A&C Recommends: The Planetarium

Posted on September 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Recommends

By Anastasia Muca USM’s planetarium, located in the basement of the Science building at the Portland campus, will be holding events to explore the sky, historically, presently and in its future. Right now planetarium goers, astronomists and star gazers are prepping for a total lunar eclipse. Edward Gleason, planetarium manager, can assure that both the […]

U2′s new album sounds familiar to fans

Posted on September 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Music

By Sydney Donovan For anyone wielding an iPhone, you might notice something different about your iTunes library on your phone. Thanks to collaboration with Apple, the rock band U2 has released their new album, Songs of Innocence, exclusively to iTunes. On every Apple phone, the album is automatically downloaded into your music library and seen […]

Our opinion: Administrators and BoT need to listen to USM concerns

Posted on September 13, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion

The atmosphere at USM is tense, and both the administration and board of trustees should seriously consider moving the September BoT meeting back to USM where it was originally scheduled. Times are tough here and we all know that there will be cuts, eliminations and retrenchments this year. Students will lose professors, professors will lose […]

LaSala: Who are you calling a climate denier?

Posted on September 08, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

At the 2014 welcome breakfast for faculty and staff, the new interim president David Flanagan laid out a grim path for USM. The cuts this year, Flanagan tells us, will be more in the ballpark of $15 to $16 million— not the $12 million projected last year. Already the administration has pressed forward with the […]

Lee: “A University is not in the business of making money”

Posted on July 31, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

The following is in response to a letter from Newly appointed USM president David T. Flanigan requesting “thoughts, recommendations and support” concerning the future of USM. I take up your request for help, though I have serious doubts as to how much anyone will pay attention to, let alone read, the many responses you will […]

Sustainability & ME: Bucking the rhythm

Posted on April 28, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Tyler Kidder I had a short lunch with a close friend and mentor at USM, and like all conversations these days, our dialogue drifted toward the changing face of USM, what that means for us and the state in which we find our mental health, financial security and emotional stability. My friend suggested that […]

Top Five: Ways to cope with finals

Posted on April 26, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

1.  Make a list. Make a very detailed list organized by due date and include spaces set aside to allow yourself coffee breaks. Draw your own boxes for check-marks, color code it and draw hearts around the place you allow yourself to take a nap. Then make copies so you can have one on your […]

USM defeats Bates in softball doubleheader

Posted on April 21, 2014 by USM Free Press in Sports

By: David Sanok The Huskies’ softball team defeated the Bates Bobcats 1-0 and 7-6 in a doubleheader last Wednesday. The first matchup featured solid pitching from freshman Desiree Benner. Benner earned her fourth win of the season while pitching just over six innings, finishing the game with three strikeouts. “She was really on top of […]

Students for #USMFuture’s open letter to administrators

Posted on April 21, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Dear USM President Kalikow, Provost Stevenson, UMaine System Chancellor Page, and UMaine Trustees: We were overjoyed when we heard President Kalikow [unexpectedly reversed] her decision to “retrench” 12 to 15 tenured faculty in a single day. To us, the un-retrenchments mark an unequivocal victory, the achievement of our number 1 stated goal from the day […]

Our Opinion: Paging Provost Stevenson

Posted on April 21, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The ghost in the machine at USM has a name, and I think we all know what it is. Provost Stevenson has always been pretty ghostly, but since President Kalikow backpedaled on his least popular decision without bothering to let him know ahead of time, he’s been downright incorporeal –– we have a heck of […]