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Editor positions opening at The Free Press next semester

With the majority of editors graduating, you'll be seeing some new names in The Free Press. One of them could be yours. Working at student newspapers is one of the best ways to get the experience publications and other employers are looking for. And thanks to our recently announced partnership with the Bangor Daily News, your work will be seen by more people and you'll make important connections with professionals in the field of journalism.

Henry: Internet enabling a new generation of bullies

There is nothing in this world that pisses me off more than trolling, bullying or the general lack of decency in conversation both online...

Kidder: Make a difference for the planet by starting with your day

By Tyler Kidder Some days my job seems daunting — changing the minds of thousands of people and getting them to do something differently. Other days...

Kelley: Anti-abortion agitators ignite a different debate

By Thomas Kelley Along with most of the student body, faculty, administration and even visitors to the Portland campus this week, I had the displeasure...

Williams: Vote of ‘no confidence’ would hurt university on the mend

In the past few weeks, there has been an incredible amount of confusion regarding the vote of no confidence in University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman. The controversy regarding pay raises seems to be the catalyst that drove this petition to the president’s desk. It is not.

Some faculty accuse committee organizing no-confidence vote of bias

A faculty vote of no confidence in University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman is tentatively scheduled for the end of this month, but some faculty members have raised concerns over the neutrality of the committee organizing the vote, as well as the process.

Rift develops as faculty take sides for and against Botman

Members of faculty opposing and supporting University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman have released statements outlining their support for or opposition to voting no confidence in the embattled president.

City of Portland, USM looking to improve annoying intersection near campus

Whether on foot or by car, crossing the six-way intersection next to the University of southern Maine Portland campus can be time consuming and hazardous....

Between federal and state law, medical marijuana patients caught in vise on campus

When Robyn Smith gets a migraine or feels a sharp pain in his neck, he is not allowed to take his medication on campus. University administration have told him there is no way around it. Because even though state law says medical marijuana is legal, which he uses on a daily basis, federal law still considers it a "dangerous drug" with no medical benefits.

Faced with budget shortfalls, departments get creative — and green at USM

In the face of continuing environmental concerns, art and theatre students and faculty at the University Southern have responded by developing a series of...

A green thumbs up to indoor gardening

Abby Lucas used to not like her dorm room. The double-single in Dickey Wood Hall felt strange and plain; there wasn't much personality or...

Anti-abortion display raises hackles on campus

A graphic photographic display comparing abortion to genocide is stirring emotions and sparking debates between passersby and activists today at the University of Southern Maine. The Genocide Awareness Project, organized by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, is a traveling display that sets up tall signs on college campuses showing graphic images of aborted fetuses.

Anti-abortion group coming to Portland campus Wednesday and Thursday

An anti-abortion group known for displaying graphic images of holocaust victims and aborted fetuses is coming to campus, while a group of University of Southern Maine students are organizing a carnival to distract from the event.

Chancellor James Page responds to no confidence vote at USM

University of Maine System Chancellor James Page weighed in Monday on the turmoil surrounding a faculty vote of no confidence in University of Southern...

The Free Press teams up with the Bangor Daily News

The Free Press and the Bangor Daily News have teamed up in a partnership aimed at strengthening and promoting student journalism in Maine. The Free Press has...

Chapin: Get to know the stock market by giving it a virtual spin

We're navigating busy, 21st century lives; gadgets and social networks create engaging bubbles that are capable of enriching and distracting us in all directions. Yet,...

Meiklejohn: In bid for bands, USM should buy local

By Ben Meiklejohn If creating a community centered around entertainment is the goal, the Student Senate is missing the boat. And there's an autumn iceberg...

Low-cost STD testing available to students Wednesday

Students experiencing nagging worries about something possibly wrong — or itchy — below their belts can be provided with some needed relief this week.

USM to lower dorms costs and seeks to freeze out-of-state tuition

Residential and out-of-state students at the University of Southern Maine could be getting some relief in their wallets next year.

Appreciating life after harrowing childhood disease

At the age of one, Rachel Miller was diagnosed with an extremely rare blood disease that had killed nearly every child before her with the disease. But she said with the help of a miracle from God, she survived and is now a sophomore at the University of Southern Maine.

TJ Williams elected student body president in uncontested race

TJ Williams' 123 votes for student body president were more than enough in an student government election with drastically lower voter turnout previous spring contests and all candidates running unopposed.

Student body president pleads with faculty against voting no confidence in Botman

Student Body President Chris Camire called a move by faculty to vote no confidence in University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman a "coup...

Student body president condemns faculty voting no confidence

Student Body President Chris Camire had harsh words for faculty moving to vote no confidence in University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman. He pleaded with faculty to work with, not against Botman.

Ice cream sundaes and Irish whiskey with the Food Coma TV crew

“No one in this car has a DUI, do they?” It’s just after 9:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, and Alex Steed poses this question...