to elaborate on it another time; “Free Will” has no boundaries, no stop gaps and is manipulated by human emotions or the lack of. Additionally, one’s beliefs, greed, pride and the list goes on. Perhaps “Free Will” is the root of all evil.

they get to the prison, things get INTENSE. I love it and not being a purist (about much of anything, not just The Walking Dead) I love the tangents that the show takes, the liberties. It’s just about perfect. I’m, also, infatuated with American Horror Story. SV: Thank you so very much for your time Mr. Marks. As always it’s been a pleasure. Before we conclude our interview, do you have any advice for all the aspiring authors out there? DM: Besides read well and often? Aspiring writers need to avoid worry-

ing about what others will think of their writing, there’s plenty of time for that after they get published. Worry leads to self-censoring and that interferes with an author’s voice. It’s a death spiral. I write for an “ideal reader”, that one person that understands how far I’m willing to go to evoke an emotion. And there you have it folks, our interview with Mr. Marks. If you read one book this year, make it Velveteen. I promise you won’t regret it. Daniel Marks writes Young Adult Horror and Fantasy, spends way too much time glued to the internets and collects books obsessively (occasionally reading them). He’s been a psychotherapist for children and adolescents, and survived earthquakes, volcanoes and typhoons to get where he is today, which is to say, in his messy office surrounded by half empty coffee cups. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Caroline, and three furry monsters with no regard for quality carpeting. None. You can find more information about Mr. Marks, his books and upcoming appearances on his website, http://velvetandnyx.blogspot.com. You can also follow him on twitter, https://twitter.com/dannymarksya, visit one of his group blogs, The Apocalypsies, http://apocalypsies.blogspot.com or The Class of 2k12, http://classof2k12.com and/or watch him on Youtube, http://www.youtube.com/user/dannymarksya or http://www.youtube.com/user/YARebels.

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Understanding Biodiversity By Daniel E. Gagne iodiversity can be defined as the number and frequency of different organisms ranging from complete ecosystems to the genetic variability they contain. In short, biodiversity is the living fabric of the Earth which is under an increasing amount of pressure. But why is this biological diversity so important? Why is it in danger? How will we, and all life of this planet, be affected by a reduction in biodiversity? Most importantly, what can be done to prevent further reduction? Farmers, breeders, and nature itself all need a large gene pool in order to continue to produce both high yielding and pest/disease resistance in a continually changing environment. For example early Central American farmers, over a period of several thousand years and throughout the entire country, planted thousands of varieties of corn to ensure that, depending on the weather, pest infestations and/or plant disease, they would have a bountiful harvest. Today only the very few, highest yielding varieties are grown. If and when these varieties encounter environmental conditions they have not been engineered to withstand, like extended periods of drought, they will suffer much larger failure than if more varieties with slightly lower yields of crops were grown. Natural selection is vital to a plants ability to evolve into new strains in order to effectively adapt to the continuing change of its environment. By limiting plant strains, genetic variance is also limited, creating a smaller gene pool for the plants draw on to combat adverse environmental challenges. Ecosystems and their diversity provide several important services. Not only do they regulate and purify our fresh water supply, but they also provide inspiration for advances in technology: food for consumption, fiber for textiles, fuel, natural homeopathic remedies and pollination for sustainable agriculture. If you were to calculate the dollar value of these services, the gross domestic product, you might begin to see just how much these services mean. For example, in Indonesia the services provided by the ecosystem as a percentage of GDP are approximately 21% of $99 million. However, these services are of a much greater value to the poor, such as subsistent farmers, who are much more reliant on these services, and subsequently these services are a much higher percentage of their GDP—in this case 75%. In essence, the value of the services provided by nature effect the poor much more greatly

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than that of the wealthy. That being said, the war on poverty would be a great deal more successful if biodiversity were to become a priority. Bees, for example, provide a free service so valuable that Albert Einstein once said, ”If bees were to disappear, man would follow only a few years later.” Professor Joergen Tautz, bee expert from Wurzburg University in Germany said, ”Bees are more important than poultry in terms of human nutrition.” Where have the bees gone? Although some scientists claim that it could be disease, others blame the overuse of pesticides like Fipronil, leading France to ban it from use after a huge loss of hives in 2004. Technical director Dr. Max Watkins at Vita, the largest bee health company in the world, said, "If it turns out to be disease we will probably find a cure. But, if it turns out to be something different, like environmental pollution, then I don’t know what can be done.” At least 130,000 plants, from fruit trees to animal fodder rely on bees for pollination. If they were to disappear we could be looking at food shortages for human and animals of epic proportions. In fact, the effects could be so staggering as to suggest the near extinction of the human race. From a cost perspective alone, according to The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for National and International Policymakers 2009,(TEEB), in U.S. dollars it has been estimated that 3,000 companies around the world were responsible for more than $2 trillion in “externalities”(i.e. social costs of ignored factors)—up to $33 billion per year.

Obesity and its Children

By Garrick Hoffman here are various forms of child cruelty that we see in this world: physical cruelty, negligent cruelty, verbal cruelty. But there’s another that comes in a different form, one that may seem subtle but really sticks out as much as a black eye, and that is cruelty via malnutrition. It’s one thing to make choices that personally afflict you for the worst; it’s another to afflict others with choices that you make, not to mention your own offspring. Many parents now are victimizing their children one Twinkie at a time. They’re pushing their own kids into a path that leads straight to a realm of health damnation, consisting of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, potential strokes and heart attacks, an array of cancer forms (though cancer is ubiquitous enough and seemingly invincible, no matter what body type or food choices), and a slew of other potentially life-threatening, food-based illnesses. Not to mention, in some cases, they’re setting their children up for potential bullying in school; although anyone can be a victim of merciless, unrelenting bullying, obese and overweight kids seem to be easy targets. What is bewildering is the simple fact that these parents don’t bat an eye at the food choices for their kids; they don’t think twice of what kind of example they’re setting; they don’t even begin to question the every day sight of their child’s constantly-expanding size and rapidly-declining state of health. Working at a convenient store, I see this at a troubling prevalence: tons of huge parents with huge kids, consciously feeding them candy, Fritos, bacon cheeseburgers, beef jerky, more candy, liter upon liter of soda and energy drinks, an abundance of pizza and donuts, ice cream, and everything else in between. And by regularly allowing (if not encouraging) this diet to occur, it potentially forms a life-long consumption of unhealthy food for their children - if their children even see a long enough life to eat that way.

