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makes me feel safe [10 Apr 2008|09:24am]

mimimae

right so we all remember Adam Stone being friggen creepy but this is just crazy to think that he was our RA

 

Porn collector from Caribou gets 17 years


By Judy Harrison
Wednesday, April 09, 2008 - Bangor Daily News


BANGOR, Maine - A 29-year-old Caribou man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 17½ years in prison for sharing his extensive collection of child pornography on the Internet.


Adam A. Stone also was sentenced to five years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.


Stone, who had no criminal record, waived indictment and pleaded guilty in January to transporting or shipping child pornography by computer.


He faced a mandatory minimum of five and maximum of 20 years in prison. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, the recommended sentence was between 17½ and 20 years in prison.


Stone’s sentence was one of the longest U.S. District Judge John Woodcock has imposed under the nation’s child pornography laws.


His collection included more than 600 pornographic photographs and videos of children, according to court documents. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children identified known child victims in 192 of those images.


The investigation into Stone’s Internet activities began more than three years ago when an undercover detective in Wheaton, Ill., posing as a 15-year-old girl made contact with him. The detective notified the FBI in Maine and Stone’s three computers and CDs on which he had stored images were seized in June 2005.


Cases that require forensic evaluations of computer hard drives can take three years or more to investigate and bring before a judge because of the large number of cases investigated throughout the country and the limited resources of the FBI, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Under federal sentencing guidelines, Stone’s sentence more than tripled the five-year mandatory minimum because of the extensive nature of his collection, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Lowell, who prosecuted the case.


Stone’s sentence was increased because:


ä One of the images depicted a prepubescent minor.


ä He distributed the material to a person he thought was a minor.


ä Some of the images depicted sadistic or masochistic conduct.


ä He used a computer to distribute them.


ä The collection included more than 600 images.


Lowell recommended that Stone be sentenced to 17½ years in prison and 10 years of supervised release. Federal Public Defender Virginia Villa argued that the sentence was too harsh.


Villa said in her sentencing memorandum that if he had killed someone in Acadia National Park, his sentence could have been less than it was for distributing pornography. For example, she wrote, if Stone had pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, he would have faced between 63 and 78 months in prison under the recommended sentencing guideline set by the federal Sentencing Commission.


"Adam Stone did not kill anyone," Villa said. "He didn’t physically touch anyone. He didn’t attempt to physically touch anyone. He possessed images. He shared images."


She urged the judge to deviate from the sentencing guidelines and impose a shorter prison term "because there is something inherently wrong with the manner in which this suggested range has come to be."


Villa argued unsuccessfully that the increases in her client’s sentence should not be imposed because they were a result of directives from Congress rather than by "any reflection of the exercise of the commission’s particular area of expertise."


Woodcock, who rarely deviates from the guidelines, accepted the prison term Lowell recommended. The judge also recommended the federal Bureau of Prisons allow Stone to serve all or a portion of his sentence in a facility in Devens, Mass., that offers treatment to sex offenders and people convicted under the child pornography laws.


Stone, who has been held at the Penobscot County Jail since he pleaded guilty, will receive his prison assignment in about four weeks.


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So this is my first post into the mssm group BUT [08 Dec 2007|06:51pm]
muerl
We made #35 in an aparent ranking of schools nationwide

http://www.usnews.com/listings/high-schools/maine/maine_school_of_science_&_math

Thoughts?
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Wow! [03 Nov 2007|08:05pm]

janetraeness
I never even knew this place existed. Since I've found it, I might as well say hi... this is Rae, class of '99, and I was there fall '97-spring '99. Hi!
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ru [08 Apr 2007|07:27am]

ryururu
RUSSIAN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED RESEARCHES

http://science.forum24.ru/

http://rusadvanced2007.narod.ru/index.html

http://community.livejournal.com/ru_advanced/
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looking for a locale [17 Mar 2007|08:48am]

