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We are Southern Maine Community College's student run newspaper. Our offices are located in the Captain's House on Fort Rd. We are always looking to hear from our students, if you'd like to get involved contact the Managing Editor, Garrick Hoffman, at [email protected] or contact our adviser, Chuck Ott, at [email protected]

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"Quarantine Vibes"Submitted by Alex Griffin, SMCC student
05/10/2020

"Quarantine Vibes"
Submitted by Alex Griffin, SMCC student

We just got baby chickens this past week and they are adorable, as always. We got some meat chickens and some baby guine...
05/08/2020

We just got baby chickens this past week and they are adorable, as always. We got some meat chickens and some baby guinea hens. The baby guinea hens are going to be hard because they are not domesticated as much as the chickens are, so we need to really handle them a lot. This isn't bad at all because they are super cute and their markings are so pretty. Why must they be so pretty when they are little but ugly once they become adults? We also have some eggs in the incubator that are supposed to hatch this week that are going to be egg chickens of all different colors. So, when we got the baby chickens last week we separated them so the guinea hens were in our back room bathroom and the meat chickens were put in our closed off shed that is in the barn but still is outside. However, it was really cold and rainy last week so we moved them into the bathroom with the guinea hens and halved the big bucket that we had both of the different types of babies in. With all the babies in that bathroom it was so loud! I had my classes in the family room and the babies were chirping my ear off. I'm so happy because it was warmer this week so we could move out the meat chickens to the shed in the barn. Now there's only guinea hens that we hold every day and they are slowly becoming happy.
- Alex Griffin, SMCC student 🐥🐣🐤

The Hardest Goodbyeby Danielle Marie PrideI never thought that I would have to write this. It truly breaks my heart to s...
05/07/2020
The Hardest Goodbye

The Hardest Goodbye
by Danielle Marie Pride

I never thought that I would have to write this. It truly breaks my heart to say goodbye. Not only am I saying goodbye to the freedom of the press this newspaper brings, I am also saying goodbye to some of the closest friends I have made...
(Read the full article on our Wordpress)
https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/05/05/the-hardest-goodbye/

by Danielle Pride I never thought that I would have to write this. It truly breaks my heart to say goodbye. Not only am I saying goodbye to the freedom of the press this newspaper brings, I am also…

The Motorcycle Ghost 👻By Alex Griffin My Mom poked her head upstairs to tell me that she and Dad were driving out to the...
05/06/2020

The Motorcycle Ghost 👻
By Alex Griffin

My Mom poked her head upstairs to tell me that she and Dad were driving out to the far field because there was something shiny and they want to see what it is. When I came downstairs and looked through the binoculars and there were my parents and a cop car sitting there. I texted my Mom to ask what was going on out there and she replied that someone left a broken down motorcycle in the far field. The cop would have scanned the plate but there was no plate so he scanned to see if it was stolen. The cop did say there was an owner, so my parents just left a note on the motorcycle telling the owner to come get his bike. Two days have passed and the motorcycle is still there. My parents got worried that someone might steal it. They moved it to the farm instead and left a note in the far field that the motorcycle is at the house. No one has picked it up since. This is the weirdest thing that has happened in quarantine, it seems like people just don't know what to do with themselves and the quarantine really needs to end quickly. Or else my Mom will be using her conch shell all the time!

Farewell!by MorganIt’s with sadness and pride that I’m going into our last week of production with the SMCC Beacon! This...
05/05/2020
Farewell

Farewell!
by Morgan

It’s with sadness and pride that I’m going into our last week of production with the SMCC Beacon! This is it! In the fall the Beacon will become a class at SMCC, but it will no longer be a student run club as it has been for the last ten years...
https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/05/04/farewell/

by Morgan Dyer It’s with sadness and pride that I’m going into our last week of production with the SMCC Beacon! This is it! In the fall the Beacon will become a class at SMCC, but it will no longe…

“This photo is called “Isolation”. This photo represents the mind, how it’s difficult to make sudden changes especially ...
05/05/2020

