Broadway star does one-man performance

Posted on April 27, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Bill Bowers has graced Broadway’s stages as Leggett in “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and  Zazu in “The Lion King.” He has studied with the world-famous mime, Marcel Marceau. His award-winning solo play recounting a tale of his own life, “It Goes Without Saying,” was repeatedly sold out in off-Broadway theaters. He has performed it throughout the […]

A passion for glass creation

Posted on April 20, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Dora Thompson Pipes are everywhere, especially in the city of Portland. They rest in smoke shop windows, and displayed in art shows, and hidden in the dorm rooms of college students. Portland has a large community of glass artists who create their own pipes, yet still many buyers are not aware of where their […]

Top Five places to satisfy the munchies

Posted on April 20, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Otto Pizza on Congress Street The “munchies” is a feeling that often provokes a craving for greasy, warm foods.  What better choice to satisfy that craving than a hot slice of pizza? Otto’s on Congress Street is constantly serving up not only your favorite traditional recipes but also unique variations that are fun to try […]

Your brain on marijuana

Posted on April 20, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Donald Szoslek Ever wonder what the big deal was behind weed, or it’s scientific name, cannabis? Found to be consumed for over three thousand years in Central and South Asia, cannabis is used as a medicinal and recreational psychoactive drug. The principle psychedelic molecule of cannabis is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol better known as THC. To fully […]

Our Opinion: Lessen the pot punishment

Posted on April 20, 2015 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The laws surrounding marijuana are pretty murky. Although marijuana has been legalized within Portland, and society is becoming more accepting of the practice, we advise students to keep their smoking habits within their own home and certainly off campus. We don’t think consuming marijuana is anymore dangerous than some more common stress relieving vices, however, […]

Maine can lead the nation with Ranked Choice reform

Posted on April 16, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

When the status quo has been unacceptable, Maine has taken to pioneering change . Indeed, our motto Dirigo, or “I lead”, and our fiercely, politically independent electorate bolsters that proposition. Through ranked choice voting (RCV), Mainers in November of 2016 can further this ideal by enacting a timely and necessary reform aimed toward strengthening our […]

Black Lives Matter at USM

Posted on April 14, 2015 by USM Free Press in News

#BlackLivesMatter started out on Facebook as only just a hashtag but grew into a national organizing project within days. On March 27th Alicia Garza, Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and cofounder of #BlackLivesMatter gave a lecture on “building a world where black lives matter.” In July 2013 the night George Zimmerman […]

USM puts on Maine’s first shadow play

Posted on April 14, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Shadow interpreters and speaking actors in the cast of as you like it rehearse on USM's Main stage

Starting on the April 17, Shakespeare is making a visit to USM’s main stage in his sharp-witted stage comedy, As You Like It. The show will feature all the hallmarks of The Bard, with it’s traditional costumes, period music and gender confusion. Thanks to director Assunta Kent, this play will be Shakespeare like you’ve never […]

What makes sticky things so sticky

Posted on April 14, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Have you ever wondered what makes tape so sticky? Why paint sticks to walls? The function of adhesives is to hold things together. Adhesives come in many forms, including glue, tape and sealant, and are used in a variety of everyday applications. In addition, natural substances can act as adhesives, such as soda, and caramel. […]

Sustainability & ME: Are you paying too much for free water?

Posted on April 14, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Bottled water is one of the biggest marketing gimmicks to date and it works.  Last year alone Americans wasted over 11 billion dollars buying bottled water.  Not only is the industry selling you something that should be free but they are destroying the environment in the process.  The entire life cycle of bottled water is […]