gabella
howdy folks,
i'm gonna try to throw together a damn good time/bbq in central/southern maine for some time around the first week of august this summer. i need to know if any of you have an idea for a locale where we can have several years worth of mssm grads ('02, '03, '04, ('05? '06?)) chilling out, bbqing, and catching up since alot of us have graduated or are soon to graduate university, enter the real world, that sort of thing.
so what i'm looking for:
-a place with bbq/fire pits for fooding
-a large area for ultimate frisbee/soccer/croquet/bocci? (big area for playing)
-possibly a place for popping a few tents if people wanna crash (near by, not necessary that it be on site)
-and preferably, this locale would be available for the consumption of a shitton of beer.
gimme a heads up if anyone knows of any parks, campgrounds, or empty fields where we can make this a reality.
-gabi
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Alumni Graduate Data [20 Feb 2007|01:15pm]

mithrandir
Greetings everyone, 

As many of you know, next Tuesday (2/27) there will be an MSSM event at the Senator Inn in Augusta. We hope to have many important members of the Maine Legislature in attendance. To help frame my arguments for the school, I am working to compile information on MSSMers who have pursued graduate studies in some area or another.

If you can, please post any information on MSSMers that you know who are enrolled in grad programs or send them to me at jeremy.usher@gmail.com If you have a current email address that would be very useful - but please send it to me privately.

I consider this issue to be pivotal in demonstrating the worth of MSSM to the State and I appreciate your help!

Best, 
 Jeremy
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Contact info [30 Nov 2006|12:08pm]

geniusinmaine
Would anyone have contact information for Scott Barker or Sebastian Dennen (preferably an e-mail address)?

Thanks!

-Chris Heineman
Class of 2004
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Vote for Paragon Lake! [03 Nov 2006|10:59am]

mithrandir
Hi Everyone,

An interesting opportunity has arisen and we need your vote!

Firefly, LLC, an entirely MSSM Alumni run company, has produced a killer web site / application for Paragon Lake Jewelers of Beverly Hills. The guys who run Paragon Lake are currently in 6th place in the preeminent BusinessWeek entrepreneurship competition that will feature the top 5 entrants in the magazine. This means that they are only 1 place away from getting in - and if they get in, we get in (most likely as we created their entire system)!

Please take 5 seconds and vote for them here:

http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/10/bestunder25/source/27.htm

You are voting for Jason and Matt from Paragon Lake.
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Common ground fair reunion? [24 Sep 2006|11:44am]

pancakex
I was just looking around flickr and found this picture. Anybody have any more details on this? Was it just a bunch of people getting together informally, or was there really an officially MSSM reunion there?

Thanks :-D
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Updates? [07 Sep 2006|03:08pm]

whibouchard
I guess after three years at MSSM I should have learned to expect the unexpected, but I'm hearing about a lot of new changes yet again this year, and I'm just curious to hear from current students what all these changes actually are and how they feel about them.
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MSSM Database [11 Jul 2006|01:36pm]

runicdruid
Hello Everyone!
I am emailing because I am searching for contact information for a database I am creating. Once this is completed, students will be able to contact other MSSM students however it is convenient. Currently, my thought is to open a password protected file and send it via email to all students who I have contact information for. Currently, I have very little in the way of contact information. The only way I will be able to even come close to creating the necessary database is by getting emails from all of you and for all of you to pass this email along to all those MSSM graduates or current students. I am looking for contact information from all students who graduated between and including the years of 2004-2008. If others choose to give me contact information, I will certainly place it in the database, although outside of those years is not my current intent. Please pass along the message!!!!!

Needed Information-
Full Name
Nickname (what do people refer to you as)
AIM
LiveJournal
MySpace
Email Address
Current Place of Work and / or Current College Attending
Current Home Phone
Current Cell Phone

If you feel uncomfortable placing any pieces of this information into a database, don't! Just send what you are comfortable with! This is a database for those who actually want to stay in contact. I will not be making this available to people until I have some kind of thought-out security. Remember, I need as many contacts as possible!
Nicholas Toothaker
Class of 2006
toothakern@gmail.com

I find it likely that the MSSM Alumni Association already has a database created, if so, could someone please post about it?
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[14 May 2006|12:10pm]

reverent_icicle
Anyone going to graduation who wants to carpool? I'll help pay for gas.. If I had a car we could use mine. But I dont. Please?
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Fundraiser [25 Apr 2006|05:23pm]

whisperinggypsy
Hey guys!

