Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Saying farewell to a graduating class

Posted on May 04, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Thomas Fitzgerald, Community Editor Another semester of classes is drawing near a conclusion at USM, and for many students, it is just another routine end to a school year. With classes being selected and roommates being assigned, it seems like the monotonous rounds of trying to finish a degree are in place. However, for some […]

Surviving finals week: What you need to know

Posted on May 04, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Raquel Miller, Free Press Staff The life of a college student is already busy and a constant balancing act between classes, work and one’s sanity.  Once finals are added into the mix at the end of the semester, the balancing act is taken to an entirely new level of chaos.   The week before […]

Reverse culture shock: Students on campus adjust to change

Posted on May 02, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Meaghan Gonsior, Free Press Staff “It bothers me that I really don’t have the history with the other Americans,” USM graduate Shagahayegh Sabeti remarked. “When you grow up with people, you go through this whole process. People start talking about things that I have no idea about, so I couldn’t really contribute to it.” Teenage […]

Southworth Planetarium a hidden gem on campus

Posted on April 26, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By: Raquel Miller Southworth Planetarium is one of USM’s hidden treasures. Students who grew up in Maine might remember visiting the Planetarium as a small child on a school field trip, or perhaps, some students visited more recently with a class. Most students pass by the Science building everyday on their way to class without […]

Students of USM: Chi Bui’s travels from Vietnam

Posted on April 26, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Meaghan Gonsior Half asleep, a young Chi Bui gazed down at the coast of Maine from her airplane window as it descended into the Portland International Jetport in 2012, thinking to herself, “Oh, so Maine is an island.” Up until two days before boarding the plane, Bui didn’t know where Maine was on the map. The […]

The Benefits of the Wellness Center

Posted on April 19, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

Thomas Fitzgerald, Community Editor The aura around campus can seem stressful around this time of year. Finals are approaching, end of the semester projects may be looming and students may find themselves caught up with an overwhelming sense of stress. College is a journey that takes perseverance and confidence in order to achieve the ultimate […]

Students of USM: Muhammad Khan on reverse culture shock

Posted on April 19, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

Meaghan Gonsior, Free Press Staff Some people let life drift by, but not Muhammad Khan, president of USM’s Muslim Student Association. Khan, a 19 year-old freshman from Gorham, has jumped into the USM community with both feet. Since moving to Maine from Pakistan at the age of 8, Khan has intentionally and actively embraced new […]

Could animals on campus lessen student stress?

Posted on April 19, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

Raquel Miller, Free Press Staff In the spirit of springtime, the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland brought bunnies to USM’s Gorham campus this past Thursday. Arrow and Boulder, two California rabbits, were available in Lower Brooks to students and families, in groups of four, for gentle petting and playing. The two are only four-months-old, […]

Relay for life brings USM together for a cause

Posted on April 14, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

Byline Raquel Miller The USM community played a big part raising money for cancer this past week, holding a successful Relay for Life event last Friday at the Costello Field House on the Gorham campus.  “Kicking it to Cancer” was the theme of the event,  and it changed up the Relay for Life tradition, which […]

Students of USM: Aaron Damon

Posted on April 14, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

Byline: Meaghan Gonsior, Free Press Staff On any given Thursday night, fourth year Media Studies major Aaron Damon can be found volunteering his time and talent with Portland’s Community Television Network (CTN). The CTN provides an open platform for free speech, a meeting place for creative discussion, classes to learn the skills to create quality […]