Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Thinking about Graduate School and How to Begin the Process?

Posted on December 03, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Mary Sloan, Director of Graduate Studies Recently, your faculty or professional advisor may have introduced you to the many reasons to choose graduate school. A graduate degree may help you further study in your major, prepare you to change fields completely or help you get a job promotion. Some professions require a graduate degree for […]

Anger is an unacceptable emotion in our society… or is it?

Posted on December 03, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Elyssa Morse, Contributor Anger. It’s a word that evokes strong reactions from people, often reactions of fear. But why is that? We aren’t afraid of other people when they’re sad, happy, excited or mellow, but when people become angry, many of us feel a strong urge to run away. I think it’s because most of […]

Eating sustainably as a college student

Posted on December 03, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Asia DiBenedetti, Contributor College students are under a lot of stress. As the semester is nearing its end, you may be feeling anxious as finals approach. It can be easy to stress-eat unhealthily, especially with all the food going around during the holidays. When your body isn’t receiving the nutrients it needs to function properly, […]

Solidarity statement from USM Socialists club

Posted on December 03, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

USM SOCIALISTS STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE USM MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION, THE MULTICULTURAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION, USM STUDENTS WITHOUT BORDERS AND ALL CONCERNED USM STUDENTS On Nov. 2, a student wrote the phrase “Deus Vult” on multiple surfaces in the Student Senate office one day after five Muslim students submitted applications to join the Student Government […]

University officials propose tuition increase for fall 2017

Posted on December 03, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

Three different scenarios for the proposed tuition increase at USM.

Johnna Ossie, News Editor This May, the USM Board of Trustees is set to decide on a tuition increase that, if approved, could go into effect as soon as fall 2017. A committee composed of the chief financial officers from each University of Maine institution, along with several staff members and Chief Systems Financial Officer […]

USM faculty and students celebrate the installation of President Cummings

Posted on December 03, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

At his installation last Friday, President Cummings spoke at the conclusion of the ceremony.

On Friday, Dec. 2, the USM community, including faculty, students, alumni as well as family and friends, honored President Cummings at his installation as USM’s thirteenth president. The installation ceremony of President Cummings was a first for USM and the school plans to recognize future presidents of the university in a similar way. Held in […]

USM activists protest for equality at Maine State House

Posted on December 03, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

Student activist Emma Donnelly leads the crowd in a chant at the "We Won't Go Back" protest at the State House in Augusta.

Sarah Tewksbury, Staff Writer On Friday, Nov. 18, a group of protesters gathered in front of Maine’s State House in Augusta in an effort to demonstrate their commitment to progress and equality in light of the recent election. Organized by USM student Emma Donnelly, the gathering was called “We Won’t Go Back,” in reference to […]

Maine Student Action chapter recently established on campus

Posted on December 03, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Sarah Tewksbury, Staff Writer Although still in the early stages of development, USM’s chapter of the Maine Student Action group is hoping to inspire a strong presence of young activism on campus. The group met  for the first time on Nov. 29 on the Portland campus, and its founder and organizer, Emma Donnelly, discussed […]

People of USM: Sara Valentine

Posted on December 03, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Jack Hahn, Staff Writer Starting a new job in a new town can be nerve-racking, but for USM’s new theatre professor, Sara Valentine, this experience has become a normal occurrence in her life. Born and raised in New England, Valentine got her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts at Ithaca College and her master’s degree […]

Advising Advice: Resources to stay connected at USM

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

According the USM Factbook, there were approximately 3,200 USM students enrolled in online or blended courses during Fall 2015. Roughly 18% of the total credit hours taken at USM in Fall 2015 participated in online or blended courses, and this represents a 1.5% increase over Fall 2014.   These numbers echo the five-year trend of […]