Im currently a freshman at Caltech. Im doing a fundraiser through the Team in Training program. My goal is to raise $5,400 by May 26th. This money is donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I became interested in the Team in Training Program because of my own father's death from cancer. This program means a lot to me.

While raising this money, I am training for an Olympic length triathlon (.9m swim, 26.3 mile bike ride, 6 mile run) that I will travel to Hawaii to compete in on June 11th. I have currently raised $4,349. Im looking for some help!

Go here: http://www.active.com/donate/tntgla/tntglaRBarter


Thanks for the help!

Becca Barter ('05)
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Looking for someone [05 Jan 2006|09:32pm]

catbird
[ mood | curious ]

I'm not really expecting anyone to respond but I was flipping though my old address book and figured what the hell LJ knows all. I'm looking to reconnect with Renee M., Class of 2000. Last I hear she was at UMF but she should be 1-2 years graduated by now. Leave a comment or email me.

Thanks!

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Hello [28 Nov 2005|04:25pm]

reverent_icicle
Happy Holidays everyone! No one has posted here in awhile, so I figured I would.

Current MSSMers!!! Whats going on at MSSM? How are things working with Mr. Warner? Esp. with him in the dorm.

Generally, Alot of alumni havent heard about alot of the changes at MSSM. Let us know. Some of us are interested.
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Take pity on poor hungry Dover - feed them Spaghetti [26 Sep 2005|10:30am]
justaskfirst
EMAIL CONTACTS
Dover, PA, recently implemented Intelligent Design into their school curriculum. In appreciation of this event, word of the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster should be spread to them, since, as proponents of 'intelligent design', they would obviously be including FSM in their new biology content.

The District website is: http://www.dover.k12.pa.us



Spread the word of the Flying SPaghetti Monster!Collapse )
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Dorm Change [22 Sep 2005|10:28am]
nicholasrune
[ mood | calm ]

MSSM Community,
Obviously, I am communicating with the whole community because there have been some major places that took place last night. Mr. Warner and Vinal Wilcox announced that Vinal is stepping down from Director of the Dorm. The very first question, I am sure, is who is taking over. Walt Warner and his wife will be moving into the dorm on Saturday afternoon. This means that Walt Warner will be acting as Director of Dorm Life as well as his duty as Executive Director.
Some people have very negative feelings about this, either because of personal opinions of Walt Warner and also of having the administration directly involved in the dorm. I would like to strongly remind all of you that Mr. Warner is not Norma O'Keefe, so those issues aren't the same. Further, he says some very promising things, although I admit that he has done so in the past, and the results have not been perfect... In any case, he is moving into the appartment and running the Dorm as well as the Office.
I wanted to tell everyone that although there are negative ideas associated with this, it is only because of the past. We must look to the futur with a positive attitude and hope for the best. We will react to problems as they arise, and I promise, for those still worried, that we WILL react.
Wish us luck Alumni!
Nicholas Toothaker-
Graduating Second Year Senior

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Leslie [30 Aug 2005|11:22pm]

mdoughtylives
Okay, am I the only one sick and tired of that damn bitch ruining this school? She doesn't give the students an ounce of respect and now she's pulling some shit about a written proposal for interwing!? We really should do something about her before she really fucks this place over.
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Beginnings [23 Aug 2005|04:10pm]
nicholasrune
[ mood | calm ]

Hello Everyone,

I believe this is my first time posting a community post, but there are some issues at the MSSM that should be addressed, so that as a community we can support the new administration and MSSM Model. As many current students know, there are several changes to the MSSM this year including having RIs instead of RA/RDs, and for those second year students, the lights out policy. I wanted to address as much of the MSSM community as I could so that everyone can understand some of the residential life decisions that have been made thus far.