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Eventually, at the store, it became refreshing to witness the occasional “sorry, honey, you can’t have that, it’s not good for you.” Now all I can do, ringing people and their kids up who are eating this way, is interiorly shake my head and hope the kids, sometime in the future, learn and ward off any excess weight or clogged arteries and improve their health. I never thought I’d be sympathizing for children for the diet that is given to them. And now the feeling is commonplace, because obese, overweight, and overall unhealthy kids are around every corner it seems. I wonder, is this form of malnourishment just easier for the parents laboriously? Are many parents so lazy they can’t toil away in the kitchen for a few minutes to construct healthy meals? Are parents so soft and passive now that their kids are essentially putting their own parents on a leash? Indeed, for some families, there is just the occasional “cheat treat” – the one naughty snack for kids that is beyond their normal, daily diet. And it’s true: everything is better in moderation, and being overly strict with kids in a Nazi-like fashion can possibly develop the “forbidden fruit” complex. According to WebMD, “U.S. kids haven’t always been obese. Only one in 20 children ages 2 to 19 was obese in the 1970s. But around 1980 child obesity began to rocket to today’s stratospheric level: Nearly one in three kids is overweight or obese, and nearly one in five is frankly obese.” Isn’t it obvious now why Michelle Obama is trying to tackle childhood obesity?

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By Amanda Rock ctober: what a fun time to live in Maine…there are many things to entertain people, Harvest on the Harbor being one of them. This event takes place on the waterfront in Portland; it is a 21+ event. This year the coordinators of the event thought of new ways to incorporate the established chefs as well as the up-andcoming chefs found in Maine. The Grand Tasting on The Harbor takes place on the first day, Wednesday, October 24th. This tasting, showcasing Maine cuisine is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and costs $75 a head. Chefs from 20 local restaurants will be showcasing their favorite dishes. All dishes will be paired with wines from local providers. Sponsored by Constellation Brand Wines and Maine Shellfish there will be many exciting dishes to sample. Thursday offers two wonderful events, the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition, and the Top of the Crop: Best Farm to Table restaurant event. During the Lobster competition there will be 3 local chefs and students from SMCC preparing succulent lobster dishes. Yes, we live in Maine and lobster is a big deal for us! Finding new and exciting ways to prepare lobster will give any restaurant an edge when the tourists roll in. This event runs from 12 to 2:30 p.m., costing $65 a ticket. This competition is seated and will start promptly at noon. Top of the Crop is what it sounds like: four local chefs incorporate local organic produce in preparing their dishes. It will be a wonderful way to watch and experience these chef ’s philosophical ideals around using local produce; it is a standard practice in their restaurants. Not only will you enjoy scrumptious morsels from the chefs, such as wine from the South Portland Wine Company, bread from Standard Bakery, and desert from Two Fat Cats will fill out the meal. The affair begins at 6 and runs until 8:30 p.m., it is a seated event and business and casual dress is required.Tickets for this event are $75.00 a person. Friday there are two events as well, and one of them is brand new! There is the Cutting Edge: Culinary College Competition, and BBQ, Brews & Blues. The Cutting edge is the newest event in this annual celebration of food. This event is where student chefs will be competing against each other for the title of the next Cutting Edge Chef. The grand prize is scholarship money. All of which will surely help these future chefs to achieve their goals. There are 3 teams of 4 and each team will need to present a unique salmon dish to 3 judges. This event will be serving wine from USA Wine West, Cabot cheese, Bread from Standard Baking, as well as Coffee by Design and a dessert demonstration by Rosemont Bakery. This is a seated event starting at noon. Each team will have to put on a 20minute demonstration for the audience. Tickets are $65 a person and attire is business casual. BBQ, Brews & Blues is an event that showcases local grill masters and the food that they love to cook. If you love BBQ and delicious local beers to go with it this is not an event that you should miss. There will be chefs from Smokin’ Good BBQ, Buck’s Naked BBQ, MacDaddy’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ, Whole Foods Market, Two Fat Cats, Kayem Foods and more. Not to forget all the wonderful beverages that will be available for consumption (again only if you are 21). This event is reception style and you may arrive at your convenience. Tickets are $65.00 a person and this event runs from 6 to 8:30pm. Last but not least we have Saturday’s events, which are Savory Samplings at the Marketplace. Two sessions will run, 12:00 - 2:30 p.m., and from 4 - 6:30 p.m. Tickets for each session are $50 per person. This event features over 160 exhibitors offering everything from cheese to chocolates, and gelato to grilled scallops. These Maine inspired products will impress and delight you at every turn. If you are attending this event you will receive a wine glass that is etched with Harvest on the Harbor, an appropriate souvenir to enjoy all of your beverage choices from. So, if you love food, this is a series of events that you cannot afford to miss! The price tag might be a little high but you can obtain a pass to attend all of the events at a discount! Bring a friend, go alone whatever you choose… enjoy the day and all of the wonderful dishes that are being brought to you by Maine chefs. Be excited that Maine is being recognized for its culinary expertise.

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Soul-Making: Power and Evil Have the Same DNA - The Final Chapter

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“We the People” can be our Own Worst Enemy By Michael Scofield ver time, “We the People” have allowed our “Elected Representatives” to pass laws implementing the anti-freedom concepts listed below. The communists have achieved a de facto FEDERAL SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT in America. In 1848 Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote a book outlining a political ideology, titled “The Communist Manifesto.” Marxism’s basic theme is that the proletariat (the “exploited” working class of a capitalistic society) will suffer from alienation and will rise up against the “bourgeoisie” (the middle class) and overthrow the system of “capitalism.” After a brief period of rule by “the dictatorship of the proletariat” the classless society of communism would emerge. In his Manifesto Marx described the following ten steps (Ten Planks) as necessary steps to be taken to destroy a free enterprise society. Notice how many of these conditions, foreign to the principles that America was founded upon, have now, in 2012, been realized by the concerted efforts of socialist activists? Remember, government interference in your daily life and business is intrusion and deprivation of our liberties!

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of those who speak out or write against the “government” (1997 Crime/Terrorist Bill); or the IRS confiscation of property without due process because you were out of work because of a bad economy and could not pay your property taxes. Asset forfeiture laws are used by DEA, IRS, and ATF without due process. FIFTH PLANK: Centralization of credit in the hands of the State Americans call it the Federal Reserve which is a privately-owned credit/debt system allowed by the Federal Reserve act of 1913. All local banks are members of the Fed system, and are regulated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) another privately-owned corporation. The Federal Reserve Banks issue Fiat Paper Money and practice economically destructive fractional reserve banking. How come Congress want pass a law to have the Federal Reserved Audited?

