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The SMCC Beacon News and Information compiled by the students, for the students. We are Southern Maine Community College's student run newspaper. Our offices are located in the Captain's House on Fort Rd.

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“Dylan Gray always thought he was just a normal boy but once he found out his whole family were superheroes that normal ...
03/11/2022
Super Dylan

“Dylan Gray always thought he was just a normal boy but once he found out his whole family were superheroes that normal life went right down the drain. But, who wants a normal life anyway?” ******* I wake up to my loud alarm clock “Beep, Beep, Beep!” “Mmgmhib. Five more minutes” I grumble. The smell of bacon wafts in though and I roll out of bed....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/11/super-dylan/

“Dylan Gray always thought he was just a normal boy but once he found out his whole family were superheroes that normal life went right down the drain. But, who wants a normal life anyway?” *******…

Do you still own toys from your childhood? Are you ready to get rid of your children's toys? If this is the case, you ma...
03/11/2022
Do You Own These Rare Collectibles?

Do you still own toys from your childhood? Are you ready to get rid of your children's toys? If this is the case, you may actually have lots of rare collectibles hiding around your house.
#figures #sega #SpaceChannel5 #beaniebabies #collection #funko

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/11/rare-collectibles/

Most of us grew up with toys, and a lot of us may be holding onto a lot of them and may be packed away in some sort of storage room. However, if you’re looking to make quick money, you may ha…

Bluetooth is a form of short-range wireless communication technology that allows devices such as mobile phones and compu...
03/10/2022
What is Bluetooth?

Bluetooth is a form of short-range wireless communication technology that allows devices such as mobile phones and computers to transmit data or voice wirelessly over a short distance. This technology has changed the landscape of wireless connectivity in so many ways. Car stereos, gaming controllers, speakers, phones, and earpieces are all devices that have had a significant impact on the world of wireless communication....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/10/what-is-bluetooth/

Bluetooth is a form of short-range wireless communication technology that allows devices such as mobile phones and computers to transmit data or voice wirelessly over a short distance. This technol…

Cyclebar located in Portland, Maine If you’re looking to make your workouts interesting, then look no further, Cyclebar,...
03/10/2022
Spin & Get Thin

Cyclebar located in Portland, Maine If you’re looking to make your workouts interesting, then look no further, Cyclebar, located in Portland, Maine is a fun interactive spin class that gets everyone involved, ranging from beginner to intermediate level. First-time cyclers get to attend a class for free. Their hours of operations are: Mon: 7am-7pm, Tue, Wed, Thu: 6am-7pm, Fri: 6am-6pm, …...

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/10/spin-get-thin/

Cyclebar located in Portland, Maine If you’re looking to make your workouts interesting, then look no further, Cyclebar, located in Portland, Maine is a fun interactive spin class that gets everyon…

How Russian citizens are losing access to more information about what is going on Photo by Polina Zimmerman from Pexels ...
03/09/2022
Blocked Out

How Russian citizens are losing access to more information about what is going on Photo by Polina Zimmerman from Pexels Russian citizens are being pushed further into the dark. The effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine are having digital effects. As the conflict persists, the Russian government has continued to restrict its citizen’s access to information. As NPR reports…...

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/09/blocked-out/

How Russian citizens are losing access to more information about what is going on Photo by Polina Zimmerman from Pexels Russian citizens are being pushed further into the dark. The effects of the R…

WallpaperDog-20467433.jpg A show where sex, drugs, alcohol, and drama are glamorized, Euphoria just might be the most-wa...
03/09/2022
‘Euphoria’ Best Show Ever?

WallpaperDog-20467433.jpg A show where sex, drugs, alcohol, and drama are glamorized, Euphoria just might be the most-watched show right now. The show starring Zendaya follows her in a life of addiction to opiates as a teenager, as well as other obstacles that come her way. The show also follows other characters played by actors including Sydney Sweeney, Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi, and others....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/09/euphoria-best-show-ever/

WallpaperDog-20467433.jpg A show where sex, drugs, alcohol, and drama are glamorized,  Euphoria just might be the most-watched show right now. The show starring Zendaya follows her in a life o…

On March 9th 2022, the Major League Baseball and the Players Association will continue to meet as they try to come to te...
03/09/2022
MLB Season in Limbo

