Thursday, December 14th, 2017

USM’s Title IX coordinator hopes to support trans students amidst rollbacks of federal protections

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Johnna Ossie, News Editor Last Wednesday, amidst public outcry, the Trump administration removed federal guidelines which stated that transgender students have the right to use the restrooms that best align with their gender identity. Over the past two years the Obama administration had issued memos to the nation’s public schools that stated not allowing […]

Has My Garden Been Invaded?: Part three of invasive species series

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Haley Depner Take a look at the nearest garden in your vicinity. Do you know which plants have negative effects on your ecosystem? Most people would probably answer that they don’t. Invasive species can cause a variety of problems for an ecosystem, ranging from the introduction and/or spread of parasites and disease to outcompeting […]

Passages from the Quran: Five Pillars of Islam and Pilgrimage to Mecca

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Every year millions of Muslims make their journey to Mecca. It is a time of worship, reflection and removal of past sins. This is one of the five pillars of Islam. It requires that one makes a pilgrimage once in their lifetime given that they are physically and financially capable. It occurs annually; this year […]

Advising Advice: Internships and how they can help you

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Travis Blair, Coordinator of Internships, travis.blair@maine.edu This personal account, by Travis Blair, UNH ‘09 graduate, shares his personal story to explain what internships can do for you: When I graduated from college in 2009, I had no idea what I wanted to do for a career.  My major, Tourism Planning and Development, didn’t neatly […]

Letter to the Editor: What neutrality means in 2017

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

I was privileged and honored to have acted as an ally to black and brown student leaders and their supporting community members at the February 16th protest against Representative Larry Lockman. More than two hundred people showed up and spoke out against the wanton peddling of xenophobic white nationalism on our University campus. An important […]

Portland police officer shoots, kills 22 year old

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Johnna Ossie Twenty-two-year-old Chance David Baker was shot and killed by Portland Police on St. John’s Street in Portland on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 18. Reports say Baker purchased a rifle-style pellet gun from a pawn shop, Coastal Trading & Pawn, in Union Station Plaza and shortly after police received calls that a […]

Candid Conversations: An event to foster civil campus discussion

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike While Rep. Larry Lockman spoke in Hannaford Hall on what he calls the “immigration crisis,” Muna Adan, a sophomore political science major, and other USM faculty and staff members brought a group of students and community members together to have a constructive conversation about free speech on campus. In the Woodbury Amphitheater, […]

Best spots on campus to relax

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dionne Smith All students need some relaxation time to themselves, whether it be to sleep, study or to simply hide out and be to themselves. To some, it may seem like there are only a few spots on campus in which one can relax, and some of them may not be ideal spots. Unknown […]

A closer look at marijuana and its potential to exacerbate cognitive problems

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Community

By Mary Ellen Aldrich and Cara DeRose As of January 2017, recreational marijuana is officially legal in Maine for those who are twenty-one and older. Although recreational marijuana’s previous illicit status never deterred people from using it, people can now smoke marijuana without the usual obstacles of accessibility and unlawfulness (so long as a person […]

The Vagina Monologues: Empowerment through knowledge

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Matthew Craig On Friday, Feb. 17, USM’s Student Performing Artists (SPA) group performed Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. The play, which in 1997 won an Obie award for playwriting, is performed each year in an effort to the V-DAY and One Billion Rising movements. Director Brittany Burke, who also acted in another production of […]