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How I learned to let go and ride brakeless

Posted on December 06, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in Arts & Culture

For obvious reasons, I didn’t tell my mother that I recently ripped off my bike’s front brake — the last remaining — and that I now rely on wits and sheer leg strength to avoid getting mutilated by oncoming traffic. I’ve been riding a fixed gear, or track, bicycle for the last year. Also known […]

The Free Press: A laboratory, a clubhouse, a launch pad

Posted on December 05, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in Letter From The Editor

This could be considered a cautionary tale. Two years ago, I was working at the gym on the Portland campus, leafing through a copy of The Free Press. I remember thinking, “there sure are a lot of errors in this paper.” I had been looking for a way to break into reporting and the student […]

Journalism, like democracy, needs your voice

Posted on November 08, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in Letter From The Editor

I’ve been trying to write a paper for an economics class for the past three weeks. The assignment: Define democracy in three pages and critique two other definitions. It’s a three-page paper. It should not be a big deal. I’ve agonized over it. I’ve put it off, marinated in the work of great thinkers, watched […]

Accident calls into question safety of Bedford street

Posted on October 25, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in News

The last time Alex Bresler was hit by a car at USM, it was last Monday while he was crossing Bedford Street on his way to an economics class in Luther Bonney Hall. “I was crossing the road,” he remembered a couple days later. “I wasn’t running or anything but I was going pretty fast. […]

Student hit by truck while crossing Bedford Street

Posted on October 19, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in News

A student was struck by a pickup truck while crossing Bedford Street in Portland Monday evening, according to USM officials. Aleksander Bresler, 28, of New Gloucester, was crossing the street around 7 p.m. when he was hit by a blue Ford Ranger driven by Peter Manning, 62, of Portland. Lt. Mike Jones of the Portland […]

Q & A with Maggie Guzman, former student body president

Posted on September 27, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in News

What do you do at USM? My title is project associate. My job is to partially oversee the office of Internships and Career Placement. I oversee the four work-study students who work in here and I helped to open the office and develop protocol. That includes doing outreach to faculty, community members, coordinating with other […]

Student senate cancels fall election

Posted on September 27, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in News

The student senate canceled its fall election, which were to be held the week of Sept. 13, because too few students applied to run by the deadline. The senate will interview the eight candidates who applied on time and appoint six by Friday into the positions left vacant by the departure of senators elected in […]

A modest proposal to improve campus parking

Posted on September 26, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in Letter From The Editor

I had a revelation last Wednesday in the parking garage on the Portland campus: USM doesn’t have enough parking spots. I know, I know. This is hardly news. As editor of this newspaper, I spend half my time spinning around in my big leather chair and the other half walking around campus, annoying students with […]

Lady Gaga to speak at ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ rally in Deering Oaks Park

Posted on September 19, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in News

Pop artist Lady Gaga said Sunday she will be speaking at a rally for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law Monday at 4 p.m. at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The rally was organized by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a national organization that advocates against the law passed in 1993 making […]

On standing your ground

Posted on September 13, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in Letter From The Editor

I believe in a few things pretty strongly: Bill Murray, the First Amendment, the rule that men should never wear sandals, and the basic tenants of Keynesian economics, for instance. But chief among my beliefs — the one I hold true above all others, is this: A newspaper should have balls. Allow me to back […]