Student involvement rises despite falling funding

Posted on December 09, 2013 by Jeremy Holden in News

Sophomore political science major Rachel Soohey believes that her participation in the International Relations Association will help her later life not only because it is connected to her field of study, but because it has given her the opportunity to travel and to build interpersonal skills in a professional environment.

As student enrollment drops, students become more involved Participation in student groups and organizations has been on the rise, and group members, along with Student Life faculty, are encouraging students to get involved to make more connections in the university community and to build skills that will transfer to future careers. Jason Saucier, director of […]

Legislators and students to discuss education

Posted on November 11, 2013 by Jeremy Holden in News

Student Body Vice-President Marpheen Chann discusses his vision for the ED Talk discussion while sitting in the Woodbury Camous Center.

EDTalks, a public forum in the format of question-and-answer sessions for students who want to have a voice in education on a local and state-wide level, is being brought into existence through The Free Press in collaboration with the student body vice president, Marpheen Chann. Chann emphasized that the event is a place for students […]

Students discuss pros and cons of campus life

Posted on November 04, 2013 by Jeremy Holden in News

With decreased enrollment in the dorms and many of USM’s students enrolled as commuters, the question is: so, why aren’t more students choosing dorm life? Susan Campbell, chief student success officer, stated that 19 percent of USM college students fit the bill for being traditional students — students that stay in the dorms throughout the […]

CAHS considers reorganization to offset costs

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Jeremy Holden in News

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has been facing reorganization issues centered around the new Direction Package for USM, and CAHS professors are uncertain of the future direction of the college’s academic and financial success, but most agree that reorganization is necessary. The CAHS faculty has had two meetings over the past few […]

Media Services works on tech’s front lines

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Jeremy Holden in News

Media Services, the department responsible for classroom technology maintenance, is moving forward with their effort to cut down on problems that arise from outdated software, and they are receiving support from the faculty, along with criticism. The university relies on technology in many ways, whether that means expanding the classroom to include online spaces, like […]

Campus Safety Project still going strong

Posted on October 07, 2013 by Jeremy Holden in News

Sarah Tapley, sophomore English Ed. major, takes a minute to read some of the posts that make up the new paper mural in the Portland campus center, part of the new campus safety project.

The Campus Safety Project has kicked off the fall semester with hopes of reaching out to students and the community of USM, even though the program faced management challenges after last year’s grant ran out and they were unable to secure funding. The change resulted in the loss of project coordinator Clara Porter. Despite that […]

The role of the student body vice president is still unclear

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Jeremy Holden in News

Student Body President-elect Kelsea Dunham, a junior double-majoring in business and women and gender studies, is searching to fill the newly created student vice president seat, but the duties of the new position remain unclear to Student Government Association members. “I’m not sure what the vice president duties will be right now,” said Dunham, “because […]

Campus Safety Project coordinator worries about the future of the project

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Jeremy Holden in News

Clara Porter, coordinator of the Campus Safety Project, is worried that the project may become less effective in meeting students’ needs once
overview is transferred to a group.

The coordinator of the Campus Safety Project, Clara Porter, is worried that the project will be threatened following the end of its 3-year grant funding at the close of the semester. “I’m concerned about the continuity of the project given all of these circumstances,” said Porter. “When you make changes fast and they have such […]

Provost searches to fill new staff position

Posted on April 01, 2013 by Jeremy Holden in News

USM will be due for a new associate provost position in the coming academic year, although the position isn’t really that “new” at all, considering that it is a consolidation two pre-existing senior administrative seats into one. The incoming administrator will act as dean of the graduate studies program and associate vice president of the […]

Should USM students vote for the “common hour”?

Posted on March 19, 2013 by Jeremy Holden in News

While some students and faculty at USM may be all for the creation of a common hour, others are concerned that it might be more of a hassle than a good thing for university as a whole. The goal of the common hour is to set aside time during the school day when classes would […]