Student Senate continues to fill empty seats

Posted on October 04, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Alex Huber The primary goal of the Student Senate so far this semester has been filling vacant seats and increasing their presence on campus, and they’re beginning to make progress. At last week’s meeting the senate added two new senators and quickly replaced the treasurer position that was left vacant due to internal conflicts. […]

Our opinions: Admins need to talk to average USM students

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Uncategorized

Last week, Dean Joy Pufhal emailed 18 student leaders and invited them to a meeting with President David Flanagan and Provost Joseph McDonnell to discuss the criteria for potential upcoming program eliminations and faculty retrenchments, but only five students attended. We hope the administration does not consider five students adequate student input on the issues […]

Advice from Chaka: We all just need to breathe

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Uncategorized

by Chaka-Khan Gordon The beginning of the school year can be stressful, especially for students navigating several full lives at once. What do I mean by that? Well, some of us are students, employees and parents all at the same time. Some of us are taking classes and taking care of older parents. Some of […]

Invest in USM: we all can help our school’s future

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Lydia Savage What should the University of Southern Maine be? The USM Board of Visitors concluded in 2000, after an extensive survey of the community, that “the University of Southern Maine must become one of the top-ranked public, regional, comprehensive universities in the United States in the quality, breadth and the accessibility of its […]

Student senate treasurer denounces student leadership

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By Alex Huber The student senate went into executive session last week to discuss the potential of taking disciplinary actions against the senate chair and parliamentarian. Jason Blanco, the senate treasurer, decided to address leadership concerns in the senate after he went to pick up his stipend check last week to discover his pay was […]

Film Review: The Maze Runner

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By Sergey Miller The new blockbuster hit “The Maze Runner” directed by Wes Ball, tells the story of a young man named Thomas, who wakes up on a lift with no memory of how he got there, and he’s not alone. He finds himself surrounded by a gigantic moving maze, and it is here that […]

Album Review: V

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Sydney Donovan Famous for their pop rock genre albums, Maroon 5 is back with their fifth studio album aptly titled V. This album is a throwback to their earlier album titled Songs about Jane. It acts as a very vocally-charged album that showcases lead singer Adam Levine. Its very catchy rhythms and melodies make […]

Kil-Robics takes exercise to a whole new level

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dora Thompson On Monday and Wednesday at 8 a.m, an aerobics exercise group called “Kil-Robics” takes place in the Costello Sports Complex on USM’s Gorham campus. This class is free to anyone who would like to attend, and is creatively named after the groups instructor, Wil Kilroy, theatre professor and major advising coordinator. Kilroy […]

Shelley: Who rules the school?

Posted on September 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Philip Shelley Here’s a quick civics lesson for USM students, especially new or transfer students who may not know how their school is governed: USM is one of the 7 campuses that form the public university system for the state of Maine. Each school has its own president and provost, but the system as […]

Our opinion: The USM student body deserves a more dedicated senate

Posted on September 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The attendance and involvement issue that has plagued the Student Senate has, hopefully, reached it’s highest points. At last week’s senate meeting, four senators were absent, the senate was unable to make qurom to begin their meeting and important discussions were pushed to next week for the sake of saving time. Two senators also defaulted […]