I had a meeting with Mr. Warner in order to better understand those decisions which have had negative reactions from much of the student body. The first one I would like to address is study hours. Mr. Warner created the Learning Center, and got rid of Structured Study in order to better our academic lives. Mr. Warner thought that there were several flaws with the Structured Study room and how it was managed. The Learning Center, which will have similar nature to how students will be placed in it, will be held in the library, where students will have access to books as well as computers. Group work is allowed if needed, and there will be tutors in the learning center that will help. Obviously, the learning center is open for all students during study hours (7-9PM).

The next thing I would like to address is the lights out policy and curfew. Some of the changes to this have been made because law demands it of the administration, but some of it was to help students get some extra rest. Currently, one must be in by 7 on school nights, in wing at 10, and in your room with the lights out at midnight. If one must stay up later, you can ask it of an RI, but my understanding of it is that RI's won't really bother you about it as long as you are doing work, haven't been goofing off all day, and are studying.

I have seen mass paranoia thus far this week, and I would urge everyone to wait a little while, and see how everything runs. This can be a success, and the administration more willing to make changes later if we give this a chance to succeed now. There are groups where students can express their opinions, such as Student Senate and Dorm Council, which will both be again active soon. Also, feel free to go and talk with Mr. Warner or Mr. Siddiqui, because they were both helpful in my quest for information.

Thanks guys!

Nicholas-

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Sid's Letter in Response to Hall Monitors [17 Aug 2005|09:12pm]

whibouchard
Dear Returning Students,



It’s been many weeks since I’ve had an opportunity to write to you. I apologize for the delay, but I must confess that I was very excited to have some time off this summer. I believe that I told you earlier about my plans to visit friends in North Carolina, stop in Washington, DC to do some work, and then visit my brother in the Boston area. That all went really well. Mrs. Sid and I then started the recording of a Piano/Vocal CD and we just finished that this past Monday night. I started back here at work in the beginning of August and have been frantically trying to get ready for the new school year! It’s been crazy, but I’m hopeful that we’re going to have a great year!



I wanted to let you all know that I spoke with several returning students yesterday who were concerned about some of the changes that they are hearing about with regards to the dormitory. In particular, there seems to be great concern about the implementation of a program involving “hall monitors”. Having heard the concerns, I wanted to send out an email to help clear up some confusion and to hopefully allay at least some, if not all, of people’s concerns. Of course, with anything new, there’s always bound to be some trepidation. But, in this case, I’m hopeful that the majority of the concern comes from some misunderstandings. I’ve had the opportunity to sit down with Vinal, Mr. Warner, and each of the RI’s to discuss matters, and I think that I can give everyone a clear picture of what we’re trying this year and how we see it working out.



First let me say, that the term “hall monitor” is not a term that we are going to be using. This term was indeed being used as we initially discussed the idea, but I think that we all agree that it doesn’t accurately reflect the role that we’ve envisioned. In fact, in talking with students, I can see that it actually sends a very negative vibe. Two of our RI’s attended boarding high schools that had similar positions, and their schools used the terms “proctors” or “prefects”. At this point, we really haven’t settled on a name, but for the sake of this email, I’ll stick with the term proctor.



One of the immediate concerns that students have expressed is the idea that proctors might be in positions of authority over other students – particularly in positions of handling discipline. Let me assure everyone that this is NOT the model that we will be using, though, one of our RI’s noted that students in these positions were at times responsible for handling discipline at her alma mater. We all (Vinal, Mr, Warner, the RI’s and I) agreed that this was not something we were interested in having.



