USM professors help The Phoenix rise from ashes

Posted on January 22, 2015 by USM Free Press in News

Jason Read, professor of philosophy.

USM professors Ronald Schmidt and Jason Read have been filling holes left in the wake of the mass exodus of Portland Phoenix writers to the new alternative weekly in town, Dig Portland. The two professors have had more or less regular columns in the Phoenix, which comes out every Wednesday in Portland and the surrounding […]

A&C recommends: Concerning Violence film screening

Posted on January 22, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Recommends

By Dora Thompson Next Monday, you can take a journey into the depths of Africa as it struggles for liberation from the Third World with the premier a new documentary called Concerning Violence. USM staff and students gain free entry to the screening at Space Gallery with a valid university ID as the audience gets […]

Invest in USM: An open letter and petition addressed to President Flanagan and the BoT

Posted on January 12, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

The following is the entirety of an online letter and petition opened in mid-November. 508 people have signed the petition as of print-time. Dear President Flanagan, dear Trustees: We the undersigned, scholars and teachers from colleges and universities around the world, write to express profound concern about the decision by the President and Trustees of […]

Simple science: What makes a snowflake?

Posted on January 12, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Donald Szlosek Do you ever look out your car window and notice the intricate design of a snowflake? Have you ever wondered how snowflakes are formed and whether they really are truly unique? First off, the formation of  ice crystals, more formally known as snowflakes,  takes place in the lowest portion of the Earth’s […]

Heavy Rotation Reviews

Posted on January 12, 2015 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews, Music, Recommends

Eminem, Shady XV Eminem’s new album “Shady XV” features one disc of his new material and one that has his greatest hits. His song, “Detroit Vs. Everybody” reminds listeners of how far he has come from being a man on the streets of Detroit to a world-renowned rapper. He raps, “Comin’ from them streets where […]

USM observes World AIDs Day

Posted on December 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Alex Huber Last week by joint efforts from the Portland and Gorham Well and the multicultural center and health services, free HIV screening tests were made available to all students. These tests were given out as part of USM’s recognition of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1st. In addition to the free testing, educational events […]

Film Review: Horrible Bosses 2

Posted on December 09, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By Sergey Miller Although movie sequels can sometimes be predictable and annoying, the film Horrible Bosses succeeds to define the norm or boring sequel stereotype. The comedy of the first film centers around three workers trying to murder their respective bosses. This classic tale extended into Horrible Bosses 2 with a respectable twist. The new […]

The Pulps! Art exhibit

Posted on December 09, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Brian Gordon The headlines for The Pulps! exhibit at the Portland Public Library sound more like horror movies than an art exhibit. Titles like, “They’re Lurking Behind Buildings” and “They Strike at you from the Darkness” make for an awesome exhibit that pops off the walls with color and crime. Pulps, or pulp fiction […]

Invest in USM: Help Mainers stay in Maine

Posted on December 08, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Emily Paine There’s something about Maine, isn’t there? And as a Mainer in my early 20s, Portland was the place to be. When I first attended the University of Southern Maine, I wasn’t looking for a traditional education; I was working at a coffee shop and engaging in community organizing and art projects that […]

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. […]