Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Feminism & Socialism: Fighting for Both

Posted on March 07, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Amanda Melanson Wednesday evening, from 7pm to 9pm on March 2, a group discussion was held by USOnM’s Socialist Club to speak on various issues surrounding the current Primaries, due to take place the first weekend of March – the Republican Primary scheduled for Saturday and the Democratic Primary scheduled for Sunday. Both sides […]

Reefer Madness will light up Russell Hall’s stage

Posted on March 07, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dora Thompson The explosion of a musical Reefer Madness will light up Russell Hall’s stage this spring from March 11th through the 20th.  As USM’s main stage spring production, the play is a satirical piece, mocking the 1936 movie of the same name, a black and white cautionary tale about the growing threat of […]

Open Mic Night at Empire

Posted on March 07, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Matthew Craig Last Sunday Empire held their weekly open mic event known as The Couch. From six to eight, musicians are encouraged to play and later on they hold a comedy segment. The Couch provides aspiring artists with a great opportunity to get on stage and test their material in front of an audience […]

Kendrick Lamar Has Done It Again

Posted on March 07, 2016 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Bradford Spurr/Free Press Staff Kendrick Lamar has done it again. He is not the rapper we want, but rather the rapper we deserve. With his short eight track orchestration of untitled cuts and songs from the To Pimp A Butterfly cutting room floor this peak behind the curtain of the creative process can show […]

Graduate Concert at USM

Posted on March 07, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Jimmy Dority Ellen Chickering, Associate Professor of Voice at USM, anticipates that this Friday’s Graduate Showcase Concert will “be on the highest level of performing. These students are all tops in their field and have made great accomplishments in their years here… As an educator it is a wonderful feeling to see [my] and […]

Rocker Reviews: The 2016 Academy Awards

Posted on March 07, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By John Rocker Well, I think I did all right when it came to my predictions. Five out of six isn’t too bad. I know the article didn’t mention Best Director, but I did pick Alejandro G. Iñárritu back when I was making my predictions list. I think Best Director is  certainly an important category. […]

British noise pop is a thing, Jack Garratt is here.

Posted on February 29, 2016 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture, Music

By Bradford Spurr Jack Garratt is only 24 years old, but his debut album has already made some serious waves. It has been a big year for Garratt in the UK as well. With multiple wins from the BBC and the Brit Awards. But his music is very non-traditional and signals a shifting tide in […]

Alumni Interview

Posted on February 23, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

A photo from 1970 of Payson Smith Hall, held up and compared to the building as it stands today.

By Dora Thompson USM was not always the two campus, co-ed, twenty-something metropolis that it is today. Founded in 1878, only the Gorham campus was its own entity. It was first known as the Gorham Normal School until it was rebranded as the Gorham State Teachers College. Portland Junior College operated separately half an hour […]

Art Through The Ages: USM’s Art in Retrospect

Posted on February 23, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Meaghan Gonsior The arts and culture get along like Oreos and milk. Sure, they hypothetically could exist in a vacuum, but life is better when they’re together. At the University of Southern Maine, this marriage of art and society has been embraced and celebrated over the decades. According to Kim Grant, Ph.D., USM’s art […]

Vintage Portland

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

By Amanda Melanson There is a saying that history is often doomed to repeat itself, but many say that the world has become a bit more peaceful, whether we believe it or not. Not only that, but often times many people think that we are meant to learn from history and that is something easily […]