SIXTH PLANK: Centralization of the means of communications and transportation in the hands of the State Americans call it the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Transportation (DOT) mandated through the ICC act of 1887, the FIRST PLANK: Abolition Commissions Act of 1934, of private property and the The Interstate Commerce application of all rents of land Commission established to public purposes Zoning in 1938, The Federal Model ordinances proposed Aviation Administration, by Secretary of Commerce Federal Communications ANDREW HOLMES ILLUSTRATION Herbert Hoover widely Commission, and Executive adopted. Supreme Court ruled orders 11490, 10999, as well “zoning” to be “Constitutional” in 1921. Private owners as State mandated driver’s licenses and Department of of property required to get permission from government Transportation regulations. relative to the use of their property. Federally owned lands are leased for grazing, mining, timber usages, the fees SEVENTH PLANK: Extension of factories and being paid into the U.S. Treasury. Some leading political instruments of production owned by the State This is being analysts have indicated that the 14th Amendment of the done by bringing into cultivation of wastelands, and U.S. Constitution (1868) intent and purpose can be used, through purposeful misapplication, to apply various zoning, school & property taxes. With taxation come reward and loss of control. Additionally, the Bureau of Land By Rik Sawyer Management using such zoning laws is the first step to often wonder if people realize just how hyper-congovernment property ownership. nected our world really is. Information that we share no longer stays within the American sphere, and it SECOND PLANK: A heavy progressive or graduated doesn’t just slowly trickle into the world like it used to. income tax For example the Corporate Tax Act of 1909, Now everything is transmitted around the world immethe 16th Amendment, allegedly ratified in 1913 and diately. Most of the stuff is non-consequence, but other the Revenue Act of 1913, section 2, Income Tax have things that might not seem that big can spark furor on the been purposely misapplied against American citizens other side of the globe instantly. Yet people don’t seem to (Tax payers) to this day. The misapplication of the 16th realize or care. The recent unrest in the Middle East is a Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (1913), The Social reason why it matters. There are consequences to what we Security Act of 1936; Joint House Resolution 192 of 1933; see as entertainment. and various State “income” taxes is what is called “PAYING I bring this up because of the video “The Innocence YOUR FAIR SHARE.” Question to ask your elected of Muslims.” I am not going to explain the whole thing officials… What is considered a FAIR SHARE and how here, but it is a badly filmed and clearly over dubbed. The did you determine it? over dubs change the context of the movie to make it as if it is picturing the prophet Muhammad. This is highly THIRD PLANK: Abolition of all rights of inheritance This condemnable in Islamic traditions. To add insult to injury has been partially accomplished by enactment of various the prophet is portrayed as an idiot and womanizer. State and Federal “Estate Tax” laws taxing the “privilege” To many in the US and much of the world this is of transferring property after death and gift before death. just a cheap piece of trash that deserves no attention. Americans call it Federal & State Estate Tax (1916); The director and a producer, months later though had or reformed Probate Laws, and limited inheritance via the “trailer” dubbed into Arabic and it spread across the arbitrary inheritance tax statutes. Do not forget you will Islamic world like wildfire. always have one dependent regardless of your Federal/State Originally the film was connected to the embassy tax filing status…Uncle Sam. You work hard all your life attacks in Libya, but it has come out that it might not be providing for your family and due to probate laws Uncle true. It did lead to protests at American embassies in every Sam has first dibs on your estate before your family. Islamic country. Protesters breached several of our embassies, including the one in Egypt, endangering everyone FOURTH PLANK: Confiscation of the Property of All Emigrants and Rebels Americans call it government seizures, that was there. The trailer sparked all of these. This was the producers’ intent. They wanted to anger as tax liens, Public “law” 99-570 (1986); Executive order much of the population as possible. In turn this has put 11490, sections 1205, 2002 which gives private land to the Americans at risk all over the world. Department of Urban Development; the imprisonment

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the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan. Department of Agriculture, 1862; Agriculture Adjustment Act of 1933; Farmers will receive government aid if and only if they relinquish control of farming activities; Tennessee Valley Authority, 1933 with the Hoover Dam completed in 1936. Americans call it corporate capacity, The Desert Entry Act and The Department of Agriculture… Thus read “controlled or subsidized” rather than “owned”… This is easily seen in these as well as the Department of Commerce and Labor, Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Mines, National Park Service, and the IRS control of business through corporate regulations. EIGHTH PLANK: Equal liability of all to labor and the establishment of industrial armies especially for agriculture Americans call it Minimum Wage and slave labor like dealing with our Most Favored Nation trade partner; i.e. Communist China. We see it in practice via the Social Security Administration and The Department of Labor. The National debt and inflation caused by the communal bank has caused the need for a two “income” family. Woman in the workplace since the 1920’s, the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, assorted Socialist Unions, Affirmative Action, the Federal Public Works Program and of course Executive order 11000. NINTH PLANK Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries, gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of population over the country Food processing companies, with the co-operation of the Farmers Home Administration foreclosures, are buying up farms and creating “conglomerates.” Americans call it the Planning Reorganization act of 1949, zoning (Title 17 1910-1990) and Super Corporate Farms, as well as Executive orders 11647, 11731 (ten regions) and Public “law” 89-136. These provide for forced relocations and forced sterilization programs, like in China. TENTH PLANK: Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production. Americans are being taxed to support what we call ‘public’ (continued on page 9)

Let’s Rethink This: The Limits of Free Speech

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I will not advocate for suppression of any kind, but I do believe that in our modern world we need to look closely at what we do. We need to ask if this is really worth it? There are consequences.

Why I am voting Yes on 1 By Rik Sawyer

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upporting gay marriage for me comes from basic principles, one legal and the other personal. Both are just as important as the other. Any way I look at it, it's a necessity that in Maine, we stand up and say Yes on 1. I’ll start with my personal argument. It seems wrong to say to my friends and family that they are second-class citizens in the eyes of the law. Essentially the law tells them, "even though you love someone so much you want to spend the rest of your life, start a family, you can’t do that here." To me that is simply wrong. If the people I love want to marry, whether they are gay or straight does not matter, I want them to be happy. Now for the second part: The constitution clearly states in the first amendment that there be a separation of church and state. Therefore marriage, as recognized by the state, should not be defined in the context of any religion. A church can still define marriage as they see fit, but the state needs to evolve with society. We cannot be shackled to our dated traditions. To say to our loved ones that they can’t express their love the same way everyone else can is simply wrong. I want them all to have the same legal standards, protections and rights we all get. I am voting Yes on 1and I hope you too will stand up for what is right.