On March 9th 2022, the Major League Baseball and the Players Association will continue to meet as they try to come to terms on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. If a deal is reached they will play 162 games and no games will be canceled. If a deal is not reached at 3pm EST on March 9th time another week of games will be canceled....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/09/mlb-season-in-limbo/

On March 9th 2022, the Major League Baseball and the Players Association will continue to meet as they try to come to terms on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. If a deal is reached they wil…

Jacob Dunnigan and Andi Hammond in Video and Audio Production Basics class at SMCC, Photo by Professor Corey Norman Thro...
03/09/2022
Maine Schools Have the Option to Drop Masks

Jacob Dunnigan and Andi Hammond in Video and Audio Production Basics class at SMCC, Photo by Professor Corey Norman Throughout the pandemic in Maine, mask mandates have been dropped and put into place to curb different surges of the virus. Throughout statewide changes in masking, they have continued to remain required in schools. This changed last week when the Mills administration announced that universal indoor masking is no longer required inside schools and child care centers....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/09/maine-schools-have-the-option-to-drop-masks/

Jacob Dunnigan and Andi Hammond in Video and Audio Production Basics class at SMCC, Photo by Professor Corey Norman Throughout the pandemic in Maine, mask mandates have been dropped and put into pl…

Wednesday March 9th Allison Russell at State Theatre, Portland Friday March 11th The Melvins Performing at The Alahambra...
03/09/2022
Have you Heard? Local Music and Events!

Wednesday March 9th Allison Russell at State Theatre, Portland Friday March 11th The Melvins Performing at The Alahambra in Paris, October 2018 (Getty Images) Marcus King at Aura, Portland Gladys Knight at Merrill Auditorium, Portland Dark Star Orchestra at State Theatre, Portland Saturday March 12th Dark Star Orchestra at State Theatre, Portland Sunday March 13th Ministry, The Melvins, Corrosion of Conformity at The State Theatre, Portland…...

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/09/have-you-heard-local-music-and-events/

Wednesday March 9th Allison Russell at State Theatre, Portland Friday March 11th The Melvins Performing at The Alahambra in Paris, October 2018 (Getty Images) Marcus King at Aura, Portland Gladys K…

One of Portland's Bus stops. Photo by Emma Campbell I went to a concert last week in Worcester, Massachusetts. The ticke...
03/08/2022
As Portland’s Population Grows, Its Public Transportation Should as Well

One of Portland's Bus stops. Photo by Emma Campbell I went to a concert last week in Worcester, Massachusetts. The tickets were purchased several months ago, and had planned to grab some bus tickets to head down. My car is unreliable and the friend I am attending with doesn’t have a vehicle, so that made the most sense, right? Two weeks ago I decided to jump online to purchase the bus tickets and I was shocked to see no bus or train tickets available for the two hour route on the day of the concert....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/08/as-portlands-population-grows-its-public-transportation-should-as-well/

One of Portland’s Bus stops. Photo by Emma Campbell I went to a concert last week in Worcester, Massachusetts. The tickets were purchased several months ago, and had planned to grab some bus …

The Relationship and Etiquette Column Dear readers, here are two questions that I have been given to answer. I'm working...
03/07/2022
Lucy’s Two Cents

The Relationship and Etiquette Column Dear readers, here are two questions that I have been given to answer. I'm working a campus job, which means that it's lenient around my schoolwork and school schedule. However, the pay sucks! Should I find some place downtown to work, where I'll be making a few extra bucks an hour, or should I keep this job so that I don't have to worry about finding time to do schoolwork?...

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/07/lucys-two-cents-2/

The Relationship and Etiquette Column Dear readers, here are two questions that I have been given to answer. I’m working a campus job, which means that it’s lenient around my schoolwork…

It’s time to start thinking about those summer plans and what comes with summer plans, your summer body. Now is the time...
03/06/2022
Mind Over Matter

It’s time to start thinking about those summer plans and what comes with summer plans, your summer body. Now is the time to start hitting the gym and being comfortable with who you are. I know there has been a time some of us have made one of our New Year’s resolutions to be to start going to the gym. How many of us actually do it and stick with it?...

