A farewell as I depart after three years at The Free Press

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

As an opinion writer for this newspaper, I’ve had the distinct privilege of making readers laugh, confused, upset and moved. Typically, I’m not as serious as I look in the picture above, but The Free Press has done so much for me over the past three years that I can’t help but feel somber talking […]

Secondhand smoke a first-hand risk for one student

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Perspectives

By: Lucie Tardif I don’t think anyone was happier than I when USM established a tobacco-free campus earlier this year. After suffering a blood clot to the lungs and subsequent diagnosis of lupus antiphospholipid antibody syndrome 11 years ago, I was warned by physicians to steer clear of cigarette smoke. Even the close presence of […]

Things of the Week: Republican conventions & the Boston bombing

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

Boston Marathon bombing I’d been trying to write this piece for the last few days, but I kept getting distracted by news coverage of the Boston marathon bombing. I had the document open on my computer, ready to explain how personal and visceral the attack was to New England residents, but the rapidly evolving story […]

Local Top 5: Places for one and two on campus

Posted on April 16, 2013 by Andrew Henry, and Sam Hill in Arts & Culture

1.) Abromson Center Do yourself a favor – drink a lot of water during the school day and visit the Abromson bathrooms on your way to the parking garage. We swear a top-notch custodian must clean these every ten minutes, because they’re always so clean. It might also be because students don’t often have class […]

Guy Hammond does a lot of talking, but not a lot of explaining

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

Guy Hammond says a lot in his seminars and sermons. He preaches for Christians to be polite and passionate in their tolerance of gay people. And he definitely does a lot of talking, but not a lot of explaining. Hammond, who calls himself an “ex-gay,” runs the Strength in Weakness Ministry and its accompanying website. […]

Things of the Week: Budget slashes & unnecessary student censorship

Posted on April 08, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

Unnecessary student censorship of the week Three weeks ago, art students Lydia Brown and Sarah McCullough received an administrative complaint about their mural that was displayed on the top floor of the New Science Building’s Ci2 lab in Portland, a complaint that resulted in the removal of the mural. The mural depicts a bare-breasted woman […]

Letters & Comments: USM professor asks ‘What will your degree be worth?’

Posted on March 13, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Perspectives

To the Editors of the Free Press: Although I did not attend the forum sponsored by the Philosophy Department on the future of education, I was taken aback to see that, when asked what responsibilities the academy has “to hold the line in defense of non-economic values,” Interim President Kalikow replied what was described as […]

Things of the Week: President Kalikow’s blog and an important medical breakthrough

Posted on March 13, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

Vague blog of the week USM President Theo Kalikow has started a bi-weekly online blog that she has titled “Theo’s Rants” where she sounds off on a question that “I sense is out there,” as she states in the introduction to her first post from Feb. 26. The bravely worded first question? –– “What the […]

Things of the Week – Good politics, bad politics, and angry students

Posted on March 04, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

Disappointing state political decision of the week Like a kid holding their breath until they get what they want, Governor Paul LePage threatened on Friday to veto all proposed bills that come across his desk until his hospital debt plan is passed by lawmakers. LePage’s plan is to renegotiate the state of Maine’s contracts on […]

Letter to the Editor: Response to Free Press work to rule coverage

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Perspectives

When I first started reading the opinion piece about how students should support faculty efforts in obtaining contracts with cost-of-living raises I was a little confused about who was even addressing me. The printed version of the article contains no byline (unlike the online version) and is listed under Our Opinion in the Perspectives section, […]