“This photo is called “Isolation”. This photo represents the mind, how it’s difficult to make sudden changes especially into the unknown it feels isolating and scary. We are challenged to find light and happiness in dark places and to use it to our advantage. The skull is a representation of the self and sometimes with isolation comes, new ideas, new feels, and most importantly awareness of the self and how each decision we make affects something else. There’s beauty and ugliness in isolation, it’s something to be explored.” - Tamiya Joseph, CNMS student, SMCC.
https://www.instagram.com/thetamiyashow/

Further Restrictionsby Peregrine StarrThe COVID19 pandemic has swept the world into a whirlwind of sudden chaos and unce...
04/30/2020
Further Restrictions

Further Restrictions
by Peregrine Starr

The COVID19 pandemic has swept the world into a whirlwind of sudden chaos and uncertainty. As the adults around the globe are finding themselves having to transition into working from home (if not losing their jobs, altogether) and abstaining from any social contact, parents of school-aged children are facing a whole new situation of having to educate them, without training and without time to figure out a strategy.

(Read the full article on our Wordpress!!)
https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/04/28/further-restrictions/

by Peregrine Starr   The COVID19 pandemic has swept the world into a whirlwind of sudden chaos and uncertainty. As the adults around the globe are finding themselves having to transition into …

SMCC Student Life
04/28/2020

SMCC Student Life

The SMCC Student Senate presents the SMCC Song Challenge! Rate the songs from your most favorite to least favorite. Share and tag us in your responses.

Tomorrow!
04/28/2020

Tomorrow!

🌻The 5 Mindfulness Trainings 🌻by Danielle Pride The first step in mindfulness training is “To protect life, to decrease ...
04/28/2020
The 5 Mindfulness Trainings

🌻The 5 Mindfulness Trainings 🌻
by Danielle Pride

The first step in mindfulness training is “To protect life, to decrease violence in oneself, in the family and in society.”

In order for me to follow the training, I would have to start looking at myself and others in a different light. I have never been a violent person. I have never purposely hurt someone physically or mentally. However, I am always hurting myself mentally, I am always bringing myself down. As someone who is actively working on bettering herself, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help myself and others who are struggling with the same problem...

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https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/04/27/the-5-mindfulness-trainings/

by Danielle Pride The first step in mindfulness training is “To protect life, to decrease violence in oneself, in the family and in society.” In order for me to follow the training, I would have t…

Southern Maine Community College
04/28/2020

Southern Maine Community College

Sixteen business will take part in tomorrow's SMCC Career Services' virtual Job Fair. Students can meet reps from Allied Universal Security, Camp Cobbossee, CareTree Healthcare, Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, LearningWorks, MaineGeneral Health, MaineHealth, Mid Coast Parkview Health, Northern Light Health, Pratt & Whitney, Spectrum Healthcare, Spurwink Services, The Breakwater Inn & Spa, The Cedars, The City of South Portland, UNUM and Woodfords Family Services. Registration required: www.tinyurl.com/wsx285j

Southern Maine Community College
04/27/2020

Southern Maine Community College

Three cheers for Communications & New Media Studies student Celina Simmons, who's been awarded the 2020 Distinguished Service Award for exceptional service to the college community. #SMCCcares #SMCCinit2gether

The PassengerA Story of a Paintingby Celina SimmonsWhen searching Leonor Fini’s collections, there is no doubt one would...
04/24/2020
The Passenger

The Passenger
A Story of a Painting
by Celina Simmons

When searching Leonor Fini’s collections, there is no doubt one would come across a piece that makes them stop, simply from the artist’s alluring style. Fini has been named the “brilliant bisexual cat-lady of surrealism,” and I think that is amazing. Although many of her pieces depict women with feline-like characteristics, I chose to dig deeper into “The Passenger” or “La Passagére,” a 74 cm x 52.5 cm, surreal lithography print, dating back to 1974. Today it can be found at the Gallery D&H Goossens in Belgium...
(Read the full article on our Wordpress!)
https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/04/24/the-passenger/

A Story of a Painting by Celina Simmons When searching Leonor Fini’s collections, there is no doubt one would come across a piece that makes them stop, simply from the artist’s alluring style. Fini…

Stay check back for the zoom link!
04/21/2020

Stay check back for the zoom link!

