Invest in USM: Student Walkout today to protest recent faculty cuts

Posted on November 19, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Katie Zema   Today at noon students on both the Portland and Gorham USM campuses will walk out of our classes and stand together in solidarity against the recent faculty and program cuts made by the USM administration and the UMaine System Board of Trustees. Students will gather outside of Payson Smith Hall on […]

Workshop teaches the benefits of going organic

Posted on November 17, 2014 by USM Free Press in Community

By: David Sanok Last Wednesday, students gathered at the USM Community Garden Soil Building Workshop to grow organic vegetables and learn more about building garden soil and permaculture. The project began this past April with the intention of teaching students about the benefits of eating nutritious organically grown vegetables. Many of the vegetables grown at […]

Film Review: Interstellar

Posted on November 17, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By Sergey Miller Interstellar, the newest movie directed by the famous Christopher Nolan, is a solid film which bends dimensions in space time and makes one ponder about even the smallest of physical phenomena in our daily life. The all-star cast of this film includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon and Michael Cain. This […]

Album Review: Sonic Highways

Posted on November 17, 2014 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Kyle Cumiskey David Grohl has been the mastermind behind the Foo Fighters since 1990, and with every release he has adapted to the current state of the music industry. Sonic Highways is another example of his excellent musicianship. The Foo Fighters have brought another critically acclaimed album to their listeners that reproduces the classic […]

USM students “Crash the Superbowl” with their Doritos commercial

Posted on November 17, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dora Thompson Peter and Thomas Campbell, otherwise known as 8mufnz, released their entry for the Doritos 2015 “Crash the Superbowl” commercial contest earlier this month. The video has been hovering around the most popular submissions in the world ever since,  and has even reached the number one spot for a few hours last week. […]

USM Preservation Fund meets $10,000 goal

Posted on November 17, 2014 by USM Free Press in News, Uncategorized

Meaghan LaSala, senior women and gender studies major, speaks out against program eliminations.

By: Annie Quandt As of Friday, the USM Preservation Fund reached its $10,000 goal. The fundraiser, which was started last spring by the protest group Students for #USMFuture, has two initiatives: One is to fund an independent audit, the other is to provide legal counsel to students. “The independent audit’s goal would be to shed […]

Student worries about value of her education

Posted on November 17, 2014 by USM Free Press in News, Uncategorized

Kimberly Clark, USM graduate of the media studies department, is currently enrolled in the eliminated American and New England studies program.

By: Brian Gordon The University’s graduate degree program in American and New England Studies has been abolished as part of the cuts handed down by President David Flanagan and the board of trustees. No teach out plan has been available to students or faculty, leaving students wondering how they will finish their studies in the […]

Album Review: Lazaretto

Posted on November 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Kyle Cumiskey Yet another critically acclaimed album by the musician Jack White has just been released. This new album, titled Lazaretto embodies a unique garage sound. White explains that many of the songs on his new album were written in his younger years, therefore depicting teenage issues. The song “Lazaretto” produces a hip hop […]

USM graduate gives advice on the audition

Posted on November 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dora Thompson Any performing acts major knows the terror and importance of the dreaded audition. It’s their link to the real world and one of the most important things about getting a career after graduation. On Friday, USM school of Music presented a master class with Metropolitan Opera singer Megan Marino to help students […]

Managing editor of Time magazine speaks at USM

Posted on November 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Alex Huber Bestselling biographer of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson spoke to students and faculty Wednesday evening as part of WEX’s leadership and creativity event series at Hannaford Hall in Portland. This event was hosted by WEX, a firm specializing in corporate payment solutions. Currently Isaacson is the president of the Aspen Institute, an organization […]