Thursday, May 26th, 2016

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 […]

Kanye West. The Life of Pablo. Def Jam Records

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

By Bradford Spurr The self proclaimed gospel album begins with “Ultralight Beam” and a small child is yelling “We don’t want no devils in the house God, we want the lord,” and our lord and savior Mr. Kanye “Yeezus” West delivers the defining sermon of his career thus far. A thunderous choir bears their soul […]

Is Portland a good city to be single in?

Posted on February 15, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Amanda Melanson In the month of February the first thing that comes to mind is St. Valentine’s Day, a holiday that celebrates commercialism centered around chocolates, flowers and stuffed animals. These are all considered expressions of affection but in Portland, there seems to be a different climate when it comes to the holiday of […]

WMPG’s ‘Fat Tuesday’ a bit hit at USM

Posted on February 15, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

2013 - Chefs from a variety of Portland area restaurants hand out samples of their Cajun cuisines during WMPG and USM's Cajun Cooking Challenge Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in recognition of Mardi Gras.

By Anora Morton While weather outside has left everyone shivering, this past Tuesday the Woodbury campus center was as hot as New Orleans. WMPG it’s 21st annual hosted a Fat Tuesday cook off, in which local restaurants offered up mardi gras munchies for students and the public. Throughout the whole affair, WMPG live broadcasted Fat Tuesday […]

Arts & Culture Listings

Posted on February 08, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Monday, February 8 Banff Mountain Film Festival State Theater 609 Congress St. Starts: 7:00 p.m.   Tuesday, February 9   WMPG: Fat Tuesday Woodbury Campus Center 35 Bedford St. Starts: 12:00 p.m. Ends: 3:00 p.m.   Discussion: Seeking Refuge Portland Public Library 5 Monument Way Starts: 5:30 p.m. Ends: 7:00 p.m.   Wednesday, February 10 […]

Film Review

Posted on February 08, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By John Rocker February is a month full of fun events. There’s the Super Bowl, and then there’s something I always look forward to, The Academy Awards (aka The Oscars). Sure, the show is just an over-glorified contest, but I’m always intrigued to see who or what will win. This year is very exciting for […]

Free Kesha!

Posted on February 08, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

  By Amanda Melanson In recent news, twenty eight year old pop singer Kesha won an important legal battle with her former producer Dr. Luke. Kesha, over the course of working with Dr. Luke during her contract, suffered abuse in the form of sexual assault, battery, harassment, gender violence, emotional abuse and violation of California […]