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/06/mind-over-matter/

It’s time to start thinking about those summer plans and what comes with summer plans, your summer body. Now is the time to start hitting the gym and being comfortable with who you are. I know ther…

Photo credit Anthony Gendron So many college students find themselves drowning in emails. The digital mail system can be...
03/05/2022
How to Handle Email

Photo credit Anthony Gendron So many college students find themselves drowning in emails. The digital mail system can be an excellent way of communicating with others, but without proper maintenance, an inbox can become a cluttered heap of messages. These emails become distracting, annoying, and even overwhelming. School inboxes are receiving a constant flow of alerts and messages that can become a serious problem....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/05/how-to-handle-email/

Photo credit Anthony Gendron So many college students find themselves drowning in emails. The digital mail system can be an excellent way of communicating with others, but without proper maintenanc…

A Zine is a great way to reduce stress, improve creativity, take a break from your normal routine, and most importantly ...
03/05/2022
Lets Make A Zine

A Zine is a great way to reduce stress, improve creativity, take a break from your normal routine, and most importantly have some fun! With the pandemic still going on, I have been staying home more than ever. honestly, this brought on a bunch of negative consequences on my mental health. However with the bad always comes the good. The best thing for me is, having so much more time to create and learn about art!...

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/05/lets-make-a-zine/

A Zine is a great way to reduce stress, improve creativity, take a break from your normal routine, and most importantly have some fun! With the pandemic still going on, I have been staying home mor…

"Jason wanted to get closer, to linger himself the immobile chunk of meat and bite right into it, taste everything it ha...
03/04/2022
Short Story: Christmas Ham

"Jason wanted to get closer, to linger himself the immobile chunk of meat and bite right into it, taste everything it had to offer. The pineapple looked like a giant yellow eye, antagonizing Jason as if it were provoking him to approach."

#shortstory

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/04/short-story-christmas-ham/

It’s the night before Christmas Eve, and Jason is forced into the grocery store by his mother, who needs to purchase a few more items for her big dinner. As a result, her son gets hungry, and…

We All Do It! Photo by Elizabeth Fortier We all know that the average person needs solid eight-plus hours of sleep in or...
03/03/2022
Sleep

We All Do It! Photo by Elizabeth Fortier We all know that the average person needs solid eight-plus hours of sleep in order to go through their day with bright energy. The question is, why do we push the limit? Why do we stay up well past the hour we give ourselves, knowing we won't be well-rested the following day. We push ourselves all day at work or working to become a better “you.” At the end of a long workday, we want a couple hours of free range for “me” time....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/03/sleep/

We All Do It! Photo by Elizabeth Fortier We all know that the average person needs solid eight-plus hours of sleep in order to go through their day with bright energy. The question is, why do we pu…

Everyone knows about sci-fi. Now more popular than ever, sci-fi is everywhere. Whether it's a new movie, video game, or ...
03/03/2022
Analysis: How Realistic are Sci-Fi Gadgets?

Everyone knows about sci-fi. Now more popular than ever, sci-fi is everywhere. Whether it's a new movie, video game, or comic book; you’re bound to be familiar with something sci-fi-related. One of the things that stands out in this genre is all of the technology and gadgets. Ranging from Spider-Man’s web-shooters to Fallout’s Power Armor; all of these gadgets come with their cool features and their realism of them is often up for debate....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/03/analysis-how-realistic-are-sci-fi-gadgets/

Everyone knows about sci-fi. Now more popular than ever, sci-fi is everywhere. Whether it’s a new movie, video game, or comic book; you’re bound to be familiar with something sci-fi-related. …

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com The Major League Baseball (MLB) lockout has gotten worse than it was before as now Commis...
03/02/2022
Baseball’s Start Is Canceled and the Commissioner Is Laughing Like the Clown He Is

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com The Major League Baseball (MLB) lockout has gotten worse than it was before as now Commissioner Rob Manfred has canceled the first two series of the Regular Season. The owners and the players association (MLBPA) have yet to come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The owners set a deadline of Monday February 29th....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/02/baseballs-start-is-canceled-and-the-commissioner-is-laughing-like-the-clown-he-is%ef%bf%bc/

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com The Major League Baseball (MLB) lockout has gotten worse than it was before as now Commissioner Rob Manfred has canceled the first two series of the Regular Season. T…

Ryan Fitgerald was born in Hinsdale, Illinois in 1994. The 6’0, 185lbs utility player was undrafted out of Creighton. Un...
03/02/2022
From Undrafted to Waiting

Ryan Fitgerald was born in Hinsdale, Illinois in 1994. The 6’0, 185lbs utility player was undrafted out of Creighton. Undrafted, not selected for a team through a professional league's draft. Ryan Fitzgerald in the fieldPhoto Curtesy of Ryan Fitzgerald When we talked, I first asked him what his favorite moment of the 2021 season was. “Tanner Nishioka’s last game.” This event was on August 29th, when Nishioka hit two home runs....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/02/from-undrafted-to-waiting/

Ryan Fitgerald was born in Hinsdale, Illinois in 1994. The 6’0, 185lbs utility player was undrafted out of Creighton. Undrafted, not selected for a team through a professional league’s draft.…

If you are a musician or artist looking to put songs or music out into the real world, it can be rather daunting trying ...
03/02/2022
De-Mystifying Music Streaming!