Here a Mitt, There a Mitt, Everywhere a Mitt Mitt But Which Mitt is the Real Mitt? emocrats and progressives were delighted to see President Barack Obama call out Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on Romney’s record during the most recent debate at Hofstra University in New York.

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BINDER FULL OF LIES Romney lost his verbal footing repeatedly during the town hall style debate; especially when trying to dodge a question about women’s rights and equal pay. He described working with women’s groups when he was Governor of Massachusetts in trying to find more women for his cabinet, suggesting those groups brought him “binders full of women.” The unfortunate and incredibly tone-deaf phrase became an instant Internet meme. Romney spent most of the night using his single term as Governor as an indicator of just how moderate he would be as President, something he has done throughout the general election as he and his handlers have tried to portray him as the fabled Moderate Mitt. But a deeper look at his record in Massachusetts leads to a far darker image of Romney; one that Romney would clearly prefer Americans not know. During the debate Romney claimed that he approached a prominent coalition of women and asked them to find qualified women to serve in prominent roles in his Massachusetts administration. Romney claimed a report concluded he had more women in cabinet positions than any other governor in the nation. But those involved in that effort dispute Romney’s claims on pretty much every level. To begin, he did not approach the women’s groups seeking help. The women’s coalition went to Romney and his Democratic Opponent during the election, before Romney was elected, and provided lists of women who were qualified for senior executive positions. Both campaigns pledged they would appoint more women to important positions if elected. Romney was not proactive as he has claimed. More to the point, by the end of his four

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JOB LOSER Romney repeatedly invoked the notion that as a businessman and political leader he was a master of job creation.

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But the facts put the lie to Romney’s claims. When Romney was Governor of Massachusetts, employment in the Bay State plummeted. True, this was during the dot-com bubble collapse but even when the job market improved in the rest of the US, Massachusetts lagged in employment at 47th of the 50 states. Under Romney, job growth in Massachusetts was an anemic 1.5 percent while the rest of the US was averaging 5.3 percent. It is important to remember that during Romney’s time as governor, the US economy was vigorous, at least nearly everywhere besides Massachusetts. Business leaders complained at the time that Romney’s policies were

actually anti-business which also contributed to the dismal employment numbers in Massachusetts while Romney was Governor. For a candidate who has literally banked his entire campaign on his ability to create American jobs, Romney’s record is not merely spotty, it is atrocious. WORKING TOGETHER...NOT Romney often refers to his work creating a utopian environment of bipartisanship in Massachusetts. He cites his work with Democrats, especially in creating Romneycare, his health care mandate that is identical to Obamacare, which he would work to repeal if elected to the White House. Ignoring that hypocrisy for the moment, that is not how Democrats recall their work with Romney. Democrats say Romney was autocratic and operated as if he were a Chief Executive Officer rather than an elected governor working with elected lawmakers. They say Romney was aloof and not interested in building the kinds of relationships that are critical to the efficient functioning of government in a two party system. Romney made the mistake that so many business executives make when they enter politics; namely, that the government is a business. It is not and cannot and should not be run as one. Government does things businesses cannot do because there is no profit in them; such as widespread education; fighting fires and providing resources for rare emergencies. These are operations that simply cannot be privatized and trying to run them as you would run a corporation is doomed to failure. That is a lesson Romney has not learned. It is unlikely he would be able to learn it as President. WHICH MITT IS MITT There are so many incarnations of Mitt Romney that he must have an incredibly difficult time trying to remember which position he is supposed to be taking on any given topic at any given moment. While governor, Romney favored (continued on page 9)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, s a recent graduate of Southern Maine community college I look back on my time and admire the incredible feats I achieved. Unfortunately, as an active member of Student Senate and a leader of the group on campus I was unable to achieve one personal goal. To ensure that all future and current students have the opportunity to truly feel like you’re part of the community. Recently I received complaints from numerous members of the student body working for security office. These security officers cited a unreasonable working environment as hazardous to their college studies. Initially you would probably consider that these are disgruntled workers. However every officer that I talk to is still currently working in the security offices. You also may ask why these officers just haven’t quit? A majority state that in this tough work environment is extremely hard to find work. Especially, work that works around your school schedule. One of the concerns raised was the release of confidential information during training, prior to signing confidentiality agreements. This not only concerns the officers at Southern Maine community college, but also the student body. This is pure negligence on the part of management of SMCC security. Unfortunately, the concerns do not stop there. Management also was cited is telling trainees which students they like and dislike on campus. This poses a question President Canter, how was the atmosphere on campus much like a community if you have a management targeting specific students? And why are you letting your staff reveal confidential information about your students? This seems counteractive to the environment you discuss. You may ask yourself why the officers have not complained to a higher level of management? The officers have confirmed that it’s impossible to complain about management without some sort of retribution. This is clearly created a healthy working environment on this campus. As a college student it’s hard enough seeking your goals. But have a unreasonable standards with in the employment of Southern Maine community college. That just adds another dimension of complexities. It remains to be seen

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years on Beacon Hill, there were actually had fewer women in senior positions in Massachusetts government than when Romney took office. Even more disturbing, as Romney was trying to explain how he is very progressive when it comes to Women’s issues, he somehow managed to invoke the image of his female chief of staff scampering home early so she could cook dinner for her family.

if the implied atmosphere is truly achieved. However you at the student body have a say. Help protect your fellow students working in the security office. Help protect your privacy, and above all ensure the money you’re spending on your education is being distributed the right way. You can do this by holding the upper leadership and the management of security accountable for these actions. That way we can truly envision a future not just for the benefit of current students for future generations. Timothy Valliere, Alumni, SMCC