Student Leaders Look Forward to Better Times and a Better EarthUrging All to Remember  50th Anniversary of Earth Dayby t...
04/21/2020
Student Leaders Look Forward to Better Times and a Better Earth

Student Leaders Look Forward to Better Times and a Better Earth
Urging All to Remember 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
by the SMCC Student Senate

The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is right around the corner! Sadly, because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the SMCC campus community will not be here to celebrate with the films or events we had hoped, or to remind everyone about how precious nature’s legacy is, that we as students enjoy and will one day inherit...

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https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/04/21/student-leaders-look-forward-to-better-times-and-a-better-earth/

Urging All to Remember 50th Anniversary of Earth Day by the SMCC Student Senate The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is right around the corner! Sadly, because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the S…

A beautifully written piece published this week 🖤 check it out!!
04/15/2020
The SMCC Beacon

A beautifully written piece published this week 🖤 check it out!!

The Illusion has Dissolved
by Finley Welch

All the greatest books to ever hit the palm of my hands begin with an ominous one liner:
“It was a pleasure to burn.” Like a moth to a flame, I was drawn to them at the age when the ripening of my soul had just begun and the definition of ominous made my skin quiver. Yet still I always plucked the scary, scale-covered books from the libraries’ shelves and all these books seemed to share the same forbidding message woven in each sentence. I held on to these messages as I grew into a woman, transforming them into a passion for anarchism and linguistics in general. See, freedom is the basic core of our living spirit. Even if freedom is not actually tangible in a society but the illusion is alive in our hearts, we will go on. It would be a pleasure.

(Read the full article on our Wordpress!)
https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/04/14/the-illusion-has-dissolved/

The Illusion has Dissolvedby Finley WelchAll the greatest books to ever hit the palm of my hands begin with an ominous o...
04/14/2020
The Illusion has Dissolved

The Illusion has Dissolved
by Finley Welch

All the greatest books to ever hit the palm of my hands begin with an ominous one liner:
“It was a pleasure to burn.” Like a moth to a flame, I was drawn to them at the age when the ripening of my soul had just begun and the definition of ominous made my skin quiver. Yet still I always plucked the scary, scale-covered books from the libraries’ shelves and all these books seemed to share the same forbidding message woven in each sentence. I held on to these messages as I grew into a woman, transforming them into a passion for anarchism and linguistics in general. See, freedom is the basic core of our living spirit. Even if freedom is not actually tangible in a society but the illusion is alive in our hearts, we will go on. It would be a pleasure.

(Read the full article on our Wordpress!)
https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/04/14/the-illusion-has-dissolved/

by Finley Welch All the greatest books to ever hit the palm of my hands begin with an ominous one liner: “It was a pleasure to burn.” Like a moth to a flame, I was drawn to them at the age when t…

The Student Senate would like to invite any and all students to log in for an open forum Zoom session. This is your chan...
04/14/2020
Chit-Chats & Rants

The Student Senate would like to invite any and all students to log in for an open forum Zoom session. This is your chance to voice any concerns and needs at hand during these stressful times. Your Senators are here and determined to help their fellow students survive the year, through thick and thin, but we need YOUR help to know how.

Join the discussion tomorrow, Wednesday 4/15 at 4pm and tell us what’s been working for you, what hasn’t been working, and how we can help. Log on to the call by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/543618814. Look forward to more Chit-Chat’s & Rants in the future to keep SMCC students on track to success! Questions? Email Senator, Celina Simmons at [email protected].

Open Forum with Student Senate by Celina Simmons The Student Senate would like to invite any and all students to log in for an open forum Zoom session. This is your chance to voice any concerns and…

April Fools Day by Alex GriffinSo, I always forget when April Fool’s is but someone reminded me this year! I really want...
04/14/2020
April Fools Day

April Fools Day
by Alex Griffin

So, I always forget when April Fool’s is but someone reminded me this year! I really wanted to either prank my friends in a text or my parents. My mom helped me prank my dad at dinner time....
(Read the full article on our wordpress!)
https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/04/13/april-fools-day/

by Alex Griffin   So, I always forget when April Fool’s is but someone reminded me this year! I really wanted to either prank my friends in a text or my parents. My mom helped me prank m…

04/14/2020

Writing prompts of the week! ✒️

Prompt #1:
Describe one thing you have learned about yourself or other people so far during your quarantine.

