Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

The film that gave way to modern drag

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Emily Norman, Staff Writer With USM’s 18th Annual Drag show just behind us, I found it fitting to rewatch and review one of my all-time favorite documentaries, Paris is Burning. This 1990 film directed by Jennie Livingston chronicles the lives of the community of people involved in drag balls in New York City in the […]

Passover: an overlooked spring holiday

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Kate Rogers, Staff Writer Late March and early April are often overshadowed by how large Easter festivities have become in modern American culture, but there are certain people celebrating a very different holiday during this time; the Jewish are celebrating Passover. Celebrated in memory of the Jews’ exodus from slavery in Egypt, Passover is […]

Miss Portland Diner: a landmark of Portland

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Nora Ibrahim, Staff Writer   Although Portland may not be a large and a modern city, it has the best landmarks in the state. Miss Portland Diner, located at 140 Marginal Way, is a recognizable landmark that is known for its vibrant blue bus-like cart with a golden logo, as well as its breakfast and […]

The complexity and value of the LGBTO+ identity

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Mary Ellen Aldrich, Arts & Culture Editor   When presented with the word ‘identity’ nearly everyone will think of something different. The definition of ‘identity’ according to the English Oxford dictionary is, “the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.” Identity, however, can go deeper than that and is frequently […]

Meet the newly elected Student Body President

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike, editor-in-chief   In a close vote, so close in fact that a recount was called, Katelyn Seavey emerged as the newly elected Student Body President for USM. Seavey ran against Shaman Kirkland, the Vice Chair of the Student Senate. Seavey transferred to USM last year from York County Community College. She started […]

Outdoor spots around campus to soak up some sun

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Ben Theriault, Staff Writer   As spring slowly arrives to campus this year, students are starting to be able to find themselves comfortably outside again. The need for students to go outdoors is important—In 2015, Stanford University found that nature is a potential remedy for mental illness. A 90 minute walk in the woods can […]

USM provides seniors with a low cost education

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Liz Trudel, Staff Writer     For inquisitive individuals ages 50 plus with a passion for the joy of learning, there is a close-knit community of 2,000 plus like-minded senior learners who are students of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USM. The OLLI is located in the Wishcamper building on the Portland campus at […]

Trump’s budget proposal includes cuts to TRIO

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Emily Adams, Staff Writer     Colleges across the country face catastrophe from the possible ramifications of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts. On February 12, 2018, President Trump’s administration released the 2019 Fiscal Year’s Budget to Congress, which can be found on the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) website. Part of the proposed budget is […]

Safezone Project identifies support for LGBTQ+

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Sarah O’Connor, Staff Writer   The Safe Zone stickers on office doors, desk spaces or dorm rooms do not only suggest support to the LGBTQ community but it shows that the people behind these doors have been educated through the Safe Zone orientation program. Last week, volunteers underwent a 1.5 to 2 hour orientation to […]

Letter from the editor: Positive and negative news: finding a balance

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike, editor-in-chief When you first open a newspaper, what are your eyes drawn to first? During a panel at our recent Journalism Workshop event, one of the topics that came up was the question of whether news outlets focus too much on negative stories. Most often the most eye-catching stories are going to be […]