Thursday, October 18th, 2018

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. […]

Inclusivity in activism for everyone

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

By Kate Rogers, Staff Writer Activist and author Julia Serano visited Glickman Library on invitation by the Women and Gender Studies program at USM to present on the subject of making feminist and queer movements more inclusive. Author of three books, with a PhD in Biology from Colombia and 17 years of genetic and developmental research […]

Witty collection of stories by Portland local

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

By Sarah Tewksbury. Staff Writer Satire and wit are coupled together with fable and politics in an unlikely marriage in The Price of the Haircut. Designed as a collection of short stories, the 240 pages bound by a catchy graphic filled cover, is more than independent pieces. Author Brock Clarke wove common themes and stylistic elements […]

Diversity in Black Panther: Representation within new Marvel movie

Posted on March 05, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Kate Rogers, Staff Writer Mild spoiler alert Directed by Ryan Coogler, Marvel’s Black Panther follows King T’Challa, of a fictional African nation Wakonda, as he strives to do the best for his people in the wake of his father’s death. A wrench is thrown in the works when an outsider returns to Wakonda with an agenda […]

Sure Sure talks about their expectations and experience as an opening band

Posted on March 05, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Samantha Hallowell, Staff Writer Just off their first ever tour, opening for indie band on the rise Hippo Campus, California-based Sure Sure is an electrifying and upbeat sight to behold. Chris Beachy on keyboard and vocals, Charlie Glick on guitar and vocals, Kevin Farzad on drums, and producer Michael Coleman providing alternative percussion touches create a […]

Locking Up Our Own offers new perspective

Posted on March 05, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Emily Norman, Contributor Dr. James Forman Jr. came to USM to speak about his book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. This was part of this year’s Gloria S. Duclos Convocation, following the theme of race and participatory democracy. The event was held on the Portland campus in the Abromson Center. Forman’s […]