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Dear Editor would like to address the subjective, unsubstantiated concerns raised by Mr. Valliere on Security. Let me begin by stating all SMCC officers prior to attending the Security Academy, have been through a rigorous hiring process that includes multiple interviews and background checks in an effort to bring forward the best of the best to serve our diverse community. Some of our past (and present) officers have been Student Senate members including a Senate President. Officers attend 32 hours of classroom training followed up with 32 hours of on the job training (OJT) that puts to use the skills they’ve learned. They are then placed on a probationary status where they are assessed by supervisors, training officers and their peers. Once an officer becomes proficient at his or her duties, they come off probation and are considered trained security officers. Security has high standards for good reason. Officers are expected to respond to emergency situations in a calm and professional manner where it sometimes includes accessing information needed to carry out their duties. Protecting student, staff, and faculty confidential information is paramount within the department. Prospective officers are trained and sign off on FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) laws. Officers understand they can be dismissed for confidentiality breeches. Prior to their OJT training, every officer signs

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a confidentiality agreement stating they will not release confidential information to anyone not authorized. Copies of these agreements are available for viewing in Security. The allegation that Security has a list of students it likes and dislikes is completely unfounded. The Security Academy takes place two weeks prior to the beginning of the fall semester, the only lists we maintain are those students banned from the residence halls, trespassed individuals, and sex offenders. All of which directly affect the safety of the campus community. Mr. Valliere is correct, a Security officer’s working conditions can be less than ideal as they work in all kinds of weather 24/7 year round, including holidays. Security Officers are able to work around their respective class schedules as pointed out in his letter. Security makes allowances for students in academic trouble and encourages them to cut back hours or even take a leave of absence until their academic situation improves. Many of our officers remain in Security for years, as it offers real world experience they can draw upon and cite in future employment. All Security officers are expected to use their chain of command for problems and know they can take issues up the chain (or even skip a level) if they want to. This very subject is addressed in our pre-screening interviews as well as Academy training. Finally, I, the Dean, and the President have an open door policy for any officer (student, staff and faculty as well) to address sensitive issues. In closing, I believe supervisors and officers enjoy an excellent working relationship, when there are issues that need to be addressed, there are appropriate and effective ways to do so. Our team has worked hard to introduce, update, and improve procedures that affect officer training and campus safety over the last four years. Our officers are asked to do a lot on campus, I’m proud of each and every one of them for their commitment to professionalism and safety. Please thank one when you see an officer on patrol. They have a difficult job, one that is not always appreciated, but very necessary. Joseph Manhardt, SMCC Security Manager

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The Clean Water Act at 40 By D. M. Smith id you know that October 18, 2012 marked the 40thAnniversary of the Clean Water Act? Before the 1970s, the protection of air and water primarily was left up to each state. Disposal of business, municipal, and household waste was unregulated and flowed untreated into rivers, lakes and streams. Many waterways were unfit for any purpose, unsafe for swimming, fishing, or drinking. In 1972, The Clean Water Act was first comprehensive national legislation to protect the health of the nation’s waters. Maine’s long-time Senator, Edmund S. Muskie, was part of a bi-partisan group that brought the legislation to Congress. President Richard M. Nixon vetoed the bill, citing an elevated budget cost. When the Congress overrode his veto, Nixon used his presidential influence to impound half of the money. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in the 40 years since the Clean Water Act, billions of pounds of chemicals, sewage, and trash have been kept out of waterways. The Saco River is a direct beneficiary of this legislation. Once polluted by wastewater and tanneries, the river is now fit for swimming and fishing. The Androscoggin River has not fared as well. It is much cleaner than it used to be, but in 2007, EPA tests found high levels of mercury-contaminated wastewater. It’s considered among the most polluted rivers in the country. Our waterways are not alone in missing the standards set forth by the Clean Water Act. According to a July 2012 investigation report by EarthFix and InvestigateWest, it’s estimated that nearly 40 percent of the nation’s waterways are deemed impaired. Between lax enforcement

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Here a Mitt... (from page 7)

banning assault weapons. During the Hofstra debate, he made it clear he opposes such a ban. As Governor, Romney supported stem cell research, which he now opposes. He was pro-choice before his current pro-life position. It is fair to bring up these points because Romney tries to use his experience as governor to sway independent and undecided voters to his camp. The problem with Romney is his record is never quite the way he remembers it. STAND FOR EVERYTHING, STAND FOR NOTHING All politicians paint the facts with their own hue of truth, as do all of us. We see things from our perspective and that is the version we relate to others. We tend to embrace the facts that support our point of view and degrade those that do not. But in Romney’s case, the real question is how can any voter trust Romney about anything. Never in recent history has there been a presidential candidate who has played so absolutely fast and loose with even the most basic information about his past, his record and his beliefs.

and erosion of support for the legislation, our water is still at risk. While we can celebrate the success – more than 2,000 bodies of water identified in 2002 now meeting water quality standards, an increase of Americans receiving clean

drinking water from 79% in 1993 to 92% in 2007 – we still have a ways to go. It’s a big problem, but you can make a start locally. Next time you think to pour some nasty toxic liquid down your drain, STOP! Find a way to dispose of it that doesn’t harm the waters that we all enjoy.

WES MCIRNEY ILLUSTRATION

I’m learning the difference between being in business and succeeding in business

Editorials&Opinions

There is a very real chance Mitt Romney will be the next president of the United States. What does that mean for you? If you are a student or teacher, Romney will likely cut education assistance, and what is left will probably be run through banks who will tack on charges and higher interest so they can make a profit. That means less money for education. During the debate, Romney told a student questioner, “I want to make sure we keep the Pell Grant program growing.” But his campaign’s education policy paper says he wants to “refocus” the Pell Grant program by eliminating critical portions and cutting funding. Romney embraced requiring everyone to have health insurance while governor of Massachusetts. But as President he says he will immediately work to destroy the identical federal program, Obamacare. In discussing that, Romney has said he would continue important parts of Obamacare, such as ensuring anyone with an existing medical condition could not be denied coverage by an insurance company. But his official policy position is very different, essentially only ensuring continuing coverage for existing conditions if you already have insurance, say from a job, and want to continue paying for the coverage out of your own pocket if you lose that job. That is usually

far too expensive for most people and, incidentally, current law already requires that. To suggest this is the same as the requirement under Obamacare to cover existing conditions is disingenuous. Romney has continuously cited his economic plan, saying it was vetted by six studies that support his assertions that he can cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans, create jobs and balance the budget all without additional taxes on the middle class. Romney has been saying this for months. There is only one problem, it is simply not true. Romney’s plan defies the laws of mathematics according to pretty much everyone who has looked at it. More importantly, even the supposed six studies Romney cites do not actually support his economic plan. If his economic plan is not possible, then his plans for creating jobs, reforming health care and boosting educational opportunities are simply not true. If lies were truth, Mitt Romney would be an honest man. Jeff Toorish is a former television, radio, newspaper and magazine reporter. He is currently studying paramedicine at SMCC. You can follow him on twitter at #JeffToorish.

