Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic reads for community

Posted on November 04, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic read his poetry to an audience comprised of students, staff and community members on Friday.

The university events room in the Glickman library is often reserved for packed workshops and faculty meetings, but last Friday the room was relatively empty, except for a single ring of chairs filled by students, staff and community members and a nationally recognized, award-winning poet. The USM English department named former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles […]

Let’s make Breaking Bad crystal clear: USM professor to release collection of Breaking Bad essays

Posted on October 09, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

Author and Associate Professor of Media Studies David Pierson said his favorite character on Breaking Bad would have to be Walter White, although Mike Ehrmantraut would be a close runner-up.

Don’t worry, we aren’t going to spoil the ending for you. Whether you were glued to your television screen for the series finale or are only reading the Free Press during a short break from your Netflix binge, chances are you’ve watched Breaking Bad recently. And that means you know that it’s over. Some of […]

Local Review: Change by Pallaso and The Mess

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Change, released last Saturday by the Lewiston based rappers. Pallaso and The Mess, takes Ugandan influence and incorporates elements of popular American music. Pallaso, a Ugandan-raised rapper formerly known as Pius Lizard and Pius Mayanja, released several cuts in his home country and has shared the stage with the likes of Sean Paul and soca […]

Tweets of the week: 9/15-9/22

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture

Every week we look through the tweets of known USM students and pick out our favorites. Here are some gems from last week: Kid is eating hard boiled eggs before class… What — Brittany Guy (@ihmunssmd) September 19, 2013 This gum is coming in clutch so I can stay awake in my classes today. — […]

Local Top 5: Places your conversations are being overheard

Posted on September 09, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture

By Courtney Aldrich The fall semester has begun. The campus is suddenly cluttered again, and there’s no chance of getting a seat to yourself on the bus. Best friends are moving back in together, and chemistry partners have suddenly reconnected. Between the multitude of questions freshmen ask and the girlish screams from the quad down […]

USM gets a Grammy grade education

Posted on September 02, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Music

Adam Ayn has been busy mastering projects for nationally-known musicians. His goal to give his students a basic understanding of studio recording so they can begin to record and master their own work.

An ordinary day at the office for Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering & DVD does not involve the usual Mainstreet login, BlackBoard navigation and class lecturing again and again grind that many professors here at the university experience. Instead, this USM School of Music adjunct lecturer finds himself working on two, three or even four […]

No sleep ’til Broadway

Posted on September 02, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre

Cast photo of Les Miserables at Maine State Musical Theatre.

While being a musical theater major may seem like it’s all fun and games to audience members, there is a lot of work put into a single show with performers always bringing their best to the table. And that commitment to the stage doesn’t stop, especially during breaks between semesters.   “It isn’t easy. It […]

Portland Public Library bookmobile is on the road

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

The Portland Library bookmobile parked outside of Glickman Library on Wednesday. It will be returning for at least the next two weeks.

The Portland Public Library’s new “mobile branch” visited USM on Wednesday for the first time, showing off their customized Mercedes-Benz mobile library and spreading the word on what they have in store for Portland. “A lot of people in the city have busy schedules, and one too many things on their plates,” said Portland Public […]

National Review: #willpower by

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Let’s just say that’s fourth solo album #willpower will never be trending on Twitter, despite its not-so-subtle marketing scheme of the album’s title. You’d think after founding the Black Eyed Peas, releasing three previous solo albums, winning seven Grammy Awards and being given the position of creative director of innovation at Intel Corporation that […]

National Review: Indicud by Kid Cudi

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture, Music

Kid Cudi tweeted last June that his next release, Indicud, would be his own version of Dr. Dre’s 2001. Sounds like it’d be quite the undertaking, right? Well it seems Cudi forgot when he started this project that, unlike Dre, he’s a really weird dude. Indicud opens up with a heavy instrumental track titled “The […]