University of Southern Maine Student Senate supports fossil fuel divestment

Posted on April 01, 2013 by Kit Kelchner in News

Student Body President Adam Higgins, one of the most avid supporters of the fossil fuel divestment movement at the University of Southern Maine, addressed the Student Senate at a meeting last month to help ensure the passage of the resolution.

At its last meeting, the Student Senate approved a resolution to express the student body’s desire to divest the University of Maine System endowment from any of the top two hundred publicly traded fossil fuel companies. The proposal called for an immediate stoppage to new investments in fossil fuel companies as well as a complete […]

Chancellor and USM president discuss the future of education at philosophy symposium

Posted on March 04, 2013 by Kit Kelchner in News

USM President Theodora Kalikow and University of Maine System Chancellor James Page spoke at the philosophy symposium on Tuesday.

University of Maine System Chancellor James Page and University of Southern Maine President Theodora Kalikow explored radical new outlooks regarding higher education during the “Future of Higher Education: Philosophical Perspectives” philosophy symposium last Tuesday in Portland. The event, five months in the making, offered a unique platform for both leaders to discuss with the public, […]

Where, oh where, has Occupy gone?

Posted on September 17, 2012 by Kit Kelchner in Perspectives

Five months ago, every screen in America was occupied. From downtown Manhattan to Oakland, a new form of political expression for the 99% ruptured the landscape. Things seem quieter these days, but with the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement looming, supporters are taking stock of its significance and regrouping for the next […]

Kelchner: New book sells hope with cheap words

Posted on March 29, 2012 by Kit Kelchner in Perspectives

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 described as gushing praise. The book examines the increasing privatization of power by way of the rise of trans-national corporations whose revenues now dwarf the GDP of many nations. Rothkopf’s credentials […]

Kelchner: Moving up the dial

Posted on March 12, 2012 by Kit Kelchner in Perspectives

Kit Kelchner

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 how few channels they had on TV when they were “your age”? It’s a statement that really dates those poor Baby boomers. Or so we think. How many of us […]

Refugee Work Keeps Successful New Author Grounded

Posted on March 06, 2012 by Kit Kelchner in Perspectives

Under a thatch-roofed school in western Thailand, near the border of Myanmar (formerly Burma) refugee children gather around a middle-aged white man who has come from America to live and work teaching them English and house building. He’s flown half-way around the world from his native California to this one spot. In the weeks leading […]

Kelchner: In praise of whistleblowers

Posted on February 12, 2012 by Kit Kelchner in Perspectives

When former NFL great Deion “PrimeTime” Sanders announced with great fanfare he was founding a charter school for underprivileged youth in Texas, one man took exception to the emotional and lofty speech coming from the man with the million-dollar smile. Texas resident Lawrence Smith is a former business associate of Sanders, and the pitch to […]

Kelchner: Fox News covers horse race over cash cows

Posted on February 07, 2012 by Kit Kelchner in Perspectives

Kit Kelchner

On the night of the Florida primary, several friends and I went out to our favorite coffee house to watch the polling results come in on the television. Everyone was in a great mood, eager to discuss the results and the significance of the outcome. As I stood in line to order my favorite overpriced […]

Kelchner: Hitchens’ death a winter wake-up call

Posted on January 24, 2012 by Kit Kelchner in Perspectives

When the contrarian

Kelchner: CBS gives bad advice to kids about their future

Posted on November 27, 2011 by Kit Kelchner in Perspectives

Kit Kelchner

I didn’t know how bad the advice was until I went to use it. It was late evening, my son’s ninth birthday party had just ended and the house was finally quiet. Normally, bedtime tuck-ins are light-hearted affairs for us with a round of monster hunter to clear out the underside of the bed or a few final giggles to end the day, but that night was different. Looking up at me, he asked, “What should I be when I grow up?”