Prompt #2:
If you could talk to anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why. Now write a story about how this conversation would go.

Bonus Poem Prompt:
Write a poem about your hometown or neighborhood.

email your responses to Managing Editor, Celina Simmons at:
[email protected]

Scholarship Opportunity Knocking on Your Windowby Celina SimmonsHey everyone, did you know that SMCC has a ton of schola...
04/09/2020
Scholarship Opportunity Knocking on Your Window

Scholarship Opportunity Knocking on Your Window
by Celina Simmons

Hey everyone, did you know that SMCC has a ton of scholarship opportunities available to you?

This is your chance to get extra money and many students who apply actually get a few classes paid for. That’s why I want to encourage you all to apply! I have applied and you should too! it never hurts to try, so spread the good word.
(Read the full article on our Wordpress!)
https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/04/07/scholarship-opportunity-knocking-on-your-window/

by Celina Simmons Hey everyone, did you know that SMCC has a ton of scholarship opportunities available to you? This is your chance to get extra money and many students who apply actually get a few…

🇺🇸Candidate Clarification🇺🇸by Celina SimmonsBefore we know it, November will be here along with the final Presidential e...
04/07/2020
Candidate Clarification

🇺🇸Candidate Clarification🇺🇸
by Celina Simmons

Before we know it, November will be here along with the final Presidential election. Remember before the Coronavirus? When these were the news channel headlines? Welp, it’s still relevant and just as important to stay up to date with the election process even when a pandemic is underway.

(Read the full article on our Wordpress!)
https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/04/06/candidate-clarification-2/

by Celina Simmons Before we know it, November will be here along with the final Presidential election. Remember before the Coronavirus? When these were the news channel headlines? Welp, it’s still …

SMCC Grading/Course Practice and Guidance(Released March 29, 2020, from the office of the President)Can I get a tuition ...
04/06/2020
SMCC Grading/Course Practice and Guidance

SMCC Grading/Course Practice and Guidance
(Released March 29, 2020, from the office of the President)

Can I get a tuition refund because my class is now being delivered remotely?
Because courses have not been cancelled, and students will be able to complete their curriculum and earn the credits for which they enrolled, refunds for courses that began in January and are being offered remotely are not available.
(Read the full release on our Wordpress!)
https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/04/06/smcc-grading-course-practice-and-guidance/

Released March 29, 2020, from the office of the President Can I get a tuition refund because my class is now being delivered remotely? Because courses have not been cancelled, and students will be …

On Monday at 10:00 am, the CSEC parking lot is empty, oh how we wish that were true on a school day, huh? Parking spaces...
04/04/2020

On Monday at 10:00 am, the CSEC parking lot is empty, oh how we wish that were true on a school day, huh? Parking spaces for everyone...YAY!

04/04/2020
Corona Virus Alert by BOBI WINE & NUBIAN LI Ugandan Music 2020 HD

Viral Music
Beacon Staff

Just because we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, that doesn’t mean that creative people are going to stop being creative. In fact, unsurprisingly, stressful events can often boost creativity in writers, poets, musicians and artists. In the following links, you’ll see how musicians inspired by world events have worked to get the message out about washing hands, sheltering in place, and share some needed humor. Links shared by Kate Williams is an associate professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Uganda: https://youtu.be/PUHrck2g7Ic

Iran washing hands: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9FFVnigLEE

Dominican Republic: https://youtu.be/uF3dg5seGLs

Denton, Texas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BlP622J-L0

Vietnam: https://youtu.be/BtulL3oArQw

China: https://youtu.be/BEcdOordjWU

London: https://youtu.be/Zg2dmvvew_o

and this just in...

Stayin' Inside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmUXntGlqFI

Are you letting your creativity flow? Show us how! Send in the ways you are making art at home and we will showcase them in our online publication at https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/

Corona Virus Alert BOBI WINE & NUBIAN LI Ugandan Music 2020 HD Subscribe now for more BOBI WINE MUSIC. #CORONAVIRUSALERT Lyrics -#Bobi Wine and Nubian Li Gui...

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