Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Amistad: People helping people

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in Community

River Plouffe Vogel, Sports Editor   Finding community is not always easy, even in a small state like Maine and in a city the size of Portland. In fact, Maine can be a very isolating place, where community means to most people, the neighborhood someone lives in. However community is so much more than the […]

Letter from the editor: New changes and new challenges

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Julie Pike, Editor-in-chief   My first letter from the editor, a piece of writing that symbolizes a big change in my role at The Free Press, as I take on the challenge of becoming editor-in-chief. For the past two years that I have worked at The Free Press, I always had in the back of my […]

History of mandatory student activity fees

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Sarah Tewksbury, Staff Writer   Student Activity Fees $110. That is how much a full-time USM student pays each year to support the student activity fee. Over a century ago, students at universities and colleges across the U.S. self imposed student activity fees in order to fund extracurricular activities and additional services. In the beginning, […]

Generational Differences in Student Reporting

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Sam Margolin, Staff Writer   “In the English language, it all comes down to this: Twenty-six letters, when combined correctly, can create magic. Twenty -six letters form the foundation of a free, informed society.”- John Grogan USM’s student newspaper, The Free Press, has been a definitive source for news and commentary throughout the history of the […]

New Board Policy stirs up debate among faculty

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Julie Pike, Editor-in-chief   The UMS Board of Trustees (BoT) has been in the works on a new policy, “Institutional authority on political matters.” The proposal was first introduced five months ago, but on Friday, Feb. 2, the USM Faculty Senate had a chance to weigh in on their opinions. This proposal, Board Policy 214, […]

A week of crimes on the Portland campus

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Julie Pike, Editor-in-Chief   Over the past week a series of crimes have been reported across the USM Portland campus, from Woodbury Campus Center to the Science Building. In the early hours of Wednesday, Feb. 7, Raymondo Rezendes, 48, of Portland, broke into the Woodbury Campus Center. At 4:30 in the morning, both USM police and […]

USM encourages all ages to continue their education

Posted on February 07, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Cooper-John Trapp, Staff Writer Nontraditional students, specifically those over 40 years old, are a prominent feature of USM’s student body. Reports from Registration and Scheduling Services show that nearly 17 percent of degree seekers are ages 35 and older, while undergraduate students between ages 18 and 24 comprise only just over half of the student […]

Biden stops in Maine, encourages cultural change

Posted on February 07, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Julie Pike, News Editor While making no indications of future plans to run for president in 2020, Biden joined in a discussion with former Sen. George Mitchell centered around his new memoir, “Promise Me Dad, A Year of Hope Hardship and Purpose.” The former vice president made a stop at Merrill Auditorium in Portland on […]

Maine Senator has key role in ending shutdown

Posted on February 07, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Sarah O’Connor, Staff Writer Senator Susan Collins and the Common Sense Coalition played a vital role in ending the three day government shutdown by the use of a talking stick. The group proposed a compromise that allowed the Senate to pass a short-term funding bill to reopen the government, according to an official statement released […]

Student Senate reconvenes for a fresh start

Posted on February 07, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Sam Margolin, Staff Writer On Friday, Feb. 2, USM’s 46 Student Senate met to discuss various financial and organizational issues as well as to try to regain strength after losing five members over the break. The loss included Senate Chairperson, Muna Adan, as well as Kyle Brundidge, Josh Blake, Aaron Pierce, and Zach Tidd. The […]