Monday, July 16th, 2018

Latinx Student Alliance connects to roots

Posted on April 16, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By James Fagan, Photojournalist   A few weeks ago a new organization was formed here at the USM. This new organization is the Latinx Student Alliance. According to the organizations president, Maria Escobar, the goal of the Latinx Student Alliance is “to bring together a community of students together who are interested in learning more […]

Movie Talk- Bright: a societal statement

Posted on April 09, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By James Fagan, Photojournalist   The movie Bright is a social commentary about the state of  society. The Netflix original movie that was released on December 22 of last year. Bright is set in a world where humans live alongside several mythical races such as orcs, elves, dwarves and fairies. While the humans in the […]

Jazz ensemble and dance draws a crowd

Posted on April 09, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Cooper-John Trapp, Staff Writer   The third annual Big Band Ballroom Bash filled Costello Gymnasium on Friday, April 6 as a trifecta between Student Activities, the Athletics Department and the USM School of Music. Christopher Oberholtzer, Director of Jazz Studies at USM, conducted the Portland Jazz Orchestra (PJO) and the USM Jazz Ensemble. Sophomore […]

Understanding cultural connections at USM

Posted on April 09, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Sam Margolin, Staff Writer In an article published by the New Yorker in December 2014, author Joshua Rothman investigated the definition and meaning of the word “culture.” It is a complicated word in that includes so many different aspects of life such as gender, race, place of birth and education. In the article Rothman writes, […]

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 […]

Movie Talk: Foreign take on classic horror

Posted on March 26, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Emily Norman, Staff Writer One of the most popular movies in the horror genre on Netflix right now is Verónica, a Spanish film from director Paco Plaza. It’s easy to see why, as horror films featuring the supernatural and demonic are still incredibly popular with movie viewers today. Verónica, however, delivers us something a little […]

Connections through reading and coffee

Posted on March 26, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Nora Ibrahim, Staff Writer Portland’s first silent book club has been gaining popularity among readers of all kinds. On the second Sunday of every month, Tandem Coffee hosts a Silent Book Club on 122 Anderson street Portland, ME from 2:00 to 4:00pm where readers of all kinds gather to read and enjoy tea or coffee. […]