Category: On Campus

NAMI Annual 5k

By Cassie-Briana Marceau


If you were on campus on Sunday, Sept. 24, you would have noticed a lot of people running around. It was the 15th Annual NAMI Maine Walk that was going on at the lighthouse and around campus. Jobs for Maine’s Graduates (JMG) is a class that is part of a FIG class. They had the opportunity to choose an organization to give a $1,000 check to for their Jumpstart Our Youth project,  and they chose NAMI. Jumpstart Our Youth — JOY — is a statewide youth philanthropy program that lets more than 3,000 Maine students annually make grants in their local communities.

NAMI is an organization that provides social/emotional support for people who have been affected by mental illness; educates and provides resources for and about mental illness; and also raises public awareness about it. It was formed in 1977 when two mothers, each with a son with a mental illness, met to talk about their experiences and challenges. At a second meeting, the women decided to assemble people with similar concerns. From then on, the meetings kept getting larger and larger, until they went from local to nationwide.

The walk’s purpose was to raise money for NAMI and awareness for mental illnesses and suicide. All the money raised stays in Maine to provide education and support. There were about a few hundred people participating in the walk, and it had a lot of different activities, such as face painting, balloon twisting, art, a kickboxing warm-up, and music. So far NAMI has raised more than $80,000 this year, with $100,000 being its overall goal.


Short-Lived Luminary Installations pop up around campus

By the Beacon Staff


Last Thursday evening members of the Art Club: Amwag Kahleel, Eman Enan, Jen Jang, and Brain Radel took to the campus placing luminaries in strategic places around the South Portland campus.

The club started out on the Spring Point Light House jetty, then moved to the Green Belt Pathway near Hildreth Hall and finished the evenings adventure in front of the Campus Center. The short-lived installations were the first activity the club did as it’s “Random Acts of Artness” series.

The club which meets on Thursdays from 12:15- 1:15 in the Captain’s House is currently working on a coffee cup project. Eman Enan started the project when a friend gave her a sleeve of large white paper coffee cups. She asked a friend to write something on the cup. The idea grew into a project with other club members asking their friends and SMCC students to write, or draw on the cups. The club is planning on displaying the cups, as well as illustrations, drawings and photographs that have “morning coffee,” as it’s theme in the Learning Commons in the near future.


SMCC Hosts Journalism Conference

By Ben Riggleman

On Saturday, Oct. 7, SMCC’s picturesque McKernan Hospitality Center hosted a journalism conference. The conference was organized by Beacon faculty advisors Rachel Guthrie (Communications & New Media) and Chuck Ott (Studio Art, English), and Lucille Siegler, business manager of the USM Free Press.

The lineup of speakers included Dieter Bradbury, deputy managing editor of news at the Portland Press Herald; Jake Bleiberg, Portland-beat reporter for the Bangor Daily News; multimedia artist and graphic designer Ed Materson; and several professors from SMCC and USM.

Mr. Bradbury spoke on the process of creating “Lost,” the Press Herald’s multi-part expose of opioid addiction in Maine. Mr. Bleiberg gave an educational presentation on story construction for newspaper writing. Editorial staff members of the USM Free Press and The Beacon were in attendance.

What Is Alpha Omega?

By Koma Ogak


The Alpha Omega (Real Talk) club’s purpose is to create an environment where students can discuss real-world problems and personal struggles, if they feel comfortable doing so, and grow spiritually. Alpha Omega means first and last; it is a title of God from the Book of Revelations. We choose this name because we all have a beginning and ending chapter to our lives. “Real talk” is the nickname for the club. It simply means deep conversation; there is no correlation with “Real Talks” held by the SMCC administration last year.

They talk about scriptures in the Bible and relate them to our discussion. Part of their goal is to see, know and experience what people think about Jesus Christ from the knowledge of the word. It’s an open dialogue where all students are welcome to express their thoughts, backgrounds and ideas as we grow in friendship and community on campus.

The club do an open-mic night once a semester. This event is open to anyone. Poetry, music, art and comedy performers are welcome. Starting this semester, they will also go on a retreat to Hartford, Connecticut, and listen to speakers talk about what the Bible says about leadership, faith and perseverance. This retreat is from October 13th through 15th.

Alpha Omega is connected to other christian groups at USM, UNE, BU, New York University, and UCONN. They are a non-denominational ministry. Non-Christians are welcome. They gather every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. in the third-floor seminar room at Howe Hall.

News From the SMCC App


By Kate Bennett


For those of you who don’t already know, SMCC has an app! It is extremely useful for all parts of college life, whether you live on campus or commute. The app has many features and tons of information, from events to dining services to job openings and more! The app also has a feed (similar to a Facebook wall) and messaging capabilities. Students post a variety of things in the feed and in its subsections, which include Student Feed, Buy & Sell, Lost + Found, Housing, News, and Ride Sharing.

In the Student Feed, students post a wide variety of things. They post questions about what’s going on at the school, ask around for items they need, support each other, share Snapchat codes, are informed by staff and other students of activities happening on campus, updated about sports, and more.

In Buy & Sell, you can buy and sell many different items, including textbooks. I sold my leftover textbooks from a couple summer courses within two weeks of posting them on the app. There are a variety of items listed for sale there right now, including clothing, an iPhone, an iPad, earbuds, textbooks and more! It is also a great place to post if you are looking for a textbook. Here, someone even posted about selling their kidney to pay off student debt! This app is definitely forming a humorous and relatable community among students.

The Lost + Found section is pretty self-explanatory. It is a mix of posts from people who are looking for items that they have lost and people posting items that they have found. I’ve noticed that some people post here when they lose their student IDs, and they can often get help finding them here.

Housing is a resource for students who live on campus. In this section, students can find up-to-date information about what is happening in the dorms and also get questions answered about dorm life.

The News section currently only has a few posts in it. Despite the small amount of posts, it is a great way to find out about events happening on campus, new clubs and more!

Ride Sharing is the final subsection of the app’s feed.This is a resource for any student who needs a ride or who can provide a ride. So far, students have posted here when needing a ride to SMCC and when needing a ride to and from the dorms to go shopping.

The SMCC app is free to use and download. It can be downloaded by going to the App Store or Google Play and searching “SMCC.”

Emergency-Lockdown Presentation


By Troy Hudson


Safety at SMCC is something most of us probably take for granted. Crime is uncommon here and is almost always nonviolent. (You can see this for yourself in the latest Clery Report, in the Safety & Transportation section of the school’s website.) As we watch terrible tragedies occur in other places, we tend to think of ourselves as safe and secure here in Maine. Nevertheless, the threat of disaster is ever present, and SMCC has taken that threat seriously.

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 10:00 a.m. in the Jewett Hall auditorium, SMCC will host a presentation covering the school’s emergency protocol and lockdown procedures. Jay Manhardt, SMCC’s director of public safety, will arm you with the knowledge you may need to survive a worst-case scenario. Beacon staff were present at the first run of this presentation, and we highly recommend attending. The information you’ll receive could save your life and the lives of those around you.


“Run, Hide, Fight” and Emergency Lockdown Protocol

Jewett Hall Auditorium

Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10:00 a.m.

New Dining Hall Entrance


By The Beacon Staff


Construction has begun on the new entrance to the Oceanview Dining Hall. When complete, the entrance will feature wheelchair-accessible double doors facing the Hildreth Media Center. Until construction is complete, the dining hall can be accessed by the back entrance near the patio.