Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Are you interested in teacher education?

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Christen Stande , Academic Advisor for Education So, either you’ve wanted to be a teacher forever, or this is a new found passion.  In either  case, you’ve come to the right place! Currently, USM has undergraduate teacher education pathways that lead to certification for early childhood, elementary, middle and high school teaching. Our Teacher […]

Sustainability & ME: The meditations of a low-key hippie

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Abram Marr, Contributor The holiday season is upon us. Amidst all the food, gifts and cold weather we realize that this is a season of giving – a season of consumption; but also a season to give thanks for everything that we receive as people. As a species we are blessed to inhabit this amazing […]

Ani DiFranco brings message of hope and activism to full house in Portland

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Johna Ossie, News Editor Long time singer-songwriter, political activist and entrepreneur Ani Difranco played to a full house on Nov. 15 at the State Theater in Portland. DiFranco’s message has always been one of political activism paired with raw emotion, strength and vulnerability. She and her band have been on the road performing her “VOTE […]

A closer look at Dobra Tea’s multi-cultural experience

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Dobra's tea wall contains lots of teas from around the world.

By Dionne Smith and Cara DeRose A popular destination for Portland’s tea drinkers, Dobrá Tea, which is located on 89 Exchange St. and is one of eight Dobrá Tea tea rooms in the United States, differs from the bustling city outside its walls. For owners Ellen Kanner and Ray Marcotte, the tea-drinking experience isn’t solely […]

Exposing one’s sins

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Weekly Verse, passages from the Qua’ran explained, by Nairus Abdullahi “All of my ummah will be excused, except for the mujaahireen (those who make their sins known). And verily it is a kind of mujaaharah (exposing one’s sins) that a man does something (sinful) at night, and then in the morning, when Allaah has screened his […]

Fantastic Beasts most enjoyed by J.K. Rowling fans

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

John Rocker and Aaron Halls, Free Press Staff Plot Taking place seventy years before the events of the Harry Potter series, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York carrying a suitcase full of magical creatures. When a No-Maj accidentally releases the creatures, it’s up to Newt and an Auror named Tina Goldstein to get […]

Dance USM! kicks off the holiday season at Russell Hall

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Dionne Smith, Free Press Staff Dancing is a sport that can express emotions, tell stories and leave the viewers in awe. From Dec. 8 to Dec. 11, the USM Department of Theatre  gave a spectacular performance of “Dance USM!” directed by Maria A. Tzianabos in Russell Hall on the Gorham campus. It was a […]

MAJOR! brings ignored conversations to the fore

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Cara DeRose, Chief Copy Editor When we think of documentary films, we think of films that are meant to reveal the unknown facts of unfamiliar subjects. Yet MAJOR!—which premiered on Nov. 17  in Maine during an event sponsored by USM’s Women and Gender Studies Program in the Glickman Library—is a documentary film that does not […]

University Jazz ensemble made up of students from various majors

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

The vocal quintet, instrumentalists, and Taylor O'Donnell perform.

Matthew Craig, Arts & Culture Editor On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Taylor O’Donnell, performed a set of jazz standards at Corthell Music Hall. Songs performed included “In a Mellow Tone” by Milt Gabler and Duke Ellington, arranged by Kirby Shaw, and “Come and See” by Pat Metheny. The concert […]

Knitting group hopes to keep activists warm at Standing Rock

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

Kelly Scrima, Free Pres Staff “I would tell the protesters at Standing Rock to keep up the good fight and stand firm,” said Roberta Ransley-Matteau, Cartographic Cataloguer at the Osher Map Library. Ransley-Matteau started the Carto-Crafters, a group that works on “knitting, crocheting, embroidery, sewing, and more,” about a year ago. “We meet on Thursdays […]