Top Five: Alternative Valentine’s Day Dates in Portland

Posted on February 10, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Kristin Ouellette 1.) “80 Shades of Awesome” at Port City Music Hall on Congress Street Time to pull out your mom’s old pumps and rummage through thrift shops for a pair of legwarmers – and leather pants, if you so choose. Grab your significant other  or friends and come dance away at Port City […]

Students choose love over gifts

Posted on February 10, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Dora Thompson With Valentine’s Day upon us, it can seem impossible to escape the reddish-pinkish glow that radiates from the aisles of supermarkets, the commercials on TV and the smiles of happy couples. Everyone celebrates the season of love differently. Some shower their loved ones in stereotypical delights like boxed chocolate and stuffed animals, […]

Simple Science: Pheromones dictate attraction

Posted on February 10, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Have you ever wonder what makes you attracted to someone else? Is it just physical appearance and interpersonal experiences? Or is it something more…scientific?   Studies involving cosmology, or the science of smell research, has observed that men and women are attracted to each other via selective chemical messengers called pheromones. Coming from the greek […]

Our Opinion: Make Valentine’s Day whatever you’d like; with respect of course

Posted on February 10, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Love. That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about. But love doesn’t necessarily mean you have to dedicate one day of the year to your significant other. Love can be for a boyfriend, a parent, a sibling or a friend. It’s subjective, so you don’t have to give in to the intense commercialization of the emotion […]

Our Opinion: Snow days prevent students from getting their money’s worth

Posted on February 09, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

A USM snow plow clears the roads on the Gorham Campus two weeks ago. Since the beginning of the semester USM students have been snowed-out of their classes five times.

If there’s one more snow day spree at USM, we’re not sure how students are going to get what they’re paying for out of their courses. It’s becoming difficult to keep focused and stay concentrated on our studies with constant interruptions, and with most professors kicking class into high-gear to catch up on the syllabus […]

Faculty and alumni team up for joint exhibition

Posted on February 03, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dora Thompson In past years, the work of faculty and alumni have been showcased separately, but this year’s exhibit is a testament to the bonds that can form and survive between students and teachers. USM’s art gallery in Gorham held an opening reception for an exhibit that showed students the potential merits of actually […]

A&C Recommends: “An evening with Christopher Durang” at the Portland Stage

Posted on February 03, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Kristen Ouellette With winter blues hitting us hard this semester, nothing warms the soul up like an evening of satire and a pistol packing nun. Come out to see “An Evening with Christopher Durang” presented by the USM Theatre Department. “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” and “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For […]

Sustainability and ME: Your food choices can impact the environment

Posted on January 27, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

The USDA made headlines recently when, in a recent draft of their proposed updated nutrition guidelines, they suggested that your food choices should not only be based on how good the food is for you but also how good it is for the planet.  Now most of us are familiar with what is healthy and […]

Simple science: Déjà vu debunked

Posted on January 27, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Donald Szlosek You know those moments that felt like they already occurred? In fact, you are certain that they have, but you don’t know when or how it became too familiar? Well this is known as déjà vu (which in French mean “already seen”) and was first studied in 1876 by the French scientist […]

Our Opinion: Student organizations lead the way in community engagement

Posted on January 27, 2015 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The idea of a metropolitan university is one that’s been almost force-fed to the USM community since it was introduced as the future vision for the university back in August. We’ve heard the term mentioned in almost every interview with administrative members and understandably so;  because whether the faculty and community like it or not, […]