Monday, March 27th, 2017

Starbucks is not all it’s brewed up to be

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dionne Smith, Free Press Staff The Glickman Library’s new Starbucks installation has received mixed reviews. To some people, it seems like a blessing that there is a coffee shop in the library, but to others it’s seen as an excuse for a Starbucks to be on campus. Was the installation worth everything put into […]

USM to welcome International Academy students

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Kelly Scrima, Free Press Staff The University of Southern Maine is welcoming a new addition: The International Academy (TIA), an international high school accredited by the  NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools (CIS), which is currently accepting applications. The academy is open to international students in eleventh and twelfth grade, who upon graduation will earn a […]

Return to Great Mother’s Infinity exhibited at SPACE Gallery

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Jordan Castaldo, Free Press Staff Imagine a place that you could go, for free, to watch a movie, concert or performance. At this specific place, there are hand-woven blankets made for your comfort to share amongst the friends and family you have brought to watch this performance with you. You are able to put one […]

MaineStreet: An archaic tool or a useful database?

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Sarah Tewksbury, Free Press Staff Since the fall semester of 2008, the University of Maine System has been using MaineStreet, an online tool, to aid students, faculty members and employees in university business such as registering for classes, managing work study hours, paying university bills and accessing personal academic information. In recent years, however, […]

Portland campus sees a rise in thefts in the past month

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike, Free Press Staff In the last month, there has been a significant rise in the number of thefts on the Portland campus. On Feb. 22, USM Public Safety issued a statement on their Facebook page informing the public that several thefts have occurred in lockers and in unattended offices. In the first […]

USM’s Title IX coordinator hopes to support trans students amidst rollbacks of federal protections

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Johnna Ossie, News Editor Last Wednesday, amidst public outcry, the Trump administration removed federal guidelines which stated that transgender students have the right to use the restrooms that best align with their gender identity. Over the past two years the Obama administration had issued memos to the nation’s public schools that stated not allowing […]

Has My Garden Been Invaded?: Part three of invasive species series

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Haley Depner Take a look at the nearest garden in your vicinity. Do you know which plants have negative effects on your ecosystem? Most people would probably answer that they don’t. Invasive species can cause a variety of problems for an ecosystem, ranging from the introduction and/or spread of parasites and disease to outcompeting […]

Passages from the Quran: Five Pillars of Islam and Pilgrimage to Mecca

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Every year millions of Muslims make their journey to Mecca. It is a time of worship, reflection and removal of past sins. This is one of the five pillars of Islam. It requires that one makes a pilgrimage once in their lifetime given that they are physically and financially capable. It occurs annually; this year […]

Advising Advice: Internships and how they can help you

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Travis Blair, Coordinator of Internships, travis.blair@maine.edu This personal account, by Travis Blair, UNH ‘09 graduate, shares his personal story to explain what internships can do for you: When I graduated from college in 2009, I had no idea what I wanted to do for a career.  My major, Tourism Planning and Development, didn’t neatly […]

Letter to the Editor: What neutrality means in 2017

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

I was privileged and honored to have acted as an ally to black and brown student leaders and their supporting community members at the February 16th protest against Representative Larry Lockman. More than two hundred people showed up and spoke out against the wanton peddling of xenophobic white nationalism on our University campus. An important […]