Top Five: Ways to cope with finals

Posted on April 26, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

1.  Make a list. Make a very detailed list organized by due date and include spaces set aside to allow yourself coffee breaks. Draw your own boxes for check-marks, color code it and draw hearts around the place you allow yourself to take a nap. Then make copies so you can have one on your […]

USM defeats Bates in softball doubleheader

Posted on April 21, 2014 by USM Free Press in Sports

By: David Sanok The Huskies’ softball team defeated the Bates Bobcats 1-0 and 7-6 in a doubleheader last Wednesday. The first matchup featured solid pitching from freshman Desiree Benner. Benner earned her fourth win of the season while pitching just over six innings, finishing the game with three strikeouts. “She was really on top of […]

Students for #USMFuture’s open letter to administrators

Posted on April 21, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Dear USM President Kalikow, Provost Stevenson, UMaine System Chancellor Page, and UMaine Trustees: We were overjoyed when we heard President Kalikow [unexpectedly reversed] her decision to “retrench” 12 to 15 tenured faculty in a single day. To us, the un-retrenchments mark an unequivocal victory, the achievement of our number 1 stated goal from the day […]

Our Opinion: Paging Provost Stevenson

Posted on April 21, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The ghost in the machine at USM has a name, and I think we all know what it is. Provost Stevenson has always been pretty ghostly, but since President Kalikow backpedaled on his least popular decision without bothering to let him know ahead of time, he’s been downright incorporeal –– we have a heck of […]

Huskies defeat UMF 24-4

Posted on April 14, 2014 by USM Free Press in Sports

Women's lacrosse team members celebrate a goal in the game on Saturday against MIT.

By: David Sanok   In what was easily their strongest performance of the season, the USM Huskies women’s lacrosse team defeated the UMaine Farmington Beavers 24-4. With this win, the Huskies improve their record to 3-5, while the Beavers drop to 2-7. Offensively, it was a total team effort as 11 different players contributed to […]

Our Opinion: USM has cause to celebrate for now …

Posted on April 14, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion

Certainly there’s a reason to celebrate at USM since last Friday, but let’s not forget about the fine print: student protesters and faculty may have won the battle, but they haven’t won the war yet. President Kalikow’s surprise announcement that she’s cancelling all of the faculty retrenchments she announced last month (except for faculty associated […]

Sustainability and ME: An Eco-Rep Program Begins at USM

Posted on April 08, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

By: Jocylin Egan   The USM Assistant Director for Sustainable Programs, Tyler Kidder, and a few student workers ,are planning the launch of an EcoRep program at USM for Fall 2014. A USM EcoRep will act as a liaison between the Office of Sustainability and their fellow residents. EcoReps will promote sustainable practices at the university […]

Our Opinion: Everyone is watching, USM

Posted on April 07, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

During the slew of recent cuts at USM, we had to bring you the news, but we can also see the effect that these stories are having on the reputation of this institution. We can’t change the news, and we can’t alter it to benefit any party –– it’s our obligation to report the facts […]

Doyle on 2014 election: Maine needs a plan to serve students in longterm, and Cutler’s will do it

Posted on March 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

This letter was contributed by Andrew J. Doyle. The University of Maine system has experienced a declining enrollment during a time when pursuing higher education has never been more important for Mainers. Combine that with the state’s declining graduation rate, and we find ourselves with a serious problem that has fell by the wayside at […]

Chann: Vote of ‘no confidence’ came too soon

Posted on March 23, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

This letter was contributed by Marpheen Chann. I applaud my fellow student government colleagues and the student senate for their support of students and faculty. But I write to voice my dissent in regards to the vote of no-confidence in the administration. In my opinion, the vote of no-confidence is premature given that the protest […]