ANDREW HOLMES ILLUSTRATION

We the People (from page 6)

schools, but are actually “government force-tax-funded schools.” Even private schools are government regulated. The purpose is to train the young to work for the communal debt system. We also call it the Department of Education, the NEA and Outcome Based “Education”. These are used so that all children can be indoctrinated and inculcated with the government propaganda, like “majority rules,” and “pay your fair share.” Where are the words “FAIR SHARE” in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, or the Internal Revenue Code (Title 26). Nowhere is “fair share” even suggested!! The theoretical concept of “FAIR SHARE” comes from the Communist maxim, “From each according to their ability, to each according to their need! This concept is pure socialism. ... America was made the greatest society by its private initiative WORK ETHIC ... Teaching ourselves and others how to “fish” to be self-sufficient and produce plenty of EXTRA commodities if so desired could be shared with others who might be “needy”... Americans have always voluntarily been the MOST generous and charitable society on the planet.

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• October 23, 2012 • 9


Chasing Movies

By D. M. Smith ovies are my hobby. But it goes beyond that. I often travel great distances to see movies that might not make it to our market. As a movie reviewer and life-long film fan, I enjoy seeking out the opportunities not offered within our local area. When the opportunity arose to see an advanced screening of “Chasing Mavericks,” I jumped, or rather I drove my car to CT, took two trains, and ended up in New York City. One thing I needed to see was the rumored life-sized surf advertisement, kitty-corner to Madison Square Garden. As I approached by 7th Avenue, I craned my head up and was overwhelmed by an ocean blue wave. This poster is six stories high on two sides of a building. The advertisement is comprised of a simple wave with a lone surfer. Then you notice in the upper right hand corner “Actual Size.” Wow. Powerful marketing. As for the movie, “Chasing Mavericks” is based on the real life story of surfing legend, Jay Moriarity (played by newcomer Jonny Weston). As a teen, Moriarity discovered that some of the biggest waves on Earth – Mavericks – happened just miles from his Santa Cruz, CA home. He found this out by following his neighbor, local legend Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler), and enlisting Hesson’s help in learning how to ride the waves. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms both their lives. The story can be predictable – a teen abandoned by his father, looking for a surrogate role model, having the potential to go ‘bad’ meets a surfer that won’t grow up and face his responsibilities – but it also rises above the cliche in showing the Moriarity/ Hesson relationship. This relationship is well structured and believable. We see a credible building of trust and respect. The relationship between Jay and his mother (Elisabeth Shue) is also solid. The other characters and relationships are shallow. That’s actually OK. They are just plot points to move the story along. What you really want to find out is why Moriarity was compelled to surf and to see the waves, those magnificent waves. If you’re driven by a well-developed character story, “Chasing Mavericks” isn’t for you. If you’re OK with a decent story, offset with some mind-blowing real wave footage and are prepared to hold your breath [you will, when the surfers get pulled under], then go see “Chasing Mavericks,” which is opening October 26th at local movie theatres.

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Adam Gardner and the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program By Ty MacDowell ou know the feeling. It begins as a slight tremor in your gut - mildly uncomfortable but not invasive. If you don’t listen to the warning signs you soon find yourself struggling with a raging emptiness. The feeling that if you don’t remedy it soon your entire body might cave in on itself. It destroys your concentration, it depletes your energy, it won’t be ignored. The volunteers and staff of the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program know that feeling and they are working arduously to ease it throughout Mid Coast Maine. With a soup kitchen, food pantry, two programs to reach out to low-income children and elders, and workshops on nutrition and healthy living they’ve got their plates full and they’d like to share what is on it with anyone in need. Last Friday at Frontier in Brunswick kicked off a series of concerts entitled Singing for their Supper to benefit MCHPP. The headlining act for the evening was

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arlier this year, Prometheus wowed audiences with its sprawling set-pieces and gorgeous 3-D. However, recent release sci-fi Loopers makes it plot a grand set piece in a story where one misstep could have unraveled the whole thing. Joseph Gordon Levitt stars as Joe, a “Looper” in the year 2044. “Loopers” are hitman for gangster in the year 2074, when time travel is invented but Illegal. Joe and loopers like him murder hits for the gangsters in ’74 that send back targets to 2044, and Joes dispose the bodies in his time. The movie is a roller-coaster ride into the morality of technology in the vein of Phillip K. Dick, and while lacking the luster of a big studio production that would have made a mint of investing in such a film, the film is allowed to give us a chilling portrait of realistic time periods that could be around the corner. The story is beautifully ornate and engages our intellect, as well as our emotions. The plot hits the gas after its wonderous Act one, when Joe suddenly has to kill the version of himself from 2074. He chokes and the future Joe runs away. When you kill the future version of yourself, it is an act known as “closing the loop”, and calls for cocktails and celebration form your comrades. Joe thinks he’s mentally prepared for it, and then when he suddenly looks his future self in the eye in the brief seconds he has to murder him, he cannot do it. Future Joe has come back to stop a horrible crime boss rises in the future. Future Joe realizes he has a hit out on him, lets himself get captured, and has to duel the more immature, wild side of himself along with the gargantuan crime syndicate chasing him

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a local favorite, The Pete Kilpatrick Band featuring Adam Gardner of Guster. I got the chance to sit backstage with Adam and discuss the extent of his activism, which goes far beyond playing alongside friends of his in a refurbished mill in Brunswick, Maine. It was to the delight of the sold out show that he did that evening however. I watched as fans sang along to the few Guster songs that were covered with Pete with the knowledge that the 1,200 families that MCHPP serves would have those hunger pains soothed with the generosity of these musicians. “Pete is a friend of mine and he invited me,” Adam tells me. That sort of free time is surprising considering what else Adam is busy with. He also splits his time as Director and Co-Founder of Reverb - an organization dedicated to making the music industry more sustainable through educating musicians and their fans, and revamp-

