Film review: The Giver

Posted on September 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By Sergey Miller If you had to choose, what would you like most, to be happy or to have free will? This is the central question asked in the recent movie The Giver. In just 130 minutes, questions of euthanasia, science, technology, pain, and the meaning of human nature are questioned and critiqued. Though the […]

A&C Recommends: The Planetarium

Posted on September 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Recommends

By Anastasia Muca USM’s planetarium, located in the basement of the Science building at the Portland campus, will be holding events to explore the sky, historically, presently and in its future. Right now planetarium goers, astronomists and star gazers are prepping for a total lunar eclipse. Edward Gleason, planetarium manager, can assure that both the […]

The complexity of coffee: The science behind your brew

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

Students and faculty alike have always liked how caffeine makes them feel. Whether they have to attend that 8:00 a.m. lecture or work a late shift at their part-time job, they find that coffee keeps them going when they need to be alert and at their best performance. “I love coffee,” said Jenny Fogg, a […]

U2′s new album sounds familiar to fans

Posted on September 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Music

By Sydney Donovan For anyone wielding an iPhone, you might notice something different about your iTunes library on your phone. Thanks to collaboration with Apple, the rock band U2 has released their new album, Songs of Innocence, exclusively to iTunes. On every Apple phone, the album is automatically downloaded into your music library and seen […]

Arcadia National Bar brings the culture of nerd to Portland

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture

It’s time to take those drunken games of Mario Kart out of your dorm room and into a night on the town. The recently opened Arcadia National Bar is drawing in consistent crowds of adults from several age groups, all of whom share a common love for drinking beer and playing classic video, arcade and […]

Multicultural students discuss diversity and discrimination

Posted on September 15, 2014 by elledavis in Arts & Culture

U.S. Census figures show that Maine is one of the least diverse states in the country estimating that 95.3 percent of Maine’s population is white. According to Reza Jalali, coordinator at the office of multicultural student affairs, Portland is slowly becoming more diverse, but that there’s still a lot of room for improvement in the […]

Irish documentarian visits USM and shares success story

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

When he was in college, Maurice Fitzpatrick decided he wanted to be a documentarian and fought to reach his goals despite naysayers. Now, Fitzpatrick has a documentary co-produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation, a book under his belt and said he is always looking for the next project. Last Wednesday, Fitzpatrick visited USM to show […]

First Friday a first for some, business as usual for others

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

Last Friday saw over 3,000 visitors, performers and local artists crowd Congress Street in Portland for a monthly tradition: The First Friday Art Walk. For some individuals it was the first time seeing this creative side to the Old Port. Crowded Buses ran between the Gorham campus and Monument Square, which allowed students to get […]

Students get a second ‘Taste of Portland’ at a now annual event

Posted on September 08, 2014 by elledavis in Arts & Culture

Taste of Portland featured food trucks and vendors from around the city who gave free samples to wandering students on Thursday evening.

Last Thursday the lawn outside of Glickman Library was filled with tables and food trucks of various culinary styles during USM’s second annual Taste of Portland event. The event was so popular and well received last year that it’s back for a second time, proving yet again that an event that features free food will […]

Old beats new: blacksmith forges handmade metalworks with 19th century techniques

Posted on April 27, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture

Tucked away in a side shop on Fore street, hiding behind a heavy wooden door, is a workshop that looks like it was pulled from a time warp. The Portland Forge is a soot filled shop that specializes in crafting custom ordered metallurgic items made using only historical blacksmithing techniques. By using historically accurate techniques […]