Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Cookin’ in the kitchen serves up a jazz performance

Posted on May 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Matthew Craig, Arts & Culture Editor On Friday, April 28, USM’s jazz faculty played a concert called Cookin’ in the Kitchen. This concert was the result of work by band members and organizer Chris Klaxton, who devised a set of tunes from traditional jazz as well as popular music. The idea was to blend […]

NAMI on campus: New club works to destigmatize mental illness

Posted on May 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Community

Julie Pike, Staff Writer Working alongside faculty members at the Recovery Oriented Campus Center (ROCC), a sophomore nursing student, Jessica Fossett, is in the process of bringing a NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) club to USM. NAMI is a nationwide advocacy group that represents individuals and families who have been affected by mental health […]

Film Review: Free Fire Misses the Target

Posted on May 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By John Rocker and Aaron Halls Free Fire is an action crime film directed by Ben Wheatley. It follows two shady groups as they meet at an abandoned warehouse for an unlawful weapons exchange liaisoned by Justine (Brie Larson). When an unexpected occurrence causes the deal to go south, the warehouse quickly becomes a battlefield […]

Our opinion: Fyre Festival a failure in more ways than one

Posted on May 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Over the weekend the “Fyre Festival” was set to take place on a private island in the Bahamas. Advertised as a luxury music festival, attendees paid between $2,000 and $12,000 or more for their tickets. When they arrived, however, they found something less than the lavish experience they were hoping for. According to the festival’s […]

Communication-Different: Deaf and Hearing interactions are not synonymous

Posted on May 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Mary Ellen Aldrich, Community Editor In Hearing culture you’re taught to mind your own business, not ask too many questions and not talk about yourself too much. In Deaf culture, access to information and equal sharing of that information is a top priority. I.e., ask and answer lots of questions, offer up information. Upon […]

Advising Advice: How do you handle stress? The Wellness Center is here to help you

Posted on May 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Katie MacDonald, Contributor As the Graduate Assistant for the Portland Wellness Resource Center, I often meet students who learned about the Well through their Advisors and are looking for assistance in decompressing from their busy academic schedules. As we approach finals week and graduation I can feel the electric energy building on campus. Some are […]

Letter to the Editor: Scammers ruin people’s lives

Posted on May 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Carol Laverriere, Contributor Earlier this week, I found out that my email had been hacked. I was locked out of my email and unable to access my list of contacts. It was frustrating and it was scary. Luckily, on April 20 I attended AARP Maine’s event with fraud expert Frank Abagnale, so I knew […]

The Deaf Film Festival 2017

Posted on May 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Jordan Castaldo, Free Press Staff The 15th Annual Maine Deaf Film Festival took place this year at USM’s Portland campus on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29. This event is the only annual festival in the world to show films and innovative videos for and by people of the Deaf community. Put together […]

HUD gaming lounge offers growing community

Posted on May 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dionne Smith, Staff Writer HUD Gaming Lounge is a comfortable spot for people who want to enjoy playing games at a low price. It also turns playing video games into a social experience rather than just playing games alone at home. The atmosphere allows for people to relax, play games with their friends or […]

Sustainability & ME: Plastic Bags –  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? Or Burn, Bury, or Bite?

Posted on May 01, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Nate Cronauer, Contributor As I was scrolling through Facebook the other day in-between classes, I stumbled upon a short video from a popular science and technology page with a demonstration of a completely dissolvable plastic bag. The creator, Kevin Kumala – an entrepreneur and representative of BIOWEAR – claims the bags are compostable and […]