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By Victoria Libby Psy.D. The tension we are experiencing right now with technology is profound. We have never needed it more to connect, to learn and to work, but the lack of separation we have from our screens is negatively impacting our sense of well-being and our ability to concentrate. More and more research is pointing to the increase in...
Zachariah Hoyle, the senior history major out of Sidney, ME was running to the end of his cross country career at USM when it got cut short due to COVID-19. While running is important to Hoyle, it isn’t the only thing and that is what makes him the Husky Hero of the Week for the “COVID-19 Fall Sports Season”.  In...
External Factors That Impact Sleep for College Students
College is a hectic time in a person’s life. In fact, between classes, homework, friends, and extracurricular activities, there never even seems to be enough time for a break. This is why it’s so crucial that you’re finding ways to get an optimal amount of sleep. These are a few common external factors that impact sleep for college students...
One of the many fears students have coming back to school this pandemic season is, how will this semester compare to all of those before? As upperclassmen try to settle into their new schedules, adapt to a routine foreign to them, and far different from before. While the world is constantly changing and no one has perfected their routine...
Online College Supplies Checklist
Most college students seek the “college experience”—whatever that is exactly. Let’s just say COVID-19 is giving you one of the most unique college experiences. Whether you planned on doing some or all of your classes online, the novel Coronavirus forced millions of students into online classes. While you might need a backpack, notebooks, and pens, online classes require some...
How Simulation Is Used in Medical Training and Research
Medical and nursing schools now routinely use simulators to train students in medical procedures. Learn how simulation is used in medical training and research here. Medical Education and Training The days of using citrus fruit to practice injections have been replaced by robotic medical mannikins. These dummies can be programmed by computers to behave as real patients would when suffering from...
The sounds of the song “Ramblin’ Man” by the Allman Brothers Band can be heard on a Thursday afternoon on the University of Southern Maine Gorham Campus. This is only one of many songs that accompany the USM Baseball team as they continue their pursuit of excellence on the baseball field.  While the school has canceled all collegiate competition between...
Ciera Berthiaume, the senior Women’s Soccer player out of Windham, Maine, who led the Huskies in goals scored and assists in the past two seasons is the first Husky Hero of the Week for the “COVID-19 Fall Sports Season”. In past issues, The Free Press would highlight a player and their impact on not only their team but also their...
By : Kayley Weeks / Staff Writer Since COVID-19 has hit, in-person art events have been difficult to find. Here are five eccentric places to get your art fix right in Portland, ME.    Portland Art Museum Portland Art Museum on Congress Street is the oldest and largest art institution in Maine. The museum is currently open and operating at its...
By : Samuel Chapdelaine / Staff Writer  Based on the 2011 novel written by Donald Ray Pollock, The Devil All The Time is a substandard movie that honestly could’ve been a fantastic TV series.  Before I attack the movie, I have to at least give a round of applause to this star stellar cast. Tom Holland stars as what appears to...
Tips for Driving a Side by Side
Though there are many reasons you should get a UTV, the thrill of the ride is easily the top choice. However, there are important techniques to practice as you get started so you and friends can off-road off-campus. To have the most fun as quickly as possible, use these tips for driving a side by side. Be Prepared You may have...
Since moving to online classes from being in-person in early March, people have been adding more and more to their already busy lives. Since we are mostly working and taking classes online, we must have more time to fill the extra space we have and have more time on our hands. People have been starting new projects, learning a...
By: Lizzy Boudah, Staff Writer When a student first starts at university, they have an entire world unknown to them. They can expect physical changes such as exhaustion, but what some leave out are the emotional changes as well. Factors such as “...high debt. They also have fewer job prospects after graduation…” (Kerr, 2017). Such drastic changes to lifestyles can influence...
How To Organize Your Finances as a Young Adult
Whether you’re still a student or getting ready to enter your career field—or both—there's no denying that younger generations are at a financial disadvantage. More and more young people are entering adulthood with lots of debt and low incomes. While this is certainly a setback, it doesn’t have to ruin your entire financial situation. With the right tools and...
Be intentional! If you plan on developing a mindfulness practice do it with the intention that you will make it a daily commitment. Set aside about 5 minutes in the morning or evening to attend to your practice. As it becomes more comfortable you can add more time to your practice. Start with the breath Breath work is a vital but...
By: Victoria St Louis September is National Suicide Prevention Month and USM Counseling Services would like to take a moment to connect. Depression and suicidal thoughts can make people feel alone, and those feelings can be amplified by the realities we all face this year. Meeting people where they are, or opening yourself up in the midst of pain, may...
In a world where we are currently unable to go to Target without wearing a face mask, it’s hard to believe that an entire short film was made during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. However, if anyone was determined to do it, it was August Thornton and his amazing cast and crew. Together they worked hard to put together the short...
Mary Neagle is a sophomore art student at the University of Southern Maine. She has been creating art since she was a child, and can’t recall a time in her life when she wasn’t doing something artistic. Neagle began to take art seriously in middle school by taking several different elective art classes.  Neagle is originally from Connecticut, but is...
By: Amelia Bodge, Staff Writer Over the last few months the University of Southern Maine has been putting efforts into creating a more diverse and inclusive community. This includes things like creating the Intercultural and Diversity Advisory Council (IDAC) and two new staff hires.  Joining USM over the summer as the new director of Intercultural Student Engagement was Will Johnson. Along with...
Welcome to fall semester 2020- it’s going to be unique! Every new academic year is a time of adjustments, transitions, challenges, and new experiences. This year however we face an unprecedented set of challenges. The year of 2020 ushered in a pandemic which swept the country, leaving very few lives unaffected. With restrictions on group gatherings, and concern about...
By: Emma Walsh, Staff Writer In last week’s Healthy Huskies update, USM announced a plan for the Phase Three asymptomatic testing regime. It will consist of testing a sampling of students, faculty, and staff at random.  While Phases One and Two of the testing were focused on identifying asymptomatic cases to prevent spread of the coronavirus, Phase Three is focused on surveillance...
By: Lizzy Boudah, Staff Writer It is with no doubt that this school year will be like no other. Without much warning, schools all over the nation were forced to close and left students of all ages wondering if they would be returning to their campuses. COVID-19 has impacted several colleges over the United States--some opened for the school year using...
By: Zoe Bernardi, Community Editor As students crawl out of their childhood homes for the first time in months, holding on to the fleeting moments of their strange and distanced summers, they enter into a realm of Zoom university. How have their personal spaces become all-purpose rooms?   USM has opened up its campus. Costello Field House has been the designated cotton swab...
By: Abigail Nelson, Arts & Culture Editor Cody Curtis, a recent USM graduate of Media Studies, is embarking on his first feature film journey. Written and directed by himself, Suffocation, is currently in production. The film focuses on a girl named Jasmine who faces a devastating life situation that results in her world turning upside down. It tackles issues of depression...

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