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By Andrew Painter aul Thomas Anderson directs The Master, a period piece set after World War 2 about Freddie Quell, an alcoholic grifter veteran played by Joaquin Phoenix, and Lancaster Dodd, the titular Master and religious leader played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. At the end of the war, Quell is discharged from the Navy after a series of psychological tests and interviews. Released into the world, Quell stumbles from job to job, as a department store portrait photographer and a migrant field worker, never far from chemicals with which to brew his “hooch.” After nearly killing a fellow field worker, Quell finds himself on a boat captained by the Master, Lancaster Dodd, and is given employment as a mate on the ship and Dodd’s personal bartender. Quell helps the family celebrate Dodd’s daughter’s wedding, and soon learns about the Cause, Dodd’s religious teaching not unlike L. Ron Hubbard’s. Dodd takes Freddie under his wing, teaching him about the Cause and attempting to calm Freddie’s animalistic tendencies, while Freddie maintains his lifestyle of drinking and womanizing. The two part ways after Freddie and Dodd find themselves in jail, Freddie to find his lost love and Dodd to bring the Cause to England. True to form, Anderson’s story is bleak and depress-

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ing. The characters are flawed, and for the most part, unlikeable. Phoenix’s Quell is a gruff and immature loner, prone to violence and unable to take responsibility for his actions, while Hoffman’s Dodd is hypocritical, teaching his followers to give up their baser activities while succumbing to his own. Amy Adams and Ambyr Childers, who play Dodd’s wife and daughter respectively, add to the hypocrisy; Dodd’s wife is superficially kind to his followers, and Freddie in particular, in public, but berates Dodd for his kindness and support of Freddie in private, while his daughter accuses Freddie of attempting to seduce her though it is she who makes the advances. While their characters are unlikeable, the performances are excellent. Hoffman is a powerhouse and tremendously versatile (see Twister and The Talented Mr. Ripley), as is Phoenix. In flashbacks, we see Quell, as he was before the war, seemingly less immature and vulgar. Phoenix portrays what the trauma of war and too much alcohol can do to person without being over the top. Visually, the film puts you in post-war America. The color palate, costumes, and sets are spot-on for the late 1940s. Film buffs might be interested in knowing that this was shot on 65mm film, not digitally! This is not a feel-good movie, but definitely one to watch, with strong performances and beautiful visuals.

too since young Joe couldn’t close his loop. Oh, and telekenisis plays a part too. Describing the plot is a maze in and of itself. I can only review what I experienced in this film, I would need to see it 5 more times to grasp the web of its plot. The film is pulsating with male themes of love and abandonment, direction and inner turmoil, delivered with John Wayneesque cool, with tough-guy performances from Levitt and Bruce Willis. The brilliance of the work is to have such an original concept to betray the male human condition and the cycle of violence in young men. Mothers and women are championed, as well as the truth of how easy it is to loose men to their inner savagery and the ultimate need of guidance through the storms of manhood. Although the panache of the performances is tangible, they can seem 2-dimensional. I can’t tell if the brilliance of the plot is making my expectations for more colorful performances or not, but what would an exuberant do for a film that takes such a bleak look to the future? Because of its budget, like District 9, you have to forgive the filmmakers if some of the rusty hovercrafts don’t completely immerse you, or that cars will still look like they did today. But a brilliant realistic sci-fi like this movie proves you do not need massive budgets to engage us to have a great science fiction feast. Hollywood would definitely make a mint on science fiction movies that grip our wonder as well as our questions for the morality of technology, and that we might be making to much power for anyone to control. B+.

grasp of residential construction and building science than you are likely to have gleaned with seven highlyspecialized credits in weatherization. A MODEST PROPOSAL As important as residential energy conservation is to Maine (a state with some of the oldest housing stock in the nation), the future might be better served by restricting the current certificate course (“Building Science and Sustainability”) to the Construction Technology department, and accommodating specific, focused sustainability emphases for departments both obvious (Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Plumbing; Architectural and Engineering Design; Automotive; Electrical Engineering; Pre-Engineering; Liberal Studies Science) and not-so-obvious (Integrated Manufacturing; Composite Technology; Horticulture; Marine Biology and Oceanography; Culinary Arts; Dietetic Technology; Elementary and Secondary Education). Allowing each department to explore pertinent sustainability issues, challenges, and potential solutions will enrich its curriculum, encourage real-world/real-time critical thinking, and give its students to opportunity to speculate and maybe even test hypotheses about the professional future for which they are preparing. Returning to the Business Administration emphasis, for example, wouldn’t meaningful dialogue about the many sustainability issues and opportunities in small business and corporate environments be more relevant for Business Administration students? More and more consumers expect measurable sustainability efforts from their suppliers of goods and services: in fact, 88 percent of the consumers surveyed in 2010 by a social responsibility consultancy (Do Well Do Good) believed businesses should try to achieve their goals “while improving society and the environment.” So Starbucks broadcasts that it builds new shops to LEEDS standards, seasonally adjusts in-store thermostats, and uses low-flow water valves, cabinets of 90 percent post-industrial material, and Fair Trade Certified, organic coffees. Even ubiquitous Walmart, with 88 percent of its environmental footprint in its supply chain (and therefore out of its direct control), has announced that it is striving for carbon neutrality. Its just good business. As Richard Goode, Director of Sustainability at Alcatel-Lucent noted, “In good times, sustainability can be a competitive differentiator, in lean times, it’s a defensive strategy, and in really hard times, it can determine your survival.” In short, sustainability is more than R-values and thermal bridging, combustion gases, house wrap, energy corners, Energy Star ratings. Leave the Building Science and Sustainability certificate in Construction Tech, and give each department the latitude to explore those sustainability issues and opportunities specific to its own discipline. Even Political Science would benefit from a sustainability emphasis, so that today’s voters and tomorrow’s leaders can create – and leave – a world worth having.

