Monday, November 19th, 2018

Sororities continue to exist despite decline

Posted on November 08, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

USM students from the sorority Alpha Xi Delta, one of the remaining two at USM. From left to right: Shereen Toolabi, Seve Deery-ReRaps, BreeAnna Wilmot, Jasmyn Dipietro and Jill Vigneault.

By Nick Schleh, Staff Writer Despite the decline of Greek life nationwide in recent years, two active sororities at USM still exist and continue to work in helping their community and provide a platform for students to make lasting bonds. Alpha Xi Delta and Kappa Iota or as they are nationally known, Kappa Delta Phi […]

USM alumnus helped create tax credit for graduates

Posted on November 08, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Andrew Bossie, a USM alumnus from 2007, now the Executive Director of Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters.

By Valerie Kazarian, Staff Writer Andrew Bossie, a USM alumnus from 2007, was at the forefront of state legislation that became the centerpiece of Maine’s college affordability strategy. Bossie, a political science major, had helped create the Opportunity Maine Tax Credit program that offers refunds of state income taxes with the potential of eliminating, over […]

Sustainability & ME: Delivered for Free, Pure as Can Be

Posted on October 30, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Trevor Brackley, USM Eco-Rep Water is one of our most precious natural resources, and is something many of us often take for granted. We all rely on access to water daily to carry out several functions necessary to our way of life. These tasks include drinking, bathing, washing, cleaning, flushing waste, preparing or growing […]

Working on Wellness: Is JUUL Cool?

Posted on October 30, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Malinda Scannell, Nurse Practitioner Many young adults are attracted to the trendy e-cigarette called Juul.  They like its sleek black appearance and easy concealability. Many equate its look to a flash drive. Juul is an END (electronic nicotine delivery) device.  It uses a pod-filled cartridge, which contains nicotine liquid or “juice.” Users are attracted […]

Maine Red Claws going into their tenth season

Posted on October 30, 2018 by USM Free Press in Sports

The Maine Red Claws will begin their tenth season this year on Nov. 2 against the Westchester Knicks.

By: Cullen McIntyre, Staff Writer The Maine Red Claws are kicking off their tenth season since inception on Nov. 2 at home against the Westchester Knicks. The team was founded in 2009, after the NBA G-League awarded the city of Portland, Maine with an expansion franchise. The Red Claws weren’t affiliated officially with a team until […]

Letter to the editor: Dear President Cummings

Posted on October 30, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Leah Kravette, Graduate Research Assistant, UMaine Center on Aging My name is Leah Kravette, and I am an alumni of USM. You may remember me from the work I did with Student for #USMFutures. I remember you being empathetic, encouraging, and open to our goals of making USM a safer place for students of color, […]

Letter to the editor: Sodexo is valuable to USM’s community

Posted on October 30, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Adam Tuchinsky, Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences I am writing in regard to the Oct. 1 Free Press cover story, which focused upon student dissatisfaction with Sodexo. While I am sure that Sodexo General Manager Tadd Stone is always looking to improve service and quality, as he concedes in the article, I […]

Student government provides funds for textbooks

Posted on October 30, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By: Nicholas Schleh, Staff Writer USM’s student senate and student body president are helping students combat the high costs of textbooks. The Student Senate and student body president, Katelyn Seavey, split the cost of $6,800 to ensure that every first and second year textbook could be made available to students who may not be able to […]

Showing support for domestic violence in October

Posted on October 30, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By: Julie Pike, Editor-in-Chief This past month USM and members of the local community have been showing support and spreading awareness for domestic violence.   Going back to 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence started a “Day of Unity” to help unite and connect those combating domestic violence, according to the Association of Junior […]

Pop up courses offer ways to respond to current events

Posted on October 30, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Melissa Fraser, Staff Writer Academic programs are not generally designed to respond to breaking news but in the last few years USM has found a way to allow students to learn in real time about current events through pop-up courses. Unlike typical fifteen week courses, students won’t find these classes advertised in a course […]