Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Arts & Culture Recommends: Delta Rae rocks the State Theatre

Posted on February 24, 2014 by nathanbaril in Arts & Culture, Recommends

The harmonious choruses of Delta Rae and The Falls’ heartbreak ballads will echo through the halls of Port City Music Hall this Friday. Delta Rae is a folk-rock group out of Durham, N.C., who will headline Friday’s show, offering crisp harmonies compounded with a modern yet traditional sound. The ensemble includes Ian Hölljes, Eric Hölljes, […]

Film Review: American Hustle

Posted on February 23, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

David O’Russell is perhaps one of the most curious directors working in Hollywood.  Hanging on the periphery of celebrity status since “Three Kings” in 1999, O’Russell sprang into the spotlight with “The Fighter”, a grim look into the violent life of a Lowell boxer. He returned to critical acclaim again two years later with “Silver […]

ARAMARK adds local flavor to Portland dining

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

The new Portland Pie Co. stand in the Woodbury Campus Center on the Portland campus has attracted  positive attention from students so far. The biggest snag so far in the stand’s operation has been that its popularity has led to longer lines and increased wait time for dining.

Students who regularly find themselves having to grab a quick bite to eat in the Woodbury Campus Center between classes or before they catch the bus will have quite a few new options this semester, as ARAMARK has spent the winter break renovating the dining area and rethinking their service. Last Monday, ARAMARK opened for […]

Bailey flood washed clean

Posted on January 20, 2014 by sdritz in News

 The library in Bailey Hall has been open and  providing its normal range of services throughout the first week of school with the exception of the Martin Luther King day weekend, despite the flooding in early January caused by a pipe bursting from the cold.

USM’s libraries don’t normally close for long weekends, but over the Martin Luther King Day weekend, Gorham’s Bailey Hall Library took advantage of the lack of classes to make some much needed repairs. On the morning of Jan. 4 during a routine walkthrough of the building, a member of the USM facilities management department discovered […]

USM bids spring students welcome

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Skyla Gordon in News, Uncategorized

To kick off the spring semester, several students donned bright blue and yellow scarves to signal to new students that they were welcome ambassadors for USM. These 50 volunteers, primarily from the Board of Student Organizations and Student Senate, wore the scarves as an indicator that they were available to answer questions about the school. […]

Whooping cough reaches USM

Posted on September 19, 2012 by Alex Greenlee in News

The Maine Center for Disease Control is investigating the first reported case of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in a residential student in Gorham after a positive test was returned on Monday. Lisa Belanger, director of Health Services at USM, said the student is recuperating at home and is expected back at school soon. […]

Chapin: Government penny-pinching hinders economic recovery

Posted on May 02, 2012 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

British pounds

By Justin Chapin At this very moment, there’s a spectacular experiment going on in our backyard. It’s an experiment that pitches government stimulus against government austerity. Great Britain, our sister country across the pond, went through the same rigmarole that we did here in the United States less than five years ago. Our circumstances were […]

Williams: Vote of ‘no confidence’ would hurt university on the mend

Posted on April 16, 2012 by TJ Williams in Perspectives

TJ Williams is the next president of the University of Southern Maine.

In the past few weeks, there has been an incredible amount of confusion regarding the vote of no confidence in University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman. The controversy regarding pay raises seems to be the catalyst that drove this petition to the president’s desk. It is not.

BFA exhibition celebrates student art

Posted on April 22, 2017 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Jordan Castaldo, Free Press Staff The 2017 BFA & BA Exhibition is the celebration of exhibits done by graduating USM Art Department students obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Bachelor of Art degree. Displayed at the USM Art Gallery on the Gorham campus, the exhibit features work from various artists, including Melissa […]

Senate continues in controversy

Posted on April 22, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Dionne Smith and Sara Tewksbury, Staff Writers On April 21 the USM student senate held their weekly meeting. Senators began the meeting by discussing new systems to be implemented and leadership programs. After one hour of the meeting, students began speaking on the current controversy surrounding the student senate chair, Liam Ginn, and the […]

LePage’s town hall meeting disrupted by protesters

Posted on April 22, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By: Julie Pike, Staff Writer In Hannaford Hall on Tuesday, April 18, Gov. Paul LePage addressed an audience of USM students, faculty and staff and community members. LePage focused on three main topics: tax policy, budget, energy policy and welfare reform. He was invited by the USM chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF). Ben […]

Climate change affects Maine market

Posted on April 22, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By: Heather Roberts, Staff Writer The early arrival of spring may be a relief to the people of Portland, but for scientists, early spring means a rapidly changing ecosystem. According to the National Weather Service, in 2016, the average temperature in Portland was 48.4 degrees Fahrenheit, which was as high as 2012. The Gulf of […]

Sustainability & ME: Carbon Offsets

Posted on April 22, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Ashleigh Tatarcyk, Contributor Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 20 years, you’re probably familiar with the concepts of climate change and a “carbon footprint.” For those not in the know, a carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 given off through fossil fuel consumption by a particular individual, group of […]

An open campus should have more locked doors

Posted on April 22, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Dionne Smith, Staff Writer While Portland is great, it’s not as if bad things never happen here. The Portland campus has a large flow of students daily, either coming from Gorham or commuters, and each student should be ensured safety. Without any locks on any of the doors, that doesn’t happen. In my home […]

Advising Advice: How to succeed in an online course this summer and beyond

Posted on April 22, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Rusty Dolleman, Contributor  As someone who has both advised online students and spent the last decade teaching online, there are a number of good practices I’ve identified among successful online students. A lot of it comes down to self-discipline and actually doing the work, but getting started the right way can make a big difference […]

Let’s Talk About It: What am I doing?!

Posted on April 22, 2017 by Krysteana Scribner in Perspectives

By: Johnna Ossie, News Editor Every morning when I wake up I think about dropping out of college within the first 2 minutes of opening my eyes. In fact, before my eyes have even opened I have elaborate fantasies of withdrawing from USM, lighting my essays, homework assignments and readings on fire and throwing them […]

A Thousand Words: The Deal With God in a Godless Time

Posted on April 22, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Bradford Spurr, Multimedia Editor I don’t believe in god, but sometimes I understand why people do. My grandmother makes flower arrangements for her WASPy congregation in a well-to-do suburb of New Jersey known for its award of “Best Place to Live-2005” from Money Magazine and also for being home to one of the few […]

USM’s role in the North Atlantic region continues to grow

Posted on April 22, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By: Sarah Tewksbury, Staff Writer The Maine Economic Improvement Fund at USM (MEIF@USM) is currently working hard to increase and improve Maine’s relationship with the North Atlantic region. In 1997, USM received a portion of the MEIF, a fund that was established by the state legislature to spearhead research projects. The initial value of the […]