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ing every aspect of a tour from fueling tour buses with biodiesel to providing catering with locally produced food. Reverb has greened 116 tours and 2,161 events since 2004 working with such acts as Jason Mraz, the Dave Matthews Band and fun. - the internationally explosive band responsible for hits this year We Are Young and Some Nights. fun. will be playing the State Theater in Portland as part of Reverb’s Campus Consciousness tour on Halloween this month as a benefit for Mainers United for Marriage, the campaign to win marriage equality in Maine this Election Day. “It’s something they’re passionate about and I’m passionate about it, too,” says Adam of marriage equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and his involvement working with fun. for this tour. Adam has been taking on the role of a mentor to advise fun. on how to simultaneously be better activists while they continue on the whirlwind of their recent fame. “Reverb is kind of going to be taking a backseat for this show,” Adam explains. “We don’t want to overshadow why everyone is there that night.” As I’m sitting next to him backstage I silently reflect in awe. It isn’t just that I have been thrilled to listen to Guster, as they have been a favorite band of mine since 2003, and now I find myself graced with the good fortune of speaking

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with a member of the band. I also find it very inspirational that successful musicians such as: Adam, The Pete Kilpatrick Band, the Maine Marimba Ensemble, and Dominic Lavoie are compelled to use their talent and influence in their careers and artistic pursuits to devote their time skillfully in such altruistic ways. If we could all think of ways to incorporate our skills and abilities into providing for our communities and for our planet such as these musicians are doing, I firmly believe we’d make the world we live in a much better place. For more information and find out how you can get involved check out www.mchpp.org and www.reverb.org

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Veteran's Week (from page 3) fice published information by War. To give you a clear perspective on how many of our Nations Veterans are POW/MIA, try looking at it this way. The official listing of the City of Portland, ME population is 64,000. The total POW/MIA’s listed from DPMO is 82,331. Picture the entire population of Portland (64,000) gone and then add an additional 18,331 people to that. I am asking all of my fellow students of SMCC to come and HONOR our Nations POW/MIA’s on November 5, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in front of the Campus Center Building. “SOME GAVE ALL AND ALL GAVE SOME” Tom Sharp is currently enrolled at SMCC Majoring in Business Administration and is the President of the SMCC Veteran’s Club. He served 26 years in the military and is a Combat Veteran.Are You Ready for Some Thunder?!!!

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• October 23, 2012 • 11


SportsReports State of the Patriots How a Panic Button Works By Gerry A Foster panic button is not a lot like any other button you might see in your lifetime. It is not a switch, though there are panic switches in the world, and it is not a state of being, though there are states of panic… namely Arizona. No, a panic button is something any New Englander who has been a fan of New England based sports teams for more than the past 10 years is very familiar with. A panic button is something that lives inside of your soul, and lives inside of your heart. It is an emotion, more than a button, but it is less an emotion and more a fear. I have, over the course of the last few weeks hit the panic button several times, and have been more than surprised to see all my fears for naught. I have friends though, some on this very campus, who would ostracize me for this...friends that would say I worry too much, or who would suggest I hit the panic button too soon. I have the following to say to those friends. This defense stinks. Don’t get me wrong here, they are much improved over last years defense, but its like making the comparison that yesterday you ate rocks for breakfast and by eating coal today you have made a step in the right direction. Don’t get me wrong, there is some exciting stuff happening on that side of the ball, Chandler Jones and the fact that he does the Pee-Wee Playhouse dance after a sack, Vince Wilfork and all the texting he does with his wifey, the fact that Jerod Mayo is second in the NFL in tackles, or even that Rob Ninkovich is putting up ProBowl numbers for a fraction of the price, but all that was wrong last year…is still wrong this year with the exception of pressure on the Quarterback. Answer me this: If you knew the Pats had a 10 point lead going into the last 7

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minutes of a game, would you feel like it was in the bag, or like you were experiencing déjà vu for the 10th time in the last 3 seasons? They can’t close out big games (or any game, seemingly) unless they have a 20 point or more lead. Dear Devin McCourty, could you um….do your job? Our O-line is made up of one super awesome bad mother, and four other guys who don’t really play football. I would NEVER want to run into Logan Mankins in an open battlefield while he was holding a giant war hammer. I would also not like to run into him on the football field. The man is pure beast mode 100 percent of the time. That being said, name our starting offensive line. I would be willing to bet you have to google it because you don’t know who is injured, and who is not, who played in college and who was an undrafted free agent that was actually a Greco-Roman wrestler. Brandon Lloyd makes some of the most athletic and graceful catches I have ever seen. Ever. Much like any of you, I got to see Randy Moss in perhaps his prime, and I can still make that statement. Brandon Lloyd makes diving catches while he smiles through his facemask (google it). Brandon Lloyd owns the sideline. Brandon Lloyd does not, however, get any yards after the catch. Speaking of not doing something after the catch, Rob Gronkowski seems to not do anything after the catch, namely make the catch. Wes Welker however, is a machine, and continues to put his livelihood on the line to make catches that get him DECKED in the middle of the field, all while not having an extension on his contract. Such is the Patriot way. I wont even get into our running-backs. One word, lots of reactions: overrated. Nuff said. “Hey Drew, I hadn’t realized you came out of retirement and were starting for the Patriots again?” You know

what always bothered me intensely about Drew Bledsoe? When the game was on the line, when it was a 4th down, and the Patriots needed 3 or 4 yards for a first down, it seemed to always play out the same way. Snap of the ball, play action to Curtis Martin, Drew Bledsoe patting the ball with his non-throwing hand, shifting position, patting the ball again, more patting, then he would clutch the ball to his chest, and fall on the ground hoping for a miracle. Guess who has been doing that a bunch lately: Tom Brady. “Oh…there is someone sorta close to me…QUICK FALL DOWN, maybe I can say they gave me a cheap shot and get a 15 yard penalty.” Hey Tom, please don’t act like the guy all my friends complain about, it makes it super hard to defend you. Also, you look ugly in your UGG photos that I keep seeing on Facebook, stop that. All that being said, I really hope the Patriots can keep the incredibly lethal Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow duo at bay, and not let them rack up over 800 yards of offense. I hope that Josh McDaniels can find his groove the same way Stella did, and stops calling so many awful plays. Hint: half-back draws don’t work on 3rd and 14. As far as Bill Belichick goes, I have to wonder if he’s hitting the panic button as hard or as often as I have been. GAME RECAP: PATRIOTS 23 VS SEAHAWKS 24 In a stunning simulation of the past two Super Bowls the Patriots successfully show the Seahawks just who’s boss: Not Tom Brady. I am pretty sure Giselle would have done a better job conducting the offense. So many things to say here. Why hurry the offense at the end of the 2nd quarter? Why throw the ball to a lineman? Why continue to put your WR’s in harms way? Why so inaccurate? Why so many bounced balls? In fact, I am going to start referring to him as “Tommy Two Hop.” Would you like me to use that in a sentence? “Hey Tommy Two Hop, we heard you’re the captain of that ferry that takes people to Gross Island, would you mind if we went with you?”


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