USM students “Crash the Superbowl” with their Doritos commercial

Posted on November 17, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dora Thompson Peter and Thomas Campbell, otherwise known as 8mufnz, released their entry for the Doritos 2015 “Crash the Superbowl” commercial contest earlier this month. The video has been hovering around the most popular submissions in the world ever since,  and has even reached the number one spot for a few hours last week. […]

USM Preservation Fund meets $10,000 goal

Posted on November 17, 2014 by USM Free Press in News, Uncategorized

Meaghan LaSala, senior women and gender studies major, speaks out against program eliminations.

By: Annie Quandt As of Friday, the USM Preservation Fund reached its $10,000 goal. The fundraiser, which was started last spring by the protest group Students for #USMFuture, has two initiatives: One is to fund an independent audit, the other is to provide legal counsel to students. “The independent audit’s goal would be to shed […]

Student worries about value of her education

Posted on November 17, 2014 by USM Free Press in News, Uncategorized

Kimberly Clark, USM graduate of the media studies department, is currently enrolled in the eliminated American and New England studies program.

By: Brian Gordon The University’s graduate degree program in American and New England Studies has been abolished as part of the cuts handed down by President David Flanagan and the board of trustees. No teach out plan has been available to students or faculty, leaving students wondering how they will finish their studies in the […]

Album Review: Lazaretto

Posted on November 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Kyle Cumiskey Yet another critically acclaimed album by the musician Jack White has just been released. This new album, titled Lazaretto embodies a unique garage sound. White explains that many of the songs on his new album were written in his younger years, therefore depicting teenage issues. The song “Lazaretto” produces a hip hop […]

USM graduate gives advice on the audition

Posted on November 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dora Thompson Any performing acts major knows the terror and importance of the dreaded audition. It’s their link to the real world and one of the most important things about getting a career after graduation. On Friday, USM school of Music presented a master class with Metropolitan Opera singer Megan Marino to help students […]

Managing editor of Time magazine speaks at USM

Posted on November 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Alex Huber Bestselling biographer of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson spoke to students and faculty Wednesday evening as part of WEX’s leadership and creativity event series at Hannaford Hall in Portland. This event was hosted by WEX, a firm specializing in corporate payment solutions. Currently Isaacson is the president of the Aspen Institute, an organization […]

Sustainability still a money-saving focus for one campus program

Posted on November 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Annie Quandt USM is on a track to sustainability. Tyler Kidder, assistant director for sustainable programs and a member of facilities management is part of a team putting together a plan to set temperatures back during the non-work hours in the largest academic buildings, which will essentially save on heating fuel and put USM […]

The Talk 101: How to do it with consent

Posted on November 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Lorraine Kessler Remember in the last column I said talking about sex is awkward and taboo? Surprise! We’re going to be talking about how in order to do it, and do it right, we’re going to learn how to talk about sex. Consent is necessary during sex and is already used in nonsexual situations. […]

Portland’s civic leadership must fight for USM in Augusta

Posted on November 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By John Anton John Anton served two terms on the Portland City Council from 2007 – 2013. People move to Portland from all over Maine, the US, and the world. We—I am one of them—move here for many reasons. We want to live in a beautiful and safe place; to escape violence or hatred at […]

Our Opinion: Keep USM politics out of the classroom

Posted on November 08, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

We understand that there’s a lot happening at USM and emotions are running high, but we all need to try our best to keep our concerns out of scheduled class time. People are losing their jobs and some students are going to find it more difficult to take the classes they need, but that doesn’t […]