The whole idea came up earlier this summer when it became clear that it would be beneficial to have students who were available, and even responsible, for assisting the residential life staff with some of their “non-disciplinary” duties. As it turns out, we will most likely not be starting the school year off with a full residential staff and, thus, having students to be able to assist has become even more important to ensure the smooth operation of the residence hall. (Let me interject at this point that we currently have Vinal, Leslie Crowell (English), Alex Westcott (History), and Matt Durham (Math) who will be living in the dormitory on a full-time basis, and Mr. Long (Business Manager) and Mrs. Long (English Instructor) who will be living there on the weekends and potentially assisting at other times. Mr. Warner is still working diligently on filling at least one if not two more full-time positions and has some promising candidates that he is currently speaking with. But, I digress….)



In addition to assisting the RI’s, it was felt that there might be times that students needed someone to talk to about serious issues that they might not feel comfortable bringing to a staff member. The proctors would be students designated to be available for such situations, and then, if need be, the proctors could follow up on behalf of the student(s) by speaking to someone on staff. Leslie noted that this was also an important role of proctors at her high school.



Finally, it is believed that the MSSM needs to be more proactive in creating opportunities for students to develop and grow as leaders. Having proctors provides one more opportunity for that to happen. (As the year progresses, it is my hope, and even my intention, that other opportunities will arise as well so that such opportunities are available to all of our students.) Not only will this help students to grow as individuals, but it will also benefit students in giving them an extra way to shine when applying to colleges that continue to become increasingly competitive.



So, that’s the basic gist of what the proctors will be doing. It’s almost as though we’re simply giving additional responsibilities to the students who were working the RD desk as happened last year.



Now, I’ve also heard that some students are concerned about the way that proctors have been selected. When Vinal and I first discussed this idea, he had some names of students that he had observed in the dormitory last year that he felt had served as good examples in the dorm. They were each responsible, conscientious and trustworthy students. He ran the names by me to see if I had seen anything different in them, and my observations of those students were in line with his. He also asked me to suggest some other students that I felt exhibited these characteristics and I did so. In the end, we agreed that it would be best to offer these roles (at least initially) to students who will be here for a third year. We also agreed that the people we were asking were not necessarily the only ones who demonstrated such qualities, but rather “among” those who demonstrated these qualities. I have heard the concern that the students picked were people’s “favorites”, but I certainly was not thinking in terms of “favorites” when I suggested names and I have full confidence that Vinal was not thinking that way either. At the same time, all of us who spoke about these issues here at the MSSM feel that the idea of having interested students apply for these positions is the best way to have people selected. In fact, there are still two male proctors needed (so that we’ll have two proctors per wing), and we so strongly like the idea of students applying, that we’ve decided not to fill the final two positions until after the school year has started and students have had a chance to apply. At that point, Vinal, the RI’s and I will select from those who have applied for the final positions.



The final concern that I’ve heard is that students who will be serving as proctors have been given singles in exchange for their services and that students not serving as proctors are not being given singles. Vinal and I went over the rooming list today and I can assure everyone that this is not the case. There are many singles that have been given out to students who are not serving as proctors and the only people that Vinal did ask if they would like singles are people that he intended to approach regarding singles whether or not he was planning to ask them or whether or not they were willing to serve as proctors.



Wow – I didn’t intend for this to be so long when I started, but I did want you all to know that this is something that we are committed to trying, but we agree that it is not set in stone. If we all come to the point where we agree that it has flopped, we’ll do away with the program. On the other hand, we may all come to realize that this is a good thing. We’ll certainly never know until we try!



Lastly, I wanted to thank Mr. Pedersen for encouraging students to speak with me about their concerns regarding this change. A big part of my new role as Dean of Students will be to be someone that students come to when they have concerns about anything – school related or not. My hope is that I may be able to shed light on situations that students are feeling initial concern about before the concern circulates through the entire community and leads to chaos! =) So, thanks Mr. Pedersen for getting us started in that direction!



In any case, I am looking forward to having you all back and am hopeful that we have a great year ahead. Please feel free to be in touch in you have any questions or concerns!



Enjoy your last couple of days of break and see you Saturday!

Mr. Sid
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