Invest In USM: A letter to the president from a retrenched faculty member

Posted on November 25, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Rachel Bouvier Rachel Bouvier is Associate Professor of Economics and Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy.  Her last day at USM will be December 31, 2014.  She would have celebrated 10 years of service to USM this fall. At a recent Faculty Senate meeting, I exchanged some heated words with President Flanagan. […]

Online sexual harassement training now mandatory for all students and faculty

Posted on November 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Brian Gordon Last Monday the board of trustees voted to make a federally mandated sexual harassment training mandatory for all students and faculty to complete. According to Sarah Holmes, assistant director of student life and diversity, there has been an increase in public attention to the issue of sexual assault on campus over the […]

Student senate donates $500 to Noyes St. fire victims

Posted on November 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Alex Huber By a vote of nine to four, the student senate passed the motion to donate $500 to support Nathan Long and Kyle Bozeman, survivors of the Noyes Street fire that claimed the lives of six individuals. The student senate’s donation would be in addition to the $2,000 already raised by the dean […]

Muskie school attempts reorganization after cuts

Posted on November 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Annie Quandt The Muskie School of Public Service recently celebrated it’s 100th anniversary at USM but is going to be faced with setbacks as some of its faculty have been retrenched this semester. “There won’t be a program anymore to teach these students, due to retrenchment and retirement,” said Carolyn Ball, a member of […]

Film Review: St. Vincent

Posted on November 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By Sergey Miller St. Vincent is a new comedy starring Bill Murray, Mellissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts. In truth, it is not just a comedy but also a deeper reflection on many serious themes. This film is a reflection of human kindness, the ability of people to engender compassion and what constitutes a ‘saintly’ person. […]

Husky Harvest Festival: Around the world in a matter of hours

Posted on November 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dora Thompson The second annual Husky Harvest brought the Woodbury Campus Center to life this Thursday with food and dance from around the world. Where else but a multicultural celebration could students and community members enjoy Hawaiian hula dancing or savor a pan fried bao to the sound of African drums? Elizabeth Bull, a […]

Invest in USM: Destroying the village in order to save it

Posted on November 19, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Dan Kolbert   As a building contractor, I’ve run a business and had employees in Portland for the past 16 years. I’ve had various personal and professional connections with USM, and have employed several students and graduates. I myself have taken classes both related to my business and not; and both my children attended the […]

Invest in USM: Student Walkout today to protest recent faculty cuts

Posted on November 19, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Katie Zema   Today at noon students on both the Portland and Gorham USM campuses will walk out of our classes and stand together in solidarity against the recent faculty and program cuts made by the USM administration and the UMaine System Board of Trustees. Students will gather outside of Payson Smith Hall on […]

Workshop teaches the benefits of going organic

Posted on November 17, 2014 by USM Free Press in Community

By: David Sanok Last Wednesday, students gathered at the USM Community Garden Soil Building Workshop to grow organic vegetables and learn more about building garden soil and permaculture. The project began this past April with the intention of teaching students about the benefits of eating nutritious organically grown vegetables. Many of the vegetables grown at […]

Film Review: Interstellar

Posted on November 17, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By Sergey Miller Interstellar, the newest movie directed by the famous Christopher Nolan, is a solid film which bends dimensions in space time and makes one ponder about even the smallest of physical phenomena in our daily life. The all-star cast of this film includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon and Michael Cain. This […]