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. […]

Online sexual harassement training now mandatory for all students and faculty

Posted on November 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Brian Gordon Last Monday the board of trustees voted to make a federally mandated sexual harassment training mandatory for all students and faculty to complete. According to Sarah Holmes, assistant director of student life and diversity, there has been an increase in public attention to the issue of sexual assault on campus over the […]

Student senate donates $500 to Noyes St. fire victims

Posted on November 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Alex Huber By a vote of nine to four, the student senate passed the motion to donate $500 to support Nathan Long and Kyle Bozeman, survivors of the Noyes Street fire that claimed the lives of six individuals. The student senate’s donation would be in addition to the $2,000 already raised by the dean […]

Muskie school attempts reorganization after cuts

Posted on November 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Annie Quandt The Muskie School of Public Service recently celebrated it’s 100th anniversary at USM but is going to be faced with setbacks as some of its faculty have been retrenched this semester. “There won’t be a program anymore to teach these students, due to retrenchment and retirement,” said Carolyn Ball, a member of […]

Film Review: St. Vincent

Posted on November 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By Sergey Miller St. Vincent is a new comedy starring Bill Murray, Mellissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts. In truth, it is not just a comedy but also a deeper reflection on many serious themes. This film is a reflection of human kindness, the ability of people to engender compassion and what constitutes a ‘saintly’ person. […]