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A new take on the old craft of printmaking

The texture of paper, the smell of ink, the crank of the press. For printmakers, these are more than just sensations. The act of printmaking...

Chapin: Know your loans to avoid drowning in student debt

By Justin Chapin A most crucial, rudimentary feature of student loans can seem like the hardest for us to actually grasp: the money must eventually...

USM students help give Somalis a voice in project for Al Jazeera

Mohammed Dini remembers the war-torn situation of Somalia when he left with his family in 1997. Conditions were so bad, people carried around white cotton cloths every day to cover their own bodies if they were killed — a preparation necessary to follow traditional funeral rites.

Jeff Beam steps away from the Union for ‘Be Your Own Mirror’

Jeff Beam is one of those Portland staples who is difficult to not notice. You have seen him walking down Congress Street with the lanky...

A&C Recommends: Haru Bangs and Captain Hollow at Port City Music Hall

This Tuesday, two of Portland's most volume-fixated acts will be co-headlining Port City Music Hall, as the noise-pop trio Haru Bangs will be joined by Ryan...

Kelchner: New book sells hope with cheap words

On March 13,  New York Times Op-Ed columnist, Thomas Friedman recently reviewed the book “Power, Inc.,” by David Rothkopf, in what can only be...

A&C Recommends: ‘All in: The Poker Movie’ at the Portland Museum of Art

A game or job? Since the dawn of its days in underground clubs in New York and on Mississippi riverboats, poker has been a symbol...

Somewhere between Sonic Youth genius and Xtina, Lee Ranaldo falls short

For fans of Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo’s ninth studio album Between the Times and the Tides will be very familiar territory. Don’t look here for an ultra-modern...

A&C Recommends: Jeff Beam, Tanner Smith and Billy Carr at Poland Street

This Friday, the D.I.Y music venue Poland St. will host an evening featuring Portland’s finest young talent. Your weekend will be sure to start...

Springsteen comes to the frontline the 17th time around

Bruce Springsteen has always spoken for America's unheard voices, from the love-torn rock operas in 1975's Born to Run, to the American Dream-turned-broken nightmare of 1984's Born...

Play about women in Iran showing at USM Friday

"The Poets and the Assassin," an original play examining the history and contemporary lives of women in Iran, will be showing Friday in the...

The Free Press has an immediate job opening as multimedia editor

The Free Press is currently hiring a new Multimedia Editor for this semester. This is an awesome opportunity for someone interested in photo and video to expand his or her portfolio and get some great experience. The editor is paid a stipend every two weeks, and you don't need work-study funds.

Student Body President Chris Camire drops out of race

Chris Camire has announced that he will not seek another term as student body president, all but handing the position to current Board of...

Everything you need to know about our redesign [VIDEO]

http://vimeo.com/38114182 Last week we unveiled our print edition redesign. We’ve got a new nameplate — our “logo” at the top of the front page — along...

Local Top 5: Portland Bands to watch in 2012

1.) The Outfits:  It’s hard to think of another band that covered as much ground and made as many fans as The Outfits did in...

Thing of the Week: Kony 2012

You can say what you want about the Kony 2012 viral YouTube kickoff video. Or, as I did, sit there wordlessly flipping off your...

Kelchner: Moving up the dial

Intake is a new feature where members of the Free Press staff and USM community discuss their own media regimen. Did your parents ever remark...

Henry: The naked truth about celebrity photo scandals

These days, celebrity nude photo leaks are as common as alliteration at a Kardashian family baby-naming brainstorm. We simply can’t get enough of them....

Chiu: Coffee drinkers, rejoice: Your cup of joe won’t kill you

Like many students, I'm addicted to coffee. Not only because of its unique aroma and taste, but because of its ability to cast a spell that temporarily ignites my motivation, concentration and productivity. So when I read that a nine-year study proved that coffee consumption does not link to any chronic diseases, I was filled with excitement and relief.

Student body president incumbent facing difficult opponent

If re-elected, Chris Camire will be the first student body president to serve more than one year. In fact, it's the first time a student body president has even gotten a shot at re-election since they're always been seniors.

Egyptian activist addresses USM — ‘revolution will prevail’

Egyptian pro-democracy activist Wael Nawara visited the University of Southern Maine Friday to share his experience with the uprising against former President Mubarak's 30...

Refund checks allow one student to pay bills, car bling for another

While the refund money is legally supposed to only cover a student's cost of attendance — including room and board, transportation, books, supplies and miscellaneous costs like food and entertainment — it's hard to know how students use the money, said Director of Financial Aid Keith Dubois.

College deans seek to minimize budget cuts’ impact on students

Despite slashing $1 million from each of the three major colleges at the University of Southern Maine, the three deans each assure the budget...

Students behind new Facebook app hope to change how you plan your nightlife

Be ready to add another medium to your social calender. With over one thousand members and gaining, students at USM are supporting the new addition...

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