Charter schools: The way of the future, or a Paul LePage pipedream?

Posted on April 08, 2013 by Spencer McBreairty in Perspectives

In recent months, several conservative governors in the U.S. – notably Chris Christie of New Jersey and Paul LePage of Maine – have come out strongly in favor of charter schools. In both cases, strong opposition has sprung up from the other side of the aisle. Under the current system, enacted in 2011, students choosing […]

Gorham essential to the success of USM, vice versa

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Spencer McBreairty in Perspectives

More than 130 years ago, USM was established with the opening of the Academy Building on a hill in a small village nine miles from Portland. Despite obvious connections, relations between USM and the town of Gorham seem to be at a standstill, unable to properly communicate. Whether it be unfair restrictions on Greek life, […]

R.A.s have more responsibilities than you think

Posted on January 28, 2013 by Spencer McBreairty in Perspectives

An RA’s first thought every morning is never, “I’m an RA.” Instead, like every other student, we think of what homework assignment is due that day whether it’s a day at our internship or our job. Our schedules can be hectic, because we are also typical students. We are out in the USM community as […]

Greek life may be different than you’re thinking

Posted on November 05, 2012 by Spencer McBreairty in Perspectives

More than a year ago, an article titled “The state of Greek life at USM” appeared in The Free Press. In the piece, serious difficulties facing the future of Greek life at the university were outlined. Among these difficulties were declining numbers, a smaller pool of residential students as potential pledges and negative perceptions of […]

Non-citizen residents deserve the right to vote

Posted on October 23, 2012 by Spencer McBreairty in Perspectives

During my employment with the Bowdoin College Upward Bound program, I worked closely with several students from Sudan and Somalia who had relocated to Lewiston. The goal of the program is to help first generation college students, whether born in Maine or abroad, reach their goal of higher education. It became clear to me, and […]

Political speeches becoming more than just partisan fodder

Posted on October 02, 2012 by Spencer McBreairty in Perspectives

Perhaps the greatest weapons a political candidate has in his or her arsenal are an incredible speech writer and a talent for persuasive delivery. In 2008, Barack Obama gave some incredible speeches while trying to defeat Hillary Clinton. Although the speeches carried Obama’s ideas and vision, much of the speech writing was actually done by […]

Education at forefront in 2012 presidential election

Posted on September 17, 2012 by Spencer McBreairty in Perspectives

When J.F. Kennedy made his historic “Ask not” speech, he made no mention of education. During President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, he made it a cornerstone of his platform. Change we can believe in, he said. Since education is clearly an issue that affects us all, it would only make sense to focus on that […]