If you are a musician or artist looking to put songs or music out into the real world, it can be rather daunting trying to figure out which service to use or where you can find an audience! I know it was hard for me to figure out. I started recording music and jam sessions with my friends when I was 15 years old....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/03/02/de-mystifying-music-streaming/

If you are a musician or artist looking to put songs or music out into the real world, it can be rather daunting trying to figure out which service to use or where you can find an audience! I know …

This past weekend there was an incredible event in Portland on the Eastern Prom called the Winter Carnival.  Consisting ...
02/28/2022
Winter Carnival on the Eastern Prom

This past weekend there was an incredible event in Portland on the Eastern Prom called the Winter Carnival. Consisting of live music, food and beer and most importantly skiing and snowboarding. Those who participated in the skiing had access to a sweet rail set up provided by Sunday River. The rail setup consisted of two beginner features and two intermediate features....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/02/28/winter-carnival-on-the-eastern-prom/

This past weekend there was an incredible event in Portland on the Eastern Prom called the Winter Carnival. Consisting of live music, food and beer and most importantly skiing and snowboarding. Th…

Pexels.com Art hanging on the wall We all know that in-person events have been scarce in Maine due to the covid-19 pande...
02/24/2022
First Friday is Back!

Pexels.com Art hanging on the wall We all know that in-person events have been scarce in Maine due to the covid-19 pandemic. However, this seems to be changing! And fast. One event you may want to check out is the First Friday, Art Walk which takes place in Portland. But what is First Friday? First Friday is a way that local artists can come out and display their work to be seen by the public....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/02/24/first-friday-is-back/

Pexels.com Art hanging on the wall We all know that in-person events have been scarce in Maine due to the covid-19 pandemic. However, this seems to be changing! And fast. One event you may want to …

Do you want to review and critique a fictional character from a favorite series or movie of yours and want to know how t...
02/24/2022
Becoming a Character Critic

Do you want to review and critique a fictional character from a favorite series or movie of yours and want to know how to do so? Well, it's easy! You can get great advice from this article! #fictionalcharacters #television

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/02/24/becoming-a-character-critic/

Is there a fictional character that you really want to review, but don’t know where to start or how to do so? Well, great advice is just one click away! From literature to television, the pro…

Photo by Yousef Alfuhigi on Unsplash Who knew there was a difference between these two words? Well, believe it or not, t...
02/24/2022
Are You Traveling or Vacationing?

Photo by Yousef Alfuhigi on Unsplash Who knew there was a difference between these two words? Well, believe it or not, there is a difference. A vacation is a specific planned out short trip while traveling is about exploring different cultures and broadening your horizons and staying longer. Traveling is a lot more work than your typical vacation. A vacation is when people take breaks from their normal lives and busy schedules....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/02/24/are-you-traveling-or-vacationing/

Photo by Yousef Alfuhigi on Unsplash Who knew there was a difference between these two words? Well, believe it or not, there is a difference. A vacation is a specific planned out short trip while t…

Each year high school seniors are encouraged by guidance counselors, teachers, and most adults in their lives to apply f...
02/23/2022
Opinion: Mainers Deserve Student Loan Debt Relief

Each year high school seniors are encouraged by guidance counselors, teachers, and most adults in their lives to apply for college. Most 17-18 year olds are ecstatic about leaving their childhood homes and embarking into adult life, and fail to realize the financial implications their college experience will put on their young adult life. Teenagers are expected to make a drastic decision about the course of their future that will most likely leave them indebted for the majority of their lives....

http://thesmccbeacon.com/2022/02/23/opinion-mainers-deserve-student-loan-debt-relief/

Each year high school seniors are encouraged by guidance counselors, teachers, and most adults in their lives to apply for college. Most 17-18 year olds are ecstatic about leaving their childhood h…

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